But those intimately involved in the two previous Senate showdowns say what happened before is not necessarily predictive of the future. Demographic and cultural change has led to rapid shifts in the state, and Democrats have made concerted efforts to energize and turn out their voters, work that paved the way for President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s strong showing in the state.“Both times before, Republicans really turned out and the Democrats didn’t,” said Saxby Chambliss, the former Republican senator of Georgia who won a second term in a 2008 runoff weeks after Barack Obama won the presidency. “This time around, I’m not so sure that is going to be the case. I have told my Republican colleagues that Democrats are fired up going into the race, and with Biden winning Georgia, I assume that gives them momentum.” – Advertisement – In the runoff, held two days before Thanksgiving, almost one million fewer votes were cast than three weeks earlier and Mr. Fowler saw his initial lead vanish, losing to Mr. Coverdell by 16,000 votes — 50.6 percent to 49.6. It was a stinging defeat for Mr. Fowler but a welcome consolation prize for Republicans.“We were more successful in getting our people back than the other side was in getting their people back without a presidential race at the top of the ticket,” said Whit Ayres, a Republican pollster who was a consultant to Mr. Coverdell. But he cautioned that the dynamic could be vastly different this time around, given that Mr. Warnock, an African-American, is on the ballot.“Democrats have never had an African-American candidate to vote for at a time when control of the Senate is hanging in the balance,” he said. “The circumstances are clearly different. I don’t know if the outcome will be different.”Mr. Fowler agreed, noting that Black voters now make up a significantly larger share of Georgia’s electorate than they did when he ran.“Whether or not the Democrats can win this thing in the runoff, the demographics are much, much better now they were in 1992,” he said. “The numbers make it more likely than it would have been even six years ago. Either way, it is going to be whisper close.”Mr. Fowler said he shook off the loss fairly quickly, and in 1996, he became ambassador to Saudi Arabia, serving for five years until the election of George W. Bush. Both parties and their allied outside groups are already making huge investments in advertising and grass-roots efforts and a panoply of voter-stirring surrogates — perhaps including Mr. Biden and President Trump — will visit the state over the next two months in an intense effort to win. Vice President Mike Pence is making the trip next week. If Republicans can hold only one of the two seats, they will retain the Senate majority and control much of Mr. Biden’s agenda. If Democrats win both, they will gain a working majority in a 50-50 Senate, with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris empowered to break ties. The difference between a Republican-controlled Senate or a Democratic-run chamber is immense when it comes to what legislation would be considered and how nominations would be handled.“I can’t ever recall a time when the difference between a 50-50 Senate and a 51-49 Senate was so stark,” said Senator Richard J. Durbin of Illinois, the No. 2 Democrat.Mr. Perdue, like Mr. Fowler, finished first in his re-election bid, with a narrow lead over his Democratic challenger, Jon Ossoff. Ms. Loeffler, appointed last year to fill a vacancy, trailed her Democratic opponent, the Rev. Dr. Raphael G. Warnock, a Black minister.The twin runoffs amount to an extraordinary accident of timing that came about because Mr. Perdue’s regularly scheduled re-election race coincided with a special election to finish the term of former Senator Johnny Isakson, who retired in 2019 for health reasons, creating the opening Ms. Loeffler was tapped to temporarily fill.But the unusual runoff rules in Georgia — which require a candidate to gain a majority of the vote to win, and automatically prompt a second contest between the top two vote-getters if no one does — are very much by design. They grew out of efforts by some white Georgians in the 1960s to keep control of the state’s political apparatus after the Supreme Court struck down a system that gave sparsely populated, heavily white rural counties more voting weight than dense urban areas that had large numbers of Black voters.A federal study published in 2007 on the fight for voting rights described how segregationist state legislators then turned to runoffs, which many believed would reduce the likelihood that Black voters would unite behind one candidate to deliver a plurality victory while other candidates split the white vote. By requiring the winner to square off in a head-to-head race, backers of the plan were confident they could better control the outcomes. “Yes, I was disappointed, running six points ahead of the president and being the only state in the country that had this kind of crazy system,” said Mr. Fowler, now 80, looking back on a storied runoff election 28 years ago after Bill Clinton won the presidency.Now that same “crazy system” that overturned Mr. Fowler’s lead, defeating a popular member of Congress known for his folksy stories, has once again seized the attention of both parties. This time, the scenario is playing out in double: Not one but two incumbents, Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, both Republicans, are facing runoffs to keep their seats. This time, the ramifications are even more consequential. The racist origins of the runoff have faded into the background over the years, and defenders argue that it is only fair to require a candidate to win at least half the state’s voters to be elected. “It was just another form of gerrymandering,” Mr. Fowler said.The special election offers a textbook example of why Republicans have wanted to retain the system. Mr. Warnock drew just under 33 percent of the vote, while Ms. Loeffler received just under 26 percent, and another Republican, Representative Doug Collins, captured just under 20 percent. With Mr. Collins now out of the picture, Ms. Loeffler has the potential to consolidate the Republican vote in a one-on-one contest. Georgia’s runoffs, the vestige of segregationist efforts to dilute Black voting power, will determine control of the Senate in races to be decided on Jan. 5. In the past, such contests have heavily favored Republicans because of a drop-off among Democratic voters, particularly African-Americans, after the general election.