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Syria Crisis: Making Informed Decisions

The idea behind Muncie Voice is to not only bring a progressive voice to East Central Indiana, but to inform readers by introducing them to sources outside of the Midwest to help us make better decisions. We offer two such sources with the Syria crisis. Of course, the pundits on the far right immediately dismiss […]

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IEDC Times Square Ad: Creative or Hypocritical?

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) announced today that it was featuring an ad at New York’s Times Square – a marketing campaign designed to draw attention to the many reasons Indiana is a state that works for business. According to the IEDC’s press release, “Indiana’s business climate already shined brighter than any Broadway marquee,” […]

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The Beltway: ‘This Town’ Makes You Angry

Bill Moyers interviewed Mark Leibovich, reporter for the New York Times and author of “This Town,” an up-close look at how our nation’s capitol really works and just how bad it is in Washington, D.C.. He even has segments of the book dedicated to Indiana’s own hero, Evan Bayh. You would think that the financial […]

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Mike Pence: Pulls an ‘End Run’ on Glenda Ritz

In gearing up for college football season, it would seem that Mike Pence has decided to pull a classic end run to get around Indiana’s Education Superintendent Glenda Ritz by issuing an executive order to create the Indiana Center for Education and Career Innovation (CECI). The mission of the Center for Education and Career Innovation […]

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Middletown: Where’s the Stimulus?

(photo courtesy of The Century Foundation) Gallup concludes in their recent industry poll that our economy is the main driving force behind perceptions of industry. I would contend that Americans consider many aspects beyond just our economy. The Fed’s stimulus package has pumped trillions into the financial industry since 2009. It’s fueled the stock market […]

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Study Finds High Levels of Arsenic in Groundwater Near Fracking Sites

by Theodoric Meyer, ProPublica A recently published study by researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington found elevated levels of arsenic and other heavy metals in groundwater near natural gas fracking sites in Texas’ Barnett Shale. While the findings are far from conclusive, the study provides further evidence tying fracking to arsenic contamination. An […]

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ALEC: Corporate Board Members

American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC,  is a corporate bill mill. It is not just a lobby or a front group; it is much more powerful than that. Through ALEC, corporations hand state legislators their wishlists to benefit their bottom line. Corporations fund almost all of ALEC’s operations. They pay for a seat on ALEC […]

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Royalties: How Drilling Industry Avoids Paying Them

by Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica Don Feusner ran dairy cattle on his 370-acre slice of northern Pennsylvania until he could no longer turn a profit by farming. Then, at age 60, he sold all but a few Angus and aimed for a comfortable retirement on money from drilling his land for natural gas instead. It seemed […]

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Senator Obama Supported Surveillance Reforms

by Kara Brandeisky, ProPublica When the House of Representatives recently considered an amendment that would have dismantled the NSA’s bulk phone records collection program, the White House swiftly condemned the measure. But only five years ago, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill. was part of a group of legislators that supported substantial NSA surveillance reforms. Here are […]

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Payday Lenders: Resilient Against State Laws

Whack-a-Mole: How Payday Lenders Bounce Back When States Crack Down by Paul Kiel, ProPublica A version of this story was co-published with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. In 2008, payday lenders suffered a major defeat when the Ohio legislature banned high-cost loans. That same year, they lost again when they dumped more than $20 million into […]