By Amy Goodman In December Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL) joined with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) to introduce the OCCUPIED constitutional amendment to overturn the Citizens United campaign finance decision. It stands for “Outlawing Corporate Cash Undermining the Public Interest in our Elections and Democracy.” Deutch says the effort is aimed at stopping corporate dominance over […]
By Michael Feiner Hundreds of Vermonters took to the streets of the capital Montpelier on May 1 to demonstrate, rally, and celebrate the victories of working people. Advocates, organizers, and working people from across the state came together to show their solidarity with the struggles of all working people. One of victories they celebrated was […]
By Dave Gram MONTPELIER, Vt.—With hundreds of people clamoring outside for Vermont’s governor to “put people first,” lawmakers inside the Statehouse rejected the latest attempt at overhauling campaign finance laws and prepared for a final round of votes on whether to continue allowing parents to opt out of having their children vaccinated as a requirement […]
Bernie joins Ed Schultz to talk about the real cause of high gas prices.
“The issue is the fact that over 80% of the oil futures market is controlled by speculators. Their function in life is not to purchase oil, not to use oil as an end user – they are not in the trucking business, they’re not in the airline business. Their sole purpose is to speculate and drive prices up and that is exactly what they are doing right now.”
(Host) All the towns that hold their town meetings next week will vote on municipal and school budgets and other local issues. And many towns are also taking up the hot-button issue of corporate personhood. But some say it has no place at their meetings because it is a national issue and they’ve got plenty […]
By Marge Baker It is no secret that our political system is corrupted by the influence of corporate money in elections. Pick any issue – financial regulation, energy policy, healthcare reform – and its problems can be traced back to unspoken quid quo pro agreements between politicians and their campaign backers. Polling on the issue […]
Watch Bernie discuss the “dysfunction” in Washington with MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan.
“The issue is Congress is dominated by people who have a whole lot of money & if you look at what has happened in recent years, in fact Congress has been working very, very well – for the top 1 percent.”
By Katrina vanden Heuvel When President Obama was elected more than three years ago, many progressives had great expectations for what would follow. Many wanted to believe that one person, in one flying presidential leap, could transform the mess our political system had become. That he, alone, could deliver. Three years later, progressives have learned […]
By Paul B. Farrell SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (MarketWatch) — Warning to America’s Super Rich: Think Occupy Wall Street disappeared in winter’s cold? Wrong: The 99% just declared a new aggressive, covert special-ops war strategy to take back our democracy in 2012. No more peaceful tent encampments in parks. No more Mahatma Gandhi nice-guy stuff. […]
By Joe Lapointe One of the defining images of President Obama’s first term (yes, there will be a second) came during his State of the Union address in January of 2010. After he criticized the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision that helped corporate wealth influence elections, many legislators cheered. But the television camera showed Justice […]