We've all become a little cynically conditioned to roll our eyes whenever a politician or sports star, for that matter, hangs it up to spend more time with family. And when Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski announced Monday that she was abandoning her re-election bid to focus her time and energy on dealing with a family health crisis, there was the usual chirping on social media. Could she have won anyway? Was this just a way to find a graceful exit without risking defeat? It's true that Biskupsi was polling poorly for an incumbent, finishing behind former state Sen. Jim Dabakis in the most recent poll by The Salt Lake Tribune and Hinckley Institute of Politics and just ahead of state Sen.
The White House, the Senate and Social Security officials have spent the past year discussing ways to combat fraud within the country's entitlement system. Their latest proposal, to mine social media for evidence that able-bodied beneficiaries are receiving disability payments, is the wrong response to the right objective: How to make entitlement programs both successful and cost effective. Currently, the government pays out $11 billion monthly to roughly 10 million people on Social Security disability insurance benefits. This peaked during the Obama administration; during the Trump era, those claiming disability benefits has plummeted. Nevertheless, accusations of fraud and “gaming the system”
The BJP Wednesday finalised its seat-sharing deal with the BDJS and Kerala Congress in the southern state for the Lok Sabha polls, party leaders said. The BJP will field candidates in 14 seats in Kerala, while the Bharath Dharma Jana Sena or BDJS will contest in five seats and PC Thomas-led Kerala Congress will fight in one, said Muralidhar Rao, national general secretary of the BJP. Sources said former Mizoram Governor Kummanam Rajasekharan is likely to be BJP's candidate from Thiruvananthapuram against Congress' Shashi Tharoor. The BJP-led NDA is getting support from all sections of society in the state, Rao said. Kerala has 20 Lok Sabha seats and the state will vote on April 23. (Only the
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Dozens of Serbian high school students on Monday staged a sit-down protest demanding the release from detention of a fellow student jailed during weekend anti-government protests in the Balkan country. The protest came as President Aleksandar Vucic reportedly called for the release of those people who were detained on misdemeanor charges, but not those charged with more serious offenses. The students marched Monday from their school in downtown Belgrade toward the main police station in the Serbian capital, where they sat on the ground, blowing whistles and booing. Authorities said Monday they detained 18 people following incidents during demonstrations against Vucic on
The authority was a recommendation of a panel led by former Nationals leader and train buff Tim Fischer and Business Council of Australia chief executive Jennifer Westacott. A preliminary business case also concluded the project would return $2 for every $1 invested. Labor to promise rail authority and funding Labor will promise at this election to establish the authority if elected, to begin buying the corridor to quarantine it from development and urban sprawl, and to go to the international market looking for a builder. Labor stepped up its push for the railroad on Wednesday in response to Scott Morrison announcing his population policy, which incorporated existing plans to build smaller rail
MATTOON (AP) — Illinois' new agriculture director says rural economic development and increasing broadband access are among his top priorities. Illinois Department of Agriculture Director John Sullivan spoke Monday to Rotary Club members in Mattoon. The farmer and former Democratic state senator from Rushville has had the position for about two months. He was appointed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker. The Mattoon Journal-Gazette reports that Sullivan said he will advocate for the new state budget to include money to help improve rural broadband service, which he calls "spotty at best." He says money also is needed for "river, road and rail" improvements to help farmers move their crops to processors. Sullivan
Chadians living in Europe have demonstrated in Paris and Berlin in recent weeks to protest against French strikes in Chad. The strikes on 3 February, at the request of N'Djamena, were to prevent a rebel group from toppling President Idriss Deby. However they have sparked accusations of French interference and once again cast an unfavourable light on France's African policy. Waving the bright blue, yellow and red colours of Chad's national flag, dozens of demonstrators protested in front of the National Assembly in Paris on 7 March with many calling on the French government to end its support for Deby. "Stop the bombing campaign," they shouted, while others shook slogans accusing the French president
