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He disparaged Mexicans, vowed a crackdown on immigration and promoted building a wall, but thousands of Mexican Americans embraced him, for a variety of reasons.
On Thursday, December 8, 2016, the President signed into law: H.R. 4665, the "Outdoor Recreation Jobs and Economic Impact Act of 2016," which requires the Department of Commerce to conduct an assessment of the outdoor recreation economy of the United States; H.R. 4902, which amends the overtime compensation system for U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Air and Marine Operations officers to Law Enforcement Availability Pay; H.R. 5785, which exempts retired air traffic controllers under contract with the Federal Aviation Administration as full-time air traffic control instructors from a reduction to their Federal Employees Retirement System annuity supplement; H.R. 5873, which designates the Federal building and United States courthouse located at 511 East San Antonio Avenue in El Paso, Texas, as the R.E. Thomason Federal Building and United States Courthouse; and S. 2754, which designates the Federal building and United States courthouse located at 300 Fannin Street in Shreveport, Louisiana, as the Tom Stagg Federal Building and United States Courthouse.
Customs and Border Protection will open a new temporary shelter on Friday in Donna, Texas, to handle a sharp increase in the number Central American families and unaccompanied children crossing into the United States, the agency announced Thursday. U.S. authorities have struggled since the summer of 2014 to accommodate an influx of Central American families and children, who often arrive seeking asylum or other humanitarian relief. After rising and falling over two years, the numbers jumped sharply this fall. The set of tents and showers at Donna comes in addition to a similar facility that CBP opened last month in the West Texas town of Tornillo, outside El Paso. Each facility can hold up to 500 detainees. “It got to the point where we simply could not handle the amount of people who were coming here and requesting asylum,” said David Higgerson, Laredo field operations director, according to KENS5 Eyewitness News. Each of the shelters cost about $3.8 million to establish, KENS5 reports. The number of apprehensions at the border has surged this year, with 46,195 people crossing into the United States without authorization in October ― a figure that includes people who request asylum or other humanitarian relief. That number marks a 41 percent increase compared to the same month last year. Unaccompanied minors and mothers traveling with their children accounted for more than 19,000 of the new arrivals. “This effort is designed to minimize the impact to border security operations while fulfilling our humanitarian efforts,” Manuel Padilla Jr., commander of the Joint Task Force-West South Texas Corridor, said in a press statement. “We will work closely with all our partner agencies to maintain efficient operations.” Those passing through the shelters are supposed to remain in custody for three days or less. The development comes as the Obama administration faces legal setbacks to its family detention policy and criticism from a Department of Homeland Security-fielded panel of experts over its reliance on for-profit prison contractors to run immigrant detention centers. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
In March 2015, the President launched the TechHire initiative based on a simple idea: Building a pipeline of tech talent can bring new jobs to local economies, facilitate business growth, and give local residents a pathway into the middle class. To build such a pipeline, TechHire addresses employers’ great need for technology talent with emerging models for quickly training people with limited ingoing technology skills to be job-ready in months, not years. Today, there are nearly 600,000 open IT jobs across all sectors—more than two-thirds of which are in fields outside the tech sector, such as manufacturing, financial services and healthcare. These jobs pay one and a half times more than the average private-sector job, and training takes less than a year with emerging programs like “coding bootcamps,” free open data trainings, and online courses like the Department of Commerce’s Data Usability Project and massive open online courses (MOOCs) by the Federal government, academic institutions, non-profit organizations, and the private sector. Since its launch, TechHire communities across the country have piloted fast-track training programs designed to give people skills that are in high demand by employers. So far over 4,000 people have been trained and connected to work opportunities with local employers, earning average salaries of well over median income. Today, U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith announced how private organizations will seize on this progress with new steps to meet the scale of the opportunity. Expansion of TechHire to over 70 Cities, States, and Rural Areas. Earlier this spring, we announced that communities had exceeded the President’s goal of doubling the size of the TechHire initiative, reaching a total of 50 communities. Yet even after we made the announcement, new communities continued expressing interest to participate—so today, we are announcing 20 new communities joining the TechHire initiative, working with about 500 employers (and counting). As of today, communities in 39 states, plus DC and Puerto Rico, have joined TechHire. Growth of theTechHire Action Network. Today, we are announcing a partnership between [email protected], an independent social enterprise, and the U.S. Department of Education to take the lead in continuing to support, organize and grow the more than 70 cities, states, and rural areas participating in the TechHire initiative. TechUP's Include.io 27-City Roadshow 2017. TechUP | WeTechUP.com is launching the Include.io 2017 Roadshow across 27 cities in the United States to ignite 100,000 diverse and non-traditional tech talent and help 1,000 companies build their best teams. The Challenge and Opportunity People Need Opportunities to Retool and Retrain for Good Jobs More than Ever Over the past decade, towns across America have experienced shifts in prevalent industries and jobs due to rapidly evolving technologies and other factors. These changes have too often made workers’ skills less relevant, impacting their employment options and, in some cases, leading to spells of unemployment that make it difficult for families to meet even their most basic of needs. When workers lose their jobs or get stuck in lower-wage jobs because of local economic shifts due to no fault of their own, they should have clear pathways to the middle class. Technology jobs can offer this pathway. Nearly 40 percent of these jobs do not require a four-year degree. In recent years, there has been a proliferation of fast-track tech training programs like “coding bootcamps” that prepare people with little technical know-how for tech jobs, often in just a few months. A recent survey from Course Report found that bootcamp graduates saw salary gains of 38 percent (or about $18,000 annually) after completing their programs. The U.S. is Massively Underinvesting in Training for Jobs in Technology and Other In-Demand Fields to Meet Employers’ Needs In the face of a large and growing need of companies and workers to retool and retrain, the U.S. is massively underinvesting in job training programs. The federal government’s largest job training investment program only trains about 180,000 U.S. workers per year. America spends 0.03 percent of GDP on training while other countries are investing nearly 20 times more. And in spite of the evidence that apprenticeships are one of the most effective training tools, fewer than five percent of workers in the U.S. train as apprentices, relative to 60 percent in Germany. In early 2010, there were 14.4 million unemployed Americans. Current funding levels would only allocate $212 per person for training and reemployment services, an insufficient amount compared to a $1,700 average semester cost for a community college. During times of high unemployment in 2009, many states reported training waiting lists of thousands of people long due to funding gaps. Training workers in the US for 21st-century jobs will require a significant increase in investment from current levels, which are far below Germany and other European countries. This investment would benefit our businesses, our workers, and our economy by focusing on technology and other in-demand skills that are critical to fill existing jobs and attract and create new jobs in communities. More Details on Today’s Announcements Expansion of TechHire to over 70 Cities, States, and Rural Areas with 20 New Communities Signing on Today The TechHire initiative began in March 2015 with 21 communities, and today it has grown to over 70 communities working with 1,500 employers on three key actions: Opening up recruiting and hiring pathways for people without traditional credentials who can demonstrate that they have the skills to succeed in a tech job regardless of where those skills were attained. Recruiting, incubating, and expanding accelerated tech learning programs – such as high quality coding bootcamps and innovative online training – which enable interested, unexperienced students to rapidly gain tech skills. Connecting people to jobs by investing in and working with organizations that can vouch for those who have the skills to do the job, but who may lack the typical profile of education and experience. 20 New TechHire Communities Announced Today Today, the following 20 communities are joining the TechHire initiative: Alachua and Bradford Counties, FL Anchorage, AL Arizona (State of) Bellevue, WA Boston, MA Carroll County, MD Central Florida El Paso County, TX Howard County, MD Mobile, AL Oklahoma City, OK Omaha, NE Pensacola, FL Puerto Rico Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico Stamford, CT Tampa Bay, FL Toledo, OH Trenton City, NJ Tulsa, OK A detailed summary of each community can be found at the end of this document. Growth of TechHire Action Network [email protected], an independent social enterprise, will partner with the U.S. Department of Education and others to continue to support TechHire communities to implement, grow, amplify, and sustain their TechHire initiatives locally and across the country and organize the Action Network. Key goals of TechHire and the Action Network include: Connecting employers to nontraditional, often overlooked, and more diverse tech talent and lifting up best practices from model companies. Aggregating resources and partnerships to help underrepresented groups access and progress on tech career pathways. Recruiting new TechHire communities and partners across sectors to support TechHire and advance the goal to expand access to fast-track tech training for underrepresented groups. Developing and collecting tools and resources on TechHire.org to support job seekers, employers, educators, and community partners. Working with communities to identify and leverage federal, state, local, and philanthropic funding more effectively to support TechHire activities and accelerated tech training. Expanding the learning network of TechHire leaders across the country, convene national and regional events to promote collaboration among TechHire hubs, share best practices, and troubleshoot common challenges. For more details, visit the TechHire.org page. TechUP's Include.io 27-City Roadshow 2017 The TechUP + Include.io roadshow will bring together TechHire partners, technologists, recruiting leaders, and local community innovators to showcase the depth and breadth of incredible, diverse tech talent across the Unites States. Each city event features tech demos, workshops, and a career fair to highlight the next generation of technologists, thought leaders, and scale human connections. Their goal will be to spark local tech ecosystems, build momentum around inclusion, fill open tech jobs and change the face of technology. --- Summary Descriptions of the 20 