Thursday, April 23, 2020

BREAKING: House Passes Coronavirus Relief IV, Biggs Leads Handful Of "No" Voters (ARIZONA'S POLITICAL SHORTS)

2:30pm: BREAKING: House Passes Coronavirus Relief IV, Biggs Leads "No" Votes

The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed and sent the fourth Coronavirus Relief Package to get inked by President Trump's sharpie, by a vote of 388-5. Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs (R-CD5) led the handful of Representatives voting "no" on the $484B measure. 

During the voting process, Biggs - the current chair of the Freedom Caucus -  tweeted that he is concerned about the national debt and the national security implications. He has long had a "debt clock" on his website - which he has kept there despite the ballooning of the national debt during the Trump Administration.

The measure passed the Senate by a voice vote. It adds $321B to the Paycheck Protection Program (forgivable loans for small businesses), $75B to hospitals, $25B to increase testing for the virus, and $60B for emergency disaster loans to small businesses.

Here is a link to the text of today's "Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act", and here is the official summary.

11:00am: BARELY OFF-TOPIC, and PERSONAL: "Conversations Between the Bars" - Vote For Best NAU Research Poster Presentations

"Conversations Between the Bars: The Criminal Treatment of Mental Illness In One Arizona Jail"

Everything has gone virtual over the past several weeks. But, this one actually makes sense. Through this coming Friday, all of us can click on links and peruse poster presentations from NAU students who have researched a wiiiiiiide variety of topics. On some of them, you can even listen to the student give a 3-minute explanation of the research.

I may be biased, but the presentation by one of my daughters is the best. At least, after virtually walking through the poster gallery, I can safely say that it is one of the most germane to both Arizona's Politics and Arizona's Law!

Here is the link to her temporarily-halted research on the experiences of persons with mental illness in a northern Arizona jail - from the perspectives of former inmates and those who work there. She lists some potential improvements that could be made.

At this link, you can read the poster and listen to her explanation, and then you can vote for the "People's Choice" award. (They will separately be judged by faculty, etc.)

Here, you can peruse the gallery of some 900(!) posters, although it looks like most did not record a shpiel.

I cast my vote for "Conversations Between the Bars". But hey, you make up your own mind!

(And, if you have any questions/comments/suggestions that might improve her study when it resumes, I'd be happy to pass them on. Email me at "Paul @ ArizonasPolitics .com".)

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