Fossil-Fuel Subsidies Are the Real Job Killers

EndOilSubsidiesHow many lobbyists does it take to defend billions in subsidies for one of the most profitable industries in the world? 786. That’s the size of the army that oil and gas companies maintain in Washington to strong-arm Congress into bankrolling an industry that is cutting jobs and literally fueling the climate crisis. This army is bigger than Congress itself, which has only 535 members.

Last year, Democrats on the House Natural Resources Committee decided to investigate Big Oil’s jobs claims — and it turns out the industry has gone on a firing spree in recent years. They discovered that despite generating $546 billion in profits between 2005 and 2010, ExxonMobil, Chevron, Shell, and BP reduced their U.S. workforce by 11,200 employees over that period. In 2010 alone, the top five oil companies slashed their global workforce by 4,400 employees — the same year executives paid themselves nearly $220 million. But at least those working in the industry as a whole get paid high wages, right? Turns out that 40 percent of U.S oil-industry jobs consist of minimum-wage work at gas stations.

With job numbers like these, it is no wonder the fossil-fuel industry needs to spend millions ensuring they are not branded as “job killers.” As Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) said, “Oil companies that make record profits and then cut American jobs strain their own credibility when they claim to be huge job-creators.”

And it gets worse. In what must rank as one of the greatest boondoggles in history, Big Oil is leveraging its taxpayer subsidies to rake in profits that, in the words of The New York Times, are “being continuously recycled to win the support of pliable legislators [and] underwrite misleading advertising campaigns.”

There is also a bigger, far more insidious way that Big Oil is killing jobs and undermining our economy: The industry remains hell-bent on denying climate change and obstructing climate action.

But the planet appears to be running a campaign of its own to persuade Americans that the oil lobby is leading us ever closer to economic ruin. Over the last year alone, hurricanes, floods, and droughts have had a devastating effect on American jobs. After tornadoes hit the area around Tuscaloosa, Ala., in April of last year, more than 6,000 people applied for disaster-related unemployment benefits. In Vermont, the number of workers filing unemployment claims went from 731 before Hurricane Irene to 1,331 two weeks afterwards. For the U.S. economy as a whole, 2011 was a historic year for expensive weather-related disasters, costing taxpayers $52 billion.

Consider one of the centers of U.S. oil production: Louisiana. Economists have been studying the long-term economic effects of Hurricane Katrina [PDF] in hopes of modeling the risks for the rest of the nation’s coastal regions. They found that Katrina wiped out 129,000 jobs in the New Orleans region — about 19 percent. Three years later, in 2008, 47,000 of the jobs lost in Katrina had returned, but 82,000 had not — and that doesn’t even consider the tens of thousands of new jobs that likely would have been created had there been no Katrina.

Our nation is in desperate need of jobs. Instead of bankrolling an industry that is laying off workers and threatening our economic future, why not take the billions in subsidies going to oil companies and invest instead in a sector that both creates jobs and protects the planet? It will be money well spent: According to the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts–Amherst, investment in a green infrastructure program would create nearly four times as many jobs as an equal investment in oil and gas.

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CBS News 30 Mar 2014 Hits:619 ESJ Articles

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Facing Unprecedented Extraction Crisis, Illinois Environmental Groups Make Call to Action

Facing Unprecedented Extraction Crisis, Illinois Environmental Groups Make Call to Action

Illinois is facing an extraction crisis. Expanded coal mining and the looming threat of fracking will create an unprecedented two-pronged threat to southern and central Illinois. Grassroots groups on the front lines of the extraction crisis raised the alarm in a letter to the Illinois General Assembly. The letter calls for...

Will Reynolds | Huffington Post 27 Mar 2014 Hits:495 SGW Articles

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Corporate Lies Are Increasingly Immune to Investor Complaints

Corporate Lies Are Increasingly Immune to Investor Complaints

Companies do not have a right to lie to their shareholders, a German judge ruled this week. But sometimes, she added, lies are necessary. And with that Carola Wittig, a judge in the state court in Stuttgart, dismissed a suit filed by a group of hedge funds that lost a lot...

