Politics story – Draft Gore 2008 http://draftgore2008.org/ Tue, 17 May 2022 16:33:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://draftgore2008.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/icon-2022-01-14T222418.754.png Politics story – Draft Gore 2008 http://draftgore2008.org/ 32 32 Place your bets, but not in Missouri. Sports betting fans look to next year | Policy https://draftgore2008.org/place-your-bets-but-not-in-missouri-sports-betting-fans-look-to-next-year-policy/ Tue, 17 May 2022 16:00:00 +0000 https://draftgore2008.org/place-your-bets-but-not-in-missouri-sports-betting-fans-look-to-next-year-policy/ JEFFERSON CITY – Missouri residents who want to bet on sports legally will have to head to the borders to initiate their bets. While five of Missouri’s eight bordering states – Arkansas, Illinois, Kansas, Nebraska and Tennessee – have legalized betting, efforts to follow suit in the Show-Me state have again failed to the Legislative […]]]>

JEFFERSON CITY – Missouri residents who want to bet on sports legally will have to head to the borders to initiate their bets.

While five of Missouri’s eight bordering states – Arkansas, Illinois, Kansas, Nebraska and Tennessee – have legalized betting, efforts to follow suit in the Show-Me state have again failed to the Legislative Assembly.

When the General Assembly adjourned for last year last week, a high-profile push by six of the state’s professional sports teams and most of Missouri’s 13 casinos ended in a thud.

Trade groups that had pushed for a package expressed disappointment, saying legal betting would have brought tax revenue to the state and consumer protections for Missourians.

“With sports betting now legal in Kansas and other neighboring states, Missouri has become a virtual island. But that won’t stop Missourians from betting. Residents will just travel out of state, or worse , will place mistaken trust with illegal offshore websites,” said John Pappas, state advocacy director for iDEA Growthan online gaming industry group.

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Teams including the St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Blues and St. Louis City Soccer Club brought lobbying power and a fresh approach to the issue to the 2022 legislative session after the failed of three previous attempts to launch sports betting. .

Rather than a package of legislation tied to a controversial attempt to rid the state of the illegal slot machines that now populate gas stations and liquor stores, a plan emerged that would focus solely on introducing sports betting windows in casinos and professional venues. stadiums, as well as online platforms like DraftKings and FanDuel.

“I’ve always believed that sports betting and video lottery are two separate issues,” Rep. Dan HollyR-Warrensburg, who sponsored the House version of the bill.

The House acted quickly, approving a plan that included an 8% betting tax and licensing fees that would be paid by casinos and teams.

In the Senate, the plan ran into well-known obstacles.

Sen. Denny HoskinR-Warrensburg, blocked the House version when it came up for debate in the Senate, arguing that the expansion of gambling must also extend to video lottery terminals.

“You’re not going to have one without the other,” the senator said. Karla Maya St. Louis Democrat, said during a debate in late April.

But according to Hoskins’ version, illegal slot machines operated by politically connected companies like Torch Electronics would have been banned if they operated in locations that also sell Missouri Lottery products.

Enter the senator. mike moonR-Ash Grove, who has received more than $15,000 in campaign contributions from political action committees linked to powerful Torch lobbyist, former House Speaker Steve Tilley.

When a separate amendment was introduced in an attempt to combat the spread of so-called “grey machines” operated by Torch, Moon embarked on the filibuster, signaling the death of any attempt to find a compromise in the last hours of the Senate session.

A last-ditch effort to reach an agreement failed

This puts the issue back in the mix for the 2023 session, with a new set of players following the departure of sports betting supporters and opponents.

Holly said he and Hoskins are committed to working through the summer to find a way forward. He said not having Hoskins on board at the start may have been a tactical error.

“I would have preferred to involve Senator Hoskins earlier to try to get everyone to the table early on,” Holly said.

There is another potential path that could be taken.

Sports teams had filed documents in October in an attempt to get the case to voters in November, but did not begin the process of collecting signatures, believing a compromise plan would emerge from the Legislative Assembly.

That effort is dead for the year, but could resurface next year if teams and casinos feel the issue can’t be resolved by lawmakers.

“We hope lawmakers and stakeholders will do the right thing and agree to pass legislation in the next legislative session,” Pappas said.


