ALEC – The Organization Rewriting State Laws Across the Country

By: Wednesday July 13, 2011 11:53 am

Since the 2010 election, conservative legislatures in practically every state have almost immediately plunked down a spate of bills with a very unified focus, attacking unions, Planned Parenthood, and cherished social programs. If you have wondered about the shelf where all this legislation sits and waits for conservatives to marshal their numbers, it’s located at [...]

Dennis Kucinich Settles Olive Pit Lawsuit

By: Friday January 28, 2011 2:11 pm

While we await the Egyptian Speaker of Parliament, who is apparently about to make an important statement about the government, I wanted to put a quick capper on this story about Dennis Kucinich and his dental issues. The announcement that he was suing a Congressional cafeteria because he bit into an olive pit sparked a [...]

Obama Writes To Congress, Cites GOP Proposals From Summit To Be Included In Health Care Bill

By: Tuesday March 2, 2010 10:38 am

In a letter to the Congressional leadership, President Obama gave a wrap-up of the health care summit and highlighted several proposals offered by Republicans that he will include in his final proposal for a bill. But he rejected any calls to either start over or scale back the comprehensive measure which has already passed both [...]

A Look At GOP Tort Reform And Its Consequences

By: Tuesday February 9, 2010 9:19 am

Robert Pear and David Herzsenhorn have a really pathetic article in the NYT today talking about Republican health reform ideas. The article lacks most context about how these plans would do almost nothing to lower the rate of the uninsured while mainly opening up new markets for insurance conglomerates and gutting state-level regulations. But I [...]

A Quick Note On The Boast That the Health Care Bill Includes Republican Ideas

By: Monday February 8, 2010 10:56 am

Democratic leadership is pushing around this Ezra Klein story about how the health care bill passed by the Senate incorporates all the major ideas from Republican health care proposals. Tort reform, interstate insurance, the ability for states to design their own plans, capping the employer deduction, throwing out public options in favor of a private-only [...]

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