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The Latest: Turnout figures render Italy region's vote valid
MILAN (AP) - The Latest on autonomy referendums in Italy's two richest regions, Lombardy and Veneto (all times local):8:35 p.m.A ballot initiative that seeks...

News agency ANSA says the turnout after 12 hours of voting on Sunday was 52 percent. A similar referendum also aiming for greater autonomy was being voted on in neighboring Lombardy, where turnout was 30 percent four hours before polls were scheduled to close.

Of the two regions, only Veneto set a quorum of 50 percent plus 1 for vote’s to be valid. The president of Lombardy had lowered expectations for a turnout of 34 percent.

Unlike the independence referendum held Oct. 1 in Spain’s Catalonia region, the votes in Lombardy and Veneto are not asking if the regions should break away from Italy.


1:40 p.m.

The leaders of Lombardy and Veneto say votes on seeking greater autonomy from Rome are a historic opportunity for their wealthy northern regions to achieve greater self-determination and keep more tax revenues.

In San Vendemiano on Sunday, Veneto President Luca Zaia said “a page of history is being written.”

Lombardy President Roberto Maroni said as he voted that the referendum represented “a historic occasion” for the two leaders to seek “greater responsibilities and resources.”

The leaders are seeking a resounding “yes” vote to gain political leverage in talks with Rome. Maroni has lowered turnout expectations to one-third of Lombardy’s voters; by noon 6 percent had voted.

Zaia needs a quorum of 50-percent plus one to validate the referendum. By midday, Veneto turnout was 21 percent.


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Voters in the wealthy northern Italian regions of Lombardy and Veneto are heading to the polls to decide if they want to seek greater autonomy from Rome, riding a tide of self-determination that is sweeping global politics.

While the twin referendums are non-binding, a resounding “yes” vote would give the presidents of the neighboring regions more leverage in negotiations to seek a greater share of tax revenue and to grab responsibility from Rome. The leaders want more powers in areas such as security, immigration, education and the environment.

At their respective polling places, Lombard President Roberto Maroni and Veneto President Luca Zaia cast the referendum as a historic opportunity for their regions.

Maroni says he would be happy if 34 percent of the region’s 7.5 million voters cast ballots, equal to the national turnout in a 2001 constitutional referendum.

Veneto’s aspirations will wither if voter turnout is below 50 percent plus one of the region’s 3.5 million voters.

Garlic Ginger Sauce (87 cal)

A few people asked for it, and I love this recipe so I’m gonna share it! It’s a spicy Asian-style sauce that I put on EVERYTHING. Veggies, noodles, brown rice, even chicken (when I ate meat). It’s amazing!

1 Tbsp low sodium soy sauce (10 cal)

1 tsp sesame oil (40 cal)

1 tsp rice vinegar (8 cal)

½ clove minced garlic OR ¼ tsp garlic powder (2 cal)

1 tsp minced ginger OR ¼ tsp ground ginger powder (20 cal)

1 tsp ground black pepper (1 cal)

1 Tbsp low sodium chicken broth (~0 cal)

Optional (but recommended because YUMMY): 1 tsp Sriracha sauce (5 cal)

Just mix everything together and use it however you like! Saute your veggies in it, toss your noodles with it, cook your meat in it, pour it over your rice, whatever you want!!

Most of the calories come from the sesame oil and ginger. I LOVE sesame oil, but if you don’t like it, just ditch it. Same with the ginger. You can always just use less too! It doesn’t make a TON of sauce, but I usually find it’s enough. You can also add more chicken broth or just some water to make it go further. 

Let me know if you try it!!

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Four successful Republican scams that have changed American politics in the last 40 years:

1. That income tax cuts are good for poor, working and middle class people. (Compared to property tax and sales tax cuts, income tax cuts affect poor, working and middle class very little.)

2. That “they” – racial and ethnic minorities – benefit from social programs like welfare, housing subsidies, public transportation, and higher education, but “we” – white people – don’t. (Since there are LOTS more white people in America, even now, than “not white” people, simple math suggests most beneficiaries of social programs are white. And they are.)

3. That the “free market” can lead to the least expensive, highest quality solution to social and political problems. (Many social and political problems, after all, involve situations where no one has any money, so the “free market” has no reason to touch them.)

4. That the “free market” means that government must not intervene in the market, and must allow whatever the market determines to actually take place.(The “free market” requires government to pass laws, create courts, and run a stable banking system to make the market work smoothly.)

These four ideas have convinced millions of Americans to smile and wave as rich people rob them blind.


so good… so pure….