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U.S. Supreme Court backs Ted Cruz and drops campaign finance restriction https://draftgore2008.org/u-s-supreme-court-backs-ted-cruz-and-drops-campaign-finance-restriction/ Mon, 16 May 2022 20:23:50 +0000 https://draftgore2008.org/u-s-supreme-court-backs-ted-cruz-and-drops-campaign-finance-restriction/ The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday further undermined campaign finance restrictions, striking down as a free speech violation part of a 2002 bipartisan law challenged by Republican Senator Ted Cruz that officials federal government had presented as an anti-corruption guarantee. The justices, in a 6-3 decision, found that a $250,000 cap on the amount of […]]]>

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday further undermined campaign finance restrictions, striking down as a free speech violation part of a 2002 bipartisan law challenged by Republican Senator Ted Cruz that officials federal government had presented as an anti-corruption guarantee. The justices, in a 6-3 decision, found that a $250,000 cap on the amount of money political candidates can be reimbursed after an election for personal loans to their own campaigns violated the US Constitution’s First Amendment guarantee of free speech by unjustifiably weighing on political expression.

In the decision written by Chief Justice John Roberts, the court’s conservative justices were in the majority and the liberal justices dissented. Roberts wrote that the law in question “burdens grassroots political discourse without proper justification”. It was the latest in a series of rulings in which the conservative-majority court overturned campaign finance restrictions, citing free speech concerns.

Roberts wrote that the government failed to show that the measure “served a permissible anti-corruption purpose, rather than the impermissible purpose of simply limiting the amount of money in politics.” In a searing dissent, liberal Justice Elena Kagan said the court effectively aids and abets corruption in Washington by allowing donors to contribute to a campaign after an election in a way that personally benefits the candidate.

“By striking down the law today, the court is giving the go-ahead to whatever sordid business Congress has seen fit to shut down,” Kagan wrote. Politicians will know these payments will flow directly to them through the campaign, Kagan added, and donors are hoping for something in return.

“The politician is happy, the donors are happy. The only loser is the public. They inevitably suffer from government corruption,” Kagan said. Cruz, first elected to represent Texas in the Senate in 2012, sued the Federal Election Commission (FEC), the agency that enforces election laws, after his successful 2018 re-election race against Democratic rival Beto O’ Rourke. Cruz had loaned his campaign organization $260,000 but was limited by law to a $250,000 repayment from his campaign.

A spokesperson for Cruz called the decision “a resounding victory for the First Amendment.” A spokesperson for the FEC declined to comment. Trevor Potter, president of the Campaign Legal Center, a nonpartisan group that supports campaign finance laws, expressed disappointment with the ruling.

“Allowing candidates to solicit unlimited post-election contributions to repay their personal campaign loans and put donor money into their own pockets provides an obvious and lamentable opening for special interests to buy official favors and rig the political system by their favor,” Potter said. . Democratic President Joe Biden’s administration, acting on behalf of the FEC, had appealed the 2021 decision of a three-judge Washington-based panel unanimously striking down the provision on free speech grounds.

The provision at issue was part of a major campaign finance law that has already been whittled down by the Supreme Court, including in a landmark 2010 decision https://www.Reuters.com/article/us-usa- court-politics/landmark -a-supreme-court-ruling-allows-corporate-politicians-cash-idUSTRE60K3SK20100121 that allowed unlimited independent spending by corporations and unions during elections as freedom of expression protected by the Constitution. The Supreme Court struck down various provisions of the 2002 Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act, often called the McCain-Feingold Act in recognition of its top Senate sponsors, John McCain and Russ Feingold.

Concluding that the limit was not justified to deter corruption, Roberts agreed with the arguments made by Cruz, saying that restrictions already exist on the amount of money individuals can donate during an election cycle, currently capped at 2 $900. Roberts added that the status quo has likely benefited incumbents over challengers, as new candidates often have to loan money to their campaigns and may have a harder time attracting donations. “This historic decision will help reinvigorate our democratic process by making it easier for challengers to take on and defeat career politicians,” the Cruz spokesperson said.

Cruz unsuccessfully sought his party’s presidential nomination in 2016, later becoming a prominent supporter of former President Donald Trump.

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JP Nadda will interact with 14 Heads of Mission today https://draftgore2008.org/jp-nadda-will-interact-with-14-heads-of-mission-today/ Sun, 15 May 2022 23:41:05 +0000 https://draftgore2008.org/jp-nadda-will-interact-with-14-heads-of-mission-today/ On Monday, the National Chairman of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), JP Nadda, will interact with a group of Heads of Mission in India. Heads of Mission from 14 countries will participate in an interaction with Nadda at 4 p.m. at BJP 6A headquarters, Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Margin Delhi tomorrow, according to an official […]]]>

On Monday, the National Chairman of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), JP Nadda, will interact with a group of Heads of Mission in India. Heads of Mission from 14 countries will participate in an interaction with Nadda at 4 p.m. at BJP 6A headquarters, Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Margin Delhi tomorrow, according to an official statement released by the party.

This interaction is part of the series of “Know the BJP” initiatives launched by the national chairman of the party. It should be known that during the BJP Foundation Day, Nadda launched the new initiative “Know BJP” specifically to address the foreign public and interacted with the heads of mission of 13 countries of the world.

The BJP also intends to continue such interactions with small groups of foreign diplomats in the future. Exchanges of delegations with political parties from different countries are also planned in due course, the statement read. As part of the “Know BJP” initiative, the party will present detailed information on its historical background, ideology, structure and ongoing activities.

During this event, Nadda will elaborate on the history, struggles, successes, ideology and contribution of the BJP and its governments to nation building. He will also answer questions from distinguished guests. After that, a documentary film depicting the journey of Jan Sangh and BJP will also be screened during the program.

BJP National General Secretary Arun Singh, National Vice President DK Aruna, Party Foreign Affairs Vijay Chauthaiwale, BJP National Spokesperson Syed Zafar Islam and few other party leaders will also be present during the interaction . (ANI)

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2023, ideology and thematic politics https://draftgore2008.org/2023-ideology-and-thematic-politics/ Sun, 15 May 2022 04:23:30 +0000 https://draftgore2008.org/2023-ideology-and-thematic-politics/ Tunji Olaopa Published May 15, 2022 the The significant year 2023 is still eight months away, but the Nigerian political space is already feeling the weight and heat of electoral matters, especially with several candidates – presidential and gubernatorial – already signaling their intentions to run. At the time of writing, 18 candidates from the […]]]>

the The significant year 2023 is still eight months away, but the Nigerian political space is already feeling the weight and heat of electoral matters, especially with several candidates – presidential and gubernatorial – already signaling their intentions to run. At the time of writing, 18 candidates from the All Progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party have already signified their intention to contest the position currently held by President (Major General) Muhammadu Buhari (Retired). This number of candidates, and so many candidates who would join the list, only goes to show how critical the year 2023 has become in the political calculus of Nigeria. And that’s because the last eight years of Buhari’s administration have been difficult and confusing, especially in terms of security and governance.

Given the current reality with critical development indices, the crisis of the Nigerian state and the future of the Nigerian project of national integration has become somewhat more complex in measures that will be more demanding for future leaders. Under the onslaught of Boko Haram insurgents and banditry associated with Fulani herdsmen, the security problem has worsened, with kidnappings, banditry and crime becoming rampant across the country. The difficult security situation is further compounded by governance issues, from poverty and unemployment to industrial unrest and runaway inflation. Fortunately, or unfortunately, those who want Buhari’s seat will also soon begin campaigning on the ability to restore the current administration’s political deficits around security and governance. And Nigerians are expected to make a tough choice at the polls in 2023.

For me, the most critical absence in the political storm that is brewing for 2023 is the absence of any ideological framework around which to hang the struggles and electoral campaigns of the parties that emerge and present candidates at the presidential and governorate levels. In other words, the two political parties – APC and PDP – are both distinguished by their glaring lack of an ideological basis around which important issues, from security and the economy to public service reform and unemployment , can be clearly articulated in the form of campaign manifestos. As part of its political development after independence, Nigeria adopted presidentialism from the political experience of the United States of America. The concept of presidentialism in the United States has given rise to two ideologically rooted parties, the Republican and Democratic parties. All of the important issues in the American political space – from same-sex marriage to racism – are determined on the spectrum of liberalism and conservatism around which both parties revolve. And it is the backbone that testifies to the political dynamics that support good governance.

