Kyle Busch is leading the way for Joe Gibbs Racing — ranked sixth, 80 points behind Larson. His teammate Denny Hamlin is 16th in the standings. Rookie Daniel Suarez is 21st and former champion Matt Kenseth is 22nd — with three finishes of 36th or worse. No Gibbs driver has hoisted the hardware in 2017 either. How many people would have predicted that come the second week of April either the Hendrick or Gibbs organizations would be winless?RELATED: NASCAR executive says more drivers have an opportunity to win BUY TICKETS: See the races at TexasChip Ganassi Racing’s Kyle Larson leads the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series points standings for the third consecutive week. Roger Penske’s driver Brad Keselowski collected his second race trophy of the year on Sunday — the first multi-time winner of the season. Penske driver Joey Logano is fifth in the standings with a pole position at Phoenix and five top-six finishes through six races — top-five showings in both the last two weeks. 2017 Stats: Logano | Keselowski | Larson | McMurray After winning the Daytona 500 and finishing seventh the next week at Atlanta, Kurt Busch has suffered through four consecutive showings of 24th place or worse and has fallen to 19th in the points standings. His teammate Danica Patrick is ranked 29th. Her 17th place showing at Atlanta last month is the only top-20 for her so far this season. While these two great racing organizations — Chevy’s Ganassi and Ford’s Penske — have long settled trophies and championships between themselves in the open-wheel ranks, simultaneously leading the way in NASCAR is a relatively uncommon development. Hendrick’s Kasey Kahne is ranked 12th, reigning seven-time Monster Energy Series champion Jimmie Johnson is 14th and Dale Earnhardt Jr. is 25th — a hefty 169 points behind Larson. No Hendrick driver has won a race in 2017. RELATED: Junior weighs in on slow start to 2017 &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p Ganassi holds the record for most Rolex 24 at Daytona wins (six), has won the 12 Hours of Sebring and won in class at the 24 Hours of LeMans in addition to his 11 IndyCar season titles and four Indy 500 wins. Penske is the reigning IndyCar champion team owner — for the 14th time — and has an incredible 16 Indy 500 wins in addition to his 2012 NASCAR title (Keselowski) and two Daytona 500 wins (Ryan Newman in 2008 and Logano in 2015). Stewart-Haas’ newest driver Clint Bowyer has been a bright light for Stewart-Haas outside of Busch’s Daytona 500 win. Bowyer is ranked eighth — his highest place atop the standings since he finished seventh in the 2015 season-opening Daytona 500. The last time he was ranked among the top-10 outside of Daytona was in 2014. Bowyer’s teammate, 2014 Monster Energy Series champion Kevin Harvick is 10th in the standings with three finishes of 20th or worse through the opening six races. He was leading the standings at this time the past two seasons. But certainly not unforeseen.And what makes this situation even more interesting is that these are two-car teams — not the four-car mega-organizations like Hendrick Motorsports, Joe Gibbs Racing or Stewart-Haas Racing, which have more frequently visited winner’s circles and hoisted the champion’s hardware. Kurt Busch’s dramatic final lap win in the Daytona 500 is the only victory thus far in 2017 for the three four-car teams that have dominated the landscape in recent years. Sure it’s early in the season, but the standings look as diverse as they ever have. But it’s a reflection as much on the other teams — Ganassi, Penske, Furniture Row, Wood Brothers and Richard Childress — who have picked up the pace. Yes, it’s early in the year. And drivers such as Johnson — a six-time winner at this week’s Texas venue, Kyle Busch, Harvick and Hamlin are traditional trophy sure-bets.But the Ganassi and Penske organizations know a little something about winning championships too. And so far, they are well-positioned to make a run at the mega-teams who are less accustomed to playing catch-up, even this early in the season. Both Ganassi and Penske are among the most respected, decorated and competitive people in the garage with records and statistics to verify the stature — in NASCAR and beyond. Entering Sunday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway (1:30 p.m. ET, FOX, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), Furniture Row Racing’s two drivers — Martin Truex Jr. and rookie Erik Jones are both ranked among the top-13 and Truex has a win. Wood Brothers Racing driver Ryan Blaney — a one-car operation with support from Penske — is ranked seventh.RELATED: See the full standings | Who’s earned the most stage points?Meanwhile, the larger teams are having an uncharacteristically and decidedly slower start to the year. Second-year driver Chase Elliott, 21, is setting the standard at Hendrick — winless, but only four points behind the 24-year old Larson in the standings. Elliott’s the only driver ranked among the top-five not from a two-car team and his three veteran teammates have ground you’d expect them to make up points-wise. The situation shows off NASCAR’s talent diversity and speaks volumes about the ever-increasing intrigue and all around competitive level.Everyone’s raising their game. And the big winner is the fan. Chip Ganassi Racing driver Jamie McMurray is enjoying the best six-race start of his Daytona 500-winning career — ranked ninth in the standings entering this weekend’s race at Texas, despite a crash last week at Martinsville.
8. Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing3 5.Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing6 1.Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing10 7. Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing4 3.Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing8 FinishDriverTeamRace points 1. Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing10 8.Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing3 10. Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports1 2. Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing9 4.Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing7 3. Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing8 STAGE 1 RECAP: ResultsKyle Busch grabbed the lead back from Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Matt Kenseth with nine laps to go to win Stage 1 of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Overton’s 400 at Pocono Raceway.Busch led 30 of the 50 laps in Stage 1 for his eighth stage win of the season.Points leader Martin Truex Jr. finished Stage 1 in second, followed by Kevin Harvick in third. Brad Keselowski and June Pocono race winner Ryan Blaney rounded out the top five.The first lap was eventful with a wreck involving eight cars, triggered by a spin in Turn 3 by the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota driven by Matt Kenseth. Aric Almirola, Austin Dillon, Danica Patrick, Paul Menard, Michael McDowell, Chris Buescher and Matt DiBenedetto were involved in the incident as well.RELATED: Kenseth triggers multi-car wreck on Lap 1 at Pocono 9.Michael McDowell Leavine Family Racing2 9. Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing2 6. Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing5 FinishDriverTeamRace points 6.Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports5 STAGE 2: Results | MORE: Pocono leaderboard Clint Bowyer won Stage 2 of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Overton’s 400 at Pocono Raceway as the closing laps saw pit road strategy shake up the running order in a big way.With four laps to go, the front two of Martin Truex Jr. and Denny Hamlin led a brigade of cars down pit road to set up having to need just one stop for the remainder of the race. Bowyer stayed out to earn the playoff point and 10 points for the stage win — his first of the season in his No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford.Brad Keselowski finished the stage second followed by Danica Patrick in third. Kurt Busch and Ryan Newman rounded out the top five. The drivers that stayed out for the finish of Stage 2 — such as Bowyer — would then pit under caution following Stage 2.Three-time Pocono winner Jimmie Johnson hit the wall off of Turn 3 on Lap 58 to bring out the race’s third caution, an incident that would end the day for the driver of the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet. Kyle Larson was running in the top five before the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet lost its drive shaft and went to the garage before returning on Lap 83.RELATED: Car part flies off Larson’s No. 42 | Johnson spins out at Pocono 7.Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing4 2.Brad Keselowski Team Penske9 5. Ryan Blaney Wood Brothers Racing6 4. Brad Keselowski Team Penske7 10.AJ Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing1
Widespread Panic returns to the stage for a three-night run at Morrison, CO’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre on June 28th -30th. For a full list of their upcoming tour dates and ticketing information, head to the band’s website.Hats off to you, until next time, GoodPeople.Setlist: Widespread Panic | Brandon Amphitheater | Brandon, MS | 6/8/2019Set One: Stop-Go, And It Stoned Me, All Time Low, Hatfield, Papa Johnny Road, Sundown Betty, Who Do You Belong To?, Can’t Get High, Thin Air (Smells Like Mississippi), Imitation Leather ShoesSet Two: Junior > Ribs and Whiskey, Honky Red, Surprise Valley > Airplane > Drums, Bust It Big, Last DanceEncore: Nobody’s Loss, You Wreck Me (10 mins)Notes – ‘That Don’t Make It Junk’ rap during ‘Stop-Go’– ‘Thin Air (Smells Like Mississippi)’ LTP 6/27/14 Red Rocks (270 shows); 1st time for Duane After digging up the graves of the first generation of Mississippi bluesmen on Friday night, Widespread Panic returned to their usual antics of heavily, jammed out tunes, with mostly originals and a handful of covers mixed in. For the second and final night of Panic’s two-night run in Brandon, Mississippi, the band delivered such a rockin’ show that the few in attendance that