Politician – Ramiro Ledesma http://ramiroledesma.com/ Wed, 29 Jun 2022 02:22:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://ramiroledesma.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-1-150x150.png Politician – Ramiro Ledesma http://ramiroledesma.com/ 32 32 Between politicians and critics of the press | The Guardian Nigeria News https://ramiroledesma.com/between-politicians-and-critics-of-the-press-the-guardian-nigeria-news/ Wed, 29 Jun 2022 01:51:00 +0000 https://ramiroledesma.com/between-politicians-and-critics-of-the-press-the-guardian-nigeria-news/ Journalism is as dangerous as it is delicate. It is the call to mind other people’s business and risk personal comfort. I need not mention that many of them have paid the supreme price in the exercise of their duties on a global scale. But the question is: who stands up for journalists who professionally […]]]>

Journalism is as dangerous as it is delicate. It is the call to mind other people’s business and risk personal comfort. I need not mention that many of them have paid the supreme price in the exercise of their duties on a global scale. But the question is: who stands up for journalists who professionally care about the well-being of others? Who protects journalists? Obviously not the political class and this is evident in the recent vile attack on the press team during Bola Tinubu’s grand return to Lagos after clinching the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential ticket.

This incident is currently being made to look like a run-off-the-mill. But on the other hand, it was yet another bad publicity for the state government and the APC flag bearers ahead of the crucial 2023 general election. So beyond the vain attempt to repress rampant hooliganism in the state and blatant hatred towards journalists, the state government should take responsibility for security breaches and squarely address empowering issues.

It is bad enough that journalists were targeted for attack in a well-stuffed convoy that included the state governor and his team, a handful of state governors, serving ministers and the presidential flag bearer of the ruling party, among other dignitaries. Most heartbreaking was an official attempt to cover up the incident as if it hadn’t happened. In a few mainstream platforms where the report emerged, it was treated as an attempted assault on the convoy; not on injured and traumatized journalists. During an “empathy visit” to reporters in Alausa, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu promised that the attackers would be fished out and treated. Fair enough. Unfortunately, none of these interventions addressed why the incident happened and how to ensure it never happens again. There are a few reasons worth mentioning.

The first is the inherent lack of respect for journalists from the political class, their security guards and even former media professionals who move from the newsroom to the seat of power. In a democracy, media professionals have a constitutional duty to hold the government accountable to the people. It is for this reason, prima facie, that a convoy of a state executive meanders through the city with one or two buses marked “press team”. In this context, it takes a lot to be a dynamic journalist and stay on the luxury train. Because persuasive analysis of state policies and programs — being a journalist’s duty — always conflicts with the megaphone and amplifying effect the State House expects from its press corps. But why are they still together? You can compare it to the art of keeping your friend close and your enemy closer. To tell the truth, civil servants rarely want a gadfly journalist around them, but a journalist with the status of a good soldier to satisfy their fantasy. And it’s disrespectful.

Second, the security assistants around His Excellency: These apparently harbor hatred for journalists, and left to them, these “irritants” should have no seat around their constituents, let alone in the official convoy. For LASG-01, it has always been a bitter debate and a battle to fit into the State House press corps. There are overzealous security aides who would perpetually keep State House reporters in the tail of the convoy, making them the weakest link and exposing them to retaliation after the governor leaves. State House correspondents during Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode’s tenure can best tell this story. The situation was no different last Sunday at the Iga-Iduganran palace of the Oba of Lagos. The attacked journalists were mutilated at the back of the train where they had been banished. Safe to say, the security detail threw reporters under the bus. They are lucky to be alive to tell the story. But the lives of journalists must also count… not just a lifelong ambition!

