World news – « We Belong to Georgia »: Latinos Break Outflow Records as Groups Put Final Pressure on Voters

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Even before the Georgia Senate runoff polls opened on Tuesday, the Latinos had broken their best turnout for previous runoffs.

However, with Senate control at stake in the tight races, Groups focused on Hispanic voters worked in full swing to get more people to vote on Tuesday. « We have 38 billboards from Central Georgia to South Georgia in Spanish reminding people to vote, » Gigi said Pedraza, executive director of the Latino Community Fund, a non-profit group. The group emphasized a message that is central to much of their work – « that we belong in Georgia, » said Pedraza.

« This is our home and it is our right to participate and define our future « she said.

As of Monday, 79,782 Latinos had voted at the start of the runoff, compared with 124,662 on the Monday before the November 3rd presidential election, said Bernard Fraga, associate professor of politics at Emory University.

A total of 174,508 Latinos in the state voted in the general election, which would mean around 50,000 voters would vote on election day in November, he said.

Compared to the last runoff in the race for foreign minister in 2018, the Latinos exceeded their turnout many times over. In that race, approximately 10 percent of the Latinos who emerged in the general election reappeared in the runoff. As of Monday, around 65 percent of Latinos who voted at the start of the general election had voted at the start of the runoff.

« This is the highest turnout ever for Latinos in a runoff, » said Fraga / p> But it’s not as high as the turnout in African American, white, and Asian communities. African Americans did their best, with turnout in the runoff elections dropping close to 15 percent compared to the early general election. By comparison, the decline for Latinos was about 35 percent on Monday, Fraga said. « We have to ask ourselves how big the decline would be if it weren’t for this huge effort to mobilize Latino voters « he said.

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Numerous groups, celebrities and political activists focused on Latino voters have turned their attention to Georgia after it became clear that the runoff election will determine which party controls the Senate. Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, both Republicans, could not win a majority in the general election and forced the runoff election with the Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock respectively.

Relatives: In Georgia there has never been a runoff election in the the turnout was not reduced by about 40 percent, says political scientist Bernard Fraga. Latino groups are working to drive voter turnout.

They worked with Georgia nonprofit Latino groups in various counties to do phone banking and sales. The cartoon character La Borinqueña helped explain why Latinos were called to vote again so soon after the presidential election, while the nationally syndicated political cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz called for participation with « luchadores » or Mexican wrestlers.

Pedraza’s group is part of a coalition from six Georgia-based nonprofits focused on the registration and exhibiting of Latinos. The other members of the coalition are the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials, the Georgia Familia Unidas, the Coalition of Latino Leaders, Dignidad Imigrante, and the Los Vecinos de Buford Highway.

The national groups Mi Familia Vota, Mijente, Hispanic Federation, Poder Latinx, Voto Latino, Southwest Voter Registration Education Project, and LIBRE Action added resources and manpower to produce Latinos. Fair Fight, the group founded by suffrage activist and political leader Stacey Abrams, also focused some of its electoral work on Latino voters.

Former presidential candidate Julián Castro accompanied Warnock and Ossoff on the campaign, while celebrities how America Ferrera and Eva Longoria also moved to the state. Hispanic pastors and evangelical leaders were used to identify voters for the incumbent.

East Los Angeles band Las Cafeteras remake the classic « Georgia on My Mind » as an anthem for democratically supported voters and the state Democratic Party ran Spanish-language radio and television commercials with the Grammy Los Tigres del Norte -winning Norteño band.

The election is challenging. It happens during a pandemic, and outgoing President Donald Trump has falsely claimed that the Georgia elections he lost are invalid and illegal, confusing the Senate races.

Two days before the Senate runoff elections Trump tried to persuade the Georgian foreign minister to reverse the results in an hour-long phone call that resulted in calls from the Democratic legislature for an investigation.

All of this adds to two runoffs, the type of election that has traditionally been a small one Attracting number of voters, generally far fewer than in the general election that preceded them.

In recent weeks, Democrats and Republicans have sought to target Latino voters, including Spanish-language television and radio advertisements.

 » It speaks to how much both sides now recognize the importance of our constituencies, « said Daniel Garza, president of the conservative Libre Initiative and Libre Action, their political arm. « None of the constituencies can be taken for granted, and that includes the Latino vote. »

