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When the Greens Showed Up in Maine

In November 2013, J. Clifford wrote here about a Green Party that complained about ballot access but wasn’t running candidates.

In November 2014, the Maine Green Independent Party ran 13 candidates for state legislature — an impressive feat for a party with very few members and zero corporate support. It’s true that none of those […]

Did Somali Immigrants Really Plunge Lewiston, Maine into Crime? (2013 Fact Check Says…)

Since I moved to Maine, I’ve learned that Mainers think of some parts of their state as better than others. “Real Maine” includes the mill town of Millinocket, for example, but that term apparently doesn’t encompass the pastry, coffee and theater row of Hallowell. Someone needs to tell the thousands of people living in Hallowell […]

Americans Elect Candidate David Walker: Where is he Now?

Americans Elect veterans: where were they then? Where are they now?  Let’s look at one alum today and see how he’s doing.

2012: David Walker, employee of the anti-social-security billionaire Pete Peterson, appears on television to announce how flattered he is to find a “grassroots” Draft Walker for President “movement” is working to put his […]

Fact Check: Is LA Rep. Lenar Whitley Right or Wrong about Global Warming?

Raw Story notes Louisiana State Representative Lenar Whitley has posted a video titled “Global Warming is a Hoax” in her campaign for a seat in the U.S. Congress:

Among Rep. Whitley’s many claims of a secret “conspiracy” to fool humanity into thinking that global warming exists, she declares that all it takes to disprove […]

Know Your Enemy Better: The Top 10 Federal Contractors of 2013

A few years ago, I shared with you patterns of connection between the Top 10 federal contractors of 2011. Let’s return to that subject with federal contracting data for 2013, released last month by the Federal Procurement Data System. The top 10 private contractors with the United States government in fiscal year 2013 were:

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Americans for Prosperity Anti-Worker Rally Fizzles with 0.08% Turnout Rate in Pennsylvania

At 12:30 pm today, the billionaire-funded political corporation calling itself “Americans for Prosperity” held a “Paycheck Protection Rally” in the state capitol building in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The theme of the day: workers should stop organizing for better pay and give corporations a break.

If we are to believe what Americans for Properity says about itself, […]

Americans for Prosperity-PA says it has 117,000 Members who Protest Every Day. How Many Actually Show Up June 4?

Look for actual photos of Americans for Prosperity’s “Paycheck Protection Rally” in Harrisburg Pennsylvania tomorrow. The “Paycheck Protection Rally” stands up for the right of workers to be paid less and the right of corporations to rake in bigger profits.

Why do I suggest you look for actual photos?

Reason #1: Americans for Prosperity calls […]

Guess What? That “Cold” Winter 2013-2014 Showed (Yes!) Global Warming

“What global warming?”

If you live in the United States, you probably heard this sarcastic phrase last winter, uttered by people who noticed that in the United States, this winter was pretty cold:

Minority Report: Conservative News and Opinions:

“As I write this entry, it is 1 degree Fahrenheit in Morton Grove, Illinois, below zero […]

Maine’s Biggest Employer, Maine’s Smallest Employer, and Eliot Cutler’s Campaign Account

Today, Independent candidate for Governor of Maine Eliot Cutler met the legally-required deadline for him to send campaign contribution data for the Spring of 2014 to the Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices. I encourage you to take a look at the report for yourself. Here’s what I noticed.

Maine is not a […]

Another Year of Dithering, Another Year of Real Minimum Wage Cuts

Last March, I wrote about two bills before the U.S. Congress — H.R. 1010 in the House and S. 460 in the Senate. Together, these bills are known as the Fair Minimum Wage Act, and if passed they would increase the minimum wage from its current $7.25/hour to $10.10/hour over the next two years. After […]

Expansions of 2014

2014 is the year coming this week.

4028 is the number of a high security prison guarded by holograms, located in the Ayala System of the Regulus Sector Block, in the Star Trek universe.

8056 Mulholland Drive is the address of a home in Los Angeles that is currently available for sale for the price […]