Power shift

first_imgRepublicans scored a significant victory on Election Night, winning control of the Senate and extending their majority in the House. The results could be seen as a referendum on GOP policies, but also as a rebuke to President Obama. David King, a senior lecturer in public policy, provided his perspective on the outcome in a Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) interview. HKS: What message did the voters send Tuesday night? Which issues resonated the loudest?KING: I was surprised by the size of the Republican wave on Tuesday; if we think of Congress as a ship, the thing has been rocking wildly side-to-side.President Obama had strong majorities in Congress after the 2008 election. Then voters sent Democrats home in 2010 as the Tea Party wing of the Republican Party swept into Congress. In 2012 the voters repudiated Republicans across the board and returned President Obama to the White House. And now this — voters must have seasickness.I do not think there were substantive issues that resonated loudly. Yes, there was fear in the air — an anxiousness about ISIS and Ebola and the economy — but the bell that rang loudest had an anti-Obama clapper.Maybe we should stop calling these “midterm” elections and talk about short-term elections, because the American voter does not seem to have a long-term sense of where the country should be going or how we should get there.HKS: What do the Republicans hope to accomplish with control of both the House and Senate for the first time since 2006?KING: It will be difficult for either party to enact major changes, because Democrats in the Senate are perfectly capable of stopping bills from passing. Procedurally, it is unlikely that President Obama will be signing many Republican “stand-alone” bills, and he’ll be ready to use his veto pen. So the most likely path forward for Republicans will be to tack “policy” bills onto a handful of must-pass spending bills. This is possible because non-germane pieces of legislation are allowed to be amended onto spending bills in the Senate — but not in the House. If Alabama’s Richard Shelby becomes the next chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee — and that’s likely — then he will be in an especially strong position to control the fate of legislation.There will be some easy wins. President Obama likes the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade agreement. Senate Democrats got in the way last year, and it should be much easier with Republicans in charge of the Senate.HKS: How can and should the president work with Congress in his final two years in office? Is there any common ground on which to compromise on major policy issues?KING: President Obama has shown little capacity to compromise. He did not seem to like the U.S. Congress even when he was a member of it, and he has kept his own party leadership at arm’s length for six years. That is unlikely to change. Instead, President Obama will issue executive orders with abandon and attach signing statements to bills that he does sign. He will almost certainly work to support and defend his signature accomplishment — health care reform — while giving the program more time to work. The economy is getting stronger. Health care reform — as long as it’s not called “Obamacare” — has been much more popular than most people expected, and at this stage the president may want to take care of his legacy.HKS: How do yesterday’s results affect the ground rules for the 2016 election?KING: This election was a harbinger of big money — for both parties — flowing into campaigns. More than $4 billion was spent on the Congressional elections alone, much of it from non-candidate groups, and that will look like chump change two years from now. That would not be a bad thing if the money were spent on strategies to increase turnout across the board, but negative advertising diminishes turnout among moderate voters, alienates young voters, and rallies the core supporters of the parties.HKS: Any other thoughts to offer on the election?KING: We need to remember that political parties and candidates are not in the business of promoting or protecting democracy. They use democratic rules and institutions to get power, certainly, but candidates live in fear of mobilizing the “wrong” voters. Frankly, democracy is too important to be left up to the parties and the candidates. We need to encourage better people to run at all levels of government. We need to do all that we can to balance the power of big money with the power of big ideas.last_img read more

BACK ON TRACK: Fair rebounds from rough outing, leads No. 1 Syracuse past Clemson

