Judicial Council announces allegations of campaign misconduct

first_imgThe Election Committee of the Judicial Council announced Wednesday in a press release it will not release the student government election results pending an appeal of allegations of campaign spending misconduct against the Fonseca-Narimatsu ticket.Eddie Griesedieck According to the press release, the Judicial Council found juniors Rohit Fonseca and Daniela Narimatsu “in violation of Section 17.2(e) and 17.2(f) of the Student Union Constitution” over the course of their campaign for student body president and vice president.Section 17.2(e) requires all candidates to notify the Election Committee of any campaign purchases before the candidates use the materials purchased as part of their campaign.“Receipts for all election materials purchased or donated must be presented to the Election Committee prior to any use of the materials,” the section reads. “All receipts must be accompanied by a list of materials purchased.”According to the press release, Fonseca and Narimatsu violated this section through their social media advertising.“The ticket purchased Facebook advertising prior to receiving proper approval from the Election Committee,” the release said.Rather than a “forfeiture of candidacy,” as Section 17.2(f) of the Student Union Constitution calls for, the press release said the Election Committee has determined the penalty for these violations will remove 7 percent of the votes cast for Fonseca and Narimatsu in the election, according to the press release.“As an appropriate sanction the Election Committee hereby requires the Fonseca-Narimatsu ticket to forfeit 7 percent of votes cast for the candidates’ ticket,” it said. “In the event of a runoff, the Election Committee has decided to suspend campaigning for 24 hours from the time campaigning begins.”Fonseca and Narimatsu will have 12 hours to appeal the allegations, during which the results of the election will not be released, the press release said.“Judicial Council will not release the election results while there are pending allegations and appeals per Section 17.1(m) (5) of the Student Union Constitution, ‘No election result may be released to the public while any allegation or appeal is pending,’” it said. “The earliest release time for results would be tomorrow, Thursday, Feb. 9, at 11:45 a.m.”As of press time, emails seeking comment from the Fonseca-Narimatsu ticket had not been returned. The Blais-Shewit ticket had no comment.Tags: blais-shewit, fonseca-narimatsu, Judicial Council, sanctions, student body president elections, Student governmentlast_img read more

A Minnesota Model for Attracting Investment in Renewables

first_imgA Minnesota Model for Attracting Investment in Renewables FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Frank Jossi for Midwest Energy News:A small town on the prairie of southwest Minnesota, Morris has an outsized reputation in the renewable energy world. The city’s University of Minnesota campus boasts two wind turbines, solar thermal and photovoltaic installations, and a small biomass plant.Having seen the university’s success – and having collaborated on some of those projects – city leaders decided the community itself needed to head in that same direction.It hired Jeremy Kalin, a 41-year-old former Minnesota legislator and founder of Eutectics LLC, a firm that works closely with communities on finding unique financial resources for clean energy projects.Working with city leaders and the university’s Center for Small Towns, Eutectics developed the Morris Model Clean Energy Hub and set an ambitious goal of powering 100 percent of the city with renewable energy within a decade. Some of those investors are enormous, such as pension funds (many of which have sustainable investment goals), or have a regional focus, in the case of community banks. Others include community development financial institutions, “impact” investors, equipment leasing partners, municipal lease financiers, solar investors and PACE programs.These financial institutions and investors “are interested in the projects we are bringing them and they are very interested in the fact we were bringing them prequalified projects – we can describe the payback, we can describe the owners and their financial health,” he said.Eutectics managed to convince capital partners they could still earn money off $100,000 deals, not just $1 million-or-more ones. The key has been to assure investors that clean energy projects aren’t just a good idea because they mitigate global warming and make for a safer environment, they can actually pay back financially.Full article: Minnesota firm has a new approach to clean energy financinglast_img read more