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Ron Paul: The Fed’s Brilliant Plan? More Inflation And Higher Prices – OpEd – Eurasia Review

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell recently announced that the Fed is abandoning inflation targeting where the Fed aims to maintain a price inflation rate of up to two percent. Instead, the Fed will allow inflation to remain above two percent to balance out periods of lower inflation. Powells announcement is not a radical shift in policy. It is an acknowledgment that the Fed is unlikely to reverse course and stop increasing the money supply anytime soon.

Following the 2008 market meltdown, the Fed embarked on an unprecedented money-creation binge. The result was historically low interest rates and an explosion of debt. Today total household debt and business debt are each over 16 trillion dollars. Of course, the biggest debtor is the federal government.

The explosion of debt puts pressure on the Fed to keep increasing the money supply in order to maintain low interest rates. An increase in rates to anything close to what they would be in a free market could make it impossible for consumers, businesses, and (especially) the federal government to manage their debt. This would create a major economic crisis.

The Fed has also dramatically expanded its balance sheet since 2008 via multiple rounds of quantitative easing. According to Bloomberg, the Fed is now the worlds largest investor and holds about one-third of all bonds backed by US home mortgages.

Congress has expanded the Feds portfolio by giving the central bank authority to make trillions of dollars of payments to business as well as to state and local governments in order to help the economy recover from the unnecessary and destructive lockdowns.

Contrary to what most mainstream economists claim, a general increase in prices is an effect not a cause of inflation. Inflation occurs whenever the central bank creates money. Increasing the money supply lowers interest rates, which are the price of money, distorting the market and creating a bubble (or bubbles) that provides the illusion of prosperity. The illusion lasts until the inevitable crash. Since the distortions come from money creation, the system cannot be fixed by just requiring the Fed to adopt a rules-based monetary policy.

Once the lockdowns end, the Feds actions may lead to a short-term boom. However, the long-term effect will be even more debt, continued erosion of the average Americans standard of living, and the collapse of the fiat money system and the welfare-warfare state. The crisis will likely be brought on by a rejection of the dollars reserve currency status. This will be supported both by concerns about the stability of the US economy and resentment over Americas hyper-interventionist foreign policy.

The question is not if the current system will end. The question is how it will end.

If the end comes via a meltdown, the result will likely be chaos, violence, and increased support for authoritarian movements as desperate people trade their few remaining liberties in hopes of gaining security.

However, if pro-liberty Americans are able to force Congress to begin cutting spending starting with the money wasted on militarism and to move toward restoring a sound and sane monetary policy that includes ending the Federal Reserve, we can minimize an economic crisis and begin restoring limited constitutional government, a free-market economy, and respect for liberty.

This article was published by RonPaul Institute.

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Sparks Mayor Ron Smith dies after battle with pancreatic cancer – Sparks Tribune

By Kayla Anderson

Sparks Tribune

City of Sparks Mayor Ron Smith passed away on Friday, August 21, following his two-year battle with pancreatic cancer at the age of 71.

As a Sparks resident for more than 35 years, Smith had a visible passion for his community, eventually running for (and winning) a Sparks City Council seat in the 2006 election representing constituents in Ward 3. Smith served three more consecutive four-year terms as city councilman as well as became Mayor Pro Tempore during the years 2012-2018.

During his tenure with the City of Sparks, Smith was involved in dozens of projects and sat on a number of local and regional boards, but is most known for: his role with the Regional Transportation Commission in strongly advocating for improving transportation and infrastructure needs to accommodate the Citys growth; serving as chairman of the Truckee River Flood Mitigation Authority; and he was instrumental in directing the Nevada Veterans Memorial Plaza Project at the Sparks Marina.

As a veteran himself, Ron was extremely passionate about this project, says Sparks City Councilman Kristopher Dahir, adding that it was extremely important to Smith to ensure that the 900-plus Nevada veterans who died fighting for the country were properly honored and that future generations knew of the sacrifices which allowed us our freedoms.

His friendship meant a lot to me. In the beginning of my career with City Council he was my mentor. He was in it for so long, he gave back so much to the community. He was a man of integrity and honest about what he believed. He always said, the best thing about me is youll always know what I think and the worst thing about me is youll always know what I think, Dahir fondly recalls.

I really loved working with him on projects like the Sparks Marina Veterans Memorial and traveling with him to Washington D.C. (as part of the Nevada League of Cities to represent Sparks on a federal and legislative level). Those trips were really fun, Dahir adds.

He admits that they didnt always agree with Smith on everything, but he appreciated his honesty and firm beliefs. Dahir was fortunate to have been able to have dinner with Smith and his wife Karen at Red Hawk Golf and Resort just a few weeks ago, laughing and listening to music as they talked about the city that Smith loved.

He worked hard on the Veterans Memorial, and citywide making sure our river is clean and ready for our citizens to enjoy. He was also very involved with the RTC and worked hard on a few dreams that I hope I can help come to fruition, Dahir says.

His biggest hope was that we have a safe city. Ron was a big supporter of the police, fire department, and security of our community. In the last two years he had chemotherapy every week and would have to recover, and then hed get right back out there to work on projects that improved the city. He fought until the end with his family around him- they were the most important thing to him. He said his family was his biggest treasure, including his nine grandchildren, he says.

Along with being involved with progressing the future of Sparks, Smith is also remembered as having a sense of humor.

He definitely enjoyed his Chik-fil-A coffees, Dahir smiles.

Sparks City Councilmember Donald Abbott says that he met Smith a bit later in his career when he was a city councilman even though for many of his friends Smith was their first boss at Scolaris.

Its been nice seeing all the lives he impacted, from being the manager of Scolaris to his work with the Sparks City Council. One of my fondest memories of him is- and he did this all the time- is that when someone would ask him to do something crazy, hed nod his head up and down and say Absolutely no. That always got a good laugh out of me. I also heard a story that when he was the manager of Scolaris he pranked his receptionist by having her call a tow truck to get out of the parking lot that was her own car, laughs Abbott.

He was silly, but he also knew when to be serious. He just had fun. He was a normal human being who was the same person in the office as he was off-hours, Abbott adds.

Abbott also credits Smith to being his mentor as well in the beginning of his own political career.

He was the first person I ever went door knocking with, it was nice to campaign with him and have someone believe in me who wasnt my mother, he chuckles. Ron loved his community, loved his family, loved the Giants, and he was always helping others. He definitely will be missed, Abbott says.

Personally, when I think about my interactions with Ron Smith over the last four years, the first two words that come to mind are that hes passionate and transparent. He always had a respectful demeanor towards me and answered my calls (even during that year when I continuously grilled him about the state of D Andrea). He never failed to tell me exactly how he felt and went out of his way to greet me at city council meetings and give me the information I needed. He lifted those around him up and gave them the strength to reach their potential, and for that he will never forgotten.

Details of Ron Smiths memorial service have yet to be announced. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Nevada Veterans Memorial Plaza Project through:www.nvmp.info; P.O. Box 50967 Sparks, Nevada 89435.

Comments from nevada publicofficials on Ron Smiths passing:

Ron was a good friend and mentor, and a man who deeply loved his City and community. His mark will be left on this community for decades to come, says current Sparks Mayor Pro Tempore Ed Lawson.

I was deeply honored to be appointed by Mayor Smith to fill his Ward 3 council seat when he was elected Mayor in 2018, says Sparks City Councilman Paul Anderson. I will truly miss my friend and mentor who did such great things regionally and for our Sparks community, he adds.

Ron provided knowledge and experience which helped me grow as a councilmember for this great city that he so loved. He was a great inspiration to me. Thank you, Mayor, may you rest in peace, says Councilwoman Charlene Bybee.

We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of our Mayor, says Sparks City Manager Neil Krutz. His battle with cancer was incredibly courageous. All of us at the City will greatly miss him, and our most sincere condolences go out to his family.

On behalf of the Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County, I am deeply saddened by the passing of Sparks Mayor Ron Smith. Mayor Smith was a long-standing member on the RTC Board of Commissioners, serving in various roles, including Board Chair, since 2009. As a Veteran and longtime Sparks resident, he truly believed in making our community a better and safer place for future generations. A champion for transportation and infrastructure, Mayor Smith was a proponent to build major regional projects, including the Pyramid/McCarran Intersection Improvements, the SouthEast Connector, and the 4thStreet/Prater Way BRT, among others. Mayor Smith also led the community effort to build a Veterans memorial, which is now under construction at the Sparks Marina, in tribute to all Nevada Veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country. We will remember him for his kindness and how deeply he cared for all of us. To honor his memory and his contributions, it is up to the rest of us to carry on his legacy of caring and visionary leadership, stewardship, and public service. Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County Executive Director Bill Thomas.

Mayor Smith was a tireless advocate of families and children and a strong supporter of our schools. He loved his community deeply and was a true champion for the people of Sparks. Even during his final illness, he continued to work hard for the people he represented. We will miss his leadership and commitment.- Washoe County School District

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Soucheray: On the stoop of Sacred Heart Church, they do what they can do – TwinCities.com-Pioneer Press

Rumor had it that the boss found a new gig, playing any of her variety of wind instruments every other Saturday on the stoop of Sacred Heart Church in St. Paul, which basically has three addresses, Ron Ryan Jr. Boulevard, Sinnen Street and, most conventionally, 840 E. Sixth St., as in the heart of the East Side.

In the summer of 2020, when it feels like the soul has left the body of the nation and charred is the new urban motif, it seemed important to check on the boss, to not lose sight of the goodness still around us in small but important ways, and the good people who devote their lives to the service of others.

The boss waved as I walked across the parking lot. She was dressed for the chill of a brilliant morning that was sending out an unmistakable warning about autumn. Not far away was Sister Jean Ersfeld, working the keyboard on her 465 Sound ToneBank Casio electric piano. Lets call it serenading. The nature of Sacred Heart has changed with the times and is now most significantly home to a large Hispanic community. It was a food pickup last Saturday morning, and a line of cars drove past the open end of a big rental truck and people were taking dairy and produce and dry goods. Food. Not quite water turned to wine, but close enough if the kids are hungry.

Who qualifies? I asked the boss.

No questions asked, the boss said.

I looked up at the words engraved in granite on the front of the church.

Does Iglesia Del Sagrado Corazon mean Sacred Heart?

I hope so, the boss said.

Her name is Lynore Girmscheid. She and Sister Jean are members of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, my favorite order of nuns, not counting the Daughters of Charity, because they featured that heavily starched cornette that suggested they were wearing a fixed wing for takeoff. The SSND rose in the rankings after a couple of SSND stalwarts wrote to me wondering if the Crabby Coffee Shop was real. Sister Jean is the musical director at Sacred Heart. When Jerry Lowe, a deacon at Sacred Heart and a connected fellow with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, organized the food made available with the help of Target and Costco and others, Sister Jean thought she and Lynore might spice it up with a little salsa and a hymn or two if they were lively enough.

Times are tough around here, Lowe, who is 84, told me. We do what we can do. Every other week, we do the same service at Incarnation Church in Minneapolis.

The musicians, of course, dont charge a cent. They take the edge off what might be a burdensome errand for those in need and introduce a note of festivity. The pickup runs from 8 to 10 a.m., and people can check their bulletins for the schedule.

I can call Lynore boss with accuracy. For years, she was the liturgical director at Lumen Christi in Highland Park and for reasons that still baffle me, I ended up on her decorating crew as hard labor. I hauled wreathes up from the storage tunnels under the church, moved ladders around and fed spools of lights to a guy actually on the ladder. She was a good boss and often sprung us laborers early so we wouldnt miss the kickoff.

The boss has always been the inclusive type and wanted me to meet Prisciliano Maya, who is the Spanish Mass minister. Thats what she does. She works the room and gets to know people. If I hadnt brushed off college-level Spanish so many years ago, I could have had a chat with Prisciliano.

That vast asphalt parking lot now humming with graciousness? On Aug. 26, 1994, St. Paul police officer Ron Ryan Jr. responded to a man sleeping in a car in the same Sacred Heart parking lot. As Ryan approached the car, Guy Harvey Baker shot Ryan dead and then stole the officers gun. A few hours later, the same guy killed officer Timothy Jones and his police canine, Laser. A dark, dark day. It was everybody on deck at the Pioneer Press. I hadnt been back since.

You know about the parking lot, boss?

I know, she said. I know.

And then she returned to her music. Its what she has to give.

Joe Soucheray can be reached at jsoucheray@pioneerpress.com. Soucherays Garage Logic podcast can be heard at garagelogic.com.

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Paul Lee has one of the quickest Funny Cars on the tour; is a win coming soon? – NHRA.com

Even after last evenings first night qualifying session, the best run in Funny Car in the three races since the resumption of racing following the pandemic shutdown does not belong to points leader Tommy Johnson Jr. or race winners Matt Hagan or Ron Capps. It belongs instead to Paul Lee and crew chiefs Jim Oberhofer and Donnie Bender, even if in an unofficial capacity.

In round one of eliminations at the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals at Indy in early July, Lees Global Electronic Technology Toyota covered the 1,000-foot course in 3.888 seconds. The only problem was that he clipped the finish line timers, disqualifying the run, but it was still enough to get the attention of the Funny car pits. Only Capps, who ran 3.895 to lead Friday qualifying, and Johnson, who ran 3.896 to beat Capps at the first Indy race, have been close.

The car has been running great, but its really been mishandling, he said, in a bit of an understatement, as he also took out a timing block at the last race. We took the car back over to Don Schumacher Racing because its a clone of their cars. Rahn Tobler went over the whole steering setup and found where it had been binding and preventing me from turning the wheel when the car was under downforce.

Lee, like almost everyone, has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Because he has heart disease and also contracted pneumonia two decades ago, hes been very cautious with his health as those factors could put him at extra risk if he were to catch the coronavirus. In addition to the mandatory temperature checks that all people entering the racetrack must undergo, Lee also checks his crew again in the pit area. He also provided free COVID-19 tests for the employees of his businesses.

On the positive side, Lees FTI transmission and McLeod Clutches businesses during the pandemic has skyrocketed.

People arent going to the movies or going on vacations or even going out to dinner in some states; theyre staying at home working on their hobbies, and for a lot of them that means cars. Weve sold twice as many transmission kits as we did last year, and we still have four months to go.

Additionally, with the 11-race shortened schedule, Lee will get to race the entire season for the first time; he entered the year expecting only to run 15 of the planned 24 races. He sits 10th in points and would love to remain in the top 10. Throughout his entire career, hes only finished in the top 10 once, in 2004, when he was racing in Alcohol Funny Car and scored all three of his career national event victories.

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Biden had better convention speech and a winning message, Florida Insiders say. – Tampa Bay Times

The 2020 national conventions marked one of the strangest two-week stretches in American politics. Typical sights and sounds, like bustling arenas and balloon drops, were replaced with Zoom calls, prerecorded messages, empty halls and the unprecedented and, some have suggested, illegal backdrop of the White House.

Which party handled all the curve balls thrown their way? More than 160 of Floridas brightest political minds weighed in, and more than half said the Democrats had the better four-night affair.

The Democrats came across as more hopeful, energized and more personal, said one Republican operative. The GOP was all about placing blame on others, never empathizing with the current state of affairs. It was very negative.

The Tampa Bay Times regularly surveys the Florida Insiders campaign staff, party insiders, consultants, lobbyists, former politicians and other close followers of Sunshine State politics. They are allowed to answer anonymously so they can speak candidly.

About 55 percent of respondents said Democrats had a more effective convention than Republicans. The Democratic National Convention featured celebrity presenters, a video roll call vote featuring an eclectic mix of speakers from all 50 states and prime time speeches from the Barack and Michelle Obama. Former Vice President Joe Biden interviewed Americans on the problems facing the country.

It was better produced television, better ratings and a more focused message, one Democratic consultant said.

Biden capped the four nights with a short (by convention standards) acceptance speech that hit on a bunch of themes Insiders said will help him in November: unity and competent leadership. Two-thirds of Insiders said his speech was better than President Donald Trumps 80-minute teleprompter address from the White House lawn.

What made it better? It was short, one Democrat said. Many others said that just by appearing resolute and composed, Biden overcome the bumbling, aging caricature created by the Trump campaign.

Expectations were low and Biden proved himself a competent orator, one independent Insider said.

The Republican convention was a largely a Trump production. He appeared every night. Speaking slots were filled with family, loyalists and, in a flouting of customs and perhaps federal law, members of the presidents Cabinet.

Americans see/hear/read about Trump every single day and perceptions of him are well baked in, one Republican said. It is doubtful those perceptions will be changed by a parade of Trump family members regurgitating the same talking points theyve heard ad nauseam.

Others arent so sure. One Republican suggested that while the anti-Trump crowd may have preferred the Democratic convention, the Republican counter punch may have solidified wavering GOP voters.

Democrats do themselves serious harm if they fail to recognize how effective that Trump convention was, another Republican said. Rather than laughing at the likes of Kimberly Guilfoyle, they should double their efforts to unseat the dangerous con man in the White House. Ignore the polls. Trump absolutely can win this thing.

Six in 10 Insiders said Trumps focus on crime, unrest and socialism under Democrats wasnt a winning message for this election cycle. Most thought Bidens calls for bringing the country together would do better with voters in November.

But some Insiders said Trumps message will resonate with the most important voters in swing states that will decide the election.

The ongoing images and news stories of violence and riots currently happening gave the Republicans an edge in selling their message, one independent said.

Or, as one Democrat put it, Fear is a stronger motivator.

After watching the two parties navigate conventions in a pandemic, nearly 80 percent of Insiders said theyre expecting a return to a more traditional format in 2024, albeit with some new twists learned from this go around.

Having been a delegate twice to the (Democratic National Convention), I do prefer in person events, but not sure thats possible going forward, one said.

A past Republican National Convention delegate agreed. While the words may be the same, the atmosphere is what really makes the difference. I felt like I was watching a weeks worth of commercials for each party. The live atmosphere makes a difference. I found myself bored and tempted to turn the channel because the format lacked the same atmosphere.

Conventions need to be reimagined, one Republican said. They are expensive, cumbersome and serve no real purpose in the modern era except to enrich the media buyers, consultants, and staff that work on them. The money would be much better spent on issue advocacy and messaging to the electorate.

This months Florida Insider Poll included 80 Republicans, 66 Democrats and 17 respondents who were registered no-party affiliation or to another party. They are:

Tom Alte, Jason Altmire, Fernand Amandi, Peter Antonacci , Scott Arceneaux, Donna Arduin, Dave Aronberg, Jon M. Ausman, Roger Austin, Ryan Banfill, Christina Barker, Scott Barnhart, Rodney Barreto, Patrick Baskette, Ashley Bauman, Slater Bayliss, Geoffrey Becker, Sam Bell, Wayne Bertsch, Taylor Biehl, Ron Bilbao, Paul Bradshaw, Alex Burgos, Dominic M. Calabro, Kristy Campbell, Tim Canova, Al Cardenas, Gabriela Castillo, Kevin Cate, Mitch Ceasar, Brad Coker, Mike Colodny, Hunter Conrad, Gus Corbella , Ana Cruz, Husein Cumber, Carlos Curbelo, David Custin, Richard DeNapoli, Pablo Diaz, Victor DiMaio, Tony DiMatteo, Michael Dobson, Paula Dockery, Doc Dockery, Bob Doyle, Pete Dunbar, Barry Edwards, Mike Fasano, Peter Feaman, Mark Ferrulo, Damien Filer, Kirk Fordham, Pamela Burch Fort, Brian Franklin, Towson Fraser, Keith Frederick, Ellen Freidin, Jack Furnari, Eduardo Gamarra, Wayne Garcia, Stephen Gaskill, Steve Geller, Richard Gentry, Julia Gill Woodward, Susan Glickman, Alma Gonzalez, Ron Greenstein , Thomas Grigsby, Thomas Grigsby, Ralph Haben, Mike Hamby, Marion Hammer, Chris Hand, Mike Hanna, Abel Harding, James Harris, Rich Heffley, Bill Helmich, Cynthia Henderson , Jim Horne, Yolanda Jackson, Aubrey Jewett, Eric Johnson, David Johnson, Christina Johnson, Stafford Jones, Ken Jones, Doug Kaplan, Fred Karlinsky, Joshua Karp, John Konkus, Chri Korge , Jeff Kottkamp, Kartik Krishnaiyer, Bill Lee, Matt Lettelleir, Jack Levine, Alan Levine, Bethany Leytham, Shannon Love, Javier Manjarres, William March, Beth Matuga, Kim McDougal, Nancy McGowan, Clarence McKee, Kathy Mears, Jamie Miller, Jon Mills, Paul Mitchell, Travis Moore, Lucy Morgan, John Morgan, Ana Navarro, Meredith ORourke, Alex Patton, Darryl Paulson, Anthony Pedicini, Jorge Pedraza, Juan Penalosa, Evelyn Prez-Verda, Joseph Perry, Ron Pierce, Juan-Carlos Planas, Van Poole, Evan Power, Marc Reichelderfer, George Riley, Jim Rimes, Franco Ripple, Patrick Roberts, Monica Rodriguez, Jason Rosenberg, Sarah Rumpf, Ron Sachs, April Salter, April Schif, Stephen Shiver , Kyle Simon, Alex Sink, Patrick Slevin, Susan Smith, Adam Smith, John Stemberger, Phillip Thompson, Cory Tilley, Greg C. Truax, Frank Tsamoutales, Steve Uhlfelder, Christian Ulvert, Jason Unger, Matthew Van Name, Ashley Walker, Nancy Watkins, Screven Watson, Kevin Watson, Jonathan Webber, Andrew Weinstein, Rick Wilson, Leslie Wimes, Jon Woodard, Zachariah Zachariah, Mark Zubaly

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Gilpin to have multiple mill levies on ballot – The Mountain -Ear

Mindy Leary, Gilpin County. On August 25, 2020, the Gilpin County Board of County Commissioners met online at 9 a.m. for their regular biweekly meeting. Commissioners Gail Watson and Ron Engels were present as were County Attorney Brad Benning and County Manager Abel Montoya. Linda Isenhart was absent due to a family emergency. Highlights included a Covid-19 update, the Protect Our Neighbor application, a setback variance and a discussion of mill levies to be on the next ballot.

Emergency Manager Nate Whittington said they have moved all their PPE supplies into a warehouse and electronically inventoried everything. Gilpin County OEM and the Sheriffs Office was awarded $36,000 for a hazard mitigation plan.

This was a cooperative effort between Central City, Black Hawk and Timberline. It was a whole community approach, said Whittington. All were in favor to accept this award.

Public Health Coordinator Bonnie Albrecht presented the Protect Our Neighbors application which means the county can increase their capacity to 500 people as long as social distancing can be enforced.

Three metrics are necessary, adequate hospital beds, sufficient PPE and sufficient testing. Gilpin meets all these requirements. Case investigations, contact tracing and containment plans are in place. All were in favor of submitting the Protect Our Neighbors application.

Senior Planner Stephen Strohminger and Francoise of DTJ Designs presented an update on the Comprehensive Plan for Gilpin County. The final draft will be delivered on October 27.

The board recessed as Board of Commissioners and reconvened as the Board of Adjustments for a public hearing about a setback variance request for 147 Athena Road presented by Planner Tami Archer. Staff recommended the variance because of a utility relocation hardship. Neighbors had no objection and board approved variance request for BOA-20-01.

The board then reconvened as Board of Commissioners.

Montoya led the Parks and Recreation Operating and Capital Expenditures discussion which took a closer look at the Community Center budget in relation to mill levies. It would be a 3-mill ongoing expense. Montoya said, The question is what do sustainable mill levies look like for Gilpin County.

Sheriff Kevin Armstrong discussed the Sheriffs Office Operating and Capital Expenditures and how imperative it is to meet state mandates to retain post-certification for officers. Body cameras and the release of body cam footage would require $610,000 over a ten-year period. Fully funding the Sheriffs Office is one of the countys statutory requirements.

The Sheriffs Office requested 4.07 mills but Watson believed it could be pared down to under 4 mills. Engels said, A mill levy request was in the works pre-Covid. We need to be thinking about all of the need in the county for the long term. Ongoing operating expenses are 2.27 mills with the remaining 1.8 being repairs, improvements and non-funded mandates.

County Attorney Brad Benning talked about potential ballot questions. The commissioners would like to have the mill levy question for the Sheriffs Office be something slightly under 4 mills.

September 3 is the deadline for official decisions regarding ballot questions with a final discussion on September 1. The school system and the library may also be asking for a mill levy on the next ballot.

Based on my assessed valuation, it increases my taxes by $19/month for the Sheriffs Office, the Community Center and the Library. So, Im in. said Watson.

Property taxes have been historically declining accorded to Gallagher laws and This ballot issue is meant to address that, said Benning.

Presently the state legislature may change this law and that may or may not mean an improvement. This mill levy gives the county the ability to manage its own destiny, said Benning.

Resolution 20-17 to refer ballot issues to the registered electors of the Gilpin County Library District was passed unanimously.

Clerk and Recorder Sahari McCormick presented four IGAs (Intergovernmental Agreements) about elections in the cities of Black Hawk, Central City, the Gilpin School District and the Library. Engels said they are pretty much boiler plate agreements and the four resolutions passed.

Jennifer Cook presented on Covid guidelines and contact tracing for the community garden. She shared pictures for the Western Fair grant, a sustainable agriculture grant in the amount of five to six thousand dollars. The motion to accept the grant application passed unanimously.

Abel Montoya and Jaime Tirado said there would be no increase in fees over the next five years with the Opengov contract renewal for permitting software. As a reminder, Gilpins county and office reports are updated at least monthly online via the county website.

Timberline Chief Paul Ondr will be nominated for the George Masati Fire Chief of the Year Award. It will honor an individuals positive contributions to leadership, innovation, professional development, integrity, service to the public and contributions to the Colorado Fire Service as a whole. Watson said, He certainly fits that bill.

The public had questions and comments at the end of the meeting ranging from tax questions to mill levy concerns. Forty-six people were still present at the end of the near five hour meeting.

The meeting adjourned but the board reconvened for a work session about the Capital Improvement Plan. Montoya talked about surveys given during recent meetings that resulted in this final draft. Capital improvement plans typically span 20 years and are effective in understanding how short-term plans should or should not supplant long-term goals.

The next regular meeting for the Gilpin County Board of County Commissioners will be held on Tuesday, September 8, 2020, at 9 a.m. virtually and can be accessed by following the instructions on the current agenda on the Gilpin County Commissioners website at http://www.gilpincounty.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=9285259&pageId=11072364

(Originally published in the August 27, 2020, edition of The Mountain-Ear.)

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Local golf league results and upcoming tournaments around Polk County – The Ledger

Results from golf league play around Polk County through Aug. 31 with format, date, event and winners by flight or class in alphabetical order.

Big Cypress 18-Hole Ladies, Two Best Balls, Aug. 25: Heidi Aittama/Diana Berube/Darlene Wohlers-Piper/Gail Hanus 144. Closest to pin: No. 5 - Joanne Burkemper.

Cleveland Heights Men's Wednesday, Aug. 26: Green Tee - Paul Boeh plus 1, Meese Ratley even, Lincoln Jacobs and Rick Morrison minus 1; Yellow - Matthew David plus 2, Ron Berry and Ted Thrasher tied at minus 1, Bill Griffith and Mike Rickels both at minus 3. Closest to pin: Green - Woody Blades.

Cleveland Heights Tuesday Men's, Draw and Quota Points, Aug. 25: Kevin Mimbs/Gibson James/Bob Reichert/Bennie Boutwell minus 4, Paul Pelchat/Dick Gebo/Ron Berry/Mike Rickels minus 5, Dennis Compton/Pete Selmon/Joe Albright/Walt Wilson minus 6. Closest to pin: A2 -Paul Pelchat and Kevin Mimbs; A9 - Joe Albright; C8 - Gibson James. Best Over Quota: A - Ken Warren and Dick Gebo plus 1; B - Dennis Compton plus 1; C - Mike Mimnaugh plus 3.

Hamptons Men's, Net Stroke Play, Aug. 25: A Flight - Mark Torr 52, Bill Colclaser 53, Terry Foster 54; B - Earl Kotsonis 58, Joe Schultz 61 on a match of cards over Wayne Smithson. Closest to pin: No. 3 - Bill Spivey; No. 8 - Mark Torr.

Lake Ashton Blue Man Group, Four-Player Best One Net, Aug. 26: Front 9 - Dane Somers/Darrell Saxton/Clyde Kitts/Vince Adamo 24; Mike Ferraro/Jim Fish/Bill Bothwell/Ghost 25; Steve Burrell/Larry Griffin/Jim Jameson/Jerry Getters and Chuck Hunziker/Tom Scali/Don Fuller/Fred Halde tied at 26; Back 9 - Mike Ferraro/Jim Fish/Bill Bothwell/Ghost and George Wilkinson/Steve Haynes/Bob Yeager/Norm Wirtala tied at 29; Steve Burrell/Larry Griffin/Jim Jameson/Jerry Getters 31.

Lake Ashton Ladies 18-Holers, Team Net Stableford Points, Aug. 25: Trish Kellar/Dotty Custenborder/Lynne Abbott/Kay Hwang 149, Jan Baun/Paula Elmers/Joanne McKinley/Nancy Zografos 147, Deb Nettleton/Pam Pagel/Patty Wallner/Sue Buss 141.

Lake Ashton Men's, Florida "Step-A-Side" Scramble, Aug. 26: Harry Krumrie/Ed Hansen/Don Connors/Jim Ford 54.5, Denis Lussier/Jim Capra/Mike Lavigna/Denis Mulhearn 56.3, Gary Pagel/Bob Zelazny/Randall Carpenter/Armand Favreau 57.2.

Lake Bess Friday 4 p.m. Men's Scramble, Random Team Draw, Aug. 28: Doug Wilson/Dan Petrie/Ollen Melvin minus 3. Closest to pin: No. 3 - Bill Bennet; No. 7 - Ollen Melvin.

Lake Bess Tuesday 7 a.m. Mens Scramble, Random Team Draw, Aug. 25: Hoppy Cassady/Dan Petry/Joe Gulini/Neal Mcbride minus 3. Closest to pin: No. 7 - Neal Mcbride.

Lakeland Elks Lodge 1291 Monday League, Lake Bernadette, Aug. 31: Mike Marden plus 3, Bob Lutz plus 2, Dave Norwine plus 1 on a match of cards over Ed Carley. Closest to pin: No. 6 and 11 - Bob Lutz (50/50).

Ridge Men's, Wedgewood, Aug. 27: Paul Forkner plus 4, Tom O'Connor plus 3, Bobby Lasseter, Carroll Lasseter and Elio Hernandez all at minus 1. Closest to pin: No. 4 and 8 - Gary Terrell; No. 11 - Tom O'Connor; No. 15 - Dennis Johnston.

Schalamar Creek Couples', Four-Person Scramble (9 Holes), Aug. 26: First Flight - Gordon Claffey/JoAnne Claffey/Jim Brandeberry/Linda Bushong 34, David Kelter/Kathy Kelter/Al Atwood/Sherry Hand 36.

Schalamar Creek Ladies', Mystery Hole Toss Out (9 Holes), Aug. 25: First Flight - Carol Sutton 35, Barb McLaughlin 37.

Schalamar Creek Men's, Count Best Score From A/D, Count Best Score From B/C, Add Both Scores, Aug. 24: First Flight - Clayt Liljequist/Larry Smith/Don Eby/Dan Heffelfinger 122, George Reimel/Buzz Carnes/Joe McElhenny/Paul Loftis 129.

BARTOW INDIVIDUAL POINTS, Wednesdays, nine holes, make up your own foursome, $17 ($12 green fee and cart), pays all plus scores, night specials in the lounge. Call 863-533-9183.

CLEVELAND HEIGHTS MENS, tee times available 7:30-8:30 a.m. Wednesday through Monday and Friday, groups or individuals welcome, quota points with skins optional, eight to 10 groups now play. Call Paul Boeh at 863-738-4129.

CLEVELAND HEIGHTS TUESDAY WOMENS, every Tuesday, tee times start at 8:30 a.m. Call Shirley Kalck at 863-853-9566.

HUNTINGTON HILLS TWO-ASIDE, Saturdays, 18-Hole Points Quota. Check in by 8:15 a.m. Contact Terri White at 863-5594082 oreagle-2par@aol.com.

