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3rd Blog Post: Revolving Door

Roughly 43 states have some kind of policy against revolving doors. Most of policies are saying an official cannot switch become a lobbyist with at least a one year period. The Obama-Biden Administration is also working against this in their administration saying the have a two-year waiting period. Laurence Lessig is also against this after having a lobbyist lobby for a topic a week early. Which called people to challenge the presidential candidates to promise that they will only appoint FCC commissioners who promise not to work for those who have regulated for at least 5 years after their term is over. He issued that call-to-action after the GAO found that the FCC is providing information to lobbyist about upcoming meeting agenda. Basically FCC members were lobbying information a week before its public announcement.

The main fighters of this issue is the Obama-Biden Administration,  and various facets of Federal Governments.  The only way I could fight something like it is to take it to federal court because it is against many our state policy.

Practically every industry and special interest area hires lobbyists to represent and defend their interests in Washington. However, some industries frequently employ a special breed of lobbyist: those who previously worked for the federal government they are tasked with lobbying.

Some of these "revolving door" lobbyists once toiled as low-level congressional staffers or entry-level bureaucrats.

Others who lobby against revolving door users could be influenced.



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Lobbying Blog Post #3

This is certainly not a good year for advocates of healthier school lunches.  Despite all the Obama administration's efforts to fight the growing child obesity epidemic in the US, namely Michelle Obama's Let's Move! campaign, we have yet to see the kind of reform of school lunches that would bring the US closer to combating child obesity.  Though I couldn't find any mention of it on their official website, Congress recently blocked new rules proposed by the USDA to make school lunches healthier.  The proposed $6.8 billion bill would have mandated more fruits, green vegetables, and whole grains.  It would also have limited the amount of sodium and starchy vegetables, such as potatoes, that schools could serve kids.
The bill was based on recommendations by the Institute of Medicine and praised by Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack as a necessary step towards fighting child obesity and the related healthcare costs.  Margo Wootan of the Center for Science in the Public Interest argues that Congress's proposed changes will prevent schools from serving a wider array of vegetables, and that "[Congress's proposed rules] are making sure that two of the biggest problems in the school lunch program, pizza and french fries, are untouched."
The part of Congress's proposed rules that has captured by far the most national attention is the provision that the amount of tomato paste on a single slice of pizza continue to be counted as one serving of vegetables.  This has been interpreted by many as Congress actually declaring pizza a vegetable and is currently the object of widespread ridicule. has a page devoted to the phrase "pizza is a vegetable," and on a recent episode of Saturday Night Live, the Congressional ruling was the subject of a "Really!?!" segment featuring Seth Meyers and Kermit the Frog.

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Fig. 1:  One of the many memes ridiculing the Congressional ruling that a slice of pizza is equivalent in nutritional value to a serving of vegetables

The bill was lobbied against by companies like ConAgra, McCain Potatoes, and Del Monte Foods, which claimed that the proposal would make school lunches too expensive (the bill would have raised the cost of school lunches by about 14 cents each) and unappetizing.  Though the Congressional ruling does not prevent Philadelphia from establishing its own rules for healthier school lunches, it is a worrisome example of how willing some politicians are to put the interests of industries before the interests of American children.  To gain healthier school lunches for Philadelphia children requires not only the support of Mayor Michael Nutter, but also of Pennsylvania senators Robert P. Casey, Jr., and Pat Toomey.  Unfortunately, with the economy in the poor state it's in, it may be difficult to get funding for a cause that has recently been addressed--and dismissed--on a national scale.
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¡Hola Eloy!

Querid@, EloyDelgado
Hola. Me nombre es Marty. Edad catorce años. Soy agotado. Soy africano-americana soy también una mezla de razas. vivo en Filadefhia. Hace mucho viento. Mi cumple es veintidós de marzo. Me encanta escuchar música solo y con familia y con amigos, ir de compras los fines de semana,hablar por teléfono cuando tengo tiempo libre, y dormir. Me gusta ayudar en casa depende del día. Me gusta cantar con amigos. Y a tí? Qué te gusta hacer? Qué música te gusta escuchar? Soy muy baja, creativa, adorable, extraña, boba pero divertida. Y tú? Cómo eres? Bueno, me voy porque tengo que dormir! 
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Querida Mariana,

