Week in review 2-25-17

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Here’s a week in review of some of the more important things that happened in the last week.


  • Perez is the new chair of the Democratic Party. He was the Labor Secretary under Obama and is overall much, much more progressive than anyone who’s ever been in charge of the party. But he was the pick from the so called establishment. The Bernie supporters and people who were looking to reform the party from the ground up were backing Ellison. This is likely the closest vote in the history of the party. And both of the candidates have similar policies and ran on nearly the same platform. Nonetheless someone was going to rage quit the Democratic Party over this. Would it be the so called establishment or the new comers? Let’s now watch as the Bernie crowd takes their energy elsewhere. Fivethirtyeight has a decent read on this. (link)

Florida News:

  • MCI Maps has a great data heavy read on what the Florida Senate races were all about compared to Clinton. SD8 was lost because Rod Smith under preformed in Alachua County. A common strategy from the Democrats had been to appeal to moderates in Putnam County and win the progressives in Alachua by default. Didn’t work here or elsewhere. (link)
  • Sen Gainer out of the Pan Handle filed a bill that would make it a second degree misdemeanor to block traffic during a protest. The bill,  SB 1096 would also make drivers not liable for unintentionally killing these protesters. (link)
  • HJR 321 would up the threshold for getting a referendum passed from 60% to 66%. It was increased to 60% from 50% in 2006. (link)
  • Miami made marijuana possession a citation as opposed to a criminal offense due to the deportation threat faced by undocumented people under Trump (link)
  • Rick Scott is now the Vice Chair of the powerful Republican Governors Association. This is yet another important key to his 2018 US Senate run. (link)
  • Around 300 protesters packed a meeting to save Rainbow River. The dispute is over how much water should be allowed to be removed. (link)
  • Two protesters wedged themselves inside a 3 foot pipe in Marion County. The pipe is part of the controversial Sabal Pipeline. (link)
  • HB871 would create an animal abuse registry that would help block repeat abusers. There’s no companion in the Senate yet and I get the feeling this is going to be a multiyear effort.  (link)
  • There’s 11 so called pro-gun bills filed by Republicans and gun control bills filed by Democrats. Because Republicans have majorities in the House, Senate, and have the Governor it’s unlikely any of the gun control measures will pass. Instead the focus is on stopping the expansion of these pro-gun bills. (link)
  • UPS is testing Drone delivery in Florida. (link)
  • SB 90, which creates incentives for solar energy, is moving forward in the Senate. (link)
  • Good news. We counted more manatees this year than since we started doing our annual survey. (link) We also counted more Florida panthers than last year. (link)
  • Corcoran-care is the name of the sickness you’ll likely be facing in the next year. In anticipation of the federal government creating a block grant Medicaid scheme. This program would create private prepaid plans for Medicaid people. Can’t we have single payer already? (link)

Town Hall Madness!

  • Rubio refuses to have a town hall because he’s scared. It’s gotten to the point that people are printing missing Rubio stickers and putting them on milk cartons. They’re even dogging him nonstop every chance they get like on 2/23 at FIU.
  • Congressman Webster in Lake County left his town hall early and refused to take questions. (link)
  • Congressman Dunn ran a red light in Tallahassee to avoid talking to protesters. (link)
  • Rep Rooney from Collier County was a no show so about 200 protesters rallied outside his office instead. (link)
  • Rep Bilirakis from New Port Richey who had a town hall on 2/11 in which a supporter called Obamacare death panels said he’s still for a full repeal. He hasn’t and likely won’t have another town hall (link).

Trump Mess:

  • Trumps approval rating is at 38%. But 83% of Republicans still approve of him. (link)
  • Trump is likely going to start enforcing Federal marijuana laws. (link)
  • If you were curious why private prison companies stocks shot up after Trump was elected you know now. Trump cancels an Obama era order to phase out their use this week. (link)
  • Trump rolled back Obama era protections for trans youth. Apparently Attorney General Sessions pushed this and Secretary of Education DeVos said no. She said this would harm trans youth but she was given an ultimatum to either drop her opposition of resign. She folded. (link)
  • VP Mike Pence helped clean up a vandalized Jewish cemetery. What’s the over under on when he’s sworn in as president? (link)
  • Trump is set to roll back an Obama era landmark EPA ruling that expanded the number of streams and waterways protested. Being able to pollute these waterways is a major priority for manufacturing companies. (link)
  • The Winter White House is a mess. Over last the weekend 12 plans violated the restricted airspace with 5 of them being buzzed by military aircraft. He’s spent a full 25% of his presidency in Mar-a-Largo. His 3 trips have cost over $10 million for travel alone.
  • Trump has put the Obama deportation machine into overdrive. The overarching theme from Trump is that undocumented people are violent and should be treated inhumanly. The desired result isn’t a nation free of undocumented people. It’s a nation full of more fearful undocumented people. People less likely to complain about their mistreatment and more easily exploited by 1%ers like Trump.(link)

Week in Review 2/18/2017

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Here’s a news round up of some of the things you might have missed this past week.