HUNTINGTON HILLS WHY WORRY WEDNESDAYS, Nine-Hole Quota Points, 5:15 p.m. shotgun start. Contact Terri White at 863-559-4082 oreagle-2par@aol.com.

LAKELAND MENS SENIOR GOLF, 7:30 a.m. shotgun starts, play against golfers within your handicap. Call Dave Brown at 419-656-5747.

LPGA AMATEUR GOLF ASSOCIATION is looking for women and men to play in weekly Wednesday league and every other Saturday at various courses in the Winter Haven/Lakeland/Orlando and other areas. For more information, email Kathy Mannahan atpjacobs21@tampabay.rr.com.

POLO PARK MENS TUESDAY SCRAMBLE, 7:30 a.m. sign in. Random team draw. 18-Hole. For more information, call Polo Park Pro Shop at 863-424-3341.

POLO PARK MENS SATURDAY SCRAMBLE, 7:30 a.m. sign in. Random team draw. 18-Hole. For more information, call Polo Park Pro Shop at 863-424-3341.

RIDGE MENS THURSDAY QUOTA POINTS TOURNAMENTS, 7:30 a.m. tee time starts. Call Carroll Lasseter at 863-299-5350.

WEDGEWOOD THREE-MAN SCRAMBLE, nine holes; Tuesdays at 5 p.m.; call Marcus at 863-858-4451 by 2:30 p.m. to play.

WEDGEWOOD TWO-ASIDE GAME, 9 a.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays; 18-hole points game with skins and blind draw; call Marcus at 863-858-4451.

WEDGEWOOD MIXED CO-ED SCRAMBLE, 2 p.m. Thursdays. Call Marcus at 863-858-4451 by 1 p.m. to play.

E-mail results of local golf tournaments, aces and upcoming tournaments tomquinn@theledger.com; or mail to Golf News, Ledger Sports Department, P.O. Box 408, Lakeland, Fla., 33802. Include complete scores and league names. Deadline is Monday at 5 p.m.

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Gardenhire: This is not right time to discuss future with Tigers – The Detroit News

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Detroit Potentially, this is the final month of Ron Gardenhires tenure as Tigers manager. His three-year contract is up at the end of this season. Not only has the pandemic cheated him out of 102 games, its also made this one of the most challenging seasons of his 40 years in professional baseball.

So, Saturday seemed as good a time as any to ask him about his future. Has he had any discussions with general manager Al Avila about his future?

No, he said. I dont typically do that during the year. Its not something Im worried about at all, to tell you the truth. I have a contract for three years. Ive not ever come close to talking about that. I dont really want to, not until the season is over.

Ron Gardenhire(Photo: Robin Buckson, Detroit News)

Avila has also not broached the subject. He and Gardenhire have had an easy, comfortable working relationship over these three years and one thing they both agree on is, no contract talk until the season ends.

Gardenhire took the job knowing the Tigers were going into a full rebuild and it was going to be his job to nurture young players and placate veterans on short contracts through the process. It seems almost cruel to ask him to bow out now, just as things are turning around and those prospects he helped bring into the system are getting to the big leagues.

On the other hand, Gardenhire is 62 and the rigors of this season have worn on him, visibly. Whether they have tempered his desire to manage beyond this contract, hes not saying right now.

Im just trying to get through this thing, he said. Its not something I am too awfully worried about either way. Ive been doing this a long, long time. Ill make the decision as we go along, toward the end of this thing.

Gardenhires son Toby was supposed to be managing the Twins Triple-A affiliate in Rochester this season. Instead, he is running the teams taxi squad in St. Paul.

Hes doing good, Ron Gardenhire said. He says he does a lot of driving back and forth to Target Field, like a taxi service. But the camp is going as good as it can go. He enjoys it. He still gets to do baseball, which is important. There are a lot of people who arent.

Toby is having the same issues the Tigers staff is having with their taxi squad thin rosters and the Groundhogs Day tedium of simulated games and live batting practice.

You just have to try and make it a little different each day, Gardenhire said. Its a challenge at times to stay focused. But hes just glad to have a job and be working every day.

The Tigers promoted right-handed pitcher Beau Burrows from Toledo to be the 29th man for the doubleheader Saturday. You never know whats going to happen, Gardenhire said. We are facing a team with a lot of good hitters. If our starters get knocked out early, then you really have to ad-lib with your pitching. We needed to make sure we were protected in that area.

Gardenhire was asked what the biggest challenge was facing the Twins lineup: One through nine, he said.

The Tigers-Twins game that was postponed Friday night will be made up as part of a straight seven-inning doubleheader on Friday, Sept. 4 at Target Field, starting at 2:10 p.m. (ET). Minnesota will be the home team for the first game and the Tigers will be the home team for the second game.

First pitch:Sunday, 1:10 p.m.

TV/radio: FSD, 97.1

RHP Kenta Maeda (4-0, 2.21), Twins: How dominant has he been thus far? Here are opponent batting averages against his top three pitches: slider, .175; change-up, .085; four-seam fastball, .115. His hard-hit rate is among the lowest in baseball 23.6 percent.

RHP Casey Mize (0-1, 7.04), Tigers: In both his starts, Mize has had trouble finding a feel for his cutter. Its a pitch needs to complement and keep hitters honest with his splitter. The Cubs were extremely patient against him, forcing him to throw 76 pitches in just 3.1 innings.

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Q&A with Rutgers mens basketball head coach Steve Pikiell – On The Banks

Its early September and the season ahead for college basketball is filled with uncertainty. No schedules have been released and although on Tuesday Jon Rothstein reported that the Mens and Womens Basketball Oversight Committee will propose a start date of November 25th to the Division 1 Council, there are still many questions on what the next few months will look like.

Despite the challenges that have come with the global pandemic COVID-19, Rutgers mens basketball head coach Steve Pikiell has continued to navigate the program forward. After producing the schools first 20 win regular season campaign in 37 years, only to have their NCAA Tournament dreams dashed due to the health crisis that still remains, there is legitimate hope that the Scarlet Knights will be even better this coming season.

Rutgers returns seven of its top eight contributors from last year and welcomes a four member recruiting class that was ranked 40th nationally and 6th in the Big Ten.

I was able to discuss the current state of the program with Pikiell this week and covered topics such as how he is handling the challenges with COVID-19, the reason his players continue to grow their games despite an unusual offseason, the depth and versatility of the roster, why he is so excited about them being even better defensively, and much more. Lets tip things off here.

What has last season, this off-season and dealing with the challenges COVID-19 has brought taught you as a head coach, both on the court and off it?

I think the most important thing is the players in your program and their safety and wellness. You think about that more than ever. How many times are we washing the locker room? How are they getting into the building? You really think about the things that are important in life like your health. The safety of our student-athletes, weve never spent more time talking about how to keep them safe and healthy like we have the past 5 months. Whether it be their dorm room or cars they are driving, the gym we are in. Weve spent as much time with their health and safety as much as anything.

We've had a lot of time to spend watching film and improving that way. Im really just thankful. Ive always tried to recruit kids who love basketball and when no one is watching they are in the gym getting better. When I watch our guys workout, some were here all summer and some were at home all summer, they all got better. It goes back to having a good philosophy in the recruiting process and Im thankful for my staff. The assistant coaches for recruiting kids that really want to get better. I feel really good that our program got better even during a pandemic and thats a good sign. Its a sign of recruiting kids with those kind of core values that they love basketball. If they only had an outdoor basket to shoot on, they were fine with that. I think thats just a credit to them and their families.

How much has it helped having a strong returning core in regard to dealing with the current situation and uncertainty while preparing for the season ahead?

I think its like anything, the more you have guys that have been through it a little bit, it helps. I understand what I have in the program too. I think your first two or three years, youre always figuring stuff out as your roster changes and flips.

I know I have good leadership on the roster. I know Ive got guys that have played in big games. I know Ive got guys that know our offensive and defensive philosophies. And I know I have great kids, we really do. Our team had a 3.57 GPA last semester. Even in the middle of a pandemic with classes online and so many changes to their daily lives. They were mature enough to handle all that stuff and did a really good job academically.

Now our main job is to keep them on the same path. Keep them healthy, keep them safe and get them ready for our season.

Entering your fifth season, the program is building off success on the court and in the classroom. This offseason has seen players on the team become empowered by you to be leaders who are outspoken on issues like social injustice and COVID-19. Geo Baker and Myles Johnson were on MSNBC on Monday, for example. How has this helped strengthen the programs culture youve built?

We are proud of our guys with how they are handling all these obstacles. I love the fact that theyre outspoken and communicate well thought of ideas. Theyve attacked all the different things on the court that we need them to do. Theyve done all that and theyve kept their grades up along with the basketball things. I have a really good staff, quite honestly, and Im real thankful that I was able to keep them all again this year. We got phone calls and guys had opportunities to go to other places. I love the fact that we were able to keep our staff intact for another year.

Im proud of our guys with how theyve come through during unprecedented times in our country. I love the fact that we have some real spokesman and leaders. Geo and Myles were great Monday on MSNBC, but theyre great on on all the issues that they had to attack and these are tough issues.

How much did last seasons ending with those two big wins in the last week and then obviously the abrupt ending help to shape the teams mindset for this season and the approach going into it?

We had a great year last year but the year is over. I think they learned a lot of lessons. I think we accomplished a lot of firsts for the program. The players had to learn to play with pressure. They had to learn to play being ranked. They had to learn to play with the winning streak at home that we wanted to keep intact. And we play in the best league in the country.

I think they learned a ton of lessons last year and they got through a ton obstacles. You always hope as you get older as a program that those obstacles will help you to attack the new obstacles that are coming. Right off the bat, were preseason ranked. Thats a huge new obstacle this program hasnt had in how long? You would know that answer. (Editors note, 1978 was the last time Rutgers was ranked in the preseason polls, beginning 15th in AP Poll and 18th in Coaches Poll)

I dont talk about the past like that but I certainly know in my tenure here weve never thought about being ranked in the preseason. They have to play with new pressures and hopefully last years lessons they learned and obstacles they went through will help them with this years new obstacles that will be faced.

Last years team seemed to have a little bit of a chip on its shoulder in a good way just in terms of wanting to prove the doubters wrong. How do you approach that this year now that you are getting national respect and there are greater expectations?

The kids I recruited all play with chips on their shoulders, they always have. Theres always doubters so that wont ever change. I just want our kids to have a great season this year. Theyve worked hard to do that. Weve got to stay healthy and weve got to play together. Weve got to be really good defensively and we will in order to have a real good year. I think theyre looking forward to the challenge. I do know they love getting back in the gym. Its been a real joy for them during this pandemic to get back in our gym and facility. Getting back to workouts and watching film. Doing something that they all like has been a real blessing for them.

Were looking forward to this year and weve got good leadership and good seniors. Geo has been around. Ron Harper has been around. Jacob Young has been around. Paul Mulcahy just walked into my office, hes a veteran now. Montez Mathis had a great summer and came back improved in every area. Caleb McConnell has gained some weight, looks bigger and stronger.

I think the guys that returned got better and our freshman class is going to add size weve never had and athleticism that we havent had with a class in a long time. Its an exciting time. Hopefully, we can get organized with when the season is actually going to start and what our schedule will look like. Hopefully in the next few weeks that picture becomes a little bit clearer.

What have you been able to do with the team in workouts so far with NCAA offseason rules and policies with COVID-19? Are you on schedule with the typical start of practice for the season at the end of September?

Weve been on it all summer long. We get eight hours a week all summer long, so weve been doing that four hours in the weight room and four hours basketball wise. Theyve been on that and well continue on that until the NCAA allows us to have the twenty hours a week thats permitted in-season. I dont quite know what that date will be, but the guys have been lifting and playing pick up games. Theyve been working as usual.

And obviously thats just another challenge as a head coach in terms of it being September 1st and you dont know when the season is going to start.

Whenever the games are played, it seems unlikely fans will be able to attend. Theres a lot of talk about how great the RAC was last year and the disadvantage youd have without fans this season potentially. But isnt there a flip side with road games potentially not having the same type of difficult environment either? As a coach, does it simplify the mental approach of your team to just go out and play versus dealing with those extra kind of challenges?

You still have to play and play well, fans or no fans. The players are still really good on the other team. You dont have to fight the fan noise. If thats how we can keep these guys safe and thats the kind of challenges we have for this season, well embrace them and and be excited about those.

I would love to have our fans and that obviously made the RAC the hardest place in the country to play last season. Now our fans are going to tune in on TV and be the highest ranked in that area. Thats what I would love to have happen.

Your team plays so well off of emotion. You cant replicate the same type of environment without fans, so how do you try to tap into that with your team?

I think you can be more focused during these games now. You dont have all of these distractions. Players have distractions too. You can really get your team locked in. I think you see with the NBA and the bubble, those games are as good as theyve ever been. Those guys are locked in to the task at hand. Its going to be a challenge.

We obviously want to have as many people at all the games. Maybe by that time in November, December, January we will have a vaccine and in a better place. Im very confident we will have a season, so Im excited about that. Whatever happens I think you just have to be able to bob and weave with all the challenges that are going to come from having this kind of season. Not the normal challenges that we face every year. These are different times so theres going to be some different challenges. Youve got to be prepared and your team has got to be ready.

Something that I loved and made me laugh was your interview with Brendan Quinn of The Athletic were you said you didnt really like the defense last year, despite finishing sixth in the nation in defensive efficiency. I know youre not huge on advanced statistics, but despite that strong performance statistically speaking, where do you think you can improve defensively this year?

Weve already started. We can implement so much more stuff defensively. A big part of that is we are older. Geo is in his last year. Jacobs been here three years. Ron has played as many minutes as anybody. Myles Johnson is experienced and going into his fourth year actually with the redshirt year. We are much older and much more experienced. I think we had a lot of new pieces last year between Paul Mulcahy and Jacob playing here for the first time. Akwasi Yeboah showed up in July for the first time. I really believe our versatility defensively is something we havent even scratched the surface on.

I know what the stats said last season and I study them, but its a look thing too. Its being versatile with more options, more screen coverages, more sets in our defensive package, being able to go full court and not foul. There are so many more things we can do on that end of the floor and weve already started. I think our player versatility is going to allow us to switch some things at times, trap some things and just do some different stuff that we have never you been able to do since Ive been here. Im really looking forward to it.

Can you point out some of that versatility on the roster?

We have Oscar Palmquist who is 68 and 230 pounds who can guard the one through four. Paul Mulcahy can guard the one through four. Ron Harper Jr. can guard the two through five if we want him to, which is different. We have different pieces. I look forward to moving them around a little bit more and changing up our defenses to make us even a little harder to prepare for.

Last year one match up that was tough for you was Michigan with the three seven footers. Now that youve added a lot of height with Cliff Omoruyi and Dean Reiber, is part of the plan to utilize the size of the frontcourt along with Myles Johnson and Mamadou Doucoure to create different matchup problems?

The one thing is this year when you look at our team with our size, this is the biggest weve ever been across the board and our freshman class is huge. Dean Reiber is athletic and big. Cliff Omoruyi is athletic and big. And Oscar is athletic and big. Mawot Mag is 67 and 225 pounds, hes big. I think weve added some pieces.

I think Michigan gets you because all of their seven footers shoot threes. Theyre a little bit of a different team with their big men shooting threes, so they space you out a bit more.

We have more traditional bigs around the basket, so a little different in that way. We can go big or we can go quick and athletic. We will be able to press more and do some different things that way. I look forward to being able to use our versatility by going with some big lineups. We can put Paul out there at the point guard position at 67. We can go really big with some lineups. Ron (66) at the 2, Oskar (68) at the 3, Dean (610) at the 4 and Myles Johnson (611) at the 5. We can be really big if we want to go that way or if we think its going to help us win a game.

Offensively you made a big jump last year, but obviously there is still room for more improvement this season. You played a lot more up tempo last season. How much do you want to continue that trend and what are you focused on in terms of getting more improvement out of the offense?

We can improve. Obviously, weve got to become a better free throw shooting team. Thats really an important part of what weve tried to spend time on this summer. Weve got to make free throws and thatll improve our offense five or six more points a game. Then everyone will be saying its one of the best offenses in the league.

