Walnut Creek's downtown, once a person is there and has found parking, got great marks from locals. Ninety percent of survey respondents praised Walnut Creek's vibrant downtown, and 93 percent the city's shopping opportunities. City parks, recreation centers and programs and special events all scored at 86 percent or higher. … [Read more...] about Walnut Creek Residents Give City High Marks In National Survey
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'I feel so blessed this is happening. I came here to hold my banner and dance samba to the face of prejudice, for all the LGBT community,' she said. 'Trans girls, I am sure your day will come, too. I am just the first, many more of you will follow.' … [Read more...] about How Brazilian dancer, 40, has shattered Carnival parade taboo to star as the first transgender ‘godmother of the drummers’
A patchwork of public land comprises large blocs of this splendid and sparsely populated terrain, and while much public ground has the appearance of a nature preserve, it is mostly a working landscape. Public forage, timber, and water resources sustain thriving wildlife populations, along with millions of livestock and thousands of agricultural producers. For these people and their communities, public land isn’t a destination on a bucket list, a recreational playground, or a studio for Instagrammers – it’s a source of life to which they’re intimately connected. That’s why many ranchers are unnerved by the Republican party’s land transfer agenda, which aims to give away as much federal public land as possible to the states. While the movement gains traction among the Republican cadre, its attractiveness to rural westerners is less certain, and if it ever succeeds, it will mean a radical restructuring of the foundations of the economy and the culture … [Read more...] about In Montana, land transfer threatens the American rancher’s way of life
JCN’s pivotal part in the surge of spending on court elections has received scant attention. But in 2012, it dished out more than $2 million in court races in Michigan alone—half of that in a single down-ticket state circuit contest, according to the Michigan Campaign Finance Network. And over the last two years, the organization contributed a minimum of about $2 million to groups that were involved in 2014 state judicial elections and efforts to influence how judges are chosen. Recipients of JCN checks included the many-tentacled Republican State Leadership Committee, which for the first time invested in court races around the country, spending more on them than any other outside group. … [Read more...] about The JCN Story: How to Build a Secretive, Right-Wing Judicial Machine
The court will also set an important precedent, since Texas is hardly the only Republican-controlled state to rely on dubious science. On the contrary, “we are seeing junk science all over the place,” says Jodi Jacobson, editor in chief of RH Reality Check, which fact-checks the claims made by abortion foes. “Anti-choice activists have created an alternative universe, with its own scientific institutes and scientific journals—but I use the term ‘scientific’ loosely, because what they present is against peer-reviewed science.” … [Read more...] about Will Pseudoscience Undo Roe v. Wade?