If two workers are doing the same job, have the same experience, and are putting in the same hours, it seems only fair that they should receive the same pay, right? And yet, millions of American workers are being paid nearly one-quarter less – simply because they are women.
That's right -- on average, women in America still only make 77 cents for every dollar their male counterparts get for the exact same work.
The Supreme Court's horrendous rulings in the Citizens United and McCutcheon cases have stabbed democracy in the back. Congressman Alan Grayson has filed eight bills to reverse this assault, a "Save Our Democracy" Platform.
Here are the eight bills:
The Kochs have already spent an unprecedented $27 million in an attempt to smear Democratic Senate candidates. In North Carolina, they have now aired a record FIVE THOUSAND attack ads, spending $9 million to defeat Democrat Kay Hagan – more than all Democratic Groups have spent in every Senate battleground combined.
If they are able to buy a Republican Senate majority, they stand to profit from unfair corporate tax breaks, looser regulations, and harmful tax loopholes for outsourcing jobs.
The situation in Ukraine is a highly volatile one, and as bad as it already is, the potential is there for it to get much, much worse. That is why level-headed leaders from all over the world are working hard to try to defuse it.
Unfortunately, here in America, Republicans are undermining those efforts by shamelessly exploiting the situation for political purposes. John McCain, Sarah Palin, and other Republican leaders are spewing "tough guy" talk that ranges from irresponsible to outright unhinged.
Breaking news from Texas:
"A federal judge in San Antonio declared Texas' ban on gay marriage unconstitutional Wednesday. But U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia issued a stay along with the ruling, so the ban remains in place for the time being. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott (R), who is running for governor against state Sen. Wendy Davis (D), is expected to appeal the decision." (click for full article)
In a move eerily reminiscent of Jim Crow laws of the past, the Republican-dominated Arizona legislature has passed a measure (SB 1062) that would allow businesses to deny service to customers who are gay. It now goes to Governor Jan Brewer, who has said she has not yet decided whether to sign it.
Yes, no better way to close the gender gap than to have Ted Nugent appear on stage with you. Not to mention the sanity gap.
With the world's attention focused on Sochi for the Olympics, outrage is growing over the plight of Russia's LGBT community. A recently-enacted "gay propaganda" law has helped unleash a wave of anti-gay violence, and a proposed new law would actually remove children from the homes of LGBT parents.
And in the category of "I can't believe we have to explain to these guys why this is offensive," we have this.
Daiquiri Factory, a new bar in Spokane, Washington, is featuring a drink named: