Fired Ohio State band director’s lawyers seek to withdraw

by Shelton on January 27th, 2016

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Attorney David Axelrod, the former federal lawyer, said he could not provide further information on Waters legal bills. The effort had been supported in part by a legal fund set up by the celebrated bands alumni association, which stood behind Waters after the firing.

Were fully dedicated to our clients well-being and wish Jon, for whom we have the utmost respect, the best of luck, Axelrod told The Associated Press. Its very difficult for us to withdraw from representing him, but the specifics regarding our relationships with our clients have to remain between us and our clients.

The development could spell the end of Waters efforts to fight his July 2014 termination.

Ohio State fired him after it determined that he ignored a sexualized culture inside the celebrated band of students marching in their underwear, performing sexually themed stunts and distributing a songbook filled with profane lyrics. Waters has denied that he ignored matters, saying he was working to improve the culture.

His federal suit alleges he was a victim of gender discrimination on grounds the university gave a second chance to a female employee facing similar allegations.

It paints Waters as a scapegoat whose firing was used to show the school was serious about fighting sexual harassment amid a federal investigation. The litigation seeks Waters reinstatement and $1 million in damages.

Waters also is pursuing a separate defamation case in the Ohio Court of Claims. Its unclear whether that will also be affected by his financial situation.

In an email, a university spokesman declined to comment on the attorneys request to withdraw.

Waters said he was saddened that money has become a problem.

Im still saying what weve said since Day One: We are here to clear my name and to clear the names of thousands of alums who have been affected by this situation, Waters said. Its unfortunate that finances have gotten in the way of justice here, but we are evaluating our options.

In their filings Wednesday, his attorneys asked the judge to release them from the case and allow Waters time to engage new lawyers.

Waters said its unclear whether hell be able to proceed even if the judge grants the delay.

Whether it was personal funding or monies that others have given for the promotion of our case, we were just not in a position to pay the attorneys anymore, he said.

Study: 17% of first-class pupils interact with online stranger

by Shelton on January 20th, 2016

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The company surveyed 2,200 children about their online activities when it visited 45 schools across the country.

Company founder Joe Kenny said 17% of children in first class reported interacting with strangers online.

This should be of concern to parents and educators, he said.

Mr Kenny said parents were finding it more difficult to restrict their childrens access to the internet, with mobile phones and hand-held computers becoming more available and less expensive.

Many parents tell us that their children have apps or are using social-media sites without their consent, he said.

A growing number of primary school children are using tablets to access the internet, play games and use apps. The study showed 39% of pupils in first class use them instead of smart phones, laptops, consoles, or iPods.

Half of children in fifth class are allowed two hours screen time every day, while over 30% of children in first and second classes are spending between one and two hours a day in front of screens.

The study found that 26% of children in third class, 24% in fourth class, and 23% in fifth class said they had been cyberbullied or knew someone who had been a victim of online bullying.

Mr Kenny, an entrepreneur and a parent, said he established Zeeko in 2013 with backing from Enterprise Ireland and personal funding, concerned at the growing dominance of the internet in childrens lives.

Our advice to parents is that the best thing they can do is teach children how to navigate the internet safely, he said.

Cyber-psychology expert Dr Graacute;inne Kirwan said the internet had become such a part of daily life it would soon be impossible for parents to restrict access to it.

Parents and educators need to guide children on how to behave in online environments to reduce risk and to provide support for their problems and questions, she said.

This is no different from the guidance children receive in the offline world, where rules are well established for managing risky behaviours, for example, crossing the road, learning how to drive, or cycling in traffic.

Tarkanian raises nearly $350K, Roberson $440K

by Shelton on November 4th, 2015

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Danny Tarkanian has raised nearly $350,000 in his first fundraising quarter in a bid for Nevadas 3rd Congressional District.

The Republican candidate is moving into the next quarter with about $335,000 cash on hand, according to figures from the campaign. Tarkanian announced for the 2016 race in July.

The spot is opening because Rep. Joe Heck, R-Nev., is leaving it to run for Democrat Harry Reids US Senate seat.

Amy and I are incredibly thankful for the tremendous investment our supporters have made in my candidacy, Tarkanian said in a statement. While my opponent continues to represent the big government, tax raising policies of the establishment in our party I stand ready to take off the gloves and fight for the core conservative principles that many in Carson City and Washington seem to have forgotten.

