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IT’S OFFICIAL – Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) formally announced his 2016 presidential bid earlier this week, or, as the Center for Public Integrity put it, “Ted Cruz’s Presidential Cash Hunt Commences.” READ ”Ted Cruz’s Biggest Liability Is Probably His Constant Lying” over at The Nation and SIGN a petition from NARAL telling Sen. Cruz to trust women HERE.

MEANWHILE, WHILE WARREN STILL SAYS SHE’S NOT — Last weekend, The Boston Globe became the first major newspaper to come out in support of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). The issue also included an op-ed in support of Sen. Warren by MoveOn.org Civic Action Executive Director, Anna Galland. READ the Boston Globe editorial board’s article HERE and Galland’s op-ed HERE.

BUDGET SAYS WHAT?? – The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities crunched the numbers on the proposed Republican House budget and found that it calls for a drastic reduction in Pell Grants for low- and middle-income families, would slash the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by $125 billion, and overall would get 69% of its cuts from programs for people with low or moderate incomes. Of course, the budget fails to address the more than $1 trillion a year that high-income households receive in tax code loopholes.

… Fed up, the Congressional Progressive Caucus created an alternative: “The People’s Budget.” READ their full proposal HERE and an Economic Policy Institute (EPI) analysis of it HERE and SIGN as a citizen co-sponsor of The People’s Budget HERE.

A VERY SPECIAL NATION ISSUE – To mark 150 years of progressive journalism, this week The Nation published a special anniversary issue–one of the longest in the magazine’s history–and made the issue free to download as a PDF. LEARN MORE HERE and DOWNLOAD the PDF HERE.

WHAT WORKS TO RAISE WAGES – EPI released a new report last week as part of “Raising America’s Pay,” a multiyear research and public education initiative to combat wage stagnation, also known as “the liberal plan to save the middle class.” The report complements an 11-point policy plan–The Agenda to Raise America’s PayLEARN MORE HERE and READ ”How to Raise Wages: Policies That Work and Policies That Don’t.”

WHAT THE FRACK? – Natural Resources Defense Council Senior Fracking Policy Analyst Amy Mall slammed the Obama administration’s new regulations for fracking on federal and tribal lands for being too lax: “The bottom line is: these rules fail to protect the nation’s public lands–home to our last wild places, and sources of drinking water for millions of people–from the risks of fracking”… Sierra Club Our Wild America Campaign Senior Director Dan Chu agreed: “The only true way to protect communities from fracking is to not frack at all.” SIGN a petition to stop fracking now HERE.

WINS AND LOSSES IN WISCONSIN – The Supreme Court allowed a restrictive Wisconsin voter ID law to stand this week, granting a victory to presidential hopeful Gov. Scott Walker (R). Should the Supreme Court have accepted the case challenging the law? Ari Berman over at The Nation says yes … ELSEWHERE IN WISCONSIN, a federal court blocked an admitting privileges requirement for abortion providers. READ the full story over at RH Reality Check HERE.

DEMOCRACY IN THE DARK – The Brennan Center for Justice is hosting a book party to support Frederick A.O. Schwarz, Jr.’s Democracy in the Dark: The Seduction of Government Secrecy on Thursday, April 9 in New York City. The book explores the history of the tension between secrecy and democracy in America. RSVP HERE.

FROM THE WONK WIRE 

… SHAKE, RATTLE, AND ROLL: Journalist, author and Top Wonk Naomi Klein sees the recent drop in oil prices as a great opportunity to expand renewable energy.

… LESSONS THAT STICK: Sierra Club Executive Director and Top Wonk Michael Brune recalls the Exxon Valdez oil spill and outlines the lessons we should learn from it.

… LISTEN UP, HILLARY: Demos Senior Fellow and Top Wonk Richard Brodsky explains what the Cuomo and Emanuel elections say about the current state of Democrats.

… LEAVE AND NEVER COME BACK: Center for Economic and Policy Research Domestic Policy Director and Top Wonk Nicole Woo calls for abolishing the debt ceiling in America.

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THE PROGRESSIVE COALITION THAT WASN’T…PROGRESSIVISM GETS A LIFT…Budget Battle Kicks Off With GOP House Proposal…How Low Can We Go?…Together We Rise…Get Rid of It All…Wonk Writings…CPCs Are Not OK…Hunting Ground Update

THE PROGRESSIVE COALITION THAT IS NEITHER PROGRESSIVE, NOR A COALITION — Actual bona fide progressives called foul this week as the “Progressive Coalition for American Jobs” launched media buys in Oregon and Washington state. Despite years of entirely consistent, unequivocally unified work against bad trade deals by progressive organizations like MoveOn.org, Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR), Fight for the Future, Demos, AFL-CIO, Campaign For America’s Future, and Presente, the “coalition” insisted to Politico that progressives were “split on TPP.”

Hmmm.

Perhaps 270 Strategies–the PR firm behind the so-called coalition–should rethink their, eh hem, “strategy.”

Democracy Partners Co-Founder Mike Lux TOLD PP: “There is no such thing as a ‘progressive coalition’ in favor of the TPP, because the progressive movement is about as unified as it can be against it.”

Many questions and few answers as the TPP negotiations continue in strictly-enforced secrecy

PROGRESSIVISM GETS A LIFT AS MINIMUM WAGE GETS A RAISE — Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) is rallying support for a bill that would gradually raise the current federal minimum wage to $12 an hour–up from previous proposals of $10.10 an hour–and index these wages to the median wage. Democratic senators obviously saw the (progressive) writing on the wall from minimum wage ballot initiatives passing in five states last year, including four red states … Too bad presidential contender Jeb Bush is stuck in 1938, before the federal minimum wage was even created.

SHARE your story in support of raising the minimum wage with National Employment Law Project (NELP) HERE.

