Author: Hanna Trudo

Sunrise Movement endorses Mandela Barnes in Wisconsin Senate race

Mandela Barnes, the Democratic Senate nominee for Wisconsin, has earned the backing of a leading climate group in the countdown to the November general election. The Sunrise Movement is endorsing Barnes against Republican Sen. Ron Johnson (Wis.), according to a memo obtained by The Hill on Wednesday. “Each year it is more clear just how…

Why Buttigieg is sparking 2024 chatter

The ordinarily polished Mayor Pete suddenly was casual. “Who knows,” Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg told Vox Media’s Code Conference when asked last week about the idea of running for president again. “You don’t run for an office — well, maybe some people do — because you always wanted to,” he said. “But I think you run for…

Biden earns plaudits from progressives after anti-Trump speech

Progressives say President Biden finally used his words. Democrats who have wanted the president to go hard against conservatives ahead of the midterms are praising his speech Thursday, in which he blasted “MAGA Republicans” and suggested former President Trump and those aligned with him pose “a threat to this country.” While Biden has signaled over…

Progressives aim to prove they can win in Congress — and at the ballot box

When John Fetterman this week urged President Biden to decriminalize marijuana, he received cheers from all corners of the Democratic electorate. For years, Fetterman, Pennsylvania’s lieutenant governor and the party’s Senate nominee, has supported the reform he believes will create a fairer criminal justice system. While Biden didn’t address his request directly, Fetterman’s push is…

Progressives face down disconnect: policy wins, electoral losses

Progressives are facing down a seeming disconnect over what’s politically achievable in Washington and what wins elections back home. On one hand, they’ve won major policy battles from the White House to Capitol Hill this month, moving Democrats beyond what many thought was possible to accomplish under President Biden. On the other, they’ve struggled to…

Progressives hail Biden for action on student loans

Progressives are praising President Biden’s plan on student loans, arguing the move to provide $20,000 in relief to Pell Grant recipients in particular is a real step toward helping the most needy deal with crippling college debt.   Biden is canceling up to $10,000 in debt for those making less than $125,000 annually in addition to…

Democrats grapple with possibility of Cheney 2024 bid

Rep. Liz Cheney’s (R-Wyo.) strong signal that she may run for president has Democrats talking about what a pro-democracy, anti-Trump conservative candidate could do to President Biden’s political future. Cheney, who lost the same House bid she easily won last time, delivered an impassioned concession speech about the dangers of reelecting the former Republican president…

How this populist Democrat is taking on Ron Johnson in Wisconsin

Wisconsin has experienced its share of political wildcards: being snubbed by Hillary Clinton, handing Donald Trump and Joe Biden victories, and hosting a COVID-19 debacle at the Democratic National Convention. Now, Democrats are hoping for another surprise in the making: a populist millennial senator. Democrats have gone all-in on Mandela Barnes, the state’s 35-year-old lieutenant…

Five signs progressives are in danger of losing influence

Progressives finally got some relief after moderate Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) agreed to back Democrats’ expansive economic and climate legislation this week. And while the uproar over the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade also helps their cause, as indicated by a recent rejection of further restrictions in Kansas, their road to success…