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  • Should Mass. Pike remain elevated or come back to earth?

    10/23/2018 12:13:28 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
    The Boston Globe ^ | September 24, 2018 | Adam Vaccaro
    Talk to neighbors and transportation activists, and you’ll get pretty much the same answer: The best option for replacing the aging Massachusetts Turnpike viaduct in Allston is a new stretch of highway at ground level. Ask state Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack, who will make the final call, and, well, she’s still wondering if the state should just build another viaduct. Pollack will know more soon, when a consultant is expected to weigh in with a deep analysis of the options for the $1 billion-plus project to straighten the turnpike where it curls around an old rail yard in Allston, the...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Road Trip: Fort Campbell, Kentucky ~ 23 October 2018

    10/22/2018 6:02:37 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 54 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | laurenmarlowe
        ~The FReeper Canteen Presents~ Road Trip: Fort Campbell, KentuckyFort Campbell is a United States Army installation located astraddle the Kentucky-Tennessee border between Hopkinsville, Kentucky, and Clarksville, Tennessee. Fort Campbell is home to the 101st Airborne Division and the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment. The fort is named after William Bowen Campbell, a former Tennessee governor and a Civil War Union brigadier general.Fort Campbell is proud to be the home of the only Air Assault Division in the world, the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). Fort Campbell is also the home of two Special Operations Command units, the...
  • Trump on migrant caravan: 'Onslaught of illegal aliens' represents 'disgrace' to the Dems

    10/22/2018 12:03:34 AM PDT · by ZeroToHero · 59 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/21/18 | Nicole Darrah
    President Trump tweeted on Sunday that border security officials continued their "full efforts ... to stop the onslaught of illegal aliens" attempting to travel to the U.S. southern border via a large migrant caravan — while also describing such caravans as "a disgrace to the Democrat Party." "People have to apply for asylum in Mexico first, and if they fail to do that, the U.S. will turn them away," Trump tweeted. "The courts are asking the U.S. to do things that are not doable!"
  • Blue Wave Collapsing? Early Voting Shows GOP Outpacing Dems In Key States

    10/22/2018 4:10:06 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 17 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 22 Oct 2018 | John Sexton
    This looks like another sign that the highly-anticipated blue wave could disappoint next month if it arrives at all. NBC News has looked at early voting data (provided by a company called TargetSmart) in eight states and found that GOP-affiliated voters are outpacing Democratic voters in seven of those. GOP-affiliated voters have surpassed Democratic-affiliated ones in early voting in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Montana, Tennessee and Texas, the data showed. Only in Nevada have Democratic-affiliated voters exceeded Republican-affiliated voters so far in early voting, according to the data… The latest data suggests robust enthusiasm among early Republican voters that could...
  • Lawyer for indicted Russian firm says special counsel (Mueller) 'made up a crime'

    10/22/2018 4:08:47 PM PDT · by Libloather · 7 replies
    ABC News ^ | 10/15/18
    **SNIP** In a hearing in a Washington, D.C. courtroom on Monday, Eric Dubelier of the American law firm Reed Smith argued that the case against the Russian consulting company known as Concord, which allegedly operated a “troll factory” in which the Russians created or stole the identities of hundreds of Americans online in order to sow discord and spread propaganda, should be dismissed. If people lying about who they are on the Internet and engaging in political speech is a crime, he argued, then every politician in America would be in prison. “This argument is beyond belief,” Dubelier said. “They...
  • Enthusiasm bump not reflected in early California voting (“leans Republican white and Older”)

    10/22/2018 12:11:01 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 9 replies
    The Fresno Bee ^ | Oct 22, 2018 | KATHLEEN RONAYNE Associated Press
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. Nearly 570,000 Californians have already voted in the November election. That's about 100,000 more than voted at this point in the 2014 election. But roughly 3 million more Californians received mail-in ballots this year, about 12.5 million people total. Political Data Inc., which tracks voter data, shows the early voting pool leans Republican, white and older. That's typical compared to past elections. Democrats are hoping for more enthusiasm among their voters to win competitive U.S. House seats.
  • Donnelly, Braun nearly even in Downs Center poll

