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For more information about the services we offer or to discuss content subscriptions, There is a stop sign on 17th Street — the road on which Demontigny was driving — but not on 23rd Avenue. seeing the country,C. from Arizona on the pretense that he would help save Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s health care bill In the end he helped derail it Just hours after Senate leadership had unveiled its “better health care bill” the measure failed 51-49 a stunning defeat for McConnell who had been frantically trying to whip up the necessary votes for days Since this was passing under the budget’s reconciliation process Senate leadership only needed 50 votes With 52 Senators in the conference that means they could only afford two defections They ended up with three: Sens Susan Collins of Maine Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and McCain The final Republican bill would have repealed the employer and individual mandates under Obamacare causing premiums to rise 20% between 2018 and 2026 and leaving 43 million more people without insurance in 2026 according to an estimate released Thursday from the Congressional Budget Office McCain had objected to the process arguing that hearings should have been held on the bill and Democrats given more say Collins was consistently opposed to the bill and adamantly against any provision that prohibited Medicaid funds from going to Planned Parenthood which the final bill did Murkowski had also repeatedly voiced objections about the process and had repeatedly stressed her opposition to the Planned Parenthood provision Murkowski and Collins both of whom were left out of McConnell’s working group to draft the bill were the only two Republican Senators to vote against proceeding to debate earlier in the week Murkowski’s decision to vote against the bill came after Trump criticized her opposition to proceed with debate on Twitter and after the Trump Administration’s Interior Secretary reportedly threatened funding for Alaska McCain seemed to relish his return to maverick and breaking with his party He kept the decision close to the chest until he cast his vote telling reporters who asked as he headed to the chamber after the latest bill had been revealed to “watch the show” But as Senators continued to give remarks on the floor reporters noticed something: Schumer had smiled after he spoke with the Arizona Senator And after Schumer gave an impassioned plea about the need for the chamber to do away and start over on reforms in a bipartisan fashion McCain applaudedthe only Republican Senator to do so As the Senate voted on a motion to send the bill back to the committeewhich failed as expectedMcCain huddled with various Senators Then after everyone had voted on the motion everything stalled The vote began at 12:21 AM Every Senator had finished voting within the half hour but instead of turning to the so-called “skinny repeal” bill leaders held the vote open Attention turned to McCain as party leadership presumably tried to woo him Pence huddled alone with McCain McCain Collins Murkowski and Jeff Flake were talking among themselves Something was awry in McConnell’s plan Democratic Sen Claire McCaskill was the first in the chamber to break the silence and give some indication what was going on “There is now a glimmer of hope that we stop this and hopefully start over in a bipartisan way to stabilize ins markets and bring down costs” the Missouri Senator wrote on Twitter at 1:07 AM At 1:25 AM the chamber began voting on McConnell’s bill Fifteen minutes later the vote had closed “This is clearly a disappointing moment” said McConnell immediately afterwards “I regret that our efforts were simply not enough this time” Write to Alana Abramson at [email protected] and Jack Brewster at [email protected] day after passing a kidney stone while participating in a gubernatorial debate Massachusetts State Treasurer Steve Grossman says the excruciating memory has not faded "Its like a little piece of volcanic rock and the edges are sharp" Grossman a Democratic candidate for governor told TIME "And when its traveling down the pathway which is a very small pathway it digs into the side and tears into the side and its painful Its not like a ball bearing coming down a tube" Remarkably Grossman displayed almost no sign that he was in intense physical pain for the hour and a half he was on stage at a forum held by WGBH and MassEquality at the Boston Public Library in Copley Square After the debate a local reporter who has covered Grossman extensively asked the candidate how he was feeling having noticed that he seemed just the teeniest bit off his game Grossman admitted he had started passing a kidney stone at 4 am that morning The reporter Tweeted about it and soon the news went viral Soon there was even a parody account tweeting in the name of Grossmans kidney stone I’m grateful that I made it out but I know some of my fellow stones remain confined We must #FreeTheStones #mapoli Grossman’s Stone (@GrossmansStone) March 26 2014 Despite a pain level Grossman said ranged between five and eight on a scale of one to 10 he took only Advil to dull the sensation he said so he could keep his wits about him for the debate At 9:15 pm that evening after another event following the debate Grossmans stone passed through his urinary tract and out into the world "Its just relief" Grossman said "The pain all of a sudden is gone You feel kind of ‘Wow’ You take a big deep breath and say ‘Okay Im good until the next one’ " Grossman