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25 Mar 2020, 12:22 am

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26 Mar 2020, 9:51 am

Biden releases plan to boost economy amid coronavirus pandemic

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Former Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday released his plan for bolstering an economy that's been ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic.

The proposal outlines how the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination would implement the Senate-passed $2 trillion rescue package that's designed to help workers and businesses of all sizes.

“The United States Senate just reached a deal on a major economic relief package. It’s a very important step and includes support for families and small businesses, the very things I’ve been calling for for a while now,” Biden said in a video. “And when it passes, the key will be its execution.”

One component of Biden's plan would use “all available authorities,” including the Defense Production Act, to curb the spread of COVID-19. Biden also said he would increase testing capacity and the ability to trace contacts if someone tests positive, in addition to making critical equipment like ventilators and personal protective equipment more available to sites of new outbreaks.

On the economic front, Biden said he would accelerate aid to businesses that vow to keep their workers employed, expedite the delivery of unemployment insurance, pressure banks to provide loans to small businesses and lean on large companies seeking taxpayer assistance to emphasize “that they need to make hard commitments that the assistance will go toward their workers.”

The former vice president said distribution of funds would be overseen by a task force “reporting directly to me to make sure every dollar going out the door gets to the people who need it — fast.”

Biden added that he would then work with Congress to craft the next phase of legislation, which he said would include additional direct payments to families, the forgiveness of a minimum of $10,000 per person of federal student loans and boosts to Social Security checks and emergency paid sick leave.

Biden has sought to project leadership in recent days while his campaign has been largely sidelined during the coronavirus crisis. With the former vice president staying at his Delaware home and much of his staff teleworking, the campaign has increasingly turned to shadow briefings on COVID-19 and media appearances to boost Biden’s profile.


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07 Apr 2020, 5:17 am

Wisconsin primary set to go ahead Tuesday after courts block attempts to delay voting due to coronavirus

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Wisconsin's primary will go forward Tuesday, with polling places opening for in-person voting and absentee ballots required to be postmarked by Election Day, after courts halted Democratic efforts to delay the primary and extend the deadline for ballots to be returned by mail.

The state Supreme Court on Monday evening blocked Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' executive order signed Monday to delay the primary until June.

Shortly afterward, the US Supreme Court reversed a lower court ruling that had given voters six more days to turn in their absentee ballots -- ruling that only those postmarked by Tuesday and arriving by April 13 be counted. Of nearly 1.3 million absentee ballots requested, about 550,000 had not yet been returned as of Monday morning.

The rulings, both on ideological lines by the conservative-led courts, were victories for the Republicans who control the state Senate and Assembly and have opposed all efforts to stop in-person voting from taking place Tuesday because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Republican National Committee and the Republican Party of Wisconsin had taken over the legal battle on the GOP-led legislature's behalf, while the state and national Democratic parties had pushed for more lenient rules around absentee voting.

They came despite fears from state and local officials that holding an election in the middle of a pandemic could put the health of poll workers and voters at risk.

"Tomorrow in Wisconsin, thousands will wake up and have to choose between exercising their right to vote and staying healthy and safe," Evers said in a statement lambasting the GOP-led legislature and Supreme Court. "In this time of historic crisis, it is a shame that two branches of government in this state chose to pass the buck instead of taking responsibility for the health and safety of the people we were elected to serve."

Voters will decide on Tuesday the state's Democratic presidential primary between former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, as well as a general elections for a state Supreme Court seat and a host of local offices.
President Donald Trump has endorsed Justice Daniel Kelly, a conservative on a court where Republicans currently hold a 5-2 majority.

The court is currently deadlocked 3-3 on a voting rights case that could result in 240,000 people being removed from Wisconsin's voter rolls ahead of November's election. Kelly's seat could represent the deciding vote, and Kelly has abstained from voting ahead of the spring election.

Already, municipalities were consolidating voting locations. Milwaukee is set to open just five polling places Tuesday. And Evers had prepared to dispatch the Wisconsin National Guard to man those polling places after poll workers quit.
An emergency meeting of the Wisconsin Elections Commission was set to take place Monday evening, as officials there sorted through the court rulings.

