Utah Meets Western Kentucky Tonight in NIT Semifinals

first_img Tags: Basketball/NIT/Utah Utes Robert Lovell Written by March 27, 2018 /Sports News – Local Utah Meets Western Kentucky Tonight in NIT Semifinals FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail(New York, NY)  —  The Utah Utes face Western Kentucky tonight in New York City in the NIT semifinals.The Utes are 22-and-11 on the season and beat Saint Mary’s last week in the quarterfinals.  Western Kentucky is 27-and-10 on the season.Tip-off is at 5 p.m. and the game can be heard on KSVC 980 AM and 100.5 FM.Following the Utah-Western Kentucky game will be Penn State vs. Mississippi State in the second NIT Semifinal, which can also be heard on KSVC.last_img read more

Champion college golfer Celia Barquin Arozamena stabbed to death on golf course, suspect charged with murder

first_img Beau Lund FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailIowa State Department of Athletics(AMES, Iowa) — A man with a criminal background was charged with murder just hours after a former Iowa State University champion golfer turned up dead in a pond on a golf course.Collin Daniel Richards, 22, who police said has no known address and, according to court records, was kicked out of the grandparents’ house a year ago, was charged with first-degree murder in Celia Barquin Arozamena’s stabbing death Monday.Police found her body at Coldwater Links golf course near Iowa State University in Ames, where she apparently went golfing alone Monday morning.Richards purportedly made statements to an acquaintance recently “to the effect of having an urge to rape and kill a woman,” according to a criminal complaint made public Tuesday.Story County Attorney Jessica Reynolds described the killing as “a random act of violence” during a brief court hearing for Richards Tuesday morning.“The state believes him to be a flight risk, also believes him to be a danger to the community,” Reynolds said during the hearing.The judge granted her request to set bail at $5 million.Richards appeared in court in shackles and made no statements. He was ordered to return to court Sept. 28 for a preliminary hearing.Attorney Paul Rounds of the Story County Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent Richards.“I hope people reserve judgment until after the trial,” Rounds told ABC News when reached by phone, declining to comment furtherCmdr. Geoff Huff, head of the Ames Police Department’s criminal investigations division, said at a news conference Tuesday, “It’s rare, obviously. It’s still very troubling that something like this would happen in broad daylight in a community that is as safe as Ames is.”He added: “It’s an awful thing that’s happened. I’m not sure what else I can say.”Barquin Arozamena, a native of Spain, was recently named Iowa State’s female athlete of the year.Barquin Arozamena had turned pro this past spring after completing her college golfing career. Earlier this year, she qualified for the U.S. Women’s Open in Alabama, one of the LPGA Tour’s majors.The Ames Police Department opened a suspicious death investigation Monday morning when golfers found Barquin Arozamena’s cellphone, ball cap and golf bag on the ninth hole fairway of the golf course “with no one around it,” according to a police statement.Golfers had seen Barquin Arozamena on the golf course earlier but told police she had disappeared, prompting a search for her, officials said.Officers were called to the golf course about 10:24 a.m. and found Barquin’s body a half-hour later in a pond near where her golf bag was discovered and determined she had been assaulted, according to the criminal complaint.“Based on the scene investigation, the victim sustained several stab wounds to the upper torso, head, and neck,” the criminal complaint stated.Police searched the golf course and stopped a man walking on a trail leading into a wooded area who identified himself as an acquaintance of Richards.A K-9 unit tracked the victim’s scent to a homeless encampment on the banks of Squaw Creek in the wooded area adjacent to the golf course, according to the criminal complaint.Police were searching the camp, which consisted of two tents, when Richards approached them.