Assistant Professor of Special Education, Behavior Analysis – College of Education (34708)

first_imgPosition Description SummaryThis nine-month tenure-track appointment begins August 16, 2021.The successful candidate will teach coursework in our BCBAcertification and special education licensure programs, will pursuea research agenda leading to scholarly publications andpresentations, and will participate in program, department, andcollege service. SEED’s highly collaborative faculty providementoring to undergraduate and graduate students and maintain highlevels of student engagement through research and partnerships witharea school districts. We seek a faculty member who embraces NIU’smission of providing opportunity to a diverse student body,providing them with access to high quality education and hands-oninvolvement in research and community engagement.Duties and Responsibilities• Teach graduate and undergraduate coursework in the LBS and BCBAsequences;• Engage in scholarly activities (e.g., research, publications,presentations, grant-writing);• Contribute to service activities of the program, department,college, and university;• Mentor graduate students related to their academic program;• Participate in program development, course revision, andinternship/clinical supervision.Required QualificationsMinimum Required Qualifications• Earned doctorate in Special Education or related field by time ofappointment ( ABD considered with established defense date);• Current Board Certified Behavior Analyst credential;• Evidence of ability to engage in and publish research and presentat professional meetings;• Minimum of three years of full-time experience as a behavioranalyst or teacher delivering research-based behavioral instructionin special education settings;• Experience working collaboratively with students, families,and/or colleagues from diverse backgrounds in a professionalsetting.Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities• Ability and willingness to contribute to the organization’svision and mission of preparing excellent educators;• Strong written and oral communication skills;• Ability to communicate and collaborate effectively with peoplewith varying viewpoints;• Commitment to diversity, equity, and social justice;• Expertise in data collection and analysis, intervention,professional development, and translating research topractice.Preferred QualificationsPreferred Qualifications• Experience in one area related to special education in additionto behavior analysis (e.g., developmental disabilities, Director ofSpecial Education, assistive technology, transition services, orearly childhood special education);• Evidence of effectiveness and innovation in teaching at thecollege level including hybrid or synchronous instruction;• Experience directing student research;• Experience supervising candidates in internships;• Record of collaboration and scholarly productivity within andacross disciplines;• Experience with assistive technology and its use with individualswith significant disabilities.Hiring Rate/RangeCommensurate with experience and qualifications, and internalequityWorking Hours8 am to 4:30 pm/variesPosting Date01/16/2021Closing DatePriority Review Date02/26/2021Special Instructions to ApplicantsApplicants must apply online athttps://employment.niu.edu/postings/55030 and complete theirapplicant profile and upload their materials. To ensure fullconsideration, complete applications must be received by February26, 2021. Review of complete applications will begin February 26,2021; however, applications will be accepted until the position isfilled. Appointment is subject to a satisfactory criminalbackground check (AA/ EEO Institution).For additional information, visit Department of Special and EarlyEducation – NIU – College of Education or contact Jesse W. Johnson,Chair, Search Committee ([email protected]) or Paula Cowlishaw,Office Manager, Special and Early Education ([email protected]).Salary is commensurate with qualifications, experience, andinternal equity.Link to Department Homepagehttp://www.cedu.niu.edu/seed/Physical Demandssitting/standingBackground Check RequiredYesEEO StatementIn accordance with applicable statutes and regulations, NIU is anequal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basisof race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, age,physical and mental disability, marital status, veteran status,sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, politicalaffiliation, or any other factor unrelated to professionalqualifications, and will comply with all applicable federal andstate statutes, regulations and orders pertaining tonondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action.The following person has been designated to handle inquiriesregarding the non-discrimination policies:Ethics and Compliance Officer, Title IX CoordinatorHealth Services [email protected] PolicyIn compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be requiredto verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States andto complete the required employment eligibility verificationdocument form upon hire.ADA AccommodationNIU remains committed to ensuring that its recruitment andapplication procedures include full opportunities for applicantswith disabilities. Employment opportunities will not be denied toanyone because of the need to make accommodations for a person’sdisability during either the application or interview process. Anapplicant who believes they require an accommodation to participatein the employment process due to a disability may request thataccommodation through the Accommodation Request Form . For further assistance,please contact the office of Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunityand Education ( AAEOE ) at [email protected] .Clery Act InformationNIU provides information regarding campus security, personal andfire safety, including topics such as: crime prevention, emergencyresponse procedures and crime reporting policies, in addition tocrime and fire statistics for the most recent three calendar years.The Annual Security Report containing security and safetyinformation is available at www.safety.niu.edu/clery or bycontacting the University Police Department and Public SafetyDepartment at 815-753-9628 to receive a hard copy. The Annual FireSafety Report is available at www.niu.edu/clery/fire_report.pdf orby contacting the Environmental Health and Safety Department at815-753-0404 to receive a hard copy.Quick Linkhttps://employment.niu.edu/postings/55030Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).Applicant DocumentsRequired DocumentsResume/Curriculum VitaeCover LetterStatement of Teaching PhilosophyList of at least 3 ReferencesOptional DocumentsTranscripts (unofficial with official required at hire)Certifications/Licensure #1Transcripts #2 (unofficial with official required at hire)Transcripts #3 (unofficial with official required at hire)last_img read more

