New film on Ralph Nader and electoral access

From George Farah, Executive Director of OpenDebates.org:

A movie is coming out that highlights the anti-democratic nature of the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD).

An Unreasonable Man is an award-winning, nuanced documentary about Ralph Nader that is being released in major cities across the country. Co-directed by Steve Skrovan, the executive producer of Everybody Loves Raymond, An Unreasonable Man features a lengthy segment on the exclusion of Nader and other candidates from the 2000 presidential debates, despite the fact that a majority of Americans supported their inclusion.
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Oklahoma ballot access reform bills introduced in both state House and Senate

An important message from Richard Prawdzinsky of the Libertarian Party, our compatriots in achieving ballot access reform in Oklahoma.

It’s official. Both House and Senate introduce a bill to reform Oklahoma Ballot Access. However, for these two bill to move foraward we need help
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SB28 – Sen. Randy Brogdon, Owasso
HB1359 – Rep Marian Cooksey, Edmond

Note:
How much support can we get? In the past when I asked legislators if they would support the bill, many responded, “I will look at the bill when it comes out of committee.” This was not good enough because the bill never came out of committee. New approach. Ask your legislator if he/she would co-author the bill. This gets instance answer.

Deadline:
For 3rd reading of measures in house of origin Thursday, March 15, 2007 — Which means we have only a short time to make things happen.

Feature in Christian Science Monitor profiles Oklahoma working poor

Check out this two-part story that serves as background on the minimum wage bill to be before Congress this week. It begins with a portrait of a “working poor” family in Muskogee.

Life at America’s bottom wage
Mark Trumbull Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor

Choice excerpt:

Few states will see a greater impact than Oklahoma. As of last year, the Sooner
State led the nation in the share of hourly workers (4 percent) who earn no more
than $5.15 per hour.

That means many families such as the Hosiers will see a boost in pay if the law
changes. But it means that negative ripple effects will also be magnified, as
businesses confront a big jump in labor costs. Many employers will have to raise
prices, and some are likely to hire fewer people as a result.

In the end, the law may exert only a modest influence on the arc of Oklahoma’s
economy, experts say. (The income gains and job setbacks would be greater if the
hike, say, doubled the wage instead of boosting it by the proposed 40 percent.)

Part 1 | Part 2
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