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August 31, 2020

Trump campaign accepts donations from neo-Nazi leader

In 2017, Trump famously described participants in a white supremacist march as "very fine people." Now, as the 2020 presidential campaign barrels toward its conclusion, the Trump campaign is accepting thousands in donations from a notorious neo-Nazi leader and other racist extremists.

In between stints in prison, Morris Gulett set up an outpost of the Aryan Nations, also known as the Church of Jesus Christ Christian, in Louisiana. He promoted his group as the "most-feared and revered white supremacist organization the world has ever known." The Trump campaign has repeatedly accepted cash from Gulett.

A cache of Gulett's website from 2016 promoted white Anglo-Saxons as "the supreme ruling race." (The website is currently offline.)

We believe that the White, Anglo-Saxon, Germanic and kindred peoples are the direct descendants of the Adamic man made in the image of YHVH (Genesis 1:27), and were placed here to be the light bearers and supreme ruling race (Deuteronomy 7:6; Deuteronomy 28:10) of this lost and dying world.

The same website also described "miscegenation and integration" as "an abomination to He who created us." He once said that he would celebrate Black History Month when "when every Negro becomes just that – history."


August 31, 2020

FL: Donald Trump is winning Pasco County, but not by the margin he should

It’s likely little surprise Donald Trump is more popular than Joe Biden in right-leaning Pasco County. But a newly released St. Pete Polls survey shows things look tighter there than the Presidential race finished in 2016.

If the election were held today, about 57% of Pasco County voters would vote to reelect Trump and just over 39% would pick Biden. Some 1% go third party and fewer than 3% remain undecided.

So how’s that compare to the 2016 results? That year, Trump won almost 59% of the Pasco vote while Democrat Hillary Clinton won just over 37%. Nearly 4% of voters picked a third party option such as Libertarian Gary Johnson or Green Party candidate Jill Stein.

The bottom line, Trump won the conservative county by 22% in 2016 but leads by just 18% now. That 4-percentage-point difference could mean dividends in Florida, a state Trump won by just 1.2% in his last election and one whose electoral votes he likely needs in order to secure a second term.


August 31, 2020

Philly is about to get $10 million for mail ballot drop boxes, early voting, and raises for poll wor

Philadelphia elections officials are set to receive a huge influx of money to run the November election.

As part of a $10 million grant, they plan to open at least 800 polling places across the city, set up 15 neighborhood elections offices for in-person early voting using mail ballots, install at least 15 mail ballot drop boxes across the city, give poll workers coronavirus hazard pay of an additional $100, and buy equipment to dramatically increase the processing of mail ballots.
That’s according to a grant agreement that the Philadelphia city commissioners, the three officials who run elections, will vote on Thursday. The $10 million would be a massive jolt for an office operating on a $12.3 million budget.

The money would come from the nonprofit Center for Tech and Civic Life, which is also giving $2.2 million in election funding to Delaware County and millions more to other jurisdictions. It would be spread among various needs, according to the agreement posted online Wednesday, including $5.5 million for mail ballot processing equipment and $2.3 million to set up and staff 15 satellite offices.


August 31, 2020

NC to begin sending out ballot this coming Friday


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August 31, 2020

IA-SEN: Social Media Analysis Finds Iowans Souring On Ernst

A Democratic advocacy group founded by former Sens. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Donnelly of Indiana is zeroing in on Sen. Joni Ernst’s first reelection race in an effort to engage rural Iowans to vote against the incumbent Republican. A new social media analysis from One Country Fund shows an opening with rural Iowans is developing.

Prepared by Impact Social, the report collected publicly available online data, geo-located to rural populations in Iowa, between July 16 and Aug. 6. Of the 11,000 posts from 2,000 unique authors, the report deemed 52% of posts about Ernst to be negative.

“There is a common thread which runs through the majority of this discussion: Sen. Joni Ernst stands with President Trump and not with Iowans,” the report states. “She is more interested in herself and politics than doing what is right for the people.”

