Since the US Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in Citizens United, corporations and the wealthy have increased their political contributions exponentially. We’re seeing the effect of that decision here in Colorado as the oil and gas industry pours more than $30 million into this election cycle and too many of our state-level elected officials feel beholden to the fracking industry. In the 2015 municipal election contributions to candidates totaled more than $4.6 million, with 26 percent of donations coming from corporations and Political Action Committees (PACS). City residents across the political spectrum agree — our campaign finance system is broken. As campaigns become more about who can raise the most money and not about who has the best ideas, big money is drowning out residents’ voices, blocking access to our elected officials, and causing paralysis in government. It’s time to get big money out of our politics. Denver voters have the opportunity to vote … [Read more...] about Guest Post: Two approaches to getting big money out of politics
Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg Published 7:54 am PDT, Monday, October 15, 2018 German Chancellor Angela Merkel at a news conference following a European Union (EU) leaders summit in Brussels on Feb. 23, 2018. German Chancellor Angela Merkel at a news conference following a European Union (EU) leaders summit in Brussels on Feb. 23, 2018. Photo: Bloomberg Photo By Dario Pignatelli. Photo: Bloomberg Photo By Dario Pignatelli. Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 German Chancellor Angela Merkel at a news conference following a European Union (EU) leaders summit in Brussels on Feb. 23, 2018. German Chancellor Angela Merkel at a news conference following a European Union (EU) leaders summit in Brussels on Feb. 23, 2018. Photo: Bloomberg Photo By Dario … [Read more...] about German voters are tired of immigration politics
The Young Turks slashed more staff this week and ended a number of their non-political programs, a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed to TheWrap on Tuesday. Among the shows hit were “What The Flick” co-hosted by TheWrap reviews editor Alonso Duralde, “Pop Trigger,” and “Nerd Alert.” The company declined to say how many employees were affected, but a different individual with knowledge of situation tells TheWrap that at least 15 people were affected in the latest layoffs, and that since June the company has let approximately 25 people go. According to the individual, morale is low as the have layoffs affected studio employees such as editors, crew and members of TYT’s publishing team, as well as entertainment hosts and producers. NewsOK highlights articles of interest from selected websites to increase the scope of commentary and coverage available to readers. Readers are linked back to the source of the content. … [Read more...] about Young Turks Slashes Staff, Drops Entertainment Programming
Most agree that a full calendar year is sufficient time to evaluate political matters. It is with this thought in my mind that I began to examine what has the expiration of one year after Officer Darren Wilson murdered Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, on August 9, 2014, revealed about the African-American community’s political program and plans. We must not forget what Michael Brown’s murder revealed to the nation about militarized police units, the absence of political power in city’s where African-Americans serve as a silent political majority, and the unproductive urban riots/rebellions that have historically served as political statements for the voiceless. If nothing else, Michael Brown’s murder convinced America that it had not matured into a much-ballyhooed ‘post-racial America’. We MUST Understand that the decision from the Ferguson, Missouri, grand jury to not return an indictment against Officer Darren Wilson reminded Black America … [Read more...] about A Year After Ferguson: Where is Black Leaders Political Plan?
Fellow Newsmax Insider Columnist Scott Rasmussen has done some number crunching and he reports in the 2018 midterm elections 48 congressional seats held by Democrats have no Republican opposition in the fall. On the other side of the aisle, in the districts currently held by Republicans, only nine lack a Democrat opponent. That is worse than 2014, which, according to Roll Call, had 30 Congressmen running unopposed in the general election. Even then many of the candidates who were running in 2016 were what Janet Shannon terms “plane crash candidates.” Meaning their only hope of victory was if a plane carrying the incumbent crashed. USA Today bears her out as it reported in 2016 that only 40 of the 435 congressional races that year were competitive, with the rest being incumbent shoo-ins. Why is there so little competition for well-paid indoor jobs with no heavy lifting? In a word: Gerrymandering. In our modern world voters no longer pick their congressmen. Instead the … [Read more...] about Our Political Class Discourages Recruitment