The Daily Populous

Monday March 2nd, 2020 evening edition

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Last year, Texas led the US south in an unenviable statistic: closing down the most polling stations, making it more difficult for people to vote and arguably benefiting Republicans.

A report by civil rights group The Leadership Conference Education Fund found that 750 polls had been closed statewide since 2012.

Long considered a Republican bastion, changing racial demographics in the state have caused leading Democrats to recast Texas as a potential swing state.

Texas Democratic party official Manny Garcia has called it “the biggest battleground state in the country”.

“The fact of the matter is that Texas is not a red state,” said Antonio Arellano of Jolt, a progressive Latino political organization.

texas ppl per polling station 2012 - 2018 Guardian graphic | Source: The Leadership Conference Education Fund.

Closing a polling station for reasons of low turnout can have a discriminatory impact, activists say. »

Pete Buttigieg Drops Out of Democratic Presidential Race

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Mr. Buttigieg talked with Mr. Biden and former President Barack Obama on Sunday night, according to a Democratic official familiar with the conversations.

Mr. Obama did not specifically encourage Mr. Buttigieg to endorse Mr. Biden, said the official, who insisted on anonymity to discuss private conversations.

Should Mr. Buttigieg endorse Mr. Biden on Monday, it could reshape the Democratic primary if many of his supporters shift to Mr. Biden, creating a more formidable centrist challenge to Mr. Sanders’s progressive movement. »

Pete Buttigieg drops out of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary ahead of Super Tuesday

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Pete Buttigieg exited the 2020 Democrat presidential race, ending an unlikely bid that saw a gay small-town mayor overpower governors and senators in the fight for the party nomination.

"Today is a moment of truth," Buttigieg said from South Bend, Indiana, where he served as mayor for two terms.

Buttigieg said he had a responsibility for considering "the effect of remaining in this race any further.". »

Passing at Age 103, Actor Kirk Douglas Gives Away Entire $61 Million Dollar Fortune to Charities

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A legend during the Golden Age of Hollywood, Kirk Douglas, best known for performances in films like Spartacus , was also a golden-hearted philanthropist.

He continued his charitable giving even after his death on February 5th, donating the majority of his $61 million fortune to charity.

It is with tremendous sadness that my brothers and I announce that Kirk Douglas left us today at the age of 103. »