Like in New York, Washington State Senate to Be Run By Republicans Despite Democratic Victory at the Ballot Box

By: Tuesday December 11, 2012 12:13 pm

For the second time, Democrats who won the most votes in one chamber of a state legislature will not actually run the chamber, thanks to conservative dissidents who swung the balance of power to the other side. We already saw this kind of power-sharing arrangement in the New York State Senate, and now we’re seeing [...]

Vote By Mail Clearly the Best Solution to Getting Hundreds of Millions of Americans to Vote

By: Tuesday November 6, 2012 11:24 am

So, I voted. I don’t remember the exact day, but it was sometime in early October. California allows residents to sign up for permanent vote-by-mail. They get their ballot a month in advance and can then mail it back in. You can vote with all the materials in front of you, you don’t have to [...]

The Smug Indifference of the Liberal Classes to the Threat of Losing the Medicaid Expansion in Red States

By: Tuesday July 3, 2012 7:25 am

I think this anecdote tells you all you need to know about the liberal reaction to the possibility of several Republican Governors opting out of the Medicaid expansion: Hours after the Supreme Court upheld President Barack Obama’s health law on Thursday, but made its Medicaid expansion optional, senior White House officials were asked by a [...]

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 [...]

Schneiderman Settles Suit Against Banks for Use of MERS for Paltry $25 Million

By: Wednesday March 14, 2012 6:17 am

One of the big claims by defenders of the foreclosure fraud settlement is that it’s just a down payment on future actions. The release was narrow enough that state and federal regulators can still hold the banks accountable for their crimes. Why, even some active lawsuits were carved out to allow state AGs to pursue [...]

Kucinich, Squeezed Out By Redistricting, Loses Primary to Kaptur in Ohio

By: Wednesday March 7, 2012 6:15 am

Dennis Kucinich, the eight-term Congressman from Cleveland, lost his bid for re-election last night in a primary to fellow Rep. Marcy Kaptur. Ohio lost two seats after the 2010 reapportionment, and eliminated a seat in the Cleveland region, giving Kucinich few options. He decided to try to defeat Kaptur largely on her turf, and came [...]

Washington Gov. Gregoire Supports Marriage Equality, Will Introduce Bill

By: Wednesday January 4, 2012 12:57 pm

The two states next up for marriage equality fights in the legislature are Maryland and Washington. Other states have ballot measures on banning same-sex marriage, like Minnesota and North Carolina. But Maryland and Washington are the two where equality could expand, along with California in the event of a favorable court ruling. Maryland has the [...]

Boeing/NLRB Dispute Likely Ends With Machinist Union Settlement

By: Wednesday November 30, 2011 2:15 pm

The Machinists union reached tentative agreement on a new four-year contract with Boeing, in a move that probably ends the dispute over moving a factory from Washington State to South Carolina, which prompted action from the NLRB against what they saw as an illegal labor violation: It is not immediately clear what, if any, impact [...]

Foreclosure Fraud Settlement Becomes Political Campaign Issue

By: Friday September 30, 2011 10:15 am

As yet another deadline in the foreclosure fraud settlement passes, an intriguing dynamic is taking hold. Attorneys General with aspirations for higher office – and that describes almost all Attorneys General – are feeling pressure, entirely from the side which doesn’t want to see a broad settlement and a whitewash for the banks. Two more [...]

Bank of America Death Watch Update: Lawsuit in Washington, Elevated GSE Claims

By: Friday August 5, 2011 10:16 am

It’s not just Eric Schneiderman. Bank of America faces a new lawsuit from the state of Washington, whose Attorney General, Rob McKenna, is a Republican. The case involves ReconTrust, a foreclosure trustee that forecloses loans serviced by BofA and is wholly owned by BofA as well. McKenna argues in the court filing that ReconTrust has [...]

As Foreclosure Fraud Consent Decree Gets Slammed, AGs Should Get to Work With Investigations

By: Thursday April 7, 2011 8:20 am

Chris Hayes is one of the only commentators with a broadcast TV platform who actually gets the foreclosure crisis. And he was unerring in his assessment of the fake consent decree that federal regulators are trying to use to undermine the AG settlement with banks and servicers. He rightly says that the terms of the [...]

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