Good or bad governance is determined by the kind of politics the political class plays with the lives of its citizens. The goal of all political parties everywhere is to compete for power as a means to an end, which is the determination of the development trajectory that the ideology championed by the party will take for the country. An ideology then becomes a vision of politics attached to development. So, while Republicans favor the free market approach to health care that excludes government intervention in health care delivery, Democrats are lining up behind universal health coverage and the single-payer system. Thus, when ideological political parties take control of political power, there is already a plan of policies and actions to be carried out on behalf of the citizens. This is what is happening in the United States of America. This is also what is happening in Great Britain, and even in Europe. This is a far cry from the distraught politics unfolding in Nigeria where the political class is devoid of ideologies that determine what to do on important issues.

We can then begin to ask the fundamental question that should circumscribe our reflection on 2023: the relationship between ideological and thematic politics and good governance; and why the future of Nigeria is highly dependent on the ideology we need to run the Nigerian state and make development happen for the people. In 2015, PMB took power on a brand of integrity and an unchallenged agenda for change – the no-nonsense air of a never-smiling president who will discipline the place and restore safety of life and property. The closer we get to 2023, the more we realize that the incumbent’s ethnicity, religion and power remain the critical factors that would determine who becomes president in 2023. And the laughter seems to come at the expense of me and everyone who expect the Nigerian political climate to be ripe for thematic political engagement between political parties. This is the lesson I learned from a conversation with a gubernatorial candidate in the 2019 election. I bristled in my analysis of how his embrace of strategic communications could serve as a platform for a commitment rooted in an ideology. He laughed at me! His response: People are not concerned with politics based on the issues on the campaign ground. All that matters is “the infrastructure of the stomach”!

And yet, this is not how the Nigerian state and its politics were envisioned and inaugurated. Nigeria’s nation-building and political development trajectory began most significantly with the best political motive. The pre-independence campaign was energized by nationalist movements rooted in ideology. For example, the Anglo-Nigerian Defense Pact became the source of fierce ideological opposition motivated by Pan-Africanism and the Non-Aligned Movement. These were the type of ideological contests around which political parties, especially under the First Republic, were known. Indeed, nationalists were faced with the prospect of a nation that had just emerged from the bosom of colonialism. It is in this context that we can understand the thesis of Nigeria as a mere geographical expression of Chief Obafemi Awolowo, and the ideological recommendation of the diarchy of Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe. No one would forget the political rivalry between the Action Group, the Northern People’s Congress and the National Council of Nigeria and Cameroon (as well as the reincarnation of the rivalry between the NPN and the UPN). Or Mallam Aminu Kano’s People’s Redemption Party. Nigeria’s return to democratic rule, signaled by the June 12 Saga, also signaled the ideological scope that Nigerians could follow in monitoring political developments in Nigeria.

The question now is: where did all this go? Where did we miss it? What happened to the type of political contestations that animated political engagement from the post-independence period until the First and Second Republics? This is a fundamental question which becomes all the more insistent in the context of a brazen takeover of the existing political parties without the complement of an ideology which constitutes a model for ordering the future of Nigeria. And if political parties do not have a sense of history, that is, the ideology that shapes the political development of a state for better or for worse, how then can they be placed in the seat of power to lead the most populous black nation on the planet? How can national development and national integration happen in Nigeria if ethnic chauvinists, religious fundamentalists and greedy politicians are the ones who are the choice of whom to vote? Truth be told, neither the APC nor the PDP have the organizing frameworks to shape the future of the Nigerian state, especially in terms of political education, mass mobilization, aggregation of interests and delimitation of the national discourse on the future of Nigeria. This is why the stupidity of switching sides has become such a normal game for politicians.

In 2023, Nigeria would be spending another eight years of its future on a collection of political office holders who have no sense of political history, ideological commitment or a vision of where Nigeria should go. . The political space will soon be flooded with obscene money taken from the common treasury and deployed to seal critical voices, especially from the youth who should be strict in demanding vision, plans and ideology. But once the money changes hands, unscrupulous politicians are already allowed to ransack Nigerian treasuries for their personal and selfish ends. And 2023 to 2026, and perhaps beyond, would have become a wasted effort to shore up Nigeria’s future. If this scenario is possible, why aren’t we asking the right questions about 2023? Why don’t we already signal the fundamental importance of ideologically rooted and issue-based politics as a benchmark around which we can begin to engage with all the political parties that are already jostling for political power? Why are individuals more important than the critical questions we should ask ourselves?