Thats what we need to do but I love the fact that we share the game. I think its so important to keep your core offensively. We had nine different guys lead us in scoring last year. Weve got to pass the ball and take advantage of our strengths. Weve got a lot of ball handlers. When I first took over the program, we had one ball handler. Now we have all these guys who can put it down, so its really just teaching them how to play in space and share the game. Those are things we are really focused on. If we can improve our free throw shooting and get that up into the middle of the pack, that will improve a lot of our stats like points per possession and all that stuff.

In the past youve singled out guys that have improved the most during the offseason. Is there anyone that has stuck out so far this offseason?

Honestly, I really like the jumps all of them have made. Montez Mathis has been tremendous since he has been back. His ball handing and shooting. Mamadou Doucoure has improved a great deal. I think Geo continues to get better. His body looks better. He is 202 pounds right now, so thats a great weight for him as hell lose weight during the season. Jacob Young is ready to go. Caleb has filled out and getting better. And weve added four freshmen whose bodies are good and ready to help.

We have to stay healthy and continue to play together. Weve got to get through COVID-19 and get organized with some dates coming up here, but weve been full go since June. Weve had quarantines and to deal with all that stuff, but no one has had issues with COVID-19, knock on wood. I think we got better this summer and thats what I wanted our program to do in the middle of all this during a crazy time.

How important is it for Ron Harper Jr. to continue to develop as a player for this team to take another step forward? As opponents try to take away Geo Baker once again at the end of games, does Harper need to become that 1a option behind him this season for forward progress to continue?

He is another guy thats improved a ton this summer and his body looks great. Hes really done a good job of staying healthy and has improved his jump shot. I think its really important.

Ron certainly is a really capable scorer. He can score at three levels too which is a hard thing in our league. He can post you and score, he can take you off the dribble and he can shoot the ball. Ron becomes a hard matchup.

Everyone last season tried to take the ball out of Geos hands. That will continue and has been that way for a couple years now. Geo has still found a knack in light of all that to find ways to make big plays. Hopefully, games dont come down to as many big plays this season. Hopefully, we are in a better place defensively with our program.

I think Oskar Palmquist is going to give us another guy who can score off the post, score off the dribble and score from three. I think Paul Mulcahy too. We have other guys. Jacob Young made huge plays for us down the stretch last season. He stepped up and gave us some really good minutes. He has an ability score in a lot of levels. I think Geo can do that too.

I like the fact that we are one of those teams now thats hard for opponents to say what are you going to take away from Rutgers? Theyve got enough guys and different options. We dont just need a 1A, we need a 1B, 1C, and a 1D. Foul trouble factors into the end of games. Sickness factors into the end of games. Guys not being on the floor for various reasons. You always have to be prepared for plan B, C and D. I look forward to those challenges and I think that the guys are excited for each other. If I decide to run a play at the end of the game for Ron Harper Jr., Geo would be excited for him and be the first guy to say he has the advantage here. I do also like it when Geo tells me Hey give me the ball, I have the advantage.

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Trump Had One Good Response to Covid-19. His Party Killed It. – The New York Times

Yet in late March Congress passed, and Trump signed, the CARES Act, a huge spending bill that in important ways was just what America needed.

Now, the act was a Christmas tree bill, with something for almost everyone. Small businesses got loans that they could convert into grants if they used the money to maintain payrolls. Big businesses got loans, too. Most adults got stimulus checks, typically $1,200, in the hope that they would spend the money and hence support consumer demand.

But the really crucial element of the CARES Act was expanded aid to the unemployed. Benefits were expanded to people like gig workers who had previously fallen through the cracks, and everyone receiving benefits got an extra $600 a week.

This expansion of aid to the unemployed did double duty. It alleviated hardship, letting laid-off workers continue to pay rent and put food on the table. And it supported overall spending much more effectively than those stimulus checks, most of which were probably just saved.

Who deserves credit for this very good policy? A recent Times article describes Steven Mnuchin, the Treasury secretary, as the architect of the CARES Act and the bill as a victory for Trump. Actually, however, the crucial unemployment provisions were devised largely by Senator Ron Wyden, Democrat of Oregon, and the most you can say about Mnuchin and Trump is that they didnt reject Democratic demands that these provisions be included.

Thats something, I guess.

But Republicans hated that $600 supplement, insisting with no evidence that it discouraged workers from taking jobs. Trump appeared to agree, and perhaps buoyed by rising stocks encouraged Senate Republicans to take a hard line as key provisions of the CARES Act expired. And because Republicans refused to extend crisis aid, or make a good-faith counteroffer, the supplement expired a month ago, even though were still down 13 million jobs from where we were in February.

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Ted Cruz gets booed, and other Texans memorable RNC moments – Houston Chronicle

Texans have found themselves in the middle of some serious drama in Republican National Conventions in years past.

Heres a look back at memorable moments involving former Gov. John Connally, future President George H.W. Bush, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, and former U.S. Rep. Ron Paul.

The Houston Republican became Donald Trumps most significant primary challenger in 2016. In May, Cruz would drop out of the race, but not before winning 11 states and amassing the second-highest number of delegates in a battle that had frequently turned bitter.

Still, when it came time for the convention in Cleveland, Cruz was given a prime time speaking spot on the third night of the convention, just before Mike Pence would speak.

When Cruz was called on stage, he congratulated Trump on his victory, but boos rained down on him as it became clear he would not endorse Trump. The next day Cruz defended his decision by saying I am not in the habit of supporting people who attack my wife and attack my father.

In 2012, Texas Congressman Ron Paul ran for president against eventual nominee Mitt Romney. Although he lost, Paul built a passionate following with his Libertarian views.

While Paul was offered a chance to speak at the convention, he had to agree to endorse Romney and to have his speech first reviewed by the Romney camp.

It wouldnt be my speech, Paul told the New York Times then. That would undo everything Ive done in the last 30 years. I dont fully endorse him for president.

After negotiations broke down, Romneys team when to Plan B making a video tribute to Paul that resembled a movie trailer.

In 1980, when Houstons George H.W. Bush arrived in Detroit, he did not expect he would leave the city as Ronald Reagans running mate.

The former CIA director had lost to Reagan in the primary, but Reagan had not named a vice president as the convention started. Reagan and his team were negotiating with former President Gerald Ford about the position late into the evening when the deal fell through. At 11:38 p.m., Reagan called Bush to see if he wanted the position.

No one was more surprised than I was when I answered the phone in my hotel suite and Ronald Reagan was on the other end of the line, Bush said in his book All The Best.

Reagan would go to the floor of the convention just past midnight to announce Bush would be his vice presidential pick.

In joining the Reagan ticket, Bush gave a less than 7-minute acceptance speech on the final night of the convention.

Conventions in the 1970s were very different. In 1976, Ronald Reagan took to the floor of the convention to challenge the renomination of President Gerald Ford. Although Ford appeared to have enough delegates to win, Reagan triggered a procedural vote that was seen as a key test to whether Ford would survive.

It was right before that vote that former Texas Gov. John Connally was tasked with delivering a speech to distracted delegates in Kansas City as vote wrangling was ongoing.

Connally had been a Democrat as governor but three years before his speech he had switched to the Republican Party. There was a lot riding on the speech. Ford still hadnt named a running mate, and Connally was seen as a potential vice presidential candidate that could help Ford win southern states against Democratic nominee Jimmy Carter.

But Connallys speech received mostly polite applause as he failed to mention Ford or Reagan by name during the nearly 30-minute talk. Texas Monthly would call the speech a clunker and Ford bypassed Connally, instead picking U.S. Sen. Bob Dole to be his running mate. Connally would run for president in 1980, but his campaign never got far off the ground.

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Manafort’s Reward: Sen. Ron Johnson and the Ukraine Conspiracy Investigation – Just Security

After three years of insisting that unvetted information should never form the basis for an investigation into an active presidential candidate, Republican members of the Senate would never attempt to do such a thing themselves, right?

Wrong. That is exactly what some are attempting to do in the home stretch of the 2020 election. Specifically, Senator Ron Johnson has been laying the groundwork to undertake Ukrainegate 2.0: An attempt to accomplish through a congressional hearing what President Donald Trump was unable to achieve through his quid pro quo to Ukrainian President VolodymyrZelensky, namely, to put Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden, under a cloud of suspicion before the country votes this November. And rather than wait for any report voted out by his committee, Johnson has taken to penning an open letter and tweeting out insinuations.

But Ukrainegate 2.0, like the original, has a dual purpose. The goal isnt just to smear Biden, but also to shift blame for 2016 election interference to Ukraine. An architect of that false narrative about Ukraine is Paul Manafort, and the probe has accordingly served the former Trump campaign chairmans interests along numerous fronts in Ukraine politics and at home. With regard to his personal interests, Manafort is currently serving a 7 1/2-year federal sentence for bank fraud, tax fraud, money laundering, acting as an unregistered foreign agent, false statements, and witness tampering. Manafort has attempted to use the Ukraines election interference conspiracy to discredit the evidence that led to his own prosecution.

Whats not received sufficient attention is how Johnsons efforts have worked in tandem with Manaforts as Johnsons probe looks to discredit the same Ukrainian officials responsible for working with American investigators in bringing charges against Manafort. Undermining Manaforts prosecution offers a basis for President Trump to tie up the last loose end from the charges brought by Special Counsel Robert Muellers investigation into Russian collusion with the Trump campaign and finally give the pardon he had dangled to Manafort over a year and a half ago.

To understand how these two parallel efforts are linked, we need to rewind the tape a few years to when the Ukraine conspiracy began and also look at the common denominator in this combined effort, Trumps personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani.

The Origins of the Ukraine Conspiracy

Manafort began floating the false theory during the 2016 campaign that Ukraine, not Russia, was responsible for the hack of the DNC server, according to interviews conducted by Muellers team with Rick Gates, Trumps former deputy campaign chairman. (The US intelligence community unanimously attributed the hack to Russia, and Special Counsel Mueller later indicted 12 GRU Russian military officers for the hack.) In the ensuing months, Manafort and his close collaborator Konstantin Kilimnik a Russian intelligence officer actively engaged in secretive efforts to promote the idea that Ukraine interfered in the election not only with respect to the server; their narrative also included the idea that Ukraine officials targeted Manafort in the final stretch of the campaign using false documents. Manafort embraced and promoted the narrative of Ukraines alleged involvement in the 2016 elections, the recently released bipartisan Senate Intelligence Committee report explains. Kilimnik almost certainly helped arrange some of the first public messaging that Ukraine had interfered in the U.S. election, which included fostering stories in the media.

Key to understanding the interference aspect of the conspiracy theory as it relates to Manafort is the release of a document in August 2016, known as the black ledger, by an independent Ukrainian anti-corruption agency, the National Anti-Corruption Bureau, and publicized by a Ukrainian parliamentarian, Serhiy Leshchenko. The ledger appeared to detail $12.7 million in undisclosed payments from Yanukovychs Russia-aligned political party, the Party of Regions, to Manafort. The Anti-Corruption Bureau had, a month and a half prior, signed an evidence-sharing agreement with the FBI. For his part, Manafort denied receiving the payments and questioned the authenticity of the ledger, though he stepped down from the Trump campaign following public reporting of these payments. This was part of the disinformation campaign described, at length, in the Senate Intelligence Committees report. Manafort and Kilimnik both sought to promote the narrative that Ukraine, not Russia, had interfered in the 2016 U.S. election and that the ledger naming payments to Manafort was fake, the report states.

A Media Report: What Was and Wasnt In It

The Ukraine interference theory gained traction in right-wing circles especially after reporter Ken Vogel published a piece in 2017 fleshing out some aspects of the narrative in an article titled, Ukrainian Efforts to Sabotage Trump Backfire. Central to this circuitous article which has become key to Senator Johnsons current probe was a consultant to the DNC, Alexandra Chalupa, a Ukrainian-American lawyer, who since 2014 had been investigating Manaforts ties to former Ukrainian president Yanukovych and pro-Russian oligarchs. One of the articles most explosive allegations came from Andrii Telizhenko, who worked as a diplomatic aide at the Ukrainian embassy in Washington, DC. He told Vogel, among other things, that Ukrainian embassy officials were coordinating an investigation with the Hillary team on Paul Manafort with Alexandra Chalupa. This was also an aspect of the story that Vogel highlighted on social media:

We have detailed the central role that Telizhenko plays as a conduit for Russian disinformation and in Johnsons probe in our previous article for Just Security. Since the publication of our piece, the Senate Intelligence report has also identified Telizhenko as part of the effort to spread disinformation through the media that Ukrainian officials framed Manafort. (At the time of Vogels story, there was no public record of Telizhenkos connections to Russian disinformation.)

Specifically on the black ledger, Vogels article includes interviews with Manafort and Valentyn Nalyvaichenko, who served as Poroshenkos head of security but had since become affiliated with a leading opponent of Poroshenko. In their comments, Manafort and Nalyvaichenko cast doubt on the authenticity of the ledger. (For additional information on Nalyvaichenkos more recent activities, see the Kyiv Posts 3 Ukrainian lawmakers doing Trumps dirty work in scandal.)

The Vogel article was careful to disclaim proof of a centralized effort involving President Poroshenko and never touched on the issue of the hack of the DNC server, but that did not stop right-wing circles and some Republican Senators from invoking the article to support wider claims not actually found in Vogels piece. It was widely cited as the GOPs evidence of Ukrainian election interference during Trumps impeachment hearings two years later. (Some of those same commentators have also disregarded or downplayed Vogels other reporting. He was, for example, the first reporter to identify Kilimnik and the operatives connections to Manafort and Russian intelligence, and he has reported on other elements such as Telizhenkos months-long work with Johnsons staff.)

The Causal Logic of the Ukraine Conspiracy

The causal logic that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 election, as spun up by Manafort, Kilimnik and Telizhenko, appears to be that Chalupa, with ties to the Hillary team/DNC, worked with Ukrainian officials to smear Manafort. The Ukrainian side, the logic goes, engineered the production of the black ledger, which effectively framed Manafort, forced him to resign from the Trump campaign, and ultimately led to the FBI investigation into his activities and ultimate prosecution and conviction. Or, as the-White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders summed it up in 2017, If youre looking for an example of a campaign coordinating with a foreign country or a foreign source, look no further than the DNC, who actually coordinated opposition research with the Ukrainian Embassy.

Except thats not what happened. For starters, U.S. law enforcement agents have been conducting an investigation into the financial dealings of Manafort since 2014, and, in January 2016, the FBI initiated a money laundering and tax evasion investigation of Manafort based on his work with Ukraine political groups. That was well before Manafort joined the Trump campaign or the known existence of the black ledger. Second, FBI Director Christopher Wrays said in December, We have no information that would indicate that Ukraine tried to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. Likewise, in discussing Manafort and Kilimniks disinformation campaign, the Senate intelligence committees report states that during the course of the investigation, the Committee identified no reliable evidence that the Ukrainian government interfered in the 2016 U.S. election.

Whats more, the essential veracity of the black ledger has held up over time. As Robert Mackey explained:

Bank records described in an FBI search warrant, and reviewed by the Associated Press, confirmed that at least $1.2 million in payments listed in the records next to Manaforts name were actually deposited in one of his firms bank accounts in Virginia.Andrew Kramer, the New York Times foreign correspondent who first revealed the secret payments to Manafort, also reported at the time that others in Ukraine who were named in the ledger had confirmed that the records were genuine.

As a BBC fact check on the ledger explained, More than three years since it emerged, no one has managed to cast serious doubt on its contents. The Washington Posts fact checker Glenn Kessler noted, While some Republicans have suggested that the ledger was fake, Manaforts defense lawyers did not make that argument.

Simply put, Manafort was not framed. He was convicted of 8 felonies by a jury and pleaded guilty to money laundering and acting as a foreign agent for Ukraine to avoid a second trial (and likely to avoid detailed evidence of his Ukraine activities from being aired publicly in court).

Enter Rudy Giuliani

Not one to let facts get in the way of a good conspiracy theory, Trumps personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, picked up the torch on the Ukraine election interference idea after he came on board in 2018. Over months Giuliani consulted several times with Manafort through the federal prisoners lawyer in an effort to find any information that he could use to say the black ledger was a forgery cooked up by officials in Ukraine. Giuliani has hoped that by discrediting the authenticity of the black ledger, he could show that the investigation against Manafort was a pretext and discredit the Russia investigation more generally.

