The Colorado Senate has approved on second reading a bill that would award Colorado's Presidential electors to the winner of the national popular vote, providing enough states to determine the winner do the same.
The bill is one of several being advanced nationally by National Popular Vote advocates.
The bill had bipartisan support and was sponsored by Senators Entz (R), Evans (R), Gordon (D), and Groff (D).
In states across the country, the far-right is pushing "TABOR" measures based on Colorado's now infamous spending cap. The Colorado model that capped spending increases at a rate equal to population growth plus inflation and that ratcheted down spending in recession years, is now being largely eschewed by the right following voter rescindment of the awful legislation in Colorado.
Two states, two different stories. Colorado's House just weakened a bill that would allow workers to take a small amount of time off each week for family reasons, such as parent-teacher meetings. Meanwhile, Arizona's legislature is unanimously moving a bill forward to protect the right of mothers to breast feed their children in public businesses.
Fully aware that their anti-worker policies are anathema to most
Americans, corporate conservatives often posture and position
themselves on worker issues to avoid bearing the full brunt of the
backlash from their noxious positions and to try to fix blame on their
opponents, who really are working for the common interest.
The Stateside Dispatch this morning took a hard look at immigration, ranging from progressive solutions for immigration related issues to cold, hard facts about why the right-wing tactics of demonize and divide do little to solve any problems and exacerbate America's problems in a host of ways.
The fact of the matter is that there are positive steps America's legislators can take to minimize the impact of corporate America's underground economy.
After winning the Governor's seat in New Jersey, Jon Corzine decided to keep
a Republican in the position of Agriculture Secretary. It was a good
move. Charlie Kuperus has held the position in 2002 and has won broad
support from both parties for his support of a number of measures in
support of rural New Jersey.
Following Maryland's adoption of a Fair Share Health Care Act
requiring that large employers adequately fund employee health care or
help shoulder the burden of Medicaid costs, similar efforts are afoot
across the nation and Wal-Mart, one of the primary targets of
the legislation, is moving into full-court press mode attempting to
find ways to convince the public that it isn't shirking its
responsibilities to its employees.