Governor – Dawn For Governor http://dawnforgovernor.org/ Tue, 20 Sep 2022 16:41:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://dawnforgovernor.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-1.png Governor – Dawn For Governor http://dawnforgovernor.org/ 32 32 Governor Abbott Orders State Agencies to Step Up Anti-Fentanyl Efforts | Texas Governor’s Office https://dawnforgovernor.org/governor-abbott-orders-state-agencies-to-step-up-anti-fentanyl-efforts-texas-governors-office/ Tue, 20 Sep 2022 16:33:48 +0000 https://dawnforgovernor.org/governor-abbott-orders-state-agencies-to-step-up-anti-fentanyl-efforts-texas-governors-office/ September 20, 2022 | Austin, TX | Press release Governor Abbott today sent a letter to heads of state agencies asking them to step up state efforts to address the deadly fentanyl crisis affecting communities in Texas and nationwide. With an 89% increase in fentanyl-related deaths reported in Texas in 2021 compared to 2020, the […]]]>

September 20, 2022 | Austin, TX | Press release

Governor Abbott today sent a letter to heads of state agencies asking them to step up state efforts to address the deadly fentanyl crisis affecting communities in Texas and nationwide. With an 89% increase in fentanyl-related deaths reported in Texas in 2021 compared to 2020, the deadly synthetic opioid endangers Texans of all ages. This deadly drug is trafficked in Texas by Mexican cartels, who disguise the pills to look like legitimate prescription drugs and even candy to target children.

“The potency and deception of fentanyl, combined with the federal government’s unwillingness to take border security seriously, poses a grave threat to Texans,” the letter read. “We must take all appropriate steps to inform Texans of this danger and prevent additional deaths. Together, we can help raise awareness of the threat posed by fentanyl and do our part to address this crisis.

As the Texas Legislature prepares for the next session, Governor Abbott has directed state agencies to outline legislative changes, budget priorities, and other initiatives that will improve the state’s ability to prohibit the synthetic opioid, to provide emergency overdose treatment and to expand drug treatment programs. Agencies can coordinate with the Texas Opioid Abatement Fund Council to further amplify efforts.

Governor Abbott also directed relevant state agencies to begin coordinating efforts to raise awareness about the lethality and prevalence of fentanyl. Agency leaders are responsible for informing the Texans they serve of all the dangers of fentanyl by taking steps such as developing public service announcements, posting flyers in prominent places around regulated facilities, staff training, and providing educational opportunities to the people the agencies serve.

Governor Abbott addressed the letter to heads of state agencies that serve populations who would be affected by fentanyl, including:

  • Mike Morath, Commissioner of the Texas Education Agency
  • Director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, Colonel Steven McCraw
  • Cecile Young, Executive Commissioner of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission
  • Texas Department of State Health Services Commission Dr. John Hellerstedt
  • Texas Department of Family and Protective Services Commissioner Jaime Masters
  • Shandra Carter, acting executive director of the Texas Department of Juvenile Justice
  • Texas Higher Education Coordinating Council Commissioner Dr. Harrison Keller
  • Ed Serna, executive director of the Texas Workforce Commission
  • Texas Department of Criminal Justice Executive Director Brian Collier

Read Governor Abbott’s letter to heads of state agencies.

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Tunisia expects IMF loan deal in weeks, central bank governor says https://dawnforgovernor.org/tunisia-expects-imf-loan-deal-in-weeks-central-bank-governor-says/ Sun, 18 Sep 2022 14:32:00 +0000 https://dawnforgovernor.org/tunisia-expects-imf-loan-deal-in-weeks-central-bank-governor-says/ The International Monetary Fund logo is seen at the IMF headquarters in Washington, U.S., October 14, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas/File Photo Join now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia, September 18 (Reuters) – Tunisia expects to reach an agreement with the International Monetary Fund in the coming weeks on a loan of […]]]>

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JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia, September 18 (Reuters) – Tunisia expects to reach an agreement with the International Monetary Fund in the coming weeks on a loan of between $2 billion and $4 billion over three years, the governor of Tunisia said on Sunday. the central bank.

Tunisia, which is going through its worst financial crisis, is seeking an IMF loan to save public finances from collapsing.

“The size is still being negotiated and I think it will be between $2 billion and $4 billion, we hope to reach an agreement at staff level in the coming weeks,” Marouan Abassi told Reuters.

