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Make ALL filibusters like Wendy’s Texas-style filibuster!

What about it, Senator Merkley? Senator Reid? Why can’t we reform the US Senate filibuster to match the rules – and the drama – of the filibuster that played out last night in the Texas State Senate? Texas Republicans wanted to pass a draconian abortion bill that would have banned all abortions over 20 weeks […]

June 26th

SOTU 2013 reactions: The good, the bad and the ugly

Well, State of the Union 2013 is one for the history books, and now the post-mortems begin. Did President Obama hit one out of the park, or will he continue to be stuck in gridlock? Let’s take a look at some reactions from around the (green) world… …..More state of the Union coverage: The Green […]

February 12th

Marco Rubio’s GOP response to the State of the Union 2013

GOP State of the Union Response by Senator Marco Rubio, as Prepared for Delivery Watch the speech, then read the full text… More state of the Union coverage: The Green elements of the SOTU (a LOT!) SOTU Reactions (plus Drinking Game!) Obama’s full speach (text + video) Rand Paul’s Tea Party tap dance (text + video) Good evening. I’m […]

February 12th

Stand with Senator Franken to reverse Citizens United

 Today is the third anniversary of the Supreme Court’s terrible decision in the Citizens United case, in which they ruled that: Corporations are people, my friend Money = speech So corporate people can spend as much money as they want to by elections The results: More money than ever has poured into the electoral process, […]

January 23rd

Merry Fiscal Cliff(mas)!

Hooray (kind of)!!! The so-called “fiscal cliff” has been averted (for now). A deal was reached at the very last minute, and, to save us all from their own manufactured crisis, Democrats and Republicans came together in peace and harmony (HAHAHAHAHAHA!) and voted to increase taxes on the richest Americans, extend unemployment benefits, and support […]

January 4th

Climate Change Deniers Run House Committees

Surprised?  No. But there was some part of me that held out just a little hope that someday, somewhere out there, a reasonable Republican congressman (HA!) would find him or herself in a position of power to do something about, or at least, support, some small effort to mitigate climate change. Alas (and again), not […]

December 10th

Gerrymanders vs moderation – 2012’s surprising Congressional results

By David Brin Gerrymandering – I appraised it back when most blue and red states shared equally in this crime against democracy. Now, big changes are afoot, at long last, and reform has veered in unexpected ways. Prepare for several surprises. First a little background. Post-election, shallow rationalizations fingerpoint at California, where Democrats increased their control over the legislature to […]

November 19th

No More Solar Energy Act passes House

Actually, they’re calling this misbegotten piece of political theater the No More Solyndras Act, but it amounts to the same thing. Because one solar power company failed (mostly because subsidies for Chinese solar power companies dropped the price of solar to the point that they couldn’t make a profit), the GOP says there should be […]

September 14th

Why big oil hates solar energy so much

It’s not just that solar energy is a competitor to big oil, coal, and gas – it’s that solar cuts into big oil’s biggest profit center. In arguing against solar, they’re always happy to tell you, “The sun doesn’t shine at night, heh heh heh.” But nighttime isn’t when extra power is needed. People are […]

June 12th