Communities Joining TechHire Today We are pleased that communities continue to spread the TechHire initiative across the country, and today we announce an additional 20 communities who have developed cross-sector coalitions to train workers with the tech skills they need for the open tech jobs that local employers are seeking to fill. A summary of each of the communities is below: Alachua and Bradford Counties, FL In Alachua and Bradford counties, Santa Fe College in Gainesville, FL, CareerSource of North Central Florida (CSNCFL), the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce, and the North Florida Regional Chamber of Commerce will collaborate with Gainesville Dev Academy and others to train and place at least 300 individuals into programming and app development jobs by 2020. This program will help serve local tech jobs across all sectors, including local tech companies like Immersed Games, MindTree, Onward Development, NextGen, and Verigo. Anchorage, AL Led by the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation, the Anchorage Mayor's Office will work with Anchorage Community Land Trust, Code for Anchorage, Future Coders of Alaska, Lynda.com, Coursera, and other programs to train and place over 500 workers into tech jobs by 2020. Once trained, program graduates will fill the needs of local employers including GCI, Municipality of Anchorage, Resource Data. Inc, and PangoMedia, as well as help retain Anchorage's top talent. To help connect graduates to jobs, the Alaska Department of Labor aims to revamp the interface for the state job-seeker platform. Arizona (State of) The State of Arizona Office of Economic Opportunity will leverage a “No Wrong Door” approach to recruit disconnected youth and nontraditional candidates into tech training and jobs across industries from aerospace & defense to financial services. The Arizona Tech Council, Arizona’s premier trade association for science and tech companies, will help leverage the resources of the tech community to focus on expanding tech talent, along with the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce and other local organizations. In partnership with the University of Arizona and other local training providers, TechHire Arizona aims to train and place over 100 individuals across southern Arizona and Maricopa County over the next year, which is slated to increase to well over 500 individuals across Arizona by 2020. Bellevue, WA TechHire Bellevue will bring together local employers, government and workforce development resources, with educational support from Coding Dojo and Bellevue College to facilitate training and hiring of local talent into tech jobs. The TechHire effort aligns with local employers' missions to increase workforce diversity. Examples include Microsoft's LEAP and Civic Tech programs, as well as Expedia, which has hired nearly a dozen Coding Dojo graduates to date. TechHire Bellevue will specifically target under-served populations locally, including minorities, veterans and the homeless, to help them learn and connect with local tech jobs. Boston, MA A regional consortium of Boston employers and training providers are blazing the path to IT jobs, led by the Boston Private Industry Council (PIC), the City's workforce development board, and SkillWorks, a regional funders' collaborative. Companies from a range of sectors—including healthcare, education, government, technology, and finance—will support the initiative. TechHire Boston plans to more than double the number of high school Tech Apprentices from 100 to 250 and increase the number of individuals connected to IT-related jobs to 500 by 2020. Carroll County, MD Carroll County employers, training providers, and community organizations are uniting to train and employ more than 200 local tech workers by 2020. Led by Carroll Community College, the Carroll Technology Council and the Mid-Atlantic Gigabit Innovation Collaboratory, Inc. (MAGIC), a broad group of partnering organizations will connect local participants in leading-edge tech training programs to a network of over 520 county employers. Central Florida CareerSource Central Florida is developing a coalition across sectors to train and place 100 people within the year and 400 people by 2020 into tech jobs, with an emphasis on serving underemployed, minority, and female candidates. The University of Central Florida, Valencia College, and Florida Institute of Technology will each play a role in developing trainings for students to quickly learn tech skills. Businesses from across Florida that participate in the Florida High Tech Corridor Council will support the initiative with an array of commitments, including commitments to consult on course design, interview candidates, and provide on-the-job learning opportunities. El Paso County, TX Emerging companies in El Paso County will soon have an influx of talent, thanks to collaboration among the Workforce Solutions Borderplex Development Board Area and local partners to lead Reboot El Paso, a collective effort to create and expand IT career pathways. The initiative aims to train and place 400 individuals into tech jobs by 2020. First, the coalition will build awareness among non-traditional candidates, with an emphasis on veterans, the long-term unemployed, and youth. Then, the coalition commits to develop a pipeline to jobs with employer partners and assess applicants for fit to the jobs with competencies rather than credentials. Finally, the coalition will connect graduates to jobs. Howard County, MD Howard Community College and the Howard Tech Council (HTC) will come together to train individuals for jobs in tech fields including computer science, information technology, cybersecurity, and computer forensics. Howard County's TechHire initiative will leverage an apprenticeship model, whereby trainees can participate in on-the-job learning with the over 200 regional employers that participate in Howard Tech Council. By 2020, the Howard County TechHire initiative aims to train and place 800 individuals, with an emphasis on the long-term unemployed, minorities, and the military. Mobile, AL The City of Mobile, Alabama will partner with the Gulf Coast Technology Council and 17 employers to develop industry-driven training, including customized capacity building for incumbent workers, a coding bootcamp pilot, and advanced manufacturing technical trainings for entry-level job seekers. The trainings will be facilitated by Depot/U, Iron Yard, and General Assembly. This program will include opportunities for trainees to network with local employers seeking talent, including Accureg Software, AM/NS Calvert, Rural Sourcing Inc., and The Red Square Agency. By 2020, the collaborative aims to train and hire 500 technical workers, including those who are underemployed and dislocated, boosting Mobile’s burgeoning tech community. Oklahoma City, OK StarSpace46, Inc., Creative Oklahoma, and Techlahoma Foundation will work with fast-track and agile training programs to train and place 500 IT workers by 2020. With commitments from employers spanning from the aerospace sector to the not-for-profit sector, trainees will gain and utilize skills in native mobile development, user interface design, and front-end and application development. Students will also gain access to mentorship in entrepreneurship and business. Omaha, NE Omaha is bringing together AIM and the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce, including traditional and start-up employers alike, in their effort to develop a local tech training and employment ecosystem. Local training bootcamps have committed to help train over 1,000 people by 2020, to help fill local tech jobs in industries from financial services to tech. Pensacola, FL Pensacola State College will collaborate with employer convener Innovation Coast, Inc., including community workforce partners Global Business Solutions, Inc. (GBSI), Technical Software Services, Inc. (TECHSOFT), Gulf Power Company, AppRiver, and the Institute of Human & Machine Cognition (IHMC), to train and place 200 technology workers by 2020. With a focus on veterans, minorities, and economically disadvantaged individuals in the Pensacola area, students can gain skills across IT fields, including cybersecurity, coding, and networking. In addition to training, this initiative includes opportunities to make connections with potential employers and reduce unemployment. Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico NMTechWorks is a community coalition in Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico with support from the Mayor’s Office, local employers, and non-profits. This multi-sector effort is designed to map, expand, and link pathways to tech careers, especially for rural, Native American, and Spanish-speaking community members. The Community Learning Network and StartUp Santa Fe are teaming with Cultivating Coders, a locally-based accelerated training provider, and others to grow the IT pipeline and train more than 500 students by 2020 for high-demand tech jobs with employers such as the Los Alamos National Laboratory, OpenEye Scientific Software, and Descartes Labs. Tampa Bay, FL CareerSource Tampa Bay, Hillsborough County’s workforce development board, will fast-track critical IT training and employment opportunities for well over 1,000 local out-of-school youth and young adults through 2020. Employers across industries, such as BayCare Health Systems and Cognizant Technology Solutions, are partnering with the initiative in order to advance the economic health and technology industry of the community. Trenton City, NJ The Trenton TechHire initiative is a cross-sector partnership between employers, City of Trenton’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative, and Agile Strategies group, local education institutions, and local nonprofit organizations. This collaboration will prepare over 150 residents for tech jobs across sectors by 2020. Partners such as FCC Consulting Services, Tektite Industries, Inc., New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program, and Power Magnetics, Inc. will meet regularly with Shiloh Community Development Corporation and the City of Trenton to strengthen and sustain the initiative. Tulsa, OK In Tulsa, 36 Degrees North, Techlahoma and a network of workforce and education partners will collaborate to quickly train candidates for tech jobs with local employers including ConsumerAffairs and Mozilla. With strong support from the Mayor’s Office, Tulsa TechHire plans to train and place 600 candidates, including women and youth, into tech jobs across sectors by 2020. Puerto Rico In Puerto Rico, co-working space Piloto 151 and Codetrotters Academy have launched a strong public-private partnership with support from the Puerto Rico IT Cluster, the Puerto Rico Department of Economic Development (DDEC) and the Puerto Rico Science & Technology Research Trust. The Puerto Rico TechHire initiative will bring together a wide range of local technology companies and startups, including Rock Solid Technologies, Spotery, Migo IQ, and Wovenware, among others, in order to train and place 100 workers into tech jobs over the next year, ramping up to 300 workers by 2020. Toledo. OH Tech Toledo, the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce, and OhioMeansJobs Lucas County are initiating an information technology workforce alliance to address short-term needs and develop longer-term programs for IT internships and apprenticeship programs. Tech Toledo will work with employers such as Meyer Hill Lynch, Toledo Lucas County Public Library, and The Andersons, Inc., to find and develop training to help fill their in-demand IT job needs. Tech Toledo will place at least 100 workers into tech jobs by 2020. Stamford, CT The City of Stamford and the Connecticut Department of Labor are working with Crashcode and The Business Council of Fairfield County to train and place 1,000 new workers into tech jobs by 2020 via an accelerated training program. Regional tech companies including Datto, CometaWorks, Comradity, GoNation, CTFN, and others will support with training design and hiring opportunities for graduates.
