Hurricane Isaac Makes Landfall, Will Pound Gulf Coast Region for Days

By: Wednesday August 29, 2012 11:45 am

Hurricane Isaac has made landfall in Louisiana, but it is basically hovering over the Gulf Coast, moving very slowly. The slowness of the storm and the circulation of much of it over water means that it will probably continue for some time, which means days of rain and more flooding over a broad coastal region. [...]

Demagoguery Will Trump Financial Incentives in the Medicaid Expansion Fight

By: Monday July 2, 2012 11:54 am

So far we have Florida and South Carolina definitively saying they will opt out of the Medicaid expansion in the Affordable Care Act, and a few other Republican governors, like Bobby Jindal in Louisiana, close on their heels. This represents well over a million potential covered residents who would go without Medicaid coverage in the [...]

ALEC Wasn’t First Industry Trojan Horse Behind Sham Fracking Disclosure Bill – Enter CSG

By: Wednesday May 2, 2012 1:51 pm

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog 19th Century German statesman Otto von Bismarck once said, “If you like laws and sausages, you should never watch either one being made.” The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), put on the map by the Center for Media and Democracy in its “ALEC Exposed” project, is the archetype of von Bismarck’s truism. So too are the fracking [...]

Deal on Payroll Tax/UI Bill To Get Vote Within Days

By: Thursday February 16, 2012 6:28 am

Negotiators say they have a deal on a $150 billion bill to extend the payroll tax cut, some unemployment insurance benefits and the “doc fix” to the end of the year, a bill that will sacrifice some health care prevention money, several weeks of unemployment eligibility, and at the very end, pension contributions for new [...]

Obama Opens Part of National Petroleum Reserve In Alaska to Leases for Drilling

By: Saturday May 14, 2011 9:35 am

President Obama announced in his weekly address a plan to open part of the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska to oil drilling. Through an executive order, the President would also extend leases in the Gulf of Mexico for oil concerns that were subject to the moratorium on deepwater drilling after the BP oil disaster, as [...]

Landrieu, Begich Defend Big Oil Subsidies

By: Thursday May 12, 2011 6:19 am

Tax subsidies for Big Oil are giveaways to companies that make huge profits. The amount of subsidies that Democrats want to claw back over ten years represent 60% of what Big Oil made last quarter. Oil is traded on a global market, and the Congressional Research Service confirmed that eliminating the subsidies would have virtually [...]

Hopes of Redistricting Gains for Republicans Fade

By: Thursday April 7, 2011 10:52 am

I remember Republicans crowing that a big side effect to their victories in the 2010 elections would be that they control the redistricting process, and that they would be able to gerrymander the maps and allow themselves continued dominance in the House of Representatives. But the reality is proving a lot different. In Iowa, despite [...]

An Unfolding Catastrophe in the Gulf

By: Saturday May 1, 2010 12:21 pm

The underwater gusher dropping 200,000 gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico every day continues unabated, and the unprecedented nature of the incident, basically an undersea volcano spitting oil out from a mile deep, makes it impossible to predict when it will ever be mitigated. The problem with the April 20 spill is that [...]

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