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Black Friday PFT Live features Kuechly, Tate, Chris Johnson, Troy Brown

It’s Black Friday, a term that originated within the retail industry as an expression of the stress and dread the workers experience on the biggest shopping day of the year. Thanks to a little Chamber of Commerce P.R. spit-and-polish, it’s now sold to the public as a good thing — the day on which businesses…

The Stealth Corporate Takeover of the Supreme Court

In August 1971, a prominent corporate lawyer from Richmond, Virginia, named Lewis F. Powell Jr. authored a “Confidential Memorandum” to the United States Chamber of Commerce. Powell observed that “with an activist-minded Supreme Court,...Show More Summary

Pasadena Chamber of Commerce's Paul Little Applauds LA's Minimum Wage Law

Pasadena Chamber of Commerce president Paul Little is ecstatic about Los Angeles' new minimum wage law. "Thank God for the LA City Council," Little was heard to say at the hearing held by the Pasadena City Council's Economic Development...Show More Summary

Kochs Brothers' 'Freedom Partners' Investments Exposed

-- Co-authored by Brendan Fischer and Mary Bottari The Koch network's secret bank, "Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce," spent big during the 2014 midterm elections, including doubling its investment in voter data collection efforts,...Show More Summary

Bill Exempting State Income Tax on Vets’ Retirement Benefits Expected for 2016 Legislative Session

The Savannah Chamber of Commerce released its list of legislative priorities on Thursday, topped by a request to eliminate the state income tax on the retirement pay of veterans. According to a story in the Savannah Morning News, the exemption would be revenue neutral, paid for by raising the tax on each pack of cigarettes …

Passing a Georgia RFRA Could Cost State $Billions, According to Studies

Studies commissioned by the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and the Atlanta Convention and Visitor’s Bureau conclude that Georgia could suffer a hit between $1 and $2 billion should the legislature pass Georgia’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act without some sort of provision against discriminaton, according to information obtained by the AJC. The story quotes Katie …

Fed's Lockhart says rate hike path may be 'slow' and 'halting'

``"The pace of increases may be somewhat slow and possibly more halting than historic episodes of rising rates," Lockhart said in a speech to the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce in Atlanta. "Moreover, to the extent the evolving economic picture...Show More Summary

Economic Forecaster: Proposed Export Import Highway Could Have $20 Billion Economic Impact

The potential economic benefits of the proposed Georgia Export Import Highway were the subject of a talk by economic forecaster K.C. Conway at a recent lunch and learn hold by the Thomaston-Upson Chamber of Commerce. The Export Import Highway would be an extension of I-16 from Macon following the routes of GA-74 and GA-18 through …

Filmmaker Michael Moore drops by Trans-Pacific trade deal protest

Hey, isn’t that… Filmmaker Michael Moore, megaphone in hand, rallying protesters decrying the Trans-Pacific trade deal on the steps of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Monday night? The documentarian, who sported his signature sweatshirt and baseball cap (this one emblazoned with an AFL-CIO insignia), addressed the crowd that had gathered at spots around the White House, […]

Efforts to Rein In Arbitration Come Under Well-Financed Attack

As regulators, lawmakers and the Justice Department pushed to restrict arbitration, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and others pushed back.

Poll Shows African Americans Support Clean Power Plan and Climate Action, But Not Exxon-Funded National Black Chamber of Commerce

One tactic of the fossil fuel industry’s attack on the proposed Clean Power Plan is to say it unfairly targets minority communities when in fact the opposite is true. Industry-funded groups like the National Black Chamber of Commerce...Show More Summary

Stop demonising debt

The head of the Association of British Chambers of Commerce, John Longworth, has said that politicians should stop demonising debt. He has called for infrastructure spending to be excluded from national debt targets. He argued that infrastructure spending was an investment rather than a cost. Show More Summary

Hiring the 'Hidden Heroes' Behind our Veterans

Last month, I spoke at the Supporting Military Caregivers at Work and at Home Conference featuring the Honorable Elizabeth Dole (in conjunction with the "Hiring Our Heroes" initiative by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation). During...Show More Summary

Indiana Chamber of Commerce backs statewide gay rights protections

The Indiana Chamber of Commerce is calling on lawmakers and Republican Gov. Mike Pence to expand state civil rights laws to include sexual orientation and gender identity during the coming legislative session. The statewide business group announced Thursday that its board of directors voted "overwhelmingly"...

Seeking a Safe Harbor in a Widening Sea

In a move that could cost the EU up to 1.3 percent of its gross domestic product, according to the American Chamber of Commerce to the European Union, on Oct. 6 the European Court of Justice invalidated the 15-year old EU-US Safe Harbor Agreement in Schrems v. Show More Summary

House GOP picks Texas Rep. Brady as new Ways and Means chair

The former Houston-area Chamber of Commerce official was elected chairman by voice vote Thursday at a closed-door meeting of House GOP lawmakers.

Paul Ryan: caught between the House crazies and big business with no exit in sight

House Speaker Paul Ryan is now smack dab in the middle of the fight for the heart of the Republican Party—a Jets v. Sharks type feud between the pro-business, or Chamber of Commerce, Republicans and the tea party conservatives. BothShow More Summary

Lutheran Social Services Isn’t Busting Any “Myths” About Refugee Resettlement

Yesterday Jessica Thomasson, CEO of Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, set out to bust some “myths” about refugee resettlement at an event organized by the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce. For instance, Thomasson tried to address the claim that refugees add to crime in North Dakota by citing numbers related to immigration at the...

Carl 'Hard-Right' Hulse Mars the Times With His Contemptuous Tone Toward Tea Party GOP

New York Times congressional reporter Carl Hulse delivered a balanced column Tuesday recounting why reformist, Tea Party-minded conservatives have aligned against more traditional Chamber of Commerce Republicans. But it was marred by...Show More Summary

Latest Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame Goes to a Non-Human, Non-Living Thing

They don’t often induct non-humans into the Walk of Fame, but they did Monday, honoring the character Snoopy with his own star on the famed Hollywood landmark. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce bestowed the beloved beagle with the 2,563rd star on the...

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