Show Closed This production ended its run on March 30, 2014 Related Shows Eno is a Guggenheim Fellow, a Helen Merrill Playwriting Fellow, and a Fellow of the Edward F. Albee Foundation. His play The Flu Season premiered at The Gate Theatre in London and then opened in New York where it won the Oppenheimer Award for best debut by an American playwright. His play Thom Pain (based on nothing) was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize in Drama. His other works include Title and Deed, Gnit, Oh, The Humanity and other good intentions, Tragedy: a tragedy and an upcoming Broadway production of his new play The Realistic Joneses starring Michael C. Hall, Toni Collette, Marisa Tomei and Tracy Letts. View Comments Ever enigmatic Pulitzer Prize finalist Eno’s new play is described as follows: “Playwrights have been trying to write Family Plays for a long time. And typically these plays try to answer endlessly complicated questions of blood and duty and inheritance and responsibility. They try to answer the question, ‘Can things really change?’ People have been trying nobly for years and years to have plays solve in two hours what hasn’t been solved in many lifetimes. This has to stop.” The Open House Get ready to have your thoughts provoked. The world premiere of Will Eno’s new off-Broadway play The Open House begins performances February 11 at the Pershing Square Signature Center. Directed by Oliver Butler, the show will run through March 23, with opening night set for March 3 at The Romulus Linney Courtyard.
Incoming Love Letters star Carol Burnett paid Stephen Colbert a visit on October 8. The two gushed about her new costar Brian Dennehy, who apparently has “a head like a shoulder of beef” and “shoulders like Joan Crawford used to have.” Taking a second look, you’re totally right! And how does she feel about returning to Broadway? “I’m f*cking thrilled about it.” Four-letter words aside, Burnett loves children, and even gets missives from them. “Because we’re on YouTube, I’m getting letters from kids. Three-hole, lined paper from school, and they’re just adorable.” Sometimes, she’ll write them back or even call the kids if they’ve left a phone number. You can catch Burnett reading some Love Letters at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre from October 11 through November 8. Love Letters View Comments Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 14, 2014
“There are only two ways you can swim if you fall out of the boat in the Cheoah,” says seasoned raft guide, Jonny Horton. “You can swim aggressively, or very aggressively.”Horton should know. He’s one of the most accomplished guides at the Nantahala Outdoor Center, and has been leading rafts down the Cheoah since 2008. The Cheoah was left dry until 2005, when a series of recreational releases was negotiated, turning the overgrown riverbed into one of the fastest, steepest commercially run rivers in the country. The river sits in the far western corner of North Carolina, and has become a benchmark for rafters in the Southeast.We asked Horton to dish on his favorite pieces of gear when he’s at the helm of a giant piece of rubber heading down one of the South’s most tumultuous rivers. Here are his picks, in his own words.Immersion ResearchArch Rival Dry Top ($299)If I’m in the front of the boat, I’ll wear a full dry suit to stay warm, but in the back, where it’s not as wet, this dry top is all I need to keep from being frozen. And it’s easy enough to release the Velcro straps around the wrists and cool off if it gets too hot.Element Case Sector Black Ops ($199)The Black Ops phone case delivers tough military-grade protection for your iPhone, wrapping it in aerospace composites to create the one of the most durable cases around.Salamander GuideThrow Bag ($69)Most rafting companies require safety gear in the boat, but I think you should have everything you need to rescue your boat on your body. This is a waist pack that has a 70-foot rope stashed inside. You don’t need it if you’re being guided down the river, but if you start rafting whitewater on your own, it’s essential.A Cheap PaddleI know a few guides who use really expensive paddles, but I’m not about to drop $300 on something I could easily break or drop in the middle of the river and never see again. I say keep it cheap with the paddle.Sweet Strutter Helmet ($199)First, it looks good. And it fits really well too. But I like this helmet because of the carbon fiber reinforcement—there’s a plate in the front of the helmet that gives my lid extra protection. That’s key when you’re paddling through a bunch of brush and taking hits.Astral GreenJacket ($249)The fit is great, but I like all of the pockets, which are great for stashing gear. I don’t like gear dangling from my PFD because it can get hung up on rocks or limbs. I also like that it’s a high float vest, which keeps you up and out of the water.IceMule Pro Catch ($89.95)This cooler designed specifically for kayaks and SUPs features an air-tight roll top closure, multiple tie down points and a burly 1000-denier outer layer that can take a beating. And it keeps your beer, er, water, cold for a full day.Reflekt Seafarer ($139)These shades have the classic, Wayfarer look that we want, and polarized lenses for spotting fish, but the best part? They float. Reflekt’s frames are made from a proprietary composite called Vaporlite that’s 20% lighter than your standard frames, and completely unsinkable. We tried. They won’t sink.Chaco Z/1 Sandal ($105)The Z is the original water sandal, but Chaco gave the classic a much needed update with a new, super grippy outsole that gives the new versions better traction on wet rocks.