The most ruthless is the hatred of fellow journalists for their colleagues once they achieve a privileged position. The same set of stories that set them apart as field reporters and those they still want on the cover as editors easily become taboo and unsuitable for publication once they cross the carpet. . I remember a horrific incident in 2016. It was one of those ethnic clashes between Hausa and Yoruba traders at Mile 12 Market, Ketu. Deaths and arson have been recorded, forcing the state government to temporarily shut down the market. About four days later, the governor visited the neighborhood to assess the damage. As residents were grieved that the visit was late, community leaders pressured their governor to take to the streets to get a clearer view of the damage. For reasons well known to visitors, the convoy simply continued on the main access road, took a detour and headed for the main exit, signifying the end of the visit. People became violent and started throwing stones. As it was at Iga (the Oba’s palace), the press team bus was at the tail end and the soft target of their revenge. It was a scary encounter for journalists. Curiously, the chief publicist at the time fought tooth and nail to keep the story unwritten. The next day, this man, a former editor, threatened to beat up two journalists who dared to damn his consequence, as he ensured their dismissal from the press. This is the sad fate of poor journalists even in a democracy! Yet they are among the lowest paid professionals, if paid at all!

It is important to add that these conflicts of interest do not rule out the precarious insecurity in Lagos State – and the reason for this ab initio narrative. The megalopolis which also acts as the economic capital of the seventh largest country in the world is the most volatile and the axis of the island of Lagos is perpetually agitated. It does no credit to any governor that a modern state like ours is so tumultuous and almost free for all to have justified a broad daylight attack on State House correspondents. For the sake of clarity, such attacks or attempts are not new. It was very similar to what happened in 2015 during the election campaign, when Muhammadu Buhari and his team visited the same Iga on their way to becoming president. Second, this hallway is always hot-blooded. When you have a large army of street urchins, between weed and drugs, coming out to clear the roads welcoming you into the palace and their expectations are not met, how do you expect them to react to seeing you leave ? This is obvious, because it has become a family affair between the political elites and this army of hooligans.

The fact is that the metropolis of Lagos is on hot coals and there is no denying it. Everyone, not just journalists, is endangered by this conflagration which threatens to devour us all. That hooligans freely riot is symptomatic of the extent to which political elites have tolerated their excesses. It is therefore a mere political statement that the perpetrators of the attack on journalists would be brought to justice. Politicians, community and security agencies know who they are. So who’s cheating who? A better government response is to defy the odds and start building a marketable model of Lagos across the country and a benchmark of remarkable leadership. The outlook is currently very ugly, and no amount of hatred for men in the pen profession will ease the pains of living in a chaotic Lagos. Ire o!

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Prominent Ilorin politician Elepo dies aged 101 https://ramiroledesma.com/prominent-ilorin-politician-elepo-dies-aged-101/ Mon, 27 Jun 2022 09:36:49 +0000 https://ramiroledesma.com/prominent-ilorin-politician-elepo-dies-aged-101/ Alhaji Habeeb Baba Elepo, a prominent businessman, politician and community leader from Ilorin, has died. Alhaji Elepo, 101, until his death was a prominent stalwart of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara State. The deceased was also a leading “Otoge” activist and supporter of Governor AbdulRahaman AbdulRazaq. Elepo was a major player in Second […]]]>

Alhaji Habeeb Baba Elepo, a prominent businessman, politician and community leader from Ilorin, has died.

Alhaji Elepo, 101, until his death was a prominent stalwart of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara State.

The deceased was also a leading “Otoge” activist and supporter of Governor AbdulRahaman AbdulRazaq.

Elepo was a major player in Second Republic politics and a famous federal government contractor who received praise from the federal government for his careful execution of contracts in various parts of the country.

A devout Muslim and famous philanthropist, Elepo, is survived by two wives, numerous children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Among them are Dare Elepo, specialist in offshore oil exploration and Deputy Director of NNPC, Hajiya Hajara, Nike Ibrahim, Principal of Amule Government Day Junior Secondary School, Okelele and Hajiya Bilikis Saad Salahudeen, business tycoon and wife of the Special Advisor to the Governor of Kwara State on Strategy, Alhaji Saadudeen Salahudeen.

Others include Haji Sulayman Elepo and Mubarak Elepo, a senior official of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The deceased had been buried in his family home, consisting of Eleran, Kankatu, Okelele, Ilorin according to Islamic rites.

