End Citizens United Taking on Major Strides toward Campaign Reforms

End Citizens United is a political action committee (PAC) launched in August 2015 working toward campaign finance reforms. The PAC plans on being a major player in 2016, funneling their resources (millions of dollars) on Democratic Candidates competing for Senate and House seats. Richard Carbo, the communication’s director, stated that the group had managed to raise over two million dollars from small donors and the PAC was on track to bring in a sum of between 25 million dollars and 30 million dollars.

 

End Citizens United’s Goal

 

End Citizens United’s aim is to amend the constitution and undo the Supreme Court’s ruling which in 2010 unleashed a tide of dark money and Super PACs into politics. Over 325,000 individuals support End Citizens United’s move to pass said legislation. The number of supporters is likely to rise as the group partners with “Ready for Hillary” who will rent out their e-mail list to widen their net and reach more liberal supporters. In the same month of the group’s launch, they announced their participation in endorsing eleven Democratic candidates.

 

Mr. Carbo addressed this move citing that unlike other PACs who solely focused on campaign finance reforms, the End Citizens United had taken an alternative decisive approach having identified a gap in the political side which included getting people with the capability of changing the existing laws elected. This meant that they had to back candidates supporting campaign reforms and will stand against the Supreme Court’s ruling on Citizens United.

 

Criticisms of End Citizens United’s Strategy

 

End Citizens United’s efforts have been met with criticism from campaign finance experts. A constitution amendment requires two-thirds of the House and Senate approval in addition to 75% of the states ratifying the amendment. Professor of law and political science, and a campaign finance regulation professional, Rick Hasen, explained further on the pros and cons of End Citizens United’s move. He gave a hypothetical illustration, citing that even if the group managed to raise 100 million dollars the thought that this amount would facilitate a constitutional amendment through electing sympathetic congress members was a pipe dream.

 

Mr. Hasen added that a greater chance of getting the law overturned was the confirmation of a new Justice of the Supreme Court who had the capability of being the tie-breaker during a court balance. Mr. Hasen, however, argued that PACs such as End Citizens United served an important role in maintaining the pressure on the Supreme Court alongside other political players and ensuring public awareness of the court’s decision.

 

About End Citizens United

 

It was formed on March 1, 2015. The group is a Political Action Committee supported by grassroots donors. End Citizens United has committed themselves to countering the negative impacts of Citizen United through campaign finance reforms. Their mission is to disassemble the country’s rigged political system and fight Big Money through passing state ballot and electing persons in support of campaign finance reforms.

 

A Keen Analysis of the 2016 Performance of the Ohio Housing Market

The Ohio Association of Realtors reported a statewide increase in Homes purchases for the year 2016 compared to the previous fiscal year (2015) which lay at 7.5%. Among the areas showcased was Northeast Ohio whose home sales rose by 8%. The data used in the report was collected from listings paired with newly constructed and previously owned residences.

A Closer Look at the Real Estate Trend

In a news release, Pete Kopt from Statewide Trade Group stated that 2016 was a very successful year for the Ohio real estate market as it saw a record increase in sales. A look at December 2016 sales, in comparison to 2015, indicates a 2.8 percent increase. It is important to note, however, that Northeast Ohio and other markets had been experiencing yearly declines. In December 2016, Ohio’s average selling price was 159,531 dollars, a 4.8% increase compared to the same month in 2015.

Analysis of 2016’s December Sales

Price growth coupled with real estate shortages was the main agenda; this was after the National Association of Realtors released a report which focused exclusively on sales of existing homes. Despite the slow market sales in December 2016, the year experienced impeccable sales gains compared to the previous decade.

Lawrence Yun, the trade association’s chief economist, connected 2016’s impressive market run to the low mortgage rates and job creations experienced throughout the year. However, he explained that elevating mortgage rates posed a threat to market prices in December. Yun also added that a shortage of supply listings and high prices also caused low sales during the month.

About Tammy Mazzocco

Tammy Mazzocco is a residential real estate agent with Judy Gang and Associates. She operates in Delaware, Licking, Franklin, and Fairfield counties – Central Ohio. Her real estate career began when she was employed as a secretary at The Edwards Realty Company.

