Millennials Are Blue Now, But Party Allegiance Could Be Up For Grabs : NPR

President Obama is holding a town hall meeting Thursday in California with a group he wants to mobilize for the midterm elections: millennial entrepreneurs. Millennials — young people ages 18-34 — are a key part of the Democratic coalition.

In just a few years, millennials will become the biggest demographic bulge in the electorate. For a very long time, young people’s partisan preferences looked pretty much like everyone else’s — they divided their votes between the two parties. After 2004 that changed, and they swung very heavily to the Democrats. But they’re not the Obama-adoring college students of 2008 anymore. They’re the generation hard-hit by the economy.

“Democrats have an advantage with them at this moment, but the one presidential candidate they really have voted for overwhelmingly is Barack Obama,” says Peter Levine, who studies young people’s civic participation at Tufts University. “And he’s not gonna be available anymore. … I think the Democrats have a job to shift the allegiance to the party. Quite a tough job … Republicans should make an active play for them.”

via Millennials Are Blue Now, But Party Allegiance Could Be Up For Grabs : NPR.

FEC Greenlights More Convention Cash For Political Parties : It’s All Politics : NPR

Anyone concerned about how the two parties would pay for their national conventions after a new law took away their public funding can stop worrying.

The Federal Election Commission approved a joint request Thursday by the Democratic and Republican parties to let them accept as much as $32,400 per donor per year – for conventions alone. That’s even in the three years of each presidential election cycle in which there is no actual convention, and on top of the $32,400 per year individuals can already give each party.

via FEC Greenlights More Convention Cash For Political Parties : It’s All Politics : NPR.

Supreme Court Halts Wisconsin Voter ID Law; Texas Law Overturned : The Two-Way : NPR

After an appeals court put Wisconsin’s voter ID law back into effect, the Supreme Court voted to put the law on hold while the justices decide whether to take the case.

Erin Toner of Milwaukee’s WUWM reports:

“This comes after a federal appeals court on Monday upheld the law as constitutional. But tonight’s Supreme Court ruling blocks voter ID while it considers whether to accept the case.

“Gov. Walker and Republicans approved the law in 2011, and it’s been held up in the courts ever since. …

“It’s been estimated that as many as 300,000 Wisconsin residents do not have the required IDs for voting. Supporters of the law claim the intent is to prevent voter fraud, but there is no evidence of any fraud in Wisconsin.”

Meanwhile, a federal judge in Texas overturned that state’s new voter ID law, a ruling the state’s attorney general says will be appealed immediately, The Associated Press reports.

 

via Supreme Court Halts Wisconsin Voter ID Law; Texas Law Overturned : The Two-Way : NPR.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for October 10, 2014

The United States Naval Academy opened at Annapolis, Maryland on October 10, 1845.

The first tuxedo was worn to a dinner at the Tuxedo Club in Tuxedo Park, New York on October 10, 1886.

On October 10, 1920, Bill Wambsganns of the Cleveland Indians made an unassisted triple play in Game 5 of the World Series against the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Chiang Kai Shek took office as Chairman of the Chinese National Government on October 10, 1928.

On October 10, 1957, President Dwight D. Eisenhower apologized to Ghana’s Finance Minister after the diplomat was refused service at a restaurant in Delaware.

Vice President Spiro Agnew pled guilty to federal tax evasion charges and resigned his office on October 10, 1973.

A Time magazine survey released October 10, 1976 showed Democrat Jimmy Carter with a 2-1 lead in electroral college votes over Republican President Gerald Ford.

Fleetwood Mac received a star on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood, California on October 10, 1979.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

In-person early voting starts Monday – check your local board of elections for information on where and when to cast your ballot.

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Adoptable Georgia Dogs for October 10, 2014

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Kennel 52 (48815) at the City of LaGrange Animal Shelter holds this good-looking adult male Great Dane mix, who is available for adoption.

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Kennel 33 (48829) at the City of LaGrange Animal Shelter holds this good-looking adult male Great Dane mix, who is available for adoption. Must be a brother or cousin of the other big guy.

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Kennel 43 (48422) at the City of LaGrange Animal Shelter holds this awesome senior male Redbone Coonhound, who is available for adoption. A senior Coonhound would make a great house dog – even as younger dogs, they’re very mellow and affectionate.

Gov. Nathan Deal: Endorsed By Educators First & Fraternal Order of Police

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From Governor Nathan Deal

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Georgia Teacher Group Educators First  and Georgia Fraternal Order of Police Endorse Deal

“Teachers and police officers are public servants who fight on the front lines for their fellow citizens; they improve our quality of life and standard of living, and they help make Georgia the great place it is to own a business or raise a family,” said Deal. “I’m honored by their support, and I look forward to working with them to help our fellow Georgians in the next four years.”

Educators First cited the governor’s prioritization of school funding in hard times and his second term agenda for its support.

“During his first term, Governor Deal has been committed to improving public education in Georgia,” said Tana Page, executive director of Educators First. “Governor Deal is the son of two educators and the husband of an educator. In his second term, he’ll continue to empower teachers and provide the resources they need to improve educational outcomes. We proudly announce our endorsement and encourage teachers across Georgia to join our efforts to re-elect Governor Deal.”

Established in 2011, Educators First, Inc. is the most dynamic and fastest growing teacher’s organization in Georgia. With nearly 5,000 members, Educators First provides services and protections to teachers who choose not to join teachers unions.

Thanks to Deal’s determined leadership, criminal justice reform has played a critical role in his first term. Police appreciate the focus he has put on solutions that save tax dollars, improve outcomes and keep Georgians safer.

“Your record has demonstrated a commitment to the needs of Georgia law enforcement officers on a local and state level, and the Georgia FOP welcomes the opportunity to continue to work with you in the future,” said Carlton Stallings, the group’s president. “Our organization appreciates your continued efforts to give public safety issues the attention they deserve.”