JUICE – Florida Politics’ Juicy Read -9.8.20 – Allen West: ‘Black Lives Matter’ is ‘Crap’ – Biden’s Makeover – 2012 Obama vs. 2020 Biden – Democrats Fail to Denounce Violence
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JUICE – Florida Politics’ Juicy Read -9.8.20 – Allen West: ‘Black Lives Matter’ is ‘Crap’ – Biden’s Makeover – 2012 Obama vs. 2020 Biden – Democrats Fail to Denounce Violence

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Which Black Lives Matter?

 

The narrative that the criminal Black Lives Matter movement promotes and protects ‘all” black lives matter is “crap” according to former Florida U.S. Rep. Allen West.

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Never one to mince his words or mask how he feels, West, who Democrats absolutely despise, is the kind of black man that BLM activists target because he does not subscribe to their demented and criminal agenda.

In 2019, nine unarmed black men were shot by white police officers. But since 1973, over 20 million black babies have been murdered in the womb.

I have not heard anyone from Black Lives Matter say anything about Planned Parenthood, an organization that was created by a white supremacist, a racist…

It’s a Marxist organization that has a cute little name that makes people very uncomfortable for challenging them. We need to stop being uncomfortable.

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Many congressional Democrats refuse to denounce the violence and crime BLM brings to the streets, be it that they are simply afraid, or are supportive of the group’s motives.

Rep. Lois Frankel (D) is one of those House Democrats that appears to support the defund police agenda and the BLM movement, but just won’t openly come out and denounce the violence, or support the police.

Rep. Frankel was recently called out by Parkland father Andrew Pollack for her and her fellow Democrats’ exploitation of the school shooting where his daughter Meadow lost her life. MUST-READ

 

Rick Scott @ScottforFlorida –Radical Democrats are now actually recommending that the Washington Monument and Jefferson Memorial be “removed, relocated, or contextualized.” This is crazy! They want to destroy our history because of the radical lie that America is an evil and racist country.

Marco Rubio @MarcoRubio -Yet another attempted assassination of a Putin opponent now confirmed. The fact they allowed him to go to Germany for treatment shows that while Russian govt will deny any involvement,Putin wants defectors & other political opponents to know what happens to people like them.

Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell @RepDMPThe unemployment rate in Miami-Dade is higher than the rate across the country. Democrats have passed legislation to help & we need our colleagues to come negotiate with us. My constituents need another stimulus check and extended unemployment NOW! No more waiting!

Debbie Wasserman Schultz @DWStweets –Normalization with Israel can’t be a quid pro quo for advanced weapons access. For Trump everything is transactional, not principle-based. A Biden/Harris Administration won’t bargain away Israel’s security. #TeamJoe

Gus Bilirakis @RepGusBilirakis –Yesterday, I spoke with cancer research advocates as part of the annual @SusanGKomen #BreastCancerAdvocacyDay. I am a strong supporter of federal investment in groundbreaking research which holds the promise of developing better treatments and a cure for millions of Americans.

Rep. Stephanie Murphy @RepStephMurphy –NEWS: @FEMA will award #Orlando 1.6M+ to reimburse @citybeautifulfor expenses incurred to remove debris after Hurricane Irma. I’ll keep pushing for more timely reimbursements so our region can always be ready for the next storm. #FlaPol #FL07

Mario Diaz-Balart @MarioDB –I’ve had multiple convos with the admin, joined several letters urging action, & my office has participated in the public hearings to highlight the significance of this issue for #FL. Food security is more important than ever & this is a result of bipartisan, bicameral efforts.

Rep. Donna E. Shalala @RepShalala –There is no Labor Day without organized labor.Thank you to all our union brothers and sisters in the movement for all the important work you do.

Ron DeSantis @GovRonDeSantis -Our kids have been severely impacted by the effects of the pandemic. I’m glad that parents like Michel have the flexibility to choose between in-person and distance learning this year.

AG Ashley Moody @AGAshleyMoody -As more and more Florida students head back to in-person learning, I am encouraging parents to talk to their children about peer pressure, the dangers of vaping for children and how to just say no.

