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    Republican Arizona Governor Doug Ducey blasted Kari Lake on Sunday, an outspoken ex-local journalist who's running to take over his seat with Donald Trump's blessing, the latest tear in a growing inter-GOP divide.  He mocked her as 'Fake Lake' for casting doubt on the 2020 presidential race. It comes after Ducey set himself up in a proxy battle with Trump for the Arizona GOP by endorsing Lake's opponent, a former member of the Arizona Board of Regents, for governor in the August 2 primary. 'I think Karrin Taylor Robson will be the best person to be a fresh new leader for the state of Arizona,' Ducey said on CNN's State of The Union.  'Her opponent, on the other hand, bears no resemblance - her campaign or even her personal interactions with me - to anything she's done over the past 30 years. This is all an act. She's been putting on a show for some time now. And we will see if the voters of Arizona buy it.'  The term-limited governor's interview, in which he also refused to commit to...
    A controversial ballot measure to extend the terms of the board members at Silicon Valley’s largest water district — and yet told voters that it would instead limit their terms — has won a narrow victory. Measure A, which will increase the number of years that board members of the Santa Clara Valley Water District can remain in office — allowing them to serve four 4-year terms instead of the current limit of three 4-year terms — passed 50.56% to 49.44%. The secretary of state’s office was set to certify election results Friday afternoon after every county in California reported that all ballots from the June 7 election had been counted. John Varela, acting chairman of the water district, declined to be interviewed Friday about the results of the election. Varela, a former Morgan Hill mayor who is running for re-election to the water district board in November, voted to place Measure A on the ballot. Linda LeZotte, one of three water district board members who voted against placing Measure A on the ballot, along with boardmembers Barbara Keegan and...
    New Hampshire's Republican governor called on President Joe Biden to fire Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen on Sunday, claiming the official 'misled America' on the state of the economy in the face of an incoming recession.  Governor Chris Sununu accused Yellen of failing to own up to the gloomy economic forecast after she said in a speech last month that she expected the economy to slow down in the coming months but a recession was not 'at all imminent.' 'Recession is coming,' the moderate Republican firmly told CNN's State of the Union on Sunday.  It comes as a new poll shows a majority of Americans believe a recession is already here - and a whopping 96 percent said they feel at least some impact from decades-high inflation jacking up the cost of living across the country. Meanwhile, the president is spending the weekend biking near his holiday home of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. He was photographed in a navy blue shirt, black shorts and Ray-Ban sunglasses, biking with his Secret Service entourage.  Taking aim at the president's legislative action to combat the COVID-19...
    Two Virginia lobbyists accused of trying to inhibit Black voters during the 2020 presidential election have been fined $5 million by federal regulators for illegally sending robocalls. An investigation by the Federal Communications Commission found that John Burkman and Jacob Wohl paid a separate company to place more than 1,100 recorded robocalls in August and September of last year. The two admitted to arranging the calls, which the FCC said violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.  Prosecutors in Michigan, New York and Ohio indicted Burkman and Wohl last year for allegedly seeking to intimidate Black voters in Cleveland, Detroit and New York City.  "The recorded messages told potential voters that if they voted by mail, their personal information will be part of a public database that will be used by police departments to track down old warrants and be used by credit card companies to collect outstanding debts," the FCC said Tuesday in a statement. The FCC's enforcement bureau must approve the proposed $5.1 million fine after first allowing Burkman and Wohl the opportunity to respond. The pair are now facing the largest...
    President Joe Biden waded deeper into the voting rights fight this week with a sweeping speech in Philadelphia that drew on dramatic, and at times misleading, comparisons and figures. Biden likened the election changes some GOP-controlled states are pursuing to a “21st century Jim Crow assault” on democracy, calling on Congress to pass a bill that would give the federal government control over election-related issues that go well beyond the ballot box. Jim Crow refers to the segregation laws that relegated black Americans to second-class citizenship in the post-Civil War south. Like many other Democrats and progressive activists this year, Biden invoked that painful history to describe the administrative changes some states have made on issues such as absentee ballot deadlines and early voting hours. BREAKING DOWN THE TEXAS VOTING BILL THAT DEMOCRATS FLED THE STATE TO BLOCK While the Left has decried the changes as un-American, the Supreme Court effectively ruled earlier this month states can enact voting laws curbing fraud and streamlining election processes even if minority voters end up participating in elections less — so long...
