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Green Party candidate could bolster debate

by Jimmy Buff Poughkeepsie Journal January 17, 2015 Last week, Congressman Chris Gibson announced he wouldn’t be running for re-election in New York’s 19th congressional district in 2016. The Kinderhook republican had always said he would self-impose term limits, but nevertheless, his announcement caught people off guard. Gibson had just resoundingly won re-election in the district in November and with that kind of support many thought he’d continue in the job beyond 2016. Speculation turned quickly toward Gibson’s political future — a run for governor of New York seemed to be the most popular consensus — and who the republicans…


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A Green State of State Message on MLK Day

by Howie Hawkins New York Governor Cuomo’s State of the State address comes as we are celebrating Martin Luther King’s birthday. Unfortunately, half a century after the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, the dream of equality and prosperity for all remains unrealized. Income inequality in New York is the highest in the nation, with one-sixth of New Yorkers living below the poverty line. In upstate cities, more than half of all children live in poverty. New York has the most segregated housing and schools in the country, worse than Mississippi or Alabama. More than a million New Yorkers…


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The Future Will Be Green Or It Won’t Be At All

Stop Capitulating, Start Converging: The Global Climate Convergence and the Independent Political Imperative     firedoglake by Scott McLarty Monday April 21, 2014 In early April, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim issued a dire warning about the consequences of global climate change and increasing economic inequality. The combination of the two, he said, are likely to result in violent clashes around the world: “Fights over water and food are going to be the most significant direct impacts of climate change in the next five to 10 years. There’s just no question about it.” Mr. Kim urged scientists and environmental…


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Business Climate Mania in Rhode Island

eco opinions April 16, 2014 by Greg Gerritt Rhode Island is in the economic dumps and its politicians are pledging allegiance to economic growth at all costs and pulling out all of the traditional verbiage and a few new buzz words in the never ending search for faster economic growth. The traditional, but unproven, methods are to cut taxes, reduce regulation, and provide subsidies for those seeking to build or rebuild buildings. It is announced solemnly at least once a week by a powerful politician that he is working to get rid of the impediments to business and thereby create…


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Secretive trade agreement would undermine democracy

Post-Standard by Ursula Rozum January 20, 2014 Any speck of democracy and sovereignty we the people have left in this country is under attack. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a new international trade pact crafted by multinational corporations and currently being negotiated in secret by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) along with 11 other foreign governments. Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) describes the agreement as “an attack on democratic governance” and “a punch in the face to the middle class of America.” The TPP began as trade talks among a few Pacific Rim countries, but has been expanded…