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Friday, September 4, 2009

Legislative Policy Drives Economic Returns and Politics Drive Voters: Tom Del Beccaro, Antonio Gonzales and Eric Singer Shake it Up Sat., Sept.9, 09

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This Saturday on the program Eric Singer
plays the market based on Govt policy and the impact it will have on business, and he wins, with a formidable track record. His two latest op-eds, published in Investor's Business Daily, present his analysis of the Cash for Clunkers and the Health Care Plan. We'll get a quick update from Eric on the status of the Health Care Plan.

We'll talk with Antonio Gonzales, President of Southwest Voter Registration Education Project SVREP, and the Willie C. Velasquez Institute WCVI, about his support for the Mayor of L.A.'s recent successful campaign to make 200 failing public schools and 50 new schools open to private charter school companies' control.
The State Dept, after Zelaya's recent meeting with Secretary Clinton, has cut aid to Honduras, to further pressure the Honduran Govt to reinstate ousted Manuel Zelaya, but Gonzales says that Obama needs to do more.
We'll also talk about SVREP's efforts to mobilize around what he says is a viable opportunity for Democrats to wrest control of the Texas State Legislature from Republicans, and the area where he sees the new potential is in Dallas and Houston (to see the article you have to go to Rio Grande Guardian Newspaper and do a search for: Famed Latino group gears up to influence 2011 redistricting process).

Tom Del Beccaro, Vice Chair of the CA GOP, and publisher of Political Vanguard.com joins us to talk about the upcoming battle at the CA GOP Convention, over Decline to State DTS voters v. Republicans only, in the CA State GOP Primary elections. Also, he says the CA GOP should go after minority and women voters by emulating the Florida model--He knows Latina small business owners are a natural and the fastest growing constituency, but they vote predominantly Democrat. Can the GOP win their vote? Can they attract enough minority voters to gain a foothold in CA, to advance pro-small business/jobs, pro-owner, lower taxes, and pro-limited government policies?

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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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