After Massacre in Buffalo, Congress Considers Bill on Domestic Terrorism - Days after the massacre in an African-American neighborhood in Buffalo, New York, the House of Representatives approved a bill aimed at preventing domestic terrorism. The bill would increase surveillance of armed militias, white supremacist groups and hate organizations. However, the bill faces an uncertain future in the Senate, where Republican leaders have shown strong opposition to any initiative that includes controls on firearms.
Colorado Legislature Sides with Communities Polluted by Oil Refinery - Latino residents of two highly polluted neighborhoods in the city of Denver, Colorado, have won another battle in their long fight to hold accountable an oil refinery that has been operating in the area for more than a century. Neighbors have complained of serious health problems associated with pollution caused by the company. The state congress has just passed a motion in their favor.
Oregon Primaries Favor the State’s First Latina in Congress- In this week’s state primary in Oregon, state legislator Andrea Salinas clinched the Democratic nomination in the battle for the newly formed 6th Congressional District. Salinas defeated a well-funded challenger backed by the Democratic establishment. Salinas is favored to win in November, which would make her the first Latina elected to Congress from Oregon. The state previously had only five congressional representatives, but population growth in the census gave it a sixth seat. This is the first time in 40 years that Oregon has gained seats in the House. Larry Kleiman, co-founder and commentator at Radio Poder in Salem, Oregon, talks about the political skirmishes in the final days of the District Six race. Salinas’ has national significance, as it influences the partisan battle for control of the nation’s Congress.