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Riding high in the U.S. Senate race, Kamala Harris pushes to help down-ballot Democrats

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Kamala Harris kicked off her 10-day campaign tour of California in a part of California that had, until recently, been the solid domain of the GOP.

But in Santa Clarita, the tiny, makeshift Democratic Party headquarters in an office building overflowed with party loyalists Sunday, all hyped by the prospect that Democrats had a fighting chance of capturing the local congressional and statehouse seats that have long been in Republican hands.

For Harris, holding a rally so close the the election and so far away from California’s voter power centers in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area could indicate that she has enough confidence going into the November election against her rival, Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Orange), that she can spend the final days of the race helping down-ballot Democrats increase their numbers in the House of Representatives.

“Please give everything you have in your energy and your time and in your heart to make sure that we elect them, because these are difficult times,” Harris, California’s two-term attorney general, said at the rally.

Read more: http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-ca-senate-kamala-harris-down-ballot-20161031-story.html

Arizona Democrats want ballots cast in wrong precincts counted

PHOENIX — A claim by Democrats that refusing to count ballots cast in the wrong precinct is illegal racial discrimination met with a skeptical reaction Wednesday from a panel of federal judges.

Attorney Elisabeth Frost argued there is statistical data showing minorities are more likely to show up at the wrong polling place. And she said that is the result of historical patterns of housing discrimination in Arizona.

But Judge Sandra Ikuta of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said she’s not sure that’s enough to overturn existing Arizona laws that say that ballots turned in on election day are counted only when cast at the proper precinct.

Factors cited by the Arizona Democratic Party and its allies include things like minorities having a greater tendency to rent and being more likely to move more often. Frost said that results in minorities being more likely to not know where they are supposed to vote, turning up in the wrong precinct and casting a ballot that is not counted.

Read more: http://tucson.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/elections/arizona-democrats-want-ballots-cast-in-wrong-precincts-counted/article_db27f4f6-0434-5c36-a8c4-6560fed6df24.html

Tim Kaine to rally Hillary Clinton supporters in Tucson on Thursday

Democratic vice-presidential nominee Tim Kaine will campaign in Arizona on Thursday, a day after the woman at the top of the party's presidential ticket, Hillary Clinton, visits the state.

The Clinton campaign announced Sunday that Kaine will appear in Tucson, noting his visit will come as early voting draws to a close. Clinton herself is scheduled to be in the Valley on Wednesday.

The campaign didn't provide details of the Kaine event's time and location but said people interested in attending can RSVP.

Recent polls show a neck-and-neck race between Clinton and Donald Trump in Arizona. The state's surprise emergence as a battleground in the presidential race has drawn unusual attention from the campaigns.

Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/elections/2016/10/30/tim-kaine-rally-hillary-clinton-supporters-tucson-thursday/93020400/

Will Arizona Republicans' 'outrageous' election mailers backfire?

An ominous mailer from the Arizona Republican Party landed in Lourdes Hayes' mailbox on Wednesday. Within minutes, the Cornville resident decided to end her long-standing relationship with the party.

"It's intimidation. And actually, the result of this is that they've lost this household as Republican voters," the 69-year-old said. She called the mailer "outrageous."

The flier, titled "Voter Report Card," suggested her voting history would be publicized to her neighbors if she failed to cast a ballot in the general election. Even though she said her husband dropped off her early ballot at the post office more than a week ago, the mailer gave Hayes an "F" grade and a score of "0%." Beneath her name were the names of six of her neighbors. All had "A" grades and scores of 100 percent.

"What if your neighbors knew whether you voted?" the mailer stated. "You and your neighbors are receiving this report because of low expected voter turnout in your area. Your individual voting history as well as your neighbors' is public record: just like you can see their voting history, they can see yours. A follow-up report may be issued to detail who in your neighborhood does and does not vote in the November 8th election — voting in this election will improve your score."

Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/elections/2016/10/27/arizona-republican-voter-report-card-mailer/92840150/

Controversial Arizona law to defund Planned Parenthood put on hold

Attorneys for the state have agreed not to enforce a controversial new law aimed at defunding abortion providers, at least for the time being.

A stipulation signed by Assistant Attorney General Rusty Crandell vows that no one will try to cut family planning dollars from Planned Parenthood or any other organization solely because it has not segregated out the costs of abortion services to the satisfaction of the director of the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, the state’s Medicaid program. The stipulation, filed with a federal judge here, says the law, which legally took effect in August, is just not ready to be implemented.

Crandell also said it could take up to two years to craft and adopt the rules before that happens.

