Countryfile viewers 'switch off' over 'preachy' episode: 'Want to escape politics!' – Daily Express

Countryfile viewers ‘switch off’ over ‘preachy’ episode: ‘Want to escape politics!’ – Daily Express

The segment dominated a large part of the episode and many viewers felt Countryfile has been getting increasingly “detached” from the countryside.  Others felt the instalment was too politically focused and took to Twitter to vent their fury.  @Andi000211 remarked: “What has #countryfile got to do with GPs? Surely people watch this programme for other reasons. BBC is always preaching! Switched off, I want to escape politics.”  Stu Ainslie raged: “@BBCCountryfile is tonight’s programme sponsored by the Labour party? Even a farming programme is going far left.”  DON’T MISS… Matt Baker sparks frenzy with family announcement on Instagram [PICTURES] Countryfile’s Tom Heap taken aback by BBC colleague’s farewell post [LATEST] ‘It’s difficult’ Julia Bradbury on the toughest times in cancer battle [INSIGHT]
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The Jolt: Prepare for surprises this week in Georgia politics – Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Over the next five days, hundreds of office-seekers will line up to run for governor, the U.S. Senate, every statewide constitutional office, 14 U.S. …
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Here’s your cheat sheet for the start of candidate filing: The Forecast, by A.D. Quig

Today marks the first day for established party candidates to file their nomination papers for the June 28 primary, a tradition that typically entails staffers camping outside election offices in Springfield and Chicago for a chance to get their candidates listed first on the ballot.   This year will be a crucial test of strength for members of the General Assembly, who are all up for election this year, thanks to decennial redistricting. This week, we’ll begin to learn which candidates have the goods to make it on the ballot. The petition submission window for most races lasts through next Monday, but several hopefuls could get knocked off the ticket in the weeks to come after petition challenges. Until then, here’s a brief (but not all-inclusive) cheat sheet for the races we’re watching.  FEDERAL  U.S. Senate: No Dems have publicly emerged to take on U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth. Republican challengers to watch include Bobby Piton, Allison Salinas and Peggy Hubbard. U.S. House: There are plenty of contested races to watch:  STATE Up in November: Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, Comptroller, and Treasurer; as well as all state senators and representatives.  COUNTY  Up in November: Clerk, Treasurer, Sheriff, Assessor, Boards of Review, County Commissioners and Board Members (including Board Presidents)    Meanwhile … The window for interested candidates to submit their names to fill the 11th Ward seat vacated by convicted Ald. Patrick Daley Thompson closes on March 11. The finalist is expected to be confirmed by the City Council and sworn in at the City Council meeting on March 23. Elsewhere on the federal corruption sweep: Former House Speaker Mike Madigan will be arraigned this Wednesday by phone. Read up on Crain’s coverage of his indictment, including our Editorial Board’s take on other needed ethics reforms as well as what the indictment alleges about Madigan’s role in killing power supplier reform. Having a tough time keeping cases straight? We have a tracker here. Sen. Dick Durbin announced this week that he will cosponsor the Ban Russian Energy Imports Act, which was introduced last week by Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK). The legislation would prohibit the importation of Russian crude oil, petroleum, petroleum products, liquefied natural gas, and coal. “The United States cannot continue to purchase millions of barrels of oil while Putin wages an unprovoked and unjustified war on Ukraine,” Durbin said in a statement. Subscribe to Crain’s for $3.25 a week
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