January 26, 2020
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New Jersey Right to Life PAC Endorses Brian Fitzherbert for Congress – InsiderNJ

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New Jersey Right to Life PAC Endorses Brian Fitzherbert for Congress

Egg Harbor Township –Brian T. Fitzherbert, who is seeking the Republican nomination for Congress in New Jersey’s Second Congressional District, announced the endorsement of New Jersey Right to Life PAC.

New Jersey Right to Life PAC vets and supports candidates that are pro-life.    “We are proud to endorse Brian T. Fitzherbert for Congress in New Jersey’s 2nd District,” said Marie Tasy, Executive Director of NJRTL PAC. “He is the only congressional candidate in South Jersey who we feel will fight…

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Will Hurd casts shadow over Republican primary to replace him in TX-23 – The Texas Tribune

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SAN ANTONIO — At a forum here in late November for the Republicans running to replace U.S. Rep. Will Hurd, R-Helotes, an audience member made a pointed request, asking the candidates to list three things they do not like about the retiring congressman.

While most of the eight candidates in attendance took turns airing their disagreements with Hurd, some more harshly than others, Tony Gonzales took a pass.

“He is a three-term congressman,” Gonzales said of Hurd. “That man can take care of himself.”

Of course, Gonzales has something his primary rivals do not: Hurd’s endorsement.

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Maine wants a fair trial in Senate – Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel

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Sen. Margret Chase Smith’s response to Joe McCarthy: “The right thing is not always the popular and easy way. Standing up for what is right when it is unpopular is a true test of character.”

Senator Mitch McConnell’s response to impeachment: No questions asked, no witnesses/documents called, and President Trump will not be removed from office.

McConnell has broken his oath for “impartial justice and uphold the constitution.” I ask Sen. Susan Collins, shouldn’t he be recused?

In August 2016, Sen. Collins stated: “It is impossible to support Mr. Trump due to his lack of…

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NH Primary Source: After winning Castro endorsement, Warren returns to NH on Friday – WMUR Manchester

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INTERESTING TIMING. A few hours after former housing secretary Julian Castro left the presidential race last Thursday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren told us that he had raised a “powerfully important point” about the need for diversity in the four early voting states.>> Download the FREE WMUR appCastro had previously criticized Iowa and New Hampshire, saying they are not diverse enough to deserve to hold the all-important first caucus and first primary in future election cycles. In an interview, Warren praised the collective role of the four early states of Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada…

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Collins, Hassan bill would help rural students – WCAX

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) Maine Sen. Susan Collins and New Hampshire Sen. Maggie Hassan have introduced a bill that would help rural students reach their higher education goals and connect with employment in their hometowns.

The bill is called The Success for Rural Students and Communities Act.

The bill would create a demonstration program to encourage rural community stakeholders to partner together to help their students matriculate, graduate, and enter the workforce.

These partnerships would…

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Marsicano will seek Republican nomination in 8th District – Wilkes-Barre Citizens Voice

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Michael Marsicano, who was a Democrat when elected mayor of Hazleton 25 years ago, confirmed that he will run for the U.S. House of Representatives in the 8thDistrict as a Republican.


Marsicano, a former state trooper and commercial airline pilot, now lives in Hazle Twp. and became a Republican two years ago.


He plans to make a formal announcement today.


Marsicano expects to compete against several Republican candidates in a primary April 28.


Earl Granville, a decorated Army veteran from Scott Twp.; Harry Haas, a Dallas…

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Suit: Cox defrauded investors, kept active role in businesses after divesting – The San Joaquin Valley Sun

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A recently-filed lawsuit claims Rep. TJ Cox (D–Fresno) continued to maintain involvement in some of his various companies, including a Canadian gold mining firm, after he formally divested from them.

The lawsuit, filed on behalf of a Fresno County doctor, a Sacramento County doctor, and his wife who loaned funds to a heavy equipment rental company controlled by Cox, claim the Congressman defrauded them to the tune of $150,000 plus interest by failing to disclose conflicts of interest and make loan repayments.

