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In an unprecedented show of bipartisan resistance,

 

45 states are refusing to hand over private voter data to Kris Kobach.

 

By Ari Berman, The Nation

 

On June 28, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, the vice  chair of Donald Trump’s presidential commission on “election integrity,” sent a letter to all 50 states requesting sweeping voter data, including Social Security numbers, party affiliation, criminal backgrounds, and military history.

 

At first, only a few states, like California, Kentucky, and Virginia, said no, denouncing the commission as “a waste of taxpayer money and a distraction from the real threats to the integrity of our elections today.” But over the holiday weekend, opposition to Kobach’s request dramatically increased from both red and blue states. 

 

 

As of Wednesday afternoon, 45 states have refused to turn over private voter data to Trump’s commission. “I’ve been studying America’s election administration since 2000, and I’ve rarely seen a firestorm like this,” wrote MIT political scientist Charles Stewart III.  

 

Twenty states are refusing to give Kobach any data and 25 states are handing over only limited public information on voters (a full list of the states appears below). Even Kobach couldn’t hand over Social Security numbers to himself because they’re not publicly available in Kansas. Six states have not yet responded. 

 

Most notable is the strong opposition from Republican secretaries of state from red states like Mississippi, Louisiana, and Arizona. Mississippi’s Delbert Hosemann told Trump and Kobach to “go jump in the Gulf of Mexico.” Louisiana’s Tom Schedler said “the President’s Commission has quickly politicized its work by asking states for an incredible amount of voter data that I have, time and time again, refused to release” and Arizona’s Michele Reagan blasted “this hastily organized experiment.”

 

Also notable is the opposition from members of Trump’s own election commission, like Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson, who said, “Indiana law doesn’t permit the Secretary of State to provide the personal information requested by Secretary Kobach,” and Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap, who told Kobach, “Upon review, the request is denied.”

 

One member of the commission, Maryland Deputy Secretary of State Luis Borunda, has already resigned. The outpouring of bipartisan opposition shows why Trump’s sham election commission should be disbanded before it does any more damage. The commission was set up for one purpose—to spread false information about voter fraud, like Trump’s gigantic lie that millions of people voted illegally, in order to build support for policies that make it more difficult to vote. Kobach and his ilk have long advocated for suppressive policies like strict voter-ID laws, documentary proof of citizenship for voter registration and voter purges, along with weakening landmark voting-rights laws like the Voting Rights Act and National Voter Registration Act.

 

The commission was never going to be able to prove that millions of people voted illegally because that never happened. At most, there were a few hundred illegal votes cast in 2016. Even if this was a good-faith effort to study America’s election system, the commission won’t have access to reliable data after so many states rebelled against Kobach’s request. “Most likely, the results of low-quality matches using the voter files that do arrive will significantly overstate the amount of double voting and voting by noncitizens,” writes Charles Stewart in Politico. “If a poor match occurs, the list maintenance programs of the states will be unfairly impugned, lowering the confidence of voters for no good reason. This is why no one I have talked to who runs elections, Democrat or Republican, is happy with Kobach’s request.”

 

Representative Marc Veasey, co-chair of the Congressional Voting Rights Caucus, has introduced legislation to ensure that no taxpayer funds are spent on Trump’s commission. “The commission’s mission to study non-existent voter fraud cases has nothing to do with ballot security and everything to do with voter suppression and discrimination,” he said.

 

We need a commission to investigate the impact of Russian hacking and voter suppression on the 2016 election. We don’t need a disgraced commission on election integrity that only threatens the integrity of our elections.

 

The Full List:

 

States that won’t comply with Kobach’s request: Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.

 

States that will hand over only select public voter data: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Washington, West Virginia.

 

States that haven’t responded yet: Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Nebraska, New Jersey.

 

Prostate Cancer Breakthrough:

Friday, July 07, 2017

Combination of three plant-based nutrients found to MELT AWAY prostate cancer cells

 

By Mike Adams

 

(Natural News) A fascinating new study published in Precision Oncology has found that a combination of three plant-based nutrients “melts away” prostate cancer cells. The study, led by University of Texas researcher Stefano Tiziani, is entitled “Combinatorial treatment with natural compounds in prostate cancer inhibits prostate tumor growth and leads to key modulations of cancer cell metabolism.”

