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Illinois House approves $15 minimum wage

Hoping this bill is not vetoed by Gov. Ruiner.

The House sponsor of Senate Bill 81, Rep. Will Guzzardi, D-Chicago, said Illinois residents should have a wage they can live on. He said that if a person works a full-time, minimum-wage job at $8.25 an hour, the employee earns around $16,000 a year.

“At its core, this is a bill about the dignity of work. I think we can all agree that that’s a substandard wage; that is not an amount that you could take care of yourself on, let alone provide for a family,” Guzzardi said. “Many low-wage workers are in fact parents, grandparents who are providing for children and grandchildren. Those folks deserve a decent living wage.”


“Our perspective on our side of the aisle on how to grow the economy is different. We believe that when you invest in working people, when you put money into people’s pockets, they go out and spend,” Guzzardi said. “That stimulates business growth that stimulates economic development. We believe in lifting people from the bottom up, growing the economy from the middle out. That is what we as a party stand for and that is what this bill reflects. We simply ask for basic dignity.”

Illinois passes automatic voter registration


The Illinois House passed a bill Monday that would automatically register people to vote, the Associated Press reports.

The House passed the bill 115-0. It will now return to the Senate for agreements on changes, according to the AP.

Under the proposal, people will automatically be registered to vote when they visit Secretary of State's offices and several other state agencies.

People must meet certain conditions and they are allowed to opt out.

Now if only the Senate version can avoid veto by Gov. Ruiner.

Trump cancels Iowa campaign rally (Too hot in the kitchen!)

Low-energy Trump, #SAD


President Trump has canceled a campaign rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa that was previously scheduled to be held next week.

“Due to an unfortunate change in President Trump’s schedule, we will need to unfortunately postpone the previously schedule rally in Cedar Rapids,” a statement from the Trump campaign read. “President Trump will see you in Iowa very soon.”

Trump’s campaign previously announced the rally last week, which was set to follow Trump’s first trip abroad as president.

Trump last held a campaign rally in Harrisburg, Pa., on April 29, the same night as the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner in Washington, D.C.

The Onion Leaks a Trove of Trump Docs


The Presidential Daily Briefing breakfast placemats are particularly amusing.

Trump In The Wild: A Nature Documentary

Gianforte is the republiClown's albatross, make them wear it.

Gianforte is who they are- ignorant brutes who think violence is OK, people walked with dinosaurs, and they can do whatever they want because jeebus will absolve them.

Gianforte beat Democrat Rob Quist, a banjo player and first-time candidate who had focused his campaign on criticism of the Republican effort to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama's healthcare law. CNN projected Gianforte would win. With 96 percent of the vote counted, he led Quist by 51 percent to 43 percent.

Gianforte prevailed despite being charged on Wednesday night with misdemeanor assault on Ben Jacobs, a political correspondent for the U.S. edition of the Guardian newspaper, who said the candidate "body-slammed" him during a campaign event in Bozeman.

Gianforte's victory is a boost for Republicans, who are worried Trump's political stumbles and the unpopularity of the healthcare bill passed by the House will hurt their chances of holding on to a 24-seat House majority in next year's elections.

ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT being considered by Judiciary Committee

I know some don't like Louise and Claude, but they've been accurate and waaay ahead of the curve on breaking news lately.


Multiple sources close to the intelligence, justice and law enforcement communities say that the House Judiciary Committee is considering Articles of Impeachment against the President of the United States.

Sources further say that the Supreme Court notified Mr. Trump that the formal process of a case of impeachment against him was begun, before he departed the country on Air Force One. The notification was given, as part of the formal process of the matter, in order that Mr. Trump knew he was not able to use his powers of pardon against other suspects in Trump-Russia cases. Sources have confirmed that the Marshal of the Supreme Court spoke to Mr. Trump.

It was reported this week that Mr. Trump had texted Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn the message ‘Stay strong’. This might be interpreted as an attempt to intimidate a witness, sources say.

Seems roughly sync'd with this-

Would You Let Trump Run Your Company?

