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Hillicon Valley: Subpoenas for Facebook, Google and Twitter on the cards | Wray rebuffs mail-in voting conspiracies

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Hillicon Valley: Subpoenas for Facebook, Google and Twitter on the cards | Wray rebuffs mail-in voting conspiracies | Reps. raise mass surveillance concerns

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SUBPOENAS COMING SOON: The GOP chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee is planning to subpoena the executives of Google, Facebook and Twitter to testify at an Oct. 1 hearing on the law that gives tech companies a legal liability shield if they do not agree to appear voluntarily by Thursday night.

A spokesperson for the committee confirmed to The Hill that Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.)

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Ashford Trust Files Investor Presentation Explaining Why It Recommends Voting In Favor Of The Two Proposals At The October 6th Special Meeting

DALLAS, Sept. 25, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Ashford Hospitality Trust, Inc. (NYSE: AHT) (“Ashford Trust” or the “Company”) today announced that it has filed a presentation with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission detailing why its Board of Directors has recommended that its common shareholders vote in favor of the two proposals at the Company’s upcoming Special Meeting.  The presentation is available online at the Company’s website, www.ahtreit.com on the “Investor” page. The Company’s presentation also challenges the uninformed and misleading claims made by Cygnus Capital. 

As the Company has discussed, the approval of both proposals is necessary to complete the Company’s proposed offers to exchange any and all shares of its preferred stock (the “Exchange Offers”). These strategic steps are crucial to the long-term viability of its business due to the severe impact of COVID-19 on the entire travel industry. As disclosed in the Company’s SEC filings, there is

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Re-Approaching Voting: Make your vote count!

550,000 mail-in ballots were rejected in the 2020 primaries, disproportionately disenfranchising young voters and people of color. How do you make sure your vote is counted in November?

We hear over and over that the upcoming election is undoubtedly the most important of our lifetime, and that we must make our voices heard this year. 2020 has been incredibly challenging for all of us.

As students, we’re all pretty new to voting. And we know that with the current political, public health and economic crises, coupled with cuts in USPS funding, voting may feel stressful and inaccessible. Democrats and Republicans alike are uniting to fight disinformation and defuse partisanship around vote-by-mail to ensure safe elections this year. Luckily, this past summer we took a deep dive into elections and voting through our work with the Stanford Law and Policy Lab. We learned just how easy it is to disenfranchise youth

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Ashford Trust Sends Letter To Common Shareholders Explaining Why It Recommends Voting In Favor Of The Two Proposals At The October 6th Special Meeting

DALLAS, Sept. 21, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Ashford Hospitality Trust, Inc. (NYSE: AHT) (“Ashford Trust” or the “Company”) today sent a letter to its common shareholders explaining why voting in favor of the two proposals at the Company’s upcoming Special Meeting is in the best interest of Ashford Trust and its common shareholders.  The Company also responded to the uninformed and misleading press release issued by Cygnus Capital. 

The text of the letter follows:

Dear Fellow Shareholders:

We are asking for your important vote in support of the two proposals at our upcoming Special Meeting scheduled for October 6, 2020.  The approval of those proposals is necessary to complete the Company’s proposed preferred stock exchange offers.  These strategic steps are crucial to the long-term viability of our business due to the severe impact of COVID-19 on the entire travel industry.  Without your support, there is substantial doubt as to

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Shopify Prices Offerings of Class A Subordinate Voting Shares and Convertible Senior Notes

Shopify Inc. (NYSE:SHOP) (TSX:SHOP) (“Shopify”) today announced the pricing of its previously announced public offering of 1,100,000 Class A subordinate voting shares (the “Offered Shares”) at a price to the public of US$900 per share (such offering, the “Equity Offering”) and its previously announced public offering of US$800,000,000 aggregate principal amount of convertible senior notes due 2025 (the “Notes”) (such offering, the “Note Offering”, and together with the Equity Offering, the “Offerings”). The gross proceeds from the Equity Offering, before underwriting discounts and offering costs, are expected to be US$990,000,000, and the gross proceeds from the Note Offering, before underwriting discounts and offering costs, are expected to be US$800,000,000. The Equity Offering and the Note Offering are not conditional upon one another.

