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ATLANTA — Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker has weathered crises that have leveled other campaigns and has always stayed within striking distance of Democratic incumbent Raphael Warnock thanks to the relatively unwavering support of many of the GOP rank and file.

But the one-two Monday punch of one Daily Beast Story who accused Walker of paying for his then-girlfriend’s abortion in 2009, coupled with his adult son’s staggering attacks on his father’s candidacy, could pose the biggest threat to the Republican’s candidacy yet .

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Toomey and others introduce legislation to boost Americans’ retirement savings https://proactnow.org/toomey-and-others-introduce-legislation-to-boost-americans-retirement-savings/ Sun, 02 Oct 2022 20:06:00 +0000 https://proactnow.org/toomey-and-others-introduce-legislation-to-boost-americans-retirement-savings/

WILKES-BARRE — U.S. Senators Pat Toomey, R-Lehigh Valley, and Tim Scott (RS.C.) and U.S. Representatives Peter Meijer (MI-03) this week introduced the Retirement Savings Modernization Act to bolster Americans’ retirement savings by allowing workers to diversify the assets included in defined contribution plans, such as 401(k) plans.

This legislation will amend the Employees Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) to clarify that private sector pension plan sponsors may offer plans, including both pensions and 401(k) plans. , which are conservatively diversified across the full range of asset classes.

Since 1982, pension plans have incorporated exposure to asset classes outside of public markets, such as private equity and real estate. Even though covered by the same law, 401(k) plans almost never incorporate exposure to alternative assets due to the risk of anticipated litigation from trustees.

“With inflation at record highs, a slowing stock market and a potential recession on the horizon, many Americans are understandably concerned about their financial future,” Senator Toomey said. “Our legislation will provide the millions of U.S. savers invested in defined contribution plans the opportunity to enhance their retirement savings through access to the same wide range of alternative assets currently available to savers with retirement plans. defined benefit.”

Until the 1970s, most Americans working in the private sector relied on pension plans for their retirement. Today, however, the vast majority of private sector workers depend on 401(k) plans. In 2019, 85.5 million Americans participated in defined contribution plans such as 401(k) plans, while only 12.6 million Americans participated in private retirement plans.

Medicare Open Enrollment

starts Oct. 15, ends Dec. 7

The Pennsylvania Department of Aging (PDA) reminded consumers that the annual open enrollment period for Medicare beneficiaries will begin October 15 and end December 7.

Any new coverage selected or changes to existing benefits will become effective January 1, 2023.

During open enrollment, new Medicare beneficiaries can enroll in Medicare prescription drug coverage and health plans to supplement Medicare, and current Medicare beneficiaries can review and join, switch or drop Medicare Advantage or prescription drug coverage to better meet their needs.

To help Medicare beneficiaries sort through their options, the department offers free, objective health benefit counseling through Pennsylvania Medicare Education and Decision Insight (PA MEDI). Through Pennsylvania’s 52 Regional Agencies on Aging (AAAs), PA MEDI counselors can help Medicare beneficiaries compare plans, assist with new plan enrollment, and assess eligibility for one. Pennsylvania Medicare savings programs.

During this time of year, consumers may see television commercials or hear them on the radio with celebrities endorsing the added benefits and free offers of Medicare Advantage plans. Although these advertisements may mimic official Medicare communication, the advertisements are from brokers or agents who receive financial incentives for enrolling beneficiaries in these plans.

“When comparing insurance plan options, seniors should consider their current health status, plan benefits, access to providers, plans available in their area, and overall costs, coverage and convenience offered,” Aging Secretary Robert Torres said.

Meuser backs bill to protect

farmers stringent requirements

U.S. Representative Dan Meuser, R-Dallas, joined more than 80 House colleagues this week to introduce a bill that will prevent the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) from requiring farmers to include climate-related disclosures in statements and periodic reports, resulting in an unreasonable burden on them.

U.S. Representative Frank Lucas (R-OK) sponsored the “Protect Farmers from the SEC Act.” The bill follows a rule proposed in March by the SEC that would require filers to include climate-related information in their filings and periodic reports. Farmers are not currently “registrants” or subject in any way to the jurisdiction and oversight of the SEC, but the proposed rule would change that.

