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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Members of North Carolina’s leading teacher advocacy group on Tuesday criticized a proposed overhaul of public school instructor compensation and licensing, saying implementing such changes would further exacerbate current staffing challenges.

The state Department of Public Instruction provided the state Board of Education in April with a “sample” model license that resulted from recommendations made by subcommittees of a preparatory commission and standardization of state educators.

Any final proposal would require the formal approval of the state council and, ultimately, the legislature to fund it. But moving from the current license-and-salary model, which largely rewards teachers financially based on years of classroom experience, to a performance-based model has support from Superintendent of Public Instruction Catherine Truitt. and Chairman of the Board Eric Davis. They said last week that the current model isn’t attracting enough people to teach and stay in the field.

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At a press conference, members of the North Carolina Educators’ Association said one solution is to increase the pay of all teachers through the existing salary grid framework which currently omits increases based on experience for some of the most experienced teachers for a decade. Existing programs to encourage young people to enter the field should also be expanded and new ones created, said NCAE Vice President Bryan Proffitt.

“Our state already has the policies and pathways we need to support recruitment and retention, but they lack the faithful execution and necessary funding commitment from General Assembly leadership. “Proffitt said outside the Public Education Building.

The DPI’s proposal would create multiple licensing levels, each with higher base salaries that would ultimately exceed the maximum salary of the current pay scale, which is $54,000 for 25 years of experience. The sample model shown earlier this year called for advanced-level teachers, with leadership roles in their schools, earning $73,000.

Progression to advanced bachelor’s degrees would depend in part on teachers’ instructional competence and student test scores improving. Proponents say the model would reward instructors who create better student outcomes. But Proffitt and others have said such performance measures are subjective and flawed and will actually discourage people from taking public education as a lifelong profession.

“We deserve to be paid for our experience, without jumping through hoops or worrying if this year’s paycheck will be different from next year’s,” said County College teacher Kiana Espinoza. Wake and speaker at the press conference.

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Electoral boost for Italy’s far-right as centre-left alliance crumbles | Italy https://nismo-club.com/electoral-boost-for-italys-far-right-as-centre-left-alliance-crumbles-italy/ Sun, 07 Aug 2022 17:28:00 +0000 https://nismo-club.com/electoral-boost-for-italys-far-right-as-centre-left-alliance-crumbles-italy/

A centre-left Italian alliance has crumbled less than a week after meeting, potentially handing victory to a coalition that includes two far-right parties as the country prepares for general elections in September.

Carlo Calenda, the leader of Azione, a small centrist force seen as crucial in lending weight to an alliance led by the center-left Democratic Party (PD), withdrew his support on Sunday after PD leader Enrico Letta , signed a separate electoral agreement with parties including the radical left group Sinistra Italiana and Europa Verde, a green party launched last year.

“I reached an agreement with Letta on the idea that an alternative Italy is possible,” Calenda said during an interview on Rai Tre. “Now I find myself standing alongside people who voted without confidence in [the prime minister] Mario Draghi 54 times… This coalition was made to lose. The choice was made by the Democratic Party. I can’t go where my conscience doesn’t take me.

An alliance led by Giorgia Meloni’s Brothers of Italy, a party with neo-fascist roots, and including Matteo Salvini’s far-right League and Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia, is currently on track to secure a clear majority in the September 25.

The PD is neck and neck with Frères d’Italie in the latest opinion polls, but even in partnership with Azione, the group’s latest poll is 33.6%, against 46.4% for its right-wing opponents.

“Unless there is a miracle, the left cannot win… The right has the election in its pocket,” said Roberto D’Alimonte, professor of politics at Luiss University in Rome. .

Letta and Calenda had pledged to form a government based on a “Draghi agenda”, essentially continuing a reform program initiated by the administration of the former head of the European Central Bank, which collapsed last month.

Calenda was upset by Letta’s electoral deal on Saturday with Nicola Fratoianni, the head of Sinistra Italiana, and Angelo Bonelli, who heads Europa Verde.

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“These are people who never voted for Draghi,” D’Alimonte said. “And last week they voted against Sweden and Finland joining NATO. So it was exactly the opposite of what Calenda and the PD represent. How could such a coalition bridge the gap with the right if it is so ambiguous and contradictory?

Political parties have an additional seven days to present their alliances before a deadline expires. Asked what options are left for the left wing, D’Alimonte replied: “They can take a vacation.”

Meloni, who could become Italy’s first female prime minister, poked fun at the rift left, saying Calenda’s exit marked “a new twist on the soap opera”.

GOP agents are working quietly to save Liz Cheney in the Wyoming primary https://nismo-club.com/gop-agents-are-working-quietly-to-save-liz-cheney-in-the-wyoming-primary/ Fri, 05 Aug 2022 02:56:49 +0000 https://nismo-club.com/gop-agents-are-working-quietly-to-save-liz-cheney-in-the-wyoming-primary/

A handful of Republican operatives are quietly mounting a last-ditch effort to save Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) from a Trump-backed primary challenge, Axios has learned.

Why is this important: The previously unreported effort shows how some Republicans are surreptitiously trying to undermine the former president’s revenge campaign, which has so far cost the political life of a significant portion of GOP critics.