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WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to key Administration posts: Fred Eychaner – General Trustee, Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts David Rubenstein – General Trustee, Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Sam D. Brown – Member, Advisory Committee on the Arts for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts William H. Freeman – Member, Advisory Committee on the Arts for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Lena L. Kennedy – Member, Advisory Committee on the Arts for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Randy L. Erwin – Member, Federal Salary Council Sayeed Choudhury – Member, National Museum and Library Services Board Luis Herrera – Member, National Museum and Library Services Board Homa Naficy – Member, National Museum and Library Services Board Tey Marianna Nunn – Member, National Museum and Library Services Board Jane Pickering – Member, National Museum and Library Services Board Beth Takekawa – Member, National Museum and Library Services Board Sarah Suszczyk – Member, National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relations William Valdez – Member, National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relations Mark Toy – Commissioner, Mississippi River Commission Sue Lowry – Federal Commissioner, Red River Compact Commission Anna Eleanor Roosevelt – Alternate Commissioner, Roosevelt Campobello International Park Commission Luis M. Benavides – Member, United States Section of the United States-Mexico Border Health Commission President Obama said, “I am pleased to announce that these experienced and committed individuals have decided to serve our country. I look forward to working with them.” President Obama announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to key Administration posts: Fred Eychaner, Appointee for General Trustee, Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Fred Eychaner is Founder and Chairman of Newsweb Corporation, positions he has held since 1971. Mr. Eychaner also founded Alphawood Foundation in 1991. He is on the Board of Directors for the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago and served as its Chairperson from 2009 to 2011. Mr. Eychaner is a Trustee of the Art Institute of Chicago and a Trustee of the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, and is also a member of the Asian Art Visiting Committee at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He was first appointed to the Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in 2010. Mr. Eychaner received a B.S.J. from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. David Rubenstein, Appointee for General Trustee, Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts David Rubenstein is Co-Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of The Carlyle Group, positions he has held since 1987. Mr. Rubenstein served as Deputy Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy at the White House from 1977 to 1981 and was an Associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison from 1973 to 1975. Mr. Rubenstein is President of the Economic Club of Washington, a Chairman-Elect of the Smithsonian Institution, and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Duke University. He is Co-Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Brookings Institution, Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Council on Foreign Relations, and serves on numerous other Boards of Trustees including for The University of Chicago, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Institute for Advanced Study, and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. He was first appointed to the Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in 2004, reappointed in 2009 and 2013, and elected as Chairman of the Board in 2010. Mr. Rubenstein received a B.A. from Duke University and a J.D. from The University of Chicago Law School. Sam D. Brown, Appointee for Member, Advisory Committee on the Arts for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Sam D. Brown is an Executive Vice President at Amalgamated Bank, a position he has held since 2014. Mr. Brown was Director of the White House Business Council from 2013 to 2014 and Chief of Staff for Organizing for Action in 2013. He was the Finance Chief of Staff for the Presidential Inaugural Committee in 2013, the Finance Chief of Staff for Obama for America from 2011 to 2012, the Finance Chief of Staff for the Democratic National Committee from 2009 to 2011, and Deputy Finance Director for the Presidential Inaugural Committee in 2009. From 2004 to 2009, he held various positions as a political and financial consultant. Mr. Brown received a B.A. from the University of Southern California. William H. Freeman, Appointee for Member, Advisory Committee on the Arts for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts William H. Freeman is Co-Founder and Chairman of Freeman Webb, Inc., a position he has held since 1979. Mr. Freeman was Director of Downtown Urban Development for the Metropolitan Nashville Development and Housing Agency from 1978 to 1979. He serves on the Board of Commissioners of the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority, the Board of Trustees of the Tennessee State University Foundation, the Board of Directors of the Children’s House, and the Board of Directors of Hydratrek, Inc. Mr. Freeman also served on the Nashville State Community College Foundation Board of Directors from 2013 to 2014. Mr. Freeman attended the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Lena L. Kennedy, Appointee for Member, Advisory Committee on the Arts for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Lena L. Kennedy is Founder, Chief Executive Officer, and President of L.L. Kennedy & Associates, Inc., positions she has held since 1998. Ms. Kennedy is also Founder and Conference Director of the Southern California Women’s Health Conference & Exposition, positions she has held since 2000. She was Community Outreach Officer and Supervising Program Officer at the Flintridge Foundation from 1989 to 1998. Ms. Kennedy was appointed as National Co-Chair for the United States African American Leadership Council. Ms. Kennedy attended the University of California, Los Angeles. Randy L. Erwin, Appointee for Member, Federal Salary Council Randy L. Erwin is currently the National Secretary-Treasurer of the National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE), a position he has held since 2015. Mr. Erwin has served in a variety of positions at NFFE, including Executive Director from 2014 to 2015, Director of Legislative Affairs from 2005 to 2014, and Assistant to the National President from 2001 to 2005. Mr. Erwin received a B.S. and an M.A. from Georgetown University and an M.A. and M.B.A from Johns Hopkins University. Sayeed Choudhury, Appointee for Member, National Museum and Library Services Board Sayeed Choudhury is Associate Dean for Research Data Management and the Hodson Director of the Digital Research and Curation Center at the Sheridan Libraries of Johns Hopkins University, positions he has held since 2011 and 1997, respectively. Mr. Choudhury served as Senior Presidential Fellow at the Council on Library and Information Resources from 2009 to 2013 and was a lecturer at Johns Hopkins University from 2008 to 2010. He is a member of the Board of the National Information Standards Organization and the Advisory Board for OpenAIRE2020. Mr. Choudhury has been a member of the National Academies Board on Research Data and Information, Digital Library Federation Advisory Committee, and the Library of Congress' National Digital Stewardship Alliance Coordinating Committee. Mr. Choudhury received a B.S. and M.S. from Johns Hopkins University. Luis Herrera, Appointee for Member, National Museum and Library Services Board Luis Herrera is City Librarian for the San Francisco Public Library, a position he has held since 2005. Mr. Herrera worked as Director of Information Services for the City of Pasadena from 1995 to 2005, Deputy Director of Library Services for the City of San Diego from 1989 to 1995, and Associate Director of Library Services for the City of Long Beach from 1983 to 1989. He was Assistant Coordinator of Extension Services for the El Paso Public Library from 1979 to 1983. Mr. Herrera is a founding board member of the Digital Public Library of America. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the Latino Community Foundation and previously served as Chair of the California Council for the Humanities. Mr. Herrera was named the Library Journal’s Librarian of the Year in 2012. Hewas first appointed to the National Museum and Library Services Board in 2012. Mr. Herrera received a B.S. from the University of Texas at El Paso, an M.L.S. from the University of Arizona, and an M.P.A. from California State University, Long Beach. Homa Naficy, Appointee for Member, National Museum and Library Services Board Homa Naficy is Chief Adult Learning Officer at Hartford Public Library, where she has worked since 2000. Ms. Naficy served as Library Consultant at the Hebrew Home for the Aged in 1999 and as an Adult and Outreach Services Librarian in the Westchester Library System from 1995 to 1999. She was a Reference Librarian at several libraries, including the White Plains Public Library, Yonkers Public Library, Newark Public Library, and New Rochelle Public Library. Ms. Naficy is Founder and Director of The American Place, a program designed for Hartford’s immigrant and refugee community. She was named a White House Champion of Change in 2013 and was awarded the Connecticut Immigrant of the Year Award in 2001. Ms. Naficy received a B.A. from American University of Paris and an M.L.S. from Rutgers University. Dr. Tey Marianna Nunn, Appointee for Member, National Museum and Library Services Board Dr. Tey Marianna Nunn is Director and Chief Curator of the Art Museum and Visual Arts Program at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, a position she has held since 2006. Dr. Nunn wasCurator for Contemporary Hispano and Latino collections at the Museum of International Folk Art from 1997 to 2006. She is a Trustee on the Board of El Rancho de las Golondrinas, and was a member of the Boards of Trustees for the American Alliance of Museums and the Western States Arts Federation. Dr. Nunn received a B.A. from the University of Nevada, Reno and an M.A. and a Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico. Jane Pickering, Appointee for Member, National Museum and Library Services Board Jane Pickering is Executive Director of the Harvard Museums of Science and Culture, a position she has held since 2013. Ms. Pickering worked at Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History as Deputy Director from 2004 to 2013 and Assistant Director for Public Programs from 2002 to 2004. She was Director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Museum from 1998 to 2002, Senior Curator at the Museums of the Royal College of Surgeons of England from 1997 to 1998, and Assistant Curator of Zoological Collections at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History from 1989 to 1997. Ms. Pickering received an M.A. from the University of Cambridge and an M.Sc. from the University of Leicester. Beth Takekawa, Appointee for Member, National Museum and Library Services Board Beth Takekawa is Executive Director of the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience (The Wing), a position she has held since 2008. Ms. Takekawa served as The Wing’s Chief Executive Officer in 2007 and was Associate Director from 1997 to 2006. She was appointed by the Governor of Washington to serve as a Commissioner on the Washington State Arts Commission from 2009 to 2015, and serves on the board of the Downtown Seattle Association and International District Emergency Center. Ms. Takekawa is a 2011 Salzburg Global Seminars Fellow, and was a member on the National Planning Committee for the Minidoka National Historic Site. Ms. Takekawa attended the University of Minnesota Twin-Cities and received a B.A. from Hunter College of the City University of New York. Sarah Suszczyk, Appointee for Member, National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relations Sarah Suszczyk serves as Federal Director of the National Association of Government Employees (NAGE), SEIU, a position she has held since 2013. Since 2016, she has also served as the co-chair of the Federal Workers Alliance. Ms. Suszczyk joined NAGE in 2008 and has held various positions including: Federal Deputy Director from 2011 to 2013; Regional Counsel from 2009 to 2011; and Assistant Regional Counsel from 2008 to 2009. Prior to joining NAGE, she worked in private practice serving as an Associate Attorney at Severn, O’Connor & Kresslein, PA from 2007 to 2008 and at the Law Offices of Charles E. Ganley, LLC from 2005 to 2007. Ms. Suszczyk received her B.A. from the University of Colorado and her J.D. from American University Washington College of Law. William Valdez, Appointee for