Maine Voices: To save taxes and enhance national security, cut U.S. nuclear arsenal

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Air Force personnel await transportation to missile silos after a 1997 briefing in Cheyenne, Wyo. Even after New START cuts are implemented, the United States will still have 1,550 warheads deployed, with thousands more in reserve.

Tax season is upon us. We're all acutely aware of gaps between revenue and expenses. The imperative to cut federal spending is clear.

Where can savings be achieved?
I'm back living in Maine after three years in Washington working for Physicians for Social Responsibility, striving to reduce global threats to human health and survival.
Like Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, I have to report that legislators inside the Beltway can be pretty dysfunctional sometimes. Too often, politicians put partisan politics ahead of the nation's highest priorities.
What priorities are higher than our national security?
On Jan. 5, President Obama and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta unveiled a robust new military strategy. They took into account the relatively modest reduction in defense spending over the next decade that was wisely mandated by the Congressional Budget Control Act last year.
Depending on how the debate over the 2013 budget goes this year, even deeper cuts may be needed. It's essential that a review of nuclear weapons spending be included in the upcoming budget debate.
The experienced professionals in the Pentagon charged with protecting our national security have given this challenge much thought. After months of internal deliberation, they concluded, "It is possible that our deterrence goals can be achieved with a smaller nuclear force, which would reduce the number of nuclear weapons in our inventory as well as their role in U.S. national security strategy."
From a medical and ethical perspective, it's simply unacceptable to continue to have a national security strategy based on mass murder of others and national suicide for ourselves.
The detonation of a single nuclear weapon in an urban area would kill hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians, perhaps millions depending on the city. A limited nuclear exchange, even if it didn't involve the United States directly, would trigger massive disruption of agriculture and commerce everywhere, likely including a global famine.
The current U.S. nuclear stockpile is bloated beyond any reasonable purpose. Even after the reductions in the New START agreement are implemented, we will still have 1,550 strategic warheads deployed on submarines, bombers and land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles, with thousands more held in reserve.
Meanwhile, some are still clinging to outdated Cold War thinking and pushing for new fleets of nuclear submarines, bombers and missiles.
Each proposed new nuclear submarine will cost $29 billion to build and operate, according to the Pentagon. And nuclear weapons boosters want 12 of them. If we cut that number to eight, it would save $116 billion over the lifetime of that program. And Washington would still be fully capable of destroying every major city in Russia and China in 30 minutes flat.
The purchase price alone for the new nuclear bomber program is estimated to be $50 billion. Currently operating B-52 and B-2 bombers are designed to stay in service for at least another 25 years.
Simply delaying the start of the new bomber program for 10 years would save $18 billion in research and development costs and give us time to determine if this massive new undertaking is really needed.
As long as we maintain such huge overkill capacity, Russia will respond in kind. We would all be safer with fewer nuclear weapons in the world.
Snowe has served Maine citizens well in both houses of Congress since 1979. Her thoughtfulness in approaching national priorities is deeply respected by her colleagues.
We need her common-sense approach now, as she completes her final term in the Senate. We need her to speak up for a sane nuclear weapons policy, to save billions of taxpayer dollars by reducing unneeded nuclear weapons spending while enhancing our national security.
Dr. Peter Wilk, a psychiatrist practicing in Portland, is a former executive director of the national organization Physicians for Social Responsibility and a member of its Maine chapter.

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A government-run health care system in Maine would provide universal coverage to residents, cut down on administrative costs and free businesses from the complexities of providing insurance for their employees, supporters of a single-payer model said Thursday. Advocates of a single-payer system have long been trying to implement the model in...

Associated Press | Maine Sun Journal 20 Jan 2014 Hits:481 HCA Articles

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Pennsylvania’s Voter ID Law Found Unconstitutional

Pennsylvania’s Voter ID Law Found Unconstitutional

Commonwealth Court Judge Bernard L. McGinley issued an order today permanently blocking the controversial photo identification law that threatened to disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of voters. His ruling can be appealed by the commonwealth. "Today was a good day to be a Pennsylvania voter,” said Michael A. Rubin of Arnold &...

Sara Mullen | ACLU 17 Jan 2014 Hits:549 VS-DRA Articles

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Negotiators Put Final Touches on Iran Accord

Iran and a group of six world powers completed a deal on Sunday that will temporarily freeze much of Tehran’s nuclear program starting next Monday, Jan. 20, in exchange for limited relief from Western economic sanctions. The main elements of the deal, which is to last for six months, were announced...

Michael R Gordon and Eric Schmitt | The New York Times 13 Jan 2014 Hits:433 EWO Articles

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Where is the left’s outrage over cuts on jobless benefits?

