Wisconsin state appeals court strikes down ruling mandating that the state election commission remove over 200,000 voters from the rolls on suspicion of having moved. You would think they would want to verify people have moved before removing them from the rolls, but that didn't seem to enter into the court's reasoning (which was, basically, that the "plain language" of the law mandated clerks, not state election commissioners, to remove the voters). The right wing-dominated state Supreme Court has already declined to take up the case in a 3-3 vote; one of the right-wing judges essentially recused himself, saying that his impending re-election effort presents a conflict of interest in this case, but I wonder how quickly he'll pretend he never said that now that it looks like he's the right's last hope on this issue.
Now our Justice Department plans to strip citizenship from naturalized citizens more aggressively. It's not like we've never done this for good reasons before -- like, for naturalized citizens who concealed their work for the Nazis, though our President might regard such people as an oppressed class -- but this Administration would do strip citizenship for minor offenses and minor paperwork errors. Why, they would never be used against their political enemies! Of course, POGO's very thorough history lists many folks we have stripped of their citizenship for wholly political reasons. Our law and order President, ladies and gentlemen!
FAIR examines "NPR's Attempted Takedown of Bernie Sanders," and finds it wanting. The first clue, of course, is that Mara Liasson is involved, but the next time someone tells you Mr. Sanders is "unelectable," you have (by my count) 10 more arguments against that notion. I say "more" because your main argument against a candidate's "electability" is to tell people that they have the power to elect people and that they need to stop imagining how other people are going to think -- or, at the least, stop letting our "liberal" media tell them how other people are going to think.
In a related note, Jonathan Chait has indulged in a lot of Bernie-slam lately, so now he writes about all the things he likes about Mr. Sanders. They're pretty much the same things I would like about him, but I never cared that Mr. Chait was mean to Bernie Sanders; I cared that his arguments against the Sanders candidacy were stupid, particularly the one where he said Mr. Sanders's positions were "deeply unpopular." I count seven arguments against that specific notion at the link in the previous paragraph above. (As an aside, our "liberal" media need to stop with the overblown stories about Mr. Sanders's supporters, and not just because our President has some real peaches supporting him.)
Ho hum, Young Turks founder/U.S. House candidate Cenk Uygur told his staffers not to form a union. You won't be impressed with the reasons, either: because Young Turks is a small outfit, and never could have become as famous as it is if it had unionized workers, and can't keep up with the paperwork Jesus Mary and Joseph he sounds like a damn right-winger. I hope this sinks his Congressional run, and I wish the Young Turks workers the best in their efforts, even if Mr. Uygur folds his organization in response.
Finally, Stephanie Hegarty at the BBC checks in with Gravity Payments, the Seattle corporation whose CEO decided to pay all his workers (including himself!) a $70,000 minimum wage back in 2015. Long story short: in a little less than five years, Gravity has more than doubled its workforce and workload, his workers are having four times more children, employee pension contributions have more than doubled, and a tenth of his workers have actually bought a home -- in Seattle! And workers are happier, healthier, and more productive, though presumably they await a correction from Rush Limbaugh, who predicted Gravity would fall apart if it paid its workers too much. Though other CEOs are pointedly not following CEO Dan Price's lead (as he expected -- but hey, I also like to believe the best about people!), he still does good works, and we should still hold them up as an example to others.