    Former Republican Florida Rep. David Jolly claimed Monday that Republican Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp was misleading people over Georgia’s new election law. Jolly stated to host Joy Reid that “Brian Kemp is a liar,” as he joined MSNBC’s “The ReidOut” to discuss the new law, and reacted to Kemp defending it from critics’ attacks. (RELATED: ‘We Need To Be Precise In Our Criticism’: Joe Scarborough Refutes Claim That Georgia Election Law Is ‘Jim Crow 2.0’) Reid began the segment with a video clip of Kemp defending the law, and turning blame for long lines at polling places on Democrats, saying they “need to do a better job of running their elections and moving people through the line.” “That little spectacle is what the complete capitulation of a political party devoid of ideas looks like,” Reid said after the clip played. “Why do non-white Georgia voters have to wait in line for so long? According to Brian Kemp, who actually governs in Atlanta where Fulton county is, he says it’s just that Democrats are not doing a good job.”...
    The Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger held a press conference Monday morning regarding the state’s recount, where he stated “fantastic claims” are misleading Trump supporters and even making their way to President Donald Trump. “That is the great thing about our paper ballot system, it is audible, it is re-countable, and it can provide the voters the confident the outcomes are correct,” Raffensperger began. The secretary of state further stated upon completion of the recount, the voters of Georgia will have “confidence” in the vote, “despite the massive amounts of misinformation that is being spread by dishonest actors.” “There are those who are exploiting the emotions of many Trump supporters with fantastic claims, half-truths, misinformation, and frankly, they are misleading the president as well, apparently,” Raffensperger stated. Watch above. Have a tip we should know? [email protected]
    SACRAMENTO —  Supporters of a coming ban on the sale of flavored tobacco products in California asked the state attorney general on Tuesday to investigate complaints that people gathering signatures for a referendum to overturn the law have misrepresented the effort. An attorney for the group Tobacco Free Kids Action Fund filed a complaint with state Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra asking for an investigation of “numerous instances of illegal signature-gathering tactics,” noting that it is a misdemeanor for signature gatherers to intentionally misrepresent a referendum petition. “In several instances, petition circulators for this referendum have approached voters and asked them to sign this petition under the pretense that signing the petition would support banning flavored tobacco,” attorney Lance Olson wrote. “This is categorically false, as this referendum seeks to overturn the law prohibiting the sale of flavored tobacco products.” The American Heart Assn. also signed on to the complaint. The new law, which bans the retail sale of flavored tobacco products including menthol and fruit flavors, as well as those used in electronic cigarettes, was approved by the state Legislature...
    By GENE JOHNSON, Associated Press SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously struck down Tim Eyman’s Initiative 976, a measure that would have steeply discounted the price of car registrations at $30 while gutting transportation budgets across the state. The justices said the measure violated the state Constitution’s requirement that initiatives be limited to a single subject and that its description on the ballot was misleading. I-976 was largely a reaction to car fees imposed in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties to support Sound Transit’s light rail projects. Statewide, voters passed the measure last year with about 53 percent in support, though residents of the three-county region opposed it. A coalition of cities, King County, and Garfield County’s transit agency brought the lawsuit, saying it would eviscerate funds they need to pay for transit and road maintenance. It would have cost the state and local governments more than $4 billion in revenue over the next six years, according to the state Office of Financial Management. The challengers cited myriad reasons the measure was unconstitutional, but one of...
    Jon Ossoff, the Democratic challenger to Georgia Sen. David Perdue, is courting the state's more conservative voters with an ad arguing that he has a more moderate stance toward gun regulation than the Republican incumbent claims. Ossoff, who has been endorsed by gun safety groups but was given an “F” by the National Rifle Association, is running a pro-Second Amendment spot in larger Georgia cities such as Albany, Augusta, Savannah and Macon, though not in liberal-leaning metro Atlanta. The Second Amendment grants citizens the right to bear arms, though the extent of its guarantee has been hotly disputed after mass shootings at an Orlando, Fla., nightclub; a high school near Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and a music festival in Las Vegas. It has long been a hot-button issue in U.S. elections. Ossoff “thinks he can get away with telling metro Atlanta one thing while telling the rest of the state the exact opposite,” Sen. David Perdue told Fox News exclusively. “This just proves he'll do or say anything to hide his radical socialist agenda from the people of Georgia." An Ossoff spokesperson said the ad is...
