Our Common Good

climateadaptation:

  • Enbridge carries 318,000 barrels of oil per day
  • Critical pipeline carries oil to U.S. markets, could cause price spike
  • Two people killed, including a firefighter. Three reported injured.
  • Estimates up to 20,000 barrels spilled
  • Could be largest oil spill in US midwest after Kalamazoo last year by the same pipeline
  • Company expects line to be back running late this week
  • Here is a map of the Enbridge pipeline (in red)

Much more from Reuters

UPDATE: Caused by a car accident between a Mustang and an SUV in a remote area. Enbridge calls the incident “an unusual occurrence.”

An Illinois lawmaker is fighting back against the GOP’s onslaught of ultrasound mandates and other abortion restrictions by introducing an amendment that would require men to watch a “horrific video” about the side effects of Viagra before receiving a prescription for the erectile-dysfunction drug. “They need to see a visual depiction of the treatment for the most common side effect to Viagra use, which is priapism, and it’s not a pretty procedure to watch,” said Rep. Kelly Cassidy (D), who added that she is tired of politicians deciding that “women are incapable of making their own decisions.” “If we are going to do this, we need to do it in a way that is applied equally.” (ThinkProgress)

tumblrdems:

The College Democrats of America are excited to announce our 2012 CDA Winter Conference to be held on March 9- 10th in Chicago. 2012 will bring exciting new opportunities and challenges that we as youth organizers will face. We believe the first step to this success is forming new partnerships to better prepare our state and national leaders. CDA will be hosting joint trainings and sessions with the Young Democrats of America during our Winter Conference. This is our first time to collaborate with YDA, and we know our partnership will help pave the path to victory for Democrats in 2012. This year, more than ever, we are highlighting the importance of unity, collaboration, and strength.
RegistrationSignup for an OFA Headquarters TourApply for a State Convention GrantSchedule and Speakers
Hotel Information: Unfortunately, the room block at the Palmer House has sold out and we cannot expand it. If you would prefer to stay at the Palmer House you can either call them directly at (312) 726-7500 to make a reservation at the regular rate or look for deals on websites such as Kayak.com or Priceline.com. For inquires on other affordable hotels please contact Finance Director, Andrew Slade at sladea@collegedems.com
Learn more about previous Winter Conferences here

tumblrdems:

The College Democrats of America are excited to announce our 2012 CDA Winter Conference to be held on March 9- 10th in Chicago. 2012 will bring exciting new opportunities and challenges that we as youth organizers will face. We believe the first step to this success is forming new partnerships to better prepare our state and national leaders. CDA will be hosting joint trainings and sessions with the Young Democrats of America during our Winter Conference. This is our first time to collaborate with YDA, and we know our partnership will help pave the path to victory for Democrats in 2012. This year, more than ever, we are highlighting the importance of unity, collaboration, and strength.

Registration
Signup for an OFA Headquarters Tour
Apply for a State Convention Grant
Schedule and Speakers

Hotel Information: Unfortunately, the room block at the Palmer House has sold out and we cannot expand it. If you would prefer to stay at the Palmer House you can either call them directly at (312) 726-7500 to make a reservation at the regular rate or look for deals on websites such as Kayak.com or Priceline.com. For inquires on other affordable hotels please contact Finance Director, Andrew Slade at sladea@collegedems.com

Learn more about previous Winter Conferences here

truth-has-a-liberal-bias:

Illinois GOP Congressional Candidate: ‘The Holocaust Never Happened’
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Art Jones wants to be the U.S. Representative from the 3rd district of Illinois, which encompasses part of the South Side of Chicago and its suburbs. But his mish-mash of a platform — ranging from some standard Republican positions to classical isolationism — will probably not garner the same attention as his views that surfaced today on AOL’s Patch local news service. Jones, a neo-Nazi, says the “Holocaust never happened“:

As far as I’m concerned, the Holocaust is nothing more than an international extortion racket by the Jews. It’s the blackest lie in history. Millions of dollars are being made by Jews telling this tale of woe and misfortune in books, movies, plays and TV. […]

truth-has-a-liberal-bias:

