Julia Salazar, a democratic socialist, beat 16-year state Sen. Martin Dilan for the 18th District Democratic nomination. BROOKLYN, N.Y. ― Julia Salazar, a 27-year-old democratic socialist, was plagued by negative news coverage in the final weeks of her insurgent campaign against incumbent New York state Sen. Martin Dilan for making misleading statements about her background. But voters in North Brooklyn on Thursday found her preferable to Dilan's close ties to the real estate lobby, as Salazar triumphed in the Democratic primary for the New York state Senate's 18th district seat. read more
The Democratic National Committee dramatically reduced the power and influence of "superdelegates" in selecting the party's presidential nominee at their summer meeting in Chicago on Saturday, ahead of what's expected to be a wide-open Democratic field in 2020. DNC members voted on a proposal to take away the role of elected officials and other party dignitaries in selecting a nominee at the Democratic convention -- leaving it up to delegates selected in primaries and caucuses only -- unless the process becomes deadlocked. read more
Organisers say prisoners across the country are expected to refuse to work, hold sit-ins and even stage hunger strikes The first part of the prisons likely to be hit will be the kitchens, where stoves will remain unlit, ready-meals unheated and thousands of breakfasts uncooked. From there the impact will fan out. The laundry will be left unwashed, prison corridors un-mopped, and the lawns on the external grounds ring-fenced with barbed wire will go uncut. On Tuesday, America's vast army of incarcerated men and women -- at 2.3m of them they form by far the largest imprisoned population in the world -- will brace itself for what has the potential to be the largest prison strike in US history. Nineteen days of peaceful protest are planned across the nation, organised largely by prisoners themselves. read more
Labor groups won a landmark victory Tuesday as Missourians voted by referendum to overturn the state's new right-to-work law, an embarrassing rejection for the state's Republican lawmakers. Unions are hoping that Missourians' decision to reject right-to-work takes some steam out of the nationwide right-wing campaign to expand them. In the runup to the vote, they argued that the referendum would prove that the lawmakers rushing to enact them were out of touch with voters on the issue.
A new report from the libertarian Mercatus Center drew attention as it showed Bernie Sanders' Medicare for All plan would cost the federal government an additional $32.6 trillion over 10 years. But the Mercatus report also showed that the national health expenditure -- the total amount spent on healthcare in the US by the federal government, states, businesses, and individuals -- would actually come in below current projections under Sanders' plan. So while the price tag for the federal government would increase, the total cost of healthcare would go down while also providing healthcare to more than 30 million uninsured Americans.