SEPTEMBER 11, 2020
Congressional Campaign
Update #9

September 10, 2020 | William Bourque

Earlier this year we identified several senate races that are key to the democrats retaking a majority. Now, only two months from elections, we are taking a chance to revisit these races to see where ground has been won and lost.

We will first return to Arizona, where astronaut turned politician Mark Kelly has a sizable polling lead over incumbent Martha McSally. In a recent Fox News poll, Kelly has a 17-point lead, almost guaranteeing that this seat will flip. This isn’t a surprise to most who’ve been watching this race, as Kelly has projected to take this seat for some time now. This is a race that, back in May, we predicted Kelly would take.

Moving onto a race that has tightened with time, in Maine, Susan Collins has tightened the margin with her democratic challenger, former Maine Speaker of the House Sara Gideon. 


How Fox News and MSNBC have tied the BLM Protests to the 2020 Presidential Election

September 10, 2020 | John McCabe

The death of George Floyd not only sparked more than three months of protests against police brutality and racism, but also made these issues a focal point of the 2020 presidential election.

With just two months away before Americans decide who will take over the Oval Office, Black Lives Matter has become the most significant protest movement in the United States.

While demonstrations have been largely peaceful, cities like Portland have become hotbeds of unrest. However, according to a new report released by the US Crisis Project, about 93% of racial justice protests in the United States have been peaceful and nondestructive since Floyd’s death.




September 7, 2020 | By Jacob Morton


On Monday, August 31, the US EPA under the Trump administration announced that it has made revisions to a 2015 Obama era policy that places pollution restrictions on power plants that burn coal.

The policy, known as the Effluent Limitations Guidelines (ELG) for coal-fired power plants, limits how much heavy metal toxins and other waterborne pollutants coal powered electric generation plants can release into local waters or wastewater facilities.



Sep 9, 2020 | By Colin Rugg


On August 31, flight LY971 landed in the United Arab Emirates after a three-hour journey from Israel. The touchdown acted as a seal of approval on the Abraham Accord, the agreement to normalize relations between the two countries.

The deal was brokered by the Trump administration behind closed doors and announced suddenly on August 13.
 


Fed Commits to Keeping Borrowing Rate Low to Stimulate Economy


September 7, 2020 | By Rosalind Gottfried


In mid-summer, with the resurgence of reported cases of Corona virus, the Federal Reserve announced its intention to maintain its benchmark lending rate at 0 to .25%, until at least 2022. Some members think it will be extended even longer. 

The decision was made unanimously by the Federal Open Market Committee which is the policymaking branch the Federal Reserve.



The Corruption of Sonny Perdue



September 9, 2020 | By Sean Gray

Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, stands out among his fellow Executive Branch appointees in that he bring relevant experience to the post. He had previously served two terms as governor of Georgia and owns agriculture related businesses.

In his time as the top politician of the Peach state, he racked up numerous ethics violations, which perhaps caught the eye of Donald Trump. As Ag Sec, Perdue has engaged in self-dealing and otherwise promoted an agenda running counter to the interests of the average American.

 
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