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Mike Lux
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

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

Hillary, Embrace Your Inner Bernie

(95) Comments | Posted February 2, 2016 | 9:49 PM

I have been staying studiously neutral in this primary election, and it is a strange feeling. In the first part of my career, I lived in Iowa and dove in deep and early to presidential primaries. I had a great time, learned a huge amount, met some of the best...

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A Progressive Vision of Globalization

(2) Comments | Posted January 25, 2016 | 1:33 PM

When pushing bad trade deals or trying to convince us that nothing can be done about the lack of wage growth or income inequality, the pro-multinational corporation pundit class will tell us that it is all globalization's fault, and since we can't stop globalization, there's nothing we can do to...

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The New Airbnb-Landlord Connection

(2) Comments | Posted January 7, 2016 | 2:04 PM

Libertarian technology enthusiasts get very excited about the idea of apps and other new tech ideas disrupting existing markets and creating new ones. The problem, though, is that the ultimate goal tends to be less about "disrupting" markets than creating new ones with almost no rules.


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What Are Democrats to Do?

(98) Comments | Posted December 21, 2015 | 5:10 AM

I wanted to close my blogging for the year by looking at the big picture for the future of the Democratic party. The 2016 cycle feels like it started even earlier than usual, and not just because Donald Trump's bloviating got the media so worked up so fast. The Republicans,...

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Christmas Tree Oh Christmas Tree: A New Record for DC Cynicism?

(1) Comments | Posted December 1, 2015 | 9:04 AM

Every year, corporate lobbyists look for must-pass budget bills to attach riders to that help pad their companies' profits with specially designed tax loopholes or subsidies. These insider deals would make any normal ethical person blush, but they are part and parcel of a DC culture which has grown steadily...

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Inspiration, and Gratitude

(1) Comments | Posted November 24, 2015 | 5:22 AM

In the midst of all the violence, hatred, racism, and craziness in the world right now, this week is a much needed time to stop and remind ourselves that there is so much to be thankful for. If we are alive, we have already made it through innumerable hurdles to...

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Airbnb: Bragging About Meeting Their Legal Requirement

(13) Comments | Posted October 27, 2015 | 9:28 AM

So I wanted everyone to know that today when I was out shopping I paid the legally required sales tax on some gum I bought at the drug store. I am very proud of myself for doing so, and was thinking of adding up all the taxes I paid this...

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Business and Progressives Allied: Politics and Pocketbooks

(3) Comments | Posted October 6, 2015 | 3:49 PM

My organization, American Family Voices, hosted a summit in D.C. on Friday between forward-thinking business leaders and top leaders of the progressive movement in America. It is the beginning of a crucially important conversation in American politics that is long overdue, because for most businesses in America today, their best...

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We Need to Make Demands From the On-Demand Economy

(11) Comments | Posted September 28, 2015 | 11:42 PM

High tech hyper-libertarians, and increasingly right wing politicians who love both their money and their vision of marketplaces with no regulations, love to sell the virtues of the "sharing economy", as they call it. Others slightly less enamored might call it the gig economy or the on-demand economy (which might...

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A Bold New Agenda Bubbling Up From the Grassroots

(3) Comments | Posted September 28, 2015 | 9:14 AM

The media remains obsessed with Donald Trump and whom he will insult next, about Hillary Clinton's emails (why does the media get consumed with such excruciatingly boring and trivial stuff?), about the ups and downs of a presidential campaign more akin to a circus freak show, and now (speaking of...

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Puppets of the Koch Brothers

(0) Comments | Posted August 27, 2015 | 3:09 PM

I have been arguing for some time that the Republican Party establishment is now thoroughly controlled by the Koch brothers and their close circle of billionaire cronies. On the policy issues that matter the most to the Kochs -- on climate change, taxation and the budget, education, labor and wages,...

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Julian Bond's Path and the Crossroads in Front of Us Today

(3) Comments | Posted August 18, 2015 | 5:44 PM

I have been thinking a lot about the incomparable Julian Bond the last couple of days, but as he would no doubt be saying, in spite of our sorrow, we have to keep our eyes on the prize. The contrast could not be greater between the violence in word and...

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Trump and the Koch-heads

(0) Comments | Posted August 7, 2015 | 1:17 PM

The debate season is starting, and there is no doubt that it is entertaining. The media's obsession with Trump will not be diminished by last night's debate, as both the moderators and the other candidates in both the prime time and happy hour debates circled around the persona of Trump...

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Wall Street, The Koch Brothers and the Alternative

(142) Comments | Posted July 15, 2015 | 3:16 PM

Wall Street and the Koch brothers have an agenda for America that, unless you are worth at least $50 million and are a top executive of a huge and powerful corporate conglomerate, won't work out very well for you. The Democratic Party must embrace a progressive populist economic agenda if...

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Trump, Jeb, Jamie Dimon: Out-of-Touch 1-Percenters

(0) Comments | Posted July 9, 2015 | 3:12 PM

Donald Trump is getting the lion's share of attention in the Republican circus right now, but he is hardly the only 1-percenter who is utterly out of touch. The media loves Trump for his arrogant grandstanding and his remarkably unfiltered quotes -- they make him so much less boring than...

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SEC Commissioner: We Shouldn't Be Promoting Investor Confidence

(6) Comments | Posted June 14, 2015 | 9:36 AM

A leading Republican regulator, SEC Commissioner Michael Piwowar, said in a speech to Cato recently that the goal of the Securities and Exchange Commission should not be to "promote investor confidence," but instead to "promote investor skepticism." This is pretty remarkable, and it's a scary example of a radically libertarian...

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Modern Conservatives Hate It's a Wonderful Life

(164) Comments | Posted June 9, 2015 | 11:07 AM

I wrote on Friday about the way the modern conservative movement, and the Republican party which is owned by it, have devolved into a kind of meanness unrecognizable from the classic Bob-Dole kind of conservatism I grew up knowing in the Midwest.

Modern conservatism has slipped from...

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Two Kinds of Meanness: The Modern Conservative Movement

(442) Comments | Posted June 5, 2015 | 3:27 PM

I grew up and did my early work in politics in Nebraska, and my wife is a farmer's daughter from rural Missouri. I spent about 10 years organizing and door-knocking for campaigns in rural Iowa. So I know a lot about the kind of Bob Dole conservatism that used to...

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ALEC: Paying for Corporate Lobbying With Our Tax Dollars

(1) Comments | Posted May 30, 2015 | 11:40 AM

My careful and objective analysis, based on 35 years in political life, is that ALEC is one of the sleaziest organizations in modern American political life. I know that sounds like a dramatic thing to say, but when more than 100 major corporations find it too embarrassing to be associated...

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Is the TPP Okay With Slavery? Really?

(77) Comments | Posted May 28, 2015 | 3:52 PM

So the fast track plan to pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership has run into a new wrinkle after an amendment passed in the Senate debate: slavery. Yes, really, slavery: the Senate voted for an amendment that would make it more difficult for countries that engage in slavery to be in the...

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