Taxing Strategies

DC Politics Economics

              New Orleans      It’s hard to believe that any of us want to talk about taxes, but it’s hard to avoid the discussion since next to the act of declaring war, they are one of the most powerful forces that governments exert over their citizens.   You may think I’m going there because of …

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Shareholder Democracy, Maybe?

Community Organizing DC Politics Economics

            Pearl River     Among the many, many myths of capitalism, especially at this late stage, is that shareholders have any real say in the direction of the companies where they hold stock.  Called shareholder democracy, it’s anything but.  The deck has always been stacked for management and incumbent board members, particularly in the collection of …

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Emergency Broadband Now


New Orleans      One of the pandemic programs that may be cruising below the radar, but which could be a critical step on lowering the digital divide, is the FCC’s program for emergency broadband.  On Wade’s World , I talked to the digital equity coordinator for the City of Little Rock, Maddie Long, about the …

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Amazon Union Elections: Will Second Verse Be Same as the First?

Amazon Labor Organizing Tech

     New Orleans      It seems like we’re still in mourning and recovery from the devasting union loss at Amazon’s Bessemer, Alabama warehouse, and now workers have announced that they are filing for an election in a giant fulfillment center, employing 5000 workers, in Staten Island, New York.  This is an exciting and important development …

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Gerrymandering Comes to Arkansas


Little Rock      Gerrymandering here, gerrymandering there, North Carolina, Oregon, New York, Ohio, Texas, one state after another where there is a supermajority is getting into mystery mapping to try to hold on or extend the power of the prevailing party.  The nonpartisan Cook Political Report, says Republican state legislatures have already gerrymandered their maps so …

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