Some politicians have a simple way to deal with the challenge of
providing health care to the uninsured: cut the funding for those
currently receiving care and deliver half-rate care to more people. West Virgina and Kentucky legislatures both voted recently to cut benefits
for existing Medicaid...
In a Nation article right after the 2004 election, scholar James Galbraith denounced the long lines in Ohio
that prevented so many people from voting. "It is an injustice, an
outrage and a scandal--a crime, really--that American citizens should
have to wait for hours in the November rain in...
In Indiana, critics are condemning
a rushed $1 billion privatization of the states' social services work
-- despite the fact that the companies bidding on the contract have
mismanaged similar contracts in other states and, more tellingly, no
one even bothered to determine whether the companies...
The New York Times has an excellent story that encapsulates the American dream and a legislator helping fight to make it more achievable.
parents are immigrants. His parents' hard work paid off. He grew up to
become an attorney and now serves on the Nassau County legislature.
The Bush Administration's latest move on immigration reform is yet
another attempt likely to fail, at least in part because it ignored
input from the people most impacted. Stateline reports that a number of Governors
from both parties are upset both by the continued federal dependence on
Americans are fed up with big money dominating and corrupting the
political process. Voters are fed up; community organizations are fed
up; even most politicians locked in the endless fundraising chase are
fed up. As Joel Barkin, our Executive Director, wrote last week for New
Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY) has a truly bad idea. He wants the U.S. Senate to adopt a bill (S. 1955)
that would gut state insurance mandates and allow for price
discrimination by insurance companies -- all under the guise of
lowering the cost of health care (note -- it will not actually lower
The Cleveland Free Times takes a long, hard look at the American Legislative Exchange Council's (ALEC) operating methods in Ohio. As usual, it ain't pretty. The right-wing, corporate-funded network of state legislators is exposed quite thoroughly.
The Institute on Money in State Politics,
a tireless group of people who compile campaign finance data for all
fifty states and regularly report national trends, have a new report "Policy Lock-Down: Prison Interests Court Political Players" looking at the $3.3 million private prison...