Seeking investment 

The suit centers on a round of business…

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Former US Sen. Humphrey among 100 members of ‘NH Independents for Biden’ coalition – WMUR Manchester

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Former Republican U.S. Sen. Gordon Humphrey and former New Hampshire First Lady Dorothy Peterson are among 100 independent Granite State voters announcing their support for former Vice President Joe Biden on Monday.>> Download the FREE WMUR appThe Biden campaign said 93 of the 100 “New Hampshire Independents for Biden” are making their support for the former vice president known for the first time. The other seven have been previously announced and are reaffirming their support as members of the grassroots coalition.The campaign said it intends to make a broad, concerted effort…

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Activists call for peace in the Middle East at Naperville rally – Chicago Daily Herald

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As tensions continued to rise Sunday in the Middle East over the killing of Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani, suburban activists and political leaders gathered in downtown Naperville to rally against an escalation of military action in the region.

The No War with Iran peace rally at the Dandelion Fountain featured speakers and saw a turnout of over 100 sign-carrying protesters objecting to President Donald Trump’s decision to order the missile strike that killed the Iranian leader.

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Editorial: Trump’s behavior reflect his abuse of high office – WRAL.com

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CBC Editorial: Monday, Jan. 6, 2020; Editorial #8496
The following is the opinion of Capitol Broadcasting Company.


The day after Christmas the president of the United States sent a tweet to his 68 million followers. It included a name that many, largely among fringe Alt-Right ideologues, have sought to link to a whistleblower. This whistleblower’s complaint about President Donald Trump’s conduct during a July 25 phone call with the Ukrainian president revealed inappropriate behavior and sparked the presidential impeachment…

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Police: Lubbock Officers Fatally Shoot Man Who Fired at Them – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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Police in Lubbock say a man who shot at a police officer early Sunday was then fatally shot when two officers returned gunfire.

Police said in a news release that 30-year-old Drew Nichols Wallace-Flores was killed in the shooting in a southwest Lubbock neighborhood.

Police said the officers were investigating a report from a resident of seeing a man on security video checking vehicle door handles in the neighborhood shortly after 5:30 a.m. Sunday when the man fled as one officer arrived.

Police said the officer gave chase on foot and as the second officer officer arrived,…

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Guest Opinion: Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick’s impeachment statement was as bad as his vote – Bucks County Courier Times

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Representative Brian Fitzpatrick’s recent statement regarding the rationale for his impeachment vote was insulting to all informed citizens. He claims that impeachment “should happen only after a formal law enforcement investigation where independent, non-partisan factual findings of criminal activity are presented to Congress.” Historically, according to the Congressional Research Service, Report No. R44260, “Impeachment and Removal,” less than one-third of the articles that the House has adopted have explicitly charged the violation of a criminal statute or used the…

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This week: House to vote on resolution limiting Trump on Iran after strike | TheHill – The Hill

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Lawmakers are returning to Washington this week as an in-limbo impeachment trial and the fallout from an airstrike that killed a top Iranian general have scrambled Congress’s schedule only days into 2020. 

Most senators are coming back to town on Monday, after the chamber held a brief hour-and-a-half session on Friday; the House will return for votes on Tuesday night. 

 

Kaine introduced a war powers resolution on Friday that will force a vote as soon as this month on Trump’s authorities. The resolution would require Trump to remove U.S. forces from hostilities against Iran, “or any…

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With Bennet And Gardner Back To Work, What’s Next For Impeachment In The Senate? – Colorado Public Radio

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As senators return to Washington, D.C. after two weeks away, it’s still unclear on when an impeachment trial for President Donald Trump would begin.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer continue to spar over whether witnesses should be called in any Senate trial. McConnell argues that should be decided after opening arguments, senator questions and other motions, as happened during the Clinton impeachment trial.

