Sean McElwee

Sean McElwee is a co-founder of Data for Progress. Follow him on Twitter: @SeanMcElwee

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Democrats need to tackle raising the minimum wage, and people are ready for them to do so. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images) Views
Friday, January 15, 2021
If Lawmakers Really Care About "Unity" They Should Support Policies Voters Actually Want
In the wake of an historic election and even more historic insurrection, Democrats find themselves in an unusual national moment. For the next two years, they will control both Congress and the presidency, offering the possibly short-lived opportunity to make good on the promises they made to...
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Mayor Rahm Emanuel listens to a speaker during a press conference on March 12, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, December 01, 2020
How a Rahm Emanuel Appointment Would Hurt Biden and the Democrats
The skies above Washington D.C. are restricted airspace for low-flying aircraft, with one major exception. The inception of a new presidential administration fills the air with trial balloons, as job seekers and administration officials test the public reaction to possible appointments. One trial...
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New polling from Data for Progress shows that Democrats, Republicans, and Independents are united in their support for policies that would radically restructure the current system. (Photo: Floris Van Cauwelaert/flickr/cc) Views
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
You Might Be Surprised at How Far Americans Are Willing to Go to Overthrow the Power of Big Pharma
As the 2020 election looms, "Morning Joe" pundits love to talk about "electability." The out-of-touch television personalities chide the left for advocating policies they perceive as unpopular with the electorate. Yet, "electability" appears differently to primary voters, who increasingly see...
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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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