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Received this e-mail today from Ed FitzGerald's (D. OH) gubernatorial campaign:
When you turn on your faucet to pour a glass of water, you expect that water to be safe. Plain and simple.

Unfortunately, that basic, everyday need has been put at risk.

And you are helping spread the word. So far, hundreds of thousands of folks have seen our graphic with the clear message that safe drinking water in Ohio is not up for negotiation.

Now, we need to put pressure directly on the leaders who can take concrete actions to prevent another Toledo water crisis.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich speaks at the Cleveland Clinic, using one of the nationís best known hospitals to make a final public push for Medicaid expansion, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in Cleveland. Kasich said heís optimistic ahead of a legislative panel vote on whether the state will extend Medicaid coverage to more Ohioans under the federal health care law. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Join Ed in calling on Governor Kasich and the Ohio legislature to fix the issues that caused the Toledo water crisis.

Nearly half a million people were without safe drinking water for days because Ohio's leaders have continually kicked the can down the road. But the Toledo water crisis has made it clear that it's time for serious action.

And while Kasich's bureaucrats may say everything is fine, we know differently. The proof flows from our faucets.

Even before the Toledo water crisis, a poll showed that 66% of Ohioans supported doing more to stop the issues that led to the toxic algal blooms in Lake Erie. Now, we just need elected officials in Columbus to heed the voices of citizens.

If thousands of us call on them to take serious action to make sure we have safe drinking water, our voices can drown out the money of lobbyists.

Add your name to Ed's petition to Governor Kasich and the Ohio legislature.

Thanks for your support,​


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Originally posted to pdc on Wed Aug 13, 2014 at 01:08 PM PDT.

Also republished by Central Ohio Kossacks, KasichWatch, Climate Hawks, and The Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party.

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  •  Tip Jar (5+ / 0-)
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    dewtx, looseleaf, claude, Mopshell, anastasia p

    Funny Stuff at

    by poopdogcomedy on Wed Aug 13, 2014 at 01:08:48 PM PDT

  •  what are the "issues"? (2+ / 0-)
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    Mopshell, anastasia p

    I heard a news report on the radio a couple of weeks ago in which the scientist/gov't official in charge of cleaning up Lake Erie years ago described how certain measures they took made a big difference initially,  but once those pollutants had been addressed,  other issues arose.  The primary culprit these days seems to be the many farmers over-using phosphate fertilizers,  which wash into the lake and stimulate these algae blooms that release the toxins.

    Clearly this will become a political hot potato,  as farmers are not going to want to reduce their crops,  and thus their profits, by cutting back on phosphates use.  Republicans can be trusted to ride to their rescue by opposing regulation of fertilization.

    I think I prolly heard this on NPR and it might have been the day they declared the water "safe" to drink after the emergency measures were taken.

    don't always believe what you think

    by claude on Wed Aug 13, 2014 at 05:55:09 PM PDT

    •  That's pretty much correct (1+ / 0-)
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      This has been going on for years in northwestern Ohio, and the algae blooms have been reversing much of the good clean-up work that was done in Lake Erie. Of course, the Farm Bureau – the agricultural equivalent of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce — doesn't give a rat's ass about despoiling the environment, just letting  farmers produce as much as possible, as cheaply as possible, even if those farmers lose all in the long  run.

      Kasich also doesn't give a rat's ass for anyone that can't write six-figure checks. We MUST bar him from getting reelected, for the sake of the economy, the environment, education, women's freedom, labor rights, and to prevent state bankruptcy. He is a walking disaster.

      Ed FitzGerald for governor Of Ohio. Women's lives depend on it.

      by anastasia p on Wed Aug 13, 2014 at 06:40:32 PM PDT

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