But Schumer counters, if anything, during the two-week break more questions have been raised about the hold up of military aid Ukraine.

He also…

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Arizona’s GOP Sen. Martha McSally target of new super PAC ad – Roll Call

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A new super PAC is targeting GOP Sen. Martha McSally in an early sign that the competitive Arizona Senate race could attract plenty of outside spending.

The group, named “Middle Class Fighting to Restore Arizona’s Unity and Decency,” or “McFraud,” is launching a five-figure TV and digital ad buy with a 30-second spot accusing McSally of changing her positions on immigration issues and highlighting an Arizona Republic editorial that labeled her as “disingenuous.”

The ad will air in the Phoenix media market on CNN and Fox News, according to information shared first with CQ…

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Op-Ed: An Important Step Forward for Rx Prices – NJ Spotlight

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Stephanie Hunsinger

On Dec. 12, the House of Representatives took a vital step to lower prescription drug costs and passed the Lower Drug Costs Now Act. This bipartisan bill offers real relief to the millions of Americans who struggle to afford their needed medications. The bill would allow Medicare to use its buying power to negotiate lower drug prices, create an out-of-pocket cap for seniors in Medicare Part D, and crack down on excessive drug price increases.

AARP has been tracking drug prices for 12 years. For each year, the price for prescription drugs has increased much faster than…

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1 Month To Iowa: Where Things Stand For The Democratic Presidential Primary – WBUR

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In just one month, Iowans caucus in the first major test in the Democratic presidential primary. We check in with what’s happening on the ground.

Guests

Rachel Stassen-Berger, politics editor for the Des Moines Register. (@RachelSB)

James Lynch, covers politics and state government for the Cedar Rapids Gazette. (@jamesqlynch)

Rachel Paine Caufield, professor of political science at Drake University. (@DrakeUniversity)

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Cedar Rapids Gazette: “Joe Biden pushes public option as affordable, practical health care in Iowa visit” — “Joe Biden admits his health care plan, which…

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Virginia woman who turned 100 on New Year’s shares secrets: ‘I feel wonderful’ – WTVR CBS 6 News

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — A Virginia woman is celebrating the start of 2020 with the title of centenarian.

Ethel Brown was born on Jan. 1, 1920, in Lee County, Virginia. Her family has been in the state since 1740.

Over her lifetime, she has lived and traveled to many places, but on Wednesday, she was in Virginia Beach with her family.

“I feel wonderful and I’m happy. I stay happy – that’s one thing that has helped me along, I guess,” Brown told WTKR.

Brown says having a big family has also helped her…

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New York in 2020: Seven political storylines to follow – Hornell Evening Tribune

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ALBANY — Yes, there will be a presidential election in 2020, but there are other key story lines to follow in New York next year.

The state’s worst budget deficit in a decade. The future of the Republican Party in the heavily blue state. Elections for all state legislative and congressional seats. Legalizing marijuana in New York.

The list goes on and on.

Here’s the key issues to watch for in 2020 in the Empire State:

New York’s budget deficit looms in 2020

You have to start with this one, because everything that New York political leaders will do centers around closing the…

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Power outage affects nearly 3,700 customers in East Bakersfield – KGET 17

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A PG&E power outage affected nearly 3,700 homes and businesses Wednesday night in East Bakersfield.

The power outage was reported in a large portion of Niles Street and west of Mount Vernon Avenue at around 8:15 p.m., according to PG&E’s website.

An outage map on PG&E’s website did not show the outage by 10:35 p.m.

It was not immediately clear what caused the outage.

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David Stern Earned His Tough Reputation in Battles of Labor and Race – The New York Times

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But if moving the needle on social and racial advancement were life-affirming benefits of an influential business, protecting its widespread marketability and growing the pie no matter how it eventually was sliced was always the mission that came first for Stern.

