Commentary: Donald Trump’s Desperate Truth

first_imgBy John KrullTheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Every big news story reveals illuminating truths.The battle over President Donald Trump’s possible impeachment is no exception.Here’s one: Trump is worried about Vice President Mike Pence.John Krull, publisher, TheStatehouseFile.comHe has reason to be. It’s not that Pence will turn on him. No, it’s that Pence will begin to look like an attractive alternative to the constant chaos of the Trump presidency.That’s why the president threw the vice president under the bus a few days ago by saying Congress should investigate Pence’s phone calls, too. Trump knows that many Republicans in the House of Representatives – where Pence served for a dozen years – and the Senate would prefer to deal with a President Pence rather than him.One reason is ideological. Pence is more conventionally conservative than Trump, who in the past has mused about adopting a single-payer healthcare system, among other rightwing heresies.Conservatives know Pence is one of them. He never met a tax cut he didn’t like. He believes regulating big business is always wrong but that restricting women’s reproductive choices or the right of members of the LGBTQ community to pursue happiness is okay.But that’s not at the heart of the discomfort Republican officeholders feel. They say quietly that Pence would be more predictable and easier to deal with than Trump.Many Republicans in Congress have the same Trump fatigue much of the country experiences. They’re tired of the non-stop stream of silly, often self-destructive fights, the daily Twitter-fueled feuds and the endless upheaval.They want a little peace.Pence would give them that.That weariness of spirit accounts for the assessments by veteran GOP political strategist Mike Murphy and former U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, that between 30 and 35 Republican senators would vote to remove Trump from office if they could so by secret ballot.There’s another dynamic at work, too.When Trump took the oath of office, the members of the Republican Party establishment had two big-ticket items on their agenda. They wanted a huge tax cut for the wealthy, and they wanted to gain control over the U.S. Supreme Court.They needed Trump’s help with those things.He delivered.Trump nominated Federalist Society-approved conservatives Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh for the nation’s highest court, and he signed one of the deepest and most regressive tax cuts in American history into law.But now that those two things have been done, Republicans don’t need his help as much as they once did. Given their druthers, they’d opt not to renew the Donald Trump White House reality show for another season.But there is a complicating factor.They’re scared of Donald Trump. They fear primary challenges or, just as bad, that his relatively small but ferociously loyal base of voters would desert the GOP in a general election.For that reason, they will cling to him until it becomes clear that standing with Trump costs them more than abandoning him.That’s the way politics works.There is a lovely myth that Republicans during the Watergate era took principled stands when they pushed President Richard Nixon out of office. The reality is Republicans saw they were headed for disaster in the 1974 congressional elections if Nixon still was the head of the party when voters went to the polls. They threw him overboard to save themselves.It was an act of self-preservation, not political courage.Whatever his other faults, Trump’s own instincts for self-preservation are first-rate. As polls began to show that more and more Americans now favor impeachment, the president saw a way to create an additional barricade for political self-defense.The line of succession says that should a sitting president die or leave the office for any reason, the vice president becomes president. If the vice president can’t do so, then the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives becomes president.Trump’s implication of his vice president was a message – and not a subtle one. He was warning any wavering Republicans that, should they be tempted to abandon him, he’d take Pence down with him. That would leave them with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, as president.Does that seem a bit panicky on the president’s part?Yeah, but these are desperate times for him.They call for desperate measures.That reveal desperate truths.FOOTNOTE: John Krull is the director of Franklin College’s Pulliam School of Journalism and publisher of TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Woman-Owned Exhibit Company Relocating from Illinois to Indiana