  • Olaopa is a professor at NIPSS, Kuru, Jos, Plateau State..

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Sri Lanka eases curfew as new PM seeks to form cabinet https://draftgore2008.org/sri-lanka-eases-curfew-as-new-pm-seeks-to-form-cabinet/ Sat, 14 May 2022 07:37:20 +0000 https://draftgore2008.org/sri-lanka-eases-curfew-as-new-pm-seeks-to-form-cabinet/ Sri Lanka lifted a 12-hour nationwide curfew on Saturday, further easing tough restrictions as new Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe seeks to form a government after clashes with anti-government groups killed nine people. More than a month of mostly peaceful protests against the government turned violent this week after supporters of former Prime Minister Mahinda […]]]>

Sri Lanka lifted a 12-hour nationwide curfew on Saturday, further easing tough restrictions as new Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe seeks to form a government after clashes with anti-government groups killed nine people.

More than a month of mostly peaceful protests against the government turned violent this week after supporters of former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa stormed an anti-government protest camp in the commercial capital Colombo, burning tents and clashing Some protestors. The first clashes and reprisals against government figures also left more than 300 injured.

The government lifted the curfew from 06:00 (00:30 GMT) on Saturday until 18:00. A 24-hour curfew imposed on Monday was lifted for a few hours on Thursday and Friday to allow essential supplies to be purchased. Rajapaksa resigned after violence erupted on Monday, leaving his younger brother Gotabaya Rajapaksa to rule as president.

Hit hard by the pandemic, rising oil prices and the populist government’s tax cuts, Sri Lanka is in the grip of its worst economic crisis since its independence from Britain in 1948. Foreign exchange reserves usable dwindled, and runaway inflation and fuel shortages brought thousands to the streets in protest.

Wickremesinghe, five-time Prime Minister, was appointed Thursday evening for a new term. The 73-year-old was due to start appointing ministers before parliament resumes on Tuesday. Wickremesinghe is the only lawmaker from his United National Party to hold a seat in parliament and will depend on other parties to form a coalition government. Sri Lankan Podujana Peramuna of the Rajapaksas has pledged to support Wickremesinghe.

The main opposition has ruled out backing him, but several smaller parties have said they would back the new prime minister’s policies to stabilize the economy.

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AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan said to be history leafter, bad temper: Delhi Police https://draftgore2008.org/aap-mla-amanatullah-khan-said-to-be-history-leafter-bad-temper-delhi-police/ Fri, 13 May 2022 12:25:54 +0000 https://draftgore2008.org/aap-mla-amanatullah-khan-said-to-be-history-leafter-bad-temper-delhi-police/ A day after Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MP Amanatullah Khan was arrested on Thursday for protesting against an anti-encroachment campaign by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) in Delhi’s Madanpur Khadar area, Delhi police said on Friday that Khan was ‘declared a history soap opera and bad character as of March 30’. “AAP MLA Amanatullah […]]]>

A day after Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MP Amanatullah Khan was arrested on Thursday for protesting against an anti-encroachment campaign by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) in Delhi’s Madanpur Khadar area, Delhi police said on Friday that Khan was ‘declared a history soap opera and bad character as of March 30’. “AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan is a declared history soap opera and bad character on March 30. No less than 18 FIRs have been registered against him till March 30,” Delhi Police said.

Giving details of Khan, police said: “Khan is already a declared history soap opera and a bad character like March 30. The proposed ‘bad character’ Amanatullah Khan attended the institute of Jamia Millia Islamia but does not has not completed his degree. He is educated till Grade 12, which he passed in 1992-93. He is married to Shafla Khan and has one son and one daughter. He started his business in Jamia Nagar.” Soon, he formed a group made up of people from his village and neighboring villages and engaged in land grabbing and illegal construction. A total of 18 cases/FIRs have been registered against him in different police stations in Delhi. Most of the cases are related to intimidation, threats, injuries, riots which hamper the functions of officials and cause enmities between two groups/communities,” the police said.

Considering the above implications of Khan, it is clear that he has become a habitual and desperate criminal in the region. He has no respect for the law and order situation and has repeatedly engaged in serious criminal activity, the police chief said. Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MP Amanatullah Khan who was arrested earlier on Thursday for protesting against an anti-encroachment campaign by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) in the Madanpur Khadar area and was later placed in jail.

