Political State – Milwaukee County First http://milwaukeecountyfirst.com/ Fri, 14 Jan 2022 06:11:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://milwaukeecountyfirst.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-7-1.png Political State – Milwaukee County First http://milwaukeecountyfirst.com/ 32 32 Gambling loss to other states could help Cedar Rapids casino | New Policies https://milwaukeecountyfirst.com/gambling-loss-to-other-states-could-help-cedar-rapids-casino-new-policies/ Fri, 14 Jan 2022 05:00:00 +0000 https://milwaukeecountyfirst.com/gambling-loss-to-other-states-could-help-cedar-rapids-casino-new-policies/ MARISSA PAYNE Cedar Rapids Gazette ALTOONA — New market research commissioned by the panel that regulates Iowa’s gambling facilities shows that Nebraska’s plans to build casinos along Iowa’s western border will eat away at industry revenue in this State – which Cedar Rapids officials hope will finally lead regulators to approve a casino in Iowa’s […]]]>

MARISSA PAYNE Cedar Rapids Gazette

ALTOONA — New market research commissioned by the panel that regulates Iowa’s gambling facilities shows that Nebraska’s plans to build casinos along Iowa’s western border will eat away at industry revenue in this State – which Cedar Rapids officials hope will finally lead regulators to approve a casino in Iowa’s second. biggest city.

However, one report specifically points to the “cannibalization” of the market that encompasses Waterloo and Riverside casinos. That’s why Cedar Rapids was denied licenses by the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission in both 2014 and 2017.

Cedar Rapids officials say the city remains on the verge of competing for a license to operate a casino, however, as an apparent solution for Iowa to stave off competition from newly approved games at Nebraska’s six racetracks. . As November voters again passed the Linn County gaming referendum, Cedar Rapids now has the option to seek a license in perpetuity from the state commission.

Spectrum Gaming Group and Innovation Group presented the results of their studies to the commission at its Thursday meeting in Altoona. Reports have warned of increased competition from neighboring states as expansions are underway in Nebraska and Illinois, and a new casino will soon open in Beloit, Wis.

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One study predicted that Iowa’s gaming revenue would drop $183 million a year, while another predicted it could drop $256 million due to increased competition from neighboring states.

At the same time, the Innovation Group study showed that a casino in Cedar Rapids would take $61 million from existing casinos in the same market, but provide the state with a net gain in commercial gambling revenue of $51 million.

“Knowing that the Stewards have their eye on the competition, looking at these numbers which have improved so much since the last time, I have to ask, if the conditions aren’t good at the moment, I don’t know when they will be” , Cedar Rapids Mayor Tiffany O’Donnell said in an interview with Prairie Meadows Casino, Racetrack and Hotel.

“Now is the time,” City Manager Jeff Pomeranz agreed.

Commission members wanted to understand the potential for a Linn County casino to oversaturate the market and “cannibalize” nearby casinos, but otherwise gave little guidance on their position.

Brian Ohorilko, administrator of the commission, said the additional state revenue is something previous commissions have considered when awarding a license, but it’s only one factor.

The Spectrum Group study said Cedar Rapids was “well serviced” by casinos in Waterloo and Riverside. A rep said the group doesn’t have data on how many residents of a certain ZIP code have visited the casinos, but “just look at the map” to see where people are coming from.

The Innovation Group study predicted a casino in Cedar Rapids would have a 76% overlap with casinos within a 45-minute drive, but Ohorilko said that had less of a ‘cannibalizing’ impact than the studies. from 2014 and 2017 showed it.

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Pomeranz said Cedar Rapids’ proposal will be competitive. The revenue it generates will be “necessary to keep the game strong in the state,” he said.

“It’s so much more than play,” Pomeranz said. “It’s a quality of life facility and initiative that’s going to be a real benefit. I think it will be very well received by our community, as well as our company and our visitors.

