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SPLASH! News for April 3, 2017

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The Elections to Watch in 2017

CBS – Though 2017 is shaping up to be a tumultuous year in the world of American politics, the attention has all been focused on Washington, not on the campaign trail.

But despite the lack of either a presidential race or midterm elections, 2017 is not completely devoid of elections — and in fact, there are a handful of important ones on the calendar this year.
From dozens of mayoral races in major cities across the country, to two bellwether gubernatorial races — including one in Washington’s backyard — there will be multiple opportunities for electoral drama this year. And as the country heads toward what are certain to be combative midterm elections in 2018, these 2017 races will provide a rare window into the political fortunes of President Donald Trump in the first year of his term.

The Destruction of Hillary Clinton

the Guardian – Many books have been written about the way racial differences among feminists both divided and pushed feminist thinking and practice forward over the past several decades. In the 2016 election, however, it was not race but generation that was the dynamic factor among left-leaning women. Women like me, who experienced many cultural battles in the “gender wars” firsthand – from the first scornful comments that journalists had heaped on “women’s libbers”, to the public shaming of Anita Hill, to the renewed threats to bodily rights that we thought we had won decades earlier – brought to the 2016 campaign a personal knowledge of the fragility of feminist accomplishments and an identification with Hillary that was deeper and longer than any current headlines.

Union: Trump Plan Takes ‘cleaver’ to Public Schools

Detroit News – President Donald Trump’s proposed budget, which includes cuts to public education, misses the mark by a long shot, according to the American Federation of Teachers.

“This budget takes a meat cleaver to public education,” said AFT president Randi Weingarten during a phone press conference Thursday. “These are the biggest cuts to the education budget we can recall — even during times of great fiscal stress. Only someone who doesn’t know what public schools do and what kids need would contemplate or countenance these kinds of cuts.”

She said the budget also includes both “backdoor and front-door voucher programs that further the Trump administration’s ideological crusade against public education.”

She continued, saying “The Title I ‘portability’ included is a backdoor voucher scheme that was expressly rejected in the recently enacted bipartisan federal education law.”

The budget for the U.S. Department of Education, in part, eliminates or reduces more than 20 categorical programs that it claims do not address national needs, or duplicates other programs, or “are more appropriately supported with state, local, or private funds, including Striving Readers, Teacher Quality Partnership, Impact Aid Support Payments for Federal Property, and International Education programs.”

But it also claims to add millions to education.

The budget said it increases investments in public and private schools of choice by $1.4 billion compared to the 2017 level, ramping up to an annual total of $20 billion, and an estimated $100 billion including matching state and local funds. This additional investment in 2018 includes a $168 million increase for charter schools and $250 million for a “new private schools of choice” program.

 

The Case For Immigration

Vox – George Washington set in motion a strategy so radical that it made this country the wealthiest and strongest on Earth — it made America great.

Immigration.

He embraced a vision for an open America that could almost be read today as a form of deep idealism or altruism. “America is open to receive not only the opulent and respectable stranger, but the oppressed and persecuted of all nations and religions,” he told newly arrived Irishmen in 1783. He assured them they’d be “welcome to a participation of all our rights and privileges, if by decency and propriety of conduct they appear to merit the enjoyment.”

But Washington’s vision wasn’t primarily about charity or helping others. It was about building the kind of country that he wanted the United States to become. Greatness would require great people. America would need more than it had.

Written by Pamela Getz

Pamela Getz

Writer and Activist. Follow Pamela on Twitter @goddesspamela.

Pamela Getz is a Senior Writer for Progressive Army and a member of its Editorial Board.

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