December 1, 2002 News & Notes December 1, 2002 News and Notes News and Notes Stephen R. Looney, a tax attorney with Dean, Mead, Egerton, Bloodworth, Capouano & Bozarth in Orlando, was a guest speaker recently at the NYU 61st Institute on Federal Taxation. Looney spoke about “Reasonable Compensation Issues for Closely-Held and Service Companies.” In addition, Looney participated in a panel discussion on the “S Corporation Modernization Act of 2001,” at the ABA Tax Section’s fall meeting of the S Corporation Committee. James D. Keeney recently addressed the annual convention of the Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs. He spoke on the securities analyst scandal and possible remedies for individual investors who lost money in reliance on Merrill analysts’ ratings. Linda C. Sweeting of Ft. Lauderdale, spoke at the recent Governor’s 2002 Judicial Nominating Commission training in Tallahassee on judicial diversity and the current status of Florida’s bench with respect to both gender and race. Charles D. Brecker, a member of Katz, Barron, Squitero & Faust P.A., Miami, recently addressed a University of Miami-sponsored real estate law seminar the Miami Airport Hilton & Towers. He spoke on issues that arise in mixed-use developments. Judge John Gale, former administrative judge of the 11th Judicial Circuit in Miami, was recently appointed to “The European Movement for Justice and Peace in the World” by its international president, Edward Re, former chief judge of the United States Court of International Trade. Judge Gale has chaired judicial conferences in Italy for the past 22 years, and was recently conferred the title of Commendatore of the Republic of Italy, the country’s second highest honor, by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. Richard M. Zabak, a shareholder of Gray Harris of Tampa, was recently selected as the new partner-in-charge of the Tampa office. David J. Lillesand of Lillesand and Associates, P.A., in Miami, recently presented “Maintaining SSI and Medicaid through Spend Down and Special Needs Trusts: An in-depth analysis of the POMS on Tranfer of Resources and Special Needs Trusts” at the recent annual fall Social Security Disability Law Conference presented by the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives in San Francisco, California. Diana Santa Maria, of Diana Santa Maria, P.A., in Ft. Lauderdale co-chaired and moderated the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyer’s 2002 Insurance Seminar at the Ft. Lauderdale Renaissance Hotel. Additionally, she recently presented the “Direct Examination of the Plaintiff” at the academy’s “Advanced Trial Skills Seminar: A Demonstration by the Masters”, held in Orlando at the Peabody Hotel. Daniel P. Mitchell, a shareholder of GrayHarris, in Tampa, addressed a group of Tampa Bay area attorneys and insurance professionals recently on the challenges presented on the litigation of insurance disputes. Robert S. Glazier spoke at the annual conference of the Council of Appellate Lawyers, recently held at the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada. The topic of his presentation was “Finding Your Place in the Sun: How to Create, Market and Manage an Appellate Practice.” Harvey Oyer of Gunster Yoakley in Palm Beach is being inducted into the Order of St. John by the British ambassador to the U.S., and also recently was selected as one of four finalists for the Crystal Palm Award, given to the nonprofit board member of Palm Beach County, whose contribution to the community is deemed most significant. Norman E. Wedd-erburn of Wedderburn & Jacobs, P.A., has been elected to chair of the board of directors for Make-A-Wish