Feb 23, 1903 Mother Jones and the Massacre of the Raleigh County Miners

By: Sunday November 17, 2013 4:00 pm

“Has anyone ever told you, my children, about the lives you are living…?”

Let us stop and consider, for a moment, what would cause thousands of miners to lay down their tools and go out on strike, when striking meant homelessness and hunger for themselves and their families. Striking also brought down upon them the terror of the company guards, heavily armed deputies (often one and the same), state militia, bullpens, raids, court injunctions, and the wrath of the capitalistic press.

State Department Inspector General Investigating Keystone XL Contractor ERM’s Conflicts of Interest

By: Thursday May 30, 2013 3:22 pm

The Checks and Balances Project has announced that the U.S. State Department’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) has launched a conflicts-of-interest investigation into dirty dealings pertaining to the contractor tasked to perform the environmental review for the northern half of TransCanada’s Keystone XL tar sands pipeline on behalf of State.

Progress Kentucky Allegedly Behind Mitch McConnell Campaign Recording

By: Thursday April 11, 2013 1:55 pm

An audio recording of Senator Mitch McConnell having a an opposition research meeting on his potential opponent Ashley Judd was published by Mother Jones. The meeting reveals McConnell and co-conspirators planning a nasty campaign against Judd including mental health smears. Further issues arose when the transcription seemed to indicate that McConnell may have been using government staff for campaign business, a violation of the law.

Now it seems the source of the leaked audio to Mother Jones has been identified as coming from a Kentucky based Super PAC, Progress Kentucky.

Corporate Interests Influencing State Legislators via National Conference of State Legislatures

By: Tuesday December 18, 2012 7:22 pm

The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) describes itself as “a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the nation’s 50 states, its commonwealths and territories. NCSL provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues.”

Affiliated with NCSL, is the NCSL Foundation which was created by NCSL as a “nonprofit tax-exempt 501(c)(3) corporation that offers opportunities for businesses, national associations, nonprofit organizations and unions seeking to improve the state legislative process and enhance NCSL’s services to all legislatures.”

While the descriptions sound benign, the access to legislators NCSL and the NCSL Foundation provide to fossil fuel interests and other corporate “sponsors” sounds a lot like lobbying.

Fracking Your Future: Shale Gas Industry Targets College Campuses, K-12 Schools

By: Thursday October 18, 2012 6:00 pm

In Pennsylvania – a state that sits in the heart of the Marcellus Shale basin – the concept of “frackademia” and “frackademics” has taken on an entirely new meaning.

On Sept. 27, the PA House of Representatives – in a 136-62 vote – passed a bill that allows hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking” to take place on the campuses of public universities. Its Senate copycat version passed in June in a 46-3 vote and Republican Gov. Tom Corbett signed it into law as Act 147 on Oct. 8.

Another Week Lost for the Romney Campaign

By: Wednesday September 19, 2012 10:15 am

Effectively, this was an entire week wasted for a campaign when they have no time to waste. There are only seven weeks until the election and even fewer until early voting starts.

Obama Campaign’s Straightforward Response to Romney’s 47% Comment

By: Tuesday September 18, 2012 9:53 am

The Obama campaign clearly feels they have a juicy new opening against Mitt Romney. With in less than 24 hours the Obama team has already seized on a video leaked to Mother Jones were Romney tells a room full of millionaire that 47 percent of the country is with Obama because they are “dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims.”

Fatster’s Roundup from May 1, 2012

By: Wednesday May 2, 2012 6:30 am

Fatster compiles links and stories with news about Occupy Wall Street, home ownership, pension funds, US manufacturing, fracking regulations, babies born addicted, Rupert Murdoch, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Mother Jones and more.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Joe Burns, Reviving the Strike: How Working People Can Regain Power and Transform America

By: Saturday June 18, 2011 1:59 pm

Joe Burns’ incredibly important new book seems to me much larger than the labor movement. I hope he will share with us today some insights into his view of U.S. labor history and the potential for a U.S. labor future, but also his perspective on how this impacts our society as a whole. Are we right to look to the labor movement as a possible ally in the struggle for justice and maybe even peace?

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