Politics

California Gas Price Hysteria

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Monday, 05 January 2015 16:58
  • Written by Micah Escobedo

hysteriaI feel compelled to write this. I'm tired of seeing the oil lobby's propaganda (and influence over economy) spill onto people's timelines via shoddy reporting by journalists after sensationalist stories. Yes, prices for gas in California have recently gone up. However, slamming the state's climate change law (2004's AB 32 - which was also upheld by California voters in 2010) is not only ignorant and wrong - it's narrow-minded. For one, oil companies making a stir can cause prices to rise...which is exactly what they want to happen so there will be widespread public backlash. But not so fast.

A couple of years ago, Media Matters posted a brilliant smack-down of misinformation from the right-leaning Orange County Register. The paper's claim was common among the American right: Tackling climate change will kill the economy so we shouldn't do anything. Except that's not correct. At all.

In fact, as the post pointed out, climate change policies not only save consumers money, they boost the economies where they are implemented. I highly recommend a read-through of the post - it's informative and relevant now more than ever. Read it here.

If you aren't able to at this time, here's a quick overview some of the facts:

  • Cap-and-Trade policies are the best market-centered ways to decrease pollution and greenhouse gasses (via California Legislative Analyst's Office, the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, International Emissions Trading Association, and the EPA)
  • Consumers will end up saving money (via the California Air Resources Board, a UCLA study, and a Stanford University study)
  • Existing Cap-and-Trade laws have resulted in economic booms (via the EPA, the California Air Resources Board, and economic consulting firm Analysis Group)
  • Cap-and-Trade (prior to the recent Frankenstein-esque rise of the Tea Party) has had bipartisan support across the country

Don't be swayed by Big Energy's misinformation. Cap-and-Trade is the most market-friendly, cost-effective way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The planet is warming, feedback loops are being tripped and time is quickly running out to avoid the worst of climate change. Renewable energy is in the midst of a revolution, but this is still the time to rise above partisanship and pseudoscience - the planet depends on us to do so.

President Obama: "I Think the Equal Protection Clause Does Guarantee Same-Sex Marriage" In All 50 States

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Thursday, 30 October 2014 21:01
  • Written by Scott

president-barack-obama-square-250x250President Obama’s evolution on marriage equality continues, as he discusses in an interview with the New Yorker.

The New Yorker reports:

Obama opposed marriage equality until May of 2012. He told me that he now believes the Constitution requires all states to allow same-sex marriage, an argument that his Administration has not yet made before the Supreme Court. “Ultimately, I think the Equal Protection Clause does guarantee same-sex marriage in all fifty states,” he said. “But, as you know, courts have always been strategic. There have been times where the stars were aligned and the Court, like a thunderbolt, issues a ruling like Brown v. Board of Education, but that’s pretty rare. And, given the direction of society, for the Court to have allowed the process to play out the way it has may make the shift less controversial and more lasting.”

How many other Americans are now shifting their views on the subject, now that things are moving so quickly?

Taking Apart the "Religious Liberty" Talking Points Behind the Right to Discriminate Bills

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Monday, 03 March 2014 15:07
  • Written by Scott

church1-250x250Conservatives have been flailing this month to recover control of their “religious liberty” talking points after the country turned on Arizona for its “license to discriminate” bill, leading up to Gov. Jan Brewer’s veto Wednesday afternoon. Groups like the Heritage Foundation, the National Organization for Marriage, the Family Research Council, the Cato Institute, and Focus on the Family all came to SB 1062's defense, arguing in various fashions that it would do nothing to promote discrimination against LGBT people. At the forefront of this media effort was the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), which not only helped draft Arizona’s bill, but provides legal counsel to individuals who engage in such discrimination.

By doubling down in response to the backlash, these groups have sent a clear signal that the fight over “religious liberty” is far from over, even if Arizona proves to have been a turning point. Here’s a look at the rhetoric they’ve used over the past two weeks to suggest that “religious freedom” somehow requires the privilege to refuse service to the LGBT community — in particular, marrying same-sex couples — and why it doesn’t hold up.

What Is “Discrimination”?

At the core of this discussion is a fundamental disagreement about what “discrimination” is and what “discrimination” is not. It’s no secret that stories of bakers, florists, and photographers being punished for refusing service to marrying same-sex couples is what motivates these bills; proponents admit as much. But they don’t actually think of that refusal of service as discrimination.

Authored By Zack Ford – See the Full Story at Think Progress

Gay Fresno 2014 Voter Guide

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Sunday, 25 May 2014 09:41
  • Written by Jason Scott

Make your voice heard!  Voting is one of the most important things you can do to determine the direction of this country.  The following guide was prepared after extensive research of the ballot initiatives full text, fiscal effects and comparisons with other LGBT service organizations recommendations.  We hope this guide proves to be a valuable resource. Feedback and discussion is welcome and encouraged in the comment box below.


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2014 VOTER GUIDE

Governor - Gov. Jerry Brown

Lieutenant Governor - Gavin Newsom


Secretary of State - Sen. Alex Padilla


Controller - Assembly member John A. Perez


Treasurer - Controller John Chiang


Attorney General - Kamala Harris


Insurance Commissioner - Dave Jones


Board of Equalization Member, District 1 - Chris Parker


Congress District 16 - Jim Costa


Congress District 21 - Amanda Renteria

 

Congress District 22 - Susanna Aguilera Murrero (SAM)


State Senate 12 - Shawn K. Bagley


State Senate 14 - Trustee Luis Chavez


State Assembly 26 - Ruben Macareno


State Assembly 31 - Henry T. Perea


Judge of the Superior Court - Rachel Hill


Superintendent of Public Instruction - Tom Torlakson


District Attorney - Elizabeth A. Egan


County Supervisor 1 - Blong Xiong


County Supervisor 4 - Daniel Parra or Magdalena Gomez

PROP 41- YES

PROP 42- YES

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Senator Ted Cruz Introduces Anti Marriage Equality Bill

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Tuesday, 18 February 2014 15:00
  • Written by Scott

senator-ted-cruz-250x250Senator Ted Cruz of shut-down-the-government fame is introducing the companion bill to a House measure that would stop the federal government from recognizing same sex marriages in states that ban the practice.

The Washington Blade reports:

Tea Party favorite Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) introduced legislation on Thursday in the U.S. Senate to prohibit the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages in states without marriage equality. The Texas Republican said he introduced the bill, called the State Defense Marriage Act, in response to the Obama administration’s recognition of same-sex marriage in federal programs — even for gay couples living in non-marriage equality states — following the Supreme Court decision against the Defense of Marriage Act. “I support traditional marriage,” Cruz said in a statement. “Under President Obama, the federal government has tried to re-define marriage, and to undermine the constitutional authority of each state to define marriage consistent with the values of its citizens. The Obama Administration should not be trying to force gay marriage on all 50 states.”

The country needs jobs and support for the newly growing economy. Cruz gives us the repeal of Obamacare and a return to repressive 90′s policies against gays. And this is the future of the GOP?