Floyd Norris | New York Times 23 Mar 2014 Hits:475 ECR Articles

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This is no recovery, this is a bubble – and it will burst

This is no recovery, this is a bubble – and it will burst

According to the stock market, the U.K. economy is in a boom. Not just any old boom, but a historic one. On 28 October 2013, the FTSE 100 index hit 6,734, breaching the level achieved at the height of the economic boom before the 2008 global financial crisis (that was 6,730, recorded...

Ha-Joon Chang | The Guardian 01 Mar 2014 Hits:763 ESJ Articles

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Why Wall Street Loves Dixie

Why Wall Street Loves Dixie

Think of Dixie, and your mind probably conjures something like "Duck Dynasty" — bearded men bouncing along dirt roads in pickup trucks, raucously waving rebel flags. You probably wouldn’t think of black-tied bankers cavorting in the plush ballroom of Manhattan's St. Regis hotel. But were you to peek inside the recent...

Lynn Stuart Parramore | AlterNet 27 Feb 2014 Hits:555 ECR Articles

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5 Worst States to Be a Poor Kid

5 Worst States to Be a Poor Kid

    Last year, America placed next to last in a ranking of child well-being in 35 developed countries, barely beating out Romania. A recent report by the Children's Defense Fund helps explain how the US earned that distinction. According to the report, 1-in-5 American children live in relative poverty. Close to...

Tana Ganeva | AlterNet 20 Feb 2014 Hits:2833 ESJ Articles

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Single-payer health care system is needed to insure all Americans

Single-payer health care system is needed to insure all Americans

Canadians don’t drop dead or delay care due to the lack of health insurance. However in America, thousands will continue to face death according to Harvard researchers. About 25 million people will still not have insurance under Obamacare. Those that do, have seen their rates rise and contrary to the...

Steven Maiken | Daily Sundial 16 Feb 2014 Hits:967 HCA Articles

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Dirty Games: How Sochi Abandoned Promises, Jailed Activists And Devastated The Environment

Dirty Games: How Sochi Abandoned Promises, Jailed Activists And Devastated The Environment

When it won the bid to host the Winter Olympics in Sochi back in 2007, Russia guaranteed more than a nice snowpack. Russian authorities, including Dmitry Chernyshenko, the head of the organizing committee for Russia’s Winter Olympics, along with President Vladimir Putin, proclaimed the 2014 Winter Games would be “green”...

Ari Phillips | Think Progress 16 Feb 2014 Hits:582 SGW Articles

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Diary of a Dying Country

Diary of a Dying Country

It has been snowing all day here, the biggest storm of the season to date. There is at least a foot piled atop the stacked cordwood outside my office window, the trees are frosted, and everything is white and silent save for the hiss of flakes coming to rest. I...

William Rivers Pitt | Truth Out 16 Feb 2014 Hits:744 SGW Articles

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VW workers not first Southern auto workers to face choice on union

VW workers not first Southern auto workers to face choice on union

All eyes are on Chattanooga, Tenn. as 1,500 Volkswagen workers file into voting booths this week to determine whether they will be represented by the United Auto Workers. Unlike most U.S.-based employers, Volkswagen has remained neutral on the question of unionization, in part hoping that its workers could then legally form...

Lane Windham | Facing South 14 Feb 2014 Hits:515 ESJ Articles

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10 Even Worse Things You Don’t Know About Comcast’s Proposed Merger With Time Warner

10 Even Worse Things You Don’t Know About Comcast’s Proposed Merger With Time Warner

Talk about revenge of the C students! The nation’s biggest telecom company, Comcast, which took over NBCUniversal a year ago, wants to buy the second biggest company, Time-Warner Cable, to create an empire of 30-million subscribers. That’s a third of all American homes with cable for its TV, internet service...

Steven Rosenfeld | AlterNet 14 Feb 2014 Hits:865 ECR Articles

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We need to end the disastrous failure of the ‘war on terror’

We need to end the disastrous failure of the ‘war on terror’

Twelve years into America's "war on terror," it is time to admit that it has failed catastrophically, unleashing violence, war and instability in an "arc of terror" stretching from West Africa to the Himalayas and beyond.  If we examine the pretext for all this chaos, that it could possibly be...

