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The race for Nevada secretary of state heated up this week after Nye County Commissioners appointed a new interim county clerk who is expected to pave the way for hand-counting paper ballots in the 2022 general election.

On Tuesday, the Nye County Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 to appoint Mark Kampf, an election denier who falsely stated former President Donald Trump won the election, to the interim position to replace previous Clerk Sam Merlino. 

Republican secretary of state candidate Jim Marchant, a supporter of Kampf and also an election denier, helped convince Nye commissioners to make the switch to hand-counting paper ballots, even as Merlino criticized hand-counting as prone to error.

During a panel on voting rights hosted by Nevada Democratic Victory Tuesday,  Democratic candidate for secretary of state Cisco Aguilar heavily admonished Marchant for his role in Nye County’s decision to switch to hand-counting paper ballots.

“What Jim Marchant is doing in Nye County is irresponsible and dangerous,” Aguilar said. “He’s not a serious leader, but the threat he represents is very serious.”

Marchant, along with conservative businessman Russell Ramsland who has also pushed false claims the 2020 election was stolen, insisted Nye County Commissioners switch hand-counting paper ballots. 

Merlino, who had held that office for more than 20 years, told  commissioners hand-counting leads to “a lot of error.”

Earlier this year, she announced she would be retiring early ahead of the 2022 general election and submitted her resignation on June 6. 

Kampf has called for hand-counting paper ballots, contending the switch was needed to “restore confidence and transparency in our elections.”

Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske, a Republican, reviewed of election fraud and irregularity allegations lodged by Nevada Republicans and found no evidence of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election.

Aguilar called Marchant an “extremist who has declared loudly and often that he believes our president wasn’t duly elected.”

Marchant didn’t respond to requests for comment. 

Marchant has garnered national attention for his full-throated commitment to Trump and spreading  conspiracies about alleged election fraud. Marchant falsely claimed he was the victim of election fraud after losing to Democratic Rep. Steven Horsford in the 2020 election.

Marchant, who won an election for a Nevada Assembly seat in 2016, has said that elections have been corrupt in Nevada since 2008.

Marchant also frequently claims that there is a nefarious “cabal” rigging elections by manipulating voting machines in Nevada, the nation, and around the world.

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The Nevada State Republican Party posted this picture on social media after party chairman Michael McDonald, center, and five other Republicans signed a fake certificate in December 2020 falsely claiming that Donald Trump had won the 2020 presidential election in Nevada. Although not one of the fake electors, standing at the left is Jim Marchant, a 2020 election denier and conspiracy theorist who is also the Republican Party’s nominee for secretary of state, the office that supervises elections in Nevada.

Marchant also stood next to Nevada’s fake electors in December 2000 when they signed the phony electoral college certificates that were sent to Congress, an action that would later be revealed as part of the plan hatched by Trump’s legal advisors to stop Joe Biden’s certification as president on January 6, 2021.

Asked by the Guardian in January of this year if, as secretary of state, Marchant would be willing to send alternative electors to Congress other than those selected by Nevada voters in 2024, Marchant answered, “That is very possible, yes.”

In Nevada the secretary of state is the top elections official and is responsible for overseeing elections and certifying their results.

“He’s working to ensure struggling Nevadans can’t access the ballot box. He wants to go back to the day when access wasn’t granted to everyone,” Aguilar, Marchant’s opponent, said at the Nevada Democratic Victory event this week.

Jeff Smith, a voter rights attorney closely aligned with Democrats, said while voter suppression has been a national issue for decades it has become “more nuanced and insidious.”

“We need to be aware that not only are they going to make it harder for people to vote…but they’re also going to try and get those votes from being counted,” said Smith during the Tuesday panel.

Smith said he feared Nye County would fail to certify the vote in time, preventing certification of election results statewide.

“In Nevada the laws are great, but it’s still up to the counties to follow those laws,” Smith said. “I’m not worried about Clark County. Clark County is going to follow the law… but I don’t know if Nye county is going to count all the votes like they’re supposed to. ”

Hand-counting paper ballots would be time consuming in Nye County, where there are about 31,500 eligible voters. Nevada law gives counties a strict time frame to tabulate votes and report the results to the state for certification. The process could also be riddled with errors and miscounts, say critics.

“There are still actors who don’t care what the law says. They are more concentrated in counties other than Clark County and Washoe County. We have to stay vigilant,” Smith said.

North Las Vegas Democratic state Sen. Dina Neal emphasized worries the Democratic Party has about the future of voting rights in the state during the panel.

“It’s more accessible here than it may be in other places but it is threatened,” Neal said. “There’s an active strategy to take over the secretary of state because when they challenged the vote (in 2020) it’s the secretary of state, in each state, who was able to shut it down.”

She called on Nevada voters to get involved in the race for secretary of state and other down-ballot races.

“We’re always out there sleeping as Democrats because we’re always waiting for the next crisis rather than watching the genuine snake that’s slithering around on the ground Preparing to take our races,” Neal said.

Nevada Current reporter Michael Lyle contributed to this report.

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Killexams : Where Trump’s Endorsement Record Stands Halfway through Primary Season

As we enter the second half of this year’s midterm primary season, more than 30 states have already held nominating contests — including some of the most crucial ones, like in Pennsylvania and Georgia.

But a lot of contests are still ahead, including several taking place Tuesday in Arizona, Michigan and Washington that former President Donald J. Trump has weighed in on.

Across the country, Mr. Trump has endorsed more than 200 candidates, many of whom ran unopposed or faced little-known, poorly funded opponents.

For some — like J.D. Vance in Ohio and Dr. Mehmet Oz in Pennsylvania — Mr. Trump’s endorsement was crucial to securing victory. But in Georgia, several of his candidates were resoundingly defeated, and he had mixed success in South Carolina and North Carolina.

Here is a look at Mr. Trump’s endorsement record in key primary races.

Gov. Brian Kemp easily defeated former Senator David Perdue, Mr. Trump’s handpicked candidate, in the Republican primary for governor. Mr. Kemp became a Trump target after he refused to overturn the president’s loss there in 2020. He will face the Democratic nominee, Stacey Abrams, whom he narrowly defeated four years ago.

Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, who refused Mr. Trump’s demand to “find” additional votes after his 2020 loss, also defeated a Trump-backed challenger, Representative Jody Hice.

In a primary runoff for an open seat in Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District, Rich McCormick, a physician and retired Marine, defeated the Trump-backed Jake Evans, the former chairman of Georgia’s ethics commission and the son of a Trump administration ambassador.

The former professional football star Herschel Walker, who was endorsed by Mr. Trump, dominated a Senate primary and will face Senator Raphael Warnock, a Democrat and prolific fund-raiser, in the general election.

After a close race that prompted a recount, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Mr. Trump’s choice, won the state’s Senate primary, narrowly defeating David McCormick.

Doug Mastriano, a state senator and retired Army colonel who has promoted false claims about the 2020 election and attended the protest leading up to the Capitol riot, won the Republican nomination for governor. Mr. Trump had endorsed him just a few days before the May 17 primary.

