Category Progressives_Moving_Forward

Chipotle Increases Wages Resulting In $15 Per Hour Average Wage And Provides Path To Six Figure Compensation In ~3 Years

Company is looking to hire 20,000 employees across the U.S. with starting wage ranges from $11-$18 per hour to support current demand and future growth

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., May 10, 2021 /PRNEWSWIRE/ — Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG) today announced it is increasing restaurant wages resulting in a $15 average hourly wage by the end of June. In addition to best-in-class benefits and a competitive hourly rate, Chipotle’s crew members can advance to a Restaurateur, the highest General Manager position, in as little as three and a half years, with average compensation of $100,000 while leading a multi-million-dollar growing business.

The wage increases for new and existing hourly and salaried restaurant employees will be rolled out over the next few weeks and will result in hourly crew member starting wages ranging from $11-$18 per hour.

Chipotle has also introduced a $200 employee referral bonus for crew members and a $750 referral bonus for Apprentices or General Managers.

To accommodate its peak season and staff the estimated 200 restaurants it plans to open this year, Chipotle is looking to hire 20,000 new team members across the U.S. For more information on job openings in your area, visit: HTTPS://JOBS.CHIPOTLE.COM/.

“Chipotle is committed to providing industry-leading benefits and accelerated growth opportunities, and we hope to attract even more talent by showcasing the potential income that can be achieved in a few short years,” said Marissa Andrada, Chief Diversity, Inclusion and People Officer at Chipotle.… Read the rest here >>>

Manchin Prefers Allowing GOP Voter Suppression Laws In Order To Protect What McConnell and Manchin Call The Integrity of the Senate

While Senator Joe Manchin is demanding that both parties agree on any further federal voting-rights legislation, a new study quantifies how completely Republicans have excluded Democrats from the passage of the restrictive voting laws proliferating in red states.

In places such as Florida, Georgia, Arizona, Iowa, Kansas, and Montana, the most restrictive laws approved this year have passed on total or near-complete party-line votes, with almost all state legislative Republicans voting for the bills and nearly all Democrats uniting against them, according to an analysis of state voting records provided exclusively to The Atlantic by the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU.

That pattern of unrelenting partisanship has left many state-level Democrats incredulous at the repeated insistence by Manchin, a conservative Democrat from West Virginia, that he will support new federal voting-rights legislation only if at least some Republican senators agree to it.

Manchin is “acting like Republicans and Democrats are working together on this stuff, and Republicans in Arizona have completely shut the Democrats out of the [legislative] process,” Katie Hobbs, the Democratic secretary of state there, told me in an interview. Similarly, Jennifer Konfrst, the Democratic whip in the Iowa House of Representatives said, “It is unfathomable to me that we would look at this issue and say we have to bring Republicans along, in this political climate, in order to make true change.

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It’s Great To Be Partisan, It’s Necessary For Effective Democracy

It’s great to be partisan, when partisanship more accurately reflects the will of the People.

Effective democracy reflects the majority will of the People. Effective democracy is not measured by equal input from both political parties in the promulgation of a bill; effective democracy is found when a bill reflects the majority will of the People. Our Founding Fathers literally defined the majority will of the people as a 51 vote majority body in the U.S. Senate.

When our Founding Fathers drafted our Constitution, there were no political parties and our Founding Fathers detested the very idea of political parties; INSTEAD, our FF championed the will of the people in what our Founding Fathers called A MAJORITY BODY RULE. Not 67 votes, not 60 votes, but a 51 vote majority rule. Our Founding Fathers championed a 51 VOTE MAJORITY RULE over party considerations, especially considering there were no parties at that time.

These hardboiled, seminal facts of American history escape the modern politician, be they moderate Democrat or Republican.

Partisanship is American as apple pie. There’s so much partisanship in politics there’s partisanship inside the Democrat Party between moderate Democrats and progressive Democrats.

Bi-partisanship for the sake of bi-partisanship is unacceptable to the American majority who want robust progressive change instead of watered-down, ineffective, status quo policies.… Read the rest here >>>

Pres. Biden/AG Garland/DOJ Owe the American People A Duty to Prosecute Donald J. Trump

‘Trump was an unabated crime wave’: ex-prosecutor lists the atrocities

The Trump Presidency left a blueprint for another Trump-like President to finish the job of destroying democracy that Pres. Trump started.

Donald Trump has legal exposure for a “crime wave” committed while serving as president of the United States, a former federal prosecutor explained on MSNBC on Friday.

Glenn Kirschner told MSNBC anchor Ali Velshi “Donald Trump was an unabated crime wave as president.”

“Even before he became president he committed campaign finance violations with Michael Cohen, for which Michael Cohen went to prison,” he reminded. “Ali, then once he took office he could tick through the felony crimes that we can prove based on the information that has been publicly reported alone, whether it’s the bribery and extortion of President Zelenskiy, the ten counts of obstruction of justice meticulously documented by Bob Mueller in volume 2 of the Trump-Russia report for which Bob Mueller famously testified Donald Trump could be prosecuted upon leaving office.”