State Senate Majority Leader Michael Roberson, R-Henderson, is also seeking the GOP nomination for the seat. Roberson played a key role in shepherding Gov. Brian Sandovals tax proposal through the 2015 session that raised business license fees to put more money toward public schools.

Roberson has raised $440,000 during his campaigns first quarter. In a statement posted on his campaign site, Roberson said: Support has been overwhelming and Im grateful for your enthusiasm igniting our effort to fight for Nevada and change Washington.

Other Republican candidates running include Andrew Matthews, former president of Nevada Policy Research Institute; and Annette Teijeiro, a doctor.

Democratic candidates Barry Michaels, a businessman and ex-felon, and Jesse Sbaih, an attorney, are also running.

Sbaihs total for the quarter was a little over $300,000, he said. Of that, about $100,000 came from contributors and about $200,000 is his personal funding.

The 3rd District includes Henderson, Boulder City and areas of Clark County south to Laughlin and west to California.

The district is considered the states most competitive, with voter registration almost equally divided between Democrats and Republicans.

Contact Ben Botkin at or 702-387-2904. Find him on Twitter: @BenBotkin1

Burning electricity bills atop containers won’t help: Nawaz

by Shelton on October 19th, 2015

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SHEIKHUPURA: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said on Friday that nothing would be achieved by burning electricity bills on containers, in a reference to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).

Responding to PTI chief Imran Khans recent allegations against him, the prime minister said he had never claimed he would eliminate power outages within six months. I never said I would eliminate power load-shedding in six months, however, I said we will definitely try to end it within our governments five-year tenure, the premier said while suggesting that the power crisis would end by 2018. The prime minister was addressing the ground-breaking ceremony of 1,180MW Bhikki Power Plant in Sheikhupura on Friday. Earlier, the PTI chief had hit out at the premier, calling him out for failing to end load-shedding within six months after coming to power as promised.

The prime minister criticised the politics of the PTI chief, claiming he was putting obstacles in the way of the governments efforts to provide relief to the countrys poor farmers. People will not like your politics as you have deprived poor farmers of relief packages at a time of crisis, PM Nawaz warned. He went on to say that the Bhikki power project has cost Rs 55 billion instead of its proposed cost of Rs 95 billion. Any corrupt government would have taken advantage of the proposed cost and would not have toiled to save the hard-earned money of poor people, he said, adding that the current government has initiated a new culture in the history of Pakistan.

The prime minister said his government was earnestly interested in pulling back the country from darkness, for which he blamed the previous governments and added that they did not plan anything to improve the situation. The prime minister also lamented that the complete responsibility of the countrys power crisis has been put on the shoulders of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) which, according to him, was inappropriate. The premier went on to advise Imran to play a positive role in the countrys politics instead of playing the politics of agitation. Burning electricity bills on containers will not help but playing a positive role will, he said.

Meanwhile, in a startling revelation, Nawaz claimed to have completed the motorway project in the 90s through his personal funding. The current government after coming to power in 2013 started a project of re-servicing the motorway, he said, questioning as to why previous governments did not pay any heed to its repair and maintenance.

Challenges facing women entrepreneurs in India

by Shelton on October 2nd, 2015

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Global competitiveness: India jumps to 55th place

Saurabh Gupta | 14 Sep, 2015

Although the issues and challenges of an woman-run small and medium enterprise (SME) are not much different from issues of Indian SMEs, but when we talk about gender equality our government must introduces some specific measures for women entrepreneurs to encourage them so that the true potential of women entrepreneurs get tapped.

Funding, knowledge, marketing and branding are the major issues before women entrepreneurs, President of FICCI Ladies Organization (FLO), Archana Garodia Gupta recently said at a event in New Delhi. She said women entrepreneurs have great potential but unfortunately it is initialized.

In the initial business stages, most women are forced to rely on personal funding, including for meeting working capital requirements. A report released by International Finance Corporation in 2014 said there was a finance gap of Rs 6.37 lakh crore (Rs 6.37 trillion) when it came to meeting requirements of women entrepreneurs in the MSME (micro, small and medium enterprise) sector. Lack of collateral and a misogynist mindset are the main stumbling blocks women face in accessing loans, a leading news paper (TOI) reports.

