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Kentucky’s Youngest Black State Lawmaker Wants to Challenge Mitch McConnell

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After recent losses in the gubernatorial election, Democrats are looking to capitalize on this momentum by moving the Senate Majority Leader’s State blue.

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  • Kentucky State Rep. Charles Booker (D) became the state’s youngest Black elected lawmaker in nearly a century and he is now looking to go after a Senate race against McConnell, according to Huff Post.
  • In his announcement video, he attacked McConnell for his life long career in politics, saying how he has lost touch with the common Kentuckian. “He doesn’t see you in the hospital bed, or in the checkout line, or at the safety drills in your classroom. He doesn’t see you at all.”
  • Booker, when compared to McConnell, believes in government spending into infrastructure, incentives for increase community policing and is against voters law. To read more on his policies, click here.
  • McConnell does have around a 25% unfavorable rating. In Kentucky, at least 39% of the population identify as conservative and 35% identify as moderate. If Booker can advocate for attractive policies for both liberals and moderates than he has a shot at making this a close race.
  • Trump could also play a pivotal role in this as well since pollsters are saying the 2020 election will be a referendum on Trump. Kentuckians have split down the middle regarding their views of the president. It depends on what voters are thinking about when they enter the ballot box. With these mixed approval ratings, it can lead many people to vote against McConnell to get back at Trump.

It may be a longshot, but if he wins he will become the first black candidate to win a major party’s Senate nomination in Kentucky’s history.

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Election 2020

Foot Locker Stores Will Turn Into Voter Registration Sites

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Starting on September 22, all Foot Locker-owned stores in the U.S will become temporary voter registration sites in an effort to increase youth voter turnout at the election this November.

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  • The registration sites will include all Foot Locker stores, including Kids Foot Locker, Lady Foot Locker, Champs Sports, and Footaction locations. With more than 2,000 locations, each of the company’s stores will house a kiosk with a special website where visitors can register to vote, check their voter status, or sign up for election reminders. The company has also launched a voter registration portal on its website.
  • Foot Locker said the new initiative is geared toward the more than 4 million young Americans who will become eligible to vote for the first time in this November election. The company said its effort will target 18 to 24-year-old customers, which is 4.3 million of the retailer’s Instagram followers.
  • Civic group leaders recently shared with CBS News that the coronavirus pandemic has forced them to come up with new ways to reach young voters. In years past, volunteers would typically target college campuses, concerts, and festivals, but with those activities suspended due to the pandemic, groups are forced to now use digital platforms. 
  • CEO Richard Johnson said the project, run in partnership with the nonprofit Rock the Vote, is an effort to “educate and amplify the voices of today’s youth.”

“In a year marked with such uncertainty, amid a pandemic and social unrest, our country’s future — and our collective role in shaping it — has never been more important,” Johnson said in a statement. “At Foot Locker, our mission is to inspire and empower youth culture, so partnering with Rock the Vote was a natural fit to help educate and amplify the voices of today’s youth.”

  • Other venues across the country that are not typically used as polling places or for voter registration are also opening their doors to help increase voter turnout on Election Day. The NBA’s Houston Rockets will use their arena, the Toyota Center, for a registration drive this month and Arrowhead Stadium, home field for the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs, will become a polling place November 3.

Foot Locker has also pledged to make it easy for their employees to vote on Election Day by giving them a flexible work schedule that will allow them the time to vote.

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Eric Trump to Comply with New York AG’s Subpoena Only after Election Day

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Eric Trump. (Pete Marovich/The New York Times)
Eric Trump. (Pete Marovich/The New York Times)

The president’s son, Eric Trump, has come out and said he will finally be willing to comply with a subpoena from the New York Attorney General’s office’s probe of the Trump Organization issued by Attorney General Letitia James. The only condition is that it would have to be done after the U.S general election.

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  • According to a Thursday court filing, the chosen timeframe after the upcoming presidential election aims to avoid “any appearance of politicizing” the process. Eric Trump’s attorneys also explained that he is willing to appear and gave several dates to proceed after the Nov. 3rd election. They noted that one of the main reasons was simply because of Eric Trump’s “extreme travel schedule and related unavailability”.

“In this regard, we note that the OAG investigation has been ongoing for approximately 18 months and that additional examinations are scheduled in October 2020 for certain other individuals,” stated the filing.

