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If Alabama was a country, 5th highest incarceration rate in the world!

Alabama's incarceration rate fifth-worst in the world: Study

If the 50 states were each independent countries, Alabama's rate of incarceration would be the fifth-highest of any nation in the world.

That's one finding in a new study of global incarceration rates conducted by the Prison Policy Initiative.

Alabama's rate of incarceration – at 987 people in jail or prison for every 100,000 people – dwarfs those of every nation around the globe, including those of troubled countries like Iraq, Cuba and Syria.

The state's incarceration rate even far exceeds that of the world's most-incarcerated nation, the U.S., which has 693 people behind bars for every 100,000 people, according to the study.

CNN/ORC Poll, June 16-19, 2016

Do you favor or oppose stricter gun control laws?


A background check on anyone attempting to purchase
a gun in order to determine whether the prospective
buyer has been convicted of a felony?


Preventing certain people, such as convicted felons or
people with mental health problems, from owning guns


Preventing people who are on the U.S. government’s
Terrorist Watchlist or no-fly list from owning guns


Preventing all Americans from owning guns


Shootings like the one in Orlando will happen
again regardless of what action is taken by
government and society

52% agree

Shootings like the one in Charleston will happen
again regardless of what action is taken
by government and society

64% agree


Enough. -H

Hillary Clinton has one word for the Senate after gun vote

"It’s time to demand more than thoughts and prayers from our elected officials."


A look at the 4 gun bills up for vote in Senate

Gregory Korte, USA TODAY

The proposals scheduled for a vote Monday — all as amendments to a Justice Department spending bill — include:

► An amendment by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., would allow the attorney general to deny a gun sale to anyone if she has a "reasonable belief" — a lesser standard than "probable cause" — that the buyer was likely to engage in terrorism. The proposal is popularly known as the "no-fly, no-buy" amendment, but wouldn't just apply to people on the "no fly" terrorist watch list.

► An Republican alternative by Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, which would require that law enforcement be alerted when anyone on the terror watch list attempts to buy a weapon from a licensed dealer. If the buyer has been investigated for terrorism within the past five years, the attorney general could block a sale for up to three days while a court reviews the sale.

► An amendment by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, would make it more difficult to add mentally ill people to the background check database, giving people suspected of serious mental illness a process to challenge that determination.

► An amendment by Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., that would close the "gun show loophole" by requiring every gun purchaser to undergo a background check, and to expand the background check database.

The vast majority of Americans support "No fly, no buy" and background checks at gun shows and online. I've contacted my senators repeatedly! This is another "Make me!" moment in politics!

Let your senators know it is time to start fixing this!

Bernie Sanders to return to Senate for gun vote

By Nicole Gaudiano, USA TODAY

Bernie Sanders may still be a presidential candidate, but on Monday he’s returning to his day job.

The Vermont senator will cast his first votes since January on gun legislation Monday after his absence from a Democrat-led filibuster Wednesday drew an angry response on social media. The 15-hour filibuster was held to demand action in the wake of the Orlando mass shooting on legislation to ban gun sales to suspected terrorists and expand background checks for gun buyers.


Sanders returned to Vermont late Tuesday after a meeting with the presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton following the final primary of the Democratic campaign in D.C. He remained there for the video address Thursday night, but he tweeted from his Senate account his support for Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., who led the filibuster.


Sanders, who has represented gun-friendly Vermont in Congress for more than two decades, was hammered for his gun record by Clinton, who said he has sided with the gun lobby on key legislation. He has rejected her criticism and said he supports President Obama’s actions to keep guns out of the wrong hands.


Read it all at: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2016/06/17/bernie-sanders-return-senate-gun-vote/86034770/

When Republicans take over.

ADEM handed over emergency diesel spill response to EPA after budget cuts

ADEM is Alabama's EPA.

Due to budgetary constraints, the Alabama Department of Environmental Management was forced to turn to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for emergency response to a leak at a petroleum products pipeline in Birmingham earlier this year, ADEM Director Lance LeFleur said Friday.

"Since the Department did not have sufficient funds to address the emergency, ADEM deferred the emergency response to EPA," LeFleur said in his regular director's report to the Alabama Environmental Management Commission. "The responsible party was subsequently determined, and is now dealing directly with EPA rather than ADEM."

In fiscal year 2016, the department got just $280,000 in state funds and had to transfer $1.2 million to the general fund from permit fees the department collected. The $280,000 they did receive was all earmarked for the state's Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO) program, and does not cover the cost of that program.

