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CD: Restore the American Promise Meeting

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Weekly Wonk April 20, 2014

The Weekly Wonk is a summary of Oklahoma Policy Institute’s events, publications, blog posts, and coverage. Numbers of the Day and Policy Notes are from our daily news briefing, In The KnowClick here to subscribe to In The Know.

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Fourth Circuit Vindicates First Amendment Right to Access Court Proceedings, Rejects Secret Litigation

By Scott Michelman, board member of the ACLU of Virginia and an attorney with Public Citizen

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Immigration Enforcement Doesn’t Belong in the Courthouse

In a matter of minutes, I went from seeking justice, to bearing witness, to being racially profiled.
My youngest son who is 3 years old often accompanies me as I do my duties as a minister member of our Mid-Kentucky Presbytery in Louisville. We visit new members of the congregation to welcome them. We attend community events and celebrations. Sometimes, he comes with me as I lend a hand to a congregant in need of assistance.

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FY2015 Vermont State Budget Chartbook

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From bad to worse: How Arthur Laffer’s “Rich States, Poor States” rankings refute themselves

Arthur Laffer
Arthur Laffer’s own data says his “Rich States, Poor States” rankings were never that good – and they’re getting worse. A coin flip is actually a better predictor of economic performance.

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The LePage Case against Medicaid Expansion: A House of Cards Built on Fallacies, Contradictions, and Ideology

 “We cannot go grab federal money without understanding just how much Maine taxpayers will wind up paying. Furthermore, it is incredibly irresponsible to put taxpayers on the hook when federal health care subsidies are available that would provide virtually free health care for low-income Mainers.”
– Governor LePage, Press Statement, April 17, 2014

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More Vermonters Have Jobs, but Income Inequality Persists

In what may be an encouraging trend, March data released today show that the number of working Vermonters, including those who are self-employed, increased for the sixth consecutive month. The unemployment rate dropped to 3.4 percent, a low not seen since 2005. At the same time, Vermont private sector employers reported 800 new non-farm payroll jobs, seasonally adjusted.
 
 

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This Week in Progress

This Week in Progress
It’s Friday! This week featured Tax Day, Gov. Rick Snyder filing for reelection and the Detroit Free Press’ Stephen Henderson winning a Pulitzer Prize (Congrats!).
Let’s get progressive!
This week in PM blogging:

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What Captain America Has to Say About the NSA

SPOILER WARNING: This post discusses major plot points of the new Captain America movie.
What is patriotism? Is it doing what the government says, or is it doing what you believe is true to the Constitution and American values? "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" – currently the No. 1 movie in the country – comes down on the latter side, wrapping its message in a red, white, and blue action-packed candy shell.

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