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Kalamazoo River Tar Sands Pipeline Oil Spill

4 years later and they are still trying to clean this mess up!

The Kalamazoo River oil spill occurred in July 2010 when a pipeline operated by Enbridge (Line 6B) burst and flowed into Talmadge Creek, a tributary of the Kalamazoo River. A six-foot break in the pipeline resulted in the largest inland oil spill, and one of the costliest spills, in U.S. history. The pipeline carries diluted bitumen (dilbit), a heavy crude oil from Canada's Athabasca oil sands to the United States. Following the spill, the volatile hydrocarbon diluents evaporated, leaving the heavier bitumen to sink in the water column. Thirty-five miles of the Kalamazoo River were closed for clean-up until June 2012, when portions of the river were re-opened. On March 14, 2013 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ordered Enbridge to return to dredge portions of the river to remove submerged oil and oil-contaminated sediment.


Why are you a democrat?

I had republican coworkers ask me that question many times during my working life.

I tell them the story of my immigrant grandfather who was a coal miner in the early part of the last century. FDR was running for president, my grandfather just received his citizenship and the right to vote. The coal mine was ran by an anti union, slave wage paying, no good republican. The coal miners were trying to bring in the labor union. Black Lung, cave ins, low wages, long hours and mine safety were all ignored by the owner. All that mattered to the owner was profits. He threaten the miners if they voted for FDR he would close down the coal mine. My common sense grandfather not knowing much about American politics or which political party was on the side of the working man, knew from then on that he was a democrat.

Even today there really is a huge difference between the two political parties. Like my grandfather, people need to ask themselves which side are you on!

Republican Controlled States Making It Harder For Democrats To Vote

I know here in my part of rural Indiana the republicans closed down the rural voting areas and forcing us to drive many more miles into town to vote. Now the working class voters wanting to vote before going to work will face longer lines just to save a few tax dollars.

Republican Controlled States Making It Harder For Democrats To Vote

NYT (“New G.O.P. Bid to Limit Voting in Swing States“):

Pivotal swing states under Republican control are embracing significant new electoral restrictions on registering and voting that go beyond the voter identification requirements that have caused fierce partisan brawls.
The bills, laws and administrative rules — some of them tried before — shake up fundamental components of state election systems, including the days and times polls are open and the locations where people vote.
Republicans in Ohio and Wisconsin this winter pushed through measures limiting the time polls are open, in particular cutting into weekend voting favored by low-income voters and blacks, who sometimes caravan from churches to polls on the Sunday before election.

Democrats in North Carolina are scrambling to fight back against the nation’s most restrictive voting laws, passed by Republicans there last year. The measures, taken together, sharply reduce the number of early voting days and establish rules that make it more difficult for people to register to vote, cast provisional ballots or, in a few cases, vote absentee.
In all, nine states have passed measures making it harder to vote since the beginning of 2013. Most have to do with voter ID laws. Other states are considering mandating proof of citizenship, like a birth certificate or a passport, after a federal court judge recently upheld such laws passed in Arizona and Kansas. Because many poor people do not have either and because documents can take time and money to obtain, Democrats say the ruling makes it far more difficult for people to register.
Voting experts say the impact of the measures on voter turnout remains unclear. Many of the measures have yet to take effect, and a few will not start until 2016. But at a time when Democrats are on the defensive over the Affordable Care Act and are being significantly outspent by conservative donors like the Koch brothers, the changes pose another potential hurdle for Democratic candidates this year.

Republicans defend the measures, saying Democrats are overstating their impact for partisan reasons. The new rules, Republicans say, help prevent fraud, save money and bring greater uniformity to a patchwork election system.
“We think they’re stoking these things for political gain,” said Alex M. Triantafilou, the chairman of the Hamilton County Republican Party in Ohio. “We think there’s an effort here to rally the Democratic base in a year that they otherwise wouldn’t be rallying.”
Democrats and other critics of the laws say that in the face of shifting demographics, Republicans are trying to alter the rules and shape the electorate in their favor. Those most affected by the restrictions are minorities and the urban poor, who tend to vote Democratic.

Continued: http://www.outsidethebeltway.com/republican-controlled-states-making-it-harder-for-democrats-to-vote/
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