Hawver: And They’re Off

By Martin Hawver

Well, they’re now officially off to the campaign.

That’s basically what happened this weekend, with the annual summer Democratic convention getting the message that Sen. Laura Kelly, of Topeka, is going to be a candidate without the adrenalin of Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach and without the attacks on incumbents of independent candidate Greg Orman.

That’s the general message that Democratic insiders—those who are willing to spend two days on internal party activities—got this weekend in Wichita.

It’s a rather low-key, businesslike campaign Kelly promised, with emphasis on telling Kansans the policy choices she thinks they are likely to want, such as continued adequate financing of public schools, expanding access to health care to the poor through Medicaid (KanCare) expansion, and less cumbersome access to ballots.

A lot didn’t happen at Demofest in Wichita. There was no public endorsement of Kelly by the two most prominent candidates who fought her for the gubernatorial nomination. Former Wichita (that’s hometown) Mayor Carl Brewer and former Rep./Kansas Secretary Agriculture Josh Svaty didn’t show up for that classic “we lost, and we support Kelly” photograph that would have sealed the party support for Kelly. Might have been that she won so dramatically, with Kelly’s 52% of the Democratic primary vote to Brewer’s 20 percent and Svaty’s 18 percent.

But the clear message that Kelly sent—in her effort to create that “Blue Tide” for Democrats to boost their number on the public payroll—is that she’s going to talk about running Kansas government. She’s talking basic duties of government, not flashy issues like immigration or driving around in Jeeps with machine guns on them, as does Kobach, or just tossing out experienced public workers and administrators, as is Orman.

That might make the fall interesting because Kansans tend to be—and like to remind others—that they are businesslike. Take care of the basic state government obligations to its citizens. That’s the job of the governor.

But, does that sell, err, get votes?

The gubernatorial campaign took an expected but so far relatively un-definable step last week when Orman was granted a slot on the November ballot. He’s talked about the “insiders” of the two major political parties running the government, leaving the unaffiliated, or maybe just not very interested, at their will. It’s been mostly Republicans in recent years with that control, but he’s not assessed very publicly just what a governor without the backing of either of the largest groups of voters can accomplish.

And Kobach has continually talked about the Supreme Court—not elected legislators—determining just what is “adequate” in state aid for K-12 schools from border to border, high property valuation, and low property valuation districts.

Kobach’s incessant campaign slamming what he calls loose immigration policy hasn’t really been defined for those who in urban areas need roofs reshingled, or in rural areas fences built, and in the livestock industry cattle reduced to pan-sized cuts of meat. Yes, those are industries in which immigration is economically necessary.

So, does Kelly turn the basic business of government into a key issue that will see Kansans look for a journeyman governor who knows from the inside—and the budget—just how state government works? It’s going to put a new, very basic, not-flashy platform before voters. And the real issue is, will it sell?

Now there are other Democrats on the ballot seeking statewide positions—insurance commissioner, treasurer, secretary of state—but those aren’t jobs that tend to galvanize voters. Anyone leave your car out in the heat to vote for state treasurer?

This may become a relatively dull, technical campaign. Or…not…

Syndicated by Hawver News Company LLC of Topeka; Martin Hawver is publisher of Hawver’s Capitol Report—to learn more about this nonpartisan statewide political news service, visit the website at www.hawvernews.com

Youngevity Enters Cannabis Market with Hemp FX™ Product Line

YGYI, Inc. (YGYI), a leading omni-direct lifestyle company, introduced their new Hemp FX™ product line at their 2018 Convention in San Diego, Calif. These cannabis products are comprised of three new proprietary blends of hemp-derived cannabinoid products (Soothe™, Relax™, and Uplift™).  A limited quantity of the three new formulas was available for Pre- Sale purchase to attendees at Youngevity’s Convention and quickly sold-out at the event.  Youngevity’s Hemp FX™ products will be available for purchase to the public soon with the official launch date to take place by October 2018.

To be alerted and notified about the upcoming official launch and to learn more about Youngevity’s Hemp FX product line, visit hempfx.com.

Newcomer to Cannabis

Youngevity gets into $7.7 billion Cannabis market
Youngevity introduces Hemp FX™ Product Line

For 21 years, Youngevity has prided itself on developing the highest-quality and most well-researched nutritional products. Each formula in the Hemp FX product line combines an exclusive source of organically grown hemp-derived cannabinoids (cannabis) with Youngevity signature nutrients.