In addition to a significant amount of climate-related risk information, a reporter would be required to disclose information about its direct greenhouse gases, emissions, and indirect emissions from purchased energy. Furthermore, the rule would require the disclosure of indirect emissions from upstream and downstream activities, which would lead to a task for farmers that would be complicated and laborious.

Under the proposed requirement, public companies would be required to report emissions data from farms and ranches of all sizes, since a large majority of agricultural products will be used or sold by a publicly traded company. The rule would add economic pressure on businesses and weigh on all agricultural producers, especially small and medium-sized farms.

“Farmers in my district and across the United States are under extraordinary pressure right now, due to prolonged and painful inflation. Adding an additional regulatory requirement to them is unacceptable,” Meuser said.

In the United States, 98% of all farms are independent family operations. A massive reporting requirement and monitoring of emissions data that would be imposed on farmers would cause them undue hardship. Rising production costs and the difficulty in providing emissions data to public companies will hamper the ability of US farmers and ranchers to expand into global markets and encourage market reconciliation in the agricultural sector.

The law project :

• Prohibit the SEC from requiring an issuer of securities to disclose greenhouse gas emissions from activities up and down the issuer’s value chain from a farm.

• Define the production, manufacture or harvesting of an agricultural product through the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946, describes upstream and downstream activities and defines greenhouse gases.

• Remove the SEC’s exemption power from this law.

Toomey, Republicans demand explanation for

dawn raid on the family home of a pro-life activist

US Senator Pat Toomey, R-Lehigh Valley and a group of Senate Republicans this week demanded an explanation from the Justice Department and the FBI for the “abnormal and aggressive” dawn raid on the home of a pro lawyer. -living in Pennsylvania last week.

More than two dozen federal agents, some using ballistic shields and long guns, arrived to arrest the pro-life lawyer on Friday, September 23, for an incident that occurred nearly a year prior and for which the local authorities denied all charges. The FBI show-of-force raid followed multiple overtures of cooperation from attorneys for the attorney at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, which went unanswered over the weeks.

“Based on reports and allegations, the actions taken by the FBI reasonably call into question their compliance with the DOJ’s use of force policy. The FBI must explain its rationale for its actions…” the senators wrote .

Toomey said a simple arrest warrant can be served by a pair or a small number of officers, and is often avoided in favor of a court summons in cases involving nonviolent offenders. The use of such extensive manpower and resources stands in stark contrast to the apparent lack of response to the spate of violent attacks on crisis pregnancy centers across the country.

Toomey and Manchin call on DOE to enforce laws

to protect students from sexual misconduct

U.S. Senators Pat Toomey, R-Lehigh Valley, and Joe Manchin (DW. Va.) wrote Education Secretary Miguel Cardona this week to question the Department of Education’s actions regarding the incapacity of States to institute policies that protect students from educators who engage in sexual misconduct. .

For years, K-12 schools across the country have failed to end the horrific practice of “passing the trash,” under which schools allow educators to quit quietly – including, sometimes, with positive letters of recommendation – rather than facing disciplinary action for committing a sex crime against a student. This allows sexual predators to seek other teaching jobs and continue to assault students.

The senators wrote:

“Our legislation (Section 8546 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) was intended to end the horrific practice, known as ‘passing the trash’ or ‘aiding and abetting sexual abuse’. Yet, Seven years after its enactment, the patchwork of state laws identified in the report show that many states have failed to sufficiently ban practices that contributed to a student’s death, such as forged letters of recommendation that allowed a school employee to transfer schools with a “clean” record. The report highlights the need for stronger enforcement to ensure that states comply with this important provision of the law. In addition, we are concerned about the fact that the Department has not yet put in place a concrete timetable within which the states must comply.

Contact Bill O’Boyle at 570-991-6118 or on Twitter @TLBillOBoyle.

