Founded in 1904, the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) is the oldest, nonpartisan professional organization of public officials in the United States. Members include the 50 states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa and Puerto Rico. AttachmentSize Condos_white-paper-business-id-theft-0126121.pdf322.12 KB Secretary of State Jim Condos announces the release of a white paper, entitled ‘Developing State Solutions to Business Identity Theft: Assistance, Prevention and Detection Efforts by Secretary of State Offices.’ This report was completed by the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) Business Identity Theft Task Force. Secretary Condos, a member of this national task force, worked with other Secretaries of State, as well as outside stakeholders including cyber security and identity theft protection experts, law enforcement representatives, and consumer advocates to develop this helpful tool. Vermont Secretary of State, 2.1.2012 This report contains a series of basic recommendations that all states, including Vermont, can follow to help prevent the spread of business identity theft, including:Creating a statewide task forces to study business identity theft issuesDeveloping a legislative and procedural action plan for protecting state-held business recordsEstablishing a notification programs for businesses when public records are updated or changedImplementing clear steps for victim assistance and educationConducting outreach to raise awareness and urge prevention ‘Our office will be working with other Vermont stakeholders to determine the right actions for us to be taking. This is a very difficult crime to prosecute and many states, including Vermont, have not established a strong legal basis for these efforts,’ stated Condos. The NASS white paper on identity theft can be downloaded at www.nass.org(link is external).
Gophers wrestling set to start 2019 season without star wrestlerMinnesota opens its season Friday, Nov. 1 against CSU Bakersfield at Maturi Pavillion. Elle MoulinFreshman Gable Steveson competes during the match against the University of Maryland on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019 at Maturi Pavilion. The Gophers beat Maryland 45-0. Nolan O’HaraOctober 31, 2019Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintThe Gophers’ wrestling team have their eyes set on the start of the 2019 season. For Minnesota, the season begins Friday, Nov. 1 when they take on Cal State Bakersfield. Last season, Minnesota finished 14-3 (7-2 Big Ten) and took fourth place in the Big Ten championships. The top-four finish was a first for the Gophers since 2015. New faces and a new year mean new opportunities for the Gophers, and the team is ready for the full swing of the 2019 season. “Personally, I’m feeling really good, and team-wise, I think we’re going in the right direction,” redshirt senior Carson Brolsma said. “I think everyone’s feeling really good. I think more importantly, everyone’s kind of anxious and excited to start competing and get the season underway.” The roster looks very different from a year ago as the Gophers will be without several wrestlers who were part of the starting lineup, including Steve Bleise, Ethan Lizak and Sean Russell. Yet, the team still has a strong returning core featuring Mitch McKee and Devin Skatzka. However, the team’s most important returner, Gable Steveson, remains suspended from all team activity, according to a team statement, due to an ongoing Hennepin County investigation after Steveson and teammate Dylan Martinez were arrested on suspicion of criminal sexual conduct. They have yet to be charged.Friday also marks the return of former Gophers wrestler Manny Rivera, head coach of Cal State Bakersfield, to Maturi Pavilion. Rivera was a starter on the Gophers’ 2007 national championship team and spent time on the Minnesota coaching staff as a graduate and administrative assistant. Rivera is in his fourth season with Cal State Bakersfield, and the Gophers are expecting tough competition from his squad. “We’re excited to see him,” said Gophers head coach Brandon Eggum. “He’s a great guy and he’ll have these guys ready. When he wrestled for us, he was a very intense wrestler, wrestled at a high pace, so I think that’s one thing he can bring to his program. The mentality, ‘This is how we wrestle, we wrestle like a Big Ten school but we have the ability to be scrappy and stay on the mat.’”While the Gophers expect difficult competition from Rivera’s squad, they feel up to the challenge. Eggum is pleased with the Gophers’ progress thus far in practice and is ready to see how they’ll stack up in competition. While the Gophers return some veteran experience, there are also a lot of new, younger faces in the lineup who will need to be ready for the grueling Big Ten conference. The upcoming match will be an opportunity for the younger wrestlers to get their feet wet.“I’m excited to watch all 10 of them, I know every guy is as important as the next. That’s the fact of the matter, especially in duals, each guy has the opportunity to go out and score points,” Eggum said. “That’ll be something we’ll be keying on this weekend, ‘How do we finish the match?’ We want to start fast and we want to finish hard too.” With the season approaching, it’s a reminder that Minneapolis will be the final stomping grounds of collegiate wrestling. The 2019 NCAA Championships will be held at U.S. Bank Stadium, the first time the event has ever been held at a football stadium. For Brolsma, a Minnesota native, that will come with added significance and will be a perfect way to close out his collegiate career. “It’s going to be awesome. I’m excited to see how it’s going to lay out and I already have tons of family and friends that have bought tickets,” he said. “It’s going to be [a] really unique experience for us homegrown Minnesota boys, especially since I’m a senior, [Mitch] McKee’s a senior and there’s a couple other seniors that are from Minnesota. To end our season and our careers in our hometown, we’re really excited for it.”
