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Early vote counts in swing states show Democratic enthusiasm is sky high

Registered Democrats have so far run a sizable lead in early voting and, while that doesn't say anything about the outcome of the election, it certainly is an indication of Democratic voter enthusiasm. In fact, that enthusiasm has materialized at the pol
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Early vote counts in swing states show Democratic enthusiasm is sky high

Registered Democrats have so far run a sizable lead in early voting and, while that doesn't say anything about the outcome of the election, it certainly is an indication of Democratic voter enthusiasm. In fact, that enthusiasm has materialized at the polls in some very important swing states. An analysis from Hawkfish, a Michael Bloomberg-funded group, showed the vote margins in the following states favoring Democrats, according to Politico: Arizona: 16 points Michigan: 24 points  North Carolina: 14 points  Pennsylvania: 46 points  Wisconsin: 22 points If we win Pennsylvania, Trump loses—which is why Republicans are doing all they can to suppress the vote. Pennsylvania is the crucial battleground state where we need the most volunteers. Click to sign up for virtual phone banking, text banking, and other activities at Mobilize America here.

Donald Trump's $200 bribe to seniors won't make it for Election Day, and may be illegal

On Friday, Donald Trump brought his Super Spreader Tour to The Villages in Florida. While sojourning at the nation’s largest retirement community, where a dozen people died of COVID-19 on the day of Trump’s arrival, Trump greeted the mostly mask fre
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Donald Trump's $200 bribe to seniors won't make it for Election Day, and may be illegal

On Friday, Donald Trump brought his Super Spreader Tour to The Villages in Florida. While sojourning at the nation’s largest retirement community, where a dozen people died of COVID-19 on the day of Trump’s arrival, Trump greeted the mostly mask free crowd with reminders that he’s all about letting them die. While a maskless Trump fan constantly tossed off white power signs in the background, Trump did his cover version of “don’t fear the reaper” for the gathered seniors. "All they talk about is COVID, COVID, COVID,'' said Trump, “because they want to scare people.” Trump them went on to explain how he would always “love and protect” the elderly … skipping over the part of his COVID-19 response that is basically calls on them to lay down their lives to protect Wall Street. So long as they make it to November 3. It was a wonderful message for the day in which the United States hit its highest number of new cases since the beginning of the pandemic. To reinforce that message, Ron DeSantis (yes, maskless) warmed up the crowd with warnings that if Biden won, the nation would not follow the wonderful model he had established in Florida, where the high number of cases is being reduced through the most effective means available: Stop reporting new cases. But there was one topic that didn’t get a lot of attention. Trump did not tell the gathered retirees that the $200 bribe he promised them in September—a card offering refunds on prescription drugs—isn’t going to arrive before Election Day. If it arrives at all. Why not support a candidate with a REAL healthcare plan?

Voting Rights Roundup: Supreme Court poised to upend federalism itself to gut voting protections

Leading Off ● Pennsylvania: The U.S. Supreme Court deadlocked 4-4 on Pennsylvania Republicans' request to stay two state Supreme Court rulings that had sided against Republican requests to restrict voting access and enable voter intimidation, leaving the s
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Voting Rights Roundup: Supreme Court poised to upend federalism itself to gut voting protections

Leading Off ● Pennsylvania: The U.S. Supreme Court deadlocked 4-4 on Pennsylvania Republicans' request to stay two state Supreme Court rulings that had sided against Republican requests to restrict voting access and enable voter intimidation, leaving the state court's orders in place. The decision, however, has catastrophic implications for the future of voting rights in the likely event that Judge Amy Coney Barrett is confirmed to the bench, signaling that the justices are prepared to eviscerate long-settled doctrines of federalism in the service of actively undermining fair elections.

Abbreviated Pundit Roundup: 10 days to go. Eye on the prize.

WaPo: America is poised to enter into its worst stretch yet of the pandemic The nation nears a record-breaking daily number of coronavirus cases. The current surge is already considerably more widespread than the waves from last summer and&n
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Abbreviated Pundit Roundup: 10 days to go. Eye on the prize.

