One sign of progressive strength is when progressive candidates win
elections. But another sign is when conservative candidates begin
adopting progressive programs for fear of losing office. And across the
country, many GOP gubernatorial candidates have begun embracing progressive causes as a way to court the voters:
Some conservatives in Colorado appear to think they are above
the laws. In the past several weeks, Colorado's largest rightwing 527
has been caught in the middle of what appears to be a giant money
laundering scheme and the Secretary of State has been called out for
failing to enforce a new law stepping up lobbyist disclosure, even
while trying to create new rules to hamstring unions and other large
American families are under economic strain, but there is a rousing
debate among economists over whether workers and families are doing
better than a generation ago-- and what that means for shaping economic
and social policy. The American Prospect is hosting a lively debate online on the fate of the middle class and how progressives need to tailor their message accordingly. Stephen Rose of Third Way makes the case that the middle class is doing better than many progressives think, while Lawrence Mishel of the Economic Policy Institute disagrees with Rose, highlighting the stagnation
of middle class families incomes in the last generation, even as wealth
at the top of the economic ladder exploded. Read the debate and the responses by other commentators.
It's now ten years since the 1996 welfare law promised to end "welfare
as we know it." That goal may have been accomplished, but the results
have been decidedly mixed, both for poor families and for state
lawmakers coping with changing federal mandates.
In his first veto over 17 years as mayor, Chicago Mayor Richard Daley has vetoed
the ordinance passed by the city council which would have required
large retail stores of at least 90,000 square feet to pay $10 an hour,
plus $3 in benefits, by July 2010.
A bipartisan group of Michigan legislators have made a bold move
to fight cancer by announcing new legislation to require a cervical
cancer vaccination in students entering the 6th grade. 70% of cervical
cancer is caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), a sexually
transmitted infection that can now be prevented through vaccination,
although the vaccine is ideally administered at a young age.
Complicated and confusing processes, threats of punishment for voter
registration volunteers, systematic purging of voter databases -- a
wholesale effort to use any means necessary to deny the right to vote
to wide swaths of Americans. This is what People for the American Way recently called The New Face of Jim Crow.