2018-10-23: News Headlines

Integrity In Voting (2018-10-23). How Republicans Steal Elections. indybay.org Republicans repreeent less than 1/4 of the voter registrations in the US. Democrats have the most, followed by Independents. The plutocracy Republican party has a variety of ways it cheats. Greg Palast has filed | federal lawsuits in October against the 3 Secretaries of State (Kemp in Georgia, Husted in Ohio, Kobach in Kansas) who are both umpires and players, supervising their own | elections.

stuart_m (2018-10-22). Brazil faces its most important election. greenleft.org.au The unexpected strength of far-right demagogue Jair Bolsonaro in the October 7 Brazilian presidential elections sent shockwaves throughout the country, writes James N Green. | Capturing 46% of the popular vote in the first round of the presidential contest, Bolsonaro now faces a run-off race on October 28 against Fernando Haddad of the Workers' Party (PT), who trailed with Ilana Novick (2018-10-22). Anti-Muslim Campaign Rhetoric Climbs to Previously Unseen Heights. truthdig.com Emboldened by President Donald Trump's speeches and anti-Muslim legislation, candidates across the country have openly incorporated Islamophobic claims into their campaigns leading up to the midterm elections. The rise, according to a new report from Muslim Advocates, is dramatic, and, as The Guardian reports, the campaigns are using "tactics that echo attempts to inflame fears around immigrants and people of color." | The report examined 80 campaigns around the U.S. that have used some kind of anti-Muslim rhet…

Philip Giraldi (2018-10-22). 2018 U.S. Midterm Elections: Politicize Israel Issue So No One Will Touch It. globalresearch.ca Jewish congressmen and other officials in the Democratic Party are increasing their efforts to make sure that candidates running for office in November toe the line on support for Israel. The Republicans meanwhile are seeking to portray themselves as the …

Stephen Lendman (2018-10-22). Russian National Falsely Charged with Interfering in US Midterm Elections. globalresearch.ca All US new millennium charges against Russia were and remain baseless, no evidence supporting them presented because none exists. | Since early 2018, the US intelligence community falsely accused Russia of attempting to influence the outcome of November midterm elections, including …

Shared by britney (2018-10-22). More College Students Expected to Vote in 2018 Midterms. truthout.org In order to gain insight into the role that college students might play in the outcome of the 2018 midterm elections on Tuesday, Nov. 6, The Conversation reached out to Nancy Thomas, director of the Institute for Democracy & Higher Education at Tufts University's Tisch College of Civic Life. Thomas predicts a higher voter turnout among the nation's 20 million college students, a "formidable voting bloc" that she says was jolted to attention by the 2016 election of Donald Trump as president. But she also warns that personal and practical factors might impede the college vote. | Is there any reason to expect voter…

Shared by britney (2018-10-22). Don't Fall for the GOP's Cheap Tricks on Preexisting Health Conditions. truthout.org The Republicans, who are famous for telling us that tax cuts for the rich pay for themselves, are tossing us another one from their cheap trick bag this election season. They tell us that they want to guarantee that people with preexisting conditions can get health care. | This is exactly the opposite of the policies they are pursuing. The Republicans are doing everything they can to make it so that people with serious health problems pay more for their health insurance. | The basic point is very simple. There is an enormous skewing of health care costs based on people's health. Most of us are lucky enough to be…

Shared by britney (2018-10-22). New Database Reveals Extent of Drug Makers' Patronage of Lawmakers. truthout.org Before the midterm elections heated up, dozens of drugmakers had already poured about $12 million into the war chests of hundreds of members of Congress. | Since the beginning of last year, 34 lawmakers have each received more than $100,000 from pharmaceutical companies. Two of those — Reps. Greg Walden of Oregon, a key Republican committee chairman, and Kevin McCarthy of California, the House Republican majority leader — each received more than $200,000, a new Kaiser Health News database shows. | As voters prepare to go to the polls, they can use a new database,

