Condos, Donovan push Legislature to protect Vermont voter data

first_imgVermont Business Magazine On January 16th, H.624 was introduced, proposing increased protections for Vermonters’ sensitive and personal data contained in the statewide voter checklist. H.624 is sponsored by Rep. Dylan Giambatista of Essex Junction. Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos and Attorney General TJ Donovan have underscored the importance to legislators of ensuring that Vermonters’ most sensitive personal data is protected in light of the request for sensitive data about Vermont voters from the President’s Election Integrity Commission.“I refused to comply with the Commission’s request because I take the protection and security of Vermont voters’ personal data very seriously” said Secretary Condos, who responded to the initial request for voter data by saying “we cannot compromise the privacy of Vermont citizens to support the President’s witch hunt for widespread voter fraud, which has been disproven many times over by non-partisan experts.”While the President’s Election Integrity Commission was dissolved by executive order on January 3rd of this year, statements by President Trump and former Chair Kobach indicate that the work will continue under cover of the Department of Homeland Security and without the public scrutiny that comes with a formal commission.“Vermont has a long history of protecting people’s privacy” said Attorney General TJ Donovan. “This bill continues that tradition. I stand with Secretary of State Condos in support of protecting Vermonters’ privacy and thank him for his leadership on this issue.”“H.624 will create increased protection of the statewide voter checklist, and I urge the Legislature to act quickly and pass this bill” said Secretary Condos.last_img read more

CES Responded To Soldotna Restaurant Fire Off The Sterling Highway

first_imgThe building sustained light smoke damage in the areas nearest the kitchen. The commercial stove and vent hood both sustained heavy fire damage. Crews simultaneously made entry to the front of the building and used the Aerial ladder to gain roof access. The interior crews found active fire confined to the commercial kitchen stove and hood which was quickly extinguished. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Central Emergency Fire Crews responded to a call at Golden International Chinese Restaurant off the Sterling Hwy for the report of a kitchen fire, at around 12:15 p.m, January 17. The restaurant will remain closed while repairs are completed, according to Sharon Hu with Golden International Chinese Restaurant.center_img Roof crews also had active fire rising through the stove ventilation ducting, which was also extinguished by the interior crew. Both crews checked for any possible extension of the fire and the fire was declared out at approximately 12:28. According to Wes Perkins Fire Marshal with CES, the first crews arriving on the scene noted light smoke coming from the rear area of the roof.last_img read more

Spurs look tough as ever as Jazz head to San Antonio

first_img Related SAN ANTONIO — So you’re thinking, this is the year the San Antonio Spurs finally drop a level and join the NBA pack after 15-time All-Star Tim Duncan finally retired after 19 seasons and Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili have become another year older.Think again.The Spurs might just be the most impressive team in the NBA so far this year, with a 4-0 record and three victories on the road, including that 29-point opening-night thumping of the mighty Golden State Warriors.That’s what the Utah Jazz are up against Tuesday night at the AT&T Center where the two teams meet at 6:30 p.m. MT.The Jazz are off to a slow start, coming off an 88-75 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers Sunday night in California, which dropped their season record to 1-2. The Jazz, who are playing without their leading scorer of the past three years, Gordon Hayward, have struggled offensivelyThe Jazz are averaging just 91.7 points per game on 43.5 percent from the field and only 30.9 percent from 3-point range.George Hill has been the one bright spot with a 20-points-per-game average on 49-percent shooting. Joe Johnson (15.7 ppg) and Rodney Hood (15.3 ppg) both had strong openers but had off-nights against the Clippers.As for the Spurs, Kawhi Leonard, who has been the NBA defensive player of the year the past two years, has broken out offensively this season, averaging 28.0 points per game on 50 percent shooting from the field and 95 percent from the free throw line.Longtime Los Angeles Laker Pau Gasol has joined the team this year and starting at forward and is averaging 9.5 points and 7.3 reboundsKyle Anderson, a third-year year player out of UCLA, has been the starting two-guard this year, but only averaging 3.8 points and 5.0 rebounds per game.The Spurs are making 9.5 3-pointers a game and shooting 45.2 percent from 3-point range, led by reserve guard Patty Mills, who is shooting 59.1 percent on 13 of 22.Coach Gregg Popovich is already resting players for the long grind ahead as Parker and Ginobili sat out the third game of the season, Saturday night against New Orleans, while LaMarcus Aldridge, sat out Sunday’s win over Miami, partly because of knee soreness, but “we thought we would sit him because it was a back-to-back and his fourth game in six days” said Popovich.JAZZ NOTES: The Jazz got Derrick Favors back Friday after he sat for most of the preseason with a knee issue and after playing 20 minutes Friday, played 23 Sunday against the Clippers . . . The Spurs and Jazz will meet again Friday night in Salt Lake at Vivint Arena . . . In between, the Jazz will play Dallas at home Wednesday night, while the Spurs will be off for two days in between . . . The Jazz and Spurs play later in the season, but not for more than five months, with games April 2 in San Antonio and April 12 in Salt Lake. Utah Jazz matchup watch: Spurs’ Patty Mills vs. Jazz’s Dante Exumlast_img read more