Is Indiana's 'Right to Work' Law Good for Indiana?
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For the first time in 10 years, another state has adopted "right to work" laws. Indiana makes number 23. We hear how a Republican governor changed his mind and what the political consequence might be nationwide. Will Indianapolis see protests during Super Bowl weekend? Also, the Attorney General faces questions on "Fast and Furious." On Reporter's Notebook, did "right to life" groups pressure the Susan B. Komen Foundation to withdraw support for Planned Parenthood?
Banner image: Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, who signed the state's 'Right to Work' law on February 1, 2011, by Mark Wilson/Getty Images
Attorney General Faces Questions on 'Fast and Furious' ()
Attorney General Eric Holder was back before a House committee today, with Republicans accusing his Justice Department of knowing more than it's admitted about "Operation Fast and Furious." Holder claims he never authorized allowing suspected gun-traffickers to by arms without arresting them immediately. Evan Perez covers the Justice Department for the Wall Street Journal.
'Right to Work' Laws in an Election Year ()
Under federal law, employees don't have to join unions, but labor contracts require that they pay for the representation that unions provide. "Right to work" laws say they don't have to pay any more. Democrats argue that weakens the power of unions. Republicans think corporations are better off. This week Indiana became the twenty-third state where Republicans have prevailed. Why did Republican Governor Mitch Daniels change his mind? Will new companies locate in Indiana, a manufacturing hub surrounded by states that don't have "right to work" laws? Will wages and benefits be reduced? Will there be union protests in Indianapolis during Super Bowl weekend?
- Mary Beth Schneider: Indianapolis Star, @marybschneider
- Ed Roberts: Indiana Manufacturers Association
- Kenneth Dau-Schmidt: Indiana University
- Gordon Lafer: University of Oregon
- Mike Wolf: Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne
Susan G. Komen Decision on Planned Parenthood Sparks Backlash ()
Since 1982, the Susan G. Komen Foundation has helped bring down breast cancer rates, in part with support for mammograms conducted by Planned Parenthood. Now, Komen has cut that funding, saying that it has done so because that group is "under investigation." The decision has sparked a backlash and, in reaction, Planned Parenthood received $650,000 from other donors in just 24 hours.
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