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- Joni Ernst - Iowa Senator up for re-election
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Georgia’s primary quickly turned into an ordeal for voters who waited for hours Tuesday when it became clear officials were unprepared for an election on new voting computers during the coronavirus pandemic.
Poll workers couldn’t get voting machines to work. Precincts opened late. Social-distancing requirements created long lines. Some voters gave up and went home.
The primary was a major test of Georgia’s ability to run a highly anticipated election in a potential battleground state ahead of November’s presidential election, when more than twice as many voters are expected. Elections officials fell short.
“What is going on in Georgia? We have been waiting for hours. This is ridiculous. This is unfair,” said 80-year-old Anita Heard, who waited for hours to cast her ballot at Cross Keys High School, where poll workers couldn’t start voting computers and ran out of provisional ballots.
“At worst, attackers could change election outcomes without detection, and even if there was no attack, officials would have no way to prove that the results were accurate”
The online voting software is being used by some county and state governments in Colorado, Delaware, New Jersey, Florida, Ohio, Oregon, Washington, and West Virginia.
Iowa set a new record for primary election turnout this month after secretary of state Paul Pate sent applications for mail-in ballots to all registered voters. More than 520,000 ballots were cast, according to Pate’s office, beating the previous record of 450,000 set in 1994.
Now, Republicans in the state senate are trying to prevent him from doing the same in the general election this November.
The Iowa Senate State Government Committee advanced a 30-page bill on a party-line vote late last week that would prohibit Pate, also a Republican, from proactively sending applications for mail-in-ballots to all registered voters. Anyone who wanted a mail-in ballot would need to submit a written request on their own and show proof of valid voter identification.
The bill would prohibit the secretary from taking emergency election action in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The secretary can make changes in cases of extreme weather or during wartime, it says, but not during a health crisis. It also prevents Pate from making any changes to the early or absentee voting process, even in an emergency.
The poll in question
Trump never apologizes for the heinous things he says or does.
But he likes to demand others do so. Why?
Because if they do, he feels he “won” by making them show weakness.
After declaring confederate generals are part of our “Great American Heritage”, Trump declared his first returning campaign rally will be on Juneteenth in Tulsa — the site of the Tulsa race massacre.
It’s not a dog whistle any longer.
It’s a bullhorn.
WASHINGTON — The N.B.A. superstar LeBron James and a group of other prominent black athletes and entertainers are starting a new group aimed at protecting African-Americans’ voting rights, seizing on the widespread fury against racial injustice that has fueled worldwide protests to amplify their voices in this fall’s presidential election.
“Because of everything that’s going on, people are finally starting to listen to us — we feel like we’re finally getting a foot in the door,” Mr. James said in a phone interview on Wednesday. “How long is up to us. We don’t know. But we feel like we’re getting some ears and some attention, and this is the time for us to finally make a difference.”
The organization, called More Than a Vote, will partly be aimed at inspiring African-Americans to register and to cast a ballot in November. But as the name of the group suggests, Mr. James and other current and former basketball stars — including Trae Young, Skylar Diggins-Smith and Jalen Rose — will go well beyond traditional celebrity get-out-the-vote efforts.
Mr. James, 35, said he would use his high-profile platform on social media to combat voter suppression and would be vocal about drawing attention to any attempts to restrict the franchise of racial minorities.
“Yes, we want you to go out and vote, but we’re also going to give you the tutorial,” Mr. James said. “We’re going to give you the background of how to vote and what they’re trying to do, the other side, to stop you from voting.”
He made no mention of President Trump, whom he has sharply criticized in the past, but he repurposed Mr. Trump’s slogan to hail America’s beauty, explaining, “We want to be beautiful once again.”
The new organization represents Mr. James’s most significant foray yet into electoral politics.
He has long said that he believes his greatest legacy will come from his off-the-court achievements. He has poured millions into his native Ohio, helping to underwrite college tuition for low-income students to attend the University of Akron and even opening his own school in the city for children in third through eighth grade.
He has also delved into entertainment, starting a media production company with his close friend Maverick Carter that has produced an HBO series, “The Shop,” in which the two men conduct casual interviews in a barber shop. Mr. James has also underwritten a series of documentaries.
Until now, though, his political involvement has mostly been limited to speaking out on social media and appearing at a single rally late in Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign.
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The death last month of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis police, however, helped convince Mr. James that he needed “to get out and do a little bit more.”
