Democrats subpoena White House documents in Trump impeachment inquiry

first_imgThey also warned that failing to comply with the subpoena was “evidence of obstruction” which is also an impeachable offence. US House Democrats on Friday demanded that the White House turn over documents as part of their impeachment investigation into President Donald Trump. Michael Searles whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyFinanceChatterViewers Had To Look Away When This Happened On Live TVFinanceChatterNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableybonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comPast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past FactoryMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStoryYourDailyLamaHe Used To Be Handsome In 80s Now It’s Hard To Look At HimYourDailyLamazenherald.comDolly Finally Took Off Her Wig, Fans Gaspedzenherald.comJournalistateTeacher Wears Dress Everyday, Mom Sets Up CamJournalistate whatsapp Read more: US economy adds 136,000 jobs in September as unemployment rate falls to 50-year low “This subpoena changes nothing – just more document requests, wasted time, and taxpayer dollars that will ultimately show the President did nothing wrong,” Grisham said in a statement.  They said he had been “stonewalling” multiple requests for information and by refusing to voluntarily release the documents had “chosen the path of defiance, obstruction and cover-up”. Saturday 5 October 2019 10:57 am The impeachment inquiry stems from the call and was raised by a whistleblower in August who alleged Trump had asked his counterpart to investigate leading Democratic political rival, Joe Biden, in exchange for a $400m military aid package that had been suspended – and was released in September. Trump has denied any wrongdoing and accused his opponents of a “witch hunt”. The documents are related to a call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on 25 July and have been subpoenaed.center_img More From Our Partners Astounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comFeds seized 18 devices from Rudy Giuliani and his employees in April raidnypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their Democrats subpoena White House documents in Trump impeachment inquiry “We deeply regret that President Trump has put us – and the nation – in this position, but his actions have left us with no choice but to issue this subpoena,” the Democrats wrote in a letter to the White House.  If the House of Representatives did vote to impeach Trump, a trial would held in the Senate. The subpoena was issued on Friday by the chairmen of the committees for Oversight, Intelligence and Foreign Affairs.  For him to be removed from office, the Senate, made up of Republicans, would have to vote by a two-third majority to do so. The latest move from the Democrats sees three House committees give Trump until 18 October to hand over documents related to the call. Vice-President Mike Pence has also been asked to provide documents and to clarify “any role you may have played” in Trump’s dealings with Ukraine. Share Read more: Trump says he wants Ukraine and China to investigate the Bidens White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said it “changes nothing”. Tags: Donald Trumplast_img read more

Young’s Seafood to go it alone as part of takeover

first_img Share by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunInvestment GuruRemember Cote De Pablo? Take A Deep Breath Before You See Her NowInvestment GuruEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorTele Health DaveRemember Pierce Brosnan’s Wife? Take A Deep Breath Before You See What She Looks Like NowTele Health DaveTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island FarmLivestlyThe Best Redhead Actresses, RankedLivestlyTotal PastThis Was Found Hiding In An Oil Painting – Take A Closer LookTotal PastNovelodgePierce Brosnan’s Wife Lost 120 Pounds – This Is Her NowNovelodge Express KCS whatsapp whatsapp Tags: NULL Thursday 4 June 2015 9:15 pmcenter_img Show Comments ▼ Young’s Seafood to go it alone as part of takeover YOUNG’S Seafood, the Grimsby-based fish manufacturer, will be hived off into a standalone company as part of a takeover of its owner Findus Group. Consumer group Nomad Foods, which owns fish finger maker Birds Eye, on Wednesday said it was in exclusive talks with the owners of Findus Group to buy the group. Findus yesterday said Nomad was conducting due diligence on the group, with a view to buying Findus Nordic and Findus Southern Europe.A deal would give the group Findus’ food operations in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, France, Spain and Belgium.However, Findus operations in the UK are not included, meaning Young’s Seafood and the use of the Findus brand in the UK will remain with Findus’ current owners, which include Lion Capital and JP Morgan. Findus has its headquarters in London.Centerview Partners is acting as exclusive financial advisor to Lion Capital and the other shareholders.Nomad Foods, which is 22 per cent owned by well known hedge fund investor Bill Ackman, was founded last year by Noam Gottesman and Martin Franklin. Franklin is the tycoon behind the Jarden conglomerate, the owner of sandwich-toaster maker Breville while Gottesman co-founded hedge fund GLG Partners. More From Our Partners White House Again Downplays Fourth Possible Coronvirus Checkvaluewalk.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.org980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comInstitutional Investors Turn To Options to Bet Against AMCvaluewalk.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orglast_img read more