The country lacks also large-scale women-oriented venture capital funds or institutions, like Wells Fargo in the US which provides customized offerings to women entrepreneurs such as collateral-free loans of up to USD 100,000 (Rs 63 lakh). Golden Seeds, a US-based VC Fund, invests exclusively in women-led enterprises, it said.

Today India ranks 70 out of 77 in countries covered in the 2015- Female Entrepreneurship Index. The main reasons that the study identifies is access to first-tier finance. The MSME sector contributes to about 45 percent of the total manufactured output and nearly 40 percent to Indias exports. There are about 36 million MSMEs in the country, providing employment to more than 60 million persons, but out of total 15.64 lakh registered enterprises 2.15 lakh (13.72 percent) are women entrepreneurs, said official data.

While sharing her journey from a start-up company to become a successful limited company, Sumita Ghose, Founder Director, Rangsutra Crafts India Ltd., said, In the beginning main challenge was getting loan to run business. Then comes the issue of marketing of goods and sale.

Speaking about women talent in rural of the country, Sumita said that there is demand of handmade products but at the same time women entrepreneurs in rural area are moving towards government run job schemes like MGNREGA due to marketing and sale of handmade goods.

Rangsutra is a company of a thousand artisans from remote regions of India – the deserts of Rajasthan, hill regions of Uttaranchal and Assam. Sumita said that their goal is to ensure sustainable livelihoods for artisans and farmers, by creating top quality hand made products based on the principles of fair trade and a celebration of Indias rich craft heritage. Socially, craftspeople and artisans come from some of the most disadvantaged communities, with very little opportunities for self development and growth.

One of the obstacles faced by any entrepreneur is the lack of knowledge whether it is legal aspect of business or about the knowledge of government run schemes for the welfare of women entrepreneurs.

CEO amp; Founcer, countrys largest online coupon provider, Anisha Singh said, Mentoring (guidance) is also a big issue before women SMEs. To start we need a mentor, who can guide us or to motivate us to start a business.

She said, I never want to be an entrepreneur but a mentor had changed the everything.

India has more than 50 percent of its population below the age of 25 and more than 65 percent below the age of 35. It is expected that, in 2020, the average age of an Indian will be 29 years, compared to 37 for China and 48 for Japan. This indicates that significant changes are required to reduce barriers for female entrepreneurs.

FLO recommended that the government introduces specific measures for women entrepreneurs to encourage them so that the growing potential of SME sector is tapped. It should also be taken into consideration that women entrepreneurs from across the country should be provided with a platform to develop linkages with national and international markets, develop partnerships with value chain operators and network with persons in related industries.

However, for creating gender equality through empowerment, safety and well-being of women is also
crucial and fundamental.

Over the past three decades, workplace has become a much more diverse environment. With women representing 24.4 per cent of the total workforce in India, personal security has become central to their physical, intellectual, emotional, economic and spiritual well-being. To quote Michelle Bachelet, first woman Special Envoy to the UN Secretary General, Gender equality must become a lived reality and how better to do it than ensure that women are safe at the workplace, by creating an atmosphere conducive to increased participation of women, positively encouraging and supporting them.

In the wake of increasing incidents of violence and atrocities against women, FLO felt the need to set up an Industry Task Force that would come out with recommendations to ensure safety of women in our society and work places.

Experts believe that the resources and strengths of women need to be channelized, to help their full potential. It acts as a catalyst for the social and economic advancement of women and society at large. Educational and vocational training programmes, panel discussions and workshops on a vast range of subjects especially concerning women and business should be a part of this process.

Empowering women entrepreneurs is essential for achieving the goals of sustainable development and the bottlenecks hindering their growth must be eradicated to entitle full participation in the business.

Obama using business CEOs meeting to apply budget pressure

by Shelton on October 1st, 2015

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Youll recall two years in the past Republicans shut down the federal government as a result of they did not like Obamacare. Today, some are suggesting the federal government must be shut down as a result of they do not like Planned Parenthood, Obama stated. Thats not good sense, and it isnt good business.

A partial shutdown will happen Oct. 1 until lawmakers present cash to hold the federal authorities functioning. The GOP-led Congress should overcome opposition from some conservatives who need to block federal funding for Planned Parenthood and take different steps, to attain a deal.

