Minimum Wage: Fiction and Facts

If there is a single measure to boost a sustainable economic recovery, raising the minimum wage is it.

  • 1. Fiction: Increasing the minimum wage will cause a loss of jobs.
  • Fact: Twenty-one [21] states have minimum wages above the federally mandated minimum of $7.25. In ALL of those 21 states there has been net job growth, and many of those states will increase minimum wages to $10.10 by 2016.

Fay-O goes off the rails in rant about DACA voter registrations

Halloween isn't here yet, but teh scary little brown monsters apparently are:

This is the first time the State Board of Elections, which Republicans took over after the last governor's race in 2012, has analyzed data from the Department of Motor Vehicles and the federal Department of Homeland Security to check for cheaters.

"We are working to ensure that no ballot cast by a noncitizen will count in this election or any future election," said Kim Westbrook, the board's executive director.

The Board of Elections can also refer cases to state and federal prosecutors for criminal charges. What's at stake is the integrity of our election system. Regional elections tell us that small numbers of voters can make a difference in close contests and that some people are willing to engage in mischief to win.

Aside from pointing out her name is actually Kim Westbrook Strach, which makes me wonder if she's stopped using her last name when contacted by the media for fear they'll notice who her husband is, I'll let my posted comment answer the rest:

Tuesday Twitter roundup

We'll start out with a detestable specimen of right-wing trickery:

He's lucky I wasn't there at the time. Evil Steve has been itching to emerge, if only for a few minutes.

Tillis is still toast

I've been away for a month, celebrating my retirement ... and decompressing a bit from the frenzy of politics that has occupied my life for the past ten years. A lot has changed in my absence. Fall has arrived, for example, and North Carolina is more beautiful than ever.

But in the political arena, things look pretty much like they did when I left. Money continues to be a blight on our democracy. Our valiant teachers continue to work for our children, despite being shafted by our Republican government. Duke Energy still calls the shots at DENR. And no matter how much he tries to present himself as a decent guy - and no matter how much national right-wingers spend on his behalf - Thom Tillis can't buy votes from anyone besides assholes and bigots. There are a ton of both in North Carolina, but not nearly enough to give him a victory. Polls continue to show Hagan beating Tillis, just like they always have.

Keep working, vote early, and stay strong. Thom Tillis is still toast.


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