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.
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.
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.
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.
by: Dustin Hankinson, Sara Myers
by: Chris Sommers
by: Frank Clemente
by: Amy Hall
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