WASHINGTON — Liberal Democrats are opposing a budget measure backed by Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other House party-leaders, saying not enough money is included for liberal priorities. The proposal would increase spending for both the Pentagon and domestic agencies. Progressives such as Rep. Pramila Jayapal of Washington are pushing for significantly higher spending for domestic programs, saying the Pentagon budget is bloated while domestic programs are being shortchanged. The opposition from the House Progressive Caucus could prompt Democratic leaders to cancel a vote that had been tentatively slated for Wednesday. The Trump White House and House Republicans also oppose the leadership's proposal, saying increases for the Pentagon are insufficient; moderate Democrats are opposed to the liberals' proposal. … [Read more...] about Liberal Democrats may block leadership-backed budget measure
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Adam Payne, provided by Published 3:35 am CDT, Saturday, March 30, 2019 TOLGA AKMEN/AFP/Getty Images The Independent Group is considering an electoral alliance with the Liberal Democrats. As part of the plan, TIG and the Lib Dems would be independent parties under the same "umbrella" but have joint candidates in certain seats at future elections. Sources familiar with talks compared it to the Labour & Cooperative Party alliance. TIG MPs believe that their party-to-be has a brighter future than the Lib Dems and ought to be the driving force in any future electoral alliance. TIG announced on Friday that it had applied to become an official political party. TIG will be a big issue in the upcoming Lib Dem leadership contest. LONDON — The Independent Group is mulling an electoral alliance with the Liberal Democrats in which they would both run under the same "umbrella" and field joint candidates in certain seats at future elections. The group of former … [Read more...] about The Independent Group is considering an electoral alliance with the Liberal Democrats
Former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams delivered the Democratic Party’s response to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address on Tuesday night. Abrams, the first black woman to deliver the high-profile speech, was sharply critical of the Trump administration’s policies. Follow along with all of INSIDER’s coverage of the State of the Union here. Former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams gave the Democratic Party’s rebuttal to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address on Tuesday night. Abrams – the first black woman to deliver the address – drew national attention during her 2018 gubernatorial bid, which she narrowly lost to Republican Brian Kemp amid allegations of widespread voter suppression. Abrams had harsh words for Trump and his administration’s policies on a host of issues, including education, healthcare, and immigration. And she blamed the recent record-long government … [Read more...] about The ‘future’ of the Democratic Party, Stacey Abrams, made her national debut in the party’s response to Trump’s State of the Union
The six double-wide trailers were set up off of the main hall in Madison Square Garden, like a series of covered wagons on the western frontier. The arrangement said everything: The people inside this makeshift camp were hunkered down and under duress. It was the 1980 Democratic Convention, and inside the trailers, top staff to President Jimmy Carter were nervously tracking their support among convention delegates, minute by minute. Senator Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts was trying to take the nomination from Carter in an open convention.Story Continued Below It was the peak of a brutal fight inside the Democratic Party, one so bruising that the party has been careful to avoid a similar experience ever since. And it is a cautionary tale for Democrats as they head into the 2020 election cycle. Their bench of candidates is deep. Their grassroots energy is strong. But if they tear themselves to pieces like they did in 1980, they could squander their shot at defeating President Donald Trump. … [Read more...] about The Humiliating Handshake and the Near-Fistfight that Broke the Democratic Party
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Michael Levenson Globe Staff January 14, 2019 Has the fire Berned out?Yes, supporters of Senator Bernie Sanders are hosting house parties and signing petitions this month to show the Vermont independent that his loyal followers are still feeling the Bern and want him to run for president again in 2020.But as Sanders weighs another campaign, some say that even as he has moved the Democratic Party ideologically — pushing issues such as Medicare for all, free college tuition, and a $15 minimum wage into the mainstream — the party has moved past him personally. Advertisement “I don’t see a lot of lasting energy for Bernie,” said Markos Moulitsas, the founder and publisher of Daily Kos. Get Metro Headlines in your inbox: The 10 top local news stories from metro Boston and around New England delivered daily. Thank you for signing … [Read more...] about Has the Democratic Party moved beyond Bernie Sanders?