Representative Ted Budd won the Republican nomination for Senate, and Bo Hines, a 26-year-old political novice who enthralled Mr. Trump, was catapulted to victory in his primary for a House seat outside Raleigh.

But Representative Madison Cawthorn crumbled under the weight of repeated scandals and blunders. He was ousted in his May 17 primary, a stinging rejection of a Trump-endorsed candidate. Voters chose Chuck Edwards, a state senator.

Representative Tom Rice, one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Mr. Trump after the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol, was ousted by his Trump-backed challenger, State Representative Russell Fry, in the Seventh Congressional District.

But Representative Nancy Mace defeated her Trump-backed challenger, the former state lawmaker Katie Arrington, in the First Congressional District. Ms. Mace had said that Mr. Trump bore responsibility for the Jan. 6 attack, but did not vote to impeach him. She had support from Nikki Haley and Mick Mulvaney, who both held office in the state before working in the Trump administration.

Adam Laxalt won a Senate primary and will face the incumbent, Senator Catherine Cortez Masto, who is seen as one of the most vulnerable Democrats this fall. Mr. Laxalt, a former attorney general, was endorsed by Mr. Trump and had helped lead his efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election results in Nevada.

Joseph Lombardo, the Las Vegas sheriff, won the Republican nomination for governor and will face the Democratic incumbent, Gov. Steve Sisolak.

Jim Marchant did not garner a formal endorsement, but his win in the secretary of state primary may well be considered a victory for Mr. Trump: He is a Trump loyalist who helped organize a slate of “America First” candidates for election posts who question the legitimacy of the 2020 election. He will face Cisco Aguilar, a Democratic lawyer.

State Senator Darren Bailey, who got a last-minute endorsement from Mr. Trump, won the Republican primary for governor. Democratic spending, including by Gov. J.B. Pritzker, may have helped Mr. Bailey, whom Democrats saw as easier to beat in the general election than the other Republicans.

Representative Mary Miller, whom Mr. Trump endorsed months ago, won her primary against fellow Representative Rodney Davis.

The Senate candidate J.D. Vance defeated a field of well-funded candidates, nearly all of whom pitched themselves as Trump-like Republicans. Mr. Vance, an author and venture capitalist, had transformed himself from a self-described “never Trump guy” in 2016 to an “America First” candidate in 2022.

Max Miller, a former Trump aide who denied assault allegations from an ex-girlfriend and was later endorsed by Mr. Trump, won his House primary after two other Republican incumbents opted not to run.

Mr. Trump also endorsed Madison Gesiotto Gilbert, a lawyer and former beauty queen who had been a surrogate for his presidential campaign. She won a seven-way primary for a congressional seat being vacated by Representative Tim Ryan, a Democrat running for Senate.

Dan Cox, a first-term state legislator who embraced Mr. Trump’s lies about the 2020 election, handily defeated Kelly Schulz in the Republican primary for governor. Ms. Schulz was seen as a protégé of Gov. Larry Hogan, a leader of the party’s anti-Trump wing.

Mr. Cox, whom Mr. Trump endorsed in November 2021, raised little money. But he benefited from more than $1.16 million in television advertising from the Democratic Governors Association, which helped his primary campaign in hopes that he would be easier to defeat in the general election.

Representative Alex Mooney prevailed over Representative David McKinley in a newly drawn congressional district. Mr. Trump’s endorsement was seen as the decisive factor in the race.

Kevin Kiley, a state lawmaker endorsed by Mr. Trump, advanced to the general election in the Third Congressional District and will face Kermit Jones, a Democrat who is a doctor and Navy veteran.

Ryan Zinke had been Montana’s at-large congressman before serving in the Trump administration. Now he is looking to return to Congress in the newly created First Congressional District. Mr. Trump endorsed him, and he narrowly won his primary.

Charles W. Herbster, a wealthy agribusiness executive, lost his three-way primary to Jim Pillen, a University of Nebraska regent supported by Gov. Pete Ricketts, who has long clashed with Mr. Trump and is term-limited. Late in the campaign, Mr. Herbster was accused of groping several women. He denied the accusations.

Gov. Brad Little overcame Mr. Trump’s endorsement of the state’s lieutenant governor, Janice McGeachin, who was challenging him in the Republican primary.

Alyce McFadden contributed research.

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Killexams : 2022 midterms: What to watch in S Carolina, Nevada and Maine

WASHINGTON -- Primary voters on Tuesday will decide the fate of two South Carolina Republicans who are clinging to their seats in the U.S. House after defying Donald Trump, while in Nevada an establishment favorite with the former president's endorsement is facing a tougher than expected challenge for the U.S. Senate.

Meanwhile, in Maine, a bellicose former governor who once said he was “Trump before Trump” has come out of retirement in Florida to challenge a nemesis for his old job.

Primary contests in South Carolina, Nevada and Maine on Tuesday will offer the latest test of the Trump political brand. North Dakota is also holding elections, though Republican U.S. Sen. John Hoeven doesn't face a serious challenger.

What to watch:

NEVADA

Trump has backed former state Attorney General Adam Laxalt for the U.S. Senate and Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo for governor. Just how well they do on Tuesday will gauge the potency of a Trump endorsement, which has delivered mixed results this midterm campaign season.

Laxalt's political pedigree has helped make him a front-runner. His grandfather Paul Laxalt was a Nevada governor and senator. And Laxalt’s father is late U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici of New Mexico, who publicly acknowledged his paternity for the first time in 2013. Besides Trump, Laxalt also has the endorsement of much of Washington's GOP establishment as he seeks to run in November against first-term Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, who is considered among the most vulnerable senators.

But Laxalt, who was largely raised near Washington, D.C., and served as a judge advocate general in the Navy, has faced a stronger than anticipated challenge.

Retired Army Capt. Sam Brown, a West Point graduate and Purple Heart recipient who was badly burned in Afghanistan, is running as a conservative outsider. He has drawn crowds and has won the support of those who view Laxalt as too cozy with the establishment. He also has the endorsement of the Nevada Republican Party.

In the governor's race, Lombardo, the head of the Las Vegas Police Department, is hoping to face Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak in November. But first he has to get past a Republican primary challenge from former U.S. Sen. Dean Heller and Joey Gilbert, a lawyer and former boxer, who was outside the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

Beyond the marquee races, the state's Republican primary for secretary of state will also offer a measure of Trump's enduring grip on the GOP.

Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske, a Republican, is leaving office because of term limit laws. In 2020, she refused to cave to Trump's pressure campaign to overturn his defeat in the state's presidential election, vowing she would not “put my thumb on the scale of democracy.”

Six Republicans are vying for the seat, including Jim Marchant, a former state lawmaker who has embraced Trump's lies about widespread voter fraud in the state. His website makes his position abundantly clear: My “number one priority will be to overhaul the fraudulent election system in Nevada."

Democrats have united behind secretary of state candidate Cisco Aguilar, an attorney who previously worked for Harry Reid, the former Democratic Senate leader who died last year.

SOUTH CAROLINA

Loyalty can be a fickle thing for Trump. And a perceived lack of it is the driving force behind heated primary challenges to two South Carolina Republicans in the U.S. House.

