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Multiple states look to boost clean energy through the ballot box

Multiple states look to boost clean energy through the ballot box

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Clean energy advocates have their eyes on three states — Michigan, Nevada, and Arizona — where they hope to strengthen renewable energy policies by getting voters to pass citizen-led ballot initiatives. As with previous battles at the ballot box over clean energy, the campaigners are expecting electric utilities and Koch-funded groups to fight against these attempts to give wind and solar energy a greater foothold in a state’s energy portfolio. Despite the millions of dollars that industry groups will spend to defeat these measures, their supporters contend voters will be inclined to support greater use of renewables because of the dramatic decline in their cost. In parts of the western United States, building new wind, solar, and energy storage facilities has become chea
Parkland, Florida is the 18th School Shooting in the United States In 2018

Parkland, Florida is the 18th School Shooting in the United States In 2018

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This is the 18th school shooting in the U.S. in 2018. While the Republican-led Congress offers nothing but weak prayers in lieu of actual legislation that might protect our children, there have been 29 mass shootings and 17 school shootings if you count the discharge of a gun in a school. The post Parkland, Florida is the 18th School Shooting in the United States In 2018 appeared first on Politicus USA.
Boosted by grassroots energy, Planned Parenthood is going on offense in the states

Boosted by grassroots energy, Planned Parenthood is going on offense in the states

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Planned Parenthood is under attack by the Trump administration—which included a far-right organization in designing a policy making it easier for states to exclude Planned Parenthood from Medicaid. But the women’s health organization isn't just playing defense: The nonprofit is working alongside state lawmakers, advocates for reproductive rights and partners -- such as the Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice, Latino Memphis in Tennessee and the Michigan Progressive Women's Caucus -- to push reproductive rights policies in more than a dozen states and DC this week. The organization, its partners, policymakers and activists plan to advance initiatives in all 50 states by the end of the year. "This really is growing out of an unprecedented grass-roots movement across the country,"
The Mayor’s Message: A Look Back at De Blasio’s States of the City

The Mayor’s Message: A Look Back at De Blasio’s States of the City

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Mayoral Photography OfficeThe mayor delivering his state of the city in (clockwise from upper left) 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. Homelessness has been mentioned six times over the four years. Pre-K has garnered 11 mentions over the same period. The mansion tax is one idea that made it into the speech but not into reality. But NYCID made it from the speech into hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers’ pockets. A higher minimum wage eventually became law. But the BQX streetcar? The jury is still out. On Tuesday night Mayor de Blasio delivers his fifth state of the city address at 7 p.m. from the Kings Theater in Brooklyn. (It will be livestreamed at nyc.gov.) A review of the mayor’s four previous annual addresses finds ideas that lived and others that died, common themes and changes...
Undocumented dad whose 5-year-old has leukemia granted stay in United States

Undocumented dad whose 5-year-old has leukemia granted stay in United States

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The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency granted a temporary stay of removal to an undocumented father who has a pregnant wife and a 5-year-old child battling leukemia, CBS reported Tuesday, allowing the man to return to his home in Arizona. Jesus Berrones — an immigrant who came to the country as a toddler from Mexico and has since been living in the United States — took sanctuary in a Phoenix area church last week after he was told to report to the ICE agency for deportation proceedings. On Monday, the agency granted Berrones a one-year stay of removal that prevents his deportation for at least that length of time. “I feel like I am a free man, happy and so thankful with God that he granted this miracle,” Berrones said, as reported by the Arizona ...
Open thread for night owls: States with legalized marijuana dispensaries see fewer opioid deaths

Open thread for night owls: States with legalized marijuana dispensaries see fewer opioid deaths

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Mother Jones: [A] growing body of evidence suggests that legal access to medical marijuana could in fact help reduce overdose deaths. The latest study, published by the RAND Corporation this week, found that states that allowed liberal access to marijuana through legally protected dispensaries saw reduced deaths from opioid overdoses. States that legalized the drug but didn’t allow dispensaries didn’t see the same pattern.   Among states with dispensaries, those that legalized medical marijuana before 2010 saw larger reductions in opioid deaths than those that legalized it afterwards. The authors hypothesize that’s because the late adopters tend to have more stringent rules that make it harder to get marijuana, requiring patients to take additional steps such as registering with the state