Vanessa Mbonu@naacpnet (2018-10-21). WATCH NOW: Pastor Jamal Bryant Teams Up With NAACP to Rally the Vote. naacp.org As the midterm elections rapidly approach, NAACP and Pastor Jamal Bryant team up to deliver a special message to voters. Watch below! Dr. Jamal Harrison Bryant — Vote! Our Lives Depend On It. from NAACP Hollywood Bureau on Vimeo.

stuart_m (2018-10-20). Radical left makes breakthrough in Belgium. greenleft.org.au At the October 14 local elections, the Workers' Party of Belgium (PTB) made some breakthroughs. | PTB chair Peter Mertens said: "For the first time we have moved from an urban phenomenon mostly concentrated in Antwerp and Liège to a breakthrough in most large and medium-sized cities of Wallonia, the Brussels region and Flanders. The number of our local elected officials increases from 50 to 157." | "During the election campaign, the traditional parties have discussed at length about seats and coalitions," said…

stuart_m (2018-10-20). Greens the biggest winners as Merkel humiliated in Bavaria. greenleft.org.au German Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed to restore confidence in the government after crashing to a humiliating defeat in the October 14 Bavarian state elections, Morning Star Online reported. | The Christian Social Union (CSU) — sister party to Merkel's Christian Democrats — polled 37%, its worst vote for more than six decades. It lost its majority in Germany's southern state in a major defeat for the governing parties. | Her coalition partner, the Social Democratic Party, lost its position as the state's second…

RT (2018-10-20). As Bolton heads to Moscow, US charges another Russian with 'election meddling'. rt.com The Department of Justice has charged a Russian national with conspiring to interfere in the 2016 and upcoming 2018 elections, in an indictment released just one day before crucial meetings between US and Russian officials.

Vanessa Mbonu@naacpnet (2018-10-19). WATCH NOW: NAACP President Talks the Importance of Data and Targeted Outreach in Turning Out the Black Vote. naacp.org NAACP President and CEO, Derrick Johnson, appeared on Washington Journal to speak about NAACP's civic engagement plan for the midterm elections and beyond. Speaking to host, Pedro Echevarria and callers across the nation, President Johnson emphasized the importance of a data-centric approach in mobilizing Black voters. Watch the interview on C-SPAN.

Alan MacLeod (2018-10-19). Why Is Russiagate Rumbling Into the 2018 Midterms? fair.org New Yorker ( 10/1/18) | The November 6 midterms are fast approaching, yet much of the media is still looking back to the 2016 elections, and specifically the alleged Russian interference in them. | The New Yorker ( 10/1/18) published a 7,000-word article headlined "How Russia Helped Swing the Election for Trump." Considering other explanations for Trump's victory and Clinton's loss, such as her ta…

Vanessa Mbonu@naacpnet (2018-10-19). ICYMI: NAACP Town Hall Galvanizes Thousands. naacp.org NAACP hosted a national tele townhall on Thursday, October 18th at 9 pm as it rallies to turnout Black voters for the midterm elections. With less than three weeks until election day, this townhall — the second in a series of GOTV calls — focused on two critical issues facing the Black community as they cast their votes on November 6: […]

Vanessa Mbonu@naacpnet (2018-10-19). WATCH NOW: Bow Wow, Lil Mama, Jhonni Blaze and More Team Up With NAACP to Turnout the Vote. naacp.org As part of NAACP's partnership with WEtv, the cast of Growing Up Hip Hop Atlanta came together to release a PSA urging viewers to vote in this year's midterm elections.

