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US Supreme Court to consider voting rights for territories

Just weeks after the one-year anniversary of Hurricanes Maria and Irma hitting Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, the issue of disenfranchisement in U.S. territories will be considered by both the U.S. Supreme Court and the Organization of American States Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on the same day.

"The opportunity to have either the Supreme Court or the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights take up the issue of voting rights in U.S. territories is momentous in its own right. But to have both do it on the same day is something truly special," said Neil Weare, president and Founder of Equally American, a nonprofit that advocates for equality and civil rights for the nearly 4 million Americans who live in U.S. territories.

The issue of disenfranchisement in U.S. territories is especially timely as the U.S. Senate considers whether to confirm President Donald Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court. Residents of U.S. territories are the only Americans who cannot vote for president and lack any representation in the U.S. Senate, meaning they are denied any political voice in the nomination or confirmation of a Supreme Court justice, Weare's organization stated.

Read more: https://www.postguam.com/news/local/us-supreme-court-to-consider-voting-rights-for-territories/article_bc4adbb6-c624-11e8-a573-bf0b896319c1.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Oct 2, 2018, 09:40 PM (0 replies)

Trump approves typhoon bailout for GovGuam; residents still waiting

The government of Guam will receive federal financial assistance for its costs associated with Typhoon Mangkhut, and to be better prepared for future storms, but it is unclear if federal assistance also will be given to residents who suffered losses and damage, according to Guam Homeland Security.

President Trump approved Gov. Eddie Calvo’s request for a major disaster declaration, which means FEMA will pay part of the cost of debris removal, emergency protective measures, and impacts to roads, utilities, parks and public buildings, according to Homeland Security.

It also will provide funding to help Guam build back stronger, to reduce the risk to life and property from future hazards, according to Homeland Security.

Trump has not made a decision on whether FEMA should provide individual assistance to Guam, including money to rent temporary housing and money to repair damaged homes if insurance does not cover it. Individual assistance also can cover the replacement of clothing, vehicle repairs and the cost of items used for cleanup, among other things.

Read more: https://www.guampdn.com/story/news/2018/10/02/trump-approves-typhoon-bailout-govguam-residents-still-waiting/1495132002/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Oct 2, 2018, 09:28 PM (0 replies)

New minimum wages for American Samoa go into effect

Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Screen shot as of last Saturday morning of the updated American Samoa minimum wage poster on the US Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division website, indicating the new 40 cent per hour wage hike which became effective yesterday, Sept. 30, 2018.

The federally mandated minimum wage increase covers all 17 industry sectors in American Samoa.

Under the new minimum wage, the canneries — the largest private employer in American Samoa and includes the can plant in Satala — the rate is $5.56 per hour.

The American Samoa Government, the largest employer in the territory, falls under the ‘Government Employees Industry', where the new minimum wage is $5.21 per hour.

Read more: http://www.samoanews.com/local-news/new-minimum-wages-american-samoa-go-effect
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Oct 2, 2018, 09:15 PM (0 replies)

NMI minimum wage hits fed ceiling

A snapshot of the CNMI based merely on its minimum wage paints a very different picture from just 11 years ago, in 2007, when the minimum wage was pegged at $3.05 an hour, making the CNMI a low-wage economy. That’s no longer true.

Starting in 2007, staggered 50-cent increases across many years to allow CNMI businesses time to absorb the impact eventually brought the CNMI’s minimum wage to the federal level of $7.25 an hour last Sept. 30.

Capt. (retired) James Burke is proud to say that he is the only American on Saipan who owns a mom-and-pop store—a small business owner that doesn’t mind making a small profit if he could offer better-priced goods to consumers.

Burke and his wife, Apple, are a two-person team that employs five other people to help them with their daily operations of the Friendly Market in San Jose.

Read more: https://www.saipantribune.com/index.php/nmi-minimum-wage-hits-fed-ceiling/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Oct 2, 2018, 08:04 PM (0 replies)

Suspicious activity warning in Guam and the CNMI

Telecommunications firm IT&E, which operates both in Guam and the CNMI, issued a notice yesterday on its social media account, warning customers of “suspicious activity.”

“We’ve received reports that our subscribers are getting calls from +88182151200 and +88127175299. We recommend that you do not answer or call the number back, while Guam Homeland Security & Civil Defense along with the Marianas Regional Fusion Center, are monitoring the activity,” the company said in its Facebook page.

The post issued the following guidelines: For your security, we recommend that you:

-Don’t answer unexpected calls from unusual international numbers.

-Don’t answer calls from blocked or calls labeled as unknown.

