HRC, NextGen America encourage UCF students to “charge your vote”

By : Jaime Donelson
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ORLANDO | NextGen America, a nonprofit and political action committee focused on environmental advocacy, dispatched teams across Florida for National Voter Registration Day Sept. 25, attempting to register as many students as possible before the Oct. 9 deadline.

The organization claims it has registered almost 40,000 voters in the state so far for the 2018 election and received over 15,000 pledges to vote.

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The Tender Activist: Less typing, more action

By : Scottie Campbell
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What does it take to get us to care? I mean care to the point of action. We’re badass typing, meme-creating, click-here-to-tell-my-senator keyboard warriors on social media, but when it comes time to vote you’d think there had been an outbreak of some unheard of deadly flu or perhaps a zombie invasion.

Case in point: Orlando’s recent city election. The commissioners of three districts in Orlando were up for reelection, making 87,389 voters eligible to vote…and 11,648 did. That comes to 13.33 percent of eligible voters, which is an even smaller percentage of the population. In one district the incumbent won despite running a shamefully racist and dishonest campaign; in another the incumbent won despite having a questionable past and a first term that was laced with scandal. In both instances, the incumbent barely avoided a runoff. One hundred or so people could have changed that; more people than that were in the theatre when I saw the latest drek of a Thor movie at Cinema Cafe.

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Putin and Merkel spar in Russia over Chechnya, election meddling

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MOSCOW (AP) – During a tense appearance with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Russian President Vladimir Putin denied on Tuesday that Moscow ever interferes in elections in other countries.

Speaking during a joint news conference following talks at his Black Sea residence, Putin said accusations of meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election were “simply rumors” that were being used as part of the political fight in Washington. He also denied interfering in European elections.

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Hillary Clinton urges LGBTQ advocates to keep fighting

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NEW YORK (AP) — Hillary Clinton told an audience of LGBTQ advocates April 20 that the progress they’ve achieved in recent years may not be secure under the Donald Trump administration, and urged them to keep fighting.

“I know that the election hit a lot of us hard,” Clinton said of her bitter loss to Trump in November. “But I can tell you this: Even when it feels tempting to pull the covers over your head, please keep going.”

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Transgender candidate: Race for governor not about gender

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP)- Connecticut’s first transgender candidate for governor says her bid for the office isn’t about her gender.

Democrat Jacey Wyatt, a businesswoman from Branford, says she doesn’t like what she sees happening in the state and believes a political outsider can bring a new perspective and fresh ideas. Wyatt recently filed paperwork to run in the 2018 election. She appeared Sunday on WFSB-TV’s “Face the State” political affairs program.

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Clinton will reflect on 2016 race in new book

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NEW YORK (AP) – Hillary Clinton has a lot of plans for 2017, including some reflections on her stunning loss last fall to Donald Trump.

The former secretary of state, senator and first lady is working on a book of personal essays that will come out this fall, Simon & Schuster told The Associated Press Feb. 1. The book, still untitled, is structured around hundreds of favorite quotations that have inspired her. The publisher said Clinton will use the quotes to “tell stories from her life, up to and including her experiences in the 2016 presidential campaign” and into her thoughts on the future.

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Founders Day: The Unthinkable is Now the Future

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I went to bed before the election was called, but the writing was on the wall. The first words I heard when my radio alarm went off the following morning were “President-Elect Trump.” It felt dreamlike; surreal. And then, as the news settled in, more like a punch in the gut.

President Donald Trump? The unthinkable is now the future.

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Spurred by election results, LGBT support campaign launched

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Pride Center is launching a campaign to show support for the state’s LGBT community in wake of the presidential election.

The organization said in a news release Monday that it will distribute 25,000 wristbands as part of a campaign called, “We see you and we love you.” The wristbands will include how to help people struggling with their identity.

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North Carolina governors race still too close to call

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Trump train that carried Republicans to victory all over the South may have left one car behind in North Carolina – Gov. Pat McCrory, who trailed by a few thousand votes Nov. 10 in a still too-close-to-call race that played out amid anger over the state’s transgender bathroom law.

The law limiting LGBT rights appeared to have a substantial role in the Election Day contest between McCrory, who signed the measure and vigorously defended it against boycotts and other protests, and Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper, who called for its repeal.

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Trump wins election, LGBT advocates bracing for fallout

By : CHRIS JOHNSON, Washington Blade
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To the shock of political observers and LGBT rights supporters who expected his defeat, Donald Trump claimed a surprise victory Tuesday night against Hillary Clinton in his bid for the White House.

The potential for a Trump victory became clear after he pulled off wins in the battleground states of North Carolina, New Hampshire, Ohio and Florida. Surprise victories in the traditional “blue” states Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, as well as apparent wins in Michigan and Arizona not yet called, cemented his victory. As of late Tuesday, Trump was estimated to have won 49 percent of the popular vote compared to the 47 percent won by Clinton.

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Marijuana, gun control, minimum wage hikes win at the polls

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Filling a void created by congressional inaction, voters in a scattering of states tightened gun control laws and approved increases in the minimum wage. The campaign to legalize marijuana achieved a major breakthrough, with victories in at least six states.

In all, more than 150 measures appeared on statewide ballots in Tuesday’s election.

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Clinton: I want LGBT people to know that I will always have your back

By : CHRIS JOHNSON, Washington Blade
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In an exclusive interview with the Washington Blade, Hillary Clinton pledged to build a “hopeful, inclusive America where everyone counts” as she continues to draw a contrast between herself and Donald Trump over their views on LGBT issues.

The Democratic presidential hopeful answered 13 questions on issues important to the LGBT community in a written interview with the Blade completed Wednesday with less than one week remaining before Election Day.

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