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  • The fight against the Right is over. The Left lost.

    The Guardian just out with a story connecting Trump's Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, Billionaire Robert Mercer, and the Brexit campaign that is severing England from the EU. This is a frightening, but not surprising, story that adds to a growing list of facts that demonstrate the existence and operation of a shrinking number of geopolitical players whose power is growing… Read more… 

  • Trump raised more money from small donors than Clinton and Sanders combined. America has a problem.

      The Campaign Finance Institute just released an analysis of FEC filings for the 2016 election. You may remember Bernie Sanders bragging about the money he was raking in from small donors at an average of $27 each. Well, Hillary Clinton beat him in small donations. And Trump beat them both - combined. Not only did Trump raise more small… Read more… 

  • Think About This – Monday 8/8/16

    Here are a few things to think about this week when you are talking politics and policy: • The world grows more peaceful and prosperous everyday. Violence and warfare have been declining since World War II. • Respect for civil and human rights in the U.S. is growing greater every day. More police are wearing cameras, and more are being… Read more… 

  • Haters, Whine All You Want. Hillary’s Nomination Is Unprecedented.

    I just wanted to write a quick note to Hillary supporters with some info for when you hear haters complaining that Hillary is not the first woman to run for president. That is true, however:   • The Clinton campaign is not making that claim. Maybe some in the media have. • Hillary is the first woman to win the… Read more… 

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Progressivism is not an ideology at all, but an attitude towards the world of politics that is far less black-and-white than conservatism or liberalism, breaking free from the false and divisive dichotomy of liberal vs. conservative that has dominated American politics for too long.

Progressives aren't simply liberals; progressives see the world for what it is, accept it as ever-changing and dynamic, and choose the best course of action in line with decidedly American values.

-From an article on Alternet.org by Andrew Garib


@FilmFatale_NYC So he is "creating" something that already exists in the Air Force. 😂 I was actually assigned to the Space Warfare Center in 2003. This dude is a box of rocks.

.@HillaryClinton urges women to be resilient in the face of sexism and misogyny.

Extended interview: https://t.co/3HLT3h4Jsf

Hillary had no need of illegit help in debates. Was chalking Brazile's cheating up to passion. Now it appears it was just low character.

Get the vote put for a sensible choice and restore stability in our country! #DougJonesforSenate https://t.co/4Nv1agHZOl

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FLORIDA: Voting Begins This Monday. Here’s What You Need To Know


Florida ballot recommendations: U.S. Congress, Florida State Legislature, Florida State Supreme Court, 11th Judicial Circuit Court, Miami-Dade Questions

Early voting for this November’s election begins in Florida this Monday October 24th.  Besides the election of the President, there are 40 offices up for vote. The number of offices on your ballot will vary depending on where you live. By now you may have received a sample ballot in the mail. If not, you can look yours up here, or go to your county’s elections department website.

Below are recommendations for voting this year. This article is written by a progressive, or what some would describe more generally as a lefty, so most of the ballot is easy: vote Democrat, not Republican.

The reason is simple: for all the talk of blue states and red states, almost every state is red. Yes, many states go reliably for Democratic presidential nominees, but when you look at the state governments, you find that the majority of politicians across the country are Republican.


Florida, in particular, is a Republican trifecta, holding the governorship, the state senate, and the state house. That means fracking, increased cancer-causing chemicals in our water, no expansion of medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, no high speed rail, and very little action on climate change.

So vote Democrat all the way down the ballot.

That leaves Judges, Amendments, local seats and local charter amendments.

In Florida, Judges either win elections, or are nominated by a commission and appointed by the governor. So even if Judges are removed, the new appointees will likely be favored by Republicans. However, in the Supreme Court and Courts of Appeal, a new appointee only serves a year before facing a retention election. Five of those judges are on the ballot this year. If they are retained, they then serve a 6 year term. So voting against retaining partisan judges now limits the length of time the court is under Republican influence.

• Charles T. Canady: NO
Republican appointee, only justice to dissent on requiring death sentences to be unanimous, on Donald Trump’s list of potential Supreme Court nominees, allowed deceptive Amendment 1 on the ballot.

• Jorge Labarga: NO
Havana, Cuba born Republican appointee, refused a new vote in the 2000 Gore v Bush election, allowed the deceptive Amendment 1 on the ballot.

