Obama Campaign Reluctant to Give Up Database

By: Wednesday December 5, 2012 3:50 pm

Democrats want President Obama’s campaign to release the vast, rich amount of data they gained throughout 2012 for use by statewide and local campaigns. I don’t think they should hold their breath.

 

Liberal Groups Fighting Grand Bargain – For Now

By: Saturday November 10, 2012 7:52 am

As we try to soak in what the President just had to say, keep in mind that there’s a growing citizen-led movement, backed by labor and progressive groups, to push Democrats away from anything approaching a grand bargain that would cut Medicare, Medicaid or Social Security (they should also be protective of regular discretionary spending, but that’s besides the point at the moment). Scenes like this are playing out all over the country.

Andrew Cuomo Pressured Into Delaying Approval on Fracking

By: Monday October 1, 2012 10:55 am

Here’s a story about the power of independent, outside movements to advance policy arguments. The story about fracking in New York was that it would simply happen, without much resistance from the state government. The special interests were too powerful, there was too much money at stake. In fact, nationally, the fracking boom is key to state and national economies, offering a counterweight to the impact of GDP growth on increasing energy prices (which usually immediately stunts that growth). So the idea that anymore could stop this slow march to a fracked America was dubious

Single Payer Fight to Intensify in States if Court Strikes Down Health Care Law

By: Wednesday June 27, 2012 1:20 pm

One school of thought in progressive circles, if the Supreme Court strikes down the Affordable Care Act, is that this will afford an opportunity to return to the public with a full-throated call for “Medicare for All,” a single-payer system that would use taxes to fund health coverage for all of the country’s citizens, as is done throughout the world. The idea appears to have some traction at the state level, especially in states like Vermont and California that have already considered the idea.

Silent March Opposes Stop and Frisk in NYC

By: Monday June 18, 2012 3:30 pm

There was an amazing silent march yesterday against the New York City Police Department’s stop and frisk policy. Several thousand took part. And perhaps fittingly, it ended with some police overreach.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Van Jones, Rebuild The Dream

By: Saturday June 16, 2012 1:59 pm

Today we have any number of groups who represent any number of interests. They raise funds, recruit members, send out petitions, operate phone banks; but when it comes to putting progressive candidates in office, they can’t seem to organize themselves for a common purpose. Enter Van Jones’ Rebuild The Dream. Jones has some ideas on how to build a movement with enough power to make things happen.

Deferred Action for DREAMers a Victory for Networked Political Organizing

By: Saturday June 16, 2012 7:52 am

The DREAM Act was not a lonely fight, and it suggests positive possibilities ahead for networked coalitions working together. It was a movement win.

Within 30 Minutes Conservative Activists Shut Down Talk of Keeping Parts of Obamacare

By: Friday May 18, 2012 3:15 pm

I’ve been on quite a few listservs in my career, including ones that were supposed to wield supreme influence. But I can assure you that I’ve never been involved with any listserv as effective as this. Basically, within 30 minutes of a story in Politico about how House Republicans may try to reinstate parts of Obamacare if it were overturned by the Supreme Court, pushback – at the Google group level – got the Speaker of the House to repudiate the article.

The Long Struggle for a Progressive Counterweight to ALEC

By: Saturday April 14, 2012 11:00 am

A coalition on the left, including Color of Change, People for the American Way, Common Cause, the Center for Media and Democracy and others, have been targeting large corporations to drop their underwriting for ALEC, the right-wing model legislation factory. Because nobody had spotlighted the source of ALEC’s funding in this way before, they have been successful.

Democracy Alliance Pulls Support for Organizations that Don’t Play Ball

By: Tuesday February 28, 2012 2:45 pm

Concerning membership and sustaining progressive support, the Democracy Alliance’s decision to pull funding from may progressive groups is an example of the corruption of that process, and how worthiness of support can get conflated with how well you regurgitate the Party’s talking points. The money is being drained from progressive organizations that do good work, and it’s being channeled almost wholly to party-building organizations or groups that support that objective or the Administration.

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