Ex-Virginia House speaker files papers to run for governor

RICHMOND, Va. — Former Virginia House Speaker Kirk Cox has filed paperwork with the state to run for governor next year, joining a small field of Republicans looking to enter the race.

Cox, a retired school teacher who has served in the House of Delegates since 1990, on Wednesday filed a “statement of organization” to establish a campaign committee. Cox said he will not formally enter the race until after the presidential election in November.

Cox, 63, was elected as speaker in 2018, but lost that role after Democrats won a majority in both the House and Senate in November. He announced in August that he was seriously considering a run for governor, citing what he called a “vacuum of leadership” created by Democrats.

Cox has criticized Democrats during the current special legislative session, which was called by Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam to deal with the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic and to consider dozens of criminal justice and police reforms in the wake of the killing of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis. Cox has characterized some of the police reforms as “anti-law enforcement.”

In a written statement released Thursday, Cox said the special session has convinced him “that Republicans not only need to put forward a strong candidate that can actually win statewide, but also a series of ideas and policies that will improve lives and livelihoods.”

Cox has strong pro-business and anti-abortion credentials, but also helped push through Medicaid expansion, which conservatives opposed.

Firebrand conservative state Sen. Amanda Chase has announced she’s running for governor. Northern Virginia businessman Pete Snyder may also run.

Republicans have not won a statewide race in Virginia since 2009. Several Democrats, including former Gov. Terry McAuliffe, have either announced they are running or have indicated they might. Virginia law blocks Gov. Northam from running for re-election.

Cox represents the 66th District, which includes Colonial Heights and parts of Chesterfield.

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Package for interior of Sindh on the anvil, says governor – Newspaper

SUKKUR: Sindh Governor Imran Ismail has said that Prime Minister Imran Khan will shortly announce a package for interior of Sindh on the pattern of the package for Karachi.

He told reporters at the residence of a local leader of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf in Rohri near here on Wednesday that those who desired political change in the country should better look for it in their sleep because in reality it was impossible. The government of Imran Khan would complete five-year tenure and Senate election would be held in March, he reiterated.

He dismissed reports about imposition of governor’s rule in Sindh as rumors and said such news were deliberately spread to create chaos despite the fact that Imran Khan had never expressed desire to do so nor had it ever remained under consideration.

He said that opposition parties were busy trying to show their power on the street by taking out rallies after they lost all hope of getting an NRO but the government would never hold any talks with the opposition parties on the issue to help them hide their theft.

He said that the federal government would fully implement what it had announced for Sindh. The federal government was performing its duties in an adequate manner and it would not leave Sindh people alone, he said, adding the prime minister would soon announce a package for interior of Sindh like it did for Karachi.

The governor said that the policy of smart lockdown introduced by the prime minister was at first strongly criticised but now it was being replicated all over the world.

He said that he had arrived there on the prime minister’s directive to lay foundation stone for 43.4-kilometre-long road

being executed by National Highway Authority (NHA), an important part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). The project envisaged construction of addition of two lanes to N-55 National Road (Ratodero- Shikarpur).

Earlier, the governor arrived at Insaf House on Military Road where he was warmly welcomed by PTI leaders. A delegation of Insaf Lawyers Forum (ILF) led by advocate K.B. Kubar met the governor and discussed political issues and problems of lawyers’ community, including appointment of attorney general, housing scheme for ILF members, political victimisation and role of ILF members in bar election.

Later, the governor offered condolence to Syed Ashiq Hussain Shah, elder brother of provincial minister Syed Nasir Hussain Shah, over the death of their mother and attended a luncheon hosted for him by former GDA leader Ghous Bux Khan Mahar on his return from Shikarpur.

He was accompanied by opposition leader in Sindh Assembly Firdous Shamim Naqvi, Haleem Adil Shaikh and others.

Published in Dawn, October 1st , 2020

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New Jersey governor calls YouTubers’ massive party at ‘Jersey Shore’ house an ‘egregious display of knucklehead behavior’

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy again denounced the behavior of partygoers in the state, this time citing a recent house party that drew more than 1,000 guests and resulted in eight arrests.



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“It was irresponsible from top to bottom in every respect,” Gov. Phil Murphy said Wednesday.

“It was irresponsible from top to bottom in every respect,” Murphy said during a press conference Wednesday, calling the party, which was held on Monday night, an “egregious display of knucklehead behavior.”

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The governor explained that young people can have fun — but must continue social distancing and wearing masks, as the US struggles to contain the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

Since mid-August, the percent positivity rate among 14-18 year-olds has grown from 3% to 7%, while for 19-24 year-olds it’s risen from 2.7% to 7.1%, said state health commissioner Judy Persichilli.

“We are continuing to see case numbers climb among young people,” she said. “Many of these cases and clusters are a result of parties and social gatherings.”

Murphy made similar comments in late July, after it took police officers over 5 hours to break up a party with over 700 attendees.

“Come on folks! Come on,” Murphy said at the time. “That’s needlessly putting men and women in uniform and their families at risk.”