WaPo: America is poised to enter into its worst stretch yet of the pandemic The nation nears a record-breaking daily number of coronavirus cases. The current surge is already considerably more widespread than the waves from last summer and spring. On Thursday, the number of cases topped 70,000 for the first time since July. The unprecedented geographic spread of the current surge makes it especially dangerous, with experts warning it could lead to dire shortages of medical staff and supplies. Already, hospitals are reporting shortfalls of basic drugs needed to treat covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. And it’s not simply a matter of increased testing identifying more cases. Covid-19 hospitalizations increased in 38 states over the past week and are rising so quickly that many facilities in the West and Midwest are already overwhelmed. The number of deaths nationally has crested above 1,000 in recent days.

Friday Night Owls: With code changes, Facebook helped rightwing publishers and throttled the left

Night Owls, a themed open thread, appears at Daily Kos seven days a week At Mother Jones, Monika Bauerlein and Clara Jeffery write—Facebook Manipulated the News You See to Appease Republicans, Insiders Say: Near the close of the first year of the Trump
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Friday Night Owls: With code changes, Facebook helped rightwing publishers and throttled the left

Night Owls, a themed open thread, appears at Daily Kos seven days a week At Mother Jones, Monika Bauerlein and Clara Jeffery write—Facebook Manipulated the News You See to Appease Republicans, Insiders Say: Near the close of the first year of the Trump presidency, executives at Facebook were briefed on some major changes to its News Feed—the code that determines which of the zillions of posts on the platform any one of us is shown when we look at Facebook. The story the company has publicly told is that it was working to “bring people closer together” by showing us more posts from friends and family, and to prioritize “trusted” and “informative” sources of news. The changes would also reduce how much news most people see, and therefore decrease revenue for many publishers. What wasn’t publicly known until now is that Facebook actually ran experiments to see how the changes would affect publishers—and when it found that some of them would have a dramatic impact on the reach of right-wing “junk sites,” as a former employee with knowledge of the conversations puts it, the engineers were sent back to lessen those impacts. As the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, they came back in January 2018 with a second iteration that dialed up the harm to progressive-leaning news organizations instead.

New Civiqs survey finds top-two primary initiative failing in Florida

Civiqs’ new poll for Daily Kos finds 51% of Florida voters opposing Amendment 3, which would establish a top-two primary system in state-level races like governor and state legislature starting in 2024, while only 36% support it; respondents
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New Civiqs survey finds top-two primary initiative failing in Florida

Civiqs’ new poll for Daily Kos finds 51% of Florida voters opposing Amendment 3, which would establish a top-two primary system in state-level races like governor and state legislature starting in 2024, while only 36% support it; respondents also favor Joe Biden 51-47 here. Amendment 3 would not apply to federal elections such as the presidential or congressional contests due to limitations on the scope of any single initiative. We’ve seen only two other surveys in the past month asking about this important ballot question, and they’ve each found very different numbers than Civiqs. A mid-September poll from Monmouth found Amendment 3 passing 63-21, which is more than the 60% of the vote that constitutional amendments need in order to go into effect in Florida. An early October survey from the University of North Florida, meanwhile, also found the yes camp ahead by a large 58-36 margin. As we’ve mentioned before, though, ballot measures are notoriously difficult to poll, so the widely divergent results on a question like this are not unusual.

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez killed it on Twitter after Trump called her out at debate

Not only did Donald Trump avoid answering half the questions he was asked during the second and last presidential debate Thursday night, but he decided to name-drop Democratic representatives in Congress. In an attempt to criticize Joe Biden during a discussi
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Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez killed it on Twitter after Trump called her out at debate

Not only did Donald Trump avoid answering half the questions he was asked during the second and last presidential debate Thursday night, but he decided to name-drop Democratic representatives in Congress. In an attempt to criticize Joe Biden during a discussion on the climate crisis involving the Green New Deal, Trump said: "You know who developed it [the Green New Deal]? AOC plus three.” Trump was referring to Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, nicknamed AOC, in addition to other freshmen female Congress members including Reps. Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Omar, and Rashida Tlaib. The four women have shown resilience throughout the multiple attacks Trump has subjected them to. He has often used the phrase “AOC plus three” in attempts to belittle the unstoppable and unapologetic group known nationally as “the Squad.”

