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CEOs Plan New Push on Voting Legislation

This will be fun to watch

Dozens of chief executives and other senior leaders gathered on Zoom this weekend to plot what several said big businesses should do next about new voting laws under way in Texas and other states.

Kenneth Chenault, the former chief executive of American Express Co. , and Kenneth Frazier, CEO of Merck & Co., urged the leaders to collectively call for greater voting access, according to several people who attended. Messrs. Chenault and Frazier cautioned businesses against dropping the issue and asked CEOs to sign a statement opposing what they view as discriminatory legislation on voting, the people said.

A statement could come early this week, the people said, and would build on one that 72 Black executives signed last month in the wake of changes to Georgia’s voting laws. Mr. Chenault told executives on the call that several leaders had signaled they would sign on, including executives at PepsiCo Inc., PayPal Holdings Inc., T. Rowe Price Group Inc. and Hess Corp. , among others, according to the people. PayPal confirmed it has signed the statement. PepsiCo, T. Rowe Price and Hess didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.

As more companies and their leaders have spoken out on the issue in recent weeks, their stands have drawn the ire of Republican state and federal legislators who say companies are miscasting the matter and shouldn’t act as shadow lawmakers. Meanwhile, progressive activists and others who oppose the laws have said that the actions leaders are taking aren’t strong enough. Many CEOs now feel a duty, or pressure, to make their views explicitly known to employees and others, executive advisers said.
Posted by LetMyPeopleVote | Sun Apr 11, 2021, 10:15 PM (3 replies)

BREAKING NEWS: Virginia police officer is FIRED after he terrified black soldier in Army uniform dur

Source: Daily Mail

A Virginia police officer involved in a controversial traffic stop last December where officers drew their guns at a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army, has been fired.

Windsor Police Officer Joe Gutierrez has been 'terminated from his employment' following an internal investigation that showed he failed to follow department policy.

Gutierrez's dismissal was revealed in a press release from the Town of Windsor on Sunday night .

Read more: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9460269/Gov-calls-probe-traffic-stop-Black-Army-officer.html?ito=social-twitter_dailymailus
Posted by LetMyPeopleVote | Sun Apr 11, 2021, 10:10 PM (49 replies)

One of the two officers involved in the pepper spraying incident of Lt. Nazaro, has been fired

Posted by LetMyPeopleVote | Sun Apr 11, 2021, 10:05 PM (8 replies)

Corporate America's Bond With Republican Party Frays In Post-Trump Era

Corporate America is getting pissed at the GOP and trump https://www.huffpost.com/entry/corporate-america-bond-with-republican-party-frays_n_607314cbc5b6616dcd79d4b0

For more than a half-century, the voice emerging from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s monolithic, Beaux Arts-styled building near the White House was predictable: It was the embodiment of American business and, more specifically, a shared set of interests with the Republican Party.

The party’s bond with corporate America, however, is fraying.

Fissures have burst open over the GOP’s embrace of conspiracy theories and rejection of mainstream climate science, as well as its dismissal of the 2020 election outcome. The most recent flashpoint was in Georgia, where a new Republican-backed law restricting voting rights drew harsh criticism from Delta Air Lines and Coca-Cola, whose headquarters are in the state, and resulted in Major League Baseball pulling the 2021 All-Star Game from Atlanta.....

James Bailey, a management professor at George Washington University, published an analysis last year that suggested people who identified as Democrats cared more about a company’s political activity than Republicans do. Of business people, he said the uproar over the Georgia voting law “is a great opportunity for them to get on board with the young socially active consumer and to do so without much cost.”

Just as important, Democratic counties have become the primary engines for growth. The counties that backed Biden last year account for 71% of all U.S. economic activity, according to the Brookings Institution.

Posted by LetMyPeopleVote | Sun Apr 11, 2021, 10:02 PM (2 replies)

Texas Could Lose Billions If Voting Restrictions Become Law, Study Finds

Texas is next in line for corporate boycotts due to the GOP's plan to suppress the vote.

The Texas economy could take a massive hit if the state enacts new voting restrictions—potentially costing the state's economy tens of billions of dollars and tens of thousands of jobs—according to a study from the Texas-based economic research firm the Perryman Group, as the Texas legislature Thursday moved one step closer to making the proposals.

The potential loss of conventions, major sporting events and tourism could cost the state $16.7 billion in annual gross product by 2025, and nearly 150,000 jobs, according to the study.

Internal factors, like decreased business activity and lower wages in the state, could lead to the loss of $14.7 billion in household purchasing power by 2025, according to the Perryman Group.

Retail trade would take the biggest hit, according to the study, losing more than 50,000 jobs from drops in tourism and economic development alone.
Posted by LetMyPeopleVote | Sun Apr 11, 2021, 04:57 PM (6 replies)

CNN's Jim Acosta Comes ThisClose To Calling Tucker Carlson A Klansman

I like the new spelling of Tuckkker's name https://www.huffpost.com/entry/jim-acosta-tucker-carlson-kkk-fox-news_n_60721fdac5b6616dcd791978

CNN’s Jim Acosta took a swift swipe Saturday at Tucker Carlson and his most recent racist preachings by indicating that the Fox News host should spell his first name with more than one K, an apparent allusion to the Ku Klux Klan.