did not already have Red Rocks tickets, scrambled to purchase plane tickets and three-day admissions for the upcoming Colorado run.The six kings of swampadelic rock and roll opened their first set with the crowd-favorite “Stop-Go, the seventh song from their debut album Space Wrangler. The audience responded with a welcoming noise that was louder than a cannon’s blast. Dave Schools dug deep rhythmic entrenchments, which echoed euphonic reverberations to the tune that was teased the night prior. The unpredictable John Bell improvised a rare “That Don’t Make it Junk” rap into the lyrics and “strutted and crowed, along the way.”Widespread was in the midst of dismantling Van Morrison’s song “And It Stoned Me” down to the very nuts and bolts of the framework as the dark skies loomed ominously, threatening rain. “All Time Low” tumbled like a barrel off the album Til’ the Medicine Takes, which was re-released as a vinyl in celebration of its 20th anniversary earlier this year.Challenging the sky once more, Panic re-awakened the legend of “Hatfield”, who with the help of his brother cooked up rain for the drought-stricken city of Los Angeles for a compensatory sum of $10,000. JB took on a succinct rap which began with Charlie Hatfield’s German mama, and continuing down unforeseen paths with vivid descriptions and quick-witted improvisation.Widespread Panic – “Hatfield”[Video: Drew Derden]After a short section of bass fiddling, “Papa Johnny Road” was unearthed for the first time since Panic En La Playa Ocho in Mexico. To follow the cut from 2003’s Ball, Widespread Panic performed their newly-written “Sundown Betty”, which has been played ten times since the song’s debut at Panic En La Playa 7 in 2018. A pair of Bloodkin covers blazed the way into the first set with the “Who Do You Belong To?” leading into the slower “Can’t Get High.” Widespread continues to pay respect to Danny Hutchens and Eric Carter of Bloodkin, as fellow brothers and representatives of the jam scene of Athens, Georgia.To round out the set, Widespread returned to Ball to appropriately bust-out the long-lost “Thin Air (Smells like Mississippi)”. The tune was glorified in the exuberant Night of Joy album with horn accompaniment provided by The Dirty Dozen Brass Band. It was the first time that the song was performed since the Red Rocks run in the summer of 2014, as well as the first time played with Duane Trucks on drums. Naturally, the audience’s appreciation was uproarious.Dave Schools ran rampant with his bass guitar throughout and leading into the calamitous “Imitation Leather Shoes” to finish off the first set. The heavy song was written and influenced by Franz Kafka’s supernaturally absurd short story “The Metamorphisis”, in which the main character awakens to find himself transformed into a giant insect. “Imitation” featured its distinctive triad of bass notes with a slight pause between the first consecutive pair and the heavily, resounding note that follows.Following a short setbreak, Widespread returned to play a loose second set with 84 minutes divided between seven songs and a substantial drum section. Kicking it off, the band sauntered back on stage and JB stepped up to the mic introducing a boisterous “Junior” with the quip, “Here’s one to help the babies sleep.” The tune “was written by mixing several of Junior Kimbrough’s songs, who shared a record label with JoJo Hermann at Fat Possum Records. Even in the song’s condensed format, Jimmy Herring still managed to find time to casually dish out some lightning fast solos between JB’s declarations of love.As the set was getting savory, the audience gobbled up a hearty serving of “Ribs and Whiskey” slathered in Panic’s own smokey flavored jam-sauce. JB changed tones from creepy and voyeuristic to the desperation of a man dying of thirst in the desert for a cutting rendition of Murray McLaughlan’s “Honky Red.”The crowd favorites kept pouring over this bountiful waterfall as “Surprise Valley” soared for an incredible 20-minutes, building up slowly and carefully until culminating into a monstrous explosion of energy. “Airplane” taxied down the runway for six minutes before “The Take-Off Jam” doubled the length of the song and quintupled the intensity and pace.The band members took a quick breather allowing just Duane Trucks and Sunny Ortiz to percolate swinging rhythms and conduct a lengthy percussive battle. The guys returned to their positions as JoJo’s piano introduced a monumental “Bust It Big”, which was also featured on the aforementioned Night of Joy album. JoJo’s vocals and piano and Herring’s guitar