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Latest Updates On LWCF Massive Land Acquisition Sneak Attack.

American Land Rights, Federal gov & land grabs, Politicians & agencies

Land Rights Network

American Land Rights Association

PO Box 400 – Battle Ground, WA 98604

Phone: 360-687-3087 – Fax: 360-687-2973

E-mail: alra@pacifier.com

Web Address: http://www.landrights.org

Legislative Office: 507 Seward Square SE – Washington, DC 20003

New Congressional contact information, e-mails, fax and phones.

*Urgent Action Required. This is an all out call to action NOW!*

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*The Gulf Oil Spill penalty money to be giant Land Acquisition Trust Fund. *

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*It gives billions of dollars to the Federal land agencies without having to go through the appropriations process.*

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*That means there is no oversight. No accountability. It gives the Park Service, Forest Service, Fish and Wildlife Service and BLM and blank check to take private land.*

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*There is no way these agencies should have a blank check to convert private land into Federal government ownership with the deficit at current levels. The Senate Transportation Bill is an all out attack on Rural America. *

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Stop The LWCF Transportation Bill Land Grab, Go To www.landrights.org <http://www.landrights.org/>  for details.

*Solution: (Updated Action Items) (The Problem is restated below)*

—–1. Deluge your Congressman with calls, faxes and e-mails. Call any Congressman at (202) 225-3121. You must make his or her phone come off the hook. Make sure he or she understands that you will remember the vote on the LWCF Land Grab in November.

Ask him or her to oppose any version of the Transportation bill that has LWCF land acquisition funding inside. The Restore Act has already passed the House as a separate bill. It did does not have the LWCF inside it. The Senate added the LWCF. The House must stop it.

If the Senate Transportation Bill (S 1813)(With Restore and LWCF

inside) passes the Senate it is likely the House will vote on the Senate bill instead of passing its own bill. *That would be a disaster. *

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—–2. Deluge the Speaker of the House John Boehner at (202)

225-0600 or the Capital Switchboard at (202) 225-3121. Urge him to pass a separate Transportation Bill without using the Gulf Spill Penalty money for LWCF funding. E-mail:

Michael.catanzaro@mail.house.gov

<mailto:Michael.catanzaro@mail.house.gov>

 – bill.greene@mail.house.gov <mailto:bill.greene@mail.house.gov>

—–3. Call, fax and e-mail the offices of other House Leaders:

Rep. Eric Cantor House, Majority Leader (202) 225-4000

Fax: (202) 226-1115. E-mails: steve.stombres@mail.house.gov <mailto:steve.stombres@mail.house.gov>

neil.Bradley@mail.house.gov <mailto:neil.Bradley@mail.house.gov>

Rep. Kevin McCarthy, House Majority Whip (202) 225-0197

Fax: (202) 225-0781 E-mails: brian.worth@mail.house.gov <mailto:brian.worth@mail.house.gov>

Natalie.Buchanan@mail.house.gov

<mailto:Natalie.Buchanan@mail.house.gov>

Urge them not to vote on the Senate Bill (S 1813) if it passes the Senate and comes over to the House. That bill includes the massive land acquisition LWCF Trust Fund money.

The House should come up with its own bill.

The Restore Act already passed the House. So if the House votes on the Senate bill there may be no Conference Committee. It is critical that your Congressman add Amendments to the Transportation bill to force it into a House-Senate Conference Committee. ANWR (Arctic National Wildlife Refuge) drilling bill would be a good choice.

The House will not be in session this week. Your Congressman will likely be in your district this week (March 12-18). Find out where he or she will be and go to any public meetings being held. Call at the numbers above to find out.

You have time to contact your Congressman when he or she comes home as well as call his or her Wash. DC office at (202) 225-3121.

—–You must jump on your Congressman quickly and keep the pressure on for at least the next two weeks. It takes time, but it will save you a lot of suffering later. So call, call and call again. Call your friends. Call your neighbors. Get them to call.

You must get your Congressman to oppose the Senate passed version when it comes to the House.

The Senate will still vote on the full Transportation Bill (S 1813)including the Restore Act (LWCF) funds this week.

—–2. Stop the Senate Transportation Bill, (S 1813) with the LWCF inside. Deluge both your Senators immediately to oppose the full Transportation Bill that includes the Restore Act and the huge multi-billion dollar LWCF land acquisition funding.

*It is CARA all over again. *The Senate is expected to vote on the full bill Wednesday, Thursday or later this week. It could be delayed.

