Politics

Black Texas Voter Suffers Racist Rant From Poll Worker: “If You Call The Police, You’ll Go To Jail, Cuz I’m White”

The Houston Chronicle reports: Rolanda Anthony went to vote at her polling location before 8 a.m. at Iglesia Bautista Libre in north Houston where a poll worker, Evelyn Tillman, told her there was an issue with her address in the system and she needed to fill out a residency verification form. Anthony told her, “Ma’am, I’ve been living here for …

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TEXAS: Border Patrol Forced To Scrap Election Day Drill After Civil Rights Groups Decry It As Voter Intimidation

Buzzfeed News reports: US Border Patrol agents on Tuesday canceled a “crowd control exercise” they had planned in El Paso, Texas, after civil rights groups and lawmakers slammed it as a voter intimidation tactic. The location, near the Hispanic neighborhood of Chihuahuita, and the timing on Election Day raised suspicions, said Terri Burke, the executive director of the ACLU of …

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FTC Shuts Down $100 Million “Trumpcare” Scam

The Miami Herald reports: A South Florida company that collected more than $100 million in premiums selling sham health insurance “for smart people” through a network of deceptive websites, including one called trumpcarequotes.com, was ordered by a federal judge to temporarily shut down following consumer complaints to the Federal Trade Commission. Simple Health Plans, based in Hollywood, lured “tens of …

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Cops Bust Man Threatening Polling Place, Claims He Was Promised Gun And Money To Vote “Straight Party”

Pittsburgh’s NBC affiliate reports: Police arrested a man for allegedly threatening to shoot up a Washington County polling place on Tuesday. Christopher Queen allegedly arrived at the South Franklin Fire Hall just before 9 a.m. and told workers he was promised a gun and money if he voted “straight party.” Poll workers say he became angry when they told him …

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Motel 6 To Pay $7.6M For Giving Guest Names To ICE

Reuters reports: Motel 6 will pay up to $7.6 million to Hispanic guests to settle a proposed class-action lawsuit claiming that it violated their privacy by regularly providing guest lists to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents. Terms of the preliminary settlement with eight Hispanic plaintiffs – seven from Arizona and one from Washington state – were disclosed in …

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Oprah On Nazi Robocalls: Jesus Don’t Like Ugly [VIDEO]

Talking Points Memo reports: Oprah Winfrey addressed the racist robocall that was circulating about her in Georgia ahead of the governor’s race, for which she has been campaigning for Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams. “I heard people were making racist robocalls in my name, against Stacey Abrams, who I am 100 percent for in Georgia,” Winfrey said in an Instagram post. …

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Bernie: The Election Is About Trump’s Pathological Lying

“What this election is really about is whether we feel comfortable about having a president who is a pathological liar. Who lies every day, about every imaginable thing. And whether we as Americans are comfortable having a president who tries to divide us up, divide us up based on the color of our skin or the country we came from, …

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Drug Cartel Likely Behind Kidnapping Of 100+ Migrants

The Independent reports: Around 100 members of a refugee and migrant caravan traveling towards the US have reportedly fallen victim to organised crime as they moved through Mexico. Thousands streamed into Mexico City on Monday to seek shelter in a sports stadium on the eve of US midterm election. But around 100 members, including children, did not arrive in Mexico …

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“Dónde Votar” Tops Google’s Trending Search Terms

The Hill reports: Google’s top trending search term in the U.S. on the morning of Election Day was the Spanish translation of “where to vote,” which could suggest a number of Hispanic-Americans were looking to get out the vote in Tuesday’s midterm elections. The company’s GoogleTrends Twitter account wrote Tuesday morning that “Dónde votar” had surged to the top of …

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WH Staffers Brace For Wave Of Dem Investigations

Politico reports: Working for President Donald Trump has never been easy, but his staffers can expect a whole new level of mayhem if Democrats win control of the House on Tuesday. Democratic control of even one chamber of Congress would unleash an onslaught of hearings, subpoenas and document demands as lawmakers investigate everything from the president’s personal tax returns to …

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Triumph The Insult Comic Dog Meets Beto And Cruz