State News:

  • Teachers around the state are having problems passing their certification test. The test is terrible, not these teachers. (link)
  • Marion County retrains and secludes more mentally challenged students than the state average. By a lot. (link)
  • There’s a bunch of bills working their way through the Senate in support of guns. One of the worse is SB646 which would make it a non-criminal offense to briefly show off your gun. (link)
  • Good news for Governor Scott. His drug testing of welfare recipients, in which his company was set to profit on, is being allowed again under a GOP Trump administration. (link)
  • A good bill (SB544) would let people correct their signature mismatches for vote-by-mail ballots. (link)
  • The bill that banned doctors from talking about guns got overturned. (link)

State Budget:

  • Florida House Speaker Corcoran might sue Governor Scott over a lottery contract. On it’s own it looks silly but put into context over the massive disagreements on the budget and Visit Florida this is a big deal in an escalating battle that could very well lead to a government shutdown. (link)
  • The Republicans Governor Rick Scott’s fight over the budget is getting ridiculous. He sent out robo-calls in Republican lawmakers who oppose his jobs plan districts this week. A state government shutdown is getting more and more likely each week. (link)

Immigration:

  • Palm Beach County saw hundreds, maybe even thousands of students stay home in protest of Trumps migration laws as part of “a day without an immigrant”. Some school had as much as 35% of their student body stay home. (link)
  • An undocumented woman went to court to get a restraining order on her abusive boyfriend. She get’s arrested by ICE. The point of all of this isn’t to stop undocumented people from living in the USA. It’s to scare them. Undocumented people will be much less likely to seek redress for domestic abuse, or any crimes committed against them, because of actions like this. (link)
  • Daniel Ramirez Medina is a 23 year old DACA recipient who was detained by ICE. His lawyers are hoping it was a mistake and not part of a Trump policy of disregarding DACA. (link)
  • Changes to NAFTA could affect farms in Florida as the winter growing season coincides with Mexico’s and their cheap labor/lax labor laws make their imports cheaper. I don’t care so much about Florida farm owners but more so for Florida farm workers like those in the Fair Food Standards Council who are having their gains threatened by outsourcing to Mexico. (link)
  • Miami-Dade County voted 9-3 to affirm the Mayors move against being a sanctuary County. While most places in Florida and around the nation are standing strong or even reinforcing their commitment towards immigrants, Miami-Dade is in full Trump retreat. Shameful. (link)
  • A Florida House committee voted 9-5 along party lines to withdraw from the federal refugee program. This bill likely won’t go much farther, and it’s not very legal, but it shows that heartless Republican partisans aren’t just in DC. (link)
  • Trump was considering mobilizing 100,000 national guards to round up undocumented people. It looks like the leaked memo was considered but decided against. (link)

Random Trump mess:

  • Trump has nominated Alexander Acosta as Secretary of Labor. In 2008 he helped get pedophile and political ally Jeffery Epsetein a sweetheart plea deal (link)
    • Andrew Pizder withdrew his nomination to be Labor Secretary. Like rats leaving a sinking ship. (link)
  • The Republicans have half rolled out their ACA replacement. It’ll cut by about 50% the money paid to states who expanded medicaid, will let people buy crap insurance, convert medicaid to block grants for states, and is would most certainly kick millions of people off insurance while forcing millions more to buy crap plans. (link)
  • Dems are trying to use an obscure law to force Trump to release his tax returns. The Republicans are blocking the measure but they’ll keep trying. You can call the chair of the committee Rep. Brady at (202) 225-4901 to pressure him to release Trumps tax returns. (link)
  • Trump claimed there was a terrorist attack in Sweden at a campaign rally in Florida. Most media said there was no terrorist attack but there actually was one in January. A few neo-Nazis bombed a refugee center. (link)
    • Here’s a more full listing of the lies he said at the rally. (link)
  • Here’s a primer for a constitutional crisis free non-Trump presidency. (link)
  • Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is upset people are being mean to her. Turns out she didn’t realize that she can’t purchase the support of people who use public education like she did to the GOP. (link)
  • Palm Beach County isn’t liking the Winter White House. (link, link2)
  • Michael Flynn famously said he’d be in jail if he did a 10th of what Clinton did. Will we hear chants of “lock him up” anytime soon? (link)
  • Trump is looking to send ground troops into Syria. (link)
  • Turns out Trump’s campaign team talked with Russia. A lot. (link)
  • Trump officially abandoned a two state solution with Israel and Palestine. Unofficially the US had abandoned it in all but words years ago. (link)
  • Trump repealed an Obama executive order limiting how much pollution coal companies can put into rivers and streams. Is American great again yet? (link)

