The guns outside election offices are bad enough, but Barr wants guns inside the counting process

first_imgNote the wide range of activities suggested in this letter. It’s not just that you can send someone with a gun down to “investigate” the not-so-violent crime of potential voter fraud, you can send an armed federal agent to “prevent” crimes that haven’t happened. In other words … you can stand someone in to fiddle with the safety on their Glock while the elderly woman in front of them tries to decide if that mark for Joe Biden is dark enough to count. Do you think so, ma’am? Do you really think so?The raft of frivolous lawsuits being cranked out by Trump are being thrown out of court left and right, but Barr doesn’t need to go before a judge to make a request for adding some real heavy metal to the voting process. By a complete coincidence, the letter telling federal prosecutors to send forth their troops came just before Trump issued a statement saying: “We want all voting to stop.” When someone asks why the process is going so slowly, the answer might be that it’s difficult to work when you’re genuinely “under the gun.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement – As The New York Times reports, Barr’s Wednesday letter practices some very careful lawyering. Election law actually does prohibit the positioning of armed federal officers at polling stations, because legislators rightly perceived that having someone in uniform standing over voters with a rifle lent things a very developing-world appearance. In addition to looking bad, it’s simply bad.But the hairsplitter general determined that just because you can’t direct a barrel at voters when they’ve got their pens over a ballot doesn’t mean you can’t wring some sweat out of the person trying to read the ballot. As the Department of Justice letter notes, election law “does not prevent armed federal law enforcement persons from responding to, investigate, or prevent federal crimes at closed polling places or at other locations where votes are being counted.”- Advertisement –last_img read more

Governor Wolf and Transportation, Emergency Management Provide Update on Winter Storm

first_img January 23, 2016 Governor Wolf and Transportation, Emergency Management Provide Update on Winter Storm Blizzard 2016,  Press Release,  PSA,  Weather Safety Harrisburg, PA – With much of Pennsylvania in the midst of a winter storm, Governor Tom Wolf, and the state Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) advised that while crews and staff have been working through the storm, hazardous conditions will persist throughout the day. There is also an ongoing, multi-agency response to a backlog of cars on I-76 near Somerset, where emergency personnel have performed multiple driver checks.“The safety of Pennsylvanians is my top priority, as many areas across Pennsylvania have been hit hard by this storm, which features heavy snow falling at a fast rate” said Governor Wolf. “First responders from multiple state, county and local agencies are working together to address issues and ensure people are safe. Hazardous conditions will persist throughout the day and we are urging people to stay off the roadways for their own safety and to allow PennDOT to clear the snow.”I-76 Response and Driver ChecksAs westbound tractor trailers became unable to climb a hill toward the Allegheny tunnels, traffic backed up behind them. As progress was made to clear the initial stranded trucks, other trucks also became unable to go up the hill. This caused a backlog for all vehicles. Due to the backlog, emergency crews are unable to get heavy–duty tow trucks to the scene to clear the disabled trucks. The backlog also prevents Turnpike road crews from being able to clear the snow for motorists.Plan X was instituted by PSP and the Turnpike overnight to start turning people around, and having cars exit turnpike in opposite direction. There are more than 135 first responders on the scene. Plan X is the method by which the Turnpike Commission, in emergency situations such as multiple vehicle accidents, closes certain sections of the Turnpike and reroutes traffic around the affected sections.When the backlog was reported, PEMA contacted Somerset/Bedford emergency management to add extra resources for driver checks by first responders on ATVs. There are five fire departments, including Shanksville, Berlin, Shawnee Valley, New Baltimore, and Somerset, and Pennsylvania State Police personnel performing driver checks. Every car has been checked multiple times.The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is refueling cars that are low on fuel so they can keep heat running in their cars. There is a warming shelter at the Bedford exit, with additional EMS on standby there. The National Guard, as a second responder, has been deployed with shovels, MREs, water and chains to assist with driver checks and stuck cars.PennDOT Vehicle and Speed RestrictionsBeginning at 8:00 A.M. due to extreme winter road conditions, PennDOT is temporarily restricting certain vehicles from Interstates across the southern sections of Pennsylvania.The purpose of the ban is to help ensure the interstates remain open during the most challenging conditions of the winter storm. When conditions improve, PennDOT will remove the travel restrictions.“PennDOT has more than 2,200 trucks statewide to battle winter weather and many of them have been working since before the storm to treat the roads, but travel is still hazardous in many areas and should be avoided if possible,” PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards said. “The high accumulations coupled with strong winds will make visibility and road conditions very difficult.”The types of vehicles prohibited from traveling on the interstate highways in the region are:Empty straight trucks;Large Combination Vehicles (tandem trailers and doubles);Tractors hauling empty trailers;Trailers pulled by passenger vehicles;Motorcycles; andRecreational Vehicles, or RVs.Due to the winter storm, PennDOT has temporarily reduced speeds to 45 mph on:·       Interstate 80 in Clearfield, Centre, Clinton, Union, Montour and Columbia counties.·       Interstate 95 in Delaware and Bucks counties and Philadelphia.·       Interstate 676 in Philadelphia·       Interstate 476 in Delaware and Montgomery counties·       Interstate 76 in Philadelphia and Montgomery counties.·       Interstate 78 in Lebanon, Berks, Lehigh and Northampton counties·       Interstate 176 in Berks County.·       Interstate 81 in Franklin, Cumberland, Dauphin, and Lebanon counties.·       Interstate 83 in York, Cumberland and Dauphin counties·       Interstate 283 in Dauphin County.·       Interstate 70 in Washington, Westmoreland, Bedford and Fulton counties·       Interstate 79 in  Greene, Washington, Allegheny and Beaver counties.·       Interstate 279 in Allegheny County·       Interstate 376 in Allegheny, Beaver and Lawrence counties.·       Interstate 579 in Allegheny County.·       US 322 in Juniata and Mifflin counties.·       US 422 in Berks and Montgomery counties·       Route 581 in Cumberland County·       The Pennsylvania Turnpike has restricted doubles, empties and towed trailers.With each PennDOT plow having an average of 40 miles to cover on its plow route, it takes a few hours to return to the route’s start point on interstates and expressways, or longer during heavier accumulations and on lower-traffic roadways. During periods of heavy snowfall, several inches of snow will accumulate on roads before a plow returns to clear it.PEMA Weather UpdatePennsylvania Emergency Management Agency reports that winter storm conditions continue across the commonwealth this morning.  The storm system is expected to remain particularly intense with snowfall rates of 1-2” per hour through midday before tapering a bit by early afternoon.  A sharp cutoff in snow continues around the I-80 corridor.  Snow should exit the Commonwealth by late Saturday evening.  Colder air has produced a more powdery snow, which will combine with winds to produce blowing snow hazards that will continue well after midnight.  Snow totals around two feet or more remain possible south of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.The winter storm’s high winds and snowfall rates pose potential risks beyond travel, and PEMA has been working around the clock to assist local emergency management agencies, other state agencies and law enforcement.Pennsylvania residents can visit for travel information such as incidents, winter road conditions and to view traffic cameras. The public can also track more than 700 department and contracted trucks on interstates and expressways statewide with the site’s new “Plow Trucks” option.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Local talent infuses Syracuse with familiarity

