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Liz Iacobucci

Liz Iacobucci is the former Public Information Officer for the State Employees’ Association of New Hampshire, SEIU Local 1984.  Over the past three decades, she has served in government at the federal, state and municipal levels; and she has worked for both Democratic and Republican politicians.

  • Verizon Spends Billions To Buy AOL & Yahoo Then Cuts Thousands Of US Jobs

    Verizon's Greedy Corporate Businesss Model Is Exactly What Is Wrong With Our Economy

    Continuing our “What’s wrong with the economy”..Read more

  • Nuns on the Bus Stop in Concord for Rally to “Mend the Gaps”

    [caption id="attachment_53530" align="alignright" width="225"] Sr. Simone Campbell a..Read more

  • Dear Platform Committee: Stock Buybacks Should Be Illegal

    This weekend, the Democratic Party Platform Committee will put the finishing touches on the party’s..Read more

  • Verizon: Lining Their Pockets With Taxpayer Money While Workers Walk Out In Strike

    Verizon is not just a case study of..Read more

  • Pfizer Jacks Up Drug Costs, Pays Billions to Stockholders

    [caption id="" align="alignright" width="320"] Photo by Ch..Read more

  • This Thanksgiving: How To Talk About The Economy Without Getting Into An Argument

    Is your family one of those families… where Thanksgiving dinner always ends up in a politi..Read more

  • After Billions of $$$ to Stockholders, UnitedHealth Claims Poverty Due To Obamacare

    [caption id="attachment_49981" align="alignright" width="300"] By LaurMG, used by CreativeCommons licen..Read more

  • Big Banks: Paying Billions (of Borrowed Money) to Stockholders

    [caption id="attachment_49920" align="alignright" width="199"] Photo by Kowloonese; used by CreativeCommons license via Wikimedia Commo..Read more

  • McDonald’s: Paying Billions (of Borrowed Money) to Stockholders

    [caption id="attachment_49859" align="alignright" width="300"]..Read more

  • Politicians are Trying to Sell Off Veterans’ Health Care

    It’s just… wrong. It’s SO wrong, I’m having a hard time writing about it. Politicians want to get rid of the VA healthcare system, and replace it with a system of vouchers that veterans ..Read more

  • Congress Votes Tomorrow On Everything That Will Happen For The Rest Of Obama’s Presidency

    Late last night, House GOP leadership announced a compromise bill that will (temporarily) end all the Congress-created cri..Read more

  • Buying (and Selling) the Future on Wall Street

    Verizon as a case study of why our economy doesn’t work, part six

    The “ah-ha!” moment came during a conversation with a friend. What we realized: the way we usually talk about the stoc..Read more

  • Verizon Borrows Money To Pay Stockholders And Executives While Demanding Givebacks From Unions

    Verizon as a case study of what’s wrong with our economy, part 5

    [caption id="attachment_49232" align="alignright" width="262"] Photo by Stand Up to Verizon via Flickr[/caption] It’s ..Read more

  • How Do CEOs Make Millions When The Company Goes Belly Up? Investing In Imaginary Assets

    Verizon as a case study of what’s wrong with our economy, part 4

    [caption id="" align="alignright" width="256"]..Read more

  • “Dividend” is Just Another Word for Payout

    Verizon as a case study of why the economy doesn’t work, part 3

    [caption id="attachment_49042" align="aligncenter" width="591"]..Read more

  • Verizon Proves Exactly What Is Wrong With Our Economy

    Cui Bono (Who Benefits)? Verizon as a case study of why the economy doesn’t work, part 2

      Who benefits when..Read more

  • Billion$ (Trillion$) Down the Drain: Verizon as a case study of what’s wrong with the economy

    These days, most corporations indulge in stock buybacks. A buyback – or, “share repurchase” – is exactly what it sounds like.  Executives decide to use corporate money to buy back shares of s..Read more

