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Nov 29, ’22 – Cincinnati mail carrier hurled in the air after being struck while crossing street, witness says

Nov 28, ’22 – An Open Season Checklist for Federal Employees

Nov 26, ’22 – Colorado Springs Postmaster placed on non-duty status following an investigation

Nov 25, ’22 – Sen. Brown calls for resignation of Postmaster General due to ongoing mail thefts, delays

Nov 24, ’22 – Postal police, customers furious after theft of Amazon packages left outside Queens post office

Nov 22, ’22 – Cleveland Man Sentenced to Seven Years in Prison for Assaulting Mail Carrier with a Firearm

Nov 22, ’22 – Post office in southeast D.C. robbed at gunpoint, USPS says

Nov 22, ’22 – ‘Unacceptable behavior’: USPS employee caught on camera hurling packages into mail truck.

Nov 21, ’22 – NARFE: Keep Up the Pressure on WEP/GPO Repeal

Nov 21, ’22 – An Open Season Checklist for Federal Annuitants

Nov 20, ’22 – Oversight Committee Passes Legislation Requiring Mail Ballots to Have Trackable Barcodes in Federal Elections

Nov 19, ’22 – Investigation finds large number of postal carrier attacks puts workers, your personal info at risk

Nov 18, ’22 – Investigation finds recent absenteeism at postal centers, including Baltimore, ahead of holidays

Nov 18, ’22 – With no response from postmaster general, Sen. Brown urges USPS board to fight mail thefts

Nov 17, ’22 – USPS demand for seasonal workers drops after building up career workforce for holidays

Nov 17, ’22 – USPS Is Heading Into the Busy Holiday Season With Far Fewer Employees Than in Recent Years

Nov 17, ’22 – Postal service reviewing safety record of trucking company after deadly crash

Nov 16, ’22 – USPS spokesperson claims Fargo political mailers were delivered promptly

Nov 16, ’22 – After losing by 38 votes, Fargo(ND) candidate slams Postal Service for late delivery of campaign flyers

Nov 15, ’22 – Elderly man crashes into Parma post office, runs over man inside

Nov 14, ’22 – USPS Regional Rate Ends – But What About the Boxes?

Nov 11, ’22 – East Cleveland postal worker armed robbery

Nov 11, ’22 – Soaring mail thefts alarm members of Congress, postal officials

Nov 10, ’22 – U.S. Postal Service Reports Fiscal Year 2022 Results

Nov 10, ’22 – Postmaster General’s Remarks During Nov. 10, 2022, Postal Service Board of Governors Meeting

Nov 10, ’22 – DeJoy Predicts USPS Will Miss Its Goal to Break Even Next Year

Nov 10, ’22 – U.S. Postal Service Announces New Competitive Prices for 2023

Nov 9, ’22 – USPS Reminds Employees to Continue Rushing Ballot Delivery Through November

Nov 8, ’22 – Support Vets by Defending, Not Defunding, Public Sector Jobs

Federal workers—including many veterans among them—are still mobilizing at both the VA and the USPS to defend jobs and services that benefit all Americans.

Nov 7, ’22 – Should USPS Be Allowed to Limit the Number of Package Scans?

Nov 7, ’22 – ‘They’re Looking for Every Advantage’: GOP Sues to Block Thousands of Mail-In Ballots in Key States

Nov 6, ’22 – PolitiFact: No, postal workers cannot ‘do anything they want’ to mail-in ballots

Nov 6, ’22- Ohio postal worker busted in fentanyl trafficking operation

Nov 5, ’22 – Editorial: Even on nice days you can’t count on mail

Nov 4, ’22 – USPS mail carrier carjacked while making deliveries

Nov 4, ’22 – 5 reasons the Postal Service is ready for the election

Nov 2, ’22 – It’s Time to Prepare for Open Season

Nov 1, ’22 – Postal inspectors: Don’t put outgoing mail in box

Oct 31, ’22 – USPS employee shot 204b supervisor at Chattanooga post office, later found dead, say police

Oct 31, ’22 – USPS Monitors Facebook and Twitter Posts by Zip Code

Oct 31, ’22 – U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors to Meet Nov. 10

Oct 29, ’22 – USPS won’t reject mail-in ballots for too few stamps

Oct 28, ’22 – How the Postal Service keeps tabs on over-the-top salaries

Oct 27, ’22 – Two Outgoing Lawmakers Are Jockeying for Slots on the USPS Board

Before exiting Congress, two Democrats are soliciting support for nominations from President Biden.

