Keith Ellison Introduces Bill That Would End Public Subsidies For Fossil Fuel Companies

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He says the measure would save taxpayers $135 billion over the next 10 years

Rep. Keith Ellison teamed up with an iconoclastic, firebrand socialist from Vermont to author a bill that would end public subsidies for companies making billions off of extracting oil, natural gas and coal.

This week Ellison and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) introduced the "End Polluter Welfare Act." Its combative name belies the fact this thing has zero chance of passing, but it's still a tantalizing possibility to consider.

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Keith Ellison Is Pushing to Add Mobile Internet to Net Neutrality

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So far only Democrats have signed on to the effort
Rep. Keith Ellison thinks mobile broadband like the 3G and 4G you get on your phone deserves the same net neutrality protection the FCC is considering granting traditional wired broadband.

If the FCC approves net neutrality, internet providers would be barred from charging companies extra for an exclusive high-speed internet connection. Net neutrality aims to keep the playing field level between the Googles and Netflixes and basement start-up companies.

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Keith Ellison Wants to Bar "Criminal" Corporations from Political Spending

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How is this not illegal already?
Last year a federal judge found oil giant BP acted with "profit-driven decisions" that amounted to "gross negligence" resulting in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Currently the corporation is in court arguing over the billions in fines it owes in Clean Water Act violations on top of a $4 billion fine it already paid the federal government stemming from criminal charges.

Despite that, BP found a way to come up with nearly $5 million to spend on lobbying and campaign contributions in 2014. In 2013 it spent more than $8 million.

Yesterday Rep. Keith Ellison introduced a bill that would bar "criminal corporations" like BP from political spending for six years after being convicted of any felony involving dishonesty, breach of trust, or defrauding the United States government.

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Local Progressives Rejoice After Obama Finally Backs Net Neutrality

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Upcoming political and legal battles will determine the internet's future

In a statement that drew nonsensical metaphors from the right and belated optimism from the left, President Obama finally publicly supported equal internet access for all yesterday.

Obama's statement set the stage for a legal and political battle newly re-elected Sen. Al Franken has repeatedly called "the First Amendment Issue of our time."

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Keith Ellison tells Maher he wishes Democrats would come out against Second Amendment [VIDEO]

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Ellison: "If you want to have grandpa's shotgun, have it, but get rid of those crazy military-style assault weapons."
During an appearance on Bill Maher's HBO show over the weekend, Keith Ellison said he wishes Democrats would come out against the Second Amendment.

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"Why doesn't your party come out against the Second Amendment? It's a problem," Maher asks, to which Ellison replies, "I sure wish they would. I sure wish they would."

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Keith Ellison says anti-Obamacare Republicans want to keep people "poor, desperate" [VIDEO]

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During an appearance yesterday on Ed Schultz's MSNBC show, Keith Ellison characterized the political controversy about Obamacare as a clear case of good versus evil.

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On one side are Democrats such as himself who are genuinely interested in improving constituents' quality of life. And on the other side are Republicans who want to keep people desperate and poor.

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Keith Ellison criticizes Obama for compromising on Obamacare, decries partisanship

Ellison: Obama should've "just put his body and soul" into fixing the ObamaCare website instead of tweaking the law itself.
Keith Ellison isn't happy about President Obama's announcement of an administrative change to the Affordable Care Act "aimed at allowing those whose insurance is being canceled over the law to keep those plans for another year," to use CNN's words.

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In an interview with the Hill, Ellison says, "Honestly, I think [the announced change] undermines the program... I think [Obama] should do everything humanly imaginable to get [the balky Obamacare website] fixed as fast as possible and press on."

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Keith Ellison, other House Dems arrested (but not for beating up Republicans)

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The sometimes hot-tempered Keith Ellison and a bunch of his House Democratic colleagues were arrested in D.C. today, but it wasn't for beating the hell out of those stubborn Republicans who sit across the aisle from them (at least when the federal government is, you know, working).

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Instead, it was for blocking traffic along Independence Avenue during a protest for immigration reform.

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Keith Ellison explains why he's leaning toward supporting Syria strike [VIDEO]

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Ellison believes the U.S. has an obligation to act.
Yesterday, Keith Ellison went on WCCO Sunday Morning with Esme Murphy to explain his (preliminary) support for a military strike against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

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Ellison made clear during the interview that he believes the U.S. and other countries have "a responsibility to protect civilian populations from genocide, mass atrocity, [and] ethnic cleansing."

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Keith Ellison: "There's plenty of money, it's just the government doesn't have it" [VIDEO]

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Ellison favors some redistribution from traders of stocks and bonds to those utilizing public services.
During the Progressive Democrats of America roundtable in D.C. on July 25, Keith Ellison laid out a theory of taxation that one conservative website characterizes as "closer to Marx than it is to John Locke." (Of course, whether that's a good or bad thing is arguable.)

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Speaking about concerns that government doesn't have enough money to adequately run social programs, Ellison said, "The bottom line is we're not broke, there's plenty of money, it's just the government doesn't have it."

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