In effect, the amount the department received from the state went from $6 million to negative $1 million in eight years.

Hillary Clinton is reportedly targeting Elizabeth Warren...

— not Bernie Sanders — as a potential running mate

Source: Business Insider, by Susan Heavey, Reuters

Hillary Clinton is considering Sen. Elizabeth Warren for her running mate for the Democratic presidential ticket, The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, citing several people familiar with the process.

Warren, a leading progressive voice among Democrats, is among those whom Democratic presidential candidate Clinton is vetting for the vice presidential position, the newspaper reported. Clinton's rival Bernie Sanders is not, it added.

Sources told Reuters earlier this month that Warren, who represents Massachusetts, is considering the potential role.


Where there's smoke, there's fire?

Why Elizabeth Warren Would Be a Fantastic Choice for Vice President

Source: Washington Monthly, David Atkins

There are some, however, who suggest that nominating Warren as vice president would be a bad idea. Opponents of Warren as vice president have three chief objections.

First is that nominating her would make the path to Senate control harder for Democrats by forcing a special election for her seat that Democrats might lose or at least that might divert much-needed resources. However, a number of commentators including Washington Monthly alum Ed Kilgore have noted that nominating Warren would likely have little effect on Democratic Senate fortunes because Warren would have a range of options about when to optimally resign her seat, and Massachusetts Democrats would have significant time to prepare for that eventuality.

The second comes from concern that Warren would add little of demographic or regional electoral value to a ticket that already has a northeastern white woman on it. That’s a possibility, but it likely overestimates the degree to which regional, gender and racial identity appeals now matter in national elections while underestimating the need to reassure Clinton’s progressive detractors. It also overemphasizes electoral politics over policy concerns in a year where the Republican nominee is singularly likely to lose in any event.

The third and final objection is that Elizabeth Warren is more useful to progressive causes where she is in the Senate. This was certainly the biggest objection made by Clinton supporters to Warren’s jumping into the presidential race against her back in the fall (though those objections conveniently seem to be sliding away by Clinton’s boosters today as Warren’s effectiveness as an attack surrogate against Trump manifests itself.) There is something to be said for the idea that Warren would be sidelined as a vice-president whereas she might be able to have more impact on legislation in the Senate.

But that misjudges the potential power of the vice presidency to affect executive policy. Liberals already underestimated the power of the vice president at the beginning of the Bush-Cheney era to their detriment.


Read it all at: http://washingtonmonthly.com/2016/06/11/why-elizabeth-warren-would-be-a-fantastic-choice-for-vice-president/

From our 2012 Democratic Party Platform...

and what we are fighting for right now!

This is who we are!

Firearms. We recognize that the individual right to bear arms is an important part of the American tradition, and we will preserve Americans' Second Amendment right to own and use firearms. We believe that the right to own firearms is subject to reasonable regulation. We understand the terrible consequences of gun violence; it serves as a reminder that life is fragile, and our time here is limited and precious. We believe in an honest, open national conversation about firearms. We can focus on effective enforcement of existing laws, especially strengthening our background check system, and we can work together to enact commonsense improvements—like reinstating the assault weapons ban and closing the gun show loophole—so that guns do not fall into the hands of those irresponsible, law-breaking few.


Senate close to votes on gun-control measures but no bipartisan agreement in sight

Monday! Email or call your senators!

Source: Washington Post, Karoun Demirjian

The Senate is expected to vote Monday on a series of competing gun-control measures that will highlight the continuing divide between Democrats and Republicans over how Congress should respond to mass shootings.

All are likely to fail as the two parties largely retreat to their respective corners on gun control after attempts to craft a compromise frayed almost as soon as they began.

Senators are expected to vote on four proposals, according to Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas). Two of them, backed by Democrats, would seek to prevent suspected terrorists from acquiring guns and explosives and impose mandatory background checks for firearms sold at gun shows and through online dealers.

Republicans are expected to offer two competing proposals, including one that would keep guns away from suspected terrorists if authorities can prove they have probable cause to do so within 72 hours of the attempted sale, said Cornyn, the author of that legislation.

Read the rest at: http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/senate-close-to-votes-on-gun-control-measures-but-no-bipartisan-agreement-in-sight/ar-AAh5oyo?li=BBnb7Kz&OCID=HPDHP
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