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Good morning, Portland! It's time for another rainy Friday.
Here are the headlines.
• Even after being publicly contradicted by Sen. Mitch McConnell and other Republican leaders, Donald Trump is doubling down on his refusal to promise a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the November election. I know Trump lies as often as he breathes, but this feels like a situation where we should believe what he's saying and prepare accordingly?
• Meanwhile, another transition in Washington, D.C.:
The casket of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is carried up the steps of the U.S. Capitol, past House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, where she will be the first woman to lie in state. https://t.co/FZh8qHi8MG pic.twitter.com/ESeiEsmSbb
— ABC News (@ABC) September 25, 2020
• Protesters against police brutality targeted the building for the Portland Police Association—the union for rank-and-file Portland cops—last night. Several protesters climbed to the roof of the building, and police ended up arresting 14 people.
• Last night was supposed to be a much-anticipated one-on-one Zoom debate between Mayor Ted Wheeler and his challenger, Sarah Iannarone, hosted by the City Club of Portland. But in classic 2020 fashion, the debate had to be postponed due to technical challenges—after 25 minutes of awkward silences and participants staring into
the abyss their webcams.
Honestly, that was the best political debate I’ve ever seen.
— Anna Griffin (@annargriff) September 25, 2020
• The Proud Boys are, unfortunately, returning to Portland this weekend. If you're looking for ways to actively oppose their presence—but perhaps can't make it to the planned counter-demonstration—here's a look at how local activists and nonprofits are turning lemons into lemonade by fundraising off of the Proud Boys' presence, and helping Black Portlanders in the process.
• A new report from Portland State University (PSU) shows that 60 percent of PSU students face some form of housing instability or food insecurity. "This survey shows that those problems are much more widespread and much more challenging than we thought," said PSU President Stephen Percy at a press conference yesterday.
• A recently passed Florida law allows people convicted of felonies to vote in the state—but they have to pay all their fines and court fees first (sounds like a poll tax, doesn't it?). Mike Bloomberg is putting his obscene wealth and power to good use by fundraising to pay off thousands of people's fines at once, but Florida Republicans are alleging that this fundraising amounts to election tampering. Florida is a key swing state, so the success (or failure) to register convicted felons who have already served their time in prison could help decide the election.
• Confused about the #SaveTheChilden content being shared by your friends and old high school friends on Facebook? This Vox piece breaks down what it is, how it's connected to insidious collective delusion QAnon, and why we've seen this all play out before.
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