electrically charge the surrounding atmosphere by using the same electrostatic manipulation techniques as Dr. Frankenstein.Widespread Panic – “Drums”[Video: Ward Johnson]To conclude the second set, John Bell mesmerized throughout a sizzling performance of Neil Young’s “Last Dance.” The lyrics were switched in which “the orange juice is hot / the coffee cup is cold!” adding a surreal element to the already dream-like song.Widespread Panic encored with a heart-wrenching “Nobody’s Loss” which has rarely surfaced more than twice a year in recent times. JoJo led the band through the cut from Til the Medicine Takes with his voice and forlorn piano. Finishing off the two-night run in Mississippi, Panic paid tribute to late Southern rocker Tom Petty with one last romp through “You Wreck Me.”Widespread Panic – “You Wreck Me”
BUENA VISTA, Colo. (AP) – A sudden rock slide killed five hikers on a beginners trail in central Colorado on Monday. A teenage girl was flown to the hospital with a broken leg. (Oct. 1)
Related Following its 2010 sponsorship of the Orobie Skyraid, Scott is backing the skyrunning world competition again in 2011.The Orobie Skyraid has carved out a leading role in the skyrunning world, thanks to a large contingent of international athletes and to an extraordinary stage that is the path of Orobie in Italy.In the 2010 edition, the Orobie Skyraid hosted the SkyRaid World Championship. Here, the International Skyrunning Federation handed over control to race organiser Fly-Up Sport and its founder Mario Poletti – probably the strongest athlete in the Italian history of skyrunning with the record of 8 hours 52 minutes set in 2005 along the complete Orobie track.For those who love racing through the clouds, these competitions represent a challenge because of the extreme difficulty of the route. In order to give the race through the Bergamo region in Italy a new dimension, the organisers and Mario Poletti are looking to the future with new initiatives for 2011.The fifth edition of the Orobie Skyraid will be on Sunday 17 July and will not be a relay. In order to avoid the problems created by the construction of teams of three athletes (many people give up the competition due to the lack of friends who don’t want to test themselves through the 48K of the Orobie trail!) it was decided to transform it into a single competitor test.In 2011, Fly-up Sport will organise an innovative and captivating ‘prologue’. On 2 June this will unwind the first edition of Orobie Vertical. This race will start from Valbondione, through the number 301 paths and after 1000m of altitude gain will finish at the Coca Refuge.Mario Poletti said, “We decided to introduce this race in order to launch the Orobie Skyraid, but also because many people asked for a vertical km race uphill, and we are sure that both the events will have the consensus of all the fans.”www.orobieskyraid.it www.scott-sports.com
Rep. Jarrod Ousley speaking at a legislative session earlier this year.Rep. Jarrod Ousley of Merriam added his name to a letter calling for a legislative audit of the Kansas Department of Children and Family Services sent out last week. The letter says “the specter of alleged wrongdoing by the Department of Children and Families now clouds cases which are already difficult enough.”Ousley also attended a meeting of the Legislative Post Audit Committee last week where the committee did not immediately approve of an audit, but created a subcommittee to develop an audit proposal. “We’ve got children’s safety as risk,” Ousley said, expressing his disappointment with the delay.The letter was signed by a number of attorneys who act as Guardians Ad Litem appointed to advocate for the best interests of the children. Privacy protections prevent anyone from bringing evidence of wrongdoing, the letter contends. “Absent protections … a legislative audit or investigation remains the only means by which a completely closed system may be transparent to the public.”“Heaven forbid something happens to a child between now and then,” Ousley said of the delay in the audit. “(There is) potential they have dropped the ball and we are not going to know without an audit.”“In recent days, concerns which have long been held by attorneys and personnel who work within this system have been brought to light,” the letter reads.The department has come under scrutiny for allegations of discrimination against same-sex couples, the privatized child support system and the safety of children in foster care. Gov. Sam Brownback also has called for an examination of the foster care and adoption system.