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The government and the powerful UGTT union last week signed an agreement to raise public sector wages by 5%, a move that could ease social tensions. But they announced no further agreement on the reforms needed for an IMF bailout.

Abassi said the wage deal was an important milestone for negotiations with the IMF and would give a clear picture of the weight of wages in GDP in the years to come.

“This will give us a clear vision of the wage bill which should drop in the years to come,” he added.

Fitch Ratings said Friday that Tunisia’s wage deal increases the likelihood of an IMF deal.

Abassi said the possible deal would open doors for bilateral funding, including with Japan and Gulf countries.

“We have advanced discussions with Saudi Arabia on bilateral funding,” he added.

The IMF has signaled that it will not go ahead with the bailout package demanded by Tunis unless the government appeals to the UGTT, which claims to have more than a million members and has already crippled the economy through strikes.

Tunisia is struggling to straighten out its public finances as discontent grows over inflation running at nearly 9% and a shortage of many food products in stores because the country cannot afford certain imports.

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Reporting by Aziz El Yaakoubi in Jeddah, Writing by Tarek Amara in Tunis, Editing by Emelia Sithole-Matarise and Andrew Cawthorne

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Governor Hochul urges New Yorkers to be aware of federal student debt relief scams https://dawnforgovernor.org/governor-hochul-urges-new-yorkers-to-be-aware-of-federal-student-debt-relief-scams/ Fri, 16 Sep 2022 16:29:02 +0000 https://dawnforgovernor.org/governor-hochul-urges-new-yorkers-to-be-aware-of-federal-student-debt-relief-scams/ Governor Kathy Hochul today issued a warning to consumers about scammers who are taking advantage of the recent student debt relief package to steal borrowers’ money and personal information. Scammers create a sense of urgency by posing as government agencies and promising immediate student loan relief. Borrowers are reminded of the importance of remaining vigilant, […]]]>

Governor Kathy Hochul today issued a warning to consumers about scammers who are taking advantage of the recent student debt relief package to steal borrowers’ money and personal information. Scammers create a sense of urgency by posing as government agencies and promising immediate student loan relief. Borrowers are reminded of the importance of remaining vigilant, knowledgeable and prepared for any fraud related to this new relief plan. Yesterday, Governor Hochul signed legislation to expand and simplify access to the Federal Civil Service Loan Forgiveness Program statewide. This new legislation establishes what is considered full-time employment for purposes of PSLF access and allows public service employers to certify employment on behalf of workers, removing significant barriers to application and access. access to the program.

“New Yorkers work hard for every dollar they earn, and the student loan forgiveness plan will be essential to help ease the pressures of mounting debt,” Governor Hochul said. “Unfortunately, unscrupulous individuals and crooks take advantage of this to take advantage of others. Today we warn the crooks: We will not let you take advantage of New York workers. I urge everyone to stay vigilant and stay informed to stop these bad actors in their tracks.”

What you need to know about the Federal Student Financial Assistance Plan:

On August 24, 2022, the Biden administration announcement a three-part plan to help middle-class and working-class federal student loan borrowers. The package includes:

  1. A final extension of the student loan repayment pause until December 31, 2022 and loan forgiveness of up to $20,000 for those who qualify
  2. Improve the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program and create a new income-based repayment plan to reduce future monthly payments for low- and middle-income borrowers.
  3. Reduce the cost of college education to protect future students.

The US Department of Education is working quickly to implement the student loan improvements, but many details will be released. The Department of Education recommends logging into your StudentAid.gov account to ensure your contact information is up to date and to subscribe to alerts for when new information becomes available.

How to avoid a student loan forgiveness scam:

  1. Look for reliable information and sources. Go only to “.gov” websites when asking for help. The US Department of Education recently launched a Web page provide borrowers with a one-stop-shop for accurate and up-to-date program information. By accessing the site, borrowers will not only find general information, but also a detailed Frequently Asked Questions section that provides facts about the student debt relief plan.
  2. Don’t trust any person or program that promises you early or special access, or guaranteed eligibility. A company may contact you to tell you that they will help you get a loan discharge, forgiveness, forgiveness, or debt relief for a fee. They may also offer to help you apply early. The loan forgiveness application will launch in early October and early access is not possible, and you will never have to pay aid with your federal student aid. If you receive any of these offers, it’s a scam.
  3. Do not give out your personal information, Federal Student Aid ID number, or Social Security number to anyone who contacts you. No one from the Ministry of Education will call or text you about this initiative. Be sure to only work with the United States Department of Education and never reveal your personal information or account password to anyone. Authentic emails to borrowers will only come from [email protected].
  4. If you come across a scam, report it. Contact the official Federal Student Aid website to file a complaint or contact the Federal Trade Commission. The U.S. Department of Education offers additional tips and resources here.