  • Why You Should Care about Stock Buybacks – in 3 Charts

    For decades, we’ve been letting the GOP tell us that ..Read more

  • Dear Candidate Clinton: Disclosure isn’t enough

    Kudos to Hillary Clinton for making stock buybacks into an issue in the 2016 presidential campaign.  Most Americans don't realize just how much money corporations spend buy..Read more

  • NH CD1 Primary — Look Who’s Supporting Guinta

    [caption id="attachment_4444" align="alignright" width="300"] Rep. Frank Guinta[/caption] No surprise: in the wake of Rep. Frank Guinta's agreement to pay a fine for federal election law violations..Read more

  • Stamp Stampede Marching July 4th to #GetMoneyOut of Politics

    The anti-corruption group The Stamp Stampede will join presidential candidates and citizens celeb..Read more

  • Making Progress in the Campaign Finance Reform Movement

    [caption id="attachment_47918" align="alignright" width="400"] Stamp Stampede Founder Ben Cohen with the Stampmobile at the Green Alliance "Party for the Planet" at Red Hook Brewery in Portsmouth.[/ca..Read more

  • How Much Money Will Corporations Spend Trying to Buy Votes for the TPP/ Fast Track?

    [caption id="attachment_47868" align="aligncenter" width="570"] Stamp Stampede founder Ben Cohen with members of the NH Alliance for Retired Americans.[/caption] THIS is why I’m working for ..Read more

  • Hillary Clinton Visits New Hampshire

    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton came back to New Hampshire today "to earn each and every vote" -- but it was almost impossible for the average voter to ge..Read more

  • Same question, different problem: WHERE did the money come from?

    It’s not just the questions about the Federal Elections Commission investigation and where the money came from.  It’s actually worse than that.  It’s what happened afterward – becau..Read more

  • Warning: More Campaign Fundraising Ahead

    [caption id="" align="alignright" width="375"] Photo by Paul Klintworth..Read more

  • The Rest of the Story @ the #NHGOP #FITN Summit

    The national media logged thousands of stories about last weekend’s #FITN #NHGOP Summit – but they missed two. The first story – overlooked by almost all of the national media but covered by th..Read more

  • “Party for the Planet” this Wednesday at Redhook Brewery!

    StampStampede.org founder Ben Cohen will “Party for the Planet” with the Green Alliance at Redhook Brewery in Portsmouth this Wednesday, April 22 from ..Read more

  • Stamp Your Money While You Eat Free Ice Cream!

    Today, April 14th is “Free Cone Day” at Ben & Jerry’s nationwide.  At the 940 Elm Street location in Manchester, NH, ice cream lo..Read more

  • NH House Considers Bill on Amending the US Constitution to Limit Political Spending

    The NH House Committee on Legislative Administration today held its public hearing on a bill calling for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United<..Read more

  • Rallying for Democracy at the State House

    Democracy activists held ..Read more

  • NH Senate Unanimously Calls for Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United

    The New Hampshire Senate just passed a bill supporting the amendment of the US Constitution to overturn Citizens United. The voice vote was appa..Read more

  • At the State House: Trying to get Money Out of Politics

    Earlier this week, while the House Finance Committee wa..Read more

  • US is STILL Redistributing Wealth to the Rich

    Friday’s Motley Fool had an eye-opening article about $35.5 billion of stock buybacks recently announced by Big Banks. That’s $35.5 billion of profits being “returned to stoc..Read more

  • Are You Tired Of Congress Manufacturing A Budget Crisis To Force Through Terrible Legislation?

    Budget details: you couldn’t make this stuff up, if you tried It’s not like Congress didn’t know they had to pass a federal budget. It’s not like they didn’t have lots and..Read more

  • Another WIN for Wall Street… and a huge LOSS for the middle class

    So, late last night… Congress decided that it was just fine to bailout Wall Street bankers ag..Read more

  • ANOTHER Taxpayer handout for the Big Banks?

    What's going on in Washington, DC this afternoon?  According to media reports, the House of Representatives is about to use the latest ..Read more

  • Two Recent Court Rulings That Pit Legal Theories vs Workplace Realities

    Can’t help but think there’s a huge “disconnect” between recent court rulings and real-life work situations. First Case: Yesterday, the ..Read more

  • What would YOU do with $707 billion?