Giuliani, for example, declared on CNN that the ledger is a completely fraudulent document that was produced, in order to begin the investigation of Manafort. He added that people in the Ukraine who knew about this plot were trying to get to us but they were being blocked by the Ambassador [Marie Yovanovitch] who was Obama-appointee, in Ukraine, who was holding back this information.

To understand why Giuliani may care specifically about Manafort, or has ongoing communication with his lawyer, it helps to remember the findings of the Mueller investigation. Specifically, Manafort originally agreed to cooperate with Muellers team in their investigation. Part way through that agreement, Muellers team discovered that Manafort was not being truthful, and was continuing to share information about the Mueller investigation with Trumps personal lawyers. Giuliani defended the arrangement between Trumps and Manaforts attorneys when it surfaced publicly. Mueller also uncovered evidence that Trump had floated the possibility of a pardon to Manafort, as an incentive for him not to cooperate with Muellers team. The Mueller report also describes several instances in which Giuliani personally used media interviews apparently to dangle the pardon for Manafort. Mueller terminated the cooperation agreement with Manafort, and along with it, any possibility of a plea deal or reduced sentence.

The Senate Intelligence Committees counterintelligence report also underscores how much information Manafort may have with regard to Russias activities in 2016, and which we still do not know. As stated in the report:

Prior to joining the Trump Campaign in March 2016 and continuing throughout his time on the Campaign, Manafort directly and indirectly communicated with Kilimnik, Deripaska, and the pro-Russian oligarchs in Ukraine. On numerous occasions, Manafort sought to secretly share internal Campaign information with Kilimnik. The Committee was unable to reliably determine why Manafort shared sensitive internal polling data or Campaign strategy with Kilimnik or with whom Kilimnik further shared that information. The Committee had limited insight into Kilimniks communications with Manafort and into Kilimniks communications with other individuals connected to Russian influence operations, all of whom used communications security practices. The Committee obtained some information suggesting Kilimnik may have been connected to the GRUs hack and leak operation targeting the 2016 U.S. election.

A member of the committee, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), noted that the unredacted version of the report includes indications of Manaforts own connections to [the hack and leak] operations.

In sum, Manafort may hold the keys to the kingdom, not only in terms of shedding light on Russias activities in 2016, but also how much coordination or assistance they received from members of the Trump campaign.

The upshot here is that Manafort could have spilled the beans to Mueller, but didnt presumably gambling that he could get off scot-free, via a presidential pardon, if he kept his mouth shut. NBCs Howard Fineman reported in 2018, that Trump decided that a key witness in the Russia probe, Paul Manafort, isnt going to flip and sell him out, friends and aides say a further indication that Manafort has derogatory information about Trump and the president knows it. Manaforts leverage, of course, likely includes whatever information he never revealed to Muellers team: He could still say what he knows. Simply put, it has been in Trumps interest to keep Manafort happy, which involved laying the groundwork for a pardon. But until now, at least, Trump seems to have assessed that an outright pardon could be too costly. Hes needed a politically expedient reason, and a cooked up investigation of Manafort would provide the right grounds.

Which brings us to the July 25 phone call between Trump and Zelensky. A review of the summary of the call shows that the quid pro quo offered by Trump has as much to do with asking Zelensky to help substantiate the idea that Ukraine was responsible for interfering in the 2016 election as with investigating the Bidens. Trump references Ambassador Yovanovitch, and the people she was dealing with in Ukraine as bad news; he adds, shes going to go through some things. I will have Mr. Giuliani give you a call. Trump also mentions [t]he other thing, in which he elaborates on the Bidens. Zelensky notes that one of his assistants has already spoken with Giuliani and that he looks forward to meeting with Giuliani when he comes to Ukraine.

In short, Giulianis mission to discredit Ukrainian officials involved with Manaforts investigation preceded the July 25 phone call, and the Biden ask was added to that effort. As we have previously written, Giuliani also appears to be one of the main channels funneling disinformation about Ukraine into Sen. Johnsons committee.

But theres an important element in the timeline that should not be missed. While some have said that Johnsons investigation began last year as counterprogramming to the House impeachment process, that cant explain the senators original motivation. Johnsons efforts actually began before impeachment and even before Trumps phone call with Ukraines president. The timing indicates that Johnsons probe, like Guilianis efforts, were also undertaken initially to advance the Ukraine conspiracy theory, and thereby discredit Manaforts prosecution and the Special Counsel investigation more generally.

In fact, around early July 2019, the senator was already exercising poor judgment meeting personally with Telizhenko; and Johnsons staff spent over 5 hours with the Ukrainian operative to discuss the the DNC issue a reference to his unsubstantiated claim that the Democratic National Committee worked with the Ukrainian government in 2016 to gather incriminating information about Paul Manafort, the Washington Post reported. Johnsons meeting followed Giulianis interviewing Telizhenko for several hours in May. according to Telizhenko, Giuliani said that he was representing Trump, that he was the presidents personal lawyer, and that he was working on proving that the DNC had colluded with Ukraine in 2016.

On May 23, 2019, Sen. Johnson attended a meeting in the Oval Office as part of a small delegation of senior officials who returned from a trip to Ukraine. President Trump directed the group going forward to work with Giuliani on Ukraine, Ambassador Gordon Sondland told Congress. In an interview in Oct. 2019, Johnson responded that he had no recollection of the president mentioning Rudy Giuliani at the May meeting. In November, the House Intelligence Committee released the depositions from Ambassador Bill Taylor, who corroborated Sondlands testimony, and from Ambassador Kurt Volker who said he interpreted the President not as an instruction but just as a comment, talk to Rudy. Tim Morrison would later testify along the same lines as Volker. Somehow Johnson was the only one who failed to recall the presidents making any statement about their working or speaking with Giuliani.

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The promotion of the Ukraine-interference conspiracy theory has served multiple objectives over time, including the personal interests of Manafort. Its unclear if Manafort still seeks a pardon as desperately. In May, Bill Barrs Justice Department released Manafort to serve the rest of his sentence in home confinement, notably despite Manaforts failure to qualify for the categories prioritized for release under DOJ coronavirus guidelines. Manafort has about five years left in his sentence. We dont have any experience with anyone serving this much time in home confinement, Kevin Ring, president of Families Against Mandatory Minimums, told Bloomberg News. Compared to prison its so much better, but you are being monitored and you cant screw up.

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Why ‘The Faithless’ Could Be The Most Important Political Book In America – FITSNews

During the 2016 presidential election, U.S. president Donald Trump captured 306 electoral votes en route to his shocking upset victory over Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. Narrow victories in states like Florida, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin carried the day for Trump who actually lost the national popular vote to Clinton by a little more than two percentage points.

As we have previously reported, several of these swing states are very much in play in the 2020 election cycle which pits Trump against former U.S. vice president Joe Biden in his bid for a second four-year term.

Meanwhile, Clinton coronated by the pollsters (most of them, anyway) as the first female president in American history won 232 electoral votes four years ago, although she did not receive all of them when the Electoral College convened on December 19, 2016. Nor did Trump wind up receiving all of his electoral votes.

What happened?

Five faithless electors pledged to Clinton instead cast their ballots for other candidates. Three from Washington State voted for former U.S. secretary of state Colin Powell, while another voted for native American activist Faith Spotted Eagle. Also, an elector from Hawaii who was pledged to Clinton cast his ballot for U.S. senator Bernie Sanders her rival for the 2016 Democratic nomination.

Two other electors pledged to Clinton (one in Maine and another in Minnesota) voted for Sanders instead while an elector in Colorado pledged to Clinton voted instead for Ohio governor John Kasich. All three of these electoral votes were invalidated and recast, however.

When it was all said and done, Clinton received only 227 electoral votes (five fewer than she earned).

Trump was also the victim of faithless electors. Two pledged to him in the state of Texas cast their electoral college votes for other politicians (one for Kasich and one for former U.S. congressman Ron Paul). Both of those ballots stood, giving Trump 304 total electoral votes two shy of the total he earned.

Electoral faithlessness is the focus of an even, eloquent and expansive forthcoming treatment by Emily Conrad a South Carolina author who is self-publishing a book that every American needs to read before they go to the polls on November 3.

Conrads soon-to-be released book The Faithless is driven predominantly by the personal narratives of the individual electors who defied convention (and the will of their home states voters) by voting their consciences in 2016. But this untold story of the Electoral College also delves into the essence of electoral faithlessness and its potential implications on the 2020 presidential election.

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Our readers may recall Conrad (above) as having contributed several thought-provoking columns to this news outlet over the years including this piece on the then-brewing trade war between the United States and China back in early 2018.

Until recently, she was studying at Peking University in Beijing, China. There, one of her professors tasked her with including a chapter about swing states as part of her masters thesis. As Conrad explored that topic, she found herself steeped in research about the Electoral College.

The concept of faithless electors immediately intrigued her, and as she read more about the individuals who cast these votes she became more and more captivated.

Who were these people who were willing to completely alienate themselves from their respective political parties? Conrad wrote. What sorts of people would risk it all to do something that seemed so futile? What message were they trying to convey?

Prior to 2016, only nine faithless votes had been cast during the previous 104 years (most recently an anonymous 2004 elector in Minnesota who voted for John Ewards despite being pledged to cast a ballot for former U.S. secretary of state John Kerry).

That number was eclipsed in the last election.

As of 2016, there have been 165 separate instances of electoral unfaithfulness including 71 electors who cast ballots for candidates who died prior to the Electoral College convening. And while the faithless voting in 2016 did not impact the outcome of the presidential race, the possibility of another close contest in 2020 certainly raises the specter that it could.

I believe that faithless electors may become a more influential trend in future presidential election cycles, Conrad wrote, adding that it is possible for electors to be easily identified and targeted by bad-faith domestic or foreign actors.

As mentioned, Conrads book is primarily focused on the stories of the individual electors but within those narratives are ideological leanings we believe are worth watching as the 2020 campaign hits the homestretch.

Take the story of David Mulinix of Hawaii whose disdain for establishment Democratic politicians like Clinton and Biden is what has fueled the rise of Sanders. Like the other faithless, he spoke at length with Conrad about what motivated him to betray his pledge.

In Bernies speeches, he always focused on the we, Mulinix told Conrad. Bernie said things like, We can make change happen or We can build a better tomorrow. Whenever Clinton spoke it was always about the I. She said things like I want this or I did that.

I began to think about the election process and about the millions of people who voted for Bernie because they believed in him, Mulinix continued. Hillary Clinton had done nothing to earn my Electoral College vote. In fact, the Democratic nomination was stolen from us: from us Bernie supporters.

Wait is Mulinix correct? Was the 2016 Democratic primary rigged?

Yes

Which is why he said it was his duty to lend his vote and his voice to the millions of Sanders supporters who were robbed.

The election had been stolen, Mulinix said. All I did was validate all of their efforts all of our efforts to make the world a better place. At that moment, I felt so proud. I thought to myself: This isnt my protest vote; this is our protest vote. This is our stand.

Could ber-liberal progressive electors take a similar stand in 2020?

Last month, the U.S. supreme court issued a ruling (.pdf) in the case of Chiafalo v. Washington (591 U.S. ___, 2020). This unanimous decision determined that states can demand that (an) elector actually live up to his pledge, on pain of penalty.

What does that mean, though, precisely?

While the mainstream media interpreted the courts ruling as a decisive defeat for faithless electors and a victory for electoral order the truth is far murkier. As Conrad noted in a postscript to her book, only 32 states have laws currently in place which bind electors, while only fifteen states have laws in place to remove and replace an elector after a faithless vote.

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So while the courts decision empowered state governments to exert some measure of control over their electoral votes not all states have such controls in place. And those that do .. well, they are in place to varying degrees.

Also, the court appears to have sidestepped a significant question as to the constitutionality of the laws. Specifically, its decision does not resolve whether statutes that strip faithless electors of their right to cast a ballot as they desire or preemptively bar them from voting (in the case of Colorado elector Michael Baca) are constitutional.

For example, if an elector in one state can be imprisoned and have their faithless vote invalidated (the irony is thick there, we will admit) how is it fair that a faithless elector in another state could have their vote counted and see themselves subjected only to a nominal fine for the same action?

Perhaps the most complicated part of binding elector laws is that different state governments may have different interpretations about the constitutional role of electors, Conrad noted, adding that those in the know couldnt help but to notice that the supreme court decision left gaping holes unaddressed.

One national consultant we spoke with earlier this month warned us that the courts ruling not only failed to resolve the issue of faithless electors it more ominously failed to address the issue of potential bribery associated with those who hold these powerful votes in their hands.

There is nothing to prevent some of these electors from selling their votes, the consultant told us. We have statutes on the books that keep our politicians from selling their votes, but show me the statute that says a presidential elector cannot pledge their vote for whomever they choose based on whatever agreement they wish.

This issue was actually raised by justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito during oral arguments on the Chiafalo case.

Want to learn more about this debate? Conrad is hosting a book launch party this coming Tuesday (August 25, 2020) beginning at 5:00 p.m. EDT at the Dray Bar and Grill in Spartanburg, S.C. She will be signing copies of the book and answering questions from readers.

And again, those of you looking to pick up your own copy of the book can do so by clicking here

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Father and daughter earn 2020 Emmy nominations – Los Angeles Times

This has been one of the worst summers on record for most people, what with the pandemic, political divisiveness and social injustices plaguing the country. But even still, its a pretty cool time to be a member of the Cephas Jones family. In July, dad Ron and daughter Jasmine each earned Emmy nominations.

And while Ron has been through this excitement before (hes won an Emmy for the role of William on This Is Us), this is Jasmines first nomination for the Quibi short program "#FreeRayShawn. But the 31-year-old actress has already experienced the Hamilton whirlwind, earning a 2016 Grammy for the Broadway smashs soundtrack.

The duo is remarkably close despite living on opposite coasts. They recently Zoomed in together on a call with The Envelope and talked about taking advice from Philip Seymour Hoffman, how jazz and acting overlap, and why its important to show up and just do the work.

What was it like to find out youd each been nominated?

Jasmine Cephas Jones: I was walking my dogs and grabbing a coffee and somebody texted me and was like, Congrats, Emmy nom! I said, That would be awesome, but I dont think Im nominated. I went on Google and started crying.

Ron Cephas Jones: I was excited also but more excited that my daughter was nominated; that was everything for me. [She grew] up being dragged around in the theater for so many years.

Did you offer Jasmine advice when you found out she wanted to be an actor?

Ron: The advice I gave her was advice I continue to give her its all about the work. Shes hung out with me in the theater company that I was involved in [LAByrinth] and two plays that I did [there] were both directed by [longtime theater leader] Philip Seymour Hoffman. Jasmine used to be at the rehearsals, and there were two words that he said to me. And what were those two words, Jasmine?

Jasmine: You guys were in rehearsal and [Hoffman] was giving out notes, and he said, Youre acting.

Ron: Youre acting. Dont act.

Jasmine: It wasnt until I started studying Meisner [technique] where [I] was like hit over the head, and I was like, I know what he means. He means live truthfully under imaginary circumstances.

Was there ever a time you tried to dissuade her from becoming an actor?

Ron: No; it was an opportunity to hang out with my daughter. We had a lot of fun growing up together.

Jasmine: It was also inevitable. I was like at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe as a little kid, you know, 4 or 5. I was there watching poetry till 2 or 3 in the morning just hanging out with my dad.

And your mother is singer Kim Lesley, correct?

Jasmine: She is a jazz singer. And she was performing when she was pregnant with me. She was really big with this band called Paul Young in England.

Wait, 80s singer Paul Young, from Everytime You Go Away?

Jasmine: Yeah, she was one of the Fabulous Wealthy Tarts. She came to New York to follow her dreams and create a solo career.

Obviously, acting is key to your lives, but music threads through it for both of you Jasmines got a Grammy, and Ron, you were going to study jazz at one point, right?

Ron: Well, if you look behind Jasmine [whose bookshelf displays several albums], its a copy of Miles Davis Kind of Blue. That album was Jasmines bedtime lullaby. When she was a little girl, I would put that on as well as Charlie Parker With Strings. [Parkers] nickname is Bird. I ended up nicknaming her Bird. Its a world that Ive always been connected to, and I connected my daughter to it in a way that we could share the artistic and beautiful sound of it.

Jasmine: Jazz is a form of improv that if you study and really listen to, you know, it can also translate into your acting as well.

That give and take in jazz that translates into acting, you mean?