first_imgNorth Judson – Outstanding Tradeshow Exhibit Services (OTES), a full-service designer and manufacturer of tradeshow exhibits, announced plans today to relocate its operations from Romeoville, Illinois, to North Judson, Indiana.“By moving to Indiana, OTES is choosing to grow in the top state in the Midwest for doing business,” said Governor Mike Pence. “Here in Indiana, we’ve balanced our state budget while cutting taxes and red tape. By keeping the state affordable and investing in quality-of-place initiatives, Indiana is attracting out-of-state companies like OTES because our environment allows job creators to grow with confidence. We are excited to welcome OTES to the Hoosier state and look forward to the company’s continued success in a state that works.”The company will invest $1.2 million to purchase, renovate and equip a 74,000-square-foot facility at 5235 W. State Road 10 in North Judson. Infrastructure-related renovations, which include the installation of a new roof, plumbing and electrical systems, are currently underway, and OTES plans to launch its Indiana operations early next year. The company will occupy nearly two-thirds of the facility and lease the remaining space to other area businesses. The company’s new operating area will provide significantly more space than it has now in Illinois, giving it room to expand its carpentry and graphics workshops.As part of its growth, OTES plans to create up to 15 Indiana jobs by 2019 with average salaries exceeding the Starke County average wage by more than 40 percent. The company currently employs eight full-time associates, some of whom will also relocate to North Judson. OTES plans to begin hiring next spring for carpentry, graphic design, sales, account management and maintenance positions. Interested applicants may apply at Professional Employment Partnersin Knox, Indiana.“Fiscally, Indiana is a better fit for my growing company,” said Nan Wellman, founder and president of OTES. “It will be nice to be part of a community where every job created helps benefit an area in need of employment opportunities for the betterment of the people who live there. Not to mention I was born and raised in Indiana, so it will be great to be back home in Indiana again!”Founded in 2012, OTES got its start in the garage of the company’s founder, Nan Wellman. As demand for tradeshow booths increased from the military, medical, mining, educational, food and houseware industries, the company grew in rented facilities before making the decision to purchase a new home in Indiana. The company produces custom tradeshow booths, which can be purchased or rented, for clients around the world, including United Kingdom-based Babcock International Group, Australia-based Noja Power, New Jersey-based Hutchinson Industries and Alabama-based Perkins Technical Services.More than 50 Illinois-based companies have worked with the IEDC since its creation in 2005 to relocate some or all of their operations to Indiana, together pledging to create more than 5,000 new Hoosier jobs. Last year, Hoist Liftruck moved from Bedford Park, Illinois, to East Chicago, Indiana, with plans to create 500 Hoosier jobs. In June, AMKUS Rescue Systems announced its relocation from Downers Grove, Illinois, to Valparaiso, Indiana, which will create 20 new Hoosier jobs, and last month, Enjoy Life Foods relocated its Schiller Park, Illinois, production and distribution operations to Jeffersonville, Indiana, which will create 200 new Indiana jobs.The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered Outstanding Tradeshow Exhibit Services Inc. up to $115,000 in conditional tax credits based on the company’s job creation plans. These tax credits are performance-based, meaning until Hoosiers are hired, the company is not eligible to claim incentives. The town of North Judson approved additional incentives at the request of the Starke County Economic Development Foundation.“I am thrilled that North Judson and the Starke County Economic Development Foundation were able to attract another quality firm to join the North Judson community,” said Wendy Hoppe, president of the North Judson Town Council. “Nan Wellman’s decision to relocate OTES to North Judson is another example of the success Women Business Enterprises are finding in relocating to or expanding in Starke County.”By choosing to move to Indiana, OTES is launching operations in a state that has added 156,800 new jobs since January 2013. Indiana’s labor force is at its largest size ever, with private sector employment standing above its previous peak for 14 consecutive months. Meanwhile, Indiana’s unemployment rate fell last month to 4.5 percent, which is below the national average.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Mayor’s Update: October 27

