(CNN) - Sen. Elizabeth Warren received a standing ovation and chants of "run Liz run" as she took to the podium Friday at a major gathering of progressive leaders and activists.
While the freshman senator from Massachusetts has repeatedly said she isn't running for the White House in 2016, a group titled "ReadyforWarren" was out in force at the annual Netroots Nation conference, held this year in Detroit. As Warren was introduced at the event, supporters from the group unveiled a large "Run Liz Run" banner.
(CNN) – Vice President Joe Biden appeared to embrace some protesters Thursday who loudly criticized the Obama administration's record of deportations.
About 20 minutes into his speech at the progressive Netroots Nation conference in Detroit, Biden was interrupted by demonstrators in the audience who repeatedly chanted “Stop deporting our families.”
(CNN) - The spotlight will shine on the 2014 and 2016 elections as some 3,000 activists from the left gather in Detroit starting Thursday.
That's when the annual Netroots Nation conference, the largest gathering of progressive leaders and activists, kicks off. And two of the Democratic Party's biggest stars - Vice President Joe Biden and freshman Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts - will give keynote addresses.
(CNN) - As liberals flock to Detroit this week for a major progressive confab, a leading grassroots group announced a big fundraising haul to help Democratic candidates ahead of the midterm elections.
The Progressive Change Campaign Committee said Wednesday that it raised over $1 million this campaign cycle. The report comes a day before the kickoff of Netroots Nation, the largest annual gathering of progressives in the country.
San Jose, California (CNN) - Howard Dean, the former Vermont governor and Democratic firebrand, stood behind a podium at the San Jose Convention Center and neatly summed up the current zeitgeist of the left.
"Is the president perfect?" Dean asked a buzzing audience of left-leaning bloggers, political activists and organizers on Thursday evening. "No. But it sure is better than having Bain Capital, I mean Mitt Romney, in there."
Minneapolis (CNN) - Might President Obama and Democrats have a tough time rallying their supporters in the 2012 elections?
If responses from a gathering of progressives in Minneapolis is any indication, the answer may be yes.
Minneapolis (CNN) - Perhaps the 2012 presidential and congressional races will come down to right clicks versus left clicks.
Such computer jargon that typically refers to two sides of a computer mouse might also become a political metaphor as Internet and social networking savvy groups - aligned with the left and the right - converge on Minneapolis for competing weekend conferences.
Las Vegas, Nevada (CNN) - Using some of his trademark humor and dire predictions, Minnesota Sen. Al Franken implored thousands of his fellow progressive activists Saturday to redouble their efforts to prevent the Democrats from losing control of Congress.
He jokingly called the Netroots Nation convention of bloggers, leaders and others "the most exciting political gathering of the year without guns."
On a serious note, he said, he shared many of the frustrations of those in the audience about a lack of progress on some of their key priorities.
"You really haven't gotten your moneys' worth," he said, specifically mentioning such ideas as a public option government-run health care plan or education reform or public financing of elections.
"I know progressives are frustrated...because it feels at times not everyone in our party is pushing at the same pace," he said.
He told them, however, that several of the bills that have been passed in this Congress - such as the health care overhaul or Wall Street reform - have helped the nation and were stronger because of their efforts.
Las Vegas, Nevada (CNN) - Acknowledging that he and they don't always see eye to eye, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) on Saturday praised the influence of progressive activists gathered at the annual Netroots Nation convention.
Speaking to a large ballroom filled with bloggers and others in the movement, Reid said they help represent the voice of "real Americans."
"I admire how you pursue the truth as relentlessly as you reveal hypocrisy," he said. "You shine much-needed light on fear tactics and misinformation. I am calling you to keep calling them out."
But Reid, who has not always pushed agenda items as liberal as progressives would like on such issues as health care reform, acknowledged their past differences.
"I know that there are times I am told that I get on your nerves," Reid said to some laughter in the room. "And I am here to tell you ... you get on my nerves sometimes."
Las Vegas (CNN) – The woman many in the progressive community hope will be the first head of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau received a hero's welcome Saturday at the Netroots Nation convention.
Speaking at a seminar on building a progressive economic vision, Elizabeth Warren received a standing ovation as soon as she was introduced.
Warren, head of the congressional panel overseeing the government’s Troubled Asset Relief Program, is considered a strong advocate for the working and middle classes and has been one of the fiercest proponents of the new consumer bureau, a centerpiece of the financial reform bill signed into law earlier this week by President Obama.