What “Green” Means…organic, natural and sustainable


1)the certified organic label is regulated by the USDA and indicates the absence of most conventional fertilizers and chemicals.  A processed product(one that contains more than two ingredients)must have at least 95% organic material

2)The Demeter-certified Bio-dynamic designation means that farmers use practices emphasizing a holistic connection with nature.  The nonprofit has been certifying produce and wine since 1982 and bans harmful chemicals and synthetic fertilizers.

3)Fair Trade products like coffee and chocolate are certified by the Fair Trade Federation, an international group working to relieve poverty.  They ensure that producers receive a fair wage and that production practices promote long-term environmental sustainability and community  development.

4)Green Seal is an independent nonprofit that promotes the manufacture, purchase, and use of environmentally responsible products.  The seal accredits everything from hand soap to hotels.

5)Local generally refers to products grown within a 100-to-150 mile radius. Transporting goods locally uses fewer fossel fuels than shipping them from around the word. buy local

6)Natural means that the product contains no artificial colours or flavors ..not certified or regulated

7)Post-consumer recycled is material that has been sold, used and then recycled.  It is the gold standard for recycled products

8)Sustainable forestry paper products are certified by the forest stewardship council and come from forests that are managed for long-term productivity and biological diversity.

Rachel Mount

Running On, Not From, Obamacare


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Candidates Who Support The Affordable Care Act Are Going On Offense

It has been widely reported this week that Senator Mark Pryor released an ad touting his support for Obamacare in his re-election campaign in Arkansas. While Pryor’s ad shows that those running in tough races see access to affordable health care as a strong issue to highlight, this is not the first time a candidate has run on all or part of the Affordable Care Act, even if conventional wisdom has suggested otherwise.

As The New Republic’s Jonathan Cohn noted yesterday, Republicans tried the repeal argument two years ago, which led to the President touting the benefits of the law during his campaign. He was obviously re-elected. In the past, the most notable piece has been the Medicaid expansion, which has insured millions of Americans in states that have chosen to implement it, while stubborn conservative governors let their states fall behind.

Below is a selection of headlines from around the country on the issue.

ACA supporters on the offense:

BOTTOM LINE: For months, we’ve seen those who voted for the ACA embrace it on the campaign trail and use it to go on offense, particularly in competitive races. Pryor is just the latest example. The conventional wisdom is that candidates want to avoid talking about the many benefits of the Affordable Care Act. But as we are increasingly seeing, the conventional wisdom is wrong.

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meet fred Duval … for Gov. Democratic Party, AZ


  • AZ Illustrated Politics: Fred DuVal Says Legislature Flunked the Session

    Posted By on Sun, May 4, 2014 at 9:05 PM

    On Friday’s AZ Illustrated Politics: Democratic gubernatorial candidate Fred DuVal said lawmakers earned between a D (for “disappointing”) and F (for “failure”) for recently completed legislative session. DuVal called for more dollars for education and child-welfare programs; said he was opposed to expanding programs that provide public dollars for private schools; criticized lawmakers for passing anti-gay and anti-abortion legislation; and promised to reverse Gov. Jan Brewer’s push to deny driver’s licenses and in-state tuition for DREAM Act kids.

    Republican National Committeeman Bruce Ash and Pima County Democratic Party chairman Don Jorgensen tackled immigration issues, the latest skirmish over equal pay in the race between Congressman Ron Barber and Republican challenger Martha McSally, and the legislative session.

  • http://www.tucsonweekly.com/TheRange/archives/2014/                <—; video for article above       …fred-duval
  • Jobs

    “If you work hard and play by the rules, you should be paid enough to live on.”

    Business and education leader Fred DuVal has experience in the renewable energy industry, helping get U.S. trucks off of foreign oil and onto American natural gas. Read Fred’s detailed blueprint to grow good-paying jobs in Arizona.

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  • Opportunity

    “It’s time to stop fighting and start fixing.”

    The culture of corruption and polarization at the Capitol is hurting Arizona’s national reputation and holding back our economy. Read Fred’s plan to clean up the Capitol and introduce a new Ethics Commission, so we can put aside the political polarization.

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  • Education

    “Read my lips — no new cuts to our kids’ schools.”

    Restoring funding to our children’s schools is the most important thing we can do to move Arizona forward. Learn about Fred’s experience helping run our public universities and keeping the doors of higher education open to everyone.

    Read More

  • George Takei Endorses Fred DuVal for Arizona Governor

    Phoenix, AZ — Business and education leader Fred DuVal, who is running for Arizona governor, today announced the endorsement of actor, author, activist, and social media mega-power George Takei.

    “I’m incredibly grateful to have the support of an influential and prominent American and part-time Show Low resident like George Takei,” said DuVal. “George has dedicated his life to advancing equality, and together we’ll work to move Arizona Forward.”

    Fred DuVal: When Will Brewer Stop Fighting DREAMers?

    Phoenix, AZ — Business and education leader Fred DuVal, who is running for Arizona governor, released the following statement today criticizing Jan Brewer’s decision to re-litigate the Ninth Circuit’s decision blocking her callous prohibition on driver’s licenses for DREAMers.

    “When will Jan Brewer stop fighting DREAMers? Her callous ban on driver’s licenses for DREAMers has already been thrown out, but she continues to do everything in her power to make it difficult for them to succeed.”

     

    Resource: Fred Duval website … http://www.fred2014.com

Ads the GOP wants to hide from Voters!


This could be a game changer.

When news broke Wednesday that Senator Mitch McConnell and fellow right-wing Senate candidates Joni Ernst, Cory Gardner, and Tom Cotton were caught on tape pandering to a roomful of right-wing billionaires like Charles and David Koch, MoveOn members swung into action.

Within 48 hours—thanks to thousands of small-dollar contributions from MoveOn members—we were able to release two new 30-second TV ads introducing the real Ernst—a Tea Party candidate hoping to take progressive Tom Harkin’s Senate seat in Iowa —and McConnell to their constituents.1 2 The Des Moines Register called Ernst’s comments “evidence that Ernst is beholden to billionaires.”3 The Washington Post said the ad “signals how the revelation will be used against other GOP candidates.”4

 
This may be Ernst and McConnell’s “47% moment.” Their comments, caught on tape, could risk their election—just as Mitt Romney sparked voter backlash and outrage after he called 47% of Americans freeloading victims in 2012—but only if we make this moment one that voters will remember when they go to the polls.

Can you take a moment to watch MoveOn’s ad targeting Senator Mitch McConnell and share it with everyone you know?

If further proof was needed that Ernst and McConnell have been hand-picked by the Koch brothers to advance their extreme policy agenda, this is it.

With your help, we’ll be able to turn these leaked recordings into a political liability for Ernst, McConnell, and others beholden to the ultra right-wing, ultra-wealthy Koch network.

Thanks for all you do.

–Victoria, Kristin, Aiyi’nah, Justin, and the rest of the team

Source:

1. “At Koch Retreat, Top GOP Senate Candidates Credited Koch Network For Their Rise,” Huffington Post, August 27, 2014
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=300494&id=100556-17809870-dv%3DlPax&t=5

2. “Caught on Tape: What Mitch McConnell Complained About to a Roomful of Billionaires (Exclusive),” The Nation, August 26, 2014
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=300499&id=100556-17809870-dv%3DlPax&t=6

3. “New TV ad hits Ernst on Koch Brothers conference,” The Des Moines Register, August 28, 2014
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=300532&id=100556-17809870-dv%3DlPax&t=7

4. “Happy Hour Roundup,” The Washington Post, August 28, 2014
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=300533&id=100556-17809870-dv%3DlPax&t=8