BUDGET BATTLE KICKS OFF — The House GOP calls their budget–proposed Wednesday–”A Balanced Budget for a Stronger America,” but Center for Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) President Robert Greenstein knows what’s really going on with their plan: “It’s sure to significantly increase poverty, hardship, and inequality.” READ his full analysis HERE … Think this budget battle is purely symbolic? READ: “Four Reasons the Coming Congressional Budget Battle Matters” over at Campaign for America’s Future.

HOW LOW CAN WE GO? — State unemployment insurance programs are failing their critical goals of income replacement and supporting economic growth, according to new findings from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI). READ: “How Low Can We Go?: State Unemployment Insurance Programs Exclude Record Numbers of Jobless Workers.”

TOGETHER WE RISEOver 6,000 people across 16 states and dozens of cities joined the “We Rise” Day of Action–organized by National People’s Action, USAction, the Center for Popular Democracy, and other allies. Protesters made a public push against regressive policies that hurt workers, people of color, and the environment and called on elected officials to put people and planet first. LEARN MORE HERE and CHECK OUT photos from the event HERE.

GET RID OF IT ALL — A broad coalition of progressive organizations–including Campaign for America’s Future, Courage Campaign, Daily Kos, Democracy for America, RH Reality Check, RootsAction, The Nation, and Working Families–have joined together to demand that the government forgive the $1.3 trillion in student debt that Americans collectively owe. SIGN their petition HERE.

WONK WRITINGS — Three Top Wonks–Fordham University Associate Professor of Law Zephyr Teachout, Roosevelt Institute Senior Fellow Mark Schmitt, and Yale Law School J. Skelly Wright Professor of Law Heather K. Gerken–contributed columns to the spring issue of Democracy: A Journal of Ideas, released earlier this week. READ the full issue HERE.

CPCs ARE NOT OK — According to a new report from NARAL–released last week in conjunction with National Abortion Provider Appreciation Day–crisis pregnancy centers target and lie to women about abortion options. NARAL President Ilyse Hogue sums up the findings: “Pregnant women absolutely need objective, accurate information and superior services in order to make the best decision. Crisis pregnancy centers offer the exact opposite of that.” READ the full report HERE and an interview about reproductive justice with Dr. Cheryl Chastine of the South Wind’s Women Center over at RH Reality Check HERE.

PP MUST READ: “Not All Working Women Can ‘Lean In’” by American Constitution Society for Law and Policy President Caroline Fredrickson.

HUNTING GROUND UPDATEThe Hunting Ground–a new documentary about sexual assault on college campuses produced by Amy Ziering–opens in four new cities this week. WATCH the trailer HERE and FIND a showing near you HERE.

FULL EMPLOYMENT FORUM — The Full Employment Project of CBPP is hosting “Full Employment: How Can We Get There and Stay There? Why Does It Matter?” on Monday, March 30 at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, DC. Former Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke will give the keynote speech, followed by a discussion by leading economists from Brookings Institution, EPI, CBPP, the International Monetary Fund, and NELP. RSVP HERE.

FROM THE WONK WIRE

BOGUS BANKING BONUSES: Institute for Policy Studies Director and Top Wonk Sarah Anderson provides context for the enormous bonuses given to Wall Street employees.

BONDS, SAFE BONDS: Yale University Professor and Top Wonk Robert Shiller details why the current bond market is unlikely to crash.

REDEFINING REDISTRIBUTION: Former Secretary of Labor and Top Wonk Robert Reich predicts a need to change definitions of key economic phrases in light of our changing times.

SIMPLY SEEKING SOLUTIONS: CEPR Co-Director and Top Wonk Dean Baker points to those who are ignoring simple truths about economic inequality and how to fight it.

Find out more at www.TopWonks.org.

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WHAT WERE THEY THINKING??…50 YEARS AFTER SELMA…SiX on the States…No TPP: Fair Trade, Not Free Trade…Not All Inequality is Equal…Going Global for International Women’s Day…Information is Not Quite Free Yet…Premiere of “The Burden” March 27!

WHAT WERE THEY THINKING?? – Rep. Adam Schiff (D-NJ) summed up responses to the 47 Republican senators who sent a letter to Iran attempting to undercut a potential nuclear deal: “It’s beyond disturbing.” READ ”Meet Tom Cotton, the Senator Behind the Republicans’ Letter to Iran” over at The Nation and SIGN a petition to file treason charges against these senators HERE.

50 YEARS AFTER SELMA80,000 people–including President Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder, Rev. Al Sharpton, members of Congress, and representatives from Advancement Project, ColorOfChange, NAACP, and #BlackLivesMatter–descended on Selma last weekend to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery and the “Bloody Sunday” when police confronted protesters. ColorOfChange Executive Director Rashad Robinson on the present-day struggle: “When we look forward, we’ve got to think about not just how we defend what we’ve won, but what the new models and new systems for protections are that we need for the future.”

READFrom Selma to Texas: Why the Voting Rights Act is Still Vital” over at The Brennan Center for Justice and SIGN a pledge to keep marching for voting rights from Advancement Project HERE.

SiX ON THE STATES — Last week the State Innovation Exchange (SiX)–a major new Democratic state-focused organization–and the Center for American Progress (CAP) hosted “An Economic Opportunity Agenda in the States,” a discussion about state-level policies to grow the middle class, moderated by SiX Executive Director Nick Rathod. The same week, representatives of SiX also met with Sen. Elizabeth Warren and White House officials. WATCH a video of the event with CAP HERE and FIND OUT more about SiX HERE.

FAIR TRADE, NOT FREE TRADE – AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka slammed President Obama’s intention to fast-track the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement: “We are going all out to oppose it: phone banks, leaf letting, door knocks in various congressional districts and Senate states in informing the general public, and we will continue this until we are successful in defeating it” … Presente Executive Director Arturo Comona agreed and urged Latino leaders to take a stand against the proposal. READ his op-ed HERE and SIGN a petition to create a trade deal that works for working families HERE.

