Eoin Higgins
Eoin Higgins
Eoin Higgins is senior editor and staff writer for Common Dreams. Follow him on Twitter: @EoinHiggins_Source
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Mass Dems Chair Apologizes to Party Members for Role in Scandal — but Not to Alex Morse

Mass Dems Chair Apologizes to Party Members for Role in Scandal — but Not to Alex Morse

At a recent meeting of Democratic Party officials, Massachusetts Democratic Chair Gus Bickford apologized for his role in the Alex Morse scandal — a gesture that many at the meeting felt was long overdue.Though party leaders are trying to move forward and leave the scandal behind, the damage from the party’s involvement in the smear campaign lingers, and there is a clear generational split in how the state party is approaching it. That split continues to present problems in an increasingly fractious state party — problems that were on full display the night of January 28.“What we witnessed...

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Feb 1
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Pushing Party for Alex Morse Accountability, Mass. Democrat Is Called “F****t”

Pushing Party for Alex Morse Accountability, Mass. Democrat Is Called “F****t”

,On Wednesday, January 13 — the same day that the University of Massachusetts at Amherst released the into the romantic life of Alex Morse, finding no wrongdoing — the Cambridge Democratic City Committee met to debate a resolution brought forward by a local ward condemning the party for its handling of the situation.It did not go well.Backers of the resolution were surprised that opponents were ready with a substitute amendment, which replaced the call for the Massachusetts Democratic Party chair’s resignation and broad criticism of the organization’s handling of the scandal with vague...

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Jan 22
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With No Allegation to Investigate, UMass Creepily Probes Alex Morse’s Romantic Life Instead

With No Allegation to Investigate, UMass Creepily Probes Alex Morse’s Romantic Life Instead

, A recently released  by the University of Massachusetts at Amherst has added new evidence of the state Democratic Party’s involvement in the public attack on Alex Morse just ahead of his primary against Rep. Richard Neal. It also found that Morse, formerly an adjunct professor at the school, did not violate university policies, yet the report still delved deeply into Morse’s private dating life with other adults.In early August, just a few weeks prior to the election against Neal, chair of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, a number of college students made vague accusations of...

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Jan 18
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Don't let the GOP off the hook: Republican leaders are responsible for the Capitol riot

Don't let the GOP off the hook: Republican leaders are responsible for the Capitol riot

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.The on January 6 by a far-right, Trump-supporting mob was the kind of scene that observers of the modern American conservative movement have long feared was a possibility. Inspired by by the president and members of Congress like Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri, thousands of angry right-wing protesters—objecting to the joint session of Congress to verify the results of the election—charged Capitol Police outside of the Capitol, forcing their way past barriers...

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Jan 9
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Mail-in Ballots Archives - Shadowproof

Mail-in Ballots Archives - Shadowproof

COVID-19’s impact on postal workers in Wisconsin and Michigan has prompted the USPS to ask Minnesota for help ahead of the 2020 Election.

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Dec 26
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Securus Archives - Shadowproof

Securus Archives - Shadowproof

Bristol County, Massachusetts, is planning to make video screens the only way incarcerated individuals can “visit” and see their loved ones.Attorneys Adam Crane and David Johnson sued private prison company CoreCivic and the for-profit phone and video visitation service Securus Technologies in federal court for recording and storing confidential communications between pretrial detainees and their attorneys. Crane and Johnson allege [PDF] CoreCivic and Securus made recorded communications available to law enforcement agencies, including prosecutors, which not

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Dec 6
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Post Office Archives - Shadowproof

Post Office Archives - Shadowproof

COVID-19’s impact on postal workers in Wisconsin and Michigan has prompted the USPS to ask Minnesota for help ahead of the 2020 Election.Senator Elizabeth Warren is proposing post office banking as an alternative financial service for the working class that doesn’t involve loan sharks.

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Dec 6
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Democrats can't responsibly address Trump's immigration sins until they reckon with Obama's

Democrats can't responsibly address Trump's immigration sins until they reckon with Obama's

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.Joe Biden has long been a critic of the immigration policies of President Donald Trump. The outgoing president's family separation program, cuts to the numbers of asylum seekers and refugees allowed into the country, and the so-called "Muslim Ban" were frequent targets for Biden on the campaign trail, and as president, he plans to reverse many of the policies. Liberals have long been horrified by the Trump administration's approach to immigration...

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Dec 5
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Democrats need to clearly embrace popular, progressive policies or they will continue to fail in down ballot elections

Democrats need to clearly embrace popular, progressive policies or they will continue to fail in down ballot elections

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.270 to win51 to control218 to controlDespite President Donald Trump's refusal to concede, President-elect Joe Biden's clear victory means that the focus of the election can shift from who will win the Oval Office to what happened beyond the presidential race. Instead of delivering a "Blue Wave" on the backs of a Biden win, Democrats saw their majority in the House eroded and failed to regain the majority in the Senate, likely setting up a divided government...

