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Westport Winery Wins Silver in Michigan

August 6, 2020 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: zuwcxmlkn.

first_imgSubmitted by Westport WineryWestport Winery earned two medals at the 2014 Tasters Guild International Wine Competition in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Thirty experienced judges from around the country completed over 2,000 evaluations of wine from 8 countries and 37 states and provinces between April 30 and May 3, 2014.Maritime Moscato, a sparkling Muscat crafted with grapes from Upland Vineyards in the Snipes Mountain AVA, earned a silver medal. A portion of the proceeds of this wine benefits the Northwest Carriage Museum in Raymond, Washington. This label features an original watercolor by Blain Roberts surf partner, Darryl Easter of Camarillo, California.Night Watch, a unique blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and sweet dark cherry, also earned a silver medal. This wine benefits Harbor Home Health & Hospice. The art on this label was created by Oregon artist Cathy Peek.Westport Winery and Vineyards By-the-Sea with its unique sculpture garden, lavender labyrinth, musical fence, 9-hole executive golf course, giant chess set, outdoor scrabble game, and grape maze, is located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Aberdeen and Westport. Westport Winery was named Best of the Northwest Wine Tour in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014.Westport’s award-winning wines are exclusively available at the winery. The tasting room, gift shop, produce market, plant nursery and bakery are open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The restaurant is open for lunch daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and for dinner on Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information contact Westport Winery at 360-648-2224 or visit the website at www.westportwinery.com. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

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Flamenco Casa Patas Mesmerizes at The Washington Center

August 6, 2020 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: fofabvlic.

first_imgFacebook8Tweet0Pin1 Submitted by Flamenco OlympiaOnce again Olympia’s Washington Center for Performing Arts is privileged to host a distinguished music and dance performance from Spain. With their annual United States tour,  Conservatorio Fundación Flamenco Casa Patas of Madrid, Spain, is in pursuit of its mission to promote the unique art of flamenco — which was recently recognized by UNESCO as a “Contribution… and Cultural Heritage of Humanity”—not only to perform but also teach  flamenco worldwide.This program is supported by the Government of Spain through its Honorary Consul in Seattle, which brings over 120 cultural events from Spain to the Northwest, including Seattle Art Museum, Benaroya Hall and Town Hall in Seattle, Meany Hall/UW, and Olympia. This, their 5th appearance in Olympia, introduces two new dancers here for their performance:This year, Casa Patas presents Flamenco(s) of Lead and Copper.Accompanied by talented cantaores and musicians, the explosive dances of Mariana Collado and Carlos Chamorro lead us into the mysterious world of flamenco — with an allusion to metallurgy, in which primitive elements are extracted, refined and fused to new strengths and grandeur.Mariana Collado, creator of this program, is a graduate of the Royal Professional Dance Conservatory of Spain and has performed widely with many eminent flamenco artists, including Cristina Hoyos and Antonia Gades, ranging from intimate tablaos in Spain to prestigious international festivals.Carlos Chamorro’s acclaim both as dancer and choreographer led to his position of soloist and principal dancer of the Spanish National Ballet, and recognition as “ambassador” of Spanish dance internationally, on stages from Moscow to New York. He has received major awards throughout his career, including Spain’s “Most Outstanding Dancer Prize – 2012”.Flamenco Casa PatasThe Washington Center for Performing Arts512 Washington St SE,  Olympia WA 98501Olytix.org  or  360-753-8586For information regarding year-round flamenco events in the Olympia area contact: Ianus Foundation/Flamenco Project at flamenco_olympia@comcast.netlast_img read more

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‘We’re fine, there’s a lot of baseball left’: Athletics show mettle in road trip with postseason feel

December 20, 2019 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: egielqmer.

first_imgHOUSTON — Two of the best pitchers in baseball sandwiched the A’s three-game stop in Houston. And, despite a savory middle — the A’s late-inning comeback win in extra innings Tuesday — the series loss didn’t quite sit right.The first bite resulted in a throw-away loss at the hands of Gerrit Cole. Wednesday’s crumbs, an unceremonious 4-2 loss on top of a Justin Verlander gem.“Disappointing,” Wednesday’s starter Chris Bassitt said of the loss. “Because we didn’t come back to win the series. But …last_img

