Business Elections and Politics Environment and Ecology Free News Articles

350 Bay Area Action Creating Climate Report Cards for California and Local Candidates

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- Climate action group 350 Bay Area Action today announced climate report cards, to be issued for 2020 Bay Area candidates for the California Assembly and the state Senate. Local candidates in crucial city council and supervisorial races will also be rated. The group will endorse candidates rated as true climate champions in key regional legislative races, and selected candidates in local elections as well.

"Climate change is now the #1 priority for California voters, and climate impacts such as fires and drought are buffeting the state," said Judy Pope, co-lead of the 350 Bay Area Action Electoral Committee. "With our new climate report cards, we will make it easy for voters to act on climate, their #1 concern."

California is seen worldwide as a leader on climate change, ever since the passage of the Global Warming Solutions Act, Assembly Bill 32 (AB 32), in 2006. The 2020 goal, a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020, was met in 2016.

A subsequent bill, SB 32, updated California's climate targets - which, while ambitious, are not aggressive enough to meet science-based requirements. And many local governments, in California and elsewhere, have passed Climate Emergency resolutions. But the state is falling behind the 2030 goal, a 40% cut from those levels.

"We are seeing a rapid increase in awareness, especially among young people, that the climate crisis is happening right here and right now," said Laura Neish, Executive Director of 350 Bay Area Action. "Politicians have often resisted these concerns in favor of moneyed interests. So we're setting out to help get people elected who are listening to all of their constituents, especially the young. We want to elect people who will lead on urgently implementing solutions that will reduce climate- and health-harming emissions."

350 Bay Area Action is now reaching out to general election candidates and their campaigns with a questionnaire, seeking their positions on climate-related issues relevant to California. Current bills include SB 54, which bans single-use plastics, and AB 345, which establishes a buffer zone around schools, health clinics, and homes from oil and gas infrastructure. Local governments are being urged to pass Climate Emergency resolutions, to require the decarbonization of new buildings, and more.

In the coming weeks, questionnaire results will be tabulated, and answers will be publicized. The group will then rate candidates, issue candidate report cards, and announce endorsements.

"It will be a busy few months for the team," said Pope. "We are looking forward to issuing our report card ratings and endorsing candidates - especially for local races, where climate is often ignored as a campaign issue. We expect to help create a new generation of climate champions - across California, and beyond."

More information:

Media Contact:
Laura Neish, Executive Director
350 Bay Area Action
t: 510-473-5490

Related link:

This news story was published by the Neotrope® News Network - all rights reserved.

Business Elections and Politics Entertainment Free News Articles General Editorial Government

Women and The Vote NYS Initiative Honors State Suffragists

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Women and the Vote NYS announces that a new initiative, timed to coincide with the 19th Amendment Centennial, is being launched to develop a mobile-friendly online database with interactive map of gravesites across New York State of the suffragists who worked tirelessly to bring about women's right to vote.

The goal is to catalogue both well-known suffragists, regardless of gender, as well as individuals whose contributions may be all but lost to history. Additionally, the site will provide links to voter registration.

A second focus of the project will take place on Election Day 2020, when filmmakers from across the state will be stationed at suffragists' gravesites to interview visitors coming with their "I Voted' stickers. Those interviews will be assembled and edited into a documentary film, ELECTION DAY 2020 NYS.

Residents across New York State who know of, or are related to, an individual who took an active role in the Suffragist movement are invited to help identify their gravesite by visiting the website and adding information, including:
* Name of the suffragist
* Name and location of the cemetery where the suffragist is buried
* Names of any living relatives
* Suffragist activities in which the individual was involved
* Photo of the gravesite or other historic photos

In addition to adding suffragist listings to the website, residents are invited to join the "Suffragist Search Parties," in which groups of volunteers will populate the website catalogue by entering information on suffragists.