of Southern Florida. Dori K. Stibolt of the West Palm Beach office of Steel Hector & Davis LLP, recently was elected to the board of directors of Opportunity, Inc., of Palm Beach County. Joel R. Wolpe of Wolpe Leibowitz Alvarez & Fernandez, LLP in Miami, recently spoke at “Litigating Premises Liability & Negligent Security Cases in Florida,” sponsored by the Professional Education Systems Institute, LLC. Gary T. Stiphany of Lucio, Bronstein, Garbett, Stiphany & Allen, P.A. in Miami, recently chaired, and spoke at, the fall conference of the International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition in Miami Beach. Darrin T. Mish of Tampa addressed members of the American Society of IRS Problem Solvers at a nationwide seminar in Chicago. Robert J. Merlin of Merlin and Hertz, P.A., in Coral Gables, spoke to the Financial Planning Association of Miami on the topic of pre-nuptial agreements. John F. Bradley of John Bradley and Associates, P.A. in Ft. Lauderdale, addressed students at the University of Florida at the recent Music Law Conference regarding the developments in copyright and digital distribution of music on the Internet. Bradley also recently spoke to students at Nova University regarding beginning a practice in entertainment law. Jason Hedman of Dean, Mead, Spiel-vogel & Goldman in Merritt Island was sworn in as the president-elect of the Brevard County Bar Association. Hedman also made a presentation recently on legal issues for nonprofit corporations as part of Leadership Brevard’s “Building Better Boards” seminar. Alexander Reus, shareholder at Becker and Poliakoff, P.A., in Miami, recently presented various two-day seminars in Dusseldorf and Frankfurt, Germany, on the topic of “Contract Drafting in the United States.” Tico Perez of Baker & Hostetler, LLP, in Orlando, has received the 2002 Hispanic Leader of the Year Award. Dean Asher of Don Asher and Associates, in Orlando, was recently inaugurated as the 2002-03 President of the Orlando Regional Realtor Association. John R. Squitero, a founding member of Katz, Barron, Squitero & Faust, P.A, with offices in Miami and Ft. Lauderdale, has been elected to the board of directors of Vizcayans, a nonprofit organization chartered to promote, restore and maintain Villa Vizcaya, the winter residence of American industrialist James Deering. Sylvia H. Walbolt, shareholder and chair of board of directors of Carlton Fields has been appointed by the American College of Trial Lawyers as chair of the Access to Justice and Legal Services Committee. Gabriel Imperato of Broad and Cassel’s Orlando office spoke on “Compliance Program Officers and Outside Counsel” at the American Health Lawyers Health Care Compliance Association’s Fraud and Compliance Forum held recently in Washington, D.C. He also spoke on “Medical Privacy Rules and Fraud and Abuse Enforcement” at the annual meeting of the American Association of Physical Therapists in Orlando. Douglas Molloy, chief assistant United States Attorney for the Southwest Florida Division of the Middle District of Florida, recently completed teaching at the International Banking and Money Laundering Training Program in Buenos Aires, Argentina, for the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. Ernest Cox, a shareholder with Gunster Yoakley, in West Palm Beach, took part in the recent Richard E. Nelson Growth Management Symposium held at the University of Florida Hotel and Conference Center. Cox’s topic was “Smart Growth in Maryland–Where it All Began and Where it Stands.” Stephen F. Rossman and Charles H. Baumberger of Rossman, Baumberger & Reboso, P.A., in Miami, have been elected Fellows of the International Society