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Derek Carr, other Raiders stars likely done playing preseason games

December 20, 2019 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: zzqgqddue.

first_imgNAPA — Did you see quarterback Derek Carr behind center early in the Raiders’ preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals?It may have been the last time he and other surefire Raiders starters take the field in a game until the Sept. 9 opener against the Denver Broncos.With an eye on keeping his marquee players as healthy as possible, coach Jon Gruden said Saturday after the team’s morning walk-through that certain offensive and defensive starters will mostly be kept out action until the …last_img

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Skype: iPhone App for 3G Coming “Soon”

December 17, 2019 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: pllavecyf.

first_imgmike melanson A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#news#NYT#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… The latest word on Skype for 3G is “soon” according to a blog post on its website today. You may have missed out last week, amid all the iPad hubbub, but Apple removed its restriction on VoIP calls on 3G with the release of its latest iPhone SDK.The return of Skype to the iPhone is something we’ve not-so-patiently awaited since it was banned only a short time after being released last March, and it looks like we won’t have to wait much longer. And this time around, we’re hoping video chat isn’t far behind.Since AT&T first banned Skype over 3g last April, with Apple following suit, iPhone users have only been able to make VoIP calls over WiFi. According to a video interview with David Ponsford, project lead for Skype for iPhone, the move to 3G will provide “CD quality” when making Skype-to-Skype calls. Ponsford says that the new Skype app will also include a quality indicator, which will use a traffic light style notification to show network quality.We also chatted with Peter Parkes, the social media communications lead at Skype, and asked him when we could reasonably expect video chat capabilities. He told us that he couldn’t be specific on any time-line or make any promises regarding video chat, but that “where devices can support video calls, we’ll look to develop video-capable apps.” “But the focus will be on a great experience,” he said. “If all we can get is pixelated and low frame rate, we won’t release it. When it looks great – that’s when we’ll make it available.”The interview with David Ponsford is included below.center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Making Changes: An Invitation to Learn through Change

December 12, 2019 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: zuwcxmlkn.

first_imgBy: Bari Sobelson and Hannah HydeThe field of dietetics is rapidly changing.  New information is often emerging on how to best manage diet. Additionally, dietary trends are changing with a lot of incorrect information circulating which can be difficult for our patients to navigate. It is crucial that we stay current on all of the changes, as it is our responsibility to help our patients translate science into action.  As dietitians, we work with patients and clients to change behaviors that are a part of their daily lives and this is not always an easy task! Remember though, if the changes that our patients and clients were trying to make were easy they wouldn’t be coming to us! While our jobs center on getting others to change their behaviors, some of us may struggle with change within our personal lives because of perceived lack of time for activities, such as self-reflection and care.  We help others change, but we acknowledge, recognize, and accept that change is hard for everyone. If this blog speaks to you from both a professional and personal standpoint, then we have an opportunity for you that you won’t want to pass up! If you are interested in learning how to navigate through change, join us for our free four-day virtual conference to LEARN strategies for managing change, GROW your understanding of your capacity for change and begin to THRIVE as you connect with colleagues facing similar challenges.  To learn more information about this exciting opportunity, click here.This blog was written by Social Media Specialists Bari Sobelson of the MFLN Family Development Team and Hannah Hyde of the MFLN Military Caregiving Team.  Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network on our website, Facebook, and Twitter.last_img read more

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Bengal Cong. spokesperson ‘arrested’

December 1, 2019 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: mmfausynf.

first_imgLeader of the Congress in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on Friday accused the West Bengal police of “arresting” party spokesperson Samanay Bandopadhyay for circulating posts critical of the Trinamool Congress government.‘Arrested from home’ Family members and party sources said that Mr. Bandopadhyay was “arrested” by a team of Purulia district police from his home in North 24 Parganas district on Thursday evening. The West Bengal police and Purulia district police neither confirmed nor denied having arrested or detained Mr. Bandopadhyay. “We will get back to you,” a senior official of Purulia police said when enquired about the alleged arrest. Mr. Bandopadhyay is known for his staunch criticism of the TMC government through his social media posts. “The arrest of Samanay Bandopadhyay is a classic example of intolerance of the highest order. Mr. Bandopadhyay was arrested from his home for criticising the State government. Such blatant attack on the freedom of speech and expression by the government will not stop us from protesting against the ruling dispensation. We condemn such undemocratic assault on the freedom of speech and political terrorism unleashed by the Mamata Banerjee government,” Mr. Chowdhury said. Reacting to the allegations, senior TMC leader and party Chief Whip in State Assembly Nirmal Ghosh said, “Mr. Bandopadhyay has been arrested as there were several criminal charges against him. It has nothing to do with criticism of the State government.” The BJP leadership also slammed the State government over the arrest. The CPI(M) and Congress activists on Friday staged a protest outside Khardah police station against the alleged arrest. Mr. Bandopadhyay’s house at Sodepur falls under the jurisdiction of Khardah police station. The incident is reminiscent of the arrest of Jadavpur University professor Ambikesh Mahapatra in April 2012 for posting cartoons of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on the Internet.last_img read more

