Top 10 Reasons We Need to Defeat Chris Christie :::::: repost

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Speculation is already running rampant around the 2016 presidential race and we’ve barely had a chance to think about the upcoming 2014 midterm elections. But before those come to pass, there are a few big races in 2013 that you need to know about — including the race for governor in New Jersey. Chris Christie is running for reelection, and we don’t need to tell you that what happens in this race could have major implications for the 2016 Republican primary, not to mention the general election. This could be the year we stop Chris Christie in his tracks. He’s been a disaster as governor, especially for New Jersey women and their families.

Here are the top 10 reasons we need to defeat Chris Christie this November.

10. Chris Christie Vetoed Same-Sex Marriage:  With the tide in America turning against bigotry and discrimination, and in one of the most solidly blue states in the country, Christie vetoed a bill sent to him by both houses of the New Jersey legislature that would enshrine marriage equality into law.

9. Chris Christie Is No Friend to Workers:  Christie has built himself a reputation as one of the most anti-union governors in the country, referring to public school teachers as “thugs” and supporting a bill that would “destroy collective bargaining.”

8. Chris Christie Doesn’t Believe in Universal Pre-K:  Not only does Christie oppose government-funded preschool for every child in his state, he attacked his predecessor’s plan as “simply wrong” and called it “government babysit[ting].”

7. Chris Christie Misuses State Funds:  At a cost of $2,500 an hour, Christie used a state helicopter for personal travel. Probably not the use taxpayers had in mind.

6. Chris Christie Supports the Ryan Budget:  Paul Ryan’s proposed federal budget would end Medicare as we know it, but Christie joined ultraconservative governors like Texas’s Rick Perry, Mississippi’s Haley Barbour, and Virginia’s Bob McDonnell to tell Ryan that his budget was what “voters clearly asked for.”

5. Chris Christie Vetoed a Hike in the Minimum Wage: Just last month, Christie vetoed a bill passed by the legislature that would raise the minimum wage in New Jersey — a state with the third-highest cost of living in the nation — from $7.25 an hour to $8.50, and index it to the consumer price index so it grows with inflation. Christie proposed a smaller increase, phased in over more time, which would not be indexed.

4. Chris Christie Vetoed Equal Pay Legislation : Christie isn’t shy about much, and that includes the use of his veto pen. He vetoed three of four bills passed by the legislature designed to outlaw pay discrimination against women in the workplace and called them “senseless bureaucracy.”

3. Chris Christie Targeted Poor Families in His Budget:  It’s no surprise that Christie is a fan of Paul Ryan’s budget once you look at his own. His budget cut aid for tuition, for a center for abused children, for legal services, and for transitional aid to some of New Jersey’s neediest communities. When asked about the cuts, he said “I don’t care.”

2. Chris Christie Cut Funding to Family Planning Organizations:  Christie got out his veto pen again for a budget that would have given $7.5 million to family planning organizations in the state, including Planned Parenthood. He blocked attempts to restore the funding, even using a line-item veto specifically to target women’s health in New Jersey.

1. Chris Christie Is Proudly:  Anti-Choice Christie has declared himself against the side of women’s reproductive rights and on the side of those who would deny them, saying “I am pro-life.” We can’t trust Chris Christie, not in New Jersey, and certainly not in the White House. This November may be our best chance to stop his ambitions.

internship programs … a change needed in 2014?

        by McKenna Grant, USA TODAY
  11:13 a.m. EDT October 23, 2013

The magazine publisher will no longer offer students an internship program starting in 2014.

Internship programs have proven to be a touchy subject for magazine publishing giant Condé Nast in the last few years, but that will not be the case beginning next year.

Condé Nast – one of the nation’s largest magazine publishers and home to Vogue, Vanity Fair and Glamour - is stripping its internship program all together starting in 2014, according to Women’s Wear Daily.

The discontinuation comes after two lawsuits, filed by former interns, who claimed the media company failed to pay them minimum wage at their internships in 2009 and 2010.

The former interns — Lauren Ballinger (W ) and Matthew Leib (The New Yorker) — claimed in their suit they were paid less than $1 an hour. The case is still pending.

Other media companies, such as Hearst Corporation, have faced similar scrutiny regarding internship programs — long hours and insufficient payment.

In Feb. 2012, a former Harper’s Bazaar intern, Xuedan Wang, sued Hearst saying the company breached overtime and minimum wage laws.

Gawker and Fox Searchlight have also been sued for similar reasons.

All current Conde Nast interns will remain with the company through to their prearranged terms, according to WWD.


Do you have an internship story to share ?

