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Senate balance of power could shift on women candidates

Senate balance of power could shift on women candidates | Jesus Navarro Current Events | Scoop.it
In the big drama this election year -- whether Republicans will take control of the Senate -- the answer may rest in the hands of women candidates.
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(Quarter 4, Last Week)

Last weeks primaries favored female candidates. The power of congress could shift either mostly republican or mostly democrat. Women candidates are fighting to get a seat somewhere in congress. Female candidates are striving to take their part in government and are doing all they can with their current power.

 

Getting more females into congress is a great idea because it not only gives us a different point of view but it shows the diversity within this nation and how women are showing that they are not weak. This country has a very diverse demographic but, it is not shown through government.

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Gov’t to make announcement in GM probe

Gov’t to make announcement in GM probe | Jesus Navarro Current Events | Scoop.it
The U.S. Transportation Department says it will make a major announcement Friday on its investigation into General Motors safety issues.
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(Quarter 4, Week 3)

The government is stepping into GM for all their car malfunctions that have in most of their vehicles and not addressing civilians early. The Federal Government is ready to fine the large corporation. The fine can reach well over 38million dollars. 

 

This is a good example of government intervention. Gm has many issues on many of its cars. The company recently owed the government millions of dollars because they were bailed out by the gov't. 13 deaths have occured because of the malfunctions within the cars. The company now faces a hefty fine. It wont be a surprise if they run out of business soon. The company has had so many issues that the government is stepping in to investigate the building process, and why many cars are not safe. 

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The Government Listens To Lobbyists And The Wealthy, Not You And Me

The Government Listens To Lobbyists And The Wealthy, Not You And Me | Jesus Navarro Current Events | Scoop.it
New research finds that average citizens have next to no influence on passing public policy.
Jesus Navarro's insight:

(Quarter 4, Week 2, April 20-26)

When INTEREST GROUPS, are wealthy compared to other groups who reach out to the government for a special/specific favor, they are the ones who get heard. INTEREST GROUPS can and will target a specific POLITICAL PARTIES. Ordinary citizens who reach out to the government have, virtually no significance/power compared to other organizations. Multiple PUBLIC OFFICIALS can be funded by one group, just so that the group can get their "wants" heard. 

 

There's a theory about INTEREST GROUPS, in which the government falls under one known as "ELITISM" which means that the government only pays attention to those INTEREST GROUPS who have money. With the government being all sorts of messed up, people have questioned if the nation really is a DEMOCRACY. Everything in the country is about money and big business. Dose our vote even count? The government and these big groups keep each other alive.  

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Quoc-Thang Nguyen's comment, April 23, 2014 8:35 PM
Nice insight, I like how both of our articles are very similar. In my article, I also said that our government is run by the wealthy/powerful interests groups, called elites. One good point that you made was when you questioned if the government is "democracy" or does it fall under elitism. Another key factor that I saw we had in similarity is that the elites will try to target political parties to their advantage, and that the government is an oligarchy, or under rule of a small group.
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Is this front yard "art" freedom of speech or too offensive?

Is this front yard "art" freedom of speech or too offensive? | Jesus Navarro Current Events | Scoop.it
kgun9.com - Freedom of speech, it's a beautiful thing. But, when does it go too far?
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(Quarter 3, March 15th - 21st) 

One lady in El Paso, Texas, is being asked to put her "art" down because it is "disgusting". The women literally hung two toilets and a sink on a tree. She claimed she isn't trying to make any statement but, is simply expressing herself. Also, a women in San Diego, is being told to remove a statue in her front yard. The statue is a ten-foot tall middle finger. This women claims she is expressing her feeling towards past tribal leaders. Many neighbors are somehow offended by this. 

 

Why are people upset? it's just a weird woman with an odd sense of creativity. If someone wants to hang some toilets in their front yard because it looks nice to them, they should be able to, that's what the First Amendment is for. However, the woman's statue in San Diego, does seem somewhat offensive. Our rights are limited and a limit is obscenity. This statue might be taken as immoral and plain wrong. Personally, I like what this woman did to get her message out. It was creative, how many people have statues of a hand giving you the finger? We have to be conscious of our rights and how we decide to express ourselves without getting in trouble. 

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Supreme Court: Can Florida execute 'mentally retarded' prisoner?

Supreme Court: Can Florida execute 'mentally retarded' prisoner? | Jesus Navarro Current Events | Scoop.it
On Monday, the court is scheduled to hear a Florida case involving the death penalty as applied to those deemed to be mentally retarded – in this case, Freddie Lee Hall, who has a low IQ.
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(Quarter 3, March 1st - 7th) 

The article is about a man who was convicted and sentenced to death in a 1978, kidnap, rape, and murder of a 7 month pregnant 21 year old woman. Now, Florida is deciding whether or not they will execute the man. The man is considered mentally ill, thus the execution would go against the EIGHTH AMENDMENT; which prohibits cruel and unusual punishment or torture. 