Obama used his speech to members of the Business Roundtable to flip up the pressure on lawmakers to attain a budget settlement. He additionally pointed to a possible income supply to pay for a number of the elevated investments he needs in infrastructure, schooling and scientific analysis — taxing so-referred to as carried curiosity as peculiar revenue moderately than as a capital achieve, which is taxed at a decrease fee. The proposed change is aimed primarily at managers of some forms of personal funding funds who pay a decrease tax price on their revenue than do many people. He famous, with out naming them, that some Republican presidential candidates, primarily Donald Trump and Jeb Bush, have voiced help for growing taxes on carried curiosity.

If we shut the tax loophole, we might double the variety of staff in Americas job-coaching packages, we might assist one other 4 million extra college students afford school, Obama stated.

This strategy is an instance of how we will keep fiscal duty whereas on the similar time making the investments that wed like to develop, he later added.

Obama additionally tried to painting an enhancing financial system that has come a great distance whereas he is been in workplace. He stated it is doing higher than these nations whove embraced spending cuts to climb their method out of robust financial occasions and that perennial gloom and doom descriptions are perpetuated by the presidential marketing campaign that may decide his successor.

Americas profitable proper now. Americas nice proper now. We can do even higher, Obama stated.

The Business Roundtable is made up of CEOs from giant firms. Executives from corporations reminiscent of Procter amp; Gamble, AES, ATamp;T and Ameriprise have been amongst these in attendance. The group launched a survey this week displaying that business executives are cautious concerning the DJ financial systems close to-time period prospects. The group is frightened a few potential standoff relating to the budget, and additional down the street, elevating the debt ceiling.

Predictability is important to spur funding and unlock financial enlargement and job progress, stated Randall Stephenson, chairman of the commerce group and CEO of ATamp;T Inc. Stephenson added that DJ staff cant afford the instability that comes with inaction.


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Interview: Somali president says rebel attacks don’t mean resurgence

by Shelton on September 26th, 2015

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Al Shabaab, which needs to topple Mohamud and his Western-backed authorities, retook the central Somali city of Buqda and two different southern settlements this month and has attacked African troops.

The raids comply with a army marketing campaign by the African Unions AMISOM forces and Somali troops that pushed the rebels out of cities on the coast and drove them into more and more small pockets of countryside principally within the south of Somalia.

AMISOM and Somali National Army have liberated a lot of the main cities in Somalia and have taken over the strategic places, Mohamud advised Reuters in an interview within the capital Mogadishu.

In the distant areas, al Shabaab might transfer round to take over some smaller cities, however these usually are not strategic.

He stated the group that had as soon as dominated a lot of Somalia, now had restricted had entry to the ocean, which specialists stated had been used prior to now to generate money for the group from smuggling or importing arms.

Al Shabaab controls the Haradheere port city in central Somalia nevertheless it misplaced management of Kismayu port in 2012.

Al Shabaab is just not regaining power in any respect. It misplaced the whole lot that would give it power.

Western diplomats say the group is being slowly weakened, however can nonetheless pack a punch and threaten the tempo of Somalias gradual reconstruction and state-constructing course of.

Just on Thursday, a blast claimed by al Shabaab killed no less than three troopers who have been ready to gather their salaries at a army camp in Kismayu.

As properly as attacking troops, the group often carries out bombings and gun attacks on officers at bureaus, motels or eating places.

The president stated Somalia was trying to encourage extra funding by reforming laws. Most personal funding from overseas has up to now come from expatriate Somalis returning.

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Hong Kong shares follow China market lower ahead of US rate decision

by Shelton on September 23rd, 2015

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In Hong Kong the Hang Seng Index slipped 0.49 per cent, or 106.67 points to close at 21,455.23.

The global forecast for the Asian markets is broadly positive, thanks to the increasing likelihood that the FOMC will not raise interest rates later today. But only about 46% of business and academic economists surveyed by The Wall Street Journal in the week to last Friday predicted the Feds first rate increase would come at the September 16-17 policy meeting.

There was little reaction to news that Beijing intends to overhaul its vast state-owned firms in a bid to give a boost to the worlds No. 2 economy, while an earlier rally in some riskier assets petered out.

Concerns about the Chinese economy mean stocks are down 6 percent so far this week, with the drop exacerbated by thin trading volumes as many investors opt to stay on the sidelines.

The move comes after leaders in 2013 said they wanted the market to play a greater role in the economy, easing government influence on key sectors such as transport, energy production and arms manufacturing. But traders are also likely to sell to unwind long positions ahead of an extended break in early October before the plenum.

