The 2018 Progressive Honor Roll
Progressives were on the move this year, and they weren’t just resisting Trump—they were outlining the alternative to Trumpism.
By John Nichols
Progressives were on the march in 2018. They weren’t just resisting Trump; they were outlining the alternative to Trumpism. They weren’t just winning the battle of ideas by moving Medicare for Alland Fight for $15 proposals into the mainstream; they were winning battles at the ballot box as well. The fight for the future is far from over, but 2018 offered signs that it can and will be won. The Nation’s 2018 Progressive Honor Roll recognizes the dissidents and the strategists, the veteran campaigners and the next-gen leaders who are charting the course.
Most Valuable State Official
Massachusetts’s Maura Healey is the bane of Donald Trump’s existence: a whip-smart state attorney general leading a skilled team that has joined (and frequently led) legal challenges to the president. Pick an issue—climate change, immigrant rights, predatory lending, the ban on transgender people in the military—and Healey has battled and often beaten the Trump team. “As attorney general, if I won’t stand up for the Constitution and against the abuse of power, then who will?” she asks.
Healey is just as tough on corporate abuses of power. As The Boston Globe notes, “Her aggressive action in regard to utilities, insurers, lenders, landlords, and dubious business practices has resulted in hundreds of millions in savings or money returned or rebated to taxpayers, workers, and ratepayers. Stories about her success on that front have become so regular as to be almost routine.” The voters were impressed, too: Healey was just reelected with 70 percent of the vote.
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