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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

Inversion: Viagra for Tax Dodgers

(1) Comments | Posted April 18, 2016 | 5:15 PM

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Today, in honor of Tax Day and to highlight corporate inversions and other tax-dodging schemes, American Family Voices, Americans for Tax Fairness, and the Agenda Project Action Fund launched a video parody entitled "Inversion, from Pfizer, the Makers of Viagra." Now, I...
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Castro Controversy: Why Aren't All the Defenders Defending Him on the Substance?

(52) Comments | Posted April 15, 2016 | 1:32 PM

In 2008, the massive housing bubble collapsed due to Wall Street's manipulating of markets and government, as well as a whole lot of old-fashioned fraud. The result for working-class Americans: millions of homes lost to foreclosure, millions more underwater. Now one would think that the government agencies assigned to dealing...

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The Panama Papers Are the Tip of the Iceberg: Cracking Down on Wealthy Cheaters

(28) Comments | Posted April 11, 2016 | 12:13 PM

As you might be expecting from the headline, I am going to be talking about the Panama papers in this article, but the Panama papers revelations are just the tip of the iceberg, so before I get there, I have to spend some time talking about an array of other...

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Bad for Business: 2016 Republicans

(3) Comments | Posted April 5, 2016 | 10:16 AM

I have long believed that progressive economic policies are far better for most businesses than the policies of the modern Republican party. Oh, sure, Republicans will do a good job of taking care of their biggest contributors and closest special interest cronies -- the Koch brothers won't have to worry...

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The Unifying Theory of Political Everything

(0) Comments | Posted March 29, 2016 | 8:12 AM

There is so much craziness going on in the political world right now that it makes it hard to think, as random supernovas of strangeness keep exploding in the political atmosphere. But like physicists trying to explain all the seeming contradictions and strange anomalies of how the universe operates, maybe...

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Human Rights Abuses Arriving at Boston Logan, Courtesy of Qatar Airways

(3) Comments | Posted March 21, 2016 | 2:08 PM

Qatar Airways began daily service from Boston last week, and its arrival brings some pretty heavy baggage. The "luxury" airline is owned by the State of Qatar, an oil-rich dictatorship in the Middle East on the border of Saudi Arabia, where migrant workers are dying by the thousands in deplorable...

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Charles Koch's Bernie BS

(104) Comments | Posted February 20, 2016 | 12:50 PM

Charles Koch gets my award for the single most audacious, ridiculous and unintentionally funny op-ed I have read this year -- and maybe ever. In it, he alternately complains about Bernie attacking him, does his usual anti-government screed, rolls out his claims to be on the same side...

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New Poll Shows Deep Split in Democratic Party

(0) Comments | Posted February 17, 2016 | 10:43 AM

I am more convinced than ever that the path to success for the Democratic Party is to focus primarily on mobilizing the rising American electorate that is now a clear majority of the country's electorate. When you add up the numbers, African-Americans, Asian-Americans, Latinos, other people of color, unmarried women,...

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Coming Soon: A Big Change Moment

(104) Comments | Posted February 11, 2016 | 9:28 AM

It is still very early, and there will be twists and turns aplenty, but the election results so far have convinced me of one thing: Whoever wins the 2016 presidential election, we are going to see sweeping change in this country over the next several years -- a change that...

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Hillary, Embrace Your Inner Bernie

(95) Comments | Posted February 2, 2016 | 8:49 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 | 12:33 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 | 1:04 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.

Which...

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What Are Democrats to Do?

(98) Comments | Posted December 21, 2015 | 4:10 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 | 8:04 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

(3) Comments | Posted November 24, 2015 | 4:22 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 | 8:28 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 | 2:49 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 | 10:42 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 | 8:14 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 | 2:09 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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