2016 Election Observer: Lloyd Mayer

first_imgLM: Students should be paying careful attention to the actual policy positions of the candidates, including whether their current positions appear to be sincere ones based on their ideological commitments and past positions or instead positions adopted simply to win the next election. Student should also educate themselves about the issues, so they can form independent opinions about important areas over which elected officials have significant influence, taking into account not only what policies will best help them economically but the moral dimensions of policy choices. Finally, students, like all citizens, need to take what they learn, and apply it not only in the ballot box, but in between elections through involvement with politically active organizations and government bodies. The media may turn most of its attention elsewhere after Nov. 8, but citizens should not.Tags: 2016 Election Observer, Republican convention LM: At the moment the biggest issue ​for many voters is the economy, including the apparent fragility of the economic recovery, the rapid pace of change in the workplace, and the resulting uncertainty for many workers and their families. Related concerns include immigration, education, and healthcare costs, but events could easily shift this picture. The most obvious example would be a major terrorist attack on U.S. soil, which could elevate national security and related issues such as immigration to the forefront.ROG: Taking it back to college campuses, particularly here at Notre Dame, primaries in many of our home states are coming up. What is something we, as college students, should be paying particular attention to? LM: If Trump does not have a majority of pledged delegates​, then the likely result of the first delegate vote at the Republican Convention will be no majority winner. ​I say ‘likely’ because some delegates, primarily Republican National Committee members from certain states, are not formally pledged and so are free to vote for the candidate of their choice, even in the first round. If there is no majority winner on the first vote, at that point delegates are technically released from their commitments based on the primary or caucus results of their state. Even so, many delegates may feel bound by those results for subsequent votes, while others will have been chosen in a manner that ensures their loyalty to the candidate for whom they voted in the first round. At this point it is therefore very difficult to predict the likely results. The key issue will be ​how far the leadership of the Republican party ​is willing to go to block a Trump nomination, which could include trying to change the rules I just described, so as to disadvantage Trump.ROG: In your research and opinion, what do you think will be the most important issue in the general election? Editor’s Note: Throughout the 2016 presidential campaign, The Observer will sit down with Notre Dame experts to break down the election and its importance to students. In this eighth installment, Associate News Editor Rachel O’Grady asked Notre Dame Law School professor of election law Lloyd Mayer about the possibility of a brokered GOP convention.Rachel O’Grady: Trump just pretty handily won a number of states [last night]. What does this mean for the Republican party down the road? What are the implications of a Trump nomination?Lloyd Mayer: Short-term, it makes it likely that Trump will have the most delegates going into the Republican Convention, but it is less clear whether he will have a majority of delegates. If Trump is nominated, it does not mean that the Democratic Party nominee will definitely win — no one is willing to make such predictions anymore, given how wrong just about everyone was about where the race would be at this point. But his presence at the top of the ticket will alienate some voters who otherwise would vote Republican, likely hurting turnout for Republicans and negatively impacting Republican candidates across the board. If he loses, the Republican Party will have a lot of ground to make up with voters before the next presidential election.ROG: Hillary is gaining serious momentum, but Sanders could win the nomination yet. What are your predictions?LM: Much smarter people than me have been dead wrong when making predictions for this election year, so I am hesitant to claim any ability to foresee the future here. Clinton will have to keep pushing hard to cross the finish line, and it is still possible that some unexpected development or disclosure could derail her campaign. The odds are in her favor, but it will not be over until it’s over. ROG: The potential for a brokered convention is becoming increasingly more likely. Could it happen? What’s the result if it does?last_img read more