 

The man has taken multiple IQ tests to see if he really is mentally retarded. The average of all his nine score that were taken where above the limit in Florida, therefore he would not be considered mentally challenged. In my opinion the man should be executed. The DUE PROCESS CLAUSE makes this man "eligible" if you will, to be killed by the state. Although, it is a tough decision,  this country stresses how this nation is equal; therefore the man should be killed, just like any other who were to commit such crime. 

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Joseph Upton: Electoral College should be abolished

Joseph Upton: Electoral College should be abolished | Jesus Navarro Current Events | Scoop.it
I began the evening of Nov. 6 anxiously watching the election returns, waiting to celebrate an epiphany in Wisconsin and across the nation. I was tremendously disappointed.
Jesus Navarro's insight:

(Quarter 3, Week 3. Feb. 2 - Feb. 9)

What is the point of an electoral college? This article talks about how unnecessary it is. The electoral college basically gives the other candidate running for office an opportunity to win. Each state has a certain amount of electoral votes. The amount of votes depends on the population within the state. For a country that emphasizes on equality, the electoral college is far from equal. The sate of California has a greater say than Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky combined. A reason why the electoral college hasn't been abolished is because of the legal process it must go through, which is fairly long and difficult. People also claim that it is part of American history since it was established by the founders of the nation. The electoral college just makes the political world more difficult than it already is. Imagine winning more votes than your opponent and then be told that you lost. The majority of the votes wins over a complete state which isn't fair. Isn't it obvious that the candidates will have a stronger campaign and claim to help those in bigger states like Texas and California more than other states like Michigan. 

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Supreme Court Halts Gay Marriage in Utah While State Appeals

Supreme Court Halts Gay Marriage in Utah While State Appeals | Jesus Navarro Current Events | Scoop.it
The U.S. Supreme Court halted Utah's same-sex weddings while the state presses an appeal, reducing the number of states with gay marriage to 17 and slowing the drive toward nati...
Jesus Navarro's insight:

(Quarter 3, Week 1, January 20-26)
  The supreme court stoped gay marriage. In the CULTURE WAR, the ORTHODOX, fight to keep things under God's laws: They believe that gay marriage is not acceptable. The state appeals gay marriage to be in a lower court rulling. Utah oringinally approved of gay marriage back in 2004, with more than 66 persent of the votes, the trial court ruling overturned a state constitutional amendment.

 
This is one of the many ways the CONSERVATIVES are fighting agains the LIBERALS. The red states are usually discriminating against the "others" in a sense. In my persepective, the state had already approved of same sex marriage and eliminating the right fairly ignorant. The PROGRESSIVE point of view have a more logical persepective, they accept people who are different: They understand that this country is forever changing and no one should be discriminated against whatsoever. 

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GM adds Chevy Aveo to recall list

GM adds Chevy Aveo to recall list | Jesus Navarro Current Events | Scoop.it

 adds another 218,000 subcompact cars to recall list.

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(Quarter 4,Week 4)
GM adds the Chevy  Aveo models from 2004-2008 to the recall list due to a module in the dashboard that can overheat and even cause a fire. GM has recently recalled a vast majority of its vehicles which concerns the safety on many consumers. 

 

The government recently issued a fine worth millions of dollars to General Motors because of all the recalls, claiming that GM vehicles are not properly tested before release. Government Intervention to some might feel that it is not necessary, that Laissez faire is the way to go. GM has taken so long to acknowledge the issues on its cars. There has been some Gridlock between whether or not to shut down the company. 

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Do Students Still Have Free Speech in School?

Do Students Still Have Free Speech in School? | Jesus Navarro Current Events | Scoop.it
Social media has eroded young people's privacy—and advocates are trying to win it back.
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(Quarter 4, Week 2)

In the article, the main focus is about the freedom of speech and how  the 1st amendment is limited when entering. Many students are posting 'rude' comments on the internet. There are people that go online to monitor students activity and behavior to look for threats of any sort,  however they are still being picked on by teachers whose name appears on their social media profile. 

 

The teachers who are being talked about online are usually negative anyway. But, at least they're being honest. However the BILL OF RIGHTS was established to protect people against the government. People  have to accept the fact that rules are going to be set all the time and whether we like it or not,we have to comply, As long as the person doesn't treat someone.  It's better to stay in your lane than having the Federal Government on you.

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Yes, President Obama is right. The 113th Congress will be the least productive in history.

