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11/15/19

Warren's plan would destroy the fight for single payer


A recurring argument for Bernie Sanders in this primary is that he understands our obstacles are primarily political, not technocratic, and that he would bring a movement of activists with him to fight for his agenda.

Elizabeth Warren's new health care proposal, released today, presents a direct contrast to that approach. NBC News describes its basic architecture:
Warren, D-Mass., released her plan for transitioning the country to a Medicare For All health care system Friday, splitting the effort into two legislative pushes that would happen over her first term in office, but holding off — at first — on ending the role of private insurance companies.
It is perfectly obvious to anyone who thinks about this for five seconds how it would actually play out.

11/5/19

Rep. Espaillat's international climate funding bill is a major step forward

Congressman Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) has introduced The Green Climate Fund Authorization Act of 2019, which commits the United State to fulfill its responsibility to fund international climate adaptation and mitigation through the United Nations.

11/4/19

Yet another study on economic factors driving Trump voters

Just getting around to an important study on the factors behind political alignment published in Politics & Society a few months ago. The paper, by Herbert Kitschelt and Philipp Rehm, discusses the roles played by income and education among white voters.

11/3/19

Bernie still leads the class war coalition

There's been enough turbulence in the polls in recent months that I've hesitated to make any strong claims about demographics. Nevertheless, some persistent trends continue to stand out: