Thursday Open Thread | Native American Week

Native American domestic violence against womenDOMESTIC VIOLENCE: Advocates’ hopes high for Native American women hotline

WASHINGTON – Rape and domestic violence against Native American women have reached “epidemic proportions,” but the hotlines that could help are often unprepared for the unique cultural needs of tribal women who may live in rural areas with little support and a bewildering legal system.

But that could be changing.

Sometime this year, the National Domestic Violence Hotline expects to take the first call at a hotline created specifically to respond to tribal victims.

The hotline, four years in the making, will be staffed either by tribal women or specially trained advocates “who can answer calls from Native women to help them … problem-solve around these issues,” said Katie Ray-Jones, CEO of the national hotline.

“I think our commitment from the hotline side just accelerated so quickly because of the number of stories, heartbreak, hardship, the lack of hope that many women were feeling,” Ray-Jones said about the first meeting with Native leaders. “(It) just became crystal clear to us that we need to do something.”

With the help of the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center, the tribal hotline will offer crisis intervention, safety planning assessments and referrals to local resources tailored to Native women.

Leanne Guy, executive director of the Southwest Indigenous Women’s Coalition, said it was important to have a tribal-specific hotline where people answering the phone understand cultural nuances, how tribal governments function and what it’s like living on a reservation where police may be understaffed, underfunded and serving a large, rural area.

“Oftentimes, whether it be language barriers or cultural sensitivity issues, folks aren’t as comfortable calling the national hotline as they would be a Native hotline,” Guy said.

“It’s the same as going into a non-Native program for services. There’s just a connection that you look for but you won’t find if it’s a non-Native program,” she said.

Guy said people who aren’t familiar with tribes or living on reservations may make the mistake of lumping them all together.

“Each tribe has their own language and culture and government, infrastructure,” Guy said. “They’ve got their own ways of doing things and each has their own capacity to respond to domestic violence. Some tribes are in a better place and some tribes are trying to figure it out.”

Jessye Johnson, spokeswoman for the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence, said women who call her coalition’s hotline would be referred to a culturally specific resource if the woman identifies herself with a tribe. Currently, Johnson said, her coalition often reaches out to the Southwest Indigenous Women’s Coalition for guidance.

“Mainstream programs in big, urban areas don’t have those cultural pieces that are really important,” Johnson said. “Their needs are met more holistically in those tribal-specific programs.”

There is a definite need. The National Congress of American Indians reported that 34 percent of Native women will experience rape in their lifetimes and 39 percent will be victims of domestic violence. The Justice Department says the rate of domestic violence against Native women is 2.5 times the national average.

Ray-Jones said the National Domestic Violence Hotline is also expanding its digital presence so victims can access services online and through social media.

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  2. eliihass says:

    Missed this…happened on Wednesday apparently…Have to find the video now..

    Michelle 2016. #flawless #flotus #thanksobama #michelleobama #washingtondc

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  3. eliihass says:

    A young Norwegian girl, inspired by our FLOTUS…

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    Chloe Angyal ‎@ChloeAngyal
    The Misty Effect: HUGE lines, and the youngest and most diverse crowd I’ve ever seen at ABT. Amazing.

    Chloe Angyal ‎@ChloeAngyal
    It is Firebird o’clock here and the theatre is practically vibrating with excitement. https://www.instagram.com/p/BFnD-DQsTGw/

    Chloe Angyal ‎@ChloeAngyal
    Man, that was just a theatre full of love. Just love and gratitude for Misty Copeland all the way up to the rafters. It was beautiful.

    Chloe Angyal ‎@ChloeAngyal
    That said, I witnessed 3 cases of audience on audience behaviour policing: someone actually yelled at a Black woman to put her phone away.

    Chloe Angyal ‎@ChloeAngyal
    In a row near me a woman imperiously instructed someone to stop unwrapping something. Which was way more disruptive than the crinkle itself.

    Chloe Angyal ‎@ChloeAngyal
    White people, you’ll be shocked to learn, do not respond well when mostly white spaces suddenly become less white.

    Chloe Angyal ‎@ChloeAngyal
    Standard response to inappropriate audience behaviour is passive aggressive tsking. Not out-loud reprimands. I’ve never seen that, ever.

    Chloe Angyal ‎@ChloeAngyal
    And certainly not 3 times in one night. Not in over 20 years of going to the ballet.

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    Okay, y’all, what kind of privilege is this?
    > White privilege
    > Wealthy person privilege
    > Celebrity privilege
    > PGA sacred cow privilege
    > All of the above
    > All of the above plus others we’re not aware of

    Phil Mickelson to repay profits after being named in insider trading lawsuit
    A.J. Perez, USA TODAY Sports 2:50 p.m. EDT May 19, 2016

    The Securities and Exchange Commission named Phil Mickelson in a federal insider trading lawsuit, alleging in court documents filed on Thursday that the five-time major winner made nearly $1 million via information that was not publicly available.

    The complaint filed by the SEC in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York named Mickelson as a so-called “relief defendant,” meaning the golfer has not been accused of any criminal wrongdoing. Since the case is in civil court, the SEC seeks “all ill-gotten gains in the form of illicit trading profits.”

    Billy Walters, a well-known sports gambler who allegedly passed the information to Mickelson in July 2012, and Thomas C. Davis, the former head of Dean Foods, along with two companies controlled by Walters. were also listed as defendants.

    “Phil has not been charged with insider trading,” Gregory B. Craig and Pat Swan, attorneys for Mickelson, said in a statement provided to USA TODAY Sports. “Phil was an innocent bystander to alleged wrongdoing by others that he was unaware of. Phil is innocent of any wrongdoing. “

    In a separate statement, Mickelson said he has entered into an agreement with the SEC to repay the money he made from the 2012 investment in Dean Foods in question.

    “Simply put, Mickelson made money that wasn’t his to make,” said Andrew Ceresney, head of the SEC Enforcement Division. Mickelson is repaying $931,738.12 in trading profits and $105,291.69 in interest, the SEC said.

    “The complaint does not assert that Phil Mickelson violated the securities laws in any way,” a statement from Craig said. “On that point, Phil feels vindicated.

    “At the same time, however, Phil has no desire to benefit from any transactions that the SEC sees as questionable.”
    ….

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/columnist/nancy-armour/2016/05/19/phil-mickelson-insider-trading/84591628/

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  17. eliihass says:

    Someone tell Chris Matthews that the phrase ‘moderate hawk’ is an oxymoron…

    You’re either a hawk or you’re not…

    And Charles Krauthammer and Hillary Clinton = same difference on mutually held Neocon ideas on wars…

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    But, what about the kid who doesn’t have a nurse for a parent?

    GARNER STUDENT VINDICATED OF SCHOOL’S POT ACCUSATION

    Thursday, May 19, 2016 12:18PM
    GARNER (WTVD) — A four-hour-long appeal hearing inside Wake County Public School Headquarters resolved what’s been an agonizing few weeks for one Garner high-schooler.

    Jakayla Johnson, 15, was accused of drug possession on campus at Garner Magnet High School in April, and she was kicked out of school.

    Johnson’s ordeal began April 21 with an encounter with the school resource officer at Garner Magnet. The officer stopped Johnson’s Chinese class to announce he smelled marijuana.

    “They came, they walked around the class; tried to sniff where the scent was at,” Johnson said.

    Soon after, Johnson was hauled to the assistant principal’s office — there were more sniff tests.

    “(The assistant principal) says he smells marijuana. … He said ‘why do your hands smell like marijuana?’ I said I don’t know,” Johnson recalled.

    Then Johnson said she was patted down, her shoes checked for contraband. Nothing was found.

    Later, Johnson’s mom, Tameka got a phone call: The school suspended Jakayla for five days. The offense: drug possession.

    “I just wanted to prove to the school they had the wrong kid,” Tameka said. “She doesn’t do drugs.”

    Tameka is a nurse, so she took her daughter for a drug test the next day. Johnson tested drug- and alcohol-free.

    But, it wasn’t enough to change the school’s decision. Until Wednesday.

    Two community activists, Diana Powell and Geraldine Alshamy, represented the teen at her appeal hearing inside district headquarters. The pair was concerned Johnson’s case was another example of an issue both are fighting to correct: the so-called “school-to-prison pipeline.”

    “Innocent kids are being accused of something they did not do,” Alshamy said. “But they don’t know how to defend that.”

    “(The school system) charged this girl with possession. When they openly admit they didn’t find anything.”

    The argument worked. The district overturned Johnson’s suspension — wiping it off her record.

