Category Archives: Democratic Progressive Caucus

A Time To Remember The Origins Of Bernie 2016

Jim Hightower once referred to Bernie Sanders as “Tim Carpenter with a Brooklyn accent and a Senate seat.” As Bernie 2016 rightfully gains in popularity and poll numbers, now is a good time to remember the origins of all of this. Without Tim Carpenter and Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) starting the idea of “Run Bernie Run” there wouldn’t be this wonderful political revolution happening. Things of this nature don’t “just happen.” There are people who had the wisdom to see the future and believe in the possibilities. Tim Carpenter was such a man. Continue reading

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Will It Take A Constitutional Amendment To Stop Voter Suppression?

Congressman Keith Ellison (DFL-MN) and his colleague Mark Pocan (D-WI) have introduced a bill which would amend the U.S. Constitution to explicitly guarantee the right to vote for American citizens. Read more how these two are fighting back against voter suppression in this, the 50th anniversary of the passing of the Voting Rights Act. Continue reading

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The Grass Roots Fight For A Living Wage

Jennifer Epps-Addison, Executive Director of Wisconsin Jobs Now offers hope for a future that includes a “living wage” for U.S. workers. “The challenge is to help everyday people have their voices heard because unfettered, unlimited money in politics has really corrupted the idea of one person/one vote and every voice counting.” We dare you to find just one “favorite quote” from this remarkable activist working to make the world a better place. Continue reading

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Who’s Talking Single Payer? A Lot of People and Organizations

So who’s talking about single payer these days? If you look closely, it seems like a lot of folks and organizations. Don’t think for an instant that the push for single payer has left the discussion about health care reform. In the post-ACA implementation world, the voices calling for sanity in our health care delivery system are stronger than ever. Continue reading

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Bernie Sanders: His Prophetic Voice Warns of Dangers to Democracy

Senator Bernie Sanders joined Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison to talk about the most important issue facing us today: saving our democracy from the oligarchs who appear poised to buy our government. “There is no end to the amount of money they will spend to create the kind of government and society they want,” Sanders said of the likes of the Koch Brothers and Sheldon Adelson. Continue reading

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Minnesota Peace Project: A Model For All 50 States

The Minnesota Peace Project works diligently with its state’s Congressional delegation to help affect change and move us to a more peaceful and non-violent world. Peace is a non-partisan issue and the group has effectively used the art of listening as they work with Democratic and Republican representatives. “We don’t assume anything about anyone,” said MPP co-founder Roxanne Abbas. Continue reading

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ACA Implementation: Getting The Word Out

It just shouldn’t be this difficult. I keep coming back to that thought every time I take another step down the road leading to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) implementation. The employer mandate aside, for individuals without insurance (like me), … Continue reading

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Politics & Pizza: Everybody Counts. Everybody Matters

Thursday night I drove to a town hall-pizza dinner gathering sponsored by my congressman, Keith Ellison, co-chair of the Democratic Progressive Caucus. The drive during rush-hour traffic to the local Broadway Pizza restaurant reminded me of the diverse, yet heavily … Continue reading

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Ellison Reintroduces The Robin Hood Tax: We Are Not Broke

We need to change the conversation in this country that we are broke and austerity is the only option. There are counter-arguments to the greed and selfishness prevalent in our society today. Take a closer look at the Robin Hood Tax, being re-introduced in the Congress this week by Rep. Keith Ellison. Continue reading

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Progressive Democrats of America: Doing The Everyday Hard Work for The Common Good

PDA Executive Director Tim Carpenter talks about PDA’s “inside and outside” strategy to create a more progressive conversation and government. He reflects back on the past nine years and looks ahead at the work that remains. Continue reading

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