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SNP MP Alison Thewliss the latest politician slammed for cycling without a helmet https://ramiroledesma.com/snp-mp-alison-thewliss-the-latest-politician-slammed-for-cycling-without-a-helmet/ Sat, 25 Jun 2022 23:03:53 +0000 https://ramiroledesma.com/snp-mp-alison-thewliss-the-latest-politician-slammed-for-cycling-without-a-helmet/ The SNP shadow chancellor is the latest high-ranking Scottish politician to come under fire for not wearing a helmet while cycling in public. Alison Thewliss, MP for Glasgow Central, was pictured speeding down one of the city’s busiest roads on a hire bike with no head protection earlier this week. 3 Alison Thewliss is the […]]]>

The SNP shadow chancellor is the latest high-ranking Scottish politician to come under fire for not wearing a helmet while cycling in public.

Alison Thewliss, MP for Glasgow Central, was pictured speeding down one of the city’s busiest roads on a hire bike with no head protection earlier this week.

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Alison Thewliss is the latest MP to be criticized for not wearing a helmetCredit: PA
The MP was spotted cycling on Cathcart Road in south Glasgow

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The MP was spotted cycling on Cathcart Road in south Glasgow1 credit
Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie has also been criticized for his views on helmets

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Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie has also been criticized for his views on helmetsCredit: PA

She flouted government recommendations set out in traffic laws and advice from the city council that oversees the Nextbike scheme.

Road safety campaigners and head injury charities have since denounced the politician for setting a ‘bad example’ after other politicians have come under fire in recent months.

Neil Greig, director of policy and research at IAM Roadsmart, said: “It makes good sense to wear a bicycle helmet to avoid unnecessary brain damage.

“MPs should always be aware of this when setting an example for others.

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“The new traffic laws state that ‘you must wear a bicycle helmet’ and that ‘evidence suggests that a properly fitted helmet will reduce the risk of injury to your head.’

“At least by continuing not to wear helmets, top politicians are keeping the issue in the news, but for all the wrong reasons.”

Peter McCabe, of brain injury charity Headway, added: ‘It is always concerning to see an MP undermine such an important safety message.

“We encourage Alison Thewliss to not only think about her own safety, but also about the message she sends to other cyclists, especially children.”

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Ms Thewliss, previously pictured wearing a helmet at a Police Scotland Young Volunteers event, was caught without a helmet on Cathcart Road in Glasgow on Thursday morning.

Criticism of his cycling antics comes after MSP Patrick Harvie – the Scottish Government’s minister for active travel – was criticized for not covering his bonce in the past.

We told how the co-leader of the Scottish Greens refused to wear one before changing his attitude to declaring it made sense in ‘learning settings’.

During a recent parliamentary debate, Harvie said there was no evidence to support mandatory helmet laws.

Wearing one is not a legal requirement, but traffic laws say they must be worn.

And studies show they can reduce the risk of a fatal head injury by 65%.

The bike hire scheme is run by Nextbike on behalf of Glasgow City Council.

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A spokesperson said: ‘We recommend people wear a helmet when cycling for their personal safety. We acknowledge that it is not a legal obligation to do so.

Ms Thewliss, pictured in the city’s Crosshill on Thursday, and the SNP were asked to comment.

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La Crosse area politicians and candidates react to abortion ruling https://ramiroledesma.com/la-crosse-area-politicians-and-candidates-react-to-abortion-ruling/ Fri, 24 Jun 2022 17:39:58 +0000 https://ramiroledesma.com/la-crosse-area-politicians-and-candidates-react-to-abortion-ruling/ June 24, 2022 12:31 Job : June 24, 2022 12:31 LA CROSSE (WKBT) — Reactions to the Supreme Court’s decision striking down abortion as a constitutional right continue to pour in. Here’s what those holding or running for public office closer to home have said so far. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D) “A militant Supreme Court […]]]>

LA CROSSE (WKBT) — Reactions to the Supreme Court’s decision striking down abortion as a constitutional right continue to pour in. Here’s what those holding or running for public office closer to home have said so far.

Senator Tammy Baldwin (D)

“A militant Supreme Court majority overturned Roe and nearly 50 years of precedent, stripping away the constitutional rights of American women to make their own personal choices about their bodies, health, and families. The Republicans brought women back to Wisconsin in 1849 and it is the Republicans who want to keep us there by arguing that politicians are interfering in the freedoms of women who will now have fewer rights than their mothers and grandmothers had had for decades. I ask people to join this fight with their voices and their votes because we will not be taken back, we will move forward.