In 2013, saw an article asking if unpaid internships were possibly illegal. Well, I will say that the internship of today has gone from work in the industry you were interested in to work on the cheap by college students then work on the cheap with college credit only or maybe some pay. The fact is, some businesses use interns instead of paying an adult out of college a living wage and I have don’t know how long this has been going on, but it is and after reading the article. The idea that companies are choosing to add to our jobless by sidestepping possible living wages to folks who want to work is not just cost effective for them it is not hard to understand.

On October 30, 2013 I posted the following …

I spent some time looking for the old story in Conde Nast about ending internships and why on their website, but nothing. I have/had a subscription to subsidiaries of the magazine and still deciding if it is time to move on … not that my free access will make an impact. This intern story is not new and while it is old news, the rules keep changing. I have experience as an intern and as someone who had a few interns work for me. In my opinion, it is possible the whole idea of what an intern does, why and salary requirement needs a makeover.  In the old days, interns actually were assigned to positions that gave them a taste of what their field or degree of choice was like and when those options dried up the disbursement of internships became tied to money, 19 hours and what the department or company needed. I believe internships are important. The fact is, and unfortunately, they have definitely become a way of getting part-time or fulltime work wages for what seemingly looks like on the cheap and students are very lucky if it is tied into your degree. I know that some of our interns were ok with filing, data entry answering phones etc. because they had exams, a lot of reading while others were going into the service industry on some level. The lack of training or experience in their specific area of choice was not a big deal while getting credit; it also was a break from 20credit qtrs. or more and with lunch …well, when they actually allowed themselves to eat lunch and do some homework


I also feel getting kids to work on the cheap, allowing them to believe they would not only be performing duties in their field of choice then find out something different not only unable to opt out easily go somewhere else and top that off, get longer work hours little or no pay, it is just wrong.

… PointCounterPoint

Anti – Reproductive Rights bills in 10 States …


More Anti-Abortion Bills Threaten Reproductive Rights In Ten States

Abortion rates declined by 13 percent over three years according to the latest data, with researchers finding an increase in birth control use having a more significant effect than restrictive abortion laws. But that information won’t stop opponents of reproductive health and a woman’s right to choose. After three years that contained a record-breaking number of state-level abortion restrictions, state legislatures are developing even more attacks. Here is a run down of ten of the worst, or head over to ThinkProgress where Tara Culp-Ressler goes over them in more detail:

1. Alabama is attempting to ban abortions after just six weeks. Lawmakers in the state are holding a hearing on a so-called “heartbeat” bill–or bill that would ban the procedure after a heartbeat can be detected, which can occur as early as six week into pregnancy. The measure violates Roe v. Wade.

2. South Dakota may ban most abortions and threaten doctors with life in prison. Proposed legislation in the state would “prohibit the dismemberment or decapitation of certain living unborn children,” vague language that could end up having far-reaching implications for abortion care in the state. Doctors in violation of the proposed measure could face life in prison.

3. Oklahoma wants to follow in Texas’ footsteps and shut down abortion clinics. Even though Oklahoma already has a law that imposes stringent restrictions on abortion providers, the proposed bill would tighten those restrictions even further to bring them in line with Texas’ law. It was approved by a Senate panel on Monday.

4. Indiana could put abortion doctors at risk for more violence and harassment. The measure being considered in the state would require “back up doctors” for abortion procedures, and then publicize the names of those doctors, exposing them to potential threats and harassment. “It does nothing to improve women’s health. All it will do is target doctors who provide health care for women,” state Sen. Vaneta Becker (R) explained.

5. Iowa wants to allow women to sue doctors for “abortion distress.” The upshot of this would be to place abortion providers under the constant threat of a costly lawsuit from a former patient who regrets their abortion.

6. Missouri may force women to wait three days before having an abortion. Although mandatory waiting periods are a popular type of abortion restriction, research has proven that they don’t actually change women’s minds about whether to continue a pregnancy.

7. South Carolina and West Virginia want to ban later abortions with no consideration for rape, incest, or fetal abnormalities. Nine states have already passed similar “20-week” abortion bans, which violate the protections guaranteed under Roe v. Wade. Later abortions are already very rare.

8. Mississippi is so intent on banning abortion that it’s poised to pass an unnecessary bill. Another 20-week abortion ban is currently making its way through the Mississippi legislature, but it is entirely unnecessary because the state’s only remaining abortion clinic only performs procedures up to 16 weeks.

9. Kentucky wants to force abortion doctors to describe ultrasound images to their patients. This type of abortion restriction was recently struck down in North Carolina for violating the First Amendment, since it compels doctors to deliver an anti-choice message sanctioned by the state.

