Show Prep November 28, 2017

QUICK HEADLINES

  1. Trump makes “Pocahontas” remark at Navajo code talkers event
  2. Controversy at the CFPB
  3. Conservatism is Dead

#1 Project Veritas Tries to Fool WaPo

A woman who falsely claimed to The Washington Post that Roy Moore, the Republican U.S. Senate candidate in Alabama, impregnated her as a teenager appears to work with an organization that uses deceptive tactics to secretly record conversations in an effort to embarrass its targets. In a series of interviews over two weeks, the woman shared a dramatic story about an alleged sexual relationship with Moore in 1992 that led to an abortion when she was 15. During the interviews, she repeatedly pressed Post reporters to give their opinions on the effects that her claims could have on Moore’s candidacy if she went public.  The Post did not publish an article based on her unsubstantiated account….READ MORE

Ex-Marine Republican Steps Up to Run Against Moore in AL…When retired Marine Col. Lee Busby read it was too late for a write-in candidate for the Alabama Senate race, he said, “Hold my beer, we will just see about that.”  Busby told The Daily Beast on Monday he is launching his long-shot bid to stop Republican nominee Roy Moore from reaching the Senate.  “I have no idea if the allegations against him true or not, but I don’t see anything within his experience as a judge that qualifies him for the job.”  Busby said his state needs a choice other than Moore or Democrat Doug Jones…READ MORE

Partisanship & The Death of Outrage…These dilemmas were rare with the statesmen of generations past, who busied themselves with issues like taxing and spending or war and peace, but in our era of culture-war combat, in which the “moral high ground” is fervently fought for and hotly disputed, they have blossomed apace. Donald Trump and Roy Moore and the social conservatives, Edward M. Kennedy and the women’s rights movement, Robert Packwood and the abortion activists, President Bill Clinton and the Anita Hill-era school of anti-sexual harassment crusaders—the gap between what partisans say they believe and the way they conduct themselves boggles and staggers the mind. How did we come to this strange moment? Let us look backwards and see…READ MORE

 

#2 Union Controversy

The legislature started requiring the audits in 2014, after a different Republican-backed law targeting the NCAE was struck down in court as unconstitutional. But each year, the NCAE simply refuses to cooperate. “… It certainly appears NCAE is refusing to respond because it does not meet the requirement and is violating the law,” Republican Sen. Ralph Hise said in an email. Hise is a critic of the NCAE who was a driving force behind the audit requirement. The NCAE says it doesn’t have to comply with the audit…READ MORE

Just a Reminder Why Union Membership Might Be Down…Dana Cope, the former executive director of the State Employees Association of North Carolina, pleaded guilty Tuesday afternoon to stealing a half-million dollars from the organization he led for 15 years.  Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens sentenced Cope to 58 to 82 months in state prison. Cope paid $165,000 in restitution to the state employees association earlier Tuesday. He still owes $345,000…READ MORE

SCOTUS Could End Union Forced Dues…One of the biggest cases the Supreme Court will hear this year is Janus v. AFSCME. If those letters don’t ring a bell, it’s the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, the huge union for public workers.  Mark Janus is a child support specialist employed by the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services. He has declined membership in the union, as is his constitutional right, but under the Illinois Public Labor Relations Act he’s still is required to pay the union an “agency fee” as a condition of keeping his job. That fee is supposed to cover his share of the union’s expenses outside of politics – 84 percent of the full member dues last year (by the union’s calculation).  His argument is that all public union spending is so entwined with politics that he should not be compelled to subsidize any of it…READ MORE


#3 Net Neutrality

FCC to End Net Neutrality…Federal regulators’ plans for dismantling Obama-era open-internet rules would clear the way for a range of new deals between internet-service providers and online media and other services, in a victory for cable and wireless firms.  The proposed changes—outlined Tuesday by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai —already were sparking a lively debate over potential impacts on the internet as well as online businesses and consumers…READ MORE

Why the FCC is Right to Scrap Internet Regulations…In plain English, it was a takeover of the internet by a bunch of people — the federal government — who still use fax machines and landlines. Why on earth would we want to put the internet into the hands of people who are all but certain to slow it down and kill its innovative spirit? READ MORE

Why Net Neutrality was a Mistake…as Reason contributor Thomas W. Hazlett, a former chief economist for the FCC, writes in The New York Daily News, even FCC bureaucrats don’t know what they’re talking about.  Hazlett notes that in a recent debate former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, who implemented the 2015 net neutrality rules after explicit lobbying by President Obama, said the rise of AOL to dominance during the late 1990s proved the need for the sort of government regulation he imposed. But “AOL’s foray only became possible when regulators in the 1980s peeled back ‘Title II’ mandates, the very regulations that Wheeler’s FCC imposed on broadband providers in 2015,”  READ MORE

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