Covid-19 altering Canadians’ housing needs: RBC

first_img GTA home sales down 13% between April and May: TRREB James Langton Ontario unlikely to balance budget by 2030: FAO Facebook LinkedIn Twitter House placed on coins Men's hand is planning savings money of coins to buy a home concept concept for property ladder, mortgage and real estate investment. for saving or investment for a house, iStock “But the bigger story might be that Covid-19 is now prompting more people to sell,” the report said, noting that new listings surged in urban centres such as Toronto, Ottawa and Vancouver.“We think this in part reflects the pandemic altering the housing needs of many current owners — who are opting to move, something they might not have considered just a few months ago,” it said.RBC noted that the Toronto market saw new listings jump 57% year over year in August, powering a 40% increase in home sales.Sales were up more than 20% from July’s near-record levels, it said.“Clearly, [that] market has fired on all cylinders this summer, making up for the major disruption caused by Covid-19 in the spring,” RBC said.The primary drivers of sales activity and higher prices were low-rise homes, including single-detached homes, RBC reported.“Demand-supply conditions are very tight in these categories, with intense competition between buyers,” it said.Vancouver also saw heady growth, RBC noted, with resales up 37% year over year in August, amid a 55% increase in new listings.In Calgary, resales were essentially flat in August compared with the same month a year ago, and down about 5% from July.“A drop in available supply is partly to blame,” the report noted, as new listings fell 8.6% year over year.“The weakness was entirely concentrated in the condo segments where sales plummeted 20%,” RBC said, adding that sales of single-detached homes rose 5.5%.“Buyers nationwide are demonstrating a stronger preference for single-detached homes,” the report said, noting that this is supporting stronger price growth in that category too.“We expect single-detached and condo valuations to continue to diverge in the period ahead,” the report added. A deadly first wave, followed by a tsunami of excess deaths Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Keywords Pandemics,  Coronavirus,  HousingCompanies Royal Bank of Canada Related news Amid a pandemic-driven shift in demand as well as a surge in new listings, the Canadian housing market remained strong in August, RBC Economics reports.Citing preliminary data from local real estate boards, RBC said that markets in many areas of the country remained “red hot” in August. last_img read more

Charges laid after worker suffers serious electrical shock

first_imgCharges laid after worker suffers serious electrical shock NT WorkSafeNT WorkSafe has charged two New South Wales based companies and a company director for breaching the Work Health and Safety (National Uniform Legislation) Act 2011 (the Act).The charges relate to an incident on 5 February 2019, when a 43-year-old worker received a serious electrical shock at an Alice Springs accommodation establishment. The worker was unable to work for a few days after the incident.NT WorkSafe will allege workers at the now closed establishment, had a regular practice of accessing the property’s mechanical services switchboard to reset circuit breakers and gas isolators.It is alleged that the mechanical services switchboard, which was more than 30 years old, had exposed live parts and was extremely hazardous.It is also alleged that despite the hazard, the mechanical services switchboard was easy to access, and no effort was made to warn of (via signs) or prevent contact with the live parts.NT WorkSafe also alleges the workers were not trained or provided with information on how to safely reset the mechanical services switchboard.N T Estate Pty Ltd as the owner of the property, faces one charge under Section 32 of the Act for failing to ensure the mechanical services switchboard was without risks to the health and safety of any person (as per Section 27(2)).Springs OpCo Pty Ltd as the operator of the accommodation establishment, faces one charge under Section 32 of the Act, for failing to ensure the health and safety of their worker (as per Section 19(1)(a)).Megan Nott, a company director of Springs OpCo Pty Ltd, faces one charge under section 32 for failing to exercise due diligence (as per Section 27) in ensuring Springs OpCo Pty Ltd complied with its health and safety duties.If found guilty, each company will face a maximum penalty of $1.5 million, while Megan Nott faces a maximum penalty of $300,000.The matter is listed for mention in the Alice Springs Local Court on 10 March 2021. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Alice Springs, AusPol, Australia, court, director, exercise, gas, Government, health, health and safety, incident, New South Wales, Northern Territory, penalty, property, Safetylast_img read more

