Six key progressive victories in the states and localities

Posted on July 6, 2015

With the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives controlled by the right wing, it’s no wonder that this Congress has been among the least productive in our nation’s history. But while Congress treads water,...


The flag that offends 100 million Americans

Posted on June 22, 2015

We’ve had this discussion before. Over recent years, state and local governments have gradually recognized that flying the Confederate battle flag is offensive and inappropriate. For example, Florida took down that flag in 2001,...


School evaluation that’s data driven—over a cliff

Posted on June 10, 2015

Last week, a very distinguished panel convened by the National Research Council published an Evaluation of the Public Schools of the District of Columbia. The report is 341 pages long and cost millions of...


Neo-Cons are wrong about “freedom” and “security”

Posted on May 26, 2015

Some war hawks have defended the invasion and occupation of Iraq as a necessity of national “security” while others promoted the war as a defense of “freedom.” Poppycock, in both cases. “Values” have real...


Three reasons why voters are ignorant of policy facts

Posted on May 14, 2015

No doubt you have heard that the Governor of Texas has promised to monitor a U.S. military training exercise called “Jade Helm 15” because Tea Party websites have whipped millions of Americans into a...


The Right Wing Isn’t Crazy, It’s Strategic

Posted on April 28, 2015

So far this year…The Oklahoma House passed legislation to eliminate AP American History classes from public schools because, right-wingers said, the course is too negative about America. The Tennessee House voted to designate the...


A Golden Opportunity to Strengthen the “Progressive” Brand

Posted on April 15, 2015

“Progressive” is our nation’s most popular political term, but at the same time, most Americans don’t really know what it means. If we play our cards right, the Democratic presidential primary season can help...


The Indiana law promoting discrimination is a new low

Posted on March 30, 2015

Last week, Indiana enacted into law SB 101, the so-called “Religious Freedom Restoration Act.” Apparently, proponents were surprised at the nationwide outcry against the law and they adopted a defensive crouch. “There has been a...


Promote “fair markets,” not “free markets”

Posted on March 9, 2015

Last week’s column bemoaned the fact that average Americans believe unquestioningly in “free markets,” even though there are no such things. Indeed, every market relies on a dense web of laws and regulations. Subsidies,...


There’s no such thing as “free” markets

Posted on March 1, 2015

Last week, when the Federal Communications Commission voted for net neutrality and changed the way the Internet is policed, conservatives fell back on their favorite myth. The right wing media raged that it’s “a...