Will Trump Cut Social Security And Medicaid? Bernie Sanders …

Senator Bernie Sanders wants President Donald Trump to know that he reads Trump’s tweets—especially those with promises the president is breaking.

On Tuesday, Sanders took to the Senate floor to remind Trump about his tweeted vow to not cut social welfare programs—something that’s set to happen under the Republican tax reform plan.

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Help after the storm from Senator Bill Nelson

Dear Floridians,

Hurricane Irma was one of the most powerful storms ever recorded, prompting one of the largest evacuations in U.S. history.

This massive storm affected every part of our state. And as we now begin the process of cleaning up and rebuilding, I encourage every Floridian affected by this storm to apply for assistance with FEMA as soon as possible. You may be eligible for financial help or even direct assistance for things such as: clean-up, temporary housing, medical, moving expenses and more.

If you’re eligible, it’s important that you get your FEMA claim in as soon as possible, without delay.

To apply for FEMA assistance visit: www.disasterassistance.gov or call 1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362) TTY: 1-800-462-7585.

Please take a few minutes to review the information provided below. You may be eligible for other temporary assistance and benefits.

As I travel around our state, I am heartened by the stories I am hearing over and over again of Floridians helping Floridians. And I encourage you to share this information with your friends and neighbors as we work together to rebuild our state.

If you need any additional help, please don’t hesitate to contact our office by e-mail at: IrmaAssistance@billnelson.senate.gov, by phone toll free in Florida at 1-888-671-4091, or by stopping by one of our regional offices listed below.

Senator Bill Nelson

If you need emergency help call 9-1-1.HELP FOR SENIORS
If you know of a senior who needs assistance call 9-1-1 and contact the Florida Department of Elder Affairs hotline at 1-800-96-ELDER (1-800-963-5337). To report elder abuse, call 1-800-96-ABUSE (1-800-962-2873).

If you need supplies, such as food, water, or ice, please contact your county emergency management at: http://www.floridadisaster.org/fl_county_em.asp or by phone at (850) 815-4001 for the location of the nearest distribution center. Your county emergency management can provide up–to-date information about shelters and local distribution centers for food and supplies.

Floridians affected by Hurricane Irma should apply for assistance with FEMA as soon as their county is granted Individual Assistance. Financial help and direct services may be available from FEMA for clean-up, temporary housing, medical, moving expenses, and more.

To apply visit: www.disasterassistance.gov or call 1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362) TTY: 1-800-462-7585. For a list of counties approved for Individual Assistance visit: https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4337#.

Veterans needing assistance or medication can contact the Veteran Disaster Hotline at 1-800-507-4571 or go to any VA medical facility for assistance.

To find a dialysis center in your area visit: http://www.dialysisunits.com/. Patients of DaVita Dialysis may contact 1-800-400-8331 to find the nearest Dialysis Center.


If you or someone you know is experiencing emotional distress please call the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained counselor. You may also visit: http://bit.ly/2vH2Huc for more information about managing stress after a disaster and talking with children about traumatic events.

Floridians in counties granted Individual Assistance may be eligible for tax relief from the IRS. To learn more about IRS assistance for victims of Hurricane Irma visit: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/help-for-victims-of-hurricane-irma.

The U.S. Small Business Administration is providing various disaster loans to qualifying Floridians in several counties. For more information about SBA disaster loans visit: https://www.sba.gov/disaster-assistance/hurricane-irma.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture provides loans and assistance to qualifying individuals, businesses, and communities after disasters. For more information visit: https://www.usda.gov/topics/disaster/storms, or contact the USDA office in Florida at: (352) 338-3400.

Floridians who are unemployed as a result of the disaster are encouraged to apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) through the U.S. Department of Labor. For additional information about DUA visit: https://workforcesecurity.doleta.gov/unemploy/disaster.asp or contact the U.S. Department of Labor by phone at 1-866-487-2365.

To find out if you qualify for temporary mortgage relief such as a suspension of mortgage payments for up to 12 months, or suspension of late fees, visit the Freddie Mac website at: http://www.freddiemac.com/about/hurricane-relief.html. For additional information visit the Fannie Mae website at: http://www.fanniemae.com/portal/about-fm/hurricane-relief.html or by phone at 1-800-2FANNIE (800-232-6643).

The U.S. Small Business Administration is hiring a variety of temporary positions located throughout Florida now through December 31, 2017. For more information visit: https://www.sba.gov/disaster-assistance/hurricane-response-jobs-sba#section-header-4

For in-person assistance with storm related questions, or to apply for benefits you may visit your local FEMA Disaster Recovery Center. For a list of Centers in your area visit: http://asd.fema.gov/inter/locator/home.htm


3416 South University Drive
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33328
Phone: 954-693-4851

Ft. Myers
2000 Main Street
Suite 801
Fort Myers, FL 33901
Phone: 239-334-7760

1301 Riverplace Blvd.
Suite 2010
Jacksonville, FL 32207
Phone: 904-346-4500

2555 Ponce De Leon Boulevard
Suite 610
Coral Gables, FL 33134
Phone: 305-536-5999

225 East Robinson Street
Suite 410
Orlando, FL 32801
Phone: 407-872-7161

111 North Adams Street
Tallahassee, FL 32301
Phone: 850-942-8415

801 N. Florida Ave.
4th Floor
Tampa, FL 33602
Phone: 813-225-7040

West Palm Beach
413 Clematis Street
Suite 210
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Phone: 561-514-0189


The Top 12 Berniecrats Running in 2016 – Tim Canova 23rd Congressional District in Florida

“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.”

Read more.. http://progressivearmy.com/2016/05/17/the-top-12-berniecrats-running-in-2016/

More toxic chemicals allowed in Florida waterways

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.”

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/environment/article91979107.html

Frustration spills over seagrass die-off in Florida Bay


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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FDA Approved: Toxic Decayed Meat Being Sold As “Fresh”

“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!!!


US and Cuba to sign agreement on marine conservation and research

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.

Groups make another bid to retard partial of Ariz. law

Associated Press

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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Court Approves Schedule for Florida Early Voting

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.