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Blog Post
9/28/2010
Posted by Jamie Court
If you think the Tea Party represents real people who are mad as hell about real issues, you might want to know that it just had its first rally under the Beverly Hills sign over the weekend. I found out about the rally when I showed up for a 10 o'clock news debate and singer Pat Boone was on the other side dressed in his "Beverly Hills Tea...
Blog Post
9/23/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
There’s a name that’s becoming as ubiquitous in dirty oil politics as Coke cans are in greasy spoons. And it’s pronounced like the soft drink, but spelled Koch. The New Yorker definitively exposed the gas and oil tycoons known as the Koch brothers. But who are the latest Koch-heads to wear the brand with pride? •...
Blog Post
9/22/2010
Posted by Carmen Balber
Emails demanding filibuster reform started to fill my inbox last month, and as Ezra Klein notes in yesterday's Washington Post, public interest organizations across Washington have sped up the reform drumbeat Consumer Watchdog began making in earnest a year and a half ago. But how many more people know about the Senate's procedural breakdown since...
Blog Post
9/21/2010
Posted by Jamie Court
When Californians angry about oil companies' attempt to repeal the state's greenhouse gas emission cap went to confront the oil refiner behind Prop 23's power play, they found the Tea Party in their way. What's an angry populist movement that's supposed to represent real people doing defending oil companies? It's a question the New York Times...
News Release
9/21/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Jamie Court, (310) 392-0075, or (310) 874-9989
Call To Get The Change We Voted For And Focus Anger On Corporate Abuses New York, NY – Consumer Watchdog and Jamie Court, author of The Progressive’s Guide to Raising Hell (Chelsea Green Publishing – September 15), are now airing a JumboTron advertisement in the largest public square in America. The ad questions whether the Tea...
Blog Post
9/16/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
It’s amazing how oil companies stay so completely on message. The American Petroleum Institute, the oil industry mouthpiece, is pushing the same deceptive “jobs, jobs, jobs” message as the Texas oil companies backing Proposition 23 on the California ballot. Both are saying that any shift toward greener energy that costs...
Blog Post
9/16/2010
Posted by Doug Heller
Did you ever find yourself a little overbooked, wondering how  you can be at two or three places at once?  Well, that’s never happened to the oil industry. In 2009, the oil and gas industry had 782 lobbyists working the halls of Congress and the Obama administration, according to a recent analysis by OpenSecrets.org. That...
Blog Post
9/15/2010
Posted by Jamie Court
The Tea Party is on a roll with its upset Senate primary victory in Delaware. If the rest of us don't start raising hell, the Tea Party will have us living it. Are you mad as hell but don't want to join the Tea Party? Do you still want to get the change you voted for in 2008? That's most Americans, but the right wing is the only wing talking...
News Release
9/14/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Jamie Court, (310) 392-0522 ext. 327; or Carmen Balber, (202) 629-3043
Washington, DC – The California consumer group that pioneered the nation's toughest property casualty insurance regulation called on President Obama today to use his federal regulatory authority and state ballot measure processes to stop health insurers from arbitrarily raising rates on Americans.   "The health insurance industry...
Blog Post
9/6/2010
Posted by Jamie Court
The problem with American politics is that there is too much focus on raising money and too little on raising hell. The Labor movement in America suffers from the safe fate. This labor day, let's remember what works for the American middle class and the labor movement that's supposed to represent it. Authentic campaigns that seize on strong public...