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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:

Checks and Imbalances

March 9, 2005 - Because of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, you're now more likely to bounce a check. 9/11 has been used to justify many things, but one of the more farfetched connections is to a piece of federal legislation called the Check Clearing for the 21st Century Act (a.k.a. Check 21).

On Strike in Gingrich Country

March 8, 2005 - Workers at Lockheed Martin's aircraft plant in Marietta, Ga. (once represented in Congress by union-hating, defense-contractor-loving Newt Gingrich), have gone on strike, braving the wind and rain to start picketing today.