MICHIGAN RIGHT-TO-WORK - MATT PATTERSON
Openmarket.org: Catching The Chimera: Right-To-Work In Michigan
Labor leaders have seen the writing on the wall for their movement for a while now. But that writing just got bolder and more ominous for them.
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder announced in a stunning press conference today that he would sign legislation making Michigan the 24th right-to-work state as soon as he can, possibly this week.
It just goes to show how contagious — in the best possible sense — political courage can be: Earlier this year, Gov. Mitch Daniels did indeed sign legislation making Indiana the first Rust Belt state to adopt right-to work. Daniels was undoubtedly inspired by the success of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s collective bargaining reforms. And now, mirabile dictu, he has inspired Snyder. > View the news story on Openmarket.org
> Interview Matt Patterson
CLIMATE SCIENCE - MARLO LEWIS
Openmarket.org: Sen. Whitehouse Fumes Against 'Climate Deniers'
In a fiery speech yesterday, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) ”calls out” “climate deniers.” In the first half of the speech he goes ad hominem, attacking opponents as “front groups” who take payola from “polluters” to “confuse” the public by selling “doubt” as their product.
Okay, let’s examine Sen. Whitehouse’s argument. He accuses skeptics of peddling “straw man arguments,” such as that “the earth’s climate always changes; it’s been warmer in the past.” Well, it does, and it has!> Read the full commentary on Globalwarming.org
> Interview Marlo Lewis
BPA JUNK SCIENCE - ANGELA LOGOMASINI
Openmarket.org: Researchers Repudiate BPA Junk Science
The chemical bisphenol A (BPA) — which is used to make hard, clear plastics and resins that line food containers — regularly appears in news headlines claiming the substance causes everything from heart disease to obesity. But a new study on the topic shows that much of this “research” is little more than junk science. > View the full commentary at Openmarket.org
> Interview Angela Logomasini
COALITION DEFENDS TAXPAYER PROTECTION PLEDGE
In response to an all-out assault by the media and even some in Congress on the Taxpayer Protection Pledge lawmakers signed promising they would not raise taxes, a coalition of national and state policy groups sent a letter to GOP lawmakers on Wednesday that urges them to honor their pledge to taxpayers and refuse to raise taxes.
> View the coalition letter
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