 

As described in the University of Texas newsletter, this breakthrough discovery allows people to “starve prostate cancer with what you eat for dinner.”

 

These three natural substances are:

 

•Ursolic acid from apple peels

 

•Curcumin from turmeric

 

•Resveratrol from red grapes

 

“New research from The University of Texas at Austin identifies several natural compounds found in food, including turmeric, apple peels and red grapes, as key ingredients that could thwart the growth of prostate cancer, the most common cancer afflicting U.S. men and a key area of focus during Men’s Health Month, which public health advocates celebrate in June,” reports the University of Texas in Austin.

 

 “Published online last week in Precision Oncology, the new paper uses a novel analytical approach to screen numerous plant-based chemicals instead of testing a single agent as many studies do, discovering specific combinations that shrink prostate cancer tumors.”

 

Also explained in the UT article:

 

The new research paper also demonstrates how the plant-based chemicals work together. Combining ursolic acid with either curcumin or resveratrol prevents cancer cells from gobbling something that they need to grow, glutamine. This is a neat solution: blocking the uptake of a nutrient needed by prostate cancer cells with nutrients that are commonly in the human diet.

 

For more information on the study, visit PrecisionForOncology.com.  For more natural food cures, check out FoodScience.news

 

Activist Tamika D. Mallory says the organization’s silence illustrates “a disregard for the lives of black and brown people in America.”

 

NewsOne Staff 

 

It’s been two weeks since Officer Jeronimo Yanez was acquitted on charges related to the death of Philando Castile and several activists are calling out the National Rifle Association for their failure to address the issue, reports CNN.

 

According to the outlet, activist Tamika D. Mallory penned a letter to NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre on Wednesday, criticizing the organization for not publicly defending Castile and his family.

 

“You are responsible for an organization that claims to be the ‘oldest civil rights organization in America’. However, recent actions by the NRA demonstrate not only a complete disregard for the lives of black and brown people in America – your fellow citizens – but appear to be a direct endorsement of violence against these citizens exercising their constitutional right to protest.” wrote Mallory.

 

In the letter, Mallory also expressed her disapproval of a pro-police ad released by the organization that disparages protestors, reports the source. “At a time when our nation is seeing a rise in racially charged incidents and violence motivated by hate speech, it is unconscionable for a powerful organization like yours to unashamedly peddle an “us versus them” narrative,” Mallory wrote.

 

According to CNN, following Castile’s death in July 2016, the organization released a statement saying that the incident was “troubling” but has remained mum on the issue ever since.

 

Several people took to social media to express their discontent over the NRA’s silence and their outrage over the video.

 

CNN reports that the NRA has received Mallory’s letter, but has not released a statement.

 

On Monday, Castile’s family settled a wrongful death lawsuit with the city of St. Anthony for $3 million

 

NRA Ad features a white woman who attacks the media, defends Trump, denounces President Obama for supporting “the resistance”  The clip shows with pictures of anti Trump and Black Lives Matter. Throughout the video she refers to black people as “they” and “them”—drawing a clear line between black folks and the NRA. “They scream racism, sexism, and xenophobia and homophobia…They bully and terrorize the law abiding (indicated by picture of injured white man) until the only option left is for police to do their jobs and stop the madness.

 

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Still awaiting your outrage on legal owner Philando Castile being gunned down while expressing his constitutional right @NRA

 

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Where to Celebrate on July 4th

Friday, June 30, 2017

Looking for the best way to celebrate the 4th of July? Here are a few local favorites from Westchester to Pasadena.  The list includes a parade, festival, and of course fireworks!

 

Please note that fireworks are illegal in most of Los Angeles County, including the beaches.  Illegally setting off fireworks could cost you up to $1,000 and/or your freedom.  In Inglewood, fireworks are permitted, but only those purchased in Inglewood, and labeled “Safe and Sane.”  

