Federal and state officials respond to Andrew Reid’s sentencing

first_imgCrime & Courts | Federal Government | Public Safety | SouthwestFederal and state officials respond to Andrew Reid’s sentencingAugust 26, 2016 by Steve Heimel, KYUK Share:Andrew Reid arrests Wassillie Gregory on July 12, 2014 in the Bethel AC parking lot. Screenshot from AC surveillance video.(Screenshot from AC Surveillance video)Federal and state authorities followed up Wednesday’s sentencing of former Bethel Police office Andrew Reid with a news conference in Anchorage.Alaska Department of Law Criminal Division director John Skidmore said that Reid’s plea deal means that he can’t return to police work.“In the same way that you can have a barrel of apples, sometimes there are bad ones, and where those bad ones are found, they will be removed, as was the case with Mr. Reid,” Skidmore said. “Not only did he have his police certificate revoked, he was also sentenced to jail time in this case.”The FBI’s new Alaska District special agent-in-charge Marlin Ritzman said that the Bethel case is part of a national effort.“For the FBI, public corruption and civil rights violations are our number one criminal priority,” Ritzman said. “And we’re standing up here today with our partnerships to let the community know that we take these charges very seriously, and we’re committed to working with our local partners on insuring that these crimes are properly prosecuted.”Alaska’s new Attorney General Jahna Lindemuth echoed that stance, indicating that she very much welcomes federal help in dealing with the serious challenges the state’s legal and law enforcement system faces in rural communities.“I want to thank the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the FBI, for their thorough investigation and help in prosecuting Mr. Reid,” Lindemuth said. “My office enjoys a very good relationship with both the FBI and the US Attorney’s office, and this is yet another example of us collaborating to work on criminal justice issues, especially in rural Alaska.”The authorities said that the FBI was called in by the Bethel Police Department 10 days after the 2014 incident to investigate the case.Share this story:last_img read more

Young Inspirations, a glimmer of hope for Mountrath Mart and Laois representatives dominating the Sigerson Cup – it’s all in our Top Stories

first_img Pinterest Pinterest WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Home We Are Laois Young Inspirations, a glimmer of hope for Mountrath Mart and Laois representatives… We Are Laois Community Laois secondary school announces scholarship winners for new academic year NEWSRemarkable Alex not letting autism or loss of vision stop him from achieving anything, an inspiration to many.Local hotel upgraded to 4-stars classification, congratulations to all involved.A big task ahead as Laois medical student set to cycle 200km for CRMF Crumlin.A Heated discussion surrounding anti-social behaviour in Portlaoise at night at the latest Portlaoise municipal district meeting.The youth are leading the way as there were Pupils praised over their political knowledge and activism by local councillors. Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ TAGSLaois NewsTop stories of the week Council Twitter Facebook By Aedín Dunne – 20th January 2019 Previous articleMoment in Time: Portlaoise Panto ‘Cinderella’ sells out in 2009Next articleKelly’s Maynooth advance as Sigerson Cup Round 1 concludes Aedín DunneAedín graduated from University of Limerick with a degree in Journalism and New Media. She is a proud Townie with a passion for all things sports and doesn’t like to speak about the 2016 blip in Portlaoise’s bid to 10-in-a-row. Young Inspirations, a glimmer of hope for Mountrath Mart and Laois representatives dominating the Sigerson Cup – it’s all in our Top Stories We have plenty of Top Stories this week and they’re mostly good news!Its been a good week for Laois sport and players in particular with schools, colleges and local stars adding to their achievements.From Winning streak to young inspirations, here are our Top Stories of the week. WhatsApp Community New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening Twitter In Pictures: Huge crowd turns out as De La Salle Castletown Brother turns 100, Happy Birthday Brother Norbert Mullins.There’s still hope as Chairman of Mountrath Mart says it could reopen if costs come down.SPORTScoil Chríost Rí are on a roll Hennessy’s hat-trick helps Scoil Chriost Ri claim back-to-back Leinster titles to complete remarkable Leinster double following dramatic extra-time win.Portlaoise Panthers coach shares his elation at being in U-20 Women’s Nation Cup final after an entertaining weekend from the club.Secondary schools were the talk of the week after we saw Knockbeg College reach South Leinster junior football semi final and In Pictures: Laois Secondary Schools Cross Country another great success.Colleges were back in force too when we saw O’Carroll on fire as reigning champions UCD making winning Sigerson start and  Victory for Flanagan’s University of Limerick as Sigerson Cup gets underway.WE ARE LAOISWe had a look back at a Moment in Time: Cuisle Centre honours the great Mary Ramsbottom in 2008.PROPERTY It’s not the best news for future house buyers as Laois house prices expected to rise by six percent in 2019.SEE ALSO – 10 acres available to improve facilities Laois tourist attraction last_img read more

