Allowing a corporation, through either shareholder vote or board resolution, to take on and assert the religious beliefs of its shareholders in order to avoid having to comply with a generally-applicable law with a secular purpose is fundamentally at odds with the entire concept of incorporation.…
Retail company Forever 21 sent this letter to all full time/non-management employees informing them that they will be demoted to part time, they and their families will lose their health and dental benefits, and they will no longer qualify for paid time off. Employees believe the company is punishing them to retaliate against Obamacare.
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…Paul’s delicately crafted maverick image is far from the reality. Here are six things younger and more progressive voters need to know about Rand Paul.
1. Rand Paul wants more military spending and more war in the Middle East. Rand Paul has grown a reputation for anti-interventionism over the years partly by association with his stridently anti-interventionist father Ron Paul, and partly on account of statements he made during his early years as a senator. To be fair, he has staked out a slightly less rabid position on Iran than some other GOP presidential hopefuls, though that’s not saying much. As with all politicians, the key is not to watch what they say but what they actually propose and vote for.
On March 25, Rand Paul introduced a budget amendment calling for a whopping $190 billion increase to military spending. The United States already spends more on war and military expenses than almost the entire rest of the world combined. Paul hasn’t yet clarified what he thinks that $190 billion would be spent on, if not to facilitate more wars abroad. To pay for it, he calls for drastic cuts to climate change research, education, housing assistance, and foreign aid.
Rand Paul was even more hawkish than his Republican colleagues on dealing with ISIS, proposing a full-scale military assault that would almost certainly have demanded a resurgence of American troops on the ground in Iraq. No matter what one thinks of Hillary Clinton’s foreign policy, it’s difficult to argue that Rand Paul would be any kind of improvement from an anti-interventionist perspective.
Texas lawmakers pass oil company-friendly bill banning communities from outlawing fracking
A bill supported by energy companies that prevents cities and counties from banning the practice of fracking on their land has been passed by the first tier of state legislators in Texas and is on course to become law.
The proposed law would stop municipalities and other local authorities from enacting their own bans on the practice of hydraulic fracturing and drilling for crude oil and natural gas. The state would have the power to override any such efforts and give gas and oil companies the access they desire to extract resources, against the wishes of voters and politicians at local level if necessary.
The bill was approved by the Republican-controlled Texas House on Friday and will now proceed to the Senate, where it is expected to be approved, and then Governor Greg Abbott. Abbott has previously decried the level of regulation placed on such companies by local authorities.
US workers change pipes at Consol Energy horizontal gas drilling rig fracking (AFP)
The move came in response to a recent decision by Denton, a college town about 30 miles from Dallas, to ban fracking inside its city limits over concerns about recurring small earthquakes and other safety worries linked to deep gas wells. Denton sits on a gas-rich shale formation that stretches across 24 counties in north Texas.
The Texas Oil and Gas Association, representing major energy companies, has sued Denton and has been lobbying lawmakers.
Moves from local authorities to try to keep fracking out of their backyards are afoot in other parts of Texas. Opponents of the bill now going through the Texas legislature complain that the state is grabbing power from local government and say the new law will jeopardise safety close to homes and schools.
“It is a carte blanche for all sorts of heavy industries associated with energy production, including disposal, transport and processing,” said Robin Schneider, executive director of the nonprofit Texas Campaign for the Environment .
However Republican lawmaker Drew Darby said the state was simply trying to accommodate the needs of the growing population of Texas and the potential to develop vital resources, while protecting citizens.
“This strikes a fine balance,” he said of the proposed legislation.
Some of the most extreme right-wing radicals got elected to Congress Tuesday.
Let’s begin with Glenn Grothman, who won Wisconsin’s 6th District. Grothman wants to eliminate weekends, and believes “no people…care about Kwanza, just white left-wingers.” He co-sponsored a bill that equated single-parenthood with child abuse.
He calls Rick Santorum his “soul mate” and labor union activists “slobs.” He wants to end not only the minimum wage but weekends and paid sick leave and called for the elimination of municipal water disinfection, calling it “big government.”
He opposes abortion for any reason and wants to make it a felony for a doctor to perform an abortion even to save the life of the mother.
He has said that the “gals” are running the nation and ruining it and that the “country is not going to survive if we continue this war on men.”
Grothman has called Planned Parenthood “the most racist organization” in the country while supporting the Ugandan law that makes homosexuality a crime.
“We must rapidly begin the shift from a “thing-oriented” society to a “person-oriented” society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets racism, materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered.”