“Valentin says Rep. Murphy refuses to denounce violent rioting, support police by The Floridian’s Javier Manjarres – The 2020 presidential election “October surprise” appears to have already come to pass in the form of the defund police movement being propagated by Democratic members of Congress and militant anarchists and protesters supporting the violent Black Lives Matter movement. Florida Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D) has not openly called for the defunding of law enforcement agencies, but her sponsorship and vote in favor of the Justice in Policing Act is seen as veiled support for defunding police. Outside of promoting the bill, Rep. Murphy has not stated whether or not she supports the defund police movement, a movement that as a result of its ongoing “peaceful protests” across the nation, has promoted rioting, vandalism, and violent actions against citizens, including murder. According to Murphy’s legislative office, the lawmaker all-but states her support for the Black Lives Matter movement. “Our fight for justice does not end here. I will continue listening to Black voices in my community and seeking input from forward-thinking law enforcement leaders who want to be allies in this effort. The Senate must now take up this bill or put forth their own meaningful proposal that reassures Black Americans that their lives matter.”

“Biden contradicts Obama’s “you didn’t build that” statement in new ad” by The Floridian’s Javier Manjarres – The most recent Biden for President ad where the former vice president is depicted as a fast-moving politician that Americans will “have to keep up” with, if and when he wins the presidency, takes shots at President Trump but also could have taken a subtle swipe at himself and President Barack Obama. Biden appears to contradict Obama. We are fairly sure that the campaign did not purposely shoot itself in the foot and slight President Obama when it’s video stated the following: “No one has to tell him Wall Street didn’t build this country. He knows who did.” An image of Biden standing arm and arm with two American workers is used just as the narrator says “he knows who did,” enforcing the point that everyday Americans build small businesses, the driving force that employs the most Americans The statement brings back memories of the infamous “you didn’t build that” remark that then-President Barack Obama made during a 2012 campaign event. “If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.-President Barack Obama. With polls showing that Trump has gained ground on him, Biden has come out from his basement and on to the campaign trail. Biden is also dawning a new look – tan, haired dyed yellow, and styled differently.

“Former vice president Joe Biden gets a makeover before election” by The Floridian’s Javier Manjarres – Just as a new poll shows him trailing Trump with Hispanics in Florida, it appears as if Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has had a bit of a makeover since leaving his Biden for President basement. Florida CFO Jimmy Patronis noticed the new-look Biden during his Friday media gaggle with reporters and snapped a photo (above) for good measure. Patronis posed this question on his Twitter handle: Did Joe Biden get a tan, change his hair color, and style it differently? The answer is a big maybe. In looking at Biden’s most recent campaign video, it appears as if Patronis right. The hair is definitely dyed and styled differently. In all of the images like this one, Biden is sporting white hair, and not the new-look yellow. Now as far as the tan, well, the jury is still out on whether it is a spray tan or if it was just the lighting that makes him look a bit yellow. What do you think of Biden’s new look? Here is the video.

“New “Talent Strong Florida” campaign highlights importance of postsecondary education” by The Floridian’s Javier Manjarres – As Gov. Ron DeSantis tries to kick start Florida’s lagging economy with a marketing campaign to encourage visitors to come back, the Florida College Access Network (FCAN) is coming at it another way – by promoting education after high school for all. Florida is about to celebrate Labor Day, a day dedicated to honoring workers, with record numbers of Floridians out of work. But a new campaign called “Talent Strong Florida” hopes to lead Florida to a stronger economy by selling the idea that all Floridians need postsecondary education, whether that’s a four-year college degree, an associate degree, a certificate, or training for an in-demand trade. According to a recent FCAN survey, 58% of Floridians said they have suffered job loss, reduced hours, or pay cuts as a result of COVID-19, and 35% said they would need additional education or training to find work with the same wages or income. Those with the least education have been the hardest hit. “Florida has an opportunity to build a resilient, recession-proof economy that can withstand the current pandemic and any future crisis that Florida might face,” said Charleita M. Richardson, FCAN executive director. “Past recessions have taught us that Floridians who only have a high school education are hit harder by job losses than those with more education, and most new jobs require degrees and credentials beyond high school. Creating a path for all Floridians to access higher education and training can accelerate Florida’s recovery and put more Florida families on the path to economic mobility.”