Q&A: Patrisse Cullors in conversation with Los Angeles DA candidate George Gascón

Ahead of the election for Los Angeles district attorney, I sat down with both candidates to learn more about where they stand on the issues and how they see the role of the DA. In this conversation, I spoke with George Gascón, former San Francisco district a
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Q&A: Patrisse Cullors in conversation with Los Angeles DA candidate George Gascón

Ahead of the election for Los Angeles district attorney, I sat down with both candidates to learn more about where they stand on the issues and how they see the role of the DA. In this conversation, I spoke with George Gascón, former San Francisco district attorney and current candidate for the job in LA. Read more about the race here, and read my interview with incumbent LA DA Jackie Lacey here. This conversation has been edited for length and clarity.

Georgia Republican relies on a painting of Chairman Mao to help him take down intraparty foe

Republican Rep. Doug Collins is airing a new commercial for Georgia’s all-party Senate primary that rips GOP incumbent Kelly Loeffler for allegedly having once had a portrait hanging in her Atlanta mansion that depicted “history’s most brutal
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Georgia Republican relies on a painting of Chairman Mao to help him take down intraparty foe

Republican Rep. Doug Collins is airing a new commercial for Georgia’s all-party Senate primary that rips GOP incumbent Kelly Loeffler for allegedly having once had a portrait hanging in her Atlanta mansion that depicted “history’s most brutal mass murderer,” and no, the narrator is not talking about Attila the Hun. Instead, the spot declares that Loeffler displayed a painting of the late Chinese Communist dictator Mao Zedong, with the narrator arguing that she “lied about hanging the $60,000 portrait of Mao in her Buckhead estate.” The announcer then goes on to tie Loeffler to modern China by saying, “Her love of their money explains the Chinese flag Loeffler hung on her New York Stock Exchange.” (Loeffler’s husband, Jeffrey Sprecher, is the CEO of the company that owns the New York Stock Exchange.) The spot concludes by arguing, “And Loeffler’s refusal to cut ties with China-controlled companies that make her millions. Because Kelly Loeffler is a fake conservative who looks out for herself.”

As in past recessions, young people just out of school face long-term negative job impacts

Economists predicted that the Great Recession would have lasting effects on the careers of people who graduated early in the downturn. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, hiring projections for new graduates fell by 22% in th
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As in past recessions, young people just out of school face long-term negative job impacts

Economists predicted that the Great Recession would have lasting effects on the careers of people who graduated early in the downturn. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, hiring projections for new graduates fell by 22% in the spring of 2009. One in two people who graduated then were underemployed in the first couple of years after leaving school, holding jobs that didn't require degrees, according to a Federal Reserve Bank of New York study. Normally, that figure is one in three. When the economy picked up, recession graduates had to compete with newer graduates for entry level positions.  The longer it takes for young people forced to delay getting their careers underway, the worse their long-term prospects will be, whether or not they have obtained a higher education. Citing studies of earlier downturns​​​​​​, Till von Wachter, an economics professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, said it can take 10 to 15 years for recession graduates to catch up. These graduates typically start at lower-paying companies when they do find a job, he said, and then move to bigger ones with better compensation when the economy gets better. But moving up at those larger employers can take several more years.  The same situation now faces Pandemic Recession graduates, reports Bloomberg News. Click here to get involved in phonebanking, textbanking or other crucial volunteer activities needed for the FINAL DAYS to deliver Pennsylvania for Democrats.

