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RandySF's Journal
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May 17, 2024

Mercedes union vote fails: Workers reject UAW plans for Alabama automaker

Workers at Mercedes-Benz’s automotive plants east of Tuscaloosa have voted against being represented by the United Auto Workers union.

The workers voted 2,045 to 2,642 against union representation, according to the National Labor Relation Board.

There were 51 challenged ballots that will not be counted, because they will not change the outcome of the election, the NRLB stated. There were five void ballots. The total number of eligible voters was 5,075.

Each side has five business days to file objections to the election, alleging that there was interference in the election.


May 17, 2024

Legislation enacting total ban on child marriage in Missouri dies in the House

Child marriage will remain legal in Missouri for at least another year after Republican House leaders said they don’t have enough time to pass it.

Under current Missouri law, anyone under 16 is prohibited from getting married. But 16 and 17 year olds can get married with parental consent to anyone under 21.

Under legislation that cleared the Senate with virtually no opposition earlier this year, marriage would be banned for anyone under 18. “It was very surprising that the House has not allowed it to come to the body,” said Republican state Sen. Holly Thompson Rehder of Scott City, who sponsored the bill along with Sen. Lauren Arthur, a Democrat of Kansas City.

“Banning child marriage should not be controversial. When I filed this bill, I had no idea it would be controversial,” Rehder added.


May 17, 2024

NH: Senate passes voter ID law, but Republicans say they may pare it back

The Senate passed a bill Thursday that would require that New Hampshire voters produce evidence they are U.S. citizens in order to register to vote, and tighten voter identification requirements on Election Day.

In a party-line, 13-10 vote, the chamber passed House Bill 1569, which Republicans said would better ensure that voters are eligible to vote before casting ballots, and which Democrats warned would lead to disenfranchisement of people who can’t quickly access those documents.

The bill has not left the Senate yet; it was referred to the Senate Finance Committee, and will come back to the Senate floor for a final vote before heading back to the House. Gov. Chris Sununu indicated he doesn’t support the bill, but has stopped short of committing to vetoing it.

“I’m really not looking to make any significant changes,” Sununu said Wednesday in response to a question about the bill. “So any bill that got to my desk would have to be fulfilling a clear need of the system. Overall our election system in New Hampshire works really, really well.”


May 17, 2024

Thanks to Democratic Trifecta, Minnesota Will Soon Have One of the Nation's First Laws Protecting School Library Books

WASHINGTON — Democratic majorities in Minnesota delivered another stunning victory this week by passing legislation to stop books from being removed from the shelves of school libraries. Democrats unanimously voted for the bill, which now heads to Democratic Gov. Tim Walz’s desk to become law. This censorship ban comes as a direct response to a growing trend of Republican legislators trying to control and undermine classroom learning on topics like gender, race, sexuality, and gender identity.

Republican-backed book bans impacted over 1,500 book titles in the 2022-23 school year across more than 30 states. As if that isn’t extreme enough, at least 100 bills are being considered across 27 states this year to further censor school library books and even criminalize librarians. Democratic legislatures are on the frontlines of combating these toxic culture wars – Democrats in Washington, Maryland, and Illinois have passed bills prohibiting book bans, and Minnesota will soon join the ranks.

The Democratic trifecta in Minnesota has been a shining example of what Democrats do in leadership, and defending the trifecta is a top priority for the DLCC this year. DFLers have passed legislation to fund free breakfast and lunch for K-12 students, increase funding for mental health services, establish paid family leave, and enshrine protections for abortion into state law. The Minnesota House is a key chamber on our target map in 2024, and the DLCC is taking nothing for granted as we fight to defend the Democratic majority and build on our historic progress.

“Republican book bans are toxic and unpopular. School libraries should be home to learning and exploration, not a battleground for censorship and bigotry. Minnesota Democrats took essential action this week to keep culture wars out of the classroom by becoming one of the first states in the country to ban book bans. Minnesota Democrats have made clear they stand on the side of learning and education, not chilling authoritarianism. This is just the latest in a long line of accomplishments achieved by the Democratic trifecta and the latest proof point of the stakes of defending legislative control in 2024. The DLCC is committed to defending the majority in the Minnesota House and ensuring the progress made in our communities continues.”