Vanessa Mbonu@naacpnet (2018-10-19). Ohio: If You Don't Vote, They Will. naacp.org In Ohio, If You Don't Vote, They Will Launching anything for the first time is always a challenge of unexpected obstacles, but when the intent of the project is to mobilize an entire community for generations to come, no obstacle will deter the journey. NAACP's civic engagement campaign for the 2018 elections is no different. As incidents of voter suppression and unethical campaign […]

Sam Husseini (2018-10-19). The Most Strategic Midterm Race: Elder Challenges Hoyer. counterpunch.org Especially with Brett Kavanaugh's accession to the Supreme Court, many are understandably absorbed with the importance of trying to end the Republican majorities in Congress for the midterm elections. But simply always backing Democrats will likely propel the party further toward the establishment corporate right. If voters are just going to get behind a Democratic More

Andrew Levine (2018-10-19). Democrats Ahead: Progressives Beware. counterpunch.org Any minimally plausible Democrat, perhaps even one as hapless as Joe Biden, would have easily trounced Donald Trump in 2016. Hillary Clinton had to outdo herself to lose. It is almost an article of faith in progressive circles that had Bernie Sanders been the nominee, as he might have been had the Clintons and the More

Fred_F (2018-10-18). Grassroots campaign obtains historic win as abortion decriminalised in Queensland. greenleft.org.au In a major victory for women's rights, Queensland's parliament voted to decriminalise abortion on October 16. | The 50-41 vote represents a decisive result given the fierce campaign by right-wing group Cherish Life against changing the law. | The bill was supported by all but two Labor MPs, Greens MP Michael Berkman, independent MP Sandy Bolton and three Liberal National Party MPs, including former leader Tim Nicholls. | Labor and LNP parliamentarians were allowed a "conscience vote" on the bill, although the LNP only decided that its MPs would get a conscience vote a week before the parliamentary debat…

Rosana Pinheiro-Machado (2018-10-18). Jair Bolsonaro Wants Brazilian Cops to Kill More. So Why Are Victims of Police Violence Voting for Him? theintercept.com Many young black and brown men from poor communities suffer at the hands of Brazilian police and support hard-line security policies at the same time.

pip.hinman (2018-10-18). Kids off Nauru campaign grows. greenleft.org.au The #KidsOffNauru campaign is gaining momentum with a range of protests organised across Australia in recent days. | Three Liberal MP's urged Prime Minister Scott Morrison to transfer children and families on Nauru to Australia to receive urgent medical attention on October 16. | However, a motion put by the Greens in the Senate on October 17 calling for all refugee children on the Pacific island to be brought to Australia was voted down by the Coalition and Labor. | Activists placed 85 candles in a Perth playground to symbolise the 85 children still held on Nauru at a vigil called by the Refugee Rights Acti…

Democracy Now! (2018-10-18). As 2018 Midterms Approach, Native American Women Are Running for Office in Record Numbers. democracynow.org A record number of Native American women are running for office in the midterm elections. At least four candidates are vying to become the first Native American women elected to Congress, including Deb Haaland in New Mexico and Sharice Davids in Kansas. Three Native women are running for governor, and 31 are running for seats in state legislatures. In Fargo, North Dakota, we speak with Tara Houska, national campaign director for Honor the Earth and an Ojibwe lawyer. In Anchorage, Alaska, we speak with Mark Trahant, editor of Indian Country Today. He's a member of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes. In Seattle, Washingto…

RT (2018-10-18). Twitter & NATO think tanks publish database of tweets, pics… and GIFs by 'Russian trolls'. rt.com Ahead of midterm elections, Twitter has reminded Americans that democracy is still under threat by releasing millions of tweets by pesky Russians (and Iranians) from the past decade. How do they know? Well, that's the question.

RT (2018-10-18). 'Go kill yourself!' GOP candidates face attacks as Dems urge end to civility ahead of midterms. rt.com Two Minnesota GOP candidates and a Nevada GOP campaign manager were attacked in separate incidents over the last week as some Democratic leaders call for an end to civility in the run-up to the 2018 elections.

Ruth Conniff (2018-10-17). The Republicans' Long, Negative Campaign. progressive.org Among a slew of attacks on voters, the GOP's longstanding effort to simply turn them off remains among the most effective.

