Posted on October 6, 2020 by iwano@_84
North Carolina’s governor has dropped a lawsuit asking a federal court to preserve the state’s HB2 law limiting civil rights protections for LGBT people and regulating who uses which public bathrooms.
In court documents Friday, Gov. Pat McCrory cited “substantial costs to the State” as one reason for dropping his lawsuit against the federal government, writing that it did not serve the “interests of judicial economy and efficiency.”
Posted on October 3, 2020 by iwano@_84
Ujjain: A delegation of Jain Samaj reached Police Control Room on Saturday in support of Naresh Jain, an Ujjain Municipal Corporation sub-engineer accused in the suicide case of contractor Shubham Khandelwal. In a memorandum addressed to the SP, community members said that the police should stop harassing Jain’s family. They also alleged that Khandelwal himself was pressurising Jain into clearing bill of Rs 19 lakh against work of only Rs 9 lakh.
In the memorandum submitted to ASP Rupesh Dwivedi, under the banner of Vardhman Sthanakwasi Jain Shravak Sangh, they said that according to facts which came to the knowledge of the society, contractor Shubham Khandelwal was awarded a contract of Rs 12 lakh for construction work from Ujjain Municipal Corporation, in which he had completed the work of about Rs 9.72 lakh. Shubham pressurised Naresh Jain to accept the bill of Rs 19, 48,064. Jain had submitted it in
Posted on October 2, 2020 by iwano@_84
Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation into law that gives newspapers a one-year extension before they must comply with another law increasing labor protections for delivery workers.
The bill, AB 323, allows newspapers to continue classifying their paper carriers as independent contractors through Jan. 1, 2022. The governor signed the measure on Wednesday.
The law continues a temporary exemption put in place last year in response to enactment of AB 5. That 2018 landmark legislation gives so-called “gig workers” eligibility for benefits typically reserved for full-time employees such as overtime, sick leave and unemployment pay. But it has been under attack since passage.
Without the extension for newspapers, the distribution costs for The Press Democrat would have increased 60% and could have forced delivery cutbacks to rural parts of the North Coast, said Steve Falk, CEO of Sonoma Media Investments, which owns The Press Democrat and other regional publications.
Posted on October 1, 2020 by iwano@_84
“We’re picking up an awful lot of the folks who used to be Democrats. They’re coming back home,” Biden told a small group of reporters. “They know they’ve been screwed by Trump, but also they’re not sure that there’s the old Democratic Party back looking at them, listening to them, and so I think it’s important.”
Biden made these comments at John Murtha Airport. Murtha, very much a creature of that “old Democratic Party,” represented Johnstown in Congress from 1974 until his death in 2010. The area’s realignment toward the GOP has accelerated during the intervening decade.
In 2016, Trump carried Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan by less than one percentage point each. All three states had voted for every Democratic presidential nominee in the previous six elections, including the two in which Biden was the vice-presidential nominee, before flipping to Trump. A key factor was that the president really ran
Posted on September 22, 2020 by iwano@_84
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As election day draws near, President Donald Trump appears to be siding with Democrats regarding the size of the next potential stimulus package. On Sept. 16, Trump took to Twitter to send a message to senators in his party: “Go for the much higher numbers, Republicans, it all comes back to the USA anyway (one way or another!)”
What makes the tweet interesting is that Democrats blocked a Republican coronavirus relief bill just six days earlier, citing fears that too little money would make it to the American public. The Republican proposal included roughly $650 billion in spending. As $350 billion of that would redirect money previously approved for other purposes, it would cut the total new funding to $300 billion.
To put the failed bill into perspective, the CARES Act, passed by Congress in March, had a $2 trillion price
Posted on September 22, 2020 by iwano@_84
The U.S. passed yet another “grim milestone” in its COVID-19 pandemic Monday night, Reuters notes, with at least 200,000 Americans dead from the new coronavirus and an average of nearly 1,000 more dying each day. As “the country blew past estimate after estimate” of COVID-19 deaths, Politico’s pandemic newsletter said Monday night, “the term ‘grim milestone’ in headlines became so routine that we banned it.”COVID-19 deaths are rising again in the U.S. after a four-week decline, with Texas and Florida leading the news fatalities, Reuters reports, and the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation now predicts 300,000 deaths by Dec. 9 and 378,000 by the end of 2020 if current trends continue. The IHME’s first projection of U.S. coronavirus deaths, issued March 16, topped out at 162,000. The