“Republicans Tout 1.4 Million New Jobs Report as Big Win by The Floridian’s Daniel Molina – President Trump (R) and Republicans are touting the new jobs report, arguing “that the Great American Comeback continues.” In the new report, voters are informed that 1.4 million jobs were added, which beat expectations. This adds up to more than 10 million jobs being added in the last 4 months. August saw the 4th largest jobs gain in the history of the U.S., and Republicans argue that it is “2.5 times better than any one month under Obama and Biden.” Specifically, “employment levels for African Americans rose by 367,000 and by 1 million for Hispanic Americans. As well, “the unemployment rate made tremendous progress, falling by 1.8% to 8.4%.” With the release of the jobs report, Latinos for Trump released a video praising the work that the Trump administration has done as the United States looks to bounce back from the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the video, titled “Regreso,” it “highlights that President Donald Trump’s efforts to protect workers and businesses during the coronavirus pandemic are clearly paying off for all Americans.” Moreover, Latinos for Trump argue that “Hispanics understand that Joe Biden would be the worst possible person to put in charge of our economy,” noting that “as VP, Biden presided over the slowest recovery since the Great Depression while wages stagnated and poverty levels hit record highs for our communities.”

“Trump Leads Biden Among Hispanics in Florida Poll” by The Floridian’s Daniel Molina – In a recent Quinnipiac poll regarding Florida hispanic voters, former Vice President Joe Biden (D) is lagging behind President Donald Trump (R). Moreover, Biden is also underperforming compared to exit polls that for Hillary Clinton (D) that showed her outperforming President Trump. Ultimately, Clinton ended up losing the state in the general election, and the poll could be indicative that Biden could also lose the battleground state in the November election. Giancarlo Sopo, the Trump campaign’s director of response for Spanish-language media, commented on the results, arguing that “it’s telling that Joe Biden’s latest Spanish-language ads are break-up songs encouraging our supporters to abandon President Trump.” In addition, Sopo commented that “public polling is flawed, but this confirms our colleagues on the other side of the aisle see the same thing we do in the data: the President’s support among Hispanics is growing and he is on track to surpass his 2016 vote totals among our diverse communities.” In terms of the numbers, Trump leads Biden with Florida Hispanic likely voters by two points (45% to 43%). The results show that “Trump is running slightly ahead of his statewide Hispanic performance in 2016 by about 2 points thanks to increased backing from conservative Cuban-American voters and additional support from a broader coalition of Latino voters, specifically men, whom the president’s campaign has courted.”

“Trump Says He’d Like San Francisco Salon Owner as House Speaker Instead of Pelosi by The Floridian’s Mona Salama – President Trump on Thursday quipped during his campaign rally in Pennsylvania that he would like the hair salon owner who House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) accuse of “setting her up” to run for the House of Representatives. “I watched Nancy Pelosi. “You must wear your mask. You have to wear your mask, and we’re going to keep every beauty salon closed in California and all over the country,” Trump said at the campaign rally in Latrobe, Pennsylvania Thursday night.. “Then I see a picture. I say, ‘Nancy Pelosi. Well, where’s the mask?’” Trump said he was shocked that the salon owner leaked the security footage Pelosi massless during her salon visit. “She must have treated that beauty salon owner pretty badly. She uses the salon and the salon turned her in?” Trump said. “She made them open, and the salon turned her in and the salon did business with her. How much do they hate Nancy Pelosi? Then she made a terrible mistake because you want people that can’t be set up. She said, “I was set up. I was set up by the salon owner. I was set up.” The president went on to add that if Pelosi was “set up,” she shouldn’t “be leading the House,” for she is the highest representative “overrated person” in this country. “If she was set up, then she shouldn’t be leading the House of Representatives. I want the salon owner to lead the House of Representatives,” Trump said. “She set up the Speaker of the House. That was a big mistake. As soon as I heard, she said, ‘Well, she’s set me up,’ Nancy, you’re not supposed to get set up. You’re representing our country.

“West says Democrats using COVID to commit voter fraud, suppression by The Floridian’s Javier Manjarres – The threat of voter fraud being committed in the 2020 general election appears to be very real in Texas, as the Texas Supreme Court has just blocked Harris County officials from mailing out 2.4 mail-in ballots to Texans. The court stopped the county from mailing out the ballots after the Texas Republican Party lead by former Florida Congressman Allen West, filed a lawsuit to keep the county from executing the mailing. What Harris County Clerk Chris Hollins wanted to do was mail voters were “applications” to receive mail-in ballots to its voters over the age of 65, but in doing so, it would open up Texas’ voting system up to the illegal practice of ballot harvesting. A blanket mail-in ballot effort would allow interested parties to possibly try to convince unsuspecting seniors to allow them to assist voters in filling out their ballots and turning them in. We don’t have to explain how bad that sounds. “The Secretary of State and Attorney General have made it clear that they don’t want us to proactively send applications to voters — they think making it convenient to apply is a bad thing,” Hollins said in a statement. “We disagree, and fortunately, the law is on our side.” Texas Politics caught up with Allen West in San Antonio where the Conservative icon reminded Texans that Hollins also serves as the treasurer of the Texas Democrat Party, and pointed to the recently penned Time Magazine op-ed by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder where the former Obama official wrote that “Democrats would like to use a coronavirus to change the electoral system in America.”