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Federal judge rules against voting rights group founded by Abrams in Georgia https://proactnow.org/federal-judge-rules-against-voting-rights-group-founded-by-abrams-in-georgia/ Sat, 01 Oct 2022 23:45:00 +0000 https://proactnow.org/federal-judge-rules-against-voting-rights-group-founded-by-abrams-in-georgia/



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A federal judge ruled against a voting rights group founded by Georgia Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams on Friday in a challenge to state election laws.

U.S. District Judge Steve Jones ruled against ‘Fair Fight Action’ over allegations regarding Georgia’s ‘exact match’ voter registration policy, absentee ballot voiding practices and recording inaccuracies.

“While Georgia’s electoral system is not perfect, the impugned practices do not violate the constitution or the VRA (Voting Rights Act). As the Eleventh Circuit notes, the federal courts are not “the arbiter[s] disputes” that arise during elections; this [is] not the role of the Federal Court to ‘supervise the administrative details of a local election,’” Jones wrote in the ruling.

Fair Fight filed a lawsuit right after the 2018 gubernatorial election and the case went to trial earlier this year. Fair Fight says it was the longest voting rights lawsuit on the Eleventh Circuit.

“Despite the many important pro-election developments that have already resulted from this case, we are nevertheless disappointed by the Court’s decision. In this moment of frustration, we are also here to remind the nation: litigation is just a tool to fight voter suppression,” Fair Fight Action Executive Director Cianti Stewart-Reid said in a statement. a statement.

“Today’s court decision is undoubtedly a significant loss for the voting rights community in Georgia and across the country. However, this does not undermine the tireless work that Fair Fight Action and our allies continue to undertake to support Georgian voters and ease the barriers they face in making their voices heard at the ballot box.

Republican Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, who is running for re-election, accused Abrams of trying to make money from the lawsuit and casting doubt on the election process. Kemp defeated Abrams in the 2018 Governor’s Race.

“Stacey Abrams and her organization lost in court – on every count. From day one, Abrams has used this trial to line his own pockets, sow distrust in our democratic institutions, and build his own stardom,” Kemp said in a statement.

“Judge Jones’ decision exposes this legal effort for what it really is: a tool used by a politician hoping to misarm the justice system to advance his own political goals. In Georgia, it’s easy to vote and hard to cheat – and I’ll keep working to make it that way.

Abrams said she would work to expand the franchise if elected governor.

“As Governor, I will expand the franchise. I will stand up for minority voters, I will not lament their increased power or become ‘frustrated’ with their success. This case demonstrates that the 2022 election will be a referendum on how our state treats its most marginalized voices,” Abrams said in a tweet.

The decision follows President Joe Biden’s narrow margin of victory in Georgia in the 2020 presidential election. Biden won the state with less than 12,000 out of some 5 million votes.

It also comes as Georgia prepares to vote in one of the showpiece battles for the US Senate. Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock is running against former NFL star Herschel Walker, a Republican, whose outcome could determine which party controls the chamber next year.

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger called the decision a victory for election officials, saying the state’s elections have always been “safe, secure and accessible”.

“Allegations of stolen elections and voter suppression by Stacey Abrams were nothing more than poll-tested rhetoric unsupported by facts and evidence,” Raffensperger said in a statement.

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House overrules Big Tech to pass anti-monopoly legislation https://proactnow.org/house-overrules-big-tech-to-pass-anti-monopoly-legislation/ Thu, 29 Sep 2022 20:37:00 +0000 https://proactnow.org/house-overrules-big-tech-to-pass-anti-monopoly-legislation/

The House on Thursday passed bipartisan antitrust legislation to give state and federal regulators more power to tackle monopoly cases, despite opposition from big tech companies like Google and Amazon.

The bills, now heading to the Senate, would arm the Justice Department’s antitrust division with more funding, strengthen the hand of state attorneys general when they sue Big Tech companies — and compel companies engaged in mergers and acquisitions to disclose any ties to US adversaries.

Proponents of the Merger Filing Fee Modernization Act hailed the bill as a much-needed boost for underfunded anti-monopoly regulators.

Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.), a sponsor of the bill, hailed its passage as a “huge win for restoring competition!”

The bill swept through the House despite opposition from big tech-backed groups, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, who argued that the legislation would “impede legitimate business transactions across all sectors and industries, would create unnecessary new bureaucracy and cause unwarranted litigation”.

