Monthly Archives: July 2017

How End Citizens United Hopes to Transform the American Political Scene

The just concluded election was one of the most heated in the US history. The stakes seemed to be getting higher every single day the two primary candidates were on the campaign trail, and when the winner was announced, a lot of people received the news with complete shock. Well, what has passed has passed, but the aftermath of PACs which seemingly came out of the woodwork to have the views of their candidates heard is still lingering. One of the PACs which were established in 2015 is the End Citizens United. This group was created to help raise funds for the support of various candidates of the Democratic Party in the elections.

 

During the just concluded general elections, the party managed to raise more than $25 million, which they used to support various candidates of their choice. One of the biggest concerns they have about the electoral process is an amendment which was done to the constitution, and one which made it possible for Super PAC to get involved in the politics. As a result of this law, illegal money from sources such as the Koch Brothers is finding their way into the policy of the day, undermining the democratic process.

They have been raising money to support their cause. By the end of the first quarter of 2017, the group had received a lot of new donations from people who hadn’t contributed to their cause before. More than 40,000 new contributions have been made to the cause. The trend has is a result of the hopelessness that people are feeling towards the current government. They feel that the best they can do to make their voice heard is contributing towards the PAC.

 

Tiffany Muller, the president and executive director of the group, said that the organization had more than 3 million members who had raised more than $25 million in preparation for the congressional mid-terms which will take place in 2018. The average contribution being made to the Go Fund Me website is $14 per person. Their ultimate goal is to get the signatures needed to convince the Supreme Court to amend the constitution. Some skeptics think that the purpose of the group is a little too ambitious, but they say that even though the last amendment was done in 1992, they will have at least created a platform for liberals to air their views.

 

The PAC has succeeded mainly because of their belief in equal rights for all people. Their Leader, Tiffany Muller has been fighting these battles all her life. She was the first openly gay public official in Kansas for the longest time. She lives in Washington DC with her wife and their daughter. Her hope is that End Citizens will affect the social change the country needs so desperately.

 

 

Erik Lefkofsky sees the coming genomic revolution as a watershed moment in medicine

Eric Lefkofksy is a giant of the tech startup world. After having co-founded Groupon, a highly innovative firm that uses the power of volume purchasing to extend deep discounts to buyers, who are located all across the world, Lefkofsky has gone on to create a half-dozen other startups that have proven him as one of the top entrepreneurs in the country.

But in 2013, Lefkofsky’s wife received terrible news. She had been diagnosed with an advanced case of breast cancer and would need to begin aggressive treatment immediately. As shocked as Lefkofsky was at his wife’s sudden plight, he was even more taken aback by the apparently lackadaisical approach that the entire oncology profession apparently took towards the collation utilization of data. Lefkofksy noted that many of the oncologists, who were helping his wife fight to stay alive, had lower quality data to work with than many of the country’s truck drivers.

Fortunately, Lefkofsky’s wife made it through the ordeal fine and, today, is a cancer survivor. But one other good thing came from the Lefkofsky family’s cancer travails. In 2016, Eric Lefkofsky founded Tempus, an organization dedicated to bringing state-of-the-art data collection and analysis techniques to oncologists across the country.

Tempus uses many sources of data. These range from electronic medical records to high-level meta-studies of large research cohorts and everything in between. However, the most daunting source of new data for the company’s software solutions is the human genome itself. Today, it is not just possible but economically viable to sequence virtually anyone’s genome. This is a recent development and one that Lefkofsky says will only become cheaper and easier in the coming years.

With the vast trove of data that knowing full patient genomes can bring, Lefkofsky says that oncologists will be able to attain a level of granularity in their understanding of both cancer types treatment responses that has never before even been imagines.

They will be able to break patient cohorts into nearly infinite subgroups, tailor-making treatment regimens that are most likely to succeed for the individual patient, not a crudely defined group of 100,000 people.

Learn More: chicagoinno.streetwise.co/2016/07/22/eric-lefkofskys-next-move-curing-cancer-at-tempus/

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Karl Heideck Advises On How To Be A Successful Lawyer

Attending a Law School and graduating with a Law Degree does not guarantee success. While it is mandatory for one to have a degree in Law, it is important for one to focus on building their career. According to Karl Heideck, there are factors that one must consider to build a successful law career.

Confirm the State Bar’s Requirements
It is important for one to confirm the Bar Entry Requirements of the State they wish to practice. You also need to check the exams that you need to do before you can register.

Pay attention to the practice area
Karl Heideck is a litigation lawyer and if you want to pursue the same path you need to decide before you graduate. Your personality will influence your law practice area. Your lifestyle factors will also be a determining factor. You need to enjoy what you do. So, pay attention to the practice area that you want to pursue.

Pay attention to the law firm
While the prestige of the firm is important, you need to focus on other factors. Asses the standards and the culture of the firm before you join.

About Karl Heideck

Karl Heideck is a Litigation attorney with experience in compliance and risk management. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature from the Swarthmore College in 2003. Karl later attended the Temple University for his Juris Doctor.

Karl Heideck joined the Conrad O’Brien as an Associate. He served the firm for eight months and was responsible for representing both individual and corporate clients in commercial litigation. In 2010, Karl joined the Pepper Hamilton LLP as the Project Attorney. He left the Firm in 2014 and a year later Karl joined the Hire Counsel as a Contract Attorney.

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