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Michigan’s Muslim voters mobilize to vote ‘uncommitted’ in Democratic primary

Michigan’s Muslim voters mobilize to vote ‘uncommitted’ in Democratic primary

(RNS) — In one of the most watched Democratic primaries this election cycle, Michiganders will head to the polls Tuesday (Feb. 27), where many will encounter volunteers from Listen to Michigan advocating for them to cast an “uncommitted” ballot to signal disapproval of President Biden’s actions so far in the Israel-Hamas war. In a state where Biden won by only 3 points in 2020, Democratic officials are keeping a close eye on how he performs there in the primary, particularly among the state’s substantial Arab American population, the country’s largest, which was key to his narrow victory over former President Donald Trump four years ago but has since fractured in the wake of the war. Dozens of local leaders from Dearborn and Hamtramck, which count large Muslim communities, as well as Michigan Representative Rashida Tlaib, a Democrat and Palestinian-American, also announced she would vote “uncommitted.” Over the past few months, Listen to Michigan has worked to mobilize voters through door-to-door campaigns and rallies to show up at the primary and do likewise.  “Michigan voters are …

Rishi Sunak ‘made calculation he doesn’t need Muslim voters’, claims Tory MP Rehman Chishti | Politics News

Rishi Sunak ‘made calculation he doesn’t need Muslim voters’, claims Tory MP Rehman Chishti | Politics News

Rishi Sunak has “made the calculation” that he doesn’t need Muslim voters for his “political purposes”, a former minister has claimed. Tory MP Rehman Chishti told Sky News’ Politics Hub With Sophy Ridge that during the last leadership election, Mr Sunak promised he was “committed” to engaging with the community and told him: “We will work together on this if I become prime minister”. But Mr Chishti said he had “not seen the prime minister for over a year and a half”. Politics Live: Islamophobia row deepens for Sunak The former foreign minister – who once put himself forward for the Conservative Party leadership – also criticised Mr Sunak for failing to appoint an independent adviser on Islamophobia, which both David Cameron and Theresa May did while in office. Pointing to statistics from the Tell MAMA organisation, Mr Chishti said there had been over 2,000 incidents of anti-Muslim hate crimes in the past four months since the Israel-Hamas war began. Electoral Dysfunction Listen to Beth Rigby, Jess Phillips and Ruth Davidson as they unravel the …

how presidential candidates left women voters unimpressed

how presidential candidates left women voters unimpressed

Lai Ching-te (also known as William Lai) of the Democratic Progressive Party was elected as the new president of Taiwan in January, beating Hou Yu-ih and Ko Wen-je of the Kuomintang and Taiwan People’s Party respectively. Lai picked Hsiao Bi-khim to be his running mate. Hsiao, who had been Taiwan’s de facto ambassador to the US since 2020, is the second woman to become vice president in Taiwan. Seeing women on the tickets for major political seats is not unusual for Taiwanese voters. Taiwan’s national legislature has almost attained gender parity, significantly higher than the global average, and in 2016 it elected a woman as president (Tsai Ing-wen). Nevertheless, no presidential candidate in the recent election offered concrete plans for how to achieve gender equality in society and, perhaps as a result, did not attract a great deal of support from women. Instead, candidates who chose women as their vice-presidential running mates appeared to do so as a political gesture aimed at attracting support from women, rather than displaying any real intent to advance gender …

Voters braced for deluge of Facebook and Instagram messages as political ad spend increases | Politics News

Voters braced for deluge of Facebook and Instagram messages as political ad spend increases | Politics News

Spending on Facebook and Instagram advertising by the two main political parties is more than 10 times higher this year compared to the start of 2023, Sky News can reveal. Spending on social media by Labour and the Conservatives is due to dramatically escalate through the course of the year due to spending and data rule changes which benefit the two main parties. Maximum spending limits by the parties are due to raise by 80% while data rules are about to change which make it easier to use and target individuals with political advertising. The two main parties are preparing to do battle on mobile phones at the next election by bombarding voters with targeted advertisements between now and polling day. Politics latest: Labour sends message to pro-Palestine protesters as MPs ‘threatened’ from ‘multiple directions’ Smaller parties have complained about the changes, with the Liberal Democrats suggesting the rules for the upcoming election have been tilted in the Conservatives’ favour as the party with the deepest pockets. However so far this year our research suggests …

Eccentric Magician Responsible for AI-Generated Joe Biden Calling Voters

Eccentric Magician Responsible for AI-Generated Joe Biden Calling Voters

We are not kidding. Dirty Tricks Magician Paul Carpenter has made a name for himself for holding world records in fork bending and straitjacket escapes, not to mention publicity stunts such as wearing only a fig leaf in NYC’s Times Square. But after he was paid to create deepfake audio of President Joe Biden that was used for a robocall during the New Hampshire primaries, which as NBC News reports now has sparked a federal investigation, he’s found himself in a bind from which even Houdini would be hard pressed to escape. “The only thing missing from the political circus is a magician and here I am,” Carpenter told NBC News. Alakazam! The scheme unfolded in January when Steve Kramer, a longtime political consultant working for rival presidential candidate Dean Phillips, approached Carpenter and hired to him use AI tools to make deepfake audio of Biden telling Democratic voters not to cast a ballot in the New Hampshire presidential primary. Carpenter, who was paid $150 for the AI deepfake audio, confirmed how the scheme went …

