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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 Pay. LEARN 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.
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