Monday’s party took place at a New Jersey boardwalk house featured in MTV’s “Jersey Shore.”

A group of YouTube pranksters, known as the Nelk Boys, organized a promotional event at the house, according to Seaside Heights Police Detective Steve Korman. The party was dispersed at about 9:30 p.m.

The Nelk Boys, who are from Toronto, currently have more than 5.73 million subscribers, according to their YouTube page.

The eight people arrested at the “Jersey Shore” house are between the ages of 18 and 26. Charges included disorderly conduct, obstruction, and resisting arrest, Seaside Heights police said in a press release.

Police also said that “glass bottles and rocks were thrown at officers during and after the arrest” of at least one of the eight people.

“I’m totally disgusted,” Seaside Heights Mayor Anthony Vaz said. “We would never recognize this type of activity in our community.”

The town’s bureau administrator, Christopher Vaz, also told CNN that there was no special event application or municipal approvals of any kind regarding the gathering and that the majority of attendees appeared to be “high school-aged kids.”

“Jersey Shore” member and longtime house owner Danny Merk said he took responsibility for the incident.

“The police handled it perfectly,” Merk said. “It just became crazy.”

The “Nelk Boys” did not respond immediately to CNN’s requests for comment.

As of Wednesday, New Jersey has had 197,792 confirmed cases of Covid-19, and 16,054 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data.



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New Jersey governor: YouTube stars should be ‘taken to task’ over house party

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) on Wednesday condemned the “knucklehead” behavior of the Canadian YouTube stars who hosted a large crowd Monday at the house where “Jersey Shore” was filmed.

Murphy said the so-called Nelk Boys should “be taken to task” over the event in Seaside Heights, according to The Associated Press. The estimated 1,000 attendees were twice the maximum allowed under the Garden State’s coronavirus restrictions

The YouTube troupe rented out the house Monday to promote new merchandise. Murphy said Wednesday that dispersing the crowds required at least seven police departments, and that everyone who was present should seek testing.

Both Murphy and State Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli warned that the virus is on the rise among young people in particular. Persichilli noted that since August, the positivity rate for 14- to 18-year-olds has more than doubled, from 3 percent to 7 percent. The spike among 19- to 24-year-olds has increased even more, from 2.7 percent to 7.1 percent.

Kyle Forgeard, a member of the group, said in a video posted to Twitter Tuesday that accounts of the incident had gotten “twisted,” claiming they “didn’t want to get in trouble” and hired security to disperse any crowds. “Word just spreads like absolute wildfire, especially in these small-ass towns… now that we’ve learned, when COVID is going on, everyone’s bored, people are going to f—ing show up,” he said.

“We really learned after this, we have to accept now … maybe we’re famous,” he added.

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Oregon Governor ‘Still Waiting for a White House Response’ to Request for Wildfire Help

Oregon Governor Kate Brown said the state was “still waiting” to hear from the White House a day after she asked President Donald Trump for help in combating fires covering hundreds of thousands of acres.



a tree with a sunset in the background: The charred remains of the Gates Elementary School are seen after the passage of the Santiam Fire in Gates, Oregon, on September 10, 2020.


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The charred remains of the Gates Elementary School are seen after the passage of the Santiam Fire in Gates, Oregon, on September 10, 2020.

The Democratic lawmaker said she requested that a disaster declaration be signed on Wednesday night, but had yet to hear a response from the Trump administration.

Brown also said that she had asked the Department of Defense to provide Oregon with an “active battalion” of trained firefighters to assist state forces with fires that have caused half a million people to evacuate.

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Appearing at a press briefing last night, the governor said: “We obviously asked for an emergency declaration, that came yesterday. We’re still waiting for White House response.

“We have asked for Department of Defense an active battalion that’s trained in firefighting, and we’re certainly asking other states for national guard assistance.

“I’m also in regular contact with our federal delegation, and Oregon is not the only state facing these weather challenges.”

Brown added that she would encourage authorities to “work across the aisle” to provide assistance to states like Oregon facing “catastrophic emergencies.

Newsweek has contacted the White House for comment and will update this article with any response.

President Trump signed two disaster declarations for California and Iowa in August as the former state was ravaged by wildfires while the latter dealt with heavy damage left in the wake of a severe storm.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency also signed off federal funding for Peurto Rico on Wednesday to assist areas hit by Tropical Storm Isaias in late July.

Oregon officials revealed on Thursday that an estimated half a million Oregonians, more than 10 percent of the state’s population, had been evacuated from their homes as wildfires continued to rip through the West Coast.

Fighterfighters were also reported to be battling a huge 900,000 acres of fire across Oregon alone, with millions more acres impacted in the neighbouring states of California and Washington.

“We are now approaching 900,000 acres burned across the state,” Gov. Brown said at the Thursday press briefing. “To put that number into perspective, in the last 10 years, we see an average of 500,000 acres burn in an entire year. We’ve seen that nearly double in the past three days.

“We have never seen this amount of uncontained fire across our state. We know there are fire-related fatalities, and as soon as we are able to provide confirmed information, we will do so.”

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