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la58

http://www.eclectablog.com/2017/04/detroits-water-system-and-the-roots-of-the-flint-water-

The following guest post was written by Dennis L. Green, a retired certified Professional Engineer from the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD

jcitybone

Republican hypocrisy is stunning

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/republicans-exempt-their-own-insurance-from-their-latest-health-care-proposal/ar-BBAnqI1?li=BBnb7Kz&ocid=U218DHP

Republican legislators want to keep popular Obamacare provisions for themselves and their staff.

House Republicans appear to have included a provision that exempts Members of Congress and their staff from their latest health care plan.

The new Republican amendment, introduced Tuesday night, would allow states to waive out of Obamacare’s ban on pre-existing conditions. This means that insurers could once again, under certain circumstances, charge sick people higher premiums than healthy people.

Republican legislators liked this policy well enough to offer it in a new amendment. They do not, however, seem to like it enough to have it apply to themselves and their staff. A spokesperson for Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-N.J.) who authored this amendment confirmed this was the case: members of Congress and their staff would get the guarantee of keeping this Obamacare regulations. Health law expert Tim Jost flagged me to this particular issue.

jcitybone

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/04/25/california-is-in-a-war-with-trump-on-sanctuary-cities-and-it-just-won-its-first-major-battle/?utm_term=.d236de1f0152

California has launched a war on President Trump’s attempt to clamp down on “sanctuary cities.” And it just got a major weapon to fight with: On Tuesday, a federal judge in San Francisco agreed with two California municipalities that Trump’s attempt to cut them off from federal funding for not complying with deportation requests is unconstitutional.

U.S. District Court Judge William Orrick agreed with the counties of San Francisco and Santa Clara, both of which sued the Trump administration for trying to prevent them from getting more than $1 billion in federal grants, that those grants can’t legally be withheld.

The court action is likely to continue. But this is an unqualified early victory for California — and sanctuary cities across the nation that have said they’ll refuse to comply with some of the Trump administration’s deportation requests. This includes some of the nation’s largest cities, including New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.

The president doesn’t have much leverage to force these cities and states to hand over its illegal immigrants. Attempting to withhold money and hoping the cities caved was pretty much it. And a federal court just ruled that method unconstitutional.

jcitybone

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/judge-cites-trumps-comment-in-sanctuary-city-ruling/

In a ruling on Tuesday, U.S. District Judge William Orrick quoted Trump to support his decision to block the president’s order to withhold funding from “sanctuary cities” that do not cooperate with U.S. immigration officials.

Trump called the sanctuary cities order a “weapon” against communities that disagree with his preferred immigration policy, Orrick said. The judge also cited a February interview in which he said the president threatened to cut off funding to California, saying the state “in many ways is out of control.”

The first comment was evidence that the administration intended the executive order to apply broadly to all sorts of federal funding, and not a relatively small pot of grant money as the Department of Justice had argued, the judge said.

The second statement showed the two California governments that sued to block the order — San Francisco and Santa Clara County — had good reason to believe they would be targeted, Orrick said.

jcitybone

https://www.cnbc.com/amp/2017/04/26/trump-just-blasted-the-wrong-court-for-blocking-his-sanctuary-cities-order.html

President Donald Trump lashed out again at the American judiciary for blocking a piece of his agenda.

Except on Wednesday, he got his court wrong.

In a morning tweet, he blamed the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals for blocking his order to withhold funding from so-called sanctuary cities. He called the ruling “ridiculous” and signaled that his administration will appeal by saying “see you in the Supreme Court.”

The problem: Tuesday’s ruling did not come from the 9th Circuit. It was made in federal district court in San Francisco.

Earlier this year, the 9th Circuit did block Trump’s executive order restricting travel from several predominantly Muslim countries.

Benny

Benny

Update on that: Jordan did interview Jared Beck via Skype. It hasn’t been posted yet, I expect it will tomorrow (possibly on TYT). I saw a live interview on Real Progressives FB page. Mr. Beck said that they are getting a copy of the transcript from the hearing, it will be posted on the JamPac site in a few days. The new thing I learned is that the lawyers representing the DNC are the barnoness’ attorneys.

I wish I had LSM’s skills at times for snarks.

Benny

Benny

Donald Trump Has Made Socialism Cool Again: The Democratic Socialists of America are fighting the president—and the liberals they blame for his win.

