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Midterms 2014: Candidates With Ties To Pension Business May Gain Control Of State Pension Funds

ibtimes.com — In the final days of his campaign to become governor of Illinois, Bruce Rauner cites his experience as a financial executive as an asset for dealing with his state's formidable budget troubles. Yet that very experience presents what opponents describe as a substantial conflict of interest: Rauner's firm earns fees by managing a slice of the state's pension money.

Chris Christie RGA Ad In Rhode Island Pushes Message Decried By Chris Christie In New Jersey

ibtimes.com — On its face, there is nothing particularly surprising about Gov. Chris Christie campaigning in Cranston on Tuesday with Allan Fung, the GOP nominee for governor of Rhode Island. As chairman of the Republican Governors Association, Christie is leading his party's efforts to win statehouses and Fung is running a spirited race.

Midterm Elections 2014: No TV Cable? Candidates Struggle To Court The Cord-Cutter Vote

ibtimes.com — Let's say you dumped your cable-TV service a few years ago and never looked back. You have a Web-enabled TV and you're perfectly content streaming shows and movies online. You even thought you were getting the added benefit of finally insulating yourself from all the negative ads that flood the state every two years.

Wisconsin Labor Group To Sue Gov. Walker To Raise Minimum Wage

ibtimes.com — A labor group in Wisconsin on Monday plans to file a lawsuit to force Gov. Scott Walker to raise the state's minimum wage from its current $7.25 an hour. The lawsuit follows a Friday report from the International Business Times that disclosed that Walker relied upon a study prepared by the fast-food industry in dismissing calls for an increase to the minimum wage.

Marijuana advocates’ secret weapon

salon.com — When Colorado voters in 2012 approved a ballot measure legalizing marijuana, the state did not merely break new ground in the ongoing battle over narcotics policy. It also bolstered an innovative new political message that compares cannabis to alcohol.

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Minimum Wage: Scott Walker Based 'Living Wage' Ruling On Restaurant Industry Study

ibtimes.com — Under pressure to raise the state's minimum wage, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker confidently declared that there was no need. Low-wage workers had filed a complaint charging that the state's minimum wage -- $7.25 -- did not constitute a "living wage" as mandated by state law.

Let's Challenge the Police to a 'Drug Duel' -- Prove Alcohol Is Safer Than Marijuana

alternet.org — When Colorado voters in 2012 approved a ballot measure legalizing marijuana, the state did not merely break new ground in the ongoing battle over narcotics policy. It also bolstered an innovative new political message that compares cannabis to alcohol.

Marijuana Advocates Challenge Police to 'Drug Duels' to Prove Pot Is Safer than Booze

alternet.org — When Colorado voters in 2012 approved a ballot measure legalizing marijuana, the state did not merely break new ground in the ongoing battle over narcotics policy. It also bolstered an innovative new political message that compares cannabis to alcohol.

Pot vs. Beer: Legalization Advocates Push Comparison of Marijuana and Alcohol

ibtimes.com — David Boyer has challenged South Portland Police Chief Edward Googins to a "hit for shot" duel in a public park. For every shot of alcohol Googins takes, Boyer would take a toke of marijuana, and the crowd would decide who was in worse physical condition in the end.
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Oct 31, 2014

Mass GOP gov nominee @CharlieForGov was on board of firm managing cash of Mass pension that hed run as gov m.ibtimes.com/midterms-2014-… #mapoli

Oct 31, 2014

MORE: SEC docs from IL GOP gov nominee's firm say "friends of the firm" may profit off public pension systems ibtimes.com/midterms-2014-…

Oct 31, 2014

BREAKING: IL GOP gov nominee @BruceRauner said he retired from making fees off IL pension, but SEC docs say otherwise ibtimes.com/midterms-2014-…

Oct 31, 2014

"The Fox Taking Over the Henhouse": Candidates With Ties To Pension Business May Gain Control Of State Pension Funds ibtimes.com/midterms-2014-…

Oct 30, 2014

Investigative reporting is hard. Punditry & "explanatory journalism" abt such reporting is easy. Thus, little of former & lots of latter.

Oct 30, 2014

RT @jamisonfoser: Hi Bill did you know Irving Kristol? RT @BillKristol: Will EVERY Democratic candidate be a relative of someone who made it on his or her own

Oct 29, 2014

A Clinton vs Bush contest in 2016 would seem to confirm voters’ suspicion that politics is a rigged game of insiders & coronated royalty

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