Secretary of State Robert J. Rodriguez said: “While many New Yorkers are struggling to repay their student loans, scammers are preying on those borrowers who desperately need immediate student loan relief. The State’s Consumer Protection Division of New York reminds borrowers to use only trusted government websites and not to respond to unsolicited offers for forgiveness as student loan repayment scams arose after the federal government’s recent announcement regarding the sorry. “

State Senator Kevin Thomas said: “It is unfortunate that the excitement and demand for this long-awaited federal student debt relief has created a new window of opportunity for scam artists to exploit those seeking help. I urge New Yorkers looking for help to stay alert and use only people you trust”. gov” websites to access student debt relief information.”

Assemblyman Harvey Epstein said: “I urge New Yorkers to be on the lookout for student loan forgiveness scams. The good news is that there are ways to protect yourself. I commend Governor Hochul for making student loan forgiveness a priority and protecting student borrowers from predatory scams.

The New York State Division of Consumer Protection offers voluntary mediation between a consumer and a business when a consumer has been unable to find a resolution on their own. The Consumer Helpline 1-800-697-1220 is available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., excluding holidays, and consumer complaints can be filed anytime at https://dos.ny.gov/consumer-protection.

For more consumer protection tips, follow the Social Media Division on Twitter: @NYSConsumer and Facebook : www.facebook.com/nysconsumer.

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Republican ticket for Illinois governor slams Pritzker and Lightfoot after mass shooting in Chicago park https://dawnforgovernor.org/republican-ticket-for-illinois-governor-slams-pritzker-and-lightfoot-after-mass-shooting-in-chicago-park/ Wed, 14 Sep 2022 23:29:31 +0000 https://dawnforgovernor.org/republican-ticket-for-illinois-governor-slams-pritzker-and-lightfoot-after-mass-shooting-in-chicago-park/ Bailey, Trussell slam Pritzker and Lightfoot after Chicago park mass shooting Darren Bailey is calling on Governor JB Pritzker and Mayor Lori Lightfoot to roll back what he calls their pro-criminal agenda, and Bailey says he’s committed to making Chicago safer. CHICAGO – Two people died and seven others were injured after a shooting in […]]]>

Two people died and seven others were injured after a shooting in Washington Park on Tuesday night.

Now Republican gubernatorial candidate Darren Bailey is asking Governor JB Pritzker and Mayor Lori Lightfoot to reverse what he calls their pro-criminal agenda and support policies that put public safety first.

Top cop in town says it was a personal dispute with gang ties. The argument began between two groups around 7:45 p.m. at 55th and South King Drive.

More than 40 casings were recovered and an automatic weapon is believed to have been used in the shooting.

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Stephanie Trussell, candidate for lieutenant governor, calls the governor.

“Real people, black people are paying the price for JB Pritzker’s radical and criminal policies,” Trussell said.

Bailey says he’s committed to making Chicago safer.

“JB, how many more black families have to cry before they recognize that black lives really matter? How many parents have to choose caskets when they should be choosing clothes for school,” Bailey said.

Lionel Coward, 43, was shot and injured in the back of the head, according to police and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office. He was found in critical condition by rescuers and later died.

Another man, 20, was shot multiple times and taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where he died.

No one is in custody for the shooting and some victims are not cooperating with the investigation.

A reward of $15,000 is offered for information. You can call 833-408-0069 anonymously.

Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

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Kenai Borough confirms harassment complaint against gubernatorial candidate Pierce https://dawnforgovernor.org/kenai-borough-confirms-harassment-complaint-against-gubernatorial-candidate-pierce/ Mon, 12 Sep 2022 23:58:05 +0000 https://dawnforgovernor.org/kenai-borough-confirms-harassment-complaint-against-gubernatorial-candidate-pierce/ Alaska Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Pierce is seen in an undated photo released by the Alaska Division of Elections. (Picture of the document) Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce, one of four Alaskan gubernatorial candidates, has been asked to resign as mayor after an undercover investigation substantiates a complaint of harassment against him and found […]]]>
Alaska Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Pierce is seen in an undated photo released by the Alaska Division of Elections. (Picture of the document)

Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce, one of four Alaskan gubernatorial candidates, has been asked to resign as mayor after an undercover investigation substantiates a complaint of harassment against him and found the complainant’s report credible.

pierce announced on August 26 that he would step down as mayor at the end of September in order to focus on his gubernatorial campaign.

