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    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Nine days after federal officials released details of a $60 million bribery probe, the Ohio House is preparing for an historic vote on whether to remove the powerful Republican speaker alleged to have led the scheme. The House will convene Thursday after a secret vote taken Tuesday by the Republican caucus during a closed-door meeting indicated enough support to boot Speaker Larry Householder from his leadership role. Democrats also called for his ouster. The Ohio House has never before removed a speaker, according to the Ohio History Connection, which was formerly the Ohio Historical Society. Remaining members of Householder’s leadership team said in a statement that he deserves the presumption of innocence but “has lost the trust of his colleagues and the public” and can’t effectively lead the House. Householder, of Glenford, was one of five defendants identified in a July 21 federal affidavit as allegedly...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Philadelphia School Board is delaying a vote on the district’s reopening plan until Thursday. The virtual meeting lasted more than eight hours Thursday, ending after midnight. Under the plan, students will be able to attend the Digital Academy or hybrid classes of up to two days of in-person instruction. After hearing testimony from more than 100 people, School Superintendent Dr. William Hite recommended that the board take its time to consider their input and revise the plan. “You have students and families, and staff members who have been on the front lines of these issues since March 13, and I think that’s really important to take these things into consideration and come back with a recommendation based on all of those considerations,” Dr. Hite said. Right now, schools are being deep-cleaned. Once the buildings are occupied, those high-touch points will be sanitized throughout the day. Parents...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- During Kincade Fire that burned 374 acres in Sonoma County last fall, hundreds of cell towers lost power, making it impossible for people to use their phones for emergencies.RELATED: Kincade Fire: PG&E tower near ignition point of Sonoma County wildfire was not shut off, had broken equipmentOn Thursday, the California Public Utilities Commission voted to require wireless providers to have 72-hours of backup power.The commission is also asking them to do a better job of working with emergency responders.RELATED: New CA bill requires cell towers be powered during emergencies, power outagesLast fire season, more than a million people lost service during PG&E blackouts.CAL FIRE announced Thursday the Kincade Fire was caused by electrical transmission lines owned by PG&E.
    Under the law, voters no longer need an excuse to vote by mail, CNN reported. In addition, every voter who is registered before July 1 will be mailed an application for an absentee ballot, and the state added several more early voting days in order to reduce crowds for those who want to vote in person. Voters can also download an application to vote by mail. Massachusetts joined 34 other states and Washington, D.C., in allowing no-excuse absentee voting, according to a tally kept by the National Conference of State Legislatures. New Mexico police officers now required to wear body cameras Every law enforcement officer in New Mexico will be required to wear a body camera under a new law signed on Wednesday by Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. The law will be "a deterrent against unlawful use of force" by police officers, according to a press release from the...
    Khabarovsk governor, who beat a Kremlin candidate at the 2018 election, was arrested and taken to Moscow for questioning on Thursday – Investigative Committee of Russia via Reuters An opposition governor was detained and several activists had their homes raided by the police on Thursday as Russia’s latest crackdown on dissent gathers momentum. The flurry of arrests and criminal inquiries follow last week’s vote in which nearly 78 percent endorsed constitutional amendments allowing Vladimir Putin to stay as president at least until 2036 when he turns 83. Sergei Furgal, the governor of the Khabarovsk region in Russia’s Far East who beat a Kremlin candidate at the 2018 election, was arrested by camouflaged agents of Russia’s top investigative body on Thursday morning and put on a plane to Moscow. The popular governor whose landslide win at the polls embarrassed the pro-Kremlin party, is accused of organising two contract killings as well...
    Cheers and Jeers is a weekday post from the great state of Maine. Netroots Nation 2020 Update  Finally: the first Netroots convention you can watch naked without getting thrown out of the venue. The Netroots Nation convention, which got its start here at little ol’ Daily Kos, is still on.  Unfortunately, the live gathering in Denver got pandemicancelled this year, so now it’ll be happening August 13-15 in every city, town, hamlet and berg in America through the miracle of computer technology and a bit of elfin magic. (Register here.) “We've got over 150 hours of interactive content coming direct to your home,” says Mary Rickles. “Our 2020 agenda includes content on issues like the upcoming elections, criminal justice reform and tackling white supremacy. And with the election of our lives just around the corner, there will be discussions on how to win up and down the ballot—and how to enact progressive change once...