“Florida activists released after rally over police shootings” by Associated Press – More than a dozen demonstrators have been released from jail in Florida’s capital city after being arrested during a protest over the exoneration of police by a grand jury in the deaths of three Black suspects in separate incidents earlier this year. Police say protest organizers did not have permits for a Saturday afternoon march that drew about 100 people and that turned raucous after police clad in riot gear began arresting demonstrators near the state Capitol. Police say they arrested 15 people, although organizers said it was actually 14. Leon County jail records showed most were taken into custody for resisting officers and assembling unlawfully. Nearly all were released from custody after posting bond.

“Florida’s health care secretary stepping down to join hospital lobbying group” by News Service of Florida’s Christine Sexton – Florida Agency for Health Care Administration Secretary Mary Mayhew, who has been one of the state’s key people handling the coronavirus pandemic, is stepping down to take a job with a hospital industry group. Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration announced Friday that Mayhew will become president and CEO of the Florida Hospital Association, an organization whose members rely heavily on state funding overseen by the Agency for Health Care Administration. Mayhew’s departure comes at a pivotal time. She had just finished shepherding new visitation rules for nursing homes amid the pandemic and was fending off criticism and legal challenges over AHCA’s decision to award a $135 million contract to the same company that built Florida’s much-maligned online unemployment system. In a statement, the governor’s office said that a formal search was underway to find a new secretary for the agency, which oversees Florida’s nearly $30 billion Medicaid program. “From spearheading my administration’s efforts to allow for the importation of safe and affordable prescription drugs from Canada, to navigating our top priority during the COVID-19 pandemic to protect the most vulnerable, Secretary Mayhew has served Floridians well and we wish her all the best on her new endeavor,” DeSantis said in a prepared statement. “The FHA (the hospital association) has made an excellent choice.” The announcement marks the second time in less than two years that the agency’s top official has left to work for a hospital industry group. Mayhew’s predecessor, Justin Senior, took a position leading the Safety Net Hospital Alliance of Florida.

“Florida Continues Decline In Daily Positive Coronavirus Cases And Hospitalizations” by WUSF’s Carl Lisciandrello – The state of Florida continues to report a downward trend in the number people hospitalized due to coronavirus-related illnesses while showing a sharp decline in the number of positive cases since its Saturday report. The Florida Department of Health on Sunday reported 2,564 more people tested positive since Saturday’s report, bringing the statewide total to 646,431. That’s a decline of 1,092 cases from the previous 24 hours, when 3,656 people tested positive. It’s the lowest number of daily cases since Wednesday, when the state reported 2,402 positive tests. Of the 56,786 individual tests conducted in the last 24 hours, 5.06% of new cases tested positive. There were 468 new positive cases across the greater Tampa Bay region, including 164 in Hillsborough County and 106 in Polk. The state also reported 3,163 people are hospitalized with coronavirus-related illnesses, a drop of 71 people since Saturday and 629 fewer since the previous Sunday. The state says 38 more Florida residents died of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 11,849. This includes three deaths in Hillsborough and one in Pinellas. It’s the fewest number of daily deaths since Aug. 30, when the state reported 14 people died. The deaths were recorded by the state since Saturday’s report, but they may have occurred days or weeks earlier.

“Police seek Florida man in interstate-highway attack on wife” by Fox News’ Vandana Rambaran – Police are searching for a man investigators say beat his wife on the side of a Florida highway and threatened to kill her after their truck careered off the asphalt following a tire blowout. The incident occurred about 9:30 a.m. on Thursday when troopers say Joey Morgan, 45, grabbed the steering wheel of the Dodge Ram from his wife, who was driving, after the vehicle failure on I-75 in Pasco County, Fox 29 reported. As the truck came to a stop, witnesses told police, Morgan walked around to the driver’s side and pulled his wife of 12 years out by her hair, headbutted her, punched her several times and pushed her into oncoming traffic as a semi-truck approached. Morgan allegedly told his wife he was going to kill her before running off into the woods, police said. Authorities searched the area and were unable to find Morgan, who is being sought on suspicion of attempted murder.