    Goldman Sachs just weighed in with their predictions for next year’s economy. They expect “only a modest growth in business investment..Read more

  • Nationwide, ballot questions showed: voters care about working families

    A quick look at ballot questions, nationwide:

    • Minimum wage hikes won, big-time in Alaska, Arkansas, Nebraska and South Dakota. ..Read more

    • In Case You Don’t Remember: The Republicans Have a “Jobs Plan”

      Haven’t read this morning’s New York Times? Here’s what y..Read more

    • Boeing: profits flying high! But “Return On Investment” for government, union givebacks is… not so great

      Boeing announced its Third Quarter financials this morning<..Read more

    • Nightmare on Wall Street? Are Stock Buybacks Creating Another ‘Financial Bubble?’

      [caption id="attachment_14373" align="aligncenter" width="678"] Image by JayMallin.com[/caption] Some blog posts are easy to forget. But the ..Read more

    • Why the Economy Doesn’t Work for the 99%: Massive Payouts to Corporate Stockholders

      [caption id="attachment_18301" align="alignright" width="300"] Photo by Gawain Jones via Flikr Creative Commons License[/cap..Read more

    • Think US Manufacturing Is In Trouble Now? Wait Till WALMART Jumps In

      [caption id="attachment_16392" align="aligncenter" width="554"] Photo by Kristin Hillery, via flikr[/caption] Hey, Richard Trumka! You didn’t need to be ..Read more

    • Proving Once Again That Tax Cuts For The Wealthy “Job Creators” Do Not Work, S&P Lowers Kansas’s Credit Rating

      [caption id="attachment_16299" align="alignright" width="300"] Photo from October 30, 2010 "Rally t..Read more

    • Public Pensions: Still Waiting to be ‘Made Whole’

      Looks like the Justice Department is settling cases with banks responsible for the ..Read more

    • Hey, Supreme Court: What about States’ Rights? (Harris Vs Quinn)

      It seems to me that today’s Su..Read more

    • Because those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it…

      … a reminder of what happened 81 years ago in Germany:

      ..Read more

    • 3 Things You Need to Know about Today’s Minimum Wage Vote

      Here's the first thing: Today, the Senate did not vote on raising the minimum wage.  (If they had voted, the bil..Read more

    • Taxpayers Are Paying Profitable Corporations To Create Jobs?

      ..Read more

    • The Supreme Court: LOOKING for Trouble?

      Can’t help noticing… when SCOTUS goes looking for a case, the Justices can get themselves really far into th..Read more

    • Wondering Where Your Retirement Has Gone?

        If you're wondering what happened to your retirement security, then you really..Read more

    • Can You Help Send Matt To Netroots Nation?

      [caption id="attachment_14278" align="alignright" width="150"] Matt Murray[/caption] Here’s the thing: my friend Matt M..Read more

    • Billionaire Sheldon Adelson holds the First In The Nation presidential primary

      Looks like New Hampshire is losing our “first-in-the-nation-Presidential-primary” status. ..Read more

    • 103 years later: profits are STILL more important than people

      ..Read more

    • Feel Like There’s A Target On Your Back? Multiple Lawsuits Target Unions

      [caption id="attachment_14057" align="alignright" width="346"] Image by ogimogi
      CC Flikr[/ca..Read more

    • No, It’s About Profits, Not “Free Speech”

      Don’t be fooled.  Yesterday’s ..Read more

    • Racing to Blame Public Workers for State Finances

      And… they’re off, on a new round of ..Read more

    • Worried About The Size of The Federal Debt? There’s Another Number That Should Really Scare You.

      $53 trillion.

      More than THREE TIMES the entire federal debt. According to Saturday..Read more

    • Excuse me, Mr. Donohue, WHO is “Taking from the Young”?!!

