The UNHRC has passed a resolution including “sexual identity and “gender expression as a recognized group of discriminated people. This is a major step forward for the international body which has until recently been silent on LGBT issues. Though rapidly changing over the past 5 years, LGBT rights have faced opposition from socially conservative G77 [...]
Governor Jerry Brown vetoed the budget package passed this Wednesday by the Democrat-controlled state Legislature. He said the budget contained “legally questionable maneuvers, costly borrowing and unrealistic savings,” and that it would not meet the state’s financial obligations. Read Governor Brown’s official veto message here. Senate Republicans negotiated with the Governor on his preferred plan, [...]
This Tuesday, President Barack Obama became the first president since John F. Kennedy to officially visit the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico. On his way to the island, the President made an important overnight stop in Florida, the state with the second-highest Puerto Rican community behind New York. During a speech addressing the people of [...]
The controversial Wisconsin law, passed in a 4-3 decision today by the Republican-dominated legislature, eliminates most collective bargaining rights for public workers in the state and requires higher fees for health coverage and pensions. Signed by Republican Governor Scott Walker, the law was passed amidst the largest public demonstrations in the city of Madison since [...]
Speaking at a Democratic Party event, Senator Bernie Sanders talks about social security and the myths of social security’s tax burden on Americans. He has some fighting words for Republicans who want to cut or eliminate the Social Security program.