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Paul Wellstone

We Can't Win a Fight We're Not In

Marge Baker | Posted 11.18.2016 | Politics
Marge Baker

In this wrenching week, I have been thinking about something my former boss Paul Wellstone liked to say: “You’ve got to start a fight to win a ...

I've Had A Gun Pointed At My Face, And The Trigger Pulled.

Roger Wolfson | Posted 06.30.2016 | Politics
Roger Wolfson

My experience has made me conscious of how gun control advocates like myself are failing America, how gun enthusiasts have good points that need to be understood, and how the only successful approach to reducing gun violence in America needs to involve a hell of a lot more initiatives than regulating the sale of guns.

Grassley Countdown: Hogg's Senate Campaign Surges as 'Paul Wellstone of Iowa'

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.13.2016 | Politics
Jeff Biggers

With Sen. Chuck Grassley's refusal to hold a hearing for a Supreme Court nominee and his recent statement that Donald Trump would nominate the "right type of people," state senator Hogg has galvanized a cross-section of support with his issues-focused campaign.

Autism Without Fear: Advice for Young, Autistic Authors

Michael John Carley | Posted 04.14.2016 | Parents
Michael John Carley

A few of us have been at this "'notable person on the spectrum writes book'-thing" for some time. And whether it's me, Temple Grandin, Liane Holliday Willey, Jerry Newport, John Elder Robison, or Donna Williams...etc. I'm going to guess that we all, as oldsters, see a tremendous number of young, next-gen spectrumites who are writing, or who are seeking to write books about what life is like on the autism spectrum.

Democrats Once Resisted 'Liberal' Label, Now Fight to Claim 'Progressive' Mantle: That's Progress

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 02.08.2017 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

Remember when "liberal" was a dirty word? Democrats used to run from it faster than Marco Rubio runs from his support for a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.

Paul Wellstone's Ordinary Life and Extraordinary Legacy

Peter Dreier | Posted 10.25.2016 | Politics
Peter Dreier

While serving in the Senate, Wellstone remained an organizer. He was frequently on picket lines and at rallies sponsored by labor, community, environmental and other progressive groups. His speeches, often appearing to be delivered completely off-the-cuff, would crescendo wildly into loud, short jeremiads expressing indignation at whatever wrongs the rally was addressing.

In the Political Arena an Underdog Challenger Must Be Creative to Force an Incumbent to a Debate

Rich Rubino | Posted 09.30.2014 | Politics
Rich Rubino

In every election cycle, voters witness the spectacle of an underdog candidate challenging an incumbent elected official to participate in a series of debates. This is usually a starting bid, with the underdog hoping the incumbent will engage in at least one debate.

Friday Talking Points -- Frankenstorm! Hank for Senate!

Chris Weigant | Posted 12.26.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Maybe it's just me, but it seems we've entered a lull in the election. Maybe it's just my own exhaustion with our quadrennial political circus, but it seems things have settled in for the bitter end of the campaign.

Remembering Paul Wellstone: The Dreamer's Realist

Robert L. Borosage | Posted 12.25.2012 | Politics
Robert L. Borosage

Wellstone wasn't daunted: "I don't represent the big oil companies, the big pharmaceuticals, or the big insurance industry. They already have great representation in Washington. It's the rest of the people that need representation."

Remembering Paul Wellstone

Ron Pollack | Posted 12.23.2012 | Politics
Ron Pollack

Ten years ago, on October 25, 2002, our nation lost a truly genuine and very decent American leader. When Senator Paul Wellstone perished in a plane crash, we were deprived of a tireless champion for hard-working, moderate-income families across America.

Paul Wellstone's Life and Legacy

Peter Dreier | Posted 12.12.2012 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Most obituaries described Wellstone as a quixotic radical, out of step with the times -- a progressive in a conservative era. But Wellstone understood the importance of pushing the debate to the left while also fighting for concrete gains in legislation.

