The bills that Congress reject are as informative as the ones it does. Reviews of all the legislation that meet their fate in government halls.
Trump's Recent War on Transgender People and What It Means to the LGBTQ+ Community as a Whole
The Trump administration recently had a document leaked that implicated they wanted to make a change to Title IX (9). Title IX protects against discrimination in educational environments so long as that institute receives federal money. In the original document of Title IX it states:
Only 11 States Have Laws that Require the Safe Storage of Firearms
Last May, when a 17-year-old student of Sante Fe High School in Texas shot and killed 10 people and wounded 13 others in 30-minute shooting spree, he was using legally purchased guns that he had taken from home. During an initial interview, the suspect’s father refused to say how his son had acquired the weapons, but later disclosed that he owned the guns and his son had taken them from his closet.
Hate Crime—Is Misandry a Thing?
Photo by Bruno Martins on Unsplash BBC radio two featured a topic on the Jeremy Vine show today about hate crimes, and whether misandry (hate crimes towards men) should also be included in this category. Although I was very aware of other categories being reviewed such as hate to the elderly and alternative cultures such as goths and punks, I found it quite interesting to hear the two sides put to the debate.
Is Socialism the Way Forward?
Is socialism the way forward? Will a socialist government really make life better for the majority? I see so many posts on Facebook, from intelligent serious and well intentioned people, that claim Mr. Corbyn will be a better leader of the government for the people of Britain than Mrs May. They claim he is more compassionate, more in touch with the needs and feelings of people. They claim he would make life better for the majority of the people. The slogan is for the many not the few.
California Court Ruling Puts iGaming Legislation Hopes on Ice
California’s court of appeal ruled against a Native American tribe operating online bingo games to Californian residents. The latest rejection brings into question the prospect of California ever having a thriving iGaming industry; something most people find bizarre given that it is the most populous state in the U.S. The court decision is one in a long line of legal challenges against the Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel tribe, which also prohibits other North American tribes from attempting to offer online bingo gaming in the months ahead.
DeVos and Title IX
In recent weeks the discussion of Title IX reform was made public and we had a glimpse of the change to Title IX. Many of the reforms that were put in place by Former Vice-President Joe Biden were put in place to hold schools more accountable for handling Title IX cases reported between students are under fire by the Trump administration. Many schools will report a total of one, potentially two sexual misconduct cases per school year on their public statistics. If a parent ever asks about the safety of the campus every response is that the campus is extremely safe. However, when speaking to students to on campus quite frequently their experiences will differ. The basis for the movie The Hunting Ground is students filing Title IX complaints for unresolved Title IX complaints on campuses.
Healthcare and Democracy
I’m an independent for one, so I’m playing both sides. But at the same time, I have to say that Republican’s attempt to hijack the Affordable Care Act will not succeed. The Supreme Court ruling upheld the Affordable Care Act in 2012. (Washington Post) We have a shot at deposing many in the 2018 midterm elections though, so all is not lost. According to Real Clear Politics, the battle for the Senate is 44 Democrats to 47 Republicans. The battle for the house is 201 Democrats and 191 Republicans. The battle for governor is 20 Democrats and 22 Republicans. At some point, the two-party system has to go.
The Mess That Is Health Care
With the ongoing health care fiasco in the United States, we all have to take seriously where we are going with this. Any one politician can’t make everybody happy. New federal rules allow insurers to deny coverage to people with pre-existing conditions. This is terrifying for those of us with pre-existing conditions because it locks out people from getting coverage. The mess that is health care is becoming a hot mess every passing day. New rules allow insurers to deny coverage to people with pre-existing conditions, which institute annual lifetime caps.
Legalization of Drugs in Canada
Legalization of marijuana is upon us in Canada. The government has looked into this for years and are trying to safeguard Canadians the best they can of any potential issues like driving impairment and possible medical issues. Nothing is 100%, and I'm sure they're doing the best they can to implement the new laws smoothly.
Was a Summary Judgement by a Federal Court Granted in Favor of a Kansas-Based Employer That Allegedly Violated Civil Rights?
In May of 2018, the 10th Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals affirmed the Kansas Federal District Court’s decision to dismiss a Kansas man's lawsuit under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Title VII protects against discrimination in the workplace based on race, color, religion, sex and national origin. The man who brought this suit is named Jerome Christmon. Christmon is a practicing Hebrew Israelite and filed suit against his former employer, B&B Airparts Inc., an aircraft parts supplier based in Wichita, Kansas.
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A History of Gambling in the USA
Gambling in the United States has enjoyed a rich and varied history and it’s one that continues to evolve. In May 2018, the US Supreme Court overturned the PASPA ruling that deemed sports betting to be illegal and we’ve seen a number of developments to introduce sportsbooks across the country since this change of attitude.
Gay and Transgender Panic Defense
In the last decade, there has been a defense mechanism used by people who have committed crimes against trans and queer people. It is known as the "Gay and Trans Panic Defense."