It's harder to vote in Texas than any other state, election experts say; here's why
FORT WORTH, Texas — Voters have a harder time casting ballots in Texas than any other state, election experts say.The “cost of voting” analysis that ranks Texas lowest in the U.S. factors in registration deadlines, automatic voter registration, voter ID laws, early voting and mail-in voting. Political experts at Northern Illinois University, Jacksonville University and Wuhan University in China first released the analysis in 2018 and updated it for the current presidential election year. It will be published in the Election Law Journal.“State policies that impact the cost of voting are not the...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Mark Bradley: Did the Braves choke? No. Will they be back? Oh, yes indeed.
This one hurts worse than most, worse maybe than any since 1996. This wasn’t a Braves’ team that fell at the first hurdle. It beat the Reds, which some weren’t sure it would. It swept the Marlins. It surged ahead of the best team in baseball 3-1 in the NLCS, which put these Braves one game from the World Series, and we all know how long it had been since the Braves had graced either event.(Last NLCS — 2001. Lost 4-1 to Arizona. Last World Series — 1999. Swept by the Yankees.)So this, if not new, was definitely different. These Braves looked for all the world as if they could … go … all … the …...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Ford wage, benefits fuel union buzz at Honda, Toyota, says Canadian autoworkers leader
Jerry Dias has his eye on Honda and Toyota now.The president of Unifor, the union representing Detroit Three autoworkers in Canada, said contract talks with Ford Motor Co. went so well that nonunion workers have begun making inquiries, wondering if the time has come to join.The Ford deal announced Sept. 28 included a $1.5 billion (U.S.) investment to bring battery-electric vehicle production to Oakville Assembly near Toronto and a new engine derivative to Windsor. The agreement was a massive negotiation among government, company and union officials. And the wages set a pattern for the other au...
Detroit Free Press
Fabiola Santiago: Trump, Pence promise a 'Cuba libre' in Miami, but only Obama outsmarted the Castros
Republicans know the drill well.It’s not a proper presidential election without the standard call in Miami for a free Cuba — and the Trump campaign isn’t taking any chances in must-win Florida.The traditional cafecito stop at Versailles with people swarming a candidate may be lost to the contagious coronavirus, but words that stir a people’s yearning for the homeland left behind are still the election prop of choice.Words don’t cost a thing, except maybe to the isolated and repressed people in Cuba.And so, on Thursday, both President Donald Trump, said to be recovered from COVID, and Vice Pres...
Sideline Chatter: The only time going 5 for 5 is bad for a kicker
And the most dangerous position in the NFL is … Jaguars kicker?Jacksonville will be abusing — er, using — its fifth kicker in five games Sunday against Detroit. The Jags’ medical list:— Josh Lambo, Weeks 1-2 (injured hip, put on injured reserve)— Brandon Wright, Week 3 (groin, waived)— Aldrick Rosas, Week 4 (hip/groin, put on practice squad injured list)— Stephen Hauschka, Week 5 (just recovered from sore leg, two missed kicks, waived)Next man up: Jon Brown. Here’s hoping they kept him in Bubble Wrap all week.———Headlines— At Fark.com: “NFL cancels this season’s Pro Bowl, leaving dozens of fan...
The Seattle Times
Pence rallies Trump supporters: 'The road to victory runs right through Pennsylvania'
READING, Pa. — Vice President Mike Pence returned to the critical battleground state of Pennsylvania on Saturday, declaring President Donald Trump a champion of the “forgotten men and women of America” and blasting Joe Biden as a “Trojan Horse for the radical left.”“The road to victory runs right through Pennsylvania,” Pence told more than 1,000 supporters here after bounding down the stairs from Air Force Two and running toward the stage outside an airport hangar.Pence ran through a familiar recitation of the administration’s accomplishments on the economy, cutting regulations, and increasing...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Biden or Trump? Autoworkers back their guy
FLINT, Mich. — Inside General Motors Co.’s Flint Assembly plant, autoworkers are staking out both sides of the aisle — a reflection of the political division cleaving the Michigan electorate less than 20 days before the election.Richard Incrocci says he loves his union as he stands in the parking lot of the United Auto Workers Local 598 hall that proudly displays Biden/Harris signs out front. So does his co-worker Lori Welch.But they are divided over who should sit in the Oval Office the next four years, who could lead the country in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, who’s best equipped to st...
The Detroit News
Can canned tuna giant Bumble Bee recover from bankruptcy and scandal?
SAN DIEGO — Bumble Bee Seafoods, the 120-year-old canned tuna giant, is trying to make tinned fish cool again.With viral YouTube ads, a trendy campaign targeted toward millennials and Gen Z, and a worldwide pandemic that skyrocketed the sale of canned goods, they have a few good things going for them. But the company — shaken by bankruptcy and industry scandal that landed its former CEO in prison — has a long way to go before it can claim a complete turnaround.Earlier this year, Bumble Bee’s longtime CEO Christopher Lischewski was sentenced to three years in prison for his lead role in a lengt...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
COVID-19 will likely get worse in the winter, thanks to biology and behavior
PHILADELPHIA — Pennsylvania is at the beginning of a fall COVID-19 surge, the state’s health secretary said Wednesday, matching experts’ predictions that cooler weather will worsen the coronavirus’ spread.That’s likely both because of biology and behavior, though scientists say the latter may matter more.“As it gets colder, people spend more time indoors and that will increase their risk of exposure to the virus,” said Nate Wardle, a spokesperson for the department of health.Health Secretary Rachel Levine noted that around the country, small gatherings tend to be driving case count increases, ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Auto review: VW Atlas Cross Sport: Fewer passengers means more room for fun stuff
What do you get when you strip the third row from a popular SUV, lay protective rubber mats back there instead, and then rake back the roof for a sportier profile?Well, you get a sexier, roomier two-row activity vehicle, the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport. It’s a five-seater modified from the family hauling Atlas. It is 3 inches shorter and has a 2.6-inch lower roof, but still has gaping space for tents and duffle bags, baseball and golf equipment. Or the $500 jogging stroller (!!) that grandpa is delivering to his precious baby granddaughter and her mama.Volkswagen figures the all-new Cros...
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