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Fridays on the Fly: Wes Hodges’ Proper Etiquette For Fishing With Guides

first_imgIntro by Justin Forrest, words by Wes HodgesFishing with a guide in new waters is one of the best ways to learn about an area, catch some fish, and make new friends.Guiding is one of the noblest professions in the world if you ask me. It takes years of dedication to the craft, the water, and the fish. That’s why people turn to a guide when they’re looking to catch fish in a new place. They teach you what to use, where to use it, how to use it, and when to use it. You’re getting years of experience crammed into your brain during a half day of fishing. It’s worth every penny.That being said, there are a couple things folks need to realize when they are looking to hire a guide. Sure, you’re paying them for a service, but that doesn’t make them your employee. Whenever I fish with a guide, I shut up, listen, and do what they say. Nine times out of ten, I’m catching fish and having a damn good time doing it. I’ve fished with guides in the Florida Keys for Permit, in Boca Grande for Tarpon, and in WNC for trout. Whether you’re fishing in a mountain stream, a wide inlet, or a coastal flat, it’s all the same.To get a professional opinion on the subject, I reached out to Wes Hodges, owner of Wesley Hodges Fly Fishing in Blacksburg, Va. He’s been fly fishing most of his life and knows a thing or two about guiding. Wes was kind enough to share his must-dos, must-don’ts, and his biggest pet peeves as a professional fishing guide.Wesley Hodges Fly FishingPhoto: Wesley Hodges Fly FishingRule Number One:  Never Be LateMy trips are almost always catered to a specific day and time of year, but also to the client’s needs. For instance, in the middle of summer, when the fish activity is at its peak early and late, I could start a trip at 6 a.m., 7 a.m., or even 1 p.m.  It all depends on the water, the hatches, and the fish. Nothing is constant in nature and my trip start times are dictated by that. If a client shows up late, we could miss the very time in which the fishing activity is at its peak.“I can’t control the fishing but I can damn sure control lunch!”Also, a guide should never be late for his trip.  That is never, ever good.  When that does happen, don’t make excuses.  Be a man and own up to your mistake. That is my number one pet peeve.  And yes, I have been late for a trip.Wesley Hodges Fly FishingPhoto: Wesley Hodges Fly FishingRule Number Two: Never Expect To Catch FishExpect to have a badass time and a good lunch. I have had clients that assumed their booking of a fishing trip would automatically result in world-class fishing as if I was Poseidon. Common statements and questions include:“How many fish should we catch today?”“I just want to catch a smallmouth over 22 inches!”“I caught over a hundred fish in Tenn. Should I expect that in Va.?”That is simply not the case. There are so many factors that go into a successful day of fishing. You have to account for the wind (especially in fly-fishing due to the casting), water flows on tailwater rivers, and sometimes the fish just don’t freaking eat.“Nothing good ever comes from an overly aggressive fly-cast.”I understand that clients get all amped up to fish because I know how I am when I get a day on the water.  I can’t blame them, but the clients need to remember that we are guides, not gods.  