A federal appeals court recently upheld a San Francisco ruling requiring employers to either offer healthcare coverage to their employees or fund a citywide healthcare program. The stipulation applies to private businesses that employ 20 or more workers and nonprofit organizations with 50 or more. Of the yearly $200 million cost of the city's two-year-old program, 80 percent is drawn from state and local taxes, and a patient fee based on income. The ruling requires San Francisco businesses to help pay the remainder of the bill for the city's uninsured.
Alan may have the Keyes to victory, but it may be a while before he finds a way to unlock the door to the White House. The gifted orator and former diplomat has been running for president since the 1996 campaign and has yet to break into the “top tier” of candidates, despite his impassioned eloquence and compelling message. This presidential race, he failed to get traction running as a Republican, was later defeated in his attempt to win the nomination of the Constitution Party, and is now running as an Independent. He will be on the ballot in California and in a couple other states.
The first McCain-Obama debate was supposed to be limited to foreign policy. Because it occurred in the midst of the financial meltdown, moderator Jim Lehrer led off by asking each of the two participants to address the "financial recovery plan." He deftly he avoided using the term "bailout," even skipping the Bush administration's preferred term, "rescue." An establishment figure for decades, Lehrer did a commendable job of keeping its views from being scrutinized — as they surely should be. Lehrer, of course, is the veteran news anchor for the government-funded Public Broadcasting System.
Item: The Associated Press reported on August 28: “Hispanics should not have to live in fear of raids by immigration agents, Michelle Obama told a Hispanic caucus to the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday.... ‘We would have an immigration policy that brings 12 million people out of the shadows,’ she told cheering caucus members who shouted ‘Yes we can’ in Spanish.”
Mikhail Gorbachev, former General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, was welcomed to Philadelphia as the conquering hero on September 18 to receive America's Liberty Medal. Former President George H. W. Bush presented the medal to Gorbachev at a star-studded ceremony at the National Constitution Center on Independence Mall in Historic Philadelphia, next to the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall.
NEWS FLASH: Wednesday, September 17, was Constitution Day, though one would not know it from the news coverage (or rather, lack thereof). None of the major television news networks (ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, Fox) bothered to mention it, as far as I could tell (from channel surfing, as well as searching on Google and Yahoo). Naturally, we shouldn't expect our "news" channels to interrupt 24-7 coverage of essential celebrity gossip — say, the latest scoop on Britney Spears or the 1,847,000th story on Brangelina — to remind us, in this election year, of such mundane and inconsequential matters as our Constitution or the Founding Fathers!
In California on August 20, U.S. District Court Judge Jeremy Fogel denied a request by the federal government in Santa Cruz v. Mukasey to dismiss a lawsuit brought by Santa Cruz city and the Wo/Men's Alliance for Medical Marijuana that accuses the federal government of unconstitutionally trying to nullify California's medical marijuana laws.