    “I was happy because it’s about time they know they’re wrong,” Johnson said. “And they should’ve just owned up to their actions when they had the point.”

    Johnson’s mom says she was told the drug possession allegation will also be cleared from her daughter’s record. And she’ll no longer be penalized for the missing school days. Johnson was concerned about the impact with potential colleges where she may apply

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    White House chooses N.J. city for summer jobs program

    By Jessica Mazzola | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
    Email the author | Follow on Twitter
    on May 19, 2016 at 11:00 AM, updated May 19, 2016 at 11:02 AM

    Can summer jobs for teenagers help reduce violence in the state’s largest city? Local and federal politicians are willing to bet on it.

    In an announcement this week, the White House named Newark one of 16 “Summer Impact Hub” cities across the country. As such, Newark officials will be paired with a “summer ambassador” from the White House who will leverage federal resources in an effort to increase employment and decrease violence among young people, officials said in the announcement.

    The White House called the hub cities “communities that will receive robust, coordinated support from 16 federal agencies to expand and refine their summer jobs (and) learning, including exposure to local innovation and entrepreneurship opportunities, meals, and violence reduction programs.”

    The initiative, officials said, is aimed at creating job opportunities for at-risk teens in cities across America. Other “hub” cities include Baltimore, Md. and Memphis, Tenn.

    http://www.nj.com/essex/index.ssf/2016/05/feds_will_help_kids_in_this_nj_city_get_summer_job.html#incart_river_index

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    She and her husband are PhD Scientists. …wow.

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    Donald Trump took advantage of program designed to help small businesses after 9/11 — one of many times he’s used public funds for private gain
    May 18, 2016, 9:15 PM

    Donald Trump made a pretty penny off a program to help small businesses hurt by 9/11, one of many times where The Donald took advantage of government programs to save or make money off the taxpayer.

    The self-proclaimed billionaire, who has so far refused to release his tax returns, was one of many wealthy individuals and businesses who used a loophole in a program intended to help smaller companies in lower Manhattan recover after the Sept. 11 tragedy.

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    How psychologists used these doctored Obama photos to get white people to support conservative politics
    By Max Ehrenfreund May 13

    American politics always has surprises, but things have been
    especially unpredictable since President Obama took office. First, few observers were prepared for the tea party movement, which ousted several veteran GOP lawmakers, replaced them with more radically conservative newcomers, and helped the Republican Party win control of the House of Representatives in 2010.

    “That left a lot of analysts slack-jawed, wondering: What was this latent force that drove the emergence of this movement?” said Robb Willer, a sociologist at Stanford University.

    Then, of course, there was Donald Trump.

    Willer speculates that one thing connecting these two political earthquakes might be white voters’ unconscious racial biases. In a series of psychological experiments between 2011 and 2015,
    he showed how hostility toward people with darker skin and perceived racial threats can influence white support for the tea party. He and his colleagues published a draft of a paper on their findings onlinelast week — some of the most direct evidence of the importance of race to the conservative resurgence during Obama’s presidency.

    First, the researchers randomly sorted subjects into two groups and showed them a series of pictures of celebrities, including digitally altered images of the commander in chief. One group saw a version in which Obama’s skin had been lightened, while in the other version, his skin had been darkened.

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    State passes anti-abortion bill described as ‘insane’
    05/19/16 03:41 PM
    By Steve Benen
    Republican policymakers in Oklahoma are aware of the fact that they cannot simply ban all abortions. The Supreme Court has already considered flat prohibitions and deemed them unconstitutional.

    Oklahoma’s GOP-led legislature has nevertheless concluded that it can ban doctors from performing abortions. Tulsa World reported today:
    The Oklahoma Senate on Thursday sent Gov. Mary Fallin a bill that would make it a felony to perform abortions in Oklahoma, despite a federal court case legalizing it.

    Senate Bill 1552, by Sen. Nathan Dahm, R-Broken Arrow, would also allow the revocation of medical licenses for physicians who perform abortions. The measure passed by a vote of 33-12 with no debate.

    The article that there’s one physician in the state Senate, Republican Ervin Yen, who characterized the legislation as an “insane” measure that would invariably face a court challenge.

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  37. Ametia says:

    Buba: “I think people are smart enough to figure this out.”

    No you don’t Bill. You’re hoping for just the opposite.

