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SharonClark's Journal
SharonClark's Journal
August 30, 2020

Arizona Student Republican Group Raising Money For Kenosha Killer Kyle Rittenhouse

College Republicans United wrote: "Kyle Rittenhouse does not deserve to have his entire life destroyed because of the actions of violent anarchists during a lawless riot."

"College Republicans United appears to be the even more wacked out version of Republicans on the ASU campus, or so I've gathered. A splinter group too radical for the more mainstream ASU College Republicans. The photo above might be their entire membership for all I know, but even a small group of nutjobs can cause real damage. To their seriousness of purpose, beyond the shameful act of trying to raise money for a 17-year-old alleged murderer, the CRU told the Arizona Republic, "they do not speak to journalists with pronouns on their Twitter page" and to "get a real job" when contacted for comment on the fundraiser. Make of that what you will. Presumably, they want attention. This action will get it for them...."


August 27, 2020

Iowa Gov Reynolds closes bars in 6 counties

until September 20 due to new cases in the college age group. 69% of cases in Johnson County (Iowa) and 74% in Story County (ISU) are attributed to college age people.

August 26, 2020

MAGA Madness at a campus near you?

'Make Campus Great Again': Trump campaign comes to Iowa City, launching an effort draw support from younger voters
by Zachary Oren Smith, Iowa City Press-Citizen

As part of a young campaigner competition launched by the Trump campaign in Iowa City and other scattered locales Tuesday night, a dozen people, mostly UI students, gathered at Sports Column on Dubuque Street to munch on free chicken wings and pizza hoping to "Make Campus Great Again."

Called MAGA Madness, the competition pits young voters in each state against one another in a bracket for signed MAGA hats and a visit from an unnamed guest. . .
. . . For the youth vote, Iowa City is a sure bet. In 2019, there were over 32,000 students enrolled at the University of Iowa. On Monday, classes began for the fall semester, bringing an injection of younger faces into town, coinciding neatly with the campaign's launch. . . While Trump carried the state in 2016, he only got 27% of the vote in Johnson County.


August 26, 2020

Iowa's republican SOS says NO to ballot drop boxes

Counties are looking for ways to challenge SOS's interpretation... https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/politics/2020/08/26/iowa-secretary-of-state-paul-pate-says-counties-cant-use-absentee-ballot-drop-boxes/5621892002/

Since a voter can give their ballot to someone else for delivery, I wonder if the Dems could expand their voter registration sites to ballot drop off sites. I'm sure the party is looking into that.

August 19, 2020

Group With GOP Links Submits Kanye West Petitions For Iowa Ballot

from Iowa Starting Line
A very well-organized political operation finished up their work in Iowa today to put Kanye West’s name on the ballot for the general election here. Around 3,800 signatures of a necessary 1,500 were delivered to the Secretary of State at about 3:40 p.m.

A Republican attorney dropped off the forms. Todd Henderson signed the West forms — he’s a Republican operative who worked on Secretary of State Paul Pate’s campaign.

Canvassers and organizers declined to say who they were working for.

Starting Line was made aware of the operation’s staging location at a Fairfield Inn and Suites in West Des Moines and observed their work for over an hour. Throughout the afternoon, many canvassers pulled up to the hotel, dropped off petition sheets and took new ones back out to locations throughout the Des Moines metro.

Canvassers were spotted today outside the Merle Hay Mall in Des Moines and the Ankeny Target. They appear to have been in the state since early this week.

There were at least 15 separate people involved from what was seen at the hotel, with two individuals sorting and checking the sheets as they came in. Most seemed to also be staying at the hotel. Some canvassers discussed getting paid for the work tomorrow. Earlier in the week, Iowans reported that one canvasser said they were from the Green Party of Florida as they were collecting signatures for that party as well (Green Party petitions were not dropped off with West’s).

“It’s not for Trump,” one canvasser said to another in the lobby of the hotel before heading back out.

“No, I know it’s not for him, but…” another replies.

“I mean, we know,” the first responded. “But we gotta tell the right people what it is. We tell them… the benefits.”

“It depends on who I’m talking to. It’s either for Republicans to vote for him … or vice versa, to get Trump in office,” he continued. “…Yeah, those two Mexicans, they were ready to sign. Hey, ‘sign for a better president.'”

One Democratic activist who was approached by canvassers outside Merle Hay Mall today reported them saying that signing the form would make it harder for Trump to get elected.

Some of the canvassers were wearing black t-shirts that read “Let The Voters Decide” on the front and “Sign Here” on the back.

The attorney who delivered the forms was Brian Rickert, a West Des Moines lawyer who works at Brown Winick, is a registered Republican and has endorsed Republican presidential candidates in the Iowa Caucus. He stressed that he was just dropping off the forms.

Each potential candidate must submit a list of possible presidential electors from the state if they’re able to carry it for the electoral college. These are the names submitted for West:
William Dalziel, Marion
Tracy Barkalow, Iowa City
Joel Smits, Ankeny
Dennis Henderson, Holstein
Clifford Fairchild, Ankeny
David Roszak, Clive

All six of West’s electors are registered Republicans.

In many other states, Republicans and the Trump campaign itself have been behind similar efforts to put West’s name on the general election ballot.

For presidential candidates to get on the ballot here, they must collect 1,500 signatures from eligible Iowans (anyone who can vote, whether they’re registered or not) from ten separate counties. The requirement is relatively easy to achieve, but it still requires a concerted effort to accomplish.

Simply submitting the forms does not put a candidate on the ballot. An objection period runs through August 27 where individuals can challenge various aspects of the petitions or signatures.


August 8, 2020

The Last Word with Ali Velshi has trump voting

teacher on who regrets voting for trump. She admits her mistake and wants to do right by her fellow teachers and students.

I’m glad she’s speaking out but I’m sick of teachers who vote against their union and vote for repugs in the first place.

Same with firefighters.

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