Frankie Jonas is TikTok's favorite Jonas — but his journey to self-acceptance has been a long, difficult one.
Frankie Jonas is TikTok's favorite Jonas — but his journey to self-acceptance has been a long, difficult one.
The head of a national conservative group that is spending $24 million to push new voting restrictions told supporters it secretly helped draft legislation in Republican-controlled statehouses across the country. Jessica Anderson, executive director of Heritage Action, made the claim during a recent meeting with supporters in Arizona. A recording of the event was released by the liberal investigative website Documented, which made a copy available for The Associated Press to review. Heritage Action confirmed its authenticity. “In some cases, we actually draft them for them,” Anderson said of legislation written for state lawmakers. “Or we have a sentinel on our behalf give them the model legislation, so it has that grassroots, from-the-bottom-up type of vibe.” Anderson's comments shed additional light on precisely how well-funded national organizations have seized on false claims about the 2020 election to try to tighten state voting laws. While it is known that Heritage Action and several other groups are working with state lawmakers on legislation, it is rare to hear a leader detail how the group masks involvement to give the bills the appearance of broad political support. Anderson gave the example of Georgia, where she said an activist affiliated with Heritage had given a letter outlining the group's recommendations to key legislators. The activist first had the proposal signed by thousands of other activists. Other states where she said the group helped write bills included Iowa and Texas. In a statement Friday, Anderson said: “Heritage Action is proud of our work to make it easier to vote and harder to cheat. That work begins at the state level through our grassroots and continues in state legislatures throughout the country.” Heritage Action is one of several Republican-affiliated groups that jumped into elections issues for the first time after former President Donald Trump’s false claims about election fraud led to the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. The lies also have fanned deep suspicions about the integrity of the country’s voting systems among GOP activists and donors — Anderson noted Heritage activists cited it as a top issue in a survey — and led to new laws in Georgia, Florida, Iowa, Kansas and other states. Democrats have argued that the laws make it harder for people to vote, and disproportionally affect Black, Latino, young and other Democratic-leaning voters. Republicans argue the tougher rules will guard against fraud and are needed to restore trust in the election system. Heritage Action announced its effort in March, saying it would push legislation in eight battleground states based on model principles formulated by its parent organization, the conservative Heritage Foundation. Hans von Spakovsky, the foundation's top voting expert and a former member of Trump's 2017 election fraud commission, appeared at the event with Anderson and boasted of regularly talking with Republican secretaries of state. Anderson added that Heritage Action had just had a “huge” call with secretaries of state, who often serve as a state's chief elections official. Anderson also said the group runs a Tuesday call to “give marching orders” to other conservative organizations that have just launched voting pushes, including the anti-abortion rights Susan B. Anthony List and the small government group FreedomWorks. Anderson took credit for an Arizona law that bans donations to election offices from outside groups. The law was meant to fight back against $300 million in donations from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg last year. She also claimed credit for a controversial provision in Iowa that moves voters to inactive status after missing a single election. “Iowa is the first state that we got to work in, and we did it quickly and we did it quietly," Anderson said. "We helped draft the bills. ... Honestly, nobody even noticed. My team looked at each other, and we’re like, ‘it can’t be that easy.’” Iowa Republicans who worked on the voting legislation have said they had no contact with Heritage. In March, Republican state Rep. Bobby Kaufmann, who wrote the legislation, told The Associated Press that he had not talked to Heritage or any other outside groups. On Friday, he reiterated that denial. “Heritage is telling a bold-faced lie,” Kaufmann said. Asked if claiming credit for the bills was a fundraising technique, Kaufmann replied: “That's exactly what it is.” At the event, Anderson said there was another task besides simply passing new laws. Many Republicans fear that their voters lost trust in the system due to Trump’s allegations and then in Georgia didn’t cast ballots during two January Senate run-offs, which Democrats won. Heritage wants to make sure conservative voters hear that voting rules are being tightened to prevent fraud. “It's our job to tell them that was done, with the hope that it will restore voter confidence and let people return to the polls in 2022,” Anderson said. __ Riccardi reported from Denver and Izaguirre from Lindenhurst, New York. Michael Biesecker in Washington and Ryan J. Foley in Iowa City, Iowa, contributed. Nicholas Riccardi And Anthony Izaguirre, The Associated Press
Mickelson, a runner-up at the U.S. Open a record six times, will be making his 30th appearance in the national championship which this year will be played June 17-20 at Torrey Pines in San Diego, California. "Winning the U.S. Open has been a lifelong and elusive dream, and I've come close so many times," said Mickelson, a San Diego native.
