“It's the first time a state nullified local wage ordinances already in effect and forced [local] jurisdictions to [immediately] reduce minimum wages that were previously raised.”
AARP should be more sensitive to its retired members who are vulnerable to ALEC-supported legislative efforts to eliminate Social Security.
"North Carolina’s provisions deliberately target African Americans with...surgical precision...to depress Black turnout at the polls."
"We conclude that that SB 14 has a discriminatory effect on minorities' voting rights in violation of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act."
Governor Rauner's tax cuts amounted to a 25 percent reduction and ended efforts to preserve education, road repair, and social services’ funding.
"This veto puts thousands of solar jobs at risk, endangers the livelihood of thousands and will stall billions in economic activity."
The Kansas bill creates private school savings and funding programs by diverting public education funding to private and religious schools
Mormon Rob Bishop (R-UT) wants to deliver America’s public lands, national parks, forests, and wilderness areas to Koch Industries’ control
There have been a few articles lately that began appearing last October making a compelling case that while the 2016 Presidential race might look promising for Democrats and it appears that Republicans are in disarray, Democrats, liberals, or progressives, take your pick, are actually in deep trouble everywhere else. There is no doubt that the presidency is an important race, but not so important as to forget every other non-presidential race and not so important as to divide Democrats; a trend that is extremely disturbing.
This all began when one of Snyder's emergency dictators decided safe drinking water from Lake Huron didn't fit the corporate financial model
Every Republican at every level of government spouts the same lie, the same twisted logic, to harm American workers
The school is not paying Duke Energy for the electricity being generated by that clean source of electrical power, the Sun
The mainstream media is finally reporting that the Koch's legislative arm ALEC is moving into the open to prevent action on climate change
It is true the Koch's are poised to spend nearly a billion dollars to put a Koch surrogate in the White House, and to completely take over the entire nation they are paying an American Legislative Exchange Council subsidiary to impose their corporate agenda on every town, village, city, and county in America.
Bad things generally happen when corporate fascist take over government and eliminate democracy, and it is a fact of life many Michigan citizens have learned the hard way; by being poisoned.
Of course, anything 'stupid' Republicans conceive of is always at the behest of their funding machine the Koch brothers and their legislative arm the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC): the latest Wisconsin stupidity is no exception.
ere are two fronts in the dirty energy industry's war on the climate with funding and legislative support from the Koch brothers on renewable energy and regulations to reduce carbon emissions. ere are two fronts in the dirty energy industry's war on the climate with funding and legislative support from the Koch brothers on renewable energy and regulations to reduce carbon emissions.
Now it appears that Ohio Republicans are on the verge of enacting an voter ID law that requires Ohio residents to pay a fee in order to cast a ballot.
Kansas has received its share of attention for its epic trickle down failure typical of conservative economics, and it is duly warranted. However, the governor of Kansas has not been tapped by the Koch brothers as their preferred Republican presidential candidate for 2016. That distinction goes to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker who has his state's financial demise keeping pace with Kansas for the top Republican economic failure.
If there is one thing Republicans and the Obama Administration love more than pandering to Wall Street, it is the abject 20-year failure of the charter school industry
Before perusing the one-time "world's leading democracy" and its truly pathetic voter turnout record, it is worth looking back at comments from Senator Bernie Sanders that he recorded for posterity nearly ten years ago.
What is missing from the long list of Koch demands to abolish virtually the entire government is exactly how it will help Americans.
Southern Republican candidates have nothing to fear from the Southern Democratic electorate if my recent, highly distasteful experience, is a harbinger of things to come.
Interestingly, the Koch-backed anti-environmental group is threatening to file suit against progressive and liberal groups for accusing ALEC of lying about the reality of anthropogenic climate change.
Democrats expected Walker to eliminate the state's 'prevailing wage' law requiring workers on public projects to be paid the established going rate for their labor. Instead of eliminating prevailing wage laws, Koch-Republicans' decided to eliminate weekends and impose a 'voluntary' 7-day work week.
A university professor heavily funded by the Koch brothers has very publicly and openly called for less democracy to reduce the power of the majority.
Since most Americans are not like the Kochs, Republicans came up with a devious plot to garner support for taking things like good wages, employment benefits, sick leave, overtime pay, and pensions from those that have them.
This is the class war billionaire Warren Buffet admitted his class was winning, and if any American doubted that the Kochs or Wall Street would stop at robbing retired people's incomes to satisfy their absolute greed, they are fools
With George Pataki marking Upstate South Carolina as a must stop, it is a virtual guarantee that he will join the roster of hopefuls for the next Republican Presidential Primary.
