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Wisconsin governor tries to force GOP to delay election as pandemic rages

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On Friday, Politico reported that Gov. Tony Evers (D-WI) is calling an emergency special session of the Wisconsin General Assembly, where he will pressure GOP officials to delay the state’s election date to May 26, switch to all-mail voting, and send ballots to every registered voter who has not requested one.

This effort, intended to protect voters from coronavirus, comes after a federal judge in Wisconsin denied the request of voting rights activists to push back the date of the primary — but extended the request deadline for absentee ballots, loosened requirements to obtain one, and ordered the state to accept ballots postmarked before Election Day.

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If the election moves forward as planned, voters will not only face risk in voting in person next Tuesday, but long lines, as there are critical polling worker shortages in counties across the state.

Until this point, Evers had not taken a position on moving back the primary, but called for all registered voters to be sent an absentee ballot. The GOP has refused, with Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald calling the proposal a “complete fantasy,” and siding with the defendants in the lawsuit to try to postpone the election date. They also intend to appeal the expansion of absentee voting.

Adding to the stakes is that Wisconsin will also be holding an election for the state Supreme Court on the same day as the primary, with Daniel Kelly, an appointee of former GOP Gov. Scott Walker, seeking a full term against progressive challenger Jill Karofsky. Democrats fear that Kelly, who has recused himself from a recent voter purge case, could be emboldened to rule in favor of clearing the rolls if he wins, suppressing votes in November in a critical state.


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WATCH: John Oliver exposes Trump’s lies about vote-by-mail — and the Fox News ‘cult’ claiming the election is already ‘rigged’

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"Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver's main story Sunday refuted President Donald Trump's latest crusade against vote-by-mail. Trump announced on Twitter that the more people who vote in an election, the more Republicans tend to lose. So, he wants fewer people to have access to the ballot in November, even if people are too scared to go out during the coronavirus crisis.

Oliver called out Missouri Gov. Mike Parson (R-MO), who outright told people not to vote if they were too afraid to vote in the local elections next week.

"Well, hold on there," Oliver interjected. "Voting is a right. It has to be easy to understand and accessible to anyone."

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John Oliver rips Fox News’ Tucker Carlson for urging ‘order’ from people of color — but never demanding it of police

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John Oliver opened his Sunday show, shredding Fox News host Tucker Carlson for uring "order" among protesters, but refusing to urge "order" to police and "wannabe police" who can't stop killing people.

It's a lot, Oliver explained. "How these protests are a response to a legacy of police misconduct, both in Minneapolis and the nation at large and how that misconduct is, itself, built on a legacy of white supremacy that prioritizes the comfort of white Americans over the safety of people of color."

While some of it is complicated, Oliver conceded, most of it is "all too clear."

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Cars set on fire blocks from White House as DC protests turn violent

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The Washington, D.C. protests turned violent as the city approached the 11 p.m. curfew the mayor instituted Sunday afternoon.

The policy of D.C. police is that when they are attacked, they advance forward. So, when fireworks were fired, the line of officers began pushing the protesters back further from the White House. Behind the line of police officers also stand a line of National Guard troops that President Donald Trump has demanded stand watch in the city.

Lights that normally shine on the White House have also been turned off, reporters revealed.

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