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What Tom Brady And Case Keenum Do Better Than Anyone Else

September 29, 2019 | By admin | Comments Off on What Tom Brady And Case Keenum Do Better Than Anyone Else | Filed in: iuxgjddtb.

Jay Cutler2015CHI55.568.534369.2 201232.143233.85402713.810 Drew Brees2011NO54.556.035258.0 201639.186847.05321544.56 Aaron Rodgers2016GB48.185.9610166.7 Ryan Fitzpatrick2015NYJ43.405.005269.1 Regular season onlySource: ESPN Stats & Information Group 200945.637036.83771634.16 Tyrod Taylor2015BUF49.387.574255.0 Tom Brady2017NE58.978.7610254.0 201334.654424.3821407.126 Pressure on the quarterback is often a determining factor in which team wins the Super Bowl. However, pressure does not only mean sacks. Just forcing a quarterback to release a ball sooner than he wants or hitting him as he’s releasing it can sometimes be even more advantageous than a sack.In Super Bowl XLVIII, two quick pressures by Seattle on Peyton Manning led to two interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown after Manning’s arm was hit as he threw. That led to a 22-0 lead and the rout was on. Two years later in Super Bowl 50, Manning had the great defense on his side, and Von Miller forced two strip-sacks of Cam Newton that ultimately decided that game for Denver. In New England’s comeback win over Atlanta in Super Bowl LI, the turning point was when Dont’a Hightower strip-sacked Matt Ryan on a 3rd-and-1 with the Falcons up 28-12. That set up the offense on a short field and the comeback was on.It’s not so much about the volume of pressure put on a quarterback, but it’s how he handles it in the big moments on third down, in the red zone, and with the game on the line. Fortunately, that type of context is what an advanced metric such as ESPN’s QBR is able to adjust for.In 2017, Minnesota’s Case Keenum (58.5) and New England’s Tom Brady (54.0) led all quarterbacks in QBR under pressure with marks that rank among the top 10 in all seasons tracked since 2009. Brady’s placement may not come as a big surprise, but Keenum’s breakout season in Minnesota continues to be one of the wildest success stories since Kurt Warner went from bagging groceries to Super Bowl MVP in 1999. Jameis Winston2016TB51.81%6.3112576.7 Carson Wentz2017PHI43.436.378052.7 Case Keenum2017MIN53.336.616358.5 Peyton Manning2009IND59.047.754562.9 Rob Gronkowski and his large catch radius are obviously a big help to Brady when he’s under pressure. Gronkowski led the Patriots with 226 receiving yards when his quarterback was pressured, but Danny Amendola also has a tendency toward clutch catches. Filling in for Julian Edelman in the slot, Amendola caught 14 of 21 targets for 186 yards when Brady was pressured this year. Throw in Brandin Cooks’ 215 receiving yards in these scenarios and the Patriots have a lot of formidable weapons for defenses to worry about even when Brady is pressured. They’ll need all this playmaking ability against a tough Jacksonville defense. While the Jaguars didn’t pressure Ben Roethlisberger often last week, they did hold him to just 1-of-10 passing for 43 yards (including a brilliant touchdown to Antonio Brown) under pressure, and had a huge strip-sack returned for a touchdown in the second quarter.The Jaguars will need to do that to Brady to have a good chance at another upset, but Brady’s seen just about everything from defenses in his career. Against the Titans last week, Brady’s QBR under pressure was 87.6, including a touchdown pass to Chris Hogan and a soft toss to Amendola after heavy pressure.Even if Brady and Keenum aren’t at their best in tough matchups this weekend, they should still have a decisive advantage over the other quarterbacks. Blake Bortles finished 14th in QBR under pressure (21.2), but the strength in his game is really his scrambling ability. According to Sports Info Solutions, Bortles avoided 21 sacks this year, the second most by any quarterback (Matthew Stafford had 22). Bortles will have to use his legs against a New England defense that likes to make quarterbacks hold the ball —a unit that took down Marcus Mariota for eight sacks last week.As for the Eagles, Carson Wentz ranked third in QBR under pressure (52.7), so the