Gainesville Voter Guide – 2017

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Gainesville’s city elections are on March 14th in which At-Large 2, District-2, and District-3 commissioners will be elected.

These elections have a low turnout. The last three comparable elections had ~15% turnout. Hell, Commissioner Warren won her run off by 128 votes in 2014. In the same year, Commissioner Carter won with 180 votes. These elections have such low turnout that individual voters and their social networks can easily sway an election. All the more reason for you to go out and vote.

For the upcoming city elections I recommend: 

  • Jenn Powell for AL-2
  • Harvey Ward for D-2
  • David Arreola for D-3

You have to live in the district to vote for Ward and Arreola but anyone in the City can vote for Powell. Here’s an easy voter guide you can take to the polls with you.

Vote-by-mail ballots are already out and early voting is from Monday, March 6th through Saturday, March 11. Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 9 AM – 5 PM. Tuesday and  Thursday from 10 AM – 6 PM at the Supervisor of Elections Office, the Millhopper Branch Library, and the Cone Park Library.  Election day voting is on Tuesday, March 14th from 7AM – 7PM.  You can find your voting location here.

At Large Two:

Gainesville is a progressive town and deserves progressive leaders. Helen Warren was elected on razor thin margins in 2014 against Annie Orlando. A major distinguishing factor between Orlando and Warren surrounded the biomass plant. Different camps flocked to each of these candidates with most conservative voices and some progressives surrounding Orlando in an odd coalition. Orlando had the support of the  Chamber of Commerce and the Sierra Club. The AFL-CIO and Equality Florida were firmly behind Warren in 2014.

Warren as a commissioner has been a disappointment. She’s a great person who has the potential to be a great commissioner; but has currently fallen short. What motions has she made to champion progressive causes? What plans has she rolled out to address inequality? Homelessness? Discrimination? After thee years on the commission what accomplishments can she point to? Whatever she has done has earned her the support of the Chamber of Commerce and lost her the support of the AFL-CIO and the Sierra Club.

Jenn Powell has very little experience as a politician. She was a delegate from Alachua County for Bernie Sanders to the Democratic National Convention. She was a pivotal member of the “Bern Unit” that brought Sanders to Gainesville in 2016. Her coalition is made up of Bernie supporters, former Warren supporters, environmentalists, union activists, and most of the progressives that supported Orlando in 2014.

I’ve heard a lot of criticisms of Powell being too new, unrefined, and unready. Oddly enough these are similar criticisms made of Warren in 2014. Powell is a true working-class person who will bring this needed perspective to the commission. Please lookout for classism when you hear people talking about Powell’s ability to serve on the commission. I’ve had to call out more than a few people for their comments. (side note: you probably shouldn’t joke about a person’s class to a labor rights activist)

I’ve talked to some people who are staying out of this race because they don’t think Powell can win, but a few factors point otherwise. A lot of Warren’s 2014 coalition feels isolated by her and will either stay home or vote for Powell. Powell also has a network of sporadic voters who will cast their first City ballot this March. There is also likely to be a higher turnout due to the heightened political environment. When elections are decided by such few votes these changes can equal a win for Powell.

I’m supporting Powell for At-Large 2 because she’ll be a strong, consistent voice for working people in Gainesville

District Two:

D-2 is the most conservative district in Gainesville. Of course, by most conservative I mean it’s 51% Democrat and 26% Republican. This seat is being vacated by soon to be former commissioner Todd Chase who is termed out. Chase has been a consistent detractor against progressive causes on the commission. This seat has been occupied by a Republican ever since then D-2 Commissioner Lauren Poe lost in 2011 by ~400 votes.

There are three people running in this election so there’s a chance that it will go to a run off on April 11th as a candidate needs 50% plus 1 to win outright.

