Race Report

21 Jul 19
iran panorama

Sweden, July 20, 2019 – On Saturday, some 5,000 Iranians gathered in Stockholm, Sweden, to voice their support for the main Iranian opposition movement National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK). The event is the latest in a series of rallies held in different cities across the globe, including Brussels, Washington. D.C., […]

21 Jul 19
The Mercury News
By James Anderson | Associated Press DENVER — Republicans frustrated by losing their grip on political power in some Western states have begun deploying a new weapon: the recall. Once reserved for targeting corrupt or inept elected officials, the recall has become part of the toolkit for Republicans seeking a do-over of election results. One GOP strategist in Colorado has put a name to it — “recall season.” To be sure, Democrats also have used recalls, most notably in Wisconsin, where they tried unsuccessfully to oust then-Republican Gov. Scott Walker in 2012 over his actions to weaken public-sector unions. But Republicans have been mounting recall efforts against Democratic state lawmakers and governors at an unprecedented rate over the past two years in a handful of Western states, at the same time their political fortunes in those states have been declining. In 2018, they recalled a freshman state senator in California as a way to temporarily undo a Democratic supermajority. The same year in Nevada, two Democratic lawmakers and an allied independent fended off recall attempts. In Oregon, Republicans are pursuing a recall of Democratic Gov. Kate Brown, who was re-elected last year, after GOP lawmakers walked out of the Senate to try to block votes on climate change and education bills. Colorado, where Democrats control both houses of the legislature and the governor’s office, is seeing its highest level of recall activity since 2013 when two Democratic lawmakers lost their seats for supporting gun control legislation and a third facing recall resigned. Recall campaigns are targeting Democratic Gov. Jared Polis, two Democratic state House members and two Democrats in the state Senate. Recall committees have been formed for other lawmakers, and the GOP’s top-ranking officials have encouraged the efforts. U.S. Rep. Ken Buck, newly elected as chairman of the Colorado Republican Party, told supporters earlier this year, “We need to teach them how to spell R-E-C-A-L-L.” Colorado recall proponents accused their targets of overreach on issues of gun control, climate change, taxes, sex education and the electoral college — issues that many of the Democrats ran on during their successful campaigns. Karen Kateline, a talk show host working on the Polis effort, insists that she and other Republicans aren’t abusing the original misconduct intent for recalls. “Nobody is putting the brakes on these people,” she said of Democrats. “It’s our constitutional right to recall,” insisted Nancy Pallozzi, a Republican from the Denver suburb of Lakewood, who is leading an effort against state Sen. Brittany Pettersen. “We can’t wait for new (GOP) candidates to be vetted for the next election. Three more years for the governor? And three more years for Brittany? No.” Democrats see the recalls as a blatant attempt to undo the results of the most recent elections, which produced a Democratic wave in several Western states. Matt Harringer, spokesman for the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, has a simple label for the Republicans pursuing the recall attempts — “sore losers.” The committee, which gets involved in state legislative races, has dedicated $135,000 to help fight the Colorado recall attempts. “Republicans are definitely on the decline in the West, and Colorado is the leader of that,” Harringer said. “We don’t think there’s a huge appetite to recall legislators who are doing what they said they would do.” Nevertheless, Republicans see it as a worthy strategy. The Colorado Republican Party started months ago offering training sessions for what GOP consultant Ben Engen calls “recall season.” Proponents can use the process to time an election and shape the electorate on their own terms, when most voters aren’t paying attention, said Engen, a Denver-based consultant who conducted some of those sessions. For example, a petition drive can be timed to produce a special recall election during the winter holidays — taking advantage of lower turnout by unaffiliated voters who have helped turn Colorado, once a swing state, into Democratic-leaning territory, Engen said in an interview. “There’s a drop-off in turnout from presidential to midterm elections, and the same thing between midterms and off-year elections,” Engen said. “Initiators of a recall can use the timing to maximize that enthusiasm gap.” To Democrats, that’s essentially an admission that Republicans are using the recall not as a vehicle to oust corrupt officials, but rather as an attempt to game the system and flip seats they otherwise could not win in a regular election. “The strategists see that a recall may be the best chance of winnowing down the electorate in such a way as to sneak through a seat,” agreed Jason Bane, a Denver-based Democratic operative. “They need something that goes under the radar for it to work.” In 2018, California Democratic Sen. Josh Newman lost his seat in a recall election, ending Democrats’ supermajority. Recall proponents’ stated reason for the recall was Newman’s support for a gas tax increase, although he was one of dozens of lawmakers in both legislative houses to vote for it. Ironically, California voters reaffirmed the gas tax increase, which is now in effect, just months after voters recalled Newman in a lower-turnout primary. “What made me a target of the recall wasn’t my vote per se, but was the opportunity to instead redo an election just months earlier, and on more favorable terms,” said Newman, who plans to run for his old seat in 2020, when turnout will be far higher. Previous success, as in California and Colorado, has emboldened Republicans to keep trying. In Nevada, a group of conservatives says they’re preparing a recall effort against first-term Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak, who signed a law, passed by the Democratic-controlled Legislature, adding restrictions to the recall process. Oregon Republican Party Chairman Bill Currier filed paperwork to recall Brown based on what he called the governor’s failure to honor the will of the voters and her “politically-motivated agendas.” Currier did not return multiple inquiries seeking elaboration. KC Hanson, chairwoman of the Oregon Democratic Party, called the recall effort a political stunt meant to undermine the results of the November 2018 election, which also gave Democrats a legislative supermajority. “The GOP is embracing inflammatory rhetoric and pursuing a fool’s errand by trying to recall a governor that voters re-elected by a wide margin less than a year ago,” she said. “Clearly, the GOP is scared of what’s on the horizon for 2020.” Recalls were first staged in a handful of states in the early 20th century, an era of progressive political reforms, to remove public officials for corruption or ineptitude. Today, 19 states allow statewide recalls, 11 of them for any reason. Until recent years, they have rarely been used as a political tactic to flip legislative seats or target governors over policy disagreements, said Jason Spivak, who tracks recalls nationwide and is a senior fellow at Wagner College in New York. “Voters, in general, see this as not playing by the rules,” he said. New Mexico is among the majority of states that does not have the recall. This year, a Republican state lawmaker sought to change that. Rep. Bill Rehm insists the intent of his proposal was to honor the standard that recalls should be reserved for performance in office, not politics. “I don’t want it used as a political tool. And I don’t want the public to use it as a threat,” he said. “The public should have a way to get rid of me if I’m not performing.” [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-tag”]The Democrats who control the New Mexico legislature were not persuaded. Rehm’s bill did not get a hearing. Associated Press writers Susan Montoya Bryan in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Michelle Price in Las Vegas and Sarah Zimmerman in Salem, Oregon, contributed to this report.
21 Jul 19
Boston News, Weather, Sports | WHDH 7News

