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$5.15 an hour doesnt pay the bills

NEW YORK – Raising the minimum wage, currently $5.15 an hour, will be the top legislative priority for this state’s Working Families Party, said Dwight Loines, political director of United Auto Workers Region 9A Community Action Program Council and executive committee member of the WFP at a press conference organized by community groups on the steps of City Hall here Jan. 29.

bushgreenwatch hits environment budget

Conservation groups accused the Bush administration of singling out environmental spending for larger cuts than other domestic programs in the year 2005 budget, putting at risk environmental and public health protections under the guise of fiscal constraints.

20,000 Marylanders say: Save Our Schools

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Holding neon light sticks in the chill darkness and placards that read “Fund Public Schools,” parents, students, teachers and other school workers marched on the State House Feb. 9 to demand that Gov. Robert Ehrlich and the Legislature deliver on their promise of $1.3 billion in state aid to Maryland’s schools.

National Clips

NEW YORK CITY: ‘Don’t use our name’ for Patriot Act / PITTSBURGH, Penn.: ‘Raging Grannies’ take on Wal-Mart / DES MOINES, Iowa: The ghost of McCarthy at Drake / JACKSON, Miss.: Reopening the Emmett Till lynching case

Maine voters turn out in big numbers

PORTLAND – Doug Wall attended his first-ever Democratic nominating caucus on Feb 8. Politics has never been his thing, he says. He had grown up believing that his government does the right thing, but now he is shocked. His country has become a bully

Rock the Vote urges Choose or lose

Do you want to Rock the Vote – with MTV? Then you need to MeetUp.

Patriots take home another trophy

It took the New England Patriots 37 years to win their first Super Bowl, but only two years to win their second.

Women of color play crucial role in April 25 march

Opinion During these critical times, it has come to the point when we must “do or die.”

Universal coverage or more of the same?

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies of Sciences has just released a scathing critique of the state of health care coverage in the United States and a call for universal health coverage.

Whose recovery?

“The economy grew at a 4 percent annual rate in the final three months of 2003 – a slowdown from the red-hot performance of the prior quarter but still compelling evidence of a recovery in full motion at year’s end.”

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