Later Thursday evening, Khan was arrested by Delhi police, South East DCP Esha Pandey said, adding that an FIR had been filed against him. (ANI)

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Politics and religion don’t go together https://draftgore2008.org/politics-and-religion-dont-go-together/ Thu, 12 May 2022 16:22:58 +0000 https://draftgore2008.org/politics-and-religion-dont-go-together/ Solomon D. Stevens A growing number of people believe that America is changing for the worse because it is moving away from its Christian roots. As Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, said, “If we’re going to have a nation under God, which we have to, we have to have a religion.” One […]]]>

Solomon D. Stevens

A growing number of people believe that America is changing for the worse because it is moving away from its Christian roots. As Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, said, “If we’re going to have a nation under God, which we have to, we have to have a religion.” One nation under God and one religion under God.

The call to “return” to a better time when Christianity defined the country is misleading, and what is even more relevant: it is dishonest. America has never been a Christian country, and to create one would be bad both for America and for Christianity.

It is true that many of the first colonies were Christian communities. Religious establishments in the colonies often followed one version or another of Christian doctrine, with some making heresy a violation of criminal law and others establishing the death penalty for Sabbath violation. This integration of Christianity and politics reflected the European tradition of Christian politics, a tradition steeped in religious conflict that often defined politics itself. It was this problem of political conflict based on religious disagreement that led the American founders to introduce a radically new concept: completely secular government.

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Reviews | Politicians put abortion politics above people https://draftgore2008.org/reviews-politicians-put-abortion-politics-above-people/ Wed, 11 May 2022 20:29:00 +0000 https://draftgore2008.org/reviews-politicians-put-abortion-politics-above-people/ Placeholder while loading article actions I read the May 7 Metro article with dismay”Democrats launch campaign to push Hogan to fund abortion educationabout Maryland Governor Larry Hogan (right) using his executive power to withhold $3.5 million in public funds to train nurse-midwives, physician assistants and others to practice abortions. Given the reality that Roe vs. […]]]>
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I read the May 7 Metro article with dismay”Democrats launch campaign to push Hogan to fund abortion educationabout Maryland Governor Larry Hogan (right) using his executive power to withhold $3.5 million in public funds to train nurse-midwives, physician assistants and others to practice abortions. Given the reality that Roe vs. Wade is likely to be reversed soon, it should be noted that Maryland borders a state that has a pre-deer abortion ban (West Virginia) and is within a day’s drive of Kentucky, Tennessee and Ohio, all of which have “trigger” laws that will make abortions nearly impossible to obtain if deer is overthrown. We will face an influx of patients from these states; having enough trained providers to meet the needs is simply a public health no-brainer.

This money was approved by the Maryland General Assembly. As the article notes, an overwhelming majority of Maryland residents believe abortion should be legal. It doesn’t take a political scientist to notice that Mr. Hogan is in his final year in office and has presidential aspirations. His explanation that he is simply keeping his promise not to change Maryland’s abortion laws is insultingly transparent: it’s about training practitioners, not changing Maryland’s abortion law.

We hear a lot these days about the erosion of democratic standards. What Mr. Hogan is doing is deeply undemocratic – and it is the action of a man who puts his political ambitions ahead of women’s health.

Introducing a bill in the Senate to codify women’s bodily autonomy rights without first introducing a bill to get rid of the filibuster rule is simply more performative nonsense – and we have enough of the “Republican Party” to last us for the next 1,000 years. Put the filibuster bill first, and once it passes, put the bill already passed by the House of Representatives on the floor for a vote.

Otherwise, Charles E. Schumer (DN.Y.) should step down as Senate Majority Leader so that we can appoint someone who is interested in taking the necessary action. Our lives are at stake here, and we’re not going to take it anymore.

Deborah Cohen, Midlothian

It’s time to go deeper into Dana Milbank’s excellent opinion column from Sunday, May 8, “A Betrayal of Democracy Has Been Rewarded.” It’s time for Democrats to name the culprit behind the Supreme Court’s draft opinion that promises to overturn deer c. Wade and Family planning c. Casey. As much as we’d like to blame former President Donald Trump and 50 years of anti-abortion activism or even Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr., the blame lies squarely with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky. ).