offense has been missing that element since his injury. Nick Foles, in a limited sample of games, only has a 7.6 QBR under pressure this season. He’s always a hard one to predict with his unusual career path. Foles actually led all quarterbacks in QBR under pressure in 2014 with a mark of 48.2, but he was dreadful with the Rams (2.3 QBR under pressure in 2015).Then again, as Keenum has shown, stats collected in a Jeff Fisher offense may not be all that telling. If head coach Doug Pederson can devise another good game plan for Foles to implement this week, there’s no reason he can’t get this team to the Super Bowl.Then a whole new level of pressure begins. Keenum also led all quarterbacks in Football Outsiders’ passing Defense-adjusted Value Over Average metric, which measures efficiency, and he may just be the least likely quarterback to do so since 1986. A big part of Keenum’s success has been his improvement at handling pressure. When we first saw Keenum with the 2013 Houston Texans, he held the ball a long time as an inexperienced second-year player. Keenum’s pressure rate in 2013 was 38.7 percent, the second-highest season among all quarterbacks since 2009. With the Rams in 2016, Keenum ranked dead last in QBR under pressure (6.5). He took a sack on 26.7 percent of the plays he was pressured on.In Minnesota this year, Keenum has cut that mark in half, taking a sack on 13.3 percent of his pressures. Keenum has taken multiple sacks in each of his last seven games, but he was sacked just one time total from Week 5 to Week 11. A big help to Keenum has been wide receiver Adam Thielen, who led the NFL with 40 targets while his quarterback was under pressure — seven more than any other player. Thielen’s 397 receiving yards while targeted under pressure also led the NFL.Thielen is a great security blanket for Keenum, but Stefon Diggs has also been helpful in these moments. The game-winning touchdown pass to Diggs against New Orleans technically wasn’t a play under pressure, but it was a pressure-packed moment of desperation for the duo. Keenum’s QBR under pressure against New Orleans was just 26.4; he completed 4 of 10 passes for 53 yards with a bad interception that got the Saints back in the game. He’ll have to be much better against a Philadelphia defense that got after Matt Ryan often last week. For the season, Philadelphia allowed a 4.7 QBR when getting pressure on the quarterback, which ranked third among all defenses. Keenum can’t force things this week or create turnovers in what should be a low-scoring battle.Speaking of defense, the Jaguars ranked No. 1 in QBR when getting pressure (2.8). This is often a product of the Jaguars being able to get at the quarterback without sacrificing defenders in pass coverage: no defense blitzed less than Jacksonville at just 17.8 percent of its pass plays. That’s probably the right strategy against Tom Brady and the Patriots. You especially don’t want to send a big blitz of six-plus pass rushers at Brady. Since 2006 (including playoffs), Brady has 71 touchdowns to one interception against big blitzes (six-plus pass rushers).Still, at 40 years old, Brady has managed to improve in this area, posting a phenomenal season against pass pressure. His average yards per pass attempt under pressure was 8.76, the highest of any of the 277 qualified seasons since 2009. He also had the second-highest completion rate (59.0 percent) and second-highest passer rating (109.1) under pressure since 2009. The only real issue was that Brady still took 35 sacks this year, but sometimes that’s just the smart play instead of forcing a pass into coverage. YearCmp %YardsYPATDINTSacksQBRQBR Rank 201758.9710258.761023554.02 PlayerYearTeamCMP %YPATDINTQBR 201041.672986.21112510.79 201442.025684.77452136.33 Carson Palmer2015ARI49.647.067255.0 201539.238426.48813827.311 Includes all action plays (passes, sacks, runs); regular season onlySource: ESPN Stats & Information Group Brady has improved with ageTom Brady’s year-by-year numbers while under pressure, 2009-2017 Keenum and Brady are elite with defenders in their facesThe best seasons based on QBR while facing pressure, 2009-2017 201141.033874.96313215.013 Dak Prescott2016DAL50.435.213052.4 read more

