MAIL YOUR BALLOT—"Thursday, November 1 is the last day for voters in Multnomah County to safely mail their ballot," says Multnomah County Elections. HEY, DUMMY. THAT'S TODAY. "Ballots can be mailed with one first class stamp. Ballot envelopes must be signed and ballots received by the elections office by November 6 at 8 pm. Postmarks do not count in Oregon." Yeah! FUCK A POSTMARK. Here are the Mercury's endorsements, and if you miss today's mailing deadline, here's where to drop off your ballot. (Is there anything more American than voting at McDonald's? No.)
TODAY'S LEAST-SURPRISING NEWS—"In the most racially charged national political ad in 30 years, President Donald Trump and the Republican Party accuse Democrats of plotting to help people they depict as Central American invaders overrun the nation with cop killers," writes CNN. "The Trump campaign ad is the latest example of the President's willingness to lie and fear-monger in order to tear at racial and societal divides; to embrace demagoguery to bolster his own political power and the cause of the Republican midterm campaign."
ALSO NOT SURPRISING—"After more shootings, students doubt effects of school security," says OPB about a forum to discuss gun violence that was attended by high school students from Bend and Redmond. "I can’t vote yet, but I’ll be able to vote next election," said Bend High’s Ava Rupp. "I would like you guys to vote for common sense gun laws. There is no logical reason to own military grade weapons."
BROWN V. BUEHLER: DAWN OF JUSTICE—"Democratic Gov. Kate Brown leads her Republican challenger Rep. Knute Buehler by 3 percentage points, according to a poll released Wednesday," writes the Oregonian.
GOOGLE WALK-OUT—After a New York Times story revealed Google quietly paid millions to male executives accused of sexual harassment, the company "is struggling to contain a growing internal backlash over its handling of sexual harassment and its workplace culture," writes the Times. "But employees' dissatisfaction has not subsided. On Thursday, more than 1,500—most of them women—plan to walk out of almost two dozen company offices around the world to protest."
DRUG DEALERS—"The pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co. Inc. is ending a six-year agreement to supply a lifesaving vaccine for children in West Africa," says NPR. "At the same time, the company has started sending the vaccine to China, where it will likely be sold for a much higher price." Merck claims "supply constraints" will prevent it from fulfilling its commitment to supply its rotavirus vaccine to low-income countries. In 2017, the company had global sales of $40.1 billion.
SUING SABRINA—Sabrina the teenage witch is getting sued by the Satanic Temple! The group's co-founder, the wonderfully named Lucien Greaves, claims the "deeply problematic" use of a Baphomet sculpture on Netflix's Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is copyright infringement. "It's distressing on the grounds that you have to worry about that association being made where people will see your monument and not know which preceded the other," Greaves explained to SFGate, "and thinking that you arbitrarily decided to go with the Sabrina design for your Baphomet monument, which rather cheapens our central icon."