Harris discusses the election with the Bar’s International Law Section

first_imgHarris discusses the election with the Bar’s International Law SectionAmy K. Brown Assistant Editor Her e-mails totaled nearly 750,000. She received hundreds of flower arrangements and letters of encouragement. She also received thousands of angry phone calls and letters. Secretary of State Katherine Harris never expected the outcome of the 2000 Presidential election to fall squarely on her shoulders.“I just wanted to follow the law,” she said at the International Law Section‘s Annual Meeting luncheon. “My husband said something early on that stuck with me and kept me going. He said, ‘No matter what happens, the leader of the free world will be elected.’”Her comments about her role in the 2000 election came after an in-depth discussion of international law issues such as Florida’s participation in the Gulf States Accord, the creation of a hotline for questions about fictitious names, and the possibility of Florida being officially declared a “border state.”Despite her efforts to stay out of the spotlight, Harris became one of the most famous players in the election fiasco. Most importantly, she did what she thought was right. Katherine Harris and former Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Ray Ehrlich Harris discusses the election with the Bar’s International Law Section July 15, 2001 Assistant Editor Regular News “You have to operate with extreme integrity, because you have to live with yourself when it’s all over,” Harris said. “We didn’t have a crisis of our constitution or a crisis of democracy. It was just a close race.”Harris said she believes the media is responsible for inciting public outcries and keeping the public uninformed about the legal issues inherent in the “count the votes” argument. But there is a silver lining to the close race “the civics lesson of a lifetime.” One of her campaign promises while running for secretary of state was to get voters interested in the elections process. Harris mused that if she accomplished nothing else, she fulfilled that promise.But fortunately that wasn’t the only thing accomplished in the election’s aftermath. In response to the problems with hand-counting ballots and controversial chads, there is now a bipartisan effort in Congress to help correct the problems with proper funding.“Were it not for the crisis, there would never be political will to change this,” she said. “Never again will there be problems with chads, will the military feel disenfranchised, or will votes not be counted.”Harris said the impact she had on people’s lives was astounding Floridians began seeing their very own secretary of state being equally praised and lambasted in the national media. Harris wasn’t all business, however, as she stayed focused on the communities she serves. And despite the “weight of the world” on her shoulders, she did make time for a laugh or two.“Every Friday night, people from my office would divide up all the bumper-to-bumper flower arrangements we’d received during the week and take them to nursing homes and hospitals,” she said.One Friday night, Harris personally delivered several arrangements to Tallahassee nursing home residents. One of the residents was excited to meet Harris and extend her praise personally.“After I left her room, the lady called her family,” she said. One of the nurses later pulled Harris aside and gave her some disturbing news. “Apparently, the lady’s family was very concerned about their mother’s medicine, because she told her family Katherine Harris had brought her flowers.”last_img read more

Frenchman Fabio Quartararo to start in pole at MotoGP’s Malaysian GP

first_imgSepang: Frenchman Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha YZR M 1) will start in pole position at the MotoGP Malaysian Grand Prix after setting the fastest-ever lap at the Sepang circuit.Quartararo set a new official record of 1:58.576 on Friday and took pole from his fellow Yamaha rider Maverick Vinales on Saturday.He and Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda RC 213 V) were locked in a close battle for much of the session, with the Spaniard staying close in his slipstream, reports Efe news.Márquez succumbed to the superiority of his rival and reaped the worst training result of his sports career in MotoGP.His sports career began with pole position in Sepang, both in 2013 and 2014, and he has previously won twice at the circuit (2014 and 2018).The Malaysian track has not been particularly good for him in recent years, after the second position in 2015 it has gone from bad to worse, fourth in 2016, seventh in 2017 and 2018.This year he has not been able to move from 11th place and suffered a dramatic crash on Saturday.The Repsol Honda rider was in a spectacular high-side on his way into Turn 2 while trying to follow his French rival.Although somewhat stunned, the MotoGP world champion was back on his feet after the smash and was able to hesitantly walk away.His opponents achieved Yamaha’s first triple in the front line, with the best time for Quartararo, ahead of Maverick Viñales and Franco Morbidelli, all of them below the previous record, which was set by Spaniard Daniel Pedrosa (Repsol Honda RC 213 V) at 1: 59.053 in 2015.The only rider who missed out on the Yamaha success story was Italian Valentino Rossi, who had to settle for sixth place.He was beaten by Australian Jack Miller, the best from Ducati, and Briton Cal Crutchlow, who was the best from Honda.The first Suzuki rider in the classification was Spaniard Alex Rins in the seventh position, with the first Aprilia in the hands of Aliexpress Espargaró, 14th, and the first KTM with Pol Espargaró at 15th. IANSAlso Read: Marc Marquez Cruises to Win in Japan,Ensures Honda to Win Constructors’ TitleAlso Watch: Assam Martial Arts shines at World Martial Arts Games 2019 in Londonlast_img read more