“One-nothing,” Stern said when asked if there had been a hierarchal vote on the need to go nuclear, especially on Artest, who is now known as Metta World Peace and was suspended for more than 70 games.

While Stern seldom hid from debate or debacle, the litigator in him on occasion was obscured by the autocrat. Looking back on…

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Aspen cops respond to nearly 100 calls on New Year’s Eve – Aspen Times

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Local law enforcement officials were busy on New Year’s Eve with nearly 100 calls for service ranging from fake IDs to criminal mischief to an alleged sexual assault.

With Aspen lodges at near capacity and revelers out into the early-morning hours, Aspen Police Sgt. Rick Magnuson said Wednesday the officers responded to 97 calls over a 12-hour period starting at 5 p.m. Tuesday night.

The most serious was a report of a sexual assault at 1:42 a.m. Wednesday at a local bar. An 18-year-old Arkansas man was charged with a Class 3 felony. He posted $10,000 bond and is due back in Pitkin County…

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Hasbro completes $3.8bn deal for Entertainment One – TBI Vision

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Power Rangers owner Hasbro has completed its $3.8bn deal (£2.9bn) to acquire Entertainment One (eOne), the company behind kids behemoth Peppa Pig and dramas such as The Rookie.

Darren Throop, eOne’s president and CEO, will now report to Brian Goldner, Hasbro’s chairman and CEO.

Elsewhere, eOne’s president of family & brands Olivier Dumont will also move to Hasbro, along with former DreamWorks Animation exec Steve Bertram, who heads up film & TV for the Canadian firm, and music president Chris Taylor. All three report to Throop.

The acquisition will see the US play…

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Looking for an edge, Klobuchar chases Trump voters – POLITICO

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Klobuchar’s most recent debate performance has made a difference — particularly the ensuing spike in fundraising. The campaign said they are diverting resources to New Hampshire out of the $1 million Klobuchar raised following her well-received debate performance in December though they declined to disclose how much.

Some of the money is being used to double their field staff, from 10 to 20 organizers, and up their advertising budget for January. The campaign’s advertising spending in the Boston media market dropped significantly from more than $500,000 in October to just…

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How impeachment trials have put the spotlight on North Carolina senators – Asheville Citizen-Times

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Republican U.S. Sens. Richard Burr and Thom Tillis are about to join a small but elite group: North Carolina senators who have voted in a presidential impeachment trial.

A Senate trial could take place as early as January after the House voted late last month to impeach President Donald Trump, though House Speaker Nancy Pelosi…

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Housing makes a splash in ’19 – Finance and Commerce

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Some multifamily housing projects are part of a larger mixed-use development that will define neighborhoods or entire communities for decades to come. Some take advantage of challenging properties and their surrounding environment, natural and manmade, in creative and intriguing ways. Some are just really, really big.

The decade closed out with another busy year for Twin Cities apartment (and occasionally condominium) developers. The following 10 projects, each for its own reasons, are among the most interesting or significant developments we learned about in 2019. Some remain on the…

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Jersey Citys mayor says gunmen targeted kosher market – Utica Observer Dispatch

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JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — The mayor of a New Jersey city said Wednesday it’s “clear” that gunmen targeted a kosher market during a furious shooting that killed six people and raised questions about whether anti-Semitism was involved.

A police officer, three bystanders and two suspects all died in the violence Tuesday afternoon in Jersey City, just across the Hudson River from New York City. The 40-year-old slain officer, Detective Joseph Seals, who led the department in the number of illegal guns removed from the streets in recent years, was cut down by gunfire that erupted…

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GOP-Led Panel Eyes Russia, Turkey Sanctions, Countering Trump – Financial Post

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(Bloomberg) — A key Senate committee is pushing ahead with bills to sanction Turkey and Russia, along with a slew of other measures that could tie President Donald Trump’s hands when it comes to diplomacy and cultivating personal relationships with global leaders.

