Tag: Tom Steyer

Bank Workers Unionize for the First Time in 40 Years

More than 100 workers at a Tom Steyer-founded bank have unionized with Communications Workers of America (CWA)—becoming the first in the financial industry to win collective bargaining rights in more than 40 years. Workers at the bank unionized, in large part, to set a standard for the rest of the financial industry to be able […]

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Nationalizing the Power Industry Isn’t Radical

During his CNN Town Hall last week, hedge fund billionaire and trailing presidential hopeful Tom Steyer added his voice to an increasingly common refrain from fellow billionaire candidate Mike Bloomberg and much of the right-wing press, suggesting Senator Bernie Sanders is too radical, too socialist, for ordinary Americans. “I don’t think a government takeover of […]

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Who Will Obama Endorse For President? Candidates Fight For His Support After Biden Wins South Carolina

Source: Hannes Magerstaedt / Getty The race for the Democratic nomination to be president got much thinner over the weekend when two candidates dropped out after Joe Biden won the South Carolina primary on Saturday. It was finally a chance for Black voters to make their electoral voices heard loud and clear by a slate […]

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Here’s Tom Steyer Twerking With Juvenile Because 2020 Hasn’t Been Weird Enough

COLUMBIA, South Carolina — With Andrew Yang out of the presidential race, there’s been a dire shortage of chaotic energy on the campaign trail, but Friday night Tom Steyer might have backed his ass right into that role — and into history. I’ve seen Yang staff throw fake $1,000 bills to the crowd as the […]

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Dear Debate Moderators, There Are More ‘Black Issues’ Besides Crime and Poverty

Photo: Mario Tama (Getty Images) I’m obsessed with race. After much self-reflection and receiving no less than 2,238,934 accusatory emails, tweets and DMs (not that I’m counting), I am willing to admit my personal preoccupation with racial issues. Advertisement It’s not my fault. Being a black man in America may partially contribute to my mania, […]

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A Good Fight to Have About Medicare for All

Last week, the Las Vegas–based Culinary Union, Unite Here Local 226, found itself in the middle of a political fight after its leadership released a flyer singling out Bernie Sanders, saying that to elect him would “end Culinary Healthcare.” (“Culinary Healthcare” refers to the high-quality health insurance Nevada hospitality workers and their family members receive […]

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Bloomberg Is the Real Slim Shady, Warren Says Call Me Maybe and Voters Ask Biden, ‘What Have You Done for Me Lately?’: 2020 Presidential Black Power Rankings, Week 29

Graphic: Jim Cooke (G/O Media) The committee loves Valentine’s Day, not just because it’s an excuse to eat lots of candy and make reservations at places that you never cared about going to so that you actually look like you’ve made an effort because last Valentine’s Day we were waiting in line for hours because […]

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The Democratic Debate Was a Weird Lovefest, Especially After Iowa

GOFFSTOWN, New Hampshire — Turns out somebody likes Bernie Sanders after all. Maybe they didn’t see a political advantage in attacking. Maybe they were exhausted after a bruising, pointless draw in Iowa. Maybe it was because the venue was named after a saint. Whatever the reason, the candidates in the Democratic debate at St. Anselm […]

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Bloomberg Is an Oligarch, Biden May Have Jumped the Shark and Warren’s Campaign Is Still in Park: 2020 Presidential Black Power Rankings, Week 28

Graphic: Jim Cooke (G/O Media), Photo: Getty Images It’s that time of year again when we get a little sad. Football is over (I was right; the team with the black quarterback won!), our favorite shows are coming to an end (Power’s series finale is Sunday but I feel like anything other than Tariq ending […]

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The Democratic Candidates, Ranked by Cookoutworthiness

Image: Shutterstock White people are going to vote for Donald Trump. That statement is a fact. According to the Roper Center, the Republican presidential nominee has won the white vote in every election in the last four decades. Even the white progressives who are currently bristling at the inhumanity of Trump cannot deny this statistical […]

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Yang Extends His 15 minutes, Buttigieg Is Still Serving His Penance and Michael Bennet Is Finally in It: 2020 Presidential Black Power Rankings, Week 27

Graphic: Jim Cooke (G/O Media), Photo: Getty Images I am not a mind reader, a soothsayer, a sage or in anyway gifted with divining gifts. After decades of being wrong about Super Bowls, NBA Championships and NCAA brackets, I have come to accept that only Miss Cleo, Whoopi from Ghost and Ciara’s ex-bae can predict […]

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Sanders Is a Sore Winner, Buttigieg Fans Say He’s a Beginner and Biden’s Lead Is Getting Slimmer: 2020 Presidential Black Power Rankings, Week 26

Graphic: Jim Cooke (G/O Media), Photo: Getty Images Green Book wasn’t just the story of a white savior who centered himself in the story of a queer black genius in the 1960s. It also happened to be a real guide as to where it was safe for black folks to eat, sleep and socialize—kind of […]

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Tom Steyer Picks Up 3 Black Surrogates From the Carolinas

Tom Steyer with former president of the North Carolina Democratic Party’s African American Caucus Linda Wilkins-Daniels and Johnnie Cordero, president of the Black Caucus of the South Carolina Democratic Party, at the co-moderating the “Conversation with Tom Steyer” event at Clinton College, in Rock Hill, S.C. Photo: Courtesy of the Tom Steyer Campaign Tom Steyer, […]

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Booker Says Farewell, Warren Decides to Tell and Yang Gets Chappelle: 2020 Presidential Black Power Rankings, Week 25

Graphic: Jim Cooke (G/O Media), Photo: Getty Images Once upon a time, there was a really popular TV show on HBO called Game of Thrones. We’ve written about it a few times at The Root; it’s a show about ambitious white people in an ancient realm who have a lot of incestuous sex, ride dragons […]

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Billionaires Mike Bloomberg And Tom Steyer Urged To Pay Florida Felons’ Fines So They Can Vote

Source: Splash News Casting a ballot to vote just became even harder for felons in Florida who have repaid their debts to society by serving their time, and now folks are calling on Tom Steyer and Michael Bloomberg — by far the wealthiest of the Democratic presidential candidates — to step up in the name […]

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Democrats Debate Everything Except The State Of Black And Brown Lives

Source: Scott Olson / Getty The anticipation of a Democratic debate filled with fiery confrontations between candidates on Tuesday night gave way to a mostly civil discussion on issues that should have been very familiar to anyone who’s been paying attention to this political cycle. MORE: Deval Patrick Slams Democratic Debate As All-White ‘Reality TV’ […]

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The Billionaire Grifter’s Threat to Democracy

Remember how 2018 was the year of the grifter? We were inundated with juicy stories of amazing con artists, from Anna Delvey’s rich girl scam to Elizabeth Holmes’s other rich girl scam. The summer of that year was christened “scam season” by The New York Times’ Amanda Hess. If 2018 was the year of charlatans […]

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