Raising the Federal Minimum Wage Is Extremely Popular

By: Thursday February 21, 2013 1:15 pm

The American people overwhelmingly back President Obama’s call for increasing the federal minimum wage. According to a new Pew Research poll, 71 percent of Americans would favor raising the minimum wage to $9.00 an hour, while only 26 percent would oppose the move. The idea is not only very popular with Democrats and Independents, but even [...]

Obama Prepared to Sell Out Rank and File Democrats on Medicare to Enhance Personal Brand

By: Tuesday June 28, 2011 11:19 am

Getting Republicans to sign onto a deal could enhance Obama’s personal brand. It would show him to be a serious “deficit hawk,” able to rise above partisan politics and cut a deal. But he would be helping himself at the expense of everyone else in the party. By giving the Republicans the political “out” they want on Medicare privatization, he could be dealing a devastating blow to everyone else in his own party who hoped to use the Ryan vote against their GOP opponents in 2012.

Failure to Pass DC Statehood When Possible Was a Disaster for Democrats and Citizens

By: Friday April 1, 2011 10:42 am

There was a moment two years ago when Democrats controlled the Presidency, the House and had 60 votes in the Senate. It would have been the perfect time to finally fully enfranchise 600,000 mainly Democratic US citizens by making Washington, DC a state. Politically, it would have been a big, long-term win for Democrats by [...]

In Failing to Push for a Larger House, Is GOP Missing a Big Opportunity?

By: Monday January 24, 2011 7:26 pm

Today in the New York Times, Dalton Conley and Jacqueline Stevens make a compelling case for why we should increase the size of the House of Representatives with the newest census to create a more accountable and fairer government. The only real hurdle is that it could require the individual current members of the House [...]

Public Uninformed About Politics, But Well Aware of Their Own Situation

By: Friday November 19, 2010 3:03 pm

Pew Research is out with a new poll demonstrating how politically uninformed and/or disinterested the general public is. The study found that slightly less than half of the adults living in this country could correctly identify that, in this last election, Republicans took control of the House but not the Senate. When the new Congress [...]

Calling Accounting to Account: The Abortion Funding Debate and the Chamber of Commerce’s Foreign Money

By: Tuesday October 12, 2010 2:05 pm

The Chamber of Commerce gets money from foreign citizens and foreign corporations for their general fund. From their general fund, the Chamber of Commerce spends millions on ads to influence our democracy–this we know thanks to Think Progress. The Chamber of Commerce claims that they have a system in place to prevent foreign money from [...]

Why Should I Care? Leaders Lack Good Reasons to Vote For Democrats – or Against Republicans

By: Wednesday September 8, 2010 6:45 pm

There is great concern that the Republicans will take control of the House of Representatives and even possibly the Senate in the 2010 elections. While most prognosticators are predicting huge wins for the Republican Party, their current seat deficit is so great that if they do win back the majority in the House, it will [...]

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