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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

Go Midwest, Young Man

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2014 | 5:11 PM

Let's just say it one last time: 2014 was a rough year for Democrats. We had our asses handed to us, and with the exception of a few Democrats winning big races, it's abundantly clear that somewhere along the way we lost our voice. We forgot to tell people why...

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Financial Collapse: The Sequel?

(1) Comments | Posted December 10, 2014 | 4:18 PM

Wall Street lobbyists have snuck into the budget package an amendment that would repeal the part of Dodd-Frank that reins in the financial weapon of mass destruction called Credit Default Swaps. Per usual, it is Elizabeth Warren that explains this best.

You will hear a lot of folks...

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Singularly Bad Idea: Wall Street Taking Over Public Education

(4) Comments | Posted December 3, 2014 | 11:02 AM

Hedge fund CEOs and various kinds of slick venture capitalists see tapping the public education "market" -- the pool of public dollars federal, state, and local governments spend on education -- as a great new way to make big bucks. Many of these investors hoping for big payoffs, including some...

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An Agenda and Narrative That Wins Elections

(1) Comments | Posted November 25, 2014 | 2:55 PM

This blog post is partly about politics and partly about economic policies that will expand America's middle class and make it more prosperous in the modern era. The story of the 2014 election was that Democrats can't succeed at the former without succeeding at the latter. A Democratic strategy, that...

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Elizabeth Warren's Winning Ways

(0) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 2:38 PM

Much has been made of Elizabeth Warren being the go-to Democrat in this cycle, being eagerly welcomed in places like West Virginia and Kentucky where few other Democrats were. Elizabeth's populist message works with both base Democratic activists and voters, and with hard-pressed, white, working-class folks who aren't real fond...

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President Snow and Mitch McConnell: The Power Hunger Games

(0) Comments | Posted November 21, 2014 | 3:26 PM

Okay, so the elections were really awful. We have a lot of very serious work to do in the progressive movement. But sometimes when things look dark, you also have to just have some fun. Given the revolutionary message of The Hunger Games, my organization, American Family Voices, decided to...

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Unleashing the Democratic Tsunami in 2016

(28) Comments | Posted November 6, 2014 | 5:33 PM

Since I have been involved in politics as a full-time job, there have been five times where I had a really bad election night, where the Republicans kicked our ass and won most of the important races: 1980, 1994, 2004, 2010, and of course this year. Every single time was...

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Democrats Failed to Tell Their Story

(9) Comments | Posted November 5, 2014 | 12:29 PM

The era of either political party surviving a tough cycle by localizing elections and grinding victories out race by race through good targeting or clever local ads or tactics is long over, and the Democratic Party needs to finally face that fact. If Democrats don't have a national story to...

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Ernst Lies, Gardner Won't Answer Questions, and Other Tales From This Koch-fueled Election

(3) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 1:30 PM

Every election has some strangeness to it, some quirks that make old pols like me shake our heads and say "really?" But this one could be the strangest of all. Just when you think a race is on the verge of being written off, a whole new set of polls...

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Boeing: Taking Taxpayer Dollars and Breaking Promises

(8) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 11:10 AM

Seeing as how it is just three weeks prior to the elections, I very rarely would write about anything else right now, but I just have to quickly note something: Boeing has an extraordinary amount of gall.

Okay, I know they are a defense contractor, and all defense contractors have...

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Who Should the Democrats Support in South Dakota? The Democrat

(0) Comments | Posted October 13, 2014 | 4:15 PM

There is some chatter amongst some D.C. Democrats that it really doesn't matter in the South Dakota Senate race which of the two candidates running against Republican Mike Rounds beats him. According to this logic, Pressler has said he voted for Obama and has taken some moderate positions on a...

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Strange Things Happening in the Plains States

(8) Comments | Posted October 9, 2014 | 2:25 PM

In the 1880s and 1890s, a prairie wildfire swept through American politics. The generation of pioneers that had taken the risk to head out west and take advantage of Abe Lincoln's Homestead Act, where our government literally gave away free land to any poor and working-class people, had successfully battled...

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Four Weeks Out: What Will Be the Narrative of Election 2014?

(5) Comments | Posted October 7, 2014 | 5:58 PM

Almost every election year has a driving narrative that determines how voters (and, just as importantly, those who choose not to vote) are thinking headed into the election. Four weeks from November 4, the narrative of this election remains muddled. There are so many issues, so many contradictory trends in...

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The Koch Agenda and the Republican Party: Why Won't They Answer the Question?

(425) Comments | Posted October 2, 2014 | 12:18 PM

It is no wonder why the Koch brothers always hold their political retreats with their fellow billionaires and multimillionaires in highly secretive sessions, the things they say and the agenda they lay out, while "inspiring" to Mitch McConnell, is repulsive to most Americans. They believe the minimum wage...

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Creative Tension: Hillary and the Progressive Movement

(6) Comments | Posted September 24, 2014 | 2:41 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

(133) Comments | Posted September 19, 2014 | 3:07 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 | 3:44 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 | 4:05 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 | 3:01 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 | 6:56 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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