Specifically, he said the venue would contain multiple bars, restaurants, and different types of entertainment besides gaming. The location remains undecided, but the city is prioritizing the location of a casino, if ever approved, downtown.

If the commission has a request to consider, Ohorilko said the panel may get additional information regarding the markets depending on how many slots or table games or amenities the establishment has.

The studies also assessed the socio-economic impact of casinos on their communities, looking at factors such as crime rates, child abuse, single-parent families, and public support. Counties with casinos saw higher rates of them.

Although it does not have a casino, Cedar Rapids ranked 15th in the state for its gambling population.

“From studies, we know the Cedar Rapidians are playing,” O’Donnell said. “They go to these other cities and play, and if we look at the numbers we know there are those who may have challenges when they come back. They simply don’t have the benefits of funding and support enjoyed by those who live in casino communities.

Cedar Rapids casino partners have pledged to donate 8% of their revenue to nonprofits in the area, which O’Donnell says would provide support on many fronts, including those who may have gambling addiction issues. For example, the Spectrum study showed that while more casino county residents generally sought help from Iowa’s problem gambling services, 264 Linn County residents out of 100,000 have contacted the service. That’s higher than the larger Polk County.

As Cedar Rapids prepares to fight for a casino, former adversaries resurface to file suit against a Linn County gambling establishment.

With the latest research, Dan Kehl, managing director of Elite Casino Resorts, which operates the Riverside Casino among other things, said in a statement that the industry needs to find ways to strengthen border casinos. He also insisted on findings that a casino in Cedar Rapids would reduce revenue for nearby casinos.

“It’s like deja vu,” Kehl said. “The commission has studied this matter diligently. But the fact is that a casino in Cedar Rapids comes mostly at the expense of Riverside, Waterloo, and Meskwaki. We have invested heavily in our properties to make them attractive to our clients.

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Former Senate chief Harry Reid to lie to the state on Capitol Hill | Politics https://milwaukeecountyfirst.com/former-senate-chief-harry-reid-to-lie-to-the-state-on-capitol-hill-politics/ Wed, 12 Jan 2022 05:13:21 +0000 https://milwaukeecountyfirst.com/former-senate-chief-harry-reid-to-lie-to-the-state-on-capitol-hill-politics/ WASHINGTON (AP) – Former Senator Harry Reid will be in the United States Capitol as his colleagues and friends pay tribute to a hard-line Democrat who rose from poverty in a dusty Nevada mining town to the most powerful position of the United States Senate. Reid will be honored in the Capitol Rotunda on Wednesday […]]]>

WASHINGTON (AP) – Former Senator Harry Reid will be in the United States Capitol as his colleagues and friends pay tribute to a hard-line Democrat who rose from poverty in a dusty Nevada mining town to the most powerful position of the United States Senate.

Reid will be honored in the Capitol Rotunda on Wednesday in a ceremony closed to the public under COVID-19 protocols. He died last month at age 82 after a four-year battle with pancreatic cancer.

The longest-serving Nevadan in Congress and the Senate majority leader alongside two presidents, Reid led the chamber in one of its most extensive legislative sessions – securing the economic stimulus bill for the Great Recession and President Barack Obama’s landmark healthcare law.

President Joe Biden called Reid a “great American,” one who “looked at the challenges of the world and believed that it was in our capacity to do good, to do good.”

At a funeral service last weekend in Las Vegas, Biden, Obama and others recalled one of Reid’s best-known traits – abruptly hanging up on people, even presidents, rather than ending with long farewells.

The few words Reid said were often flint and flaming, the senator unafraid to confront presidents (he called George W. Bush a “loser”), to criticize the fossil fuel industry (” coal makes us sick ”) or to declare war on Iraq“ lost ”. He titled his 2008 autobiography “The Good Fight”.

Influential in retirement, Reid said Biden should only give his new presidency three weeks to try and work with Republicans. Otherwise, Biden would have to force changes to Senate obstruction rules to allow simple majority passage of election and voting rights legislation and other priorities, Reid said.

