President Gets High Marks For 2nd Term Agenda, Pollsters Find

The second term agenda which President Obama outlined Tuesday night in his State of the Union address—expressed through new policies for energy, pay equity, jobs, and education—was well-received by voters, a prominent Democratic polling organization finds. The president made impressive gains on his personal favorability and trust to move the country in a direction that reflects voters’ values. Following the speech, voters gave him high marks on women’s issues, looking out for the middle class, and plans for the economy, the pollsters at Democracy Corps add. The results were arrived at through dial testing and follow-up focus groups with 44 swing voters in Denver, Colo., the pollsters say. Even Republicans in the pollsters’ audience responded positively to Obama’s plan for … Continue reading

The No News News Media

There was a lot of news this past week. Some of it was even reported by the news media. First, there was a football player from Notre Dame who either did or didn’t know that his girlfriend was or wasn’t real, but died sometime during the season. Six column headlines for several days announced the fraud. Network news and talk show hosts rehashed it almost daily. Two weeks ago, Lance Armstrong admitted he was a dope. Or maybe he just took dope. The news media kept sending urgent flashes all week of what he was going to tell Oprah. And then he told Oprah, and now we’ll be reading stories about it until Schwinn adds a jet engine to a … Continue reading

President Obama’s 23 Planned Executive Actions On Gun Control

Via Talking Points Memo, a list from the White House of the “23 executive actions President Obama plans to take to reduce gun violence in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., massacre”: 1. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal agencies to make relevant data available to the federal background check system. 2. Address unnecessary legal barriers, particularly relating to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, that may prevent states from making information available to the background check system. 3. Improve incentives for states to share information with the background check system. 4. Direct the Attorney General to review categories of individuals prohibited from having a gun to make sure dangerous people are not slipping through the cracks. 5. … Continue reading

Catholic Group Backs Gun Control

A prominent organization representing U.S. Catholic hospitals and other Catholic health services is pressing for action to curb the nation’s gun violence. The Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA) says it has joined an interfaith coalition urging lawmakers to craft a “meaningful, national response” to gun violence. Often serving inner-city areas, Catholic hospital workers know all too well how gun violence shatters lives and communities, the CHA says. The Catholic Church has long supported sensible measures to limit the availability of weapons that enable the slaughter of many people in a matter of seconds. Following the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., late last year, the two-year old Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence coalition called on … Continue reading

Team Obama Plans Online Conference

On the eve of his second inauguration, President Obama’s campaign team is planning a conference in Washington and online to lay the groundwork for a “new organization” of grassroots support to bolster the president’s initiatives in his second term. “Issues like immigration, climate change, and gun violence will be debated over these next four years, and President Obama is ready to take  them on — but he needs us by his side. Our goal is to help him get things done, but also to help change how things get done in Washington in the first place,” 2012 campaign manager Jim Messina says in an email sent Thursday. “Over inauguration weekend, you’ll have a chance to participate in a discussion about … Continue reading

Billboard of the Day

Stop Handgun Violence unveils a 252 feet by 20 feet billboard above the Massachusetts Turnpike on Friday, Oct. 19, 2012. The co-founder of the Newton-based group, John Rosenthal, owns the billboard and has been using it to post eye-catching gun-control messages since 1995. Via ”The Gun Industry Is Making A Killing“… [...] the post-shooting uptick in sales is not just a result of scared civilians taking up arms. This spike is fueled by the National Rifle Association and gun industry merchants who — through misinformation and clever public relations — convince gun owners to buy increasingly powerful weapons before, as they say, Democrats enact gun bans and confiscate all the firearms. Yet, nothing could be further from the truth. History has … Continue reading

On Trayvon Martin… When Will It End

I’m a white woman from a small town in Massachusetts, but I spent 19 years living in Los Angeles. I raised my only child, my white daughter in inner city L.A. schools where she was a minority. Many of her school friends were black, many of my friends in L.A. are black with black sons, and every time I read another piece on Trayvon Martin, my heart breaks a little more. We lived in L.A. during the Rodney King riots… I’ve seen up close and personal the way black men were targeted in the inner city by white cops. I abhore racism. I abhore gun violence. And I abhore laws that allow guns in the hands of the wrong people. I get the whole … Continue reading