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In a bold move, Trump announces a national minimum wage


Donald TrumpAnnouncing a sweeping plan Thursday to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, Donald Trump has made yet another bold move, putting him at the forefront of efforts to raise wages for low-income workers across the country.  But will it lead to a bump in the polls?

Pundits and talking heads from both parties are at odds with how Trump's announcement will play out in what remains of the primary season.   

Republican leadership is up in arms.  Having already plotted out a course for a contested convention should Trump not win the required 1,237 delegates to win the GOP presidential nomination via primary contests, party leaders now have more ammo to thwart Trump's ability to win the nomination on the convention floor.

In contrast, Democrats are embracing Trump's proposal.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is throwing her weight behind the $15 minimum wage proposal.  Pelosi said Thursday  afternoon that she supports a national standard, even while suggesting it’s a long shot issue in a battle for the Republican presidential nomination. 

Lawmakers of both parties however, exhorted their colleagues to think of the difficulties of working families in a nation with large income inequality and high housing costs.  “This is an argument about economic justice,” said Bernie Sanders.

Fast Food workers are the ones most impacted by a lack of what's been termed a "living wage."  Earnings in that sector have been largely stagnant, with wages and salaries rising a record-low 0.2% in the first quarter according to Labor Department statistics. 

Over the course of the remaining primary season, Trump thinks this will deliver the 1,237 delegates needed to win the nomination outright.  "No other candidate has been able to reduce my percentage of the vote and this issue will put me over the top," he said.

Other data suggests this will be a bold move gone bad for Trump, failing to get him the nomination he seeks.  Studies show employment numbers won't grow with an increase in the minimum wage.  Labor economist David Neumark for the San Francisco Fed, wrote that among studies that find an effect, a reasonable estimate is that employment falls 0.1 to 0.2 percent for every 1 percent increase in the wage floor. That comes out to about 100,000 to 200,000 jobs lost nationally from wage hikes since just before the Great Recession.  

Largely missing from Trump's proposal however, were specifics.  A detailed time frame for implementation of a national $15 minimum wage was not provided.  Gradual increases in wage earnings peaking at the $15 an hour mark are estimated to be between the years 2020 and 2023.

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Iowa City pilot Mike Hull joins county supervisor race | The Gazette

CORALVILLE COURIER EDITOR'S NOTE: Hull’s entry into the race makes it six Democrats vying for three seats on the board.  And where is the Johnson County Republican Central Committee touting GOP ideas and candidate recruits?.........  Crickets from the local GOP.......  It's like they're not party proud at all.  The leaders of the organization needs to resign, they're not doing their jobs.  SIX Democrat candidates to ZERO Republican.  Two of those Democrat candidates are incumbents, so that means four Democrats think they can do a better job than those already sitting on the board.  Talk about OPPORTUNITY for Republicans!  But what are they doing about it?  Squandering it.  No promotion, no party hyping whatsoever.

Tim Hull, a lifelong Iowa City resident, has announced his candidacy for the Johnson County Board of Supervisors.

Hull, 51, is an emergency Medical Services helicopter pilot and spent 10 years as a U.S. Army Military Policeman and pilot, which included deployment in Operation Desert Storm in Iraq, according to a Wednesday news release.


Trump reverses statement on women, abortion after outcry -

Appleton, Wisconsin (CNN) Donald Trump scrambled to clarify his position on abortion Wednesday after he said women who undergo the procedure should face "some form of punishment" should the practice be outlawed.

Several hours later -- after widespread condemnation from Trump's presidential rivals and even leading anti-abortion groups -- he walked back his remarks, releasing a statement in which he said that women who obtain abortions are victims and that doctors who perform the service are the ones who should be punished.


Apple and Google devices have been target of fed demands for years - San Jose Mercury News

Google and Apple have been targeted for years in dozens of federal investigations seeking orders to unlock mobile devices, amplifying concerns among civil liberties advocates that law enforcement's efforts pose an ongoing threat to privacy rights, according to court documents assembled by the American Civil Liberties Union.


In revealing that Google, like Apple, has been the target of such government demands, ACLU privacy advocates argue that court records demonstrate the recent showdown between the iPhone giant and the FBI in the San Bernardino terror probe was not an isolated example. The U.S. Justice Department this week abandoned its fight with Apple to force the company to unlock the iPhone of one of the attackers after securing outside help to access the data, but the ACLU maintains the government has been exploiting a 1789 law -- the All Writs Act -- to seek similar federal court orders for at least the past eight years.


Trump and Abortion

Just when you thought Donald Trump couldn’t say anything more shocking, he suggested that women who get abortions should be punished.

On MSNBC, he said abortion must be banned and then “there has to be some form of punishment” for women who manage to get abortions.

He declined to say what the punishment should be, dodging a question about whether it should be “10 years” in prison or something milder. But his comment raised the possibility of following the lead of countries like El Salvador, where women can be dragged off from a hospital to prison for getting an abortion. Indeed, rights groups say that women were wrongly imprisoned in El Salvador simply for having miscarriages.

Trump doesn’t seem to have thought deeply about the issue — what a surprise! — and he departed from the mainstream anti-abortion position of targeting not women but abortion providers.


Poll: Cruz Racing Away From Trump, Kasich in Wisconsin |

Republican presidential candidate Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has opened up a lead of more than nine points over rival Donald Trump in Wisconsin, according to a new Marquette Law School poll released Wednesday.

Cruz garnered nearly 40 percent of support in the Badger State among registered Republican-likely voters, while Trump received just 30.4 percent. Ohio Gov. John Kasich received 21.4 percent.


Another Climate Alarmist Admits Real Motive Behind Warming Scare

Fraud: While the global warming alarmists have done a good job of spreading fright, they haven’t been so good at hiding their real motivation. Yet another one has slipped up and revealed the catalyst driving the climate scare.

We have been told now for almost three decades that man has to change his ways or his fossil-fuel emissions will scorch Earth with catastrophic warming. Scientists, politicians and activists have maintained the narrative that their concern is only about caring for our planet and its inhabitants. But this is simply not true. The narrative is a ruse. They are after something entirely different.

If they were honest, the climate alarmists would admit that they are not working feverishly to hold down global temperatures — they would acknowledge that they are instead consumed with the goal of holding down capitalism and establishing a global welfare state.

Have doubts? Then listen to the words of former United Nations climate official Ottmar Edenhofer:

“One has to free oneself from the illusion that international climate policy is environmental policy. This has almost nothing to do with the environmental policy anymore, with problems such as deforestation or the ozone hole,” said Edenhofer, who co-chaired the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change working group on Mitigation of Climate Change from 2008 to 2015.

So what is the goal of environmental policy?

“We redistribute de facto the world’s wealth by climate policy,” said Edenhofer.