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Stacey Abrams, Democrat weary of Trump “fascists,” could be Georgia’s next governor

  • Stacey Abrams is the 43-year-old leader of the Georgia House of Representatives. The young black Democrat is also very clear about how her party can reach younger voters — and it’s got nothing to do with satisfying moderates.
  • “We can either move forward or we can let the president, and those fascists that surround him, pull us backwards,” Abrams told the New York Times. “I plan to go forward.”
  • With that, Abrams has positioned herself atop a cohort of progressive black Democrats poised to run for high-profile offices in 2018.
  • These young Democrats, who were profiled by the Times on Sunday, see a path to power by doing what the party seemed loathe to do during the 2016 presidential election: reaching beyond the party’s white moderates and speaking directly to black, Latino, Asian-American and low-income voters who feel directly targeted by President Donald Trump’s administration. Read more (5/15/17)

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NEOLIBERALISM is that politician who’s just a tad too friendly with big business & Wall Street banks, but not very friendly to teachers and labor unions. Neoliberalism is “socially liberal, but very fiscally conservative

Neoliberalism is for good things like marriage equality, but its also in favor of terrible things like private prisons, mass incarceration, privatized schools, gutting welfare, “means testing” basic social services, and approving the keystone pipeline

Neoliberalism never goes hard in the paint for a $15 an hour minimum wage

Neoliberalism is putting a smiley face on harmful Republican fiscal policies

Neoliberalism is soft conservatism


Trevor Hill is the gay socialist revolutionary we need right now.


A new progressive group has raised over $1 million to challenge GOP after health care vote

  • Just three days after House Republicans celebrated their successful health care vote with beer and cigars, a new progressive group has raised more than $1 million to try and kick them out of office.
  • Swing Left, a recently created political action committee devoted to supporting Democratic candidates in what are expected to be swing districts in the 2018 midterm elections, has already raised $1.3 million.
  • The vast majority of the money was raised in the days after Republicans in the House of Representatives passed a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.  
  • In a press release the day after the vote, Swing Left announced it had received donations from nearly 20,000 individual donors. 
  • “The overwhelming response we’ve seen from countless Americans ensures that many House Republicans will quickly regret their vote, and sends a clear signal to those in both the House and Senate that supporting the AHCA and the Republican agenda comes with a political price,” Ethan Todras-Whitehill, Swing Left’s executive director and cofounder, said in a statement. Read more (5/8/17)