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Papa John Schnatter Still on Ball State’s Center

Muncie, Indiana BLOG– In a world where our POTUS has given the term “bad weeks” a new meaning, a close second would have to be John Schnatter’s fall from grace as CEO & Chairman of Papa John’s Pizza franchise. His pizza empire has lost over 30% of its value since his last November comment about […]

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Labor Markets in Indiana Reflect ALEC Influence

By: Todd Smekens Muncie, Indiana BLOG – The Indiana Chamber of Commerce released their annual survey showing their pro-corporate laws – those provided to our state lawmakers by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) have worked to perfection. However, deflating wages in Indiana comes with some problems as they’ve discovered over the past several years. Instead […]

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Legislative Exchange Council: United States of ALEC

The United States of ALEC Muncie, IN NEWS – Why is it important that we pay attention to what our political leaders are doing? A quote from Plato, “One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.” Do Corporations Create Jobs? Well, in this […]

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Journalism Suffers Because Media Owned by Capitalists

Muncie, Indiana NEWS– While our first blog postings were about politics and wellness, our media start-up in Middletown, USA, quickly became a research project on journalism in Indiana and across the United States. All the latest polls shows we have lost trust in media, and journalists are abandoning the major publishers and venturing out on their […]

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Lee Hamilton: Apologist or Political Leader?

Muncie, Indiana NEWS – Lots of pundits, politicians and academicians trying to explain why progressives are supporting Senator Bernie Sanders, or why fed up conservatives are supporting reality television host/billionaire, Donald Trump. However, most I’ve read in newspapers or listened to on the television are lumping both sides together and calling them “populists”. They use the […]

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Ball State Expands Shilling for Koch Brothers

Muncie, Indiana NEWS – If you’re a current subscriber to Muncie Voice, then you are no stranger to the Koch brothers – Charles and David Koch. Their “free market” advocacy is nothing more than pure greed and self-interest. The Koch’s have inherited mountains of money derived primarily from coal and other dirty energy sources. They’ve […]

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Government

‘Dark Money’ Funded Climate Change Skeptics

 This article was originally posted in the Philanthropy Digest. $125 Million in ‘Dark Money’ Helped Fund Climate Change Skeptics MUNCIE, Indiana – BLOG – Conservative donors anonymously directed more than $125 million over three years to groups that deny climate science and are working to undermine the Obama administration’s climate change bill, the Guardian reports. […]

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ALEC, Gannett, Pence & Kochs: Partners in Deceiving Hoosiers?

MUNCIE, Indiana – While writing this article yesterday and watching the World Cup match between Netherlands vs. Costa Rica, I kept getting flashbacks from the greatest con movie ever made – The Sting, starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford. It’s a classic. The con artists run an elaborate scheme on a bad guy and take […]

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CMD Launches ‘Outsourcing America’ Website

Image by Mark Fiore for CMD The Center for Media and Democracy (CMD), publishers of the award-winning ALECexposed.org, launched OutsourcingAmericaExposed.org, a web resource devoted to helping taxpayers identify the corporations seeking to privatize public assets and services in their communities: including their schools, roads, prisons, drinking water, court systems, and more. Once a week for […]

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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 […]