Retiring One Halloween Election Boogie Man: ACORN!

New Orleans   With the election here, the voter registration period is pretty much over in most states, except for those favored few who have same day registration, so it’s safe to finally talk about it a bit more and make some notes about some of the things that make 2014′s midterms different from elections over [...]

Is Obama Stepping up on Immigration or Simply Shuffling Forward?

Kiln, Mississippi   President Obama said recently that “…families can’t wait for the Republicans to do stuff.  So sue me.”  He’s been talking about the “bear getting loose,” allowing us to believe that he’s about to finally break the bounds of his own moderation and finally kick some butt.  All of this might be setting the table [...]

Before We’re Flooded with Big Money, Let’s Build a Party Boat

New Orleans   It can’t be a surprise that the Republican, rightwing majority in the Roberts’ Supreme Court looked for a minute at the law and a long time at the galloping growth of the rich and advancing inequality, and decided to follow the money.   In a 5-4 decision the Supremes voted to unleash some of [...]

Proposed IRS Rules on C4s a Mixed Bag Likely to See Lobbying from Right and Left

New Orleans   The IRS announced that it is proposing clearer rules to regulate the “social welfare” practices of C4 tax exempt nonprofits.   I should start with a disclaimer.   I’ve never operated a c4 organization, though I recognize the fact that they have recently become the rage, largely among lawyers and CPAs I would argue, but [...]

How Much Puff versus Pay in Proposed JP Morgan Chase Settlement?

New Orleans   My goodness, hysteria has broken out among the financial chattering class with the news of a $13 billion proposed settlement between JP Morgan Chase and the Justice Department and Federal Housing Finance Agency over the bank’s handling of the mortgage crisis.  The lead editorial in the Wall Street Journal claimed variously that parts [...]

Obama Right to Refuse to Negotiate with Himself

New Orleans   For five years whenever I’ve been asked for advice from various national campaigns whether immigration reform or healthcare or living wages or whatever, when it’s come to how to move President Obama, I’ve always argued, don’t lobby, don’t email, don’t tweet, point all the heat you can generate directly at him.  His record [...]