  • Cheney — the deputy chairman of the House Jan. 6 committee — could be the next victim. She faces tough odds in her main event fight this month against Trump-backed challenger Harriet Hageman.

Driving the news: Jeff Larson, president of the Republican research firm America Rising and a longtime supporter of Cheney, and Julia Griswold Dailer, a former Trump White House aide and aide to the inauguration committee, are involved in the effort.

  • Their strategy is two-pronged: Persuade Democrats to cross the aisle and back the Wyoming Republican in this month’s open primary, and dent his Trump-endorsed challenger by portraying her as insufficiently loyal to the former president.

What is happening: Two seemingly unrelated political groups have recently emerged to try to fend off Hageman’s challenge.

The plot: Tex McBride, a Wyoming rancher who runs WDFD, told Axios that Larson recruited him for the role.

  • “They needed someone who … has a voice in the state rather than just trying to bring in someone from the outside that no one knows or no one trusts,” McBride said in an interview.
  • “My involvement is really just to connect people with each other and they’ll do their own thing and help raise funds, but that’s it,” Larson told Axios.

Federal Communications Commission Filings Griswold Dailer list as campaign manager of WDFD. His phone number is listed in the Advertising Disclosures for WDFD and CFSA Facebook Ads.

  • A source involved in the campaign told Axios that Griswold Dailer is “running the show” for the umbrella effort.
  • She did not respond to multiple inquiries about the campaign and her role in it.

Digital and television advertising managed by the two groups ran into the same problem: Hageman’s supposed legal work to divert Colorado River water from Wyoming.

  • Cheney’s campaign ran similar ads about the allegations, which Hageman disputes.
  • WDFD and CFSA also share a treasurer and use the same digital and marketing providers, according to Federal Election Commission records and a source code on their websites.

By the numbers: WDFD said it has spent $188,428 supporting Cheney since last month, making it the fourth independent spender in the Wyoming primary race — and the first to back Cheney.

  • The ACSA spent an additional $47,108 attacking Hageman, according to FEC records.
  • But much more was spent attacking Cheney and bolstering his rivals.
  • The top group in the race, Wyoming Values, received $500,000 from Trump PAC leadership and spent more than $800,000 to oppose Cheney and support Hageman.
Six takeaways from the Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Arizona and Washington primaries https://nismo-club.com/six-takeaways-from-the-kansas-michigan-missouri-arizona-and-washington-primaries/ Wed, 03 Aug 2022 10:02:00 +0000 https://nismo-club.com/six-takeaways-from-the-kansas-michigan-missouri-arizona-and-washington-primaries/ The Kansas vote was one of the first tests of the power of abortion rights at the ballot box since the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and to end federal abortion access protection.

Meanwhile, in Arizona, local election officials were still counting votes to determine whether a statewide slate of candidates who had been endorsed by former President Donald Trump and promoted his lies about fraud election had won their Republican primaries.

In Missouri, the political comeback of a former governor has been halted. And in Michigan, one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump was ousted, as the game was set for what will be one of the key gubernatorial races this fall.

Kansas upholds constitutional right to abortion

Kansas voters sent a dramatic message on Tuesday, choosing to keep abortion rights in their state constitution just weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Polls have long shown that voters overwhelmingly support protecting abortion rights. But the victory of the “no” vote in Kansas is proof of that and signals that the Supreme Court’s ruling has further angered voters and possibly changed the politics of the issue ahead of the November election.

The “no” leaves the state constitution unchanged. While state lawmakers can always try to pass restrictive abortion laws, Kansas courts have recognized the right to abortion under the state constitution.

Perhaps the biggest warning to Republicans, many of whom have trumpeted Roe’s overthrow and backed pushes for tougher abortion laws, is the voter turnout in Kansas. With 78% of the vote on Tuesday night, nearly 700,000 people voted in the primary, a figure that already eclipses the turnout for the 2020 presidential primary.

“This is further proof of what poll after poll has told us: Americans support abortion rights,” said Christina Reynolds, a senior official at Emily’s List, an organization that seeks to elect women. who support abortion rights. “They think we should be able to make our own health care decisions, and they will vote accordingly, even in the face of misleading campaigns.”

Greitens comeback attempt falls flat

Missouri Republicans breathed a sigh of relief after State Attorney General Eric Schmitt won the open Senate primary, according to a CNN projection.

Perhaps more important than who won, however, in the dark red state is who lost: disgraced former governor Eric Greitens, who was attempting a political comeback. Greitens quit in 2018 amid a sex scandal and an accusation of campaign misconduct, and later faced allegations of abuse by his ex-wife, which he denied

Schmitt, the attorney general, emerged from a packed field that included two members of Congress, Representatives Vicky Hartzler and Billy Long.

Former President Donald Trump stayed out of the race, issuing a tongue-in-cheek statement supporting “Eric” on the eve of the primary – leaving it up to voters to interpret whether that meant Schmitt or Greitens.

A member of the ‘impeachment 10’ is beaten

Representative Peter Meijer became the second of 10 Republicans who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump in a primary on Tuesday, losing to Trump-endorsed conservative challenger John Gibbs, according to CNN.

Democrats played a role in bolstering Gibbs — a calculated move that became a flashpoint, angering some anti-Trump Democrats and Republicans.

