Two openly gay Black candidates are on track to win seats in the US Congress, a first for the nation that illustrates a “generation shift” in US politics, experts and advocates said on Wednesday.Following New York state’s Democratic primary contest on Tuesday, attorney Mondaire Jones had 45% of the vote in one suburban race and City Councilman Ritchie Torres was well ahead of rivals for a New York City seat as of late Wednesday.If elected, they would be the first openly gay Black men in Congress, part of a record number of LGBT+ candidates this year, according to the Victory Fund, a political advocacy group which endorsed and funded both of them. Topics : Elsewhere in New York, progressive Jamaal Bowman was on track to defeat long-time Rep. Eliot Engel, while firebrand Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won a resounding reelection victory, part of what pundits said could be a left-wing turn for the country.”The national implications of what occurred in New York are very significant,” said Hank Sheinkopf, a veteran political consultant and strategist who has worked with prominent Democrats, including former President Bill Clinton.“This is a generation shift in American politics,” he said, adding that senior Democrats like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi may have to make room for the young and increasingly influential left wing of the party.Jones was well ahead of seven other candidates in the contest to represent New York City’s suburbs to the north, a seat opening up with the retirement of Democratic Rep. Nita Lowey after 16 terms in office.Torres also topped a crowded field seeking an open seat in the city’s South Bronx being vacated by retiring Rep. Jose Serrano.Torres came in well ahead of another candidate, Councilman Ruben Diaz Sr., who has built a reputation for making anti-LGBT+ comments and opposing same-sex marriage.Kentucky and Virginia also held primary elections on Tuesday to choose the Democratic and Republican nominees who will compete for Congressional seats in November. More than 850 gay and trans people are on ballots across the country this year, it said.”In (the midterms in) 2018, we talked about the rainbow wave. Now we’re going to talk about the rainbow tsunami,” said former Houston Mayor Annise Parker, head of the Victory Fund.Both candidates still face Republican opponents in November, but both districts are heavily and historically Democratic and their victories are widely expected.Primary results were not yet official as absentee ballots have yet to be counted.
Governor Wolf Appoints Theodore W. Johnson Chairman of Probation and Parole Board February 06, 2019 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today appointed Theodore W. “Ted” Johnson chairman of the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole effective today. Johnson has served as a board member since 2016. He replaces Leo Dunn, who served as chairman since 2016 and will now return to the board as a member until his term expires in 2024.“I am pleased to appoint Ted, a seasoned and experienced professional working with the inmate and parolee population in Pennsylvania, who will take on the responsibility of chairman of the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole,” Gov. Wolf said. “I look forward to working with him and to seeing how his leadership continues to move the board forward.”Statute states that the board chair “shall direct the operations of the Board and fulfill the functions established by the Act. Preside at all meetings of the Board and perform all the duties and functions of the chair thereof.” The board serves as the exclusive and independent decision-making body with regard to decisions to parole, re-parole, commit and recommit for violations of parole and to discharge persons sentenced by any court at any time to imprisonment in a correctional institution.Johnson, an Erie native and Pittsburgh resident, most recently served as deputy director of THE PROGRAM for Offenders, Inc. in Pittsburgh, and has served as an adjunct profession teaching undergraduate courses in criminal justice and intelligence studies at Point Park University. He previously worked in the U.S. Courts in the Western District of Pennsylvania Office as chief of U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services and as an Erie County and Allegheny County probation officer.Johnson has a bachelor’s degree from Edinboro University in Edinboro, Pennsylvania, and a master’s degree in leadership from Carlow University in Pittsburgh. He sits on the board of trustees for Grove City College in Grove City and the U.S. Attorney’s Community Police Relations Committee, and is a founding member of Men Against Destruction, Defending Against Drugs and Social Disorder (MAD DADS). He is a past president of the National Organization for Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) and a member of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity. read more
Jeff Larson used the high shelf and sped by early leader Timmy Current late in the 20-lap Merfreld Brothers Automotive IMCA Modified finale. Current did not go easy as it was a side-by-side battle for several laps. By Rob Hinckley Jeremiah Hurst has won many, but the season championship at his hometown Dubuque Speedway is always special. DUBUQUE, Iowa (July 21) – Dozens swarmed to Hoker Trucking/C&W Trucking/Kam Koncepts Victory Circle. Tears flowed. There was emotion in the winner’s voice. Daniel Wauters continued his stronghold on the Kinsella Concrete IMCA Hobby Stocks with the 12-lap win. Shane Oberbreckling almost made the high side work, but settled for second ahead of Roger Winkers, Brandon White and Hank White. Advance tickets are now available. “It’s always special to win here,” Hurst said. “We’ll just keep winning. The finale had to go to overdrive/overtime as runner-up Joel Callahan slammed the turn two wall and finally stopped on turn four as the white flag was ready to fly. “That (car) thing was digging holes off the turns,” Hurst said. “I knew I had to get to the bottom when I saw (Pollard) on the bottom. My car owner (Ken Roberts) and I had the same plan.” Gates open Wednesday at 4 p.m. Hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. with racing to follow. Sunday gates open at 3:30 p.m. Hot laps are 5:30 p.m. with racing to follow. Gage Neal took the lead early and held off Tyler Soppe for the 15-lap Peosta Warehousing Logistics IMCA Northern SportMod win. Wes Digman, Jason Roth and Rusty Deshaw came next in a very competitive affair. Joe Zrostlik topped point leader Cole Mather in the 12-lap K Motorsports IMCA Stock Car main. Early leader Chase Zaruba, Reece Norton and Kenny Taylor followed. Matt Gansen, Austin Moyer and Bryce Garnhart followed. Hurst started eighth but made his run to the front quick, taking the point for good on lap five and won the Eichman’s Bar & Grill IMCA Late Model 25-lapper Sunday evening at Dubuque Speedway. Then racing finishes off the fair Sunday, July 28 with Eichman’s Bar and Grill IMCA Late Models competing for $1,500 to win. Also hitting the track will be Merfeld Brothers Automotive IMCA Modifieds, Peosta Warehousing Logistics IMCA SportMods and Kinsella Concrete IMCA Hobby Stocks. Hurst beat Jeff Tharp, Eric Pollard, Nebraska’s Cory Dumpert and Donnie Pataska on the green, white, checkered finish. Action continues on the 3/8-mile, dirt oval this Wednesday, July 24 with the annual Dubuque County Fair races, featuring IMCA Modifieds and Northern SportMods. read more