Senator Ron Johnson (right)

“Today is a victory for life and for those who fought for decades to protect the unborn child. For nearly fifty years, the ruling of nine unelected judges prevented the formation of a democratic consensus on the profound moral issue of abortion. This ruling will now allow that democratic process to take place in every state to determine when society has a responsibility to protect life. Hopefully, the debate will be conducted with sincerity, compassion and respect for the wide range of people’s opinions.

Derrick Van Orden (R) Candidate for 3rd Congressional District

“I believe every child is a child of God, and today’s decision is a major milestone for the sanctity of life.”

Congressman Ron Kind (D) 3rd Congressional District

“For nearly half a century, women have been able to make personal decisions about their reproductive health, their lives and their futures without government interference. The removal of this fundamental right will have devastating consequences for women and families across the country. Today’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade means millions of women will live with fewer freedoms than their mothers and grandmothers, and puts every American’s right to privacy on shaky ground. We cannot go back. Last year I voted to codify the rights protected by Roe v. Wade and the Senate must act urgently to do the same.

Rep. Jill Billings (D) 95th Assembly District

“Conservative hardliners on the United States Supreme Court today overturned the 50-year-old precedent of Roe v. Wade, leading to the restriction of the right to bodily autonomy for more than 50% of Americans. Action by this Court will not reduce the number of abortions that occur in Wisconsin and our country, but rather will make abortion more difficult to access and less safe. The decision if and when to start a family is one of the most personal decisions one can make. Politicians and Supreme Court Justices have no place in these personal health care decisions. It is vital that we end Wisconsin’s archaic 1849 criminal abortion ban. It is absolutely shameful that Republican lawmakers on Wednesday ignored the will of the people of Wisconsin and snubbed the governor’s special session on reproductive freedom. Their inaction, coupled with today’s decision by the United States Supreme Court, will have serious and lasting consequences for the health and freedom of our friends, families, neighbors and communities. I will not stop fighting until the right to access comprehensive reproductive health care in Wisconsin is restored.

Patrick Testin (R) 24th Senate District

“After nearly fifty years and more than 63 million lives lost to abortion, the United States Supreme Court has finally turned the page on a sad chapter in American history. Abortion is not health care; it is not birth control. It is the taking of a human life. I will do my part to ensure that Wisconsin values ​​and affirms life at all stages.

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Ask PVCs to vote against deceased politicians, bishop urges young people https://ramiroledesma.com/ask-pvcs-to-vote-against-deceased-politicians-bishop-urges-young-people/ Thu, 23 Jun 2022 02:13:13 +0000 https://ramiroledesma.com/ask-pvcs-to-vote-against-deceased-politicians-bishop-urges-young-people/ The Bishop of Enugu Diocese and Archbishop of the Anglican Province of Enugu, His Grace Dr Emmanuel Chukwuma has urged young people to take their permanent voter cards and elect those he described as politicians expired. He said young people will determine the outcome of the 2023 general election, hence the need for them to […]]]>

The Bishop of Enugu Diocese and Archbishop of the Anglican Province of Enugu, His Grace Dr Emmanuel Chukwuma has urged young people to take their permanent voter cards and elect those he described as politicians expired.

He said young people will determine the outcome of the 2023 general election, hence the need for them to choose their PVCs.
He called on those he described as ‘old cargo’ to retire and give opportunity to young people, adding that the church does not believe in ‘old cargo’.

He spoke at a press briefing on the upcoming Synod of the Anglican Diocese of Enugu to be held at All Saints Church, GRA, Enugu. “Young people will decide the outcome of the 2023 election. The church does not believe in old freighters. We call on old freighters to retire and become consultants and give opportunity to young people,” he said. he declares.

The cleric praised President Muhammadu Buhari for enacting the electoral law and urged him to leave a legacy of free and fair elections before leaving office.

While emphasizing the need for free and fair elections, he urged the Independent National Electoral Election (INEC) to act as an impartial arbiter and organize credible elections by 2023.
He expressed concern about the alarming rate of insecurity in the country, saying the federal government had not done enough to protect people’s lives.

