Collin Jergens: March 2012 Archives

We created this chart showing how the Affordable Care Act ends discrimination against women in health insurance premiums. After just a few days, our chart had received nearly 1 million views from social media and Mother Jones, Daily Kos, and The Ed Schultz Show. We even got a retweet from the White House!

"Today's Winner: Fuse. The local lefty activist group Fuse published a spoof version of the Seattle Times today: The Slanted Times."

"However, we wouldn't be giving Fuse today's winning Jolt if it weren't for something they actually did last week, which blew up online today with thousands of likes on Facebook and landing on the front page of Mother Jones after getting 'Chart of the Day.'"

Op-ed by Fuse Executive Director Aaron Ostrom: "As I sort through the extended budget fights in Olympia, I've found it useful to keep a compass handy. It helps me stay focused on our true priorities as a state: Does this budget point toward stronger families, a more secure middle class and a better world for our children, or not?"

ore here: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2012/03/27/2083784/state-needs-budget-reforms-that.html#storylink=cpy
Most states still allow insurance companies to charge women more than men for the same health coverage. The Affordable Care Act finally bans this gender discrimination.

It's mid-March and Tim Eyman isn't running around the state proselytizing on an initiative. Could this be a year Mukilteo's initiative impresario doesn't try to push an initiative onto the ballot?

"What we've seen in recent years is that powerful conservative interests with money buy their way onto the ballot easily," said Aaron Ostrom, executive director of Fuse Washington, a coalition of progressive groups. "So, unless or until every wealthy conservative says they will not give Tim Eyman a dime, we're not out of the woods yet."

Silent Protest in Olympia

On Friday, three conservative Democrat senators suddenly joined Republicans to force through an ultra-conservative, all cuts state budget. This shocking backroom deal was a sinister way to prevent voters - or even legislators - from reading the budget and making a responsible decision.

We can't let them get away with this. Join us in Olympia to protest today at 5:30! We will meet in the Prichard Building (the building with the big cafeteria south of the Capitol dome).

Reject the Backroom Budget Deal

Last Friday, three conservative Democrat senators suddenly joined Republicans to force through an ultra-conservative, all cuts state budget. This shocking backroom deal was a sinister way to prevent voters - or even legislators - from reading the budget and making a responsible decision.

Tell your representatives to reject the conservative backroom budget and pass a progressive, sustainable budget that closes tax loopholes and invests in education, health care, and essential services for our communities.

Protesters were out in force in Seattle on Thursday night when Romney held a fundraiser at a civic center in Bellevue, Washington, near Seattle, attended by the local political establishment and well-heeled locals. About 100 protesters turned up for a spirited but peaceful demonstration with signs, props and inventive chants, including some of those who have participated in the Occupy Wall Street movement. A cardboard cutout of the candidate was on the scene, holding a sign that said "Of the 1 percent, by the 1 percent, for the 1 percent."