    By NICHOLAS RICCARDI, Associated Press DENVER (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service on Friday agreed to destroy any mailers with misleading information about Colorado mail voting that it had not already sent, settling a lawsuit filed by the state's top elections official. The postal service already sent 2.4 million postcards to the state's 4.1 million voters before a federal judge ordered it to stop earlier this week. The postcards urged voters to request mail ballots and send them in at least a week before Election Day on Nov. 3. That information is misleading in Colorado because all voters are mailed a ballot, and they can deposit them in drop boxes up through Election Day. Democratic Secretary of State Jena Griswold sued to halt any additional deliveries. As part of the settlement, the postal service agreed to let the state review any additional information campaigns to prevent voter confusion. “I look forward to working with the U.S. Postal Service to ensure every Colorado voter is equipped with the information they need to successfully participate in the November 3 election,” Griswold said...
    Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold (D) reached a settlement in a lawsuit filed this week against the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) over pre-election mailers the agency sent out nationally that could potentially confuse voters.  The settlement came Thursday, several days after a federal judge issued a nationwide injunction to temporarily ban the Postal Service from sending the mailers, which included mail-in voting information that was not in line with Colorado’s mail-in voting procedures. Griswold and other election officials in states where registered voters do not need to request mail-in ballots complained to the post office that the mailers may confuse voters in their states.  In their settlement with Colorado, USPS will “take all reasonable measures” to not to deliver any more of the pre-election mailers and to destroy ones that are unsent. Griswold will also have input on changes to the USPS voting information website and other media outreach to prevent information that might mislead Colorado voters. “We are pleased that through open dialogue and communication with the state of Colorado we have resolved this matter, and look forward to...
    DENVER (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service on Friday agreed to destroy any mailers with misleading information about Colorado mail voting that it had not already sent, settling a lawsuit filed by the state’s top elections official. The postal service already sent 2.4 million postcards to the state’s 4.1 million voters before a federal judge ordered it to stop earlier this week. The postcards urged voters to request mail ballots and send them in at least a week before Election Day on Nov. 3. That information is misleading in Colorado because all voters are mailed a ballot, and they can deposit them in drop boxes up through Election Day. Democratic Secretary of State Jena Griswold sued to halt any additional deliveries. As part of the settlement, the postal service agreed to let the state review any additional information campaigns to prevent voter confusion. “I look forward to working with the U.S. Postal Service to ensure every Colorado voter is equipped with the information they need to successfully participate in the November 3 election,” Griswold said in a statement. Copyright © 2020...
    LANSING, Mich. (CBS DETROIT)  – Attorney General Dana Nessel is again warning Michiganders to beware of deceptive petition circulation, as reports continue to be filed with state offices about circulators allegedly misleading people about the true nature of the petitions they’re being asked to sign. In one report of a circulator at Eastern Market in Detroit, a woman reported that she was told the petition she was signing was to support the LGBTQ community. She later learned it was to actually repeal the 1945 Emergency Powers of the Governor Act. “These deceptive practices do not belong in our democratic system, which requires an informed public that participates in the electoral process and makes decisions based on reason and beliefs – not lies and deceit,” Nessel said. “The best defense to this dishonest tactic is knowledge, and I urge voters to read before you sign your name so that you can be sure your support is being directed to the right places.” Circulators are often paid per signature collected, so there is an incentive for them to collect as many as possible. Attorney General Nessel teamed up with Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson in August to warn voters...
    Igor Derysh September 15, 2020 5:12PM (UTC) The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) sent voters in numerous states "false" and "misleading" ballot information as voting by mail gets underway.  A federal judge on Saturday ordered the USPS to immediately stop sending "patently false" mailers to Colorado residents. : The mailers told voters that they must request a ballot 15 days ahead of the election; mail it back at least seven days before Election Day; and may not be able to vote if they lose it. However, Colorado automatically sends a ballot to all registered voters, and there are other options beyond returning the ballots by mail. The mailers prompted a lawsuit from Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold, who said the USPS "refused" to delay or avoid sending them. U.S. District Court Judge William Martínez on Saturday granted Griswold's request for a temporary restraining order. "In reality, Colorado voters do not need to request a ballot at any time. Voters who receive a ballot do not need to mail the ballot back at least seven days before the election; they may alternatively deposit...