of Barristers, an organization dedicated to excellence and integrity in advocacy by trial lawyers. Louis R. Battista, a partner with Krupnick Campbell Malone Buser Slama Hancock McNelis Liberman &McKee, P.A., in Ft. Lauderdale, recently lectured at the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers’ 41st annual convention in Orlando. He gave the “2002 Tort Case Law Update.” He also lectured at an academy seminar in Ft. Lauderdale on “Jury Selection in the Soft Tissue Case” and was the co-chair of the academy’s recent auto negligence seminar in Tampa and Ft. Lauderdale. Elizabeth F. Schwartz of Elizabeth F. Schwartz, P.A., in Miami Beach served as a panelist for two discussions at this year’s Lavender Law Conference in October in Philadelphia, titled “The ABCs of Creating Legal Rights for Families with Children: Adoption, Insemination and Surrogacy” and “I Never Promised You a Rose Garden: Cohabitation, Separation Contracts and the Dissolution of Same-Sex Relationships.” D. David Keller of Bunnell, Wolfe, Kirschbaum, Keller, McIntyre & Gregoire, P.A., has been appointed to the American Bar Association House of Delegates for a two- year term. Mark F. Grant of Ruden, McClosky, Smith, Schuster & Russell, P.A., has been elected chair of the Attorneys Division of the United Jewish Community of Broward County. Richard Milstein, a shareholder in the Miami office of Akerman Senterfitt, has been awarded the Lawyers in Leadership Award by the University of Miami School of Law’s Center for Ethics & Public Service. Luis Prats, managing partner of Carlton Fields in Tampa was elected president-elect of the Stetson University Alumni Association. Prats will serve one year as president-elect and two years as president. During his tenure as president he will also serve on the Stetson University Board of Trustees. Terrence P. O’Con-nor of Morgan, Carratt & O’Connor has been cited as the Attorney of the Month by Broward Lawyers Care for the hundreds of hours he has contributed over the past 10 years to the pro bono program. M. Keil Hackley and Robert Serrone of Hackley & Serrone, P.A., in Weston have been elected to the Weston Business Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Bruce A. Blitman of Ft. Lauderdale presented “The Benefits of Alternative Dispute Resolution Processes” at the Construction Executives Association in Hollywood. Michael Bedke of Piper Rudnik, LLP, in Tampa, was recently appointed by Attorney General John Ashcroft to the National Advisory Committee on Violence Against Women. Ricardo L. Carmona, an associate with Richman Greer Weil Brumbaugh Mirabito & Christensen, P.A., in Miami, has been elected to serve on the Dade County Bar Association Board of Directors. Robin L. Rosen-berg, managing partner of Rosenberg & McAuliffe, PL, in West Palm Beach, recently was appointed to the board of directors of the Community Alliance of Palm Beach County. She also serves on the board of directors of the Anti-Defamation League and the Palm Beach Fellowship of Christians and Jews. David E. Peterson of Befera & Peterson in Coral Gables has been certified as a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Robert B. Judd of Gunster Yoakley in Ft. Lauderdale, has been appointed as a trustee of the Josephine S. Leiser Foundation, Inc., a South Florida-based charitable foundation. James W. Patton, general counsel for the West Palm Beach-based New England Tech, has received the 2002 Robert I. Townsend Award from the American Corporate Counsel Association/Global Corporate Counsel Association. Scott Rogers has recently been promoted to president of MetroGuide.com, Inc., an online legal company devoted to ending digital piracy.
