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 Analysis Community organizing Military Rathke: Chief Organizer Report War

There’s no Duck-and-Cover with automated warfare

Kansas City      I can still remember my third grade teacher walking us through the duck-and-cover exercise and announcing as we prepared to march to the corner single file that she would be standing on the…

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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 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 Analysis Community Development Health The Conversation Urban Planning

Is your city making you fat? How urban planning can address the obesity epidemic

Editors note: With thoughtful planning Flagstaff could turn our continued growth into a health boon for the community. The Ohio City Farm in Cleveland provides low-cost land, shared facilities and technical assistance to support entrepreneurial farmers….

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Posted in Common Dreams Courts/justice National News

Judge sentences Roger Stone to 40 months in prison

Stone is expected to be pardoned by President Donald Trump. by Eoin Higgins, staff writer This is a breaking news story… Stay tuned for updates. Longtime Republican operative and ally to Preisdent Donald Trump Roger Stone…

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Posted in Common Dreams Courts/justice News

‘Our institutions are sounding alarms’: Federal Judges call emergency meeting over Trump interference with DOJ

“This is mind-blowing. I’ve never heard of anything like it. We are in full on crisis mode.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer, for CommonDreams.org The head of the 1,100-member Federal Judges Association on Monday called an…

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Posted in Analysis Banks Columns Community organizing Credit economic justice Housing Policy Neighborhoods Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

The Billionaire and Right-Wing’s racist lies about Redlining

New Orleans    With the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency leading the way to gut the Community Reinvestment Act along with some other federal regulators, the last thing we should be doing is having to…

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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 Common Dreams

More than 1,100 former US Department of Justice officials tell William Barr: Resign now!

‘Barr’s actions in doing the President’s personal bidding unfortunately speak louder than his words’ by  Common Dreams staff More than 1,100 former US Department of Justice officials called on Attorney General William P. Barr on Sunday…

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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 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 Courts/justice Debt New Debtors Prisons News Policing Pro Publica

They loan you money. Then they get a warrant for your arrest.

THE NEW DEBTORS PRISONS High-interest loan companies are using Utah’s small claims courts to arrest borrowers and take their bail money. Technically, the warrants are issued for missing court hearings. For many, that’s a distinction without…

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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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Posted in National News Off the wire Politics Voter registration Voter suppression Voting rights

Georgia Governor Kemp loses vote purge suit brought by reporter Palast

Nicole Powers for The Palast Investigative Fund February 9 Atlanta   In an extraordinary and unexpected move, Federal Judge Eleanor Ross has declared Gov. Brian Kemp the loser in a lawsuit brought by investigative journalist Greg Palast…

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Posted in Columns Community organizing Politics Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Don’t mourn, hit the doors!

New Orleans       What a week!  It was pretty much a full-on-Trump-arade!  Rarely have we read or heard so many pundits wringing their hands and tearing their hair since they were forced to walk-back the headlines…

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

Running from race is hard in the presidential race

New Orleans       It’s Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, so what better time to talk about the still unresolved, raw issues around race that continue more than 150 years after his death.  Evidence abounds that you can’t run…

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Posted in Columns Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Voter Purge Project Voter registration Voter suppression

Government shouldn’t play gotcha on voting and benefits

New Orleans       Talking to a reporter from Politico about voter purges and why there needed to be supplemental efforts other than failing to answer a letter in the US Mail to determine whether a voter…

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Posted in National News Politics Race for the White House 2020

Trump reportedly compiling Nixonian ‘Enemies List’ as he seeks revenge for impeachment

“McConnell hasn’t even held the final vote to launch the post-checks and balances era, and already the would-be authoritarian is escalating his abuses of power.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer, CommonDreams President Donald Trump is reportedly…

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