    Reuters September 15, 2020 0 Comments A voter-outreach effort by the U.S. Postal Service drew a growing backlash on Monday as election officials in several states warned voters that the embattled agency was providing inaccurate information about how to vote in the Nov. 3 election. The statements by officials in West Virginia, Maryland, Utah and Washington state come after a federal judge in Colorado on Saturday ordered the Postal Service to cease delivery of postcards he said contained “false or misleading information” about how to cast ballots by mail. The Postal Service says it is trying to comply with the order, even though most of those postcards in Colorado have already been delivered. It has asked U.S. Judge William Martinez to reverse his decision. “The intention of the mailer was to send a single set of recommendations that provided general guidance allowing voters who choose mail-in voting to do so successfully, regardless of where they live and where they vote,” spokeswoman Martha Johnson said. The dispute comes after cost-saving measures ordered by new Postmaster Louis DeJoy led to widespread...
    A voter-outreach effort by the U.S. Postal Service drew a growing backlash on Monday as election officials in several states warned voters that the embattled agency was providing inaccurate information about how to vote in the Nov. 3 election. The statements by officials in West Virginia, Maryland, Utah and Washington state come after a federal judge in Colorado on Saturday ordered the Postal Service to cease delivery of postcards he said contained "false or misleading information" about how to cast ballots by mail. The Postal Service says it is trying to comply with the order, even though most of those postcards in Colorado have already been delivered. It has asked U.S. Judge William Martinez to reverse his decision. "The intention of the mailer was to send a single set of recommendations that provided general guidance allowing voters who choose mail-in voting to do so successfully, regardless of where they live and where they vote," spokeswoman Martha Johnson said. The dispute comes after cost-saving measures ordered by new Postmaster Louis DeJoy led to widespread mail delays in August, causing some to...
    On September 12, a federal judge granted a temporary restraining order in a fast response to a lawsuit filed against the United States Postal Service and embattled Postmaster General Louis DeJoy by Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold over a USPS postcard delivered to residents across the state (and the country). The mailer contains several pieces of misinformation regarding the vote-by-mail process as it applies to Colorado, yet the postal service's response to complaints from Griswold has basically been a politely stated variation on "Go to hell." The screen capture below, grabbed from a mailer sent to a voter in Douglas County, highlights the crux of the problem. The flier acknowledges that "rules and dates vary by state" and encourages recipients to "contact your election board to confirm." But then it directs folks to "request your mail-in ballot (often called 'absentee' ballot) at least fifteen days before Election Day" and encourages them to mail it "at least 7 days before Election Day." The problem: In Colorado, voters don't have to request a ballot, since one is mailed automatically to everyone...
    Former Vice President Joe Biden may have set a record by breaking a campaign promise three months before Election Day. Biden promised voters “no malarkey,” but his latest attempt to scare senior citizens is nothing but malarkey. A few weeks ago, President Trump signed an executive order that allows employers to defer the collection of payroll taxes for workers earning less than $104,000 annually. The order allows people to keep more of their earnings for four months, through the end of 2020, at a time when every dollar counts. The deferral could save the average American $1,200 this year. Nothing in the president’s order affects Social Security’s solvency. The order simply defers a portion of payroll taxes until next year when, with luck and courage, the economy could return to full speed. Biden should applaud this move. In 2010, in the midst of the global financial crisis, President Obama cut payroll taxes by two percent. Obama explained that “economists across the political spectrum agree” that a payroll tax cut “is one of the most powerful things we can do to create jobs...
    (CNN)Elected officials in Michigan and Illinois say a racially charged robocall has been targeting voters this week with misinformation about mail-in balloting. Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson tweeted out a recording of the call on Thursday. The call falsely claims that mail-in voters will have their personal information shared with law enforcement "to track down old warrants" and that they could be added to a list for "mandatory vaccines." False rumors about police departments using elections to crack down on warrants and tickets have historically been part of efforts to intimidate minority voters and suppress turnout. "My office has received a recording of a robocall targeting Detroit voters using racially-charged stereotypes and false information to deter voting by mail," Benson said. "It is an unconscionable, indefensible, blatant attempt to lie to citizens about their right to vote." Benson, who is a Democrat, also said she is working with the Michigan attorney general to "seek justice on behalf of every voter who was targeted and harmed by this vicious attempt at voter suppression."Read MoreThe robocalls hitting Detroit also targeted voters...
