Trump supporters in Pennsylvania are furious, and they’re not going away.

first_imgNo evidence exists of fraud, deception or criminality in the tallying of absentee ballots that piled up during the worst health crisis to hit the nation in a century. The state’s Republican-controlled legislature refused to allow those ballots to be processed as they came in, compounding the delays until the race was called on Saturday.But Mr. Tippie, a retired truck driver who imbibed the president’s words partly through Fox News, agreed with Mr. Trump and his surrogates that the election was being stolen before their eyes. He lives in Nanty Glo, Pa., in the interior of the state that the so-called elites in Philadelphia sometimes call “Pennsyltucky.” To Mr. Tippie, Mr. Biden is “a total fool,” his running mate, Kamala Harris, is “a very scary woman,” and a Biden presidency would be both illegitimate and disastrous. – Advertisement – PITTSBURGH — Like many Trump supporters, Dennis Tippie watched the steady tallying of votes that wiped away the president’s early lead in Pennsylvania, not with a faith that democracy was playing out but with dark and rising anger.“If he does end up with that number of electoral votes,’’ he said of President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr., who is on his way to the White House thanks to Pennsylvania on Friday, “he would have gained them through fraud, deception and simple criminality.’’- Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img Instead, Mr. Biden will inherit a country where many Americans are already backed into mutually hostile corners. It threatens the president-elect’s most basic campaign pledge: to unite Americans, to move past divisiveness as a governing strategy, to heal the “soul of the nation.”“I think we’re a long way from unifying the country, and I’m sure that Trump will continue to work on dividing us,” said Catherine Lalonde, the chairwoman of the Democratic Party in Butler County, a blue-collar region in western Pennsylvania.“I don’t believe his supporters will accept Biden’s win and wouldn’t even if it were a larger margin,” she added. “I have a feeling that all the Trump flags and signs will stay put until they disintegrate.” While Mr. Biden pulled off major successes in flipping Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania back to Democrats, and achieved the rare ouster of an incumbent, he did not notch the landslide demolishment of Mr. Trump that many Democrats had yearned for, despite leading in the popular vote by more than four million.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Researchers call for loan shark regulation

first_img3 News 20 Aug 2012Loan sharks charging interest rates of up to 400 percent per  annum are exploiting Maori, Pacific and low income New Zealanders, Otago  University researchers say. The study by the university’s health promotion and policy  research unit in Wellington says the impact of loan sharks in low income suburbs  of South Auckland and other cities is affecting the health and well-being of New  Zealanders. “Loan sharks target and thrive in low income communities  because consumers are borrowing for everyday needs,” says lead researcher  Associate Professor Louise Signal. The study recommends tighter regulation of loan sharks,  including a cap on interest rates at 48 percent per annum, and introduction of  responsible lending requirements. The study also says more work needs to be done to inform  vulnerable communities about financial literacy and the risks involved with loan  sharks and borrowing. read more

MMA Sailors Back On the Water

first_img Hold the pickles and the piercings, please – April 28, 2015 Latest Posts Latest posts by Nicole Ouellette (see all) Bio Kickstarter has lots of gray areas – May 5, 2015center_img The Maine Maritime Academy offshore sailing team trains at home aboard Colgate 26 sloops. Last month, for the second year in a row, the team won the Port of Los Angeles Trophy regatta sailing 37-foot sloops. Later this month the team heads for Annapolis, Md., to race 44-footers at the U.S. Naval Academy.CASTINE — It may be hard to tell if you live where there’s still ice on the cove, but spring has arrived for the Maine Maritime Academy sailing team.MMA sailing coach Tom Brown had his team’s first on-the-water practice scheduled for Monday afternoon. This weekend, the dinghy sailors will head for Newport, R.I., to race in the Wood Trophy regatta hosted by Salve Regina University.The Mariners sail at a considerable disadvantage. Although the ice is scarcely off the water in Downeast Maine, many New England college sailing teams have been on the water for a month or more. This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textWhile the dinghy team tries to stay warm on Newport Harbor, the big-boat sailors will head for California to race in the Los Angeles Harbor Cup regatta on Saturday and Sunday.Hosted by the Los Angeles Yacht Club, this year’s POLA Cup regatta will include teams from the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Naval academies, Northwestern University, the California Maritime Academy, the University of Southern California and California State University. Last year, the Mariners shocked the collegiate saling world by winning the inaugural edition of the intercollegiate big boat regatta on the West Coast. This year the crew will sail with two key changes. Senior Matt Bourque will sail as skipper, replacing Matt Stevens, who graduated last year. T.J. Scott, winner of last year’s collegiate match racing championship, will sail as tactician.For more details pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American. Nicole OuelletteColumnist at Breaking Even CommunicationsWhen Nicole isn’t giving advice she’s completely unqualified to give, she runs an Internet marketing company in Bar Harbor, where she lives with her husband Derrick and their short dog Gidget. She loves young adult novels, cooking and talking French to anyone who’ll talk back. [email protected] Ask Nicole: What do I do about ignorant Internet commenters? – April 21, 2015last_img read more