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Statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors on Mass Shooting in Buffalo

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Sunday, May 15, 2022 - 1:57am

"Once again America's mayors are shocked and devastated by a mass shooting -- this time at a Buffalo supermarket in which a heavily armed gunman wearing tactical gear killed 10 people and wounded three others while livestreaming the event. The FBI is investigating it as a hate crime racially motivated by violent extremism. 

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  • WASHINGTON, May 14, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Below is a statement by Tom Cochran, CEO and Executive Director of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, on today's mass shooting in Buffalo:
    How many times must this tragedy repeat itself before Congress acts to reduce gun violence in our nation?
  • "Once again America's mayors are shocked and devastated by a mass shooting -- this time at a Buffalo supermarket in which a heavily armed gunman wearing tactical gear killed 10 people and wounded three others while livestreaming the event.The FBI is investigating it as a hate crime racially motivated by violent extremism.
  • About the United States Conference of Mayors-- The U.S. Conference of Mayors is the official nonpartisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more.
  • There are more than 1,400 such cities in the country today, and each city is represented in the Conference by its chief elected official, the mayor.

First 5 California Executive Director Jackie Wong Applauds Governor Newsom's May Revision Budget

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Saturday, May 14, 2022 - 2:50am

said Jackie Wong, Executive Director for First 5 California.

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  • said Jackie Wong, Executive Director for First 5 California.
  • The May Revision does not address the challenges that prevent low-wage earners from utilizing the state's Paid Family Leave and State Disability Insurance (SDI) programs.
  • "California can lead by making our family paid leave program the most equitable in the nation by addressing the shortfalls in these programs."
  • The May Revision Budget proposal outlines the following new investments:
    $290 million to support children's mental health and community-based youth suicide prevention and outreach programs.

Term Limits Super PAC Launches Ads Hitting Cuellar for Refusing Term Limits Pledge

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Friday, May 13, 2022 - 1:44pm

LAREDO, Texas, May 13, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Term Limits Super PAC announced it will run TV ads from now through election day in Texas' 28th congressional district.

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  • LAREDO, Texas, May 13, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Term Limits Super PAC announced it will run TV ads from now through election day in Texas' 28th congressional district.
  • Cuellar's opponent in the Democratic primary runoff, Jessica Cisneros, has signed the pledge and is a strong supporter of term limits on Congress.
  • "We are excited to be able to tell runoff voters that Jessica Cisneros is the candidate who favors real term limits on Congress, while Henry Cuellar is a career politician who represents the status quo," said Bob Costello, Treasurer of Term Limits Super PAC.
  • Term Limits pledge but Cuellar has refused, Cisneros takes a substantial lead over Cuellar.

AHF Endorses Sen. Sanders’ New ‘Medicare for All Act’

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Friday, May 13, 2022 - 2:57am

AIDS Healthcare Foundation ( AHF ) joined a broad coalition of progressive organizations and legislators to celebrate and endorse the introduction of a bill which would enact the Medicare For All Act of 2022.

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  • AIDS Healthcare Foundation ( AHF ) joined a broad coalition of progressive organizations and legislators to celebrate and endorse the introduction of a bill which would enact the Medicare For All Act of 2022.
  • The proposed legislation , led by Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), is similar to the Medicare For All Act of 2019.
  • AIDS Healthcare Foundation heartily endorses Senator Sanders reintroduction of a Medicare For All bill and thank him for introducing this updated version of such critical, potentially lifesaving legislation, said Michael Weinstein, President of AHF.
  • The Medicare for All bill would guarantee health care as a human right for anyone living in the United States.

NGAUS Applauds Bipartisan Senate Bill To Create Space National Guard

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Thursday, May 12, 2022 - 8:43pm

Introduced yesterday by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Sen. Marco Rubio, R- Fla., the Space National Guard Establishment Act would create a Space Guard under the Space Force.

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  • Introduced yesterday by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Sen. Marco Rubio, R- Fla., the Space National Guard Establishment Act would create a Space Guard under the Space Force.
  • "A Space National Guard is the only efficient, inexpensive way to enhance our Space Force," he added.
  • "Not establishing a Space National Guard was a mistake when Space Force was created, and this bill will remedy that."
  • The cost to create a Space National Guard is $250,000, the National Guard Bureau says.

