This week, a federal panel is hearing arguments for and against a voter ID law in Texas. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says the Texas voter ID law is like a modern poll tax. Guest host Maria Hinojosa talks more about the issue with Rep. Jose Aliseda, who testified at the hearing. He's a Republican State Representative for Texas who was born in Mexico.
Guest Host Maria Hinojosa talks with Kamala Harris, California's Attorney General about the state's newly passed "Homeowner Bill of Rights." The law, which was signed yesterday by Governor Jerry Brown, makes it harder for lenders to seize a property and allows homeowners to sue to stop a foreclosure process.
I'm Maria Hinojosa and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Michel Martin is away. Coming up, California's governor has signed a landmark bill meant to protect homeowners from unfair bank and mortgage practices. We'll speak with state attorney general Kamala Harris about that in just a few minutes.
If you only knew about America from watching TV, the last few months might lead you to think that women here wield enormous political power. First you had Game Change, the story of Sarah Palin's attempt to become vice president. Then you had Veep, in which Julia Louis-Dreyfus's character has accomplished just that. Now comes Political Animals, a new USA network series about a strong female secretary of state who I suspect even a Martian would realize is based on Hillary Clinton.
Last year the state paid 30-million dollars to people who fraudulently claimed eligibility for unemployment insurance benefits. The state has a new way to crack down and get the money back. Ben Johnson of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services says some of the scam artists collect benefits even though they are working, while others collect them without obeying a rule that requires them to actively seek a job.
Contract talks are expected to begin soon between the Columbus chapter of the American Red Cross and its local blood-collection workers. More than 200 people who work on blood drives voted this week to unionize in an effort to have uniform salary scales and work rules. Red Cross officials say they hope to have a contract in place within a few months.