Guns in libraries, Hobby Lobby birth control, and happy dolphins
A mega Win Report of victories and defeats from the most important progressive fights in America.
An all-Win Report episode! The latest victories and defeats—plus a special Winportunity report from MSNBC's Irin Carmon, who just watched the Supreme Court argue over whether corporations can have religions... and if so, whether corporations like Hobby Lobby can refuse to cover birth control prescriptions for their employees.
In the Win Report proper, we cover Georgia's crazy new gun law, a ban on plastic bottles that will bring a smile to the heart of every bottle-nosed dolphin in the Pacific, and a bevy of other fights from across the country. Tune in, spread the word, and be sure to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Originally posted on March 27, 2014
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MSNBC's Irin Carmon visited the Supreme Court, filed this story about the Hobby Lobby birth control case, and then walked directly over to the Good Fight studio to record her interview with us. Read it. Or just listen to her explain what happened.
Here's the other stuff we covered:
WIN! After a federal judge struck down the state’s same-sex marriage ban, 300 same-sex couples married over the weekend. Congratulations to the happy couples, but the fight goes on: Michigan has appealed the federal judge’s decision, effectively freezing the overturn. Gov. Rick Snyder has said the state won’t recognize the marriages until the appeal is over. Boo!
LOSS. Army Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair won’t serve prison time after a subordinate accused him of sexual assault. The officer said Sinclair twice forced her to perform oral sex and threatened to kill her and her family if she spoke out. The general has plead guilty to lesser offenses, and his pay will get docked $20,000 as punishment. We don't have any special knowledge of the case, but this looks an awful lot like yet another example of why Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s bill to reform the military justice system needs to pass.
WIN! NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio signs the city’s paid sick leave bill into law. Starting April 1, more than half a million New Yorkers will be able to take up to five paid sick days without fear of being fired. Thank you to A Better Balance, the Working Families Party, and other members of the New York City Paid Sick Days Coalition for organizing and taking action.
LOSS. Georgia governor plans to sign the craziest gun bill in America. This bill will allow guns bars, nightclubs and libraries, among other places. Oh boy.
WIN / WINPORTUNITY? Obama is about to call for the end of NSA’s bulk collection of phone data. It’s a win because Obama’s made a significant reversal of his position on the NSA, thanks to the global outcry and massive organizing efforts by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the ACLU and Demand Progress, among others. It’s also still a WINPORTUNITY, though, because before the changes can take effect, it has to become law first. Pass it, Congress!
SPECIAL KUDOS! Props to 350MA, a climate activist group based in Massachusetts, who investigated a randomized sample of all the public comments to Keystone XL. The group has alerted the public that 60 percent of those pro-pipeline comments has oil and gas industry ties. Ridiculous!
Rollercoaster Medicaid WINS! and LOSSES. In the Northeast, New Hampshire will likely expand Medicaid, while Maine’s governor is widely expected to veto the expansion. In the Midwest, Nebraska’s legislature has rejected the expansion again, but the fight’s not over. In the South, Virginians and Louisianans and, well, just about everyone except Arkansans are still fighting to expand Medicaid.
You can take action, dear Good Fighters! MoveOn is organizing a Day of Action events throughout the country on Obamacare and Medicaid expansion. Go here to find an event near you, and if you go, use the voice memo tool on your phone and email us an audio file at email@example.com — we’d love to include your voice in an upcoming episode!
WIN! San Francisco City Council unanimously voted to ban the sale of plastic water bottles on city properties. The dolphins thank you, San Francisco!