Ratify the Equal Rights Amendment
This is the year 2016. Isn’t it time women had equal rights in America? Will you join me by signing a petition compelling your lawmakers to vote to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment? “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.” The Equal Rights Amendment, first introduced in 1923 by Alice Paul, is an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that affirms that all citizens deserve equal rights under the law regardless of sex or gender. Seems self-evident, right? Do you think that women’s equal rights are guaranteed by our constitution? Sadly, they are not. The ERA never passed, leaving women’s rights up for interpretation. This imbalance has been demonstrated time and time again in the highest courts in the land, where women often lose even when clear bias is shown. Women’s rights are seemingly at the mercy of whoever is in office or on a judicial bench at any given time. Here is what one of our most influential Supreme Court justices said on the matter of sex discrimination: "Certainly the Constitution does not require discrimination on the basis of sex. The only issue is whether it prohibits it. It doesn't." —Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia While we in America may think that women are doing fine, the rest of the world does not. The United Nations has deemed the United States to be a country that does not adequately protect women’s human rights. The Equal Rights Amendment may seem unnecessary to some, but the truth is American women do not have explicit rights under The Constitution. There are dozens of areas where a lack of equal rights negatively affects women and the families they support. Here are just a few: • America is the only nation in the world with a rising maternal mortality rate. • 10,000 abused women are turned away from shelters daily, a total of 3.65 million denied requests per year. When looking specifically at the gender pay gap: There is a direct correlation between underpaying mothers and child hunger. It is estimated that half of the 33 million women and children living in poverty in the United States would not be if women were paid their full dollar. Is it any wonder that 1 in 5 children in America go hungry? Seventy-five percent of all African American children are being raised by full time working single mothers who are paid .60 cents on the dollar. Latinas earn .55 cents on the dollar, and white women make .78 cents compared to their white male counterparts. Our transgender sisters are faring even worse. They are four times as likely to have a household income under $10,000 and twice as likely to be unemployed. Over the course of her working life, an American woman will lose between $400,000 and two million dollars due to wage discrimination. The Equal Rights Amendment would provide an express constitutional basis to challenge sex-based discrimination. It would also ensure that laws and government actions that treat women differently are reviewed by the courts with the strictest of standards. With the upcoming 2016 election we need to intensify the conversation around women's issues and compel our lawmakers to protect the basic civil and human rights of American women by passing the ERA. It is time that we finally make this happen for ourselves, our daughters, and for the future of our nation. If even Supreme Court justices don’t believe the Constitution protects women from discrimination, let’s pass an amendment that will. Please join me along with Kamala Lopez, the director of the upcoming documentary “Equal Means Equal,” the ERA Coalition, and Noreen Farrell of Equal Rights Advocates, to sign this petition for the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment #EqualMeansEqual —Patricia Arquette
Outlaw hog vs. dog hunting/fighting in the wild