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Nov 9
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Shadowproof: Independent journalism on movements for justice

Shadowproof: Independent journalism on movements for justice

“All You Fascists Bound To Lose” was recently reworked by the Resistance Revival Chorus and Rhiannon Giddens. It appears on the Resistance Revival Chorus’ debut album “This Joy.”On this edition of the “Dissenter Weekly,” host and Shadowproof editor Kevin Gosztola responds to censorship by Twitter, which invoked a policy adopted after pressure to crack down on WikiLeaks. He also highlights whistleblowing against the JBS meatpacking corporation.Consortium News, which frequently covers WikiLeaks and various whistleblower stories, has sued Global News for “falsely accusing” the media...

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May 20
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Facing COVID-19 Outbreak Among Workers, USPS Seeks Help With Mail-In Ballots In Swing States

Facing COVID-19 Outbreak Among Workers, USPS Seeks Help With Mail-In Ballots In Swing States

The coronavirus has had such a severe impact on U.S. Postal Service workers in Wisconsin and Michigan that state agencies are reportedly asking Minnesota to send help as Election Day looms on the horizon.An outbreak affecting letter carriers could have major consequences for Wisconsin and Michigan voters, as both states have a hard Election Day deadline for votes to be received. “The vast majority of voters in Wisconsin and a lot of states are likely going to be voting by mail,” Kat Calvin, founder and executive director of Spread The Vote, told Shadowproof. “Now we’re having this...

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Nov 2
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Massachusetts County Plans To Make Video Screens Only Way For Incarcerated To See Loved Ones

Massachusetts County Plans To Make Video Screens Only Way For Incarcerated To See Loved Ones

“We just cannot have a policy that only allows people to see their loved ones on a video screen.”Andrea James, the founder of , is not happy with the Bristol County Sheriff’s Department’s plans to at the . If the project is implemented, video conferencing will be the only means of communication for inmates and their families.Instead of seeing family members on the other side of a Plexiglass window, visitors will arrive to a trailer on the other side of the razor wire fence surrounding the jail, where the video conferencing, set up by Securus Technologies, awaits.“It’s a big burden on...

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Jan 22
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MassDems Leader Told College Democrats to Destroy Communication Records

MassDems Leader Told College Democrats to Destroy Communication Records

Veronica Martinez had coordinated with the students prior to the release of allegations of sexual impropriety against Alex Morse., ,On Friday, Martinez flatly denied the suggestion that she demanded records of her communications with CDMA members be destroyed, saying simply, “That’s completely false.” The instructions were delivered verbally, but call records obtained by The Intercept line up with the timing, and other statements from Martinez on the timeline and her involvement have also been proven wrong by documents reviewed by The Intercept. Multiple attempts throughout the weekend to...

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Aug 17
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Party Leaders Investigating Anti-Morse Campaign Helped Orchestrate It

Party Leaders Investigating Anti-Morse Campaign Helped Orchestrate It

Massachusetts party leaders coached College Democrats ahead of the release of a letter outlining allegations against Alex Morse., , As the primary in Massachusetts’ 1st Congressional District turned into a national story following allegations of misconduct against Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse, the state Democratic Party declined to weigh in, citing its policy to remain neutral in contested primaries.But behind the scenes, the state party had been coordinating with the College Democrats of Massachusetts to launch those very allegations, according to five sources within the state party and...

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Aug 14
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'If It's Trump, It Has to Be Corrupt': Critics Say Goya Bean Tweet by Ivanka Is Clear Ethics Breach

'If It's Trump, It Has to Be Corrupt': Critics Say Goya Bean Tweet by Ivanka Is Clear Ethics Breach

Critics are charging that senior White House advisor Ivanka Trump likely violated ethics rules with a Tuesday night tweet promoting Goya beans, the latest example of administration officials using their positions to boost private companies friendly to the president. "White House advisor Ivanka Trump promoting Goya seems like it could raise potential ethics issues," tweeted Open Secrets researcher Anna Massoglia, "since executive branch employees other than the president are prohibited from using public office 'for the endorsement of any product, service or enterprise.'" Trump posted to...

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Jul 15
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CNN Moderators, Alarmed by Cost of Medicare for All, Ignore Price Tag of Endless War

CNN Moderators, Alarmed by Cost of Medicare for All, Ignore Price Tag of Endless War

"None of the candidates who said they support keeping troops in Iraq were asked how they were going to pay for it." Democrats onstage Tuesday night at the CNN/Des Moines Register debate in Iowa were challenged repeatedly by moderators on the cost of major plans like Sen. Bernie Sanders' Medicare for All—scrutiny that was missing in the first half hour when the questions focused on endless war and a potential attack on Iran. "Wonder if CNN asked how much going to potential war with Iran cost?" asked artist Karla Ortiz. "Amazing how the moderators didn't ask how the candidates plan to pay...

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Eoin Higgins
Jan 21
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