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Here’s one thing you can do right now to succeed in 2020

first_imgWhat have you done this year? Was it different from what you did last year? Was it more of the same? Most importantly, did it help you achieve the results you wanted? If not, what are you going to change next year to make sure you don’t repeat that lack of success? Maybe you’ve spent the last few weeks—or the last few months—racking your brain and trying to figure out what needs to change.Some changes are easy. Others are more challenging. Fortunately, one of the easiest changes is also one of the most effective. You need to get a fresh perspective. I know that sounds simple, but I can tell you from personal experience, it works.Earlier this year, I realized I was stuck. I had been working with the same coach for more than five years. While he had helped my team and me achieve great things, I realized that we all needed a different point of view. I needed someone who could look at us with new eyes, someone who would ask new questions and encourage us to try different things. With that in mind, I started working with another coach over the summer. Just as I hoped, the creative floodgates opened. New questions and new ideas gave me the fresh perspective I was looking for. It did the same for our team. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Angels’ Shohei Ohtani to undergo Tommy John surgery next week

first_img Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros “We’ll know more at the four-week mark, more at the eight-week mark, more at the 12-week mark and so forth,” Eppler said. “As time goes and we get through and the calendar turns toward January and February, we’ll start to have a little better idea of what we can do with him.”Tommy John surgery was recommended for Ohtani on Sept. 5, but he had said he was mulling his options since then. It wasn’t until Tuesday – nearly three weeks later – that the Angels announced he was set for surgery, which will be performed sometime next week in Los Angeles by noted orthopedist Dr. Neal ElAttrache.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Obviously, it will prevent Ohtani from pitching again until the 2020 season. It is expected that he’ll be able to serve as the designated hitter in 2019.“I am disappointed at the fact that I’m not going to be able to pitch next season, but I’m trying to take the positive,” Ohtani said through his interpreter after Tuesday’s game. “Normal players – guys that only pitch or hit – wouldn’t be able to play at all next season. But fortunately, I’ll be able to play as a hitter next season. I’ll try to help the team win as many games as possible as a hitter.”Ohtani also said doctors had given him no timeline as far as how soon into the season he’d be able to hit. Predicting Ohtani’s rehab is dicey because there has never been a comparable player in the majors who has had Tommy John surgery. He doesn’t quite compare to other pitchers, because he also hits. He doesn’t compare to other position players, because he also pitches.Certainly, the main focus of Ohtani’s rehab will be to prepare him to pitch again, so he’ll follow that blueprint mostly. He won’t do anything, including hitting, that sacrifices his rehab as a pitcher, Eppler said.“In this particular pitcher’s case we have to be mindful of the fact that when he comes back we want him to be able to perform on the mound at his accustomed level, and that accustomed level is him throwing fastballs between 95 and 100 mph and being able to pitch at a very high level,” Eppler said. “We are going to be cautious and mindful of the elbow because of that.”New York Yankees infielder Gleyber Torres had Tommy John surgery on his left arm last June, and four months later he was taking full batting practice. A right-handed hitter who had surgery on his left arm, he’d be a mirror image of Ohtani.Torres, however, would not have been on the same rehab path as Ohtani. His surgery was on his non-throwing arm, so his rehab could be accelerated more than even another position player who had the surgery on his throwing arm, let alone a pitcher.If Ohtani doesn’t make it by back Opening Day, certainly it will prompt questions of why he waited a month to have the surgery.Ohtani said on Sept. 7 that he wanted to hit for the rest of the year to gain that experience.Since he’s been focused almost exclusively on hitting after returning from the disabled list on July 3, Ohtani has hit .275 with 15 homers and a .935 OPS. He’s hit .297 with five homers and a 1.009 OPS in the time since he learned he needed surgery, including two homers that night.“He wasn’t restricted from hitting, so on that front, he wanted to continue to move forward and continue contributing to the team,” Scioscia said. “He’s gained invaluable experience. The more he sees pitchers a second time, that only broadens his foundation for when he’s hitting next year.”ALSOAndrelton Simmons returned to the lineup after missing a day with a sore right knee, from an awkward fall while making a play on Sunday in Houston. …José Briceño’s pinch-hit, walk-off homer on Monday was just the fifth in franchise history and the first since Scott Spiezio in 2000. …Catchers Briceño (5) and Francisco Arcia (6) have combined for 11 homers this year. Martín Maldonado hit five homers in his 78 games before he was traded to the Houston Astros.UP NEXTAngels (LHP Andrew Heaney, 9-10, 4.21) vs. Rangers (LHP Yohander Mendez, 2-2, 6.04), Wednesday, 7 p.m., Fox Sports West, KLAA (830 AM)Related Articles Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter ANAHEIM — As soon as the Angels announced that Shohei Ohtani had made what seemed like a foregone decision – to have Tommy John surgery next week – the next question was how soon he’ll able to come back and hit.The Angels don’t know that answer yet, but it’s not certain that he’ll make it by Opening Day.“There are too many variables” to project how quickly Ohtani can hit, Manager Mike Scioscia said Tuesday.General Manager Billy Eppler said Ohtani’s case – a two-way player having Tommy John surgery – is unique, so they don’t even have an estimated timetable for his return to hitting. He added that more information would emerge soon after his surgery. Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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When is the NFL Hall of Fame ceremony for 2020? New date, list of inductees after COVID-19 postponement

first_imgBelow are all of the inductees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2020.Modern-era members:Steve AtwaterIsaac BruceSteve HutchinsonEdgerrin JamesTroy PolamaluCentennial slate:Bill CowherJimmy JohnsonSteve SabolPaul TagliabueGeorge YoungHarold CharmichaelJim CovertBobby DillonCliff HarrisWinston HillAlex KarrasDonnie ShellDuke SlaterMac SpeedieEd Sprinkle Had the COVID-19 pandemic not ravaged the 2020 sports calendar, 12 of the 20 former NFL greats who are still living and were selected as part of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2020 would be getting fitted for the gold jackets they’d wear at the Aug. 8 enshrinement ceremony in Canton, Ohio.They instead will have to wait almost exactly one year. MORE: Why 2020 preseason games were canceledThe Pro Football Hall of Fame in June announced it had rescheduled all events associated with its 2020 enshrinement festival. That included the 2020 Hall of Fame game that was scheduled to be played between the Steelers and Cowboys on Aug. 6. So modern-era Pro Football Hall of Fame inductees Steve Atwater, Isaac Bruce, Steve Hutchinson, Edgerrin James and Troy Polamalu will have to wait one more year before they can stand in front of hundreds of onlookers in that glorious summer heat and give their long-awaited acceptance speeches.Below are all the details of the postponement of the 2020 Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony.When is the NFL Hall of Fame ceremony for 2020?The Pro Football Hall of Fame knew early in the summer that its enshrinement festival for the Class of 2020 could not possibly play out on schedule amid the pandemic. So the solution was relatively simple.The 2020 Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement events were postponed by exactly a year, which will pair them with those for the 2021 class for something of a Hall of Fame doubleheader in August of next year. The Hall has even branded it as “Twice the Fun in ’21.”Events tied to Enshrinement Week Powered by @johnsoncontrols now will take place Aug. 5-9, 2021. Watch to learn more. pic.twitter.com/tnZhW2cf5L— Pro Football Hall of Fame (@ProFootballHOF) June 25, 2020″The health and safety of our Hall of Famers, fans and volunteers who make enshrinement week so special remains our top priority,” president and CEO of the Pro Football Hall of Fame David Baker said in June. “The Hall will honor the Centennial Class of 2020 next August, along with what promises to be an equally spectacular Class of 2021, as part of a multi-day celebration of football with an atmosphere that will deliver for fans ‘Twice the Fun in ’21.’Added Denny Saunier, the president and CEO of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce: “We have been a proud partner with the Hall for more than 50 years in producing wonderful events that showcase Canton and surrounding areas. Although we’re all disappointed we won’t be enjoying those festivities this summer, we look forward to welcoming the huge numbers of visitors and returning Hall of Famers who will make the 2021 enshrinement week special.”The NFL, the Cowboys and the Steelers also agreed to postpone (rather than cancel) the 2020 Hall of Fame Game, which will be played Aug. 5, 2021. Fans who had tickets to the game were given the option to retain their seats for the same price or to apply for a refund.NFL Hall of Fame Class of 2020 inducteesBecause 2020 marked the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Centennial Class, an extra 15 “Centennial Slate” inductees were added to the typical modern-era inductees. The slate includes 10 seniors (players who last played more than 25 years ago), three contributors (an individual other than a player or coach) and two coaches as elected by a special blue-ribbon panel in January.The five modern-era Pro Football Hall of Fame inductees were elected in February by the Hall’s 48-person selection committee. Polamalu is the only first-ballot Hall of Famer in the 2020 class.last_img read more

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