“Officers observed the … [Richards] had several fresh scratches on his face consistent with fighting, and also noted [he] attempted to conceal a deep laceration to his left hand, which he attempted to bury in the ground,” the criminal complaint reads.Police also contacted an acquaintance of Richards who told them the suspect showed up at his residence near the golf course Monday afternoon and that he “appeared disheveled and covered in blood, sand and water,” according to the complaint.The man told police Richards left his house after bathing and washing his clothes, the complaint stated.Two other witnesses told police that Richards asked them for a ride to Jefferson, Iowa, and had given them a knife, according to the complaint. While driving to Jefferson, Richards told the men he needed to return to the homeless encampment because he forgot his tent, according to the complaint.When they arrived at the golf course, they noticed police swarming the area, the complaint says. Richards got out of their vehicle and approached police officers searching the tent encampment, the complaint states.Police said they recovered a knife that Richards allegedly gave to two witnesses, according to the complaint. Police also found two pairs of blood-stained shorts in Richards’ backpack.Several law enforcement agencies, including the Iowa State University Police Department, assisted in the investigation.“I don’t know a lot of the details yet but it’s just a horrific, horrific senseless death,” Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds told reporters Tuesday at the Iowa Capitol in Des Moines.Reynolds’ statement was echoed by Iowa State University President Wendy Wintersteen.“We were deeply saddened to learn yesterday of the death of Celia Barquin Arozamena. Celia was a dedicated student in civil engineering. She was a talented student athlete and an acclaimed golfer with a bright future,” Wintersteen said in a statement Monday. “Celia was a champion and a proud ambassador for Iowa State. Our hearts are with Celia’s family and friends as we grieve her passing. It’s a terrible, tragic and senseless loss.“In these moments, we recognize our own mortality and realize that each day is a gift,” Wintersteen said. “I hope everyone will take time today to meet with their friends and loved ones, value those connections and feel thankful that they can do so. A bright candle in our Cyclone Nation no longer shines, and our community and the world are less for it.”Barquin Arozamena claimed the 2018 Big 12 Championship with a three-shot victory in April, according to the university, which called her one of the most accomplished golfers in the school’s history. She was finishing her civil engineering degree this semester.The death of Barquin Arozamena prompted the Iowa State women’s golf team to withdraw from competition at the East and West Match Play tournament in Ann Arbor, Michigan, to return to Iowa to mourn the former teammate, the team said in a tweet.The team was scheduled Tuesday to play for the tournament title.“We are all devastated,” Christie Martens, Iowa State head women’s golf coach, said in a statement. “Celia was a beautiful person who was loved by all her teammates and friends. She loved Iowa State and was an outstanding representative for our school. We will never forget her competitive drive to be the best and her passion for life.”Iowa State Director of Athletics Jamie Pollard added: “Celia had an infectious smile, a bubbly personality and anyone fortunate enough to know her was blessed. Our Cyclone family mourns the tragic loss of Celia, a spectacular student-athlete and ISU ambassador.”Barquin Arozamena qualified for the U.S. Women’s Open golf tournament in Shoal Creek, Alabama, in May but did not make the cut after the first two rounds.The university’s Athletics Department said it plans to honor her memory at a football game Saturday at the school’s Jack Trice Stadium, which is across the street from where police found her body.Funeral arrangements are pending.“I’m just kind of surprised,” ISU freshman Isaac Sachse told Iowa ABC Des Moines affiliate.“First it was the kidnapping and now this. It’s kind of horrifying,” he added, referring to the death of University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts earlier this summer.Richards has a criminal record, according to court documents. He has pleaded guilty to charges of domestic abuse, assault, theft and public intoxication in the past, the records show.In September 2017, he was arrested on suspicion of breaking into his grandparents’ house, according to court records. Richards told police he had broken into the house to retrieve his belongings after his grandparents had kicked him out, records show.Richards’ most recent arrest occurred in July when he was taken into custody on suspicion of public intoxication after police found him passed out at a convenience store in Ames, according to records.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. 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BIW to Upgrade US Navy’s LCS Program