Where is the left’s outrage over cuts on jobless benefits?

Where have all the Democrats gone? It’s hard to imagine a better gift falling into their laps: Republicans have just thrown 1.3 million unemployed Americans out into the cold and are prepared to cut off 3.6 million others who are out of work. At a time when the long-term unemployment rate remains near...

Dana Millbank | The Washington Post 07 Jan 2014 Hits:716 ESJ Articles

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Federal Court Invalidates Drug Testing of Welfare Applicants

Federal Court Invalidates Drug Testing of Welfare Applicants

In yet another constitutional rejection of mandatory drug testing, a federal judge this week struck down Florida’s program to require drug testing of all applicants for public assistance through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program. The ruling makes permanent an earlier ruling that blocked the program, and reinforces many...

Nicole Flatow | ThinkProgress 07 Jan 2014 Hits:520 ESJ Articles

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Single Payer Is Getting a Second Life as Obamacare Frustration Peaks

Single Payer Is Getting a Second Life as Obamacare Frustration Peaks

As the rollout of Obamacare clunks forward, activists who opposed the law from the beginning say it is time to seize the moment, to tear down the current health-care edifice and start anew, especially now as frustration with the law’s implementation is reaching a peak. These are not Tea Party activists...

David Freedlander | Daily Beast 10 Dec 2013 Hits:2412 HCA Articles

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House to Vote on National Defense Authorization Act

Call Your Representative at 1-855-686-6927 Say Vote "NO" on the Defense Authorization Act The House will be voting on a final version of the 2014 National Defense Authorization Bill. This measure includes $80.7 billion to continue the war in Afghanistan, on top of a $552.1 billion base budget for the Pentagon....

Tim Carpenter 10 Dec 2013 Hits:739 EWO Articles

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Progressives Must Stand Up Against the Right Wing War on Public Employees

Progressives Must Stand Up Against the Right Wing War on Public Employees

For many years the American Right -- and many of the most powerful elements of corporate and Wall Street elite -- have conducted a war on public employees. Their campaign has taken many forms. They have tried to slash the number of public sector jobs, cut the pay and benefits of...

Robert Creamer | Huffington Post 09 Dec 2013 Hits:633 ESJ Articles

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Vermont Approves Single-Payer Health Care: "Everybody In, Nobody Out"

Vermont Approves Single-Payer Health Care:

The Affordable Care Act continues to plow ahead, despite Republican attempts to fight it at every turn.  What is unfolding in front of us is nothing short of spectacular.  The problems with healthcare.gov are slowly being resolved which is helping more and more people sign up for affordable healthcare, many...

Salvatore Aversa | Truth Out 08 Dec 2013 Hits:1843 HCA Articles

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After Obamacare, Can Don Berwick Implement Single-Payer In Massachusetts?

After Obamacare, Can Don Berwick Implement Single-Payer In Massachusetts?

Former CMS administrator Don Berwick is running for Governor in Massachusetts. He has an uphill battle in the ever growing primary for the Democratic nominee. Yet his controversial tenure in DC, his pursuit of the Corner Office in the state that birthed RomneyCare (a state that is home to some...

Josh Archambault | Forbes 08 Dec 2013 Hits:697 HCA Articles

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Obama Says He Can Envision Nuclear Deal With Iran

Obama Says He Can Envision Nuclear Deal With Iran

President Obama said Saturday that he could envision a final diplomatic agreement with Iran that would let the country’s government enrich nuclear material for power production with enough restrictions to assure Israel and the rest of the world that it could not produce a nuclear weapon. But Mr. Obama said there...

Michael D Shear | The New York Times 08 Dec 2013 Hits:634 EWO Articles

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Army general’s report defends decision to build $36 million headquarters in Afghanistan

 Army general’s report defends decision to build $36 million headquarters in Afghanistan

This past summer, the Army began investigating why the military spent nearly $36 million to construct a well-appointed 64,000-square-foot headquarters in southwestern Afghanistan that commanders in the area did not want and has never been used. The two-star Army general in Kabul who conducted the inquiry has determined that the decision...

Rajiv Chandrasekaran | Washington Post 04 Dec 2013 Hits:694 EWO Articles

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Florida woman who got 20 years for warning shot released pending retrial

Florida woman who got 20 years for warning shot released pending retrial

A Florida woman who became a cause celebre for civil-rights activists after she received a 20-year prison sentence for firing a warning shot has been released on house arrest this week as she awaits another trial. Marissa Alexander's supporters said that she was at home for Thanksgiving with her children Thursday after she...

Matt Pearce | LA Times 30 Nov 2013 Hits:847 EMC Articles

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Thanksgiving Resolution

Thanksgiving Resolution

Barbie Izquierdo, a low-income mother of two small children, is a member of Witnesses to Hunger, a Philadelphia group of moms dedicated to ending hunger and poverty for their children and for families nationwide. About a month ago while she was waiting in line at a supermarket, she overheard two...

Deborah Weinstein | Huffington Post 26 Nov 2013 Hits:604 ESJ Articles

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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:4 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:3 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:6 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:93 Maine

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The 1% is Turning Off the Water in Detroit

The 1% is Turning Off the Water in Detroit

Call Gov. Rick Snyder today between 1 and 3 pmCall all of these numbers between (517) 373-3400 (Main Office) (517) 335-7858 (Constituent Services) (202) 624-5840 (Washington, DC office) Send a FAX: (517) 335-6863 Listen to the radio interview with Monica Lewis Patrick of We the People of Detroit and Ben Ptashnik A...

Mike Hersh | PDA Communications Coordinator 12 Jul 2014 Hits:1848 Michigan

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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:191 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:596 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:179 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:582 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:255 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:866 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:247 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:231 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:462 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:147 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:211 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:347 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:297 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:446 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:496 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:289 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:437 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:558 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:263 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:669 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:606 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:399 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:225 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:444 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:295 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:385 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:263 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:400 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:330 Mississippi

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Judge strikes down gay marriage ban in Texas

Judge strikes down gay marriage ban in Texas

A Texas judge has struck down that state's ban on gay marriage. U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia did not say gay marriages could be performed immediately. Instead, he stayed the decision, citing a likely appeal. "Without a rational relation to a legitimate governmental purpose, state-imposed inequality can find no refuge in our United States Constitution," Garcia wrote in his decision. "These Texas laws deny...

Aaron Blake | The Washington Post 26 Feb 2014 Hits:299 Texas

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Arizona governor vetoes controversial bill allowing denial of service to gays

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) announced Wednesday night that she has vetoed a controversial bill that would allow businesses to deny service to gays and lesbians if they feel it violates their religious rights. Gay rights advocates have denounced the legislation, labeling it a form of legalized discrimination, and Arizona's two...

Aaron Blake | The Washington Post 26 Feb 2014 Hits:337 Arizona

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Longest-serving Rep. John Dingell to retire

Longest-serving Rep. John Dingell to retire

Rep. John D. Dingell (D-Mich.) will retire at the end of his current term, capping a historic career as the longest-serving member of Congress in history. In prepared remarks for his annual "State of the District" speech distributed by his office Monday afternoon, Dingell described his decision as personal and rooted...

Sean Sullivan | Washington Post 24 Feb 2014 Hits:354 Michigan

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Expanded Medicaid will be subject of forced vote by Republicans in Va. House

Expanded Medicaid will be subject of forced vote by Republicans in Va. House

House Republicans will force a vote Thursday on whether to expand Medicaid, briefly plucking the contentious issue out of a massive state budget bill in a move meant to show overwhelming GOP opposition to Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s top legislative goal. The House will subject the expansion plan to an up-or-down floor...

Laura Vozzella and Michael Laris | The Washington Post 20 Feb 2014 Hits:441 Virginia

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Is Thomas Frank’s pessimism about the Democrats premature?

In the Salon article The matter with Kansas now: The Tea Party, the 1 percent and delusional Democrats,  Thomas Frank writes: It wasn’t until several years later that I began to understand what a fascinating, upside-down extravaganza it was to see the right eat its way through the good sense of the...

Walt Kloefkorn | Washington Liberals 18 Feb 2014 Hits:383 Washington

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Disgusting! GOP Tries to Bully American Workers Seeking Union at Tennessee Volkswagen Plant

Disgusting! GOP Tries to Bully American Workers Seeking Union at Tennessee Volkswagen Plant

The United Auto Workers are trying to organize a Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, but GOP lawmakers seem determined to thwart them. About 1,550 hourly workers are employed at the plant, which opened its doors in 2011. On Wednesday, workers began a three-day vote on whether to join the union....

Lynn Stuart Parramore | AlterNet 14 Feb 2014 Hits:558 Tennessee

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Meet Judge Arenda Wright Allen, who struck down Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage

Meet Judge Arenda Wright Allen, who struck down Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage

The federal judge who struck down Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage Thursday is an appointee of President Obama and in 2011 became the first black woman appointed as a federal District Court judge in Virginia. Arenda Wright Allen, born in 1960, is a Philadelphia native who spent decades as a government...

