Week-in-review: 3-4-17

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Here’s a news round up from some of the more important things that happened throughout the week.
 

State News:

  • A state law preventing cities from banning Styrofoam was ruled unconstitutional. This should open the door for more cities and counties banning it. (link)
  • The budget is one of the biggest issues facing the Florida legislative session. The House and Governor are at war right now over two corporate welfare programs: Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida. If you’re interested here’s a fact check on the claims from the two sides but the most important thing to know is that there’s contractions and progressives should exploit them.
  • Tallahassee Mayor Gillum is officially running for Florida governor in 2018. He’s a pretty cool guy. (link)
  • The Florida Supreme Court upheld a law banning open carry in the state. (link)
  • Florida State Sen Perry is doing mental gymnastics to over his desire to knee cap the state and national Supreme Courts. (link)
  • The Lowell Correction Facility, the largest private women prison is under attack for the widespread rape and sexual violence happening. (link)
  • Ever wonder why you can’t buy liquor in a grocery store? ABC liquor has been blocking legislation saying that their model helps keep alcohol out of the hands of minors. That and tons of money it uses to buy influence. (link)
  • Congressman Yoho held a town hall on Saturday. About 300 people were inside with a 3 to 1 breakdown of anti-vs pro. Outside some 500 anti-Yoho people and 30 pro yoho people protested. Yoho dodged questions and answered answered “you can vote me out in two years” numerous times. (link)

Florida Hate Watch

  • Swastikas were etched on cars and more bomb threats rocked the South Florida Jewish community again this week.  (link)
  • A Trump supporter in Key West attacked two gay men on February 23. The man yelled homophobic slurs saying that “you live in Trump country now” before knocking one off his bike. (link)
  • Chief  of police of Green Cove Springs (Clay County) resigned after his only black officer complained about racist language the Chief regularly used. (link)
  • President Trump hinted that a lot of these hate crimes are falsely being made to make him look bad. (link)

Trump mess

    • Trump is seeking a full renewal of FISA which could result in a showdown with congress who want to add in more privacy protections. FISA authorizes Prism and Upstream which collect and store all web traffic data which we know because of the Snowden files. (link)
    • March 4 Trump rallies were held in 28 states this week. Thy were mostly small and sparsely attended. (link)
    • Trump gave his first speech to a joint session of Congress. Out of 61 statements he made 51 of them were false. (link)
    • Attorney General Sessions said he won’t go after police departments for civil rights violations. (link)
    • US Attorney General Jeff Sessions met with the top spy recruiter from Russia twice last year and lied to congress about it. Where does the line between perjury end and treason start? (link)
    • Daniela Vargas is a 22 year old Dreamer who was arrested by ICE after speaking out against Trumps immigration policies at a rally. The administration is seeking to rapidly deport her. (link)
  • Trump thinks Obama is behind the town hall protests. (link)
  • The Father of Ryan Owens, the Marien killed in Trumps botched action in Yemen last month is calling for an investigation into the planning to execution of the mission. He’s refusing to meet with Trump too. (link) Report after report is stating clearly that there was no significant intelligence gained from the operation. (link)
  • Trump seeks a 10% increase to defense spending and sharp cuts to social and environmental programs. This is the largest peace time increase to defense spending and will create the largest peace time defense budget in US history. Remember, the pentagon didn’t ask for this, this will result in more surplus equipment in the hands of law enforcement, and ever dollar spent on bombs is a dollar taken away from healthcare, books, etc. (link)
    • The budget includes a 24% cut in EPA spending (link)
    • A 37% cut to the state department (link)
  • Trump called for rallies on Monday (2/27) in support of him. It was a flop. Sad. (link)
  • Trump announced he’s creating an office in the Department of Homeland Security for the Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE).It’s the same thing the Nazis did.  (link)
  • Trump dropping challenge to an anti-minority voter ID law from Texas. A major signal of how the Republicans plan to keep control in 2018. (link)
  • Here’s a good read on why the Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVo’s pro voucher stand is BS. The tl;dr is that study after study shows lower student performance in voucher programs (link)

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