UNEQUAL INEQUALITY — Demos has developed the Racial Wealth Audit, a new tool that is used to evaluate the impact of housing, education, and labor markets on the racial wealth gap. The tool will be featured in an upcoming series of briefs looking at racial wealth disparities and the policies that have caused them. READ more HERE.

ELSEWHERE, the Fed Up Coalition–made up of AFL-CIO, Center for Popular Democracy, Demos, Economic Policy Institute, National Employment Law Project, and many others–also released a new report on racial disparities in wages and employment across the country. READ: “Wall Street, Main Street, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard: Why African Americans Must Not Be Left Out of the Federal Reserve’s Full-Employment Mandate.”

GOING GLOBAL FOR INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY — In honor of International Women’s Day last week, Planned Parenthood released a video celebrating the last 20 years of progress for women’s rights around the world … Meanwhile, the No Ceilings Foundation published a new global analysis of the inequalities women continue to face. READThe Participation Report” and SIGN a petition from MomsRising telling Congress to pass the Fair Paycheck Act HERE.

INFORMATION NOT QUITE FREE — 10 out of 15 of the federal agencies who consistently receive the most Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests failed to achieve satisfactory grades on the Center for Effective Government’s access to information scorecard. Open Government Policy Director and report co-author Sean Moulton summed up the problem: “Agencies are trying to establish a public infrastructure for the 21st century, but permanent progress is difficult when agency budgets are uncertain and declining.”

READ the full report HERE and SIGN a petition urging Congress to strengthen the FOIA HERE.

THE BURDEN — The Truman National Security Project and Operation Free are premiering The Burden: Fossil Fuels, the Military, & National Security at the nation Environmental Film Festival in Washington, DC on Friday, March 27. The documentary looks at fossil fuel dependence as a national security issue and examines the military’s transition away from oil. WATCH the trailer HERE and RSVP for the premiere HERE.

FROM THE WONK WIRE

PROJECTING DIVERSE VOICES: Demos President and Top Wonk Heather McGhee outlines how the voices of smaller donors can be heard in election cycles.

WHEN IT’S GOOD TO SAY NO: Brennan Center Fellow and Top Wonk Ciara Torres-Spelliscy explains why the Supreme Court’s refusal to hear cases on campaign finance reform is a good thing.

TRADING AWAY THE FUTURE: Sierra Club Executive Director and Top Wonk Michael Brune details how passing the TPP will negatively impact climate change.

HELP FOR THOSE WHO NEED IT: Former IMF Chief Economist and Top Wonk Simon Johnson commends the White House for fighting big banks and providing sound advice to retirees.

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PROTECT PUBLIC HEALTH…RIGHT TO WORK JUST ISN’T RIGHT…Sex, Lies, & Justice Next Thursday…Two New Reports on the State of Policing…Closing Retirement Loopholes to Protect You…Why Medicaid Matters…No More Pay-To-Play for Government Contractors

PROTECT PUBLIC HEALTH — The Supreme Court heard oral arguments yesterday in King v. Burwell, the latest challenge to the Affordable Care Act. 68 organizations–including MomsRising, The Center for Reproductive Rights, League of Women Voters, NARAL, National Employment Law Project, People for the American Way Foundation, Planned Parenthood Foundation, and UltraViolet–joined the National Women’s Law Center on an amicus brief last month opposing the challenge. READ the brief HERE and SIGN a “People’s Brief” from MomsRising HERE.

KING V. BURWELL MUST READS: “How the Supreme Court’s Decision in King v. Burwell Could Affect the Public’s Health” over at the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS) and “The Koch Cash Behind the Latest Attack on Obamacare” over at The Nation.

RIGHT TO WORK JUST ISN’T RIGHT– Wisconsin State AFL-CIO President Phil Neuenfeldt slammed legislators for advancing a “right to work” bill in the State Senate last week: “Republican senators clearly weren’t there to listen to their constituents or vote in the best interests of all Wisconsinites” … Thousands of workers who agreed rallied outside the state capitol this weekend in protest.

MEANWHILE, Economic Policy Institute (EPI) Research Associate Gordon Lafer testified about his report, “‘Right to Work’ is the Wrong Answer for Wisconsin’s Economy,” at a public hearing about the legislation this week. READ his full report HERE and “Middle Class Incomes Suffer Without Collective Bargaining,” also from EPI.

SEX, LIES, & JUSTICE — ACS–in partnership with The American Prospect and EPI–will host “Sex, Lies and Justice: A Discussion on campus Sexual Assault, Title IX Compliance, and Due Process” next Thursday at 12:00 pm in Washington, DC. RSVP HERE.

THE STATE OF POLICING — Daily Kos’s Shaun King summed up the response to the Presidential Task Force on 21st Century Policing’s Interim Report: “[It is] powerful, thorough, thoughtful, and, you guessed it, imperfect–just like your best ideas” … Yesterday, the Department of Justice also released a lengthy report finding patterns of racial bias in Ferguson’s police department and municipal court. READ the report HERE and SIGN a petition from Advancement Project supporting Black Future initiatives HERE.

Sunlight Foundation released an inventory of public and privately-produced criminal justice data last week. Their first analysis looks at data related to “Stop and Frisk” policies in four major cities. READ the analysis HERE and CHECK OUT their full inventory HERE.

CLOSING RETIREMENT LOOPHOLESSaveOurRetirement.org–a coalition made up of AARP, AFL-CIO, AFSCME, Americans for Financial Reform, Better Markets, Consumer Federation of America, and Pension Rights Center–lauded President Obama’s support last week for a proposed Department of Labor rule to protect those receiving retirement investment advice. According to a recent White House report, these conflicts of interest are costing middle-class families and individuals up to $17 billion each year.

WATCH a video further explaining the problem HERE, LEARN MORE about the coalition HERE, and SIGN their petition telling Washington to stand up to Wall Street HERE.