Harvey Ward is a progressive through and through. Even before he was running for office he was a common sight at progressive events. He never showed up for face time with voters or for a quote in the media but to be part of the movement. He’s tabled for the Alachua County Labor Coalition, gathered signatures for a living wage, and lent his voice and time lobbying for  progressive causes. In short, Harvey Ward is one of our own and has earned your vote.

Perry Clawson is a Republican who has been endorsed by Commissioner Chase. He’s been very reasonable in all the interactions I’ve had with him. I’d even go as far as to say that his politics are to the left of Chase and he’d likely be a Carter style Republican. What makes him unelectable is his violent past. In ’92 he was picked up for Battery/Theft in Orange County, in ’03 for Batter/Domestic Violence in Seminole County, and in ’10 for stabbing a man in the stomach in South Carolina.

The most disturbing to me is the domestic violence case in which the police officer wrote:

At some point she fell out of the bed onto the floor. When asked, Mr. Clawson denied ever touching his wife. Mrs. Clawson suffered a bruise to her bottom lip and an abrasion to her left knee.

When Deputy Gamber and I arrived on scene, Mrs. Clawson became was visibly upset declaring nothing was wrong and that her husband did nothing to her. Mr. Clawson advised that it was his wife who set off the alarm signaling violence within the home.

He further advised that at no time did he touch his wife, but could not answer as to how she received the bruises.

The 2010 case in South Carolina was dismissed because of a mistrial but I believe a civil case is still ongoing. I’ve yet to hear him respond to this in its totality, only the domestic violence incident. In that instance he points out that it was investigated by multiple agencies, he was cleared of any wrong doing, and that he was able to keep his top secret military clearance. This is still highly concerning and should give everyone pause.

Sheryl Eddie is running for the second time in this district. She’s a solid candidate with good politics. She’d definitely be an important added voice to the mostly boys’ club that is the City Commission. The one qualm I have with her is that she claims she gets along with everyone, including the Chamber of Commerce and groups I don’t agree with. As a general rule I don’t want a commissioner to get along with the Chamber or any groups that consistently work to undermine working people’s issues. Mostly, I’m not supporting Eddie for this seat is because Ward is running. If you are split between Ward and Eddie I’d recommend casting your ballot for Ward. If Ward can get 50% +1 we can avoid an April run off.

District Three:

David Arreola is seen as a long shot to take out the incumbent Craig Carter in D-3. Arreola is young (26 years old) and has a lot less money than Carter. He would be the first Latino to serve on the commission adding much needed diversity to a Commission that’s 6 white and 1 African American.

Arreola’s politics are solid and he would make a great commissioner but getting him elected is the trouble. Carter, while a Republican that I butt heads with frequently, is very accessible. He has also moved away from his conservative positions and voted for progressive causes. He voted for the City to stop using mountain top removal coal and came out in support of the wild spaces public spaces tax. Carter also made the motion to increase workers’ pay to $12.25 an hour last year which is the the only reason it passed. Two sitting democrats voted against this motion the month before.

But can Arreola win? I think he can for a few reasons:

  1. The district is a bit different than it was in 2014. The district is now 50% Democrat and 23% Republican. And it’s 60% Democrat for those 65+ who are the most likely to vote. Party ID is going to be key in this “non-partisan” race.
  2. This is a student heavy district and students don’t normally vote in city elections. But I’m expecting a higher turnout in this election due to the heightened political climate. Also, a lot of these young people voted in November so their records should be up to date.
  3. Craig Carter has isolated himself from his base. While I’ve been shocked and happy with his progressive votes his coalition has not been thrilled. How many of his people will stay home because he went against the Chamber and supported the Wild Spaces tax? A dozen? How many more will leave their ballot blank in protest against his living wage motion? Another dozen or so? Keep in mind that Carter was elected in 2014 with only 180 votes.

Arreola has a real shot at winning this election. While Carter has been good on some issues (and terrible on others) I’d rather have a reliable progressive vote than a compassionate conservative as a commissioner.

Week in Review 2/11/2017

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Here’s a weekly news roundup of some of the more interesting and/or under-reported things that happened this last week.

