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What exactly is defamatory about Rotellini’s ad attacking NOT Tom Horne’s private prison ties?

Crossposted from DemocraticDiva.com

Democratic candidate for AZ Attorney General Felecia Rotellini has been running an ad (click here if embedded video doesn’t work attacking the Republican candidate Mark Brnovich, AKA NOT Tom Horne, for his lobbying for private prisons.

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Brewer on Immigrant Prisoner Release: Misplaced Blame

Gov.-Jan-Brewer-adjby Pamela Powers Hannley

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer is pissed off at President Obama for releasing immigration prisoners from jail. She believes that the administration is playing some sort of high school payback game to punish Arizona. Puleeezzz.

If Brewer wants to blame someone for the nationwide immigrant prisoner release, she should blame Arizona Senators Jeff Flake and John McCain who stood with all of the other Republican Senators and allowed sequestration budget cuts to move forward.

You'll note that Brewer is not complaining about the tens of thousands of jobs that will be lost in Arizona, or the $17.7 million that Arizona's primary and secondary education programs will lose, or the empoverished Arizona children who will be tossed out of Head Start. She only cares about losses to Corrections Corporation of America's bottom line

America’s 10 most ‘hated’ companies

Money02-bw-crop-sm72-300x217by Pamela Powers Hannley

January is a month for "best" and "worst" lists. Media moguls gather at a trendy Manhattan watering holes, and, over dirty martinis, cook up lists to boost their sales. 

Last week, the website 24/7 Wall Street released its list of the 10 most hated companies in the US.

With their high levels of corporate stinginess, you'd think the Papa John's, Hostess, Applebee's, Denny's, or Wal-Mart would be on it– but no.  

With nearly universal hatred of their private prison system, maybe Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) would be on the list– no.

How about Koch Industries? Is it the most hate company in the US? Incredibly, no. TD Ameritrade– whose CEO also tried to buy the 2012 elections? NO.

Who is the most hated company in the US according to 24/7 Wall Street? J.C. Penney. WTF?

To find out why Penney's is hated and who else is on the list, continue after the jump.

J.C. Penney? Really more "hated" than CCA? Come on.

Not one but two mom-and-apple-pie retailers– Penney's and Sears– made the 2012 most hated list. This is bullshit. Koch Industries, Wal-Mart, and CCA are OK– but not Penney's, Sears, or Facebook? (Yes, with a gabillion users, Facebook has been on the "most hated" list for two years.) Apparently, 24/7 Wall Street didn't consider buying elections, making money off of millions of incarcerated citizens, or union busting all that bad. Instead, to come up with the most hated list, they looked at the success of product launches, return on investments, poor customer service, and layoffs. (OK, I agree with the poor customer service and layoff measures, but seriously, an poorly executed product launch gets you on the most hated list?)

Here is their rationale:

Nothing harms the long-term reputation of a company on Wall St. more than a steep, and often unexpected drop in its share value, particularly one that offers almost no chance of recovery. The stock prices of several companies on this list lost most of their value as they posted high double digits declines.

And here are the specifics on how they determined their choices.

Here is the 2012 list from 24/7 Wall Street:

1. J.C. Penney

2. Dish Network

3. T Mobile USA

4. Facebook

5. CitiGroup

6. Research in Motion

7. American Airlines

8. Nokia

9. Sears Holding Corp

10. Hewlett Packard


Here is The Tucson Progressive's List of the most hated companies in the US:

1. Corrections Corporation of America for lobbying state legislatures for stiffer laws, thus enabling CCA to make billions on incarcerating millions of Americans in private prisons 

2. Koch Industries for buying politicians and elections in order to boost their profits

3. Wal-Mart for creating a cycle of poverty worldwide with union busting, poor working conditions for vendors, and ruthless negotiating

4. The Banksters– CitiGroup, Chase, Bank of America, etc.– for playing with our money, crashing the worldwide economy, and then stealing millions of homes from Americans

5. The Big Pharma/Big Insurance complex of companies that keep Americans from having universal health care

6. Big Oil and other energy companies who would trade a clean environment for profits any day

7. Credit Card companies for changing bankruptcy laws to hurt Americans in trouble and then gouging us with fees and obscene interest rates

8. Manufacturers who send tens of thousands of American jobs overseas because it's easier to exploit those workers for profit

9. The Fast Food Giants– for selling us crap to eat

10. The Main Stream Media for supressing real news and feeding us junk 

UA students & activists ask DeConcini: ‘Why did you sell your soul to CCA?’ (video)

No ccaby Pamela Powers Hannley

Today, the Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR) is meeting on the University of Arizona campus. One of ABOR's most infamous members is former Senator Dennis DeConcini.

Why is DeConcini being villified through social media and the blogs? Because he's also a stockholder and member of the Board of Directors of the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), which builds, owns, and manages private prisons across the country.

Arizona has multiple CCA prisons— thanks to close ties between CCA and Governor Jan Brewer, former State Senate President Russell Pearce, American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) boosters in the Arizona Legislature, and DeConcini. More background and a video shot on the UA campus, after the jump.

Anti-CCA activists have been turning up the heat on DeConcini to pressure him to resign from the CCA board.  Here's some background from Fuerza, the group that organized two protests around today's ABOR meeting…

CCA is the nation’s largest private prison company and leading jailer of immigrant detainees. With a recent contract for 1,000 new Arizona state prison beds and six existing facilities in Arizona, the company profits from continued mass incarceration and immigrant detention. Lifetime Tucson resident and three-term Democrat Senator Dennis DeConcini is a CCA shareholder and Board member and profits directly from the incarceration of Tucson families.

DeConcini's direct involvement with CCA is a real problem not only for him but for Democrats because he's rich enough to donate to many political campaigns. Normally, having a former Senator on your side would be seen as a good thing, but DeConcini's touch is toxic these days. I hope other Democrats are realizing this.


‘CCA, go away’: Florida residents say ‘no’ to nation’s largest deportation center (video)

No ccaby Pamela Powers Hannley

Private prisons are a "infecting our nation like a virus," according to Florida activists who are fighting against the construction of one of the nation's largest immigrant deportation centers. 

From their website…

We do not agree with the federal government privatizing our immigration detention centers throughout the nation when there is clear evidence that privatizing our prisons creates a clear public safety threat. For ICE to continue to privatize these institutions and bring this safety threat through their "secure communities Initiative" to our community is unacceptable. Depriving someone of their liberty is a non-delegable governmental function and privatizing of such a function is infecting our nation like a virus.

What about Arizona? Governor Jan Brewer and many in the Arizona Legislature are loyal private prison boosters— to the detriment of our residents. Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) runs six private prisons in Arizona. In addition to the well-know immigrant detention centers, CCA also runs DUI prisons. CCA likes to have all of their beds full. Is it any wonder, then, that Arizona has some of the toughest immigration laws and toughest drunk driving laws? Watch anti-CCA protesters in Florida after the jump.