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I am a retired advertising sales executive/manager and am now Executive Director of the Assassination Archives and Research Center (AARC). I am also a member of the Senior Editor Team at Op Ed News. I also serve as Research Director and Board member of Healthcare4ALLPA which is promoting the adoption of single-payer healthcare in Pennsylvania and nationally. I have a long-time interest in progressive politics and journalism and have published numerous articles and blogs over more than four decades. I was a progressive Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 2010. I write primarily about politics, healthcare, journalism, and political assinations, and my work has been published In The New York Times; The Village Voice; The Realist; The Washington Star; New Times, Rolling Stone, three book anthologies, et al.
(14 comments) Sunday, January 20, 2019 Kennedy and King Family Members and Advisors Call for Congress to Reopen Assassination Probes
As a member of the JFK assassination critical community for the past 53 years, I feel honored to have been a part of the process that saw this project and this document through to fruition, and to be one of the signatories. As a member of the senior editorial team here at OpEdNews I am also thrilled to bring it to the attention of our readers.
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(14 comments) Wednesday, March 9, 2016 Don't Listen to the Media or Polls: BERNIE SANDERS IS WINNING!!!
The media is fond of writing off Bernie Sanders, but consider the fact that Bernie is racking up a number of impressive primary and caucus wins that seriously challenge the notion that Hillary Clinton is the candidate most capable of winning in November.
(15 comments) Tuesday, January 21, 2014 Chris Christie's Many Tales From the Dark Side
Chris Christie has burst onto the national scene in recent years. Despite having many critics and detractors he has become something of a darling of the mainstream media, and is viewed by many as a potential successful Republican candidate for the presidency. Is Bridgegate his obituary or an opportunity to overcome adversity?
(3 comments) Thursday, June 28, 2012 Still "SiCKO" After All These Years
you will want to be in Philadelphia this weekend for the fifth anniversary reunion between Michael Moore and the cast of "SiCKO," his groundbreaking documentary about how people with health insurance in this country are routinely denied necessary care by our insurance companies. Former Cigna executive turned insurance industry critic and whistleblower will be there as well along with healthcare experts from around the U.S.
(8 comments) Friday, July 16, 2010 WellPoint's White Knight Rides Again
Many who are hoping for the best out of the recently enacted healthcare reform are less than heartened by the person appointed to launch and oversee the rollout.
(41 comments) Tuesday, February 9, 2010 PA Dem State Committee Takes Single-Payer Healthcare Mainstream, Unanimously Endorses It
It may be premature to suggest that single-payer is on the verge of passing in Pennsylvania, but after the State Democratic Committee unanimously endorsed the Single-Payer Legislation and three Gubernatorial candidates pledged to sign it when it reaches their desks, the light at the end of the tunnel is clearly in sight.
(1 comments) Monday, December 28, 2009 Health Insurance Monopolies Are Illegal. There Is No Insurance Antitrust Exemption
It is widely perceived that the McCarran-Ferguson Act of 1945 bestowed an exemption to federal anti-trust law upon the insurance industry which has enabled a handful of health insurance companies to grow into gargantuan predatory monopolies immune to anti-monopoly legislation. In fact the Act was intended to empower both the federal government and the states to enforce antitrust regulations against the insurance industry.
(13 comments) Tuesday, August 18, 2009 Arlen Specter Pledges To Help Enable State Single-Payer Movement
Arlen Specter this morning pledged to introduce an amendment in the Senate that would remove any roadblocks individidual states might face in enacting single-payer systems in the respective states. Let's thank him and let him know that we expect him to fulfill his pldege and to work hard to insure its passage.
Thursday, March 12, 2009 Poll Excludes Single-Payer Healthcare; Respondents Implicitly Endorse It Anyway
HCAN, a coalition of organizations advocating and lobbying for President Barack Obama's proposed healthcare reform plan, recently released poll purporting to show broad public support for the Obama plan. The poll meticulously avoided any specific reference to Single-Payer healthcare reform, but the survey results strongly suggest that the public prefers that option even though it was excluded from the questionnaire.
(3 comments) Saturday, December 20, 2008 Update on Minnesota Recount
I have to say that I am terribly
impressed by the transparency of the Minnesota process. The entire
thing has been live-streamed, and every ballot where there was the
slightest disagreement has been projected for all to see.
(5 comments) Saturday, March 15, 2008 ED RENDELL'S HEALTHCARE HOAX (AND THE SINGLE-PAYER SOLUTION)
With Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell's Prescription For Pennsylvania all but dead in its original form, his political allies in the State Legislature are intent upon salvaging what they can via an amended bill they hope will pass the Pennsylvania House this Monday, March 17th. Gone is "Cover All Pennsylvanians," a title that was never even remotely remotely appropriate. Ready to replace it is something much worse.
(4 comments) Thursday, November 30, 2006 The Olbermann Juggernaut
Keith Olbermann continues his dramatic climb in the cable news ratings. November numbers are in, and the huge increases continue with no end in sight.
Tuesday, November 7, 2006 Time for a change in Pa. 16
Voters in Pennsylvania have an opportunity to vote out a radical right Republican and vote in a common-sense Democrat.
(2 comments) Tuesday, October 31, 2006 Keith Olbermann Can Rest Easy
Many worry that Keith Olbermann's nasty habit of speaking truth to power may subject him to the same fate that befell Phil Donahue, but Olbermann's numbers are surging, and his new "hit" status is likely to provide him with job security for the foreseeable future.