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Name: Chris Bastian
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NYC Mayor: when the polls close on June 22nd, you won't know who won until Mid-July

Ballots don't need to arrive before June 29. Then there's time to cure errors in filling out the ballots and validating provisional ballots.

THEN all the paper ballots wiil be taken to a warehouse and hand-counted, rather than using the existing OCR scanners.

THEN the RCV process will be carried out; also manually. Ballots from the lowest candidate need to be re-sorted and tallied and second votes need to be applied to the other candidates. And this will need to be done 11 times.

This all assumes that there are no unexpected problems (the NYC BOE has a terrible track record for vote counting)

Settle in and grab yourself a comfy pillow.

NYC Mayor: Eric Adams, a pro-gun, pro-police Dem has a strong likelihood of winning...

…on the backs of working class African Americans who seem driven more by “crime reduction” than by “defund the police” (DTP advocate Maya Wiley is at 10%, Diane Morales is at about 5%). My sense is that DTP is largely a youth-driven mantra; but they don’t vote reliably.

Biden Justice Department defends Trump in suit over rape denial

Source: Politico

The Biden administration is pressing on with a controversial Justice Department defense of President Donald Trump in a defamation lawsuit brought by a writer who accused him of raping her at a New York City department store in the 1990s.

The brief filed on Monday night with a federal appeals court is an illustration of how administrations of sharply different political outlooks often flock to the same legal positions in court, even if it means seeming to excuse or immunize alleged bad conduct by their predecessors.

In the filing with the New York-based 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the Justice Department insisted that it was not endorsing Trump’s conduct toward the writer, E. Jean Carroll, even as it argued that a law governing suits against federal officials justified the government’s move to take over the former president’s defense in the case.

“In making and defending a Westfall Act certification … the Department of Justice is not endorsing the allegedly tortious conduct or representing that it actually furthered the interests of the United States. Nor is a reviewing court making any such determinations in upholding the Department’s certification,” the acting head of the Justice Department’s Civil Division, Brian Boynton, wrote in the new submission.

Read more: https://www.politico.com/news/2021/06/07/biden-justice-department-defends-trump-in-suit-over-rape-denial-492088

Exclusive: New audio of 2019 phone call reveals how Giuliani pressured Ukraine

Source: CNN

(CNN)Never-before-heard audio, obtained exclusively by CNN, shows how former President Donald Trump's longtime adviser Rudy Giuliani relentlessly pressured and coaxed the Ukrainian government in 2019 to investigate baseless conspiracies about then-candidate Joe Biden.

The audio is of a July 2019 phone call between Giuliani, US diplomat Kurt Volker, and Andriy Yermak, a senior adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. The call was a precursor to Trump's infamous call with Zelensky, and both conversations later became a central part of Trump's first impeachment, where he was accused of soliciting Ukrainian help for his campaign.

During the roughly 40-minute call, Giuliani repeatedly told Yermak that Zelensky should publicly announce investigations into possible corruption by Biden in Ukraine, and into claims that Ukraine meddled in the 2016 election to hurt Trump. (These separate claims are both untrue.)

"All we need from the President [Zelensky] is to say, I'm gonna put an honest prosecutor in charge, he's gonna investigate and dig up the evidence, that presently exists and is there any other evidence about involvement of the 2016 election, and then the Biden thing has to be run out," Giuliani said, according to the audio. "... Somebody in Ukraine's gotta take that seriously."

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2021/06/07/politics/rudy-giuliani-ukraine-call-investigate-biden/index.html

NYC to host 'mega-concert' in Central Park this summer to celebrate the city's comeback

Source: 6sqft

The city will host a massive concert with multiple “all-star” performers this summer as a way to celebrate New York’s comeback following the pandemic, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Monday. The mayor said he is working with music producer and Brooklyn native Clive Davis to put on the show, which could include performances from eight major musicians for an in-person crowd of 60,000 people, according to the New York Times.

The concert will be the pinnacle event of what de Blasio called “Homecoming Week,” a weeklong celebration of New York City, as well as affirmation of the city’s revitalization following an awful year. According to the mayor, the idea of a “homecoming” came from Danny Meyer, the CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group and recently appointed chair of the board of the New York Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC).

“This is going to be an amazing, memorable, once-in-a-lifetime week in New York City,” de Blasio said during a press briefing on Monday.

Concert details are unclear as of now, but the mayor said the show on Central Park’s Great Lawn is tentatively set for August 21. The New York Times reported the mayor is aiming for “eight ‘iconic’ stars to perform for 60,000 attendees and a worldwide television audience.”

Doesn't sound like spaced-out seating...