When I am faced with a client that expects those outcomes I simply reply with, “I can’t control the fishing but I can damn sure control lunch!”Wesley Hodges Fly FishingPhoto: Wesley Hodges Fly FishingRule Number Three:  Slow DownThis is very important for the client to understand. It does not directly impact me, but I want my clients to have the most enjoyable experience on the water. That experience needs to start with slowing down their life for that day, slowing down their mental state, and slowing down their cast. Nothing good ever comes from an overly aggressive fly-cast.One of my best trips was with the head honcho of a construction company. He desperately wanted to catch something larger than a Brook Trout, so I took him to a stream that holds large, wild Brown Trout. This man has worked so hard, for so long, that he worked every ounce of relaxation out of his soul. He put his waders on and set up his rod quickly. Hell, he even drank his scalding hot coffee in one large gulp.“Do I need to tie you up to that sycamore tree again?”In an effort to make this “bird dog” gentleman controllable, I calmly walked him down the stream and asked him to rest against a large tree sitting along the shoreline. I gave him clear directions, “Watch that run against the far bank, right below the fast water. When I get back from the truck, let me know how many trout you saw rise.”Photo: Wesley Hodges Fly FishingI came back in 20 minutes and the man was asleep, knocked out cold, resting against the large sycamore tree. I let him sleep for about another 20 minutes as I finished my coffee and tied our flies on. I asked him how many trout he saw rise and he replied, “Only one.”We caught that fish and many more wild browns on that trip. We didn’t share one word about his profession for the remainder of the day. We only talked about the important stuff in life; family, bird dogs, fine shotguns, streamers, and morel mushrooms. I still guide this man multiple times each year.  Whenever he is getting uncontrollable I will calmly say, “Do I need to tie you up to that sycamore tree again?”Wes Hodges is the owner of Wesley Hodges Fly Fishing in Blacksburg, Va. He guides fly fishing trips down the New River, on private water, and to remote destinations like Montana and Maine. Follow him on Instagram to keep up with his travels.Justin Forrest is an outdoor writer, fly fishing addict, and co-founder of Narrative North—based in Asheville, N.C. He posts pictures of cats and fishing on Instagram sometimes.last_img read more

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Dam Inn Mates take it on the chin again

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsFor the second straight week the Dam Inn Mates took it on the chin.In a rematch of the 2010 West Kootenay Flag Football League final, the Mates once again played second fiddle to the Castlegar Vikings. This time the Vikings hammered the Mates 38-7 in action Sunday at the Mount Sentinel Field. During week one, Hume Brewers thumped the Mates 21-1. In two games the Mates have been outscored 57-8.The Vikings dominated both sides of the ball, scoring at will and twice intercepting Dam Inn quarterbacks. Castlegar quarterback Dave Kravski tossed touchdowns to Carl Perepolkin, Kevin Wilson, Steve Mota and Bryan Lauzon.Kravski also ran for one major while Mota and Wilson picked off Dam Inn passes.The win moves Castlegar into a tie with idle Hume Brewers. Hume also pounded Dam Inn during week one of the season.The score of the contest between Nelson Impact and Whites was not available.The league resumes play Sunday at Mount Sentinel with one game on the schedule. Hume meets Whites at 11 a.m. The following week Castlegar hosts the Brewers at 11 a.m. while Dam Inn meets Whites at 1 [email protected]last_img read more

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Ex-Nelsonite Sookro sinks Leafs in overtime

