opinion Richard L. Conville Guest Columnist Published 11:00 AM EST Feb 2, 2019 There was Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, pictured in the Jan. 23 Clarion Ledger, wearing a big smile and the yellow stole of the school choice lobby. However, there’s not much to smile about when it comes to the Mississippi Educational Scholarship Account (ESA). Yes, I know that when the Joint Legislative Committee on Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review (PEER) surveyed parents last year who had received grants through the program, those parents were very pleased with the program. The ESA had made it possible, due to a $6500 grant from the state treasury, for their special-needs eligible children to attend private schools. However, there are two very important reasons why you and I, as state taxpayers, should not be happy and smiling along with Reeves. First, 33 private schools responded to the PEER survey, and, according to that same Clarion Ledger article, one-third of those private … [Read more...] about School choice is a Trojan horse
Not long ago, at a leading global law firm’s partner conference, professor Laura Empson faced a question. The author of “Leading Professionals: Power, Politics, and Prima Donnas” was on hand to share her expertise on structure and strategy in professional service firms. One of the partners in the room wanted to know if she’d ever dealt with a law firm that was wrestling with a particular matter. “No,” responded Empson, who teaches at Cass Business School in London and is a senior research fellow at Harvard Law School, “but I worked with a Big Four firm, and this is how they dealt with the issue.” Her explanation failed to impress. “Laura, the day I start taking lessons from Big Four firms is the day I resign,” the partner asserted, prompting guffaws from the floor. But for leaders, rank-and-file partners and everyone else in the law firm ecosystem, the Big Four shouldn’t be a laughing matter. They are serious about … [Read more...] about Big Law’s Trojan Horse: Are the Big Four Preparing an Invasion?
CEO Paul Milton on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady, N.Y. (Cindy Schultz / Times Union) CEO Paul Milton on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady, N.Y. (Cindy Schultz / Times Union) Photo: Cindy Schultz Buy photo Photo: Cindy Schultz Image 1 of / 4 Caption Close Image 1 of 4 CEO Paul Milton on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady, N.Y. (Cindy Schultz / Times Union) CEO Paul Milton on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady, N.Y. (Cindy Schultz / Times Union) Photo: Cindy Schultz Buy photo Ellis: Albany Med's Niskayuna plan a 'Trojan Horse' 1 / 4 Back to Gallery NISKAYUNA — Ellis Medicine is fighting a plan by … [Read more...] about Ellis: Albany Med’s Niskayuna plan a ‘Trojan Horse’
Dan Mehan of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce was spoton when he said Amendment 1 would result in gerrymandered districts to achieve a theoretical 50:50 balance between the two major parties in each district, in order to achieve the writers’ priorities of “partisan fairness” and “competitiveness.” Mehan: "Amendment 1 would make Missouri politics more partisan."But the amendment, masquerading as way to clean up Missouri politics, is actually a Trojan horse, finely crafted by leftist radicals to enshrine their view of identity politics in the Missouri Constitution, while lulling many voters into thinking they are just cleaning up some abuses of money and lobbying.Every voter should read this amendment, especially Section 3 which encompasses 70 percent of the amendment’s text.Aside from the gerrymandering of legislative districts, Section 3 of Amendment 1 also creates a new class of minorities – language minorities – who must be given … [Read more...] about LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Amendment 1 is like a Trojan horse
A measure Republican lawmakers put on the November ballot could determine how much Arizonans actually know about who is trying to influence political campaigns. Anyone reviewing all the statements in support of Proposition 306 in the brochure sent to voters would think the measure is aimed at keeping publicly funded candidates from buying services from political parties. And that’s true. Rep. Ken Clark But the proposal also contains what Rep. Ken Clark, D-Phoenix, calls a “Trojan horse,” one that supporters say very little about. If approved, it would allow the Governor’s Regulatory Review Council, which is entirely filled with people the governor appoints, to review – and veto – rules the bipartisan Citizens Clean Elections Commission enacted. The reason all that is important is that the commission has taken it upon itself to enact – and enforce – rules which require certain groups seeking to influence political campaigns to disclose the … [Read more...] about Prop 306 foe warns of ‘Trojan horse’ to undermine Clean Elections