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Political Agenda

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On the Path to Climate Neutrality On the Path to Climate Neutrality
by Richard Conlin
Seattle hopes to become North America's first climate neutral city. City council president Richard Conlin asks: What exactly are we getting ourselves into?
Chicago’s $1.3 Million Experiment in Democracy Chicago’s $1.3 Million Experiment in Democracy
by Josh Lerner, Megan Wade Antieau
For the first time in the U.S., the city's 49th Ward lets taxpayers directly decide how public money is spent.
Citizens United: People Strike Back Citizens United: People Strike Back
by Riki Ott, David Cobb
How states and people are mobilizing to defend democracy.
The New Zealand Way: Another Approach to Health Care The New Zealand Way: Another Approach to Health Care
by Ken Fabert
When I ask New Zealanders if they would rather have a system like that in the United States, the response is a unanimous and unequivocal “No!”
A World Without Nuclear Weapons A World Without Nuclear Weapons
With support from across the political spectrum—and historic leadership from President Obama—we are at a tipping point in the struggle for nuclear abolition.
A $67 Billion Victory for Students A $67 Billion Victory for Students
by David Bollier
The student loan program was socializing risks and privatizing profits. New legislation will let students skip the corporate middlemen.
Immigrants on the Trail of Dreams Immigrants on the Trail of Dreams
Four undocumented students are walking from Miami to Washington, D.C., risking deportation to tell the stories of immigrants living in the shadows.
Goodbye, Granny D Goodbye, Granny D
by Rob Richie
Remembering the inspiring life of Doris Haddock, a great-grandmother from New Hampshire who decided, at age 88, to take a stand (and a very long walk) to protect democracy.
Where Are Latinos in a Future Multiracial Society? Where Are Latinos in a Future Multiracial Society?
by Raúl Quiñones-Rosado
The U.S. Census and other institutions fail to recognize a unique Latino racial identity. If we are to have a future as a truly multiracial society, this has to change.
The Growing Movement for Publicly Owned Banks The Growing Movement for Publicly Owned Banks
by Ellen Brown
The momentum toward creating state-owned banks is increasing as more states look for ways to bypass Wall Street, balance their budgets, and get local economies moving.
A Second Opinion on Health Care A Second Opinion on Health Care
by Ken Fabert
In medicine, it's a time-honored tactic to obtain a second opinion if the diagnosis is unclear or if the therapy isn't working. Physician Ken Fabert went to New Zealand to experience another possible way of providing health care to America's uninsured.
Financial Transactions Tax: A Little Tax on the Big Casino Financial Transactions Tax: A Little Tax on the Big Casino
by Tanya Dawkins
The Center for Economic and Policy Research estimates that an FTT of only one-half of one percent would generate at least $60 billion to $100 billion dollars in the United States alone.
The Oscar for Best Voting System Goes To... The Oscar for Best Voting System Goes To...
by Rob Richie
There's a new method for choosing Best Picture this year: instant runoff voting, a system that would also make political elections more fair.
Just the Facts: Race-Based Economics Just the Facts: Race-Based Economics
by Doug Pibel
We've made meaningful progress toward embracing our cultural diversity in the United States. But we've got a long way to go before we clean up the economic fallout from years of institutional racism.
Chicago Ward Tries Citizen Budgeting Chicago Ward Tries Citizen Budgeting
by Jeff Raderstrong
In a city with a history of corruption and lack of transparency, one elected official is restoring meaning to the term “public funds.”
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