Working people, young, and POC delivered victory + Florida became the eighth state to pass a $15 minimum wage, Arizona voted to increase taxes on the wealthy to fund public schools, CO approved 12 weeks of paid family leave.

Sen. Nina Turner in the Washington Post: Working people — Black, Brown and White families making under $100,000, along with the vast majority of young people — delivered Biden his victory. Not only did they vote for him in overwhelming numbers, they also knocked on doors, made calls and carried out the hard work of democracy during a pandemic. These voters are …

End minority rule

Oct 23, 2020, NYT, by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt Mr. Levitsky and Mr. Ziblatt are political scientists and the authors of “How Democracies Die.” The Trump presidency has brought American democracy to the breaking point. The president has encouraged violent extremists; deployed law enforcement and other public institutions as weapons against rivals; and undermined the integrity of elections through false claims of …

Even amidst the pandemic, economic crisis, and Trump’s daily tirades, climate remained a top-tier issue for voters. And large numbers of Republicans also said they were concerned about the crisis. Fox News exit poll on election night found 70 percent of voters support increased government spending on green and renewable energy.

And a higher percentage with these views may have voted by mail! Also see https://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/how-black-voters-key-cities-helped-deliver-election-joe-biden-n1246980 By Jamie Henn With Donald Trump defeated and Joe Biden declared president-elect, the climate movement is already engaged in a fierce discussion about how to move policy forward in the Biden era, especially if Mitch McConnell manages to maintain his control of the Senate. But the …

60 percent of all Americans and 66 percent of independent ones think the US economic system mainly works to benefit those in power

April 2019, NY Intelligencer excerpt …the Washington Post asked voters, “Do you think the economic system in this country mainly works to benefit all people or mainly works to benefit those in power?” Sixty-percent of all respondents, and 66 percent of independent ones, said the latter. Critically, Democrats have a built-in advantage on this issue: Most voters believe their party is less beholden to …

The Race-Class Narrative Project

The goal of Demos’ Race-Class Narrative (RCN) project is to develop an empirically-tested narrative on race and class that resonates with all working people and offers an alternative to—and neutralizes the use of—dog-whistle racism. https://www.demos.org/campaign/race-class-narrative-project Watch Race-Class Narratives In Action Race-Class Resources: State & National Findings Bring the Race-Class Narrative into the Field The RCN Team ISSUES ECONOMIC JUSTICERACIAL WEALTH …

Biden and Nikil Saval, the Green New Deal candidate for Senate in PA, proved you don’t have to be pro-fracking to win in a state that may go Republican

By Amy Westervelt What we learned this election is that you absolutely do NOT have to be pro-fracking to win Pennsylvania. Biden proved that wrong and so did Nikil Saval, the Green New Deal candidate who won the senate race in Pennsylvania this week. A Green New Deal For Pennsylvania From Senator Nikil Saval Our state is suffering from a crisis of …

Direct attention toward the powerful elites who benefit from divide-and-conquer politics: Democrats should call for Americans to unite against the strategic racism of powerful elites who stoke division and then run the country for their own benefit

Excerpt from Sept 2020 NYT article. This shifts the basic “us versus them” story — the staple of most political messaging — away from “whites versus people of color” to “us all against the powerful elites pushing division.” Here’s what this looks like: We had come so far, but now Covid-19 threatens our families — for instance with health risks, …

Violence is the symptom, and inequality is the disease

BY PHIL GLYNN, Special to The Kansas City Star, August 21, 2018  At least 39 people have been shot in Kansas City in August. Our city has suffered at least 16 killings this month, and 86 so far this year. In 2017 we lost 150 to homicide. Neighborhood leaders, families, police, prosecutors and clergy are on the front lines. They’re …

What Some Early, High-Quality Polls Can Tell Us About The Race For The House

JUL. 20, 2018, AT 5:43 AM By Nathaniel Rakich and Dhrumil Mehta Filed under Pollapalooza FIVETHIRTYEIGHT If you’re anything like me, you get inordinately excited every time you see a tweet from @MonmouthPoll.1 Not only is Monmouth University’s polling operation one of only six pollsters with an A+ grade in FiveThirtyEight’s pollster ratings, but it’s also great about polling elections that otherwise don’t get much attention. This week, Monmouth released a poll …