Republican John James crashes and burns on health care questions during live interview

Unable to agree upon terms for a debate, U.S. Sen. Gary Peters of Michigan and Republican challenger John James agreed to go on Local 4 WDIV and be separately interviewed by WDIV’s Devin Scillian about their positions and policies. Both men were g
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Republican John James crashes and burns on health care questions during live interview

Unable to agree upon terms for a debate, U.S. Sen. Gary Peters of Michigan and Republican challenger John James agreed to go on Local 4 WDIV and be separately interviewed by WDIV’s Devin Scillian about their positions and policies. Both men were given about 20 minutes of interview time and both were asked the same set of questions. The first question they were asked, and also one of the top issues for voters this election cycle, was about health care, and their ideas about what to do regarding rising insurance and drug costs. Republican James went first and tried to do the impossible: pretend that both he and the Republican Party had a plan while also saying we need to get rid of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This meant that he had to say he was for protecting preexisting conditions while arguing that we should get rid of the law that protects … preexisting conditions. Republicans have taken various tacts in trying to both appeal to the Republican Party while also pretending not to have anything to do with … the Republican Party’s policies and actions and president. Watching James fumble the ACA question is truly something to watch. Donate what you can to help turn the Michigan House blue this November.

Watch Trump whine about not being smart enough in unedited footage he posted himself

Donald Trump isn’t just a sore loser when it comes to elections and debates—he just needs an excuse to whine when things don’t go his way. After abruptly walking out of his 60 Minutes interview earlier this week because it was too “tough,” Trump rel
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Watch Trump whine about not being smart enough in unedited footage he posted himself

Donald Trump isn’t just a sore loser when it comes to elections and debates—he just needs an excuse to whine when things don’t go his way. After abruptly walking out of his 60 Minutes interview earlier this week because it was too “tough,” Trump released the unedited interview footage on his Facebook page Thursday. The interview with Leslie Stahl was set to air on Sunday and focused on issues anyone would think a president is equipped to respond to, including COVID-19, the economy, and health care. Trump shared the footage, breaching an agreement the White House had with CBS News that the taping was merely for “archival purposes only.”  The raw footage was shared after Trump consistently threatened to release the video and shame Stahl. Amid his usual Twitter rants, he said Tuesday that he was “considering” posting the White House copy “so that everybody can get a glimpse of what a FAKE and BIASED interview is all about…” But it didn’t end there. He even tweeted about Stahl, posting a clip of her not wearing a mask in the White House on the day of the interview. According to CNN, the clip was taken immediately after the interview, before Stahl was able to grab her personal belongings, including her mask.  

'The Wall Street Journal' newsroom vs. 'The Wall Street Journal' editorial page ... fight!

Even before the debate last night, Wall Street Journal editorial page writer Kimberley Strassel was on Twitter handing out teases of an upcoming column that would “relay a disturbing story of Hunter, Joe and the Chinese.” The column that appeare
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'The Wall Street Journal' newsroom vs. 'The Wall Street Journal' editorial page ... fight!

Even before the debate last night, Wall Street Journal editorial page writer Kimberley Strassel was on Twitter handing out teases of an upcoming column that would “relay a disturbing story of Hunter, Joe and the Chinese.” The column that appeared a few hours later is based on emails and interviews with investor Tony Bobulinski. Bobulinski was Donald Trump’s guest at the debate on Thursday night, an honor that he earned by claiming that he had been in a meeting in which Joe and Hunter Biden talked about the “the Biden family business plans with the Chinese.” Over on the editorial page, this is described as “Sinohawk Holdings, a venture between the Bidens and CEFC China Energy.” Which leaves out the fact that Sinohawk Holdings was actually Bobulinski’s company. He was both the CEO and majority owner, with other partners dividing up what was left. It also leaves out the fact that after years of scheming, Bobulinski’s plan was an absolute failure. However, anyone flipping to The Wall Street Journal’s own reporting on the subject gets a slightly fuller take on the story. Because what the actual journalists concluded when they looked into Bobulinski’s claims was simple: The deal was set up after Biden’s time in office, it never collected a penny from any Chinese company, and there was “no role for Joe Biden.” In fact, the whole plan never completed any deals at all.  

