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Professor's Tweet about Pence's "Little Demon Mouth" Sparks Collin College Controversy

On Oct. 7, Collin College history professor Lora Burnett tuned into the vice-presidential debate and began to tweet.

Like many other Americans, Burnett noted the fly that made itself at home on Vice President Mike Pence’s head for a full two minutes. Like many other Americans, she pointed out his blood-red left eye.

But it was this tweet that would get her in trouble with her employer.

“The moderator needs to talk over Mike Pence until he shuts his little demon mouth up,” Burnett wrote.


Read more: https://www.dallasobserver.com/news/collin-college-professors-political-tweets-11955945

Allred calls on Genevieve Collins to take down ads with false claims

Rep. Colin Allred called on challenger Genevieve Collins to take down ads stating that Allred supports defunding the police. In mailers and TV ads, Collins has been pushing a debunked claim that Allred voted to defund the police by $600 million.

Allred voted for the HEROES Act on May 15, which included a $600 million increase for programs to support law enforcement during the pandemic — $300 million each for COPS grants and Byrne Justice Assistance Grants. To lower the cost of a COVID package, as requested by the Administration and the Republican-controlled Senate, the House substantially trimmed down the Heroes Act and passed an updated version on Oct. 1 in an effort to compromise with the GOP and get a deal done.

While Collins claims Allred voted to eliminate this funding, the House still included a net increase for funding. To forge a deal with the Senate and the Trump Administration, additional funding levels for all categories were reduced across the board to decrease the overall cost of the legislation.

The funding was never passed into law, because the Senate never voted on the bill, so it couldn’t be rescinded.

Read more: https://dallasvoice.com/allred-calls-on-genevieve-collins-to-take-down-ads-with-false-claims/

Silicon Valley billionaires bankroll $28M deluge to help Hegar oust Cornyn in Texas Senate contest

AUSTIN — A little-known super PAC seeded with Silicon Valley money plans to lead four other outside groups in a $28 million TV ad blitz to try to help Democrat MJ Hegar unseat Texas Sen. John Cornyn.

Future Forward’s own ads began airing Tuesday, according to ad-tracking service Advertising Analytics.

They’re part of a planned deluge of advertising for Hegar in the election’s final two weeks that’s being orchestrated by the super PAC’s leader, Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz, with assists from four other Democratic groups, the news site Recode first reported.

Citing a confidential memo circulated to major donors last week, Recode said the $28 million of ad buys will include $10 million from New York Sen. Chuck Schumer’s Senate Majority PAC, which on Thursday announced an $8.6 million TV buy to help Hegar. The $8.6 million is part of the $28 million of late advertising being planned.a

Read more: https://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/2020/10/20/silicon-valley-billionaires-bankroll-28m-deluge-to-help-hegar-oust-cornyn-in-texas-senate-contest/

Seinfeld stars reunite for Texas Democratic Party virtual fundraiser

Members of the cast of Seinfeld will reunite Friday for a virtual fundraiser event for the Texas Democratic Party.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Jason Alexander, who played Elaine Benes and George Costanza in the show, will join Seinfeld creator Larry David for the event called a “Fundraiser About Something.”

The virtual reunion will be livestreamed on Friday at 7 p.m., according to a news release from the Texas Democratic Party.

The trio will discuss behind-the-scenes stories about their favorite Seinfeld episodes, according to the news release.

“Texas is a battleground state, period,” Louis-Dreyfus, Alexander and David said in a statement Tuesday. “We knew that we had to reunite for something special and the movement on the ground for Texas Democrats up and down the ballot is the perfect opportunity to do just that.”

Read more: https://www.statesman.com/news/20201020/seinfeld-stars-reunite-for-texas-democratic-party-virtual-fundraiser

National Democratic super PAC says it will double its spending to $12M in battle for the Texas House

by Patrick Svitek, Texas Tribune

The national Democratic super PAC Forward Majority is doubling its spending to flip the Texas House, bringing its commitment to over $12 million.

The political action committee said in early September that it would drop $6.2 million to help Democrats capture the majority. But in an announcement first shared with The Texas Tribune, Forward Majority said it is now surging its spending to keep up with Republicans in the homestretch of the fight to control the lower chamber ahead of the 2021 redistricting process.

The Republican State Leadership Committee, the chief national GOP group focused on state legislative races, had vowed to top Forward Majority's initial $6.2 million investment, and it raised $5.3 million into a Texas-based account between July 1 and late September. Of that haul, $4.5 million came via GOP megadonor Sheldon Adelson and his wife, Miriam.

"The RSLC and Karl Rove aren't going to call the shots in Texas in this election," Forward Majority spokesperson Ben Wexler-Waite said in a statement, alluding to both the national GOP outfit and a state-level PAC with which Rove, the famous party strategist, is working. "Republicans are hemorrhaging millions on Texas state house races because they know their majority is in grave jeopardy and that this is the most important state in the country for redistricting."