Vanessa Mbonu@naacpnet (2018-10-17). In Pennsylvania, We'll Turn Our Anger into Votes. naacp.org In Pennsylvania, a state which shocked the nation in the 2016 Presidential elections, all roads lead to the ballot box on November 6. For Pennsylvanians across the state, this will be an election of the conscience. Many will reckon with the ballots they cast two years ago, while others, spurred by the current state of […]

Vanessa Mbonu@naacpnet (2018-10-17). NAACP to Host National Town Hall on Thursday, October 18. naacp.org Tele Townhall to Discuss Education and Economy Concerns Going into Elections FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MEDIA CONTACT: Vanessa Mbonu/ vmbonu@naacpnet.org BALTIMORE (October 17, 2018) — NAACP will host a national tele townhall on Thursday, October 18th at 9 pm as it rallies to turnout Black voters for the midterm elections. With less than three weeks until election day, this townhall — the […]

RT (2018-10-17). Cruz called 'Lyin' Ted' and O'Rourke branded 'extreme' as debate sinks to insults and barbs. rt.com Ahead of next month's crucial midterm elections, Texas Senator Ted Cruz (R) squared up against challenger Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D) as the two political opposites largely played to their own crowds. |

Democracy Now! (2018-10-16). Ari Berman: Republicans in North Dakota Are Attempting to Disenfranchise Thousands of Native Voters. democracynow.org The Supreme Court has ruled it will allow the state of North Dakota to enforce a new voter ID requirement that will make it harder for Native Americans to vote during the midterm elections. The state's new voter ID law requires voters to show identification demonstrating a residential street address, but this has already rendered many tribal IDs invalid, since many Native Americans who live on reservations depend on post office boxes to receive mail. The law could make a difference in the close race between Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp and her Republican challenger Kevin Cramer. The race is expected to help…

Democracy Now! (2018-10-16). Stacey Abrams Runs to Become Georgia's First Black Governor as Her Opponent Suppresses the Vote. democracynow.org With the midterm elections just three weeks away, voting rights advocates are accusing Republican officials in several states of orchestrating a campaign of voter suppression targeting people of color. In Georgia, the Democratic candidate for governor, Stacey Abrams, is calling on her Republican opponent, Brian Kemp, to step down as secretary of state for placing 53,000 voter applications on hold. Seventy percent of the applicants are African-American. Abrams has accused Kemp of using the state's "exact match" system to disenfranchise voters. With exact match, even a minor discrepancy in a voter's registration an…

Lawrence Wittner (2018-10-07). What's Happened to the Big Wage Increases Promised by Republicans? zcomm.org The recent announcement by the founder of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, that his company would give substantial raises to its lowest-paid employees should not blind us to the fact that most American workers are not receiving big wage increases. In fact, the real wages (that is, wages adjusted for inflation) of average American workers are declining. Read more…

Max Blumenthal (2018-08-21). Inside America's Meddling Machine: The US Funded Group that Interferes in Elections Around the Globe. grayzoneproject.com Filmed inside the Capitol, this Grayzone special explores the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a taxpayer-funded organization that has interfered…

Joe Emersberger (2018-08-15). 45 Reuters Articles about Violent Protests in Nicaragua. zcomm.org 1) OAS approves creation of group to address crisis in Nicaragua (7/30/2018) Reporting by Lizbeth Diaz; Writing by Julia Love; Editing by Sandra Maler 2) Nicaragua's Ortega rejects early elections, U.S. rebukes crackdown (7/30/2018) Reporting by Doina Chiacu in Washington & Oswaldo Rivas in Managua; additional reporting by Diego Ore in Mexico City; editing by Read more…

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How Republicans Steal Elections
Integrity In Voting | indybay.org | 2018-10-23
Republicans repreeent less than 1/4 of the voter registrations in the US. Democrats have the most, followed by Independents. The plutocracy Republican party has a variety of ways it cheats. Greg Palast has filed | federal lawsuits in October against the 3 Secretaries of State (Kemp in Georgia, Husted in Ohio, Kobach in Kansas) who are both umpires and players, supervising their own | elections.
indybay.org/newsitems/2018/10/20/1881834…