Invoking the names of an earlier generation of athletes who called for social justice , Mr. James, a forward for the Los Angeles Lakers, said he wanted to be a model for future generations.
“I’m inspired by the likes of Muhammad Ali, I’m inspired by the Bill Russells and the Kareem Abdul-Jabbars, the Oscar Robertsons — those guys who stood when the times were even way worse than they are today,” Mr. James said. “Hopefully, someday down the line, people will recognize me not only for the way I approached the game of basketball, but the way I approached life as an African-American man.”
In some respects, Mr. James’s activism reflects a return to an earlier generation of athletes who used their fame to speak out about racial equality and the Vietnam War with little regard to whom it might offend.
And because today’s players have come of age in an era of social media, they want to engage in advocacy in their own voice.
“This group of athletes wants to feel empowered in every single way,” Mr. Carter said.
Jocelyn Benson, the Michigan secretary of state, said that “trusted voices” like Mr. James’s could help break through the din at a moment of rising skepticism toward the news media and both political parties.
“What we’re seeing in Michigan is there’s a heightened need to inform citizens how to vote in this coronavirus era,” said Ms. Benson, a Democrat who is helping advise the group. “We’ve got to go beyond registering people to vote and talking about the importance of voting to actively combating voter suppression.”
The group, which will be organized as a 501©(4) nonprofit organization and therefore not engage in specific advocacy for a candidate, is still coming together, but Mr. James said he had found only willing ears in his recruiting conversations.
“I’m sick of seeing unarmed black men killed by the police,” said Ms. Diggins-Smith, a guard for the Phoenix Mercury, adding that she wanted “to put some action behind my frustrations, behind my anger, behind the helplessness that I’ve been feeling.”
For Mr. James and the other organizers, part of their motivation is to combat apathy among black voters. Older African-Americans are historically reliable voters, but in 2016 there was a drop-off with younger black voters, particularly men.
“We’re not letting that happen again,” said Mr. Rose, who called Mr. Floyd’s death perhaps the most galvanizing killing since the lynching of Emmett Till.
Mr. Young, a 21-year-old breakout star with the Atlanta Hawks, said he was hoping to be a “role model for my generation.”
“If people my age see that I’m going out and I’m voting and I’m talking,” he said, “maybe the next 21-year-old will.”
On Monday, Mr. James convened a call that included Mr. Rose, the Detroit-raised former N.B.A. star; Ms. Diggins-Smith; Draymond Green, a forward for the Golden State Warriors and another Michigan native; Udonis Haslem, a longtime Miami Heat forward who is from Florida; and the N.F.L. running back Alvin Kamara, who is from Georgia. Mr. James has also gotten a commitment from the comedian Kevin Hart, a Philadelphia native, and is speaking to a number of musicians.
Mr. James and Mr. Carter are putting up the initial funding.
The organization will team up with voting rights organizations, including When We All Vote and Fair Fight, and is being advised by Adam Mendelsohn, a former political strategist who has worked with Mr. James for nearly a decade, and Addisu Demissie, who ran Senator Cory Booker’s 2020 presidential campaign.
It is Mr. James, though, who has the loudest megaphone. His social media following is unequaled among American athletes: He has over 136 million followers between his Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts (just over 137 million people voted in the 2016 presidential election).
Now, he said, it’s time for his admirers to do their part.
“There’s a lot of people that want change in the black community,” Mr. James said, but he added, “if you actually don’t put in the work or if you don’t have the mind-set, there’s never going to be change.”
As for his own plans this fall, he said he had not yet talked to Joseph R. Biden Jr., the presumptive Democratic nominee, but he did not rule out appearing on the campaign trail.
“We’ll see if we can help a candidate here and there,” Mr. James said.
I would argue there are already QAnonsense adherents in Congress, personally…
A believer in a conspiracy theory the FBI classifies as a possible domestic terrorist threat is in a prime position to soon be elected to Congress, after coming in first in a Republican primary in Georgia on Tuesday.
QAnon conspiracy theorist Marjorie Taylor Greene, who has frequently posted messages about the bizarre pro-Trump conspiracy theory on social media, handily leads the primary field of Republicans in Georgia’s heavily Republican 14th District. Greene, who beat her closest opponent by more than 20 percentage points, will head to an August runoff after receiving 41 percent of the vote.
Greene is an outspoken supporter of QAnon, a conspiracy theory based on a series of anonymous messages posted online by a mystery figure named “Q.” QAnon believers think that Donald Trump is engaged in a shadowy war against a cabal of global elites, including the Democratic Party, and will soon arrest or even execute top Democrats in an event they know as “The Storm.”