“The time will come when he has to move in and get rid of the obstruction,” Reid told The Associated Press.

Reid was born in the desolate mining town of Searchlight, Nevada, his father a hard-rock miner who later committed suicide, his mother doing laundry at home for brothels. (He and other kids were swimming in a brothel pool.) Searchlight was a place, he said, that “had seen better days.”

The city had no churches, his family no religion. But a photo of President Franklin D. Roosevelt hanging in the Reids’ house would influence his political career.

Reid hitchhiked about 40 miles to high school and joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as he progressed through college and law school. An amateur boxer, he once punched his future father-in-law after being refused a date with Landra Gould, who would become his wife. They were married for 62 years.

First elected to the House in 1982 and re-elected in 1984, Reid then served 30 years in the Senate, including a decade as Democratic Leader of the Senate.

Along the way, Reid rewrote the map of Nevada by expanding public lands, shutting down the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste project outside of Las Vegas; and obtain the status of a national monument around the installation “City” by artist Michael Heizer in the desert. He quietly secured federal funding for UFO research.

A man of few words, Reid often wrote notes instead – to his family, colleagues and a Nevada student advocate who had reached out to changes in immigration law. He has championed the Dream Act and Obama’s Deferred Action for Child Arrivals to protect young immigrants to the United States without legal status from deportation.

As his power grew, Reid crafted a Democratic legacy for his state with Nevada’s first presidential caucus. He left behind a state apparatus that was sometimes referred to as the “Reid machine” for its enduring political power seeking to elect the next generation of Democratic leaders.

After suffering a workout accident at home and with Democrats returning to the Senate minority, Reid announced he would not be running for re-election in 2016.

In his farewell speech in the Senate, he admitted to doing things that “probably a lot of people would not do.” But he passed his advice on to those wondering how he got from Searchlight to Washington.

“I didn’t do it because of my good looks. I didn’t do it because I’m a genius. I did it because I worked hard,” Reid said. “No matter what you want to try to do, make sure you work as hard as you can to try and do what you want to do.

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Wiener remains neutral in SF Assembly special race https://milwaukeecountyfirst.com/wiener-remains-neutral-in-sf-assembly-special-race/ Mon, 10 Jan 2022 10:04:45 +0000 https://milwaukeecountyfirst.com/wiener-remains-neutral-in-sf-assembly-special-race/ While the ballots for the February 15 special election in San Francisco are expected to start arriving in voters’ mailboxes on January 18, most of the city’s elected leaders have already approved the race for the open seat on the 17th. Assembly district. Yet one name is conspicuously absent among the supporting lists of the […]]]>

While the ballots for the February 15 special election in San Francisco are expected to start arriving in voters’ mailboxes on January 18, most of the city’s elected leaders have already approved the race for the open seat on the 17th. Assembly district. Yet one name is conspicuously absent among the supporting lists of the four Democrats seeking state legislative office.

Gay state senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), one of the city’s most senior elected LGBTQ leaders, did not support any of the candidates. He also doesn’t plan to do so, he told the Bay Area Reporter.

“For now, I’m staying out of that,” Wiener said in a telephone interview on Jan.4. “Things can certainly change, but at this point I don’t intend to support the race.”

He added of the competition: “This is a very large group of progressive and hardworking applicants. One of them will be my colleague, and I look forward to working with anyone.”

Wiener’s decision is hardly a surprise, as the two main candidates are both members of the progressive camp of the local Democratic Party and did not support Wiener, who is part of the more moderate wing of the party, when he stood for re-election in 2020. District 6 Supervisor Matt Haney, a heterosexual ally, and former District 9 gay Supervisor David Campos had both supported Wiener’s queer opponent, Jackie Fielder, in that race.

