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The Senate Just Cemented Obama’s Judicial Legacy

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In its final act of the year, the Senate blew through a dozen U.S. district court nominees on Tuesday night. That puts Obama at a whopping 89 district court and circuit court confirmations for the year, and means he’ll wrap up his sixth year in office with a grand total of 305 district court and circuit court confirmations — a tally that puts him well beyond where his predecessors were by this point in their presidencies.

President George W. Bush confirmed just 32 district court and circuit court judges during his sixth year in office, according to data provided by Alliance for Justice, a progressive advocacy group focused on the federal judiciary. President Bill Clinton confirmed 65 judges in his sixth year. In total, Bush confirmed 256 district and circuit court nominees after six years in office, Clinton confirmed 302, and President Ronald Reagan confirmed 295. Those numbers include a handful of Court of International Trade confirmations.

via The Senate Just Cemented Obama’s Judicial Legacy.

 

 


 

 

Officials: Kansas Faces $279M Budget Gap By July

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For the next fiscal year, the new projection was $5.8 billion in revenues — short of the nearly $6.2 billion that legislative researchers had been assuming in their unofficial forecasts. The projected shortfall of $436 million is about 7 percent, and higher than the $282 million gap estimated unofficially.

The new revenue projection for the fiscal year beginning in July 2016 is a little less than $5.9 billion — again, short of the nearly $6.4 billion legislative researchers had assumed. But the new forecast assumes that spending by that time will be in line with the lower revenues.

The projections also assume Kansas will continue to see modest economic growth, said Raney Gilliland, director of the nonpartisan Kansas Legislative Research Department.During the governor’s race, Democratic challenger Paul Davis argued the tax cuts championed by Brownback were wrecking the state’s finances. Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, a Topeka Democrat, predicted the state will have to cut spending on schools and social services and divert money from highway projects.

“There is absolutely no good way out of this,” Hensley said. “You can’t find enough efficiencies or growth to make up these devastating numbers.”

via Officials: Kansas Faces $279M Budget Gap By July.

 

 


 

 

I Voted – Now It’s Your Turn

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Voting has begun across the country. Today I went and cast my ballot, and you need to go and do the same. If you believe that you have any bit of responsibility for the success of the society, the state, and the city you live in, then this is your most basic responsibility – to vote.

I don’t want to hear about how your vote doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter because you don’t vote! I don’t want to hear about corrupt politicians. They are not corrupt, they are simply listening to the people that participate in the political process. If you don’t vote, never call or write your representatives, then why on earth would they listen to you?

Would you take life advice from a stranger on the street? I don’t think so. Neither will a politician concern themselves with someone who moans and complains, but never lifts a finger to make a change. If the majority of people don’t care, and don’t vote, why would a politician base their actions on what they think? They don’t. They base their actions on those that actively try to influence the process – lobbyists and big business.

It’s time for you to get up and lend your hand. We need many hands to lift the burning car of financial influence off the body of public interest. Don’t stand by. Don’t let us burn.

 


 

Israelis Chant “N*ggers Go Home” Carrying ISIS-Style Flags At Anti-African Rally

Video footage of Jewish Israelis with ISIS-style flags, chanting “niggers go home” at an anti-African rally in Tel Aviv on October 5 has surfaced. Hundreds of protesters could be heard in streets of Tel Aviv chanting anti-African racial slurs, following an Israeli High Court ruling to close down “Holot” detention facility within 90 days.

Holot is essentially an internment camp holding about 2,300 of 60,000 African asylum seekers in Tel Aviv. Israelis are outraged by the court decision to close “Holot,” where African migrants from Eritrea and Sudan have been locked in facilities overnight and are forced to sign in several times per day.

via Addicting Info – VIDEO: Israelis Chant “N*ggers Go Home” Carrying ISIS-Style Flags At Anti-African Rally.

 


 

 

St. Louis Cardinals fans clash with Ferguson protesters: ‘Let’s go, Darren!’

The fans then begin chanting “Darren Wilson” and clapping, and a man in a Cardinals jacket calls a protester a “crack head” and urges him to see a dentist.

Some of the fans engage protesters in arguments over who is tougher, and at least one fan invites a protester to cross the guardrail into the ticketed area to fight.

None of the fans crosses over the guardrail to fight a protester.

An usher tells one incredulous fan that he risked arrest for attempting to start a fight with the protesters, and a female fan tells the demonstrators they were being disrespectful.

“We’re the ones who gave all y’all the freedoms that you have!” she shouts at the demonstrators.

via St. Louis Cardinals fans clash with Ferguson protesters: ‘Let’s go, Darren!’.