Tag: Democrats

Everyone Is Reading Too Much Into Virginia’s Race for Governor

Virginia’s off-off year elections also tend to favor whichever party isn’t occupying the White House, moreover. Between 1973 and 2009, Virginia elected someone from the opposite party that held the White House in each gubernatorial election—it was McAuliffe, who narrowly beat then-attorney general Ken Cuccinelli, who broke the streak. Even with Virginia’s shifting demographics, winning […]

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The Republican War on Vaccine Mandates Will Not End Well for Them

Democrats have struggled to regain control of the narrative, in part because they have spent most of the summer griping over a bill that has little to do with the pandemic, at least not directly. The Build Back Better Act and its accompanying infrastructure bill were designed for a post-Covid world that hasn’t yet materialized; […]

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Why Isn’t the Democratic Reconciliation Bill More Popular?

That this bill is big is the one constant of mainstream press coverage, which often skips over what it actually is doing. There is, in some of this, a familiar critique of the issue-allergic, deficit-obsessed mainstream press: Given the choice between covering public policy and covering a messy political fight, it’s unsurprising that many have […]

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Kyrsten Sinema Is So Bad at This

What does Kyrsten Sinema want? Nobody knows; she won’t say. The Arizona Senator is known for living out loud in plenty of other ways—she favors patterned dresses, gaudy accessories, and profane jewelery (literally); her identity is bound up in attention-seeking hobbies (fancy wine, triathlons). But when it comes to her actual job, which is being […]

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Your Guide to the Debt Ceiling Disaster Toward Which America Is Hurtling

In 2004 and 2006 there were unanimous consent agreements to allow the vote to pass with a simple majority, but that outcome seems unlikely to be the case this time around. “That would require getting consent from every single Republican to lower the threshold to 51. I can’t imagine that would happen,” McConnell told reporters […]

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The Democrats Can’t Get to $2.5 Trillion? Here—I Just Did It.

For those who say the budget framework I proposed costs ‘too much,’ what would you cut? Combatting climate change? Childcare? Universal Pre-K? Paid family & medical leave? Dental, hearing, and vision? Housing? Long-term home health care? Child tax credit?” —Senate Budget Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders, June 28. “Is it childcare you want to take off […]

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Here’s How Democrats Could Raise the Debt Ceiling on Their Own

“It’s a bit of a hail mary by Mitch McConnell,” Moller said. Basically, there’s a lot of uncertainty left—and an unfavorable opinion could spark even more outrage among progressives, who are already not huge fans of the parliamentarian. MacDonough ruled earlier this year that a federal minimum wage increase could not be included in the […]

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The Democrats Can Raise the Debt Ceiling on Their Own

“It’s a bit of a hail mary by Mitch McConnell,” Moller said. Basically, there’s a lot of uncertainty left—and an unfavorable opinion could spark even more outrage among progressives, who are already not huge fans of the parliamentarian. MacDonough ruled earlier this year that a federal minimum wage increase could not be included in the […]

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This Is the Week for Democrats to Live Up to Their Stated Principles

Today? She sure seems to belong lock, stock, and barrel to her big donors. As Daniel Strauss reported here last week, she’s raked in corporate campaign donations. According to The New York Times’ reporting, she appears to oppose an increase, any increase, in the corporate tax rate. Even Manchin is in favor of raising it […]

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Nevada’s Blue Wave

The law’s passage followed intense lobbying pressure by the Culinary Union, the influential labor group that represents more than 60,000 hospitality workers in Las Vegas and Reno. Geoconda Argüello-Kline, the group’s secretary-treasurer, told me that the law reflected a moral responsibility toward the community by the hospitality industry. While some major business groups withdrew their […]

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Moderate Democrats Are Sabotaging the Biden Agenda

It may be hard to remember, but six months ago, Democrats had a kind of super momentum. The euphoria of the early days of a new president, plus a fierce urgency to do what was necessary to slow the pandemic, brought congressional Democrats together to pass a sweeping, $1.9 trillion Covid relief bill, covering everything […]

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“Build Back Better” Is an Awful Catchphrase

But try selling a plan to voters as the “Only Way Around Mitch McConnell for Years to Come Act.” Only on Capitol Hill does it makes logical sense to combine in the same legislation a climate change plan and a massive expansion of health care coverage.  In his speech on the economy, Biden also made […]

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