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Obama Immigration Action is a Band-Aid, Not a Cure

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New Orleans   Make no mistake, President Obama’s immigration news is good news for everyone but rightwing ideologues. They are winning the air war perhaps for a hot minute by framing the action in a lie, and once again the administration is not doing well at explaining itself, but once the [...]

Surprise! Comcast Doesn’t Own Obama

New Orleans    Well, another country heard from! President Obama seems to be shaking off the midterms by stepping up his game. He came out forcefully for “net neutrality.” That’s not really news, he’s always said that he was for net neutrality, but this time he finally came out foursquare for the internet being classified as [...]

Politics are Local, but Impact is National

New Orleans    The old saw that “all politics are local,” has a lot of merit, but added up, the impact in national. That is alternately both a depressing and hopeful sign in the tea leaves still gathering from the midterm election.

The Republicans took the Senate. Impossible not to see the president as crippled in his [...]

Minimum Wage Only Rising in Small Steps Despite $15 Per Hour Demand

New Orleans    It seems we may be involved in a protracted bit of high-low bargaining over minimum wages in the political and policy areas.   The President has pushed for an increase of the federal minimum from the current $7.25 per hour to $10.10 per hour.  The minimum wage has been frozen since the last year [...]

Beltway Groups Seem to Have Gotten “Nothing for Something” on Deportation Relief

New Orleans     A couple of times per week more than 40 years ago I would stop at a Walgreens in downtown Little Rock for a cup of coffee with Max Allison, a legendary political operator and campaign manager for powerhouse Congressman Wilbur Mills and other Arkansas big whoop politicos.  Enjoyably to me and several others, [...]

President Defaults on Net Neutrality, Companies Bully the Public

New Orleans   The battleground is clear, so let’s hope that the contending forces are ready for a slugfest rather than a fake pillow fight.  The FCC in a 3-2 vote put the chairman’s two-tracked proposal for a faster “pay for streaming” lane up for formal discussion and comment before a final vote in several months.  [...]