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Good news for those who aren’t particularly UP

Posted by Charles II on March 14, 2013

David Taintor, TPM:

MSNBC announced Thursday that Chris Hayes will take over the network’s 8 p.m. ET primetime slot.

Hayes will take over the time slot currently occupied by Ed Schultz, who will move his program to weekend evenings. Hayes takes over the 8 p.m. hour starting Monday, April 1, MSNBC said.

Hayes is an extraordinarily knowledgeable host who will probably do better in interviews against right-wing mouthpieces than good-hearted, but slow-…footed Ed Schultz did. It’s a plus for MSNBC to move him out of the Saturday 6AM Pacific Time ghetto that they put him in and into a slot that’s watched coast-to-coast.

Ed says he volunteered for the switch, because it will give him more time to develop in-depth stories. Certainly he did an amazing, excellent interview with Scott Prouty, who explained with great dignity why he released the 47% film that knocked the Romney campaign off-balance. It will probably also give Ed a little more time with his wife, who has just been through cancer hell.

More like this, please.

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Murphy can has Congress?

Posted by Charles II on March 26, 2011

Via DDay, Ian Murphy, who spoofed Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, is running for Congress as a Green.

I’ve never supported a Green before. I’m seriously thinking about it. Left independents in Congress, like Bernie Sanders, have done more to keep the Democratic Party honest than any of the regulars.

Posted in Democrats, liberals | 1 Comment »

Howard Metzenbaum, Rest In Peace

Posted by MEC on March 13, 2008

I was saddened by the news that Senator Howard Metzenbaum has died. He was a good man.

The CNN obituary describes his service to his country:

He was a cantankerous firebrand who didn’t need a microphone to hold a full auditorium spellbound while dropping rhetorical bombs on big oil companies, the insurance industry, savings and loans, and the National Rifle Association, to name just a few favorite targets.

Unabashedly liberal, the former labor lawyer and union lobbyist considered himself a champion of workers and was a driving force behind the law requiring 60-day notice of plant closings.

When other liberals shied away from that label, Metzenbaum embraced it, winning re-election in 1988 from Ohio voters who chose Republicans for governor and president, and by wider margins than either George Voinovich or George H.W. Bush.

That victory produced his third, final and most productive term in the Senate. When it was over, in 1995, he started a new career as consumer advocate, heading the Consumer Federation of America.


He headed panels with jurisdiction over labor and antitrust, and took on such issues as pension protection, workplace safety, the right to strike, age discrimination, food labeling, baby formula pricing, retail price-fixing, insurance antitrust and cable television monopolies.

He was the Senate’s prime sponsor of the Brady Act, seeking a waiting period for handgun purchases.

Would that we had the likes of “Senator No” in the Senate today.

Posted in Democrats with spines, liberals | 2 Comments »

A Clue for American Voters

Posted by MEC on February 20, 2008


Three months after Australian voters elected a Labor majority and Kevin Rudd replaced rightwing Bush crony John Howard as Prime Minister, Rudd is the most popular prime minister for 20 years.

After living through 11 years of conservative rule under Mr Rudd’s predecessor, John Howard, many people say that Australia feels like a fundamentally different place. Some say that Mr Howard’s policies made them ashamed of their nationality. Now, for the first time in years, they feel proud to be Australian.

During the few weeks he’s been in power, Mr. Rudd has shown major differences from his predecessor.

He signed the Kyoto Protocol.

He scrapped the shameful “Pacific Solution” intended to deter illegal immigration.

He apologized to the Aboriginal people who, as a consequence of historical government policy, had been forcibly separated from their families as children to “integrate” them into white society.

His Cabinet is more diverse and his style of governing more open than Howard’s.

And the Australian people are loving it.

We, too, can regain our pride in our country and our optimism. All we have to do is vote for the presidential candidate — in the remaining primaries as well as the general election — who won’t perpetuate the bad government we’ve had since January 20, 2001. That would be not the Republican.

Posted in 2008, Australia, Good Things, liberals | 4 Comments »

Paul Krugman Blogs

Posted by MEC on September 20, 2007

You read.

Conscience of a Liberal

Posted in liberals, Paul Krugman | 1 Comment »

A New Dawn for the Chicago Sun-Times

Posted by MEC on July 13, 2007

Editor & Publisher reports that the Chicago Sun-Time, formerly owned by such rightwing rascals as Rupert Murdoch and Lord Conrad Black, is moving to the left:

“We are returning to our liberal, working-class roots, a position that pits us squarely opposite the Chicago Tribune — that Republican, George Bush-touting paper over on moneyed Michigan Avenue,” [Editorial Page Editor Cheryl L. Reed] wrote. “We’re rethinking our stance on several issues, including the most pressing issue facing Americans today: Bush’s war in Iraq.”


Reed said the Sun-Times will be adding seats to the editorial board “so that board members — the paper’s brain trust — reflect the ethnic and social diversity of our city.”

If you live where the Sun-Times is delivered, consider subscribing to it. If the political shift has positive financial effects, other newspapers will take notice.

Posted in Chicago, liberals, news media | 2 Comments »

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