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Louisville Joins Recent Wave of Minimum Wage Increases

The Metro Council of Louisville voted Thursday to raise the city’s minimum wage, increasing it above the federally mandated $7.25 per hour to $9 per hour by 2017.

The Metro Council of Louisville voted Thursday to raise the city’s minimum wage, increasing it above the federally mandated $7.25 per hour to $9 per hour by 2017.

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Voters Approve Minimum Wage Increases, Elect Republicans Who Oppose Increases

While the country watched voters in state after state elect Republicans on Tuesday, voters in many of those states also approved increases to the minimum wage that the newly-elected senators or governors vehemently opposed as harmful to businesses' bottom line.

While the country watched voters in state after state elect Republicans on Tuesday, voters in many of those states also approved increases to the minimum wage that the newly elected senators or governors vehemently opposed as harmful to businesses’ bottom line.

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Minimum Wage in Five States Could Look Vastly Different After Election Day

Voters in Alaska, Arkansas, Illinois, Nebraska, and South Dakota will decide ballot measures, also known as initiatives or issues, on Election Day to increase those states’ minimum wage.

Voters in Alaska, Arkansas, Illinois, Nebraska, and South Dakota will decide ballot measures, also known as initiatives or issues, on Election Day to increase those states’ minimum wage.

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Nine Spine-Chilling Reasons to Vote in These Midterms

If you don't vote, five cartoon Black men might show up at your door.

In which I scare you into voting.

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Nebraska Attorney General Has Close Relationship With Extreme Anti-Choice Group

A recent investigation by RH Reality Check demonstrates that Nebraska’s attorney general, like numerous others throughout the country, has particularly close relationships with extreme sections of the anti-choice movement, and that many extreme right-wing and fundamentalist Christian groups enjoy a high degree of access with government officials.

A recent investigation by RH Reality Check demonstrates that Nebraska’s attorney general, like numerous others throughout the country, has particularly close relationships with extreme sections of the anti-choice movement, and that many extreme right-wing and fundamentalist Christian groups enjoy a high degree of access with government officials.

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Same-Sex Marriage Bans Inch Closer to Supreme Court for Review (Updated)

So far two states, Utah and Oklahoma, have filed petitions asking the Roberts Court to uphold their respective state bans on marriage equality. Elsewhere, attorneys for the State of Virginia are reportedly set to file their petition for review with the Roberts Court on Friday.

So far two states, Utah and Oklahoma, have filed petitions asking the Roberts Court to uphold their respective state bans on marriage equality. Elsewhere, attorneys for the State of Virginia filed their petition for review with the Roberts Court on Friday.

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Legal Wrap: Conservative Judges Setting the Boundaries in Fight for Abortion Rights

From the Alabama Supreme Court to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, conservative anti-abortion judges are setting the legal boundaries in the fight for abortion access.

From the Alabama Supreme Court to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, conservative anti-choice judges are setting the legal boundaries in the fight for abortion access.

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Lawsuit Challenging Nebraska Ban on Gay Foster Parents Can Proceed

Photo from the 43rd Pride Parade on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan on June 30, 2013 in New York City.

The ruling sets the stage for a later trial challenging the constitutionality of one of three remaining bans in the nation on gay foster parents.

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Bullets Dodged: The Anti-Choice Bills That Didn’t Pass This Year

For every awful anti-choice bill that passes into law, there are about a dozen others that fail, or indeed never see the light of day. Here's a list of some major bullets dodged so far this year in the state legislatures.

For every odious anti-choice bill that passes into law, there are about a dozen others that fail, or never see the light of day. Here’s a list of some major bullets dodged so far this year in the state legislatures.

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Generic Emergency Contraception, CPAC, and Abortion in the States

On this episode of Reality Cast, Jessica Arons of the Reproductive Health Technologies Project discusses generic emergency contraception access. In another segment, I discuss how CPAC was, yet again, a wonder of misogyny and sex-phobia, and the pressure intensifies on the state level to end legal access to abortion.

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