October 1, 2003 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News Health Law Section takes issue with med mal law Health Law Section takes issue with med mal law Senior EditorFlorida’s new medical malpractice law made some key — and possibly unconstitutional — changes in the way the state handles grievances against medical professionals, according to an analysis prepared for the Bar’s Health Law Section.The section executive council discussed the law and other section business, including a controversial program at Nova Southeastern University and helping poor kids who are losing state medical benefits, when it met September 4 during the Bar’s General Meeting.The section, along with the Administrative Law Section, had hired a lobbyist to seek specific procedural and substantive safeguards in the administrative protections afforded doctors and other health professionals when facing grievance charges.Those included not allowing the health care regulatory boards to appoint their own administrative judges in lieu of Department of Administrative Hearings judges, opposing weakening of the clear-and-convincing evidence standards for DOAH hearings, not allowing the professional boards to reweigh evidence after the DOAH hearing, and opposing attempts to increase the costs that could be levied against disciplined health professionals.According to a memo from Vice Chair Allen Grossman, who is also legislative chair for the section, the first three were not directly changed, but were bypassed by various sections of the final malpractice bill. And on the last item, the medical boards were allowed to impose higher costs.“Overall, it appears that this bill has significantly reduced the due process rights of licensed health care providers and increased the number of responsibilities placed upon such licensees in the regulatory arena,” Grossman said in his memo.Executive council members said they were concerned with a change that determinations in standard-of-care cases are a conclusion of law, rather than a finding of fact, and can be made by a regulatory board.“That’s contrary to 30 years of law,” said former section Chair Bruce Lamb, and he added it raises constitutional due process questions.Another council member said the effect of the law is medical boards can pick and choose the evidence they want to use and reach any conclusion they want.Lamb added that will mean pitfalls for lawyers representing health care professionals.“You’re going to have to preserve those issues, or you’re going to have some real exposure to lawsuits by the client against you,” he said.In standard-of-care cases, Lamb said, lawyers may have to go to board hearings with their expert, and if the board refuses to hear the expert, proffer the testimony and then preserve it for appeal.On costs, Grossman said, the section “lost completely,” and the state can levy such expenses as building expenses and benefits for employees on doctors who lose discipline cases. The effect, he said, is to punish doctors who contest a disciplinary charge since they could face much higher costs.Another area unsettled by the law is use of experts in a malpractice trial. Although the bill doesn’t use specific language, some provisions could be read that only Florida licensed medical professionals can testify as experts, council members said.Grossman said the law was changed from requiring the expert to be a health care provider to being a “licensed” health care provider. That could mean Florida licensed providers, he said, but there was never any discussion on exactly what the legislature intended.Lamb also noted that the lawyer using the expert must certify that the expert has never given fraudulent testimony.On other matters, Chair-elect James M. Barclay reported that the section’s Web site is up and operating. It’s being used to promote sales of the sections health law practice handbook and an upcoming CLE seminar on the new federal HIPAA law that protects patient privacy.Barclay also reported that the section created a HIPAA committee recently and also sponsored a successful seminar on the HIPAA law in July.Members noted they hope soon to get forms from federal agencies to help with HIPAA compliance.The council also said it would continue to work on its concerns with Nova Southeastern University’s Master of Health Law program. Council members said they are concerned because the degree is awarded to nonlawyers, who could in turn advertise their degree on letterheads, business cards, and other media. That could mislead the public into thinking those graduates are lawyers.“The focus is not about the school’s offering the program, but what they name it and avoiding consumer confusion,” one council member said.Council members said they are researching to see if there are other similarly named programs around the country and are considering sending a letter to the ABA’s committee dealing with law school accreditation.Bar President-elect Kelly Overstreet Johnson said the Bar Board of Governors is also concerned about the name and is relying on the section to research and advise on the matter.“When it came up a year or two ago, no one liked it at the Board of Governors level, but the question was what could we do,” she said. “Summarize the information you do have, and let us know.”Council member Harold Kaplan and Chair Christine Whitney said the section should consider a pro bono project to help poorer children, including developmentally disabled children getting state assistance, who are losing state-provided medical and dental care.“Developmentally disabled kids are being cut off in record numbers from home nursing care,” Whitney said, adding many parents get only a hearing before a state agency and can’t afford to hire an attorney to help them.“There are some holes in health and dental care in this state,” she added. “We might consider doing something to help.”She said that issue can be studied when the section has a strategic planning retreat October 24 in Orlando.For more information about section activities, contact section coordinator Donna Byrd at (850) 561-5630.
121SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Corey Skadburg Corey Skadburg is the Chief Operations Officer for BrightWise, which provides training courses that raise awareness about cybersecurity threats and engage employees to become the first line of defense. As … Web: www.bright-wise.com Details One of the fraud threats we continue to see force its way into the credit union industry is synthetic identity fraud. Part of the increase may be due to counterfeit credit card fraudsters coming up against EMV, which makes duplicating cards much more difficult.Synthetic identity fraud relies on the use of an identity that has been created in one of three ways. Fraudsters…pair a real social security number (SSN) with a fake name;use an “inactive” social security number with a real name (typically belonging to a child or someone who has died); orfabricate both the SSN and the name completelyFrom there, the identity is further developed when the fraudster applies for a small line of credit (typically less than $500) using his newly acquired or created SSN and name. Even though he will very likely be declined on that first try, the simple act of applying helps him begin to build a credit history. Upon receipt of the inquiry, the bureaus will each generate a new credit file. Bingo, the synthetic person is born.(This is just one of many reasons the payments and credit industry must evolve beyond using only bureaus sources to determine credit worthiness.)After his new identity has been established, the fraudster will open a few accounts and pay them off in full and on time each month to generate a healthy credit score – one that will secure more yes’s from more financial institutions (or more cell phone, utility and other companies that require credit histories).If this is sounding like something that would take a long time, especially for a cash-strapped criminal, you’re not wrong. Of course, crimes like these are not always committed by the lone wolf. Often, there are large fraud rings generating IDs and building histories by the thousands, each of which can be purchased on the Dark Web when they reach maturity. In 2013, federal authorities shut down an enormous synthetic identity fraud scheme that created 7,000 false identities. Overtime, the criminals behind this particular fraud obtained more than 25,000 credit cards that resulted in more than $200 million in losses.What’s more, as the crime has evolved over time, its perpetrators have figured out how to speed up the process.One way they’ve learned is to piggyback onto a legitimate cardholder’s account as an authorized user. Similar to the ways in which fraudsters use social media to convince people to deposit bad checks or receive a fraudulent wire transfer, synthetic identity artists persuade cardholders to add them as authorized users, sometimes for as little as three days.A second, albeit more intense, method is to work with company “insiders” as part of a data-furnishing scheme. In these cases, the company – either fake or legitimate – essentially makes up and supplies false information on fake people to the credit bureaus to help build the credit histories of these synthetic folks.Fortunately for lenders, synthetic identity fraud detection and prevention strategies have evolved, as well. Digital technology, neural networks and predictive analytics powered by machine learning and artificial intelligence are helping to more quickly scan large databases like those generated by data-furnishing front companies.These technologies and methods can’t come soon enough. Gartner estimates synthetic identity fraud makes up 80 percent of losses from credit card fraud today!
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Amid the coronavirus pandemic, credit unions are grappling with business continuity planning as they turn to remote work.Many CUs are taking steps to protect staff and members by instructing some employees to work from their homes in order to prevent further spread of COVID-19. But remote staffing presents unique challenges for financial institutions, given the need for in-person interactions that take place inside brick-and-mortar facilities.Up to 150 million Americans are expected to contract the coronavirus according to Brian Monahan, the attending physician for Congress and the U.S. Supreme Court. Other experts such as Harvard epidemiologist Marc Lipsitch have predicted as much as 40% to 70% of adults worldwide could contract the virus. More than 4,200 Americans have contracted the disease as of midday March 17, with more than 75 deaths, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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He pairs up with Dewi Maria Ulfa, leader of the Kediri branch of Fatayat Nahdlatul Ulama – the women’s wing of NU – who is the candidate for deputy regent.As contestants in a one-horse race, all of the parties have thrown their support behind the Hanindhito-Dewi ticket. And if the General Elections Commission’s (KPU) extension of the registration period sees no independent candidate sign up to challenge them, they may well run against a blank box on the ballot paper.