WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court on Monday blocked a massive sex discrimination lawsuit against Wal-Mart on behalf of female employees in a decision that makes it harder to mount large-scale bias claims against the nation's biggest companies.
Last week the office of Gov. Scott Walker put out a press release (PDF) crowing about "the surge in new businesses" since he took office. It said new business formations totaled 9,553 in the first three months of this year, compared to 7,603 for the first quarter of 2010, a 25% jump.
"The first quarter new business filings are welcome news," said Walker, "and as these new businesses take root and grow, they will add jobs to our economy."
Wisconsin Gov. Walker has just signed a bill prohibiting local governments from passing ordinances guaranteeing workers' paid sick and family leave.
Eventhough Milwaukee voters overwhelmingly approved a city ordinance by referendum two years ago, Walker and the WMC came up with a bill stating statewide employee leave provisions trump local ordinances - prohibiting cities, villages, towns and counties from adopting their own.
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett opposed the bill, saying it will drive jobs out of the city.
A bill that would dramatically speed up Wisconsin’s mining permitting process and threaten Wisconsin's wild resources is being considered by two Republican legislators. The bill would speed up environmental impact reviews from two years to 300 days.
Senator Rich Zipperer of Pewaukee wants to reduce the timeline for ferrous, non-sulfide mining like an open pit iron ore mine proposed in far northern Wisconsin.
Gogebic Taconite will drill exploratory holes this summer in a four mile stretch in Ashland and Iron Counties.
The WPBA opposes the proposed Badger Partnership. Gov. Walker and WMC are encouraging UW-Madison Chancellor Biddy Martin to move towards privatizing UW-Madison.
Now, in an unfortunate move, The Wisconsin Business Council (WBC) has endorsed the Badger Partnership.
This will mean that Walker will appoint the majority of the university board. We believe the board of UW-Madison should not be partisan or used to reward large political donors - for either major political party.
David Cobb, a fiery speaker, and former Green Party presidential candidate, is touring Colorado giving his talk "Creating Democracy & Challenging Corporate Rule." This presentation is part history lesson and part heart-felt call-to-action!
Last night voters in Madison, WI and Dane County, WI voted on two seperate resolutions to support a United States Constitutional Amendment that would declare that only human beings are entitled to Constitutional rights.
In Madison, WI voters approved the following language by 84%:
Last night, the Fort Bragg (CA) City Council passed the attached resolution calling for a Constitutional Amendment to ban corporate personhood. All of the council members present voted for it, one member was absent.
Last Saturday, I held a town meeting in Montpelier, Vt., to discuss the disastrous Supreme Court ruling of last year which upended our democracy by unleashing a tsunami of corporate spending in our elections. The Citizens United ruling has radically changed our democracy -- further tilting the balance of power toward corporate America.
In the 14 months since a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision overturned restrictions and allowed for unlimited corporate spending in campaigns for elections, the political landscape of America already has dramatically changed.
Mayor Gayle McLaughlin and Councilmember Jovanka Beckles proposed a resolution to urge the federal government to pass a constitutional amendment limiting the role of corporations in elections. It was passed unanimously.
January 21, VERMONT - A year ago today, the Supreme Court issued its bizarre Citizens United decision, allowing unlimited corporate spending in elections as a form of “free speech” for the corporate “person.” Justice John Paul Stevens, writing for the dissent, had the task of recalling the majority to planet earth and basic common sense.
On February 16th, 2011 Washington State Senator Adam Kline (D) introduced a resolution (SJM 8007) calling on Congress to adopt a Constitutional Amendment to ensure that corporations do not have the same rights as people.
The state Senate Judiciary Committee was scheduled to take up this issue yesterday (February 17, 2011).
If you wish to urge the committee members to pass this resolution to end corporate personhood which is destroying our democracy, please call them and voice your opinion.
Four years ago, Warren Buffett, the third richest man on the planet, said, "Of course there is a class war, but it's my class, the rich class, that is waging the war, and we're winning."
This mid-term election in the United States is a front of the class war. Business interests and the wealthy have declared war against anything that dares to impose controls on them, limit their activities or touch their fortunes, and they say so, explicitly and openly.
Joined by family and fellow activists, and cheered by demonstrators and curious onlookers alike, Laird and Robin Monahan finished their cross-country walk Wednesday, October 20, with a clarion cal to “follow in their footsteps” and build locally for a national movement to amend the Constitution to end corporate personhood.
Unchecked corporate power is a serious threat to the country's, and the planet's, future. I applaud the effort of two citizens, Laird and Robin Monohan, to draw attention to the ghastly absurdity known as "corporate personhood," which a Supreme Court ruling last January advanced.
Move To Amend recently issued a press release about the brothers' cross-country effort.
The largest attack campaign against Democrats this fall is being waged by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a trade association organized as a 501(c)(6) that can raise and spend unlimited funds without ever disclosing any of its donors. The Chamber has promised to spend an unprecedented $75 million to defeat candidates like Jack Conway, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Jerry Brown, Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA), and Rep. Tom Perriello (D-VA).
WASHINGTON - A new report by People For the American Way profiles the work of nine organizations that are funneling money, in many cases from undisclosed donors, to help elect pro-corporate candidates in the 2010 elections. Many of the groups originated in the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. FEC, which allowed corporations to spend unlimited amounts of money to influence elections.
A senior Democratic senator asked the IRS Wednesday to investigate third-party groups he says are manipulating tax-exempt status for political gain.
Since the Supreme Court's ruling on Citizens United vs. the FEC, political spending by such outside groups has exploded. Democrats have long said that because such spending has favored Republican candidates, the party's advantage in fundraising over Republican counterparts has been neutralized.