Monthly Archives: April 2009

CDC: US Food Safety No Longer Improving

This is simply unacceptable. How long before the Obama administration and Congress put this issue on their priority lists? From The New York Times: After decades of steady progress, the safety of the nation’s food supply is no longer improving. And in the case of salmonella — the dangerous bacteria recently found in peanuts and pistachios — infections may be creeping upward, […]

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Stimulus Dollars Released for Child Care, Disease Prevention

Vice President Joe Biden announced Thursday the release $2 billion in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds for child care and disease prevention. This money will help health and human services programs targeted to children.  “Parents are worried about finding a job or keeping the job they have and they shouldn’t have to worry about affording quality child care,” […]

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Federal Government to Purchase Fuel-Efficient Cars, Boost Auto Industry

The General Services Administration (GSA) announced today that it will use American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds to purchase 17,600 new vehicles for the federal government. The vehicles will be fuel efficient hybrids, each produced by one of the American auto makers: General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler. “As a part of our commitment to the American auto industry, I […]

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Report: MARTA May Get Stimulus Money

A committee of the Atlanta Regional Commission recommended today that the Commission send $25 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment (ARRA) money, currently earmarked for long-term transit projects in Atlanta, to MARTA to help the Authority make up a $24 million gap in its operating budget, according to a report in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The Georgia General Assembly this year […]

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Electronic Health Records for Veterans

The Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs announced today they are creating a joint electronic medical system in order for the two departments to share veterans’ medical information, according to a report from CNETNews.com. Read President Obama’s full remarks about the venture. From CNET: The Joint Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record project will track soldiers’ lifelong medical histories […]

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Georgia Assembly Fails MARTA, as Service Cuts Loom

(APN) ATLANTA — State and local lawmakers joined with activist groups Wednesday, April 08, 2009, in urging Gov. Sonny Perdue to call a special session of the Georgia General Assembly to deal with transportation funding issues. “Come September, it’s going to be a regional walk to work day,” Benita West, President of Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 732, said Wednesday during […]

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Report: Mitchell Leaves Mayoral Race, Runs for Council President

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported this afternoon that Atlanta City Councilman Ceasar Mitchell has decided not to run for mayor and is instead running for Atlanta City Council president. Mitchell filed the proper forms Tuesday. From the AJC: Mitchell said in a telephone interview he changed course after a recent reexamination of his background, experience and desire for public service. “Given where we […]

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Vermont Becomes Second State in One Week to Allow Same-Sex Marriage

Vermont became the second state in one week to legalize same-sex marriage after its Legislature voted to override Gov. Jim Douglas’s veto of a bill allowing same-sex couples to wed. Nine years ago, Vermont became the first state to allow civil unions. Now it is the fourth U.S. state to allow same-sex marriage, along with Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Iowa.  (Not counting […]

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Franken Gains after Court Rules More Absentee Ballots Opened

Doesn’t former US Sen. Norm Coleman (R-MN) feel crunchy now? Four months later, Minnesota has only one US Senator; Coleman has dragged out this process through first a recount and then a court challenge; and now, with the court ruling that more absentee ballots be opened, Franken’s lead has GAINED from 255 to 312. According to reports, Coleman still plans […]

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