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsFor the second consecutive night a player with ties to the Heritage City came back to haunt the Nelson Leafs.Nelson Minor Hockey grad Ryon Sookro scored early in overtime to power the visiting Beaver Valley Nitehawks to a 2-1 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory over the Leafs Saturday night at the NDCC Arena.The win was the fifth in six attempts for the Hawks, who have outscored the Leafs 24-13 this season.Friday, the one-two combo of Dane Rupert and Landon Andrusiak, who played last season in Nelson, combined for seven points to help the Kelowna Chiefs skate to an 8-6 win.Saturday it was a goaltender’s duel between Marcus Beesley in the Nelson nets and Zack Perehudoff. Beaver Valley took a 1-0 into the first period intermission when Ryan Edwards beat Beesley from the edge of the goal crease.Nelson defenceman Braeden Hikichi tied the game in the second with an assist from Colton Schell.The Leafs, holding a 9-5 shots advantage in the third period and 21-17 in the game, pushed for the victory but could not beat Perehudoff.The loss all but ended Nelson’s bid to overtake Beaver Valley in the Murdoch Division standings. The Hawks now hold an eight-point lead over the Leafs. Beaver Valley also has played one fewer game.However, Nelson still holds a glimmer of hope if the Leafs can sweep a season-ending series next weekend.Saturday, the Hawks once again invade the NDCC Arena before the teams hook up Sunday, January 31 in Fruitvale.LEAFS BANTER: Ryon Sookro leads the Hawks in goals (23) and points (46). The 19-year-old native of South Slocan decided to play for the Hawks after failing to catch on last season with the Leafs. . . .Nelson, third in the Murdoch Division with a 22-17-0-3 record, has eight games remaining on the schedule. . . .Nelson plays host to Castlegar Rebels Tuesday at the NDCC Arena. . . .The game was slugged International Night as the hockey team welcomed visiting students attending school in the Heritage [email protected]last_img read more

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Women’s Basketball Rallies For 99-91 Win At North Dakota In Season Opener

first_imgSophomores Sara Rhine (Eldon, Mo.) and Nicole Miller (Walker, Iowa) joined the senior duo in double figures. Rhine had 16 points and eight rebounds and Miller finished with 14 points including 12 second-half points. Senior Cortni Rush (Mason City, Iowa) sparked the Bulldogs off the bench with eight points. Full Schedule Roster Wendell led the Bulldogs in the opening quarter with 13 points as they led 21-17. She was an efficient 6-of-9 from the floor to extend her double-figures scoring streak to 79-straight games. Story Links at Creighton 11/17/2016 – 7 PM Next Game: The back-and-forth game between Drake (1-0) and North Dakota (0-1) featured nine lead changes and five ties. Each team’s largest lead came in the second quarter and was nine points. “We hit some big free throws, grabbed big rebounds and made some great defensive stops when we needed it,” Baranczyk said. “The game was a back-and-forth dogfight between two good teams.” North Dakota outscored Drake, 26-21, in the second quarter to take a 47-42 lead at halftime. Wendell scored a game-high 19 points in the first two quarters. Live Stats 1350 ESPN DES MOINES Jays Video Listen Live Watch Live GRAND FORKS, N.D. – The Drake University women’s basketball team rallied for a 99-91 win at North Dakota Friday, Nov. 11 to start the 2016-17 regular season.center_img Preview PDF Box Score North Dakota led 71-69 after the first three quarters of play, but at the start of the fourth quarter Rhine converted a three-point play and Wendell drilled a three-pointer to swing the lead back in Drake’s favor at 75-71. The Fighting Hawks answered with a 7-0 run, but Miller came through with a clutch three to stop the run and pull the Bulldogs to within 80-78. The teams traded baskets before North Dakota claimed a five-point lead at 86-81 with just over four minutes left in the game. However, it was the final time the Fighting Hawks led as the Bulldogs roared back with a 14-0 scoring run to seize the game and complete the comeback. During the final scoring run, Drake held North Dakota scoreless for nearly four minutes. “The players made big plays,” said Drake head coach Jennie Baranczyk. “Nicole showed great confidence, stepped up made big shots and made key defensive stops. Lizzy and Caitlin stepped up. Lizzy not just scoring the basketball, but she grabbed some big rebounds especially late. Caitlin continues to do such great things, scoring 13 points and handing out 13 assists.” Drake travels to Omaha, Neb., Nov. 17 to face former MVC-rival Creighton. Tipoff against the Bluejays is set for 7 p.m. Drake shot 52.4 percent from the floor (33-of-63) and 81.8 percent from the free throw line (27-of-33). Freshman Brenni Rose (Shawnee, Kan.) scored seven points in her debut. Senior Lizzy Wendell (Blue Springs, Mo.) scored a game-high 34 points on 14-of-23 shooting and just missed a double-double with nine boards. Senior Caitlin Ingle (Runnells, Iowa) recorded a double-double with 13 points and 13 assists.  Print Friendly Version HTML Box Score last_img read more

