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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

Elizabeth Warren's Comprehensive Wall Street Reform Agenda

(66) Comments | Posted April 17, 2015 | 2:49 PM

Elizabeth Warren has given her fair share of great speeches, and has written some outstanding legislation on reforming Wall Street, but her speech on April 15 to the Hyman P. Minsky Conference was the best Wall Street policy speech I have ever heard her, or anyone, ever give. It...

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The Angst of the Rich and Powerful

(7) Comments | Posted March 30, 2015 | 3:16 PM

There have been a couple of recent articles that relate to money and politics that, while infuriating on many levels, have also struck me as very funny.

One of them came out yesterday, a broadside no doubt planted by a Wall Street lobbyist intending to frighten Democratic party...

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Most Important Election of 2015: Chuy Garcia's People's Campaign Versus Rahm Emanuel's Big Money

(7) Comments | Posted March 23, 2015 | 2:48 PM

Every so often, a local election comes along that has enormous implications in terms of the national political narrative. Back in the 1980s, Harold Washington's stunning upset of the Daley machine in Chicago was one of those moments. Bill de Blasio's surprising come from behind win in NYC a couple...

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Two Campaigns That Are Game Changers

(3) Comments | Posted March 11, 2015 | 12:32 PM

I'm signing on to two exciting campaigns that would both build the diversity of the Democratic Party's leadership and add to progressive strength in this country: Donna Edwards for U.S. Senate from my home state of Maryland, and Chuy Garcia in the upcoming Chicago mayoral election. They are very different...

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The D.C. Centrists' Straw Men

(11) Comments | Posted March 4, 2015 | 10:21 AM

One of the tiredest clichés in all of American politics -- and a favorite of D.C. "centrists" -- is that economic populism is all about beating up on the rich and redistributing income instead of pursuing economic growth.

A note here before I get into the main point of...

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Winning Marathons While Running Uphill

(2) Comments | Posted March 3, 2015 | 9:18 AM

It is easy to get discouraged about the American political scene. Billionaires and big business keep spending absurd amounts on buying up politicians and making sure they win elections. Republicans keep moving more and more to the extreme edges of the right. A lot of Democrats are either bought off...

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Larry Scanlon: A Progressive Battler

(4) Comments | Posted February 28, 2015 | 8:43 PM

The progressive community lost one of its toughest and smartest fighters yesterday. Larry died in a car crash on a trip to Florida, and all of us who had the honor of being his friend will miss him greatly.

Larry's long tenure as political director of AFSCME...

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Why Elizabeth Warren Strikes Such a Chord

(8) Comments | Posted January 19, 2015 | 2:55 PM

It seems like just about everyone these days is talking about Elizabeth Warren. I saw Jay Leno -not a very political guy or especially progressive- the other day on Bill Maher's show, talking about how shocked he was that Elizabeth Warren was only 18 months younger than Hilary because of...

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Elizabeth Warren's Economic Agenda

(12) Comments | Posted January 12, 2015 | 10:42 AM

On Wednesday, I wrote about the AFL-CIO's terrific event, their Raising Wages Summit, and the difference in messaging on economics coming from the Obama administration and Elizabeth Warren highlighted there. This difference in messaging is at the heart of the strategic dilemma Democrats have to figure out to...

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Elizabeth Warren and the Four Corners of American Politics

(14) Comments | Posted January 7, 2015 | 5:06 PM

The last couple of days have been a provocative view of the near-term future of American politics. There are four major teams on the scene at the same time, coming from four different corners of the field, and they all have some amount of political juice. How they end up...

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2015: A Year of Great Opportunity for Progressives

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2015 | 4:29 PM

Watching the Republicans glory in their new majority in the Senate and expanded majority in the House is hard to take for progressive Democrats. Democrats have dug ourselves a deep hole, and the country will suffer as the most conservative political party in American history controls the Congress. What very...

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Pulling the Princes From Their Thrones

(18) Comments | Posted December 24, 2014 | 4:47 PM

"He has pulled down the princes from from their thrones and exalted the lowly. The hungry he has filled with good things, the rich sent empty away." Mary, the mother of Jesus, Luke 1:52-53
The Washington, DC version of what's left, right, and centrist are very strange indeed. People who...
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A Progressive Populism That Works

(6) Comments | Posted December 23, 2014 | 1:49 PM

There is a lot of talk in Democratic party circles about populism (which among Democrats is generally of a more progressive nature) vs centrism. All three terms -- progressive, populism, and centrism -- are thrown around way too loosely by pundits who rarely know what they are talking about. For...

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Go Midwest, Young Man

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2014 | 4:11 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 | 3:18 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 | 10:02 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 | 1:55 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 | 1:38 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 | 2:26 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 | 4:33 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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