Peter Dreier: Most of the debate moderators’ questions so far have encouraged the GOP candidates to attack each other’s personalities, character, and poll numbers, but have not explored their positions on key policy matters.
Peter Dreier: Since Wellstone died in a plane crash 13 years ago, other activists and politicians—from the Occupy Wall Street, Raise the Wage, anti-Keystone pipeline, fossil fuel divestment, Moral Monday and Black Lives Matter movements to Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders—have carried on in the Wellstone tradition.
Peter Dreier: But in any rational look at the spectrum of American political views, it is hard to imagine attaching the word “moderate” or “moderate conservative” to Ryan on any issue except perhaps his clothing preferences and his haircut.
Peter Dreier: The 28-year old Almada was invited to the White House because of her leadership role in the union drive at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, California, where she began working in the intensive care unit (ICU) in 2011, right after she graduated from nursing school.
Bernie Sanders: Now that BLM and Sanders have made peace, his campaign has the potential to revive Martin Luther King’s dream of building a progressive movement that can challenge both racism and economic inequality.
Peter Dreier: Reporters and editors are stuck in the herd psychology of covering Trump like he’s a serious candidate, when what he really is—a celebrity candidate, the way that Kim Kardashian is a celebrity on TV. She has no talent and nothing to say, but she’s famous for being famous.
Peter Dreier: The most significant revelation from the debate is that all of them—including the so-called “moderate” candidates (Jeb Bush, John Kasich, and Chris Christie)—are right-wingers. On a scale of 1 to 10—with 10 being the most reactionary—every candidate rated an 8 or above.
Peter Dreier: I found it both amusing and disconcerting that Antonovich, who has served on the powerful Board of Supervisors for 35 years, and who will be leaving office next year because of term limits, would engage in such mean-spirited and petty tactics.
Peter Dreier: Here is what I see as the step-by-step best case scenario for putting a Democrat in the White House next year, with a little help from Donald Trump.
Peter Dreier: Why did LA County Supervisor Mike Antonovich hire a phony corporate-backed ‘research’ firm to kill the minimum wage plan?
Peter Dreier: Unlike their counterparts on the 1967 Warren Court who unanimously ruled for marriage equality in Loving v Virginia, the current GOP appointees to the Supreme Court are locked into their personal and ideological positions. They don’t seem to care about being on the wrong side of history.
hould we allow each state to decide whether black Americans can marry white Americans? Today, that idea seems absurd. Most Americans believe that states shouldn’t be permitted to trample the basic right of interracial couples to marry — even if a majority of people in a state want to do so. It would be unfair […]
Peter Dreier: This upsurge in the wage wars hasn’t come about all of a sudden. It is the result of years of both changing conditions, effective grassroots organizing, and changing public views about the poor.