Legislators pre-empt an ordinance that would have gradually raised the local base pay from the state's level of $7.70 an hour to $11.
Speaking to 4,000 at the People's Summit in Chicago, the Vermont senator calls the Democrats' strategy an "absolute failure" and points to a progressive way forward.
Voters drawn to Donald Trump because they believed he would rein in interventionism abroad and deal with festering problems at home are in for a disappointment.
A slew of Republican legislation is flowing out of the Capitol in Des Moines during this radical right-wing moment in U.S. history.
The strike, organized by the Fight for $15 collective, is the first of its kind since the election of President-elect Donald Trump. The nationwide action has inspired observers who see the workers' solidarity and commitment to their cause as a lesson for progressives facing an extreme right-wing administration.
"It's not a question of us working with Trump. It's a question of Trump working with us."
Sawant, who is in her second term on Seattle's City Council, and Truthdig's editor in chief discuss her political achievements and challenges. Audio and transcript.
In Arizona, Colorado, Maine and Washington, polls show strong support for the measures, as voters say a wage increase is "long overdue and desperately needed."
The U.S. incarcerates the greatest number of people in the world, and most of them are expected to work inside the prisons that hold them, usually for well below minimum wage.