Panel debates court’s procedural rulemaking Senior EditorA prominent attorney who argued the Legislature should not interfere with the Supreme Court’s procedural rulemaking authority got a chilly reception from a House subcommittee studying the issue.Tallahassee attorney and constitutional lawyer Barry Richard told the House Civil Justice Subcommittee on February 9 that unlike what they had been told at a previous meeting, the court and the Legislature have a long history of mutual respect and cooperation on rules matters. He also proposed that the court and Legislature establish a liaison committee to avoid any future problems over rules.It was the committee’s second workshop on procedural rules, and some members have suggested Florida should switch to the federal system, where all procedural rules are submitted to Congress for review. Currently, the Florida Supreme Court has exclusive oversight of procedural rules, although the Legislature can repeal a rule by a two-thirds vote.Richard told the panel that the Florida Constitution, as a “bedrock” principle, establishes a separation of powers among the branches of government and further specifies that the legislative and judicial branches are each in charge of their own procedural rules. “To the great credit of the Legislature and the Supreme Court. . . our history has been one of enormous deference and mutual respect by the two branches. And the record bears that out,” Richard said.Since 1975, 68 cases have reached the Supreme Court alleging that a legislative enactment improperly rewrote court procedural rules, Richard said.“Of those 68 cases, the Supreme Court has held that only 16 of them were procedural and has held that 52 of them were substantive and the exclusive domain of the Legislature,” he said.“In some of those cases where the Supreme Court has held it [the law] was procedural, it has proceeded to adopt, in deference to the Legislature, the exact same language that the Legislature had in the statute.”Likewise, in 1972, the Legislature drafted the constitutional amendment approved by voters that limited lawmakers’ intrusion into court’s procedural rules. That amendment provided that the Legislature could repeal a procedural rule by two-thirds vote, and that while the Legislature could repeal a procedural rule, it did not have the authority to write or amend one.“Since that two-thirds rule was embedded in the constitution, this Legislature has only repealed 12 rules that were adopted by the Florida Supreme Court, and the Florida Supreme Court has only one time readopted a rule that this Legislature has repealed, and that was the three rules in the Death Penalty Reform Act (DPRA) of 2000,” Richard said.Subcommittee Chair Rep. Eric Eisnaugle, R-Orlando, noted the court has also reinstated rules struck by the Legislature in State v. Raymond, 906 So. 2d 1045 (2005). However, that case shows that, like the DPRA, the court only temporarily reinstated old rules because its invalidation of the Legislature’s statute left no rules in place.Further, Richard said, several cases that challenged House and Senate procedural rules have reached the Supreme Court. In every case, the court has turned aside the appeal, saying under the separation of powers doctrine it cannot intervene in the internal workings of the Legislature.Richard had been preceded at the committee by Assistant Attorney General Carolyn Snurkowski, who oversees death penalty appeals for the state. She extensively discussed DPRA, which ultimately the court threw out for improperly rewriting court procedural rules, especially on collateral appeals (See story, What happened to dual tracking in death penalty cases? ). Snurkowski said the act attempted to speed up death penalty appeals by setting up a dual track system where direct and collateral state appeals could proceed simultaneously.“Contrary to what you’ve heard today, I will tell you that I believe the Death Penalty Reform Act of 2000, and the way that those three repealed rules were handled, is an extraordinary example of cooperation between the two branches,” Richard said. “And if you read the act, and then you read the three opinions decided by the Supreme Court since that time, I believe you will agree with me.”For example, he said the Legislature specifically deferred to the court in the act and invited it to replace the procedural rules that the Legislature repealed. It also “expressly provided. . . that the act was to be effective until and unless the Supreme Court adopted rules inconsistent with the provisions of the act. That’s what it says,” Richard said.Rep. Eisnaugle asked Richard if the Legislature had authorized the court to readopt the stricken rules 24 days after the DPRA became law. Richard replied that was necessary because the Legislature’s repeal had left a void that would invite a rash of defense challenges because no rules existed.The court said, “The problem was in order to adopt new rules that worked with the United States Constitution and were consistent with the legislative will as expressed in the act, that it needed more time.. . . So what the court did, and you can read the opinion, is say we are readopting this rule as an interim measure until we have enough time to study the issue. . . and adopt a rule that works with the legislative will.”In the following two years, the court struggled with the law and wrote two more opinions.“You can see if you read these opinions, the struggle that the Supreme Court was going through, in an effort to make this work within the confines of the federal court decisions and the United States Constitution, and the practicality of how the system works,” Richard said.The justices also embraced the Legislature’s goal of a dual track system, he said, even though it proved difficult.That statement prompted Eisnaugle to say: “Mr. Richard, you said that you feel that they are committed to a dual track system.”“The court said that,” Richard replied.“So, we do have a dual track system right now?” Eisnaugle asked.