Meijer, a freshman, voted to impeach Trump just days after he took office following the January 6, 2021, uprising. Gibbs, meanwhile, backed Trump’s lies about widespread election fraud of 2020.

Meijer’s loss means the Grand Rapids-based 3rd District seat will be one of the House’s most competitive contests in November’s midterm elections.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, viewing the seat as a possible pickup opportunity, spent more than $300,000 on TV ads seeking to bolster Gibbs with pro-Trump GOP primary voters by portraying him as a Trump-aligned conservative. .

In Washington, two other Republicans who voted to impeach Trump, Representatives Jaime Herrera Beutler and Dan Newhouse, were trying to survive their own primaries. The state’s open, nonpartisan primary system in which the top two, regardless of party, qualify for the November general election has made them tougher targets for Trump and his supporters.

Strangers in Arizona

Arizona’s race for the Republican gubernatorial nomination could hinge on whether former President Donald Trump’s supporters turn out in force on Election Day in a state that conducts its contests largely by mail.

Karrin Taylor Robson, a former Arizona board member who is backed by former Vice President Mike Pence and incumbent Governor Doug Ducey, ran former TV reporter Kari Lake, a Holocaust-approved denier. Trump, in the first returns Wednesday morning.

But the early results were largely mail-in ballots. Votes cast on Election Day were expected to favor Lake — the result of Trump’s years-long effort to undermine confidence in mail-in voting.

The Arizona governor’s primary was the most important contest in a series of primaries that tested Trump’s influence on the GOP.

If Trump’s statewide slate of candidates in Arizona qualify for the general election, they would be able to take over the electoral machinery of one of the most important presidential battleground states in the world. country if they won in November.

Blake Masters, the Trump-endorsed venture capitalist backed by millions in spending from GOP megadonor Peter Thiel, led the state’s GOP primary to take on Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly.

State Rep. Mark Finchem, a Trump-backed “Stop the Steal” activist who has said the state legislature should be able to overturn the will of voters in presidential elections, led the GOP primary for the post of Secretary of State. Democrats saw a close race between Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes and State Rep. Reginald Bolding.

And in the race for attorney general, Trump’s preferred nominee, Holocaust denier Abraham Hamadeh, was in the lead.

But there was one person who challenged Trump and his election lies ousted on Tuesday, according to a CNN projection: Rusty Bowers, the speaker of the Arizona House. Bowers testified in June about the pressure he faced to overturn the state’s 2020 election results from former President Donald Trump and others. In return, he was censured by his party, branded “unfit to serve” – and has now lost his primary for a state senate seat.

Dixon’s victory in Michigan governor’s race sets up referendum on Covid policies

Tudor Dixon, the Trump-endorsed conservative commentator in the final days of the race and backed by large factions of Michigan’s Republican establishment, won the state’s GOP primary to face Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, projected CNN.
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The Michigan showdown could be one of the most competitive gubernatorial races in the nation.

Whitmer has cast herself as a bulwark for abortion rights in a state where Republicans have sought to enforce a 1931 law that would impose a near-total ban on abortion.

Dixon, meanwhile, called the race in her victory speech on Tuesday night a referendum on restrictions imposed by Whitmer during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Dixon, a mother of four who is supported by the family of former education secretary Betsy DeVos, is also an advocate for school choice – potentially positioning education as a key issue in the mid-term election. – November mandate.

Progressives suffer another defeat in Michigan

Rep. Haley Stevens’ predicted Democratic primary victory in Michigan’s newly drawn 11th congressional district over fellow Rep. Andy Levin marks another blow to progressives in what has been a rather busy primary season. disappointing.

It’s also a resounding victory for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC, and its super PAC, the United Democracy Project, which has spent millions supporting moderate and more staunchly pro-Israel candidates in the Democratic primaries.

Stevens and Levin both support Israel, but Levin — who is Jewish — has been more willing to criticize his government’s treatment of Palestinians and is the main sponsor of the Two-State Solution Act.

Progressive Democrats, frequently targeted by AIPAC spending this primary season, have railed against fellow Democrats for accepting or courting the group’s support, which has also contributed to Republican Holocaust deniers. AIPAC has defended the practice, arguing that its political goals need bipartisan support.

J Street, a pro-Israel liberal group that has opposed AIPAC, tried to spur Levin with a $700,000 ad buy in July, but that sum pales in comparison to the millions provided by AIPAC and to more than 4 million dollars spent by the UDP.

Can the Forward Party be a third American national political party? |Notice https://nismo-club.com/can-the-forward-party-be-a-third-american-national-political-party-notice/ Mon, 01 Aug 2022 16:00:00 +0000 https://nismo-club.com/can-the-forward-party-be-a-third-american-national-political-party-notice/

If your reaction to the country’s newest third party, the Forward Party, has been a sustained yawn, you’re probably not alone.

The nation’s new party was unveiled last week in a Washington Post op-ed by former Florida GOP Rep. David Jolly, former New Jersey GOP Gov. Christine Todd Whitman and former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang.

This is not the first attempt to harness what should be the enormous power of the political milieu – people so tired of the politics of extremes that they yearn for an alternative. A recent Gallup poll found that 43% of Americans identify as political independents, far more than the 27% each who identify as Republicans or Democrats.

