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How A $15 Minimum Wage For Massachusetts Home Care Workers Will Change Lives

Home health aides in Massachusetts just became the first in the country to win a $15 minimum wage.

Obama’s ‘Terrible’ Financial Reform Scores Another Huge Victory

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Another victory for Obama that you’ll never see on the evening news.

The Richest Have Claimed More Of The Country’s Income Than They Did In The Roaring 1920s

Rapper Killer Mike endorses Bernie Sanders for president

by Amanda Holpuch
"Killer Mike" by Dom Brady from Atlanta, Georgia, United States - Killer MIke's Set. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.The Run the Jewels rapper announced his support via Twitter after the Democratic candidate backed full reinstatement of the Voting Rights Act
Rapper Killer Mike of Run the Jewels has endorsed Bernie Sanders for president, pulling a key hip-hop endorsement from Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton.
Killer Mike said in a tweet  to his more than 148,000 followers that he was moved to officially endorse Sanders because of the Vermont senator’s call to restore the Voting Rights Act, which was weakened in 2013 when the US supreme court invalidated key protections in the act.
The Atlanta rapper frequently appears on news programs to provide a voice from the hip-hop community and has been increasingly vocal about politics in the past few years .
In replies to the initial tweet, Killer Mike further explained why he was choosing Sanders over other candidates.
Twitter user @TristanHerzong said he was concerned that by voting for Sanders, Killer Mike could take away a vote from Clinton, the clear Democrat frontrunner. “I cannot support another Clinton or bush ever,” Killer Mike tweeted.
“I am beginning to see American political families like monarchs and I have no affection for monarchs,” he said.
With 497 days until the 2016 presidential election, Clinton is leading the pack in celebrity endorsements – BeyoncĂ©, Ariana Grande and Moby have all said they support her run for president.
She has also proved more popular among top hip-hop artists than the other candidates. Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent and Ja Rule all said in May that they are voting for Clinton.
Actor Chuck Norris and reality television show parents Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar have endorsed Mike Huckabee. The Duggars’ endorsement came weeks before it was made public that their son Josh admitted to molesting young girls.
In June , Killer Mike attempted to run for local office in Georgia as a write-in candidate, but learned he did not have the necessary paperwork or time to fill it out. After learning this, he said: “I will run in the future and we will win!”

Supreme Court Kicks Republicans In The Gut By Giving People The Power To Stop Election Rigging

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By ruling that Arizona’s Independent Redistricting Commission is constitutional, the Supreme Court of the United States kicked plutocrat-loving Republicans in the gut.  Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg wrote the 5-4 majority opinion, joined by Justices Breyer, Kagan, Kennedy and Sotomayer.
The crux of the majority’s reasoning can be found in last paragraph of the ruling.
Our Declaration of Independence,  drew from Locke in stating: “Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” And our fundamental instrument of government derives its authority from “We the People.” U. S. Const., Preamble. As this Court stated, quoting Hamilton: “[T]he true principle of a republic is, that the people should choose whom they please to govern them.” Powell v. McCormack, 395 U. S. 486, 540-541 (1969) (quoting 2 Debates on the Federal Constitution 257 (J. Elliot ed. 1876)). In this light, it would be perverse to interpret the term “Legislature” in the Elections Clause so as to exclude lawmaking by the people, particularly where such lawmaking is intended to check legislators’ ability to choose the district lines they run in, thereby advancing the prospect that Members of Congress will in fact be “chosen . . . by the People of the several States,”
Even though this case got much less attention from the media compared to the health care and marriage equality cases it is in some ways as important as the aforementioned cases.  The reason is it will shape the meaning of vote equality in the years to come. Had the court ruled the other way, frankly, it would have removed the last real hope of stopping the Koch owned Republicans from rigging elections in their favor.
The question before the court was to determine the meaning of “legislature” under Article 1, Section 4 of the Constitution.
The times, places and manner of holding elections for Senators and Representatives, shall be prescribed in each state by the legislature thereof; but the Congress may at any time by law make or alter such regulations, except as to the places of choosing Senators.
The background of this case begins with a ballot measure in 2000.  Fifty percent of the people in Arizona voted to remove redistricting power from the legislature and to establish the AIRC.  The reason was simple: Arizonians were frustrated with a rigged electoral map.  Initially, the AIRC didn’t do a very good job of drawing the electoral map. As noted by Miriam Wasser, Republicans had a super majority by the end of the decade because ”the number of registered Democrats was not reflected in the election results – somewhat comparable to how a presidential candidate who wins the popular vote but loses the Electoral College loses the entire election.”
After the 2010 census, a new AIRC was elected, and they chose a different set of mapping consultants.  The Koch controlled Republicans were angry because they believed the new consultants were “too Democratic” in other words, fair.
In 2012, the Koch Republican misled legislature filed a suit claiming Proposition 106 (the ballot measure to establish the AIRC) was an unconstitutional power grab by the people of Arizona.  When, in February 2014, a three-judge panel ruled that the AIRC was constitutional, the Koch Republican misled legislature appealed to the Supreme Court.
Through this ruling, the Supreme Court placed an important limit on the Republican cabal’s efforts to silence the people.  It means that independent redistricting commissions in other states are also constitutional.  It also means that the power to stop Republican election rigging is where it belongs – in the hands of the people.

As Democrats Move Left, Republicans Have Moved Dangerously Close To The Lunatic Fringe

As Democrats Move Left, Republicans Have Moved Dangerously To The Extreme Right
The once respected institution of Lincoln, Roosevelt and Eisenhower has now become the fringe group of Donald Trump, Rush Limbaugh and birthers.

