Heading into the homestretch of San Antonio’s mayoral campaign, challenger Greg Brockhouse has much less money in the bank than almost any serious mayoral contender in recent memory — but he has a not-so-secret financial weapon. Brockhouse had less than $15,000 on hand as of March 25, compared with $283,183 for Mayor Ron Nirenberg, according to campaign finance reports filed by the candidates this week. Brockhouse, a city councilman, has raised $51,290 and spent $44,527 since the start of the year. Nirenberg’s report shows contributions of $152,238 and $159,128 in expenditures. “When you’re running against an incumbent, the establishment is not going to be with you,” Brockhouse said. But the labor consultant has the backing of the city’s firefighters and police unions, which have been spending big on the city races. When Nirenberg challenged incumbent Ivy Taylor in 2017, he had $208,408 in his campaign account a month before the election. Bexar … [Read more...] about San Antonio mayor’s fundraising far outstrips his primary challenger, but unions could help narrow the gap
Narrowing the gap
The overall cancer death rate is dropping faster for black Americans than white Americans, narrowing the gap between the two racial demographics. But African-Americans still hold a disproportionate share of the cancer burden, according to a report released Thursday by the American Cancer Society.The excess risk of overall cancer death among black men was 19 percent in 2016, the report found. That dropped from 47 percent in 1990. Similarly, excess risk among black women fell from 19 percent in 1990 to 13 percent in 2016. The American Cancer Society attributes the overall declines to shrinking racial disparities in lung, prostate and colorectal cancers – three of the four most common types. The disparity rate for the fourth, breast cancer, stabilized in 2010.Additionally, the overall cancer incidence rate fell faster among black men than white men between 2006 and 2015. That drop-off was driven primarily by more rapid declines in lung cancer among black men.Lung cancer is the … [Read more...] about Cancer death rate dropping faster in black Americans, narrowing racial gap
Tory Newmyer, The Washington Post Published 6:13 am PST, Friday, December 7, 2018 WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump's favored gauge for the health of U.S. trade is veering hard in the wrong direction. The country's trade deficit reached a 10-year high in October, the Commerce Department reported Thursday. The U.S. bilateral trade deficit with China also reached a monthly record, rising 7.1 percent to $43.1 billion. Trump has been calling out that gap since the campaign trail as a sign that China is taking advantage of the United States. Never mind that a trade deficit doesn't mean, as Trump argues, that the United States is losing money to China - rather, simply, that Americans are buying more from the Chinese than the Chinese are buying from Americans. But the trade war Trump is pushing, in part to narrow the difference, is making it worse, for the time being at least. Key exports such as soybeans continued to drop as a result of retaliatory Chinese tariffs on the … [Read more...] about The Finance 202: Trump wants to narrow the trade deficit. It just reached a 10-year high.
Joe Mcdonald, Ap Business Writer Updated 3:47 am PDT, Tuesday, September 11, 2018 FILE - This May 11, 2017, file photo shows construction work in progress at a new international trade route which part of a sprawling Chinese initiative to build a "new Silk Road" of ports, railways and roads to expand trade in a vast arc of countries across Asia, Africa and Europe, near Havalian in Pakistan. A wave of Chinese-financed railways and other trade links in Africa and Asia that have prompted worries about debt and Beijing's ambitions is reducing politically dangerous inequality between regions within countries, a multinational group of researchers said Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018. less FILE - This May 11, 2017, file photo shows construction work in progress at a new international trade route which part of a sprawling Chinese initiative to build a "new Silk Road" of ports, railways and roads ... more Photo: B.K. Bangash, AP … [Read more...] about Report: Chinese building projects narrowing economic gaps
Home Daily News Can licensed legal paraprofessionals narrow… Defending Justice By Patrick McGlone Posted September 6, 2018, 6:05 am CDT Patrick McGlone Proposals for addressing the commonplace civil legal needs of low- and moderate-income persons by authorizing limited practice by licensed nonlawyer paraprofessionals have been gaining acceptance. Unlike paralegals, such paraprofessionals provide services without supervision by an attorney. Two state supreme courts have embraced the licensed legal technician concept, and other jurisdictions are closely studying it. Given the high percentage of self-represented parties in courtrooms around the country, some advocates believe regulated legal paraprofessionals charging lower fees can help narrow the access-to-justice gap. That may one day be the case, but the paraprofessional model and its efficacy in addressing that gap remain unproven. Washington state pioneered the limited license model. In 2013, after years of study, the … [Read more...] about Can licensed legal paraprofessionals narrow the access-to-justice gap?