There is a little talked about dirty side to Silicon Valley. Production of computer parts and high-tech manufacturing leaves beyond liquid waste in the form of solvents, inks, acids and other dangerous chemicals. These chemicals are then sent to industrial recycling facilities, such as Romic Environmental Technologies' hazardous waste plant in East Palo Alto, CA.
A new poll shows Measure 48, Oregon's proposed spending cap, now opposed by a plurality of voters, 32-42. A lot of voters are still undecided, but the rule of thumb in initiative campaigns is that it is easier to get people to vote no than it is to get them to vote yes. The initiative's backers claim stronger support in internal polling.
State leaders, including a number of Republicans, have denounced Bush's veto of expanded funding for stem cell research and California and Illinois have already stepped up with their own funding to provide grants for the work.
In other states like Colorado, Florida, Maryland, Missouri and Tennesee, it has become an election year issue in both primaries and upcoming general elections.
This morning's Stateside Dispatch takes an in-depth look at the arbitrary spending caps being considered by legislators and advanced by signature gatherers all over the country. These caps are -- surprise, surprise -- part of a well-coordinated strategy by far-right ideological interests and not -- as they claim -- home-grown ideas.