He refused to discuss rumors that his resignation was motivated by a harassment complaint filed by a borough employee.

Members of the Kenai Borough Assembly, who were made aware of the complaint on August 23, also declined to discuss the matter, but after an hour-long closed meeting on Sunday they released a statement confirming the rumors and that Pierce was asked to resign voluntarily.

“As part of a potential mediated resolution, Mayor Pierce was asked to consider submitting his voluntary resignation, as a voluntary resignation may provide a greater opportunity for the prior resolution of this dispute,” the statement read in part.

Pierce did not respond to a phone call or text message seeking comment Sunday night.

According to the assembly statement, a borough employee and his attorney contacted the borough on July 11 and “reported allegations of harassment by Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce.”

The borough treated the complaint as secret and hired an outside law firm, Ashburn and Mason, to investigate.

According to Sunday’s statement, “On July 26, 2022, Ashburn & Mason provided its confidential investigative report to (the) district attorney which corroborated the plaintiffs’ report and found the allegations credible.”

The borough employee who filed the complaint hung up the phone when contacted by the Beacon and did not respond to text messages seeking comment. According to a person who spoke with the employee and is familiar with the matter, the employee has an audio recording of Pierce harassing him and has other documents.

According to the statement from the Borough Assembly, the Borough has already committed to spending up to $10,000 in mediation costs.

This amount does not include the cost of any financial settlement that may result from the mediation.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough has already paid $267,000 to settle two previous harassment complaints filed against Pierce.

The borough denied public records requests for a copy of the Ashburn and Mason report, and at Sunday’s special meeting assembly members voted 8-0 against releasing it to the public.

Pierce finished fourth in Alaska’s top four August 16 Governor’s Primaryobtaining 6.6% of the votes in total.

Incumbent Republican Governor Mike Dunleavy received 40.4% of the vote, finishing first. He was followed by Democratic candidate Les Gara with 23.1% and independent candidate Bill Walker with 22.8%.

All four men will appear on the ballot in Alaska’s Governor’s Choice election on Nov. 8. The deadline to be removed from the ballot was September 5.

Despite statements that he intends to focus on his gubernatorial campaign, Pierce did not appear at all Governors’ Forums or Debates since August 26.

The Beacon has contacted the organizers of more than half a dozen upcoming events. All said Pierce either declined their invitations or did not respond.

Pierce was not present at Sunday’s borough assembly meeting and said he will not be present at the next scheduled assembly meeting on September 20.

On social networks, he took the time to criticize the assembly for appointing Mike Navarre as interim mayor of the borough.

This appointment was necessary because the borough will lack a leader following the resignation of Pierce and that of his chief of staff.

A special election is scheduled for later this year or early 2023.

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Kelly Craft shakes up the governor’s race – 89.3 WFPL News Louisville https://dawnforgovernor.org/kelly-craft-shakes-up-the-governors-race-89-3-wfpl-news-louisville/ Sat, 10 Sep 2022 14:03:14 +0000 https://dawnforgovernor.org/kelly-craft-shakes-up-the-governors-race-89-3-wfpl-news-louisville/ https://dts.podtrac.com/redirect.mp3/lpm-od.streamguys1.com/kpd/20220909153835-KPD090922podcast.mp3 This week in Kentucky politics… Another top contender has joined the Republican race for governor of Kentucky. Kelly Craft is a Republican mega-donor who has hinted that he will run for the top spot in state government for over a year. But she joins an increasingly crowded and complicated race of Republicans seeking to […]]]>


This week in Kentucky politics…

Another top contender has joined the Republican race for governor of Kentucky. Kelly Craft is a Republican mega-donor who has hinted that he will run for the top spot in state government for over a year. But she joins an increasingly crowded and complicated race of Republicans seeking to unseat relatively popular incumbent Democrat Andy Beshear.

Also this week, Independent voter registration are growing faster than the traditional political parties in the state. Some political observers say it’s a sign that voters are tired of traditional politicians.

Divya Karthikeyan and Ryland Barton of Kentucky Public Radio have this week’s edition of Kentucky Politics Distilled.


