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Hunter, Svanda vie for Jackson County treasurer seat | Government and Politics

If she is elected to continue in her position, Hunter said she would work on “modernizing” some of the processes in the treasurer’s office to make things more efficient. “I come from a technology background and there’s a lot we can do to automate things in the office that have been done manually in the past,” she said.

While the county treasurer is seen as an analytical position, Hunter said she also has a creative side — her undergraduate degree is in art. “I think some of that creates good structure and kind of a well-rounded person,” she said. “In my spare time, I do like to create art”

Hunter grew up in Jefferson County, and moved to Carbondale in 1999, according to her online bio. She’s a member of the Carbondale Rotary Breakfast Club, Women United Network, and enjoys volunteering throughout the community.

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The US government sues Google for alleged anticompetitive abuses in search

The Trump administration on Tuesday sued Google in what is the largest antitrust case against a tech company in more than two decades.

In its complaint, the Justice Department makes sweeping allegations that Google has stifled competition to maintain its powerful position in the marketplace for online search and search advertising.

Eleven states — Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, South Carolina and Texas — joined the suit, according to the complaint.

The complaint targets a series of interlocking actions by Google that, as a whole, allegedly harmed competition and prevented rivals from gaining a meaningful audience.

It alleges in part that Google pays billions of dollars a year to device manufacturers like Apple, LG, Motorola, and Samsung and browser developers like Mozilla and Opera to be their default search engine and in many cases to prohibit them from dealing with Google’s competitors. As a result, “Google

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Where they stand: Indiana House District 7 candidates on the issues | Government & Politics

The job of a state representative is to create and pass legislation that will benefit the citizens of his or her district, as well as the entire state.

Ross Deal

Education: Bachelor’s, IUSB

Campaign phone: 574-258-0805

Jake Teshka

Job: Business development officer

Education: Master’s, IUSB

Indiana taxpayers currently fund four different types of K-12 education: traditional public schools, charter schools, private schools (using “choice scholarships”/”vouchers”), and online education. What, if anything, would you change about the current funding structure for K-12 education?

Deal: In 2008, the General Assembly changed the school funding formula by removing local property taxes. In addition to the removal of local property taxes, the ability for local levies to fund debt service, transportation, and capital projects was also eliminated. In 2009 then governor Mitch Daniels cut an additional 300 million dollars from school funding. That money was never put back! Traditional public schools have lost ground,

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Two incumbents: City councilman challenges state senator | Government & Politics

The job of a state representative is to create and pass legislation that will benefit the citizens of his or her district, as well as the entire state.

Ross Deal

Education: Bachelor’s, IUSB

Campaign phone: 574-258-0805

Jake Teshka

Job: Business development officer

Education: Master’s, IUSB

Indiana taxpayers currently fund four different types of K-12 education: traditional public schools, charter schools, private schools (using “choice scholarships”/”vouchers”), and online education. What, if anything, would you change about the current funding structure for K-12 education?

Deal: In 2008, the General Assembly changed the school funding formula by removing local property taxes. In addition to the removal of local property taxes, the ability for local levies to fund debt service, transportation, and capital projects was also eliminated. In 2009 then governor Mitch Daniels cut an additional 300 million dollars from school funding. That money was never put back! Traditional public schools have lost ground,

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EasyJet and Tesco have both benefitted from government support. That’s where the similarity ends

EasyJet is burning through cash faster than Tesco is making it (PA)
EasyJet is burning through cash faster than Tesco is making it (PA)

Comparing EasyJet with Tesco looks a bit like assessing the relative merits of a Labrador puppy and a reticulated python.

The former two are both businesses that have shareholders and try to make money for them while the latter are both animals that people keep as pets (yep, some really do cuddle up with 20ft monster constrictor snakes). And that’s about as far as the points they have in common go.

Clearly, however, we live in strange and interesting times, and not in a good way. That means today this pair of very different businesses have something in common that isn’t usually there: because of the coronavirus pandemic they have both enjoyed significant levels of government support that isn’t usually available to private businesses.

Tesco has benefitted to the tune of £585m from the business rate holiday, which

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Priti Patel says Government will not stand for ‘thuggish’ protesters

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Whitehall departments a policy “of devolving and forgetting”, and not considering how public money can be spent across the UK, Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross has said.

