What if there was an election and no candidates came?

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr This is placeholder text continue reading » This post is currently collecting data…center_img As we set out to write an opinion piece on what either the re-election of Donald Trump or the election of Joe Biden would bring for the financial markets, we thought we would wait to see how the debate went on Tuesday. Unfortunately, but perhaps not surprisingly, the debate offered little to nothing regarding policy on stimulus, COVID-19 relief plans, business regulation, tax plans, environmental regulation, global trade, or healthcare. We are probably missing a few items but since the “debate” was little more than 90 minutes of shouting and insults, we can assume that discussion of missing topics will be at the next debate.Nevertheless, we were ready to soldier on since we have a good idea of each candidates’ views. Then, President Trump ended up in the hospital with COVID-19. Now, we must factor into our view the fact that the President might not even be in shape to run in 30 days. Moreover, we also have to consider that despite being more cautious than President Trump, former Vice President Biden is 78 years old. He was standing six feet away from the President on Tuesday night, is still on the campaign trail, and is surrounded by campaign staff. Then, of course, we have Vice President Pence, perhaps vulnerable, as he was at the Rose Garden event that seems to have been a super-spreader. He will also be on the campaign trail as President Trump recovers. Since this is 2020, we cannot rule out anything.We think it is obvious that if we get closer to November 3 and the President is not well—and perhaps his opponent is not well either—that we will have maximum chaos. Equities have so far not only defied losses, they have prospered during a global pandemic, high and sustained levels of unemployment, a record drop in GDP, and entire industries on the brink of ruin. To all of that, add the President of the United States and the Republican leadership in the Senate coming down with COVID-19, and the oncoming freight train of consumer and commercial loan defaults as foreclosure moratoriums and payment forbearances expire. If we have an election where one or both septuagenarian candidates are in the hospital with a deadly virus, we think even the youngsters on Robinhood will sell! Cash will be king as an event such as this would bring back the crazy days of last March before the Fed stepped in along with Treasury and implicitly or explicitly guaranteed almost everything. Unfortunately, this scenario does not have a probability of zero, so we would be dialing down a few degrees of both credit and interest rate in risk portfolios now. Better to get a clearer picture of President Trump’s condition in the next week or so.last_img read more

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, 2018

first_imgAsian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, 2018 Asian Pacific American Affairs,  Proclamations WHEREAS, Pennsylvania is home to more than 435,000 citizens who trace their roots to Asia and the Pacific Islands; andWHEREAS, the Asian and Pacific Islander American community constitutes a vital dimension of the commonwealth’s diverse ethnic and social fabric whose languages, cultures, and religious beliefs have enriched communities in all parts of the state; andWHEREAS, through Asian and Pacific Islander Americans’ love of family, community, and hard work, they have helped to uphold the founding principles of our commonwealth for generations. Asian and Pacific Islander American entrepreneurs strengthen our economy and our communities through their dedication and ingenuity, inspiring the next generation of American innovation by example; andWHEREAS, Pennsylvania, through dialogue with representatives from all major Asian and Pacific Islander American communities, continues to address the needs and concerns of its citizens and remains committed to a proactive stance that seeks solutions to problems such as prejudice, discrimination, and violence.THEREFORE, in recognition of the many contributions and achievements of our Commonwealth’s Asian and Pacific Islander Americans, I, Tom Wolf, Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, do hereby proclaim May 2018 as ASIAN AMERICAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDER HERITAGE MONTH.GIVEN under my hand and the Seal of the Governor, at the City of Harrisburg, on this tenth day of April two thousand and eighteen in the year of the Commonwealth the two hundred and forty-second.TOM WOLFGovernorRead full text of the proclamation below. You can also view the proclamation on Scribd and as a PDF. Governor Wolf Proclamation — Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2018 by Governor Tom Wolf on Scribd May 01, 2018center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Alex Wood and Ross Stripling are in the Dodgers’ starting rotation