A month after President Donald Trump took office, khalid kamau was eating lunch in the cluttered kitchen of the Mayday Space, a leftist community center in Brooklyn. A year earlier, the 39-year-old (who prefers to spell his name without capital letters) had been driving a bus in Atlanta. Then his life took a hard left turn. When the city slashed public pensions, he became a union organizer. He then launched a Black Lives Matter chapter, became a delegate for Sen. Bernie Sanders, and led a walkout at the Democratic National Convention when Hillary Clinton clinched the nomination. In December, kamau announced his candidacy for City Council in South Fulton, Georgia. Not long after that, he joined the Democratic Socialists of America.

kamau, who was wearing a black T-shirt that said, “Don’t let your new president get your ass whooped,” had been a DSA member for all of a few weeks, but he already had big plans. Leaning forward on his wooden stool, he said, “I want to be the Obama of democratic socialism.”

First, kamau needed to win an election. Which is why, on an unseasonably warm weekend in February, he had come to Brooklyn for the Revolution at the Crossroads conference, a gathering of about 300 teen and twentysomething leftists that was sponsored by the Young Democratic Socialists, a subgroup of the DSA. After speaking on the kickoff panel the night before, kamau had taught the attendees how to use the free canvassing app MiniVAN and signed up dozens of volunteers for his campaign. (His organizing paid off; last Tuesday, kamau won his runoff election of the vote.)

From MaJones

I joined the DSA recently.

Benny

FL Senate advances bill to let FPL customers pay fracking costs

Florida Power & Light’s quest to have customers pay for natural gas fracking projects in other states overcame a key hurdle Tuesday as the Senate Rules Committee passed the controversial measure and overlooked opposition from residential and commercial customers.

The proposal, SB 1238 by Sen. Aaron Bean, R-Fernandina Beach, now goes to the Senate floor. A similar measure in the House, HB 1043, has made it through one of three committees in that chamber.

The goal of the legislation is to overturn a Florida Supreme Court ruling last year that found the Public Service Commission exceeded its authority when it gave FPL permission to charge customers up to $500 million for investing in an Oklahoma-based fracking company in 2015. Although the company predicted the project would save customers millions in fuel costs, it resulted in a loss of $5.6 million in the first year.

Read more here: http://www.bradenton.com/news/politics-government/article146813734.html#storylink=cpy

Benny

White House readies order on withdrawing from NAFTA

The Trump administration is considering an executive order on withdrawing the U.S. from NAFTA, according to two White House officials.

A draft order has been submitted for the final stages of review and could be unveiled late this week or early next week, the officials said. The effort, which still could change in the coming days as more officials weigh in, would indicate the administration’s intent to withdraw from the sweeping pact by triggering the timeline set forth in the deal.

The approach appears designed to extract better terms with Canada and Mexico. President Donald Trump pledged on the campaign trail to renegotiate NAFTA, a trade deal signed in 1994 by former President Bill Clinton that removes tariffs and allows for the free flow of goods and supplies between the three countries in North America. Trump in recent weeks has stepped up his rhetoric vowing to terminate the agreement all together.

“NAFTA’s been very, very bad for our country,” he said in a speech last week in Kenosha, Wis. “It’s been very, very bad for our companies and for our workers, and we’re going to make some very big changes or we are going to get rid of NAFTA once and for all.”

https://secure.politico.com/story/2017/04/26/white-house-nafta-withdraw-trump-237632

Wonder how the Corporatist Dems are going to react?

polarbear4

+1

polarbear4

The very first line kinda says it all: “Backed by nearly half of the Senate’s Democrats.” Shouldn’t that be, “All but two Democrats,” or “All the Democrats”?

jcitybone

Definitely should be, but it’s also definitely an improvement over the five co-sponsors from last time (Warren, Markey, Gillibrand, Durbin, and Brown)

magsview

magsview

Yay Alyssa!

Meanwhile, conservatives are attacking Quist for having performed at a “nudist resort“, lol. That makes me want Quist to win even more.

Montana Democrat Rob Quist, a locally famous musician, is a frequent performer at the Sun Meadow Resort, Idaho’s premier nudist resort for guests seeking a “family nudist experience.”

Quist, running to represent Montana in Congress, is featured front and center on the nudist resort’s website playing the guitar with his singer daughter. Both are clothed, though others on the website’s homepage are not.

humphrey

I wonder how this will end up long term!

magsview

With a bunch of lawyers having even fatter bank accounts?

polarbear4

And an even worse replacement? Hope not.

magsview

I have some good news to report!! Yay!!! Whew, been waiting for that for a long time:

Working Families wins in Hartford

Joshua M. Hall, a teachers’ union official and former treasurer of the state Democratic Party, won a special election in Hartford for the state House of Representatives on the Working Families Party ballot line Tuesday night, defeating two other Democrats.

