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Maine Republican booted off the midterm ballot for faking signatures on his candidate filing petition

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Maine’s superior court recommended this week that GOP Senate candidate Max Linn be removed from the November ballot because there was “undisputed” fraud in his candidate filing petition.

The Bangor Daily News reported that Superior Court Justice William R. Stokes upheld the recommendation from Matt Dunlap, Maine’s secretary of state, after he ruled that more than 250 signatures on Linn’s petition were invalid. The report noted that in some instances, the candidate included signatures for “several” dead people and others who said they didn’t sign the petition.

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The ruling comes after more than a month of back-and-forth court filings that began when Linn’s GOP primary challenger, state Sen. Eric Brakey, accused him of using fraudulent signatures on his petition. Following Brakey’s accusation, a Linn supporter counter-claimed that the state senator’s notary on some of his signatures was a felon — a charge the secretary of state dropped.

With the superior court’s ruling, Linn is now disqualified from the state’s Republican primary although his name will still appear on the ballot during the state’s June primary. It leaves Brakey to be the assumed GOP nominee in a race that includes incumbent Sen. Angus King (I) and Democrat Zak Ringelstein.


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A whopping 14 percent of new US COVID-19 cases are coming from Texas

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With the daily number of new coronavirus infections in Texas now exceeding that of most other states, experts say Texas has become a hot spot of the global pandemic and that more aggressive measures are needed to slow the virus’ spread.

Texas’ new confirmed cases of the coronavirus now make up around 14% of the U.S. total — measured by a seven-day average — a significantly higher proportion than its 9% share of the nation’s population. Since July 1, the U.S. has reported 358,027 new infections. Of those, 50,599 were in Texas.

On Tuesday, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported more than 10,000 new cases — representing nearly 20% of the nation’s new cases for the day. It could be a “catch-up” from the July 4 holiday, DSHS spokesman Chris Van Deusen said, noting that numbers reported Sunday and Monday were lower.

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Devastating new ad uses Ronald Reagan’s words against Trump to stunning effect

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The Lincoln Project is not the only right-wing group that has been creating attack ads slamming President Donald Trump. Another is Republican Voters Against Trump, which uses the words of President Ronald Reagan in its latest video to illustrate Trump’s failures as president.

In the ad — which lasts one minute and 40 seconds — RVAT contrast Reagan’s words with images of the U.S. during the Trump era. The message is not subtle: Under Trump, the United States is a long way from Reagan’s vision for the country.

The ad isn’t aimed at liberals and progressives, many of whom would argue that Reagan’s economic policies were bad for the American working class during the 1980s. It asks Republicans: “Has your party left you?”

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The sheep-like loyalty of Trump supporters is starting to backfire

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Donald Trump thinks his voters are morons. This universal truth was once again demonstrated this week by a Facebook ad working Trump’s new statue-oriented campaign strategy. The ad declared, “WE WILL PROTECT THIS” and featured a photo of … no, not some racist-loser Confederate general astride a horse but “Cristo Redentor,” the famous statue of Jesus Christ that sits atop Mount Corcovado in Rio de Janeiro, which, for those keeping track, is not in the United States but in Brazil, a sovereign nation in a different continent.

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