January 28, 2020

L.A. Times: Prop. 37 is in dead heat amid ad blitz

Marc Lifsher reported today at the Los Angeles Times Online that, “Once riding high, Proposition 37, the statewide ballot measure to label genetically engineered foods, has seen its voter support plummet during the last month, and a new poll shows the high-stakes battle now is a dead heat.”

Today’s update included the following video, and this graphic.


Budget Issues; Farm Bill; Ag Economy; Biofuels; and, Biotechnology

Budget Issues

Steven T. Dennis reported yesterday at Roll Call Online that, “The Des Moines Register today released a previously off-the-record interview with President Barack Obama in which he gave his frankest answers to date on his second-term agenda, including breakthroughs on a ‘grand bargain’ on the deficit and on immigration reform next year.

“The White House relented to a suggestion by the Register in a blog post Tuesday that the interview become on the record.”

Mr. Dennis pointed out that, “Obama told the Register that if he is re-elected, he expects a deal in the coming months on a ‘grand bargain’ that would cut health care costs while raising taxes on the wealthy.

“‘It will probably be messy. It won’t be pleasant. But I am absolutely confident that we can get what is the equivalent of the grand bargain that essentially I’ve been offering to the Republicans for a very long time, which is $2.50 worth of cuts for every dollar in spending, and work to reduce the costs of our health care programs,’ he said.”