 

Soothe™

contains a proprietary hemp-derived cannabinoid oil, as well as a variety of herbs, minerals, and a powerful antioxidant – glutathione.  Soothe™ supports a healthy immune system and soothes sore, tired, and achy muscles and joints.

Relax™

features the same hemp-derived cannabinoid oil found in Soothe™, combined with the relaxing botanicals chamomile, lavender, valerian, and melatonin –for its sleep-supporting benefits.

Uplift™

takes Youngevity’s exclusive hemp-derived cannabinoid oil and combines it with St. John’s Wort and a specialized set of natural terpenes (cannabinoid enhancers).

The cannabidiol market is expected to see significant growth in the immediate future. Direct Selling News recently reported that “According to recent data published by Forbes, citing Brightfield Group, the global cannabis market is projected to reach $31.4 billion by 2021. By end of 2017, the global market value was estimated at $7.7 billion.”

With validation from independent 3rd party testing and the growing market, the (cannabis) Hemp FX products have the capacity to transform the nutritional industry and Youngevity’s consumer base. Youngevity CEO, Steve Wallach states,

“Hemp-derived cannabidiol aligns with what we do very well. We’ve taken what we know about essential nutrients, along with decades of knowledge specializing in natural, plant-based nutrition and their most beneficial nutrients and put that knowledge to work to develop high-end cannabidiol products.”

 

 

 

 

Disclaimer: Kevin Surbaugh distributes Youngevity (YGYI) as an independent sales representative and invests in the publicly traded company.
He also has positions in Coca-Cola (KO), Berkshire-Hathaway (BRK.B); (BRK.A), and WalMart (WMT), but has no positions in any other stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 96 hours.

Youngevity Introduces New Products and Brands at 2018 Convention

SAN DIEGO, CA(PRNewswire) — YGYI, Inc. (YGYI), a leading omni-direct lifestyle company, launched several highly anticipated new products at their 2018 Convention in San Diego, California, between Aug. 23 and 25.  Product launches included two new Youngevity product lines (Mineral Man and Hemp FX™) as well as additions to Saveur Natural Foods, Youngevity Essential Oils, Nature Direct and BeautiControl.

NEW HEMP FX™ PRODUCT LINE

Hemp FX™ includes three new hemp-derived cannabinoid oil products combined with exclusive Youngevity proprietary ingredients.

SAVEUR INTRODUCES TWO NEW BALSAMIC VINEGARS

Saveur Natural Foods adds two new balsamic vinegars to their offering – Spiced Fig, Maple & Pear and Strawberry, Mango & Apricot! These flavorful have been found to vinegars enhance roasted vegetables, salad dressings, deserts, marinades, and more. Visit Saveurrecipes.com.

NEW MINERAL MAN PRODUCT BUNDLE

Four new Mineral Man products (Scrub, Shave, Shield, and Style) are designed to deliver superior skin and hair care to the modern man using high quality, antioxidant-rich botanicals.

THREE NEW ESSENTIAL OILS + DIFFUSER KIT

Three new essential oil blends (Copaiba Plus, Big Smile, and Bounce Back) deliver exclusive aromatherapy support to specific areas of wellness. The new Enlighten Your Life’s Atmosphere kit contains essential oil blends that can be diffused in every room in your home for a true aromatherapy experience.

BEAUTICONTROL: ULTIMATE ANTI-AGING DUO

Extreme Tri-Peptide Face Treatment and Dramatic New Anti-Aging Crème, are designed with the goal of providing anti-aging support. They offer a youthful glow with no sulfates, parabens, or gluten.

NATURE DIRECT: NOW AVAILABLE IN THE U.S.

This line of home-care cleaning solutions, delivers an alternative to dangerous chemicals and bleaches. The product line includes seven environmentally-friendly concentrates.

Dave Briskie, President and CFO of Youngevity said, “One thing that makes Youngevity so unique, is our broad product offering. It allows us to reach many markets and gives our customer a wide-range of high-quality lifestyle products. We will continue to do our best to align our products to the needs of our market.”

Visit youngevity.com to learn more about each product and brand.

About Youngevity International, Inc. 

YGYI, Inc. (NASDAQ : YGYI ), is a leading omni-direct lifestyle company offering a hybrid of the direct selling business model, that also offers e-commerce and the power of social selling. Assembling a virtual Main Street of products and services under one corporate entity, YGYI offers products from the six top selling retail categories: health/nutrition, home/family, food/beverage (including coffee), spa/beauty, apparel/jewelry, as well as innovative services. The Company was formed in the course of the summer 2011 merger of Youngevity Essential Life Sciences with Javalution® Coffee Company (now part of the company’s food and beverage division). The resulting company became Youngevity International, Inc. in July 2013. For investor information, please visit YGYI.com. Be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

 

 

 

Disclaimer: Kevin Surbaugh is an independent sales representative of Youngevity (YGYI) and is a shareholder in the publicly traded company.
He also has positions in Coca-Cola (KO), Berkshire-Hathaway (BRK.B); (BRK.A), and WalMart (WMT), but has no positions in any other stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 96 hours.

