Cowley Law Offices LLC Wed, 17 Aug 2022 18:51:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Cowley Law Offices LLC 32 32 Janitors were employees, not independent contractors | Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP Wed, 17 Aug 2022 18:36:04 +0000

Janitors were wrongly classified as independent contractors when they were in fact employees, a California federal court judge has ruled in a long-running dispute.

When a trio of janitors sued Jan-Pro International for minimum wage, overtime, expense reimbursement and other compensation, the company argued it was not in the janitorial business. , but rather in the field of sales and support of the main franchises.

The district court initially sided with Jan-Pro, granting summary judgment on the misclassification claim. The workers appealed.

On appeal, the California Supreme Court decided Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court, where the court adopted the ABC test to determine employee classification for claims governed by California wage orders. The state’s highest court then ruled that Dynamex has retroactive application.

In accordance with the ABC test, workers are presumed to be employees and can only be classified as independent contractors if the hiring entity demonstrates that the individual meets the following three conditions:

(A) The Worker is free from the control and direction of the Lessee in connection with the performance of the work, both under the contract for the performance of the work and in fact.

(B) The worker performs work that is not part of the normal course of business of the hiring entity.

(VS) The worker is usually engaged in an independently established trade, occupation or business of the same nature as that involved in the work performed.

In reviewing the ABC test, the Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals identified three relevant considerations, US District Court Judge William Alsup explained: whether the employee’s work is necessary or merely incidental to that of the tenant; if the lessee permanently performs work for the lessee; and in which company the tenant declares to be.

“Here, as a matter of common sense, unit franchisees remained at all times necessary to defendant’s business,” he wrote. “Defendant’s business depended on franchisees of units performing cleaning services. Without a steady supply of Unit Franchisees, Defendant’s business would have failed. And, Defendant earned four percent of all cleaning revenue Master Franchisees collected from Unit Franchisees. The defendant’s income therefore depended on the amount of work performed by the unit franchisees. »

In addition, the unit franchisees performed cleaning services continuously – not occasionally – and Jan-Pro was in the cleaning business, the court heard, presenting itself as a cleaning company in public advertisements and websites. .

“Defendant was clearly selling cleaning services,” Alsup wrote. “To find otherwise would be to ignore the entire basis of defendant’s business.”

Because Jan-Pro failed Part B of the ABC test, Alsup granted summary judgment in favor of plaintiffs on the misclassification claim.

To read the command Roman vs. Jan-Pro Franchising International, Inc.., Click here.

Why is this important: Originally filed in 2008 in Massachusetts, the lawsuit has gone down in history Dynamex decision, which resulted in a complete reversal of summary judgment in favor of Jan-Pro in summary judgment in favor of plaintiffs on the issue of misclassification. A class-wide damages trial will take place in 2023.

Linklaters Business Leader Talks Geopolitical Risk, Nandos and Little Mix Tue, 16 Aug 2022 10:23:01 +0000

Simon Branigan, Global Head of Business at Linklaters, has been with the firm since 1998. He was promoted to Partner in 2009 and in June 2021 took over the global business.

During his tenure with the firm, he advised on various major transactions including the £1.6bn merger of OneSavings Bank and Charter Court Financial Services and Capita in connection with its £701m rights issue. pound sterling. Here, he’s talking about takeout from the office and rushing into Buckingham Palace’s bathrooms to take a call.

Home office or “real” office?

For me, this is the real office. I like being around people, around the team, I like the noise, the buzz, the energy. It’s always good to have a mix, but for me it’s definitely the office in person.

What advice would you give to young corporate lawyers starting out?

Always take care of your teams and it will pay dividends throughout your career, and always put yourself in the customer’s shoes in everything you do.

Why did you become a lawyer?

I watched a lot of television when I was a kid. There are no lawyers in my family, I come from a working class Northern Irish background and used to watch LA Law (which definitely dates me!). I was convinced this was the law, life as a lawyer was as glamorous as LA Law, so I thought, “I’ll take a slice of it.” Also the fact that everyone wore fantastic suits and ties. No one in my family had a job that required suits and ties, so I was very impressed.

What is the professional moment you are most proud of?

I have three. When I was elected partner because, still today, it is a privilege; when I was named global head of the company; and seeing very junior lawyers progress, either being elected to a partnership themselves or becoming more experienced. Especially the junior attorneys I’ve worked with, you see them with clients and think back to when they sat down with you as an intern and you can see the progression. It makes me incredibly proud.

…and did you have a worse day at work?

Each day is like a big party! But there is one, as a junior attorney, I was emailing very late at night. I did a spell check because I was very well trained. Unfortunately there was an autocorrect so I emailed the lawyer on the other side with all the clients in CC’s which started”Dear asexual” because their name was corrected automatically. At the time, I thought the world was going to end. Now I look back and think that’s hilarious. It’s the only email I’ve received in 24 years, so it’s not that bad, but it was definitely a bottleneck!

The most memorable deals you’ve worked on and why?

The acquisition of ABN Amro in 2007 will always be memorable. It was huge, involving around 70 jurisdictions and it was really like 20 agreements in one. I also acted for House of Fraser when it was sold to their Chinese buyer at the time, it was smaller but incredibly complex, mainly because of the personalities involved.

Where’s the most absurd place you’ve taken a work call?