In theory, anyway, that should be enough to provide a plurality victory for a candidate or two who espouse reasonable positions somewhere in the political milieu. And yet, harnessing the energy of this group turned out to be about as easy (though not as fun) as harnessing electrical energy by rubbing balloons over our heads.

To figure out why, I called Richard Davis, founder of the United Utah Party, one-third of the state and author of the book “Beyond Donkeys and Elephants: Minor Political Parties in Contemporary American Politics.”

Davis said polls show a majority of Utahns, like Americans in general, say they want a center third party.

“People are going to say, ‘Oh yeah I want a third.’ But at the same time, they won’t vote for that party unless certain conditions exist,” he said. Namely, they must know the candidate well and feel they have a chance of winning. Otherwise , many people will think that a vote for that person would be wasted, no matter what that candidate stands for.

The “lost vote” barrier can be difficult to overcome. It takes time and patience.

Davis said both major parties have enormous resources, including established national networks of volunteers, fundraisers and affiliates. And they have tradition on their side. Voters may not be happy with a party’s platform, but if their parents, grandparents and other relatives are party members, it becomes more difficult to break ranks.

Donald Trump is an illustration of this. Many mainstream Republicans first came out against him and then supported him because the party did.

As Philip Bump of The Washington Post recently wrote, “Trump was not a strong Republican, not a party guy. He switched between party identities at various times, just as he changed his positions on issues. Then, in 2016, he took over the GOP and remade it in his image. He understood a latent and underrepresented political force and associated it with the infrastructure of the Republican Party.

None of this means that it is impossible for a third party to win. It’s happened before, in state races. The election of former wrestler Jesse Ventura as Governor of Minnesota on the Reform Party ticket comes to mind.

Davis thinks the best strategy is to start locally and scale up. He fears the Forward Party is making a mistake by starting at the top, with a presidential candidate. Which, ironically, would be retrograde.

Another thing. Don’t underestimate the need for patience. The Utah United Party has yet to win a race. But one of its candidates won 38% of the vote in a head-to-head race with a Republican, and the party fielded more candidates in Utah County in 2020 than Democrats.

“We’re still a long way from 50% plus one,” Davis said. “It’s taking longer than I had hoped. But you can see the progress here. It’s progressive. »

So, does Forward Party have a chance? While I agree it’s necessary, I wouldn’t bet on it. On the one hand, the massive middle in the United States – this 43% – is not united.

In the Washington Post editorial, the founders of the Forward Party described the problem well. The nation’s politics are polarized, and in a dangerous, potentially violent way. Americans have a choice between two extremes.

On gun control, it’s either confiscating all guns and abolishing the second amendment, or eliminating all gun laws.

When it comes to climate change, it’s either destroying the economy as we know it or denying the existence of global warming.

Regarding abortion, it is to authorize it in all circumstances at any time of pregnancy or to make it a criminal offence.

But when you put all these independents together, it’s unclear where they stand on these issues. As Bump noted, that same Gallup poll I referenced also found that these independents were almost evenly split on whether they “leaned” Democrat or Republican. This implies great differences of opinion.

The nation’s ideals have always rested on the shoulders of different races, religions and ideologies whose members often looked upon each other with suspicion. A successful third party should chart a clear path, articulate it well, and present candidates who can rally and unite the people behind it. It is not enough to simply invite people into a room and start a civil discussion.

Former Minnesota Governor Al Quie’s grandson launches new political party https://nismo-club.com/former-minnesota-governor-al-quies-grandson-launches-new-political-party/ Sat, 30 Jul 2022 18:55:12 +0000 https://nismo-club.com/former-minnesota-governor-al-quies-grandson-launches-new-political-party/

At a time when misinformation about the 2020 election is rampant, social media is the dominant political arena of the day, and big money is fueling campaigns more than ever, can one candidate avoid all of this and actually win ?

Moreover, can you create a whole new political party around this idea? The 28-year-old grandson of a former Minnesota governor is testing that idea this campaign cycle and using himself as a guinea pig.

“It’s always lonely at first. I realized at some point you had to take a risk,” said Stephan Quie, whose grandfather is former Republican Gov. Al Quie. “I decided to start now and be ready to make mistakes and learn.”

He is running as a write-in candidate for a State House seat in northeast Minneapolis under the Honesty Oath Party, which he created around the idea that misinformation is rampant in modern politics and that politicians should Commit to always telling the truth.

“I believe that Americans, in general, are disillusioned and often apathetic towards politics today, and I believe that is largely due to the lack of honesty they see from elected officials. “, did he declare. “It is common to see the phrase:” Well, of course politicians lie, it’s just given. “”

Originally, his idea was to create a pledge that candidates from either party could sign to gain the group’s endorsement, but Quie realized it would be difficult for him to control. if the candidates followed once they were in power.

He has decided to run for himself, and as part of his new party, he does so without creating social media accounts or accepting money from lobbyists or political action committees.

Quie knows this limits his ability to promote himself. He was unable to secure the required signatures to run for office as a third-party candidate this fall, so he is continuing his campaign efforts.

It’s a long shot, but he doesn’t view this election as a win-or-fail situation. He plans to learn from his experience to determine how to shape the party going forward.