Rochester-based party dates include:
* Saturday, February 22 from 10 am to 1 pm at the National Susan B. Anthony Museum and House Carriage House, 17 Madison St, Rochester, NY
* Saturday, March 14 from 10 am to 1 pm at the 1872 Café, 431 W Main St, Rochester, NY
* Friday, March 27 from 9 am to 12 noon at the Department of Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries. University of Rochester
* Saturday, April 4 from 10 am to 1 pm at the 1872 Café
* Friday April 24 from 9 am to 12 noon at the Department of Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation

Because of space limitations, residents interested in volunteering to participate in these events through researching, fact checking, and entering confirmed suffragist submissions must register in advance, by sending an email noting date(s) available to Volunteers will need to supply their own computers for data entry

This project is the brainchild of Emmy award-winning documentary filmmaker, programmer, and educator Linda Moroney, owner of Low to the Ground Productions. Linda will produce and direct the documentary ELECTION DAY 2020 NYS. Collaborating on this project will be award-winning storyteller Lorraine Woerner-MacGowan, owner of Four Cats Creative and Laura Chekow, film educator, aficionado, and community project coordinator.

In sharing the mission of this project, Linda Moroney explained, "After making ELECTION DAY 2016, it was clear there was a much bigger story to tell from New York State's vast involvement in the suffragist movement. Our goal is to connect the dots from that history to the present day and to shine a light on New York State's rich suffragist legacy, as inclusively as possible."

This program is being funded in part by Humanities New York with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The National Susan B. Anthony House & Museum serves as the fiscal sponsor for this project.


Low to the Ground Productions, owned by Linda Moroney and Todd McCammon, is a Rochester-based, independent film production company, dedicated to making compelling and innovative films since 2001.

Four Cats Creative is a Rochester-based digital media company. Owner Lorraine Woerner helps entrepreneurs, small businesses, and organizations develop their brand through storytelling across digital media. Her company is a certified New York State Minority Women Business Enterprise (WMBE).

The mission of Humanities New York is to strengthen critical society and the bonds of community, using the humanities to foster engaged inquiry and dialogue around social and cultural concerns.

The National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House interprets the great reformer's vision and story, preserves and shares her National Historic Landmark home and headquarters, collects and exhibits artifacts related to her life and work, and offers tours and interpretive programs to inspire and challenge individuals to make a positive difference.

Related link:

This news story was published by the Neotrope® News Network - all rights reserved.

Business Elections and Politics Free News Articles Government

Avondale Estates Mayoral Candidate Clai Brown Refutes Disinformation, Invites More Community Dialog

AVONDALE ESTATES, Ga. -- 2019 Candidate for Mayor and former City Manager Clai Brown ( has issued the following statement to ensure Avondale Estates citizens have access to facts on matters that may determine their November 5 election-day decisions about the future of their unique city and community.

"As anyone who has known me during my decade-long tenure as Avondale Estates city manager will tell you, I am not a hothead. I do not seek out confrontation, and I do not relish pointing out the mistakes of others. It's just not how I was raised, so I've remained quiet when confronted with disinformation and personal attacks about my decision to resign in 2017 and an employment contract over which I had zero influence. Perhaps too quiet for my own good. My faith that truth ultimately triumphs comes from the values I learned as a child. Plus, I've always enjoyed the old adage that 'No good comes from wrestling with a pig. You'll both get dirty, but the pig enjoys it.'

However, last weekend I changed my mind, because I realized that the absence of a factual account does not begin with the events leading up to and culminating in my resignation, but hails all the way back to my initial employment agreement with the City and through the annual employee review cycle during which my tenure was brought before the board, praised explicitly and extended. My conviction that truth prevails is unwavering, but my commitment to transparency and to the loyalty of my family, friends, supporters and neighbors demands that I speak out now.

My 2017 decision to resign was based primarily on my concern that elected officials, whether by ignorance or naivete, were not adhering to the City Charter and in particular to Section 2.30 related to Commission interference with administration. The official with authority to correct the situation failed to do so. My decision was painful, but ethically unavoidable, as I felt I had explored every alternative for resolving the issues. Frankly, I no longer had the conviction that I could do what was best for my hometown in the role of City Manager.

Not only was it time for me to go, it was also time for me to seek another role from which I could lead effectively. From my perspective, Avondale Estates may be growing and modernizing, but that does not mean it must shed long-standing traditions of transparency, integrity, trust or adherence to documented governing principles.

I think we can agree that we need them now more than ever.

