“As the primary opponent of DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, Tim Canova is far from a protest candidate or just a pretty face. He is a lawyer and professor and has been a nationally recognized voice on financial issues since the 1980’s. He has both the clout to have been named to a Federal Reserve advisory council alongside Robert Reich and Joseph Stiglitz, and the progressive chops to have taught impromptu classes at Occupy. Make no mistake, Tim Canova is not merely trying to shine a light on the perceived corruption of Debbie Wasserman-Schultz. He wants to get rid of it — and her.”
Florida regulators voted to approve new water quality standards Tuesday that will increase the amount of cancer-causing toxins allowed in Florida’s rivers and streams under a plan that the state says will protect more Floridians than the current standards do.
“The Environmental Regulation Commission voted 3-2 to approve a proposal drafted by state regulators that would impose new standards on 39 chemicals not currently regulated by the state, and revise the regulations on 43 other toxins, most of which are carcinogens.”
A list of Florida representatives who voted in favor of Fracking on Wednesday. Let’s vote these people out of office this November!
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The controversial new rules for regulating toxic chemicals in Florida waters were approved by a state panel Tuesday.
By KEVIN WADLOW – KeysInfoNet
Frustration spills over seagrass die-off in Florida Bay, the worst in decades; residents and officials demand action
The campaign to save Florida Bay should move to the ballot box, speakers fumed Thursday in Islamorada.
“Talking to the politicians obviously is not working,” Islamorada Village Council member Jim Mooney said after a presentation on Florida Bay’s woes to the village board.
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During a visit to a Starbucks in downtown Gainesville, Gov. Rick Scott got an earful from an angry woman over his refusal to expand Medicaid to low-income Floridians.
“After reading this you may never trust Congress or the FDA again, let alone corporate chain grocery stores. This toxic practice makes seriously decayed meat look fresh for weeks and is banned in many countries including the European Union and Japan.
Many consumers are unaware that over 70% of beef and chicken in the United States and Canada is treated with poisonous carbon monoxide gas and the FDA allows it, despite the known public health risks.”
The American government does not care about the citizens of this country to allow this type of illegal behavior
If you are as upset as I am – contact your Congressman and Senators and tell them to protect the public and stop placing profits over our health!!!
The United States and Cuba are set to reach their first accord on environmental protection since announcing plans to re-establish diplomatic relations, linking up marine sanctuaries in both countries to cooperate on preservation and research.
US National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration chief Kathryn Sullivan is in Havana to sign the agreement on Wednesday and continue talks on a host of environmental issues common to the two countries, separated by just 90 miles (140km) of water.
Under the memorandum, scientists with the Florida Keys and the Texas Flower Garden Banks national sanctuaries will partner with counterparts at Cuba’s Guanahacabibes national park and the Banco de San Antonio, located on the island’s westernmost region.
The four sanctuaries share a similar spectrum of fish and coral species, and officials hope the partnership will allow researchers to collaborate on how best to preserve their fragile ecosystems as tourism and oil exploration continue to expand.
“This opens the door to collaborating on many, many fronts so the so-called invisible lines of the Gulf (of Mexico) disappear,” said Daniel Whittle, the US-based Environmental Defense Fund’s senior director for Cuba. “In my mind this is long overdue.”
Washington and Havana announced last December that they would resume diplomatic ties, and formally did so in July.
Environmental cooperation has been one of the most visible areas of progress in the relationship as the United States and Cuba negotiate and discuss a number of issues. They include much thornier matters on which the two countries remain far apart, such as the US embargo and the naval base at Guantánamo Bay, as well as Cuba’s record on rights and democracy.
US secretary of state John Kerry announced in October that the countries were working on a marine-preservation accord. Also that month, Cuba and the EDF unveiled an initiative designed to protect shark populations, record fishing vessel catches and develop a long-term conservation plan. And in April, NOAA and Cuban scientists circled the island on a research cruise to study the larvae of bluefin tuna, a highly threatened and commercially valuable species.