Kroger Technology Partners with the University of Cincinnati to Drive Innovation and Develop Talent

CINCINNATI, OH(PRNewswire) — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today announced it has signed an agreement with the University of Cincinnati (UC) to operate an innovation lab within the school’s 1819 Innovation Hub.

“Kroger’s new partnership with the University of Cincinnati is one more way we are investing to create the now and future of retail,” said Chris Hjelm, Kroger’s executive vice president and chief information officer. “This innovative collaboration is driven by Restock Kroger and provides the Kroger Technology team another creative space to partner and develop solutions to redefine the grocery customer experience.”

The 1819 Innovation Hub is located within the Uptown Innovation Corridor and serves as a beacon of community innovation and impact in partnership with higher education. The recently-opened state-of-the-art space is the region’s newest destination for thinking, making, doing, discovery and delivery.

Kroger will staff the 1819 Innovation Hub with resources, including R&D engineers and software developers, alongside UC faculty. The partnership will also feature a dynamic student co-op and internship program.

“The 1819 Innovation Hub is a coworking community where we will build and discover the next generation of technology and talent,” continued Mr. Hjelm. “Our vision is to create a talent pipeline that supports our business and positions the region as a place for digital and technology students and professionals.”

Innovation Agenda

UC’s Innovation Agenda, as part of President Neville G. Pinto’s new strategic direction, recognizes that people have choices when they decide to locate, and that proximity to other like-minded individuals is often critical to the decision-making process. By providing a place where innovative people and companies can thrive together in today’s rapid pace of change, Cincinnati becomes one of those cities chosen for location.

“As the anchor tenant of our burgeoning innovation district, UC’s 1819 Innovation Hub is a microcosm of the bigger picture,” said David J. Adams, University of Cincinnati’s chief innovation officer. “Companies are choosing to co-locate here with us for proximity and access to the talent that a major research university provides. As the district comes to life with residential and retail options, the mix of students, faculty, industry, and community that you see in our knowledge action center today will spill out into the surrounding neighborhood, making innovation a visual place in Cincinnati.”

Pinto adds, “Working with a hometown company and one of the world’s largest retailers gives our university an opportunity to make an impact not only locally but also globally. This is the kind of partnership that allows our students and faculty to work on real-world challenges in a cross-disciplinary way while offering our corporate partners added value with access to talent, expertise, research, creativity, and specialized equipment and technology.”

The 1819 Innovation Hub boasts a 12,000-square-feet makerspace and micro-factory, and state-of-the-art classrooms and multi-purpose rooms. The space officially opened earlier this week for the fall semester. Kroger’s 2,500-square-feet innovation lab will be located on the third floor of the four-story building. Construction is underway, and the company’s space is expected to be complete in October.

Proud Partner

Kroger Technology is a proud partner with the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber’s “Cincy is IT” initiative to attract top tech talent to the region. The company also supports Cincinnati-based Cintrifuse – a public-private partnership established to drive the next phase of growth for the Midwest region through innovation enabled and delivered by startups – including sponsoring an executive-in-residence.

Earlier this summer, Kroger announced its digital headquarters in downtown Cincinnati with plans to increase its current digital team of 500 associates to 1,000 by 2020.

Last June, Kroger Technology was named one of the best places to work in IT by Computerworld.

 

 

 

Disclaimer: Kevin Surbaugh is an independent sales representative of Youngevity (YGYI) and is a shareholder in the publicly traded company.
He also has positions in Coca-Cola (KO), Berkshire-Hathaway (BRK.B); (BRK.A), and WalMart (WMT), but has no positions in any other stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 96 hours.

The Hemp (CBD) Market Gets New Player

SAN DIEGO, CA (PRNewswire) — YGYI, Inc. (YGYI), a leading omni-direct lifestyle company, has announced it intends to soon enter the CBD market with a proprietary line of hemp-derived CBD oil products.

According to the latest data, the CBD market is experiencing meteoric growth. In fact, the Hemp Business Journal estimates it will grow to $2.1 billion in consumer sales by 2020, with $450 million of those sales coming from hemp-based sources. That’s a 700% increase from 2016. Demand for CBD has also skyrocketed, which is due in large part to the wide variety of ways it can be used in products, ranging from cosmetics to food and beverage to health supplements.