In 2016, then-Majority Leader Mr McConnell blocked President Barack Obama’s legitimate Supreme Court pick from even getting a hearing because it was an election year – even though the election was still in the offing. eight months. Four years later, in an act of extreme hypocrisy (and betrayal), Mr McConnell pushed through the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett – just eight days before the 2020 election. Democrats must call Mr McConnell and call this court by its rightful name – the court of Mitch McConnell, the court of Mitch McConnell deer– Reverse Court, with the court smashing Mitch McConnell’s right to privacy – and renaming Mr. McConnell to prevent him from regaining control of the Senate.

Linda R. Thornburg, Charlotteville

In her May 9 Style column, “The Media Failed When It Used ‘Pro-Life’ Terms,” ​​Margaret Sullivan wrote that journalists should “unpack what ‘pro-life’ means.”

It should be pointed out regularly that although, like a hair follicle, a fetus is indeed “life” from conception, it is a special religious belief that a fetus is a real person from that time on, and our laws are not meant to support religious beliefs about others. Although “pro-lifers” support the GOP because of this issue, Republican policies on the coronavirus, climate change, pollution, health care, consumer and workplace safety, unemployment, child safety nets (including support for children resulting from unwanted pregnancies carried to term), armed violence (of which school shootings are only a tiny part), etc., kill large numbers of Americans already born. Conversely, although “pro-choice” people insist that abortion should be solely the choice of the mother, shouldn’t a fetus, as animal life, have certain rights protected by law? deer accomplishes this, while compromising on the issue of religion, by limiting abortion beyond the first trimester.

If books like ‘Celebrate Your Body 2’ by Lisa Klein and Carrie Leff are banned from school libraries [“Our book on puberty got banned. This only puts children at risk.,” Friday Opinion, May 6], how will teens learn “the facts of life” and how to make the right decisions about their bodies? Most likely, the same people who ban this type of book are against all abortions. Go figure.

Access to reliable information is essential to make informed decisions in all aspects of our health. Withholding this information is dangerous. Yes Roe vs. Wade is overthrown and books on sexuality are banned, we will surely see an increase in illegal abortions.

Regarding Ann Hornaday’s May 8 style article”Abortion is finally emerging from the shadows of cinema”:

Film festivals are often one step ahead when it comes to social justice issues. Independent filmmakers are quick to point out injustice, and film festivals give them a platform to tell their stories. In late April, the Washington, DC International Film Festival screened both “Happening” and “The Janes.” The original members of the Janes were recognized at the sold-out screenings. The film festival took a stand on the issue of a woman’s right to choose before it made headlines.

The writer is director of the Washington, DC International Film Festival.

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Pence tears up ESG investing by injecting leftist politics into business https://draftgore2008.org/pence-tears-up-esg-investing-by-injecting-leftist-politics-into-business/ Wed, 11 May 2022 00:02:00 +0000 https://draftgore2008.org/pence-tears-up-esg-investing-by-injecting-leftist-politics-into-business/ Former Vice President Mike Pence has criticized investor-activist campaigns to force companies such as Exxon Mobil Corp. to follow socially responsible investment principles, claiming that they elevate left-wing goals above the interests of corporations and their employees. Pence, a potential Republican candidate for president in 2024, gave a speech on energy policy in Houston on […]]]>

Former Vice President Mike Pence has criticized investor-activist campaigns to force companies such as Exxon Mobil Corp. to follow socially responsible investment principles, claiming that they elevate left-wing goals above the interests of corporations and their employees.

Pence, a potential Republican candidate for president in 2024, gave a speech on energy policy in Houston on Tuesday and called on states like Texas to “curb” the push for employee pension funds to use environmental principles, and governance in their investments.

The former VP cited activist investor Engine No. 1, which was backed by companies such as BlackRock Inc. last year as it staged a successful proxy campaign that led to the replacement of three directors on Exxon’s board of directors. “These three are now working to undermine the company from within,” Pence said.

ESG investing – the use of environmental, social and governance factors in decision-making – has become one of the hottest areas of finance in recent years, with the global market adding up to $40 trillion dollars in assets, according to Bloomberg Intelligence estimates.

Still, the strategy has drawn the ire of lawmakers in some states. Officials in Utah and West Virginia have urged S&P Global Ratings to abandon a system that rates states based on their ESG-related credentials. In Texas, authorities require finance companies to disclose their climate policiesincluding if they limit business with energy companies.