The man of God asked why it remained difficult to arrest those behind the killings in churches and other areas.
Chukwuma used the occasion to condemn the kidnapping of clerics and advised churches to stop ransoming thugs.

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Reject recycled politicians, former NDE boss urges Abia youth https://ramiroledesma.com/reject-recycled-politicians-former-nde-boss-urges-abia-youth/ Tue, 21 Jun 2022 14:17:21 +0000 https://ramiroledesma.com/reject-recycled-politicians-former-nde-boss-urges-abia-youth/ The Young Progressive Party Senate Flag Bearer for Abia Central and Pioneering Director General of the National Directorate of Employment, Chief Chuku Wachuku has urged youths and women in Abia State to reject recycled politicians during of the next elections in 2023. Speaking to Umuahia reporters, Wachuku lamented that deceased politicians refused to give way […]]]>

The Young Progressive Party Senate Flag Bearer for Abia Central and Pioneering Director General of the National Directorate of Employment, Chief Chuku Wachuku has urged youths and women in Abia State to reject recycled politicians during of the next elections in 2023.

Speaking to Umuahia reporters, Wachuku lamented that deceased politicians refused to give way to younger generation to contribute their quota to governance and challenged youth and women to rise up against chronic politicians who have continued to “sit on their future”.

Wachuku, who has always advocated the transfer of power to young people, regretted that the gladiators of power refused to welcome young people and women into government but only remembered during election periods, insisting that such an anomaly must give way.

“Reject recycled politicians. Try new people and see the difference!

“Every four years, Nigerians, and especially young people, are presented with a unique opportunity to change their lives; every time they report it.

“First it was the ‘Not too young to rule’ fight; they went nowhere. Now it’s the movement towards parties with ideological themes not favorable to young people and women, just to show up with the same old song!!

“Nothing will change unless young people and women stand up. This time, let’s take our future into our own hands.

Wachuku, who is an expert on small and medium-sized businesses, argued that with a reasonable population of young people and female voters, it would be difficult for retrained politicians to manipulate the electoral process as usual.

He said he would use his wealth of knowledge in SMEs to create empowerment opportunities for families and disapproved of the mentality of giving motorcycles and tricycles to young people as empowerment items.

“Keke and wheelbarrows to young people in the name of empowerment is a mockery and a recipe for poverty,” Wachuku said.

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Pa. A woman allegedly killed her husband for financial problems https://ramiroledesma.com/pa-a-woman-allegedly-killed-her-husband-for-financial-problems/ Sat, 18 Jun 2022 21:19:00 +0000 https://ramiroledesma.com/pa-a-woman-allegedly-killed-her-husband-for-financial-problems/ Evelyn Zigerelli-Henderson appears in a photo from the Dauphin County Jail. A woman from Pennsylvania and perennial candidate for elected office was charged for the horrific death of her husband. Evelyn Zigerelli-Henderson66, is charged with felony homicide, aggravated arson and arson causing danger of death or bodily harm following the gruesome and disturbing discovery made […]]]>

Evelyn Zigerelli-Henderson appears in a photo from the Dauphin County Jail.

A woman from Pennsylvania and perennial candidate for elected office was charged for the horrific death of her husband.

Evelyn Zigerelli-Henderson66, is charged with felony homicide, aggravated arson and arson causing danger of death or bodily harm following the gruesome and disturbing discovery made early in the morning at a home in Susquehanna Township, Pennsylvania , earlier this week.

On Thursday, June 16, 2022, Henderson was jailed in Dauphin County Jail for allegedly killing an 84-year-old man Carmen Q. Henderson. The deceased retired as Chief Deputy Sheriff of Dauphin County in 1995.

According to Harrisburg, Pa. CBS WHP Affiliate, Zigerelli-Henderson called 911 in the middle of the night. The accused allegedly told a dispatcher that she believed her husband had died after “starting a fire and setting himself on fire”. The dispatcher took notes on the call, according to court documents obtained by the broadcaster, writing: “Something is wrong with the caller. She hesitates to answer questions.

Police reportedly arrived around 5am and found the man burned alive and naked on the couple’s back patio; he appeared to have fly larvae in his mouth and nostrils, suggesting he had been dead for some time.