Nicholas J.S. Davies | AlterNet 10 Feb 2014 Hits:504 EWO Articles

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Time is Running Out for California Drought Relief

Time is Running Out for California Drought Relief

The California drought, now reaching into its 13th month, grows more devastating with each passing day and there is no sign of significant relief in sight. More than halfway through the state's wet season and the Sierra Nevada snowcap all but non-existent, California's prospects for making up its precipitation deficit are...

Andrew Freedman | Climate Central 04 Feb 2014 Hits:460 SGW Articles

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The Middle Class Is Steadily Eroding. Just Ask the Business World.

The Middle Class Is Steadily Eroding. Just Ask the Business World.

In Manhattan, the upscale clothing retailer Barneys will replace the bankrupt discounter Loehmann’s, whose Chelsea store closes in a few weeks. Across the country, Olive Garden and Red Lobster restaurants are struggling, while fine-dining chains like Capital Grille are thriving. And at General Electric, the increase in demand for high-end...

Nelson D Schwartz | New York Times 04 Feb 2014 Hits:619 ESJ Articles

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Eyewitness to Michael Brown Shooting Recounts His Friend’s Death

Eyewitness to Michael Brown Shooting Recounts His Friend’s Death

FERGUSON, Missouri — The last moments of Michael Brown’s life were filled with shock, fear and terror, says a witness who stood just feet away as a police officer shot and killed the unarmed teen. “I saw the barrel of the gun pointed at my friend,” said Dorian Johnson, 22. “Then...

Trymaine Lee | MSNBC 20 Aug 2014 Hits:504 Missouri

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DC Quest for Self Government Suffers a Judicial Setback

DC Quest for Self Government Suffers a Judicial Setback

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Monday barred the District of Columbia from implementing a law that purported to allow the city to spend its local tax dollars without authorization from Congress. The city currently adopts its own budget but needs Congress' approval. In 2013, voters approved the so-called budget...

Associated Press 18 Aug 2014 Hits:222 DC

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Low Turnouts Prompt L.A. to Consider Offering Prizes to Vote

Low Turnouts Prompt L.A. to Consider Offering Prizes to Vote

Alarmed that fewer than one-fourth of voters are showing up for municipal elections, the Los Angeles Ethics Commission voted Thursday to recommend that the City Council look at using cash prizes to lure a greater number of people to the polls. On a 3-0 vote, the panel said it wanted City...

David Zahniser | Governing 17 Aug 2014 Hits:144 California

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Wisconsin loses $206 million by not fully expanding BadgerCare

Wisconsin loses $206 million by not fully expanding BadgerCare

Wisconsin taxpayers would have saved $206 million over two years — 73% more than previously estimated — if officials had fully expanded its main health care program for the poor under the federal Affordable Care Act, a new nonpartisan report shows. If officials decide to change course and expand the program...

Patrick Marley | Journal Sentinel 17 Aug 2014 Hits:233 Wisconsin

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Texas Gov. Perry Indicted on Charge of Abuse of Power

Texas Gov. Perry Indicted on Charge of Abuse of Power

AUSTIN — Gov. Rick Perry of Texas was indicted on two felony counts on Friday by a state grand jury examining his handling of a local district attorney’s drunken driving arrest and the state financing for a public corruption unit under the lawyer’s control. The indictment was returned late Friday in...

Manny Fernandez | The New York Times 15 Aug 2014 Hits:163 Texas

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Ferguson Protests Met With Heavy Police Response, 2 Reporters And Alderman Arrested

Ferguson Protests Met With Heavy Police Response, 2 Reporters And Alderman Arrested

Police violence broke out again in Ferguson, Missouri, Wednesday night, as the streets filled with tear gas, rubber bullets, heavily-armed SWAT teams and mine-resistant vehicles on the fourth night of unrest since Michael Brown, an unarmed African American teenager, was shot to death by police on Aug. 9. Mostly peaceful protesters...

