World history, civics, all the foundational knowledge for a working democracy, has been eroded because education is not a priority in this country. We also resist discussing uncomfortable topics. Fertile ground for the Trumps of history to flourish.Alarming news from the US
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The Oregon Republican Party is having a bad week. On Aug. 31, the GOP acknowledged it had failed to gather the required 280,500 signatures to put a recall of Gov. Kate Brown on the November ballot.
That marked the party's second failed recall effort in two years; three unofficial efforts by other Republicans to recall Brown have failed during the same period.
The hurdle to put a recall on the ballot was high. It would have required gathering a valid signature from nearly 1 in 3 registered Republicans in the state during a pandemic and with a budget of less than $30,000.
Getting the party's statement in the Voters' Pamphlet that goes out to every Oregon household should have proven less challenging: The party just needed to get it to Secretary of State Bev Clarno's Elections Division by 5 pm on Aug. 25 by uploading it to the state filing system.
The GOP didn't quite make that deadline, according to an Aug. 31 email from the Elections Division to Oregon GOP chairman Bill Currier.
"Unfortunately, the Oregon Republican Party voters' pamphlet statement was filed late," the email says.
"The receipt you should have received lists the Transaction Date/Time as 08/25/2020 5:00:29 PM. In accordance with ORS 246.021, the filing deadline was 5 PM. As 5:00:29 PM is after 5 PM the Oregon Republican Party statement will not appear in the November 3, 2020, General Election Voters' Pamphlet."
Here's the whole article if you missed it:The audience never intervenes before that point maybe, but it is always a participant in the bullying.