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What will it take to bring progressive change?

“I never looked at the primaries before, but this year they got my notice,” a former factory worker now stuck in a low-wage health care job exclaimed to me recently. She stays glued to the election news on TV whenever she can.

And the race goes on

Texas labor leader Ed Sills reported that at his Travis County Democratic caucus, March 4, there was both a record turnout and strong cooperation between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton supporters in setting up the delegate selection process.

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Whats taking so long?

DALLAS — As morning sunshine began to push back the surly night on a cold Jan. 28, two big buses rolled into the Grauwyler Park Recreation Center here. Young activists from as far away as Las Cruces and Albuquerque, N.M., who had traveled all night, greeted their Dallas comrades.

New Jersey apologizes for slavery

New Jersey recently became the first Northern state to issue an apology for slavery, which claimed the lives of millions of African people “imported” to North America since the 17th century. In 1865, when slavery was abolished with the victory of the United States of America over the slaveholder-controlled Confederate States of America in the Civil War, there were nearly 4 million people in bondage.

The people speak: Bush stimulus plan a bust!

CHICAGO — “Bush offered nothing in his State of the Union talk that will make a damned bit of difference in my life,” declared Sarah Smith, a mother of two who works for minimum wage as a cashier at the Halsted Foods supermarket in this city’s Bridgeport neighborhood. “Any rebate I would get has to go to pay medical bills I owe on my credit card. That might stimulate the bank but it won’t do a thing for my kids and me.

New Jersey apologizes for slavery

New Jersey recently became the first Northern state to issue an apology for slavery, which claimed the lives of millions of African people “imported” to North America since the 17th century. In 1865, when slavery was abolished with the victory of the United States of America over the slaveholder-controlled Confederate States of America in the Civil War, there were nearly 4 million people in bondage.

To fix economy, put working class first

While stock markets plunge and panic spreads in financial circles, what happens when the economy goes into recession?

Florida primaries put taxes, delegates on the line

TALLAHASSEE—When Florida voters go to the polls here on Jan. 29 they will be asked to do more than vote for their choices among the Democratic or GOP contenders for the White House. They’ll also be asked to vote on a controversial constitutional amendment on property taxes that has pitted Florida’s teacher and public service unions against Florida’s governor and some wealthy allies such as real estate mogul and television celebrity Donald Trump.

A quick look at the Nevada caucus results

Hillary Clinton won the Nevada caucuses today by about a 5 percent margin over Barack Obama. (Almost 51 percent went for Clinton and just over 45 percent for Obama with 90 percent of the precincts reporting). John Edwards came in a distant third with less than 4 percent of the vote.

Proposed Calif. budget cuts stir outrage

Healthcare and education advocates, and Democratic legislative leaders, are expressing outrage at the proposals Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger made last week for a 10 percent across-the-boards cut in the state’s budget, to offset a $14.5 billion shortfall anticipated in the fiscal year that starts July 1.

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