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It seemed like the afterthought in the payroll tax cut extension fight, a small consolation prize to the Republicans on what should have been the easiest of bi-partisan votes. But the two-month ...
|Burying Your Victories: What if Obama Taxed the Rich But Never Told Anyone?
Did you know Obama's health care bill contained a $20 billion a year tax on the richest ...
|From Occupy Wall Street to Occupy the Neighborhoods
The Occupy movement has done something amazing, getting Americans to start questioning our economic divides. It's created spaces for people to come together, voice their discontents and dreams, ...
|Praising the Hostage Takers: Will Obama Ever Hold the Republicans Accountable?
Will Obama ever hold the Republicans accountable for their reckless and destructive actions? No matter how outrageous their demands, he keeps giving them legitimacy, first resisting, then ...
|Making Mountaintop Removal Real: The Last Mountain
It's easy for mountaintop removal to seem abstract to those who don't live in coal country. I just saw the powerful documentary ...
|Glued to the Weather Channel While the World Burns
Following the weather is beginning to feel like revisiting the Biblical plagues. Tornadoes rip through Missouri, Alabama, Mississippi, Oklahoma -- even Massachusetts. ...
|Three Cups of a Flawed Hero: The Limits of Greg Mortenson's Model of Change
It's tempting to expect perfection from those we admire, but we romanticize lone heroes at our peril. A few years before one-time supporter Jon ...
|Go to Wisconsin, President Obama
Dear President Obama, I'm glad you've opposed the attacks on Wisconsin's ...
|Standing Against Republican Greed. What if a quarter of the people who read this participated?
What if a quarter of the people who read this stood up today against Republican Greed? Today is one of those times when we could actually take a step forward. We’re not guaranteed that we’ll ...
|Seeking Republican Patriots: How Reining in Anonymous Attack Ads Can Help Save Our Democracy
Does Olympia Snowe really want to be the target of waves of anonymous attack ads in support of some conservative primary challenger? Wouldn't a retiring George Voinovich prefer to leave some shards ...
|Ten Reasons Why I'm Spending This Election Day On the Phones
I admit it. 2008 was a whole lot more fun. We were riding a wave of change. We had the political momentum. We reached into states and districts we thought we could win and turned them with our ...
|The Party of Non-Voters--Why Our Election Day Volunteering Matters More Than Ever
The Pew Research Center just released an immensely valuable poll, contrasting those who intend to ...
|The Republican War on Reality
Everett Dirksen is one of my heroes. The Senate Republican leader from 1959 to 1969, he pushed strongly for Vietnam escalation and took conservative stands that I'd have strongly disagreed with on ...
|Suppose Your Actions Swung the Election
Imagine if your actions made the difference in electing a Senator, Governor, or Congressional representative? Suppose the phone calls you made, money you donated, doors you knocked on, and ...
|'Will They Get What They're Paying For?' -- the Best Election Flier I've Seen
As campaigns and volunteers hone their final electoral messages, the best flier I've seen asks a simple question -- "Will They Get What They're Paying For?" Created by the Washington State Labor ...
|Stop the Anonymous Hit Men: Make Shadowy Campaign Money the Issue
I've been going door-to-door canvassing, and it's not that bad -- really. It's actually kind of fun. But only because I've found a way to break through people's cynicism. No wonder people are ...
|Don't Let the Russ Feingolds Go Down For the Sins of the Blanche Lincolns
In trying to get one-time Obama supporters to volunteer for the November election, I often hear this refrain: "The Democrats have sold us out. I'm tired of their spinelessness, their subservience to ...
|The Election Needs You, Broken Heart and All
"OK, so your heart's broken," as the old song goes. So's mine. But we have to get over it--now--and start taking action for the November election. Granted, we're far from where we thought we'd be ...
|What if Verizon Could Censor Your Telephone Conversations: Why Net Neutrality Matters
Imagine if you were talking on the phone and Verizon or ATT decided they didn't like where your conversation was going. You'd be in the middle of a sentence and suddenly disconnected. Or maybe they ...
|An Antidote to Unaccountable Corporate Lies: How to still pass the DISCLOSE Act
Do you remember “ And for the Sake of the Kids ”? It was the motherhood-and-apple pie PAC through ...
