Tauranga city councillors hit back at minister’s intention to replace them with a commission

“An early Christmas present” to ratepayers, a reason to “pop open the Champagne” – or an “absolutely poor decision” and an “extraordinary mistake”. These are the diverging views on Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta’s announcement that she intends to appoint a commission to replace Tauranga’s beleaguered city council. The minister’s decision is in response to “significant governance problems” among the […]

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All Out Politics podcast: Rebels all round

Adam Boulton and guests discuss the political fallout from the Tory rebellion over England’s covid ‘tier’ system which replaced the national lockdown. They also assess the delicate state of the Brexit negotiations as the end of the transition period looms. Plus, was it ‘thanks to Brexit’ that the the UK was able to move quickly on regulatory approval for a […]

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Native Americans Helped Flip Arizona. Can They Mobilize in Georgia?

Marian McCormick lives in Georgia, as do 2,700 other members of the Lower Muskogee Creek Tribe. She knows that comes as a surprise to some people. “Here in Georgia, they tend to think that Native Americans were all removed,” said Ms. McCormick, the principal chief of the tribe, which is based in Whigham. More than 180 years ago, as part […]

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Sturgeon ‘playing politics’ with Covid as SNP ‘squanders £1BN’ in brazen independence bid

SNP accused of ‘playing politics’ during daily coronavirus briefing The SNP has been confronted over its spending during the coronavirus outbreak in Scotland. Dan Vevers, a political reporter at The Scottish Sun, asked Deputy First Minister John Swinney about how this may relate to the party’s bid for independence. During Scotland’s daily Covid briefing, he brought up accusations of the First […]

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U.S. Democrats elect Meeks as first Black House foreign affairs chairman

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Representative Gregory Meeks (D-NY) speaks to the media on Capitol Hill in Washington, September 5, 2013. REUTERS/Larry Downing/File PhotoWASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. House of Representatives Democrats elected Greg Meeks on Thursday as the next chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, a position in which he is expected to work closely with President-elect Joe Biden’s administration on […]

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