Stories by Steven Rosenfeld

Steven Rosenfeld covers national political issues for AlterNet, including America's retirement crisis, democracy and voting rights, and campaigns and elections. He is the author of "Count My Vote: A Citizen's Guide to Voting" (AlterNet Books, 2008). subscribe to Steven Rosenfeld's feed

Posted on: Mar 8, 2014, Source: AlterNet

The latest data show the cycle of poverty in the Deep South is holding firm. Why is this?

Posted on: Mar 7, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Whether tulips in the 1600s or bitcoin today, get rich quick schemes usually fail.

Posted on: Mar 5, 2014, Source: AlterNet

It was scary, hectic and necessary to spotlight how the Court harms democracy.

Posted on: Mar 4, 2014, Source: AlterNet

A ballot initiative proposal in CA is in in trouble, even though it might win in a landslide.

Posted on: Feb 27, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Meanwhile, there’s no coverage of a “peace dividend.”

Posted on: Feb 26, 2014, Source: AlterNet

The hilariously titled “Save American Workers” bill cuts coverage for 1 million people.

Posted on: Feb 22, 2014, Source: AlterNet

The party of bullies, bigots and blowhards prays for a new Jim Crow.

Posted on: Feb 20, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Progressive victory over the austerity agenda could start a larger and needed conversation.

Posted on: Feb 15, 2014, Source: AlterNet

New rules are being set for 21st century labor actions.

Posted on: Feb 14, 2014, Source: AlterNet

A greedy, arrogant, connected corporation wants a bigger monopoly.

Posted on: Feb 12, 2014, Source: AlterNet

There's momentum in the fight to strengthen, instead of gut, social security.

Posted on: Feb 12, 2014, Source: AlterNet

The Republican civil war heats up.

Posted on: Feb 6, 2014, Source: AlterNet

The big takeaway is taxes matter, especially tax rates for the richest Americans.

Posted on: Feb 3, 2014, Source: AlterNet

A bottomless appetite for knowing everything about our online lives is breaking new boundaries.

Posted on: Jan 31, 2014, Source: AlterNet

In the SOTU speech last week, Obama avoided the real issues.

Posted on: Jan 31, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Republicans double down on trying to stop Democrats from voting.

Posted on: Jan 29, 2014, Source: AlterNet

In speeches Tuesday and Wednesday, Obama avoids the real issues and real solutions.

Posted on: Jan 28, 2014, Source: AlterNet

The California Republican is sponsoring a 2014 ballot measure for a $12 statewide minimum wage—more than Obama has proposed.

Posted on: Jan 27, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Pushing for a higher minimum wage is the starting line.

Posted on: Jan 27, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Economic inequality is getting worse, not better, everywhere.

Posted on: Jan 24, 2014, Source: AlterNet

A growing coalition of progressive organizations is pushing hard to get the minimum wage on 12 state ballots.

Posted on: Jan 19, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Military pensions, unemployment, disability and Social Security are all targets.

Posted on: Jan 16, 2014, Source: AlterNet

The GOP expands its legal war on truth and transparency in election law.

Posted on: Jan 16, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Darden Restaurants, which owns chains like Red Lobster, bought its way into a sleazy rankings list.

Posted on: Jan 13, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Koch-funded non-profits reveal broad political strategy through job ads.

Posted on: Jan 10, 2014, Source: AlterNet

New motives, damaging documentation and a federal investigation suggest the Christie revenge scandal isn't going away soon.

Posted on: Jan 10, 2014, Source: AlterNet

And Big Brother is hardly the only bad actor in a world of vanishing privacy.

Posted on: Jan 8, 2014, Source: AlterNet

The political pendulum is swinging away from Social Security cutters.

Posted on: Jan 8, 2014, Source: AlterNet

The GOP’s top 2016 presidential nominee is surrounded by thugs.

Posted on: Jan 2, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Transsexuals, ex-priests and Democrats love guns, too.

Posted on: Dec 31, 2013, Source: AlterNet

The IRS is fighting the whistleblower instead of pursuing the alleged criminals.

Posted on: Dec 24, 2013, Source: AlterNet

The rollout of Obamacare shows why privatization is doomed to fail.

Posted on: Dec 23, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Low wages, low or no savings, and low Social Security benefits. The future is not bright, especially for women and minorities.

Posted on: Dec 23, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Majorities of Republican voters don’t want jobless benefits cut.

Posted on: Dec 18, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Is this the beginning of a productive debate over modernizing Social Security?

Posted on: Dec 17, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Judge Richard Leon is no friend of progressives—and never has been.

Posted on: Dec 12, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Bidding war for Boeing showcases upside-down priorities.

Posted on: Dec 10, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Detroit and Illinois aren't the only ones stealing earned benefits.

Posted on: Dec 6, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Could this become one of the biggest gun control victories of 2013?