Shopify has granted the Equity Underwriters (as defined below) an over-allotment option to purchase up to an additional 165,000 Class A subordinate voting shares to be sold pursuant

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Shopify Launches Offerings of Class A Subordinate Voting Shares and Convertible Senior Notes

Shopify Inc. (NYSE:SHOP)(TSX:SHOP) (“Shopify”) today announced that it has filed preliminary prospectus supplements (the “Preliminary Supplements”) to its short form base shelf prospectus dated August 6, 2020 (the “Base Shelf Prospectus”). The Preliminary Supplements were filed in connection with concurrent underwritten public offerings of, respectively, Shopify’s Class A subordinate voting shares (the “Equity Offering”) and convertible senior notes due 2025 (the “Notes”) (the “Note Offering” and together with the Equity Offering, the “Offerings”). The Equity Offering and the Note Offering are subject to market and other conditions, and are not conditional upon one another.

The Preliminary Supplements have been filed with the securities regulatory authorities in each of the provinces and territories of Canada, except Québec. The Preliminary Supplements have also been filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) as part of Shopify’s registration statement on Form F-10 (the “Registration Statement”) under the U.S./Canada Multijurisdictional Disclosure System.

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Pulaski County reworking proposal for voting centers

LITTLE ROCK — Voters in Pulaski County will be able to vote at one of 12 conveniently placed voting centers during the 2020 election after the Quorum Court and Election Commission confirmed the plan in August.

County officials are already looking to expand the plan for the 2022 election for ease of voting with an ordinance that was to be discussed last week at the Quorum Court’s agenda meeting on Tuesday.

Justice of the Peace Doug Reed, the ordinance’s sponsor, pulled the ordinance after some thought about cost but said later he would like to continue to pursue the idea after gathering the thoughts of others.

“I realized that it was going to cost too much and I couldn’t vote for it myself,” Reed said. “I’m going to reintroduce it. I just have to talk to people.”

Currently, 17 states, including Arkansas, allow counties to use the Vote Centers alternative

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Opinion | With anxiety over voting by mail, we need a new strategy

Voters worried that they might not get their absentee ballot in time or that it might not be counted are going to have a slew of alternatives that do not rely on the Postal Service. Public and private entities are pushing to increase these options, opening up opportunities for the vast majority of Americans to vote without using the mail or exposing themselves to the coronavirus. One significant source of help comes from sports franchises. “Twenty NBA teams have announced plans to transform their facilities to serve voters in the upcoming 2020 general election,” Business Insider reports. “Several of the league’s franchises will convert their arenas and sports facilities into voter registration drives, early voting locations, and polling places for Nov. 3. The large indoor spaces are expected to provide enough room to accommodate social distancing measures for in-person voting, an alternative to mail-in ballots amid the COVID-19 pandemic.” Voting

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Pulaski County justice of the peace reworking his proposal for voting centers

story.lead_photo.captionA roll of stickers awaiting distribution to early voters sits on a table at the check-in station at the Pulaski County Courthouse Annex in Little Rock.
(AP /
Kelly P. Kissel
)

Voters in Pulaski County will be able to vote at one of 12 conveniently placed voting centers during the 2020 election after the Quorum Court and Election Commission confirmed the plan in August.

County officials are already looking to expand the plan for the 2022 election for ease of voting with an ordinance that was to be discussed last week at the Quorum Court’s agenda meeting on Tuesday.

Justice of the Peace Doug Reed, the ordinance’s sponsor, pulled the ordinance after some thought about cost but said later he would like to continue to pursue the idea after gathering the thoughts of others.

“I realized that it was going to cost too much and I couldn’t vote for

Read More

Pulaski County JP reworking his proposal for voting centers

story.lead_photo.captionA roll of stickers awaiting distribution to early voters sits on a table at the check-in station at the Pulaski County Courthouse Annex in Little Rock.
(AP /
Kelly P. Kissel
)

Voters in Pulaski County will be able to vote at one of 12 conveniently placed voting centers during the 2020 election after the Quorum Court and Election Commission confirmed the plan in August.

County officials are already looking to expand the plan for the 2022 election for ease of voting with an ordinance that was to be discussed last week at the Quorum Court’s agenda meeting on Tuesday.

Justice of the Peace Doug Reed, the ordinance’s sponsor, pulled the ordinance after some thought about cost but said later he would like to continue to pursue the idea after gathering the thoughts of others.

“I realized that it was going to cost too much and I couldn’t vote for

Read More