¡Viva la Blanco!

March 14, 2005 - Last week, Louisiana's moderate governor Kathleen Blanco (D) scored a major coup: leading a bi-partisan delegation in a three-day visit to Cuba, Blanco convinced Cuban officials to purchase $15 million worth of agricultural products from the Bayou state. Blanco's ability to bring home the goods was widely applauded by Louisiana natives, including state Sen. Robert Barham, a farmer and Republican who joined the trade mission.

Stop the War Profiteers

March 14, 2005 - Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) -- whose minority office in the Committee on Government Reform has been a leader in exposing abuse and fraud in Iraq contracts -- issued a letter to the White House today with fellow Rep.

Nuking Mississippi

March 12, 2005 - It really happened in the 1960s. Called (for some reason) Project Dribble, the purpose was to give U.S. scientists experience in detecting underground nuclear tests in the Soviet Union.

Big Tent

March 11, 2005 - Democratic strategists Steve Jarding and Dave "Mudcat" Saunders are working on a new book, Foxes in the Henhouse, that USA Today describes as "a bare-knuckled blueprint for how Democrats can w

West Virginia Floods: Who's Responsible?

March 10, 2005 - From 2001 to 2004, West Virginia was ravaged repeatedly by fierce flooding that caused $1.5 billion in damage. Collectively, the floods were one of the worst (and most underreported) natural disasters in U.S. history.

Another Victory for Farmworkers

March 10, 2005 - The Coalition of Immokalee Workers -- a group organizing low-wage workers in southwest Florida -- won a major victory in their battle with Taco Bell and its parent company, Louisville, KY-based Yum! Brands this week, as Reuters reports:Florida farm workers ended a three-year boycott of fast food chain Taco Bell on Tuesday after the company agreed to force its suppliers to pay a penny-per-pound surcharge on Florida tomatoes.

So Much for States' Rights

March 9, 2005 - Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum's recently defeated bill would have raised the miminum wage by $1.10, but would also have banned states from passing laws that require minimum wages for tipped employees. Nathan Newman has thoughts on the wider implications of this kind of legislation: