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  • Citizens United Will Stifle Business Innovation

    David Levine by: David Levine
    Five years after the Supreme Court handed down its decision in Citizens United v. FEC, the United States is still feeling its ill effects. The 2012 election cycle proved to be the most expensive cycle in history, with an estimated $6 billion in spending on federal races; 2014, meanwhile, was the most expensive midterm election cycle in history. In all likelihood, future election cycles will eclipse those marks.
      This isn't just a problem for good government advocates. It's a problem for businesses too.
      All economic activity exists within a marketplace that is defined by laws enacted through the democratic process.

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  • Keystone Pipeline: Foreign Profits, American Risk

    Katherine McFate by: Katherine McFate
    Media coverage of the Keystone XL pipeline is coalescing around a single narrative. It goes like this: environmentalists oppose the pipeline because of climate change concerns, and U.S. construction companies support the pipeline because it creates jobs. Environmentalists warn that tar sands crude oil has three times the global warming potential of conventional crude. Oil industry interests shrug and say Canadian companies will continue to extract tar sands, with or without the pipeline. Pipeline opponents then counter: fewer than 50 permanent jobs will be needed to staff the pipeline, a few thousand temporary construction jobs to build it.

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  • The Need for a Truth and Reconciliation Process

    Fania Davis by: Fania Davis
    The killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner have sparked a national outcry to end the epidemic of police brutality against black men. I believe our greatest hope lies in creating a truth and reconciliation process -- starting in Ferguson, Missouri -- that can get to the roots of a long history of racial trauma and open the way for healing.
      I say this as someone with direct, personal experience of the shock, pain, and grief of racial violence.
      I grew up on Birmingham, Alabama's, "Dynamite Hill," so-called because of the bombings of black families like ours who moved into this previously all-white neighborhood.

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  • Montana Businesses Should be Thankful for Clean Water

    Marne Hayes by: Marne Hayes
    Among the things Montana business people should be thankful for during this season is our clean water.
      For over 40 years, the state of Montana has led the way in placing conservation as a priority for its citizens, going as far as placing the importance of a clean environment into its state constitution. When this position was challenged in the 1999 case MEIC v. Montana DEQ, the Montana Supreme Court ruled unanimously that Montana had a constitutional right to a clean and healthy environment, one intended to be preventative in nature. We cannot have a clean and healthy environment without access to, and protection of, clean water.

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Why People Living With Disabilities Support Death With Dignity

Dustin  Hankinson by: Dustin Hankinson, Sara Myers
"If you have a terminal illness, and are in great pain, I think you should have the right to end your life...It is discrimination against the disabled to deny them the right...that able-bodied ...



Boost Business By Raising Minimum Wage

Chris  Sommers by: Chris Sommers
As a restaurant owner operating in four states and looking to expand, I'm happy to see the minimum wage going up in 21 states to kick off the new year. I'd like to see the federal minimum wage ...





No More Tax Break Christmas Trees

Frank  Clemente by: Frank Clemente
Christmas came early this year to some of Washington's biggest special-interest groups when Congress passed legislation that was laden like a decorated Christmas tree with some of the finest-looking ...



Paid Family Leave: An Employee Benefit That Benefits Employers as Well

Amy Hall by: Amy Hall
The holiday season can be a time of great joy. But for many working parents, the holidays are also a stark reminder of how tenuous their employment and benefits are.
  When you have ...








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Citizens United Will Stifle Business Innovation (by: David Levine) in the Floyd County Times

Keystone Pipeline: Foreign Profits, American Risk (by: Katherine McFate) in the Fort Myers News-Press

The Need for a Truth and Reconciliation Process (by: Fania Davis) in the Bucks County Courier Times

Montana Businesses Should be Thankful for Clean Water (by: Marne Hayes) in the Hungry Horse News

Why People Living With Disabilities Support Death With Dignity (by: Dustin Hankinson, Sara Myers) in the Trenton Times

Boost Business By Raising Minimum Wage (by: Chris Sommers) in the Albany Times-Union

No More Tax Break Christmas Trees (by: Frank Clemente) in the Wicked Local Berkley

Paid Family Leave: An Employee Benefit That Benefits Employers as Well (by: Amy Hall) in the Augusta Free Press

The Country Has Spoken: Time to Change Direction on Tax Extenders (by: Jaimie Woo) in the Gilmer Mirror

Voters Call for Clarity; IRS Should Listen (by: Bill Schambra, Lisa Gilbert) in the Deer Park Broadcaster



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