Category Archives: Policy and Politics

JCPS Central Office Takes Care of Its Own — and Insults Teachers In the Process

When you outsource work, you eliminate the positions. Sometimes, if you can, you try to find other jobs that those people can fill. I get that. But who in their right mind puts someone in a teaching position when that … Continue reading

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“Inequality Tower” – A Powerful Infographic

I love statistics. (“stat nerd” – yep) If they are well-researched and well-analyzed, they can help us see past the rhetoric and memes and outright lies that make up so much of our current political discourse. They can get us … Continue reading

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Explainer: TPP, TAA, and Other Trade Things to Know

With all of the talk about “fast track” and “TPP” and “TAA” and other fun TLAs (three-letter acronyms), I thought it might be helpful to do an Explainer covering the main terms: TPA TPP TAA ISDS USTR If you think … Continue reading

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This Use of Religious Freedom Is Wrong … and Dangerous

We’re all aware of the recent attempts by many across the country to use “religious freedom” as an argument for various actions. Whether it is denying service to certain people at retail establishments, or refusing to fill prescriptions for contraceptives … Continue reading

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“Progressive” Doesn’t Always Mean Progressive (Looking at you, PPI)

We’ve known for a long time that the name of an organization is often a smokescreen (h/t to Source Watch): Center for Consumer Freedom is a front group for tobacco, restaurant, and alchoholic industries. National Wetlands Coalition opposes policies to protect … Continue reading

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Miracle: I Agree With Jeff Hoover on Debates

I rarely agree with Jeff Hoover on anything. He’s a conservative Republican and I’m a progressive Democrat, so the odds of us supporting the same programs and policies are usually somewhere between Slim and None. Those odds got a little … Continue reading

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Should You Have A Boycott List?

You’re an activist. You are committed to effecting change in your world. You know that hitting the corporate or institutional pocketbook can be an good way to get someone’s attention. But, you’re just one person. So, why should you have … Continue reading

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More Roundabouts, Please

Want to reduce traffic accidents, calm traffic in general, AND make your city more friendly to pedestrians and bicycle users? One word: roundabouts. Study after study have all shown that roundabouts are exceptionally effective at reducing auto accidents and making … Continue reading

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TPP: We Need Some Trust-but-Verify

“Trust me — it’s going to be a good thing for everyone. It’s one of the strongest trade agreements ever. Just trust me.” President Obama’s message on the Trans-Pacific Pact, the secret trade agreement affecting 40% of the world’s commerce, … Continue reading

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KY Senate: Politics as Sport

A quick post to comment on the C-J story about Senate Republicans gerry-rigging the rules to ram legislation through without due process:

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