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Missouri Senator Cunningham Doesn’t Care About Kids

State Senator Jane Cunningham wants to weaken the child labor law in Missouri. Why? Well according to her; current restrictions are “implying that the government can make a better decision than a parent."

Current Missouri law bars regular employment of children younger than 14 -- except in specific professions such as acting -- and imposes strict restrictions on employed children age 14 and 15, including the hours they are allowed to work. Children age 14 and 15 must obtain signed permits from the school they attend.

Cunningham said that she believes it's improper to saddle schools with the responsibility of deciding whether a child younger than 16 should be allowed to work. She also says that many parents and their children already are violating the state's current labor laws, which she says are "so over the top'' and prevent parents from "teaching a work ethic to their children."

Here is the bill’s official summary:

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Unions & the Constitutional Right to Assembly

Why do Republicans have issue with this? The constitution spells this out for us. We have a right to assembly in the First Amendment of the Constitution. Oh wait, I forgot, the tea-baggers don't believe in the Constitution because it didn't come from God.

Michigan Republicans Keeping the Batshit Craze Alive

Have ya heard? Republican Michigan governor Rick Snyder, along with the state's Republican house and senate, have passed a controversial bill that allows the governor to dissolve the elected governments of Michigan's towns and cities, replacing them with unaccountable "emergency financial managers" who can eliminate services, merge or eliminate school boards, and lay off or renegotiate unionized public employees without recourse. Republican senator Jack Brandenburg -- who supported the measure -- calls it "financial martial law."

Local governments are subject to electoral recall by residents, these “managers” who the governor appoints will only have to answer to the state legislature. The “managers” will be able to govern as they see fit.

WHAT!?!?! Seriously?! How….undemocratic!

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