Nancy Kaffer: Wayne County GOP canvassers tried to steal my vote. I won't be able to forget it
Tuesday night, they tried to steal my vote.Not some nebulous “they,” like you hear about in online conspiracy plots. Two Michiganders, Monica Palmer and Bill Hartmann, Republican members of the Wayne County Board of Canvassers.They tried to steal my vote, Monica Palmer and Bill Hartmann, and they did it at a public meeting, with the support of the Michigan Republican Party, and too many GOP elected officials to list here — and, if you are a GOP elected official or operative or member or sympathizer who has not spoken out against this outrage done in your name, regardless of how you have shaken...
Detroit Free Press
Editorial: DeSantis would let more killers in Florida off the hook with expanded Stand Your Ground
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is cracking down on a “lawlessness” problem that doesn’t exist in the Sunshine State.The Miami Herald reported Tuesday that the governor has drafted “anti-mob” legislation that would expand Florida’s Stand Your Ground law to allow armed citizens to shoot looters or anyone engaged in “criminal mischief.”This gives vigilantes, hotheads and the simply mistaken too much leeway to open fire.Critics say this draft bill is in response to police-brutality protests that erupted in Florida, and the United States, this summer.But the fact is that Florida does not need to expand ...
Gov. DeSantis pushes expansion of Florida's Stand Your Ground law as part of 'anti-mob' crackdown
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Gov. Ron DeSantis has drafted “anti-mob” legislation that would expand Florida’s Stand Your Ground law — a move that critics say will allow armed citizens to shoot suspected looters or anyone engaged in “criminal mischief” that disrupts a business.Lawyers say it’s just one of the many troubling aspects of the draft bill being pushed by the Republican governor in response to police-brutality protests that erupted across Florida and the United States this summer.“It allows for vigilantes to justify their actions,” said Denise Georges, a former Miami-Dade County prosecutor who...
How a group of Seahawks donated — perhaps unwittingly — to politicians who oppose their views
SEATTLE — Republican Sen. Thom Tillis and Congressman Anthony Gonzalez aren’t exactly known for supporting the actions or wishes of NFL players kneeling during the national anthem.Tillis, of North Carolina, has openly scolded players for “commandeering” football games in support of racial equality and against police brutality, while former NFL wideout Gonzalez, of Ohio, maintains he always stood at attention out of “gratitude” for the nation’s troops and “how lucky” he was to be an American. When a House bill was put forth in June to curb police powers after George Floyd, an unarmed Black man,...
The Seattle Times
Grocery prices are down from their COVID-19 summer peaks. But here's why your food bills are still stubbornly high.
Eva Rosol was stunned during the summer when a rotisserie chicken that she could normally find on sale for $6 suddenly set her back $15.Rosol, a resident of the Chicago suburb Westmont, Ill., who lost her job as a substitute teacher when COVID-19 shut schools in March, could afford it thanks to the extra $600 per week in unemployment benefits the federal government offered during the first four months of the pandemic. But those extra benefits expired in late July.Now Rosol, 54, who has a business degree and is seeking a job in sales, receives $108 weekly in unemployment aid. Meanwhile, her hus...
Editorial: Shocking new rates for homeowners insurance threaten Florida's economy
Florida homeowners, already facing an anxious few months because of the COVID-19 pandemic, face a new threat — the prospect of major cost increases for property insurance.As the Sun Sentinel reported Sunday, the increases could range from 30% to 40%. They would come just as Gov. Ron DeSantis has ended the moratorium on mortgage foreclosures. It also seems likely that Senate Republicans won’t pass a second COVID-19 stimulus bill that could help laid-off homeowners pay their insurance premiums.How will the Florida Legislature respond? If history is a guide, the priority will be to please the ins...
Most major cities haven't banned tear gas during protests. Will Philadelphia be different?
PHILADELPHIA — After hours of listening to Philadelphia residents testify about the physical and emotional scars they carry as a result of police firing tear gas or rubber bullets at them, city councilmembers pledged it wouldn’t happen again, introducing a bill Thursday that would permanently ban the use of such tactics against protesters in the city.Philadelphia would be among the first major cities in America to institute such a ban through legislation. Law enforcement advocates say there’s good reason for other cities’ reluctance.As the nation grapples with how best to confront police refor...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Pelosi downplays chance for coronavirus relief package
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Thursday doused hopes that Congress and the White House could reach an agreement on a stand-alone coronavirus stimulus bill to bail out the crippled airline industry.The California Democrat insisted that she would only consider an airline support bill — estimated at $25 billion — as part of talks for a full-blown stimulus plan that would cost about $2 trillion.“There is not stand-alone bill without a bigger bill,” Pelosi said.“Tomorrow, by the way, tomorrow, come here tomorrow. We’re going to be talking about the 25th Amendment,” she said without further comment.She ...
New York Daily News
Police reform bill could bring Washington state to forefront of accountability movement
SEATTLE — As police reform advocates look to sustain this summer’s public outrage, the state Legislature is taking a second look at overhauling Washington’s peace officer decertification system.That certification is required to be an officer in Washington, and revoking it can permanently take away a cop’s badge and gun.But due to weaknesses in the process, the state rarely takes that action, decertifying an average of 13 per year of the about 11,000 officers statewide, according to a recent Seattle Times investigation.A proposal being circulated by a key lawmaker would give more power to civil...
The Seattle Times
The Week Ahead: Testing market confidence in profits and politics
President Trump’s positive COVID-19 diagnosis doesn’t change the market’s convictions in two things: that there will be another federal stimulus bill and that corporate profits are recovering.The latter conviction is better grounded than the former. Yet it’s the faith that more stimulus is coming that may be tested in the week ahead without meaningful evidence.The bulk of quarterly corporate earnings results still are a few weeks away. Confidence is high that the third quarter was not the mess business experienced in the springtime. Sure, the pandemic continues: Shutdowns and re-openings added...