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October 2019

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0This issue affects Switzerland. Results for the elections of the Federal Assembly in Switzerland point to gains for the two main green parties the Greens and the Green-Liberals, against losses for the main establishment parties. With the Greens overtaking the Christian-Democrats to become the fourth largest party, there is speculation that the make-up for next year’s Federal CouncilWikipedia's W.svg [Swiss government] will change to include a green councillor for the first time ever.
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4This issue affects the United States. Hillary Clinton suggests that Tulsi Gabbard is a Russian asset; theorizing that she's being 'groomed' to launch herself into a third party candidacy if when she loses the 2020 Democratic Party presidential nomination. Gabbard's response was... Interesting. This was the end of a three tweet thread: "It’s now clear that this primary is between you and me. Don’t cowardly hide behind your proxies. Join the race directly."
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8This issue affects Hungary. In a surprise result from Hungary, the opposition green politician Gergely Karácsony, has won the Budapest's mayoral election against the current Orbán henchman István Tarlós. He won the election by a narrow 50.1% to 44.8%.
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5This issue affects Poland. Exit polls in the general elections in Poland, point to a continuation of ruling the Catholic-nationalist Law & Justice (PiS), with 43.6% and 239 of 460 seats in the Sejm. The opposition liberal centre Civic Coalition (KO) is in second place at 27.4% and 130 seats. This is despite good results in last year's mayoral elections, where KO took nearly all the main cities.
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12This issue affects Portugal. Results of the elections in Portugal point to a continuation of current pink-red « geringonça » coalition government of António Costa. Update: With nearly all the votes counted, it is bad luck for the opposition conservative PSD and CDS-PP parties, with both parties losing badly to PS and various minor parties.
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13This issue affects the United States. Bernie Sanders, recovering in hospital after a heart procedure to address a blocked artery. He has cancelled campaign events and appearances until further notice. He is reported to be "conversing and in good spirits".
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8This issue affects the United States. The deadline has closed for the Tuesday, October 15 Democratic debate. Despite having 12 candidates meet the debate qualifications, the debate will be one night, with all 12 candidates on one stage. The following candidates will appear: Joe Biden, Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, Julián Castro, Tulsi Gabbard, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Beto O’Rourke, Bernie Sanders, Tom Steyer, Elizabeth Warren, Andrew Yang.

September 2019

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5This issue affects Canada. This issue affects the United States. Dave Rubin may have violated Canadian election laws by financing wingnut Maxime Bernier's fringe People's Party of CanadaWikipedia's W.svg.
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7This issue affects Austria. Former Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has won a clear victory in the country's general election. His former coalition party, the Freedom Party, saw a sharp decline in votes. Kurz didn't win an overall majority and will likely have weeks of coalition talks with other parties.
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15This issue affects the United States. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio drops out of the 2020 Presidential race.
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12This issue affects Canada. In the middle of an election campaign, photos have surfaced of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in racist costume and makeup on more than one occasion. Trudeau has apologized for the incidents, but the overall impact on his campaign will likely prove to be a challenge.
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10This issue affects Spain. Spain will go to the polls for a snap election on 10 November, its fourth election in four years. This comes as Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez fails to secure enough support in parliament to form a government.
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10This issue affects Israel. Exit polls are showing that neither the current governing or opposition coalition group of parties have control of the Knesset. One surprise that is coming out, is strong support for the Palestinian-Israeli party United Arab ListWikipedia's W.svg caused by an increase turnout of Arab-Israelis.
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2This issue affects Norway. County and municipality elections across Norway reveal declining support for Labour, Conservative, and Fremskrittspartiet, with increasing popularity of Centre Party, Green Party, and the bizarre anti-tollbooth protest Bompengpartiet
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2This issue affects the United States. This issue affects North Carolina. And the long saga of the North Carolina’s 9th Congressional DistrictWikipedia's W.svg (See Nov/Dec 2018 & Jan/Feb 2019), comes to an end. Dan BishopWikipedia's W.svg (R) squeezes out a victory against Dan McCreadyWikipedia's W.svg (D).
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1This issue affects Canada. Tories beat New Democratic Party in Canadian provincial election in Manitoba, in an another demonstration of why First past the post is borked
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5This issue affects the United States. Is Andrew Yang being unfairly ignored by the mainstream media?
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5This issue affects the United States. And now there are three... Mark Sanford, yes, that Mark Sanford, announces his bid for 2020, aiming to primary Donald Trump for the 2020 GOP nomination.
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7This issue affects the United Kingdom. Parliament has voted to reject Boris Johnson's push for early elections.
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7This issue affects Burundi. Human rights atrocities on the rise in Burundi as the nation's "divine" president cracks down ahead of 2020 elections.
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13This issue affects the United Kingdom. Boris Johnson calls for Oct. 15 snap elections after 21 members of his party voted with the opposition to defeat him in a key 'no deal' Brexit vote.UPDATE: He fails to get a snap election called
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9This issue affects Italy. Members of the Italian populist party 5 Star Movement has voted by over three-quaters to accept a proposal to form a coalition government with the centre-left Democratic Party.

