GOP Election Fraud Leads to New Election in NC-09 | Friday News Break
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Republican criminal election fraud leads to new election in NC-09
Republicans, the party screaming about voter fraud with zero evidence, have gotten caught in a major election fraud scheme in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional district. The election board in NC has unanimously ordered new primary and general elections, after Republican candidate Mark Harris’ absentee ballot collection scandal blew up in his face when his own son testified that he warned his father against hiring a notorious election criminal.
A new primary and a new general election will be held. Detailed reporting from News & Observer.
Laboratories of democracy: Oregon about to adopt statewide rent control
The rent is too damn high. This is a familiar refrain in nearly every large, burgeoning metropolis. With both real estate prices and rents out of control, and with local rent control ordinances having the effect of creating poverty clusters divided by properties subject to control and those not, Oregon is taking a bold step: statewide rent control. Oregon’s bill would limit rent increases to 7% + inflation, and ban evictions without cause after a year of tenancy. The bill is currently headed to the state house floor and Democratic Gov. Kate Brown has endorsed the measure.
Trump Labor Secretary covered up sex trafficking: federal judge
District Judge Kenneth Marra ruled last night that Donald Trump’s Secretary of Labor, Alex Acosta, covered up Jeffrey Epstein’s sex trafficking when Acosta was a US Attorney in 2017. Acosta’s office worked out a sweetheart deal with sex offender Epstein for prostitution charges letting him get just 13 months in jail, when overwhelming evidence existed for trafficking at least 103 girls.
Charter school reform and transparency: California
The election of Gavin Newsom as governor of California marked the first time a Democratic governor has passed the baton to another Democrat in modern history. Gov. Newsom got to work quickly, challenging the Trump administration on the wall, among other things. The Democratic legislature in our state is now working on making charter schools abide by the same transparency standards as traditional public schools. The bill, already passed in the CA Senate and almost assured passage through the Assembly, will require charter schools in the state to have open meetings and to make their records public.
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