Law enforcement officers reportedly said they first suspected Zigerelli-Henderson when her story began to change. The accused allegedly first told police that she and her husband had had a fight the night before and then she awoke to find him burned to death outside. This first version presented the death of Carmen Henderson as a suicide.

When presented with evidence Zigerelli-Henderson told 911 about hearing her husband scream around 1 a.m., she reportedly revised her story to say his death was likely an accident caused by him smoking a cigar and lit a fire. An investigation by the Dauphin County Fire Investigation Team found this version of events to be “unlikely”.

Numerous iterations of the narrative ensued, according to police.

Zigerelli-Henderson allegedly ‘finally decided’ to tell police she saw her husband sitting on a folding camp chair with a burning pant leg while screaming his name for help, according to court documents cited by York, Pennsylvania. FOX WPMT Affiliate. In this story, the accused allegedly picked up the phone to dial 911 in the midst of the flames but, in the end, she decided not to make the call. Police reportedly said they could not explain why they decided not to call when they knew he was on fire.

Investigators also reportedly questioned the defendant about her relationship to the deceased and determined a financial motive for the alleged murder.

Both would have been deeply in debt. That debt, the alleged murderer reportedly told police, was largely her fault. Police said they admitted to spending all of the couple’s money on vacation homes, day spas and other luxury goods and services. On top of that, she allegedly admitted that their joint venture, Henderson Limousine Service, went out of business because she mishandled the operation.

Police said the couple’s “serious debt” included $40,000 due to a second mortgage on their home as well as back taxes. They also thought their property was going to be seized, Harrisburg ABC affiliate WHTM reported.

“E. Henderson said she knew she would soon be homeless,” the criminal complaint obtained by Lancaster, Pennsylvania. NBC Affiliate WGAL alleged. “E. Henderson said C. Henderson would be living with her children from another marriage. E. Henderson said she was not welcome to live with the children.

[image via Dauphin County Prison]

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Bipartisan politicians seek support for medical cannabis bill for vets as Senate passes PACT law on historic toxic exposure https://ramiroledesma.com/bipartisan-politicians-seek-support-for-medical-cannabis-bill-for-vets-as-senate-passes-pact-law-on-historic-toxic-exposure/ Fri, 17 Jun 2022 13:27:53 +0000 https://ramiroledesma.com/bipartisan-politicians-seek-support-for-medical-cannabis-bill-for-vets-as-senate-passes-pact-law-on-historic-toxic-exposure/ A bipartisan group of members of Congress is seeking support for a bill that would allow military veterans access to medical marijuana, which will soon be introduced in Congress. The sponsors of the measure sent a letter to their colleagues in Congress on Wednesday asking for their support, Reported Marijuana Moment. The Veterans Equal Access […]]]>

A bipartisan group of members of Congress is seeking support for a bill that would allow military veterans access to medical marijuana, which will soon be introduced in Congress. The sponsors of the measure sent a letter to their colleagues in Congress on Wednesday asking for their support, Reported Marijuana Moment.

The Veterans Equal Access Act, presented by the co-chairs of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus Representatives. Count Blumenauer (D-OR) and Brian Mast (R-FL), would allow VA physicians to recommend medical marijuana to their patients in states where it is legal.

The proposal is backed by a variety of cannabis and veteran organizations, including the Veterans Cannabis Coalition, NORML, Drug Policy Alliance, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IVAV), US Cannabis Council, Better Organizing to Win Legalization and National Cannabis Industry Association, and the Council for Federal Cannabis Regulation.

“Most states with legal medical cannabis programs require some sort of referral or endorsement from a healthcare provider for patients to enroll in the program. However, VA policy precludes VA physicians and healthcare providers from any involvement, including assistance with required documents or forms,” the letter read.

“This forces veterans to seek care outside of the VA system to receive their medical cannabis referrals, which can interrupt continuity of care, lead to errors or gaps in care, and require veterans to pay their pocket for additional medical visits. VA physicians should not be denied the opportunity to offer a recommendation that they believe might meet the needs of their patients.

The main idea of ​​the bill is to allow VA physicians to discuss or recommend marijuana if it is in the best interest of their patients.

“The premise is very simple: This zero-score bill would help thousands of veterans and cost the AV nothing.”

