ObamaCare, California-style

It may be effectively neutered at the federal level, but the California legislature just put the individual mandate back on the books when it passed SB 78, legislation that authorizes the taxing of California citizens who do not purchase health insurance and Governor Gavin Newsom signed it into law last Friday. The new law essentially…

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Oregon Passes Paid Family & Medical Leave as Session Ends

Apparently the republican senators who left the state of Oregon to deny the democratic majority a quorum two weeks ago, returned too early to their legislative posts as the Oregon Senate passed HB 2005 and sent it to the Governor. The legislation creates a state insurance fund that will provide workers with 12 weeks of…

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Representatives of the People? Disgraceful!

Just yesterday, we celebrated our 243rd birthday as a free nation – the United States of America. Happy Belated, America!  But just a few weeks ago, the city council of St. Louis Park in Minnesota metaphorically spit on our birthday cake with a unanimous 5-0 vote to stop opening city council meetings with the Pledge…

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Dunkin’ Doings

With the opening of its 100th store in California, Dunkin’ is back as promised in the Golden State. And, that same store is testing two new kiosks, the 9th Next Gen store in the country to feature the self-ordering technology. And on another subject, with the warmer summer weather, we want to remind you of…

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Miscellaneous

The US economic expansion now officially qualifies as the longest in history! The nation’s GDP has grown for the last 121 consecutive months, having started back in 2009 after the end of the Great Recession. Notwithstanding the strength and growth of the economy, the country is replete with those who would hamstring it. A new…

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Competitor News

A group of Democratic senators, 5 of whom are candidates for the democratic presidential nomination and have pandered to protesters against the company in past weeks, wrote Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta to demand a “full investigation” into workplace violence against McDonald’s employees.  They wrote in response to an OSHA complaint against one location filed…

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Independent Joe #56 June/July 2019

 Anyone who ever noticed the two clocks hanging side-by-side at a Dunkin’ Donuts­—one showing the time 18 minutes ahead—knew they would get a cup of coffee that hadn’t been sitting around very long. For a company eager to sell more coffee, Dunkin’ always knows customers will return for a cup of coffee that is…

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