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261default Re: General News You Want to Talk About on Mon Nov 05, 2018 10:36 am

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The trailer of Shawn Mendes' brand new music video contains a message to young people about voting:

 

Btw, I'm surprised the elections are held on Tuesday. Over here, it's always on Sunday. It would be very controversial if it wasn't during the weekend !

262default Re: General News You Want to Talk About on Tue Nov 06, 2018 12:37 am

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Thanks so much for posting that video, Jeremy!  I appreciate it!

Some things just don't make sense in the U.S. (and that's an understatement right now).   Having a big Election Day on a Tuesday is one of those things--because some people are not allowed to leave work to vote, and it may be hard for them to vote after work or before work.  If we  had our elections on a weekend, I think that would make more sense.





So tomorrow is the big day, folks!  Please vote tomorrow, Tuesday, November 6! 


-->Check to see if you are Registered to Vote

Go to Headcount's website and click on "Check [name of your state] Registration Status" to be forwarded to your state website to check online if you are registered to vote, or you also may call the telephone number listed for your state to ask if you are registered to vote.  Go here to CHECK IF YOU ARE REGISTERED:  https://www.headcount.org/verify-voter-registration/


You may also go to Vote.org (see link below), scroll down to your state, and click on your state, (for some states, you may need to know the county you live in), to to be forwarded to your state website, in order to CHECK IF YOU ARE REGISTERED TO VOTEhttps://www.vote.org/am-i-registered-to-vote/








-->  For info on your polling place, and/or hours the polls are open to vote for your state, go hereto the League of Women Voters' website:  https://www.vote411.org/

(and click on "Search by State & Topic," then Select your State and Select the topic, such as "Polling Place Details").  You also can go to Vote.org:  https://www.vote.org/   This information also should be in your Voters Pamphlet that you get from your state.











-->Most states allow you to return your Absentee Ballot on Election Day, either at YOUR polling place or any polling place--it depends on your state rulesYou can go to the League of Women Voters:  https://www.vote411.org/
(you need to click on "Search by State & Topic," then click on your State and click on "Absentee Voting")

Or you can go to Rock the Vote's website and where you see the drop down menu at "Get Ready to Vote In, select your state, then select "Vote by Mail/Absentee"):   https://www.rockthevote.org/voting-information/











-->2018 Election --Help with Transportation to VOTE


If you need help to get to your voting location to vote, try this resource:


Either by *landline or mobile phone, call: 804-424-5335*   

An IVR Free Ride Phonebot transcribes the voice recording and sends an email to CarpoolVote.com voter outreach organizers.



Make sure to go this website to fill out the online form with your information that will help them match you with a driver: https://carpoolvote.com/









-->HELP IF YOU HAVE PROBLEMS AT YOUR POLLING PLACE WHEN YOU VOTE:
I came across this Voters' Rights project that is run by the respected organization, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.   Here is some contact info if you ever have problems at the voting polls:


National Election Protection Hotlines:


1-866-OUR-VOTE or 1-866-687-8683 (In English)


There is also a hotline in Spanish:
888-Ve-Y-Vota or 888-839-8682 (Spanish/English) – administered  by the NALEO Educational Fund


In Asian languages:
888-API-VOTE or 888-274-8683 (multiple Asian languages/English) – administered  by APIAVote & Asian Americans Advancing Justice-AAJC


In Arabic:
844-Yalla-US  or 844-925-5287 (Arabic/English) – administered by the Arab American Institute.



Or you can text “Election Protection” to 97779




After you call or text to the Hotline for Election Protection, if you have time, go here to give more info about your situation:
bit.ly/seesay2018

Or bit.ly/seesay18


Source:  https://lawyerscommittee.org/press-release/election-protection-to-provide-non-partisan-voting-assistance-to-new-yorks-primary-voters/






What to do if you have problems at your polling place (for example, what to do if the officials at the polling place you go to, tell you that you are not registered to vote or that you are not on their list):

1.  Make sure you are at the correct polling place.  Go here:  https://www.vote.org/polling-place-locator/

2.  If you are at the correct polling place and they tell you that you are not on their list, ask the poll worker for a PROVISIONAL BALLOT.  You have a right to vote by Provisional Ballot!  If they refuse to give you a provisional ballot, please call the National Election Protection Hotline! 