first_img Share this article View post tag: LCS BIW to Upgrade US Navy’s LCS Program View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navy Bath Iron Works, as the LCS Planning Yard, will provide maintenance and modernization support for all Navy LCS 1 and LCS 2 variant ships.Work to be performed under this contract includes availability advanced planning, ship alteration design and logistics support, material support, ship planned maintenance, class services, onboard maintenance, and planning of all maintenance availabilities in the U.S. and abroad.Bath Iron Works is also the planning yard for the DDG 51 and FFG 7 ship classes.“We are pleased for the opportunity to apply our planning yard experience in support of the Navy’s LCS program,” said Bath Iron Works President Fred Harris. “We have been working hard to make every aspect of our business more affordable, enabling us to successfully compete for contracts like this. This award is a result of that work and we look forward to working with our industry partners to meet the needs of our U.S. Navy customer.”Bath Iron Works is the prime contractor under this contract, with partners General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, Austal USA, CDI Corporation, and Marinette Marine Corp., a Fincantieri company.LCS is a fast, agile, focused-mission platform designed for operation in near-shore environments yet capable of open-ocean operation. It is designed to defeat asymmetric “anti-access” threats such as mines, quiet diesel submarines and fast surface ships. The LCS seaframes are outfitted with reconfigurable payloads, called mission modules (which are made up of mission systems and support equipment), and can be changed out.There are two variants of the LCS class, Freedom and Independence. This Planning Yard Services contract covers both variants. Bath Iron Works had previously been providing similar Interim Support Program services for the Independence variant. The Navy currently has four littoral combat ships in service and another twelve ships under contract for construction.[mappress]Press Release, August 26, 2014; Image: US Navy View post tag: deal View post tag: americas View post tag: US Navy View post tag: USD View post tag: General Dynamics Back to overview,Home naval-today BIW to Upgrade US Navy’s LCS Program View post tag: Mln View post tag: program August 26, 2014 View post tag: Naval The U.S. Navy awarded General Dynamics Bath Iron Works a $100 million contract to provide planning yard services for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program. General Dynamics Bath Iron Works is a business unit of General Dynamics. View post tag: 100 View post tag: wins View post tag: BIW Authoritieslast_img read more

Baking Industry Awards deadline extended

first_imgThought you’d missed your chance to enter the Baking Industry Awards (BIAs)? Think again! The deadline has just been extended to 12 May.Bakers are a busy bunch – it’s called daily bread for a reason and the ovens stop for no man. However, because we know how busy you are, we have decided to give you a little bit of extra time to get your entries in for the BIAs 2017.Generate free positive media attention for you, your company, your team and your products by taking part.Widely regarded as the ‘Oscars of the baking industry’, there are 11 categories to enter:Baker of the YearBakery Manufacturer of the YearBakery Innovation of the YearCelebration Cake Business of the YearFree-from Bakery Product of the YearSupermarket Bakery Business of the YearSpeciality Bread Product of the YearThe Craft Business AwardThe Customer Focus AwardOutstanding Contribution to the Baking IndustryThe Rising Star Award How to enterVisit bakeryawards.co.ukIt’s very simple to enter and designed to celebrate success in all sizes of businesses. Whether you are a long-established business with a great track record or new to bakery and fizzing with ideas, these awards are for you. The online entry process is designed for ease and to allow you to showcase your achievements in a straightforward way. Take the time to enter and you could be on stage accepting an award in front of your customers and the wider industry.Why enter?-        Enhance your company profile-        Showcase your achievements-        Benefit from coverage in British Baker, bakeryinfo.co.uk and on www.bakeryawards.co.uk-        Boost your team morale-        Promote your winning success through the use of the awards logo after the event and generate positive PR-        Free tickets: All finalists will receive two complimentary tickets to the awards ceremony, which is on 6 September at the London Hilton on Park Lane.last_img read more

