Wisconsin is about ready to enact a "right to work" bill, despite Gov. Walker's stated reticence to do so -- but now Gov. Walker says his pledge not to push for right-to-work only applied to his first term. He's normally a much better liar than that -- Jesus Mary and Joseph he's on record as touting his "partnership" with private-sector unions -- but since there's no penis or Botox in this story, the "liberal" media won't make much of it, so you have to hope his Republican primary opponents hammer the "you can't trust him" line to death out of mere self-interest, and then his eventual Democratic opponent does the same.
New York state Labor Department orders minimum wage hike for tipped workers to $7.50. And if the state legislature adopts Gov. Cuomo's proposal to allow New York City to hike its own minimum wage by another dollar per hour, tipped workers would see that hike, too. Of course, New York City Mayor DeBlasio is shooting for $15/hour, but he may not get that out of the legislature. Meanwhile, the restaurant trade groups advance not only the ZOMG TEH WAGEZ KILLS TEH SMALL BIZNIZZIZ!!!!! line, but the "extreme, unprecedented 50 percent increase" scare number, though surely not all restaurants pay their employees that little.
Ho hum, the Obama Administration is selling the Trans-Pacific "Partnership" "free" trade deal "with literally the same promises" as President Clinton used to sell SHAFTYA, er, NAFTA. More jobs, more markets for our exports, blah blah blah. What actually happened? A "$181 billion U.S. trade deficit with NAFTA partners Mexico and Canada and the related loss of 1 million net U.S. jobs under NAFTA, growing income inequality, displacement of more than one million Mexican campesino farmers and a doubling of desperate immigration from Mexico, and more than $360 million paid to corporations after 'investor-state' tribunal attacks on, and rollbacks of, domestic public interest policies." Conservatives should note that last one -- it means "free" trade agreements can nullify American laws.
Michelle M. Francl at Slate describes some of the more ridiculous claims of the Food Babe (real name: Vani Hari). I hadn't spent any time on her before, believe it or not, and though she seems to have done some good, you don't have to be Bruce Willis's character in Fast Food Nation to be annoyed with her obsession with the nether-regions of animals winding up in your food (which happens with much less regularity than she says). She may just not know that coal tar hasn't come from coal for some time, but she should, and anyway maybe she does and is just like all the others.
Finally, some good news: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel not only didn't escape a runoff in Tuesday's primary election, but did considerably worse than polls supposed, while the second-place finisher, Cook County Board of Commissioners member Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, did considerably better than those polls supposed. Maybe Chicagoans are profoundly tired of Mr. Emanuel's relentless shoveling of city resources into his cronies' pockets, some of which, apparently, doesn't even happen under the guise of "privatizing city services," though that's how a more cautious crook would do it. I wonder if his BFF, President Obama, comes out to help him in the April runoff. My hope: Mr. Obama would regard that, at least officially, as unbecoming of the office.