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April 16, 2021
Charles Booker Knows Just How to Tackle Rand Paul in 2022
The Democrat who shook up Kentucky politics in 2020 is looking at a 2022 run. Will D.C. Democrats let him run the right race this time?
April 15, 2021
Democratic Socialist Rana Abdelhamid Takes On a New York Incumbent
"I came to organizing both from a class perspective and also just growing up post-9/11 as a Muslim New Yorker,” the candidate told
October 26, 2020
Progressive Democrats Sweep Rhode Island
Challengers from the left ousted eight incumbents in the state’s Democratic primaries, and five more won open seats.
August 10, 2020
Ilhan Omar Faces a Primary Tuesday Because She Speaks Truth to Power
A bold and effective House member, Omar disrupts conventional wisdom. So those comfortable with the status quo want her gone.
August 6, 2020
2020 Is a Great Year for #SquadPolitics. Just Ask Cori Bush and Rashida Tlaib.
2020 is shaping up to be an even bigger year than 2018 for insurgent Democrats seeking to move the party left.
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July 8, 2020
Charles Booker Could Have Won
If progressive organizations keep waiting for candidates to catch fire before they hop on board, we’re doomed to keep losing winnable races.
June 25, 2020
Senate Candidate Andrew Romanoff’s Campaign for Climate Justice
A Colorado progressive, with an urgent Green New Deal message, is closing the gap in a key Democratic primary for the US Senate.
June 24, 2020
The Next Politics Is All About Movements—and It’s Winning
When AOC won in 2018, it was dismissed as a fluke. Now, she says, it’s clear that “the people’s movement...isn’t an accident. It‘s a mandate.”
June 22, 2020
Charles Booker Is Determined to Fight Voter Suppression in Kentucky
Polling places are cut from 3,700 to 200, sparking fears of long lines. But the insurgent candidate says his campaign is ready.
June 19, 2020
Charles Booker Is the Democrat With the Best Chance of Beating Mitch McConnell
As a new poll points to the insurgent progressive’s strengths as a candidate, progressives say Democrats need to unite behind Booker.