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- The gold standard for all but presidential elections The Jan. 20 editorial “ How not to fix the electoral college ” criticized a Wisconsin Republican proposal to change the way that state’s electoral college votes are allocated as part of a presidential election. The editorial made the persuasive case that the Republican plan would certainly not “fix” the current system but make the electoral college system more unfair and perverse by encouraging more partisan gerrymandering. The editorial also stated that the electoral college system could be made fairer by allocating electoral ...


- Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) has sparked a backlash from Pittsburgh politicians after referencing the city while bemoaning President Joe Biden 's decision for the U.S. to rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement, Cruz suggested Biden has indicated "he's more interested in the views of the citizens of Paris than in the jobs of the citizens of Pittsburgh." "This agreement will do little to affect the climate and will harm the livelihoods of Americans," he said, suggesting the actions could affect American manufacturers. His comments swiftly brought a backlash with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and ...

Source: newsweek.com

- Bernie Sanders says Congress can cancel student loans and pass $2,000 stimulus checks— without Republicans . Here’s what you need to know. Student Loans and $2,000 stimulus checks Sanders (I-VT) argued this week that Congress can implement a comprehensive economic agenda without Republican support . In an opinion column , Sanders says Democrats, who control both Congress and the White House, can pass the following legislation now: $2,000 stimulus checks Student loan cancellation $600 a week unemployment insurance fully-funded emergency health care, Covid-19 testing, tracing and vaccine ...

Source: forbes.com

- "We cannot allow the wealthiest individuals and corporations to flood our elections with cash through complex webs of super PACs and dark money groups that put special interests above the will of the American people." A bipartisan group of congressional lawmakers reintroduced a constitutional amendment to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission In a bid to reverse the outsize influence of corporations and the wealthiest Americans over the nation's electoral process, a bipartisan group of congressional lawmakers on Thursday reintroduced a constitutional ...


- Solving global warming is still a faraway goal | Commentary A Jan. 3 article in “Inside Climate News” has stirred up a lot of optimism… and confusion. It has raised hopes that the effects of global warming (also known as climate change) could stop soon. Here’s the headline: “Many scientists now say global warming could stop relatively quickly after emissions go to zero.” “Inside Climate News” is an excellent journal and this article is easy to read. But I can give you the problem quite simply. “It is our best understanding that, if we bring down CO2 to net zero, the warming ...


- "She knows the FCC from the bottom up and she understands how to make good things happen there," said one former Commissioner. Digital rights and other progressive groups on Thursday hailed President Joe Biden's choice of Democratic Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel to lead the Federal Communications Commission into a new era of consumer advocacy following four years of former Chairman Ajit Pai's corporate-friendly stewardship. " As we confront the pandemic, economic crisis, and the urgent need for racial justice, we need equitable access to reliable communications tools and accurate news and ...


- Earlier this month , West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, one of the most conservative Democrats in Congress, appeared to have taken an unequivocal stance against new $2,000 stimulus checks. He told the Washington Post that he was “absolutely” opposed to a new round of payments, which President Joe Biden promised while campaigning for Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff in Georgia. “Absolutely not. No,” Manchin said. “Getting people vaccinated, that’s job No. 1.” Under fire, he claimed that he meant that there were higher priorities, not that he was necessarily opposed. But he sounded ...


- "Essential workers should not have to go on strike for decent pay, and no worker should be threatened for exercising their constitutional rights." "If you live in New York and had produce during the pandemic, odds are that's because of these workers," said journalist Alex Press. (Photo: Teamsters/Local 202/Joint Council 16) Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Bernie Sanders on Wednesday expressed solidarity with roughly 1,400 essential workers at the Hunts Point Terminal Produce Market in the Bronx, several of whom were arrested earlier this week while striking for hazard pay and better ...


- "We cannot allow Mitch McConnell and the Republican leadership to sabotage legislation that would improve the lives of millions of working Americans and is wildly popular." With President Joe Biden sworn in and Democrats set to officially take control of the U.S. Senate Wednesday afternoon, incoming Budget Committee Chairman Sen. Bernie Sanders argued that the majority party must waste no time pushing ahead with an ambitious agenda aimed at confronting the immediate crises of Covid-19, economic calamity, and climate change and setting the U.S. on a more just and equitable path. "We have got ...


- A recently released report by the University of Massachusetts at Amherst has added new evidence of the state Democratic Party’s involvement in the public attack on Alex Morse just ahead of his primary against Rep. Richard Neal. It also found that Morse, formerly an adjunct professor at the school, did not violate university policies, yet the report still delved deeply into Morse’s private dating life with other adults. In early August, just a few weeks prior to the election against Neal, chair of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, a number of college students made vague ...


- A coalition of progressive groups say they are organizing a sweeping network to mobilize around climate change, racial and environmental justice, making a new unified push as President-elect Joe Biden is days away from taking office with Democrats set to control both the House and the Senate. The group, the Green New Deal Network, plans to invest in partner organizations in 20 key states to mobilize grassroots power to pressure elected officials to support their goals; introduce Green New Deal-related legislation at the state and local level, spearhead federal legislation that would implement ...

Source: wbur.org

- Centrist Democrats who blamed the left for election losses would do well to remember the people who have fought for and shaped the party’s history. “ W e need to not ever use the word socialist or socialism ever again,” argued Representative Abigail Spanberger during a now-infamous House Democratic caucus call just two days after the 2020 general election. Spanberger, who just won a close reelection in Virginia, is one of several prominent moderates within the party who are blaming progressives and the left for why Democrats lost seats in the House of Representatives and failed to gain ...


- (CNN) First, there was surprise. Then flashes of anger. But most progressive allies of Sen. Bernie Sanders have quietly resigned themselves -- or even offered some modest public support -- to Neera Tanden following President-elect Joe Biden's decision to tap their longtime nemesis for a Cabinet-level job. For years, Tanden, Biden's pick to lead the Office of Management and Budget, has feuded -- most frequently and famously on Twitter, where she is prolific and pointed -- with Sanders supporters. Those clashes have occasionally pitted her against personal allies of the Vermont senator and ...

Source: cnn.com