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The Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey’s (the Network) is holding their annual Lobby Day on Thursday, June 7, 2012 in the Trenton Statehouse, Room 103 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Participants will meet with their legislative representatives to educate them about housing and community development issues and build support for the Network’s policy priorities. Groups may also attend legislative hearings.

Materials and agenda will be e-mailed to all registrants closer to the event date. Please remember to bring proper ID to enter the State House and allow sufficient time to go through the new State House security process.

Click here to register for Lobby Day.

Click here for a printable flyer.

Click here for a list of Assembly and Senate committee meetings scheduled for June 7 (please note this list is subject to change.)

For more information on Lobby Day, please email Nina Arce.

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Texas on track to legalize hemp

Texas on track to legalize hemp

A field of hemp waiting to be harvested.

Hemp can be imported and sold in Texas, but it cannot be grown in the Lone Star State. That could be changing this year.

A versatile plant which consumes half the water of cotton while producing 250 percent more fiber, grows in most soil, and is used in over 25,000 products, hemp is legal to cultivate in 21 states. However, only three states currently…

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Let’s play another round of WHAT THE FUCK OKLAHOMA

Oklahoma legislators, led by Representative Dan Fisher of District 60, have passed House Bill 1380 (it’s just at the committee level so far, last time I checked) that will stop schools from being able to use state money to fund the teaching of AP US History. The primary argument against APUSH revolves mainly around the fact that it apparently talks too much about the negative aspects of America, and not enough on “American Exceptionalism.” The bill was approved 11-4, with Republicans voting for, and Democrats against (if anyone in my family asks me one more time why I vote Democrat in Oklahoma, I will show them everything I am about to show all of you and probably scream and cry out of frustration). Hopefully the Speaker of the House will use some common sense and keep this bill far away from the entirety of the house.

A few things that make this more interesting:

1) Representative Dan Fisher is one of the leading pastors in Oklahoma (perhaps a further stretch than that, I haven’t done enough digging yet) in a group called the “Black Robe Regiment” which seeks to eliminate the wall between church and state. They call pastors who don’t agree in the mixture of church and state cowards, follow the ideals of the original BRR from the colonial/revolutionary era in America, and believe the the freedoms of Americans are being taken away all too quickly, starting chiefly in the 1960s when prayer and teachings from the Bible were removed from the classrooms. More information about the BRR, as well as Rep. Dan Fisher can be found below.

2) Oklahoma was recently named 48th (out of 50 mind you) in eduction. Forty-fucking-eighth. So apparently we don’t need to focus on the schools that don’t have enough money to get desks and paper for all of their students; instead we’re going to take away AP classes from students, let legislators that don’t know the difference between curriculum and framework write the curriculum for schools, and do away entirely with free and critical thinking.

3) The new curriculum proposed would include speeches by Reagan and Bush, as well the Ten Commandments.

I just want to take a minute to say that I would not be who I am today without AP classes. APUSH taught me how to look at something for more than is on the page, to be analytical and read between the lines. Beyond that, it taught me more than I would have learned in a traditional classroom, and taught me study skills that still help me to this day in my higher education. So look below for links to petitions you can sign to help Oklahomans fight for their right to proper education, and their right to be informed about the country we live in. As I read somewhere (I can’t find the exact article right now, but I’m sure it’s in the list below), APUSH shows not just the good about America, but “the good, the bad, and the exceptional.”

Links for more information about HB 1380:

Links for more information about the Black Robed Regiment:

Links for more information on Dan Fisher

Update on being basically back in high school:

So I am in an advocacy group on campus. I joined this group last semester but not as much as I would have hoped because of timing. This semester I got very involved as an intern and have become good friends with most the other’s with a leadership position on my campaign. The campaign chair told me to be on the look out for big news in my email soon and because he loves being mysterious told me nothing more. I got an email from a kid I know from SGA telling me he wants to take me to get coffee sometime and talk about how I want to improve SGA. We got coffee and he told me his interest in running for president for next school year and asked for all my ideas and ended up asking me to run as a legislative representative and I think I’m going to do it! 

Republican Misguided Tendencies

As a registered Republican since 1948 and a Republican nominee for the House of Representatives in 1982 and 1984, I believe that many of my Republican friends have unwarranted tendencies that have kept our candidates from winning elections.

After reviewing a number of Federal and State voting records, I found that countless Republicans have a tendency to hang their hat on the top of the slate of candidates and often do not cast votes for the candidates on the rest of the slate. 

Normally, Republicans vote at a higher percentage than the members of other political parties do.   However, when they are in the voting booths, Republicans vote for Presidential and Gubernatorial candidates about 95% of the time, roughly 70% for Federal Senate, around 50% for candidates running for the House of Representatives, State Senate and State Assembly. The rest of candidates on the ballot get around 30%.  I believe the reason for this selective behavior is when Republicans are not familiar with their party’s candidates; they will not cast a vote for them.  Democrats and members from other parties generally vote for all the candidates that represent their party, whether they are familiar with them or not.

This tendency has hurt many Republican legislative candidates.  In California, since 1943, Republican governors have occupied that office 66% of the time. During that same period, the Republican majority in the State legislature was less than 30% of those years.  Need I say more?

Another tendency that has beguiled many Republicans is that they feel they must appease Democrats and Independents by modifying some of their principles and values in order to get their votes.  To compromise on certain issues is understandable. To concede ones principles as an appeasement, is detrimental to both sides and seldom accomplishes its goal.

 In addition, when Republicans are faithful to the issues in their platform, the Democratic leadership demonizes them as extremists.  When someone stoops to demonize the messengers, instead of criticizing their messages, it becomes obvious that their positions are weak, harmful and often false.

