Posted in Columns Politics Race for the White House 2020 Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

The paradox of Trump support

New Orleans      There was a time when families followed a careful rule.  When gathering with the blood, avoid talking about religion or politics. Only part of that rule still holds, as America becomes more and…

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Posted in News Race for the White House 2020

Democrat establishment and centrist pundits go on offensive in “misguided” verbal attack on Sanders Campaign

By Mac England, Feb 23, 2020 Flagstaff. UCLA’s Latino Policy and Politics Initiative estimated Sunday morning, with around 60% of precincts officially reporting, that Sanders won over 70% of the Latino vote in the Nevada caucus….

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Posted in Arizona Arizona Legislature Education funding News Public Policy

Arizona education funding may be sent out of state

If a few Arizona senators have their way we could be sending our education tax dollars out of state. Senate Bill 1224 would be the only voucher program that designates money for out of state schools…

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Posted in Analysis economic justice OtherWords Public Policy Student Debt

A broken promise to teachers and nonprofits workers

Trump wants to cancel student loan forgiveness for public servants. But what if you’ve already taken the loans? By Jill Richardson | February 19, 2020 Before sharing my opinions about Trump’s recent proposal to cut student…

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Posted in Columns Elections Hightower Politics Race for the White House 2020

The irony of the centrist-progressive debate

Moderates consistently warn that progressive ideas can’t win “the middle.” But just look at the polls. By Jim Hightower | February 12, 2020 With dozens of Democratic candidates, scores of televised debates, and swarms of reporters…

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Posted in Analysis Race for the White House 2020

Sanders takes Nevada Democrat’s Caucus, 3 wins in a row

This is a breaking story and will continue to be updated. updated 9 AM By Mac England For the first time in memory a contender in a Democrat Presidential Nominating race has won the first three…

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Posted in Common Dreams Health Insurance Race for the White House 2020

Nevada Entrance Poll shows 62% of Democratic Caucus-goers support Medicare for All

“It’s fair to say Democratic leadership fails to understand how much everyday Americans hate their private healthcare coverage.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer More than 60% of Nevada caucus-goers support eliminating private insurance and moving to…

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Posted in News Race for the White House 2020

“That’s called electability”: diverse coalition propels Bernie Sanders to big win in Nevada

“That’s not just a savvy coalition for winning the Nevada caucuses, it’s how Bernie Sanders becomes president. Face it, establishment Democrats—it’s his party now.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer This is a developing story… Check back…

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Posted in Analysis Politics Race for the White House 2020 The Conversation

Something Democrats and Republicans have in common: Exaggerated stereotypes about both parties

Misconceptions abound on both sides of the aisle. Victor Moussa/Shutterstock.com Douglas J. Ahler, Florida State University With animosity between party supporters already at an all-time high, buckle up for what promises to be one of the…

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Posted in Corporate Influence Labor Public Policy

Trump revokes bargaining for Federal workers and civilian unions. Cites “emergency”

  By Meteor Staff Feb 21, 2020 President Donald Trump has officially granted the Department of Defense the legal authority to abolish the collective bargaining rights of its civilian labor unions representing some 750,000 workers. Gutting…

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Posted in Ethics News Podcast Pro Publica Public Policy

How much has the government spent at Trump’s properties? It won’t say.

“He’s paying our money to himself,” the Washington Post’s David Fahrenthold told “Trump, Inc.” “There must be so much more we haven’t seen.” by Ilya Marritz, WNYC Feb. 19, 4 a.m. EST This month, The Washington…

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Posted in Environment News Public Policy The Revelator Water

Trump admin’s Clean Water rollback will hit some states hard

But the effects of removing this “environmental safety net” won’t be felt equally. States with fewer local protections and resources will suffer the most — as will their people and wildlife. Oceans & Clean Water February…

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Posted in Editorial/opinon Politics Voter registration Voter suppression

Reworking Don McLean’s “American Pie” YouTube creators The Founding Fathers post “The Day Democracy Died”

