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‘I may be worried about nothing if the Democratic primary process does its job of whittling down the agenda to something more manageable,’ wrote Swan. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Wayne Swan warns US Democrats not to fall into Labor’s trap of overloaded agenda

Writing in the American progressive journal Democracy, Swan, a former treasurer, warned that the US Democrats could be at risk of the overloaded agenda trap that helped defeat the ALP in May.
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks at a campaign house party on July 27, 2019, in Bow, N.H. AP Photo/Elise Amendola

How did the presidential campaign get to be so long?

While other countries set strict limits on the length of campaigns, American presidential races have become drawn-out, yearslong affairs. It wasn’t always this way.
Democratic U.S. 2020 election presidential candidates during the second night of the first Democratic presidential candidates’ debate. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Fighting words for a New Gilded Age - Democratic candidates are sounding a lot like Teddy Roosevelt

The problems facing America are unrestrained capitalism and corruption, said the Democratic presidential candidates over two nights of debates. Or was that really Teddy Roosevelt speaking?
Twenty-two of the 24 Democratic 2020 presidential candidates. Reuters

Why are there so many candidates for president?

The number of candidates in presidential primaries has skyrocketed since the 2016 election. Divisions inside political parties and easy ways for candidates to raise money are among the reasons why.
Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Run Bernie run … but why?

What is up with Bernie Sanders? No chance that he would win the primary, much less the presidency. But there is a long history of outsider candidates who have impacted American politics.

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