Cuba’s marine ecosystem is considered one of the best preserved in the region, with large reserves of relatively untouched coral and large populations of fish, sharks and sea turtles. But such ecosystems could come under new threats as Cuba continues to search for offshore oil and tourism booms.
Billy Causey, a regional director with NOAA who helped broker the accord, said the pairings were determined in part by the challenges that the sanctuaries share.
Guanahacabibes national park is one of Cuba’s largest and most isolated reserves. Scientists there will be paired with researchers at the Florida Keys sanctuary, an area that receives more than 3 million visitors each year.
Researchers at Banco de San Antonio and Flower Garden Banks will study their similar deep-water ecosystems and share lessons on a range of issues including protection against oil and gas development.
“We have a lot that our scientists and managers can share back and forth,” Causey said.
US and Cuban scientists have long recognized the need for collaboration, as sharks and other species migrate through the waters off both countries.
Scientists from the US and across the world are gathering this week in Havana for the 10th Ocean Sciences Conference to discuss climate change and conservation.
By JACQUES BILLEAUD
PHOENIX (AP) – A polite rights bloc asked a sovereign appeals justice Friday to forestall a many quarrelsome partial of Arizona’s immigration law from holding outcome while they interest a statute that sunk their progressing bid to bar military from enforcing a provision.
The opponents asked a 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco for an sequence preventing military from enforcing a requirement that officers, while enforcing other laws, doubt a immigration standing of those they think are in a nation illegally.
Police have been barred from enforcing a doubt requirement, dubbed by critics as a “show me your papers” provision, given Jul 2010. But a U.S. Supreme Court preference in Jun inspected a sustenance and privileged a approach for officers to make it.
The bloc responded to a Supreme Court preference by seeking a sovereign decider in Phoenix to bar coercion of a requirement on a drift that Latinos in Arizona would face systematic secular profiling and unreasonably prolonged detentions.
Last week, U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton denied a ask and asked lawyers on both sides of a box to give submit into how a Supreme Court’s statute should be carried out and when military can start enforcing a provision.
However, it’s still not famous accurately when Bolton will contend when officers can start to make a requirement.
The bloc also asked Bolton on Thursday to reason off on vouchsafing a sustenance from holding outcome while they appealed her ruling. Bolton hasn’t nonetheless ruled on that request.
In a 44-page puncture suit filed Friday with a 9th Circuit, a polite rights bloc pronounced “plaintiffs and others likewise situated face approaching and lost mistreat in a deficiency of an injunction.”
The bloc also remarkable that a sustenance “has been enjoined for some-more than dual years and has never been in effect” so “defendants face minimal, if any, mistreat from an additional claim tentative appeal.”
“This additional authorised movement is hapless though wholly predictable, given that a groups aligned opposite SB 1070 are dynamic to do whatever probable to keep this duly-enacted and publicly-supported law from holding effect,” Matthew Benson, a orator for Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, pronounced in a statement.
Brewer’s bureau formerly urged Bolton to let a requirement go into effect, observant a law’s opponents were merely speculating in their secular profiling claims.
The Republican governor’s bureau has also pronounced military have perceived training to equivocate discriminatory practices and that officers contingency have reasonable guess that a chairman is in a nation illegally to trigger a requirement.
Arizona’s immigration law, famous as SB1070, was upheld in 2010 amid voter disappointment with a state’s purpose as a busiest bootleg entrance indicate into a country.
Among a groups in a bloc seeking a claim are a American Civil Liberties Union, National Immigration Law Center, Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, National Day Labor Organizing Network and Asian American Justice Center.
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In a fit filed on Wednesday before a United States District Court in Washington, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. pronounced a Justice Department did not conflict Florida’s new plan for those 5 counties, underneath one condition: The counties contingency offer 96 hours of voting between a hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. over 8 days, a limit underneath a law. The Justice Department sued a state over a new early voting schedule, that would have reduced a series of days for early voting.
