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Racism’s physical, psychological effects: Diversity and inclusion expert Mary-Frances Winters discusses her new book, “Black Fatigue, How Racism Erodes Mind, Body and Spirit.” Hosted by the Commonwealth Club. 9 a.m. More information is here.

Peter Strzok: Former FBI agent and author of “Compromised: Counterintelligence and the Threat of Donald J. Trump,” in a conversation hosted by the Commonwealth Club. 12:30 p.m. More information is here.

Reps. Barbara Lee, Mark DeSaulnier, Jackie Speier: Bay Area Democrats host a town hall meeting on racial justice in America. 6 p.m. Join meeting here.


Worker cooperatives: A roundtable event to discuss how worker cooperatives can provide a viable alternative for people approaching retirement. Panelists include Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Fremont; Democratic Assemblyman Ash Kalra; Santa Clara Mayor Lisa Gillmor; Zen Trenholm of the Democracy at Work Institute; Hilary Abell of Project Equity; and Kirk Vartan, worker owner at ASONY. Noon. More information is here.

Sen. Sherrod Brown: Ohio Democrat in conversation on progressive power in the Senate. Hosted by the Commonwealth Club. 3:30 p.m. More information is here.


Libby Schaaf, Kevin Faulconer: Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer discuss fiscal realities for local governments during the coronavirus pandemic. Hosted by the Public Policy Institute of California. 11 a.m. More information is here.

“Suppressed 2020”: A screening of “Suppressed 2020: The Fight to Vote,” followed by a talk with voting rights advocate Valerie Morishige. Hosted by the Piedmont Diversity Film Series. 4:30 p.m. More information is here.

S.F. D1 candidates: Candidates for District One supervisor take part in a forum hosted by the League of Women Voters. 7 p.m. Register here.


Conservation history: An exploration of conservation history of the 19th and early 20th centuries, and how it fits into the larger context of American history of injustices toward indigenous communities and people of color. Hosted by the Peninsula Open Space Trust. Noon. More information is here.

SEPT. 22

Rep. Ro Khanna: Fremont Democrat holds a town hall meeting. Noon. Submit question in advance here; join meeting here.

SEPT. 23

S.F. D7 candidates: Candidates for District Seven supervisor take part in a forum hosted by the League of Women Voters. 7 p.m. Register here.

Art and abolishing the police: Pendarvis Harshaw interviews art curator Ashara Ekundayo about an upcoming show and auction, “Imagine Freedom: Art Works for Abolition,” and the role art plays in the movement to dismantle the policing and prison systems in the U.S. Hosted by KQED. 8 p.m. More information is here.

SEPT. 24

H.R. McMaster: President Trump’s former national security adviser in a discussion hosted by the Commonwealth Club. Noon. More information is here.

SEPT. 28

Election meetup: A Zoom meetup for supporting green candidates and issues in the November elections. Hosted by 6 p.m. More information is here.

SEPT. 29

Juan Felipe Herrera, Naomi Shihab Nye: Former U.S. poet laureate Juan Felipe Herrera, author of the new book “Every Day We Get More Illegal,” and poet, songwriter and novelist Naomi

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Retiring GOP stalwart Peter King’s House district now a toss-up

Democrats are hoping Army Reserve veteran Jackie Gordon can turn New York’s 2nd Congressional District blue.

Peter T. King wearing a suit and tie

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Gordon, a former public school educator, is running against Republican Andrew Garbarino, a lawyer and small-business owner. They’re vying to replace New York Rep. Peter King, a Republican, who has spent nearly three decades representing New York’s 2nd and 3rd districts on Long Island and announced last November that he’d be retiring after this term.

The race for the 2nd District, which includes the southwestern region of Suffolk County and a small part of Nassau County, is a “toss up,” according to the Cook Political Report.

Gordon, a former Babylon councilwoman, has significantly out-raised Garbarino during the election cycle thus far. She has received $1.7 million in donations, more than 3 times the $488,000 of her opponent, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Additionally, she has more than $1 million more on hand than Garbarino.

Democrats are hopeful they can increase their majority in the House through this seat after King’s margin of victory fell dramatically between the 2016 and 2018 elections. President Trump won this district by 9 points in 2016, and King was reelected by 24 points. Two years later, King’s margin of victory fell to only 6 points.

House Republicans need to net about 17 seats to reclaim the House majority they lost in 2018. Having to play defense in seats such as the one King is leaving behind complicate those plans.

With the apparent opening to turn the district blue, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has pegged Gordon as a top candidate in its “Red to Blue” program and has provided resources to her campaign.

Democrats also believe they can flip the seat because of the party demographic changes that have taken place over the last quarter of a century.

In 1996, there were 360,000 registered Republicans in Nassau County, New York, which was more than 100,000 more than the Democrats had at the time, according to the New York Times. By 2019, the number of registered Democrats had ballooned to more than 400,000, while the number of Republicans had decreased from where it was 23 years prior by more than 30,000.

A similar demographic change occurred in Suffolk County. There, Republicans saw their registered voters increase by 18,000 people, while Democrats increased their party size by more than 160,000 people.

Tags: News, New York, 2020 Elections

Original Author: Mike Brest

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