Posts tagged ‘politics’

July 10, 2009

A letter from Representitive Alan Grayson

Dear Mr. Shaw:

Thank you for contacting me with your opinions on legislative issues. Hearing from the people of Central Florida helps me better represent the 8th District.

As we move forward and address tough issues like the economy, health care reform, and other important legislation in the 111th Congress, know that I will be taking your thoughts into consideration.

Again, I appreciate hearing from you. If I can be of assistance to you or your family in the future, please do not hesitate to contact me at any of my offices.

June 25, 2009

Senators urged to expand hate crimes legislation

More than 77,000 hate crime incidents were reported by the FBI between 1998 and 2007.

Thats nearly one hate crime for every hour of every day over the span of a decade.

In light of such statistics, U.S Attorney General Eric Holder said that the influence of ‘hate crimes bills’ was one of his “highest personal priorities … is to do everything I can to ensure this critical legislation finally becomes law.”

As this current attempt to bring forth an understanding of those that seek to deny the humanity that we all share, regardless of the color of our skin, the God to whom we pray or the person who we choose to love, join me to bring this attention to the legislators of the state of Florida.

Take Action! Hate Crimes Against Homeless! – http://tinyurl.change.org/K…

June 21, 2009

Sadowski Housing Trust Fund

Florida continues to face its greatest housing crisis ever, despite having prepared for such a crisis in 1992 with the establishment of the Sadowski Housing Trust Fund.

Yet, in 06/07, when the Sadowski Housing Trust Fund doc stamp tax generated more nearly $940 million dollars, only $545 million was allocated for housing and hurricane housing recovery programs in the state. Housing costs have increased by at least 77 percent since 2002 while the median income has risen just 1.4 percent. Homelessness in the state is at record numbers and each family needs significantly greater assistance than they would have needed six years ago. Coupled with our state’s innovative housing programs, we have enough resources to address this housing crisis, but only if the cap is removed and Sadoswki fully funded.

These small grants are provided to 28 local coalitions to fulfill the myriad of responsibilities assigned to them under state law and help equip them to mobilize and coordinate the local response to homelessness.

Attention towards a rural provision is expected to being met as counties in Florida such as Polk are becoming aware of the threats of homelessness.

“Homeless Person” refers to an individual who lacks a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence.
The term does not refer to any individual imprisoned or otherwise detained pursuant to state or federal law. Why?

June 21, 2009

Scheduling Marjuana as a Prescription drug.

On June 6, 2005, the Supreme Court ruled in a 6 to 3 decision that the federal government has authority to regulate the cultivation and usage of homegrown doctor-prescribed marijuana.

Marijuana is a “Schedule 1” controlled substance, making the cultivation, distribution, or possession of marijuana illegal.

On April 17, 2008, Representative Barney Frank (D-MA) introduced the Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act (H.R. 5842) in the U.S. House of Representatives. This bill would change marijuana from Schedule I to Schedule II of the Controlled Substance Act. It also states that the Controlled Substance Act cannot prohibit or restrict the medicinal use of marijuana in a state which it is allowed.

Knowing that marijuana is a harsh and harmful substance, this tool has gained an understanding by some of your colleagues as a representation of what can be that of a fully recognized prescribed substance.

Does the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes leave room that constitutes a medical necessity?

You, yourself, currently oppose the consideration that marijuana, as a substance, has or ever will bring forth a sound platform that will offer grounds of a medicinal necessity.

As states continue to express the fact that marijuana may have some medicinal traits to aid one in the efforts of pain relief, the potentials of marijuana being regulated on grounds of taxation and self-sufficiency opinions that Florida take an open-minded approach towards understanding marijuana as having medicinal properties should be made aware. Being an opposed substance the fact that options of individuals becoming possessors of an illegal substance under the influence of medicinal functions regards of their legal rights and expressions of those rights should be noticed and taken as civilized activities. Although as a state, Florida does not allow marijuana to be used as a medicinal option to pain relief, as a state based on the options of tourism we must come to understand these rights of these individuals that visit our state as legally prescribed marijuana patients.

This is a sound consideration to express interests in the fact that as a state we should come to consider that marijuana has legitimate legal standings and taken to the approach by the state of Florida in that manner. As a resident I don’t think that it is fair to be held under the blanket of opposition when socially being deprived of what the rest of the nation is becoming involved with as a productive conjunction with a profitable tool and a legitimate medicinal device.

However to bring forth an understanding that harnessing the social capabilities of marijuana as a state to truly express an understanding that marijuana even as an illegal cash crop has the potentials of transitioning into a fully functional medicinal device is possible should be considered as a rational substance and an impactful expression of what was thought as being a uncontrollable substance of irrational proportions.

June 21, 2009

Homeless Children and Youth Act of 2009

Mr. Shaw –

Thanks for your phone call. Congressman Davis is planning to continue his work on changing the definition of “homeless” in the 111th Congress. You may be aware of the “Homeless Children and Youth Amendment” that the Congressman offered at the committee mark-up of HEARTH in the fall. He recently joined Congresswoman Biggert to introduce the amendment as a stand alone bill in the 111th Congress (H.R. 29, the Homeless Children and Youth Act of 2009).

Let me know if you have any additional questions I can answer. Thanks.

Lauren O’Brien

Legislative Director

Office of Congressman Geoff Davis (KY-04)

1108 Longworth House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

(202) 225-3465

June 16, 2009

Credit Cardholders’ Bill of Rights

Having Credit Card issues?

Here is a response that I received from Bill Nelson in regards to the trouble with credit card debt in America as of now.

Dear Mr. Shaw:

Thank you for contacting me about credit card reform and your support for the Credit Cardholders’ Bill of Rights.

As Congress works to get our economy back on track, I believe that we must also reform credit card marketing and billing practices. I am urging my colleagues in the Senate to consider reforms for all aspects of the financial system, including regulation of the credit card industry.

I am aware of the high fees that some credit card companies charge consumers, in addition to the unscrupulous, abusive and predatory practices by some bad actors within the industry. Indeed, we’ve seen a rapid growth in the number of lenders who target consumers with less-than-perfect credit histories and low-income and minority households with high interest loans. These practices in the area of mortgage lending have had devastating effects on consumers and the country.

Rest assured, I will continue to work toward fair credit practices that protect Florida’s families. Please feel free to contact me in the future.

June 9, 2009

Hate Crimes Against Homeless. Florida Response.

A call to action to defend the likes of homeless persons just as if they were a normal average working citizen.

You can Help. Go To the Link Below.

http://homelessness.change.org/actions/view/hate_crimes_against_homeless

June 8, 2009

Understanding the living wage!

As of July 24 2009 the federal minimum wage will change to $7.25 per hour. As a nation that is in turmoil when it comes to understanding the balance between credit and cash assurance, the cost of living that people are falling under is focused.

We do not make enough to maintain bills, food, transportation, etc.

As a response to this consideration of not being able to afford the basics in life, I’ve brought forth an action to the legislators of this nation to enforce that this topic be noticed and handled in the manner of increasing the minimum wage across america.

I’m hoping that this action we bring forth the understanding that as the nation struggles financially so does the people. As the cost of living raises in each state so should the minimum wage.

Urge your Senator or House member to support this action.
Use this link: ( http://uspoverty.change.org/actions/view/understanding_the_living_wage ) to send your Senator/House Member a letter of action.

Thank You!