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State Lobby for Big Corporate Special Interests Starts Spending to Try to Save Scott Walker
MADISON, Wisconsin, Aug. 16 -- One Wisconsin Now, a liberal issue advocacy organization that focuses on advancing progressive leadership and values, issued the following news release:

Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) has entered the November electoral fray dropping nearly $1 million on a television ad attacking Gov. Scott Walker's general election opponent, Tony Evers.

The following are the statements of One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross:

"It's no surprise the state big corporate lobby would run a television ad lying about the record of Scott Walker's opponent.

"This same ... Show Full Article

New Tax Credit Program Spurs Torrington Development
CHEYENNE, Wyoming, Aug. 16 -- The Wyoming Business Council issued the following news:

An innovative financing tool now available in Wyoming paved the way for a 10 a.m. groundbreaking on Aug. 20 for the new $6.8 million Cobblestone Hotel & Suites on South Main Street in Torrington.

Sixteen local investors and two banks came together with the help of MoFi and the federal New Market Tax Credit program in a true community effort to finance the Cobblestone.

The hotel will bring an economic boost and much-needed lodging capacity to Torrington when it opens in early 2019. The groundbreaking will take ... Show Full Article

Maldives: Opposition, Media Under Attack
NEW YORK, Aug. 16 -- Human Rights Watch issued the following news release:

The Maldives government's intimidation of the political opposition and media threatens prospects for free and fair elections in September 2018, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The government of this Indian Ocean archipelago has also interfered with the judiciary and the national electoral commission in order to tighten its grip on power.

"The Maldives government has cracked down on any and all dissent, from activists and journalists to Supreme Court judges," said Brad Adams, Asia director. "Immediate ... Show Full Article

Groups Call for Zero Waste Master Plan
BOSTON, Massachusetts, Aug. 16 -- The Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group issued the following news release:

On the eve of the Commonwealth's drafting of their next Solid Waste Master Plan, several organizations are calling for robust changes to that Plan, including a clear and enforceable commitment to policies that enact zero waste. "We cannot recycle our way out of the disposal problems in Massachusetts," said Janet Domenitz, MASSPIRG Executive Director, who provided editorial support to a national report entitled Trash in America earlier this year. "We need to turn the garbage truck ... Show Full Article

Forest Service Releases Fire Management Strategy While Zinke Deals in Doublespeak, Climate Denial, Exploitation, Inflammatory Language
WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 -- The Sierra Club issued the following news release:

The Forest Service today released a new forest management strategy for wildfire. The strategy has a strong emphasis on science and climate change, and calls for prescribed fire and other proven safety measures.

In contrast, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke is continuing his media tour on current wildfires, but focusing on inflammatory language, denying climate change's role depending on the outlet he's speaking to, and exploiting the ongoing fires striking communities across the West to push his and Donald Trump's political ... Show Full Article

Clean Cars Rollback: Absurdity of Trump Administration's Safety Claims
WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 -- Public Citizen issued the following news release:

Since being implemented in 2012, the Obama-era fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions standards, also known as clean car standards, have dramatically reduced tailpipe emissions that cause global warming and have saved consumers more than $60 billion at the gas pump.

However, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) released a proposed rule (PDF) on Aug. 2 that would freeze clean car standards at 2020 levels through 2026. The plan also would revoke ... Show Full Article

Adrian Dominican Associates Gather for Partners VI
ADRIAN, Michigan, Aug. 16 -- Adrian Dominican Sisters issued the following news:

About 50 Adrian Dominican Associates, along with some Sisters, gathered in Adrian August 10-12, 2018, to study and discuss the Congregation's General Chapter Enactment on Resilient Communities, reflect on Dominican spirituality, deepen relationships with one another, and to welcome three new Associates.

The gathering, Partners VI, is an annual event that signifies the partnership in Mission between the Associates and the Sisters.

Sister Patricia Harvat, OP, General Councilor and liaison to Associate Life, welcomed ... Show Full Article