10. Iowa is trying to eliminate abortion access for low-income and rural women. Iowa earns another spot on this list for going after “telemedicine” abortion — essentially, the practice of using video technology to allow doctors to remotely prescribe a pill to women who may not have access to a nearby clinic.

BOTTOM LINE: 2014 is already shaping up to be another banner year in the GOP’s war on women, particularly at the state level. It’s going to be a year when progressives and women’s rights advocates push back harder than ever.

who is Moncia Wehby? A Republican

  • the election results are in — and we now know who will be taking on Senator Merkley this fall.
    The Republican nominee is Monica Wehby.  

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    Here’s what you need to know:
    • She has been a national activist against the Affordable Care Act.  She’s called for repeal of health care reform, and she’d put the insurance companies back in charge.
    • Wehby is opposed to raising the federal minimum wage and making work pay for millions of Americans.
    • She supports restrictions on a woman’s right to choose and would support Supreme Court justices who would overturn Roe v. Wade.  And she’s won the support of some of America’s most radical anti-choice activists.
    The bottom line?  
    When asked, Wehby couldn’t name a single thing that she disagreed about with Republicans in the Senate.
    So, it’s no surprise that the Washington DC establishment and their SuperPAC pals are so enthusiastic about Monica Wehby.
    Senator Mitch McConnell, who calls himself the “guardian of gridlock,” is 100% all-in for Wehby — as are numerous Republican Senators.
    Karl Rove has raved about her in the pages of the Wall Street Journal.  And Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich are all-in, too.
    But the thing that Merkley fans should be watching closest?  Monica Wehby already has at least two SuperPACs on her side funded by wealthy out-of-state special interests.  They went to bat for her in the Republican primary — to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars — and you can bet they’ll be swinging for the fences against Senator Merkley.
    Let’s stand up for Jeff.
    Senator Merkley is a proven progressive, making real progress on fixing the filibuster, holding Wall Street accountable, fixing the housing crisis, turning the dial back on climate change, ending LGBT discrimination, standing up to the Monsanto Protection Act, and making college affordable.
    We know why the right-wing radicals and billionaires want to defeat Jeff Merkley.  The only question is: What are we going to do about it?

Leaked! “scientific” whaling? Phil Kline Update

Greenpeace Please Click on photo for the Update
 a repost from July 15, 2014

BREAKING NEWS: Leaked proposal shows US plan to legitimize “scientific” whaling.

Japan whaling

Tell President Obama to drop this whale-killing proposal.

take action today

I’m shocked. Greenpeace just received a leaked proposal that the US plans on submitting to the International Whaling Commission (IWC) next week, and the news is terrible. In July

Here’s what it says: “lethal sampling (also known as whaling)…is appropriate in relation to achieving the stated objectives.” Translation: You can kill as many whales as you want if you promise to run experiments on their dead bodies.

It’s killing whales disguised as science. And it’s something that the US government has long rejected. Until now.

Take action and tell the US government to drop this proposal to kill whales.

As unbelievable as it sounds, we’ve actually been here before. Four years ago, there was a proposal discussed that would have legalized commercial whaling for the first time in over 20 years!

Thanks to millions of people like you from around the country, we were able to stop those plans. We can do it again.

Just this March, the UN International Court of Justice ruled that Japan’s whaling program does not have any scientific purposes — and the number of whales being killed was not justifiable. Japan even decided to end its Southern Ocean whale hunt due to the ruling.

We (and the whales) were celebrating then. Now we have to speak up. We only have until Thursday to convince the US government to change its proposal.

Tell the US government to drop this insane proposal to kill whales in the name of science by sending a message to President Obama, Secretary of Commerce Pritzker and the US IWC delegates today.

Despite the IWC moratorium on whaling, Japan has been killing minke whales and critically endangered fin whales for years, selling their meat and claiming to be conducting scientific research. Greenpeace has been working with governments from around the world to put an end to this practice. And we’ve made a lot of progress over the last few years. This plan threatens all of that.

Back in 1975, Greenpeace launched the world’s first-ever Save the Whales campaign. The images we brought back from our first voyage sparked an international outcry and moved a generation of environmentalists into action. After a decade of intense activism, the IWC agreed to ban commercial whaling.

It was one of our pivotal moments as an organization — it was also one of the greatest moments for activists like you.

We could lose it all by Thursday if we don’t take action and change the US government’s mind.

For the whales,

Phil Kline
Greenpeace USA Senior Oceans Campaigner

P.S. Greenpeace has received a leaked US proposal to legitimize “scientific” whaling. Take action to tell President Obama and the US government to drop this horrifying plan.