    (CNN)Had Donald Trump conducted the kind of presidency portrayed on a truth-bending but stylistically sound first night of the Republican National Convention, he might not be in such a desperate fight for a second term.The President was presented as a statesman and an inspiration, an almost benevolent force, a friend to Black Americans, an unparalleled hostage negotiator and a shield against an assault on American values who is riding high after a coherent first term in a package designed to appeal strongly to conservative voters. It was an impression of Trump that was often at odds with the reality of the most turbulent divisive presidency in generations -- one that critics see as a threat to American democracy itself.Trump's most high profile defenders had to project onto Democrats the faults that his accusers see embodied in his approach to politics."We seek a nation that rises together, not falls apart in anarchy and anger. We know that the only way to overcome America's challenges is to embrace America's strength," former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said, in a speech that sent...
    By DAVID A. LIEB, Associated Press JEFFERSON CITY, MO (AP) — A Missouri judge on Monday rewrote the summary for a legislative redistricting measure that will appear on the November ballot, ruling that the state's Republican-led Legislature tried to misleadingly entice voters into repealing an anti-gerrymandering reform that voters approved just two years ago. The decision by Cole County Circuit Judge Pat Joyce struck down the Legislature's ballot summary for Amendment 3 as insufficient, unfair and partly false. She replaced it with a ballot summary suggested by a group that sponsored the successful 2018 measure and is opposed to this year's revision. Republican Attorney General Jay Ashcroft, who represented the Legislature and secretary of state, can appeal the ruling. Redistricting is big topic nationally because all states must redraw their congressional and legislative districts based on the results of this year's census. In most states, those redistricting decisions will be made next year by lawmakers and governors, though an increasing number of states have shifted the responsibility to special commissions. Missouri was among five states where voters in 2018 approved...
    JEFFERSON CITY, MO (AP) — A Missouri judge on Monday rewrote the summary for a legislative redistricting measure that will appear on the November ballot, ruling that the state’s Republican-led Legislature tried to misleadingly entice voters into repealing an anti-gerrymandering reform that voters approved just two years ago. The decision by Cole County Circuit Judge Pat Joyce struck down the Legislature’s ballot summary for Amendment 3 as insufficient, unfair and partly false. She replaced it with a ballot summary suggested by a group that sponsored the successful 2018 measure and is opposed to this year’s revision. Republican Attorney General Jay Ashcroft, who represented the Legislature and secretary of state, can appeal the ruling. Redistricting is big topic nationally because all states must redraw their congressional and legislative districts based on the results of this year’s census. In most states, those redistricting decisions will be made next year by lawmakers and governors, though an increasing number of states have shifted the responsibility to special commissions. Missouri was among five states where voters in 2018 approved ballot measures designed...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS / AP) — A California judge has ordered changes to an election guide mailed to every registered California voter this fall, ruling Wednesday that some arguments opposing a hotly contested property tax initiative are “false or misleading.” Proposition 15 will ask voters to raise taxes on business properties with a value of $3 million or more. Supporters say the change will generate an additional $12 billion for struggling local government and public school budgets that depend on property taxes for most of their revenue. But opponents say the measure will hurt businesses during a pandemic-induced economic recession that has already cost millions of people their jobs. The measure would repeal portions of Proposition 13, the landmark 1978 ballot initiative that changed how California assesses property taxes. The law set property taxes for homes, businesses and farmland at 1% of the sales price and limited tax increases at 2% per year. Proposition 15 would let local governments assess the taxable value of some business properties based on their market value at least once every three years. Prior to the...
    MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) – Google said Monday it has removed misleading and fraudulent ads targeting Americans looking for information about how to vote in November’s presidential election. Some of the ads charged fees for registering people to vote, while others sucked up people’s personal information for marketing purposes. The ads were discovered by the nonprofit tech watchdog Tech Transparency Project. The group found that search terms such as “register to vote,” “vote by mail” and “where is my polling place” generated ads linking to websites that charge fees for voter registration, harvest user data, or plant unwanted software on people’s browsers. Google says such ads are prohibited on its platform. “We are committed to protecting users from abuse on our platforms, especially when it comes to information about elections,” said Google spokeswoman Charlotte Smith. © Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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