Six More Women Accuse Roger Ailes of Sexual Harassment

After Gretchen Carlson's bombshell that Fox News head Roger Ailes had sexually harassed her, now six more women have made similar allegations. Ailes has denied all of them. In fact, over a dozen women have now contacted Carlson's attorney, Nancy Erika Smith, but not all the names have been made public. Some of the women were as young as 16 at the time of the alleged incidents.

Fox is being run by Rupert Murdoch's sons, who have long been trying to force Ailes out, but so far with little success. This alleged misconduct could easily be the excuse they can use to dump him. Given the political importance of Fox News, any change in top management could have enormous consequences. Since Fox is a private company, Murdoch's sons don't have to wait for an admission of guilt and don't have to give him his day in court. They can just call him up and do a Donald Trump: "You're fired." That's all it would take.

Ailes is trying to have the case be removed from a public courtroom and be adjudicated in a secret arbitration proceeding. Having a dozen or more women testify in open court that he has harassed them won't look good on TV, not even on Fox News. So better to keep the whole thing secret, pay Carlson a bit of money, and be over with it. Carlson's contract calls for arbitration on matters concerning contract disputes, but her beef isn't with Fox News as an organization, it is with Ailes personally, so it is not clear if the arbitration clause applies. There will be a lot of preliminary fighting about where the case will be heard, in court or in arbitration, before it even starts. (V)

Missouri Governor Vetoes Voter ID Bill

The Missouri state legislature passed a bill requiring voters to have a valid ID in order to vote, but it may not become law because Gov. Jay Nixon (D-MO) has vetoed it, calling it "an affront to Missourians' fundamental right to vote." Nixon explained

his veto further by saying it would disproportionately disenfranchise senior citizens, people with disabilities, and others who don't have an ID that meets the requirements of the law. Nixon also said the bill solves a non-problem, since voter impersonation is exceedingly rare. The state legislature could possibly override the veto, however, since it passed with very large majorities in both chambers. (V)