Despite such ludicrous claims, Greene has praised QAnon. In a video posted online, she called the anonymous “Q” a “patriot” and said that their predictions had been accurate.
“Many of the things that he has given clues about and talked on 4Chan and other forums have really proven to be true,” Greene said.
Greene’s QAnon beliefs haven’t stopped her from winning the backing of at least one high-powered Republican. Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio endorsed her bid, calling her “exactly the kind of fighter needed in Washington to stand with me against the radical left.” Greene has also been boosted by $44,000 in spending and $78,000 in earmarked contributions from the House Freedom Fund, a PAC tied to Trump Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, according to campaign-finance watchdog Open Secrets.
Because of her performance in the first round of the primary, Greene is heavily favored to win the nomination. Should she get more than 50 percent of the vote in the primary’s runoff, she would have an excellent shot of winning the general election for her House seat, which is now held by retiring Rep. Tom Graves, also a Republican. Her district in northwest Georgia is rated “R+27” by the Cook Political Report, meaning that the Democratic candidate faces a Herculean task to take the seat.
Greene did not respond for comment. Nor did the National Republican Congressional Committee, which supports GOP House candidates.
But her emergence as the party’s likely nominee will inevitably put the committee in a bind: forced to choose between supporting the will of their primary voters and being tagged with a candidate whose beliefs are on the deep fringe.
In a detail reminiscent of the Pizzagate conspiracy that inspired a shooting at a Washington, D.C. pizzeria, many QAnon fans are convinced that leading Democrats like Hillary Clinton and John Podesta are somehow engaged in sexual or cannibalistic torture of children. QAnon believers have been charged with two murders, a terrorist incident, and two child abduction plots related to their beliefs, among other crimes. The FBI considers QAnon a potential source of domestic terrorism.
Greene has also posted about QAnon on social media, tweeting QAnon catchphrases “Trust the plan” and “#GreatAwakening” and praising a QAnon clue as an “awesome post” in 2018.
While Greene seems poised to make history as the first Q believer in Congress, others have come close. Dozens of candidates this cycle have posted about the theory online. And in Oregon, the Republican Senate nominee, Jo Rae Perkins, is an open QAnon believer who thanked “Q” when she won the nomination to run in November against Sen. Jeff Merkley (D). After Perkins’ campaign tried to claim their candidate didn’t believe in the conspiracy theory, Perkins insisted she was a QAnon believer, saying she was “literally physically in tears” by the attempt to distance her from QAnon. Perkins, who is running in a heavily Democratic state, stands little chance of winning in the general election.
Greene’s wild worldviews don’t stop at QAnon. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, she rose to prominence on the right after recording a series of videos in which she confronted various liberals reviled by Trump supporters. In one popular video, Greene visited the congressional office of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and repeated an unproven claim that Omar illegally married her own brother. She may soon be able to just walk down the halls to confront Omar rather than tote a videocamera with her to the Capitol.
In another video, Greene pursued Parkland shooting survivor and gun-control advocate David Hogg in the street outside in Washington, saying in her video that Hogg is a “coward” with “George Soros funding.”
Greene earned headlines and social-media attention last week with a campaign ad in which she wielded an AR-15 rifle and warned left-wing antifascist “antifa” demonstrators to “stay the hell out of northwest Georgia.”
“You won’t burn our churches, loot our businesses, or destroy our homes,” Greene said in the ad.
Facebook pulled the ad, citing the site’s rules against promoting firearm use against a particular group of people. For conservatives, Greene’s ad became the latest proof that social-media companies are biased against her and earned her an appearance on early-morning Fox News show Fox & Friends First , where she accused Facebook of “defending terrorists.”
Greene has also promoted conspiracy theories about the 2017 Las Vegas mass shooting, proposing in social-media posts that the shooting was staged or somehow covered up by the FBI to promote gun control.
“Is that why the country music festival was targeted, because those would be the people that we would relate to?” Greene said in one video, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution . “Are they trying to terrorize our mindset and change our minds on the Second Amendment? Is that what’s going on here?”
Her devotion to gun rights is, perhaps, her most notable policy position. Among the laws Greene has railed against are those that include the prohibition of guns in schools.
Exactly - part of the Bully manual.
Biden campaign with an ad out against Lindsey Graham. It’s brutal.
