Family demands justice for man shot by Police

first_imgInjured: Patrick GoodluckA 25-year old man is now battling for his life at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) after he was shot by ranks of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) on Saturday at his Sophia, Greater Georgetown home.Injured is Patrick Goodluck of Lot T 72 North Sophia, Greater Georgetown, who was shot to his back at about 17:00h on Saturday after returning from the sea wall. His sister, NakacIe Goodluck told Guyana Times that she was at home when she heard screams and upon running outside she saw a huge crowd of people, shouting to inform her that her brother was shot.She said she and other relatives headed for the Prashad Nagar Police outpost where they were informed that the man was taken to the Sparendaam Police Station to be “cleaned up.” However she said she was told that her brother was crying out for pains and he was subsequently taken to GPHC.“When they bring him now they just drop him off, leave an officer to guard he and gone. They ain’t tellin us what he get shoot,” she told this publication.Goodluck, who is currently unemployed, underwent a surgery on Tuesday to remove the bullet which struck his spine. He remains a patient in the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU).His sister explained when she visited her brother and tried speaking to him he was unresponsive but awake.The man’s sister was almost moved to tears as she complained, “I need justice for my brother,” the woman said.The GPF’s Public Relations Officer, Jairam Ramlakhan when contacted referred all questions to the East Coast Commander, Calvin Brutus. Commander Brutus on the other hand said he could not relay any information into the investigation.last_img read more

Blackburn vs Aston Villa: Championship match preview

first_imgBlackburn and Aston Villa will both be looking to bounce back from 4-1 defeats when they meet at Ewood Park on Saturday.Newly-promoted Rovers saw their bright start ended at Bristol City before the international break, while Villa’s heavy defeat to Sheffield United at Bramall Lane piled the pressure on manager Steve Bruce, who is without a win in his last five games. EFL result impact Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship 3 Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack LATEST CHAMPIONSHIP NEWS Everton loanee Bolasie could make his first Villa appearance 3 Blackburn have been without Bradley Dack in recent weeks, while Jacob Davenport is yet to make his debut for the club following a hip issue.And Rovers boss Tony Mowbray will definitely be without Dominic Samuel who is set to miss the rest of the season with a cruciate ligament injury.Predicted XIsBlackburn: Raya; Nyambe, Lenihan, Mulgrew, Bell; Smallwood, Evans; Bennett, Armstrong, Palmer; GrahamAston Villa: Nyland; Elmohamady, Tuanzebe, Chester, Hutton; Whelan, McGinn, Grealish; Kodja, Abraham, Bolasie 3 Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ REPLY Blackburn could be without star man Dack GREAT NEWS goalless Bruce is under pressure after his side’s poor run of form Leeds lose at Fulham, West Brom held, Charlton’s winless run continues Speaking after the defeat at Bramall Lane, Bruce said: “We always had it in our mind that we want him ready for after the international break.“He’s making huge strides out there. We’re quietly confident that he’ll be ready for Blackburn.”Felllow winger Albert Adomah is expected to be back in contention after missing the Sheffield United defeat due to a back spasm, while striker Scott Hogan has returned to training after a groin problem. Bannan penalty helps Sheffield Wednesday strengthen grip on play-off place The two sides sit neck and neck in the Championship on nine points and will hope to have benefited from two weeks away from domestic football.Where can I listen to Blackburn vs Aston Villa?The match will be live on talkSPORT2 at 5.30pm on Saturday, September 15.Team newsVilla will be hoping to call on marquee summer signing Yannick Bolasie for the first time since his loan move from Everton. ROUND-UP Cardiff and Preston play out stalemate in Championship early kick-off stalemate Hull defender MacDonald given all-clear after battle with bowel cancerlast_img read more

Woman can keep home on reserve even though she is not a

first_imgHALIFAX – A Nova Scotia judge says the widow of a former First Nations chief can stay in their family home on reserve land even though she is not a member of the band or a status Indian.Marlene Toney’s occupancy became an issue for the Annapolis Valley First Nation because, under the Indian Act, reserve lands are held by the federal Crown in trust for the exclusive benefit of First Nation bands.As well, the band pointed out in court there are 25 band members on a waiting list for housing.Justice Gregory Warner of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia, in a decision released Thursday, concluded Toney can stay in the home west of Kentville, N.S., mainly because a 2013 federal statute recognizes the equality rights of spouses in such situations, regardless of gender, race or ethnic origin.Warner said the Family Homes on Reserves and Matrimonial Interests or Rights Act was introduced to fill a legislative gap with respect to property rights between spouses living on reserves when they separate or one of them dies.“Clearly, when Parliament passed the (act) and recognized the matrimonial status of both partners, irrespective of whether both were First Nation members or Indians, it was an intentional modification to … the Indian Act,” Warner wrote in his decision.The home in question was built in 1979 for former chief Lawrence Toney and his first wife with a $23,000 federal grant.Reserve lands are not owned by individuals, but rather by the band as a whole. However, the band can vote to grant individuals so-called Certificates of Possession.Lawrence Toney obtained such a certificate in 1998.His second wife, Marlene Toney, has lived in the home since 1986.Over the 30 years that the couple occupied the home, they spent over $140,000 of their own money on permanent improvements.Lawrence Toney, who was chief of the First Nation in the 1990s, died in July 2016.The only substantial asset in his estate was the 1,600-square-foot home and the Certificate of Possession for the land on which it sits.In his will, Lawrence left his entire estate, including the certificate, to his second wife.Marlene Toney, now 56, was an active member of the reserve community for many years until her multiple sclerosis became too severe.Today, she lives alone in the house, and her only income is $775 a month from a disability pension and her husband’s Canada Pension Plan.More importantly, she is not eligible to obtain the Certificate of Possession because she is not a member of the Annapolis Valley First Nation.She told the court that if she is forced out of the home, she has no other place to live and will seek social assistance.The judge noted that her occupancy of the “immaculate, well-maintained” home would not be an issue for the First Nation if she was a band member.Still, Warner considered that the 291-member First Nation is facing a growing demand for housing on its land.Katrina Toney, Lawrence Toney’s youngest daughter from his first marriage, filed an affidavit stating that she has been on the waiting list for housing on the reserve for almost 20 years.But Warner decided Marlene Toney should be able to stay in the house indefinitely.“The applicant is 56. She has no other place to live and is physically not well, with her needs being provided for within the community and in the family home she has occupied for 32 years,” his decision says.“The totality of the circumstances dictates that the only fair outcome is to grant an order for exclusive occupation.”last_img read more

New Service Aims to Help Publishers Bypass Google

first_imgWhile the debate over “Google: Friend or Foe” continues with magazine and online content publishers, a new service from MashLogic offers publishers a way to keep readers at their sites without having to look up related topics on Google or Bing. MashLogic has developed two semantic tools, “2Stay” and “2Go,” that identify and link to related topics and terms. “If you’re interested in a certain topic like sports or music, this would automatically identify links to those topics like players and teams or performers,” said CEO Ranjit Padmanabhan.” The service is customizable for the host site. On Goal.com, a soccer-dedicated site and early MashLogic client, a series of red dots are visible under linkable terms which take the reader to other contextually relevant articles at the site. MashLogic is currently on 14 of Goal’s international language sites and in front of approximately 10 million monthly uniques. “This offers the ability to expose the reader to additional content,” said vice president of business development John Bryan. “There is a great degree of positive churn with stories and we’re making older content relevant by bringing it in front of the user. This also reinforces the relevance of your brand to the user and can increasing page clickthrough and time on site, which leads to higher CPMs and advertiser satisfaction.” Bryan said the tool has particular appeal for publishers in three areas: fast-moving news, celebrity stories and sports. Past articles can be presented in a vertical timeline or horizontally across different categories. In a demo for the NewYorkTimes.com, the term “Meryl Streep” on the home page generated 10 related stories in the past seven days that had been on the site across blogs, movie reviews, fashion, finance and celebrity. The minimum requirement for a publisher is to have an RSS feed which they can turn over to MashLogic for indexing, as well as implementation of a few lines of java script. Publishers can also restrict certain terms (such as the name of a competitive site). “We have found MashLogic to be a valuable tool in both retaining users on Goal.com and encouraging them to return to the site for access to related content,” said Ron Elwell, president and COO of Goal.com. “We generate upwards of 60,000 articles each month, and MashLogic encourages our visitors to read and engage more with them. It also diverts users back towards Goal.com in coordination with our content, and the tool is in line with our aim of equipping each user with the functionality to seek out information.”Free To Publishers (With an Eye on Revenue Sharing) MashLogic is currently free to publishers and is looking at developing a revenue share model on product links to sites such as iTunes and Amazon, as well as product sales (such as a soccer jersey) on sites like Goal.com.last_img read more

