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Big Business Meddles In Judicial Elections

Earlier this August concerned citizens gathered at the Center for American Progress to discuss the role of big money in state Supreme Court races. This discussion, featuring Justice Nelson of Montana and Justice Oliver Diaz of Mississippi, followed a release of the CFAP’s report: “Big Business Taking over State Supreme Courts: How Campaign Contributions to Judges Tip the Scales Against Individuals.”
It’s become apparent that the control of the judiciary is now in play. While the judges who sit on the Supreme Court of the United States are appointed, many of those on state Supreme Courts are elected, making them increasingly more disposed to influence from big donors in this post-Citizens United world.
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MI Court of Appeals Rules Collective Bargaining Bill Will Be on Nov. Ballot

The Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled that voters will decide the fate of an amendment aimed at protecting collective bargaining rights come November. Predictably, opponents of the ballot initiative, led by the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, have vowed to take the issue to the Michigan Supreme Court.
The appeals court rejected a challenge to the proposal which claimed the law was too sweeping and affected too many laws. But nearly 600,000 Michigan voters had signed petitions to get the “Protect Our Jobs Amendment” on the ballot, signaling its ubiquitous appeal.
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TRUTH FAIRY: LA Mayor, LA Times Attempt to Expose the Horrors of Prop 32

That’s because Proposition 32 bristles with enormous loopholes tailor-made for businesses and their wealthy backers. To begin with, it exempts such common business structures as LLCs, partnerships and real estate trusts. If you’re a venture investor, land developer or law firm, Proposition 32 doesn’t lay a finger on you.
The drafters, who include conservative attorneys Thomas Hiltachk and Michael Capaldi, know full well that payroll deductions are how unions get almost all of their funds, and businesses get almost none of theirs.
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Boeing Promotes Record Profits while Shifting Costs onto Employees

As defense industry titan Boeing enjoys record sales and income it has made shifting costs to its engineers and technical workers a focal point of contract negotiations with the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEAA).
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Campaign Finance Could Threaten Impartiality of Elected Judges

Campaign Finance Could Threaten Impartiality of Elected Judges
A staggering 39 states elect at least some of their judges, typically for appellate positions. Since 2009, judicial campaigns have been flooded with donations from unregulated superPACs, many of which are funded by huge corporations.
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Fundraising Gap Between Women and Men Gets Wider

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, women earn 81 percent of what men do. Their wealth—assets like homes and savings minus debt—is half men’s, when neither are living with partners or over age 64. As the CBS article points out, women make up 17 percent of Congress and run only 18 of the Fortune 500 companies (that’s 3.6 percent). The higher you look on the ladder of financial well-being and power, the greater the inequality gets.
So as billionaires provide more of the money in politics, it stands to reason that the proportion of dollars with women behind them will shrink. The Center for Responsive Politics just provides evidence to support the logic. A similar breakdown of which donors are white, black, or Latino, would surely find the white/black and white/Latino wealth gaps likewise reflected in political giving.
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