Pa. just postponed its primary due to coronavirus. Here's what it means for voters and 2020 campaigns
PHILADELPHIA—June 2 is shaping up to be the Super Tuesday of postponed primaries. Pennsylvania will join 11 states and the District of Columbia in voting that day, after rescheduling its primary due to the coronavirus.Gov. Tom Wolf on Friday signed a bill moving the primary back five weeks to allow enough time for people to register to vote by mail, for polling locations to shift and to give election officials time to prepare for an election in unprecedented circumstances.The law authorizes county election officials to close and consolidate polling places without the usual court approval. (Off...
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A fight over fracking at a Pennsylvania steel mill is forcing a reckoning among Democrats
BRADDOCK, Pa. — About a year ago, Chardaé Jones finally had enough money to pay off some student loans and move out of her parents’ house into a third-floor apartment across the street from a steel mill that helped build America.When Jones, 31, looked out her window at night at the mill Andrew Carnegie built 145 years ago, she wrote down what she saw and heard:Jones grew up in Braddock, a town of 2,114 people about 11 miles southeast of Pittsburgh on the Monongahela River, and last year became mayor. She was used to the pollution. What she found more troubling was U.S. Steel’s plan, in the wor...
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Jay Ambrose: A debate to disremember
Presidential candidates Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders told us Sunday night how they would deal with the coronavirus and then how they would wreck America, although, to be fair, Biden was more cautious on that issue than Sanders. Biden has picked up some tips from him, as in now favoring free college tuition, for instance, but has not yet reached a vision that could nearly double the size of government and taxes.Along those lines, Sanders seemed furiously intent in their debate in showing why he is not qualified to become the Democratic nominee through primaries now reduced from a herd of p...
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Joe Biden wins Washington presidential primary, beating Bernie Sanders in state he took 4 years ago
SEATTLE — Former Vice President Joe Biden has won Washington’s presidential primary, further cementing his status as the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination.As of Monday afternoon, Biden led with nearly 38% of the statewide vote, compared with about 36% for Vermont Sen. Sanders — a gap of 23,000 votes. Biden’s lead had expanded since the two rivals ended election night March 10 in a virtual tie.The delayed victory — which came amid record turnout for a Washington presidential primary — means Biden won five of the six states that voted March 10. In addition to Washington, he...
The Seattle Times
Andrew Gillum enters rehab for alcohol abuse
ORLANDO, Fla. — Former Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum announced Sunday he is entering a rehabilitation facility for treatment of alcohol abuse.On Thursday, Miami Beach police found Gillum in a hotel room with two other people and three small plastic bags containing suspected crystal meth.The former Tallahassee mayor later confirmed his presence in the hotel room but denied the use of methamphetamines.Gillum stated he was in town for a wedding and had too much to drink. First responders were called to the hotel room to assist one of his friends, he said.But a police report said a...
Georgia delays its presidential primary until May due to coronavirus
ATLANTA — Georgia elections officials postponed the presidential primary scheduled for next week because of the coronavirus pandemic, becoming the second state forced to push back a vote in the race for the White House due to the outbreak.The state rescheduled the vote previously scheduled for March 24 until May 19, the same date as the primary for a sweep of local, state and federal offices, elections officials told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Saturday. “Events are moving rapidly and my highest priority is protecting the health of our poll workers, their families and the community at ...
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Coronavirus threat hovers over Illinois primary as suburban voters hold key in Democratic presidential race
CHICAGO — What at one time had looked to be a traditionally raucous final weekend before a St. Patrick’s Day Illinois primary has turned eerily silent, with parades, rallies and door-knocking giving way to phone banking and social distancing amid the threat of COVID-19.Instead of concern over Russian hacking of election systems, as occurred in Illinois four years ago, the threat is about a bug — a dangerous virus whose potential for contagion prompted state officials to encourage voters to cast a ballot by mail or vote early to avoid crowds at polling places on Tuesday.“We’re very serious when...
Andrew Gillum, ex-candidate for Florida governor, found in hotel room with suspected drugs
MIAMI — Andrew Gillum, who in 2018 came within 34,000 votes of becoming Florida’s governor, was discovered by police at a South Beach hotel early Friday morning in a room with bags of possible methamphetamine and in the company of a man who appeared to have overdosed on drugs, according to a Miami Beach police report.Police say they were called to the Mondrian South Beach early Friday morning and found paramedics treating Travis Dyson, a 30-year-old Miami man, for an apparent heart attack. They say two other men were in the room: Aldo Mejias and Gillum.Police say Gillum, who was not arrested, ...
Dahleen Glanton: The GOP is no longer the party of Lincoln. It's become a launching pad for bigots
The GOP has an image problem. For some reason, bigots and other undesirables seem to think they can run for office as Republicans and win.Sometimes the candidates are right. More often, they’re wrong. But that’s not the issue. What’s concerning is that there’s something about the Republican Party that makes loathsome candidates think they are welcome there.It is unlikely that many Americans are paying attention to the congressional race in Illinois’ 3rd Congressional District. But everyone should.Arthur Jones is on the Republican ballot again. The Nazi sympathizer and Holocaust denier is makin...
Brian Dickerson: Bernie Sanders needs to suspend his campaign now. Here's why
Over the last couple of weeks, as the once-unwieldy Democratic presidential field whittled itself down to a duel, Bernie Sanders’ detractors have begun to insinuate that the senator from Vermont is the liberal mirror image of Donald Trump.“If you think the last four years has been chaotic, divisive, toxic, exhausting,” then-candidate Pete Buttigieg warned in his valedictory appearance on the Democratic debate stage in South Carolina, “imagine spending the better part of 2020 with Bernie Sanders vs. Donald Trump.”Surrogates for Vice President Joe Biden quickly doubled down on that theme, sugges...
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