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VA state senator Phillip Puckett resigns his seat.

how safe is this seat? can we keep the GOP from gaining control of the senate as well?


RICHMOND, Va. – State Sen. Phillip P. Puckett- D-Russell has resigned his seat, leaving Democrats one vote shy of the majority they need to control the chamber.
Puckett's stunning resignation throws Democratic budget strategy into chaos and opening the way for Republicans to seize control of the chamber and reorganize its committees with GOP majorities, the Richmond Times Dispatch said in a report issued late Sunday.
“I am deeply disappointed by this news and the uncertainty it creates at a time when 400,000 Virginians are waiting for access to quality health care, especially those in Southwest Virginia,” Gov. Terry McAuliffe said in a statement.
“This situation is unacceptable, but the bipartisan majority in the Senate and I will continue to work hard to put Virginians first and find compromise on a budget that closes the coverage gap.”
With the current fiscal year set to expire June 30, the Democrat controlled Senate and Republican controlled House of Delegates have been locked in a political stalemate over a new, two-year budget.


Sources familiar with Puckett's resignation, submitted this weekend, said the longtime Southwest Virginia senator cited family reasons for his sudden departure. At least two sources speculated that one of the family reasons involved Puckett's daughter, Martha P. Ketron.
Ketron, who was admitted to the bar in October 2006, was appointed last July to serve as a judge in Juvenile and Domestic relations Court in an interim capacity by judges of the 29th District Circuit Court, which covers Buchanan, Dickenson, Russell and Tazewell counties in Southwest Virginia.
But her bid for reappointment to a full, six-year term was put off earlier this year in the General Assembly, in part due to a tradition against awarding bench appointments to family members of sitting legislators.


Puckett may not be unemployed for long.
Del. Terry G. Kilgore, R-Scott, chairman of the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission, said he is interested in Puckett taking a job with the commission and has discussed it with him.
"If he's available I think he'd be great for us," Kilgore said."He'd be a great asset because he knows the region, and he's a former banker and JLARC said we need more follow-up so he'd be a perfect fit for us."

more at the link

I swear people are losing their fricking minds.

we have a stabbing in Portsmouth VA. at the naval medical center.
sailor on sailor.
everything on lock down, still can not find him.

the shotgun shooting in Seattle WA.
thank goodness for that person who pepper sprayed him

more and more people are going nuts.

woo hoo saw in our local paper (aka fish wrap) :D

that we are getting a food truck coming thru 3 days a week.
I can hardly wait. they did a gig at the local SPCA fund raiser and said
they were coming back 3 days a week.

another reason to hate ticks new disease called heartland

A rare viral infection has emerged in the central U.S. The virus causes fever, a drop in the blood’s infection-fighting white cells and a reduction in the blood’s clot-making platelets.
The virus is called Heartland disease, its name honors the Heartland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph, Mo., where the first men infected with the virus were treated. The disease was first noticed in June 2009, when two Missouri farmers came to the hospital with severe flu-like symptoms.
Some early cases were reported by the Digital Journal earlier in the year. New reports indicated that cases have risen, and there have now been eight confirmed cases.


The virus causes headaches, nausea, high fevers, diarrhea and gut-distress. Blood tests indicate low white-blood-cell counts. The disease appears to be spread by ticks. Through field studies conducted in 2012, researchers identified Lone Star ticks as the way by which the virus was spread, with evidence pointing to their larval blood meal as the time of infection.


However, much else about the disease remains a mystery. Daniel Pastula of the CDC in Fort Collins told Science Now: "No vaccine or medication is available to prevent or treat Heartland virus disease."

Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/life/health/new-heartland-disease-emerges-in-usa-midwest/article/384083#ixzz32AkXaHIn

Swiss decline on raising the minimum wage.


