Russell Wilson tweets against proposed NFL collective bargaining agreement: 'I VOTE NO'
INDIANAPOLIS — Conventional wisdom among those who follow the NFL is that its players are likely to approve a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) proposal that was sent by the union’s leaders to the general membership for a vote late Tuesday night.But the league’s highest-paid player, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, will not be voting for the proposal.Wilson, who is often portrayed as staying out of controversy whenever possible, waded willingly into the CBA debate Wednesday morning with a tweet saying the NFL is lagging behind the NBA and MLB in how it treats players, ending with a...
The Seattle Times
Commentary: Bloomberg's stop-and-frisk history will hinder voter turnout — but not the way Bernie Sanders thinks
Hiram Rivera still has nightmares about being stopped and frisked by police. The 43-year-old executive director of the Community Resource Hub for Safety and Accountability was stopped for the first time as a young black teenager in Connecticut, and has lost count of how many times he’s been stopped since.One stop stands out in his memory. In spring 2012, just a few months after he moved to Philadelphia, two plainclothes officers stopped him. “They jumped out of their car with guns,” Rivera remembers, “I quickly stopped any and all movements. You kind of just breathe.” They told him he fit a de...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Michelle Obama Shares Prom Dress Photos To Encourage Voting
Former First Lady Michelle Obama shared a photo on Twitter of her prom dress to encourage students to vote. “Throwing it back to my 1982 prom night and this pink satin, polka-dotted dress,” she tweeted, accompanied by a photo and a call to students to join the challenge created to raise voter turnout. “Join the #PromChallenge with When We All Vote and MTV and tell us what your school is doing to register students to vote. You could get a free prom for your school! ” As co-chair of When We All Vote, Obama collaborated with MTV’s +1thevote campaign to create a challenge that would “celebrate and...
Felons who can't afford fines and fees shouldn't be stopped from voting in Florida, appeals court rules in limited decision
ORLANDO, Fla. — A federal appeals court Wednesday upheld the limited injunction that allowed 17 ex-felons, including some from Orange County, to register to vote despite not being able to afford the fines and fees imposed as part of their sentence.The ruling, by three judges from the 11th District Court of Appeals, will be appealed by Gov. Ron DeSantis to the full federal appeals court, a spokesperson said.The injunction still only applies to the 17 plaintiffs, but it further establishes the principle that mandating financial obligations as a requirement to voting is unconstitutional when woul...
Editorial: Don't throw away your vote, Democrats, by voting too early
Voting has already begun in Florida’s presidential primaries, concluding March 17. More than a million absentee ballots have been mailed just to Democratic voters.Democrats, we cannot stress this enough. Set aside those ballots for a while. Don’t send them back too early and risk voting for someone no longer in contention.We know you feel compelled to immediately complete and return your ballot. But look at the many names of people there who’ve already dropped out. Aren’t you glad you’re not wasting your vote on them?Believe us. You won’t forget to return your ballot.There will be 22 primaries...
Dahleen Glanton: It's tough being a Democratic voter if you're not a clairvoyant
If this were a normal presidential election, most Democrats would have decided by now whom they would vote for in the primaries. They simply would have weighed each candidate’s message and decided which aligned most closely with their own.That’s how easy the political process is supposed to be. But this is no ordinary election. It never is when Donald Trump is involved.This time around, Democrats are facing an extraordinary challenge. They will have to become clairvoyants. They must try to look into the future to Nov. 3 and decide who most likely would be giving a victory speech, Trump or his ...
Khamenei: Voting in Iran’s election ‘a religious duty’
Voting in a parliamentary election this week is “a religious duty” for Iranians, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Tuesday, days before the vote seen as a referendum on the clerical establishment’s popularity, reports Reuters.Iran’s hardline Guardian Council vetting body has rejected some 6,850 moderate or conservative hopefulsin favour of hardliners from among the 14,000 applicants seeking to contest the February 21 vote. About a third of lawmakers have also been barred from standing again.State television quoted Khamenei as saying :Today, voting is not only a revolutionary and na...
The Middle East Monitor
As Biden struggles, Klobuchar and Buttigieg vie for Minnesota moderates
MINNEAPOLIS — A Super Tuesday duel for moderate Democratic voters in Minnesota is shaping up between two mild-mannered Midwesterners who few thought would ever make it this far.A year ago, Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s hopes seemed as hazy as the Minneapolis blizzard that greeted the start of her presidential campaign; then-South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg was a political unknown with a hard-to-pronounce last name.Now with former Vice President Joe Biden faltering in the early voting in Iowa and New Hampshire, moderate Democrats are looking for a candidate who can blunt the momentum of Vermont Se...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Polling voters who won't answer the phone, and other challenges of election math
PHILADELPHIA — From her cubicle in a quiet New Jersey office park, Maryann Hand called voter after voter in Iowa with this public-service appeal:“Your participation is very important because only 500 people have been randomly selected for this survey," she read from a script. “Your views will represent many people throughout the state.”But would they? It was the week before the Iowa caucuses, and most people chose not to speak with Hand and her colleagues in the Mount Laurel office of Braun Research, calling on behalf of the Monmouth University Polling Institute. After four evenings they final...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Voting in parliamentary elections ends in Azerbaijan
By TrendVoting in the parliamentary elections in Azerbaijan has ended, Trendreports.The elections, which began at 08:00 (GMT +4), ended at 19:00.The voter turnout in the Azerbaijani parliamentary elections amounted to 44.84 percent (2,389,754 voters) out of 5,329,461 voters as of 17:00 (GMT+4).Some 1,314 candidates were registered within the early parliamentary elections.The candidacies of 246 people were nominated by 19 political parties, 1,057 were self-nominated, 11 – by initiative groups.Twenty-one percent accounted for female candidates while 79 percent – male candidates.As many as 5,573 ...