The Sacred Stone Camp established by the Standing Rock Sioux tribe in North Dakota has brought together thousands of demonstrators in opposition to the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, a 1,172-mile conduit designed to carry some 200 million barrels of crude oil per year from fracking fields in North Dakota to Southern Illinois.
Archive for September, 2016
How to turn Trump’s vicious personal attacks into an attack on all Americans Hillary Clinton in Michigan August 11, 2016. We shouldn’t underestimate what Hillary Clinton is facing when she steps on the stage for the first presidential debate next week. Donald Trump may or may not be a master debater — I’ll leave that to Politifact. But he’s definitely damn good at TV. He’s so good at TV that it’s helped him erase a constant stream of failures and humiliations in his business life that would normally doomed other fortunate sons. And it helped him overcome his complete lack of public service or conservative credentials in the Republican Primary. Donald Trump is so good at TV that he’s probably changed the way presidential candidates will campaign forever, understanding that confidence and entertainment value matter far more than competence or empathy — at least in a Republican primary. What Trump lacks in basic decency and concern for the truly vulnerable, he makes up for in his
Still under state control, Flint doesn’t have an Emergency Manager but it might as well have | Eclectablog
Back in March of this year, the city of Flint announced that it intended to file a lawsuit against the state of Michigan in the Court of Claims over the poisoning of the city’s drinking water with the powerful neurotoxin lead. There were no immediate plans to do so but they needed to be on record so that option remained open. This past week, Flint Mayor Karen Weaver made it known that they did, in fact, plan to file the lawsuit. That’s when the Receivership Transition Advisory Board, the oversight board that is still the de facto government there, sprang into action and they have now changed to rules to prevent Flint from moving forward with the suit: Days after Flint Mayor Karen Weaver served notice that her city might file a lawsuit against the State of Michigan over the Flint drinking water crisis, the state removed Flint’s ability to sue. Though Flint has not been under a state-appointed emergency manager since April 2015, the state still exerts partial control over the city
Michigan AG Bill Schuette’s crusade against pollution regulation part of a corporate-funded (and Trump-funded) effort | Eclectablog
A new report out by the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) shows how Big Energy corporations paid huge sums of money in the form of political donations for up-close-and-personal access to America’s Republican Attorneys General. These AGs, whose job is to advocate for and protect the citizens of their state from crime and corruption, are prime targets of lobbyists from a wide array of special corporate interests. And targeted they are. A New York Times article in 2014 detailed just how cozy that relationship has become: Attorneys general are now the object of aggressive pursuit by lobbyists and lawyers who use campaign contributions, personal appeals at lavish corporate-sponsored conferences and other means to push them to drop investigations, change policies, negotiate favorable settlements or pressure federal regulators, an investigation by The New York Times has found. A robust industry of lobbyists and lawyers has blossomed as attorneys general have joined to conduct multistate