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Michael Lux is the co-founder Democracy Partners, a political consulting firm whose mission is building the progressive movement. Previously, he was Senior Vice President for Political Action at People For the American Way (PFAW), and the PFAW Foundation, and served in the Clinton White House from January 1993 to mid-1995 as a Special Assistant to the President for Public Liaison. While at Progressive Strategies, Lux founded, and currently chairs American Family Voices.

Lux serves on the boards of several other organizations including the Arca Foundation, Americans United for Change, Netroots Nation, Progressive Congress, and USAction. He also co-founded the Ballot Initiative Strategy Center, Progressive Majority, Women's Voice/Women Vote, and the Center for Progressive Leadership. He played a role in the early days of launching the Center for American progress, Air America, and MoveOn.org.

On January 14, 2009, Lux released his first book, The Progressive Revolution: How the Best in America Came to Be. Lux's book was published by Wiley Publishing. You can purchase The Progressive Revolution by clicking here.

Entries by Mike Lux

President Obama: Be Even Bolder on Global Warming

(45) Comments | Posted July 30, 2014 | 12:25 PM

There's a terrific new report out by the White House on the economic damage that will be wreaked by global warming, and it is good to see them be so strong about the dangers not only to our environment but to the economy. The actions the Obama administration...

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Presidential Politics and Predictions: Be Ready to Be Wrong

(2) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 4:24 PM

Markos Moulitsas at Dailykos has a thoughtful piece up on the 2016 presidential primary for the Democrats, arguing that Hillary is inevitable; Elizabeth Warren isn't running; and that the latter fact is actually a good thing for progressives. I agree with Markos that Warren is a major...

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South Dakota Senate Candidate Makes New Music Video

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 12:07 PM

South Dakota Democratic Senate candidate Rick Weiland, whose innovative Johnny Cash cover earlier this campaign helped spark his populist, town-to-town campaign into the national progressive blogosphere, has released a follow-up to his "Everywhere Man" video. Weiland has turned Roger Miller's "King of the Road" into "Bring on the Road," a...

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The Progressive Moment

(0) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 2:51 PM

I am in Detroit at Netroots Nation with 3,000 pugnacious activists who are fighting the good fight to turn this country around. I am proud to be a part of this movement -- people who are diverse, innovative, gutsy, resourceful.

Okay, metaphor time: The progressive family tree...

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Dancing in the Dark

(3) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 4:54 PM

The organization I chair, American Family Voices, is working on a video about the rising populist progressive movement in America, and we did an interview for it with a mentor and dear friend of mine, Heather Booth. Heather, who was down in Mississippi 50 years ago this summer for Freedom...

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Maxine Waters, Help Us Reform the Ex-Im Bank

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 12:02 PM

Anyone following the fight over the Export-Import Bank knows that Rep. Maxine Waters is leading the charge to reauthorize it. As Ranking Member of the House Financial Services Committee, no one has been more vocal about the Ex-Im Bank's alleged benefits for "small business owners" and "Americans."
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How the DC Establishment Just Doesn't Get the Inequality Debate

(12) Comments | Posted July 11, 2014 | 1:58 PM

The lead story on the front page of the Washington Post last Saturday was a remarkable piece by Zachary Goldfarb headlined "A Striking Pivot on Income Inequality," with sub-headlines "Obama Turns Focus To Middle Class" and "Shift in message highlights divide in Democratic party." My first thought upon reading the...

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238 Years Later, The Battle Still Rages on

(5) Comments | Posted July 4, 2014 | 11:40 AM

So it's just a wee little bit of an historic week. You know about that whole July 4th Independence Day thing, of course. But this week also marked the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act, one of our country's most important legislative achievements ever. This week...

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The Emerging Populist-Business Coalition

(5) Comments | Posted June 30, 2014 | 3:36 PM

Warren Buffett giving his biggest ever contribution in a political race is more important news than you might think -- especially given the recent spate of populist economic commentary by other business leaders like Seattle's Nick Hanauer. This particular contribution just well could be symbolic of an emerging alliance between...

