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Phish’s Jon Fishman Talks Ranked-Choice Voting, Local Government, More At Democracy Comes Alive [Watch]

first_imgOn Saturday, October 3rd, Phish drummer Jon Fishman took part in Democracy Comes Alive, a one-day, nonpartisan virtual music festival aimed at channelling the power of music to make a critical impact on civic engagement in this November’s elections and beyond.Fishman, a former elected official in his Maine hometown and an outspoken advocate for voter participation, spoke passionately with host Ari Fink of SiriusXM about a number of topics pertaining to the importance of voting and the various improvements that could be made to our current voting system.Right out of the gates, Fishman set the table for his various nuanced arguments; when Fink mentioned checking his voter registration online, Fishman responded, “It’s nice that you can go online and check your registration … but it’s pathetic that it has to be checked. I mean, I don’t know why its just not a national policy that when you go to get your driver’s license, you’re automatically registered. … It should just be the most automatic thing. I don’t know why there would be any people in this country of any party that would stand in the way of voter registration or try to in any way hinder the addition of … legitimate voters. In a participatory democracy, you would think that that would be the one nonpartisan issue that everyone would be on board with.”“The only interests that would try to discourage people from being automatically registered have to be people or interests … whose intent, on some level, is to hinder the democratic process overall,” he continued. “They don’t want a democracy. They want something else.”Before diving too deeply into election reform, Fishman began by looking back on his time on the Lincolnville, ME Board of Selectmen. “You get to know you town a little bit better,” he explained of holding local office. “It’s not anything I didn’t learn, in a certain way, from being in a band all these years. It’s like joining another band. The same principles apply. You have to be a team player, you don’t really get very far with a ‘my way or the highway’ attitude, you pick your battles. … I felt like being in a band for 36 years really trained me well for selectmen.”He also explained to Fink how he discovered the fan-favorite comedy series Parks and Recreation immediately after his term ended and marveled at the show’s depiction of local government. “They really did nail municipal politics,” Fishman laughed.Next, Fink led the discussion toward ranked-choice voting. Fishman has long been an outspoken proponent of the concept, which would allow voters to pick their candidates in their order of preference, rather than the current system of picking one candidate over the rest of the field. The idea, he argued, would directly address the omnipresent concept of choosing “the lesser of two evils” and allow more voices into the discussion while not being “spoilers.”“I have come to feel that it is very possibly the single most important change that we could make in American politics for the betterment of our democracy and for the preservation of a truly participatory democracy, which is what this is supposed to be. It’s a completely nonpartisan thing. It doesn’t benefit the Republicans any more than it benefits the Democrats, but it does benefit a wider range of parties. It brings more parties into the fold. It benefits the voter, it helps reduce the effects of money in politics by its nature. It also, by its nature, pulls the political discourse back towards the center.”He continued with a detailed explanation of how ranked-choice voting would eliminate “vote-splitting” and remedy the inherent shortcomings of our current system of “plurality voting,” citing instances in which both the Democrats and the Republicans were able to elect a president without the majority of the country’s support and laying out how the use of ranked-choice voting in those cases would have produced results that better represented the wishes of the electorate.Jon Fishman surmised, “You can go in the voting booth and vote your heart, not your fear. … It’s not who we’re voting for, it’s how we’re voting for them. … I think with ranked-choice voting, you get that more accurate reflection of the society’s true feelings and true sentiment.”Lukewarm feelings on our current choices of “the lesser of two evils” aside, Fishman made his position clear with regard to voting in the election: “You have to participate. This applies to any election cycle in any year throughout history: the lower the participation, the greater the apathy. … Less participation always benefits the powers that would want to take democracy away from you. … If you don’t vote, you’re aiding an eventuality where ‘vote’ no longer exists.”Ending with a challenge, a proud Jon Fishman noted Maine’s progress as the first state to adopt ranked-choice and asked, “We’re the first state. Who’s gonna be the second state? That’s my question. … I guarantee you that any state that gets this, they’re not going back.”You can watch the full Democracy Comes Alive conversation with Jon Fishman and Ari Fink below:Democracy Comes Alive Conversations – Jon Fishman (Phish) & Ari Fink (SiriusXM)Jon Fishman joined 50+ performers and 10+ other speakers as part of Democracy Comes Alive, presented by Live For Live Music in partnership with voter registration nonprofit HeadCount. The 10-hour streaming event, powered by Nugs.TV and Plus 1, generated $40,000 and counting in funds for HeadCount as well as the participating artists, who remain out of work as the pandemic continues. In addition to the funds generated, Democracy Comes Alive led thousands of people to HeadCount’s tools to check your voter registration status and register to vote. For more information, head here.last_img read more