In exchange, attorneys for abortion providers agreed to drop their lawsuit challenging the legality of the measure until there are actual rules in place.

Read more: http://azcapitoltimes.com/news/2016/10/28/controversial-arizona-law-to-defund-planned-parenthood-put-on-hold/

In Las Vegas speech, Biden warns of GOP’s threat to unions

A Donald Trump presidency and continued Republican majority in Congress would make labor unions extinct over the next eight years, Vice President Joe Biden warned a crowd of nearly 800 union workers in Las Vegas today.

"If (Democrats) don't win the Senate and Hillary doesn't win the presidency, you'll be out of business," he said during a 30-minute speech at the Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters office, at 4245 W. Sunset Road.

Biden, who visited on the same day House Speaker Paul Ryan touted Republican candidates in Southern Nevada, also called the Republican presidential candidate "too soft" on Russian leader Vladimir Putin and criticized him for having spoken in favor of Japan and Saudi Arabia having nuclear weapons.

"Does that seem like a good idea to you?" Biden asked as the crowd booed. "This man is devoid of any information on foreign policy."

Read more: http://lasvegassun.com/news/2016/oct/29/in-las-vegas-speech-biden-warns-of-gop-threat-to-u/

Democratic lawmakers plan agreement on jobs with Las Vegas stadium officials

Democratic legislative leaders plan to reach a community benefits agreement with a yet-to-be-appointed Las Vegas stadium authority board assuring that more than half the construction and operations jobs on the $1.9 billion project go to local workers.

Senate Minority Leader Aaron Ford, D-Las Vegas, said the agreement, still in the draft stage, is being worked out with representatives of Sheldon Adelson’s family, which is contributing $650 million toward the 65,000-seat dome near the Strip.

About 100 people jammed into a conference room Thursday at the Urban Chamber of Commerce to hear comments about the agreement from legislative leaders and representatives of minority chambers of commerce.

The announcement was made in the wake of a Reuters report from Tel Aviv, Israel, that Adelson, who led efforts to pass legislation raising $750 million in room-tax revenue for the project, said he would walk away from the project unless the Oakland Raiders improved their stake in the deal.

Read more: http://www.reviewjournal.com/sports/nfl-vegas/democratic-lawmakers-plan-agreement-jobs-las-vegas-stadium-officials

Vandals egg Donald Trump’s headquarters in Las Vegas

Vandals egged Donald Trump’s campaign office in Las Vegas overnight Saturday.

Nevada staff for the GOP presidential nominee arrived early Sunday to find the exterior of the campaign office and a vehicle parked outside had been hit with eggs. Eggs were on outside walls and sidewalks near the entrance of a suite located at 1110 Palms Airport Drive. The location is east of Paradise Road and south of East Sunset Road.

“It’s sad there are people out there who take political discourse too far like this,” Charles Muñoz, Nevada state director for Trump’s campaign, said in a statement. “We have volunteers who show up here, people who give their own time because they want to make a difference.”

He added: “No voter should have to face such intimidation to exercise their First Amendment rights. We hope this was just a one-off incident, and we’re going to continue to work hard and campaign respectfully.”


Elizabeth Warren to campaign Wednesday in Northern Nevada

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., will campaign in Reno on Wednesday for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in the run-up to the end of early voting.

Warren will appear at a pair of events in Reno and Carson City. Specific times and locations have not been released yet, but the two events will take place in the afternoon.

Warren, one of the most liberal members of the Senate, gained a large following during the 2008 financial crisis after being selected to chair the congressional oversight committee of the bailout program. She was first elected to the Senate in 2012, since becoming a progressive stalwart.

A release from the campaign stated Warren will focus on the economy during her visit, as well as early voting, which ends on Friday.

To RSVP to the Reno event, click here. To RSVP to the Carson City event, click here.


Biden in Reno: Trump is 'least-qualified nominee' in history

Vice President Joe Biden said Saturday that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump lacked any form of qualification to be president, urging a high school full of supporters to convince anyone possible to vote.

Biden made the comments during a rally in Reno meant to get out the vote on the final weekend of early voting in Nevada. The presidential race in the Silver State is still razor thin between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump. The Clinton campaign has brought in several high-profile surrogates in recent weeks, including Biden and President Barack Obama.

Biden reserved most of his speech for criticizing Trump, saying he was dangerous for the status of the United States abroad and took advantage of the domestic economy via not paying taxes and shady deals.

“He is the least-qualified nominee from any political party in the history of the United States of America,” Biden said.

Read more: http://www.rgj.com/story/news/politics/2016/10/29/joe-biden-reno-follow-along-live/92963916/
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