“More than $225M in Florida Prepaid refunds remain unclaimed” by News 4 Jax’s Jack Stofan – About 30,000 Floridians who bought into the Florida Prepaid college savings program have a refund waiting for them that has not been claimed. More than $225 million is still sitting on the table, state officials said. Back in January, Florida Prepaid first announced it would be refunding $500 million to roughly 100,000 Floridians who bought into the program after 2008 because the cost of tuition has remained stagnant for the past six years. “So we basically said wow, people that were buying those plans in the past few years actually don’t need to be paying as much in as we thought,” said Florida Prepaid spokesperson Shannon Colavecchio. Colavecchio said almost nine months later, nearly half of the money hasn’t been claimed. On average customers are leaving $4,700 on the table. “I mean I don’t know anybody that could not use an extra $4,700 right now. You know, whether you’re unemployed or maybe other things have gotten cut back, whatever that looks like. Maybe you’re homeschooling now and you need laptops for three kids,” said Colavecchio. And even if you think you may have claimed your money, News4Jax learned while working on this story, it doesn’t hurt to double-check. Tallahassee mother of two Nicole Albers thought she’d moved her refund into a 529 savings plan for her kids’ college.

“Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Signs 10 Bills Into Law” by CBS Miami – Gov. Ron DeSantis signed 10 bills into law on Friday, including one to bolster fraud protections for military veterans. The governor’s bill action Friday came hours after he received the final 26 measures approved by lawmakers during the 2020 legislative session, which ended in May. The Florida Veterans Protection Act (SB 294) adds a veterans to the existing “White Collar Crime Victim Protection Act.” The law makes it a first-degree felony victimize 10 or more veterans out of at least $50,000. The law, which goes into effect on Oct. 1, already applies to victimization of 10 or more elderly individuals. Many of the bills DeSantis signed Friday focused on extending existing public records exemptions. DeSantis has now signed 187 bills into law from the 2020 session, including the $92.2 billion budget (HB 5001), and vetoed three measures. Most of the 2020 bills, including the budget, went into effect with the July 1 start of the fiscal year. The governor has until Sept. 19 to act on the remaining 16 bills or allow them to become law without his signature.

“Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz says she was blocked from touring a Florida mail facility” by Fox News’ Caitlin McFall – Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., was denied access to two U.S. Postal Service mail sorting facilities Friday, saying she had arranged a tour amid questions regarding mail-in ballot efficiency as the presidential election looms. The congresswoman was barred entry into both Opa-locka and Northwest Miami-Dade facilities by police tape blocking the entrances, along with security guards, according to a local news outlet that was on the scene for the scheduled 4 a.m. tour. Wasserman Schultz said she received warnings and pictures from union members that claimed stacks of mail were just sitting in the facilities, with some dating back to at least July 23. “This is an outrage, an absolute outrage,” Wasserman Schultz told NBC 6. “If they think they are going to throw a bed sheet over what’s going on behind these doors, they are mistaken.” Wasserman Schultz sits on the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, which issued a subpoena on the USPS Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, after he missed the Aug. 26 deadline to release documents he withheld from Congress. DeJoy found himself in the middle of a congressional hearing after reports arose of mismanaged mail services, along with the removal of USPS mail boxes and sorting machines around the country, following President Trump’s remarks admitting to purposefully trying to block USPS funding to prevent mail-in voting.

 

 

 

 

 

 “Trump campaign hits back on Biden’s claims of ‘K-shaped’ economic recovery” by Fox News’ Andrew O’Reilly – The Trump campaign hit back on Sunday on the Biden camp’s questioning of the economic recovery amid the coronavirus pandemic – slamming Biden’s handling of the economy during his time as vice president and trying to tie the Democratic candidate in with his party’s more progressive wing. Tim Murtaugh, the communications director for the Trump campaign, defended the White House’s efforts to jumpstart an ailing U.S. economy during the public health crisis and warned that if Biden is elected he would “kill the recovery.” “It’s going to be a very clear choice,” Murtaugh told Fox News, adding that Biden will raise taxes and implement policies under the Green New Deal. Murtaugh’s comments come as the Biden campaign has seized on comments from some economists who have described the economy recovery as “K-shaped.” “Folks have to ask themselves: Is this recovery working for you?” Biden campaign senior adviser Symone Sanders said earlier on “Fox News Sunday.” “It is going well, going up for folks at the top, but for folks who are middle class or below, it is going down.” While a recent Department of Labor report found that the U.S. regained 1.4 million jobs in August, Sanders cast doubt on whether the economy is truly getting better for much of the country, particularly middle-class and low-income families. Sanders went on to say that the recovery is not going well for working families, stating that many small businesses remain closed and those who have gone back to work but whose jobs do not allow them to work remotely are at a higher risk of catching coronavirus.

