Candidate in the Palm Beach County Commission Race, Matt Willhite, caught raising money for Republican PACs
A Florida State Representative who is running for the County Commission District 6 seat in Palm Beach County was recently called out by local Democrats for raising substantial money for Republican PACs.
Matt Willhite, who is running as a Democrat, came under fire in the election after it was disclosed he raised money for a Tallahassee PAC that has given $90,000 to Florida Republicans. This activity isn’t a secret, but Willhite has been keeping it one from the public.
Upon further review of Willhite’s own political committee, Floridians for Public Safety, a registered Political Committee with the Florida Division of Elections, it appears Willhite’s fundraising also has ties to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
Over $350,000 has been raised in Willhite’s PAC from one specific group. This group has also endorsed Ron DeSantis in his re-election campaign. Financial analysts have reviewed Willhite’s campaign fundraising and nearly 60% of all his donations come from this one DeSantis supporting group. Associating with the DeSantis campaign and its supporters isn’t a good look, and it shows where Willhite’s priorities lie.
Willhite has come under fire from Palm Beach County Democrats for his cozy ties to Republicans. Not only is Willhite’s involvement in Republican PACs borderline treasonous with Democrats, but it also goes against the Democratic party’s values. Candidates shouldn’t be beholden to corporate interests, but Willhite seems to not have a problem with this.
Instead of focusing on the people, Willhite has been focused on his own special interests and profits. Palm Beach County doesn’t deserve a representative who doesn’t have its best interests at heart.
Willhite is running in a Democratic Primary election to be held on August 23, 2022. His two opponents are Democrats Sylvia Sharps and Michelle McGovern. All three candidates are looking to replace incumbent Melissa McKinlay, who is term-limited and can’t run again.
The deadline to register for the primary election is coming up on July 25, 2022. Other important election dates and deadlines that voters should be aware of are:
- Early voting opens at 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. August 8 through August 21, 2022
- Deadline to request a Vote-by-Mail ballot is 5:00 p.m. on August 13, 2022
- Deadline to return your Vote-by-Mail ballot is 7:00 p.m. on August 23, 2022
- Election Day is 7:00 am – 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 23, 2022
It’s important to note that Florida is a “closed primary” state, meaning that only the voters registered within that political party may vote in that party’s Primary election. You can change your party affiliation by submitting an updated voter registration application at any time, but the change must be made 29 days before a Primary Election in order to be valid for that election.
For more information on the primary election and to register to vote, please visit https://www.votepalmbeach.gov/Elections/Election-Dates-and-Deadlines.
Umar Nisar was born and raised in the busy city of Abbottabad. As a journalist, Umar Nisar has contributed to many online publications including PAK Today and the Huffing Post. In regards to academics, Umar Nisar earned a degree in business from the Abbottabad UST, Havelian. Umar Nisar follows the money and covers all aspects of emerging tech here at The Hear Up.
quantum wormholes United Kingdom has potentially figured out
Vice reports that a physicist working at the University of Bristol in the UK has potentially discovered quantum wormholes. Researcher Hatim Salih has proposed an experiment that makes a type of teleportation called “counter-transportation” realistically feasible. However, this isn’t exactly the Star Trek transporter many sci-fi fans have dreamed of over the years. Here’s everything you need to know about Salih’s quantum wormhole experiment.
Salih’s quantum wormhole is a huge scientific breakthrough.
The general theory of relativity of the famous scientist Albert Einstein affirms that hypothetical “bridges” are possible between two points in space-time. However, since 1935, when Einstein presented his theory, the existence of wormholes has been purely hypothetical. However, Salih’s experiment paves the potential way to achieve the longstanding goal of traversing a rift in space-time.
Counterportation comes from “counterfactual” and “transportation” and while similar to teleportation, the two terms are not synonymous. “Counterportation gives you the end goal of recreating an object in space,” Salih said. “[B] but we can make sure nothing happened.”
Although unfortunately, for Salih to achieve true counterportation, they’ll have to wait a few years. The quantum computers necessary to perform the task don’t exist yet in 2023. “If counterportation is to be realized, an entirely new type of quantum computer has to be built,” Salih said. However, development is underway, and Salih hopes to complete it in three to four years.
Wormholes are a classic trope of science fiction in popular media, if only because they provide such a handy futuristic plot device to avoid the issue of violating relativity with faster-than-light travel. In reality, they are purely theoretical. Unlike black holes—also once thought to be purely theoretical—no evidence for an actual wormhole has ever been found, although they are fascinating from an abstract theoretical physics perceptive. You might be forgiven for thinking that undiscovered status had changed if you only read the headlines this week announcing that physicists had used a quantum computer to make a wormhole, reporting on a new paper published in Nature.
Let’s set the record straight right away: This isn’t a bona fide traversable wormhole—i.e., a bridge between two regions of spacetime connecting the mouth of one black hole to another, through which a physical object can pass—in any real, physical sense. “There’s a difference between something being possible in principle and possible in reality,” co-author Joseph Lykken of Fermilab said during a media briefing this week. “So don’t hold your breath about sending your dog through a wormhole.” But it’s still a pretty clever, nifty experiment in its own right that provides a tantalizing proof of principle to the kinds of quantum-scale physics experiments that might be possible as quantum computers continue to improve.
“It’s not the real thing; it’s not even close to the real thing; it’s barely even a simulation of something-not-close-to-the-real-thing,” physicist Matt Strassler wrote on his blog. “Could this method lead to a simulation of a real wormhole someday? Maybe in the distant future. Could it lead to making a real wormhole? Never. Don’t get me wrong. What they did is pretty cool! But the hype in the press?
The success of this experiment could change the field of physics forever.
Additionally, Salih posits that this work is tantamount to the particle acceleration work at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN). “This work will be in the spirit of the multi-billion ventures that exist to witness new physical phenomena,” Salih said. “[…] But at a fraction of the resources.”
The ultimate goal of the quantum wormhole experiment is to “explore fundamental questions about the universe,” Salih says. And if successful, the experiment could allow scientists to research “higher dimensions.”
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