- Advertisement – In 1992, Mr. Fowler, a former city councilman for Atlanta and congressman considered an up-and-coming force in the Senate, was seeking his second term. He had won in 1986 by surprising a Republican, Mack Mattingly, who had been swept in on Ronald Reagan’s coattails in 1980. Mr. Fowler’s opponent this time was Paul Coverdell, a Republican and a low-key Atlanta businessman, state legislator and ally of the elder George Bush, who had named him head of the Peace Corps.Mr. Clinton’s Southern roots helped him carry Georgia with 43 percent of the vote — the last Democrat to win Georgia before this year — while Mr. Fowler surpassed Mr. Coverdell with 49.2 percent, besting him by 35,000 votes. But under Georgia’s unique law, it was not enough.The runoff rapidly escalated into a bitter clash. As Mr. Clinton prepared to move into the White House, Republicans saw an opportunity to deliver him a quick blow by defeating Mr. Fowler. They pulled out the stops, pouring in money and sending Republican luminaries into Georgia by the planeload, including Senator Bob Dole of Kansas, who promised to turn over his Agriculture Committee seat to Mr. Coverdell if he won.Mr. Fowler drew his own big-name visitor when the president-elect popped over from Little Rock, Ark., for joint appearances in Albany and Macon, where he played the saxophone with a high school band. He and Mr. Fowler raised clasped hands to celebrate what they anticipated as a coming victory.But Mr. Fowler had problems. It was going to be hard to re-create the enthusiasm of the presidential election with the voting finished and Mr. Clinton victorious. Mr. Fowler was also facing backlash for his vote the year before to place Clarence Thomas on the Supreme Court. Mr. Fowler remembered Justice Thomas, a Georgia native, had strong support from the state’s Black community, but was opposed by leading women’s groups because of his anti-abortion stance and accusations of sexual harassment. He said he believed that opposition cost him. “I’ve had a good, adventurous life,” he said.He said he had steered clear of politics over the years but was changing course in this election, relaying knowledge and ideas to Mr. Warnock and his campaign.“I have dusted off my campaign shoes,” Mr. Fowler said. “I think it is that important.” Updated Nov. 12, 2020, 7:30 p.m. ET WASHINGTON — A first-term senator in Georgia narrowly bested his opponent, outrunning his party’s standard-bearer only to face voters again a few weeks later under a quirky system that briefly made the state the center of the political universe after a hard-fought presidential election.The year was 1992, and Senator Wyche Fowler Jr., a Democrat, had amassed more votes than his Republican opponent on Election Day. But he lost his seat three weeks later.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –
SHARE Email Facebook Twitter March 08, 2017 On “Jobs that Pay” Tour in Allentown, Governor Wolf Hosts Roundtable Discussion on Budget Investment in Pennsylvania’s Economy Jobs That Pay, Press Release Allentown, PA – Today, Governor Wolf toured Vastex International in Allentown and hosted a roundtable discussion with Vastex employees and local leaders focused on budget initiatives that will support a new way for Pennsylvania’s economy and job creation. Vastex is a family-owned textile screen printing business that plans to expand their operations to the Lehigh Valley Industrial Park with the help of a state loan.“As a former business owner, I know that the commonwealth can help set the table for robust private sector growth to create and retain good jobs while strengthening the middle class,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “I’ve traveled the commonwealth to talk to businesses like Vastex about how we can help them thrive. I applaud Vastex for committing to growing their business right here in Pennsylvania.”In July of 2016, Vastex was approved for a Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority $1,205,000, 15-year loan at 2.25 percent, for the first seven years, to acquire 8.25 acres in Lehigh Valley Industrial Park VII to construct a 45,000-square-foot building. The total project cost is projected to be $3,750,000, and will create eight new jobs and retain 23 existing positions.“Manufacturing Vastex screen printing machinery in Pennsylvania was a strategic decision for us 20 years ago because, unlike other states we considered, Pennsylvania was by far the most business-friendly, and today that’s even truer than ever,” said Vastex President Mark Vasilantone. “The Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority is helping to continue our expansion by providing funding for our new manufacturing plant, which will employ more great PA residents from the start and more as we grow. We cannot thank Governor Wolf and the legislature enough for supporting the PIDA program, and for personally joining us here at Vastex to celebrate this milestone in our 57 year history.”Governor Wolf’s budget continues to invest in 21st century manufacturing, workforce development and training programs while also implementing new safeguards to ensure taxpayer dollars for economic development projects are spent appropriately and intended outcomes are met.Governor Wolf plans on investing in job creation by:Partnering with the commonwealth’s research universities and Industrial Resource Centers to accelerate manufacturing technology advancement and adoption, foster manufacturing innovation and commercialization, and build a 21st century workforce.Creating a new apprenticeship grant program to ensure workers can receive training aligned to business workforce needs, funded with revenue recovered from companies that fail to live up to previous commitments made when they received state assistance.Investing $5 million in a manufacturing training-to-career grant program to partner with technical programs and community colleges to develop new training programs that align with their workforce needs.
