Michael Phillips: As Election Day approaches, our home screens are sending wildly mixed messages about democracy in action
CHICAGO — Here’s how the Oxford English Dictionary defines the word “politics”: “The activities associated with the governance of a country or other area, especially the debate or conflict among individuals or parties having or hoping to achieve power.”We’re in it, all right, neck-deep and gasping. Less than two weeks before our quadrennial democratic experiment in terror, division, heartbreak and the art of the possible, our home screens are sending wildly mixed messages about democracy in action — how it was, how it is, how it should be and how we might save America from itself.For every lef...
Georgia made more competitive by 1 million new voters since 2016 election
ATLANTA — The latest list of Georgia voters makes it easy to see why the state is in play this election.One million new voters since 2016. A younger, more racially diverse electorate. Rapid changes in Georgia’s voting population.There are now a record 7.6 million registered voters in Georgia, according to voter registration rolls obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution from the secretary of state’s office after the Oct. 5 registration deadline.Shifts among Georgia’s voters threaten the state’s 28-year run of consecutive Republican victories in presidential races, said Charles Bullock, a U...
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Federal law enforcement says Iran may be behind 'spoofed' emails sent to Florida voters
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The U.S. government Wednesday night concluded that Iran and Russia have taken “specific actions to influence public opinion” in the 2020 presidential election, suggesting Iran may be behind the threatening emails to Florida voters this week claiming to be affiliated with the Proud Boys.“We have confirmed that some voter registration information has been obtained by Iran, and separately, by Russia. This data can be used by foreign actors to attempt to communicate false information to registered voters that they hope will cause confusion, sow chaos and undermine your confiden...
Mary Schmich: Voting in Kamala's shoes — the power of a candidate's sneakers
Let’s get the criticism of this column out of the way upfront:The most important election in our lifetime is barreling toward us and you’re writing about a candidate’s shoes?For the first time a woman of color is on a major presidential ticket and you’re writing about her shoes?The world is burning literally and figuratively and you’re writing about sneakers?That guy from The New Yorker is … hey, look on the bright side: At least I’m not writing about that.I’m not the first person to note that Kamala Harris, who’s running for vice president, has broken another barrier by choosing to routinely ...
The Texas congressional delegation doesn't reflect the state's diversity. Will the election change that?
WASHINGTON — The Texas congressional delegation long hasn’t reflected the demographic diversity of the state. Currently, Anglos occupy roughly two-thirds of the Texas seats in the U.S. House, while Anglos make up 41% of the Texas population. Latinos, on the other hand are severely underrepresented, with 19% of seats and comprising 40% of the population.This year, amid a national reckoning of systemic racism in all aspects of American life, candidates of color are running in 24 of the state’s 36 congressional districts, including 10 districts where both Democrat and Republican are nonwhite.Yet ...
Voting intimidation emails to Florida students may be scam, authorities say
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A string of voter intimidation emails that were purportedly sent by the Proud Boys, a self-described militia group, were reported to state and federal law enforcement officials on Tuesday morning, according to Alachua Supervisor of Elections Kim Barton.Alachua County officials were made aware of the emails on Tuesday morning. In one of the emails, the sender told a voter to “vote for Trump on Election Day or we will come after you,” according to a copy obtained by the Miami Herald.“Change your party affiliation to Republican to let us know you received our message and will ...
Florida voters line up before dawn to vote early
MIAMI — A soggy South Florida morning didn’t dampen voter enthusiasm as people arrived Monday at voting centers before dawn — in some cases lining up around the block — to take advantage of the start of early voting in Florida.From Miami to St. Petersburg, people began posting pictures on social media of lines growing around early voting centers even before polls opened at 7 a.m. In stormy South Florida, voters supporting either President Donald Trump or Democratic nominee Joe Biden stood in line wearing ponchos — and masks — and holding umbrellas.More than 2.5 million Floridians have already ...
Election officials prepare for voter intimidation threat
Election officials across the country have begun reviewing security plans at early and Election Day voting sites, strengthening ties with local law enforcement and training poll workers to prepare for voter intimidation tactics.Even before the presidential debate, when President Donald Trump urged his supporters to “go into the polls and watch very carefully,” Michelle Wilcox, the director of elections in Auglaize County, Ohio, was concerned about disruptions at the polls this year.The rural county near the Indiana border seems like an unlikely candidate for trouble. It has about 32,500 voters...
Martin Schram: How dueling town halls became a de facto debate
Voters may not have realized it and neither did my colleagues in the campaign cognoscenti. But last Thursday night, we started out watching a couple of ho-hum presidential candidate town hall events — and ended up witnessing a de facto presidential debate that may have decided the 2020 election.Those so-called dueling town hall events came about because of a bizarre tag-teaming of two of America’s most famous news-making peacocks: President Donald Trump and NBC News. After Trump refused to participate in a virtual second debate with Democrat Joe Biden (candidates in separate rooms in the name ...
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Whitmer asks Trump to 'bring the heat down,' says he's inciting 'domestic terrorism'
DETROIT — A day after President Donald Trump prompted “lock her up” chants against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in Muskegon, Whitmer implored the president and other officials to “bring the heat down.”Whitmer told NBC’s “Meet the Press” that the chant, which usually was reserved for former Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, was “incredibly disturbing” as it came 10 days after state and federal officials unveiled charges in an alleged attempt to kidnap the governor, storm the Capitol and incite civil war.Whitmer, national campaign chair for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, ...
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