Column: Biden needs to get
off his duff and campaign more 8 replies

Posted by NorthernDog 9/2/2020 1:26:37 PM Post Reply

WASHINGTON — Joe Biden has finally emerged from his basement — and Democrats are relieved. After months of near-seclusion at his home in Delaware, the Democratic nominee has given two well-crafted speeches in two weeks: an eloquent and hopeful acceptance speech at his party’s convention and a forceful attack Monday on President Trump over the boiling issue of urban violence. So far, so good — but two speeches do not a winning campaign make. Biden needs to do much more in the two months before election day, pandemic or not. Aides handle the 77-year-old candidate as if he were as

Democrats are increasingly worried
Trump’s ‘law and order message
is resonating with swing state voters 9 replies

Posted by NorthernDog 9/2/2020 10:04:55 AM Post Reply

Democrats told top advisers to presidential nominee Joe Biden that President Donald Trump’s “law and order” message and images of disorder during anti-racism protests risked undermining Biden in mid-western swing states, reported The Washington Post Wednesday. According to the report, Biden’s campaign was caught off-guard by unrest last week in Kenosha, Minnesota, after the shooting of Black man Jacob Blake by police and violence between pro-Trump and Black Lives Matter supporters in Portland, Oregon. It swiftly responded by scheduling a series of events for the presidential nominee in Pennsylvania, Minnesota, and Wisconsin and in Michigan. The Republicans narrowly flipped Pennsylvania

ASU radio station board votes
to remove manager over tweet about
Kenosha police shooting victim 7 replies

Posted by NorthernDog 9/1/2020 7:49:25 PM Post Reply

Blaze Radio at Arizona State University announced on Monday that its board of directors voted to remove Rae’Lee Klein, the station manager, from her position at the radio after she tweeted on Saturday about Jacob Blake, who was shot by a police officer and paralyzed on Aug. 23 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. (Snip) The article included graphic details from the police report for a sexual assault Blake is accused of committing earlier this year. A Kenosha Police Association attorney has said responding officers were aware Blake had a warrant out for his arrest for a charge he is facing of felony

The coming blue-city exodus 13 replies

Posted by NorthernDog 9/1/2020 6:43:51 PM Post Reply

While the election isn’t until November 3, it looks like lots of people and businesses are, in a sense, “voting” early — with their feet. In pre-pandemic January, I wrote here about the blue-state exodus in which thousands of blue-state residents, fed up with high taxes, heavy regulations and “woker-than-thou” policies, are fleeing the sinking blue ships and moving to red states. Now it appears we are seeing a blue-city exodus as well. (Snip) Noticeably absent among liberal-city priorities is peace, safety, order and respect for private property. Most of the country’s largest cities are besought with problems, from rising

‘Makes no sense’: California faces
backlash over its new tiered system for
reopening businesses amid COVID-19 9 replies

Posted by NorthernDog 9/1/2020 6:34:44 PM Post Reply

LOS ANGELES – As it became the first state to cross the sad milestone of 700,000 cases of COVID-19, California has embarked on a new tiered plan for reopening businesses that has some crying foul. Critics say the system doesn’t take into account that some businesses can operate safely even in counties with relatively high numbers of COVID-cases. And it hits some businesses harder than others, even when it appears they perform similar services. “While certain businesses are allowed to open … many others continue to be greatly limited, hampered or even closed,” said San Diego County Supervisor Jim Desmond, who held

Biden walks out after Pittsburgh
speech without taking questions 12 replies

Posted by NorthernDog 8/31/2020 9:48:01 PM Post Reply

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden dodged questions from the press on Monday after addressing civil unrest publicly for the first time, providing ammunition for supporters of President Trump to claim he is going out of his way to avoid the media. Roughly 63 days out from Election Day, Biden delivered a speech in Pittsburgh in which he accused Trump of being incapable of preventing the violence that’s sprouted across multiple cities this summer. Upon concluding his speech, the former vice president declined questions from reporters in the room, but he did acknowledge their presence at one point. “There’s not a