MEDICAID MATTERS — Last week, volunteers from MomsRising and their children went to Capitol Hill to meet with Senators and discuss the importance of Medicaid for families around the country. READ about their trip HERE and SHARE your own stories about why Medicaid matters to you HERE.

NO MORE PAY-TO-PLAY — More than 50 organizations–coordinated by Public Citizen and including Center for American Progress, Center for Effective Government, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, Common Cause, Courage Campaign, Demos, Everyvoice, Main Street Alliance, MoveOn, NAACP, People for the American Way, Public Campaign, Sierra Club, Sunlight Foundation, and more–signed an open letter Monday asking President Obama to issue an executive order requiring government contractors to disclose their political spending … The letter comes on the heels of the news that the 2014 midterm elections were officially the most expensive in history. READ the letter HERE.

FROM THE WONK WIRE

A NEW YORK STATE OF FAIRNESS: Fordham University Associate Law Professor and Top Wonk Zephyr Teachout provides a model for stemming the tide of money in politics.

A VOTE FOR VOTING RIGHTS: George Washington University Law Professor and Top Wonk Spencer Overton outlines a new study on the 50-year impact of the Voting Rights Act.

CALLING LONDON TO MOVE: Enlightenment Economics Managing Editor and Top Wonk Diane Coyle pushes for a decentralization of England’s economic base.

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WAGE VICTORY AT WAL-MART…BUH-BYE, KEYSTONE…The Final Word (We Hope) on Net Neutrality…The 2014 Final Tally Is No Surprise…Student Debt Strike…New Prison Reform Coalition…The Times They Aren’t A-Changing…Keep ACA Intact

WAGE VICTORY AT WAL-MART — Economic Policy Institute (EPI) Research Director Josh Bivens summed up the progressive reaction to the news that Wal-Mart will raise its minimum wage for all workers to $10 an hour: “Let’s be clear about this: wages rising should be the norm in the American economy and should happen all the time without fanfare” … Apparently T.J. Maxx agrees, and is following suit. READ: “A Higher Wage is Possible at Wal-Mart” over at Demos.

MEANWHILE, home health workers–supported by SEIU and Fight for $15–went on strike this week to demand higher pay and a union. SIGN a petition supporting them HERE.

BUH-BYE, KEYSTONE — As promised, President Obama vetoed legislation to force approval of the Keystone XL pipeline on Tuesday. Natural Resources Defense Council President Rhea Suh: “Congress should stop wasting any more time pushing dirty energy projects that would worsen climate change and threaten our air, water and land.” AGREE? Tell President Obama to reject the Keystone pipeline for good HERE.

THE FINAL WORD ON NET NEUTRALITY — After a concerted effort by groups including the American Civil Liberties Union, CREDO Action, Common Cause, Free Press, MoveOn, the National Organization for Women, and others, senior Republicans conceded their fight against net neutrality on Tuesday. The FCC is expected to announce later today that it will regulate the internet as a public utility.

WATCH a trailer for Killswitch–a new documentary film about the battle for net neutrality, featuring Harvard Economist and Top Wonk Lawrence LessigHERE and READ what the real impact of the FCC rules will be over at Free Press HERE.

THE FINAL TALLY — An overwhelming majority of Chicago residents voted to pass the Fair Elections Illinois ballot initiative Tuesday night. Common Cause President Miles Rapoport: “Illinois voters have seen firsthand the corrupting power of big money in our elections and today’s vote is powerful evidence that they’ve had enough of it” … Meanwhile, $3.77 billion later, the 2014 midterms are officially the most expensive in history–despite the fact that there were fewer donors than in the last election cycles. The Center for Responsive Politics CRUNCHED THE NUMBERS HERE.

MONEY IN POLITICS MUST READ: “How to Get Money Out of Politics: Ideas for Change” from Every Voice in partnership with Bill Moyers.

STUDENT DEBT STRIKE — Among students who left school in 2005, a full 25% defaulted on their loans within nine years, according to new data from the New York Federal Reserve. A Demos analysis of this data suggests that the Department of Education is underestimating the problem of student loan default by half … This information comes on the heels of a massive debt strike against for-profit Everest College by the Corinthian Fifteen–organized by the Debt Collective. READ: “What Happens If You Refuse to Pay Off Your Student Debt?” over at The Nation.

UNITED FOR PRISON REFORM — Last week, a broad range of groups–including the American Civil Liberties Union, Americans for Tax Reform, the Center for American Progress, and the Leadership Conference Education Fund, and more–formed the Coalition for Public Safety with the intent of pursuing aggressive criminal justice reform. The United States leads the world in incarceration, with 2.2 million currently in prison–a 500% increase over the past 30 years. FIND OUT more HERE.

THE TIMES THEY AREN’T A-CHANGING – Hourly wages fell or stagnated for workers across the wage spectrum in 2014, continuing a 35-year trend of broad-based stagnation, according to new data from EPI. EPI Senior Economist and report author Elise Gould: “Wage stagnation is the result of specific policy choices made over the past 30 years, and it can be reversed by policy decisions going forward.”

READ the full report HERE and a follow-up, “A Glimmer of Positive News: Wages Rose for Bottom 10 Percent (Unlike for Everybody Else),” HERE.

KEEP OBAMACARE INTACT — To accompany next week’s oral arguments in King v. Burwell–the latest attack on the Affordable Care Act–the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy launched a new blog symposium. CHECK OUT the full archive HERE and READ the two most recent posts HERE and HERE.

FROM THE WONK WIRE

BETTER THAN A CUT: Economic Policy Institute President and Top Wonk Lawrence Mishel argues that tax cuts won’t help address long-term wage stagnation.

KOCH BROS JUST WANT SOME PRIVACY: Brennan Center Fellow and Top Wonk Ciara Torres-Spelliscy explores the tension between the need for both transparency and privacy with regard to large charitable donations.