The approach is reminiscent of the kind of campaigns his grandfather would have run during his nearly three decades in politics, including four years as governor in the late 1970s and early 1980s. There was no social media at the time, PAC money hadn’t skyrocketed in the election, and candidates turned out in person to vote.

“I’ve seen him have a long career in upholding character and virtue. It gives me so much hope that this is possible and it’s not idealistic and it’s not unrealistic,” Quie said. . “People are drawn to this and people just need to tell politicians to start this conversation.”

Denby Fawcett: Hawaii’s political campaigns have lost all the fun and excitement https://nismo-club.com/denby-fawcett-hawaiis-political-campaigns-have-lost-all-the-fun-and-excitement/ Tue, 26 Jul 2022 10:13:50 +0000 https://nismo-club.com/denby-fawcett-hawaiis-political-campaigns-have-lost-all-the-fun-and-excitement/

Political campaigns are a long way off these days. Not face to face. Our contact with candidates is mostly limited to seeing their electronic faces in TV commercials or listening to their pre-packaged policy statements in TV forums.

No one is to blame, not even the candidates, for what has happened to take the fun and excitement out of election season, leaving many voters disengaged.

The decentralization of politics as a fun sport with deeper meaning did not happen overnight. It took decades to make political campaigning the dead zone it is today.

It’s impossible to return to territorial Hawaii when election season centered on festivities such as campaign luaus with tables laden with steaming laulaus, smoked kalua pork and squares of homemade prune cake — Hawaiian hospitality offered in the hope of winning the goodwill of a political party or a particular candidate.

Or the crowded political rallies in public parks where candidates would often surprise crowds by jumping onto the stage to hula dance or sing their favorite Hawaiian song. Even funny moments, like GOP nominee Ben Dillingham in his run for Honolulu County Supervisor in 1946 singing “Three Blind Mice” in Hawaiian.

More recently, I recall unexpected and sometimes engaging visits from politicians, knocking on doors, presenting their candidacies and offering small gifts such as potholders, pencils or sewing kits.

Today, my own longtime state representative, Bert Kobayashi, never seems to walk around the neighborhood. Instead, he sends us flyers boasting about his legislative accomplishments – junk mail that gets thrown in the trash with letters from insurance companies looking for business and brochures from real estate agents urging us to sell our house.

Shirts from Mayor Kirk Caldwell's campaign headquarters.  April 16, 2016.
People want to belong to something bigger than themselves, says academic researcher Russ Roberts. Pictured is former Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s 2016 campaign headquarters. Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Political campaigns of the past offered more than just a fun break from daily routines, they could also spark deeper thinking about creative ways to fix festering ills in the community – to figure out where we want to go in the future and how we could work together to get there.

As academic researcher Russ Roberts wrote Sunday in an essay for the New York Times: “Human beings want purpose. We want meaning. We want to belong to something bigger than ourselves.

Politicians’ lack of personal contact with the community today has made them weaker, disconnected from the people they hope to represent.

“As it has become less personal, politicians are less able to know what their constituents need,” says lawyer and lobbyist Rick Tsujimura.

Tsujimura is the author of “Campaign Hawaii: An Inside Look at Politics in Paradise,” a book that traces the lessons he has learned from half a century of involvement in campaigns from John Burns to Kirk Caldwell.

Interestingly, Tsujimura’s first campaign job was as head of the supply room during Burns’ 1970 gubernatorial campaign – a room he said was filled with bumper stickers, magnets, sewing kits, pencils, potholders and other types of political paraphernalia to distribute to voters.

He said different campaign workers are constantly raiding the room, hoping to get more stuff to hand out to voters in their own neighborhoods.

Sure, political hopefuls today are getting an ear of verbiage from critics on social media and via coordinated email blasts, but that kind of remote connection is easier to dismiss as tirades. special interests or cranks rather than a sincere question from someone looking a candidate directly in the eye and asking, “What will you do specifically to stop the homeless from continually raiding our neighborhood park?” I don’t feel safe going there with my kids.

Tsujimura says the pandemic has been put forward as a reason for the lack of personal interaction in campaigns, but he says politicians in Hawaii were already heading in that direction, distancing themselves from the concerns of the proverbial ‘stop man’. bus”.

“Personal contact takes a lot of time. A lot of candidates just don’t want to take that time. Today, politics is more about winning than a true crusade to improve Hawaii. It’s more about wanting to be in power and, once elected, clinging to power,” says Tsujimura.

There is also technology. When he started working on campaigns in the 1970s in Honolulu, Tsujimura says there were only three TV stations and no internet. There are now dozens of ways for a politician to deliver a political message electronically on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and cable TV without having to show up to speak to people directly.

Tsujimura says it has given rise to a sense of unease among voters that no one is listening to them.

Political writer Tom Coffman says the lack of enthusiasm for local politics today is rooted in the tripling of the population after the statehood that changed Hawaii’s political scene from a social affair of small town into a more impersonal and remote activity.

He recalls the days when it was de rigueur for politicians to show up daily for community coffee hours and to hold regular rice stew dinners in public school cafeterias.

Coffman is a former journalist who became a researcher and documentary filmmaker. He has written about Hawaiian politics in numerous books, including “Catch a Wave,” a case study of Hawaii’s early statehood political campaign.

