OH: Spending Cap Shuffle May Indicate Weakening of a Wedge

What political observer is not interested in changes in Ohio's political landscape? The state has a tendency to be decisive in Presidential elections and is gripped by high-profile races for Governor and Senator this year. So it is very interesting that conservatives appear to be edging away from a radical Constitutional spending cap modeled on Colorado's failed TABOR law.

Beyond the Minimum Wage: New Policies to Raise Wages

The reality for working Americans is that wages have been largely stagnant for over three decades.   For many workers -- especially those without a college degree -- pay has actually gotten worse, meaning that this generation is the first one in American history which is not doing signficantly better than the previous one.  Part of the reason for these stagnant wages is that inflation was allowed to erode the federal minimum wage-- its inflation-adjusted value dropping from $9.12 per hour in 1968 down to just $5.15 per hour in 2005.  

CA: National Popular Vote Advances

In states across the country, a simple idea is building momentum. Rather than amending the Constitution to guarantee that the winner of the national popular vote wins the Presidency, why not simply amend state law?

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.

CO: National Popular Vote Bill Moves Forward

The Colorado Senate has approved on second reading a bill that would award Colorado's Presidential electors to the winner of the national popular vote, providing enough states to determine the winner do the same. The bill is one of several being advanced nationally by National Popular Vote advocates. The bill had bipartisan support and was sponsored by Senators Entz (R), Evans (R), Gordon (D), and Groff (D).

Anti-TABOR Forces Get Boost From Maine Court

In states across the country, the far-right is pushing "TABOR" measures based on Colorado's now infamous spending cap. The Colorado model that capped spending increases at a rate equal to population growth plus inflation and that ratcheted down spending in recession years, is now being largely eschewed by the right following voter rescindment of the awful legislation in Colorado.

Family-Friendly Business Rules

Two states, two different stories. Colorado's House just weakened a bill that would allow workers to take a small amount of time off each week for family reasons, such as parent-teacher meetings. Meanwhile, Arizona's legislature is unanimously moving a bill forward to protect the right of mothers to breast feed their children in public businesses.

CO: Business Community Considers Family Leave to be a Slap in the Face

Colorado's progressive legislature charge forward on family leave has been altered due to concerns that family time was bad for employers.

The Minimum Wage, Conservative Posturing, and Progressive Success

Fully aware that their anti-worker policies are anathema to most Americans, corporate conservatives often posture and position themselves on worker issues to avoid bearing the full brunt of the backlash from their noxious positions and to try to fix blame on their opponents, who really are working for the common interest.

Immigration: The Left's Real Solutions and the Right's Failed Attempts

The Stateside Dispatch this morning took a hard look at immigration, ranging from progressive solutions for immigration related issues to cold, hard facts about why the right-wing tactics of demonize and divide do little to solve any problems and exacerbate America's problems in a host of ways. The fact of the matter is that there are positive steps America's legislators can take to minimize the impact of corporate America's underground economy.