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Business briefs: Walk-in ballot help now available for BID election 18.10.2014 Steamboat Pilot
Downtown commercial property owners and tenants who haven't automatically gotten their ballots in the mail to vote in the downtown business improvement district tax election can request and receive them here in Steamboat. Mainstreet Steamboat Springs Manager Tracy Barnett said she will be able to accept ballot request forms and give out ballots until 7 p.m. Nov. 4 at her office at in the Sequoia building at 141 Ninth St. Barnett said the preferred method for voters still is to send and receive ballot forms to the designated election official in Denver. Voters who have questions or who want to make an appointment to do ballot paperwork can contact Barnett at 970-846-1800 or at tracy@mainstreetsteamboat.com . Only commercial property owners who are registered to vote in the state and whose property is registered in their name and not an entity like a business or corporation automatically will receive a ballot in the mail. Broker gets new designation Colorado Group Realty real estate broker and owner Martin ...
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Business briefs: Downtown stakeholders can get BID tax ballots at walk-in location in Steamboat Springs 5.10.2014 Steamboat Pilot
Walk-in ballot help available Starting Oct. 13, downtown commercial property owners and tenants who don't automatically get their ballots in the mail to vote in the downtown business improvement district tax election will be able to request and receive them here in Steamboat. Mainstreet Steamboat Springs Manager Tracy Barnett said she will be able to accept ballot request forms and give out ballots until 7 p.m. Nov. 4 at her office at in the Sequoia building at 141 Ninth St. Barnett said the preferred method for voters still is to send and receive ballot forms to the designated election official in Denver. Voters who have questions or who want to make an appointment to do ballot paperwork can reach Barnett at 970-846-1800 or at tracy@mainstreetsteamboat.com. Only commercial property owners who are registered to vote in the state and whose property is registered in their name and not an entity like a business or corporation automatically will receive a ballot in the mail in mid-October. To learn more ...
Tanzania to ban public officials from holding private sector jobs 2.10.2014 World
By Kizito Makoye DAR ES SALAAM (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In response to a growing outcry over corruption and abuse of office, Tanzania is working on a new law to ban elected leaders and civil servants from using their position to build business empires and enrich themselves. The law is intended to end numerous scandals that have arisen in the absence of a clear definition of conflict of interest. ...
How to vote in the upcoming downtown BID tax election 1.10.2014 Steamboat Pilot
Emailed to mcarter@spencerfane.com Casting ballots in the upcoming downtown business improvement tax election will be a bit complicated for some commercial property owners and tenants. The owners and tenants soon will be casting their ballots and deciding whether to impose a property tax increase of 4 mills on commercial property owners in the district to pay for maintenance and improvements downtown. The special election is mail-in only, and not everyone who is eligible to vote will automatically receive a ballot. Here's a breakdown of how it will work for the property owners, tenants and landlords who can vote in the district. If you're a downtown commercial property owner who is registered to vote in the state and the property is listed in your name, the process should be simple and you can expect to have a ballot arrive in your mailbox sometime between Oct. 13 and 22. Fill it out, sign the back and either mail it to the address included or plan on dropping it off at the Mainstreet Steamboat Springs ...
Blogging History: Painting characters on coin-heads; UK wants brawl-proof pint glasses; EFF kicks Diebold's ass 28.9.2014 Boing Boing

One year Coins painted as fictional characters: Andre Levy, a designer in Frankfurt, likes to paint coins.

Five years Britain seeks ban on glass pint-glasses to prevent bar-brawl injuries: The British Home Office is looking for proposals to make it harder to attack people with pint-glasses, including a mandate that all pint sleeves be made from plastic, or coated with shatter-resistant plastic.