The state Supreme Court's ruling was the culmination of days of efforts by Evers to delay the primary or shift it to by-mail voting only. He had said Monday when he signed the executive order pushing the primary back to June 9 that it was his final option to prevent in-person voting from taking place Tuesday.

"This is it. There is not a plan B. There is not a plan C," he said.

The state Supreme Court ruling incensed some local officials who said the election should not go forward in the middle of a pandemic.

"Unbelievable. Wisconsin's hyper-partisan Supreme Court is barreling ahead with a reckless election that is certain to disenfranchise tens of thousands of voters," tweeted Satya Rhodes-Conway, the mayor of Madison.
In a joint statement, the state's Republican legislative leaders, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, said the election will "go on as planned."

"The state's highest court has spoken: the governor can't unilaterally move the date of the election," the two said.
Evers had long insisted he did not have the authority to unilaterally move the election. But he changed course Monday, issuing an executive order delaying Tuesday's primary until June 9, unless he and the legislature approve of a different date. He said in the order that "no Wisconsinite should ever have to choose between exercising their constitutional right to vote and being safe, secure, and healthy."

"I cannot in good conscience allow any types of gathering that would further the spread of this disease and to put more lives at risk," Evers said at a news conference after he signed the order. "I have been advised by public health experts at the Department of Health Services that despite the heroic efforts and good work of our local election officials, poll workers, and national guard troops, there is not a sufficiently safe way to administer in-person voting tomorrow."

Asked at a news conference Monday about why he believed he now had the legal authority to move the primary, Evers said circumstances had changed.

"We've had significant retraction as far as the number of polling places that are open. Clearly, anybody that can do basic math understands if you have fewer places to serve voters, you will have larger numbers at those sites -- numbers that will easily strain the system and frankly cause more ... negative results for people who are there," Evers said.

The state has already seen record-breaking requests for more than 1.2 million absentee ballots. The state elections commission's tally updated Monday morning showed that about 550,000 absentee ballots had been requested but not yet returned.

Wisconsin had been the only one of 11 states with April primaries that was moving forward with in-person voting, after the other 10 either delayed their primaries or shifted to by-mail only voting.

Evers and Republican leaders of the state legislature had long resisted calls to move the state's election, which also features a battle for a state Supreme Court seat that could determine the outcome of a voting rights case in which more than 240,000 voters could be removed from the state's rolls ahead of November's general election.

But 11 days before the election, Evers reversed course and asked the legislature to quickly pass a law that would send an absentee ballot to every one of the state's voters.

After Republicans refused, Evers late last week called them into a special session and asked them to postpone the primary. But the Senate and Assembly adjourned on Saturday without taking a vote on Evers' proposal.
US District Judge William Conley last week ruled that absentee ballots could be returned through April 13 -- six days after the in-person portion of the primary -- and that votes couldn't be counted until then.

He also implored state officials to move the primary -- but said he didn't have the power to order them to do so.
"This is a public health crisis that the state legislature and the governor have refused to accept as severe enough to stop this statewide election," Conley said in a hearing with lawyers in the case conducted last week via Zoom.
In an urgent letter over the weekend, the mayors of 10 of Wisconsin's biggest cities, including Milwaukee and Madison, wrote a letter to Andrea Palm, the state's top health official, urging her to "step up" and do what Ohio had done: Use her emergency powers to cancel in-person voting and send every voter a ballot by mail.

"EVERY other state that faced this issue during the pandemic has crafted a solution that respects democracy and protected the health of their citizens. We must do the same," the mayors wrote. "The lives of our constituents depend on it."


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07 Apr 2020, 9:30 am

John Lewis endorses Biden for president

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Civil Rights icon Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden for president during a call with reporters on Monday and implored Americans to "vote like we never ever, ever voted before."

"It is my belief that we need Joe Biden now more than ever before," Lewis said.