      No.  Just…no. As a parent, I am absolutely revolted by ..Read more

    • The Rules change that could end gridlock in the US House

      Record dysfunction in ..Read more

    • Is Detroit REALLY “broke”? Because The Math Does Not Add Up

      Can’t help wondering about thi..Read more

    • Today, public employee retirements; Tomorrow, the rest of America

      Yesterday was NOT a good day for public sector workers who think they can rely on long-promised pension benefits.

      • Detroit: Ye..Read more

      • Judge’s ruling: giving more power to Congress, jeopardizing Detroit retirees

        So, earlier today a federal judge ruled that Detroit’s “Emergency Mana..Read more

      • Will the Illinois Legislature Steal Public Workers’ Retirement Security?

        And so the campaign to eliminate our retirement security continues. As everyone was leaving for Thanksgiving weekend, ..Read more

      • The Courts could destroy even MORE of our rights while we wait for Congress to fix Taft-Hartly

        [caption id="attachment_12770" align="alignright" width="360"] 1947 Rally at Madison Square Garden[/caption] As I promised in yesterday's post,..Read more

      • Still Waiting for Congress to fix Taft-Hartley By Passing EFCA

        It has been a decade since Sen. Ted Kennedy first filed the <..Read more

      • Boeing versus its unions: de ja vu all over again

        Oh, dear. Looks like Boeing’s corporate culture is still stuck in that same old pattern..Read more

      • When can we stop adding teachers’ names to this list?

        To the family of Michael Landsberry..Read more

      • The real story behind Congressional dysfunction

        Take five minutes and watch... Maryland Representative Chris Van Hollen explains how Speaker Boehner bends to the will of the Tea Party Caucus -- and keeps the H..Read more

      • Does The Government Shutdown Mean “The End of the World”? The Radical Religious Right Thinks So

        Ok, so maybe the government sh..Read more

      • “Let Them Eat Cat Food”: The Truth Behind The GOP’s Ten Year Push To Cut Social Security

        As the latest GOP-caused national crisis begins to coalesce around the Tea Party's demand for Soci..Read more

      • “GOP VALUES” — How The GOP Shows Favoritism to Unearned Income over Hard Work

        Something else I don’t understand about Republican do..Read more

      • “Negotiate” means talking about ALL options

        Golly.  The GOP still hasn’t figured out what’s driving the federal debt?  Let’s try… lack of revenues. Federal revenues, as a percentage of the country’s economy, are ..Read more

      • GOP in Congress: Keeping — or BREAKING? — Promises

        Can someone please explain to me... how can the GOP be simultaneously

          ..Read more

        • Translating from TeaPartyese: What “negotiate” really means

          Don’t let them fool you...Read more

        • Want to keep the government afloat? Here’s the list of House GOP demands

          Just like the old Ginzu Knife commercials… "But wait, there’s more!" Ye..Read more

        • GOP House Members still fighting? Gonna be costly.

          No, it's not de ja vu. It's just that... so much of it is still exactly on-point.  Wish it wasn't, but it is. So, with very few updates, here's a repeat of ..Read more

        • It’s Baaack! GOP puts US economy at risk (again) over the Keystone Pipeline

          Just like an unwanted dinner guest that you can’t co..Read more

        • Duct Tape is No Substitute for Emergency Room: why workers need immigration reform

          [caption id="attachment_12043" align="aligncenter" width="620"]..Read more

        • 1963 March on Washington – Caroline French was there!

          Fifty years ago, a quarter-million people found their ways to our nation’s capital for one of the l..Read more

        • Eminent Domain – who benefits now?

          You just gotta laugh. Eminent..Read more

        • Forget “The Decider”: WHO was President in 2005?

          No, it wasn't in The Onion. It was in the ..Read more

        • Study in Contrasts: Who’s feeding the hungry?

          In May, postal workers coll..Read more

        • The Tea Party’s ‘Penny Plan’: is it really to cut $1 trillion from seniors?