The fact that Wiener remains neutral also reflects the hope that neither of the two more moderate candidates for the assembly, who are both straight, will likely qualify for the second round of the April 19 election. The two nominees are City College San Francisco administrator Thea Selby and former Obama administration member Bilal Mahmood, who will kick off the 2022 campaign at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 22.

Most political observers expect Campos and Haney to be the main voters next month, but neither are seen to be able to secure the 50% plus one threshold needed to win the seat. straight away. According to the mid-December poll released by the Campos campaign, he was at 30% with “determined voters” and Haney at 25%, while Mahmood signed in at 14% and Selby at 4%.

In the race for campaign contributions, Haney last week reported raising more than $ 675,000 for claiming to have garnered the most candidates. Campos’ campaign told BAR he had raised more than $ 350,000. While official fundraising reports have yet to be filed with state election officials, Mahmood said he raised more than $ 450,000, while Selby set a goal of raising 5,000. $ during the last weeks of December. (Her campaign didn’t respond to a request before the deadline to do so on Friday for the total amount she raised last year.)

The quintet is seeking to succeed former Assembly member David Chiu, who resigned in November when he became the first Asian-American city attorney in San Francisco. Also a Democrat, he also remains neutral in the fight to succeed him in the Legislative Assembly.

As one of the four candidates will be his new legislative colleague, Wiener told BAR he had made himself available to them in recent months.

“I have a door completely open to the four candidates. Anytime one of them requests a meeting or a phone conversation, I make myself available,” Wiener said.

Campos and Haney both noted at BAR that in various races, whether theirs or other contenders, they have been in different camps than Wiener. Nonetheless, each said they had been able to work collegially with Wiener over the years and would do so by serving alongside him in the state legislature.

“I think it was something he didn’t approve of against me,” Campos said, noting that he didn’t have Wiener’s backing when he first asked for the seat of the ‘Assembly in 2014 and lost to Chiu.

“We have had very positive conversations over the past few months,” Campos added. “We are both determined to work together if I am in the state legislature.”

Haney told BAR he believed he had “always had a good relationship with Senator Wiener,” adding that he had supported many bills he drafted in Sacramento. “We have a very respectful and positive relationship. Even on the other side of the election, we have always been very friendly. He can confirm, I think, that we can work very well together.”

The AD 17 headquarters covers the eastern neighborhoods of the city, including the LGBTQ neighborhoods of Castro, Tenderloin, and South of Market. The winner of the special election will serve Chiu’s term until December and must run for a full two-year term first in the June 7 primary and then in the November ballot.

If he wins the race, Campos will not only return San Francisco’s LGBTQ leadership to the lower house of the Legislative Assembly, he will be the city’s first Latin American member and first immigrant.

The city’s other Democratic Assembly member, Phil Ting, backs Campos in the race. Ting did not respond to a request for comment for this article until the Jan. 7 deadline.

But during a press conference in November with other leaders from Asian and Pacific Island cities supporting Campos, Ting noted that the two have a “long history together” of working to help other immigrant families like theirs, as well as middle-class and low-income families. in San Francisco.

“David is going to be the best representative to join me in continuing this fight in Sacramento,” Ting said.

In addition to voting by mail, since all currently registered voters will receive a ballot for the February 15 special election, people can also vote at the town hall polling center starting January 18. The last day to register to vote to receive a ballot in the mail is January 31, otherwise people can do so in person at polling stations that will be open on polling day.

Also on the special ballot is the removal of three members of the San Francisco School Board: President Gabriela López, Vice President Faauuga Moliga and Commissioner Alison Collins, who was ousted from her post as Vice President of the last year by his colleagues on the board. Assessor-recorder Joaquín Torres is also seeking to serve the remainder of the term of former assessor-recorder Carmen Chu until early January 2023.

After the Mayor of London Breed appointed Chu as the city’s new administrator, she appointed Torres as her successor. Since no one else has applied, Torres should easily keep his post in the February 15 election and will have to run for a full four-year term in November. His father is former state lawmaker Art Torres, who declared himself gay when he stepped down as president of the California Democratic Party in 2009.