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    • eliihass says:

      Figure what out…that he’s not as sleazy and as perverted and adulterous and as dishonest and disingenuous as Trump correctly points out that he is…

      The fact that Trump is also an adulterer and a megalomaniac does not in any way erase Bill Clinton’s own sins…

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  38. Ametia says:

    Hillary Clinton: Donald Trump not qualified to be president- SAYS WOMAN WHO IS UNDER FBI INVESTIGATION!

    The Democratic presidential front-runner said that she will be the party’s nominee, because she’s got an “insurmountable” number of pledged delegates as received millions more votes overall.

    “I will be the nominee for my party, Chris. That is already done, in effect. There is no way that I won’t be.”

    Clinton wouldn’t say whether Sanders was being considered for her running mate and said the Vermont senator needs to “do his part” to unify the part going into November.

    “That’s why the lesson of 2008 — which was a hard-fought primary, if you remember — is so pertinent here. Because I did my part, but so did (then-)Sen. (Barack) Obama,” she said.

    http://www.cnn.com/2016/05/19/politics/hillary-clinton-on-egyptair-shines-a-very-bright-light-on-threat-of-terror/index.html

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    • eliihass says:

      “I will be the nominee for my party, Chris. That is already done, in effect. There is no way that I won’t be.”

      “That’s why the lesson of 2008 — which was a hard-fought primary, if you remember — is so pertinent here. Because I did my part, but so did (then-)Sen. (Barack) Obama,” she said.

      LOL…

      As a dear friend’s African mother in law always says, ‘…it’s not by force…’

      You can cheat and rig all you want, but you can’t force or make folks do what you want …and especially not by trying to strong-arm and force people to get in line and get behind you …and by lying, twisting and revising the happenings of 2008 and how it all really went down – and not especially when folks have been paying attention and witnessed stuff play out first hand – and remember all too well…

      Dear Hillary, It’s not by force…

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  42. This is killing Hillary supporters. They’re trying to pretend using Trump as a source is worse than Fox News. Like Trump did this? Then I bust out with receipts on their azz.

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2008/feb/25/barackobama.hillaryclinton

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    • Ametia says:

      LOL Those facts are PESKY thangs, SG2. #KEEP.BRINGING.RECEIPTS

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    • eliihass says:

      Yup SG…

      The denial, outright lies and fabrication and brazen duplicity has been mind-bowing…

      The way they want to brazenly gloss over – and in some instances – outrightly lie and revise history and hard and glaring facts, is just so crazy…

      The Clintons are now cast as saints and even savior and honorable gatekeepers and protectors of the President…and not just his legacy which is crazy enough, but also of his honor and being…LOL…You just can’t make this stuff up…

      And don’t even get me started on this ridiculously amusing attempt to insidiously twist stuff so hard so that any criticism of Hillary is automatically excitedly twisted as an attack on President Obama…and then the ridiculous faux-outrage ensues…to try to gin up folks with the fake accusation that the President, his efforts and his policies have in some way been criticized, disrespected or attacked…Hillary and her failings and inconsistencies and outright fabrications are now conveniently and dubiously inextricably co-mingled with President Obama…to try to deflect criticism away from her…

      As if…

      I’ve rolled my eyes so much these days, I’m in danger of having them get caught and frozen mid eye roll one of these days…

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    • Ametia says:

      LOL

      Cruz: If he were an animal, what kind of animal do you think he’d be? A SNAKE! Kids know.

      Bernie: Bernie believes that people don’t share enough. do you think it’s important to share? Yeah. When you look at Bernie, how does he make you feel?
      “Happy! “confused.”

      Hillary: She’s grandma with candy that you’re not going to like. That’s the only kind she has. I KNOW THAT’S RIGHT

      caramel_shoppe_soft_caramel-2c4f668148514f738238ca716035ccd5

      Notice the kids weren’t asked about Hillary, Steve told them who she was. NAILED HER TOO!

      Trump: his hair… it’s a creepy creature that crawled on top of him. “He wants to put a wall between the Mexicans and America.”

      Who do you think the next president’s going to be? Love the kid who yelled “Obama!”

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    Republicans Hit a New Low
    By fighting Zika funding, they’re showing their true values.
    BY DAVID DAYEN
    May 18, 2016
    Politicians on the left like to say that budgets are “moral documents.” As Vice President Joe Biden has said, “Don’t tell me what you value. Show me your budget and I will tell you what you value.” Conservatives, on the other hand, consider more spending than they deem prudent to be a moral crime. At his presidential campaign website, Senator Ted Cruz features a chart showing the burden of debt on a child born today at each stage of their life. “No responsible parent would leave their children with hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt,” Cruz writes. “We should not allow the government to do this to our children and grandchildren either.”

