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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

‘Political & Politicians’ Archives

Young-Ferrandino Bill Opens Paths to Medicaid

Press Release (Denver) – Soaring Medicaid costs are straining the state budget. Today, Rep. Dave Young and Minority Leader Mark Ferrandino proposed a bill to save money and maximize health outcomes. “Colorado families are still suffering from the aftereffects of the Great Recession and thus the Medicaid rolls continue to grow,” Rep. Young (D-Greeley) said at a Capitol press conference today. “Expanded access to care is simply unsustainable without changes in how states deliver and ... Full Story

The 14 Biggest Lies of 2011

The 14 Biggest Lies of 2011

                The 14 Biggest Lies of 2011 By David J Rothkopf I live in Washington where lying is an art form. Actually, that suggests an artist's intent and here in D.C., lying is more reflexive, like breathing or taking cash from fat cats. But when you live in a place like this -- if you can call it living -- where somehow we have managed to train moral mice to produce the shit of bulls, you really get an ... Full Story

Occupy Our Fears of Iran

By Winslow Myers U.S. behavior long ago provided one causal context for our unease about the presumed nuclear aspirations of the Islamic Republic of Iran: the U.S. and Britain messed with Iran’s last authentically democratic election in 1953, fearing communist influence and the nationalization of oil. U.S. oil corporations, a minor partner before the CIA overthrew elected Mohammad Mossadegh and installed the dictatorial Shah, then became the largest profiting entity, even more than the ... Full Story

A Day that Should Live in Infamy

A Day that Should Live in Infamy

  By Kathie Malley-Morrison January 12, 2012, is the 10th anniversary of the day when terrorism suspects were subjected to indefinite incarceration in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, generally in the absence of any charges or trial. US authorities admit to the detention of 779 detainees, at least 12 of whom were younger than 18 when detained. Eight died while in detention, six purportedly by suicide. In 2008, the US Supreme Court ruled that the detainees “had the right to challenge ... Full Story

‘Citizens United’ Backlash’

‘Citizens United’ Backlash’

    Montana Supreme Court Upholds State's Corporate Campaign Spending Ban By Mike Sacks WASHINGTON -- The Montana Supreme Court has put itself on a collision course with the U.S. Supreme Court by upholding a century-old state law that bans corporate spending in state and local political campaigns. The law, which was passed by Montana voters in 1912 to combat Gilded Age corporate control over much of Montana's government, states that a "corporation may not make ... ... Full Story

Colorado Wins ‘Race to the Top’ Education

Press Release Today, U.S. Senators Mark Udall and Michael Bennet welcomed news that Colorado received almost $18 million through the "Race to the Top" program to promote education reforms aimed at improving student achievement in grades K-12. "Colorado continues to lead by example, and I'm glad the administration has finally recognized the efforts of statewide collaboration to improve progress in the classroom," Udall said.  "I'm proud of our commitment to our kids, and making progress ... Full Story

Coffman Calls on Senate to Negotiate Differences and

  (WASHINGTON) - U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Aurora) released the following statement today regarding the Senate plan for a two-month extension of the payroll tax cut, unemployment insurance benefits and the Medicare reimbursement rate for doctors. Coffman is calling on the Senate to work with the House on a proposal that extends the benefits for a full year instead of just two months. "The Senate was in such a rush to get out of town and start their vacations that they didn't complete ... Full Story

Gardner votes and talks

Representative Gardner Votes to Let Lawmakers Take Vacation & to Block Middle Class Tax Cut  Press Release Representative Cory Gardner (CO-04) has the wrong priorities. Gardner voted to let Washington lawmakers leave for a holiday vacation and also voted to block the bipartisan Senate plan for a $1,000 payroll tax cut for 160 million middle income taxpayers.  By going on vacation without passing the payroll tax cut, Gardner is responsible for $1,000 payroll tax hike that ... Full Story

Gov. Hickenlooper proposes more funding for education

  DENVER ­— Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today recommended that $89 million in proposed cuts to K-12 education be restored because a higher-than-expected revenue forecast shows more money will be available for the state’s General Fund. An amended budget request for the current and next fiscal years will also call for adding money to the State Education Fund (approximately $110 million); restoring proposed cuts to higher education financial aid programs ... Full Story

Udall Statement on the Death of North Korean Leader

Udall Statement on the Death of North Korean Leader Kim Jong Il Press Release Today, Mark Udall, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Intelligence committees, issued the following statement, urging the administration to stay engaged with the leaders of the Korean Peninsula and China as North Korea determines how to proceed after the death of Kim Jong Il: "Kim Jong Il was a tyrant who severely oppressed his own people and threatened the world with his pursuit of nuclear weapons.  ... Full Story

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