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Chris Bowers is a blogger for MyDD. His focus is polling and analysis of the political blogosphere. He tends towards data-driven analysis, such as his partisan index, a ranking of how far each state in the United States leans towards a political party.
Bowers is also a member of the Pennsylvania State Democratic Committee, representing the 8th district of the Pennsylvania State Senate, and a resident of Philadelphia. Bowers is known among progressive bloggers as a particularly strong supporter of organized labor, and as a former labor organizer.
Bowers has overseen netroots surveys that he says demonstrate that progressive Internet activists are driven more by partisanship and pragmatism than far-left ideology, and that show bloggers are influential on rank and file Democrats. He has also argued that bloggers may have the ability to reduce Hillary Clinton's popularity among Democrats. (from wikipedia)
SHARE Tuesday, January 17, 2012 Wisconsin Democrats to submit one million signatures to recall Scott Walker
Opponents of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker have about 1 million signatures on a petition to force a recall election, according to a state Democratic Party news release.
If the state's Government Accountability Board rules that at least 540,208 signatures are valid and any legal challenges fail, Wisconsin will hold the third gubernatorial ouster vote in U.S. history.
SHARE Friday, June 4, 2010 How to fight Wall Street - and Win!
With the final version of the Wall St reform bill to be hammered out in a congressional committee this month,this unwillingness by members of Congress to defend Wall St in public gives us a chance to make the bill as strong as possible. That's why we demand that the entire conference committee be televised.Members of Congress are much more likely to support strong reform on television than they are behind closed doors.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, May 4, 2009 Is President Obama Putting Net Neutrality At Risk?
There is a disturbing possibility that President Obama has put his excellent open media and network neutrality platform at risk with his latest--and last--Democratic FCC appointment, Mignon Clyburn.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, April 17, 2009 Surprise! Higher Taxes on the Rich Wildly Popular
If we are going to achieve the 40% social investment economy, the public sector will require more revenue. More public sector revenue basically means more taxes. Clearly, the only new taxes that will be politically feasible will those targeted toward higher income groups. The best options are to repeal all Bush-era tax cuts, put a tax on all carbon
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, March 17, 2009 Just Go To Russia Already
Memo to all you right-wingers talking about "Going Galt" by quitting your jobs and leaving the country: just friggin' do it already.
Give Russia a try. It is just the sort of right-wing, pro-private sector country with lots of wide open spaces that you would love.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, March 3, 2009 Democrats Need Democratic Voters More Than Republican Voters
As part of their motivation in stopping the Help Families Save Their Homes act, some Democrats think they need Republican votes to win re-election:
This might be a smart tactic, but it often hurts Democrats who rely on Republican votes to win reelection. Put bluntly, it makes them look too liberal.
(6 comments) SHARE Thursday, February 26, 2009 Yes, A Massive Ideological Shift Has Happened
Harris poll found a huge popular shift in favor of government programs over the last 3 years. Biggest increases in support are for:
* Intelligence services, up to 18 points to 79%
* Immigration and naturalization, up 17 points to 64%
* Medicare, up 14 points to 90%
* Defense, up 14 points to 85
* Federal aid to public schools, up 14 points to 83%
* Crime fighting up 14 points to 91%
* Social Security, up 12 pts to 88%
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, February 25, 2009 David Sirota For MSNBC!
Today, I am launching a campaign on Open Left to support our very own David Sirota as the host for a new show on MSNBC that will follow Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow. I started a Facebook group for this campaign, and you can show your support by joining that here. So, join David Sirota for MSNBC on Facebook now! Let's work toward building a more progressive national news media.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, May 30, 2007 Presidential IQ
A political scientist friend of mine sent me an article yesterday that attempts to estimate the IQ of 42 of the 43 Presidents of the United States.
SHARE Tuesday, April 17, 2007 Drinking Liberally Reaches 200
Within the progressive movement, there is probably no organization that better represents the connection between a progressive lifestyle and progressive politics than Living Liberally. This is an organization that helps progressives and liberals connect with one another in a variety of ways that, while not overtly political, often have positive repercussions for progressive politics.
SHARE Wednesday, February 21, 2007 ACTION: Freeze Out Fox News
Instead of providing Fox News with a means to reach a new audience-- Democrats--and thereby stave off its slumping ratings, instead of giving them a golden opportunity to further distort the image of Democratic presidential candidates, the Nevada Democratic Party should chose a different media partner to broadcast the Democratic presidential candidate debate.