The Google-backed US Chamber of Commerce tried to rally members of Congress against the bill.
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Democrats voted 203 to 16 in favor of the bill, while the measure received the support of 39 Republicans, against 168 who opposed it.

The Republican opposition was led by influential Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, who lambasted the bill for giving more money to what he claimed was a corrupt Justice Department.

“This bill would actually give $140 million to the DOJ so they can work and continue what they’re already doing: working with big tech to keep certain information from getting to us,” Jordan said ahead of the vote. of Thursday.

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Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.), a sponsor of the bill, hailed its passage as a “huge win for restoring competition!”
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Republican opposition to the bill was led by Representative Jim Jordan of Ohio.
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Democrats who opposed the bill included Rep. Zoe Lofgren, who represents a California district that includes Silicon Valley.

The bill would raise money for the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division, headed by big tech antagonist Jonathan Kanter, by increasing the fees big companies have to pay when seeking government approval to mergers and acquisitions. Companies wishing to make smaller mergers would pay lower fees.

It would also allow state attorneys general to choose where antitrust prosecutions take place. Proponents say it would reduce the ability of tech companies to ensure lawsuits are heard by pro-tech judges.

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Thirty-nine Republicans voted for the bill, while 168 opposed it.
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For example, if that law had been in effect, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s antitrust lawsuit against Google probably wouldn’t have been transferred to New York, where it is being heard by a judge who some lawyers say is too favorable to Google. Instead, Paxton could have kept the case in Texas.

In addition, the bill would require companies undergoing mergers to notify regulators if they have received subsidies from US rivals, including China and Russia.

In the Senate, the bill has the support of many Democrats, as well as Republican senses Chuck Grassley of Iowa, Mike Lee of Utah and Tom Cotton of Arkansas. The bill was also endorsed by the White House and the conservative Heritage Foundation.

The Senate previously passed a bill allowing attorneys general to choose where antitrust lawsuits take place, but did not pass legislation on merger filing fees.

“Passing the merger reform package is an important first step in hampering Big Tech’s ability to gobble up competitors at will, collude with each other and ultimately raise prices by limiting choice for consumers,” said Sacha Haworth, executive director of advocacy group Tech Oversight. Project.

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The hottest musical act on TikTok is a group of Jewish teenagers singing Orthodox pop songs in Hebrew https://proactnow.org/the-hottest-musical-act-on-tiktok-is-a-group-of-jewish-teenagers-singing-orthodox-pop-songs-in-hebrew/ Thu, 29 Sep 2022 15:15:22 +0000 https://proactnow.org/the-hottest-musical-act-on-tiktok-is-a-group-of-jewish-teenagers-singing-orthodox-pop-songs-in-hebrew/

TikTok’s latest music craze has nothing to do with pop stars or top 40 hits. Instead, users are obsessed with a 2007 recording of a Jewish teenage choir singing an Orthodox pop song in Hebrew.

The now-adult members of the Miami Boys Choir said they are still trying to figure out their newfound viral fame.

The 15-year-old performance of the song “Yerushalayim” (which translates to “Jerusalem”) had been viewed on the platform more than 7 million times.

The clip spotlights four soloists — David Herskowitz, Binyamin Abramowitz, Yoshi Bender, and Akiva Abramowitz — who have quickly become sensations in their own right on the platform.

“No idea what they’re saying but David killed this,” one person wrote in the comments section of the video.

“[I don’t care] what anyone says, Yoshi sets the tone,” another wrote.

Another simply commented, “Kpop (kosher pop).”

The new fame was both hilarious and completely unexpected for the soloists in the original video.

“We’ve never been so recognized before. It’s fascinating,” Abramowitz said. “The fact that everyone in the world likes it even if they don’t understand the language…I’m trying to understand.”

Abramowitz, 24, and Herskowitz, 27, both joined the choir around age 9 and left at age 14.

They said they weren’t on TikTok before the viral video took off and instead learned how big it had become from friends and family who texted them saying they were TikTok celebrities.