“There’s something we often forget about which is obstructing congressional proceedings,” he continued. “Remember, Donald Trump instructed all of his executive branch officials, do not comply with lawfully issued congressional subpoenas. And that’s very different from saying, let’s go in and assert executive privilege and fight it legitimately.”

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Democrats Who Voted With Trump More Often Than Some Republicans


Sen. Joe Manchin voted with President Trump 61% of the time.

U.S. Rep. Sinema voted with President Trump 50.4% of the time.

During the 115th Congress Sinema voted with Trump 62.6% of the time and 26.2% of the time during the 116th Congress, for a career average of 50.4% of the time.

U.S. Rep. Krysten Sinema and U.S. Rep. Tom O’Halleran voted with Trump ten out of eleven key votes.

Democrats Manchin, Sinema and O’Halleran voted with Trump more often than Republicans Biggs, Gosar and Schweikert.

Two Arizona Democrats facing competitive elections this year sided with President Donald Trump’s agenda more in the past three months than most Republicans in the state’s House delegation.

U.S. Reps. Kyrsten Sinema and Tom O’Halleran each voted with the Trump administration’s preferred position on 10 of 11 key votes, as tracked by the website FiveThirtyEight.

That topped the support Trump received from Republican U.S. Reps. Andy Biggs, Paul Gosar and David Schweikert in that time frame. Only U.S. Rep. Martha McSally, who voted with Trump on all 11 occasions, was more in line with the president.

One reason for the common ground may have to do with the votes the House of Representatives has taken so far this year.

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Adam Jentleson Properly Explains the Filibuster

Former Deputy Chief of Staff to former Senate majority leader, Senator Harry Reid (D) Adam Jentleson, author of “KILL SWITCH – THE RISE OF THE MODERN SENATE”

Jentleson: “The filibuster has a very sordid history, it came into existence primarily to support White Supremacy. The movie “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” starring Jimmy Stewart, was made in 1939. During that Jim Crow era, the filibuster and its supermajority threshhold was used exclusively to block civil rights legislation. The only bills killed during that period were civil rights bills. Civil rights bills were actually ready to pass before the 1960s, it’s just that the filibuster was used to block them. Gallup polls from the 1930s showed that 72% of Americans supported an anti-poll tax law, eliminating poll taxes – but were blocked by the filibuster. Fast-forward to today and the filibuster continues to support the forces of the status quo and entrenched power over progressive change. Its use still disproportionately advantages conservatives and entrenched powerful interests over vulnerable populations and progressive change.”

“As soon as the filibuster stood in Mitch McConnell’s way, when it came to Supreme Court nominees, he got rid of it with a flick of the wrist.
It would be folly for Democrats to decline to pass critically important measures that are being blocked by the filibuster, that will continue to be blocked by the filibuster; like Democracy Forum, like the For the People Act, in order to preserve this tool hoping that it would be useful to them, if and when Republicans are back in power; because you would incur a massive upfront costs by not passing these things that are essential to rebalancing and restoring our democracy, and the Republicans would just get rid of it as soon as it was to their advantage to get rid of it.”

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The Filibuster Will Be the Death of Democracy.

If the Democratic Party does not eliminate the filibuster, the filibuster will be the end of democracy by keeping Republicans in power via unconstitutional GOP voter suppression laws.

Folks need to realize conservatives infiltrated the Democratic Party long ago and have kept the filibuster intact for decades. The damn filibuster is THE TOOL conservatives inside the Democratic and Republican parties have used to block meaningful legislation for the middle class/poor and have used to block civil rights/equality bills for decades.

Even long time senior Democratic Senator Dick Durbin once said ending the filibuster, “…would be the end of the Senate as it was originally devised and created going back to our Founding Fathers.”

That is a GOP LIE. The filibuster has never been part of our Constitution.

Traditional old GOP lies about the filibuster have been passed around Congress like a single bottle of Mad Dog wine being passed around a group of drunken alcoholics.

James Madison and our Founding Fathers debated the filibuster and soundly rejected the notion of a filibuster requiring a supermajority of three-fifths or two-thirds of the Senate to stop a filibuster.

They were extremely clear that the Senate should be a MAJORITY RULE (51 votes) BODY.

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2017 Letter From 61 Senators In Support of Keeping Filibuster

The Honorable Mitch McConnell The Honorable Charles E. Schumer
Majority Leader Democratic Leader
United States Senate United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510 Washington, DC 20510

Dear Majority Leader McConnell and Democratic Leader Schumer:

We are writing to urge you to support our efforts to preserve existing rules, practices, and traditions as they pertain to the right of Members to engage in extended debate on legislation before the United States Senate. Senators have expressed a variety of opinions about the appropriateness of limiting debate when we are considering judicial and executive branch nominations. Regardless of our past disagreements on that issue, we are united in our determination to preserve the ability of Members to engage in extended debate when bills are on the Senate floor.

We are mindful of the unique role the Senate plays in the legislative process, and we are steadfastly committed to ensuring that this great American institution continues to serve as the world’s greatest deliberative body. Therefore, we are asking you to join us in opposing any effort to curtail the existing rights and prerogatives of Senators to engage in full, robust, and extended debate as we consider legislation before this body in the future.