Member, National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relations William Valdez serves as President of the Senior Executive Association, Inc., a position he assumed in 2016. Since 2014, Mr. Valdez has served as Senior Vice President of the Consultants International Group, Inc. and as a Principal at Deep Water Point, LLC. He has been a member of the Adjunct Faculty at American University’s School of Public Affairs since 2013 where he specializes in Federal government evaluation and strategic planning. From 1994 to 2014, Mr. Valdez served at the United States Department of Energy, holding several positions including: Acting Director in the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity; Director of Business Services in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy; and Director of Planning and Analysis and Director for Workforce Development in the Office of Science. He was elected to the Senior Executive Association’s Board of Directors in 2005 and served as Chairman from 2011 to 2013. Mr. Valdez received a B.A. from the University of Texas and an M.A. from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Brigadier General Mark Toy, Appointee for Commissioner, Mississippi River Commission Brigadier General Mark Toy is Commanding General of the Great Lakes and Ohio River Division with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, a position he has held since 2016. General Toy has held numerous positions with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, including Commanding General of the South Pacific Division from 2014 to 2016, Chief of Staff from 2013 to 2014, and District Commander of the Los Angeles District from 2010 to 2013. He served as Chief of the Engineer Branch of the Officer Personnel Management Directorate of the U.S. Army Human Resources Command from 2007 to 2009 and Commander for the 84th Engineer Combat Battalion from 2005 to 2007. General Toy received a B.S. from the United States Military Academy at West Point, an M.S. from Boston University, an M.S. from the University of California at Los Angeles, and an M.S. from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. Sue Lowry, Appointee for Federal Commissioner, Red River Compact Commission Sue Lowry is the owner of Avocet Consult, LLC, where she consults on water management and resource policy issues. Ms. Lowry worked in the Wyoming State Engineer’s Office from 1988 to 2016, serving as an Interstate Streams Engineer from 1988 to 1995, Director of Policy and Administration from 1995 to 2002, and Administrator of the Interstate Streams Division from 2002 until her retirement in 2016. Ms. Lowry served on the Western States Water Council from 2001 to 2016 and was President of the Interstate Council on Water Policy from 2006 to 2007 and 2011. Governor Matt Mead appointed Ms. Lowry to be Wyoming’s Commissioner on the Bear River and Yellowstone River Compact Commissions in 2012. Ms. Lowry received a B.S in Agricultural Economics and an M.S. in Range Management and Water Resources from the University of Wyoming. Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, Appointee for Alternate Commissioner, Roosevelt Campobello International Park Commission Anna Eleanor Roosevelt is Chief Executive Officer of Goodwill Industries of Northern New England, a position she has held since 2011. Ms. Roosevelt was Vice President for Global Corporate Citizenship at The Boeing Company from 2006 to 2011 and Director of Community and Education Relations at Boeing World Headquarters from 2001 to 2005. She served as Executive Director of the Brain Research Foundation at the University of Chicago from 1999 to 2001 and was an Independent Consultant in the Mayor’s Office of Program Development for the City of Chicago from 1996 to 1998. Ms. Roosevelt was Executive Director of Museums in the Park from 1991 to 1996 and Administrator and Program Director at the Center for Scandinavian Studies at North Park College from 1986 to 1988. She is Chair of the Board of Directors of the Roosevelt Institute, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Jim Browne Foundation and the Maine Community Foundation. Ms. Roosevelt received an A.B. from Stanford University and an M.S. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Dr. Luis M. Benavides, Appointee for Member, United States Section of the United States-Mexico Border Health Commission Dr. Luis M. Benavides is Co-Founder and President of Laredo Premier Healthcare, positions he has held since 2016. Dr. Benavides is also an Attending Physician at Laredo Specialty Hospital, Providence Medical and Surgical Center, and Doctors Hospital of Laredo, positions he has held since 2007, 2003, and 1982, respectively. He is Medical Director for both Nurses on Wheels Hospice and Regent Care Nursing Home, positions he has held since 2003 and 1990, respectively. Dr. Benavides was a Solo Practitioner from 1982 to 2016 and was previously a member of the Texas Medical Association Council on Legislation. He is Vice Chairman of Texas Medical Association Border Health Caucus. Dr. Benavides received a B.A. from University of Texas at Austin and an M.D. from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
It’s a watershed year fraught with turmoil for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. Across the American South, queer, trans and gender-nonconforming people are facing wave after wave of legislation that threatens our safety, well-being and very existence. From “bathroom bills“ to ordinances that permit discrimination, this battle is in many ways a backlash to all of the victories our community has seen recently —including last year’s nation-wide legalization of same-sex marriage — and it serves a multitude of political and social purposes for the religious and political right. In this new series, HuffPost Queer Voices Deputy Editor JamesMichael Nichols, who hails from North Carolina himself, talks to some of the leaders, movers and shakers of the fight for queer and trans liberation in the South about their own personal experiences as activists, the current political and social climate for the LGBT community in these states and the action that we, as a community, can take to help. Check out the previous interviews Pamela Raintree, Councilwoman LaWana Mayfield, Joce Pritchett and Alvin McEwen. Celia Israel is a member of the Texas House of Representatives ― and a champion for the rights of the LGBTQ community in this influential part of the American South. With political roots in the administration of the legendary Gov. Ann Richards, Rep. Israel has been fighting for queer Texans ― and all disenfranchised individuals ― for decades. With Texas now facing the prospect of a North Carolina-esque backlash when it comes to the rights of transgender Americans, Rep. Israel remains a crucial voice for our community’s most vulnerable heading into the 2017 session of the Texas State House of Representatives ― and a Trump administration. In this interview with The Huffington Post, Rep. Israel reflects on her journey as an openly lesbian politician in Texas, the realities of life for LGBTQ Texans and how we, as a community, should face the unprecedented challenges of a Donald Trump/Mike Pence administration. The Huffington Post: For those unfamiliar with the work you’ve done in the Texas state legislature, tell us a bit about who you are. Rep. Israel: Well, I’ve been living in Austin for over 30 years but I’m from El Paso, Texas. I call myself an Ann Richards Democrat in that I feel like I can keep my sense of humor while I’m working on a whole array of issues. Since we’re in the minority party in Texas, it means if I’m going to do anything good for my constituents, I’ve got to build good relationships across the aisle to get things done. So I’m a pragmatic Ann Richards Democrat. How did you initially get started in politics? I worked for Governor Richards on her campaign in 1990 and we won the election in 1990, so I was in the Richards administration from ‘90 until ‘94. So it was a matter of volunteering that turned into a job that turned into a life-changing opportunity. What are some of the biggest challenges and obstacles that you think LGBTQ Texans are currently facing in terms of legislation, institutionalized protections and things of that nature? Well, unfortunately right now we have a a Lieutenant Governor who has not learned the lessons of North Carolina and is going to make transgender children and bathroom access his top priority. And anyone who has tracked Texas knows we’ve been growing at exponential rates. Our infrastructure is overwhelmed, our schools are overwhelmed ― and I’m basically a girl from El Paso, Texas who likes to work on transportation issues. So when we get divided as a body, it makes it harder to work on things like telecommuting legislation, or creative financing for transportation when we are fighting over who gets to go into whose bathroom. And I like to point out that Texas is not Washington. We like each other – we respect each other across party lines. We care for one another. But because of redistricting and the way districts are drawn, my colleagues are more beholden to a March voter than to a November voter. And if we are forced to deal with the issues of transgender politics and who gets to go into whose bathroom, that is a dangerous place to be because – it’s like when you’re in a long-term committed relationship and then you have an argument with your partner, and then you don’t even want to look at them for awhile. I really like my Republican colleagues and they like me, but if we have to have a fight over who gets to go into whose bathroom, it damages that relationship. And it means that we’re not getting things done around public education or transportation or water quality or air quality ― there’s so many issues that we have to deal with as a state and there’s no one involved with the Texas legislature who is looking forward to January 10 when we gavel in and begin the process. The good thing about Texas, though, is we meet every two years for 140 days and that’s 140 days to do good and 140 days to do bad ― based on your perspective. But the bad part about that is if we manage to hold off harmful legislation that hurts transgender Texans, that might mean that really good legislation doesn’t occur because either relationships were damaged or we ran out of time. And that’s a painful thing to say because government should be working in productive ways and this might be a purely defensive session where it’s harder to pass legislation than it normally is. Does that make sense? Yes, it does make sense. I was born and raised in North Carolina and it’s kind of shocking that other states aren’t learning the lessons of how things panned out there when it comes to the basic rights of trans Americans. Yeah, I mentioned North Carolina because it was hugely embarrassing, I think, to the state of North Carolina and that spotlight is about to come to Texas. And in Texas, right in the middle of the state, is the city of San Antonio and San Antonio relies heavily on tourism and conference business for their local economy. The NCAA is slated to come to San Antonio, and the business community in Texas is very, very very alarmed that this transgender legislation is such a priority. Everyone understands politics ― but we are about to follow in the steps of North Carolina and take on an issue that harms transgender Texans and could harm to Texas economy and our state leadership doesn’t seem to care. I’d love to hear you talk about some of the good legislation that you’ve tried to help push through in the past, like legislation surrounding conversion therapy. Well, we filed a conversion therapy bill. It did not get a hearing. The Republican party, again, put it in their platform. Does that worry you going forward, with conversion therapy literally part of the national Republican party’s platform going into the Trump administration? Well, I’m especially worried when I see that Mike Pence is taking on such a significant role in what will be the new Trump administration. And I think my Republican friends are not as worried because they think, well, at least he knows the ropes. But they don’t have the sensitivity that we in the LGBT community and the ally community do. Because we know how hateful that is. And I know, as a legislator, how harmful that is to collegial relationships. I am now a 51-year-old woman, but I never want to lose sight of that 13-year-old Celia who didn’t know it was okay to be gay and who didn’t know where to turn for help or advice. We are growing up now – our young Texans are growing up in a different era, but not everybody has a comfortable family and an understanding teacher or priest that they can talk to. And the last thing I want is a state government to come in, publicly, and say “you’re not as good as everybody else.” And so I am always worried for our LGBT youth and I worry about the message we are sending as a state. So, I’m going to be doing my best to hold off that legislation and make a statement in support of equality – and ultimately in support of big issues that need attention. I never want to lose sight of that 13-year-old ella who didn’t know it was okay to be gay and who didn’t know where to turn of help or advice. One last question: What would you say to a young LGBTQ person or any kind of young minority who’s going to come of age during a Trump presidency? I would say that the United States of America voted overwhelmingly for the first woman president. And I also would say that this is not the time for us to say that just because somebody voted for Trump does not mean that they’re a racist. It’s an opportunity to talk to our neighbors, talk to our friends, and have civil discussions. If we break down into haters ourselves than we’re not helping. So I refuse to give into the negativity that I know if prevalent or give into the pain that I know a lot of us are feeling. I would say don’t give up ― and know that there are more good people than bad people and I refuse to give up on this country and I refuse to give up on the state of Texas. If I can do what I do on the floor of the Texas House, then you can do what you can do in your community and in your space to take action. And I don’t mean just posting something cool on Facebook – that means making calls, getting involved, making the world a better place. Let people know who you are and what you care about and know that this is a great country and it’s only going to continue to be a great country if you don’t give up on it. Want to hear more from Rep. Israel? Heard here to visit the lawmaker’s website. Stay tuned to HuffPost Queer Voices for more in this series talking to some of the leaders, movers and shakers of the fight for queer and trans liberation in the South. Check out the previous features with Pamela Raintree, Councilwoman LaWana Mayfield, Joce Pritchett and Alvin McEwen. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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Clinton’s ‘Roar’ ad, Trump’s ‘Argument for America’ -- RALSTON says Trump has lost NV -- How TRUMP can win -- Our ELECTION CONTEST -- WEEKEND READS -- B’DAY: John Harwood
Good Saturday morning. If you haven’t heard the Katy Perry song “Roar” enough, HILLARY CLINTON has set her ad to close out the campaign to the song. It’s a minute-long spot, and it’s running in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin through Election Day. http://bit.ly/2eoniei DONALD TRUMP’s “Argument for America,” a two-minute spot. http://bit.ly/2eJnHZG If you needed evidence of Steve Bannon’s influence on Trump, watch that ad.3. More. Days. Reminder: Turn your clocks tonight -- one hour back.AT A RALLY in Tampa this morning, Trump said the following things: "The Cubans just endorsed me" and said he would campaign in the coming days in Minnesota, a state that hasn't voted Republican in a presidential race since 1984.HOT IN TRUMP TOWER -- “Three paths that deliver Trump the win: His chances are slim, but three narrow paths could still deliver 270 electoral votes,” by Shane Goldmacher: “With three full days left in the campaign, Donald Trump’s pathway to the presidency is narrow, defined and unforgiving. It begins by the Republican nominee, who continues to trail Hillary Clinton in most national polls, sweeping three must-win electorally rich battleground states: Ohio (18 electoral votes), Florida (27) and North Carolina (15) ... From there, Trump must also hold all the states that Mitt Romney won in 2012, including Utah, Arizona and Georgia.“1. Win the Keystone State Pennsylvania (20): 273 electoral votes … 2. Cobble together four states Iowa (6), Nevada (6), Maine-2 (1), New Hampshire (4): 270 electoral votes … 3. Pull off a shocker Combine Iowa (6) and/or Nevada (6) with some wild card state: Michigan (16), Wisconsin (10), Virginia (13), Colorado (9), New Mexico (5).” http://politi.co/2eaVcYq ... With maps: http://bit.ly/2f49lGhCLINTON’S PATH -- “Clinton clings to fragile lead,” by Steve Shepard: “Hillary Clinton enters the final weekend of this historic presidential campaign with a small-but-real lead over Donald Trump -- nationally and in enough key states to be elected president … Clinton’s lead isn’t secure. There is ample precedent for the polls to be off the mark by a sufficient margin for Trump to win the national popular vote. And despite the conventional wisdom that Clinton has an Electoral College advantage, Trump’s rise in the polls has exposed the cracks in that firewall.” http://politi.co/2eaZcIJSIREN IN NEVADA -- Jon Ralston (@RalstonReports), Nevada’s top political reporter, tweeted at 2:41 a.m. EST that Democrats have built up an insurmountable lead in Nevada, and he expects them to carry the state based on returns in Clark County (the Las Vegas area). “Dems win Clark by 11,000-plus, will be ahead overall there by 72K-plus, more than 2012. May be game over in NV for GOP.”-- MORE RALSTON (Saturday morning): “Trump's path was nearly impossible, as I have been telling you, before what happened in Clark County on Friday. But now he needs a Miracle in Vegas on Election Day -- and a Buffalo Bills Super Bowl championship is more likely -- to turn this around. The ripple effect down the ticket probably will cost the Republicans Harry Reid's Senate seat, two GOP House seats and control of the Legislature.” http://bit.ly/2fyPctSON FLORIDA -- STEVE SCHALE, a top Florida Democratic consultant who helped Obama win Florida, said he likes the trend lines he sees. @steveschale: “Folks keep asking me to analyze various polls & gadgets. Here it is in one tweet: It's tracking the right way. If D's GOTV, she wins FL.” http://bit.ly/2f4ra8j-- ADAM SMITH, political editor at the Tampa Bay Times, has a smart point: “As of this morning the Secretary of State’s office reports, Republicans in Florida had cast 2.26 million votes by mail, or early, in-person. Democrats had cast 2,268,663, giving Democrats in Florida a lead of nearly 7,300 votes. Another 1,201,715 Floridians registered to neither major party also have voted … Robby Mook estimated Clinton was up 170,000 votes in the state that Donald Trump absolutely has to win. But those Clinton campaign officials could not or would not explain their optimism given that Democrats had a far bigger lead in votes cast four years ago. On the Saturday before election day in 2012, Democrats led in early votes by 104,000 votes. Obama went on to win Florida by about 74,000 votes.” http://bit.ly/2fO1mhDON GEORGIA -- AJC: “Nearly 2.2 million voters have already cast their ballots in Georgia, nearly 300,000 more than had voted during the entire 2012 early voting period. What’s more, Secretary of State Brian Kemp said Friday morning that voters have also shattered the 2008 early voting record of 2.1 million.” http://on-ajc.com/2fnIJAqPOLLS -- WaPo/ABC national tracking: Clinton 47, Trump 43. http://abcn.ws/2fFA4uJ … More polls and analysis on NYT Upshot http://nyti.ms/2fpGESxTHE LEADALLS -- NYT A11, “Big Names Campaigning for Hillary Clinton Underscore Donald Trump’s Isolation,” by Alex Burns and Gardiner Harris: “Hillary Clinton campaigned Friday in the company of friends and celebrities, first flanked by the billionaire businessman Mark Cuban in Pittsburgh and Detroit, and then at a concert in Cleveland with Jay Z and Beyoncé. High-wattage political leaders fanned out for her around the country: Her husband, Bill, stumped in Colorado, as President Obama rallied voters in North Carolina. By comparison, Donald J. Trump was a lonely figure. In the final days of the presidential race, Mr. Trump’s political isolation has made for an unusual spectacle on the campaign trail — and perhaps a limiting factor in his dogged comeback bid.” http://nyti.ms/2fNXAEZ--WaPo, “Trump, Clinton blitz across the country in final push amid tightening polls,”by John Wagner, Sean Sullivan and Abby Phillips: “Trump, whose electoral college prospects are narrower, is banking on a late-hour attempt to win at least one blue-leaning state — and to dramatically drive up turnout in rural areas in a collection of battlegrounds where he must prevail on Tuesday.” http://wapo.st/2fbiB8XMOTHER JONES -- “Exclusive: The Democratic National Committee Has Told the FBI It Found Evidence Its HQ Was Bugged,” by David Corn http://bit.ly/2frK2LlOBAMA GOES LOCAL -- “Obama endorses alums in hyper local races,” by Isaac Dovere: “President Barack Obama is going even further down the ballot—all the way down to Richmond, Virginia, and San Francisco school boards, an Ohio county prosecutor and the Oakland, California and Louisville, Kentucky, city councils—to help promote the inklings of an elected Obama generation. That comes as Obama’s now taped robocalls for 73 Democratic incumbents and challengers running for House seats to run in the last few days before Election Day.” http://politi.co/2frwaAyTHE NEW EXIT POLLS -- “Welcome to an Unprecedented Election Day Experiment,” by Slate’s Josh Voorhees: “By combining proprietary, large-sample polls taken prior to Election Day with targeted, real-time tracking of voter turnout on Tuesday, VoteCastr will make rolling projections of how many ballots have been cast for each candidate in each of the states we’re tracking: Florida, Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. If you visit Slate at 11 a.m. EST on Tuesday, you’ll see projections for how many votes have been cast for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in each of those states as of 11 a.m.” http://slate.me/2fmlS66 … http://votecastr.us/AIR WARS -- Future45 and 45Committee have released a new batch of ads as part of its $25 million spend in Florida, Ohio, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Utah and Nevada. The new ads: Inauguration http://bit.ly/2fnzvlG ... Moving Vans, which was approved by NBC to air on SNL nationally on tonight http://bit.ly/2fMcZpg ... Clinton Way http://bit.ly/2f9HSQX ... Bad News http://bit.ly/2f9ItlCPLAYBOOK ELECTION CONTEST – Guess the winner of the presidential election, plus who wins the swing states, top Senate races and party breakdown of House and Senate. Contest closes Monday at midnight. Winner gets a lunch with us three. Good luck! http://bit.ly/2eIbzYQHAPPENING TODAY -- DONALD TRUMP is in Tampa for a 10 a.m. rally at the Florida State Fairgrounds, and then goes to Wilmington for a 1 p.m. rally at the Wilmington International Airport. He then heads west to Reno, Nevada, for a 5 p.m. rally at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center, and ends his day with a 9:30 p.m. at the National Western Complex in Denver. MIKE PENCE is in Holland, Michigan and Fairfax, Virginia.HILLARY CLINTON is in Florida for a 1 p.m. rally in Pembroke Pines, and then goes to Philadelphia for the Katy Perry concert. TIM KAINE is in Florida for rallies in Melbourne, Ft. Myers and Sarasota. In Sarasota, he’ll be joined by Jon Bon Jovi. BILL CLINTON is on a bus trip from Jacksonville to Gainesville, Florida. JOE BIDEN is in Pennsylvania, making stops in Scranton and Harrisburg. BERNIE SANDERS is in Colorado Springs.--On the trail with Trump today: POLITICO’s @NolanDMcCaskill. With Clinton: @anniekarniPOLITICO’S TRANSITION TRACKER: POLITICO will deliver breaking news notifications on the incoming administration -- directly to your iPhone’s lock screen. Using the unique capabilities and speed of Apple Wallet, Transition Tracker alerts users to all the key personnel and policy decisions as they’re made by the president-elect. This is currently available only for iPhone users via Apple Wallet. Download the pass, available for readers using iPhones http://politi.co/2fkjfQUTOP TWEET -- @mattyglesias: “Remember when Hillary not doing press conferences was a daily controversy then she started doing them & Trump stopped and nobody cared?”IF YOU READ ONE THING -- “A Militia Gets Battle Ready for a ‘Gun-Grabbing’ Clinton Presidency: At a militia training camp in Georgia it was clear that no issue motivates members more than guns — and the enduring belief that Hillary Clinton is plotting to take them away,” by NYT’s David Zucchino in Jackson, Georgia. http://nyti.ms/2eb1HdRDAILY DONALD -- “National Enquirer Shielded Donald Trump From Playboy Model’s Affair Allegation,” by WSJ’s Joe Palazzolo, Michael Rothfeld and Lukas I. Alpert: “The company that owns the National Enquirer, a backer of Donald Trump, agreed to pay $150,000 to a former Playboy centerfold model for her story of an affair a decade ago with the Republican presidential nominee, but then didn’t publish it, according to documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal and people familiar with the matter. The tabloid-newspaper publisher reached an agreement in early August with Karen McDougal, the 1998 Playmate of the Year. American Media Inc., which owns the Enquirer, hasn’t published anything about what she has told friends was a consensual romantic relationship she had with Mr. Trump in 2006. At the time, Mr. Trump was married to his current wife, Melania. Quashing stories that way is known in the tabloid world as ‘catch and kill.’ … Mr. Trump and American Media Chairman and Chief Executive Officer David J. Pecker are longtime friends.” http://on.wsj.com/2fNRpAQUH OH -- “Melania Trump modeled in U.S. prior to getting work visa,” by AP’s Alicia A. Caldwell, Chad Day and Jake Pearson: “Melania Trump was paid for 10 modeling jobs in the United States worth $20,056 that occurred in the seven weeks before she had legal permission to work in the country, according to detailed accounting ledgers, contracts and related documents from 20 years ago provided to The Associated Press.” http://apne.ws/2fbstjpFLASHBACK -- @MELANIATRUMP, Aug. 4: “I have at all times been in compliance with the immigration laws of this country. Period.” http://bit.ly/2f4mgIbJOSH GERSTEIN: “The FBI looks like Trump’s America”: “The typical Federal Bureau of Investigation special agent is white, male, and middle-aged, often with a military background — in short, drawn from the segment of the U.S. population most likely to support GOP nominee Donald Trump. ... According to numbers from August, 67 percent of FBI agents are white men. Fewer than 20 percent are women. The number of African-American agents hovers around 4.5%, with Asian Americans about the same and Latinos at about 6.5%. If Trump were running in an electorate that looked like that, he’d win in a landslide.” http://politi.co/2fMz7A02016 PLAYERS -- “The Clintons’ old attack dogs have a profitable new role, and sometimes it makes the campaign nervous,” by L.A. Times’ Evan Halper and Joseph Tanfani: “As Clinton aims to move back into the White House, the cottage industry around her political aspirations has sprung up anew and created tensions along the way. Tapping a deep network of donors and their own appetites for bloody political combat, eccentric operatives earn handsome livings orbiting in Clinton’s universe and even work within the shadowy corners of her campaign, according to interviews, tax and campaign filings and hacked emails from Podesta’s inbox posted on WikiLeaks. Chief among these operatives is [David] Brock, the former right-wing antagonist who now commands a network of political groups that will raise about $65 million to elect Clinton and other Democrats this cycle. The groups have paid generous salaries to him and others, including millions of dollars in commissions to a fundraiser [Mary Pat Bonner] who has summered with Brock in the Hamptons. Over the months of this long campaign, Brock’s operation became an indispensable part of Clinton’s machinery — just as in the old days, leading the attacks against her enemies.” http://lat.ms/2frD1KrBAYH BEAT -- “Bayh used taxpayer cash for Indianapolis hotel stays,” by Burgess Everett and John Bresnahan: “Former Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh used taxpayer money to stay at hotels in Indianapolis for 14 nights in 2009 despite owning a condominium there, charging more than $2,000 in travel and lodging expenses to his official account, according to his internal schedule and Senate disbursement records. Following questions from POLITICO, Bayh’s campaign conceded that reimbursements he received for five of those nights were not allowed by Senate rules and that he would personally repay $737. The Democrat’s campaign disputed that the other nine hotel stays in his home state violated Senate rules.” http://politi.co/2eorQRyTRIAL BALLOON -- “Democrat Beto O’Rourke looking at a U.S. Senate campaign,”by Texas Tribune’s Abby Livingston: “Rep. Beto O’Rourke, an El Paso Democrat, told The Texas Tribune he is considering running for the U.S. Senate. ‘I am,’ the sophomore congressman said when Tribune CEO Evan Smith asked if O’Rourke is thinking about running for Senate in 2018 or 2020. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is up for re-election in 2018, while John Cornyn, the U.S. Senate majority whip, will be up for re-election and a fourth term in 2020.” http://bit.ly/2fDuuZJ POT POLITICS -- “Nancy Pelosi will vote to legalize pot in California,” by LA Times’ Patrick McGreevy: “House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) said Friday she plans to vote for California’s Proposition 64, making her one of a small number of high-level politicians to support legalizing the recreational use of marijuana. ‘I will vote for it, but I have not made a public statement about it until right this very second,’ Pelosi said when asked about the measure, which is favored to pass Tuesday. She did not elaborate.” http://lat.ms/2fbfVILFUTURE OF NEWS -- PETER HAMBY’s Snapchat show “Good Luck America” has been seen by more than 52 million unique Snapchatters. “On Election Day, Snapchatters will have access to an election results geofilter through a feed supplied by The Associated Press. During the primaries and caucuses, more than 100 million Snapchat users saw election results through election results geofilters. On any given day, Snapchat reaches 41 percent of all 18-34 year-olds in the U.S. In comparison, an average individual U.S. TV network only reaches 6 percent of the same demographic.”NUGGET FROM WHITE HOUSE POOL REPORT yesterday from the WSJ’s Carol Lee, aboard Air Force One: “New Yorker editor David Remnick joined us for the gaggle. He arrived with Josh Earnest and is not seated in the press cabin.”COMING ATTRACTIONS -- “Obama keeping schedule open for Clinton or Trump meeting,” by birthday boy Nolan D. McCaskill: “White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters during a gaggle aboard Air Force One on Friday afternoon that the president is leaving his schedule open Wednesday and Thursday for a possible visit from president-elect Hillary Clinton or president-elect Donald Trump ... The president is unlikely to deliver an on-camera address after his successor is elected Tuesday night, Earnest said, but could issue a written statement.” http://politi.co/2fkO75dFIRST IN PLAYBOOK -- Airbnb pulled its rental numbers from the 25 battleground counties that POLITICO flagged over the summer (http://politi.co/2b1vBiv), and the company found it had seen “record influxes of out-of-state weekend visitors in 13 counties throughout the month of October.” All told, Airbnb counted 62,000 guest arrivals in those counties in the leadup to Election Day -- 86 percent are from out of state.TRAIL PIX – “What Hillary Sees On the Closing Days on the Campaign Trail”:“Photographer Brooks Kraft is traveling with Hillary Clinton during the frantic final week of campaigning. Here’s how that looks.” 29 pix http://politi.co/2fDptjSVIDEO DU JOUR -- @JamesCarville: “They’ve got it right at @stopdukenow, David Duke is even weirder than you think!” http://bit.ly/2eHUzliHILLWATCH -- “Ryan: I’m running for speaker,” by Rachael Bade and John Bresnahan. http://politi.co/2frPc9ZMEDIAWATCH -- LESTER HOLT did a Facebook Live with the first look at NBC News’s “Decision Night in America” set from 30 Rock. “He’ll anchor NBC Nightly News from the same set this evening. It will be the home base for Lester, Savannah Guthrie, Chuck Todd and Tom Brokaw on Election Night. Coverage starts at 7 PM ET.” http://bit.ly/2ewJaax ... NBC and MSNBC’s Election Night plans: http://nbcnews.to/2eYy1jx -- MEGYN KELLY in the “By the Book” column in tomorrow’s N.Y. Times Book Review: “Sometimes I will come home from work around midnight and read the books I know my husband read to our children before their bedtime so I can be up to speed if they want to talk about it. (O.K., O.K., it’s possible I also find the stories of those poor Baudelaire children compelling.) If a book bores me, I have no qualms about retiring it early and moving on. Life is too short to lumber through bad books or bad cocktails.” http://nyti.ms/2fnqSrw--WHAT STEVE BANNON IS READING -- “Maybe The Right-Wing Media Isn’t Crazy After All,” by former NPR CEO Ken Stern on Vanity Fair’s The Hive: “If Breitbart were your primary news source, you would receive a view of the election that would be largely distorted and wholly unrecognizable to swaths of the American public. When I checked the news the other day, it was more of the same. I counted some 20 articles about the presidential race, each espousing the unequivocal view that one candidate is collapsing due to moral failings, financial improprieties, and complete and utter lack of judgment and ethics. Notably, I was not reading Breitbart. Instead, I was reading The Washington Post, delivered to my doorstep, and the attacks were squarely waged not against the Clintons but rather against Trump.” http://bit.ly/2fNRYdZ--“The nation’s cartoonists on the week in politics,” edited by Matt Wuerker – 13 keepers http://politi.co/2fnx3f5PLAYBOOK INTERVIEW: Showtime President David NevinsDavid Nevins, who was a producer for “Arrested Development,” “Friday Night Lights” and “24,” is now president and CEO of the premium cable channel Showtime, which has racked up recent hits like “Homeland,” “The Affair” and “The Circus,” its slickly packaged documentary series on the 2016 presidential race. It’s too early to say what the future holds for Circus stars Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, he told us, but bragged that the show had broken through with some big-name fans, including Tim Kaine and Kamala Harris. Excerpts:Scriptwriters are more political these days: “[W]e are [getting more political scripts]. There are a lot of political things in the air. I’ve seen a lot of things that deal with the divided political landscape and the sharp division between right and left is influencing script-writers. The new awareness of cyberwarfare and cybercrime and meddling in our political system [was] in significant ways the subject matter of last season’s ‘Homeland’ and is going to be touched on again in ‘Homeland’ this year. And that’s the subject of ‘Zero Days’, which we actually rushed: Alex Gibney, who is one of the great documentarians, looks at the recent history of cyberwarfare from Stuxnet to the present. ... It premieres November 5 [at 9 p.m.] ... [and I] think it’s likely to be an Oscar contender this year.”TV shows now get rewarded for quality: “Demand is still there and you generally get rewarded for making the good stuff. That wasn’t always the case in television, so I see no reason why the wave of improving narrative content can crash. There is demand and television is driving the culture more than ever, and scripted television is driving the culture more than any other form of story-telling. ... It’s not so easy to get adults to leave their home to watch movies.”Mark Halperin and John Heilemann “have turned into real stars.” About their future at Showtime: “It remains to be seen. I have no hold of them but I think they’ve turned into real stars for us. ... I don’t think anybody else is really doing it in the same way that we are, of documentary programming that is must-see among the Washington press corps. I think that’s a new thing and I think it’s going to continue. ... If you go backstage at the debate, that whole room is watching ‘The Circus.’ And that’s a new phenomenon. And politicians are watching ‘The Circus’ too. ... Tim Kaine and Kamala Harris have claimed to be devoted fans of the Circus.” Read more: http://politi.co/2fO9tuLGREAT WEEKEND READS, curated by Daniel Lippman:--“Tronc: if you want to save journalism,” by Bloomberg’s Felix Gillette and Gerry Smith: “Busy year for Michael Ferro. Bought Tribune Publishing. Renamed it tronc. Endured ridicule. Tried to sell to Gannett. Failed. Up next: Figure out how to make money in newspapers.” http://bloom.bg/2f2iEXf--“Freud’s Discontents,” by Samuel Moyn in The Nation: “Why did one of the 20th century’s most influential thinkers fade from significance?” http://bit.ly/2e9xuM8 (h/t ALDaily.com)--“Trump’s Inconvenient Racial Truth,” by Nikole Hannah-Jones in the N.Y. Times Magazine: “Regardless of how you feel about Trump, on this one thing he is right: The Democratic Party has taken black Americans for granted.” http://nyti.ms/2ewm57Q--”Did Robert Caruso Con The Washington Press—Or Is That What The Russians Want You To Think?” by Brendan James in Deadspin: “People who know Caruso describe him as a smooth talker, a quote-machine eager to brag about his security clearance and access to the political and military elite.” http://bit.ly/2fbi8nk--“How America Outlawed Adolescence,” by Amanda Ripley in November’s Atlantic: “At least 22 states make it a crime to disturb school in ways that teenagers are wired to do. Why did this happen?” http://theatln.tc/2ewmCXl--“Buck to the future,” by Samanth Subramanian in Aeon Magazine: “He’s a forgotten hippie idol, a sage of 1960s counterculture. What can we learn from Bucky Fuller’s faith in technology?” http://bit.ly/2eHMFIP (h/t TheBrowser.com)--“Bellagio Bandit: How One Man Robbed Vegas’ Biggest Casino and Almost Got Away,” by Keith Romer in Rolling Stone: “Tony Carleo stole $1 million in chips – then checked himself into casino’s hotel to live like a king.” http://rol.st/2fDnNqP (h/t Longform.org)--“Sometimes it’s hard to be a man – especially if you overthink it,” by Steven Poole in the New Statesman: “A new outpouring of books show masculinity isn’t in crisis, human beings are.” http://bit.ly/2fkOpv9--“California Dreaming,” by Marian Bull in Eater magazine: “The irresistible allure of Jessica Koslow’s Sqirl, the restaurant at the center of New York’s undying, sun-soaked fantasy of Los Angeles.” http://bit.ly/2ewhLFS (h/t Longreads.com)--“Conscious exotica,” by Murray Shanahan in Aeon