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Wind Energy Tax Credit Advocates Urge Congress To Extend Measure

(115) Comments | Posted December 20, 2011 | 11:28 AM

WASHINGTON -- A new study commissioned by the American Wind Energy Association says that if the Production Tax Credit, a lifeline for the burgeoning wind industry, is allowed to expire as scheduled at the end of 2012, it would eliminate about 37,000 jobs, while an extension of the...

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State Gas Tax Policies Costing Governments Millions In Lost Revenue, Report Indicates

(105) Comments | Posted December 14, 2011 | 2:12 PM

WASHINGTON -- A new report by the Institute on Taxation and Economic policy, a non-profit and non-partisan research organization based in Washington, D.C., found that state governments are collectively losing out on over $10 billion in transportation revenue each year due to state lawmakers' reluctance to update gas taxes in...

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Howard Dean And Democracy For America Endorse Raul Grijalva, Donna Edwards

(17) Comments | Posted December 7, 2011 | 11:16 AM

Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean (D) and Democracy for America, a progressive PAC, have endorsed Reps. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Donna Edwards (D-Md.) in their 2012 reelection races.

In an email to DFA members Dean states, "Few Democrats in the House of Representatives have fought harder than Donna...

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Plastic Bag Bans Spreading Across The United States

(796) Comments | Posted December 1, 2011 | 12:18 PM

WASHINGTON -- Across the country, cities and counties are instituting fees on plastic bags, or even banning them outright, in an effort to prevent pollution and raise revenue for cash-strapped local governments.

Four cities in Oregon -- Eugene, Corvallis, Newport and Ashland -- are considering banning plastic bags...

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Newt Gingrich And The 'Abnormal' Primary: His Class Of '94 Thinks Maybe He Could Win It

(3691) Comments | Posted November 20, 2011 | 7:07 AM

WASHINGTON -- Newt could prove to be a more satisfying flavor to Republican voters than conventional wisdom would suggest, say lawmakers who arrived on Capitol Hill in 1994, the year that Newt Gingrich engineered the GOP takeover of the House of Representatives and his own rise to speaker.

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Patriotic Millionaires To Grover Norquist: 'Move To Somalia'

(3982) Comments | Posted November 17, 2011 | 12:58 PM

WASHINGTON -- Patriotic Millionaires for Fiscal Strength, millionaires who want the government to tax them more, met with foremost anti-tax guru Grover Norquist in Washington late Wednesday afternoon. Not surprisingly, they couldn't find common ground -- and ended up debating the state of Somalia.

Patriotic Millionaires, a group of 200-plus...

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Alternative Energy Funding Still Wins Majority Support Of Americans

(135) Comments | Posted November 11, 2011 | 1:11 PM

WASHINGTON -- A majority of the public still supports government funding for alternative energy research, although the degree of enthusiasm has decreased substantially since President Barack Obama took office, according to a new study conducted by the Pew Research Center.

The Pew report comes as congressional Republicans

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Fracking Pros And Cons: Weighing In On Hydraulic Fracturing

(57) Comments | Posted November 10, 2011 | 7:10 AM

WASHINGTON -- Last Thursday, the Environmental Protection Agency announced its final research plan to study the effects of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water and its long-term impacts on the environment.

Hydraulic fracturing involves drilling thousands of feet below the earth's surface and pumping millions of gallons of water...

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Obama To Expand Drilling Off Alaska, In Gulf

(721) Comments | Posted November 8, 2011 | 12:12 PM

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration on Tuesday announced its five-year offshore drilling plan, which includes an emphasis on drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and Alaska, continuing the administration's policy of expanding domestic production of energy.

Less than two years after the BP oil disaster, the Proposed Outer...

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Wealthy More Likely To Contact Congress, Study Says

(1) Comments | Posted November 8, 2011 | 10:44 AM

People with a median wealth of at least $7.5 million are far more likely to have contacted their member of Congress than the average person, a new study indicates.

The study, titled "Wealthy Americans, Philanthropy and the Common Good," by Northwestern University's Benjamin I. Page, Fay Lomax Cook, and Rachel...