Laois County Council announce resumption of parking charges in three towns

first_img Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Pinterest By Alan Hartnett – 24th June 2020 Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Pinterest Electric Picnic WhatsApp Home News Laois County Council announce resumption of parking charges in three towns News Facebook Facebook After more than three months of a moratorium, parking charges are set to be re-introduced next week in Laois.Laois County Council has confirmed that parking fees will apply in Portlaoise, Portarlington and Mountmellick from Tuesday June 30.These had been suspended since March 19 due to the Coronavirus outbreak.But as the country slowly makes its way back to normality, parking fees will return.In a statement, Laois County Council confirmed the news and also encourages people to pay using a cashless method.They said: “Laois County Council will re-introduce paid parking in Portlaoise, Portarlington and Mountmellick.“As and from Tuesday 30th June, non-payment of appropriate parking fees may result in a fixed penalty notice.“The reintroduction of paid parking will facilitate increased turnover of spaces in town centres, support local businesses and coincide with the commencement of Phase Three of the Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business.“In keeping with public health guidance, and as an alternative to payment by coin, Laois County Council wishes to bring to your attention the ‘Park by Text / Smartphone App’ option as the safe, convenient, cashless parking payment solution available in Portlaoise, Portarlington and Mountmellick.“Visit www.parkingtag.ie for more details.“Additional public information will be made available in local press and online over the coming weeks to promote this option.”SEE ALSO – Sadness following the passing of popular Portlaoise dad RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter WhatsApp Laois County Council announce resumption of parking charges in three towns News TAGSLaois County Councilparking tickets Previous articleWATCH: Kildare photographer captures stunning drone footage of Rock of DunamaseNext articleLaois County Council unveils completion of two new housing developments Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Electric Picnic Twitter Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival datelast_img read more

First Look: Lexus LF 30 Concept

When will Canada get it?The LF 30 is purely conceptual at this point, but it speaks to the fact Lexus will offer an electric derivative of all of its models by 2025. RELATED TAGSLexusLuxuryElectric CarsLuxury CarsTokyoElectric VehiclesLuxury VehiclesNew VehiclesTokyo Motor Show We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever What is it?The Lexus LF 30 Concept represents the future of the brand’s battery electric vehicles (BEVs). The name stands for Lexus Future, with the 30 celebrating 30 years of Lexus — it seems like just yesterday when the LS 400 rocked the car world and redefined the consumer’s expectation of luxury and reliability. The LF 30 is a futuristic-looking electric car that takes the company’s “spindle” grille and transforms it into the key styling cue for the car. Some of the design is outlandish thinking; other aspects speak to the first Lexus BEV, which will debut this November.Check out all our latest Auto Show coverageWhy does it matter?The heart of the LF 30 is found in the four in-wheel electric motors that combine to produce 536 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque from rev-one. The go-juice comes from a 110-kWh battery that delivers 500 kilometres of electric-only range. One of the keys to the operating strategy is the Lexus Advanced Posture Control system. It regulates the motors to keep the delivery of power in keeping with the driver’s expectations. As such, it has the ability to drive the front motors, the rear motors or all four motors according to need and/or demand. The layout also gives the LF 30 real-time torque vectoring through the control of the individual motors.Elsewhere, the steering is by wire, the charging is wireless, the glass roof panel becomes a massive touchscreen that controls many in-car functions and LF 30’s autonomous driving technologies have drone support. The latter looks forward to the car Lexus envisions hitting the road in 2030. COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS See More Videos Lexus PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca Lexus LF 30 Concept Should you buy it?What’s not to love about a cool-looking all-electric car that has a real-world driving range and the performance that promises to wow the driver — it takes all of 3.8 seconds to reach 100 km/h and it has a top speed of 200 km/h. The answer to how this will translate into a future Lexus product is closer than you might think, with Lexus set to debut its first battery electric by year’s end. Lexus LF 30 ConceptGraeme Fletcher Lexus LF 30 ConceptGraeme Fletcher Lexus LF 30 ConceptGraeme Fletcher Lexus LF 30 ConceptGraeme Fletcher Lexus LF 30 ConceptGraeme Fletcher Lexus LF 30 ConceptGraeme Fletcher Lexus LF 30 ConceptGraeme Fletcher Lexus LF 30 ConceptGraeme Fletcher Lexus LF 30 ConceptGraeme Fletcher Lexus LF 30 ConceptLexus Lexus LF 30 ConceptLexus Lexus LF 30 ConceptLexus Lexus LF 30 ConceptLexus Trending Videos read more