I’m a master at finding quiet lanes in central London when I suddenly have to do a conference call. I’m like a carrier pigeon, able to find a quiet place without traffic even near Regents Street! But maybe Buckingham Palace men’s toilets are good!

What are the main risks and opportunities that your customers currently face?

Overall, in the immediate term, it will enter slightly choppier waters. Of course, this also creates opportunities for clients, but for some there is a geopolitical angle, especially with China and Russia, which will create risks for some clients who have a greater presence in these jurisdictions.

What are the main risks and opportunities facing law firms today?

I would say there is still a lot to play for in many jurisdictions, from Linklater’s perspective, such as the United States. We will be more and more active, I hope, in the United States in the future. Likewise, general competition is a risk, particularly US law firms in the UK, but also expansion into other jurisdictions where we have offices. There is real growing competition in the war for talent.

What annoys you the most about being a lawyer?

Lawyers who fixate on small points and lose sight of the big picture. Especially the points that their customers don’t care about, but they see the world is about to end if they give up on that point. He does no one a favor and does not act in the best interests of the client.

How sustainable are pay rate increases for junior lawyers?

We have to be flexible on that. We have been through a number of years where there is fierce competition in the marketplace and, unsurprisingly, this is leading to rising wages, led in large part by corporate America. We have to be very clear about our offer. Salary is incredibly important, but we also have to recognize that we offer something in addition to very high salaries. If it was just a matter of money, many of us would go work somewhere else and do something else. It’s important but it can’t be the only thing holding people back.

You’re stuck working late at the office, what food do you order and what music will get you through?

With the expensive taste I have – Nandos chicken pitta, medium spicy, with fries. Also their mashed potatoes are amazing and it comes from someone who is Irish! My taste in music is terrible. It would be anything from Sigala, Kygo or (and embarrassingly I shouldn’t admit it but it’s true) Little Mix.

Attorney General Phil Weiser campaigns for re-election in Aspen and Snowmass Village Tue, 16 Aug 2022 00:50:00 +0000

Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser is up for re-election and a second four-year term.

His opponent is John Kellner, a Republican and the district attorney for the 18th Judicial District, which includes Douglas and Arapahoe counties on the Front Range.

Weiser, a Democrat, held a fundraiser at Snowmass Village on Saturday and spoke at a meeting Sunday at the Pitkin County Library.

He also came to Aspen Public Radio on Monday and was asked how his re-election campaign was going.

“I feel like we’ve accomplished a lot, as I look at the work we’ve done,” Weiser said. handed over $85 million to help consumers who were ripped off, and we worked hard to defend our democracy.

“Not to mention reproductive rights, another issue that people are concerned about with the Dobbs decision.

“I want people to look at my case and decide if I deserve four more years as a people’s advocate. I think we’ve done a great job in all of those areas and more,” Weiser said. “We still have work to do, which is why I want to continue serving as Attorney General.”

Weiser has his re-election case, but there’s a lot to unpack.

For example, is the state’s tougher new fentanyl law, where more than one gram of the drug is a felony, a throwback to the harsher drug penalties of the past?

“The problem with our old law was that you could have about 70 counterfeit pills on you, or if you had pure fentanyl, enough to kill 2,000 people, and that was classified as a misdemeanor,” Weiser said. dealers to get a freedom to operate and literally lead to people’s deaths. This is unacceptable.

“I have spoken to mothers who have lost children who bought what they thought was a Xanax or an Oxycodone pill, but it was fentanyl presented as a counterfeit pill. We need to be able to prosecute these dealers. That’s what this new law does.

“And by reducing the amount, we give resellers less freedom to operate by keeping, say, 70 pills, and claiming it’s for their own use,” Weiser said. “Our goal is not to criminalize users.”

Regarding the Colorado River basin and the continued effects of aridification, Weiser said the state of Colorado intends to increase its measurement of water use by irrigators and others.

“We need to find a range of solutions that will be smart, innovative and ideally done in a collaborative spirit,” Weiser said. “The way I would start, from a hierarchy, is that we need a much better measure of what’s going on. So the challenge of measuring water is a challenge that the law on infrastructure calls us to rise and we have funds that we can invest in more measures.

The Colorado Attorney General also noted that the upper basin states are compliant with the Colorado River Compact.

“Colorado and the upper basin states remained in compliance,” Weiser said. “We actually tightened our belts, because we are an upstream state.

“Meanwhile, the lower basin states have continued to overdraw, more than they are allowed to, and they have now depleted those reservoirs. We turn to them: what are you going to do?

“And ideally they’ll ask us for help, because we’ve done conservation here in Colorado and now we’re working on reuse, and they need to start getting into it,” he said.

Another issue we discussed was election security. Did he think that if the Republicans lost in the next Colorado election, they would say the election was rigged?

“I’m nervous about this question,” Weiser said. “We cannot take it for granted that our democratic republic will always work. What we have to do is make our institutions work as they are supposed to.

“If people have concerns about the election, they can call for a recount. Tina Peters just did that in the Secretary of State primary.

“You can go to court if you have allegations of fraud, but you can’t just make things up and object without any basis. That won’t be tolerated by the courts,” he said. “And in 2020 it came to nothing, and we have to do our best to make sure that in 2022 and 2024 we continue to honor the election results.”