Sarah Tadulala is what real estate agents regard a preferred tenant for properties available to rent. She has lived at Cairns One with her four children Zion, 5, Josiah, 7, Coco, 1, and Navaeh, 3, and her husband for 5 years. PICTURE: BRENDAN RADKEWHETHER you’re a first time property investor or an old hand at it, choosing a tenant who is going to pay on time and look after your home will be an issue that raises its head again and again. While there is no foolproof method for finding a good renter, Ormsby Realty property consultant Bruce Holmes said there were definitely a few ways to improve your chances of making a great choice.It may take a lot of time to read over the legal aspects of renting a house, but it’s something Mr Holmes said was vital. Sarah Tadulala is what real estate agents regard a preferred tenant for properties available to rent. She has lived at Cairns One with her four children Zion, 5, Josiah, 7, Coco, 1, and Navaeh, 3, and her husband for 5 years. PICTURE: BRENDAN RADKE“By law you cannot discriminate against an applicant based on race, colour, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation or family status. All prospective tenants must be treated equally,” he said.“It sounds simple but you really also need to choose a tenant with a good credit rating.“You want a tenant who won’t have any trouble paying the rent. You should verify the income of the prospective tenant by asking for pay slips. “You might like to follow up with their employer to confirm their employment, length of employment and attendance record. “Make sure the prospect can afford to pay the required bond as well as the appropriate amount of rent in advance.”More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days agoThe Residential Tenancies Authority holds a copy of each renter’s history and a property manager should check this.“Resist the temptation to give someone a go,” said Mr Holmes.“It’s better to wait a little longer to get the best tenants for your property. It’s a good idea to have your property professionally managed. “Your property manager will have a set process in place to check the applicant’s previous rental history and they will know the right questions to ask. Choosing the right tenants for your property will go a long way to ensuring a trouble-free tenancy.” There could also be problems if there are too many tenants for the type of property. “Refusing to rent to two adults with an infant for a one-bedroom unit could be considered discriminatory, but refusing to rent to two adults with a teenager for the same unit would be considered reasonable,” Mr Holmes said. Cairns One residents Sarah and Semi Tadulala and their four children have rented in the Westcourt complex for seven years and say it’s a tough market for tenants in the city. Mrs Tadulala said when they have had to move they’ve been faced with places that get snapped up in a day or have 10 applications after they’ve just been listed.“I do find the rental market for nice properties that are not extreme in price and suitable for families a bit difficult,” she said.“But I always like to look after the home as if it were my own home. I am quite particular on how I keep it clean, I value it and look after it. If the landlords know that, they’ll appreciate that and keep you there.“We don’t have a huge income, but we have savings, and we have a good track record – we never miss a payment.”The family have got the knack to being good tenants down pat after having travelled and lived all over the world including in England as Mr Tadulala followed his rugby league career.
