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Fighting Back: #NeverAgain – “We are tired of hearing it is too soon. It’s time.”

 

The Weekly Democratic Party Address was delivered by Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Florida).

(Congressman Ted Deutch, representing Florida’s 22nd Congressional District, home to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, speaks on gun control)
 
Congressman Deutch:

For those who say it is too soon – For those who always say it is too soon to make change, you must live with the knowledge that it is too late for the grieving parents, it is too late for the survivors who will carry this with them forever, it is too late for the Marjory Stoneman Douglas community.

We are tired of hearing that it is too soon. […]

It’s time for Republicans in Congress to show just a shred of the courage of American students. It’s time for Speaker Ryan to let the House vote to require background checks on every sale and transfer, to keep guns out of the hands of suspected terrorists, to outlaw bump stocks that enable automatic rates of fire, to require that no one under the age of 21 can buy a gun, and to once again ban assault weapons from our streets.

The students of Stoneman Douglas demand action. They will never give up. They are crying out, America has heard it, the world has heard it from them. Never again!

(Link to Nancy Pelosi Newsroom here)

Is Scott Walker Intimidated?

Scott Walker, brave bully governor of Wisconsin, destroyer of little old schoolteachers’ pensions and incarcerater of protest singers, appears to be intimidated by the money needed to be competitive in an important electoral college state:

Scott Walker suggests he could sit out Florida primary

Scott Walker suggested in a radio interview with Laura Ingraham today that he could sit out Florida’s March 15, 2016, Republican presidential primary.

“I don’t think there’s a state out there we wouldn’t play in — other than maybe Florida, where Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio are in some of the polls essentially tied and they are going to eat up a good amount of that financial advantage that Gov. Bush is going to have. Remember, Rick Scott spent something like $100 million running for governor there last year.”

That comes from a hopeful who in March implied he was the front-runner.

So the governor who claimed to be Unintimidated by unions and schoolteachers and said he would crush ISIL just like he crushed public and private sector unions in Wisconsin, is worried about spending money in a state that any Republican presidential hopeful will need to win the presidency.

What is he afraid of … losing? Or spending the pile of cash he has been gathering in his 527, dollar signs that must be making his grifter eyes light up when he sees it?

Or maybe he is afraid that once he leaves the rarified air of Iowa, a place that fed his delusions of adequacy, the stark reality is that he can run but he can’t hide from his record in Wisconsin: the anemic job numbers, the 60% disapproval rating he earned by his attacks on the university system, the elderly, women, school children, the poors, the environment, and the Wisconsin way of life?

He certainly looks intimidated to me.

President Obama to Celebrate Earth Day at Everglades National Park

On April 22, Earth Day 2015, President Barack Obama will travel to Everglades National Park in Florida and talk about man-made climate change.

… on Earth Day, I’m going to visit the Florida Everglades to talk about the way that climate change threatens our economy. The Everglades is one of the most special places in our country. But it’s also one of the most fragile. Rising sea levels are putting a national treasure – and an economic engine for the South Florida tourism industry – at risk.

– President Barack Obama, Weekly Address April 18, 2015

#ActOnClimate

UPDATE: The President’s speech

Transcript


Great Egret at Everglades National Park in Florida – nps.gov

Rachel Maddow Show

Obama’s choice of the Florida Everglades as the setting for the speech is significant for the ecologically delicate nature of the area, as well as the fact that parts of the state are already routinely dealing with the effects of sea level rise as a result of climate change. Miami is regularly subject to “sunny day flooding” when tidal waters back up through the city’s drains. […]

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, a Republican candidate for the presidency in 2016, has questioned the role of humans in climate change and voted against an amendment holding Congress to the view that humans are causing climate change.

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Washington Post:

With legislative efforts dead on Capitol Hill in the face of Republican opposition, Obama has sought to move forward on his own in ways large and small. The trip, on Earth Day, to the 734 square-mile tropical wetlands is aimed at highlighting a region that the administration said is threatened by global warming.

“The Everglades are flat, and they border a rising ocean,” Brian Deese, a senior adviser to Obama, wrote on the White House blog. “As the sea levels rise, the shorelines erode, and that salty water travels inland, threatening the aquifers supplying fresh drinking water to Floridians.”

Deese tied the potential damage to the economy — namely, the state’s tourism industry — and added that “we’re far beyond a debate about climate change’s existence. We’re focused on mitigating its very real effects here at home.”

More on the Everglades below the fold …