Florida artist Corey O’Neal Francis sells prints of his portrait of President Trump at the March for Life on Jan. 27, 2017, in Washington. (Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post) A year ago, throngs of abortion opponents gathered in Washington for the March for Life on the Mall and to celebrate the promises of a newly sworn-in President Trump — wins they’d been seeking for decades: Defunding Planned Parenthood, permanently banning federal money for abortion, and overturning Roe v. Wade, something he said would happen “automatically” if he got to pick judges he wanted. On Friday, Trump will address the march from the White House Rose Garden via satellite, according to organizers. But as marchers return for the major annual antiabortion gathering, almost none of the core vows the president made have been fulfilled and there’s no clear sign they’ll be attained soon. Even so, movement leaders don’t blame the president — … [Read more...] about Trump will address Friday’s March for Life via satellite. Here’s what abortion opponents want.
First, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus told Miami Republican Carlos Curbelo he couldn’t crash the all-Democrat group. Now, they’ve made their allegiances even clearer. On Wednesday, the caucus’ political arm threw its support to Curbelo’s Democratic challenger, Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, a potential source of campaign cash as she seeks to unseat Curbelo, a prolific fundraiser himself who enjoys the support of some local Democrats. Mucarsel-Powell has hit Curbelo on his votes to repeal portions of Obamacare and to overhaul the nation’s tax code, two issues she will likely focus on during a campaign to unseat a Republican who frequently criticizes President Donald Trump in a district that leans Democratic. “We need real leadership in South Florida on issues impacting our families the most: expanding access to affordable health care and a tax reform bill that helps, not hurts, working families,” Mucarsel-Powell said in a statement. … [Read more...] about The Hispanic Caucus spurned Carlos Curbelo. Now they’re backing his opponent
Tuesday marked the beginning of a new era for the Escondido Public Library, with a private company taking over its staffing and management. Library officials say the public should notice no changes, but opponents are vowing to continue fighting what they say is a dereliction of civic responsibility by the city in an effort to save a little bit of money. New library director Patricia Crosby, an employee of Maryland-based Library Systems & Services LLC, (LS&S) said she is excited to be in Escondido though she noted it is a bit different than her last home in South Carolina where she managed a public library. “It’s been an easy transition,” Crosby said. “We are eager to serve.” She said the general public will likely not notice a change in the way things are done. Several members of the library staff, many of whom have left city employment and now work for the company, quietly said they were waiting to see how everything plays out. The City Council … [Read more...] about As company takes over Escondido library, opponents remain undeterred
Published 6:25 am, Tuesday, January 16, 2018 OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — A plan to dismantle the 32-year-old track and field program at Johnson County Community College is generating pushback. The Kansas City Star reports that opponents have taken to social media to protest the decision, which the college announced more than a year ago as part of its facilities master plan. Graduates have started the website savejccctrack.com to garner support. Hundreds have commented. The college said it chose to shut down the program and pull out the track because of financial considerations and because too few students benefit from the dollars spent. LATEST SFGATE VIDEOS Now Playing: Now Playing MLK march in San Francisco SFGate Georgia firefighters share dramatic rescue video sfgate Vacaville police dog breaks in new shoes sfgate Black Comix Arts Festival 2018 SFGate Five vans for your #vanlife sfgate See First: Take control of your Facebook News Feed … [Read more...] about Opponents raise concerns about ending college track program