Internet crusader Al Franken rakes in cash from cable giant

By   /  November 21, 2014  /  Accountability, Business, Campaign Finance, Congress, Issues, Minnesota, National, News, Politics, Regulations  /  No Comments

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U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., has made his name in the latter part of his first term as a crusader for net neutrality and a huge critic of billion-dollar mergers of multimedia companies.

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Obama issues credit card industry bailout by executive order

By   /  November 7, 2014  /  Business, Federal Government, Finances, Government Regulation, Issues, National, News, Politics, Regulations  /  No Comments

President Obama signs an Executive Order

The credit card industry got a huge boost from President Obama last month when he signed an executive order requiring a switch to chip-and-pin technology for government vendors and agencies.

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Report on Kemper Project casts embattled power plant in poor light

By   /  November 5, 2014  /  Business, Economy, Energy and Environment, Jobs + Growth, Lobbying, Mississippi, Politics, Regulations, Technology  /  No Comments

STILL UNDER CONSTRUCTION: The Kemper Project, a first-of-its-kind power plant that converts pulverized coal dust into natural gas-like syngas to fuel power-generating turbines, has ballooned from an original cost of $2.4 billion to nearly $5 billion. The plant is scheduled to open in the fourth quarter of this year, according to the Southern Company. PHOTO BY: THE SOUTHERN COMPANY

Imagine a first-of-its-kind power plant that costs $3.6 billion more than originally planned, with safety issues that required expensive, late fixes and a management team that denied delays and cost overruns until papering them over was no longer an option.

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Deadline looms for KiOR loan payment

By   /  November 4, 2014  /  Business, Economy, Energy and Environment, Mississippi, News, Wasteful spending  /  No Comments

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Biofuels maker KiOR has until Wednesday to give the state of Mississippi its $1.875 million semiannual payment on a $75 million no-interest loan.

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Maryland retains dismal business tax climate ranking

By   /  October 31, 2014  /  Business, Jobs + Growth, Maryland, State Government, Taxes, Watchdog Citizen News  /  No Comments

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Maryland remains one of the worst states in the nation for business tax climate, according to the Tax Foundation’s 2015 Business Tax Climate.

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NM congresswoman joins billionaire’s anti-Herbalife crusade

By   /  October 30, 2014  /  Business, Congress, Federal Government, Finances, New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog, News, Power Abuse  /  No Comments

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A spokesman for Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, D-N.M., says she called for an investigation into Herbalife because of allegations the company targets Hispanics.

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