Indianapolis, In. — The monthly revenue report for November 2018 state tax collections was released today.Here Are The Results:General Fund revenues for November totaled $1,048.1 million, which is $1.5 million (0.1%) above estimate based on the December 18, 2017, revised revenue forecast and $33.2 million (3.3%) above revenue in November 2017. Overall, lower than expected collections from sales and use taxes and individual income tax slightly outweighed higher than expected collections from corporate and gaming taxes. Significant monthly fluctuations are expected, particularly for months of lower relative payment activity, and revenues are better interpreted within the context of the longer term trend for fiscal year 2019.Sales tax collections totaled $618.5 million for November, which is $7.2 million (1.2%) below the monthly estimate but $1.0 million (0.2%) above revenue in November 2017. While it is early to identify the specific impact of the state enforcement of the recent changes in the taxation of remote sales on the fiscal year-to-date tax collections, the number of registrations of remote sellers have increased relative to the same period over the last two years.Individual income tax collections totaled $349.1 million for November, which is $30.4 million (8.0%) below the monthly estimate and $14.8 million (4.1%) below revenue in November 2017. Notably, withholding tax collections came in higher than last year, but revenue activity from other individual income tax accounts including refunds and late payments weighed on the net individual income tax collections for October.Corporate tax collections totaled $11.8 million for November, which is $33.7 million (154.2%) above the monthly estimate and $45.6 million (135.1%) above revenue in November 2017. In particular, net tax collections benefitted from higher payments, lower refunds and higher nonresident corporate withholding as compared to a year ago.Riverboat wagering collections totaled $23.1 million for November, which is $2.4 million (11.3%) above the monthly estimate but $1.3 million (5.3%) below revenue in November 2017. State Budget Agency Page 2 December 14, 2018Racino wagering collections totaled $8.6 million for November, which is $0.6 million (6.0%) below the monthly estimate and $1.1 million (10.9%) below revenue in November 2017.Commentary:Year-to-date General Fund collections totaled $6,046.3 million, which is $93.6 million (1.6%) above the December 2017 revised revenue forecast and $276.6 million (4.8%) above collections through the same period in the prior fiscal year. Year-to-date sales tax collections totaled $3,292.5 million, which is $29.7 million (0.9%) above the December 2017 revised revenue forecast and $118.7 million (3.7%) above collections through the same period in the prior fiscal year. Year-to-date individual income tax collections totaled $2,178.7 million, which is $32.0 million (1.4%) below the December 2017 revised revenue forecast and $0.4 million (0.02%) below collections through the same period in the prior fiscal year. Year-to-date corporate tax collections totaled $205.6 million, which is $46.8 million (29.5%) above the December 2017 revised revenue forecast and $126.6 million (160.3%) above collections through the same period in the prior fiscal year.
RelatedPosts Cleric urges Christians to avoid ill-gotten wealth to attain greatness in life It’s unfair to discuss 2023 election now, opposition tells Enugu PDP After 13 years of enmity, Enugu ex-Governors in closed door meeting Norbert Okolie, the Media Officer of Rangers International FC of Enugu, says the club will fight for the three points against Nouadhibou FC of Mauritania on Sunday. Rangers will on Sunday trade tackle with hosting Nouadhibou FC of Mauritania in the third match of the group A of the ongoing Confederation of African Football Consideration. Speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria in Enugu on Friday, Okolie assured that the club is well prepared for the encounter. “We are not taking any team for granted because our position in the continental competition is not encouraging. “Though, Nouadhibou FC is behind us on goal difference with no point likewise us for this, we need the three points to give ourselves hope in the group,” he said. He noted that the players were ready to receive whatever the host was going to throw at them to ensure victory at last. “I have chats with the players after each training these few days and they have told me how important the match is to the team,” he said. Okolie called on the players to play for one another and search for an early goal to throw the host in disarray. “We are not going to Mauritania to look at the city but for a serious business. “Our technical crew and the players has perfected plans for the match so all we need is luck and prayer,” the spokesperson said. He called on the supporters to rally round the club at this trail period that thing will change for good. Okolie expressed the belief that the club was undergoing transformation and would become better as soon as possible. On injuries to players, Okolie said that the club had only two players ruled out by injury. “We have Pape Sane and Ifeanyj George ruled out for the match became of injury. “Other players are ready and fit for the match and I look forward for a better outing in Mauritania,” Okolie said.Tags: Enugu StateMauritaniaNorbert OkolieNouadhibou FCRangers International FC
