Amy McGrath Defeats Charles Booker and Will Face McConnell in Kentucky – The New York Times

In choosing Ms. McGrath, however, Kentucky Democrats are hewing to a careful course, putting forth a well-funded political moderate with military credentials in a red state.

Mr. Booker, who ran as an outspoken progressive, argued that such an approach had been tried before and was doomed for failure. Winning the support of local newspapers and out-of-state liberal leaders like Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Mr. Booker tapped into fury over the killings of Breonna Taylor and David McAtee to jolt what had been a quiet race conducted mostly under the radar until the last month.

Amy McGrath Defeats Charles Booker and Will Face McConnell in Kentucky – The New York Times


Amy McGrath vs. Charles Booker: McGrath wins Kentucky Senate primary – Vox

McGrath will need that money to take on McConnell, but it also will take a carefully executed strategy to actually beat him in a state that Donald Trump won by 30 points in 2016 and where he still enjoys a 17 percent net approval rating. Trump will almost certainly win Kentucky in 2020, so the best Democrats can hope for is a split-ticket scenario where pro-Trump voters don’t cast their ballot for McConnell. Democrats are also hoping they can replicate Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear’s 2019 playbook of flipping some suburban areas around the blue centers of Louisville and Lexington that saw massive Democratic turnout.

McGrath campaign manager Mark Nickolas recently told Vox the campaign is ready to play McConnell’s game in the general election.

McConnell “is a guy who is battle-tested, and he leans into his bad narrative. He likes being the devil,” Nickolas said. “You have to rethink what a campaign is. You have to be willing to do things that are groundbreaking in politics.”

Amy McGrath vs. Charles Booker: McGrath wins Kentucky Senate primary – Vox


Trump campaign postpones Pence events in Florida and Arizona

The Trump campaign has postponed Vice President Mike Pence’s campaign events in Florida and Arizona next week.

The decision to postpone these political stops come as both states and the country experience a surge in coronavirus cases and as the Trump administration’s own public health experts continue to warn against large public gatherings. 

Trump campaign postpones Pence events in Florida and Arizona – CNNPolitics

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Schiff demands answers from Pentagon on monitoring domestic unrest

Schiff, a Democrat from California, wrote Joseph Kernan, the undersecretary of defense for intelligence and security, asking about whether the Pentagon has been asked or was already supporting efforts to surveil the protests.

…In his letter, Schiff cited the “sudden and impulsive manner in which the Armed Forces and law enforcement components from across the federal government have been mobilized to date, and the lack of public transparency regarding their orders,” calling these recent actions “deeply troubling.”

…Attorney General William Barr has said he believes there may be foreign influence involved in the domestic protests, which if true could provide a legal authority to allow the DIA to assist with investigating those connections. However, so far no public evidence of a foreign connection has emerged in connection with the protests, which were sparked by the killing of George Floyd, an African-American man, in police custody.

…Schiff asked Kernan for further confirmation that military agencies, including the DIA, are not being asked to support law enforcement responses to civil unrest, “including to monitor, assess, or otherwise track Americans who are taking to the streets or otherwise engaging in constitutionally protected activity within the United States.”

Schiff demands answers from Pentagon on monitoring domestic unrest


Jay Pharoah Says LAPD Officer Knelt on His Neck, Shares Security Footage

Pharoah said, recalling that he was caught off guard because he was wearing noise-cancelling headphones at the time. “I see him coming with guns blazing, I see him say, ‘Get on the ground, put your hands up like you’re an airplane.’”

…The incident took place on April 26 of this year — a week before the video of Arbery’s death was made public.

The video shows four officers approaching Pharoah on the street and having him lie face down with his arms outstretched above his head before one officer places a knee on his neck and puts him into handcuffs. Pharoah said the officers informed him that he matched the description of a man they were searching for in the area.

Jay Pharoah Says LAPD Officer Knelt on His Neck, Shares Security Footage


11alive updated from Atlanta protests after Police shooting of Rayshard Brooks who was sleeping in his car at Wendy’s

10:33 p.m. Friday| After police respond to Rayshard Brooks sleeping in his car at the Wendy’s drive thru on University Avenue, a struggle ensues and Brooks is eventually shot by police. He is transported to Grady Hospital where he died in emergency surgery. 

5:15 p.m. Saturday| Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields agrees to step down.

9 p.m.  Saturday| A massive crowd has amassed on the Downtown Connector in Atlanta as protests of Brooks’ death move into the evening hours.

9:15 p.m.  Saturday| As cars back up a large distance away on both sides, Atlanta Police have arrived in MARTA buses on the opposite side of the interstate. Police are in riot gear.

9:46 p.m.  Saturday| A second group of protesters has gathered on the other side of the interstate.

9:51 p.m.  Saturday| Fires have been set out in front of the Wendy’s. …Video shows at least three different fires.

10:10 p.m.  Saturday|  [Dozen arrested.] A prison transport bus has made its way to the scene.

10:19 p.m.  Saturday| The interior of Wendy’s is on fire and flames are visible through a drive-thru window and the dining room. 

10:40 p.m. Saturday| Flames at the Wendy’s break through the roof and the restaurant appears to be fully engulfed. 

11:05 p.m.  Saturday| Huge crowds continue to gather at nearby gas stations close to Wendy’s along University Avenue. Police in riot gear are moving toward restaurant using smoke or gas igniters in an attempt to clear crowds.

12:30 a.m.  Sunday| Atlanta police identify the two officers involved in Friday’s shooting that killed Rayshard Brooks and confirm one has been fired. Officer Devin Bronsan has been placed on administrative duty and Officer Garrett Rolfe has been terminated. Bronsan has been with the department since Sept. 20, 2018 and Rolfe was hired Oct. 24, 2013.


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