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The Trans-Pacific Partnership: economic boon or economic boondoggle?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve no doubt heard of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a a proposed regional regulatory and investment treaty negotiated in secret and which is alleged to contain a host of provisions that would extend restrictive intellectual property (IP) laws across the globe and place a three-lawyer tribunal in charge […]

Why is the national media buying Gov. Scott Walker’s “everyman” routine?

This is an excellent read… Also this weekend came the news that Walker’s administration admitted it had overbilled two Wisconsin family planning clinics by 93 percent – or at least $3.2 million. The move was so blatantly ideological that the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel said the change “raised more questions than it answered.”

Walker’s New Hampshire “Everyman” […]

Report: U.S. world leader in childhood poverty

This is absolutely disgraceful. America’s wealth grew by 60 percent in the past six years, by over $30 trillion. In approximately the same time, the number of homeless children has also grown by 60 percent.

Financier and CEO Peter Schiff said, “People don’t go hungry in a capitalist economy.” The 16 million kids on food […]

Scott Walker honors Earth Day by proposing to fire 57 employees of Department of Natural Resources

Happy Earth Day, courtesy of Gov. Scott Walker! Fifty-seven employees of the state Department of Natural Resources began receiving formal notices this week that they might face layoff as part of Gov. Scott Walker’s budget for the next two fiscal years…

The DNR’s scientific staff conducts research on matters ranging from estimating the size of […]

Democrat Christine Sinicki proposes “black box” recorders in operating rooms

This is an interesting proposal… Would patients undergoing surgery benefit from having a “black box” in the operating room?

A Wisconsin legislator said Wednesday she planned to introduce such a bill, one that would require that hospitals to offer patients the option of having their surgeries videotaped.

Rep. Christine Sinicki (D-Milwaukee) said such a measure […]

David Koch’s pick for Republican presidential nomination? Why, Scott Walker of course!

This should surprise absolutely no one… Charles G. and David H. Koch, the influential and big-spending conservative donors, appear to have a favorite in the race for the Republican presidential nomination: Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin.

On Monday, at a fund-raising event in Manhattan for the New York State Republican Party, David Koch told donors […]

Wisconsin State Senate passes bill eliminating waiting period for handgun purchases

I’m having a hard time understanding why eliminating the 48-hour waiting period for handgun purchases in Wisconsin is necessary, except to help further burnish Gov. Scott Walker’s conservative credentials for the extremist conservatives who comprise the base of the Republican Party. The Wisconsin Senate voted on Tuesday to repeal the state’s 48-hour waiting period for […]

Rand Paul touted “nobility of charity” in 2011 as an alternative to Social Security, Meals on Wheels

This is from a few years ago, but it bears mentioning given Republican Sen. Rand Paul’s recently announced campaign for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. Mary Jane Koren, a geriatrician and vice-president of the Commonwealth Fund, noted that seniors often suffer health problems and are put in nursing homes after falling down. Poor nutrition […]

Guest Blog: give the gift of life

April is known by several titles; Organ Donor month, Donate the Gift of Life month, and several other variations, all of which call attention to the same theme; that is, most if not all can contribute, as our last act, to the continuation of life for others through organ donation.

We are told on the […]

Scott Walker campaign speech gets bumped to smaller room by wedding

Ouch….this is gonna leave a mark.

Scott Walker, getting no favors from NHGOP. His speech tonight moved into far smaller room b/c wedding taking over main venue.

— Reid J. Epstein (@reidepstein) April 18, 2015