Call, fax and e-mail your Senators every day this week to bury them in contacts. Look below to see how your Senator voted on the Restore Act Amendment that included the LWCF land acquisition funding. The vote results are at the bottom of this e-mail.

When you call, make sure your Senators know you know how they voted.

If your Senator voted against the Restore Amendment, thank him and urge him to block the Senate Transportation bill any way he can. They have lots of ways to slow up the system in the Senate.

Call any Senator at (202) 224-3121. Ask for the staff person who handles the Transportation Bill or LWCF. Ask for his or her e-mail.

Do not make threats. Be respectful. But make sure your Senators understand that the Senate Transportation bill is an attack on Rural America and all landowners if it includes funding the LWCF (Land and Water Conservation Fund) with Gulf Oil Spill Penalty money in the final version.

Ask your Senators to promise to vote against the Transportation Bill when it comes to the Senate floor this week if it includes the LWCF.

Call every day this week.

—–3. Go to Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and all other social networking sites to get this issue networked out quickly. You can stop this huge land grab and put the money to reducing the deficit.

*The Problem: **Background: *

The Senate just passed an Amendment to the Transportation Bill (S

1813) that added the Restore Act. The Restore Act provides billions of dollars of the Gulf Oil Spill penalty money to the Gulf States but it also *adds billions of dollars to the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) to buy private land and convert it into government

ownership.*

*It is CARA all over again.* In a historic vote, the Senate added the Nelson LWCF Amendment (Restore Act) to the Senate Transportation Bill and takes billions of dollars of the Gulf Oil Penalty Money and gives it to the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). *This is an attack on Rural America. It is an attack on you. The LWCF is used to buy private land. *

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Please send an e-mail to ccushman@pacifier.com <mailto:ccushman@pacifier.com>  to let us know what you did or a copy of what you sent. That will help give us more ideas.

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*—–From Energy and Environment Newsletter:* “The result is an amendment that supporters now say would provide perhaps the largest-ever federal boost to conservation and environmental efforts in the nation.”

 ”This could be the biggest infusion of conservation dollars in history,” said Joshua Saks, legislative director for the National Wildlife Federation. “This would be a remarkable achievement.”

*(Revised) What’s wrong with the LWCF Amendment to the Transportation Bill (Restore Act)?*

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—–A. *None of this money will be used to create jobs.*

—–B. *None of this money will be used to reduce the deficit.*

—–C. *It doubles funding for the LWCF adding $700 million for each of the next two years.* *It funds a CARA like Land Acquisition Trust Fund that will be a threat to all private property owners and Rural America for many years.*

—–D. The funds that go to LWCF from the Gulf Oil Spill Penalty money do not have to go through the appropriations process. It is a trust fund. There is no Congressional oversight. The money is immediately available to the land buying agencies like the Park Service, Forest Service, Fish and Wildlife Service and BLM.

—–E. The Park Service bought land by condemnation or under threat of condemnation from nearly 100,000 people during the 70’s and 80’s when they were given too much money. Whole communities disappeared. You can still see the sidewalks, driveways and empty foundations in many national parks where people used to live.

*There is an old saying, “Those that fail to remember history are bound to repeat it.”*

—–F. The Transportation Bill (S 1813) extends the LWCF until 2022 from the present law of 2015.

—–G. The LWCF money will be a dagger in heart of the economy.

—–H. A fully funded LWCF is an all out attack on Rural America.

—–I. A fully funded LWCF is an attack on local communities.

—–J. Inholders and landowners are in grave danger.

—–K. The LWCF Transportation Bill will lead to a massive expansion of Federal lands thereby reducing your access and use. The green groups will work to get the new Federal lands into Wilderness status.

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Below is the analysis about the Amendment from Energy and Environment Newsletter before it was passed by the Senate and added a double funded LWCF in the Senate Transportation Bill *in a back door move with old time dark of night politics. *

*—–From Energy and Environment Newsletter*

 GULF SPILL:

 Amendment would send penalty money to Gulf, devote historic amount to conservation

 Paul Quinlan and Phil Taylor, E&E reporters

 A measure to send most of the Deepwater Horizon spill penalties to the Gulf Coast and boost land acquisition funding could be voted on by the Senate this afternoon, potentially providing the largest single federal contribution to conservation in history.

 The proposal, introduced as an amendment to the Senate transportation bill by Sens. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Richard Shelby

(R-Ala.) and Mary Landrieu (D-La.), would send 80 percent of the potentially tens of billions of dollars in Clean Water Act fines to the five Gulf states.