Read more: https://www.6sqft.com/nyc-to-host-mega-concert-in-central-park-this-summer-to-celebrate-the-citys-comeback/

NYC Mayor: Eric Adams jumps in front, Yang slips in NY1/Ipsos poll


Eric Adams has surged to the front of the pack, overtaking Andrew Yang and building a six-point lead in the Democratic primary for mayor, according to the exclusive results of a new Spectrum News NY1/Ipsos poll.

The poll found Adams leading the field with 22% support from likely Democratic voters, compared with 16% for Yang. Kathryn Garcia leapfrogged up to 15%, marking a dramatic turnaround for the former sanitation commissioner, who registered just 4% in the NY1/Ipsos poll in April. That placed her last among the eight leading candidates.

The findings could signal trouble for Yang, who’s been slipping in recent polls after enjoying front-runner status for the past several months. He led the race over Adams, 22% to 13%, in the April poll.

The latest poll, which surveyed 906 likely Democratic voters from May 17 to 31, found Scott Stringer in fourth place with 10%, followed by Maya Wiley at 9%. Dianne Morales, Ray McGuire and Shaun Donovan all remained mired in the mid-single digits.

Mattie Parker is next Fort Worth mayor in win for GOP

Source: Politico

FORT WORTH, Texas — Mattie Parker declared victory Saturday as the next mayor of Fort Worth, Texas, keeping it one of America’s biggest cities with a GOP mayor.

The 37-year-old Parker was in a runoff with Deborah Peoples, a former Democratic county chairwoman who would have been the city’s first Black mayor. Peoples conceded defeat as Parker had more than 53% of the vote with ballots still being counted.

Parker will succeed her former boss, outgoing Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price, a Republican who is retiring after 10 years and was the longest-serving mayor of the booming city that is closing in on 1 million residents.

Although the election was officially nonpartisan, it resembled a Texas battleground race: Republican Gov. Greg Abbott endorsed Parker and county GOP officials brought in activists from around the state to stop Democrats who craved a high-profile win in Texas after a letdown in 2020.

Read more: https://www.politico.com/news/2021/06/06/mattie-parker-is-next-fort-worth-mayor-in-win-for-gop-492002

Schumer's jam-packed June


First, they’ve got to finish the China competition bill. The bipartisan legislation was supposed to pass at the end of May, but consideration of the bill was delayed after some Republican senators raised concerns about cost and threw up procedural hurdles.

Paycheck fairness could come up next. House Democrats passed it in the last Congress and then lamented its demise in then-Majority Leader Mitch M[/dicConnell’s (R-Ky.) legislative graveyard. But it doesn’t seem any closer to becoming law in this Congress and no Republicans have signed on to the Senate version. Schumer also hinted at potential votes on gun control and LGBTQ equality legislation in June, but absent a deal with Republicans, those bills are likely doomed as well.

The drama-filled vote on S. 1 towards the end of the month is now a preordained outcome. Sen. Joe Manchin formally came out in opposition to the bill yesterday, but it’s not just the West Virginia Democrat. As my colleagues Burgess and Marianne reported at the beginning of May, at least a half-dozen Democrats had issues with the bill despite its 49 Democratic cosponsors. Manchin said Sunday he wanted to move forward on a separate voting rights measure named for John Lewis, but that bill also lacks much Republican support.

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Democrats also want to confirm judges. After years of what Sen. Brian Schatz once called Republicans’ efforts to make the Senate a “factory” to confirm judges, Democrats now are starting to advance their own nominees.

Biden's vaccine push fails to gain traction with African Americans

Source: Politico

The Biden administration knew the key to a successful Covid vaccination campaign would be reaching the most vulnerable populations. But more than five months in, even a blueprint that’s worked with other ethnic and racial groups isn’t doing enough to win over Black Americans.

Less than a quarter of Black Americans had received their first Covid-19 shot as of June 3, amid a weekslong stagnation that has defied the government’s ramped-up effort to accelerate vaccinations and reach the nation’s most vulnerable communities.

The slowdown has put Black Americans behind the pace set over the past month by other racial and ethnic groups tracked by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The trend line worries health officials and experts who say the immunization drive is running into a particularly complex web of distrust, outreach challenges and stubborn barriers to access.

“It’s a tough layer that we have to address — it requires relationship building and it’s going to take a little longer,” said Octavio Martinez, executive director of the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, who sits on the White House’s Covid-19 Health Equity Task Force. “We have a systemic issue here.”

Read more: https://www.politico.com/news/2021/06/07/vaccine-equity-black-americans-biden-491973

When Senator Schumer doesn't kick Joe Manchin off his Committees...

…and when DSCC doesn’t Primary him…

…and when the West Virginia Democratic Party doesn’t censure or expel him…

,,,and when President Biden doesn’t get tough and cut off funds for WV…

What will you do?
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