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UVM scientist plays lead role in #BlackinCardio campaign

first_imgFacebook: @blackincardiovascular YouTube (for#BlackInCardioWeek panels): https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBMohHpbZ72iM8wTwoXRlRg(link is external)Source: Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont 10.19.2020 University of Vermont,Initiative Celebrates Black Excellence in Cardiovascular Research, Raises Awareness of Cardiovascular Diseases in Black CommunityVermont Business Magazine Monday marks the first day of a week-long international virtual event called #BlackinCardioWeek. This social media-based initiative was co-organized by Debora Kamin Mukaz, PhD, a postdoctoral associate conducting cardiovascular research at UVM’s Larner College of Medicine. Originally from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kamin Mukaz received her undergraduate degree from Luther College in Iowa and PhD from the University of Delaware. Her research focuses on defining biomarkers related to incidence of hypertension and diabetes, with an emphasis on studying racial disparities.Read a blog post, titled “On the Price of Being a Black Scientist,” by Kamin Mukaz.(link is external)Visit the Black in Cardio website.(link is external)Follow #BlackinCardio on social media:Twitter: @blackincardiocenter_img Instagram: @blackincardiolast_img read more

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17th Circuit has a judicial opening

first_img 17th Circuit has a judicial opening The 17th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission is now accepting applications to fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Victor Tobin.Applicants must have been members of The Florida Bar for the preceding five years, registered voters, and residents of Broward County.Applications may be downloaded from The Florida Bar’s Website at www.floridabar.org.An original and 10 copies of the application must be delivered to Terrence P. O’Connor, JNC Chair, Morgan, Carratt & O’Connor, 111 S.E. 12th Street, Suite C, Ft. Lauderdale 33316, phone (954) 728-8585 no later than 5 p.m., June 21. June 1, 2011 Regular News 17th Circuit has a judicial openinglast_img read more

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Sundt wins top national DBIA Award

first_imgSundt Construction, Inc. (www.sundt.com) led the design-build team that earned top honors at the Design-Build Institute of America’s (DBIA) 20th Annual Design-Build Project/Team Awards for its work on the Old Main renovation at the University of Arizona in Tucson.The project was one of just 10 projects to win an Award of Excellence in each of their respective categories during the ceremony, which took place at the DBIA’s Design-Build Conference & Expo, Nov. 3 in Denver, Colorado.The Old Main team, which included Poster Frost Mirto, Inc. architects, Martin, White & Griffis Structural Engineers and AEI Affiliated Engineers, competed against one other Merit Award winner in the Rehabilitation, Renovation and/or Restoration category. The team caught the judges’ attention by balancing historical preservation with new programmatic functions, on a fast-tracked schedule. Winners at this level will have excelled in two or more of the following areas: (1) interdisciplinary teamwork; (2) design-build best practices and processes; and/or (3) excellence in design.The project’s scope of work included rehabilitating deteriorated building elements to extend the 123-year-old building’s life, restoring the interiors to its original character with modern accents, and accommodating new functional uses. Old Main is Arizona’s second-oldest occupied building.Sundt also led another design-build team that was honored with a national Merit Award during the ceremony for its work on the John M. Roll Federal Courthouse in Yuma, Arizona. The courthouse project team, which included Erlich Architects, Caruso Turley Scott Structural Engineers and LSW Engineers, Inc., competed in the Federal, County, State Municipal category. Members of the DBIA judging panel were particularly impressed with the courthouse project team’s ability to achieve cost, schedule and quality goals, while demonstrating unique applications of design-build best practices.The two-story, 57,000-square-foot building has two courtrooms, judges’ chambers, jury facilities, and offices for probation and pretrial services, district and bankruptcy court personnel and the U.S. Marshals Service. Sandstone and masonry cover the building’s exterior, and a “living wall” of vines supported by steel trellises provides a natural shade barrier from the sun.  Meanwhile, an expansive photovoltaic canopy covering the building’s entrance invokes the feeling of a front porch, and generates electricity for the building.The courthouse is named for the late Federal District Court Chief Judge John M. Roll, who was among six people killed in the January 2008 incident in which U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 18 others were shot during a constituent meeting held in Tucson.last_img read more