In the aftermath of my resignation and the unintended conflict that arose as our residents struggled to understand decisions made out of public view, claims emerged that my employment agreement, including terms related to resignation and early retirement, were secretive, murky and probably unethical on my part. As common sense would dictate, city employees cannot approve the terms of their own employment. My only involvement in the terms of my hiring was possessing a valuable skillset and loyalty to a budget-conscious municipality poised for unprecedented change. The city of Avondale Estates made its offer, and I accepted the job as a career decision in line with my experience and skills.

It is that simple. The spurious assertion that I manipulated or conspired to influence my employment contract with Avondale Estates either at the time of my hiring or at any juncture prior to my resignation offends my family's reputation and can easily be disproven by reading public record.

I encourage every resident of our unique community who has questions or concerns about my record as City Manager of Avondale Estates and my vision for the future of our city to visit

Further, I urge our residents to RSVP to one or more of the remaining hosted community events where you can learn more about why I believe I am the most qualified candidate to become the next mayor of Avondale Estates - the city I am proud to call my hometown."

Visit the Clai Brown for Mayor website to RSVP for one of these Meet & Greet opportunities to discuss these issues with Clai one-to-one:
* 10/27: 4-5:30 p.m.
* 10/29: 7-8:30 p.m.
* 11/1: 7-8:30 p.m.

If you have any questions, please contact Clai at or by telephone at 404-963-6108.

Paid for by Clai Brown for Mayor.

Related link:

This news story was published by the Neotrope® News Network - all rights reserved.

Business Elections and Politics Free News Articles Government NonProfit and Charities Product Launches

Real Change: Expanding Congress to Include a Citizens Assembly

WASHINGTON D.C. -- An Assembly of 600 citizen-delegates is being established by NewUnity.Org and it is expected to eventually become a third-chamber of Congress via constitutional amendment, creating a tri-cameral legislature. The first session of the Assembly is scheduled to start in early 2020. Any U.S. citizen over the age of 18 can be a delegate to the Assembly, provided they satisfy some eligibility requirements.

The Assembly advances democracy and mitigates many of the issues that have plagued the political process. There are no special interests, no political parties and no big money donors involved in selection of delegates and therefore none of the conflicts of interests or compromises that afflict many who are elected to Congress. As a non-partisan body, the Assembly can reduce the polarization that permeates Washington and, indeed, the country.

There is no doubt Americans want real change. 66% of Americans say they want major structural change in government, according to a poll of Americans by U.Chicago Harris/AP-NORC which was released in May 2019. Reforming Congress is clearly the place to start. It has the lowest job-approval rating of any branch of government. Congress's approval rating is only 17%, according to Gallup Poll in Aug. 2019. For reference, approval of the Supreme Court is 51% and of the President is 39%, according to Gallup Polls as of September 2018 and August 2019, respectively.

These polls highlight the extent of America's frustration and disgust with the polarized state of politics and gridlock in government. Research by Greater Good at Univ of Berkeley in March 2019 describes the destructive impact that increasing polarization is having on America. In summary, the adverse impact includes: winner-take-all politics, demonization of opposing views, proliferation of partisan propaganda, increased stress and general distrust of government. As an institution whose members are not selected by political parties, the Assembly is a solution that can both improve democracy and unify the country.

Delegates will be chosen from a database of over 230 million adults by an independent non-partisan organization using a transparent selection process that is similar to selection for jury duty. Given the Assembly involves patriotic service to country, organizers believe many will consider it a supreme honor to serve their country.

As a group, Delegates will mirror the general population to a 99% confidence level with approximately 5% margin of error. A 55% super-majority of Delegates will be required to adopt any measure meaning, statistically, decisions of the Assembly are consistent with the majority of Americans 99% of the time. It is obvious that Congress, as currently structured, could not match the Assembly's 99% level of performance.

Furthermore, the Assembly's demographic composition will closely mirror America's whereas Congress' composition is very different. For example, in Congress, 25% are female vs 51% of America. Through its composition and its voting rules, the Assembly will be unique in reflecting the will of the people.