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Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers mobilized the National Guard on Monday to aid law enforcement in Kenosha before a decision was made on it whether to bring charges of police shooting. A Kenosha officer shot dead African American Jacob Blake in August responding to an appeal on domestic violence. The authorities had issued an arrest warrant for Blake on suspicion of third-degree sexual assault. A white officer shot Blake several times during the arrest attempt, and Blake was paralyzed from the waist down. The video of Blake’s shooting quickly went viral, followed by a week of rioting in Kenosha, in which rioters destroyed dozens of shops in the city. The riot came after widespread unrest following the police murder of George Floyd, an African American living in Minneapolis. Kenosha County Prosecutor’s Office is expected to issue a ruling on whether to indict the officer who shot Blake sometime in the last two weeks in January. Governor Evers ordered the National Guard to deploy 500 service members to assist law enforcement in Kenosha ahead of the District Attorney’s decision. « We continue to work with our local partners in the Kenosha area to ensure that, just like us, they have received the government support they need in the past, » Evers told reporters on Monday. « Our National Guard members will be ahead Be a place to support local first responders, ensure Kenoshans can gather safely, and protect critical infrastructure as needed. « Kenosha Mayor John Antaramian and Police Chief Daniel Miskinis said in a joint statement that the city was preparing for possible civil unrest . « Mayor Antaramian has been informed that the decision is expected to be announced within the first two weeks of January and is working with Chief Miskinis and other partners to protect peaceful demonstrations and prevent illegal activities, » the two said. « Our responsibility for public safety is of the utmost importance and we are preparing for a range of actions f possible public demonstration and security measures. « 

The outgoing chief justice in Hong Kong said Tuesday that calls for judicial reform in the city do not trigger dissatisfaction based on court rulings, as pro-Beijing numbers and state media intensify criticism of the city’s legal system. “The position of the judiciary has been the same all along. In recent weeks, Chinese officials and state media have accused the courts of the semi-autonomous city of misinterpreting Hong Kong’s mini-constitution, the Basic Law, in judgments over the protests against democracy last year.

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Members of the Shiite Hazara minority in Pakistan who blocked a highway in Quetta with bodies of killed miners said Tuesday they would not retreat until Prime Minister Imran Khan meets them and the killers are brought to justice. Islamic State militants cut the throats of eleven miners in a residential area near a mining site in Pakistan’s Balochistan province on Sunday, filmed the entire incident and later posted it online. Thousands of Hazaras have since protested and placed the coffins over a freeway in the provincial capital, Quetta.

With control of the US Senate, all eyes are on a runoff election in which Republicans David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler defeated Democrat Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock face each other. Perdue got about 88,000 more votes than Ossoff in the general election, but a libertarian candidate’s 115,000 votes kept him from surpassing 50%, which is necessary for victory. Governor Brian Kemp appointed Loeffler to the Senate in December 2019 after Senator Johnny Isakson resigned.

After the U.S. attorney abruptly resigned in Atlanta, the Trump administration reportedly bypassed a top prosecutor to replace his deputy To name successors. Attorney Byung « BJay » Pak resigned Monday, although he was previously expected to remain in his position until the day of inauguration, Talking Points Memo previously reported. Now the Trump administration is « bypassing its first assistant, a prosecutor, to appoint a new acting head from outside the office, » the Talking Points memo reported Tuesday. The news was confirmed by the Wall Street Journal, which stated that normally officer number two « would take the place of a US attorney upon departure ». Instead, Bobby Christine, US attorney for the southern district of Georgia, is to serve as the new acting US attorney in Atlanta. It wasn’t clear why Pak was leaving earlier than expected, but Talking Points Memo reports that he cited « unforeseen circumstances » in an internal memo. The news of Pak’s early departure came after the Washington Post reported a leaked phone call in which President Trump pressured Georgia’s Secretary of State to « find » him enough votes to reverse his loss in the state. On the recording, Trump also accused Pak of being a « Never Trumper », according to The Associated Press. In a statement Monday, Pak said it was the greatest honor in my professional career to serve in this position. More stories from theweek.com After the vaccination, the New Orleans woman delivers a blunt message to unbelievers. Are we going to see the fall of the United States? McConnell stares at the barrel of Trump’s weapon

Russian military investigators treat the November 9 helicopter crash over Armenia as « premeditated murder, » a more serious charge than the previous « death from negligence, » the Interfax news agency reported on Monday Appeal to a source. A Russian Mi-24 helicopter was shot down over Armenia near the border with an Azerbaijani region, killing two crew members and injuring another just hours before a Moscow-brokered peace treaty over Nagorno-Karabakh was reached. At the time of the incident, fierce fighting was raging for six weeks between Azerbaijan, which is politically backed by Turkey, and ethnic Armenian forces in the mountainous region.

Changes are taking place in the atmosphere over the Arctic Circle, suggesting the clock on the mild weather is ticking – by January standards – and covers much of the United States. Forecasters say signs point to cold air outbreaks that will begin in the third week of January. At the same time, an active storm trail in the south and along the east coast is likely to continue – and the combination could mean more chances of snowfall in the coming weeks.
AccuWeather long-range meteorologists have been monitoring the polar vortex and a high-grade portion of the atmosphere known as the stratosphere for several weeks for signals of possible air invasions in the Arctic.