Campus launches into redesigned accreditation review

first_imgThe campus community is once again embarking on an accreditation review by the nonprofit Higher Learning Commission (HLC), an independent corporation founded in 1895 as one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States.A postsecondary institution is not recognized by the U.S. Department of Education if it is not accredited and cannot receive federal student financial aid, meaning the review is vitally important to CU Boulder’s very existence. This time around, the commission is requiring qualifying institutions to select and implement an institution-specific project. CU Boulder is engaging on a quality initiative project tied to strategic student success and retention goals.HLC accreditation happens every 10 years and CU Boulder is in the seventh year of the current cycle, meaning efforts are ramping up to collect necessary documentation and information for the institution to maintain its accredited status beginning in 2020 and lasting through 2030.Accreditation has changed since the last go around, said Katherine Eggert, an English professor who recently joined the team shepherding the accreditation review for the campus. In the past, the accreditation process involved a massive self-study. The documentation was reviewed by HLC and a team of external experts who came to campus to see things for themselves. This time, the self-study part is slimmed down, Eggert said.As before, the campus will undergo an assurance review to demonstrate that it meets five overarching standards of quality, including:Clearly articulated mission that guides the institution’s operationEthical and responsible conductDelivery of high-quality education, wherever and however its offerings are deliveredQuality educational programs, learning environments and support services, evaluated through processes designed to promote continuous improvementResources, structures and processes sufficient to fulfill the institution’s mission and plan for the futureCU Boulder must in turn submit evidence showing it meets all criteria, along with federal compliance requirements. The process culminates with a peer review on the Boulder campus in 2020.Quality initiative project: student successThe commission also created an option for campuses that qualify, allowing them to add a quality initiative project. CU Boulder is zeroing in on a project related to student success and persistence. Eggert says it’s a great opportunity to tap highly qualified evaluators to fine tune a priority initiative. Published: Oct. 18, 2016 • By Julie Poppen Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mailcenter_img Katherine EggertLike many colleges, CU struggles to ensure that students stay on track and graduate on time. The campus goal is to have 80 percent of students graduate within six years. Last spring, 70 percent of students who started in 2010 graduated. CU Boulder is also closely monitoring retention rates. This fall, campus officials reported an improved retention rate for last year’s freshman class of 86.7, an all-time high for fall retention since CU Boulder starting tracking the figures in 1989. “It’s something we want to make progress on,” said Eggert, who is working on the accreditation review with campus Accreditation Liaison Officer Bill Kaempfer, who also serves as interim dean of the Leeds School of Business, vice provost and vice chancellor of budgeting and planning; and Robert Stubbs, director of institutional research. “We do not have to finish it within a prescribed amount of time, but we do need to make progress before accreditation happens.”Eggert’s primary role is to write a proposal “that we design and implement ourselves, as reviewed by the HLC.”While the project is in its early stages, Eggert says CU Boulder needs better tools for figuring out what is effective in helping students finish their degrees in a timely manner.“We have ideas about what will improve student persistence, with intellectual backing, but we need better measurements,” she said. “We want to design a toolkit of measuring tools that can be easily used by any academic unit or support program on campus to assess whether what they’re doing is helping students to continue and complete their degrees.”What is learned throughout the process will be incorporated into academic planning on the campus. The toolkit will be piloted in select units in 2017-18. Eggert is eager to consult with faculty and staff about what they believe would be valid ways to measure the impact of various programs aimed at boosting student retention and persistence.”I’m interested in learning surprising things about what benefits our students, what improves student learning,” Eggert said. “We know a lot. We can learn more. I think the results will highlight things we’re doing well that we don’t even know about.”Eggert is also excited to break down barriers on campus so that people from all academic and student support units can learn from one another.”We all exist in our own little worlds. But we’re all in this together. The more we help each other the better off our students will be.”Learn more at the Higher Learning Commission website.Categories:AcademicsCampus Communitylast_img read more

