Progressives Must Regain Control of the National Political Debate

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Randy Shaw: Progressives have the public on their side, and can readily put the GOP on the defensive. But this requires promoting and mobilizing around the issues that energize progressives and a public majority, not constantly playing defense on issues framed by opponents.

West Coast, East Coast: The Shrinking Local Electorate

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Randy Shaw: It’s time to end the de facto voter suppression caused by local election cycles that most voters ignore. Ballot initiatives — put up for vote during state and national election cycles — should be used to put an end to this once worthy but now undemocratic political process.

Did Federal Shutdown Boost Immigration Reform?

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Randy Shaw: Will Tea Party Republicans let Boehner hold a vote on Obama’s top priority issue — immigration reform — or will their increased post-shutdown animosity toward the President prevent such action?

Governor Jerry Brown Surprises Us Again

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Randy Shaw: Brown retains his stubbornness on prison and state fiscal issues, but in his strong support for addressing income inequality he has surprised Californians again.

Obama Saving Boehner’s Bacon?

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Barack Obama: Instead of doubling down on marginalizing Boehner’s unreasonableness to secure a House vote on immigration reform, the President threw him a life raft — and emboldened GOP House opposition to all of Obama’s domestic priorities.

Did the Occupy Movement Actually Happen?

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Randy Shaw: Even its critics thought the Occupy movement raised important questions about dramatically rising income inequality in the United States. And that’s why I doubt Obama would be considering Summers if the Occupy movement were still dominating the public debate.

Will New York City Finally Elect a Progressive Mayor?

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Randy Shaw: Bill de Blasio’s “tale of two cities” campaign message has resonated with voters upset by the city’s steadily growing wealth inequality and staggeringly high cost of living.

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