first_img Published on February 9, 2014 at 7:56 pm Contact David: [email protected] | @DBWilson2 For all that C.J. Fair has accomplished this season — and there’s been plenty — a high level of efficiency hasn’t always been there. He’s scored in double figures in all but two games this season, but he’s also shot worse than 50 percent from the field in 13.His 19-point performance against Clemson on Sunday was strong, but compared to some of his other performances it appeared to just be another good day for the senior forward. Still, Jim Boeheim called it one of his best — and his most efficient performance to date.“Some people may not think it’s his best game, but it was his most efficient,” the Syracuse head coach said. “I thought he was really good.”Fair scored a game-high 19 points on 8-of-13 shooting — good for a season-best 61.5 percent — and helped the No. 1 Orange (23-0, 10-0 Atlantic Coast) hold off the Tigers (15-7, 6-4) for a largely drama-free 57-44 win in front of 25,931 in the Carrier Dome.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe win continues SU’s best start in school history, and its 23rd win in a row matches the longest winning streak in program history.Guarded by K.J. McDaniels, one of the conference’s best defensive forwards, for much of the game, Fair bounced back from one of the worst games of his career against Notre Dame with one of the best. The Fighting Irish kept him out of the paint on Monday, and when his jump shots stopped falling he finished the game a miserable 2-of-13 from the field.“Sometimes as a player you feel like you’re in a groove that you know are not the best shots,” Fair said. “(Boeheim) just wanted me, if I have it, to pass it back out and they’d do something else to give me the ball. I was able to be patient and let the game come to me.”Just as importantly, though, Fair started off hot. Whereas he turned the ball over on the first two possessions against the Fighting Irish and missed his first four field goals, Fair sunk both of his jump shots in the first five minutes and helped Syracuse jump out to an early 8-4 lead. “That makes the game a little easier,” Fair said.Every jumper Fair shot against UND felt like it was going in, he said. The lack of efficiency wasn’t a matter of shot selection. He blamed a bit of fatigue, but the way that the Irish played against him also prevented him from finding any sort of rhythm. It clogged the lane and forced him to settle for jump shots.And even though Clemson is the top defensive team in the nation, it couldn’t stop Fair from finding a variety of ways to score. He had plenty of his signature jumpers and did attempt three 3-pointers, but also scored eight points in the paint and added two more at the free-throw line when he was fouled on a drive to the rim.“He had a couple big shots, a couple jumpers, he hit a 3 and down the stretch he got into the lane,” Boeheim said.In the final seconds of the first half, Fair got the ball in the left corner with a pair of defenders within feet of him. He muscled his way through the duo and tossed up a layup to give the Orange a 31-22 halftime lead.Sam Maller | Photo EditorSenior center Baye Moussa Keita was sidelined due to a sprained right knee. Grant fills in at center for injured Keita in Syracuse winThe Tigers hung around for a bit, but Fair made sure to keep them at bay. With Baye Moussa Keita sidelined with a sprained right knee that he suffered during the first half, shorthanded SU needed to bury the Tigers, and Fair’s and-one runner along the baseline to stretch the lead to 12 with 15 minutes left in the game ignited the crowd.When Clemson cut the lead down to five points midway through the second half, Syracuse went right back to Fair who sliced to the hoop and got fouled. He sunk both free throws and kick-started a 6-0 run that stretched the lead back to double figures.“Whenever we need buckets we go to him,” SU forward Rakeem Christmas said, “and he just goes and we just crash the boards.”With Fair’s big day, the Orange had its first smooth end to a game in more than a month. SU has won by double digits, but usually its heroics have come in the final minute or two.Instead, Fair was able to check out of the game in the final minute and give way to some of Syracuse’s lesser-used players for a well-deserved standing ovation.“I was able to get open and get the defense on edge coming at me,” Fair said, “and I took advantage of my opportunities. I didn’t waste any opportunities.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Employee charged for stealing chainsaw

first_imgRuanda McDonald of Middle Road, La Penitence, Georgetown, was on Tuesday released on bail by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates Courts.The mechanic denied the allegation which stated that between December 21 and 22, 2019, at Cuyuni, River, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), he stole one chainsaw valued $352,000 and one chainsaw bar valued $29,000; property of Innovative Mining Incorporated.Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield told the court that the defendant was employed by Innovative Mining company as a mechanic and during the time in question, he requested time off to attend a funeral in Georgetown.However, shortly before departing the location, McDonald was observed by others to be loading the items mentioned in the charge onto a truck.The court heard a search was later conducted and the articles were missing. The matter was then reported to the police and McDonald was arrested and charged for the offence.The Magistrate released McDonald on $150,000 bail and the matter was transferred to the Bartica Magistrate’s Court for January 17, 2020.last_img read more