• Ricky L. Polston: NO
Republican appointee, rated more conservative than average, often sides with business and Justice Canady.

Edwin A. Scales: NO
Republican appointee.

Linda Ann Wells: NO
Republican appointee, sided with condo developers over Vizcaya Gardens.


11th Judicial Circuit

• Mark Blumstein
The edge: length of experience, history of community service, interest in veterans issues.

• Carol “Jodie” Breece
The edge: Length of experience, experience in government ethics, diverse gender and ethnicity,

Local seats, for example on Community Development Districts, are highly local. I will not recommend individuals here. This is something that if it directly concerns you, in my opinion you should know the issues, or leave them blank and let those who do decide. I don’t think it ethical to guess.

Local charter amendments are generally a matter of principle, even if you do not fully understand the amendment.

• Special Purpose District Control Measure: Miami-Dade County On the ballot: NO
• Public Records Measure: YES




Florida considering weakening restrictions on discharging chemicals in water

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has proposed revising limits on toxic chemicals that can be released into surface waters, something it’s supposed to do from time to time under the Clean Water Act but hasn’t since the early 1990s.

The agency is updating human-health criteria for 43 dangerous chemical compounds it currently regulates and adopting standards for the first time for another 39.

Of the 82 toxic substances, the vast majority would have lower standards than recommendations from the Environmental Protection Agency. And of the 43 chemicals now regulated, a couple of dozen would see limits increased beyond those currently allowed.

DEP officials say the new standards — based on risk and factors like seafood consumption — would let Floridians safely eat Florida fish and drink local tap water their entire lives. They say the concentration of pollutants in the water wouldn’t pose a significant risk to the average Floridian’s health.

But environmental groups and some doctors say the new standards would increase chances people will get sick or develop cancer from the contamination in seafood and water. The proposal drew fire during a recent DEP workshop in Tallahassee, one of three held around the state.

Source: Florida considering weakening restrictions on discharging chemicals in water


US Senate Debate Flint Michigan Aid | Video

Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) introduces an amendment to an energy policy bill calling for $800 million in assistance to Flint, Michigan to address the lead contamination of the city’s drinking water. The Senate later voted 54-43 to block the energy bill from advancing.

Source: US Senate Debate Flint Michigan Aid | Video | C-SPAN.org


There Was No Tie In Iowa. Clinton Won.


And Bernie still has no path to the nomination.

First, about Iowa. I see a lot of talk about how Bernie outperformed the polls. This is not true. He actually under performed. Opinion polls measure the overall likelihood of support from the statewide populace. However, in Iowa, that is not how the contest is measured. The Iowa caucus last night determined the number of delegates from individual precincts that would be sent on to the next caucus. That’s right. There are two more caucuses in Iowa before we know the number of national delegates going to the Democratic National Convention, and who they will be for.

The delegates chosen by the precinct then go to a later caucus, the county convention, to choose delegates to the district convention and state convention. Most of the delegates to the Democratic National Convention are selected at the district convention, with the remaining ones selected at the state convention. Delegates to each level of convention are initially bound to support their chosen candidate but can later switch in a process very similar to what goes on at the precinct level

So the actual number of delegates is actually not known until later in the process. However, since there are rarely dramatic shifts in delegate alignment later in the process, traditionally we are able to make a good estimate of the number of national delegates and who they will be for. Which brings us to the actual percentage for Clinton’s victory: 52.3%.

That’s right. Of the delegates that were apportioned last night in the first in nation caucus, 23 out of 44 went to Clinton. A clear victory.


Beyond that, as I pointed out in this video, the total delegates to be awarded in the month of February total less than 150. This number pales when you consider that two states where Clinton has commanding leads, New York and Florida, each have nearly 200. There are 865 delegates up for grabs on March 1st, Super Tuesday, alone. In other words, Clinton can win more delegates in one state or on one day, than she or Bernie can win the entire month of February. And delegates are what gets a candidate the nomination. As it stands now with the current state of the race, and the current delegate allocation, Clinton has an insurmountable lead. Bernie would need wins in every primary contest of over 60% in order to overcome his delegate deficit.


Put another way, half of all Clinton supporters nationwide would have to be abducted by aliens for Bernie to win.

