Few expect the bill to ever become law, but rejoice in just having it put up for a vote in the first place.
While the “fiscal cliff” dominated the news ad nauseum, ten states quietly increased their minimum wage, effective January 1. A whopping 59 percent of all minimum wage earners are women.
For those of us living in the United States, this is a time of year for giving thanks. It is in that spirit that I have gathered a list of some of my favorite pieces of U.S. news on overcoming discrimination over the past couple of months.
Rachel Maddow reviews the litany of Republicans who made the mistake of expressing their offensive ignorance about rape and/or women’s bodies out loud in public and notes that the American voting public rejected them at the ballot box.
On Tuesday, high-profile political coverage in the national media was mainly focused on the US presidential election, some Senate and House races, and a few state ballot measures. Yet there were a seemingly endless number of smaller, less-publicized elections for city- and state-level positions, votes on state initiatives that flew under the radar, and city and county decisions that were only covered in local news.
On election night, it was steak and cable news stations for the “family values” groups.
Looking ahead to the next four years, this strengthened “marriage” between Obama, Democrats generally, and non-white and women voters could help carve a path to genuinely progressive economic policy.
Not only does Congressional Candidate John Koster refer to rape as “the rape thing,” but his whole line of thought in his reply to this interviewer’s question is pretty atrocious overall.
It seems they can’t help themselves. One after another, not inconsequentially right-wing, white, male politicians continue to pontificate on the choices women should, and should not, be able to make in the aftermath of a rape. For John Koster, that is in the aftermath of “the rape thing.”
In a move that stunned activists, California’s domestic workers bill of rights was vetoed Sunday. But this will not deter the tenacious organizers at NDWA who are both motivated by love and armed with a multifaceted strategy.