Goal: To outlaw the cruel and inhumane practice of using dogs to hunt wild boar in Florida, as well as in the 31 others states it's currently legal or have no laws on the books. Florida (as well as other states) has a wild boar problem. Hogs are numerous, omnivorous and have no natural predators, making them one of the largest nuisance pests in the state. There are many humane options for dealing with the pigs, which do not need to involve brutally killing the pigs or putting domesticated dogs in harm’s way. However, despite the existence of alternatives, Florida and other states have exempted the use of "bait-dogs" in boar hunting. This practice is incredibly dangerous and very inhumane for the dogs and boars involved. Each of the 32 states that allow this practice laws differ, but Florida animal cruelty statute states: FLORIDA ANIMALS: CRUELTY; SALES; ANIMAL ENTERPRISE PROTECTION: http://www.leg.state.fl.us/statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&Search_String=&URL=0800-0899/0828/Sections/0828.122.html 828.122 Fighting or baiting animals; offenses; penalties.—(1) This act may be cited as “The Animal Fighting Act.”(2) As used in this section, the term:(a) “Animal fighting” means fighting between roosters or other birds or between dogs, bears, or other animals.(b) “Baiting” means to attack with violence, to provoke, or to harass an animal with one or more animals for the purpose of training an animal for, or to cause an animal to engage in, fights with or among other animals. In addition, “baiting” means the use of live animals in the training of racing greyhounds.(c) “Person” means every natural person, firm, copartnership, association, or corporation.(3) Any person who knowingly commits any of the following acts commits a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084:Baiting, breeding, training, transporting, selling, owning, possessing, or using any wild or domestic animal for the purpose of animal fighting or baiting; (9) This section shall not apply to:.....(e) Any person using dogs to hunt wild hogs or to retrieve domestic hogs pursuant to customary hunting or agricultural practices." The exception (e) makes NO logical sense, because dogs are trained to "hunt" by chasing, cornering, attacking and fighting. So, why is it illegal to cause a dog to fight another dog, or a pig in an enclosure, but it is legal to use dogs to chase and viciously attack pigs while being trained and in the wild? Boar hunting with dogs is exactly what it sounds like: dogs trained to track and attack. They are taken out into the country, or wherever wild hogs are plentiful, and set loose to sniff out hogs. Once a hog is found the dogs will chase it down, corner, bay and attack it, usually leaving it badly injured, but normally still alive. Hunters (when they catch up) will kill the pig, usually by "sticking," which is a prolonged death vs. the use of a proper gun. Wild hogs are incredibly difficult to kill and will put up a fight until the end. Many dogs involved are wounded by tusks, bitten, trampled and sometimes killed. This is basically animal fighting, in the wild. Putting dogs in such a dangerous situation is inhumane and should not be legal. Visit http://sugarshope.org/ to learn more. PETITION LETTER: Wild boars are a major problem in Florida and in other states. The species has no natural predators, is omnivorous and repopulates very quickly: it is because of these traits that wild boars are a force hard to reckon with. There are many control methods used, some of them very inhumane. Currently it is legal for dogs to be used in wild hog hunting. This practice is extremely dangerous for the dogs involved and leads to inappropriate practices elsewhere. Dogs involved in hunting are likely to be seriously injured by the hogs. Dogs get trampled, bitten, pierced by tusks and may be infected with diseases that pigs carry. The hogs are frightened, outnumbered and suffer a painful death. I urge you to propose a ban on hunting wild pigs with dogs in order to put a stop to these inappropriate behaviors. Please consider other methods of wild pig population control, such as designating land for hogs to be displaced to, and controlling breeding of the species. Allowing dogs to hunt them is inhumane and unnecessary. Visit http://sugarshope.org/ to learn more. Sincerely, [Your Name Here]
Motorcycle safety! Help us stop the blowing of grass clippings and debris on the roadways!
I'm not going to wait for a brother or sister to be killed. I, as many do, want to see an end to to grass clippings being blown onto our roadways. Some local cities have ordinances against it, but that leaves all our beautiful rural roads that we love to ride open for the possibility of this death trap scenario. Please help me get signatures on this petition so that hopefully we can actually get a law against this and make it punishable by law! Thank you and God bless!