Holá, Me llama Naihema Powell! Soy Africano - Americana y Native Americana chica. Tengo quince años, Mi cumple es el Octubre de vient ay siete. Tengo una hermana, ella llama Zahirah. Soy de Texas pero vivo en el filadelfiá. ¿Cómo estas? Soy alto, delgado, con rubi y verde ojos. Soy sociable, cómica, boba, divertida, muy intelligente, artîstica, simpática, creative, y habladora! ¿Comó eres tú? Me gusta escribir, leer, y escuchar música. Me favoritá libro es The Twilight Saga por Stephanie Meyer y Thirst por Christopher Pike. ¿Y a ti? Los libros es muy bien! Me favoritá música es Aubrey Drake Graham y Frank Ocean y The Weeknd tres africano - americana cantantes. ¿Y a ti? ¿Qué música te gusta escuchar? Bueno, me voy
porque tengo comer ir una fiesta con cena! Adios mi amiga! 

~Naihema : )

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Este es mi y mi muy loco amigos, Jamira y Enthony. 
Este es mi favoritá cantantes, Drake (izquierdo) y Frank Ocean (derecha) ¡Me encanta sus música!
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Este es mi y mi perro, Izzie! :D
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Mi y mi muy loco amigos! 
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¡Hola Jose!

Querido Jose,
¿Qué tal? Mi nombre es Emalyn. Tengo catorce años y mi cumple es el veinte de enero. 
Soy de Nueve York, pero vivo en Filadelfia. Filadelfia es una ciudad bastante grande, y se conoce como "La Ciudad de Amor Fraternal."Aquí en Filadelfia, hace frio. ¿Y a ti? ¿Qué te hace hoy en Maracaibo?
Me gusta escuchar música cuando tengo tiempo libre. Me gusta cantar. En los fines de semana, me gusta pasar un rato con amigos. No me gusta nada jugar videojuegos ni bailar. ¿Y a ti? ¿Qué te gusta hacer? ¿Qué música te gusta escuchar?
Soy muy divertida y cómica. Soy inteligente porque me gusta leer mucho. Soy alta y trabajadora. Soy de decendencia irlandés. Tengo un hermano y un hermana. Mi hermano es muy talentoso y creativo. Mi hermana es bastante inteligente y bonita. ¿Y tú? ¿Cómo eres?
Bueno, me voy porque tengo que ayudar en casa. ¡Adios!

Con cariño,

Responde cuando puedas.
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Este yo en Filadelfia.
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Esta yo y mi mejor amiga, Leah.

ePal Letter

Saludos desde Philadelphie, un ciudad entre la cuidad de Nueva York y la capital. 
Como estas? Me llama Ruby. Tengo 15 años. Me cumpleanos ed 5 de Octubre. Quando es tu compleanos? Que tiempo hace en Maracaibo? En Philadelphie, hace mucho frio. 
Que te gusta? Me gusta dormir, cantar, y eschchar musica. No me gusta nada estudiar, correr, y nadar. ¿Y a ti? ¿Que interesa?Soy alta, es por eso que baloncesto. So guapa, comica y sociable. ¿Y tú? ¿Cómo eres?
Bueno, me voy porque tengo que ir al esquela. ¡Adios!

Con cariño.
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Saludos desde Science Leadership Academy's Español 1 class. Hola me llama Anna Marie Davies. Estoy muy emocionada de te escribir una carta. Tien catorce años. Me cumpleaños es trenta de marzo. Soy de Filadelfia. In Filadelfia es hace frio. Me gusta fascina estar de vago con mi amigos. Los fines de semana me gusta escuchar música y bailar. Uf, no me gusta nada practicar deportes. Soy morena. Tengo los ojos verdes. Mi basante loca, como eres? De decendencia europea albanésa y alemána. Tengo dos hermanas, Bridget-Lynn y Leighanne. Mejor amiga nombres es Chloe ella es tien catorce años tambien. Bueno, me voy porque tengo que tarea. Adios muchacho!

