Schakowsky vs. Sangari: 10 questions for the candidates running for the 9th District of the U.S. House of Representatives

COVID-19 has destroyed too many jobs. It has also shattered families, exposed the flaws in our healthcare system, and diminished the United States’ leadership role in the world. Remember, the world watched as the President suggested we all drink bleach and shine ultra-violet light through our bodies. Our economy, and our credibility, must be rebuilt, and it must start now. Our phones ring throughout the day with constituents who have lost their jobs and don’t have the money to make ends meet or keep their homes. Their jobs may not be there when the economy recovers. Unemployment insurance, personal stimulus monies, and small business support cannot be neglected. Donald Trump’s lack of leadership, knowledge, science-driven policy has paralyzed the United States’ ability to reverse the deadly COVID-19 pandemic. We cannot “re-open” our economy until the public health situation is under control, and our kids are back in school, no matter how much wishful thinking we possess. How can it be that we are 4% of the global population, yet we have 25% of the world’s COVID-19 cases and casualties? We are approximately 6 months into this tragedy and we may soon experience a 2nd wave. President Trump does not have this under control. The upcoming election cannot come soon enough. We need Joe Biden in the White House to act immediately to bring science into the conversation (not conspiracy theories and lies) and coordinate our nation’s governors, mayors, local officials, business leaders, tribal leaders, religious leaders, science and technology leaders, and others, to implement a national strategy to tackle this virus aggressively once and for all. I want to return to the U.S. Congress because the House of Representatives will play a key role in developing and launching the necessary programs to compliment President Biden’s efforts. This includes establishing a strong contact-tracing and reporting regime; assuring that our medical solutions are science based, and that a safe vaccine comes to the market as soon as possible; making certain our front line healthcare workers have all the necessary PPE to assure their safety; cautiously work to reopen our economy and our schools in safe ways; and protect the most vulnerable amongst us – particularly our nation’s seniors. All of this must be achieved before we can expect to re-grow a robust American economy capable of creating jobs and putting America back to work. Among the legislation that needs to pass is HR 2, the Moving Forward Act which creates a comprehensive infrastructure program that includes among many other things surface transportation program, mass transit, rail, rebuilding rural grant program, and investments in many other sectors. As a labor union member myself, I will support the legislation that facilitates workers joining and creating unions and makes union busting harder to accomplish. Union workers across the board earn significantly more that nonunion workers in the same jobs. If we are to rebuild the middle class, we need to empower labor unions to collectively bargain and to protect their members.

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Quigley vs. Hanson and Wilda: 10 questions for the candidates running for 5th District of the U.S. House of Representatives

Illinois’ 5th district deserves a representative in congress who will stand up against corruption, not enable it, fight to expand healthcare, not strip it from those who need it most, work to combat the dangers of climate change, not deny that they exist, and work tirelessly to ensure our city and region has the funding necessary to maintain and improve our infrastructure and standard of living. While in Congress, I’ve helped bring billions of federal dollars back to the Chicagoland area for CTA modernization, new Metra trains, rebuilt roads and bridges, and to combat disruptive aircraft noise around O’Hare International Airport. As Vice-Chair of the House Appropriations Transportation and Housing and Urban Development (THUD) subcommittee, I am well positioned to continue to ensure that key Chicago construction projects like the Red Line Extension, the 75th Street Corridor Improvement Project, and McCook flood abatement reservoirs continue without delay. In addition, as Chairman of the Financial Services and General Government appropriations subcommittee, I’ve worked tirelessly to support community based financial institutions, ensure our elections remain secure and free of interference, and against unconscionable cuts to the Postal Service. Finally, as a Member of the House Intelligence Committee, I was a key member of the investigation into President Trump’s efforts to pressure a foreign leader to attack Vice President Biden for his own political gain and if elected, I will continue to lead the effort to keep our Intelligence Community independent and protect those that work so hard to keep us safe.

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Contest Will Flush Out America’s Best Bathroom, DFW Airport In The Running

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – For the first time in eight years, the title of America’s Best Restroom could return to Texas.

DFW Airport was nominated as a finalist in the contest sponsored by Cintas Corporation. The 19th annual contest celebrates innovative and hygienic public restrooms across the country.