A revised settlement agreement in a six-year-old northeast U.S. milk marketing class-action antitrust lawsuit was sent to dairy farmers in March. Vermont dairy farmer Alice Allen was one of the plaintiffs filing the original lawsuit. The open letter she wrote to fellow producers regarding the settlement agreement follows. Editor’s note:advertisementadvertisementA revised settlement agreement in a six-year-old northeast U.S. milk marketing class-action antitrust lawsuit (Allen v. Dairy Farmers of America, Inc.) was sent to dairy farmers in March.Read Northeast milk marketing antitrust lawsuit settlement agreement revisedFarmers have until April 29 to submit written comments on the settlement agreement, and a “fairness hearing” will be held on May 13, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont.Vermont dairy farmer Alice Allen was one of the plaintiffs filing the original lawsuit. The following is a letter she wrote to fellow producers regarding the settlement agreement.___advertisementDairy farmers are now receiving information in the U.S. Mail regarding the proposed Northeast Dairy Farmer settlement with Dairy Farmers of America/Dairy Marketing Services (DFA/DMS). This material can also be accessed here.It is very important that farmers make the time to read this information and take notice of the dates and deadlines. It is also very important that farmers respond in writing to the court whether they support or oppose this settlement.Make no mistake, this settlement is not a get-out-of-jail-free card for upper level DFA/DMS management, but rather a wakeup call for DFA/DMS management to pay closer attention to the legitimacy of farmers concerns. Up until this settlement there was no real avenue for farmers to have their complaints heard and acted upon. As many farmers commented it was like: “…complaining about the boss to the boss…” if a farmer had concerns. Now, through this settlement, there is a real and effective method in place to have your concerns addressed.Below is a partial list of new requirements for DFA and DMS if this settlement is approved:Not enter into full supply agreements with plants (unless limited conditions apply), all in order to open up markets to farmers.Use specific protocols for milk testing and sampling at the farm and at the plant to ensure accuracy and protect dairy farmers.Create and pay for a DFA Advisory Council Member, appointed by the Dairy Farmer Subclasses, with the responsibility to enhance producer pay prices and with access to DFA/DMS management and financial records.Create and pay for a Farmer Ombudsperson, appointed by Dairy Farmer Subclasses, charged with advocating for farmers and mediating disputes.Allow DFA/DMS farmers to terminate their relationship with DFA/DMS on 90 days notice, and on the other side, provide DFA/DMS farmers with specified notice before any termination of their relationship by DFA/DMS.Not oppose a request to release the most critical and telling internal DFA and DMS information and documents from the lawsuit, all to provide transparency to farmers.All the details of this settlement are included in the “Notice” within the packet in the recent mailing. Again, please read all the information carefully.My personal involvement in this case began many decades before this case was ultimately filed in 2009. Dating back to the early 1980s a group of dairy farmers with whom I was associated began a “milk marketing study group” to help all of us learn not only how our milk was being sold, but also the regulations surrounding legitimate cooperatives and other marketing entities. The seriousness of my involvement in milk marketing education for farmers led to my being selected as the lead named plaintiff in this case. By no means am I an expert, but I do have significant background, as well as perspective in the marketing of milk. In addition, I had the good fortune to be mentored by some of the most influential marketing experts in the dairy business during the decades from the late 1970s through the first decade of the 21st century.advertisementThroughout this entire litigation, all of the named plaintiffs for both the DFA/DMS subclass and the non-DFA/DMS subclass have dedicated ourselves to obtaining the very best results for all dairy farmers, not just a favored few. As would be expected, we named plaintiffs did not always agree on the best methods to achieve these goals, or even what the goals should be. These disagreements are understandable. One only needs to listen or watch a few minutes of media coverage of candidates during this election year to realize there is dissension on just about every subject.The attorneys for both subclasses are all well respected antitrust attorneys from well-known national firms. We, as named plaintiffs, had a stiff learning curve to understand what can be legally and effectively addressed through a class action antitrust case. As for the role of the attorneys, they had to accept the fact that this group of named plaintiffs was determined to