"We need his voice. We need his leadership now more than ever before," he continued. "We need someone who is going to get out country on the right side of history, and help save our planet."

Lewis, who led hundreds of demonstrators across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., in the 1965 Bloody Sunday protest, where he was beaten by police, invoked his own background in calling for young Americans to vote in the general election.

"I saw people that were beaten, arrested and jailed," Lewis said. "On March 2nd, 1965, more than 600 of us were beaten, left bloody, some of us left unconscious.

"I would say to young people it is my hope that you would not be beaten or arrested or jailed," he said. "Let's go out and vote, and help elect a man of conscience."

Lewis, 80, also touched upon Biden's future running mate, saying it would be good to have a woman on the ticket.

"It would be good to have a woman," Lewis said. "It would be good to have a woman who looks like the rest of America.

"We have plenty of able women. Some are black, white, Latino, Asian American, Native American. I think the time is long past for making the White House look like the whole of America," he said.

Biden vowed last month that he would choose a woman as his running mate if he wins the Democratic presidential nomination.

Lewis announced late last year that he is battling advanced pancreatic cancer.


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07 Apr 2020, 9:36 pm

Wisconsin won't be declaring a winner tonight

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Polls for Wisconsin's primary elections closed at 9 p.m. ET Tuesday, but results won't be released until April 13 due to a back-and-forth on absentee voting amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The big picture: Democratic Gov. Tony Evers attempted to delay the state's election in order to curb the spread of COVID-19 in polling places. The Wisconsin Supreme Court overturned his order Monday and said the election must be held on Tuesday as originally scheduled.

This forced voters who need to vote in-person to choose between social distancing and going to the polls.
U.S. District Judge William Conley last week attempted to give voters an alternative by extending the absentee voting deadline and final vote counts until April 13. But the Wisconsin Supreme Court also overturned that ruling and said absentee ballots must be submitted by the original deadline of April 7.

Between the lines: Even though the deadline was not ultimately extended, the Wisconsin Election Commission says the provision to delay final vote counts until April 13 still stands.

Poll worker shortages led to hours-long waits for voters. Milwaukee voters in particular faced their numbers of precincts being reduced from 180 to just five after hordes of polling officials declined to participate.
Bernie Sanders tweeted Tuesday that his campaign would not partake in traditional GOTV efforts, stating, "Holding [the Wisconsin primary] election amid the coronavirus outbreak is dangerous, disregards the guidance of public health experts, and may very well prove deadly."

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While Sanders and former Vice President Joe Biden are the national focus of the primary ballot, local elections drove turnout among Wisconsin voters.

President Trump specifically endorsed incumbent Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Daniel Kelly in his bid for reelection.
Trump tweeted Tuesday morning: "Wisconsin, get out and vote NOW for Justice Daniel Kelly. Protect your 2nd Amendment!"


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08 Apr 2020, 2:41 am

I think Donald Trump will most likely win in the Year 2020.



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08 Apr 2020, 7:58 am

god help us.



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08 Apr 2020, 10:39 am

https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/08/politics/bernie-sanders-drops-out/index.html

Trump vs Biden in November


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08 Apr 2020, 6:02 pm

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Translation: Trump has already won because Biden will never be president.


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09 Apr 2020, 5:28 am

i wish to hell it wasn't so forbiddingly hard to move to canada.



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11 Apr 2020, 7:58 pm

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i wish to hell it wasn't so forbiddingly hard to move to canada.

Me too buddy, me too. :(



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13 Apr 2020, 12:12 pm

Biden quietly working with Sanders’ campaign to avoid ‘Never Biden’ movement

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Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden is facing an uphill battle as the general election takes shape: turning out Sanders supporters and preventing a “Never Biden” movement akin to “Never Trump” and “Never Hillary” factions that determined the election in 2016.

In Michigan, a must-win state for Democrats in 2020, just 2 out of 5 Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) backers say they will vote for the Democratic candidate in November, regardless of nominee, according to exit polls reviewed by Politic

The outlet also claimed that four out of five voters said they would be dissatisfied with Biden as the standard-bearer for the Democratic party platform.