Michael Jackson Musical To Land On Broadway In 2020

first_imgNews The new stage production will highlight the life and music of the “King Of Pop”Nate HertweckGRAMMYs Jun 19, 2018 – 8:56 am The Michael Jackson Estate has partnered with Columbia Stage Live to develop a new stage musical inspired by the life and music of Michael Jackson. The show is set to arrive on Broadway sometime in 2020, and the score will include some of Jackson’s most influential hits such as “Thriller,” “Smooth Criminal,” “Beat It,” and “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough,” the song that earned Jackson his first career GRAMMY for Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male at the 22nd GRAMMY Awards.  Michael Jackson Musical To Land On Broadway In 2020 Facebook Twitter Michael Jackson Musical Coming To Broadway michael-jackson-musical-land-broadway-2020 Email NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 15, 2017 – 1:50 am Michael Jackson GRAMMY memories While the show’s title and the theatre that will host it were not revealed, some of the key contributors have been announced. Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage is on board to write the book and Tony Award-winning ballet superstar Christopher Wheeldon will handle choreography, according to Variety.The new show follows a slew of so-called “jukebox musicals” featuring the life and works of music artists, including “Jersey Boys” (The Four Seasons), “On Your Feet” (Gloria Estefan), “Summer: The Donna Summer Musical,” and “Beautiful: The Carol King Musical,” which won two Tony Awards in 2014.Jackson’s remarkable career, from his time in the Jackson 5 to his worldwide success as a solo artists, was cut short in 2009 by the singer’s untimely death. In 2010, he was honored with The Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and Jackson also received the prestigious GRAMMY Legend Award in 1993. The Jackson Estate previously sanctioned two Cirque du Soleil shows, and has produced other posthumous projects including a Michael Jackson’s Thriller 3D and the albums Michael and Xscape.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”last_img read more

WILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB The Best Stories From Wilmingtons Newspapers

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are recent articles about Wilmington — published online between June 30, 2019 to July 7, 2019 — that residents should consider reading:Wilmington Town CrierShine raises money for deceased Vietnam veteran’s grave by Heather BurnsPublic Buildings update by Lizzie McDermottWilmington Town Crier sports stories can be read HERE.Wilmington AdvocateNoneWilmington PatchWilmington Agrees To Mediation On Proposed Detox Facility by Dave CopelandLowell SunWilmington police arrest 2, seize 29 grams of fentanyl by Aaron CurtisLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB: The Best Stories From Wilmington’s NewspapersIn “Community”WILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB: The Best Stories From Wilmington’s NewspapersIn “Community”WILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB: The Best Stories From Wilmington’s NewspapersIn “Community”last_img read more