Kentuckians for the preservation of all war monuments, including our Confederate monuments
To Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin, We the People of the Commonwealth have all seen our culture being trampled on lately, Kentucky has come into focus by people and or entities that don’t understand our way of life, and think we are behind in the twenty first century. As Kentuckians, we are very proud of our heritage, religion, and our way of life. Many of us have deep roots in our State dating as far back as the Revolutionary War, and we cherish all things that Kentucky has done, and will do in Generations to come. Our history has, and always will, be a part of Kentuckians posterity. As our Founding Fathers said, “for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”. Kentucky has its own culture, unique only to Kentucky, passed down from Generations of honest and noble men. Kentucky has seen its fair share of change, particularly around the Civil War. The Civil War in Kentucky was a fratricidal conflict that split families, including that of President Abraham Lincoln. Thousands of Kentucky families were broken by the war. U.S. senator John J. Crittenden had one son who was a Union general and another who was a Confederate general. Union colonel Charles Hanson had two brothers fight for the Confederacy, including Brigadier General Roger Hanson, who was mortally wounded at the Battle of Stones River, Tennessee. The Reverend Robert J. Breckinridge, a staunch Unionist who helped sway Federal military policy in Kentucky, had two sons fight for the North and two fought for the South. These scenarios were repeated in scores of Kentucky families. Although Lincoln was the Union commander-in-chief, most of his in-laws, the Todd family of Lexington, supported the Confederacy. Lincoln’s brother-in-law, Confederate general Ben Hardin Helm, was killed at the Battle of Chickamauga in September 1863. Upon learning of Helm’s death, Lincoln reputedly wept and said, “I feel as David of old did when he was told of the death of Absalom.” After Helm’s death his widow, Emilie Todd Helm, visited Abraham and Mary Lincoln in the White House. This created a stir in Washington, and newspapers complained when Lincoln’s rebel sister-in-law visited. Later, when Emilie was seeking the president’s permission to travel into the Confederacy to sell cotton, she reminded Lincoln that Union bullets had made her a widow and her children orphans, so Lincoln bore the responsibility to help her. Mary Lincoln lost several family members during the war, including her half-brother, Samuel, who was killed at the battle of Shiloh, Tennessee, and another half-brother, Alexander, who was killed at the Battle of Baton Rouge. Several more of her siblings were Confederate soldiers or sympathizers. Few families were immune from the divisions of the Civil War. The Civil War not only divided Northern and Southern cultures, in fact it divided families all the way to the White House. Knowing what Abraham Lincoln said himself about his own family, we Kentuckians know what he would say today about our Union and Confederate Monuments. Post-war Kentucky needed healing. Families, communities and entire regions of the state had been ripped apart by the war, and more than simple animosity was prevalent throughout. Yet as the North and South healed their wounds and settled their differences, surely Kentucky would, as well. For in Kentucky, where such division had resulted from North and South’s convergence, there was also great promise, because, as historian Bruce Catton wrote, “where North and South touched one another most intimately” was also where they “came closest to a mutual understanding.” Kentuckians have both Union and Confederate ancestors, and within our own hearts, we have a mutual understanding. Kentucky is finally at peace, and our monuments Union and Confederate are our reminders, that the peace comes from hour hearts. Kentucky is where North and South touched most intimately, Kentucky has become that place for great promise that Bruce Catton Wrote about all those years ago. In nearly every Kentucky community something reminds us of the Civil war, and our Civil War ancestors are themselves still with us in Cemeteries everywhere, quiet places, markers of the human cost of war. In Kentucky the civil war is not passive, or dead. In Kentucky the war is long over, but never forgotten. We Kentuckians stand in solidarity with a mutual understanding, that all monuments including, Union and Confederate, that these Men, Women, and Children have the peace they deserve in death. They are our ancestors, we are their voices, and we are their blood. Our State motto is United we stand, Divided we fall, and we will never forget those ties that bind us all. For those of you who wish to trample on our way of life, culture, religion, Confederate monuments, overalls, straw hats, and our heritage. Don't bother speaking for us, as we are just fine and very capable of speaking for ourselves and our twenty first century way of life. We understand your perversion of it, and simply decline it. Governor Bevin, We the descendants of all wars Kentucky has been a part of, would like to Preserve all Monuments of every War, especially Union, and Confederate. This should never be an issue for the loss of life these Men, Women, and Children gave for the State of Kentucky.
PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISION ABOUT AEP ELECTRIC BILLS IN KENTUCKY
People in Kentucky, who are customers of AEP Electric, feel that they are being ripped off for the outrageous charges from AEP electric. We, the people, are taking a stand to eliminate unneccessary charges and are demanding that AEP be investigated for these charges. We feel that it is not the customer's responsibility to pay for retirement riders and other such charges as listed on our bills. Electric bills have doubled and/or tripled in the last month in comparison to previous months and has not been due to a harsh winter.
