On Sunday night 60 Minutes went there. Prosecuting Wall Street asks why over three years after the Great Crash of 2008, no one on Wall Street has been prosecuted. Specifically, why haven't the Department of Justice or the SEC prosecuted Wall Street for violations of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act? CBS' Steve Kroft interviewed two high-level whistleblowers and Obama Administration Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer.
By attacking the hard-won collective bargaining rights of working people in Wisconsin, the anti-union, ultra regressive, corporate interests first, Middle Class Wrecking Ball GOP signed its own recall petition. Wisconsin Democrats reportedly have around half of the signatures they need for the recall election to take place. You can join the effort here.
Along with the top priority recall, there are legal challenges, continued displays of solidarity, and a very important election for the Wisconsin Supreme Court coming up (JoeAnne Kloppenburg is the non-Walker rubber stamp candidate). All of these immediate steps deserve the strongest possible support. They're crucial, but they're also just a beginning. As the GOP Governors clearly understand, the struggle for the Midwest is as consequential as it gets.
Living in Ohio, that is doubly true: first, adding the impact of the recession on top of the impact of sixteen years of Kasich/Portman style policies is, ironically, the best opportunity for those who helped cause the mess to gain political power from it. Second, because of the blocking position of the Republican Majority in the State Senate in the last two years, the odds are stacked against the project: even as things stand now, we need to flip a Republican for the project to go ahead.
Burning the Midnight Oil for Living Energy Independence
Today's Sunday Train is focusing on attacks that have been launched against Ohio's 3C plan, which was granted $400m in the HSR round of Stimulus II grants. There are attacks from Republicans, engaged in their usual games of negotiating in bad faith and basing critiques on focus group testing of talking points rather than substance. There are attacks from "transport experts", calling for all of our HSR spending to be focused on the coasts with no systems developed to serve the needs of flyover country.
There is even an attack launched against the award of funds to Ohio by President Obama's Department of Transportation paradoxically by a kossack who goes by the name of "Ohiobama".
So today is focused on examining the attacks and seeing what there is to them. And lest it seem that this is a single-state issue, many of these same arguments may be used against all of the plans already in place between the Rockies and the Appalachias, as well as the Pacific Northwest and the South Atlantic Coast.
(a couple of future Senate contenders... - promoted by poligirl)
With the retirements of George Voinovich and Mel Martinez, Democrats in Florida and Ohio are scrambling to see if they could make a run to pick-up their seats.
Democratic Congressman Kendrick Meek of Florida is the first major contender for Mel's seat. Democratic Congressman Tim Ryan of Ohio has already expressed interest in making a run, after being heavily recruited in 2006 for Ohio's other senate seat.
For many Democrats, this may be the first time they hear the names of those two men, but they are already familiar to me. Back in the days when I used to watch a little CSPAN, I would routinely find these two, along with Neil Abercrombie of Hawaii, or perhaps Adam Smith of Washington, or others, talking to each other at length about the issues of the day after hours on the House floor.
These two guys are clearly buddies, though. In addition to tag-teaming on the SPAN, they've also made a series of youtubes together, the 30 Something Democrats Vlog: