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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.

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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

(184) 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?

(338) 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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Corker-Menendez Bill Could Kill Iran Nuclear Deal

(66) Comments | Posted April 13, 2015 | 8:53 AM

This week the Senate Foreign Relations Committee takes up a bill sponsored by Senators Corker and Menendez that would give the GOP-controlled Congress veto power over recently-concluded Framework Agreement that would prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.

The bill sounds reasonable enough. Its backers say it is only intended...

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Progressives Thrilled That Durbin Will Seek Reelection as Senate Democratic Whip -- Here's Why

(60) Comments | Posted March 30, 2015 | 9:53 AM

Friday, Senator Harry Reid announced he would step down at the end of this term -- ending a decade-plus of strong, effective progressive leadership of Democrats in the Senate.

His announcement set off a wave of speculation about who would run to succeed him as Senate Democratic Leader.

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GOP Senate Letter Undercutting Nuclear Negotiations Has No Known Precedent in American History

(242) Comments | Posted March 11, 2015 | 3:18 PM

Ever since Republicans published their letter trying to sabotage U.S. negotiations to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon, right-wing pundits have searched in vain to find historic parallels for their action.

They have twisted themselves into knots trying to argue that past actions by Democrats are even remotely similar....

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GOP Letter to Iran: Breathtaking Attempt to Sabotage U.S. Foreign Policy, Stampede U.S. Into War

(545) Comments | Posted March 9, 2015 | 3:22 PM

According to Bloomberg News:

A group of 47 Republican senators has written an open letter to Iran's leaders warning them that any nuclear deal they sign with President Barack Obama's administration won't last after Obama leaves office.

Their action is a brazen, breathtaking attempt to sabotage U.S. foreign...

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Netanyahu, Other Iraq Hawks, Try to Push U.S. Into War With Iran

(105) Comments | Posted March 2, 2015 | 8:37 AM

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who will speak before a joint session of Congress on Tuesday, will try to convince lawmakers to scuttle a potential agreement being negotiated between Iran, the U.S. and other world powers.

The agreement is intended is to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear bomb.

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IL Governor Rauner Gets $750,000 Tax Break, Proposes Slashing Services to Middle Class and Poor

(1198) Comments | Posted February 24, 2015 | 7:22 AM

Illinois' new GOP Governor, Bruce Rauner, will personally receive a $750,000 per year tax cut as a result of his decision not to continue the state's temporary 1.25% income tax surcharge that expired last year.

His taxes were cut by an amount equal to the annual income of 14...

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Meet IL Governor Bruce Rauner -- Poster Boy for War on Middle Class

(339) Comments | Posted February 10, 2015 | 8:15 AM

Last fall, Illinois GOP candidate Bruce Rauner spent $63.9 million -- $27.3 million of his own money -- to buy the right to occupy the Illinois Governor's mansion.

Now that he's in office his first moves have confirmed that he is the poster boy for the War on...

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If You Think the GOP Is 'Refocusing' on the Wealth Gap, I've Got a Bridge to Sell You

(349) Comments | Posted January 27, 2015 | 8:07 AM

The New York Times reported last week that in the closed-door Republican Senate Caucus retreat, Republican Leader Senator Mitch McConnell "encouraged the Republican troops to refocus policy on the stagnant middle class."

That would be like asking the wolves of the world to stop hunting and refocus...

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Much to the Surprise of Pundit Class, Nancy Pelosi's Influence Will Rise in 2015

(0) Comments | Posted January 7, 2015 | 7:08 AM

Some in the pundit class are falling all over each other with predictions that House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi -- and the Progressive forces she leads -- have somehow been banished to irrelevancy by the outcome of the mid-term elections. Wrong.

In fact the actual political dynamics have moved...

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Contrasting Cruz and Warren-Pelosi Budget Battles: Why Democrats Have High Political Ground in 2016

(36) Comments | Posted December 14, 2014 | 11:01 PM

Over the last week we have seen played out in the national political spotlight the fundamental reason why Democrats have the high political ground in 2016.

Senator Ted Cruz used every procedural move available to block Senate consideration of the "CRomnibus" appropriation bill that he demanded defund President Obama's...

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Stop Congress From Eliminating Dodd-Frank Provision That Prevents Bail Outs of Too-Big-To-Fail Banks

(30) Comments | Posted December 11, 2014 | 7:27 AM

The audacity is breathtaking. It is just six years after their orgy of speculation in so called "credit default swaps" caused the collapse of the World economy and precipitated the Great Recession.

Undaunted, the big banks have told Republican leaders to include a provision in the "must pass" bill...

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Seven Reasons Why Obama's Executive Action on Immigration Is Great Policy and Great Politics

(72) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 7:14 AM

Ten years ago, following President George Bush's 2004 re-election victory, Progressives were back on their heels. Bush decided to press his advantage by launching a campaign to privatize Social Security, seeking to eliminate the crown jewel of the New Deal: guaranteed Social Security benefits.

Progressives rallied in an unprecedented...

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Five Reasons Why Nancy Pelosi Should Continue as House Democratic Leader

(89) Comments | Posted November 17, 2014 | 1:21 PM

This week House Democrats will renew their fight to put the middle class first and strengthen America's working families. Here are five reasons why Nancy Pelosi has earned their votes to continue as Democratic Leader.

Reason #1. She has a clear understanding of the major challenges facing the...

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For Democrats to Win Future Mid-Terms: Five Priorities

(29) Comments | Posted November 7, 2014 | 8:32 AM

In the last two presidential elections, Democrats won solid victories. In the last two mid-terms, Democrats lost.

To some it appears that there are two separate electorates in the United States -- one for the general election that closely resembles the makeup of the actual population, and one...

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GOP Faces Dramatically Tougher New Battle Ground in 2016

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2014 | 7:06 AM

It was certainly a tough night for Democrats. But if the GOP believes it has a mandate for the Tea Party agenda, it is sadly mistaken. Most Americans strongly support a progressive middle-class-first agenda. And most important, with the mid-term elections behind us, the 2016 political battlefield completely transforms the...

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They Hope You Won't Wake Up

(6) Comments | Posted November 3, 2014 | 7:01 AM

Here's the bottom line. The Tea Party Republicans and their Big Business and Wall Street allies plan to grab what they want while ordinary people sleep through this election.

They want ordinary Americans to stay home on Election Day.

To them, high voter turnout is like daylight to...

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