The 1 Percent’s “Fiscal Cliff” Counter-Revolution Will Be Televised

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Richard “RJ” Eskow: Let’s stop hearing smart and insightful people say that Adelson and his pals “lost” millions on this election. That money, plus the GOP’s creepy gerrymandering, bought them the House of Representatives.

Occupy’s ‘Shut Down the Corporations’ Action: Success or Failure?

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Shamus Cooke: Occupy has amazing potential in its ability to coordinate actions across a vast country, but the only way to draw in the broader working class is to listen to their issues and fight to achieve their goals. Any other path unnecessarily wastes precious movement fuel.

Census Bureau Prison Miscounts Burden Local Governments

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Leah Sakala: Rather than forcing counties and municipalities that house prisons to grapple individually with the distortions caused by flawed population data, it is far more logical for the Census Bureau to count incarcerated people at home in the first place.

Obama’s Hillary Card

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Brent Budowsky: Hillary Clinton as vice presidential nominee would electrify the Democratic vote from women and turn the gender gap into a gender canyon. Equally important, Hillary Clinton has great appeal to working-class voters of all races.

How Redistricting Might Hurt California’s African Americans

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Anthony Samad: The CCRC now claims that Blacks are OVER represented in the state’s Congressional delegation. Their mindset is being reflected in the maps released so far.

Prison-Based Gerrymandering

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Sharon Kyle: Prison-based gerrymandering may result in the loss of both federal dollars and political representation for struggling inner-city districts.

Texas: Undercutting Latino Vote

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Andrea Nill: The creation of only one new Latino district in a state where Latinos are driving population growth and will soon be the majority amounts to anything short of Republican gerrymandering.

More Black Men in Prison Than Were Enslaved II

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Prison Based Gerrymandering Vote ecently we ran a piece written by Dick Price entitled, “More Black Men Now in Prison System Than Were Enslaved“. Tens of thousands read it. Many left comments. The popularity of his article and the comments posted lead to this follow-up. The article Dick wrote was a recap of a talk [...]

A (Mostly) Thoughtful California Electorate

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Ron Wolff: Voters demonstrated sophistication and thoughtfulness, first, because they failed to allow the onslaught of money to purchase their brains.

Ferial Masry: Surprised Political Legend

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Wendy Block: This Election Day, Masry hopes to make that scenario real by beating Jeff Gorell for the open seat in California’s 37th Assembly District (Ventura/LA County). If she wins, her victory will also be a victory for millions of people half a world away.

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New Years Resolutions

David Swanson: I resolve never to expect elections alone to change anything, and to understand that my activist work begins the day after an election.

California Democrats: “Spreading the Pain” from Sacramento

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When his term mercifully expires next year, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will be leaving the Golden State in the worst condition than at any time its history. If Schwarzenegger and his right-wing Republican co-conspirators get their way (as they always seem to do), they’ll gut every social program and educational institution in the state in [...]

Fair and Balanced Districts?

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by Richard M. Mathews – In a November 25 editorial (“Prop. 11′s point”), the Los Angeles Times stated, “California is supposed to end up with a lot more of those evenly balanced districts.” The Times does not understand of the process of gerrymandering. Balanced districts must not be our goal.

Progressive Democrats of LA Votes NO on Schwarzenegger’s PROP 11 Redistricting

by Linda Sutton – Progressive Democrats of Los Angeles voted overwhelmingly to OPPOSE the Proposition 11 redistricting initiative on the November ballot. Their endorsement committee voted UNANIMOUSLY to recommend opposing it, because the complex measure will result in Republicans taking control of the redistricting agenda. This constitutional amendment would apply only to the state offices [...]

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