The three candidates for the District 6 seat on the Orleans Parish School Board have different ideas about what the board should prioritize. 

Business owner David Alvarez wants the board to work harder to ensure charter schools are transparent and accountable to the public they serve. 

Public school parent and college coach Erica Martinez wants to see stronger mental health services in schools, as she’s worked closely with students who have seen significant trauma.  

And Carlos Zervigon, a former teacher and charter school board member, wants to see changes in schools’ management of special education students, among other priorities. 

The candidates, all Democrats, are vying to represent a district that covers Uptown and parts of Central City, now held by longtime board member Woody Koppel. Early voting for the Nov. 3 race begins Friday and runs through Oct. 27. 


Alvarez, 48, has specific plans for everything from improving teacher

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Candidates: Linda Serrato, D, and Helen Milenski, L

The overview: House District 45 stretches along Interstate 25 from St. Francis Drive down to the La Cienega area. Former Rep. Jim Trujillo, a Democrat, represented the district since 2003 before announcing last year he would not seek reelection. Serrato was named this week to fill his term by the Santa Fe County Commission. 

What they say: Serrato, who works as a consultant, said that despite the fact that Democrats outnumber Republicans by a 2-to-1 ratio in the district, she’s not taking a win for granted. “I’m gonna have to earn every vote,” she said. “I’m gonna try to keep talking to voters right up until Election Day.” She said she’s excited about a new generation of young political leaders “coming out of New Mexico and across the nation; it’s not politics as it used to be. The attitude is, ‘I work

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Many San Francisco small businesses have long complained about how difficult it is to make ends meet in the city. The pandemic has only wounded them further.

They’ve complained about an arduous permitting process to open or renovate, the high cost of doing business and restrictive rules about where they can open. Amid the pandemic, many have whittled down their operations or shut their doors altogether.

Now, as many small businesses hold on for dear life, voters will be asked to weigh in Nov. 3 on Proposition H — a measure that aims to make life easier for the city’s small businesses.

The measure would give restaurants, bars and retailers more flexibility in using outdoor space, eliminate the lengthy public notification process in some cases and expedite permit approvals. It would also require the city to review permits for storefronts that already meet the area’s requirements within 30 days. That

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  • The New York Times reported President Donald Trump only paid $750 in federal income tax the year before his presidency and in his first year in office.
  • Business Insider compared the reported federal income tax paid by Donald Trump to the tax returns released by other recent presidential candidates Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Mitt Romney, and Joe Biden. 
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The New York Times reported this week that President Donald Trump paid $750 in federal income taxes in both 2016 and 2017. This is much lower than the amount former President Barack Obama paid in 2011, the year before his second election, and the income taxes paid by other previous presidential candidates. 

As the conversation about Trump’s taxes continues after The New York Times’ investigation, Business Insider took a look at what previous presidential candidates paid around the time they were running for president. 


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  • Democratic candidate Amy McGrath’s challenge against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in Kentucky is raking in a ton of cash from donations.
  • However, her chance of beating McConnell is slim, and these donations would be much better suited in closer races.
  • Zachariah Sippy is a student from Lexington, Kentucky studying political history and legal philosophy at Princeton University.
  • This is an opinion column. The thoughts expressed are those of the author.
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In a rush following Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death, Democratic candidates and groups across the country raised more than $100 million to boost their chances in November.

Much of the rush of funds was motivated by anger against Senate Majority Leader McConnell’s announcement that he will hold a vote on President Trump’s nominee to replace Ginsburg, despite the fact that there are only a few weeks between now and the election. The

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Democrat Amy McGrath called for fundamental change to combat “systemic racism” as the Senate candidate met Thursday with some of the Kentucky protesters seething over a grand jury’s decision not to charge officers in the killing of Breonna Taylor.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, her Republican opponent, said peaceful protests offer a way to honor Taylor’s memory. He defended the investigation by his political ally, Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron, into the Black woman’s death

The senator condemned incidents of property damage and gunfire that broke out during demonstrations in his hometown of Louisville. Two police officers were shot and wounded during the protests Wednesday evening.

Nationwide protests over the deaths of Blacks by police have been a with just weeks left in the bitter, big-spending Kentucky Senate campaign. McConnell, who is seeking a seventh term in November, has at times focused on acts of violence

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The role of the superintendent of public instruction has changed as the COVID-19 pandemic forced school districts to decide how to reopen or stay remote.

Candidates vying for the position in November have different ideas about what schooling during a pandemic should look like.

Incumbent Chris Reykdal, who leads the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, has made decisions with Gov. Jay Inslee about how schools should move forward this fall. He announced a guidance plan that left the decision up to school districts.

His opponent, Maia Espinoza, thinks he could have done more. She said parents need more support from OSPI when it comes to distance learning as many districts still scramble to come up with plans, leaving parents to decide at the last minute how to provide for their children.

Espinoza finished second in the August primary with 25.3% of votes, less than 5 percentage points above

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Historically, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has not been a friend to climate activists. The world’s largest pro-business lobbying group has pushed against clean air and water regulations, criticized the Kyoto Protocol as “bad for the American economy, American workers, and American families,” and roundly rejected the science of human-caused climate change.

“You name the environmental issue, and they are opposing the protections,” said Dan Dudis, former director of Public Citizen’s Chamber Watch, in a 2017 interview with Racked.

So many business leaders were surprised when, after contributing millions of dollars to Republican climate deniers over the years, the Chamber of Commerce announced last month that it was endorsing nearly two dozen first-term Democratic candidates for Congress, including two in highly competitive toss-up races. While this is hardly the first time the lobby has endorsed Democrats, it’s rare for the Chamber to

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LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Pepperdine Graziadio Business School Education to Business (E2B) Program today announced a partnership with Califia Farms where MBA students will help bring fresh marketing ideas to the table for the plant-based food and beverage brand. Califia Farms offers a diverse assortment of premium plant-based products spanning milks, coffees, creamers, butters, and more.

Through the E2B program, Califia Farms will tap into the expertise of MBA students to develop fresh, out-of-the-box ideas to help Califia grow within the plant-based industry. Pepperdine Graziadio’s E2B program is part of the university’s robust portfolio of industry collaborative teaching approaches where industry projects, case studies, tours, competitions, placements, and simulations are integrated into the classroom for real-world learning. The MBA students, who are earning their MBA part-time, while working, and have years of full-time professional experience, will be charged with helping Califia increase their marketing presence and establish a brand-of-choice reputation.

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Beyond the contrast in policy and plans, the candidates to be Montana’s next attorney general offer broadly divergent views on the job description for the position they’re running to fill this November.

The contest is between Democrat Raph Graybill and Republican Austin Knudsen.

For Graybill, the attorney general should be a structural safeguard against power and an advocate who uses the state’s Constitution to make real changes in Montanans’ lives.

“From the failure of the federal government to the cost of prescription drugs, attorneys general can do something about it. … We have this really progressive, really interesting state Constitution that protects our rights in ways that are the envy of all the other states,” Graybill said in a recent interview. “Those are all just words on paper unless you go out and pick fights. We have to use the power of the courts to vindicate those rights.”

Knudsen embraces

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