Daily Clips: November 10th, 2015

Thousands of workers who were shorted on overtime pay are headed to the Supreme Court: Today, SCOTUS plans on hearing oral arguments “in a crucial case that could tighten the rules dictating how workers and consumers band together in the first place.” Labor groups and low-wage worker advocates are in support of the workers, “while the Chamber of Commerce and other major business lobbies have lined up behind [Tyson Foods].” I wonder which side is trying to advance justice and economic fairness.

The GOP’s uniquely embarrassing vetting season: Michael Gerson is one of those conservative thinkers liberals should take seriously. While his solutions are often different than what I propose, at least he recognizes the problems (a step that evades many Republican talking heads). In his latest column, Gerson talks about the never-ending vetting process which has descended upon the GOP clowns. He wonders if Trump, specifically, cannot be undone by the normal probing, asking “How do you hold Trump to performance standards when part of his appeal as an outisder is a blustering, appalling ignorance of policy?”

Democrats push for automatic voter registration: While Republicans try to make it as hard as possible to vote, Democrats are looking for ways to expand voter registration and by proxy, voting turnout. “With automatic voter registration, we can not only make our electoral system more modern and fair, but bring 51 million American citizens – most of whom are disproportionately poor, young and minority – permanently into the political process,” said senior advisor to iVote, Hari Sevugan.

It frightens me that this message of inclusion would actually be opposed by one of our major political parties. But such is life in America. As this article points out, in 2012 only 53.6 of the voting age population cast ballots in America. That’s inexcusable.

Atheists shouldn’t be president, according to Ted Cruz: Here’s an interesting article which looks at the public perception of atheists, and the results are depressing (if you are a godless heathen, of course). Predictably, the US public have positive feelings about Jews, Catholics and Evangelicals but have much more negative views of atheists and Muslims.

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Nick Cassella
Nick Cassella graduated from the University of St Andrews in Scotland in 2014. After graduating, he worked on the Initiative 594 campaign before joining Civic Ventures, where he now manages Civic Skunk Works' social media presence.