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Martin Luther King’s 85th birthday is celebrated today (although January 15, 1929, was the actual date of his birth).
How far have we come since 1968? How much further do we have to go, toward what end, and what are we actually doing to get there?
Join me, Greg Russak, as I fill in for Dan Aronson tonight at 9pmET on Press  for Democracy and let’s try to answer these and other questions together.
Here are some parallels I’ve been thinking about. 46 years after Dr. King’s murder, how is it that we’re back to fighting in some of the very same states once again against voter suppression, and what does that mean in 2014 and 2016?
What about spying? King had J. Edgar Hoover. We have Obama and the NSA. Is this a major concern for you?
Then there’s our generation’s problems such as Citizens United, McCutcheon v FEC, Net Neutrality, TPP and TTIP, and a hyper-partisan, obstructionist 2-party system that only seems to agree when Big Money is on the line.
Is there a root cause to all these issues? If so, what should we be doing about it? I have some ideas. I’d like to hear yours.
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Jeff Clements co-founder and chairman of the board of Free Speech for People. Free - a national non-partisan campaign to overturn Citizens United v. FEC, challenge excessive political power of global corporations, and strengthen American democracy and republican self-government. Jeff is an attorney who has been in private practice as a partner in a major Boston law firm, and in public service as an Assistant Attorney General and Chief of the Public Protection Bureau in the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office.He is the author of Corporations Are Not People: Reclaiming Democracy From Big Money and Global Corporations
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April 7th, 2014
Houston Area Move To Amend Discusses Money & Politics
This week the Supreme Court removed the aggregate limit of dollars that anyone can spend in any election cycle. This puts our entire democracy up for sale to the highest bidder. There are organizations throughout the nation building grassroots movements to amend the constitution in order to fix this constitutional aberration. One of the most successful ones is Move To Amend.,
After the Supreme Court ruling, an affiliate of Move To Amend, Houston Area Move To Amend(Facebook) effected a successful protest in Houston. I am honored to have three of their leaders discuss the corrosive nature of money in our body politic, the apathy that it has caused, and the solutions. Madeleine Crozat-Williams, Mike Badzioch, and Ben Ball will spend the hour with us and will be ready to answer questions.
Visit the blog post here.
This week was a bad week for our democracy. The Supreme Court removed the aggregate limit of dollars that anyone can spend in any election cycle. Only around 646 people reached that limit in the 2011-2012 election cycle. In other words, the Supreme Court ruled that those 646 people’s right of free speech was denied.
This makes the smoking out of wealthy donors that are corrupting the body politic that more important. Senator Harry Reid has begun the process by calling out the Koch Brothers on the floor of the Senate. That seemed to have hurt Charles Koch’s feelings. He penned an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal in which he referred to those who do not see the world as a plutocrat’s domain as collectivists. Let’s talk about that.
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Persecution, NSA, Controlling America, Nigerian Terror, Prophecy Headline News 05-08-14
On the front burner today Persecution Report lists Obama Administration as the NSA moves to monitor the Stock Market. Controlling America, its Conservative website powerbrokers like Drudge, Hannity, and others ramping up. Liberals want America, Anti Gay, Anti Obama Policies not welcomed, plus Washington’s Smile of Heaven on America. It is an end of the week wrap with aggressive powers moving in on the traditional America and its shores of foundations. This week it’s world scope, world view, new age, and the demise of any opposition. The visions of those in control, hate those who rise up to speak against their agenda’s.
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Check out the hardest hitting show in political talk today! Joining us on this episode are social media & civics diva Laurel Davila, web based messaging expert Alan Rosenblatt, McCutcheon vs FEC analysis with Jim Crail, and political potpourri with author/impersonator Jim Finch!
Feel free to call in as all perspectives are welcomed, REALLY!
Tonight - Elizabeth's take on Sen. Ted Cruz' comments, the Select Committee on Benghazi, and much more, including
Lois Lerner is held in contempt by the House-what's next for her?
Will Eric Holder appoint an Indep. council to investigate the IRS scandal as requested by the House?
And then there's Benghazi and the select committee to be appointed by the House. Who will be the big players, will the Democrats boycott the select committee meetings? Plus a quick history of previous select committees appointed by Congress.
What will be your lagacy to your family, your community, your nation, the world and all its inhabitants?
Mine will be that I did what I could with what I was able to use to hopefully alert my listeners to the wrongs that are being volutarily done to our nation, our people, this planet and all of its inhabitants abroad....
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“The latest Ryan (R, Wisconsin) budget is not an April Fool’s joke,” Palin wrote on her Facebook page Tuesday. “But it really IS a joke because it is STILL not seeing the problem; it STILL is not proposing reining in wasteful government overspending TODAY, instead of speculating years out that some future Congress and White House may possibly, hopefully, eh-who-knows, take responsibility for today’s budgetary selfishness and shortsightedness to do so.”
“THIS is the definition of insanity,”
Now I’m an electrical engineer, and I run a successful small business near Birmingham, Alabama.That engineer’s mindset has guided my political activity, including the decision to take my First Amendment challenge to the Supreme Court. It all began during the 2011-12 election cycle, when I was donating money to various candidates for federal office and to some political party committees Shaun McCutcheon
"Once a citizen has made sufficient contributions to reach the total limitation set by federal law,you are telling him that he can’t make that contribution, however modest, certainly within the limits Congress has said does not present the problem of corruption, to a tenth candidate. That result has a “First Amendment cost”.Chief Justice John Roberts
Equal Pay Day 2013: Women Still Making Fraction What Men Make
Today is Equal Pay Day, the day in which advocates say women must work until to make the same amount as men made last year. Nearly 50 years after the passing of the Equal Pay Act of 1963, full-time year-round female employees make only as much as 80 percent of what their male counterparts make. Those analyzing this look at various factors such as occupational preferences and differences in the degree that men and women differ in family activities, but many studies still point to discrimination as being at least one factor. We talk to Fatima Goss Graves, Vice President for Education and Employment at the National Women's Law Center in Washington, DC.
FEC Vacancies Mean Lack of Electoral Law Enforcement
Beset by a long-term vacancy and ridden with deadlock, the Federal Elections Commission has become seen as mostly dysfunctional, unable to carry out its task of enforcing rules regarding elections and electoral finance. A recent column in Roll Call referred to the FEC as a lame-duck, a reference to the fact that the terms for every remaining member are about to expire, and it goes on to point out a growing backlog of work and even the ability to even determine when violations occur. We speak to the author of that column, Eliza Newlin Carney who is also a staff writer for CQ Roll Call covering lobbying and influence.
We talk with Aquene Freechild of PublicCitizen about the Supreme Court's ruling in the McCutcheon vs FEC case. The decision has been criticized by reform advocates because it is opens the way to more unlimited amounts of money in politics.