Trailer park tenants say landlord sends note implying a vote for Biden is a vote for increased rent

The landlord of a trailer park in Fort Morgan allegedly sent a note to residents warning rent would most likely double in price if Joe Biden becomes president.

9NEWS received several emails from Fort Morgan residents concerned about the legality of the letter, calling it a form of voter suppression.

The Colorado Secretary of State’s office confirmed they have received a complaint, and told 9NEWS they passed it along to the Attorney General.

According to several pictures of the letter sent to 9NEWS, it reads:

Please understand IF Joe Biden is elected as our next President, everything you do and have to pay for will change completely.

Everything will be increased. Like paying ALOT (sic) more in taxes, utilities, gasoline, groceries, new permits, fees and regulations…everything! This also means YOUR RENT will be increased to cover these expenses. Most likely, rent would DOUBLE in price!

IF the current President is re-elected, WE WILL NOT RAISE THE RENT FOR AT LEAST 2 YEARS!

Voting is your choice and we are not telling you how to vote. We are just informing our tenants what WE will do according to the election results.

If Trump wins, we all win. If Biden wins, we all lose.

VOTE on November 3, 2020.”

Credit: KUSA

9NEWS reached out to the landlord multiple times for comment and has not heard back.

“I mean, we can’t control how this whole election goes,” Cindy Marquez, a tenant of the trailer park, told 9NEWS. “We can’t control what everyone else does, you know? We can’t control the results.”

Marquez said she got the letter last night, although it was dated Oct. 19. She translated it to her Spanish-speaking parents and immediately called her neighbors.

“I mean everybody was pretty shocked, honestly,” Marquez said. “It was mainly hurtful, you know? How could someone say something like that or basically threaten us according to something that we can’t control?”

Marquez said her family has lived in the trailer park for 20 years, and they have never seen anything like this from landlords before.

They said they are concerned for themselves and their neighbors, because if rent doubles after the election in November, they may not be able to afford to stay.

“Our family lives paycheck to paycheck and right now we barely make things out with what we get,” she said.

How is this not voter intimidation.  This is a clear threat.   This is what places that do not want union threaten to the workers to keep them from voting for a union.   Hugs

Trump rejects Democrats’ COVID-19 aid offer, says no deal until after the election; Pelosi says White House in ‘complete disarray’

 President Donald Trump abruptlyput an end to months of negotiations over a COVID-19 relief package Tuesday, rejecting the Democrats’ latest offer and saying he wanted to postpone negotiations until after the November election.

Americans waiting for urgently needed aid will have to wait at least another month.   

In a Tuesday afternoon tweet, Trump said Democrats were “not negotiating in good faith.” He told Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to instead “focus full time” on confirming Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett.

“I have instructed my representatives to stop negotiating until after the election when, immediately after I win, we will pass a major Stimulus Bill that focuses on hardworking Americans and Small Business,” Trump tweeted.

The president’s rejection and insistence on restarting negotiations after Nov. 3 mean both parties head into a crucial election without more relief for Americans struggling as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, which has led to unprecedented levels of unemployment and caused businesses to suffer as states impose social distancing measures.

In a statement, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Trump had put his interests above the country’s and said he was “unwilling to crush the virus.”

“Clearly, the White House is in complete disarray,” she said.

Hours before Trump spiked the talks, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell urged Congress to pass more relief, saying inadequate support would weaken recovery from the coronavirus recession.

Markets, which had been bolstered by the hopes of a deal, plunged after Trump’s announcement. The Dow Jones industrial average tumbled 376 points, or 1.3%, to 27,773 after rising about 200 points earlier on expectations for an agreement. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was down 48 points, or 1.4%, at 3,361 while the tech-heavy Nasdaq dropped 1.6% to 11,155.

‘Brazen Attempt at Vote Buying’: Trump Now Requiring Boxes of Federal Food Aid Include Letters From Him Taking Credit

‘Brazen Attempt at Vote Buying’: Trump Now Requiring Boxes of Federal Food Aid Include Letters From Him Taking Credit

“In my 30 years of doing this work, I’ve never seen something this egregious,” Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, executive director of the Ohio Association of Food Banks, tells Politico. “These are federally purchased boxes.”

Politico calls it “the latest example of Trump using the levers of government and taxpayer dollars for self-promotion as he runs for re-election.”