“Fight over Cruz’s school choice plan threatens Senate GOP unity on new stimulus” by CNN’s Manu Raju, Phil Mattingly and Ted Barrett – Senate GOP leaders are working to limit defections from their party’s latest economic stimulus package, which they were hoping to vote on as soon as next week to provide a clear election-year contrast with Democrats. But behind the scenes, they are running into a new hurdle: Sen. Ted Cruz and his push for a controversial school choice plan that has divided the Senate Republican Conference. GOP leaders have been working for weeks with their 53-member Senate conference in an effort to ensure that 51 senators will vote to advance their plan. Republicans now privately acknowledge that they will likely need next week to iron out their differences — with their first full conference meeting on Wednesday — potentially putting off the showdown vote over their economic stimulus plan until the third week of September. On private conference calls, Cruz, a Texas Republican who ran for president in 2016 and might again in 2024, has been lobbying Republicans to include billions in tax credits to expand school choice, an idea with strong support among GOP voters but one that critics say would hurt public school systems. Sources on the calls told CNN that Cruz has argued the coronavirus pandemic has showcased the weakness of public school systems and that Republicans should get behind an idea that the party is advocating this election year, including at last month’s Republican National Convention. Cruz has argued that there’s little in the bill as it’s being developed that he could get behind, suggesting he could vote against the plan if school choice is not included, according to sources on the call.

“Companies Recruit 350,000 Poll Workers for U.S. Election” by WSJ’s Anne Steele – Big employers including Gap Inc.’s GPS -0.90% Old Navy, Target Corp. TGT 0.82% and Warby Parker are telling employees they can take paid time off to volunteer as election workers this fall as they aim to help solve a national poll-worker shortage and offer workers a way to find a sense of purpose. Power the Polls, an initiative to recruit low-risk poll workers to staff in-person voting locations on Election Day and during early voting in October, has joined with more than 70 companies, including Starbucks Corp. SBUX -0.24% and Patagonia, to connect people who want to volunteer during the election with counties that offer training. Last week the Civic Alliance, the group behind the campaign, said it surpassed its goal of recruiting 250,000 volunteer poll workers through its corporate partnerships and now has more than 350,000 people signed on to help with the election. Elections experts estimate that 460,000 poll workers will be needed this year because the coronavirus pandemic could keep home many older Americans, who often serve as poll workers. Nearly 60% of U.S. poll workers were over the age of 60 in the 2018 general election, with nearly 30% over 70, according to a Pew Research Center report. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers seniors to be at higher risk for severe illness from the virus, with eight out of every 10 deaths involving adults 65 or older. The new effort comes as civic activists are tapping American corporations to help boost voter turnout in a highly contentious election year when voter registration has hit a record low and citizens will be voting on more days—and in more ways—than ever before. It also comes in the midst of a broader racial and social reckoning that is pressuring some companies to show a deeper commitment to social engagement.

“Trump campaign’s Perrine hits anonymous Atlantic sources: ‘Journalism was abandoned’” by Fox News’ Angelica Stabile – In a Fox News “Media Buzz” interview, Trump 2020 Press Communications Director Erin Perrine hit out at The Atlantic’s use of anonymous sources in a report claiming President Trump disparaged fallen U.S. soldiers. Perrine said it’s “really clear that The Atlantic sources are lying,” citing current and former administration officials who have gone on the record to deny the article. “There’s White House emails that prove that this story is false and you have eight people of the 10 that have gone on the record with direct, firsthand knowledge,” she said. “These aren’t sources. These are people who were really there and are out there saying that this is false.” “I think it’s pretty clear here that journalism was abandoned, that journalistic integrity has to be in question here when you have four off-the-record, anonymous sources who are trying to hide their identities instead of standing up to level such disgusting accusations against the president of the United States,” Perrine said. A former senior Trump administration official confirmed some of the report to Fox News National Security Correspondent Jennifer Griffin, while other Fox News sources have disputed other claims in the article. Griffin’s source revealed that the president called the Vietnam War a “stupid war” and that anyone who went was a “sucker.” Perrine told the public to “look at what the president does.” “You don’t need anonymous sources,” she said. “Look at the man’s actions, look at the way he is when he goes to Walter Reed, the way he is when he is at Dover welcoming the bodies home of our fallen members, the work he has done to reform the Veterans Administration.” “It is a commander in chief proud of his troops,” she said.