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Tata Steel leads Sensex rally up 8 after upbeat Q4 results

September 5, 2019 | By admin | Comments Off on Tata Steel leads Sensex rally up 8 after upbeat Q4 results | Filed in: nexmcumgj.

first_imgA general view shows the Tata Steel works in Scunthorpe, northern England, October 27, 2015. Tata Steel is the biggest steelmaker in Britain.Reuters fileUpdate at 2.54 PM: Tata Steel was sustaining the momentum on the BSE, trading 8.10 percent higher at Rs 494 on the back of upbeat Q4 results declared the previous day. The 52-week high for the stock is Rs 508.Original story:Tata Steel shares gained 8.75 percent to hit an intraday high of Rs. 496 apiece on Wednesday, May 17, and were trading at Rs. 494, up 8.07 percent at around 11.58 am in response to upbeat performance for the fourth quarter (Q4) ended March 2017. However, a brokerage has sounded caution over its future, primarily citing the company’s pension settlement in the UK.Tata Steel’s Q4 consolidated net profit, excluding exceptional items, was Rs. 3,352 crore as against a loss of Rs. 453 crore. The company had to provide Rs. 4,069 crore during the quarter for curtailing a provision of the British Steel Pension Scheme over future accruals. Factoring the amount, the company reported a consolidated net loss of Rs. 1,168 crore.Consolidated revenues rose 30 percent to Rs. 35,305 crore from Rs. 27,071 crore in the year-ago period and 22 percent over Rs. 29,025 crore during the December 2016 quarter (QoQ).Volume sales came in at 6.83 million tonnes, up from 6.32 million tonnes in the corresponding period last year while the full-year volumes stood at 23.88 million tonnes.”Launched 31 new products in India and 20 new products in Europe in FY17. Branded products contribute 45% of revenues in India. Differentiated products mix at Europe improved from 32% to 37% in the current fiscal,” Tata Steel said in a statement.Update on pension scheme”The accounting for exceptional items in the consolidated financial statements of Tata Steel Limited includes a significant accounting treatment arising from the closure of the defined benefit section of the British Steel Pension Scheme (BSPS) to future accruals in March 2017.”This follows the completion of the consultation process by Tata Steel UK Limited (TSUK) with employees in the UK following which, the BSPS has been closed to future accruals with effect from the end of 31 March 2017,” the company said.Brokerage Motilal Oswal Securities Ltd. (MOSL) said in a note that this is a dampener for the company’s future performance. “The settlement of pension in the UK would be a costly one, with INR48/share in initial outflow and a 33% stake in TSUK Tata Steel UK), which was a negative surprise,” MOSL wrote in its note.The brokerage put the target price for the company as Rs. 451.Debt and capexTata Steel’s net debt stood at Rs. 72, 367 crore as of March 31, 2017, marking an increase of Rs. 1,268 crore from the previous fiscal while cash and cash equivalents stood at Rs. 19,800 crore.Earlier this month, Tata Steel UK completed the sale of its Specialty Steels business for £100 million.JSW Steel will be declaring its results today (Wednesday). The BSE Sensex was trading almost flat at 30,572 at around 12.25 pm.last_img read more

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New Jersey Democratic Sen Cory Booker Launches 2020 Bid

September 1, 2019 | By admin | Comments Off on New Jersey Democratic Sen Cory Booker Launches 2020 Bid | Filed in: yvkwizsuw.

