With the first contests unfolding next year in South Carolina, Iowa and New Hampshire, small-town voters will play a critical role in choosing the next Democratic nominee.,Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders lamented rural decline during an Iowa swing this weekend.,Several candidates plan to attend a March 30 rural issues forum at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa — population 10,600.,AP VoteCast, a national survey of more than 115,000 voters, found rural and small-town residents cast 35 percent of midterm ballots; 56 percent of those voted for Republican House candidates, compared to 41 percent for Democrats.,Sanders noted that many Vermonters, as in the rest of rural America, view guns differently than most big-city residents, but Clinton successfully used the issue against Sanders, particularly with black women.

There are numerous factors in play ranging from the role of Connecticut’s agreements with a pair of federally recognized tribes, the role of sports leagues, and how the issue crosses paths with other efforts to expand casino gambling.,The state’s two tribes that operate Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods, respectively, argue that their compacts with the state reign supreme over all discussions of sports betting.,The tribes provide payments to the state based on slot machine revenues, and a similar arrangement could be designed when it comes to sports betting.,“Across the country, sports wagering is considered a casino game, which means it falls under the exclusivity portion of our agreements with the state.”,It is still believed in the State Capitol that a similar arrangement would be passed by lawmakers, allowing for tribes, off-track betting operators, and possibly the Connecticut Lottery to be part of a sports wagering program.

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Dwight Manley shows the Ancestry.com DNA notice that told him politician Mike Antonovich is his father in Manley’s Brea, CA home on Monday, Jan 28, 2019.,(Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG) read more

I’ve been writing about Juliana vs. US for over three years—slightly less time than the plaintiffs in the case have been waiting to have their day in court.,In the US judicial system, political questions are answered—or not—by the executive and legislative branches of government usually after their trial in the court of public opinion.,Interlocutory appeals are typically permitted when the trial judge certifies to the appellate court that there are substantial differences of opinion over an important question of law that once decided would substantially affect the final outcome of the case.,The trial court judge, Anne Aiken, issues an order certifying Juliana v. United States for interlocutory appeal to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.,The “AH, HA” moment when the future of Juliana came clear to me was the day after Christmas while reading that the Ninth Circuit Court Appeals panel of three judges granted the DOJ lawyers permission to bring the interlocutory appeal.

The board on Thursday hired Bryce Minor as deputy director to fill the vacancy created with the recent resignation of elections board Director Adam Booth, whose last day is Feb. 15.,Minor graduated summa cum laude in 2016 from Youngstown State University with a bachelor’s degree in political science, and while in college he served as an intern for U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Marietta.,After that Minor helped run the Ohio House’s legislative page, intern and constituent service program until last month, when he took a job as legislative liaison for new state Auditor Keith Faber.,Under Ohio law, the elections board director and deputy director have to be from opposite political parties to serve as a checks-and-balance.,Minor, at 26, is only 18 months younger than when Booth was hired in 2009 as deputy director.

Earlier that month, San Francisco Mayor Elmer E. Robinson had lost a bet to Chicago Mayor Martin H. Kennelly, after wagering that Cal would defeat Northwestern in that year’s Rose Bowl.,A week before the first-ever AFL-NFL World Championship Game in 1967 (known later as Super Bowl I), Donald A. Tilleman, the mayor of Green Bay, Wis., sent a telegram to his counterpart in Kansas City, Mo., betting him a block of Wisconsin cheese that the Packers would win, and proposing that prime steaks would make for a good prize.,After the Packers lost in the NFC championship game to the Giants, New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg received a special delivery that contained 10 pounds of cheese spread, 20 aged strip steaks and three pounds of chocolate — plus a pair of cheese-wedge sunglasses for good measure.,Thus began the era of mayors wearing rival teams' jerseys, flying the winner’s flag above city hall or singing the national anthem at their next game.,In April 1997, more than two months after the Packers defeated the Patriots in that year’s Super Bowl, the Green Bay Press-Gazette reported that Mayor Paul Jadin still hadn’t collected the winnings from his bet with the mayor of Providence, R.I., Vincent A. “Buddy” Cianci Jr., who would later be sent to federal prison on racketeering charges.

Seneca County commissioners are to talk about appointing an interim treasurer and hiring a firm for a facility master plan when they meet at 10 a.m. today at their office, 111 Madison St.

An interim treasurer must be appointed by Feb. 1 to replace Damon Alt until the Republican Central Committee decides on a new treasurer Feb. 7.,The board also is expected to consider repairs on equipment at the Seneca County Airport, appointing members to the Museum Advisory Board, authorizing the sale of a 2007 Ford Crown Victoria, a contract for medical services with Dr. Chris Sears on behalf of Seneca County Sheriff’s Office and a contract with Vanguard-Sentinel Career Center for GED instructions for Seneca County Jail inmates.,• A $90,021.80 supplemental appropriation to the County Engineer’s Maintenance and Repair Fund for equipment.,• A $16,700 supplemental appropriation to the Community Development Block Grant Fund for restroom upgrades at the County Services Building.,• A $10,000 fund transfer from the LGF General Fund to the Soil and Water Fund. read more

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles teachers' strike that sent thousands of shouting educators into downtown streets, paralyzing traffic during a rainstorm and leaving a half-million students in uncertainty, isn't the kind of publicity Mayor Eric Garcetti needed for his potential presidential campaign.,The Democratic mayor, who has said he will soon decide whether to enter the 2020 White House contest, would anchor his candidacy to the idea that local government is where things get done in America, in contrast to the turmoil and vast political divide in President Donald Trump's Washington.,But as a mayor, Garcetti faces numerous hurdles not shared with potential rivals like Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren or former Vice President Joe Biden, who are fixtures in the Washington establishment.,Other mayors considering White House bids have their own challenges but have more cushion than Garcetti - they are no longer in office.,Mitch Landrieu, who spent two terms leading New Orleans, gained national attention with his decision as a white mayor of a majority black city to remove high-profile Confederate monuments and arguing that the nation needs a frank discussion on race.