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Oregon House gay candidate ends campaign
Former San Francisco resident Kevin Easton, who was the first openly gay man to run for Congress from Oregon, suspended his campaign last week to stay focused on his work for the state government . He is the second West Coast LGBTQ congressional candidate to end his bid for a House seat this month.

Easton, who had worked for former city attorney Dennis Herrera, was one of two House candidates in Oregon. Former Santa Clara City Council member Jamie McLeod-Skinner makes his second attempt to win a seat in Beaver State Congress.

Easton was seeking election to the new seat in Oregon’s 6th Congressional District, which he obtained due to the decennial census tally. But he announced on Jan.6 that he has decided to stay focused on his new job as a state investigator working on claimants’ fraud and misrepresentation in state and government unemployment insurance programs. federal.

“I love the job and I owe it to the Oregon taxpayers to devote myself one hundred percent without the rigors of fundraising and to run a proper congressional campaign,” Easton said. “I care deeply about federal politics and am very proud of the campaign we have waged so far. A big thank you to all my supporters for believing in me. For personal and professional reasons, this is just not my year to win an elected position. . “

Gay veteran Joseph C. Rocha also ended his candidacy for the newly-drawn 48th California Congressional District in the San Diego area last week. Rather than face Republican Congressman Darrell Issa, who currently represents the suburban seat of the 50th Congressional District northeast of San Diego, Rocha is now running against State Senator Brian Jones (R- Santee) in the newly designed 40th Senate District.

Their decisions mean there are now four LGBTQ House candidates on the West Coast considered to be running viable campaigns this year. Gay Congressman Mark Takano (D-Riverside) is seeking re-election in the new 39th Congressional District, which largely mirrors his current 41st Congressional District.

Former gay federal prosecutor Will Rollins is one of several Democrats running against Conservative Congressman Ken Calvert (R-Corona), who currently represents the 42nd Congressional District. They are now looking for the new 41st Congressional District which includes much of the Palm Springs area.

And Long Beach mayor Robert Garcia could become the first gay Latino to represent California in the House. He is looking for the new 42nd congressional district with a Latin majority.

Assembly member Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) is also seeking the open seat which includes a number of cities in southwest Los Angeles County. The two current members of Congress who ended up in the new district, Alan Lowenthal (D-Long Beach) and Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Downey), have decided not to run again this year.

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UN launches Sudanese talks to end post-coup crisis https://milwaukeecountyfirst.com/un-launches-sudanese-talks-to-end-post-coup-crisis/ Sat, 08 Jan 2022 17:54:00 +0000 https://milwaukeecountyfirst.com/un-launches-sudanese-talks-to-end-post-coup-crisis/ KHARTOUM, Jan.8 (Reuters) – The United Nations said on Saturday it would invite Sudanese military leaders, political parties and other groups to participate in talks aimed at ending a crisis sparked by a coup in October. UN mediation in the weeks following the coup successfully reinstated Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, but his resignation last week […]]]>

KHARTOUM, Jan.8 (Reuters) – The United Nations said on Saturday it would invite Sudanese military leaders, political parties and other groups to participate in talks aimed at ending a crisis sparked by a coup in October.

UN mediation in the weeks following the coup successfully reinstated Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, but his resignation last week heightened uncertainty over Sudan’s political future and a transition towards the elections scheduled for 2023. read more

Neighborhood resistance committees, political parties and other pro-democracy groups have waged a continuous campaign of protests under the slogan “no negotiation”, and the crackdown by security forces has left at least 60 dead.

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“Not all steps taken to date have succeeded in restoring the course of this transformation,” UN Special Representative Volker Perthes said in a statement announcing the launch of the UN-facilitated dialogue initiative. .

“The (…) repeated violence against largely peaceful demonstrators has only deepened the mistrust between all political parties in Sudan,” he added.