Why Are Grandma's Cookies Illegal In Kentucky?
Why are grandmas in Kentucky committing crimes when they sell cookies to neighbors? Because Kentucky's current cottage food law states that: "Kentucky law allows farmers to grow, harvest and process limited food products in their farm kitchens for sale at farmer’s markets, certified roadside stands and from the farm provided they grow the predominate agronomic ingredient." This means that unless grandma is a farmer, she is breaking the law selling her baked goods. My name is Jennifer Lopez and I am a mom raising 4 kids. I’m also a talented cake decorator. I started baking cakes in 2006 for my children’s birthdays. At the time, I lived in Missouri. By 2009, cake decorating had become something I really enjoyed. I found myself starting a business from my home and making cakes for clients. This was and still is completely legal in Missouri, in fact the laws are even better now than in 2009. I was able to start a career that I loved and have been passionate about ever since. I steadily built up a clientele, and worked hard at honing my skill set. I am going on 11 years now of being a cake decorator, or working with cake in some fashion. In 2013, I found myself faced with a huge dilemma. I had found out my husband of 11 years was cheating on me and as soon as I confronted him, he cleaned out our joint bank account leaving me and my children with nothing. I didn’t know what to do, but I did still have 2 checks I hadn’t cashed from selling cakes. I used that money to open myself a bank account. Because the laws in Missouri allow for home bakers to also sell at farmer’s markets, I took a gamble and went to Aldi to purchase cupcake ingredients. My kids and I then took them to the farmer’s market. I ended up selling $90 worth of cupcakes, and even had a customer order a cake because she liked my cupcakes so much. By the beginning of July of that year, God had sent me cake order after cake order. In just a few weeks I had over $1,000 in my bank account. Having this income took a lot of stress off my plate during this extremely stressful time. I was able to buy gas for my vehicle, food for my children, and start thinking about my new future as a single parent. I was faced with divorce, and I had no family or support system in Missouri, as all my family lives in Kentucky. After years of hard work and getting the word out, my cake business had just started to really take off. It was also the only real skill I had after staying home for 8 years to raise my children. I looked up Kentucky’s cottage food laws and found that I could in no way sell cakes like I had been, and that the laws were extremely restrictive. Kentucky is one of 3 of the most restrictive states in America. I was astounded to see that even California had better cottage food laws than Kentucky. I ultimately had to make the decision to move to where my support system was located. After moving to Kentucky, I tried to find a few ways to keep my cake business alive and to keep doing what I loved. I found a business with a vacant kitchen, but it needed thousands of dollars of work to even start, and on top of that they wanted $400 a month just for me to use the facility. This was not something I was able to even consider while being a newly single mother to 3 children. I would also have to start from scratch building up clients in a new town. I finally had to put cake decorating on the back burner and got a job to support my children. My friend of 33 years keeps our cake business alive in Missouri. Every now and then I get to make a cake for some fun reason and keep my skills active. If I could, I would be out promoting myself and working hard every day to make cakes for people in my area, but I am not allowed to do that. I can’t tell you how extremely frustrating it is to be skilled in an area and not even be allowed to start it up for fear of fines and legal drama. Even now, I am still not in any position to where I would be able to go open a storefront. What I do, which is custom cakes, would not keep the doors open without having to make other items or sell lunch, which is not something I’m interested in doing. As a renter, it is also not possible for me to turn my basement into an extra commercial kitchen or place a building in my backyard. There are so many large businesses that once started in homes or garages. A local Cross Fit started out of the owner’s garage. Super City Cross Fit, now River to River Fitness has 3 locations in Paducah, KY and Metropolis, IL. Microsoft and Apple were both started at home in garages. When starting out, it isn’t always smart or economical to open a storefront especially when the risks can be so high and you have a family to feed. If a home-based business fails, you turn your oven off and go back to life, you