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Minnesota is still down one US Senator. The race between incumbent Norm Coleman and Al Franken (Mr. Franken still leads by 225 votes) has been in the courts time and again and they keep telling Mr. Coleman the same thing: "Give it up, dude. It's over." But he's not paying attention.
Blackwater Worldwide, the security organization many on the political Left were afraid would take over the world via fiat during the Bush Administration has changed it's name to Xe (pronounced "zee"). The organization, faulted for mistreatment, abuse and several murders, aims to clear its name and rebirth itself as "those really nice guys in black".
Utah's Republican Governor Jon Huntsman has endorsed civil unions and that has created quite a stir in the Beehive state. “I believe in traditional marriage. I always have. But I also believe there's more we can do in terms of enhancing those individual rights for others," said the Governor during a television interview this past weekend. Mormons in Utah have sworn to marry only one wife until the Governor is run out of state.
And now, The News:
The 137 tax and fee increases proposed by Gov. David Paterson to close a budget hole would cost a middle-class family of four $3,300 a year, according to computations by Senate Republicans.
Such a hit would “not only exhaust any monthly savings for emergencies, but (also) force families to reduce spending to pay for additional taxes and fees,’’ Senate Minority Leader Dean Skelos, R-Nassau County, said today.
Skelos wants the governor, who proposed the increases to help close a $13 billion state budget deficit for the fiscal year that starts April 1, to hold off on any tax-hike ideas until the state knows how much it is getting from the federal government’s stimulus package, which is being debated this week in Congress.
There was no immediate response to the GOP calculations from Paterson’s Budget Division.
Barbara Livingston Nackman
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(New York, N.Y.) Green education is flourishing in New York and will grow with support from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency environmental education grants. Youngsters will learn how to protect themselves from asthma triggers while enjoying a lively interactive life. Teachers will explore energy, ecology, and conservation activities that will engage their students. High school students will green their school building, while other students and teachers study forestry in urban parks. These environmental stewardship projects were all made possible through EPA grants totaling more than $106,000.
So far, President Obama hasn't responded to calls from the likes of Eat the View to plant an organic garden on the White House lawn, but Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack took a modest step toward encouraging more home gardening this week.
Release date: 02/09/2009
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(New York, N.Y.) Last week, parties considered potentially responsible for the contamination at Consolidated Iron and Metal Superfund site in Newburgh, New York agreed to pay EPA just over $12 million toward cleaning up the site. An agreement with the cities of Newburgh and Poughkeepsie, Connell Limited Partnership, International Business Machines Corporation, and Northrop Grumman Ship Systems, Inc., as well as 13 other settling parties, was entered with the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York on February 3, 2009. EPA will use the funds to clean up the contamination at the site.
• Several Republicans claimed this week that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi put $30 million in a bill to protect the salt marsh harvest mouse. We looked into the issue, though, and found that was not the case. There's no money for mice in the bill. There might -- or might not -- be money for a major coastal restoration project in California that could help out the mice. And a state agency submitted the project, not Pelosi. We rate the claim, made most plainly by Rep. Mike Pence of Indiana, as False.
by Larry Magid
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