August 2019

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12This issue affects the United States. New York Senator Kirsten GillibrandWikipedia's W.svg has dropped out of the 2020 Democratic primary after failing to meet either qualification for Debate #3 in the primary.
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13This issue affects the United States. And the gates have closed on Democratic Debate #3 qualifications. The following people have qualified for this debate on September 12: Joe Biden, Corry Booker, Pete Buttigieg, Julián Castro, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Beto O’Rourke, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Andrew Yang.
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12This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Arizona. Why doesn't he just retire? Joe Arpaio annouces that he is seeking to re-election as Maricopa County sheriff.
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13This issue affects the United States. Joe Walsh is considering trying to primary Donald Trump for the 2020 Republican Party presidential nomination. Update: Walsh 2020 is a thing... He is the 2nd Republican to announce intent to primary Trump in 2020.
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7This issue affects the United States. Washington Governor Jay Inslee Withdraws from the 2020 presidential race.
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17This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Colorado. John HickenlooperWikipedia's W.svg considering ending his Presidential run in 2020 to instead run against Cory Gardner (R)Wikipedia's W.svg in 2020 Senate race. Update: Hickenlooper is out of the presidential race.
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11This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Alaska. Former Alaska Senator Mike Gravel has now dropped out of the Presidential race.
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9This issue affects the United Kingdom. The Liberal Democrats have won the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election, reducing the government’s majority to just one MP.

July 2019

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3This issue affects the United Kingdom. Boris Johnson wins the Conservative leadership election and will become the 77th Prime Minister tomorrow.
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9This issue affects the United Kingdom. Jo Swinson is elected as the new leader of the Liberal Democrats
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7This issue affects the United States. Mark Sanford, yeah, that Mark SanfordWikipedia's W.svg, is considering a primary challenge against Donald Trump for the Republican nominee 2020 election. He will decide if he will run in about a month.
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7This issue affects the United States. After doing a fairly amusing/ridiculous draft event thing, CNN has the line up for the July 30/31 Democratic presidential primary debate:
  • Steve Bullock, Pete Buttigieg, John Delaney, John Hickenlooper, Amy Klobuchar, Beto O'Rourke, Tim Ryan, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Marianne Williamson in the 30 July debate.
  • Michael Bennet, Joe Biden, Bill de Blasio, Cory Booker, Julián Castro, Tulsi Gabbard, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris, Jay Inslee, Andrew Yang in the 31 July debate.
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10This issue affects the United States. Eric Swalwell ends presidential bid after failing to gain traction
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17This issue affects Greece. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has conceded defeat in Greece's general election and looks set to be replaced by the centre-right Kyriakos Mitsotakis. Tsipras had called the snap election following his Party's losses in the 2019 European Parliament and Local elections. Golden Dawn lost all their seats.

June 2019

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4This issue affects the United Kingdom. Plans for any televised debate between the two remaining challengers for the office of Prime Minister have been scuttled as one (guess who) refuses to take part.
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14This issue affects the United States. It's going to be a long 501 days. Roy Moore, yeah that Roy Moore, is running for US Senate against Doug Jones in the 2020 election. Smashes head against wall repeatedly.
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7This issue affects the United States. The New York Times asks 21 Presidential candidates 18 questions each, with topics ranging from stopping climate change, to breaking up tech conglomerates, to how many hours they sleep per night.
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4This issue affects the United Kingdom. Conservative leadership election - Rory StewartWikipedia's W.svg is knocked out while Boris Johnson leaped ahead with 143 votes. (Next highest, Jermemy Hunt, has 54).
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3This issue affects the United States. And so it begins (Officially). Trump kicks off his 2020 reelection campaign. There's 502 days to go...
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9This issue affects the United Kingdom. The first round of the Conservative leadership election.Boris Johnson tops the poll, 3 other candidates eliminated.
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14This issue affects Brazil. The 2018 Brazil presidential election that lifted fascist hardliner Jair Bolsonaro to the Brazilian presidency, was partially enabled by a secret conspiracy between a judge, prosecutors, and the country's conservative party to jail and prevent from running the extremely popular left leaning ex-president Luiz Inácio Lula.
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17This issue affects Denmark. Hard Line and Danish People's Party pick up few votes, leading to a possible Social Democrat–led coalition.
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21This issue affects the United Kingdom. Labour wins the Peterborough by-election, denying Brexit Party its first chance of getting Parliamentary representation.

