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Partner, father and liberal Democrat. I am a native Michigander living in San Francisco who is a citizen of the world.

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From self-exile, Belarus opposition leader calls for protests to reach 'every city'

MOSCOW — After waves of post-election protests in Belarus against the authoritarian rule of President Alexander Lukashenko, the opposition appeared to get a boost Friday as its self-exiled leader called for rallies in every corner of the country.

Svetlana Tikhanovskaya — whose campaign said she was pressured into leaving the country earlier in the week — resurfaced in a video from Lithuania calling for peaceful weekend protests "in every city."

She later announced the formation of a council to ensure the transition of power if Lukashenko were toppled and to "restore the rule of law in Belarus," she said in a statement.
The European Union, meanwhile, agreed to start the process of imposing sanctions against Belarusan officials involved in the crackdown against protesters.

Belarus opposition candidate leaves country amid protests over disputed election
Lukashenko, who has ruled Belarus since 1994, claimed he easily won over Tikhanovskaya in an election Sunday whose results have been widely denounced as rigged. Clashes between security forces and protesters quickly erupted in the most sweeping challenges to Lukashenko’s grip on the country.



https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/belarus-protests-opposition-svetlana-tikhanovsky-lukashenko/2020/08/14/c810761a-dd63-11ea-b4f1-25b762cdbbf4_story.html?utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=wp_main&utm_medium=social

CA-48: GOP candidate pulled daughter out of college after expressing support for marriage equality.

https://twitter.com/jeffpearlman/status/1276044949050413056?s=20


Jeff Pearlman
@jeffpearlman
So
@MichelleSteelCA is running for Congress here in SoCal. She also forced her daughter to leave college and enroll in a Christian school once she expressed the opinion that (gasp!) gay marriage is righteous. Eh, think I'll pass on voting for her. #harleyrouda

Discontent with McCarthy rises as GOP considers a possible post-Trump world

iscontent with Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is on the rise in the House, as Republicans increasingly fearful of a loss by President Trump on Election Day gear up for an intraparty war over the future of the GOP.

A cluster of GOP lawmakers is starting to privately question whether the California Republican is putting loyalty to the president over the good of the conference. And a small group of members is discussing whether someone should challenge him for minority leader if Trump is defeated Nov. 3.

The matter bubbled to the surface this week with the primary election of Marjorie Taylor Greene, a fringe House candidate in Georgia who espouses the QAnon conspiracy theory and has made numerous racist comments. Multiple Republicans implored McCarthy to help defeat her by supporting her primary opponent. But McCarthy refused, phoning the candidate in an apparent peace accord before the primary, while Trump embraced her on Twitter this week as a “future Republican Star.”



https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/discontent-with-mccarthy-rises-as-gop-considers-a-possible-post-trump-world/2020/08/13/ec04786a-dd8f-11ea-b4af-72895e22941d_story.html

Florida Republican crashes Tesla, faces DUI charge,

OLDSMAR — Vice Mayor Linda Norris faces a charge of driving under the influence after Hillsborough deputies say she caused a three-vehicle crash on Wednesday.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office announced her arrest on its official Twitter account at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, which included photos of the vice mayor being questioned, a damaged vehicle and her booking photo.

The crash took place at about 10:30 a.m. on W Hillsborough Avenue near Race Track Road, just outside the city limits and the Pinellas County border, on the Hillsborough side of the county line.

A 911 caller reported seeing a red Tesla driving “erratically” on W Hillsborough Avenue, then rear-ending another vehicle, according to the Sheriff’s Office. That caused a chain-reaction crash, deputies said, as the Tesla pushed one vehicle into the rear of another.



https://www.tampabay.com/news/crime/2020/08/12/oldsmar-vice-mayor-crashes-tesla-faces-dui-charge-say-hillsborough-deputies/

A Florida GOP sheriff allegedly ordered the arrest of his mistress. Now he's the one facing charges.

Darryl Daniels, the sheriff of Clay County, Fla., dialed his deputy from the quiet suburban road with an urgent plea for backup: He was being followed by a stalker in a Jeep and appeared to be in “imminent danger."

But Daniels knew exactly who was behind him on that day in May 2019, prosecutors say: It was Cierra Smith, his former employee and mistress of six years, on her way to meet him at their regular spot. Filming the whole thing was his wife, to whom he had recently confessed the affair.

Now, Smith has resigned from her job, Daniels’s wife has filed for divorce, and the sheriff is the one who ended up behind bars. On Thursday, following a year-long investigation, Florida authorities filed four charges against him and booked him into jail.

Yet just days before he is up for reelection, the embattled 55-year-old — a tough-talking Navy veteran often seen in a white cowboy hat — insists he is “innocent.” On Thursday, Daniels refused to resign or drop out of the race, questioning the “suspicious” timing of the warrant and claiming the scandal does not affect his job performance.

