Election Gazette – Tuesday, November 5th, 2019

ELECTION 2020 LEAD

  • Minneapolis Pays $772K For Sculpture Despite City’s Severe Police Shortage – Blue Lives Matter

    Minneapolis city leaders have unanimously voted to dump over $772,000 into a moving sculpture for the new Public Service Building even though the city’s police force doesn’t have enough officers to respond to 911 calls.

    The Minneapolis City Council adopted the plan without any discussion on Oct. 25, KMSP reported.

    The sculpture itself came with a $394,517 price tag, plus another $377,590 for electrical, ceiling and programmable lighting components associated with the artwork.

  • State lawmaker wants to ban 3D printed firearms – WNMU-FM

    A state lawmaker says he wants to get ahead of technological improvements in 3D printing.
    A new bill would ban 3D printed firearms. It was introduced by Democratic Representative Abdullah Hammoud. He says the technology to print components of firearms and then assemble them with other parts into guns is still new and 3D printers are expensive, but they’ve gotten cheaper over the years.
    He says as technology improvements make the printers more accessible, the Legislature needs to think ahead.

ELECTION 2020 FEATURES

Pres. Trump demands whistleblower testify in person – KOBI-TV NBC5 / KOTI-TV NBC2

Pres. Trump demands whistleblower testify in person – KOBI-TV NBC5 / KOTI-TV NBC2

With the impeachment cloud looming, President Donald Trump is demanding a whistleblower’s identity to be revealed.

In a tweet Monday morning the president said in part, “The Whistleblower gave false information & dealt with corrupt politician Schiff. He must be brought forward to testify. Written answers not acceptable!”

Some House Republicans like Mark Meadows are pushing to have the whistleblower testify in person. “I can’t imagine that Chairman Schiff would allow written questions and answers for all of his witnesses,” Meadows said.

HEADLINES 2020

  • Iowa, city to pay $80K for illegal search of parolee’s home – La Crosse Tribune

    The state and the city of Boone have agreed to pay $80,000 to an Iowa drug suspect who was arrested after an illegal search.
    The State Appeal Board on Monday approved the payout under a legal settlement with Daniel Vinnece. The state and the city will split the cost.
    The Associated Press has reported that parole officer Kari White was fired over the April 2018 search.
    An investigation by the Department of Correctional Services found that White conspired with a Boone detective to search Vinnece’s home without a warrant, days before he was to be released from parole.

  • Pension costs hitting home across the state — hard – OCRegister

    Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District came into being 14 years ago when four small fire departments serving farms and small towns east of Modesto merged.

    The district now flirts with insolvency, a case study in how rapidly growing costs for pensions and other employee benefits are clobbering local governments.

    Four years ago, Stanislaus Consolidated had 80 employees, most of them firefighters, and more than $13 million in revenues. However, as budget documents reveal, its expenses, mostly for salaries, were already beginning to outstrip income.

  • Bacon’s bipartisan bill increases jail time, fines for straw firearm purchasers – Ripon Advance

    U.S. Rep. Don Bacon (R-NE) on Oct. 31 introduced bipartisan legislation that would impose stricter penalties for anyone who buys a firearm for someone else who isn’t legally permitted to have it, otherwise known as straw purchasers.

    “By closing loopholes and increasing maximum punishments for violators,” Rep. Bacon said, “this legislation will help to deter criminals from illegally obtaining firearms and bring justice and safety to our affected communities.”

ELECTION BRIEFS

  • That isn’t enough for the president. Politico reported last week that Trump is using his network of donors to bolster senators who defend him while ignoring those who don’t. The news outlet pointed to a recent fundraising pitch from Trump’s re-election campaign that invoked the impeachment fight while offering to split the donations with three GOP senators facing re-election next year: Colorado’s Cory Gardner, Iowa’s Joni Ernst, and North Carolina’s Thom Tillis. “If we don’t post strong fundraising numbers, we won’t be able to defend the President from this baseless…

  • Construction began last week on the first new miles of barrier along the US-Mexico border since President Donald Trump took office, according to two Customs and Border Patrol officials familiar with the project.

    Unlike previous construction under the Trump administration, this is the installation of a barrier where none existed before.

    Customs and Border Protection, along with the Army Corps of Engineers, began installing panels for the new border wall in the Rio Grande Valley region of Texas last week, according to the agency.

  • One year out from the 2020 elections, the most vulnerable member of the House is the Oklahoma Democrat whose upset win surprised even astute politicos last fall. She is joined by a California Republican who is under indictment and numerous Democrats running in districts President Donald Trump easily won in 2016.

    Republicans need a net gain of 19 seats to win control of the House, and they see their path back to the majority running through so-called Trump districts that slipped from the party’s grasp in the midterms.

  • For the third straight year, the number of police officers dying by suicide is higher than the number dying in the line of duty. And now, Missouri’s U.S. senators are looking to help reverse that trend.

    Sen. Josh Hawley and Sen. Roy Blunt are co-sponsors of a bill that would create the first-ever national database of officer deaths by suicide.

    It would be anonymous and voluntary for departments to provide the information to the FBI. The database would include the circumstances that occurred before the death by suicide or…

  • President Donald Trump plans to use Atlanta as a launching pad for his new African American coalition with a Friday rally at the Georgia World Congress Center.

  • The petition does not disclose specifics of the sportsbook or the planned renovations at The Downs at Lehigh Valley, a 28,000-square-foot facility at 1780 Airport Road with a large center bar and full dining room. The petition, which does not provide a timeline for when the sportsbook could open, says jobs in security, admissions and food and beverage will be created at the operation, though that figure was redacted.

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  1. All Pennsylvania voters will see a question on their ballot on Tuesday about Marsy’s Law, a proposed amendment to the state constitution about victims’ rights. In order to qualify for the ballot, Marsy’s Law was passed by the state legislature two sessions in a row. If it passes on Election Day, the constitutional amendment will be ratified. PUMP encourages all voters to educate themselves given the issue’s overall importance in substance as well as its elevated importance as a proposed amendment to the PA state constitution.  The proposed amendment has also attracted considerable controversy and is the source of a pending lawsuit challenging its constitutionality.

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