May 2019

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21This issue affects the United Kingdom. Tory PM candidates are now resorting to tax reform to maintain support of the voters. Raab now wants a 25% tax cut to low-income earners, while Johnson wants a 50% tax-cut for those earning £50-79,000. The latter is projected to blow a £9.6 billion hole in the budget.
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31This issue affects Israel. Israel to hold fresh election in September as Netanyahu fails to form coalition
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13This issue affects the European Union. European Election Results Show Growing Split Over Union’s Future Euroskeptic parties have raised, but not to the extremes some expected. Liberal and Green ones are also on the rise
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24This issue affects the United Kingdom. UKIP gets destroyed in MEP election. 0 MEPs elected. (They won 24 seats in the 2014 election). In the South West Region (where Carl Benjamin a.k.a. Sargon of Akkad was on the ballot), UKIP only got 3.2% of the vote, down 29.1% from the 2014 election.
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1This issue affects India. Ruling right-wing BJP wins Indian election with increased majority. Opposition leader Rahul Gandhi has lost the election for Amethi, a seat members of his family have held for generations, to Smriti Irani, the BJP candidate.
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11This issue affects Australia. Australia's general election was fought with climate change as a major issue... and the climate lost.
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23This issue affects the United Kingdom. In the past week, street fights have taken place between UKIP supporters and antifascists over the throwing of milkshakes at controversial election candidates. Carl Benjamin had a milkshake lobbed at him, and earlier got hit with fish (The photo is amazing).
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10This issue affects the United Kingdom. A UKIP EU election candidate has resigned from the party over Carl Benjamin's rape comments. As he is already on the ballot as their candidate for Wales, he promises to resign immediately if elected.
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17This issue affects the United Kingdom. Carl Benjamin (Sargon of Akkad) is now being investigated by West Midlands Police after video surfaced of him in Gibraltar, saying "There's been an awful lot of talk about whether I would or would not even rape Jess Phillips... I suppose with enough pressure I might cave, but let's be honest, nobody's got that much beer." (Note:Jess PhillipsWikipedia's W.svg is a sexual assault survivor, just to make this comment especially disgusting.)
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27This issue affects the United Kingdom. UKIP gets destroyed in the local elections, losing about 80% of the seats they were defending. They went in with 111 seats, and ended the election with 24. Mind you, The Brexit Party, their main competitor for being the 'party of Brexit', wasn't running any candidates in the local elections. Based on current polling, UKIP would struggle to keep a single seat in the EU Parliament in the May 23rd electionWikipedia's W.svg. Update:They ended the election losing 145 seats and ended with only 31 elected.
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17This issue affects the United Kingdom. The Conservatives and the Labour Party both lose seats in the 2019 Local Elections in what has been described as a Brexit backlash.

April 2019

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7This issue affects the European Union. Nationalist sentiments are rising across Europe ahead of the European elections in May.
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8This issue affects the United Kingdom. Problems arise for the Brexit Party after their North West candidate for the EU elections is revealed to have previously defended an IRA bombing in the area.
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15This issue affects Spain. As it happened | Socialist Party wins general election, but falls short of majority.
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5This issue affects the United Kingdom. Two Change UK MEP candidates have resigned from the party owing to controversial historic tweets in spite of vetting procedures.
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16This issue affects Ukraine. Ukraine election: Comedian Volodymyr Zelensky has won the Ukrainian presidential election with over 70% of the vote, defeating the incumbent Petro Poroshenko. Zelensky was a candidate from the political party Servant of the the People, named after the television series in which he played a fictional Ukrainian president.
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9This issue affects the United Kingdom. The UKIP launch featured Mark Meechan (Count Dankula) and Carl Benjamin (Sargon of Akkad), who when asked about his rape tweet at Labour MP Jess PhillipsWikipedia's W.svg, responding, "I think we should treat women the same as men. That means if a woman is being a giant bitch and laughing at male suicide [Note: she didn't], I’m going to be a giant dick back to her." The Sun: in a stopped clock moment ran this headline "UKIP unveils thug who taught dog Nazi salute and sicko who joked about raping MPs as MEP candidates".
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6This issue affects the United Kingdom. Carl Benjamin, a.k.a. Sargon of Akkad, faces renewed criticism for inviting supporters to a Discord channel that condones calls for assassinations; support for far-right terrorists and virulent antisemitism.
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0This issue affects the United Kingdom. Then, as if to undercut Gerard Batten's defense of him (mentioned below), Carl tweets the same thing at Kristi Winters about two hours later.
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4This issue affects the United Kingdom. Forced to acknowledge MEP candidate Carl Benjamin's controversial past, Gerard Batten insists he is a satirist and any comments to do with rape were tongue-in-cheek.
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0This issue affects the United Kingdom. This issue affects the European Union. UKIP has announced that Carl Benjamin (Sargon of Akkad) is second on the list for their candidates in the South West region, in the (possible*) 2019 European Parliament electionWikipedia's W.svg.
(*If the UK leaves the European Union prior to 23 May, 2019, then this election will not be held, as the UK would no longer be a part of the EU.)
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-26This issue affects Israel. With 97% of the vote counted, it looks like the right-wing block has won a majority, giving Benjamin Netanyahu a fifth term in office.

