In case you missed it earlier. I like that Senator Warren didn’t say ‘This is my chance… ‘ but ‘This is our chance’.
On a related topic, the Washington Post had a good article on the various (nationwide!) local initiatives to raise the minimum wage closer to something approaching a living wage:
States and municipalities across the country are leading a localized push to raise the minimum wage, driven largely by Democrats, who see an opening to appeal to working-class Americans at a time of growing inequity.
Efforts in Congress to raise the national minimum wage above $7.25 an hour have stalled. But numerous local governments — including those of Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, and the District — are forging ahead, in some cases voting to dramatically increase the pay of low-wage workers….
President Obama has called for an increase in the national rate, mentioning it in his most recent State of the Union address and recently signing on to a proposal from congressional Democrats to set a $10.10 hourly rate. But congressional Republicans have opposed any increase, saying it would hurt employers and curtail job growth….
Even in red states, Democrats see opportunity in minimum wage increases. Democrats are deep in the minority in legislatures in South Dakota and Arkansas, for instance. But both states allow for statewide referendums, and Democrats there are gathering signatures to put minimum wage increases on the ballot in 2014.
Just as Republicans used initiatives banning same-sex marriage as a way to boost turnout in 2004, Democratic candidates may find that sharing a ballot with a minimum wage measure helps draw the contrast between the two parties…
“Having minimum wage measures on the ballot in certain states next year may prove electorally beneficial to Democrats,” said Carolyn Fiddler, a Democratic strategist at the Atlas Project. “It certainly seems to poll well generally.”…
At its highest purchasing power, in the 1960s and 1970s, the nation’s minimum wage approached a rate of 50 percent of the country’s median wage. That’s a ratio economists say is still important in assessing its ability to keep low-income residents out of poverty…
Apart from remembering what the Democratic Party is supposed to stand for, what’s on the agenda as we wrap up this holiday weekend?