Martin Longman

Martin Longman is the web editor of the Washington Monthly.

He is also the founder Progress Pond where you can find all his writing. Before joining the Monthly, Martin was a county coordinator for ACORN/Project Vote and a political consultant. He has a degree in philosophy from Western Michigan University.


Please Proceed, Republicans

Well, lookee here: Months of investigation by The New York Times, centered on extensive interviews with Libyans in Benghazi who had direct knowledge of the attack there and its context, turned up no evidence that Al Qaeda or other international terrorist groups had any role in the assault. The attack was led, instead, by fighters… Read more »

I Wish Vermont Every Success

In The Atlantic, Sean McElwee asks, “Can Vermont’s Single-Payer System Fix What Ails American Healthcare?” I certainly hope so, because we haven’t been doing too well. A 2012 Institute of Medicine report finds that the U.S. healthcare system wastes $750 billion each year. A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found,… Read more »

SeaTac Blow Still Vindicates Minimum Wage Hike

If you have been following the national effort to raise the minimum wage, you will be interested to see this: King County Superior Court Judge Andrea Darvas issued a bittersweet decision today (pdf) that upholds most of SeaTac Proposition while ruling that the $15 minimum wage initiative does not apply to airport workers. If Judge… Read more »

Redistricting Reform Should Be Priority Number One

I became political aware at a young age and took a keen interest in the 1980 Republican primaries when I was only nine and ten years old. I still have cartoons I drew at the time that depicted Ronald Reagan as a warmonger intent on blowing up the world with nuclear weapons. This wasn’t something… Read more »

Odds & Ends

Fans of “autophysiopsychic music,” which most of us call “jazz”, are mourning the loss of Yusef Lateef. As a New York Giants fan, I agree with Antrel Rolle that “This probowl s___ is a joke.” Rolle had a great season, despite the poor play of most of his teammates. Dan Savage tries to review Sarah… Read more »