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Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam says he will reintroduce gun control measures after Dems take over state government – CNNPolitics

Washington (CNN)Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam on Wednesday said he will reintroduce gun control measures in the upcoming legislative sessions now that Democrats have taken control of the state legislature.

“Getting rid of bump stocks, high volume magazines, red flag laws. These are common-sense pieces of legislation,” he told CNN’s John Berman on “New Day.” “I will introduce those again in January. And I’m convinced, with the majority now in the House and the Senate, they’ll become law and because of that, Virginia will be safer.”
Democrats took control of the Virginia House and Senate on Tuesday for the first time in more than 20 years. Northam and Democrats will now have an advantage in the assembly to pursue gun control measures that Republicans have pushed against and blocked.

Source: Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam says he will reintroduce gun control measures after Dems take over state government – CNNPolitics

Trump may give Congress another Ukraine call transcript

KEY POINTS
  • President Donald Trump is willing to give House impeachment investigators the transcript of an April call he had with Ukrainian President Volodimyr Zelensky.
  • “I have a second call, which nobody knows about, and I guess they want that to be produced as well,” Trump said.
  • Trump’s then-envoy to Ukraine, Kurt Volker, posted a tweet about the call at the time.

Source: Trump may give Congress another Ukraine call transcript

[VIDEO] Leaked Insider Recording From ABC News Reveals Network Executives Killed Bombshell Story Implicating Epstein  – Project Veritas

Amy Robach, ‘Good Morning America’ Co-Host and Breaking News Anchor at ABC, explains how a witness came forward years ago with information pertaining to Epstein, but Disney-owned ABC News refused to air the material for years. Robach vents her anger in a “hot mic” moment with an off-camera producer, explaining that ABC quashed the story in it’s early stages.  “I’ve had this interview with Virginia Roberts (Now Virginia Guiffre) [alleged Epstein victim]. We would not put it on the air. Um, first of all, I was told “Who’s Jeffrey Epstein.  No one knows who that is.  This is a stupid story.”

Source: [VIDEO] Leaked Insider Recording From ABC News Reveals Network Executives Killed Bombshell Story Implicating Jeffrey Epstein – Project Veritas

2019 Election Results – CBS Pittsburgh

Here is a look at the latest results:

Allegheny County District Attorney:

Stephen Zappala Jr. 57.08 %
Lisa Middleman 42.76 %

Allegheny County Executive:

Rich Fitzgerald 68.01 %
Matt Drozd 31.54 %

Allegheny County Controller:

Chelsa Wagner 63.17 %
Brooke D. Nadonley 36.67 %

Pittsburgh Parks Referendum

No 48.16 %
Yes 51.84 %

Superior Court (Vote for 2)

Amanda Green-Hawkins 24.94 %
Daniel D. McCaffery 25.72 %
Megan McCarthy King 25.55 %
Christylee Peck 23.79 %

Beaver County Sheriff

Wayne Kress 45.49 %
Tony Guy 53.05 %

Westmoreland County Sheriff

James Albert 52.91 %
Jonathan Held 46.90 %

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Source: 2019 Election Results – CBS Pittsburgh

James Albert defeats Jonathan Held in Westmoreland sheriff race | TribLIVE.com

Democrat James Albert, a retired Greensburg district judge, defeated the Republican incumbent to bring an end to a tenure marred by a dozen discrimination lawsuits and pending criminal public corruption charges.

With all 305 precincts reporting, Albert had 53% of the vote compared to 47% for Held, according to unofficial results. More than 81,000 votes had been counted in the race. They were separated by 5,500 votes.

“It’s kind of obvious the voters were not happy with the sheriff’s office,” Albert said late Tuesday. “I credit the people who helped me. I came out of retirement because of the bad state, the tarnished nature of the sheriff’s office.”

