CNN’s Ana Navarro: “Something snapped” in Republican Party after government shutdown

first_img Read Full Story Ana Navarro, Institute of Politics fellow and political contributor at CNN and CNN en Español, describes herself as a “Republican without labels,” which she explained meant that she is “inclusive, not obstructionist.” Navarro, who served as the National Hispanic Co-Chair for Gov. Jon Huntsman’s 2012 Campaign, spoke to the Shorenstein Center about how punditry has changed political debate, and how politicians might be able to capture the Hispanic vote.While the Republican Party has struggled to gain the Hispanic vote, Navarro pointed to Chris Christie as an example of a candidate who has succeeded. Mitt Romney’s campaign on the other hand, she said, was a “manual of what not to do.” Even though Hispanics were generally disillusioned and disappointed with Obama in 2012, “Romney didn’t give them anywhere to run,” she said.Looking forward, Navarro sees changes on the political landscape. “Something snapped in the past month as a result of the shutdown,” she said. The Tea Party “has been coming after incumbent Republicans,” and they have “taken up so much of the oxygen in the room that they’ve begun to define the national perception and brand.” As a result, she observed, more traditional Republicans have started “duking it out more vigorously” with members of the Tea Party.Listen to the audio on SoundCloudlast_img read more

New undersheriff greeted with pushback regarding pay

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, MICH — The new Alpena County Undersheriff officially stepped into his new position this week. Unfortunately, he was greeted with pushback regarding pay.Undersheriff Erik Smith was sworn into his new role by Sheriff Steven Kieliszewsi this Monday. Smith has served Alpena county for nearly 13 years, but that hasn’t stopped board members from attempting to deny him a pay increase.“The first vote was to not give the undersheriff his pay raise, that vote ended up in a four to four tie. There was another motion to give him a pay raise and that motion ended up in a four to four tie.”Some commissioners fear raising his pay would negatively impact the county budget, but Sheriff Kieliszewski says smith should at least make the same amount as before his promotion.“I went to the personnel committee and informed them that in my opinion the pay rate for the undersheriff is too low. The rate was going to be lower than what the sergeants are currently making.”Smith says for now, he’s just happy to serve his community through his new role.“Obviously we don’t go into law enforcement for the money, and yeah, it might have been a little bit of a hot topic today, but I’m not concerned. I feel that things will work out.”The topic is still up for discussion and will be addressed between the sheriff and board members in the future.Lauren Mixon, WBKB News.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: alpena, Erik Smith, undersheriffContinue ReadingPrevious Kalamazoo artist painting for Alpena Wildlife SanctuaryNext Northern Lights Arena bringing back free open ice skatinglast_img read more

Padres option Rookie of the Year candidate Chris Paddack to minors

first_imgThe #Padres have optioned RHP Chris Paddack to Single-A Lake Elsinore and recalled RHP Robert Stock from Triple-A El Paso.— San Diego Padres (@Padres) June 12, 2019Paddack is 4-4 with a 3.15 ERA this season with 72 strikeouts in 65 2/3 innings.The 23-year-old has never thrown more than 90 innings in a season.San Diego is 33-34 on the season and 11 1/2 games back of the Dodgers for first place in the NL West.But, the team is five games back of the second wild-card spot, so the playoffs are by no means out of reach.The Padres reportedly have interest in Indians starter Trevor Bauer, so they don’t seem to be tanking just yet.However, according to The Athletic, there are several executives who believe the team could go into sell mode and make some deals soon.If that happens, closer Kirby Yates — who is a perfect 23 for 23 in save opportunities this season — could be on the block. As for Paddack, odds are the team wants him to throw about 120 to 130 innings this season as it has increased his innings by about 45 each year since drafting him in 2015.It should also be noted Paddack has struggled of late, allowing 16 earned runs in his last five starts in 25 innings (5.76 ERA) after surrendering a total of seven in his previous seven starts over the span of 40 2/3 innings (1.55 ERA). Chris Paddack has been optioned to the minors.The Padres’ National League Rookie of the Year candidate will be sent down in an effort to limit his innings, the team announced.last_img read more