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Upper Midwest state lawmakers, lobbyists say federal coronavirus aid to states is 'harmful'

ST. PAUL — Ten state legislators from the Upper Midwest have signed a letter critical of a federal government "bailout" to states amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Published by the conservative interest group American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) on Tuesday, July 28, dozens of nationwide lawmakers, lobbyists and stakeholders have signed onto the letter. The letter says that a federal payout to states in Congress's next round of coronavirus aid "would be harmful to taxpayers, federalism, and ultimately the states themselves."

Five legislators from South Dakota, two from North Dakota, two from Minnesota and one from Wisconsin signed onto the letter, along with each of the four states' directors for Americans for Prosperity's state-level units. AFP is a Virginia-based libertarian lobbying group backed by Charles Koch and his later brother, David Koch.

Of the 10 total Upper Midwestern legislators, all Republicans, several hold prominent leadership positions in their respective Capitols: South Dakota's Rep. Lee Qualm is the state's House Majority Leader. Minnesota's Rep. Pat Garofalo is the Republican lead on the House's Ways and Means Committee, and Sen. Mary Kiffmeyer chairs the Senate's State Government and Election Finance Committee. North Dakota's Rep. Craig Headland is vice chairman of the House's Finance and Taxation Committee.

Read more: https://www.duluthnewstribune.com/news/government-and-politics/6601275-Upper-Midwest-state-lawmakers-lobbyists-say-federal-coronavirus-aid-to-states-is-harmful
Posted by TexasTowelie | Mon Aug 3, 2020, 10:44 PM (2 replies)

Bush Presidential Center, Boy Scouts, Texas Tech among hundreds hit in Blackbaud ransomware attack

The George W. Bush Presidential Center, Boy Scouts of America and the Texas Tech Foundation have notified donors that they were among a growing list of nonprofits and universities targeted by a ransomware attack.

South Carolina-based Blackbaud, one of the world’s largest cloud-based data storage and software providers for institutions of higher education and nonprofits, revealed to clients and the public that it was the subject of a May ransomware attack two months after the fact on July 16.

The attack hit more than 200 institutions across the globe, according to the Texas Tech Foundation, the university’s fundraising arm. The Irving-based Boy Scouts of America was also affected by the attack, as were the ACLU, the Cancer Research Institute, the Louisiana Tech University Foundation and others.

According to a message sent to donors by Boy Scouts of America, which cited Blackbaud, “the data security incident started on February 7, 2020, and possibly continued intermittently until May 20, 2020.”

Read more: https://www.dallasnews.com/business/technology/2020/08/03/bush-presidential-center-boy-scouts-of-america-texas-tech-foundation-among-hundreds-hit-in-blackbaud-ransomware-attack/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Mon Aug 3, 2020, 03:20 PM (0 replies)

El Paso Electric's $4.3B sale to JPMorgan-tied fund completed; new CEO named

The deal is finally done.

El Paso Electric is no longer a publicly traded electric utility.

It’s now owned by the JPMorgan Chase-tied Infrastructure Investments Fund, or IIF, which on June 1, 2019, agreed to buy the 117-year-old electric utility for $4.3 billion, including assuming $1.5 billion of the utility’s debt.

The sale was completed Wednesday afternoon.

El Paso Electric and IIF also named a new chief executive officer: Kelly Tomblin, who most recently served as CEO and president of INTREN LLC, an electric and natural gas utility contractor based in Illinois. A new company board also has been named.

Read more: https://www.elpasotimes.com/story/news/2020/07/29/el-paso-electric-sale-completed-to-jpmorgan-tied-fund/5532839002/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Mon Aug 3, 2020, 03:11 PM (0 replies)

Scientists are growing colored cotton, the latest in sustainability fashion

Scientists at Australia's national science agency, CSIRO have made headway in sustainable fashion--colored cotton. With their new discovery, it has the potential to transform the global textile industry, as reported by ABC Landline.

The article goes on to say, that while cotton is renewable, recyclable and biodegradable, it still needs to be dyed, and the use of sometimes harmful chemical dyes is considered a blot on the industry's environmental copybook.