So now it is important for Clinton supporters to turn to those states where Clinton has a commanding lead (which is most of them), and to the national conversation, to protect the delegate lead and to counter the anti-Clinton tea party narrative being delivered by Bernie and his supporters.

Innuendo, smears, and implications are not legitimate policy comparisons. There is nothing wrong with being paid for a speech, unless you are saying that Clinton is corrupt. These tea party innuendos have no place on the left or in the Democratic party.

We know that Bernie supporters can not be convinced to face reality. All of us have had those discussions online where we are told Bernie is not going to raise taxes and he does not want to abandon the ACA – even though that is exactly what he says over and over again. Clinton supporters should focus efforts on creating a new narrative, one that promotes her experience, her intelligence, and her toughness. Talk about how she has stood up to the worst Republican attacks anyone has ever had to face. Specifically cite the heartfelt and sincere endorsements of liberal and progressive leaders. Talk about her history of advocacy, her understanding of the political system, and her incredible grasp of every area of public and foreign policy. Talk about how she is fighting for us before she even gets the nomination, without being an elected official. Talk about her efforts in Flint, her efforts to preserve voting rights, and her advocacy for patients against companies like Valeant Pharmaceuticals. And yes, talk about what her candidacy means to young girls and women.

The Republicans and the tea party have done a lot of damage. So much that in fact many on the left are so confused they have no idea they are doing the work of the right wing in their disruption of liberal institutions and their denigration of some of our best liberal leaders. So this will not be the slam dunk we may want, but with steady efforts, focus, and resolve, we can continue and build upon the work of the last eight years and move the progressive agenda forward.



Flint’s newest challenge: a flood of plastic bottles

In October, the city told residents to stick to filtered or bottled water because of unsafe levels of lead, a problem that developed after it temporarily switched to using water from the Flint River in order to cut costs. But residents had been trying for more than a year to get officials’ attention about the dirty water coming out of their taps, and many allege thatthe city’s demographics have something to do with the slow response. Nearly 42 percent live under the poverty line, and 57 percent are black.

“It’s hard for me to imagine the indifference that we’ve seen exhibited if this had happened in a much more affluent community,” US Rep. Dan Kildee, who represents Flint, told CNN.

Michigan mobilized its National Guard to help distribute water, and dozens of charities and celebrities have pitched in as well.

But many residents seem unsure what to do with the sudden influx of plastic, and much of it is headed to landfills, where each bottle takes hundreds of years to decompose.

READ FULL ARTICLE => Flint’s newest challenge: a flood of plastic bottles (+video) – CSMonitor.com


Progressive Praise for Hillary Clinton, From a Bernie Supporter

I am a Bernie Sanders supporter, and remain so. That having been said, unlike many, as someone who has spent the last few years making the effort to reform politics in states near me, I have very little but praise for the efforts of Hillary Clinton’s campaign and their work to make a change in many of the issues I care deeply about.

Despite the ongoing sux-rox campaigns that go on here at Daily Kos, I figured that I would finally bite the bullet and write a diary that says a bit of what I think: Hillary Clinton’s pragmatic but dogged campaign has done something I didn’t expect at any point a year ago: her campaign is putting in the very difficult work of putting together resources and backbones for much smaller candidates, and urging state parties and state leadership to act in bold, aggressive ways.

More importantly, her campaign’s efforts to instill real, tangible progress on issues that surround it go beyond political expediency and reflect a campaign that has made more than a small effort to leave behind communities, states, and office holders around them better off then when they arrived. I wanted to take a bit today to tell that story; of pragmaticism, the future of state level progressive politics, and her campaign.

READ FULL ARTICLE => Progressive Praise for Hillary Clinton, From a Bernie Supporter


After blowing the whistle on Flint’s water, EPA “rogue employee” has been silent. Until now.

Del Toral was first alerted to Flint’s water problems last spring, when Lee Anne Walters called the EPA to complain about high levels of lead in her tap water and warn officials that her child had been diagnosed with lead poisoning.

Del Toral followed up with Michigan’s Department of Environmental Quality, asking about corrosion control treatment in Flint. Emails show that in February 2015, DEQ staff told Del Toral Flint had a corrosion control program.

But Walters found out from a city employee that Flint was not using any corrosion control treatment. This treatment helps prevent lead and other heavy metals from leaching from old pipes into drinking water. Walters called Del Toral right away, and let him know.

