Ten years ago today, April 26, 2006, Mike Lawson decided to take a plunge into the world of political blogging with the launch of TheLiberalOC. At the time, there was no political blog in Orange County solely dedicated to the liberal and progressive perspective. The Orange Juice blog had been operating for a while with…
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Washington, DC –Today, the United States Supreme Court denied review of all petitions for writ of certiorari in all cases regarding the question of marriage equality, including Bostic v. Schaefer, the federal constitutional challenge to Virginia’s marriage ban. With today’s Supreme Court order, gay and lesbian couples in Virginia, Utah, Wisconsin, Indiana and Oklahoma will…
Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-46), senior member of the House Homeland Security Committee and member of the Border and Maritime Security Subcommittee, today introduced H.R. 5261, the Central American and USA (CAUSA) Initiatives Act. More than 50,000 children fleeing extreme violence in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras have been apprehended at the U.S.’s southern border since October of last year.
Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-46) has joined Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) as the lead Democrat in introducing the Human Trafficking Detection Act, H.R. 5116. This bill would require Department of Homeland Security (DHS) agents responsible for monitoring travelers across U.S. borders and through airports receive training to identify potential victims of human trafficking and report these cases to local law enforcement officials.
Yesterday the U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision regarding Harris v. Quinn (US 11-681 6/30/14), ruled that partial public employees cannot be compelled to pay their fair share of representation costs if they choose to not join the union representing them. This ruling does not overturn the Court’s precedent set by Abood v. Detroit Bd. of Education (1977). That decision requires public employees to pay their share of representation costs if they do not join the union representing their class of employees at a public agency.
And today’s Congress, though, is full of folks who stubbornly and automatically reject the scientific evidence about climate change. They will tell you it is a hoax, or a fad. One member of Congress actually says the world is cooling. There was one member of Congress who mentioned a theory involving “dinosaur flatulence” – which I won’t get into.