With both sides similar to a terms, a justice is approaching to boot a suit. But a apart lawsuit filed by Representative Corrinne Brown, a Florida Democrat, over a state’s early voting law is pending, that could still impact a new schedule.
“The capitulation of these changes is a extensive feat for Florida voters,” pronounced Ken Detzner, Florida’s secretary of state and arch elections officer. “In a areas of a state already means to exercise a changes, we have seen how a changes offer some-more coherence to vote, some-more weight and faster stating times on Election Day.”
The doubt of early voting has been an bomb one in Florida, with critics accusing a state of perplexing to daunt black electorate from going to a polls. In 2008, 54 percent of Florida’s black electorate voted early — twice a rate of white voters.
Five of Florida’s 67 counties — including Monroe and Hillsborough — tumble underneath a inhabitant Voting Rights Act. The act requires that changes in voting laws in counties or states with a story of secular taste contingency be approved, or “pre-cleared,” by a Justice Department. Rather than wait for permission, Florida proceeded with a new manners for a 62 counties, an unusual pierce that stirred a department’s lawsuit and threatened to emanate a twin choosing complement here.
Last month, judges in a box barred Florida from rolling out a condensed early voting report in a 5 counties. The judges pronounced a condensed report was discriminatory.
“The state has unsuccessful to prove a weight of proof that those changes will not have a retrogressive outcome on minority votes,” a statute said. The judges compared a pierce to “closing polling places in disproportionately African-American precincts.”
But a judges left open a probability of a concede if a state could strech an agreement with a 5 counties. The state negotiated with a 5 county elections supervisors though there was one holdout: Harry Sawyer Jr., a Monroe County Republican. Mr. Sawyer pronounced that a rebate in days would adversely impact operative people though also pronounced he would reside by a justice ruling.
As partial of a choosing overhaul, a Florida Legislature and Gov. Rick Scott reduced a series of early voting days from 14 to 8 and separated voting a Sunday before a election, in a 5 federally stable counties and elsewhere. The state kept sum a sum series of hours.
State officials pronounced a changes have not disheartened voters. More electorate expel ballots early in a Aug Congressional primary than in any other primary given early voting began in 2002.
Some choosing supervisors pronounced that fewer early voting days — joined with fewer precincts — would meant prolonged lines on Nov. 6 and probable disenfranchisement.
“Early voting has saved Florida given 2000,” pronounced Ion Sancho, Leon County’s inactive elections supervisor. “If we take one million off early voting and send them to ubiquitous voting, what will happen? Lines, lines, lines.”
Others disagreed. “Election Day is going to run really smoothly,” pronounced Mike Ertel, a Seminole County elections supervisor, who combined that people would regulate their schedules.
By MARC LEVY and MARYCLAIRE DALE
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – With 54 days until Pennsylvanians assistance confirm who will be president, state Supreme Court justices will listen to arguments over possibly a new law requiring any voter to uncover current print marker poses an nonessential hazard to a right, and ability, to vote.
The high probity interest follows a reduce court’s refusal to hindrance a law from holding outcome Nov. 6, when electorate will select between President Barack Obama, a Democrat, Republican hopeful Mitt Romney and as many as dual third-party candidates. The arguments will be listened on Thursday morning.
The state’s lawyers contend lawmakers scrupulously exercised their inherent embodiment to make election-related laws and that each purebred voter, including those suing, will be means to expel a ballot, possibly after removing a current print ID or by absentee list if they are infirm or frail.
But lawyers for a plaintiffs insist their clients, as good as hundreds of thousands of other purebred voters, do not know about a difficult requirements, do not have a current ID or will be incompetent to get one.
“At interest in this box is a elemental right to vote,” a plaintiffs’ lawyers argued in a 58-page appeal.
