April 13, 2021

Democrats

Democrats see opportunity in GOP feud with business

The feud between Republicans and major corporations over voting laws is creating an opportunity for Democrats and President BidenJoe BidenTrump: McConnell ‘helpless’ to stop Biden from packing court Biden, first lady send ‘warmest greetings’ to Muslims for Ramadan The business case for child care reform MORE to build new political ties.

GOP ties with big business frayed during the Trump era, when corporations sometimes found themselves at the end of then-President Trump’s barbs, and were often uncomfortable with his rhetoric about women, minorities and immigrants. 

Now the tensions are rising again as companies speak out against Georgia’s voting law,

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Democrats Weigh Increases in Corporate, Personal Income-Tax Rates

WASHINGTON—Democrats are considering a variety of possible tax increases, including boosting the corporate tax rate and the top marginal income-tax rate on individuals, to raise revenue as President Biden completes his infrastructure, climate and education proposal.

After the recently signed $1.9 trillion coronavirus-relief package, White House officials have crafted a preliminary plan for the next legislative push, a roughly $3 trillion proposal split into two parts. One would be aimed at infrastructure projects such as roads, bridges and water systems, while a second would focus on education and antipoverty measures.

The plan also breaks the tax increases into two pieces,

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Colorado Democrats unveil their public health insurance option proposal. Here’s how it would work.

Democrats in the Colorado legislature on Thursday introduced a bill designed to drive down health care costs and, if consumers’ expenses aren’t reduced, potentially create a state-offered health insurance option.

The measure is the result of years of efforts by progressive lawmakers and is a top priority for Gov. Jared Polis. But it faces stiff opposition from private insurers and hospitals who say the initiative would reduce care choices for Coloradans and put too high a financial burden on providers. 

The Colorado Sun combed through the bill and talked to its sponsors to learn what the legislation would do and

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Cuomo, Democrats, and the politics of personal conduct

The politics of personal conduct has burst forth again. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is facing calls for resignation over alleged sexual harassment of women. The scandal has been compounded by another embroiling Governor Cuomo – allegations that his administration purposely withheld data on COVID-19 deaths in New York nursing homes. 

Yet some three years after the #MeToo movement swept the nation, bringing new scrutiny and standards to workplace behavior and power imbalances, the reports of Mr. Cuomo’s sexually charged language with young women are raising knotty political and ethical questions for Democrats. Some see a moral imperative to draw

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Private Insurance Wins in Democrats’ First Try at Expanding Health Coverage

Democrats spent much of the 2020 presidential primary debating the best way to expand public health insurance. They sparred over whether to enroll everyone in public coverage — the preferred policy of Sen. Bernie Sanders — or to give everyone a choice to do so, the public option plan that President Joe Biden supports.

The candidates repeatedly proposed a future in which private insurers play a diminished role in the U.S. health system — or no role at all.

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But the first major legislation of the Biden administration, if

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Private Insurance Wins in Democrats’ First Try at Expanding Health Coverage

Democrats spent much of the 2020 presidential primary debating the best way to expand public health insurance. They sparred over whether to enroll everyone in public coverage — the preferred policy of Senator Bernie Sanders — or to give everyone a choice to do so, the public option plan that President Biden supports.

The candidates repeatedly proposed a future in which private insurers play a diminished role in the American health system — or no role at all.

But the first major legislation of the Biden administration, if it passes in the Senate, moves in the opposite direction: It proposes

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