Pembina Pipeline Corporation Announces Closing of Transaction and Creation of Pembina Gas Infrastructure Mon, 15 Aug 2022 18:10:00 +0000

All financial figures are approximate and in Canadian dollars, unless otherwise stated.

CALGARY, Alta., August 15, 2022 /PRNewswire/ – Pembina Pipeline Corporation (“Pembina” or the “Company”) (TSX: PPL) (NYSE: PBA) is pleased to announce that it has completed its previously announced joint venture transaction with KKR to combine their natural resources respective western Canadian gas processing assets into a single new joint venture, Pembina Gas Infrastructure Inc. (“PGI”).

“We are delighted to officially announce the creation of PGI, a leading gas processing entity in Western Canada that will bring incredible value to Pembina, our partner KKR and our customers. Pembina has had a strong relationship with KKR at Veresen Midstream for the past four years and the creation of PGI is a natural next step that will unlock growth and provide increased service offerings to customers across the Montney and the Duverney Formations, central alberta to the northeast British Columbia,” said Scott BurrowsPresident and CEO of Pembina.

Timing of Common Share Dividend Increase

As previously announced, the Pembina Board of Directors has declared a common stock cash dividend for August 2022 of $0.21 per share payable, subject to applicable law, the September 15, 2022to shareholders of record on August 25, 2022.

Pembina’s Board of Directors has already approved a $0.0075 per common share to increase its monthly common stock dividend rate, to $00.2175 per common share per month (representing an increase of 3.6%), subject to the closing of the joint venture transaction with KKR. The first dividend under which the increase will take effect should be declared at the beginning September 2022and payable on or about October 14, 2022.

About Pembina

Pembina Pipeline Corporation is a leading provider of energy transmission and midstream services that has served North America energy sector for more than 65 years. Pembina has an integrated network of hydrocarbon liquids and natural gas pipelines, gas gathering and processing facilities, oil and natural gas liquids infrastructure and logistics services, as well as a business growing export terminals. Through our integrated value chain, we seek to provide safe and reliable infrastructure solutions that connect energy producers and consumers around the world, support a more sustainable future and benefit our customers, investors, employees and communities. For more information, please visit

Goal of Pembina:

To be the leader in providing integrated infrastructure solutions connecting global markets:

  • Clients choose us first for reliable, value-added services.
  • Investors receive industry-leading sustainable total returns.
  • Employees claim that we are “the employer of choice” and value our safe, respectful, collaborative and inclusive work culture.
  • Communities welcome us and recognize the net positive impact of our social and environmental commitment.

Pembina is structured into three divisions: the Pipelines Division, the Facilities Division, and the Marketing and New Ventures Division.

Pembina common stock trades at Toronto and New York scholarships under PPL and PBA, respectively.

About the PGI

Pembina Gas Infrastructure (“PGI”) is a leading gas processing entity in Western Canada with a combined capacity of 5 billion cubic feet per day. A partnership between Pembina and KKR, PGI is strategically positioned to serve customers across the Montney and Trends Duverney Downtown alberta to the northeast British Columbia. Pembina owns 60% of PGI and operates and manages PGI’s facilities, while KKR’s global infrastructure funds own the remaining 40%. For more information, visit

Forward-looking information and statements

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements and forward-looking information (collectively, “forward-looking statements”), including forward-looking statements within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of applicable securities laws, that are based on expectations, current estimates, projections and assumptions in light of its experience and perception of historical trends. In some instances, forward-looking statements may be identified by words such as “expects”, “estimates”, “anticipates”, “projects”, “plans”, “will”, “would”, “could”, “potential”, “continue”, “commit” and similar expressions suggesting future events or future performance.

In particular, this press release contains forward-looking statements regarding, but not limited to, the following: the joint venture transaction between Pembina and KKR, including the anticipated benefits thereof to Pembina; and future Pembina common stock dividends, including the expected time at which the increase will be declared and payable.

Forward-looking statements are based upon certain assumptions Pembina has made with respect thereto as of the date of this press release regarding, among other things: that favorable circumstances continue to exist with respect to the operation of the assets contributed to PGI; that PGI’s future operating results will be consistent with management’s expectations in this regard; levels of exploration and development activity in the oil and gas industry and the geographic region of such activity; applicable regulatory, tax and environmental laws and regulations; PGI’s ability to maintain an investment grade rating; future cash flows; commodity prices, interest rates, carbon prices, tax rates and prevailing exchange rates; the availability of capital to fund PGI’s future capital requirements; future operating costs; that counterparties will honor contracts in a timely manner; that no unforeseen event prevents the execution of the contracts; that there are no unforeseen material costs associated with the relevant facilities that are not recoverable from customers; and maintaining operating margins.