Paul Ryan is quietly working behind the scenes to make sure the next head of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), Congress's objective eye in all matters concerning fiscal policy, is an ardent proponent of the Koch's Americans for Prosperity economic agenda.
Some view South Carolina as the reddest state in the nation. After November 4th, it just might be.
Although Republicans detest democracy, they certainly understand the principle behind it and instead of swearing an oath to support a document always open to interpretation, Americans should demand that all politicians pledge to support America's democracy; or leave office forthwith.
This will be my last mid-term general election contribution. At least in my state of South Carolina, it ain't pretty.
What makes newspapers actions more despicable is that they are not owned by the Kochs, but they are using so-called "opinion and editorial" pages to promote Republican candidates, and push Kochs brother ideology and vision for America as the country's salvation.
For the first time in this mid-term election cycle, South Carolina politics suddenly got interesting. The state's just been politically "Ervinized."
Christie may not have the anti-voter credentials of some of his Republican brethren, but he does not support the right to vote for all Americans.
Amidst the bad progressive karma, some good news. No matter how horrific the party policies, the Republican stranglehold on South Carolina continues. Enjoy it SC right-wing radicals; it's your last hurrah.
I recently assessed the governor's race and the statewide races, all squarely in the Republican column unless all that voter fraud we've heard so much about comes rising to the fore. I'd like to limit my next observations to the seven races for the Congressional House Seats.
It is a different story, though, when a white Republican is kicked of voter rolls in Arkansas that not only incited the state party's outrage against their own vote suppression law, it drove the candidate for state attorney general who lost the right to vote into a rage.
The Supreme Court's anti-democracy wing; Roberts, Scalia, Thomas, Alito, and Kennedy issued an announcement that their decision was not on the merits of the case because they had not yet heard any oral arguments defending voting restrictions. They just believed so strongly that since Ohio's Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted invested such an incredible amount of time and energy to disenfranchise minority and working-class voters, and labeled his "appeal" an emergency.
Crucial to their success is Republicans' heavy dependence on one of the Koch brothers' legislative arms, the American Legislative Exchange Council, to create template legislation for Republicans to block access to voting in what can only be termed as a direct assault on America's rapidly waning democracy.
Over the past six years, at least, there has been a steady assault on democracy from state level Republicans with valuable assistance from ALEC that led one to wonder whether the Koch brothers had directed the Republican legislative arm (ALEC) to disavow and destroy American democracy one state at a time.
Doubling down on right-wing extremism, the fed-hating, red state, Wackadoodle Express, is pulling into the station of national consciousness once more.
The most power-mad of the power-mad, the American Legislative Exchange Council, relies on easily compromised spear-carriers to dominate state legislatures and push through model-legislation designed to benefit ALEC's multi-national, special interest corporate donor base.
Word has it that a California Republican Representative named McCarthy is in line to take over Eric Cantor's post as House Majority Leader next Thursday, the 19th. However, he is being challenged by Idaho Republican Raul Labrador.
Another day, another school shooting in America. On Tuesday morning, news hit that a gunman entered a school in Troutdale, OR, a suburb of Portland, and opened fire, killing one student. It is the 74th school shooting since Sandy Hook.
. As usual they use mendacity as a fear-mongering tool to convince their stupid supporters that President Obama's attempt to assuage the health and economic devastation of climate change is a deliberate job-killing, economy-devastating, terrorist assault on Americans.
The four most despicable and repugnant Americans are Charles and David Koch, Karl Rove and the occupying army of corporate tarts constituting the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).
Republicans and their conservative donors are staunch defenders of free market capitalism; that is until they see a viable competitor.
As you're doubtless aware, assorted misdeeds and lawbreaking will land you in jail and prison for varying quantities of essentially wasted time. For those who profit off the "bad" guys and gals, crime is a Godsend; a never-ending profit center much like the funeral business.
There is a concerted effort to raid public sector employee pensions to give corporations and the wealthy tax breaks that was the purview of Republicans but is gaining support among some state-level Democrats.
Many Americans missed a Republican proposal to destroy the public school system because they were awaiting President Obama's State of the Union address
As long as the wealthy continue benefitting from the President's economic recovery, Republicans will stay the austerity course that continues retarding growth despite one 4th quarter report that GDP ticked up to 3 percent.
Republicans have created a new conservative super PAC to support Republican secretaries of state that will pursue restrictive voter laws, purge voter rolls, and generally kill the democratic process.
If the entire country ever resembled the Southern United States, it would rival the poorest third world nation on the planet with less-than-poverty wages, and 30% of children living in dire poverty.
The real tragedy is that as stupid Southern voters do the Kochs' bidding by keeping Republicans in power, at least in their states, they are dragging the rest of the nation down to their level
After decades of declining incomes an overwhelming majority of Americans finally realize their government exists to favor the rich, and they are demanding change.
ALEC members were recently asked to sign a pledge to support democracy, and they refused. Not only did they refuse to sign the pledge, but the corporate media didn't report on it.
The Koch Brothers are are launching a nationwide campaign to eliminate public sector workers' wages, pensions, sick pay, workers' compensation.
One hundred fifty years later, President Lincoln's Great Task remains uncompleted.
A number of right-wing states are leaving needy citizens without Medicaid coverage because their legislatures are rejecting expansion.
Since 2011,Republican governors have taken their country back with the systematic demolition of the public education system and for Texas residents, the loss of paved roads.
The level of political corruption in Republican and conservative ranks has gotten so blatant that they are finally being targeted for investigations.
ALEC is being targeted for an investigation for illegally financing extravagant trips for state legislators and misleading the Internal Revenue Service about their illicit activities.
Market-based educational reform is an utter failure, and yet we still can't shake the nasty remnants of its bad policy influence
Republicans are on a tear to disable the federal government's ability to serve the people much like Republican-controlled states like Michigan and Florida.
Republicans will spend three weeks promoting the policies that drove 4 out of 5 Americans into unemployment, near or at poverty, or reliance on government assistance.
Fast food giant McDonalds teamed with Visa to provide them with a budget plan Republicans celebrated as justification for their drive to create a nation of peasants
The Zimmerman trial is a microcosm of the pathetic state of this nation and demonstrates that conservatives, ALEC, and the NRA are driving the lawlessness targeting African Americans.
Republicans are signing on to a new pledge to Charles and David Koch to oppose any legislation relating to climate change unless it is accompanied by an offsetting amount of tax cuts.
The trend to label ordinary American activists as domestic terrorists is alarming, bringing to new reasons to revisit the PATRIOT act.
The Koch brothers' American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) wants to send taxpayer dollars earmarked for public schools to corporate-owned private schools and religious programs.
What the conservative court accomplished besides handing ALEC the right to restrict minority voters in the South is effectively abolishing the 15th Amendment.
Instead of protecting the Second Amendment, the NRA has actively promoted assault-style weapon ownership and spent no small sum of money paying congressional representatives for their votes.
As economic stewards, Republicans have shown themselves to be abject failures on every front whether it is driving millions of Americans into poverty or creating hardship for businesses.
On the same day that ALEC claimed that they support the First Amendment, they circulated a secret enemies list in order to prevent the press from covering their activities.
The idea of using violent force to prevent a democratically elected government from operating began when the Koch brothers' funded tea partiers brought signs to rallies.
Recent events revealed that according to the NRA, there are no Americans who should be restricted from owning guns and no reason for any American to destroy the guns they have.
Today was a shameful day for America because 8% of the population, Ted Nugent and Wayne La Pierre, ALEC, and gun-crazed Republicans thumbed their noses at the great majority of Americans.
With ALEC supplying Republicans Koch legislation to end renewable energy standards, Americans will lose jobs, clean air, inexpensive electricity, and increased business investments.
Charles and David Koch are spending money to deny poor Americans healthcare for no readily apparent reason except the Kochs are genuinely evil, immoral men
There is a group of Americans attempting to force a segment of the population to give up their constitutional rights and it is not President Obama, but Republicans and their legislative arm ALEC.
One never imagined Scalia would openly declare his racism and disdain for the most basic of rights in an open and free democracy, but then again it is Antonin Scalia.
The new front in the Republicans class war is just getting underway as governors are proposing new tax schemes that raise taxes on the poor to fund tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations.
Like every dirty trick Republicans use to steal elections, the American Legislative Exchange Council is behind Electoral College rigging efforts in blue states that overwhelmingly voted for Obama.
A carefully planned, long term campaign to subvert democracy is the sole intention of GOP governors, ALEC, and their puppet masters Charles and David Koch.
The Florida man who shot a teenager because he felt threatened by the teen's play of loud music is changing his story so that it will fit a stand your ground defense.
In America, the prospect of free and fair elections is being threatened by an avalanche of reports of voter suppression and fraud by the Republican Party.
It is time to call these harsh voter ID laws and fraudulent voter registration efforts more than voter suppression; they are domestic terrorist attacks on democracy and they are uniquely Republican.
The eve of the Republican convention was a bad day for ALEC as five more national and global corporate members of the American Legislative Exchange Council have cut ties with the group.
The successful boycott of ALEC is the sending the organization into a PR tailspin, and forcing members to flee and rebuke the American Legislative Exchange Council.