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Thursday, May 21,2015

The socialist Democrat

By Dave Anderson
It was a shock. Canada’s democratic socialist party, The New Democrats (NDP), won a resounding victory this month in Alberta, the country’s most rightwing province where the Progressive Conservatives have ruled for over four decades. The NDP promised to increase corporate taxes, social spending as well as oil and gas royalties.
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Thursday, May 7,2015

Hippies and street people

By Dave Anderson
On April 21, KGNU Radio hosted a 1960s-themed party at the History Colorado Center at 1200 Broadway in Denver. Psychedelic music played while people visited a touring exhibit entitled 1968: The Year That Rocked History and a locally-produced show on the Chicano movement in Colorado.
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Thursday, April 23,2015

Sharing the economy

By Dave Anderson
About one in three American workers are temps, according to a recent report from the Freelancers Union and a temp agency called ElanceoDesk Inc. That’s 53 million people (or 34 percent of the workforce). That’s sort of an update of a comprehensive U.S. Government Accountability Office report in 2006 that found that 31 percent were temps.
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Thursday, April 9,2015

Momentum building to raise minimum wage

By Dave Anderson
Workers will demand a $15 an hour minimum wage and the right to form a union without employer interference. Rallies will be held in more than 200 U.S. cities.
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Thursday, March 26,2015

Hardhats, hippies and hawks

By Dave Anderson
According to a widespread urban legend, the Vietnam anti-war movement was mostly composed of privileged college kids and the war was most enthusiastically supported by blue collar workers. That’s the story perpetuated in countless TV shows, movies, press reports and history textbooks.
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Thursday, March 12,2015

Coming together

Steel Workers join environmentalists

By Dave Anderson
A militant alliance of unionized workers and environmentalists is emerging out of the first national oil refinery strike since 1980. An Unfair Labor Practices strike began on Feb. 1 after talks broke down between the United Steel Workers (USW) and Royal Dutch Shell, which is the lead industry negotiator.
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Thursday, February 26,2015

Time for TABOR to go

By Dave Anderson
But will that happen? Perhaps not as Colorado is uniquely constrained from functioning as a representative democracy. In 1992, voters passed the so-called Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights (TABOR), a constitutional measure which is the most restrictive tax and expenditure limit in the nation.
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Thursday, February 12,2015

The progressive alternative to Obamacare

By Dave Anderson
The Foundation and its political arm, Co-operate Colorado, aim to create a Colorado-based non-profit cooperative health care plan that would cover everybody in the state from birth until they go on Medicare at age 65. After 65, the plan would provide supplemental coverage.
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Thursday, January 29,2015

It was no ‘Charlie Hebdo’ but Boulder’s Clancy’s Bookstore did its share to fight censorship

By Dave Anderson
In January 1965, Len Barron — a CU student in his 30s — found out that Clancy was in financial trouble. He helped organize a testimonial program to honor Clancy and raise money for the store. Tickets were $5 each. The event included music, drama and poetry reading.
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Thursday, January 15,2015

We didn’t always hate Castro

By Dave Anderson
As America embarks on a more friendly relationship with Cuba, it is interesting to recall a peculiar moment in our history when Fidel Castro was seen as a Robin Hood figure by many Americans, including a fair number of conservatives.
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