Note:
If you need some help to figure out how to vote (on candidates and state propositions on the ballot), as a rule of thumb, here are two sources:  (1)  The League of Women Voters of YOUR state, and (2) The Democratic Party of YOUR state.  Google those organizations for YOUR state to get to their websites.  You may also want to visit the website of the ACLU of your state. 



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263default Re: General News You Want to Talk About on Wed Nov 07, 2018 1:50 am

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A lot of things are still up in the air, but media sites are confidently stating that the Democrats now have the majority of the U.S. House of Representatives!!!  This is a huge win for Democrats!!!  We now have at least one of the two houses of the U.S. legislature that will act as a check against Trump's destructive policies.  Democrats needed to win 23 districts that formerly were occupied by incumbent Republicans, and so far it seems they have done that.  It's very possible that number may increase even more to the Democrats' favor, as votes in California are counted.

There was some bad news too for the Democrats, with the Republicans winning so far three U.S. Senate seats that were held by Democratic incumbents.  Democratic Senators who lost their Senate seats were Senators Joe Donnelly of Indiana; Claire McCaskill of Missouri, and Heidi Heitkamp (who courageously voted against Brett Kavanaugh for U.S. Supreme Court, even though her state of North Dakota is overwhelmingly conservative---Native Americans in North Dakota also had to combat a voter suppression law that required all IDs to have street addresses).  Other races where Democratic Senators are incumbents are too close to call at the moment.  Sadly, rising Democratic star Beto O'Rourke conceded defeat to Republican Senator Ted Cruz in the race for U.S. Senate in the state of Texas.

It's too early to determine the winners of many state governors races.  I was very disappointed that Democrat Andrew Gillum conceded in the race for Florida governor, losing to Republican Ron DeSantis, who ran racist ads against Gillum during the race.  I'm hoping that Republican Brian Kemp does not win the majority of the vote against Democrat Stacey Abrams in the race for Georgia governor.  Kemp has been blatantly suppressing the votes of African-Americans in Georgia in a variety of ways since he was the current Secretary of State during the time he ran for Georgia governor against Stacey Abrams.  And happily, Democrats won the offices of governors in several midwest states, the states of Michigan (Darren will be happy about that), Pennsylvania, Minnesota and Wisconsin.   And anti-immigrant Republican/pro-Trump Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who was running for governor of Kansas, lost to Democrat Laura Kelly.  (Note: Republican Kobach lost, despite the voter suppression done by Republican local officials against Hispanic voters in the town of Dodge City, Kansas, where the local election official moved the sole voting location to outside the town.   Many thanks to the perseverance of Latino voters of Dodge City and the dedicated  volunteers who drove voters to the new, remote polling place that was located outside the town!)

Overall, the results so far have been very positive, with the Democrats becoming the majority party in the U.S. House of Representatives being a huge victory.  In Kansas, Democrat Sharice Davids defeated the Republican incumbent to be the first gay Native American woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives (and Deb Haaland who also is Native American was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives)!  And for the first time, two Muslim women (Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan) were elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, just as Massachusetts and Connecticut elected their first black congresswomen.  Jared Polis becomes the first openly gay governor elected in the U.S. (he will become the governor of Colorado).  Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia became the first Latinas elected to the U.S.Congress for Texas.  And a record number of women were elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, about 95, along with 13 women who won U.S. Senate seats. 


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264default Re: General News You Want to Talk About on Thu Nov 08, 2018 1:02 am

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As most of you know, today, Wednesday, Trump forced Jeff Sessions to resign as the U.S. Attorney General.  Many in the media are concerned that this is a constitutional crisis, where the President is obstructing the Russia investigation of Special Counsel Robert Mueller by appointing a Trump lackey-- Matthew Whitaker-- as the acting Attorney General.  It is of grave concern to many that Whitaker, on many previous occasions, had been a public critic of the Mueller investigation, thus showing his bias against Mueller and his independent investigation.

Trump appointing Whitaker to be in charge of the Mueller Russian investigation would be comparable to the situation where hypothetically, if a person who is accused of a crime was magically given the power to appoint the judge presiding over the court proceedings of his case, and that person then decides he is going to choose his dad as the judge! 


Please call your U.S. House of Representatives and your U.S. Senators to request them to ask for Matthew Whitaker's recusal from overseeing the Mueller investigation.