Energy Informatics

first_imgLED lightbulbs, programmable thermostats, high-density insulation and electric vehicles — despite these innovations, about two-thirds of the energy produced in the U.S. is lost to inefficiencies, according to national studies.For scientists and economists who work on the barriers between people and a sustainable future, that’s a dire number, but modern data management is helping to reduce it.“We have plenty of energy; we just don’t use it wisely,” said University of Georgia Regents Professor Richard Watson. “You see it all the time: heating rooms when there’s no one in them or having the wrong lighting settings for the use of the room. Some of these might seem minor, but if you make these changes throughout a large institution or make them across institutions it could have a big impact.”Watson, who holds the J. Rex Fuqua Distinguished Chair for Internet Strategy, and his research co-author Maric Boudreau pioneered the field of energy informatics at UGA’s Terry College of Business and many other universities. For the past decade, they’ve focused their research and trained students to use big data analysis to optimize energy use systems in skyscrapers, universities, factories and other large-scale energy users.“We are thrilled that many universities around the world have embraced energy informatics, that a journal and conference have been created and that many scholars have contributed to this stream of research,” said Boudreau, who heads the college’s department of management information systems. “Moreover, it is exciting that many of our undergraduate and graduate students get to learn about energy informatics through the elective class the MIS department has been offering every year since 2011.”Recently, they turned their attention to greenhouse growing, which is essential to produce fresh vegetables and flowers to match market needs, such as flowers for Mother’s Day.“Greenhouse growing is seen as the key to solving far-flung problems, from food issues in Dubai or Alaska to calls for farm-to-table produce in arid tourist destinations like Las Vegas,” said Marc van Iersel, a UGA horticulture professor in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences working with Watson and Boudreau.A major roadblock to the future of this type of farming is the cost, most of which is tied to energy use. U.S. growers spend about $600 million per year on electricity for lighting in their greenhouses and plant factories.Using energy informatics, engineering, high-efficiency LED lights and state-of-the-art greenhouse management practices, the U.S. Department of Agriculture research project — Project LAMP, or Lighting Approaches to Maximize Profits — is finding ways to reduce the lighting and energy costs by 50%, van Iersel said.Already, using just existing lighting and environmental control technologies, Watson and Boudreau were able to use the energy informatics framework to create energy use simulations that showed a 30% savings in the cost of producing a greenhouse crop.Further reductions in energy use may be realized as the research team experiments with new lighting technologies and plant productivity, van Iersel said.This marriage of data and new technologies will be key to reducing global energy demands in greenhouses, office building, schools, hospitals and homes, Watson said.“U.S. energy efficiency increases by about 2% a year, and that’s been fairly consistent,” he said. “That’s about the growth rate for increases in energy use for all of our new devices. So if we could get our energy efficiency growth up to something like 3% per annum we would gradually reduce our energy requirements. The long-term goal should be to generate less energy and still do everything we need to do because we’re more efficient.”This incremental reduction in energy is going to take more research in the field of energy analytics and more energy informatics training for future business leaders, Watson said. Terry’s MIS faculty are equipping students with the analytical skills they need to fill the growing number of open positions and business opportunities focused on sustainability and resource management.To learn more about Project LAMP and its multidisciplinary team of researchers from UGA and cooperating institutions, visit hortlamp.org.last_img read more

Berger, Chairman Shelby meet on credit union regulatory relief

first_imgNAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger met Tuesday with Senate Banking Chairman Richard Shelby, R-Ala., to discuss regulatory relief and other top issues for credit unions.NAFCU is closely monitoring discussions in both the House and Senate on regulatory relief. It is pushing for action on measures such as those contained in S. 1484, authored by Shelby and passed by the Senate Banking Committee this May. The bill includes a requirement for public NCUA budget hearings, statutory relief from annual privacy notice requirements and granting of safe harbor qualified-mortgage status for certain loans held in portfolio.“We appreciate Chairman Shelby’s leadership in pushing for credit union regulatory relief,” said Berger. “NAFCU remains committed to working with lawmakers to secure meaningful relief and ensure a favorable regulatory environment for credit unions.”S. 1484 would also require NCUA to study the impact of RBC2 on mortgage servicing assets; require the Federal Housing Finance Agency to withdraw its proposed rule revising Federal Home Loan Bank membership requirements while GAO studies the issue; and grant credit unions parity with community banks in the definition of community financial institution under the Federal Home Loan Bank Act. continue reading » 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Celebrate the “bobs” at your credit union

