The incumbent phone companies were supposed to compete with each other for wireline/broadband services as each merger to make these companies larger was based on commitments to compete out of region. Now it's all one, big, happy family.
The right-wing is screaming at Eric Holder to investigate potential civil rights' violations by IRS officials. He should take them up on their entreaties, and raise the ante by investigating all the voter suppression and intimidation during the 2012 election.
As Director of the Checks & Balances Project, I was one of the eight people featured on the "ALEC Most Wanted" document alongside other reporters and public interest advocates who have criticized ALEC's efforts to influence state legislators on behalf of special interests.
A simple fact of business: You have to spend money to make money. And those who want to privatize education are willing to spend lots of money and effort to push their agenda. One of the main ways they are doing this is through ALEC.
They are trying to destroy safeguards that protect us from harm and ensure that we have a voice in our state capitals. That's why it is critical that our legislators hear a diversity of voices. If they don't, ALEC and its friends in big business will push through their agenda at our expense.
The hurdles that Governors Jindal, Kasich, Fallin, and Heineman encountered in their own states and with their own allies do suggest that there may be a bit less appetite for radical tax change in the states than it seemed a month or two ago.
In at least two states, Kansas and Arizona, damaging bills have been either voted down or withdrawn. But in cases like these, can we really declare victory for clean energy when all we've done is successfully defend what we already have?
In Friday's Wall Street Journal story, "States Cooling to Renewable Energy," ALEC Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force Director Todd Wynn claimed, "I have not received one dime to work directly on renewable-energy mandates."
AT&T, with the help of Verizon and the cable companies have 'captured' the FCC -- and have been able to get the federal agency to create and shape a working group designed specifically to remove all regulations and obligations.
While some speculate as to whether fracking will ever actually happen in Florida, the oil and gas industry has shown it's serious about developing this shale basin and will host the "Emerging Shale Plays USA" conference in Houston, Texas from April 24-25.
While the entire nation fights to retain their democratic rights the Supreme Court wastes time hearing a plea from Alabama, a state that has spent years trying to subvert the vote and supplant democracy.