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Mayor Loses Election following Campaign Focused on Ft. Monmouth Redevelopment

  • November 11, 2014
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In a tight election requiring officials to count provisional ballots, the Monmouth County Clerk’s office determined on Monday that Eatontown Mayor Gerald Tarantolo lost his bid for re-election to his Republican challenger. The campaign focused on the redevelopment of the former Fort Monmouth on New Jersey’s Atlantic coast, with winning candidate Dennis Connelly criticizing both the plan and pace of redevelopment, reported NJ.com. Tarantolo is a member of the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority board …

McAlester Seeks Consultant to Develop Defense Sector Economic Development Strategy

  • November 11, 2014
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The city of McAlester, Okla., and the McAlester Defense Support Association have issued a request for proposal notification seeking a consultant to develop a multifaceted McAlester defense sector economic development strategy focused on ensuring the long-term viability of the McAlester Army Ammunition Plant, Choctaw Defense and all southeast Oklahoma defense- and homeland security-related industries. Further, the consultant shall provide ongoing technical assistance promoting military-and homeland security-related interests in southeast Oklahoma throughout the term of the professional services agreement. The RFP can be obtained by contacting Leroy Alsup, community and economic development director for McAlester, at 918/423-9300 ext. 4951 or leroy.alsup@cityofmcalester.com. The deadline for responses to the RFP is 5 p.m. (CST) on Dec. 15.

Congress Needs to Preserve, Expand Housing Aid Programs for Veterans, Report Says

  • November 11, 2014
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The nation has made significant progress in ending homelessness among veterans, but the 2015 goal set by President Obama is unlikely to be met. Rental assistance from all levels of government — which now helps more than 340,000 veterans afford housing — has played a central role in the 33 percent reduction in veteran homelessness between 2010 and 2014. It reaches only a fraction of veterans in need, however, and points to an effective approach for addressing veterans’ unmet housing requirements, according to a new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities …

Reversing Sequestration Missing from Republican Agenda

  • November 11, 2014
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The Republican landslide last week that allowed the party to seize control of the Senate and increase its majority in the House for the most part did not emphasize the tenets of the tea party and its philosophy of slashing government programs, with many of the winners abiding by traditional Republican values such as a strong military. “The isolationist wing of the GOP that favored deficit reduction over a strong defense seems to be in retreat,” Loren Thompson, chief operating officer of the Lexington Institute, told Defense News. Despite a shift that would seem to favor defense hawks, however, Republican leaders in both chambers last week did not mention relaxing the Budget Control Act spending caps on defense as one of their priorities for the 114th Congress …

Hagel Plans to Stay for Duration of President’s Term

  • November 10, 2014
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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel plans to remain at his post for the remainder of the Obama presidency, Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said Friday. “The secretary is fully committed to his job as defense secretary and leading this department, and he looks forward to doing that through the remainder,” Kirby told reporters. The press secretary’s comments followed a report by Washington Post columnist David Ignatius about speculation that Hagel would leave before the end of 2016, reported Politico. “Administration officials speculate that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel may leave well before the president’s term ends; a likely replacement would be former undersecretary Michèle Flournoy, who was nearly picked for the job in 2013,” Ignatius wrote last week.
Hagel was sworn in as defense secretary in February 2013.

Omnibus Spending Bill Will Not Come out until December

  • November 10, 2014
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An omnibus spending bill needed to keep the government running through next Oct. 1 likely won’t be released until early December, according to House Appropriations Committee spokeswoman Jennifer Hing. The fiscal 2015 spending measure likely would be released the week of Dec. 8, reported the Hill. The timing would give lawmakers very little time to debate and vote on the legislation, as the existing continuing resolution runs out Dec. 11. Of course, lawmakers could pass another short-term stopgap measure to give themselves more time to clear an end-of-the-year omnibus …

Obama Required to Explain Order Blocking Chinese Investment in Wind Farms, Judge Rules

  • November 10, 2014
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The Obama administration needs to explain why it moved in September 2012 to prohibit a Chinese company from acquiring four wind farms located near a Navy training facility in north central Oregon, a federal judge ruled last week. The order by a U.S. judge for the District of Columbia also requires the president to justify withholding any information from Chinese-owned Ralls Corp. on grounds of executive privilege. It does not, however, require the federal government to disclose classified information. Judge Amy Jackson’s order followed a ruling in July by the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that Obama had violated the company’s constitutional due process rights when he blocked the firm’s purchase of the wind farms …

New River Crossing to Jump Start Development outside Offutt AFB

  • November 10, 2014
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A ballot measure approved last week by residents of Bellevue, Neb., gives the city a new tool to promote economic development which could benefit neighboring Offutt Air Force Base. The measure allows Bellevue to spend up to $750,000 annually on activities such as building infrastructure, purchasing land, issuing loans and awarding grants, reported the World-Herald News Service. The initiative, led by the local chamber of commerce, is intended to stimulate development along Highway 34 which runs south of Offutt. A new bridge over the Missouri River connecting Nebraska and Iowa along Highway 34 opened last month. Communities on the Iowa side of the river also are trying to attract development triggered by the new river crossing. Many employees at Offutt live in southwest Iowa communities, so development on either side of the river would benefit the installation.

Congressional Leaders Favor Omnibus

  • November 9, 2014
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Congressional leaders from both parties attending a White House lunch Friday agreed that lawmakers should advance an omnibus spending bill during the lame duck session to wrap up fiscal 2015 appropriations, reported the Hill. “There were areas of significant agreement I think — the agreement that we want to do an omnibus and wanted to do that hopefully by Dec. 11 — completing the funding for this year’s operations of funding,” House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said on CNN’s “The Lead with Jake Tapper.” Appropriators in both chambers have been pushing to move a package of the 12 individual spending bills, and staffers have been laying the groundwork for an omnibus over the past months …

Expansion of Ft. Monroe Monument Could Link Distinct Parcels

  • November 9, 2014
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The commonwealth of Virginia may be interested in connecting the two parcels that make up the Fort Monroe National Monument, according to recent comments from the office of Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe. “Governor McAuliffe believes a contiguous national monument at Fort Monroe would be an enormous historical and economic asset to Hampton Roads and the commonwealth as a whole …

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