Saturday excerpts: VA gubernatorial candidate swears by pro-choice cupboard; FL Jobless Advantages System stinks

The climate journalist Elizabeth Kolbert is interviewed at Rolling Stone. See below.

Saturday Snippets is a regular weekend feature from Daily Kos.

A Virginia governorate candidate could improve access to abortion. The Commonwealth will elect a new governor in 2021, and one candidate has a change in mind that could make a big difference in how reproductive rights are treated in the state. She is Jennifer Carroll Foy, a Democrat who promises to appoint an all-choice cabinet if elected to fill the post from Ralph Northam, who cannot run for another term. She is the first gubernatorial candidate in the country to make such a pledge. Carroll Foy was one of the first black women to graduate from the Virginia Military Institute, then became a judge, defense attorney, and delegate to the Virginia General Assembly. “I’ve seen firsthand the impact of people taking advantage of communities, especially those of color and low socio-economic status,” said Carroll Foy. “There is one at the moment fake abortion clinic in my hometown, the people who are just trying to get help and information spit falsehoods about abortion and reproductive health. When this happens it means that we are unable to make our own decisions: that we do not have the right to control our own bodies or to be able to make our own decisions. And these types of attacks are attacks on all of us. ” Something 4,000 of these so-called crisis pregnancy centers can be found across the country, many of them actually subsidized with taxpayer money.

That’s just a problem. “Freedom of reproduction and equity affect all walks of life,” Carroll Foy told Rewire News Group’s Danielle Campoamor. “When we think about reproductive freedom, we have to think about it holistically. Having a pro-choice cabinet would mean we are all on one side when it comes to understanding the intersectionality of access to reproductive health care and abortion rights, and how it transitions into so many other areas of our lives. “She added,” It’s not just a statement – it’s a mission. We see ourselves and I see myself as this firewall, this barrier that protects people. “

Florida’s unemployment insurance system stinks

During the pandemic recession, millions of Americans were forced to rely on government unemployment insurance programs to stay economically alive. Many of these depend on outdated computers and old software. It has taken many applicants months to navigate the bureaucracies and get their checks on time, as the country was marked by unemployment that was initially worse than anything since the Great Depression. One state that has been particularly hard hit by both the pandemic and the recession is Florida. Not only does it have the fourth highest number of COVID-19 deaths in the country, but it also has the second highest unemployment claims in the country – an incredible 1,683% increase from January 2020 – Data compiled by WalletHub. The Guardian reports that Floridians who lost their jobs and applied for unemployment benefits have suffered delays and system crashes. Throughout 2020, Florida was that second worst condition with punctual payment of services. Had internal audits for years before the pandemic exposed to a number of problems and reviews are still underway to find out how to overcome the mistakes. In addition to all of its bureaucratic and technological problems, Florida is also offending the unemployed by capping the maximum weekly benefit payout to $ 275. That doesn’t bring a family of two over the poverty line. Nationwide, weekly benefit payments average $ 378.



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Idaho Legislative Committee to Rename Public Buildings

On a party line, the Idaho House State Affairs Committee approved a bill that requires lawmakers to approve before a community, school district, or other state agency can rename a school, street, or park that it owns now named after a historical name is figure or event. The vote sent the measure to the entire house. Republican MP Doug Okuniewicz said, “I don’t think we should be shy about exercising the constitutional prerogative of lawmakers in this way.” He and the committee’s supporters say they want to prevent these government agencies from “erasing history”. Representatives from the Idaho School Boards Association and the Idaho American Civil Liberties Union testified at the legislature hearing. “The Idaho School Boards Association has a long standing position against laws that prevent our members from making decisions on behalf of the voters they represent when it comes to their local public schools,” said Quinn Perry, ISBA director of politics and law Government affairs. “School authorities are very aware of the importance of having all of their customers contribute and they go to great lengths to get community input on any matter before the board.” ACLU strategist Lauren Bramwell told the committee, “These Legislation removes power from local governments and communities that are directly affected by the memorial or marker. “

Eric Boehlert: Reporters who were once shy push back in White House press conferences:

Do you remember how the press conferences were under Donald Trump? Boehlert writes: “The irregularly planned events were used for dissemination lying The press conferences openly denigrate and harass the news media and today resemble an open exchange between reporters and the White House spokeswoman whose job it is to inform the public about administrative policy. “But now, three weeks into the Biden administration, some reporters are complaining that something nefarious is going on after White House press secretary Jen Psaki asked what questions to ask. “The press can’t really do its job in the briefing room with the White House picking the questions they want,” an anonymous White House correspondent said in an article on the Daily Beast. Foxaganda indicated that he was inquiring about possible press inquiries. makes you look unprepared. “Says Boehlert:

But the story is a non-starter, and the Kerfuffle seems more like Beltway journalists desperately trying to find a way to destroy the White House in Biden – a way to show that they are not part of the ” liberal media “are – by inventing conflicts in which there are none. […]

The news agencies could not jointly defend themselves against Trump’s targeted onslaught of attacks and misinformation. But journalists are outraged by a minor litigation issue related to today’s White House briefings?

Rolling Stone interviews climate journalist Elizabeth Kolbert

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author speaks to Jeff Goodell about her new book, Under a White Sky, the problems with climate solutions, and what it’s like to see coral sex. Here’s a question from the interview to whet your appetite:

One of my favorite animals when I talk to people about it Climate change is this idea that we will “fix” the climate. “How are we going to fix the climate?” You pick that up right in this book about the effects and consequences of “fixing” the climate. Can you talk a little bit about it

First the good news: we are having a conversation about climate change and what to do. In my opinion, what people would say in the world of climate change is to “mitigate” climate change. Whenever someone says we are going to “solve” climate change or “fix” the climate, your ears should definitely beat faster because, as you know, climate change is like a super tanker. You’re pushing a huge system, a system the size of planet Earth, in one direction. And you can’t just stop this if you decide you don’t like it. One of the messages that I think haven’t really come out yet is that carbon dioxide is not like particles. You can say, “OK, if we stopped emitting this, it would dissolve.” This problem could be resolved in a relatively short time if we took dramatic steps. [But] when we reduce ours [carbon] Emissions until halfway through tomorrow, which obviously won’t happen, we would push the climate further, we would just make it slower. If we reduced our emissions to zero, we would still see warming.

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