    …………………….

    After months of delays, the Senate finally voted this week on federal funding to combat the mosquito-borne Zika virus, which causes microcephaly, a condition where babies are born with abnormally small heads. Zika is responsible for “other severe fetal brain defects,” according to the Centers for Disease Control, which is studying the links between the virus and afflictions in adults like Guillain-Barré syndrome, which causes temporary paralysis.

    President Barack Obama first asked for $1.9 billion in Zika funding in early February, when the virus had already spread to 26 countries in Latin America. Congress sat for months on the request, which would go toward mosquito control, research into vaccines, and public education programs to fight contraction of the virus.

    ………………………………

    The Senate put three proposals on the floor Tuesday, as amendments to a transportation and housing appropriations bill. The proposal that passed only offers $1.1 billion in new funding, part of a compromise hammered out by Republican Roy Blunt and Democrat Patty Murray. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also gave Democrats a vote on the full $1.9 billion request, knowing that it would fail to reach the 60-vote cloture threshold amid Republican opposition (which it did, 50-47).

    So Senate Republicans were only willing to cough up a little more than half of what public health agencies say is necessary to fight Zika. The third proposal would have also offered $1.1 billion, but pay for it with money from the Affordable Care Act’s Prevention and Public Health Fund, making some people sicker to make other people well. That failed cloture as well, but received 52 votes, more than the president’s full funding request.

    That inadequate Senate plan is an improvement on House Republicans’ plan. On Monday, they announced a $622 million package, less than one-third of Obama’s request. Appropriations Committee Chair Hal Rogers claimed that the White House didn’t adequately explain what the Zika funding would be used for, leading them to make their own determination. The House bill would not be “emergency” funding, meaning that it would have to be incorporated into the overall funding process for the next fiscal year. So not only would Zika funding have to be offset by eliminating spending elsewhere in the budget, but it wouldn’t be available until October of this year.

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    Discouraging polls force John McCain to scramble in Arizona
    05/18/16 11:20 AM
    By Steve Benen
    Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) re-election campaign unveiled an attack ad this week, targeting state Sen. Kelli Ward (R), the incumbent’s primary challenger, for her interest in chemtrail conspiracy theories. The web ad mocks “Chemtrail Kelli” and her “bad judgment,” which is “dangerous for Arizona.”

    Now, as it turns out, McCain is throwing some stones from a glass house. TPM reported yesterday that the Republican senator “forwarded to the Environmental Protection Agency a letter from a constituent concerned about chemtrails, and asked the EPA to respond,” as if the odd theories have merit.

    But even putting this aside, let’s not overlook the broader question: John McCain is worried enough about his primary rival to release an attack ad? According to a poll released yesterday by Public Policy Polling, the incumbent senator has reason to be concerned.

    PPP’s new Arizona poll finds that John McCain has a negative approval rating with Republican primary voters, and is at pretty serious risk of losing nomination for another term. Only 35% of GOP voters approve of the job McCain is doing to 50% who disapprove. […]

    McCain is polling at only 39% in the Republican primary field. He’s benefiting from having multiple opponents. Kelli Ward is at 26%, Alex Meluskey at 4%, Scott McBean at 3%, and Clair Van Steenwyk at 2%. 27% are undecided…. When you narrow the field down to just a choice between McCain and Ward, it’s a tie at 41%. Ward is polling this competitively at this point despite having only 41% name recognition.

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    The media’s latest Trump ‘narrative’ is plainly wrong
    05/18/16 12:45 PM—UPDATED 05/18/16 12:57 PM
    By Steve Benen
    Some of the political media establishment has apparently settled on a new “narrative”: Donald Trump will appeal to Democrats by breaking with Republican orthodoxy and endorsing some progressive goals. It might be a compelling thesis, if it were in any way true.

    The Washington Post got the ball rolling last week with a provocative, attention-getting headline: “How Donald Trump is running to the left of Hillary Clinton.” As proof, the article noted, among other things, Trump’s “America First” foreign policy, and his willingness to shift “to the left on the minimum wage and tax policy.”