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Judiciary Committee chairman said Sunday that this week’s hearing with Robert Mueller will air “very substantial evidence” of wrongdoing by President Donald Trump and make a public case for impeachment. Republicans pledged sharp questioning of the special counsel about what they see as a “one-sided” Russia investigation. Days before back-to-back hearings Wednesday, both sides […]

21 Jul 19
gentlepen

07-17-2019 Written by: Steve Warren and Benjamin Gill CBN It seems like a story pulled right out of science fiction – the union between man and machine. However, science fiction is now becoming science fact as more and more humans are choosing to be merged with technology. Now billionaire, inventor, and envelope-pusher Elon Musk wants […]

21 Jul 19
Helsby running club

Hi everyone Apologies for the late blog this week, we have a few reports in the Helsby inbox so let’s get cracking! Reminders Save the date, the second DIRT event is coming! Can you promote among your clubs please. DIRT is the Delamere Interclub Relay Trail event, organised by Delamere Spartans. The event is a […]

21 Jul 19
NATION AND STATE

Authored by Marshall Auerback via TruthDig.com, The 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing is this year, and it’s worth recalling the memo that then-Vice President Lyndon Johnson wrote to President John F. Kennedy: “If we do not make the strong effort now, the time will soon be reached when the margin of control over […]

21 Jul 19
bitcoinimperia

[ad_1] https://i1.wp.com/ethereumworldnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/jonathan-sharp-E0rsKheWqmk-unsplash-1024×683.jpg Altseason on the Horizon? For some reason or another, crypto analysts have become extremely divided over whether or not there will be a fabled “altseason”. This has presumably been made evidently apparent from Ethereum World News’ last report on the matter, during which we reported that analyst Benjamin Blunts notes that Bitcoin dominance […]

21 Jul 19
Russia News Now

Authored by Marshall Auerback via TruthDig.com, The 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing is this year, and it’s worth recalling the memo that then-Vice President Lyndon Johnson wrote to President John F. Kennedy: “If we do not make the strong effort now, the time will soon be reached when the margin of control over […]

21 Jul 19
The Spitter

Surprises in the west have made the season a lot more intriguing. But in the end, how much does it matter?

21 Jul 19
Tyne Triathlon Club

One week ago on Sunday 14th July 2019 I undertook my latest challenge: Ironman UK. The idea to do an Ironman this year came about back in October, as Amy and I entered the Northumberland Ultra Marathon (race report). Given I felt that one of the reasons I struggled in my Lakesman marathon (race report) […]

21 Jul 19
Archy Worldys

MunichWhen Oliver Zipse enters the BMW headquarters on Monday, nothing is the same as before. Formally, he is still production director, but actually the strong man in Munich. A role that does not tolerate any delay. For the evening, a meeting of the highest leadership circle (OFK) is scheduled. In the run-up, there is talk […]

21 Jul 19
Labour Country

Last month, June 2019, marked the one hundredth anniversary of the race rioting which broke out in several British and American ports and coincided with the last couple of weeks of the Winnipeg General Strike in the Manitoban capital. As events which shook globally-connected centres, they were widely reported. In marking the centenary, therefore, it […]

21 Jul 19
To Inform is to Influence

Anonymous expert compilation, analysis, and reporting. </end editorial> Arms control update – no progress and Russian attitude is that inclusion of PRC in any deal is demeaning to Russia, Golts says that Russians cannot compete in an arms race (which everybody knows but a TNI author argues the opposite). NATO SECGEN interviewed. Keflavik major upgrade […]