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

By: Monday October 8, 2012 8:30 am

Here’s a story at the intersection of catastrophic climate change and austerity. 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 12:59 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 [...]

Wisconsin Democrats Will Try to Recall Scott Walker Next Year

By: Friday June 3, 2011 11:33 am

Democratic Party of Wisconsin chair Mike Tate will announce tonight at the annual convention that the party will try to recall Gov. Scott Walker when he becomes eligible for removal early next year. Once January 2012 hits, activists can gather signatures on a Walker recall, and Tate promises official backing from the state party for [...]

International Association of Fire Fighters Shuts Down Federal Political Donations

By: Wednesday April 27, 2011 7:17 am

Let’s try to compose ourselves here. There has to be someone interested in actual non-birth certificate-based news. So, let’s launch into an eyeball-grabbing discussion of the International Association of Fire Fighters. Because they actually did something interesting yesterday: they withdrew from national politics. Extreme right-wing conservative and so-called Tea Party politicians are coming after fire [...]

Union Attacks Hurting Republicans With Cops, Firefighters

By: Friday April 1, 2011 11:12 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 [...]

Ohio Union-Busting Bill Likely to Go to Statewide Referendum in November

By: Friday March 4, 2011 8:05 am

It’s only a matter of time before the Ohio House passes the anti-union SB 5, which would eliminate the right to strike for public employees, put local officials in change of arbitration and limit collective bargaining on a variety of fronts. Democrats and union leaders have basically no hope that they can stop the House, [...]

Poll: Walker Would Lose if Election Held Today

By: Monday February 28, 2011 2:00 pm

People I talked to in Wisconsin say that Scott Walker isn’t an ideologue as much as he is a politician. He was seen as a moderate in the Legislature, working with left-leaning types on some issues. He saw a moment to “change Wisconsin” by breaking the public employee unions that help fund the Democratic side, [...]

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

By: Friday February 25, 2011 1:32 pm

MADISON, WI (FDL) – While the nation, and this reporter, is transfixed on Wisconsin, another Midwestern state just to the south has a similar battle going on. In Ohio, Republican Gov. John Kasich is trying to restrict and in some cases eliminate public employee collective bargaining in a bill known as SB 5. Unlike Scott [...]

Wisconsin Professional Police Association Asks Walker to Keep Capitol Open

By: Friday February 25, 2011 8:49 am

MADISON, WI (FDL) – This is a big deal. The Wisconsin Professional Police Association has had a major role in the protests at the Capitol. So their response to the coordinated effort to shut down the Capitol and eject protesters is significant. Specifically, the executive director of the WPPA, Jim Palmer, is asking Walker to [...]

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

By: Saturday December 4, 2010 8:17 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 [...]

Practically Every Security-Related Industry Is Unionized, Sen. DeMint

By: Tuesday December 29, 2009 12:07 pm

With Democrats belatedly vowing to hold a roll call vote for the nomination of TSA Administrator Errol Southers early next month, it’s worth delving a bit more deeply into Jim DeMint’s complaint about Southers, that he would move to unionize TSA screeners, which would have a deleterious effect on national security. Surely DeMint, the Republican [...]

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