  • To confirm Eric’s claims, the filing elaborated how “given all the circumstances and the fact that counsel’s requested dates are, for all practical purposes, just 30 days after other scheduled depositions, and given the importance of avoiding any appearance of politicizing the investigatory process”.
  • Just last month, James reportedly urged a judge to force Eric Trump, along with the Trump Organization, to comply with subpoenas in an effort to carry on with the office’s investigation of President Trump. A related investigation is looking into alleged illegal inflation of his assets to reap loans and appeal to investors. “No one is above the law, period,” responded James to the Thursday filing.

  • That same month, James also accused Eric Trump of refusing to comply with a subpoena for his testimony. According to NBC News, she alleged that the Trump Organization and its lawyers were setting a motion that would “shield thousands of documents from investigators”.
  • The attorney general went on to say in a statement that “we cannot comment on the particular steps we’re taking on specific litigation,” but she made it clear that they wouldn’t allow any outside force control have the investigation moves forward or allow anyone to “evade a lawful subpoena”.

The related investigation opened by the New York attorney general last year followed President Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen, who testified to Congress that the president tampered with financial statements in order to benefit from better insurance rates, loans, and tax breaks.

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Patagonia Prints Election Message on Clothing Tags

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Clothing company Patagonia released a new message about this upcoming election, sewing it into the tag of some of its new shorts. What is the message? “Vote the a–holes out”.

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  • The outdoor clothing and gear company has a long history of environmental activism, but as we seem to be moving closer and closer to a harmful climate crisis, Patagonia’s founder Yvon Chouinard said he isn’t afraid to get political and call out climate deniers who hold positions of power. In addition to providing election resources and encouraging people to vote for climate leaders, Chouinard is also making Patagonia’s political stance crystal clear with the slogan, “Vote The A–holes Out”. Additionally, the slogan has been sewn into the tags of some of the company’s shorts.
  • Over the weekend, a photo of a Patagonia clothing tag that features the slogan went viral across social media. At first, there were skeptics who questioned the authenticity of the tags, but soon after, a Patagonia spokesperson, Tessa Byers, confirmed that the company’s 2020 “Men’s and Women’s Road to Regenerative” organic stand-up shorts contain the message underneath the inside tag. “We have been standing up to climate deniers for almost as long as we’ve been making those shorts,” Byers said.

  • Byers said the message is not explicitly directed at the current administration, but instead a slogan that Chouinard has used for years. “It refers to politicians from any party who deny or disregard the climate crisis and ignore science, not because they aren’t aware of it, but because their pockets are lined with money from oil and gas interests,” Byers said.
  • The move from the California-based activist clothing brand comes as close to 100 wildfires burn up the West Coast, burning millions of acres along the way. The move also comes as a slew of lawsuits filed by towns and cities across the country alleging that the oil and gas industry acted deceptively about its role in climate change.
  • Brad Wieners, Patagonia’s director of copy, announced that the company will be teaming up with BallotReady to encourage people to vote. The company outlines its plan on the election side of their website, writing, “We need to elect climate leaders. The 2020 US Senate races will have a significant, long-lasting impact on the strength of our nation’s climate policies and the existence of our wild places.” The site also allows people to enter their address in a search box and make their own voting plan, providing information on requesting a ballot or finding your polling place to vote in person.
  • This is not the first time Patagonia has made headlines for its attempts to hold politicians accountable. In 2017, the company sued President Donald Trump after he issued a proclamation to reduce the size of Utah’s Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments. While Trump argued the move was an act of reversing federal overreach, both environmentalists and tribal leaders said the president’s proclamation would jeopardize a wealth of Native American artifacts, dinosaur fossils, and rugged spaces.
  • The new tags have received mixed reviews. Some have deemed the tags as simply a marketing ploy, but others have thanked the company for its commitment to social activism and say they hope the tag will ignite positive change.

“As parts of our country are literally burning and being destroyed by the effects of climate change, this couldn’t be more welcome,” state Senator Jen Jordan, tweeted. “Way past time to listen to the experts and do something. Vote like your planet is on fire!”

  • This is just the latest step for the activism brand, which has continued to push for our environment. In 2018, when the company received a $10 million tax cut, it donated the money to environmental programs to increase climate change awareness.

At the bottom of a letter in April 2020, Chouinard emphasized this slogan.”Remember, vote the a–holes out — all of those politicians who don’t believe we should do anything about climate change,” Chouinard wrote. “Vote for the planet and against those who would do nothing. We have the power and now is the time to use it.”

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