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brooklynite's Journal
brooklynite's Journal
October 1, 2022

Heading into Wisconsin...

My wife has an annual conference in Chicago the first week in November; we've decided to drive up to Wisconsin and work on turning out votes through Election Day.

October 1, 2022

Politico: Biden to make a big fundraising swing through the Tri-State area

President Joe Biden is continuing his prodigious fundraising swing next week, with a new stop scheduled in New Jersey.

Biden is set to appear at the home of Gov. Phil Murphy on Thursday, according to an invitation obtained by POLITICO. The Red Bank stop was described by a person familiar with it as a “million dollar fundraiser” for the Democratic National Committee’s grassroots victory fund.

It will be, at least, the second major fundraiser for Biden that day. The president is also scheduled to appear at a New York City fundraiser at the home of James and Kathryn Murdoch. That event will help raise cash for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and will feature Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer as well as DSCC Chair Gary Peters (D-Mich.).

Biden has been ramping up his fundraising activities as the midterms approach, hoping that an infusion of cash will help his party retain control of Congress. Murphy, meanwhile, has emerged among Democratic governors as an increasingly major player on the national scene.

October 1, 2022

Cheese recall begins after listeria outbreak infects 6 people

Source: Axios

Six people have been infected by a Listeria outbreak across six different states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The big picture: Five of the infected people have been hospitalized, but there have been no deaths. State and local officials are still conducting interviews about what the infected people ate before they got sick.

Driving the news: Six people in New Jersey, California, Texas, Michigan, Georgia and Massachusetts were infected by the outbreak as of Friday.

Five of the infected people have been hospitalized.

Read more: https://www.axios.com/2022/10/01/listeria-cheese-recall-outbreak-symptoms
October 1, 2022

Scoop: Menendez warns Netanyahu against working with Jewish supremacists

Source: Axios

U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) during a trip to Israel last month warned Israeli opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu that if he forms a government after the Nov. 1 elections that includes right-wing extremists, it could harm U.S.-Israel bilateral relations, according to two sources familiar with the meeting.

Why it matters: Netanyahu recently united several radical right-wing Jewish supremacist parties as part of his effort to consolidate his right-wing bloc and win the November election.

The former Israeli prime minister needs to win a 61-seat majority in the Knesset to form a coalition that could pass laws and take steps to stop his corruption trial.

Including Jewish supremacists in any potential future government could give them a lot of leverage over Netanyahu to push through racist policies.

Read more: https://www.axios.com/2022/10/01/israel-election-menendez-netanyahu-jewish-supremacists
October 1, 2022

A G.O.P. Test in Michigan: Is Trump a Help or a Hindrance?

New York Times

The governor’s race between Ms. Dixon and Ms. Whitmer carries high stakes for abortion rights, schools and the future of elections. It is historic — the first time two women have ever gone head-to-head for the position in the state.

The contest also serves as a test of whether Ms. Dixon and other Republican candidates can win their general elections by harnessing the grass-roots energy of Trump supporters that propelled them to the top of crowded and chaotic primaries. That approach — which entails a close association with Mr. Trump’s election denialism and other political baggage — worries some Michigan Republicans who believe Ms. Dixon is failing to win over the kinds of suburban and independent voters who are crucial in tight races.

But it might be the only option she has. Early voting began on Thursday, and with time running out, Ms. Dixon is short on cash, well behind in polls, still working to shore up support among her Republican base and being pummeled by Democrats on the television airwaves.

“Uphill, on icy roads,” said Dennis Darnoi, a longtime Republican strategist in Michigan, describing her path to victory. “It is a challenge, with a month left, for her to make up the kind of ground that she is going to need.”

October 1, 2022

Half of Adults Have Heard Little or Nothing About New Covid Boosters, Survey Finds

Source: New York Times

The new, redesigned Covid booster, which now protects against Omicron and its extremely contagious subvariants, appears to have a visibility problem.

Federal authorities authorized the shot at the end of August, but by mid- to late September, nearly half of adults had heard little or nothing about it, according to a report by the Kaiser Family Foundation, based on the latest of its monthly surveys about attitudes toward the Covid vaccines.

That could have troubling implications. The Biden administration has been touting the booster as a means of warding off a fresh fall or winter surge of the virus.

“America is not rushing out to get the new booster,” said Drew Altman, the president of the Kaiser Family Foundation. “Most are only dimly aware of it, which is not surprising in a country that seems to have mostly moved on.” He added, “The exception may be older folks, who are at greater risk and early on are more interested in the new booster.”

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/30/health/omicron-booster-covid.html

Most pharmacies advertise COVID VACCINATIONS, not new (bivalent) ones.
October 1, 2022

McFeely: Poll shows Mund within 4% of Armstrong in ND U.S. House race

The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead

FARGO — The race for North Dakota's lone seat in the U.S. House of Representatives is competitive and abortion appears to be a key reason why, according to poll results obtained by The Forum.

Incumbent Republican Kelly Armstrong leads independent challenger Cara Mund by just four points, according to a poll conducted by DFM Research and outlined in a memo to North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party executive director Tyler Hogan.

The poll has Armstrong, first elected in 2018, with 44% while Mund, a first-time candidate for public office and a former Miss America, is at 40%. Undecideds make up 14% of respondents while "other" garnered 2%.

The numbers are shocking if they accurately reflect North Dakotans' views of Armstrong and Mund. Armstrong won his 2020 bid for re-election with nearly 70% of the vote while Democrat Zach Raknerud received less than 30%.

October 1, 2022

Bolsonaro or Lula? As Brazil prepares to vote, here's what to know


Brazil’s hotly contested presidential election is less than 24 hours away, and for many Brazilians, the stakes couldn’t be higher.

Two household names – former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and current leader Jair Bolsonaro – are battling to become the country’s next president. Depending on who ultimately wins, Latin America’s largest economy will likely either continue on Bolsonaro’s conservative, pro-business path, or else take a left turn under Lula.

In recent weeks, both candidates have ramped up efforts to woo voters. But this is an arduous task in a country where 85% of voters say they have already made up their minds, according to a Datafolha poll released Thursday.

For Lula, more votes could mean victory in the first round of voting, with no need for a runoff. Meanwhile, Bolsonaro needs to catch up, after slipping 14 points behind his rival in the same survey.

October 1, 2022

Not sure I'd get worked up about the Abbott-O'Rourke debate...

This is Friday night: HS football in Texas. Wouldn't expect a huge audience.

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