Magazine: “From algorithms to aliens, could humans ever understand minds that are radically unlike our own?” http://bit.ly/2emp2on--“The Exile: Kesha, Interuppted,” by Taffy Brodessar-Akner in the N.Y. Times Magazine: “[S]he is someone in suspended animation, unable to release new music pending contract litigation, touring small clubs to make some money to help fund her lawsuit and to make sure her fans don’t forget her; now she is someone who wants to work and make music, just without the man she says raped her; now Kesha is a cause.” http://nyti.ms/2eHTMRJGREAT WEEKEND LISTENS, curated by Jake Sherman:-- JACKIE GREENE live at the Hamilton on 10/30. http://bit.ly/2fpLDCG--KELLER WILLIAMS and the INFAMOUS STRINGDUSTERS at the Fillmore on 10/29. http://bit.ly/2fpN448PRESIDENT’S WEEK AHEAD – “On Monday, the President will participate in a Hillary for America event in Durham, New Hampshire. Afterward, the President and the First Lady will travel to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to participate in a Hillary for America event. ... On Tuesday and Wednesday, the President will attend meetings at the White House. On Thursday, the President will welcome the Cleveland Cavaliers to the White House to honor the team and their 2016 NBA Championship victory. On Friday, the President will attend a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and deliver remarks at the Veterans Day Ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.”HAPPENING TONIGHT – The AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring is screening “Political Advertisement IX: 1952-2016” in Bethesda at 5 p.m.: “In 1984, media artists Antoni Muntadas and Marshall Reese exhibited a selection of television ads from U.S. presidential campaigns, from Eisenhower in the 1950s to that year's Reagan-Mondale contest. Every four years since, they have added to the compendium, resulting in what Reese calls ‘the longest-running video art project in the world.’” Tickets for the screening and a Q&A with Muntadas and Reese, moderated by Margie Omero http://bit.ly/2fpPNsCOBAMA ALUMNI -- STEPHANIE VALENCIA has been working for the Clinton transition for the past few weeks. She is on leave from her job in strategic partnerships and outreach at Google and previously worked in the Obama White House and for the Commerce Department.ENGAGED: Mike Fazzino, ONE Campaign alum and senior product manager at Amazon, proposed to Clinton Global Initiative alum and Wharton MBA student Madeleine Macks at the National Geographic museum last night. The emerald-cut sapphire was placed inside a hollowed out copy of “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” her favorite book, and given to her on the candle-lined spot where the two had their first date four years ago. Don’t worry, Jay Heimbach -- she said yes. Pic http://bit.ly/2fNRxjVBIRTHWEEK (was yesterday): Julie Siegel, a Hillary ’08/Obama ’08 and W.H. alum now law clerk at the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland ... Jean Roseme, long-time “legislative gladiator” for birthday girl Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) ... Darla Bunting, D.C. regional manager for Enriched Schools ... Jessica Reis, VP at Greenberg Quinlan Rosner (h/t Anthony DeAngelo)BIRTHDAYS: John Harwood ... NBC News D.C. bureau chief Ken Strickland … Valerie Biden Owens, E.V.P. at Joe Slade White and Co. ... Politico’s Katy O’Donnell and Nolan McCaskill ... Benjamin Wittes, senior fellow in Governance Studies at Brookings and co-founder and editor-in-chief of Lawfare blog … Jason Calabretta, associate producer at “NBC Nightly News” ... Moira Whelan, former State Department DAS for Digital Strategy … Autumn Hanna VandeHei ... Sebastian Arcelus of “House of Cards” and “Madam Secretary” (h/ts Ben Chang) … RNC’s Casey Smith, a Romney alum (h/t Lindsay Walters) … Heather Stone, chief of staff at HFA and an SEIU alum (h/t Jesse Ferguson) … Annie Kelly, SVP at FP1 Strategies and Jeb alum … Stephen Rubright, senior director of gov’t relations at Juno Therapeutics … Chris Sununu is 42 … Tom Guthrie of Fiscal Note ... Lori Sanders, outreach director and senior fellow at R Street Institute, is 3-0 (h/t Nathan Leamer) ... Richard Parker, Harvard Kennedy School lecturer, author and cofounder of Mother Jones, celebrating a special birthday ... Trudy Vincent (h/ts Jon Haber) ...… Keith Castaldo, general counsel to Sen. Gillibrand ... Camille von Kaenel, transportation reporter at E&E Publishing’s ClimateWire ... Open Society Foundations policy associate Jeremy Ravinsky (h/ts Colby Bermel) ... Reuters’ Curtis Skinner … Austin Butler is 26 ... Zack Marshall, leg. director for Rep. John Yarmuth, is 37 ... Kristin Bodenstedt, associate general counsel and gov’t relations director at Bacardi USA … John Procter, EVP at Signal Group, is 37 … former Rep. Ben Quayle (R-Ariz.) is 4-0 ... former Rep. Bob Barr (R-Ga.) is 68 ... Corey Jones … Steve Caldeira, alum of the International Franchise Association ... military whiz Chris Mewett, a rugby player and sartorial inspiration to many ... his Navy twin Ryan Mewett, executive officer at the Undersea Warfighting Development Center Tactical Analysis Group … Florida Justice Association’s Malik Haughton ... Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) is 74 … Ted Kulongosk … Joseph Perman … Kate Throneburg ... Meryl Holt, Austan Goolsbee alum now on the policy team for Hillary for America … Sloan Rappaport ... Jessica Harris ... Ben Polk ... Tom Slater ... Kim Griffin ... Sheri Sweitzer ... Jackie Boynton ... Rick Leach ... Karen Mulhauser ... Janice Griffin … Craig Kirby ... Evie deFrees (h/ts Teresa Vilmain)THE SHOWS, by @MattMackowiak filing from Austin:--NBC’s “Meet the Press”: John Podesta … Newt Gingrich … Charlie Cook … new NBC / Wall Street Journal poll results with Public Opinion Strategies’ Bill McInturff and Hart Research Associates’ Fred Yang. … panel: Tom Brokaw, Telemundo and NBC News anchor José Diaz-Balart, NBC News anchor Savannah Guthrie and Republican strategist Nicolle Wallace--ABC’s “This Week”: John Podesta … Reince Priebus … FiveThirtyEight founder and editor-in-chief Nate Silver. … Panel: Alex Castellanos, Stephanie Cutter, Matthew Dowd, Keith Ellison and Kristen Soltis Anderson--CBS’s “Face the Nation”: Tim Kaine...Reince Priebus … new results from the CBS News 2016 “Battleground Tracker” polls from Florida and Ohio with CBS News’ Anthony Salvanto … national security roundtable with former Bush 43 homeland security advisor Fran Townsend and Washington Post columnist David Ignatius. Panel: Jamelle Bouie, Amy Walter, Mark Leibovich and John Heilemann--“Fox News Sunday”: Mike Pence… Joel Benenson … Panel: Karl Rove, Bob Woodward, Dana Perino and Juan Williams--Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures” (10am ET / 9am CT): Chris Wallace … Dana Perino … Chris Stirewalt … Panel: Ed Rollins, WSJ’s Mary Kissel and Democratic strategist and Fox News contributor Julie Roginsky--Fox News’ “MediaBuzz” (SUN 11am ET / 10am CT): Erin McPike … Mollie Hemingway … Joe Trippi … Fox News’ John Roberts … Fox News’ Jennifer Griffin … Fox Business anchor Trish Regan … Ed Henry--CNN’s “Inside Politics” with John King (SUN 8am ET): Panel: Nia Malika-Henderson, Jonathan Martin, Maeve Reston and Jeff Zeleny--CNN’s “State of the Union” (9am ET / 12pm ET): Robby Mook … Kellyanne Conway … Panel: Dana Bash, David Chalian, Van Jones, Alice Stewart, Sean Spicer and Jennifer Granholm--CNN’s “Reliable Sources”: (SUN 11am ET): Panel: The Atlantic editor-in-chief Jeffrey Goldberg, NPR’s Michael Oreskes, Karen Tumulty and Lynn Sweet … WaPo executive editor Martin Baron … Dan Pfeiffer and Jon Favreau … author and The Nation’s Ari Berman (“Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America”) … CNN’s Dylan Byers and The Baltimore Sun’s David Zurawik--Univision’s “Al Punto” (SUN 10am ET / 1pm PT): Former 1996 Miss Universe Alicia Machado. Roundtable: Former Bush 43 administration assistant secretary of state Otto Reich, former Speaker of the Assembly Fabian Núñez (D-CA) and Trump campaign surrogate Lt. Col. Sergio de la Peña … former Costa Rica president and OAS/EOM chief Laura Chinchilla Miranda … Cifras y Conceptos director César Caballero … filmmaker Mel Gibson---C-SPAN: “The Communicators” (SAT 6:30pm ET): Free Press president and CEO Craig Aaron and AEI visiting scholar Jeffrey A. Eisenach, questioned by Morning Consult’s Amir Nasr … “Newsmakers” (SUN 10am ET): Election Assistance Commission chair and National Association of Secretaries of State president and Connecticut Secretary of State Denise Merrill, questioned by Reuters’ Jeff Mason and Politico’s Anna Palmer … “Q&A”(SUN 8pm & 11pm ET): Author and historian Candice Millard (Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, a Daring Escape, and the Making of Winston Churchill--MSNBC’s “PoliticsNation with Rev. Al Sharpton”: (SUN 8-9am ET): President Barack Obama … The Atlantic’s Michelle Cottle … Jonathan Alter … Trump campaign surrogate AJ Delgado … American Urban Radio Networks’ April Ryan
President Barack Obama is going even further down the ballot — all the way down to Richmond, Va. and San Francisco school boards, an Ohio county prosecutor and the Oakland, Ca. and Louisville, Ky. city councils — to help promote the inklings of an elected Obama generation. That comes as Obama has now taped robocalls for 73 Democratic incumbents and challengers running for House seats, to run in the last few days before Election Day. Obama’s putting his popularity behind members of his extended alumni association in this last round of endorsements, adding them to a list that includes former campaign aides Eric Lesser, now a state senator in Massachusetts; Michael Blake, now an Assemblyman from the Bronx; and Pennsylvania attorney general candidate Josh Shapiro. That’s on top of the more than 150 people he’s endorsed for state legislature seats as part of his bid to push redistricting reform around the country. “These are young men and women who share the president's values and beliefs about how to make positive change,” said White House political director David Simas. “He's committed to supporting and lifting up the next generation of leaders.”As it stands, there are not many Obama alumni in office — or who’ve even tried to run, aside from Lesser, Blake and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, his first White House chief of staff. But as the president prepares to head to Philadelphia on Monday for a final-night rally with Hillary Clinton and first lady Michelle Obama to recreate the image of that Democratic convention hug as the closing pitch to voters in the race, the presidential nominee isn’t the only one hoping for an Obama bump. “It is a very special and unusual thing for a sitting president to endorse someone running for school board,” said Matt Haney, who took off from his first year of law school at Stanford to volunteer for Obama in Iowa in 2008, and said he’s “still in shock” to be endorsed in his hyperlocal race for re-election back in San Francisco. “I believe that those of us who were part of that historic 2008 campaign have a special responsibility to remain in public service, and to use everything we learned to help fulfill the promise of our democracy and give voice to those who are too often shut out and left behind,” Haney said. “The 2008 Obama campaign was a pivotal moment for our generation’s political and social awakening.”César Blanco, who now has Obama’s backing in his run for a Texas statehouse seat after serving as Obama’s Arizona state director on his presidential campaign, echoed that. “As a veteran, I was proud to serve my country in uniform, but the president inspired me to continue that service as a community leader,” Blanco said. “So I ran for office in El Paso, Texas.” Obama’s also backing Elliot Anderson is running for Nevada state assembly, Christian Mitchell running for Illinois state Assembly and Kelly Mazeski running for Illinois State Senate. Others on the list: Oakland City Council candidate Peggy Moore, Richmond school board candidate Liz Doerr, Franklin County Ohio prosecutor candidate Zach Klein and Louisville Metro Council candidate Gill Holland. Then there’s Michael Tubbs, who was 18 when Obama was first elected and was working as a White House intern in intergovernmental affairs in the winter of 2010 when his cousin was murdered back home in Stockton, Calif. Both those experiences combined to help get him in this year’s race for mayor of Stockton. Obama’s endorsement, Tubbs said, was a “huge surprise.”“It means that we have support from the White House to South Stockton, and that people understand I have the leadership and experience to help Stockton realize its full potential,” Tubbs said, adding that there’s an extra validation of having Stockton thought of in the national conversation. Haney said he hoped more Obama alumni joining them in politics soon. “I hope that in the coming years we see many more members of the Obama Generation make the decision to run for office,” he said. “With all the cynicism and divisiveness out there, our country needs us to step up and stay engaged now more than ever.”
