Soon - perhaps today - Governor Mitch Daniels will sign legislation making Indiana the nation’s 23rd right-to-work state. Labor unions angrily oppose the change, but their opposition has no legitimate or principled basis.
State right-to-work laws, authorized by the Taft-Hartley Act of 1947, are not anti-union. They are pro-choice: They protect workers from being forced to join or pay fees to a labor union as a condition of keeping a job. In non-right-to-work states, employees who work in a “union shop’’ are compelled to fork over part of each paycheck to a labor organization - even if they want nothing to do with unions, let alone to be represented by one.
Speaking a National Football League press conference ahead of this weekend’s Super Bowl the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency said special agents this week seized a total of 307 websites and snatched up 42,692 items of phony Super Bowl-related memorabilia along with other counterfeit items for a total take of more than $4.8 million - up from $3.72 million last year.
Sixteen of the sites the agency shut down during this operation known as Fake Sweep, were illegally streaming live sporting telecasts over the Internet, including NFL games. Two hundred ninety-one website domain names were illegally selling and distributing counterfeit merchandise, ICE stated.
Republicans More Likely to Be Extremely Enthusiastic About Voting Next November
Republicans remain slightly more enthusiastic about voting for president in this year’s election than are Democrats or independents — both in swing states and nationally.
Republicans are particularly more likely than the other two groups to say they are “extremely” enthusiastic about voting, although Democrats make up most of the difference by being more likely than Republicans to say they are “very” enthusiastic.
Mitt Romney is projected to carry all the states won by John McCain in 2008 - plus Florida, Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia - for a total of 266 electoral votes. That’s not quite enough to best President Obama, who is projected to win a total of 272 EVs, but it does set up a race that should be very competitive.
USA Today/Gallup - Romney ties Obama in swing states
The Swing States survey focuses on the nation’s most competitive battlegrounds: Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin.
Lest there be any doubt of the limited nature of the exemption, the proposed rule states, “Specifically, the Departments seek to provide for a religious accommodation that respects the unique relationship between a house of worship and its employees in ministerial positions.”