“I hadn’t seen that video of myself in probably 10 years, so it was really funny to see it,” Herskowitz said.

The video was posted on August 21, but its popularity only started to explode over the past week. By Wednesday, more than 6,600 videos had used the audio of “Yerushalayim”.

Herskowitz has since created an account, where he posted a few Miami Boys Choir-themed videos. Abramowitz said he created an account but hasn’t posted anything yet.

The Miami Boys Choir was founded in 1977 by Yerachmiel Begun in Miami Beach, Florida. He then moved to New York, although he retained his original name. Dozens of her performances are available on YouTube and the choir’s website. The group also releases an album every year.

The group organizes events around major Jewish holidays and national and international tours – although touring has come to a halt during the coronavirus pandemic.

Begun’s son, Chananya Begun, launched the Miami Boys Choir’s TikTok account just over two months ago.

“I said to him, ‘Dad, we have to go on TikTok. … There’s a chance, no one knows for sure, but there’s a chance something crazy will happen,'” Chananya Begun recalled in telling his father.

He said he thinks the choir could become a TikTok sensation because orthodox pop is “extremely real and authentic and deep…and it’s an extreme pursuit of excellence.”

The original video became so popular on the platform that some even bought the full version.

Currently, the 2007 choir members have no concrete plans to reunite, they said. But some of them, who said they hadn’t been in contact for many years, formed a group chat and said they were interested in getting together – perhaps to do some social work. new music.

Herskowitz released a song he wrote, produced and sang called “You” on TikTok. Abramowitz, who is in residency to become a gastroenterologist, said he sometimes sings with his brothers but considered making music a bigger hobby after the overwhelming response to the 2007 video.

“I think maybe I’ll focus a bit more on the music and show people, if they really want to see it, what I might have to offer,” Abramowitz said, adding that he was considering uploading. music on his new TikTok account.

Herskowitz said there was an added beauty in the nostalgic video’s virality: seeing it being received positively, with very few anti-Semitic comments.

“There’s so much hate out there and so much negativity and so much difference in the world,” Herskowitz said. “And seeing people come together and love something positive, pro-Israel and pro-Judaism, I think that was so good, and it really blew my mind.”

CORRECTION (September 29, 2022, 12:30 p.m. ET): An earlier version of this article mistranslated the title of a song. “Yerushalayim” means “Jerusalem”, not “Jerusalem of gold”.

]]> Lee Zeldin’s campaign promises: what can he really do if elected? https://proactnow.org/lee-zeldins-campaign-promises-what-can-he-really-do-if-elected/ Wed, 28 Sep 2022 20:31:26 +0000 https://proactnow.org/lee-zeldins-campaign-promises-what-can-he-really-do-if-elected/

When Representative Lee Zeldin released his Top 10 complaints about Governor Kathy Hochul last month, unsurprisingly most of them were crime-related. This has been the main political element of his platform. He said he would replace the Manhattan District Attorney on “Day one“, when in reality it will be a little more complicated than that. And on other issues, such as abortion rights and congestion pricing, it’s unclear what he could accomplish alone as governor — given the hurdles within the US legislature. state, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the federal government and others.

Zeldin said he would appoint a pro-life health commissioner and end the congestion pricing plan in New York. None of these issues have been listed on Zeldin’s campaign website, and the Zeldin campaign did not respond to multiple requests for comment. If Zeldin is indeed elected governor, what can he actually do on these three key issues?

Be pro-life in a pro-choice state

Following the United States Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson who ended nearly 50 years of federal abortion protections, it was one of the biggest issues in New York’s August special election for Congress and will be again mid- term, including running for governor. “I think this is a major concern for the Zeldin campaign. … He really can’t run away from the national dialogue on abortion rights,” said Javier Lacayo, political media strategist and senior vice president. from the SKDK, to City & State.

Zeldin has made his anti-abortion stance clear throughout his political career. He co-sponsored a bill that was introduced last year to implement a federal ban on abortions after 20 weeks. During a month of April virtual town hall With the New York State Right to Life Committee, Rep discussed having a state health commissioner who opposes abortion rights. “I think it would be a great benefit for New York State to have a health commissioner who is pro-life instead of what we’re used to,” Zeldin said.

