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Court Says Road Project Guidelines Inappropriately Discriminated Against Nonunion Contractors

Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Court ruled Friday that the state Department of Transportation tilted the playing field against nonunion construction companies when it required a “project labor agreement” for any firm that won the bidding on a road improvement project.

The PLA would have meant that any nonunion employer that won the contract for the work in Montgomery County would have to hire its workers for the project through a set of 11 local unions. But the request for bids carved out an exception for contractors associated with United Steelworkers.

Critics: Governor’s Proposed Capital Gains, Real Estate Tax Hikes Won’t Save Orcas, But Will Hurt Businesses

A new budget proposed by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat exploring a 2020 presidential bid, calls for increasing the state’s operating budget by 20 percent, increasing taxes, and spending more on orca and salmon recovery than on the number one issue voters said is their top priority: mental health.

United for Life

“Sorry, son, you can’t go back there. Congressmen only,” the elderly Knight of Columbus tells me as I attempt to enter the VIP tent at the 46th annual March for Life.

He’s surrounded by a whole cadre of fellow knights, all decked out in white flak jackets with the huge KofC logo on them. They’re trading jokes, shuffling in the mud, and smoking cigarettes. One of them is passing out devotional cards with a prayer addressed to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Flesh and Blood

The first time you get hit in the face, says Josh Rosenblatt, “you’re overwhelmed with fear.” The second time, “you take offense.” Eventually it becomes “just another thing you do”—and, like most human activities, “sometimes you find meaning there,” but “sometimes you find nothing.”

Reading Josh Rosenblatt’s new book is a little like that. An account of trying to become a mixed-martial-arts fighter, Why We Fight keeps trying to hit its readers in the face. Sometimes you’ll find meaning there. Sometimes you’ll find nothing.

Republican Governors Prioritize SNAP Work Requirements

Prior to the new rules implemented by the Trump administration to strengthen work requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), some Republican governor-led states had already begun implementing restrictions and eliminated the practice of submitting “geographic area waivers.”

Geographic area waivers involve lumping higher unemployment areas and counties with lower unemployment areas in order to meet the criteria to eliminate the work requirement.

House Panel to Probe UCF’s $52 Million Misuse of Operations Money for Capital Projects

The House Public Integrity and Ethics Committee has launched a probe into the University of Central Florida’s (UCF) improper use of $52 million in operating funds to pay for campus construction projects.

The real focus of the investigation, however, may not be limited to how UCF misappropriated money for capital improvements but the spending procedures of all 12 state universities.

Swalwell: Trump Is a Russian Agent ‘Working on Behalf of the Russians’

Rep. Eric Swalwell (D., Calif.) said Friday that he believes President Donald Trump is a Russian agent working on behalf of Moscow.

“Do you believe the president, right now, has been an agent of the Russians?” MSNBC host Chris Matthews asked Swalwell.

“Yes, I think there’s more evidence that he is—” Swalwell said.

“Agent?” Matthews interjected

“Yes,” Swalwell continued, “and I think all the arrows point in that direction, and I haven’t seen a single piece of evidence that he’s not.”