Ron: Its like organized chaos, but you know, like a band you have to work together and you have to listen. So, its the art of listening to where your fellow musician or actor is taking you. And then go with that and giving and taking.

You both landed major breaks around the same time 2015 for Jasmine with Hamilton, and for Ron, This Is Us the following year. What was it about those productions that grabbed you?

Jasmine: The first time that I heard the music from Hamilton, it was something Ive never, ever heard in my entire life. Immediately, I was like, This is a game changer. I walked into the audition not being in musical theater at all. And it was a very new world for me.

Ron: I was at that audition I sat outside, and I was listening to her inside. And I knew, I just knew.

Jasmine: Oh, my God. Yeah, that was for one of my callbacks, I think, because we were going to get lunch.

Ron: I had spent most of my career on the stage. Each time I would book a television show, it would last maybe one season or my character would get killed off in the second season. So, when I got that role on This Is Us, it just was right. Everything about that character, I already knew from my history in the theater from [James] Baldwin to August Wilson to Ralph Ellison to Richard Wright. So, when I read him, I didnt really have to do anything but just show up in the room. My blessing was that [show creator] Dan Fogelman noticed it.

And again, like Ive taught my daughter, Do the work and everything else will eventually happen the way you want it to happen. Or not really the way you want it to happen but in the way its supposed to happen. So regardless of the time, my whole blessing is that my daughter is healthy, happy and pursuing that which she loves to do. And nothing, nothing could be greater for a parent than that. Nothing.

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‘Lockdown? Suit you, sir!’ The Fast Show characters on the Covid era – The Guardian

Its been 26 years since The Fast Show first aired. Originally running from 1994-97, the frantic sketch shows sex-mad car showman and innuendo-crazed tailors perhaps wouldnt find their way on to TV today. But that hasnt stopped Charlie Higson, Paul Whitehouse, Simon Day, Arabella Weir, John Thomson and Mark Williams reuniting for a one-year-late silver anniversary special packed full of unacceptable 90s humour. We caught up with the shows best-loved characters to see how they are coping with the modern world.

Hi, Swiss. In what ways is turning 26 very much like making love to a beautiful woman?For me, turning 26 was very much like making love to a beautiful woman because I spent the day making love to a beautiful woman. In fact, as it was my birthday, I made love to three women and what turned out to be a goat with a hat on.

Following #MeToo, is it still politically correct to lure women with the promise of fine wines, Belgian chocolates and the manly smell of a pipe?Whats the alternative? A face mask, some compostable carrier bags and a scented candle? Anyway, I object to the term lure, I prefer court. Courtship is a dying art. These days its just swipe left, swipe right, bullseye!

In what ways is travelling by public transport while adhering to strict social distancing guidelines during a worldwide pandemic very much like making love to a beautiful woman?I have absolutely no idea. I have never used public transport. I am a driver and always will be. To get me on to a bus they will have to prise the steering wheel out of my cold dead hands. But I have seen people using a bus on the television. It looks fairly straightforward, even if youre sticking to the government guidelines. In fact, Id go so far as to say its very much like making love to a beautiful woman. First, consider entering via the lesser-used rear entrance. The front entrance generally sees more traffic and can be a honey trap for germs. On entry, remember to smile with your eyes, it doesnt matter what youre really thinking because they wont be able to see you behind your mask. Then simply enjoy the ride. When you get off, wash your hands and sanitise your PPE your personal pipe end.

The Euros, the Olympics and Wimbledon are all off! How are you coping, Ron?Oh, isnt it, the football? Hmm? Association soccer the soccer experience? The piped-in chants of racial abuse, the empty stadia (notice how I used the correct term for the plural of stadium there?), sad, isnt it? If a defender is nutmegged in a forest with no crowd to cheer, does it make any sound? Or something. But we will fight this virus, we are British after all, and unlike every other country in the world we wont give in. We shall fight them on the beaches. Although I dont think Churchill meant we should fight each other on the beaches like our lads are doing in Wales and Bournemouth kicking each other up their ba (notice how I used the correct term for the plural of bum there?).

Oh, yes. This pandemic. Pandemonium isnt it? Wasnt it? Like the shadow of Hitlers jackboot stamping its way across Europe. That was the last time the football was cancelled. Small boys, on the beach, oil-covered, rotting seagulls for goal posts. Isnt it? Wasnt it? And, quite frankly, I dont give a toss about the tennis.

Have you ever had an infectious disease?COVID! Aaaaaaargh! Ive had almost every disease known to mankind . I believe it was either in Rio de Janeiro, or Dar Es Salaam, or was it Kettering? Anyway, I had running sores all the way up my inner thigh and up the back of my head . Extremely high temperature the highest ever recorded for a human being . I remember the beautiful painted floorboards third in line to the throne I was looked after by a beautiful Mayan woman. Interesting people, the Mayans did you know they played the earliest team sport in the world?! With a brain not allowed to use their head, hands or feet! Offside ref I got sicker and sicker and sicker and sicker and sicker and sicker and sicker and I Brexited all over the carpet . I was quarantined for rabies, Ebola, Lassa fever and the foxtrot. Tintin Quarantino. And the upshot was to this day I still cant. . Is that all right? My grandchildren tell me I need to keep up with the modern world and use emojis. They did show me how, but Im afraid I was very, very drunk.

So, Dave, how are you coping with the virus?We must track and trace. If you are showing signs of Covid get home and get the snooker on the time will fly by. For me, putting on a mask took me right back to a sub-post office in Wicklow in Essex. Happy days, nobody got hurt and the insurance paid out.

Has lockdown has been good or bad for the planet?There has sadly been a massive increase in single-use plastic, which is pointless and dangerous for the old globe. The turtles have been strangled just so you can have a tiny bottle of fake spring water sourced from a sewage works in Dagenham. And now we are being stung by jellyfish. Get down the cash and carry and get a barrel of water. Better still, drink TAP WATER! The planet enjoyed a break cos of Covid but we need a permanent one. Lets go back to nudity and bartering seriously.

How has your tailors shop coped in the lockdown crisis?Kenneth: Lockdown? Ooh, suit you, sir. Locked right down sir. In a dungeon Ooooh. Our shop has reopened, but it has all changed. You have to wear a mask.

Ken: Do you wear a mask, sir? Do you? Does it add a little spice to your life?

Kenneth: Ooh. Do you get your wife to wear a mask and pretend shes someone else, sir one of the Kardashians, perhaps, or even Kanye West? Were all fluid in this modern world, arent we, sir, or madam, or non-binary person Im not fussy. I like all 227 genders. You can use whatever pronoun you like with me. Ooh, suit you.

People have been buying fewer clothes in lockdown. Isnt fashion bad for the planet anyway?Ken: Well, body shapes change sir. And we need to accommodate that. Now the large booty is in fashion.

Kenneth: Do you like the large booty, sir? Straining at the Lycra, showing every contour known to mankind, like a 3D map of Jupiters moons. Ooh, suit you! Sorry, what was the question again?

Arent the royal family brilliant? They only have four different names, Edward, George, Henry and George again. Oh yeah, and Charles, but hell never be king, not as long as Olivia Colmans on the throne. The amazing thing about the British royal family is that theyre not really British at all. First they were Normans, which were a sort of French with funny helmets, then they were Scottish, then they were Dutch, then they were Germans and then they became British, just in time for world war two. Which was handy, cos it might have got confusing and wed have been at war with ourselves. And I think theyre probably still a bit confused, which was why Harry dressed up with all swastikas and that. Anyway, shes forgiven him, Meghan Sparkle, and now they live in Los Angeles, which is in Hollywood. Arent films brilliant? Except the ones that arent, which is most of em Int Prince Philip fantastic? Hes 325 year old and hes not dead yet, bout the same age as Dracula although some people reckon Prince Philip died years ago and was replaced by a robot or an alien or something. Id like to be replaced by an alien. Arent aliens fantastic? Nothing ever happens round here. Specially since lockdown. Except when we go to illegal raves in the park, take hippy crack and fight each other. Int hippy crack brilliant? Its like a drug you can also use to whip cream. Brilliaaaaant!

The Fast Show: Just a Load of Blooming Catchphrases is on Gold on 29 August. Words 2020 Charlie Higson, Paul Whitehouse, Simon Day.

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Letters: Taking from ‘working Peter’ and giving to ‘retired Grandpa Paul’ – The Advocate

Letter writer Ron Eldridge, as a retired CFO, would, I hope, know the meaning of the words transfer payment. In economics, this is a payment made as a redistribution of income by government.

That is what Social Security is and always has been. Social Security takes money from working Peter and gives it to retired Grandpa Paul.

Im fine with that and believe that it is important and should continue. It is one of our basic promises to all Americans.

But Eldridge seems, like many Americans, to believe it is a savings account. It is not. Any payroll tax money left over after paying benefits was given to the federal government for U.S. Treasury bonds. This money was then spent by the federal government immediately.

It is as if you had money left after paying your bills, so you wrote yourself an IOU and then spent the money. A cookie jar full of IOUs to yourself is not a savings account.

If Social Security stopped collecting payroll taxes for a number of years as Eldridge suggests, and tried to use funds from the sale of U.S. Treasury bonds to fund Social Security benefits, the money to redeem these government IOUs could be found in three ways: Increase other federal taxes, sell the bonds to someone other than the federal government (China, perhaps) or print the money. I dont see why we would want to do any of these things; they would all hurt the American people.

Instead, we must face the simple truth that we, the American people, allowed Washington to use excess payroll taxes as another source of revenue for the past three generations. We have a Social Security system that still works the way it always has, where people like me who are working pay our payroll taxes so that the retired Eldridge can collect his Social Security check.

ROBIN MOULDER

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Fowler says he ‘put my money where my mouth is’ – STLtoday.com

Im honored to be a part of the Black community in MLB the one that Jackie created and the one that we are continuing, Fowler said in the statement.

Speaking to the media before the game, the 34-year-old Fowler said, Obviously, the past few days have been pretty emotional. I wanted to play baseball but some things are better than baseball. African Americans in this country have been hurting for some time, and I took that day just to bring awareness.

Fowler said he also went through some emotions driving home that night while his team was preparing to play the Kansas City Royals. And, then when he got home, his 6-year-old daughter, Naya, had a burning question for him.

Daddy, why arent you playing tonight?

I had to explain that to her, said Fowler, and she goes, Thats not right. For a 6-year-old to realize the difference between right and wrong definitely hits home.

Fowler said he had talked to his father about his decision not to play. Hes one of the guys I lean on all the time and he said, I think youre making the right decision. With that, I went on and did it, Fowler said.

Hopefully, the conversation keeps going.

Asked whether he had personal experience of racial injustice, Fowler, who grew up in the Atlanta area, said, Thats for a whole another day.

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Ron Paul – Wikipedia

American politician and physician

Ron Paul

Paul in 2007

Ronald Ernest Paul

Ronald Ernest Paul (born August 20, 1935) is an American author, physician, retired politician, and presidential candidate who served as the U.S. Representative for Texas's 22nd congressional district from 1976 to 1977 and again from 1979 to 1985, and for Texas's 14th congressional district from 1997 to 2013. On three occasions, he sought the presidency of the United States: as the Libertarian Party nominee in 1988 and as a candidate in the Republican primaries of 2008 and 2012. Paul is a critic of the federal government's fiscal policies, especially the existence of the Federal Reserve and the tax policy, as well as the militaryindustrial complex, and the War on Drugs. He has also been a vocal critic of mass surveillance policies such as the USA PATRIOT Act and the NSA surveillance programs. He was the first chairman of the conservative PAC Citizens for a Sound Economy[3] and has been characterized as the "intellectual godfather" of the Tea Party movement.[4][5]

Paul served as a flight surgeon in the U.S. Air Force from 1963 to 1968, and worked as an obstetrician-gynecologist from the 1960s to the 1980s.[6] He became the first Representative in history to serve concurrently with their child in Congress when his son, Rand Paul, was elected to the U.S. Senate from Kentucky in 2010.[7] Paul is a Senior Fellow of the Mises Institute,[8] and has published a number of books and promoted the ideas of economists of the Austrian School such as Murray Rothbard and Ludwig von Mises during his political campaigns.

On July 12, 2011, Paul announced that he would forgo seeking another term in Congress in order to focus on his presidential bid.[9] On May 14, 2012, Paul announced that he would not be competing in any other presidential primaries but that he would still compete for delegates in states where the primary elections have already been held.[10] At the 2012 Republican National Convention, Paul received 190 delegate votes. In January 2013, Paul retired from Congress but still remains active on college campuses, giving speeches promoting his libertarian vision.[11][12] Paul received one electoral vote from a Texas faithless elector in the 2016 presidential election, making him the oldest person to receive an electoral vote, as well as the second registered Libertarian presidential candidate in history to receive an Electoral College vote, after John Hospers.

Ronald Ernest Paul was born on August 20, 1935, in Pittsburgh,[13] the son of Howard Caspar Paul (19041997), who ran a small dairy company, and Margaret Paul (ne Dumont; 19082001). His paternal grandfather emigrated from Germany,[14] and his paternal grandmother, a devout Christian, was a first-generation German American.[15]

As a junior at suburban Dormont High School, he was the 200-meter dash state champion.[16] Paul went to Gettysburg College, where he was a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity.[17] He graduated with a B.S. degree in Biology in 1957.[16]

Paul earned a Doctor of Medicine degree from Duke University's School of Medicine in 1961, and completed his medical internship at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit and his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Magee-Womens Hospital in Pittsburgh.[18][19] Paul served as a flight surgeon in the United States Air Force from 1963 to 1965 and then in the United States Air National Guard from 1965 to 1968. Paul and his wife then relocated to Texas, where he began a private practice in obstetrics and gynecology.[19]

While a medical resident in the 1960s, Paul was influenced by Friedrich Hayek's The Road to Serfdom, which caused him to read other publications by Ludwig von Mises and Ayn Rand. He came to know economists Hans Sennholz and Murray Rothbard well, and credits his interest in the study of economics to them.[20]

When President Richard Nixon "closed the gold window" by ending American participation in the Bretton Woods System, thus ending the U.S. dollar's loose association with gold[20] on August 15, 1971, Paul decided to enter politics[21] and became a Republican candidate for the United States Congress.[22]

In 1974, incumbent Robert R. Casey defeated him for the 22nd district.[19] President Gerald Ford later appointed Casey to the Federal Maritime Commission, and Paul won an April 1976 special election to the vacant office after a runoff.[23][24][25] Paul lost the next regular election to Democrat Robert Gammage by fewer than 300votes (0.2%), but defeated Gammage in a 1978 rematch, and was reelected in 1980 and 1982.[26][27][28] Gammage underestimated Paul's popularity among local mothers: "I had real difficulty down in Brazoria County, where he practiced, because he'd delivered half the babies in the county. There were only two obstetricians in the county, and the other one was his partner."[29]

Paul served in Congress three different periods: first from 1976 to 1977, after he won a special election, then from 1979 to 1985, and finally from 1997 to 2013.[30]

In his early years, Paul served on the House Banking Committee, where he blamed the Federal Reserve for inflation and spoke against the banking mismanagement that resulted in the savings and loan crisis.[14][31] Paul argued for a return to the gold standard maintained by the U.S. from 18731933, and with Senator Jesse Helms convinced the Congress to study the issue.[20] He spoke against the reinstatement of registration for the military draft in 1980, in opposition to President Jimmy Carter and the majority of his fellow Republican members of Congress.[32]

During his first term, Paul founded the Foundation for Rational Economics and Education (FREE), a non-profit think tank dedicated to promoting principles of limited government and free-market economics.[33][34] In 1984, Paul became the first chairman of the Citizens for a Sound Economy (CSE),[3] a conservative political group founded by Charles and David Koch "to fight for less government, lower taxes, and less regulation." CSE started a Tea Party protest against high taxes in 2002.[35] In 2004, Citizens for a Sound Economy split into two new organizations, with Citizens for a Sound Economy being renamed as FreedomWorks, and Citizens for a Sound Economy Foundation becoming Americans for Prosperity. The two organizations would become key players in the Tea Party movement from 2009 onward.

Paul proposed term-limit legislation multiple times, while himself serving four terms in the House of Representatives.[32] In 1984, he decided to retire from the House in order to run for the U.S. Senate, complaining in his House farewell address that "Special interests have replaced the concern that the Founders had for general welfare... It's difficult for one who loves true liberty and utterly detests the power of the state to come to Washington for a period of time and not leave a true cynic."[36][37] Paul lost the Republican primary to Phil Gramm, who had switched parties the previous year from Democrat to Republican. Another candidate of the senatorial primary was Henry Grover, a conservative former state legislator who had lost the 1972 gubernatorial general election to Democrat Dolph Briscoe, Jr.[38][39]

On Paul's departure from the House, his seat was assumed by former state representative Tom DeLay, who would later become House Majority Leader.[40]

Following the loss of the 1984 senate race, Paul returned to his obstetrics practice and took part in a number of other business ventures.[14][41] Along with his former congressional chief of staff, Lew Rockwell, Paul founded a for-profit enterprise, Ron Paul & Associates, Inc. (RP&A) in 1984, with Paul serving as president, Rockwell as vice president, Paul's wife Carol as secretary, and daughter Lori Pyeatt as treasurer.The company published a variety of political and investment-oriented newsletters, including Ron Paul Freedom Report and Ron Paul Survival Report,[42] and by 1993 was generating revenues in excess of $900,000.[43]

Paul also co-owned a mail-order coin dealership, Ron Paul Coins, for twelve years with Burt Blumert, who continued to operate the dealership after Paul resumed office in 1996.[44][45] Paul spoke multiple times at the American Numismatic Association's 1988 convention.[44] He worked with his Foundation for Rational Economics and Education on such projects as establishing the National Endowment for Liberty, producing the At Issue public policy series that was broadcast on the Discovery Channel and CNBC,[33] and continuing publication of newsletters.

Paul left the Republican Party in 1987 and launched a bid for the presidency running on the Libertarian Party ticket. His candidacy was seen as problematic because of the party's long support for freedom of choice on abortions. Native American activist Russell Means, Paul's rival for the nomination, emphasized that he was in favor of abortion rights.[46] In a forum held prior to the nomination, Means dismissed the greater funds raised by Paul's campaign, commenting that Means was receiving "10 times more press" than the former Congressman and was therefore "100 times more effective".[47]

In the 1988 presidential election, Paul was on the ballot in 46 states,[48] scoring third in the popular vote with 432,179votes (0.5%).[49] Paul was kept off the ballot in Missouri, due to what the St. Louis Post-Dispatch termed a "technicality," and received votes there only when written in,[50] just as he did in North Carolina.[51]

According to Paul, his presidential campaign was about more than obtaining office; he sought to promote his libertarian ideas, often to school and university groups regardless of vote eligibility. He said, "We're just as interested in the future generation as this election. These kids will vote eventually, and maybe, just maybe, they'll go home and talk to their parents."[48]

Paul considered campaigning for president in 1992,[52] but instead chose to endorse Pat Buchanan that year, and served as an adviser to Buchanan's Republican presidential primary campaign against incumbent President George H. W. Bush.[53]

During 1996, Paul was re-elected to Congress after a difficult campaign. The Republican National Committee endorsed incumbent Greg Laughlin in the primary; Paul won with assistance from baseball pitcher, constituent, and friend Nolan Ryan, tax activist and publisher Steve Forbes[14] and conservative commentator Pat Buchanan (the latter two of whom had had presidential campaigns that year). Paul narrowly defeated Democratic attorney Charles "Lefty" Morris in the fall election, despite Morris' criticism over controversial statements in several newsletters that Paul published.

In 1998 and 2000, Paul defeated Loy Sneary, a Democratic Bay City, Texas, rice farmer and former Matagorda County judge.[21]In the 2008 Republican primary,[54] he defeated Friendswood city councilman Chris Peden,[55] with over 70 percent of the vote[56] and ran unopposed in the general election.[57] In the 2010Republican primary, Paul defeated three opponents with 80percent of the vote.[58]

On July 12, 2011, Paul announced that he would not seek re-election to the House in order to pursue the 2012 presidential election.[59][60]

Of the 620 bills that Paul had sponsored through December 2011, over a period of more than 22 years in Congress, only one had been signed into lawa lifetime success rate of less than 0.3%.[61] The sole measure authored by Paul that was ultimately enacted allowed for a federal customhouse to be sold to a local historic preservation society (H.R. 2121 in 2009).[61]

By amending other legislation, he has helped prohibit funding for national identification numbers, funding for federal teacher certification,[21] International Criminal Court jurisdiction over the U.S. military, American participation with any U.N. global tax, and surveillance of peaceful First Amendment activities by citizens.[62]

Paul was honorary chairman of, and is a member of the Republican Liberty Caucus, a political action committee that describes its goal as electing "liberty-minded, limited-government individuals".[63] He is an initiating member of the Congressional Rural Caucus, which deals with agricultural and rural issues, and the 140-member Congressional Wildlife Refuge Caucus.[64]

Paul served on the following committees and subcommittees.[65]

With the election of the 112th Congress, and a resulting GOP majority in the House, Paul became the chairman of the Subcommittee on Domestic Monetary Policy and Technology starting in January 2011.[66]

Paul's congressional career ended on January 3, 2013 with the swearing in of the 113th Congress.

Paul formally declared his candidacy for the 2008 Republican nomination on March 12, 2007, on C-SPAN.[67] Few major politicians endorsed him, and his campaign was largely ignored by traditional media.[68] However, he attracted an intensely loyal grassroots following,[69] interacting through internet social media.[70][71][72] In May 2007, shortly after the first televised primary debates, the blogs search engine site Technorati.com listed Paul's name as the term most frequently searched for;[70] and Paul's campaign claimed that Paul had more YouTube channel subscribers than Barack Obama or any other candidate for president.[73] For a candidate who had had relatively low national name recognition prior to entering the race, Paul did surprisingly well in fundraising, taking in more money than any other Republican candidate in the fourth quarter of 2007, as the primary season headed into the Iowa caucuses.[74][75]

Despite benefiting from large numbers of campaign contributions from individual donors,[76] and the efforts of tech-savvy supporters determined to keep his name a frequent topic of discussion on the internet,[70] over the course of the campaign Paul was unable to translate the enthusiasm of his core supporters into large enough numbers of actual primary votes to unseat his rivals.

Paul came in 5th place in both the January 4 Iowa caucuses (10% of votes cast)[77] and the January 8 New Hampshire primary (8%).[78] With the exception of the Nevada caucuses January 19, where he came in 2nd (14%) behind Romney (51%), he did little better through the rest of January: Michigan 4th (6%), South Carolina 5th (4%), Florida 5th (3%). On SuperTuesday, February 5, he placed 4th in almost every state, generally taking in a mere 36% of the votes although he did better in the northern states of North Dakota (21%, 3rd place) and Montana (25%, 2nd place).[79][80]

By March, front-runner John McCain had secured enough pledged delegates to guarantee that he would win the nomination, and Romney and Huckabee had both formally withdrawn from the race. Paul, who had won no state primaries, knew that it was now mathematically impossible for him to win the nomination, as he had captured only 20[81]40 pledged delegates compared to more than 1,191 for McCain, yet he refused to concede the race and said that it was unlikely that he would ultimately endorse McCain.[82][83][84] Over the next few weeks, Paul's supporters clashed with establishment Republicans at several county and state party conventions over state party rules, the party platforms, and selection of delegates for the national convention.[85][86][87] In one of the more dramatic moments, Nevada's state party leaders, outmaneuvered by Paul supporters at the state nominating convention, resorted to the highly unusual measure of prematurely and abruptly shutting down the convention before selecting national delegates, with a plan to reconvene at a later date.[88][89]

On June 12, 2008, Paul finally withdrew his bid for the Republican nomination. He later said that one of the reasons he did not run in the general election as a third-party candidate, after losing the primaries, was that, as a concession to gain ballot access in certain states, he had signed legally binding agreements to not run a third-party campaign if he lost the primary.[90] Some of the $4 million remaining campaign contributions was invested into the new political action and advocacy group called Ron Paul's Campaign for Liberty.[91]

At a September 10, 2008, press conference, Paul announced his general support of four third-party candidates: Cynthia McKinney (Green Party); Bob Barr (Libertarian Party); Chuck Baldwin (Constitution Party); and Ralph Nader (independent). He said that each of them had pledged to adhere to a policy of balancing budgets, bringing the troops home, defending privacy and personal liberties, and investigating the Federal Reserve. Paul also said that under no circumstances would he be endorsing either of the two main parties' candidates (McCainRepublican Party, or ObamaDemocratic Party) because there were no real differences between them, and because neither of them, if elected, would seek to make the fundamental changes in governance that were necessary. He urged instead that, rather than contribute to the "charade" that the two-party election system had become, the voters support the third-party candidates as a protest vote, to force change in the election process.[92][93] Later that same day, Paul gave a televised interview with Nader saying much the same again.[94]

Two weeks later, "shocked and disappointed" that Bob Barr (the Libertarian nominee) had pulled out of attending the press conference at the last minute and had admonished Paul for remaining neutral and failing to say which specific candidate Paul would vote for in the general election, Paul released a statement saying that he had decided to endorse Chuck Baldwin, the Constitution Party candidate, for president.[95]

Paul withdrew from active campaigning in the last weeks of the primary election period. He received 42,426 votes, or 0.03% of the total cast, in the general election.[96]

Paul won several early straw polls for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination[97] and formed an official exploratory committee in late April 2011.[98][99] He participated in the first Republican presidential debate on May 5, 2011[100] and on May 13, 2011 formally announced his candidacy in an interview on ABC's Good Morning America.[101] He placed second in the 2011 Ames Straw Poll, missing first by 0.9%.[102]

In December 2011, with Paul's increased support, the controversy over racist and homophobic statements in several Ron Paul newsletters in the 1980s and early 1990s once again gained media attention.[103] During this time Paul supporters asserted that he was continually ignored by the media despite his significant support, citing examples of where television news shows would fail to mention Paul in discussions of the Republican presidential hopefuls even when he was polling second.[104][105][106]

Ron Paul's presidential campaign managers Jesse Benton, John Tate and Demetri Kesari were all found guilty of paying former Iowa State Senator Kent Sorenson $73,000 to switch his support from Rep. Michele Bachmann to Paul.[107] In court papers filed in August 2014, Sorenson said that he had been paid by both presidential campaigns for his endorsement and plead guilty to criminal charges stemming from the incident.[108]

Paul came in third in the Iowa Republican Caucus held on January 3, 2012. Out of a turnout of 121,503 votes, Paul took 26,036 (21%) of the certified votes. Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney finished in a virtual tie for first place with 25% each,[109] although Ron Paul had ultimately won[110] Iowa at the Republican National Convention gathering 22 delegates to Mitt Romney's 5. In the New Hampshire primary held on January 10, 2012, Paul received 23% of the votes and came in second after Romney's 39%.[111]

Paul's results then declined, despite the withdrawal of candidates Michele Bachmann, Jon Huntsman and Rick Perry. He had fourth-place finishes in the next two primaries, on January 21 in South Carolina (with 13% of the vote)[112] and on January 31 in Florida (where he received 7% of the vote).[113][114][115]

On February 4, Paul finished third in Nevada with 18.8% of the vote.[116] Three non-binding primaries were held on February 7; Paul took 3rd place in Colorado[117] and Missouri[118] with 13% and 12% of the vote, respectively. He fared better in Minnesota[119] with 27%, finishing second to Rick Santorum.

On May 14, Paul's campaign announced that due to lack of funds (though despite financial backing from financiers Peter Thiel and Mark Spitznagel)[120] he would no longer actively campaign for votes in the 11 remaining primary states, including Texas and California, that had not yet voted.[10][121] He would, however, continue to seek to win delegates for the national party convention in the states that had already voted.

In June, a group of 132 supporters of Paul, demanding the freedom as delegates to the upcoming Republican party national convention to cast votes for Paul, filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court against the Republican National Committee and 55 state and territorial Republican party organizations for allegedly coercing delegates to choose Mitt Romney as the party's presidential nominee.[122] The suit alleged that there had been "a systematic campaign of election fraud at state conventions," employing rigging of voting machines, ballot stuffing, and falsification of ballot totals. The suit further pointed to incidents at state conventions, including acts of violence and changes in procedural rules, allegedly intended to deny participation of Paul supporters in the party decision-making and to prevent votes from being cast for Paul. An attorney representing the complainants said that Paul campaign advisor Doug Wead had voiced support for the legal action.[122] Paul himself told CNN that although the lawsuit was not a part of his campaign's strategy and that he had not been advising his supporters to sue, he was not going to tell his supporters not to sue, if they had a legitimate argument. "If they're not following the rules, you have a right to stand up for the rules. I think for the most part these winning caucuses that we've been involved in we have followed the rules. And the other side has at times not followed the rules."[123]

Paul declined to speak at the Republican National Convention as a matter of principle, saying that the convention planners had demanded that his remarks be vetted by the Romney campaign and that he make an unqualified endorsement of Romney.[124] Paul had felt that "It wouldn't be my speech... That would undo everything I've done in the last 30 years. I don't fully endorse him for president."[124] Many of Paul's supporters and delegates walked out of the convention in protest over rules adopted by the convention that reduced their delegate count and that would make it harder for non-establishment candidates to win the party's nomination in future elections.[125] Supporters and media commentators had noted that the delegations from states where Paul had had the most support were given the worst seats in the convention hall, while delegations from regions with no electoral votes, such as the Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa, and Puerto Rico, were given prime seats at the front.[126][127]

As in 2008, in 2012 Paul ultimately refused to endorse the ticket selected by the Republican Party. He said that there was no essential difference between Romney and his Democratic opponent, President Obama, on the most critical policies: "I've been in this business a long time and believe me there is essentially no difference from one administration to another no matter what the platforms... The foreign policy stays the same, the monetary policy stays the same, there's no proposal for any real cuts and both parties support it."[128] Paul received 26,204 write-in votes, or 0.02% of the total cast in the election.[129]

Throughout his entire tenure in Congress, Paul has represented his district as a member of the Republican Party. However, he has frequently taken positions in direct opposition to the other members and the leadership of the party, and he has sometimes publicly questioned whether he really belonged in the party.

Paul voted for Dwight D. Eisenhower for president in 1956 when he was 21 years old.[130] He had been a lifelong supporter of the Republican Party by the time he entered politics in the mid-1970s.[130] He was one of the first elected officials in the nation to support Ronald Reagan's presidential campaign,[131] and he actively campaigned for Reagan in 1976 and 1980.[132] After Reagan's election in 1980, Paul quickly became disillusioned with the Reagan administration's policies. He later recalled being the only Republican to vote against Reagan budget proposals in 1981,[133][134] aghast that "in 1977, Jimmy Carter proposed a budget with a $38 billion deficit, and every Republican in the House voted against it. In 1981, Reagan proposed a budget with a $45 billion deficitwhich turned out to be $113 billionand Republicans were cheering his great victory. They were living in a storybook land."[131] He expressed his disgust with the political culture of both major parties in a speech delivered in 1984 upon resigning from the House of Representatives to prepare for a (failed) run for the Senate, and he eventually apologized to his libertarian friends for having supported Reagan.[133]

By 1987, Paul was ready to sever all ties to the Republican Party, as he explained in a blistering resignation letter: "Since [1981] Ronald Reagan and the Republican Party have given us skyrocketing deficits, and astoundingly a doubled national debt. How is it that the party of balanced budgets, with control of the White House and Senate, accumulated red ink greater than all previous administrations put together? There is no credibility left for the Republican Party as a force to reduce the size of government. That is the message of the Reagan years."[130][132] A month later he announced he would seek the 1988 Libertarian Party nomination for president.

