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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

Boeing: Taking Taxpayer Dollars and Breaking Promises

(8) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 10:10 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 | 3:15 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 | 1:25 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 | 4:58 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 | 11:18 AM

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 | 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

(133) 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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