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Andrew Gillum is making an announcement today in South Florida that could change the dynamics of the 2020 election — even if he isn't launching a presidential campaign. Gillum, who is hosting a rally at Florida Memorial University's Miami Gardens campus, is rolling out an ambitious initiative to register one million new voters ahead of the presidential election. The 39-year-old former Tallahassee mayor and former gubernatorial candidate hopes to reinforce a slipping voter advantage for Democrats in a crucial swing state that voted for Donald Trump two years ago after twice casting its vote for Barack Obama. “I'm not coming to Miami to announce a presidential run,” he told the Miami Herald. “I'm
Gwinnett County's MARTA referendum — its first vote on expanding public transit in nearly 30 years — failed Tuesday. All voting precincts reported just before 11 p.m. and the unofficial results were decisive. Those who voted against the county joining MARTA and paying a new sales tax to fund transit expansion won by a clear margin. More than 91,000 votes were cast. “I was surprised,” Gwinnett Commission Chair Charlotte Nash said. “I thought it would be closer. I thought that if it failed it would be closer to 50-50.” Gwinnett has now rejected MARTA three times, including in 1971 and 1990. Since the last vote, the county has nearly tripled in population and shifted from a conservative suburb to
Caption Close WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve is considered sure to leave its key short-term interest rate unchanged Wednesday and to stress its new watchword — "patient"— in conveying its intention to leave rates alone for the foreseeable future. The Fed has made clear that with a dimmer economic picture in both the United States and globally, it no longer sees the need to keep raising rates as it did four times in 2018. Among the key factors, besides slower growth, are President Donald Trump's trade war with China, continually low inflation levels and Prime Minister Theresa May's struggle to execute Britain's exit from the European Union. Besides issuing a policy statement Wednesday,
Senate Bill 78, sponsored by state Sen. Tina Maharath, D-Canal Winchester, proposes a $500 fine for violators of the law, and for subsequent violations to be fined $500 plus $250 for each additional violation. The bill has been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Similar bills have been considered in the last session and the session before that. The law has been promoted as a way to protect children from the health consequences of second-hand smoke, which can lead to asthma, ear infections and other health problems. Ohio has a poor record when it comes to children exposed to the health risks of second-hand smoke. Ohio ranked 49th out of 50 when it comes to states with the highest percent
PHOENIX — Arizona's top elections official has removed the state from a national voter registration system that critics have called inaccurate and vulnerable to hackers. Secretary of State Katie Hobbs announced Tuesday that the state has been withdrawn from the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck program. “I am not willing to take any chances with the security and accuracy of our voter registration list,” she said in a statement, adding that her office will not send any information to Crosscheck. “Arizona voters will not be put at risk of having their voter registration wrongly canceled based on inaccurate information.” State Elections Director Sambo Dul sent a letter to administrators confirming
Florida legislators advanced a bill on Tuesday that is expected to limit the number of former felons who can vote, in part by requiring former felons to pay back all court fees and fines before they can register. Critics say the measure hits lower-income Floridians hardest and is designed to defy the will of the voters, who passed a constitutional amendment last year restoring voting rights to some felons who have completed their sentences without any mention of fines and fees. “What the barriers proposed in this bill do is nearly guarantee that people will miss election after election …because they cannot afford to pay financial obligations,” said Julie Ebenstein, a voting rights attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union.
Days before he took office in January 2017, Donald Trump mounted a stage in New York flanked by a team of attorneys and stacks of manila envelopes to present his answer to a question no other modern president has confronted. The papers and the lawyers were there to explain how Trump would simultaneously serve in the nation's highest office and maintain his ownership of an international business empire emblazoned with his name. Trump declared that he was “turning over complete and total control to my sons,” then had his attorney detail a six-page plan to insulate the businessman-president from potential conflicts of interest. It contained 19 promises to do with everything from Trump placing his assets in a revocable trust to walling himself off from information about his namesake company.