2016 Elections: The election of Donald Trump went against the conventional wisdom of pundits and the general public, and sent political shockwaves across the country and around the world. In the early morning of November 9, America experienced perhaps the greatest electoral upset in its history and tried to peer through the dense fog of uncertainty. The democratic process is not pretty or easy – it wasn’t meant to be. Many voters in both parties wished that they had been given the choice of different presidential candidates, but the long primary schedule provided ample time and opportunity to sort through that process. For those who have lingering anxiety and are seeking comfort, google the lyrics of the singer-songwriter Steven Stills-- “And if you can’t be with the one you love, honey, love the one you’re with.” The fact is that we have a new President-elect, and we must get behind him.
The first three months of 2013 brought us a new Congress that was settling in . . . a second term of a President with a renewed agenda . . . and plenty of battles over the economic course of our nation between the House, Senate and the White House.
2012 Elections —
President: More than 120.8 million Americans voted for President in this election. With respect to the popular vote, President Obama received only 3.3 million votes (2.7%) more than Romney, which showed once again how divided our nation is when choosing its leader. What surprises many people is that of the 538 electoral votes, the President received 332 votes (62%) vs. Romney’s 206 votes (38%).
On April 10, USDA issued its most important supply and demand estimate of the year. Once this estimate is finalized, USDA typically uses this information to make a decision on any additional imports from our foreign suppliers.
Roundup Ready Sugarbeets
On Thursday, March 17, the Center for Food Safety’s newest lawsuit was transferred from the U.S. District Court for Northern California to the U. S. District Court in Washington, D.C.
On March 28, the U.S. Department of Justice moved to consolidate the transferred case with the Grant vs. Vilsack case in which we are plaintiffs. On the same day, the Center for Food Safety withdrew their request for a temporary restraining order and a preliminary injunction to prevent the planting of the 2011 crop, while reserving the right to re-file it at any time.
As always, check with your local processor for the latest information on litigation activity.
Luther Markwart, author of Dateline Washington, is executive vice president of the American Sugarbeet Growers Association.