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 10, 2014 at 12:10 am Contact Paul: | @pschweds It’s all about who you know in Syracuse women’s soccer.Freshman midfielder Eva Gordon was a ball girl for Syracuse when she was 10 years old. Freshman defender Alexis Muraco was coached by Jackie Firenze’s mother, Kelly, in fifth grade. Junior defender Taylor Haenlin’s childhood babysitter, Chelsea Berry, played for the Orange from 2006–09.It goes on and on.Syracuse is chock-full of central New York connections. Ten players on the 2014 roster are from New York, five went to high schools with a “315” Syracuse area code and a handful played for the Syracuse Lady Knights this past summer.Head coach Phil Wheddon is snatching local talent while trying to grow a competitive squad and it could pay dividends in the Orange’s (3-1-2) second year in the Atlantic Coast Conference.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“When you play together over the summer, it adds to your chemistry,” Wheddon said. “You get to have an understanding and a feel for what the player’s going to do.”Gordon played with senior forward Alexis Koval at nearby Christian Brothers Academy and originally thought she’d leave the area for college. But after Jackie and Emma Firenze — who, like Gordon, Muraco and Haenlin played for the Empire United club team in central New York — joined Syracuse, they persuaded her to give it a chance. Gordon played with the Firenzes throughout much of her childhood and knew it was the right fit when she looked at the school.When Gordon played in her first home game for the Orange against Connecticut on Sept. 1, she searched the crowd to see where her parents were sitting — which she’s always done for local games.“There’s something about having local support and your parents, you know they’re at the game,” Gordon said. “So it’s kind of awesome.”Through six games, Gordon has started four times and is transitioning from outside forward to center midfield to play alongside Jackie Firenze. She was joined by Muraco in overtime of the Connecticut game, another local talent who didn’t need the same push to come to SU.Gordon has played with Muraco since around fifth grade and Muraco has been attending Syracuse soccer games since middle school. Now she plays in them.“I always wanted to be close to home,” Muraco said. “It worked out perfectly.”This year’s incoming recruiting class was ranked 17th nationwide by and Muraco says it’s the best class since she’s been following the team.Having players that are familiar with each other has proved beneficial, Wheddon said. Not only did SU have players on the Lady Knights, but about 15 players in total were in the area to train over the summer.Mike Paolini, who coaches the Lady Knights and is the director of soccer for Syracuse Development Academy, said that it gives him great joy to be able to drive 15 miles and see his players at the SU Soccer Stadium.Against Connecticut at SU Soccer Stadium, a few young fans in the crowd wore Syracuse Development Academy jerseys. And while the current batch of local products competed on the field, the next wave may have been sitting in the stands.“We’re the top university in the area and no disrespect to any other program,” Wheddon said. “So we want to make sure that the best players in central New York come to Syracuse. If they can play at the ACC level, we would like to have them here.” Commentslast_img read more