The fashion industry plays a large role in the environment, and does more harm than good for the Earth. According to the UN Environment Program, the fashion industry produces 20% of global wastewater and 10 percent of global carbon emissions. Textile dyeing is the second largest polluter of water globally and it take around 2,000 gallons of water to make a typical pair of jeans.

The scientists at CSIRO have been able to genetically modify cotton to make it naturally colored. Perhaps the most fascinating achievement in their research has been the team's work to breed naturally black cotton, which would replace black dyes. Black dyes are the most polluting of textile colors, according to ABC Landline.

Read more: https://www.chron.com/life/style/fashion/article/Scientists-are-growing-colored-cotton-the-latest-15454122.php
Posted by TexasTowelie | Mon Aug 3, 2020, 02:55 PM (5 replies)

South Dakota Man Burns Gay Pride Flag on Facebook Live: 'Burn, Burn, Burn, You Queer Sons of B-ches!

South Dakota Man Burns Gay Pride Flag on Facebook Live: ‘Burn, Burn, Burn, You Queer Sons of B–ches!’

A South Dakota man may face criminal charges after burning an LGBT Pride flag on Facebook Live while screaming, “Burn, burn, burn, you queer sons of b–ches!”

The man, Darrin Pesall, allegedly stole the flag from the home of gay resident Troy Kriech in Webster, South Dakota, on July 24. Kriech, who has since moved to Minneapolis, erected the flag to mark LGBT Pride Month in June. Pesall’s Facebook Live video surfaced one day after Kriech’s flag went missing.

“Right here, there’s a flag that deserves to be f–king burned,” Pesall says in the video. He later removed the video, but Kriech posted a copy of it.

“Right here, we’re burning the f–ker. All you pansy-ass f–king queer degenerate sons of b–ches, watch it!” Pesall says, dousing the flag with lighter fluid but saying he needed to wait until after work to actually burn it.

Read more: https://www.towleroad.com/2020/07/south-dakota-man-burns-gay-pride-flag-on-facebook-live-burn-burn-burn-you-queer-sons-of-b-ches-watch/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Mon Aug 3, 2020, 02:47 PM (2 replies)

White Supremacist Trump Supporter Tackled After Punching Woman in Face at Florida Restaurant

Restaurant staffers scrambled to tackle a self-proclaimed white supremacist Aryan Trump supporter after he violently assaulted a female employee at a restaurant in Nokomis, Florida on Friday. The man, who identified himself to police as Nicholas Arnold Schock, also told them that he has “psycho problems” in videos posted to Facebook. It’s unclear what prompted the man’s rampage.

“Call Donald Trump, he’s gonna come get me out of prison,” said Schock to staffers before screaming, “I’m a white supremist, Aryan Nation will rule the world! People covered in tattoos are gonna be my closest relatives I promise you.”

When asked to keep his voice down because of children, the man said, “I don’t give a f**k, call Donald Trump please.”

The man then yelled out “I will buttf**k this bitch on the table right now” before punching a female employee who was attempting to stop him from entering the bar area of the restaurant.


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Dunkin' Donuts to Require Masks After Trump-Loving Pastor Made Violent Threat Toward Employee

Dunkin’ Donuts announced Thursday that it will require all guests to wear masks in its stores.

The announcement came a few days after Trump-loving, gay-hating pastor Greg Locke posted a video rant on social media in which he said he had threatened to knock a Dunkin’ Donuts employee’s teeth down his throat. It’s unclear whether the mask requirement is related to Locke’s 13-minute rant, which has racked up nearly 6 million views on Facebook. According to Locke, the employee — whom he referred to as “Nazi Skippy” — asked him to wear a mask the next time he’s in the store. After Locke pushed open the door with his foot on the way out, the employee falsely accused him of trying to break out the glass, he said in the video.

“I said, ‘If you call me a liar one more time, I’m going to take these work boots and I’m going to kick your teeth down your throat,'” Locke said in his rant, confessing to a possible crime.

Earlier in the video, Locke said that after the employee initially asked him to wear a mask, “I was doing everything I could, spiritually, not to come over the counter, and still be a pastor in public, because I’m sure there are cameras everywhere, because people recognize me all over the place.”