Although Pembina believes that the expectations and material factors and assumptions reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable as of the date hereof, there can be no assurance that such expectations, factors and assumptions will prove to be correct. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to a number of known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual events or results to differ materially, including, but not limited to : failure to realize the anticipated benefits and/or synergies of the joint venture due to integration or other issues; expectations and assumptions regarding, among other things: customer demand for PGI’s assets and services; commodity prices, interest rates and exchange rates; planned synergies, operating and capital efficiencies and cost savings; applicable tax laws; future production rates; the adequacy of budgeted capital expenditures for carrying out planned activities; labor and material shortages; the non-execution or default of the counterparties to the agreements concluded within the framework of the activities of PGI; the impact of competitive entities and pricing; reliance on key relationships and agreements; reliance on third parties to successfully operate and maintain certain assets; environmental and regulatory decisions and Aboriginal and landowner consultation requirements; actions of governmental or regulatory authorities, including changes in tax laws and treatment, changes in royalty rates, climate change initiatives or policies or increased environmental regulation; fluctuations in operating results; general unfavorable economic and market conditions in Canada, North America and worldwide, including changes or prolonged weakness, as the case may be, in interest rates, foreign exchange rates, commodity prices, supply/demand trends and credit levels. industry activity; risks related to current and potential adverse effects of the COVID-19 pandemic; lower than expected operating results and increased cash flow from Pembina; the ability to access various sources of debt and equity capital; changes in credit ratings; counterparty credit risk; technology and cybersecurity risks; natural disasters; and certain other risks and uncertainties detailed in Pembina’s Annual Information Form and MD&A, each dated February 24, 2022 for the year ended December 31, 2021Pembina’s MD&A dated August 4, 2022 for the three and six months ended June 30, 2022 and from time to time in Pembina’s public disclosure documents available at, and on Pembina’s website at

With respect to forward-looking statements regarding the anticipated increase in Pembina’s common stock dividend following the completion of the Joint Venture Transaction, Pembina has made such forward-looking statements based on certain assumptions that it believes to be reasonable at this time. , including assumptions with respect to: commodity prices, interest rates, margins and prevailing exchange rates; that future operating results will be consistent with past performance, if any, and management’s expectations with respect thereto, including with respect to PGI’s future operating results; the continued availability of attractively priced capital to fund future capital requirements related to existing assets and projects, including but not limited to future capital expenditures related to expansions, upgrades and shutdowns for maintenance; future cash flows and operating costs; that counterparties to material agreements will continue to perform in a timely manner; that no unforeseen event prevents the execution of the contracts; that there are no unforeseen physical construction or other costs related to ongoing growth projects or ongoing operations; and that there are no unforeseen physical construction or other costs related to ongoing growth projects or ongoing operations. Pembina will also be subject to applicable corporate law requirements with respect to the declaration of dividends at that time.

This list of risk factors should not be considered exhaustive. Readers are cautioned that events or circumstances could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated, projected or projected. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release speak only as of the date hereof. Pembina undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements contained herein, except as required by applicable law. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement.

SOURCE Pembina Pipeline Corporation

Bengals hire first in-house lawyer after surprise Super Bowl run Mon, 15 Aug 2022 10:30:00 +0000

Responding to new trade demands following a surprise Super Bowl run, the NFL’s Cincinnati Bengals have hired the first in-house attorney in their 55-year history.

Emma Compton, who graduated from law school just two years ago, juggles everything from player contracts to stadium sponsorship deals in her new role.

For Compton, who grew up in Cincinnati and has attended Bengals games his entire life, his dream job comes from hard work and, like any good football player, being in the right place at the right time.

“I was a fan first and always had a passion for this team,” said Compton, who interned for the Bengals in college. “But to be able to mold two of my different passions into sports and law is awesome and a bit surreal.”

While August is often a month of vacation and a lighter workload for many in-house attorneys and their Big Law brethren, Compton is now in its busy season. The Bengals are sell naming rights at their 65,500-seat Paul Brown Stadium at Paycor HCM Inc., a human resources software company, and are currently in a preseason schedule ahead of a regular season opener scheduled for Sept. 11 against rival Pittsburgh Steelers.

Tiger for the first time

Compton was hired amid negotiations for the Paycor deal, which change the name of a stadium named after the late Bengals co-founder and father of the current owner and Harvard Law School graduate Mike Brown.

Last season’s unexpected run to Super Bowl LVI, which the AFC champ The Bengals lost 23-20 to the Los Angeles Rams, and a desire to secure new revenue streams led the club to add a dedicated in-house attorney, said W. Stuart Dornette, longtime franchise outside attorney and partner at Taft Stettinius & Hollister.

Compton said she was working closely with Dornette on several legal issues, including the 16-year agreement with Paycor that Sportico reported could generate annually between 8 and 12 million dollars for the team. She praised Dornette and Taft, who helped bring the team on board in 1967, for briefing her on her new job.

“It helps to have someone in-house to filter questions and respond quickly,” Compton said of her position with the club, which she started in May.

Bloomberg Law reported in February that the Bengals were one of the few NFL franchises without a dedicated in-house attorney. The team has had attorneys in non-legal positions. Brown’s family includes her daughter Katie Brown Blackburn and her husband Troy Blackburn, both former associates of Taft.

It was Troy Blackburn, who, with his wife, is part of the business of Bengal Managementwhich Compton says helped her break into the sports world.

Lawyer trainee

While an undergraduate at the University of Cincinnati, Compton spent four years working for the Bengals as part of their game day team, first as an intern.

The added responsibility led her to go to school part-time. “I was happy that they trusted me to take on such an important role as a student,” Compton said.

