All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘U.S. Senate’

Alison Lundergan Grimes: Obama’s Candidate?

Kentucky Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes will be watched like a hawk for the next few months, and you can bet she knows it. Grimes, who currently serves as Kentucky’s Secretary of State, easily won the Democratic primary on Tuesday and will advance to face long-time senator and incumbent Mitch McConnell in November’s general election. Grimes seeks to unseat McConnell as …

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Alison Lundergan Grimes Releases Her First General Election TV Ad

Allison Lundergan Grimes locked-in the Democratic nomination for Kentucky’s senate seat on Tuesday. Now the candidate is starting her media blitz in earnest. Grimes’ campaign this week released the candidate’s first general election TV ad. Titled “A Moment” the ad does not feature the hand-shaking and flag-waving that characterizes many early campaign commercials. Instead, Grimes directly addresses voters, distancing herself …

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Diane Humetewa Becomes First Female Native American Federal Judge

The U.S. Senate this week confirmed the first female Native American federal judge in U.S. history. Diane Humetewa, a former U.S. Attorney, will serve on the Federal District Court of Arizona. According to an Associated Press report, Humetewa was confirmed on Wednesday in a rare unanimous (96-0) vote in the U.S. Senate. She has now been nominated for federal positions …

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Jobless Benefits Undecided By the Senate

Jobless benefits expired for more than 1.3 million Americans on December 28, 2013. Since that date the total number of long-term unemployed Americans has increased to 1.4 million. The issue was raised today in the U.S. Senate however Republicans and Democrats could not reach an agreement on the best course of action for determining long-term jobless benefits. According to Senator …

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$22 Minimum Wage Matches U.S. Productivity, Says Senator

Though the minimum wage in the U.S. has risen in recent years, the current $7.25 per hour minimum wage is still looking sparse when considered next to the rising cost of living in the U.S. Large hikes in the minimum wage aren’t likely due to the messiness of congress, but at least one senator believes the minimum wage should be …

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Rob Portman ‘Change of Heart’ Leads Republican Senator to Support Gay Marriage

Rob Portman, the junior U.S. Senator from Ohio, has become the first senate Republican to openly support gay marriage. Portman was previously an opponent of gay marriage and voted for the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which prevents gay marriages from being recognized at a federal level. In an editorial in The Columbus Dispatch, Portman outlined his changing feelings …

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Does Anyone Actually Agree on What Do Not Track Means?

If you’ve been following issues regarding online privacy for the past year or so, you most likely have read or heard people talking about Do Not Track, the proposed utility that permits internet users to indicate to third-party data collectors that they do not wish to have their information tracked. In brief, the problem with third-party data collectors is that …

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Should Congress Move To Ban Employers From Demanding Employees’ Facebook Passwords?

If your future employer or current boss asks you for your Facebook password, it might soon be against the law. That’s because there is new national legislation against the practice of employers demanding access to employees’ personal accounts. A group of Democrats in both the House of Representatives and the Senate have introduced similar legislation, and it’s flying under the …

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Employers Asking For Facebook Passwords Should Be Illegal, Says One Senator

Should it be illegal for employers to ask prospective employees for their Facebook passwords? One U.S. Senator thinks so. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) says he’s drafting a bill to ban the practice, and that it should be ready “in the near future.” You might have heard about a rising trend within companies’ HR departments. It’s becoming common practice for some …

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