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What Were Rubio and McConnell Plotting in Secret With the Koch Brothers?

(102) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 1:10 PM

Lauren Windsor (who works with me at American Family Voices, and whose show, The Undercurrent, we sponsor) broke a major new story yesterday on the latest Koch brothers secret meeting, which was held last weekend at a luxury resort in Orange County, California. Mitch McConnell and Marco Rubio flew...

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Lessons of the Cantor: Arrogant Insiders, Angry Outsiders

(1) Comments | Posted June 13, 2014 | 12:51 PM

Pundits are always very quick to come up with the key reason that something surprising (something that none of them predicted) happened politically. Because these explanations are usually off the top of their heads prognostications, backed up by no actual statistics or maybe one random fact someone pulled out of...

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Student Loan Sharking?

(5) Comments | Posted June 11, 2014 | 1:35 PM

President Obama yesterday did two incredibly important things in regards to student loans and debt: He signed an executive order allowing 5 million student-loan borrowers to cap their payments at 10 percent of their monthly income (and provided some other important assistance to student loan borrowers), and he endorsed Elizabeth...

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Fighting With Monsters

(12) Comments | Posted June 8, 2014 | 4:47 PM

"There's a monster living under my bed Whispering in my ear There's an angel, with a hand on my head She say I've got nothing to fear" Carlos Santana
One of the most eloquent and brilliant progressive leaders in the country is Reverend William Barber, the preacher from North Carolina...
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The Rich Are Being Held Hostage?

(9) Comments | Posted June 2, 2014 | 4:15 PM

This first week of June is a big one politically and policy-wise. Today the EPA issued incredibly important new rules about carbon pollution at power plants -- arguably the most significant executive action ever, and one that will certainly drive the Koch party (i.e. the Republicans) absolutely bonkers. A big...

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Why Are Our Tax Dollars Helping Companies Discriminate?

(0) Comments | Posted May 30, 2014 | 12:14 PM

I am on a bit of a rant these days about the Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im). Even with the Obama administration about to take a serious (and very welcome) step that will have a major impact on climate change, the folks at Ex-Im still support all kinds of projects overseas that...

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What Is the Deal With the Export-Import Bank?

(13) Comments | Posted May 23, 2014 | 3:34 PM

Those of you who follow my writing know that I have gotten mightily irritated at the US government's policy of spending taxpayer dollars to invest in all kinds of strange projects around the country in the name of "economic development" -- although that generally means subsidizing big business. The Export-Import...

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Midwestern Uprising: The New Populists

(3) Comments | Posted May 19, 2014 | 3:56 PM

Few people in this era, even the political junkies who pore over the red and blue political maps and know all the swing states, are aware that at one time in American history the rural Midwest was the center of progressive economic revolt. States like Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, and the...

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Going Out of Our Way to Uniquely Screw People With Student Debt

(211) Comments | Posted May 11, 2014 | 2:43 PM

America is truly an exceptional country. Along with many other Americans of all political stripes, I do believe that. I am very thankful for all the ways in which the uniqueness and exceptionalism of our nation has benefited so many of us. Our history as the birthplace of modern democracy...

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Elizabeth Warren Changes the Conversation

(11) Comments | Posted May 2, 2014 | 11:21 AM

The massive response to Elizabeth Warren's new book, A Fighting Chance, gives Democrats a great opportunity to change the 2014 conversation. I wrote about this last week when the book had just come out, and I am more convinced now that the book has been out...

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A Moment to Change the 2014 Dynamics: Elizabeth Warren's New Book

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2014 | 4:21 PM

Conventional wisdom is congealing. Too many Democrats are becoming locked in a defensive crouch, fearing that a 2010-style monsoon season is upon us because Obamacare is unpopular, Republicans will be fired up to vote and Democrats won't. And they could be right, although if they are, it will mainly be...

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