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Governor Newsom Signs Legislation 9.2.22 – EIN Presswire https://dawnforgovernor.org/governor-newsom-signs-legislation-9-2-22-ein-presswire/ Sat, 03 Sep 2022 01:52:59 +0000 https://dawnforgovernor.org/governor-newsom-signs-legislation-9-2-22-ein-presswire/ Published: Sep 02, 2022 SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom announced today that he has signed the following bills into law: AB 13 by Assemblyman Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) – California Victims Compensation Board: Paying Claims. AB 1824 by the Public Employment and Pensions Committee – Retirement of civil servants. AB 1954 by Assemblyman Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) […]]]>

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SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom announced today that he has signed the following bills into law:

  • AB 13 by Assemblyman Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) – California Victims Compensation Board: Paying Claims.
  • AB 1824 by the Public Employment and Pensions Committee – Retirement of civil servants.
  • AB 1954 by Assemblyman Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) – Physicians and Surgeons: Treatment and Medication of Cannabis Patients.
  • AB 2096 by Assemblyman Kevin Mullin (D-South San Francisco) – Chemical Addiction Recovery Hospitals.
  • AB 2163 by Congresswoman Blanca Rubio (Park D-Baldwin) – San Gabriel Basin Water Quality Authority Act.
  • AB 2452 by Assemblyman Phillip Chen (R-Yorba Linda) – Structural Fumigation Enforcement Program.
  • AB 2687 by the Business and Professions Committee – California Massage Therapy Council.
  • SB 49 by Sen. Thomas Umberg (D-Santa Ana) – Business Conversions.
  • SB 277 by Sen. Bob Archuleta (D-Pico Rivera) – Fireworks: Dangerous Fireworks: Seizure: Management.
  • SB 846 by Sen. Bill Dodd (D-Napa) – Diablo Canyon Generating Station: Expansion of Operations. A signature message can be found here.
  • SB 957 by Sen. John Laird (D-Santa Cruz) – Employment Public Relations Board: Metropolitan Transit District of Santa Cruz: Employee Relations.
  • SB 971 by Sen. Josh Newman (D-Fullerton) – Housing: Pets.
  • SB 988 by Sen. Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) – Compassionate Access to Medical Cannabis Act or Ryan’s Law.
  • SB 991 by Sen. Josh Newman (D-Fullerton) – Public Contracts: Progressive Design-Build: Local Agencies.
  • SB 1111 by Sen. Bob Archuleta (D-Pico Rivera) – Trash Cans and Storage Containers: Reflective Markings.
  • SB 1174 by Sen. Robert Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) – Electricity: Qualifying Renewable Energy or Energy Storage Resources: Transmission and Interconnection.
  • SB 1259 by Sen. John Laird (D-Santa Cruz) – Pharmacists: Providing Opioid Antagonists.

For the full text of the bills, visit: http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov.

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Trump reappears in the race for governor of the Mass. with a pre-primary “tele-rally” for GOP hopeful Geoff Diehl https://dawnforgovernor.org/trump-reappears-in-the-race-for-governor-of-the-mass-with-a-pre-primary-tele-rally-for-gop-hopeful-geoff-diehl/ Thu, 01 Sep 2022 15:23:55 +0000 https://dawnforgovernor.org/trump-reappears-in-the-race-for-governor-of-the-mass-with-a-pre-primary-tele-rally-for-gop-hopeful-geoff-diehl/ On the eve of the Massachusetts primary election, former President Donald J. Trump will appear live at a phone rally supporting GOP Gov. Geoff Diehl’s hopeful, whom he endorsed in October, and who trumpeted the false claims by Trump that the 2020 election was rigged. Diehl, who served as honorary co-chairman of Trump’s 2016 presidential […]]]>

On the eve of the Massachusetts primary election, former President Donald J. Trump will appear live at a phone rally supporting GOP Gov. Geoff Diehl’s hopeful, whom he endorsed in October, and who trumpeted the false claims by Trump that the 2020 election was rigged.

Diehl, who served as honorary co-chairman of Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, has reflected on the former president’s brand throughout his run. In February, he tapped Corey Lewandowski, a longtime Trump confidant and former adviser, as a strategist.

News of the phone rally was first reported Thursday morning by Lewandowski on conservative radio host Jeff Kuhner’s show. Lewandowski said voters will be able to call a 508 area code number and hear Trump give his live assessment of the race, in which Diehl takes on Wrentham businessman Chris Doughty.

