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Middle-aged white guy who believes in justice and equality for all. Math and computer analyst with additional 21st century jack-of-all-trades skills. I'm a stud, not a dud!

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Trae Crowder Says The Liberal Redneck Is Just Him Being Himself 'Times 11'

The climate of our political landscape may seem more unnecessarily divided than a Cici's Pizza pie, but just because you don't agree with certain views doesn't mean you can't find them funny.

Comedian Trae Crowder who's also known by his YouTube moniker as "The Liberal Redneck," says he performs in front of crowds that usually contain a handful of conservatives.

"They do typically come because their liberal wife or sometimes husband drag them to the show, but there are conservatives at our shows," Crowder says. "Generally, their take on it is, 'I don't agree with what y'all said but y'all were funny, though.' That's typically how it goes."

Crowder's act is rooted in the idea of smashing misconceptions by being a walking one himself. The Tennessee native speaks with a thick, proud Southern accent and wears flannel shirts and jeans in his shows, but the ideas that fall out of his mouth whether he's onstage doing stand-up in a live show like the one he's doing on Saturday, Oct. 5, at The Majestic or recording a video as The Liberal Redneck are unapologetically liberal.

Read more: https://www.dallasobserver.com/arts/trae-crowder-known-for-his-liberal-redneck-character-gets-real-about-politics-ahead-of-dallas-show-11759230
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Oct 1, 2019, 07:00 AM (0 replies)

Beto O'Rourke: When It Comes to Fighting Gun Violence, Listen to the Kids

The month following the massacre in Parkland, students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School held the March For Our Lives, inspiring more than a million Americans across the country to march with them, including me and my family.

With my son Henry on my shoulders, I joined hundreds of El Pasoans fighting to end the epidemic of gun violence that took the lives of nearly 40,000 Americans in 2017.

As we finished marching, we were met by counter-protesters flaunting AR-15s. And when Henry saw them, he asked me why they were there — because, in his mind, assault weapons didn’t belong at a March For Our Lives.

I told him he didn’t have anything to worry about. “Just ignore them,” I said.

Read more: https://www.teenvogue.com/story/beto-orourke-fighting-gun-violence-march-for-our-lives-op-ed
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Oct 1, 2019, 06:50 AM (0 replies)

Beto O'Rourke: When It Comes to Fighting Gun Violence, Listen to the Kids

The month following the massacre in Parkland, students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School held the March For Our Lives, inspiring more than a million Americans across the country to march with them, including me and my family.

With my son Henry on my shoulders, I joined hundreds of El Pasoans fighting to end the epidemic of gun violence that took the lives of nearly 40,000 Americans in 2017.

As we finished marching, we were met by counter-protesters flaunting AR-15s. And when Henry saw them, he asked me why they were there — because, in his mind, assault weapons didn’t belong at a March For Our Lives.

I told him he didn’t have anything to worry about. “Just ignore them,” I said.

Read more: https://www.teenvogue.com/story/beto-orourke-fighting-gun-violence-march-for-our-lives-op-ed
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Oct 1, 2019, 06:50 AM (0 replies)

As an older worker in Connecticut, what's it like trying to find a new job? Here's what we learned.

Imagine, late in your career, creating a LinkedIn profile, chopping your extensive resume down to two pages, and peppering your cover letter with algorithm-friendly keywords.

After months of trying, you finally land the elusive phone or in-person interview with a hiring manager. And then: crickets.

Computer programmer Mark Kirschblum has been looking for work since December 2018.

"It's more of a science, almost an art," Kirschblum says. "I'm somewhat introverted, so to do the networking gets me out of my comfort zone. But you do what you have to do."

Read more: https://www.courant.com/politics/capitol-watch/hc-pol-capitol-watch-podcast-older-workers-in-connecticut-20191001-dr7ltx7bbna6pc6xvugeovvt7i-story.html
(Hartford Courant)

Sen. Murphy pushing for funds for Long Island Sound projects

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy says he’s helped secure investments for the Long Island Sound in Senate appropriations bills.

The Connecticut Democrat, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said Friday the funding was included in appropriations bills recently approved by the committee.

The funding includes $16 million for the Long Island Sound Geographic Program, a $2 million increase from last year and $75 million for the National Sea Grant College Program, an increase of $7 million from last year.

The appropriations bills also include $15.5 million for aquaculture programs within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which partially fund the Milford Lab, and language supporting the expansion of the National Estuarine Research Reserve System.

