(UPDATED) Special Delivery! Friday Afternoon USPS Round-Up

This machine kills fascists Art by Mike Shine (H/T @cgerrish on the Twitter)

Let’s do a quick round-up on where things stand with the USPS:

The WaPo reports that Rep. Kevin McCarthy might be reading the special delivery California sent him:

“House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said that Republicans do not support withholding funding from the U.S. Postal Service and, in a break with Trump, urged voters to cast ballots by mail.”Said McCarthy: “The Postal Service will have the funding that it needs. We will make sure of that. We want to make sure we have an accurate election. I think any Republican that gets their ballot in the mail should vote and make sure their vote is counted.”

The AP reports that NJ just grabbed their junk:

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) said it won’t be a “regular election year” because of the coronavirus outbreak and the state will move to a nearly all-mail election this November following the model the state used in its July primary.Murphy said that he will sign an executive order calling for all registered voters to get a ballot beginning October 5 along with a prepaid return envelope.Ballots postmarked by November 3 will be accepted up to a week later.

Rep. Susan Collins is concerned, very concerned:

Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) said that “efforts by the U.S. Postal Service to cut costs could backfire amid reported mail delays in Maine and across the country and reiterated support to increase funding to the embattled agency.” 

The WaPo (again) tells us that the USPS is sending out distress signals:

“Anticipating an avalanche of absentee ballots, the U.S. Postal Service recently sent detailed letters to 46 states and D.C. warning that it cannot guarantee all ballots cast by mail for the November election will arrive in time to be counted — adding another layer of uncertainty ahead of the high-stakes presidential contest.”

“The letters sketch a grim possibility for the tens of millions of Americans eligible for a mail-in ballot this fall: Even if people follow all of their state’s election rules, the pace of Postal Service delivery may disqualify their votes.”

NBC News reports the most obvious endorsement of the 2020 Goat Rodeo arrived:

“Joe Biden gained the presidential endorsement of the National Association of Letter Carriers on Friday, a union that boasts nearly 300,000 active and retired postal workers.”

The Kenyan Usurper:

USA Today notes an orange colored disturbance in The Farce:

“President Trump has requested a vote-by-mail ballot ahead of Florida’s primary election on Tuesday.”“And the president who has just spent the past few weeks excoriating mail-in voting has less than a week to cast it.”

UPDATE 1: Tiger Beat’s afternoon email thingie:

— ABC: “Mail-in voting rules in key swing states may leave some ballots uncounted, USPS warns,” by Alisa Wiersema, Olivia Rubin and Lucien Bruggeman: “In recent weeks, postal service General Counsel Thomas Marshall has warned election leaders in Michigan and Pennsylvania that election deadlines may be over-estimating the speed with which ballots will move through the mail. If the post office is not afforded a few extra days of leeway to deliver ballots to the election offices, Marshall warned that late-arriving ballots could leave some voters disenfranchised.” … CBS’ Weijia Jiang tweeted Nevada got a warning, too

— “Internal USPS Documents Outline Plans to Hobble Mail Sorting,” by Vice’s Aaron Gordon: “The United States Postal Service proposed removing 20 percent of letter sorting machines it uses around the country before revising the plan weeks later to closer to 15 percent of all machines, meaning 502 will be taken out of service … USPS workers told Motherboard this will slow their ability to sort mail.

“One of the documents also suggests these changes were in the works before Louis DeJoy, a top Trump donor and Republican fundraiser, became postmaster general … The title of the presentation, as well as language used in the notice to union officials, undermines the Postal Service’s narrative that the organization is simply ‘mov[ing] equipment around its network’ to optimize processing.” Vice

MARITSA GEORGIOU (@MaritsaNBCMT) at NBC in Montana: “Just confirmed with the MT Postal Workers Union there are orders for 13 collection boxes to be removed just in Missoula. The direction came down in … mid-July. It’s unclear how many have been removed already. … The Montana Letter Carriers Union just confirmed the removal of 13 in Missoula, 9 in Bozeman, and orders to remove 3 in Lewistown and 30 in Billings.”