Direct participation in government by citizens is not a new concept. Citizens already participate directly in one branch of government, the judiciary, through jury duty. People who are called for jury duty are selected from a database of all citizens - a sort of lottery selection process modified with some eligibility requirements. Most Americans have been called to jury duty at some point in their life. Nearly 15% of American adults, over 30 million people, are summoned to jury duty each year, according to a study by the National Center for State Courts. The Assembly simply extends the concept of direct citizen participation to the legislative branch of government.

NewUnity.Org believes citizens should participate in making laws - not just administering them as a juror. Service in the Assembly may someday be referred to as 'Assembly duty.' As with jury duty, delegates will be compensated for service and expenses will be reimbursed.

Direct citizen participation alone would add a lot of value; but the Assembly does even more. Delegates are able to do research and they have access to data and resources to fully explore an issue. Then they debate the issue with other delegates who have opposing views and are equally well-informed. Some will be persuaded to change their original position on an issue. The outcome of this deliberative process are decisions that are well-considered and fully-informed. The government can look to the Assembly for guidance on what the American people really think about issues and policies - rather than relying upon polls of uninformed people. This clearly would be a significant improvement over the present situation.

The Assembly's model is applying, on a national scale, a concept that is being tested in Dallas this week at an event called America in One Room or A1R. Five hundred citizens have been selected to statistically mirror America and they will debate five major national issues over three days. A1R will show if citizens can come together to seriously debate and vote on major issues. Direct citizen participation has already been applied successfully in over 25 countries globally. A1R is a Helena Project and involves Stanford University's Center for Deliberative Democracy and NORC at the University of Chicago. Lessons from A1R will be useful in establishing the Assembly and other direct democracy initiatives. The New York Times published an Op-Ed about A1R in August and is expected to publish outcomes of A1R after the event. Lessons from A1R will inform the operation of the Assembly.

"Everyone will have the chance to be a modern 'Mr. Smith' as in the classic movie 'Mr. Smith Goes to Washington' - an ordinary citizen is able to have a meaningful impact on government," said Ms. Anderson, a spokesperson for NewUnity.Org. "The Assembly reflects the actual will of the people in the entire country rather than representatives that are influenced by their political party, special interests and reflect the narrow preferences of those in their district who happen to vote on one day." Finally, she stated, "New Unity.Org does not undertake this initiative with a view to favor, or disfavor, any political party. The Assembly's objective is solely to benefit America by bolstering our democracy. It is a solution that stems from a long-term general disenchantment with politics and government."

Standing up this new Assembly is a massive undertaking. It takes a large number of volunteers and millions of dollars of donations from individuals and institutions. NewUnity.Org is a grassroots effort. It is not backed by any corporation or special interests. It is not backed by any corporation or special interests. NewUnity.Org plans to raise over $2 million by the end of this year and to start the first session of the Assembly in early 2020. Those who volunteer or donate will be doing a patriotic contribution to American democracy. NewUnity.Org has opened a donation portal on its website.

The first session of the Assembly is expected to meet at Constitution Hall in Washington D.C. NewUnity.Org is recruiting hundreds of volunteers to help achieve its mission. As an incentive, volunteers and donors will be granted a higher chance to be selected as a delegate to the historic first session of the Assembly.

About NewUnity: is a 527 non-profit organization. New Unity's mission is to promote direct democracy and advocate for non-partisan, independent voter participation in elections and government. See for information about New Unity's mission and how to support it and follow us on Twitter @NewUnity_USA

Related link:

This news story was published by the Neotrope® News Network - all rights reserved.

Business Elections and Politics Free News Articles Government

Air Force Pilot and Trump National Security Council Advisor August Pfluger Announces Campaign for TX-11

SAN ANGELO, Texas -- Today, August Pfluger (R-San Angelo) announced his campaign to represent Texas' 11th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. For nearly 20 years, Pfluger has served his country as an elite F-22 fighter pilot, a decorated Air Force officer, and most recently, as a key national security advisor to President Trump.

"As a combat pilot, and later as a national security advisor to President Donald Trump, I've spent my life defending this country," said Pfluger. "Now I'm running for Congress to defend our traditional Texas values and stand up for the things that have always made this country great: family, faith, and freedom."

