Elizabeth Warren wants to end Citizens United

Citizens United remains a controversial decision, but contrary to popular belief, it was not as earth-shattering as many people seem to think it was. The Supreme Court’s first mention of corporations having the same rights as people occurs in 1876. It is a footnote to a larger decision. As any law student knows, corporations are a fictitious person. Treating them as a fictitious person allows them to own property, to own equipment, and to be sued. However, the problem with the Citizens United decision was that it expanded this doctrine to extremes. The logic was further continued with the Hobby Lobby decision, which granted religious exceptions for corporations under US law.

 

End Citizens United is an activist group that works to end this special exemption for corporations and to help get big money out of politics. Former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders warned his supporters that the United States had become an oligarchy, a claim, which ironically, Donald Trump backed up with some of his campaign accusations. Although the election has ended, Citizens United has not given up their fight.

 

Well-known congressman Elizabeth Warren agrees with the groups goals, and brought the decision up during a leading with democratic leaders, according to Boston.com. She warned that she and others are working to overturn the decision, but she described the political work required as a heavy lift.

 

According to Warren, congress needs to pass a constitutional amendment separating the rights of a corporation from the rights of a living citizen. She pointed out that even with the support of all the Democratic senators and representatives, the bill is likely to die in committee with the current congress.

 

Warren brought up the End Citizens United decision almost as an afterthought. The topic of discussion was continued planning under the current administration. The primary focus of the democratic leaders is continuing to resist the extreme elements of the current president’s agenda and how to win back seats in the house. The senators name has been mentioned as a potential presidential candidate, but she cannot gather the necessary to win in the primary election season.

 

 

ClassDojo Promises to Enhance Parent Teacher Communication

ClassDojo recently raised $21 million in venture funding to enhance the app and make it more efficient for parents and teachers. ClassDojo allows educators and teachers to communicate regularly about the progress, activities and behavioral development of students.

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The app allows teachers and parents to keep in touch with each other throughout the day and during the school year. This keep parents informed about what their kids are experiencing socially and academically. The app reduces the chances that parents will be caught off guard when meeting with teachers during the traditional parent teacher conference, which usually takes place once a semester.  Continue reading on inc.com

 

ClassDojo founders Liam Don and Sam Chaudhary confirm that ClassDojo funding closed at the end of 2015. The capital will be used to grow the ClassDojo team and to figure out the features and content that can be useful to parents who use the app at home. Chaudhary shares that the idea of the app is to promote parent teacher conversations to enhance the development and learning of students. Educators also use ClassDojo to create an activity schedule for parents on a daily basis. The app can also be used to take and send photos and videos of students so parents can chart their child’s progress in real time.  Click this.

 

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EOS Chaps the Competition

When it comes to lip balms, what comes to mind? Some people would say, Burt’s Bees. Some people would say, Chapstick or Blistex. If you were to ask only women, I would venture to say that many of the responses would be EOS. According to the Fast Company article, https://www.fastcompany.com/3063333/startup-report/the-untold-story-of-how-lip-balm-upstart-eos-outdid-chapstic, EOS has become the second best-selling lip balm in the U.S.

EOS lip balm has developed a product to treat all five senses. The smell and taste of the many varieties, the look and feel of the pastel-colored sphere-like shape, and even the sound of the click when the product is twisted close has been taken into consideration for the company’s main customer: women.

When the product had first gone to market, EOS had found it difficult to have it placed in stores. Up until seven years ago, lip balm was considered a drug store product, not a cosmetic product. While many stores were quick to take a pass, EOS was fortunate enough to have a female buyer for Walgreens and Target take an interest in the product. The rest is history.

Once celebrities were seen with the pastel balls, it was clear that EOS was going to be a popular commodity. The marketing for EOS was more like a cosmetic campaign, appearing in magazines, television ads, and even music videos. A huge social media presence was established through influencer marketing and beauty bloggers who would review EOS on Facebook, YouTube and Instagram. EOS has also collaborated with other companies to release limited-edition offerings with the likes of Keds and Disney.

What was once the norm in tube lip balms has become tired and really, not fun. So much so, that Blistex and others are now selling spherical balms to keep up with the EOS trend. However, EOS believes in innovating new products. The company branched out to other categories in shaving cream and hand lotions, with more to come in the future. In the meantime, EOS lip balms currently sell over a million units per week and show no signs of slowing down.

 

Finding Real Estate in Miami with Samuel Strauch

Over the years, there are a lot of people who are excited about what the city of Miami offers to investors. Many people in the real estate business are ready to see what kind of opportunities there are in this area. As a general rule, Miami real estate is more volatile than other areas of the country. Now is a great time to jump into the market, although there is a lot of competition for new homes. There are many people who are excited about the changes that are going on in this area. Samuel Strauch has had a great career in real estate, and there are many things that the average person can learn from him on.

Samuel Strauch

From the time that he started in real estate, Samuel Strauch has always been about helping others get to the next level. He has done a great job of investing in the lives of people in his area. In the last real estate crash, he was one of the few people who was excited about the buying opportunities that became open. In any real estate downturn, there are always going to be opportunities to buy. This is especially true in growing cities like Miami where there is a lot of demand for new property.

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Financing

One of the best things to remember about real estate is the financing side of the equation. A lot of people struggle with how to finance the purchase of an investment property. If this is an area that you are struggling with, look to Samuel Strauch for advice. He has purchased a lot of real estate property where he had to get creative on the financing that he was using to make the purchase. Over time, these ended up being good investments.

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