I’ve been focusing my energies all week on making sure folks know what’s at stake in the elections coming up on Tuesday, November 7. They might call these the off-off-cycle elections, but when 30+ states are voting on everything from county commissioners who will decide whether or not to contact voters to fix mistakes on their ballot, to board members who may or may not push to ban books in schools, all the way up to governors, I’d say these are BIG elections. That said, let’s get into the good news.
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg announced that his department exceeded their goal of having 21% of their federal contracts go to small and minority owned businesses.
A judge ruled that the Republican-majority state Senate’s vote to remove Meagan Wolfe, the state’s top election official, had no legal effect and she remains head of the Wisconsin Elections Commission.
The Seventh Circuit upheld Illinois’ state and local laws banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.
A Colorado judge refused a request from lawyers for Donald Trump to throw out the 14th Amendment disqualification case. The trial will continue.
A Kansas judge has temporarily blocked the state from enforcing a 24-hour waiting period for abortions, ruling that the restriction and several others are unlikely to survive a trial next summer.
Democrat Brandon Presley has outraised Republican Gov. Tate Reeves (Mississippi) by more than $5 million to date in the 2023 statewide election cycle.
On average, Biden has the highest real hourly wage and 2nd lowest unemployment rate among presidents back to LBJ.
Ivanka Trump lost her court fight and will be forced to testify at her dad’s financial fraud trial.
The Senate bypassed Tuberville’s (R) blockade of senior military promotions and confirmed Adm. Lisa Franchetti to be the highest-ranking officer of the U.S. Navy. She becomes the first woman on the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
The Senate just confirmed (finally!) a U.S. ambassador to Israel.
The judge in John Eastman’s disbarment trial has made a “preliminary finding of culpability.” Now they’ll move on to determine his punishment.
A Texas man who forcefully removed a Capitol Police officer’s gas mask during January 6th was sentenced to 7 years in prison.
Federico Klein, a former Trump appointee in the State Dept., who stormed the Capitol on January 6th was sentenced to 5 1/2 years in prison.
Toyota raised the wages for all its U.S. factory workers, shortly after the Detroit Three settled with the UAW.
Matthew Maddox was confirmed as a judge to the District of Maryland. Judge Maddox has significant experience in both criminal and civil law matters – and a proven dedication to equal justice under the law.
The Indiana Supreme Court issued a public reprimand of Attorney General Todd Rokita on Thursday, saying his comments about a doctor who provided an abortion for a 10-year-old rape victim from Ohio were highly likely to create improper influence and also “had no substantial purpose other than to embarrass or burden the physician.”
Call to Action
Do you have an election to vote in on Tuesday? Not sure? Google the name of your county and “elections board” and check it out. Please vote!
Here’s a few videos I made this week to let folks know what’s at stake:
What’s at stake in Ohio:
What’s at stake in Pennsylvania: