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Fact check: False claim that photo of discarded mail shows ballots cast for Trump
A photo of a dozen boxes of mail discarded on the side of the road is from 2018, when President Donald Trump wasn't even on the ballot."Boy oh boy, there finding thrown away Trump ballets (sic) everywhere now, California, Texas, n Pennsylvania," Kimberly C. Lecroy wrote on Facebook alongside the image.
Last week, as Congress escalated its battle against Big Tech companies by filing a federal, one of America's most prominent sharks bit back in retaliation by pointing out the obvious and the ironic.
"The duopoly I would shut down in a nanosecond," entrepreneur Mark Cuban posed to his eight million Twitter followers, are the Democratic and Republican Parties, alleging that taken "together, they are the definition of anti-competitive collusion that has been successful in shutting out competition in a manner detrimental to the American people."
Trump casts a 'very secure vote' for himself in Florida: 2020 election updates
"I voted for a guy named Trump," the president said.Trump cast his ballot at the West Palm Beach library near his private Mar-a-Lago club. The president told reporters after leaving the library it was "an honor" to be voting and that he cast a "very secure vote.
The "Shark Tank" star is on the money. And many Americans have caught on.
Gallup's most recent measurement puts the public's disapproval of the legislative branch at an. National antipathy towards Congress is not a new phenomenon; it's been nearly 20 years since the legislative branch scored an approval rating above 50 percent.
Since then, Americans have become better educated about the bipartisan tools and tactics deployed by the two parties to maintain their robust duopoly. They've learned about gerrymandering - the process by which politicians choose their constituents by drawing the districts most favorable to their own parties - and have watched their leaders resist efforts to have independent commissions draw districts, a notion that consistently earns massivefrom the voters.
The week in polls: Trump gains in 9 of 12 swing states, but Biden still leads in 10 of them
With just eight days to go to Election Day, both national polls and swing state surveys make it clear the race between Trump and Biden is tightening.President Donald Trump gained on his Democratic challenger Joe Biden in national polling averages, and in nine of 12 contested states. But Biden still holds a sizable lead in the national polls and is still ahead of Trump in 10 of the 12 states that could decide the election.
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We've grasped the difference between open and closed primary elections, and understand the incentive for the two parties to lock independents and 3rd party voters out of these critical, taxpayer financed elections. We've seen members of Congress reflexively oppose the notion of term limits, and have even watched in awe as elected officials worked to
Besides the presidential election and races for the U.S. Senate and House, there are several reform opportunities on the ballot in many states and cities that will significantly strike back against the duopoly.
in Massachusetts, as well as a handful of cities in California, Colorado and Minnesota. A vote for Measure 1 in Virginia would amend the state's constitution to to draw district lines; meanwhile reformers are mobilizing in Missouri to support a "No" vote on Measure 3, which would prevent state politicians from In Florida, a vote in support of Amendment 3 would open primaries in statewide elections, allowing Floridians to cast meaningful votes, regardless of their political affiliation.
How long it could take to count the vote this year, explained
Some swing states are expected to tally results relatively quickly. Others not so much.The pandemic and historic levels of mail-in voting mean that we have reason to expect that certain states will be very, very slow to count their votes this year — while others will be at least relatively quicker.
The most comprehensive reform package of 2020 will be on ballots across the Last Frontier, where Alaskan voters have the opportunity to support the trifecta of ranked-choice voting, a ban on dark money and open primaries in their elections by supporting.
The effect created by the passage of these ballot measures will be felt far outside the boundaries of their respective cities and states. The momentum created by these victories would galvanize grassroots activists, spawning further reform efforts in communities across the country. Perhaps it will encourage a new generation of reform candidates to step forward to rebuild our government from the inside, or even sway a few incumbents to break ranks in support of a constituency who demands a more effective, accountable government. Imagine that.
On November 3, millions of voters, unified by a shared vision for a better politics and government, can seize the opportunity to create change when they cast their ballots.
Jared Alper is the founder of Common Sense Strategies Group, a political strategist focusing on democracy and government reform.
Polling averages show Trump gaining on Biden in most swing states. Will it be enough? .
Trump gained on Biden in polling average in 9 of 12 swing states since Monday, continuing last week's trend. But of those, he is only ahead in Texas.The deadline for early voting ends Friday in several states where the race is tight, including Arizona, Georgia, Nevada and Texas – and on Saturday in the key states of Florida and North Carolina. Though early turnout appears to favor Democrats in many states, Republicans are gaining ground quickly in Florida and other early voting states.