first_imgMayor Jay Gillian Dear Friends,We lost two gentlemen this week with the passing of Frank Unger and Tom Oves. The commitment of these two men to giving back to the community is a great example what makes Ocean City such a special place to live. Both served the Ocean City Board of Education as long-time members and officers, and they were active in their churches and in various community groups. Michele and I want to thank them for their service and extend our condolences to all of their family and friends. Ocean City will miss them both.On Monday, I had the great honor of being recognized by the Boy Scouts of America as a “Distinguished Citizen,” along with John Scarpa, a successful businessman from Avalon who has donated generously to many local charities. I want to congratulate John and his family for all they do. I also want to thank the Boys Scouts, not just for the recognition, but for continuing to shape young citizens with integrity, courage, sacrifice and a commitment to serving others.On Tuesday, our finance director and emergency management coordinator, Frank Donato, gave a presentation on the new Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) and on flood awareness. The event was part of the Environmental Commission’s free lecture series for the public. I want to thank Frank for representing the administration and the city with this important information, and I want to thank the commission for putting the event together. I have heard nothing but positive feedback. If you were not able to attend, you can see the slides here .On Thursday, the Exchange Club of Ocean City put on another spectacular Halloween Parade. It was the 70th year for the event, and as always, the community came out in costume to enjoy a great evening on downtown Asbury Avenue. We should all thank the Exchange Club and the CERT volunteers who helped work the parade.Halloween is Tuesday, and our police department has offered tips for staying safe during trick-or-treating hours from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.:Wear reflective clothing.Stay in large groups.Young children should be accompanied by an adult.Obey pedestrian safety laws – It is dark and vehicle drivers may not see you.Carry a flashlight.Costumes should not restrict visibility.Do not open any candy until you get home and parents inspect the items.Report any suspicious person or activity to the police immediately.I hope everybody has a great weekend and a safe and fun Halloween.Warm regards,Jay A. GillianMayorlast_img read more

City Council Condemns Newspaper for “Disgusting” Columns

first_imgMembers of City Council are divided about whether ACT should remain on for the city’s projects. By DONALD WITTKOWSKIInfuriated by what they called “vulgar and disgusting” language, City Council members Thursday night condemned the Ocean City Sentinel for publishing guest columns that appeared to threaten the life of two elected officials and included a graphic description of a sexual assault on one of their wives.Council approved a resolution formally demanding an apology from the Sentinel’s editor and publisher, David Nahan, and from John McCall, the guest columnist who wrote the inflammatory opinion pieces printed in the weekly newspaper on Jan. 13 and March 10.“City Council supports freedom of the press but strongly condemns the publisher’s editorial judgment in his decision to print the offensive column, particularly in a local hometown newspaper,” the resolution said.In a further blow to the Sentinel, Council approved another resolution that questioned whether the paper is following the requirements of its designation as the official newspaper of Ocean City’s government, including whether it is printed within the state of New Jersey.The resolution states that if the Sentinel is failing to abide by those requirements, the matter should be referred to the state Division of Local Government Services.Councilman Michael DeVlieger, who was one of the targets of McCall’s vitriol in the two columns, abstained from voting on the resolutions. The four other Council members who attended the meeting at the Ocean City Music Pier either in person or by Zoom voted in favor of the resolutions.In his columns, McCall branded DeVlieger and U.S. Rep Jeff Van Drew, whose South Jersey congressional district includes Ocean City, as “traitors” to the U.S. government for their support of former President Donald Trump.