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J Street Will Win, Without Congress

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 07.08.2014 | Home
MJ Rosenberg

The Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations' decision to ban J Street demonstrates, if there was any doubt, that the Israel lobby is nearly identical to the gun lobby.

Ballot Measure to Divide CA Into 6 Mini-States Is Based on Idea That Smaller Government Is Always Better Government -- Not So

Peter Scheer | Posted 04.28.2014 | Home
Peter Scheer

The theory behind Draper's ballot measure is that subdividing California creates smaller state governments -- and that the smaller and more local the state governments, the more politically accountable and the better managed they will be.

Liberals Should Fight Like Hell for Single Payer Health Care

Brent Budowsky | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home
Brent Budowsky

Ladies and gentlemen, one cannot provide true reform, change we can believe in, or dramatically improved health care with bills that are insurance industry productions, passed with political payoffs, compromising our highest ideals.

'Everyone Else Running for Mayor Is Owned'

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 10.29.2013 | Home
Blake Fleetwood

I have always been attracted to rich, improbable candidates because they are often the tellers of inconvenient truths. The reason is simple. They have nothing to lose. They have no interest groups to offend.

Which Side Is the Government On?

Mike Lux | Posted 07.17.2013 | Home
Mike Lux

Senators Warren and Brown are making a huge difference, showing us that if we get a real live two-fisted fighter for working families in the ring on our behalf, it matters. That is why I decided to get involved in helping Rick Weiland run in South Dakota.

Why Big Money Still Won in 2012

Jonathan Backer | Posted 07.08.2013 | Home
Jonathan Backer

“We got way too excited over money in the 2012 elections,” Washington Post columnist Ezra Klein argued at a conference on money in politic...

The Age of Neo-feudalism: A Government of the Rich, by the Rich and for the Corporations

John W. Whitehead | Posted 03.30.2013 | Home
John W. Whitehead

Members of Congress, entrusted to represent the best interests of the average American, instead play out a stilted, ineffective soap opera on our TV screens, complete with phony discussions of fiscal cliffs and debt ceilings which take the place of real proposals for meaningful change in the country.

Why I Created the Democracy Fund

Pierre Omidyar | Posted 03.18.2013 | Home
Pierre Omidyar

As a first generation American who came to this country when I was still young, I continue to be inspired by the founding vision of the American republic and believe that through innovation, dialogue, and bipartisan reform we can take steps that will help us realize that vision.

Credit Card Tricks and Traps: How We Were Charged a De Facto Rate of 119,100 % on our TJX MasterCard!

Myriam Miedzian | Posted 01.13.2013 | Home
Myriam Miedzian

Two years after the implementation of the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009, not much has changed.

Majority of K Street Lobbyists' Former Capitol Hill Staff

David K. Rehr | Posted 01.12.2013 | Home
David K. Rehr

Newly released data from the Graduate School of Political Management (GSPM) at George Washington University reveal, for the first time, that nearly 55...

Yes on 30 & No on 32: Moving California Forward

Laphonza Butler | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home
Laphonza Butler

Propositions 30 and 32 are pivotal for the future of education, public safety and the voice of hard-working families in our state. They both carry major implications for the future of California.

Landmark Research Released on How Washington Lobbyists View Federal Lobbying Disclosure Laws

David K. Rehr | Posted 01.05.2013 | Home
David K. Rehr

What is HLOGA's aim? How does it affect advocacy? These questions seem to resonate more by the day.

Pander Bears

Robert Kuttner | Posted 12.21.2012 | Home
Robert Kuttner

We have plenty of debate on whose budget numbers are fishy (Romney's) and on whether to bring about deficit reduction by slashing social spending to pay for even more tax cuts (Romney) or whether to have a mix or budget cuts and tax increases on the wealthy (Obama.) Of the two positions, Obama's is both the more sensible and intellectually honest. But the Democrats are mistaken when they argue that the deficit needs to be cut any time soon. With the economy weak, we certainly don't need $2 trillion in spending cuts as Obama proposes; if anything, we need more stimulus spending.