He says another key factor that has made residents less enthusiastic about politics is the absence of two strong political parties.

Hawaii’s GOP first began to lose its grip after the 1954 Democratic Party revolution in the return of Asian American World War II veterans as Democrats first took control of the Republican territorial legislature and have held that power ever since.

A further decline in power for Hawaii’s GOP occurred during Pat Robertson’s so-called revolution in the late 1980s, when the conservative National Party faction aligned itself with the party’s leading candidates to fight against the right to abortion. This prompted popular Republican female politicians, including Donna Ikeda, Virginia Isbell and Ann Kobayashi, to become Democrats.

Coffman points out that while Democrats had a lock on victory, politics was more exciting back when Democrats had cross-party splinter groups such as the John Burns faction against Tom Gill’s more progressive group working hard against each other. the others during the 1970 gubernatorial primary and the state senate faction in the 1980s that then included the Sens. Neil Abercrombie, Ben Cayetano and Charles Toguchi whose reformist ideas were constantly at war with Senate Speaker Richard Wong’s old guard faction.

There are dozens of reasons why Hawaiian politics has become boring rather than fun, including the power of public workers and construction unions and special interest groups to determine the outcome of elections, and the huge contributions campaign needed to win any election, even a seat on the Honolulu City Council.

And fewer political reporters doing in-depth candidate analysis and instead paying inordinate attention to televised candidate debates, political polls, and candidate questionnaires to which aspiring politicians often respond with predictable positions that sound alike.

I don’t know how to make political campaigns in Hawaii more exciting, fun, and meaningful. I would like. But maybe there’s a suggestion for candidates to get started: engage with members of the public in person to offer one or two immediate and actionable ways – no pie in the sky – to change their lives for the better. . And voters, hold the candidates’ feet to the fire. If you don’t, you will end up with the government you deserve.

On the campaign trail, Republicans see a civil war https://nismo-club.com/on-the-campaign-trail-republicans-see-a-civil-war/ Sun, 24 Jul 2022 02:46:48 +0000 https://nismo-club.com/on-the-campaign-trail-republicans-see-a-civil-war/


Days before the July 19 primary in Maryland, Michael Peroutka got up in an Italian restaurant in Rockville and imagined how a foreign enemy might attack America.

“We would expect them to make our borders porous,” Peroutka told the crowd, who came to hear the Republicans running for state attorney general. “We would expect them to make our cities unsafe places to live. You would expect them to try to ruin our economy. The country was “at war”, he explained, “and the enemy co-opted members, agencies and agents of our government”.

On Tuesday, Peroutka easily dispatched a more moderate Republican to win the nomination. State Deputy Dan Cox, who won Donald Trump’s endorsement after backing the former president’s effort to overturn the 2020 election, also sent a Republican endorsed by popular state Governor Larry Hogan.

Both candidates described a country that was not simply in trouble, but destroyed by leaders who despise most Americans. – effectively part of a civil war. In swing states and safe seats, many Republicans say liberals hate them personally and can turn rioters or a police state into people who disobey them.

Referencing the coronavirus and the 2020 protests against police brutality, Cox told supporters at a rally last month: “We were told 14 days to bend the curve, and yet antifa was allowed to burning our police cars in the streets.” He continued: “Do you really think, with what we’re seeing – with the riots that have happened – that we shouldn’t have something to defend our families? That’s why we have the second amendment.

The rhetoric is invigorating, if not entirely new. Liberal commentators have made liberal use of the word “fascism” to describe Trump’s presidency. The baseless theory that President Barack Obama undermined American power as a foreign agent was popular with some Republicans, including Trump, who succeeded Obama in the White House.

Many Democrats saw Obama’s backlash as race-specific and saw Biden as unlikely to inspire mass opposition to Trump in the presidential election. But many Republicans also paint Biden as a malevolent figure — a vessel for a left-wing hate campaign aimed at weakening America.

“It helps,” said former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who is running in next month’s special election for the state’s only House seat, in an interview with the former adviser to Trump, Stephen K. Bannon. “This is about America’s fundamental transformation. You are basically only transforming something you despise.

This argument has been dramatized in ads that, for example, show an armed candidate appearing to charge into the home of a political enemy, and another warning from “the mob” threatening ordinary Americans. In many cases, candidates brandish guns while threatening to harm liberals or other enemies.

Guns are all over GOP ads and social media, drawing criticism

In central Florida, US Army veteran Cory Mills ran ads about his company selling tear gas that was used to quell riots in 2020. “You may have seen some of our work “, he says, presenting a montage of what is labeled “antifa”. “, demonstrators of the “radical left” and “Black Lives Matter” fleeing the gas.

In northwest Ohio, a campaign video of Republican congressional candidate JR Majewski shows him walking through a dilapidated factory, holding a semi-automatic weapon, warning that Democrats will ‘destroy our economy’ with deliberately bad policies .

“Their agenda is bringing America to its knees, and I’m ready to do whatever it takes,” says Majewski, who is seeking a House seat in a neighborhood around Toledo that has been redesigned to make Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio) beatable. . “If I have to kick down doors, that’s exactly what the Patriots do.”

In Missouri, Republican Senate candidate Eric Greitens ran two ads this summer in which he holds or fires guns, vowing to “RINO hunt” — for “Republicans in name only” — in one ad and targeting the “political establishment” in the second.