Lessons from abroad returnee conference Sept. 23

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: Sept. 18, 2018 You’ve returned from abroad and are trying to figure out what’s next. Join other study abroad returnees from all over the Rocky Mountain region for a day of discussion and networking to learn how to apply your overseas experience back at home.Join the Rocky Mountain Lessons From Abroad conference from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, at the Discovery Learning Center on campus. CU Boulder will reimburse the $15 registration fee for attendees.Categories:ConferencesEvents & Exhibitslast_img

The American Vineyard Foundation Funds $1.4 Million for Wine and Grape…

first_imgEmail AdvertisementNapa, CA (May 21, 2018) – The American Vineyard Foundation (AVF) is pleased to announce new funding for twenty-four projects addressing critical viticulture and enology research needs. The AVF relies on voluntary contributions to support ongoing projects and to provide funding for new high priority projects. “Thanks to the generosity of nearly one-thousand grower and vintner members, the AVF continues to drive research solutions to the challenges we face in our vineyards and wineries,” remarked AVF Chairman Tony Stephen.  The AVF received 68 proposals for grant consideration covering topics diverse as “Exploring Wine Protocols to Mitigate Smoke Taint” and “Evaluating Fine Root Response to Drought” to “Next Generation Trunk Disease Diagnostics.” Each proposal was evaluated by one of the six AVF review committees for scientific merit, the ability to accomplish stated objectives and to deliver value to the industry.AVF members are surveyed on a periodic basis to determine which issues are in most need of research.  “We encourage broad participation when we conduct our 2018 Industry Research Priority Survey later this year,” AVF Manager Scott Deitrick emphasized.  “This is your opportunity to identify and rank your top research priorities to help guide AVF project funding going forward.”To view the full list of 2018 funded projects and browse prior research summaries, please visit www.avf.orgAbout the American Vineyard FoundationThe American Vineyard Foundation (AVF) is a California corporation organized in 1978 by the American Society of Enology and Viticulture as a vehicle to raise funds for research in viticulture and enology. Basic and applied research has made the American grape and wine industry the world’s leader. The AVF provides a unique opportunity to unify the industry through an industry-wide research effort to maintain this progress. For more information visit www.avf.orgAdvertisement Facebook Pinterest Home Industry News Releases The American Vineyard Foundation Funds $1.4 Million for Wine and Grape Industry…Industry News ReleasesWine BusinessThe American Vineyard Foundation Funds $1.4 Million for Wine and Grape Industry Research in 2018By Press Release – May 21, 2018 120 0 Twitter Linkedin ReddIt Share TAGSAmerican Vineyard Foundation Previous articleWhy You Should Drink Wines of Provence Rosés This SummerNext articleLot18 & AMC Launch Sales for New Female-Inspired “The Walking Dead” Wine Collection Press Releaselast_img read more

