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HATFIELD: HOUSE GOP CONTINUES TO STAND AGAINST ELECTION REFORM

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Indiana House Republicans have taken another stand against lasting election reform by rejecting a proposal from State Rep. Ryan Hatfield (D-Evansville) that would have helped remove politics from drawing new districts for the Indiana General Assembly and our state’s congressional delegation.House Republicans refused to consider an amendment from Hatfield that would have prohibited the use of political data to draw districts for the Indiana House and Senate and our state’s members of Congress. The proposal, rejected on a party-line vote, was offered to Senate Bill 220.“This amendment simply said that officials may not use data related to party registrations, voting histories, and election returns in drawing new legislative and congressional districts,” Hatfield said.“Approval of this proposal would have sent a clear sign that the Indiana General Assembly is in favor of a full, fair and completely impartial election system, rather than a system that leaves the people of Indiana feeling that our elections are rigged,” he added. “Right now, our legislative and congressional districts are drawn through an overtly political  system that maximizes every opportunity for the party in power to maintain its control over state government. This amendment answers Hoosiers’ calls to take politics out of our redistricting process.”Hatfield and other Indiana House Democrats have made several attempts to raise election reform as an issue worthy of consideration during the 2017 legislative session, only to be rebuffed by House Republicans at every opportunity.“There was a bill that would have paved the way for an independent, nonpartisan commission to handle redistricting, but the chairman of the House Elections and Apportionment Committee (State Rep. Milo Smith, R-Columbus) refused my call to vote on the bill in committee,” Hatfield noted. “Then his House Republican colleagues rejected attempts by myself and one of my colleagues to keep the idea of an independent commission alive this session.“The House Republicans may not want to talk about election reform, but the people of Indiana do,” Hatfield said. “I will continue to talk about it in the weeks we have left in this 2017 session.”last_img read more

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Wyoming County ‘Hoping for the Best’ on Collecting $50 Million Due From 2 Bankrupt Coal Companies

first_imgWyoming County ‘Hoping for the Best’ on Collecting $50 Million Due From 2 Bankrupt Coal Companies FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Mead Gruver for the Associated Press:Campbell County officials say they’re hoping for the best and preparing for the worst as almost $50 million in local taxes owed by two major coal companies that have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy comes due next week.Most of the amount due Tuesday is taxes based on the value of coal that Alpha Natural Resources and Arch Coal mined in 2014. The taxes aren’t considered overdue until May.Bristol, Va.-based Alpha Natural Resources filed for bankruptcy in August, followed by St. Louis-based Arch in January. The county has filed paperwork in case it has to go through bankruptcy court to collect $14.5 million from Alpha, deputy county attorney Carol Seeger said.“I just didn’t want to run the risk of being foreclosed,” Seeger said Wednesday.An Alpha spokesman declined to comment on the record Thursday. The time to file a court claim for the $34.4 million owed by Arch has not opened up yet, Seeger said.“As part of the ordinary course of business, we have paid and expect to continue to pay taxes as they come due,” Arch spokeswoman Logan Bonacorsi said by email Thursday.Almost half of the revenue goes to Campbell County government agencies and districts. Campbell County’s general budget this year, covering everything from the local community college campus to animal control, is about $170 million.“They haven’t contacted us other than their bankruptcy papers,” county Treasurer Becky Brazelton said of the coal companies. “We’re hopeful they’re going to pay, but we just won’t know until May.”Close to $27 million goes to the Campbell County School District, which sends the revenue to the state for even redistribution to school districts throughout Wyoming. The system will insulate Campbell County schools from any loss of local revenue, Associate Superintendent Kirby Eisenhauer said.A bigger concern for schools is state coal-leasing revenue that has ground to a halt. The money helped pay for a school construction boom across Wyoming, but several schools in Campbell County will need to be replaced in the years ahead, Eisenhauer said.Full article: Campbell County eyes taxes owed by Chapter 11 coal companieslast_img read more

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Is your social media content good enough?

first_imgTrying to fully assess whether your social media content is meeting the grade? First things first, ask yourself this: does your visual content make your audience feel something? Whether it’s happy, laughing, intrigued, informed or simply pleased.. is your content making an emotional impact?Like many things in life, it can become far too easy to fall into an automated routine, sharing the same types of content week after week on social media.So try putting yourself in your customer’s shoes… would you enjoy seeing the content you’re sharing each day or week? If not, you could be putting yourself at risk to lose engagement, reach and following because of it. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

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