Youngevity has taken a measured approach to entering the CBD market after ensuring that a credible amount of research had been conducted to support concrete health benefits. Hemp (CBD) oil products also support the company’s belief in natural forms of nutrition and nutrients that address root causes of health issues and support relief of symptoms. That belief, combined with the industry’s burgeoning popularity, aligns with Youngevity’s goal of enriching people’s lives through better health and better business opportunities.

According to Youngevity Chief Executive Officer, Steve Wallach:

“We firmly believe in plant-based nutrition, and hemp (CBD) oil perfectly complements our product development philosophy. Entering this market, which is growing almost exponentially, also should offer a tremendous advantage to our many Distributors around the world.”

If you’d like to be among the first to get updates on the upcoming product launch, please visit hempfx.com.

About Youngevity International, Inc.

YGYI, Inc. (NASDAQ : YGYI ) is a leading omni-direct lifestyle company offering a hybrid of the direct selling business model, that also offers e-commerce and the power of social selling. Assembling a virtual Main Street of products and services under one corporate entity, YGYI offers products from the six top selling retail categories: health/nutrition, home/family, food/beverage (including coffee), spa/beauty, apparel/jewelry, as well as innovative services. The Company was formed in the course of the summer 2011 merger of Youngevity Essential Life Sciences with Javalution® Coffee Company (now part of the company’s food and beverage division). The resulting company became Youngevity International, Inc. in July 2013. For investor information, please visit YGYI.com. Be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

 

 

 

Disclaimer: Kevin Surbaugh is an independent sales representative of Youngevity (YGYI) and is a shareholder in the publicly traded company.
He also has positions in Coca-Cola (KO), Berkshire-Hathaway (BRK.B); (BRK.A), and WalMart (WMT), but has no positions in any other stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 96 hours.

Tyson Expanding Restaurant Production

Springdale, AR – Tyson Foods has agreed to acquire Keystone  Foods. In a deal valued at $2.16 billion.  That’s billion, with a “b” not million.  According to reports, the deal is aimed to bolster its sales to restaurants.  Especially fast food restaurants.

In a report, in the Wall Street Journal,

Tyson Foods Inc. agreed to aquire a top meat supplier to McDonald’s Corp. and other chains, in a bid to boost its sales to restaurants as rising supplies and tarrifs squeeze U.S. meat companies.

Tyson said Monday it would pay $2.16 billion in cash for Keystone Foods, rxpanding the Springdale, Ark.-based company’s business selling meat to fast-food chains and adding processing plants to it’s network in the U.S. and Asia.

Higher Profits Expected

The report further says that the purchase aims to further shift Tyson’s business toward what the article calls higher-profit products. Those products, are such things as chicken nuggets and fish fillets. Tyson is seeking to get away from the non-branded, commodity meat, the Journal further reported.  Those markets tend to be less profitable and are more prone to market swings.

Bloomberg coverage of this sale, reported, that Tyson doesn’t feel the market will be too concentrated, with one less supplier.  Chief Executive Officer Tom Hayes, told Bloomberg, that Customers that will now be dealing with one combined company can rest assured because the acquisition will mean Tyson has an increased number of plants.

Bloomberg also quoted analysts from Jefferies LLC,

“Strategically we like the merits of the deal given the overlap of the customer base (QSR), value-added product mix and international growth opportunity,” analysts at Jefferies LLC said in a note.

QSR is short speak for Quick Serve Restaurants, otherwise known in the general public as fast food. Those analysts said that Keystone’s low margin profile might be of concern to investors. However,  Jefferies issued a buy rating for Tyson, with a target price of $75.

 

 

 

 

Disclaimer: Kevin Surbaugh is an independent sales representative of Youngevity (YGYI) and is a shareholder in the publicly traded company.
He also has positions in Coca-Cola (KO), Berkshire-Hathaway (BRK.B); (BRK.A), and WalMart (WMT), but has no positions in any other stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 96 hours.

Hawver: This Years Kansas Governor’s Race May not be so Predictable

If there was ever a predictable pattern in Kansas—and possibly even national politics—it is that Republican candidates for nearly every slot on the ballot tend to spend the primary election cycle pandering to the most diehard conservative members of their party to win the general election nomination.

Martin Hawver, Columnist
Martin Hawver

Now, Democrats tend to do the same thing (with the move toward the more liberal Democrats), but in Kansas, it’s to smaller numbers of primary election voters. But it works with Democrats, too.

