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Campaign to recall Co. Senate Pres. Leroy Garcia fails, decides not to turn in all of its signatures

The campaign to recall Colorado Senate President Leroy Garcia failed on Friday afternoon after the group decided to turn in just a fraction of the signatures that they collected.

Friday was the recall campaign’s deadline to turn in 13,506 valid signatures from voters in the Pueblo Democrat’s Senate District 3 to force a special election to try and oust Garcia.

The campaign delivered some signatures — 120 at most, they said — to the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office in a pair of cardboard Budweiser boxes. (Elections officials said there were actually only four signatures in the boxes.)

Dave DeCenzo, a recall organizer, said the group is withholding the rest of the collected signatures out of “fear of voter intimidation.”

“We are submitting a small number of petitions in protest of the voter intimidation that we experienced,” DeCenzo said. “We promised our circulators that we would submit, and we did.”


Election 2019: Texas LGBT Caucus could gain a member in November

Eliz Markowitz is the only Democrat running in the Texas House District 28 race. She faces six Republicans. The top two vote-getters will face each other in a December run-off. Markowitz has been endorsed by the LGBT Victory Fund and the Human Rights Campaign.

District 28 is west of Houston, primarily in Fort Bend County. The incumbent, John Zerwas, (R-Richmond) was appointed executive vice chancellor for health affairs for the University of Texas System. He resigned his seat on Sept. 30.

“As a member of the LGBTQ community and lifelong educator, Markowitz will be an important addition and necessary voice for equality in the Texas Legislature,” said HRC Texas State Director Rebecca Marques.

Victory Fund named her a “spotlight candidate,” which puts her in the top tier of its endorsed candidates and indicates the organization believes she has a good shot at flipping the district.

According to her website, Markowitz was raised in Sugar Land.


Meghan reveals intense media spotlight has left her struggling to cope as a mum

The Duchess of Sussex has revealed she has struggled privately to cope through pregnancy and the early stages of motherhood amid the pressures of press interest in her public life as a member of the Royal Family.

In an emotional admission to ITV's Tom Bradby on her and Prince Harry's recent 10-day tour of Africa, she said the glare of the intense spotlight - and with it incessant and often negative press coverage from some sections of the media - had made things harder at a time when she was already “really vulnerable”.

Meghan told Bradby it’s a “very real thing to be going through behind the scenes” and replied “yes” when asked if it’s “really been a struggle” and she’s “not really ok”.

News at Ten anchor Bradby was travelling with the royal couple and their son Archie on the recent 10-day tour of Africa for an ITV documentary, Harry & Meghan: An African Journey, which airs on Sunday at 9pm on ITV.

The tour, which ran from the end of September to early October, was notable for the unprecedented statement issued by Prince Harry in which he accused sections of the British tabloid press of pursuing a "ruthless campaign" against his wife.


Giuliani Pushed for Visa for Ukrainian Promising Dirt

Washington (CNN)Career diplomat George Kent told congressional investigators in his closed-door testimony this week that Rudy Giuliani asked the State Department and the White House to grant a visa to the former Ukrainian official who Joe Biden had pushed to have removed when he was vice president, according to four people familiar with Kent's testimony.

Kent, the deputy assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs, testified that around January 2019 Giuliani requested a visa for former Ukrainian prosecutor-general Viktor Shokin to travel to the United States. Shokin had been pushed out of his position as Ukraine's top prosecutor in 2016 after pressure from Western leaders, including Biden, over concerns that he was not pursuing corruption cases.

Giuliani has previously told CNN he wanted to interview Shokin in person because the Ukrainian promised to reveal dirt on Democrats.

Kent told congressional investigators the State Department had objected to the request, and State did not grant the visa. Giuliani, Kent said, then appealed to the White House to have State reverse its decision. Shokin's visa was never granted, although Giuliani eventually spoke with Shokin over Skype.


AZ-SEN: Mark Kelly raises astronomical sum in bid to snag Senate seat from GOP

Mark Kelly has more money in his Senate election war chest than Joe Biden does running for president.

The former astronaut, gun control activist and husband of Gabrielle Giffords has established a veritable cash gusher in Arizona, raising nearly $14 million this year, including $5.6 million in the last three months alone. Combined with his compelling biography, Kelly, a Democrat running for elected office for the first time, has laid the groundwork for a serious bid to unseat GOP Sen. Martha McSally in a critical battleground for Senate control.

McSally, who was appointed to the Senate after losing the race for the state’s other seat in 2018, has posted impressive fundraising in the off year, too, outraising all but two Republican senators in the most recent fundraising period. But Kelly has nonetheless stretched his advantage, with $9.5 million in the bank as of Sept. 30, compared with $5.6 million for McSally.
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"I think those numbers speak for themselves. Good grief," said Jim Pederson, a former state Democratic Party chair who ran for Senate in 2006.

“The guy is a very personable, sharp guy. And he's made a lot of friends nationwide, and I think he's tapped into that network,” Pederson said, adding that Arizonans were "wrapped up into his enthusiasm."


Virginia Dem: State will ratify ERA if they win Legislature this November 5th.

House of Delegate candidate Sheila Bynum-Coleman told Crooked Media’s Anna Marie Cox that Virginia Democrats will prioritize Equal Rights Amendment ratification if they will n both chambers of the Virginia State Legislature on Election Day this upcoming November 5th.

Via Friends Like These podcast.

TX-28: EMILY's List endorses primary challenger Jessica Cisneros

TX-28: On Thursday, EMILY’s List endorsed attorney Jessica Cisneros’ primary campaign against Rep. Henry Cuellar, who is one of the worst members of the Democratic caucus.

Cuellar hasn’t faced a serious intra-party opponent in over a decade in this 58-38 Clinton seat in the Laredo area, and he only outraised Cisneros by a modest $376,000 to $318,000 during the third quarter. However, Cuellar has been stockpiling money for a long time, and he ended September with a massive $3.2 million to $292,000 cash-on-hand lead. The primary is in March.


Nancy Pelosi is learning some new tricks.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) tweeted out a video of Fox News legal analyst Andrew Napolitano slamming President Trump's decision to host next year's Group of 7 (G-7) Summit at his Trump National Doral resort in Florida.

"The Constitution is clear: the President cannot accept gifts or payments from foreign governments. No one is above the law," Pelosi wrote in her tweet.

The accompanying Fox News video segment in her tweet featured Napolitano, who called Trump's move a violation of the Emoluments Clause.

"The purpose of the Emoluments Clause is to keep the President of the United States of America from profiting off of foreign money ... not in the campaign, but in some event or entity that he controls or is running," Napolitano told Fox News host Neil Cavuto.


Tweet of the Day


Harry Dunn crash: Trump 'pressed bereaved parents to meet killer driver Anne Sacoolas'

The parents of Harry Dunn said that President Trump had pressed them multiple times to meet the woman who killed their son in a car crash.

Their spokesman said that the attempted photo-opportunity at the White House was “hastily arranged by nincompoops”.

Mr Trump said that he had been asked to arrange a meeting by Boris Johnson.

Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn said that they refused repeated requests from the president to meet Anne Sacoolas, after being told that she had been brought to the White House.


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