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Robert Creamer has been a political organizer and strategist for four decades. He and his firm, Democracy Partners, work with many of the country’s most significant issue campaigns. He was one of the major architects and organizers of the successful campaign to defeat the privatization of Social Security. He has been a consultant to the campaigns to end the war in Iraq, pass universal health care, pass Wall Street reform, change America’s budget priorities and enact comprehensive immigration reform. He has also worked on hundreds of electoral campaigns at the local, state and national level -- and served as a consultant to the DNC and President Obama's campaigns in 2008 and 2012. Creamer is married to Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky from Illinois. Arianna Huffington calls his book, Stand Up Straight: How Progressives Can Win, a master’s class in electoral politics.

Entries by Robert Creamer

The Stupidest Thing GOP Leaders Have Done Lately? Threaten to Take Away Middle Class Overtime Pay

(182) Comments | Posted May 20, 2016 | 8:46 AM

Talk about a political tin ear! Wednesday, House Republican Leader Paul Ryan and Senate Leader Mitch McConnell threatened to take away middle class overtime pay.

Speaking as a Progressive Democrat my response is simple: go ahead -- make our day. Talk about bad politics.

Here is the backstory. On Wednesday,...

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Big Business Uses Universities in Last Ditch Effort to Kill Fair Overtime Rules

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2016 | 12:13 AM

For decades corporate CEOs have used their political power to neuter the Federal Wage and Hour laws -- first passed in 1938 during the New Deal to provide Americans a 40-hour work week and guarantee that most working people received time and half for overtime.

Last year, the...

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Can Fascism Triumph in America?

(0) Comments | Posted March 14, 2016 | 12:17 AM

The rise of Donald Trump -- and the events of the last week -- have promoted serious discussion of the question of whether fascism can in fact triumph in the United States of America.

I do not raise that question simply as a means of slurring an opposition political candidate,...

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GOP Obstruction of Obama Court Nomination -- Radical, Without Precedent -- With a Big Political Price

(184) Comments | Posted February 15, 2016 | 7:28 PM

Just when you thought that the fringe right-wing politicians who have taken over the Republican Party couldn't veer any further out of the American political mainstream, they prove once again that they are willing to discard any democratic institution or constitutional principle that stands in their way.

In...

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Absent Agreement, the Building Political Crisis in Tiny Macedonia Could Have International Impact

(5) Comments | Posted January 18, 2016 | 6:39 PM

Twenty years ago, the world was riveted to the bloody ethnic conflicts that exploded in the former Yugoslavia. Mass ethnic killings dominated the news. This conflict in southern Europe's Balkan region posed a deep threat to the overall stability of Europe.

After years of war, relative peace was finally restored...

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Koch-Tied Group Asks High Court for Radical New Limits on Worker's Rights to Negotiate for Higher Wages

(422) Comments | Posted January 10, 2016 | 9:24 PM

Today, Monday, January 11, will have a big impact on the American Middle Class and all of those who aspire to it.

Today, the United States Supreme Court hears oral arguments in the case of Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association.

This case has been brought to...

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The Real Attack on the Spirit of Christmas -- 2015

(0) Comments | Posted December 25, 2015 | 6:58 AM

Once again it's Christmas. Time for Fox News and the entire rightwing chorus to recite their patently absurd allegation that Progressives have launched a "War on Christmas".

Never mind that the White House is bursting at the seams with Christmas decorations and Christmas music surrounds us.

This...

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Warning: CEO Class' Next Big Attack on the Incomes of Ordinary Americans

(205) Comments | Posted December 11, 2015 | 7:00 AM

If you're like most ordinary Americans, you're not thrilled that ever since George W. Bush came into office 15 years ago your income has flat lined.

It probably doesn't make much sense to you that CEO pay and Wall Street bonuses have exploded while most Americans can't keep up...

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GOP Demagoguery Over Refugees Sinks to New Low

(429) Comments | Posted November 16, 2015 | 9:53 PM

Imagine that you and your family have been displaced from your homeland by an oppressive government. Imagine that if you are forced to return to that homeland you will likely be subjected to persecution -- and potentially death.

Now imagine that the world's democracies close their doors and refuse...

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Does Anyone Really Believe We Can Trust Anyone in GOP Field With Our National Security?