    10/22/2018 11:35:31 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 15 replies
    .journalgazette.net ^ | Oct 22, 2018 | BRIAN FRANCISCO
    Democratic U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly leads Republican challenger Mike Braun by a single percentage point in polling results released Monday by the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at Purdue University Fort Wayne. Donnelly is favored by 41 percent of likely voters, Braun by 40 percent and Libertarian Lucy Brenton by 8 percent, with 11 percent of respondents undecided. The poll of 816 likely voters was conducted Oct. 12 through 16 by SurveyUSA and has a 4.6 percent credibility interval, akin to margin of sampling error. "Whether Brenton is pulling more voters from one candidate than the other and who...
  • Michael Avenatti Lived the High Life While Owing Millions to IRS

    10/21/2018 7:27:17 PM PDT · by george76 · 21 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 10.21.18 | Kate Briquelet
    As Michael Avenatti floats a 2020 presidential run, court records reveal the lawyer and his companies owed millions in unpaid taxes and judgments. ... questions over his finances remain—and could become a sore spot on the campaign trail, as creditors pursue him and his former companies. Both the Eagan Avenatti law firm and a shuttered Seattle coffee chain, which Avenatti says he no longer owns, owe millions in unpaid taxes and judgments.. ... Tax liens filed in Orange County also show that Avenatti has personally owed at least $1.2 million in federal taxes on top of the corporate debts. ......
  • Poll: GOP Vermont governor has 14-point lead on Dem challenger

    Vermont's Republican governor holds a 14-point lead over his Democratic challenger in the race with roughly two weeks to go until Election Day, according to a new poll. A VPR-Vermont PBS poll released Monday showed 42 percent of respondents support Gov. Phil Scott (R) for another term, while 28 percent back Democrat Christine Hallquist, who earlier this year became the first transgender candidate to win a major party's nomination for governor. Hallquist is a former chief executive of the Vermont Electric Cooperative. ADVERTISEMENT Scott is bolstered by a strong approval rating. The poll found 45 percent of respondents approve of...
  • Early voting sharply increases in Cuyahoga County before Nov. 6 election

    10/22/2018 7:55:10 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 28 replies
    www.cleveland.com ^ | Oct 22, 2018 | By Laura Hancock
    CLEVELAND, Ohio - More than 150,000 Cuyahoga County voters have cast ballots early in person or have requested mail-in ballots. The increase is 14 percent compared to 2014, the last midterm election, Cuyahoga County Board of Elections Director Pat McDonald said. And increases are coming from Republicans and unaffiliated voters. The numbers counted are from the first day of early voting, which this year was Oct. 10, through Friday, which 18 days before the election. Mail-in and in-person early voting 18 days out from the 2014 general election in Cuyahoga County: •Democrats: 75,675 voters (55 percent of the total vote)...
  • Founder of Tanner's PAWS charged with (Amish) hate crime will appear in court (No,Really)

    10/22/2018 7:27:24 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 11 replies
    mytwintiers.com ^ | Oct 15, 2018
    CORNING, N.Y. (18 NEWS) - Founder of Tanner's PAWS, Christie Speciale, who is charged with "hate crime" will appear in court on Tuesday, October 16, at 8:30 a.m. Christie and her counsel Susan Chana Lask, Esq. will attend a press conference shortly after, at 10:00 a.m. at the Corning City Court, 12 Civic Center Plaza, Corning N.Y. On September 22, Speciale was arrested after allegedly accusing an Amish vendor of animal abuse. She was originally charged with disorderly conduct, but Prosecutor Brooks Baker upgraded her charges to a hate crime. Baker previously spoke out and said that "Speciale committed a...
  • BREAKING: Trump to rally in Murphysboro (Illinois)

    10/21/2018 9:11:13 PM PDT · by Paul R. · 29 replies
    WPSDLocal6 ^ | 10/20/2018 | Krystle Callais
    MURPHYSBORO, IL. — U.S. Representative Mike Bost announced Sunday that President Donald Trump intends to visit Southern Illinois for a campaign rally on Saturday, October 27.
  • Signs vandalized at Morris County, New Jersey Republican PAC HQ (In Left Wing Morristown)

    10/21/2018 8:13:09 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 19 replies
    New Jersey Globe ^ | October 21, 2018 | Nikita Biryukov
    The Morris County Republican Victory PACis offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of vandals who tore up campaign signs outside of the PAC’s campaign headquarters in Morristown. “I know Chip Robinson and other Morris Democrat leaders – while I disagree with them strongly on important issues, I know them to be honorable and decent people,” said Rob Zwigard, the PAC’s executive director. “I do not think Mikie Sherrill or her Campaign were at all directly involved in these despicable acts, however, the national and statewide Democrat rhetoric has created an environment where some find this abhorrent...
  • Officer who shot Aurora homeowner involved in deadly shooting in June ( near Denver: update )

