Political candidates for governor on down the ballot engaged in the election-year ritual of marching in the city’s St. Patrick’s Day parade on Saturday, shaking hands and jockeying for the attention of TV cameras just days away from Tuesday’s primary election.Prior to hitting the parade route along Columbus Drive, Democratic governor candidate J.B. Pritzker defended putting another $6.3 million of his fortune into his campaign, a move he disclosed Friday night. It brought the record-setting, self-funding total of the billionaire heir to the Hyatt Hotel fortune to $69.5 million.Pritzker tried to make light of the latest cash infusion. “We simply are trying to make sure that we’re paying the bills in the campaign, and we’re very excited about the opportunity to simply get our message out,” he said.Rival Chris Kennedy did some quick math and said the large sum "means he’s spending, I guess, $2 million a day to try to buy this election. And … [Read more...] about Pritzker defends putting $69.5 million of his fortune into campaign as politicians march in St. Patrick’s Day parade
House Armed Services Committee chairman Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, on Friday released his defense policy plan, which supports the president’s proposed military parade and a pay raise for service members, Stars and Stripes reports. Thornberry proposes a military base budget of $639.1 billion and a $69 billion Overseas Contingency Fund. Several House panel released similar plans last week, which comprise the first spending proposals for the National Defense Authorization Act, which the HASC will consider next week. "America’s military is facing challenges on multiple fronts, including the troubling increase in serious training accidents in all the military services," according to Thornberry’s proposal, which also "implements new reforms designed to speed decision making and improve military agility, while simultaneously resorting readiness and increasing capability and capacity in a force that has been asked to do too much with too little for too long." Although the plan … [Read more...] about HASC Chair Thornberry Backs Military Parade, Some Pay Raises
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By the Associated Press May 28, 2018 KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine — The hospitalization of former President George H.W. Bush caused him to miss out on a Memorial Day parade in Maine that he traditionally attends.The 93-year-old said in a tweet Monday evening that he regrets missing the event earlier that day in Kennebunkport, down the road from his summer home. He also said he’s ‘‘forever grateful not only to those patriots who made the ultimate sacrifice for our Nation — but also the Gold Star families whose heritage is imbued with their honor and heroism.’’Bush was taken to a hospital Sunday after he experienced low blood pressure and fatigue. A spokesman said he'd likely be in the hospital for a couple of days for observation. There was no update on his condition Monday. Advertisement Residents attending the parade expressed concern … [Read more...] about Former President George H.W. Bush misses Memorial Day parade in Kennebunkport
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POLITICS 06/05/2018 07:24 am ET The city that sponsored the parade apologized, but the Kansas secretary of state was unbowed. By Carla Baranauckas The outrage over the replica gun on the back of a patriotic jeep is the left trying to attack guns and your #2A rights. I will not back down in the face of a snowflake meltdown and outrage culture. https://t.co/FONJBWZWMM #ksleg pic.twitter.com/TEtyFtQ7rT— Kris W. Kobach (@KrisKobach1787) June 4, 2018 A city in Kansas apologized after GOP governor candidate Kris Kobach rode in a vehicle outfitted with what looked like a machine gun during a weekend parade. Kobach, the Kansas secretary of state, rode in Shawnee’s parade in a red, white and blue Jeep that had a replica of a loaded machine gun mounted on it. He proudly tweeted photos of his ride, saying, “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” But others criticized the display of firepower in a parade … [Read more...] about Kris Kobach Defends Parade Jeep Outfitted With Replica Machine Gun