"The Mountain Accord machine was much bigger than just myself, and so the decisions were made by the board on how those meetings were conducted," Jones said. "I'm a very transparent person, and it is of utmost importance to me that I operate in an open and inclusive way." … [Read more...] about ‘Fresh start’? Salt Lake County’s nominees for new UTA board draw concern, criticism
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Mr. Mann is president and chief executive of the Lucas County Land Bank, which intends to take over ownership of both developments in lieu of tax foreclosure so it can then pass the properties on to the Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority. NorthRiver Homes hasn’t paid property taxes since 2016, and City Forest has been delinquent since 2011, Mr. Mann said. … [Read more...] about City Council considers loan forgiveness for affordable-housing projects
Republican congressional leaders remain sharply critical of President Obama’s announcement, promising to work against Environmental Protection Agency greenhouse gas proposals when they assume Senate leadership in January. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) called the agreement unrealistic and not sufficiently binding, and Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) is likely to use his new post as Chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee to question the science behind climate change in an attempt to undercut environmental policies. Congressional Democrats, meanwhile, praised the announcement, saying that the agreement would increase the chances of a strong 2015 international climate agreement, and said that Congress no longer has the excuse of China not acting to address climate change as leaders in both chambers urge Congress to act. … [Read more...] about Energy & Environment Law Update – November 17, 2014
War crimes have been prosecuted since medieval times, but the modern war crimes prosecution is a recent innovation. During World War II, Soviet Premier Josef Stalin proposed summarily executing up to 100,000 German staff officers. Even British Prime Minister Winston Churchill had urged that Nazi leaders be “hunted down and shot.” But those favoring a legal process prevailed with the creation of an international military tribunal at Nuremberg commissioned to try German officials accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity. The first Nuremberg trial opened in November 1945 and ended in October 1946, with 12 defendants sentenced to death and seven receiving prison sentences, while three were acquitted. … [Read more...] about 100 innovations in law
SCOREBOARD41.4 percent 52.8 percent -11.4 pointsup 1.8 points Average includes: Gallup: 42% approve - 54% disapprove; Fox News: 45% approve - 51% disapprove; NBC/WSJ: 44% approve - 53% disapprove; Quinnipiac University: 40% approve - 51% disapprove; IBD: 36% approve - 55% disapprove.]40 percentDemocratic average: 48.4 percentDemocrats plus 8.4 pointsDemocratic advantage up 1.8 [Average includes: Fox News: 48% Dems - 39% GOP; NBC/WSJ: 50% Dems - 40% GOP; Quinnipiac University: 47% Dems - 40% GOP; IBD: 47% Dems - 40% GOP; CBS News: 50% Dems - 41% GOP.]Politico: “House Republican leaders, eager to stop an immigration showdown in their chamber, have begun cutting deals with lawmakers who might help moderate Republicans trigger bipartisan votes to protect Dreamers. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy phoned Rep. Dennis Ross on Monday and offered the Florida Republican what he wanted in hopes of keeping him from joining the … [Read more...] about As goes Maine, so goes the nation?