Harold Meyerson

Harold Meyerson is the executive editor of The American ProspectHis email is hmeyerson@prospect.org.

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New Yorkers Against Wall Street

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Monica Jorge/Sipa via AP Images Democratic presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders, holds a rally in Hunters Point South Park in Long Island, New York on April 18, 2016. W all Street has clearly lost the battle for public opinion in 2016. Whether that means it will lose the battle for power in 2017 is, alas, another question. The exit poll in Tuesday’s New York presidential primary asked voters whether they thought Wall Street helped or hurt the economy. Not surprisingly, 63 percent of Democratic voters said it hurt while just 30 percent said it helped. Somewhat more surprisingly, 48 percent of Republicans said it hurt while just 43 percent said it helped. Considering that New York is one of just three states (along with Connecticut and New Jersey) where actual Wall Streeters live, this bipartisan rejection has to be one of the Street’s unkinder cuts. When the poll breaks down the responses of voters for the various presidential candidates, the Democratic numbers aren’t all that...

Republicans Against Legroom

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AP Photo/Ted S. Warren Alaska Airlines planes wait for takeoff, Monday, April 4, 2016, at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. T he amendment was defeated , but no one actually rose to speak against it. That was because the measure’s opponents couldn’t come up with a defense of their position that didn’t sound absurd. Last week, as it considered a bill that would re-authorize funding for the Federal Aviation Administration, the Senate defeated an amendment by Democrat Chuck Schumer, of New York, that would have blocked airlines from reducing the “size, width, padding, and pitch” of airline seats, the legroom between seats, and the width of the aisles. It would also have required the FAA to set minimum standards for the space airlines provide passengers to ensure their “safety, health, and comfort.” Schumer’s amendment went down on a 42-to-54 vote , with every Republican voting against it except Maine’s Susan Collins, and every Democratic voting for it except a DLC-ish trio consisting...

Fifteen Dollars, Fathers and Sons

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(Photo: AP/McLendon) California Governor Jerry Brown waves to supporters in Los Angeles after his 1978 re-election. Behind him is his father, former Governor Pat Brown. W hen Jerry Brown and Andrew Cuomo—the Democratic governors of America’s two biggest and most important blue states—signed bills hiking their respective states’ minimum wage to $15 on Monday, the press noted that there seemed to be a bit of a race between the two to see who could sign the landmark legislation first. (Thanks to the time difference between New York and California, Cuomo put pen to paper a couple of hours before Brown.) What the press didn’t note, then or ever, were the odd similarities, both political and biographical, between the nation’s two most consequential Democratic governors. So, let’s note them: Jerry Brown and Andrew Cuomo both govern states previously governed by their fathers. Both of their fathers were iconic liberals. The sons, by contrast, have made a point of distancing themselves from...

At the Court and in California, a Great Week for Labor

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AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin People participate in a rally at the Supreme Court, Monday, January 11, 2016, as the court heard arguments in the F riedrichs v. California Teachers Associatio n case. I t’s been a very good week for American labor, and such weeks don’t come along often. On Monday, the Supreme Court delivered a four-to-four split decision in the Friedrichs case, which would have decimated public-sector unions had the Court been able to produce a fifth vote for the plaintiffs. The saved-from-the-hangman’s-noose decision merely confirmed what everyone knew when Associate Justice Antonin Scalia died earlier this month: that the court no longer has a union-busting majority and isn’t likely to get one unless Barack Obama is succeeded by a Republican president. Also on Monday, California Governor Jerry Brown announced he had reached a deal with the leaders of the state Assembly and Senate, and with labor leaders, that would raise the state’s minimum wage, currently $10, to $15 by...