2018 U.S. Midterm Elections: Politicize Israel Issue So No One Will Touch It
Philip Giraldi | globalresearch.ca | 2018-10-22
Jewish congressmen and other officials in the Democratic Party are increasing their efforts to make sure that candidates running for office in November toe the line on support for Israel. The Republicans meanwhile are seeking to portray themselves as the … | The post 2018 U.S. Midterm Elections: Politicize Israel Issue So No One Will Touch It appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/2018-midterm-elections…

Russian National Falsely Charged with Interfering in US Midterm Elections
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2018-10-22
All US new millennium charges against Russia were and remain baseless, no evidence supporting them presented because none exists. | Since early 2018, the US intelligence community falsely accused Russia of attempting to influence the outcome of November midterm elections, including … | The post Russian National Falsely Charged with Interfering in US Midterm Elections appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/russian-national-false…

Anti-Muslim Campaign Rhetoric Climbs to Previously Unseen Heights
Ilana Novick | truthdig.com | 2018-10-22
Emboldened by President Donald Trump's speeches and anti-Muslim legislation, candidates across the country have openly incorporated Islamophobic claims into their campaigns leading up to the midterm elections. The rise, according to a new report from Muslim Advocates, is dramatic, and, as The Guardian reports, the campaigns are using "tactics that echo attempts to inflame fears around immigrants and people of color." | The report examined 80 campaigns around the U.S. that have used some kind of anti-Muslim rhet…
truthdig.com/articles/anti-muslim-campai…

New Database Reveals Extent of Drug Makers' Patronage of Lawmakers
Shared by britney | truthout.org | 2018-10-22
Before the midterm elections heated up, dozens of drugmakers had already poured about $12 million into the war chests of hundreds of members of Congress. | Since the beginning of last year, 34 lawmakers have each received more than $100,000 from pharmaceutical companies. Two of those — Reps. Greg Walden of Oregon, a key Republican committee chairman, and Kevin McCarthy of California, the House Republican majority leader — each received more than $200,000, a new Kaiser Health News database shows. | As voters prepare to go to the polls, they can use a new database,
truthout.org/articles/new-database-revea…

Don't Fall for the GOP's Cheap Tricks on Preexisting Health Conditions
Shared by britney | truthout.org | 2018-10-22
The Republicans, who are famous for telling us that tax cuts for the rich pay for themselves, are tossing us another one from their cheap trick bag this election season. They tell us that they want to guarantee that people with preexisting conditions can get health care. | This is exactly the opposite of the policies they are pursuing. The Republicans are doing everything they can to make it so that people with serious health problems pay more for their health insurance. | The basic point is very simple. There is an enormous skewing of health care costs based on people's health. Most of us are lucky enough to be…
truthout.org/articles/dont-fall-for-the-…

More College Students Expected to Vote in 2018 Midterms
Shared by britney | truthout.org | 2018-10-22
In order to gain insight into the role that college students might play in the outcome of the 2018 midterm elections on Tuesday, Nov. 6, The Conversation reached out to Nancy Thomas, director of the Institute for Democracy & Higher Education at Tufts University's Tisch College of Civic Life. Thomas predicts a higher voter turnout among the nation's 20 million college students, a "formidable voting bloc" that she says was jolted to attention by the 2016 election of Donald Trump as president. But she also warns that personal and practical factors might impede the college vote. | Is there any reason to expect voter…
truthout.org/articles/more-college-stude…

WATCH NOW: Pastor Jamal Bryant Teams Up With NAACP to Rally the Vote
Vanessa Mbonu@naacpnet | naacp.org | 2018-10-21
As the midterm elections rapidly approach, NAACP and Pastor Jamal Bryant team up to deliver a special message to voters. Watch below! Dr. Jamal Harrison Bryant — Vote! Our Lives Depend On It. from NAACP Hollywood Bureau on Vimeo. | The post WATCH NOW: Pastor Jamal Bryant Teams Up With NAACP to Rally the Vote appeared first on NAACP.
naacp.org/latest/watch-now-pastor-jamal-…

