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Meghan McCain Spars With Cory Booker Over Civility: Beto Was 'Very Nasty' to Me!

During a Wednesday interview with Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker, The View’s Meghan McCain did what she apparently does best: Make the conversation about herself and, in this case, her personal beef with a presidential hopeful.

After applauding Booker for saying Medicare for All is unrealistic, the conservative View co-host took issue with the New Jersey senator’s support for mandatory gun buybacks. This then prompted McCain to lump Booker in with former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, who has made buybacks a central focus of his campaign.

“When I heard you and Beto say that, to me, that’s like a left-wing fever dream,” McCain said. “And I want to know how you think you and Beto are going to go to red states and go to my brother’s house and get his AR-15s because, let me tell you, he’s not giving it back.”

Booker, meanwhile, asserted he is not nearly where O’Rourke is when it comes to gun buybacks, causing McCain to reply: “Good! Because he’s crazy!”

Read more: https://www.thedailybeast.com/meghan-mccain-spars-with-cory-booker-over-civility-beto-was-very-nasty-to-me

So Beto hurt Meghan's fee fees? Good!

After student is found unconscious in bathroom, Quakertown school district to sue makers of vaping

After student is found unconscious in bathroom, Quakertown school district to sue makers of vaping products

The Quakertown Community School Board has authorized attorneys to sue companies that manufacture and market electronic cigarettes and vaping products, joining the district with other plaintiffs.

School district officials said the timeline for filing the lawsuit isn’t yet determined. But like officials in many districts across the country, they said vaping among students has become a serious problem.

“We haven’t even scratched the surface of the damage these things are doing to our kids,” school board member Keith Micucci said in a recent article on the school district website, qcsd.org.

“From a health care perspective, we know it’s leading to acute respiratory distress syndrome. I really feel strongly that these are marketed toward our most vulnerable population, which are our teenage students who are trying to figure out their way in the world.”

Read more: https://www.mcall.com/news/pennsylvania/mc-nws-pa-quakertown-schools-vaping-lawsuit-20191029-2d4bnkdyv5gcdm6jllj6wwovfu-story.html
(Allentown Morning Call)

Federal lawsuit in Antwon Rose shooting settled for $2 million

A federal civil rights lawsuit brought by the family of slain teenager Antwon Rose II against the borough of East Pittsburgh and the former police officer who shot him, Michael Rosfeld, has been settled for $2 million.

U.S. District Judge Marilyn Horan on Tuesday signed a stipulation of dismissal of the suit as to East Pittsburgh signed by all parties.

She signed a similar order dismissing the case against Mr. Rosfeld on Oct. 17.

The judge issued both orders with prejudice, meaning the claims can't be filed again, and the suit has been terminated.

Read more: https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2019/10/29/antwon-rose-michael-rosfeld-civil-rights-suit-settlement-east-pittsburgh/stories/201910290094

How the Pa. electorate has changed since 2016 and what that means for 2020

Ever since the Keystone State was called for Donald Trump in the early morning hours after Election Day 2016, it’s been clear that the road to the White House in 2020 runs through Pennsylvania.

So how does today’s landscape compare to what it was then? To find out, I studied the county voter registration numbers from October 2016 to October 2019.

As you’ll see, every section of the commonwealth tells a unique story of the past three years.

A quick note: I explore Pennsylvania’s changing voter trends by tracking the gains one party accumulated in registrations over the other party. For example, R+500 means that the Republican Party gained a net 500 more registered voters in that county than the Democratic Party did over this time period, while D+500 indicates the opposite.

Read more: https://www.phillytrib.com/news/state_and_region/how-the-pa-electorate-has-changed-since-and-what-that/article_5fb115b5-b881-5c6f-95a4-63eff4b4dc4c.html

Oregon high school students allegedly wore blackface

LEBANON, Ore. — A group of high school students in Oregon allegedly wore blackface to a gathering last weekend, sparking outrage.

KEZI reports that Lebanon High School Principal Craig Swanson told students and staff that what he called a racist incident over the weekend is being investigated.

The Eugene TV station said the teens showed up in blackface to a haunted barn fundraiser.

Rep. Diego Hernandez, a Portland Democrat in the state House of Representatives, said on Facebook that the incident was racist and malicious because a hashtag used when the teens posted a photo of themselves had racist language.

Lebanon is a town of around 15,000 residents 70 miles south of Portland. — (AP)


No deal in Chicago teachers strike; classes out for 9th day

CHICAGO — Chicago's mayor on Tuesday accused leaders of the city's powerful teachers union of using its "political agenda" to hold up a contract agreement to end a strike that has barred students from classrooms for nine days.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot said the Chicago Teachers Union's bargaining team demanded "at the eleventh hour" that she support state legislation to elect rather than appoint the district's school board, as well as changes to state law governing what the union can strike over.

