ALEC, their funders and partners, are leading the effort to amend the U.S. Constitution to kneecap the federal government.
Several public health advocacy groups have filed a motion to intervene in a lawsuit that aims to undo OSHA’s requirement for employers to electronically submit worker injury and illness data for public view.
On March 21, organizations including watchdog group Public Citizen, the American Public Health Association, the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, and the Center for Media and Democracy filed a motion in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma. The groups argue that they are entitled to act as defendants in the lawsuit, which was filed against OSHA by the National Association of Home Builders and other industry groups.
The Center for Biological Diversity, along with noted conservation biologist Stuart Pimm and the Center for Media and Democracy, launched an effort today to prevent hundreds of environmental data sets on government websites from being removed by the Trump administration.
The Koch brothers say they don’t want a runaway constitutional convention, but that’s what their cash is likely to deliver.
One chain of emails show that American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM), a lobby group for oil and gas, coordinated with Pruitt in 2013 to oppose the Renewable Fuel Standard Program and ozone limits. AFPM pursued its own case against the regulations, but later that year, Pruitt also filed a case suing the EPA over the same thing and used similar language to that in the emails.
This worries many Democrats and environmentalists because close ties with oil can often equal a disregard for the well-being of the environment. Republicans, on the other hand, believe that these ties with oil and gas will ensure that the government won’t overreach into those industries. You can find the emails on the Center for Media and Democracy’s website.
People for the American Way senior fellow Arn Pearson says he thinks Democrats are “entitled” to filibuster Gorsuch’s nomination and should slow any attempt to confirm him. Pearson is primarily interested in how Gorsuch will answer questions about issues of corporate influence and campaign finance.
“Yes,” Pruitt replied. “As I indicated in my opening statement, I really believe that public participation, transparency in rule-making is very important.”
Pruitt’s answer was pretty nonsensical, since he’d been so withholding himself during the confirmation process: Democrats later boycotted the committee’s final vote to approve his nomination, citing his lack of response to their questions and failure to provide documents. (Pruitt told Democrats they could get the documents by contacting the office of the attorney general of Oklahoma — the office that he ran.) That same day, the Center for Media and Democracy sued Pruitt for failing to release emails they had requested over two years previously.
Last month, Pruitt was sued to release those emails under open records litigation from the liberal-leaning Center for Media and Democracy — some of which he has now released, providing more details on his state office’s close relationship with the oil and gas industry.
Donald Trump is no George Washington. The risks of a “runaway” constitutional convention led Idaho GOP legislators to vote it down.
Justice Gorsuch would be more likely to expand on Citizens United’s anti-reform rationale than to walk it back.