Melissa Nann Burke The Detroit News Published 12:01 AM EDT Jul 1, 2019 Washington — Republicans are continuing to recruit primary challengers to run against U.S. Rep. Justin Amash after the independent-minded congressman in May became the sole GOP lawmaker in Congress to publicly back impeachment. With three challengers already declared, major GOP donors in West Michigan have yet to rally behind a candidate. They may be waiting to see who else might enter the race and whether President Donald Trump will support any of them, as his allies have teased. The latest to join Michigan's 3rd District race was state Rep. Lynn Afendoulis, R-Grand Rapids Township, on Thursday. Elected for the first time last fall, Afendoulis, 60, is a former 26-year employee of GOP donor Peter Secchia's lumber giant Universal Forest Products. "This district is just really thirsty for strong representation in Congress, and I’m ready to deliver," Afendoulis said in a … [Read more...] about Crowded GOP primary could aid Amash’s reelection prospects
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0 Have your say When Nottingham City Council first announced its plans for a workplace parking levy, the backlash was immediate. “Lots of businesses were trying to work out ways to get round it,” says BBC Nottingham journalist Rebecca Brice, who covered the story. “I spoke to one employer who was talking about painting huge [bays] in the car park so it looked as if there were only 10 spaces [because 10 is the maximum number allowed before a company must start paying].” Under Nottingham’s WPL scheme, businesses with 11 or more spaces must pay an annual tax (currently £415 per space); but an estimated 40 per cent of employers have passed the cost on to their workers. “People were initially outraged because they were paying the money, but not seeing the benefits,” says Brice.Seven years on, however, the city’s WPL scheme is held up as a model and has helped the city win an Ashden Award for sustainable travel. … [Read more...] about Insight: Panacea for urban congestion or poll tax on wheels?
A development plan for east Chipping Norton which includes land allocated for 1,200 homes, a primary school and businesses is open for public consultation. Public exhibitions on the East Chipping Norton Strategic Development Area will be taking place next month with residents encouraged to share their thoughts in an ‘issues’ consultation paper.A Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) is being prepared to ensure development of the site is brought forward in a comprehensive and co-ordinated manner.Jeff Haine, councillor for strategic housing and development at West Oxon District Council, said: “These proposals are extremely important for the future development of the town and we really want residents to express their views and influence the decisions that have to be made.“I would encourage as many people as possible to participate in the consultation.”All responses received will be taken into account by the council in preparing the draft SPD for further … [Read more...] about Have your say on plan for major development in Chipping Norton
A DAD fighting for life is still unaware his wife and two children were killed in a house fire 11 days ago - as well-wishers raise more than £22,000 for their funerals. Justine Collison, 33, daughter Isabella, eight, and son Harvey, five, were killed after the mystery fire tore through the family home in Collingham, Notts. RAF engineer Gavin, 34, is still fighting for life in hospital, while Justine’s mum Diane Fletcher, 53, who lived with the family, escaped without injuries. The family’s beloved golden retriever dog also died in the fire, which was speculated to have been caused by a freak Christmas tree accident. A pal of special needs teaching assistant Justine said: “Gavin is still critically ill and hasn’t yet been told that his family has died. "Justine’s mum survived without a mark on her but will be emotionally scarred forever.” Kind-hearted relatives, friends, and members of public touched by the tragedy have donated to a … [Read more...] about Dad still fighting for life unaware wife and two children killed in house fire 11 days ago as well-wishers raise £22k for funeral
A CHRISTMAS tree is feared to have sparked a deadly blaze that killed and mum and her two kids and left her husband fighting for life, horrified locals claim. Justine Collison, 33, daughter Isabella, eight, and son Harvey, five, were killed after the fire tore through the family home in Collingham, Notts. Dad Gavin, 34, is fighting for his life in hospital, with devastated pals saying he has "had his world ripped away from him" following the inferno on Saturday night. The cause of the fire remains under investigation but neighbours fear a Christmas tree may have sparked the deadly blaze. One neighbour who declined to be named said: “We’ve heard from emergency services that the seat of the fire may have been from the tree which could have dried out and become inflammable with lights left on.” Former RAF engineer Gavin was pulled alive from the inferno which killed Justine and Isabella but it is not clear if he has been told about the tragedy. Son Harvey, five, … [Read more...] about Fears Christmas lights sparked deadly house fire that killed mum and two kids as dad fights for life