The Supreme Court, Trump, Biden and the Election Explained

first_imgJustices Clarence Thomas, Samuel A. Alito Jr., Neil M. Gorsuch and Brett M. Kavanaugh said they would have granted a stay blocking the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s decision. On the other side were Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and the court’s three-member liberal wing: Justices Stephen G. Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.Justice Amy Coney Barrett, who joined the court on Oct. 27, did not take part in the decision not to fast-track the case. A court spokeswoman said Justice Barrett had not participated “because of the need for a prompt resolution” and “because she has not had time to fully review the parties’ filings.” Pennsylvania officials have instructed county election officials to segregate ballots arriving after 8 p.m. on Election Day through 5 p.m. three days later. That would as a practical matter allow a ruling from the Supreme Court to determine whether they were ultimately counted.Justice Alito’s statement in the Pennsylvania case echoed an earlier concurring opinion by Justice Kavanaugh in a voting case from Wisconsin. Justice Kavanaugh also said that state legislatures, rather than state courts, have the last word in setting state election procedures.Taken together, the Oct. 17 deadlock and statements from four justices suggest that Justice Barrett could cast the decisive vote if the Pennsylvania dispute holds the key to the election. Updated Nov. 4, 2020, 12:06 p.m. ET Late last month, the justices refused a plea from Republicans in the state to fast-track a decision on whether the Pennsylvania Supreme Court had acted lawfully.- Advertisement – The U.S. Supreme Court has not hesitated to block orders from federal judges that sought to alter state rules for conducting elections. Rulings from state courts present more difficult questions because the Supreme Court generally defers to them in cases concerning interpretations of state law, while the Constitution empowers state legislatures to set the times, places and manner of congressional elections.In a statement issued when the court refused to speed the Pennsylvania case, Justice Alito, joined by Justices Thomas and Gorsuch, criticized his court’s treatment of the matter, which he said had “needlessly created conditions that could lead to serious postelection problems.”“The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has issued a decree that squarely alters an important statutory provision enacted by the Pennsylvania legislature pursuant to its authority under the Constitution of the United States to make rules governing the conduct of elections for federal office,” he wrote, adding that he regretted that the election would be “conducted under a cloud.”“It would be highly desirable to issue a ruling on the constitutionality of the State Supreme Court’s decision before the election,” Justice Alito wrote. “That question has national importance, and there is a strong likelihood that the State Supreme Court decision violates the federal Constitution.”But there was not enough time, he wrote. Still, Justice Alito left little doubt about where he stood on the question in the case. The court’s refusal to move more quickly came a little more than a week after it deadlocked, 4 to 4, on an emergency application in the case on Oct. 19. – Advertisement –center_img Should the vote in Pennsylvania have the potential to determine the outcome in the Electoral College and should those late-arriving ballots have the potential to swing the state — two big ifs — the U.S. Supreme Court might well intercede.The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ordered a three-day extension for ballots clearly mailed on or before Election Day and for those with missing or illegible postmarks “unless a preponderance of the evidence demonstrates that it was mailed after Election Day.” WASHINGTON — President Trump promised early Wednesday morning to ask the Supreme Court to intervene in the election. “We’ll be going to the U.S. Supreme Court,” he said. “We want all voting to stop.”The first statement was premature. The second did not make sense.- Advertisement – The Supreme Court decides actual disputes, not abstract propositions, and then only after lower courts have made their own rulings. While there have been countless election cases filed around the nation, it is not clear which of them might reach the court in the coming days.But one candidate is already on the court’s docket. Last month, the court refused to put a case from Pennsylvania on a fast track, but three justices indicated that the court might return to it later if need be.As far as voting is concerned, it stopped on Election Day. But some states allow votes cast by mail on or before Election Day to be counted if they are received up to several days afterward. In Pennsylvania, for instance, the state Supreme Court extended the deadline for receiving ballots from Election Day to three days later. “The provisions of the federal Constitution conferring on state legislatures, not state courts, the authority to make rules governing federal elections would be meaningless,” he wrote, “if a state court could override the rules adopted by the legislature simply by claiming that a state constitutional provision gave the courts the authority to make whatever rules it thought appropriate for the conduct of a fair election.” – Advertisement –last_img read more