 The money would be used to pay for economic and environmental restoration projects in Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas and to fund Gulf Coast ecological research and national oceans research endowment (E&E News PM, July 21, 2011).

 In a bid to attract the necessary 60 votes, which supporters say the amendment now has, the measure includes a massive infusion of cash into a popular federal conservation program called the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The provision would double current funding levels for the LWCF program to $700 million for each of the next two years and reauthorize it until 2022, at $1.4 billion total.

 Injecting cash into and extending the LWCF appeared intended to attract support from key Senate leaders who favor the program — such as Sens. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.) and Max Baucus (D-Mont.) — as well as others outside the five-state Gulf region.

 The result is an amendment that supporters now say would provide perhaps the largest-ever federal boost to conservation and environmental efforts in the nation.

 ”This could be the biggest infusion of conservation dollars in history,” said Joshua Saks, legislative director for the National Wildlife Federation. “This would be a remarkable achievement.”

 To pay for it all, architects of the amendment have agreed to delay for an additional year, until 2022, implementation of a law that would relax rules under which multinational corporations may claim tax deductions on interest expenses incurred overseas. Essentially a corporate tax loophole in waiting, the rule change has been repeatedly delayed to pay for various programs over the years.

 Lawmakers yesterday had considered a different way of offsetting the

$2.8 billion cost — $1.2 billion for the RESTORE Act plus $1.4 billion for the LWCF — through a fee on mortgage transactions. That caused an uproar among some Democrats and was scrapped.

 Landrieu had previously suggested extending a per-barrel oil drilling tax for three years but that, too, was scrapped.

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CA Water Board Votes Unanimously for New Rules on Pollution from Agriculture

Agriculture - California, Over-regulations, Threats to agriculture, Water, Resources & Quality

PNP comment: Increasing over-regulations will destroy the economics of growing food in the USA. This is nothing but fear-mongering by the Enviros.  All those who want to eat 3rd World-grown food should go there now and try enjoying it for all of its non-regulations. There must be a balance of regulations for both consumer and grower protection. And we are far from that here in California. Family farms can barely survive. — Editor Liz Bowen

From the Food and Environment Reporting Network

By on March 16, 2012

Just two days after the University of California at Davis released a highly anticipated report on nitrate contaminated groundwater and the agriculture industry’s culpability therein, the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board Thursday unanimously approved a hotly contested set of rules aimed alleviating water pollution caused by farming.

But the new regulations won’t cover nitrates—at least for now.

The adopted plan is based on a three-tiered program. For the 3 percent of large farms that use pesticides, large quantities of fertilizer and operate near polluted waters will come under the greatest scrutiny. For most farms regulations will actually loosen, but beginning next year all farmers will have to prepare compliance reports and water quality plans that detail how they will control discharges of pesticides, herbicides and sediment.

But in an effort to encourage cooperation among farmers the board agreed to give the agricultural industry until 2015 to create a third-party coalition and plan to monitor so-called nutrient management, the application of fertilizers on crops. Synthetic fertilizers and animal manure are the major source of nitrates in groundwater, a growing problem that plagues farming communities with tainted drinking water.

In another concession to the agriculture industry, the board agreed to establish “nitrogen balance ratios” as benchmarks rather than enforceable standards for subset of the approximately 100 tier 3 farmers who grow nitrogen intensive crops like lettuce and broccoli. The nitrogen ratios reflect the area fertilized and the quantity of fertilizer used.

“We think we did a whole lot of compromising,” said Roger Briggs, executive officer for the water board.

Ironically, in spite of the severity of the nitrate problem detailed in the state Water Resources Control Board-commissioned report released Tuesday, none of the information could be introduced into the two-day water board hearing because it was a continuation of a previous meeting in September when the board didn’t have a quorum. Public comment for the meeting ended Aug. 1. Even if they report could have been entered into the record the board wouldn’t have had time to absorb it before the week’s meeting, Briggs said.

“We couldn’t mention the nitrate report at all,” said Jennifer Clary, program manager for Clean Water Action, a national environmental advocacy group.

Neither environmentalists who supported greater regulation nor farmers who feared onerous new rules are entirely happy with the water board’s decision. Briggs said he would be surprised if at least one party didn’t appeal the decision. Any group that plans to do so has 30 days to submit an appeal.

