Mary Bottari

Big Soda Is Freaking Out at the Rise of Local Soda Taxes

Watch out public health advocates – as soda tax campaigns are bubbling up in cities across the nation to combat obesity, diabetes and other serious health conditions – the beverage industry is working to choke off this expression of local democracy.

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The Billionaires Behind the Supreme Court Case Poised to Dismantle Public Sector Unions

The Roman god Janus was known for having two faces. It is a fitting name for the US Supreme Court case which heard oral arguments February 26, Janus v. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Council 31, that could deal a devastating blow to public-sector unions and workers nationwide.

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Koch Latino Front Group Instructs Arizona Moms About School Choice

A full year in advance of a historic showdown on school vouchers in Arizona, the Kochs are already ladling on the cash. Through their Latino front group, Libre Institute, they have launched a six figure ad campaign targeting Arizona moms on one of the Kochs’ favorite topics, school vouchers.

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GOP's Rigid Wisconsin's Voter ID Law Tilted the 2016 Election Enough for Trump to Win

A new study of registered voters in Dane and Milwaukee Counties who did not vote in the 2016 presidential election found that approximately 17,000-23,000 eligible voters in those counties were prevented or deterred from voting by Wisconsin’s voter ID law. Due to financial constraints, the social scientists were only able to do a study of two of Wisconsin’s 72 counties, but the authors say that extrapolating statewide as many as 45,000 people stayed home because of the law.

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All the Bad News You Need to Know About ALEC Agenda

This post originally appeared at Exposed by CMD.

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An Under-the-Radar Historic Victory Against GOP Attempts to Control Who Gets Elected

Today the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin struck down hyper-partisan legislative redistricting maps declaring them to be “an unconstitutional political gerrymander.” The maps were drawn in secret in 2011 by a Republican legislature that controlled both houses and the Governorship.

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Kochs' 'Grassroots Leadership Academy' Is Training an Astroturf Army

With no clear favorite in the 2016 U.S. presidential primary race—following Gov. Scott Walker's early exit and Trump's march toward the nomination—the Koch brothers have turned their attention (and opened their wallets) to races for the U.S. Senate, U.S. House and state governorships.

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Ted Cruz Surges Ahead in Wisconsin Primary, Reveals Secret Weapon

In the last Wisconsin poll before the election, reliable Marquette University pollster Charles Franklin found that Ted Cruz had surged ahead of Donald Trump 40-30 in the contest for the GOP primary. John Kasich, trailed at 21 percent.

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Welcome to the Wholly Owned Koch Subsidiary Formerly Known as Wisconsin

Starting today, three bills are being rammed through the Wisconsin legislature that will put the final nails in the coffin of our state's long history of clean elections and accountable governance.

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Scott Walker Wins Koch Summit Poll, Now Awaits $900 Million From Right-Wing Plutocrat Network

The Koch brothers and the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) held their annual summits in California this year. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker was a featured speaker at both, capturing enthusiastic applause as he won the Koch summit straw poll last night reports Politico.

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