Alissa Bohling @ Truthout - Ronald Reagan's "welfare queen" myth has been strenuously discredited, but another counterexample never hurts - especially when she's spent 20 years on Capitol Hill. Before she ran for office, Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-California) spent years raising her three children on her own and with the support of public assistance. Her story, and her influential presence in Congress - as the former co-chair of the Progressive Caucus, an outspoken critic of war and a two-decade veteran in the House - are more relevant than ever as divisive rhetoric about a tax-drunk "entitlement society" pervades the GOP primary. Read more.
After a monumental political battle, California passed AB5, a law that will make it much harder for gig economy companies to classify their workers as “independent contractors.” Now, the same political battle is coming to New York. That means it’s a perfect time to hear from Uber and Lyft drivers, in their own words. Read more.