Locke, a staunch anti-masker and full-fledged COVID-19 denier, said in another video this week that he will go to jail before halting services at Global Vision Bible Church in Mount Juliet, Tennessee, due to the coronavirus pandemic, which he calls a hoax. In his video about the Dunkin’ Donuts incident, he said he’s also willing to go to jail over mask requirements.

Read more: https://www.towleroad.com/2020/07/dunkin-donuts-to-require-masks-after-trump-loving-pastor-made-violent-threat-toward-employee-watch/

Lock him up!

CEO of Puerto Rico's power company to resign amid outages

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The CEO of Puerto Rico’s state-owned power company is resigning as thousands of clients remain without electricity since last week’s tropical storm that further weakened a grid still trying to recover from previous hurricanes and earthquakes, officials said Monday.

José Ortiz is expected to step down on Wednesday amid widespread anger and impatience with ongoing power outages that are occurring during a pandemic, at the height of what is expected to be an unusually active hurricane season as hundreds of thousands of parents prepare for the start of a virtual school year.

“It’s irresponsible and a lack of respect that a simple storm unleashed the chaos we have now,” said Natalia Núñez, who lives in San Juan and has been without power since Thursday.

Many Puerto Ricans also are dissatisfied with how the Electric Power Authority handled recent outages including one last week that was not storm-related and left more than 300,000 customers without power. Then Isaias swiped the island as a tropical storm, leaving more than 400,000 more clients in the dark. By Monday afternoon, more than 20,000 customers were still without power.

Read more: https://www.mysanantonio.com/news/article/CEO-of-Puerto-Rico-s-power-company-to-resign-amid-15454896.php
Posted by TexasTowelie | Mon Aug 3, 2020, 02:23 PM (0 replies)

Despite promising to step aside after racist Facebook post, Keith Nielsen becomes Harris County GOP

Despite promising to step aside after racist Facebook post, Keith Nielsen becomes Harris County GOP chair

by Patrick Svitek, Texas Tribune

Keith Nielsen has taken office as the chairman of the Harris County GOP, despite saying he would not do so earlier this summer after facing backlash to an image he posted on Facebook juxtaposing a Martin Luther King Jr. quote with a banana.

Nielsen, elected in March, was set to automatically take over as the party leader in Texas' biggest county, home to Houston, at 12 a.m. Monday. To forfeit the office, he would have had to notify the party secretary prior to midnight, which he did not do, according to party spokeswoman Genevieve Carter.

By Sunday night, over 120 precinct chairs had signed on to a statement reminding Nielsen of his early June "declination to take the office."

In recent weeks, all signs pointed to Nielsen reneging on his promise to not take office. He showed up to a meeting with state Senate district chairs last month and left the impression that he was reversing himself, and last week, he announced an Aug. 18 meeting with precinct chairs in an email that he signed as the "chairman-elect."

Read more: https://www.texastribune.org/2020/08/03/keith-nielsen-harris-county/

Posted by TexasTowelie | Mon Aug 3, 2020, 01:58 PM (3 replies)

Joe Biden's campaign names first Texas hires for general election

by Patrick Svitek, Texas Tribune

Joe Biden's campaign is naming its first hires for the general election in Texas, where polls continue to show a close contest between the presumptive Democratic nominee and President Donald Trump.

Biden's state director will be Rebecca Acuña, a veteran of the Texas Capitol and Democratic campaigns in the state. The deputy state director will be Jennifer Longoria, who led Elizabeth Warren's campaign in Texas during the primary. Biden's communications director in the state will be Tariq Thowfeek, a former Texas Democratic Party spokesman who has since worked for Facebook.

The team also includes two advisers who were involved early with Biden's campaign in Texas during the primary. Mike Collier, the 2018 nominee for lieutenant governor, will serve as senior adviser, while Jane Hamilton, Biden's Texas state director during the primary, has been named strategic adviser.

The initial round of hires is rounded out by Houston political consultant Shekira Dennis, who will be director of coalitions.

Read more: https://www.texastribune.org/2020/08/03/joe-biden-texas-election/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Mon Aug 3, 2020, 01:51 PM (2 replies)
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