-Don’t give out personal and/or financial information to unknown callers

Read more: https://www.saipantribune.com/index.php/suspicious-activity-warning/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Oct 2, 2018, 06:55 PM (2 replies)

Beto O'Rourke dismisses Abbott 'cult' critique, calls his appeal democracy in action

O’Rourke drew large crowds in Lockhart and Elgin on Monday, dismissing Gov. Greg Abbott calling his appeal ‘cult-like.’

ELGIN — Gov. Greg Abbott told “Fox & Friends” Monday morning that Democrat Beto O’Rourke’s high-flying U.S. Senate campaign will come down to Earth when Texans find out what he stands for.

“Listen, we’ve seen this show before,” Abbott said. “We saw it at my first race for governor four years ago, when Wendy Davis was getting money and support from across the entire country, only to lose by 20 percentage points once it was revealed the positions that she really stood for. The same thing is happening for Beto O’Rourke.”

“He’s been a cultlike, very popular figure, the way he’s running his campaign. But you don’t vote on cults when you go to the U.S. Senate; you vote on the issues,” Abbott said.

But, to judge by O’Rourke’s appearances Monday before large crowds crackling with excitement in Lockhart and Elgin, the cult of Beto is only getting more frenetic, even in places that preferred Donald Trump to Hillary Clinton two years ago.

Read more: https://www.statesman.com/news/20181001/beto-orourke-dismisses-abbott-cult-critique-calls-his-appeal-democracy-in-action
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Oct 2, 2018, 06:28 PM (3 replies)

Onyeri sentenced to life in prison for Judge Julie Kocurek shooting

AUSTIN -- U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel sentenced Chimene Onyeri to life in prison for the 2015 shooting of Travis County state District Judge Julie Kocurek.

Yeakel announced his decision on Tuesday afternoon in a federal courtroom in Austin.

Prosecutors with the federal government had requested a life sentence and bolstered their case Monday with testimony they believe ties Onyeri to two unrelated homicides in Houston. In final arguments, lead prosecutor Gregg Sofer called Onyeri a “cold-blooded killer.”

There is no parole in the federal courts system, meaning Onyeri will likely spend the rest of his life behind bars.

Read more: https://www.statesman.com/news/20181002/onyeri-sentenced-to-life-in-prison-for-kocurek-shooting
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Oct 2, 2018, 06:21 PM (0 replies)

Members of California white supremacist group arrested in connection with deadly Charlottesville

Members of California white supremacist group arrested in connection with deadly Charlottesville rally

Four militant white nationalists from California were arrested by federal authorities Tuesday on charges that they traveled to Virginia with the intent to incite a riot and commit violence at last year’s deadly far-right rallies in Charlottesville.

Thomas Cullen, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Virginia, announced that charges had been filed against Benjamin Drake Daley, 25, of Redondo Beach; Thomas Walter Gillen, 34, of Redondo Beach; Michael Paul Miselis, 29, of Lawndale; and Cole Evan White, 24, of Clayton. All four were set to appear in federal court in Los Angeles on Tuesday afternoon.

The four are all members of the so-called Rise Above Movement, a white supremacist group based in Southern California that espouses anti-Semitism, promotes “clean living” and meets regularly in public parks to train in physical fitness, boxing and other street fighting techniques, according to the affidavit.

Last August, the four California men traveled to Charlottesville, the affidavit says, to join hundreds of other white nationalists at a rally organized by Richard Spencer, the leader of a white supremacist think tank, to protest the planned removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

Read more: http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-charlottesville-charges-20181002-story.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Oct 2, 2018, 06:07 PM (1 replies)

California bans secret settlements in sexual harassment cases

California will require its workers to take regular sexual harassment training and forbid secret settlements when they sue their employers.

Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday signed several bills that aim to prevent workplace harassment and help victims of sexual misconduct seek justice.

After explosive reporting last fall uncovered widespread abuse by Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, the #MeToo movement ignited a national discussion on sexual harassment, including in California politics.

Lawmakers responded this session by passing more than a dozen measures that experts said could make the state a national leader on the issue.

Read more: https://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article218830265.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Oct 2, 2018, 05:52 PM (1 replies)

Vandals dress Democrat as a Nazi and deface Republican's signs in California House race

Both the Republican and Democrat running in California’s 1st District House race have taken to social media to decry the recent theft and vandalism of their campaign signs.

Rep. Doug LaMalfa, R-Oroville, went on Facebook first, in a Sept. 26 post showing what appeared to be several of his campaign signs defaced with spray paint.

“My campaign signs are being stolen and vandalized repeatedly,” he wrote. “It is worse than I’ve ever seen it. If you see one let us know so we can replace it. Unlike previous years, this isn’t kids just goofing around, it’s targeted.”

LaMalfa, who has served in Congress since 2013, is running for re-election against Audrey Denney, a Chico Democrat.

Read more: https://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article219320040.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Oct 2, 2018, 05:41 PM (0 replies)
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