US judge blocks Texas law that would end straight-ticket voting
AUSTIN, Texas — A federal judge on Friday ordered Texas officials to allow straight-ticket voting for the Nov. 3 election, ruling that a state law ending the practice would endanger voters by causing longer lines at polling places during the pandemic.The ruling, coming only 18 days before early voting was set to begin, will cause problems for election officials who must reprogram voting machine software and reconfigure ballots, U.S. District Judge Marina Garcia Marmolejo acknowledged in her ruling.“The substantial injury to (voters) is outweighed by the inconvenience,” the Laredo judge wrote.G...
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Ron Paul hospitalized after medical incidentAUSTIN, Texas — Ron Paul, the former Republican congressman from southeast Texas and presidential candidate, was hospitalized Friday after suffering an apparent medical incident while speaking during a video livestream.Following reports that the 85-year-old was admitted to a Texas hospital for “precautionary reasons,” Paul tweeted a photo from his hospital bed.“Message from Ron Paul: ‘I am doing fine. Thank you for your concern,’” the tweet read.Video posted on Twitter showed Paul interviewing a guest on video when his speech began to slur and his wo...
Tribune News Service
'Disgusted' voters in the Philly suburbs could help Biden offset Trump's gains in Pennsylvania
PHILADELPHIA — Sandy Arnell used to work for Republican lawmakers in Washington and in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s capital. She considered herself to be liberal on issues like abortion but conservative when it came to fiscal issues. She didn’t always vote Republican. But she identified as one, and voted in GOP primaries.Arnell, of Downingtown, had already been drifting from conservative politics before Donald Trump was elected president. But she reached a breaking point with what she called the “hatred and negativity” of his presidency and became a Democrat.“I was holding on to my Republican ca...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Biden maintains an edge over Trump in new Pa. poll, as pessimism over coronavirus and the economy looms
PHILADELPHIA — Pennsylvania voters are closely tuned into the 2020 election, pessimistic about the coronavirus, the economy, and their own personal finances — and currently giving Joe Biden the edge over President Donald Trump, according to a new poll.The Franklin & Marshall College survey released Thursday showed the former vice president and Democratic nominee with a six-point lead over Trump among likely voters, 48% to 42%. Seven out of 10 voters are “very interested” in the race.Voters continue to give Trump a slight edge over Biden on handling the economy, 48% to 46%. Biden is favored by ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
'Vote him out!': Trump jeered by protesters while paying respect to Ginsburg at Supreme Court
As President Donald Trump and his wife emerged at the top of the Supreme Court steps on Thursday morning to pay their respects to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a throng of onlookers broke out into a deafening chant of “Vote him out,” their words echoing against the historic marble building.But Trump claimed afterward that he could barely hear the scream for change.“I think that was just a political chant. We could hardly hear it from where we were,” Trump told reporters at the White House later in the day. “Somebody said there was some chanting … but we could hardly hear too much. We heard a so...
New York Daily News
The Kennedys will soon be gone in Congress, unless this first-time candidate wins in South Jersey
VINELAND, N.J. — Amy Kennedy spotted a familiar face.Shane Harris was near a line of volunteers waving campaign signs at passing cars. Harris met Kennedy a few months ago, and had showed up again at a campaign stop here Saturday, this time with his adult daughter. He told Kennedy, who’s running for Congress in South Jersey’s 2nd District, that she had both their votes.Harris, a Vineland police officer, voted to send Jeff Van Drew to Washington two years ago. He even phone-banked for him as a volunteer. So when Van Drew, a longtime Democrat, switched parties last year and pledged his “undying s...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Editorial: Bloomberg raises big bucks to help Florida's ex-felons vote. We'll take a little credit for that
Last week, the Miami Herald Editorial Board urged Michael Bloomberg to “write a big old check” to help ex-felons in Florida vote in the presidential election. The editorial was picked up by several national outlets.This week, he announced that he has raised almost $20 million for the cause. Bravo!After decades of being denied the right to vote, most former prisoners in the state still are being denied access to the ballot box, even though, in 2018, a solid majority of voters approved a constitutional amendment allowing them to cast a ballot. Gov. DeSantis and the Republican Legislature erected...
Biden vows to change 'systemic racism' during first NC appearance in months
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden brought his campaign to Charlotte on Wednesday, telling a dozen African American business owners and educators that the “tough times” for Americans in this pandemic are even worse for African American communities.“It’s sort of emblematic of the inequality that exists,” he said at what was billed as a Black Economic Summit at Camp North End. “We have a gigantic opportunity to change the systemic racism.”Biden also ripped President Donald Trump for what he called “the most corrupt administration in modern American history.”Biden’s first...
The Charlotte Observer
With November election looming, San Diego's biotech community eyes policy issues
SAN DIEGO — Test tubes and beakers don’t care what laws politicians pass, but biotech execs sure do.The life sciences have always been shaped by policy. Biotech companies from San Diego to San Francisco to Boston look to local, state and federal lawmakers to ensure that they have space to expand and funding to buoy their research.It’s why Biocom, a California life science trade group based in San Diego, keeps an office in Washington D.C. — and why the organization held a forum last week with San Diego’s mayoral candidates.With an election looming, many long-running issues for the biotech commu...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Editorial: Endorsement: Joe Biden is the anti-toxin America needs
Among the myriad lawn signs sprouting in anticipation of November’s presidential election, two are noteworthy for their seeming nonpartisanship:The first sign — “ANY FUNCTIONING ADULT 2020” — makes light of America’s current upheaval, tacitly confessing how little today’s disillusioned voters expect of their elected leaders.The second, beginning with the words “IN THIS HOUSE,” advertises the occupants’ allegiance to a list of cardinal virtues — kindness, respect for learning, compassion for those with disabilities, etc. — as timeless and anodyne as the Girl Scout Law.Neither sign mentions any ...
Detroit Free Press