She graduated in 2020 from the University of Dayton School of Law and landed an associate position at Keating Muething & Klekamp, ​​a Cincinnati-based law firm with ties to other professional sports teams. from the city. Compton did game-day marketing while in college for FC Cincinnati, a Major League Soccer team that earlier this year hired a former Keating Muething attorney to head legal affairs.

Manipulated Compton corporate and real estate law at Keating Muething, where she honed her general skills in business law, training necessary to evolve internally in the sports space. She also went out of her way to work with other lawyers in the firm working for sports industry clients like FC Cincinnati.

“Sports is such a big niche that I felt like I needed to gain experience in other areas like IP, which I do a lot here,” Compton said. “Fixing yourself in one area of ​​law when you’re so young doesn’t necessarily work for long-term career success.

For former associates like her looking to land a coveted legal job in the sports industry, Compton stressed the critical importance of networking — she has stayed in touch with Troy Blackburn. Compton was considering another opportunity when she approached Blackburn earlier this year for her opinion on the job.

“I came to Troy because I considered him a mentor, valued his advice and took it to heart – I felt like he had my best interests in mind,” Compton said.

Blackburn, however, also had the Bengals’ needs in mind. He told Compton the team was looking to hire someone, and soon the former intern was back with the Bengals.

[PHOTOS] Best Workplace Comedies Ranked – The Office, Cheers and More Sun, 14 Aug 2022 17:00:00 +0000

Dealing with impossible co-workers can be hell, but watching others struggle to get along in the workplace is often comedic gold.

Welcome to TVLine’s inaugural ranking of the best workplace comedies of all time. We’ve picked our absolute favorites from the 70s through to the last TV season – and it was not easy. Our top picks come from a wide variety of networks (Comedy Central, The WB, HBO, Adult Swim and more), and cover fictional newsrooms, schools, bars, government departments and, of course, some business. of paper that holds a special place in our hearts.

Here we have included old school dishes like Taxi and Cheersand ranked them accordingly alongside new selections such as Parks and Recreation, Abbott Elementary and Scrubs, to name a few.

But before you start scrolling, a few notes: For this particular list, we only considered American productions (apologies to the OG Desk and The computer crowd). In addition, we excluded some heavyweights As Veep and Ted Lasso, that don’t quite stick to a basic framework, or follow the typical workplace comedy formula. (Again, tough decisions had to be made!)

So which series tops our list? Scroll down to see how it all went, and be sure to drop a few comments to let us know which shows would make your personal list!

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton neck and neck with Democratic challenger in new poll Sun, 14 Aug 2022 10:31:17 +0000

AUSTIN — Attorney General Ken Paxton and his Democratic challenger, Rochelle Garza, are neck and neck in a new poll, a sign the embattled incumbent is vulnerable in November.

Paxton leads Garza 34% to 32% among registered voters — the tightest margin of any statewide contest, according to a Dallas Morning News– A poll from the University of Texas at Tyler released on Sunday.

Eight percent supported Libertarian candidate Mark Ash, 7% opted for “someone else” and 18% are unsure.

The results suggest the race may be the best chance for Democrats to win statewide office after a nearly three-decade lockdown.

The poll, conducted August 1-7, surveyed 1,384 registered voters and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.8 percentage points.

Paxton, a Republican and close ally of former President Donald Trump, is seeking a third term under a cloud of legal troubles. Garza, a civil rights attorney from South Texas, is a political newcomer unknown to many voters.

Texas Attorney General challenger Rochelle Garza smiles as she is introduced to delegates and guests attending the Lady Bird Breakfast fundraiser at the 2022 Texas Democratic Convention at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, May 16 July 2022.(Tom Fox / personal photographer)

Both have strong support within their own parties, according to the poll. But Garza has a 5-point lead among independents, who also make up the bulk of undecided voters and could swing the election.

Half of independent voters said they disapproved of Paxton’s professional performance, according to the poll, up from 41% in May. A dwindling number (18%) believe Paxton has the integrity to serve in the office he has held since 2015.

Paxton has been indicted for securities fraud for most of his tenure, but a trial has been delayed by wrangling over where to hold one, how much to pay prosecutors and non-legal reasons, such as Hurricane Harvey and the pandemic. In late 2020, the FBI began investigating Paxton after former aides accused him of illegally aiding a campaign donor. No federal charges have been filed. Paxton denies any wrongdoing.

Legal issues, however, have fueled attacks from Republicans and Democrats who may resonate with voters on the fence.

Rochelle Garza pleads against Ken Paxton for Texas Attorney General

“What Paxton sees is a real challenge to get swing voters and independent voters in Texas, against someone who could be a new face in Texas politics and who is talking about bringing change to Austin,” said survey director UT-Tyler scientist Mark Owens.

What would benefit Paxton, he said, is if the high-level gubernatorial race between Governor Greg Abbott and Democrat Beto O’Rourke sucks up all the political oxygen, leaving little space for Garza. to present themselves to voters.

“Those independent voters might not have a reason to choose to vote for her,” Owens said.

Poll results show that the top reasons voters prefer Garza over the GOP incumbent are because she’s a Democrat (23%) or “not Paxton” (13%).

Paxton’s top attribute among supporters is also his party affiliation (20%), according to the poll, and 16% said they like him because he is a “good AG”.

With only three months until the midterm elections, the race has so far been dormant. Since winning their respective primary elections in May, neither Paxton nor Garza have held large campaign rallies or bought TV ads. Both lag behind other top contenders when it comes to fundraising.