“I’m not sure what system we have right now.” Richard replied. “I’m not a criminal defense lawyer. I only know what I read in these opinions.”Eisnaugle said: “So you’re not going to dispute what Ms. Snurkowksi testified, which is that there is no dual track system.”“I dispute vigorously her suggestion that what the Supreme Court did here was in defiance of the Legislature,” Richard said.After conceding that Snurkowski was correct that there currently is no dual track system, Richard added, “The point I am making. . . is this: We have not had a history of either branch acting in defiance of the other. Quite the contrary, both branches have acted with commendable deference and mutual respect, and in many instances have worked cooperatively on the adoption of rules and making rules work with the Legislature’s substantive acts.”While a few instances might be high-profile, he said, actual disputes between the court and Legislature over procedural rules are rare considering the hundreds of times the procedural rules have been amended.With that in mind, Richard said, “The Legislature and Supreme Court should have a liaison committee to meet regularly and discuss rules and proposed rules. That’s an important step to take and certainly a more prudent step to take than to attempt to amend the constitution.”Eisnaugle questioned whether such a committee would be more useful than when the Legislature called a special session for the DPRA and expressly stated its intentions. “You think meetings might be more productive than that?” he asked.Richard replied that since the DPRA contained both substantive and procedural issues, it would have been helpful to discuss those ahead of time, rather than pass a law and wait for the Supreme Court to respond.He also addressed whether the federal model of having Congress review procedural rules would work in Florida — something some committee members have suggested. Richard said the country’s founders assumed that virtually all cases would be resolved in state courts, and the U.S. Supreme Court was the only federal court expressly created by the Constitution. Congress, however, was given the power to create lesser courts, and hence those courts are the creatures of Congress.Florida’s courts are created in the state Constitution, not by the Legislature, he said.Further, he said, the jurisdiction of federal courts was much more limited than it is currently.Richard also said in practice, even though Congress has a review, the federal procedural rules systems works much like Florida’s, with the court’s proposing rules that are rarely altered by Congress.In her presentation, Snurkowski said that death penalty appeals have not speeded up since DPRA, despite attempts by the court system to streamline appeals and other efforts. She also said the court formally abandoned the dual track approach in a July 12, 2001, opinion.Currently, death penalty defendants get a direct appeal and a collateral appeal to the Florida Supreme Court, and they have a year after the decision in the direct appeal to file the collateral appeal, Snurkowski said.But what frequently happens after those appeals is a defendant may claim mental retardation, which sets off another round of appeals. If that fails, the defendant may claim newly discovered evidence, which sets off another round, and then raise a DNA claim, which starts another round. Only after those are done will the defendant begin federal appeals.Snurkowski said the goal of DPRA was to reduce both state and federal appeals to five years, which could be done with contemporaneous direct and collateral appeals and other changes.The law, she added, barred filings that weren’t done within strict time standards and said the determination of mental retardation had to be made during the original trial or the defendant was barred from making that claim.“The Death Penalty Reform Act was about you requiring an individual to litigate his post-conviction claims as closely as possible with his direct appeal claims, so he could exhaust all of his [state] appeals in two to three years and then you could go to federal court,” she said.Rep. Darren Soto, D-Orlando, asked: “Do you believe that we could put something together that would be able to comply with the decision and lower our costs?”She answered: “I think the court itself tried to do dual tracking and didn’t get it very well, because they didn’t like the part of dual tracking that was substantive. So I think that while there are issues. . . the court isn’t going to allow that to happen, because they didn’t like it either.” March 1, 2011 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News Panel debates court’s procedural rulemaking
LWVLA News:This election season was already remarkable with so many candidates running for elective office in northern New Mexico.Now, with public meetings such as candidate forums banned in the effort to reduce the impact of the coronavirus, information about the choices that voters will make at the polls is especially critical.The League of Women Voters of Los Alamos is collecting information for a Voter Guide for the primary election. Election Day is June 2; early voting begins May 5.The Voter Guide will be available online and a hard copy will be delivered probably April 30 in the Los Alamos Daily Post.The Voter Guide will list all candidates who will appear on the June 2 ballot—Republicans, Democrats and Libertarians—but only voters who are registered with one of those parties will be eligible to vote, and only within the party in which they are registered. Candidates for the following offices will be covered: US President; US Senate; US House District 3; NM Supreme Court; NM Court of Appeals; NM Senate Districts 5 & 6; NM House District 43; Public Regulation Commission (PRC) District 3; Public Education Commission (PEC) District 4; First Judicial District Court Judge Position 3 and 6;District Attorney; Los Alamos County Council; and Los Alamos County Clerk.Many voters may wish to vote by mail this year. The link to request a mail-in ballot is online at https://www.sos.state.nm.us/voting-and-elections/voter-information/
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