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Re: Stacey Abrams wins Democratic nomination in Georgia gov's race
« Reply #180 on: August 18, 2020, 04:49:40 pm »
Tuesday, 18th August 2o2o
Louis DeJoy to Suspend Changes Until After 2020 Election
by Natalie Andrews, Alexa Corse, Paul Ziobro and JORDAN WEISSMANN

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) — Postmaster General Louis DeJoy said the U.S. Postal Service is suspending operational changes, such as removal of mail processing equipment and collection boxes, until after the November election, as the agency tries to reassure Americans that it can handle the anticipated surge in mail-in voting.

Calling the timely delivery of the nation’s election mail a “sacred duty,” Mr. DeJoy said the agency won’t change retail hours at post offices across the country or close any mail-sorting facilities.

The Postal Service has been embroiled in controversy thanks to a number of recent cost-cutting measures imposed by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, a former logistics executive and major Republican donor, that have led to reported mail backlogs around the country.

Shortly after being appointed earlier this year, DeJoy put new restrictions on overtime, potentially making it harder for carriers to complete their routes, and instructed truck drivers to leave mail behind in processing centers rather than take the (sometimes additional) time to ensure all of it was delivered.

DeJoy also began decommissioning 10 percent of the agency’s letter-sorting machines, according to a grievance filed by the American Postal Workers Union, while post offices around the country have reportedly started cutting back their hours.

With all of this scrutiny intensifying, the Postal Service says it will be putting its changes on ice, at least until after the election.

In his statement today, DeJoy said he would pause “some long-standing operational initiatives” to “avoid even the appearance of any impact on election mail.”


I want to assure all Americans of the following:

- Retail hours at Post Offices will not change.

- Mail processing equipment and blue collection boxes will remain where they are. No mail processing facilities will be closed.

- And we reassert that overtime has, and will continue to be, approved as needed.

In addition, effective October 1st, we will engage standby resources in all areas of our operations, including transportation, to satisfy any unforeseen demand.

The statement was, at best, mildly reassuring.

“I think it raises more questions than it provides answers,” Ronald Stroman, the former deputy postmaster general who is now a senior fellow with the Democracy Fund, said on a press call during the afternoon.

A few questions he pointed out:

• The statement says post offices’ hours will not change. But what about locations where hours have already been cut? Will those be reversed?

• It says processing equipment and mailboxes won’t be moved. But what about machines that have reportedly already been removed or disassembled?

• It says overtime will still be approved “as needed.” What does that even mean?

The key question, Stroman told reporters, was simply whether the Postal Service plans to process all of the mail it receives at its plants each day, send it to post offices, and deliver “all of the mail, all of the ballots that it has received that day, as opposed to leaving them.”

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Re: Stacey Abrams wins Democratic nomination in Georgia gov's race
« Reply #181 on: August 19, 2020, 10:09:16 pm »
Thursday, 20th August 2o2o
Kamala Harris brings history & identity to her convention night closeup
by Errin Haines

Shyamala’s daughter.

Howard University Bison.

Soror of Alpha Kappa Alpha.




When California Senator Kamala Harris took the stage Wednesday night to accept the Democratic nomination for vice president, she brought her full self to the stage, making the case for confronting systemic racism, addressing the Covid-19 pandemic and electing former Vice President Joe Biden amid the threat of voter suppression.

Harris’ speech was the climax of a two-hour tribute to the contributions of women to American democracy and political pioneers, filled with symbolism and substance.

She was preceded by Barack Obama, the country’s first Black president; Hillary Clinton, the first woman nominated for president of a major political party; and Nancy Pelosi, the first woman elected as Speaker of the House.

Harris, 55, becomes the first woman of color to be nominated for vice president on a major party ticket, and the third woman to be nominated for the No. 2 slot.

In an interview with The 19th last week, she said Biden’s decision to add her to the ticket took “audacity,” and that it was one he made despite the risk.

The night came a day after the nation observed the centennial anniversary of suffrage, and the program also included a recognition of the milestone.

Harris’ speech referenced the landmark legislation — but with an asterisk for the Black women who would have to fight for nearly half a century for their access to the ballot.