The election is less than five months away and the president’s job approval rating is falling, down now to 42 percent in the Real Clear Politics average, as low as it’s been since last year. And matched against Joe Biden, he trails by an average of 8 points.
By any measure, Donald Trump is in a perilous position.
This. From @RSchooley, suggesting (and I believe it) that this casting call is for a rally T hopes will be filled with minorities to show what a great candidate he is…
It’s like political ad targeting problem is just getting worse because nothing has been done. Turn off all location services unless you are using an app that actually requires them, like maps. Social media does not need your location, ever. It literally exists to just to sell you ads. Opt out in your app settings.
Fyi - see Dirt Box - gathering of cell phone data
The Los Angeles and Chicago police departments have acquired “dirt boxes” – military surveillance technology that can intercept data, calls and text messages from hundreds of cellphones simultaneously, as well as jam transmissions from a device, according to documents obtained by Reveal.
The purchase of the equipment in two of the largest U.S. cities raises questions about the migration of interception technology favored by the National Security Agency and the Pentagon to local police departments. The use of this surveillance technology by domestic law enforcement – which has not been reported previously – is another striking example of how military technology is flooding local agencies.
Rep Dingell warning to MI voters, do not be overly confident in the polling numbers indicating that Biden has the lead. Keep working on getting Biden elected. Gov. Whitmer agrees.
Dingell said Democrats should take nothing for granted in 2020.
The online event launching Michigan Women for Biden on Monday included U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Lansing, Attorney General Dana Nessel, U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence, D-Southfield, and U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin, D-Holly.
The only female member of the Michigan congressional delegate who didn’t speak was U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Detroit, who heavily supported U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders in the presidential primary.
The Monday event also featured Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who mentioned Dingell and referenced hating seeing numbers showing "double-digit leads."
“We can do this,” Whitmer said. "And I believe we are going to be successful but we cannot for one second let our guard down. We cannot for one second make an assumption that Michigan is going to go with Joe Biden."
Whitmer added later: “We don’t want people to get complacent or for people to think showing up in Michigan doesn’t matter. I know Joe Biden gets it. I know he’ll be here."
The damage done to President Donald Trump’s standing in Michigan following recent protests outside the White House and in cities across the U.S. may have been even greater than originally believed, a new poll released to the Free Press said Tuesday.
Two weeks ago, EPIC-MRA of Lansing, a polling firm that does work for the Free Press, released a survey showing former Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee, leading Trump 53%-41% in Michigan, a 12-point edge.
But a second poll, started on May 31, a day after the first poll began, and concluded a day later than the first poll, on June 4, showed Biden leading Trump 55%-39% in Michigan, a 16-point margin. As it did for the first poll, EPIC-MRA surveyed 600 randomly selected likely voters for the second one, which had a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.
The second poll also showed:
- The percentage of Michiganders surveyed who believe the country is headed in the wrong direction increased from 63% in the first survey to 70% in the second. The percentage who believe the U.S. is headed in the right direction fell from 30% to 22%.
- The percentage of those with a negative view of Trump as president rose from 56% to 61%, as the percentage of those with a positive view fell from 42% to 38%.
- While the same number, 51%, said they would vote to replace Trump in November, the percentage saying they would vote to reelect him fell, from 38% to 33%. The percentage of those saying they would consider voting for someone other than the president rose from 8% to 13%.
Scathing ad about T’s health…really going for the jugular there.
I think he is in perma-meltdown.
Does Trump Want to Fight to Win 2020 Election? His Aides Are Worried. - The New York Times
In a recent meeting with his top political advisers, President Trump was impatient as they warned him that he was on a path to defeat in November if he continued his incendiary behavior in public and on Twitter.
Days earlier, Mr. Trump had sparked alarm by responding to protests over police brutality with a threat that “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.”
Mr. Trump pushed back against his aides. “I have to be myself,” he replied, according to three people familiar with the meeting. A few hours later, he posted on Twitter a letter from his former personal lawyer describing some of the protesters as “terrorists.”
In those moments, and in repeated ones since then, the president’s customary defiance has been suffused with a heightened sense of agitation as he confronts a series of external crises he has failed to contain, or has exacerbated, according to people close to him. They say his repeated acts of political self-sabotage — a widely denounced photo-op at a church for which peaceful protesters were forcibly removed, a threat to use the American military to quell protests — have significantly damaged his re-election prospects, and yet he appears mostly unable, or unwilling, to curtail them.
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