Perhaps that is the extent of what he could accomplish. Legislatively, Zeldin could do little to weaken the set of abortion laws that Hochul enacted in the wake of the Dobbs decision that protects reproductive health care providers and makes the state a safe haven for those seeking an abortion. He also wouldn’t have much success in making changes to the landmark Reproductive Health Act, which enshrined the right to abortion in state law.

Zeldin has publicly stated that he has without intention to limit or restrict access to abortion by executive order and assured voters that he supports the checks and balances of the state legislature. But governors hold a lot of power over the state budget. Political observers have pointed to the possibility that Zeldin could restrict access to abortions by cutting state funding to reproductive health care providers and withholding Plan B funding. Still, he is expected to work with the government-controlled legislature. Democrats to pass these changes. “The budget is one of the greatest tools of the Legislative Assembly and the greatest sources of power in the state,” Lacayo said. “(Zeldin) would face major headwinds”.

Zeldin would need to decide what issues to fight with the legislature, and abortion would likely be a losing issue for him.

James Batista, a political science professor at the University at Buffalo, said if Zeldin won, the state legislature could decide to strip the governor of his powers. “It’s virtually certain that the Legislative Assembly and the current governor would act to shore up abortion rights and to take away the powers of the governor over things he could otherwise do by executive order,” Batista said. The left would pull a page out of the GOP’s playbook, as this strategy is more common when a Democrat wins the gubernatorial race in a state with a Republican-controlled legislature, such as Kentucky and Wisconsin.

State Senator Anna Kaplan, a member of the Women’s Issues Committee, said, “Zeldin wants to deprive women of their rights and their ability to make their own health decisions and access their own health care. reproductive. She pointed to the power of the state Legislature to vote on the state budget and said she would not simply allow a governor to attack abortion rights through the budget. . “We would have strong authority and let it be known that this is not the agenda we want and we cannot have it in the budget,” Kaplan said.

Kaplan also confirmed that she and her Albany colleagues are “working on other laws to see how (they) can protect women in New York State,” but did not confirm additional details. “We can’t overlook anything,” she said.

Criticisms of congestion pricing

After years of stalled progress in implementing congestion pricing in New York, the plan and the heated debate surrounding it have intensified in recent months.

With congestion pricing, drivers will be rang anywhere between $9 and $23 to enter Midtown Manhattan south of 60th Street. Tolls, by law, must bring in at least $1 billion in annual revenue to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to fund signal upgrades and repairs in the capital plan.

While Hochul has been on board with congestion pricing, there is still at least a year before the entry into force of the tolls. Zeldin called congestion pricing a “scam” and critical the transportation plan during the campaign in Rockland County earlier this month and on social networks.

“Congestion pricing is one of Albany’s worst ideas in a long time and that’s saying a lot. Kathy Hochul couldn’t be more wrong to peddle this massive new tax on cash-strapped NYers. Governor, I will do everything in my power to kill him! Zeldin wrote on Twitter.

Sam Schwartz, a transport analyst, said politicians are against congestion pricing to “score political points” with drivers who don’t want to pay extra tolls. “It’s dishonest for any politician to cling to this cloak of anti-congestion pricing,” Schwartz said of those taking a stand against the plan when there are currently tolls to get to Staten Island and for enter the city from New Jersey.

Asked about Zeldin’s criticisms of congestion pricing, MTA officials referenced a recent board meeting where the agency’s President and CEO, Janno Lieber, answered reporters’ questions about critics of congestion pricing. “Do these people really believe what is happening in New York? Did they go to New York? You know, we have a problem in our country, we have climate deniers, we have election deniers. It looks like we have Holocaust deniers now,” Lieber said.

Schwartz said Zeldin, if elected, would have the power to “thwart” congestion pricing. He pointed the 1970s when then-Mayor John Lindsay wanted to implement a version of congestion pricing that was approved by the federal government. Years later Mayor Abe Beame was elected and abolished the tolls.

