SOUTHINGTON, Conn. (AP) — They say every vote counts. In one Connecticut town, it really did. A race for a seat in the state Legislature has been decided by a single vote. Nearly 10,600 ballots were cast in the race between Republican Tony Morrison and Democrat Christopher Poulos to represent the 81st Assembly District in Southington, a town about 20 miles (32 kilometers) southwest of Hartford. The initial election night tally was tight: Poulous, a high school Spanish teacher, held a six vote lead. A mandatory recount narrowed the gap even further to just one vote. As if that wasn’t dramatic enough, local election officials discovered after the recount that a forgotten sealed packet of ballots, votes that couldn’t be read by the electronic scanners, wasn’t included in the final tally. That meant Poulos and Morrison, a member of the town's finance board, had to be called back to town hall to witness the last six votes being counted. The result? It was a 50-50 split: two for … [Read more...] about Every vote counts: Connecticut race decided by 1 vote
Taylor Morrison Homes recently honored dozens of their loyal vendors and suppliers at a Greater Houston Builders Association (GHBA) Benefit Homes Project Vendor Appreciation Luncheon held in the community of Grand Vista. These companies were honored for donating materials, labor and services for the construction of their Dahlia Plan, that when sold, will benefit two local charities. Taylor Morrison’s Purchasing Department generated dozens of suppliers and trades to team with them on construction of their Dahlia Plan, a 1,532 sq. ft., one-story home with three bedrooms, two baths and a two-car garage. The home is elegant with a splash of charm and offers optimal living space for growing families. Grand Vista Taylor Morrison built their home on a homesite in their community of Grand Vista. Proceeds from the sale of the home will go to HomeAid Houston and Operation Finally Home. Representatives from many of the companies that donated, were on hand to celebrate the completion … [Read more...] about Taylor Morrison honors vendors, trades donating to Benefit home
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol interviewed former Secret Service agent Tony Ornato on Tuesday about Donald Trump's actions on the day of the insurrection, according to a person familiar with the matter. This was the third time the committee deposed Ornato, who also served as Trump’s deputy chief of staff for operations. Lawmakers have for months sought his testimony to try to corroborate what other witnesses have said about Trump's actions on Jan. 6, 2021, according to the person, who was not authorized to speak publicly about closed-door depositions and requested anonymity. “This was an opportunity for him to clear the record,” Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., the committee’s chairman, told reporters Tuesday night. Thompson and other committee members had previously said Ornato and other Secret Service personnel have not been “forthcoming with respect to what actually happened" that day. It remains unclear if Ornato's … [Read more...] about Jan. 6 panel interviews ex-Secret Service agent Tony Ornato
While voters rejected Republicans in Connecticut's top-of-the-ticket races last week, an endorsement of GOP candidates from a key group for a second consecutive statewide election cycle stands out: police unions. The opposition to Democratic candidates underscored the lingering resentment to Connecticut's 2020 police transparency law that was approved in the wake of high-profile cases of police brutality across the nation. Those included the May 25 choking death of George Floyd in Minneapolis that sparked nationwide protests, including the closure of Interstate-91 in New Haven and I-84 in Hartford by thousands of protesters during the summer of 2020. Governor candidate Bob Stefanowski , Leora Levy , the U.S. Senate candidate and others including Toni Boucher, a former state lawmaker from Wilton who sought election to the state Senate again, all highlighted their endorsements from unions including the Guilford-based Connecticut Fraternal Order of Police and the … [Read more...] about CT Republicans cited police support throughout election cycle. It didn’t pay off.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Republican chair of the Wisconsin Assembly elections committee who was backed by former President Donald Trump, embraced conspiracy theories about the 2020 election and wanted to decertify President Joe Biden's victory, has been kicked out of the closed GOP caucus due to a lack of trust, according to a letter sent to the lawmaker. State Rep. Janel Brandtjen’s expulsion from the caucus comes after Republicans failed to win a supermajority in the Assembly and Trump’s endorsed candidate for governor lost to Democratic Gov. Tony Evers in the swing state. The letter, first obtained by WisPolitics.com, was sent to Brandtjen on Friday, just a day after Republicans met in private to vote on their leaders for the upcoming session. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos was reelected to his post. Brandtjen endorsed and campaigned for his Republican opponent, Adam Steen, who was also backed by Trump. “The continual issues from the past have led our caucus to lose trust in … [Read more...] about Trump-backed Republican kicked out of Wis. Assembly caucus
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 6 Police awoke Indiana State athletic director Sherard Clinksdale early on Aug. 21 with tragic news. Two of the university’s football players, and another student, had died in a car accident. Clinksdale immediately began devising a plan to console and support the teammates and friends of the deceased teenagers. “There is no playbook for something like this,” Clinksdale said. But those who have experienced the unexpected death of a college athlete under their supervision say the increased emphasis on mental health care in athletic departments and universities at large — spurred in part by the pandemic and lessons learned from other tragedies — helps when responding to a crisis. Grief struck the University of Virginia earlier this week. Three members of the football team were shot and killed on a bus returning to the Charlottesville campus from Washington. Two … [Read more...] about Universities focus on athletes’ mental health after crises
NEW YORK - As the triple Tony-winning choreographer of "Hamilton," "In the Heights" and "Bandstand," Andy Blankenbuehler has found artistic glory, satisfaction and success beyond imagining. But the story he burned to tell, the one that's gripped his imagination for more than a decade, is about getting everything you want yet realizing it's not enough. He also wanted to tell this through dance, his most cherished language. Yet as Blankenbuehler looked around the musical-theater world, he couldn't find the inspiration he was craving. Where were the new dance-driven shows, he wondered - the ones that put dancers first and let dancing tell the story? "There's a lot of storytelling ability in dance, but in musical theater, people champion words first," he says on a recent evening at the off-Broadway MCC Theater, a couple of hours before the curtain rises on his new show, "Only Gold." "And so many times as a dancer, you don't feel integral. You don't feel like you are helping the story … [Read more...] about ‘Hamilton’ choreographer couldn’t find a show he liked. So he wrote one.
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A military appeals court has ordered a new sentencing hearing for a U.S. Navy SEAL who got 10 years in prison for his role in the hazing death of a U.S. Army Green Beret while the men served in Africa. Prosecutors failed to disclose that a U.S. Marine who testified against the SEAL — and who participated in the hazing — had asked for clemency in exchange for his testimony, the court ruled. The SEAL's defense attorneys missed the chance to question the Marine about a “potential motive to misrepresent events." The United States Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals published the ruling last week, nearly two years after Tony DeDolph received his decade-long punishment. DeDolph, a Wisconsin native, was a member of the elite SEAL Team 6. He was one four American servicemembers — two SEALs and two Marines — who were charged in the death of Army Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar, a Texas native. The hazing occurred in 2017 while the men served in Mali. Charging … [Read more...] about Navy SEAL wins appeal of sentence in soldier’s hazing death
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 5 MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Democrats hope to use their newfound political control in some states to guarantee that women have access to abortion, while some GOP strongholds may temper their efforts to deepen restrictions after poorer-than-expected results in the midterms. Even after their gains this month, Democrats lack the power to codify abortion rights into federal law. That puts the abortion debate squarely on the states to navigate and rework the patchwork of laws that have been in place since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. There will still be a patchwork of policies: In Minnesota, Democrats are planning to add the right to abortion into state law. In the GOP stronghold of Florida, leaders are talking about more restrictions but haven’t settled on a plan. In Pennsylvania, pickups for Democrats mean they can likely stop Republicans from adding anti-abortion … [Read more...] about After midterms, states weighing abortion protections, bans