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BlueLock Lets You Customize Your Cloud Infrastructure

first_imgIf you’re a software-as-a-service company you are probably thinking about how cloud computing can save you money and time. The same thing is true for departments in the enterprise that wants to spin up a new service for customers.We had a chance to sit down with BlueLock, one of the leaders in cloud-based infrastructure providers. Their solutions range from quick provisioning using an online form, to becoming your infrastructure team for mission-critical applications. BlueLock represents a part of the trend in virtualization that not only extends physical servers, but allows companies to leverage infrastructure investments to meet the needs of application developers.One of the benefits of cloud computing is the ability to optimize the experience of experts and save money in hosting applications. However, one of the areas that is terminally difficult in the enterprise is configuration management in between the layers of OS, storage, security and network. This is getting more and more focus from the biggest providers in IT – Cisco, Microsoft, EMC, NetApp – but where the rubber hits the road, IT leaders are doing a majority of the work tuning configurations to find the right mix of infrastructure to meet their needs.Custom is King Fully outsourced configuration management of the infrastructure is one of the areas that BlueLock offers. One benefit of this service is the opportunity for an enterprise to configure a cloud to be both production ready, and also have a mirror environment for testing and development. Not all applications are created equally and it is a key part of the job to optimize across layers.This area seems ripe for change and the future is unknown in the sense that today it is unclear which traditional infrastructure tools will evolve into the holy grail of “one click” deploy-and-customize solutions. So, if you want a solution that is cloud hosted today and configurable, it’s worth giving BlueLock a look. This week at VMware Partner Exchange announced the BlueLock CloudSuite. One key feature in the mix is a tailored selection of infrastructure environments.Instead of just cloning infrastructure, BlueLock focuses on tailoring it around the successful patterns we’ve seen in the enterprise. Additionally, its offerings are based on VMware virtualization technology. The mix of cloud computing with customization seem like an ideal marriage for IT managers looking to build towards the cloud. Is customization a key capability that you look for in a cloud hosting provider for your applications?Photo credits: thebestofmyself & Phillip Pessar Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloudcenter_img Tags:#cloud#Data Centers#saas#Vendors#Virtualization Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… mike kirkwoodlast_img read more

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10 months agoCardiff boss Warnock demands Tottenham stay at Wembley for Premier League integrity

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Cardiff boss Warnock demands Tottenham stay at Wembley for Premier League integrityby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCardiff City boss Neil Warnock says Tottenham should be forced to play the season at Wembley.Warnock, whose Cardiff side lost to Tottenham in Wales on Tuesday having also been beaten by them at Wembley, believes it could hand his relegation rivals an advantage if they face Spurs at their new stadium.He said: “They have made so many cock-ups now with the timing the Premier League should enforce it that they play at Wembley for the rest of the season. “There should not be any chance of an advantage for our opponents really. It’s not our fault – we should have been playing Tottenham at their new stadium ourselves.”So I think the Premier League should step in now and make them stay at Wembley for the rest of the season. “They shouldn’t be able to play at their new stadium for six weeks or whatever it is. “It undermines the integrity of the competition.” last_img read more