|The Seductions Of Clicking: How The Internet Can Make It Harder To Act
Without online technologies, Barack Obama would never have gotten past the primaries. Had Facebook, YouTube, texting, a 13-million name email list and a website developed by Facebook co-founder ...
|'Soul Of A Citizen': Village Politics -- Rebuilding Engaged Communities
How do we respond to a political landscape where Meg Whitman can spend $80 million on her primary candidacy alone? Or where, aided by the ghastly Citizen's United Supreme Court decision, right-wing ...
|We Energized Each Other: Finding Engaged Allies Where We Work
Whatever our situation, we need allies to work successfully for change. We need people to talk with, brainstorm ideas, lift us up when we're down, and build power by acting together. Many of us ...
|Unexpected Environmental Alliances Amidst The Oil Spill: 'Jesus Will Rip Your Head Off'
In the wake of the BP disaster, we've heard powerful stories from fishermen whose livelihoods may have been destroyed for decades or longer. However long it takes for the Gulf's fish, oyster and ...
|Want To Help? 10 Ways To Start Making Change
Effective activism's a long-haul process, not "save the Earth in 30 days, ask me how." But there are some principles that seem to reoccur for people addressing every kind of challenge from the Gulf ...
|Why the Arkansas Primary Challenge Was Worth It
It was a tough loss, 10,000 votes. Bill Halter might have even upset Blanche Lincoln in the primary run-off had his stronghold of Garland County not dropped the number of polling places from 42 to 2,
|Acting Effectively in Ambiguous Times
When people hesitate to take a stand on issues from the Gulf oil spill to the horror show off the coast of Gaza, it's often because they're unsure of the outcomes of their actions. The issues ...
|Stories Of Impact Will Push Us To Fix The Oil Spill, Homelessness, And Other Big Problems
While I was on a recent radio show, a student called in from a campus "Rally Against 1070," that challenged Arizona's draconian immigration law. The rally was a great idea, part of the public outcry ...
|How A 17-Year San Quentin Inmate Helps To Heal His Community
What would happen if we listened closely to the stories in our community, and used them as clues to how to act for change? It's tempting, for instance, to dismiss the criminals in our jails as ...
|From An Eighth Grade Education To Testifying Before Congress
Too many of us hold back from community involvement because we think we don't know enough to act on our beliefs, or don't have the standing or confidence to take a public stand. When we see a ...
|Arun Gandhi, Martin Luther King, And Looking Beyond The Impossibly Perfect Standard
From reining in Wall Street to preventing the next oil spill and tackling global climate change, we often hold back from taking important public stands because we're caught in a trap I call "the ...
|Volunteers Can't Solve Our Problems: For Every House Habitat Builds, 100s More Are Homeless
Through Global Youth Service Day , millions of young women and men got involved in their communities last week, often taking their first steps into lives of ...
|Jesus And Climate Change -- The Journey Of Evangelical Leader Rich Cizik
When we become frustrated in working for change, we might remember how hope can come from unexpected places and historically resistant constituencies. Rich Cizik's efforts to engage his fellow ...
|From Drunken Party Girl To Climate Change Activist
When we try to engage people politically we never know who will respond, or when someone will shift from reveling in their apathy to taking powerful public stands. With Earth Day coming up, here'...
|Reclaiming Our Hope
How do we counter political demoralization among those who had such high hopes for the American political process just over a year ago? It helped to finally pass the healthcare reform bill--...
|'Soul Of A Citizen' Excerpt:How The Christian Coalition And MoveOn Helped Save The Internet Together
Pursuing bipartisanship at the expense of conviction is a losing game, as we saw with the endless delays on the health care bill. But when we create unexpected alliances that cross political ...
|'Soul Of A Citizen': Barack Obama, Vaclav Havel, And When Small Steps Yield Unforeseen Fruits
To keep the political hope to stay involved, it helps to remember that our actions can bear unforeseen fruits. Change comes, to be sure, when we shift governmental or corporate policies, elect ...
|'Soul Of A Citizen' Excerpt: Taking Money Out Of Politics: A Grassroots Effort For Clean Elections
Nothing makes us feel more powerless than the corruption of our democracy by money. It undermines progress on every issue we face. If America is ever to deal with our critical problems, we're ...
|Soul of A Citizen excerpt: The Real Rosa Parks Story
Last week, I began my excerpts from Soul of a Citizen by writing about the costs of cynicism . ...
