Ending minority rule

An unprecedented majority now embraces ethnic diversity and racial equality, two essential pillars of multiracial democracy. Yet translating this new multiethnic majority into a governing majority has been difficult. Democracy is supposed to be a game of numbers: The party with the most votes wins. In our political system, however, the majority does not govern. Constitutional design and recent political …

How politicians target you: 3,000 data points on every voter, including your phone number

How politicians target you: 3,000 data points on every voter, including your phone number Our quest to find what politicians know about voters uncovered data troves with intimate information about income, debt, family, religion, gun ownership and a whole lot more By Geoffrey A. Fowler, Oct. 27, 2020 Perhaps your text messages, Facebook feed or mailbox have also exploded with eerily …

The next few months determine the next few years

The focus on trying to moderate a message in order to attract so-called Biden Republicans. That was a failure. The data shows that the better strategy is to try to pull out your own voters and voters who haven’t been voting. And I do think the Democrats did a decent job of that. But the amount of money — and …

President Trump told suburban voters that affordable housing would hurt property values and increase crime. The story of one Wisconsin community challenges those assumptions.

Residents Feared Low-Income Housing Would Ruin Their Suburb. It Didn’t. Research has shown that tax-credit properties generally do not increase crime in affluent communities. They also tend to have little effect on property values in wealthy neighborhoods Most working-age, able-bodied people receiving government assistance for housing have jobs or were recently employed, according to a report by the Center on Budget and Policy …

Utilities spread their money around, secure support for a dying approach while communities look to the future

Duke Energy gives more than twice as much money to Republicans as Democrats in North Carolina state legislative races, rewarding candidates who voted with it on a controversial ratemaking bill. (Energy News Network) “We are not victims”: officials in Craig, Colorado start to confront a future without coal. Read more about Craig here and here. (Colorado Sun, Energy News Network …

Biden: I would transition from the oil industry…because the oil industry pollutes significantly’

Also in the brief: The reality of clean coal, according to the Coen Brothers, plus, Utility CEOs contribute personal money to help Republicans; Utility PACs also favor GOP — an analysis of federal campaign dollars in the 2020 election cycle. And NextEra’s burgeoning renewable portfolio. OCTOBER 23, 2020 ERIC WESOFF This is the first time in U.S. presidential history that climate …

Power and politics over life

Was April 7, 2020 the Day That Sealed the Fate of America? Look at what they said and did. And look at when they said and did it. ByThom Hartmann President Donald Trump and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin participate in a video conference with representatives of large banks and credit card companies about more financial assistance for small businesses in …

‘We have to be better’: For Dems to deliver the change desperately needed by so many Americans, the party must pursue more progressive policies and leave behind the mediocrity of incrementalism

An aside: Anthony Rogers-Wright of the Cli­mate Jus­tice Alliance sees unique­ly pow­er­ful oppor­tu­ni­ties now and online to broad­en the movement’s base. ​“It’s real­ly one of our only choic­es right now, so how do we use the time to reshape the nar­ra­tive for every­thing that we want?” We can reach more of the coun­try and devel­op new local lead­ers using the same online …

Racial inequality and voter suppression in action

“When Elizabeth Brownlie showed up at Chastain Park to cast her ballot at 10:45 a.m. Monday, the 32-year-old Atlanta resident expected to wait up to two hours to vote. But after an hour and a half of standing in line, Brownlie was still nowhere near the entrance to the polling place inside the park gym. With an appointment to get …

The left on both sides of the Atlantic must urgently get stuck into community organising, movement building and political education around economic alternatives in communities where such capacities have been hollowed out. The fundamentals of a viable next system: a democratic, community-sustaining political economy that operates within planetary boundaries, where all can thrive. We have strong evidence for the effectiveness of democratic economy models and community wealth building approaches

Key to changing this will be the development of a powerful program of political education around economic alternatives in communities where such capacities have been hollowed out (and sometimes lost entirely) after decades of neoliberalism. Conspiracy theories are filling the vacuum created by the absence of a program on the left. It’s time to get concrete and specific about political …