Foss: State’s Amazon deal warranted scrutiny

first_imgThis latest twist in the ongoing GE saga is just another reminder that the incentives states use to attract businesses don’t always live up to the hype. There are countless examples of companies that received generous government subsidies but failed to produce the jobs they promised or make promised investments. One of the bigger boondoggles in recent memory is Wisconsin’s decision to award the Taiwan-based electronics company Foxconn $4 billion in subsidies to build a massive new facility that would employ 13,000 people. These lofty plans have since been scaled back, and the promised jobs seem unlikely to materialize. I don’t know what Amazon would or wouldn’t have done had it built a second headquarters in New York City, and perhaps the $3 billion in incentives offered by the state would one day have seemed like a great deal, though I have my doubts. What I do know is that, given their spotty track record, these deals shouldn’t be above scrutiny or criticism. New Yorkers are right to object to the lack of transparency, accountability and public involvement that characterized the state’s effort to bring Amazon to New York City, and to ask whether the cost would have been worth it. In all likelihood, it wouldn’t have been.  Categories: News, OpinionOn the same day Amazon announced that, no, it won’t be building a second headquarters in New York City after all, I found myself reading about General Electric. It was just a few years ago that Massachusetts scored what appeared to be a major economic development coup, luring GE to Boston with a $150 million incentive package.  Things haven’t worked out as planned, to put it mildly. Last week the struggling company announced that it will sell the parcel of land where its new Boston headquarters was supposed to go, and reimburse $87 million in state money used to acquire and prep the property.  Certainly, it wouldn’t have taken much for him to convince people the company was acting in good faith — to demonstrate some concern about Amazon’s impact on housing prices, homelessness or New York City’s already overburdened public transportation system. Of course, state leaders, from Gov. Andrew Cuomo on down, could have done more to make the case that Amazon’s presence would have been good for New York.But they didn’t, and were ill-prepared to do anything other than lash out at their opponents when the deal fell apart in such shocking and unexpected fashion. If the Amazon saga has one lesson, it’s that it’s no longer enough to entice a big business to your community. You also need to justify the expense, and explain how the average person will benefit.Neither Bezos nor Cuomo did this, and it’s ultimately what doomed Amazon’s plans for New York. Reach Gazette columnist Sara Foss at sfoss@dailygazette.net. Opinions expressed here are her own and not necessarily the newspaper’s.More from The Daily Gazette:Controversial solar project goes before Clifton Park Planning BoardPolice: Schenectady woman tried to take car in Clifton Park hours after arrest, release in prior the…Crossgates mall sues for $20M-plus as Lord & Taylor shuts downMotorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashFeds: Painting stolen by Nazis and found at Arkell Museum returned to familycenter_img In an essay titled, “Handing Out Tax Breaks to Businesses is Worst Than Useless,” the writer and urban theorist Richard Florida makes the case that our current approach to economic development is hugely wasteful. States, Florida writes, “shell out too much money up front. They front-load incentives, instead of watching how businesses that are getting the incentives perform over time. Companies are able to take the incentives and can be slow to deliver on jobs or follow on investments, or in some cases just pull up shop altogether. … Basically, states hand over the money to companies and then do not even follow up to see if they are working or not.” Whether the uproar over New York’s incentives for Amazon sparks a larger movement to reform our broken system of economic development remains to be seen.But it should. There’s a better way to do things — one that takes the concerns of residents into consideration and treating the community as a partner, rather than an irritation to be subdued and overcome. Amazon had little interest in addressing the questions raised by its opponents, opting to scrap its plan to build in Queens rather than deal with these perfectly valid concerns. This “my way or the highway” approach doesn’t reflect favorably on Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, suggesting that in addition to being the richest man on earth he might also be the most thin-skinned. last_img read more

See you later, alligator: Crocodile rescue contest in Palu cancelled as no takers emerge

first_img“We will not give up. We have prepared equipment for the team,” he said, adding that the special team would arrive in Palu on Tuesday.However, Hasmuni did not reveal what strategies the special team would adopt to rescue the crocodile.BKSDA Central Sulawesi had launched the contest because it did not have enough resources to locate the wild crocodile in question.Read also: Up for a challenge? Contest held in Palu to save crocodile stuck in tire for years The reptile was regularly spotted swimming in the waters connecting the Palu River to Palu Bay. Officials and conservationists previously tried but failed to catch it.Family Reptiler Tadulako (FARTA), a community of reptile lovers in Palu, expressed hope that the crocodile could be helped as soon as possible, as the tire could endanger its life.“Hopefully the evacuation can run smoothly. We hope that we can help the agency in some way,” FARTA founder Gunanta said.Gunanta said that, once saved, the crocodile could be released in the Palu River, its original habitat. (syk) A contest to save a wild crocodile that has been living with a used motorcycle tire around its neck for years has been cancelled after the Central Sulawesi Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA Central Sulawesi) failed to gain any interest from the community.“Yes, we are ending the contest,” BKSDA Central Sulawesi head Hasmuni Hasmar said during a visit to the Palu River on Sunday as quoted by Antara news agency.Hasmuni said that, in place of the contest, the agency would prepare a special team with the assistance of the Environment and Forestry Ministry’s Biodiversity Conservation Directorate General.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Harry Kane gives honest opinion on Spurs’ Champions League hopes following winless run