Ryan Grim, Braden Goyette | The Huffington Post 14 Aug 2014 Hits:181 Missouri

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Federal Judge in Don Siegelman Case Arrested, Charged with Abusing Wife in Atlanta Hotel

Federal Judge in Don Siegelman Case Arrested, Charged with Abusing Wife in Atlanta Hotel

The federal judge who oversaw the political prosecution of former Democratic Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman was arrested over the weekend after allegedly beating his wife in a posh hotel room in Atlanta... U.S. District Court Judge Mark Fuller was charged with misdemeanor battery and taken to the Fulton County jail around...

Brad Friedman | The Brad Blog 12 Aug 2014 Hits:487 Alabama

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Report: Too few safeguards for drinking water near fracking wells

Report: Too few safeguards for drinking water near fracking wells

Federal and state governments do not do enough to safeguard drinking water around the nearly 200,000 wells where fracking wastewater is injected deep underground, according to a federal report. The U.S. Government Accountability Office investigation found that existing regulations do not adequately protect against contamination that could occur after earthquakes, which...

Laura Arenschield | The Columbus Dispatch 11 Aug 2014 Hits:214 Ohio

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Mississippi GOP Won't Hear Chris McDaniel Challenge to Thad Cochran Primary Runoff Win

Mississippi GOP Won't Hear Chris McDaniel Challenge to Thad Cochran Primary Runoff Win

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's Republican Party on Wednesday refused to hear challenger Chris McDaniel's effort to overturn his June 24 GOP runoff loss to U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran. The party said McDaniel would do better taking his challenge to court. In a letter to McDaniel's lawyer, state Republican Party Chairman...

Jeff Amy | Associated Press 10 Aug 2014 Hits:252 Mississippi

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Virginia Governor's Corruption Case Shows Prosecution Power

Virginia Governor's Corruption Case Shows Prosecution Power

The federal corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell illustrates the power held by prosecutors to destroy a defendant -- or, conversely, to grant a wrist slap. As the trial finished its second week, looming large is the difference between the 14 counts McDonnell and his wife Maureen currently face...

Andrew Kreig | Justice Integrity Project 10 Aug 2014 Hits:352 Virginia

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Petcoke firm threatens lawsuit over city rules

Petcoke firm threatens lawsuit over city rules

Escalating a fight with Mayor Rahm Emanuel, a company that stores enormous mounds of petroleum coke on Chicago's Southeast Side is threatening to sue unless city officials allow the gritty piles to remain uncovered for another four years. KCBX Terminals, a firm controlled by industrialists Charles and David Koch, is pushing...

Michael Hawthorne | Chicago Tribune 03 Aug 2014 Hits:312 Illinois

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Luxury Apartment Building Will Have Separate Door For Poor Residents

Luxury Apartment Building Will Have Separate Door For Poor Residents

A luxury condo building on New York City’s Upper West Side has gotten clearance from the city to have a separate entrance, or a “poor door,” for low-income tenants, according to the New York Post. Extell, which is building the 33-story complex, will build a specific door for the 55 affordable...

Bryce Covert | Think Progress 03 Aug 2014 Hits:277 New York

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Nestlé is bottling water straight from the heart of California’s drought

Nestlé is bottling water straight from the heart of California’s drought

As residents of California are urged to conserve water and the state considers placing a mandatory restriction on outdoor water usage, Nestlé is trucking away undisclosed amounts of the precious resource in the form of bottled water. The Desert Sun has an in-depth report of controversy brewing around the company’s bottling plant,...

Lindsay Abrams | Salon 03 Aug 2014 Hits:636 California

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Pennsylvania refuses to release route info on oil trains

Pennsylvania refuses to release route info on oil trains

Pennsylvania officials have refused to disclose information that freight railroads provide about shipments of volatile crude oil through the state. In the wake of several fiery accidents, the U.S. Department of Transportation in May issued an emergency order requiring railroads to report to state emergency management officials the number of trains...

Jon Schmitz | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 03 Aug 2014 Hits:197 Pennsylvania

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Detroit Water Shutoff Controversy Igniting Nationwide Debate

Detroit Water Shutoff Controversy Igniting Nationwide Debate

DETROIT, Mich. (WJLA/AP) -- Detroit's massive municipal water department, which has been widely criticized for widespread service shutoffs to thousands of customers, drew nationwide attention Thursday on Capitol Hill. Due to public pressure, the department has temporarily suspended shutoffs for customers who were 60 days or more behind on bills for...