    The problem, of course, is much of this is factually incorrect. Given its historical underpinnings, there’s nothing liberal about Trump’s “America First” vision, and the media hype surrounding Trump’s purported shifts on the minimum wage and tax policy turned out to be completely wrong. The Post’s entire thesis struggled under scrutiny.

    And yet, there it was again in the New York Times yesterday.

    On a range of issues, Mr. Trump seems to be taking a page from the Sanders playbook, expressing a willingness to increase the minimum wage, suggesting that the wealthy may pay higher taxes than under his original proposal, attacking Mrs. Clinton from the left on national security and Wall Street, and making clear that his opposition to free trade will be a centerpiece of his general election campaign.

    As Mr. Trump lays the groundwork for his likely showdown with Mrs. Clinton, he is staking out a series of populist positions that could help him woo working-class Democrats in November.

    Again, if these observations were rooted in fact, the thesis might have merit, but it’s important not to fall for shallow hype and bogus narratives. Trump did not endorse a minimum-wage hike; he actually said there shouldn’t be a federal minimum wage at all. He did not call for higher taxes on the wealthy; he proposed literally the exact opposite.

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    U.S. District Court judge orders Kobach to register thousands of Kansans
    Injunction blocks enforcement of Kansas’ proof-of-citizenship law for voting in federal races
    By Tim Carpenter
    timothy.carpenter@cjonline.com
    A federal court judge ordered Kansas officials Tuesday to register thousands of people to vote in federal elections who had applications derailed for not showing documentation of citizenship when registering at one of the state’s motor vehicle offices.

    Dale Ho, director of the Voting Rights Project with the American Civil Liberties Union, said the ruling required the state to begin registering on June 1 people hampered by the proof-of-citizenship requirement at the motor vehicle offices operated by the Kansas Department of Revenue.

    “This ruling lifts the barrier that the state illegally imposed on Kansans who were trying to register to vote. It means thousands of people who could have been sidelined during the upcoming primary and general election will be able to participate,” Ho said.

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  47. rikyrah says:

    On Bob Bennett and Donald Trump
    by BooMan
    Thu May 19th, 2016 at 01:14:29 AM EST

    Bob Bennett died on May 4th from complications after suffering a stroke while trying to fight off pancreatic cancer. He was 82 years old. Until 2010, he was a U.S. Senator representing Utah, but he was bounced out of office at the Republican State Convention where he actually came in third place. His replacement, Mike Lee, is the only known friend of Senator Ted Cruz of Texas.

    Bennett is in the news today because he reportedly told his wife and his son, while he lay stricken in his death bed, that he wanted to apologize to Muslims on behalf of the Republican Party for the coming nomination of Donald Trump.

    Let’s set the scene:

    Former GOP senator Bob Bennett lay partially paralyzed in his bed on the fourth floor of the George Washington University Hospital. He was dying.

    Not 48 hours had passed since a stroke had complicated his yearlong fight against pancreatic cancer. The cancer had begun to spread again, necessitating further chemotherapy. The stroke had dealt a further blow that threatened to finish him off.

    Between the hectic helter-skelter of nurses, doctors and well wishes from a long-cultivated community of friends and former aides, Bennett faced a quiet moment with his son Jim and his wife Joyce.

    Here’s what he told them:

    Instead, with a slight slurring in his words, Bennett drew them close to express a dying wish: “Are there any Muslims in the hospital?” he asked.

    “I’d love to go up to every single one of them to thank them for being in this country, and apologize to them on behalf of the Republican Party for Donald Trump,” Bennett told his wife and son, both of whom relayed this story to The Daily Beast.

    http://www.boomantribune.com/story/2016/5/19/11429/1588

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  48. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning ☺, Everyone 😀

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  49. Look at this ISH? Staggering! The National Congress of American Indians reported that 34 percent of Native women will experience rape in their lifetimes. These women are being raped by non native men knowing they can get away with it. Mofos!

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    • Ametia says:

      Brutally, CRIMINAL, SG2. Now tell me again, WHO ARE THE REAL SAVAGES?

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    • rikyrah says:

      It was quite revealing when they were trying to re-authorize the Violence Against Women Act, that part of the holdup was the attempt to strip of the bill the rights of the Nations to bring charges against those not in the Nation who committed sexual assault on Native Women.

      Uh huh
      Uh huh

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  50. Good morning, everyone! Lets pour ourselves a cup of coffee!

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