Pushed to the Left and Loving It: None of the Above and Latinos for Reform

During the 2010 U.S. mid-term election campaign, a group of “discontents” emerged, calling themselves Latinos for Reform.   President Obama had secured most of the Latino vote in 2008, so the group’s message was that Obama had let them down.  Given the Republican’s anti-immigration policies, LFR knew that voting GOP was not an option, so ...

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Tim Hudak Wants to be Like Mitch Daniels. No Wonder. He’s Another Mike Harris

Indiana- Louise Cohoon was at home when her 80-year-old mother called in a panic from Terre Haute: The $97 monthly Medicaid payment she relied on to supplement her $600-a-month income had been cut without warning by a private company that had taken over the state’s welfare system. (1) Hold that thought. The Globe and Mail ...

Eclectic Lip: Newsflash: Canadian PM’s American Idol supports Stephane Dion-esque carbon tax shift

Note: for non-Canadian readers (or, indeed for Canadian readers who don’t follow politics) Stephane Dion was the milquetoast who led the Liberal Party of Canada to its then-worst-ever federal election result in 2008.  He ran on a campaign of a carbon tax shift (“The Green Shift“), for which the Conservative Party mocked and savaged him. We’ll ...

DeSmogBlog: Michele Bachmann Envisions a World Without Food Industry Safety Standards

shutterstock_79460026.jpg Republican Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann believes that the government needs to stay out of the business of protecting the foods we eat. At a campaign stop this week, she told her supporters that food suppliers are “overburdened” by Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations. She informed the crowd that, yes, we need safety, but ...

DeSmogBlog: Global Financial Leaders Recommend Cutting Fossil Fuel Subsidies

Oil_Money.jpg Global financial institutions including the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank have released a new set of recommendations for G20 countries to meet their goal of providing $100 billion a year in aid for developing nations to combat climate change. In addition to calls for charges on carbon emissions and higher prices for ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: 40th Anniversary of the Lewis Powell Memo Launching Corporate Propaganda Infrastructure

Lewis Powell.jpg Today marks the 40th anniversary of the Lewis Powell Memo, a document that set the stage for the creation of the echo chamber that protects corporate interests ahead of the public interest.  A corporate lawyer and well-known tobacco industry defender at the time, Lewis Powell wrote this influential memo to a friend at ...

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: The FAMILY LEADER Drops ‘Slavery was Good for Blacks’ From Presidential Pledge, But it Changes Nothing

Historian Joseph Crespino has written extensively on Racism and the Religious Right, especially their aversion to the Civil Rights movement. Paul Weyrich, one of the founders of the Moral Majority/Religious Right, made it abundantly clear that the movement was not in response to the Roe vs Wade decision, that legalized abortion, but the IRS decision ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Heritage Foundation Wastes No Time Spinning Court Ruling On Greenhouse Gas Emissions

lawsuit-500.jpg The U.S. Supreme Court ruled against plaintiffs yesterday in a lawsuit (American Electric Power Co. v. Connecticut) brought by six states against several utility companies and the government-owned Tennessee Valley Authority. The states (California, Connecticut, Iowa, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont) were attempting to force the utility companies to cut their greenhouse gas ...