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Democracy in Crisis: Yet More Examples of How the Far Right Acts as a 'Bridge Phenomenon' for White Supremacists

Democracy in Crisis: Yet More Examples of How the Far Right Acts as a 'Bridge Phenomenon' for White Supremacists

Monday, October 16, 2017  |  Baynard Woods

In a tax speech in Pennsylvania on Oct. 11, President Trump gave a shout out to "the great Jeffrey Lord.”

He went on to explain that Lord “was on fake news CNN for a long time. He was one of my few sources of truth."

CNN severed ties with Lord after he tweeted “sieg heil,” a Nazi salutation.

Trump’s fl...

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Influence 101: Big Oil Puts Democratic Lawmakers-Turned-Lobbyists Through the Revolving Door

Influence 101: Big Oil Puts Democratic Lawmakers-Turned-Lobbyists Through the Revolving Door

Tuesday, October 10, 2017  |  Laurel Rosenhall, CALmatters

Inside the California Assembly chamber on the night of June 1, the presiding officer urged lawmakers to recognize former members in their midst, “the honorable Henry Perea and Felipe Fuentes.”

In a familiar Capitol ritual, the former assemblymen waved from the balcony as applause rang out from their ...

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The Poorest State: Sky-High Housing Costs Mean California Has the Country's Highest Poverty Rate

The Poorest State: Sky-High Housing Costs Mean California Has the Country's Highest Poverty Rate

Friday, October 06, 2017  |  Matt Levin, CALMatters

California leads the nation once again in a statistic no state wants to boast about.

When the cost of living is factored in, the Golden State has the highest poverty rate in the country. More than 20 percent of its residents struggle to make ends meet, according to recently released Census figures . Th...

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October Astronomy: The Timing of the Moon's Cycle Means Great Viewing of a Meteor Shower That Comes From Halley's Comet

October Astronomy: The Timing of the Moon's Cycle Means Great Viewing of a Meteor Shower That Comes From Halley's Comet

Friday, September 29, 2017  |  Robert Victor

Rise early on these dark mornings, and you will be rewarded by a close planet pair, lots of bright stars, a star popping out from behind the moon, a meteor shower from Halley’s Comet, and a dust cloud in our solar system.

Evenings give us Saturn with rings now open to the max, and the Milky Way.

Our mor...

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We All Scream: Local Culinary Guru Les Starks' New Book Features Recipes for What He Says Is Truly Healthy Ice Cream

We All Scream: Local Culinary Guru Les Starks' New Book Features Recipes for What He Says Is Truly Healthy Ice Cream

Tuesday, September 26, 2017  |  Brane Jevric

Have you ever tried starting your day with ice cream instead of coffee? I have … many times. The cold treat wakes me up, and its sugar gets me going. Hallelujah!

But how about starting your day with ice cream made without sugar—ice cream which tastes good while being good for you? Yeah, sure. We’ve hea...

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Turnout Turmoil: Legislation Intended to Get More Voters to the Polls Has Confused Officials in Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage, DHS and Beyond

Turnout Turmoil: Legislation Intended to Get More Voters to the Polls Has Confused Officials in Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage, DHS and Beyond

Monday, September 25, 2017  |  Brian Blueskye

On Sept. 1, 2015, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 415 into law.

SB 415 was definitely well-intentioned: It mandates that cities and other “political subdivisions” move their elections to the same dates as statewide elections—unless their elections have had a high-enough turnout percent...

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29 Oct 2012

The Media on Prop 37: Six Articles to Enlighten

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Unless you’ve been living under rock (and if you’ve been living under a rock, well, you’re probably not reading this brand-new local-news website), you know that Proposition 37 is Big News, both here in the Coachella Valley and around the country.

In summary: Prop 37, on the Nov. 6 ballot, would require that any food using genetically engineered ingredients be labeled as such (save meats, dairy products and booze). Proponents say that consumers have a right to know what they’re putting in their bodies; opponents say that such labels are unnecessary and would cause unneeded concern, since many scientists say genetically engineered foods are perfectly safe.

We at the Independent believe that more information is always better, so we think Prop 37 has more pluses and minuses. But there are minuses.

For your enlightenment and/or entertainment (and/or horrification), are some links to some links to Prop 37 stories, from news sources around the country, that cover those pluses and minuses.

This is a helpful Q&A if you’re just confused as heck, and you want the basics.

This piece points out that the American Association for the Advancement of Science—the folks behind Science magazine—thinks that labeling would "mislead and falsely alarm consumers."

This interesting, but flawed (see the intro editor’s note and the comments) points out how some science is hinting that there could be dangers lurking in genetically engineered eats.

Populist Jim Hightower, who’s a big fan of Prop 37, points out how some organic-food companies—who like Prop 37—have been exposing the fact that they’ve been bought out big food companies—who are decidedly against Prop 37.

This is a nice, recent primer on how much dough is being spent on the campaign, and by whom.

This article, despite some serious hyperbole, discusses some of the legal issues regarding the proposition.

So, there you go … a little light reading on an important topic.

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