|How The Democrats Can Reclaim The Youth Vote
If the Democrats don't get the youth vote, they're toast. That happened in Virginia, New Jersey, and Massachusetts, where young Obama voters stayed home in droves. It's an ugly conceivable future ...
|'Soul of a Citizen' Excerpt: What Cynicism Costs Us
With over 100,000 copies in print, my book "Soul of a Citizen" has inspired thousands of citizens to make their voices heard and actions count--and to stay involved for the long haul. I spent ...
|Call for Coakley: How three votes can tip an election
On election day 2004, I was canvassing in home state of Washington, alternating between knocking on doors for gubernatorial candidate Christine Gregoire and breaking to call Ohio and Florida. After ...
|Calling the Bluff in the Conference Committee
As the health care bill goes to conference, there's obviously a tension between a pretty decent House bill and a Senate one that's probably better than nothing, but contains some seriously ...
|Eight Reasons the Democrats lost Virginia & New Jersey--and How to Recover
Losing the Virginia and New Jersey governorships hurt. Local factors played a part, but these are major states. So it matters why the Democrats lost them. Here are eight reasons, with lessons on how ...
|Updated: Join MoveOn's Primary Pledge to Rein in Rogue Democrats
Like many of us, I've been cursing Max Baucus through most of the summer, for blocking our best chance for real health care reform in forty years. Now Baucus at least says he won't filibuster, but ...
|Reining in the Rogue Democrats—Petition for Primary Challenges
As the health care fight approaches its end game, how do we, as ordinary citizens exercise power? How do we create enough of a potential cost to deter Max Baucus, Kent Conrad, Ben Nelson, Blanche ...
|Life Lessons From a Dying Friend
My friend Robert Gordon is dying of lupus. He’s a novelist who spent a decade teaching in the Washington State prisons and written essays for everywhere from Esquire , to The ...
|The Progressive magazine needs our help
If you're familiar with The Progressive , it's a wonderful magazine with a hundred-year history of advocating for progressive social change, going back to ...
|Does the money we gave Blue Dogs give us any leverage?
I'm wondering whether the Netroots have any leverage at all through all the money we gave to the Blue Dogs and all the phone calls we made. I understand that conservative districts will elect more ...
|The Sotomayor Hearings - Branding the Neo-Confederates
If you read the liberal blogosphere, you know about Senator Jefferson Beauregard "Jeff" Sessions's history of ...
|Letter to Obama from a Dying Friend
My friend Robert Ellis Gordon is dying of lupus, with months left to live. He's spent more than a decade teaching writing to prison inmates, written a terrific book called The Fun House ...
|Gutting the Health Care Plan: The Scorpion and the Congress
Will serious health reform meet the fate of the scorpion and the turtle? In that fable, the scorpion pleads with the turtle to carry him across a river. The turtle resists, fearing the scorpion's ...
|Stiffed: Why Are Bailed-Out Banks Helping Pfizer Buy Wyeth?
Are U.S. taxpayers getting stiffed? Pfizer, Viagra's daddy, is using money from taxpayer-bailed-out banks to help buy major pharmaceutical competitor Wyeth in ...
|Saving America's Economy, One Furnace at a Time
Like most Americans, I'm guarding my dollars, but when my furnace died during Seattle's coldest winter in decades, I needed to replace it. And when I did, with a high-efficiency Trane model made in ...
|Saving the Auto Industry by Pre-Paying for Plug-Ins
Here's the dilemma: Detroit needs to sell cars to survive, and they need to sell them now. But every fuel-inefficient car they produce and put on the road creates an additional lien on our common ...
|Keep the White House Drapes: Bring Back the Solar Panels
Remember when the McCain campaign accused Barack Obama of "already measuring the White House drapes." It was more false populism, suggesting that it was the bi-racial son of a single mother who ...
|Washingon State Gov Race needs help
As people know, we have a neck-and-neck rematch in our Washington State Governor’s race, which Democrat Chris Gregoire won last year by 133 votes. It seems equally tight this round, and ...
|“I Didn’t Know I Could Vote”
I just came back from eight hours canvassing swing exurban neighborhoods 20 miles south of Seattle. Walking two precincts, I left materials on about a hundred doors, spoke to a dozen or so people who&
|NO TIME FOR NADER: A LETTER TO NADER AND MCKINNEY VOTERS
I'd thought little about Ralph Nader's potential electoral impact until I read recent polls suggesting he was drawing 3% among ...
