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The Trouble with the Trib

James Moore | Posted 02.18.2014 | Media
James Moore

The Texas Tribune has been hailed as a new journalism model to save the craft from collapse after the success of the Internet. But can a news outlet take huge donations from lobbyists and corporations and not be influenced?

Texas Passes Law to Keep Junk Food in Schools (Yeah, You Read That Right)

Bettina Elias Siegel | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics
Bettina Elias Siegel

Even as the nation as a whole is moving ahead to improve student health, here in Texas the legislature has just taken a big step in the wrong direction.

Dear Huddled Masses, Please Come to America and Save Us!

Peter Samuelson | Posted 02.21.2013 | Politics
Peter Samuelson

To those 885,800 immigrants who arrived this year (up 110,000 from the year before), I say "Thank you for coming! We welcome and cherish your contributions to our economy. Please ignore the right wing nut jobs who want to send you away.

A 225th Birthday Wish

Andrew Benton | Posted 11.19.2012 | College
Andrew Benton

Perhaps it is time to rethink the multi-term ruling class we seem to have created whose members return term after term not necessarily due to talent or passion, but more as a consequence of the power of incumbency.

A Woman's Right to Lose?

James Moore | Posted 08.10.2012 | Politics
James Moore

When the ACA began to provide contraceptive services for women, the plan acquired the kind of traction not possible through political rhetoric. But some are determined to stop full implementation of "Obamacare." And their political intransigence is certain to create victims.

Wisconsin's Vote More Important Than Iowa's

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.08.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The less said about the Iowa straw poll the better, actually. Wisconsin could prove to be a much better weathervane in terms of predicting which way the political winds will be blowing, come next year.

Feds Rest In Alabama Bingo Trial

AP | By BOB JOHNSON | Posted 09.26.2011 | Crime

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- After more than seven weeks of testimony, federal prosecutors rested their case Tuesday against nine people including a casino own...

The New Gay Guerrillas

Adrian Margaret Brune | Posted 08.09.2011 | New York
Adrian Margaret Brune

Since Prop. 8 in CA and the political melee of DADT, the gay community has begun to question the money filtering from LGBT lobbyists' pockets into the campaigns of legislators who subsequently vote against LGBT causes.

Weekly Pulse: Giffords Shooting Reveals Flaws in U.S. Mental Health Services

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
The Media Consortium

By Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium blogger Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) was shot in the head at a constituent outreach event in a supermarket...

I Can Get Pennsylvania Back on Track

Dan Onorato | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dan Onorato

I know what we need to do to get Pennsylvania's economy back on track--and I have the experience and the vision to prove it.

Jaycee Dugard-California Settlement PASSES: Lawmakers OK $20 Million Payment

AP | By DON THOMPSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP)-- California lawmakers approved a $20 million settlement Thursday with the family of Jaycee Dugard, who was kidnapped as a gir...

Nebraska Abortion Law: Mental, Physical Screening Required For Women And No Abortion After 20 Weeks

AP | NATE JENKINS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska could become the first state to require doctors to screen women for possible mental and physical problems before perfor...

Put Public Safety First

Felton Newell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Felton Newell

As a criminal prosecutor in California, I and others who work in the criminal justice system share the frustration of victims of crime who feel like the state government has failed us again.

If New York State Was a Country, Would It Be Greece or Iceland?

Dan Collins | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Dan Collins

Once again, the state has no budget. The problem? There's nobody to be afraid of. New York is not a place that operates on rational debate or planning. Power comes from two things: money and fear. Right now we don't have either.

Does "Asian America" Leave Some Asian Americans Behind?

Keith Kamisugi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Keith Kamisugi

If some of our communities are left behind as others move forward, we cannot claim victory for all Asian Americans.

New York State Lawmakers Just Failed Public School Kids

Juli Charkes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Juli Charkes

They blew it. When New York State Legislators barely made yesterday's deadline to submit an application for federal "Race to the Top" education grant...

Governor Paterson Jokes About Peeing On New York Legislature

Huffington Post | David Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Governor Paterson really puts the "pee" in politics. According to the New York Post's Cindy Adams, at a fundraiser on Wednesday night the governor jo...

Friday Talking Points [59] -- New Year's Resolutions (For Democrats)

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Happy New Year 2009! Because I've always felt it is more amusing to make new year's resolutions that others should follow, today's Friday Talking Poin...

Arizona's Legislature Slipping From Republicans

Auburn McCanta | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Auburn McCanta

In the last number of years, we've watched the Republicans throw their hands up in the air and bury their heads in regards to Arizona's basic issues. It's just been a do-nothing legislature that's taken a pass on even the simple needs of the state.