May 17, 2024

The man convicted of attacking ex-Speaker Nancy Pelosi's husband with a hammer has been sentenced to 30 years in prison.


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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The man convicted of attacking ex-Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband with a hammer has been sentenced to 30 years in prison.
May 17, 2024

Missouri initiative petition bill, a top GOP priority, dies on final day of session

The Missouri Senate put its dysfunction on display one last time Friday when it adjourned minutes after reconvening, effectively killing efforts to send voters a ballot measure changing the majority needed to pass constitutional amendments.

The decision to quit almost eight hours before the constitutional deadline shows how little tolerance Republican leadership had for remaining in the same room with their factional foes in the Missouri Freedom Caucus.

The motion to adjourn was made by Senate Majority Leader Cindy O’Laughlin, who said that after days of ugly confrontations between senators, “I thought it would be good to end in a more cordial way.”

The Missouri House continued to work on legislation. The only notice taken of the Senate’s absence was a burst of laughter when the clerk announced there were “no messages to be read in from the Senate.”


May 17, 2024

MI-SEN: Dems allege forgery, fraud on GOP petitions for Michigan U.S. Senate seat

Michigan Democrats are asking state elections officials to investigate the nominating petitions of several top Republican U.S. Senate candidates, alleging evidence of the kind of fraud and potential forgery that disqualified several gubernatorial candidates two years ago.

In a Friday letter to the Michigan Board of State Canvassers, attorneys for the Michigan Democratic Party and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee asked election officials to investigate nominating petitions submitted by Republican U.S. Senate candidates Mike Rogers, Sandy Pensler and Justin Amash, as well as former candidate Peter Meijer.

The request claims that the candidates’ submissions appear to be “infected” with potentially fraudulent signatures, pointing to instances of petition sheets that appeared to be filled out by only one person, voters’ names appearing across multiple petitions in different handwriting and mismatches in petition circulator handwriting as evidence that the petitions warrant further review.

“The Board should not certify any of these candidates for the ballot until it has conclusively determined that they have submitted 15,000 valid signatures from actual Michigan voters, as required by law,” the letter reads.


May 17, 2024

UAW vote count underway at Mercedes-Benz plant in Vance

VANCE, Ala. — The results of the United Auto Workers Union vote could be announced as soon as Friday afternoon.

The vote count got underway Friday morning, and if everything goes smoothly, the results could be in around 12:30 to 1 p.m. when UAW is holding a news conference.

If workers vote to join the UAW, this would be a major win for the union in the south. It would come soon after Volkswagen in Chattanooga, Tennessee, voted to join, adding thousands of members from this region.

Friday's vote could be close, as WVTM 13 has spoken with employees on both sides of the issue. Both believe they have enough support to come out on top.


May 17, 2024

Cook Political moves AZ-SEN from 'Tossup' to 'Lean Democrat'.


Jessica Taylor
@JessicaTaylor · 5h
New at @CookPolitical from me: My latest Senate overview. Republicans are projected to pick up between 1-4 Senate seats and are the favorites to win the majority, but #AZSen is slipping down the list and we are shifting it from Toss Up to Lean D
May 17, 2024


TALLAHASSEE, FL – A federal court today (May 15) permanently blocked a provision of Florida law S.B. 7050 that undermines community-based organizations performing voter registration and civic engagement.

The lawsuit, Hispanic Federation v. Byrd, was filed last year by voting and immigrants’ rights advocates and specifically focuses on the law’s noncitizen provision, which would impose a $50,000 fine on an organization for each noncitizen person who “collects” or “handles” voter registration forms on its behalf.

The restrictions included lawful permanent residents, many of whom have long-time, close ties to the communities in which they reside.

Hispanic Federation and Poder Latinx, along with three individual noncitizen plaintiffs, challenged S.B. 7050. They are represented by the American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of Florida, LatinoJustice PRLDEF, Dēmos, and Arnold & Porter.


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