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Ryder backs the Chanje to electric transport with addition of 125 medium-duty trucks

A major player in the truck leasing and rental business is now the exclusive sales partner for Chanje, a medium-duty electric vehicle company. […]

Gerrymandering Case Echoes in Inkblot-Like Districts Across the U.S.

Benjamin Geffen, a lawyer at the Public Interest Law Center working on the case, said that while the suit had been filed in state court, not federal court, he was watching the Wisconsin case closely, because the Pennsylvania lawsuit makes a similar argument about what academics call “the efficiency gap,” a measure of votes considered wasted in districts designed not to be close.Continue reading the main story“We’re optimistic that the court will at last recognize that there is a point at which a partisan gerrymander goes too far,” Mr. Geffen said in a phone interview.Maryland’s Sixth Congressional DistrictDemocrats in Maryland drew plenty of crazily shaped districts to help their party in 2011 — its Third District has been likened to a “praying mantis” — but a federal lawsuit challenging the state’s last round of redistricting is focused on one: the Sixth District, which yoked Democratic voters from the Washington suburbs to Republican voters in the rural west of the state.Maryland’s 6th Congressional DistrictMichael B. Kimberly, the lawyer bringing the suit, said he had been watching the Wisconsin case. But he said his suit was taking a somewhat different tack, arguing that the new Maryland map violated the First Amendment rights of voters.“This is far and away the most promising time for legal challenges to partisan gerrymandering that we’ve seen in a generation,” he said in a telephone interview.The Wisconsin EffectSeveral election lawyers said it was unclear how far-reaching a Supreme Court ruling in the Wisconsin case might be, given that other election maps are being challenged at federal and state levels using different legal arguments. (North Carolina, which has already redrawn its maps after a challenge, is now facing challenges to its new map.) But they said it was an important moment — and noted that it could change the landscape when states begin working on their next set of election maps a few years from now.Wisconsin’s State Assembly Districts“The Supreme Court is a pretty big planet, and its gravitational pull is pretty strong,” said Justin Levitt, a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles who tracks redistricting cases on his All About Redistricting website.He said the compactness of a district — and how squiggly or rectangular it was — was rarely a good indication of how gerrymandered it is. He noted that some unusually drawn districts had beneficial effects, including one in Illinois that created a heavily Latino district.Indeed, one of the defenses made by Wisconsin officials is that their districts are compact. But in November a federal court found that they were an “unconstitutional political gerrymander.”“They don’t look bizarre,” William Whitford, one of the Democratic plaintiffs suing over the Wisconsin map, said Monday on a conference call with reporters. “But if you really know the Wisconsin political geography — and that’s a learning curve […]

Before the Gunfire in Virginia, a Volatile Home Life in Illinois

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Switch Fresh has invented a refillable, reusable deodorant stick

It might not be zero waste, but it’s 96 percent plastic reduction and we really like that! […]

Minnesota Approves Medical Cannabis for PTSD

Minnesota’s Department of Health has announced that it’s expanding the state’s list of qualifying medical cannabis conditions to include post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Minnesota now joins New Jersey, Michigan, California, Illinois, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Arizona, Washington, Rhode Island and Oregon as states that allow those with PTSD to legally use medical The post Minnesota Approves Medical Cannabis for PTSD appeared first on The Weed Blog. […]

North Dakota’s Violent Saturday, Prayer and Judicial Relief for the Sioux Nation

United Nations 120 Indian Nations and 5,000 people rejoiced on Friday, September 9 when the Department of Justice, the Department of the Army and the Department of the Interior rejected Federal Judge James Boasberg’s 58-page dismissal of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s request for an injunction against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. At issue is a federal permit for Energy Transfer Inc.’s $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). The Tribe argued that USACE failed to conduct proper environmental and cultural impact studies and that the proposed pipeline would cross under a section of the Missouri River that serves as a source of water for the tribe. That is the simple summary, but the issues run tragically deep for the Sioux Nation and span hundreds of years of lies and broken treaties. DAPL is calculated to move over a half-billion gallons of crude oil daily across four states. The oil would enter the pipeline in the Bakken shale fields of North Dakota, cross South Dakota and Iowa, and end in Patoka, Illinois. Winona LaDuke, founder of the environmental organization Honor the Earth, calls it a “pipeline from nowhere.” The Bakken boomtowns are ghost towns since oil prices plunged, and LaDuke says the pipeline is a bet that oil will rebound to $60 a barrel. No Artifacts, No Graves, No Problem Energy Transfer made a very bad calculation when, less than a week before the rulings, it took court documents showing the exact locations of historic graves, including stone representation of the constellations, and brazenly used them as a map to identify and destroy cultural sites. Graves of ancestral chiefs essential to tribal history and beliefs were scattered and buried under eight feet of earth in some places. […]

Carbon dioxide may soon be used to make fuel

A newly developed, solar powered “leaf” mimics photosynthesis, converting CO2 into fuel. […]