Single Payer Fight to Intensify in States if Court Strikes Down Health Care Law

By: Wednesday June 27, 2012 1:20 pm

One school of thought in progressive circles, if the Supreme Court strikes down the Affordable Care Act, is that this will afford an opportunity to return to the public with a full-throated call for “Medicare for All,” a single-payer system that would use taxes to fund health coverage for all of the country’s citizens, as is done throughout the world. The idea appears to have some traction at the state level, especially in states like Vermont and California that have already considered the idea.

 

Emergency Evacuation, Drill Requirements Quietly Cut While Nuclear Regulators Consider Doubling Length of License Extensions

By: Thursday May 17, 2012 2:40 pm

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will hold a public meeting tonight (Thursday, May 17) on the safety and future of the Indian Point Energy Center (IPEC), a nuclear power plant located in Buchanan, NY, less than 40 miles north of New York City. The Tarrytown, NY “open house” (as it is billed) is designed to explain and answer questions about the annual assessment of safety at IPEC delivered by the NRC in March, but will also serve as a forum where the community can express its concerns in advance of the regulator’s formal relicensing hearings for Indian Point, expected to start later this year.

And if you are in the area–even as far downwind as New York City–you can attend.

Vermont Continues Working Towards A Universal Health Care System

By: Wednesday April 25, 2012 10:00 am

The government of Vermont continues to chug along with their multi-year plan to establish a universal health care system modeled on single payer. The most recent step is that the two chambers of the legislature have approved a new bill creating the health care exchange required by the Affordable Care Act and to require everyone to purchase insurance through the Exchange.

4/20: A Look at Marijuana Reform Advances This Year

By: Friday April 20, 2012 9:55 am

With today being the unofficial holiday for cannabis in the United States, it is a good time to look back at the advances the marijuana reform movement has made in the past 365 days.

Super Tuesday – Live Blog Part Two – Update: Santorum Wins North Dakota, Romney Wins Idaho

By: Tuesday March 6, 2012 6:27 pm

It is Super Tuesday with 10 states voting: Alaska, Georgia, Idaho, Massachusetts, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Ohio, Tennessee, Vermont, and Virginia. You can find my primer for tonight here and find part one of the live blog here. Real time results can be found at Politico or Google. To recap: So far Newt Gingrich won Georgia. [...]

Super Tuesday – Live Blog – Update: Gingrich Wins Georgia – Romney Wins Massachusetts, Virginia and Vermont – Santorum Wins Tennessee and Oklahoma

By: Tuesday March 6, 2012 3:59 pm

It is Super Tuesday in the Republican presidential primary. This is the single biggest day in the primary with roughly 20 percent of the delegates at stake. People are voting in ten states today: Alaska, Georgia, Idaho, Massachusetts, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Ohio, Tennessee, Vermont, and Virginia. You can find my primer for tonight here.

Super Tuesday Primary Primer

By: Tuesday March 6, 2012 11:00 am

Today is the all important Super Tuesday. Ten states with nearly 20 percent of the total delegates are voting in the Republican presidential primary: Alaska, Georgia, Idaho, Massachusetts, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Ohio, Tennessee, Vermont, and Virginia. Here’s a summary of what to expect in each of these states and what the polls are saying.

Romney’s Big Built in Advantages on Super Tuesday

By: Friday March 2, 2012 9:05 am

Next week is the all-important Super Tuesday, the single biggest day on the Republican Presidential primary calendar. There will be ten states voting that day: Alaska, Georgia, Idaho, Massachusetts, South Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia.

Nuclear “Renaissance” Meets Economic Reality, But Who Gets the Bill?

By: Friday February 24, 2012 3:15 pm

The real profits in the nuclear racket come from the ability to collect on services not rendered and a product not delivered, or at least not delivered regularly. Because the system backstops the financing of nuclear facilities while also allowing plant operators to pass both real and anticipated costs onto ratepayers, many American taxpayers are poised to pay twice for nuclear power plants that don’t produce power.

$80.35 Million in Foreclosure Fraud Settlement Funds Now Getting Redirected to State Budgets

By: Thursday February 23, 2012 1:45 pm

I’m trying to keep a running tally of the direct funds to states from the foreclosure fraud settlement that will get diverted to General Funds to fill budget holes. When we last left this story, Maine had decided to send $5.7 million to the general fund, joining Missouri’s $40 million and Wisconsin’s $26 million. So [...]

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