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Inland Empire Economy Under The New Trump Administration To Be Discussed At 2017 State Of The Region

RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA – What does a Donald Trump presidency likely mean for the Inland Empire economy? The Inland Empire Economic Partnership’s (IEEP) Chief Economist Dr. John Husing and some of the region’s leading experts will reveal what challenges the region could expect under the Trump administration at the 2017 State of the Region Conference presented by Gerdau.

The gathering, considered the largest forum for economic issues in the Inland Empire, will be held Thursday, March 23 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotels Ontario Airport, 222 North Vineyard Avenue.

“We in the Inland Empire could well be severely affected by the new Trump administration,” said President and CEO of the IEEP Paul Granillo. “It is incredibly helpful to have John Husing’s analysis and insight every year to assist us through the new challenges.”

Husing’s address, “The Inland Empire Economy in the Trump Era,” will cover the future economic impacts of the Trump administration for the region. A detailed analysis that will assist Inland business and government leaders for the upcoming administration will also be discussed at the event.

Featured speakers include San Bernardino County Supervisor Janice Rutherford, AQMD Board Member; Mike Christensen, Senior Executive Lead for Supply Chain Optimization at the Port of Long Beach; and Dr. Harris Koenig, President of San Antonio Regional Hospital.

Husing says Trump's promises to spend billions of dollars on infrastructure projects could be very good for the Inland Empire's construction sector if the funding actually pans out, and if California can get its share.

“His ideas on manufacturing could help the region though for firms importing goods used in the production processes, challenges will steepen,” Husing said. “Meanwhile, key sectors including logistics, health care and residential construction could face considerable difficulties if tariff policies, changes in the Affordable Care Act or higher interest rates are implemented.”

The event starts at 11:30 a.m. with a networking session. Lunch will be served at 12 p.m. The program commences at 12:30 and runs until 2 p.m. Reservations can be made by going to Registration is $150 per person, and $600 for a table of eight.


Rep. Maxine Waters Just Did It for the Culture

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) is not here for Donald Trump, his racist comments, his sexist comments, all his comments or his inauguration. She doesn’t want any part of this president, and she couldn’t hide her disgust during a recent appearance on MSNBC Live With Tamron Hall. Waters, the representative for California’s 43rd Congressional District, didn’t mince her words, noting: “I don’t honor him. I don’t respect him.”


How Trump Turned the 2nd Debate Into a Rap Battle

Who knew Donald Trump was a student of rap battles? Because what he did during Sunday’s town hall against Hillary Clinton was straight Hip-Hop Battle 101.

By: Stephen A. Crockett Jr.Posted: October 11, 2016

Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, Donald Trump and Melania Trump Johnny Nunez/WireImage

Sunday’s debate showed one thing about Donald Trump that I’d never noticed: He is thoroughly versed in the Loaded Lux playbook of battle rap. Just 90 minutes prior to Sunday’s town hall showdown versus Hillary “Supa Predatah” Clinton, Trump hosted a Facebook Live press conference with several women who’d accused the former president and current husband of Hillary Clinton of sexual assault. It was the form of petty usually reserved for rap-ticuffs. It was below the belt and salacious and the type of gotcha moment we’ve become used to when dealing with the Donald.

Battle rap is all gusto. It’s a gladiator-style session of no-holds-barred timed raps in which each person tries not only to best his opponent but to destroy her. Everything, with the exception of going to blows, is legal in battle rap. Talking about another rapper’s mother, spouse, dead relatives or sexuality is not only encouraged, it’s the standard. Your opponent isn’t just trying to win; he is trying to destroy you.

Trump’s faux press conference before the debate was not just a nice use of props, considering that he had to do something to take the heat off the fact that just days earlier, audio footage was released by the Washington Post of Donald “Build the Wall” Trump touting that he’s so famous, he can kiss women and grab their privates without repercussion.

The press conference was a clear indicator that Trump was willing to pull out all the stops for complete annihilation of his opponent. Was this a lowbrow debate move? Of course it was. But it was easily one of the nicest rap-battle moves of all time. It was a prebattle battle. It was a mic-check battle. Like the time Loaded Lux posted photos of Calicoe skinny-dipping on social media before their Summer Madness 2 battle.

It was a pre-emptive strike that Trump needed to shake the derogatory comments that he would later call a “locker room” moment of Trumped-up maleness when it was actually a prison-cell admission of predatory sexual behavior. It was a pure hip-hop moment of braggadocious male-bravado bulls–t, proving that Trump has been pure hip-hop since this whole thing started.

For one, he freestyles all of his speeches. It’s this part that gets him into the most trouble, but it is also the part that finds him most endearing to his base. Like Kanye during a rant, Trump is a soundbite gawd during these moments of off-the-cuff rambling. He can’t stay on topic, he spits things that aren’t even remotely true and he moves the conversation around like a hockey puck to the point where he almost becomes believable. We all witnessed it Sunday night.

Any battle rapper will tell you that you win points by moving the crowd. It’s nice if you can actually freestyle and not spit prewrittens. One of the most successful tactics is having some points that you’d definitely like to hit while freestyling from topic to topic. Donald “Grab Them by the P–sy” Trump did that flawlessly Sunday. He didn’t just diss Clinton; he dissed her whole crew: her husband, her boss, her friends.

Textbook Battle Rap 101: Attack not only you but your crew, too. Claim that they are all shams. Make them guilty by association. Remind people with whom they associate and prove that they are losers because they hang with losers. Doesn’t make it true, but it’s a battle-rap staple.

The second move Donald “Mexico Is Filled With Rapists and Murderers” Trump used Sunday that was pure textbook battle rap was interrupt often and invade an opponent’s personal space. The point here isn’t to actually be aggressive, but to feign aggression so that you can get the other person to mess up. Stand too close to rappers while they are trying to spit, and chances are they’re going to stumble.

This same tactic works when interrupting rappers while they spit. Trump wanted Clinton to bend to his level. If she had done so, he would have touted that she wasn’t fit to be a leader if she was so easily shaken. It’s the battle inside the battle. And Donald wouldn’t leave Hillary alone. He followed her around the stage, leering at her, pacing while she was talking, like he couldn’t wait to get his lyrics out. It was uncomfortable to watch because Trump was playing by rap rules, and this was a debate.

The final battle-rap move that Trump pulled was blaming the judges. Didn’t take long for Trump to cry foul; in fact, while most battle rappers wait until the battle is over to claim that the whole thing was rigged, Trump was arguing during the actual event! Doesn’t matter that Trump actually got more time than Clinton—he still claimed that it was all a setup.

It’s straight out of the How to Battle-Rap playbook, and I was just waiting for Trump to get on the mic and say, “This is for the brothers up North getting full of that jack mac/First smack back and they done gave me a presidential candidate to back smack” (Lux voice), or, “You gonna get this work,” before he started his ramblings. Even a well-timed “Easy” or “Landslide” at the end of one of his more poignant points. Clearly, Trump and Clinton are fighting two different fights, and while Clinton is holding on to her sensibilities and morals, she may want to wade down into the battle-rap waters to take some pointers so she can send shots back.

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