    08/01/2018 10:14:42 PM PDT · by george76 · 40 replies
    KOAA News ^ | Aug 01, 2018
    The Aurora police officer who shot and killed an armed homeowner early Monday morning was involved in another deadly shooting in late June. The officer was returned to regular duty while the investigation of whether he was legally justified in using deadly force in the June incident was still ongoing. ... In this week’s incident, police received multiple 911 calls just before 1:30 a.m. Monday reporting a disturbance. Aurora Police Chief Nick Metz, in a written release, said officers encountered “a very chaotic and violent scene,” heard gunfire inside a home at 10609 E. Montview Blvd. and then “encountered an...
  • The Latest: Honduran migrant says he wants to return home ("unruliness of caravan")

    10/21/2018 5:20:51 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 25 replies
    mytwintiers.com ^ | Oct 2, 2018 | AP
    <p>9:20 p.m.</p> <p>Migrant Gonzalo Martinez says he is voluntarily returning to Honduras from a bridge connecting Guatemala and Mexico because he was disappointed in the unruliness of caravan members and just wanted to head home.</p> <p>"We thought the caravan was passive but there were unruly people, I was disappointed," said the 37-year-old farmer as he boarded a bus in Tecun Uman, Guatemala to take him back to Honduras.</p>
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Hall of Heroes: Carlos Lozada ~ 22 October 2018

    10/21/2018 5:04:56 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 61 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | The Canteen Crew
    Our Troops Rock!  Thank you for all you do!   For the freedom you enjoyed yesterday... Thank the Veterans who served in The United States Armed Forces.   Looking forward to tomorrow's freedom? Support The United States Armed Forces Today!     ~ Hall of Heroes ~ Carlos Lozada All info and photos from this website.             Carlos James Lozada (September 6, 1946 – November 20, 1967), was a Private First Class in the United States Army and was killed in action in Vietnam. He was one of five Puerto Ricans who were posthumously awarded the...
  • Pennsylvania Republican Party Election Update ("surpassed the Democrats ballots returned")

    10/21/2018 5:02:58 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 35 replies
    gloucestercitynews.net ^ | Sunday, October 21, 2018 | Val DiGiorgio
    ... As of Friday, we officially surpassed the Democrats in the number of absentee ballots returned. We have made an incredible push over the last weeks, and look to continue over the last week to increase our margins. Compared to this point in 2014, the Republican Party of Pennsylvania has doubled absentee returns. This is an incredible sign for us as we are now just over two weeks away from Election Day...
  • Graham: Don’t Give the Dems Power — ‘Nancy Pelosi Will Welcome the Caravans Here’ [Video]

    10/21/2018 3:26:51 PM PDT · by familyop · 30 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | October 21, 2018 | Pam Key
    On this week’s broadcast of Fox News Channel’s “Sunday Morning Futures,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said if Democrats win the majority U.S. House of Representatives in November, prospective House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) would “welcome” the Central American migrants headed to U.S. border...If you elect Democrats to run the House, you know exactly what you’re going to get. They’re going to try and impeach the president and impeach Kavanaugh.
  • ‘Transgender’ Could Be Defined Out of Existence Under Trump Administration (NY Times uses quotes)

    10/21/2018 1:33:11 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 41 replies
    The Trump administration is considering narrowly defining gender as a biological, immutable condition determined by genitalia at birth, the most drastic move yet in a governmentwide effort to roll back recognition and protections of transgender people under federal civil rights law. A series of decisions by the Obama administration loosened the legal concept of gender in federal programs, including in education and health care, recognizing gender largely as an individual’s choice and not determined by the sex assigned at birth. The policy prompted fights over bathrooms, dormitories, single-sex programs and other arenas where gender was once seen as a simple...
  • Elizabeth Warren goes back to Oklahoma to emphasize her family roots

    10/21/2018 1:02:10 PM PDT · by Libloather · 58 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 10/20/18 | Jess Bidgood
    NORMAN, Okla. — When a group appeared with a video camera among the single-story bungalows on their street, the neighbors were mystified. Delores Clark was dirty from tending the garden. Sheena Jones had just moved in. Neither of them recognized the woman who was being filmed. It was not until last week, when Senator Elizabeth Warren’s biographical video about her family history rocketed around the Internet, that they realized who had been standing outside Clark’s house. It was Warren herself, gathering footage to emphasize her family’s roots on the Oklahoma plains. “I never knew she had any connection to Oklahoma...