A Congressional Budget Office analysis of a 2020 version of the bill concludes that the government would not incur additional expenditures to implement this bill.

Recent similar efforts

Last week, a recent discussion between Senator Chuck Schumer (DN.Y.) and Representative Dave Joyce (R-OH) on bipartisan cannabis reform has resulted in a possible omnibus bill which may contain more than banking and delisting reforms.

In an introductory conversation last Thursday at the International Cannabis Bar Association conference, Schumer and Joyce discussed combining two already existing bipartisan bills – the Safe and Fair Banking Act (SAFE)of Representative Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) and the Opportunity Exploitation by Prosecuting Expungement (HOPE) Act. The HOPE Act, sponsored by Joyce and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) would help states erase criminal records for non-violent cannabis-related convictions by implementing a state erasure opportunity grant program.

Other significant proposals that cover veterans’ access to medical marijuana, research expansion, cannabis industry access to Small Business Administration (SBA) programs, and penalties Wider drug deals have also been considered, according to multiple sources.

Opposition in the ranks

Unfortunately, many politicians find fault with these proposals, which is probably why these important reforms have been stalled for so long. At a recent press conference in a room full of veterans, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts said there was no evidence medical cannabis works for PTSD after announcing Nebraska would join 35 other states in a governor’s challenge to prevent suicide.

from Nebraska the veterans worked with mental health officials to set up a program that would improve awareness and treatment of the condition.

However, it seems that the legalization of cannabis will not be considered at all, since Ricketts isn’t too fond of the idea, unlike his predecessor Bob Kerrey, now a US Senator. Kerrey joined another veteran Montel Williams in 2010 by calling for the distribution of medical marijuana in VA hospitals to treat PTSD.

Progress is already noticeable

Nevertheless, small steps forward have an impact. Among the most important is a recent invoice sponsored by Representative Seth Moulton (D-MA), which would be allow VA physicians to discuss MMJ treatment with veterans and protect those who are honest about their history of marijuana therapy.

Under Moulton’s bill, veterinarians would not have to worry about losing federal benefits for using MMJ and would be “encouraged” to talk about these types of treatments.

Additionally, the VA confirmed in February that while marijuana use is still federally illegal, “Veterans’ participation in state marijuana programs does not affect eligibility for medical care and services. the VA”.

Last victory for the veterans: Landmark Toxic Substances Exposure Bill

The veterans picked up another big win on Thursday when the Senate massively adopted Bipartisan Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson honoring our PACT Act of 2022 – “the largest bill in American history to address our military’s exposure to fireplaces and other toxic substances.”

“This bill will provide expanded access to health care and disability benefits for veterans injured by certain toxic exposures, whether in the jungles of Vietnam or the mountains of Afghanistan,” the president said. . Joe Biden declared. “It will also allow the Department of Veterans Affairs to act more quickly and more comprehensively in the future to determine if illnesses are related to military service, and it will offer essential support to survivors who have been injured by exposures, including water contamination at Camp LeJeune. Importantly, the bill includes the tools and resources needed to ensure the VA can implement it effectively.

“I urge the House to quickly pass this bill so that I can sign it into law immediately,” Biden concluded.

Hopefully veterans will soon also celebrate access to cannabis through one bill or another.

Photo: Courtesy of Christopher Lyzcen via Shuttestock

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Explosive device found outside Bay Area politician’s home https://ramiroledesma.com/explosive-device-found-outside-bay-area-politicians-home/ Wed, 15 Jun 2022 21:39:19 +0000 https://ramiroledesma.com/explosive-device-found-outside-bay-area-politicians-home/ An explosive device was found outside the home of a local councilor and mayoral candidate, police said. Thomas Hawk/Flickr/San Jose Police Department An explosive device was found outside a bay area the home of a councilwoman and a former mayoral candidate, prompting an evacuation of the surrounding area. San Jose City Council member Dev Davis […]]]>



An explosive device was found outside the home of a local councilor and mayoral candidate, police said.

Thomas Hawk/Flickr/San Jose Police Department

An explosive device was found outside a bay area the home of a councilwoman and a former mayoral candidate, prompting an evacuation of the surrounding area.

