NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Green Bay Packers are turning to fast-rising offensive whiz Matt LaFleur to aid Aaron Rodgers and end a two-year absence from the postseason. LaFleur accepted an offer Monday to become the next head coach of the Packers, according to a person familiar with the decision. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because neither the Packers nor the Titans had announced the decision. The 39-year-old LaFleur spent this season as offensive coordinator for the Titans, his first calling plays in the NFL. He takes over for Mike McCarthy, who was fired during the season following a stunning home loss to Arizona on Dec. 2. Offensive coordinator Joe Philbin went 2-2 to close out the season as the Packers failed to reach the playoffs for the second straight year with a 6-9-1 record that was the second straight under .500 for the storied franchise. He was offensive coordinator with the Los Angeles Rams in 2017, leading a group that paced the NFL … [Read more...] about Matt LaFleur accepts coaching offer from Packers, source says
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Americans will finally cast their ballots in record-breaking numbers Tuesday in an election that is widely viewed as a referendum on President Trump’s divisive personality, leadership style and policy ideas, following a historically hostile campaign season.Enthusiasm on both the right and the left has surged and partisanship has reached toxic levels in the leadup to the election, as Trump has fired up his base with fact-challenged fearmongering about immigrants while Democrats have painted the midterms as a battle for the soul of the nation.In a phone call with supporters Monday morning, Trump acknowledged that the elections are to a large extent about him.“In a certain way, I am on the ballot,” Trump said. “Whether we consider it or not, the press is very much considering it a referendum on me and us as a movement.”For once, Democrats agree with the President.Blue candidates across the country have raged against their opponents for either embracing or … [Read more...] about Trump looms large in midterm elections expected to draw record-breaking voter turnout
Minnesota has welcomed thousands of refugees since the federal resettlement process was set in 1980. So why does a trio of key Republicans up for election want to stop the program now? Well, it depends on whom you ask. Jeff Johnson, Jim Newberger and Jim Hagedorn have each said they will ask the federal government to pause refugee resettlement in Minnesota if elected Tuesday. And they’ve each made it a key issue in their campaigns. Johnson, who is running for governor, said he is concerned about how much it costs taxpayers, as well as high unemployment rates among Somali men. Hagedorn, who is running for U.S. House in the 1st Congressional District, claims refugees are poorly vetted and pose a threat to national security. Newberger, a candidate for U.S. Senate, alleges that some refugees don’t want to follow American law. The Democrats running against them support the state’s openness to refugees, arguing that they strengthen local communities. Immigration experts and … [Read more...] about Some Republican candidates want to suspend refugee resettlement in Minnesota. Can they do that?
Matthew Dolan and David Jesse Detroit Free Press Published 8:00 AM EDT Sep 13, 2018 Wealthy alumni who have sway over the University of Michigan's $11-billion endowment have given thousands in campaign donations to members of the university's governing board. A review of state records shows that two members of the university's elected Board of Regents accepted in total nearly $30,000 in campaign contributions from donors associated with funds receiving U-M investments. In addition, a family who helps guide the university's investment strategy contributed more than $29,000 to the board's longest-serving member. To critics, some of the donations could pose a conflict of interest. "Something doesn’t have to be obviously illegal for it to be the kind of thing a flagship state university should be 100 miles away from," Georgetown University law professor Brian Galle said in an interview. "There is a stink to this arrangement, not to say that it’s … [Read more...] about U-M regent returns problematic donations from Stephen Ross
Voters looking for policy differences between DFL nominee Tim Walz and Republican nominee Jeff Johnson could start by looking, well, just about anywhere.Johnson, a Hennepin County commissioner, ran to the right of former Gov. Tim Pawlenty and has stayed there going into the general election against U.S. Rep. Walz. In the handful of forums and debates that have featured the two candidates — both before and after the Aug. 14 primary — it was a rarity for them to agree on the most contentious issues.That said, the subject that offers the most stark contrast might be immigration and refugee resettlement.Don’t think so? The candidates do.“This is a place where Jeff and I fundamentally disagree,” Walz said during an appearance with Johnson on Twin Cities PBS’ “Almanac” three days after both won their primaries.“I have a very different perspective on this,” Johnson said before talking about immigration policies during a … [Read more...] about On immigration, guv candidates Walz and Johnson ‘fundamentally disagree’ on policy priorities