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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

Taxpocalypse Now

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2014 | 4:31 PM

The modern conservative movement has become obsessed with eliminating all taxes all the time on anyone who isn't poor. They think people too poor to pay income taxes should pay a lot more, but apparently anyone who has been successful in any way should not be forced to pay. In...

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Unfortunate Son: Jesus Sings to the GOP

(1) Comments | Posted April 9, 2014 | 1:16 PM

The Republican position on issues like unemployment insurance, minimum wage, the SNAP program, and Medicaid is cruel on a level that is deeper than anything we've seen in American politics since the ugliness of the backlash against the civil rights movement. But what is even more troubling is the profound...

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Putin and the Export-Import Bank of the United States

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 2:11 PM

Today, Representative Maxine Waters will host a panel discussion on the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank of the United States. This provides an opportunity to address some of the most pressing concerns about the Ex-Im Bank that are rarely covered by the media and ignored by most elected...

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Wall Street Market Manipulation Example 3,789: Ethanol

(1) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 1:56 PM

I write a lot about the ways the powers that be on Wall Street abuse their power; commit financial fraud without going to jail; get billions of dollars in subsidies and tax loopholes; and generally hurt the Main Street economy. One of the most significant things they do to mess...

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Four Years for the ACA: Time to Keep Building

(0) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 5:54 PM

Sunday was the fourth anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, a moment well worth marking. The ACA, for all its flaws, is already making lives better for many millions of Americans, and as it gets more established will continue to do so. Tom Harkin has referred to the ACA as...

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The Hissing of the Fat Cats

(1) Comments | Posted March 21, 2014 | 12:47 PM

We live in a fascinating time in American history. For almost 35 years now, we have had politicians of both parties celebrate the most wealthy and powerful corporate leaders in our society, and do what they can to make those rich patrons' lives better. From the massive deregulation of our...

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Conservatives: The Minimum Wage Is Socialism

(73) Comments | Posted March 12, 2014 | 3:34 PM

Listening to conservatives at the CPAC conference last week is a remarkable experience. It might make you laugh, it might make you cry, or most likely both. It will probably give you a headache and raise your blood pressure if you listen too long, so do be careful. But if...

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Modern Conservatives: Frightened Falsifying Fools

(74) Comments | Posted March 7, 2014 | 8:53 AM

The conservatives I grew up with built one of history's most remarkable movements. Rising from the ashes of one of the biggest electoral landslides of all time in 1964, after three decades with very little success at the polls, representing a small minority of the American electorate (a segment of...

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The Tea Party, Our Founding Fathers, and the Fight Over Government

(51) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 11:52 AM

This is not a blog post about the absurdist fact-free stories conservatives tell about our country's history, as entertaining as that is. (Almost as entertaining as when they talk about Christianity without ever appearing to have read their bibles.) You could sit around all day talking about how wrong...

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The Trade-y Bunch

(4) Comments | Posted March 3, 2014 | 9:29 AM

D.C. denizens of both political parties hold certain ideas to be self-evident truths -- it is an odd coincidence that most deeply held establishment beliefs seem to line up nicely with the folks who have the most money in the game, isn't it? Among these beliefs: Social Security benefits should...

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Corporate Power Run Amok

(4) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 2:59 PM

Anger at the bailouts of Wall Street exploded in 2008, and has never gone away -- especially when none of the Wall Street executives who committed financial fraud went to jail, few were even fired, and both profits and bonuses skyrocketed in the years following them being bailed out by...

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Minimum Wage, Maximum Importance

(21) Comments | Posted February 12, 2014 | 2:41 PM

The executive order President Obama signed today on the minimum wage increase for workers employed by federal contractors is a very big deal, far bigger than even most progressives realize. Substantively, symbolically, politically, this policy change will have ripple effects for years to come, which will only widen if a...

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Jamie Dimon's Bird in the Hand

(9) Comments | Posted February 11, 2014 | 3:48 PM


Last week, Elizabeth Warren had another one of those moments that reminds all of us who want justice and accountability for Wall Street, and unrigged financial markets for the rest of us, why she is our hero. She was once again...

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Elizabeth Warren: 'It Hurts... It Just Makes Me Madder Than Hell'

(44) Comments | Posted January 29, 2014 | 12:14 PM


President Obama gave a terrific State of the Union speech last night. His message was broadly progressive in a wide variety of ways, really focused on economic issues that will help low- and middle-income families, which was great to see. I was especially...

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Making a Choice: the Values of Elizabeth Warren vs. the Values of Jamie Dimon

(1) Comments | Posted January 27, 2014 | 12:45 PM

So Jamie Dimon has proudly negotiated settlements worth 25 billion dollars with the federal government because, as he openly acknowledges, he doesn't want to go to trial on all these crimes JP Morgan Chase has committed. I mean, if a jury of regular folks looked at the stuff...

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Winning Warren-Style

(11) Comments | Posted January 20, 2014 | 12:28 PM


Noam Scheiber was out with a great new piece last week contrasting Elizabeth Warren's political message and priorities with New York City Mayor's Bill de Blasio, where he described Warren's populism as the "anti-government left," an intriguing phrase. While I generally...

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Mark Warner's DC Centrism: Hurting the Middle Class

(2) Comments | Posted January 12, 2014 | 2:29 PM

The organization I chair, American Family Voices, sponsors Lauren Windsor's The Undercurrent show on The Young Turks network in part because of reports like this one on the Warner-Corker legislation that purports to "reform" Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Windsor does a great job of summarizing and analyzing...

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Rihanna, Jamie Dimon, and Hillary

(3) Comments | Posted December 18, 2013 | 2:36 PM

Okay, Rihanna, Dimon, and Hillary are truly an odd combination. And I'm not referring to some kind of very strange fundraising event trio, but to a new video inspired by the divide in the Democratic Party, and in our country, over how we should view the titans on...

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Third Way, Elizabeth Warren, and the Real Battle

(10) Comments | Posted December 9, 2013 | 9:10 AM

There has been a long-term intra-Democratic party battle between progressive populists and the more Wall Street-oriented wing of the party for 3 decades now, one that (full disclosure) I will admit to having been a happy warrior in on the side of the progressives for that entire time. This week...

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Thanksgiving, With an Edge

(29) Comments | Posted November 26, 2013 | 4:19 PM

Many people who know me are aware that I am a rank sentimentalist. I get teary-eyed at a fair number of movies; I write long emotional notes to people I love on all sorts of occasions; and I love the traditions and sentiment around the holidays. Around Thanksgiving, I always...

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