Rep. Nancy Mace worked on Trump’s 2016 campaign and earned his endorsement when she ousted incumbent Democrat Joe Cunningham from a coastal swing district four years later.

But shortly after her swearing-in, a pro-Trump mob stormed the U.S. Capitol, and Mace went on national TV to declare that Trump’s “entire legacy was wiped out” by the attack. Trump was furious and recruited a challenger, former state Rep. Katie Arrington, who helped oust Mark Sanford from the U.S. House in 2018.

In Congress, Mace has sought to mend fences — sort of. She voted against Trump’s second impeachment and opposed the creation of a 9/11-style commission to investigate the origins of the Jan. 6 attack, which was inspired by Trump’s lies about a stolen election.

But she also voted to hold former Trump campaign manager Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress for refusing to cooperate with the Jan. 6 investigation. And she has feuded publicly with Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, a far-right flamethrower and Trump acolyte.

Mace is not the only South Carolina candidate to draw his ire.

Trump also solicited challengers to primary U.S. Rep. Tom Rice, after he voted to impeach the the president over the Jan. 6 insurrection. Now Rice is facing six other Republicans, all of whom have cited the impeachment vote as a chief motivator to their campaigns.

Trump eventually settled on endorsing state Rep. Russell Fry, who has run TV ads likening Rice to villains including Satan. Fry told voters during a latest debate that “we’re going to vote to impeach Tom Rice at the ballot box.”

Rice, on on the other hand, has focused on important but far more mundane matters, like his successes securing flood remediation funding and assistance for the region’s farmers over his five terms in office.

MAINE

Maine’s gubernatorial primaries are a mere formality, with one Democrat and one Republican seeking the office. But they will lock in what promises to be a doozy of a general election, pitting two longtime foes against each other.

Democratic incumbent Janet Mills is seeking a second term. She’s a former district attorney, state lawmaker and Maine attorney general who frequently clashed with Republican Paul LePage when he was governor. Now he is challenging her.

That the two are even competing against each other is somewhat of a surprise.

LePage, who once described himself as “Trump before there was Trump,” moved to Florida after leaving office in 2019 following two raucous terms that often drew national attention for his indecorous remarks.

But the draw of elected office was apparently too great. By 2020, he was back in Maine pledging to challenge his old nemesis, whom he accuses of “reckless spending” and “heavy-handed” pandemic directives.

So far, LePage lags in fundraising behind Mills, but the race is expected to be among the most competitive governor’s races in the country this year.

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Associated Press writers Meg Kinnard in Columbia, S.C., David Sharp in Portland, Maine, and Scott Sonner in Reno, Nev., contributed to this report.

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Killexams : Secretary of state races intensify

Tuesday's GOP primary in Wisconsin illustrates why Democrats are intensifying their focus on secretary of state contests — and arguments that they are the guardians against 2024 presidential election results being overturned.

Driving the news: All three Republicans seeking the nomination in the Badger State have endorsed changing state election laws based on their belief the 2020 process was somehow flawed. They've proposed eliminating a bipartisan elections commission (established by Republicans in 2016) and giving that power to the secretary of state.

  • Minnesota, Connecticut and Vermont also are hosting primaries Tuesday.

Why it matters: These once-overlooked races are being flooded with more money and attention as both major parties see the stakes for 2024.

The big picture: There are 27 secretaries of state contests on U.S. ballots this year — for 13 offices held by Democrats, 13 held by Republicans and one — in North Dakota — held by an independent.

  • The other battleground state contests include Nevada, New Mexico, Michigan, Georgia, Colorado and Arizona.

Zoom in: In Wisconsin, Doug La Follette, the Democratic incumbent seeking re-election, was first elected to the post in 1974 and has held it for most of the nearly half-century since.

  • He told Axios that around the country, "the secretary of state's office is coming into focus as the newest battleground to save democracy."

The other side: Axios reached out to the GOP candidates seeking to replace La Follette.

Only one of their campaigns, that of state Rep. Amy Loudenbeck, responded, saying: "Amy Loudenbeck has never stated the 2020 election was rigged."

  • The statement goes on to say that "mistakes and misleading guidance given county clerks by the Wisconsin Elections Commission in 2020 need to be corrected so they can not happen again," that the commission "needs to be abolished," and that "Amy will advocate to the legislature a new model of overseeing and administering elections that would include the Secretary of State’s office as it once did and as more than half the other states currently do."
  • Loudenbeck lists "election confidence" as the first issue on her campaign website. She is encouraging state lawmakers to consider "a wide range of policy options" to deliver the secretary of state power "to ensure election integrity and transparency and help restore elections confidence."
  • GOP rival Justin Schmidtka — a truck driver and podcast host — on his website pledged to "immediately" dismantle the Wisconsin Elections Commission if elected. He's also urging the state attorney general to consider criminal charges against the members of that commission based on unfounded claims of fraud.
  • A third, Jay Schroeder, former town supervisor of Menasha, Wisconsin, accuses Democrats of "lying" and "cheating" on his campaign website bio. "The next problem I will solve is the security of our elections," Schroeder wrote.

What they're saying: Kim Rogers, executive director of the Democratic Association of Secretaries of State, told Axios that if Republicans prevail in certain states, it will spell "chaos" for 2024.

  • “We can’t afford to lose Secretary of State races because extreme Republicans would oversee future elections. They’re already telling us what they’re going to do — and they have the potential to not certify elections, to drag out results, and to ultimately create a constitutional crisis."

Minnesota's Secretary of State Steve Simon, a Democrat, said on-the-job threats have intensified since he took office, changing the nature of the job but also underscoring the need for people who will resist political pressure: "It's a very important time to be in the democracy business right now, but it's just a different deal."

New Mexico's Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver, a Democrat, says a big part of her campaign has been to ensure voters "have a good grasp on the truth before 2024, and in a perfect world before November."

Nevada's Democratic nominee Cisco Aguilar said what happens in November "is going to have an impact for decades on Nevada."

  • His Republican challenger, former state assemblyman Jim Marchant, previously said that if he were secretary of state in 2020 he would not have certified Biden's victory in Nevada.

Be smart: To be sure, not every Republican running for secretary of state around the U.S. advocated overturning Joe Biden's win in 2020 or is calling for empowering the office they're seeking to override popular or electoral votes.

  • Georgia's Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican who resisted former President Trump's pressure to overturn Biden's win in his state, survived a primary challenge earlier this year.
  • Such candidates must first prevail in GOP primaries against Trump loyalists, and then convince general election voters they'll put country above party.
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Killexams : Diversity Beyond Workstations

Amazon India’s delivery centre in Kadi, Gujarat, has no delivery boys. It’s an all-women station with five-six women associates who deliver packages across the town. Amazon has not just sensitised the people of Kadi about women delivery associates, it has also created a 24-hour helpline where they can call in case of any trouble. The e-commerce giant has five such delivery stations: Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra. These women associates (mostly from nearby villages), who go door-to-door delivering packages on an electric scooter, narrate poignant stories of how the job has changed their lives.

