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RandySF's Journal
RandySF's Journal
December 31, 2019

How I restore ability to serve on juries?

I accidentally clocked "No" and do not know how to reverse it.

December 31, 2019

NY-14: AOC worried about losing seat after 2021 redistricting.

With New York likely to lose at least one congressional seat, the district held by Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez could be broken up, forcing her to find a new winning coalition. There’s little love for the disruptive young upstart in Albany, and many state lawmakers would like nothing more than to redraw her out of office. Ocasio-Cortez seems aware of the threat, as she’s been promoting Census sign-ups in her district to ensure that her constituents are fully counted.


December 31, 2019

The Clash - Straight To Hell

December 31, 2019

Michael Bloomberg revs up Texas campaign with big plans

Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg is ramping up his efforts in Texas, with plans to build a state operation that his campaign says will be unrivaled by anyone else in the primary field.

In an announcement first shared with The Texas Tribune, his campaign said it will open a Texas headquarters in Houston and 16 field offices throughout the rest of the state between now and the March 3 primary. The offices will be spread across the Houston area, the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Austin, East Texas, the San Antonio area, El Paso, Laredo, McAllen and the Killeen area.

The campaign also named its first Texas hires:

Carla Brailey, vice chair of the Texas Democratic Party, will serve as Bloomberg’s senior advisor.
Ashlea Turner, a government relations consultant who worked on Bill White’s 2010 gubernatorial campaign, will serve as Bloomberg’s state director.

Kevin Lo, who worked on presidential candidate Kamala Harris’ Iowa campaign before she ended her campaign earlier this month, will serve as Bloomberg’s organizing director.

Lizzie Lewis, communications director for 2018 gubernatorial nominee Lupe Valdez, will be Bloomberg’s press secretary.

The moves by Bloomberg, the former New York City mayor and billionaire businessman, are the latest developments in a campaign strategy to skip the first early voting states after his late entry into the race and instead focus on the delegate-rich Super Tuesday states, which include Texas.


December 31, 2019

NH-SEN: Lewandowski decides against Senate bid

President Trump’s former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski announced Tuesday he will not run for the Senate in New Hampshire after flirting with a bid for most of 2019.

In a series of tweets, Lewandowski said he’s “certain” he would have won the GOP primary and defeated Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), but that he’ll instead focus on his family and reelecting Trump.

“NH needs a US Senator who will put our citizens first and not illegal aliens; one who will support pro-growth policies to keep the Trump economy strong; one who will support strict constitutionalist judges; and one who will fight for our values, not those of Washington, DC,” Lewandowski said. “Accordingly, I will be making an endorsement in the Republican Primary for U.S. Senate in the near future to ensure we defeat Jeanne Shaheen in 2020.”

Lewandowski was a longtime GOP political operative in New Hampshire before he was put in charge of Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. He was removed from the campaign after a video showed him grabbing a female reporter to block her from getting to Trump.


December 31, 2019

To recognize Black History Month, GOP lawmaker proposes a list of mostly white people

In Wisconsin this February, one lawmaker wants to mark Black History Month by celebrating 10 Americans — including a Civil War colonel, a newspaper editor and a church deacon. All are heralded for their bravery, but most on the list are white.

The resolution, circulated this month, identifies a group of people integral to the state’s Underground Railroad system, both slaves who traveled it and abolitionists who sheltered them. The author, state Rep. Scott Allen (R), says it’s a sincere effort to salute important historical figures. But several black legislators have called the effort disingenuous and said it undermines the purpose of Black History Month: to highlight the accomplishments of African Americans so often overlooked in classrooms and history books.

It’s the third year in a row that Wisconsin’s commemoration of Black History Month has devolved into a largely partisan struggle over issues of cultural appropriation, identity politics, privilege and power — a small-scale tableau of some of the nation’s deepest divides.

“Why should you be leading what we do on Black History Month?” state Sen. Lena Taylor (D) said in an interview, referring to Allen, who is white. “The fact that this even needs to be discussed is a reflection of where we are as a society. I wake up every day as a black woman, I’m not exactly sure what it is that Scott Allen believes he knows better than me."


December 31, 2019

Susan Collins 'Open' to Impeachment Witnesses

Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) told Maine Public Radio that she is “open” to calling witnesses as part of the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump but added that it is still too early to decide who, if anyone, should be called.

Said Collins: “I am open to witnesses. I think it’s premature to decide who should be called until we see the evidence that is presented and get the answers to the questions that we senators can submit through the Chief Justice to both sides.”


December 31, 2019

Philadelphia names first black female police commissioner

Philadelphia officials on Monday named the first black woman to be the city's police commissioner.

After a four-month search, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney chose Danielle Outlaw, the chief of police in Portland, Ore., to become the head of police in the city. Outlaw, 44, will lead the fourth-largest police department in the country with 6,300 sworn officers, according to the police department’s website.

“I am appointing Danielle Outlaw because I am convinced she has the conviction, courage, and compassion needed to bring long-overdue reform to the Department,” he said in a statement. “After meeting and speaking with her at length, I came away confident that Danielle Outlaw possesses the strength, integrity, and empathy vital to the tasks ahead.”

Outlaw worked for the Oakland Police Department for 20 years, becoming the second female deputy chief and then the first black woman to be the chief of Portland’s force in October 2017, according to the statement.

“While I am new to Philadelphia, I am not new to the challenges of big-city, 21st century policing,” she said in the release.

The new commissioner pledged to strengthen trust between police and the community and reduce crime, specifically gun violence.


December 31, 2019

Bloomberg Floods Voters with Attacks on Trump

“Hillary Clinton tried. So did 16 rival Republicans. And after hundreds of millions of dollars were spent on ads attacking Donald Trump in 2016, the results were the same: They never did much damage,” the New York Times reports.

“Now Michael Bloomberg is trying — his way — spending millions each week in an online advertising onslaught that is guided by polling and data that he and his advisers believe provide unique insight into the president’s vulnerabilities.”

“The effort, which is targeting seven battleground states where polls show Mr. Trump is likely to be competitive in November, is just one piece of an advertising campaign that is unrivaled in scope and scale. On Facebook and Google alone, where Mr. Bloomberg is most focused on attacking the president, he has spent $18 million on ads over the last month, according to Acronym, a digital messaging firm that works with Democrats.”


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