The Sudanese army, armed movements, political parties, civil society and resistance committees will be invited to participate, according to the UN statement.

Unless a new path to a credible transition and elections is mapped out, greater instability within and beyond Sudanese borders is likely, analysts and diplomats have said.

The Quad group, comprising Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Britain and the United States, has expressed support for the UN effort.

“We strongly support this Sudanese-led, UN-facilitated dialogue initiative,” a statement from the group said. “We urge all Sudanese political actors to seize this opportunity to restore the country’s transition to civil democracy.

Sudan’s main civilian opposition coalition, the Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC), said in a statement that it welcomed “any international effort that helps achieve the goals of the Sudanese people in combating the coup d’état and the establishment of a civil and democratic state “.

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In the Venezuelan stronghold of Chavez, a fight for political survival https://milwaukeecountyfirst.com/in-the-venezuelan-stronghold-of-chavez-a-fight-for-political-survival/ Fri, 07 Jan 2022 05:40:16 +0000 https://milwaukeecountyfirst.com/in-the-venezuelan-stronghold-of-chavez-a-fight-for-political-survival/ Published on: 07/01/2022 – 06:40Amended: 07/01/2022 – 06:38 Sabaneta (Venezuela) (AFP) – Venezuela’s ruling party is leaving nothing to chance in its attempt to reclaim a stronghold from ex-President Hugo Chavez that shocked the establishment by apparently siding with the opposition in a recent election. The western state of Barinas, controlled by the Chavez family […]]]>

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Sabaneta (Venezuela) (AFP) – Venezuela’s ruling party is leaving nothing to chance in its attempt to reclaim a stronghold from ex-President Hugo Chavez that shocked the establishment by apparently siding with the opposition in a recent election.

The western state of Barinas, controlled by the Chavez family for more than two decades, voted in large numbers in regional elections on November 21 for a foreigner – opposition figure Freddy Superlano.

The vote count was stopped by a court as Superlano claimed what would have been the first defeat in Barinas since 1998 for the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), now led by President Nicolas Maduro.

Superlano is an ally of opposition leader Juan Guaido, recognized by the United States and dozens of other governments as the true president of Venezuela on Maduro, whose re-election in 2018 was not considered legitimate by a part of the international community.

As the opposition competed in regional and local elections for the first time since 2017, Superlano took over as the outgoing governor of Barinas, Argenis Chavez, the older brother of the late ex-president, who later resigned from office. his position.

But the triumph of the opposition was not to last.

The vote count was suspended in the region of 870,000 voters, and Venezuela’s Supreme Court – accused of pro-government bias by opposition and observers – overturned the preliminary result a week later.

He acceded to the country’s public finance supervisory authority’s request to declare Superlano “ineligible” due to “administrative and criminal investigations” into corruption charges, and ordered new elections to be held.

‘A warning’

Superlano’s Popular Will Party replaced him with Sergio Garrido, an unknown regional lawmaker, who faces PSUV’s Jorge Arreaza, a former foreign minister and father of Chavez’s eldest grandson, on Sunday.

Arreaza campaigned fervently, taking no risks.

The November defeat was “a warning,” said Reinaldo Chavez, a local council member for the town of Sabaneta and close to the ex-president.

“Perhaps we have been beaten by our own triumphalism,” he told AFP.

Barinas was the only one of Venezuela’s 23 states not to have the November vote result confirmed by election officials Federico PARRA AFP

Maduro’s party won 19 gubernatorial races in the November 21 vote.

Barinas was the only one of Venezuela’s 23 states not to have the result confirmed by election officials.

EU observers said the voting across the country was marred by irregularities, including the widespread use of state resources by the PSUV and “arbitrary disqualifications” of challengers.

“People are sick”

In Sabaneta, a town of 28,000 inhabitants, stands a six-meter (6.5-meter) bronze and granite statue of Chavez, his most famous son, who died of cancer in 2013.

