In the Press
U.S. Sen. Al "Landslide" Franken kicked off a national meeting of progressive leaders in Duluth earlier this month with an opening declaration that "moral indignation is great!’’
Then he added, a little sheepishly and with his trademark perfect timing: “It’s just not very attractive. It's a lesson I've learned.”
His confession, about how his own indignation made his election closer than it should have been, drew knowing laughter from the crowd of about 200 think-tank directors, advocacy groups organizers, and Duluth citizens at a meeting sponsored by the A.H. Zeppa Foundation and directed by the Commonweal Institute, based in California.
And the Progressive Roundtable conference that followed was suffused with the theme that if there is to be a progressive renaissance, it needs to be animated by a spirit of constructive and practical problem-solving, piece-by-piece, and state-by-state.
As the Dow Jones Industrial Average inches upward, there will be a strong temptation--especially from financial news outlets--to equate recovery by shareholders with the recovery of economic security in our country.
Amanda Seef needs a little over USD $600 for her final year at Brockport College, which is the approximate amount that her tuition is increasing due to the State University of New York’s (SUNY) 2009 14 percent tuition hike.
“Between the private credit crunch and the tuition increase, I was considering moving home and studying at a community college where the journalism program is in shambles,” Seef said.
What upsets Seef is that only $62 of her $620-increase will benefit SUNY. The remaining 90 percent of increased tuition will go to New York’s $1.6 billion Critical Deficit Reduction Legislation. In total, the tuition increase is expected to contribute $61million to the Critical Deficit Reduction Legislation.
Students across New York State are struggling to stay in college because of the tuition increase. Many have dropped out.
Barmak Nassirian, Associate Executive Director of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers, explained that while 10 percent of increased tuition will not improve education, students could still experience financial pressure until the budget is balanced.
Hijacking Justice: The Federalist Society, a Right-wing network of lawyers, judges and supporters,
is undoing civil rights and other gains made through the courts,
George E. Curry & Trevor W. Coleman, Emerge, October 1999
Federalist Society Becomes a Force in Washington, Conservative Group's Members Take Key Roles in Bush White House and Help Shape Policy and Judicial Appointments ,
Thomas B. Edsall, Washington Post, April 18, 2001
A Hostile Takeover, How the Federalist Society is capturing the federal courts,
Martin Garbus, The American Prospect, March 1, 2003
Your college sophomore sister thinks she's Michael Moore. Your dad thinks he's Rush Limbaugh. Talking politics at a family gathering is like being caught between two yowling tomcats.
Let's declaw that situation.
In this divisive election season, here's a little help on talking politics, safeguarding relationships and avoiding blood stains on the carpet.
Lesson No. 1: Everything you learned from talk radio and "Fahrenheit 911" is wrong, at least when it comes to the heavy-handed tactics they use.