Vermont AG: Legislator did not violate campaign finance law

first_imgVermont Business Magazine The Vermont Attorney General’s Office has concluded that an email solicitation sent under the name of a representative to the Vermont General Assembly did not violate Vermont’s prohibition against legislator solicitations of lobbyists. Representative Jill Krowinski had given the Vermont Democratic Party permission to send an email soliciting contributions to the party using her name.The email was sent on February 14, 2017, to a list of roughly 15,600 addresses, including some lobbyists and lobbyist employers. The email indicated it was paid for by the VDP and sent from a VDP email account. Rep. Krowinski did not receive any contributions made in response to the email.Vermont law prohibits legislators from soliciting contributions from registered lobbyists or lobbyist employers while the General Assembly is in session. The law does not prohibit political parties from soliciting lobbyists or lobbyist employers. Based on its investigation and review of the law, the Attorney General’s Office determined the email was from the political party and therefore did not violate the law.Vermont Attorney General: Mar 24, 2017last_img read more

Expressions of fear and disgust aided human survival, study says

first_imgLos Angeles Times:Why do our eyes open wide when we feel fear or narrow to slits when we express disgust? According to new research, it has to do with survival.In a paper published Thursday in the journal Psychological Science, researchers concluded that expressions of fear and disgust altered the way human eyes gather and focus light.They argued that these changes were the result of evolutionary development and were intended to help humans survive, or at least detect, very different threats.To test their hypothesis, study authors examined two dozen volunteer undergraduate students with standard eye-exam equipment, and asked them to mimic expressions of fear and revulsion.Read the whole story: Los Angeles Timeslast_img read more

Suzuki shatters 100-meter breaststroke mark

first_img RELATED PHOTOS Speedy performance: Satomi Suzuki shatters the Japanese record in the women’s 100-meter breaststroke at the National Collegiate Swimming Championships on Friday in Kumamoto on Friday. Suzuki finished the race in 1 minute, 6.32 seconds. | KYODO PHOTO IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES In the preliminaries, Matsushima, a Nihon University freshman, broke the oldest Japanese swimming record held by Masami Tanaka, who swam the 100 breaststroke in 1:07.27 in 2000.In men’s action, world silver medalist Ryosuke Irie won his second consecutive 200-meter backstroke title in 1:54.36, 1.85 off his own national mark. KUMAMOTO (Kyodo) Satomi Suzuki set a national record of 1 minute, 6.32 seconds in the women’s 100-meter breaststroke final on the second day of the National Collegiate Swimming Championships Friday.Suzuki, a Yamanashi Gakuin University freshman, broke Mina Matsushima’s record set earlier in the day by 0.91 seconds at Kumamoto Municipal Indoor Pool. Euphoric moment: Satomi Suzuki celebrates her record-breaking performance in the women’s 100-meter breaststroke at the National Collegiate Swimming Championships on Friday. | KYODO PHOTOlast_img read more