Pelosi Statement on Supreme Court Ruling Ending Census Early | Speaker Nancy Pelosi

“The Supreme Court’s decision to enable the President’s shameful campaign to curtail the Census is regrettable and disappointing.  The President’s attack on the Census count and his refusal to provide time beyond December 31 for submission of the Census report clearly violate the Constitutional mandate enshrined by our Founders for a fair and accurate Census.  Further, the President’s actions threaten to politically and financially exclude many in America’s most vulnerable communities from our democracy. “The Trump effort to end the Census early has been resoundingly rejected by experts, including in the Government Accountability Office, Commerce Department Inspector General and Census Scientific Advisory Committee, who all warn that the accelerated schedule will result in an inaccurate Census that will deny vulnerable communities the representation and funds they are entitled to.  Specifically, the Census Bureau officials have stated that curtailing the Census is ‘ludicrous’ and will result in ‘fatal data flaws that are unacceptable for a constitutionally mandated national activity.’ “The House of Representatives will continue to fight in the Courts and in the Congress to ensure

Source: Pelosi Statement on Supreme Court Ruling Ending Census Early | Speaker Nancy Pelosi

Texas Republicans Sue to Prevent Curbside Voting

I’m not sure if y’all knew this, but we’re in the middle of a pandemic right now. Look,I’m sure you haven’t forgotten this, but Republican lawmakers in Texas seem to need a reminder as they tirelessly work to prevent every effort to make voting safer during this unprecedented time. Source: Texas Republicans Sue to Prevent Curbside Voting

Sen. Mazie Hirono confronted Amy Coney Barrett’s offensive use of ‘sexual preference’ while discussing LGBTQ rights – Vox

Barrett’s apology, however, was also telling, signaling that she seemingly hadn’t even realized that she was using harmful language. “I certainly didn’t mean and would never mean to use a term that would cause any offense in the LGBTQ community,” Barrett said. “So if I did, I greatly apologize for that. I simply meant to be referring to Obergefell’s holding with respect to same-sex marriage.” Obergefell v. Hodges, the landmark Supreme Court case guaranteeing marriage equality, is among the precedents that Barrett declined to provide a position on, citing the need to maintain impartiality — an approach many nominees have taken in the past. Her statement about “sexual preference,” however, revealed how out of touch Barrett appears to be in how she talks about LGBTQ rights, which she’d play a critical role in making judicial decisions about if she were to become a Supreme Court Justice.

Source: Sen. Mazie Hirono confronted Amy Coney Barrett’s offensive use of ‘sexual preference’ while discussing LGBTQ rights – Vox

Twitter suspends fake pro-Trump African-American accounts – The Jerusalem Post

Twitter Inc on Tuesday said it had suspended a number of accounts that claimed to be owned by Black supporters of President Donald Trump and his re-election campaign, saying the accounts broke its rules on spam and platform manipulation.
“Our teams are working diligently to investigate this activity and will take action in line with the Twitter Rules if Tweets are found to be in violation,” said a spokeswoman for the social media company.

Source: Twitter suspends fake pro-Trump African-American accounts – The Jerusalem Post

Giffords launches national Gun Owners for Safety group to combat the NRA | TheHill

Gun Owners for Safety will be launched off of a coalition that was founded in 2018 with chapters in Colorado, Minnesota and Texas. It seeks to offer gun owners an alternative to the NRA, which remains stringently opposed to most anti-gun violence proposals. Source: Giffords launches national Gun Owners for Safety group to combat the NRA | TheHill

New Mexico to renew coronavirus restrictions, warning of more if cases continue to rise | TheHill

New Mexico plans to renew several coronavirus restrictions on Friday, and officials warned of more to come if COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the state.

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) announced the new rules, which will include restricting indoor dining and limiting mass gatherings, on Tuesday, saying that the virus is “booming” in the state.

The governor instituted a temporary closing time of 10 p.m. for all food and drink locations that serve alcohol, which she said the state will “rigorously enforce.” The caps for retail and dining establishments as well as hotels will be rolled back.

Source: New Mexico to renew coronavirus restrictions, warning of more if cases continue to rise | TheHill

Coronavirus outbreaks tied to gatherings, workplaces keep L.A. County from reopening – Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles County public health officials said Tuesday that an uptick in coronavirus cases linked to social gatherings and workplace outbreaks is largely keeping the area from moving out of the state’s most restrictive tier for reopening.

While officials remain hopeful the county will be able to progress in California’s reopening plan in the coming weeks, the area is still firmly in Tier 1, or the purple zone — one of only 10 counties in the state still considered to have a widespread risk of community transmission.

Source: Coronavirus outbreaks tied to gatherings, workplaces keep L.A. County from reopening – Los Angeles Times

De Blasio Ignores His Own Transportation Experts As Cyclist Deaths Rise And Traffic Gridlock Returns – Gothamist

The transportation experts submitted a long list of ideas to the mayor this summer. Among the suggestions: aggressively expand street space for pedestrians and ramp up bike lane installation with the goal of doubling ridership; come up with a plan for restricting vehicular traffic in Manhattan like the city did after 9/11, “should traffic congestion surge”; and come up with a “robust communications plan” to help New Yorkers get out of their cars and find other ways to get around. The de Blasio administration did not respond to the panel. Nor did they respond to an open letter written to the mayor by some of its members on September 1st. According to several members of the panel, they’re not even sure it still exists, since their last meeting was in mid-summer.

Source: De Blasio Ignores His Own Transportation Experts As Cyclist Deaths Rise And Traffic Gridlock Returns – Gothamist

Angela Merkel: Europe must learn coronavirus lessons as situation gets ′serious′ | News | DW | 13.10.2020

The chancellor’s warning comes as Europe reports its highest number of infections since the outbreak began. All 16 German state premiers are set to meet Merkel on Wednesday to discuss new rules to contain the virus. Source: Angela Merkel: Europe must learn coronavirus lessons as situation gets ′serious′ | News | DW | 13.10.2020

COVID Crackdowns At Work Have Saved Black And Latino Lives, LA Officials Say: LAist

Los Angeles County officials attribute a dramatic decline in COVID-19 death and case rates among Blacks and Latinos over the past two months to aggressive workplace health enforcement and the opening of tip lines to report violations.

Now, officials intend to cement those gains by creating workplace councils among employees trained to look for COVID-19 prevention violations and correct or report them — without fear of being fired or punished.

Source: COVID Crackdowns At Work Have Saved Black And Latino Lives, LA Officials Say: LAist