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Thwarted emergency debate on tax reforms not the end of the discussion

first_imgOTTAWA – A Conservative bid for an emergency debate on the Liberal government’s controversial small business tax proposal was thwarted Wednesday, but that does not mean they — nor the public — are out of options for sharing their views.“Parliament, and not the government, is the final authority on taxation,” Conservative finance critic Pierre Poilievre said as he called for a House of Commons debate on the proposed changes before consultations wrap up next week.Deputy Speaker Bruce Stanton, a Conservative MP, ruled the request did not meet the criteria and turned him down.The proposals, unveiled this summer by Finance Minister Bill Morneau, would eliminate small business tax provisions that the Liberals argue allow some wealthy Canadians to avoid paying their fair share.That includes restricting the ability of business owners to lower their tax rate by sprinkling income to family members, even if they do no work for the business, and curbing the ability to convert regular income into capital gains, which are typically taxed at a lower rate.The proposed changes would also limit private corporations from making passive investments in things like real estate or stocks.They have sparked a revolt by doctors, farmers, small business owners and even some backbench Liberal MPs, who have spoken publicly about the complaints they have been hearing from their constituents.Amid the ensuing uproar, the government has insisted they are listening to concerns and open to changes — with several sources suggesting they are open to going back to the drawing board.The Liberals say they have no intention of extending the Oct. 2 deadline for consultations, but a government source who spoke on condition of anonymity said that does not mean everything will be a done deal by then.The source, who wasn’t authorized to discuss the matter publicly, said the government is open to working with people, and that there would be a chance to comment on any draft legislation — standard practice for money or other complex bills.That would especially be the case with the proposal on passive investment, because unlike with capital gains and income sprinkling, Morneau did not release a detailed legislative proposal this summer.The source also said the Liberal government is committed to the ideas in all three proposals, but will evaluate next steps once the consultation period is over — and has not set a firm timeline for doing so.Meanwhile, the Senate finance committee will also take a closer look at the proposed changes and report back by the end of November.“I think there has been a lot of rhetoric thrown around on all sides, and that’s where the Senate of Canada can do a great job of sober second thought,” Sen. Andre Pratte said Tuesday in the Senate Chamber.The Conservatives are also widely expected to make the proposed tax changes the focus of an opposition day motion coming their way next week.— Follow @smithjoanna on Twitterlast_img read more

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Americans borrowed more in November amid solid holiday sales

first_imgWASHINGTON – U.S. consumers in November ran up nearly $28 billion in new debt on their credit cards and in the form of new auto and student loans, a sign of growing confidence in the economy.The Federal Reserve says that consumer borrowing grew 8.8 per cent, the most in more than two years, to $3.83 trillion. The Fed’s monthly consumer credit report does not cover home mortgages or any other loans secured by real estate such as home equity loans.Americans are increasingly confident in the economy and are willing to borrow more to fund their consumption. Surveys show that Americans’ confidence in the economy reached a 17-year high in November, though it declined a bit last month. And retailers say early reports from holiday shopping have been mostly positive.last_img read more

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3 contrasting contenders in Germany vie to succeed Merkel