| Antidotes To Complacency: Four Reasons To Not Take The Election For Granted
It's tempting to begin taking the likelihood of Obama's victory just a bit for granted. The polls look good. McCain and Palin are flailing, and Ted Stevens is headed for jail. The Republicans have ...
|Volunteer Energy and Political Tipping Points -- What We Can Do
On election day four years ago, I was canvassing in home state of Washington, alternately knocking on doors for gubernatorial candidate Christine Gregoire and breaking to call Ohio and Florida. ...
|Pit Bull Palin
When Sarah Palin joked about herself and her fellow hockey moms as pit bulls with lipstick, she may have revealed more than she intended. She made it sound a compliment—portraying herself and ...
|Rovian Politics Chose Sarah Palin
What does it say about John McCain that he picked not only the least experienced Vice Presidential nominee in America's history, but someone he really doesn't know? Departing so far from any normal ...
|The Buried Florida & Michigan Story: Why Campaigning Matters
It makes sense for the Florida and Michigan delegations to be sanctioned by the DNC, as has now happened.. If the Democratic Party is going to win elections, you can't have states capriciously ...
|The Bosnian Sniper Math of Clinton's Popular Vote Claims
Obama did the right thing by praising Clinton following the Oregon and Kentucky vote, and working to reweave the fabric of Democratic unity. And I'm delighted that Clinton said, "No matter what ...
|Did the Limbaugh Effect Also Flip Michigan?
With Hillary Clinton rejecting the compromise that Michigan Democratic leaders just crafted, the ...
|Calling For Obama
I'm back on the phones again, calling for Obama, and I'm glad that I am. It's tempting to do nothing but endlessly following the news, clicking on blog after blog as I root for Obama like I root for ...
|Is Hillary Clinton Push Polling?
North Carolina activist David LaMotte just got a push poll call from the firm of Geoff Garin, the new head of Hillary Clinton's campaign team. It wasn't as bad as asking "would it change your mind ...
|Letter to Hillary: Remember When John McCain Slimed Your Daughter
Dear Hillary, Reasons abound why you should do all you can to defeat John McCain--but for you, it should be personal. Maybe you've forgotten in the heat of the Democratic contest. But remember ...
|Truth, Lies and the Bosnian NAFTAgate
Obama's supposed evasion around "NAFTAgate" played a key role in Hillary Clinton taking Ohio. If there's any justice, her Bosnia fabrications should now bring her down in the remaining states. ...
|Can SuperDelegates Stop the Scorched Earth Campaigning?
No matter how well Clinton does in the remaining primaries, her future ...
|Did Clinton Win Ohio on a Lie?
Suppose someone in the North Korean government released a false story that shifted a key American election. If Bush were negatively affected, we might be bombing Pyongyang by now. But this just ...
|If You Think Karl Rove is Evil, Make Phone Calls Today
I don't know when Hillary Clinton and her advisors started channeling Karl Rove, but it's happened and it's ugly. If you want to stop them from tearing the Democratic Party apart, ...
|Obama & Clinton: Who's More Likely to Confront Global Warming?
If we ignore global warming much longer, we'll face a world of perpetual disaster, so there's no larger question for presidential candidates than who is more likely to tackle it successfully. ...
|Calling For Obama
I admit it. I'm addicted. Since the primaries and caucuses began, I've spent practically every free hour reading article after article, and poll after poll, charting the shifting sands of the ...
|How Much Damage Will Clinton Do Before She Folds?
In the wake of ten straight losses, Clinton's going to need some miracles to win, and Mike Huckabee's already ahead of her in line for divine intervention. But the question is how much damage she'll ...
|Will Clinton's Advisors Tell Her The Hard Truths?
I know it seems a geological eon ago, but remember the resignation of Clinton campaign manager Patti Solis Doyle? And how Doyle never told Clinton about the campaign's massive hemorrhaging of cash, ...
|Behind Obama's Wave of Victories: The More They Know Him.....