Con cariño,
Anna Marie

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¡Hola! Fronlan

¡Hola Frolan!
Me llamo Sabian. Estoy muy bien
Tengo quince años. Soy de Filadelfia. Hace frio en Filadelfia. Me gusta nadar. Soy inteligente y me gusta matemáticas.
¿Comó te llamas? ¿De dónde eres? ¿Dónde estudias? ¿De qué color son sus ojos? ¿Es alto, mediano o bajo? ¿De qué color es su pelo? ¿Qué te gusta hacer?
Bueno, me voy porque tengo que hace mi tarea.
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¡Hola, Elvis Valero!

Queried Elvis Valero,

   ​¡Hola, ¿Como estas? Me numbre es Will Amari estoy tango 14 años. ¿Cuando es tu cumple? Soy de Filadelfia, pero un poquito loco. Es una ciudad bastante grande ¿Que tiempo hace? Es 
Filadélfia mas o manos hace frio. Me gusta escribir ir al cine. Tambien escuchar musica sin embargo no me gusta nada correr ni leer y hablar por telefono. ¿Qué te gusta hacer? Soy caracteristicas bobo tambien bobo y muy lindo. ¿Como eres? Bueno, me voy porque tengo platicar con amigos. ¡Adios! 

con cariño,
Will Amari



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Letter Epal

           Saludos desde, Science Leadership Academy. Me llamo Alhaji Koita y estoy muy emocionado de te escribir una carta. Tengo qince años. Cuantos años tines tü. Yo vivo Filadelfia.¿ De donde erés tü ? En Filadelfia en temperatura muy todo depende. Que hace tiempo hoy.
Me gusta correr tambien. No me gusta nada estudiar, leer y de estar seria. Adios .

Con cariño Alhaji koita

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¡Hola Valeria Rivero!


​Saludos desde Science Leadership Academy. Hola! Me llamo Warda Abuali. Soy quince años. Me cumpleanos es el cinco de Octubre. Soy de Palestine pero vivo en Filadelfia. Me gusta ir de compras, sin embargo no me gusta compra mucho. Soy más o menos baja y delgada. Soy muy deportista, depende del día. E nunca bailar. Me fascina platicar con amigos. Todo de vez en cuando ya ir al cine. 
Me encanta Pizza. Mmmmmmmmm!
A la izquierda, es mi y a la derecha es mi hermana Maryiam.
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​Es mi mejor amiga Anna. Ella es bonita.
Bueno, quiero saber mas de tu. ¿Que te gusta hacer? ¿Que tipo de musica es tu favorita? ¿Tiene los hermanos o las hermanas? Me voy porque tengo que vaya al escuela. 

Con cariño,
                                                     Warda Abuali
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¡Hola miliangel!

Querido Miliangel Rojas

 ¡Hola! ¿como esta? Saludos desde Marcus Burrell. Tengo catorce años. ¿Cuantos años tienes tu?Soy africano-americano. Soy de Bristol, PA pero vivo en filiadelfia. Me encanta practicar los deportes y jugar a los videojuegos. Me gusta correr tambien. No me gusta nada estudiar, leer y de estar seria. Me gusta estar de vago y  comico con mis amigos. Bueno, me voy porque necessito estudiar. ¡Adios!

                                                                                          Con Cariño,
                                                                                           Marcus Burrell

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¡hola omar

¡buenos días! mi nombre es Kenayah (Y tú) ¿ comó estås?
Me gusta lil wayne y también wale. Y tú. qué tipo de música le hace quiere. e hizo Ud jamás cosa que una chica de Filadelfia le escribiría.pero de todos modos im quince im de años en el grado noveno y yo asisten academia de liderazgo de ciencia. clase de im de una B, el estudiante C,y como me preguntaba qué tipo de alimento hace ya'll comerá y semejante al alimento norteamericano,cuando tengo tiempo libre que cuelgo fuera con mi amigo. por ejemplo alguna vez nosotros vamos de compras y sólo frío y vamos al cine

con cariño 

 Kenayah Cerdan
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¡Hola Vicmary!