Source: James Albert defeats Jonathan Held in Westmoreland sheriff race | TribLIVE.com

Biden, Warren, Sanders defeating President Trump in head-to-head matchups, Washington Post-ABC News poll finds – The Washington Post

Trump is winning at least 95 percent support against each of five possible Democratic opponents. But among the 58 percent of voters who disapprove of Trump, he receives no more than 7 percent support.Democrats’ current margins point to a substantial popular-vote advantage, but the party still faces obstacles when it comes to the electoral college.

One year out from the 2020 election, President Trump trails some potential Democratic rivals in head-to-head matchups, with his national support level currently fixed at about 40 percent, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll.

November 5 election: Key races in Mississippi, Kentucky, and Virginia – Vox

Governor’s races, ranked-choice voting, and the race for Mayor Pete’s job are on the ballot November 5.

In Mississippi and Kentucky, voters will weigh in on gubernatorial races, while in Virginia, people will have an opportunity to choose members of their state legislature. Across all three states, the implications of the elections could be huge: In both Mississippi and Kentucky, Democrats have the potential to retake the governor’s seats, and in Virginia, the party could flip the House and Senate.

Additionally, several places will be weighing ballot initiatives on a slew of issues such as ranked-choice voting in New York City and affirmative action in Washington state. Cities including Philadelphia, San Francisco, and South Bend, Indiana, will hold mayoral elections as well. (Mayor Pete Buttigieg has opted not to run for reelection in light of his presidential bid.)

Read Source: November 5 election: Key races in Mississippi, Kentucky, and Virginia – Vox

Trump vows ‘no more’ federal aid to California as devastating wildfires continue to burn | The Independent

Donald Trump has threatened to cut off emergency funding to California as wildfires rage across the state, telling governor Gavin Newsom to “get his act together”.

In his latest attack on the state he returned to old complaints of forest management, including recommending better cleaning of the forest floors, as he first did in 2018.

However California’s governor was quick to highlight the role of the environmental crisis in spreading the fires. In response to the president, Mr Newsom tweeted: “You don’t believe in climate change. You are excused from this conversation.”

Source: Trump vows ‘no more’ federal aid to California as devastating wildfires continue to burn | The Independent

Johnstown City Manager resigning | WTAJ – www.wearecentralpa.com

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (WTAJ) — The Johnstown City Manager is resigning, according to Mayor Frank Janakovic.The Mayor confirmed the news to WTAJ that George Hayfield has submitted a letter of resignation.In August, Johnstown City Council filed a motion to fire Hayfield for:

Failure to comply with the terms of the July 1, 2018 executed employment agreement

Failure to comply with requirements of City of Johnstown home rule charter, Article VI, City Manager duties, financial procedures, administration of the budget

Failure to comply with requirements, including the enforcement and compliance with the administrative code of the City of Johnstown, ordinance no. 4654

Failure to comply with certain provisions contained in the codified ordinances of the City of Johnstown

Failure to comply with terms and conditions of the Cambria County Court of Common Pleas April 18, 2018 ordered stipulation of settlement and release and joint motion upon assuming the position of City Manager, Effective July 1, 2018

Source: Johnstown City Manager resigning | WTAJ – www.wearecentralpa.com

Violence worsens in Hong Kong as cops fire tear gas at activists

Some of the worst violence in 22 weeks of protest erupted in Hong Kong Saturday, as police responded with tear gas to activists throwing Molotov cocktails and setting fire to street barricades and a subway station.

Reuters reported that peaceful protests featuring families making origami paper cranes in a park devolved into a battle between anti-government protesters and police.

“Some masked rioters vandalized shops and committed arson. Some even placed nails on the roads threatening the safety of all road users,” police said in a statement.

The protesters, angry at Chinese meddling with Hong Kong’s freedoms, threw the homemade bombs on the streets in front of the headquarters of HSBC and the Hong Kong base for the Bank of China. Protesters also smashed the windows of China’s local branch of the Xinhua news agency for the first time, the Associated Press reported.