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Arizona GOP Congressmen Lobbied Jan Brewer And State Senators To Remove Redistricting Chair

(23) Comments | Posted November 3, 2011 | 3:00 PM

WASHINGTON -- Arizona Democrats have accused four of the state's Republican representatives of pressuring state senators to oust the state's redistricting chairman for personal gain.

A day after the state Senate voted to remove Redistricting Chairman Colleen Coyle Mathis, the five-member committee's only Independent, Arizona Democratic Party communications director Jennifer...

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Arizona Republicans Remove Independent Redistricting Chairman

(3862) Comments | Posted November 2, 2011 | 11:28 AM

WASHINGTON -- The Republican-controlled Arizona State Senate voted along party lines on Tuesday evening to remove the chair of the state Independent Redistricting Commission, setting up legal challenges and throwing Arizona's redistricting process into disarray.

Tensions rose last week when Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) sent a letter...

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Arizona Governor Jan Brewer Threatens To Impeach Redistricting Commissioners [UPDATED]

(965) Comments | Posted November 1, 2011 | 7:09 PM

UPDATE: The Arizona Senate voted 21-6 Tuesday to remove Colleen Coyle Mathis from her position as chairwoman of the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, the Arizona Republic reports.


WASHINGTON -- Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer may call the state Legislature into a special session as soon as Tuesday to...

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Republican House Majority Vulnerable In 2012: Poll

(7362) Comments | Posted October 27, 2011 | 2:58 PM

WASHINGTON -- A new survey sponsored by a Democratic super PAC reveals that several Republican-held House seats could be competitive next year as Democrats look to gain 25 seats to take back the House of Representatives.

The poll, conducted by Public Policy Polling on behalf of the...

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Labor Advocates Won't Let Up Against Jobless Discrimination

(55) Comments | Posted October 19, 2011 | 5:20 PM

WASHINGTON -- For the past several months one labor advocacy group has continuously hammered companies that list job postings discriminating against the jobless.

National Employment Law Project on Wednesday lobbed its latest attack on, which NELP says won't stop posting ads that stipulate applicants must be "currently employed."


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John McCain: Elizabeth Warren Relies On 'Special Interest Allies'

(3147) Comments | Posted October 18, 2011 | 4:00 PM

WASHINGTON -- In a fundraising email sent on behalf of Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) on Tuesday, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) accuses Brown's likely opponent, Democratic candidate Elizabeth Warren, of being beholden to special interests.

McCain, who still maintains a reputation for strong ethical standards, warns that Warren "and her...

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Harry Accornero, New Hampshire GOP Lawmaker, Accuses President Obama Of Treason

(5869) Comments | Posted October 18, 2011 | 11:52 AM

WASHINGTON -- A Republican New Hampshire state lawmaker is calling for the formation of a commission to bring charges of treason against President Obama.

Harry Accornero (R-Laconia) sent an email to every New Hampshire state representative stating that President Obama "has crossed the line, and under Article III...

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AFSCME To Run Ads In Support Of American Jobs Act

(197) Comments | Posted October 13, 2011 | 3:50 PM

WASHINGTON -- One of the nation's largest labor unions, the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, will begin the airing an advertisement in support of President Obama's "American Jobs Act" in congressional districts around the country.

The ad, entitled "Podium," urges residents of the selected districts to call...

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Ohio Issue 2: 30 TV Stations Pull Misleading Anti-Union Ad [UPDATE]

(241) Comments | Posted October 12, 2011 | 4:11 PM

WASHINGTON -- Thirty television stations in the Ohio area have pulled an anti-union ad after news broke on Tuesday that the group behind it had co-opted a union supporter's image to suggest that she supported their cause.

Next month, Ohioians will vote on Issue 2, a ballot...

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Koch-Owned Georgia-Pacific Plant Linked To High Cancer Rates, Film Alleges

(1357) Comments | Posted October 12, 2011 | 10:04 AM

WASHINGTON -- David Bouie, a 64-year-old resident of Crossett, Ark., says something isn't right on Penn Road. In the 15 homes on his street, 11 people have recently died of cancer. The casualties include George Parker and his wife, Ollie Parker, as well as Bobbie Sue Gibbs and her neighbor...

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