Vicmary Montilla

¡Hola! Saludos desde Filadelfia, una ciudad entre la ciudad de West Chester y Cherry Hill. Se conoce como "La Ciudad de Amore Fraternal." ¿Cómo estas? Soy estudiante de segunda año al Academia de Ciencia Lideraz
go en Filadelfia. Segunda año con escuela secundaria es muy dificil porque la clase de matematicas. Mi nombre es Daniel Varnis. Estoy estresado y cansado. Sin embargo es viernes, por eso soy emocionado para el fin de semana. Mi cumpleaños es el diez y ocho de septiembre. Vivo en Filadelfia. El tiempo en Filadelfia es muy frío en Noviembre también increiblemente frio durante el invierno. Me gusta dormir y pasar un rato con amigos los fines de semana y cuando tengo tiempo libre. Depende del día me gusta escribir. No me gusta nada ayudar en casa o cantar. No me gusta nada increíblemente de leer. Soy bobo y loco. Soy un hablador también. ¿Y a ti? ¿Qué te interesa? Soy inteligente porque estudiar mucho. Soy bajo porque las geneticas de mi familia son extraño. Soy serio porque mis padres es serio. ¿Y tú? ¿Cómo eres? Bueno, me voy porque necessito ir al escuela. Respondo cuando puedas. ¡Hasta luego!

Con cariño,
Daniel Varnis

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Temperance Moore: Q2

In the making of my slide I learned that it didn't have to be more than one slide, not only because we were only supposed to do one slide but also because slides are short, simple and to the point. Reading the tips from Presentation Zen helped me to make my slide into what it is now. I didn't get anything from the internet I just used pictures of me and other people from off my computer. I chose the saying in the middle because it expresses how I am, mistakes don't make me depressed they just help me learn that I need to do something better and I just continue to be happy and move on with my life.
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¡Hola Karla!

¿Qué más,chama Karla? ¡Saludos desde Filadelfia!
¡Hola! ¿Cómo estas? Me llamo Owen Grzywinski.Mi apelledo cómo GER-VIN-SKY. Sé que soy loco.Tengo dieciseis años, mi cumpleaños es el vientidos de julio. Hace mucho frío aquí no me gusta nada. Me gusta música y leer tambíen. No me gusta cocinar ni tampoco. Soy Deportista porque soy practicar fútbol, a
demás soy sociable. Cuando tengo tiempo libre me gusta pasar rato con amigos. Los fines de semana me gusta salir con mi novia. Yo tengo dos menor hermanos, sus nombres son Cole y Quinn. ¿Tiene hermanos o hermanas? Bueno, me voy porque tengo que ir a la esquela!


Aquí está una foto de mí
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3rd Blog Post

Currently, this has not been a good year for my legislature seeing, as though there have been thousands of budgets cuts all throughout the School District of Philadelphia. Numerous teachers have lost their jobs, several programs have been cut, and many quintessential pieces of education have been lost this year. Many of the elected leaders actually support what I am lobbying; the only issue is a lack of proper funding. In the past, elected officials haven’t been conscientious of their spending, which is why we are feeling the repercussions now. Mainly, my opponents are those who represent districts where funding is plentiful and can afford to spend money wherever they see fit. Currently, officials are getting rid of things that aren’t one hundred percent essential to the growth of the district.

            In my opinion, I would need to gain the support of state representative Ronald Waters and the superintendent of the School District of Philadelphia. With these two individuals supporting me, they most likely will have a large enough say over how money is spent throughout the district that it will have a meaningful impact or even change how the legislature is viewed by those it affects.


            I don’t know anyone personally that is lobbying the same topic as I am, but my plan is to travel down to the school district building and see who has the most influence in lobbying the same thing as I am. In my opinion, seeing as though I am only seventeen people may not take me seriously when I first bring my idea to someone’s attention. But as I continue to explain and show my knowledge of this topic, I think I can get the attention of those who attend meetings to discuss what are the negative and positive things pertaining to the well being of the district. I think I can have some meaningful progress towards my overall goal by the beginning of the next fall term for students.

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MY SLIDE <3 by Karoline Castillo

  I love sports an music ! It is  something i connect with in my family and friends. i chose the color yellow because the baseball on my picture is yellow and i wanted everything to connect. The color black was chosen as my background because it would make the yellow stand out and look bright. The shapes i used were squared, to make it seem as though they were picture frames. With one day to work on this i really hope you enjoy my slide and learn more as I present . :) 
Karoline`s Slide
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Blog Post #3

As of Monday, January 8th, 2007, the new Philadelphia Smoking Ban is in effect.  City health inspectors will be imposing $300 fines on local eating and drinking establishments in violation of the new law. January 2007, the Clean Indoor Air Worker Protection Law went into effect, banning smoking in Philadelphia’s restaurants creating a healthy environment for workers and their customers. The law also bans smoking in outdoor seating areas and patios of restaurants and bar, A 2007 Gallup poll found that 54% of Americans favored a complete ban inside of restaurants, 34% favored a ban in all hotel rooms, and 29% favored a ban inside of bars.

