The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled earlier this week that apportioning districts by population, rather than by eligible voters, did not violate the U.S. Constitution. But you know that won't be the end of it -- the folks who failed (by 8-0, I feel compelled to point out using the Italics Hammer) at the Supreme Court will take their battle to the states next, and quite a few of these state legislatures, which have spent the last few years passing Voter ID laws and "right-to-work" laws and "religious liberty" laws and "bathroom" bills and ag-gag laws and other obnoxiousness, will happily pounce upon the opportunity to pretend that folks who can't vote (whether because of their immigration status or their status as a felon) don't deserve a voice in our democracy. The forces of evil love it when our vote means less. Sadly, you don't have to wonder why. Common Cause helps you tell your state Governor to ensure that state and federal legislative districts continue to represent all the people therein.
Meanwhile, back in Tennessee, HB 1840 -- a.k.a., the Counseling Discrimination bill, or "Hate Bill 1840" -- states that "(n)o counselor or therapist providing counseling or therapy services shall be required to counsel or serve a client as to goals, outcomes, or behaviors that conflict with a sincerely held religious belief of the counselor or therapist." Want to be sexually active again after being raped? No can do, say counselors with "sincere religious beliefs" about how sex outside marriage "led" to your rape. Want to work through being bullied by other kids because you're gay? Forget it, because this bill would let counselors bully you, too! Want to get counseling about getting a sex change? Oh, you know how that'll go. I'm so tired of coddling folks who think religious people's "rights" supersede everyone's rights. So the Tennessee Equality Project helps you tell Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam to veto HB 1840 if it reaches his desk.
Finally, the FTC ruled back in 2014 that advertising for the Your Baby Can Read products could no longer claim the product, consisting of videos, "lift-a-flap" books, and flash cards, could help babies learn to read before they learn to walk, or that using Your Baby Can Read would help babies who used it do so much better in life than other babies. Turns out the evidence for such claims is lacking if not non-existent -- but like all true believers, Your Baby Can Read's creator, Robert Titzer, is persistent like a bad debt. So he's back with Your Baby Can Learn, and though you might think he's on more solid ground by replacing "read" with "learn," it turns out scientists tell us that having babies sit down and watch videos actually hinders their learning process, via disturbed sleep and delayed language skills. Hence Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood helps you tell the FTC to address these new claims from the Your Baby Can Read folks.