Election Gazette Briefs
It was a tough year for Southern California homebuilders.
As 2019 started, builders found themselves stuck with the largest inventory of unsold residences since the Great Recession. Rising interest rates and economic anxieties cooled house hunting, making the builders’ big bets on higher-priced homes a poor choice. So for much of the year, builders were forced to discount slow-selling homes while retooling plans to create lower-priced product.
Two new rankings of the nation’s fastest-selling “master-planned communities” — neighborhoods carved from large parcels of undeveloped…
Finkenauer, Hinson raise $3 million in 2019 for Iowa’s 1st District race Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier
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WILLIAMSBURG, Va., Jan. 9, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — William K. Wells, a former senior partner at Kenyon and Kenyon, a premier New York-based law firm specializing in intellectual property, now part of Hunton Andrews Kurth, and former chairman of the Industrial Design Committee of the American Intellectual Property Lawyers Association (AIPLA), who represented the association at an international conference in Geneva, Switzerland, on international design protection, has completed his book “Protecting Designs of Useful Products in America”: a detailed discussion of the…
PORTLAND, Maine — On Tuesday, Ned Swain traveled from Portland to Washington, D.C., to deliver testimony that he hoped would save his small business.
Swain runs Devenish Wines, a Maine-based wine distribution company that stocks restaurants and wine shops from Portland to Mount Desert Island and Down East. He’s one of many Mainers who have spent decades making a life in Maine’s hospitality, tourism and restaurant industries who fear a new proposal for 100 percent tariffs on European wine, cheese, olives and other agricultural goods that would “devastate” their business.
A bridge that links two towns on the New Jersey shore is expected to close for several months of emergency repairs, officials said.
The Ocean Avenue Shark River Bridge, which connects Avon-by-the-Sea and Belmar, will be closed to vehicles and pedestrians after the contract is awarded in the next two weeks, according to a statement from Monmouth County released this week.
Limited marine traffic will still be able to pass under the bridge.
The steel pinions that support the bridge where it opens and closes have deteriorated and need to be repaired, inspectors said.
The bridge is…
WASHINGTON — On the eve of a key hearing, U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-NH, has endorsed the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).
The Senate Finance Committee on which Hassan serves will discuss and make a recommendation on the trade deal, Senate officials said.
Hassan spelled out the criteria she applies to all these proposals.
“International trade — when done right — helps business and consumers alike by expanding opportunity, reducing costs, and boosting economic growth,” Hassan said.
“In evaluating any trade deal, including the USMCA, I use two…
The Orange County Human Relations Commission will join the county Department of Education in presenting two public forums this month exploring the impact of hate-driven incidents among students, schools and their communities.
The first meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday at the department’s headquarters at 200 Kalmus Drive in Costa Mesa and will focus on discussions by parents and students on their experiences with hate on school campuses. Information gathered at the forum will then be used at a second meeting for teachers, counselors and school administrators scheduled for 8 a.m….
WEST JORDAN — Three-term Republican state Rep. Kim Coleman said Friday she’s in the race for the 4th Congressional District seat now held by Utah’s only Democrat in Congress, Rep. Ben McAdams.
“We’re in this. We’re viable. We’re strong. We’re moving forward,” Coleman told the Deseret News in advance of making a formal announcement Saturday morning and rallying supporters at the opening of her campaign headquarters in West Jordan.
She’s already been raising money for a congressional run, reporting more than $110,000 in contributions to the Federal Election Commission as of…
SAN FRANCISCO—Three years ago, Swati Mylavarapu had never worked for a political campaign and attended just a single campaign fundraiser.
Now, the 36-year-old Silicon Valley investor is a financial force behind one of the best fundraisers in the Democratic presidential primary, serving as national investment chairwoman for Pete Buttigieg, a fellow Harvard graduate and Rhodes Scholar whom she has known for half her life.
Another version of this story previously aired on Weekend Edition Saturday.
