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David Sirota

New Obama policy chief led push to expand bi-lingual voting

December 1, 2008 - President-elect Barack Obama has drawn considerable heat from critics on his political left like David Sirota for choices about who will lead his new administration. In contrast to his message of change, they argue, Obama's Cabinet and other staff picks have had a decidedly centrist and establishment cast, from keeping Robert Gates at the Department of Defense to installing Timothy Geithner at the Treasury Department.

Partisan War Syndrome

October 17, 2005 - David Sirota has a thought-provoking new piece out today about progressives and electoral politics. It's a good read and covers a lot of ground -- check it out.

Progressives Have a PLAN

August 16, 2005 - Blogging will be light over the next couple days as I head off to Seattle for the Progressive Legislative Action Network conference. It promises to be a great event, challenging the right-wing dominance of state legislatures and building up a progressive alternative.

CAFTA Drama Shakes the South

July 28, 2005 - Since CAFTA passed the House by just one vote this morning -- 217-215 -- you can point to any one of the "ayes" as the "deciding vote." But as we predicted yesterday, the most gripping drama was in the South, where enough Southern Reps were big enough question marks that they could effectively extort dozens of

Guest Blogger: David Sirota

March 29, 2005 - With Chris Kromm out on vacation this week, we're bringing in an all-star lineup of guest bloggers. Up today is David Sirota, a fellow at the Center for American Progress, regular guest on the Al Franken Show, and columnist for In These Times who is deeply interested in issues that affect "red staters" in the South and beyond.

Converted Conservatives?

March 1, 2005 - David Sirota points to several Republican governors who have adopted more-or-less progressive stances on taxation and low-income health care, including Ernie Fletcher of Kentucky,Bob Riley of Alabama, and Mark Sanford of South Carolina.