Scott Thurman | AP | ABC 7 News 01 Aug 2014 Hits:281 Michigan

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Eric Cantor says he'll leave Congress August 18

Eric Cantor says he'll leave Congress August 18

Departing House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said he will quit Congress altogether in August, ending a once-promising political career in a bid to give his successor a chance for an early turn in office. Cantor told the Richmond Times-Dispatch he will resign his seat in the House of Representatives effective Aug....

Catalina Camia | USA Today 01 Aug 2014 Hits:320 Virginia

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Canadians bring water to waterless Detroit

Canadians bring water to waterless Detroit

Maude Barlow, Canadian author and national chairperson of the Council of Canadians, with a delegation of water rights advocates brought 260 gallons of water to Detroiters July 24. Of the 15,000 homes that have had water shut off by Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr, it is estimated that only 48 percent are...

The Michigan Citizen 30 Jul 2014 Hits:276 Michigan

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Constitutional Rights Under Attack in Georgia

Constitutional Rights Under Attack in Georgia

Columbus, Georgia – The Columbus Police Department, continuing its history of antagonizing the movement to close the US military training camp known as the SOA/WHINSEC (School of the Americas, renamed Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation), has this year placed unjust, unsafe and unconstitutional restrictions on the annual SOA Watch...

Hendrick Voss | SOA Watch 21 Jul 2014 Hits:601 Idaho

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Obama on D.C. statehood: ‘I’m for it’

Obama on D.C. statehood: ‘I’m for it’

With fewer than a dozen words Monday, President Barack Obama made his most definitive statement to date in favor of District statehood, delighting both loyal supporters and longtime advocates who have questioned his commitment to D.C. voting rights. During a town hall-style event at a public school in Northwest Washington, Obama...

Mike DeBonis | The Washington Post 21 Jul 2014 Hits:262 DC

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Detroit Suspends Water Shutoffs for 15 Days

Detroit Suspends Water Shutoffs for 15 Days

The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department is suspending its water shutoffs for 15 days starting today to give residents another chance to prove they are unable to pay their bills. “In case we have missed someone who has legitimate affordability problems this will allow them to come to us to see...

Brent Snavely, Matt Helms | Detroit Free Press 21 Jul 2014 Hits:192 Michigan

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The Oil Industry Hits an Unexpected Roadblock

The Oil Industry Hits an Unexpected Roadblock

Opponents of tar sands—the massive bituminous oil deposits in Alberta, Canada with a greenhouse gas impact four times greater than that of standard crude—have inched one step closer to a major victory. On Wednesday night, the City Council of South Portland, Maine voted 6-1 to pass an early version of an ordinance...

Cole Stangler | In These Times 20 Jul 2014 Hits:164 Maine

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A National Call to Link Arms for Detroit

Oh, make you wanna holler The way they do my life This ain't livin', this ain't livin' No, no baby, this ain't livin' No, no, no, no --Marvin Gaye, "Inner City Blues" On July 18 thousands of activists and dozens of organizations will converge on downtown Detroit to protest the privatization of the city’s assets and...

Ben Ptashnik and Victoria Collier | The Progressive 09 Jul 2014 Hits:306 Michigan

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Detroit’s fight for public water is also the nation’s

Detroit’s fight for public water is also the nation’s

Detroit made international news this month when its municipal water board resumed cutting off water to residents with unpaid bills. With thousands of community members struggling in homes with no running water, local groups reached out (PDF) to the United Nations special rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking...

Anna Lappé | Al Jazeera English 02 Jul 2014 Hits:710 Michigan

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The New Machine: Charter Schools

The New Machine: Charter Schools

Charter school operators aren’t the only one’s not being held accountable—a major complaint of the Chicago Teachers Union—it’s the machine politicians angling for electoral support and continued political power.  The War on Independents Wages On Battle lines were once again drawn between Chicago’s machine democrats and independent democrats when Ald. Toni...

