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Was once a republican. long long ago, in a far, far away place. I apologize.

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Senate on record opposing use of chained cpi

Source: The Hill

The Senate voted Friday night to oppose cutting entitlement benefits for veterans using a new method of calculating inflation.

President Obama has put the new method, known as chained consumer price index, on the table in deficit talks with Republicans. Using it reduces entitlement benefits like Social Security over time and also raises revenues by reducing the value of tax breaks.

The vote on the amendment was by voice vote, so its usefulness in quantifying Senate opposition to the proposal is minimal. The amendment is non-binding because it is attached to the budget resolution, which does not have the force of law.

Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) sponsored the amendment.






Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/on-the-money/budget/289981-senate-on-record-opposing-use-of-chained-cpi



By voice vote- Senate votes down "Chained CPI"

(FAKE) Fla. charity figures pumped $1M to (GOP)politicians

Source: Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) The key players behind a purported veterans charity accused of setting up illegal gambling rooms pumped more than $1 million into the campaign accounts of politicians who had the power to regulate or put them out of business.

As the untaxed, barely regulated industry mushroomed into a billion-dollar industry, money went to the campaigns of (GOP) governors in Florida and North Carolina as well as dozens of state legislators, and state political parties.

"They certainly were involved in the process there's no doubt about that," said Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford, who himself received a $500 check from one of the companies involved.
An Associated Press review of contributions showed more than $1 million went into Florida campaign accounts from 2009-2012 and more than $150,000 in North Carolina.

Allied Veterans of the World ran nearly 50 Internet parlors in Florida with computerized slot machine-style games and gave about $6 million to veterans out of nearly $300 million in profits. Investigators said much of the money went to charity leaders, who spent much of it on boats, beachfront condos and vehicles such as Maseratis, Ferraris and Porsches. The operations were shut down this week and nearly 60 people arrested. Jennifer Carroll, Florida's Republican lieutenant governor, abruptly resigned after being questioned by investigators. Carroll did consulting work for Allied Veterans while she was a state legislator. She was not charged with wrongdoing.

Read more: http://www.mycenturylink.com/news/read.php?rip_id=<DA514QSG0%40news.ap.org>&ps=1011



Turns out the reason the Florida Lt. Governor resigned suddenly, was the connection to this fake Veterans organization that pumped money into GOP campaigns.

Sad- and not unexpected, that people would defraud veterans to fund the GOP.

Brighton Grad fired from Boy Scouts of America camp for being gay

Source: Livingston County Press

By all accounts, Lauren Jasenak makes a great Scout. She's friendly, courteous, helps others, and loves being outdoors.

In addition, the 2011 Brighton High School graduate lives her life with honesty -- and it's that last quality that got her fired July 18 from the Boy Scouts of America D-bar-A Scout Ranch south of Lapeer.

Sometimes, honesty may not be the best policy.

Lauren Jasenak was preparing to work her third summer at a Michigan Boy Scout camp when the camp director learned she was a lesbian, and fired her.


The 19-year old broke down in tears as she was forced to sit in camp manager Bill Licht's office until she signed a letter stating she had violated Scout policy. She asked for a copy of the policy she had broken, but she didn't receive one. She was told to pack up her items and leave that evening.

Read more: http://www.livingstondaily.com/article/20130310/NEWS01/303100326?odyssey=mod|mostcom



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How sad.

No, it is not illegal to fire someone in Michigan...simply for the crime of who they love.


Yet.


We need to fix this.
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