Mike Allen, foremost practitioner of Washington’s courtier press at
POLITICO Tiger Beat on the Potomac, had an “exclusive” last week with New York Mayor Bill de Blasio. Exclusive: Bill De Blasio plans ‘Contract with America’ for left:
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, using his muscular perch to try to nudge the national Democratic Party to the left, [this] week will unveil a 13-point progressive agenda that he hopes will be the left’s answer to the Contract with America, which helped propel Newt Gingrich and the Republican revolution of 1994.
On Tuesday, de Blasio will hold a 3 p.m. news conference outside the U.S. Capitol with labor leaders, Democratic lawmakers and liberal activists to unveil his “Progressive Agenda to Combat Income Inequality.”
[Earlier on Tuesday, de Blasio will appear at a Roosevelt Institute event with economist Joseph Stiglitz and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).]
The manifesto includes the ideas of economist Joseph Stiglitz and dozens of other leaders and thinkers consulted by the de Blasio team.
Among the planks is a universal pre-kindergarten program, DeBlasio’s signature policy since he took office on Jan. 1, 2014. Other elements are aimed at helping working people ($15 minimum wage) and working parents (paid family leave), and proposals for “tax fairness” (increasing the tax on carried interest, a huge issue for private equity).
De Blasio advisers say that more than 60 big names have signed on, including Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.); Reps. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.); Marian Wright Edelman and Howard Dean; national labor leaders; and actors Susan Sarandon and Steve Buscemi.
Rolling Stone has a preview of de Blasio’s new drive in the forthcoming May 21 issue, which has a 7½-page spread, “The Mayor’s Crusade: Bill de Blasio is trying to remake America’s biggest city — and he doesn’t plan to stop there.”
Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Crusade | Rolling Stone (backgrounder piece).