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Article filed under Broadband | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Sep 10, 2014

National Journal Traces Growth of Partisanship in Municipal Broadband Debate

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/national-journal-traces-growth-partisanship-municipal-broadband-debate

In an excellent piece titled “How Republicans Flip-Flopped on Government-Run Internet,” the National Journal outlines the disappointing political evolution of municipal broadband, from a bipartisan local choice issue to an anti-Obama Administration, pro-incumbent telecom, states’ rights issue.  It was not so long ago (2005, to be precise) that three Republican senators (John McCain, Lindsey Graham,… Continue reading

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Featured Article, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | 14 Comments | Updated on Dec 1, 2012

Why We Can’t Shop Our Way to a Better Economy: Stacy Mitchell’s TEDx Talk

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/ted/

In this TEDx talk, delivered on October 20, 2012 at TEDxDirigo‘s Villages conference at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine,  conference, ILSR Senior Researcher Stacy Mitchell argues for a new phase in the local economy movement. She notes that there’s been a resurgence of support for small farms, local businesses, and community banks, but argues: “As remarkable… Continue reading

Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on May 4, 2012

Tea Party and NAACP Help Defeat Privatization Bill in Florida

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/tea-party-naacp-defeat-privatization-bill-florida/

Earlier this year, Florida’s Republican Governor and legislature proposed to privatize all 26 state prisons.  SB 2038 would have allowed privatization if a private company’s bid was at least 7 percent less than the state’s current cost. The bill would affect nearly 4,000 state workers.  Projected annual savings exceeded $16.5 million. Despite union opposition, the… Continue reading