“These guys should be handing out food and instead they’re talking to campaign attorneys because of these damn letters,” says Eric Kessler, founder of Arabella Advisors, a philanthropy consulting firm. Politico describes him as a “longtime player in Democratic politics.”

The letters are not subtle.

“As President, safeguarding the health and well-being of our citizens is one of my highest priorities,” the letter, in English and Spanish, reads. “As part of our response to coronavirus, I prioritized sending nutritious food from our farmers to families in need throughout America.”

They are signed in Trump’s famous big black marker scrawl.

The White House – not the Trump campaign – this week is promoting the program, and very clearly giving President Trump all the credit, on social media.

The $1 billion are taxpayer funds.

There is more at the link above.   Hugs

Gay marriages rise 5 years after Supreme Court ruling

Five years after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriages around the U.S., more than a half million households are made up of married same-sex couples, according to figures the U.S. Census Bureau released Thursday.

Since 2014, the year before the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same sex marriages, the number of married same-sex households has increased by almost 70%, rising to 568,110 couples in 2019, according to the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey.

Of the 980,000 same-sex couple households reported in 2019, 58% were married couples and 42% were unmarried partners, the survey showed.

There were slightly more female couple households than male couple households.

“Opponents of marriage equality frequently argued that same-sex couples really weren’t all that interested in marriage. But the large increase in marriages among same-sex couples since marriage equality became legal nationwide offers evidence of the clear desire for marriage among same-sex couples,” said Gary Gates, a demographer specializing in LGBT issues.

The survey revealed noticeable economic differences between male couples and female couples, as well as same-sex couples and opposite-sex couples.

Same-sex married couples had a higher median income than opposite-sex married couples, $107,210 compared to $96,932. In same-sex marriages, though, male couples earned more than female couples, $123,646 versus $87,690.

In the survey, the average age of a respondent in a same-sex marriage was 48, and the average age of the spouse was 47. Of those who responded to the survey as being in a same-sex married household, 82% identified as white, almost 7% identified themselves as Black and almost 4% were Asian. More than 13% were Hispanic.

More than 16% of same-sex married households were interracial couples, double the rate for opposite-sex married couples.

The U.S. had 122 million households in 2019. The number of gays and lesbian households in the U.S. is greater than 980,000 since that figure only reflected same-sex couples living together.

There is more information at the link above.  For years the evangelical profesional haters have cried the gays were were going to destroy marriage.  Has not happened.   For years these same groups have cried the gays are going to destroy the US, sorry but that seems to be tRump and his cults job.  I am 57 years old, and been out almost all of my life.   Really even in the military I was in a progressive unit and even way back then it was semi OK.  The higher ups protected the gay jr enlisted from the senior enlisted if there was a problem.  But I am tired of this ongoing hate  / bigotry inspired by religious people who don’t even understand the book they think the probitions come from.   I am tired of some people wanting the right to hurt others.  Really holy there.   I am just wondering if they will ever see the truth.  Other countries have had same sex marriage for over 20 years, and their people have better lives than the people in the US.  Hugs

Weekly jobless claims totaled 884,000 last week vs. estimates of 850,000

Weekly jobless claims were worse than expected last week amid a plodding climb for the U.S. labor market from the damage inflicted by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Labor Department on Thursday reported 884,000 first-time filings for unemployment insurance, compared with 850,000 expected by economists surveyed by Dow Jones. The total was unchanged from the previous week.

Continuing claims from those filing for at least two weeks rose from the previous week, hitting 13.385 million, an increase of 93,000 from last week’s report and an indicator that the strong jobs improvement through the summer may be tailing off entering the fall.

The Labor Department changed its methodology in how it seasonally adjusts the numbers, so the past two weeks’ totals are not directly comparable to the reports from earlier in the pandemic. Claims not adjusted for seasonal factors totaled 857,148, an increase of 20,140 from the previous week.

Claims under the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program continued to climb, rising more than 90,000 last week to 838,916. The total of those claiming benefits through all programs, though Aug. 22, also rose to just over 29.6 million.

There is more at the link above.   It is clear that what ever momentum that the economy had it is dissipating now.    Even Republicans realize that they will have to do something even as they hate to help the lower class.   Hugs