NOT-SO-INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS: Former Secretary of Labor and Top Wonk Robert Reich urges federal agencies to regulate the burgeoning “sharing economy.”

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THE HUNTING GROUND, COMING SOON TO THEATERS…HASTA LA VICTORIA…Dear Elizabeth Warren, Please Run!…Don’t You Dare Block My Internet…February Is Black Future Month…Making Wealth Work for All…Too Big To Jail…Fix the Fed

THE HUNTING GROUNDOne in five women will be sexually assaulted while in college … The Hunting Ground, a new film produced by Amy Ziering, exposes this reality. Ziering tells PP: “The epidemic of sexual assaults on our college campuses and the institutional cover-ups that facilitate their perpetration is simply unacceptable. We need to put the fair and impartial investigation and adjudication processes in place so that our students are safer and our campuses saner. The silence around this issue has been going on for decades — DON’T WE OWE THE NEXT GENERATION A MORE JUST AND SAFE FUTURE?

The Hunting Ground–directed by Kirby Dick–opens in select theaters Friday, February 27. WATCH the trailer HERE, SIGN UP to host a screening HERE, and SIGN a petition from UltraViolet telling the Princeton Review to include sexual assault rankings for colleges HERE.

HASTA LA VICTORIA — Despite a Texas federal judge’s ruling on Monday to temporarily halt President Obama’s executive action on immigration, DREAMers, immigrant families, and activists are rallying all week in over 60 cities to support the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) programs. National Council of La Raza President and CEO Janet Murguia outlined the stakes: “Detractors of these programs may try to paint this as a fight with the president, but make no mistake: attempts to dismantle these programs are attacks on American families.”

GET INVOLVED HERE and READThe Libre Initiative: The Koch Brothers’ New Focus on Winning Latino Voters” from People for the American Way.

DEAR ELIZABETH WARREN — Earlier this week Ready for Warren–a campaign backed by 300 Obama alumni and over 90 artists, actors, and musicians–launched “Dear Elizabeth Warren,” a new website that allows supporters to send postcards and video messages directly to Sen. Warren encouraging her to run for president. WATCH their new video HERE, SEND a postcard or video message, and SIGN a petition from The Other 98% defending the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau–Sen. Warren’s watchdog–HERE.

DON’T BLOCK MY INTERNET — As AT&T and Verizon prepare to file lawsuits challenging the regulation of the internet as a public utility, the Media Action Grassroots Network–in partnership with Free Press, Fight for the Future, Daily Kos, and many others–has organized actions around the country to tell cable companies: #Don’tBlockMyInternet. FIND an event near you HERE and RSVP to attend a rally in New York City next Monday HERE.

ENVISIONING A BLACK FUTURE — In response to the increasingly sanitized and corporate nature of Black History Month, Ferguson Action coalition has declared February Black Future Month. LEARN MORE HERE, TEXT “Hands Up” to 97975 to be notified of future actions, TWEET #BlackFutureMonth, and READModern-Day Racial Justice Mantras Evoke Historic Struggles” over at the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy.

MAKING WEALTH WORK FOR ALL — Demos released a new study finding that the richest 1% of households have captured virtually all economic growth since the Great Recession. The report examines how the “financialization” of the economy has contributed to this extreme concentration of wealth and proposes a mass “de-financialization” as a remedy. READ: “Financialization and Equal Opportunity.”

TOO BIG TO JAIL — The Brennan Center for Justice is hosting a discussion with author Brandon Garrett about his new book, Too Big to Jail: How Prosecutors Compromise with Corporations, next Wednesday, February 25th at 12:00pm in Washington, DC. RSVP HERE.

FIX THE FED — The Economic Policy Institute released a report last week arguing that the Federal Reserve should abandon its 2% inflation target and instead prioritize low unemployment. READ: “The Federal Reserve and Shared Prosperity: Why Working Families Need a Fed that Works for Them.”

FROM THE WONK WIRE

IT’S BROKE, SO FIX IT: Demos Senior Fellow and Top Wonk Richard Brodsky calls for states to stop using failed Tea Party economics.

CRIMINALLY WRONG: Brennan Center for Justice Program Director and Top Wonk Inimai Chettiar debunks the myth that mass incarceration has led to less crime.

LESS MONEY, MORE PROBLEMS: Brookings Institute Vice President and Top Wonk Kemal Davis points out the impacts of European austerity on essential social programs.

WORKING HEALTHIER: CEPR Co-Director and Top Wonk Dean Baker clarifies how the Affordable Care Act gives workers more choices in picking a job.

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100 MOST OVERPAID CEOS **TODAY** AT 2PM…ANOTHER WIN FOR SEN. WARREN…Valentine’s Day Moral March for Love & Justice…SNAP Spending on the Decline…A Chaotic Scene for Same-Sex Marriage in Alabama…Reproductive Justice Casebook Now on the Curriculum

100 MOST OVERPAID CEOSAs You Sow is hosting a webinar **TODAY** at 2:00pm ET to present findings from their report “The 100 Most Overpaid CEOs: Executive Compensation at S&P 500 Companies.” The webinar will feature report author Rosanna Landis Weaver, corporate governance expert Nell Minow, and HIP Investor CEO and Founder R. Paul Herman. Weaver TELLS PP: “If someone has a 401(k) through their employer, it’s likely they are invested in a company with an overpaid CEO.” REGISTER HERE and READ the full report HERE.

ANOTHER WIN FOR WARREN — On Sunday, the Working Families Party of New York State preemptively endorsed a Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) presidential run, joining a massive push from MoveOn.org and Democracy for America. MoveOn.org Civic Action Executive Director Anna Galland: “THIS IS A BIG DEAL!” … This news comes on the heels of new polls showing overwhelming support for Sen. Warren in New Hampshire and Iowa. LEARN MORE HERE and JOIN “Run Warren Run” HERE.