Illinois GOP Congressional Candidate: ‘The Holocaust Never Happened’

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Art Jones wants to be the U.S. Representative from the 3rd district of Illinois, which encompasses part of the South Side of Chicago and its suburbs. But his mish-mash of a platform — ranging from some standard Republican positions to classical isolationism — will probably not garner the same attention as his views that surfaced today on AOL’s Patch local news service. Jones, a neo-Nazi, says the “Holocaust never happened“:

As far as I’m concerned, the Holocaust is nothing more than an international extortion racket by the Jews. It’s the blackest lie in history. Millions of dollars are being made by Jews telling this tale of woe and misfortune in books, movies, plays and TV. […]

Love the family values….

For those who still believe that there is any way to trust, negotiate with, compromise with, or have any dealings with Ed Deform in any way that does not demand complete capitulation to the ed deformers, watch this video. Play it at your next union meeting, share it with the world.

We do know some of what goes on at the Aspen Ideas Festival besides getting a chance to smell and touch sewer rats like Rupert Murdoch. Here is a great example of massive ego mixed with manipulative glee that was posted and quickly pulled from the Aspen site, but not before Fred Klonsky captured a copy for the world to see and hear.

In this Machiavellian masterpiece, we see Jonah Edelman of Stand for Children infamy (list of donors here) describe in great detail how great wads of hedge-fund and other corporate cash came to bear on the last legislative election in Illinois, how all the best lobbyists were bought up by Deform (including minority ones), how unions were outspent and how politicians followed the money, how teacher unions were lured to the table and how they were totally manhandled by the best lawyers and negotiators that money can buy, how union leaders became complicit, scared, weak, groveling.

Hear how Karen Lewis, head of Chicago Teachers Union was made a fool of, how she gave up the right to strike with less than a 75% strike vote (something that has never happened, as Jonah notes). Hear how Lewis gave the Deformer lawyers free rein to work out the details on a terrible agreement. As Jonah swaggers, “We got to decide all the fine print.” In those details is the insurance needed to impose the same IMPACT teacher eval plan that DC has.

Stand for Children Co-founder describes Illinois take down of teachers and their unions. (by mrsjennifermarshall)

Jonah Edelman Co-founder of Stand for Children talks in detail about how they came to Illinois with the express purpose to take down the teachers unions. He revels in the fact that the general public was unsuspecting of the tactics being used against the teachers of Illinois and if they had it would have been unpalatable . He talks about how he worked to divide and conquer the teachers’ and how the Illinois teachers association president went to work for Arne Duncan at the U.S. Dept of Ed. shortly after the talks were settled.

Crooks and Liars has substantially more info on Stand For Children and Jonah Edelman - worth the time to read.

What passes for humor from Illinois Senator Dave Syverson.

What passes for humor from Illinois Senator Dave Syverson.

Yesterday, an Illinois Judge turned over a state rule requiring pharmacists to sell emergency contraception, asserting that it violates a state “right-of-conscience” law and the First Amendment.

ilyagerner:

I’ve been captivated by the scene in Madison, for which I make no apologies: Wisconsin matters. It matters precisely because it is Wisconsin, home to the La Follette legacy of progressivism and the first state to recognize public employees’ right to bargain collectively; it matters because organized labor is up against the wall - not in Tennessee, not in some Right-To-Work-For-Less Red State - but in what was thought to be one of the last remaining redoubts for the union movement. If the Kochtopus-aided GOP prevails in Wisconsin, they can win anywhere.
So Wisconsin matters, but it cannot matter exclusively, at the expense of every state in which free and independent labor is under siege. With some coverage from National Journal, combined with additional sources, a look at the states where the assault of workers is at its most severe:
Wisconsin: Legislation stripping public employees of most collective bargaining rights has been passed and signed into law.What’s Next:  The fight back begins with an effort to recall eight Republican State Senators. A key test of progressive strength will be the April 5th elections, featuring a campaign for Wisconsin Supreme Court.
Ohio: The Senate has passed and the House is expected to adopt a bill making collective bargaining a sham.What’s Next: While protests against the bill continue, activists are considering mounting a petition drive to place a constitutional amendment guaranteeing collective bargaining rights on the ballot. 231,147 signatures are needed. 