The people are the stakeholders in the issue. People who are smoking are not only putting themselves at risk but they are putting others at risk. Many people smoke in public places therefore causing second hand smoke. Secondhand smoke is classified as a “known human carcinogen” (cancer-causing agent) by the US Environmental Protection Agency.(

The Foundation for a Smoke Free America provides school-based programs to educate children about the dangers of smoking. In 1986, Patrick Reynolds became the first tobacco industry figure to turn his back on the cigarette makers. He is the grandson of the tobacco company founder R.J. Reynolds. If people are ready to change America to a smoke free America, they need to start with the children. If we educate our children now they can be the reason that we save other lives.
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3rd Blog Post

The status of my issue is still to be determined I would say that this isn’t a good year because although the curfew in Philadelphia is needed the way there going about it is completely wrong.  Although there are many public officials that support the issue such as Mayor Nutter, Blondell Reynolds (main supporter), Deputy Mayor for Public Safety Everett Gillison, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey there are many who don’t. Such as parents of children and people living in Philadelphia in general. The policy that has been put in place is 16-18 10pm during the school year and 11 pm during the summer. 15-14 9pm during the school year and 8pm during the summer. And fro 13 and under 8pm during the school year and 9 during the summer. Although the curfew seems like a good idea many people are against it.  This is because in order to enforce the curfew and distinguish the age difference children would need to carry around an I’d at all times. Otherwise how do you know how old they really are? This also brings about racial profiling giving police the opportunity to harass people whenever they feel they need to. The essential outcome will be based on a vote between the city council and I think Blonedel and Mayor Nutter will sway the vote.  The next meeting for city rules is November 30th 2011 at 10am, which I'm sure the curfew laws will be a big topic of discussion. I think I can influence parents and children. Because if kids start to change their act there will be no need for a curfew.

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SCOTUS Blog Case: US vs. Jones

In US vs. Jones, the court was investigating whether it was legal or not, for the FBI to without a warrant or permission, put a GPS on Jone's Jeep. He was a suspected drug dealer, he was sentenced to life in prison. 

"1. Whether the warrantless use of a GPS trackingdevice on respondent’s vehicle to monitor its movementson public streets violated the Fourth Amendment.

2. Whether the government violated respondent’sFourth Amendment rights by attaching the GPS tracking device to his vehicle without a valid warrant and without his consent"

So, the police attached a GPS-tracker on his car, in order to track the location on the streets. The court argued that it is not illegal to monitor cars on public streets, if a car is parked on a public street it is not private. Jone's argued that it is not what the police obtained, but how they did it. Jone's argument was whether they were allowed search him or not. After the court case, it came down to the fact that he was always on public streets. That being the case, he warranted his privacy unless he was parked on private property. Another defense was that ten years ago this would've been a bigger operation, but because of social networking, you allow people to monitor you all the time, so why can't the police. I believe that Jones will lose, because the government really didn't do anything. They turned a stakeout, into an easier, less expensive operation.
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Blog Post #3

My lobbying topic was curfew. This year would have to be a bad year in my point of view because, as a underage minor, the city has decided to make the curfew earlier "due to the increase of violence" with flash mobs. For the government, this year would be considered a good year because they successful passed a law regarding the curfew problem.
The text of the actual bill is here
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​To change this law or correct this law, citizens and voters are essential to this law. However the people essential to this problem when the voters do not come through the government officials like the commissioner and mayor. 
This article may be true but there are other precautions to correct this problem. I think stricter penalties against their parents are in order with these strict curfew changes. I believe that this curfew change isn't going to be affective against these flash mobs. They have made the curfew earlier before and the flash mob have ceased to go down.

Possible good allies to help solve this curfew issue are the citizens of philadelphia who have conflict with this new curfew. We could first make a petition to boycott the bill. I could influence some of the youth around me to discourage flash mobs or not to attend a mob.
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