Andrea Ramsey, a Democratic candidate for Congress, will drop out of the race after the Kansas City Star asked her about accusations in a 2005 lawsuit that she sexually harassed and retaliated against a male subordinate who said he had rejected her advances.
Multiple sources with knowledge of the case told The Star that the man reached a settlement with LabOne, the company where Ramsey was executive vice president of human resources. Court documents show that the man, Gary Funkhouser, and LabOne agreed to dismiss the case permanently after mediation in 2006.
Ramsey, a 56-year-old retired business executive from Leawood, was one of the Democratic candidates vying to challenge Republican Rep. Kevin Yoder in 2018 in Kansas’ 3rd District.
She was running with the endorsement of Emily’s List, a liberal women’s group that has raised more than a half-million dollars to help female candidates who support abortion rights.
Jeff Bezos Creates $33 Million DACA Scholarship
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced Friday he will support students protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program with $33 million in scholarships.
Bezos and wife MacKenzie’s donation will fund 1,000 scholarships — since the program’s “Dreamers” are not eligible for federal financial aid.
“My dad came to the U.S. when he was 16 as part of Operation Pedro Pan,” Jeff Bezos said.
“He landed in this country alone and unable to speak English. With a lot of grit and determination — and the help of some remarkable organizations in Delaware — my dad became an outstanding citizen, and he continues to give back to the country that he feels blessed him in so many ways. MacKenzie and I are honored to be able to help today’s Dreamers by funding these scholarships.”
The organization Bezos donated to, TheDream.us, partners with low-cost colleges in 15 states to help 800,000 DACA recipients pay for college.
“Our students are highly motivated and determined to succeed in college and in life. We’re a three-and-a-half-year-old program, so we don’t yet have graduation rates,” Candy Marshall, president of TheDream.us, said.
Other donors to the initiative include Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; the Pershing Square Foundation; the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative; Bloomberg Philanthropies; Pierre and Pam Omidyar; the Robin Hood Foundation; The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation; the Ford Foundation; the PepsiCo Foundation; the Coca-Cola Foundation and Don, Bill and Steve Graham.
“Everyone who believes in education and is a friend of the Dreamers would like to thank Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos for this magnificent gift,” Marshall added. “It is a shot in the arm for Dreamer students at a time when some are questioning whether they should be in the United States at all.”
Bezos and 100 other business leaders co-signed a letter to Congress last week calling for legal relief for DACA members after President Donald Trump announced his administration would end the program.
NYC Sues Oil Companies for Climate Change
New York City filed a federal lawsuit against five major oil companies for their alleged role in climate change.
The lawsuit seeks to recover billions of dollars to fund climate change resiliency measures, and the city claims it needs to protect the city and its residents from the impacts of climate change, according to a statement from Mayor Bill de Blasio.
The city also announced Wednesday it would divest the city’s five pension funds of about $5 billion in fossil fuels investments out of its nearly $190 billion total.
“The city seeks to shift the costs of protecting the city from climate change impacts back onto the companies that have done nearly all they could to create this existential threat,” the lawsuit filed in the Southern District of New York reads, according to the New York Post.
Court documents also allege that the defendants have produced more than 11 percent of the world’s carbon and methane pollution caused by industrial sources, since the start of the industrial revolution, the Post reported.
A spokesperson for Shell told The Hill that the courtroom is not the place to handle global warming issues.
Scott Silvestri, a spokesman for ExxonMobil, told the AP that it has made attempts to address climate change and that lawsuits don’t accomplish that goal.
Nevada Rep Kihuen Won’t Seek Re-Election After Accusations Pile On
Rep. Ruben Kihuen, D-Nev., announced Saturday that he would not seek re-election in the wake of multiple sexual harassment allegations against him. A fourth woman has now accused Rep. Ruben Kihuen (D-Nev.) of unwanted overtures, The Nevada Independent reported, after the freshman lawmaker announced he would not seek reelection.
According to the Independent: “The woman, who asked not to be identified because she fears it could jeopardize her future career prospects, is the fourth to come forward with accounts of unwanted advances from the 37-year-old Democratic lawmaker and the first to publicly describe interactions that happened after he was elected to Congress. The House Ethics Committee announced Friday that it would open an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment against Kihuen; the congressman said he welcomed a chance to clear his name, although he announced on Saturday that he would not seek re-election because he claimed allegations would distract from running a campaign.”
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has called on Kihuen to resign, a request he has resisted.
Kihuen is among a growing number of lawmakers whose political careers have been thrust into uncertainty or ended altogether by allegations of sexual misconduct.
Sources who worked with Kihuen in the Legislature told the Las Vegas Review-Journal they are not shocked at the allegations, as Kihuen had developed a reputation as a playboy during his time in Carson City. But those people said they believed all relationships and interactions Kihuen had with women were mutual.
Many in the Las Vegas area are calling on him to resign immediately, and allow someone else to take his seat.
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