In Gurugram, Shweta Arora is founder of ₹11-crore Kavya Enterprises a distributor for chocolate-maker Mars Wrigley and brands, including Emami, Sundrop Oil, Bector Foods and Gowardhan ghee. She is surprised with the respect she gets from retailers who have been used to only male distributor sales representatives (DSRs). She wants to build an all-woman distribution team. “Brands are looking for diversity and asking for women DSRs. I see this as an opportunity to bring more women into my workforce.”

Hindustan Unilever (HUL) has an initiative called Ahilya, under which it plans to recruit 5,000 women in frontline sales by 2025. “We want our employer base to mirror our consumers, therefore, inclusion is about being gender-balanced at the frontline, too,” says Anuradha Razdan, executive director, HR, HUL. The FMCG major is looking to hire 3,000 women in the next three years on the shopfloor, even in remote locations such as Suhelpur in Uttar Pradesh. “To begin with, we are encouraging girls in those villages to study,” says Razdan.

Amazon is also looking to set up delivery stations manned by transgenders as well as physically disabled people. “We do a lot of programmes and training to make sure they deliver like everybody else. We also have transgenders in our delivery network as well as fulfilment and sorting centres,” says Swati Rustagi, director, DEI (diversity, equity and inclusion), international markets, Amazon.

Encouraging business partners to hire women is a great CSR (corporate social responsibility) gesture. But it’s much more than that. Companies are looking at diversity across their larger ecosystem of distributors, suppliers and vendors as a serious business case.

Technology major Cisco has set itself a goal of enabling 1 billion vendors globally and 50 million in India to embrace diversity practices by 2025. This will include hiring not only women but also differently abled, and people from LGBTQ communities. Mondelez International has launched an initiative called Economic Inclusion and supplier Diversity. The goal is to spend $1 billion by 2024 to ensure diversity at suppliers’ firms. “We are tracking small suppliers, and businesses owned by women and differently abled,” says Shilpa Vaid, senior director, people lead, Mondelez India. Diversity and inclusion-enabling company Avtar has set a target of helping 1,00,000 MSMEs adopt diversity practices by 2027.

Good for Business

There is a reason for the trend. Diversity is good for business and profitability. According to Credit Suisse, companies where women held 20% or more management roles generated 2.04% higher cash flow return on investment than those with 15% or less women in management roles.

A McKinsey & Company’s global study of more than 1,000 companies in 15 countries found that organisations in the top quartile in gender diversity were more likely to outperform on profitability — 25% more likely for gender-diverse executive teams and 28% for gender-diverse boards. Organisations in top quartile for ethnic/cultural diversity among executives were 36% more likely to achieve above-average profitability. In contrast, companies in the bottom quartile for both gender and ethnic/cultural diversity were 27% less likely to report above-average profitability. According to Research and Markets, inclusive teams are 35% more productive.

An organisation whose workforce mirrors its buyers is more innovative and creates better products. But why is it important for the ecosystem to also reflect its consumers? “I could be doing exceptional work in terms of leveraging diversity, equity and inclusion at my workplace, but my customers are exposed to people who are part of my last-mile connectivity (distributors, franchisees or suppliers) system. If my customer doesn’t feel inclusive while interacting with them, I am doing a disservice,” says Saundarya Rajesh, MD, Avtar. “The second part of being inclusive is creating the same kind of atmosphere for vendors, distributors and partners so that people who work in their organisations also abide by the same value system as the people who work for you,” she says.

In Amazon’s case, a woman delivery associate can make women customers feel safer. “It gives the consumer comfort that not only does Amazon cater to her needs by offering products that she wants, it also cares for her safety,” says Amazon’s Rustagi.

A diverse workforce helps increase productivity, too. Mars Wrigley India runs a programme called ‘Sangini’ at its factory in Pune, under which the company has hired 55 women from local communities. “Not only has our relationship with the local community improved significantly, the attendance at the factory has gone up too. Absenteeism has reduced from 15% to 4%,” says Kalpesh Parmar, country general manager, Mars Wrigley India.

Helping partners embrace diversity also helps the latter flourish. “The internal value system starts reflecting in the way we operate. They (partners) start asking if we can mentor them,” says Sirisha Palepu, director, people and communities, Cisco India and SAARC. Palepu cites the example of agritech start-up GreenPod Labs, which asked Cisco to become its mentor. Palepu told them the importance of having a diverse team, not just women, but also from various states and communities. “Six months ago, our women-to-men ratio was 2:8. Now, 45% of our team is women. Diversity has helped expand our customer base. Now, we have people from different states, and that is helping us reach new markets,” says Deepak Rajmohan, CEO, GreenPod Labs.

Image : Sanjay Rawat

The Challenge

Though diversity across gender, communities, religions and languages is important, India is struggling with the most basic form of diversity — getting more women into the workforce.

Covid had put the diversity agenda on fast-track mode for India Inc., and big companies have made considerable progress. But a lot of ground still needs to be covered. India slipped 28 places and was ranked 140th among 156 nations in the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report, 2021. The economic participation and opportunity gap declined 3% in 2021 vs 2020. While the share of women in professional and technical roles fell to 29%, those in senior and managerial positions declined to 14.6%. According to estimates, only 8.9% of firms in India have top female managers. Also, women earn one-fifth of men, and the country fares among the bottom 10 globally on this indicator.

“Small and medium-sized companies lose 45-50% of their women employees within 16-24 months,” says Rajesh of Avtar. Since most large companies work with MSMEs in the supply and distribution side, it becomes crucial for them to support MSMEs to embrace diversity. “Most of these companies don’t even have a POSH (policy for sexual harassment). Most don’t employ women on payroll because they will have to deliver maternity leave. If large firms tell their smaller partners, ‘if you want to be a supplier, please have 20% women in your workforce’, it will help them understand the value of diversity,” he adds.

Though organisations are happy to push their larger ecosystem to embrace diversity, distributors and vendors are sceptical. Ilma Khan works as a DSR at Subhash Jain and Mukesh Kumar Jain — where she is the only woman employee — which distributes products for Mars Wrigley, Capital Foods and Kellogg’s in West Delhi. “Firms are pressing to hire women employees, but distributors are not desparate because they are not comfortable sending women to sell for safety reasons,” says Khan. Arora of Kavya Enterprises says six months ago she had four women DSRs but now she is left with just one. “They don’t want to work as they are not comfortable with travel and long hours. I tell them to work flexible hours and even punch orders from home, but despite doing that I am finding it difficult to retain them.”

According to Amazon’s Rustagi, a lot of times partners have genuine challenges as well. “Most of these businesses are small and they don’t have deep pockets to put policies in place.” In such circumstances, the onus, says Rustagi, lies on the company to ensure its associate embraces diversity.

Mars Wrigley ensures distribution partners deliver women DSRs territories closer to their homes. “Most of them have challenges with mobility. Unless we take care of them, it will be difficult to retain them,” says Parmar.

“In one of the largest corporate conglomerates in south India we work with, we have observed the practice of mentoring partner networks across the value chain. It has enabled the right culture in most of these smaller companies,” says Vidya Sagar Gannamani, chairman and MD, Adecco India.