In a race where Clinton seemed to have every advantage, why has Barack Obama now won eight primaries and caucuses in a row? If you look at the rhythm of the campaign, this is the first point where ...
|Hillary Heeds Hawks: How Obama's and Clinton's Advisors Mirror Their War Stands
In their focus on the electoral horse-race, the media have ignored a key difference between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton -- the positions of their foreign policy advisors on the Iraq war. As ...
|How Obama Could Create a Long-Term Democratic Majority
Commentators are talking, and rightly so, about how young voters are flocking to Barack Obama. Their overwhelming support gave Obama his Iowa margin, kept him just a few points behind in New ...
|A Dozen Reasons Why This Edwards Supporter is Backing Obama
I gave John Edwards more money than I've given to any candidate in my life, and I'm glad I did. He raised critical issues about America's economic divides, and got them on the Democratic agenda. He ...
|It's Her Party and She'll Do What She Wants To
Hillary Clinton has now been campaigning in Florida and arguing that the state's delegates should count, along with those from the Michigan primary. This would sound fair enough, unless you know ...
|Hillary Clinton's Sleaze Parade
Politics can be a rough game. Candidates need to hold their competitors accountable and challenge distortions and lies. And God knows, we need a Democratic nominee who's willing to fight. But ...
|Media Misses Story: Obedwards Wins New Hampshire
As media commentators proclaim Hillary Clinton's rebirth from the ashes of defeat, they miss a critical story--Obama and Edwards won the New Hampshire primary. Add together Obama's 36 percent and ...
|Still True to ObEdwards – Why I Keep Donating to Both Edwards and Obama
It makes me feel like an indecisive mugwump, but in the wake of the Iowa caucuses, I've sent money to both Edwards and Obama. In a month, I'll have to choose, but as long as they'...
|Could Obama and Edwards Team Up in the Caucuses?
Obviously Barack Obama and John Edwards are competing with each other, but the caucuses in Iowa, Nevada, and Washington State give the two campaigns a chance to also coordinate to maximize the ...
|How Kucinich Supporters Could Help Stop Hillary
I know Kucinich supporters don't like Hillary Clinton. When I write about her, they respond, again and again. "She's a bought and paid corporatist." "She backed the Iraq war from the beginning." "...
|Who I Give To
Because I write books on citizen movements, people have often asked me what social change groups I personally support. I'm not a wealthy donor and have often had to fundraise for different projects. ...
|The Phrase that Could Defeat Hillary
Ever since Hillary Clinton supported the reckless Kyl-Lieberman Iran bill, her Democratic competitors have been blasting her for her stand, and rightly so. By defining Iran's Revolutionary Guards ...
|Hillary and the Ghosts of 2006
Maybe Hillary Clinton's right that going back to the candidates' past illuminates their character. I'm not sure we need to know whether they spilled their milk ...
|Hillary Clinton and the Politics of Disappointment
When Democrats worry about Hillary Clinton's electability, they focus on her reenergizing a depressed Republican base while demoralizing core Democratic activists, particularly those outraged about ...
|DCCC shilling for Hillary?
Like many of you, I'm on the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee list because of donating to them. I opened my DCCC email yesterday to get a message from Bill Clinton, asking people to wish ...
|Edwards-Obama: Go Edwama
Barack Obama and John Edwards are competing against each other, including some recent sniping . ...
|Preempting An Iran War--Make Congress Decide
With the Senate embracing the reckless Kyl-Lieberman amendment, we've moved one step closer to attacking Iran. But there's still time for Congress to assert itself against yet another needless war ...
|Wild Weather Creates Chances for Political Progress
It's hard to keep up with the crazed weather. As I write, a heat wave has killed over 50 people in the Midwest and South, with temperatures reaching 112 degrees in Evening Shade, Arkansas. ...
|Responsible Investment: Gates Foundation and the California Model
Given the magnitude of the global crises we face, we'd hope the key nonprofits trying to address them would use every appropriate tool to maximize their impact. Yet, Seattle's Bill & Melinda Gates ...
|The Haircut That Won’t Die
The John Edwards haircut keeps getting resurrected, like a creature from a bad horror movie. The Republicans unearthed it most recently in their second debate, when former Arkansas Governor Mike ...
|Target Global Warming, Target Exxon
With over 1400 local events, the April 14 National Day of Climate Action, www.StepItUp07.org, offered a national wakeup call, with citizens in every state ...
|Election Fraud, My Ass
They just wanted to protect the sanctity of the vote. That's the administration's pious explanation for why they fired eight U.S. Attorneys who were Republican enough for Bush to have appointed them ...
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