Wisconsin Democrats Push for Abortion Referendum in Upcoming Spring Election

Democratic lawmakers in Wisconsin pushed for a nonbinding referendum question on abortion to be included on the spring ballot this April, hoping that doing so would show anti-abortion Republicans, who control the state legislature, that residents of the state support the recognition and protection of abortion rights. Following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling this past summer that dismantled… Source Source / Read More: Wisconsin Democrats Push for Abortion Referendum in Upcoming Spring Election

Zambia: Amnesty International welcomes the abolishment of the death penalty

Responding to an announcement by Zambia’s President Hakainde Hichilema on Friday 23 December 2022, that he had assented to a law banning the death penalty and the offence of criminal defamation of the president, Tigere Chagutah Amnesty International’s Regional Director for East and Southern Africa said: “Amnesty International welcomes the announcement by President Hichilema that […] The post Zambia: Amnesty International welcomes the abolishment of the death penalty appeared first on Amnesty International.

Jeffries, Favored to Succeed Pelosi, Has History of Hostility Toward the Left

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (California) announced on Thursday that she is stepping down as leader of the Democratic caucus after two decades in the role — and, while she often obstructed the left wing of her party during her time in leadership, the legislator favored to follow her, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, could be even more damaging to the left if he is chosen as her successor. “With great confidence in our caucus, I will not seek reelection to Democratic leadership in the next Congress,” Pelosi said on the House floor. She will remain in office, as will her first and…

Abolition Is About Escaping the Death Trap of “Normalcy”

“There’s no doubt that we have to abolish the carceral state. And there’s no doubt that policing and racial capitalism go hand in hand so that we can’t be pursuing abolition in a capitalist context,” says author and organizer Andrea Ritchie. In this episode of “Movement Memos,” Ritchie and host Kelly Hayes talk about why the Democrats will not save us, the relationship between abolition and the state, and why it’s so hard for most people to imagine political transformations. Music by Son Monarcas and Imprismed TRANSCRIPT Note: This a rush transcript and has been lightly edited for clarity. Copy…

Saudi Arabia: Execution of two Pakistani nationals is callous attack on right to life

Responding to the news that the Saudi Arabian authorities today executed two Pakistani nationals for drug-related crimes, the first such executions since the country’s Human Rights Commission announced a moratorium on the use of the death penalty for drug-related crimes in January 2021, Diana Semaan, Amnesty International’s Acting Deputy Director for the Middle East and […] The post Saudi Arabia: Execution of two Pakistani nationals is callous attack on right to life appeared first on Amnesty International.

GOP Plans to Gut Social Security and Medicare If It Retakes Control of Congress

The Democratic chair of the congressional Joint Economic Committee warned Wednesday that the GOP’s plan to use a looming debt ceiling fight as leverage to secure cuts to Social Security and Medicare would be “economically catastrophic for seniors, families, and our entire economy.” “Past debt-limit brinksmanship resulted in the first-ever downgrade of the U.S. credit rating and cost the country billions of dollars in lost economic activity, even though a default was ultimately avoided,” Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) said in a statement after several House Republicans outlined their intentions in interviews with Bloomberg Government on Tuesday. “This announcement comes after…

Sanders to Democrats: If You Support Progressive Policies, “You Win Elections”

On Tuesday, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) explained to Democrats that, if they want to win elections this fall and beyond, they must support and implement popular progressive policies like student debt cancellation and resist pressure from deep-pocketed donors to give sweeping tax breaks to corporations and the wealthy. In an interview with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, Sanders said that Democratic candidates and lawmakers must position themselves firmly behind the working class and fight against corporate greed, rather than work to feed it. “If Democrats are going to do well in 2022, in my view, they’ve got to stand up very firmly…

46 Percent of Voters Are More Likely to Vote Thanks to Student Debt Relief Plan

President Joe Biden’s highly anticipated move to cancel student debt for tens of millions of borrowers is widely popular and will help to motivate a large swath of voters to cast a ballot this fall, new polling finds. Voters across the ideological spectrum say they’re more likely to vote in this year’s midterm elections due to Biden’s student debt plan. Forty-six percent of likely voters surveyed by Data for Progress say they’re more likely to vote this fall, with 52 percent of Democrats, 38 percent of independents and 49 percent of Republicans saying as such. People with outstanding student loans…

Biden’s Rating Hits Highest Point in Months After Student Debt Plan Announcement

President Joe Biden’s job approval hit its highest point in months in the days immediately following the announcement that his administration is fulfilling a campaign promise to cancel student debt, new polling shows. CBS/YouGov polling released on Sunday shows that Biden’s job rating among registered voters is now at 45 percent, up from 42 percent in July. Overall, 20 percent of respondents said they “strongly approve” of Biden’s performance, while 25 percent said they “somewhat approve.” The poll was taken between August 24 and 26. Biden announced the plan midday on the 24th, meaning that some respondents may have answered…

Leak Reveals Billionaire Donor Advising GOP to Spread Lies on Dem Tax Policies

Leaked audio obtained this week by Politico revealed that billionaire casino magnate and GOP megadonor Steve Wynn recently offered Republicans a bit of messaging advice as they attempt to win back control of the Senate: Amplify the lies about Democratic tax policies. During a Wednesday conference call hosted by the Republican National Committee, which is seeking to wrangle big-money donors amid internal concerns that the party’s Senate chances are dimming, Wynn recommended “hard-hitting” ads with scripts warning ominously: “They’re coming after you if you’re a waiter, if you’re a bartender, if you’re anybody with a cash business… they’re coming after…

Amid Redistricting-Fueled Chaos, Corporate Democrats Win in New York Primaries

Democratic Party establishment insider Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney and multi-millionaire Dan Goldman secured wins in their respective battles in New York’s primary on Tuesday, dashing hopes of more progressive challengers in a turbulent year upended by redrawn congressional districts in the state. Maloney, chair of the powerful Democracy Congressional Campaign Committee, which controls the party’s election year war chest for House candidates, fended off progressive challenger state Sen. Alessandra Biaggi in the 17th District who said as she launched her campaign that the Democratic Party “should be led by fearless champions — not selfish, corporate politicians.” While Biaggi was endorsed…

New Poll Says Democrats Lead GOP by 7 Points in Generic Congressional Ballot

New polling from Monmouth University shows that Democrats are faring better in general than Republicans when it comes to who Americans believe should control Congress. The poll, conducted between July 28 to August 1, asked respondents who they preferred to be in charge of the legislative branch. Democrats attained decisive support from 38 percent of respondents, with another 12 percent saying they leaned toward Democrats. Republicans, meanwhile, received 34 percent support, with an additional 9 percent saying they leaned toward them. Overall, when general support for either party was combined with respondents who leaned each way, 50 percent of Americans…