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Partner, father and liberal Democrat. I am a native Michigander living in San Francisco who is a citizen of the world.

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Despite Trump's 8-point win in 2016, Biden team sees path to victory in Ohio

The Biden campaign outlined its strategy Thursday for winning Ohio, just as a new analysis and two polls were released saying the Buckeye State is indeed within reach for Democrats this year.

"President Trump is deeply vulnerable in Ohio, which in 2019 had its worst year for job creation since the height of the Great Recession," says the four-page memo from Toni Webb, Ohio director of Biden's campaign.

She said the Biden effort "is setting the standard for how to campaign in a pandemic. We’re mobilizing and engaging supporters by meeting voters where they are, garnering higher and more persuasive phone contact rates than ever before."

But President Donald Trump's reelection campaign is touting not only the president's stops in the Buckeye State but also its longstanding Ohio presence as a huge advantage over Biden, who first had to win the heavily contest Democratic nomination.



https://www.dispatch.com/story/news/politics/2020/09/24/donald-trump-took-ohio-easily-2016-but-joe-biden-campaign-sees-win-despite-covid-limitations/3514584001/

Ohio Republican Party pulls attack ad after realizing it attacked the wrong person

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio Republican Party has pulled an ad that falsely attacked state Rep. Phil Robinson for being sued over an unpaid debt from 1999 after Robinson pointed out the lawsuit actually involved a different person with the same name.

The ad launched on Facebook on Friday, according to the social media site’s political ad tracker. Along with a picture of Robinson, a Democrat from Solon elected in 2018, it read “Phil Robinson can’t manage his own finances… Can we trust him with ours?”

It included a link to a website that’s since been taken down. But the site showed information about a 1999 case filed in Cleveland Municipal Court against someone named Phil Robinson.



https://www.cleveland.com/open/2020/09/ohio-republican-party-pulls-attack-ad-after-realizing-it-attacked-the-wrong-person.html

Ohio looked like a red state a year ago. Heading into the presidential debate, it's clearly a toss-u

CLEVELAND, Ohio – A year ago, Ohio was Republican President Donald Trump’s state to lose.

Trump, who won the state in 2016 by 8 percentage points, typically led the polls. His frequent visits to the state, including massive rallies of supporters, only added to the aura of Trump’s seeming invulnerability here. Following Republican dominance in the 2018 midterm elections, national analysts and even Priorities USA – the largest Democrat affiliated super PAC in the country – deemed the Buckeye State an afterthought.

But heading into the first presidential debate Tuesday night in Cleveland, that is not the case. Even by the most conservative estimations, Ohio has reclaimed its toss-up status.

Both parties and campaigns will undoubtedly point to the plethora of reasons why their side is clearly the favorite. Republicans, particularly, have been hesitant to publicly entertain the idea that former Vice President Joe Biden might win just four years after Trump dominated Democratic former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

All the data, however, points to Ohio coming down to the wire.




https://www.cleveland.com/open/2020/09/ohio-looked-like-a-red-state-a-year-ago-heading-into-the-presidential-debate-its-clearly-a-toss-up.html

Jill Biden rallies voters in 2 Wisconsin campaign stops, talks need to tackle COVID and protect heal

Jill Biden rallied supporters Monday to vote for her husband, saying Joe Biden would put the country on track to overcome the coronavirus pandemic.

"Pretty soon there’s going to be a nationwide strategy to end this pandemic," she said from the parking lot of Daisy Cafe in Madison as a light rain fell.

Later, at a stop in Eagle in Waukesha County, she said it was essential to protect coverage for pre-existing conditions, especially amid the pandemic.

“We haven’t given up, we just need leadership worthy of our nation. Worthy of all of you," she said in Eagle.

In Madison, a crowd holding Biden signs listened to Jill Biden from across the street. They wore masks but stood closer together than health officials recommend.



https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/politics/elections/2020/09/28/jill-biden-wisconsin-swing-talk-absentee-voting-and-covid-19/3554940001/

Wisconsin Supreme Court to hear arguments in voter rolls and voter ID cases

MADISON - The state Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday about whether to remove more than 100,000 people from the voter rolls because they may have moved, but no one is sure how accurate the list is.

State officials have said they know the list contains errors, but not how many.

Those trying to take people off the list say they believe the list is largely accurate and anyone wrongly removed from the voting rolls could easily re-register to vote. Meanwhile, one recent analysis of the list contends thousands of people on it didn't actually move.

The stakes in the case are high, but probably not for the Nov. 3 presidential election. Attorneys on both sides do not expect the court to rule until after then, which would mean the ruling would affect only how the state handles the rolls for future elections.

Also Tuesday, the court will hear arguments over when voters are considered indefinitely confined — a definition that has taken on importance because those voters can receive absentee ballots without first showing a photo ID. The issue has become salient this year because voters are increasingly turning to absentee ballots because of the coronavirus pandemic.




https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/politics/elections/2020/09/28/wisconsin-supreme-court-hear-arguments-voter-rolls-voter-id/3555015001/

MN-03: Arrest made in break-in at Minnesota Rep. Dean Phillips' campaign office

A Rogers man has been arrested in connection with an August break-in at U.S. Rep. Dean Phillips' campaign office.

Justin Evans, 44, faces felony burglary charges following the Aug. 29 incident, the Minnetonka Police Department confirmed.