Margin trading allows investors to use borrowed funds to trade stocks with only a small sum as deposit., a widely read news portal in China, reported that a notice sent by brokerage GF Securities to a trust firm called Zhongrong global Trust Co. said Zhongrong would still be able to trade on its platform.

Traders are refraining from aggressive trading before then, he added.

Analyst Andy Rothman advised final week that slowing actual property development – whereas affecting demand for uncooked supplies, which has hit Chinas overseas suppliers – was to be anticipated as China had constructed a lot housing over the previous decade – and he stated that rising gross sales of second-hand houses have been offering a brand new progress level for the financial system.

Down 4.9% month-to date, the Nikkei have suffered most in the region.

SHANGHAI Chinese stocks dropped by nearly 4 percent on Tuesday, denting hopes that a slew of regulatory measures issued by Beijing over the past three months had brought some stability to the market.

Analysts had expected authorities to clear out such accounts by the end of the month.

The SCI finished brutally lower on Tuesday with damage across the board as more than 700 stocks fell by the 10 percent daily limit.

The dollar was weaker against most peers before this weeks Federal Reserve meeting.

The country is set to struggle to meet its target of 7% growth for 2015.

The State Council stated that strikes towards higher marketization of state enterprises over the subsequent 5 years would result in extra personal funding and reforms of their administration construction. On Tuesday, turnover in Shanghai slumped to a roughly seven-month low.

Dreadful commute sets stage for tunnel talks – News – NorthJersey

by Shelton on September 16th, 2015

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Kevin R. Wexler / employees photographer NJ Senate President Senator Stephen Sweene, left, and Stephen Gardner, Amtrak’s vice chairman of Northeast hall infrastructure funding, in New York Metropolis on Monday, Aug. 17, 2015.

For New Jersey residents who commute to New York Metropolis, Monday was one other rush hour in hell. An NJ Transit practice broke down on the Amtrak line underneath the Hudson River at 7 am, and a Cadillac Escalade caught hearth contained in the Lincoln Tunnel, closing each tunnels for greater than an hour and inflicting main delays for buses and trains all through the state.

These twin nightmares got here simply hours earlier than Amtrak officers led a tour of a battered stretch of the getting old Northeast Hall and a day earlier than an anticipated assembly between state and nationwide leaders to debate funding for an formidable plan to construct a brand new rail tunnel underneath the Hudson.

The 90-minute tour targeted on some deteriorating spots that most individuals have by no means seen or heard about. Alongside 9 miles between Newark and New York, Amtrak Vice President Drew Galloway identified three century-old bridges that have to be changed, switches so closely used they have to be rebuilt each three months, and a Four-foot part of copper cable, thick as a person’s biceps, that had been torn in half by a fiery explosion, probably as a consequence of corrosion brought on by Superstorm Sandy.


The cable failed on a Monday in July, the beginning of an extended slog for commuters, who confronted main delays on 4 days of their workweek. And it took staff every week to seek out the damaged cable as a result of it was hidden inside a collapsed duct product of historic terra cotta.

“We’re working the busiest railroad in North America on a number of the oldest, most brittle gear,” stated Stephen Gardner, Amtrak’s vice chairman of Northeast Hall development tasks.

Immediately Governor Christie, US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxxand New Jersey’s two US senators, Cory Booker and Bob Menendez, are scheduled to satisfy in Booker’s workplace in downtown Newark to debate methods to pay for the huge challenge referred to as Gateway, which might dig a brand new rail tunnel beneath the Hudson, construct a brand new underground practice station in Manhattan and create a completely new community of tracks and bridges from New York to Newark. Finally, practice capability between the 2 stateswould double, however not till the prevailing 105-year-old Amtrak tunnel is taken out of service and utterly rebuilt.


Main particulars about in the present day’s assembly haven’t been made public. Not one of the officers concerned would publicly affirm the time of the assembly, for instance, and all described its objectives in solely the broadest of phrases.

“Governor Christie is prepared to satisfy with Secretary Foxx at Senator Booker’s request to see what the Obama administration has in thoughts,” stated Nicole Sizemore, a spokeswoman for Christie.

Final week Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York stated the Gateway venture would value $20 billion, greater than double the $eight.9 billion price ticket for Entry to the Area’s Core, the tunnel venture that Christie canceled in 2010.

