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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

Creative Tension: Hillary and the Progressive Movement

(6) Comments | Posted September 24, 2014 | 1:41 PM

When I worked in the Clinton White House, our first big blowout of a fight was the 1993 budget battle. We ended winning every vote by the narrowest of margins, but in the end that budget was probably the most progressive budget passed since LBJ's heyday in the mid '60s,...

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The Narrative of the Koch Brothers Tapes: The Debate We Have to Have

(124) Comments | Posted September 19, 2014 | 2:07 PM

The Koch brothers secret conference tapes have by now generated well over 100 national media stories, cable news segments, local TV clips related in the states of the candidates who spoke there, and blog posts. I know of at least seven different ads run directly because of the...

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Why Won't McConnell Answer the Question?

(35) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 2:44 PM

Incredible, yet highly predictable new video out today from Lauren Windsor at The Undercurrent (disclosure: my organization, American Family Voices, sponsors The Undercurrent): Mitch McConnell acting arrogant and aggravated while refusing to answer a really important question about offensive statements made at a Koch brothers retreat that he recently attended....

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The 47 Percent on Steroids, With a Hit of Koch

(5) Comments | Posted September 3, 2014 | 3:05 PM

It appears from what Mitch McConnell said at the opening of his speech to the Koch brothers' secret conference in June, that he found the collection of philosophical speeches reported today by Lauren Windsor in The Huffington Post to be "inspiring." I think for most Americans,...

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The Meaning of the Koch Brothers Tapes: "I Don't Know Where We'd Be Without You"

(475) Comments | Posted August 30, 2014 | 2:01 PM

One of the classic strategies for politicians caught saying embarrassing things is to use the old "there's nothing to see here, keep moving" ploy. Republicans tried that at first when Romney was caught on the 47% tape, but it didn't work for them because it wasn't only what Romney said...

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Politicians and Billionaires: Pledging Allegiance to Each Other in Secret

(4) Comments | Posted August 27, 2014 | 5:56 PM

What happens when billionaire businessmen bent on reducing the taxes, regulations, and wages they pay gather with the politicians most closely aligned with their agenda? Because of Lauren Windsor's groundbreaking investigative journalism on The Undercurrent and The Nation, into the Koch brothers' secret conference at an...

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Money in Politics: Rising in Intensity as a 2014 Election Issue

(3) Comments | Posted August 17, 2014 | 6:55 PM

There is more and more evidence that Democrats and progressives are discovering the power of taking on big money in politics as a central issue in their campaign strategies. In the House, Nancy Pelosi has gotten most of her colleagues in the Democratic caucus (160 of them) to co-sponsor a...

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Subsidies for Big Business: Why Are We Doing This Again?

(2) Comments | Posted August 14, 2014 | 9:34 PM

One area where a lot of us populist progressives agree with at least the rhetoric of the Tea Party is the issue of subsidies to big business. Case in point: the Export-Import Bank. A recent Chicago Tribune piece touched on this topic. Reporter Gregory Karp asks this critical...

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President Obama: Be Even Bolder on Global Warming

(51) 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

(1) 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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