In recent months, Garza has raised nearly $520,000 in campaign donations, compared to $340,000 raised by Paxton. Still, Paxton is sitting on a war chest of $3.5 million, compared to $450,000 for Garza.

Matthew Sokol, a 42-year-old man who lives outside of Houston, is one of those independent voters trying to make up his mind. He likes to vote for the person, not the party, but struggles with his choices.

Paxton’s legal troubles give him pause and he finds Garza too liberal.

“A very important part of our state elections is a complete question mark for me,” he said. “I’m going to start having to do more research.”

Jordan Peterson Shills for the Zionist Entity Sat, 13 Aug 2022 17:35:00 +0000

Canadian scholar, Jordan Peterson, has angered Muslims around the world with his latest video, he continues to lecture Muslims about being open to other groups of people.

He even suggests that they should begin correspondence relations with different sects, including the Jews. The caption of the video makes it clear what the motive of the video is: “In the aftermath of the Abraham Accords, Dr Jordan B Peterson suggests that the Muslim community can set a historic example by reaching out across the world. down the aisle and making contact with who she considers “the enemy.” But what about the media platform that produced the video with Peterson?

The Daily Wire recently signed him for a substantial figure. It is managed on a day-to-day basis by the director of operations, Jon Lewis, who is a former US Marine Corps intelligence analyst. He also employs former US military intelligence officer Wesley Schmidt in Customer Service Analytics. One of the founders of The Daily Wire is Ben Shapiro, a well-known pro-Israel YouTuber.

Shapiro is “a friend” of US Special Envoy for Economic Normalization Aryeh Lightstone and has arranged several interviews to promote the Abraham Accords, including with admitted liar Mike Pompeo. Ben Shapiro once tweeted that “Israelis like to build. Arabs like to bomb shit and live in open sewers.

Prior to founding The Daily Wire, Shapiro was a Shillman Fellow at the controversial David Horowitz Freedom Center. His role was taken on by Robert Shillman, a board member of the Friends of the IDF, which funnels millions into building illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

The Daily Wire’s other founder, Jeremy Boreing was intimately involved with the Prager University project founded by Israeli lobbyist Dennis Pragar. The PragerU CEO is Marissa Streit, formerly of Military Intelligence Unit 8200 in the Israeli occupation forces. The current editor and researcher at PragerU is Richard Lim, who was formerly Deputy Associate Director at the White House and then program analyst at the FBI.

The Daily Wire not only shared Jeremy Boreing with the PragerU project, but also backers. Both organizations were funded by fracking billionaires, the Wilks brothers. The Wilks brothers provided seed funding for The Daily Wire and regular financial support for the PragerU. The Dan Wilks Foundation has also provided financial support to Liberty Counsel which has a Stand With Israel campaign which consists of tours of the apartheid state and includes “briefings by Israeli government, military, business and academic leaders”. .

Shapiro and the PragarU project also received funding from the Bradley Foundation, which funded an array of Zionist organizations, including those involved in building illegal settlements in the West Bank. Thus, we see that the media organization behind Jordan Peterson’s normalization video has considerable ties to not only US but also Israeli intelligence.

Legal Aid Groups in Oregon Receive State Funding to Recover Stolen Cannabis Farm Workers’ Wages Sat, 13 Aug 2022 13:05:06 +0000

Stock photo of a cannabis plant.

John Rosman/OPB

Oregon state lawmakers allocated $6 million to community groups this year to help address what they called a humanitarian crisis for workers in the state’s cannabis industry. .

In the basement of a church in Medford, a group of migrant farm workers gather, all from different parts of Mexico in search of better paying jobs.

For the past few years, Jesus has found seasonal work on marijuana farms. (He chose not to share his last name due to his immigration status).

But Jesus says he and many other workers have stopped working on those farms after losing the wages they were promised last year.

“There was just a little marijuana left and they were about to take out the payment but then the bosses, the buds came,” he says. “They had a little meeting and all of the owner’s stuff disappeared that day. I saw afterwards that they gave us nothing, nothing.

Jesus says he lost $18,000 last year, all the salaries were never paid by the people who hired him.

He is not the only one. Many other migrant workers lost thousands of dollars in wages last year alone.

“The type of abuse we’ve seen in the cannabis industry has been very widespread and also very intense,” says Corinna Spencer-Scheurich, executive director of the Northwest Workers Justice Project.

Workers JPR spoke to described working 12-hour days in hot greenhouses, with no access to water and exposure to toxic chemicals. Most have never seen a penny for their work.

Cannabis farms are regulated under Oregon OSHA Rules for Agriculturebut according to law enforcement officials in southern Oregonthe worst working conditions often take place in illegal operations.

Some workers left before the end of the season, after discovering that they were not going to be paid.

Jesus says many employees he worked with quickly found work harvesting other crops like grapes or doing yard maintenance to make up for the lost wages they relied on to care for their families.

Kathy Keesee is one of the co-founders of One summera farmworker advocacy group in southern Oregon.

“We would typically have about 70 wage claims a year,” Keesee says. “Last year, in the last quarter of 2021 alone, there were around 200 wage demands. All of them came from the cannabis industry.