Read more: http://www.myrecordjournal.com/News/State/Sen-Murphy-pushing-for-funds-for-Long-Island-Sound-projects.html
(Meriden Record Journal)
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Oct 1, 2019, 06:28 AM (0 replies)

Paying more to download

HARTFORD — Among a slew of new taxes set to go into effect Tuesday is an increase in the sales tax on “digital goods,” which will apply to a variety of things including movie and television internet streaming platforms, like Hulu and Netflix.

The tax increase is expected to raise $27.5 million and $37.1 million in the two years of the biennial budget, according to the nonpartisan Office of Fiscal Analysis.

The state budget defines digital goods as any audio, audio-visual, reading materials, or ring tones that are electronically accessed or transferred, including e-books.

Proponents of the new tax say it is an attempt to create parity among internet and traditional goods and services.

Read more: https://www.journalinquirer.com/politics_and_government/paying-more-to-download/article_a33da878-e13b-11e9-a877-f301e5ebfaf2.html
(Manchester Journal Inquirer)
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Oct 1, 2019, 05:59 AM (0 replies)

Minimum wage to increase to $11 an hour on Oct. 1

HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) – A new law, which takes effect on Tuesday, raises the state’s minimum wage from $10.10 to $11 an hour.

That wage will go to $15 in 2023.

Many businesses are being affected. Grocery stores are being greatly impacted because they hire a lot of minimum wage employees.

One grocery store says it’s one of the reasons they will have to close.

After nearly 10 year, a Shop Rite in West Hartford will be closing.

Read more: https://www.wfsb.com/news/minimum-wage-to-increase-on-oct/article_673b0c0c-e3bc-11e9-9b6b-6b9661ba4b1b.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Oct 1, 2019, 05:48 AM (0 replies)

State community colleges cut personnel

The two-year institutions in the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities system were instructed this summer to cut their deficit spending for the 2020 fiscal year from an estimated $19.6 million to $8 million. The reductions presented at a Board of Regents meeting recently totaled $9.4 million.

They’ll spend about $8.7 million from reserve funds this year, after some proposed cuts were rejected to limit impact on students, officials said. Additional revenue and benefits savings also helped closed the gap.

“While this number is slightly higher than the $8 million cap set by the Board, it is reasonable to expect that additional attrition or other savings opportunities will develop over the remainder of the year,” CSCU staff wrote in a summary of the cuts to the board’s Finance and Infrastructure Committee.

The cuts were called for in the $1.28 billion budget approved by the Board of Regents in June.

Read more: https://www.middletownpress.com/news/article/Your-Money-Your-State-State-community-colleges-14476796.php

Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Oct 1, 2019, 05:08 AM (0 replies)

State Seeking $1.5 Million Penalty For East Hartford Mortgage Firm

HARTFORD, CT — The state Banking Department’s decision to pursue revoking the license of East Hartford-based mortgage firm 1st Alliance Lending came after it discovered that pre-approval screening staff were doing more than collecting information, an attorney for the department said Tuesday.

A hearing on the state’s revocation began Tuesday in an unremarkable Banking Department conference room in the agency’s Constitution Plaza offices.

1st Alliance has fiercely contested the state’s actions, and has accused the state of conducting an unfair and vindictive investigation to put the firm out of business. The company has said the intake employees were only a first step in the mortgage pre-approval process, and that nobody would have confused them with a decision-maker in the loan process.

Attorney Stacey Serrano in her opening statement said there was harm to consumers in Connecticut and nationally, even if it’s “non-quantifiable.” She said consumers dealing with these screeners, who were not licensed as mortgage loan originators, were steered toward particular products and were not offered the level of transparency they should have been.

Read more: https://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/archives/entry/20190924_state_seeking_1.5_million_penalty_for_east_hartford_mortgage_firm/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Oct 1, 2019, 04:59 AM (0 replies)

Physician Board Recommends Chronic Pain For Connecticut's Medical Marijuana Program

HARTFORD, CT — The Medical Marijuana Program Board of Physicians has recommended adding chronic pain and Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome to the list of approved conditions for the use of medical marijuana.

The doctors met Friday morning, where they also declined to add night terrors/parasomnia to the list of approved medical conditions because of a lack of research into the use of cannabis for treatment.

Neither chronic pain nor Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome was recommended for patients under 18.

The board’s vote begins a lengthy review period for state agencies to draft regulations for chronic pain and Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome patients to eventually participate in the program. Department of Consumer Protection Commissioner Michelle Seagull said the process can take about a year.

Read more: https://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/archives/entry/20190927_physician_board_recommends_chronic_pain_for_connecticuts_medical/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Oct 1, 2019, 04:50 AM (0 replies)
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