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Sex Trafficking of American Children: A National Epidemic

    by Alberta Parish Whenever we hear horrific news stories about sex trafficking, we immediately flinch our eyes and shake our heads in utter disgust and dismay that in 2017 human slavery still exist,...

BLIND MAN’S BLUFF

    by Sandra M. Hawkes The American people with good sense breathed a collective sigh of relief on Friday March 24, 2017 as the republican controlled Congress voted against the proposed AHCA bill covertly...

The Great White Buffalo Episode 4 – Spencer Carr

This episode we bring you Spencer Carr, Buffalo’s most well spoken comic. Spencer’s been doing comedy for about 2 years and is a staple at Milkies and the Tudor Lounge. Spencer also writes poetry and raps in addition to comedy and we got to talk about some of the differences. We also talked about his … Continue reading The Great White Buffalo Episode 4 – Spencer Carr

Higgins Hails Move to Revoke Trumpcare Bill

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) released the following statement after learning that the American Health Care Act (Trumpcare) was pulled from consideration in the House of Representatives:

“Since the introduction of the Republican healthcare bill, less than three short weeks ago, people across our district and the country have expressed deep concern for the legislation which was better suited to protect wealthy insurance companies’ profit margins than hard-working Americans. 

“Today’s defeat of this disastrous legislation, which would have cost both in-terms higher premiums and less coverage, is a victory for children, families, individuals with disabilities and older Americans, but the fight to protect and enhance affordable care continues.

“We always said the Affordable Care Act was a start, not a finish.  House Republicans have had seven years to add constructive alternatives to make the Affordable Health Care Act work better.  This bill didn’t come close.  It was rejected by the American people and Congress and we are all better off.”

 

Background:

Higgins, a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means and the Budget Committee, spoke on the House Floor in opposition to the bill earlier today.  

Poloncarz, Ryan Strengthen Protections for Erie County Seniors

Date:  3/24/17 Erie County Executive Mark C.read more

Higgins to Vote No on Trumpcare Package Which Includes Collins Amendment & Elimination of...

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) released the following statement in advance of today’s House of Representatives vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA):

 

“Yesterday the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office released an updated assessment of the Republican bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.  According to their report the proposed healthcare bill, as amended earlier this week will result in 52 million uninsured by 2026. 

 

“Making matters worse, in the dead of night, additional changes have been made to remove the requirement of coverage for essential benefits allowing insurance companies to nickel and dime working families on very basic care. This bill is designed to line the pockets of wealthy insurance executives while hard-working people pay in terms of higher costs and less coverage.

 

“The Affordable Care Act was a start not a finish.  The Republicans have had 7 years to develop changes.  I certainly welcome constructive dialogue on how to improve care and costs for Americans but the bill currently before us does neither.  I will vote no on this bill and the disastrous amendments that raid Medicaid and eliminate the guarantee of essential benefit coverage.”   

POWER #DUMPTAKE: Is Doug Whaley in Trouble?

We are about 2 months into the McDermott era here and everything seems to be...

Locations: The Event

People.  This is exciting. A few weeks ago, I attended a pop-up creative party that was held at a local super artistic Airbnb in the city.  Local photographers and models were hanging out, listening to… More

Donika Kelly: Language for the Living

"How it moves might be surprising, but that surprise is in a moment, and then you can dip out."

The post Donika Kelly: Language for the Living appeared first on qweencity.

The Beat Goes On at Cool Beat Music and Books

At its best, music is a communal experience, and that's what Wayne Zaganiaczyk, owner of Cool Beat Music and Books is aiming to make his store. "I'd wanted to open a small, independent record store for a while and I got the…

Review: CHIPS (2017)

“Shoulda cuddled, bro” I’ve never watched an episode of “CHiPs” so I don’t care whether or not the original Jon Baker (Larry Wilcox) and Francis Poncherello (Erik Estrada) pulled their guns during six seasons of television as some on social…

Review: Proof

I looked up the word proof in various dictionaries and found two uses that seem relevant to the play Proof  by David Auburn, the current production by Buffalo Laboratory Theatre at Shea’s 710 Theatre. Proof, which won the Pulitzer Prize…