(FOX) A Doritos commercial and a Quicken Loans commercial did not evoke the reactions sought by the companies during their Super Bowl advertisements. In the Doritos commercial, you can see a dad taunting his unborn child with the tasty chip. When the pregnant mother grabs the chip from him and throws it across the room, the baby launches out from the womb. Doritos attempted for these scenes to be humorous; however, the National Abortion Rights Action League Pro-Choice America is claiming that the ad uses pro-life tactics by humanizing the baby fetus. On Twitter, the organization post “#NotBuyingIt – that @Doritos ad using #antichoice tactic of humanizing fetuses & sexist tropes of dads as clueless & moms as uptight.”
(CNN) A Quicken Loans commercial promoting ‘Rocket Mortgage’ is also receiving some backlash. Quicken Loans President Jay Farner says the goal of the ad was to promote their new smartphone application and its simple usability. In contrast, some are saying that this ad is dangerous in its promotion of a lending environment, an economic philosophy that led to the housing crash and recession in 2008. The ad says that more home buying leads to more spending to fill those homes with appliances and furniture, leading to a more active economy. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau states that home buyers should still research and ask important questions during the home buying process, which is a sentiment that Farner agreed with. This was the Detroit-based company’s first Super Bowl advertisement.
(KING 5) Puget Sound Energy has been overcharging by 35 million dollars a year. Attorney General Bob Ferguson claims the company owes more than one million customers refunds. The state argues that the improving economy has reduced the cost of equity capital, and because automatic rate increases under the plan reduce investor’s financial risk, PSE should not be receiving the same return on equity that it received in 2011. In response, PSE’s Facebook account explained the views of the company:
“Our customer care team looked at the some of the accounts of our customers who are expressing frustration with higher than expected bills. When our customers are concerned, we are, too. We’re finding that many customers used more electricity and even natural gas than they thought they did. It can be easy to do, especially during winter. We ask that customers take a close look at the amount of kilowatt-hours (electricity) or therms (natural gas) they used, and compare to previous months. If they sign into their myPSE account atpse.com/energycenter, we’ve made it easy to find those details. This site is a very good resource. Cold weather is definitely a factor in the higher bills. We had some significant cold spells that stretched on for days.”
(NBC) Maryland State Senate approved a bill which reinstates the rights of forty thousand felons to vote again. Last year, the bill was vetoed by Governor Larry Hogan; however, the House voted to override the veto and passed the bill 29-18 last month. The bill allows felons to vote once they’ve been released from prison instead of having to complete parole and probation first.
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