P. Vishwanath, MD and CEO, Randstad India, cites the example of Ola Electric, which asked the talent-hiring company to bring on board women technicians as part of its test-ride team. “When a consumer books a test ride, it’s a woman technician who goes to her doorstep. These women are not just part of the company’s payroll, they are also part of the payrolls of its partner ecosystem.”

Taking Baby Steps

Large companies understand the need to enable their ecosystem to embrace diversity, but there’s still a long way to go. As Vaid of Mondelez says, their first step would be to bring on board diverse suppliers. “Enabling distributors and suppliers to strengthen their diversity agenda would be the next.”

French alcoholic beverage company Pernod Ricard has started its diversity journey by procuring house-keeping services from firms run by women or businesses that employ the differently abled. “Since the alcobev industry is a late mover in terms of embracing diversity, our biggest priority and focus currently is to ensure we have a diverse workforce within our own organisation. However, when we were moving to our new office and it came to sourcing joining kits or identity cards or even the caterer, we intentionally went looking for diverse suppliers. Eventually, we plan to source our ingredients locally, versus going with one big supplier,” says Nitu Bhushan, CHRO, South Asia, Pernod Ricard India.

FMCG major Nestle India, on the other hand, has a dairy development programme to encourage women to take up dairy farming. The company is already making a difference to more than 70,000 women dairy farmers, says CHRO Anurag Patnaik.

Like Nestle, Mondelez India has empowered 5,000 women farmers to take up cocoa farming through its Cocoa Life Programme. Mars Wrigley is engaging with mint farmers in Lucknow’s Barabanki district to help them develop an ecosystem of good farming practices. The company has partnered with 24,000 farmers, out of which 8,000 are women.

Prerna, an initiative by Mahindra Group’s farm equipment business, helps empower women farmers. In the first phase in 2017, around 2,000 women farmers across 40 villages in Odisha were given implements to reduce drudgery in farming. In the second phase, Prerna touched upon the lives of another 6,000 women across 60 villages in Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka. As part of this project, the company not just works with NGOs, it also encourages its dealers to work with women farmers. Women farmers are also taught agricultural best practices and tractor driving. “Equal representation of women in the workplace can have a positive impact across an organisation... We are incentivising our hiring partners in sourcing women candidates. All-women assembly lines have been set up at some of our manufacturing facilities, including Nagpur and Mohali,” says Hemant Sikka, president, farm equipment sector, M&M.

The intent is there, but it’s going to take a lot of investment in terms of money as well as time to set the diversity ball rolling across the larger ecosystem. As Rajesh of Avtar says, the need of the hour is for larger organisations to build diversity as part of the culture of their ecosystem. Simply hiring women or people with disabilities isn’t enough, firms have to find a way to retain them in their workforce.

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Killexams : Financing of Races for Offices that Oversee Elections: August 2022

Fundraising Analysis

Across the six battle­ground states with secret­ary of state elec­tions this year, fundrais­ing by candid­ates contin­ues to outpace latest elec­tions. The $16.3 million flow­ing into these races so far is more than double the amount at a similar point in the 2018 cycle.

Across all six states, we have iden­ti­fied 12 elec­tion denial candid­ates, who have together raised $7.3 million. That’s less than the $8.1 million raised alto­gether by the 10 candid­ates who have taken a stance against elec­tion denial — by, for example, describ­ing oppon­ents’ embrace of the Big Lie as a threat to Amer­ican demo­cracy. However, much of that is driven by secret­ar­ies of state running for reelec­tion and defend­ing their record with the signi­fic­ant fundrais­ing advant­age of incum­bency. With incum­bents removed, six oppon­ents of elec­tion denial have together raised $4 million. The 15 remain­ing candid­ates who have not taken a stand either way on elec­tion denial have together raised approx­im­ately $900,000.

Out-of-state dona­tions are on the rise as well. These contri­bu­tions are notable because they come from people who are not constitu­ents of the secret­ary of state. In the past, secret­ary of state races have not typic­ally had a national profile.

The partisan break­down shows 14 Demo­cratic candid­ates with $6.4 million alto­gether and 22 Repub­lic­ans with $10 million. The parties’ per-candid­ate aver­ages are the same, however, with approx­im­ately $455,000 for Demo­crats and $454,000 for Repub­lic­ans.

Candid­ate fundrais­ing does not paint the whole picture, of course. We have also seen at least $8.8 million in outside spend­ing from super PACs and dark money groups target­ing secret­ary of state races, with $5.6 million in Arizona alone.

These totals reflect the most latest data avail­­able for the 2022 cycle and data reflect­ing the closest analo­g­ous date for past cycles. There are differ­­ent report­ing sched­ules in differ­­ent states and cycles. In 2022, the latest avail­­able data covers the period ending on June 30 in Arizona, Geor­gia, Nevada, and Wiscon­sin, May 31 in Minnesota, and Decem­ber 31 in Michigan. In past cycles, the closest analo­g­ous filing period ended on May 31 or July 19 in Minnesota, June 30 in Geor­­­gia and Wiscon­sin, either June 30 or mid-August in Arizona, and vary­ing dates in late May to early June in Nevada. In Michigan, the most latest data for this cycle covers a period ending on Decem­ber 31, 2021, and our compar­ison to past cycles also goes through Decem­ber 31 of the year before the elec­­tion.

Arizona

This year’s secret­ary of state race in Arizona is outpa­cing the 2018 cycle, although not by as large a margin as other states in our sample. Two Repub­lic­ans lead fundrais­ing: Mark Finchem, who said that “Demo­crats stole the elec­tion,” has raised $1.2 million, and Beau Lane has $1.1 million. 

The contest has been flooded by out-of-state money. Donors from other states have given $1.2 million, almost four times more than in 2018. Finchem has relied the most on out-of-state donors, who account for 59 percent of his item­ized contri­bu­tions. (Under state law, candid­ates must report the name and address of dona­tions of $100 or more, but smal­ler dona­tions need not be item­ized.) State Rep. Regin­ald Bold­ing (D), who has claimed if his campaign is not success­ful, “Trump’s hand­picked candid­ate will have control of our elec­tions,” has raised 50 percent of his item­ized contri­bu­tions from outside Arizona.

Inde­pend­ent spend­ing is high in the race — a total of $5.6 million so far — much of it from groups that do not disclose their donors. That is almost 12 times the prior high-water mark for outside spend­ing in latest Arizona secret­ary of state contests, which was $470,000 in 2014.

This year’s inde­pend­ent spend­ing is largely focused on two candid­ates, and in each case, it exceeds the candid­ates’ own revenue. Finchem, although he is the clear fundrais­ing lead with $1.2 million, has been opposed by $1.7 million in expendit­ures on national email commu­nic­a­tions by the liberal group MoveOn.

