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Michele Swenson
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A former nurse, Michele Swenson has researched and written about the history of women’s health care, as well as religious fundamentalist and gun-centered ideologies. Her book Democracy Under Assault: TheoPolitics, Incivility and Violence on the Right is an in-depth examination of the fractured church-state divide, assaults on the independent judiciary, as well as resurgent 19th century science, socioeconomic Darwinism, corporatism, and Christian nativism. The work illumines the subversion of language and the Constitution by unholy alliances on the right.

For three years, Swenson volunteered with Colorado Ceasefire and Million Mom March , including work as a legislative liaison. She has written about health care reform, working in association with Health Care for All Colorado for eight years.

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Legacy of Hard Rock Mining in the West -- Death of a River, a Community's Response

(0) Comments | Posted September 2, 2015 | 4:16 PM

A century and a half of hard-rock mining with no accountability, without consideration for environmental consequences or downstream neighbors has taken a heavy toll in the West. Metallic, acidic wastewater from mines have a long-term effect on agriculture, ranching, aquatic life, human and wild life, and aquifers.

A 3...

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'Free Trade' Agreements Promoted for Corporate Benefit Gut the Middle Class, Expand Wealth Inequity & Accelerate Immigration

(1) Comments | Posted February 6, 2015 | 9:45 AM

Photo by M. Swenson Outside Clinton Global Initiative forum in Denver June 2014, sign by the Question Alliance notes the disconnect between the Clintons' promotion of "free trade" agreements like TPP and professed concerns by the Clinton Global Initiative...

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'Supreme Court Five' Unleash Government Of, By and For the Oligarchs

(110) Comments | Posted January 28, 2015 | 3:13 PM

Likenesses of Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, Anthony Kennedy, Samuel Alito, John Roberts (created by Daniel Lowenstein) stand in front of the 10th Circuit Court of appeals in Denver after 2014 McCutcheon v. FEC decision Photo reprinted with permission of Laura Avant

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Ebola Crisis Underscores Failures of ACA 'Market-Driven' Insurance, the Need for Medicare-for-All

(1) Comments | Posted December 18, 2014 | 3:15 PM

Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, retiring Democratic "target= _hplink">Senator Tom Harkin has expressed regret that Democrats failed to take advantage of their congressional majority at the beginning of President Obama's first term to pass a simplified, less costly and more efficient government single-payer...
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Food Fight Over GMO Labeling: Colorado Proposition 105 and Oregon Proposition 92

(16) Comments | Posted October 28, 2014 | 7:04 AM

It's not nice to fool Mother Nature

Much purposeful confusion and obfuscation is being generated by big agribusiness and the biotech industry that oppose labeling Genetically Modified (GM) or Genetically Engineered (GE) foods.

Opponents of labeling GM foods present some specious arguments, alleging increased costs of labeling (actually minimal,...

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Two-Party Stranglehold: Alternative Voting Models to Open Up Electoral Process

(4) Comments | Posted October 20, 2014 | 10:57 PM

The erosion of democracy and the narrowing of electoral choice in the U.S. are detrimental to most any issue, from the economy and health care to foreign wars.

Online references to politocracy come closest to depicting current U.S. political paralysis. One observer defines politocracy as a political form...

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NAFTA, the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Clinton Global Initiative

(7) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 11:39 AM

NAFTA promoters in the '90s promised increased U.S. exports and jobs, with shrinking trade deficits. Senior Fellows of the Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE), projected a NAFTA-induced trade surplus with Mexico, in turn, creating 170,000 new U.S. jobs by 1995. Within two years of NAFTA's passage, PIIE prognosticators...

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Washington's Multiple Hostage-Takings, Betrayals & The TPP Corporate Power Grab: Failure of Political Duopoly Cries for Alternatives

(1) Comments | Posted March 10, 2014 | 2:45 PM

Throughout a 40-year arc of wealth and power shift upward, the Washington political duopoly has continuously abandoned working people, serving their corporate financiers instead.

For decades Republican and corporate allies have sought to gut the working class, wages, unions, democracy and government in the name of gaining and retaining political...

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Rather Than Jobs Creator, TPP is the Biggest Corporate Power Grab

(2) Comments | Posted January 29, 2014 | 4:51 PM

Of all the recent hostage-takings and betrayals of working people by Washington, the most profound corporate power grab to date takes the form of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a so-called "trade agreement" negotiated in secret, and heir to the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Reform Party presidential candidate...