During the 1988 campaign, Paul called Reagan "a dramatic failure"[132] and complained that "Reagan's record is disgraceful. He starts wars, breaks the law, supplies terrorists with guns made at taxpayers' expense and lies about it to the American people."[135] Paul predicted that "the Republicans are on their way out as a major party,"[133] and he said that, although registered as a Republican, he had always been a libertarian at heart.[133][134]

Paul returned to his private medical practice and managing several business ventures after losing the 1988 election; but by 1996, he was ready to return to politics, this time running on the Republican Party ticket again. He said that he had never read the entire Libertarian platform when he ran for president as a Libertarian in 1988, and that "I worked for the Libertarians on my terms, not theirs."[136] He added that in terms of a political label he preferred to call himself "a constitutionalist. In Congress I took an oath to uphold the Constitution, not the (Republican) platform."[136]

When he lost the Republican Party presidential primary election in 2008, Paul criticized the two major political parties, saying that there was no real difference between the parties and that neither of them truly intended to challenge the status quo. He refused to endorse the Republican Party's nominee for president, John McCain, and lent his support to third-party candidates instead.[137][138]

In the 2012 presidential campaign, during which he acknowledged it was unlikely that he would win the Republican Party nomination,[139] Paul again asserted that he was participating in the Republican Party on his own terms, trying to persuade the rest of the party to move toward his positions rather than joining in with theirs.[140] He expressed doubt that he would support any of his rivals should they win the nomination, warning that, "If the policies of the Republican Party are the same as the Democrat Party and they don't want to change anything on foreign policy, they don't want to cut anything, they don't want to audit the Fed and find out about monetary policy, they don't want to have actual change in government, that is a problem for me."[141] On that same theme he said in another interview, "I would be reluctant to jump on board and tell all of the supporters that have given me trust and money that all of a sudden, I'd say, [all] we've done is for naught. So, let's support anybody at all even if they disagree with everything that we do."[142]

Paul has been described as conservative and libertarian.[14] According to University of Georgia political scientist Keith Poole, Paul had the most conservative voting record of any member of Congress from 1937 to 2002,[143][144] and is the most conservative of the candidates that had sought the 2012 Republican nomination for president.[145] Other analyses have judged Paul much more moderate. The National Journal, for instance, rated Paul only the 145th-most-conservative member of the House of Representatives (out of 435) based on votes cast in 2010.[146][147] The National Journal's analysis gave Paul a 2011 composite ideological rating of 54% liberal and 46% conservative.[148]

The foundation of Paul's political philosophy is the conviction that "the proper role for government in America is to provide national defense, a court system for civil disputes, a criminal justice system for acts of force and fraud, and little else."[149]

He has been nicknamed "Dr. No," reflecting both his medical degree and his insistence that he will "never vote for legislation unless the proposed measure is expressly authorized by the Constitution."[21][31]

Paul has advocated for a noninterventionist foreign policy.[150] He advocates withdrawal from the United Nations, and from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, for reasons of maintaining strong national sovereignty.[151]

He voted for the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Terrorists in response to the September 11 attacks, but suggested war alternatives such as authorizing the president to grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal targeting specific terrorists. An opponent of the Iraq War and potential war with Iran, he has also criticized neoconservatism and U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, arguing that both inadvertently cause terrorist reprisals against Americans, such as the 9/11 attacks. Paul has stated that "Israel is our close friend" and that it is not the place of the United States to "dictate how Israel runs her affairs".[152]

Paul endorses constitutional rights, such as the right to keep and bear arms, and habeas corpus for political detainees. He opposes the Patriot Act, federal use of torture, presidential autonomy, a national identification card, warrantless domestic surveillance, and the draft. Paul also believes that the notion of the separation of church and state is currently misused by the court system: "In case after case, the Supreme Court has used the infamous 'separation of church and state' metaphor to uphold court decisions that allow the federal government to intrude upon and deprive citizens of their religious liberty."[153]

Sometime within the same month but much after the event of authorities executing a lock-down in sequence to the April 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, Paul commented on the tactics used by governing forces into a harsh criticism that he has written as a "military-style occupation of an American city".[12]

Paul is a proponent of Austrian School economics; he has authored six books on the subject, and displayed pictures of Austrian School economists Friedrich Hayek, Murray Rothbard, and Ludwig von Mises (as well as of President Grover Cleveland and Chicago School economist Milton Friedman)[154] on his office wall. He regularly voted against almost all proposals for new government spending, initiatives, or taxes;[155] he cast two thirds of all the lone negative votes in the House during a 19951997 period.[21]

He pledged never to raise taxes[156] and states he has never voted to approve a budget deficit. Paul believes that the country could abolish the individual income tax by scaling back federal spending to its fiscal year 2000 levels;[157][158] financing government operations would be primarily by excise taxes and non-protectionist tariffs. He endorses eliminating most federal government agencies, terming them unnecessary bureaucracies.

On April 15, 2011, Paul was one of four Republican members of Congress to vote against Rep. Paul Ryan's budget proposal, known as "The Path to Prosperity."[159]

Paul has consistently warned of hyperinflation and called for the gold standard as far back as 1981.[160][161] From 1999 until his retirement, he introduced bills into each Congress seeking to eliminate the Federal Reserve System in a single year.[162][163][164]

He endorses free trade, rejecting membership in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the World Trade Organization as "managed trade".

As a free-market environmentalist, he asserts private property rights in relation to environmental protection and pollution prevention.[165] He called global warming a hoax in a 2009 Fox Business interview, saying, "You know, the greatest hoax I think that has been around in many, many years if not hundreds of years has been this hoax on the environment and global warming."[166] He acknowledges there is clear evidence of rising temperatures in some parts of the globe, but says that temperatures are cooling in other parts.[167]

Paul has stated that "The government shouldn't be in the medical business." He pushes to eliminate federal involvement with and management of health care, which he argues would allow prices to decrease due to the fundamental dynamics of a free market.[168] He also opposes federal government influenza inoculation programs.[169]

Paul endorses increased border security and opposes welfare for illegal immigrants, birthright citizenship and amnesty;[170] he voted for the Secure Fence Act of 2006.

He is an outspoken proponent of increased ballot access for third-party candidates.[171] He has sought to repeal the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, also known as the Motor Voter law.[172]

Paul has stated that secession from the United States "is a deeply American principle" and that "If the possibility of secession is completely off the table there is nothing to stop the federal government from continuing to encroach on our liberties and no recourse for those who are sick and tired of it."[173] Paul wrote the remarks in a post on his Congressional website in one of his final public statements as a member of Congress, noting that many petitions had been submitted to the White House calling for secession in the wake of the November 2012 election.[174]

He is strongly anti-abortion,[175] "an unshakable foe of abortion",[176] and believes regulation or ban[177] on medical decisions about maternal or fetal health is "best handled at the state level".[178] His abortion-related legislation, such as the Sanctity of Life Act, is intended to negate Roe v. Wade and to get "the federal government completely out of the business of regulating state matters."[179] Paul says his years as an obstetrician led him to believe life begins at conception.[180][181]

Paul opposes the federal War on Drugs,[182] and believes the states should decide whether to regulate or deregulate drugs such as medical marijuana.[183]

Citing the Ninth and Tenth Amendments, Paul advocates states' rights to decide how to regulate social matters not cited directly by the Constitution. He opposes federal regulation of the death penalty[178] (although he opposes capital punishment),[184] of education,[185] and of marriage, and endorsed revising the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy to concern mainly disruptive sexual behavior (whether heterosexual or homosexual).[186]

Paul was critical of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, arguing that it sanctioned federal interference in the labor market and did not improve race relations. He once remarked: "The Civil Rights Act of 1964 not only violated the Constitution and reduced individual liberty; it also failed to achieve its stated goals of promoting racial harmony and a color-blind society".[187] Paul opposes affirmative action.[188]

Beginning in 1978, for more than two decades Paul and his associates published a number of political and investment-oriented newsletters bearing his name (Dr. Ron Paul's Freedom Report, The Ron Paul Survival Report, the Ron Paul Investment Letter, and the Ron Paul Political Report).[42]

A number of the newsletters, particularly in the period between 1988 and 1994 when Paul was no longer in Congress, contained material that later proved controversial. Topics included conspiracy theories, anti-government militia movements, and race wars.[189] During Paul's 1996 congressional election campaign, and his 2008 and 2012 presidential primary campaigns, critics charged that some of the passages reflected racist, anti-Semitic, and homophobic bigotry.[21][190][191][192]

In a 1996 interview, Paul did not deny writing the newsletters and defended some of their contents, but specified that he opposes racism.[193][194][195] In March 2001, Paul said he did not write the commentaries, but stopped short of denying authorship in 1996 because his campaign advisers had thought it would be too confusing and that he had to live with the material published under his name.[196][197] Half a dozen libertarian activists, including some still closely associated with Paul, pointed to Lew Rockwell as the primary ghostwriter of the newsletters. Rockwell denied responsibility for the content.[42] In 2011, Paul's spokesperson Jesse Benton said Paul had "taken moral responsibility because they appeared under his name and slipped through under his watch."[198]

Following the Orange Revolution in 2004 which overthrew Viktor Yanukovych's government in favor of Viktor Yushchenko's government, Ron Paul through statements in Congress in December 2004 and later his Institute for Peace and Prosperity was very critical of the National Endowment for Democracy and its National Democratic Institute and International Republican Institute calling them prominent supporters of the removal of Yanukovich from power.[199][200]

On March 16, 2020, Ron Paul criticized the government, media, and public responses to the coronavirus pandemic in a column for his website.[201] He dismissed claims of a death rate higher than the flu as "a claim without any scientific basis" and said that the "chief fearmonger of the Trump Administration is without a doubt Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health," who Paul claimed was "serving up outright falsehoods to stir up even more panic." He stated, That is not to say the disease is harmless. Without question people will die from coronavirus. Those in vulnerable categories should take precautions to limit their risk of exposure. But we have seen this movie before. Government over-hypes a threat as an excuse to grab more of our freedoms. When the threat is over, however, they never give us our freedoms back. before concluding with, "People should ask themselves whether this coronavirus "pandemic" could be a big hoax."[202]

In April 2013, Paul founded the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity, a foreign policy think tank that seeks to promote his non-interventionist views.[203] The institute is part of his larger foundation Foundation for Rational Economics and Education.

In the same month, he began to offer the Ron Paul Curriculum, a homeschool online curriculum developed by Gary North and taught from a "free market and Christian" perspective; it is free from grades kindergarten to five and available to paid members from six to twelve.[204]

In June 2013, Paul criticized the NSA surveillance program and praised Edward Snowden for having performed a "great service to the American people by exposing the truth about what our government is doing in secret".[205]

On March 28, 2017, Paul predicted the markets would lower during the year and said President Trump had taken a risk with crediting himself for the postelection market surge, reasoning Washington was still predominantly unchanged.[206]

Paul has been a critic of Donald Trump's plans to increase the number of military personnel in Afghanistan. In August 2017, he said that Americans don't see Afghanistan as a threat to their personal security and being aggressive in foreign policy only loses Trump some of his support base.[207] Paul has also called for Trump to bring American troops back from Syria in April 2018, on the grounds that the threat from ISIS has been eliminated.[208] He continues to voice his disagreements regarding foreign policy, and more recently, regarding the events involving America and Iran.[209][210]

In 2013, Paul established the "Ron Paul Channel", an Internet broadcast. Its slogan is "Turn Off Your TV. Turn On the Truth."[211] Speaking about the channel, Paul said, "I was at a debate one time a couple years ago, where I didn't think I got a fair shake. In a two-hour debate, I had 89 seconds. I thought, maybe there's something wrong with the media. Maybe they're not covering us fairly. I'm just using it as a pun, but there's a bit of truth to this. We don't get a fair shake. The people who believe in liberty and limited government don't expect it from the ordinary media." Speaking about his youth appeal, he noted, "They don't sit and watch TV and turn the programs on at seven o'clock to watch us like thatso I thought the technology was there. The country is ripe for the continuation of this revolution."[212]

In May 2015, Ron Paul ended all relationships with the Voices of Liberty and the Ron Paul Channel to start a new internet broadcast called the Ron Paul Liberty Report. According to Paul himself, it will not cost a thing, unlike the previous Ron Paul Channel. In the announcement of the ended relationship, Paul said, "But the message I have always tried to deliver over the years has always been the same, and that is spreading the message of liberty. Right now I am very much engaged in doing that through the internet. But, I believe we can do better. Right now, the program has changed to the Ron Paul Liberty Report, and that is what we do, we report on liberty in context of what is going on in daily activity and what is going on in the news." Paul went on to say that it will be more locally controlled, unlike the previous Ron Paul Channel. Paul continued to say it will be produced out of Texas, instead of California.[213] As of April 2019, the "Ron Paul Liberty Report" channel has received more than 17 million views on YouTube.[214]

In April 2015, Paul began appearing in infomercials warning about an upcoming financial meltdown as a result of the imminent crash of the world's currencies.[215][216] He urges listeners to read America 2020: The Survival Blueprint, a book written by Porter Stansberry.[217]

Paul endorsed his son, Senator Rand Paul, in the Republican primary and campaigned for him in Iowa.[218] After his son dropped out, Paul had said that no Republican or Democratic candidate even came close to holding libertarian views.[219] Paul was disappointed in the Libertarian Party for nominating Gary Johnson for President of the United States and told independent voters that Jill Stein was a better candidate for those who "lean towards progressivism and liberalism".[220]

Paul received one electoral vote from a Texas faithless elector, South Texas College political science professor William Greene (who had been pledged to Donald Trump),[221] in the 2016 presidential election,[222][223] making Paul the oldest person ever to receive an electoral vote, and the second Libertarian Party member to receive an electoral vote, after John Hospers in 1972.

Paul has been married to Carol (Carolyn) Wells since 1957.[224] They met in 1952 when Wells asked Paul to be her escort to her 16th birthday party.[225][226] They have five children, who were baptized Episcopalian:[14] Ronald, Lori, Randal, Robert, and Joy. Paul's son Randal is the junior United States senator from the state of Kentucky. Raised a Lutheran, Paul later became a Baptist.[227] Since 1995, Carol Paul has published the Ron Paul Family Cookbook, a collection of recipes she and her friends contributed, and which was sold in part to support Ron Paul's political campaigns.[228] His life and career is the subject of the 2012 film Ron Paul Uprising.[229]

Paul and his wife currently reside in Lake Jackson, Texas.[230]

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Ron Paul, byname of Ronald Ernest Paul, (born August 20, 1935, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.), American politician, who served as a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives (197677, 197985, 19972013) and who unsuccessfully ran as the 1988 Libertarian presidential candidate. He later sought the Republican nomination for president in 2008 and 2012.

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Paul grew up on his familys dairy farm just outside Pittsburgh. He earned a bachelors degree in biology from Gettysburg College in 1957 and a medical degree from Duke University, in Durham, North Carolina, in 1961. He later served as a flight surgeon for the U.S. Air Force (196365) and the Air National Guard (196568). In 1968 Paul moved to Brazoria county, Texas, where he established a successful practice in obstetrics and gynecology.

Paul was inspired to enter politics in 1971 when Pres. Richard M. Nixon abolished the Bretton Woods exchange system. Paul believed that the abandonment of the last vestiges of the gold standard would lead to financial ruin for the United States. Though he was unsuccessful in his initial run for the U.S. House of Representatives in 1974, his opponent resigned before completing his term, and Paul won a special election to complete it. He lost the seat in the subsequent general election, only to regain it two years later. He chose not to seek reelection in 1984 and instead campaignedunsuccessfullyfor the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate. He broke from the Republican Party to run as a Libertarian in the 1988 presidential election, ultimately winning more than 430,000 votes. He returned to the U.S. House of Representatives as a Republican in 1997, though his votes were often at variance with the majority of his party; for example, in the early 2000s he voted against authorizing the Iraq War and the USA Patriot Act.

Pauls presidential campaign platform remained libertarian in spirit. It focused on free-market economics, a radical reduction in the size of government, increased privacy protections for individuals, and a reduction of U.S. participation in international organizations. Having claimed only a handful of delegates, he ended his bid for the White House in June 2008 and launched Campaign for Liberty, a political action committee. In April 2011 Paul, who was popular within the Tea Party movement, formed an exploratory committee to assess the viability of a third presidential run. The following month he formally announced his candidacy. In July 2011, in order to focus on his presidential campaign, Paul announced that he would not seek a 13th term in Congress. Although supported by a devoted and energized base, Paul was selective in the states where he actively campaigned. A second-place showing in New Hampshire was among his best performances in January 2012. He garnered a number of other second-place finishes before announcing in May that he would not campaign in the remaining states. Paul did not endorse the Republican nominee, Mitt Romney, and said on the night of the general election that he believed the only winner would be the status quo. He retired from the House in January 2013, at the age of 77.

Pauls views are outlined in Freedom Under Siege (1987), A Foreign Policy of Freedom (2007), and The Revolution: A Manifesto (2008).

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