What happens when you take some of the smartest political minds associated with the Obama campaigns and put them in the UK? Basically, the rules are completely different:
It is not uncommon for American consultants to enter the fray of British politics. As prime minister, Tony Blair was heavily influenced by veterans of the Clinton administration, including pollster Stan Greenberg, who continues to work for Labor.
But it is unusual for a sitting American president to have two of his most prominent former campaign gurus working on opposite sides of an election that will determine who leads the government of Washington’s closest ally. Both Axelrod and Messina have left the White House and work as private consultants.
This oughta be a fun one to watch from a distance.
On Tuesday, a group of workers organized to file a complaint under the new Houston wage theft ordinance.
Erik Lopez and 12 other workers, in collaboration with the Faith and Justice Worker Center, claim that they’re owed $200,000 in unpaid wages, the Houston Chronicle reports.
The group, who did sub-contracting work on city projects, claim that they were forced to work 80 hour work weeks with no overtime, denied tax forms, and paid with personal checks and cash in an attempt to keep them off the books.
“(My boss) would tell me it didn’t really suit him to pay me overtime,” said Lopez, 30, a native of Guerrero state in Mexico, who came to Houston 14 years ago seeking work. “I worked all the time, but we struggled paying our bills.”
Lopez notes that alone, he probably lost out on $40,000 due to his employers’ negligence.
“I always wanted to do something about it, because it’s not right,” he said. “But I was afraid.”
In November, Lopez heard about the wage ordinance and decided to take action.
Working America was instrumental in the passing of a wage ordinance that brings wage theft cases to the forefront while banning violators from obtaining contracts, permits and licenses with the city.
For months, we petitioned and organized workers in hopes of holding businesses accountable for taking advantage of working families.
There’s a new category in the Hardhearted Hypocrite Republican Hall of Fame…
INCREASE THE MINIMUM WAGE TO $15/HOUR
GET RID OF CORPORATE SUBSIDIES
INCREASE AID TO SCHOOLS / THE ARTS / LGBTQ / FEMINIST / CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS
TEACH EVOLUTION AND SCIENCE IN SCHOOLS
REDUCE RELIGIOUS INFLUENCE IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS
SUBSTANTIALLY DECREASE OUR MILITARY SPENDING AND PRESENCE AROUND THE WORLD
INCREASE SOLAR/WIND PRODUCTION AND STOP GIVING BENEFITS TO OIL COMPANIES
INVEST IN EDUCATION AND SCIENCE/NASA
TEACH SEX ED
STOP THE WAR ON DRUGS
Conservatives last October: NO ONE IS GOING TO SIGN UP FOR OBAMACARE IT IS GOING TO BE A FAILURE BECAUSE IT IS FUNDAMENTALLY FLAWED AND EVERYONE HATES IT AND NO ONE IS GOING TO SIGN UP!!! DID WE MENTION NO ONE IS GOING TO SIGN UP?
Conservatives now: WHO CARES IF 8 MILLION PEOPLE SIGNED UP OF COURSE THEY DID BECAUSE THEY WERE FORCED TO!!!!
William Shattner’s evil twin also went on record with one of the most cartoonishly wrong and evil paragraphs ever conceived:
“I would much rather have someone who drank and drank too much taking care of my child than I had somebody whose lifestyle is questionable around children, because that ain’t the damn way that they’re supposed to be,” Bullard says on the call. “I don’t agree with some of the lifestyles that I see portrayed and I don’t say anything because that’s the way they want to live. But I’m not going to let my child be around. I’m not going to let two women stand up there and hold hands and let my child be aware of it, and I’m not going to see them do it with two men neither. I’m not going to do it, because that ain’t the way the world works.”
A dark money group had its “social welfare organization” nonprofit status approved by the IRS last year…despite its multiple campaign finance violations (including a record-breaking fine), massive amounts of political spending, and the fact that it has no volunteers or employees.
Image: Lois Lerner, former head of the IRS division on exempt organizations, testifies at a House hearing in March 2014. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)
because the rich and powerful protect the rich and powerful, and leave the rest of us to fend for ourselves while they take more and more for themselves.
Last week, Why Tuesday? co-founder and civil rights leader Andrew Young called upon the Social Security Administration to issue optional Social Security cards with photographs. Young argues that such cards could provide government-issued photo ID for at least some of the estimated 11% of Americans who are currently disenfranchised by strict photo ID laws. While attracting support from two former presidents, President Clinton and President Carter, this proposal has also sparked contentious debate nationwide—including within Why Tuesday?’s own leadership.
Let’s be clear: Why Tuesday? opposes restrictive voting laws, including strict photo ID laws. Since its founding, Why Tuesday? has sought to stimulate debate about ways to make voting easier. Adding photos to social security cards is one idea for alleviating burdens on the right to vote—it thus deserves the robust conversation it has inspired. Other reforms are similarly worthy of our immediate attention, including moving Election Day to the weekend, instituting a federal early voting period, creating a universal voter registration system, mandating Election Day registration and updating our country’s electronic voting equipment. Why Tuesday? welcomes a national dialogue about these ideas—and more—as we approach the 2014 elections.
Share your opinions, questions and reform proposals with us here. What do you think?