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Tanzania police arrest several people in opposition protests 27.9.2014 Yahoo: Top Stories
By Fumbuka Ng'wanakilala DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) - Protests broke out in at least two Tanzanian towns, after opposition leaders called for nationwide demonstrations to oppose an assembly writing the country's constitution, leading to the arrest of several protesters, police said on Saturday.     The main opposition Chadema party called the protests after the government rejected calls to dissolve the Constituent Assembly, which is expected to pass a new constitution next week, the first salvo ahead of elections next year. ...
Tanzania's main opposition party plans nationwide protests 23.9.2014 Yahoo: Top Stories
By Fumbuka Ng'wanakilala DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) - Tanzania's main opposition party called on Monday for protests this week after the ruling party rejected calls that include changing the way the nation is governed under a constitution now being drawn up, an early salvo before elections next year.     The opposition party, Chadema, and its smaller allies are trying to challenge the dominance of Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM), the party which has been in power since Tanzania's independence in 1961. The assembly drawing up a new constitution has become a battleground. ...
Cheers and Jeers: Wednesday 10.9.2014 Daily Kos
From the GREAT STATE OF MAINE… Today's Boring Correction In calling for a boycott of the Target chain of stores because the company now supports marriage rights for same-sex couples, the American Family Association writes : [E]very Christian in this nation should let Target know it is out of step with the majority of Americans who support natural marriage. Let's check some 2014 poll results and see what percent of Americans are for marriage equality and against it: Gallup : 55% For vs. 42% Against. Money quote: Same-Sex Marriage Support Reaches New High. McClatchy-Marist : 54% For vs. 38% Against. Money quote: A solid majority support same-sex marriage, confirming the fast-turning tide that’s started appearing over the last three years. CBS News : 54% For vs. 39% Against. Money quote: Hispanics are more in step with a majority of Americans on the issue of same sex marriage. More Hispanics think same-sex marriage should be legal (50 percent) than not legal (44 percent). ABC News-Washington Post : 56% For ...
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Three of the five candidates for Sequoia Healthcare District board want to dissolve the agency 16.8.2014 San Jose Mercury News: Peninsula
An incumbent and two challengers in the race for three seats on the Sequoia Healthcare District Board of Directors say they want to dissolve the district, which originally was established to build and operate Sequoia Hospital.
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Bonds, parcel taxes pass to help Peninsula, South Bay, Santa Cruz County schools 5.6.2014 San Jose Mercury News: Local News
Keeping with their record of staunchly supporting local school funding, South Bay, Peninsula and Santa Cruz County voters passed nearly a dozen school tax measures on the ballot.
Voters passing bonds, taxes 4.6.2014 San Jose Mercury News: San Jose/Valley
Keeping with their record of staunchly supporting local school funding, South Bay, Peninsula and Santa Cruz County voters appeared to be passing nearly a dozen school tax measures on the ballot, early returns Tuesday showed.
Sequoia district wins $256 million bond measure to improve high schools 4.6.2014 San Jose Mercury News: News
Voters in the Sequoia Union High School District on Tuesday apparently approved a $256 million bond measure to add classrooms, improve facilities, upgrade technology and possibly build two small schools.
South Bay, Peninsula schools seeks taxes and bonds for teaching, materials, classrooms 28.5.2014 San Jose Mercury News: Education
Families with children are flocking to the affluent areas of Silicon Valley, and school officials are scrambling to house all those arriving at classroom doors. Ten local school tax measures will appear on June 3 ballots, six in Santa Clara County and four in San Mateo County.
Scots top all-league softball voting 22.5.2014 San Jose Mercury News: Peninsula
From Daily News DispatchesCarlmont-Belmont's Rebecca Faulkner earned some of the biggest hardware in all-league voting by softball coaches in the Peninsula Athletic League.
Spotlight on Green News & Views: Yosemite scenes, attacking fracking, solar on every roof—in India 22.5.2014 Daily Kos
Glacier National Park Many environmentally related posts appearing at Daily Kos each week don't attract the attention they deserve. To help get more eyeballs, Spotlight on Green News & Views  (previously known as the Green Diary Rescue) appears twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The most recent Saturday Spotlight can be seen here . So far, more than 17,500 environmentally oriented diaries have been rescued for inclusion in this weekly collection since 2006. Inclusion of a diary in the Spotlight does not necessarily indicate my agreement with or endorsement of it. Yosemite National Park - My Adventure —by elfling: "150 years ago, June 30, 1864, in the midst of the Civil War, the US Congress and Abraham Lincoln were convinced to set aside the first wild land in American history - Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoia trees. This act paved the way for the entire American National Park system, and to the creation of Yellowstone as America's first National Park. (The protected areas ...
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Opposition to new Libyan PM may scupper oil port deal 9.5.2014 World
By Ulf Laessing and Ahmed Elumami TRIPOLI (Reuters) - A Libyan government deal to reopen major oil ports controlled by rebels looks likely to unravel as the appointment of a new Islamist-backed prime minister fuels distrust that is eroding support for the accord. Ahmed Maiteeq, a hotel entrepreneur in his 40s little known abroad, took office on Sunday as Libya's third premier in just two months after a chaotic parliamentary vote. The questionable voting procedure and a lack of broad support for Maiteeq - lawmakers took a month to pick him from seven candidates - highlight his weakness and will encourage Libya's fractured political groups to oppose him, analysts say.
Libyan rebels occupying oil ports refuse to deal with new PM 7.5.2014 Yahoo: Top Stories
By Ayman al-Warfalli BENGHAZI Libya (Reuters) - Rebels occupying major oil ports in eastern Libya said on Wednesday they would not deal with new Prime Minister Ahmed Maiteeq, a stance that could threaten efforts to reopen the terminals in the OPEC producer. Maiteeq's predecessor Abdullah al-Thinni had reached an agreement with the rebels to reopen four of the ports, though only the smaller ones, Hariga and Zueitina, have been handed over to government forces. Both sides had agreed to hold further talks over the larger Ras Lanuf and Es Sider exports terminals. "We refuse to deal with Ahmed Maiteeq ... Maiteeq came to power illegally," rebel spokesman Ali Hasi said, without ...
Optical-Scan Vote Tabulators Failed in Last Month's U.S. House Special Election in FL 7.5.2014 BradBlog
While today was Primary Election Day in North Carolina, Indiana and Ohio, we're just now learning about electronic vote tabulators which failed in last month's special election for the U.S. House in Florida, according to Fox4, WFTX-TV in Fort Myers/Naples, Florida... LEE COUNTY, Fla. - Four In Your Corner has learned ...
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Gun Safety Proponent Cites 'Fool-Proof' E-Voting Systems in SUPPORT of 'Smart Gun' Technology(!) 6.5.2014 BradBlog
On Monday night's All In with Chris Hayes on MSNBC, New Jersey State Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg joined Hayes to discuss "smart gun" legislation she helped pass in her state. But it was the curious assertion by a supporter of the technology, claiming that electronic voting machines are now ...
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This Day in Blogging History: Scarfolk, trapped in a 1969-79 loop; Meat business-cards; Leaked memo reveals Diebold's illegal voting machines 23.4.2014 Boing Boing
One year ago today Wyndhamesque missives from Scarfolk, an English horror-town trapped in a 1969-79 loop: I'm loving the Scarfolk site, where "Dr R Littler" chronicles the mysteries of an English town stuck in a Wyndham-esque loop betwen 1969 and ...
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