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Feb062014 - Food stamps lack transparency  

Hands off: Taxpayers can’t check SNAP expenditures

American taxpayers spent $76 billion on food stamp programs in fiscal 2013, and more than one in 10 Virginians is enrolled.

But any transaction data on what people are buying with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program dollars — or even how much individual retailers are getting in payments from the feds — is off-limits to the taxpayers footing the bill.

Read more about how you pay food stamp bills but don’t have the right to review where they money is spent.

First Amendment violation? WI city looking to restrict alcohol, tobacco ads

Attention Lodi business owners: Your city government is looking to infringe on your First Amendment rights.

Mayor Paul Fisk has proposed an ordinance prohibiting alcohol and tobacco advertisements within 500 feet of schools, playgrounds, parks, recreation facilities, child-care centers and libraries.

The ads also cannot be visible from those same locations, even if the distance exceeds 500 feet, or appear on banners, exterior illuminated signs and motor fuel islands.

Read more and let us know your opinion


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Preferential Treatment

Charter schools that want to weigh lottery systems toward admitting more educationally disadvantaged children are now eligible to receive federal start-up money.

Before, only charter schools running unweighted lotteries were eligible for the funding, but the U.S. Department of Education has changed the guidelines.

Read more!

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Another day in Wendy Davis' shoes

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CEI Today: New vehicle mandate, Keystone & global warming, the Farm Bill, and more

Wednesday, February 5, 2014
In the News Today

VEHICLE-TO-VEHICLE COMMUNICATIONS - MARC SCRIBNER USDOT Calls for Connected Vehicle Mandate; Security and Privacy Concerns Remain

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)
announced today it would chart a regulatory path that would require all new automobiles to be equipped with vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications systems sometime in the next several years.

Requiring that cars “talk to each other” before critical issues related to security (how are hackers prevented from manipulating V2V warnings and how are the security systems financed and operated?) and privacy (who owns the V2V data collected and who may obtain it, and under what conditions may they obtain it?) strikes me as premature.
> Read more

> Interview Marc Scribner

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National Journal: Should Obama Green-Light Keystone XL?

Anti-Keystone activists have pushed President Obama to base the national interest determination on a single issue – whether Keystone XL would increase incremental greenhouse gas emissions.

Keystone foes assumed this single-factor test gives them a slam dunk. Oil sands extraction is more energy-intensive than conventional oil production. How could expanding infrastructure to bring such oil to market not increase greenhouse gas emissions?

Irony of ironies, if your chief objective in the Keystone XL debate is to limit greenhouse gas emissions and oil spills, you should support the pipeline! > Read more


> Interview Marlo Lewis

FARM BILL - FRAN SMITH Farm Bill Passes Senate, Goes to President

With the U.S. Senate’s passage February 4 of a farm bill by a vote of 68-32, a nearly $1 trillion (over 10 years) farm bill will govern agriculture policy for the next five years. The House had previously approved the bill last week. About 80 percent of the spending goes for food stamp and nutrition programs.

Even though this was the most contentious farm bill process in recent history, the results are pretty much the same: farmers will get their pork one way or another. > Read more

> Interview Fran Smith




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ALG's Daily Grind - The fate of the Union 


Jan. 28, 2014

The fate of the Union
While all eyes turn to Barack Obama's annual State of the Union address, and what 2014 holds in store for the White House agenda, a better question might be how much of that agenda will even include Congress.

Cartoon: "Country's at Stake"

Farm Subsidy solutions continue to bedevil Congress
The answer to the international sugar competition issues may be a simple, creative solution that allows the free market to take the reins.

Deflation will return: Europe First, then U.S.; global supply arbitrage
"Deflation is near-certain in Europe, and strongly odds on in the U.S."


ALG's Daily Grind - Obama's income equality push is a dangerous path


Jan. 23, 2014


Permission to republish original opeds and cartoons granted.

Obama's income equality push is a dangerous path
Income equality is an evil that plays the seductive class warfare card which historically has led to guillotines and pogroms — little more than pretext to dictatorship clothed in high-minded sounding rhetoric.

Slideshow: Over two thirds of U.S. energy generation threatened by the EPA
There is no end-game that doesn't involve stifling American progress for the environmentalist community and capitulating organizations in power, such as the Obama's administration's EPA.