State News:

  • Florida might have a government shut down because the Republican House, Republican Senate, and Republican Governor can’t get along.(link)
  • “Alligator Ron” Bergeron might run for Florida Governor in 2018. This rich guy is really excentric saying that he’d have to put a hitching post to the governors Manson for his horse. Can you imagine him vs John Morgan? (link)
  • State Sen. Randolph Bracy might primary Sen. Bill Nelson in 2018. I’m not sure how to feel about this. (link)
  • SB 80, a Florida bill that would gut access to public records passed an important committee this week. (link)
  • Big sugar is trying to hold up a massive bill to clean up lake Okeechobee. It’s polluted discharges lead to massive die offs last year. (link)
  • Marco Rubio might have received hundreds  of thousands of calls urging him to oppose Devos for Education Secretary but that’s nothing compared to the 100,000 + she game him. (link)
  • HB19, the bill that would let people sue abortion doctors for emotional distress, passed a house panel last week. (link)
  • Turns out a bunch of State lawmakers are also employed by lobbyist. Naked corruption. (link)

Immigration:

  • University and college campuses are hesitating on becoming Sanctuary Campuses. (link)
  • Miami-Dade turned over 11 people to ICE in the week since Mayor Carlos Gimenez withdrew the county as a sanctuary city. (link)
  • The chair of the Miami-Dade’s Dem Party got thrown out of a commission meeting for asking about the move away from being a sanctuary city. This is just a taste of what’s to come. (link)
  • And so the raids start. Trump promised to deport undocumented immigrants who commit crimes and that includes Guadalupe García de Rayos. She was found using a fake Social Security number in 2008 and has met with ICE regularly to update her case. The Obama administration prioritized violent offenses for deportation which encouraged people like Guadalupe to cooperate with ICE. During a scheduled meeting she was arrested and deported. Actions like this will push the undocumented community further into the shadows. And just to be clear, that’s the point. Beyond the racism and xenophobia the 1% want a fearful class of non-citizens whose labor they can more easily exploit. And Trumps agenda feeds into this. (link)

Trump Mess:

  • Trumps approval rating in Florida is 34%. It’s a 73% approval rating among Florida Republicans  and an 8% among Florida Dems . The majority (52% ) also don’t want to cut off funding to Sanctuary cities and 56% oppose building a wall. (link)
  • Fivethirtyeight has a good read on the next steps on Trumps travel ban. They will likely make an emergency application with the Supreme Court with a decision as soon as next week. Alternatively, filing a petition for ceriorari would allow time for Trumps  nominee Neil Gorsuch to be appointed. They could also do nothing and wait for the lower courts to rule on the issue. What will Trump do? I’m not even sure if he knows. (link)
  • A bill in the Congress has been filed that will make salting illegal. Essentially this bill would allow a boss to not hire someone if they have a desire to organize the shop into a union. (link)
  • Trumps approval rating in Florida is 34%. It’s a 73% approval rating among Florida Republicans  and an 8% among Florida Dems . The majority (52% ) also don’t want to cut off funding to Sanctuary cities and 56% oppose building a wall. (link)
  • Trump is set to issue a directive shielding companies from disclosing if their products contain conflict minerals. (link)
  • Devos was confirmed as Education Secretary 51-50 (Pence casting tie breaker) and Sessions as Attorney General 47-52 (one democratic breaking ranks). This isn’t normal. These appointments are usually not this contentious. It’s not that the Dems are being whiny, it’s that these are some of the most divisive people to ever be nominated to a cabinet.
  • A bill in the Congress has been filed that will make salting illegal. Essentially this bill would allow a boss to not hire someone if they have a desire to organize the shop into a union. (link)
  • Attorney General Sessions has his priorities. One of the first things he’s doing is undoing the Obama era protections from transgender students. (link)

Hate Watch:

  • Remember that guy who set that mosque in Orlando? He’s going to jail for 30 years. (link). On a similar note, a Fort Myers man is facing 11 years in prison and a $350,000 fine after making threats to two Muslin grocers. (link)
  • Anderson Hall at UF was marked up with pro-Trump and racist messages this week. This follows an a noose being found on a teachers desk, Nazis protests on Holocost remembernce day, and white nationalist flyers being posted around campus. UF President Fuchs released a statement, like he has for the other events but doesn’t seem willing to do much action.
  • Brevard fired an assistant public defender for wearing a Black Lives Matter tie (among other things). (link)

Week in Review 2/4/2017

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Here’s a quick week in review of some of the more interesting things that happened in the last week.


