Headlines for April 26 2012 - Daily Hudson Valley News

Headlines for April 26 2012

Apr 26th, 2012 | By | Category: Headlines Off The WALL

MITT ROMNEY IS STILL NOT CALLING HIMSELF THE NOMINEE OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY FOR PRESIDENT.
THERE ARE, FRANKLY SOME ADDITIONAL PRIMARIES AND A CONVENTION IN AUGUST TO DEAL WITH. BUT THE PRESUMPTIVE NOMINEE OF THE G-O-P IN 2012 SAID IN NEW HAMPSHIRE TUESDAY, “A BETTER AMERICA BEGINS TONIGHT,” WHICH COULD BE TAKEN AS A SIGN OF THINGS TO COME. ROMNEY WON PRIMARIES IN NEW YORK AND PENNSYLVANIA, WITH THE BIGGEST DELEGATE PRIZES AMONG FIVE STATES WHERE BALLOTS WERE CAST TUESDAY; ROMNEY ALSO WON IN DELAWARE, CONNECTICUT AND RHODE ISLAND THUS SOLIDIFYING HIS POSITION AS THE LIKELY OPPONENT OF BARACK OBAMA IN NOVEMBER. 95 DELEGATES TO THE AUGUST CONVENTION IN TAMPA WERE UP FOR GRABS IN THE EMPIRE STATE, AND ROMNEY APPEARS TO HAVE MOST OF THEM FIRMLY SEWN UP. NEWT GINGRICH, WHO SAID GOING IN TO TUESDAY’S VOTE THAT HE’D “REASSESS” HIS CAMPAIGN IF HE LOST BIG, DID LOSE BIG YESTERDAY BUT HAS YET TO MAKE ANY ANNOUNCEMENTS SUSPENDING HIS PRESIDENTIAL BID. ROMNEY GAVE A SPEECH BEFORE SUPPORTERS IN MANCHESTER NEW HAMPSHIRE LAST NIGHT WHERE HE CLEARLY BEGAN POSITIONING HIMSELF FOR A GENERAL ELECTION CONTEST AGAINST BARACK OBAMA, REFERRING TO THE PRESIDENT’S “WEAK LEADERSHIP” AND “FALSE PROMISES” DURING HIS TIME IN OFFICE.

A FEW SHORT WEEKS AGO, THE SUPREME COURT HEARD ARGUMENTS IN A CHALLENGE BY SEVERAL STATE GOVERNMENTS — MOST LED BY REPUBLICANS — WHO TOOK EXCEPTION TO CERTAIN PARTS OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, WHICH STILL STANDS AS THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION’S MAJOR LEGISLATIVE ACHIEVEMENT. A NEW AND DIFFERENT SORT OF BATTLE BETWEEN THE PRESIDENT AND A REPUBLICAN STATE GOVERNMENT WILL BE THE FOCUS OF ANOTHER CASE BEFORE THE HIGH COURT, THIS TIME OVER ARIZONA’S S.B. 1070. THAT LAW, PASSED WITH THE BLESSING OF G-O-P GOVERNOR JAN BREWER GIVES EXPANDED POWER TO LOCAL POLICE IN AREAS OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT AND FURTHER GIVES POLICE THE POWER TO DEMAND PAPERS OF ANYONE THEY SUSPECT MAY BE IN THE COUNTRY AND THE GRAND CANYON STATE ILLEGALLY. A TOTAL OF FOUR PROVISIONS IN S.B. 1070 HAVE ALREADY BEEN SUBJECTED TO A CHALLENGE FROM A LOWER COURT, AND THIS CASE NOW BEING PRESENTED BEFORE THE SUPREME WILL ONCE AGAIN PIT SOLICITOR GENERAL DONALD VERRILLI AGAINST PAUL CLEMENT. THOSE SAME ATTORNEYS TOOK PART IN EARLIER ARGUMENTS BY THE HIGH COURT OVER THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT.

IS YOUR STEAK, ROAST OR HAMBURGER SAFE? ONE MAY WELL ASK WITH REPORTS SURFACING OF THE FOURTH-EVER OCCURRENCE OF BOVINE SPONGIFORM ENCEPHALOPATHY — “MAD COW” DISEASE — IN THE UNITED STATES. THE FIRST TIME THE DISEASE BROKE OUT IN 2003 THERE WAS A SIGNIFICANT EFFECT ON REVENUES FROM EXPORTS OF AMERICAN BEEF, DECLINING BY SOME 3 (B) BILLION. JOHN CLIFFORD, THE TOP VETERINARY OFFICER AT THE U-S DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE HAS CALLED OFFICIALS IN NEIGHBORING MEXICO AND CANADA TO ALERT THEM ABOUT AN ANIMAL LOCATED IN CALIFORNIA WITH WHAT’S BEING CALLED AN ‘ATYPICAL’ FORM OF MAD-COW DISEASE. MEXICO AND CANADA ARE THE FIRST AND SECOND LARGEST BUYERS OF AMERICAN BEEF. CLIFFORD SAYS THE AGENCY WILL RELEASE EPIDEMIOLOGICAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE DISCOVERY ONCE MORE IS LEARNED ABOUT THAT CASE IN THE COMING WEEKS.