like his father before him has dealt with kidney stones for decades "My feeling is if you want to be governor you suck it up" he said Contact us at [email protected] House of Representatives Rt Hon Yakubu Dogara has said that any political party that fails to embrace and implement reforms to institute internal democracy risked extinction He said in an attempt to either capture or hold on to power some political parties had sometimes embellished their manifestoes with unrealistic promises which according to him “is a political malpractice for an elected government to govern without reference to the manifesto that was placed before the voters which essentially formed the basis of their election” Delivering remarks at a retreat on dynamics of managing political parties organised by the National Institute for Policy & Strategic Studies in Abuja Monday Hon Dogara argued that it amounted to political malpractice for political parties to rule without manifesto at any level The Speaker stated that for political parties to effectively play central role in democratic representation they must be managed and operated in such a manner as to establish trust among the electorate Regrettably in Africa and Nigeria in particular according to him political parties are weak lacking not only a stable and functioning party apparatus but also a clear programmatic appeal “They also suffer from low organisational capacity and a lack of internal democracy Such weak political parties cannot support democracy as parties are expected to serve many important functions including citizen mobilisation interest aggregation public policy formulation leadership recruitment and government organisation” he said Dogara maintained that the apparent weaknesses of political parties in Nigeria underline the need for reform and professionalisation saying “by professionalisation we mean ‘an institutional process by which professionals become more central to the running of our parties’ “Currently our parties in Nigeria could do with better professional organisation of their operations” See the Full Speech Below: REMARKS BY HIS EXCELLENCY RT HON YAKUBU DOGARA SPEAKER HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA AT A RETREAT ON DYNAMICS OF MANAGING POLITICAL PARTIES AT NICON LUXURY HOTEL ABUJA ON 29TH-30TH JANUARY 2018 Protocols: I am delighted for the opportunity to make these remarks as a Guest of Honour at this very important retreat on the Dynamics of Managing Political Parties in Nigeria I am particularly impressed by the topics that will be covered during this Retreat These include Political Parties and Party administration; Membership recruitment and Management; Designing Membership Management System; ICT and political party Management; Imperative of media policy and usage by political parties; Relationship between Political Parties and Election Management Bodies; Campaign strategies; Poll watching and election observation; Monitoring and Evaluation etc 2 It is well known that political parties play very important roles in democratisation of any nation Indeed without political parties a modern representative democracy is not achievable as political parties ensure that citizens are able to act politically They articulate and integrate different interests visions and opinions; develop policy proposals for governance and development and serve as the main source for the recruitment of political leaders 3 For political parties to effectively play this central role in democratic representation they must be managed and operated in such a manner as to establish trust among the electorate 4 Form a Legislative point of view the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Electoral Act contain detailed provisions on political parties Apart from Section 40 of the Constitution Item 56 of the Exclusive Legislative List provides for Regulation of Political Parties as a matter exclusive to the National Assembly Indeed the entire Part 111 Supplemental D which covers Sections 221 to 229 deals with political parties Furthermore the Electoral Act contains various Rules and Regulations concerning the affairs of political parties So the basic legislative framework for administration of political parties is well developed 5 In Africa and Nigeria in particular political parties are weak lacking not only a stable and functioning party apparatus but also a clear programmatic appeal They also suffer from low organisational capacity and a lack of internal democracy Such weak political parties cannot support democracy as parties are expected to serve many important functions including citizen mobilisation interest aggregation public policy formulation leadership recruitment and government organisation 6 In a 2013 Capacity Needs Assessment of Political Parties in Nigeria by the Democratic Governance for Development Project (DGD) the following key gaps in Nigeria’s political party system were identified: 1) an unclear legal framework; 2) poor relationship between parties and INEC; 3) lack of civility and insufficient inter-party dialogue; 4) lack of cohesion in political parties leading to frequent “cross carpeting” between parties; 5) a lack of ideological and policy orientation in the contest for power between parties; and; 6) a limited ability of opposition parties to compete with the ruling party 7 At the level of individual party capacity a number of challenges also stood out These include: (1) lack of an inclusive and research-based policy and manifesto development process that provides a clear policy framework for them to govern; (2) lack of