Across America people are concerned about the actions of wealthy and powerful people suppressing votes, removing voters from voter registration lists, putting up obstacles to make it difficult to even register to vote, eliminating voter protections…

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Posted in Columns Community organizing Democracy Minority Voters Politics Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Voter Purge Project Voter registration Voter suppression Voting rights

Field testing voter purges and “drops”

Columbus        As the Voter Purge Project moves forward, we are now analyzing the voter files on more than a dozen states on our way to double that number in coming weeks, many of them include the…

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Posted in Business Courts/justice Economy News Pro Publica Public Policy

Utah Representative proposes bill to stop Payday Lenders from taking bail money from borrowers

THE NEW DEBTORS PRISONS Debtors prisons were banned by Congress in 1833, but a ProPublica article that revealed the sweeping powers of high-interest lenders in Utah caught the attention of one legislator. Now, he’s trying to…

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Posted in Columns Politics Race for the White House 2020 Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

The surprising ineptness of liberals and moderates

Houston       Let me start by saying, I have mixed feelings about Senator Bernie Sanders as a candidate for President, not on ideological grounds and not personal to him.  I’m just not sure that I’ve seen the…

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Posted in Immigration News Policing Pro Publica Public Policy

A group of agents rose through the ranks to lead the Border Patrol. They’re leaving it in crisis.

How several agents from a small outpost in Arizona, including recently retired chief Carla Provost, climbed to the top of the Border Patrol, then one by one retired, leaving corruption, misconduct and a toxic culture in…

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Posted in Business Columns Corporate Influence Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Foundations as “extensions” of corporate reach

New Orleans   Foundations created by corporations and the superrich are multi-headed monster of tax havens and public relations that combine to whitewash a story for the people down below that makes us swallow rather than spit. …

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Posted in Immigration News Policing Pro Publica Public Policy

Border Patrol Officials dodged Congress’ questions about migrant children’s deaths

The chair of a House Homeland Security subcommittee reprimanded Border Patrol officials for concealing information about migrant children’s deaths. Officials did not respond to the chairwoman’s criticism. by Robert Moore, special to ProPublica Jan. 14, 5:38…

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Posted in Analysis Business Pro Publica Public Policy Taxes

TurboTax and others charged at least 14 million Americans for tax prep that should have been free, audit finds

Tax software companies made around $1 billion in revenue by charging people who were eligible to file for free. by Paul Kiel and Justin Elliott Feb. 5, 3:18 p.m. EST More than 14 million taxpayers paid…

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Posted in Analysis Business Health Health Insurance Public Policy

To boost bottom lines, Single-Payer may be just what these restaurateurs ordered

Shefali Luthra, Kaiser Health News February 6, 2020 Providence, R.I. — Last winter, James Mark was a 2018 James Beard Award finalist. A few months later, both GQ and Bon Appétit ranked Big King, his newest…

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Posted in Analysis Off the wire Public Policy Senior Citizens The Conversation Working Class

How Trump’s proposed benefits changes will create hardship for rural people with disabilities

“Additional reviews would cost $1.8 billion to administer while saving $2 billion in terminated benefits.” Rural Americans are more likely than urban Americans to experience disability. Natee K Jindakum/Shutterstock.com By Lillie Greiman, The University of Montana…

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The Bears Ears
Posted in Colorado Plateau Diné First Nations Hopi News Public Lands Public Policy Ute Ute Mountain Ute Zuni Pueblo

Bears Ears: what’s the rumble about?

Bears Ears is the first tribally requested national monument and has been home to Hopi, Diné, Ute, Ute Mountain Ute, and Zuni peoples since time immemorial, it was designated as a national monument in 2016 to…

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Posted in Columns Community organizing News Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Voter Purge Project Voter suppression

Ohio battles to protect the vote

Columbus        Twenty-five people made their way into the Vanderelli Room in Columbus.  The art, performance, and all-around community space in the Franklinton neighborhood of the city near downtown had been offered to TrustVote and the Columbus…

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