MORAL MARCH FOR LOVE & JUSTICE — The North Carolina NAACP and the Historic Thousands on Jones Street (HKonJ) People’s Assembly–made up of over 170 partner organizations including Advancement Project, AFL-CIO, Planned Parenthood, Common Cause, Public Interest Research Group, NARAL, MomsRising, National Organization for Women, and ACLU–are currently participating in a Week of Action leading up to the Moral March for Love and Justice on Saturday, February 14.

WATCH a video about the march HERE, READ the coalition’s goals HERE and HERE, RSVP HERE, and TWEET #MoralMarch.

SNAP SPENDING DECLINE — Spending on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the number of SNAP participants fell in 2014 for the first time in seven years, according to a new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP). Though this decline is partly due to improving economic conditions, it also reflects new benefit limits for unemployed, childless adults. READ CBPP’s full report HERE.

MARRIAGE CHAOS IN ALABAMAUp to 54 of the 67 counties in Alabama refused to issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples on Monday despite a federal judge’s rulings legalizing same-sex marriage in the state, according to data from Human Rights Campaign (HRC). SIGN a petition from HRC urging action against Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court Roy Moore HERE.

NEW ON THE CURRICULUM — The Center for Reproductive Rights and Justice at Berkeley Law (CRRJ) has developed the first-ever reproductive justice casebook. CRRJ Founding Executive Director Jill E. Adams explained its importance: “One may wonder whether legislative efforts to restrict reproductive health-care access at the state and federal level would have been quite as successful, had more of the lawyer-turned-politicians been exposed to more reproductive rights cases while in school.” READ MORE over at RH Reality Check HERE.

…Speaking of those who would benefit, READ: “Incoherence and Condescension for Republicans on Abortion” over at the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy.

STATE OF INEQUALITY — Last week Capital & Main launched “State of Inequality,” an investigative series addressing issues of income disparity and the middle class in California. WATCH former Secretary of Labor and Top Wonk Robert Reich in their kickoff video HERE and CHECK OUTWeek 1: The Problem” & “Week 2: Impacts.”

READ: “The Politics of Reducing Inequality” by National Academy of Social Insurance Board Chairman William J. Arnone.

FOR OUR CHILDREN — As Congress debates the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) this week, Economic Policy Institute argues that its reauthorization should focus on alleviating the effects of poverty on educational achievement. READ their full statement HERE and SIGN a petition from the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights telling Congress to uphold civil rights protections in the act HERE.

DRIVING THE VOTE — Last week attorneys from Demos, Project Vote, ACLU, and the global law firm Morrison & Foerster sent a pre-litigation notice on behalf of the League of Women Voters of California, ACCE Institute, California Common Cause, and the National Council of La Raza, and several individual citizens, citing evidence that California is failing to offer drivers and ID card holders the opportunity to register to vote. LISTEN to Demos Counsel Stuart Naifeh discuss the case on NPR HERE and READDriving the Vote: Are States Complying with the Motor Vehicle Requirements of the National Voter Registration Act?

MIN WAGE KICKOFF IN PA — Business for a Fair Minimum Wage joined Pennsylvania Lt. Governor Mike Stack, state legislators, and community leaders last week for the kickoff of the “Raise the Wage PA” campaign. READ the Pennsylvania Business for a Fair Minimum Wage Sign On Statement HERE and SIGN as a Pennsylvania business owner or executive HERE.

 PP MUST READ: Ben Wyatt Runs for Congress” (for all Parks and Recreation fans) over at Every Voice.

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RICH REWARDS: Center for Economic and Policy Research Domestic Policy Director and Top Wonk Nicole Woo outlines how the top 1% doesn’t pay their fair share of Social Security.

A FOUNDING CONCERN: Fordham University Associate Law Professor and Top Wonk Zephyr Teachout speaks with the National Constitution Center about how the framers of the Constitution were more concerned about corruption than the Supreme Court is.

OBAMACARES FOR WHO?: Economist and Top Wonk Joseph Stiglitz and CEPR Co-Director and Top Wonk Dean Baker detail how the Affordable Care Act is working to keep prescription drug prices high.

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NET NEUTRALITY VICTORY…ALL ABOVE ALL…BEYOND CORRUPTION EVENT **TODAY** AT 3PM…The Uneven Reach of the Economic Recovery by Race and State…Promoting a Shift to Clean Fuels in California…Women Are Worth More Than Spare Change!…Launch of ‘Losing my Ledge’

NET NEUTRALITY VICTORY — CREDO Mobile Political Director and Vice President Becky Bond cautiously celebrated FCC Chairman Wheeler’s announcement yesterday that he will recommend regulating the internet as a utility: “We urge Chairman Wheeler and the FCC not to give an inch to telecom lobbyists, or Republicans in Congress, who are threatening to strip the FCC of its authority to protect the open Internet” … Wheeler’s announcement comes on the heels of sustained efforts by hundreds of organizations–including ACLU, Free Press, MoveOn, and NOW–since the FCC voted in favor of creating a two-tiered internet last May.

SIGN a petition from Common Cause telling Congress to let the FCC do its job HERE and JOIN Free Press Action Fund’s Battle for the Net HERE.

ALL ABOVE ALL – Center for Reproductive Rights CEO and President Nancy Northup slammed the renewal of the Hyde Amendment–a prohibition on Medicaid coverage of abortions–in President Obama’s proposed budget: “It is deeply disappointing to see this nation, year after year, renew the vast financial roadblocks that stand between millions of women in the U.S. and the health care they need.” JOINAll Above All,” a coalition to restore and sustain abortion coverage for low-income women that includes ACLU, Alliance for Justice, NARAL, Center for Reproductive Rights, and others HERE.

BEYOND CORRUPTION — The Brennan Center for Justice and New America are hosting “Beyond Corruption: New Approaches to Money in Politics**TODAY** at 3:00 pm in Washington, DC … Brennan Center Democracy Program Deputy Director and Top Wonk Lawrence Norden will lead a discussion on the idea of political opportunity and the future of American democracy. RSVP HERE, WATCH a livestream of the event HERE, and FOLLOW the event on Twitter using #BeyondCorruption.

