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Judy Elliott on January 26, 2015

Earlier this month, the Sunlight Foundation and the Center for Responsive Politics profiled some of the former Congressional members and staffers now free to lobby their former colleagues.  One worth noting is Mary Springer, who just over a year ago left her job as chief-of-staff for Virginia’s Rep. Robert Wittman, who is chairman of the House Armed Service’s readiness subcommittee. Springer almost immediately went to work for DRS Technologies, a defense electronics firm.  She became head of legislative affairs for DRS.  The one-year lobbying bar that just expired prohibited her having direct contact former colleagues.  However, in her new position Springer was immediately able to engage in other lobbying-related activities.

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Greg Coleridge on January 21, 2015

It's a cruel irony that the very week our nation celebrates the life and work for justice and equality of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., our country also marks mark the 5th anniversary of the Citizens United v. FEC Supreme Court decision that diminished political justice and equality.

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Arnie Alpert on January 17, 2015

The revolving door now goes from the Pentagon to the pro-war media, not just to K Street.  And the military contractors are funding media through advertising.  It's the military-industrial-media-complex.  What would Ike think?

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Arnie Alpert on January 15, 2015

When President Lyndon Johnson reached Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by phone on January 15, 1965, it wasn’t to offer birthday greetings. The president wanted to strategize about voting rights.

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Arnie Alpert on December 22, 2014
John Woolman

Wealth and power, bargains and proceedings, worldly policy and order.  That pretty much sums up the way our public officials get chosen, the way laws get made, and the way judges determine what is acceptable.  We can throw up our hands and accept the status quo as inevitable, perhaps even clothe it in the name of justice.  Or we can find a way to use of lives and our voices.

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Arnie Alpert on December 17, 2014

Court’s “Citizens United” decision. “Corporations are not people. They should not control our political process,” Representative Sylvia Gale of Nashua said to the group assembled at City Hall Plaza at 9 am this morning.

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Arnie Alpert on December 17, 2014

Weighing in at 1603 pages, the $1.1 trillion government spending package finalized by Congress on December 13 includes $595 billion for military spending.

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Arnie Alpert on December 12, 2014

Passage last month of a bill to keep the federal government running also extended the life of the Export-Import Bank, a controversial federal agency, until June 2015.

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Judy on December 12, 2014

Whether it takes place in Ferguson, Missouri or in New Hampshire, grants for acquisition of military equipment by local police are raising concern for civil liberties.

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