City Govts are Raising Standards for Working People—GOP State Legislators are Reversing Them

A new EPI report analyzes the recent wave of preemption laws passed by state legislatures to undercut local labor standards. EPI associate labor counsel Marni von Wilpert shows that preemption activity has increased dramatically since 2010, as Republican-controlled state legislatures have repeatedly struck down local government efforts to improve the working conditions of their residents. …

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GOP Against Consumers Faring Better Using Class Actions—Vote to Repeal Consumer Protection Rule

News from Economic Policy Institute (EPI) Many financial institutions use forced arbitration clauses in their contracts to block consumers with disputes from banding together in court, instead requiring each consumer to argue their case separately in private arbitration proceedings. Recently, members of Congress introduced legislation to repeal a new rule from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that …

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GOP Lawmakers’ Many Privacy Hypocrisies

by Dana Floberg, contributor at CommonDreams Internet users took a hard loss this week in the fight for broadband privacy and internet freedom — but if you listen to the Republican lawmakers who trashed our privacy rights, you’d think they’d done the opposite. “Consumers deserve to have the autonomy to control their information and their internet …

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No, Paul Ryan, Your Healthcare Defeat Wasn’t Because of “Growing Pains”

— by Robert Reich House Speaker Paul Ryan, in his press conference following the demise of his bill to replace Obamacare, blamed Republicans who had failed to grasp that the GOP was now a “governing party.” “We were a 10-year opposition party, where being against things was easy to do,” said Ryan. “You just had to …

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#TrumpedUpCare Losers: Those Who Need Mental Healthcare Coverage

Every 25 mins, a person completes suicide w a gun. #GunViolence and #MassShootings are on the rise.  #Republicans continue to blame the shootings on ‘mentally deranged’ people in need of mental healthcare.  Yet, they just repealed a rule  that would have helped to prevent mentally-ill individuals from purchasing guns.  Now, their touted #TrumpUpCare bill would …

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I Will Not

— Author Unknown Several of my friends on the right side of the spectrum have said that we should “work together” with the president and the Republican majority because they won the election and Trump is now “everyone’s president.” This is my response: I will not forget how badly Trump and so many of his followers …

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In One Night, the GOP Voted to Take Away These Essential Health Benefits

Republican Grim Reapers just showed us exactly where they stand! — by Melissa Boteach and Jeremy Slevin (with embellishments from this site’s editor) Last night while you were sleeping, the Senate debated and ultimately passed a budget resolution that provides a pathway for Republicans to strip health care coverage away from 30 million Americans without …

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A War on Regulations

Are we going to let interest group politics undermine public safety? By Jill Richardson The incoming Republican government is waging a war against regulations. “For every one new regulation, two old regulations must be eliminated,” Donald Trump promised after the November vote. Since then, Republicans in Congress have voted to give themselves broader authority to …

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A Call for #trump to Veto Any Cuts to Medicare & Social Security!

— by Michael Phelan, Social Security Works donald trump won’t be sworn in for two weeks, but Republicans in Congress have already begun their assault on Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. On the first day of the new Congress, Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY) introduced a budget resolution to repeal the Affordable Care Act and set …

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After Public Outrage, House Republicans Suspend Efforts to Gut Ethics Office

Press Release from Public Citizen Note: Due to enormous public backlash, U.S. House Republican leaders today walked back an overreaching amendment passed behind closed doors that would have stripped the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) of its independence and much of its power. The OCE, an independent ethics office, was set up in 2008 in the aftermath …

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