PATT MORRISON SCHEDULE
Thursday, July 29, 2010
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1:06 – 1:19
1:21 – 1:39
Mandatory minimums on crack cocaine to be shortened
One of the most criticized laws in
1:41 – 1:58:30
If you want to “save” marriage, should you outlaw divorce?
“If marriage is so sacred, why do half of them end in divorce?” and “How is my gay marriage affecting the health of your heterosexual one?” are common refrains from those in the anti-Prop 8 camp. John Marcotte is gearing up to put an end to that argument. The founder of rescuemarriage.org is collecting signatures to get a new initiative on the November ballot—one that would amend the
John Marcotte, author of the “California Marriage Protection Act” & founder of RescueMarriage.org
- must collect signatures of 694,354 registered voters – the number equal to eight percent of the total votes cast for governor in the 2006 gubernatorial election – in order to qualify it for the ballot. The proponent has 150 days to circulate petitions for this measure, meaning the signatures must be collected by December 9, 2010.
2:06 – 2:30
Financial overhaul bill packs a hidden punch at a glass ceiling, is it out of line?
Should the federal government lend women and minorities some muscle to break Wall Street’s glass ceiling? That’s what a section of last week’s financial overhaul bill aims to do, by granting the federal government authority to end contracts with financial firms that fail to ensure “fair inclusion” of women and minorities. Opponents say the provision’s vague language make it tantamount to quotas, while proponents see it as an overdue wake-up call to a heavily white and male industry with a reputation for elitism. The section sets not quotas, or even goals, but it does establish at least 20 new Offices of Minority and Women Inclusion across the Treasury Department, which already has three such offices. Advocates of the provision say the current offices have no teeth and that minority and women-owned businesses didn’t receive an adequate share of the contracts awarded through the $700 billion bank bailout, while the collapse of the sub prime mortgage market disproportionately hit African-American and Latino homeowners. Should the federal government take means to correct for this and if so, does this measure go far enough?
AGAINST THE PROVISION:
Gail Heriot (Harriet), Senate appointee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and professor of law at University of San Diego Law School
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- she signed a letter of opposition against the provision
FOR THE PROVISION:
Marc Morial, president of the National Urban League, which pressed for the bill language
- says the existing efforts (Civil Rights Center at Department of Labor, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance at Labor, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) to ensure that women- and minority-owned firms receive contracts have “no visibility, no teeth.”
Gary Acosta, co-founder of the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate (NAHREP) Professionals, which lobbied for the section
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Ann O’Leary, executive director of the Berkeley Center for Health, Economic & Family Security at the UC Berkeley School of Law; senior fellow at the Center for American Progress; and co-author of “The Shriver Report”
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