TMobile and Sprint merger hits opposition from 10 state attorneys general

first_img Tags 10 Phones Share your voice Comments Rumors Sprint T-Mobile T-Mobile and Sprint’s merger may have hit another government snag.  Josh Miller/CNET T-Mobile and Sprint have hit another government roadblock in their quest to merge. A group of 10 state attorneys general, led by New York Attorney General Letitia James and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, filed a multistate lawsuit Monday to stop the pending $26 billion deal. The antitrust lawsuit claims that the merger would “deprive consumers of the benefits of competition and drive up prices for cellphone services.” The suit was filed in New York federal court in coordination with Colorado, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Connecticut, Virginia, and Wisconsin, the New York attorney general’s office announced.  “The T-Mobile and Sprint merger would not only cause irreparable harm to mobile subscribers nationwide by cutting access to affordable, reliable wireless service for millions of Americans, but would particularly affect lower-income and minority communities here in New York and in urban areas across the country,” New York Attorney General Letitia James said in a statement. “That’s why we are going to court to stop this merger and protect our consumers, because this is exactly the sort of consumer-harming, job-killing megamerger our antitrust laws were designed to prevent.” T-Mobile and Sprint did not immediately respond to a CNET request for comment. In a press conference, James said that by opposing the deal the attorneys general are “standing up for consumers, standing up for economic development and standing up innovation and standing up for lower prices.” James did, however, say that her office has reached out to the Department of Justice, T-Mobile and Sprint and that “negotiations are ongoing.” Reuters first reported that the 10 attorneys general were looking to block the deal. Since being announced last year, T-Mobile’s push to merge with Sprint has been met with strong government pushback over concerns it would harm competition. In February, nine Senate Democrats signed a letter addressed to Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai urging the agency to block the deal, writing that the merger is “likely to raise prices for consumers, harm workers, stifle competition, exacerbate the digital divide, and undermine innovation.” Several presidential candidates signed off on the letter, including Sens. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Bernie Sanders of Vermont, and Cory Booker of New Jersey.  House Democrats, led by freshman congresswoman Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, followed suit shortly thereafter by sending a similar letter to Pai and Department of Justice head Makan Delrahim outlining their opposition to the deal, stressing how it would “disproportionately hurt lower-income people and communities of color.” That letter was signed by 36 other representatives. In May Pai and the FCC gave a thumbs up to the deal with the chairman touting the deal’s potential improvements for 5G network deployment and increasing coverage in rural America. The DOJ has yet to rule, though the staff of the department has recommended that the agency sue to stop the deal. James said the litigation will continue even if the DOJ approves the merger. “DOJ and FCC have broad standards,” James told reporters. “We are viewing this primarily through the lens of competition, prices, innovation… as a result of our review, based upon the law, we’ve come to a determination that it is a violation of antitrust laws.” T-Mobile and Sprint have a deadline of July 29 to complete their merger. Update, 10 a.m. PT: Adds New York attorney general comment.Update, 10:26 a.m. PT: The New York attorney general’s office clarified that Connecticut, not Nevada, had participated in the lawsuit. Update, 1:02 p.m. PT: Adds additional comment from the New York attorney general. last_img read more

Sensex gains 460 points on betterthanexpected corporate earnings

first_imgIndian stock markets ended trading on Monday with gains, as better-than-expected fourth quarter earnings and the passage last Friday of a landmark economic legislation lifted sentiments. The S&P BSE Sensex gained 460 points, or 1.82 percent, to close at 25,687 while the NSE Nifty ended the day at 7,866, up 132 points, or 1.71 percent.The Sensex rally was led by Bajaj Auto, followed by Axis Bank, ICICI Bank and HDFC. Stocks that lost included Dr Reddy’s Labs, Hindustan Unilever and Tata Steel.The biggest gainer among BSE500 companies was Muthoot Finance. Shares of cigarette maker ITC gained on the company resuming production. Godfrey Phillips also ended in the green.  On the Nifty, the biggest gainer was Bosch, followed by Zee Ltd. and Bajaj Auto.The Indian rupee however, closed with a loss of 4 paise at 66.59 to the U.S. dollar after opening at 66.51. Foreign institutional investors were net buyers of Indian equities worth Rs. 224 crore, according to provisional data provided by the National Stock Exchange (NSE).Bankruptcy BillThe Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2015 passed by the Lower House (Lok Sabha) last week is being seen as a landmark legislation that provides for time-bound processes for resolving insolvency-related disputes of companies and individuals. “These processes will be completed within 180 days. If insolvency cannot be resolved, the assets of the borrowers may be sold to repay creditors. The National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) will adjudicate insolvency resolution for companies. The Debt Recovery Tribunal (DRT) will adjudicate insolvency resolution for individuals,” PRS Legislative Research, a not-for-profit organisation that provides updates on Indian legislations, said in an update.The Bill now needs to be passed by the Upper House (Rajya Sabha).Markets would now be awaiting the passage of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill, which has already been cleared by the Lok Sabha. The legislation is aimed at creating an unified indirect tax architecture across the country.last_img read more

