The Morning News Impatient with Trump, red states get to work on their conservative agendas.
U.S. Counties and Zip Codes, 2015. Credit: Paula Scher.

If they get thrown in jail, somebody pays to get them out. There has to be something to deter them from that.

Arizona's Republican-led Senate votes to approve a bill that will allow police to arrest anyone attending or involved in the planning of a protest that later ends up damaging property.
↩︎ Arizona Capitol Times
Feb 27, 2017

Iowa Republicans think you're making too much money if you earn $10.10 an hour

The Iowa governor and statehouse, controlled by Republicans for the first time in a decade, are fighting to prevent cities and counties from setting their own minimum wages, pushing legislation that would require adherence to the state minimum wage—$7.25—across the board.

Feb 27, 2017

North Dakota lawmakers want protesters to choke on tear gas and get run over.

In addition to their "taxpayer-funded horror" at Standing Rock, North Dakota lawmakers are looking to pass all kinds of nefarious anti-dissent bills, including ones that would make it a misdemeanor offense to wear a mask at a protest, and another that would somehow legalize running over someone who's blocking a road.

Feb 27, 2017

If only to pause for a moment on all the doom: some lovely maps by designer and artist Paula Scher, which she describes making in the new Netflix design series Abstract.

Republicans in statehouses all over the country are working to overrule or preempt city ordinances from largely liberal City Halls they disagree with, from municipal broadband programs to minimum wage to anti-discrimination bills.

The Koch Brothers—aka, elected officials who are not beholden to anyone—are successfully targeting workers' rights all over the country.

In many of the states now in full Republican control—namely Kansas, Missouri, and New Hampshire—Republicans are targeting unions, largely at the behest of Koch-linked groups.

“We’re not anxious to be in a state where they have that much political muscle, the unions do, organized labor does,” said Woody Cozad, a lobbyist in Missouri, previewing the Right to Work bill scheduled for next week.

(The bill is now pending Gov. Eric Greitens's signature.)

Feb 27, 2017
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