The high probity routinely has 7 members. But it will hear a politically charged box with only 6 – 3 Democrats and 3 Republicans – and a 3-3 deadlock would concede a reduce probity preference to stand. A seventh justice, a Republican, was dangling in May after being charged in a domestic crime investigation.
The Republican-written requirement – fit as a aegis opposite intensity choosing rascal – was a domestic lightning rod even before it became law in March. It has desirous protests, warnings of Election Day disharmony and voter preparation drives.
Democrats contend that it is designed to conceal a votes of minorities, a poor, immature and others deliberate some-more expected to opinion for Obama in a state whose 20 electoral votes make it a vital actor in electing a president.
While Pennsylvania isn’t alone – Republicans in some-more than a dozen states have recently modernized worse voter marker mandate – it’s law is among a toughest in a nation.
Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson final month deserted a plaintiffs’ ask for an injunction. In his 70-page opinion, Simpson pronounced a plaintiffs did not uncover that “disenfranchisement was evident or inevitable” and, interjection to a state’s efforts, removing a current print ID “does not validate as a estimable weight on a immeasurable supermajority of purebred voters.”
But lawyers for a plaintiffs contend Simpson abandoned state probity decisions that should have assured him that a right to opinion deserves special insurance opposite an unnecessarily despotic law. They also contend Simpson done no anticipating that a law will somehow grasp open certainty in elections, a pivotal justification used by lawmakers who upheld it.
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A invulnerability counsel for a South Dakota lady charged underneath a state’s new child genocide stating law says it’s unconstitutional since it violates his client’s right opposite self-incrimination.
It’s one of a initial attempts to doubt a effect of a new child genocide stating laws that have been upheld by several state legislatures following a high-profile genocide of 2-year-old Caylee Anthony in Florida.
Laurie Cournoyer and her husband, Taylor Cournoyer, 21, are charged with unwell to forewarn military of a genocide of a 2-year-old lady found in a closet during their farming South Dakota home. They also face 5 depends of child abuse and drug charges. The Cournoyers are indicted of regulating sleeping pills, methamphetamine and pot during a day and a half in Jul when a child’s genocide still hadn’t been reported.
They are a initial people charged underneath a South Dakota law upheld progressing this year that says a parent, defender or caretaker who intentionally fails to news a child’s genocide within 6 hours could face a transgression assign punishable by adult to 5 years in prison. It was modeled after Florida’s “Caylee’s Law,” that was upheld following a genocide of Caylee Anthony, who wasn’t reported blank until 31 days after she passed in 2008 in Orlando.
An 11-year-old child also has been charged in a South Dakota case. Details of his purported impasse are not being expelled since he is a juvenile.
Scott Swier, a counsel for Laurie Cournoyer, 29, pronounced in a suit he gave to The Associated Press forward of a filing that he is seeking a assign of unwell to forewarn law coercion be dismissed.
In a motion, Swier pronounced a assign should be discharged since it violates a fifth amendment. Swier filed a suit and a chit in support of it in Charles Mix County Court on Tuesday afternoon.
The law “presents a suspect with a self-evident choice between ‘a stone and a tough place’ – possibly inculpate herself or dedicate a crime for unwell to do so,” a chit in support of a suit says.
In a matter to The Associated Press, Swier pronounced “essentially what a state has finished is criminalized a citizen’s right to sojourn silent.”
According to military affidavits, Laurie Cournoyer had a formidable time recalling new events and a final time she had seen a toddler. At one indicate when questioned about a accurate time, she said, “Maybe it was yesterday, we don’t know.” She could not remember who had placed a toddler in a closet.
Attorney General Marty Jackley pronounced he could not criticism privately on a suit until a state sees it.
“Because conjunction a state nor a justice has had a advantage of receiving any inherent plea to South Dakota’s Caylee’s Law, it is formidable to respond beyond, ‘It is not my interpretation that a structure protects or creates a right to place a passed child in a closet,’ ” he said.
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