“This year’s contest recognizes a wide range of finalists, each offering a one-of-a-kind restroom experience with the latest technology or imaginative decor,” said Sean Mulcahey, Marketing Manager, Cintas. “As the COVID-19 pandemic has brought the importance of clean restrooms to the forefront, we’re proud to spotlight these unique and well-maintained restrooms that provide comfortable spaces for guests.

Bathrooms at DFW Airport feature integrated smart restroom technology into all of its gate-side restrooms to include aesthetically pleasing fixtures, touch free dispensing, consumable tracking, and other smart restroom features, allowing staff to operate on demand, rather than a time-scheduled approach for making sure the restrooms are cleaned and well stocked. Digital signage outside each restroom tells guests how many stalls are open, when cleaning is in progress, and indicator lights inside let them know which stalls are available. The features will help with social distancing efforts during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, as well as data for the cleaning staff to efficiently manage increased cleaning protocols.

The public can vote multiple times here for their favorite finalist now through October 19.

The winner will earn a place in the America’s Best Restroom Hall of Fame and receive a Cintas UltraClean restroom cleaning service and $2,500 in facility services or restroom cleaning from Cintas.

Buc-ee’s in New Braunfels won the contest in 2012.

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White House lawyer in running for seat on the Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump didn’t have to look very far for one of the contenders on his short list to replace the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court: he’s been considering one of his own lawyers.

Kate Comerford Todd is a deputy White House counsel, helping navigate Trump’s White House through a thicket of legal issues. It’s a role she knows well, having served in the counsel’s office during the administration of the last Republican president, George W. Bush.

Todd, 45, is the only lawyer mentioned as being on Trump’s shortlist who has not previously been a judge, though she’s hardly unfamiliar with the high court, having clerked for Justice Clarence Thomas. Her experience is otherwise diverse: she’s twice counseled the White House, worked at a prestigious law firm and represented the interests of a leading business advocacy group.

“She is absolutely brilliant,” said Helgi Walker, a partner at the Gibson Dunn law firm who also served as a Thomas law clerk and in the White House counsel’s office under Bush. “She is thoughtful, caring, considerate. She always tries to get it right, no matter what she’s doing.”

Trump has signaled that he intends to name a woman for the third Supreme Court selection of his administration. Amy Coney Barrett is emerging as the early favorite to be the nominee after he met with her Monday before leaving the White House to campaign in Ohio. Todd

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A Record Number of Women Are Running for House in 2020 | America 2020

A record number of female nominees are running for the House in the 2020 general elections, exceeding the historic number set in the 2018 midterms that brought in a wave of women – mostly Democrats – to Congress and switched party control.

With the conclusion of the regular 2020 primary season following Tuesday’s primaries in Delaware, 298 women advanced to general elections with a large majority of them running as Democrats, according to an analysis by the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University. Of the total number of female House nominees, 204 are Democrats, while 94 are Republicans, with both parties shattering their previous records. The number, however, could slightly grow with a few remaining primaries happening on Election Day.

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It’s a sizable uptick from 2018 when there were record-high numbers of women seeking House seats with 234 nominees. The number of female nominees in 2020 is likely to again bolster the ranks of women serving in Congress which has historically been overwhelmingly run by men despite women representing more than half the U.S. population. There are a number of female nominees, however, who will face steep hurdles in November since they’re running in districts that are considered swing seats or ones that dramatically tilt towards one party.

Women played a pivotal role in delivering Democrats control of the House in 2018 for the first time in eight years. Two years ago, Democrats had a record-high of 182 female nominees running for Congress.

And in 2020, a historic number of at least 130 Black women ran for the House and Senate, according to the Center for American Women and Politics. The record number of Black candidates, who are largely Democrats, are running at a time when the country faces a reckoning over race and ongoing protests around the country against police brutality and systemic racism.

Republican women, meanwhile, have seen their numbers dwindle in recent years. There are only 13 women currently in the House GOP conference since a handful of incumbents lost to Democratic candidates two years ago.

But House Republicans made a significant push to recruit a record number of female candidates, though they still face challenges – particularly financial – when trying to navigate and win contested primaries. This year, the GOP surpassed its previous record of female House nominees which was 53 in 2004, according to the Center for American Women and Politics.

Women fell just short of the 2018 record set in the Senate, which had 23 nominees. This year, there are 20 female nominees for the Senate: 12 Democrats and eight Republicans. The current composition of women in the upper chamber includes nine Republicans and 17 Democrats.

