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Dave Jamieson

Meet The Democrats Who Aren't Backing A Minimum Wage Hike

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 02.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On Wednesday, House Democrats will undertake a procedural maneuver known as a discharge petition in hopes of forcing a vote on their min...

Remembering Rodrigue: The Blue Dog Blues

Brian Ross | Posted 02.25.2014 | Arts
Brian Ross

The staring dog, his beloved passed-on pet, whom he painted into one of his Cajun Bayou scenes to explosive popularity, is part of sixteen other museum and permanent collections, and currently four feature collections.

Like WellPoint in 2010, GOP Overreach Making Obamacare a Reality That's Not Going Away

Wendell Potter | Posted 12.14.2013 | Politics
Wendell Potter

The botched attempt to inflict mortal wounds to the health care law, which all but assures that it will be implemented as planned, reminded me of another moment when reform opponents fumbled at a critical time.

The NRA Is Ready for the Gun Control Fight. Are You?

Bob Cesca | Posted 03.20.2013 | Politics
Bob Cesca

This week, President Obama announced a bold series of new gun control regulations. The roster of actions went far beyond the expectations of gun control advocates, while blunting some of the paranoid delusions of the gun lobby and the Republican Party.

What Role Can the Occupy Movement Play in the Upcoming Election?

Pearl Korn | Posted 10.20.2012 | Politics
Pearl Korn

The Occupy movement seems to have all but disappeared from media coverage over the past months. Is this due to the fever pitch of the presidential campaign, or has the movement's time come and gone?

Tea Party Democrats and the 2012 Elections

Carl Packman | Posted 10.16.2012 | Politics
Carl Packman

The Tea Party of late, whether it sits well with our prejudices or not, is changing and detoxifying in the US.

Primary Defeats Spotlight Disappearing Center in American Politics

Rob Richie | Posted 05.09.2012 | Politics
Rob Richie

Clearly winner-take-all amplifies partisanship and polarization in Congress; it is therefore antagonistic toward the goal of achieving a more collaborative and collegial legislature.

K Street and Wall Street in Trouble in 2012

Mike Lux | Posted 06.25.2012 | Politics
Mike Lux

We need Democrats who are willing to stand up to K Street, Wall Street, and big business special interests, so that this election becomes a clear contrast over who will take the big boys on. Pennsylvania's primary results are a great symbol that it is happening.

Amanda Terkel

Blue Dog Democrats Lose Big In Pennsylvania Primary Races

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 04.24.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It was a not-so-super Tuesday for Pennsylvania's Blue Dog Democrats. Reps. Tim Holden (D-Pa.) and Jason Altmire (D-Pa.), both members...

"Southern Democracy": Can Yellow Dogs and Blue Dogs Rekindle Their Romance?

Glen Browder | Posted 06.11.2012 | Politics
Glen Browder

I firmly believe that it takes both Yellow Dogs and Blue Dogs for Democrats to win in most Southern elections. The hitch is that there are few Blue Dogs left out there to be wooed.

How Some Democrats Sold Their Souls to the 1 Percent

Jane White | Posted 05.19.2012 | Politics
Jane White

Why haven't we had genuine financial services reform? The blame falls on a group called the New Democrat Coalition, members of Congress who have sold their souls for campaign contributions and future jobs as lobbyists.

How Michael Moore Can Help Bring Real Political Change to America

Pearl Korn | Posted 03.11.2012 | Politics
Pearl Korn

Our nation deserves a better government, Michael Moore, and you are one of the few people with the ability to actually help make that happen.

Why Does the Democratic Party Continue to Work Against the 99%?

Pearl Korn | Posted 01.28.2012 | Politics
Pearl Korn

Who are these people that we've sent to Washington to represent us? Do they live in this country? Do they see the same news reports, pass the same shuttered businesses, hear the same desperate stories from their friends and family? One has to wonder.

Washington's Winners and Losers, If the Super Committee Fails

Ronnie Shows | Posted 01.16.2012 | Politics
Ronnie Shows

We all know that the president plans to run against a "do nothing" Congress, and what is more "do nothing" than Congress failing to reach a deal that Congress itself designed?

Jason Linkins

The Next Obstacle For The American Jobs Act: Congressional Democrats

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.15.2011 | Politics

In my recent discussions on passing the American Jobs Act, it seemed clear to me that President Barack Obama was working to create an environment in which the GOP leadership, seeing that job creation was in their best interests, might become amenable to bargaining, as opposed to obstruction. A pretty dicey gamble, considering how well obstruction has worked out for the GOP electorally! Of course, what I should have considered is the first major obstacle the bill would face would actually come in the form of intra-caucus undermining from the Democrats themselves.

It's the Jobs, Stupid

Ronnie Shows | Posted 09.25.2011 | Politics
Ronnie Shows

What can President Obama do to help lower unemployment? While there will be no magic bullet, the president does have some good options to preserve existing jobs and creating new ones.

Battleground North Carolina: Midnight Madness & the Southern Backlash

Michael Carmichael | Posted 08.16.2011 | Politics
Michael Carmichael

While there is a growing progressive trend supporting vetoes of radical right-wing legislation, there is a definite backlash against centrist, populist, Blue Dog-style Democrats in North Carolina and all across the South.

Can The DNC and Our President Break Their Establishment Ties?

Pearl Korn | Posted 07.23.2011 | Politics
Pearl Korn

For the DNC to become relevant again, it needs to truly embrace that spirit of "change" from 2008 and support some real Progressives for Congress in 2012.

Amanda Terkel

Blue Dog Democrat Votes For Speedy Afghanistan Withdrawal

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When it comes to congressional alliances, progressive Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) and Blue Dog Rep. Heath Shuler (D-N.C.) aren't usual...

Voters Will Reward Democrats for Budget Courage

Ronnie Shows | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ronnie Shows

Democrats need to get serious about budget cuts, even to programs they support, if they are going to have the political capital that they will need to raise tax rates on the wealthiest one percent of Americans.

Congressional Democrats Should Take a Hint From Obama

Ronnie Shows | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ronnie Shows

The president, by reaching out to business, is helping get millions of Americans back to work and at the same time increasing his chances of being elected to a second-term in the White House.

Blue Dog President?

Bob Jacobson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Jacobson

Last autumn, just before the midterm elections, a group of Democratic Congress members -- call them the "Super Blues" -- petitioned President Obama no...

Let the 2012 Presidential Race Begin!

David Helfenbein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Helfenbein

Our country has the intellectual power to lead. Substantive intellectual, thoughtful, conversational dialogues surrounding issues would be a good way to start. Start the engines.

Sam Stein

Blue Dogs Tell Pelosi To Pass 'Essential' Tax Deal As-Is

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A major swath of the conservative Democratic Blue Dog caucus has written a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi asking for neither "delay" nor...

Dems Need Their Own Eric Cantor in the House... and the Senate... and the White House

Pearl Korn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Pearl Korn

No, I am not suggesting that the soon-to-be Republican Majority House Whip change parties. It is clear, however, that Dems desperately need someone to speak for them with Cantor's unabashed, in-your-face style.