Interesting thought experiment to run on Trump supporters who remain in your orbit. I still have a few and they're relatives.


The Comey fracas is the latest in a long list of apparent transgressions for which a normal CEO might lose his job. In the last week, Trump stood accused of having passed on intelligence secrets to the Russians. Any business chief who invited a competitor into the boardroom and then disclosed sensitive information would be in peril. (Klaus Kleinfeld lost his job at Arconic Inc. merely because he wrote an unauthorized stroppy letter to a truculent shareholder.) Appointing inexperienced relatives to important positions is not normally seen as good corporate governance. Jes Staley is currently in trouble at Barclays Plc just for allegedly protecting a friend. The White House was made aware that Flynn had lied to the vice president on Jan. 26, but he didn’t hand in his resignation to Trump until Feb. 13. Any board would want an explanation for that delay. Finally, any CEO who says something that is manifestly untrue in public or on his résumé is in hot water. Those who refuse to correct themselves quickly and satisfactorily often have to go—as happened to the bosses at Yahoo! Inc. and RadioShack.

Behind this list of individual transgressions sit four larger failings: This CEO-in-chief has failed to get things done; he has failed to build a strong team, especially in domestic policy; he hasn’t dealt with conflicts of interest; and his communications is in shambles.

It’s harder to achieve things in politics than in business, as many businesspeople-turned-politicians (including the owner of this magazine) will attest. But Trump’s record of achievement would make any corporate compensation committee cringe. Despite his party controlling both the Senate and the House, health care is stuck: Trump seems to have made the elementary CEO mistake of wanting to get rid of something without having any idea of what to replace it with. Tax reform, another signature theme, currently fills a single piece of paper. If any chief executive had shown that to his board, the members would have assumed it was an April Fools’ Day prank. The details of his great promise to build $1 trillion of infrastructure have yet to be delivered to Congress. He has issued a string of executive orders, but some of them, notably on restricting immigration, have been so poorly crafted the courts have blocked them.

On the "This CEO-in-chief has failed to get things done; he has failed to build a strong team, especially in domestic policy; he hasn’t dealt with conflicts of interest; and his communications is in shambles." comment, this was because, even on election day, he did not believe he'd win.

I hearby nominate Robert Reich for Secretary of Cutting Through BS.

Reich Facebook post-
According to interviews with dozens of officials, the Washington Post has pieced together this sequence of events:

(1) Monday morning, Trump gave Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein a directive: Explain in writing the case against Comey.

(2) The pair quickly fulfilled their boss’s orders.

(3) On Tuesday, Trump fired Comey.

(4) Rosenstein threatened to resign after the story emerging from the White House cast him as a prime mover of the decision and that the president acted only on his recommendation.

All this raises at least 3

big questions:

1. Why was Jeff Sessions involved in discussions about the fate of the man leading the FBI’s Russia investigation, after having recused himself from the probe because he had falsely denied under oath his own past communications with the Russian ambassador? Answer: Sessions never intended to recuse himself. His promise to do so was a lie, just like his perjury under oath.

2. Why had Trump discussed the Russia probe with the FBI director three times, as he claimed in his letter dismissing Comey -- which would have violated Justice Department policies barring discussions of ongoing investigations with White House officials? Answer: Trump doesn't feel bound by any laws or policies.

3. How much was the timing of Trump’s decision shaped by events spiraling out of Trump's control — such as Monday’s testimony about Russian interference by former acting attorney general Sally Yates, or the fact that Comey last week requested more resources from the Justice Department to expand the FBI’s Russia probe? Answer: Trump was panicked that the FBI probe was getting too close to implicating him.

Congress is now on recess, conveniently for Trump. Which means now is the time to confront your members of congress and demand an independent special prosecutor. If your member of congress won't have a town hall, visit their district headquarters and make your views known.

What do you think?

When do you feel Trump will resign/be removed from office?

He can't handle it and wants out, so I'm sticking with my prediction that it's next month.
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