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Democratic Party of Oregon Endorses Measure 74, Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Democratic Party of Oregon Endorses Measure 74, Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Good news for Oregon’s , a ballot initiative that will regulate medical marijuana supplies in the state: the Democratic Party of Oregon gave its endorsement to the medical marijuana measure. From the Measure 74 press release:Oregon’s Measure 74, which regulates medical marijuana supplies, has earned the endorsement of state Democratic activists and officials.The Democratic Party of Oregon officially supports a “yes” vote on Measure 74. That position could help both Measure 74 and Democratic candidates and causes all over Oregon, supporters of the medical marijuana measure said.“Supporting...

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Michael Whitney
October 4, 2010
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159,000 Jobs Lost: The Price of NAFTA-Style Korea Free Trade

159,000 Jobs Lost: The Price of NAFTA-Style Korea Free Trade

President Obama’s NAFTA-style Korea Free Trade will still cost the country 159,000 jobs, despite last-minute changes to the agreement.The policy institute EPI reported in July that the proposed NAFTA-style Korea Free Trade agreement would mean .The Obama administration has announced that it intends to finalize a new free trade agreement with South Korea (KORUS FTA) in time for the next G-20 summit in November. Although the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) projects this will have a small positive impact on the U.S. trade balance, and “minimal or negligible “ impact on U.S....

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Michael Whitney
December 5, 2010
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Blanche Lincoln Opposed Becker Because She Wants to Filibuster the Employee Free Choice Act

Blanche Lincoln Opposed Becker Because She Wants to Filibuster the Employee Free Choice Act

Blanche Lincoln issued a statement about whys he joined the filibuster to oppose Craig Becker for the NLRB. Basically, she filibustered Becker .“I believe there should be a balance between the rights of employers and employees in the workplace regarding labor laws and regulations that govern collective bargaining. After reviewing Mr. Becker’s record, I became concerned that his approach to these important issues could undermine the existing rules on union elections on matters that in my view should be addressed through the regular legislative process.”Forget the fact that the NLRB simply...

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Michael Whitney
February 10, 2010
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Massey Energy’s Bogus Employee Safety Survey

Massey Energy’s Bogus Employee Safety Survey

97% of Americans agree: Massey CEO Don Blankenship should wear this all the time.After yesterday’s hearing on new mine and workplace safety legislation in the House – legislation necessary because of the negligence of ‘s Massey Energy in the deaths of 29 miners earlier this year – Massey Energy’s press office made a funny.In order to combat the , the coal company thought it would be a good idea to show just how supportive miners are of the company’s record. believe safety is important to the company.Before testimony ended on Capitol Hill, Massey officials issued a news release stating that...

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Michael Whitney
July 14, 2010
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Seven of Bush’s Eight NLRB Members Were Recess Appointments

Seven of Bush’s Eight NLRB Members Were Recess Appointments

Amazing statistic, : seven of the eight NLRB members nominated by George W. Bush were recess appointments, including some arch conservatives who rolled back decades of workers’ rights. , with footnotes for recess appointments.Again: the Senate is in recess next week.  If Obama doesn’t appoint Becker, I give up.Shadowproof is a financially independent news organization. All of our funding comes from small donations made by readers like you.We use your donations to hire freelance writers and cover our operating costs. Monthly membership subscriptions give us the stability we need to make...

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Michael Whitney
February 10, 2010
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White House Celebrates Wal-Mart, PhRMA, AT&T, RIAA Support for NAFTA 2.0 in Korea

White House Celebrates Wal-Mart, PhRMA, AT&T, RIAA Support for NAFTA 2.0 in Korea

A Glimpse Into the Future of NAFTA-Style Korea Free Trade (Don Farrall/Getty Images)This morning the White House announced that the following noble protectors of American workers the NAFTA-style Korea Free Trade agreement:US Chamber of Commerce CEO Tom Donohue; President of the National Association of Manufacturers John Engler; Citigroup CEO Vikram Pandit; JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon; Amway CEO and top Republican funder Dick DeVos; Big Bank lobby group Financial Services Roundtable President Steve Bartlett; and more. [Also, the MPAA]That’s an impressive array of people who are dedicated...

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December 5, 2010
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