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Friday, August 14, 2009

Greg Scandlen, Policy Expert, on ObamaCare & CA Assemblyman Chuck DeVore on Cap n Trade, and winning with the Black and Latino Vote: Sat, Aug 15,2009

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This Saturday on the program CA Assemblyman and Candidate for U.S. Senate, Chuck DeVore, has his eye on energy, a fundamental issue critical to economic growth and Americans' standard of living. He sponsored a bill to drill for offshore oil. It was voted down in the CA Legislature recently, yet it would have generated revenue and jobs and with today's technology, would have been uninvasive. Cap and Trade legislation has passed in the Congress, but still has to pass in the Senate, in Washington DC. CA has had it's own version of Cap and Trade since 2006. How's it working out for CA's economy? How would it affect the U.S. economy?

We'll also talk with Assemblyman DeVore about why he believes he's the Republican candidate who can win in CA, with his bona fide social and fiscal conservative credentials, much to the chagrin of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, which he says is going for the Celebrity Candidate for CA, again. He believes he can attract the Black and Hispanic vote in CA, enough to win. He cites their vote for Prop 8 as proof of their conservative values. Is that enough? Can he win without their vote?

Greg Scandlen is Founder and Director of Consumers for Health Care Choices, and is considered an expert, nationally, on Health Care policy. What's in the bill for Health Care Reform? Death Panels? Rationed care? Tax increases for the top income earners to pay for the program? A blow to the middle class and small business owner? Would we get what Obama and our local Congressional reps are assuring us, a Cadillac health care policy just like the one they all have? Would we really have the choice to keep the policy and the coverage we have now? Join us for hot talk radio, Saturday at 10AM PT on CRN, Channel 1

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Botched Paramilitary Police Raids: An Epidemic of "Isolated Incidents"

"If a widespread pattern of [knock-and-announce] violations were shown . . . there would be reason for grave concern." —Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, in Hudson v. Michigan, June 15, 2006. An interactive map of botched SWAT and paramilitary police raids, released in conjunction with the Cato policy paper "Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids," by Radley Balko. What does this map mean? How to use this map View Original Map and Database


Death of an innocent. Death or injury of a police officer. Death of a nonviolent offender.
Raid on an innocent suspect. Other examples of paramilitary police excess. Unnecessary raids on doctors and sick people.
The proliferation of SWAT teams, police militarization, and the Drug War have given rise to a dramatic increase in the number of "no-knock" or "quick-knock" raids on suspected drug offenders. Because these raids are often conducted based on tips from notoriously unreliable confidential informants, police sometimes conduct SWAT-style raids on the wrong home, or on the homes of nonviolent, misdemeanor drug users. Such highly-volatile, overly confrontational tactics are bad enough when no one is hurt -- it's difficult to imagine the terror an innocent suspect or family faces when a SWAT team mistakenly breaks down their door in the middle of the night. But even more disturbing are the number of times such "wrong door" raids unnecessarily lead to the injury or death of suspects, bystanders, and police officers. Defenders of SWAT teams and paramilitary tactics say such incidents are isolated and rare. The map above aims to refute that notion.

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