McConnell Hits A New Low As Kentucky Thinks Dead Col. Sanders Would Be A Better Senator

mcconnell bustedMcConnell is so unpopular in Kentucky that the state’s voters thought KFC’s Colonel Sanders would be a better senator that McConnell.
According to PPP, “In spite of KFC’s weak poll numbers Colonel Sanders remains a beloved figure, with 71% of voters seeing him favorably to only 8% with an unfavorable view. In fact they even think Colonel Sanders could be part of the solution to the problems in Washington- by a 47/27 spread voters in the state say they think Colonel Sanders would make for a better US Senator than Mitch McConnell. Too bad he’s dead.”
Kentucky voters would rather have a dead fried chicken magnate as their senator than the very much still alive Mitch McConnell. McConnell’s approval rating in the state continues to be dismal. Only 32% of Kentucky voters approval of McConnell’s job performance. Fifty-four percent disapprove. Republicans gave McConnell a slight 47%-37% approval advantage, but his approval rating with Democrats and Independents is in the 20s.
McConnell continues to prove that elections are often about who shows up to vote, not how unpopular a candidate is. Mitch McConnell is not popular in Kentucky by any measurement, but Republicans continue to hold their noses and vote for him because they believe that he is their only choice.
Kentucky’s voters have spoken, and they think that they would be better served by having a dead person represent them than they are by Mitch McConnell.
The reality is that Mitch McConnell isn’t a very good senator, and the fact that he is now losing in polls to dead people suggests that his current term should be his last.

Supreme Court Allows Texas Abortion Clinics To Remain Open

by Ian Millhiser
The Supreme Court issued a brief, two paragraph order on Monday permitting Texas abortion clinics that are endangered by state law requiring them to comply with onerous regulations or else shut down to remain open. The order stays a decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, which imposed broad limits on the women’s right to choose an abortion within that circuit.
The Court’s order is temporary and offers no direct insight into how the Court will decide this case on the merits. It provides that the clinics’ application for a stay of the Fifth Circuit’s decision is granted “pending the timely filing and disposition of a petition” asking the Court to review the case on the merits. The Court adds that, should this petition be denied, the stay will automatically terminate. Otherwise, the stay “shall terminate upon the issuance of the judgment of this Court.”
While the substance of the order offers little insight into how the Court will ultimately decide this case, the final sentence of the order does: “The Chief Justice, Justice Scalia, Justice Thomas, and Justice Alito would deny the application.” Notably absent from this list of dissenting justices is Justice Anthony Kennedy, a wingnut who typically votes with his fellow wingnuts in abortion cases, but who has also refused to overrule Roe v. Wade outright.

Captive virgins, polygamy and sex slaves

The bible delusionists are beside themselves about the prospect that marriage norms and laws are changing, but let me tell you a secret about bible delusionists - most don’t actually read their bibles.

Chief Justice Roberts' Marriage Equality Dissent Has A Hidden Message For Wingnuts

Chief Justice Roberts' Marriage Equality Dissent Has A Hidden Message For Wingnuts
The landmark victory for marriage equality was handed down over the dissents of four justices, each of whom wrote their own dissenting opinion. Of these, by far the most thoughtful and the most significant was Chief Justice John Roberts’s dissent. Roberts rejected the Constitution’s promise of marriage equality — a view which The Onion quipped will someday lead to him being a villain “in an Oscar-winning film about the fight for marriage equality.” Yet, in the process of reaching his conclusion, Roberts also rejected a particularly aggressive brand of judicial wingnuttery that is rapidly becoming ascendant in wingnut legal circles. 

Seems that way doesn't it?


Fox News Hack Calls Women A 'Biological Accident' To Argue Against Correcting Gender Bias

Fox News Host Calls Women A 'Biological Accident' To Argue Against Correcting Gender BiasA Fox News hack argued this past weekend that a college professor was trying to correct gender bias just because a "biological accident" had made her into a woman.

NBC Dumps Trump

NBC dumped Donald Trump over his racist Mexican remarks as the network said "You're fired," for his heinous actions.

Walker Wants Bigotry To Be Constitutional Right

Walker Wants Bigotry To Be Constitutional Right - Sort Of

‘Antonin Scalia is a Douche’ brunch special sells out in record time

A Philadelphia diner’s topically titled menu items were such a hit with customers this past weekend, the restaurant couldn’t keep up with demand.

NC Bigot Assaults Gay Bar Owner Over SCOTUS Ruling, Won’t Be Charged With A Hate Crime

NC Bigot Assaults Gay Bar Owner Over SCOTUS Ruling, Won’t Be Charged With A Hate Crime
After intentionally seeking out a popular LGBT establishment and assaulting its owner for being gay, a North Carolina man makes bail for simple assault and won’t be charged with a hate crime.

Bad Cop - Good Cops

Phoenix Cop Kidnaps, Rapes Woman- Police Arrest Their Own For A Change
Phoenix Cop Kidnaps, Rapes Woman- Police Arrest Their Own For A Change (VIDEO)A Phoenix police officer has been arrested for kidnapping and sexual assault. Another rotten apple removed.

Almost Half Of Americans Think Humans And Dinosaurs Lived Together

Almost Half Of Americans Think Humans And Dinosaurs Lived Together
This is a side effect of a free-market educational system.
Almost half of Americans are idiots then. 
Either by choice or indoctrination. 
This is why the world laughs at us.