“This is hardly the first time Tucker Carlson — I’m not sure why he spells Tucker with just one K — has been accused of making racist comments,” Acosta said.

He was talking with Brian Stelter, CNN’s media correspondent, about the uproar over Carlson peddling the notorious white supremacist “great replacement” conspiracy theory on Fox News and wondered if the network will again refuse to take any action against Carlson. (Check out the controversy in the video above. Acosta takes his shot at 1:16.)

Carlson complained on Thursday that he was being outvoted at the ballot box and blamed it on “white replacement” via a shadowy plot to recruit immigrants from the “Third World.” He insisted it wasn’t a racist complaint but an issue of “voting rights” because his candidates don’t always win. “Why should I sit back and take that?” Carlson said.

The white supremacist replacement theory claims that an elite cabal, including Jews, are deliberately recruiting immigrants of color to undermine white domination and white Christian culture. The belief has fueled racist mass shooting in the U.S. and elsewhere. Neo-Nazi marchers in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August 2017 were referring to the fearmongering theory when they chanted, “Jews will not replace us.”
Posted by LetMyPeopleVote | Sun Apr 11, 2021, 04:53 PM (6 replies)

Auto Workers Union Endorses Shontel Brown In Ohio House Race

This is good news

A regional arm of the United Auto Workers announced Monday that it is endorsing Shontel Brown in the race to succeed former Rep. Marcia Fudge in Ohio’s solidly Democratic 11th Congressional District.

The endorsement from UAW Regional 2B, which represents 190,000 active and retired manufacturing workers in Ohio and Indiana, is another boost for Brown, a moderate with strong ties to the Cleveland-area Democratic machine.

“Shontel Brown has stood with us on picket lines. She listens and brings people together, and that makes her a compassionate and effective leader,” Wayne Blanchard, director of UAW Region 2B, said in a statement. “We are confident Shontel will work with President [Joe] Biden and with her constituents to Build Back Better ― and ensure the recovery lifts up Northeast Ohio.”

Brown, a Cuyahoga County councilwoman and chair of the county party, is competing with former state Sen. Nina Turner, who has a national network of progressive support and growing union backing of her own. The race is expected to be another proxy battle between the moderate Democratic establishment and the party’s restive progressive wing.
Posted by LetMyPeopleVote | Sun Apr 11, 2021, 04:18 PM (4 replies)

More than a hundred corporate executives hold call to discuss fighting voter suppression bills

This will piss off MoscowMitch

More than 100 chief executives and corporate leaders gathered online Saturday to discuss taking new action to combat the controversial state voting bills being considered across the country, including the one recently signed into law in Georgia.

Executives from major airlines, retailers and manufacturers – plus at least one NFL owner – talked about potential ways to show they opposed the controversial legislation, including by halting donations to politicians who support the bills and even delaying investments in states that pass the restrictive measures, according to one of the organizers of the gathering, Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, a Yale management professor.

The meeting represents an aggressive dialing up of Corporate America’s advocacy against controversial voting measures nationwide, a sign that their opposition to the laws didn’t end with the fight against the measure passed last month in Georgia.

It also came just days after Minority Leader Mitch McConnell warned that firms should “stay out of politics” – echoing a view shared by many conservative politicians and setting up potential further conflicts between Republican leaders and the heads of some of America’s largest firms. Earlier this month, former President Trump called for conservatives to boycott Coca-Cola, Delta Air Lines, Citigroup, ViacomCBS, UPS, Major League Baseball and other companies after they opposed a new law in Georgia that critics say will make it more difficult for poorer voters and voters of color to cast ballots.
Posted by LetMyPeopleVote | Sun Apr 11, 2021, 04:06 PM (15 replies)

Costco has dropped the My Pillow guy and his products

This makes me happy

On Saturday, Business Insider reported that bulk retailer Costco appears to be quietly taking MyPillow products out of stock — although they won't comment publicly on the matter.

"The brand's products seem to have disappeared from the retailer's website," reported Grace Dean. "Insider spoke to a customer service worker from Costco via the company's website, who said there seemed to be no MyPillow products in stock at any of its stores near Brooklyn. They confirmed that none were listed for sale for online orders."

"Insider asked Costco whether it had cut ties with the brand. The retailer declined to comment," continued the report. "This is a change from January, when Costco said that it had 'contractual commitments to MyPillow that we intend to honor' when asked for comment."
Posted by LetMyPeopleVote | Sat Apr 10, 2021, 01:52 PM (31 replies)

4/11 Mike Luckovich -Bad Day

Posted by LetMyPeopleVote | Sat Apr 10, 2021, 12:38 PM (2 replies)
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