"Exchanges - Subsidies - The Point of Constitutionality"

“Exchanges – Subsidies – The Point of Constitutionality”


   “Exchanges – Subsidies – The Point of Constitutionality”

The question isn’t about standing argument. The question is whether or not the exchanges are based on laws that are constitutional, in the first place.

    Whatever legislation the government representatives pass through congress – that legislation isn’t…

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No Legislation That Represents The Will Of The People

By Ron Geoffroy
Retired NATCA member

Image from @OFA_NH http://bit.ly/1DSPF9U

If I remember my history classes, as far back as that may have been, I remember that the right of every American was to be able to go to polls on election day to vote for the person you believe represents the interest of the people. In a 2014 poll done by UNH, 74% of the people of the state of New Hampshire believe that we should increase the minimum wage.

On Tuesday March 3rd, I had the honor to sit in on sessions in both the New Hampshire House of Representative Labor Committee and the Senate Finance Committee, where recommendations on bills going to the larger bodies were made to reject bills SB 261 and HB 684, increasing the minimum wage. I ask you how is that possible? Isn’t it apparent that if 74% of the people in New Hampshire want an increase in the minimum wage, a vote which represents that should have been 74% in favor of increasing the minimum wage. I guess that assumes that the people who are going to Concord aren’t actually there to represent the interest of their constituents but just one faction of the population, business.

As I sat and listened during debate in both committees, I was reminded that many of the legislators were there to protect the interest of businesses and not the people. Some would argue that businesses are the people, well I guess if you standby the Citizen’s United decision sent down by the Supreme Court, yes business/corporations are people. However, Webster’s dictionary defines people as “the body of enfranchised citizens of a state”. I can’t remember, but when you register as a business in the state of NH is there a question on the form that asks if the business is a citizen of New Hampshire?

The citizens of New Hampshire should be making our representatives more accountable to the interest of the people.

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Anarcho-Lobbyist: Bitcoin in Payment of Taxes?

Anarcho-Lobbyist: Bitcoin in Payment of Taxes?

Anarcho-Lobbyist: New Hampshire to Accept Bitcoin for Taxes

A bill before the New Hampshire legislature would require the state to accept Bitcoin in payment of taxes. To be clear, this is not a tax on Bitcoin, it just requires the state government to accept it as payment if the payer chooses to use that method. House Bill 552 is presently before the House Ways and Means Committee, where I’ve test…

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3/5/2015: Representative Don Young - Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

3/5/2015: Representative Don Young – Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

There has been activity on bills associated with Representative Don Young.

Bills sponsored:

  • H.R. 1335 – To amend the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to provide flexibility for fishery managers and stability for fishermen, and for other purposes.

Bills cosponsored:

  • H.R. 542 – National Health Service Corps Improvement Act of 2015

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Native Women in Politics

Here in Santa Fe we are counting the days down until the end of the 2015 NM Legislature Session. 

As of March 4, 2015 we have 18 days left..

Tons of bills both good and bad are streaming through both houses. Every legislator has unique backgrounds, perspectives, and intentions but very few grab my attention. In this instance I am very fascinated with our Native women in NM state politics.

Moreover, in New Mexico we have a strong base of Native legislators and Native leadership. More Native officials are needed in both capacities; Elected and Appointed. 

However, I am deeply impressed by our Native legislators like:

  • Representative D. Wonda Johnson (Navajo), 
  • Representative Georgene Louis (Pueblo of Acoma), 
  • Representative Sharon Clahchischilliage (Navajo). 

Granted these women belong to different political parties and they each share similarities, in addition, they have opposite views. The point is these women truly represent their Native communities both descriptively and substantively. For example, when bills arise from southern NM concerning those districts these women will rise in debate to question the latter. 

Each of these legislators share compelling stories, articulate their views efficiently, speak their Native language, and carry out the true art of bringing both the state and tribal governments full circle. 

I cannot begin to express my gratitude for these women and how much they have changed my outlook on my own community. Working to get more American Indian representation in all levels of government has been my prized ambition. It is time to serve!

Anarcho-Lobbyist vs. Drug Prohibition

Anarcho-Lobbyist vs. Drug Prohibition

Anarcho Lobbyist vs. Drug Prohibition

A bill before the New Hampshire legislature would decriminalize marijuana, lowering the penalty for possession of less than an ounce to just a $100 fine. The legislation is currently before the criminal justice and public safety committee of the New Hampshire House of Representatives.

There was a hearing on House Bill 618 recently, and the Anarcho-Lobbyist…

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What a morning! It was a humbling honor to speak to the legislators and representatives of the great state of #Ohio. There are a lot of supporters who are helping to improve outcomes. As I sit in the the office and reflect. Today was good, but we still have work to do! #FosterCare #advocacy #ACTION

Washington Republican Senator Jim Honeyford Says "Colored People Are More Likely To Commit Crimes"

Washington Republican Senator Jim Honeyford Says “Colored People Are More Likely To Commit Crimes”

A Republican state senator in Yakima, Washington said in a committee hearing late last week said that he believes that “colored” people are “more likely to commit crimes” because they are poor.

According to Seattle’s The Stranger, Sen. Jim Honeyford made the remarks during a hearing in which Democratic legislators and a representative of the Washington Defender Associationattempted to explain…

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Lone physicist in Congress joins science panel: The U.S. House of Representative’s one-man physics caucus is joining its science committee-with the goal of restoring science to its rightful place in legislative discourse. Representative Bill Foster (D-IL) holds a physics Ph.D. from Harvard University and spent 22 years as a particle accelerator designer at Fermilab, a Department of Energy national laboratory in Batavia, Illinois. http://bit.ly/1GgLhY8