          Remember the health care Town Halls a few summers ago?  Remember a..Read more

        • GOP to Voters: ‘We’re taking the ball and going home’

          Say, what?! The ..Read more

        • Political Extremism in Congress is Stifling Efforts to Improve Social Security and Medicare

          Yesterday, about 60 people gathered in the Dover Public Library to celebrate the 78th ..Read more

        • Social Security: 78 years (and counting)

          Seventy-eight years ago today, President Franklin R..Read more

        • Why the economy doesn’t work for the 99%

          Today's New York Times has a really good picture of what's happened to..Read more

        • Starting in Detroit… next stop: Social Security

          ..Read more

        • Latest GOP efforts to repeal Obamacare: Texas Senator proposes to shut down Government – and Bully O’Brien equates O’care to slavery

          Written  by Matt Murray and Liz Iacobucci [caption id="attachment_..Read more

        • State “Shared Taxes” Cuts have been Drowning Detroit: is Grover Norquist laughing yet?

          The Bankruptcy Court judge overseeing Detroit’s “restructuring” is moving really, really fast. And – at least so far – he’s following th..Read more

        • Detroit: latest battleground in the war on the Middle Class

          There are times when I would really prefer to be wrong… and Wednesday was one of them. Yesterday afternoon, the federal judge overseeing Detroit’s bankruptcy proceedings ..Read more

        • Who has rights when Detroit goes to court today?

          So… you think you’ve got rights?  Right there, written in the Constitution? Think again. Today everybody heads to court for the first hearing in the Detroit bankruptcy filing.  And I’m g..Read more

        • Detroit’s Pension Systems: not ‘unaffordable’, just battered by Wall Street

          No, no, no, no, no.  Whatever happened to checking the facts?  Asking the tough questions? Digging a little deeper? Today, at least one Main Street Media pundit – who is supposed to have..Read more

        • What happens in Detroit WON’T stay in Detroit.

          It’s amazing, the stuff you can find on the Internet these days. Step-..Read more

        • Think you’ve got retirement benefits? Think again.

          Really, truly: what is happening in Detroit is more important to you than the Zimmerman jury sequestration details.  Or the Rolling Stone cover.  Or any of the other things that have been distractin..Read more

        • Is it about Right To Work? No, it’s about profit margins.

          Boeing’s Dreamliner was in the news again last week:  one plane caught fire at Heathrow Airport; and a second experienced a "technical..Read more

        • Sen. Andy Sanborn’s ‘plane crash’: slips of the tongue can reveal politicians’ ‘inner lives’

          The things I learn while blogging! Turns out there’s a whole f..Read more

        • House Democrats Blast Senate GOP Leader for Blocking NLRB Nominees

          Looks to me like it was unanimous. Earlier this week, 201 ..Read more

        • America’s economy: socialized risks, privatized profits?!!?

          Orchestrated?!!? ..Read more

        • Race to the Bottom: another view of what “cheap labor” looks like

          [caption id="attachment_10365" align="aligncenter" width="460"] Patients working in a compound at the Kunming M..Read more

        • Even more workers die behind locked doors

          A blaze at a locked poultry slaughterhouse in northeast China has killed at least 119 workers.  Read the Reuters story ..Read more

        • America’s “Race to the Bottom”: Boeing is still outsourcing

          Yesterday, the Boeing Company announced it would “create engineering centers for future work in South Carolina and possibly in Kiev, Ukraine.” The perspective ..Read more

        • “Race to the Bottom”: This is what the Bottom looks like.

          ..Read more

        • Can You Feel It? Workers Standing Together In Strikes Across The Country

          Something’s happening out there.

          • Last week, fast-food workers at mor..Read more

          • Who thinks we should feed hungry Americans?

            REMINDER: The 21st Annual "Stamp Out Hunger" food drive is today, Saturday, May 11th. Please leave non-perishable food items by your..Read more

          • Profit margins from cheap clothing? Or worker safety? Where are our priorities?

            Yesterday, there was yet another fire in yet another garment factory near Dhaka, Bangladesh. This time eight people died, including the factory’s managing director and a top police official. <..Read more

          • Workers Memorial Day: Bangladesh reminds us why we mark the day

            More than 200 people rallied at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard yesterday to ..Read more

          • Thomas Perez: What are they so scared of?

