It strikes him personally both as a liberal activist and a progressive blogger. But the Republican Party’s latest disregard for the Port of Georgetown is bothering Jamie Sanderson most in his role as a steelworker.
Today, in a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the Montana case challenging Citizens United. The same 5 conservative justices who swept away decades of case law when they first ruled on Citizens United, now continue to destroy any and all forms of common sense campaign reform.
Ever since Nixon’s Southern strategy, the GOP has made race baiting for votes its trusty hot button. They’ve used coded appeals to whites that invoke racism in more ways than Mitt Romney can fire people. So now, the Republicans are bringing back their war on food stamps. It might appear a bit economically suicidal because as The Atlantic points out, “Moody’s Analytics has suggested that every dollar spent on the program generates $1.72 in economic activity.”
In a case regarded as a major victory for anti-union forces, the Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that an emergency fee imposed by the Service Employee International Union in 2005 on all California state employees was illegal.
“It’s really important to note how this is connected with some of their other decisions. It is no accident. It is no coincidence that the Attorney General of the United States is the person responsible for making sure that voter suppression does not happen in our country, that issues that relate to the civil liberties of the American people are upheld,” Pelosi said.
“These very same people holding in contempt are part of a nationwide scheme to suppress a vote. They are closely aligned with those who are suffocating the system, special interests, secret money, and they are poisoning the debate. They are poisoning the debate with that money. And so what does the average citizen say? They throw up their hands and they say, a pox on both your houses, and that is a victory for the special interest,” Pelosi continued.
Student loan interest rates are scheduled to double on July 1. But, Congress STILL hasn’t acted to stop the rate hike! Millions of students, educators, and others across the country face insurmountable debt. But, policymakers continue to put politics ahead of real people.
The Roberts Court’s five Republican-appointed justices invented a new rule that threatens to greatly weaken public employee unions in yesterday’s Knox v. SEIU decision. Reaching out to decide an issue that the parties to the case never argued, these justices instead engaged in “radical policy-making” using an argument drawn from a friend of the court brief submitted by the Cato Institute and a coalition of other right-wing organizations.
A Supreme Court’s ruling today, in the Knox v. SEIU case, makes it much harder for unions to carry out their activities, leaving workers in an even more tenuous position in the wake of Citizens United.