Randy Shaw: In virtually every presidential election since Reagan, the media has framed the contest around the candidates’ ability to attract “white working class votes.” The term “Reagan Democrats” never applied to African-Americans or Latinos, only whites.
Randy Shaw: There’s a reason African-American ministers across the South are backing Clinton—they see her as speaking their language while Sanders is not. And their parishioners feel the same. Why Blacks Support Hillary
Randy Shaw: Whereas the “message” of McGovern’s loss became “Democrats shouldn’t pick someone too liberal,” Mondale’s landslide defeat did not weaken the arguments of those always going with the “safe” choice. McGovern and Sanders
Randy Shaw: Barack Obama’s 2008 election failed to provide the transformative presidency that young voters sought. Now Hillary is not even promising a game-changing presidency. New Hampshire Primary
Randy Shaw: The best news for Sanders and the Democratic Party is that his Iowa finish ensures a long, competitive race. How Bernie Won
Randy Shaw: Far superior would be a formula that incentivizes local spending by requiring some form of a county matching funds.
Randy Shaw: There is a near consensus that new construction must be coupled with stringent tenant protections and more subsidized housing to forestall gentrification. Krugman misses this latter point.
Randy Shaw: After a primary campaign dominated by non-politicians like Trump, Ben Carson and Fiorina, the Republican Party will go with elected officials who give it the best chance to win.
Randy Shaw: Cities have known since the 1990’s that a combination of affordable housing and support services—known now as “supportive housing”—dramatically reduces homelessness.
Randy Shaw: As ominous as the 2000 storm clouds may appear for 2016, labor’s stronger role, a weaker GOP nominee, a more diverse electoral demographic, and a shift to Democrats on social issues all bode well for Democratic chances.
Randy Shaw: Is this summer the start of something bigger? And will progressive discontent be subordinated to the 2016 presidential race, or can it drive and shape the national Democratic ticket?
eading the news these days is like Marty McFly going from 1985 to 1955 in the film Back to the Future. It’s 2015 and African-American Section 8 holders are still denied housing in majority white neighborhoods. Black kids still attend segregated schools, And 50 years after Watts, and twenty years after Rodney King, white police […]
Randy Shaw: The field of likely Democratic presidential nominees is very small, and so is the supply of potential running mates. Who might it be?