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RandySF's Journal
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May 18, 2024

Vice President Harris coming to Philadelphia to speak at SEIU convention

Vice President Kamala Harris will return to Philadelphia on Tuesday to deliver the keynote speech at the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) convention, the White House announced Saturday.

The visit will be the vice president’s fourth trip to Pennsylvania of 2024; she joined actress Sheryl Lee Ralph for a conversation on reproductive rights in Montgomery County on May 8, and spoke at a roundtable discussion on student loan debt with educators in Philadelphia last month.

In February, Harris visited Pittsburgh to highlight the Biden administration’s $5.8 billion funding towards lead pipe removal and clean water projects. The funding for that project, which includes more than $200 million for Pennsylvania, is part of the $1.2 trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

The vice president’s Tuesday appearance will come a day after the SEIU is scheduled to elect a new president. April Verrett, SEIU secretary-treasurer, is running unopposed for the position, and union leadership has expressed its support for her candidacy. Verrett would be the SEIU’s first Black president.


May 18, 2024

MO-GOV: Missouri candidate with ties to KKK can stay on Republican ballot, judge rules

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A longshot Missouri gubernatorial candidate with ties to the Ku Klux Klan will stay on the Republican ticket, a judge ruled Friday.

McClanahan is running against Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft, Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe, state Sen. Bill Eigel and others for the GOP nomination to replace Gov. Mike Parson, who is barred by term limits from seeking reelection.

McClanahan’s lawyer, Dave Roland, said the ruling ensures that party leaders do not have “almost unlimited discretion to choose who’s going to be allowed on a primary ballot.”

“Their theory of the case arguably would have required courts to remove people from the ballot, maybe even the day before elections,” Roland said.


May 18, 2024

India: Hungry and tired, Kangana Ranaut says election campaigning is bigger struggle than making movies

Kangana Ranaut shared that she travelled 450km in a day in “rural mountains with worse roads”. She also said that there was no "proper meal or snack timings".

Actor Kangana Ranaut, who has been campaigning intensely for the Lok Sabha elections, has shared that "filmi struggle about making movies is like a joke in front of this hustle". Kangana has been fielded by the BJP for the Mandi constituency in Himachal Pradesh in the polls. The state will vote in the last phase on June 1. (Also Read | Kangana Ranaut's Emergency gets postponed again amid her Lok Sabha election campaigns)

Taking to her Instagram Stories, Kangana posted a video from one of her campaigns. Along with it, she wrote, "After 6 Jan sabhas (public gathering) and multiple meet and greet with party workers, after 450km in a single day in rural mountains with worse roads and still travelling in the night, after no proper meal or snack timings I am wondering in my car, that filmi struggle about making movies is like a joke in front of this hustle uffff."

Earlier this week, Kangana filed her nominations for the Lok Sabha seat. After filing her nomination, Kangana said, "Today I have filed nomination from Mandi LS seat. It is a matter of pride for me to have the opportunity to contest from Mandi...I have been successful in Bollywood and I am hopeful that I will get success in the field of politics as well."


May 18, 2024

Abortion Becomes Key Issue in State Supreme Court Races

Abortion’s the Key Issue in State Supreme Court Races: In April, the Arizona Supreme Court upheld a near-total ban on abortion that dated from 1864. The Legislature quickly moved to repeal the law, but that’s not the end of the story. Not only will Arizona voters get to decide on a ballot measure that would enshrine abortion rights in the state constitution in November, but they’ll also have a chance to punish two of the justices who voted to uphold the old law.

It's not just Arizona. Florida voters, who will also decide on an abortion rights ballot initiative, have the chance to vote against retaining two of the three justices who wanted to keep that measure off the ballot. Georgia GOP Gov. Brian Kemp has pledged $500,000 to support Justice Andrew Pinson, who faces a challenge next week from John Barrow, a former Democratic member of Congress who has made abortion rights central to his campaign. All told, a total of 14 justices who voted to uphold abortion bans are facing retention elections this year.

“Abortion since Dobbs has been a huge issue up and down the ballot, and it’s become clear to people that virtually any abortion restriction is going to find its way to the state supreme court,” says Michael Nelson, a Penn State political scientist. “If you as a voter care about reproductive rights, the final say on those things is not going to come from the state Legislature or the governor’s veto pen, but the state supreme court.”

Judicial elections have become big-money affairs in recent years, but most of the ads have typically focused on crime. Occasionally, elections have turned on specific rulings. In 2010, for instance, three Iowa justices were removed from the bench, a year after they’d ruled that same-sex marriage was protected by the state constitution. Way back in 1986, three California justices lost their jobs after voting to abolish the death penalty.


May 18, 2024

Suzanne LaFrance (D-endorsed) elected Mayor of Anchorage, Alaska


Mike Edgington
@SporkedTongue · 31m
With today's results, the math is unambiguous.

It's time for Suzanne LaFrance and Dave Bronson to declare and concede respectively.
May 18, 2024

Louisiana lawmakers pass bill to protect 'freedom' to buy gas vehicles

Louisiana lawmakers passed a bill Thursday to prohibit any state agencies from limiting the use or sale of combustion engine vehicles and to protect the public’s “freedom of choice” in buying the kind of car they want — unless it’s a Tesla.

House Bill 515, sponsored by Rep. Dodie Horton, R-Haughton, sailed through the Legislature with little opposition.

According to the bill’s text, it protects the “freedom of choice for private individuals in the selection of vehicles” and specifically prohibits state agencies from limiting “the use or sale of a new motor vehicle with an internal combustion engine.”

That same protection does not extend to electric vehicles, though a separate provision in the bill more broadly prohibits state restrictions based on the energy source of a motor vehicle.


May 17, 2024

Frank Fahrenkopf (R) can kiss my ass.

I remember when this ass clown was RNC Chair.

The co-chair of the Commission on Presidential Debates blamed two top Biden advisers for his campaign’s decision to forgo the traditional debates and have two earlier battles with former President Trump instead.

Anita Dunn, a Biden administration adviser, and Ron Klain, the former White House chief of staff, are responsible for the campaign’s decision, said Frank Fahrenkopf, who served as chair of the Republican National Committee at the time the two major parties agreed to create a bipartisan commission on debates in the late 1980s.

May 17, 2024

Whitmer's Fight Like Hell PAC releases initial Senate endorsements

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s (D) Fight Like Hell PAC rolled out its first round of Senate endorsements Friday, backing incumbents facing tough reelection bids in November.

Whitmer formally backed Democratic Sens. Tammy Baldwin (Wis.), Sherrod Brown (Ohio), Jon Tester (Mont.), Bob Casey (Pa.), and Jacky Rosen (Nev.).

The Hill was the first outlet to report on the endorsements.

“We need leaders in the U.S. Senate who are focused on lowering costs for working families, bringing good jobs to our communities, and stopping attacks on our reproductive rights,” Whitmer said in a statement. “The leaders I’m endorsing today have done exactly that. They’re champions for their constituents, working nonstop to tackle kitchen table issues and defend our everyday freedoms. I’m going to do everything I can to help send them back to the United States Senate.


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