"Are we really keeping our kids out of class unless I agree to support the CTU's full political agenda wholesale?" Lightfoot said at a news conference. "If the CTU wants a deal, there's a deal to be had right now on the table."

The heated accusations follow several days of contentious closed-door talks seeking to settle the strike, which has kept more than 300,000 students out of classrooms since Oct. 17 in the nation's third-largest school district.

Read more: https://www.phillytrib.com/news/across_america/no-deal-in-chicago-teachers-strike-classes-out-for-th/article_d543653f-ad08-5c0a-8eef-992e9f5be876.html

LGBTQ advocates, allies rally at the Capitol for nondiscrimination law

LGBTQ advocates and their allies in the General Assembly rallied on the Capitol steps Tuesday in support of a long-sought bill that would ban housing, employment and public accommodation discrimination on the basis of someone’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

“We should not be inhibited by people who want to go backward — and we’re not going backward,” said Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Philadelphia, one of two openly gay lawmakers in the General Assembly. “I know you’ll be in this fight. This good music will lead to good engagement with people in this building.”

Twenty-one states and Washington, D.C., prohibit employment and housing discrimination against people based on their sexual orientation and gender identity.

A bill, backed by House Democrats, is now before the chamber’s State Government Committee. The panel’s new chairman, Rep. Garth Everett, R-Lycoming, has said he’s not opposed to considering the legislation.

Read more: https://www.penncapital-star.com/blog/lgbtq-advocates-allies-rally-at-the-capitol-for-nondiscrimination-law/

Bill that overhauls how Pennsylvanians can vote is headed to Gov. Tom Wolf

A bill that allows any Pennsylvanian to vote by mail, provides millions of dollars in state funding for new voting machines, and eliminates straight-ticket ballots is headed to Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk.

The proposal passed the state House on Tuesday by a vote of 138-61. The state Senate granted its approval that evening with a 35-14 vote.

The bill includes a number of changes to Pennsylvania’s elections code. By the 2020 primary election, the commonwealth will allow:

• Any voter to cast a ballot by mail, at least 50 days before the election
• New voter registration up to 15 days before an election, rather than 30 days
• Absentee or mail-in ballots to arrive by 8 p.m. on Election Day, rather than by 5 p.m. the Friday before Election Day

Republicans and some Democrats hailed the bill as a historic rewrite of outdated laws, with Wolf calling the bill “a major advancement for elections in Pennsylvania.”

Read more: https://www.penncapital-star.com/government-politics/bill-that-overhauls-how-pennsylvanians-can-vote-is-headed-to-gov-tom-wolf/

Anti-abortion lawmakers advance bill to mandate burial, cremation of fetal remains in Pa.

A state House committee has advanced a bill that requires healthcare facilities in Pennsylvania to bury or cremate fetal remains following an abortion or miscarriage.

On a party-line vote Tuesday, the House Health Committee approved the bill, sponsored by state Rep. Frank Ryan, R-Lebanon. The legislation is modeled on a similar law in Indiana the U.S. Supreme Court upheld earlier this year.

“This bill doesn’t do anything to someone who isn’t concerned,” Ryan told the committee. Instead, the legislation is aimed at families recovering from a miscarriage “who need closure.”

The legislation would apply to abortions, miscarriages, or any expulsion or extraction of an embryo or fetus. The cost would be borne by the healthcare facility unless the patient “selects a location for the final disposition” of the remains.

Read more: https://www.penncapital-star.com/health-care/anti-abortion-lawmakers-advance-bill-to-mandate-burial-cremation-of-fetal-remains-in-pa/

Arkansas lawmaker, civil rights attorney John Walker dies

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — John Walker, an Arkansas lawmaker and civil rights attorney who represented black students in a long-running court fight over the desegregation of Little Rock area schools, has died. He was 82.

The Pulaski County coroner said Walker died at his Little Rock home Monday morning but the cause of death was not yet known. Funeral arrangements are pending.

Walker, a Democrat, had represented a Little Rock district in the state House since 2011. He had been involved in some of the state's most high-profile discrimination and civil rights cases, including the desegregation case, which stemmed from a 1982 lawsuit the Little Rock school district filed against the state and neighboring districts over racial disparities that remained decades after the 1957 integration of Central High School.

"What he did in this state made a difference for everyone in this state," state Sen. Joyce Elliott, chairwoman of the Legislative Black Caucus. "I don't think everyone will realize the full measure of that for quite some time."

Read more: http://www.texarkanagazette.com/news/arkansas/story/2019/oct/28/arkansas-lawmaker-civil-rights-attorney-john-walker-dies/801724/
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