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Public tender for financing projects of associations from the budget of NP Krka

first_imgThe public institution “Krka National Park” has announced a public tender for financing projects of associations from the budget of the Public Institution “NP Krka” for 2016, which will be open from today, June 7 to July 6, 2016, or until the expiration of funds.Associations whose activities are aimed at the general welfare and improving the quality of life of the community, and who need financial assistance in the implementation of projects, have the right to apply for the tender. HRK 600.000,00 will be awarded through a public tender, with the remark that the minimum amount of requested funds for project financing is HRK 500,00 and the largest HRK 30.000,00. The public institution “Krka National Park” invites all associations that meet the conditions of the public tender and which need financial assistance in the implementation of projects in 2016 to apply for their projects and submit the necessary documentation.Applications are submitted in person or by registered mail to the management of the Public Institution “NP Krka”, Trg Ivana Pavla II. no. 5, 22000 Šibenik with an indication Application for funding projects of associations from the budget for 2016 – for the tender, do not open. The decision on selection is made on the proposal of the Commission for the evaluation of applications within 30 days from the date of application for the competition.See the public tender and the necessary application forms herelast_img read more

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First scrum, first served

first_imgTo access this article REGISTER NOWWould you like print copies, app and digital replica access too? SUBSCRIBE for as little as £5 per week. Would you like to read more?Register for free to finish this article.Sign up now for the following benefits:Four FREE articles of your choice per monthBreaking news, comment and analysis from industry experts as it happensChoose from our portfolio of email newsletterslast_img

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Cargotec-Carlyle China Joint Venture Over

first_imgFinnish cargo-handling machinery maker Cargotec has become a sole owner of China Crane Investment Holdings Limited after buying the remainder of the investment company’s shares from CAG Marine Holding Limited, part of Carlyle.Cargotec and CAG Marine jointly owned China Crane Investment Holdings Limited (China Crane), which has owned 18.75% of the shares in Jiangsu Rainbow Heavy Industries (RHI) as at 18 March 2015.Cargotec’s aggregate ownership in RHI remains unchanged at 9.19% and following Carlyle’s exit Cargotec will own 100% of China Crane.Back in July 2011, Cargotec announced plans to establish a joint venture with RHI to strengthen its presence in China.In connection with the establishment of the joint venture Rainbow-Cargotec Industries (RCI), Cargotec strengthened its strategic partnership with RHI by purchasing RHI shares from Carlyle, who owned 100% of China Crane at that time.RCI manufactures port and offshore cranes for Cargotec’s Kalmar and MacGregor business areas.last_img read more

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Are house prices sliding towards a cliff?

first_imgStay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY To continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Subscribe now for unlimited access Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our communitylast_img read more

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Bowman gains new quiver at ACS

first_imgBowman has worked with ACS since its inception in 1990 and has an in depth knowledge of all aspects of the business, says founder and chairman of ACS, Chris Leach.In his new role, Bowman will work in closer conjunction with Leach and focus on the strategic growth of the company.  www.aircharterservice.comlast_img

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