Sean McElwee

Sean McElwee

Sean McElwee is a co-founder of Data for Progress, a progressive think tank. His work has been featured on YES! Magazine, Policyshop, Salon, The Atlantic, and Rolling Stone.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Promising Signs That America Is Waking Up to the Student Debt Crisis
The revolution to end the burden of student debt continues, with a recent proposal from presidential contender Elizabeth Warren to cancel $50,000 in loans for households making less than $100,000 a year, with lower amounts for those making up to $250,000. Following the Democratic wave, which was...
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This cycle, progressives have an opportunity to strategically primary the worst Democrats in their ranks, and Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, should top the list. (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
A Democrat Who Votes With Trump 69% of the Time Should Be Primaried
In the 2018 midterm election, when Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ayanna Pressley upset long-time incumbent Democrats who had grown out-of-touch with their deep blue districts, progressives revealed enormous energy for change in the Democratic Party primary electorate. The result: A former bartender...
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Sunday, November 06, 2016
The Myth of Bipartisanship—It’s Time to Get Tough With the Right
After the drudgery of the 2016 election, many Americans may want to take conflict mediator Mark Gerzon’s advice for a “transpartisan vacation.” In The Reunited States of America , readers are invited to suspend their regular partisan identities, to be free from “defending all your old positions...
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Tuesday, August 25, 2015
What If We Reported On Poverty The Way We Report On The Stock Market?
“The media is biased,” is a complaint that media organizations receive a lot, so they tend to be fairly wary of overtly partisan reporting. However, while media organizations are loath to seem partisan, they are often deeply unaware of other deep biases they hold. One psychological bias humans...
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Thursday, November 06, 2014
Class Bias in the 2014 Midterms
In my recent Explainer , I discussed the implications of the voting gap on policy and elections. Numerous studies show that in states where low-income voters turnout at a higher rate, inequality is lower. That is because in these chambers, policymakers tend to be more liberal and favorable to...
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