MIAMI -- Fittingly, Rob Dixon was dockside on the waters of the Florida Keys when he learned that he and others had a shot at restoring a piece of maritime history. That’s the Alligator Reef Lighthouse, which was first lit in 1873 and sits four miles off Islamorada in the Upper Keys. Dixon, a longtime charter boat captain in Islamorada who still runs boats, checked his email to find a message from the U.S. Department of the Interior. It said the federal government was handing over ownership of the lighthouse to the nonprofit he helps run. “Goosebumps, just goosebumps,” said Dixon, 60, presiden...
This Tuesday, the Michigan Republican Party filed a lawsuit in federal court targeting $3.4 million in campaign contributions to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in her fight against a recall election, The Detroit News reports.
"Because other Michigan candidates fall under strict campaign contributions limits, the Michigan GOP labeled the policy in question the 'recall exception' in its lawsuit in U.S. district court for the Western District. The party named Democratic Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson as the defendant because she's in charge of enforcing Michigan's campaign finance laws," The Detroit News reports.
According to the lawsuit, Whitmer's "disingenuous maneuvering" is "an effort to position her reelection campaign within the narrow and rarely-applied contours of the recall exception, through which Governor Whitmer's campaign is circumventing the contribution limits that apply to all the other candidates in the gubernatorial race."
Responding to the lawsuit this Tuesday, Whitmer reelection campaign spokesman Mark Fisk called the lawsuit "totally baseless, ludicrous and frivolous."
"These are the same political operatives who used sleazy payoffs to push candidates out of running for office and funneled millions into dark money slush funds to promote voter suppression efforts and attacks on public health experts," Fisk said. "You should never throw stones in glass houses, but Ron Weiser just hurled a huge boulder through his, shattering his credibility and proving the Michigan Republican Party's hypocrisy knows no bounds."
Read more at The Detroit News.
The one and only singer Patti LaBelle called “silver throat” has died. Sarah Dash, a vocal powerhouse who gained international fame in the 1970s with the groundbreaking R&B trio Labelle, was 76. The Trenton, New Jersey, native’s death was unexpected and the cause was unknown at presstime. Dash’s death was confirmed to media outlets on Monday afternoon, with close friend, Trenton Mayor Reed Gusciora, posting on Facebook: “Trenton lost a star today with Sarah Dash’s passing. She is now with the angels.” The politician revealed to the Trentonian newspaper the beloved singer had complained to fami...
Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny said Tuesday that a fight for a democratic Russia was a long game after the opposition accused authorities of voter fraud during parliamentary polls.
In a message from prison, President Vladimir Putin's top critic praised his supporters' tactical voting in an effort to weaken the ruling party but said those results had been stolen.
Last week Russia held three-day parliamentary polls that followed an unprecedented crackdown including the poisoning and imprisonment of Navalny. Pre-election polls had shown that the popularity of the dominant United Russia party was at a historic low.
But Putin's party still claimed a two-thirds majority in the lower house.
Navalny called on supporters to keep up the fight.
"We have one country no matter where we live," the 45-year-old said on his Instagram account which is being run by his team.
"And the fight for it is not a sprint but a long and hard marathon."
Navalny had called for supporters to back other candidates who could potentially defeat United Russia, most of them from the Communist Party, and results indicated that his "Smart Voting" campaign had had some impact.
Despite claims of mass fraud, United Russia's share of the vote still went down to 49.8 percent from 54.2 percent in the last parliamentary election in 2016, while the Communists saw their support grow to 18.9 percent from 13.3 percent.
Navalny said the polls had been "stolen" and praised the "Smart Voting" campaign as a "huge success."
The main result of the current campaign, Navalny added, is that people understood that United Russia was no longer enjoying popular support and had to falsify election results to remain in power.
Claims of widespread fraud in 2011 sparked huge protests led by Navalny, who was arrested last January and jailed on old fraud charges following a poisoning with the Novichok nerve agent he blamed on the Kremlin.
On Monday evening, a few hundred people heeded a call from members of the Communist Party to gather in central Moscow to protest the election results.
© 2021 AFP
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