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Tanzania's main opposition party plans nationwide protests 23.9.2014 Yahoo: Top Stories
By Fumbuka Ng'wanakilala DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) - Tanzania's main opposition party called on Monday for protests this week after the ruling party rejected calls that include changing the way the nation is governed under a constitution now being drawn up, an early salvo before elections next year.     The opposition party, Chadema, and its smaller allies are trying to challenge the dominance of Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM), the party which has been in power since Tanzania's independence in 1961. The assembly drawing up a new constitution has become a battleground. ...
Cheers and Jeers: Wednesday 10.9.2014 Daily Kos
From the GREAT STATE OF MAINE… Today's Boring Correction In calling for a boycott of the Target chain of stores because the company now supports marriage rights for same-sex couples, the American Family Association writes : [E]very Christian in this nation should let Target know it is out of step with the majority of Americans who support natural marriage. Let's check some 2014 poll results and see what percent of Americans are for marriage equality and against it: Gallup : 55% For vs. 42% Against. Money quote: Same-Sex Marriage Support Reaches New High. McClatchy-Marist : 54% For vs. 38% Against. Money quote: A solid majority support same-sex marriage, confirming the fast-turning tide that’s started appearing over the last three years. CBS News : 54% For vs. 39% Against. Money quote: Hispanics are more in step with a majority of Americans on the issue of same sex marriage. More Hispanics think same-sex marriage should be legal (50 percent) than not legal (44 percent). ABC News-Washington Post : 56% For ...
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Three of the five candidates for Sequoia Healthcare District board want to dissolve the agency 16.8.2014 San Jose Mercury News: Peninsula
An incumbent and two challengers in the race for three seats on the Sequoia Healthcare District Board of Directors say they want to dissolve the district, which originally was established to build and operate Sequoia Hospital.
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Bonds, parcel taxes pass to help Peninsula, South Bay, Santa Cruz County schools 5.6.2014 San Jose Mercury News: Local News
Keeping with their record of staunchly supporting local school funding, South Bay, Peninsula and Santa Cruz County voters passed nearly a dozen school tax measures on the ballot.
Voters passing bonds, taxes 4.6.2014 San Jose Mercury News: San Jose/Valley
Keeping with their record of staunchly supporting local school funding, South Bay, Peninsula and Santa Cruz County voters appeared to be passing nearly a dozen school tax measures on the ballot, early returns Tuesday showed.
Sequoia district wins $256 million bond measure to improve high schools 4.6.2014 San Jose Mercury News: News
Voters in the Sequoia Union High School District on Tuesday apparently approved a $256 million bond measure to add classrooms, improve facilities, upgrade technology and possibly build two small schools.
South Bay, Peninsula schools seeks taxes and bonds for teaching, materials, classrooms 28.5.2014 San Jose Mercury News: Education
Families with children are flocking to the affluent areas of Silicon Valley, and school officials are scrambling to house all those arriving at classroom doors. Ten local school tax measures will appear on June 3 ballots, six in Santa Clara County and four in San Mateo County.
Scots top all-league softball voting 22.5.2014 San Jose Mercury News: Peninsula
From Daily News DispatchesCarlmont-Belmont's Rebecca Faulkner earned some of the biggest hardware in all-league voting by softball coaches in the Peninsula Athletic League.
Spotlight on Green News & Views: Yosemite scenes, attacking fracking, solar on every roof—in India 22.5.2014 Daily Kos
Glacier National Park Many environmentally related posts appearing at Daily Kos each week don't attract the attention they deserve. To help get more eyeballs, Spotlight on Green News & Views  (previously known as the Green Diary Rescue) appears twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The most recent Saturday Spotlight can be seen here . So far, more than 17,500 environmentally oriented diaries have been rescued for inclusion in this weekly collection since 2006. Inclusion of a diary in the Spotlight does not necessarily indicate my agreement with or endorsement of it. Yosemite National Park - My Adventure —by elfling: "150 years ago, June 30, 1864, in the midst of the Civil War, the US Congress and Abraham Lincoln were convinced to set aside the first wild land in American history - Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoia trees. This act paved the way for the entire American National Park system, and to the creation of Yellowstone as America's first National Park. (The protected areas ...
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Opposition to new Libyan PM may scupper oil port deal 9.5.2014 World
By Ulf Laessing and Ahmed Elumami TRIPOLI (Reuters) - A Libyan government deal to reopen major oil ports controlled by rebels looks likely to unravel as the appointment of a new Islamist-backed prime minister fuels distrust that is eroding support for the accord. Ahmed Maiteeq, a hotel entrepreneur in his 40s little known abroad, took office on Sunday as Libya's third premier in just two months after a chaotic parliamentary vote. The questionable voting procedure and a lack of broad support for Maiteeq - lawmakers took a month to pick him from seven candidates - highlight his weakness and will encourage Libya's fractured political groups to oppose him, analysts say.