The number could again change after Georgia’s special election for the Senate on Nov. 3. Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler, who was appointed to former Sen. Johnny Isakson’s seat last year, is running for a full term and competing in a jungle primary which will feature all Senate candidates regardless

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Ex-NFL player running for House as Republican blasts Democrats as ‘narcissists and sociopaths’

A former NFL player and current GOP congressional candidate slammed leaders of the Democratic Party during an interview Sunday, accusing the party’s leadership of being devoid of empathy.

During an interview with “Sunday Morning Future” on Fox News, Burgess Owens was asked by host Maria BartiromoMaria Sara BartiromoAngus King: Ending election security briefings ‘looks like a pre-cover-up’ Kennedy: Destruction in Louisiana from Hurricane Laura will ‘take your breath away’ Ratcliffe defends end of election security briefings, accuses lawmakers of leaks MORE for his opinion on the policies pursued by “Democrat-led cities” around the U.S.

“I truly believe this, Maria, that the Democratic Party, what really draws the type of people, I’m talking about leadership, now, they draw narcissists and sociopaths,” Owens told Bartiromo.

“These are people who have no empathy for anyone else. They love misery,” the Utah Republican candidate continued.

Owens added during the interview that Americans were coming around in favor of President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump slams Nevada governor at rally, takes aim at mail-in voting Former NFL coach Mike Holmgren slams Trump pandemic response, throws support to Biden Watch Live: Trump rallies supporters in Nevada MORE‘s agenda, calling it “refreshing” to see “Americans across the country put aside the politics and politicians, and vote and focus on their values.”

The former safety for the New York Jets and Oakland Raiders is running for a House seat against Rep. Ben McAdams (D-Utah), and recent polling of the race suggests that Owens and McAdams are tied among voters in the district.

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White House has talked to VA secretary about running the Pentagon if Trump fires Esper

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has long been unhappy with Defense Secretary Mark Esper, and White House officials have talked to Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie about taking the top Pentagon job should Trump decide to fire Esper, three senior administration officials said.

Two senior administration officials said Trump discussed the position directly with Wilkie at the White House last month. Two other senior administration officials said Wilkie had senior-level discussions with the White House about becoming Trump’s next defense secretary.

The conversations included the idea of naming Wilkie — a Senate-confirmed member of Trump’s Cabinet — the acting defense secretary if the president fires Esper, officials said.

Image: Robert Wilkie (Steven Ferdman / Getty Images file)
Image: Robert Wilkie (Steven Ferdman / Getty Images file)

Wilkie was one of several possible replacements for Esper whom the White House informally interviewed this summer about serving as defense secretary, two current officials and one former official said. The conversations took place as Trump’s monthslong threats to fire Esper intensified, officials said. The option of naming Wilkie as acting Pentagon chief would give Trump the flexibility to remove Esper immediately after the November election, if not before.

Two senior administration officials said Trump has not entirely ruled out the possibility of making a change in Pentagon leadership before the election, although some of the president’s allies have cautioned him to wait until after. Two senior administration officials said there are no current plans for Esper to be removed before the election.

“There are no plans to replace Secretary Esper,” one of the officials said.

The White House declined to comment on the record. The Veterans Affairs Department and the Pentagon declined to comment.

The relationship between Trump and Esper was further strained last week when the two again publicly clashed over a policy decision. The president pointedly rebuffed Esper’s decision to cut funding in the Pentagon budget for Stars and Stripes, a newspaper for U.S. military personnel that has been published since the Civil War. Esper had been advised by multiple aides not to propose cutting the newspaper’s funding because the move would draw a political backlash, and it did from Republicans and Democrats.

A White House official said Trump thought the decision was “politically stupid,” and on Friday he wrote on Twitter, “The United States of America will NOT be cutting funding to @starsandstripes magazine under my watch.”

The tensions between Trump and Esper persist as the president is under criticism over allegations that he made disparaging comments about the military after The Atlantic reported that he privately called veterans “suckers” and “losers.”

Esper has served as Trump’s third defense secretary for just over a year. He was confirmed by the Senate in July, succeeding acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan and Trump’s first Pentagon chief, James Mattis.

Trump has told aides for months that he is unhappy with Esper and wants to fire him. Trump’s allies inside and outside the White House have told him that shaking up leadership at the Pentagon before the Nov. 3 election

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