RA Monaco | Sheffield Gazette 29 Jun 2014 Hits:267 Illinois

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Home     News     Sports     Arts & Culture     Opinion     Business     Advertising     About Us     Print Edition  AG’s in-state tuition opinion gives local students more options

Geraldine Zenteno knew exactly where she wanted to go after graduation. Researching universities, the 17-year-old T.C. Williams senior had fallen in love with The College of William and Mary. Zenteno wants to pursue a teaching career and the Williamsburg school’s education program ranks among the best in the country, according to...

Derrick Perkins | Alexandria Times 17 Jun 2014 Hits:661 Virginia

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Blocking Any Medicaid Expansion, Virginia Legislature Passes Budget Bill

Blocking Any Medicaid Expansion, Virginia Legislature Passes Budget Bill

Empowered by their new majority in the State Senate, Republicans have moved to checkmate Gov. Terry McAuliffe in a monthslong contest over Medicaid, passing a budget that does not include the Medicaid expansion the governor sought and forbidding him from unilaterally expanding the health care program for the poor. Mr. McAuliffe...

Trip Gabriel | The New York Times 15 Jun 2014 Hits:328 Virginia

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Democrats Suggest They Won’t Challenge For Seat After Eric Cantor Refuses Write-In Campaign

Democrats Suggest They Won’t Challenge For Seat After Eric Cantor Refuses Write-In Campaign

The Democratic Party is already signaling that they won’t be solidly backing Jack Trammell, the Democratic candidate for Eric Cantor’s old seat after Cantor announced that he won’t run as a write-in candidate. Roll Call reported this morning that, “National Democrats are considering competing for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s House...

Jason Easley | Politicus 13 Jun 2014 Hits:963 Virginia

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Eric Cantor succumbs to tea party challenger Tuesday

 Eric Cantor succumbs to tea party challenger Tuesday

In a stunning upset propelled by tea party activists, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) was defeated in Tuesday’s congressional primary, with insurgent David Brat delivering an unpredicted and devastating loss to the second most powerful Republican in the House who has widely been touted as a future speaker. The race...

Robert Costa | Washington Post 10 Jun 2014 Hits:331 Virginia

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Kasich’s fracking plan comes into sharper focus

Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s (R) environmental record took a turn for the worse last week when he approved rolling back the state’s renewable energy standards. The Buckeye State became the nation’s first to go backwards in this area.   But it’s not the only trouble area for the Ohio governor as it relates to...

Steve Benen | The Maddow Blog 02 Jun 2014 Hits:294 Ohio

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Koppell Versus Klein: A State Senate Race With National Implications for Democrats and Progressives

Koppell Versus Klein: A State Senate Race With National Implications for Democrats and Progressives

Primary season has begun to roll out across the country, including some hotly contested -- and some just plain bizarre -- races for governor, Congress and other local and state offices. One primary of note is in a State Senate race here in New York, and it has already attracted...

Pearl Korn | The Huffington Post 29 May 2014 Hits:539 New York

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On Anniversary of David Silva Slaying, Protesters Demand Justice

On Anniversary of David Silva Slaying, Protesters Demand Justice

Jacque DelRio interviews Chris Silva (brother of David Silva) and the family attorney David Khon on PDA Radio on Saturday 6/21 at 3pm EST. One year after the death of David Sal Silva, who was beaten by police outside a Bakersfield hospital, family, friends, and supporters gathered near Kern County Superior...

Alfred Camacho | New America Media 27 May 2014 Hits:248 California

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Federal judge overturns Pennsylvania same-sex marriage ban

A federal district court judge struck down Pennsylvania’s ban on same-sex marriage Tuesday, handing gay rights advocates their second legal victory in as many days. In the wake of last June’s Supreme Court decision striking down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, U.S. District Court Judge John Jones III...

Niraj Chokshi and Reid Wilson | Washington Post 20 May 2014 Hits:288 Pennsylvania

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Senate Democrats look to revive dormant Equal Rights Amendment

Senate Democrats look to revive dormant Equal Rights Amendment

Senate Democrats plan to make an end-of-session push this week to “rectify an historical wrong” -- and perhaps give women a strong reason to go to the polls this fall -- by putting Illinois on record in support of an Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The bid to revive the...

Dave McKinney | Chicago Sun-Times 19 May 2014 Hits:439 Illinois

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Illinois legislator wants state to revisit Equal Rights Amendment

Illinois legislator wants state to revisit Equal Rights Amendment

More than 40 years after the Equal Rights Amendment was first passed by the U.S. Congress, an Illinois state senator is taking another crack at getting her colleagues in Springfield to adopt the provision that would enshrine in the U.S. Constitution the idea that rights can't be abridged on account...

John Byrne | Chicago Tribune 19 May 2014 Hits:377 Illinois

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Eric Cantor’s tea party opponent in Va. primary may be picking up momentum

 Eric Cantor’s tea party opponent in Va. primary may be picking up momentum

RICHMOND — There was a time when House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) sympathized with the tea party’s frustration with Washington. Now, he’s engaged in open warfare with the GOP’s insurgent wing. This week, Cantor’s opponent in the June 10 primary — a tea party activist named David Brat — is gaining...

Jenna Portnoy and Robert Costa | The Washington Post 14 May 2014 Hits:526 Virginia

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Rep. John Conyers fails to qualify for ballot

Rep. John Conyers fails to qualify for ballot

Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) won't appear on the Democratic primary ballot after failing to submit enough valid signatures, Wayne County Clerk Cathy Garrett said on Tuesday. "It is my determination that in accordance with the current laws and statutes of the State of Michigan, the nominating petitions filed by Congressman John Conyers, Jr....

Cameron Joseph | The Hill 14 May 2014 Hits:612 Michigan

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Alabama inmates stage protest over free labor system

Alabama inmates stage protest over free labor system

For the second time this year, prisoners in Alabama are planning a nonviolent demonstration and work stoppage to protest conditions inside the state’s prisons. Melvin Ray, an inmate at the St. Clair correctional facility in Springville and founder of prison-based group Free Alabama Movement (FAM) says this weekend’s strike is an...

Nick Ramsey | MSNBC 20 Apr 2014 Hits:360 Alabama

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Clear leaders emerge in primary races in Northern Virginia, finance reports show

Clear leaders emerge in primary races in Northern Virginia, finance reports show

In the run-up to midterm congressional elections that both major parties see as crucial, Virginia is again a magnet for political donations as candidates vie for two open seats in the House of Representatives. Republicans and Democrats are steering money in a big way toward favored candidates in Northern Virginia’s 10th...

Antonio Olivo and Patricia Sullivan | The Washington Post 17 Apr 2014 Hits:515 Virginia

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Mary Fallin Signs Ban On Minimum Wage Increase

Mary Fallin Signs Ban On Minimum Wage Increase

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) signed a bill Monday prohibiting cities across the state from establishing mandatory minimum wage and employee benefits, including vacation or sick leave days. Advocates of the new law contend that efforts to increase the minimum wage across various municipalities could potentially harm local business communities. "This bill...

Shadee Ashtari | Huffington Post 15 Apr 2014 Hits:619 Oklahoma

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Judge: Ohio must recognize out-of-state gay marriages

Judge: Ohio must recognize out-of-state gay marriages

Proponents of marriage equality have been on quite a winning streak in the courts, targeting anti-gay laws in states across the country. That streak continued this morning in Ohio. U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Black has formally ruled that Ohio must recognize same-sex marriages performed legally in other states, but he put...

Steve Benen | The Maddow Blog 14 Apr 2014 Hits:327 Ohio

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Staffer Who Was Caught Kissing Vance McAllister Resigns, While Congressman Keeps His Job

Staffer Who Was Caught Kissing Vance McAllister Resigns, While Congressman Keeps His Job

The staff member for Rep. Vance McAllister (R-La.) who was caught on tape kissing the married congressman has been "taken off the payroll," the News-Star reports. On Monday, the Ouachita Citizen published a surveillance video purporting to show the Republican congressman kissing Melissa Anne Hixon Peacock, his married district scheduler. McAllister...

Molly Reilly | The Huffington Post 09 Apr 2014 Hits:738 Louisiana

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NC NAACP Filed Title VI Complaint against Health Provider for Closing Hospital in Rural County, Cutting Emergency Care for Th…

NC NAACP Filed Title VI Complaint against Health Provider for Closing Hospital in Rural County, Cutting Emergency Care for Thousands

BELHAVEN, NC - Citing a difficult financial situation partially due to North Carolina's refusal to expand Medicaid, a health care provider announced last week that it will close its hospital in the small town of Belhaven, NC, on April 1 in complete disregard of the community's staunch protests and for...

