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[VIDEO] THE PANTSUIT REPORT: Hillary Surprised ‘Turns Out We Are Not Producing As Many Small Businesses As We Used To’

At The CornerJoel Gehrke writes:

Hillary Clinton admitted today that she was “surprised” to learn that the people who told her small businesses have struggled in recent years were actually correct.

“I was very surprised to see that when I began to dig into it. Because people were telling me this as I traveled around the country the last two years, but I didn’t know what they were saying and it turns out that we are not producing as many small businesses as we use to.”

— Hillary Clinton, in New Hampshire

Clinton noted that small business creation has “stalled out,” to her chagrin. “I was very surprised to see that when I began to dig into it,” she said while campaigning in New Hampshire. “Because people were telling me this as I traveled around the country the last two years, but I didn’t know what they were saying and it turns out that we are not producing as many small businesses as we use to.”PANTSUIT-REPORT

“Small businesses lack the confidence they need to expand and hire new workers, and the President’s looming tax hikes are threatening to destroy another 700,000 jobs.”

— Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul

The struggles of small businesses during President Obama’s administration are hardly a new subject on the campaign trail. Mitt Romney raised the issue throughout the 2012 presidential election.

”At every turn, Hillary Clinton has supported top-down Washington-driven policies that have stacked the deck against small businesses. Hillary Clinton can’t possibly be a champion for everyday Americans when she doesn’t understand their most basic economic concerns and was ‘surprised’ to learn that small businesses are struggling.”

— Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus

“Small businesses lack the confidence they need to expand and hire new workers, and the President’s looming tax hikes are threatening to destroy another 700,000 jobs,” Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul said in September of 2012, for instance. Read the rest of this entry »

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In Stunning Blow to Photo Hobbyists, Mass. Lawmakers Vote to Ban Upskirt Photos

Advocacy Group for Amateur Photographers Respond to Ruling

macguffin-EVP“We’re very disappointed in the ruling. Our organization will continue work to protect our rights, and educate the public, to ultimately end the stigma associated with amateur upskirt photography. We respect and admire women. We believe our harmless activity has a rightful place in society.”

— Dave MacGuffin,  President of P.A.N.T.I.E.S. (Photographers Advocating Tasteful Images of Exposed Skirts)

The measure, which sailed through the House and Senate, awaits Gov. Deval Patrick‘s likely signature.

Renegade paparazzi could be jailed more than two years and fined $5,000 if the victim is 18 or older, but the penalties would jump to five years behind bars or a $10,000 fine for anyone under age.

The unusually swift action followed the Supreme Judicial Court‘s ruling Wednesday that a Boston subway rider who took cellphone photos up women’s skirts didn’t violate the state’s “Peeping Tom” law.

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Tom Grant, Vice President of P.A.N.T.I.E.S.

“We think the term ‘Peeping Tom’ is unfair, and judgmental. It discriminates against  guys who enjoy peeking at women, which is perfectly natural. It’s a legitimate hobby. Men who take clandestine snapshots of girls are often misunderstood. It’s an example of the kind of  bullying that’s far too common, in place like Boston. It’s also totally unfair to guys named Tom.”

— Tom Grant, Vice President of P.A.N.T.I.E.S.

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“We think guys like Dave, and Tom, are really creepy. We think they should be in jail. This ruling will hopefully protect women from disgusting guys who take upskirt pictures of girls on subways.”

–Some girls who ride the subway

The judges said that although the law protected someone’s privacy in dressing rooms and bathrooms while naked or partially clothed, it did not protect people in public.

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House Speaker Robert DeLeo said his chamber acted “to bring Massachusetts laws up-to-date with technology and the predatory practice of ‘upskirting.’ We must make sure that the law protects women from these kind of frightening and degrading acts.”

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Massachusetts Democrat Expelled from State House after Conviction for Assaulting a Woman

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Katherine Connell  reports:  Yesterday the Massachusetts state house voted, 146–5, to expel Representative Carlos Henriquez, a Democrat who was convicted in January of assaulting a woman.

expel7n-3-webThough Boston Mayor Martin Walsh and Governor Deval Patrick had called on Henriquez to resign following his conviction, the New England branch of the NAACP, an organization of which Henriquez is a member, was not inclined to pass judgment, and sent an open letter to members of the house urging them to vote against or abstain from voting on the measure.

“The House of Representatives must respect the Massachusetts judicial process and let Representative Henriquez’s case before the Appeals Court proceed, without jumping to judgment before the appellate decision is rendered,” NAACP New England president Juan Cofield wrote in the February 6 letter. “Secondly, while NEAC respects the jury’s decision, there is currently no rule for expulsion that applies to misdemeanor convictions.”

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