Fearing heavy losses in November, some Democrats have spent money to help Republican candidates who speak this way under the theory that they will be easier to beat in November. The Democratic Governors Association spent more than $1.1 million on positive ads for Cox, as he told voters that they might one day have to fight antifa with their own weapons.

Candidates like Majewski, however, won without the help of Democrats, aided instead by high turnout and grassroots energy. The idea that the Biden administration’s policies are designed to fail — to raise gas prices or raise the cost of food — is a popular campaign theme.

Pollsters found that Americans fear the country will stay united; a YouGov poll released last month had a majority of Democrats and Republicans agreeing that America will “one day cease to be a democracy.”

Republican victories since 2020, including a sweep in the Virginia state election and a victory in a special election in June between two Hispanic candidates in South Texas, have not lightened the GOP’s mood. Andy Surabian, a Republican strategist who works with Trump-backed U.S. Senate candidates JD Vance in Ohio and Blake Masters in Arizona, said last year’s vaccine or test mandate for big business was a turning point in the opinion of the Biden administration, even after being blocked by the conservative majority of the Supreme Court.

“That was the first thing that made people go from ‘maybe it’s incompetence’ to ‘there’s something else going on here,'” Surabian said. “Like, do these people actually want a Chinese-style social credit system?”

Rick Shaftan, a conservative strategist working with Republican challengers this cycle, said party voters were nervously watching crime rates in cities, asking whether public safety was being deliberately downgraded. He also pointed to government responses to the pandemic as the reason those voters and their candidates were nervous.

“People paid a lot of attention to truckers,” Shaftan said, referring to Canadian protests against vaccination mandates that occupied Ottawa this year and briefly closed an international bridge. “Canada is supposed to be a democracy. … People worry: can it happen here?

The arrests of hundreds of rioters who stormed the Capitol on January 6, 2021 have often been cited by Republican candidates as evidence of a government war against its people.

At a town hall in southwest Washington in early July, Republican congressional hopeful Joe Kent told his audience that the Jan. 6 “fake riot” was “gunned against anyone opposes what the government is telling us”. parents angry over education in public schools to people who had questioned the outcome of the 2020 election.

“These are the types of tactics I would see in third world countries when I was serving overseas,” Kent told the crowd gathered at a gazebo in Rochester, a city currently represented by Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R -Wash.). “You would see the praetorian guard or the intelligence services seizing the opposition and throwing them into the dungeons. I never thought I’d see that in America.

Trump himself has frequently accused President Biden of trying to ruin the country and create conflict to maintain power.

“Joe Biden helped lead his party’s despicable campaign against our police officers, and then he took the rioter agenda straight to the White House,” Trump told supporters at a rally in Las Vegas last month, joined by Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo, the GOP Gubernatorial Candidate. “The streets run with the blood of innocent victims of crime.”

After a draft opinion from the Supreme Court in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization overturning federal abortion rights leaked in early May, a group calling itself Jane’s Revenge took credit for the vandalism of crisis-ridden pregnancy centers, where women are discouraged from terminate their pregnancy. These incidents quickly became political advertisements asking why Democrats weren’t condemning the violence more strongly.

Some Republicans also point to a California man’s alleged assassination plot against Supreme Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh, who was part of the majority in Dobbs.

‘Radical liberals are behaving like terrorists, calling for a summer of rage,’ says narrator in new ad from Catholic Vote, a conservative group spending $3 million this month to target vulnerable Democratic members of the House . “An assassination attempt against a Supreme Court judge. Domestic terrorists call it “open season”. ”

Several echoed Vance, the author of “Hillbilly Elegy,” who argued that the rise in fentanyl deaths looks like an “intended” result of the Biden administration’s border policies — a way for an unpopular president. to “punish people who didn’t vote for him.

The argument is not just that Democrats disagree with conservatives, but that they despise and hurt them on purpose. Last week, after a man attacked Rep. Lee Zeldin (RN.Y.) at a rally for his gubernatorial campaign, Biden and Vice President Harris condemned the violence, as did the governor. Kathy Hochul (D).

But local Republicans have suggested Democrats actually encouraged the attack, pointing to a Democratic press release about the rally “encouraging people to hunt down” the nominee, according to a county GOP official. Although the district attorney who let the abuser out of jail was a Zeldin supporter, the candidate and his party argued that the Democratic bail revisions, passed in 2019, let the abuser off the hook. unscathed.

“If you love America, they hate you,” said Jim Pillen, the Republican candidate for governor of Nebraska, in a television spot. “If you support the police, they call you racist.”

]]> Group of South Kesteven District Independent Councilors to form political group https://nismo-club.com/group-of-south-kesteven-district-independent-councilors-to-form-political-group/ Fri, 22 Jul 2022 10:32:00 +0000 https://nismo-club.com/group-of-south-kesteven-district-independent-councilors-to-form-political-group/

A new political group of Independent Councilors at South Kesteven District Council wants to improve control and transparency within the authority.

The four members of Alliance SK include councilors Virginia Moran, Ashley Baxter and Phil Dilks, who represent all wards in Deepings, and Charmaine Morgan, who represents one ward in Grantham.

