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By Laura Clawson:
A bill that would effectively criminalize union picketing was passed by the Georgia Senate Insurance and Labor Committee Tuesday. “Conspiracy to commit criminal trespass” was demoted from being a felony to being a “high and aggravated” misdemeanor, but the bill, written by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, retains elevated penalties for broadly defined violations including pickets that “constitute a threat to obstruct or interfere with the entrance to or egress from” businesses, private residences, and more, and picketing of a residence that has the effect of “interfering with the resident’s right to quiet enjoyment.” Mind you, this only applies to unions and other labor organizations.
Here are two facts about Sen. Scott Brown’s position on requiring employers and insurers to provide coverage for contraception: He’s supporting the Republican effort to allow employers to deny coverage of any type of health service to which they claim to have a religious or moral objection. And in 2002, as a Massachusetts state representative, he voted for a contraception mandate over the Catholic Church’s objections.
Brown’s position today is a surprise in itself, since he’s been trying to frame himself as some independent moderate voice to fend off Elizabeth Warren’s strong challenge. Taken together with his 2002 vote, it’s just bizarre.
“Really poor children in really poor neighborhoods have no habits of working and have nobody around them who works, so they literally have no habit of showing up on Monday,” Gingrich said.“They have no habit of staying all day. They have no habit of ‘I do this and you give me cash’ unless it’s illegal.”
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