“Like all Trump loyalists, Van Drew and DeVlieger are guilty of subverting the peaceful and equitable functioning of our government. This is not just a moral failing. This is treason. And the penalty for treason is execution. That applies to the great and the small, to presidents, congressmen and smalltown councilmen. It’s the trickle down theory of responsibility,” McCall wrote in the Jan. 13 column.Although DeVlieger abstained from voting on the Council resolutions, he had City Clerk Melissa Rasner read both of McCall’s columns out loud during Thursday’s meeting.DeVlieger said he felt the columns amounted to death threats against him and his family. At one point he called the columns “a bit unhinged” and blasted Nahan for publishing them in the paper.“I don’t know about you, but that’s not what I expect out of a publication in Ocean City,” DeVlieger said.DeVlieger’s fellow Council members also denounced Nahan and McCall for the columns while calling on them to apologize.“This is vulgar. It’s disgusting. It’s bizarre,” Councilman Tom Rotondi said.Councilman Keith Hartzell’s comments were equally strong in condemning the Sentinel and McCall. Hartzell called the columns “disgusting and vile.”“It is wrong,” Hartzell said, his voice cracking with emotion. “We need, as a community, to say it is wrong.”Councilman Jody Levchuk called the columns “rubbish.” He also said he was appalled that the columns were published by a local newspaper.“Our official newspaper has zero room for any of this. Zero,” Levchuk said.U.S. Rep. Jeff Van Drew, right, speaks at a March 15 press conference denouncing the Sentinel while Cape May County Sheriff Bob Nolan listens. (Photo courtesy of Van Drew for Congress)On March 15, Van Drew held a press conference to denounce the Sentinel for publishing the columns. Van Drew also said he received death threats in a voicemail that was left for him by McCall.“For far too long, calls for violence have gone unchallenged, but today, right here in Cape May County we are drawing a line in the sand. You can come after me with loud words and threats, but if anyone, let alone a member of the press, thinks they can threaten my wife and my family they’ve got another thing coming,” Van Drew said during his press conference with Cape May County Sheriff Bob Nolan by his side.Van Drew said McCall’s column on March 10 also “vividly describes invading and destroying his home, and graphically ponders what it would be like to sexually assault his wife over the hood of her car.”City Council’s resolution demanding an apology from Nahan and McCall said the columns included death threats as well as “profane language and an offensive and graphic reference to a sexual assault” of Van Drew’s wife.Council President Bob Barr described Van Drew’s wife as a private person who was devastated by McCall’s alleged threats. Barr said she heard the voicemail when she was home alone.Barr, who is a close friend and longtime associate of Van Drew’s said “it makes me so angry” to think how the congressman and his wife were treated by the Sentinel and McCall.Following Van Drew’s press conference, Nahan printed an apology in the Sentinel saying that it was wrong to have published McCall’s March 10 column.“Because you felt threatened and felt your wife was threatened, I am sorry,” Nahan wrote in a statement to Van Drew. “I don’t have a problem with giving readers space to put their names to criticism of any elected official. However, in this instance, I have let the readers down.”However, during Thursday’s meeting Hartzell dismissed Nahan’s apology as insincere, saying that it “fell short.”In other business at the meeting, Council heard a presentation on the city’s proposed 2021 municipal budget by Chief Financial Officer Frank Donato. A separate story about the budget will be published Friday in OCNJDaily.com.last_img read more