Source: Violence worsens in Hong Kong as cops fire tear gas at activists

DOJ releases hundreds of pages of memos from Mueller probe | TheHill

The records include revelations about a host of figures close to President Trump’s campaign, including former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Trump’s former attorney, Michael Cohen.

The public disclosure came in response to five separate Freedom of Information Act lawsuits filed by BuzzFeed News in an attempt to gain access to the primary source documents Mueller’s investigative team accumulated over the course of its probe, the news outlet reported.

Seven running for five seats on the Ellwood City Area School Board – News – Ellwood City Ledger – Ellwood City, PA

Jean Biehls

ELLWOOD CITY — Seven people including four incumbents are running in Tuesday’s election for five open seats on the Ellwood City Area School Board.

There will be at least one new face on the board because school director Michael Neupauer’s term ends at the end of the year and he chose not to run for re-election.

The incumbents running are board President Jennifer Tomon and members Erica Sutkowski Gray, Leroy J. Cortez and Danielle Woodhead. Also running are two former school directors Kathleen Pansera and Gary Rozanski and Jean Biehls, who is making her first run for public office.

Here is a look at each candidate and what they say their top priorities for this next four-year term would be:

– Biehls, 75, of Ellport is a retired public school teacher. Her priority would be to partner with the community and businesses to give every child in Ellwood City the education they need for their future. Biehls said she will support any programs that help fulfill the needs of students.

– Cortez, 61, of Wayne Township is a supervisor at Inmetco who has been on the board for 16 years. His main concern is the uncertainty of education funding with the continuing rises to the costs of pensions and alternative education costs and declining state funding. Cortez said the board will have to be even more creative in finding money, including exploring costs reductions and the merger of services. He said with shrinking enrollments, mergers should be explored sooner than later.

– Gray, 40, of Ellwood City is a Realtor with Re/Max Select Realty who is completing her first term on the board. She did not respond to The Ledger for comment.

– Pansera, 61, of Ellwood City is a data entry associate who previously served on the board for three terms until 2017. Her goal is to give the best education to students with the least burden to taxpayers.

– Rozanski, 68, of Ellwood City is a retired automotive technician and service manager who previously served on the school board from 1998-2010. His priority is to bring the academic standards back up in the district. Rozanski also wants to promote safety in the schools for all students and staff and make sure the district retains all the jobs it can.

– Tomon, 41, of Wayne Township is a licensed funeral home director who has served one term on the board. She did not respond to The Ledger for comment.

– Woodhead, 46, of Perry Township is the owner of Atlas Supply Co. and has served one term on the board. She did not respond to The Ledger for comment.

Source: Seven running for five seats on the Ellwood City Area School Board – News – Ellwood City Ledger – Ellwood City, PA

Trump tweeted a photo attacking Nancy Pelosi. She made it her Twitter cover photo. – CNNPolitics

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday redirected an attack from President Donald Trump on Twitter, turning a photo he had tweeted of her during a contentious White House meeting with the caption “Nervous Nancy’s unhinged meltdown!” into her Twitter cover shot.

Source: Trump tweeted a photo attacking Nancy Pelosi. She made it her Twitter cover photo. – CNNPolitics

Trump demands whistleblower be identified and testify

President Trump on Monday said the whistleblower whose complaint sparked an impeachment inquiry must be identified and testify to Congress after Rep. Adam Schiff said the person may not appear because of safety concerns.

“Adam Schiff now doesn’t seem to want the Whistleblower to testify. NO! Must testify to explain why he got my Ukraine conversation sooo wrong, not even close,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “Did Schiff tell him to do that? We must determine the Whistleblower’s identity to determine WHY this was done to the USA.”

Source: Trump demands whistleblower be identified and testify

Peduto hires ex-Obama administration official as operations chief | TribLIVE.com

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto has hired a former Obama administration official to replace Guy Costa as the city’s chief operations officer.

