GOP Politics

Wag the Dog Politics in Alabama

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By Ron Crumpton – In government things are seldom what they seem, but why would your elected leaders use spurious propaganda in order to illicit an emotional response from the electorate? Every year, since the Republican takeover of the Alabama Legislature, the public has been roused into a state of frenzy over legislation that our…

U.S. Forest Service Should Ban Fracking in All National Forests, Now

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The Big Picture: An Editorial – By Glynn Wilson – A proposal within the U.S. Forest Service to ban fracking in all national forests should be adopted by the Obama administration and codified into American law by Congress to make it permanent. After a plan to open up the Talladega National Forest to gas drilling…

Is the Alabama Accountability Act Helping Children?

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By Craig Ford – Alabama House Minority Leader – As the new school year has begun, the Accountability Act has once again made its way into the headlines of newspapers and news Websites across Alabama. The Accountability Act was sold to the public as giving families with children “trapped in a failing school” the opportunity…

MSNBC’s Ed Schultz Hold’s Town Hall Meeting in Birmingham

Watch some video excerpts- By Glynn Wilson – BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — While Wisconsin’s Republican Governor Scott Walker was speaking to Republicans in Montgomery Friday night, pro-labor and progressive radio talk show host Ed Schultz of MSNBC’s “The Ed Show” held a town hall meeting in the Birmingham Jefferson Civic Center with labor leaders and Democratic…

Creating a Culture of Unionism in the South is Essential for Democracy

By Douglas Williams and Cato Uticensis – The South Lawn – One of the difficulties of organizing in the South is that the struggles here frequently occur under a veil of invisibility due to the lack of pro-worker media down here. Barring major fights like the United Food and Commercial Workers’ (UFCW) fifteen-year long trench…

Auburn Students Named the Most Conservative Student Body in America

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By Glynn Wilson – Auburn University may not be number one in football anymore, but according to the Princeton Review and a sensational Twitter Tweet going around on every news site in Christendom, the student body at Auburn made the Top Ten list of the most conservative and Christian in the country. This does not…

Where the Political Action Is: The States, Not Washington

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By Scott Arceneaux – The congressional map is shrinking. Charlie Cook, of the Cook Political Report, recently declared that there are fewer competitive seats in the 2014 race to control Congress than he has ever recorded. The U.S. Senate, meanwhile, has become a World War I battleground where combatants fight over a few yards of…

It’s Not Too Late for Alabama

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Editorial – By Darrell Turner – Citizens of Alabama, it is time to stand up and be counted. For too long we have been seen as stupid, redneck, backward and just plain simple. Serious thought and consideration must be given to the path of destruction that beckons our state, and we as a people must…

Alabama, Mississippi Proudly Bring Up the World’s Rear Again

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Republican Governors Announce Joint Venture to Develop Hard to Get Tar Sands Crude – By Glynn Wilson – The rest of the world is moving away from the burning of fossil fuels for energy to combat global warming and climate change as well as dangerous air and water pollution. Even Virginia is moving ahead in…

A Path Forward for the Alabama Democratic Party

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The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – If this doesn’t wake some people up, I don’t know what will. Congressional Quarterly’s Roll Call, a Capitol Hill newspaper since 1955 now published on the Web, named the Alabama Democratic Party as the most dysfunctional state party in the nation this week. How did the mainstream…

Senate Republicans Back Down From Blocking Presidential Appointments

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Compromise Reached Before Filibuster Rules Drastically ChangedBy Glynn Wilson – You see, Virginia, with the right kind of political pressure, there can be compromise and cooperation in Congress. With Democrats on the verge of drastically changing Senate rules to block filibusters on executive branch nominees, Republicans relented on Tuesday in their obstruction tactics that have…

Democrats Hold Clear Public Opinion Advantage on Immigration Reform

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By Glynn Wilson – The latest Gallup poll on the subject of immigration reform, one of the big issues facing the 113th Congress, shows that a majority of the American people stand with the position taken by Democrats, and that as the Republicans continue their obstructionism on this issue, they risk losing what little minority…

The Powell Memo Formed the Basis of A Call to Arms for Corporations

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Should American Democracy Be Purely About Capitalism? Or Is There Room for Compassion?The Corporate States of America Editor’s Note – An informed reader and contributor recently reminded me of the Powell Memo or Manifesto, what some credit as the beginning of the hyper activity on the part of American corporations to change the debate in…

The Truth About the So-Called IRS ‘Scandal’

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Congress Has Only Itself to Blame for IRS TroublesBy Pablo Eisenberg – When the House Ways and Means Committee holds yet another hearing Thursday to examine the IRS’s revelations that it gave some applications for tax-exempt status extra scrutiny, it will probably point fingers at the tax agency when it looks for wrongdoing. But really…