            Yep, they w..Read more

          • Who’s counting? Corporate tax breaks are almost twice the Sequester cuts

            ..Read more

          • Why is the House GOP obsessed with the Keystone pipeline?

            So… President Obama met with the House GOP yesterday, trying to find common g..Read more

          • How many times can the Republicans count the same money toward the budget?

            1. Back in 2001, the Bush Tax Cuts were supposed to be temporary. All the old tax laws were supposed to kick back in, starting in 2011. The fact that all those “old taxes” were going to co..Read more

            2. Is there still a line between “government” and “business”?

              I’ve been reading through that 2009 Interim Report to Congress about de..Read more

            3. Fund the Government?
              House GOP protects corporate interests, instead

              The House has passed a bill to keep the federal government from shutting ..Read more

            4. Create your own job? NH Senate gives initial approval to “Pathway to Work” bill

              Earlier today, the NH Senate voted 21 to 3 to initially approve ..Read more

            5. How do we get an economy that works for the 99%?

              ..Read more

            6. What Does The GOP Stand For? Why Are More Republicans Not Pushing Back Against Their Current Direction

              [caption id="attachment_8207" align="alignright" width="176"]..Read more

            7. Sequestration to cost State of New Hampshire
              more than $6 million in federal funding

              The White House has released fact sheets showing state-by-state impacts of the automatic budget cuts known as “sequestration”, which are scheduled to go into effect on Friday. This year alone, st..Read more

            8. The Republicans Make an Offer on Sequestration

              GOP House members have clarified their position on what they’re willing to “compromise” in order to avoid sequestration.  From ..Read more

            9. Another stalemate?
              Or a chance to save the economy?

              The days are ticking by, as our federal government heads toward sequestration (March 1st) and a possible shutdown (March 27th). House Republicans have drawn the same ..Read more

            10. GOP House members still in a “fighting” mood?
              Could be very costly.

              Hoping for bipartisan cooperation, now that the election is over?  Think again. The wee..Read more

            11. Why Are GOP Politicians Agreeing With Al Gore?

              Can someone explain this to me? Why are GOP politicians suddenly agre..Read more

            12. Think you have union rights? What Happens if there’s no NLRB?

              Earlier today, a federal appeals court ruled that President Obama improperly appoint..Read more

            13. Less than a month to go! Republicans are chasing wild geese while the federal government heads toward default

              There’s less than one month to go until the federal government can’t fudge its deb..Read more

            14. Yep, They’re Still Trying to Privatize the Post Office.

              [caption id="attachment_6665" align="alignright" width="300"]..Read more

            15. Only Two Months until the NEXT Congress-Created Crisis

              Late last night, one-third of House ..Read more

            16. Adding ‘Headroom’ to the Debt Limit? Thank our Federal Employees and Postal Carriers

              A few days ago, ..Read more

            17. In One Chart: What Happened to the Middle Class

              This chart, by British economist Andrew Smithers, shows how the nation's income has been distributed since 1929.  "All output is for somebody's benefit, either those who work for the firm (the la..Read more

            18. According to Bush Economists: His Tax Cuts Don’t Really Improve the Economy

              Another thing to remember, as you’re watching the Fiscal Cliff negotia..Read more

            19. The Magical Math of Boehner’s Congress: tax cuts don’t ‘cost’ anything

              Another thing to remember, as you’re watch..Read more

            20. Speaker Boehner’s ‘New Offer’ is ‘to make top 2% tax cuts permanent’?!?

              Was House Speaker Boehner joking?..Read more

            21. Fiscal Cliff: Who is “entitled” to what?

              Something else to remember, as you’re watching news coverage of the Fiscal Cliff negotiations: The tax..Read more

            22. Sheldon Adelson: One Man’s Influence Over America’s Politics

              Remember Sheldon Adelson, ..Read more

            23. Another thing that went wrong in the Bush Economy

              Watch this employer-recruitment video produced back in 2004 by the National Corrections Industry Association in partnership with the US Department of Justice:

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