SPLASH! News for April 18, 2017

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Georgia Special Election: A Look at the Early Vote

CBS News – Spanning wealthier and Republican-leaning suburbs north of Atlanta, Georgia’s Sixth District is the kind of place Democrats would love to pull off an upset, not simply for one single district but as a harbinger of larger possibilities. They’d use it to argue there’s greater excitement in their own base – which turnout suggested was lacking last year – and maybe that they can win the sort of upper-income Republicans and college graduates who eluded them in 2016. But it will be a tough task: this is not a district any Democrat historically wins, and Tuesday’s vote requires a candidate to get over 50 percent, or else it goes to a runoff, where the Republican field would not be fractured as it is on today’s ballot.

To get a sense of where things stand, we looked at the early vote – more than 50,000 have been cast so far. While the results haven’t been tallied, we can analyze the vote histories of early voters, based on data collected by L2 VoterMapping and matched to their voter file records.

“Where are They Now” – Bernie National Delegate, Trent Champ

Progressive Army – As a National Delegate for Bernie Sanders myself, I woke up, after a long period of mourning and PTSD (yes really) from the DNC, wondering “where are they now?” As in, my fellow Bernie delegates.

I decided to find out!

My interview with Trent Champ is the first in what will be a long series of interviews.

Trent has a fascinating story around his experience at the DNC and how, as a lifelong pacifist, he was told he would never be able to run for office as a Democrat after publicly voting for Jill Stein in the general election.

This is in the rules of the party that if you occupy any office in the Democratic party you “have” to tow the party line. Hmmmm. Did you know that before? I didn’t.

Haley: Reported Killings of Gay People in Chechnya ‘cannot be ignored’

TIME – United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley spoke out against reported abuse and murder of gay people at the hands of authorities in the Russian republic of Chechnya on Monday.
Several organizations have reported that more than 100 men suspected of homosexuality have been rounded up by Chechen authorities, and that at least three have been killed. Haley released a statement from the U.S. Mission to the U.N. that said if the recent allegations of detainment and murder are true, the human rights violation “cannot be ignored.”

“We continue to be disturbed by reports of kidnapping, torture, and murder of people in Chechnya based on their sexual orientation and those persecuted by association,” Haley wrote in the statement. “If true, this violation of human rights cannot be ignored–Chechen authorities must immediately investigate these allegations, hold anyone involved accountable, and take steps to prevent future abuses.”

New EO Extends ‘Buy American’ and ‘Hire American’ Rules

NPR – President Trump is trying to put more muscle into his campaign slogan of “Buy American and Hire American” and is preparing to sign an executive order Tuesday aimed at strengthening existing government policies to support domestic products and workers.

Trump is expected to sign the order during a visit to the Snap-on tool company in Kenosha, Wis.
“The capability of the American middle class to make things and keep them running has been at the base of our nation’s strength since its founding,” Snap-on CEO Nicholas T. Pinchuk said in a statement. “We believe the President’s visit emphasizes the need to nurture such manufacturing strength.”

Written by Pamela Getz

Writer and Activist. Follow Pamela on Twitter @goddesspamela.

Pamela Getz is Editor of International Affairs for Progressive Army and a member of its Editorial Board.

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SPLASH! News for April 18, 2017