As President Obama was preparing to leave the White House, he made many rule changes in various areas that impact Americans. One of those was the rule that prohibited states from defunding Planned Parenthood of Title X funding. A joint effort is in the works to overturn this rule and an important vote is upcoming in the US House.
On Black Friday the IRS announced a rule change and started a public comment period to allow Americans to express their views on the changes. Not surprising, with Christmas shopping and other preparations for the upcoming church and family activities, the proposed rule change went unnoticed for weeks as the public comment period clock continued to count down. It was not until the middle of January that the public became aware of these proposed changes.
Like our non-partisan voter guides? Those resources may be coming to an end! The proposed IRS changes will redefine the distribution of non-partisan voter guides, legislative scorecards, get-out-the vote campaigns and non-partisan voter registration drives as “candidate-related political activity.”
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) wants your input on how it should handle expletives and “brief non-sexual displays of nudity”. Remember the FCC only has say over the content of broadcast TV and radio stations. Currently FCC rules state it is a violation to air obscene programming “at any time” and to air indecent programming or profane language “during certain hours.” They claim to have recently cleared 70 percent of its backlog of complaints — translation they dismissed the concerns of about a million Americans without investigating the complaint!