Bold­ing, whose own fundrais­ing is less than $500,000, has benefited from $2.5 million in inde­pend­ent expendit­ures. The lion’s share, $1.2 million, came from Arizon­ans for a Just Demo­cracy, whose website says of the secret­ary of state race that “our very demo­cracy [is] at stake” and warns that some candid­ates “will attempt to under­mine the will of the voters and over[turn] the results in 2024.” Its major donors include the national liberal dark money group 1630 Fund, Color­ado phil­an­throp­ist Merle Cham­bers, and $500,000 that churned through a series of groups via trans­ac­tions of the same amount within one day or a few days, appar­ently origin­at­ing with Arizona Wins, a dark money group repres­ent­ing labor and progress­ive interests. The network of groups spend­ing in favor of Bold­ing has ties to a nonprofit he foun­ded and directs, Our Voice Our Vote.

Another secret­ary of state candid­ate with outside spend­ing in her favor is state Rep. Shawnna Bolick (R), who has said elec­tions are “manip­u­lated” and “elec­­tion offi­­cials colluded with the judi­ciary in 2020.” A super PAC called Elec­tion Integ­rity PAC suppor­ted her with more than $147,000 in spend­ing. Elec­tion Integ­rity PAC was formed in June and is fully funded by Restor­a­tion PAC, which is in turn funded by ship­ping supplies magnate Richard Uihlein, whose support for elec­tion denial is discussed further below.

The gubernat­orial contest in Arizona has seen signi­fic­ant outside spend­ing as well, with appar­ent connec­tions to the elec­tion denier move­ment. Former news­caster Kari Lake, who has repeatedly said that Trump won in 2020, is one of the top-polling candid­ates in the Repub­lican primary despite being greatly outspent by Karrin Taylor Robson. Lake has benefited from more than $2 million in outside spend­ing by a commit­tee called Put Arizona First, although it is unclear who provided the funds. Disclos­ures by Put Arizona First list its only donor as SPH Medical LLC and report the donor’s address as the same UPS Store in Phoenix that Put Amer­ica First uses as its address. No such corpor­a­tion is registered in Arizona, and a Cali­for­nia company by that name denies making the dona­tions. The expendit­ures paid for ads and texts made by a company owned by state Rep. Jake Hoff­man (R), a state senate candid­ate who served as a false elector for Trump and reportedly still ques­tions the 2020 pres­id­en­tial result. Hoff­man has ties to Turn­ing Point USA, which was involved in the Janu­ary 6 rally and has featured Lake in events and online inter­views.

Lake’s lead­ing oppon­ent in the GOP primary, Karrin Taylor Robson, has given more than $13 million to her own campaign, making her haul larger than what the entire gubernat­orial field raised in each of the last three elec­tions. Taylor Robson has also seen support from $2.5 million in outside spend­ing from Amer­ic­ans for Prosper­ity, one of the highest-spend­ing conser­vat­ive groups in the coun­try.

Geor­gia

In Geor­gia, where incum­bent Brad Raffen­sper­ger (R) won an expens­ive primary in May, over­all fundrais­ing is more than double that of last cycle. Jody Hice, who said that “Trump won Geor­gia,” raised the most money with $2.5 million but lost in the GOP primary. Raffen­sper­ger has raised $2.1 million. In addi­tion, two outside groups — Amer­ic­ans Keep­ing Coun­try First and Conser­vat­ives for Our Future — spent $2 million to produce ads support­ing Raffen­sper­ger in the lead-up to the primary. These two groups are funded by a partially over­lap­ping set of groups whose own fund­ing sources are obscure, includ­ing the Amer­ican Jobs and Growth Fund and Defend US.

Michigan

Michigan has not released data about candid­ate fundrais­ing since the reports cover­ing 2021. At that time, Secret­ary of State Jocelyn Benson had a command­ing finan­cial lead over the party-endorsed Repub­lican, Kristina Karamo, who says elec­tions have “massive corrup­tion.” Benson is being boos­ted by digital ads from a group called Progress Michigan, which does not reveal the original sources of most of its fund­ing. In July, Progress Michigan accep­ted $1.5 million from State Victory Action, a national liberal group. A pro-Karamo group, the Karamo SOS Fund, was formed in May but has not repor­ted revenue or expendit­ures yet.

Minnesota

Minnesota will hold its primary on August 9, but the general elec­tion matchup in the secret­ary of state race is already clear since the parties made their endorse­ments. The reelec­tion campaign of Secret­ary of State Steve Simon (D) has a large fundrais­ing advant­age, with over $600,000 raised. Repub­lican Kim Crock­ett, whose campaign showed the party conven­tion a video depict­ing phil­an­throp­ist George Soros controlling Simon accom­pan­ied by text read­ing, “Let’s wreck elec­tions forever and ever,” has raised almost $127,000.

Nevada

The contest for secret­ary of state in Nevada has seen the biggest leap in dollars raised in our sample. The $2.6 million collec­ted in 2022 is more than five times the amount raised by this point in past cycles. The Demo­cratic nominee, Cisco Aguilar, faced no oppos­i­tion in his primary and has been able to raise $1.1 million. The winner in the GOP primary for secret­ary of state was Jim Marchant, who said the 2020 elec­tion was “stolen.” Marchant won despite being signi­fic­antly outraised by Jesse Haw, who collec­ted more than $762,000 — although most of that came from the candid­ate himself. Haw was also suppor­ted by $1.2 million in outside spend­ing from a Virginia group called Amer­ic­ans for Secure Elec­tions PAC, which is funded by obscure dark money groups in the Wash­ing­ton, DC, area, like Amer­ican Advance­ment and Prosper­ity Alli­ance. A Marchant-controlled group, Conser­vat­ives for Elec­tion Integ­rity PAC, boos­ted him with TV ads, although with a much smal­ler spend.

Outside groups have attemp­ted to influ­ence Washoe County Commis­sion races, includ­ing with the use of elec­tion denial messages. Crypto­cur­rency million­aire Robert Beadles of Reno funds a group called the Frank­lin Project that has endorsed state and local candid­ates across Nevada. In Washoe County, the group boos­ted primary chal­lenger Mike Clark (R), who said the 2020 result was “math­em­at­ic­ally impossible” and ousted the incum­bent. The Frank­lin Project also endorsed incum­bent Jeanne Herman (R), who voted not to certify both the 2020 elec­tion and the primary that she won this year. Beadles writes a blog called Oper­a­tion Sunlight that publishes elec­tion conspir­acy theor­ies and has attacked oppon­ents of Clark and Herman. Beadles also contrib­uted directly to Marchant and to gubernat­orial candid­ate Joey Gilbert, who called to “decer­tify” the 2020 elec­tion.

Clark and Herman’s oppon­ents in the GOP primar­ies were suppor­ted by digital ad spend­ing by Open Demo­cracy PAC. Although the ads did not mention elec­tion denial, the group’s website says: “We must keep our nation’s elec­tion admin­is­tra­tion infra­struc­ture out of the hands of elec­tion deniers.” Open Demo­cracy endorses secret­ary of state candid­ates who oppose elec­tion denial in several states, and it previ­ously made expendit­ures in local Wiscon­sin races that simil­arly sought to support candid­ates attacked by elec­tion deniers. Those ads claimed that “our demo­cracy is at stake.”