It is understood that there have been a number of ideological differences and a widening gap between the members of the independent group over the past few months.

Councilor Charmaine Morgan will join the alliance group. (58162645)

In a statement, the group’s leader, Councilor Baxter, said the group was “increasingly frustrated” with the conservative SKDC leadership, accusing them of a lack of cohesive strategy and calling out a “culture of complacency.” and secrecy” – referring in particular to a recent audit report which had remained behind closed doors until very recently.

“Our frustrations have been compounded by the absence of an organized opposition,” he said.

The Authority Labor group recently collapsed after the departure of two of its members, with Charmaine Morgan going independent and councilor Louise Clack asking to be considered a “union and co-op non-aligned councillor”.

Councilor Phil Dilks will join the alliance group.  (58162661)
Councilor Phil Dilks will join the alliance group. (58162661)

A full council meeting of South Kesteven District Council on Monday will consider the impact of the changes on the political balance and the distribution of seats on various committees.

“We have the greatest respect for other independents, as well as Labor and Lib Democrat advisers, but we had a fundamental difference of opinion with some of them over how to challenge the Tories.

“The Alliance SK Group intends to be far more vocal than other independents in our criticism of Conservative mistakes and missed opportunities.”

Councilor Virginia Moran will join the alliance group.  (58162639)
Councilor Virginia Moran will join the alliance group. (58162639)

The group said it will look in particular at the Housing Department’s solution to being in special measures, the drop in recycling rates, the independent consultancy firms EnvironmentSK and InvestSK, and the method by which leaders were elected.

The next SKDC elections are due in May 2023 and the alliance hopes to attract new members in time for nominations.

Councilor Baxter added: ‘Given the current shambles and scandals among politicians nationally and locally, there has never been a better time to stand as an independent,’

Councilor Ashley Baxter will join the alliance group.  (58162690)
Councilor Ashley Baxter will join the alliance group. (58162690)

“We hope Alliance SK inspires people of all ages and backgrounds to run for office…and win!”

Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde claims Shiv Sena and sends letter to EC https://nismo-club.com/maharashtra-cm-eknath-shinde-claims-shiv-sena-and-sends-letter-to-ec/ Wed, 20 Jul 2022 10:19:57 +0000 https://nismo-club.com/maharashtra-cm-eknath-shinde-claims-shiv-sena-and-sends-letter-to-ec/ Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde late Tuesday night approached the Election Commission of India (ECI), claiming the Shiv Sena. Sources within the electoral commission said the letter was “being processed for further details”.

The Election Symbols (Reservation and Allocation) Order 1968 deals with the power of the electoral body to recognize parties and allocate symbols. Where the question of a split within a political party arises outside the legislature, paragraph 15 of the Symbols Ordinance, 1968 states: “Where the Commission is satisfied…that there is rival sections or groups of a recognized political party, each of which claims to be that party, the Commission may, after considering all available facts and circumstances of the case and hearing (their) representatives… and other persons who wish to be heard, decide that such rival section or group or none of these rival sections or groups is this recognized political party and the decision of the Commission binds all such rival sections or groups”.

When a dispute arises, the EC first examines the support each faction enjoys, both within the party organization and its legislative wing. Next, it identifies the main committees and decision-making bodies within the political party and proceeds to determine how many of its members or leaders support which faction. It also counts the number of legislators and legislators in each camp.

This applies to disputes in recognized national and state parties. For splits within registered but unrecognized parties, the EC generally advises warring factions to resolve their differences internally or go to court.

The Shinde-led Shiv Sena faction received a shot in the arm on Tuesday when Lok Sabha chairman Om Birla recognized Rahul Shewale as the party’s leader in the lower house. A circular from the Lok Sabha Secretariat refreshed the party’s positions in the House, “following the change of party leader Shiv Sena to Lok Sabha”. He mentioned that Shewale will be the leader of the 19-member party.

In the past, one of the most publicized splits of a party before 1968 was that of the Communist Party of India in 1964. A splinter group approached the CIS in December 1964, urging them to recognize them as CPI (Marxist) . He provided a list of MPs and MPs from Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and West Bengal who supported him. The ECI recognized the faction as CPI(M) after finding that votes obtained by MPs and MPs supporting the splinter group totaled more than 4% in the three states.

More recently, the Samajwadi party suffered a bitter split in 2017 when Akhilesh Yadav wrested control from father Mulayam Singh Yadav. Mulayam approached the EC and said he continued to be the party chairman and the electoral symbol should remain with his faction. This was disputed by the Akhilesh camp, which filed affidavits from various party officials, MPs, MPs and district presidents to claim that the majority were with the then CM. Eventually, after hearing from both sides, the voting body decided to award the cycle symbol to the faction led by Akhilesh Yadav.

In the case of the AIADMK in 2017, factions led by O Panneerselvam and VK Sasikala claimed the AIADMK “two leaf” symbol, following which the EC froze it in March 2017. While Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami’s camp revolted against Sasikala to merge with the OPS faction, it was the unified OPS-EPS group that won the symbol in November 2017.

Last year, the EC also banned factions led by Chirag Paswan and Pashupati Kumar Paras from using the party name Lok Janshakti or its “bungalow” symbol until the dispute between the rival groups was settled by the jury.