As a seventh-generation Texan, August learned the value of a hard day's work on his family's ranches in Kimble and Concho counties. Those early West Texas values led August to a life of service and leadership - he earned his Eagle Scout badge at the age of 15 and was later named as captain of the varsity football and baseball teams at San Angelo Central High School.

After high school, August followed in his grandfather's footsteps and answered his nation's call to serve.

Upon graduating with honors from the U.S. Air Force Academy, Pfluger went on to serve his country in uniform for nearly two decades - commanding hundreds of combat airmen and women and serving in the Pentagon and NATO Command. Today, Lieutenant Colonel Pfluger is a decorated combat veteran with over 300 hours of direct action against radical jihadists in the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

In 2019, August was called to serve his nation in a different capacity - as a national security advisor in the White House. As a member of President Donald J. Trump's National Security Council staff, August was entrusted with our nation's highest security clearance and charged with advising President Trump on a host of foreign and domestic threats to our nation's security.

"My family and I are truly humbled by the outpouring of support for my campaign from so many members of the community," continued Pfluger. "I want to thank everyone for the countless calls and texts I received encouraging me to defend our shared values in Congress...I will not let you down."

Today, Pfluger lives in San Angelo and works in his family ranching business in Kimble and Concho counties. August still serves as Lt. Col. in the U.S. Air Force Reserves and recently founded an energy investment company that operates in the Permian Basin. August holds two advanced degrees in aeronautical sciences and military strategy and is completing a third Masters Degree in International Business and Policy at Georgetown University.

August is a conservative Republican, a proud husband and father, and a devoted follower of Jesus Christ. He met his wife, Camille (also a native Texan) at his family ranch in October 2000. They have three young daughters, Vivian, Caroline, and Juliana. In his free time, August enjoys coaching his daughters' youth soccer teams and leading Bible study groups for military service members - something he's done at every base he's been stationed.

In the weeks ahead, August will be traveling across the 29 counties of TX-11 to meet with supporters, listen to the concerns of his future constituents, and share his plan to bring strong, conservative leadership to Congress.

Link to campaign website:

Paid for by August Pfluger for Congress.

Related link:

This news story was published by the Neotrope® News Network - all rights reserved.

Business Elections and Politics Free News Articles General Editorial Government

Deon D. Jenkins Announces Run for President on Platform of Reparations

VALLEJO, Calif. -- Deon D. Jenkins, also known as grass roots hip hop organizer Alpha Leo, announced today that he has filed with the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) as a Democratic Presidential Candidate in California, for the 2020 election.

"I live in the San Francisco Bay Area California, an area that an USA Today article ranked as the most expensive place to live in the entire country," says Jenkins. "In the city that I live, Vallejo, is ranked number eleven, and the element of gentrification flushes people out of the inner cities of San Francisco and Oakland into cities like Vallejo.

"Vallejo also has the highest rate of police officers shooting citizens in Northern California, according to NBC news. We are being gentrified out of the industrial cities in our areas, and then greenlighted for extermination once we are finally placed out. The benefits of a bubbling economy created by a thriving tech industry doesn't even benefactor many people who are making one hundred thousand dollars a year, according to a CNBC news article written by Emmie Martin."

Platform - D.M.L.G: Defense, Money, Land, Grants:

"A new generation of voters dominate the Black constituency, and it seems as if we finally have a reparations agenda, and refuse to fall for the sixty-year trend of benign neglect politics. I decided to give the people an idea for what a genuine campaign should look like. It is a very precise Reparations package. I call it D.M.L.G: Defense, Money, Land, Grants.

"The very first element of reparations is Defense. Our rights are not protected in this country which is a violation of the fourteenth amendment. The fourteenth amendment is a Constitutional legislation giving former slaves who were set free after the Civil War unalienable rights as citizens of this country. Enforcement agencies must get established that specifically enforce this legislation. This enforcement encompasses black armed forces, black federal agencies, and black citizens who can equip self-protection.

"The next element is Money for black descendants of slavery. There are roughly 300 million people recorded in the United States. Let's say that the black people who can prove that they descended from slavery are 10 million people. The Gross Domestic Product, (GDP), is $20 trillion dollars annually. The breakdown of what's owed should equate with the population size of blacks who descended from slavery, so we equate to at least three percent of the population. Three percent of the GDP of $20 trillion dollars a year is $60,000 dollars a year.

