Politics

TODAY: Brazilians Vote In “Historic” Presidential Election

The Associated Press reports: The race pits incumbent President Jair Bolsonaro against his political nemesis, former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. There are nine other candidates, but their support pales to that for Bolsonaro and da Silva. Recent opinion polls have given da Silva a commanding lead — the last Datafolha survey published Saturday found a 50% to 36% …

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Dem Maryland Gov Nominee +32 Over QAnon Cultist

The Washington Post reports: Maryland Democrat and political newcomer Wes Moore holds a 32-percentage point lead over Donald Trump-aligned Republican Dan Cox in the governor’s race five weeks before Election Day, a Washington Post-University of Maryland poll finds. Moore, a veteran and best-selling author, appears to have consolidated support among the Democrats who make up the majority of the electorate, …

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Florida Officials Under Fire For Delaying Evacuation

The New York Times reports: As Hurricane Ian charged toward the western coast of Florida this week, the warnings from forecasters were growing more urgent. Life-threatening storm surge threatened to deluge the region from Tampa all the way to Fort Myers. But while officials along much of that coastline responded with orders to evacuate on Monday, emergency managers in Lee …

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LIVE VIDEO: Beto O’Rourke Debates Greg Abbott

The Texas Tribune reports: Hours ahead of the only planned gubernatorial debate of the election cycle, the families of Uvalde school shooting victims threw their support behind Democrat Beto O’Rourke, saying in a news conference that incumbent Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, had not taken meaningful enough action on gun control measures following the deaths of 19 schoolchildren and two …

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Jan. 6 Panel To Release Final Report Before Midterms

Mediaite reports: Rep. Bennie Thomson (D-MS) confirmed the House select committee investigating the Jan 6. Capitol attack will release its final report before the upcoming midterm elections. The committee’s final public hearing had been scheduled for Wednesday, but it was postponed as millions of Floridians braced for the landfall of Hurricane Ian. The storm made a second landfall in South …

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Democrats +4 On Generic Congressional Ballot

The Hill reports: Democrats lead Republicans in the generic congressional ballot by 4 points with Election Day less than six weeks away, according to a new poll. A Yahoo News-YouGov poll released Friday found 45 percent of respondents plan to vote for a Democrat in their congressional district, while 41 percent plan to support a Republican. Democrats’ lead is 1 …

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Joe Manchin: No Decision On Running For Reelection

CNN reports: Sen. Joe Manchin has wielded his power more than any other senator in the 50-50 Senate – but whether he wants to do it for six more years is still a question. The moderate West Virginia Democrat told CNN Thursday he is undecided on whether he wants to run for another term in 2024 when he undoubtedly would …

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NRA Loses Bid To Dismiss Lawsuit By New York AG

Law & Crime reports: A Manhattan judge rejected the National Rifle Association’s latest effort to dismiss a lawsuit by New York Attorney General Letitia James (D), roasting the gun group for repeatedly bringing motions that he rejects. “The rule that you get one crack at it is an important one,” Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Joel Cohen ruled. In damaging testimony …

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Schumer: No More Senate Votes Until After Midterms

The Hill reports: Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced Thursday that senators will not return to Washington, D.C., to vote until Monday, Nov. 14, clearing the decks for vulnerable colleagues to campaign five solid weeks until Election Day. “For the information of all senators, the next roll call vote will be on [Monday], Nov. 14, at 5:30 p.m.,” Schumer …

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“Don’t Say Gay” Florida Rep Loses Home In Hurricane

Florida Politics reports: Rep. Spencer Roach said Hurricane Ian has left countless residents in his Lee County district homeless — and he is one of them. The North Fort Myers Republican evacuated the district before the Category 4 hurricane made landfall in Cayo Costa. He rode out the storm in Stuart at his brother’s home. While there, he learned flooding …

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Warnock +5 Over Walker In Fox Georgia Senate Poll

Fox News reports: With just six weeks until the midterm election, the latest Fox News survey among Georgia registered voters shows Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock maintaining an edge over Republican Herschel Walker, while incumbent Republican Gov. Brian Kemp widens his lead against Democratic challenger Stacey Abrams. The poll, released Wednesday, finds Warnock up 5 points over Walker (46%-41%), similar to …

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Kelly +10 Over Masters In New Arizona Senate Poll

The Hill reports: Sen. Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.) is leading Republican challenger Blake Masters by 10 points in his bid for reelection, according to the latest Marist Institute for Public Opinion poll. With the midterm elections just around the corner, 51 percent of registered voters in Arizona say they support Kelly while 41 percent are backing Masters. Masters, who has been …

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QAnon Kari Lake +1 Over Katie Hobbs In AZ Gov Poll

Marist Polling reports: In Arizona’s gubernatorial contest, 1 point separates Republican Kari Lake (46%) and Democrat Katie Hobbs (45%) among registered voters statewide. Lake (49%) edges Hobbs (46%) among those who say they will definitely vote. Among independents, Hobbs receives 43% to 41% for Lake. 15% of independents are undecided. More than seven in ten Arizona voters with a candidate …

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DeSantis Lauds Biden’s Help On Hurricane Response

Florida Politics reports: Proving that even the most partisan politics fall by the wayside when a hurricane is approaching, Gov. Ron DeSantis had nothing but good things to say about President Joe Biden during a Tuesday night interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity. “Well, Sean, you know, what I said today is that my phone line is open. When people’s …

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DeSantis Appointee Resigns After KKK Photo Emerges

The Tallahassee Democrat reports: Gadsden County religious leaders are demanding a local commissioner and Gov. Ron DeSantis “come forward” to address allegations that the commissioner resigned last Friday after a photo surfaced purportedly showing him wearing a Ku Klux Klan robe and hood at what could have been a Halloween party years earlier. Jeffery Moore, a Havana resident and former …

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McConnell Backs Electoral Count Reform Act [VIDEO]

The Washington Post reports: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has endorsed a bipartisan electoral count reform bill in the Senate, giving the legislation a key boost over a similar bill the House passed last week. Both bills seek to prevent future presidents from trying to overturn election results through Congress, and were directly prompted by the Jan. 6, 2021, …

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Tomorrow’s Jan. 6 Hearing Postponed Due To Hurricane

CNN reports: The House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol postponed its hearing scheduled for Wednesday in light of Hurricane Ian heading toward Florida. The panel had originally scheduled a hearing for Wednesday to reveal new information it has uncovered since its last hearing on July 21, but the committee’s chairman, Democratic Rep. Bennie …

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Fetterman +3 Over Oz In New Pennsylvania Senate Poll

Philadelphia’s Fox affiliate reports: A New Insider Advantage/FOX 29 Philadelphia poll shows Democratic nominee John Fetterman leading Dr. Mehmet Oz by a narrow margin in Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate Race. The poll, which surveyed 550 likely voters, shows just how tight the race is between the top two candidates with just a few weeks left before election day on Nov. 8. …

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West Virginia Gov: I Might Challenge Manchin In 2024

The Parkersburg News & Sentinel reports: Gov. Jim Justice said he may not be done with public office when his second term as governor concludes in 2024, and that a seat in the U.S. Senate just might pique his interest. The next time one of West Virginia’s two Senate seats is up is 2024, when the seat of current U.S. …

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FL Grants Massive State Contracts To DeSantis Donors

The Intercept reports: Under the leadership of Florida’s Republican Gov. Ron Desantis, a Missouri-based railroad and transport company that contributed generously in support of his campaign saw an astonishing 280-fold increase in its Florida state government contract awards. A construction aggregates firm that contributed $82,500 was awarded $30 million in new contracts. And a highway and civil site contracting firm …

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