6 Government Surveillance Programs Designed to Watch What You Do Online

If you are a user of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Craigslist or another popular site, the U.S. security state is watching you. An increasing number of federal agencies are employing sophisticated means to monitor Americans’ use of social networking sites. Federal entities from the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Defense Department to the Department […]

5 Ways Louisiana’s New Voucher Program Spells Disaster for Public Education

Late last month, the state of Louisiana unveiled a new school voucher program, joining 14 other states that have recently increased the availability of vouchers to fund private school tuition with public dollars. This latest pet project of popular Republican Governor Bobby Jindal, called Louisiana Believes, is now regarded as the most extensive voucher system […]

North Carolina, Meet Citizens United

[Wave after wave of conservative groups using monies permitted by the Citizens United are establishing themselves here in North Carolina.] …The North Carolina Judicial Coalition is a new tax-exempt organization, known as a super PAC, supported by wealthy conservative Republicans who are determined to make this year’s race for a seat on the North Carolina […]

ALEC footsoldier Robin Vos, WI State Representative

How do we stop ALEC?  I’m going to quote Justice Brandeis, who in praising transparency and honesty in public policy said “sunlight is the best disinfectant”.   Exposing their corporations is working to some extent already.  We need to continue exposing their corporate members.  Their legislative members.  Their staff members.  Their supporters. This article exposes loyal […]

The climate change deniers: influence out of all proportion to science

The Heartland Institute’s recent shaming has put the denialist camp on the defensive. But they’ve already done massive harm…. In other words, a small cadre of fervent climate-change deniers took control of the Republican Party on the issue. This, in turn, has meant control of Congress. And since the president can’t sign a treaty by […]

Occupy Our Homes Faces Off With US Marshals in Washington

Occupy Our Homes engaged in a dramatic faceoff this morning with US Marshals and local police in northeast Washington D.C., less than a mile from the US Capitol building. About thirty Occupiers arrived at the home of Dawn Butler around 8 am, in the 900 block of Maryland Ave NE, to block a looming eviction—and […]

Immigration Officials Grant Utah Sisters Deportation Reprieve

Three sisters who tearfully begged for a chance to go before a judge to avoid deportation within days were granted something beyond what they imagined. A yearlong stay in Utah, courtesy of the federal government. “Last night was the first night I’ve slept all night,” Barbara Avelar said Wednesday. “I just wasn’t sure. It’s so […]

Fight Post Office Closings – CPWU

Neither Snow or Rain nor Heat nor Gloom of Night Will Stay these couriers from their swift completion of their appointed rounds. Are we going to let greed & corruption destroy the Post Office ? ? ? . . . . . NOOO ! ! ! Community & Postal Workers United The United States Postal […]

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo seeks to cut marijuana penalty

According to state statistics, more than half  of the 53,000 people arrested last year were younger than 25, and 82% were black or Latino. Less than 10% were ever convicted of a crime, Cuomo stated. Moreover, 94% of the arrests took place in New York City, where a stop-and-frisk policy has become a sore point […]

Members take the money and run on two education bills; LouisianaVoice compares campaign contributions, votes

The influence of lobbyists and campaign contributions was never more in evidence than in last week’s House votes on two separate education bills being pushed hard by the Jindal administration. Of the 62 House members who are current or former members of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) or attended ALEC conferences, accepted campaign contributions […]