    Chuck Barney’s TV and streaming picks for July 5-11 DON’T MISS: “American Experience: The Vote” — Timed to the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, this two-part, four-hour documentary series tells the dramatic story of the epic — and little-known — crusade waged by American women for the right to vote. Focusing primarily on the movement’s militant and momentous final decade, it charts the determined march to the ballot box, and illuminates the many social, political and cultural obstacles that stood in its path. “The Vote” is narrated by actress Kate Burton and features the voices of Mae Whitman (Alice Paul), Audra McDonald (Ida B. Wells), Laura Linney (Carrie Chapman Catt) and Patricia Clarkson (Harriot Stanton Blatch) portraying some of the unsung warriors of the movement. (9 p.m. Monday, PBS). Other bets: SUNDAY:  “Desus & Mero” emerges from its hiatus with new episodes as the quick-witted pals...
    Vladimir Putin shows his ID to an election official before casting his ballot at a polling station in Moscow – Alexei Druzhinin/AFP The Kremlin has overwhelmingly won Wednesday’s vote on constitutional changes that would let Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, stay in power for 16 more years. Russia’s Central Election Commission on Thursday morning unveiled a full preliminary count of the vote, showing a staggering 78 percent backing the constitutional amendments. The turnout was reported at 65 percent. The overwhelming support for essentially allowing President Putin, 67, to rule for life stands in sharp contrast with recent opinion polls. Approval ratings for Mr Putin, the Russian leader of 20 years, have been declining for a few years before they hit an all-time low in May, indicating anything but a crushing victory at the polls to hand him a mandate to rule until he is 83. The vote on over...
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin on Thursday hailed as a triumph the result of a nationwide vote that handed President Vladimir Putin the right to stay in power until 2036, saying it was a testament to public trust in him. Official results published on Thursday, after 100% of ballots had been counted, showed that nearly 78% of voters had approved constitutional changes allowing Putin to run for two more six-year terms after his current one ends in 2024. Critics have said the vote was flawed by serious irregularities, something the authorities deny. (Reporting by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber and Anton Kolodyazhnyy; Editing by Andrew Osborn) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    MOSCOW (AP) – Almost 78% of voters in Russia have approved constitutional amendments that will allow President Vladimir Putin to remain in power until 2036, electoral authorities said after all the votes were counted on Thursday. Critics of the Kremlin claimed that the elections had been rigged. In the voting week ended Wednesday, 77.9% voted in favor of the changes and 21.3% voted against, once 100% of the constituencies were counted on Thursday morning, according to the Central Election Commission Russian. Participation exceeded 64%, according to authorities. The figures represent the highest level of support for Putin in 10 years. In the 2018 presidential elections, 76.7% of voters supported his candidacy, while in 2012, only 63.6% did. However, detractors from the Kremlin claimed that the figures simply showed that the results were false, with an unrealistic approval rate for the president given the widespread frustration in Russia over declining living...
    A Christopher Columbus statue at the center of debate has been removed a week after it was vandalized. Crews removed the statue on Wednesday to fix the damage sustained due to vandalism before dawn last Thursday. The statue has remained a topic of controversy for years, and discussion over its removal has been fueled by recent protests over racial injustice and historical figures tied to colonialism, slavery and the Confederacy. Between 3-4:30 a.m. last Thursday, the statue at Columbus Park, located at 500 Columbus St., was splashed with red paint. Protest of Christopher Columbus statue at downtown park draws dozens The request to permanently remove the statue will go before City Council in August. In addition to removing the statue, District 1 City Councilman Roberto Treviño wants to change the name of Columbus Park. City Council will vote on whether to give it back to the Christopher Columbus Italian Society,...
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