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With Congress loathe to mandate higher fuel efficiency in cars, the Pew Charitable Trusts have begun a campaign to increase mileage per gallon. But some groups don't seem to think fuel efficiency is a problem, arguing that a car's size, comfort, and style all impact efficiency.
If you think Wal-Mart wages are bad in the US, try working for their stores in Mexico. Child grocery baggers at their supermarkets throughout Mexico are paid exactly... nothing. That's right; they receive no pay despite Wal-Mart de Mexico's $1.1 billion in profits last year. Wal-Mart refers...
As the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) comes up for reauthorization in Congress, the Right is working fervently to quash any expansion of the program. What's wrong with health care for children, you ask? Conservatives know that each successful expansion of SCHIP proves the...
A recently passed bill in North Carolina will require mental health parity as part of health coverage; an achievement all should applaud. All except the State Policy Network, an alliance of right-wing "think" tanks. They'd rather complain about the cost mental health coverage would...
Representatives in the US House introduced a resolution last month to recognize the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court case Loving v. Virginia, which barred anti-miscegenation laws. While we can all agree Loving was a good decision, officially commemorating it is part of a "propaganda...
Oregon made significant progress this year cracking down on predatory lending. But it's important to look back at the opposition these measures ran into. The Chair of the Commerce Committee, through which the bills passed said lobbyists and those within the industry pushed him to drop the bill...
Today a study in the hypocrisy brought to the absurd:
  One of the lesser mentioned consequences of last month's meltdown in the Montana legislature is its waste of tax dollars. As mentioned earlier, the right-wing leadership in the House was unable to pass a budget, and instead wasted their time threatening to de-fund, completely, the state...
The Supreme Court's recent Gonzalez v. Carhart decision, approving a federal ban on late-term abortion, has set off a wave of anti-abortion action in the states.  Already, 31 states with late-term bans --frozen until this month's decision-- have been targeted for restrictive...
The American rightwing is a fascinating mixture of bottom-line driven corporations and fierce ideologues interested in advancing their single issues. We single out the pharmaceutical and oil and gas industries, as well as the anti-immigration movement, for this Dispatch, but we could have just as...
Go to college. Get your degree. Get a good-paying job. That's supposed to be the path to success in America, right? So why are we forcing single mothers to work 30 hours per week on top of attending college and raising a family in order to remain eligible for government assistance? Under new...
The Trailhead isn't just starting to attract notice. They caught the attention of government watchdogs a while ago, when a simple Freedom of Information inquiry into whether Bill Owen was using his office to help donors to his 527 resulted in a threatening letter from Trailhead's own...
Less than twenty-four hours before progressives from across New England converged in Concord, New Hampshire to find strategies for cleaning up government, Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher was indicted for conspiracy, official misconduct, and political discrimination. Although the Governor maintains...
No list of America's embarassing Governors could really be complete without at least mentioning Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour. His latest claim to fame? He arranged the startup financing for a GOP telemarketing firm that was involved in illegal election dirty tricks in both New Hampshire...
When states try to raise the minimum wage, you can count on the Employment Policies Institute to be there with "studies" arguing for the horrible things that happen when the working poor get a raise. But like most rightwing think tanks, it's studies are not the product of scholarship...