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  The 2020 shadow primary is officially a race to the left on policy
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Last EditedIndyGeorgia  Apr 25, 2018 07:09pm
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AuthorA.P. Joyce
News DateWednesday, April 25, 2018 09:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionSingle-payer health care, postal banking, marijuana reparations, a federal job guarantee — a few years ago, these were the kinds of policies that were typically discussed only in leftist policy circles and on Twitter.

Today, they’re all actual pieces of legislation introduced in Congress by a handful of Democratic senators who are all widely believed to have presidential aspirations.

On Wednesday, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand took the latest in a series of leftward lunges, when she introduced a new plan to create a postal banking system in the United States. Postal banking has been a big agenda item for progressive thinkers in the world of banking justice. But before Wednesday, progressives in the Senate had done little more than toy with the idea.

But in 2018, this kind of bold policy move by Gillibrand is par for the course.

Since the beginning of April, Gillibrand, along with Sens. Cory Booker and Bernie Sanders, have all come out in favor of a federal program to virtually end unemployment in the U.S. by having the federal government guarantee employment — even as unemployment reaches historic lows.
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