Charles Koch of Koch Industries, the second largest private company in America, has reportedly spent millions of dollars lobbying the federal government. So why is he downplaying his political influence?

Brigida Santos Earlier this year, Charles G. and David H. Koch announced plans to spend an outrageous $889 million on the 2016 Presidential campaign. Represent.Us reports that this election will be the most expensive in history. Take a look at the image below for the shocking numbers. Related Story Number of Veterans on Wait Lists

According to a report in the New York Post, the number of Ground Zero responders and victims afflicted with cancers has grown to 3,700.

Off The Grid 3,700.  That’s the number of 9/11 responders and victims who are suffering from some type of cancer, according to the New York Post.  And that number seems to only be growing.   That number includes Fire Department members (1,100 to be exact), cops and other responders (2,134), and victims, such as residents and local

A new rule requires companies to disclose the pay gap between CEOs and employees and the results are in.

Off The Grid   The Securities and Exchange Commission has approved a new rule requiring publicly traded U.S. companies to disclose the pay gay between CEO’s and employees. According to USA TODAY, the results show that the average CEO was paid 216 times more than median employees. This is drastically different than in the 1950’s when average

St. Louis County declared a state of emergency today just as prosecutors were filing charges against an 18-year-old who was shot and wounded by police overnight during the anniversary of Michael Brown’s death.

Off The Grid St. Louis County executive Steve Stenger declared a State of Emergency today following demonstrations that turned violent, commemorating the killing of Michael Brown just a year ago. “In light of last night’s violence and unrest in the city of Ferguson, and the potential for harm to persons and property, I am exercising

Marijuana is legal at the state level, but not at the federal level. If you vote for one of these GOP candidates, you should know that they plan on enforcing federal law to the full extent until marijuana is once again illegal in the United States.

Jen Hobbs This batch of GOP presidential hopefuls has said some crazy things on issues ranging from same-sex marriage to drones and birth control. If you don’t believe me, here’s a recap: Republicans claim to be for smaller government oversight. Historically, the GOP says “states’ rights” come first. However, this crop of presidential hopefuls is turning

While marijuana and heroin are both classified as schedule 1 drugs, the DEA chief finally admitted the truth yesterday: marijuana isn’t nearly as dangerous or addictive or deadly.

Jen Hobbs Back in 2001, Congressman Barney Frank authored the States’ Rights to Medical Marijuana Act. It was the first bill designed to end the prohibition of marijuana.  The always outspoken Barney Frank still stands by that decision today: On Monday, the American Psychological Association (APA), the country’s largest organization of psychologists, published findings from a new marijuana study  in the

Pennsylvania is on the verge of becoming one of the first states in the country to base criminal sentences not only on what crimes people have been convicted of, but also on whether they are deemed likely to commit additional crimes.

Off The Grid   It’s ridiculous. This is thought police. We now get convicted for what we might do. What ever happened to the day when you got convicted for the crime you did? I don’t think the thought police have any business in our judicial part of government. You prosecute people for what they’ve

The Orange County Register reports that three Santa Ana police officers want to quash a surveillance video that shows officers making derogatory comments about a disabled woman and possibly snacking on pot edibles during a recent raid of a medical marijuana dispensary.

Off The Grid   I’d like to say to all police officers: when you do busts on medical marijuana, you’re hurting people that aren’t there. Medical marijuana helps seizure patients. It helps glaucoma and cancer patients. So when you bust in thinking you’re doing such a great job, just remember: what you’re doing could very

Sen. Bernie Sanders wants to make election a day a holiday, suggesting that it could make it easier to vote. He’s also introduced legislation that would automatically register 18-year-olds to vote, and said last week that he intends to offer legislation that would allow public financing of campaigns.

Off The Grid These are all good ideas for the most part. Although, I have my doubts about making Election Day a holiday because by federal law your boss has to give you time to go vote. So you have the ability to vote if you take the initiative. Making Election Day a holiday seems