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Mar 06, 2014 Pitfalls Seen in a Turn to Privately Run Long-Term Care

QUOTE: a closer look at Tennessee, widely cited as a model, reveals hidden pitfalls as the system of caring for the frail comes under the twin pressures of cost containment and profit motive. In many cases, care was denied after needs grew costlier — including care that people would have received under the old system. “The notion of prevention saving money in the long run only works if you actually provide care in the long run,” 

New York Times
Dec 23, 2011 Justice Dept. Cites Race in Halting Law Over Voter ID

QUOTE: The Justice Department on Friday blocked a new South Carolina law that would require voters to present photo identification, saying the law would disproportionately suppress turnout among eligible minority aggressive stance in reviewing a wave of new state voting restrictions, largely enacted by Republicans in the name of fighting fraud.

New York Times
Apr 17, 2011 You Get the Judges You Pay For

QUOTE: An ugly, expensive campaign for a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court is but the latest example of what is now common in judicial elections: millions of dollars in misleading television ads, subsidized by lobbies that have cases before the bench.

New York Times
Mar 27, 2011 American Thought Police

QUOTE: The hard right... has a modus operandi when it comes to scholars expressing views it dislikes: never mind the substance, go for the smear. And that demand for copies of e-mails is obviously motivated by no more than a hope that it will provide something, anything, that can be used to subject Mr. Cronon to the usual treatment... But there’s a clear chilling effect when scholars know that they may face witch hunts whenever they say things the G.O.P. doesn’t like.

New York Times
Mar 09, 2011 Wisconsin Senate Limits Bargaining by Public Workers

QUOTE: Democrats, meanwhile, condemned the move as an attack on working families, a violation of open meetings requirements (most of them did not know there was to be a vote until not long before), and a virtual firebomb in state that already found itself politically polarized and consumed with recall efforts, large scale protests and fury from public workers.

New York Times
Feb 21, 2011 Why America's teachers are enraged

QUOTE: Thousands of teachers, nurses, firefighters and other public sector workers have camped out at the Wisconsin Capitol, protesting Republican Gov. Scott Walker's efforts to reduce their take-home pay -- by increasing their contribution to their pension plans and health care benefits -- and restrict their collective bargaining rights.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Jan 03, 2011 Strained States Turning to Laws to Curb Labor Unions

QUOTE: Faced with growing budget deficits and restive taxpayers, elected officials from Maine to Alabama, Ohio to Arizona, are pushing new legislation to limit the power of labor unions, particularly those representing government workers, in collective bargaining and some cases — mostly in states with Republican governors and Republican statehouse majorities — officials are seeking more far-reaching, structural changes that would weaken the bargaining power and political influence of unions, including private sector ones.

New York Times
Sep 11, 2008 ‘Jim Crawford’ Republicans: The GOP is working to keep eligible African-Americans from voting in several states.

QUOTE: It was a mainstay of Jim Crow segregation: for 100 years after the Civil War, Southern white Democrats kept eligible blacks from voting with poll taxes, literacy tests and property requirements...Now, with the help of a 2008 Supreme Court decision, Crawford vs. Marion County (Indiana) Election Board, white Republicans in some areas will keep eligible blacks from voting by requiring driver's licenses.

Apr 25, 2007 US Supreme Court reviews limits on political ads: Campaign-finance and free-speech issues are involved, and the case could reveal dynamics at the high court.

QUOTE: At issue in the campaign-finance cases, set for oral argument on Wednesday, is whether the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (BCRA) of 2002 violated the free-speech rights of a Wisconsin-based advocacy group. The group, Wisconsin Right to Life, was barred from running three broadcast advertisements critical of US Senate incumbent Russ Feingold (D) of Wisconsin in the days leading up to the 2004 election.

Christian Science Monitor
Nov 10, 2006 Prison inmate wants personal ad replies (Police blotter)

QUOTE: A Wisconsin prison inmate says he has the First Amendment right to receive printouts of e-mail replies to his online personal ad.
Aug 01, 2006 A Skeptic on 9/11 Prompts Questions on Academic Freedom

QUOTE: Mr. Barrett’s views...have outraged some Wisconsin legislators and generated a fierce debate about academic freedom on a campus long known as a haven for progressive ideologies and student activism.

New York Times
Jan 24, 2006 Campaign Finance Law May Have A Loophole: Some Issue Ads Could Be Exempt, Justices Say

QUOTE: The Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion yesterday that suggests some political advertisers may eventually be entitled to an exemption from regulations imposed by the 2002 Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act.

Washington Post
Nov 02, 2004 G.O.P. in Ohio Can Challenge Voters at Polls

QUOTE: a Federal appeals court ruled early Tuesday morning that the Republican Party could place thousands of people inside polling places to challenge the eligibility of voters, a blow to Democrats who argued those challengers will intimidate minority voters.

New York Times
Oct 26, 2004 Partisan Suspicions Run High in Swing States: Democrats say the GOP aims to disenfranchise the poor and minorities. Republicans counter with claims of voter registration fraud.

QUOTE: ...the extraordinarily rancorous and mistrustful atmosphere that pervades battleground states in the final days of the presidential campaign....Democrats and Republicans seem convinced their opponents are bent on stealing the election.

Los Angeles Times
Jun 29, 2004 How Baseball Does Business: Angelos, Selig Last Men Standing in D.C.'s Way

QUOTE: ...Selig plans to decide if the Expos will be moved to Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia or one of five other areas. The decision will be the culmination of a process shrouded in secrecy and entirely consistent with Selig's highly personal management of Major League Baseball -- a style sanctioned by the sport's unique antitrust exemption.

Washington Post
Dec 22, 2000 Student Failure Causes States to Retool Testing Programs

QUOTE: Rocked by two straight years of widespread failure (88 percent of the sophomores failed the math test the previous spring, in a pilot run), state education officials have concluded that the test is too hard and have absolved any class graduating before 2004, at the earliest, of having to pass it. In retrenching on that test, and on a writing exam where scores were only marginally better, Arizona, too, has company...

New York Times