Election officials brace for confrontational poll watchers
The situation with the poll watcher had gotten so bad that Anne Risku, the election director in North Carolina's Wayne County, had to intervene via speakerphone. “You need to back off!” Risku recalled hollering after the woman wedged herself between a voter and the machine where the voter was trying to cast his ballot at a precinct about 60 miles southeast of Raleigh. The man eventually was able to vote, but the incident was one of several Risku cited from the May primary that made her worry about a wave of newly aggressive poll watchers.news.yahoo.com
Election workers train for battle against conspiracy theories and misinformation before midterms
Across the country, election clerks have spent the last two years waging an information and public relations battle to restore faith in elections. But as the 2022 primaries showed, some key personnel involved in elections — poll workers and poll challengers — still actively doubt the results of the 2020 presidential race, believing baseless allegations of fraud.latimes.com
Pelosi blasts Trump-backed GOP candidate who once argued women don’t possess ‘the characteristics to govern’
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday denounced a Republican House candidate from Michigan who criticized the women’s suffrage movement and supported an attempt to repeal the 19th Amendment.news.yahoo.com
Pelosi on insult to women's intelligence: 'Exists in many forms around here'
At her weekly press conference on Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was asked what she thought about comments made by Michigan Republican House candidate John Gibbs, which reportedly were that women don't have the characteristics to govern and that the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote, turned the U.S. into a totalitarian state. Pelosi described the comments as "outrageous" and said she doesn't think that many members of Congress would subscribe to that, but that "the insult to women's intelligence is one that exists in many forms around here."news.yahoo.com
Lawyer: Teen a worry months before Michigan school shooting
Some teachers and a counselor at a Michigan high school were aware of a teen's troubling interest in guns and violence months before he was accused of fatally shooting four students and wounding others, a lawyer representing victims' families said Thursday. “From literally the beginning of school, Ethan Crumbley was evidencing signs of being a highly troubled individual, to say the least,” said Detroit attorney Ven Johnson, citing depositions taken in a civil lawsuit against Oxford Community Schools and some staff at Oxford High School. One teacher said Crumbley drew what appeared to be an ammunition magazine on a note card in late August 2021.news.yahoo.com
Michigan man gets 5 years in prison for role in Capitol riot
A Michigan man was sentenced on Friday to five years in federal prison for his role in the U.S. Capitol attack by a mob that disrupted Congress from certifying President Joe Biden's 2020 electoral victory. Chief Judge Beryl Howell also sentenced Anthony Robert Williams, 47, of Southgate, Michigan, to three years of supervised release after his prison term and ordered him to pay $2,000 in restitution and a $5,000 fine, according to a U.S. Justice Department news release. In June, a jury convicted Williams of a felony count of obstructing the Jan. 6, 2021, joint session of Congress for certifying the Electoral College vote.news.yahoo.com
Buttigieg awards big fed grant to dismantle racist highway
A long-delayed plan to dismantle Interstate 375, a 1-mile (1.6-kilometer) depressed freeway in Detroit that was built by demolishing Black neighborhoods 60 years ago, was a big winner of federal money Thursday, the first Biden administration grant awarded to tear down a racially divisive roadway. It allows Michigan to move forward on its $270 million effort to transform the stretch in Detroit into a street-level boulevard, reconnecting surrounding neighborhoods and adding amenities, such as bike lanes. Black Bottom and Paradise Valley, two of the city's predominantly African American neighborhoods, were razed as part of the 1950s creation of an interstate highway system, displacing 100,000 Black residents and erecting a decades-long barrier between the downtown and communities to the east.news.yahoo.com
The Black Keys prove that midwest rock will never fade on new tour
“Let’s give it up for that midwest rock ‘n’ roll,” said The Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach halfway through their headlining show at Michigan’s Pine Knob Music Theater, a venue that is known for hosting legendary Detroit rockers for over 50 years.
Takeaways: Abortion backlash in Kansas, Greitens' collapse
In one of the biggest days of this year's primary campaign season, red-state Kansas rejected a measure that would have made it easier to restrict abortion, and voters in Missouri repudiated a scandal-tarred former governor seeking a Senate seat.
State lotteries transfer wealth out of needy communities
Lottery retailers in nearly every state are clustered in lower-income neighborhoods, driving a wealth transfer from less affluent and educated Americans to the multinational corporations that are increasingly managing the day-to-day operations of the state-sanctioned gambling games.