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The state of Georgia has publicized a rule asking employers to tattle on unemployed job seekers who test positive for drug use when applying for work. The Georgia Department of Labor rule is the latest in a flurry of state programs that impose drug tests on safety net applicants and sanctions on those who fail the tests. The Georgia rule was prominently featured on the state’s Department of Labor’s website last week.*
As I wrote last month, the problem of jobless folks abusing drugs is a concocted one that works to stigmatize the safety net programs so that they can be undercut. In an interview with Colorlines.com, the Georgia Department of Labor said it did not collect data on the number of people who have previously been booted off the jobless rolls for drug use.
Drug testing policies have been all the rage among conservative legislators since the start of the recession. At least 30 states considered bills in the last year that would have had unemployment or welfare applicants peeing in a cup.
In April, Georgia passed a law requiring all welfare applicants to take a drug test. A similar law passed by the Florida legislature last year was struck down as unconstitutional in a federal court, but Georgia lawmakers refused to heed the warnings and passed the law anyway. The welfare law will go into effect on July 1
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So what’s the holdup?But here’s the thing: The Supreme Court already has decided the case, and they likely did so two months ago.
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Highlights from this morning’s other big tech headlines….
- Nonexistent virtual goods produce obscene revenue for online services. The phenomenon, which even attracts criminal activity, is currently helping Microsoft stave off the effects of diminishing video game sales. Forbes estimates that Xbox Live earns the company more than $1 billion annually, primarily through various account upgrades, and from the sale of avatars, costumes, character attributes and other intangible items. [From: Forbes]
- Stumped New York Times writers searching for alternate ways to describe “posted messages on Twitter,” may have just found their “tweet” substitute — by way of a Japanese translation. Now, 16.3-percent of Japanese Internet users “mumble” on Twitter, compared to the 9.8-percent of U.S. Web users. Japanese mumbles also impressively represent 12-percent of total worldwide tweets. [From: The Huffington Post]
- WordPress experienced crippling outages earlier this month, but the millions of online pontificators temporarily left blogless may soon forget those past worries. The official WordPress 3.0 ‘Thelonious’ upgrade, inspired by the jazz musician’s “improvisational wizardry,” apparently now provides subscribers with a variety of exciting features, including bulk updates, customizable style options and a more efficient and navigable interface. [From: Mashable]
With a projected victory Tuesday in Wisconsin, Sen. Barack Obama is poised for 10 straight victories with the Illinois senator favored in Hawaii’s Democratic caucus, the state where Obama was born. The victory in Wisconsin puts Sen. Hillary Clinton in a must win position heading into contests in Ohio and Texas on March 4.
In Wisconsin, Obama has 56 percent of the vote to Clinton’s 43 percent, with 4 percent of precincts reporting.
Like a week ago in Maryland and Virginia, exit polls out of Wisconsin show Obama making serious inroads into Hillary Clinton’s base – female voters and white voters. READ MORE
On the Republican side, Sen. John McCain is the projected winner in Wisconsin. The McCain campaign is hoping that decsive wins Tuesday in Wisconsin and Washington state will knock Huckabee out of the race for the Republican nomination.
Posted: 2008-01-14 10:41:49
Filed Under: Elections News
With 12 percent of precincts reporting, Arizona Sen. John McCain is projected to win the New Hampshire Republican primary. He leads with 37 percent of the vote; former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney follows with 28 percent of the vote.
Check www.campaignsandelections.com later for full analysis and results.