The rally will take place on September 5, a day before the September 6 primary elections.

“I’m honored to have the support of our former president ahead of Tuesday’s primary, and I’m doubly honored to have President Trump’s help in rallying voters in Massachusetts,” Diehl said in a statement Thursday. “This event will give us a great opportunity to reaffirm what is important to us in this race, especially the issues of freedom, financial responsibility, public safety and the accountability of parents to protect their children.”

Trump endorsed Diehl, a former Whitman State Representative, in October, saying in a statement that he “will be an outstanding governor for the State of Massachusetts, and it is an honor for me to give him my endorsement. complete and total!”

Since the start of his campaign, Diehl has enjoyed the support of Trump-aligned figures in Massachusetts politics.

Massachusetts Republican Party Chairman Jim Lyons — known for his unwavering support for Trump — has appeared at Diehl fundraisers and other events. Auto sales magnate Ernie Boch Jr., an early supporter who held a Trump rally at his Norwood estate in 2015, hosted a Diehl fundraiser last month with the arch-conservative governor of South Dakota, Kristi Noem. She was also endorsed by Trump in his primary election and has been mentioned as a possible running mate if Trump runs for office again in 2024.

Trump has participated in similar pre-primary “tele-rally” events in recent months for Republican candidates in states including Alaska, Connecticut, Michigan and Nevada. During a tele-rally for former governor and congressional candidate Sarah Palin, Trump called hours after the FBI raid on his personal Mar-a-Lago residence.

“Another day in paradise. It’s a weird day. You’ve probably all read about it,” Trump said, according to the Anchorage Daily News.

The winner of the Massachusetts GOP primary will face presumptive Democratic nominee Maura Healey, the attorney general, in November. She led both Doughty and Diehl by wide margins in public polls.


Samantha J. Gross can be contacted at samantha.gross@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @samanthajgross.

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GOP gubernatorial candidate Scott Jensen calls for vouchers and parental oversight of schools https://dawnforgovernor.org/gop-gubernatorial-candidate-scott-jensen-calls-for-vouchers-and-parental-oversight-of-schools/ Tue, 30 Aug 2022 23:09:52 +0000 https://dawnforgovernor.org/gop-gubernatorial-candidate-scott-jensen-calls-for-vouchers-and-parental-oversight-of-schools/ Parents would have more control over school programs and families could receive funding to send their children to private schools under an education plan that Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Jensen unveiled on Tuesday. His proposal in ten points follows the release of state data showing low test scores over the past school year, and comes […]]]>

Parents would have more control over school programs and families could receive funding to send their children to private schools under an education plan that Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Jensen unveiled on Tuesday.

His proposal in ten points follows the release of state data showing low test scores over the past school year, and comes after Democratic Gov. Tim Walz launched an ad attacking Jensen for saying he would spend less on public schools.

“We need to increase performance,” Jensen said. “And stop thinking that dollars are always going to get us where we need to go.”

His plan includes priorities that GOP lawmakers have imposed on the state Capitol, such as a “parents’ bill of rights.” This would create a portal for parents to review the curriculum and books used in classrooms and provide feedback to their school board. Jensen also wants to put state dollars into college savings accounts for students — often called school bonds — allowing the money to be used on the school of the family’s choice, including private schools. .

Jensen and his running mate Matt Birk, who started a private school with his wife, posted their education plan at the Minnesota Republican Party’s State Fair booth. It is the latest in a series of ten-point plans the two have rolled out over the past few months, including proposals on the rural economy and energy.

“Our children are failing and our school system is failing for our children and our families,” Birk said, later adding, “We need to have a more personalized approach – more choice, different types of schools, probably more schools and smaller schools.”

Their plan condemns critical race theory, an academic concept of systemic racism. Other points include promoting homeschooling and expanding post-secondary enrollment in trades and agribusiness. They suggested the government, nonprofits, law enforcement and churches team up to help students with mental health issues and revamp schools with low test scores.

“We will redesign the very underperforming schools, whether in public schools in Minneapolis or elsewhere, by creating a new governance structure by converting schools to charters, autonomous schools, non-public schools or other models. “, indicates the plan.

Statewide test results released last week showed that math and reading skills continued to lag behind pre-pandemic results and that large racial disparities persist. Around the release of the test data, the Minnesota Department of Education found 371 public schools that need intense state support.