(43) Comments | Posted November 15, 2015 | 11:00 PM

Imagine a world in which an egotistical bloviator like Donald Trump had his hand on the nuclear trigger.

The Paris terrorist tragedy has once again put into sharp relief the fact that our president is also the Commander-in-Chief.

Let's take a quick tour of the GOP field and...

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Ask the Victims of 9/11 if George W. Bush "Kept Us Safe"

(0) Comments | Posted September 19, 2015 | 8:35 AM

In Wednesday night's GOP debate, Jeb Bush made the outrageous statement that his brother George W. Bush "Kept us safe".

Here is a news flash for Jeb: George W. Bush did not begin his term on September 12, 2001. The worst attack on American soil since Pearl Harbor...

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Why the Republicans Secretly Hate the Assimilation of Legal Immigrants

(0) Comments | Posted September 18, 2015 | 8:03 AM

Well the debate is over and, if the Trump spectacle were not so dangerous, watching the Republicans devour each other in the shark tank would be fun. But America is more than a reality show, and the stakes are too high for pure enjoyment.

Wednesday night, in the "children's table"...

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Why Trump Could Win the GOP Nomination

(37) Comments | Posted August 26, 2015 | 7:54 AM

Since he entered the GOP contest, most pundits and GOP insiders have treated Trump as a sometimes humorous -- sometimes infuriating -- distraction from the real race for the Republican nomination.

Now they are beginning to wake up to the fact that Trump is not going away. He...

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Out of Touch Punditry Should Get a Grip -- Hillary's Email Is Non-Story

(904) Comments | Posted August 24, 2015 | 4:50 AM

A message to the out-of-touch Washington pundit class: get a grip. What was or was not on Hillary Clinton's email server when she was Secretary of State is not a game-changing news story.

In fact, no one outside the chattering class -- and right-wing true believers -- could give...

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10 Reasons Why Opposing Iran Nuclear Deal Is Bad Politics for Dems, Bad Policy for America

(99) Comments | Posted August 20, 2015 | 9:41 AM

Many of the same people who rushed America to war with Iraq are now engaged in a no-holds-barred campaign to convince a small group of House and Senate Democrats that they should vote to kill President Obama's Iran nuclear agreement when Congress returns in September.

But the fact is that...

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A Vote Against the Iran Nuclear Deal Is a Vote for Another Mid-East War -- or a Nuclear Iran

(149) Comments | Posted July 14, 2015 | 7:20 AM

In 2002, the so-called Neo-Cons like Dick Cheney stampeded many in Congress to vote to authorize the war in Iraq. It was a vote most of them will regret for the rest of their lives.

We are fast approaching another "Iraq War Moment." A vote to prevent President Obama...

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Progressives Have Won the Battle for the Soul for the Democratic Party, But We Must Up Our Game to Turn Progressive Values Into Public Policy

(183) Comments | Posted May 26, 2015 | 7:46 AM

There has been a flurry of recent commentary about the "battle" between the Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren wings of the Democratic Party -- a supposed contest for the party's soul.

But by and large, the battle for control for the ideological center of the Democratic Party has been...

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IL Governor Rauner's Pal Made $625,000 Per Hour Last Year and Then Gave $10 Million to Rauner Campaign to Attack Unions and Cut Worker Pay

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2015 | 8:27 AM

The New York Times reported yesterday that Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner's chief political backer, Ken Griffin, made $1.3 billion last year as manager of the hedge fund Citadel Capital. Griffin made as much personally as 26,000 average Americans making the median wage. He made as much as 16,000 civil engineers....

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On 5th Anniversary Week of BP Disaster -- Another Oil Industry Trick to Keep America Addicted to Oil

(0) Comments | Posted April 23, 2015 | 8:54 AM

On this fifth anniversary week of the disastrous BP oil spill into the Gulf of Mexico, it becomes clearer and clearer that oil spills are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to damage the oil industry is doing to our one and only planet.

The Gulf --...

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House GOP Votes to Take Food From the Mouths of Hungry Children to Give Huge Tax Break to Children of Multi-Millionaires -- Really?

(334) Comments | Posted April 21, 2015 | 7:57 AM

Last week the House Republicans took an amazing vote. They literally voted to take food from the mouths of hungry children in order to give a huge tax break to children who were born with a silver spoon in theirs -- the sons and daughters of multi-millionaires.

I am...

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