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Unfortunately, I spectacularly misspelled California Senator Michael Rubio’s name in this morning’s article. It was MICHAEL Rubio of Bakersfield whose key vote saved our bill–AB 1657– and with it the funding for the Roman Reed Spinal Cord Injury Research Act. The bill itself is not out of the woods, another major committee hearing, Appropriations, plus the full Senate vote, plus the Governor’s approval, if we can earn it– but we would have died on Tuesday if not for the vision and forethought of Michael Rubio.
To my incredible embarrassment, I attributed MICHAEL Rubio’s vote to Marco Rubio, which is the name of the Florida Republican who opposes the research.
I will be putting this apology both on my personal website, http://www.stemcellbattles.com, as well as on the great Daily Kos website where the piece ran this morning.
Again,my profound apologies to California Senator MICHAEL RUBIO of Bakersfield.
Don C. Reed
Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 07:25 AM PDT
THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY, by Irving Stone, describes the creative process of Michaelangelo, as he painted the Sistine Chapel. Put a small change in the last word, making it “exhaustion”, and you have a pretty good description of politics as well.
Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 03:18 AM PDT
This Tuesday, a vote will be held in Sacramento: to allow the Roman Reed Spinal Cord Injury Research Act to go forward, or not.
So near, and yet so far… 9 members of the Transportation and Housing committee voting, and we need 5 for the bill to stay alive. What is one person is in a bad mood that day? It is so easy to say no!
Tue Jun 19, 2012 at 09:38 AM PDT
Unless America wants a legislative disaster akin to the sinking of the Titanic, a North Dakota Senate win is crucial this November.
Assume a nightmare: if Republicans keep control of the House of Representatives, and turn just four seats from red to blue in the Senate, they will control the entire legislative branch.
What could be better than bipartisan cooperation, Democrats and Republicans working together for the common good– does not the eagle need two wings to fly?
Sadly, today’s Republican leader appears to think otherwise: opposing all things Democrat. The “new and improved” GOP seems barely willing to stand with Dems for the Pledge of Allegiance. I can almost hear Tea Party-ites grumbling, “We don’t support Big Government!”
There are moments in life when one can either fly, or be stuck in the mud forever.
Tuesday, June 5th, is just exactly such a day.
Fri May 11, 2012 at 03:17 AM PDT
“People must fight for each other,” said the lady in the elevator.
Tomorrow I make the trek to Sacramento again, to knock on doors and explain to whoever will listen the importance of supporting research to cure paralysis– I could use your backup with a quick and easy e-mail! Thanks!!!
Sometimes the words of a child can be so direct and honest, that it shakes your world…
Sometimes, in the midst of that is gloomy and dark, a shining ray of light appears, that warms the soul.
The law named after my paralyzed son, California’s Roman Reed Spinal Cord Injury Research Act, had its funding removed– but now– get ready for some good news!
Wed Jan 25, 2012 at 02:15 AM PST
Should a President criminalize research which might return vision to the blind?
The four leading Republican candidates apparently think so.
It’s not too late! If you are going to be in Northern California, and you would like to support stem cell research, join us– it will be important….
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