The Citizens United decision empowered billionaires and corporations to spend unlimited cash in a way that corrupts the political system, Hillary Clinton said. She also called for moving toward public funding of elections. Read More
When I asked Rick Santorum for his views on plans to spend a trillion dollars on a new generation of nuclear weapons, he said "investing in the nuclear program is probably a good idea." He also strongly implied the USA should resume nuclear testing.
At the Gibson Center for Senior Services in North Conway, Joe Bagshaw asked John Kasich about money in politics and corporate personhood. After initial confusion, Kasich agreed that something needs to be done so that billionaires don't get to pick who gets elected. Read More
Several bird dogs prompted John Kasich to discuss immigrant detention, money in politics, and the political influence of Pentagon contractors.
He said undocumented immigrants are Americans and should not be held in detention for crossing the border; billionaires should not drive the political process; and on spending for vehicles to deploy a nuclear payload, he asked "How many nuclear weapons does it take to ruin your entire day and to destroy your whole country? Why do we need to do this?" Read More
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke out against militarization of the police after a question that referred to the City of Dover getting a federal grant to purchase an armored vehicle. “We really do need to work hard at preventing the militarization of local police forces,” she said. Read More
Olivia asked Scott Walker about "crony capitalism" at a WMUR "Conversation with the Candidate" program. The Wisconsin governor said, "We need to take power out of Washington and send that back that power and money to the states" and "closer you can get government to the people, state and local level the better off we are." Read More
Amy attended an event at Robies Country Store in Hooksett, NH and asked the Senator about Lockheed illegally using taxpayer dollars to lobby for contracts worth $2.4 billion /year, as well as what would he do as President to help the middle class, create jobs, student loan reform. She also reports on other comments from the Senator in Iran, immigration, and ISIL. Read More
When Nancy discussed immigration reform and immigrant detention with John Kasich, the Ohio governor said he would look into the relationship between corporate cronyism and the detention of immigrants in for-profit prisons. Read More
Kathleen Mcquillen, AFSC Iowa Program Coordinator, attended Senator Marco Rubio's event with volunteers in Des Moines and was able to ask a question about the military industrial complex and it's relation to Governing Under the Influence. Read More
O'Malley agreed we should heed Dr. King's warning that a nation that spends more on national defense than on programs of social uplift faces spiritual death. He also addressed concerns about profiteering from incarceration and war and spoke briefly about campaign finance reform. Read More
Last May, I talked to former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley about nuclear weapons. He advocated reducing the number of nuclear weapons, which was great. This time I gave him more information on current plans to develop a new whole generation of nuclear delivery vehicles and warheads. Read More
In response to a question about corporate cronyism, Martin O'Malley called for publicly financed elections and the over-turn of Citizens United. He also linked the concentration of wealth to policies which are harmful to the national interest. Read More
"I don't think the Republican party should be the party of big government but I also don't think it should be the party of big business," Governor Bobby Jindal said at a "Walk and Talk" event in downtown Manchester. Read More