International Greenland Ice Coring Effort Sets New Drilling Record in 2009

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: Aug. 26, 2009 A new international research effort on the Greenland ice sheet with the University of Colorado at Boulder as the lead U.S. institution set a record for single-season deep ice-core drilling this summer, recovering more than a mile of ice core that is expected to help scientists better assess the risks of abrupt climate change in the future.The project, known as the North Greenland Eemian Ice Drilling, or NEEM, is being undertaken by 14 nations and is led by the University of Copenhagen. The goal is to retrieve ice from the last interglacial episode known as the Eemian Period that ended about 120,000 years ago. The period was warmer than today, with less ice in Greenland and 15-foot higher sea levels than present — conditions similar to those Earth faces as it warms in the coming century and beyond, said CU-Boulder Professor Jim White, who is leading the U.S. research contingent.While three previous Greenland ice cores drilled in the past 20 years covered the last ice age and the period of warming to the present, the deeper ice layers representing the warm Eemian and the period of transition to the ice age were compressed and folded, making them difficult to interpret, said White. Radar measurements taken through the ice sheet from above the NEEM site indicate the Eemian ice layers below are thicker, more intact and likely contain more accurate, specific information, he said.”Every time we drill a new ice core, we learn a lot more about how Earth’s climate functions,” said White, “The Eemian period is the best analog we have for future warming on Earth.”Annual ice layers formed over millennia in Greenland by compressed snow reveal information on past temperatures and precipitation levels and the contents of ancient atmospheres, said White, who directs CU-Boulder’s Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research. Ice cores exhumed during previous drilling efforts revealed abrupt temperature spikes of more than 20 degrees Fahrenheit in just 50 years in the Northern Hemisphere.The NEEM team reached a depth of 5,767 feet in early August, where ice layers date to 38,500 years ago during a cold glacial period preceding the present interglacial, or warm period. The team hopes to hit bedrock at 8,350 feet at the end of next summer, reaching ice deposited during the warm Eemian period that lasted from roughly 130,000 to 120,000 years ago before the planet began to cool and ice up once again.The NEEM project began in 2008 with the construction of a state-of-the-art facility, including a large dome, the drilling rig for extracting 3-inch-diameter ice cores, drilling trenches, laboratories and living quarters. The official drilling started in June of this year. The United States is leading the laboratory analysis of atmospheric gases trapped in bubbles within the NEEM ice cores, including greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide and methane, said White.The NEEM project is led by the University of Copenhagen’s Centre of Ice and Climate directed by Professor Dorthe Dahl-Jensen. The United States and Denmark are the two leading partners in the project. The U.S. effort is funded by the National Science Foundation’s Office of Polar Programs.”Evidence from ancient ice cores tell us that when greenhouse gases increase in the atmosphere, the climate warms,” said White. “And when the climate warms, ice sheets melt and sea levels rise. If we see comparable rises in sea level in the future like we have seen in the ice-core record, we can pretty much say good-bye to American coastal cities like Miami, Houston, Norfolk, New Orleans and Oakland.”Increased warming on Earth also has a host of other potentially deleterious effects, including changes in ecosystems, wildlife extinctions, the growing spread of disease, potentially catastrophic heat waves and increases in severe weather events, according to scientists.While ice cores pinpoint abrupt climate change events as Earth has passed in and out of glacial periods, the warming trend during the present interglacial period is caused primarily by human activities like fossil fuel burning, White said. “What makes this warming trend fundamentally different from past warming events is that this one is driven by human activity and involves human responsibility, morals and ethics.”Other nations involved in the project include the United States, Belgium, Canada, China, France, Germany, Iceland, Japan, Korea, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.Other CU-Boulder participants in the NEEM effort include INSTAAR postdoctoral researcher Vasilii Petrenko and Environmental Studies Program doctoral student Tyler Jones. Other U.S. institutions collaborating in the international NEEM effort include Oregon State University, Penn State, the University of California, San Diego and Dartmouth College.For more information on the NEEM project, including images and video, visit read more

Join the virtual Global Conference on Sustainability in Higher Education Oct. 20–22

