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Video: Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich Gives Former Rep. Scott “Petitiongate” Taylor...

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Is the following video some serious, master-level trolling (h/t Ben Tribbett) or what?!? For some background on why Former Rep. Scott "Petitiongate" Taylor (R-VA02)...

Something Rotten in the County of Arlington–and It’s In the Courthouse

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by Cindy There’s something rotten in the county of Arlington, and it’s coming from the courthouse. First, the Arlington Circuit Court judges are ignoring higher...

Arlington/Falls Church Commonwealth’s Attorney-Elect Parisa Deghani-Tafti Joins “Nearly 40 Elected Prosecutors...

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Good stuff from Arlington/Falls Church Commonwealth's Attorney-elect Parisa Deghani-Tafti: Nearly 40 Elected Prosecutors Pledge to Visit Their Local Correctional Facilities DAs to Implement Officewide Requirements Promoting Greater...

28 Members of Va. House Dem. Caucus Send Letter to Va....

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Good work by Del. Mike Mullin and the other 27 Virginia House Dems who signed this letter. As the letter states, "Women should not...

Del. Mark Keam: Virginia Prison Tampon Policy “Should Be BANNED and...

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I couldn't agree more with Virginia Del. Mark Keam on this...nailed it! - Lowell Over the last few days, a Virginia state policy issue was...

New York State Parole Board Found Biased Against Blacks and Latinos

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Sponsored Content By Mark Polson, an attorney who practices criminal law and DUI defense in Alabama. While it is well known that racial disparities exist within the...

The New and Not-So-New De Facto Slavery

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Two recent articles show the lengths that Republicans will go to appropriate the time of the unemployed and the jailed for free labor. First, the Senate Republicans now want to punish the unemployed even more.  Not only do they want to impose a drug-test tax, and deny benefits to those without a high school education, they also want the unemployed to work for free (i.e., de facto slavery).  Given that the economy has downsized more people of color, with African American unemployment running as high as 50% in some places, this move has rather sinister and historic non-subtle overtones.  It should be a federal crime to demand anyone work for free.  But here we are with the Senate GOP demanding exactly that.  

Sen. Richard Burr wants to make those on unemployment prove they have applied for a job at least 20 hours a week AND work for free another 20 hours a week, just to get the paltry insurance they are owed.  Unemployment insurance is paid by companies to cover employees when the same companies lay off workers.  It is the last disincentive to firing and downsizing, and as we have seen, not nearly enough so.  When it is a choice of further enriching the already rich or paying workers, you know what the corporate CEOs decide.  With at least 2/3 of the unemployed unable to find work, that is a large number of conscripts into servitude.  Why, maybe the very same employers who eliminate their jobs can gain their free labor (sarcasm)?