Cartoon: COVID-safe Halloween treats

Trick-or-treaters probably won’t be plentiful in my neighborhood, but I’ll be out on my triple decker’s balcony with candy ready to lower a bucket to any who show up. And if they don’t, well, at least I’ll have some candy to eat while I’m sitting
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Cartoon: COVID-safe Halloween treats

Trick-or-treaters probably won’t be plentiful in my neighborhood, but I’ll be out on my triple decker’s balcony with candy ready to lower a bucket to any who show up. And if they don’t, well, at least I’ll have some candy to eat while I’m sitting out there.

This Week in Statehouse Action: Master Debater edition

Just over a week to go. And while campaigns all the way down the ballot are still breathlessly raising and spending money and doing every kind of (safe!) outreach to voters they can think of in the closing days of this election, more than 40 million Ame
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This Week in Statehouse Action: Master Debater edition

Just over a week to go. And while campaigns all the way down the ballot are still breathlessly raising and spending money and doing every kind of (safe!) outreach to voters they can think of in the closing days of this election, more than 40 million Americans have already cast their ballots. Nevertheless, two weeks from today we’ll almost certainly still be waiting to learn which party will win majority control of key legislative chambers just in time for the 2021 round of redistricting. Sorry! [[ducks whatever you probably want to throw at me]]

Earth Matters: Debate question on environmental justice! Merkley introduces tough fossil fuel bills

Earth Matters is a Daily Kos compendium of wonderful, disturbing, and hideous news briefs about the environment. • Sen. Jeff Merkley introduces aggressive proposals to ban fossil fuel investing: The Oregon Democrat on Wednesday introduced the &l
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Earth Matters: Debate question on environmental justice! Merkley introduces tough fossil fuel bills

Earth Matters is a Daily Kos compendium of wonderful, disturbing, and hideous news briefs about the environment. • Sen. Jeff Merkley introduces aggressive proposals to ban fossil fuel investing: The Oregon Democrat on Wednesday introduced the «Protecting America's Economy From the Carbon Bubble Act,” which would prohibit financial institutions from making new loans for or investments in fossil fuel companies or financing new fossil fuel projects. Part of the idea behind the bill, Merkley said, is to help prevent huge losses if fossil fuel prices collapse during the transition to clean energy. That goes far beyond bills other congressional Democrats have introduced to increase transparency about fossil-fuel investing and climate impacts. Merkley also introduced the »Sustainable International Financial Institutions Act,” which would mandate that the U.S. use its clout in international financial institutions to promote fossil fuel divestment. The bills follow on recent release of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s 196-page report, Managing Climate Risk in the U.S. Financial System. It concludes that the climate crisis “poses a major risk to the stability of the U.S. financial system and to its ability to sustain the American economy.” Said Merkley in a prepared statement, «How we invest our money reflects our values today and will drive our future tomorrow. Fossil fuel investments play a key role in accelerating climate chaos, which continues to spiral further and further out of control and claim lives and livelihoods in the process.»

‘Boogaloo Boi’ arrest for attack on Minneapolis station confirms far-right role in protest violence

This week’s arrest of a 26-year-old Texas “Boogaloo Boi” for opening fire on a Minneapolis police station with a semiautomatic rifle, and later participating in an act of arson against the station, confirmed what many observers of the violenc
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‘Boogaloo Boi’ arrest for attack on Minneapolis station confirms far-right role in protest violence

This week’s arrest of a 26-year-old Texas “Boogaloo Boi” for opening fire on a Minneapolis police station with a semiautomatic rifle, and later participating in an act of arson against the station, confirmed what many observers of the violence surrounding the protests against police brutality that followed the May 25 murder of George Floyd already knew: That far-right extremists have been initiating violence and property destruction at the scenes of the protests in hopes of inflaming racial tensions and provoking an all-out civil war, in part by blaming the “violent left” for the chaos. The FBI this week arrested Ivan Harrison Hunter of San Antonio for traveling to Minnesota in late May and engaging in violence about which he later boasted on Facebook. Hunter, according to the affidavit filed Monday, was also in contact with another Boogaloo Boi—Steven Carrillo, the California man who murdered a federal officer at an Oakland protest and a sheriff’s deputy five days later—and the two bragged to each other about their respective violent acts. Moreover, the two men had formed a so-called “fire team”—an action squad designed to respond with violence in the event of police attempting to take people’s guns away. They named it the “Happy Friends Group.”