Minister Ien launches Call for Nominations for Governor General's Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case

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Thursday, May 12, 2022 - 4:00pm

The Honourable Marci Ien, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth, is calling for nominations for the 2022 Governor General's Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case.

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  • The Honourable Marci Ien, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth, is calling for nominations for the 2022 Governor General's Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case.
  • These awards recognize Canadians, including youth, who have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of gender equality.
  • While nominations are accepted year-round, the deadline for nominations for the 2022 awards is July1, 2022.
  • describes the Famous Five and the Persons Case, which paved the way for women to participate more fully in all aspects of Canadian life.

NORD Applauds Legislative Efforts to Restore Intent of the Orphan Drug Act

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Thursday, May 12, 2022 - 1:29am

WASHINGTON, May 11, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) applauds efforts of Congressional leaders to protect the Orphan Drug Act (ODA) and ensure proper incentives are in place to continue to foster robust rare disease drug development.

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  • WASHINGTON, May 11, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) applauds efforts of Congressional leaders to protect the Orphan Drug Act (ODA) and ensure proper incentives are in place to continue to foster robust rare disease drug development.
  • This clarification will maintain appropriate incentives to encourage rare disease drug development as intended in the Orphan Drug Act with a goal of addressing the still significant unmet needs of many in the rare disease community."
  • The Court instead held that the rare disease designated at the outset of the drug development process dictates the scope of the orphan drug exclusivity.
  • NORD began as a small group of patient advocates that formed a coalition to unify and mobilize support to pass the Orphan Drug Act of 1983.

NEW POLL: Cost of Living, Economy, and Housing are priorities for California Latinos Ahead of 2022 Midterm Elections

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Wednesday, May 11, 2022 - 3:02pm

The Latino Community Foundation and BSP Research announced the results of their California statewide poll of 1,200 Latino voters, the largest sample of California Latinos to date ahead of the 2022 Midterms.

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  • The Latino Community Foundation and BSP Research announced the results of their California statewide poll of 1,200 Latino voters, the largest sample of California Latinos to date ahead of the 2022 Midterms.
  • Though Latinos hold progressive policy positions, those views are yet to be reflected in enthusiasm for candidates in the upcoming election.
  • Economic WorriesLatino voters in California cite cost of living, the economy, and cost of housing as the top three issues they want elected officials to address.
  • The Latino Community Foundation is on a mission to unleash the civic and economic power of Latinos in California.

Bloomberg Government Analysis of Top-Performing Lobbying Firms Finds Record Revenue in 2021

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Wednesday, May 11, 2022 - 2:52pm

WASHINGTON, May 11, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Bloomberg Government today issued its annual report examining top-performing lobbying firms, finding record-high lobbying firm revenue for the second consecutive year.

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  • WASHINGTON, May 11, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Bloomberg Government today issued its annual report examining top-performing lobbying firms, finding record-high lobbying firm revenue for the second consecutive year.
  • The report examines the 2,118 registered lobbying firms that filed Lobbying Disclosure Act reports with the Senate during 2021, focusing on the performance of the 350 lobbying firms that reported $1 million or more in revenue in 2021 and lobbying activity in each quarter of 2021.
  • 72 major lobbying firms reported $1 million or more in revenue per lobbyists, of which 32 are single-lobbyist firms.
  • "Bloomberg Government's annual look at the top-performing lobbying firms provides a complete picture of the industry so that government affairs professionals can make informed decisions on their lobbying investments," said Cliff Johnson, Head of Government Affairs Solutions, Bloomberg Government.

Historic MOU Between the DMCC and UVENTURES (Dakia U-Ventures) to Create an International Commerce Trade Zone in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia

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Wednesday, May 11, 2022 - 2:00pm

MIAMI, May 11, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- In a historic first in Latin America, Colombia will create a Common-Law District Arbitration Center.

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  • MIAMI, May 11, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- In a historic first in Latin America, Colombia will create a Common-Law District Arbitration Center.
  • The special delimitated zone will act as a trade-gate into the wealth of the country for national development and export growth.
  • The Cartagena International Commerce Zone will be developed and operated in a direct partnership between DMCC (Dubai Multi Commodities Centre) and UVentures, in direct collaboration with federal and national government entities of Colombia.
  • "As the world's fastest growing free zone with over 20,000 registered companies, DMCC is thrilled to partner with UVentures to establish a trade hub and free zone in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia.