One of the more incredible moments in the history of smoking and tobacco use in the United States came in 1994. That’s when Rep. Henry Waxman held congressional hearings on smoking, and the leaders of seven of the largest tobacco companies were asked if they believed nicotine was addictive.
Congressman John Faso has not publicly committed to voting for the American Health Care Act, which has been put forward by House Republicans in Washington, DC as the replacement for Affordable Care Act, but he is clearly leaning in that direction.
Sullivan County Legislator Catherine Owens is a supporter of a constitutional convention, and she used her position as chair of the Government Services Committee to remind her colleagues and others in attendance that New York State voters will have the opportunity to vote for such a convention on November 7.
The calls across the country for elected members of Congress to hold town hall meetings have spread across the country, and the congressman for the New York 19th Congressional District, John Faso, as was noted in this space two weeks ago, has joined many of his colleagues in refusing to hold a town meeting.
Workers at three Sullivan County businesses participated in the Day Without Immigrants protest by not showing up to work on February 16. Those three businesses—related to food and agriculture—and their employees contribute a lot to the county in terms of taxes and the local economy.
The election of Donald Trump as president has sparked the formation of many activist groups around the country. The organization that wrote the Indivisible Guide, which is a primer on best practices for resisting the Trump agenda, says 4,500 groups across the country have registered with their website.
Pennsylvania is considered to be one of the most heavily gerrymandered states in the country. After the last census in 2010, Republicans in the House and Senate in Harrisburg had a commanding lead—Gov. Tom Corbett was a Republican, and the PA Supreme Court had a Republican majority.
Despite a new president who has said that climate change is a hoax, and who has also said he would walk away from the Paris Climate Agreement, there are some analysts who have said that the United States may meets its emission targets under that agreement anyway because of the efforts of state and local governments.
It’s beginning to look like Republicans in Washington, DC are coalescing around the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) at essentially the same time, rather than pursuing a repeal-and-delay strategy.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo spent last week travelling to six cities around the state to deliver regional State of the State speeches. Traditionally, the governor of New York gives one State of the State speech in Albany with lawmakers in attendance.