Fifteen percent of posts lamented Ernst is “too close to Trump,” while 11% disagreed with her stance on the economy, jobs and the trade war. Ernst’s negative comments late in July about Theresa Greenfield’s dog Ringo drove 10% of Iowans’ negative posts. Corruption comprised 8%; health care, 8%; COVID-19, 8%; “Doesn’t stand for Iowa,” 7%; and Russian bounties on American troops, 7%.

One Country Fund and its Democratic organizers believe Ernst’s affinity for President Trump could lead to her undoing, given only 42% of Americans support the job he has done as president. Despite carrying Iowa by 9 points in 2016, a June Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll showed Trump leading Joe Biden by only 1 point. Ernst in that poll trailed Greenfield, her Democratic opponent, by 3 points.


August 31, 2020

MN-01: Ethics Experts Believe Hagedorn Violated House Rules

Another week, more bad headlines for Congressman Jim Hagedorn over his decision to funnel more than $100,000 of taxpayer funds to an employee. According to multiple ethics experts, the House Ethics Manual clearly states that Members of Congress are prohibited from doing business with members of their own staff. Even worse, leaked emails show Hagedorn was intimately involved in approving and editing mailings coming from his office as well as approving the high volume of mail.

n a sign of more bad news to come, Hagedorn has hired an ethics lawyer known for his defense of former Congressmen Duncan Hunter and Aaron Schock – both of whom were criminally charged and forced to resign due to their misuse of taxpayer dollars.

Here’s a look at what ethics experts have to say about Hagedorn funneling taxpayer dollars to an employee:

HEADLINE: Hagedorn violated House rules, ethics expert says [Rochester Post Bulletin, 8/26/20]

“‘I imagine the (House) Ethics Committee will look into it, and it certainly sounds like they should,’ said Donald Sherman, deputy director of the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, or CREW. ‘There’s clear violations here, and they certainly deserve to be examined.” [Rochester Post Bulletin, 8/16/20]

“Well that’s a problem,” said Meredith McGehee, executive director of Issue One, a bipartisan democracy reform nonprofit. “Anyone who is in your employ in any shape or form, you shouldn’t be doing business with.” [Minnesota Reformer, 8/15/20]

“This is like neon signs flashing red signals all over the place,” said Norm Ornstein, a government ethics expert and resident scholar at the conservative American Enterprise Institute. “This is a real test of the Ethics process. If you don’t crack down on something like this, you’ve really lost your way as an Ethics Committee.” [Minnesota Reformer, 8/15/20]

“An ethics inquiry would hardly come as a surprise, according to half a dozen ethics experts contacted for this report. House ethics rules prohibit a congressman from doing business with a member of his staff.” [Minnesota Reformer, 8/19/20]

“Craig Holman, a lobbyist and ethics expert with the watchdog group Public Citizen, said at Martin’s news conference that he believes Hagedorn violated House rules on spending their office budgets. “They cannot be used for personal benefit of the lawmaker, the lawmaker’s family or any staff member of the lawmaker,” he said.” [Associated Press, 8/26/20]

“Bryson Morgan, a lawyer who spent several years as an investigative counsel with the independent Office of Congressional Ethics, said… ‘I think it’s pretty clear that a member’s office should not be spending [member’s representational allowance] hiring a business that is owned by a person on the congressional staff… I think that’s a pretty clear violation of the handbook.’” [Minnesota Star Tribune, 8/25/20]


August 31, 2020

OH-01: Chabot's Sister: "Kate [Schroder] Can Put Her Sign in Our Yard"

Congressman Chabot can’t even count on his own family to support his re-election.

As the Cincinnati Enquirer reports, Shady Chabot’s sister posted publicly on Facebook denouncing her brother for his failure to support USPS funding: “People aren’t getting their critical medications. People’s lives are being affected…The House did its job last night (no thanks to you)…”

But Chabot’s sister didn’t stop there. In a damning indictment of just how much Chabot has become a creature of Washington, his sister justified her support of Schroder saying: “our country is worth saving, even if it requires hard personal choices like country over family.”


DCCC Spokesperson Sarah Guggenheimer released the following statement:

“If Shady Chabot can’t even convince members of his own family to support him, why should anyone else?”


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