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Archive for: April, 2011

RepubliCare not even close to Congress’ health plan

One of the key talking points that Congressional Republicans are using to market their proposal converting Medicare into a voucher system is that the “reformed” plan would be comparable to what they receive in as members of Congress. But as the Washington Post points out today, uh, not even close. The government pays 75% of […]

U.S.-Korea trade, Nalley’s closure, corporate court…

The Stand posts links to Washington state and national news of interest every weekday morning by 9 a.m. Make this electronic “clip service” your first stop of the morning to get O.P.P. news and opinion. (Other People’s Press.) These links are functional on the date of posting, but sometimes expire. Trade news: ►  In today’s […]

Legislators warned lowering state debt limit would kill jobs

When the Washington State Legislature reconvened April 26 for its special extended session to resolve differences over state budget proposals, the Senate’s first item of business was to re-approve a contentious constitutional amendment to limit the state’s debt. SJR 8215 would smooth out the state’s investment in construction projects by basing its capital budget on […]

Worker Memorial Day, state debt limits, furloughs…

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Exxon profits fuel fire over Big Oil tax breaks

Feeling any pain at the pump? While skyrocketing gas prices are hurting Americans and small businesses — and threatening to plunge the U.S. into a double-dip recession as the nation struggles with persistently high unemployment — there are some folks who couldn’t be happier: oil company executives. Today, Exxon announced it made nearly $11 billion […]

Boeing-NLRB, DOC cuts, firefighters’ money…

The Stand posts links to Washington state and national news of interest every weekday morning by 9 a.m. Make this electronic “clip service” your first stop of the morning to get O.P.P. news and opinion. (Other People’s Press.) These links are functional on the date of posting, but sometimes expire. Boeing news: ►  MUST-READ in […]

Machinists District 751’s community volunteers in action

This video by Ed Lutgen of the International Association of Machinists District 751 shows IAM volunteers helping at King County United Way’s Community Resource Exchange at Qwest Field on April 22. Check out the IAMBuildingCommunity YouTube channel for more examples of IAM 751 community volunteerism. And here is another video of the Machinists Volunteer Program […]

GOP opposes public will on Medicare

If Congressional Republicans — including Washington’s own U.S. Reps. Jaime Herrera Beutler, Dave Reichert, Cathy McMorris Rodgers and “Doc” Hastings — were listening to the American public, they wouldn’t be pushing so hard to turn Medicare over to Big Insurance through a voucher program and slash Medicaid for seniors, children and people with disabilities. On […]

Special session, Boeing-NLRB, a matter of truss…

The Stand posts links to Washington state and national news of interest every weekday morning by 9 a.m. Make this electronic “clip service” your first stop of the morning to get O.P.P. news and opinion. (Other People’s Press.) These links are functional on the date of posting, but sometimes expire. State Legislature news: ►  From […]

Koch brothers demonstrate why we need Worker Privacy Act

Your least favorite right-wing billionaires, David and Charles Koch (rhymes with “coke,” to the dismay of double-entendre fans) of Kansas, have become poster brothers for yet another corporate abuse that should be made illegal: coercing employees into voting for the bosses’ favored candidates. The Nation has obtained and published a 14-page Koch Industries election “packet” […]

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