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Labor leading the way in health care reform

By R. Neal
February 8, 2007 - Earlier this week, members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local 2545 went on strike at Maremont Exhaust Products, a manufacturer of mufflers and other auto parts in Loudon, Tennessee. It is believed to be the first strike in the company's 130 year history.

Wal-Mart rolls out nationwide prescription discounts

By R. Neal
November 29, 2006 - I had an item on my desktop from a couple of months ago about Wal-Mart's pilot program in Florida to offer 30 day fills of generic prescription drugs for $4. I had mixed feelings about it. On the one hand, it could help the uninsured, underinsured, and those without prescription benefits on their insurance.

The Southern Strategy unfolds...

By R. Neal
October 31, 2006 - Chris Kromm's extensive backgrounder Friday on Scott Howell, Karl Rove protégé, mastermind behind the Kerry swift boat ads and attacks on Max Cleland in Georgia, and now vicious attack ads against Harold Ford Jr. in Tennessee, was quite revealing.

Wal-Mart: Working to elect Democrats?

October 17, 2006 - A couple weeks ago, Wal-Mart announced that -- in addition to expanding its Blue Light Special empire into China (where, unlike U.S. employees, Wal-Mart workers will have unions) -- it is launching a drive to register 1.3 million of its "associates" to vote. As Daniel Gross points out at Slate, it wouldn't be a stretch to doubt the motives of the Bentonville, Ark. retail goliath's experiment in civic engagement: