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Pro-Hillary PAC Already Getting Million-Dollar Donation Offers

Pro-Hillary PAC Already Getting Million-Dollar Donation Offers | Nini Lam's Current Events Scrapbook | Scoop.it
Though she has kept silent about whether she plans to run for president in 2016, Hillary Rodham Clinton's potential candidacy has continued to pick up steam. Ready for Hillary, a super PAC pushing Clinton to run, has reportedly already received -- and declined -- offers for donations worth millions of dollars.
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Quarter 4, Week 4, May 19- May 25

In this article, it talks about a super PAC called Ready for Hillary who is already trying to campaign for Hillary Clinton even though she has not yet confirmed she will be running in 2016. The super PAC, being an "independent expenditure committee," is legally able to accept unlimited amounts of money from individuals and corporations. However, Ready for Hillary has turned out many offers and some worth about seven figures. Why? They say that they want to focus on "grassroot efforts" that had given Obama the edge he had needed to win back in 2008. This Super PAC has even gone as far as to enlist those who were part of Obama's campaign party to help. With the help of Ready for Hillary, Hillary Clinton has a pretty good chance of winning, however there are also some PACs out there that are against Hillary Clinton too. Luckily, there are also other PACs, apart from Ready for Hillary, that are in hope of Hillary Clinton's running and are ready to help.


I think that Hillary Clinton has a very good chance of winning the election if she runs in 2016. The super PAC is one of the main reasons. Hillary Clinton has not even said for sure that she plans to run and yet she already has several people and POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEES (PAC)  that are raising money for her campaign. Money is very important when it comes to elections. More often than not those who spend more money on their campaign win. PACs are one of the main resources of money that a candidate has when it comes to running for president, and Hillary already has some that are 100 percent dedicated to her so she stands very likely to win. Not to mention Hillary Clinton, in some ways, could be thought of as an INCUMBENT. Her husband had been president and she was the former secretary of state and Senator. Her name is already famous and that gives a big advantage with the people when they vote. People tend to vote for names they recognize which is why INCUMBENTS almost always wins. Also, she is a women. I believe that one of the main reasons Obama had won was because he was black and would be the first black president. I think that the same is likely for Hillary. If she were to win she would become the first female president and that could gain her a lot of votes. Hillary Clinton already obviously seems to have a lot of support and I think that her chances of winning are very high.

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The US is an oligarchy, study concludes - Telegraph

The US is an oligarchy, study concludes - Telegraph | Nini Lam's Current Events Scrapbook | Scoop.it
Report by researchers from Princeton and Northwestern universities suggests that US political system serves special interest organisations, instead of voters
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Quarter 4, Week 2, April 21- 27:

According to the study of Princeton and Northwestern Universities have concluded that the government is run by the rich and wealthy rather than the majority of the interest group. Our government does not have equal representation. The universities went through over a thousand policies that have been enacted between the years 1981 and 2002. These policies were compared to the interests of the average Americans, the affluent Americans, and large interest groups. They found that our government was dominated by the elite of our nation. The rich or elite seem to always get what they want while on the other hand when the majority of average Americans want something they have little to no influence at all. 

 

This relates to what we are learning in class we have learn that there are three different types of theories on interest groups: PLURALISM, ELITISM, and HYPOPLURALISM. Pluralism is the belief that interest groups is equally represented and is a representation to all. Elitism is the belief that our government is controlled by the elite or the rich and wealthy rather than the vast majority. Hypopluralism is the belief that our government had too many interest groups that they try to please so there is confusing and contradictions in policy. This article proves that our government is based on elitism because their researched showed that even when the majority of the people wanted a policy change little or nothing happens, and yet when elite want something it is done.

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Alexis Grzeszak's comment, April 22, 2014 9:06 AM
This article very much relates to the article that I read. This article talks all about how the elite and the wealthy have more power over the poor. it also mentions that the elite rule the government.
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Chicago gun sale ban unconstitutional, judge rules

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A federal judge has ruled that Chicago's ban on the sale of firearms is unconstitutional.
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Quarter 3, Week 9,  March 17- March 23 

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Texas ban on same-sex marriage struck down by federal judge

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Texas became the latest state in which a federal judge struck down a ban on same-sex marriage.
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Quarter 3, Week 7, March 3- 9

A federal judge in Texas has struck down the same sex marriage ban. Texas is one of the most conservative states so to have this happen is a big first step. But while the case is going through to the appeals court, marriages between same sex couples is still prohibited. Victor Holmes, one of the four plaintiffs, grew up with a mom and dad, and he never thought that he would be able to have the kind of marriage they have with his partner, but this case gives him hope. However, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbot plans to fight against this case. He says that the Supreme Court has ruled that the states have the power to define marriage which in Texas is defined to be between a man and a woman. Another opponent, brought up the 10th amendment that states that the people of Texas voters have the freedom to decide what is marriage defined as, and they said it was between a man and a woman. Also, they argued that it would hurt the children being raised by same sex parents, and allowing same sex marriage could lead to other things such as incest or group marriages. In 17 states, it has already been ruled that same sex marriage is allowed and federal judges have decided that it is a violation of the Constitution. It has yet to be decided by the supreme court whether or not the ban on same sex marriage is unconstitutional. Although, the plaintiffs and supports of the case are happy because this is a start to allowing same sex marriage.

 

In class, we are currently learning about the JUDCICIAL SYSTEM. The judicial system is made up of the state/DISTRICT COURTS, the SUPREME COURT, and the COURTS OF APPEALS. Also, when there is a case brought to the courts of one of the judicial system there is always a plaintiff and a defendant. This article contains all of those things. In this, article there are four plaintiffs. Two of the plaintiffs stated in this article are Victor Holmes, Gilberto Hinojosa. The defendant of this case is attorney Abbot and Governor Perry. The plaintiffs brought the case of the ban on same sex marriage to the COURT OF APPEALS.  There they argue that this ban is unconstitutional. Many are fighting in this case but they think that it will be ultimately be up to the SUPREME COURT to decide whether or not the ban on same sex marriage is unconstitutional, because it is their job with the JUDICIAL REVIEW.

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Arizona bill letting businesses deny service for religious reasons sparks heated debate

Arizona bill letting businesses deny service for religious reasons sparks heated debate | Nini Lam's Current Events Scrapbook | Scoop.it
The Arizona legislature has passed a bill to legally protect residents and businesses that invoke religious beliefs to deny services to customers.
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Quarter 3, Week 4, February 10-16

The state of Arizona has recently passed a bill that allows business owners to deny service to people for religious reasons. For example, a bakery owner had refused to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple because he was a born-again christian. Supporters of the bill say that it is place to protect religious freedoms. They are simply living out their faith and this bill permits them to do so in their businesses as well. Those who oppose it, however, believe that it is a "state-sanction discrimination." There have been similar bills much as this one in other states, however Arizona's is the only one that has passed. Also, Arizona is one of the 28 states that had banned same sex marriage in their state. 

 

We are learning in class because we are currently learning about checks and balances. Our government is separated into three branch and each have the power to check the other branches. This keeps it so that not one power is stronger than the other. How this relates to this article  be because the legislature are the ones that create new laws while the judicial branch has the power to declare those laws to be unconstitutional. With this bill it is hard to argue whether or not it is unconstitutional. On one hand, it is because it is protecting the rights of people to practice their religion, while on the other hand it could also be unconstitutional because it is discrimination for some peoples equal rights such as the gays and homosexuals who are denied service.  

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It's official: Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder launching re-election campaign with statewide tour

It's official: Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder launching re-election campaign with statewide tour | Nini Lam's Current Events Scrapbook | Scoop.it
RMichigan Gov. Rick Snyder is running for re-election. It's been apparent for months, but the first-term Republican will make it official next week at a series of stops around the state.
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Quarter 3, Week 2, January 27- February 2

Rick Snyder had made it official that he is running for a second term. He will he starting off his campaign in Detroit, Lansing, and Grand Rapids, then he plans to travel to Traverse City, Frankenmuth, and Farmington Hills. Snyder is trying to visit companies who have flourished under him ,because he knows that his cost cuts of $1 million dollars from education and taxing from senior retirements have not made people happy. In 2010, Rick had not had much media so his poll rating were very low, however his ad in the Superbowl had brought it up. It had costed Snyder millions for him to make that happen so this puts Mark Schauer, who is running again Rick Snyder, at a disadvantage. He only has $2 million to spend and yet he has already had a jump start on Snyder's Superbowl ad.

 

Polls are a very important part of a campaign. Polls show the people's opinions and what they want.  When Rick Snyder had barely any reporters show up at his campaign, made him very low in polls. This time around Rick Snyder will probably make sure that he gets much more media to bring his polls up but also he will have to look at previous years to find out what he can do to win the people over. As for Schauer, who has only a budget of $2millions, he must finds ways to run polls that are cheap but also effective.

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John Boehner: 'I Expect To Be Speaker' Next Year

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WASHINGTON -- John Boehner said Monday he is running for reelection as House speaker in January after the 2014 midterm elections.

The Ohio Republican confirmed his plans before a live audience during an interview with The Texas Tribune, sponsored...
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Quarter 4, Week 3, May 11- May 18

In this article, it talks about John Boehner is running once again for Speaker of the House. He is expecting that he will win and yet he is not planning to serve out a full term. He says that he is 65 years old and is living one "borrowed time." The article also talks about how many of his closest allies in the House are retiring, although Boehner says that he is very close to both parties not just his republicans. However, there is a video of Boehner teasing his colleagues about having to deal with a reform, but John Boehner defends himself saying that he had many siblings and was used to having to play offense. How Boehner is going to win is hard to say. In his last election, he had only won (narrowly) because the government had shut down and Boehner did something that made many people happy. Not to mention, Boehner had been urging a close friends of his to run for president, I assume, in hopes of keeping his POLITICAL PARTY in power.

 

After reading this article I don'd think that it is too far fetched to believe that John Boehner may not win in his reelection for Speaker of the House. People want someone who they can trust will commit and do their job and Boehner can not even do that. He can not commit to a full term saying that he is old. This may lower his approval ratings. Another thing that could do this is the fact that there is a video of him teasing his colleagues. That in itself is not good for anyone ones image much less the Speaker of the house. Not to mention he was teasing them for having to deal with a reform and that just does not seem like a good quality to me and I'd like to think many other people would agree. Another thing that leads me to believe that Boehner may not win is the fact that many of his colleagues are retiring. He will not have as many people voting and on his side for reelections. The one thing that makes me think that he will win, however, is that he is already the Speaker of the House. INCUMBENTS almost always win their elections simply because people don''t pay enough attention to government to know their names so if they see one they recognize they will vote for that. Also, INCUMBENTS usually have much more money and other resources that help them win an elections.  They also have the advantage of PORK BARREL and CASEWORKS that could possibly gives them higher approval ratings such as Boehner and the government shutdown. Boehner has already won one election but i think that it is very possible that he will win again.

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Emina Nakic's comment, May 28, 2014 10:47 AM
I agree with everything you said, but It frustrates me how he's so confident about this. He may be the Speaker of the House now but he has not done enough to stay in his spot, but being an incumbent and all he most likely will get to stay and the PAC like incumbents rather than the new people, yet maybe the new ones hold the future for us. It's so crazy how just because someone's been there for so long yet messes up things will most likely staying in there spot. It's almost like a guaranteed. I agree, however with you.
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Gov. Rick Snyder seeks to double Michigan recycling rate in next two years

Gov. Rick Snyder seeks to double Michigan recycling rate in next two years | Nini Lam's Current Events Scrapbook | Scoop.it
Gov. Rick Snyder released a plan Monday to boost recycling of household solid waste in Michigan, which lags behind most other states despite once being a trendsetter with its beverage container deposit law.
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Quarter 4, Week 1, April 7-11:

In this article it talks about how Governor Rick Snyder is planning on increasing Michigan's recycling rate. Thousands of dollars are literally thrown to waste when we do not recycle and Snyder had set his mind to change that. Many people argue that they do not recycle because it is very inconvenient, unlike other countries where there are a number of pick up spots where people can throw their stuff away. The Department of Environmental Quality had considered to put curbside pick spots to make it more convenient for Americans.  This plan however, would make no change is the 10 per pop can or bottle at store returns, although many stores have complained that they are required to take used drink containers. A group of people have gotten together to discuss this issue of recycling and they can chosen to use a four pronged approach. It consist of collecting and analyzing data on recycling, educating the public on the services for recycling services, providing incentives and encouragement to get people to participate, and simulating marks for recycled products. This is how Snyder and the DEQ plan to increase recycling.

