The governor of West Virginia has vetoed a bill that would have outlawed most abortions after 20 weeks gestation, claiming the bill is unconstitutional.
Despite being passed with overwhelming bipartisan support from both houses of the state legislature, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin vetoed the bill late Friday.
In a statement issued Friday, Gov. Tomblin explained that he felt House Bill 4588 had problems regarding its constitutionality and how it affected healthcare. more >>
We've heard it for years now from gay activists. "You need to be tolerant and inclusive. You need to embrace diversity."
The only problem is that in reality, tolerance, inclusivity, and diversity only go one way, and pity the person the person who dare challenges that narrow and exclusive way.
This is a lesson that Brendan Eich, the CEO of the internet giant Mozilla, just learned firsthand, with employees calling for his resignation because, in 2008, he made a donation to support Proposition 8 in California, upholding marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Of course, had he supported the redefinition of marriage in 2008, he would be hailed as a hero today. more >>
The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments last week in the Hobby Lobby case to decide whether a business that provides health-care insurance to its employees can be forced to include abortifacients in its coverage. Hobby Lobby filed a lawsuit against the federal government over the Obamacare mandate of providing abortifacients.
Hobby Lobby is a family-owned arts and crafts store, run by Christians based out of Oklahoma. The family has devoted itself to Christian mission work, and Christian music is played over the loudspeakers in its stores. The owners are not Catholic, and aren't even objecting to providing contraceptives, it is solely the abortifacients that they have a problem providing, believing that a fertilized embryo is a human life that must be protected. Conestoga Wood Specialties, also owned by Christians, is part of the lawsuit.
There is no legitimate concern, and it's frankly a waste of taxpayers' money that this has to go to court. In today's Internet society, any woman can purchase dirt-cheap abortifacients online without a prescription, or from Planned Parenthood and other women's clinics for free or low cost. They can also take an increased dosage of contraceptives to act as an abortifacient, since that is all abortifacients are. There is zero reason to force an employer to include abortifacients in coverage. Most health insurance through an employer includes co-pay, and since abortifacients have been made so commonplace, women are probably better off finding it discounted somewhere else. Employees of Hobby Lobby also have the option to choose Obamacare instead of their employer's health insurance. more >>
The actor who plays Modern Family's Phil Dunphy recently credited the Emmy award winning television show with softening the hearts of conservatives toward gay marriage.
Ty Burrell told U.K. newspaper The Telegraph that he was heartened by how Modern Family, which features a same-sex couple with an adopted daughter, had found such a following among conservatives.
"This is probably a little overwrought, but I do actually think the writers are making the world a better place," Burrell said. "It's one of my favorite things about the show. I love it when I talk to conservatives and they're describing all three couples, and they never mention that one of them is gay. That's the brilliance of the writing. In a completely unaggressive, apolitical way, they are showing this couple as completely normal dealing with ordinary stuff. The banality of it is the most revolutionary thing." more >>
Kay Warren, wife of Pastor Rick Warren, was so overwhelmed by the thousands of supportive responses to her Facebook post under the headline, "Don't Tell Grievers to 'Move On,'" that she took nearly two weeks before responding.
"Grief is a long, arduous, slow process and it deserves to be respected and supported, not minimized and condemned," Kay Warren said in part of her Facebook message posted Thursday.
The Saddleback Church founders are approaching the one year anniversary of their son's death approached. Matthew Warren died at the age of 27 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound on April 5, 2013. The young Warren had "lived his entire life with mental illness," Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church, said last year. more >>
This week CNBC reported on its quarterly All America poll, a survey on a variety of political economy topics. (Videos of the report can be seen at the CNBC website.) One of the topics in the report was the attitude of people towards increasing the minimum wage.
Not surprisingly, most people are in favor of increasing the minimum wage. Hiking the minimum wage is always politically popular, which is perhaps why it is a go-to policy when other economic policies are not popular. Also not surprising therefore, Democrats are making a 40 percent increase in the minimum wage the biggest talking point in their economic policy agenda this year.
Of course, as every first-year student of economics can tell you, there is always a trade-off on every economic choice. Where there are winners, there are also losers. In this case, a 40 percent increase in minimum wages will have a variety of trade-off effects. One effect will be an increase in the cost of doing business, for those businesses that employ a lot of low-skilled workers. more >>