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Mon Dec 24, 2012, 09:22 AM

The Most Important Progressive Victories Of 2012

The Most Important Progressive Victories Of 2012

By ThinkProgress

1. Historic progress to end the war on drugs.

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In passing laws to legalize small amounts of marijuana and regulate the industry in Washington and Colorado, supporters joined many local jurisdictions that have decriminalized some drug offenses in signaling their willingness to better tailor drug policy to public health and safety goals. Since the passage of the ballot initiatives, prominent leaders including Senate Judiciary Chair Patrick Leahy, former President Bill Clinton and President Obama have hinted that they will reconsider harsh criminal drug policy that has cost the U.S. both money and lives while failing to curb drug abuse.

2. New fuel efficiency standards.

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In August 2012, the Obama administration issued new miles-per-gallon rules on car manufacturers, mandating that Detroit nearly double fuel efficiency standards by 2025. These new rules helped save the auto industry, reduce oil use and carbon emissions, and push the auto-industry towards a more climate-friendly stance.

3. Young undocumented immigrants received deportation relief.

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In June, President Obama announced a new immigration policy that allows some undocumented students to avoid deportation and receive work authorization when they apply for deferred action. Up to 1 million young undocumented immigrants could legally stay in the U.S. because of it.

4. Anti-LGBT Senate candidates lost, in large numbers.

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5. Voters rejected anti-tax hysteria.

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6. President Obama endorsed marriage equality.

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7. Voters rejected anti-choice candidates.

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8. Voter suppression lost.

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9. The Supreme Court upheld Obamacare.

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http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2012/12/24/1356511/the-most-important-progressive-victories-of-2012/


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Mon Dec 24, 2012, 09:53 AM

1. Kick for

things that got done.

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Mon Dec 24, 2012, 03:58 PM

2. Another, because

it can't all be doom and gloom.



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Mon Dec 24, 2012, 04:12 PM

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