 

We have recently learned in class that INCUMBENTS almost always win when they go for re-election. From reading other articles, I know that Governor Rick Snyder is planning on running once again for governor and I think that this plan for recycling is one way in which he is going to use to win. INCUMBENTS often win because they have the means to do things that they know will get them noticed (even though they already are considering they have the position already)  and gain more votes. Because Rick Snyder is launching a plan to increase the rate of recycling, he will attract many more people who are environmentalist. They will see that he has does something to improve what they believe in and will most likely vote for him. He will gain all votes of those who are part of the environmentalist INTEREST GROUP.

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Dung Vo's comment, May 16, 2014 9:02 AM
I remember that we learned about INCUMBENTS too and this is a great example of it. When reading your summary, it remind me of PORK BARREL. Governor Rick Snyder is trying to funds recycling and thinking of ways too make it better and convenient. It's good that he's hitting strong INTEREST GROUP so he will have the chance to be a governor again. It would be interest to see now he will improve on the recycling and making Michigan a better place in the future.
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Snakes and church vs. state

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Danny Cevallos says snake handling can be banned even if it's a religiously inspired act.
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Quarter 3, Week 8, March 10-March 16

Jamie Coots, a pastor in Kentucky, recently died due to a snake bite to his hand during a church service. Snake handling is part of their religious service because of a quote from Mark 16: 17-18 that talks about handling a serpent and trusting in God that he will heal them. His son has decided to carry on this tradition, but the problem is that snake handling is illegal in Kentucky. However, the punishment for this crime is not severe. It is equivalent to a parking ticket, and those who handle, use, displays the snakes are to be fined around $50- $100. Many people are upset about this because it violates the first amendment of freedom of religion. On the other hand, however the states argues that the states have police powers that allow them to make policies that would protect the public's health. Handling the snakes could and has harmed the public. There has been a PRECEDENT in the case of Jones v. City of Opelika, where there was a conflict between the religion and the police power of the states. The court mentioned that freedom of religion has two part. Freedom to believe and freedom to act. The first is for certain protected, however the second part is not. In the case of Lawson v. Commonwealth, the Kentucky Supreme Court said that the states have power to regulate the when where manners of religious exercise. Kentucky has ruled that the protecting the health is far more important than this practice of handling snakes so it is still illegal, although still rarely criminalizes this practice. 

 

We are currently learning about the BILL OF RIGHTS, but we are mainly focusing on the FIRST AMENDMENT. The First Amendment states that we have freedom of speech, religion, and press. This article mainly focuses on the freedom of religion. At this church it is part of their religion to pass around the states during the service during  a specific passage. Even though it is part of their religion, Kentucky still set a law banning the use,display, or handling of snakes. Many would say that is law violates their first amendment rights.  Also, the fourteenth amendment prohibits the state from setting a law against religion. They believe they have a right to handle snakes because of it is part of their religion. However, the states has what is called a police "police power" which gives them the right to make laws and regulations that protect the public's health. This is where the two go head to head.. Kentucky decided that protecting the public was more important then their freedom of religion.

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Republicans renew ObamaCare battle after latest mandate delay

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The Obama administration announced another delay Monday in the requirement on businesses to provide health coverage, giving some employers a reprieve next year while phasing in the mandate for others.
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Quarter 3, Week 6, February 24- March 2

Obama care has recently announced that it will be delayed once again. The administration had already pushed the mandate back to 2015 but have chosen to let a certain about of employers off the hook. However, they have said that by 2016 all employees must be covered or they would have to pay the penalty. The new rules state that companies must cover at least 75 percent of their employees by next year and more than 95 the following, but companies with less than 50 employees do not have to cover them. Some lawmakers, however, worry that this will cause some companies to drop their number of workers to less than 50 so that they do not have to cover health insurance. To ensure that this does not happen, officials require that companies must  prove they are dropping workers not for this reason. 