In her remarks, Harris called the names of the Black suffragists whose names have often been erased or omitted from the history of the movement — including Mary Church Terrell and Mary McLeod Bethune — as well as civil rights leaders Fannie Lou Hamer and Diane Nash.

She name-checked Shirley Chisholm, the first Black woman to run for president as a major party candidate, in whose spirit Harris launched her own campaign for president in January 2019.

“Without fanfare or recognition, they organized, testified, rallied, marched and fought — not just for their vote, but for a seat at the table,” Harris said, wearing a pearl necklace in a nod to the founders and incorporators of her sorority.

“They paved the way for the trailblazing leadership of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. And these women inspired us to pick up the torch, and fight on.”

In humanizing the policies Biden has said will be part of his agenda as president, women were often the face of the evening, from struggling small business owners and immigrants to victims and survivors of gun violence and people dealing with the fallout of the pandemic.

Women are the majority of the electorate and the U.S. workforce, and have been the majority of the American population disproportionately impacted by and responding to the Covid-19 pandemic from an economic, mental health and labor perspective.

Polling shows Biden leading among women voters, and Individual-1 has attempted to appeal to suburban women in particular by raising the spectre of crime in their neighborhoods under a Biden-Harris administration.

While some Americans may recognize Harris from her withering Senate Judiciary inquiries, the wife, stepmother, sister and aunt also humanized herself.

Many heard her life story for the first time Wednesday, as voters begin to focus on the 2020 election, now 11 weeks away.

Harris told her story as the daughter of immigrants who came to America and became activists, taking her along as they protested in her native Oakland, California.

“My mother instilled in my sister, Maya, and me, the values that would chart the course of our lives,” Harris said.

“She raised us to be proud, strong Black women. And she raised us to know and be proud of our Indian heritage.”

It was a story she told more forcefully than during last year’s primary, as issues of race and gender stalled her campaign and forced her off the campaign trail before voters could weigh in on her candidacy.

On Wednesday, she leaned into both, speaking plainly about the need to address the dual pandemics of Covid-19 and racism which have been laid bare in recent months.

“The virus has no eyes, and yet it knows exactly how we see each other — and how we treat each other,” she said.

“And let’s be clear — there is no vaccine for racism.”

“We’ve got to do the work to fulfill that promise of equal justice under law. Because none of us are free until all of us are free,” Harris continued, quoting Hamer.

Harris ended by telling voters that the country is at “an inflection point,” bookending her appearance at the start of Day Three of the convention, in which she encouraged viewers to come up with a plan to cast their ballots.

It was a message that echoed an urgency conveyed by many of the evening’s speakers, and a theme that has reverberated through the week.

Harris tied Biden’s election to the idea that November is an existential moment for democracy, arguing that she and Biden will take on the dual pandemics and usher in a better America.

“Make no mistake, the road ahead will not be easy,” Harris said.

“We will stumble. We may fall short. But I pledge to you that we will act boldly and deal with our challenges honestly. And we will act with the same faith in you that we ask you to place in us.”

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Re: Stacey Abrams wins Democratic nomination in Georgia gov's race
« Reply #182 on: August 21, 2020, 12:47:21 am »
Friday, 21st August 2o2o
Joe Biden accepts the Democratic presidential nomination
by Steve Peoples and Alexandra Jaffe

(WILMINGTON, Delaware) — Joe Biden accepted the Democratic presidential nomination Thursday night with a vow to be a unifying “ally of the light” who would move an America in crisis past the chaos of Individual-1’s tenure.

In his strongest remarks of the campaign, Biden spoke both of returning the United States to its traditional leadership role in the world and of the deeply personal challenges that shaped his life.

Virtually every sentence of his 22-minute speech was designed to present a sharp, yet hopeful, contrast with the Republican incumbent.

“Here and now I give you my word: If you entrust me with the presidency, I will draw on the best of us not the worst. l’ll be an ally of the light, not the darkness,” Biden said.

“Make no mistake, united we can and will overcome this season of darkness in America.”

For the 77-year-old Biden, the final night of the Democratic National Convention was bittersweet.

He accepted a nomination that had eluded him for over three decades because of personal tragedy, political stumbles and rivals who proved more dynamic.