“Even though she had told me that, in my head, I was thinking that’s not possible. That’s, you know, I couldn’t believe that was true,” Del Toral said, “I thought there was a misunderstanding here or some kind of miscommunication.”

But Del Toral and Walters had lots of conversations that spring. Walters wanted to get to the bottom of the water problems at her house. She wanted to understand what was going on, Del Toral recalled.

“In getting to know (Walters) and getting to know how quickly she was picking things up and the information she was providing was accurate I thought I better look into this,” he said.

So he started digging for more information, asking the DEQ again what kind of corrosion control treatment Flint was using. DEQ finally acknowledged that there was no treatment in place.

He stopped short of saying the DEQ lied to him about corrosion control.

READ FULL ARTICLE => After blowing the whistle on Flint’s water, EPA “rogue employee” has been silent. Until now. | Michigan Radio


Dayton mayor: Clinton manufacturing plan a big deal

Manufacturing is a strategic growth industry for the Dayton region. We are home to large manufacturers like DMAX and MAHLE Behr Dayton and are the choice for new manufacturers like Fuyao. In addition, we welcome hundreds of smaller firms making the parts needed for cars, airplanes and medical supplies. And between our two universities, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and the Miami Valley Research Park, we Daytonians help build the industries of tomorrow.

Clinton’s plan is equally forward-looking. At its heart is a tax credit that pulls jobs back to hard-hit communities. Her broader strategy aims to rebuild the infrastructure that keeps trucks running, and the renewable energy that keeps factories going. She also favors “Buy American” regulations for government projects; that means jobs here at home, not outsourced to China.

It’s no wonder then that Machinists Union President Tom Buffenbarger welcomed the new plan. He praised Clinton’s “political foresight and will to take on the key challenge of reigniting the jobs engine that built the middle class.” I couldn’t agree more.

If you’re looking to other candidates for plans, keep looking. No one else has made manufacturing so central to their campaign – certainly not the Republican candidates, many of whom opposed the auto bailouts back in 2008 which saved thousands of jobs in the Dayton region.

Clinton, on the other hand, once fought the Bush Administration to preserve money for manufacturing. She publicly demanded a “New Manhattan Project” to rebuild the sector, and she co-founded the Senate Manufacturing Caucus. If I sound like I’m playing favorites, I am.

READ FULL ARTICLE => Dayton mayor: Clinton manufacturing plan a big deal


TRP News – Progressive News & Information – August 24, 2015 – The Rational Progressive

TRP News with James Andre.

This week – can Sanders win the Democratic primary? Do Clinton’s emails really matter? What do you know about the Senate elections? Two states fail to draw legal voting district maps, migrants storm the Macedonian border, and the Koreas exchange artillery fire in the middle of a joint U.S. – South Korea military exercise.

0:24 Can Sanders Win
9:30 Clinton’s Emails
13:10 Senate Elections
16:45 Redistricting
18:35 Migrants*
22:19 Korea

*Israel grants of asylum for African migrants is 0.15%

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TRP News – Progressive News & Information – August 17, 2015

TRP News with James Andre.

This week – presidential hopefuls visit the Iowa state fair, Sanders distances himself from an apology and his African American outreach director, the Federal Reserve may be raising rates and progressives are pushing back, Warren and McCain want to bring back Glass-Steagall, several states cut off federal funds for Planned Parenthood, and the lives of migrants are being determined by race, religion, and of course, money.

0:23 Iowa State Fair
2:00 Sanders Apology
6:09 Federal Reserve
12:09 Glass-Steagall
16:21 Planned Parenthood
19:06 Migrants
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TRP News – Progressive News & Information – August 10, 2015 – The Rational Progressive

TRP News with James Andre.

This week – the Jade Helm military exercise brings out the crazies, Potential Reid successor Senator Schumer bucks White House on Iran deal, voting rights on the 50th anniversary of the voting rights amendment, an update on the HIV outbreak in Indiana, the EPA accident polluting a Colorado river with heavy metals, Guantanamo may finally be closing, and Bernie Sanders, #blacklivesmatter, and the blatant racism of the “Left”.

0:27 Jade Helm 15
4:12 Iran Nuclear Deal
6:15 Voting Rights
9:14 Indiana HIV
10:55 Animas River Spill
12:52 Guantanamo
14:16 Black Lives Matter

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TRP News – Progressive News & Information – July 13, 2015

TRP News with James Andre.

