Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Hope for Progressives Thanks to Seattle
Seattle voters have backed a proposition to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour in and around the SeaTac Airport. They also elected the city's first socialist, an Occupy Wall Street activist, to City Council.
It's just a start, a small beginning, but everything great comes from modest beginnings.
The question now, of course, is how to replicate those electoral successes across the country. In Seattle, the ground already appears to be shifting, as local labor leaders—traditionally comfortable within the Democratic Party fold—are aligning with [newly-elected councillor Kshawma] Sawant.
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I have been saying for some time that a strong campaign on a serious, populist left wing platform with no apologies or backpedaling could be popular.
BC NDP, take note.
Bleeding Democratic support from the left could have some powerful results. For too long the Dems have taken the left for granted.
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