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August 31, 2019

The downside to Dorian not making landfall...

...is that it won't dissipate. The current models show it remaining at hurricane strength as late as Thursday.

August 31, 2019

Bernie Sanders's supporters find anger not as compelling this time around

Washington Post

LAS VEGAS — One scorching Saturday afternoon in July, some 70 supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) crammed into a community room at a library here for one of the campaign’s organizing sessions. The event, a reunion fraught with both anger and nostalgia for the last presidential cycle, was just a few miles from where the senator’s supporters had erupted during the state’s contentious 2016 party convention.
“We were not defeated. We were cheated!” shouted one woman from the back of the room.

“Who’s a little bit angry? .?.?. Who’s ready to get to work?” a campaign staffer asked the crowd, questions met with raucous applause. Among those shouting loudest was Marcia Armstrong, a 63-year-old who lives in nearby Henderson and works in customer service for a property management company. She said she was trying to find some positivity and motivation in her frustration, but others — who believe the electoral process was rigged by the Democratic National Committee three years ago — were less optimistic.

“I think they’re just fed up with the whole system, and some of them feel that nothing can be done to change it. I disagree,” she said. “I try to be positive.”

In 2016, Sanders and his supporters shared a visceral anger at the nation’s economic and political systems, which they contended had been corrupted by wealthy capitalists. Hillary Clinton proved the perfect foe for an anti-establishment campaign then. But with a sitting president who has also used anger to galvanize his base and claims to represent the antithesis of the Washington elite, some now find that aggressive messaging unappealing.
August 31, 2019

Areas further north like Georgia and the Carolinas could also bear the brunt of Dorian

Source: CNN

Dorian is now an even stronger 145 mph hurricane, category 4 storm, according to the 8 a.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center.

It is likely to remain a very intense hurricane today as it moves towards the northern Bahamas, where hurricane warnings remain in effect.


The forecast track, which was shifted east in an earlier advisory, no longer shows a landfall in Florida. But Floridians should not relax just yet.

Much of Florida remains in the “cone of uncertainty” meaning even a small shift would bring the very dangerous core of the storm inland to Florida.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/us/live-news/hurricane-dorian-saturday/index.html

August 30, 2019

Inside Elections poll: Democrat McCready leads GOP's Bishop in NC redo election

Source: Roll Call

Democrat Dan McCready has a narrow advantage over Republican Dan Bishop heading into the final days of the Sept. 10 redo election in North Carolina’s 9th District, according to a new bipartisan poll for Inside Elections.

The survey, conducted from Monday through Wednesday by Harper Polling and Clarity Campaign Labs, showed McCready ahead of Bishop, 46 percent to 42 percent, with two third-party candidates receiving a combined 3 percent. Some 8 percent of voters were “unsure” and the survey had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.19 percentage points.

When voters who were leaning toward one candidate were included, McCready’s advantage extended to 49-44 percent.

Read more: https://www.rollcall.com/news/gonzales/inside-elections-poll-democrat-mccready-leads-gops-bishop-in-nc-redo-election

Both candidates claim they're ahead in internal polling.
August 30, 2019

Why did the chicken cross the road?

Cullen Camic first noticed the chicken carcasses on Friday morning when a AAA repairman was inspecting his car battery.

Something — a thick, wet line of white and pink — glistening in the soft morning sun caught his eye. It stretched several blocks of Bond Street in the Boerum Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn, past century-old brick townhomes, a Citi Bike rack and a corner bodega. And then there was the sound.

“I don’t know what it’s like to be in a war,” Mr. Camic said, “but it was just crunching of bones.”

Every car and truck that pushed through the scattered parts unleashed a series of mini pops, snaps and cracks. Chicken was flattened and flung. There were thighs and wings, and pieces so big that Mr. Camic thought they had to be from turkeys.

“It was how you’d imagine that much meat being crushed by a 10-ton truck,” said Mr. Camic, 35. “It was amazing.”

August 30, 2019

Hurricane Dorian strengthens to 'extremely dangerous' Category 3 storm

Source: NBC News

Hurricane Dorian became a potentially devastating Category 3 storm on Friday as it continued to churn in the Atlantic Ocean on its course to the southeastern United States early next week, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The storm's maximum sustained winds increased to 115 mph Friday afternoon, the center said, pushing it to Category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale.

The hurricane posed a "significant threat" to the northwestern Bahamas and Florida, the center said.

As of midmorning Friday, Dorian was about 445 miles east of the northwestern Bahamas and its core was expected to move over the Atlantic north of the southeastern and central Bahamas on Friday and Saturday. It was then expected to move near or over the northwestern Bahamas on Sunday and be near the Florida peninsula late Monday, the center said.

Read more: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/hurricane-dorian-poses-significant-threat-parts-bahamas-florida-n1048291

August 30, 2019

BREAKING: DNC rules on Virtual Caucuses

Today, the DNC technology and security teams, after completing a review process and in consultation with independent experts, provided their recommendation to DNC Chair Tom Perez and the DNC’s Rules and By-laws Committee regarding the proposed delegate selection plans from the Iowa and Nevada Democratic Parties. A memo outlining the recommendation is available here.

In response, DNC Chair Tom Perez and Rules and By-Laws Committee Co-Chairs Lorraine Miller and Jim Roosevelt issued the following statement detailing their recommendation to the Rules and By-Laws Committee:

“The Iowa and Nevada state parties have worked diligently in their efforts to expand access to their caucuses and meet the Rules and Bylaws Committee’s new requirements. We applaud their innovative work and are grateful for their ongoing, patient cooperation with the committee. We take seriously our responsibility to carefully examine every proposed delegate selection plan with the utmost scrutiny before moving it into full compliance, especially as it relates to ensuring the security of our voting systems and the voting public. We concur with the advice of the DNC’s security experts that there is no tele-caucus system available that meets our standard of security and reliability given the scale needed for the Iowa and Nevada caucuses and the current cyber-security climate. For these reasons, we are recommending to the committee that virtual caucus systems not be used in the Iowa and Nevada 2020 caucus processes, and unless compliance can be met through other means, that the committee consider a waiver. We continue to have unwavering confidence in the Iowa and Nevada state parties, and we know that the Iowa Caucuses on February 3rd and Nevada Caucuses on February 22nd will be their most successful yet.”


In December of 2017, the Unity Reform Commission established by the DNC released a list of requirements for caucus states' delegate selection plans, including absentee voting, recount provisions and other mechanisms to make the process more open and transparent. The Rules and By-Laws committee adopted this requirement, the DNC’s governing body voted to approve it in August of 2018 and state parties received this delegate selection plan guidance in December of 2018. State parties worked in 2019 to craft their state-specific plans. Per the rules, plans were due to the DNC by May 1st, at which point analysis of the plans began. The RBC requested assistance from the DNC’s technical experts following their meeting in June of 2019.


August 30, 2019

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