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Detroit Emergency Manager Orr should take privatizing the Detroit Water & Sewerage Dept OFF the table
Sometimes not "everything" should be on the tableIn a recent interview prior to assuming his new position as the Emergency Manager of Detroit, Kevyn Orr said that "everything is on the table" with regard to solving Detroit's financial problem. Not only that, he specifically said that "everything is on the table" with regard to the future of the Detroit Water & Sewerage Department. This could include, according to Orr, sale or privatization of the department. This would be a HUGE mistake. Click through for why sale or privatization of the department should be taken OFF the table before any further discussions take place.
It’s about preventing choice, not abortion
A federal judge appointed by Ronald Reagan struck down a Health and Human Services decision Friday that prevents girls under 17 from accessing the emergency contraceptive “Plan B.”
Immediately pro-life groups slammed the ruling, saying that “Girls Will Be Exploited!”
“Young girls need medical supervision in taking such a potent and potentially life-ending drug,” said Americans United for Life president Charmaine Yoest.
The implication is that the Plan B is an “abortion drug.” It is not. It’s an abortion-prevention drug that is as safe for girls as aspirin.
What’s dangerous for young girls is unwanted pregnancies.…
Maybe someone read them the U.S. Constitution?North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis, a Republican, has ended any chance that a recent resolution that would pave the way to establishing an official state religion will see the light of day. Tillis said yesterday that he will not allow a vote on the resolution known as the "Defense of Religion Act". The bill was a response to an ACLU lawsuit regarding the reading of Christian prayers at official government functions. Click through for details.
Somehow after Right to Work, they found yet another way to weaken unions: pitting them against each otherBack in the 1930s, our country was wrestling with the idea of labor unions and what rights they should be given. One way corporations, primarily the large automakers, used to keep unions week was implement "proportional representation". In other words, workers would vote on which union would represent them and then they would be represented by that specific union. In other words, several unions could be bargaining on behalf of different employees at the same shop. Through proportional representation, the automobile manufacturers were able to keep union members squabbling amongst themselves and forced the unions to fight for a smaller number of workers rather than cooperating for the good of all workers. It's easy to see why "collective bargaining pluralism" was so attractive to the car makers. Fortunately, with the passage of the Wagner Act in 1935, it was sent to the rubbish bin in favor of exclusivity. Until now. Click through for more.
North Carolina GOP wants to create state religion, says federal courts have no power to determine constitutionality of anything
Hey! There are crazier Republicans than Michigan Republicans!This is absolutely incredible. Republicans in North Carolina have introduced legislation that will allow them to set up their own state religion and ignore all federal laws. If you think I'm joking, read on.
Michigan citizens: 1, Attorney General Bill Schuette: 0Back in January, I wrote about a lawsuit filed by the ACLU, the MEA, the AFL-CIO and others that challenged Michigan's Right to Work law since it was passed in violation of the Michigan Open Meetings Act. Because Republicans locked citizens (and Democratic lawmakers) out of the building during the vote, the plaintiffs say the law should be invalidated. This could be a HUGE deal because Republicans passed the legislation by a margin that was larger than than the margin they hold in the House after last November's election. They would be forced to bring more of their GOP caucus over to vote yes on this legislation which may be difficult do, politically speaking. Yesterday, Ingham County Circuit Judge William Collette overruled a request by Attorney General Bill Schuette to throw the case out of court. Details after the jump.
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