Byron Donalds defends Trump’s remarks on Black voters: ‘This is something similar’

Byron Donalds defends Trump’s remarks on Black voters: ‘This is something similar’

Rep. Byron Donalds (R-Fla.) defended former President Trump on Sunday against allegations of racism after Trump said Black voters are more likely to back him because of his criminal indictments. Trump said Friday during an event in South Carolina that Black voters are more likely to support him after his criminal indictments because they too have “been hurt so badly and discriminated against.” The NAACP, Black leaders and the Biden campaign have called the comments racist. Donalds told Kristen Welker on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday that the point is only “part” of what the former president was saying. “This is political persecution from the Department of Justice and from radical DAs throughout our country,” he said of the former president’s four criminal indictments, despite their not being evidence Trump is being targeted for purely political reasons. “This is something similar that Black people have to deal with the justice system themselves.” The congressman, who is Black, shot back at the Biden campaign for calling out Trump’s comments as racist, saying that the campaign …

Rochdale voters left cold by byelection chaos

Rochdale voters left cold by byelection chaos

Workers Party of Britain leader George Galloway speaking at a rally after Friday prayers at the Bilal Mosque in Rochdale.Photograph: Christopher Thomond/The Guardian Byelections are traditionally a chance for voters to lodge a protest vote. But when the people of Rochdale go to the polls on Thursday, they have barely anyone to protest against. The Labour and Green parties have ditched their candidates. The Conservative was abroad on a long-planned family holiday the week before polling day. The Lib Dem remains, but pulled out of the most high-profile political event, a local BBC radio debate. The most energetic campaigning last week came instead from the political fringe: George Galloway, serial byelection winner and founder of the Workers Party of Britain, and Simon Danczuk, the town’s former Labour MP who was suspended by the party for sexting a 17-year-old girl and is now standing for Reform UK. “We don’t deserve this,” said Margaret King, standing outside Marks & Spencer. “This town does not deserve to be this short of anybody decent to vote for.” This time …

Trump, Nikki Haley face off as voters head to the polls

Trump, Nikki Haley face off as voters head to the polls

Beto O’Rourke urges Michigan voters to vote against Biden in Democratic primary Ahead of Tuesday’s Michigan Democratic primary, former presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke is urging voters to vote “uncommitted” in the primary, rather than for Biden. “I do think it makes sense for those who want to see this administration do more, or do a better job, to exert that political pressure and get the president’s attention and the attention of those on his campaign so that the United States does better,” O’Rourke told the Michigan Advance on Friday, referring to the Biden administration’s refusal to call for a ceasefire in the war between Israel and Hamas. “We should have a cease-fire. There should be a return of each [and] every single one of those hostages [taken by Hamas]. There should be an end to this war and there should be a negotiated solution to Palestinian statehood,” O’Rourke said, adding, “All of that needs to happen, and I share the concern that the United States is not doing close to enough to bring those things …

Mick Lynch says voters must ‘grow up’ and see Starmer is only alternative | Labour

Mick Lynch says voters must ‘grow up’ and see Starmer is only alternative | Labour

Mick Lynch has said voters have to “grow up a bit” and recognise Keir Starmer as the only realistic alternative to the current government, the removal of which he described as “my number one priority”. Last week, Labour’s shadow Scottish secretary, Ian Murray, challenged prime minister Rishi Sunak to put the country “out of this Tory misery” and call a general election now. Speaking at the War on Want event in central London, Lynch told the PA news agency: “I think Labour have got a good chance of getting elected unless they muck it up, really. “If you can’t defeat this government we’ll never get a Labour government again, I would have thought, so he’s got a very good chance of winning. “That doesn’t mean that we give him carte blanche or a blank cheque to do whatever he likes.” The boss of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union said campaigners of “all stripes and identities” needed to form an alliance to ensure that politicians, whether Labour or another UK party, “deliver a working-class agenda …

Trump: Black Voters Like Me Because Of Legal Woes, Mugshot

Trump: Black Voters Like Me Because Of Legal Woes, Mugshot

Former President Donald Trump made a brazen attempt on Friday to convince Black voters on the eve of the South Carolina primary that his criminal indictments are comparable to systemic racism experienced by minorities in the US criminal justice system. “A lot of people said that’s why the Black people liked me, because they had been hurt so badly and discriminated against. And they actually viewed me as I’m being discriminated against,” he said Friday evening in front of a crowd of 500 gathered in Columbus for the Black Conservative Federation’s annual gala. “Maybe there’s something to it.” In the weeks after the former president’s Fulton County mugshot in August was made public, several conservative commentators embraced the theory that the photo would become “an iconic symbol” in the “urban black community,” as right-wing radio host Dinesh D’Souza put it. (It’s an enduring angle; last week, after Trump released a pair of $399 sneakers following his disastrous fraud ruling, a Fox News contributor claimed that the shoes would connect “with Black America because they love …