Wiscon­sin

By this point in past cycles, Wiscon­sin secret­ary of state candid­ate fundrais­ing had not yet star­ted in earn­est. This cycle’s almost $218,000 is nearly 12 times the amount raised through June 30 of past elec­tion years. Almost 80 percent of that total was raised by State Rep. Amy Louden­beck (R). Incum­bent Secret­ary of State Doug La Follette (D) has collec­ted $19,000.

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Killexams : Cisco and Loop Capital Host a Tech Talk on Cisco's Optical Business

SAN JOSE, Calif., Aug. 4, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Cisco will host a webcast with Loop Capital and Bill Gartner, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Cisco's Optical Systems and Optics Group, to discuss Cisco's optical strategy, portfolio evolution and market dynamics. Interested parties can find more information on Cisco's Investor Relations website at https://investor.cisco.com/.

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Killexams : Trump-Backed Candidate Wins Maryland G.O.P. Primary for Governor

Professional Democrats have many fears about the 2022 midterm elections that keep them up at night.

Chief among them: losing Congress and handing over investigative powers and the ability to set the Washington agenda to Kevin McCarthy and Mitch McConnell. Granting Republicans full control over states where abortion remains contested. Seeing President Biden turned prematurely into a lame duck.

Somewhere near the top of that list is the concern that voters will elect Donald Trump’s preferred candidates to the office of secretary of state, a job that in many states plays a critical role in safeguarding the right to vote, while also ensuring the smooth operation and fairness of the electoral system.

To put it plainly, the widespread worry on the left is that Trump’s loyalists will ensure his re-election in 2024 if they take power in 2022. It’s not something either Trump or these candidates labor especially hard to rebut.

Secretary of state is not a glamorous gig, generally speaking; it’s primarily an administrative job, and tends to attract little attention from the public and press. That changed significantly in battleground states after the Trump-fueled election chaos in 2020, and now money and attention are pouring into secretary of state races — not least because the former president has made it his mission to elect Republican candidates who back his conspiracy theories.

It’s easy to tell what Trump wants: total fealty. It’s often far harder to figure out what voters want.

Enter a new poll of five swing states — Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Minnesota and Nevada — that was shared with The New York Times in advance of its publication. The survey, which polled 1,400 people who are likely to vote in November, was conducted by David Binder Research on behalf of iVote, a group that backs Democrats in secretary of state races.

Interpreting the findings, which focus not on candidates but on voters’ views about what they think is important in a secretary of state, is a tricky business.

The poll found that 82 percent of likely voters rated “accurately tabulating votes in elections and certifying results” as an extremely important responsibility. Additionally, 67 percent said they would be much more likely to support a candidate “who will prioritize options for all voters and making sure every vote is counted.”

But as is often the case with voters, they are giving us conflicting signals. Fifty-nine percent said they would be much more likely to support a candidate “who says the top priority is to ensure fair elections and make sure that only eligible voters are casting ballots.” That sounds a lot more like what many Republican candidates are saying.

In one indication of just how much traction Trump’s claims still hold over the G.O.P. base, 72 percent of voters who picked Trump in 2020 said the election had been stolen from him. That’s about a third of all voters.

And when the survey is broken down between those who said that Biden won fairly and those who espoused the false view that the election was stolen from Trump, a remarkable symmetry emerges: Supermajorities on both sides express concern that “elected officials will attempt to overturn the will of the people,” for instance, but of course each group is worried about the other team subverting the true results — and each group differs on what those are.

Ellen Kurz, the founder and president of iVote, has been focused on secretary of state races for nearly a decade, she said in an interview. In 2018, the group spent $7 million helping elect Democrats in Arizona and Michigan who later became important players in the 2020 election.

This year, iVote has a budget of more than twice that amount — $15 million, which it plans to spend on broadcast, cable and digital advertising to bolster its candidates.

Kurz argued that Republicans had been trying to suppress the votes of people of color and other key Democratic blocs since well before Trump took the national stage — but that his obsession with election fraud and claims of a stolen election have turbocharged those efforts.

“I believed it was really bad before, but this is a different level,” she said. “It’s at a next level of danger.”

Republicans are also hyperfocused on secretary of state races, led by a group of Trump allies called the America First Secretary of State Coalition along with official groups like the Republican State Leadership Committee.

Let’s break down each of the swing states polled:

Arizona, Aug. 2

These primaries haven’t happened yet, and Democrats and democracy advocates say they are especially crucial.

On the Republican side, the Trump-backed candidate is Mark Finchem, a state lawmaker who has gone all-in on the former president’s conspiracy theories about 2020.

Finchem is but one of four contenders, a group that also includes Shawnna Bolick, another state lawmaker who also supported throwing out the election results in favor of Trump; Beau Lane, an advertising executive backed by the business community; and Michelle Ugenti-Rita, a state lawmaker who has promoted a number of restrictive voting laws in the Arizona Senate.

The incumbent secretary of state, Katie Hobbs, a Democrat, is running for governor. That has left a vacuum on the Democratic side, with Adrian Fontes, the former recorder of Maricopa County, the state’s largest county, competing for the job against Reginald Bolding, the minority leader of the State House and a voting-rights activist.

For all the national attention these primaries have gotten, they have yet to generate much enthusiasm among genuine voters in Arizona. For example, a debate between Fontes and Bolding in May drew an audience of just 70 people, according to The Tucson Sentinel.

Georgia, May 24

Credit...Nicole Craine for The New York Times

Democrats nominated Bee Nguyen, a progressive nonprofit executive and state lawmaker, to vie for secretary of state, an office that proved critical in 2020 when Trump tried to pressure Georgia officials to overturn the results in his favor.

But during this year’s Republican primary, pro-democracy groups spent heavily to help Brad Raffensperger, the incumbent secretary who defied Trump’s demands. In May, Raffensperger easily dispatched Trump’s chosen candidate, Representative Jody Hice.

One factor in that race was a surge of outside spending. Sarah Longwell, an anti-Trump Republican operative who helped marshal resources to defend Raffensperger, said she noticed that, when voters in focus groups were asked about Hice, they kept saying they had never heard of “her.”

Hice is a man. His lack of name recognition struck Longwell as an opportunity, so Unite America and other groups she was working with poured money into the race in its final 10 days.

“Right at the end, you could see that there was a wide opening for Raffensperger to scoot through,” she said.

Michigan, Aug. 2

Credit...Brittany Greeson for The New York Times

On Politics last wrote about the Michigan secretary of state race in April, just after the Republican Party gave its official endorsement to Kristina Karamo.

Karamo has made inflammatory comments on her personal podcast, such as calling yoga a “satanic ritual” that was originally intended by its creators to “summon a demon.” She’s all but certain to be the G.O.P.’s official nominee in August, Michigan Republicans say.

Democrats are backing Jocelyn Benson, the incumbent secretary of state who oversaw the 2020 elections. Benson has become a top villain for Republicans, who falsely accuse her of rigging the results in Biden’s favor in Michigan, which he narrowly won.

Benson has drawn particular fire for sending a mail-in ballot application to every registered voter in the state, a decision that a Michigan appeals court later ruled was lawful.