Op-Ed: Kamala Harris’ vice
presidential run is a campaign to be
America’s second Black president 18 replies

Posted by NorthernDog 8/31/2020 7:05:56 PM Post Reply

Make no mistake, Kamala Harris, not Joe Biden, is on the Democratic ticket as the face of the leadership the country is demanding now. Her vice presidential candidacy, in essence, is a bid to become America’s second Black president. Biden is running as the Democrats’ fixit man, pledging to restore normalcy and decency to American politics. Harris’ role is symbolic, as veep choices usually are, but what she represents is truly substantive this time: Harris, a Black woman, embodies the most dependable constituency of the Democratic Party, a voting bloc that is finally rising in power and getting its due.

Kenosha car dealership owner says nothing
done to prevent damage during unrest 14 replies

Posted by NorthernDog 8/31/2020 2:08:14 PM Post Reply

Unrest following the police shooting of Jacob Blake left vehicles and businesses throughout the downtown Kenosha area badly damaged, including one local car dealer that estimates its losses in the millions. Car Source, a car dealer in the city, was attacked when a mob descended into its lot and begin smashing cars on the first night of unrest last Sunday. There was an explosion and subsequent fire that spread from one vehicle to the next, one resident told Kenosha News. “It was a terrifying time,” said Josie Rodriguez, who lives next to Car Source. “I thought, ‘Oh my god, they’re

Aurora’s Martin Luther King Jr. Library
employees see increase in homeless
people living outside front doors 9 replies

Posted by NorthernDog 8/31/2020 2:03:38 PM Post Reply

AURORA, Colo. — An employee at Martin Luther King Jr. Library in Aurora says she and other co-workers have reached a breaking point both mentally and emotionally when it comes to the homeless individuals outside the library’s doors. (Snip) “I have seen violence, sexual assault,” the woman said. “Just this last week, there was a beating where a woman — she was beaten unconscious by three other women and when we called police and they came, we showed them pictures that we had taken on our phone. They had promised to call us back and that never happened.” She said the increase

Officer charged in George Floyd’s
death argues drug overdose
killed him, not knee on neck 19 replies

Posted by NorthernDog 8/30/2020 9:37:24 PM Post Reply

A defense attorney for the fired Minneapolis police officer charged with murder in connection with the death of George Floyd is asking a judge to drop all charges, arguing the 46-year-old man’s death was allegedly from a drug overdose and not caused by the officer planting his knee in the back of Floyd’s neck. (Snip) Nelson contends Chauvin acted on his training from the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) in the use of a “Maximal Restraint Technique” and did so out of concern that Floyd might harm himself or the officers struggling to arrest him. The Minneapolis Police Department policy on

Rally supporting police draws
scores to downtown Kenosha 5 replies

Posted by NorthernDog 8/30/2020 9:17:49 PM Post Reply

KENOSHA, Wis. — Scores of police supporters gathered Sunday in downtown Kenosha where protesters have been demonstrating against police brutality since the shooting of Jacob Blake last weekend. Some attending the rally in the Wisconsin city wore “back the blue” shirts. Others carried American flags. They applauded when law enforcement vehicles rolled by. With the things that they face on a daily basis, they need that little extra push of love and to show that they are needed,” said Jennifer Peyton, 44, who attended the rally. “I mean, if you went in to work every day, and you were told that

Kenosha police arrest food distribution volunteers 16 replies

Posted by NorthernDog 8/30/2020 9:45:54 AM Post Reply

Nine people arrested by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin, for allegedly being outside agitators were in town city to distribute food to protesters, a director of the nonprofit kitchen said Saturday. Jennifer Scheurle, who serves on the board of directors for Riot Kitchen, based in Seattle, said Kenosha police were mistaken when they arrested the volunteers Wednesday for investigation of disorderly conduct. (Snip) Police said they found helmets, gas masks, fireworks and “suspected controlled substances” in the vehicles. Kenosha police are under scrutiny for the potentially debilitating shooting of Jacob Blake, which set off three nights of violent protests, and for

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