Requested Monday whether or not $20 billion is correct, Galloway shrugged. “It’s a great working quantity,” he stated.

The tour was organized by New Jersey Senate PresidentStephen Sweeney, a Democrat who has criticized the Republican governor for what Sweeney described as Christie’s inaction on a variety of transportation points, together with constructing new Hudson River tunnels and changing the Port Authority Bus Terminal, each used closely by New Jersey commuters. Sweeney is making early preparations to run for governor in 2017.

In current weeks, transportation specialists and elected officers together with Schumer have recommended numerous methods of paying for the challenge. No remaining selections have been made about funding – at this level it’s not even clear which events would wish to log off on such a plan or whether or not officers in Washington, notably the Republican-led Congress, can be prepared to help any cash altering palms.

However on Monday, Sweeney used the tour to announce his personal funding proposal: Make the Port Authority pay for it. In his state of affairs, the US Division of Transportation would cowl 80 % of Gateway’s prices, both via grants or by tapping into the Railroad Rehabilitation and Enchancment Financing program, which may give out as much as $35 billion in loans, based on the division.

The ultimate 20 % can be coated by native sources, together with New Jersey, New York, and the Port Authority. Sweeney proposed that all the native portion be the duty of the Port Authority, which might borrow billions of dollars from the identical railroad rehabilitation program. The Port Authority would repay the loans utilizing revenue from airport charges and tolls on bridges and tunnels, Sweeney stated.

Doing so can be comparatively low cost, Sweeney stated. With a low rate of interest and reimbursement unfold out over 30 years, the company must pay out solely $150 million a yr, he stated.

“That may cowl each New Jersey’s and New York’s position,” Sweeney stated as he walked the bowels of Penn Station with Amtrak officers. “That’s a superb deal. There’s simply no excuse for not doing it. Our complete financial system is dependent upon it.”

Such an formidable challenge by the Port Authority would require the help of each Christie and New York’s Democratic governor, Andrew Cuomo. Final week Cuomo informed reporters he’s so against a mortgage that he wouldn’t contemplate attending right now’s assembly if the potential of loans was on the desk. Foxx, who initially proposed such a mortgage, later stated different funding choices additionally might be mentioned, together with grants.

“The federal authorities stated they would offer funding, and it seems they would offer a mortgage and not more than a mortgage,” stated Cuomo. “My drawback shouldn’t be the mortgage. My drawback is repaying the mortgage.”

Christie took a considerably extra average stance on the potential for a mortgage, however he made it clear that New Jersey would search far more cash from the federal authorities than the $three billion that had been provided for the Entry to the Area’s Core tunnel.

“Governor Christie and Governor Cuomo agree that any tunnel should include considerably larger federal grant funding than the ill-designed and poorly funded ARC tunnel,” Sizemore stated.

Regardless that it often doesn’t play out so publicly, this dance over which degree of presidency ought to pay for Gateway is widespread to most giant infrastructure tasks, stated Peter Derrick, a former planner for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

“That’s what the governors all the time need,” stated Derrick, who’s now a transit historian. “In the event you’re a governor of a state and also you get one thing with out paying for it, that’s advantageous.”

Va. Rep. Barbara Comstock Favors Constituents in Opposing Iran Deal

by Shelton on September 2nd, 2015

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As Congress adjourned for its summer time recess, freshman Rep. Barbara Comstock was rising as one in every of its most vigorous opponents of the proposed Iran nuclear deal.

I hear from individuals always and they’re speaking about this, stated the Virginia Republican, whose commute again to her Northern Virginia district is a 20- to 30-minute drive and thus she is uncovered to opinions of constituents each day.

In an interview with Newsmax days earlier than the recess started, Comstock stated she listens to the more and more vocal opinions of constituents on the Iran settlement, and they’re coming from extra locales than her city conferences or speeches at Rotary luncheons.

They’re frightened that it doesn’t matter what the Tehran regime guarantees, we will get a nuclear Iran, she informed us. After which we will not get the genie again within the bottle, it doesn’t matter what the administration says.

The freshman congresswoman added that her Iranian constituents categorical their perception to me, time and again, that their nation was hijacked by the Islamic revolution. There’s a broad consensus of their group that we should always improve the sanctions on Iran relatively than take them again.