first_imgBERLIN — Three high-profile contenders are vying to lead Angela Merkel’s party as the longtime German chancellor makes way after 18 years for a successor who could shape the European Union’s most populous country for the next generation.The centre-right Christian Democratic Union will elect on Friday a new chairman or chairwoman, who will be the favourite to run for chancellor in Germany’s next election.Merkel has been CDU leader since 2000 and chancellor since 2005. She moved her party relentlessly to the centre, dropping military conscription, accelerating Germany’s exit from nuclear energy, introducing benefits encouraging fathers to look after their young children and allowing the introduction of gay marriage.Most controversially, she allowed large numbers of asylum-seekers into Germany in 2015.Merkel’s popularity lifted her centre-right bloc for years, peaking in a 2013 election in which it won 41.5 per cent of the vote. But in October, after a troubled start to her fourth-term government and two dismal state election performances, the 64-year-old announced she would step down as CDU leader and wouldn’t seek a fifth term as chancellor.Her potential successors need to lift a party polling under 30 per cent. They could take the CDU, which together with the Bavaria-only Christian Social Union has been post-war Germany’s most consistently successful political force, in different directions.ANNEGRET KRAMP-KARRENBAUER, 56The CDU’s general secretary since February, Kramp-Karrenbauer — often called “AKK” — is a Merkel ally and the closest to her centrist stance. She touts her own lengthy experience in regional government, which saw her become the first woman to become a state’s interior minister, or top security official, and serve as governor of western Saarland state.Kramp-Karrenbauer says she knows how to win elections, having defied expectations to win re-election in Saarland by a wide margin last year. And she says she put herself “at the service of the CDU” by giving up that job this year.Kramp-Karrenbauer has consistently shown more willingness than the chancellor to cater to conservative rhetoric and more vocally opposed gay marriage. Recently, she has sought to put careful distance between herself and Merkel without disavowing her, saying she has had “very lively discussions” with the chancellor on various subjects.She has talked tough on immigration issues, proposing a lifelong entry ban to Europe for asylum-seekers convicted of serious crimes. But she has warned that endlessly reheating arguments about the 2015 migrant influx is a turn-off for voters.FRIEDRICH MERZ, 63A one-time Merkel rival, Merz is seeking a spectacular comeback after more than a decade away from front-line politics. He stands for a more conservative and business-friendly approach.Merz led the centre-right group in parliament from 2000 until 2002, when Merkel pushed him out of that job. He left parliament in 2009, and in recent years practiced as a lawyer and headed the supervisory board of the German branch of investment manager BlackRock.A snappy speaker, Merz lacks government experience but is well-connected in the party and has presented his time away from politics as a virtue, saying that he has “had the opportunity … to look from outside at politics and its decisions.”In the past, he advocated radical tax reform and argued that foreigners should learn German “Leitkultur,” which could be roughly translated as “majority culture.”In this campaign, he has criticized the “unregulated influx” of migrants and charged that the CDU accepted the rise of the far-right Alternative for Germany, which entered the national parliament last year, “with a shrug of the shoulders.” He appeared briefly to question the right to asylum enshrined in the German constitution, but quickly walked that back. And he has advocated encouraging greater use of private pension plans using shares.JENS SPAHN, 38A Merkel critic, Spahn became health minister in March as Merkel acknowledged pressure for renewal. He has support on the party’s right — but that appears to have been largely swallowed by Merz’s reemergence, leaving him as the outsider.Spahn has made migration a focus, calling it the “elephant in the room.” He has said that security is a key issue, and argued that “not everything is good again” even though the flow of migrants has slowed.Spahn, who is openly gay, has said that his party doesn’t need to “shift to the right,” but it does need to start “a real change of generations.” He looks highly unlikely to succeed this time, but this contest could position him well for the CDU’s next leadership change.AND THEN?The choice will be made by 1,001 delegates at a party congress in Hamburg, many of them professional or part-time politicians at federal, regional or local level.Merkel has signalled that she intends to remain chancellor for the rest of this parliamentary term before retiring from politics. The next election theoretically shouldn’t be until 2021, but that is uncertain.Merkel’s governing coalition with the centre-left Social Democrats, the CDU’s traditional rivals, has had an extremely bumpy few months. Another crisis, or an already-agreed midterm review next fall, could bring it down.Whoever becomes CDU leader will want to follow through on promises to sharpen the party’s profile. Observers struggle to imagine Merkel working well with Merz, in particular, though both dismiss that concern.“I have no doubt that, if that is the outcome, I can work well together with Friedrich Merz, as with every other candidate,” Merkel says.Geir Moulson, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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