Mr Ross – who raised his concerns in a speech on Saturday – told Sky News’ Sophy Ridge he wanted “to make people look in the mirror and have a long, hard look at themselves to see if they are doing enough to strengthen the Union”.

The comments will be seen as a thinly veiled rebuke to Boris Johnson, who took the title of Minister for the Union when he became PM.

Mr Ross told Sophy Ridge on Sky News: “It’s an attitude, it’s a feeling that the pattern of funding, significant funding through this Covid pandemic, £6.5 billion from the UK government to the Scottish government and then we forget.

“We need to do more to remember

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Tech giants police their own online campaign ads as government disagrees on regulation

(InvestigateTV) – On websites and social media sites from Facebook to Instagram, political campaigns are trying to click with voters.

“Do President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump still have your support?”

“Did you see who Joe Biden picked for VP?”

“Who would Jesus vote for?”

All of those ads were designed to get potential voters to engage. Links route to surveys, campaign pages, blogs, online shops or email address collection and campaign donation sites.

Online ads are hugely beneficial to political campaigns. Instead of placing an ad in the biggest paper in a swing state or buying a slot during a primetime show with a possible demographic match to a campaign – strategists can drill down deeper.

These Facebook ads ran in September and attempt to get users to engage with campaigns. Often campaigns use interactive ads to get people to donate money, take surveys or provide contact information. Facebook has rules dictating interactive ads - including that anything that appears to work like a survey with clickable options actually works in the way it is portrayed.
These Facebook ads ran in September and attempt to get users to engage with campaigns. Often campaigns use interactive ads to get people to donate money, take surveys or provide contact
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The $4 trillion U.S. government relies on individual taxpayers

By David Lawder

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government’s over $4 trillion annual budget, the world’s largest, relies heavily on individual wage earners whose taxes and retirement benefits are deducted from every paycheck, leaning particularly on the top 20% of income earners.

Corporations pay just a fraction of what individuals do into the federal spending pool, which funds the military, transportation safety, veterans benefits, regulatory agencies and programs like NASA.

A New York Times investigation https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/09/27/us/donald-trump-taxes.html published on Sunday shows that President Donald Trump paid just $750 in federal taxes during the years straddling his 2017 inauguration, and none at all for 10 of 15 years before then. Trump dismissed the report as “fake news.”

Trump reported https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-ethics/trump-owes-lenders-at-least-315-million-disclosure-shows-idUSKBN1972XM income of at least $594 million for 2016 and early 2017 and assets worth at least $1.4 billion, in a financial disclosure in June 2017.

HOW THE U.S. BUDGET IS FUNDED

Individuals,

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is a risk-averse Government killing British music?

No mingling: Nick Cave was forced to perform alone, at Alexandra Palace, for an online-only audience - PR
No mingling: Nick Cave was forced to perform alone, at Alexandra Palace, for an online-only audience – PR

The music business has been badly hit by Covid-19 restrictions. And following recent government interventions, things may be taking a turn for the worse.

“The challenge the industry is facing now is essentially survival,” according to Ian Huffam, a director of X-Ray Touring, whose clients include Coldplay and Robbie Williams. “It’s not just the survival of artists, venues and promoters, it’s the whole live ecosystem. The prospects for next year are grim.

“I’ve written off the first six months, and remain unconvinced that summer festivals have more than a 50-50 chance of going ahead. Live music is entering a deeply concerning phase. It’s a rocky road, and there will be casualties.”

The mood within the business seems to be turning extremely dark. “Fatigue is setting in. It’s gone on much longer and

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Puerto Rico residents say they answered 2020 census. The government says otherwise — over and over again.

Barrio Obrero Marina.
Barrio Obrero Marina.

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO — In Barrio Obrero Marina, a working class neighborhood of San Juan, the U.S. Census Bureau said that fewer than one in 10 households had answered the 2020 census by mid-August. Community leader Carmen Febres Alméstica set out to see if the government was right.

Wearing a face mask under the midday sun, Febres Alméstica, who chairs a local residents’ organization, began on Argentina Street.

A woman named Raquel Pérez, her dog barking non-stop behind her small entrance gate, greeted Febres Alméstica from a balcony. Pérez said her daughter filled out a census form for her. She assured Febres Alméstica that several of her neighbors also answered the census and that she received two visits from census workers after completing the process.

On 14th Street, a man sweeping in front of a bar closed by the pandemic said he filed a census form

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