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TPP: Prescription for Galloping Corporatism

(2) Comments | Posted August 28, 2013 | 12:10 PM

Arsenic and Old Lace is a movie depicting two older sisters who spike elderberry wine with arsenic and serve it to lonely elderly gentlemen to ease them out of their misery. Declares their nephew, insanity doesn't run in the family -- "It practically gallops."

Now in the third year of...

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Pete Peterson's Fix the Debt CEOs Promote Austerity for the Masses, Expanding Wealth for the 1 Percent

(10) Comments | Posted May 21, 2013 | 7:05 PM

The False Economic Dialogue

The Center for Media and Democracy has published an extended report of Pete Peterson's decades-long efforts to leverage his billionaire status to underwrite numerous organizations and PR campaigns intent on slashing Social Security and Medicare, under the pretense of concern for "unsustainable" federal...

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Tyranny of Plutocracy: Holding People Hostage Over a Fiscal & Climate Cliff

(58) Comments | Posted December 27, 2012 | 11:02 PM

The hostage-taking-for-profit of the environment and the planet by corporate plutocrats is analogous to corporate CEO economic blackmail, the extortion of maximum monetary gain from a "Grand Bargain" fabricated in the name of deficit reduction that fails to address the underlying economic recession and jobs deficit.

By conceding a...

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Open Letter to President Obama: Election Mandate to Govern for the Common Good of 99%, Not the Greed of 1%

(3) Comments | Posted November 15, 2012 | 10:21 PM

Dear Mr. President,

Wall St., media, Republicans and some Democrats have succumbed to lavishly-funded efforts by the likes of Wall St. billionaire Peter Peterson to refocus political dialogue away from jobs onto deficits. The false deficit narrative has become excuse to cut and ultimately privatize Social Security,...

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Debate This: False Deficit Narrative Serves Wealth Redistribution Upward

(2) Comments | Posted October 16, 2012 | 5:44 PM

Code words like "shared sacrifice" used by Gov. Chris Christie and "balanced" deficit reduction invoked in President Obama's campaign ads serve as cover for Washington's false deficit narrative that ultimately supports large tax breaks for the wealthy by cutting programs serving the working/poor, including Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security.


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Denver Premier Screening of Last Call at the Oasis: Water Crisis Global, Local

(2) Comments | Posted October 9, 2012 | 2:07 PM

2012-10-06-EditedOasis.JPGThough it covers 70 percent of the earth's surface, less than one percent of the earth's water is fresh and potable, making it the most precious, rapidly diminishing resource. The documentary Last Call at the Oasis identifies...

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Constituents Deliver "Declaration of Solidarity Against Fracking" to Governor's Office

(1) Comments | Posted September 25, 2012 | 1:45 PM

Wednesday morning began with the delivery of a petition with over 6,000 signatures endorsing the "Declaration of Solidarity Against Fracking" to Gov. John Hickenlooper's office by 11 Coloradans representing 13 groups.

By Wednesday afternoon a letter signed by 82 city, county and town officials from across Colorado...

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Two-Party Distorted Economic Dialogue & The Need for Open Presidential Debates

(0) Comments | Posted September 21, 2012 | 12:35 AM

The central unspoken issue in 2012 remains the continued 30-year wealth shift upward, exacerbated by Washington's false deficit narrative and calls for austerity that actually expand wealth inequity. Economist Joseph Stiglitz notes that wealth inequity itself prevents recovery of a recessionary economy. When money is transferred from...

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Countless Lives Sacrificed to NRA Conceits

(12) Comments | Posted August 9, 2012 | 12:54 PM

At the moment of the latest largest carnage, the NRA continues to promote a domestic arms race in the form of an armed citizenry by peddling fear, and quashing any dialogue about the excesses of the gun culture as "exploitation" of massive gun crime.

Typified by some as a field-and-stream...

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False Health Care Debate Drives Narrow Election-Year Dialogue

(1) Comments | Posted July 6, 2012 | 4:51 PM

Photo by Nathan Wilkes
At a June 29th press conference, Health Care for All Colorado president Dr. Shelly Cohen calls for re-focus of health care reform dialogue toward achievement of universal health care -- improved Medicare-for-All -- rather than the politics of an individual...
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Clean, Sustainable Energy vs. Fracking Colorado

(3) Comments | Posted May 8, 2012 | 11:50 AM

Earth Day at Capitol Photo by Jeremy Mickelsen

The week prior to Senator Morgan Carroll's May 2 introduction of SB 107 (The Fracking Safety Act) to the Senate Judiciary Committee, an oil drilling site near Windsor operated by Ranchers Exploration Partners based in Greeley,...
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