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Finding Glimmers of Hope on Capitol Hill

, sr. Washington rep., Center for Science & Democracy

The holidays are always a good time to take stock of the year, and to be grateful for the good things that happened. Although the media has labeled this the “do nothing” Congress, the news wasn’t all bad. Read more >

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We Don’t Have To Give Up Our Place To Special Interests: Democracy Gives Us Options

, sr. Washington rep., Center for Science & Democracy

There is a practice in the Senate, primarily of corporate lobbyists, to hire low-income folks, usually minorities, to hold their place in line before Supreme Court or congressional hearings. There are firms that actually hire the standees, and contract with lobbying firms or corporations. Depending on the interest in the issue, standees can wait for hours before a hearing starts.  Last time I checked with one of them, a standee told me he earned $10 an hour. Read more >

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