Posted in law and justice U.S. News

Kim Gardner, Progressive St. Louis Prosecutor Targeted By Trump, Fends Off Dem Challenger

Posted in Politics U.S. News

Progressive Challenger Cori Bush Unseats Rep. Lacy Clay In Missouri

Cori Bush's victory over Rep. William Lacy Clay, a 10-term Missouri Democrat, is likely to send shockwaves through the Democratic establishment. (Photo: Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)

Posted in New Jersey Politics

Why Tom Kean Jr. deserves to lose his campaign for Congress | Moran

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Thursday, February 27, 2020 – State Sen. Tom Kean Jr., running for Congress in the 7th district, won’t discuss his support for President Trump, He faces Democrat Rep. Tom Malinowski. Michael Mancuso | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
Posted in law and justice New Jersey Politics

Bill Renaming Freeholders Headed To Murphy’s Desk

A bill renaming freeholders county commissioners is headed to Gov. Phil Murphy’s desk.

Both chambers of the legislature advanced the measure Thursday. In the Senate, it passed 31-6. In the Assembly, it got 61 yes votes and 12 noes.

Murphy has said he will sign the bill, which was introduced after the governor, Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin jointly announced they’d push to rename county lawmakers.

The title “freeholder” originates from old English, where it was used to refer to men who owned land free of debt.

The bill’s backers have argued the term should be replaced because it carried a racist legacy. The term was in use when only land-owning white men were permitted to serve in county government.

Others have argued the term should be retired because few New Jerseyans know what a freeholder is.

Posted in New Jersey Politics Racism U.S. News

Menendez Blasts Pro-Trump Super PAC Ad Seeking To Divide Latinos, Blacks

U.S. Senator Bob Menendez of New Jersey

N.J. Senator: ‘No one’s buying Trump’s blatant pandering and fear-mongering’

By David WildsteinJuly 31 2020 2:34 pm

A pro-Trump super PAC TV ad aimed at dividing Black and Latino communities over Joe Biden’s possible pick of a Black running mate is being sharply criticized by U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-New Jersey).

“No one’s buying Trump’s blatant pandering and fear-mongering,” Menendez told the New Jersey Globe.  “The choice this November for my fellow Latinos couldn’t be clearer: four more years of the same racism or a different, more inclusive path forward.”

The Spanish language ad, paid for by the Committee to Defend the President, uses the image of Menendez, as well as other prominent Latino Democrats, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Julián Castro.

“He promised his party an African American Vice President.  Not a Latino, even though we make up over one-sixth of the U.S. population and contribute twice as much to the economy,” the ad says. “Why aren’t Latinos good enough for Joe?”

Menendez insists that Trump defenders won’t be successful in driving Latino voters away from Biden.

“No President has done more to demonize and harm our community than Donald Trump—from his racist, xenophobic policies to attacks on immigrants and the detention of children at the border, and so much more,” Menendez said.

The Committee to Defend the President was launched as a Stop Hillary PAC seven years ago and changed it’s name in 2017.

Politico reported late last year that the Committee to Defend the President spent nearly $260,000 on TV and online ads in support of a New Jersey congressman who switched parties to support Trump, Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-Dennis).

The add also uses images of Latino journalists Juan Williams and anti-Trump Republican strategist Ana Navarro.

 

Posted in New Jersey Politics U.S. News

Sherrill slams Trump on possible postponement of election, offers to tutor President on democracy

Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair)

 

N.J. Congresswoman: ‘The constitution gives the power to determine election days to Congress and we’re not moving it’

By David WildsteinJuly 31 2020 3:15 pm

Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair) beat up on President Donald Trump today for threatening to postpone the November general election and offered to tutor him on democracy during an MSNBC appearance today.

“The constitution gives the power to determine election days to Congress and we’re not moving it,” the freshman congresswoman from New Jersey said.

Trump created a stir when he floated postponing the election until the coronavirus is over in a Thursday morning tweet.

Sherrill, a former U.S. Navy helicopter pilot and federal prosecutor, rebuffed Trump’s idea.

“If the president is unsure how to run a free and fair election in one of the oldest democracies on earth, then we in Congress are happy to tell him how to do it,” Sherill said. “I’m happy to meet with him to help him understand how to do this because we just did it in New Jersey in our primaries.”

She pointed to New Jersey’s recent primary election, which was conducted almost entirely through vote-by-mail, where voter turnout was the second highest in state history.

“Governors across the country have been able to do this,” said Sherrill.  “It’s striking the lack of leadership from the President of the United States.”

Posted in Covid19 Politics U.S. News

Louie Gohmert, who refused to wear a mask, tests positive for coronavirus

Posted in Politics U.S. News

Kamala Harris topped Joe Biden’s list of handwritten notes alongside talking points like ‘do not hold grudges’ and ‘great help to campaign’

Kamala Harris Biden notes
The notes of Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden reference Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., among other things as he speaks at a campaign event at the William “Hicks” Anderson Community Center in Wilmington, Del., Tuesday, July 28, 2020.
  • Sen. Kamala Harris appeared at the top of former Vice President Joe Biden’s handwritten notes with cryptic talking points including “do not hold grudges,” “great help to campaign,” and “great respect for her.”
  • A photographer for the Associated Press captured Biden’s notes at a campaign event in Wilmington, Delaware, on Tuesday. Biden did not field any questions specifically about Harris during the event.
  • The notes could be in response to a member of his vice presidential search committee expressing concern about Harris as Biden’s running mate, citing their heated exchange on the debate stage last year over the subject of busing, Politico reported Monday.
  • Following months of anticipation, Biden is expected to announce his pick for vice president in the coming weeks, and Harris is on the shortlist for his running mate.
Posted in Covid19 Politics U.S. News

Russia is spreading COVID-19 disinformation to Americans, US officials said. It could skew the 2020 elections.

Russia is spreading COVID-19 disinformation to Americans, US officials said. It could skew the 2020 elections.

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Posted in Covid19 U.S. News

‘They didn’t run the plays’: Ex-officials say Trump administration didn’t use pandemic ‘playbooks’

Posted in law and justice U.S. News

NYPD Under Scrutiny After Videos Show Officers Pulling Protester Into Unmarked Van

Posted in Politics U.S. News

Republicans fear being ‘steamrolled’ in election as COVID-19 limits their ability to campaign: report

Posted in Covid19 U.S. News

A Texas man died from coronavirus after his granddaughter spread infection to him from attending a party

Medical gear is placed outside the room of a Covid patient in the ICU at Oakbend Medical Center in Richmond, Texas, on July 15, 2020.

Posted in law and justice Politics U.S. News

New York, Philadelphia, and Detroit mayors tell Trump not to send federal law-enforcement officers over protests

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Posted in law and justice Politics U.S. News

Police unions are working with Trump administration on crackdowns — without telling local officials