The hearing Wednesday by the Republican-led Senate Foreign Relations Committee comes the day after Trump met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at the White House and the month after he hosted Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Washington.

Trump has consistently spoken favorably of Russia and Turkey, even as…

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Swing district Dems weigh impeachment vote – KARE11.com

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MINNEAPOLIS — The impeachment drama unfolding in the nation’s capital will create intense political pressure for lawmakers in swing districts, including Minnesota’s two freshman Democrats, Reps. Angie Craig and Dean Phillips.

“There will be tough decisions for cross-pressure Democrats, who are Democrats who represent districts that could be represented by a member of either party,” Kathryn Pearson, an expert on congressional politics at the University of Minnesota, told KARE.

“Craig and Phillips are likely hearing from partisans on both…

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Congress reaches deal on paid family leave for federal employees – Michigan Advance

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WASHINGTON — Lawmakers have reached a landmark agreement on paid parental leave for federal workers that could institute paid time off for civilian employees for the first time.

The measure would give federal workers 12 weeks of paid leave to care for a newborn or adopted child — extending the same benefits currently given to the military to the 2.1 million civilian members of the federal workforce.

U.S. Capitol | Image by Jorge Guillen from Pixabay

The United States is one of only two countries in the United Nations with no…

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Drug pricing bill is a sneak peek at Democrats’ 2020 campaign message – STAT

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WASHINGTON — If Democrats are spoiling for a 2020 fight focused on anything besides impeaching President Trump, consider this week’s vote on a massive drug pricing package their opening salvo.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s “Lower Drug Costs Now” Act, a sweeping bill that pledges to lower consumer drug costs by 50%, includes ideas long touted by progressives in Washington: It would let Medicare directly negotiate the price of at least 50 drugs per year and it would cap U.S. drug payments based on costs in other developed countries.

It is hardly the bipartisan drug pricing…

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Elizabeth Warren Leans Into ‘First Female President’ – The Daily Beast

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Elizabeth Warren has intensified her first female president pitch. 

Down two women rivals and statistically wedged among a trio of men, the Massachusetts senator now finds herself as the Democratic primary’s only female candidate to crack the top tier. And in recent weeks, she has embraced the possibility of becoming the first woman to occupy the White House with new fervor, giving voters a strong verbal and visual contrast to her direct competition: Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, and Pete Buttigieg. 

“It’s the three B’s and Elizabeth,” Deborah Walsh, director of the Center for…

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It’s the Year of the Woman – again. And there’s ‘no other option’ for these women running for Congress – USA TODAY

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Many women are adding their names to the ballot in the 2020 election including new fresh faces and those who want another shot.
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Emily Weber was driving to the grocery store on Nov. 9, 2016, the day after Donald Trump was elected president of the United States, when a man abruptly pulled out in front of her and rolled down his window.

“Go back to where you came from, China doll!” he screamed at Weber. His comment startled her. Then itwoke her up.

“That was my moment of realization — I have to get more involved, right now,” she recalls.

Soon, she found herself…

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‘Coyote Ugly’ star Piper Perabo joins rally pressing N.J. to restore school aid – NJ.com

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Though 2000’s Coyote Ugly is often cited as actress Piper Perabo’s breakout film, she first stepped into the limelight a decade earlier, leading the marching band at Toms River High School North.

“When I was a freshman in high school, I wasn’t on any teams and I was kind of shy and the assistant principal noticed that I wasn’t joining anything,” said Perabo, 43, who now stars in the Netflix comedy series Turn Up Charlie.

“And so he came up to me in the hallway and he said, ‘Hey I noticed you’re not on any teams or after-school clubs, and we need you out there,’” Perabo,…

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New York Sports Betting Revenue Plunges by 40.9% in November – VegasSlotsOnline

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According to the latest New York State Gaming Commission report, the state’s four commercial sportsbooks generated gross gaming revenue of just $1.3m during November. [Image: Shutterstock.com]

Significant slip

The four commercial sportsbooks currently operating in the New York market experienced a 40.9% drop in revenue during November.