 

This relates to what we are learning in class, because we have just recently learned about MANDATES. A mandate is a rule or requirement that the national government has set for the states that they must follow. We are also learning about FEDERALISM, which when two or more governments, in our case the states and federal, or powers have power over the same area and people. In a federal system, both federal and state government have their own powers but  a mandate is one thing that increases the power of the federal government over the states. With a mandate, the states must follow it whether or not they want to and also it can be unfunded or funded. In the case with Obama care, it is a mandate and the company can get punished if they do not follow it. 

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House leaders sell immigration blueprint

House leaders sell immigration blueprint | Nini Lam's Current Events Scrapbook | Scoop.it
CAMBRIDGE, Md. — The House Republican leadership is trying to sell their colleagues on a series of broad immigration principles, including a path to legal status for those here illegally. Speaker John Boehner’s leadership team introduced the principles at their annual policy retreat here. Top Republicans circulated a tightly held one-page...
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Quarter 3, Week 3, February 3- February 9

The house of Representatives leaders are trying to start  a  series of immigration  principles that will get those who  are in the U.S. Illegally to get a citizenship.  John Boehner in 2013 had ignores the immigration reform bill but toward the end of the year and the beginning if this year, he, along with many others, began to rally Republicans to  agree with the reform.  Boehner had said that the reform is important all about jobs and economic growth and that is what we focus on.  It is also about our national security so first we must secure our borders  and improve the number of immigrants coming into the U.S.  then focus on figuring out who in the U.S. Is here illegally and legalize them.  However, there are many who are worried about the reform and fear a fail out, but it could do lots of good. The people who are here illegally will be able to be here without fear and they will help the economy by working and paying taxes. The article also talks about making sure that Obama and future presidents will follow the rules that congress creates. The blueprint for the reform states that young immigrants  who were brought here  as children illegally should not be deported because when starting this reform it will make them vulnerable to be deported at any time. the reform may not be perfect but  the government is working on it and soon a large number of immigrants will receive citizenship.

 

this article relates to what we are learning in class because this new reform can  speed up the process of a minority  majority. All of the  minority groups out together are starting to outnumber the number of  the non-Hispanics whites. The people of minorities groups is also more likely to votes than whites.  If this reform were to pass then the number of immigrants will increase and so will the number of minority voters. Having more legal immigrants voting may also impact  our policy making.  There will be more policies made on  immigration and policies that will impact minorities groups more.

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Michigan to seek visas to lure immigrants to Detroit

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Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder will announce a plan Thursday to ask the Obama administration to set aside thousands of work visas to entice talented immigrants to live and work in bankrupt Detroit.
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Quarter 3, Week 1, January 20-26

Rick Snyder, the governor of Michigan, is in the process of hetting thousacnds of work visas approved for immigrants. These visas will requirework and live in live Detriot. Rick Snyders plan is to keep the immigrant students who have come here to study and then are forced to leave the U.S. right after. The visas will keep these students, who have master's degrees or higher or those with skills in business science or art, in the U.S. and give them a job. 

 

These visas would be a really great thing for not only the immigrants but Detriot also. Detriot has been in Bankruptcy for some time now and with the help of immigrants come to would the economy would greatly improve. Not to mention that the visas will help the immigrants. Those students who have come here to study will have the opportunity to stay here and get a job. Also, any immigrant, not just students, who have master's degrees or higher have a chance at coming and living in the U.S. with a job. The approvement of the visas could do nothing but benefit everyone. 

 

 

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Emina Nakic's comment, February 23, 2014 11:03 PM
I agree with this. I also think that it'll improve Detroit's economy greatly. Not only the economy but the culture as well because we'll have all these new people coming in which will bring lots of variety to not only Detroit but Michigan too. So yes I agree it's a good idea.