Murals everywhere pay homage to the beloved man for redistributing Venezuela’s vast oil wealth to the poor, but also blaming the country’s now miserable economy and very high crime rate.

There are no opinion polls to test the pulse of voters ahead of Sunday’s new election.

“We have no electricity,” a woman shouted from her home as Arreaza campaigned on Wednesday in an open-top car emblazoned with the slogan: “Hope Returns”.

Edixon Nieto, a 22-year-old farmer, said he voted for Superlano.

“Here in Sabaneta, I will not lie, people are sick,” he told AFP, citing problems with basic services such as water and electricity.

Impoverished Venezuela is hit by recession and hyperinflation, and three of its four citizens live in extreme poverty, according to a recent study.

Millions of people have left the country in recent years to try their luck elsewhere.

But Arreaza still hopes to capitalize on what remains of Chavez’s popularity.

“Arreaza is the father of a beloved symbol of our Commander Chavez: the beloved grandson of our Commander,” Maduro said, announcing Arreaza’s appointment as governor.

Jorge Arreaza hopes to capitalize on what remains of Hugo Chavez's popularity
Jorge Arreaza hopes to capitalize on what remains of Hugo Chavez’s popularity Federico PARRA AFP

The boy, Jorge Arreaza Chavez – nicknamed “El Gallito” (Little Rooster) accompanied his father on his campaign to Sabaneta, riding the 4X4 with him through the streets as Arreaza waved a red shirt with a white star on the sleeve left, as Chavez used to wear.

Chavez’s father, Hugo de los Reyes Chavez, was governor of Barinas from 1998 to 2008.

He was followed by Hugo Chavez’s brother Adan, a former Venezuelan Ambassador to Cuba, and then by his older brother Argenis from 2017.

Another brother, Anibal José, was mayor of Sabaneta.


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governor of Georgia aims to relax rules on carrying handguns | New policies https://milwaukeecountyfirst.com/governor-of-georgia-aims-to-relax-rules-on-carrying-handguns-new-policies/ Wed, 05 Jan 2022 05:03:00 +0000 https://milwaukeecountyfirst.com/governor-of-georgia-aims-to-relax-rules-on-carrying-handguns-new-policies/ By SUDHIN THANAWALA and JEFF AMY, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) – Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp will push for new state law that would ease handgun carrying requirements in public as it aims to alleviate a main challenge from fellow Republican David Perdue in this year’s gubernatorial race. Kemp and his wife are expected to join […]]]>

By SUDHIN THANAWALA and JEFF AMY, Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) – Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp will push for new state law that would ease handgun carrying requirements in public as it aims to alleviate a main challenge from fellow Republican David Perdue in this year’s gubernatorial race.

Kemp and his wife are expected to join state lawmakers and gun rights advocates at a gun store outside Atlanta on Wednesday to announce support for legislation that would remove the need for a license for carrying a handgun in public – either openly or concealed on his body – according to draft remarks obtained by the Associated Press. Smyrna’s store, Adventure Outdoors, promotes itself as the “largest gun store in the world.”

“Building a safer, stronger Georgia starts with hardworking Georgians who have the ability to protect themselves and their families,” Kemp’s draft remarks read. “In the face of the rise in violent crime across the country, law-abiding citizens should have their constitutional rights protected. “

More than 20 other states allow weapons concealed in public without a permit – or what supporters call “constitutional porterage,” according to Stateline, an initiative of the Pew Charitable Trusts.

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Kemp highlighted his support for the 2nd Amendment during his first gubernatorial campaign, appearing in several ads with shotguns and telling voters he was a hunter and a marksman. In an advertisement, he was sitting in a room full of guns and brandishing a shotgun at an actor playing the suitor of one of his daughters.

He also approved the “constitutional portage”.

With the backing of former President Donald Trump, Perdue announced in December that he was entering the race for governor. The former US senator who lost his seat to Democrat Jon Ossoff in a runoff in January 2021 identified “constitutional porterage” as a major problem and criticized Kemp for not delivering it.

