Federal Government Consistently Runs out of Money to Fight Fires, Pays for It by Cutting Fire Prevention Programs

By: Monday October 8, 2012 12:40 pm

Because of the constant burning of carbon into the atmosphere and the resulting changes to the weather and climate, the US has experienced more and more wildfires over the past several years. In fact, this has been the worst wildfire season on record.

 

Executive Order Provides Seasonal Fire Fighters With Health Insurance Opportunities

By: Wednesday July 11, 2012 2:40 pm

As we watch the spate of wildfires out in Colorado and other states, one of the great injustices surrounding that concerns the firefighters dispatched to these areas to battle the blazes. It turns out that the 15,000-odd seasonal, part-time workers who fight fires as part of the US Forest Service have no opportunity to purchase federal health insurance. President Obama did something; he took executive action to give them the opportunity to buy into the federal program.

Sunday Late Night: Can he DO that?

By: Sunday July 8, 2012 8:01 pm

Scranton (PA) Mayor Chris Doherty defied a judge’s order on Friday and paid city workers only the minimum wage. The Mayor claims the city has no money to pay their actual salaries and will make it up “when cash flow improves.”

Voters Revolt Against Corporatism in Ohio

By: Wednesday May 4, 2011 7:17 pm

Yesterday, in news eclipsed by the ongoing furor about the killing of Osama bin Laden, voters went to the polls in Ohio. On the ballot were primary elections for mayors and city councilmen, and a whole bevy of proposed tax levies, both new and renewed.

While the majority of school levy increases went down to defeat, at least in northeast Ohio, every single increase for police, fire, road building and libraries passed.

Union Attacks Hurting Republicans With Cops, Firefighters

By: Sunday April 3, 2011 6:45 am

Cops and firefighters have traditionally been up-for-grabs or even lean Republican constituencies in America over the past 30 years or so. Bill Clinton gained a lot of goodwill with the COPS program, but Republicans have held their own. But a series of GOP-led anti-union bills in the states, some of which affect public safety personnel in particular, have soured them toward Republicans in a way that could have lasting effects.

Florida’s Wake-Up Alarm Set for Tomorrow?

By: Monday March 7, 2011 6:30 pm

On the heels of massive public demonstrations in Wisconsin and Ohio after Republican governors over-played their hands in seeking to destroy collective bargaining for public employees and make punitive cuts to education, Florida may be next in line. Tuesday, March 8 has been designated the day to “Awake The State“, with over thirty demonstrations planned across the state, spanning from Key West to Pensacola. There will even be multiple demonstrations in Tallahassee and Miami.

Walker Would Lose if Wisconsin Election Held Today, Says New Poll

By: Monday February 28, 2011 3:30 pm

If the election between Walker and Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett were held today, Barrett would win 52-45, mainly because Walker is losing Republican union voters

Ohio’s SB 5 Just as Extreme as Union-Busting Bill in Wisconsin

By: Friday February 25, 2011 4:50 pm

The overhaul of collective bargaining in Ohio, much like Wisconsin, could put federal transportation money in jeopardy, costing the state much of its $171 million annual haul. So this hardly has anything to do with the budget. Instead, it’s part of a pattern of new right-wing governors taking advantage of their opportunities to force through ideological policy they have long sought.

Cal Ripken Was Right, and Madison Proves It

By: Saturday February 19, 2011 9:30 am

When Cal Ripken, Jr. was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, he told the crowds that he was just doing his job, the way so many other ordinary folks do, like teachers, police officers, mothers, fathers, business owners, and others. He said “You all may not receive the accolades that I have throughout my career, so I’d like to take the time out to salute all of you for showing up, working hard and making the world a better place.”

Sounds like what’s happening in Madison to me.

Senate GOP Blocks Consideration of Tax Plan Extending Rates on First $250K and First $1M

By: Saturday December 4, 2010 10:45 am

Republicans united in the Senate to block a $3.2 trillion dollar tax cut today, stopping consideration of an extension of tax rates for every worker in America on the first $250,000 of income. The final vote on the motion to proceed was 53-36. All Republicans, at least the ones who showed up, voted against the tax cut. So did Russ Feingold, Jim Webb and Joe Manchin, Joe Lieberman, and maybe more (will get a roll call when it’s up). I’m guessing Feingold just wants all the tax rates to expire; that would fit with his posture as a deficit hawk.

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