Panary organises French bakery tour

first_imgBakers can pick up techniques from across the Channel on a week-long French breadmaking tour.Panary is organising the trip, from 1-8 October, offering the chance to observe four different artisan bakers at work in their bakeries, watch their dough handling techniques and their management of sourdoughs, their table skills, and how they fire masonry ovens.The trip also includes visits to flour mills, local markets, the factory that makes the masonry ovens imported by Panary, and a wood-firing pizza baker in Tain l’Hermitage. Contact: [email protected]last_img read more

A rippling effect of the Holocaust

first_imgRussian cities and regions whose Jewish populations bore the brunt of deaths and displacement in the Holocaust have seen lower economic growth and wages ever since, according to a detailed new analysis of seven decades of Soviet and Russian data. These same areas have tended to resist political reform, exhibiting greater popular support for Communist candidates since the collapse of the Soviet Union.The findings, by political scientists and economists at Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, are presented in a new working paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research.“The Holocaust wiped out many of the most educated and productive people in western Russia,” said co-author James A. Robinson, the David Florence Professor of Government at Harvard. “It was a major shock to the social structure of the invaded regions, dramatically reducing the size of the Russian middle class. While there is a broad body of literature on the psychological effects of the Holocaust, there has been almost no study of the long-term economic and political impact on the societies left behind. We set out to better understand how this cataclysmic event has continued to reverberate in Russia.”Most historians believe that a million Soviet Jews perished in the Holocaust, as the German army thrust into Soviet territory in 1941, followed by paramilitary death squads that systematically eradicated Jewish populations.Robinson and co-authors Daron Acemoglu of MIT and Tarek A. Hassan of Chicago Booth found that the killing of Jews in the Holocaust appears to have hurt many Russian cities and regions by permanently reducing the size of the middle class there. The analysis shows that Jews, despite being a small minority, made up a disproportionate share of the Russian middle class. Before World War II, 67 percent of Russian Jews held white-collar jobs, compared with only about 15 percent of non-Jews. In some of the invaded areas, 70 percent of physicians and many workers in high-skill jobs in trade and education were Jews.“The persecution of Jews had long-lasting effects on the societies left behind, not because Jews constituted a large share of the population, but because they constituted a large share of key strata of society, which are essential constituents of economic and political development,” said Hassan, an assistant professor of finance at Chicago Booth.In a five-year effort, the researchers combed over census and other data from across Russia, comparing economic and political outcomes in areas never occupied by the Nazis, those occupied with large Jewish populations, and those occupied with small Jewish populations.In the 11 Russian oblasts (administrative districts) most affected by the Holocaust, the Jewish population declined by an average 39 percent between 1939 and 1959. These areas now have markedly lower per-capita gross domestic product and lower average wages. The average GDP per capita was just $4,555 in 2002, compared with a nationwide average of $5,855.Acemoglu, Hassan, and Robinson also found a lasting tendency toward anti-reform politicians in these regions. In the 11 oblasts that suffered most under Nazi occupation, voters in the 1990s were more favorably disposed toward Communist candidates than were citizens in other regions. They also demonstrated greater support for preserving the Soviet Union in a 1991 plebiscite called by former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.While the correlation between economic and political outcomes and the decline in Jewish population is a strong one, Robinson cautions that the relationship may be influenced by other factors.“We find a robust relationship between the decline in Jewish populations and subsequent economic development, but this study is not meant to be the final word on this topic,” he said. “This is a first attempt to analyze this question, and one which will hopefully encourage other researchers to study the long-term political and economic effects of this wrenching event.”The research was funded in part by the William A. Ackman Fund for Holocaust Studies and the Warburg Foundation.last_img read more

NCPD Sergeant Saves Dog, Man Submerged in Ice Water

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Nassau County police sergeant rescued a 68-year-old man who became submerged in chest-high ice water after attempting to retrieve his dog who ran onto an ice-covered lake in Massapequa Saturday afternoon, police said. Police were called to Caroon Lake at 2 p.m., police said. The man, who was not identified, was attempting to rescue the dog after the pet ran about 20 feet onto the ice, police said. The victim eventually fell through the ice and was submerged up to his chest, police said. The sergeant arrived and used a ladder as a crutch across the ice, police said. He was able to reach the man and pull him to safety. The dog, who police said was shivering, was also safely recovered. The man was transported to a local hospital, where he was treated for hypothermia, police said.last_img read more

Unai Emery backs Arsenal youth stars to replace Aaron Ramsey

first_imgUnai Emery backs Arsenal youth stars to replace Aaron Ramsey Ramsey is joining Juventus this summer (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery hinted Arsenal may not look for a direct replacement in the transfer market for Aaron Ramsey this summer and will instead turn to the club’s youth academy to fill the void of the departed Welshman.Ramsey has played his final game for Arsenal ahead of his switch to Juventus this summer after eleven years at the club.Emery is not expected to be handed a significant transfer budget this summer and the Arsenal boss insisted he is keen for the likes of 19-year-olds Joe Willock and Eddie Nketiah to step up.‘We need to use young players like Ramsey who played here when he was young. Every player can take chances and use these chances to improve with us,’ Emery said after a 3-1 win over Burnley on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Coral BarryMonday 13 May 2019 8:00 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.3kShares Emery is set to dip into the youth academy to find a replacement for Ramsey (Picture: Getty)‘Willock and Nketiah played the 90 minutes, they used this time to help us with a good match. It’s our responsibility to give them chances but find the best performance as a team.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Young players need opportunities to be with us in training.’Arsenal ended their Premier League campaign on a high with an away win at Burnley, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scoring twice to claim the Golden Boot, alongside Liverpool duo Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane. Comment Advertisement Nketiah scored Arsenal’s third in the win over Burnley (Picture: Getty)Willock impressed Arsenal fans in attack, while Nketiah scored the Gunners’ third as Emery’s side finished in fifth place in the league.Arsenal have one more game this season against Chelsea in the Europa League final, a game Ramsey will miss due to injury.Emery has almost three weeks to prepare his players for their bid to claim qualification for next season’s Champions League by winning the Europa League.‘We prepare like when it’s an international break,’ he said. Willock impressed Arsenal fans against Burnley (Picture: Getty)‘We will have two days off and for the first week we will not be thinking about the final.‘We will train three days in London and then next weekend we will have it off and then we will start on Tuesday in London with three days training preparing with all of our focus on the final.‘We will go to Baku three or four days before the final, Saturday I think, and prepare for the match over the last three training sessions.‘It’s the same as when we have an international break.’MORE: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang sends class message to Arsenal teammates after winning Premier League Golden Boot Advertisementlast_img read more