“With this recent development, we are confident in setting a target of winning at least 80 percent of the vote,” said Murdi Hantoro, the newly appointed head of the PDI-P’s Kediri branch, in an interview with The Jakarta Post on Saturday.Sutrisno’s family is one of the longest-serving political dynasties of post-Soeharto Indonesia. Sutrisno, 66, served as Kediri regent for two terms between 2000 and 2010, while his first wife Haryanti, 71, is soon to conclude her second term as regent this year. Read also: ‘Political dynasties’ to take center stage again in 2020 electionsWhen she was first elected in 2010, Haryanti was the richest regent in the country, with a reported fortune of more than Rp 40 billion (US$2.71 million). In her first term, she won more than 54 percent of the vote and defeated two other candidates, including Nurlaila, Sutrisno’s second wife.Nearing the end of his wife’s second term in office, Sutrisno had since last year prepared to nominate Mujahid and Eko Ediono, his close aide and a relative, as the next candidates for regent and deputy regent, respectively.However, the pair was reportedly rejected by the PDI-P’s central board, which then prompted Sutrisno to resign on Dec. 20 last year as head of the party’s Kediri branch, which he had led since 2014.On July 17, the PDI-P officially endorsed Hanindhito-Dewi to run for the regency, which was soon followed by a movement calling for the people to abstain in the upcoming Kediri election.Sutrisno had backed this movement as a response to the party’s rejection of his pairing of choice, but made a complete U-turn late last month by vowing to support Hanindhito and Dewi’s candidacy.“I am waiting for Pak Pram’s [Pramono] instruction. I am ready to help,” Sutrisno told journalists on Aug. 25, without divulging the reason for his change of mind. “Don’t ask me why; this is enough for the public to know.”Some sources, who asked to remain anonymous due to the sensitivity of the issue, told the Post that the sudden shift in Sutrisno’s stance was the result of pressure on him and his family, including over investigations by police and prosecutors into alleged corruption in the Kediri administration.The Kediri Regency Police have confirmed a preliminary investigation into some cases.In the world’s third-largest democracy, where regional autonomy has not always translated into good governance, the existence of entrenched political dynasties in Indonesia has posed a lasting challenge to the development of democracy and civic participation.In a survey by Kompas’ Research and Development Department in July, almost 30 percent of the 553 respondents said political dynasties were simply normal practice and part of the nation’s democratic process, even though the majority of those polled were fed up with them.Read also: Many Indonesians fed up with political dynasties: ‘Kompas’ surveyTaufiq Chavifudin, head of the United Development Party’s (PPP) Kediri branch, expressed disappointment over the process that has allowed Hanindhito-Dewi to run uncontested in the upcoming Kediri election.He said it would undermine the quality of the electoral process.“Along with Gerindra and the PKS [Prosperous Justice Party], the PPP has struggled to maintain support for the Mujahid-Eko ticket. As we can see, local support from both those parties has been driven into the ground by their respective central boards in Jakarta,” Taufiq told the Post late last month, just a few days before the PPP officially backed Hanindhito-Dewi.The PPP was the last political party to publicly endorse them. The pair has now secured 100 percent support from the political parties that hold all of the regency’s 50 legislative seats.Taufiq said the Mujahid-Eko pairing would have carried on the reign of the Sutrisno dynasty, but that a stronger force from Jakarta was intent on establishing a bigger and even stronger dynasty by backing Hanindhito.“I think Kediri has become the target of a nationwide political agenda orchestrated by the ‘Palace Coalition’ in preparation for the 2024 election,” Taufiq said.Read also: ‘Don’t come to Kediri, Jokowi’: The myth surrounding the city’s presidential ‘curse’Despite Sutrisno’s endorsement, a big question still hangs on the possibility of running against a blank box on the ballot paper, especially if people choose to cast their votes against the sole contenders.Eka Wisnu Wardhana, a commissioner for the KPU’s Kediri chapter, said it would prepare accordingly. “We will have two boxes on every ballot paper; one for the candidate pair and another left empty [for abstentions],” he told the Post recently.He said that if the blank box received more votes than the candidate pair, then the election would need to be redone the following year.Kediri regency has around 1.28 million voters and a considerably low rate of voter participation, which has in part allowed the Sutrisno clan to hold on to power for some 20 years.In the 2010 regional election, just 65 percent of the population cast their vote. In 2015, this number was 61 percent.Editor’s note: Updated for clarityTopics : The road to the top administrator’s seat in Kediri regency, East Java, looks to be clear for Hanindhito Himawan Pramana, the son of Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) politician and Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung.He has managed to secure a key vote from local figure Sutrisno, who, as husband of the incumbent Kediri Regent Haryanti and a former regent himself, vowed to end his political resistance against the 28-year-old in the upcoming regional elections scheduled for December.Hanindhito, whose father is a Kediri native, previously bagged a recommendation from the PDI-P’s central executive board (DPP) to run for regent there, before going on to secure the support of eight other political parties that won legislative seats in the 2019 election.