Sincerely,

Senators Collins and Coons’ letter was signed by Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), John McCain (R-AZ), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Luther Strange (R-AL), Richard Burr (R-NC), Angus King (I-ME), Mark Warner (D-VA), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Roy Blunt (R-MO), Bob Casey (D-PA), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), John Boozman (R-AR), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), John Thune (R-SD), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Brian Schatz (D-HI), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Michael Enzi (R-WY), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Dean Heller (R-NV), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Rob Portman (R-OH), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), John Kennedy (R-LA), Thad Cochran (R-MS), Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Jon Tester (D-MT), Ben Sasse (R-NE), Thomas Carper (D-DE), Kamala Harris (D-CA), Todd Young (R-IN), Pat Roberts (R-KS), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Bill Nelson (D-FL), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Jack Reed (D-RI), Ed Markey (D-MA), Mike Lee (R-UT), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and Bob Menendez (D-NJ).

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Victims of Christian group tied to Amy Coney Barrett come forward with tales of sexual abuse

Tom Boggioni
June 11, 2021

In interviews with the Washington Post, women who lived under the watchful eye of a Christian group with direct ties to Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett explained that when they went to leaders of the group to describe incidents of sexual assault, they were denied help or ignored.

The report notes that “People of Praise” — described as an organization that “grew out of the charismatic Christian movement of the early 1970s, which adopted practices described in the New Testament of the Bible, including speaking in tongues, the use of prophecy and faith healing” — is now taking a hard look at how they deal with victims of sexual assault in the past.

Case in point, Katie Logan — now 37 — revealed to the Post that she had been sexually assaulted at age 17 by her physics teacher at a school run by People of Praise, told the dean of the school what happened, who then relayed it to another official — and then it was dropped with the teacher, identified as Dave Beskar, moving on to head up several other schools without an investigation. The WaPo adds that Beskar denied anything happened.

According to Logan, People of Praise failed her and other victims.

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Ohio sues Google, seeks to declare the internet company a public utility

Jackie Borchardt
The Columbus Dispatch
June 8,2021

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost has filed a lawsuit asking a court to declare Google a public utility and should be regulated by the government.

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost has filed a lawsuit asking a court to declare Google a public utility that should be regulated as such.

“Google uses its dominance of internet search to steer Ohioans to Google’s own products – that’s discriminatory and anti-competitive,” Yost said in a statement. “When you own the railroad or the electric company or the cellphone tower, you have to treat everyone the same and give everybody access.”

The lawsuit, filed in Delaware County Common Pleas Court, is believed to be the first of its kind, Yost’s office said.

Specifically, the lawsuit seeks a legal declaration that Google is a “common carrier,” like phone, gas and electric companies, which must provide its services to anyone willing to pay its fee. In lieu of a fee, Yost argues in the complaint, Google collects user data that is monetized primarily by selling targeted advertisements.

Yost argues Google should therefore not be able to prioritize placement of its own products, services and websites on its search results pages.

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Former Republican lawmaker charged with 4 felony counts of voter fraud – DeadState

Prosecutors announced this Thursday that former Anchorage GOP Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux is facing four felony counts of voter misconduct. Also facing two felony charges former legislative aide, Lisa Simpson, Alaska Public Media reports.

The charges against Simpson could potentially pressure her to testify against her former boss, according to APM. Simpson’s attorney, Rex Butler, said that prosecutors are “roping in” Simpson to help convict LeDoux.

LeDoux was first charged last year with just one felony count and a number of misdemeanors that were related to her 2018 re-election campaign, but the case was postponed due to the pandemic, only to now resume as lockdown measures are lifted.

Both LeDoux and Simpson pleaded not guilty at a hearing on Thursday.

The charges against LeDoux came after state elections officials notified the Alaska State Troopers of what they described as irregularities with absentee ballot applications during her 2018 re-election campaign. The FBI also participated in the investigation.

Simpson’s son has been charged with voter misconduct as well.

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End The Filibuster

Jonathan Chait on Sen. Sinema’s history of filibuster: ‘None of that is true’
Duration: 02:03 6-4-2021

Jonathan Chait, a columnist for New York Magazine, tells Lawrence O’Donnell that Senator Kyrsten Sinema is wrong when she argues that the filibuster was created by the Founding Fathers. Chait says, “The filibuster emerged by accident. It was a rules glitch … no one created it for any reason.”

“It is a tool that protects the democracy of our nation. Rather than allowing our country to ricochet wildly every two to four years back and forth between policies, the idea of the filibuster was created by those who came before to create comity and to encourage bipartisanship and work together,” Sinema told reporters at an event with Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) in Tucson, according to The Arizona Republic.

“To those who say that we must make a choice between the filibuster and ‘X,’ I say, this is a false choice,” Sinema added.

Senator Edward J. Markey, Democrat of Massachusetts: “If we want to protect the right to vote, we have to repeal the filibuster. If we want gun safety legislation, we have to repeal the filibuster. If we want to save the planet from climate change, we have to repeal the filibuster.”Read the rest here >>>