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: Oct. 13, 2020 • By Environmental Center For the first time ever, CU Boulder faculty, staff and students will have full access to the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s (AASHE’s) virtual Global Conference on Sustainability in Higher Education. The conference is the largest stage to exchange effective models, policies, research, collaborations and transformative actions that advance sustainability in higher education and surrounding communities. CU Boulder attendees will be provided access free of charge. CU Boulder attendees must be current students, faculty or staff with a valid account. This opportunity is made possible by the Vice Chancellor’s Office for Infrastructure and Sustainability and the CUSG Environmental Center. Mobilizing for a Just TransitionWith a theme of “Mobilizing for a Just Transition,” this year’s Global Conference on Sustainability in Higher Education will focus on centering justice within a shift from an extractive economy to a regenerative economy and ensuring that it leaves no one behind.Sign up to receive registration instructions and a link to the event.Participation is flexibleLive and on-demand schedules for the conference are available. Participation is flexible, and attendees can choose individual sessions or full days of content depending on interest and availability. Live content is available Oct. 20–22, and on-demand content is available through Nov. 22. The CU Boulder registration access request form will be open until Nov. 20.  Keynote presentationsIn addition to more than 50 educational sessions, this year’s Global Conference on Sustainability in Higher Education features 13 keynote presenters, including: Live presentation: Tuesday, Oct. 20, 11:30 a.m.Tia Brown McNair, vice president of diversity, equity and student success at the Association of American Colleges and Universities; Davarian L. Baldwin, Paul E. Raether Distinguished Professor of American Studies at Trinity College; and Megan Red Shirt-Shaw (Oglala Lakota), PhD student at the University of Minnesota will discuss how, to effectively support a just transition, higher education will need to acknowledge and atone for the historical and ongoing ways in which it perpetuates racial injustice on Live presentation: Wednesday, Oct. 21, 11:30 a.m.Professor Ibram X. Kendi, Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University and author of How To Be An Antiracist, will provide a new frame for understanding racism and give guidance on how to be an antiracist. Live presentation: Wednesday, Oct. 21, 5 p.m. Mateo Nube, co-director of the Movement Generation Justice & Ecology Project, will share Movement Generation’s pioneering work to develop and deepen the concept of a just transition. Live presentation: Thursday, Oct. 22, 7 a.m. Robin Wall Kimmerer, distinguished teaching professor at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and director for the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment, will offer reflections and an indigenous perspective on the meanings of a just transition.  Live presentation: Thursday, Oct. 22, 2 p.m. Wanjiku “Wawa” Gatheru, environmental justice advocate and rhodes scholar at the University of Oxford; Joshua Dedmond, youth organizer at the Labor Network for Sustainability; and Suparna Kudesia, choreographer of collective change and director at CoFED, will discuss the importance of racial justice, education and more during the keynote panel.Categories:ConferencesSustainabilityEvents & Exhibitslast_img read more

India Donates US$300,000 to the Bustamante Hospital for Children

first_imgIndia Donates US$300,000 to the Bustamante Hospital for Children Foreign AffairsAugust 11, 2010 RelatedIndia Donates US$300,000 to the Bustamante Hospital for Children RelatedIndia Donates US$300,000 to the Bustamante Hospital for Children RelatedIndia Donates US$300,000 to the Bustamante Hospital for Childrencenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Prime Minister Bruce Golding has received a donation of US$300,000 from the Government of India for the Bustamante Hospital for Children. The presentation was made by the High Commissioner for India, His Excellency Mohinder Singh Grover.Accepting the donation at Jamaica House on Wednesday, August 11, Mr. Golding noted that the funding will go a far way towards enabling the dedicated staff of the hospital to better serve the welfare of the children under their care.Prime Minister the Hon. Bruce Golding(right) accepts a cheque of US$300,000 from the High Commissioner of Indian, His Excellency Mohinder Singh Grover.Prime Minister Bruce Golding accepting a donation of US$300,000 from the Government of India through its High Commissioner, Mohinder Singh Grover.Noting the value of the gift, South East Regional Health Authority Chairman, Mr. Tanny Shirley, said that the donation was specifically for medicine and equipment, areas where there is heavy demand.The Chief Executive Officer of the Bustamate hospital, Ms. Beverley Needham, expressed appreciation for the generous donation and said the funds will be used to benefit the children. Advertisementslast_img read more