The Canadian Premier League plans to kick off its third season mid-June to early July in one location without fans. Unlike last year, which turned into a shortened tournament based out of Charlottetown, the Canadian circuit plans a full schedule. Each of the eight clubs will play 28 regular-season games, with the hope that they will be able to return to home markets with fans in the stands at some point. "We also recognize that that may not happen simultaneously, so we're prepared to adjust to that too," said commissioner David Clanachan, referencing the possibility that some jurisdictions will open up sooner than others. The proposal means the season will end in mid- to late October, with the championship in early to mid-November. The CPL had hoped to begin play May 22 on the Victoria Day long weekend, but announced in late April that it was pushing back the start due to the pandemic. The league has yet to announce the starting location, saying it has received interest from several locales including international sites. Wherever the season starts, the teams will be in a bubble to help shield against COVID-19. The CPL managed to avoid any positive tests at the Island Games, according to Clanachan. "There's no shortage of those that are interested (in hosting). It's a matter of finding the right fit," said Clanachan. Given Forge FC and York United FC have yet to receive government approval to start training camp, Ontario would seem well down the list. "We would rather be in Canada," Clanachan said when asked about foreign locales. On the plus side, staging games in one location reduces travel costs considerably and allows for a more compressed schedule, given the teams are already in place. "That's the one thing I can take out of it that we can use to our advantage," Clanachan said of the latest plan. The 2021 season will involve an single-table format. Clanachan said the league has yet to finalize its playoff format. Last year's Island Games tournament ran Aug. 13 to Sept. 9 at the University of Prince Edward Island, with Hamilton's Forge defending the title it won in the league's inaugural 2019 season. The league's original 2020 season was scheduled to run April 11 through Oct. 4 with teams playing a 28-game campaign. The regular-season winner was to advance to the championship game, with the second- and third-place teams to face off to decide the other finalist. Only four of the league's eight teams are currently in full training — Pacific FC, Cavalry FC, FC Edmonton and Atletico Ottawa (in Madrid). HFX Wanderers FC had been in full training but has been limited to working out in small groups due to tighter restrictions recently imposed in Nova Scotia. Winnipeg's Valour FC plans to open its training camp on Monday. Its players have been training in a limited capacity. Clanachan said teams in Ontario will have to go elsewhere to hold their training camp unless the province relaxes is restrictions. --- Follow @NeilMDavidson on Twitter This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 14, 2021. Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press
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Moosonee Public School (MPS) students will have more musical instruments next year thanks to a recent grant from a music education charity. The school received $5,000 through the MusiCounts Band Aid Program. This year, the charity has allocated $1 million worth of instruments, equipment, and resources to 95 schools across Canada. At MPS, there are about 290 to 300 students. Music is taught from kindergarten to Grade 8. The school’s music teacher Carinna Pellett said there are many instruments like drums, maracas and tambourines for primary grades but not for older students. With the grant money, she’s looking at buying about 80 new instruments including ukuleles, keyboards, a few guitars and possibly xylophones for the younger kids. “We’re really appreciative. It was a nice surprise,” she said about receiving the grant for the first time. “The kids are very excited, too, and looking forward to those (instruments) being there for next year.” For some time, the school didn't have a dedicated music teacher, Pellett said, and music was taught by the classroom teacher. “Because of that, resources were distributed throughout the school and kids didn’t have as much access to a lot of instruments,” said Pellett, who was teaching different subjects before she started teaching music three years ago. It would’ve been hard to distribute the new instruments had there not been a music teacher, she said. “This way, we’re having a dedicated music teacher, we’re able to do a lot more and get a lot more learning happening.” Every class at school gets a music lesson once a week. Students do a lot of singing, especially up to Grade 3 or 4, do action songs, rhythm sticks and learn songs from different cultures. “I love seeing their expressions and reactions. Some kids might not engage in other types of classes but music might reach them. I like seeing that,” Pellett said. “It can be something they look forward to, especially when we’re working online, it’s hard to engage kids. Most of them like to come out to music because it's something different, it's something active and expressive." Some of the existing instruments at the school like ukuleles also break easily and don't hold tuning, Pellett said. She expects the new instruments to be shipped by the end of the year. Principal Wanda Zelau said the grant will offer many incredible opportunities for the school’s students. “I am exceedingly proud that our music program will completely benefit from their (MusiCounts) generosity,” she said in an email. Dariya Baiguzhiyeva, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, TimminsToday.com
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Clubessential Holdings, the leading provider of enterprise-membership and club-management software solutions to the private- and public-clubs, college-athletic, health and fitness, and parks and recreation markets, today announced the strategic acquisition of Exerp, the market leader in member-management systems for enterprise-fitness operators. Already a major provider of membership- and club-management SaaS solutions for boutique fitness franchisors, under its ClubReady brand, this acquisition expands Clubessential Holdings' international presence to serving over 6,000 fitness clubs, and 7 million members, in 17 countries.