Those Fingerprints All Over the Elizabeth Warren "Controversy" Belong to Karl Rove

Roger Wolfson | Posted 08.06.2012 | Politics
Roger Wolfson

Karl Rove's protégé, Jim Burnett, is trying to convince Massachusetts voters that a non-controversy is so important that they should vote against their better interests.

Poll: Scott Brown's Desperate Attacks Aren't Working

Roger Wolfson | Posted 07.09.2012 | Politics
Roger Wolfson

In the latest Rasmussen poll, Scott Brown is tied 45-45 with Elizabeth Warren. The voters don't seem to be buying Brown's brutal attacks on Warren, nor do they seem to be buying Brown himself.

WATCH: Al Franken Weeps On Senate Floor

The Huffington Post | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 04.26.2012 | Politics

Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) broke into tears on Thursday while giving a speech about the Violence Against Women Act. Franken was on the Senate floor ...

Why We Must Reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act Now

Sen. Amy Klobuchar | Posted 04.26.2012 | Politics
Sen. Amy Klobuchar

Domestic violence is not a partisan issue. We need a system that encourages victims to come forward. Not a system that discourages them from seeking help, or one that intimidates victims into staying in the shadows.

The Conspiracy to Expand Democracy

Eunice Hyon Min Rho | Posted 04.17.2012 | Politics
Eunice Hyon Min Rho

The ACLU, along with its partners, recently sued the State of Georgia for denying lower-income and disabled voters the opportunity to participate in our democracy.

Cleaning Up Elections? It's Simpler Than You Think.

Roger Wolfson | Posted 03.25.2012 | Politics
Roger Wolfson

Simply overturning Citizens United won't provide us with a campaign system that provides fair results. We were doing poorly before Citizens United, too. We need a far more aggressive change than just overturning that one ruling.

Americans Are Greater Together

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 02.11.2012 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

"We all do better when we all do better." Republicans don't ascribe to that. They want to set up a country where every person is responsible for every aspect of daily life, from ensuring drinking water is safe to reducing workplace hazards.

Battleground North Carolina: Democratic Women Fired Up!

Michael Carmichael | Posted 12.23.2011 | Politics
Michael Carmichael

Recognizing that women's rights will take a devastating hit if Republicans return to power in 2012, Democratic women are rising to face the challenge.

On Paul Wellstone's Birthday

Roger Wolfson | Posted 09.20.2011 | Politics
Roger Wolfson

Today would have been the great liberal Senator Paul Wellstone's sixty-seventh birthday. Over the years since his death, most of us have only missed him more. And the gaping hole his loss created in our political system has only widened.

Howard Fineman

Michele Bachmann: A Smart, Focused, More Dangerous Palin, Say Minnesota Democrats | Howard Fineman | Posted 08.27.2011 | Politics

PLYMOUTH, Minn. -- Parker's Lake is a pleasant suburban spot near Minneapolis, a nice place to fish in summer and skate in winter. At the picnic pavil...

Netroots at a Crossroads in Minneapolis This Weekend

Paul Hogarth | Posted 08.15.2011 | Politics
Paul Hogarth

Even if the President whom we all worked hard for cares more about the deficit than jobs, caves to the Senate Republican minority on the Bush tax cuts, and proposes draconian budget cuts for the poor, now is not the time to just give up.

Matt Sledge

Dan Adler And His Crazy Jewish-Korean Campaign Ad Are For Real | Matt Sledge | Posted 07.16.2011 | Los Angeles

UPDATE -- In preliminary results that don't include absentee ballots, Adler garnered 285 votes, or 0.54% of the vote. After those results were announc...

How Obama and JFK Evoke the Ideals of the Commons

Jay Walljasper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jay Walljasper

In his speech on the shootings in Tucson, Obama was evoking -- perhaps not consciously -- the ideals of the commons, a very old idea being embraced by growing numbers of people as a new source of hope.

How to Buck Up: Mumble. Grumble. Complain. Wallow. Hope. Despair. Worry. Vote.

Christine Pelosi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

Democrats all across America are having an open tent discussion about our values and priorities. President Obama urges us to "buck up" -- and well we should. Let me tell you how I did.