RECOVERY’S UNEVEN REACH — Economic Policy Institute (EPI) released a new analysis last week examining the uneven reach of the economic recovery. Although the national unemployment rate reached 5.6% in December, statistics varied widely by state and race, with African Americans at nearly double the national rate. EPI Program on Race, Ethnicity, and the Economy Director Valerie Wilson summed up her findings: “…No matter what the headline numbers show, full economic recovery is still a long way off for many Americans.” READ: “After a Year of Strong Job Growth, Recovery Remains Uneven.”

PP MUST READ: “The GOP’s Embrace of Anti-Vaxxers Reveals the Craziness Gap in American Politics” over at The Nation.

CLEAN FUELS IN CALIFORNIA — Over the next ten years, California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard program could triple the use of alternative fuels from today’s levels using existing technologies, according to a new report commissioned by the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Union of Concerned Scientists, and the Environmental Defense Fund. READ: “California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard: Evaluation of the Potential to Meet and Exceed the Standards.”

WOMEN ARE WORTH MORE THAN SPARE CHANGE — MomsRising Executive Director Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner and a group of over 20 high school students traveled to Olympia, WA on Monday to meet with state legislators and testify at a hearing in support of the Equal Opportunity Act, which would guarantee fair pay for women. READ some of the students’ testimony HERE and SIGN a petition supporting the national Paycheck Fairness Act HERE.

LOSING MY LEDGE — This month, RH Reality Check launched a new column covering the 84th Texas Legislature. READ the articles HERE.

FROM THE WONK WIRE

UNHEALTHY PRICES: Economist and Top Wonk Joseph Stiglitz connects the closed-door negotiations of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to higher drug prices.

HIDE THE MONEY AND RUN: Institute for America’s Future Founder and President and Top Wonk Robert Borosage explains how the budget is structured to help corporations avoid billions in taxes.

PARTING WITH LITTLE SORROW: CEPR Co-Director and Top Wonk Dean Baker urges Greece to think about leaving the Eurozone in an attempt to stimulate its economy.

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COME ON, KOCH BROS…A REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE AGENDA…Obama’s Historic Environmental Move…Inequality, State by State…If They’re Watching Us, Who Watches the Watchers?…In Defense of Public Transit…Save the Date for ‘The 100 Most Overpaid CEOs’

COME ON, KOCH BROS — 0.4% of the U.S. population accounted for more than 68% of campaign contributions in the 2014 midterms, according to new data from the Center for Responsive Politics. The findings were released last week to correspond with the 5th anniversary of Citizens United, which Common Cause, Alliance for Justice, Congressional Progressive Caucus, and People for the American Way marked by rallying outside the Chamber of Commerce. READ: “Five Realities Five Years After: The Post-Citizens United Landscape.”

…Meanwhile, the Koch brothers continue to steamroll over the American public–5 million of whom have signed petitions to overturn Citizens United–by announcing that they plan to spend $900 million on the 2016 presidential campaign. SIGN a petition from MoveOn.org by Top Wonk Robert Reich denouncing the Koch brothers HERE.

A REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE AGENDA – Days after the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Center for Reproductive Rights and the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health released a joint report outlining the obstacles to reproductive health faced by Texas Latinas and the solutions for addressing these barriers. READ the full report HERE, ENDORSE its policy recommendations HERE, CHECK OUT Roe v. Wade anniversary roundups from RH Reality Check and Planned Parenthood Action Fund, and SIGN a petition from UltraViolet telling Congress to stop the attack on women’s health HERE.

This week, MomsRising.org launched their own #RaiseTheWage campaign, highlighting the fact that 56% of minimum wage workers are women and 28% have children. SIGN their petition HERE and SHARE your stories about earning minimum wage HERE.

UNITED FOR THE ENVIRONMENT — Sierra Club Executive Director and Top Wonk Michael Brune lauded the Obama Administration’s historic decision Sunday to recommend official wilderness designation for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: “The Coastal Plain is the wild heart of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, which is why Americans from all walks of life have advocated for its protection for more than half a century” … 75% of Americans from both parties in five key states support existing environmental protections or favor tougher ones according to a new poll by the Natural Resources Defense Council. READ their full findings HERE and SIGN their petition opposing the Keystone XL Pipeline HERE.

THE UNEQUAL STATES OF AMERICA — All 50 states have experienced widening income inequality in recent decades, according to new data on the top 1% of taxpayers in each state from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI). Report Co-Author Mark Price: “If states are not passing progressive taxes and raising revenue from top earners, they are missing out on a large and growing source of income.” READ the full report HERE and SIGN a petition from MoveOn.org and EPI to address overtime pay rules HERE.

WHO WATCHES THE WATCHERS? — The Brennan Center for Justice published a new report Tuesday on the 40th anniversary of the Church Committee with recommendations for key changes to U.S. intelligence oversight. Report editor and Brennan Center Fellow Michael German: “A thorough investigation of current oversight failures is long overdue.” READ: “Strengthening Intelligence Oversight.”

PP MUST READ: “In Fair Housing Case, Scalia Explains How Court Should Decide the ACA Subsidies Case” over at the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy.

IN DEFENSE OF PUBLIC TRANSIT — A new report from the Center for American Progress (CAP) disproves the myth that highways pay for themselves, while public transportation does not. CAP Infrastructure Policy Director and report lead author Kevin DeGood summed it up: “Rather than predetermining what must be built, we should encourage planners to make investment decisions based on what will provide the most benefit.” READ: “Advancing a Multimodal Transportation System by Eliminating Funding Restrictions.”