The closing of Andrew Cuomo's mind
Given Andrew Cuomo's presidential aspirations, his words should have special weight. For him to say on the radio that "extreme conservatives who are right-to-life, pro-assault-weapon, anti-gay… have no place in the state of New York" is significant. 

Adams: Stop giving Obama radicals the benefit of the doubt
"Admit it Republicans: you're confused.  You can't understand why President Obama's policies and his nominations are so radical.  It doesn't make sense, you think, for him to pick extremist nominees who would have radical skeletons that would have disqualified them in any other administration."


Seacoast Eat Local - December Farmers' Markets 

Put a local twist in your shopping list


Winter may have snuck up on some of us, but at Seacoast Eat Local, they’ve been excited and preparing for months. Their efforts clearly shine through at the annual SEL Winter Farmers’ Markets. Running through April, these markets are hosted between Exeter High School and Wentworth Greenhouses in Rollinsford. Far more than just local veggies, the markets are a great place to finish off your last minute holiday shopping. Over 50 vendors will be bringing local vegetables and meats as well as great stocking stuffers like wool socks, yarn, body care products, locally brewed beer, chocolates and maple goodies to satisfy any sweet tooth. Market tokens are available to buy as gift certificates, good for both winter and summer markets.

The next markets are taking place December 14th at Exeter High School and December 21st at Wentworth Greenhouses in Rollinsford, both 10am to 2pm. Beyond the amazing selection of local foods and goods, you can also visit the ongoing craft fair hosted concurrently at the greenhouses. In addition to stocking the pantry, the market is a great place to pick up homemade pies, breads or baked goods to round out any meal or holiday potluck. Several vendors have assorted gift baskets ready for any of your last minute needs. The Rollinsford Police Benevolent Association will be in attendance again this year, collecting farm fresh food donations to help fill their holiday food baskets. Pick up a little extra produce to donate while you are there and help put fresh local food on the tables of those in need.

“Coming to the market let’s you put such a fun twist on your typical holiday and grocery shopping!” said Sara-Zoe Patterson, Board President of Seacoast Eat Local. “It provides an opportunity to fill your pantry and finish off your last minute shopping all while supporting our local farmers, fishermen and food purveryors. Plus how often do you get to speak directly to the farmer that grew the food you are eating or raised animals to harvest their wool and bring you yarn and wool socks? It’s such a fun event and when you add in the live music, cooking skill series,and all the friends you end up running into, it becomes a great destination for a fun and meaningful Saturday during the holiday season.”

The markets, now in their seventh season, have indeed become quite a destination. With nearly 2,000 people strolling through any given market, you can feel the strength of the local agricultural community on the seacoast. Sara-Zoe suggests carpooling with friends and taking advantage of the free shuttle running all day between the market and the extended parking area at Salmon Falls Stoneware. To find out more about the market locations, dates and available items visit and the Winter Farmers’ Market page. Don’t forget to sign up for the e-newsletter to stay up to date with all the market happenings and local food news.

The Winter Farmers’ Markets accept Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT). This program enables SNAP recipients to use their EBT cards to purchase healthy, fresh, and locally produced food. The Winter Farmers’ Market SNAP/EBT  program offers fresh vegetables, meats, milk and cheese, honey, breads, and baked products. Customers who use their SNAP/EBT card will receive up to an additional $10 in free match to spend on fresh fruits and vegetables. You can now even use your debit card to buy market tokens, accepted by all of the vendors.

Seacoast Eat Local's Winter Farmers Markets are sponsored by season underwriter, The Farm at Eastman’s Corner, market underwriters, Wentworth Greenhouses, Exeter Hospital, The Black Birch, and Blue Moon Yoga as well as Moxy Restaurant, sponsoring this year's cooking skills series. Seacoast Eat Local connects people with sources of locally grown foods and advocates eating locally for the health of the environment, community, culture and economy.  Through advocacy, organizing and education, they work toward a sustainable local food system that meets the needs of both producers and consumers.  They organize winter farmers’ markets, produce Seacoast Harvest, sponsor workshops and events, and provide information through their email newsletter, blog, and website,