Politics and Community

Politics and Community

Here you will find a broad range of news articles with a focus on community and political content.

The old cliché, "When life gives you lemons...make lemonade!" was brought to life last Friday at the Garberville Farmers' Market when students from Redway Elementary School set up a lemonade stand at the Farmers’ Market in Garberville to raise money for their school.
The last three years of California education budget cuts have hit schools hard. Governor Brown has proposed another series of "trigger cuts" if the Tax Initiative, California Proposition 30, doesn't get the votes required to pass this November. Locally, there have been efforts by parents and community members to raise money for school programs and recently students from Redway Elementary School have gotten involved.

News Coordinator, Terri Klemetson, aired this news piece on the August 10, 2012 edition of the KMUD local news. Use the player below to hear the story.



Use the links below to get more Information about the November Tax Initiative:                    

According to a Press Release from the California Farm Bureau Federation, dated July 23, 2012:
Saying that a highway project has turned into a farmland-conversion project instead, the California Farm Bureau Federation filed documents requesting that state and federal agencies review and reduce the impact on agricultural land. The case involves a planned Highway 101 bypass around the city of Willits.

Acting in federal court in San Francisco, CFBF filed a motion to join in an existing lawsuit that challenges environmental review of the Willits Bypass Project; defendants include the Federal Highway Administration, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the California Department of Transportation.

In its motion, Farm Bureau notes that the bypass originally would have affected 150 acres of farmland. But now, more than 2,000 acres of land will be affected-with at least 400 acres removed permanently from agricultural use-as government agencies seek agricultural land to mitigate for wetlands affected by the bypass.

According to a Press Release from the Green Party of the United States, dated, July 17, 2012:

Delegates from across the US at the Green Party's 2012 National Convention nominated Jill Stein for President and Cheri Honkala for Vice President at about 4:00 pm on Saturday, July 14 in Baltimore, Md. Dr. Stein won the nomination with 193.5 out of 294 delegates' votes. Roseanne Barr received 72 votes and 17 votes were cast for Kent Mesplay.

A video with highlights of the nomination, including a morning press conference and nomination acceptance speeches by Dr. Stein and Ms. Honkala, has been posted online at:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h7tYwkj5qLk
The Green Party aired the entire nomination on the party's Livestream Channel:  http://www.livestream.com/greenpartyus

The nomination and many other convention events, including press conferences, interviews with Green candidates, workshops, and other events, are archived on the Livestream site and also on the Green Party's home page: http://www.gp.org/.

According to a Press Release from the Office of U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer, dated July 17, 2012:

U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) released the following statement today after Senate Republicans blocked debate on the DISCLOSE Act, legislation that would return some transparency to our nation's campaign finance system after the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, which allowed outside groups to spend unlimited amounts to influence elections without disclosing their donors. "American voters have a right to know who is bankrolling candidates for public office," Senator Boxer said. "The Republicans' opposition to this common-sense measure begs the question: What are they trying to hide?"

The bill would require Super PACs, corporations, and labor organizations that spend $10,000 or more for campaign purposes to file a disclosure report with the Federal Election Commission within 24 hours of the expenditure. The disclosure must include a certification that the spending was in no way coordinated with a candidate for office.  The organization must also disclose the sources of all donations it receives in excess of $10,000.

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