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Democrats unveil billionaires’ tax as Biden plan takes shape – The Denver Post

WASHINGTON — Pushing past skeptics, Senate Democrats on Wednesday unveiled a new billionaires’ tax proposal, an entirely new entry in the tax code designed to help pay for President Joe Biden’s sweeping domestic policy package and edge his party closer to an overall agreement. The proposed tax would hit the gains of those with more […]

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Senate Democrats announce $3.5 trillion budget agreement – The Denver Post

WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats announced Tuesday that they have reached a budget agreement among themselves that envisions spending an enormous $3.5 trillion over the coming decade. The fiscal plan would pave the way for Democrats’ drive to direct a huge pool of federal resources at climate change, health care and family-service programs sought by President […]

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The Big Question of the 2022 Midterms: How Will the Suburbs Swing?

Democrats and Republicans are already jockeying for a crucial voting bloc that soured on Donald Trump, tilted to Joe Biden and now holds the key to the second half of the president’s term. By Trip Gabriel PAPILLION, Neb. — Pursuing a bipartisan infrastructure deal and trumpeting a revived economy and progress against the pandemic, President […]

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Opinion | For the Next Election, Give Common-Sense Politics a Chance

By Timothy Egan Mr. Egan is a contributing Opinion writer who covers the environment, the American West and politics. Since most of us are sleeping better in the quietude of a sane presidency, it’s tempting to ignore the current craziness of the Republican Party. Between the QAnon wackos, the anti-vaccine conspiracy theorists, the voter suppression […]

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Federal aid: How the Democrats who run Colorado plan to spend $3.8 billion

The state of Colorado has a rough sketch of how it plans to spend $3.8 billion in federal pandemic recovery money. Colorado’s top Democrats, both state and congressional, assembled on the steps of the State Capitol Building on Monday morning to explain their plan. About $2 billion will be allocated in the coming weeks, while […]

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Colorado Democrats to kill controversial bill on policing and jails, start over with new one

Colorado Senate Democrats plan to kill SB21-62, which was meant to dramatically alter arrest standards and thus lower statewide jail populations, and they introduced the less sweeping replacement legislation on Friday. The new bill, SB21-273, will no longer require police to issue tickets instead of arrests for people suspected of committing Class 5 and Class […]

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Progressives Made a Splash. Can They Pass Bills, Too?

Sign up here to get On Politics in your inbox every weekday. The Sunrise Movement, a group of young climate activists who has roiled Democratic politics, is best known for policies that had little chance of becoming, well, national policy. The Green New Deal, an expansive suite of climate and economic policies championed by the […]

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Biden, Democrats hit gas on push for $15 minimum wage

WASHINGTON — The Democratic push to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour has emerged as an early flashpoint in the fight for a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package, testing President Joe Biden’s ability to bridge Washington’s partisan divides as he pursues his first major legislative victory. Biden called for a $15 hourly […]

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Wins in Georgia give Democrats control of the Senate.

Democrats gained control of the Senate on Wednesday by winning both of Georgia’s runoff races, an electoral repudiation of President Trump that will give the incoming Democratic administration broader policy latitude even as the victory was temporarily overshadowed by the violent Trump supporters storming the United States Capitol in the name of the ousted incumbent. […]

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Opinion | Who Will We Be Without Donald Trump?

A friend was all worked up about the possibility of Trump 2024. “I can’t go through this again!” she cried. But what I heard was that she couldn’t stop going through this. Her contempt for Donald Trump is too finely honed at this point, too essential a part of her psyche. Who would she be […]