“I want you to look past the smokescreen of dirty politics,” he said in a video released by his office Thursday evening. “One thing I take ownership of as a man is my failures as a husband. That has nothing to do with me as a sheriff.”



https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/08/14/sheriff-arrested-florida-jail/

Ca. Governor signs executive order extending ballot collection by 17 days.

https://twitter.com/GavinNewsom/status/1294378786121629696?s=20


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I signed 2 EOs that jump started our mail in ballot process.

We are providing drop off sites and safe voting sites.

I signed legislation to double down on those commitments.

And have a provision that allows 17 extra days to collect ballots.

Because we believe in DEMOCRACY.

2 longtime Georgia House incumbents appear to be defeated

After nearly 30 years, preliminary election results appear to show that two House Democrats will not be returning to the Capitol for another term.

According to unofficial results released by the Georgia Secretary of State’s office early Wednesday, state Rep. Michele Henson and Sharon Beasley-Teague both appear to have been defeated by challengers in the Democratic primary runoff election.

There are thousands of absentee ballots that have not yet been counted and could change the results.

There is no Republican on the ballot in either race, so if the results stand, Zulma Lopez will be the next representative of House District 86 and Mandisha Thomas will represent House District 65.

It was the first runoff for Henson, who was first elected in 1990, in at least 16 years. Beasley-Teague had not faced a runoff opponent since she first ran for office in 1992.

Lopez, an immigration attorney and first-time candidate, had said that the district needed new representation from someone who had managed a small business as they tackle the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.



https://www.ajc.com/politics/georgia-legislative-races-in-limbo-as-runoff-results-trickle-in/ZJ4DIJ23KJEBZGRYCI5Y4AA53I/

Exclusive: UPS, FedEx warn they cannot carry ballots like U.S. Postal Service

“State ballots must be postmarked to be considered valid and only the USPS has lawful postmarking status. Therefore UPS, FedEx and other private parties cannot technically be involved in shipping ballots,” UPS told Reuters in a statement.

“FedEx does accept individual ballots, and we advise that customers planning to return their ballots via FedEx should closely review their state’s guidelines on absentee voting and deadlines for ballots or related election documents,” FedEx said.

Republican President Donald Trump on Thursday said he opposed providing funds for the struggling Postal Service for mail voting, which is expected to surge to 50% as the coronavirus pandemic rages ahead of the Nov. 3 presidential election.

The Postal Service said on Friday it has written to 46 states and the District of Columbia warning there is a significant risk voters will not have enough time to complete and return their ballots.

In a viral Twitter post here on Thursday, author and radio host David Rothkopf said there was a "big opportunity" for UPS and FedEx to deliver ballots for free. "You'll overnight become the most beloved and respected organization in America," he wrote.

Various laws and regulations for the most part prohibit private delivery companies from handling mail-in and absentee ballots, the companies and experts told Reuters. Exceptions include deliveries deemed “extremely urgent” by statute and deliveries on the day of and afternoon prior to election day.



https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-ups-fedex-exclusive-idUSKCN25B00I?taid=5f376c03d7d51b0001078507&utm_campaign=trueAnthem:+Trending+Content&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=twitter

Carolina Panthers launch voter engagement initiative

he Carolina Panthers and the Carolina Panthers Player Impact Committee are launching "Your Vote Counts," a nonpartisan initiative that aims to educate, register and mobilize voters in the Carolinas. The initiative will work alongside local, state and national nonpartisan voter engagement organizations and utilize the Panthers' reach to encourage voters and help make the voting process safer and easier.

An informed and engaged electorate is the bedrock of the American democratic process. The more citizens vote, the stronger our society becomes.

This initiative comes on the heels of the news that Bank of America Stadium has been approved by the North Carolina State Board of Elections to serve as an early voting precinct this October.

From Oct. 15-31, registered voters in Mecklenburg County can come to the stadium, regardless of their designated polling place, and cast their ballot early. Voters who wish to cast their ballot at the stadium, can enter through the Luxe lobby on the north side of the stadium.

In the effort to provide resources for the various communities of North and South Carolina, the Panthers have created a web hub with important information and direct links to online registration portals, registration eligibility requirements and sample ballots to help voters research candidates and issues. The Panthers will offer team employees the opportunity to train as poll workers and become a part of the democratic process.



https://www.panthers.com/news/panthers-launch-voter-engagement-initiative

Harris County Clerk seeks to convert NRG Arena to polling place, election HQ for November

Harris County has been using space at NRG Arena to select grand juries. Potential jurors sit in designated seats that follow the social distancing rules, which is every other row and three seats apart.




https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Harris-County-Clerk-seeks-to-convert-NRG-Arena-to-15437677.php
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