Yes, President Obama is right. The 113th Congress will be the least productive in history. | Jesus Navarro Current Events | Scoop.it
But.....
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(Quarter 4, Week 1, April 7-11) The 113th Congress of the United States, has passed less bills and or laws than previous. During a fundraiser, the president stated "..this has been the least productive congress in modern history, recent memory. And that's by objective measures, just basic activity." Vice President John Boehner, said that the House of Representatives is doing the work and that the Senate should get going. Questionnaires have shown that not many people actually approve of congress, in fact more people approve of cockroaches more than they do of congress, and its not its obvious why they do. Congress should give no excuses, the people have pressured them into getting things done because they just sit there. Marijuana use, gay marriage, immigration reform. Literally all those things can boost the GPD and lower the deficit by trillions. But, the government is busy wondering in la la land. And people wonder why we disapprove of our government. 
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From North Carolina to Texas: Grassroots Movement Grows To Resist Anti-Abortion Bills

From North Carolina to Texas: Grassroots Movement Grows To Resist Anti-Abortion Bills | Jesus Navarro Current Events | Scoop.it
A showdown is expected in Texas today after a state Senate committee approved a bill critics say would shut down nearly all of the state’s abortion clinics and ban abortion at 20 weeks post-fertilization. An earlier attempt to pass the bill was thwarted last month when protesters raised their voices to drown out the proceedings following a nearly 11-hour filibuster by Texas State Senator Wendy Davis. Meanwhile in North Carolina, state House Republicans have advanced anti-choice restrictions by secretly attaching them to a bill on motorcycle safety. On Thursday, the state House voted 74 to 41 to approve the bill, which imposes a series of restrictions critics say are aimed at shutting down abortion clinics. The provisions are similar to those passed by the North Carolina state Senate last week without a public hearing as part of a bill ostensibly designed to bar sharia law in the state. Republican Gov. Pat McCrory threatened to veto that bill. We speak to Janet Colm of Planned Parenthood in Central North Carolina. She was arrested on Monday at the state Capitol as part of the ongoing Moral Monday protests.
Jesus Navarro's insight:

(Quarter 3, March 8th -14th) 
The state of Texas passed one of the most strict bills in the country against abortion. The bill clearly stated that abortion at 20 weeks post-fertilization, which means an abortion cannot be conducted after 20 weeks of being pregnant. This is one of those things that is left to the states by the Tenth Amendment. And whatever the state decides is completely up to them.

The state is slowly getting rid of abortion, which is a good thing. Abortion should be no option whatsoever. A fetus is still a living person. Sadly many people deprive these babies of life. Isn't murder illegal? I think abortion shouldn't be an option. Why don't people hand the baby over to some sort of child care organization, a foster home, a church, something. I perceive abortion as something twisted and sick. If you don't want a child, don't have sex, simple as that. 

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President Obama Raises the Minimum Wage for Government Contractors, Waits for Republicans to Explode

President Obama Raises the Minimum Wage for Government Contractors, Waits for Republicans to Explode | Jesus Navarro Current Events | Scoop.it
Put aside the "why the State of the Union is boring and doesn't matter" smart-takes for a minute and gander at this morning's actual news: an executive order raising the minimum wage for some people. From the guidelines: In the State of the Union Address, the President will announce that...
Jesus Navarro's insight:

(Quarter 3, Week 4, Feb. 10 - 16)

During the annual, State of the Union address, president Obama, surprised many when he talked about raising minimum wage to $10.10. He said that it will help those who are living and holding a family under small incomes. With more money in people's pockets the better our economy, but, what about the trade-offs? 

If more people have more money, that means they are going to waste more. Businesses, want money, so they will raise the products price. If our everyday needs are raised, it's going to bring us back to the same stage we were at in the first place. The jump to more than $10 and hour is quite big. The nation's economy is growing but, we are out of the recession and as soon as the economy crashes again, what's going to happen to the high minimum wage? Higher wages means higher prices, higher prices means less demand, less demand means less employees. Other than the fact that those living on or under the poverty level will make more money, maybe the wage raise isn't the best thing to do, nor is it what the president nor congress should be focusing on. The president needs to focus on greater things, like the immigration reform that he has promised since 2008. Instead, he focuses on higher wages and legalizing pot. Thanks Obama. 

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Everything You Need to Know About the State of the Union Address

Everything You Need to Know About the State of the Union Address | Jesus Navarro Current Events | Scoop.it
President Obama is expected to lay out a modest agenda for the year ahead, calling on Congress to collaborate with him—but he's prepared for the likelihood it won't.
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(Quarter 3, Week 2.  Jan. 27- Feb. 2)
On of hottest topics in America today is the decisoon to or to not pass an immirgration reform that would benifit millions of undocumented immigrants all over the country. Ever since Obama won the 2008 election, he claims that he will pass such reform. In the annual State of the Union Address, Obama did not get in dept in what he has planned to achieve this goal. Millions of Hispanic/Latino voters elected him because of the promise he made. We are now well into his second term and nothing has happened. The President's main focus was jobs. He is planning on creating more jobs and even raise the minimum wage salary. To raise to minimum wage in his first presidential election was not a main objective in his agenda. As the president figures out how to improve the American economy, hundreds of illegal immigrants wait patiently on the president's next move and as they do they are still being deported. The government has deported thousands of innocent people who come to this country to have a better life even if they have no prior ciminal records. Marijuana was legalized before immigrants, which is sad that the country made a move first on pot so people can get get high rather than on people who come into the United States and work. Just about every immigrant that comes into this country either works hard or is getting an education. Most of the farm workers are immigrants, immigrants who work hard for low pay. Over time, immigrants have become the base of the country. Yet, it seems as the president is only procrastinating and pushing the reform further back than it already is. 

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