Updated 4:43 p.m. | House Democrats likely won’t take up legislation that would use automatic continuing resolutions to prevent future government shutdowns, after two key leaders came out against the idea Tuesday. House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer, who controls the floor schedule, and Appropriations Chairwoman Nita M. Lowey, who leads the panel with jurisdiction over the matter, said they oppose measures triggering automatic CRs in the event of a government funding lapse. “I personally am reticent about automatic bills that in effect take Congress out of having to make decisions,” Hoyer told reporters. Watch: Trump warns of another shutdown if Congress doesn't reach a new deal by Feb. 15 Lowey had a similar rationale for opposing automatic CRs. “Because we’re appropriators, we should get our work done,” the New York Democrat said. “If we come together and we can’t accomplish our goals, we should resign from … [Read more...] about 2 key Democrats against legislation using automatic CRs to prevent shutdowns
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I don’t want to be that guy who can’t stop writing about the next election, even when there are still votes being counted from the last one. (There is still one U.S. House race in California in which Republican David Valadao has not conceded to Democrat T.J. Cox, although most observers have called the race for Cox.) But New York Times columnist Thomas Edsall’s piece this morning is too interesting not to pass along. The headline: “Donald Trump’s Dimming Prospects,” makes clear that even the careful Edsall can’t resist looking toward 2020. The good news for Trump, according to one of the Ohio-based analysts that Edsall quotes, is that Ohio, which for many cycles has been one of the two key swing states, has become redder. He writes: Herb Asher, professor emeritus of political science at Ohio State and a longtime observer of local politics, was not optimistic about Democratic chances in the state in 2020. In an email, Asher wrote: ‘In … [Read more...] about Will 5 Southwest states and 2 key demographic groups be blue in 2020?
Robert Aitken Jr. North Jersey Record Published 6:18 PM EST Nov 23, 2018 EAST RUTHERFORD — Rutherford may have been considered the away team, but the Bulldogs felt right at home at MetLife Stadium on Friday. After allowing a touchdown on the opening drive, the Bulldogs scored 48 straight points to win the first-ever North, Group 2 championship bowl game, 62-14. Abellany Mendez combined for 165 yards rushing and receiving, and scored four total touchdowns, while also throwing for a touchdown and a two-point conversion. Mendez finishes his stellar senior season with 44 total touchdowns scored. Kittatinny began the game with a touchdown drive fueled by Jacob Mafaro. Mafaro capped the opening drive with a three-yard touchdown run to put the Cougars up, 7-0. Rutherford would respond with a drive of its own, capped by a three-yard touchdown run by Mendez. Mendez would score again in the first quarter to put the Bulldogs up, 21-7. Story continues below the photo gallery What … [Read more...] about NJ football: Rutherford rolls past Kittatinny in North Group 2 bowl
Two major players -- albeit on different sides -- in the aftermath of a fatal police shooting in Elgin are now working full time for the city. Pastor Bob Whitt, who worked part-time as community liaison for the police department, was hired last month by the city manager's office as a community engagement specialist at $67,179 per year. Whitt worked to facilitate discussion between angry community members and city officials after the March killing of resident Decynthia Clements.One of those community members was Marcus Banner, a vocal activist who took center stage during protests -- he had a heated exchange with the former police chief -- and appearances at city council meetings advocating for the firing of Lt. Christian Jensen, who shot Clements.Banner was hired by the city, also in July, as a utility worker at a yearly salary of $47,290.'Beneficial citywide' The community engagement position hasn't been filled full-time since 2014, and the role falls under the goals of the city's … [Read more...] about 2 key players in Elgin police shooting aftermath now work full time for city
A GANGSTER'S girlfriend could face jail after laundering cash for her lover's hi-tech car theft gang. Tessa Penalver, 25, funnelled up to £118,000 through her bank account over two years as the thieves nicked luxury cars including Range Rovers, Mercedes and BMWs in their sophisticated scheme. Penalver's boyfriend Manjit Sandhu, 32, headed up the criminal pack, with the "gone in 60 seconds gang" stealing more than 120 keyless cars worth as much as £60,000 each. The well-planned schemes saw the group use key programming technology to nick the high-range vehicles before using getaway cars made to look like minicabs - complete with TfL private hire stickers. Prosecutor Jane Osborne told Southwark Crown Court Penalver's role was not to "actively steal cars" but was to "support those who were". Penalver, of Hornchurch, Essex, denied but was convicted of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and converting criminal property. Penalver had told jurors … [Read more...] about Gangster’s moll faces jail for laundering car thief lover’s £2.5m criminal fortune