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Eric Lotke has cooked in five-star restaurants and flushed every toilet in the Washington D.C. jail. He has filed headline lawsuits and published headline research on crime, prisons, and sex offenses. His most recent book is Making Manna.
(2 comments) Friday, October 23, 2015 A Vote for Justice Over Money at the FCC
"In my sixteen years as a regulator," said FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, "this is the clearest, most egregious case of market failure I have seen."
On Thursday the FCC voted to set it right, and to limit the exploitative pricing of phone calls between people in prison and their families.
(2 comments) Thursday, September 17, 2015 The Pope on Climate Change: 'Thou Shalt not Kill'
The Pope is coming to DC. His encyclical brings traditional morals to the climate debate. "The Earth is our common home," he reminds us. She cannot be "plundered at will."
(1 comments) Thursday, August 27, 2015 Reversal after Ferguson shooting. What next?
On Monday the municipal court in Ferguson, Missouri, announced that it was withdrawing thousands of arrest warrants. That's easy, useful and good. But only a beginning.
(12 comments) Friday, November 7, 2014 Our Government is Broken: Ballot Initiatives Prove It
Democrats lost but progressive ballot initiatives won. That's because the country is more progressive than people realize, but our broken government doesn't represent their interests.
Thursday, November 8, 2012 Vote of No-Confidence: My election day experience in Virginia
I worked the polls in Fairfax, Virginia on election day. All of us were honest, but my friend the UN election monitor would never certify electronic touch-screens without a paper-trail as "Free and Fair." Even my ATM prints out a receipt
(2 comments) Tuesday, February 28, 2012 The Private Prison Industry: Resistance isn't Futile
The private prison industry is on the march. In recent months the industry moved to take over 24 state prisons in southern Florida and buy five prisons in Ohio. Now it's making moves in Michigan.
But the industry doesn't always win. Resistance isn't futile.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011 The Dream That Drives The Occupations
I've been spending evenings and weekends recently with the Occupy protestors in DC. I can't stay full time because, unlike many protestors, I have two children and a full-time job. But I clearly share their interests and I'm glad they're making the ruckus. Plan or not, I know what they want, too.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 Public Employees Offer Solutions. Examples.
Enough with blaming public employees for all of America's problems. Like any other job, the people doing the work know how it's done and how to do it better.
(2 comments) Friday, October 1, 2010 China Currency Vote and Obama's Export Goal: A Discussion Explains it All
The US House of Representatives vote against Chinese currency connects with a DC conference on the Renaissance of American Manufacturing. Together they show the path to renew the American economy (1) rebuild manufacturing, with (2) a robust industrial policy.
Friday, August 6, 2010 New Unemployment Data: No news. Clear conclusions.
Today's new unemployment report contains no news, just decimal point changes. It tells us what we already know, that times are bad. The question is whether our great nation can rise to the challenge.
(1 comments) Thursday, July 8, 2010 The Progressive Movement: Out of Work and Losing Hope
This coalition of blacks, Hispanics, youth and women worked to elect democrats a few years ago. They might be willing to work to keep them in office -- especially if they see that it did them any good. Right now they're sitting at home, out of work and low on hope. The Republicans have won the message war. Democrats don't even seem to be fighting.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010 The Census and Democracy: Maryland Fixes a Major Error
In the wake of the 2010 Census, Maryland passed a law yesterday that fixes a major problem. Maryland will now count people in prison where they actually live, not where they are confined. This first-in-the-nation law will improve the fairness and accuracy of Census data used to draw legislative boundaries.