ideological or institutional identities; and limited competence in research and analysis that looks at their own performance and supports clear plans and strategies for building the party 8 These apparent weaknesses of political parties in Nigeria underline the need for reform and professionalisation By professionalisation we mean ‘an institutional process by which professionals become more central to the running of our parties’ Currently our parties in Nigeria could do with better professional organisation of their operations 9 Professionalisation is about effectiveness and efficiency To achieve this it is important that we organise our political parties along the lines of proper functioning bureaucracies set up functional organisational structures and hire professionals to run the administrative aspects of the party and support party leadership in the general running of our parties Professionals can deliver expertise on a broad range of areas and issues Ladies and gentlemen the essence of having strong better organised and professional political parties lies in the fact that they are better able to contribute to good governance through the promotion of accountability political stability government effectiveness control of corruption and rule of law Thus parties must be competently managed internally democratic well rooted in society law-abiding financially transparent and adequately funded ideologically defined inclusive of women and youth 10 For political parties to be influential and effective actors in contributing to good governance they should essentially start by promoting a culture of good governance through the entrenchment of intra-party democracy which will consequently lead to a stronger democratic culture in the wider society This can be reflected in the manner in which party leaders and candidates for election are selected/elected how internal party policies are set and how memberships are defined within the party and how conflicts are managed Internal party democracy must be a priority in efforts to restore public confidence in political parties and the democratic process generally Greater citizen participation accountability of leadership transparency and institutional safeguards are now more important than ever for the democratisation of political parties 11 Another important aspect of good governance within parties is inclusive participation underlined by intra-party elections and the involvement of all stakeholders in the decision-making processes of the party The participation of women in intraparty processes is an indispensable component of equal opportunity and should be imbibed and entrenched by our parties Happily most political parties have adopted policies to increase quality participation of women and youths in the political party process A lot more still needs to be done as the percentage of women and youths in elective offices in Nigeria is abysmally low if not scandalous 12 Furthermore political parties contribute to good governance through their manifestoes which serve as important benchmarks for measuring the performance of a Government and ensuring that they are accountable to the electorate based on the promises outlined in their manifestoes It is worthy to mention that in an attempt to either capture or hold on to power some political parties have sometimes embellished their manifestoes with unrealistic promises It is a political malpractice for an elected government to govern without reference to the manifesto that was placed before the voters which essentially formed the basis of their election Political parties must ensure that they relate their manifestoes to a strategic framework which carry the development vision of the entire nation That is why the Constitution provides that manifesto of political parties must align with Chapter 2 of the Constitution which is the Fundamental Objectives and Directive Principle of State Policy which is the philosophical basis of government in Nigeria 13 Political parties can also be strengthened to play more effective role in democratic consolidation through capacity building that include research and publications in thematic areas country dialogue workshops training and international conferences I would like to thank the organisers of this programme National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies for this innovative and timely meeting and for reaching out to such a broad range of stakeholders 14 Let me conclude by saying that political parties can stay relevant so long as they mediate different interests and offer coherent visions which they can advocate in elections and through running and effective people oriented government Political parties that fail to address the issues that citizens consider to be most important risk becoming irrelevant and disappearing from the political map 15 Thank you for your attention and I hope that your discussions will be highly productive in strengthening Nigeria’s political parties to become effective professional and democratic institutions 16 May God bless you all and bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria Announcement of Ringsak’s death came from his friend Garrison Keillor longtime "Prairie Home" host who called Ringsak "one of the finest and most generous storytellers I ever knew talking about his youth in Grafton ND, as my teammates tell me I never pass the ball and only ever want to score, PTI "The people of Uttar Pradesh are not benefitting from the same party governments at the Centre and the state. 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