As election nears, some would-be voters frustrated by citizenship delays
SAN DIEGO — San Diegan Alfredo De Jesus applied to become a U.S. citizen toward the beginning of 2020 — as soon as he was eligible.He thought his application would be processed in plenty of time to vote in this year’s election. But he’s still waiting.De Jesus is among many citizens-to-be whose applications stalled in large part because of COVID-19. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the agency responsible for processing naturalizations, shuttered at the beginning of the pandemic for several months and is still working to catch up.De Jesus said he feels frustrated and disappointed.“Peop...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
SC's Black voters say they 'can't afford to sit at home' this election
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Patrick Moses was fixing something under the hood of his car, parked in the garage of his Hopkins home in his neighborhood — a former cow pasture now dotted with single-family homes decorated for fall and Halloween — when a golf cart pulled into his driveway interrupting the quiet.In the driver’s side of the golf cart was Bernice Scott, Moses’ across-the-street neighbor, who turned off the ignition key, which had attached to it a picture of her and President Barack Obama in front of the White House, and got out.It was Tuesday, a week before Election Day, and Scott — the 75-yea...
The State (Columbia, S.C.)
Iowa once embraced Trump, but could now help vote him out
Though she's a Democrat, Michelle Smith understood Donald Trump's popularity in 2016 in her home state of Iowa.She lost her job about 15 years ago at a factory for appliance manufacturer Maytag in the city of Newton. The plant eventually closed altogether in 2007, taking 2,000 jobs with it."I think people saw, 'Oh, he's not a politician. He's somebody new. He's a businessman. Let's give him a chance for economic development'," said Smith.She says her situation has, however, not improved since the New York real estate mogul won the White House four years ago -- and in fact may have worsened."I ...
WATCH: Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst Can’t Answer Question About Soybean Prices At Senate Debate
Just last week, Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) battled it out against her Democratic opponent, Theresa Greenfield, at a televised debate. Iowa voters greatly value a candidate who is familiar with local agricultural concerns, and the debate moderator took the opportunity to test the knowledge of the candidates.Greenfield was asked about the break-even price of corn, correctly providing an answer of $3.68 per bushel. When the attention turned to the incumbent, moderators wanted to know the price of soybeans, a question that seemed to shake Ernst. She first delivered a long response about trade policy...
COVID-19 patients swamp rural hospitals
The nation’s pandemic hot spots have shifted to rural communities, overwhelming small hospitals that are running out of beds or lack the intensive care units for more than one or two seriously ill patients.And in much of the Midwest and Great Plains, hospital workers are catching the virus at home and in their communities, seriously reducing already slim benches of doctors, nurses and other professionals needed to keep rural hospitals running.Nationwide, positive coronavirus cases started rising in mid-September as children and college students returned to school, more businesses reopened and ...
As Biden threatens in Georgia, Trump aims to turn out rural voters
MACON, Ga. — Racing to squeeze more support from heavily Republican rural areas, President Donald Trump promised a “red wave” would crush Democrats in November and touted his administration’s agricultural programs at an outdoor rally that underscored Georgia’s tight race for the White House.Throughout his Friday speech to more than 1,000 supporters packing a Macon airport, Trump said he had no doubt Georgia would remain in the GOP column in November, despite polls showing Joe Biden threatening to become the first Democrat to carry the state since 1992.The president sprinkled his remarks with s...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Biden-Harris not quite all-in in Texas
AUSTIN, Texas — On MSNBC’s “Rachel Maddow Show” on Wednesday night, Democratic vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris revealed that she was about to launch an in-person campaign swing across some crucial electoral terrain.“I’m going to be in North Carolina and Ohio and Pennsylvania and, I think, Texas,” Harris said.Harris thought correctly. Texas was on her itinerary for this weekend, much to the delight of Texas Democrats, who would love for their state, in recent decades the cornerstone of the Republican electoral majority, to be viewed and treated by its national ticket as the biggest ba...
Commentary: Students in Big Ten states could be key to the election
This year’s presidential election might come down to students. More than other large voting blocs, their turnout varies enormously from election to election, and some of the most important swing states have lots of students.The Big Ten schools alone — in states like Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Ohio — will almost certainly influence who sits in the Oval Office in a few months. Same goes for universities in both Arizona and Florida.But during this pandemic year, with so many students not where they expected to be, they face unique challenges in casting their ballots. If they don’t turn...
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Trudeau plans to keep borders closed until COVID-19 cases dropPrime Minister Justin Trudeau indicated he plans to keep Canada’s borders closed as long as coronavirus cases remain elevated in the U.S.“We have committed to keeping Canadians safe and we keep extending the border closures because the States is not in a place where we would feel comfortable reopening those borders,” the prime minister said Wednesday morning in an interview with a radio station in Winnipeg, Manitoba.“We will continue to make sure that Canadian safety is top of mind when we move forward. We see the cases in the Unite...
Tribune News Service
Meet the chef who says he is 'the brains' behind Kristin Cavallari's new cookbook
CHICAGO — Elmhurst, Illinois-based chef Mike Kubiesa — who partnered with Kristin Cavallari on the new cookbook, “True Comfort” — is ready to get off the sidelines and focus on his goal of becoming a celebrity TV chef.Kubiesa said he met former Bears quarterback Jay Cutler in 2015 while cooking for players and coaches at Halas Hall in Lake Forest. Cutler offered him a job as his family’s chef. He said he fed the Cutler-Cavallari clan — which includes kids Camden, Jaxon and Saylor — until last year.The 29-year-old chef said he now cooks for Bulls forward Otto Porter Jr. while also working dinne...