“As world leaders condemn Russian aggression, Trump says he and Putin ‘get along’” by CNN’s Barbara Starr and Jennifer Hansler – As Russian President Vladimir Putin continues his efforts to exert his personal influence around the globe and meddle in American democracy and is accused of using a nerve agent to poison one of his main political opponents, President Donald Trump broke his recent silence on Russia and the attack on Alexey Navalny, calling it “tragic” but emphasizing that he has a good relationship with the Russian leader. “I don’t know exactly what happened. I think it’s tragic. It’s terrible; it shouldn’t happen. We haven’t had any proof yet, but I will take a look,” Trump said on Friday in a news conference at the White House. In response to further questions on the matter he attempted to deflect to his favorite opponent, claiming that what China is doing is “far worse.” And as he had done the night before at a campaign rally in Pennsylvania, he stressed, “I do get along with President Putin.” There was no reference to Russian efforts to interfere in US politics following Thursday’s news that an intelligence bulletin issued by the Department of Homeland Security warned that Moscow is attempting to sow doubt about the integrity of the 2020 elections by amplifying false claims that mail-in voting resulting in widespread fraud. And the President made no mention of other provocations in recent weeks, including a collision between a Russian military convoy and a US armored vehicle that injured seven American troops. Trump appears starkly out of step with the leaders of Britain and Germany, who have expressed outrage at the attack on Navalny. Friday’s comments were his first on Navalny since Germany said he had been poisoned with a chemical nerve agent from the Novichok group — the same substance the Kremlin used to poison ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the United Kingdom in March 2018.

“Trump Denies Report He Disparaged Military” by WSJ’s Rebecca Ballhaus and Gordon Lubold – President Trump and his aides rejected allegations in a news report that the president had called Americans who died in war “losers” and “suckers,” as Democrats and some veterans’ groups denounced the president over his alleged comments. The article published in the Atlantic,which attributed the allegations to four anonymous people who said they had firsthand knowledge of the conversations, said the president had canceled a visit to the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery near Paris in 2018 because he was concerned about his hair and didn’t believe it was important to honor Americans who died in the war. “Why should I go to that cemetery? It’s filled with losers,” the Atlantic article quotes the president as saying. In a separate conversation, according to the Atlantic article, the president described 1,800 Marines who died at Belleau Wood during World War I as “suckers” for getting killed. The Wall Street Journal hasn’t independently confirmed the details of the Atlantic article. Adrienne LaFrance, executive editor of the Atlantic, said in a statement: “We stand behind our reporting.” Mr. Trump on Friday called the article a hoax and a disgrace and said, “There is nobody who feels more strongly about our soldiers, our wounded warriors, our soldiers who died in war.” On Thursday, Mr. Trump said the helicopter couldn’t fly to the cemetery that day because it was “raining about as hard as I’ve ever seen.” The White House attributed the cancellation to bad weather at the time. Several current and former White House officials said they had never heard the president use such language about fallen soldiers. A former spokesman for John Kelly, the retired Marine Corps general who was Mr. Trump’s White House chief of staff and accompanied him on the trip, declined to comment on the article. Mr. Trump suggested it was possible Mr. Kelly had been a source for the Atlantic and criticized his former chief of staff, saying he “got eaten up in this world, he was unable to function.”