SAVE THE DATEAs You Sow will host a webinar on February 12 at 2:00 pm ET to present findings from their forthcoming report “The 100 Most Overpaid CEOs: Executive Compensation at S&P 500 Companies.” The webinar will feature report author Rosanna Landis Weaver, corporate governance expert Nell Minow, and HIP Investor CEO and Founder R. Paul Herman. REGISTER HERE.

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STEP UP, CONGRESS: Brennan Center Fellow and Top Wonk Ciara Torres-Spelliscy outlines the reasons why Congress should take action to address Citizens United.

CORRUPTION AND CAMPAIGN FINANCE: Fordham University Associate Law Professor and Top Wonk Zephyr Teachout reflects on Sheldon Silver’s arrest for fraud and its implications for campaign finance.

THE WAR ON DODD-FRANK: Roosevelt Institute Fellow and Top Wonk Mike Konczal explores the GOP’s persistent attacks against Dodd-Frank.

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TOP BILLING FOR ‘MIDDLE-CLASS ECONOMICS’…A NEW CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT…Same-Sex Marriage Finally Comes Before SCOTUS…Campaign Contributions Have No Place in the Courts…Wait, We’ve Seen This Anti-Choice Bill Before…GOP is Sneakily Dismantling Dodd-Frank…Millennial Letters Relaunch

TOP BILLING FOR ‘MIDDLE-CLASS ECONOMICS’ – Oxfam released new findings that the richest 1% will own more than 50% of the world’s wealth by 2016. This inequality is especially evident for the one in five low-wage workers in the U.S. whose employers don’t provide them with paid sick leave, according to the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) … Meanwhile, 75% of Americans–including 53% of Republicans–now support raising the federal minimum wage to $12.50 an hour … NELP Executive Director Christine Owens: “The American people are way ahead of lawmakers on this issue” … On Tuesday, President Obama agreed: “The verdict is clear: middle-class economics works.”

SPEAKING OF WHAT WORKS: Citizens for Tax Justice lauded President Obama’s proposed capital gains tax reforms, calling the program “a major and welcome move toward greater fairness in our federal system” … The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities CRUNCHED THE NUMBERS HERE.

READ: “Raise the Millionaires Tax” by Patriotic Millionaire Jerry Fiddler and Rep. Jan Schakowky (D-IL) and “Obama’s Smart Economic (and Political) Calculus: Tax the Rich” over at The Nation.

A NEW CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT– Black children born in 2001 are 5.5 times more likely to be incarcerated than their white counterparts, according to new data by EPI. This information comes in the wake of thousands of protesters taking to the streets last week to reclaim Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, as well as the NAACP launch of a countdown to the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday” and the Selma-to-Montgomery March. READ: “Where Do We Go from Here?: Mass Incarceration and the Struggle for Civil Rights

SAME-SEX MARRIAGE BEFORE SCOTUS — Alliance for Justice President and Top Wonk Nan Aron outlined the stakes of the upcoming marriage equality cases that the U.S. Supreme Court will review this session: “Seventy percent of Americans now live in marriage equality states, and marriage bans on the basis of sexual orientation should be considered relics of a discarded past.”

The American Civil Liberties Union will be co-counsel in one of these four casesREADLooking at Marriage Cases Before High Court, and the Next ‘Campaign’ for LGBT Equality” over at the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy and SIGN a petition from Human Rights Campaign HERE.

KEEP CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS OUT OF THE COURTS – The Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in Williams-Yulee v. The Florida Bar, a case in which the Brennan Center for Justice, Demos, and others filed an amicus brief. Brennan Center Counsel Matthew Menendez: “Allowing prospective judges to put a hand out to lawyers and litigants who may later appear before them in court may make people think twice about whether a ruling was influenced by the law or by the contents of a litigant’s pocketbook.” READ: “Don’t Strike Down Judicial Campaign Rule

ANTI-CHOICE DEJA VU — RH Reality Check released new findings that the 22 anti-choice bills filed in six states this year are all identical or substantially similar to previously proposed bills–the bulk of which originated from four anti-choice organizations. READ the full report HERE and TRACK legislative threats to reproductive health through their open database HERE.

DISMANTLING DODD-FRANK– Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Reps. Raul M. Grijalva (D-AZ) and Keith Ellison (D-MN) slammed House Republicans for passing the misleadingly-named “Promoting Job Creation and Reducing Small Business Burdens Act”: “House Republicans are opening the 114th Congress by putting the profits of mega-banks over investments in hard-working Americans.” READ an open letter from Americans for Financial Reform opposing the bill HERE and GET THE REAL STORY from Sunlight Foundation HERE.

MILLENNIAL LETTERS – The Truman National Security Project and the Foreign Policy Initiative partnered with World Affairs this week to relaunch “Millennial Letters,” a series of articles responding to major challenges and opportunities facing the United States. LEARN MORE about the series HERE and READ the two most recent posts, centered around the President’s State of the Union address: “Obama’s Tough Diplomacy Bolsters American Leadership” and “Bipartisan Focus on SIVs Needed.”

THE STATE OF MONEY IN POLITICS — The Brennan Center for Justice is hosting “The State of Money in Politics” on Monday, January 26 in New York. The event will feature Fordham Law School Associate Professor and Top Wonk Zephyr Teachout, Free Speech for People Board Chair Jeff Clements, and Commissioner of the Federal Election Commission Ellen Weintraub. RSVP HERE.

FROM THE WONK WIRE

END OF THE ENTREPRENEUR?: Demos Senior Fellow and Top Wonk Nomi Prins discusses the future of entrepreneurship as part of a panel on Fox Business.

THE STATE OF THE STATE OF THE UNION: Brennan Center President and Top Wonk Michael Waldman defends the State of the Union speech against allegations that it’s “dead.”

A HISTORY OF RACIST REDLINING: Roosevelt Institute Fellow and Top Wonk Mike Konczal and ThinkProgress Policy Editor Bryce Covert connect racial wealth disparity in America to policies that promote housing segregation.

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