The Wisconsin Supreme Court Thursday is expected to issue three historic rulings affecting union bargaining, election law and same-sex couples.
Set for release this morning are long-awaited opinions on whether Gov. Scott Walker’s labor law is constitutional, whether voters can be made to show photo IDs and whether the state can run a registry for same-sex partners.
Court watchers have said that the simultaneous release of the three major decisions is unlike anything in living memory and that the late release suggests that on at least one case there’s a divided court in which some justices are writing either dissenting or concurring opinions.
The rulings, coming out just as this year’s midterm elections heat up, are fraught with political implications. As governor, Walker, a Republican, is one of the official defendants in all of the cases. His re-election challenger, Democrat Mary Burke, serves on the Madison School Board, the employer of the teachers suing the state in the labor case. By its very nature, the issue of voter ID can influence elections.
Leaked Memo: Top Tea Party Group Says Mitch McConnell Only Opposed the Stimulus Because It Leaned on Him
As he seeks another six years in office, Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has touted his reputation as a true conservative and an unwavering opponent of President Barack Obama. But a newly leaked document written by one of the most prominent figures in the tea party movement claims that McConnell wasn’t a strong conservative leader initially when Obama proposed his anti-recession stimulus package—and that McConnell only ended up opposing this signature Obama initiative because a leading tea party group leaned on him to do so.
Mother Jones recently obtained a trove of emails, memos, financial records, and fundraising documents written by officials and financial backers of FreedomWorks, a national tea party group. These records contain a May 2009 memo written by FreedomWorks president and CEO Matt Kibbe and addressed to the group’s board of directors. The memo presented FreedomWorks’ efforts to combat the Obama administration, just as the new president was settling in and responding to the economic crisis under way. In the document, Kibbe credited FreedomWorks—which has been funded by corporations, wealthy individuals, and grassroots donors—for “fomenting the tea party movement.”
Sierra Leone’s president has declared a public health emergency to curb the deadly Ebola outbreak.
Ernest Bai Koroma said the epicentres of the outbreak in the east would be quarantined and asked the security forces to enforce the measures.
The UN says more than 670 people in West Africa have died of Ebola since February - 224 of them in Sierra Leone.
This includes Dr Sheik Umar Khan who led Sierra Leone’s fight against the virus. His funeral is on Thursday.
Israel will not stop its operation in Gaza until the tunnels constructed by Hamas have been destroyed, PM Benjamin Netanyahu has said.
Speaking ahead of a cabinet meeting, he said Israel was determined to destroy the tunnels - used to attack troops and towns - “with or without a ceasefire”.
Earlier Israel called up 16,000 reservists, bringing the total mobilised so far to 86,000.
Some 425,000 people in Gaza have been displaced by fighting, the UN says.
But when the social-media specialist for a private Provo-based English language learning center wrote a blog explaining homophones, he was let go for creating the perception that the school promoted a gay agenda.
Tim Torkildson says after he wrote the blog on the website of his employer, Nomen Global Language Center, his boss and Nomen owner Clarke Woodger, called him into his office and told him he was fired.
As Torkildson tells it, Woodger said he could not trust him and that the blog about homophones was the last straw.
The music director of a Illinois church lost his job after getting engaged to be married.
Colin Collette got engaged to his longtime partner in Rome last week. But after announcing his big news, he was fired Monday from the Holy Family Church in the suburb of Inverness.
“He’s a little more angry right now at this moment, and understandably so, because I think he’s concerned for me. He knows the church is my life,” Collette said of his partner, William.
It’s a good time to be a whiskey maker, and craft whiskeys are all the rage, with names like Bulleit, Redemption, Templeton and George Dickel.
But according to a report on The Daily Beast, some of those producers tossing off hazy, golden adjectives like “hand-crafted,” “small-batch” and “artisanal” are, well, not. There’s a factory in Indiana churning out massive quantities of beverage-grade alcohol, and some distilleries are just buying it and putting it in their pretty bottles.
Steve Ury is an attorney by day and Recent Eats blogger by night who is tracking where the good stuff comes from. He tells All Things Considered’s Audie Cornish that over 50 different brands from different companies appear to be bottling whiskey from this big Indiana factory, which goes by the name of MGP — Midwest Grain Products.
Hobby Lobby 2: It doesn’t matter if we’re not paying for it, you aren’t allowed to get it either way
So according to a completely wrong, incorrect, partisan, and blatantly unconstitutional Supreme Court ruling, Hobby Lobby gets to ignore federal and state laws if it violates their supposed beliefs in an Iron Age imaginary sky god.
Now, the University of Notre Dame wants to go one step further - it wants to say that if they don’t believe in a medical procedure, they have the right to deny it’s access to their workers outright, even if it would be paid by someone else.
The Obama administration has a plan in place to cover women like Miller, who want access to effective but expensive forms of contraception like the IUD but who are insured through institutions that oppose it. The so-called “accommodation” allows religiously-affiliated non-profits like Notre Dame to sign a form certifying their objection, after which the insurer will directly cover the cost of the contraception.
But in what promises to be the next big birth control fight after Hobby Lobby, that accommodation hasn’t satisfied Notre Dame - or over 100 other non-profit institutions suing the administration. They claim that signing the opt-out form also violates their religious liberty, because eventually, contraception is dispensed.
Their argument is blatant and disgusting: It’s not good enough that they aren’t involved in paying for the contraception, they object to these apparently second class citizens (“Women,” according to the common vernacular) working for them getting it in any way.
According to Notre Dame and over 100 other so called christian organizations, they have the right to deny their workers access to a legal medical procedure because an invisible sky god said they can. Even if their workers are doing so without using any company resources.
This madness must stop. Unfortunately, a majority of the supremes appear to agree with these “christ” fans, allowing Wheaton College to refuse to sign the form, screwing their employees out of contraception coverage (but, again, not out of Viagra coverage) due to a loophole.
Welcome to 2014, leave your progress at the door.
It’s late, I’m beat and just signed off from a good discussion in Obdi’s Page tonight. But I ran across this after signing out and had to share it. I found a kindred style of photography from a part of the jewelry biz I rarely get to see. So please check this out. He shows you gems like I sometimes get to show you fire.
Just look at that, it’s like a magic landscape in there.
Eventually all of these dangerous bozos go to jail.
n further efforts to establish his “right” to the residence, court documents say, Gibson “taped to the windows fraudulent Quiet [sic] Claim Deeds and other sovereign citizen documents” declaring he “was a Foreign Official and that the Property was a Foreign Embassy.”
Despite his efforts, the sale closed in April 2013, but the new buyer couldn’t move in because Gibson still remained in the home, illegally possessing firearms despite his felony record. Eventually, the mortgage lender and the homeowner joined together to file paperwork in DeKalb County to have Gibson evicted.
In the meantime, the FBI had begun a racketeering investigation into a dozen sovereign citizens, including Gibson, who had begun illegally occupying homes in eight Georgia counties, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported in 2012.
On May 2, 2013, police obtained an arrest warrant after several people claimed to have seen long-barrel guns on the properties. Police served a search warrant at the home Gibson was illegally occupying and found a .38 caliber revolver in Gibson’s bed. It remains unclear if long guns were ever found on the premises.
Throughout the trial, Gibson proclaimed his innocence and protested the validity of the court. A day before his trial began, he filed a rambling 17-page, typed-written “affidavit of truth” in which he described himself as a “living, breathing, flesh-and-blood man living under the laws of the God, Father and Creator of the boundless universe…” He also claimed that the U.S. courts had no jurisdiction over him “because it is not really a court as per Article III of Constitution of the United States, but rather a tribunal operated as a private corporation…”