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D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) has signed a law that will create publicly financed elections, reversing her previous opposition to a plan that advocates say will help curb money’s influence in District politics. 

Bowser announced that she was throwing her support behind the Fair Elections Act, which was approved unanimously by the D.C. Council in February. The law, which will first affect elections in 2020, will steer millions annually toward the campaigns of local candidates and is aimed at reducing their reliance on deep-pocketed donors. [...]

As we celebrate International Women’s Day, we are thankful for another year of power, spirit, and the vision for a more equitable future in the face of a system and political leaders who try to convince us otherwise. Today (and every day) we amplify the voices of the mentors who guide our creative visions, those who inspire and shift us into action, and the centuries old history of women, femmes, and allies whose voices and stories continue to shape the movement. [...]

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Presented by Tamara Draut, Doran Schrantz, and Susan Misra
Moderated by Eric Nee
Date Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Time 11 a.m.-12 p.m. PT / 2-3 p.m. ET
 
Expert Speakers: Tamara Draut, vice president of policy and research at Demos, and Doran Schrantz, executive director at ISAIAH MN, will share their experience of applying these tools and frameworks to inform organizational and coalitional strategies.

Heather McGhee, who has been with left-leaning think tank Demos for the past 15 years, has announced that she will transition out of her role as president. She’ll become a distinguished senior fellow at the organization. In the four years McGhee spent at the helm, Demos’s budget increased from $8 million to $14 million. The think tank will begin searching for a new president next month.

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HEATHER MCGHEE STEPS DOWN AS PRESIDENT OF DEMOS: Heather McGhee will step down from her role as president of Demos this summer and will become a distinguished senior fellow with the group. Starting in March, the left-leaning think tank’s board of directors will look for a new president.

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Heather McGhee is stepping down from her role as president of Demos this summer. She’ll remain as a distinguished senior fellow and the think tank will launch a search for the next president in March.

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In an announcement Monday, Garza formally launched the Black Futures Lab, a broad effort to engage black people, legislators and grassroots organizations working to build political power and enact policies that make black communities stronger.[...]

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One continuing political problem for the working class is that it remains difficult to measure it properly. Most estimates rely on flawed data. As Tamara Draut noted in her book Sleeping Giant, political surveys rarely capture occupational data, and many researchers still use education as a defining characteristic of class and a proxy for increased income.

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In every state except Wyoming, the share of revenue that public colleges receive from tuition — aka students and families — has grown since 2001, according to an analysis released Thursday by Demos, a left-leaning think tank. And in 24 states, tuition covered more than half of public colleges’ revenue in 2016. Compare that to public colleges of the past, which got much of their money from state and local funding, and kept the costs for families relatively low. In some cases, they were even free.

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A new analysis comparing how much members of Congress paid for their schooling to the costs of today’s students backs him up. When the members of the House of Representatives went to college, the average cost for a year of school was $8,487 in today’s dollars, according to the study published Thursday by Demos, a left-leaning think tank.

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