NHA launches Aap Ke Dwar Ayushman’ Campaign in Bihar

first_imgNHA launches Aap Ke Dwar Ayushman’ Campaign in Bihar Bihar aims to issue 20 lakh new Ayushman cards to the beneficiaries in the next two months MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Add Comment The National Health Authority in collaboration with the Government of Bihar has launched ‘Aap Ke Dwar Ayushman’ campaign to drive awareness about Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB PM-JAY) across Bihar and enable beneficiaries, especially those residing in the rural and remote areas, to avail cashless healthcare worth Rs five lakh per family per year.The campaign was rolled out from 17 February and will continue till 3rd March.The ‘Aap Ke Dwar Ayushman‘ initiative is focused on generating large-scale awareness about the scheme and its benefits, accelerating the Ayushman card generation, and increasing utilisation in the States of Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh which account for over 30 per cent of the eligible beneficiaries under the scheme.Starting with Bihar where 1.09 crore families (or more than 5.56 crore citizens) are eligible for benefits under AB PM-JAY, various ground-level activities are being carried out across all the 38 districts of the State covering 534 blocks and 45,000 villages to generate large scale awareness of the scheme and its benefits. So far 26,04,782 families have been verified at the rate of 23.9 per cent.Through the momentum build by conducting this state-wide campaign, Bihar aims to issue 20 lakh new Ayushman cards to the beneficiaries in the next two months.Dr Ram Sewak Sharma, CEO, National Health Authority said, “The experience of implementing Ayushman Bharat PM-JAY so far has consistently demonstrated that there is a direct correlation between the possession of scheme’s cards and the hospital treatments sought by the beneficiaries. Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh collectively account for over 30 per cent of the eligible population under PM-JAY. Therefore, to ensure that benefits of the scheme reach the poor, the intended beneficiaries, the Government of India is collaborating with the State Health Agencies of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh to organise Aapke Dwar Ayushman campaign to conduct state-wide awareness and beneficiary verification drives. This campaign or Ayushman Bharat Pakhwara has been launched in Bihar. After the experience of these States, this outreach and communication strategy will be executed in the other States.”Thousands of functionaries at State, district, block, and village levels will be carrying out this initiative. Over 6,500 Panchayati Raj Institution Executive Assistants (PREAs) will be engaged to conduct the fortnight-long special beneficiary awareness camps across all the 8,686 Gram Panchayats covering more than 45,000 villages spread in 38 districts of Bihar on all the campaign days at the Panchayat Bhawan of each village where citizens can go and get their e-cards generated for free. On routine days, the Ayushman cards are generated at the Common Service Center (CSC), also popularly known as Vasudha Kendra in the state at nominal charges of Rs 30/- per card.There are a reported 11,960 functional CSCs in Bihar that engaged in PM-JAY activities among other designated works.Door-to-door campaigning at Panchayat and village levels will also be carried out by Jivika Sahayaks and ASHA workers to identify, inform and educate PM-JAY beneficiaries about Ayushman Bharat PM-JAY scheme. In addition, Ayushman Bharat Counselling Desks (ABCD) are being set up at national, state and district level hospitals, by the National Health Authority to help beneficiaries for upward referral and follow-up care. In case of non-receipt of Ayushman card or difficulty in getting or denial of treatment of finding nearest empanelled hospital, beneficiaries can get assistance by calling on the Ayushman Bharat PM-JAY 24×7 dedicated toll-free helpline 14555.Kaushal Kishore, CEO, Bihar Swasthya Suraksha Samiti, (State Health Agency) said, “The proposed initiative of ‘Aapke Dwar Ayushman’ is focused on improving awareness about the scheme, accelerating improvement in the e-card being issued, and improving utilisation of the scheme in Bihar. So far 23 per cent of the eligible families under AB PM-JAY scheme have their beneficiary cards.  More than one lakh beneficiaries have already received treatments worth Rs 167 crore. With the generation of Ayushman cards, frauds can be easily detected which are further shared with states for due diligence and action. AB-PM-JAY is all set to make a huge impact on improving the healthcare landscape in Bihar.”The State Health Agency in Bihar is proactively working to maximise access to good medical facilities for the beneficiaries of Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana by increasing hospital empanelment and ensuring the provision of safe, affordable, timely secondary and tertiary healthcare to beneficiaries through implementation of standard treatment guidelines on the delivery of quality care. Share Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Read Article Related Posts The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Ayushman Bharat PakhwaraAyushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya YojanAyushman cardsDr Ram Sewak SharmaPanchayati Raj Institution Executive Assistants Comments (0) Happening Now News Public Health Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 By EH News Bureau on February 23, 2021 Adoption of AI/ML can disrupt healthcare services WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionalslast_img read more