The Blues had been viewed as a hardline opponent of financial fair play (FFP), but Press Association Sport understands Chelsea will agree to a system that obliges clubs to break even but allows owners to cover some losses. The thawing of Chelsea’s position should now ensure that both spending control systems are agreed on Thursday. Arsenal, Manchester United, Tottenham and Liverpool will still argue that wealthy owners should not be allowed to underwrite any losses, but in order to push FFP through will have to settle for a compromise, where up to £105million over three years can be covered. Chelsea are set to back both a wage increase cap and a compromise financial fair play deal at Thursday’s showdown meeting of all 20 Premier League chairmen, it can be disclosed. Opponents of FFP argue that the system maintains the status quo and favours the biggest clubs with large stadia and high commercial income. Four clubs – Manchester City, Fulham, West Brom and Aston Villa – are still expected to vote against it. Chelsea’s backing of a compromise, however, should enable the necessary 14 out of the 20 votes to be reached. The wage increase cap may also be watered down – initially Sunderland owner Ellis Short had suggested a maximum 10 per cent increase allowed for player wages. It now looks likely that the cap will only affect those clubs whose total bill is higher than £52m so that promoted sides are not prevented from improving their squads. Furthermore, spending money earned from clubs’ individual sponsorship deals on wages will not be restricted. But some form of wage increase cap will satisfy club owners, who are fearful of the bulk of the income from next season’s bumper new television rights deals – expected to be worth £25m-£30m per club – going straight into the pockets of the players and agents. The Premier League’s expected FFP system would be less restrictive than UEFA’s, which is being brought in from next season and will oblige clubs to break even or face possible exclusion from European competition. Under UEFA’s system, for the first three years owners will be permitted to cover annual losses of up to £12million via equity but that will then be phased out. Arsenal, Manchester United, Tottenham and Liverpool argue that tough FFP measures will maintain the Premier League’s competitiveness and its attraction to a global TV audience, rather than risk a situation developing such as in Spain, where only two clubs dominate the football landscape. Press Association
The University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team heads to Green Bay this weekend to take on Northern Michigan for an exciting non-conference game.The Badgers are having a great start to the season after sweeping both No. 13 Boston College and Merrimack last weekend. As a result, Wisconsin was promoted to No. 5 in the rankings from No. 10. The team proved that it has scoring depth with players Ryan Wagner, Seamus Malone and Tarek Baker. The defense has also contributed to the team’s success, as Peter Tischke currently leads the team in assists.In addition, offensive duo Trent Fredric and Will Johnson produced a couple of goals and assists. Both players are having fantastic starts and have a point-per-game production so far this season.Men’s hockey: Wisconsin dominates during East Coast weekendThe University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team found success out East after winning against both No.13 Boston College and Merrimack. Read…The biggest spotlight from last weekend is Kyle Hayton. Hayton, recently named Big Ten First Star of the Week, made 70 saves against 73 shots in both games. Hayton’s season stats are impressive, with a .927 save percentage and 2.01 goals allowed per game. As the Badgers savor their victories, they must quickly focus on the matchup ahead of them. This weekend the Badgers head to Green Bay to face the Northern Michigan Wildcats. The last time Wisconsin faced Northern Michigan was in the 2016-17 season. The two-game series at the Kohl Center is on top of the list that the Badgers want redemption for. The series was split with Wisconsin losing 2-5 in the first game and winning the second game 2-0. Currently, Northern Michigan is unranked and has a 3-1 overall record, 2-0 in the WCHA conference. Last weekend, the team swept Ferris State. Their leading goal scorer Robbie Payne leads the team in goals (five) and points (six points in four games). On top of that, Wildcat goalie standout Atte Tolvenan has a .935 save percentage and 2.0 goals allowed per game.Schiro: Hockey’s unique nature means that players use college experience for different purposesThe world of college hockey is truly unique in the sense that many freshman begin their collegiate careers knowing whether Read…Top-ranked teams such as North Dakota (fourth seed) are reigniting their rivalry with Minnesota (seventh seed) while St. Cloud State (two seed) is facing respectable Boston College (thirteen seed). Both of those matchups will be tough for both top-ranked teams. Wisconsin will need to win both games to guarantee their place in the ranking and perhaps move up as well. Puck drop starts 7 p.m. Friday and 5 p.m. Saturday at the Resch Center in Green Bay. You can listen to the game on the radio by tuning in to WIBA 1030 Friday and WTSO 1070 Saturday.
The Division 3 teams will now do battle in Templetuohy with throw-in set for 2pm. Following an inspection today, Thurles was said to be unavailable due to a frozen pitch. Tipp FM’s coverage will be in association with O’Connell’s Centra, Templemore.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis44–year–old Troy Andrew Gierszewski was arrested on July 8th, 2017 by the Huron Undercover Narcotics team after they discovered an excessive amount of cocaine in Gierszewski possession. On monday the 44-year -old was sentenced to 87 months to 20 years in prison for intent to deliver a controlled substance. Prosecutors told the court he was bringing the drugs back to town and that his dealer had been to alpena on four separate occasions.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Dr. Health E. Hound Visits Boys & Girls Club Alpena to Promote ‘Healthy Teeth, Healthy You’Next Election Volunteers Helping Make Your Time at the Poll Easy