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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

In a Florida gubernatorial debate Tuesday night, Gov. Rick Scott (R) was asked whether he supports the concept of a minimum wage. "Sure," he replied. But when asked what it should be, he responded, "How would I know -- I mean, the private sector decides wages." He may not have an answer for where the minimum wage should be, but he's ensured that Floridians can't decide for themselves. In 2013, he signed a bill that bans local cities and counties from passing their own higher wages or other benefits like paid sick days. read more


Sunday, October 19, 2014

After nearly two years orbiting Earth, the U.S. Air Force's X-37B space plane landed in California. What was the mysterious spacecraft doing in while in orbit? The official Air Force explanation is the craft performs "risk reduction, experimentation and concept-of-operations development for reusable space vehicle technologies". Naturally, there's no shortage of speculation. Elizabeth Howell of LiveScience offers five theories: surveillance, space bombing, interfering with other satellites, spying on the Chinese space station and deploying spy satellites. read more


Friday, October 17, 2014

Florida Circuit Judge Russell Healey sentenced software developer Michael Dunn, 47, to life in prison without the possibility of parole for killing Jordan Davis, 17, during their argument sparked by loud rap music outside a Gate convenience store in Jacksonville. Dunn, who is white, fired 10 bullets at a red Dodge Durango containing Davis and three other black teens after claiming he saw a gun. Police found no gun or any other weapon. Davis was shot three times and died while the other teens escaped injury.


Thursday, October 16, 2014

An Arkansas law requiring voters to show proof of identification was struck down by the state's highest court in a victory for Democrats and civil rights groups that argue such laws are designed to help Republicans by turning away poor, minority and elderly citizens at the polls.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Brad Friedman, Salon: If you read just one top-to-bottom dismantling of every supposed premise in support of disenfranchising Photo ID voting restrictions laws in your lifetime, let it be this one. It is a dissent, released on Friday, written by Judge Richard Posner, the Reagan-appointed 7th Circuit Court of Appeals judge who was the one who approved the first such Photo ID law in the country (Indiana's) back in 2008, in the landmark Crawford v. Marion County case which went all the way to the Supreme Court, where Posner's ruling was affirmed. read more


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