Arnie Alpert on February 13, 2015

One issue on our minds now is whether we have a democracy or governing-under-the-influence. 

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Kevin Rutledge on February 11, 2015

If you can’t drive under the influence, you shouldn’t be able to govern under the influence.”

– John Nichols, Washington Correspondent for The Nation magazine, referring to those who govern our country under the influence of corporate dollars, at Iowa's "Governing Under the Influence" Kickoff event on February 7th. 

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Lia Lindsey on February 09, 2015

A public briefing session conducted by the US Commission on Civil Rights on January 30 revealed that for-profit prison firms act like they can withhold information about abuses suffered by immigrant detainees under their control. 

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Mark on February 04, 2015
Mark and Pataki
Mark Barker conversation with Pataki at Quality Cash Market about money in politics. Pataki says "The big powerful organizations can play the game in Washington, hire lobbyists, hire the lawyers and get their way too often." Read More
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Olivia Zink on February 4, 2015
Olivia caught up with former New York Governor George Pataki at the Quality Cash Market in Concord and asked a question about the immigrant detention quota. The store owner gave out complimentary coffee. Read More
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John Raby on February 03, 2015
Govenor Pataki takes questions at pizza shop
John Raby met up with Governor George Pataki at Village Pizza in Newport. They talked about the revolving door between Congress and lobbying firms, the connection between Citizens United and the money flooding the electoral system, and John's concerns about the over-militarization of our society. Read More
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Rick on February 03, 2015
Gov. George Pataki chatted with 3 Quaker activists about money in politics. Gov. Pataki called for closing the "revolving door," limiting outside campaign spending, and closing loopholes that allow the wealthiest Americans to pay low tax rates. Read More
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Raed Jarrar on February 03, 2015

This week we’ll hear proposals to massively increase military spending in the face of last year’s outcries about “draconian” cuts to our defense budget and criticism of “out of control” spending on public services. But don’t be fooled by the hyperbole. In fact, our military budget, still at historically unprecedented highs, was cut by less than one percent last year. The president’s proposed FY16 budget again preserves our outsized military spending while continuing a long, dangerous trend of underfunding human needs.

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Arnie Alpert on February 3, 2015
Bernie Sanders speaks at a house party in Concord
In the crowded dining room of an old Victorian house in Concord, NH, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders told listeners the country's problems include but go well beyond the military-industrial-complex. "You are taking on a ruling class in every area," he said. Cutting military spending is one component of an agenda to restore the middle class and turn away from oligarchy. Read More
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The Saturday before last, staffers and volunteers for AFSC's Presidential Campaign Project had the distinct priviledge of attending the Iowa Freedom Summit, a GOP candidate rally hosted by Rep. Steve King and Citizens United (yes, that Citizens United).

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