Luxuriously upgraded 1920s Queenslander hits the market

first_img119 Ridge St, Northgate.A LUXURIOUS 1920s Queenslander was expected to appeal to families looking for a home with its heritage on show. 119 Ridge St, Northgate.The four bedroom, two bathroom, two car space property is being marketed by Janelle McKenna and Lisa Pearse-Sargeant of Ray White Ascot as a family home sought after because of its massive 880sq m block. Nestled in the suburb of Northgate, 119 Ridge Street is close to the airport, boutiques, cafes and restaurants. The single-storey layout incorporates numerous indoor and outdoor entertaining areas, along with private living spaces. The first floor’s starred entry is preceded by an established garden with lawn, trees and shrubs and passes through a covered veranda with ornate balustrade. 119 Ridge St, Northgate.The shared bathroom is naturally lit and comes with a frosted glass shower, bathtub and timber-finished vanity.The spacious kitchen complements its surroundings with timber benchtops and cabinetry, quality stainless steel appliances and a large serving window out to the rear deck. Its accompanying breakfast area flows to the deck through bi-fold doors. This sprawling outdoor entertaining area is covered by an angular roof with exposed timber beams. Stairs lead down to a backyard and lagoon-style pool with covered gazebo and surrounding native palms. More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor7 hours ago119 Ridge St, Northgate.Inside, elegant period features such as polished hoop pine floors, high ceilings, VJ walls and decorative cornices flow throughout each room. A hallway with artistic archways separates the three bedrooms, all of which boast built-in wardrobes and carpet. The main bedroom also has french doors out to the front veranda. Open-plan dining and lounge rooms provide a seamless transition from formal to informal living, along with airconditioning and traditional casement windows. The nearby study nook and laundry are both discreetly placed to one side. 119 Ridge St, Northgate.The rear deck also incorporates a stylish guesthouse with an ensuite, walk-in wardrobe and loft. A single-car garage resides underneath the main house.With solar power and multiple water tanks, this property has a firm focus on environmental sustainability. Year-round comfort is ensured, thanks to a fully insulated roof, ceiling fans and an abundance of cooling breezes.Ms McKenna said the residence epitomised the Australian dream, bringing function, style, luxury and warmth together. The property goes to auction at 1pm on Saturday March 25.last_img read more

Ofgem Names Walney Extension OFTO

first_imgOfgem has appointed Diamond Transmission Partners as the preferred bidder to own and operate the offshore transmission link of the Walney Extension offshore wind farm in the UK.The consortium of HICL Infrastructure Company, Diamond Transmission Corporation and Chubu Electric Power will be operating the wind farm’s transmission link for a period of 20 years.HICL said that the consideration for its 40% share of the economic interest in the Walney OFTO is expected to be approximately GBP 23 million.The completion of the acquisition is expected towards the end of this calendar year.Walney Extension represents the fourth successful OFTO bid by the HICL and Diamond Transmission Corporation partnership, HICL said. Previous awards include the Burbo Bank Extension OFTO, which has reached financial close, the Race Bank OFTO and the Galloper OFTO, where Diamond Transmission Partners have been selected as preferred bidder.Walney Extension comprises 40 MHI Vestas 8MW turbines and 47 Siemens Gamesa 7MW turbines located off the coast of Cumbria.The 659MW offshore wind farm was officially inaugurated at the beginning of September 2018.last_img read more