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Gay Parent on Missouri Same Sex Marriage Case Thrilled with SCOTUS Ruling
June 26, 2015

Andy Shurman and his daughter Grace at KC news conference after SCOTUS ruling. Shurman has been married to his partner for 10 years.

One of the plaintiffs in te Missouri lawsuit challenging same sex marriages is pleased with today’s Supreme Court ruling on same sex marriages.
Andy Shurman says he thinks he may be in one of Missouri’s oldest same sex marriages.
He and his partner were married in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada in July 2015.
Shurman says today’s ruling ends the perception that he has a second class family.
Gillian Wilcox of the Missouri ACLU says the sweeping ruling may not settle all Missouri cases. Wilcox says Mis our I still needs an anti-discrimination law.
The ruling ends two Missouri same sex lawsuits. One involved recognizing same sex married performed in state where is legal. The second was a direct leagal challenge to Missouri’s constitutional amendment that state marriage can only be between a man and a woman. Sent from my iPhone

SCOTUS Backs Obamacare Subsidies
June 25, 2015

The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the nationwide tax subsidies under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, in a ruling that preserves health insurance for millions of Americans.

The justices said in a 6-3 ruling that the subsidies that 8.7 million people currently receive to make insurance affordable do not depend on where they live, under the 2010 health care law.

The outcome is the second major victory for Obama in politically charged Supreme Court tests of his most significant domestic achievement.

Chief Justice John Roberts again voted with his liberal colleagues in support of the law. Roberts also was the key vote to uphold the law in 2012. Justice Anthony Kennedy, a dissenter in 2012, was part of the majority on Thursday.

“Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them,” Roberts wrote in the majority opinion.

Nationally, 10.2 million people have signed up for health insurance under the Obama health overhaul. That includes the 8.7 million people who are receiving an average subsidy of $272 a month to help pay their insurance premiums.

Of those receiving subsidies, 6.4 million people were at risk of losing that aid because they live in states that did not set up their own health insurance exchanges.

According to the Department of Health and Human Services there are more than 218,000 Missouri’s receiving subsidies to obtain health insurance.
More than 73,000 Kansas are in the same program.

Sly James Takes a Congratulatory Selfie with Former Mayor Dick Berkley
June 23, 2015

Sly On Ice
June 23, 2015

An ice sculpture at Union Station where Sly James is expecting to win a second term easily tonight.

53% Support KC Raising Minimum Wage to $15
June 16, 2015

Demonstrators call for Kansas City to raise its minimum wage.

Kansas City voters support the idea of raising the city’s minimum wage up to $15 an hour, according to a new Remington Research poll released Tuesday.
In a survey of 3,912 likely voters from June 10-12 a slight majority favor raising the wage. 53% of the survey support the raise, 38% oppose it; 9 are unsure.
“This is no locomotive,” said pollster Titus Bond, “that is not overwhelming support for the minimum wage.
Bond says a similar poll in St. Louis showed more than 60% of the survey supporting the idea.
Younger voters are, by far, the biggest supporters of the raise. 73% of them support it.
So do 70% of the Democrats. And 68% of the African Americans contacted by pollsters. In all other age groups, about 40% of the survey oppose the measure.
Bond points out that the voters in the poll do not care for excluding some business from the increased minimum wage.
55% of the those polled oppose excluding small local shops with under 500 employees, but requiring franchise operations of the same size to pay the higher wage.
Tuesday, Mayor Sly James says the plan the city is working on does not raise it to $15 and hour but it does increase it.
James says there are lots of questions including the final rate, the pace of increase and the exception questions that still have to be settled.
Tuesday, Mayor Sly James says the plan the city is working on does not raise it to $15 and hour but it does increase it.
The city is working on whether or not to push for an increase in the Kansas City, Missouri minimum wage before late August.
That time is important because a new state law takes effect in late august prohibiting cities from setting their own minimum wage.
The minimum in Missouri is currently $7.65 an hour. The federal minimum wage, which applies in Kansas, is $7.25/hour. Sent from my iPhone

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