The Peg Miller Mizzou College Democrats Scholarship Committee With Pleasure Announces Xavier Lukasek, 2017 award recipient. Xavier has been active in Democratic politics since he helped form a Democratic Club at his high school in Imperial, Missouri. He also served as the Development Director for the High School Democrats of Missouri. Since becoming active with the Mizzou Dems last year, he interned daily with the Jason Kander for Senate campaign performing many different campaign tasks. As part of the Mizzou Dems executive board, Xavier has been active planning events and rallies, and helped to bring the largest contingent of Mizzou Dems ever to this year’s Democrat Days in Hannibal. Xavier is a Democrat because he believes in equality and justice for all. He says the Democratic Party is the only party looking out for college students, the LGBT community, working folks, and unions. He also believes in a legal path to citizenship, and wants to see more progress on climate change issues.
The “HONEST” Act, passed by the House this week, would restrict the nature of the research that can inform new regulations at the Environmental Protection Agency.
.Meanwhile, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt overrules the agency’s previous recommendation on chlorpyrifos. This week (March 29), the US House of Representatives passed the Honest and Open New EPA Science Treatment Act, or HONEST Act, with a vote of 228-194. The Act would restrict the science considered by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) when developing new regulations, to only research that is publicly available…. “The so-called ‘HONEST Act’ is a Trojan-horse transparency bill that, among other things, would make it harder for the EPA to use public health studies to finalize science-based public health protections,” Andrew Rosenberg of the Union of Concerned Scientists, an advocacy organization, agreed in a statement. “That makes no sense.”
White House Says It Didn’t Interfere, But Will Russia Hearings Ever Get Going?
The wonkiest soap opera in Washington served up yet more of its trademark plot twists on Tuesday as the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation into Russia detoured even further into partisan bickering.
California Rep. Adam Schiff wants Rep. Devin Nunes to recuse himself from the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation into last year’s meddling by Russia in the presidential election
The upshot of the day’s back-and-forth was this: Former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates, a holdover from the previous administration whom President Trump fired on Jan. 31, is not barred by the White House from testifying in open hearings in Congress.
When — or whether — Yates actually does appear is another matter.
She was supposed to have been on a panel Tuesday, along with other former national security leaders who served under President Obama. But that hearing, and then another closed session that took its place, were both canceled last week….(The House Intelligence Committee’s top Democrat Adam) Schiff and a few key Republicans, including Arizona Sen. John McCain, want some kind of independent process to look into the Russia story — a select committee, or a special commission like that created after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. House and Senate leaders, however, are unlikely to agree, and Trump would not sign legislation to create such a commission.
The House of Representatives voted Tuesday to repeal Internet privacy protections that were approved by the Federal Communications Commission in the final days of the Obama administration. The Senate voted along party lines to undo the rules last week. The resolution now goes to Trump’s desk. The White House said Tuesday it “strongly supports” the repeal.
The rules, which had not yet gone into effect, would have required Internet service providers to get your permission before collecting and sharing your data. The providers have data on your web browsing history, app usage and geo-location.
Providers would also have been required to notify customers about the types of information collected and shared. The privacy rules were intended to give consumers extra control over their personal data online at a time when everything from smartphones to refrigerators can be connected to the Internet.
Steve Bannon’s campaign to end “the administrative state” will have public broadcasting (and many other federal programs) in the crosshairs this Thursday (March 16) according to a report in Monday’s (3/13) Washington Post: The spending budget Trump is set to release Thursday will offer the clearest snapshot of his vision for the size and role […]
They copied state senators and representatives with a signed joint Letter to the Editor sent to all our local papers…Astonishingly, no newspapers in Columbia or Jeff City printed it!
“….Every public school in Boone County has endured reduced State funding of public education programs, including transportation and Parent as Teacher’s (PAT) programs…..snip……..(W)e are opposed to any bill that funnels money away from public school systems in Missouri. As mentioned, our State has cut funds from this current state budget and next year’s cuts have been estimated at more than $500 million. Public schools will surely see additional reductions in funding. In the midst of these impending cuts, two reform bills are being debated right now under the banner of “School Choice”. If passed, these misguided special interest “reform” bills will take money directly out of our high performing Boone County school districts, as well as every public school district in the state, and subsequently place it into charter or private schools somewhere else in the state. One of these bills is HB 634 which will expand charter schools. The other bill is SB32 that will allow tax credits for educational savings accounts which, among other things, will allow public money to pay for religious and for-profit private schools.”