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Welcome To The Wholly Owned Koch Subsidiary Formerly Known As Wisconsin

Mary Bottari | Posted 10.21.2015 | Politics
Mary Bottari

Starting today, three bills are being rammed through the Wisconsin legislature that will put the final nails in the coffin of our state's long history of clean elections and accountable governance. Who is asking for these bills? Now we know.

Judges Nixing Keystone XL South Cases Had Tar Sands-Related Oil Investments

Steve Horn | Posted 08.14.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

On August 4, the U.S. Appeals Court for the 10th Circuit shot down the Sierra Club's petition for rehearing motion for the southern leg of TransCanada's Keystone XL tar sands export pipeline. The decision effectively writes the final chapter of a years-long legal battle in federal courts.

Breaking The Banks

Benjamin T. Solomon | Posted 08.11.2015 | Business
Benjamin T. Solomon

The problem with our legal system is that there is too much legalese and not enough prosecution. Imagine, over the last seven years banks paid out in fines, $150 billion of shareholders cash. In my opinion, proving once and for all, that these banks did not suddenly become dishonest.

Friday Talking Points -- The Debate Debate

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.31.2015 | Entertainment
Chris Weigant

In normal years, this would be the official kickoff to the political Silly Season. This year, however, is not normal, as instead we're right at the kickoff of Presidential Debate Season, and the votes are already in -- the silly subject we're all going to obsess over this year is named Donald Trump.

Koch Brothers Gives Themselves An Image Makeover

The New York Times | Adam Goldberg | Posted 07.31.2015 | Politics

Once known for grim letters to fellow wealthy Americans warning of socialist apocalypse, Charles G. Koch now promotes research on the link between fre...

Celebrate 50 Years of Medicaid by Expanding It to Cover More People

LeeAnn Hall | Posted 07.28.2015 | Politics
LeeAnn Hall

Persistence pays off. Let's remember this as we celebrate 50 years of Medicaid on July 30. Almost 70 million people in the U.S. turn to Medicaid for their health coverage. But Medicaid is much more than the country's top health insurer. It's also a key battleground for the future of our country.

Power Is a Zero Sum Game: When Government Is Weak, Elites Will Dominate

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 05.28.2015 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

There's something lurking behind the seemingly straightforward ideology of "small government," something obvious to anyone willing to look: Greed. Simple, unadulterated greed.

Why Are Conservatives Signing On to Ban the Box?

Tessie Castillo | Posted 05.14.2015 | Politics
Tessie Castillo

The past few weeks have seen a wave of conservative support for "Ban the Box" initiatives, a practice that delays questions on criminal background until after job applicants have had the opportunity to demonstrate qualifications. For the over 70 million Americans who are subject to employment discrimination due to criminal history, the change has come none too soon.

Charles Koch Admits Climate Change is Real

Connor Gibson | Posted 09.30.2015 | Green
Connor Gibson

Last week's USA Today interview with Charles Koch noted his shifting opinion on what he calls climate change "hysteria.

Disclosure Fail: Industry Reps Testifying for Denton, Texas Fracking Bill Left Ties Undisclosed

Steve Horn | Posted 06.05.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

A March 24 hearing prior to the passage of a controversial bill out of committee that preempts cities in Texas from regulating hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") for oil and gas obtained from shale basins, featured numerous witnesses who failed to disclose their industry ties, including some with ties to the Koch brothers.

We Are Koch

Edward Flattau | Posted 05.25.2015 | Politics
Edward Flattau

How about a video in which a melting iceberg collapses into the sea as a Koch narrative drones "global warming is a natural phenomenon. There is no human-induced climate change. They Are Koch."

Dana Liebelson

Inside The Koch Campaign To Reform Criminal Justice | Dana Liebelson | Posted 02.10.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Koch Industries, Inc., the corporation led by conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch, is holding discussions with a coalition ...

Igor Bobic

Trio Of GOP Presidential Hopefuls Pan Romney 3.0, Talk Income Inequality | Igor Bobic | Posted 01.26.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A trio of Republican presidential hopefuls serving in the U.S. Senate participated in a quasi-debate Sunday night, where they weighed in...

Republican Gadfly on War Path Against Republicans

Jason Salzman | Posted 02.22.2015 | Denver
Jason Salzman

During this year's GOP primary, top Colorado Republicans, including Colorado GOP Chair Ryan Call and Attorney General John Suthers, claimed to have no knowledge of a GOP-funded campaign attacking Colorado gubernatorial candidate Tom Tancredo.

The Koch Machine Gets Even Bigger | Posted 12.08.2014 | Politics

The Koch brothers and their allies are pumping tens of millions of dollars into a data company that’s developing detailed, state-of-the-art profiles...

What Your 'Fill Her Up' Really Buys -- Our Elections

Carl Pope | Posted 12.22.2014 | Green
Carl Pope

Locally our gasoline and diesel purchases are the most lethal toxin in American politics. Just a couple of weeks out from the election it's good to remind ourselves -- lots of voters may not think the ballot counts, but Big Oil knows better.

Here Is The Richest Woman In Each State

The Huffington Post | Kevin Short | Posted 10.10.2014 | Business

When we think about the most powerful women in America, names like Oprah Winfrey, Janet Yellen, and Sheryl Sandberg come to mind. But measure sheerly ...

The Koch Agenda and the Republican Party: Why Won't They Answer the Question?

Mike Lux | Posted 12.02.2014 | Politics
Mike Lux

The Koch agenda, which is now on tape and in transcript form for anyone who wants to look, is devastating to Republicans if Democrats make it an issue. Democrats just have keep asking the question Republicans refuse to answer, about whether they would repudiate the agenda laid out at the Kochs' secret conference.

Overseeing Koch Profits: The Roots of David Vitter's Green Billionaires Club Report

Steve Horn | Posted 10.24.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

A DeSmogBlog investigation reveals that Kristina Moore, the Senate staffer listed as the author of U.S. Sen. David Vitter's (R-La.) "green billionaire's club" report published by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) on July 30, has career roots tracing back to the Koch Brothers' right-wing machine.

Green Billionaires Club? David Vitter Owns Stock in Coal Utilities Fighting EPA Carbon Rules

Steve Horn | Posted 10.08.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Critics of the report say it is propaganda designed to skewer the Obama EPA and environmental philanthropists for "conspiring to help the environment."

Zach Carter

Koch Brothers Throw More Money Behind Long-Shot GOP Senate Challenger | Zach Carter | Posted 07.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Koch brothers are making a big push for long-shot Republican Senate hopeful Monica Wehby, increasing their advertising spending on b...

Koch-Backed Group Shovels Money Towards Monica Wehby's Home Turf

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 07.17.2014 | Politics

A nonprofit funded by Charles and David Koch is reportedly spending almost $2 million on airtime in Oregon, where Republican Monica Wehby is campaigni...

Zach Carter

House Passes Bill To Aid Koch Brothers, Deregulate Wall Street | Zach Carter | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a financial deregulation package that would benefit the Koch brothers and the nation...

Zach Carter

How Democrats Are Accidentally Helping The Koch Brothers | Zach Carter | Posted 06.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Over the past two years, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) has repeatedly wrestled with factions of his own party as he tries to...

Why Koch Brothers Can't Whine About Harry Reid

Salon | Posted 05.16.2014 | Politics

Harry Reid is a troll. He’s an effective majority leader and he knows how to work within the sticky labyrinth of official DC to get things done, but...