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Two excellent C99 posts on the public school crisis:

1-Betsy DeVos does not approve by gjohnsit
2-Oklahoma Teacher’s Strike: Protesters Say It’s Just As Much The Conditions Inside the Classroom As It Is Their Salaries. by Mark from Queens.

Read the comments, too. T and R to the usual excellent TPW suspects!! 🙂



Oregon became the second state to pass its own net neutrality law on Monday, following Washington state’s landmark move last month.

Gov. Kate Brown (D) signed a bill aimed at blocking internet service providers, like AT&T and Comcast, from throttling traffic, a response to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) repeal of Obama-era net neutrality rules in December.

The Oregon bill prevents state agencies from doing business with providers that favor some content over others.

“When the federal government repealed net neutrality, it took a giant step backward,” Brown said before signing the bill, according to The Associated Press.



But Republican complicity in the culture of corruption isn’t limited to turning a blind eye to the goings on in the executive branch. To the contrary, the GOP’s signature legislative accomplishment in the Trump era is an artifact of the deep rot of corruption running through Republican politics writ large, and there are new indications that the Democratic Party is prepared to extend the corruption case beyond Trump and his cabinet secretaries to the people who will actually face voters in November.

In a new memorandum scheduled for wide release this week, the Center for American Progress Action Fund—the advocacy arm of the influential Democratic think tank—explores the self-dealing nature of the GOP’s corporate tax cut law, which Republicans enacted in historically opaque fashion late last year.

The memo, provided exclusively to Crooked.com, details how a specific measure in the bill, which was seemingly critical to securing its passage, enriched key Republicans in Congress, some to the tune of hundreds of thousands, or millions of dollars a year, and provides credible estimates of the value of that provision to specific members.




A new national poll of America’s 18- to 29-year-olds by Harvard’s Institute of Politics (IOP), located at the Kennedy School of Government, finds a marked increase in the number of young Americans who indicate that they will ‘definitely be voting’ in the upcoming midterm Congressional elections.”

The big picture: “37 percent of Americans under 30 indicate that they will ‘definitely be voting,’ compared to 23 percent who said the same in 2014.”

“Young Democrats are driving nearly all of the increase in enthusiasm; a majority (51%) report that they will ‘definitely’ vote in November, which represents a 9-percentage point increase since November 2017 and is significantly larger than the 36 percent of Republicans who say the same.”

“At this point in the 2014 election cycle, 28 percent of Democrats and 31 percent of Republicans indicated that they would ‘definitely’ be voting.”



This time, he is facing a more formidable challenger in Nixon — and progressives are four years wearier of some of his tactics.

“Here comes someone who sounds a lot like Teachout, is emphasizing progressive values and issues, but the difference is, this woman is better connected,” said Grant Reeher, the director of the Campbell School of Public Affairs at Syracuse University. “People know her, and he is obviously worried about it and worried he’ll lose a significant chunk of the left.”

Cuomo remains the favorite to win reelection, but Susan Del Percio, a Republican strategist who worked as a special adviser to Cuomo in 2014, said he has reason to be worried.

“He is concerned, as well he should be,” Del Percio said. “He promised a progressive agenda and didn’t do much with it.”

And if Cuomo is labeled as insufficiently progressive in New York, it could make it that much harder for him to compete in a Democratic presidential primary if he chooses to take the plunge.

Nixon said Cuomo was at fault for working in the past with the renegade Democrats.

“If you’ve set your own house on fire and watched it burn for eight years, finally turning on a hose doesn’t make you a hero,” she said in a statement.

In addition to his challenge from Nixon, Cuomo also has to contend with the aftermath of corruption charges against a former top aide, Joseph Percoco. The former aide was convicted late last month on three corruption charges and was found guilty on two counts of conspiracy as part of pay-to-play scams.

David Birdsell, the dean at the Marxe School of Public Affairs at Baruch College in New York, said the corruption charges only contribute to the pressure on Cuomo.

“He’s feeling the misfortunes of those close to him and the residue of the choices he’s made,” Birdsell said.

Close observers say the race against Nixon will be a sign of whether Cuomo can be competitive in a 2020 presidential primary.


Good for Northam here on an issue that he wasn’t so clear on during the campaign


Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, D, vetoed a bill Monday that would have prohibited the establishment of sanctuary cities, an issue that dominated his race for governor last year.

The bill was a single sentence: “No locality shall adopt any ordinance, procedure, or policy that restricts the enforcement of federal immigration laws.”

Northam suggested the legislation would require Virginia cities and towns to shoulder the burden of enforcing federal immigration law, either by deputizing local police or by holding undocumented inmates in local lockups. He called the measure “unnecessary and divisive.”

“This legislation would force local law enforcement agencies to use precious resources to perform functions that are the responsibility of federal immigration enforcement agencies,” Northam wrote in a statement accompanying the veto. “It also sends a chilling message to communities across Virginia that could have negative impacts on public safety.”



Roberts is just one of dozens of powerful U.S. oligarchs. They compose a “U.S. ruling class” and preside over a “corporate state” – a couple more phrases one virtually never hears in mainstream U.S. media. One reason these oligarchs get little critical coverage and no systemic scrutiny is because – as in Russia – oligarchs are owners or major sponsors of mainstream media.

Let me be clear, so as to not overstate things: Fox News hosts are free to tarnish certain oligarchs, Democratic ones like George Soros – and MSNBC hosts gleefully go after Republican oligarchs like the Mercers and the Koch brothers.

But to get a more accurate and complete view of the workings of the U.S. political system (aka “U.S. oligarchy”), I have a suggestion: Disconnect from MSNBC, CNN, Fox and other corporate news sources and turn instead to high-quality, independent progressive media.

If you do, you’ll see that the problems plaguing U.S. democracy and the U.S. economy are definitely the work of oligarchs. But they don’t speak Russian.


I thought that this sounded somewhat encouraging.

Pennsylvania Superior Court Rules That Fracking Natural Gas From a Neighboring Property Is Trespassing

“Unlike oil and gas originating in a common reservoir, natural gas, when trapped in a shale formation, is non-migratory in nature,” the opinion states. “Shale gas does not merely ‘escape’ to adjoining land absent the application of an external force. Instead, the shale must be fractured through the process of hydraulic fracturing; only then may the natural gas contained in the shale move freely through the ‘artificially created channel[s].'”

Ultimately, the Court said, “In light of the distinctions between hydraulic fracturing and conventional gas drilling, we conclude that the rule of capture does not preclude liability for trespass due to hydraulic fracturing.”

Ultimately, it’s often worth fighting for.


Wow, check out this video from Bernie:


“We hope you interact with us, give us your views, but let’s go forward in making sure that the internet remains or becomes a source of very positive development for our country and not something that is negative so thank you all very much,”


That quote is from Bernie btw.

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