When Donald Trump won the state of Michigan in 2016, he did it by a narrow margin of just over 11,000 votes. The President’s victory in 2020 depends on voters in a coalition of battleground states, like Michigan, voting for him again.
While the top of the ticket race may be the marquee for politicos, it’s not the only one. The reelection effort for Michigan’s junior Democratic Senator, Gary Peters, will be hard fought between Democrats, who need the seat to maintain their foothold in the Senate, and…
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Dubuque (KWWL) — Democratic Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-1) announced her endorsement of Joe Biden for President of the United States.
She released the following the statement:
I was raised in a small town in rural Iowa, where my family instilled in me the importance of hard work, caring for others, and most importantly the value of public service. I take those values with me every day in Washington, where I have made improving the lives of Iowa’s working families my top priority.
We need a President who reflects those same values and will make America’s…
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – New Mexico’s booming film industry has a group of actors looking to make changes on set. The background actors have put together a petition for better working conditions.
With big companies like Netflix and NBCUniversal setting up shop in New Mexico, there are even more working opportunities for background actors. They want these companies to make sure conditions are safe and considerate.
“Background is basically the palette of a movie or TV show,” said Bobbie Shelton, a background actor in the state. “They’re the individuals in the…
In his brief time in Congress, Jeff Van Drew accomplished the near-impossible: He has managed to get the national news media interested in a Congressional race in New Jersey.
The 66-year-old dentist from Cape May County did so by proclaiming that he would vote against the impeachment of President Trump.
This was hardly out of character. For the almost 20 years I’ve known him, Van Drew has made a career out of cooperating with the opposite party.
In the state Legislature, he kept his fellow Democrats from going too far to the left on issues ranging from gun control to energy policy.
Emma Jenson, standing in front of over 200 Bernie Sanders supporters gathered in the parking lot of a Santa Ana office park, asked for a show of hands to see who had knocked on doors for the 2016 election.
“Notice that my hand didn’t go up,” the San Clemente resident said. “But things are different now. This is what democracy looks like.”
The ostensible reason for the recent Sunday evening rally was the opening of Sanders’ Orange County campaign office. But Jenson’s remarks about how Democratic people power can beat Republican might resonated with the crowd for reasons…
By YURI KAGEYAMA
AP Business Writer
TOKYO (AP) – Asian shares were mostly higher on optimism about a U.S.-China trade deal as regional markets opened the new year’s first day of trading Thursday.
Australia’s S&P ASX 200 gained 0.3% in morning trading to 6,704.00, while South Korea’s Kospi lost 0.8% to 2,179.25. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng jumped 1.2% to 28,516.99, while the Shanghai Composite gained 1.5% to 3,095.00. Tokyo was still closed for the New Year’s holiday.
Regional market sentiment has been on an upswing after President Donald Trump…
Gov. Mike Parson informed the federal government Monday that the state will accept resettlement of lawfully-admitted refugees — a choice given to state and local leaders in September by President Donald Trump.
Trump signed an executive order Sept. 26 that required consultation with and the consent of state and local authorities for resettlement of refugees to occur within those jurisdictions.
On the same day, Trump submitted to Congress through the departments of State, Homeland Security, and Health and Human Services that the United States would resettle no more than 18,000 refugees in…
It’s been just shy of a year since Aaron Frey went from being a state legislator and criminal defense lawyer in Bangor to managing one of the largest law firms in the state with more than 115 lawyers and 80 support staff.
In his first year on the job as Maine’s attorney general, Frey, 40, of Bangor has encountered a few surprises and found that he spends time each day deciding when Maine will join other states with Democratic attorneys general in challenging the policies of President Donald Trump. In a recent interview, he discussed how he makes those decisions, his expectations for a…
Michigan is headed for a hotly contested Senate race next year as Sen. Gary Peters (D) faces off against Republican John James, a 38-year-old African American military veteran who’s widely seen as a rising star within the GOP.
The Senate race will take place in a crucial battleground state that will be heavily fought-over in the 2020 presidential election after President Trump narrowly edged out Hillary Clinton in the previous contest.