first_imgLUX-URY RESERVEGavin Lux wasn’t in the starting lineup for the second consecutive day Monday, and the rookie is one of four players in the mix to play second base when the regular season begins, Roberts said. Kiké Hernandez, Chris Taylor, and Max Muncy are the others.“I think it’s open,” Roberts said. “I think that it’s going to be shared time. There’s a lot of things with Gavin’s swing … just trying to get him more at-bats in live (at-bats) and simulated. I thought his last at-bat last night, even though it was a strikeout, it was a good one.”An early hopeful for the National League Rookie of the Year award, Lux batted .240 with two home runs in 23 regular-season games for the Dodgers after debuting last September. He also had two hits, including a home run, in nine NL Division Series at-bats last October.KERSHAW’S CHALLENGEKershaw featured prominently in a short video supporting the Black Lives Matter movement. The video, released four days ago, kicked off an “In This Together” campaign to benefit the California Funders for Boys & Men of Color Southern California: Our Kids, Our Future Fund.Related Articles Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Another starting pitching prospect, right-hander Mitchell White, dazzled the Diamondbacks on Sunday by retiring 15 of the 16 batters he faced. But he will not begin the season on the Dodgers’ 30-man roster.“Mitchell, if he continues to do what he’s doing, we’ve got to keep him built up,” Roberts said. “Anything could happen. To see him playing for us this year wouldn’t be a surprise at all.”Stripling, a 30-year-old right-hander, has shuffled between the bullpen and the rotation in four seasons since his debut. Wood, a 29-year-old lefty, was also on the bubble for a rotation spot after the Dodgers signed him to an incentive-laden contract in January. Both pitchers became more integral to the team’s plans this month.Last Tuesday, right-hander Jimmy Nelson underwent surgery on his lower back. He’ll need the entire 60-game regular season to recuperate. Left-hander David Price opted out of playing this year due to concerns with the novel coronavirus.Teams are allowed to begin the season with 30 players on their active roster. Roberts said he expects “15 to 17” pitchers to make the cut. How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season center_img PreviousLos Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson (31) celebrates his two-run home run with third base coach Dino Ebel during the second inning of an exhibition baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks Monday, July 20, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner warms up in front of cardboard cutouts of fans before an exhibition baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks Monday, July 20, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Mookie Betts throws after catching a fly ball during the first inning of an exhibition baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks Monday, July 20, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsArizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo gestures in the dugout during an exhibition baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Monday, July 20, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Arizona Diamondbacks starter Taylor Clarke throws to the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of an exhibition baseball game Monday, July 20, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers starter Julio Urias throws to the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of an exhibition baseball game Monday, July 20, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Arizona Diamondbacks’ Ildemaro Vargas (15) celebrates his home run with teammate David Peralta (6) during the second inning of an exhibition baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Monday, July 20, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson, right, follows through on a two-run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the second inning of an exhibition baseball game Monday, July 20, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger warms up during the first inning of an exhibition baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks Monday, July 20, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Arizona Diamondbacks’ David Peralta (6) is picked off trying to steal second base by Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Chris Taylor during the second inning of an exhibition baseball game Monday, July 20, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers starter Julio Urias stands on the mound after giving up a home run to Arizona Diamondbacks’ Ildemaro Vargas, top left, during the second inning of an exhibition baseball game Monday, July 20, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Arizona Diamondbacks reliever Andrew Chafin, bottom, walks back after giving up a three-run home run to Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor, top left, during the fifth inning of an exhibition baseball game Monday, July 20, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson follows on a 2-RBI double during the fifth inning of an exhibition baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks Monday, July 20, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Arizona Diamondbacks starter Taylor Clarke throws to the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of an exhibition baseball game Monday, July 20, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson (31) celebrates his two-run home run with third base coach Dino Ebel during the second inning of an exhibition baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks Monday, July 20, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner warms up in front of cardboard cutouts of fans before an exhibition baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks Monday, July 20, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)NextShow Caption1 of 14Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner warms up in front of cardboard cutouts of fans before an exhibition baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks Monday, July 20, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)ExpandDodgers manager Dave Roberts effectively announced his starting rotation Monday, when he revealed Ross Stripling and Alex Wood were in the group of five.Roberts previously chose Clayton Kershaw to start on Opening Day, this Thursday against the San Francisco Giants. Julio Urías and Walker Buehler are also in the group.The most likely order? Stripling threw a simulated game Saturday, which lines him up to start Friday against the Giants. He’ll be followed in some order by Wood (who threw a simulated game Monday) and Urías (who started Monday’s exhibition game against the Diamondbacks). Buehler is slated to face the Houston Astros on July 28.That means right-hander Dustin May, whose promising rookie season in 2019 carried over into exhibition games this year, is ticketed for the bullpen. Roberts previously said it’s “certainly a possibility” that May will piggyback Buehler’s start against the Astros. Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Kershaw also released a statement on June 19 – the Juneteenth holiday – in support of Black Lives Matter.Advocating for minorities is a new role for one of baseball’s most recognizable stars, and not without some risk. When the words “Black Lives Matter” were painted on the street outside Trump Tower in Manhattan, the President referred to the words as a “symbol of hate” in a subsequent tweet.If there has been any negative reaction to Kershaw’s activism, it hasn’t reached the pitcher.“Talking with guys, teammates, getting texts from people across the league, I think it’s been welcomed,” he said. “That’s not the reason to do it obviously. We did it because it’s the right thing to do. We believe that as a team, which was really cool to see. It wasn’t meant to be divisive, it wasn’t meant to be political. It was just meant to acknowledge that Black Lives Matter. I think we did a great job of representing that message. I’m excited to see where it goes from here.”ALSORoberts indicated pitcher Scott Alexander might not be on the Dodgers’ Opening Day roster. “We haven’t made the decision yet on what his next steps will be,” Roberts said. Alexander, who has Type 1 diabetes, is allowed to opt out of the season and still receive his pro-rated pay and full service time. … Alexander and Pedro Baez both threw to teammates Monday, Roberts said. … Baez is not expected to appear in an exhibition game but will be in the Dodgers’ Opening Day bullpen. … Kershaw has been toying with a changeup in exhibition games. “I feel average with it,” he said. … Catcher Austin Barnes was able to catch in the bullpen session one day after leaving Sunday’s exhibition game with a sore left hand. Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies last_img read more