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She spent $1.57 for something that cost him $60.62. And that, my friends, is disgusting.

Get ready to hear more about this woman in the years to come.

She spent $1.57 for something that cost him $60.62. And that, my friends, is disgusting.

I have someone you should meet: Zephyr Teachout.

Zephyr is an author, professor, and crusader against the corrupting influence of money in politics.


In the fall of 2014, Zephyr ran for governor of New York in the Democratic primary against Andrew Cuomo. And though she didn't win, Zephyr captured 30% of the vote with almost no money.

Here's the best statistic, though: Her opponent, Andrew Cuomo, spent $60.62 for each one of his votes. Zephyr's campaign, however, spent only $1.57.

Why was Teachout so popular? Probably because she was extremely vocal about corruption. And not only was she talking about it, she was experiencing the struggle firsthand.


Sing it, Zephyr. No matter how you feel about teachers' unions, you have to respect someone who sticks to their principles, even if it costs them money.

Of course, her campaign is over, but she's going to continue fighting the good fight. Catch her and fellow anti-corruption activist, Lawrence Lessig, discuss the problem of money in politics on "Moyers & Company":

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This article originally appeared on 01.09.18


Why should a superintendent get a raise while teachers in the same district struggling to make ends meet see their paychecks flatline — year after year after year?

Teacher Deyshia Hargrave begged the question. Minutes later, she was handcuffed and placed in the backseat of a cop car.

The scene was captured below by YouTube user Chris Rosa, who attended a board meeting for Vermilion Parish Schools in Louisiana.

You can watch Hargrave begin speaking about 33 seconds in. The situation starts becoming contentious around 6:35 minutes. Hargrave is arrested at 8:35, and then walked outside in handcuffs and placed in the back of police vehicle. (Story continues below.)



"We work very hard with very little to maintain the salaries that we have," Hargrave, who teaches middle school language arts, said during a public comment portion of the meeting, stating that she's seen classroom sizes balloon during her time at the school with no increased compensation. "We're meeting those goals, while someone in that position of leadership [the superintendent] is getting raise? It's a sad, sad day to be a teacher in Vermilion Parish."

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