Smart. Sharp. Funny. Fearless.
Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Supreme Court Won’t Take Up R.J. Reynolds Age Discrimination Case

Reprinted with permission from ProPublica.
by Peter Gosselin

The Supreme Court on Monday let stand a ruling that concluded the nation’s chief age-discrimination law has a much narrower reach than widely assumed. The high court’s decision will make it harder for some people later in their work lives to prove they were victims of bias.

ProPublica previously reported how the case, Villarreal v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., could have a broad impact on the rights of older workers and the responsibilities of employers.

The decision was the latest in a string since the 1990s to shrink what counts as age discrimination.…

Read More

Al Franken Chides The Democratic Party: ‘We Gotta Stop Riding In Limousines’

Reprinted with permission from Alternet.

Sen. Al Franken’s constituents are quite literally crying over Senate Republicans’ Obamacare repeal bill, revealed in draft form by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) last week.

“We’re talking about completely going backward,” the Minnesota Democrat said in a “Morning Joe” interview Monday. “We’re talking about an $880 billion cut [to] Medicaid and matching that with a $900 billion tax cut for the wealthiest Americans.”

As a member of the Senate Health Committee and co-chair of the bipartisan Senate Rural Health Caucus, Franken regularly participates in town halls devoted to health care access for Minnesotans.

“I’ve gone to rural health meetings in hospitals and nursing homes and clinics people are crying about this [bill],” he explained.…

Read More