The sportsbooks generated a total gross gaming revenue of just $1.3m for the month. This was the lowest monthly revenue period since sports betting was rolled out in the state back in July.

Since sports betting kicked off in New York on July 16, there…

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VAPE BAN likely OVER — MARKEY’s fundraiser guest list — Another day, another PRIMARY CHALLENGE – Politico

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GOOD MORNING, MASSACHUSETTS.

MARKEY’S FUNDRAISER GUEST LIST — Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer will be the special guest for a fundraiser for Sen. Ed Markey on Thursday, according to an email invitation obtained by POLITICO.

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In Schumer, Markey’s got the support of a pillar of the Democratic establishment. But keep in mind he’s also got the backing of a progressive bomb-thrower, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the New York congresswoman whom Markey partnered with on the Green…

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A David Price Trade Is Looking More Likely, With ‘Multiple Teams’ Targeting Him – CBS Boston

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BOSTON (CBS) — A trade of David Price this winter is starting to look like an inevitability. With the Red Sox looking to cut some salary to get under the luxury tax, and with presumably some good years still left in Price’s left arm, the 34-year-old figures to draw some interest in that market.

According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, Price already has.

“The Boston Red Sox continue to pursue ways to shed salary, and multiple teams have targeted starter David Price,” Passan tweeted. “He is owed $96 million over the next three years. Red Sox could either attach player with value or…

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Tillis, McCrory lead GOP primary poll – Laurinburg Exchange

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RALEIGH — U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., and former N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory lead the pack in the latest Civitas Institute poll focusing on the Republican primary.

Interestingly, McCrory has yet to file for the governor’s seat, though he hasn’t ruled out running.

Harper Polling, on behalf of the conservative Civitas Institute, surveyed 500 likely Republican primary voters from Dec. 2-4. Respondents were reached via phone. The margin of error is plus or minus 4.38%.

Tillis is miles ahead of his primary challenger, Sandy Smith. Eleven percent of respondents said…

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Gottheimer Fights to Repeal Harmful Medical Device Tax and to Lower Health Care Costs, Protect R&D for North Jersey Families, Businesses – InsiderNJ

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Gottheimer Fights to Repeal Harmful Medical Device Tax and to Lower Health Care Costs, Protect R&D for North Jersey Families, Businesses

 

Medical device tax suspension expires December 31, 2019

 

New Jersey’s Life Sciences supports 65,000+ jobs in the Garden State

 

WASHINGTON – On Monday, December 9, 2019, U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) joined a group of Members of Congress in a letter to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Senate Majority Leader McConnell, and Senate Minority Leader Schumer calling for a repeal of the medical…

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Oklahoma lawmakers react to US’s trade deal with Mexico, Canada – KOCO Oklahoma City

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After months of negotiation, U.S. House Democrats and the White House have reached a trade deal with Mexico and Canada.Several Oklahoma lawmakers took the social media to give their thoughts on the agreement, and Gov. Kevin Stitt discussed how the trade deal will affect the Sooner State.”Our farmers, especially in Western Oklahoma, are being harmed right now because of the trading that they can’t do,” Stitt said. “We’ll be able to do more successfully with Canada and Mexico if we get that thing passed.”Last year, Oklahoma exported more than $2 billion worth of manufactured goods to…

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Housekeeper sentenced for stealing ring at historic hotel – CBS19 News

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — A former housekeeper at a hotel in Virginia Beach has been sentenced to 30 days in jail for stealing a guest’s $35,000 diamond ring.

Prosecutors say 28-year-old Chrystal Monique Gregory pleaded guilty to grand larceny in August.

She used an employee key to break into an Ohio couple’s suite at The Cavalier hotel and take a 2¼-carat diamond engagement ring.

An appraiser said the ring featured a platinum and gold band and diamonds encrusted along the…

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