aren’t out thousand or hundreds of thousands of dollars. It’s also a great way to even see if this is an area you would want to keep pursuing or are even good at, without having to invest a lot of money to get started. There are also extremely talented cake designers that started from or are still based out of their homes. Liz Marek is a perfect example of a home-based decorator who made it big in the world of cake. Artisan Cake Company is still based out of her home, and within the last year she was finally able to convert her garage into a kitchen space. Charm City Cakes owner, Duff Goldman better known as Ace of Cakes, started out of his small apartment. He would walk up and down sidewalks outside of bridal shows with a cake in hand to build his business. (Charm City Cakes) “Duff opened his cake business in his Baltimore apartment after leaving a personal chef job. "I called my dad, business guru extraordinaire, and asked, 'Hey, Dad, how do I start a cake business?' And he says, 'Get some business cards, get a website and sell some cakes!' Astounding, basic advice, but I followed it...I baked [cakes] in my rickety joke of a home oven and delivered [them] in my hatchback VW."”- 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Duff (FoodNetwork.com) I ended up quitting my position at a good job when I had a baby 2 years ago. I could no longer afford child care for 4 children, almost $800 a month. Baking custom cakes from home would benefit my family considerably. I could still help my husband out, who works 2 jobs, and would not have to give over half my paycheck to childcare expenses. We would love to buy our first home, but are not yet in a position to do so. Having that extra income, while saving money would also help us do that. My story is not unique. Some people start baking because physical limitations or childcare responsibilities make it difficult to work away from home. Some have been the victims of layoffs, scraping together gigs to get by. Others are retirees, looking to supplement their fixed income and stay active. Regardless of the reason, people across the country have realized that home baking allows them to use their talents to earn extra income. Home baking is the way to get started right away without having to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on professional equipment and commercial kitchen space. It also makes sense for customers. Home bakers have the flexibility to make small batches of goods and cater to food allergies and dietary restrictions. People who live far from traditional bakeries can buy locally. Who doesn’t want the option of a home-baked treat on demand? The solution to Kentucky’s restrictive current cottage food law is a piece of cake. I and many bakers just like me, would like to legalize the limited sale of home-baked goods that do not require refrigeration—like cookies, cupcakes, custom cakes, and bread. You can help me and home bakers across the Bluegrass State claim our slice of the American Dream and provide a better life for our families. Please sign this message to our lawmakers asking them to support a home bakers bill and let home-based entrepreneurs get to work serving delicious baked goods to our friends and neighbors. Learn more about our campaign at http://www.kentuckyhomebakers.com
Public Service Commission about Electric Bills
This is a Petition for the Public Service Commission to stop the extremely high Electric bills in the Phelps community. We feel that the Electric Company is price gouging us. Many of use are on fixed incomes and have to choose from going hungry or going cold cause of the Electric company keeps charging us high price for Electric. My house is a one room apartment. I had cut back a lot on heating this month do to the warm weather we had and my bill was still 160 dollars. Other people have said their bills was from 500 to almost 1000 dollars. After we pay that will don't have much to buy food for our kids. Lets all band together sign this and get the rates of our Electric bills lowered.
Keep the Jefferson Davis Monument.
In recent years, there has been a movement to remove historic symbols and monuments from our nation's landscape to appease the desires of a boisterous minority. I was recently force fed an opinion piece in favor of removing Jefferson Davis' image and name from the Jefferson Davis Monument. That opinion piece had an overwhelmingly unsuccessful petition attached to it that has been flailing for years. My purpose in creating this petition is to show that most are staunchly opposed to removing the likeness of Jefferson Davis from the Monument. The path we have been on in our nation will eventually lead to an assault on our Founding Fathers if we don't stem the tide.
Require ISP's with state contracts to abide by net neutrality principles.