This week South Carolina finally takes down the confederate flag from the capitol, BP reaches a settlement on the Gulf spill while Shell moves forward with Arctic drilling plans, Islamic State propaganda and activity around the world, and a deal with Iran on nuclear research is said to be imminent.

0:30 South Carolina Confederate flag
2:50 BP Settlement/Shell arctic drilling
9:35 Islamic State
16:09 Iran negotiations


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The Clinton-Confederate Flag Conspiracy Theory Is a New Low

The national debate over the future of the Confederate flag that flies in front of the state’s capitol has unwittingly given rise to one of the more bizarre Clinton conspiracy theories to date: that Bill and Hillary Clinton, despite decades as civil rights advocates and their right-wing caricature as Northeast liberal elites, are closet Confederate sympathizers.

The meme took off on Sunday, when The Daily Caller ran a story under the headline “Flashback: Bill Clinton Honored the Confederacy on Arkansas State Flag.

”The next morning, the hosts of Fox & Friends debated whether Hillary Clinton had refused to denounce the Confederate flag flying in front of the South Carolina (though she actually did denounce it in 2007) out of loyalty to her husband, who, Elisabeth Hasselbeck said, “signed a law honoring the Confederacy in Arkansas and about the flag’s design in 1987…that stated, ‘the blue star is to commemorate the Confederate states of America.”The legislation that The Daily Caller, Fox & Friends, and now dozens of conservative blogs are referencing was a bill to make the flag that Arkansas had flown since 1924 the state’s official flag. That flag includes four stars, three to symbolize the countries that held the Arkansas territory—Spain, France and the United States—and the fourth, as Hasselbeck said, “to commemorate the Confederate states of America.”

Full Article: The Clinton-Confederate Flag Conspiracy Theory Is a New Low – The Daily Beast


Magical Mystery Tour of American Austerity: How One State Is Destroying Democracy and Poisoning Its People | Alternet

One city neglected to inform its residents that its water supply was laced with cancerous chemicals. Another dissolved its public school district and replaced it with a charter school system, only to witness the for-profit management company it hired flee the scene after determining it couldn’t turn a profit. Numerous cities and school districts in the state are now run by single, state-appointed technocrats, as permitted under an emergency financial manager law pushed through by Rick Snyder, Michigan’s austerity-promoting governor. This legislation not only strips residents of their local voting rights, but gives Snyder’s appointee the power to do just about anything, including dissolving the city itself — all (no matter how disastrous) in the name of “fiscal responsibility.”

If you’re thinking, “Who cares?” since what happens in Michigan stays in Michigan, think again. The state’s aggressive balance-the-books style of governance has already spread beyond its borders. In January, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie appointed bankruptcy lawyer and former Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr to be a “legal adviser” to Atlantic City. The Detroit Free Press described the move as “a state takeover similar to Gov. Rick Snyder’s state intervention in the Motor City.”

And this spring, amid the hullabaloo of Republicans entering the 2016 presidential race, Governor Snyder launched his own national tour to sell “the Michigan story to the rest of the country.” His trip was funded by a nonprofit (fed, naturally, by undisclosed donations) named “Making Government Accountable: The Michigan Story.”

To many Michiganders, this sounded as ridiculous as Jeb Bush launching a super PAC dubbed “Making Iraq Free: The Bush Family Story.”  Except Snyder wasn’t planning to enter the presidential rat race. Instead, he was attempting to mainstream Michigan’s form of austerity politics and its signature emergency management legislation, which stripped more than halfof the state’s African American residents of their local voting rights in 2013 and 2014.

As the governor jaunted around the country, Ann Arbor-based photographer Eduardo García and I decided to set out on what we thought of as our own two-week Magical Michigan Tour. And while we weren’t driving a specially outfitted psychedelic tour bus — we spent most of the trip in my grandmother’s 2005 Prius — our journey was nevertheless remarkably surreal. From the southwest banks of Lake Michigan to the eastern tips of the peninsula, we crisscrossed the state visiting more than half a dozen cities to see if there was another side to the governor’s story and whether Michigan really was, as one Detroit resident put it, “a massive experiment in unraveling U.S. democracy.”