Regardless of the strain the administration is placing on Democratic lawmakers to OK the deal, stated Comstock, their spokesmen, resembling [Secretary of State] John Kerry, are simply not making a compelling argument.

Together with listening to her constituents on this more and more incendiary matter, Comstock plans to make her first journey to Israel, the place she expects to satisfy with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. She stated: That is somebody who is aware of methods to make a compelling argument no deal is best than a nasty one.

When Congress returns to work after Labor Day, Comstock solely the third Republican Home member from the Previous Dominion State who’s a lady is more likely to be a front-and-center voice towards Home approval of the controversial Iran deal. However taking over controversial points is one thing she has spent a superb a part of her grownup life doing.

Barbara Comstock Labored for Ted Kennedy

Politics, it appears, has been in Barbara Burns Comstock’s blood. A graduate of Middlebury School in Vermont and Georgetown College Regulation Faculty, she settled in Northern Virginia, married and have become a mom of three.

When she moved to Virginia, Comstock met and volunteered for Republican Rep. Frank Wolf and later joined his employees on Capitol Hill.

Comstock first appeared on the conservative radar display within the 1990s when, as senior counsel to the Home Committee on Authorities Reform, she was within the forefront of the probe into the early scandals surrounding Invoice and Hillary Clinton. The Arkansas land deal referred to as Whitewater was a specific focus of the panel and of Comstock.

In 2000, she oversaw opposition analysis for George W. Bushs presidential marketing campaign and was later director of public affairs on the US Division of Justice underneath Lawyer Common John Ashcroft. Comstock ultimately launched her personal enterprise and was a key strategist within the 2012 presidential marketing campaign of Mitt Romney.

However the Massachusetts native truly served in regulation faculty as an intern on the employees of her state’s Sen. Ted Kennedy.

All of us have to start out someplace, she stated.

On the time, Comstock was a Democrat who got here from a Democratic household in Massachusetts. However whereas working for Kennedy, she realized her values and views weren’t Democratic in any respect and she or he quickly turned a Republican.

With the respect Comstock gained amongst fellow conservatives and her more and more seen position as a spokeswoman for conservative causes, it was solely pure that she would make a run for workplace herself.

That got here in 2009, when she first gained election to the Virginia Home of Delegates by unseating Democratic incumbent Margaret Vanderhye.

In 2014, when mentor and good friend Wolf introduced his retirement from Congress after 34 years, Delegate Comstock loomed giant because the Republican inheritor obvious. However she needed to work for the seat.

First, she topped a six-candidate GOP main subject with 54 % of the vote. Sensing a potential pickup of a Home seat, nationwide Democrats promoted Fairfax County Supervisor John Foust, and cash from organized labor and environmental activists flowed into his coffers.

Foust, whose commercials slammed Comstock for her pro-life views, made a tactical blunder within the fall when his marketing campaign charged that the Republican nominee by no means had an actual job.

In a district the place Comstock’s expertise just isn’t unusual amongst ladies who work in authorities and politics whereas elevating a household, the Democrat clearly stumbled.

However that is not why I gained, stated Comstock, who rolled up 56 % of the vote final fall. I knocked on 10,000 doorways and all the time talked about jobs and the financial system and the shortage of an actual restoration that we’re experiencing. The agenda of decrease taxes and tax reform resonated with individuals right here.

And again and again, I heard from individuals who had actual horror tales about coping with Obamacare. An auto mechanic in Leesburg informed me that he needed to pay $900 a month for medical insurance beneath new laws and stated, ‘that is my lease.’

The GOP lawmaker requires repealing Obamacare each means we will eliminating the Medical System Tax, for instance. Sure, it should take a Republican president to signal repeal, however till then anybody I can rescue from Obamacare, I’ll.

As chairman of the Science, Area, and Know-how Subcommittee on Analysis and Know-how, Comstock is worried with concepts and alternatives for the roles of the 21st century. The important thing to the longer term, she says, is tips on how to use know-how and personal funding for tomorrow.

Inevitably, she is requested about what the press calls ladies’s points.

I strategy all points as ladies’s points, Comstock stated. Know-how, medical reform, and entrepreneurship are all ladies’s points.

You are all the time greatest off if you ask ladies their prime considerations. And the highest points I hear from ladies are jobs and alternative, healthcare, and more and more, nationwide safety. We’ve some robust ladies speaking, and I want to be their voice.

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White Home correspondent for Newsmax.