Dunlap leads at Dick’s; Daly 4 back

first_imgENDICOTT, N.Y. – Scott Dunlap glanced at his scorecard and could only smile. ”Well, bogeying the first hole is usually my best way to start a round,” he joked. ”I did that, so I knew it was going to be a good day.” Was it ever. After that bogey on the opening hole at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open, Dunlap rallied with four birdies in a five-hole span, then reeled off five straight birdies to start the back nine en route to an 8-under 64 on Friday at En-Joie Golf Club. Glen Day, Bart Bryant and John Riegger were tied for second at 66 after the first round. Since finishing second in April at the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic, Dunlap’s best showing was a tie for 17th at the Principal Charity Classic a month ago. ”I guess you never know,” Dunlap said. ”In current form, today certainly wasn’t in the cards. The golf course was kind of there for the taking a little bit.” Gibby Gilbert III, Kevin Sutherland, Paul Goydos and Joe Durant were in a tie for fifth at 5 under. John Daly, Steve Lowery and Jay Haas were among nine players at 4 under. Day ranks in the top 10 in driving accuracy on the Champions Tour, a big advantage on the narrow, tree-lined En-Joie layout. ”Obviously, here it helps great, and I did hit the driver good,” Day said. ”I played well here in the past, in the old days. I’m very comfortable around the golf course. I see the golf course very well, so I’m excited about playing two more days.” Day’s round included six birdies and no bogeys as he hit the ball close to the pin all day. His closing birdie at 18 gave him a one-stroke lead until Dunlap’s back-nine burst. ”Eighteen was the longest putt I made, and it was maybe 10 feet, so I hit the ball really good,” he said. ”I’m very pleased.” Daly, making his first appearance at En-Joie since the 1995 B.C. Open, started in the final threesome and quickly climbed the leaderboard. He birdied four of the first seven holes, including a long putt at the par-5 5th that lipped the cup before dropping and a 5-footer at the par-3 7th. He then faltered with two bogeys, the first coming at the par-5 8th where a long hitter like Daly normally has an edge. ”I had my moments,” said Daly, who won the 1992 B.C. Open. ”I didn’t really get the par-5s the way I wanted to, but I don’t know, I hit it pretty good, made a couple putts, missed a couple. ”But, you know, if you hit the fairways out here and you’re putting half decent, you can really score low on it because the course is in great shape.” At the Principal Charity Classic in June, Riegger was tied for second after an opening-round 67 but faltered to finish 14 shots behind winner Scott McCarron. That he was able to complete Friday’s round and be near the top of the leaderboard again was an accomplishment in itself as he continues to suffer with a case of shingles. ”I may feel great tomorrow, I might not be able to play, I don’t know,” he said. ”I wasn’t able to even tee it up at the Players Championship this year because of it, so I’ll see. Go get worked on and see what happens.” There won’t be as much time as usual. A short but drenching rain shower soaked the course for less than 5 minutes in late afternoon on Friday. Because of the threat of storms on Saturday, the first groups will go off the 1st and 10th tees starting at 7:45 a.m. The leaders will tee off at 9:40 a.m.last_img read more

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Leahy introduces bill to ‘help fix’ broken campaign finance system

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) Wednesday joined Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) in introducing bicameral legislation that addresses a series of comprehensive democratic and electoral reforms to restore integrity, accountability, and transparency to our broken political system.  Counterpart House legislation, also introduced Wednesday, is led by Representative David Price (D-NC). The We The People Democracy Reform Act is more expansive than past versions and includes proposals to comprehensively reform campaign finance laws, increase transparency and accountability in the political system, end extreme partisan gerrymandering, increase voter participation, and strengthen lobbying and revolving door laws.A summary of its provisions is available here(link is external).Leahy said:  “Dark, unaccountable money is flooding our elections and damaging our democracy, advancing the special interests of large, anonymous corporations at the expense of hardworking Americans.  This is happening at the same time that voters are routinely disenfranchised by arbitrary rules and even discriminatory policies. The We the People Democracy Reform Act would help level the playing field by shining a spotlight on corporations that secretly influence our elections, and by protecting Americans’ fundamental right to vote. I am proud to again cosponsor this vital legislation in defense of our democracy and the rights of all Americans to have their voices heard.”  Leahy is the chief sponsor of separate legislation to restore the Voting Rights Act after the Supreme Court stripped away some of its key provisions.  Leahy, as chairman of the Judiciary Committee in 2014, steered a proposed constitutional amendment through the committee to reverse the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, which opened the spigots for massive and anonymous campaign contributions.Udall, the chief Senate sponsor, said:  “Our democracy has reached a crisis point.  The American people are losing faith in our electoral process and in our institutions –- because they’ve seen too much evidence that our government no longer answers to ordinary citizens. Disastrous Supreme Court decisions have opened up the floodgates for secret, special interest money to drown out the voices of regular people. Foreign adversaries are interfering in our elections. Voting rights are under attack across the country. And big money donors are being rewarded with cabinet posts, high-ranking positions and special access. It’s long past time that we took action to restore confidence and accountability in our democracy. The ‘We the People Democracy Reform Act’ will empower us to take back our democracy and return it to the hands of all Americans, instead of a privileged, powerful few.”This new legislation builds upon a number of bills introduced by Leahy, Udall, Price and many others to address various shortcomings in our voting and political system. The package would make significant strides toward repairing the broken political system, which has diminished public confidence in their government and depressed voter participation. The bill also will serve as a model for states and localities to implement reforms at the local level.In addition to Leahy, the Senate bill is cosponsored by Senators Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.), Angus King (I-Maine), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD).             The bill has received endorsements from The Brennan Center for Justice, Common Cause, Democracy 21, the League of Women Voters, People for the American Way, the Center for American Progress, and Public Citizen, as well as policy leaders such as Norman Eisen, board chair of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) and chief White House ethics lawyer for President Obama (2009-2011) and Richard Painter, chief White House ethics lawyer for President Bush (2005-2007). Additional information about the We the People Democracy Reform Act is available here(link is external). Read quotes from supporters of the bill here(link is external). Source: WASHINGTON – (WEDNESDAY, Sept. 27, 2017) – Senator Patrick LeahyVBM vermontbiz.comlast_img read more

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Safety is the core value: AIGA stages two electronic specialty gases safety seminars

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