Friday 24 June '11 show notes

Friday 24 June '11 show notes

   
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Is it only a matter of time before Republican Governors get a rude awakening at the polls?
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You need to know this. The New Jersey State House passed a harsh anti-union bill yesterday – that shreds public employee benefits – cuts off cost-of-living increases for their pensions – and kills their collective bargaining rights. The bill includes the deepest cuts to public employee benefits in the state’s history – and will affect more than 750,000 public workers like teachers, firefighters, and police officers. Despite thousands protesting outside the state capital – à la Wisconsin – Republicans in the State House jammed through the bill and the Republican Senate is expected to pass it Monday – handing Republican Governor Chris Christie a huge victory in his war against unions.
 
But the people of New Jersey are catching on to Governor Christie radical anti-middle class agenda – as recent polls shows his job approval plummeting. He joins other Republicans Governors around the country from Scott Walker in Wisconsin – to John Kasich in Ohio – to Rick Scott in Florida – whose poll numbers are falling through the floor.
 
So even though these guys thought they could get away with dismantling the working class in their state – it’s only a matter of time before they get a rude awakening from voters at the polls.
 
-Thom
 
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Daily Take: Newtonian law of politics...are "hacktivists" becoming the new journalists?
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Quote: "You can only govern men by serving them" -- Victor Cousin, French philosopher (1792-1867).
 
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...
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Article: "A Major Speech" by Bernie Sanders. "'The American people believe in the concept of shared sacrifice, not balancing the budget on the most vulnerable people in this country,' Sanders told MSNBC. He announced that he would have much more to say in a major speech Monday. Congressional Quarterly said Sanders will be recognized to speak for up to 90 minutes."
Article: "Sanders to NRC: Stay Out of Vt. Yankee Fight" by Bernie Sanders.
Article: "Article 3".
Article: "Business Executive Program (BEP)" by U.S. Department of State.
Article: "Figures at a Glance" by United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

Hour Two: 'Anything goes' on townhall Friday!
Article: "B-138524 - Treasury Department - Secretary Of Treasury - Authority - Payment Of Obligations Digest" by U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), October 9, 1985.
Crazy alert: "'Underwear traveler' apparently gets around" by Harriet Baskas.
Article: "McConnell: Defeating Obama “single most important job”" by Cynthia Tucker, October 26, 2010.
Article: "The only responsible budget in town" by Michael Tomasky.
Video: "Sneak Peak: GPS Economy Panel", June 11, 2011. Ann Coulter and CNN's Eliot Spitzer face-off on the economy.
 
Talk Radio News Segment: Victoria Jones, White House Correspondent.  Twitter

Hour Three
Article: "Constitution of the United States", article 4.
Article: "Roll Back the Reagan Tax Cuts" by Thom Hartmann, August 6, 2007.
 
The good: Bev Perdue: "North Carolina governor vetoes voter photo ID bill" by Ned Barnett.
Article: "14th Amendment".
 
Article: "N.J. Slashes Public-Worker Benefits" by Lisa Fleisher.
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Hour Two: Who's really "playing chicken" with the debt ceiling? Peter Ferrara, General counsel of the American Civil Rights Union, author  Twitter
 
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