 

Annual Vision Outside 4th of July Jazz and Blues Festival in Leimert Park

 

Celebrate the 4th of July in the back lot of the Vision Theatre in Leimert Park, 3341 W. 43rd Pl., Los Angeles with jazz and blues, children’s arts and crafts, face painting, and delicious food. The event is free.  For more info, call 213-202-5500, or visit  www.culturela.org.

 

Mr. & Mrs. Muscle Beach, Venice Beach

Body-building pageant on the beach will be held at Venice Recreation Center, 1800 Ocean Front Walk from 9am to 5pm. Registration is from 7:30-9:30 am, pre-judging 10 am, finals 1 pm. Free to watch, $100 to compete. Visit californiabeachbodybuilding.com or call 310-399-2775.

 

July 4th Fireworks, Marina Del Rey

Traditional fireworks extravaganza over the main channel in Marina del Rey programmed to patriotic music broadcast over FM radio KXLU, 88.9 and relayed over loudspeakers in Chase Park.  Show begins at 9pm at Chase Park, 13650 Mindanao Way (1 block west of Admiralty Way), Marina del Rey. Also viewable from Fisherman's Village and Marina Beach

Free.  Paid parking in County lots.  Call 310-305-9545 or visit www.visitmarinadelrey.com.

 

July 4th Fireworks in Culver City

The Culver City 4th of July celebration includes live music, food trucks, family-friendly midway games and a fireworks display at West LA College, 9000 Overland Ave, Culver City, CA 90230.  Gates open at 4 pm.  Cost is $5 per person, children under 6 are free. Parking: $10, but discount offered for carpool.  For info, visit  www.culvercityfireworksshow.com.

 

Westchester 4th of July Parade

LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce hosts the annual parade with over 1,000 participants and 5,000 spectators. Floats, marching bands and community groups. Parade starts at 11am on Loyola Blvd. from Westchester Park (7000 W. Manchester Blvd.) to Loyola Marymount University. Free. For info, visit laxcoastal.com.

 

July 4th Block Party at Grand Park, Downtown L.A.

Grand Park and the Music Center celebrate Independence Day with an eight-block party culminating in a new rooftop fireworks show.

 

The festivities stretch from Temple to 1st Street between Spring and Hope. There are two main stages, one in Grand Park and the other on the Music Center Plaza with lots of picnic area in between. Entertainment includes LA musicians in a variety of different genres. Games for kids 4-14 will be organized on the Grand Park Event Lawn.

The fireworks show is free.  Food and beverages will be available from over 25 food vendors. This is an alcohol-free event. No alcohol served or permitted and bags will be searched. The park opens at 2:00; fireworks start at 9:00.  For info, visit grandparkla.org.

 

4th of July AmericaFest at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena

One of the largest fireworks displays in Southern California with music and food vendors in the nearby Arroyo.

 

July 4th, parking lot opens at 10 am, food court opens at 2 pm; stadium opens at 6:30 pm, Opening ceremonies begin at 7, Program 7:25, Fireworks at 9:05 pm.  General admission is $13; reserved seating is $25; children 5 and under are free.  Note: You can also see the Rose Bowl fireworks from outside the stadium at the free concert at Levitt Pavilion.  For more info, call 626-577-3100, or visit www.rosebowlstadium.com/events/detail/america-fest. 

 

 

By Veronica Mackey

 

On Tuesday, the Inglewood City Council heard and approved an ordinance amending the Inglewood Municipal Code to modify Permit Parking District No. 4, adding 83rd Street from Victoria Street to Crenshaw Drive to the District.  

 

A second hearing was held to receive comments on the priorities for community development and housing needs to be included in the Fiscal Year 2017-2018 Consolidated Plan and Annual Action Plan.

 

Council members also approved: 

 

•Amendment of the Fiscal Year 2016-2017 annual budget to authorize funding in the amount of $208,512 to pay for the assessment levied by the Independent Cities Risk Management Authority 

 

•An agreement with Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio to provide architectural and consulting mechanical engineering services in support of the modernization of the Locust Street Parking Structure 

 

•A one-year agreement with Communication Support Group, Inc. to review franchise fees, PEG fees, digital phone and video user taxes paid by Spectrum (Formerly Time Warner), and AT&T 

 

•Property appraisal valuation for the calculation of open space in-lieu fees 

 

•A one-year lease agreement with Duncan Solutions, Inc. to lease space at 1 West Manchester Boulevard, Suite 602, on the 6th floor of Inglewood City Hall.   

