Mikie Sherrill had made a promise to the people in New Jersey who had made her a member of Congress. She would try to fire her boss on her first day at work. Now here she was. Would she? Could she? At 1:36 in the afternoon, in her opening salvo on the floor of the House of Representatives, she did—casting her vote for speaker not for Nancy Pelosi, arguably the most powerful woman in the history of American politics, but for … Cheri Bustos, the fourth-term congresswoman from Illinois. “It’s important to keep your promises,” she told reporters on her way out of the chamber. Still, a few hours later, as the sun started to set on Washington, after Sherrill dashed across a traffic-clogged Constitution Avenue from a cab to the Capitol in bright red high heels, I asked her if she was afraid of having crossed Pelosi. Of retribution in the form of committee snubs. Of being rendered somehow less effective before she’d even gotten started.Story Continued Below … [Read more...] about The Most Important New Woman in Congress Is Not Who You Think
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Dario Angulo with his cattle in Santa Teresa de Cajon, Costa Rica. MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Carolyn Van Houten Many of the Bedminster workers from Costa Rica lived in Bound Brook, N.J., piling into vans each morning for the 30-minute drive to the course. MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Carolyn Van Houten A hat worn by a former worker at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster is placed on display in a home in San Jose, Costa Rica. MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Carolyn Van Houten Marco Gamboa Fallas, a former worker at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster, in Santa Teresa de Cajon, Costa Rica. MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Carolyn Van Houten A former golf club worker holds golf tees from Trump National Golf Club Bedminster at a home in San Jose, Costa Rica. MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Carolyn Van Houten Show Caption of Expand By The Washington Post | PUBLISHED: February 8, 2019 at 10:55 am | UPDATED: February 8, … [Read more...] about Trump worker pipeline: From Costa Rica to New Jersey
SANTA TERESA DE CAJON, Costa Rica -- At his home on the misty slope of Costa Rica's tallest mountain, Dario Angulo keeps a set of photographs from the years he tended the rolling fairways and clipped greens of a faraway American golf resort. Angulo learned to drive backhoes and bulldozers, carving water hazards and tee boxes out of former horse pastures in Bedminster, New Jersey, where a famous New Yorker was building a world-class course. Angulo earned $8 an hour, a fraction of what a state-licensed heavy equipment operator would make, with no benefits or overtime pay. But he stayed seven years on the grounds crew, saving enough for a small piece of land and some cattle back home. related advertisement Dario Angulo works with his cattle in Costa Rica at sunrise. - Washington Post /Jan. 16, 2019 Now the 34-year-old lives with his wife and daughters in a sturdy house built by "Trump money," as he put it, with a porch to watch the sun go down.It's a common story in … [Read more...] about From Costa Rica to New Jersey, a pipeline of illegal workers for Trump goes back years
President Trump announced Friday afternoon a deal that would temporarily reopen the government, but the plan that would end the longest shutdown in U.S. history came too late to keep furloughed federal employees from missing a second paycheck. At this point it's unclear when the 800,000 federal employees, left unemployed during the dispute over Trump's demand for a $5 billion border wall, will see an actual paycheck. The deal includes backpay for the workers and time for negotiations between Democrats and Republicans over border security and immigration, but is set to end Feb. 15.PhillyVoice has been keeping a running list of companies and institutions that have stepped forward to help federal workers strapped for cash for more than a month now. We've updated the list, but suggest workers check with the retailers, restaurants and non-profits listed below to make sure the offer of help still stands.Here's a list of what's being offered. PhillyVoice will add to the list as it … [Read more...] about Update: As deal emerges to end government shutdown, some companies continue helping workers.
Insurance companies used to be able to consider New York state drivers' occupation and level of education when setting auto insurance rates. No longer. State regulators say the practice punished lower-educated workers in lower-paying jobs, without proof that those drivers were a higher risk behind the wheel. The state Department of Financial Services implemented the change last year, and it has filtered down to customers as their policies have been renewed. Some drivers – mainly those with more advanced educations and what are perceived by insurers to be low-risk jobs – are paying more than they were before. Some of the increases approached 10 percent. And others are paying less. Maria T. Vullo, the state Department of Financial Services superintendent, said the change stemmed from a "multiyear investigation" that found some insurers were using a person's education level to help determine what to … [Read more...] about Education, occupation no longer factors in New York State auto insurance rates