Republican Representative Katko of New York retires
US Representative John Katko, a moderate Republican whose career in Congress appeared to be on the way up, announced his retirement Friday, the third House Republicans who voted to impeach President Donald Trump last January to say they would not seek re-election. .
The New Yorker, 59, was in line to become chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee if Republicans won control of the room in the November elections.
But his decision comes at a time when Trump has remained a dominant force in the Republican Party, retaining the loyalty of many lawmakers and threatening to use the party’s primaries to dismiss whoever voices him.
Now, serving his fourth term in the House of Representatives, Katko released a statement saying it was time to “enjoy my family and my life in a fuller, more present way.” He said his parents and step-parents have all died in the past three years, adding, “To say those agonizing times have provided a life-altering perspective for me is a believable one.”
While his statement did not refer to Trump, he also said, “My conscience, my principles, and my commitment to do the right thing have guided every decision I made as a member of Congress, and they guide my decision today.”
There was a backlash from the Republican Party against all 10 Republicans who voted to impeach Trump over his role in inciting supporters who violently stormed the Capitol on January 6, 2021, as lawmakers certify his defeat in his presidential re-election.
Katko becomes the 13th Republican member of the House of Representatives to announce that he is not seeking re-election in 2022. So far, 26 House Democrats have said they will retire after this year.
Fire shuts down part of I-70 in Kansas City
KANSAS CITY, MO – State transportation officials said the stretch of Interstate 70 westbound to Kansas City, which was closed after a fire under a bridge that killed a homeless person, is likely to be closed through Monday.
The fire was reported around 6 a.m. Thursday under the I-70 bridge over Truman Road.
The Missouri Department of Transportation said in a statement Friday that workers hope to open the outer lanes of the westbound highway by Monday morning, weather permitting.
Most of the damage from the fire occurred under the central lane, which will remain closed even after the right and left lanes are opened, the department said.
Drivers must exit I-70 westbound at the intersection of Interstate 435 to get around the closure.
“With the Chiefs playoff game Sunday night, fans should plan to close the western I-70 lanes,” said Chris Redline, MoDOT District Engineer.
Founder of Middle School Democracy pleads guilty
NEW YORK – The founder of the National Independent Schools Network who previously served as an adviser to President Barack Obama’s White House pleaded guilty Friday to a charge he allegedly stole more than $200,000 from the network.
Seth Andrew, 42, the founder of Middle School Democracy, apologized when he filed an online fraud petition in Manhattan federal court, admitting that he moved money in 2019 from the charter school network to other bank accounts without permission.
“As I stand before you today, I deeply regret the impact this has had on the schools, my alumni, and my family,” Andrew told US District Judge John B. Cronan.
In 2005, Andrew was the founder of Prep Democracy when it started in New York City. After her methods helped raise test scores for economically disabled children in Harlem, she expanded throughout the United States.
In the spring of 2013, Andrew left to work for the US Department of Education and as a senior advisor in the Office of Education Technology at the White House.
In court papers, authorities said Andrew stole $218,000 from the schools he helped set up, then used the money to get the best interest rate his bank offered on a $2 million mortgage for a Manhattan apartment.
Christmas parade suspect to stand trial
MADISON, Wisconsin – A District Commissioner on Friday ordered a Milwaukee man accused of killing six people and injuring dozens when he drove an SUV during a suburban Christmas parade.
Waukesha District Court Commissioner Kevin Costello said at the end of a preliminary hearing that prosecutors had presented “ample” evidence to prove that Daryl Brooks Jr. may have committed felonies.
Brooks faces 77 charges in total, including six murders and multiple counts of reckless endangerment. He would face a mandatory life sentence if convicted of one of the murder charges.
Prosecutor Susan Uber called only one witness, police investigator Thomas Casey, who described how the car swerved across the street looking for clumps, crashed into and ran over protesters in downtown Waukesha on November 21.
Brooks’ attorney, public defender Anna Case, noted that Brooks was high during the incident, noting that the arresting officers noticed that he smelled marijuana and that his eyes were red and glass.