first_imgBy ELANA SCHOR, Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Cory Booker on Friday declared his bid for the presidency in 2020 with a sweeping call to unite a deeply polarized nation around a “common purpose.”The New Jersey Democrat, who is the second Black candidate in a primary field that’s already historically diverse, delivered his message of unity amid an era marked by bitter political division. He announced his run on the first day of Black History Month, underscoring his consequential status as America’s potential second Black president after Barack Obama.In this Oct. 28, 2018, file photo, Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., looks up as he takes a selfie with an attendee after speaking attends at a get out the vote event hosted by the NH Young Democrats at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, N.H. (AP Photo/ Cheryl Senter, File)“I believe that we can build a country where no one is forgotten, no one is left behind; where parents can put food on the table; where there are good-paying jobs with good benefits in every neighborhood; where our criminal justice system keeps us safe, instead of shuffling more children into cages and coffins; where we see the faces of our leaders on television and feel pride, not shame,” Booker said in a video message to supporters, subtly jabbing at President Donald Trump.“It is not a matter of can we, it’s a matter of do we have the collective will, the American will?” he added. “I believe we do.”Booker enters what’s shaping up to be a crowded presidential primary, with three of his fellow Democratic senators — Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Kamala Harris of California and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York — already either declared or exploring a run. But he’s spent months telegraphing his intentions to join the race, visiting the early-voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina to build connections with key powerbrokers. He already has slated trips back to those states later this month.Booker began reaching out to key constituencies Friday, calling in to three radio shows popular with Black and Hispanic listeners. He spoke in fluent Spanish during his interview with Univision, vowing to work closely with “the Latino community,” and discussed his support for marijuana legalization in another interview. Later on Friday, Booker will be a guest on “The View,” a TV talk show popular with female viewers, where his mother plans to sit in the audience.A former mayor of Newark, New Jersey’s largest city, Booker won a special Senate election in 2013 to replace Democrat Frank Lautenberg and then won a full Senate term in 2014. He will be able to run for a second full Senate term in 2020 while running for president, thanks to a law that New Jersey’s governor signed in November.But that doesn’t mean the 49-year-old’s path to the nomination will be easy. As many as five more Democratic senators could soon mount their own primary bids, creating a competition for voters’ attention, and several of Booker’s rival presidential hopefuls bring higher name recognition to a race that may also feature popular former Vice President Joe Biden.The affable Booker, known for his fluency in connecting with voters during an age of selfies and social media, also could face some difficulty winning the hearts of the Democratic base due to his past financial ties to banking and pharmaceutical interests. Booker said he would stop taking contributions from pharmaceutical companies in 2017, the year that he partnered with potential presidential rival Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont on a bill that would allow importation of prescription drugs from Canada.He also likely will stand alone as an unmarried candidate, though he brings a compelling personal biography that could help elevate his message that “the only way we can make change is when people come together.”Booker’s father grew up in a low-income community in North Carolina, and the senator has recalled his family’s later struggle to settle in suburban New Jersey amid discrimination against Black homebuyers. The senator has brought a heartfelt and passionate style to his achievements in the Senate, at times fusing his personal spirituality with policy proposals that focus on social justice. Booker played a key role in the bipartisan criminal justice reform bill thatTrump supported last year, for example, helping strike that deal two months after sparring with Republicans during the battle over Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation.In his announcement video, Booker invoked the fight against slavery and the role of immigration in building the nation’s character.“The history of our nation is defined by collective action; by interwoven destinies of slaves and abolitionists; of those born here and those who chose America as home; of those who took up arms to defend our country and those who linked arms to challenge and change it,” he said.Born in the nation’s capital but raised in New Jersey, Booker made a name for himself as Newark mayor by personally shoveling the snow of residents. He has $4.1 million left in his campaign coffers that could also be used to assist his presidential run. Rather than opening an exploratory committee to test the waters, Booker took the direct step to open a campaign seeking the Democratic nomination.Booker is aligning with many other prominent Democratic White House contenders by forswearing all donations from corporate political action committees and federal lobbyists to his campaign, dubbed Cory 2020. A prominent Booker supporter, San Francisco attorney Steve Phillips, says he is working on millions of dollars in committed donations to a so-called super PAC that would boost the senator’s candidacy, but Booker’s campaign is openly against super PACs playing any role in the presidential race.Booker visited his local congregation at Metropolitan Baptist Church in Newark on Thursday night for prayers ahead of his Friday announcement, a decision that underscores the role his faith will play in his campaign. He has attended service at the church since moving to Newark in 1996.Booker’s campaign manager will be Addisu Demissie, who managed California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom’s campaign last year and previously worked on Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential bid. His deputy campaign manager, Jenna Lowenstein, is also a veteran of Clinton’s 2016 campaign, while his current Senate chief of staff, Matt Klapper, will serve as a senior campaign adviser.last_img read more

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