A Water Sustainability Project Gets $5.5 Million in Estimates

first_imgRelatedA Water Sustainability Project Gets $5.5 Million in Estimates FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Water Programme for Environment Sustainability Project (WPA) has received an allocation of $5.5 million in the 2010/11 Estimates of Expenditures now before the House of Representatives.This project was established to upgrade the Water Resources Master Plan and assess the potential for water related developments and the resource capacity to meet present and future demands.The scope of the project includes the establishment of a monitoring network, the commencement of a water monitoring exercise and to continue water resource survey and investigation.The programme is funded by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and the Government of Jamaica. It began in April 2009 and has been extended until February 2012.Its targets include the establishment of a monitoring network, to carry out routine resource assessments, the execution of water monitoring exercises, to conduct water resources survey and investigations, and to complete Water Balance Computations. A Water Sustainability Project Gets $5.5 Million in Estimates EnvironmentApril 6, 2010 RelatedA Water Sustainability Project Gets $5.5 Million in Estimatescenter_img RelatedA Water Sustainability Project Gets $5.5 Million in Estimates Advertisementslast_img read more

As Trump rails against mail voting, some allies embrace it

first_imgAssociated Press writers Julie Carr Smyth in Columbus, Ohio and Bobby Caina Calvan in Tallahassee, Florida contributed to this report.Tags :coronavirusmail votingtrumpshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentSix new coronavirus cases confirmed in Santa Monica as L.A. County officials extend stay at home order to May 15SoCalGas CAREsYou Might Also LikeCovid-19FeaturedNewsCovid protocols could persist in some business settingsMatthew Hall1 week agoElectionsFeaturedNewsThird candidate enters County Supervisor raceMatthew Hall2 weeks agoFeaturedGovernmentNewsMcKeown announces retirementBrennon Dixson2 weeks agoCovid-19FeaturedHealthLifeNewsLA’s unhoused population plagued by an epidemic of mental illnessClara Harter2 weeks agoCovid-19FeaturedHealthNewsPfizer COVID-19 shot expanded to US children as young as 12Guest Author1 month agoNewsPoliticsIn GOP stronghold, Biden pushes for his infrastructure planGuest Author1 month ago HomeLifeHealthCovid-19As Trump rails against mail voting, some allies embrace it Apr. 11, 2020 at 5:00 amCovid-19ElectionsGovernmentPoliticsAs Trump rails against mail voting, some allies embrace itAssociated Press1 year agocoronavirusmail votingtrump NICHOLAS RICCARDIAssociated PressPresident Donald Trump is claiming without evidence that expanding mail-in voting will increase voter fraud. But several GOP state officials are forging ahead to do just that, undermining one of Trump’s arguments about how elections should be conducted amid the coronavirus outbreak.While Trump has complained that voting by mail is “ripe for fraud,” Republican state officials in Iowa, Ohio and West Virginia have all taken steps to ease access to mail-in ballots, following health officials’ warnings that voting in person can risk transmission of the deadly virus. The Nebraska’s Republican governor urged voters to apply for absentee ballots. Florida’s GOP chairman says the party will continue to run a robust vote-by-mail program.The disconnect between Trump and Republican state officials illustrates the abrupt, hard turn the president and his national political allies have taken on the issue. Before the coronavirus hit, many in the GOP had warmed to mail-in voting, agreeing that it can be conducted without fraud and even used to their political advantage.But Trump’s hard line appears to be driven by his personal suspicions and concerns about his own reelection prospects. Statewide mail-in voting “doesn’t work out well for Republicans,” he tweeted this week without explanation.Trump’s comments put his Republican allies in states in the awkward position of trying to defend their practices without criticizing the president. Some said they agreed with Trump, even as their actions seem to suggest otherwise. Others suggested Trump was out of line.It is “disappointing when anyone in leadership” makes fraud claims, said Kim Wyman, the Republican secretary of state of Washington state, which has had universal