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SOW: LIVE Energy Town Hall - Watch It Tonight!

Watch The Town Hall right here at The Liberal Lunch Live Tonight at 8PM/7PM CT

As a follow up to my HuffPo entry yesterday, President Obama: Cheap Oil = Cheap Excuses, I ask you to join us tonight for a special Live streaming town hall panel at 8 PM ET / 7 PM CST on the topic of energy with Boone Pickens (Oil Tycoon & Founder, BP Capital Management), James Woolsey (Former CIA Director), Bob Deans (Associate Director of Communications – Natural Resources Defense Council) and Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK). The dual crisis in Japan and the Mideast has made it clear to that Washington has failed for decades to set energy policy right and it is now up to us, the American People, to lead a discussion on the importance of energy independence in America.
I, for one, am deeply concerned about not only our future energy sources but also our current dependence on oil and nuclear energy, both of which have a proven record of climate destruction and little concern for human safety. I will be watching this town hall tonight, and I hope you will join.
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Maine Governor LePage Budget Favors Wealthy

Governor Paul LePage promised to defend “the traditional Maine values that have created strong communities and strong families across the state.” He also pledged to enact “new ideas to get Maine working.”

Well unless the traditional values of Maine are to take from the middle class and poor to give to the wealthiest residents- I think LePage has epically failed. In his budget that was released February 28, the governor has unveiled a slew of tax cuts, cutbacks in public services, and the gutting of public employee benefits and pensions.

Included in the budget is a provision that would raise the retirement age of public workers from 62 to 65, cut Maine’s prescription drug and health coverage for working parents program, end $400 of property tax relief for more than 75,000 middle-income Maine households, and freeze cost of living adjustments for state employee retirees — which already provides a meager average pension of only $18,500 per year.

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Missouri Senator Cunningham Doesn’t Care About Kids

State Senator Jane Cunningham wants to weaken the child labor law in Missouri. Why? Well according to her; current restrictions are “implying that the government can make a better decision than a parent."

Current Missouri law bars regular employment of children younger than 14 -- except in specific professions such as acting -- and imposes strict restrictions on employed children age 14 and 15, including the hours they are allowed to work. Children age 14 and 15 must obtain signed permits from the school they attend.

Cunningham said that she believes it's improper to saddle schools with the responsibility of deciding whether a child younger than 16 should be allowed to work. She also says that many parents and their children already are violating the state's current labor laws, which she says are "so over the top'' and prevent parents from "teaching a work ethic to their children."

Here is the bill’s official summary:

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