A lot of people are saying poverty is mostly going down across the world. It’s only kinda true.Read More
Thursday, Nov 15, 2018, Washington Examiner reporter Eddie Scarry broke the internet worse than Kim Kardashian ever could. In a tweet for the ages, the conservative skeezeball best known for taking unsuspecting foot pics of random women at restaurants , against all better advice and decency decided to dress down newly elected socialist congresswoman from New York Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.Read More
On Thursday, City Comptroller Scott Stringer published a startling report on the affordable housing crisis in New York City that shows a significant gap between the housing needs of extremely low-income New Yorkers and the targets of Mayor de Blasio’s Housing New York 2.0 Plan. The report also proposes a couple of intriguing progressive ways to address it.
In total, 585,000 New York City households with very-low to extremely-low incomes face severe housing pressure, representing nearly 20% of the city’s population. Looking into the numbers a bit closer, an estimated 515,000 New York City households face severe rent burdens and overcrowding. Two-thirds of these households make less than $28,000 per year and are paying a staggering 74% of their monthly income towards rent. Read More
By Jon Green (@_Jon_Green)
In the grand scheme of things, the direct effects Twitter has on public opinion are likely quite limited. Twitter claims a relatively modest market share in terms of social media platforms (it is much smaller than Facebook, for instance) and many of its users don't use it for politics. As one influential Twitter user put it, somewhat polemically, in the midst of a debate over Twitter politics in the 2016 primary, nobody is on Twitter.
But while it may generally be the case that, for most intents and purposes, nobody is on Twitter, in a narrower sense everybody is on Twitter. Specifically, everyone who traffics in political news or opinion for a living is more or less professionally obligated to engage with their fellow politicos on the microblogging platform. If we think that what happens among this chattering class is important for politics, and there is some academic research arguing that it is, then it is useful for us to try and get a handle on two things. First, who comprises the population of politically influential Twitter users -- referred to here as "pundits" in a less derogatory sense than the word is generally used? Second, how are these pundits distributed ideologically?Read More
Following the latest International Panel on Climate Change report came the predictable, tired lists of how individuals can help avert the catastrophic effects of exceeding the Paris Agreement’s 1.5°C warming target.
Bike to work.
Unplug your toaster.
Given the form and scale of transformation needed, suggesting personal lifestyle changes as the means to significantly combat climate change is at best naïvely optimistic and at worst intentionally detrimental to addressing the enormity of the challenge.Read More
Economics as a discipline wields some ideological power through mystification. What is frequently referred to in media as “basic” economics is in fact loaded with ideological assumptions that often bear little resemblance to reality. Data for Progress (@DataProgress) is proud to host “econo-missed,” an economics advice column for the left, featuring a cast of young economics grad students and practitioners. This econo-missed comes Miles Goodrich (@mmilesgoodrich) an organizer at Sunrise. He explores the need for non-market solutions to climate change.Read More
Economics as a discipline wields some ideological power through mystification. What is frequently referred to in media as “basic” economics is in fact loaded with ideological assumptions that often bear little resemblance to reality. Data for Progress (@DataProgress) is proud to host “econo-missed,” an economics advice column for the left, featuring a cast of young economics grad students and practitioners. This econo-missed comes Michael Paarlberg (@MPaarlberg) who is a professor of political science at Virginia Commonwealth University and an associate fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, DC. He explores the impact of a tipped minimum wage increase.
Earlier this month, the Washington, DC City Council overturned the results of a June referendum in which a majority of DC voters chose to raise the minimum wage for tipped workers in the city. The tipped minimum wage largely affects restaurant servers and bartenders, and is significantly lower than the minimum wage for all other workers: the federal tipped minimum wage is $2.13, compared to $7.25 for everyone else (in DC, it’s currently $3.89 vs. $13.25).Read More
We still can’t believe it. You’ve given nearly a million dollars to strategically chosen state legislative candidates who could be the difference between Democratic and Republican control over the lives of millions of people.
Your money isn’t lining the pockets of consultants, or contributing to a television air war of attrition. Most of it goes to voter contact, or is the difference between a candidate running a radio/cable ad or not at all.
We’re rolling out one last round of candidates and asking for a last infusion of money that could mean the difference for these candidates.
We asked our friends at Run For Something (@runforsomething) and Future Now (@FutureNowUSA) to give us eight more candidates. Both organizations are committed to electing progressives to state legislatures across the country.
As with before, these races were carefully vetted to ensure your money goes as far as possible.
So here at Data For Progress we’re making a simple request - spend $80 across these eight candidates. We’ve set up an ActBlue page for you to make those donations, and you can find more about each of the candidates below. We’re calling it our Give Smart initiative. No portion of the contributions to Give Smart goes to Data for Progress. All the money supports candidates.Read More
Thank you so much for all your help Giving Smart so far. Our newest ask is one that’s close to both of us because it’s about our home state of New York.
New York State has voted for every Democratic presidential nominee since 1988, usually by an overwhelming margin. The State Assembly reflects that political reality with a huge Democratic majority. But with the exception of one brief interregnum in 2009, the upper chamber—the State Senate—has remained firmly under Republican control.
This year, that could change.
There’s no reason New York can’t be as progressive as California. The state could be leading the country on climate change, immigrant rights and universal health care. The state could enshrine reproductive justice in the state constitution. And instead of being notorious for anti-Democratic election practices, New York could be implementing a pro-voter agenda with automatic voter registration, pre-registration and expansive early voting.
Right now legislation the Climate and Community Protection Act (CCPA), which would create green jobs across the state and the Child Victims Act, which would raise the statute of limitations on crimes against children are blocked in the senate. We can change that.
So far, we’ve raised $700,000 down-ballot. Data for Progress (@DataProgress) is a New York-based think tank, and we want to make sure Democrats have a solid progressive majority in the state. So we’re rolling eight candidates in New York. We’ve set up an ActBlue page. Our ask is simple: $80 for eight pivotal state senate candidates. No portion of the contributions to Give Smart goes to Data for Progress. All the money supports candidates.Read More