But Covid-19 denied him the typical celebration, complete with the customary balloon drop that both parties often use to fete their new nominees.

Instead, Biden spoke to a largely empty arena near his Delaware home.

Afterward, fireworks lit the sky outside the arena where supporters waited in a parking lot, honking horns and flashing headlights in a moment that finally lent a jovial feel to the event.

The keynote address was the speech of a lifetime for Biden, who would be the oldest president ever elected when he defeats Individual-1 in November 2020.

Still, the convention leaned on a younger generation earlier in the night to help energize his sprawling coalition.

Tammy Duckworth, an Illinois senator who lost both legs in Iraq and is raising two young children, said Biden has “common decency.”

Cory Booker, only the ninth African American senator in U.S. history, said Biden believes in the dignity of all working Americans.

And Pete Buttigieg, the 38-year-old former South Bend, Indiana, mayor and a gay military veteran, noted that Biden came out in favor of same-sex marriage as vice president even before President Barack Obama.

“Joe Biden is right, this is a contest for the soul of the nation. And to me that contest is not between good Americans and evil Americans,” Buttigieg said.

“It’s the struggle to call out what is good for every American.”

Above all, Biden focused on uniting the nation as Americans grapple with the long and fearful health crisis, the related economic devastation, a national awakening on racial justice — and Individual-1, who stirs heated emotions from all sides.

Biden’s positive focus Thursday night marked a break from the dire warnings offered by former President Obama and others the night before.

The 44th president of the United States warned that American democracy itself could falter if Individual-1 is reelected, while Biden’s running mate, Kamala Harris, the 55-year-old California senator and daughter of Jamaican and Indian immigrants, warned that Americans’ lives and livelihoods were at risk.

Biden’s Democratic Party has sought this week to put forward a cohesive vision of values and policy priorities, highlighting efforts to combat climate change, tighten gun laws and embrace a humane immigration policy.

They have drawn a sharp contrast with Individual-1’s policies and personality, portraying him as cruel, self-centered and woefully unprepared to manage virtually any of the nation’s mounting crises and policy challenges.

Voting was another prime focus of the convention on Thursday as it has been all week.

Democrats fear that the pandemic -- and Individual-1 administration changes at the Postal Service -- may make it difficult for voters to cast ballots in person or by mail.

Comedian Sarah Cooper, a favorite of many Democrats for her videos lip syncing Individual-1’s speeches, put it bluntly:

“Donald Trump doesn’t want any of us to vote because he knows he can’t win fair and square.”

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Re: Stacey Abrams wins Democratic nomination in Georgia gov's race
« Reply #183 on: August 31, 2020, 09:05:27 am »
Monday, 31st August 2o2o

According to Robert Reich on Twitter, "It's becoming clearer by the day that the choice in November is not Democrat or Republican. It is democracy or fascism."

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Tuesday, 22nd September 2o2o
Indictment Will Goforth!!!
by Matthew Chapman

On Monday, The Washington Post reported that Kentucky state Senator Robert Goforth has been indicted for strangulation and assault, after allegedly attacking a woman with an Ethernet cable.

“Earlier this year, a woman said Goforth, 44, strangled her with an Ethernet cable to the point where she had trouble breathing and threatened to ‘hog tie’ her, according to a police report reviewed by the newspaper,” said the report.

“The charges have renewed calls from local Democrats for Goforth, a staunch supporter of Individual-1 who had previously been accused of sexual assault, to resign from his seat. Neither he nor his attorney, Conrad Cessna, immediately responded to requests for comment from The Washington Post.”

Ironically, Goforth, who ran a primary challenge against unpopular ex-Gov. Matt Bevin in 2019, helped push through legislation that upgraded strangulation to a felony.

“Goforth, a high school dropout who was raised in poverty by a single mother in eastern Kentucky, was first elected in 2018 to represent the state’s 89th House district, a deep-red swath of countryside where the sale of alcohol remains illegal in most areas,” said the report.

“The Army veteran and pharmacist quickly made a name for himself in the statehouse by championing socially conservative causes, including proposing a ‘heartbeat abortion’ bill that would have banned the practice as early as the sixth week of a pregnancy.”