According to an arrest warrant, security footage showed Evans park outside the Democratic congressman's Wayzata office, gain entry through a shattered glass door and leave with a 55-inch Vizio TV and an Apple iMac computer.

That same footage captured a partial license plate on the Black Dodge Charger that Evans allegedly drove to the site. Authorities were able to trace the car, a rental, to Evans and his wife. He admitted to the burglary while in custody, according to the arrest warrant.

Phillips, a freshman Democrat running for re-election in the western suburbs, had previously condemned the actions.

"To the thieves stealing campaign signs from my supporters' lawns across the district and the criminals who broke into our Minnetonka campaign office overnight, the irony isn't lost on me," he tweeted at the time. "Your disregard for law and stoking of fear and disorder, only increases my resolve."


https://www.startribune.com/arrest-made-in-break-in-at-phillips-campaign-office/572563312/

Barrett tied to faith group ex-members say subjugates women

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court has close ties to a charismatic Christian religious group that holds men are divinely ordained as the "head" of the family and faith. Former members of the group, called People of Praise, say it teaches that wives must submit to the will of their husbands.

Federal appeals judge Amy Coney Barrett has not commented publicly about her own or her family's involvement, and a People of Praise spokesman declined to say whether she and her husband are current members.

But Barrett, 48, grew up in New Orleans in a family deeply connected to the organization and as recently as 2017 she served as a trustee at the People of Praise-affiliated Trinity Schools Inc., according to the nonprofit organization's tax records and other documents reviewed by The Associated Press. Only members of the group serve on the schools' board, according to the system's president.

The AP also reviewed 15 years of back issues of the organization's internal magazine, Vine and Branches, which has published birth announcements, photos and other mentions of Barrett and her husband, Jesse, whose family has been active in the group for four decades. On Friday, all editions of the magazine were removed from the group's website.

People of Praise is a religious community based in charismatic Catholicism, a movement that grew out of the influence of Pentecostalism, which emphasizes a personal relationship with Jesus and can include baptism in the Holy Spirit and speaking in tongues. The group organizes and meets outside the purview of a church and includes people from several Christian denominations, but its members are mostly Roman Catholic.



https://www.startribune.com/barrett-tied-to-faith-group-ex-members-say-subjugates-women/572567352/

IA-Sen: Ernst Doubles Down On Contradictory Supreme Court Stances

It took less than one minute on Monday night for Sen. Joni Ernst to apply a separate set of standards to President Trump and his Supreme Court nominee than she applied four years ago when President Barack Obama had the opportunity to fill a vacancy on the nation’s highest court.

One of the first questions of the “Iowa Press” debate between Ernst and Theresa Greenfield dealt with Senate Republicans’ decision to proceed with a Supreme Court confirmation process only weeks away from Election Day.

When Justice Antonin Scalia died in February 2016, with 10 months left in Obama’s final term, Ernst lined up behind Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to say “the American people deserve to have a say in this important decision that will impact the course of our country for years to come.”

In light of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death this month, Ernst now has reversed course to push through Judge Amy Coney Barrett, whom Trump has nominated to fill Ginsburg’s seat. Unlike four years ago, Ernst now sits on the Judiciary Commitee tasked with overseeing Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearings.




https://iowastartingline.com/2020/09/28/ia-sen-ernst-doubles-down-on-contradictory-supreme-court-stances/

Iowa absentee ballot numbers in the 2020 general election

Early voting won’t begin in Iowa until October 5, but signs already point to a high-turnout election, with many more Iowans casting early ballots than in the past. By September 25, more than five weeks before this year’s election, 583,944 people–more a quarter of Iowa’s 2 million active registered voters–had requested an absentee ballot. That number doesn’t include anyone planning to vote early in person next month.

Just before the 2016 presidential election, 693,709 Iowans had requested absentee ballots, and county auditors had received 653,438 completed ballots. We should surpass that number well before November 3. About 41 percent of Iowans voted early in 2016, but the COVID-19 pandemic will surely push that percentage higher.

I will update this page every weekday with the latest absentee ballot numbers released by the Iowa Secretary of State’s office, presented in two tables.

The first shows the number of absentee ballots Iowans have requested, in each of the four Congressional districts and statewide. The second shows the number of absentee ballots county auditors have received from voters, in each Congressional district and statewide. For now, those numbers are small, reflecting military or overseas voters. Most Iowans won’t receive their absentee ballot until after October 5.



https://www.bleedingheartland.com/2020/09/27/iowa-absentee-ballot-numbers-in-the-2020-general-election/

Judge upholds Republican-backed law making absentee voting harder in Iowa

IOWA CITY, Ia. — A judge is refusing to block a new Republican-backed Iowa law that makes it harder for county officials to process absentee ballot applications and more likely that incomplete requests won’t be fulfilled.

In an opinion dated Friday and released Monday, Judge Lars Anderson rejected arguments by a Latino civil rights organization and a Democratic Party group that the law is an undue burden on the fundamental right to vote.

The ruling is another victory for Republicans who want to limit absentee voting, which begins next week in Iowa. The Trump campaign and Republican Party groups have already invalidated tens of thousands of absentee ballot applications returned by voters in three counties.

At issue is a law passed this summer that blocks county auditors from using their databases to fill in any missing information on voters’ absentee ballot applications.



https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/politics/2020/09/28/judge-upholds-gop-law-makes-absentee-voting-harder-iowa/3564087001/
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