A Year After West Explosion,

A Year After West Explosion, “Burden on Business” Still Supersedes Texas Worker Safety

  A year after the explosion at a West, Texas fertilizer plant left 15 people dead and 300...

THOU SHALT NOT PROSPER: Oklahoma Gov Signs Bill Banning Minimum Wage Hikes

THOU SHALT NOT PROSPER: Oklahoma Gov Signs Bill Banning Minimum Wage Hikes

  Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin has signed a bill that prohibits cities and counties from...

Eleven Senate Democrats Send Letter to Obama Urging Rapid Keystone XL Approval

Eleven Senate Democrats Send Letter to Obama Urging Rapid Keystone XL Approval

  A growing number of Democrats are joining the ranks of those who wish to see the proposed...

Durbin, Building Trades Secure Project Labor Agreement for Retrofitting of Vital IL Power Plant

Durbin, Building Trades Secure Project Labor Agreement for Retrofitting of Vital IL Power Plant

  On Monday, an agreement was signed to begin construction on the FutureGen 2.0 project in...

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2011
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“It makes good business sense to use our scarce taxpayer dollars to build public facilities, while also building a sustainable base of quality contractors on public works projects.”

This is a cross-post by Tom Lemmon, business manager of the San Diego County Building and Construction Trades Council. The original appears on the San Diego Daily Transcript… **** Growing up in San Diego, I always look forward to going to Saska’s in Mission Beach for their baseball cut steak. Both my wife and I ...
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Dec
2011
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And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. — John 8:32

And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. — John 8:32
The word myth is defined by Merriam-Webster in the following way: “a person or thing having only an imaginary or unverifiable existence.” There are some political myths that get mislabeled as facts, such as the fact that Republican Presidents create jobs. Unfortunately for myths, their rivalry with facts closely resembles the rivalry...
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Dec
2011
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Lionsgate Outsourced Music for 2012′s Most Anticipated Film, Snubbed Unionized Americans

Lionsgate Outsourced Music for 2012′s Most Anticipated Film, Snubbed Unionized Americans
To get an authentic Appalachian feel, the producers of the movie “The Hunger Games” decided to shoot in North Carolina. In doing so, Lionsgate received substantial government subsidies. But Lionsgate then turned around and decided to record the score for the film in England to avoid paying American Federation of Musicians (AMF) union...
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Dec
2011
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High-Tech Prison Health Care Facility to Bring 5,500 Jobs to Northern California

5,500 temporary construction jobs are coming to Stockton, CA as the California Prison Health Care Facility is finally set to begin construction nearly two years after it was announced. The new, high-tech prison health facility is scheduled to open in 2013. The news couldn’t come at a better time for Stockton residents who are currently ...
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Dec
2011
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Indiana Republican Breaks Ranks, Pens Letter Opposing “Right-to-Work”

Indiana Republican Breaks Ranks, Pens Letter Opposing “Right-to-Work”
Indiana has seen the GOP’s “Right-to-Work” agenda forced on them several times without success. But the vampire-like issue seemingly cannot die as those who align themselves the farthest to the Right in the statehouse continue to try to push this middle class killing concept down the Hoosier State’s throat. Indiana...
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Dec
2011
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Cuomo, Democratic Leaders at Odds About Where to Locate a Potential New York Casino

Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to put a casino in New York, but some Democrats aren’t on his side. While touting Buffalo and Albany as alternate locations, Cuomo has said that he doesn’t envision a NYC casino being a problem if it were located outside of a densely populated part of the five boroughs. A place ...
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Dec
2011
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San Diego Solar Farm Approved, But Renewable Energy Grant Program Is Set to Expire

San Diego Solar Farm Approved, But Renewable Energy Grant Program Is Set to Expire
A solar energy farm that will provide an extra 175 megawatts of energy for San Diego, CA was approved after a vote of the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday night. The project will help the state of California meet the standards set in 2008 when then Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed an executive order requiring energy ...
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Dec
2011
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Scott Walker Getting Nearly Half His Donations from Out-of-State While Decrying Out-of-State Money

Scott Walker Getting Nearly Half His Donations from Out-of-State While Decrying Out-of-State Money
Earlier this month, a tweet from Slate political reporter Dave Weigel saying “Gov. Scott Walker just left ATR/Norquist Xmas Party” was the first news to most Wisconsin residents that their Governor was out of the state and attending a posh Tea Party hang with the Americans for Tax Reform bunch. Under Wisconsin state law, the ...
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Dec
2011
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WaMu Employee Shunned for Refusing to Push Predatory Loans on Vulnerable Customers

WaMu Employee Shunned for Refusing to Push Predatory Loans on Vulnerable Customers
A must-read article from IWatchNews.org suggests that a former Washington Mutual employee was shunned for refusing to push predatory loans on those most likely to default. Former employee Greg Saffer has said conscience and common sense stopped him from pushing “option arm” home loans that would put homeowners at risk: “I’m...
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Dec
2011
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Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota See New Hope for Pipeline Project (…Not THAT Pipeline).

Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota See New Hope for Pipeline Project (...Not THAT Pipeline).
When budget cuts are being debated it is often difficult to envision their long-term and broad-ranging impact. One such case is the Lewis & Clark Regional Water System, the nearly decade old infrastructure project that would bring running water to over 300,000 people in rural areas of Iowa, Minnesota, and South Dakota. Hit by cuts ...
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Dec
2011
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Mayor Gloomberg Opposes a Living Wage, Would Rather Pass the City’s Millions Out Unchecked

Mayor Gloomberg Opposes a Living Wage, Would Rather Pass the City's Millions Out Unchecked
Self-anointed King of the 1%, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, is currently trying to defeat the “Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act” that is currently before City Council. This “living wage law” would set wages for any future development act that receives financial assistance of $1 million or higher from the city. If...
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Dec
2011
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More Info (and a Correction) About Chris Rebholz, the “Small Business Owner” in Scott Walker’s TV Ad

More Info (and a Correction) About Chris Rebholz, the
Last week, We Party Patriots ran a story about Chris Rebholz, a man who appears in a television ad touting the benefits of Scott Walker’s economic policies for small business. It has come to light, with further research, that a few details of our story were outdated. In researching Rebholz further we have also discovered ...
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