In spite of the amendments, Briggs said the intent of the new regulatory program remained intact. He said his staff was willing to compromise on timetables and methodology, but not on water quality protection or public health.

“From that standpoint it’s a big win,” he said. “I think it’s way more effective than what we had which was basically nothing.”

Briggs also applauded the water board for standing up to what he said was the most intense political pressure he’s seen in his 40 year career. Five legislators or their representatives addressed the board and all sided with agricultural industry against the regulations. Rep. Sam Farr (D-Carmel), generally seen as an environmentalist, took the podium and urged the board to continue to work with the agricultural industry to find a mutually agreeable solution to water quality and avoid a “penalistic” approach that might drive farmers away.  Farr’s17th congressional district includes the Salinas Valley.

Clary said the board’s action was less than she had hoped for, but it should still be seen as progress because there will be water quality monitoring and data collection.

“We are moving forward,” she said.

http://thefern.org/2012/03/water-board-rule-unanimously-for-new-rules-for-ag-pollution/

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LaMalfa and Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association Seek Fire Tax Repeal

Assemblyman/Senator Jim Nielsen, CA Sen Doug LaMalfa, Fire Fees, State gov

(SACRAMENTO) –Senator Doug LaMalfa (R – Richvale), the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, Assemblyman Jim Nielsen, Assemblyman Kevin Jeffries and Legislative Republicans announced the introduction of AB 1506 which would repeal last year’s $84 million tax increase on rural Californians.

“Many rural Californians already pay taxes for their local fire protection district in addition to state taxes, so they won’t see any new service at all from this tax,” said Senator LaMalfa.  “Rural residents already are required to keep their homes fire safe, but the state government’s failure to safely maintain public lands directly contributes to the size of wildfires.  Taxing Californians more won’t do a thing to change that.”

 

To date the fire tax has yet to be billed or collected so that no lawsuit or other challenge can be made to its constitutionality.  The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association is preparing a lawsuit to challenge the tax on constitutional grounds once bills are issued.

“The Governor has used flimflam to try to get around Proposition 13 and impose a fire tax,” said Jon Coupal, President of the Hoard Jarvis Taxpayers Association.  “We will pursue every remedy to overturn this tax.”

 

The new tax was passed originally in June of 2011 and a revised version again in September; both with a majority vote thus violating Propositions 13 and 26.

“When the majority of the legislature ignores our state constitution, it forces us to use every means to repeal this tax.  The rule of law means nothing if the people have no constitutional protections from their government,” continued LaMalfa.  “Frankly this reminds me of Obamacare – it’s both wrong and unconstitutional.”

 

Senator Doug LaMalfa is a lifelong farmer representing the fourth Senate District including Shasta, Tehama, Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Siskiyou, Sutter, Del Norte, Placer, Trinity, Yuba and Nevada counties.

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Pie N Politics also refutes Democrats’ Claim of “Republican War on Women” — it is ridiculous!

Politicians & agencies

National Federation of Republican Women
Affirms GOP Support of Women at Board Meeting

Refutes Democrats’ Claim of ‘Republican War on Women’

NEW ORLEANS – More than 250 Republican women leaders from across the nation gathered at the National Federation of Republican Women’s (NFRW) spring board meeting in New Orleans on March 15-17 to prepare for the 2012 elections and to declare that the latest Democrat media strategy is just a cheap political ploy.

“Democrats are running around squawking about a ‘Republican War on Women,’” NFRW President Rae Lynne Chornenky said. “They are ignoring the indisputable fact that the NFRW has more than 75,000 female members whose leadership, influence, skill and passion for conservative principles form the backbone of our party, and have for more than 70 years. This liberal campaign scheme is clearly a sign of desperation and is simply not rooted in fact.”

Chornenky encouraged attendees to stand strong during this critical campaign year. “It will take all of us, working as a unified team, to restore effective leadership to our great nation. We must elect a Republican president and U.S. Senate in November, and maintain our numbers in the U.S. House and in state and local governments.”

In preparation for the elections, attendees participated in workshops on the national political landscape and on counteracting voter fraud. In addition, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal delivered an inspirational keynote address on why conservative initiatives are working in his state and across the nation.

Founded in 1938, the NFRW has thousands of active members in local clubs across the nation and in several U.S. territories, making it one of the largest women’s political organizations in the country. The grassroots organization works to promote the principles and objectives of the Republican Party, elect Republican candidates, inform the public through political education and activity, and increase the effectiveness of women in the cause of good government.

For more information about the NFRW, visit www.nfrw.org.

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