Radical left makes breakthrough in Belgium
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2018-10-20
At the October 14 local elections, the Workers' Party of Belgium (PTB) made some breakthroughs. | PTB chair Peter Mertens said: "For the first time we have moved from an urban phenomenon mostly concentrated in Antwerp and Liège to a breakthrough in most large and medium-sized cities of Wallonia, the Brussels region and Flanders. The number of our local elected officials increases from 50 to 157." | "During the election campaign, the traditional parties have discussed at length about seats and coalitions," said…
greenleft.org.au/content/radical-left-makes-breakthrough-belgium

Greens the biggest winners as Merkel humiliated in Bavaria
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2018-10-20
German Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed to restore confidence in the government after crashing to a humiliating defeat in the October 14 Bavarian state elections, Morning Star Online reported. | The Christian Social Union (CSU) — sister party to Merkel's Christian Democrats — polled 37%, its worst vote for more than six decades. It lost its majority in Germany's southern state in a major defeat for the governing parties. | Her coalition partner, the Social Democratic Party, lost its position as the state's second…
greenleft.org.au/content/greens-biggest-winners-merkel-humiliated-bavaria

As Bolton heads to Moscow, US charges another Russian with 'election meddling'
RT | rt.com | 2018-10-20
The Department of Justice has charged a Russian national with conspiring to interfere in the 2016 and upcoming 2018 elections, in an indictment released just one day before crucial meetings between US and Russian officials. | …
rt.com/usa/441789-bolton-russian-indicte…

Ohio: If You Don't Vote, They Will
Vanessa Mbonu@naacpnet | naacp.org | 2018-10-19
In Ohio, If You Don't Vote, They Will Launching anything for the first time is always a challenge of unexpected obstacles, but when the intent of the project is to mobilize an entire community for generations to come, no obstacle will deter the journey. NAACP's civic engagement campaign for the 2018 elections is no different. As incidents of voter suppression and unethical campaign […] | The post Ohio: If You Don't Vote, They Will appeared first on NAACP.
naacp.org/latest/ohio-dont-vote-will/

WATCH NOW: NAACP President Talks the Importance of Data and Targeted Outreach in Turning Out the Black Vote
Vanessa Mbonu@naacpnet | naacp.org | 2018-10-19
NAACP President and CEO, Derrick Johnson, appeared on Washington Journal to speak about NAACP's civic engagement plan for the midterm elections and beyond. Speaking to host, Pedro Echevarria and callers across the nation, President Johnson emphasized the importance of a data-centric approach in mobilizing Black voters. Watch the interview on C-SPAN. | The post WATCH NOW: NAACP President Talks the Importance of Data and Targeted Outreach in Turning Out the Black Vote appeared first on
naacp.org/latest/watch-now-naacp-preside…

The Most Strategic Midterm Race: Elder Challenges Hoyer
Sam Husseini | counterpunch.org | 2018-10-19
Especially with Brett Kavanaugh's accession to the Supreme Court, many are understandably absorbed with the importance of trying to end the Republican majorities in Congress for the midterm elections. But simply always backing Democrats will likely propel the party further toward the establishment corporate right. If voters are just going to get behind a Democratic…
counterpunch.org/2018/10/19/the-most-str…

ICYMI: NAACP Town Hall Galvanizes Thousands
Vanessa Mbonu@naacpnet | naacp.org | 2018-10-19
NAACP hosted a national tele townhall on Thursday, October 18th at 9 pm as it rallies to turnout Black voters for the midterm elections. With less than three weeks until election day, this townhall — the second in a series of GOTV calls — focused on two critical issues facing the Black community as they cast their votes on November 6: […] | The post ICYMI: NAACP Town Hall Galvanizes Thousands appeared first on NAACP.
naacp.org/latest/icymi-naacp-hosted-tele…

WATCH NOW: Bow Wow, Lil Mama, Jhonni Blaze and More Team Up With NAACP to Turnout the Vote
Vanessa Mbonu@naacpnet | naacp.org | 2018-10-19
As part of NAACP's partnership with WEtv, the cast of Growing Up Hip Hop Atlanta came together to release a PSA urging viewers to vote in this year's midterm elections. | The post WATCH NOW: Bow Wow, Lil Mama, Jhonni Blaze and More Team Up With NAACP to Turnout the Vote. appeared first on NAACP.
naacp.org/latest/watch-now-bow-wow-lil-m…