Health Ministry to Ramp up Coverage for MMR

first_imgRelatedHealth Ministry to Ramp up Coverage for MMR Health Ministry to Ramp up Coverage for MMR Health & WellnessFebruary 2, 2012 RelatedHealth Ministry to Ramp up Coverage for MMR FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Ministry of Health will begin a Measles Mumps Rubella (MMR) immunisation campaign shortly, as it seeks to ramp up coverage for this vaccine, which is now at only 88 per cent. This move comes as Jamaica seeks certification from the World Health Organisation (WHO) as having eliminated measles, rubella, and congenital rubella syndrome, this year. Making the announcement at yesterday’s (Feb.1) Jamaica House press briefing at Jamaica House, Minister with responsibility for Information, Hon. Sandrea Falconer, said Cabinet has instructed that the Ministry of Education insist that children being admitted to early childhood institutions are fully immunised. “Cabinet has instructed that short public service announcements must be used to translate messages on health, education, values and proper parenting,” she stated. Director of Family Health Services in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Karen Lewis Bell, pointed out that Jamaica and the wider English-speaking Caribbean have been lauded for the success of their immunisation efforts. She said that Jamaica is one of the first countries in the world to establish an immunisation programme (September 1977) and eradicate certain diseases through vaccination. She informed that in 1986, immunisation regulations were promulgated under the Public Health Act, following the outbreak of polio in 1982, and these regulations require all children under the age of seven years to be adequately vaccinated for entry to school, including daycare facilities and nurseries. Through these regulations, Jamaica was able to successfully eliminate a number of diseases, including poliomyelitis in 1982; measles in 1991; of rubella in 2000; while the last case of congenital rubella syndrome (infection in newborns that produces deafness, blindness and heart disease due to the mother being infected with the German measles), was in 1998. Dr. Lewis Bell pointed out that although Jamaica had its last case of locally transmitted measles in 1991, the Ministry was challenged by importation of cases in 1998, 2008, and 2011. “We established from very early, a very strong surveillance system, so that we can detect very early, any of these vaccine preventable diseases that we have already eliminated,” she assured, adding that the country’s general immunisation coverage has improved over the years, and is now at 94 per cent. However, the coverage for MMR vaccine is lagging behind, and the Ministry is pulling out all stops to have more children vaccinated, in light of the fact that Jamaica, along with all the other countries of the Americas, is seeking certification from the WHO as having eliminated measles, rubella, and congenital rubella syndrome this year. “In fact, Jamaica has prepared our country documentation of our evidence to say that we have eliminated those diseases last year, and we have submitted it to the commission, which will review it and determine if we are eligible for certification,” Dr. Lewis Bell said. She stated that it is therefore very important for the Ministry to ensure that there is adequate protection of the population against measles. “Certification of elimination doesn’t mean that we can’t have imported cases. What it means for us is that our population immunity and our surveillance system and our immunisation programme have to be strong enough to be able to detect very early, any imported cases, and to be able to put in place control measures to prevent local transmission,” she pointed out. Dr. Lewis Bell said that some of the reasons for low MMR coverage are the continued myth that the vaccine causes autism in children. She said that there has been no scientific evidence to date, to prove that association, and in fact, the United Kingdom (UK) doctor, who started that discussion globally, has been struck off the medical register in the UK, and the journal that published his paper had to recall the document and apologise for publishing it. Another challenge, Dr. Bell said, is that while in the first nine months of a child’s life, there are regularly scheduled visits to clinics to monitor growth and development, and vaccination, the MMR vaccine first dose is given at age one, with the second dose at age 4 to 6 years. “So sometimes we feel that maybe parents don’t remember the appointments, and it’s difficult to find them…so we feel this may be an issue for the coverage of the MMR,” she contended. Advertisements RelatedHealth Ministry to Ramp up Coverage for MMR By Alphea Saunders, JIS Senior Reporterlast_img read more

