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Big surprise: Telecommunications run America

In the New York Times' article "Pay at the Top", compensation research firm Equilar took data on the top 200 companies CEO's salaries and displayed them in a "Here's the data, now draw whatever conclusions you may."

Well, my initial surpise was how much telecommunications giants like Viacom, Direct TV and Disney out spent the CEOs at oil companies. Which has brought me to the conclusion I've long held:

TV OWNS US!

Other observations:

NCSL tracks state legislation

Wondering what your local state legislators are up to? The National Conference of State Legislatures has an enourmous searchable database of state bills. Actually, they have several databases, so it can get confusing trying to get to them all.

For those of you policy wonks who want to get deep into the reeds, here's a list of all their legislation databases:

Labor and Employment Legislation

Medical: Scope of Practice Legislation

Seattle Times: State Senate passes annual $100 fee for electric cars

 

 

 

 

Apparently, if you want to help reduce CO2 in Washington by driving an electric car, you will have to pay $100 annually to offset lost revenues from gas taxes.

Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen, D-Camano Island told the Seattle Times:

INFOGRAPHIC: Who represents you?

Here at Progressive Majority, we work hard to get gender and racial parity at the state and local levels of government. We actively recruit women, people of color, GLBT and young candidates to run so that our represenation can look more like us.

We've created an infographic to show just how far we have to go:

State Legislature and Congress Demographic Representation

Here are the demographic breakdowns and sources:

 

Labor Acronyms: Who are they and what they do

With labor fights happening all over the country, news reports are veritable alphabet soups of the who's-who in labor unions. We break it down for you here!

PA & VA: Rising profits, sea levels and a lot of conservative hot air

Corporate Profits at 18 Year High, Workers Must Suck it Up: President and CEO of the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and self-proclaimed "Real Mayor" of Bucks and Montgomery tells city council not to pass a bill that would require paid sick leave. via Young Philly Politics

Governor Snyder is killing the American Dream

Governor Snyder has been going crazy lately...

Ariz. legislator channels Michelle Pfeiffer in "Dangerous Minds"

Republican state Senators failed last week, despite valiant efforts, to pass some serious nativist bills.

Best effort goes to Lori Klein for staging a melodrama straight out of "Dangerous Minds" by reading a letter about a substitute teacher stunned and appalled by his class full of wanna-be gang memers.

Not only did the students refuse to say the pledge of allegiance, they also freely admitted that they were all illegal immigrants.

Wisconsin update: Recalls, hypocrisy & Badger solidarity

The effect Wisconsin is having across the nation: We're all Badgers now. via The Motley Cow

What's that you say? Walker supported recalls before he opposed them?

That's right, there's too much at stake and I'll take my lunch bento-style, thank you.

Elected Official Roundup 3/16/11

Your legislators, hard at work:

Pam DeLissio (State Rep., PA) chronicles her first months in office for Patch.com.

Joe Fitzgibbon (State Rep., WA) introduces bill to bring justice for families of accident victims. via Kitsap Sun.

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