Salary claims are complaints filed with the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries. The agency is responsible for investigating complaints, settling disputes and, if appropriate, prosecuting or filing criminal charges against employers. Unete is a leading provider of support for agricultural workers facing wage loss or theft in southern Oregon.

Unete’s other co-founder, Dagoberto Morales, says they were the ones who came up with the idea for the $6 million grant, working with state lawmakers to get it approved earlier this year.

“They asked us because we are the only organization that has direct links with the workers,” he says. “And we’re still struggling to get what they need.”

Keesee says that after law enforcement busts an illegal cannabis operation, it’s organizations like Unete that come in to help provide emergency housing, clothing and other services to farm workers.

The grant is statewide, but the majority Oregon cannabis farms are found in the southern part of the state.

“The type of abuse we’ve seen in the cannabis industry has been very widespread and also very intense”

Funding is distributed through the Illegal Marijuana Market Enforcement Grant, operated by the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission. This program fund was created in 2018 to help local law enforcement and district attorneys’ offices combat the illegal cannabis market.

During the scholarship July 2020-July 2021 round, law enforcement seized nearly $3.5 million in cash, 156 firearms, more than 500,000 cannabis plants and 15,000 pounds of processed marijuana.

Keesee says Unete works closely with law enforcement during these raids to make sure farm workers caught in the middle get the help they need.

She adds that they have enlisted several legal groups to help with this new funding, including the Northwest Workers Justice Project. Spencer-Scheurich says wage demands can vary from person to person, and many workers don’t even know if the cannabis farms they work on are legal or not.

“If it’s an employer operating illegally who may be involved in some kind of more widespread criminal activity, there may not be safe or available recourse for our clients,” she says.

Spencer-Scheurich says when farms are legal, it’s easier to file a lawsuit. But with illegal operations, farm owners often provide fake names and phone numbers, leaving workers with no way to find them once they find themselves without a paycheck. Keesee says some of the wage demands can take more than a year to resolve.

It’s not just illegal farms that steal money from farm workers. Keesee says owners of licensed marijuana farms sometimes subcontract work to other managers, and those contractors may refuse to pay workers.

“The only way we can be sure which it is [legal or illegal]it’s if they open the doors and do inspections,” Morales says, complaining about the lack of oversight of cannabis farms in the state.

The Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Commission only knows the locations of licensed producers, and Keesee says sometimes the inspection process takes so long that producers have time to hide anything illegal.

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission has banned alcoholic beverages infused with the inactive ingredient in cannabis, CBD.

The exterior of an Oregon Liquor Control Commission building.

Kristian Foden-Vencil/OPB

“They [OLCC] go and they see that the plants are tall. And then when they come back to test, the plants are babies, so the THC levels are very low,” says Keesee.

Morales would like to see the OLCC be more aggressive in inspecting cannabis crops, such as performing more surprise inspections to prevent growers from hiding anything illicit.

Many of these farm workers fear the threats of violence or legal repercussions they could face if they seek help, making it harder for groups like Unete.

Keesee says they’ve only been successful so far because of the time they’ve spent integrating into the farmworker community.

“We’ve been here 25 years,” says Keesee. “People know that if they come here it’s a safe place for them.”

Spencer-Scheurich adds that additional protections are available for undocumented workers who come forward and speak to police, including ways to obtain legal status.

Keesee plans to leverage the trust they have established with Unete to refer these workers to other legal aid groups involved in the grant. She hopes the money will help them reach more people.

“But the biggest piece is going to be the education piece,” she says. “Just so people know what their rights are, who to contact for wage claims, things like that.”

As more farm workers understand their rights and the resources available to them, organizers hope their employers will be less likely to withhold wages in the coming seasons.

State funding is generous in its timing. These organizations have until 2025 to spend it all, giving them time to develop more programs, education and outreach to help farm workers recover.

Programming for this funding is expected to be fully operational by fall 2022. Spencer-Scheurich says the Northwest Workers’ Justice Project is currently hiring a paralegal to travel to southern Oregon to help manage this influx of wage demands. They hope to help as many people as possible who work in cannabis cultivation.

“Operations require a lot of workers. Because if they don’t pay, workers eventually find a way to escape or leave if they don’t get paid,” says Spencer-Scheurich. “We think this is a much bigger problem than what we can currently see.”

Ricky Shiffer: A gunman attempted to enter the FBI office in Cincinnati and was shot and killed after a confrontation with police. Here’s what we know Fri, 12 Aug 2022 23:06:00 +0000 The suspect was believed to be armed with an AR-15 rifle and a nail gun, a federal law enforcement source told CNN, and was wearing a bulletproof vest, officials said. Ohio county.

It was Ricky W. Shiffer, 42, of Columbus, the state highway patrol said Friday.

Here’s what we know about the attempted crime and the suspect:

What happened when the suspect tried to enter the office

At around 9:15 a.m. ET Thursday, a gunman attempted to enter the FBI’s field office visitor screening facility, the agency said.

“After an alarm was activated and a response from armed FBI special agents, the subject fled north on Interstate 71,” FBI Cincinnati said in a statement.

Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers responded and found the suspect at an interstate rest area in a Ford Crown Victoria around 9:37 a.m., the patrol said.

