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Speaker Boebert opines...


Judge Rejects Maricopa County's Request for Sanctions Against Kari Lake, Says Election Lawsuit Wasn'

Source: Arizona Sun Times

After ruling against Kari Lake in a remanded election trial challenging her gubernatorial loss to Katie Hobbs, Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Peter Thompson rejected Maricopa County’s motion for sanctions against Lake on Friday, just three days after their attorneys filed the request. The county’s attorneys asserted that Lake’s team made several false statements to the court. Lake’s attorneys filed a response opposing the request on Thursday.

Thompson laid out the standard for awarding sanctions. He cited A.R.S. § 12-349, which states that sanctions are warranted where a party “brings or defends a claim without substantial justification or primarily for delay or harassment, unreasonably expands or delays the proceeding, or engages in abuse of discovery.” Thompson added, “The statute defines ‘without substantial justification’ as ‘groundless’ and ‘not made in good faith.

Thompson addressed one of the defendants’ claims specifically, but didn’t even bother going over the rest of them, brushing them off in a broad dismissal. The claim he went over was the assertion that “Lake ‘unnecessarily expanded these proceedings’ by intentionally misstating the content of a witness’s testimony in her Rule 60 motion and that she proceeded to trial on a claim she knew lacked factual merit based on her own witness’s statements.” Thompson cited Lake’s accusation that “Maricopa County officials, instead of attempting to cure ballots, systematically pushed mismatched ballots through for tabulation without following the required procedures.”

Thompson disagreed with the defendants’ characterization of the standard for sanctions. He said, “This view mistakenly looks beyond trial to the ultimate resolution of the merits and does not allow for presentation of evidence to prove a disputed claim.”

Read more: https://arizonasuntimes.com/justice/judge-rejects-maricopa-countys-request-for-sanctions-against-kari-lake-says-election-lawsuit-wasnt-groundless/ralexander/2023/05/27/

"Illegal, Unfounded and Unethical"

Math for the Kan Paxton Senate trial

31 seats in the Senate. 21 votes needed to convict. 19 Republicans, 12 Democrats.

Texas AG Ken Paxton impeached, suspended from duties pending outcome of Senate trial

Source: Texas Tribune

In a history-making late-afternoon vote, a divided Texas House chose Saturday to impeach Attorney General Ken Paxton, temporarily removing him from office over allegations of misconduct that included bribery and abuse of office.

The vote to adopt the 20 articles of impeachment was 121-23.

Attention next shifts to the Texas Senate, which will conduct a trial with senators acting as jurors and designated House members presenting their case as impeachment managers.

Permanently removing Paxton from office and barring him from holding future elected office in Texas would require the support of two-thirds of senators.

Read more: https://www.texastribune.org/2023/05/27/ken-paxton-impeached-texas-attorney-general/

BREAKING: Attorney General Paxton Imnnpeached by the Texas House.

121 of 150 votes in favor

Closing statements now being made on Paxton Impeachment vote.

Democrat Harold Dutton will vote against Impeachment resolution.....

...unhappy with the process leading to the Impeachment resolution.

Question given to the proponents for the Impeachment of AG Ken Paxton:

"Did you know that President Trump and Senator Cruz oppose this?"

That'll do the job.....

Companies Are Learning That Gen Z Isn't the Easiest Generation to Work With

WNBC New York

As companies continue to grapple with an uncertain economy, layoffs, and the push and pull of return-to-office plans, they're facing another, potentially larger challenge: figuring out how to engage and manage new Gen Z workers.

By 2025, Gen Z will account for one-third of the workforce, according to the World Economic Forum. Yet attracting, managing, and retaining these younger workers will take a different approach, according to Tara Salinas, a professor of business ethics at the University of San Diego. While this generation has well-honed technological skills, she said organizations will need to accommodate a decided lack of other competencies that are necessary to be successful.

"Gen Z are digital natives and they've always communicated online, so their interpersonal skills, or soft skills, have suffered," said Salinas. "They took an even bigger hit because of Covid-19, and it has shifted the way that we need to interact with them in the workplace."

Companies need to refine their approach to working with Gen Z, Salinas said, and tech tools like ChatGPT and social media like TikTok could help make them successful. Mentorship programs and organizational culture will also be important.

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