Kinsey Casey, who served in positions at the State Department, White House and Department of Homeland Security, will oversee daily city operations with a focus on coordinating work among departments, including Mobility and Infrastructure and Public Works and affiliates such as the Pittsburgh Parking Authority and Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority.

Source: Peduto hires ex-Obama administration official as operations chief | TribLIVE.com

Defense Intelligence Agency worker arrested for leaking to reporters

KEY POINTS
  • An employee of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency was arrested on federal charges that he leaked classified information, including details of a foreign country’s weapons systems, to two reporters in 2018 and this year.
  • The worker, Henry Kyle Frese, 30, held top-secret clearance at the DIA.
  • The Justice Department said that it appears that Frese and one of the reporters “were involved in a romantic relationship for some or all of that period of time” in which Frese allegedly leaked the information.

Source: Defense Intelligence Agency worker arrested for leaking to reporters

The candidates who have qualified for the next Democratic debate – CBS News

The Democratic National Committee announced its fifth presidential debate will be held in Georgia in November

Candidates will have until November 13 at 11:59 pm to meet both polling and donor requirements. But according to an analysis by CBS News, only the eight following candidates have met both thresholds to participate in the November debate so far:

  • Joe Biden
  • Cory Booker
  • Pete Buttigieg
  • Kamala Harris
  • Bernie Sanders
  • Tom Steyer
  • Elizabeth Warren
  • Andrew Yang 

The venue, format and moderators for the November debate will be announced at a future date. It will be hosted by MSNBC and The Washington Post.

Source: The candidates who have qualified for the next Democratic debate – CBS News

Rep. Ilhan Omar Is Divorcing Husband Ahmed Hirsi | PEOPLE.com

Freshman Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar, who burst into the national spotlight last fall as part of a wave of trailblazing lawmakers in Congress, is divorcing her husband, Ahmed Hirsi, PEOPLE confirms.

The divorce petition, which was first reported by TMZ, was filed on Friday (also Omar’s birthday), court records show.

Omar, 37, cited “irretrievable breakdown of the marriage relationship,” according to TMZ, and is seeking joint custody of her three children with Hirsi, 39.

“As with all marriages, this is intensely personal and a difficult time for their family,” her attorney, Jaime Driggs, said in a statement to TMZ and other media outlets, adding, “Just like any other family navigating this kind of transition, Ilhan wishes to have their privacy respected for themselves and their children and will not be commenting any further.”

Driggs also cited what he called years of “speculation and innuendo from political opponents and the media” which had “taken a significant toll on Ilhan, Ahmed, and their three children.”

Source: Rep. Ilhan Omar Is Divorcing Husband Ahmed Hirsi | PEOPLE.com

Treason? Trump lashes out at Pelosi (and wants to impeach her)

Donald Trump’s scorched-earth defense tactics during impeachment include accusing investigators of ‘treason.’

Some critics have accused Trump of “treason” – a crime punishable by death – for seeking to involve another country in the American presidential election.

Trump’s attack on Pelosi came during a weekend of angry tweets against Democrats, journalists, whistleblowers, and others involved in the impeachment drama.

At one point, Trump took after Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, for criticizing the president over calls to have China, as well as Ukraine, investigate Biden.

Source: Treason? Trump lashes out at Pelosi (and wants to impeach her)

Governor signs new restrictions on robocalls in Pennsylvania | WJAC

A Pennsylvania law is ending a requirement that telephone customers who want to remain on the state’s do-not-call registry have had to renew their listing every five years.

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf on Friday signed changes to the Telemarketer Registration Act that also allow business phone customers to sign up for the do-not-call list.

The legislation requires that robocalls start with a clear way for recipients to opt out of them and that telemarketing voicemails must include a phone number to prevent future calls.

It bans telephone solicitation on legal holidays in the state.

Lawmakers voted unanimously for the legislation. It takes effect in two months.

Source: Governor signs new restrictions on robocalls in Pennsylvania | WJAC