But after that primary in both parties, it’s been traditional that the party’s standard bearers move their campaign to the middle of their party, and in some measure to the middle of the general voting age population.

Well, this will be a year that will make it worth watching whether that generally Republican move to the middle of the party after the primary election occurs.

Chances are good that Sen. Laura Kelly, D-Topeka, the Democratic nominee for governor, will not have to move very far. She’s a practical Democrat who probably dreams about budgets and line-item vetoes and cutting a deal with moderates in the Kansas Legislature to keep government moving.

And chances are good that Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who is the Republican nominee for governor, won’t move back to the middle. We’re figuring he dreams about a border wall with Mexico—or possibly Oklahoma—or that new Trump necktie that he wants…

Oh, and best-known independent candidate Greg Orman is probably dreaming about how to snag votes from both.

This year things are going to be different. Don’t expect Kobach to move toward the political middle in his campaign. Now, short-term Gov. Jeff Colyer might have, but he conceded, remember.

So, we come to a campaign where the narrow conservative side of the GOP—which includes Kobach, of course, and unsuccessful gubernatorial nomination candidate Insurance Commissioner Ken Selzer—isn’t looking for any move to the center. Nope, and had Kobach lost the GOP nomination, we’re betting he wouldn’t have let Colyer move to the center, either.

So…where does this gubernatorial race go? Who gets elected governor and has the authority to take that preposterous stuffed buffalo head off the wall of the governor’s office and, of course, run the rest of the state?

Does Kobach come up with something new that will appeal to moderate Republicans, most of whom voted for someone else in the primary? Does Kelly come up with something that will see the moderate Republicans, who are probably most of the GOP voters, furrow their brows and vote for her as long as nobody’s watching?

Or, does Independent Orman turn out to be the safety valve for Republicans who are to the left of Kobach but just can’t bring themselves to vote for a Democrat, under the suspicion that their Republican friends will find out?

And you gotta figure that moderate Republican former Sen. Jim Barnett, of Emporia when in office and Topeka now, who drew the more liberal Republican primary voters, though not enough of them, isn’t going to be touting Kobach or even letting him put a sign in his yard.

Surprising that this election might come down to the conservative Republicans of the state and the Democrats, with Orman as a possible off-ramp for those who at least talk about the general conservative values and have never read the Kansas Republican Party platform.

Oh, and whoever wins the governor’s office must remember that in just two short years, whatever the governor pushes for or against splashes back on members of both parties in the Kansas House and Senate.

We’ll see, won’t we…

by Martin Hawver

Syndicated by Hawver News Company LLC of Topeka; Martin Hawver is publisher of Hawver’s Capitol Report—to learn more about this nonpartisan statewide political news service, visit the website at www.hawvernews.com

Don’t Make Travel Insurance an Afterthought This Summer

The latest survey by RAA Insurance in Australia found vast numbers of travellers are delaying getting travel insurance, with only 32 percent of 2500 travellers securing insurance on the same day as booking their holiday, with 47 percent waiting up to a month before getting covered and 21 percent delaying the purchase even longer.

“This Australian research rings true in the UK and other territories, too,” said Aquarium Software Director, Mark Colonnese. “Travellers need to be aware that purchasing insurance early ensures cover not just while abroad, but should anything unforeseen go wrong prior to travel,” said Mark. “If you are forced to cancel due to illness or bereavement, you should get your money back and you are normally covered for the airline going bust, too. Pre-existing medical conditions are a big issue and it is better to be covered early, than have to pay more, should you develop a condition that could increase your premium prior to travel,” he added.

The worst-case scenario is being forced to cancel your holiday and still having to pay for it. Technology makes securing travel insurance easier than ever, removing excuses for not taking immediate cover. Cancellation cover is a basic component of any decent policy and means the company should reimburse the cost of airfares, accommodation and pre-paid travel arrangements, if things go wrong.

“You will not be covered for your own negligence or say forgetting to get a passport but with the cost of the average family holiday now a staggering £4792 and the cost of average cover less than £100, insurance is simply a no brainer,” added Colonnese.

“Luckily, travel insurance apps and software are now making it easier for both consumers and policy providers. These are exciting times for travel insurance, and thanks to technology, consumers can get the right levels of cover quickly from the palm of their hand,” concluded Mark.

Aquarium Software is used by a number of travel insurers; pet insurers; and other consumer service providers and affinity partners in the UK, Europe, USA and Canada. For further information contact Aquarium Software on +44 (0)161 927 5620 or visit their website.