« Just before the end of December and through January 5, 2021, temperatures in the stratosphere above the Arctic Circle rose sharply, » said Paul Pastelok, AccuWeather’s senior long-range meteorologist.
The rise in temperature in the layer of the atmosphere, which is between 6 and 31 miles above the ground, could weaken the polar vortex about 10 to 14 days later, he warned. When this storm weakens near the North Pole, which tends to keep arctic air trapped, cold air can escape and push south towards mid-latitudes like the US.

« Initial Arctic air pressures are expected to begin later in the second week through early third week of January (January 11-15) from part of western Canada and the US Rocky Mountains, » Pastelok said.
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Other weather players could help direct this bitterly cold air into parts of the United States. « The persistent active storm trail in the southern US will then help draw the colder air through the Midwest and East after the storms. » Pastelok added.

« After the first surge in Arctic air, it is likely that additional waves of cold air will spread from the central states to the eastern states in late January and early February, » Pastelok said.
How severe the cold gets, or where the worst cold ends, likely depends on the amount of snow on the ground. Snow reflects the sun’s energy back into the atmosphere during the day and lowers the temperature at night under clear and calm conditions. When the ground is relatively bare, it can absorb some of the sun’s energy and cause the lower part of the atmosphere to warm up a bit or weaken the arctic explosions.
Since the waves of the arctic air start rolling in the second half of the month and the Great Lakes are largely free of ice, it is expected that significant swaths of snow with a lake effect will develop in the snow belts, with the risk of snowstorms spreading far from the Great Lakes.
The frequency of storms could determine how low temperatures will plummet in the southeastern states during the pattern ahead. Storms can limit daytime warming and bring the potential for snowfall over inland areas.
Another factor to consider for the size of the cold air in the southeastern states is the water temperatures in the western Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico.
« On the one hand, the waters over the western Atlantic are likely to remain above average and can limit the size and duration of the cold air along the east coast, » Pastelok explained. « On the other hand, the waters of the Gulf of Mexico have cooled and are likely to cool even more in January, possibly providing easier access to cold waves. »
The upcoming major pattern change for much of Central and Eastern European countries could lead to a dramatic increase in heating costs in the second half of the month, which could extend into February. Americans may notice a blow to their wallets after mild weather from December through early January resulted in lower heating consumption.
The temperature deviations since December 1st have been between 3 and 6 degrees Fahrenheit above average in much of the plains and in the Midwest. They were mild, but not to the same extent in much of the southern and eastern states, with temperatures averaging 1 to 3 degrees above normal. In parts of the Florida Peninsula, the average temperatures have been almost normal to 2 degrees below normal since the beginning of December.

The most dramatic dive in temperatures is likely to occur in the northern Rockies, as well as the northern plains and the Midwest, where temperatures can vary from 3-6 degrees above average to as much below average or more.
With a southern storm trail expected to remain active before and after the arrival of the Arctic air, there is ongoing potential for one or more storms to ascend north along the Atlantic coast, which can lead to severe winter storms for the central Atlantic and New England states .
How far-reaching and strong the storms get may depend on whether the southern storm trail can merge or phase with a secondary northern storm trail. Blockbuster winter storms in the east often develop this way.
AccuWeather forecasters advise people to keep snow shovels handy and make sure their fuel oil and propane tanks are full.
Keep checking back on AccuWeather.com and keeping up to date on the AccuWeather network of DirecTV, Frontier and Verizon Fios.

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The Iranian government has accused South Korea, a day after the storm and the capture of one Korean tanker holding more than £ 5 billion of his money hostage in his banks in the Persian Gulf. The tanker, the MT Hankuk Chemi, was seized yesterday and taken to an Iranian port on the pretext that it is causing pollution in the Strait of Hormuz, according to Iranian officials. However, the shipowners have denied this, stating that the tanker was boarded by armed marines from the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), suggesting that Tehran intends to use it as a lever in a dispute with Seoul over frozen Iranian assets. Ali Rabiei, a spokesman for the Islamic regime, denied allegations of « hostage diplomacy » for capturing the ship, which was carrying a cargo of 7,200 tons of ethanol from Saudi Arabia to the United Arab Emirates, when it was intercepted by IRGC speedboats and a helicopter off the coast of Oman. « We got used to such accusations … but when there is hostage-taking, it is the Korean government that holds US $ 7 billion (£ 5.15 billion) that we hold hostage for unfounded reasons, » Rabiei said told reporters at a press conference streamed online. Tehran previously accused South Korea of ​​being a « lackey » of the United States and called for the release of the money it owed from oil sales before the Trump administration tightened sanctions on the Islamic Republic. The head of the Iranian central bank has argued that they need the money to buy coronavirus vaccines and should be exempt from sanctions.

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