first_imgMy parents are awesome. I am really thankful for their diligence in teaching my twin sister and me the value of hard work and instilling a solid work ethic in us.We learned that there is a lot of gratification in the process of completing a hard days’ work. We also learned at an early age that hard work can be a lot of fun. One of my favorite memories is from swimming lessons when I was five years old.I had never been swimming before and was really excited to jump in the pool to get started. First, the instructor took time with each of the kids in my class helping us to feel comfortable in the water. Then we had to learn what they called “bobs,” which is ducking down until your head is completely below the water level.It was scary, but I conquered my fears, held my breath and pretty soon I was bobbing all over the place. It was a great feeling! My parents were so excited, they took us to McDonalds after class to “celebrate our bobs.” This was a big deal to us as getting to go to McDonalds was a special treat growing up. And we continue to this day to use the phrase “celebrate your bobs” when something good happens to anyone in my family.This fun memory popped into my head this week during a conversation with a small credit union about strategic goals for 2016. I was going through the process of developing the marketing plan when a gentleman stopped me and asked, “how much of this process is motivational?”My answer was this: after years of working through this process many times over the years, I have seen that there is a direct link between the time and effort credit union leaders spend on “celebrating bobs” and the amount of success the credit union experiences.In your credit union, there are “bobs” happening every day in every department. It doesn’t take a huge budget or a big elaborate incentive program to develop a culture of celebrating and rewarding success in order to build and create momentum. It’s different at every credit union because the people are different at every credit union.As we finish out 2015 and planning for 2016, a majority of credit unions are aiming for more loans and younger membership growth. Goals are important, but your “bobs” should be top priority. Similar to how my “bobs” were made really important by my parents because they initiated the celebration, it is vitally important for senior leadership in particular to look out for “bobs” and initiate the celebrations within your credit union.If you get good at celebrating those and building a culture of teamwork and camaraderie, success will be the result you enjoy for celebrating the bobs that happen every day in your credit union. Cheers to 2016 – may you have many occasions to celebrate your bobs. 63SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Amanda Thomas Amanda is founder and president of TwoScore, a firm that channels her passion for the credit union mission and people to help credit unions under $100 million in assets reach … Web: www.twoscore.com Detailslast_img read more

NCUA updates policy on audit report access for examiners

first_imgThe NCUA has updated its policies on how and when examiners will review a credit union’s audit reports that are prepared by an external auditor, specifying that newly completed audits be sent directly to the examiner from the auditor.This change affects all federally-insured credit unions.The NCUA states that in addition to obtaining the audit report directly from the external auditor, an examiner can also obtain the information by using a secure portal or by conducting a physical inspection of the audit report at an agreed upon time and place.During a NAFCU webcast in February, NCUA Deputy Director of the agency’s Office of Examination and Insurance Tim Segerson provided credit union viewers with an in-depth analysis of what credit unions should expect during an examination and said the agency would be providing additional guidance on this process. A NAFCU Compliance Blog post in February also addressed this topic. continue reading » 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Obama to Send Special Forces to Syria in Unauthorized War

first_imgWhatever their mission is, the US military escalation is startling, especially when you consider that Congress has largely abdicated its duties by failing to pass war authorization with regards to Syria. Simply put, Congress, the only branch of government with constitutional power to approve war, has not found the political will to do so—leaving the Obama administration with no choice but to use war authorization from 2001 to justify its bombing campaign and subsequent troop build. Authorization approved by Congress in 2002, known as the Iraq AUMF, is also being utilized to defend the legality of military operations.Obama in February proposed his own AUMF that would remain in effect for three years, but Congress has yet to vote on it. In June, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif) proposed an amendment that would’ve forced an AUMF vote, but that measure failed.“If this is worth fighting ISIS, and I believe it is, it’s worth having Congress do its job,” Schiff said in June. Two members of the House of Representatives reacted to Friday’s news by calling for Congress to act on Obama’s AUMF. View image | gettyimages.comDespite authoring its own AUMF, the White House is of the belief that the 2001 AUMF passed soon after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks gives the executive branch wide latitude to conduct military operations in the Middle East and Africa. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York After more than a year of combating the so-called Islamic State through the air, the Obama administration, in a swift policy change, announced Friday that US special forces will be deployed to Syria to advise moderate forces fighting the brutal militant group.That means boots on the ground—in Syria.Until now, the Obama administration has publicly said it opposed sending troops into Syria. In June, the White House announced 450 additional US troops would be deployed to Iraq, also in an advisory position. Like in Iraq, the several dozen US special forces being deployed are not expected to directly engage with IS, according to reports.Almost immediately, social media users dug up comments made by President Obama with regards to Syria in which he proclaimed that he would not put troops on the ground in the war-torn country, where nearly a quarter of million people have died since the conflict began in 2011, according to reports. center_img The 2001 AUMF gave then President George W. Bush authorization to strike al Qaeda for orchestrating the 9/11 attacks. The same AUMF has been cited to justify drone strikes, including an aerial attack in Yemen that killed a US citizen who became a radical cleric. For years, civil liberties groups have criticized the 2001 AUMF as overbroad.Even Obama publicly discussed overhauling the 2001 war authorization.In his remarks in May 2013 at the National Defense University in Washington D.C., Obama said he’d “engage Congress about the existing Authorization to Use Military Force, or AUMF, to determine how we can continue to fight terrorism without keeping America on a perpetual wartime footing.” And his own national security advisor, Susan Rice, wrote a letter to then Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) calling the 2002 AUMF “outdated.”With bombing campaigns in more than one country and now with the announcement that US special forces are headed to Syria to assist moderate forces, it’s hard to argue that the US is not at war with ISIS—a war that has yet to be authorized.last_img read more