— WUSA: “Southeast DC residents go weeks without mail being delivered,” by Kolbie Satterfield

— WAPO: “House GOP leader says Congress will ‘make sure’ postal service is funded,” via Colby Itkowitz: “House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said Friday that Republicans do not support withholding funding from the U.S. Postal Service and, in a break with Trump, urged voters to cast ballots by mail.” WaPo

SHOT … @davidplouffe: “1) Prime time hearings, now. 2) Subpoenas to Trump WH and camp officials. This is a RICO case 3) Visit local post offices with cameras – show people what is happening. 4) Events with those getting Rx late 5) Involve governors 5) No rest, no vacation. Go to war for our country.”

UPDATE 2: WILLARD!!1! is more Susan Collins than Susan Collins

Sen. Mitt Romney said that politicians “attacking the vote by mail system are threatening global democracy but stopped short of criticizing President Trump, who has been openly against an expected surge of mail-in ballots.”

Said Romney: “That’s more important even than the outcome of the vote. We have got to preserve the principle of democracy or the trend we’re on is going to continue to get worse.”

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11 Responses to (UPDATED) Special Delivery! Friday Afternoon USPS Round-Up

  1. Why the FUCK Nancy Smash decided to go on vacay when we goud be grilling people about this, I’ll never know. Yeah I know August is normally recess time for the congresscritters, but it’s not like the rest of us get the goddamn month off.

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    • Bruce388 says:

      This is NOT the year for the traditional August vacation.

      Time for some more impeachment hearings.

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      • osirisopto says:

        Vacation now leaves the MHSG in Washington all alone, with lots of whacked-out sycophants and reporters offering screen time to anyone with a pie-hole. Giving the MHSG more rope now is likely to lead to noose tying lessons in September.

        Besides Mnuchin and the wackadoodle don’t speak for Moscow Mitch. “Negotiating” an economic package with them is like negotiating the height of the tide at Vladivostok.

        Impeachment hearings now would simply rally the orcs around him.

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    • sos says:

      Unless, of course, we happen to be laid off/furloughed/S.O.L.

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    • R White says:

      Because Nancy doesn’t give a shit. Remember, she had to be motivated daily by the millions of us progressives to get off of her bony ass to impeach the vulgar fuck and when she decided that her wall st. donors were ok with such, she and Nadler picked the weakest charges to go after the orange ogre. We don’t have a viable opposition as long as multi-millionaire septuagenarians like Pelosi, Schumer, Hoyer and Clyburn occupy office space.

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  2. Dennis Cole says:

    MARCH ON WASHINGTON!!! MARCH ON WASHINGTON!!! MARCH ON WASHINGTON!!!
    We need 10 million citizens, at a minimum, to begin the journey however they can, bringing whatever camping equipment they can, and if there’s more to spare, then share. FUCK Chuckles & Nancy, they’re displaying their true colors, by their conspicuous absence.

    Even if most folks wait till Sept., when they’re finally evicted; we need to get them thinking about this NOW!!! We need community organizers on a grand scale, as many as we can get, to begin stirring up the populace, get them thinking about this, and talking about it, using sound trucks driving through every neighborhood in America.

    Why, that’s something even I could do, even in my weakened state – I can still drive a bit – and if it looks like a major movement begins developing, them I’m ready to pack up and quit my apt., and join a caravan. Let’s show these motherfuckers what a fed-up, riled-up, disgusted-with-being-downtrodden mob is capable of.

    If it’s all in danger of being burnt to the ground, or of us becoming prisoners in our own country, then let it be us who strikes the first match…

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  3. purplehead says:

    Here’s the American Postal Workers Union twitter feed: https://twitter.com/APWUnational Go there and pass it along.

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  4. Dennis Cole says:

    Paging Speaker Pelosi, attention, Nancy Pelosi!

    Please check the contents of your purse; you seem to have run extremely short of “Strong Words” to use, when railing against tRump’s sabotaging of the USPS.

    Nancy Pelosi
    @SpeakerPelosi
    “The Postal Service is a pillar of American Democracy. President Trump’s assault on
    @USPS threatens to starve it of the funds that it needs to deliver Americans’ absentee ballots. The President’s actions and even his own words confirm: he needs to cheat to win.” #DontMessWithUSPS

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  5. revzafod says:

    Drumpf has just a week to send his primary ballot to Florida? Sure would be a shame if it got delayed in delivery for a few weeks.

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  6. Osirisopto says:

    From what I read Susan Collins letter didn’t say she was concerned. It said her constituents were.

    So, as long as she’s not concerned it’s ok.

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