Biden’s campaign has been making active efforts to reach out to the progressive wing of the party, in some cases directly working with Sanders’ and closest allies on the campaign.

In the two weeks leading up to the Democratic socialist’s announcement that he was withdrawing from the race, Biden and his allies were in quiet contact with Sanders’ team, trying to find common ground on policy in an effort to unite the party, according to the New York Times.

Conversations were conducted over “intense” conference calls, The Times reports, and topics included health care and climate change among other policy matters.

Jeff Weaver, Sanders’ top political adviser, and Faiz Shakir, his campaign manager, negotiated on the candidate’s behalf. Anita Dunn and Ron Klain, two longtime Biden surrogates, represented the Democratic frontrunner.

Speaking to donors last week during a virtual fundraiser, Biden mentioned that he would be expanding his climate change platform in an effort to reach out to progressive groups.

From Sanders, Biden said he would be taking on his College-for-all plan, making public colleges and universities free for families making under $125,000. From Warren, the presumptive nominee courted her supporters with an official endorsement of her bankruptcy proposal.

The two factions of struggle for Biden are younger voters and the Latino community, demographics that swung heavily for Sanders in both the 2016 and 2020 Democratic primaries.

Sanders has not yet endorsed the former vice president, making it even harder for Biden to urge his supporters to join his team. The Vermont senator has said previously, however, that he would do everything in his power to stop President Trump from winning reelection.


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President Trump’s campaign on Monday filed a lawsuit against an NBC affiliate in Wisconsin for running an anti-Trump ad the campaign called “false and defamatory,” including the claim that he referred to the coronavirus as “a hoax.”

“Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. today filed a lawsuit against WJFW-NBC of Rhinelander, WI for defamation in the wake of an advertisement carried by the station that contained intentionally false and defamatory statements about President Trump,” the campaign said in a statement.

The suit was filed in Price Count circuit court, and followed a cease-and-desist letter and supporting documents sent last month.

The ad was produced by Priorities USA, a super PAC supporting Joe Biden, and uses Trump’s early quotes dismissing the severity of the coronavirus threat juxtaposed with a graph showing the soaring number of cases in the US.

“One day, it’s like a miracle, it will disappear,” read one of the quotes.

“No, I don’t take responsibility at all,” Trump said in another sound bite.

The ad also features the president’s use of the word “hoax” when discussing the virus.

The ad suggests that he was referring to the virus itself when he uttered it at a campaign rally, while Team Trump argues that he was referring to Democrats’ attacks on his handling of the threat as another hoax, the word he used to dismiss the Russia probe into his campaign and the House vote to impeach him over his call to the president of Ukraine seeking information on Biden.

While the quotes are accurate, the suit contends that the way they were presented creates the false impression that Trump’s statements came during the later stages of the pandemic.

Priorities USA spokesman Josh Schwerin told PolitiFact, a fact-checking organization, that the organization stands by the ad.

But PolitiFact asserted that the ad could mislead people.

“Some viewers might assume that the timing of Trump’s comments matches the growth in U.S. cases that the ad shows. Most of the comments came as cases were just starting to mount,” the fact-checkers said.

The suit is the latest filed by the Trump campaign against a media outlet.

Other media defendants have included CNN, The New York Times and The Washington Post.

Legal experts said the suits would likely go nowhere but could have a chilling effect on media outlets’ coverage of the Trump campaign.

“The concern here is not that one of these suits would win on the merits — it’s the chilling effect that it has on public discussion of political affairs,” Jonathan Peters, the Columbia Journalism Review’s press freedom correspondent, told The Hill.

The Wisconsin suit seeks unspecified damages.


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14 Apr 2020, 12:40 am

How much have the Dems raised?

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15 Apr 2020, 11:28 pm

An important clip for all the young folks here to watch (and the non-Americans) – this is what us old folks have known about Joe Biden for decades.

Exit question: Is Joe Biden dead meat, yes or no?


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