Saturday, November 21, 2015

Louisiana’s New Governor: Hello, John Bel; Goodbye Bobby. | deutsch29

Louisiana’s New Governor: Hello, John Bel; Goodbye Bobby. | deutsch29:

Louisiana’s New Governor: Hello, John Bel; Goodbye Bobby.




Recently-unknown Democrat John Bel Edwards is officially Governor-Elect of Louisiana.
He beat nationally-known Republican David Vitter 56 percent to 44 percent.
Vitter even lost his home of Jefferson Parish to Edwards, with 51 percent of Jefferson voting for Edwards.
Years ago, Vitter was already assumed to be Louisiana’s next governor as Bobby Jindal (continued to pursue) the presidency. (Jindal had been campaigning for president on the Louisiana taxpayer dime for his entire second term as governor.)
Last week, Jindal dropped out of the presidential race. Tonight, Vitter both lost the governor’s race and declared that he would not run for reelection as US senator. Despite his hefty 10 million campaign chest (including his DC super PAC), Vitter could not overcome both his own stained reputation and the image of his being another Jindal.
It is expected that Edwards’ first order of business as governor will be to call the Louisiana legislature into special session to confront Louisiana’s budget crisis largely created by Bobby Jindal’s presidential aspirations and his own selfish goal of being Louisiana’s New Governor: Hello, John Bel; Goodbye Bobby. | deutsch29:

PLEASE take a moment to review the facts about the U.S. Syrian refugee issue - Wait What?

PLEASE take a moment to review the facts about the U.S. Syrian refugee issue - Wait What?:

PLEASE take a moment to review the facts about the U.S. Syrian refugee issue



A Personal note: 
I appreciate that readers can hold very different opinions and I strive to respect the views of all my readers, including those who strongly disagree with me, even when they are delivered via a harsh email.
That said, I also believe in former New York United States Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s observation that, “You are entitled to your own opinion. But you are not entitled to your own facts.”
With that in mind, I am asking my readers, on all sides of the refugees issue to become aware of the facts concerning President Obama’s declaration that the United States should accept 10,000 Syrian refugees over the coming year.
On Thursday, the Republican members of the United States House of Representatives, along with 47 Democrats including Joe Courtney (D-CT 2nd) and Jim Himes (D-CT4th), voted to stop that initiative. In response to that vote I posted Congressman Courtney and Himes – You have brought shame on our nation and our state, I can no longer support you
This is not a debate about whether we should and must do everything possible to stop PLEASE take a moment to review the facts about the U.S. Syrian refugee issue - Wait What?:

Seattle Schools Community Forum: Yes, Next Legislative Session is about McCleary (and apparently, about charter schools)

Seattle Schools Community Forum: Yes, Next Legislative Session is about McCleary (and apparently, about charter schools):

Yes, Next Legislative Session is about McCleary (and apparently, about charter schools)






Great op-ed by Senator Christine Rolfes, D-Bainbridge Island in the Seattle Times talking about our broken state education system. 

At first, I was worried.  I thought it would be another editorial about lazy, overpaid teachers and the need for "innovation" all while our schools aren't even funded with the basics to function properly. 

 Basics like:
- substititutes
- buildings
- salaries that will attract and keep teachers
- Special education services

And a school administrator from Selkirk spoke about the dire teacher shortage in rural areas, saying he’s seen a deer, an elk and a bear on the campus this year, but not a fourth-grade teacher.

Common to every community, from Seattle to Selah, is frustration and anger from parents and taxpayers who feel like the state isn’t taking its paramount duty seriously, and that their children miss out as a result. As a legislator and parent of two children attending public school, I share that frustration. 

From every corner of our state, we heard from people who expect us to listen and to work as one united team, irrespective of our political parties, to fund our schools.

I’m listening and ready to act. I know many of my colleagues are too.

But hey, it's all good according to ed reformer, Rep. Chad Magendanz.  From the House Republican legislative page:

I've been privileged to attend some of the seven statewide listening tours on education funding, held in September and October by the Senate Early Learning and K-12 Education Committee.  

(I'll note that he was chatting it up with another legislator so loudly during my 
Seattle Schools Community Forum: Yes, Next Legislative Session is about McCleary (and apparently, about charter schools):

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