“This is a pretty bad report,” said Del. Kirk Cox, R-Colonial Heights.

Sen. Lionell Spruill Sr., D-Chesapeake, suggested that the state “replace the top management,” but Wiley, leader of the small business supplier diversity agency, gave a detailed account of the struggle to replace the former executive director and retired loan officials at the authority from jobs that compete with the banking industry for talent.

Wiley appointed Howard Pisons, former president and CEO of Community Bankers’ Bank, a year ago, but the COVID-19 pandemic erupted just six months into his tenure.

The public health emergency has raised the stakes for the authority, charged with administering a grant program that Northam created to help ease pressure on small businesses with federal emergency funding that is scheduled to expire at the end of the year.

“Small businesses are hurting,” Plum said. “Do you have the ability to get that money out to

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“I didn’t furlough one person, let go anybody,” she said. “I’m proud that I was able to do that. I’m appreciative of the money I received because that was literally the thing that kept me up at night while this was going on.”

Connecticut was not alone in offering struggling small businesses no- or low-interest loans, or in some cases, grants. Florida, Louisiana, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, Washington, Utah and Pennsylvania came up with programs after the pandemic hit, while many cities, including San Francisco, Denver and Chicago, also offered loans to local businesses. Amounts have ranged from $3,000 to $100,000.

In Connecticut, records show 15.4% of the state’s loans went to minority-owned businesses and 27.6% were issued to women-owned businesses. Full repayment is required one year after receipt of the funds, but applicants can request a six-month extension.

While Lehman considers Connecticut’s program a success, it appears unlikely

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — An insurance company founder and big political donor heading to prison after being convicted of attempting to bribe North Carolina’s top elected regulator of the industry remains confident he’ll get a new trial or overturned conviction.

In a letter sent this week to his company’s executives, employees and customers, Greg E. Lindberg said he “never asked for any favors” from state Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey. And Lindberg said associates and advisers never told him that what he was doing was illegal.

Lindberg, who was sentenced last week to more than seven years in prison, plans to appeal to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. He’ll have to report to prison soon.

A 2019 federal indictment accused Lindberg and three others of trying to give over $1.5 million to help Causey’s 2020 campaign, in exchange for Causey removing an official from the department that regulated Lindberg’s

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Obama, for instance, allowed five members of his Cabinet to address the party’s 2012 convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, as he sought reelection. Four years later, as his former secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, sought the White House, Obama decided to prohibit Cabinet members from taking part.

In 2012, Kathleen Sebelius, Obama’s health and human services secretary, was cited for violating federal law prohibiting Cabinet members from engaging in politics on the clock when she called for the president’s reelection and touted the candidacy of another Democrat at an event she was attending in her official capacity.

In 2011, a report by Office of Special Counsel found that during the George W. Bush administration, senior staff members at the Office of Political Affairs violated the Hatch Act by organizing dozens of political briefings from 2001 to 2007 for Republican appointees at top federal agencies in an effort to enlist them

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Obama, for instance, allowed five members of his Cabinet to address the party’s 2012 convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, as he sought reelection. Four years later, as his former secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, sought the White House, Obama decided to prohibit Cabinet members from taking part.

In 2012, Kathleen Sebelius, Obama’s health and human services secretary, was cited for violating federal law prohibiting Cabinet members from engaging in politics on the clock when she called for the president’s reelection and touted the candidacy of another Democrat at an event she was attending in her official capacity.

In 2011, a report by Office of Special Counsel found that during the George W. Bush administration, senior staff members at the Office of Political Affairs violated the Hatch Act by organizing dozens of political briefings from 2001 to 2007 for Republican appointees at top federal agencies in an effort to enlist them

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“Whether its business owners, or religious community leaders, leaders of our banks, you name it, we’ve sought to listen and gather feedback,” Ptak said Friday. “But our decisions have been driven by public health and what’s best for public health and how we can best keep Arizonans safe and healthy.”

The governor was criticized after nightclubs and bars became packed with patrons soon after he ended his stay-home order on May 15. Many health experts said those types of gatherings led to a surge of cases that forced new lockdowns in late June.

The Arizona Medical Association sent a letter to Ducey on May 22 saying people in bars were not social distancing and urging him to continue to stress that people should keep their distance from one another and wear masks.

“Now, there is proof of overcrowded bars, people elbow to elbow, increasing significant risk of potential spread and

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The Associated Press filed open-records requests in May seeking copies of communications between governors’ offices and health, business and local government organizations during the period when they were considering reopening plans. The AP received records at no cost from at least 15 states, including Missouri. A few states sought to charge the AP hundreds or thousands of dollars. Many others still haven’t provided records, citing delays in complying with open-records laws because of the coronavirus.

Records provided by Parson’s office included a survey of 146 businesses conducted by Associated Industries of Missouri from April 15-20. About two-thirds of respondents said their business had significantly declined during the pandemic. The survey results also included extensive comments from business leaders.

Some urged caution and a gradual approach to reopening.

“We would love to be back to normal, but not if it creates a second wave of risk,” wrote one person. Another warned:

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — There’s an unusual feeling emerging among Democrats in South Carolina: energy.

The party can be almost an afterthought in this deeply conservative state where Republicans control the governor’s office, both chambers of the Legislature and all but two seats in the congressional delegation. It’s been nearly 15 years since a Democrat won a statewide office and 44 years since a Democratic presidential candidate claimed the state.

But Democrats insist the GOP’s grip on this Deep South state is weakening.

In the U.S. Senate race, Democrat Jaime Harrison has raised more money than GOP incumbent Lindsey Graham for two quarters in a row. A Democrat captured a longtime Republican state House seat this past week by double digits. And Joe Biden’s decision to pick Kamala Harris as his running mate is exciting the state’s sizable Black population.

“People wanted to see a Biden-Harris ticket,” said U.S. Rep.

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