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Gov. Whitmer concerned that Michigan protesters could cause longer stay-home duration

first_img WhatsApp WhatsApp Google+ Facebook CoronavirusIndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Pinterest Twitter Facebook Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer delivers her State of the State address to a joint session of the House and Senate, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, at the state Capitol in Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Al Goldis) Governor Gretchen Whitmer says she’s concerned that protests “make it likelier” that Michiganders will have to stay home longer.On Wednesday the embattled governor told the hosts of “The View” that the president’s insistence that she reopen Michigan and make a deal with legislators is pouring fuel on the fire of unrest in the state.Whitmer said the protests will likely bring about a longer stay-home posture, exactly what the protesters are trying to avoid.She also added that the protests appear to her to be more of political rallies, featuring Confederate flags, Nazi symbolism, and calls for violence. Another protest is planned for Thursday. Pinterest Twitter Google+ Gov. Whitmer concerned that Michigan protesters could cause longer stay-home duration By Tommie Lee – May 13, 2020 4 561 Previous articleJeremiah Ware sentenced to 30 years in shootingNext articleInfant dies after being found unresponsive in a South Bend hotel room Tommie Leelast_img read more

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Skelos Corruption Trial: State Pol’s Reluctance on Reform Aired

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York New York State Sen. Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) laughed when asked if campaign finance reform might pass the state legislature, a billionaire developer’s lawyer testified at the senator’s corruption trial.The anecdote was just one of many heard at the trial that showed the way ethics reforms are treated behind the scenes in corruption-prone Albany. In another, the former chair of the state Senate ethics committee, Tony Avella, recalled on the stand that in his role he found it impossible to make real change.But the real estate industry was most concerned that the state might pass legislation to close the so-called LLC loophole, which allows businesses to skirt campaign donation limits by issuing checks from various limited liability corporations to disguise their source.“That’s how we get our voice out,” said Charles Durego, general counsel and Senior Vice President at New Hyde Park-based developer Glenwood Management Corp., the biggest political donor statewide, last week during Skelos’ trial at Manhattan federal court.Glenwood, owned by billionaire Leonard Litwin, is one of three companies that Skelos, the former state Senate Majority Leader, allegedly coerced to get $300,000 in bribes. They took the form of no-show jobs that his son, Adam, was unqualified for in exchange for illegally manipulating legislation. Both men deny the accusations.Durego said he asked Skelos the LLC loophole question on behalf of the Real Estate Board of New York, a group representing landlords and developers, which was also concerned about the possibility it would pass.In general, Democrats favor closing the LLC loophole because Republicans mostly benefit from those donations, prosecutors noted, adding that the GOP would rather make illegal other types of donations that Democrats mostly receive. As a result, the reform effort ends in a legislative stalemate.State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Queens), one of the witnesses to testify at the Skelos trial, said that when he joined the Independent Democratic Conference (IDC), a small group of senate Democrats who caucused with the Republicans in a power-sharing agreement, he was named chair of the Senate ethics committee. First elected in 2011, Avella said that as chair of that committee he quickly learned that talk of ethical reforms in Albany did not see any follow through.“No bills had ever been referred to that committee, and no bills ever came out of [that] committee,” he said on the stand. When Avella decided to hold a hearing on the issue instead, he was told it had to be postponed.Even now, with both Skelos and his former counterpart, ex-Speaker of the Assembly Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan), on trial for similar but unrelated corruption charges in the same courthouse at the same time, state lawmakers remain reluctant to pass any additional proposed reforms, such as enacting term limits or stripping convicted lawmakers of their pensions, beyond making a few changes to disclosing outside income which passed earlier this year.Last week, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D-Bronx), Silver’s replacement, told reporters that further reforms are unlikely, according to Capital New York.Skelos’ replacement as state Senate Majority Leader, Sen. John Flanagan (R-Northport), reportedly shares Heastie’s view.One reason why the sentiment prevails may be found in phone calls between the senator and his son that the FBI recorded. In one exchange played in court, Adam criticized his father for working with the Democrats in the IDC, but Dean reminded his son to take the long view.“I have to think about the next election,” the senator reminded him.In between the push-pull of prosecutors and defense lawyers making their cases, the corruption trail of New York State Sen. Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) details how much money and politics remain intertwined.last_img read more

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Yorkshire appoints Richard Flint as a ‘Welcome Advisor’

first_img Submit Related Articles StumbleUpon Share Share PokerStars moves to refresh global appeal with ‘I’M IN’ August 18, 2020 William Hill closes Stockholm Gametek office July 1, 2020 EFL urges government to rethink gambling sponsorship ban July 3, 2020 Sky Bet Chairman Richard Flint is set to become a key non-executive director advising Yorkshire Tourism’s flagship ‘Welcome to Yorkshire’ campaign.Flint will take up the post immediately following the end of his two-year stint as the Chair of the CBI for Yorkshire and Humber.Recognised as one of the UK’s leading Tech CEOs, during his 17-year tenure leading Sky Bet Flint transformed a small Harrogate-based igaming unit into a market leader employing 1500 staff whilst maintaining a turnover of £700 million.Leading Yorkshire’s biggest tech enterprise, Flint has further overseen the development of Sky Bet’s Leeds HQ and its supporting Sheffield ‘digital hub’.Furthermore, supporting the region’s talent development and future workforce, Sky Bet maintains a number of Yorkshire tech training schemes and engineering programmes.Confirming Flint’s appointment, Welcome to Yorkshire Chairman Peter Box said:“Richard’s reputation precedes him, and you only have to look at his career achievements so far to know he’ll be a brilliant addition to the team. He brings a huge skill set, a great vision and a progressive and dynamic approach. We’re delighted to welcome him on board.”Having left day-to-day leadership of Sky Bet in 2019, Flint currently serves as Chairman of online dog food brand ButternutBox in addition to further advisory roles.Speaking of Yorkshire as his ‘adopted home’, Essex-born Flint is a keen cyclist of the Dales and names Fountains Abbey as his favourite place.“It’s been a pleasure and privilege to grow a business and to bring up our family in Yorkshire, and I am looking forward to spreading the word about all that our wonderful region has to offer as a place to visit,” said Flint. “I am also excited to join such a diverse and multi-talented Board.”last_img read more

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