First-term Rep. Will Hurd of Texas is one of just two black Republicans in the House -- and both are in close contests to keep their seats. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File) BY: SOO RIN KIM GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump doesn't have the best track record with African American communities. He's made plenty of gaffes, calling a black man a "thug" and shouting "Get him out!" when he thought the man was disrupting a rally. He broke with tradition and declined to speak at the NAACP's annual convention. He implied in one debate that most African Americans live in inner cities. No wonder that two black Republicans locked in tight contests to save their jobs in the House have steered clear of Trump. Rep. Will Hurd (Texas) and Rep. Mia Love (Utah), the only two Republicans among the record-breaking 46 African Americans in the current House, are both struggling to defend their seats in overwhelmingly red states, Texas and Utah. Hurd, who took office after defeating then-incumbent Rep. Pete Gallego in 2014, will face the Democrat again next week. Unlike the other 36 safely Republican districts in Texas, the 23rd Congressional District has been a been a battleground since 2010, flipping between parties every election. With his incumbent advantage, Hurd has raised a total of $3.6 million through mid-October this year, nearly double Gallego's $1.9 million. The Texas showdown has attracted plenty of outside money on both sides, with about equal amounts shoring up each candidate -- roughly $4.4 million spent on Hurd's behalf and $5.3 million on Gallego's. The National Republican Congressional Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee have spent $2.4 million and $3 million respectively on the candidates. Conservative super PAC Congressional Leadership Fund and its liberal equivalent, House Majority PAC (both of them branches, in effect, of the NRCC and the DCCC) have invested $1.7 million and $2.2 million each. With historically low support for the GOP presidential hopeful from Hispanic voters, it has become extra challenging for Hurd to win over the heavily Hispanic population in his district, which hugs the U.S.-Mexico border. Not surprisingly, Hurd has drawn a clear line between himself and Trump, and told the El Paso Times earlier this month, "He should step aside for a true conservative to beat Hillary Clinton," in an effort to avoid being associated with the nominee -- whose words about Hispanics have been even more inflammatory than his comments about blacks. One of the leading conservative megadonors in the #NeverTrump movement, Paul E. Singer, has maxed out to Hurd, giving him $5,400. The only other African American GOP House member, Rep. Mia Love, is locked in a similarly precarious battle in Utah's 4th Congressional District. In 2014, Love defeated Democratic challenger Doug Owens by five percent to become the first black female Republican to be elected to the House in U.S. history; next week, the freshman faces the same Democratic rival again The Utah contest has managed to attract some of the biggest dollars among all congressional races. Love, who had raised over $5 million through mid-October this year, has received the biggest portion of her funds from donors giving $200 or less, whereas larger donations have been the biggest source of cash for Owens' campaign so far. Strongly backed by the Democratic party, Owens was one of the first members of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Red to Blue Program that aims to deliver traditionally Republican districts to Democrats. Liberal House Majority PAC has recently doubled its support for Owens with a last-minute injection of nearly $500,000 in ads, briniging its total investment in the race to $850,000. But overall, the district has gotten relatively sparse attention from outside groups this cycle, seeing just a bit over $1.5 million in total spending benefiting both candidates combined. After long dodging the Trump question, the Republican incumbent finally condemned him after news broke about the 2005 tape on which Trump can be heard boasting about sexually assaulting women. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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by Adrian D. Pantoja, Ph.D. Will Donald Trump's inflammatory rhetoric increase Latino voter turnout? Some contend that Latinos will turn out in record numbers as a result of Republican nominee Trump's attacks against immigrants, creating a so-called 'Trump effect." A similar phenomenon was observed in California in the mid-1990s, when an anti-immigrant initiative and governor led to an increase in Latino naturalizations and voter turnout. This was subsequently referred to as the "Prop 187 effect", a reference to the anti-immigrant initiative Proposition 187. Others argue that anger and insults are not enough to mobilize Latino voters in this election, that Latinos are too diverse to be similarly impacted by Trump's rhetoric. Still others argue that turnout is largely induced through voter mobilization drives rather than psychological factors, further mitigating the likelihood of a Trump effect. Voter turnout is driven by a number of determinants, including socio-demographic resources, mobilization drives, and psychological factors. The degree to which these and other factors impact Latinos is a matter of contention. Nonetheless, no one would argue that psychological factors such as fear, anger, and enthusiasm are inconsequential. Will they be important enough to drive Latino turnout in this election? Or will Latino turnout be driven by factors unrelated to Trump's divisive campaign? Having written extensively on the Prop 187 effect, I confess that isolating a Trump effect is challenging because data on Latino voting behavior are incomplete. The analysis of the effects of Proposition 187 came years after the initiative appeared in 1994. By then, the record documenting Latino naturalization, voter registration, and turnout rates was more extensive. Nonetheless, the 2016 election data currently available provides some clues as to a likelihood of a Trump effect. For several weeks I have been analyzing Latino political attitudes and behaviors using survey data from the 2016 Latino tracking poll sponsored by the National Association of Latino Elected Officials Education Fund and conducted by Latino Decisions. This week I turn my attention to analyzing the prospects of a Trump effect. Because much of Trump's rhetoric has been directed at undocumented immigrants and refugees, it is hypothesized that if the Trump effect materializes, it will result in higher rates of turnout among Latino immigrants. From the data above, we have some evidence that Latino immigrants intend to turnout at higher rates than U.S.-born Latinos. Also, we asked respondents if they believed it was more important to vote in this election than in the 2012 election. The data (not reported) show that 71 percent of Latinos say that this election is more important, but the feeling is strongest among immigrants (74 percent) relative to native-born persons (70 percent). While the attitudinal gaps reported above appear modest, it is important to note that given the socio-demographic profile of immigrants, the gaps should be in the opposite direction. In other words, U.S.-born Latinos should be leading across these two indicators given that they have higher levels of education, income, and other resources that are predictive of higher rates of turnout. Scholars challenging the existence of the Trump effect incorrectly assume that psychological motivators operate separately from mobilization efforts. In fact, both of these social forces can be mutually reinforcing. In the survey, we asked respondents whether they have encouraged friends and family to vote or whether they have not engaged in this activity. Overall, 60 percent of respondents say they are encouraging others to vote. The results in Figure 2 show that immigrants are mobilizing friends and family to a greater degree than native-born Latinos. Sixty-eight percent of immigrants say they are encouraging others to vote, compared to 54 percent of native-born Latinos, a gap of 14 points. Perhaps this is the best evidence we have to date of a Trump effect among immigrants. Immigrant Latinos are energized to vote and are simultaneously engaged in mobilization efforts by encouraging friends and family to turnout and vote. Throughout this election scholars and pundits have speculated on whether Donald Trump's rhetoric against immigrants will have a mobilizing effect on Latinos. It will take time after the election to fully assess whether there was a Trump effect and the degree to which it may have increased the size of the Latino electorate. Nonetheless, preliminary survey evidence is encouraging in that we are finding a Latino electorate that is energized and engaging others to vote. Among Latinos, it is immigrants that are most intent on voting and engaged in mobilization efforts. Evidence from the field is also reassuring. Returns from early voting in Hispanic-majority counties also suggest dramatic increases in voter registration and turnout. For example, in El Paso County Texas (an area that is 81 percent Hispanic), early voting was running 106 percent higher than in 2012. El Paso has a high immigrant population and is a city located next to the U.S.-Mexico border--an area that would be directly impacted by Trump's immigration policies. All of the available evidence to date reveals Latinos broadly, and immigrants in particular, will turnout and vote against Trump and other Republicans in record numbers for running a divisive campaign against immigrants. Adrian D. Pantoja, Ph.D., is Senior Analyst at Latino Decisions and Professor of Politics at Pitzer College. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.