first_imgHarry Kane gives honest opinion on Spurs’ Champions League hopes following winless run Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 2 Mar 2019 3:20 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Comment Advertisement Kane is hoping Spurs can go on and win the Champions League this season (Picture: Getty)More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘For us it was important to stop the losing streak,’ Kane added. ‘At this point it might give us a little boost with a big game in the Champions League and then Southampton.‘Over the last week we have put ourselves under pressure but we have done it in the past and every game is a big game.’Last season Spurs were knocked out of the Champions League by Juventus at the round-of-16 stage.Will Spurs finish in the top four this season?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your results Advertisement Kane scored a penalty against Arsenal on Saturday (Picture: Getty)Harry Kane is hopeful Tottenham’s 1-1 draw against Arsenal on Saturday will help the club’s Champions League hopes.Spurs had suffered back-to-back defeats to Burnley and Chelsea prior to the draw against the Gunners, with a serious chance of their season derailing at the final hurdle.They have now followed these two recent defeats up with a draw against Arsenal, continuing their run of three games without a win heading into a crucial stage of the season.However, Kane believes a point against Unai Emery’s side will go a long way in their quest of finishing the campaign strongly.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘It was another good derby, a passionate one, it had a bit of everything,’ Kane told the BBC. ‘In the first-half we were disappointed; we created a few chances but were not clinical enough.‘The second-half was just about fighting for the team and club and we did that and we got the goal we deserved. Towards the end of the game it went a bit crazy.’The England international also expressed his opinion that while it may only be a point in the Premier League, the performance could help them to go a long way in European competition.Spurs host Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday as they look to secure their place in the Champions League quarter-finals.last_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces New Jobs in Luzerne County with Establishment of American Paper Bag Facility

first_img January 10, 2017 Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today that American Paper Bag LLC (APB), a manufacturer of retail paper bags, will establish a corporate headquarters and manufacturing facility in Sugar Notch Borough, Luzerne County, a move that will create 38 new jobs.“Pennsylvania provides a wide range of advantages to manufacturing companies. From a robust and highly skilled workforce, to a prime location with an excellent transportation infrastructure, to an exceptional quality of life for employees and their families – the commonwealth delivers on all counts,” said Governor Wolf. “I am pleased to make the announcement that American Paper Bag is moving to the commonwealth, and I wish them continued success as part of our well establish manufacturing industry.”APB will establish its first corporate headquarters and manufacturing facility at an approximately 42,000-square-foot existing building in Hanover Industrial Estates. The company will invest $5,425,000 million in the project, with spending focused primarily in proprietary machining technology. Additionally, the company has committed to the creation of 38 new, full-time jobs within three years and will begin hiring in April 2017.“Having researched sites across the U.S .and after lengthy discussions with both the Governor’s Action Team and The Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber the decision was straightforward,” said Ian Robson, CEO, American Paper Bag. “The support from all sides we have received was head and shoulders above anything else and we look forward to a long future of sustainable manufacturing in Pennsylvania.”APB received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development that includes a $38,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits to be distributed upon creation of the new jobs and $19,550 in WEDnetPA funding for employee training. The company has also been encouraged to and has applied for a $1.4 million low-interest loan through the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA).The project was coordinated by DCED’s Office of International Business Development along with the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania, in collaboration with The Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber.“Today’s announcement represents a huge win for Northeastern Pennsylvania and demonstrates how effective we can be when local and state entities work together for the greater good,” Joseph Boylan, Vice President, Economic Development, Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber. “This team approach allowed us the opportunity to develop and deliver a competitive and winning workforce and funding strategy to attract American Paper Bag to the region – competing against several locations in North America.  Congratulations to Ian Robson and American Paper Bag – a welcome addition to Northeastern Pennsylvania.”APB is a manufacturer of retail paper carrier bags bringing international experience to target the North American market with a redesigned paper bag that utilizes fewer raw materials and is environmentally friendly.Last year, DCED approved nearly $1.1 billion in low-interest loans, tax credits, and grants for projects across the commonwealth and secured private sector commitments for the creation and retention of more than 245,000 full-time jobs. In the same timeframe, the Governor’s Action Team completed 77 projects – creating and retaining more than 36,800 jobs.For more information about the Governor’s Action Team or DCED, visit dced.pa.gov.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Governor Wolf Announces New Jobs in Luzerne County with Establishment of American Paper Bag Facilitylast_img read more

