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This article appears in the Fall 2011 issue of Breakthrough Journal With their impressive election victory of 2010 and the emergence of the Tea Party--the most significant (and disruptive) grassroots political phenomenon since the anti-Vietnam War movement in the 1960s and 1970s--conservatives and especially the self-conscious "conservative movement" might be excused for exhibiting an air of triumphalism. The Democrats' commanding majority in the House has been dispatched, the Senate and the presidency are increasingly on the ropes, and fears that President Barack Obama's 2008 election might have represented a fundamental and lasting realignment of the American electorate are rapidly fading from memory.
Politics aren’t working for people. This problem must be addressed at the root by fixing the way we elect our leaders. Changing the system by creating the first nonpartisan, national online presidential primary is a daunting task—changing history usually is.
Meetings l Assigned Studies l Committee Topics l Publications l Staff l Contact Us The Children and Families Interim Committee is a joint bipartisan committee of the Legislature that meets between legislative sessions to monitor the Department of Public Health and Human Services ; conduct interim studies ; and generally review issues related to health and human services. In May 2011, the Legislative Council assigned two studies to the committee: the House Joint Resolution 8 study of childhood hunger and the Senate Joint Resolution 30 study of childhood health trauma. The committee is also required by law to monitor the implementation of Senate Bill 423, which revises the state's laws related to the use of marijuana for a debilitating medical condition. At its June 2011 meeting, the Committee decided to focus additional committee time on monitoring the state Medicaid program, as well. The committee reviewed a draft work plan in June and adopted a final work plan in September.
From the moment Sarah Palin’s acceptance speech electrified the Republican convention, she was seen as an unbending, hard-charging, red-meat ideologue—to which soon was added “thin-skinned” and “vindictive.” But a look at what Palin did while in office in Alaska—the only record she has—shows a very different politician: one who worked with Democrats to tame Big Oil and solve the great problem at the heart of the state’s politics. That Sarah Palin might have set the nation on a different course. What went wrong? Robert Hunt
Primer on Gasoline Sources and Markets Where does gasoline come from? Gasoline is made from crude oil.
Stephen Colbert had some fun at Bill O'Reilly's expense over his bizarre column claiming Jesus wasn't all that concerned about the poor . The capper: Colbert: Because if this is gonna be a Christian nation that doesn't help the poor, either we've got to pretend that Jesus was just as selfish as we are, or we've got to acknowledge that he commanded us to love the poor and serve the needy without condition -- and then admit that we just don't want to do it. Ouch!