David Klepper, Associated Press Updated 7:45 am PST, Saturday, March 2, 2019 FILE- This Jan. 15, 2019 file photo shows the New York state Capitol in Albany, N.Y. The leaders of the state’s Democratic Party will meet this week in Westchester and could vote on a resolution calling for an end to fusion voting _ New York’s odd practice of allowing third parties to cross-nominate candidates backed by the major parties. less FILE- This Jan. 15, 2019 file photo shows the New York state Capitol in Albany, N.Y. The leaders of the state’s Democratic Party will meet this week in Westchester and could vote on a resolution calling for ... more Photo: Hans Pennink, AP Photo: Hans Pennink, AP Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 FILE- This Jan. 15, 2019 file photo … [Read more...] about Capitol Watch: Fusion voting; Cuomo talks session priorities
If you’re not already familiar with Priority Pass, you might want to be for its ability to get you out of the crowded airport terminal and into an airport lounge. Priority Pass is a membership program that provides access to more than a thousand airport lounges around the world, for an annual fee. The program announced some marginal changes for 2019—mostly for airport shopping deals rather than new developments to the lounge privileges. Related:How to Get into the Airport Lounge Priority Pass seems to be running out of opportunities to add new lounges, and even facing overcrowding, so it’s focusing growth in two smaller areas: A few years back, Priority Pass started adding airport restaurants, with the deal that members take a set amount—typically, $28 per person or the foreign equivalent—off the bill at participating locations. Now Priority Pass is adding airport shopping benefits, with dollars-off and percentage discounts at a wide variety of locations. … [Read more...] about New Priority Pass Deals Point to Overcrowded Airport Lounges
From costly car parking fees to uncompetitive currency exchanges, travelling through an airport is something of a minefield for people who don’t want to get ripped off. Food and drink is where they really get you; by the time you’ve ordered a pint and a not-so-satisfactory airport snack, you’ll be lucky to get much change from £20. Even water can wind up setting you back a small fortune: one US retailer was last year found flogging 340ml bottles of H20 for the extortionate price of $5 (£3.80). Enough to make you choke, ironically. So are airport lounge passes another way of extorting money out of passengers or do they have tangible benefits for consumers? Telegraph Travel cast its eye over the subscription models of three different lounge pass providers to see what they offered members. First up was Priority Pass, which offers access to more than 1,000 airport lounges worldwide. As well as boasting the largest number of lounges, Priority Pass has the … [Read more...] about Are airport lounge passes an expensive waste of money or a genius travel hack?
Fresh off her win over U.S. Rep. Jason Lewis, Democrat Angie Craig will be one of five new members in Minnesota’s congressional delegation come January. Craig took 53 percent of the vote in the 2nd Congressional District on Tuesday to oust the freshman Republican, whom she lost to by less than 2 percentage points in 2016. A former medical technology executive, Craig said there is a lot she wants to do in Washington — from fixing the nation’s health care system to reforming campaign finance. The Pioneer Press spoke with Craig on Wednesday about topics ranging from her priorities for the 2nd District to whether she would support Nancy Pelosi as speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. You defeated Congressman Lewis after a narrow loss to him in 2016. What made the difference this time? I ran in 2018 for the things that I’m going to fight for. I’ve tried to run a very positive campaign with positive ads that focused on my health care experience, that … [Read more...] about Q&A: Angie Craig talks 2nd District priorities, bipartisanship and Nancy Pelosi
David Eggert Associated Press Published 2:37 PM EST Nov 8, 2018 Lansing – Outgoing Gov. Rick Snyder said Thursday that his top remaining legislative priorities include pushing through trash and water fee increases to pay for environmental cleanup, infrastructure and recycling needs. The term-limited governor, who met separately with state Senate and House Republicans, said he expects a “busy” lame-duck session – the post-election period before new lawmakers and, in this case, a new governor takes over in January. At the top of his list is raising the landfill dumping fee and imposing a new state fee on water customers. Two key business groups got behind the proposals in the summer, but they could be difficult to pass in the Republican-controlled Legislature. The additional revenue would be used to clean up contaminated sites, address perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances – known as PFAS – that have tainted drinking water supplies, … [Read more...] about Snyder’s lame duck priorities include fees for cleanup