PGH POST-GAZETTE: RETHINK FAST-TRACK
USA Today: SCOTUS CASES
ANNOUNCEMENTS: VF PATRIOTS, 6/12; Ann Coulter, 6/15.
Recommended: JANET – Track the RINOs; Independent Women’s Forum.
Pgh Post-Gazette: “Main Street’s revenge: Obama must rethink the fast-track trade proposal”
“President Barack Obama is used to being stymied in Congress by Republicans, but it was Democratic House members who blocked his bid Friday for fast-track authority on a trade deal with 11 Pacific Rim nations.
“Now maybe he’ll listen.
“The frustration — and embarrassment — for the president may be only temporary, as it was in the Senate last month before that chamber ultimately approved its trade authority bill. While reconsideration could come in the House as early as today, representatives who have spoken out on behalf of U.S. manufacturing jobs should not relent unless Mr. Obama gives them assurances that the next global trade deal will not ship American work overseas.
“Seeking fast-track trade authority has been one of Mr. Obama’s biggest flip-flops. As a presidential candidate, he denounced NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement, which was already on the books. He said it cost the United States up to a million jobs and did not come with sufficient protections for key industries. In response to a Texas Fair Trade Coalition questionnaire in 2008, he said that “While NAFTA gave broad rights to investors, it paid only lip service to the rights of labor and the importance of environmental protection.”
“The same could happen with the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a sweeping bill that members of Congress have been allowed to examine only in secret, without having their own copies or even being able to take notes. If TPP were really a fair shake for the American worker, why is it hidden from public view? . . .”
Richard Wolf, USA Today: “Supreme Court races the clock on gay marriage, Obamacare and more”
“WASHINGTON — The future of same-sex marriage and President Obama’s health care law hang in the balance as the Supreme Court’s 2014 term draws rapidly to a close this month. But those aren’t the only big issues on the justices’ plate.
“Free speech and fair elections. Religious liberty and racial discrimination. Clean air and capital punishment. All await rulings over the next three weeks as the court completes action on 20 cases remaining this term. The next decisions will come Monday morning.
“Here’s a look at the Elite Eight:
“• Same-sex marriage. In a decision likely to come on the term’s last day — possibly June 29 or 30 — the court will decide whether gays and lesbians have a constitutional right to marry or whether state bans against same-sex marriage can remain in place. . .
“• Obamacare. The future of Obama’s health care law is on the line for the second time in three years, and it’s anyone’s guess how the court will rule.
“Passed in 2010 and narrowly upheld by the court in a 5-4 ruling in 2012, the law has extended health insurance to 12 million Americans. But four words in its lengthy text — “established by the state” — now endanger federal subsidies relied upon by 6.4 million participants in 34 states that did not create their own exchanges or marketplaces. The justices must decide whether the law prohibits that financial aid.
“• Clean air. Environmental regulations approved by the Obama administration regularly come before the Supreme Court, and this year is no exception. A major rule requiring coal- and oil-fired power plants to reduce emissions of mercury and other toxic air pollutants hangs in the balance.
“The justices appeared closely divided on the central issue in the case — whether the Environmental Protection Agency should have considered the nearly $10 billion annual cost in relation to the potential benefits before approving the regulation — when it was argued. A decision in favor of objecting states and utilities could send the EPA back to the drawing board.
“• Housing discrimination. The third time could be the charm for the court’s conservatives, who tried twice in recent years to consider cases challenging the way housing bias claims are decided.
“Under the Fair Housing Act of 1968, minority groups have been able to win lawsuits by showing that housing practices — such as sales, rentals, zoning and lending — have a disparate impact on minorities. Housing industry opponents challenging the law say it was intended only to ban intentional discrimination.
“• Lethal injections. The death penalty also is never far from the high court’s docket. After a steady diet of cases and emergency appeals on issues such as claimed intellectual disabilities and the actions of defense lawyers and prosecutors, the court now must rule on a relatively new method of execution.
“The case involves the use of a sedative called midazolam as part of a three-drug cocktail used by several states, including Oklahoma, where three death-row inmates are challenging its use. Unlike stronger barbiturates that are in short supply, the drug has failed in some cases to block pain and suffering during the lethal injection process.
“• License plates. This is a free speech case that hinges on who is speaking — the state government issuing specialty license plates or the vehicles’ owners.
“Texas, which like every other state issues such plates to produce revenue while promoting a variety of causes, refused to approve the Sons of Confederate Veterans’ request for a plate featuring the Confederate flag. The justices must decide if the government has the right to suppress its own speech or must allow private speech by motorists, no matter how offensive.
“• Political maps. In the second case to reach the court this year on political redistricting, the justices must decide whether nonpartisan commissions can replace state legislatures in drawing congressional district maps every 10 years.
“Those commissions are used in seven states, including California, to take the redistricting process out of the hands of politicians with a vested interest. But the Arizona state Legislature’s Republican majority argued that the Constitution gives that power solely to state legislatures. A majority of the court’s justices appeared to agree during oral arguments.
“• Religious signs. Also from Arizona comes a case combining religious freedom and highway clutter. Tiny Good News Community Church is challenging the town of Gilbert’s sign ordinances, which restrict signs advertising upcoming events — such as church services — far more than political and ideological signs.
“While acknowledging that local governments can regulate for the purposes of beautification, the justices likely will rule that the town went too far in limiting church event signs to 6 square feet and 13 hours. That would be good news for Good News.”
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JANET: Legislative Outreach Team
Our Republic is dying. Our voices mean almost nothing to either Party. Will you help try to save our exceptional Republic?
Valley Forge Patriots is resurrecting its successful Legislative Outreach Team to forward our constitutional agenda on local, state and national issues..
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Noah Wall, Freedom Works: Common Core
We need to get involved if we are going to save our schools.
We’ve been sounding the alarm about the dangers Common Core presents to the future of America. By giving control of our schools to federal government, it places a bureaucrat in between teacher and student. Progressive propaganda is taught to impressionable minds. It reinforces conformity instead of independent thought.
Our friends over at the Berks County Patriots are hosting a debate about Common Core to raise awareness about the dangers this program possesses. Participants will be the Chairman of the State Board of Education Larry Witting, Ryan Bannister from Restoring Education, and Dawn Sweeny a stay at home mom and activist. There will also be school board representatives, teachers and parents participating as well. This debate will prove that getting your local community in control of education is what’s best for the children of America’s future.
Common Core Debate June18th 2015 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM 312 Gernants Church Rd., Leesport, PA 19533
Let’s make freedom work in Pennsylvania.
Noah Wall Director of Grassroots