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New Latino Voters May Change Political Map

"Today we march, tomorrow we vote!" - the chant at the recent immigration rights rallies -- may translate into a changed electoral landscape in many states across the country.

The 65% Distraction

And distraction is what the newest rightwing educational campaign -- the so-called "65% Solution" -- is all about.

The proposal requires each district to spend at least 65% of all revenue "in the classroom." It's poll-tested and sounds good -- Georgia has passed it, with many other states proposing similar bills.

GA: New Jobs or Costly Boondoggle?

On the heels of plant closings by Ford and GM, Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue needed something to turn around his manufacturing jobs performance. That something ended up being $400 million in incentives to South Korean automaker Kia to build a plant in Georgia. The Kia plant is expected at best to create 2,500 jobs, less than half the number lost from the closing of the Ford and GM plants.

Feds Propose Gutting State Protections Against Predatory Lending

North Carolina was the first state to pass a law reining in shady predatory lending practices, such as steep prepayment penalties, balloon payments and the sale of high-cost loans to borrowers who could qualify for lower rates. Soon a number of other states followed with similar laws and the result, according to a new study, is that homeowners now save $9.1 billion per year.

IDing the Real Problem and Preventing Voter Intimidation

The right wing has a magnificent tendency to solve problems that don't exist in a way that tilts the playing field for their own side. For the latest example, we need look no further than Pennsylvania, where Governor Ed Rendell is poised to veto legislation that serves little real purpose other than helping conservatives build power. As Tom Ferrick, Jr., aptly described, HB1318 would have made it less likely that low-income citizens were voting by instituting rigorous ID requirements and shutting down polling places. The regulations are a joke as fraud is extremely rare, but the provisions being advanced are widely acknowledged to undermine turnout among low-income and urban residents.

GA: Rep. Earl Ehrhart Goes to Bat for Corporate Interests. Again.

If you've read PLAN's report on how the right-wing operates in the states, Rep. Earl Ehrhart's name probably rings a bell. The Georgia legislator is a past chairman of ALEC and takes the cake for his unsurpassed willingness to loudly and proudly announce his desire to work for the corporate interests who line his pockets. So it shouldn't be too surprising to read today in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Rep.