(Photo by nwgeidner)
Indiana: Several thousand protesters rallied at the Statehouse on Thursday to oppose legislation that affects both collective bargaining and public education.What’s Next: Indiana House Democrats continue to holdout in Illinois, preventing action on the anti-union measure.

Idaho: A bill restricting collective bargaining rights for the state’s unionized teachers has passed the legislature.Maine: Under GOP Gov. Paul LePage’s proposed budget, teachers and other state employees will be required to increase their contributions to the pension system, but not the Governor  - he exempted himself. LePage also supports enacting a Wisconsin-style anti-labor bill.Tennessee: A bill to deny teachers collective bargaining rights is making its way through the legislature.Oklahoma: A House committee has voted to repeal collective bargaining for municipal workers in cities with populations over 35,000. 
Partial Democratic control of legislatures and/or Governorships in Washington, Nevada, Iowa, Michigan, New Jersey, and Massachusetts makes it unlikely for radical revisions to labor law to be adopted, even as budget-related concessions are sought.

ilyagerner:

I’ve been captivated by the scene in Madison, for which I make no apologies: Wisconsin matters. It matters precisely because it is Wisconsin, home to the La Follette legacy of progressivism and the first state to recognize public employees’ right to bargain collectively; it matters because organized labor is up against the wall - not in Tennessee, not in some Right-To-Work-For-Less Red State - but in what was thought to be one of the last remaining redoubts for the union movement. If the Kochtopus-aided GOP prevails in Wisconsin, they can win anywhere.

So Wisconsin matters, but it cannot matter exclusively, at the expense of every state in which free and independent labor is under siege. With some coverage from National Journal, combined with additional sources, a look at the states where the assault of workers is at its most severe:

Wisconsin: Legislation stripping public employees of most collective bargaining rights has been passed and signed into law.
What’s Next:  The fight back begins with an effort to recall eight Republican State Senators. A key test of progressive strength will be the April 5th elections, featuring a campaign for Wisconsin Supreme Court.

Ohio: The Senate has passed and the House is expected to adopt a bill making collective bargaining a sham.
What’s Next: While protests against the bill continue, activists are considering mounting a petition drive to place a constitutional amendment guaranteeing collective bargaining rights on the ballot. 231,147 signatures are needed. 

(Photo by nwgeidner)

IndianaSeveral thousand protesters rallied at the Statehouse on Thursday to oppose legislation that affects both collective bargaining and public education.
What’s Next: Indiana House Democrats continue to holdout in Illinois, preventing action on the anti-union measure.

Idaho: A bill restricting collective bargaining rights for the state’s unionized teachers has passed the legislature.
Maine
: Under GOP Gov. Paul LePage’s proposed budget, teachers and other state employees will be required to increase their contributions to the pension system, but not the Governor  - he exempted himself. LePage also supports enacting a Wisconsin-style anti-labor bill.
Tennessee: A bill to deny teachers collective bargaining rights is making its way through the legislature.
Oklahoma: A House committee has voted to repeal collective bargaining for municipal workers in cities with populations over 35,000. 

Partial Democratic control of legislatures and/or Governorships in Washington, Nevada, Iowa, Michigan, New Jersey, and Massachusetts makes it unlikely for radical revisions to labor law to be adopted, even as budget-related concessions are sought.


Action alert for Chicagoland pro-choicers!

walk4choicechicago:

We need your support in Geneva, IL on Monday!

I’ll have more details later, but a little birdie told me that Lila Rose is going to be there to thank State Senator Randy Hultgren for his support in defunding Planned Parenthood.

Spread the word!

liberal-lad:

Get ready for an influx of save-the-dates from Illinois! The state’s governor, Pat Quinn, signed “historic” legislation on Wednesday allowing civil unions for both gay and straight couples. The bill is considered a hard-won victory for gay and lesbian couples, since it will give gay couples many…