Green Scissors Coalition Identifies Hundreds of Billions in Wasteful Subsidies

By: Wednesday August 24, 2011 7:06 pm

The next couple months will be consumed with discussion about the Catfood Commission II, and their efforts to reach a $1.5 trillion or higher deficit package. This will frustrate any attempt to pivot to jobs. But as long as that’s known, activists and organizations can point out best practices on that committee while trying to force the conversation in a different direction.

One way to do that is to consistently point out that job creation is the best and most robust way to ensure any deficit reduction, and that reducing the deficit with 9% unemployment is a near-impossibility. Another way is to point out how much deficit savings can be gained merely by engaging in the vitally necessary actions of protecting the earth from climate change.


Today’s Elections Feature Runoffs in NC, SC, MS; Primary in UT

By: Tuesday June 22, 2010 8:20 am

Primary runoffs feature today in North Carolina, South Carolina and Mississippi. Utah also hosts a primary, but it is similar to a runoff, thanks to a dual convention/primary system that eliminates many candidates at the convention. Here’s a run-down of the races and expected outcomes.

SC-04: Throw ‘Em Out: Challenger Bests GOP Incumbent Inglis

By: Tuesday June 8, 2010 7:30 pm

Republican Bob Inglis is a pol in peril. As of this writing, it appears likely that he will lose his seat in South Carolina’s 4th Congressional District. In a crowded field of challengers–now with 83 percent of precincts reporting–he has only 26.2 percent of the vote compared with the leader, Spartanburg County Solicitor Trey Gowdy, who has 42.5 percent. That means the race is headed for a June 22 runoff because in South Carolina, candidates need to top 50 percent to win outright. It is difficult to imagine how Inglis will recover from a 16-point deficit heading into a runoff.

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