Under the state of Missouri’s Sunshine Act, material that is deemed to be in the public’s interest can be provided to individuals and news agencies, if it is deemed to be in the public’s interest to see.
However, the city of Ferguson has decided that materials related to the death of Michael Brown are not in the public’s interest. CBS News reports that requests that they turn over government files related to the murder of the unarmed African-American teenager are being met with exorbitant costs - some more than 10 times that of some of their own employees’ salaries - for the records.
The racist town council of Ferguson is using Michael Brown’s death to fill its coffers. This is absolutely disgusting.
For supporters of voting rights, the traditional knock on voter-ID laws is that they’re intended to solve a problem that doesn’t exist. Republican policymakers who insist on creating this new hurdle, forcing voters to show identification they never needed before to cast a ballot, argue that the laws are necessary to prevent “voter fraud,” which largely exists in their imagination.
Virginia, Wisconsin, Texas, and Kansas are disenfranchising millions of people, most of whom are non-white Democratic voters.
Fucking treason with a capital T… any Republican (and idiotic Dems supporting this should be locked up)
Conservative members of the current Congress have appeared more often on the network talk shows than their liberal counterparts. Senators and representatives from the conservative end of the ideological spectrum have made 57 percent of the appearances, compared with 42 percent for liberals, according to an Upshot analysis of data collected by American University.
This slightly lopsided distribution is primarily the result of three Republican senators’ frequent visits to the network shows: John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Mitch McConnell…
The analysis excludes former members of Congress who have contractual agreements to appear on one of the five shows: “Fox News Sunday,” NBC’s “Meet the Press,” CBS’s “Face the Nation,” ABC’s “This Week” and CNN’s “State of the Union.” The appearances were compiled from data collected by the Women in Politics Institute at American University.
When the Sunday shows have turned to former members of Congress, the same ideological pattern emerges: Conservatives have made 56 percent of the appearances, compared with 41 percent for liberals.
Welcome to the wonderful world of Kochville! In the Koch brothers’ self-serving utopia, horrible things like the minimum wage, social security and environmental protections have been disbanded, and the Kochs’ hand-picked candidates are welcome.
American Bridge’s new online advertising campaign is set to hold these extreme Republican candidates accountable for sharing the self-serving agenda the Kochs have been pushing for decades — an agenda that further rewards the wealthiest at the expense of working families. Watch the ads… [or] learn more at RealKochFacts.com.
Senate Republicans on Monday blocked for the fourth time a bill that would strengthen federal equal pay laws for women.
The Paycheck Fairness Act would ban employers from retaliating against employees who share salary information with each other, impose harsher penalties for pay discrimination and require employers to be able to show that wage gaps between men and women are based on factors other than gender.
The bill needed 60 votes to overcome a Republican filibuster…
The recalled Arizona senate president who proposed the state’s controversial anti-immigration law said he could fix public assistance programs by forcibly sterilizing women who receive aid and by requiring drug tests for all recipients…
[Russell Pearce] suggested drastic cuts to food assistance for needy families…
He also suggested Spartan accommodations and strict rules for anyone who received government housing assistance.
“Ever live in a military barracks?” he said. “You’ll maintain your property in a clean, good state of repair, and your home will be subjected to an inspection at any time, possessions will be inventoried…”
Here’s some more about Mr. Compassionate Conservatism:
Pearce, who lost a 2011 recall election over ethics concerns and his sponsorship of the controversial anti-immigration law [SB-1070], claimed on his job application to his recent post that he attended graduate school at the University of Arizona – which said he had not.
Pearce accepted but didn’t report nearly $40,000 in paid junkets and college football tickets from Fiesta Bowl officials while helping them receive state subsidies.
He also claims to have attended graduate school at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, although he apparently overstated his participation.
A Harvard spokesman told the newspaper Pearce had attended a three-week seminar there in 1996, but he never enrolled in the Kennedy School’s graduate program.