participate in every detail. After all, our own homes, livelihoods and farms were at stake in this litigation. These attorneys spent countless hours on the case itself, as well as countless hours educating the named plaintiffs on what was and was not needed and expected from us, despite the fact that we may have believed we had more information that would be germane to this case.The question in this settlement is not simply who is right and who is wrong, but rather what is the best and most achievable outcome relative to this case which is a class action antitrust case that will benefit dairy farmers in the most comprehensive way, without extending this litigation on into the future through trial and beyond, where there is no certainty whatsoever that we could ever attain the many benefits available now through this settlement before the court.Two-thirds of the named plaintiffs support this settlement. One-third opposes it. That fact alone means the court will not immediately approve the settlement. The court needs to hear from as many of the 7,000-plus farmers within both subclasses on whether or not they support the settlement.While those named plaintiffs opposed to the settlement believe that farmers are entitled to and need their “day in court,” it brings to mind the saying: “Justice delayed is justice denied.” To have DFA become a publicly traded company rather than a cooperative, thus denying DFA the immunity of Capper-Volstead, as those plaintiffs have lobbied for, is an unrealistic goal. I strongly urge all dairy farmers to read and understand the benefits contained in this settlement. Looking for the best possible outcome for all dairy farmers, I urge farmers to support this settlement, and make the time to write your letter of support to the court before April 29, 2016. If you wish, ask to speak in support at the fairness hearing on May 13, 2016.On the other hand, if you do not support this settlement, you have the right to “opt out” (with instructions for that included in the “Notice” you received in the mail) and pursue a case against DFA/DMS on your own.Please take the time to read all the information being sent to you. Given the facts, make your decision whether to oppose or support based on your best judgment. I believe that when the facts are read and understood, and the settlement taken as a giant step in the right direction for farmers to achieve more control of their milk market, that the majority of Northeast dairy farmers will wholeheartedly support this settlement and send that letter of support to the court by the April 29 deadline.Sincerely,Alice H. AllenE. RyegateVermont 05042
FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享U.S. Senator’s Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Dan Sullivan (R-AK) released statements after President Donald Trump delivered his third State of the Union Address on Tuesday night. Senator Sullivan: “I thought it was a strong speech. I thought it was an optimistic speech—optimism that was actually based on real results that we’re seeing in America because of our policies that we’re working on with the Trump administration. Growing the economy. Seven million new jobs created in just the last three years. The lowest unemployment rate in over 50 years. Wages are going up, poverty is going down. We’re going to be bringing this economic dynamism to our state. We have to. I think we’re on the verge of that.” During the Presidents address he highlighted the economy’s strength, including low unemployment, stressing how it has helped blue-collar workers and the middle class, though the period of growth began under his predecessor, Barack Obama. And what President Trump calls an unprecedented boom, economic growth was 2.3% in 2019, matching the average pace since the Great Recession ended a decade ago. On nights like this, I think back to one of my first conversations with President Trump, when he told me he wanted to get things done for the good of the country, and I told him I want to get things done for Alaska. We agreed to work together wherever we could, and we continue to work with the administration on issues important to Alaskans.” Senator Murkowski: “The past few months have been painfully polarizing in the Congress and across much of the country. But tonight, we saw reminders of why we should have hope for our nation. It starts with those who defend our freedoms with their very life. Our military – the men and women who serve in uniform, often far from home in difficult and dangerous conditions. Our thoughts tonight are with all our military and particularly the thousands who are based in Alaska, but currently deployed to Iraq. President Trump stressed the new trade agreements he has negotiated, including his phase-one deal with China and the United States-Mexico-Canada agreement he signed last month. While the White House said the president would have a message of unity, he also spent time on issues that have created great division and resonated with his political base.