National Guard Is New Gay Rights Battleground As Four States Refuse To Handle Federal Benefits

states see public sector job losses in August Markets WASHINGTON, Sept 20 | Fri Sep 20, 2013 1:32pm EDT WASHINGTON, Sept 20 (Reuters) – Illinois reflected a larger trend among U.S. states in August: Its private sector gained 5,900 jobs from the previous month, but its public sector lost 1,100 jobs. The state had the second highest unemployment rate in the United States at 9.2 percent, which was unchanged from the previous month, according to Labor Department data released on Friday. “Adding jobs without lowering the unemployment rate underscores the uneven nature of this economy and could continue depending how national and global events shape business plans and consumer confidence,” Jay Rowell, director of the Illinois employment department, said in a statement. In August, the federal government, excluding the postal service, lost 300 jobs, and state governments shed a total of 3,000 jobs from July. Local government gained 21,000 education jobs, the second month in a row that schools boosted hiring, but cities and counties eliminated 500 jobs in other areas, the Labor Department reported earlier this month. Over the year, the entire government sector loss 94,000 jobs. “In general, governments have been slashing jobs and the private sector has been picking up the slack,” said Brent Campbell, who follows U.S. regional trends as an associate economist for Moody’s Analytics. In Wisconsin, where the jobless rate ticked down to 6.7 percent in August from 6.8 percent in July, the private sector added 7,300 jobs, mostly in construction. Local government, meanwhile, lost 1,200 positions, according to the state’s employment department. Maryland, where the federal government is a large employer and contractor, is also seeing strength in the private sector. The state gained 9,700 jobs in August from July, and its unemployment rate dropped to 7 percent from 7.1 percent. “Today’s jobs report also reaffirms the strength of Maryland’s dynamic private sector.

The ‘Ted Cruz Amendment’ to the Constitution of the United States

citizen. So, no, Congressman Farentholt (R-TX), Ted Cruz is not “as eligible” as Barack Obama to meet the constitutional requirements for holding the office of president. Unlike the President, Cruz was not born in the United States. While Ted Cruz would be even more disastrous a president than “W” (and that is saying a lot), let us resolve the ambiguities. While we are at it, let us bring the constitutional requirements for federal officeholders up to date, based on the 200+ years’ experience we now enjoy under those rules. I propose the following amendment: 1. Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution shall be amended to read: “No person except one born within the 50 states or territories of the United States and has resided within the United States for 14 years, or who is born in a foreign jurisdiction but whose biological mother or father is a United States citizen, or who has become a U.S. citizen through naturalization and has lived in the United States without interruption (except in service to the government of the United States) for at least 30 years, shall be eligible to the office of President or Vice-President.” Let me explain: the first requirement is as it is currently, the second accommodates a person such as Cruz, and the third accommodates people who have lived most of their adult lives in the U.S. For the latter two categories, i.e., those born outside the United States, the residency requirement is stricter than for a natural born citizen that maintains the original qualification of the Constitution. Further, no person shall be eligible to the office of President or Vice-President who has not published at least six months prior to the day of election in November, and keeps available for public viewing continuously until the day of election, his full, unredacted, federal and state income tax returns for the preceding 10 years. One might call this the “Romney provision.” If someone wants to be president, let them live their lives, as reflected in their finances, in such a way that there is no embarrassment about letting the voters know about it. Voters are entitled to know without having to beg. Further, no person shall be eligible to the office of President of Vice-President who has dual citizenship in any foreign country, or who has a banking or brokerage account in any foreign jurisdictions, whether such accounts be under his name of that of any member of his immediate family or held for his beneficial interest, or the beneficial interest of any member of his immediate family, by a trustee or nominee. This is a critical provision. It forces people like Bachmann (dual Swiss citizen) and Cruz (dual Canadian citizen) to relinquish their foreign allegiances so they can honestly swear their oath of office.

Al Kamen Assuming the Senate confirms Goldman Sachs partner Bruce Heymann, no more worries. Washington still loves you, Canada. The American Civil Liberties Union and the American Military Partners Association, a gay service members group, launched a petition last week calling on the Pentagon to put these states in line and enforce equal access to benefits for all military families nationwide. The Obama administration pledged to provide federal benefits to legally married same-sex couples after the Supreme Court struck down key parts of the Defense of Marriage Act in June. But the four state National Guards say their state constitutions, all of which define marriage as a union only between a man and a woman, conflict with a new Pentagon rule requiring the military to treat married couples equally. A host of other states that dont recognize same-sex marriage including Alabama, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina and Virginia have said they will process the federal benefits, raising a question about whether the other four states policies are more a matter of discretion than legal obligation. Theyre service members applying for benefits, so we give them to them, said Lt. Col. Kirk Hilbrecht, a spokesman for the Kentucky National Guard. Florida is still deciding whether to process benefits for same-sex couples. Maj. Gen. Emmett Titshaw Jr., who oversees the guard forces there, asked the states attorney general, Pam Bondi, to offer an opinion on the matter, but she declined. Bondi asked Titshaw to first clarify how the Defense Departments directive would conflict with his duties under Florida law. Opponents of same-sex marriage have applauded the four states for their defiance. What were seeing here is the unconscionable and immoral impulse of the federal government to force itself into state marriage policy, where it has no right to meddle, said Bryan Fischer, director of issues analysis for the American Family Association.

United States Steel Corporation To Kick Off Annual United Way Campaign With Public Party

STEEL TOWER PLAZA (RAIN LOCATION: U. S. STEEL TOWER UPPER LOBBY) 600 GRANT STREET WHEN:FRIDAY, SEPT. 20, 2013, 11:00 A.M. 3:00 P.M. CONTACT:SARAH CASSELLA, 412-496-7523 (CELLULAR) United States Steel Corporation will kick off its Pittsburgh-area 2013 United Way employee campaign by hosting its annual Party on the Plaza event Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on the plaza outside of the U. S. Steel Tower. The event, which is in its twentieth year and is open to the public, is the largest one-day fundraising event for the United Way of Allegheny County. “This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the Party on the Plaza, a company tradition that we are proud to host each year,” said Sharon Owen, vice president Supply Chain & Customer Service for U. S.


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