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Darden Restaurants Dumps ALEC in Favor of National Restaurant Assoc.

Darden Restaurants Dumps ALEC in Favor of National Restaurant Assoc.

From PRWatch by Rebekah Wilce The Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) reports that Darden Restaurants which operates Red Lobster, Olive Garden, and other chain restaurants has stated they have not renewed their ALEC membership as of 2010.  Darden representative Rich Jeffers, Director of Media Relations told CMD that the company had not renewed its ALEC membership since January […]

Prison Industry Bill Clears Nevada’s Senate Judiciary Committee

Prison Industry Bill Clears Nevada’s Senate Judiciary Committee

Senators move quickly to rein in runaway prison program By Bob Sloan On Wednesday a proposed bill amending Nevada’s Prison Industries was debated before the state Senate Judiciary Committee.  The bill, SB 478 was sponsored by the Senate Finance Committee, which is chaired by former Assemblywoman and now Senator Debbie Smith (D-13).  Senator Smith explained the bill […]

You can Call me AL or ALE…but not “ALEC!”

You can Call me AL or ALE…but not “ALEC!”

From an article published by Nick Surgey at PRWatch: “ALEC Who?” ALEC Has an Identity Crisis“ The American Legislative Exchange Council is trying to change their image and in accomplishing that they would rather toss away the acronym “ALEC” – they’ve been known by and operating under for forty years now – than change their activities. […]

Michigan’s Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance Plummets

The Robert Woods Johnson Foundation just released their report on State-Level Trends in Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance, and it is no surprise that the Great Lakes State is trending in a very bad way. Michigan has in-arguably been in a depression for a couple of decades — it’s economy destroyed as its manufacturing base dissolved through private-sector downsizing […]

Michigan House of Represenatives Perfects the Ulitimate Dick-Move

Michigan House of Represenatives Perfects the Ulitimate Dick-Move

The Michigan House of Representatives — A Bunch of Bullies: On the heels of yesterday’s GOP House threats to drastically cut funding for the Department of Human Services, (a dick-move cold enough to warrant the use of the kelvin scale), the House Appropriations Committee came through today with their previous threats to punish good-faith negotiations and passed an […]

More Businesses Victimized by Nevada Prison Industries

More Businesses Victimized by Nevada Prison Industries

By Bob Sloan – Other Business owners complain of unfair competition – When researching material for the Study of Nevada’s Prison Industry Program (released in January), I discovered that in addition to several steel fabrication companies, several other industries and manufacturers have come forward saying they’ve also been compromised by Nevada’s prison industry.  These businesses […]

Deja Vu – Repeat of Teapot Dome

Deja Vu – Repeat of Teapot Dome

We need to learn a lesson from history when it comes to natural resources.  Money, labor, privatization, and politicians operate the same. Some things never change. At the time of Presidents Harding and Coolidge, the oil companies, particularly Sinclair Oil was given our nation’s oil resources for a sweetheart deal – no bidding necessary. The […]

BREAKING: Michigan Judge Allows RTW Lawsuit to Move Forward

BREAKING: Michigan Judge Allows RTW Lawsuit to Move Forward

A small victory was won today in the battle against Right-to-Work. Ingham County Circuit Court Judge William Collette refused to dismiss a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union and labor unions against the law. The ACLU argued that the law is invalid because it was passed while the public was locked-out of the capitol building in […]

Maine prison furniture store holds annual sale

Maine prison furniture store holds annual sale

Let’s see now, what have we learned from Bob Sloan’s experiences and articles about prison industries in Nevada?  Among other things, they are not supposed to be competing with free market businesses, as well as paying the going wages. Well, there are furniture factories in Maine.  Do you think that they were consulted about a […]

The Criminal Justice Industrial Complex: Seeking Transparency Through Revelation

The Criminal Justice Industrial Complex: Seeking Transparency Through Revelation

By Bob Sloan Like the military/industrial complex, the criminal justice industrial complex is an interweaving of private business and government interests. Its twofold purpose is profit and social control. Its public rationale is the fight against crime.  To accomplish the goals the public must be made to fear their neighbors, fellow employees…to walk in a […]