  • In 2018 John Morgan might run for Governor, sponsor a constitutional amendment to raise the minimum wage, or both. (link)
  • Florida joined the lawsuit against Miami-Beach Mayor Levine’s living wage ordinance which would set the cities minimum wage at $10.31. This is part of Levine’s campaign for Governor in 2018. (link)
  • SB610 would make businesses who ban guns liable to lawsuits from legal gun owners if a mass shooting happens. (link)
  • SB614 is a better marijuana bill. It’d open up more dispensaries and be less onerous than Sen. Bradley’s SB 406. (link)
  • Republican Sen. Jack Latvala is considering running for governor. I’m not sure how he’d beat Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putam in a primary though. Latvala is one of those mythical moderate Republicans who has worked with union, immigrants, and environmentalist to stop reactionary Republican bills in the last. (link)
  • The number of people leaving their ballots blank or putting invalid names such as Bernie Sanders and Mickie Mouse on their ballot for the 2016 presidential election in Florida was double that from 2008. At 1.7% the 161,000 votes could have made a difference considering Trump won Florida by 113,000 votes. (link)
  • A study titled “The Riches of the Melting Pot: How Diversity in Metropolitan Areas Helps Grow the Wages of Low and High-Wage Workers,” from New American Economy has some very interesting information about immigration in Gainesville, FL. In 1990 6.1% of the population was foreign born but in 2011 it was 11%. According to the study almost all of the economic gains from the bottom 25% of earners are due to this increase in diversity. Increased diversity accounts for only 1/4 of the income gains for the top 25% earners. (link)
  • HB 409 would require county Supervisor of Elections officers to text voters on the first day of early voting and also on election day. This bill would increase voter participation so it’s unlikely the Republican controlled House, Senate, and Governor will support it. (link)
  • Jacksonville is the last major city in Florida that doesn’t offer protections to LGBTQ people under their Office of Equal Opportunity. The commissioners are now debating if they should do a referendum or vote on the ordinance themselves. A referendum is being sought so that reactionary lawmakers can hide behind the veil of democracy while abdicating their responsibility to protecting their LGBTQ residents. (link)
  • Gov. Scott and Florida Legislators are going to have a big fight over the budget. Scott believes there will be a $2.8 Billion surplus while legislative economist project only $7.5 million. Whose right? Probably the legislators but that won’t stop Scott from pushing more tax cuts for the rich. Hopefully the conflict will keep them too busy to further cut services for working people, their attacks on women’s reproductive health, etc. (link)
  • Here’s a good breakdown of what Gov. Scott’s budget proposal looks like. A lot of it won’t make it through the Florida House/Senate though. (link)
  • You’ll be hearing a lot of self congratulatory back slapping over the record k-12 spending from Florida Republicans this year but it’s not true. While we’re spending more than a billion more than our 2007 high water mark our per student spending is still down. Also, inflation. (link)
  • State Sen Bean and Rep Metz are looking to file legislation to punish so called sanctuary cities. (link)
  • Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch to the US Supreme Court. If appointed he’d be be to the right of recently departed Scalia and one of the most conservatives to ever serve on the Court. One of the biggest concerns with him his his opposition to assisted suicide due to life being inherently precious. This might be used as an opening to start rolling back women’s reproductive rights. (link)
  • Trump ordered a raid that killed around 30 civilians including an 8 year old American girl and an American service man in Yemen. The 8 year old American was was Nawar al-Awlaki was the daughter of American citizen Anwar al-Awlaki who put out youtube videos for al-Qaida. Obama killed Anwar al-Awlaki in a drone strike in 2011. I’d like to remind you that Trump promised to kill the families of terrorist while on the campaign trail.  (link)
  • Trump’s Muslim ban canceled some 100,000 visas. His administration said it affected less than 200 people. What a bunch of… alternative facts. (link)
  • Some good news. Due to the large push back US Rep Chaffetz withdrew his bill to sell off over 3 mill acres of public land. (link) In a similar move the Uber CEO drops out of a Trump business advisory  council. (link)
  • Trump is seeking to “destroy” the law limiting political activity of Churches. (link) The House has already introduced a bill on it. (link)
  • Trump is seeking to roll back the Dodd-Frank Act. In a nut shell, Trump doesn’t want brokers to have to act in their client’s best interest. On the second week in office Trump is giving a massive boost to wall street crooks. (link)
  • The US Senate passed a rule making it easier to energy companies to pay off and be paid off by foreign counties. I’m sure former Exxon CEO and Secretary Tex Tillerson is salivating. (link)
  • Lifeline, a program that helps gives poor people access to the internet is under attack by the Trump administration. Nine companies were given the go-ahead to join the program but Trumps new FCC Chairman Ajit Pai put a stop to that. (link)