Source: Magical Mystery Tour of American Austerity


TRP News – Progressive News & Information – Weekly Digest – April 20, 2015

This weeks topics are the legislation giving Congress oversight on any Iran deal, The state of the Loretta Lynch confirmation process, the passage of the permanent ‘doc fix’ for medicare payments, an update on Yemen and U.S. involvement, more about the Trans Pacific Partnership and the reactionary rhetoric from the Left, the status of the HIV outbreak in Indiana and the needle exchange program, and a twist on a religious freedom law in Texas.


Ohio’s Huge Voter Fraud Investigation Turns Up Nearly Nothing

Ohio's Huge Voter Fraud Investigation Turns Up Nearly Nothing | ThinkProgress

Husted’s office would not provide any information about the 27 people it referred to the Attorney General’s office for further review. But in 2013, his office sent 17 potential cases — .0003 percent of total ballots cast in the state — to the AG who eventually referred them to county prosecutors. Most reports of voting irregularities were dropped by the county prosecutors because the “voter fraud” problems were determined to have been caused by simple mistakes and confused senior citizens, according to a Cleveland Plain Dealer investigation.

Voter fraud in Ohio is a fifth-degree felony and could carry up to a year in prison. But of the cases referred to prosecutors’ offices in 2013, most irregularities were caused by voter confusion or mistakes made by elections officials and not deliberate attempts to commit fraud, the investigation found.

>>Read full original article.


These Republicans Want to Take Away Your Weekend


Though labor often boasts that it helped codify the two-day work break—witness the popular pro-labor bumper sticker, “Unions: the folks that brought you the weekend”—a day of rest is protected by law in only a fraction of the states. According to the Society for Human Resource Management, thirteen states have laws mandating a day of rest for some or all workers. In states that mandate a day of rest only for certain categories of workers, those workers are often in jobs where fatigue could lead to increased accidents or deaths.

Now that might be about to come to an end in Wisconsin.

Currently, the law in Wisconsin requires that workers employed in a “factory or mercantile establishment” must receive “at least 24 consecutive hours of rest in every 7 consecutive days.” If an employer would like a worker to work seven days in a row for a limited period of time, then the two can jointly petition the Department of Workforce Development for a waiver. According to the office of Republican Representative Mark Born, who is introducing this bill in the State Assembly, there were 169 waivers requested in 2013 and 232 in 2014, and all of them were granted. Under the current system, the waiver requests must state the necessity for the waiver, and they are granted only for a limited period of time.

The new bill, which is being sponsored by Republican Van Wanggaard in the State Senate alongside Born in the Assembly, would add a provision to the “day of rest” law that could effectively nullify it. The bill would create an exemption that would allow employees to “voluntarily choose” to slave away for seven days in a row without at least twenty-four hours of rest.

>>Read Full Original Article.


West Virginia Passes Bill Rolling Back Regulations On Chemical Storage Tanks

West Virginia Passes Bill Rolling Back Regulations On Chemical Storage Tanks | ThinkProgress

The West Virginia legislature has passed a bill that scales back regulations meant to protect state waterways from storage tank spills, a piece of legislation that some worry could leave the state’s water more vulnerable to the kind of spill that contaminated the water of 300,000 state residents last year.

The bill, which was passed by the state Senate early Saturday morning, rolls back portions of a law passed last year in response to January’s spill, which occurred due to a leak in a chemical storage tank along the banks of the Elk River. Under the law, known as the Aboveground Storage Tank Act, nearly 50,000 aboveground storage tanks in the state were subject to registration and regulation. Now, under the new bill, the number of regulated tanks will fall to about 12,000. Those 12,000 are tanks that are located in “zones of critical concern,” which means they’re situated along a waterway and about five hours away from a drinking water intake. They also include tanks that hold more than 50,000 gallons, tanks that hold hazardous substances and tanks that are in the “zone of peripheral concern,” which are those located 10 hours away from a drinking water intake.

That number could drop even further, said Evan Hansen, president of West Virginia think tank Downstream Strategies.

>>Read Full Original Article.



TRP News – Progressive News & Info – Weekly Digest – April 6, 2015

 This week’s topics are the nuclear agreement framework agreement with Iran, an update on the religious freedom law in Indiana, Hillary Clinton and the Left adopting the litmus test mentality of the Right, and developments in municipal broadband law.