I'm calling on [Matt Bevin] to issue an executive order requiring internet service providers with state contracts to abide by net neutrality principles. This would mean that in order to receive a contract with the state of [Kentucky] government, internet service providers like Verizon and Comcast must not block or throttle web content or create internet fast lanes. State governments can be some of the biggest consumers of internet services so this will send a strong message. Furthermore, this can be done. In January of 2018, Montana Governor Steve Bullock (D) signed an executive order to do just this, explaining “This is a simple step states can take to preserve and protect net neutrality. We can’t wait for folks in Washington DC to come to their senses and reinstate these rules.” Please my petition asking [Matt Bevin] to require all internet service providers with state contracts to abide by net neutrality rules.
Make Bourbon The Official State Beverage Of Kentucky
The shameful situation... In 2005, then-senator Joey Pendleton (D-3), a dairy farm owner no less, introduced Senate Bill 93, which read: “An act relating to state emblems. Creates a new section of KRS Chapter 2 to designate milk as the official drink of Kentucky.” It passed the Senate 37-0, the House 88-5, and was signed into law by Republican Governor Ernie Fletcher. That's right. Kentucky, the land where America's only native spirit was born, is currently one of 20 states where dairy lobbyists and bores have successfully pushed to make awful MILK the official drink. The others are Arkansas, Delaware, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, and Wisconsin. Similarly, Coca-Cola lobbyists blocked a 2013 effort to make Ale-8-One Kentucky’s official state soft drink. This is very stupid. Milk is boring, bland, and contributes next to nothing to Kentucky’s image or economy. Bourbon, on the other hand, is wildly popular around the world, unique to the Commonwealth, a source of pride for its citizens, a major economic driver, and conjures an idyllic image of our state in the minds of those who might choose to visit or do business here. Washington D.C. has the lime rickey as its official drink (Cool!), Puerto Rico has the piña colada (Cool!), Maine has the soft drink Moxie (Cool!), Kentucky and 19 other states have cow juice (Not cool!). All true Kentuckians and bourbon connoisseurs around the world should band together in a spirit of righteous indignation and demand the complete obliteration of milk from the Kentucky Revised Statutes for all of eternity. In short, milk must be destroyed and bourbon elevated to its rightful place as Kentucky’s official state beverage. Join us! Still not sold? Here's some additional info to illustrate the ridiculous predicament we find ourselves in. Kentucky milk facts... Compared to other U.S. states, Kentucky ranks 27th in milk production, 26th in number of milk cows, 40th in milk output per cow, and 12th in the number of licensed dairy operations. In terms of revenue generated, milk isn’t even in the Top 5 Kentucky agricultural products. Cash receipts for the sale of Kentucky milk in 2016 totaled only $192 million. California dairies, in comparison, sold $6.2 billion worth of milk in the same year. The Kentucky dairy industry generates an almost nonexistent amount of tourism dollars, no positive press, and, in general, no state pride. Kentucky bourbon facts… The first sentence on the “Existing Industries” page of the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development’s website is, “When you think of Kentucky’s major industries of course you think bourbon. We do too.” 95% of the world’s bourbon is made in Kentucky. Bourbon is an $8.5 billion signature industry in Kentucky, generating 17,500 jobs with an annual payroll of $800 million. Spirits production and consumption pours more than $825 million in federal, state and local tax coffers every year. Nearly 60 percent of every bottle of spirits in Kentucky goes to taxes or fees, with seven different taxes on Bourbon – including an ad valorem tax on barrels each and every year it ages. Distillers also are paying $17,814,134 in ad valorem barrel taxes this year, another all-time high. Revenue from this tax funds education, public safety, public health and other needs in local communities where barrels are stored. U.S. distilled spirits exports topped $1.5 billion in 2013. Kentucky Bourbon and Tennessee whiskey made up more than $1 billion of that amount, making it the largest export category among all U.S. distilled spirits. Bourbon is good. See? Pretty insane, right? Let's put an end to this milk madness ASAP and MAKE BOURBON THE OFFICIAL STATE BEVERAGE OF KENTUCKY like it should've been from the get-go. Hell yeah!