David A. Fahrenthold | The Washington Post 14 Feb 2014 Hits:470 Virginia

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AZ Reps. Grijalva and Barber Back Extension of ERA Ratification Deadline

Ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) has received bipartisan support in the Arizona Legislature, but Arizona’s Congressional delegation appears to be lagging behind. Of Arizona’s 11 Senators and Representatives, only two–  Southern Arizona Reps. Raul Grijalva (D- CD3) and Ron Barber (D- CD2)– have signed on to co-sponsor legislation...

Pamela Powers Hannley | Tucson Progressive 14 Feb 2014 Hits:323 Arizona

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This Weekend's March in North Carolina May Be the Start of Something Huge

This Weekend's March in North Carolina May Be the Start of Something Huge

Nearly 100,000 people took to the streets in Raleigh, North Carolina on February 8 in a Moral March to say "No!" to the state's sharp right-wing political turn and "Yes!" to a new, truly progressive America. They weren't just marching for one issue or another. They were marching for every issueprogressives...

Ira Chernus | AlterNet 10 Feb 2014 Hits:705 North Carolina

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More than 80,000 March on the North Carolina State Capitol to Advocate for Moral and Constitutional Public Policies

More than 80,000 March on the North Carolina State Capitol to Advocate for Moral and Constitutional Public Policies

Protesting against the regressive laws passed by extremists in the General Assembly last year, upwards of 80,000 people marched on the state capitol Saturday morning, according to the march's logistics and planning experts. Called the Moral March on Raleigh, the event's multiracial, intergenerational crowd also advanced an agenda for moral...

North Carolina NAACP 09 Feb 2014 Hits:780 North Carolina

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Jumpstarting the vote in North Carolina

Jumpstarting the vote in North Carolina

In North Carolina, it's called the "Monster Law" -- the 56-page bill passed by the General Assembly and signed by Gov. Pat McCrory (R) last year that ushered in some of the most stringent voting restrictions in the nation. Among the wide-ranging law's provisions were a strict photo ID requirement, cutting...

Chris Kromm | Facing South 07 Feb 2014 Hits:488 North Carolina

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An Austerity Storm Hammers Georgia

An Austerity Storm Hammers Georgia

In this aerial view looking at I-75 north at Mount Paran Road, abandoned cars are piled up on the median of the ice-covered interstate after a winter snowstorm Wednesday. Officials estimate that more than 2,000 cars still litter the highways. (Photo: AP) Americans are surrounded by examples of the extent to...

John Nichols | The Nation 31 Jan 2014 Hits:436 Georgia

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NC NAACP to Implement Three New Initiatives to Fight for Fair Representation and Democratic Participation in North Carolina

NC NAACP to Implement Three New Initiatives to Fight for Fair Representation and Democratic Participation in North Carolina

RALEIGH-Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II opened the NC NAACP's annual winter conference today by declaring that its members were prepared to oppose any attempt by government officials to deny an equal voice and fair representation to the people of North Carolina -whether that involves tens of thousands of feet marching in protest...

Laura Ashton | North Carolina NAACP 25 Jan 2014 Hits:375 North Carolina

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Charniele Herring joins field for Rep. Moran’s seat, will step down as chair of Va. Democrats

Charniele Herring joins field for Rep. Moran’s seat, will step down as chair of Va. Democrats

Del. Charniele Herring said Thursday that she is running for the seat of retiring Rep. James P. Moran Jr. (D-Va.), adding to a crowded field and leaving a vacancy atop the Virginia Democratic Party. “If elected, I will continue the good works of Congressman Jim Moran to foster the economic development...

Ben Pershing | The Washington Post 24 Jan 2014 Hits:497 Virginia

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Va. Attorney General Mark Herring files brief opposing same-sex marriage ban

 Va. Attorney General Mark Herring files brief opposing same-sex marriage ban

RICHMOND — Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced Thursday that he believes the state’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, and he joined two same-sex couples in asking a federal court to strike it down. The action, which Herring (D) made with the support of Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D), marks...

Robert Barnes and Laura Vozzella | The Washington Post 23 Jan 2014 Hits:441 Virginia

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Va. now projects Medicaid savings of $1 billion through 2022

Va. now projects Medicaid savings of $1 billion through 2022

Expanding Virginia’s Medicaid program to about 250,000 uninsured Virginians initially would produce savings of $1 billion through 2022, according to new estimates produced by the state Medicaid office. The estimate represents a swing of more than $1 billion from a Medicaid analysis a year ago, when state health officials estimated a...

Michael Martz | Richmond Times Dispatch 23 Jan 2014 Hits:432 Virginia

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