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How The Right-Wing’s Ideological Crusades Cost Them Their Best Politicians

[The essential go-to New York Times election-numbers blog, 538, has just run a piece titled “The End of a Kansas Tradition: Moderation.” To those of us on the left who live here in Kansas, that wasn’t any surprise; over the past two years, we’ve been watching the pseudo-libertarian/faux-Constitutionalist true believers, led by Governor Sam Brownback,

Down the Rabbit Hole at the RNC

Tumblr sent convention correspondents to cover the Republican and Democratic National Conventions. Here’s Tumblr correspondent Meg Lanker-Simons on attending the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. Monday: Arriving in Wonderland After cramming every passenger possible on board United Flight 741, departing Denver International Airport, the bored-looking flight crew began playing the instructional safety video. I settled in,


Jill Stein: Winning labor’s battles requires independent politics

The following is a Labor Day editorial by Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein.  I welcome and endorse the AFL-CIO’s campaign to finally fulfill President Roosevelt’s 1944 call for a second, Economic Bill of Rights, including the rights to jobs, living wages, labor unions, voting rights, health care, education, and retirement security. As the Green


Don’t Count Out the Labor Movement

Almost every conservative political columnist, pundit, commentator, blogger, and bloviator has written about the decline and forthcoming death of the labor movement. They happily point to Wisconsin, where Republican Gov. Scott Walker shortly after taking office in January 2011 took advantage of a Republican majority in the House and Senate to ram through legislation that