Paul Ryan’s prospects are grim if he stays

first_imgCategories: Editorial, OpinionNew reporting, first by Huffington Post’s Matt Fuller and then by Politico’s Tim Alberta and Rachel Bade, suggests Paul Ryan is on his way out of the House — perhaps leaving at some point during the current Congress, but at any rate before the next one convenes in January 2019. That leaves Ryan (and Mitch McConnell or whoever replaces him) with all of the responsibility and all of the blame for actually trying to get anything done. The chances that the House Republican leader can survive two grinding years of that are slim indeed, and surviving it with a decent reputation among conservative activists would be even more difficult. And if Ryan stays put and manages to survive that stretch?It’s possible that Trump could prevail in 2020, returning Congress to Republican control in the process.But at least for now it seems less than likely.Ryan’s job would certainly be easier if Democrats swept in 2020. On the other hand, being in the minority is rarely fun.For much of this, Ryan has only himself to blame. Suppose Democrats fall short, and Republicans retain their majority.In this scenario, Speaker Ryan would be spending most of his time and energy struggling to build a real working majority.Most of the lost seats would belong to mainstream conservatives.The proportion of anti-compromise radicals within the Republican caucus would increase, and so would the number of them Ryan would need to reach 218 on any vote.Everything except for must-pass legislation would likely grind to a halt — it’s not as if they’ve been able to do much even with their current, relatively large, majority.Ryan would probably have no choice but to beg Democrats for votes — especially for the must-pass items — which in turn gives them leverage and radicals more reasons to call Ryan a sell out.If Democrats win enough seats for a majority, it gets even worse. With unified government, the job of the House minority leader is relatively easy: Non-stop criticizing of the president,  and developing messaging bills and amendments to make the majority look bad.But divided government is different.It produces compromises that leaders from both parties generally must support.For House Republican leaders, that’s a disaster because the Freedom Caucus will surely blame them for whatever deals are made.It’s grueling enough with a normal president, but Trump makes things even more so.When Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush cut deals with Democrats, Republican leaders could shrug at unhappy members of their caucus and point towards the White House.But Trump has shown zero ability to cut deals, and an impressive aptitude for undercutting whatever his party’s leaders are doing.center_img Whether those reports turn out to be true or not, Ryan has never appeared to see power in the House as a long-term career goal.And the medium-term outlook for Republican leaders in that chamber is extremely grim.Republicans are almost certain to lose seats in 2018.That’s what almost always happens during a president’s first midterm.And given Donald Trump’s awful approval ratings and the poor results for Republicans in 2017, it’s hard to see anything but a good year for Democrats.By the same token, it’s hard to see how Paul Ryan will avoid having the worst job in Washington.Unless, of course, he quits.  Not only has he made several errors during his speakership, he’s being criticized for running an overly centralized House, just like Jim Wright and Newt Gingrich.Meanwhile, his wonky reputation with the media has suffered mightily as his bills on health care and taxes landed with few signs of political or policy mastery.Just as was the case with his old mentor Jack Kemp, Ryan’s skills remain those of an ideological propagandist, not a legislator or a congressional tactician.There’s a place for those strengths in Congress, but it’s not a great fit for the Speaker’s chair.Perhaps he won’t be there much longer.Jonathan Bernstein is a Bloomberg View columnist.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more