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California Democratic Party Convention: Live Updates

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Fourteen Democratic presidential candidates will be speaking in San Francisco this weekend before 5,000 delegates and activists at the California Democratic Party convention, the largest state political party in America. The convention has a history as a turning point in the Democratic race, from Howard Dean's 2003 “Democratic wing of the Democratic Party” speech, to a surrogate face-off in 2008 between President Bill Clinton and a young DA (speaking for Barack Obama) by the name of Kamala Harris. Prospect executive editor David Dayen is on the ground in San Francisco, and he will be providing live updates of the convention and associated candidate activities in the Bay Area throughout the weekend, at our Twitter feed. You can follow along @theprospect , or check out the Twitter embed below. Tweets by theprospect...

Wanted: Two New Prospect Writing Fellows

American journalism’s most acclaimed program for young writers and reporters has openings for our 2019-2021 fellowships. 

The Prospect is looking for two young talents who want to be part of the most storied and successful writing fellowship program in American journalism. For the past quarter-century, the Prospect ’s two-year Writing Fellows Program has enabled young writers to develop their skills under an intensive mentoring program that is widely regarded as one of the foremost springboards to fulfilling and impactful careers in journalism and the academy. Program alumni include Ezra Klein and Matt Yglesias at Vox; Jamelle Bouie, Dana Goldstein and Nick Confessore at The New York Times ; Kate Sheppard at HuffPost ; Adam Serwer at The Atlantic ; Richard Just and Chris Mooney at The Washington Post ; Sasha Polakow-Suransky at Foreign Policy ; Patrick Caldwell at Mother Jones ; freelancer Rachel M. Cohen; and Jed Purdy at Columbia Law School. Fellows work out of the magazine’s office in Washington, D.C., where they regularly contribute a wide range of pieces with the guidance of our senior...

Event: New Directions for American Labor

You are cordially invited to The Future of American Labor: Initiatives for a New Era Friday, February 8, and Saturday, Febuary 9, 2019
 Georgetown University Law Center, Hart Auditorium 
600 New Jersey Avenue NW, Washington, D.C.
 Register here AGENDA Friday, February 8 12:30 p.m. WELCOME A LEGISLATIVE AND POLICY AGENDA FOR AMERICAN LABOR Representative Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), Co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus
 1:45 p.m. SECTORAL BARGAINING INTERNATIONALLY: WHAT ARE THE LESSONS FOR AMERICAN LABOR? Harvey Bischof, President, Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation, CanadaKaren Curtis, Deputy Director, International Labor Standards Department, ILO Keith Ewing, Professor of Law, King’s College London John Hendy, General Counsel, UK Institute for Employment Rights Carolyn Jones, Director UK Institute for Employment Rights Cecilia Nahόn, Executive Director, Model G20 Initiative, American University School of International Service;...

Twenty Questions for the DNC Chair Candidates

Six of the candidates will debate tonight in Washington.

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Tonight, six of the candidates seeking to become the chair of the Democratic National Committee—Idaho Democratic Party Executive Director Sally Boynton Brown, New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley, South Bend Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Representative Keith Ellison of Minnesota, South Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Jaime Harrison, and outgoing Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez—meet for a debate, sponsored by The Huffington Post , at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. We asked our readers and Prospect editors and reporters to come up with questions for the candidates—either for all of them or (where noted) one candidate in particular. Here are 20 of those questions. 1. Bernie Sanders raised roughly $240 million in his Democratic presidential primary campaign, with the average contribution, as we all know, coming in at just $27. National party committees can’t count on having nearly as many contributors as a popular...

Reforming Democracy in the Age of Trump

On November 10, Miles Rapoport sat down with Bob Herbert's Op-Ed.TV to discuss what led to Donald Trump's victory, what it means for voting rights and money in politics, and how democracy reformers should respond. Rapoport is a long-time democracy advocate who served as secretary of state in Connecticut, and president of both Demos and Common Cause, as well as a member of The American Prospect's board. His most recent feature, "From a Contentious Election to a Stronger Democracy" appeared in the Prospect's Fall 2016 issue.