Since taking office nearly four years ago, Walz, a former high school social studies teacher, has lobbied to increase spending on education.

“Scott Jensen’s radical plan to convert public schools to private ones and put politicians in charge of student learning takes his ideology of ‘defunding public education’ to a new extreme,” he said Tuesday. Walz’s campaign manager Nichole Johnson in a statement.

Walz ad campaign released this week discusses the past two difficult years for students and notes that the Governor has committed funds to summer programs to help children catch up and “fought to fully fund our schools.” He also highlights an MPR News interview where Jensen said he would spend less on public schools, saying, “I think it’s a black hole.”

Jensen said he doesn’t understand what “fully fund” means and noted that the state made a significant increase in K-12 spending in the last budget. He stressed that it was time to try new approaches.

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Is the absence of debates in the Minnesota gubernatorial race unusual? https://dawnforgovernor.org/is-the-absence-of-debates-in-the-minnesota-gubernatorial-race-unusual/ Mon, 29 Aug 2022 04:14:13 +0000 https://dawnforgovernor.org/is-the-absence-of-debates-in-the-minnesota-gubernatorial-race-unusual/ Fact check: Is the lack of debate in the Minnesota gubernatorial race unusual? Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Jensen says DFL Governor Tim Walz is avoiding debate in this year’s Minnesota gubernatorial race, while Walz says the pace of planning debates is not is not unusual. (FOX 9) – Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Jensen alleges that […]]]>

Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Jensen alleges that DFL Gov. Tim Walz is avoiding debates in this year’s Minnesota gubernatorial race, while Walz says the pace of planning debates is not unusual.

Jensen initially accused Walz of canceling the proceedings, a claim he has since renounced. Now, Jensen claims that Walz is “dodging debate” because Walz didn’t agree to any additional events after the duo faced off at FarmFest on Aug. 3.

“A studio would be fine. The public would be fine. State Fair would be fine. The Chamber of Commerce would be fine. Game Fair would be fine. We said yes to all these traditional venues. Governor Walz said no,” Jensen said in an interview this week.

RELATED: Fact check: Walz and Jensen take liberties in first debate

When a reporter asked Walz this week why he didn’t agree to debate Jensen at the State Fair, the first-term governor gave a brief response.

“We have already debated. We will set future dates on this,” Walz said. “We just want to make sure we have the widest audience to be able to do them. Nothing fancy. We’ll agree to do them. Plenty of time – it’s August.”

‘Out of the ordinary’

Walz’s assertion that “nothing is out of the ordinary” is not the whole story.

The 2022 debate schedule does not keep pace with Walz’s first gubernatorial bid in 2018. Walz has not accepted some debates he has previously appeared in, including one at Game Fair in Ramsey and another at the booth Minnesota Public Radio’s State Fair.

By the end of August 2018, Walz had hosted four general election debates with Republican Jeff Johnson as the two campaigned for an open seat.

Walz said earlier this month that he planned to do “a few” debates before the Nov. 8 election with Jensen, who is calling for one debate a week.

Traditional places of debate

Jensen’s assertion that Walz avoids “traditional” debates needs to be clarified. Minnesota governor races do not follow a predetermined debate schedule. Although the state fair has been a traditional stop, a debate is not guaranteed there.

Walz and Johnson ultimately hosted six general election debates in 2018, including a meeting in late August at the fair.

Four years earlier, DFL Governor Mark Dayton had said no to a State Fair debate that Johnson was seeking. He and Johnson ultimately debated five times, all in October.

In 2010, Dayton and Republican United States Representative Tom Emmer held 26 debates, averaging more than one a week, as they campaigned for an open seat. One such debate took place at the fair.

The strategy of an incumbent operator

Supplementary debates are a method for Jensen to present himself to voters in the general election.

Jensen, Chaska’s family physician and former state senator, is short on Walz’s campaign money. This week, Jensen told FOX 9 that his campaign would begin airing TV ads in September, several weeks after the Walz-aligned and DFL-aligned groups.

Walz is also the incumbent, which means he can do things like hold press conferences with state troopers and police chiefs — as he’s done three times since late July — which are events. officials who have obvious advantages for his campaign.

Incumbent advantage plays out across the country, and it’s not just a strategy employed by one party or the other. In some states like Minnesota, it’s the Republican challenger who accuses the Democratic incumbent of hiding. In other states, it’s the other way around.

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