Michigan — The New North Korea

As the state of Michigan starves its metropolitan areas of revenue sharing while lavishing corporations with $1.7 billion in tax cuts that are not tethered to any job creation requirements, the lights in Michigan are literally going out. In 2011, just outside of Detroit, the city of Highland Park had their street lights removed by DTE under a program […]

Prison Labor Continues to Jeopardize Small Businesses and Jobs – Nevada Latest Battleground

I’ve written several articles about the rampant and dismaying practice of state prison industries using prisoners as a labor force for private manufacturers.  Recently this battle has centered in Nevada – a state with slow recovery and an unemployment rate hovering at 10%.  Those supporting the practice of offering companies a labor pool comprised of […]

Destroying Access to Local Democracy

Most of you will have no idea what I am writing about – because you are fortunate to have more than just basic cable, and were born after the advent of cable TV. Many of you – might not know or care – but you should –  if you claim to care about the democratic […]

Michigan Judicial Races Draw $14 Million in Dark Money

Rich Robinson, of the watchdog group Michigan Campaign Finance Network, is reporting that in the 2012 election, Michigan judicial races were by and large bought and paid for by shadowy third party issue ads. Robinson finds that “Just 25% of $18.6M spent was reported to the State”. That’s $14 million in dark money. His concern is that, not only […]

ALEC/CSG Sham Chemical Disclosure Model Tucked Into Illinois Fracking Bill

Illinois is the next state on the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)‘s target list for putting the oil industry’s interests ahead of the public interest. 98 percent funded by multinational corporations, ALEC is described by its critics as a “corporate bill mill” and a lobbyist-legislator dating service. It brings together corporate lobbyists and right wing politicians to […]

Where Each State Stands on Medicaid Expansion

Where Each State Stands on Medicaid Expansion

The Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) allowed states to opt out of the law’s Medicaid expansion, leaving each state’s decision to participate in the hands of the nation’s governors and state leaders. A roundup of what each state’s leadership has said about their Medicaid plans February 27, 2013 Text last updated on Feb. 26, […]

How Kasich’s Budget for Ohio Hurts All Schools, But Especially The Poorest

Governor John Kasich has made clear that he wants to privatize the schools of Ohio as much as possible with vouchers, charters, and online schools. His new budget reflects his attitude toward public education. This report came from Jan Resseger in Cleveland. Jan works tirelessly on behalf of equity and social justice. It is likely […]

Fracking on Proxy Ballots at Chevron and Exxon

Described as laggards for their failure to address investor concerns, the oil and gas giants face shareowner resolutions addressing environmental and social risks associated with hydraulic fracturing. SocialFunds.com — Shareowners have filed 11 resolutions this year with oil and gas companies, requesting that they quantifiably measure and reduce the environmental and social impacts of hydraulic […]

Michigan Governor Appoints Right-to-Life Supreme Court Justice

Michigan’s Gov. Rick Snyder has thumbed his nose at the suggestion he develop a nonpartisan process in screening potential appointees to the Michigan Supreme Court. In the wake of the scandalous resignation of Justice Diane Hathaway, the national court- watchdog group, Justice at Stake, urged the governor to set-up a nonpartisan screening commission to aid […]

Lobbyist Named Chair of ALEC Private Sector Board (How Fitting!)

As an example of how secretive people are about their membership or involvement in the American Legislative Exchange Council – if you Google “Steve Seale” “American Legislative Exchange Council” you get twelve hits – eight unique hits. And if you Google “C. Stevens Seale” “American Legislative Exchange Council” You get four hits. YET – “Steve […]