Swiss voters have rejected a proposed hourly minimum wage of $US25 ($A27) - which would have been the world's highest - in one of the planet's priciest nations.
Only 23 per cent of Swiss voters came out in favour of introducing a minimum wage in Switzerland so high it could pass for mid-management pay elsewhere, the gfs.bern polling institute said in a projection of Sunday's referendum results.


The Decent Salary initiative insists that at least 22 Swiss francs ($A27) an hour, or 4000 francs ($A4885) a month, is needed to get by in the wealthy Alpine nation.
Backers of the initiative want Switzerland to go from having no minimum wage to boasting the world's highest, far above the $US7.25 ($A7.74) in the United States, 9.43 euros ($A13.80) in France, 5.05 euros in Spain and the recently agreed 8.50 euros in Germany, set to take effect next year.


But the initiative, which has drawn envious and incredulous attention from abroad, appeared sure to flop, with voters heeding warnings from opponents, including the government, that the sky-high minimum wage would deal a death blow to many businesses and would weaken Switzerland's healthy economy.
"This minimum wage would put jobs in danger and would make accessing the labour market even more difficult for youths and those with few qualifications," Bern has warned.


Supporters counter that higher basic wages would boost the purchasing power of some 330,000 people, or one in 10 employees in the country.
"I really have trouble living on my salary," Portuguese hotel maid Alcina Esteves de Almeida told AFP, whose gross monthly salary is 3400 francs.
"I have to give up a lot, and I often can't eat properly," said the 52-year-old, who works at a luxury Geneva hotel.
Like de Almeida, around 90 per cent of those living on less than the proposed minimum wage are foreign nationals, without a right to vote in Sunday's referendum, an editorial in the Le Temps daily's weekly edition noted.

Ok looks like it will be Kay H. and Tom T. in Nov.

I saw one poll (not sure when) that showed them tied.
does anyone have anything else?

feel safer yet ... pedestrian beaten up by police framed w/2 felonies.


Officer Antkowiak begins the encounter by ordering Mr. Jones to the front of his police cruiser. Jones complies and places his hands on the hood. For no apparent reason, Antkowiak began to place Jones in handcuffs. When the officer aggressively wrenched Mr. Jones’ arms behind his back, he spun around, as if to try and understand the cause for the arrest.
Officer Antkowiak escalated the violence by slamming Jones backward onto the hood and placing him in a chokehold. The unhinged officer had placed a hand around his victim’s neck.
As the struggle continued, the pair tumbled off of the hood onto the concrete street. Soon after, more officers arrived and began to repeatedly kick the 62-year-old man.


Officer Antkowiak’s report was filled with lies. He had claimed the encounter began when he witnessed Mr. Jones throw a beer can at his car. The video later showed that was not true.
Dallas Officer Matthew Antkowiak says he’s “not sorry for doing his job.”
The officer claimed that he had been choked and kicked by Mr. Jones. The video showed that it was Jones who was the recipient of the choking and kicking.


Antkowiak exaggerated his story to the point of saying that Jones lifted him off the ground by his neck and made him dizzy.
Before the stop was over, cops conspired to shut off one of the dash-cameras. Conveniently, officers then produced a crack pipe from under a squad car and claimed it belonged to Mr. Jones. Police claimed Jones was intoxicated.
The officers’ version of the events was accepted as truth, and the dash-cam evidence was kept under wraps. Ronald Jones was charged with two felonies: aggravated assault of a public servant and cocaine possession. Jones sat in jail for 15 months as a trial loomed.


