Submitted by danps on Sat, 01/12/2013 - 7:50am
Last summer I wrote about the Sierra Club's Water Sentinels program for testing water. Our town's anti-fracking activists have been using it at their homes for a while now, but around the time of my post we also began free monthly water testing for the community. We are careful to emphasize several caveats, though. The most important is that the testing is not comprehensive or EPA certified; it is not meant to be a substitute for a certified test. It measures a handful of items and is only meant to give a basic idea of water quality. Similarly, the testing would almost certainly not be admissible in a court of law; anyone with an eye on future court cases should go with an EPA certified lab. Read below the fold...
Submitted by twig on Tue, 11/06/2012 - 2:04pm
I'm not sure if this is as bad as it looks, but I'm interested in seeing what other people think. In danps's post on emergent party laziness, I commented that Greens were irrelevant in California, because other than the presidential race, there are none on our ballot. Boy, was I wrong.
I completely forgot about the recently passed "top two" legislation, which is now spreading to other states -- where it is preventing third parties from even appearing on voters' ballots.
Here's "top two" in a nutshell: Read below the fold...
Submitted by DCblogger on Thu, 09/03/2009 - 11:17am
Guest Opinion for the Daily Camera
The Kucinich Amendment would help Colorado significantly should Colorado decide to become a model health reform state, for which there is strong support in Colorado. And the Weiner Amendment, HR 676, SB 703, supporting a rational single payer system, could represent the gold standard for individuals and the country. Read below the fold...
Submitted by DCblogger on Thu, 04/16/2009 - 6:50pm
National Nurses Movement has a wonderful diary at MyDD about all the single payer bills in the states (but leaves out the legislation in Maryland). Please read about all the good news in California, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Illinois, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, and Washington.
Clearly single payer is a political winner, witness the increasing momentum in an atmosphere where the national media has airbrushed out all discussion of single payer.
The most important thing is to make sure that whatever Obama does, no federal legislation prohibit the states from creating their own single payer systems. Read below the fold...
Submitted by DCblogger on Fri, 03/20/2009 - 10:30am
Bill advances to study single-payer health care
A House committee has approved a bill that could set the stage for a single-payer health care system, potentially leading to a major change in the way Coloradans get and pay for medical care.
Never forget our fall back position, there must be no federal bill that prohibits the states from enacting their own single payer system. Read below the fold...
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We seem to be making more progress in the states. We need to insist that any federal plan NOT prohibit states from doing the right thing.
Workday Minnesota: Health care bills advance at Legislature
ST. PAUL - Passage of the Minnesota Health Security Act by a key House panel is an important first step in the effort to provide health coverage for hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans, leaders of the "Make Health Happen" Coalition said. Read below the fold...
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Salazar talks rural health care in Valley
ALAMOSA — “I’ll be the first to admit I have a lot more to learn,” said U.S. Senator Ken Salazar about health care in Creede yesterday. He discussed health care with a vocal community at the Creede Ambulance Barn, one of 32 stops he will make statewide to thrash out the issue.
This is a good sign. This is how politicians talk when they are preparing to shift positions. Read below the fold...
Submitted by DCblogger on Sat, 08/02/2008 - 12:16pm
Medicare anniversary brings calls for health care reform
"This country spends 16 percent of its total income on health care and we leave millions uninsured," said Dr. David Zehring, of La Veta. "Our European allies spend about 11 percent of their income on health care and cover everyone, while Canada spends about 9 percent for universal coverage. I'm confident we will get universal coverage here some day." Read below the fold...
Submitted by DCblogger on Mon, 07/21/2008 - 12:12am
Local group presses for single-payer health-care plan
Local proponents of a single-payer health-care system will meet Tuesday to plan a "birthday" party for the Medicare system at U.S. Rep. John Salazar's Pueblo office.
Anne Courtright, founder of Pueblo's Health Care for All Committee, said the event at Salazar's office set for 10 a.m. July 31 (the 43rd anniversary of the federal Medicare system) is intended to cement his support for HR676. Read below the fold...
Submitted by DCblogger on Tue, 07/15/2008 - 8:35am