Troopers attempted to intercept the suspect, but he fled and a vehicle chase ensued, Highway Patrol spokesman Lt. Nathan Dennis said. Shots were fired from the suspect’s car during the chase, he said.

The suspect pulled off the freeway at State Route 73 in Clinton County, Ohio — about a 45-mile drive northeast of downtown Cincinnati — and stopped on a nearby road toward 9:53 a.m., Highway Patrol said.

How the standoff unfolded

After pulling over, the man got out and “engaged officers,” the highway patrol said. Gunfire was exchanged between law enforcement and the suspect, who used his vehicle for cover, they said.

Violent rhetoric circulates pro-Trump internet following FBI raid, including judge
The suspect was wearing a body armor, according to the Clinton County Emergency Management Agency. A lockdown was in effect within a 1-mile radius of the cul-de-sac location, the agency said.

The standoff lasted for several hours as law enforcement tried to negotiate with the suspect, Highway Patrol said.

“Once negotiations failed, officers attempted to take the suspect into custody using less lethal tactics,” the agency said. “At approximately 3:42 p.m. the suspect raised a gun and shots were fired by law enforcement.”

The suspect was shot and died of his injuries at the scene, the agency said.

The FBI is investigating the circumstances that led to the suspect’s murder, the office said.

It is unclear what less lethal tactics authorities used when trying to arrest him.

What we know about the suspect

The FBI is investigating Shiffer’s social media presence and ties to right-wing extremism, a federal law enforcement source told CNN.

On the social media platform founded by Trump – Truth Social – an account bearing Shiffer’s name posted a message Thursday morning that appeared to refer to an attempted storming of an FBI office.

The post was posted minutes after the Ohio State Highway Patrol said the incident at the Cincinnati office began, shortly after 9:15 a.m.

“Well, I thought I had a way through the bulletproof glass, and I don’t,” the user said at 9:29 a.m. Thursday. “If you haven’t heard from me, it’s true that I tried to attack the FBI, and that either means I got taken off the internet or the FBI got me, or they sent in the regular cops during that time.”

It’s not clear if the user intended to write more, as the message ends after “while”.

Account bearing name of suspect in Ohio standoff with FBI posted on Trump's social media platform encouraging violence against agency

The FBI declined to comment on the account and its posts, citing an ongoing investigation. An image on the account matched a government mugshot of Shiffer, a law enforcement source told CNN.

On the account, which has only been active for the past few weeks, the user communicated to others with increasingly politically violent and revolutionary thoughts.
But it wasn’t until the FBI executed a search warrant at Trump’s home in Mar-a-Lago on Monday that the user’s focus shifted to a violent response to the agency.

“People, this is it,” the user wrote on Monday. “I’m hoping a call to arms will come from someone more qualified, but if not, it’s your call to arms from me.”

In this post, the user encouraged people to visit gun and pawn shops to “get everything you need to be battle ready”.

When another person replied to the user saying they would send their photo and information to the FBI, account user Shiffer responded by saying, “Bring them.”

It is not known whether the information was passed on to the FBI.

On Tuesday, the user wrote that the people were heading to Palm Beach, Florida — where Mar-a-Lago is — and said if the FBI disperses the group, “kill them.”

The account user also claimed he was in Washington, DC on January 6, 2021, but did not specify if he entered the Capitol. The poster frequently referenced a belief that the 2020 election was stolen from Trump.
The FBI knew about Shiffer himself because of a connection to the January 2021 riot, and because he had associates in the Proud Boys, two law enforcement sources told CNN on Friday. order. The Proud Boys are a far-right group whose leader, along with other group leaders, was accused of seditious conspiracy in the 2021 attack.

The role Shiffer may have played in the January 2021 riot is under investigation, the two sources said. The deadly incident unfolded as Congress gathered to certify Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential election.

Shiffer served in the United States Navy from 1998 to June 2003, according to his publishable military records. Aboard a US Navy submarine, he was a fire control technician, responsible for weapons systems.

How the FBI responded

FBI headquarters is investigating the “agent-involved shooting,” the agency said. The agency deployed a shooting incident review team to the scene, which is standard practice when an FBI special agent or task force officer discharges a weapon, a law enforcement source told CNN.

The review team will gather evidence, interview witnesses and ultimately determine whether the use of lethal force was justified, the source said.

“The FBI takes all shooting incidents involving our agents or members of the task force seriously,” a statement from the office read. “The review process is thorough and objective, and is conducted as expeditiously as possible under the circumstances.”

FBI Director Christopher Wray released a statement Thursday evening condemning the attacks on law enforcement and the FBI.

“The baseless attacks on the integrity of the FBI undermine respect for the rule of law and do grave harm to the men and women who sacrifice so much to protect others. The violence and threats against law enforcement, including the FBI, are dangerous and should be of deep concern to all Americans,” Wray said.

A law enforcement source said Friday that the FBI is investigating an unprecedented number of threats to office personnel and property following the Mar-a-Lago search, including against officers listed in court documents.

Unsealed versions of court documents redacted the officers’ names, but a version of the search warrant that was leaked to the media did not black them out. The names of the two officers who signed the warrant documents are now circulating online.

Evan Perez, Jessica Schneider, Donie O’Sullivan, Jason Hanna, Michelle Watson, Caroll Alvarado, Chuck Johnston and CNN’s Dakin Andone contributed to this report.