Why Is Russiagate Rumbling Into the 2018 Midterms?
Alan MacLeod | fair.org | 2018-10-19
New Yorker ( 10/1/18) | The November 6 midterms are fast approaching, yet much of the media is still looking back to the 2016 elections, and specifically the alleged Russian interference in them. | The New Yorker ( 10/1/18) published a 7,000-word article headlined "How Russia Helped Swing the Election for Trump." Considering other explanations for Trump's victory and Clinton's loss, such as her ta…
fair.org/home/why-is-russiagate-rumbling…

Democrats Ahead: Progressives Beware
Andrew Levine | counterpunch.org | 2018-10-19
Any minimally plausible Democrat, perhaps even one as hapless as Joe Biden, would have easily trounced Donald Trump in 2016. Hillary Clinton had to outdo herself to lose. It is almost an article of faith in progressive circles that had Bernie Sanders been the nominee, as he might have been had the Clintons and the…
counterpunch.org/2018/10/19/democrats-ah…

Jair Bolsonaro Wants Brazilian Cops to Kill More. So Why Are Victims of Police Violence Voting for Him?
Rosana Pinheiro-Machado | theintercept.com | 2018-10-18
Many young black and brown men from poor communities suffer at the hands of Brazilian police and support hard-line security policies at the same time. | The post Jair Bolsonaro Wants Brazilian Cops to Kill More. So Why Are Victims of Police Violence Voting for Him? appeared first on The Intercept.
theintercept.com/2018/10/18/jair-bolsona…

Grassroots campaign obtains historic win as abortion decriminalised in Queensland
Fred_F | greenleft.org.au | 2018-10-18
In a major victory for women's rights, Queensland's parliament voted to decriminalise abortion on October 16. | The 50-41 vote represents a decisive result given the fierce campaign by right-wing group Cherish Life against changing the law. | The bill was supported by all but two Labor MPs, Greens MP Michael Berkman, independent MP Sandy Bolton and three Liberal National Party MPs, including former leader Tim Nicholls. | Labor and LNP parliamentarians were allowed a "conscience vote" on the bill, although the LNP only decided that its MPs would get a conscience vote a week before the parliamentary debat…
greenleft.org.au/content/grassroots-campaign-obtains-historic-win-abortion-decriminalised-queensland

As 2018 Midterms Approach, Native American Women Are Running for Office in Record Numbers
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-10-18
A record number of Native American women are running for office in the midterm elections. At least four candidates are vying to become the first Native American women elected to Congress, including Deb Haaland in New Mexico and Sharice Davids in Kansas. Three Native women are running for governor, and 31 are running for seats in state legislatures. In Fargo, North Dakota, we speak with Tara Houska, national campaign director for Honor the Earth and an Ojibwe lawyer. In Anchorage, Alaska, we speak with Mark Trahant, editor of Indian Country Today. He's a member of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes. In Seattle, Washingto…
www.democracynow.org/2018/10/18/as_2018_…

Kids off Nauru campaign grows
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2018-10-18
The #KidsOffNauru campaign is gaining momentum with a range of protests organised across Australia in recent days. | Three Liberal MP's urged Prime Minister Scott Morrison to transfer children and families on Nauru to Australia to receive urgent medical attention on October 16. | However, a motion put by the Greens in the Senate on October 17 calling for all refugee children on the Pacific island to be brought to Australia was voted down by the Coalition and Labor. | Activists placed 85 candles in a Perth playground to symbolise the 85 children still held on Nauru at a vigil called by the Refugee Rights Acti…
greenleft.org.au/content/kids-nauru-campaign-grows