The Hartford race had the flavor of a Democratic primary, pitting Hall against Rickey Pinckney Sr., the Democratic-endorsed candidate, and a petitioning candidate, former Rep. Kenneth P. Green, D-Hartford. Hall is only the second candidate to win a Connecticut legislative seat as an WFP candidate, the first in the House.

A registered Democrat, Hall said he will be a member of the House Democratic majority. Edwin A. Gomes of Bridgeport, who won a special election to the Senate on the WFP line in 2015, is a member of the Senate Democratic caucus.

Hall, a vice president of the Hartford Federation of Teachers, is a strong backer of the city’s public schools, a defender of collective bargaining rights for public employees and a proponent of a progressive budget.

“The thing for me is to make sure the state budget isn’t balanced on the backs of working families,” Hall said. “I think that’s the most critical. thing, not compromsing anything with regard to that.”

I can’t seem to add a pic, so will plunk in another tweet so you can see Mr. Hall:

🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

polarbear4

Yaaaaaaaay! thx!

magsview

Yayyy!!!! Thank you for celebrating with me polarbear4! 😀

humphrey

I guess that she has gotten enough publicity from it!

polarbear4

The Democrats’ hypocrisy fest: Disingenuous attacks on Bernie Sanders persist — and his popularity climbs

Of course, Kaine wasn’t just personally pro-life; like Mello, he also had a history of supporting anti-abortion measures as governor of Virginia. As ThinkProgress reported in July (around the same time as Hogue’s statement), while in office in Richmond Kaine had “pushed for adoption over abortion, promoted abstinence-only education, passed a law that required parental notification for minors wanting an abortion, and banned late-term abortion.” ThinkProgress noted, “He even signed a bill to use state dollars to create ‘Choose Life’ license plates, which funded state ‘Crisis Pregnancy Centers’ — facilities whose sole purpose is to dissuade pregnant women from getting an abortion.”

So this entire Heath Mello incident appears to be a thinly veiled sectarian attack against Sanders, driven by bitterness and resentment. For the most outraged Democrats, the problem hasn’t so much been that the Democratic National Committee is supporting a candidate who is moderately pro-life — after all, their 2016 vice presidential candidate was moderately pro-life — but that Bernie Sanders (who still won’t call himself a Democrat, much to their chagrin) has supported a candidate who is moderately pro-life. …

In addition, the Clinton campaign has consistently promoted a false dichotomy between economic issues and social ones, in an effort to make it appear that Sanders, one of the most passionate critics of economic inequality and corporate malfeasance, only cares about the first type — a blatant falsehood that is refuted by his 40-year record in politics. Sanders has long been one of the most socially progressive politicians in Washington and advocated for LGBT rights long before it became the politically expedient thing to do. To cite just one example, he strongly opposed the now-infamous 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, which was signed into law by Bill Clinton and supported by Hillary Clinton.

The Clinton camp has basically sought to use Sanders’ passion about economic inequality and political corruption against him, as if someone who is this intense about economic issues must be a “class reductionist” who cares little about social and cultural issues. (It is only mainstream liberals, of course, who treat economic and cultural matters as if they could somehow be separated.) “If we broke up the big banks tomorrow . . . would that end racism? Would that end sexism?” Clinton absurdly asked at one point.

More there. :O)

humphrey

This is how the press ramps up propaganda in the lead up to war!

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-military-carrier-idUSKBN17S06B?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=Social

China launches first home-built aircraft carrier amid South China Sea tension.

Sounds frightening but something is missing.

“State media has quoted military experts as saying the carrier, China’s second and built in the northeastern port of Dalian, is not expected to enter service until 2020, once it has been kitted out and armed.”

<This is almost as bad as the NY Times claiming that North Korea can build a nuclear bomb every 6 weeks without any proof.

humphrey

A good question. I wonder what the response will be?

CaliforniaPat

Well, aren’t the Democrats a dollar short and a day behind! When they should have passed the $15 wage, they passed the $12. Now that they will not have the votes for $15, they are going to back it, very convenient for Chucky etc. They can appease us Liberals without hurting their backers. All show, no substance.

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