Conservation Colorado, a political nonprofit that advocates for environmental policies, spent more than $4.6 million — a record for the group — to help Democrats take the levers of state government this month. CIRC Action Fund, which works to protect immigrant rights, knocked on 86,649 doors across the Colorado, most of their efforts concentrated in key state Senate districts. And NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado, a group that fights to protect and expand abortion access in the state, sent 9,000 text messages during the 48 hours before polls closed encouraging voters to turn in their ballots. These are just three examples of how Colorado’s left-leaning political nonprofits and unions helped mobilize an electorate eager to send a message to President Donald Trump on Nov. 6. In doing so, these groups provided historic financial and human resources to state Democrats who won every statewide office on the ballot, expanded their majority in the state House and flipped control of … [Read more...] about How progressive groups put Colorado Democrats in the driver’s seat, and what they want in return
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We’ve all been there: the first time you open your payslip in Germany can come as quite a shock. Why? Well, because a big chunk of your wages is taken away in the form of tax and social security contributions. This is, of course, a good thing in many ways because it should (hopefully) mean that we live in a country with good public services and that we’ll be provided with excellent health care when we need it, a pension in future and long term nursing care. But there are problems ahead. German society is getting older and that means there’s going to be a bigger burden on care services, which are already struggling to cope. At the other end of the scale, people are having less babies, although family friendly policies, like paid parental leave, do seem to be having a positive impact on the birth rate. A sustainable system? All this begs the question - who will pay for us all when we’re older if there aren’t enough people to contribute to the social … [Read more...] about Should people without children be forced to pay more tax in Germany?
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Politics Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Supported by From nonexistent riots to conspiracy theories about migrants to false claims about his popularity and job-creating record, the president has offered a litany of falsehoods in the midterm campaign. ByPeter Baker and Linda Qiu Oct. 31, 2018 As he barnstorms the country trying to help Republican allies, President Trump has offered voters this fall a litany of misleading statements and falsehoods that exaggerate even legitimate accomplishments and distort opponents’ views beyond the typical bounds of political spin. In the past couple of weeks alone, the president has spoken of riots that have not happened, claimed deals that have not been reached, cited jobs that have not been created and spun dark conspiracies that have no apparent basis in reality. He has pulled figures seemingly out of thin air, rewritten … [Read more...] about Inside What Even an Ally Calls Trump’s ‘Reality Distortion Field’
SAN FRANCISCO - San Francisco has come to be known around the world as a place for aggressive panhandling, open-air drug use and sprawling tent camps, the dirt and despair all the more remarkable for the city's immense wealth. Some streets are so filthy that officials launched a special "poop patrol." A young tech worker created "Snapcrap" -- an app to report the filth. Morning commuters walk briskly past homeless people huddled against subway walls. In the city's squalid downtown area, the frail and sick shuffle along in wheelchairs or stumble around, sometimes half-clothed. The situation has become so dire that a coalition of activists collected enough signatures to put a measure on the city's Nov. 6 ballot that would tax hundreds of San Francisco's wealthiest companies to help thousands of homeless and mentally ill residents, an effort that failed earlier this year in Seattle. Proposition C would raise $300 million a year, nearly doubling what the city already spends to combat … [Read more...] about Rich San Francisco businesses could face homeless tax
Janie Har, Associated Press Updated 10:23 am CDT, Monday, October 15, 2018 In this Oct. 1, 2018 photo, Stormy Nichole Day, left, sits on a sidewalk on Haight Street with Nord (last name not given) and his dog Hobo while interviewed about being homeless in San Francisco. A measure on San Francisco's Nov. 6 ballot would levy an extra tax on hundreds of the city's wealthiest companies to raise $300 million for homelessness and mental health services. It's the latest battle between big business and social services advocates who say that companies such as Amazon, Google and Salesforce can afford to help solve severe inequities caused by business success. less In this Oct. 1, 2018 photo, Stormy Nichole Day, left, sits on a sidewalk on Haight Street with Nord (last name not given) and his dog Hobo while interviewed about being homeless in San Francisco. A measure on ... more Photo: Jeff Chiu, AP In this photo … [Read more...] about Rich San Francisco businesses could face homelessness tax