Oregon Lawmakers Voting to do Away with the Electoral College

Lawmakers in Oregon passed legislation that would award Electoral College votes only to presidential candidates who win the popular vote. The law has currently passed in 11 states possessing 165 electoral votes.  Those states include CA, DC, HI, IL, MA, MD, NJ, NY, RI, VT, and WA.  The bill will become active once states possessing Read more »

Carrier Still moving 632 jobs to Mexico

Remember Carrier?  Carrier was the company President Trump pledged to keep on American soil, the company that he assured America there was a “100 percent chance” he would save the jobs at the heating and air-conditioning manufacturer. Carrier informed the state of Indiana that it would be cutting 632 workers from an Indianapolis factory.  The Read more »

Corporations Spent $840M to D.C in the First Quarter

Companies spent nearly $840M on lobbying in the first quarter of 2017.  According to the Center for Responsive Politics, the amount paid was the highest in five years.  The number one lobbyist was Big Pharma and the health products sector, which spent nearly $80M in the first quarter, an increase of $10M over the same Read more »

Californian’s are in an Uproar over Gas Tax Hike

California’s Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017, raises the state’s gas tax by 12 cents a gallon and boosts the taxes on diesel fuel.  The bill also levies an annual fee on vehicles to pay for the road repair backlog exceeding $130B.  This is the largest gas tax increase in California’s history, without the Read more »

New Texas Law Clamps Down on Teacher Misconduct – Sent to Governor Abbott

Texas Lawmakers sent Senate Bill 7, legislation that would crack down on inappropriate relationships between educators and students, to Governor Greg Abbott.  The bill, approved Monday, received unanimous approval in both houses. Alarmed by the reported cases of inappropriate relationships between students and teachers, Texas legislators decided to clamp down on the behavior.  Inappropriate educator-student Read more »

North Carolina Voting Law won’t be reviewed by Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court refused to reestablish the North Carolina ballot restrictions that a lower court said targets blacks.  The 2013 NC voting law prohibited- same-day registration, ended pre-registration for 16-17-year-olds, eliminated early voting, prevented extended voting hours, prohibited using college id cards and outlawed individual voter registration drives. The U.S. Court of Appeals for Read more »

Slashes to Medicaid will leave Boomers without nursing home care

Middle-Class Americans whose parents are in a nursing facility are unaware that the American Health Care Act may cost them the bank.  Nursing Home Care can run well over $100, 000 a year, and it is not covered by Medicare. “Medicare covers care in a Skilled Nursing Facility up to 100 days.”  After Medicare runs Read more »

Republican Bill to Let Employers offer Comp over Overtime

Republicans are trying to overhaul a New-Deal-era employment law, that supporters say would enable employers and employees to have scheduling options. The House Republicans want to allow companies to offer their employees compensatory time rather than time and a half. Under the current law, eligible employees must be paid time and a half for any Read more »

DeVos Appoints-White Acting Head of Office of Civil Rights

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Candice Jackson claimed discrimination for being white Candice Jackson is the new acting head of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Right.  And in case you were wondering, she is white. Jackson attended Stanford University in the mid-1990’s, while at Stanford she claimed discrimination because she was white.  On Wednesday, DeVos formally announced Read more »

Republicans overturning Obama Regulations

Republicans are rolling back federal regulations approved during the last six months of the Obama administration.  The laws are being overturned using The Congressional Review Act; it allows lawmakers to overturn any regulations passed during the final six months of the previous administration.    More than a dozen regulations such as: Stream Protection Rule:  prevented coal Read more »