Month: November 2017

Maps drawn to fix NC gerrymandering would help Democrats in these districts

The maps proposed by a third-party expert would make it easier for Democrats to defeat Republican incumbents in four House races and two Senate races, based on an analysis of 2016 election results in the proposed districts. In the 2017–2018 session, the Republican Party holds a 75–45 majority over the Democratic Party in the House, a 35-15 majority in the Senate. Will this map restore fair voting?

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“$2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America”

The book “$2.00 A Day, Living on Almost Nothing in America” by Kathryn Edin and Luke Shaefer shines a spotlight on the consequences of government policies on the lives of individuals and families caught in deepening poverty in the years since the welfare reform legislation of 1996 and after the 2008 financial crisis. Poverty in America is not new but it is worsening and a greater percentage of the American people are now living in poverty. –Dr. Jessie Fields, NY.
The number of American families living on $2.00 per person, per day, has skyrocketed to one and a half million American households, including about three million children.

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The Unexamined Brutality of the Male Libido

A healthy sexual existence requires a continuing education, and men have the opposite. There is sex education for boys, but once you leave school the traditional demands on masculinity return: show no vulnerability, solve your own problems. Men deal with their nature alone, and apart. Ignorance and misprision are the norms.

Which is how we wind up where we are today: having a public conversation about male sexual misbehavior, while barely touching on the nature of men and sex. The (very few) prominent men who are speaking up now basically just insist that men need to be better feminists — as if the past few weeks have not amply demonstrated that the ideologies of men are irrelevant.

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RSS US House Activity Excerpt

  • H.Res.741
    Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 4) to amend the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to revise the criteria for determining which States and political subdivisions are subject to section 4 of the Act, and for other purposes, and providing for consideration of the resolution (H. Res. 326) expressing the sense of the House […]
  • H.R.2534
    Insider Trading Prohibition Act (12/05/2019 legislative day)

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  • PN1055
    Richard Ernest Myers II, of North Carolina, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina, vice Malcolm J. Howard, retired. (12/05/2019 legislative day)
  • H.R.2486
    FUTURE Act (12/05/2019 legislative day)
  • PN1173
    Sherri A. Lydon, of South Carolina, to be United States District Judge for the District of South Carolina, vice A. Marvin Quattlebaum, Jr., elevated. (12/05/2019 legislative day)
  • PN185
    Robert M. Duncan, of Kentucky, to be a Governor of the United States Postal Service for a term expiring December 8, 2025. (Reappointment) (12/05/2019 legislative day)
  • PN1167
    Patrick J. Bumatay, of California, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit, vice Carlos T. Bea, retiring. (12/05/2019 legislative day)