Minnesota, Aug. 9

The leading Republican candidate is Kim Crockett, who called the 2020 election “rigged” in a campaign email. At the Minnesota Republican convention, where Crockett won the state G.O.P.’s endorsement, she played a video that depicted George Soros, the liberal financier, above the caption, “Let’s wreck elections forever and ever.”

Crockett also has shown support for “2000 Mules,” a documentary by Dinesh D’Souza that promotes various conspiracy theories about the 2020 election.

On the Democratic side, Steve Simon, the incumbent secretary of state, is running for re-election. He has a huge fund-raising edge over Crockett, with more than $500,000 on hand as of May, while she reported having just $56,000 in her campaign account.

Nevada, June 14

Jim Marchant, who organized the America First Secretary of State Coalition, handily won the Republican primary. Marchant has said that a “cabal” of people around the world are manipulating voting machines, a conspiracy theory that has been repeatedly debunked and is the subject of a defamation suit against several Trump allies. As for Marchant’s claim that his own failed bid for Congress was stolen in 2020, he told The Guardian that “a lot of judges were bought off too.”

Marchant’s Democratic opponent is Cisco Aguilar, who ran uncontested. Aguilar, a lawyer and former state athletic commissioner, has the backing of most prominent Democrats in the state, as well as Andre Agassi, the retired tennis star.

— Blake

Is there anything you think we’re missing? Anything you want to see more of? We’d love to hear from you. Email us at onpolitics@nytimes.com.

Correction: 

July 20, 2022

An earlier version of this article referred incorrectly to an action by Jocelyn Benson, the Michigan secretary of state, during the 2020 election. She sent mail-in ballot applications to every registered voter in the state, not mail-in ballots themselves.

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Killexams : Cisco AppDynamics Study: New Class of Post-Pandemic Technology Leaders Emerges to Tackle the Experience Economy Cisco AppDynamics Study: New Class of Post-Pandemic Technology Leaders Emerges to Tackle the Experience Economy
Cisco AppDynamics (BusinessWire India)
2022-07-13
Business Wire India
News Summary:
 
  • Cisco AppDynamics has released the annual Agents of Transformation report which reveals the emergence of a new class of post-pandemic technology leaders who are reimagining applications and digital services delivery as the lines between IT operations and business strategy blur.
  • 74% say their experiences in latest years have accelerated their careers, and 88% now consider themselves to be business leaders and believe what it means to be a technology expert has changed. However, just 10% have reached the elite status of ‘Agents of Transformation’.
  • While technology leaders are looking to better understand and adapt to digital transformation with solutions that positively affect the overall business, 66% say it is now more difficult to be an Agent of Transformation, and one-quarter say their organization remains stuck in “fire-fighting mode.”
 

Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) AppDynamics, a leading provider of Observability and Application Performance Monitoring technology, has published findings from Agents of Transformation 2022, the fourth annual report that analyzes the skills and attributes of elite global technologists.

 

In the wake of the pandemic, it reveals the emergence of a new class of technology experts stepping up to meet critical challenges that are blurring the lines between business strategy and IT operations. The report also cites the demand to make all products and services digitally available in the Experience Economy amid heightened security threats, increasing complexity, and the accelerated shift to hybrid work and the cloud.

 

“The bar continues to rise, and over the last year we have seen a redefinition of what it means to be an Agent of Transformation. These leaders are looking to better understand how issues in their respective domains impact the total experience of users and applications, adapting to change with solutions that positively affect the overall business,” said Liz Centoni, EVP, Chief Strategy Officer, GM of Applications.

 

According to the Cisco AppDynamics report, 74% believe that their experiences in latest years—particularly during the pandemic—have accelerated their careers, and 88% now consider themselves to be business leaders. However, just 10% of technology experts have reached the elite status of ‘Agents of Transformation’. These individuals represent top-flight leaders who are reimagining and delivering high-value applications and services that create the always-on, secure, and exceptional user experiences now demanded by end users and customers.

 

Respondents cite a fundamental change in the role of technologists, including the skills and resources required to operate effectively and proficiently. At the same time, they say they now contend with soaring complexity and volumes of data from across the technology stack and must integrate a massively expanding set of cloud-native services with existing on-premises systems and tools.

 
  • 88% believe that what it means to be a technologist has changed
  • 84% say the skills and qualities that define an Agent of Transformation have evolved
  • 66% indicate that it is now more difficult to be an Agent of Transformation
  • One in four say their organization remains stuck in reactive, “fire-fighting mode”
 

Digital transformation means almost every company and organization interacts with consumers via web and mobile applications, and the transition to hybrid work means more interaction with SaaS tools and web interfaces. While consumers can pivot fast to another brand’s app or service, companies that cannot instantly Excellerate digital experiences risk having loyal customers walk away.

 

“The new Agents of Transformation recognize a need to reimagine applications not just in response to post-pandemic challenges, but also, to create flawless, reliable digital experiences that address some of the world’s greatest problems—from meeting critical human needs to giving people the skills and resources to succeed in the digital economy,” Centoni said.

 

While acknowledging the far-reaching consequences of this change, respondents in the Cisco AppDynamics report note that they need help navigating the technical and operational ambiguities of digital transformation. Specifically, they are looking for unified visibility into their IT environments to better manage and optimize application availability and performance. This requires focusing investments on application security, observability over cloud-native applications and infrastructure, and linking IT performance to business decision making.

 
  • 77% believe it will be important to invest in application security over the next 12 months to meet customer and employee needs
  • 71% think their organization will need to invest in observing cloud-native applications and infrastructure
  • 84% say that the need to maintain the performance of business applications is now more important than ever
  • 85% state that full stack observability is core to sustainable transformation and innovation in their organization
 

Additional Resources:

 

Download the Agents of Transformation 2022 report: https://www.appdynamics.com/resources/reports/agents-of-transformation-2022

 

Read more on the AppDynamics blog: https://www.appdynamics.com/blog/news/agents-of-transformation-are-adapting-at-speed-to-drive-innovation-in-the-experience-economy

 

About AppDynamics

 

Cisco AppDynamics is a leading provider of Observability and Application Performance Monitoring technology. AppDynamics helps customers observe what matters inside and beyond their IT environments. Combined with the power of Cisco, AppDynamics enables organizations to deliver exceptional user experiences by centralizing and correlating data into contextualized insights of critical business metrics — providing them with the power to prioritize actions based on business needs.

 

AppDynamics received Glassdoor’s 2019 Best Places to Work Award and Fortune’s #1 Best Place to Work in 2021 and 2022 as part of Cisco.

 

About Cisco

 

Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) is the worldwide leader in technology that powers the Internet. Cisco inspires new possibilities by reimagining your applications, securing your enterprise, transforming your infrastructure, and empowering your teams for a global and inclusive future. Discover more on The Newsroom and follow us on Twitter at @Cisco.

 

Cisco and the Cisco logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Cisco and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and other countries. A listing of Cisco's trademarks can be found at www.cisco.com/go/trademarks. Third-party trademarks mentioned are the property of their respective owners. The use of the word partner does not imply a partnership relationship between Cisco and any other company.

 

 
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