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Bernie Sanders Has A Plan To Revive Labor Unions

Source: Huffington Post

Sanders’ bill, called the Workplace Democracy Act, would remove several of the major barriers to organized labor’s growth.

It would ban “right to work” laws, which allow employees to opt out of paying union dues even though the union must still bargain on their behalf, leading to what unions call “free-riding.” In recent years, Republicans and business groups have pushed to expand the reach of right-to-work laws, which are now on the books in 28 states, including traditional labor strongholds like Michigan and Wisconsin.

The bill would also guarantee workers the right to form a union after a majority in their workplace have signed cards saying that is their wish. “Card check,” as the process is known, lets organizers bypass the holding of a secret-ballot election, before which employers often pressure workers to vote no.

Read more: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/bernie-sanders-revive-labor-unions_us_5af3556de4b0859d11d00d39

Video Of What Bernie Said In Mississippi

A good example of why every news story, even those we agree with, should be fact checked.


Voting rights for felons will be on Florida's November ballot

Source: Miami Herald

For the first time in Florida history, voters will decide whether to grant the right to vote to an estimated 1.5 million convicted felons.

Secretary of State Ken Detzner announced Tuesday that the proposal gained the required 766,000 valid signatures to get on the November ballot. The state elections website showed 799,278 valid signatures.

The proposal would extend voting rights to most convicted felons without a formal hearing process. It would not apply to people convicted of murder or sex crimes.

If 60 percent of voters support the initiative, it will be added to the Florida Constitution.

Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article196124799.html

Another example of why Europeans think Americans are idiots


Utah Teacher Fired After Students See Nudity in Art

LOGAN, Utah — A Utah art teacher was fired amid complaints that images of classical paintings containing nudity were passed out in a classroom and seen by sixth-graders, a newspaper reported.

Mateo Rueda said he wasn't aware that a set of educational postcards from the elementary school library contained a few works depicting nudity when he handed them out during a lesson, the Herald Journal newspaper said Thursday....

Cache County deputies found Principal Jeni Buist shredding postcards — at the request of the school district — that contained nudity, said Sheriff Chad Jensen....

The two images seen by students were the Impressionist-era portrait "Iris Tree" by Italian painter Amedeo Modigliani and the Rococo-style partial nude "Odalisque" by 18th-century artist Francois Boucher....

The 2 paintings in question:

538: What Is Kirsten Gillibrand Up To?


At her essence, Gillibrand would seem to be not an ideologue, but an operator. In order to win she has evolved her positions....She used to have an “A” grade from the NRA, when she represented a conservative upstate district in the House, and she was against protections for sanctuary cities....Progressive members of New York’s congressional delegation were so incensed by her appointment, they threatened to run against her.

In 2017, things are different. Gillibrand supports a path to citizenship, and has called Trump’s border wall a “hurtful, terrible policy that will never work.” In 2016, she wept in an interview while discussing her former stance on guns....In the House, where she served from 2007 to 2009, she was among the least liberal members of the Democratic caucus, ranking 209th out of 241. But in the Senate, she has skewed left. In the last Congress, she was the seventh most liberal member of the 46-person Democratic caucus.

Why the Repubs will not suffer because of the tax bill

The negative effects of this bill will not be realized for seven to nine years. In the short term (2 years) most people will not see any change other than a very small reduction in their payroll tax.

When the economic crises occurs sometime between 2025 and 2027 there almost certainly will be a Democrat in the White House, and probably a Democratic controlled congress. Since the crisis will occur when the Dems are in power, the Repubs will blame them. President Warren or Biden or Sanders or whoever, will try to remind people that the economic crisis 2026 was caused by the Republican tax bill of 2017. But nine years is a long time, people have short memories and only know what is in front of them at the moment. The same people who voted for Trump will be blame the Dems for the crumbling economy and the next election will go to the Republicans.

10 Facts That Show Exactly Whatll Happen Without Net Neutrality


Countless Companies Have Blocked Skype....
Comcast, Verizon, And MetroPCS Have All Slowed Down Netflix....
Telus Blocked Their Workers Union’s Website....
Plusnet Charged Customers Extra To Play Online Games....
Comcast And Cox Cable Blocked VPN....
Verizon Blocked Google Wallet....
Comcast Secretly Blocked BitTorrent....
Verizon Shut Down Wi-Fi Hot Spots....
Windstream And Paxfire Redirected Google Searches....
Verizon Has Admitted They Plan On Censoring The Internet....

Question: Does the senate tax reform bill need 60 votes?

Robert Pruett executed


Mr. Pruett was 15 years old when he last saw the outside world, after being arrested as an accomplice to a murder committed by his own father. Now 38, having been convicted of a murder while incarcerated, he will be put to death. At a time when the Supreme Court has begun to recognize excessive punishments for juveniles as unjust, Mr. Pruett’s case shows how young lives can be destroyed by a justice system that refuses to give second chances.......At age 20, while still behind bars, Mr. Pruett was accused of killing the correctional officer Daniel Nagle. At 22, he was sentenced to death for the crime. He has maintained that he is innocent, and there is reason to believe he is telling the truth. The conviction relied largely on the testimony of inmate eyewitnesses, who are alleged to have received favorable deals in exchange for testimony. No physical evidence ever connected Mr. Pruett to the killing, and when he finally succeeded in having the murder weapon tested for DNA, nothing conclusive was found. Legally, that wasn’t enough to overturn Mr. Pruett’s conviction, but it should be deeply discomforting and raise serious doubts about whether he’s responsible for the crime.

Trump lost the popular vote because Cruz, Jeb, and Rubio, criticized him during the primaries

What I can't understand is how Obama won the general election in 2008 after Hillary criticized him during the primaries.

A 2010 study in Public Opinion Quarterly found that in the 2008 election 25 percent of those who voted for Clinton in the Democratic primary ended up voting for Republican John McCain, rather than Barack Obama, in the general election.

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