Read more: https://www.texastribune.org/2020/10/20/texas-house-super-pac/

Borat Gives Jimmy Kimmel a Coronavirus Inspection

Oregon Board of Education votes to stand with 'Black Lives Matter' movement

Oregon’s State Board of Education took a stand in support of the “Black Lives Matter” movement Thursday by approving a resolution that acknowledged “institutional and structural racism” in Oregon and called for support for people of color, particularly Black students and their families.

It reflects sentiments expressed in a letter jointly signed by the most powerful education organizations in the state, including the unions Oregon Education Association and Oregon School Employees Association, the Oregon School Boards Association representing board members, as well as the Oregon School Activities Association, which regulates competitive athletics in the state.

The resolution pointed to the state’s racist history but also present-day disparities.

“An undeniable series of tragic events and crises have unfolded in Oregon and around the U.S., including the COVID-19 pandemic, wildfires, and violence driven by systemic racism that have stacked harm upon harm against Black, Indigenous, Native American, people of color, tribal communities, and tribal governments,” the resolution said.

Read more: https://www.klcc.org/post/oregon-board-education-votes-stand-black-lives-matter-movement

Republican Lawmakers Sue Gov. Kate Brown, Claiming She's Abusing Emergency Authority

Three Republican lawmakers and a Washington County man filed a lawsuit against Gov. Kate Brown on Oct. 16, alleging Brown's COVID-19 emergency orders exceed her constitutional authority.

The lawsuit, filed in Multnomah County Circuit Court, argues the three lawmakers, state Sen. Dennis Linthicum (R-Klamath Falls) and state Reps. E. Werner Reschke (R-Klamath Falls) and Mike Nearman (R-Independence), are "injured by the conduct alleged herein insofar as [Brown] has invaded his rights and privileges under the Oregon Constitution to exercise, in concert with other legislators, the legislative power of the State of Oregon."

There is some irony in the lawsuit, as each of the legislator-plaintiffs participated in a walkout earlier this year to block a climate bill rather than perform their sworn duties as lawmakers.

They now argue that in exercising emergency powers during the pandemic, Brown has taken away their constitutional authority as lawmakers.

Read more: https://www.wweek.com/news/state/2020/10/17/republican-lawmakers-sue-gov-kate-brown-claiming-shes-abusing-emergency-authority/
(Williamette Week)

Oregon wins $5.5M Johnson & Johnson case

By Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum,

Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum announced a $5.5 million settlement with Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary Ethicon, Inc. for deceptive marketing of transvaginal surgical mesh devices. The settlement is the result of an investigation finding that the companies violated state consumer protection laws by misrepresenting the safety and effectiveness of the devices and failing to sufficiently disclose risks associated with their use.

“Companies must fully disclose the risks associated with their products,” said Attorney General Rosenblum. “We alleged that Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary knew about possible serious medical complications associated with transvaginal surgical mesh, but failed to warn the patients and physicians who used their products. I’m pleased we were able to negotiate a settlement that makes these companies address some of the harm they’ve caused to women and requires significant corporate change to ensure that, going forward, patients and medical professionals have all the information they need to make sound decisions.”

The state will receive $2 million under the settlement. Johnson & Johnson will distribute the remaining funds to five non-profit medical clinics that provide health care to women in Oregon, including Outside In ($951,086), Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center ($608,640), North by Northeast Community Health Center ($190,274), Planned Parenthood Southwestern Oregon ($825,000) and Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette ($925,000).

Last October, Johnson & Johnson agreed to pay $117 million to settle a lawsuit brought by 41 states and the District of Columbia. Oregon declined to join that settlement and instead filed suit in Multnomah County Circuit Court. The state ultimately negotiated a better settlement that will help pay for health services for women.

Read more: https://oregonbusinessreport.com/2020/10/oregon-wins-5-5m-johnson-johnson-case/

Meow Wolf may unionize amid pandemic turmoil

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Workers at a popular immersive arts entertainment project were voting Monday on whether to unionize under the Communications Workers of America umbrella, amid economic uncertainty linked to COVID-19.

Born of a rag-tag arts collective, Meow Wolf coined a new brand of family entertainment with its “House of Eternal Return” exhibition in Santa Fe — currently idled by a pandemic health order — that has doubled as an educational workshop for children and nightlife music venue. The central exhibit provides eye-popping psychedelic design work in a walk- and crawl-through exhibit of spiral stairs and unmarked passageways, organized loosely around a riddle involving an abandoned Victorian home.

Meow Wolf has about 270 employees after laying off just over 200 workers in April amid aggressive state restrictions on businesses and furloughing more, even as it forges ahead with efforts to open venues in Las Vegas in early 2021 and Denver later next year. New Mexico still bans public gatherings of more than five people and places other restrictions at nonessential businesses.

Michael Wilson, a senior story editor and member of a preliminary collective bargaining group, said workers are conscious of pandemic-related economic challenges and want a stronger say on concerns ranging from racial and ethnic diversity in hiring to benefits packages and employee training.

Read more: https://theeagle.com/entertainment/meow-wolf-may-unionize-amid-pandemic-turmoil/article_455c5a32-68d5-5ff3-9b1f-b962bdcb92be.html
(Bryan-Cikkege Station The Eagle)
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