President Trump furiously calls Fox Anchor “fake news” (video)

Pres. Trump Furiously Calls Fox Anchor 'Fake News' for Questioning Him About Recent John McCain Attacks

A visibly irritated Trump called a Fox reporter 'fake news' after she asked about his attacks on the late Sen. John McCain

Posted by NowThis Politics on Friday, March 22, 2019

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The Republican Attack on Workers Moves to Floor Debate

Special Election in SD30

This week, through the efforts of many union members the IFL-endorsed candidate Eric Giddens won a special election vacated by a former state senator who quit his seat with little notice.   We were proud to have supported Senator-elect Giddens and wish him the best of luck in his career in the Iowa Senate.  This Senate currently has a 32-18 Republican majority.

Workers’ Compensation

Also, this week some bills that we have talked to you about before passed the Iowa Senate and House.  The worker’s compensation bill (SF 507) that will make all unexplained falls a non-worker’s compensation injury passed the Senate on a party-line vote.  It now goes to the House.  Senator Boulton tried to make the bill much better with an amendment that would have narrowed the bill to the issue at hand, the “hardness of floors” being the main factor in a decision.  It appeared Republicans would accept this amendment; however, this wasn’t enough for business groups, and they caved to their pressure.

Unemployment Insurance

The Senate also passed a bill to make unemployment unavailable in almost every circumstance except in a business closing.  SF 561 alters the definition of misconduct to make just about any infraction your employer claims about you as a reason for discharge now a reason to disqualify you from unemployment.  The difference is that instead of claims being judged on a case by case basis, there is an overly-broad list of non-inclusive items that will disqualify someone.

Finally, at the end of week, the Iowa House passed HF 531.  We’ve written about this before, and improvements have been made to the bill.  This legislation still removes 13 weeks from the amount of time someone out of work from a business closing would receive unemployment and makes “shared work plans” that helps businesses retain skilled workers during slowdowns.  Think about when a business closes in cities the size of Webster City, Newton, Mason City, Clinton or even small towns in Iowa.  Places like that would take a disproportionate hit to their economies.  The majority party likes to say they are the only ones who care about rural Iowa.  Apparently not when it comes to workers who just had a business close.

Act today on these bills.  Visit your legislator’s local forum( forums here) to speak with them, call them, or email them and let them know how you feel.  You can find out who your legislator is here: https://www.legis.iowa.gov/legislators/find

Remember – when we fight together, we win!

Charlie Wishman, Secretary/Treasurer IFL

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Russia Probe Is Over: Mueller Sends His Report On The Trump Investigation To Attorney General

by Tammy Marie Rose
March 22, 2019
in Politics
Just after 4:30 p.m. on March 22, special counsel Robert Mueller completed the Trump Investigation and sent the full report on to Attorney General Barr.

The investigation into Donald Trump and Russian interference in the presidential campaign took nearly two years. So far no details of Mueller’s report have been released, however, Barr did state that he may brief congressional leaders on the report over this weekend.

“I am reviewing this report and anticipate that I may be in a position to advise you of the Special Counsel’s principal conclusions as soon as this weekend,” Barr wrote in a letter on Friday to lawmakers.

“Separately, I intend to consult with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Special Counsel Mueller to determine what other information from the report can be released to Congress and the public consistent with law, including the Special Counsel regulations, and the Department’s long-standing practices and policies,” Barr’s letter continued.

Barr’s complete letter can be viewed here.

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