Rethinking Federal vs State & Local Governing Thru A Democratic Lens

A Declaration of Urban Independence Politico Magazine


Futurist and urban planner Richard Florida moved his family to Toronto a decade ago. Stunned by Hillary's loss, the theorist pulled back his new book from his publisher to do some serious soul searching.

His meaty article in Politico taps into my own mindset, one that is a total reversal of previous thinking among progressives on the role of the federal govt vs state and city govt. The idea is conservative -- one that puts key decisions about our urban and rural areas more in the hands of state and local govt.

Presently in America, rural Americans in red states are running the country. While it's great that the Supreme Court has agreed to hear the Democrats' lawsuit about gerrymandering state districts, the decision could go against Dems. The electoral college is stacked against progressives, urban areas and Democrats generally.

The solution? It could only work if we pack up our money, the disproportionate about of tax dollars blue states send to the federal govt.

Florida argues that states and local govt are much better able to develop effective policies for residents. On the face of it, the total abdication among Dems of civic participation in local and state governing would be a disaster on the front end of a major shift in power and funding to state and local govts.

Yet, if one realization has set in among thinking progressives, it's the understanding that it's our own fault that we've abandoned civic responsibility at a local level. And the centralized federal govt that we over-fund is working against us, especially in a Trump-era.

While white men Dems try to convince us that we should make room for anti-choice, anti-immigrant, pro-gun, anti-everything we stand for disenfranchised white male Republicans, Florida argues that we need a total reassessment of the roles of local, state and federal govt in our lives.

There's serious food for thought in this article and an open door for dialogue that is far more thoughtful than demanding that the solution to Dems problems is firing Nancy Pelosi, now that Hillary Clinton has gone down. A more organic, holistic approach is required.

Note, that this is not a Bernie Sanders vision, as Bernie embraces an even more massive federal govt. It does emphasize Bernie's argument that progressives must get involved at a local and state level. ~ Anne

Women Physicians Less Likely To Be Introduced As 'Doctor' At Mayo Clinic Medical Events

A new study published in the Journal of Women's Health, examined videos of 321 speaker introductions at 124 internal medicine grand rounds from 2012 through 2014 at Mayo Clinic campuses in Arizona and Minnesota. The research was triggered when Julia Files and Anita Mayer, both physicians at the Mayo Clinic noticed a pattern in which female doctors were introduced by their first name but males as Dr. So and So. 

Sharonne Hayes, another Mayo doctor, had noticed a similar pattern. While a male colleague would be introduced as “Dr. Joe Smith,” for example, the women were often simply called “Julia,” “Anita” and “Sharonne.” In that lightbulb moment, the trio decided to quantify their observations. 

The results showed that male introducers used professional titles for female doctors only 49 percent of the time on first reference, but introduced male doctors by their titles 72 percent of the time.

Female introducers used titles in introductions of both male and female doctors more often than male introducers (96 percent of the time vs. 66 percent of the time).

The three women doctors all agree that they are not offended in the least by being called their first names around colleagues. But the gender-based disparity of men being called doctor more often, reinforces the subliminal message that men are more competent and therefore more worthy of being called doctor. via Washington Post

Ivanka Trump Tells FOX News That Daddy's Political Instincts Are Phenom So She Stays Out of Politics

Ms Hear-No-Evil, See No-Evil made it clear that in no way does she try to check prez daddy's 'phenomenal' political instincts. Can we all agree that Ivanka Trump's just on this ride for the money and thoughts that it would build her brand? And would progressives please stop beating up other Democratic women and turn their ire on people like Ivanka Trump. Kindly train your eyes on the real political villains in this American drama. I know it's not nearly as satisfying as eating your own, but still . . 

"“I try to stay out of politics. His political instincts are phenomenal. He did something that no one could have imagined he'd be able to accomplish,” the first daughter told Fox News’s “Fox & Friends” in response to a question about her father’s oft-controversial Twitter habit. “I feel blessed just being part of the ride from day one and before. But he did something pretty remarkable. But I don't profess to be a political savant.”

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Israeli Cabinet Bows To Ultra-Orthodox Demands, Nixing Western Wall Mixed Gender Plan

Women and men pray together at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, 1910. George Eastman House/Getty Images

Women and men pray together at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, 1910. George Eastman House/Getty Images

Israel's government shocked American Jews on Sunday, nixing a breakthrough plan approved last year to allow mixed-gender religious services at the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest prayer site.

Ultra-Orthodox Jews have managed Israel's holy Jewish sites since 1967, with the strictest rules that divide the area for prayer at the Western Wall, according to gender. Women must pray in complete silence, with no group prayer, singing or reading of the Torah scrolls, as women do. 

In 1988 'Women of the Wall' began monthly prayer services at the Kotel. According to the organization's website, Women of the Wall spent over 10 years, between 1989 and 2003, "in the first Supreme Court struggle for women's equal rights at the Western Wall. Various judicial agreements and decisions were rendered over the years, culminating in a January 2016 plan for a pluralistic prayer section of the Western Wall. Unfortunately, immediately after the plan was voted upon and passed by the Knesset, the ultra-Orthodox parties demonstrated against it and demanded that the agreement be rescinded.

Police escort Anat Hoffman holding a Torah scroll from the Western Wall, on July 12

Police escort Anat Hoffman holding a Torah scroll from the Western Wall, on July 12

According to the Washington Post:

Sunday’s decision to cancel the new Western Wall arrangement has drawn denunciations from liberal Jews in Israel and the United States. It also appeared to threaten Netanyahu’s fragile coalition, with Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman — head of a faction that represents secular Jewish immigrants from the former Soviet Union — vowing to fight back.  

“It actually causes terrible harm to Jewish unity and to the alliance between the State of Israel and Diaspora Jewry,” Israeli media quoted him as saying. 

“It’s a terrible day for women in Israel when the prime minister sacrifices their rights while kowtowing to a handful of religious extremists, who want to enforce their religious customs while intentionally violating the rights of the majority of the Jewish world,” said Anat Hoffman, chair of Women of the Wall.