Legalizing “Bongs” Comes on Heels of Cannabis Decriminalization MAY 8, 2015 – Maryland Governor Larry Hogan (R-MD) held a bill signing session today, which was to be held at a previous date but was postponed due to the state of emergency in Baltimore. The MD State Assembly was very busy this session, and enacted 3…
August 12, 2013 – North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory quietly signed a bill making it much harder for many North Carolinians to vote, such as eliminating early voting and requiring specific forms of ID one would need to show at the poll to exercise their right to vote at the polls. Republicans on the state level across America have been pushing aggressively to make it harder for people to vote, but some say this effort by state Republicans in NC is Draconian and harsher than most. Although there has been zero evidence of this supposed "voter fraud" in the state, Governor McCrory signed the bill that even stops young people aged 16 and 17 from registering early so they are ready to vote when they turn 18. JTMP is all about urging young kids to get involved in our elections, and this is just absurd. There has always been a low participation by young people in our democratic process, and this is not just unnecessary, but undermines what our government should be doing, which is encouraging people to participate in their civic duty of voting and making it easier for them to vote. This is a clear attempt at trying to put hurdles in front of voters that tend to vote for Democrats. In 2012, over 70% of African-Americans took part in early voting with the "Souls to the Polls" on Sundays after they attended church service, and they tend to vote Democratic. This blatant attempt at circumventing our democratic process and making it harder for Americans to vote is outrageous, and thankfully, as Ari Berman of The Nation reports, 2 lawsuits have already been filed challenging the law. Read more on Charlotte Observer here. (Photo credit: State of North Carolina website)
JAN 25, 2012 – Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes, and 16 other musicians from Omaha are all urging the state lawmakers to not pass a proposal that would ban Omaha and other communities from passing any anti-discrimination ordinances or laws. Mynabirds singer and songwriter Laura Berhenn who organized the group of musicians told Paul Hammel of the Omaha World-Herald, “Don't keep selling Omaha as another fly-over Midwestern city, We have a lot of progressive people here who are welcoming. ” Some of the musical groups involved are Azure Ray, The Faint, Honeybee and Hers, the Conduits and more.
The letter in part said:
We are musicians who have chosen to live in the Omaha community. Our work has had national and international media attention, and when we tour around the country and around the world, we want to be proud to say that we’ve come from Omaha, Nebraska. It’s extremely important to us that the policies of our community reflect our values.
We want to continue to be proud of our community and keep our creative class and entrepreneurial spirit strong. Please don’t let LB 912 move forward and let the state of Nebraska block the City of Omaha’s attempt to do the right thing and create equal opportunity for everyone."
Read the whole letter at VoiceOmaha.org.
(Photo credit: Owen Prior/Wiki)