N Korea tests another missile putting US cities in range

first_imgA Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptor is launched during a successful intercept test. Reuters file photoNorth Korea fired a missile on Friday that experts said was capable of hitting Los Angeles and other US cities and the United States and South Korea responded by staging a joint missile exercise.North Korea confirmed the launch on Saturday, with its official news agency saying it was a “stern warning” for the United States. President Kim Jong Un said the missile showed that all of the United States was within striking distance but US authorities characterized that as an exaggeration.The administration of US President Donald Trump, which has branded North Korea the “most urgent and dangerous threat to peace,” condemned the launch as reckless.“By threatening the world, these weapons and tests further isolate North Korea, weaken its economy, and deprive its people,” President Donald Trump said in a statement. “The United States will take all necessary steps to ensure the security of the American homeland and protect our allies in the region.”South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo said at a news conference on Saturday Seoul would prepare independent measures to curb the nuclear threat from the North.“This ballistic missile launch by North Korea is a serious provocation that not only clearly violates the UN Security Council’s numerous resolutions but also threatens the safety of the Korean peninsula and world peace,” Song said. “The joint governments of South Korea and the United States will firmly punish North Korea for its missile provocation.”He said steps would be taken to hasten the temporary deployment of THAAD anti-missile units from the United States.The unusual late-night launch added to exasperation in Washington, Seoul and Tokyo over Pyongyang’s continuing development of nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs). Friday’s test prompted US and South Korean military officials to discuss military response options.The North Korean military had already raised alarms early this month with its first ICBM launch.The top US military official, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Joseph Dunford, and Admiral Harry Harris, commander of US Pacific Command, spoke by phone with the top South Korean military official, General Lee Sun-jin, to discuss military response options to the launch.The Trump administration has said that all options are on the table, including military ones, however it has also made clear that diplomacy and sanctions are its preferred course.Following a meeting of South Korea’s National Security Council, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said he wanted the UN Security Council to discuss new and stronger sanctions against the North, the presidential Blue House said.Later the United States and South Korea conducted a live-fire ballistic missile exercise in a display of firepower in response to the missile launch, the US military said.The two allies had staged a similar exercise after the North Korean test earlier in the month.The launch from North Korea’s northern Jangang province took place at 11:41 p.m. (1441 GMT), an official at South Korea’s Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said the missile flew for about 45 minutes before apparently landing in the waters of Japan’s exclusive economic zone. Japanese broadcaster NHK, citing a military official, said the missile reached an altitude of more than 3,000 km (1,860 miles).US CITIES IN RANGEThe South Korean military said the missile was believed to be an ICBM-class, flying more than 1,000 km (620 miles) and reaching an altitude of 3,700 km (2,300 miles). In Washington, the Pentagon also said it had assessed that the missile was an ICBM.US officials said the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), the Pentagon spy agency, has determined that North Korea will be able to field a reliable nuclear-capable ICBM by next year, earlier than previously thought.Jeffrey Lewis of the California-based Middlebury Institute of International Studies said the launch showed Los Angeles was within range of a North Korean missile, with Chicago, New York and Washington, just out of reach.“They may not have demonstrated the full range. The computer models suggest it can hit all of those targets,” he said.The US-based Union of Concerned Scientists said its calculations showed the missile could have been capable of going as far into the United States as Denver and Chicago.Michael Elleman of the International Institute for Strategic Studies said the window for a diplomatic solution with North Korea “is closing rapidly.”“The key here is that North Korea has a second successful test in less than one month,” he said. “If this trend holds, they could establish an acceptably reliable ICBM before year’s end.”John Schilling, an aerospace expert and a contributor to 38 North, a Washington-based North Korea monitoring website, said the improved performance over the previous test could have been the result of a lighter payload as part of an effort to demonstrate that the missile could hit the US capital.Los Angeles would be protected by the US missile defense network, which includes four ground-based interceptors at Vandenberg Air Force base, 150 miles north of the city, and a second battery of 32 missiles in Alaska.During a test on 31 May the missile defense system shot down an incoming ICBM missile aimed at the US mainland and a Pentagon spokesman said the military had “confidence in our ability to defend against the limited threat.”Other authorities say the United States may not be able to seal itself off entirely from a North Korean ICBM attack.A DAY AFTER SANCTIONSTrump spoke with Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping about North Korea’s nuclear arsenal this month and has become frustrated that China has not reined in its ally Pyongyang.Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis said Friday’s launch had been expected and took place from Mupyong-ni, an arms plant in northern North Korea. It came a day after the US Senate approved a package of sanctions on North Korea, Russia and Iran.UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned the launch of a “ballistic missile of possible intercontinental range,” his spokesman said.A Russian Defence Ministry official said Moscow’s data indicated the launch was only of a medium-range ballistic missile, Russian news agency Tass reported. Diplomats say China and Russia only view a long-range missile test or nuclear weapon test as a trigger for further possible UN sanctions.The data on the trajectory indicate the missile was fired at a sharply lofted angle but packed more power than the missile launched on July 4 that U.S and South Korean officials said was an ICBM, potentially capable of hitting the US mainland.US intelligence officials say that even if North Korea develops a reliable, nuclear-capable ICBM, which some say it remains several steps short of doing, the weapon would be almost useless except to deter the conventional attacks that Kim fears.“Kim is determined to secure international recognition of the North as a nuclear armed state, for the purposes of security, prestige, and political legitimacy,” the National Intelligence Council’s January Global Trends report said.last_img read more