mail voting since 2010. “When it happens, the public loses confidence in the foundational pillar of our system.”Wyman was part of a group of bipartisan election officials who spoke to reporters Thursday to push for money from Congress to deal with the virus.In Iowa, Republican Secretary of State Paul Pate did not criticize Trump directly, but said that sowing “doubt about the integrity of the process is as dangerous as vote fraud.”Iowa is mailing requests for absentee ballots to all 2.1 million registered voters ahead of special elections in July. Pate described the move as a reaction to “an emergency,” adding: “You need to have some flexibility.”There is no evidence of widespread mail voting fraud. The most prominent recent fraud case occurred in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District in 2018, when a consultant hired by the GOP candidate was linked to an effort to tamper with absentee ballots.Trump himself requested a mail ballot for Florida’s GOP primary last month and he has voted absentee in previous elections. Still, this week he said “mail in voting is horrible, it’s corrupt,” and the Republican National Committee moved to help state parties block expansion of the franchise. The effort was most notable in Wisconsin, where thousands of voters were forced to wait in long lines after the conservative majority on the state’s Supreme Court prevented the Democratic governor’s last-ditch attempt to delay the election.But there’s no consensus about Trump’s position.In Ohio, Gov. Mike DeWine and Secretary of State Frank LaRose, both Republicans, this week urged the state’s voters to cast ballots via mail in the April 28 primary. The contest was shifted to virtually all-mail last month as the virus outbreak worsened.Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts, a Republican, is urging all voters to request absentee ballots for next month’s primary.In West Virginia, voters are receiving applications for mail ballots for the state’s upcoming primary. On Thursday, the state’s Republican secretary of state, Mac Warner, told reporters he agrees with Trump that “voting by mail just opens up opportunity for fraud,” but said he believed his state has necessary safeguards.In Florida, where Republicans have dominated mail-in voting, state GOP chairman Joe Gruters also agreed with Trump that the state couldn’t entirely vote by mail. But he added: “The Florida GOP will push vote-by-mail requests and returns among Republicans.”Wendy Weiser of the Brennan Center for Justice, which advocates for expanded mail voting, said there had been bipartisan agreement on the election changes needed to adjust to the coronavirus outbreak. But she said Trump’s comments this week were “adding partisan fuel to decisions that should be no-brainers.”Trump has a history of making baseless claims of voter fraud. After he won the 2016 presidential election while losing the popular vote, he insisted there was widespread voter fraud. He set up a commission to investigate, but it disbanded without finding any examples.Every state has some version of mail voting, but with widely varying rules. They range from systems like those used in Utah, Washington and Colorado, where all voters are automatically sent ballots, to Wisconsin, where a witness’s signature is required for voters to return an absentee ballot. In about one-third of the states, voters need a state-sanctioned excuse to make their request.Trump’s concern about mail-in voting appears to come from a belief that the practice benefits Democrats. He tweeted that “Republicans should fight very hard when it comes to state wide mail-in voting. Democrats are clamoring for it.”In fact, Republicans in Florida and other states have used mail-in ballots to ramp up turnout among their voters, especially older and rural voters. On Wednesday, Trump tried to adjust his argument by saying that mail voting was legitimate for Republican-leaning groups such as people over age 65 or members of the military, but should not be broadly available. Trump tweeted that “100% mail-in voting” was vulnerable to abuse and should not be allowed.In Utah, Trump’s complaints baffled Justin Lee, the state’s elections director. The only fraud the state finds are scattered examples of one spouse signing for another. The mail system hasn’t hurt Republicans at all.“People are turning out, 90% are using it in a very red state,” Lee said. “I don’t see any problems for us.”last_img read more