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Hey, Howard Schultz: We don’t need another unqualified, inexperienced billionaire as president

When you’re white, male, and super-rich, you must think that the rest of the world owes you their attention. And too many in the media (many also white, male, and wealthy, if not super-rich) are treating the teases from former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz about running as an independent as the most important story in […]

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Sexist double standard arrives early in 2020 race

Well, that didn’t take long, did it? It’s 22 months until the next presidential election, and already one potential Democratic female candidate is being trashed while one Republican male who’s not even a candidate is being treated like an elder statesman who might challenge Donald Trump. On the last day of 2018, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth […]

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Why we need a Green New Deal

No doubt you’ve heard about the climate action plan called the Green New Deal, a proposal that has a catchy name but has been short on specifics. No matter: You’re going to be hearing a lot more about it in the months to come. And it’s not a moment too soon. The Sunrise Movement , […]

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Why Time’s ‘Person of the Year’ should be the Democratic woman

Each December, Time magazine announces its Person of the Year. It’s the individual (or group) who, “for better or for worse,” as the magazine puts it, had the greatest influence on the events of the year. This year, it should be no contest. The greatest influence in America this year came from Democratic women. They […]

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#GunSafety proposals taking shape for new Democratic House (UPDATE)

Although Democrats won’t take over the majority in the House of Representatives until January, they’re already spelling out an ambitious agenda. Democratic leaders and incoming representatives have been giving details about some of the issues they hope to tackle, such as a broad ethics reform package, which would include campaign finance reform, voting rights, and […]

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Lessons from the midterms: Count every vote

Republicans seem to have come up with a new strategy to win elections when gerrymandering and voter suppression aren’t doing the trick — just don’t count all of the votes. We’re seeing some of these arguments play out in Florida, Georgia, and Arizona. Americans are impatient to a fault. On any given Election Day, we […]

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#Midterms2018: Women are ready to win the fight

Ever since November 2016, women in this country have learned what it really means to be resilient. That resiliency started with multiple protests post-election, with large crowds chanting that “Love Trumps Hate.” It came to a crescendo with two Women’s Marches a year apart, both numbering several million participants in cities and towns, large and […]

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2018 voting gender gap is becoming an abyss

The figures are stunning, but they’re really not surprising. The energy of women voters to turn out in this year’s midterm elections has been building since November of 2016. There have now been a few polls conducted after the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court — a move that was supposed to make […]

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The #BlueWave surge where it really counts: voter registration

There are four weeks to go until the midterms, and the biggest thing Democrats have in their favor is the huge growth in voter registration. A new Gallup Poll shows that voter enthusiasm is high on both sides, even though Democrats still have the edge — 61 percent of Democratic voters are enthusiastic about voting […]

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Democrats’ midterm edge: more political activity, bigger growth in voter turnout

With midterm elections less than two months away, it’s becoming clear that important positive factors such as greatly increased voter turnout and greater voter political engagement are pointing to an advantage for Democrats. The primary season is almost over, and there has been greater overall growth in the number of Democratic voters than there has […]

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