Legislative Leadership Includes Flathead Lawmakers

first_img Email Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Montana Democrats and Republicans from both chambers caucused in Helena on Nov. 14 to choose leadership for the upcoming session, nominating several Flathead lawmakers for prominent positions, including the election of Polson’s Greg Hertz as Speaker of the House.Hertz, a fourth-term Republican representing House District 11 who served as a majority whip of the House during the 2015 session, ​said he anticipates a political showdown between the Republican majority in the House and Senate and Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock, particularly over the future of Medicaid expansion in Montana.He also called for a unified front in a GOP that has endured deep divisions in recent years.But with Medicaid set to expire in June, and given the recent failure of Initiative 185, a measure that would have funded Medicaid by raising taxes on tobacco and vaping products, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle agree that debate over the future of Medicaid expansion will dominate the 66th Legislative Session set to begin in January.Parsing out work requirements, asset testing and other restrictions on Medicaid participants is likely to figure prominently into Republican-crafted expansion measures, Hertz said, even as Bullock’s proposed state budget plan for the 2020-21 biennium extends Medicaid expansion.The governor’s $10.3 billion budget proposal also includes significant investments in preschool and infrastructure for urban and rural areas.Three years ago, Bullock and a group of moderate Republican lawmakers joined minority Democrats to pass Medicaid expansion, and built in a sunset date of July 2019. The expiration date was intended to allow an opportunity for lawmakers to observe how the program is working, how much it costs and to decide whether to continue, alter or end it.Hertz said he’s confident Republicans will craft a responsible plan for Medicaid expansion, but that it will have to contain some significant reforms and changes.“We recognize it’s our responsibility to manage it and we are looking at all possible solutions,” he said. “The question is what that plan might look like.”In running for the position as Speaker of the House, Hertz called for unity in a Republican party that has endured its share of divisiveness, with a hardline conservative faction often clashing with more moderate GOP lawmakers who have crossed party lines in order to pass major legislation.“My primary goal in the upcoming session is to work as a unified Republican caucus, and to allow us to work together and move Republican principles across the line,” Hertz said.He said new tax increases proposed by Bullock, including a tobacco tax, liquor tax and taxes on hotels and rental cars, will likely be a non-starter.As the new House speaker, Hertz replaces departing Speaker Austin Knudsen.Because Republicans have majorities in both the House and Senate, their caucuses choose the Legislature’s top leadership posts, and said their priority is to strengthen and unify their party to increase their chances of winning the governor’s office, which has been in Democratic hands since 2005.Other Flathead lawmakers elected to top posts are Sen. Mark Blasdel, R-Kalispell, who will serve as president pro-tempore, and Rep. Derek Skees, R-Kalispell, who will serve as one of four House majority whips.Democratic lawmakers selected Rep. Casey Schreiner of Great Falls as House minority leader and re-elected Sen. Jon Sesso of Butte as Senate minority leader.Leadership for the 66th Legislative Session: SENATEPresident of the Senate: Sen. Scott Sales (R-Bozeman)President Pro-Tempore: Sen. Mark Blasdel (R-Kalispell)Majority Leader: Sen. Fred Thomas (R-Stevensville)Majority Whips: Sens. Cary Smith (R-Billings) and Steve Fitzpatrick (R-Great Falls)Minority Leader: Sen. Jon Sesso (D-Butte)Minority Whips: Sens. JP Pomnichowski (D-Bozeman) and Margie MacDonald (D-Billings)HOUSESpeaker of the House: Rep. Greg Hertz (R-Polson)Speaker Pro Tempore: Rep. Wylie Galt (R-Martinsdale)Majority Leader: Rep. Brad Tschida (R-Missoula)Majority Whips: Reps. Becky Beard (R-Elliston), Dennis Lenz (R-Billings), Derek Skees (R-Kalispell), and Seth Berglee (R-Joliet)Minority Leader: Rep. Casey Schreiner (D-Great Falls)Minority Whips: Reps. Shane Morigeau (D-Missoula), Kim Abbott (D-Helena), and Denise Hayman (D-Bozeman)Minority Caucus Chair: Rep. Laurie Bishop (D-Livingston)Committee on CommitteesThe Committee on Committees makes all of the committee and committee chair appointments in the Senate: Senators Dee Brown (R-Hungry Horse), David Howard (R-Park City), Cary Smith (R-Billings), Jeff Welborn (R-Dillon), Gordy Vance (R-Belgrade), Ryan Osmundson (R-Buffalo)last_img read more

SF’s Northern Chairman arrested in Belfast as part of Mc Guigan murder probe

first_img Facebook 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic By admin – September 9, 2015 SF’s Northern Chairman arrested in Belfast as part of Mc Guigan murder probe Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal The Northern Chairman of Sinn Fein Bobby Storey is one of three men arrested this morning in connection with the murder of former IRA man Kevin McGuigan Sr.Mr McGuigan Sr was shot dead at his home in Comber Court in the Short Strand area of east Belfast last month.Mr Storey was one of three men, aged 59, 45 and 58, arrested by police in North and West Belfast this morning.Meanwhile, negotiations aimed at saving the Stormont Assembly and Executive are expected to resume later today.The Ulster Unionist party walked out last night, insisting the IRA should be the first topic addressed. The crisis developed after the PSNI linked the murder of Kevin McGuigan to members of the provisional IRA. Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Pinterest Pinterest Homepage BannerNews RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry center_img Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire WhatsApp Previous articleBrett Mc Ginty through to Commonwealth Boxing FinalNext articleBrian McIver remains with Derry as Director of Football admin Twitter Google+ Facebook WhatsApp Google+ 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Twitterlast_img read more