 

•Authorization of Mayor James Butts to sign and execute the Deed Restriction for Darby Park, related to Los Angeles Proposition A Funding for the completed Darby Park Art Action Anti-Graffiti Project.

 

•Offers of dedication for Parcel Map No. 73997 to consolidate 11 lots into 1 at 687 North Eucalyptus Street, in the City of Inglewood.

 

 Five public hearings were set to schedule delinquent refuse and sewer accounts for direct property tax assessment, and to set and initiate proceedings for the annual levy and collection of assessments.  The assessments will impact the Morningside Park Maintenance Assessment District No. 1974-2, In-Town Maintenance Assessment District No. 1975-1, Inglewood Street Lighting Assessment District No. 1980-1, and the Darby-Dixon Maintenance Assessment District No. 1987-1. 

 

An initiative by Councilman George Dotson requesting City Sponsorship of the 2nd Annual Family Day/Taste of Inglewood Festival was passed. Family Day will be held on Sunday, July 30, 2017, from 1:00 p.m., to 6:00 p.m. at Edward Vincent Park.

 

During open comments, two protestors spoke about the still unresolved police shooting deaths of Kisha Michael and Marquintan Sandlin.  

 

A man talked about the need for their children to have closure.  He cited statistics from the National Institutes of Health about children who have trouble coping after the sudden death of a parent. “Knowledge helps provide a sense of security,” he read. “Feelings of helplessness increase with ignorance of the facts.”  He told councilmembers the City needs to provide facts to the families of Michael and Sandlin. 

 

A woman said Inglewood police are “out of control.” With more people moving into the city, she’s concerned there will be more officer-involved shootings.

 

Long time resident Ray Davis responded, “Someone said police are out of control.  Go back about 20 years when we had serious issues. How dare you insult this city like that!”

 

Davis also commented that President Trump “kept his promise” by signing into effect whistleblower laws.   “Veterans are finally going to get some relief and justice,” he said.  

 

Another resident, Stuart Bailey commented on the recent police controversy and called for reform of the police department :   “We need to give the citizens their voices back; we need to go back to evening meetings and go back to 3 minutes (public comment time),” Bailey said.

 

Aldene Sligh is “disappointed in tactics used when citizens don’t agree with the council, and how they’re treated.”  

 

A woman complained that noise from a nearby music studio is keeping her up at night.  She said even though it was deemed illegal, it has not been shut down.  Mayor Butts had a staffer meet with the woman after the meeting.

 

Dotson defended the council from remarks by some that they are not doing anything for the public.  “I go to 3-4 meetings a month at night when I should be home with my family.  We take our jobs seriously,” he said.

 

“To have someone say someone is coming into our city to get killed—that’s very disappointing. Our police put their lives on the line,” Councilman Alex Padilla said. “And I say the same thing for our fire department. I support our chief, and the men and women in law enforcement and the fire department 100%.”

 

“We all support the police department, we are a diverse city,” Councilman Eloy Morales said.  “No matter what anybody says, no matter how they view 30 minutes of our meeting, we are that great city of whom we are proud.”

 

“I spent 37 years in law enforcement and I ran 3 police departments.  For someone to say that people who come to Inglewood are looking to be murdered by police, to take a snapsot and try to (make that be) emblematic of what’s going on. . . You don’t live here, you won’t define us,” the mayor said.  

 

Butts highlighted the city’s success within the past 5 years—the paving of more streets, improved credit bond rating, attracting the NFL, Rams, Chargers and Clippers, and the lowest crime rate since recorded history, to name a few.  “This is not the track record of a city that doesn’t care about its citizens,” he said.

 

 The meeting was closed in honor of Alvin Johnson, Sr., a 42-year Inglewood resident, who recently passed away.

 

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