Oct 27, ’22 – The quiet effort to disrupt state election systems

How America’s secretaries of state could alter the 2024 presidential campaign

The “Big Lie” is on the ballot in this year’s midterm elections. In a number of states, Republicans are running candidates who support the false notion that Donald Trump was the real winner of the 2020 presidential election. And a number of those candidates are running to become the top elections official in their respective states. If they win, the rules under which American elections are contested could change radically before the next presidential campaign.

“Would-be secretaries cannot unilaterally rewrite state election law on their own,” Zach Montellaro points out at Politico. But “there are opportunities for election deniers to remake their state’s election procedures in their image.”

Who are these pro-Trump Republicans who want to run their states’ elections, and how could they upend the 2024 campaign? Here’s everything you need to know:

“In at least 11 states, the Republican nominee for the job of overseeing future elections is someone who has questioned, rejected, or tried to overturn the results of the 2020 election,” CNN reports. That includes GOP candidates in three swing states: Mark Finchem of Arizona, Kristina Karamo of Michigan, and Jim Marchant of Nevada. But it doesn’t include another swing state, Pennsylvania, where the governor appoints the top election official — and where Doug Mastriano, who chartered buses to the Capitol on Jan. 6, is the Republican nominee for the top job.   Together, some of these candidates have formed the America First Secretary of State Coalition, a group that “shares conspiracy theories about unfounded election fraud and exchanges ideas on how radically to reconstruct election systems” The Guardian reports.   Perhaps the most infamous of the candidates is Finchem, in Arizona, another Republican candidate who was close to the Capitol on Jan. 6 and has ties to the QAnon movement. He hasn’t won the office, but he’s already disrupting this year’s election — along with Kari Lake, the GOP nominee for governor, he sued and lost to force Arizona officials to hand-count ballots in this November’s election instead of using machines. Trump lost Arizona in 2020, of course, but the New York Times reports that in May, Finchem sent an email to supporters saying that if he’d held the state elections post in 2020, “we would have won. Plain and simple.”

How might they actually affect elections in their states?

Rick Hasen, director of the Safeguarding Democracy Project at UCLA, says the election-denying candidates raise two questions: “One: Are they going to administer elections fairly?” he told NPR. “And two: Even if they do, are others going to believe that they administer elections fairly?”But these candidates could do more than give voters bad vibes. “More than any other category of elected official, secretaries of state could be instrumental in overturning the popular vote in their state — an unprecedented move in American history — or take other actions that throw results into question,” Amber Phillips writes at The Washington Post.  How could they do that? “Atop the list of the most disruptive things they could do is refusing to certify accurate election results,” Montellaro writes at Politico. Just as importantly, “many of the candidates want to dramatically change the rules for future elections, too.” One common thread among the election-denying Republicans is a desire to roll back access to mail voting and ballot drop boxes in favor of same-day in-person voting. 

That’s the mild stuff: “Perhaps the most radical proposal from some of the candidates would be to completely scrap their states’ voter rolls, requiring people to re-register.” That could potentially make thousands and thousands of would-be voters ineligible to cast ballots if they don’t get re-registered.

Are voters paying attention?

Let’s face it: In most states, the races for secretary of state aren’t usually all that sexy. Can you even name the top elections official in your state?   Still, it’s clear that some political and media observers are trying to sound the alarm about the possibility of election deniers taking over state election systems, and unprecedented amounts of money are now pouring into those campaigns. “The stakes are really high but I also think people understand what’s at stake and that’s why you’re seeing this level of enthusiasm,” Colorado’s secretary of state, Jena Griswold, said in an interview with The Guardian. “We must reject that it is partisan to protect the right to vote. It’s not,” she said. “It’s the most American and democratic thing you can do.”  Until the last few years, most elections officials did their jobs in relative anonymity. Those days seem to be over. “Trump is continuing to make election fraud the centerpiece of his effort to return to the presidency,” Louis Jacobson blogs for UVA’s Center for Politics. “This makes the outcome of the 27 secretary of state races in 2022 more important than ever.” 

Oct 26, ’22 – The New USPS Mail Truck Looks Positively Goofy on the Street

Oct 25, ’22 – Wilkesville, Ohio neighbors face nearly 17-mile round trip commute to get mail after Post Office Closure

Oct 24, ’22 – What should be done about mail thefts and postal carrier holdups?

A surge in sophisticated gangs engaging in bank and check fraud after stealing checks from the mail — a crime wave enabled by armed robberies of postal carriers in Cleveland, its suburbs and elsewhere to steal their master “arrow keys” to U.S. Postal Service blue-box mailboxes — has finally caught officials’ attention.