The Daily Beast reports: As Stephen Colbert explained Monday night, with Conan O’Brien off this week, he was “kind enough to lend” his field correspondent to The Daily Show. Not only did Triumph, as played by Colbert’s old colleague Robert Smigel from The Dana Carvey Show, come face-to-face with Cruz, he also met up with his wildly popular Democratic opponent …

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San Diego Dem Predicts Victory In Letter To Indicted GOP Rep: I Take No Pleasure In You Going To Prison

Insert “SHADE” gif….. The Times Of San Diego reports: Challenger Ammar Campa-Najjar predicts he’ll defeat Republican incumbent Duncan Hunter in their 50th Congressional District race Tuesday. But Campa-Najjar won’t gloat. In a 325-word “Farewell Letter to Duncan Hunter,” the 29-year-old Democrat said in a statement released Monday: “In all honesty, Duncan, I sincerely wish you well in life. After tomorrow, …

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DOJ To Monitor Precincts In 35 Battleground Counties

Roll Call reports: When Americans head to the polls on Tuesday for the midterm elections, voters in 35 counties — from Las Vegas to Dallas to Tampa — will head to precincts that are being closely monitored by the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division for “compliance with the federal voting rights laws,” the DOJ announced Monday. “Voting rights are constitutional …

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SCOTUS Rejects Trump’s Appeal On Net Neutrality

Reuters reports: The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused a request by the Trump administration and the telecommunications industry to wipe away a lower court decision that had upheld Obama-era net neutrality rules aimed at ensuring a free and open internet, though the justices’ action does not undo the 2017 repeal of the policy. The high court decision not to …

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Author Stephen King: Vote Out GOP Rep. Steve King, I’m Tired Of Being Confused With This Racist Dumbbell

The Des Moines Register reports: Stephen King is making a personal appeal to Iowans: Vote Steve King out so people won’t confuse the two of them anymore. The best-selling author tweeted Sunday morning about his exhaustion at being confused with Iowa’s controversial 4th District Republican congressman. A Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll of the district shows that on a generic …

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NEW JERSEY: Menendez +15 In Final US Senate Poll

Just in from Quinnipiac Polling: A shift by independent likely voters gives U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, the Democratic incumbent, a 55 – 40 percent lead over Bob Hugin, the Republican challenger in the New Jersey U.S. Senate race, according to a Quinnipiac University Poll released today. Only 4 percent of likely voters remain undecided, and 6 percent of voters who …

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MEXICO: Supreme Court Inches Towards Legalizing Pot

Axios reports: Another U.S. neighbor is moving closer to approving the use of recreational marijuana after a ruling from Mexico’s Supreme Court last week that establishes a precedent for courts across the country. Fernando Belaunzarán, a former Mexican congressman and drug legalization activist, told Axios that the court’s ruling that three plaintiffs must be allowed to use marijuana recreationally provides …

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Trump Rejects Paul Ryan’s Plea To Focus On Economy

Politico reports: House Speaker Paul Ryan got President Donald Trump on the phone Sunday for one final plea on behalf of anxious Republicans: Please, please talk up the booming economy in the final hours before Election Day. But Trump, unsurprisingly, had another issue on his mind. He boasted to Ryan that his focus on immigration has fired up the base, …

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FLORIDA: Gillum And Nelson Both +4 In Final Poll

CNBC reports: Democrats hold slim leads in Florida’s pivotal statewide races in the final push to Tuesday’s midterm elections, a poll released Monday found. In a Senate race that will help to determine control of the chamber, incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson leads Republican Gov. Rick Scott by 4 percentage points, according to the NBC News/Marist survey. The Democrat garners 50 …

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Scott Walker Activates National Guard For Midterms

Madison’s ABC News affiliate reports: Republican Gov. Scott Walker has taken the unusual step of activating the Wisconsin National Guard troops on Election Day. Walker issued an executive order Friday authorizing troops to “provide essential services to the Wisconsin Elections Commission.” The order doesn’t offer any further details on the troops’ mission. Commission spokesman Reid Magney says he can’t remember …

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