Perdue and another Kemp-defying Republican, Vernon Jones, slammed the governor ahead of Wednesday’s announcement.

“I’m glad Brian Kemp is responding to my call for constitutional postponement in Georgia,” Perdue tweeted Monday night. “But real leaders lead from the start – and it’s time for Georgia to have a governor who demonstrates principled leadership when it matters most. “

Kemp’s draft remarks appear to be applauding, saying that the view that people have the right to carry a gun without state approval “has recently become popular with others as we enter the world. campaign season ”.

Georgia currently requires people to be licensed to carry a loaded handgun outside their own home, business, or car, although people can carry rifles and shotguns in many places without a license and carry unloaded weapons in the cases.

To obtain a gun license, residents of the state must submit an application and fee and undergo fingerprints and a background check. Convicted felons and people who have been hospitalized for mental health problems or who have received drug or alcohol treatment in the years preceding the application are not eligible.

Several bills currently pending at the State Capitol would remove the licensing requirement. And Georgia House President David Ralston has indicated he’s open to some form of unlicensed porterage legislation. Ralston put aside a gun bill in the closing hours of last year’s regular session, saying it was too soon after eight people were shot dead at massage companies in the Atlanta metro area.

Republican State Senator Jason Anavitarte of Dallas, a co-sponsor of one of the “constitutional portage” bills, said people wanted the policy passed.

“It is our inherent Second Amendment right to wear without a license,” he said.

A key question, if the licenses are abolished, is what, if anything, the state would do to try to prevent convicted felons and people with mental illness from carrying handguns outside.

Courtney Spriggs, head of the Georgian section of the gun safety group Moms Demand Action, accused Kemp of playing “political games that could cost Georgians their lives.” Spriggs worked as a law enforcement officer and her husband is the sheriff’s deputy.

“It’s incredibly dangerous for law enforcement not to know if the person carrying a gun has been checked,” she said. “It’s incredibly scary and frankly anti-law enforcement.”

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Mali’s main political parties have said no to the military government’s five-year plan for the transition to civilian rule. Since August 2020, the army has carried out two coups d’état and postponed the elections.

A large coalition of political parties in Mali has rejected plans by the military-led government for a slow transition to democratic rule.

The military plan says the transition could take up to five years.

According to his plan, a constitutional referendum would take place in 2023 and legislative elections in 2025. A presidential election would only take place in 2026.

The junta called its proposal “appropriate to drive political and institutional reforms.”

What is the political situation in Mali?

The army has controlled Mali since August 2020. During this period, the army carried out two coups d’état and postponed the elections previously scheduled for the next month that it had pledged to hold.

Malian Foreign Minister Abdoulaye Diop on Saturday submitted the government’s transition plans to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

Diop forwarded the document despite a boycott of the national reform conference by political parties and non-governmental organizations.

ECOWAS has threatened the country’s military leaders with sanctions for postponing the elections.

On January 9, ECOWAS will hold a summit in the Ghanaian capital of Accra on the situation in Mali.

The military government had hoped to extend the transition period by five years from the start of the new year on January 1.

Why did the Malian political parties reject the army’s plan?

A 10-party coalition said the plan violates the transitional charter and “has not been discussed in Mali and can in no way be the deep desire of the Malian people.”

The coalition said in a statement that it “rejects this unilateral and unreasonable timetable”.

Sekou Niame Bathily, spokesperson for the coalition, told AFP that the coalition hopes “to organize the elections quickly”.

What forces are competing for power in Mali?

In August 2020, Colonel Assimi Goita overthrew former President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. This coup follows weeks of anti-corruption protests and Keita’s response to a violent jihadist insurgency.

France and countries bordering Mali have forced Goita’s hand to pledge that Mali will return to democratic civilian rule next month after presidential and legislative elections.