Win for environmental law, loss for Walmart

A California state appellate court has dealt a blow to Walmart’s strategy of using petition drives to push through approval of new superstores while avoiding California’s environmental law.

Debating the Presidential Debates

One of our board members debated an apologist for the Commission on Presidential Debates on Canada’s most popular radio show (2.5 million listeners) this morning. Topics covered include the exclusion of third-party candidates, limits on debate questions imposed by the Commission, and more.

Three Sponsors Dump the Presidential Debates While Citizen Groups Call for Disclosure of Agreement

Philips Electronics recently became the third entity to drop sponsorship of the debates in the face of criticism for its deliberate exclusion of all but Democratic and Republican candidates and its ongoing neglect of critical issues

NY Times’ National Editor Says It’s Not His Job to Distinguish Truth from Fiction

No doubt there are many days when editors, even at the largest news outlets, have too many articles to read thoroughly and let a mistake slip through. Perhaps even a serious mistake like that made last Monday in the New York Times. Only this was on the front page. And instead of correcting obviously bad […]

U.S. Conference of Mayors Takes Stand Against Corporate Personhood

The U.S. Conference of Mayors recently signed a resolution stating that corporations should not receive the same legal rights as natural persons do, that money is not speech and that independent expenditures should be regulated.

Kicking the Coal Habit

Coal isn’t far behind firearm homicides or drunk driving in killing people in the US, annually causing 24,000 heart attacks, 217,600 asthma attacks, and dispatching 13,200 Americans. No wonder so many citizens increasingly oppose its use and export.

Roots of Rebellion: Why Montana is the Only State to Reject Citizens United

A long history of corporate abuse, which includes bribery of state legislators, environmental abuses, and manipulation through ballot initiatives, has led Montanans to take strong measures to protect themselves.