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

German pension fund laments IORP II Directive’s impact on costs

first_imgThe pension fund for German construction workers has expressed growing concerns over the cost of reforms in the revised IORP Directive.Under the IORP II Directive, published earlier this year, pension funds must provide members with additional information on their benefits with a standardised annual pension benefit statement (PBS) on two pages.Peter Gramke, head of Internal Audit at SOKA-BAU, a supplementary pension plan for construction workers, said: “This could cause problems and increase costs significantly.”He said it was still unclear whether all prior employers would have to be listed on the PBS, which could “take up a lot of space” considering the mobility of workers in his industry. “And the European Commission still has to set the font size for the information,” he noted jokingly.According to Gramke, the information requirements are too geared towards pure defined contribution schemes and fail to allow EU member states to adjust them to their national specifics.“It is unlikely the additional information is really ‘value for money’ for the members,” he said.The PBS was drafted by the European Commission to support worker mobility. In the explanatory memorandum of its IORP II proposal, it stated that the common template would be “a basis to feed information into a potential (EU-wide) pension tracking service”.Regarding pillar II of the new Directive on risk assessment regulations, Gramke said he was less worried, as in Germany, the MARisk (Minimum Requirements for Risk Management) has been in place for several years now.“But it remains to be seen how much EIOPA will be interfering with national supervision,” he said.He argued that the pillar II risk assessment was a “kind of ORSA”, but only qualitatively not quantitatively as the Own Risk and Solvency Assessment required from insurers under pillar I of Solvency II.“What might, however, be a problem is the assessment of the Directive four years after its entry into force already when quantitative elements might be introduced after all,” Gramke said.This fear has been voiced by others in the German pensions industry since publication of the IORP II Directive.last_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014

first_imgWellington Police notes for Thursday, January 30, 2014:•8:23 a.m. Officers investigated a theft in the 600 block E. Lincoln, Wellington.•2:28 p.m. Officers took a report of an unattended death in the 400 block S. C, Wellington.last_img

Winter Storm Warning in effect for listening area overnight tonight to Wednesday evening

first_imgMitchell-Howard-Floyd-Wabasha-Dodge-Olmsted-Winona-Mower-Fillmore-Buffalo-Including the cities of Osage, Cresco, Charles City, Wabasha,Dodge Center, Rochester, Winona, Austin, Preston, and Alma335 AM CST Tue Feb 19 2019…WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 3 AM TO 6 PM CSTWEDNESDAY…* WHAT…Heavy snow. Total snow accumulations of 5 to 7 inches expected.* WHERE…Portions of west central Wisconsin, north central and northeast Iowa and southeast Minnesota.* WHEN…From 3 AM to 6 PM CST Wednesday.* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Travel could be very difficult at times. The hazardous conditions will impact the morning commute.PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…A Winter Storm Warning for snow means severe winter weatherconditions will make travel hazardous. If you must travel, keepan extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of anemergency.The latest road conditions for Iowa can be found on-line, in Minnesota at, and in Wisconsin or by calling 5 1 1. .Another winter storm will impact much of Iowa late this afternooninto Wednesday. Beginning late this afternoon, snow will developover southwestern Iowa, and move northeast through the eveningand overnight. The snow will fall heavily at times through thenight before gradually tapering off and moving out Wednesdayafternoon. Although winds will remain fairly light, visibilitywill be significantly reduced during periods of intense snowfalland road conditions will rapidly deteriorate tonight.IAZ004>007-015>017-023>027-037-038-210000-/O.UPG.KDMX.WS.A.0003.190220T0600Z-190220T2100Z//O.NEW.KDMX.WS.W.0008.190220T0600Z-190221T0000Z/Emmet-Kossuth-Winnebago-Worth-Palo Alto-Hancock-Cerro Gordo-Pocahontas-Humboldt-Wright-Franklin-Butler-Hardin-Grundy-Including the cities of Estherville, Algona, Forest City,Lake Mills, Northwood, Manly, Emmetsburg, Garner, Britt, Kanawha,Mason City, Clear Lake, Pocahontas, Laurens, Rolfe, Fonda,Gilmore City, Humboldt, Eagle Grove, Clarion, Belmond, Hampton,Parkersburg, Clarksville, Shell Rock, Greene, Aplington, Allison,Dumont, Iowa Falls, Eldora, Ackley, Grundy Center, Reinbeck,Conrad, Dike, and Wellsburg329 AM CST Tue Feb 19 2019…WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 6 PMCST WEDNESDAY…* WHAT…Heavy snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 5 to 8 inches expected.* WHERE…Northwestern to North-Central Iowa.* WHEN…From midnight tonight to 6 PM CST Wednesday.* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Travel could be very difficult. The hazardous conditions could impact the Wednesday morning commute.PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…A Winter Storm Warning for snow means severe winter weatherconditions will make travel very hazardous or impossible. If youmust travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in yourvehicle in case of an emergency.The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from canbe obtained by calling 5 1 1. ========last_img read more