Jamie Phillips Cole | NAACP North Carolina 05 Mar 2014 Hits:664 North Carolina

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Wendy Davis Wins Texas Primary as State Veers Further to the Right

Wendy Davis Wins Texas Primary as State Veers Further to the Right

Far-right Texas Republicans prospered in the first US primary of the year as it was confirmed that Wendy Davis and Greg Abbott will square off in the battle to be the state’s next governor. Davis parlayed the national celebrity garnered from her epic filibuster last June into a high-profile bid...

Tom Dart | The Guardian 05 Mar 2014 Hits:463 Texas

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Ted Nugent brings bigotry and misogyny to Texas governors race

Ted Nugent, the old rocker from the Seventies, is now just plain old… and off his rocker. A political novelty act for the far right and a front man for the National Rifle Association, Nugent regularly spews venomous, vulgar, race-laced, abusive hate speech about liberals, Democrats, gun laws, and creeping communism....

Jim Hightower | Jim Hightower.com 05 Mar 2014 Hits:269 Texas

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Florida Is Illegally Limiting How Often Poor People On Medicaid Can Visit The ER

Florida Is Illegally Limiting How Often Poor People On Medicaid Can Visit The ER

Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s (R) effort to save his state’s Medicaid program money on the backs of the poor just backfired. In 2012, the Scott administration lobbied the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to allow it to limit the number of times that Medicaid beneficiaries can frequent emergency rooms...

Sy Mukherjee | Think Progress 04 Mar 2014 Hits:491 Florida

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The power team of Cantwell and Murray

The power team of Cantwell and Murray

"Neither of our "power team" has signed onto the "Three State Solution" for ERA ratification. Please give them call and encourage them to cosponsor Senate Joint Resolution 15, "Remove the ratification deadline from the Equal Rights Amendment." -  Walt Kloefkorn, PDA Washington   A normally reserved Sen. Maria Cantwell was exchanging bear...

Joel Connelly | Seattle PI 03 Mar 2014 Hits:346 Washington

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Delegate opposes Mayor Jones for DPVA chair less he backs same-sex marriage

Delegate opposes Mayor Jones for DPVA chair less he backs same-sex marriage

Del. Patrick A. Hope, D-Arlington, said Saturday that he will oppose Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones as chairman of the Democratic Party of Virginia if Jones still opposes same-sex marriage. “The chair of the Democratic Party of Virginia needs to reflect our values as a party,” Hope said in a statement...

Andrew Cain | Richmond Times-Dispatch 02 Mar 2014 Hits:460 Virginia

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Remembering Chokwe Lumumba

Can you be a revolutionary and a mayor? Chokwe Lumumba—who spent eight months as mayor of Jackson, Mississippi, before he died this Tuesday—did his best to be both. Chokwe Lumumba, an extraordinary leader with a vision of liberation forged in the 1960s Black Power movement, died on Tuesday after eight...

Laura Flanders | Yes Magazine 27 Feb 2014 Hits:339 Mississippi

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ERA to be Heard in the Virginia House Tomorrow

ERA to be Heard in the Virginia House Tomorrow

Thank you so much for signing the petition, making phone calls and sending emails; all your hard work has paid off. Tomorrow the Virginia House of Delegates will hear the Equal Rights Amendment in the Elections subcommittee. The bill was placed in this subcommittee so that a woman (Del. Margaret...

26 Feb 2014 Hits:472 Virginia

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The Mayor Who Brought an Economic Democracy Vision to Mississippi

The Mayor Who Brought an Economic Democracy Vision to Mississippi

Chokwe Lumumba maintained a civil rights commitment that was rooted in the moment when his mother showed her eight-year-old son the Jet magazine photograph of a beaten Emmett Till in his open casket. The commitment was nurtured on the streets of Detroit, where Lumumba and his mother collected money to...

John Nichols | The Nation 26 Feb 2014 Hits:411 Mississippi

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