Friday 25 March '11 show notes

Friday 25 March '11 show notes

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Ohio Republicans have a problem with Democracy
It appears Ohio Republicans have a problem with democracy. The state is poised to pass one of the most restrictive voting rights laws in the country by requiring anyone who wants to vote to present a state-issued ID before they can vote. Currently – there are nearly 900,000 people in the state who do not have that sort of identification – mainly because they don’t own or drive a car. And it just so happens that most of these people are low-income or minority voters – people who tend to vote for Democrats.
On top of all of that – this is Ohio where Governor John Kasich claims the state is facing such a massive budget deficit because of his tax cuts to businesses that he has to strip public workers of their collective bargaining rights. But get this – the bill that throws 900,000 low-income voters off the rolls will cost around $20 million to put into place. So I guess there is money laying around to destroy democracy but not to give teachers their full benefits. Voter fraud is a non-issue – according to a recent report – only one person in Ohio cast a fraudulent vote in the past election, a mother who mailed in a ballot for her daughter.
But if you can knock 900,000 people off the rolls – Kasich knows Republicans know they radically improve their chances of winning the next election.
(Do you think this will win Republicans the election? Tell us here.)        Free Speech TV
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Tonight on The Big Picture on RT TV at 9pm and 11pm... (check your local listings for stations or stream at RT, and catch past shows on Youtube)
"Conversations With Great Minds." Tonight's very special guest is Robert Alvarez, former senior policy adviser to the U.S. Secretary of Energy and now a senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies.
The Big Picture Weekly Rumble panel: With:
- Erikka Knuti, Democratic Strategist (progressive)
- Jamie Weinstein -- Deputy Editor, (Conservative)
- Brian Darling, , columnist-Human Events, contributor to and Studies at Heritage Foundation/former Republican strategist (Conservative).
Daily Take:Chapter 3 - Unequal Protection, banks & taxes
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Read the Chapter Two: The Corporate Conquest of America today.
The Daily Stack Daily Stack
Quote: "There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children." -- Nelson Mandela.
Hour One: If it's Friday, it's "Brunch With Bernie"... the honorable Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT)joins Thom with all the news from our nation's capitol and as always he'll be spending the hour taking your calls and answering your questions too...
Article: "G.E.’s Strategies Let It Avoid Taxes Altogether" by David Kocieniewski.
Article: "Sen. Sanders rouses local audience" by Neal Goswami.
Article: "Town meeting focuses on pain" by Michelle Monroe.
100th anniversary of Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York City.
Movie: "I AM, Directed by Tom Shadyac".
Article: "Victim in I-405 wreck popular OPB announcer". RIP Heidi Tauber, formerly Thom's co-host on KPOJ.

Hour Two: should English be designated the "official language" of the United States? Thom talks with Congressman Steve King (R-IA)...
Article: "Italy increases drive against foreign takeovers" by Rachel Sanderson in Milan, Guy Dinmore in Rome and Nikki Tait in Brussels.
Talk Radio News Segment: Victoria Jones, White House Correspondent.
Article: "U.S. will hand over Libya role to NATO" by Paul Richter, David S. Cloud and Lisa Mascaro.
Article: "The Austerity Delusion" by Paul Krugman.

Hour Three: 'China Syndrome' at Fukushima nuclear plant? Paul Gunter, Beyond Nuclear
Movie: "China Syndrome".
The very, very ugly: "Bryan Fischer: Muslims Have No First Amendment Rights" by Jillian Rayfield.
Quote: "Those who give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." by Benjamin Franklin.
Coming up Monday on The Thom Hartmann Program 
Hour One: Latest on war on democracy with John Nichols, Washington Correspondent - The Nation Magazine.
The Autonomous Solidarity campus bus tour... with David Vines, University of WI poly sci student, Huff Po blogger and a founding member of Autonomous
Hour Two: project against teen anti-gay bullying with Dan Savage, author, media pundit, journalist and newspaper editor; writes the internationally syndicated relationship and sex advice column Savage Love.
Hour Three: Welfare is a social safety net...why are conservatives trying to make it impossible for people who need it to get it??? Thom challenges Carrie Lukas of the Independent Women's Forum.
Are drug tests for work or welfare unconstitutional? with Howard Simon, Executive Director - ACLU of Florida
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Do random drug tests benefit Gov. Rick Scott?
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Thom Hartmann & Director Tom Shadyac: I Am
Thom Hartmann & Director Tom Shadyac: I Am

Doctors are speaking out and preparing to Vermont!
Doctors are speaking out and preparing to Vermont!

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Full Show - 3/24/11. The GOP Plays 'Robin Hood'
Full Show - 3/24/11. The GOP Plays "Robin Hood"

Thom discusses how Republicans are playing reverse "Robin Hood", taking money from working people and giving millions to the rich in tax breaks and cutting government assistance from the needy. Later in the show, he interviews Tom Shadyac, director of the documentary, "I AM".

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