The lawmakers who spent the past year pushing for military sexual assault reform are now setting their sights on college campuses. Sens. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and Kirstin Gillibrand (D-NY), who introduced competing measures to change the way the military handles rape cases, are now working together to address the sexual assault crisis at colleges and universities.
The issue of sexual assault at higher education institutions has received increasing attention as students at dozens of schools have filed federal complaints against their universities, accusing them of failing to protect victims. At the beginning of this year, President Obama announced the creation of a new White House task force to find policy solutions in this area. California lawmakers have introduced legislation at the state level. Now, U.S. lawmakers are laying the groundwork for national reform.
This week, McCaskill sent out an “unprecedented” survey to hundreds of college administrators across the country, hoping to collect data about the current systems in place for dealing with sexual assault. The move comes just a week after she met with the Education Department and Justice Department to find out how they enforce federal laws regarding rape cases on campuses.
McCaskill wants to collect the survey results by the beginning of May. She told the Washington Post that she expects to find “a patchwork of processes and systems,” evidence of “dysfunction” between campus and city police departments, and a general “reluctance to empower victims.” She’s not sure what federal legislation may be necessary in addition to the existing Title IX and Clery Act requirements, but she plans on holding round table discussions in order to explore the potential.
Gillbrand has also recently indicated that she’s considering introducing legislation regarding campus sexual assault. And earlier this month, Gillibrand and McCaskill joined forces to push for increased funding to combat sexual assault at colleges across the country. They sent a letter to the leadership of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee calling for more staffing to enforce federal gender equity laws, and linking the issue to the problems in the military.
“I fear that, like the U.S. military, we’re going to find systemic problems on our college campuses — including very low reporting due to lack of protections and resources. Our schools must provide the highest level of responsiveness to ensure that victims are protected and empowered, and that perpetrators don’t get a free pass,” McCaskill noted.
Both McCaskill’s and Gillibrand’s staff told the Huffington Post that tackling the issue of rape on college campuses was a natural next step after working on the same issues in the military. “Through the course of that work, in the last couple months, we started hearing from students and advocates about the issue of sexual assault in college campuses. You start to hear some things that are eerily similar,” Gillibrand’s communications director, Glen Caplin, said. “They’re very different in terms of solutions, but you start to hear things that are systemic in nature.”
This issue is also gaining traction in the House of Representatives, led by Reps. Jackie Speier (D-CA) and Carolyn Maloney (D-NY). Those two lawmakers have pressured the U.S. government to crack down on the colleges that are failing to adequately handle sexual assault cases, and are also urging U.S. News & World Report to update its influential college rankings to include information about rape on campus.
The vast majority of women who are victims of rape are assaulted before they reach their mid-twenties. Undergraduate women are most at risk during the first six weeks of their first year of college. By the time women graduate from college, one in five will be a survivor of sexual assault. But colleges’ lenient policies often allow rapists to escape punishment and go on to victimize more people.
every time i see something like the anti-Semitic murders in kansas or the leaflets being passed out in ukraine i want to cry. it feels like the world is closing in on you, like no matter what you do you are under attack everywhere.
i am white and cis, so i don’t face truly systematic oppression other than for being female (which is far less dangerous than oppression based on race). and i think this is must how it feels to be black in a racist world, and it scares the hell out of me. that i’m a part of something instilling so much fear and horror into innocent people’s lives, and that people are so evil on so many fronts.
it’s 2014. why is this still happening
The hypocrisy knows no bounds.
Beginning last summer, and continuing unabated until a few weeks ago, conservatives undertook a variety of efforts (both subtle and explicit) to discourage people, particularly young people, from enrolling in ACA-compliant health plans.
The idea was to deny state-based insurance markets critical mass, and sound risk pools, and send them into actuarial death spirals. In almost every instance, conservatives were appealing to strangers to undertake considerable personal risk in service of dubious ideological principles.
Though these efforts failed to achieve the larger goal, they almost certainly succeeded at convincing some people to skip Obamacare. And when confronted about the recklessness of their strategy, the most unscrupulous conservatives would say, No biggie! Obamacare allows people to enroll after they get sick or injured. So there’s no risk at all.
This was a lie. And if it weren’t such a dangerous lie, I’d be amused to find that conservatives now want you to be outraged about the fact that the Affordable Care Act creates limited open-enrollment periods each year to prohibit precisely that kind of free riding.[read more]
This is how the right planned it all along. It’s one of their favorite tactics. Kind of like throwing a wrench into a machine and then freaking out that the machine isn’t working.
Conservative consistent lack of logic.
As you deliberate the #KeystoneXL tar sands pipeline, you are poised to make a decision that will signal either a dangerous commitment to the status quo, or bold leadership that will inspire millions counting on you to do the right thing for our shared climate.
You are among the first generation of leaders that knows better — leaders that have the knowledge, tools, and opportunity to pivot our societies away from fossil fuels and towards smarter, safer and cleaner energy. History will reflect on this moment and it will be clear to our children and grandchildren if you made the right choice….A rejection would signal a new course for the world’s largest economy. You know as well as we do the powerful precedent that this would set. This leadership by example would usher in a new era where climate change and pollution is given the urgent attention and focus it deserves in a world where the climate crisis is already a daily struggle for so many