Why The Electoral College Is Part Of The Reason For Low Voter

first_imgJORGE SANHUEZA-LYON / KUTSwing state voters came out in record numbers this presidential election cycle. Texas was fifth from the bottom in turnout.If you’ve paid attention to the results of this year’s presidential election, you’ve probably heard a lot about the Electoral College.It’s how Donald Trump was elected president, even though he lost the national vote by more than two million votes. But most of us don’t know exactly what the electoral college is, or why we have it.Houston Public Media’s Coverage of Election 2016Here in Austin, the Electoral College is a source of frustration. The city leans Democratic, but the state favors Republicans.This means if you vote for a Democrat in a presidential election here, your vote may feel meaningless.“Well, this is a Republican state so, with that being said, I believe that’s the way it was going to go anyway,” said Tara Waters, a Democrat living in Austin who voted for Hillary Clinton. “And how I really honestly feel about it is that, you know, it was fixed before voting even started.”The Electoral College is this old system we have in place for making sure the views of rural states aren’t drowned out by big cities. Instead of winning the most votes nationwide, a candidate has to win 270 electoral votes.States have as many electoral votes as they have congressional members. So, if candidate X wins the popular vote in your state, it’s expected that candidate X will get those electoral votes. Waters says the system makes her feel like her vote doesn’t even matter, and, As you can imagine, the sentiment shared by Waters can affect turnout.In fact, according to data compiled by NPR following the election, swing states had higher voter turnout this year.Texas, however, had among the lowest turnout in the country – fifth from the bottom.LISTEN: KUT’s Ashley Lopez reportsRob Richie with FairVote says part of the reason this happens is because the Electoral College makes some votes less valuable to campaigns.“They actually don’t really care in 35 states or so,” Richie said. “Or they certainly aren’t lifting a finger to encourage participation beyond generic mentioning it on a national media appearance or so on.”Austinite Kate Sullivan, who isn’t a Republican, says because of the state’s overwhelmingly Republican bent, she doesn’t look to the top of the ballot when she votes. “Well, there are still local elections that are important and congressional elections, so that’s the primary reason I vote,” she said.Richie says that’s the message voters need to hear every four years when they’re mulling over whether it’s worth voting.“It is true that in a lot of states the congressional race isn’t very close and the senate race isn’t very close, you know your state legislative race might not be contested,” he explained. “But there is usually something.”Richie and his group think changing the electoral process altogether will make the biggest difference in getting voters to the polls.Right now, FairVote is encouraging states to pass laws that would require electors to give their votes winner of the national popular vote – no matter how the state votes.Copyright 2016 KUT-FM. To see more, visit KUT-FM. Sharelast_img read more