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Ranked Choice Voting

By Jon Olsen Well informed readers will know that we in Maine succeeded in becoming the first in the country to initiate a vote for ranked choice voting (RCV) statewide with a referendum and winning that vote 52-47 percent last November. However, there is a problem. The opponents of our victory requested the Maine Supreme Court to offer an opinion on its Constitutionality, on the basis of RCV in its function requires a majority for the final result, but the Constitution just mandates a plurality. We had legal experts of high caliber expressing the view that it was likely Constitutional,…


No government financing for sports stadiums

By the Rhode Island Green Party Recently the Pawtucket Red Sox, the Triple-A field team for the Boston club, have come forward yet again with a proposal for taxpayers to finance the construction of a new stadium. Two years ago the team was arguing for the same thing but at a site located in Providence. Here we are going to syndicate the analysis of longtime Green Greg Gerritt, who was deeply involved in the opposition two years ago. If you take a good hard look at where the RI economy is going, we are in a very low growth phase….


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Urgent appeal to support activists in Odessa, Ukraine

From UNAC Co-coordinators Marilyn Levine & Joe Lombardo Join Ramsey Clark, Cynthia McKinney, John Pilger, Bruce Gagnon, Ray McGovern & more It’s been nearly two years since the world was shocked by reports of the deaths of scores of pro-democracy activists at the hands of extreme right-wing forces in the city of Odessa, Ukraine. It was barely three months after a violent, right-wing coup overthrew the elected Ukrainian government. The activists had set up a tent city in Odessa’s historic Kulikovo Square to publicize their demand for a national referendum to decide the legitimacy of the coup. On May 2,…


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Panama Papers reveal tip of an iceberg of shady dealings

The Norwich Bulletin By Scott Deshefy April 15, 2016 Thomas Jefferson stressed, “I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the republic than the people themselves,” and education their key to discretion. The majority, however, has lost its right to decision-making to a privileged few, a black hole of affluence concentrating wealth and capital within its pull. By placing price tags on Democrat and Republican lapels, a new American aristocracy adds to our tax burden by sidestepping theirs. And they’re not alone. A recent anonymous release of 11.5 million documents belonging to Mossack Fonseca, a Panamanian law…


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Finding a Cure for Bernie Sanders’ and Hillary Clinton’s Health Care Plans

Truthdig by Margaret Flowers and Jill Stein January 22, 2016 Hillary Clinton’s recent attack on Sen. Bernie Sanders for his advocacy of single-payer health plan has brought the health care crisis into the spotlight. We are both physicians who have a long history of working on health policy. While the two Democratic candidates offer proposals that are very different from each other, we see that neither is calling out health care privatization as the fatal flaw in the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Clinton argues we can simply expand the Affordable Care Act to achieve universal coverage, which we view as…