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Bernie Sanders Won Last Night's Democratic Debate

William Astore | Posted 02.04.2016 | Politics
William Astore

In sum, if you're happy with the status quo, you'll get plenty of that with Clinton. If you want change, if you're tired of a "rigged" economy and a corrupt political process, Sanders is far more likely to act in your favor. The millions of dollars she has accepted in speaking fees from banks and investment houses, she suggested, would have no impact on her policy decisions, which is simply implausible.

The Sad Legacy of Compromise Democrats

FIXCapitalism | Posted 02.02.2016 | Politics

American trust in government is near all-time lows. From where most people sit, they think their votes don't matter. Even when they sent a Democrat with strong support to the Oval Office, all they got in return were pro-wealth appointees, pro-wealth legislation and pro-wealth results.

Is Hillary Clinton's Campaign 12 Years Too Late

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 01.26.2016 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

By waiting until 2016, Ms. Clinton may have let her moment pass her by. That moment, with the advantage of hindsight, was most likely 2004, when her husband's presidency was recent enough that it was defined more by the strong economy of the 1990s, not by the seeds of the 2008 economic collapse.

Why Hillary Should Win the LGBT Vote

Jeza Belle | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jeza Belle

Selecting the right nominee who will not only defend the progress of the last eight years but can win the general election and carry our movement forward is critical for our community. Here are five reasons why I believe that Hillary Clinton is the right person to be our nominee and next president.

Why Bernie Sanders Must Start Touting His Stellar LGBT Rights Record

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

Sanders should learn from what happened with Black Lives Matter. A candidate can't rely on people knowing what he's done in the past and needs to both speak about that past record and about what he's going to do right now.

2016: The Coming Train Wreck

Robert Kuttner | Posted 08.24.2015 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Hillary Clinton is sinking like a stone. She's falling in the polls. Conversations with her longtime friends and admirers indicate grave worry. She is not generating the excitement that the first prospective woman president should; the email mess is not going away; even the money advantage is not what was anticipated. And a self-declared socialist could defeat her in Iowa and New Hampshire. Even as she tacks left to excite the base, there is no way she can out-Sanders Sanders. If she could just vault over the rest of the pack and claim the nomination, as she hoped when she declared her candidacy, Hillary Clinton might still be a strong nominee. But that's not going to happen.


Jonathan Richards | Posted 05.21.2015 | Politics
Jonathan Richards


Primary Debates, Not a Coronation

Nancy Altman | Posted 04.04.2015 | Politics
Nancy Altman

To recapture our democracy, we need open, contested primaries and at least one candidate who isn't afraid to fight back against the moneyed interests.

Clinton v. Warren: A Battle for the Soul of the Democratic Party in NYC This Week

Jeanne Zaino | Posted 11.23.2014 | Politics
Jeanne Zaino

She may want to talk about giving us a 'fighting chance' and the 'fair shot' we deserve. But Truman-esque and Warren-esque don't work for Clinton because, for better or worse, we know her, specifically Democratic party goers know her, far too well.

Here's Why Governor Abercrombie Was 'Blasted' Out Of Office

Civil Beat | Denby Fawcett | Posted 08.21.2014 | Politics

Now that the dust has settled, it might be helpful to turn to the Hawaiian pidgin English dictionary to get a better grip on why Hawaii Gov. Neil Aber...

Long-Serving Congressman May Not Make It On The Primary Ballot

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 05.02.2014 | Politics

Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), who would become Congress' longest-serving member if he is reelected this year, may not even qualify for the Democratic p...

GOP Governor: Biden 'Is Dead Meat' In Iowa

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 12.19.2013 | Politics

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, a Republican, predicted grim prospects Wednesday for potential Democratic presidential candidates in 2016. Branstad told ...

2016 Showdown: Hillary vs. Biden

Ben Arnon | Posted 01.12.2013 | Politics
Ben Arnon

Once campaigning begins in full force in early 2014, President Obama will find himself in a very awkward position.

Democrats' 27-State Strategy And The Tennessee Abomination

Larry Womack | Posted 10.03.2012 | Politics
Larry Womack

Instead of fighting these perceptions tooth and nail, Democrats have opted to cede the south to people like Bob Corker. It's the new, unspoken "27 -state strategy," and though it will probably work out well for Obama in November, it is otherwise a miserable failure thus far.

Cole Stangler

Anti-War Progressive Loses Out In Close Primary | Cole Stangler | Posted 06.29.2012 | Politics

After a vote-counting process that stretched a few weeks beyond the June 5 primary, anti-war Democrat Norman Solomon finally conceded the race for Cal...

Why America Doesn't Deserve Democracy

Ben Zolno | Posted 08.08.2012 | San Francisco
Ben Zolno

All the venti mochas at your local quad-corner Starbuckses combined aren't enough to pry open your eyes, get you out of bed, and vote this year. Go back to sleep and dream of a dreamy tomorrow.

DeFazio Defeats 24-Year-Old Challenger

The Huffington Post | Lucia Graves | Posted 05.16.2012 | Politics

Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) on Tuesday coasted to an easy win, predictably crushing his 24-year-old opponent Matthew Robinson, the son of DeFazio's on...

Lucia Graves

Pot Advocates Celebrate Big Victory In Oregon | Lucia Graves | Posted 05.16.2012 | Politics

Pro-pot groups have reason to celebrate: Ellen Rosenblum, a retired appellate court judge who's been vocal in her support for Oregon's medical marijua...

Lucia Graves

Top Democrat Faces Father, Son Election Challengers | Lucia Graves | Posted 05.16.2012 | Politics

Rep. Peter DeFazio, a top Democrat on powerful transportation and natural resources congressional subcommittees, faces challenges from two members of ...

Lucia Graves

PAYBACK: Progressive Groups Target Turncoat State House Democrats For Defeat | Lucia Graves | Posted 05.16.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Liberal advocacy groups are aggressively targeting Democratic state lawmakers who've sided with Republicans to block action on President...

Oregon Progressives Aim To Unseat Controversial Dem

The Huffington Post | Lucia Graves | Posted 05.14.2012 | Politics

Progressives in Oregon's 48th district campaigned door-to-door over the weekend in an effort to unseat controversial Democrat and five-term incumbent ...

Bigoted White Democrats Are Bigger Danger to President Obama Than Romney

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 07.08.2012 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

A racial outburst in New York City, a Democratic Party bastion, points to a danger that could damage Obama's presidential drive in 2008. That's the absolute refusal of some otherwise rock-solid white Democrats to back him.

Why Occupy Can't -- and Shouldn't -- Become the Progressive Tea Party

Max Berger | Posted 07.04.2012 | Politics
Max Berger

If Occupy tried to start a left Tea Party, we would be following in the footsteps of several progressive movement efforts that came up short.

Michigan Primary: Anybody's Vote, Anybody's Guess

Olga Bonfiglio | Posted 04.28.2012 | Politics
Olga Bonfiglio

Many Michigan Democrats are planning to vote for Santorum Tuesday because they believe a match up between him and Obama would deliver a sure win to the Dems in November. Others refuse to play this game...

Progressive Prescription for a GOP White House -- Challenge President Obama

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 11.23.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Trying to get a Democrat to launch a primary challenge against Obama is not simply progressive parlor rhetoric about what Obama should or should not be doing. This is a prescription for a GOP White House.