Finally, Jones’ lawyer arranged for the release of the dashboard camera video. On the day which he was scheduled to go to trial in 2011, prosecutors finally dropped the charges. Evidently Jones had been allowed to sit in jail for over a year without the prosecution glancing at the primary piece of evidence. But what was the police department’s excuse?
Even though the entire arrest was a sham, the department backed its officers. Chief David Brown said they could find “no evidence of excessive force.”
Antkowiak resigned from the department in 2012 due to unrelated health issues, 3 years after the incident.
Finally, in March 2014, Ronald Jones’ lawsuit resulted in a $1.1 million settlement for his false imprisonment. Jones is now 66 years old.
“Am I angry about the way this all went down? Damn straight I am,” Antkowiak said. “But that doesn’t mean that I’m going to back into a corner and say, ‘I’m sorry for doing my job.’”
Antkowiak is now the CEO of a private security company and helps to train police officers.

more at the link.

long story short: cop is dispatched to an area to look for 2 white men fighting. sees old black man, attacks him and lies about it
tries to disconnect the dash cam and his buddies show up and kick
this old black man and magically produce a crack pipe and state
that they found it on him. good thing his lawyer got that dashcam
video released. and the DA and cops never looked at the video
just took the nice police officers word for it.
and this jackass now helps TRAIN Dallas cops.

can someone explain to me why Americans are so against

protecting people? remember when Ronald Reagan got
seniors covered against the cost of catastrophic illness?

oh my goodness the screaming. Congress could not repeal it
fast enough. I really do not understand.

now I was pretty young then and didn't really pay attention
until the screaming started. But was the law that bad?
as I remember it was seniors paid the first 300 dollars
and everything was covered after that.

the NYT on different ACA exchanges.


WASHINGTON — The online insurance marketplace in Oregon is such a technological mess that residents have been signing up for health coverage by hand. In Texas, political opposition to President Obama’s health law is so strong that some residents believe, erroneously, that the program is banned in their state.
But in Connecticut, a smoothly functioning website, run by competent managers, has successfully enrolled so many patients that officials are offering to sell their expertise to states like Maryland, which is struggling to sign people up for coverage.
The disparities reveal a stark truth about the Affordable Care Act: With the first open enrollment period set to end Monday, six months after its troubled online exchanges opened for business, the program widely known as Obamacare looks less like a sweeping federal overhaul than a collection of individual ventures playing out unevenly, state to state, in the laboratories of democracy.

Jobs and Health Bills Make for Busy Day at CapitolMARCH 27, 2014
The White House said on Thursday that more than six million people have signed up for private plans, a significant political milestone for the Obama administration. Independent analysts estimate that an additional 3.5 million Americans are newly insured under Medicaid — figures the law’s backers hail as a success.

But those numbers may not reveal much. Federal officials do not know how many of those who selected plans were previously uninsured, or how many actually paid their premiums. Independent experts warn that the intense focus on national numbers is misguided, and that it will take years to fully assess the law’s impact, much less deem it a success or a failure.

“The whole narrative about Obamacare — ‘Will they get to six million? What is the percentage of young adults going to be?’ — has almost nothing to do with whether the law is working or not, whether the premiums are affordable or not, whether people think they are getting a good deal or not,” said Drew Altman, president of the Kaiser Family Foundation, whose analysts are closely tracking the measure.

more at the link .... interesting article ....

great news !! treatment found that tricks body into killing cancer tumor.


Researchers might have found the Holy Grail in the war against cancer, a miracle drug that has killed every kind of cancer tumor it has come in contact with.
The drug works by blocking a protein called CD47 that is essentially a “do not eat” signal to the body’s immune system, according to Science Magazine.
This protein is produced in healthy blood cells but researchers at Stanford University found that cancer cells produced an inordinate amount of the protein thus tricking the immune system into not destroying the harmful cells.

With this observation in mind, the researchers built an antibody that blocked cancer’s CD47 so that the body’s immune system attacked the dangerous cells.
So far, researchers have used the antibody in mice with human breast, ovary, colon, bladder, brain, liver and prostate tumors transplanted into them. In each of the cases the antibody forced the mice’s immune system to kill the cancer cells.
“We showed that even after the tumor has taken hold, the antibody can either cure the tumor or slow its growth and prevent metastasis,” said biologist Irving Weissman of the Stanford University School of Medicine in Palo Alto, California.

more at the link.
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