Finance has always been meant to facilitate investment and drive economic growth that benefits the entire United States, Pence said. But President Biden and government regulators are “weaponizing the financial system to do the exact opposite,” including through “freakish new ESG regulations that allow left-wing radicals to destroy American energy producers from within.”

Similar accusations have been circulating in Texas for some time, but Pence’s comments are among the most aggressive to date. The growth of ESG investing has caused some of Wall Street’s biggest investors to become much more active in proxy campaigns.

But the idea that such campaigns hurt businesses is unproven, especially in the case of Exxon. The success of the No. 1 driver came from the persuasion of major shareholders that an improved climate strategy would also help the oil giant’s financial returns.

After the vote, Chairman and CEO Darren Woods quickly made peace with the three new directors and announced a series of green measures, including eliminating emissions from its operations by mid-century and reducing fossil fuel expenditure. Buoyed by rising oil prices, Exxon’s stock has risen 36% over the past year.

GOP lawmakers and powerful industry groups, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, opposed increased activity by financial watchdogs on ESG issues during the Biden administration, even as the White House called for increased oil and gas production to help reduce fuel prices.

Biden has also made tackling climate change a centerpiece of his presidency, and last year order regulators to develop stronger plans to measure and mitigate the risks that climate change poses to the financial system.

A Securities and Exchange Commission proposal would require companies to disclose the risks a warming planet poses to their operations when filing regulatory filings.

Bloomberg writers Saijel Kishan and Jennifer A. Dlouhy contributed to this report.

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Labor denies Keir Starmer dodged lockdown beer scrutiny – UK Politics Live | Policy https://draftgore2008.org/labor-denies-keir-starmer-dodged-lockdown-beer-scrutiny-uk-politics-live-policy/ Mon, 09 May 2022 08:25:00 +0000 https://draftgore2008.org/labor-denies-keir-starmer-dodged-lockdown-beer-scrutiny-uk-politics-live-policy/ Labor denies Starmer dodged beergate scrutiny as source claims curry arrived late made event against rules Hello. We are one day away from the Queen’s Speech, but the story with the most traction in Westminster this morning is still beergate – the claim that Keir Starmer broke lockdown rules in April last year when he […]]]>

Labor denies Starmer dodged beergate scrutiny as source claims curry arrived late made event against rules

Hello. We are one day away from the Queen’s Speech, but the story with the most traction in Westminster this morning is still beergate – the claim that Keir Starmer broke lockdown rules in April last year when he had a beer and a takeaway meal with Labor workers at the end of the day campaign.

Starmer was due to take part in a question and answer session at the Institute for Government today, but that was cancelled. Union sources said that log changes are to blamebut they did not give further details. West Street, the shadow health secretary, was giving interviews this morning and he said he had ‘no idea’ why the event had been cancelled; he didn’t even bother to ask, he said, because he thought it was such a trivial question. He also ridiculed the suggestion that Starmer was avoiding scrutiny.

The idea that Keir avoided the scrutiny as he went out all weekend in front of cameras to celebrate the brilliant results that we achieved in the local elections last week, you know, that he participated in an event or not, his journal changes all the time. It’s a bit neither here nor there really.

Streeting spoke like Politico’s Playbook in London released new details about what happened at the event from an unnamed source “familiar with what happened last night”. Of the various revelations that came out yesterday, probably the most incriminating was a claim from an anonymous source who was present and who told the Sunday Times that some Labor staff there were “just mad” (undermining claims that they were working). The Playbook source makes the exact same claim. (It may be the same person, though Playbook says its source believes there may be two Labor whistleblowers from the event speaking to the media.)

But the Playbook source also adds a detail that adds a new element of absurdity to the story. They say the takeaway curry was supposed to arrive while Starmer was hosting an online Zoom event for party members, but it arrived late – and that’s why a debate has erupted over whether the work was still in progress when it was consummated. The source said:

There was no work going on. There simply weren’t any. The Zoom events were over… If Curry was on time on the Zoom call, it wouldn’t have been a breach [of the lockdown rules]. But it was late and the work was finished. It was no work and there was no work after that as far as I know.

Labor insists Starmer and others were still working while they consumed the meal after the online event ended. They argue the meal was justified under lockdown rules as it was necessary for work.

Parliament is still not in session today, but we get a briefing from the lobby at 11.30am.

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