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On October 8th, 2012, President Obama will travel to Keene, California to announce the establishment of the César E. Chávez National Monument. Years in the making, the monument – which will be designated under the Antiquities Act – will be established on the property known as Nuestra Señora Reina de la Paz (Our Lady Queen of Peace), or La Paz. The La Paz property is recognized worldwide for its historic link to civil rights icon César Estrada Chávez and the farm worker movement. The site served as the national headquarters of the United Farm Workers (UFW) as well as the home and workplace of César Chávez and his family from the early 1970’s until Chávez’ death in 1993, and includes his grave site which will also be part of the monument. “César Chávez gave a voice to poor and disenfranchised workers everywhere,” said President Obama. “La Paz was at the center of some of the most significant civil rights moments in our nation’s history, and by designating it a national monument, Chávez’ legacy will be preserved and shared to inspire generations to come.”
Here's a riddle for Florida voters: who wears a black robe, is sitting on a stack of a million greenbacks, and has a red face because voters get to decide whether or not they keep their jobs? To be fair, this is a trick question. The answer is actually three people: Supreme Court Justices R. Fred Lewis, Barbara Pariente, and Peggy Quince. The three of them are sitting on a combined political war chest of over a million dollars, given to them by special interest groups, trial lawyers and political activists. And they are red-faced with anger that voters get to decide their fate at the ballot box. The Republican Party of Florida took the unprecedented step of voting to oppose the retention of these three justices. And almost immediately, their political allies went into attack mode, accusing Florida Republicans of crashing a party that only the Bar Association, trial lawyers and special interest groups were invited to attend.
This week, RPOF took aim at two myths beginning to gain traction in the mainstream media: First, that Barack Obama is going to win Florida in a walk, and second, that RPOF has no right to free speech on the question of whether or not three Florida Supreme Court Justices should get to keep their jobs. This week, several suspect political polls were released showing Barack Obama with a runaway lead right here in Florida. The most unbelievable of them was Quinnipiac, which showed an absurd 9-point lead for Obama. RPOF immediately blasted the poll and pointed out that Democrats were dramatically oversampled, and the Florida media largely agreed with our analysis:
MIAMI, FL – Today, Congresswoman Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) issued the following statement concerning the announcement by the Department of Homeland Security to grant an 18 month extension for Temporary Protected Status (TPS), for Haitians living in the United States, beginning January 22, 2013. “The extension of Temporary Protected Status is yet another lifeline for tens of thousands of Haitians living in the U.S., especially South Florida. I applaud the decision by Secretary Janet Napolitano and the Department of Homeland Security. This is the right thing to do given the post-earthquake conditions that still exist in Haiti,” says Congresswoman Wilson.