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Weekly Audit: Hostile Takeover Threat Spurs Concessions from Michigan Unions

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Michigan’s new Emergency Manager Law is already forcing major concessions from unions. The law gives the governor the power to declare a city insolvent and appoint an emergency manager with virtually unlimited power to reorganize every aspect of city business, including dissolving the city entirely. Continue Reading →

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Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello: “I Was Called Here by People of Madison and Friends in the Union”

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Following a knockout performance in front of the Wisconsin State Capitol, where he closed his set with a rendition of Woody Guthrie’s “This Land is Your Land”, Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine and the Night Watchman told GRITtv’s Laura Flanders yesterday what brought him to Madison to support workers’ rights. Continue Reading →

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Campaign Cash: How Citizens United Will Change Elections Forever

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by Zach Carter, Media Consortium blogger

Undue corporate influence over U.S. elections has been a serious problem in American politics for decades, but this year’s Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission made things worse. Worst of all, we may never know the extent of the damage. Citizens United freed corporations to spend unlimited amounts of money backing specific political candidates, and without congressional action, those expenditures can be completely anonymous. Major corporations are already capitalizing on the new legal landscape by the millions, and the public doesn’t really know who is buying what influence or why. That’s why The Media Consortium will be carefully watching the effects of this ruling in the run up to this year’s midterm elections. Continue Reading →

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