DISCLOSE Act Senate Vote on Motion to Proceed Set for Tuesday

By: Monday July 26, 2010 8:00 am

The DISCLOSE Act will get a vote on a motion to proceed tomorrow in the Senate, in all likelihood, with a newer version from Chuck Schumer that includes some changes from the House version, some good, some bad


Closing Thoughts on Netroots Nation

By: Sunday July 25, 2010 1:22 pm

I think you can point to a couple things that Al Franken said in his closing keynote to get a feel for the mood here at the event, which was quite a bit less gloomy than, say, the America’s Future Now conference last month. Franken said bluntly that we don’t have enough progressives in Congress to get the agenda we want, and a fair reading of the situation would prove him right. We can advance an issue or two, and create some litmus tests, but ultimately we’re at the beginning of a long road. The other thing Franken said (and I had a chance to talk with him one-on-one, so I’ll be writing about that in the future) was that the Supreme Court is taking away citizen’s rights one 5-4 decision at a time. That’s a key point, that the crisis of governance in the 21st century extends to the roadblock in the courts.

Van Jones: Where Is the Titanic’s Iceberg? Who Are the Orcs?

By: Saturday July 24, 2010 10:01 am

More on what Van Jones might have meant with his Titanic metaphor. Have we already struck the iceberg, or is it still in front of us?

Talk of Senate Rules Reform Hangs Over Netroots Nation

By: Saturday July 24, 2010 7:52 am

Amid the frustration of a sidelined policy agenda despite large majorities in both houses of Congress, attendees and policymakers at Netroots Nation turned to procedural reform as a way to break the deadlock and bring some accountability back to the legislative branch.

Netroots Nation: Day One Impressions

By: Friday July 23, 2010 6:00 am

Bill Halter appeared on the morning panel, and I got to steal a few minutes with him. I asked him about the difficulty running against candidates who “progressive-wash” themselves. Blanche Lincoln came out with this derivatives title that she “wrote” right before the primary, blunting Halter’s message of Lincoln as a Wall Street fighter. Halter said that the complexity of the specific issue made it even harder to counteract the message – it was hard to wrap Arkansans heads around the fact that Lincoln left a big loophole in her Section 716 of the bill, for example, or that she didn’t filibuster the bill when Maria Cantwell was doing so precisely because her derivatives title became unenforceable. This is something that progressives need to figure out, because incumbents have done this over and over again to inoculate themselves from criticism from the left.

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