Author: Kara Voght

Pro-Bernie Nevada Dems and DNC In Voter Data Feud

Nevada State Democratic Party officials are fuming over a draft proposal from the Democratic National Committee that would allow the DNC to hand over a crucial party asset—data files on Nevada voters—to candidates or local Democratic organizations without the state party’s consent. In what looks like another conflict between progressives and the Democratic establishment, officials […]

The Democrats Have a Discipline Dilemma

For 45 seconds, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) bit her lip, leveled her gaze, and held her cellphone steady before a pair of microphones as a hateful voicemail unfurled from its speaker. “We see you, Muslim sand nigger bitch,” a low voice mumbled, adding “piece of shit” and “jihadist” to his string of epithets. The caller […]

The House Just Passed Biden’s Build Back Better Plan. Now It’s Up to Joe Manchin.

The House of Representatives passed a $2 trillion spending bill on Friday morning, taking a crucial step toward enacting President Joe Biden’s ambitious domestic agenda and delivering Democrats a fragile, fleeting, moment of party unity. The measure includes $400 billion for universal pre-K and child care, $166 billion for affordable housing, and $495 billion to […]

The GOP Weaponized Education in This Election. Here’s How School Boards Run by Democrats Survived.

When Jonathan Kassa first ran for school board in the Philadelphia suburbs of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, in 2017, his Republican opponent had been a friend, and the two exchanged hugs after their debate. He and four other fellow first-time Democratic candidates shared a $13,000 budget of small donations and ran on a platform promising full-day […]

Is Kyrsten Sinema Ready to Listen to Elizabeth Warren?

Negotiations over President Joe Biden’s sweeping domestic agenda hit the skids this month when Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) made clear she’d refuse to back tax hikes on corporations to pay for an expected $2 trillion in spending.  With that revenue-raising door closing, a window to a onetime progressive pipedream appears to be opening: Sinema’s intransigence could push more […]

Biden Delays the Release of JFK Assassination Records

The Biden administration announced just before 9:30 pm on Friday night that it would once again delay the long-anticipated release of secret documents surrounding the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The decision stands in contrast to two other moves by the administration favoring the release of potentially sensitive but historically-important tranches of documents […]

The Centerpiece of Biden’s Climate Agenda Is All But Dead. So Now What?

By the time a group of progressive lawmakers entered the Oval Office to meet with President Joe Biden on Tuesday, the centerpiece of his climate agenda was all but dead. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) refused to back the Clean Energy Payment Program, a $150 billion initiative that would incentivize utilities to transition to clean energy. Democrats […]

What If the Progressive Revolt…Isn’t a Revolt at All?

Progressive lawmakers first suspected they’d delayed the bipartisan infrastructure bill when no one asked them to vote for it. “No, not at all,” Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) told me when I asked if any Democratic congressional leaders had pressured him. “Zero squeeze,” added an aide to a progressive House lawmaker. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) […]