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Eric Nelson is freelance writer, an editor at OpEdNews, and a spiritual progressive from Minnesota who has become more politically active. The reasons for this should be obvious to most; rising poverty, a broken health care system, and a growing global environmental crisis. Eric's writings are as "fair and balanced" as those of FOX news. Eric is also a web informatics expert, former intelligence analyst, and biathlon olympian.
Wisconsin Inc., for sale to Top Donors like GTAC, Koch and Cline Industries
Republican Governor Scott Walker and Wisconsin Republican legislators recently passed and signed into law a corporate written mining bill for Gogebic Taconite (GTAC) to begin mountaintop removal iron ore mining in the Penokee Hills of Northern Wisconsin. The Penokee Hills rise up at the headwaters of a watershed and environmentally sensitive wetlands that drain into Lake Superior and pass through a Native American reservation
Sunday, November 20, 2011(1 comments)
Super Committee Failure Not a Bad Thing: Why Doing Nothing May Prove Beneficial
Super Committee failure may prove to be the first event in decades to force a slow down in runaway spending on behalf of the military industrial complex. The United States defense budget already exceeds that of all other military budgets in the world combined. Americans would see after the forced cuts in military spending that the world would not end, we would not be invaded, and life would go on.
Is the Minnesota and National GOP Overplaying their Tea Party Hand?
The Minnesota Democratic DFL convention recently made history by nominating its first female gubernatorial candidate to replace outgoing GOP governor Tim Pawlenty. Minnesota's Republican party is placing their bet on Tea Party favored candidate Tom Emmer who was also recently endorsed by Sarah Palin. Do the extreme politics of Tom Emmer, similar to that of Michele Bachmann, have a chance of resonating statewide in Minnesota?
The AFL-CIO and the Public Option Plan: A Big Line in the Sand
The AFL-CIO has taken a page out of history when FDR so famously said, I argee with, I want to do it, now make me do it. The AFL-CIO and its 11 million members are sending a strong and clear message to President Obama, pass the public option plan.
Why Internet Voting is a Terrible Idea
The further streamlining and centralization of our elections brought about by internet voting would be a disaster and would increase not decrease the potential for "election fraud".
Thursday, June 25, 2009(5 comments)
Why Small Business Owners Should Demand the Public Option Plan
Like no other time in the history of our country the small business owner is faced with a dire future because of rising health care premiums. Significant health care reform leading to more competition, and more affordable premiums like what would be achieved with the Public Option Plan is no longer a matter of debate and discussion. It is a matter of necessity for the survival of the American small business owner.
Max Baucus, Listen to Ed Schultz and Give Doctor Marcia Angell a Seat at the Table
Ed Schultz and Doctor Margaret Flowers from 'Physicians for a National Health Program' call on Democratic Senator Max Baucus to give Doctor Marcia Angell a seat at the table along with the 'for profit' health insurance CEOs at an upcoming Senate Finance Committee hearing on May 12th for finding solutions to our current health care crisis.
Greed is Not Good: The Ronald Reagan Mantra is Dead
Public outrage over multi-million dollar bonuses going to failing AIG executives from taxpayer funded bailout money should be the final dagger in the heart of 20 years of Ronald Reganism and the Republican mantra that "Greed is Good".
Howard Dean for HHS: Change We Can Believe In
Howard Dean is the right person for the job of fixing our broken "healthcare for profit" system. Our country and the economic engine of our country, the small business, have already spoken in November that this is the change we want.
Norm Coleman Hopes to do Better Than the Detroit Lions
Norm Coleman, two months after calling on Al Franken to do the right thing and concede, files a lawsuit to contest the Minnesota recount showing that Al Franken has won. Norm Coleman's legal team has so far lost all 6 legal challenges against Al Franken's legal team and should maybe choose to challenge the Detroit Lions instead.
Saturday, December 6, 2008(4 comments)
Coleman Leads Franken by 76 Votes; Thousands Remain Uncounted
The hand-recount of the Minnesota Senate race between Al Franken and Norm Coleman is over according to the mainstream media. Or is it? The race has become even tighter and there are still 5000 - 6000 challenged ballots to be hand-counted. The hand-recount is far from over.
Flax Seed: A Natural Alternative to Statins?
As the Pharmaceutical industry funds new studies supporting the expanded use of their blockbuster drugs such as statins, safe and effective natural alternatives such as flaxseed fight for a fraction of the media coverage and a sliver of the research funding.
Is Republican Norm Coleman Just an Empty Suit?
Republican incumbent Norm Coleman finds himself in the midst of another ethics scandal and is sinking in the polls against Democratic challenger Al Franken for the Senate seat in Minnesota.
McCain Is No Friend to Florida Voters and Senior Citizens
Senior citizens are among our most vulnerable and they will vote for a president that they think can reverse the course of our economy and fix our broken healthcare system. McCain has brought into serious doubt whether he has the ability or will to tackle either of these problems
Al Franken: Minnesota's hardest working soon to be next U.S. Senator
Al Franken's comeback trail has been dependent on his "roll-up the sleeves" hard work and his grass-roots organizing skills. He has recently pulled ahead of Republican incumbent Norm Coleman and has put the much needed Minnesota senatorial seat, formerly held by Paul Wellstone, back into play for the Democrats.