Sample Script wrote:Caller: Hi! I’m a constituent from [part of your state] I’m calling to urge [Name of your House of Representative or Name of your Senators] to act immediately because Trump just crossed a red line. The Acting Attorney General, Matthew Whitaker, has talked openly about ending  the Mueller investigation and how he’d do it. Trump is obviously trying to interfere in the investigation and called it a “hoax.” I want to urge [name of either your House of Representative or name of your Senator] to publicly call for Whitaker to recuse himself and for a congressional investigation into Trump’s obstruction of justice.

Staffer: Thank you for your call. [Name of your Representative or Senator] is monitoring the various investigations closely and is letting them run their course.

Caller: That’s good, but it’s really important for Congress to assert its power now to protect the investigation and hold Trump accountable. Can I expect [Name of your U.S. House of Representative or name of your U.S. Senator] to issue this statement immediately?

Staffer: I’ll pass that along to him/her.

Caller: Great, I’ll be following to see if [Name of your House Representative or name of your Senator] speaks out on this.


To find out how to contact your U. S. Senators, please go here:    https://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm



You can find your House of Representative’s number by calling the Capitol's switchboard at 202t-224-3121.   You also may find your House of Representative's phone number by going here: https://www.house.gov/representaives/

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265default Re: General News You Want to Talk About on Fri Nov 09, 2018 2:07 am

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Trump fired Jeff Sessions and appointed Matthew Whitaker as Acting Attorney General.

There is simply no way that Whitaker--who called Mueller's investigation a "lynch mob"--is going to be objective about Robert Mueller's Russian investigation (and by the way--Whitaker's choice of words is so offensive I can't even express how abhorrent it is!). 

Make no mistake, many believe that Trump appointed Whitaker to replace Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein as the person in the Justice Department who will oversee Mueller's Russian investigation. . .  because Trump wants to "fix" Robert Mueller's investigation of possible crimes committed by Trump's own campaign team, including the crime of Donald Trump Jr. lying to Congress and lying to the FBI.

Kellyanne Conway's husband, George Conway, is calling Trump's appointment of Matthew Whitaker as Acting Attorney General to be unconstitutional!   So a respected lawyer who is the husband of Trump's own advisor (Kellyanne Conway) is calling Trump's appointment of Matt Whitaker as Acting Attorney General to be unlawful, to be a violation of the U.S. Constitution!
New York Times wrote:
Trump’s Appointment of the Acting Attorney General Is Unconstitutional

November 8, 2018

By Neal K. Katyal and George T. Conway III

It means that Mr. Trump’s installation of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general of the United States after forcing the resignation of Jeff Sessions is unconstitutional. It’s illegal. And it means that anything Mr. Whitaker does, or tries to do, in that position is invalid.

. . . The flaw in the appointment of Mr. Whitaker, who was Mr. Sessions’s chief of staff at the Justice Department, runs much deeper. It defies one of the explicit checks and balances set out in the Constitution, a provision designed to protect us all against the centralization of government power.

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Because Mr. Whitaker has not undergone the process of Senate confirmation, there has been no mechanism for scrutinizing whether he has the character and ability to evenhandedly enforce the law in a position of such grave responsibility. The public is entitled to that assurance, especially since Mr. Whitaker’s only supervisor is Mr. Trump himself, and the president is hopelessly compromised by the Mueller investigation. That is why adherence to the requirements of the Appointments Clause is so important here, and always.
Source:  https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/08/opinion/trump-attorney-general-sessions-unconstitutional.html







Protests against Trump's appointment of Matthew Whitaker as Acting Attorney General occurred Thursday night (last night) in every state of the U.S.
CBS News wrote:
"Nobody is above the law" protests held nationwide to support Mueller's probe

November 8, 2018

Protests have sprung up across the country Thursday night calling for the protection of special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into possible collusion between President Trump's campaign and Russia. Several hundred had gathered in New York's Times Square and other places like Washington, D.C., Boston, Chicago, North Carolina, Tennessee and Philadelphia.

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Organizers of the protest said the naming of acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker was a "deliberate attempt to obstruct the special counsel's investigation," according to AP.

Thursday's show of disapproval came a day after President Trump asked Jeff Sessions to resign as the nation's top law enforcement official. He was then replaced by Whitaker, Sessions' chief of staff, who has been critical of Mueller's investigation.
Source:  https://www.cbsnews.com/news/mueller-protest-support-russia-probe-investigation-nobody-is-above-the-law-rallies-today-2018-11-08/

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