San Jose City Council member Dev Davis and his family were forced to evacuate their home on Tuesday morning after a neighbor found a suspicious device near her home. The device, found on the street outside Davis’ home, also forced neighbors to evacuate.

Police arrived at the scene shortly before 8 a.m. on Tuesday. A police bomb squad confirmed the device was explosive, a San Jose spokesperson told SFGATE; it was removed this afternoon.


Davis, who is running for mayor of San Jose, won 10.8% of the vote in last week’s primary to replace incumbent mayor Sam Liccardo. Liccardo is relieved of his duties this year. Davis was first elected to city council in 2016; she was re-elected in 2020.

“Losing the primary last week on Tuesday was disappointing,” Davis said in a facebook post wednesday. “Yesterday put that loss into perspective. My family and I are safe, and that will always mean more to me than anything else.

An investigation into the case is ongoing and it remains unclear whether Davis was targeted, a San Jose police spokesperson told SFGATE.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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GOP-backed bill would ban politicians from paying their families https://ramiroledesma.com/gop-backed-bill-would-ban-politicians-from-paying-their-families/ Mon, 13 Jun 2022 22:11:11 +0000 https://ramiroledesma.com/gop-backed-bill-would-ban-politicians-from-paying-their-families/ Republican Representative Pat Fallon introduced a bill that would prevent politicians from paying family members for campaign services. Nine other Republican lawmakers are behind the Integrity of the Family Act to reform elections. Conservatives and Liberals have employed family members over the years. Loading Something is loading. A new bill aims to prevent politicians from […]]]>
  • Republican Representative Pat Fallon introduced a bill that would prevent politicians from paying family members for campaign services.
  • Nine other Republican lawmakers are behind the Integrity of the Family Act to reform elections.
  • Conservatives and Liberals have employed family members over the years.

A new bill aims to prevent politicians from dipping into their campaign funds to pay family members for campaign services.

Introduced by Republican Rep. Pat Fallon of Texas and co-sponsored by nine other GOP lawmakers, the Family Integrity to Reform Elections Act (FIRE) Prohibit any federal candidate from paying immediate family members for campaign services. Campaigns would be required to report any payments made to immediate family members, including spouses, parents, children, siblings and their domestic partners.

“Current campaign finance law has allowed millions of dollars to flow out of campaigns and into the bank accounts of a candidate’s family member with little evidence of what they are actually contributing,” he said. Fallon said on Twitter.

Currently, there is no need to alert the bipartisan Federal Election Commission or other government entity when someone on a campaign payroll is a member of the family. Indeed, according to regulations stated by the FEC, it is legal for lawmakers to compensate family members as long as they “provide bona fide services to the campaign” and are not paid “in excess of fair market value.”

Should the bill pass into law — unlikely, given its lack of Democratic sponsors in a Democratic-controlled Congress — the penalties would be severe. Any candidate found guilty of breaking the law would be fined $100,000 per violation or 200% of the compensation paid to family members – whichever is greater – or a maximum of two years imprisonment.

Family members appearing on a Congressional campaign payroll has long been a bipartisan phenomenon.

In 2012, 32 members of Congress paid their loved ones more than $2 million in campaign funds during the election cycle, USA Today reported. In 2017, The Hill Reported that more than a dozen lawmakers paid family members from campaign accounts. And one 2020 analysis by OpenSecrets found that at least 14 members of Congress — nine Democrats and four Republicans — paid more than $15,000 each to family members on their reelection committees.

One of the most notable campaign money scandals of recent years has involved the family.

Rep. Republican Duncan Hunter of California pleaded guiltyin 2019 for stealing campaign money from his campaign account and using it for personal gain. Hunter’s wife, Margaret, was his campaign manager at the time and was also involved and pleaded guilty at similar loads.

Donald Trump, then President pardoned Duncan Hunter end of 2020 – before serving his prison sentence. Margaret Hunter was intended to serve a home confinement sentence – until Trump also pardoned her soon after.

Fallon, a freshman lawmaker, is no stranger to financial ethics scandals, albeit of a different kind: the House Ethics Committee is investigating him for allegedly violating the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act of 2012 after not disclosing properly dozens of personal stock trades worth millions of dollars.

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