Remember ENDA? The Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would prevent states from firing gay/bisexual/transgender folks just because they're gay/bisexual/transgender? I keep hearing that the House might vote on it soon, or that the Senate might vote on it in December or January, but I've put action alerts on it enough times that I wonder. Anyway, the bill numbers are H.R. 3017 and S. 1584, and you can read the bill for yourself at thomas.loc.gov and discover that the bill doesn't cover religious organizations or the Armed Forces, doesn't promote affirmative action for gay/bisexual/transgender folks, and doesn't protect gay/bisexual/transgender folks from being fired for legitimate transgressions. I really, really hope I've just refuted the lies the right wing will tell you about ENDA. You can call your Reps and Senators using the tools in the upper left-hand corner of this page.
Meanwhile, don't let the massive bipartisan support for network neutrality make you complacent: several far right-wing Senators have introduced a bill with a truly Orwellian name, the Freedom for Consumer Choice Act. Look up S. 3624 at thomas.loc.gov and note Congress's "findings" in Section 3 -- that a "deregulatory" environment is automatically "pro-competitive" (it's not), that we currently enjoy "competition" solely because of technological advances (like hell), and that "competition" is the most effective way to protect consumers (ha ha!). Good regulation is the most effective way to protect consumers, and good regulation increases competition by preventing corporations from buying their way into monopolies. And we enjoy "competition" (I'd say "diversity") on the internet mainly because of network neutrality regulations, not technology. And surprise: the bill's main sponsors take a boatload of money from big telecoms, the very corporations that fight net neutrality the hardest. So that's why they act like government's main purpose is to "promote competition," versus, you know, keeping corporations from ruling the land. Call your Reps and Senators about this, too. Some of them don't really read bills, you know, and they might get hoodwinked by the title.
Finally, the Obama Administration has announced a final rule for national fuel economy standards, but the National Automobile Dealers Association (or NADA, what an unfortunate acronym) is still suing to keep the rule from being implemented. If you have a strong stomach, you can read NADA's latest statement about how the fuel economy rules would cost car owners more. Just like a corporation, to take consumers hostage! Just like a corporation, to act like cost is the only factor in any reasonable decision! Just like a corporation, to say they support more fuel-efficient cars, but not actual rules that would actually force manufacturers to make more fuel-efficient cars! C'mon, guys, suck it in -- pay your CEOs a few dozen million dollars less, and you might be able to absorb the cost. Change.org provides a petition demanding that NADA stop fighting the future.