March 2019

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30This issue affects Turkey. In Turkey's local elections, results have indicated a loss for President Erdoğan's AKP. It has lost the mayoralty of the capital Ankara, to cross-party opposition candidate Mansur Yavaş. Plus, it is in a tight race for the mayoralty of the county’s largest city and economic capital Istanbul, between AKP’s Binali Yıldırım, and the opposition CHP's Ekrem İmamoğlu. If the CHP wins Istanbul, it would be the first time in over fifteen years and a massive blow to the president.
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11This issue affects Slovakia. Independent liberal anti-corruption candidate Zuzana Čaputová has won 58.4% against 41.5% in the Slovakian presidential election, in what deemed a growth in a tide of anti-corruption protest that is growing in Central and Eastern Europe. She is also Slovakia's first women president.
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6This issue affects Australia. In crucial state elections in Australia’s most popular state New South Wales, the current right-wing coalition of the Liberals and Nationals have won the election with a reduced majority. The biggest gainers have been right-wing populist Shooters, Fishers and Farmers PartyWikipedia's W.svg, which has one of its main policies relaxation of Australia's strict gun laws.
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9This issue affects Netherlands. The current centre-right Dutch government has lost its majority in the Senate. The surprise winner of the country's provincial elections, which indirectly chooses the upper chamber of the Dutch parliament, is the populist far-right Forum for Democracy (FvD)Wikipedia's W.svg which is led by Rees-Mogg-esque Thierry BaudetWikipedia's W.svg.
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75This issue affects the United States. Hillary Clinton said she will not be running for President in 2020.
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23This issue affects Poland. In a special election after the murder of former Gdańsk mayor Paweł Adamowicz, In preliminary results, his deputy Aleksandra Dulkiewicz has overwhelmingly won the mayorship with 84%. The liberal won against her far-right challengers Grzegorz Braun who got 12 per cent and Marek Skiba who has got 4%.

February 2019

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24This issue affects the United States. NC 9th Congressional District: The man at the center of this entire mess, Leslie McCrae Dowless, has been arrested and charged with three counts of felony obstruction of justice, two counts of conspiracy to obstruct justice and two counts of possession of absentee ballots by the Wake County district attorney.
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17This issue affects the United States. NC 9th Congressional District: Mark Harris will not run in the new special election, citing health reasons and a surgery in March. Democrat Dan McCready has already announced his intention to run again in the new special election.
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23This issue affects the United States. The North Carolina State Board of Elections has voted unanimously for new election in the 9th congressional district after even Mark Harris, who had won and been demanding the election be certified so he could be seated, admitted that public faith in the election is damaged and asked for a new election.
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13This issue affects the United States. On the third day of hearings, Mark Harris' son, John Harris, stated that he told his father and campaign manger Andy Yates that he believed there was something "shady" about Dowless after John had poked around in a 2016 election for the 9th district that Dowless had been involved in. This appears to contradict statements by both Mark Harris and Yates that they had observed no red flags regarding Dowless, as do a 2016 email written by Mark Harris that references/jokes about Dowless' suspected misconduct that prior election.
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20This issue affects the United States. The first day of hearings into the alleged election fraud in North Carolina's 9th Congressional district (Which is still unfilled due to this mess) lays out a well-orchestrated plan to deceive election personnel with attention to even small details like mailing ballots in small batches from the local post office and the matching pen ink used on forms to avoid arousing the attention of state election officials.

January 2019

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14This issue affects El Salvador. Outsider wins El Salvador presidency on anti-corruption platform, breaking two-party system
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6This issue affects Ukraine. Ukraine says it sees surge in cyber attacks targeting election
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12This issue affects the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi declared winner of the Democratic Republic of the Congo's presidential election in contentious result.