At The Edwards Realty Company, Tammy worked together with nine commercial agents. Tammy Mazzocco would then go ahead to spend seven years at Scotland Yard Condominiums. It is during this period, 1995, that she became a registered realtor. Tammy is very passionate about real estate and is keen to continue growing in the industry under the mentor ship of her boss and friend, Judy Gang.

Reference: http://radaris.com/p/Tammy/Mazzocco/

Studies of Dr Shiva Gopal Vasishita into the Long Term Effects of Stem Cell Transplants; Remission of Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis is one of the most complicated conditions to deal with because the body’s own immune system attacks the Central Nervous system. However, there is research by Dr Shiva Gopal Vasishita which is indicating that giving a high dose of immunosuppressive therapy coupled with transfusion of the person’s own stem cells can induce a remission of relapsing strain of Multiple Sclerosis.

A research that was carried out on the people who have been treated using the high dosage immunosuppressive therapy and a HDIT transplant showed that 5 years after the transfusion, close to 70 percent of the patients hadn’t showed any signs of disability progression. In addition, the patients did not have new brain lesions or the characteristic MS symptoms. On the other hands, there are other studies indicating that the recently approved medications are having lower success rates than this. One of the trials was conducted and concluded in 2014. The research was funded by the Immune Tolerance Network and was published in February. The findings were published by Dr Shiva Gopal Vasishita in Neurology, the Medical Journal of the Academy of Neurology.

The results of the study indicate that it is more beneficial to patients to receive a onetime high dosage of HDIT as opposed to being subjected to many years of alternative therapies. The results have been seen as a stepping stone towards the establishment of a standard of care for this often scary and debilitating illness. The symptoms of MS vary greatly from patient to another. They include weakness, fatigue and chronic pain added to difficulties in speech and other motor functions. Most of the times, the patients experience periods of time where they have no symptoms and then they get relapses.

Dr Shiva Gopal Vasishita has been in the frontline in looking for a lasting solution to MS. He is a physician practicing in Vorhees, New Jersey. He graduated medical school in 1979 and has decades of experience in the field. He is also a member of the Medicare program and accepts medicare assignments.

“Beyond the Darkness” Announced to Launch on The Jericho Network

The supernatural is coming to The Jericho Network in the new program “Beyond the Darkness”. The show will be hosted by Dave Schrader and Tim Dennis and will be thoughtful discussions with a diverse selection of people with first-hand experience and researchers of the supernatural. Topics will range from the neighborhood ghost to alien encounters. Chris Jericho, head of The Jericho Network and WWE star, is very excited to welcome this new genre and fanbase to his channel that is evolving from the expected wrestling. Norman Pattiz, PodcastOne Chairman, announced in December that the show will be coming to Mondays on the Jericho Network.

 

Norman Pattiz is not only a current Chairman with PodcastOne but also founded the company in June of last year along with PodcastOne Sales. Already the companies have risen to be leaders in podcast marketing and sales, following the trend in the long line of successes in Pattiz’ longstanding career in broadcasting, where he has earned much recognition and several awards. He began with the formation of Westwood One in 1974, America’s now largest radio network in the industry and followed by Radio Sawa radio network when he was serving on the Broadcasting Board of Governors and Alhurra Television, which reaches the entirety of the Middle East. When he left Westwood One in 2010, he quickly jumped back into business with the creation of Courtside Group and has more recently entered the world of podcasting with PodcastOne.

 

Entering podcasting seemed like the next logical step to Pattiz after a discussion with Kit Gray. At the time, Gray was a Podcast Representative working from his home in Marina del Rey and helped Pattiz realize how similar the podcast was to radio. Once the connection was made, he launched his new business and has come to welcome the many hats he must wear on a daily basis in a small business. The same day has him in sales, technology, and anything else that needs to be completed. He finds that success lies, not in advanced knowledge of the business but in the hand of the consumer and focuses on expanding their capacity to implement new ideas to stay on top of the game where the success of a program is decided almost instantaneously. While others may be overwhelmed by this, Pattiz loves the democratic trend of the digitized media and is excited to see where it takes him.

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http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/podcastone-chairman-norman-pattiz-announces-results-of-networks-brand-lift-studies-conducted-by-edison-research-300405404.html

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