"I think that we are also owed a lump sum of money for all of the years that the United States missed on compensation since the slavery ending of 1865.

"The third element is Land, because we were promised 40 acres and a mule, so if you multiply 40 acres times 10 million people will equate to over 400 million acres of land.

"And finally, we need Grants specifically for banks, businesses, hospitals, schools, science, and technology.

"Be sure to vote: Primary elections are soon coming to your state."

More information and campaign verification:


FEC Filing (use links left side as dynamic data right not yet live):

FEC Form 2:

Federal Elections Confirmation Phone: 1-800-424-9530

Media Contact:

Social Media:
Twitter: @alphaleotime
Instagram: hiphopforpresident

Campaign video posts coming soon on YouTube:

*PHOTO link for media:
*Photo caption: Deon D. Jenkins, Presidential candidate.

Paid for by Hip Hop For President (The Committee to Elect Deon D. Jenkins for President in 2020).

Related link:

This news story was published by the Neotrope® News Network - all rights reserved.

Elections and Politics Free News Articles Government

Donald Eugene Lowe – A New Face in the Democratic Race

SAN ANGELO, Texas -- Donald Eugene Lowe respects politics. He was a 2016 presidential candidate, but this time around he's hoping to run on the Democratic ticket. He considers himself a "man of the people," not "for the people" and believes he's "a better choice."

"I understand what people need," Lowe says. "It's time to make America better and 2020 is where it all begins," Lowe says.

Lowe has experienced ups and downs in his life. He's lived on the streets and he's also built a loyal political following. He's traveled throughout the U.S. and knows the back roads as well as the highways. He loves this country and continues to campaign for a better world that includes healthcare for all, fair immigration and lower taxes.

He calls himself, the "second Donald," but believes he's the better choice. His campaign is self-funded and he's prepared to put others before himself. He's ready to put up the fight of his life.

Listen to Lowe's greeting (VIDEO):

Twitter: @USPresidentLowe


For more information, visit:

Paid for by Donald Eugene Lowe - a Better Choice.

This news story was published by the Neotrope® News Network - all rights reserved.

Elections and Politics Free News Articles Government

Republican Candidate for Clark County Commissioner District F Says Democrats Insert RINO Republican into Race

LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- Mitchell T. Tracy, Republican candidate for Clark County Commissioner District F is fed up. He says that Tisha Black, a Harry Reid Democrat, is running on the Republican Party ticket, but she's a 'never Trump Republican' who is going up against him, an authentic pro Trump, Reagan conservative.

The Clark County Commissioner District F in Clark County, Nevada is now an open seat because the incumbent's term is over. Tracy says that he lost to the incumbent in the 2014 general election by only 2737 votes 49 percent to 44 percent.

"Reid and the Democrats want to make sure they don't lose this seat which is why they've inserted Black to run," Tracy says.

According to Tracy, Black has supported and voted for Democrats over the last 17 years, including giving Harry Reid's U.S. Senate Campaign $2,000 in 2001 and $5,000 to U.S. Senate Catherine Cortez Mastro in 2016.

"It just makes sense to have a real Republican in this position," Tracy says.

Since he was 18, Tracy has been a registered Republican. He joined the Orange County Young Republicans at 22 and has owned a small business - a limousine service. And, he's donated limousine services to the Orange County Young Republican group as well as to the Make-A-Wish-Foundation.

Since moving to Clark County in 1999, he's been involved with "We the People" of District F and has contributed to the community through charity work and neighborhood watches. Curious about the community at large, he's also done a ride-along with the Las Vegas Metro Police Department and visited local fire stations to talk with fire fighters about issues they face.

Tracy has never and will never support a Democrat.

"I'm a Pro Trump supporter, Reagan conservative, Tea Party supporter, anti-establishment, anti-elitist, 'America First' candidate," he says. "I'm also the only U.S. military veteran running for this seat," he says.

If elected, Tracy will work to get more police officers on the street and to improve response times. He will also work to lower property taxes and sales taxes, bring more jobs into the area, and get free parking for local residents at casinos.

Tracy says that President Trump needs Clark County to go Red for 2020. They don't need a RINO.

