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  • Demanding Transparency In Ferguson

    Patrice McDermott by: Patrice McDermott
    On January 26, 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice and the City of Ferguson, MO, entered into to a Consent Decree (Agreement) the purpose of which is "to ensure protection of the constitutional and other legal rights of all members of the community, improve Ferguson's ability to effectively prevent crime, enhance both officer and public safety, and increase public confidence in the Ferguson Police Department (FPD)."
      The City of Ferguson is seeking public input and comment on proposed agreement, and the bill to take action on the proposed agreement will be voted on at the City Council meeting on February 9, 2016.

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  • How Stricter Chemical Regulations Will Be Good for the Industry

    Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks by: Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks
    Most people probably don't check the labels of chemical products they use, or go online to do research about how dangerous certain chemicals are. That's understandable, but it's also a shame, because there are a lot of scary chemicals out there.
      Take 1,4-Dioxane. If you haven't heard of it, I'm not surprised. It's a chemical used in some cosmetics, detergents, and shampoos.
      It has also been classified as a possible carcinogen. And the agency that's supposed to test chemicals for toxicity -- the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) -- hasn't. The law that's supposed to regulate toxic chemicals, the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), has failed on this and many other chemicals currently used in commerce.

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  • After Panama Papers, Iowa Should Join the Fight Against Anonymous Shell Companies

    ReShonda Young by: ReShonda Young
    Next to Kenya, the United States has become the second easiest place in the world for a criminal or terrorist to open a shell company to launder money, according to a recent academic study.
      Terrorists, drug traffickers, arms dealers, corrupt foreign politicians and other criminals regularly set up shell companies here and elsewhere to launder ill-gotten revenues and use that money for further criminal activities. Even those multi-national corporations who aren't using these tax loopholes to fund international criminal activity are still costing individual taxpayers close to $1,500 a year and nearly $4,000 a year for small businesses when they shift their tax responsibilities toward them.

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  • Panama Papers Should Re-Ignite Focus on Closing Shell Companies and Tax Havens

    Maurice Rahming by: Maurice Rahming
    It is hard to believe that the second easiest place in the world to run a shady, anonymous, and often criminal corporation is right here in the United States. According to a recent academic study, the United States is second only to Kenya for harboring these shell companies used to launder money and skirt their taxes.
      Much like the classic sleight of hand game, companies across the country, including many here in Oregon, are shifting and shuffling ownership and holdings until we lose track of who or where they are.
      Criminal organizations regularly set up shell companies to launder ill-gotten revenues and fund their criminal enterprise.

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A Better Hospice Model for Medicare Choices

Mark  Dann by: Mark Dann, Barbara Mancini
The father-in-law of one of our colleagues passed away six months ago from stomach cancer. He spent the last four months of his life in and out of the hospital getting surgeries and various tests ...



Reforming our End-of-Life Healthcare System

Barbara  Coombs Lee by: Barbara Coombs Lee, Kim Callinan
During a CNN presidential town hall on Feb. 3, an 81-year-old man from Concord, NH, with phase IV colon cancer, Jim Kinhan, asked Hillary Clinton what she could do to "help advance the respectful ...





No Sidelines in Fight Against Climate Change

Kathleen Rogers by: Kathleen Rogers
On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans hit the streets to protest the environmental effects of more than 100 years of uncontrolled fossil-fueled industrial development. It was the first Earth Day. ...



First: Debate Democracy

Morris Pearl by: Morris Pearl, Marc Morial
Twenty-one times during the presidential primaries, candidates took the stage to debate issues important to the American people. Twenty-one times, they faced questions on foreign and domestic policy, ...








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How Stricter Chemical Regulations Will Be Good for the Industry (by: Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks) in the Augusta Free Press

After Panama Papers, Iowa Should Join the Fight Against Anonymous Shell Companies (by: ReShonda Young) in the Cedar Rapids Gazette

Panama Papers Should Re-Ignite Focus on Closing Shell Companies and Tax Havens (by: Maurice Rahming) in the Portland Skanner

A Better Hospice Model for Medicare Choices (by: Mark Dann, Barbara Mancini) in the Pensacola News Journal

Reforming our End-of-Life Healthcare System (by: Barbara Coombs Lee, Kim Callinan) in the The Hill

No Sidelines in Fight Against Climate Change (by: Kathleen Rogers) in the Tampa Tribune

First: Debate Democracy (by: Morris Pearl, Marc Morial) in the New York Newsday

It's Tax Time, But Corporations Aren't Paying (by: Frank Clemente) in the Augusta Free Press

Remaking History for North Carolina's Women of Color (by: Gladys Ashe Robinson) in the Durham News

Ferguson's Short Window For Enforceable Police And City Transparency (by: Patrice McDermott) in the USA Today



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