OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s emergency stay-home order didn’t deem firearms dealers essential — like grocery stores and pharmacies — and necessary to stay open as much of society closes down to slow the spread of the new coronavirus.But that isn’t stopping Tiffany Teasdale, owner of Lynnwood Gun, from keeping her doors open.“We don’t have anything in writing that says we need to stay closed,” Teasdale said. “And I don’t know anything about what the governor has said.”Teasdale doesn’t appear to be the only firearms dealer in open defiance of Inslee’s emergency order. Gun shop o...
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A political organization co-chaired by former Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) is in turmoil after a controversial hiring decision.
"A nonpartisan political organization is facing blowback from its employees after hiring journalist Mark Halperin, whose career as a prominent TV pundit hit a wall after he faced multiple allegations of sexual harassment.
Junior staffers at No Labels objected this week when the organization hired Halperin, co-author of the best-selling campaign chronicle "Game Change." The internal dissension grew so heated that two employees who complained were granted paid leave — to consider whether they want to stay, the organization said — and a third is considering resigning over it," The Washington Post reported Thursday.
"Halperin's career as a political analyst collapsed at the start of the MeToo era in 2017 after at least a dozen women, including former colleagues, came forward with allegations against him ranging from unwanted touching to sexual assault. Since then he has taken small steps back into public life. He wrote a book about the 2020 presidential election, started a newsletter, and began turning up as a commentator on relatively low-profile radio and TV outlets such as Newsmax," the newspaper reported. "Earlier this week, No Labels hired him as a consultant for an unspecified project. But the move didn't sit well with some of No Label's employees, most of whom are young women."
"No Labels's co-executive directors Margaret White and Liz Morrison defended Halperin's hiring in public statements this week. But Morrison later acknowledged that "two employees accepted our offer to take paid time off to think about what they wanted to do" in the wake of discussions about Halperin," the newspaper reported.
Mark Halperin's hiring by a political group draws protests from (its mostly female) staffers. From @farhip and me… https://t.co/Z3MWEp4393— Sarah Ellison (@Sarah Ellison)1619135858.0
Trump’s 'depression' predictions flopped — and now the GOP is scrambling to find an economic message
On Thursday, writing for The Washington Post, David Lynch noted that former President Donald Trump's dire predictions that "you will have a depression the likes of which you've never seen" if Joe Biden is elected, but the economy is soaring — and Republicans are struggling to adapt their economic message to the new reality.
"The rebounding economy is headed for its best year since 1984, according to the International Monetary Fund. The U.S. economy likely expanded in the first quarter at an annual rate of 6 percent and should accelerate in the months ahead, economist Ian Shepherdson of Pantheon Macroeconomics told clients this week. More than 1.3 million jobs have been added since the election," wrote Lynch. "By Trump's preferred metric — the stock market — Biden is outperforming his predecessor at this stage of his presidency. Last summer, the Republican said stock values would 'collapse' under Biden. But through Thursday, the Dow Jones industrial average was up nearly 16 percent since Nov. 7, when the Democrat was declared the apparent election winner, compared with a 10.5 percent gain over a similar period following Trump's election."
The result is that Republicans are scrambling to come up with a new message to counter Biden's popularity.
"Republicans have lashed Biden's $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan as unnecessary given the economy's emerging strength and as being poorly designed, because some of the direct payments will go to households earning as much as $150,000 annually," wrote Lynch. "But so far, none of the attacks have drawn much support beyond the GOP base. A Gallup poll last month found that 63 percent of Americans backed the Biden plan."
All of this bodes poorly for the GOP, noted Lynch, because parties that run against an administration presiding over economic growth tend to do poorly — as did the recently deceased Democratic presidential candidate Walter Mondale in 1984.
"The economy grew that year at an annual rate of 7.2 percent, its best performance since the Korean War. Republican advertising boasted of 'morning again in America,' and Democrats responded with an unpopular prescription for a tax increase to address the federal budget deficit that Reagan had used to fuel his boom," noted Lynch. "The Democrat lost 49 states that year."
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US showjumper Andrew Kocher was banned for 10 years by the International Equestrian Federation on Thursday for using electric spurs on horses, the US federation "unequivocally" supporting the punishment.
The FEI had opened an investigation of Kocher last June after an allegation that he had used spurs that delivered an electric shock was reported to the independent Equestrian Community Integrity Unit (ECIU).
"It was alleged that Mr Kocher had used electric spurs on a number of FEI registered and national horses in international and national events, and during training," the international federation said in a statement.
Formal disciplinary proceedings were launched in October, when Kocher was provisionally suspended.
His term of suspension is therefore deemed to have started on October 28, 2020 and will run through October 27, 2030.
Kocher was also disqualified from eight events between June 2018 and November 2019, fined 10,000 Swiss Francs and ordered to pay costs of 7,500 Swiss Francs.
During his suspension, Kocher is barred from participating in or attending, in any capacity, including as a spectator, any competition or event that is authorized or organized by the FEI or any national federation.
"The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) unequivocally supports the decision of the FEI Tribunal to suspend athlete Andrew Kocher for 10 years and disqualify his results from eight events between June 2018 and November 2019 for the use of electric spurs," the US federation said in a statement.
USEF jumping Chef d'Equipe Robert Ridland added: "The US Jumping Team does not tolerate any form of cheating or horse abuse and fully stands behind the outcome of the FEI Tribunal decision.
"Horses are our willing and trusted partners in sport and deserve our ultimate care and respect in the pursuit of excellence."
Kocher, who has denied using electric shock devices on his horses, has 21 days to appeal the sanction.
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