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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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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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It Looks Like the Kochs' Dream of a Right-Wing Constitutional Convention Has Been Roadblocked

This year's legislative season saw a strong push in the states from right-wing groups, bankrolled by the Koch brothers and other ultra-conservative billionaires, hoping to convene a national constitutional convention in order to inject rigid fiscal constraints into our country's founding document. Advocates of a federal "balanced budget amendment" (BBA) picked up two more states, Wyoming and Arizona, in their drive to win the 34 resolutions needed to bypass Congress and convene a convention to propose changes to the U.S. Constitution.

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ALEC 2016 Agenda Boosts Charters, Coal and Other Corporate Funders

The American Legislative Exchange Council will push bills to protect failing charter schools, silence political speech, and obstruct environmental protections in the ALEC 2016 agenda introduced at its annual meeting in Indianapolis this week.

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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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A Reality Check for 'Charter School Week'

One could be forgiven for thinking "National Charter School Week" already happened. The made-up "National School Choice Week" was just 14 weeks ago. It's an easy mistake to make.

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Big Business Charter School Chains Seek Millions in Taxpayer Dollars With No Accountability

Charter schools are big business, even when they are run by "non-profits" that pay no taxes on the revenue they receive from public taxes or other sources.

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Colorado's Not Quite Independent Oversight of Charter Schools

A new review of documents provided to the Center for Media and Democracy/PRWatch from the state of Colorado shows close relationships between the agency charged with administering public education and the growing charter school industry.

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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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How a Democratic PAC Is Channeling Out-Of-State Dark Money to Enshrine Corporate Education Reform

March 21, 2016--At first glance, "Democrats for Education Reform" (DFER) may sound like a generic advocacy group, but a closer review of its financial filings and activities shows how it uses local branding to help throw the voice of huge Wall Street players and other corporate interests from out-of-state.

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