"Black is going to do and say anything and everything she can to win this race," Tracy says. "Meanwhile, more than 80 percent of her campaign contributions have come from Reid contributors. Don't let Reid and the Democrats win. Small government 'for the people,' that's what I'm all about."

For more information, visit:


VIDEO (YouTube):

Related link:

This news story was published by the Neotrope® News Network - all rights reserved.

Elections and Politics Free News Articles Government NonProfit and Charities

City of La Mesa offers Official Proclamation in Support of Ferret Legalization for California

LA MESA, Calif. -- Mayor Mark Arapostathis and all members of the La Mesa City Council issued a proclamation on November 9 urging the California State Legislature to pass ferret legalization legislation, non-profit Legalize Ferrets announced today.

You can read the official proclamation at

The original request was for La Mesa to declare itself a ferret sanctuary city. The idea drew support, but many people objected to the term "sanctuary." The request was made to declare La Mesa a "ferret friendly city."

Ferret owners were aided at first by city councilwoman Kristine Alessio who has had experience with Savannah cat legalization issues and knew what ferret owners are facing in a hostile Fish and Game Commission and apathetic California legislature.

"We were also aided by city councilman Bill Baber who sympathized with us for facing another useless and outdated law backed up by an out of touch state agency," said Pat Wright of Legalize Ferrets.

Mayor Mark Arapostathis was an outstanding ally of the ferrets and recommended a proclamation.

Wright added, "We are also grateful to City Councilmen Guy McWhiter and Colin Parent who agreed with the absurdity and cruelty of California's anti-ferret law and signed on to the proclamation."

California ferret lovers continue to be rejected or ignored by California legislators but are achieving support from cities around California. Culver City has already put the ferret issue on their city council agenda and ferret lovers are next set to ask the Encinitas city council.

Now that we have this proclamation we are set to ask cities around California to adopt the ferret friendly resolution.

Pat Wright

Related link:

This news story was published by the Neotrope® News Network - all rights reserved.

Elections and Politics Free News Articles Government

Bonneville GOP Legislative District sends nominees to replace Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis to Governor C.L. Butch Otter

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho -- Republican Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis of Legislative District 33 was sworn in as U.S. Attorney for the State of Idaho on September 22, 2017, creating a vacancy in the state Senate when Senator Davis resigned on September 21, 2017.

Davis is a 10-term state Senator from Idaho Falls with a private legal practice focusing on corporate litigation, bankruptcy and real estate law. He's served as the state Senate majority leader for 15 years.

Davis was sworn in on Thursday as the state's new U.S. Attorney in a ceremony in Pocatello. "I am humbled and honored to continue to serve the great people of Idaho as United States Attorney. I am grateful for the special trust and confidence shown me by President Trump, Attorney General Sessions, Senator Crapo, Senator Risch, and all of those who supported me throughout this process. I inherit a very capable office and look forward to joining them in continuing to do great things," Davis said.

Legislative Chairman Stafford Smith said, "Seventeen individuals have the opportunity to participate in something monumental. We congratulate and thank Senator Davis and wish him the very best in his new assignment."

Pursuant to Idaho State code and the Idaho State Republican Party State Rules, the Legislative District 33 Republican Committee has selected three nominees to fill this vacancy.

Governor C.L. Butch Otter will appoint one of these nominees within 15 days:
- Mark Fuller
- Representative Bryan Zollinger
- Tony Potts.

John Henager, Second Vice Chairman, said, "The Bonneville County Republican Central Committee was pleased to nominate Mark Fuller to replace outgoing Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis. We know Mark will serve the citizens of LD33 in the same principled, honest, and utterly capable manner with which he has approached so many local service and political projects. We look forward to Governor Otter's swift confirmation."

About The Bonneville County Republican Central Committee:

The Bonneville County Republican Central Committee is a political entity created by Idaho statute that has 51 Precincts. Each precinct elects its Precinct Committee Officer, who votes on the platform and other topics at the County and State Party level. Information:

Paid for by the Bonneville County Republican Central Committee - Morna Starks, Treasurer.

Media Contact:
Karie Caldwell

Related link:

This news story was published by the Neotrope® News Network - all rights reserved.