Tennessee’s Free Adult Education

Gov. Bill Haslam recently made an announcement that Tennessee will add tuition-free community college for adults to the TN Reconnect program, which already offers a free 2-year degree or certificate program to graduating high school students.

via Community College Tuition-Free for All Tennesseans | Tennessee State Government — JoAnn Chateau

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The GOP’s Stealth War on Voters

From Rolling Stone’s investigative journalist GREG PALAST —

“Before a single vote was cast, the election was fixed by GOP and Trump operatives.

“Starting in 2013 – just as the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act – a coterie of Trump operatives, under the direction of Kris Kobach, Kansas Secretary of State, created a system to purge 1.1 million Americans of color from the voter rolls of GOP–controlled states.

“The system, called Crosscheck, is detailed in my Rolling Stone report,
The GOP’s Stealth War on Voters, 8/24/2016.

“Crosscheck in action:  
Trump victory margin in Michigan:                    13,107
Michigan Crosscheck purge list:                       449,922

Trump victory margin in Arizona:                       85,257
Arizona Crosscheck purge list:                           270,824

Trump victory margin in North Carolina:        177,008
North Carolina Crosscheck purge list:              589,393

“On Tuesday, we saw Crosscheck elect a Republican Senate and as President, Donald Trump.  The electoral putsch was aided by nine other methods of attacking the right to vote of Black, Latino and Asian-American voters, methods detailed in my book and film, including “Caging,” “purging,” blocking legitimate registrations, and wrongly shunting millions to “provisional” ballots that will never be counted.”

[See GREG’s COMPLETE BLOG – http://www.gregpalast.com/election-stolen-heres/]

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Why did libertarian Senator Cave for Autocrat Sessions?

Sen. Rand Paul joined every other Republican senator to confirm Jeff Sessions as attorney general this week, a vote that angered many. It just didn’t make sense. How could Sen. Paul — a libertarian-leaning Republican who has fought for criminal justice reform and against the war on drugs — confirm a staunch drug warrior who thinks civil asset…

via Rand Paul’s vote to confirm Jeff Sessions is indefensible on its face, but was it still the right move? — RareRare

Don’t Let AB2395 Ruin Our 911 Service

AB2395 wants to rob all of our homes of our sacred emergency communications!

Therefore, we must preserve our California speedy 911 home landline services, before it passes.

Seniors and all Californians, please call all of the members of this Assembly Committee [as stated below, in this CARA  Alert segment], this week.  Tell each one that you urge them to VOTE NO ON AB 2395.

CARA Alert – May 24, 2016

A publication of the California Alliance for Retired Americans
AT&T WANTS TO ELIMINATE YOUR HOME PHONE SERVICE!
TELL THE ASSEMBLY APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE TO
VOTE NO ON AB2395 – CALL TODAY
 
AT&T and other phone companies want to eliminate landlines and force everyone to use only cell phones.  Your life could depend on having a landline in your home.  911 calls go directly to local law enforcement agencies from your home phone.  911 calls from cell phones may go to the highway patrol or other locations and delay a response.  Landlines tell emergency responders exactly where you are located so they can send help immediately.  If your power goes out, home phone landlines still work for days and don’t need to be recharged.  And landlines don’t drop calls and have service coverage gaps like cell phones.  For seniors and all residents, landlines are lifelines.  But AT&T does not want to replace the copper lines that service your home phone so they are asking the legislature to allow them to discontinue providing landline service.  We must tell them NO.
The Assembly Appropriations Committee will be voting to pass this proposal to the full Assembly this week.  We must not let this bill pass.  Please call ALL of the members of this committee.  Tell each one that you urge them to VOTE NO ON AB 2395 and protect seniors and all Californians!
Assembly Appropriations Committee
District
First name
Last name
Party
Phone (916)
Fax (916)
02
Jim
Wood
D
319-2002
319-2102
03
James
Gallagher
R
319-2003
319-2103
05
Franklin
Bigelow
R (v-chair)
319-2005
319-2105
13
Susan
Eggman
D
319-2013
319-2113
14
Susan
Bonilla
D
319-2014
319-2114
18
Rob
Bonta
D
319-2018
319-2118
20
Bill
Quirk
D
319-2020
319-2120
33
Jay
R
319-2033
319-2133
41
Chris
Holden
D
319-2041
319-2141
48
Roger
Hernandez
D
319-2048
319-2148
50
Richard
Bloom
D
319-2050
319-2150
53
Miguel
Santiago
D
319-2053
319-2153
55
Ling Ling
Chang
R
319-2055
319-2155
56
Eduardo
Garcia
D
319-2056
319-2156
57
Ian
Calderon
D
319-2057
319-2157
68
Donald
Wagner
R
319-2068
319-2168
69
Tom
Daly
D
319-2069
319-2169
71
Brian
Jones
R
319-2071
319-2171
79
Shirley
Weber
D
319-2079
319-2179
80
Lorena
Gonzalez
D (chair)
319-2080
319-2180

URGENT ACTION NEEDED: AT&T on Warpath to Destroy California’s Valuable Landline Network

Smart Meter News

URGENT ACTION NEEDED: AT&T on Warpath to Destroy California’s Valuable Landline Network

Posted on April 8, 2016 by Josh Hart

Apologies if you are not in California, but landlines are under attack everywhere, so get informed, get involved and defend this safer mode of communication locally!

Please spread this alert to your networks using this link: http://stopsmartmeters.org/2016/04/08/urgent-action-needed-att-on-warpath-to-destroy-californias-valuable-landline-network/

AT&T lobbyists are hard at work trying to leave the landline network in tatters, forcing people to use cell phones. Check out this article, AT&T Wants to Decommission Landlines in California, published yesterday on Techwire.

AB 2395, currently before the CA Assembly, poses a serious threat to the health and safety of Californians, and will be heard before the California State Assembly Committee on Utilities and Commerce in Sacramentothis coming Wednesday, April 13, at 1:30pm.

If you can’t make it to the hearing (and even if you can) please make…

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Stop Smart Meters! Opposes AB 2395- would destroy landlines without offering any benefits

Smart Meter News

From Save Landlines:

From: Joshua Hart <joshuahart@baymoon.com>

Subject: Stop Smart Meters! Opposes AB 2395- would destroy landlines without offering any benefits

Date: May 4, 2016 at 12:43:49 PM PDT

To: Jennifer.galehouse@asm.ca.gov

Dear Ms. Galehouse,

AB2395 is a bill that would allow AT&T to eliminate our essential copper landline network and along with it thousands of solid, good-paying union jobs, while reducing consumer choices, cutting off people who can only use wired communications systems (including seniors, rural residents and those with electro-sensitivity) and destroying an essential wired back-up communication system, while only offering vague references to alleged benefits.

Cell phone systems are highly dependent on the electric grid which is prone to outages, particularly during natural or manmade disasters.  See the following piece on NPR about the lack of reliability of wireless telecommunications during Hurricane Sandy.  Without even the option of landlines, which tend to continue to operate…

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