As governor, Zeldin would have the power to appoint the MTA’s chairman and board members who would play a central role in implementing congestion pricing. “(Zeldin) will likely pick someone in line with him on congestion pricing, someone who would throw every hurdle in the way and not chase contracts to implement it,” Schwartz said.

Day one decision

Zeldin focused much of his campaign on crime and criticized Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg and bail reform.

Like many Republicans, Zeldin blamed Bragg for the rise in crime and called on the governor to remove the district attorney. Although Hochul did not, Zeldin pledged to remove Bragg immediately upon his election.

“My first act on my first day in office is to tell Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg that he’s going to be fired,” Zeldin said on “Fox News Sunday.”

Richard Briffault, a professor at Columbia Law School, said the governor could have “ultimate authority” to remove or suspend a district attorney, but there would have to be grounds for the removal. “It’s unclear what ’cause’ they would have and the DA would definitely be in a good position to fight it,” Briffault said of Zeldin’s promise to remove Bragg. “It would be a major project to show that the governor’s action was justified.”

According to constitution of the statethe governor may remove a public officer during his term of office but must first “give that officer a copy of the charges against him and an opportunity to be heard in his defence”.

Below Section 34 of the State Public Officials Act, the governor has the power to remove public officials following an investigation of the charges. After the investigation, a hearing must be held by a Supreme Court judge, county judge or commissioner. The governor cannot remove a public officer without a hearing.

“No evidence gathered in any such investigation shall form the basis of a report to the Governor or the basis of any decision by the Governor unless such evidence is presented at the hearing provided for in this article,” according to state law.

If elected, Zeldin would have the power to review the charges against Bragg – but not immediately fire him on day one.

Asked about Zeldin’s vow to remove Bragg, the district attorney’s office pointed out a meeting Bragg did so on NY1 in June where he addressed criticism from Republican gubernatorial candidates of his policy of prosecuting nonviolent crimes.

“Well, I would ask them to look at the file. I have been a career prosecutor for over 20 years and we are delivering results. … Homicides (are) down. Shootouts (are) down – a lot more work to do. We’re going to focus on work, not politics,” Bragg said.

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Texas’ largest anti-abortion group suspends support for Sen. Robert Nichols https://proactnow.org/texas-largest-anti-abortion-group-suspends-support-for-sen-robert-nichols/ Tue, 27 Sep 2022 20:09:04 +0000 https://proactnow.org/texas-largest-anti-abortion-group-suspends-support-for-sen-robert-nichols/

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CAMPAIGN ALMANAC: Democrat Liz Mathis targets Ashley Hinson on abortion in new TV ad https://proactnow.org/campaign-almanac-democrat-liz-mathis-targets-ashley-hinson-on-abortion-in-new-tv-ad/ Mon, 26 Sep 2022 21:16:29 +0000 https://proactnow.org/campaign-almanac-democrat-liz-mathis-targets-ashley-hinson-on-abortion-in-new-tv-ad/

State Senator Liz Mathis, the Democratic candidate for the congressional seat in Iowa’s 2nd district, addresses a crowd at a campaign event September 3 in Lisbon. A new ad campaign by Mathis targets Rep. Ashley Hinson’s record on abortion rights. (Geoff Stellfox/The Gazette)

A new ad from Democratic challenger Liz Mathis targets Republican U.S. Representative from Iowa Ashley Hinson’s record on abortion rights, saying the first-term incumbent supports a nationwide ban on the procedure with no exceptions for rape, incest or to save the woman’s life.

The announcement references Hinson’s support for the Design Life Act, a bill introduced in the House in February 2021 that declares that a constitutional right to life “endows every human being” at all times. life stages, “including the time of fertilization, cloning or any other time an individual is born.

The wording of the bill does not indicate any exception in cases of rape, incest or when the life of the pregnant woman is in danger.

Hinson, however, has previously backed such exemptions as a state legislator when voting in favor of the so-called fetal heart rate law in May 2018, which is being challenged in an Iowa court and not has not entered into force.

Hinson also co-sponsored the House version of a bill introduced earlier this month by Republican U.S. Senator from South Carolina Lindsey Graham that would create a nationwide ban on abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. The bill would allow exceptions in cases of incest, rape or if the woman’s life is in danger.