Geotechnical investigations begin offshore North Carolina

first_imgIt has a potential generating capacity of 2.5 GW and is the first offshore wind lease area to be secured off North Carolina. Horizon Geosciences has started geotechnical investigations at the Kitty Hawk offshore wind project off North Carolina, U.S. The six-week work will be carried out by Kommandor Susan and will consist of geotechnical borehole drilling and sampling. The project is located more than 27 miles from the Outer Banks.center_img Source: Avangrid Renewables In May 2017, Avangrid Renewables secured the rights to develop the 122,405-acre lease area.last_img

Kelvar Darroux honored to be named Top Mover and Shaker for 2011

first_imgLocalNews Kelvar Darroux honored to be named Top Mover and Shaker for 2011 by: – December 31, 2011 Sharing is caring! Tweet Share Sharecenter_img 234 Views   no discussions Share Hon. Kelvar Darroux. Parliamentary Representative for the St. Joseph Constituency Kelver Darroux said he is honored to be named Cutting Edge Communication’s Top Mover and Shaker for 2011.A “Mover and Shaker” is a person, group, or organization (or thing) that has been a game changer; that has moved people; influenced or that has had impact for better or for worse. Earlier this week, Managing Consultant of Cutting Edge Communication Mrs Kamala Jno. Baptiste-Aaron, noted that the company “believes that such a list is important because assessment of impact in a society is necessary as well as healthy”.The release also explained that the Top Ten Movers and Shakers were named “based on an individual/organization’s impact, ability to be a game-changer and change how people behave. Mr. Darroux says he has accepted the recognition with honor but the news came as a surprise.“The announcement came as a surprise but I am honored. The year has been overwhelming for me and my constituency and there were a lot of challenges. A few of them include the collapse of the Matthieu Dam which caused massive damage to the area of Layou. A lot of fishermen suffered losses. One will understand the extent of work that now has to be done in the area,” he said.He explained that another issue which affected him was the disappearance of Shanice Jemmot.“When the whole occurrence of the Shanice Jemmot evolved, this was a situation I took very close to my heart because I did not only see myself as the MP but as a close friend to the family. I am happy that after forty days she was found and she is continuing to get her life to a state of normalcy. That is good news,” he said.Darroux is the youngest member of the Roosevelt Skerrit Cabinet who entered into politics for the first time in 2009 and won by an impressive 350 votes.The other Top Ten Movers and Shakers for 2011 are as follows;#2. The Dominican citizen , #3. Rayburn Blackmoore—Minister for Public Works, Energy and Ports, #4. Roosevelt Skerrit—Prime Minister of Dominica, #5. Senior Counsel Anthony Astaphan, #6. Commonwealth of Dominica Police Force, #7. United Workers Party—Parliamentary Opposition, #8. Justina Charles—Minister for Youth and Sports, #9. Tasha ‘Tasha P’ Peltier and #10. Cyril Carrette—Police Chief Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Calibishie reunion to be officially launched this weekend

first_imgLocalNews Calibishie reunion to be officially launched this weekend by: – March 22, 2012 Tweet Share Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img Share 28 Views   no discussions Calibishie village. Photo credit: Calibishie Ville/Facebook.Organizers of the 2012 Calibishie Reunion say plans are afoot to stage an impressive event in May.President of the Calibishie Reunion Bernadette Colins said a committee was developed and several issues came about.“It is going to be big. From the time it was announced and people got word of it, people all over the world committed their time and resources”.She said a number of functions to raise funds were held over the past few months.“A reunion takes a lot of planning and not only that; it takes a lot of fund raising and a lot of money. In the various committee members I have spoken to from Salisbury and Portsmouth, they have spent a phenomenal amount of money and time. A number of persons have suggested that they would be interested”.Beach bashes, cultural galas and cricket matches are among activities held as part of the fund raising activities.The event will be officially launched on Sunday at Coral Reef Restaurant in Calibishie, at which time the schedule of events will be announced.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Area Girls Golf Sectional Results

first_imgColumbus North, Greensburg, and Columbus East were the Top 3 Teams at The Greensburg Sectionals.  Batesville was 4th, Rushville 5th, East Central 6th, Milan 7th, North Decatur 8th, Jac-Cen-Del and Oldenburg Inc. Emma Weiler and Victoria Harpring of Batesville Individually qualify for The Regionals.201920GreensburgSectionalRichmond, Franklin County, and Hagerstown were the Top 3 Teams at The Richmond Sectionals. 201920RichmondSectionalMadison, Southwestern, and Scottsburg were the Top 3 Teams at The Madison Sectionals. Lawrenceburg was 5th, Switzerland County 7th, South Dearborn 8th, and Shawe Memorial 9th. Grace Schmidt of Lawrenceburg individually qualifies for The Regionals.201920MadisonSectionalThe Regionals will be on Saturday, The 28th, at Lapel and Roncalli.last_img