Four lessons on today's toxic far-right conspiracy theories from Neiwert's 'Red Pill, Blue Pill'

The award for the scariest book I’ve read all year goes to David Neiwert’s Red Pill, Blue Pill: How to Counteract the Conspiracy Theories That Are Killing Us. You can be aware of the alt right and the white supremacists and QAnon and the rest o
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Four lessons on today's toxic far-right conspiracy theories from Neiwert's 'Red Pill, Blue Pill'

The award for the scariest book I’ve read all year goes to David Neiwert’s Red Pill, Blue Pill: How to Counteract the Conspiracy Theories That Are Killing Us. You can be aware of the alt right and the white supremacists and QAnon and the rest of them and be concerned, maybe even scared of meeting with their violence in a specific context. But taking a deep, sustained look at the scope and reach of these conspiracy theories is something different. Since Neiwert is my coworker at Daily Kos, readers would reasonably suspect the fix was in if I tried to write a standard book review of Red Pill, Blue Pill. What I want to do instead is sketch out four key things I learned from the book, information that will expand my understanding of not just far-right extremists but U.S. politics more generally going forward, as well as two big questions I have after reading the book—one of them an urgent question in the context of the upcoming elections.

Even a Republican governor isn't safe from Trump followers on an anti-good government rampage

At this point, the number of politicians being threatened by Donald Trump-supporting extremists could merit its own news channel, and its own division at the FBI. There has been the scheme to kidnap and/or murder Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer by right-w
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Even a Republican governor isn't safe from Trump followers on an anti-good government rampage

At this point, the number of politicians being threatened by Donald Trump-supporting extremists could merit its own news channel, and its own division at the FBI. There has been the scheme to kidnap and/or murder Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer by right-wing militia groups egged on by Trump; there’s been the MAGA bomber who mailed out 16 bombs to Democratic leaders including Joe Biden and Kamala Harris; there’s been a plan to kill Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam; and there have been at least two threats to assassinate Joe Biden, one of which brought the AR-15-carrying assassin practically to Biden’s doorstep. But the latest target of the extremists is Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine. As in Republican Gov. Mike DeWine. How did a Republican governor end up on the hit list? Tyranny. Tyranny in the form of trying to make reasoned decisions about how to best address the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic. With cases in Ohio at their highest level in the entire pandemic, DeWine hasn’t instituted a statewide lockdown, but has been warning those in the hardest hit areas to restrict their movements voluntarily. But DeWine’s refusal to remove all restrictions, and his support for wearing masks, is more than some in the state can bear. Ohio state house members from DeWine’s own party have launched an impeachment movement against the governor for the “madness” of instituting a statewide mask mandate. That effort has fueled another—one that means to arrest DeWine and then “permanently exile or execute” him.

Then there were two: Another Breonna Taylor grand juror contradicts Daniel Cameron’s lies

Another juror in the Breonna Taylor trial grand jury has spoken up regarding the lies Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron has told. An anonymous juror identified as “Grand Juror #1” by attorney Kevin Glogower said on Oct. 20 that the grand jury not o
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Then there were two: Another Breonna Taylor grand juror contradicts Daniel Cameron’s lies

Another juror in the Breonna Taylor trial grand jury has spoken up regarding the lies Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron has told. An anonymous juror identified as “Grand Juror #1” by attorney Kevin Glogower said on Oct. 20 that the grand jury not only disagreed that certain actions taken by police that night were justified, but that it was never given the opportunity to indict any officer for homicide. On Thursday, a second juror, also represented by Glogower, confirmed this statement and agreed that the group was limited in what charges they were able to consider. «The grand jury was only allowed to consider the three wanton endangerment charges against Detective Hankison. No opportunity to consider anything else was permitted,” the statement read Thursday. “Anonymous grand juror No. 2 agrees wholeheartedly with the statement released on behalf of anonymous grand juror No. 1 on 10/20/2020 and is looking forward to continuing to help set the record straight.»

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