Hinson called the announcement a “lie” in a Twitter post, saying she is “unapologetically pro-life, and I will continue to work to save as many lives as possible.”

“I support exceptions for rape, incest and mother’s life,” Hinson posted.

Mathis, in a statement, said, “Politicians like Ashley Hinson should not make personal decisions about women’s health care,” and that if elected to Congress, Mathis “will vote to codify Roe.” and protect the reproductive freedoms of Iowans.”

Democrats channeled a Unprecedented $124 million this year in abortion rights-related TV advertisingaccording to the Associated Press, underscoring how central the message is to the party in the final weeks before the Nov. 8 midterm elections.

That sum is more than twice as much money as Democrats’ next big issue this year, “character,” and nearly 20 times more than what Democrats spent on mid-term abortion-related ads. term in 2018, the AP reported.

To date, the Mathis campaign said it has placed $675,000 in TV ad buys, with additional media placement to be booked.

CONSERVATIVE GROUP ENDORSEMENTS: The Iowa Chapter of Conservative Americans for Prosperity announced its endorsement of 13 Republican candidates for the Iowa Legislature.

The organization will support the organization of candidates, some of whom are participating in competitive campaigns.

Endorsements include Sens. Jake Chapman, R-Adel, and Chris Cournoyer, R-LeClaire.

“Iowa needs principled leaders who will put politics above politics to fight for our economy, lower taxes, support expanded educational opportunities, and improve access to quality health care that our families can afford,” Drew Klein, the organization’s state director, said in a press release. .

The organization also endorsed State House candidates Michael Bousselot, Mark Cisneros, Henry Stone, Doug Campbell, Dan Gehlbach, Cindy Golding, Bill Gustoff, Bob Henderson, Jennifer Smith and Mark Weatherly, and Senate candidate Scott Webster.

WISKUS APPROVED: Jessica Wiskus, Democratic candidate for Iowa Senate District 42, announced her endorsement by the citizens of Iowa for the Community Improvement Action Fund.

The district covers much of rural Linn and Benton counties. There is no incumbent senator in the district due to redistricting.

Hannah Bott, a CCI Action member from Mount Vernon, said Wiskus, from Lisbon, “stands with our neighbors and our communities to fight proposed CO2 pipelines.”

“She listened to rural voters about the changes we need, and she is committed to bringing those voices with her to the Statehouse,” Bott said in a statement. “That’s the kind of leadership we were looking for.

Wiskus is running to challenge incumbent Republican Rep. Charlie McClintock of Alburnett. Non-party candidate Bruce Gardner of Garrison is also running for the Iowa Senate seat.

Gazette-Lee Des Moines Office

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2022 Midterm Election News and Election Campaign Updates https://proactnow.org/2022-midterm-election-news-and-election-campaign-updates/ Sat, 24 Sep 2022 15:33:45 +0000 https://proactnow.org/2022-midterm-election-news-and-election-campaign-updates/ Trump’s QAnon membership sparks concern amid group-linked violence https://proactnow.org/trumps-qanon-membership-sparks-concern-amid-group-linked-violence/ Fri, 23 Sep 2022 17:44:54 +0000 https://proactnow.org/trumps-qanon-membership-sparks-concern-amid-group-linked-violence/ Trump’s QAnon membership sparks concern amid group-linked violence

The FBI has investigated QAnon for domestic violence and extremism for years, and warns his supporters will ‘likely act as a catalyst’ for future attacks – including on the US government

  • Former President Donald Trump is now openly embracing religious conspiracy group QAnon.
  • The FBI has long monitored the group and has arrested numerous supporters for violent crimes and assaults.
  • Experts say Trump’s support could galvanize the group’s supporters to commit more violence.

WASHINGTON — In recent weeks, former President Donald Trump has openly embraced the QAnon conspiracy theory in its social media posts and at political rallies, even as the number of actual violent episodes – including murders – associated with the group continues to rise.

Trump’s Saturday rally in Youngstown, Ohio sparked concern when he spoke about a signature song linked to the group as his supporters raised their pointers skyward in a show of support.

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