Daily Fix, Dec 23

In today’s Fix: a re-cap of the lame-duck session, a Utah legislator makes ATR’s “nice” list, Scott Matheson is confirmed to the 10th Circuit Court, the 4 people have tossed their hat in the ring (so far) to replace Ron Bigelow, the top 20 things that became obsolete during the last decade and awkward family…

House invokes martial law!

Not with the National Guard but with the lame duck session, which is almost as concerning and perhaps more dangerous. Rep. Louise Slaughter introduced martial law this morning, effective through December 18th. Under “martial law“, the rules that require at least one day between the unveiling of significant legislation and the House floor vote on…

Poor hurt the most by expiration of Bush tax cuts

Poor hurt the most by expiration of Bush tax cuts

On Jan 1st, the Bush tax cuts are set to expire. The child tax credit will be cut in half, the standard deductions and income credits decrease and the 10 percent tax bracket – aimed at non-wealthy taxpayers – goes away. While wealthier taxpayers pay more in taxes and stand to lose more in total…

Lame duck immigration legislation

Lame duck immigration legislation

Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) introduced an immigration bill a couple of days before the Senate adjourned until November 15th. There was, of course, no time to act on that bill except to refer it to committee where it will likely die. Republicans weren’t impressed. According to a Politico article: Republicans think the legislation is just…

No more Right-to-Work states?

No more Right-to-Work states?

Utah is one of 22 right-to-work states where workers can actually CHOOSE whether to join a union or not, if their work is unionized. In the other 28 states – also called “forced dues” states – anyone working at a unionized place of employment is forced to pay union dues or lose their jobs. In…