Florida Gov. Jeb Bush was booed and jeered when he walked into a public hearing Thursday on his plan to end affirmative action programs for women and people of color in state university admissions and contracts. The crowd's reaction was so loud it drowned out the hearing chairman's pounding gavel.
State Sen. Kendrick Meek was joined by his mother U.S. Representative Carrie Meek on stage to speak out against Bush's plan. "The pain the governor feels is a self-inflicted wound," said Carrie Meek.
The hearings were held in response to a sit-in staged last month by two legislators wherein Bush agreed to delay his order to end affirmative action for women and people of color until the matter was brought before the public. Opponents of Bush's plan argue that it will not encourage diversity nor would state lawmakers would approve the $20 million to $30 million in financial aid required to boost needy minority students' ability to attend college.
10/30/2014 Medication Abortion Access Threatened by Oklahoma Court Ruling - An Oklahoma state district court judge has refused to block a state law restricting medication abortion, clearing the way for the law to go into affect on November 1.
The Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice, together with a local abortion clinic in Tulsa, challenged HB 2684 in September, arguing that the law was an unconstitutional restriction on non-surgical abortion in the earliest weeks of pregnancy. . . .
10/30/2014 UPS Switches Pregnant Worker Policy Ahead of Supreme Court Case - The United Parcel Service (UPS) is changing its policy on light duty assignments for pregnant workers, even though the company will stand by its refusal to extend accommodations to a former employee in an upcoming Supreme Court case.
UPS announced on Monday in a memo to employees, and in a brief filed with the US Supreme Court, that the company will begin offering temporary, light-duty positions to pregnant workers on January 1, 2015. . . .
10/29/2014 North Dakota Supreme Court Upholds Abortion Restrictions - The North Dakota Supreme Court yesterday upheld a set of misguided restrictions on medication abortion, allowing what is effectively a ban on early, non-surgical abortions in the state to go into effect immediately.
The decision overturned a lower court order finding the law, known as HB 1297, unconstitutional and permanently blocking its enforcement. . . .