Money in Politics: From Bad to Worse

Nick Penniman | Posted 11.06.2012 | Home
Nick Penniman

2012-08-28-scblog2.png Back in 2000, I worked with Arianna at the Shadow Conventions because she and I shared a passion for ending the corrupting influence of money in politics. We thought the problem was bad then; it's rotten now. And neither party seems any more genuine about addressing it. The business of governing has been slowly replaced by the businesses that govern. And those businesses, for the most part, either seek to rig laws to their own advantage or to maintain the status quo. So what it comes down to is this: Unless we generate a massive, history-making surge in the fight for reform we are likely, in another 12 years, doomed to having an even more dire conversation about our fading republic -- about a country that is a shadow of its former self.

What's the Difference?

Daron Acemoglu | Posted 11.06.2012 | Home
Daron Acemoglu

2012-08-28-scblog2.png Though the policies advocated by Republicans and Democrats are diametrically opposed on the surface, their implications and their constituencies may be much more similar.

Who Pays for the Parties?

Elisabeth MacNamara | Posted 11.06.2012 | Home
Elisabeth MacNamara

2012-08-28-scblog2.pngThe growing influence of money in politics threatens to corrupt our representative form of government, where the people -- through their votes -- are supposed to make the decisions.

Are Republicans 'Crazy?' Not If You Follow the Money

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 10.30.2012 | Home
Richard (RJ) Eskow

2012-08-28-scblog2.png You can call all of this disgusting, or venal, or corrupt. But crazy? Not on your life. Critics should stop describing it that way and start calling it what it really is: the prostitution of democracy to the highest bidder.

Special Interests Tip the Scales of Justice in Favor of Corporations

Billy Corriher | Posted 10.30.2012 | Home
Billy Corriher

2012-08-28-scblog2.png Judges are supposed to be independent, fair arbiters of justice. In the Citizens United era, however, judges will increasingly face a choice between the law and special interests that can spend unlimited sums on their re-elections.

Dictatorship of Dollars

Brent Budowsky | Posted 08.21.2012 | Home
Brent Budowsky

President Obama and Democratic leaders, voters, workers and donors must understand with brutal clarity that: Republicans, right-wing billionaires who...

Wall Street Reform: Taking a Knife to a Gunfight

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 07.24.2012 | Home
Sanjay Sanghoee

If Congress is truly serious about banking reform, it needs more than just well-intentioned laws: it also needs the right people to enforce those laws, it needs to give those people the resources they require to do their job properly, and it needs to pay them decently.

Romney's Wrong: States Are More Responsive to Special Interests Than Voters

Peter Scheer | Posted 07.03.2012 | Home
Peter Scheer

Federalist conservatives love shifting power from the federal government to states because they believe that the closer government is to its citizens, the more responsive it is to those citizens. They could not be more wrong.

Dem Senator Combats Enemies With Risky Strategy

Washington Post | Posted 04.23.2012 | Home

As one of the U.S. Senate’s most endangered Democratic incumbents, Claire McCaskill knows she’s a top target of the new conservative super PACs th...

Is the White House Hiding the Influence of Special Interests on Crafting Regulations?

Project On Government Oversight | Posted 05.28.2012 | Home
Project On Government Oversight

Senior government officials are ignoring a White House directive that requires disclosure of key documents in the federal rulemaking process, thus hiding the potential influence of special interests on the writing of government regulations.

Rick Scott Slams New Bill

The Miami Herald | Posted 03.10.2012 | Home

On Wednesday, when it wasn’t clear if the Legislature would give Gov. Rick Scott a win and overhaul Personal Injury Protection auto insurance to his...

The Mercury Moment

Michael R. Bloomberg | Posted 02.13.2012 | Home
Michael R. Bloomberg

Coal-fired power plants and the pollution they produce are the number one threat to our public health and the environment. This is not an issue of jobs versus the environment. It's an issue of the American people's public health versus a narrow special interest.