Credit Chad Ryan/The Journal-Gazette,
via Associated Pres
Submitted by gem on Sat, 05/14/2016 - 9:31am
Bryan K. Bullock
The Republican lead legislature has passed a law that severely limits the rights of women in the state of Indiana to determine their reproductive health choices. The bill, which is on the governor’s desk waiting for his signature, places numerous onerous barriers and requirements on female Hoosiers who are seeking an abortion.
The House Speaker Brian Bosma, justified passing the bill by saying “Those unborn children are Hoosiers, they have constitutional rights and that’s what I voted to protect.”
Submitted by gem on Sat, 05/14/2016 - 9:09am
The following is an excerpt from the new book The Third Reconstruction by Reverend Dr. William J. Barber II & Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove (Beacon Press, 2016):
Submitted by gem on Thu, 05/12/2016 - 3:06pm
Today the ACLU of Indiana, on behalf of Planned Parenthood, filed suit challenging House Enrolled Act 1337, a new state abortion-restriction law signed by Governor Pence at the end of March. The constitutional and legal issues with this law are myriad:
Submitted by gem on Thu, 05/12/2016 - 2:14pm
Today, the Supreme Court unanimously affirmed that congressional districts can continue to be drawn based on the one person, one vote doctrine. The case, Evenwel v.
Submitted by gem on Wed, 05/11/2016 - 2:12pm
JJ: Well, I think it can only be possible for politicians or anyone to rewrite their own history on this because there’s such a miasma in the public understanding about it. And I can’t help but blame media for at least some of that. There’s a sense, when we look back at the beginning of the, this time around, the Iraq invasion 2003, that there was something that we all believed. Now, maybe we were mistaken, maybe history proved us wrong, but there’s a line that we all were duped, we all were confused about the reasons for invading Iraq.
Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks at the Iowa
State Fair, August 15, 2015 Credit AP
Submitted by gem on Wed, 05/11/2016 - 2:01pm
Bernie Sanders is being attacked for comments on the Middle East in his interview with the editorial board of The New York Daily News, but all he did was restate current US government policy.
Submitted by gem on Tue, 05/10/2016 - 3:21pm
MADISON — Dane County Circuit Court Judge William Faust struck down the state's private-sector "right-to-work" law late today.
Submitted by gem on Mon, 05/02/2016 - 10:50am
[…] The Israel of today is very far from anything I dreamed of and worked for throughout my career. I can clearly remember the day in 1948 when the State of Israel was established. I was in the fourth grade at the Yeshivah of Flatbush in Brooklyn. The entire school was summoned to the schoolyard in celebration of the momentous occasion. It was announced that from that day on the school would adopt the Sephardic (Israeli) Hebrew pronunciation and abandon the older European Ashkenazic.
Submitted by gem on Mon, 05/02/2016 - 10:41am
A new documentary by Brave New Films breaks through the numbing reports of gun violence and political stalemates over gun control in America by showing that the National Rifle Association and gun makers are willing partners in putting billions in profits ahead of preventing needless gun deaths.
Submitted by gem on Sat, 04/30/2016 - 4:36pm
A major study published in Nature Climate Change shows that even if carbon reduction targets are achieved and the planet's temperature is kept below the 2 degree Celsius warming threshold, sea-level rise will still inundate major coastal cities around the world, forcing one-fifth of the total world population of humans to migrate away from the coasts. New York, London, Rio de Janeiro, Jakarta, Cairo, Kolkata and Shanghai will all be underwater.
Submitted by gem on Fri, 04/29/2016 - 3:57pm
Holloway, a 58-year-old African-American man, moved from Illinois to Wisconsin in 2008 and voted without problems, until Wisconsin passed its voter-ID law in 2011. “I never miss voting,” he said. He brought his expired Illinois photo ID, birth certificate, and Social Security card to get a photo ID for voting, but the DMV in Milwaukee rejected his application because the name on his birth certificate read “Eddie Junior Holloway,” the result of a clerical error when it was issued.
Submitted by gem on Thu, 04/28/2016 - 10:49am
The Feds Have Awarded more than $82 Million for Charters in Colorado since 2010
Last fall, the U.S. Department of Education approved a Charter School Program-State Education Agency (CSP-SEA) grant to the state of Colorado for $36,359,999. The federal government previously awarded the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) $45,982,596 in 2010.
The new grant approved in September 2015 is for a shorter period and thus amounts to increased federal funding for Colorado charters.
Submitted by gem on Thu, 04/28/2016 - 10:26am
Submitted by gem on Wed, 04/20/2016 - 11:17am
Dear Governor Cuomo and Legislative Leaders,
We are upper‐income New Yorkers who treasure the quality of life in our state. However, we are deeply concerned that too many New Yorkers are struggling economically, and the state’s ailing infrastructure is in desperate need of attention. We cannot afford to ignore these challenges.
As business leaders and investors, we know that the long-term stability and growth of a company requires investments in both its human capital and physical infrastructure. The same is true for our state.
Submitted by gem on Tue, 04/19/2016 - 11:53am
The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) was founded in 1973 by Paul Weyrich, other noted conservatives such as Senator Jesse Helms, and the billionaire Koch Brothers, to raise money and to coordinate the creation of a counter-revolution in the American political system. Its vision was one of deregulation, privatization, weakening workers’ rights, and the facilitation of the unbridled accumulation of private wealth.
Submitted by gem on Tue, 04/19/2016 - 11:03am
by Bryan K. Bullock
“In America, the issue is, as it always has been, anti-black racism and white supremacy.”
Opponents of an Indiana religious objections
law rally outside the Statehouse
on March 28, 2015, in Indianapolis.
(Doug McSchooler / AP)
Submitted by gem on Mon, 04/18/2016 - 11:33am
INDIANAPOLIS – In some areas of Indiana, it's legal for LGBT residents to be married over the weekend and fired from a job for it on Monday.
Attempts by legislators to protect people from such firings have so far failed.
Last year the state passed a religious freedom bill that would have allowed an individual or business to deny service to individuals on religious grounds.
It touched off worldwide criticism, so the governor sent it back to the legislature. Currently, similar legislation is close to winning approval in Missouri.
Submitted by gem on Wed, 04/13/2016 - 8:26am
I’m old enough to remember that a little Austrian gathered around him a small group of followers who shared his belief that the country’s current problems were the fault of the Jews, gypsies, and homosexuals. By exterminating all of them, the Aryan race would rise again and make everything better.
Submitted by gem on Sat, 04/09/2016 - 4:35pm
[…] Hundreds of hours a day of right-wing programming pour out of television and radio stations nationwide, and conservative extremists (and their politician puppets) are the most common guests and experts on network news and weekend political TV shows. It was a set-up that was perfect for …Trump, and he is not the first one to employ this formula to rise in power.