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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Posts Tagged ‘politics’

The underbelly of Berthoud politics

The underbelly of Berthoud politics

Berthoud Mayor-elect discusses resignation   BY PETER R. COWDIN Guest Columnist I am writing to thank the citizens of the Berthoud community for the tremendous outpouring of support and gratitude that I received during my campaign to be your next mayor and now, unfortunately, your tremendous concern for my personal well-being. I sincerely apologize formy sudden departure that may have led to the extra expense of a special election. It was certainly not my intention. ... Full Story

Democracy, sold down the river

Democracy, sold down the river

 America the voiceless: Voters can't compete with big campaign cash American public has ‘virtually no influence’ over politics in face of wealthy interest groups, study finds   April 16, 2014 11:30PM ET by Wilson Dizard @willdizard It’s not just your imagination: The influence of money in politics has indeed drowned out the voices of American voters, a new analysis shows, with runaway corporate lobbying and a lack of campaign finance reform to blame for giving much more ... Full Story

Partisan politics in our schools

Partisan politics in our schools

  School boards become next front in partisan battle Education policy draws higher interest as political parties put more resources into races By Alex Burness Reporter-Herald Staff Writer In a public comment at Wednesday night's Thompson School District Board of Education meeting, Windsor's Amie Toerge lit into Bryce Carlson, the board's vice president, accusing him of helping usher partisan politics into the district. "I was appalled to learn that (Carlson) is currently serving as a ... Full Story

Bribery keep domestic spying in place

Bribery keep domestic spying in place

  Domestic Spy Program Remaining In Place Thanks to Legal Bribes By Justin Acuff The recent failure of Congress to reign in the domestic surveillance capabilities of the NSA wasn’t split along party lines; instead, the 217-205 vote was split along which congresspeople get paid more by the defense industry. You probably won’t be surprised to learn that those getting more money from the defense industry voted against cutting that power back. Our government is deeply corrupt on a ... Full Story

Death of the Middle Class

Death of the Middle Class

    The Middle Class Faces Extinction—So Does the American Dream Income inequality is now as high as it's been since the Great Depression, and the middle class is nearly extinct. By Steward Lansley This article first appeared in the  Los Angeles Review of Books. Inequality is now one of the biggest political and economic challenges facing the United States. Not that long ago, the gap between rich and poor barely registered on the political Richter scale. Now the growing income ... Full Story

Anatomy of a Bogus Scandal

Anatomy of a Bogus Scandal

GOP Knew of IRS Scrutiny But Stayed Quiet for a Year By: Rmuse:  May. 30th, 2013 There is little doubt Republicans do very little in an honest and forthright manner, and whether it is claiming tax cuts for their rich supporters create jobs and a vibrant middle class, or that denying women contraception coverage protects their constitutionally guaranteed religious freedom, there is always an ulterior motive unrelated to their stated agenda. There has always been something out of sorts with the ... Full Story

How is the sequester affecting federal agencies?

  How is the sequester affecting federal agencies? The government-wide spending cuts known as the sequester took effect on March 1, forcing $85 billion in budget reductions by the end of September. The federal workforce faces furloughs, hiring freezes, and reduced overtime. Agencies say the cuts will mean reduced government services. Initial effects include closing of contract airport towers and longer customs lines, but other reductions will materialize in coming months. Congress’s new ... Full Story

Neocon Nightmare:

Neocon Nightmare:

      The Truth Behind the Attacks on Chuck Hagel       By Arriana Huffington   If President Obama's second term includes decision making as bold and intelligent as his nomination of Chuck Hagel to be Secretary of Defense, his presidency might finally fulfill the promise of audacity and change that rallied so many to his campaign five years ago. In fact, the more ridiculous the claims being made by Hagel's critics become, the more the real reasons they don't ... Full Story

Politics are tribal warfare

Politics are tribal warfare

Have You Ever Wondered What Compells Your Conservative Relatives to Vote the Way They Do?   Jonathan Haidt on why seemingly decent people are so divided on politics. By Ryan Howes January 3, 2013 By the time you’re reading this, the 2012 election will have been decided, and we’ll all have had our fill of the partisan rancor that’s become commonplace in politics. Perhaps you yourself have had the experience of getting lost in an argument in which you became ... Full Story

Civil Discourse and The Clash of Ideas

Civil Discourse and The Clash of Ideas

      By Lee H. Hamilton     The election of 2012 has called attention to how difficult it is for Americans to talk reasonably with one another about public policy challenges. Our civic dialogue — how we sort through issues and reason with one another — is too often lamentable. We live in a politically divided country. Congress, which ought to serve as the forum where politicians of diverse views find common ground, is instead riven by ideological disagreements. ... Full Story

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