'Go kill yourself!' GOP candidates face attacks as Dems urge end to civility ahead of midterms
RT | rt.com | 2018-10-18
Two Minnesota GOP candidates and a Nevada GOP campaign manager were attacked in separate incidents over the last week as some Democratic leaders call for an end to civility in the run-up to the 2018 elections. | …
rt.com/usa/441573-republicans-attacked-m…

Twitter & NATO think tanks publish database of tweets, pics… and GIFs by 'Russian trolls'
RT | rt.com | 2018-10-18
Ahead of midterm elections, Twitter has reminded Americans that democracy is still under threat by releasing millions of tweets by pesky Russians (and Iranians) from the past decade. How do they know? Well, that's the question. | …
rt.com/usa/441571-twitter-russian-bots-e…

The Republicans' Long, Negative Campaign
Ruth Conniff | progressive.org | 2018-10-17
Among a slew of attacks on voters, the GOP's longstanding effort to simply turn them off remains among the most effective.
progressive.org/dispatches/the-republica…

In Pennsylvania, We'll Turn Our Anger into Votes
Vanessa Mbonu@naacpnet | naacp.org | 2018-10-17
In Pennsylvania, a state which shocked the nation in the 2016 Presidential elections, all roads lead to the ballot box on November 6. For Pennsylvanians across the state, this will be an election of the conscience. Many will reckon with the ballots they cast two years ago, while others, spurred by the current state of […] | The post In Pennsylvania, We'll Turn Our Anger into Votes appeared first on NAACP.
naacp.org/latest/pennsylvania-well-turn-…

NAACP to Host National Town Hall on Thursday, October 18
Vanessa Mbonu@naacpnet | naacp.org | 2018-10-17
Tele Townhall to Discuss Education and Economy Concerns Going into Elections FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MEDIA CONTACT: Vanessa Mbonu/ vmbonu@naacpnet.org BALTIMORE (October 17, 2018) — NAACP will host a national tele townhall on Thursday, October 18th at 9 pm as it rallies to turnout Black voters for the midterm elections. With less than three weeks until election day, this townhall — the […] | The post NAACP to Host National Town Hall on Thursday, October 18 appeared first on N…
naacp.org/latest/naacp-host-national-tow…

Cruz called 'Lyin' Ted' and O'Rourke branded 'extreme' as debate sinks to insults and barbs
RT | rt.com | 2018-10-17
Ahead of next month's crucial midterm elections, Texas Senator Ted Cruz (R) squared up against challenger Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D) as the two political opposites largely played to their own crowds. | …
rt.com/usa/441556-ted-cruz-beto-debate/

Stacey Abrams Runs to Become Georgia's First Black Governor as Her Opponent Suppresses the Vote
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-10-16
With the midterm elections just three weeks away, voting rights advocates are accusing Republican officials in several states of orchestrating a campaign of voter suppression targeting people of color. In Georgia, the Democratic candidate for governor, Stacey Abrams, is calling on her Republican opponent, Brian Kemp, to step down as secretary of state for placing 53,000 voter applications on hold. Seventy percent of the applicants are African-American. Abrams has accused Kemp of using the state's "exact match" system to disenfranchise voters. With exact match, even a minor discrepancy in a voter's registration an…
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Ari Berman: Republicans in North Dakota Are Attempting to Disenfranchise Thousands of Native Voters
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-10-16
The Supreme Court has ruled it will allow the state of North Dakota to enforce a new voter ID requirement that will make it harder for Native Americans to vote during the midterm elections. The state's new voter ID law requires voters to show identification demonstrating a residential street address, but this has already rendered many tribal IDs invalid, since many Native Americans who live on reservations depend on post office boxes to receive mail. The law could make a difference in the close race between Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp and her Republican challenger Kevin Cramer. The race is expected to help…
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What's Happened to the Big Wage Increases Promised by Republicans?
Lawrence Wittner | zcomm.org | 2018-10-07
The recent announcement by the founder of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, that his company would give substantial raises to its lowest-paid employees should not blind us to the fact that most American workers are not receiving big wage increases. In fact, the real wages (that is, wages adjusted for inflation) of average American workers are declining. Read…
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