Libyan rebels occupying oil ports refuse to deal with new PM 7.5.2014 Yahoo: Top Stories
By Ayman al-Warfalli BENGHAZI Libya (Reuters) - Rebels occupying major oil ports in eastern Libya said on Wednesday they would not deal with new Prime Minister Ahmed Maiteeq, a stance that could threaten efforts to reopen the terminals in the OPEC producer. Maiteeq's predecessor Abdullah al-Thinni had reached an agreement with the rebels to reopen four of the ports, though only the smaller ones, Hariga and Zueitina, have been handed over to government forces. Both sides had agreed to hold further talks over the larger Ras Lanuf and Es Sider exports terminals. "We refuse to deal with Ahmed Maiteeq ... Maiteeq came to power illegally," rebel spokesman Ali Hasi said, without ...
Optical-Scan Vote Tabulators Failed in Last Month's U.S. House Special Election in FL 7.5.2014 BradBlog
While today was Primary Election Day in North Carolina, Indiana and Ohio, we're just now learning about electronic vote tabulators which failed in last month's special election for the U.S. House in Florida, according to Fox4, WFTX-TV in Fort Myers/Naples, Florida... LEE COUNTY, Fla. - Four In Your Corner has learned ...
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Gun Safety Proponent Cites 'Fool-Proof' E-Voting Systems in SUPPORT of 'Smart Gun' Technology(!) 6.5.2014 BradBlog
On Monday night's All In with Chris Hayes on MSNBC, New Jersey State Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg joined Hayes to discuss "smart gun" legislation she helped pass in her state. But it was the curious assertion by a supporter of the technology, claiming that electronic voting machines are now ...
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This Day in Blogging History: Scarfolk, trapped in a 1969-79 loop; Meat business-cards; Leaked memo reveals Diebold's illegal voting machines 23.4.2014 Boing Boing
One year ago today Wyndhamesque missives from Scarfolk, an English horror-town trapped in a 1969-79 loop: I'm loving the Scarfolk site, where "Dr R Littler" chronicles the mysteries of an English town stuck in a Wyndham-esque loop betwen 1969 and ...
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ES&S iVotronic Touch-Screen Voting Systems Now For Sale on eBay! 19.3.2014 BradBlog
Hey! Great news! Just in time to practice up your hacking skills before the 2014 mid-term elections, you can now buy your very own ES&S iVotronic touch-screen voting system from eBay!... Yes, the very same voting systems that are so incredibly sensitive and vulnerable to tampering (and which have failed so ...
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Libya: a country on the brink | Editorial 18.3.2014 Guardian: Comment is Free
Morning Glory's story makes grim reading for anyone who cares about the future of the country There can be few better symbols of Libya's post-Gaddafi trauma than the plight of the oil tanker Morning Glory. On 11 March, the North Korea-registered ship slipped out of the Libyan port of Es Sider during a storm and headed out into the Mediterranean. It was under the command of a group of rebels from Libya's most oil-rich region, Cyrenaica, who intended to sell its £20m cargo of crude to help fund an autonomous government. The Libyan navy, whose capital ships are mostly at the bottom of the sea following Nato's 2011 air campaign, was unable to stop it, as was the air force, which was in a state of near-mutiny. After Morning Glory had shouldered its way out into international waters, the Islamist-dominated Congress in Tripoli sacked the country's long-suffering prime minister, Ali Zeidan, with whom it had been at loggerheads, and he fled to Germany. On Monday, US navy Seals seized control of the ...
Tanzanian women hope for a stronger voice in new constitution 13.3.2014 The Guardian -- World Latest
After intensive lobbying by a coalition of women's rights groups, gender equality is climbing the agenda in Tanzania at a key time • How a young woman was helped out of sexual slavery – animated video This year is critical for women in Tanzania. In just a few months, we'll find out if the country is to have a new national constitution with the power to transform the lives and protect the rights of millions of women. We've walked a long, hard path to create a fair society that enables women to flourish, but there have been successes. Amina, 22, is a young woman involved in prostitution in Dar es Salaam. Commercial sex work wasn't in her life plan, but she was lured away from her village as a young girl with the promise of work as a maid in the city. Over the past two years, a government-led commission has been travelling around the country to hear from ordinary people about what they want to see in the revised governing principles of our nation. Supported by VSO in partnership ...
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Girls soccer players honored in league voting 12.3.2014 San Jose Mercury News: Peninsula
From Daily News DispatchesLocal girls soccer players were honored in all-league voting in the Bay Division of the Peninsula Athletic League.
$265 million bond measure to go on June ballot for Sequoia district high schools 7.3.2014 San Jose Mercury News: Local News
It's official: Voters in the Sequoia Union High School District will get to decide in the June 3 election whether to approve a $265 million bond for school facilities.
California governor signs $687M drought relief legislation 2.3.2014 Terrorism
California Governor Jerry Brown on Saturday signed into law a $687 million drought-relief package to deal with a water shortage he has called the worst in the state's modern history. The largest share of the drought relief package - $549 million - comes from accelerated spending of bond money voters previously approved in two ballot propositions. Those measures will fund storm water recapturing, expanded use of recycled water, better management of groundwater storage and stronger water conservation measures. While much of the United States has been pummeled by a series of snow storms, California in recent months has struggled with a drought that threatens to inflict the worst water crisis in recorded state history. ...
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