Democratic Allies Leave President Obama As Adrift As The Gulf Oil Slick Over Spill

Many Democrats are offering President Obama tepid support at best over the future of offshore oil drilling after the ongoing environmental disaster unfolding in the Gulf of Mexico. Even Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a usually staunch Obama ally, is noncommittal over the future of at-sea oil extraction in the … Continue reading

Campaign Spending Bill Pleases Watchdogs

Democrats won applause Thursday from a variety of public interest groups for a bill they brought forward designed to counter the effects of corporate spending in elections. As expected, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Reps. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Mike Castle (R-Del.), introduced their legislation, called the DISCLOSE Act, … Continue reading

House Moves Toward Justice Reform

Following the Senate’s lead, a bipartisan group of lawmakers have introduced legislation to create a commission to complete a comprehensive review of the U.S. justice system, and make recommendations for reform. Reps. Bill Delahunt (D-Mass.), Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio), and Tom Rooney (R-Fla.) on Tuesday announced the introduction … Continue reading

Hammering Out a Contract: Worker Exploitation at a Vo-Tech School

Art Welch, the in-school suspension supervisor at the Columbia-Montour Area Vocational Technical School (Vo-Tech) in Bloomsburg, Pa., earns $8 an hour, only 75 cents above minimum wage. In the six years he has been at Vo-Tech, he has never had a raise. Mary Avery, who has worked in the cafeteria … Continue reading

In Defeat, Financial Reform Supporters Offer Angry Words — But Little Else

Supporters of the Senate financial reform legislation lashed out at Republicans, as GOP senators held together to block further action on the bill. But other than urging the 41 Senate Republicans to “reconsider” their filibuster, advocates offered little else to suggest Democrats and their allies might overcome GOP obstruction of … Continue reading

Capitol Idea: Scott Brown Hides Behind Discredited Talking Points As He Sells Massachusetts Out To Big Banks

Scott Brown joined every other Republican senator Monday to block financial reform legislation from even coming up from a vote. And, like every other Senate Republican who sold out their constituents while protecting big-bank greed, Brown did so while hiding behind discredited talking points cooked up by a longtime GOP … Continue reading

Senators: New Legislation Needed To Fix ‘Gaping Hole’ In Healthcare Reform

Less than a month after President Obama signed healthcare reform, lawmakers emphasized the need for additional legislation to prevent insurers from arbitrarily raising premiums until provisions of the new law take effect in 2014. At issue are the steep increases in the rates consumers are forced to pay for health … Continue reading