THE NEW ELECTION CALENDAR IN NEW YORK STATE THIS YEAR IS A BIT OF A JUMBLE, AND YOU CAN THANK THE INACTION BY STATE OFFICIALS ON REDISTRICTING FOR THAT. WITH THE PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY IN NEW YORK STATE NOW RELEGATED TO HISTORY, IT’S TIME TO FOCUS ON JUNE 26TH, WHICH IS THE DATE FOR CONGRESSIONAL PRIMARIES. AND IN WHAT WERE THE DISTRICTS OF OLD LOCALLY REPRESENTED BY DEMOCRAT MAURICE HINCHEY AND REPUBLICAN NAN HAYWORTH, THERE ARE NEW DISTRICT BOUNDARIES AND SOME NEW FACES IN THE REDRAWN 19TH AND 18TH DISTRICTS. HAYWORTH, WHO IS FACING HER FIRST RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN TO REPRESENT THE NEW 18TH DISTRICT WHICH INCLUDES ALL OF ORANGE COUNTY HAS BEEN PLACED ON THE NATIONAL REPUBLICAN CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEE’S “INCUMBENT PROTECTION” LIST, THAT DESIGNATION COMING TUESDAY. WHAT IT MAY MEAN IS AN ACKNOWLEDGEMENT BY REPUBLICANS WHO CONTROL THE HOUSE THAT MAINTAINING THEIR MAJORITY WILL BE DIFFICULT AT BEST THIS YEAR. HAYWORTH RODE INTO OFFICE AS ONE OF SEVERAL FRESHMAN REPUBLICANS ELECTED IN 2010 THAT GAVE THE G-O-P THE UPPER HAND AND GAVE OHIO’S JOHN BOEHNER THE ROLE OF SPEAKER. BOEHNER HIMSELF ADMITTED THIS WEEK THAT HIS FELLOW REPUBLICANS IN THE HOUSE HAVE A BIG CHALLENGE THIS YEAR, AND A LOT OF WORK TO DO IN ORDER TO STAY IN POWER.

THE BOND RESOLUTION APPROVED BY THE ORANGE COUNTY LEGISLATURE’S PHYSICAL SERVICES COMMITTEE MONDAY WAS THE FIRST STEP TOWARD REALIZING COUNTY EXECUTIVE ED DIANA’S LATEST VISION FOR BUILDING A NEW GOVERNMENT CENTER. WHAT HAPPENS BETWEEN NOW AND NEXT THURSDAY’S REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING OF COUNTY LAWMAKERS WILL DETERMINE IF THAT VISION IS REALIZED, OR IF OTHER OPTIONS ARE CONSIDERED TO DEAL WITH REPAIRS TO THE PRESENT BUILDING, OPENED IN 1970 AND VACANT SINCE HURRICANE IRENE AND TROPICAL STORM LEE. OPPOSITION TO DIANA’S 75 (M) MILLION DOLLAR PROPOSAL FOR A NEW BUILDING HAS NOT WANED; THERE WAS A MEETING TUESDAY OF ARCHITECTS WHO HAVE PERFORMED RENOVATIONS TO ANOTHER BUILDING AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS ALSO DESIGNED BY PAUL RUDOLPH WHO CONTEND THAT SIMILAR WORK CAN BE PERFORMED AT THE GOVERNMENT CENTER FOR FAR LESS THAN THE ORIGINAL COST ESTIMATE. THE SAME BOND RESOLUTION WHICH PASSED BY DINT OF LEGISLATURE CHAIR MICHAEL PILMEIER’S TIE BREAKING VOTE ON MONDAY WILL BE CONSIDERED BY THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE WHICH MEETS THIS AFTERNOON. THE SIMPLE FACT THAT THE 14-POINT-SIX (M) MILLION DOLLAR BOND RESOLUTION WAS PRESENTED AT MONDAY’S COMMITTEE MEETING MEANS THAT THE FULL LEGISLATURE GETS TO VOTE ON THE SAME MEASURE WHEN THEY MEET ONE WEEK FROM TOMORROW.

TWO SEPERATE SHOOTING INCIDENTS ARE THE SUBJECT OF CRIMINAL TRIALS, ONE OF WHICH IS UNDERWAY IN ORANGE COUNTY COURT. THE OTHER CASE, WHICH HAS YET TO GO TO TRIAL INVOLVES A TEENAGE GUNMAN, TEVIN WILLIAMS, AGE 16 WHO FACED ARRAIGNMENT ON TUESDAY FOR ATTEMPTED MURDER AND OTHER COUNTS RELATING TO THE SHOOTING OF A 19-YEAR-OLD WOMAN FROM SULLIVAN COUNTY WHO WAS STRUCK IN THE EYE BY A BULLET ALLEGEDLY FIRED FROM WILLIAMS GUN IN THE PARKING LOT OF THE HOWARD JOHNSONS MOTEL ON ROUTE 211 OUTSIDE MIDDLETOWN LAST NOVEMBER. THE VICTIM, ELONA CARTER WAS CRITICALLY WOUNDED. WILLIAMS’ ARRAIGNMENT WAS ON CHARGES CONTAINED IN A GRAND JURY INDICIMENT HANDED UP ON MONDAY. MEANWHILE, IN THE CASE AGAINST A VILLAGE OF FLORIDA MAN, 27-YEAR-OLD TODD SINCLAIR THERE WAS TESTIMONY OFFERED TUESDAY BY WITNESSES TO THE SHOOTING THAT TOOK PLACE IN FEBRUARY OF LAST YEAR WHERE SINCLAIR IS ALLEGED TO HAVE SHOT AND KILLED A 21-YEAR-OLD MAN — RANDY KIZER — IN THE CITY OF PORT JERVIS.

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