“Democratic Kansas state House candidate blames abuse of ex-girlfriend on lack of ‘early childhood education funding’” by Fox News’ Evie Fordham – A 19-year-old Kansas Democrat running for a seat in the state House blamed a lack of “early childhood education funding” after admitting to abusive behavior toward his ex-girlfriend on Sunday. “We must strive to create a society safe for women, which we currently do not do,” candidate Aaron Coleman wrote in a statement. “I believe if we had more early childhood education funding, and taught what healthy interpersonal relationships look like, my ex and I would have been less toxic to each other.” Coleman also used his ex’s accusations to make a case for “Medicaid for all.” “[W]e must pass Medicaid for All so people can receive counseling and mental health support based on need for treatment and not ability to pay,” he said. Coleman’s ex-girlfriend Taylor Passow alleged that while they were dating he once slapped her and attempted to strangle her during an argument in December 2019, according to The Intercept. “While it is true I was abusive to my ex-girlfriend, I do not agree with the characterization being made about our experience in the hot tub the day after Christmas,” Coleman wrote in a statement on Sunday. “I did not choke her. I also don’t think she is intentionally lying, as I know large quantities of alcohol could be affecting both of our memories.” Coleman is running in a longtime Democratic district in which there is no Republican challenger — although GOP candidate Kristina Smith is running as a write-in candidate. Coleman said in August he would drop out of the race after admitting to a “revenge porn” incident when he was in middle school and to harassing others on social media, but then he reversed course later that month.

“Ballot applications are latest flashpoint in expanded vote-by-mail process” by CNN’s Kelly Mena – ote-by-mail applications have become the latest flashpoint as states move to help an unprecedented number of voters prepare to cast ballots remotely in the November presidential election amid the coronavirus pandemic. Lawsuits have erupted in multiple states as Democrats and Republicans jockey for advantage, with challenges to forms sent out by officials as well as from third-party groups. The latest action is in Iowa and New Hampshire.

In late August, a state judge in Iowa’s second-largest county invalidated more than 50,000 pre-filled applications for absentee ballots after President Donald Trump’s campaign filed a challenge, citing a violation of the secretary of state’s orders. The ruling forced Linn County to send fresh applications to thousands of voters in Cedar Rapids and surrounding areas. Linn County elections officials said after the ruling on Thursday that they planned to void the first round of absentee ballot request forms and had sent more than 44,000 replacements.

“There’s certainly no way I would have anticipated the judge would find fault with what I did and punish the voters,” Linn County auditor Joel Miller told CNN. “I mean, that is the craziest thing that I’ve ever heard of.” In New Hampshire, Attorney General Gordon MacDonald — a Republican — sent the state state Republican Party a cease and desist letter because it sent faulty vote by mail ballot application mailers to over 200,000 voters — twice. The two mailings lacked the required language that voters can request an absentee ballot for both the upcoming September primary and November general election and didn’t include language about the state’s witness requirement. “Voters may complete the purported absentee ballot forms believing they will receive absentee ballots for the state primary, only to discover that the forms are only a request for absentee ballots for the November general election,” MacDonald said in an August 28 cease and desist letter issued to the New Hampshire GOP.

“As protests rock U.S. cities on holiday weekend, Jacob Blake speaks out” by Reuters’ Maria Caspani, Nathan Layne, Rich McKay, Bryan Woolston, Jim Urquhart, Kanishka Singh – Jacob Blake, the Black man who was shot in the back by a white police officer in Wisconsin last month, spoke out for the first time from his hospital bed as dueling demonstrations over racial justice and policing continued to roil a handful of U.S. cities. In a video posted on Twitter, Blake, dressed in a green hospital gown, described being in constant pain after the shooting that left him paralyzed from the waist down. “I got staples in my back, staples in my damn stomach,” he said in the video posted by his attorney, Ben Crump, late on Saturday. “It hurts to breathe, it hurts to sleep, it hurts to move from side to side, it hurts to eat.” The Aug. 23 shooting of Blake, 29, reignited protests over racism and police brutality that swept the United States after another Black man, George Floyd, died in May when a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes. The demonstrations have coincided with widespread upheaval over the social and economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed nearly 190,000 people in the United States, the highest death toll in the world. The protests have also moved to the forefront of the presidential election campaign, with President Donald Trump now focused on a platform of law and order in his effort to be re-elected on Nov. 3. At the start of the three-day Labor Day weekend, police in Rochester, New York, used tear gas to disperse some 2,000 protesters in the fourth night of unrest over the death of Daniel Prude, a Black man who died after an encounter with police in March.

President Donald Trump @realDonaldTrumpThe Real Polls are starting to look GREAT! We will be having an even bigger victory than that of 2016. The Radical Left Anarchists, Agitators, Looters, and just plain Lunatics, will not be happy, but they will behave!

Nancy Pelosi @SpeakerPelosi –The sad state of America’s coronavirus response today is the result of President Trump’s failure to lead these past months and Mitch McConnell’s one-sided pause. We can’t waste a day. The Senate must pass the #HeroesAct or the situation will worsen.

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