DAN FOREST MAKES A "HOW TO" VIDEO ON VOTER FRAUD: Forest, a Republican, is not up for election this fall – his second term runs through 2020. However, he has been a strong proponent of requiring voters to show a photo identification at the polls, and a proposal that would write voter ID into the state constitution is on the ballot. The video, titled Voter Fraud 101, was promoted on Facebook and paid for by the NC Republican Council of State Committee, a political action committee chaired by Forest and largely funded by Greg Lindberg, a major political donor currently under federal investigation. Although Facebook doesn't release targeting information in its online ad archive, data from ProPublica’s Facebook Political Ad Collector shows that some of those targets included North Carolinians interested in President Donald Trump.
GOING DOWN THE STRETCH, GOP RELEASES INACCURATE ATTACK ADS ABOUT HEALTHCARE: Democratic candidates in North Carolina say the GOP-controlled state legislature hasn’t done enough to improve health care. They say Republicans should at the very least expand Medicaid, which experts have said could help cover up to 500,000 people in the state. Republicans’ main defense is that expanding Medicaid is too expensive and that Democrats want to go several steps further than that. An ad campaign by the state Republican Party says Democrats have a “radical” health care agenda that will “destroy our economy, kill our jobs, take more of your hard-earned dollars in taxes, and infringe on your personal freedoms.” The N.C. GOP says part of the Democrats’ agenda is to “force all North Carolinians into a single-payer health insurance scheme” that would cost $72 billion. We rate this claim False.
GUILFORD COUNTY VOTING MACHINES (ONCE AGAIN) CHANGING VOTES: Some early voters are finding errors when they examine their votes before finalizing the ballot, noticing that they intended to vote for a candidate of one party but the machine has marked their ballot for that candidate’s opponent. Collicutt said precinct officials have fielded a number of these complaints during early voting that began last week and continues through Nov. 3. Collicutt said he does not believe the problem is widespread, but it is happening occasionally as an “equal opportunity” mishap, one that’s as likely to favor Democrat as Republican candidates. Collicutt said this is not the result of a conspiracy by nefarious political forces on either side of the partisan divide. Rather, it stems from dated technology that sometimes either has not been calibrated properly or that needs to be re-calibrated for some other reason.
STACEY ABRAMS CONFRONTS KEMP OVER VOTER SUPPRESSION IN GEORGIA: Disputes over voting access took center stage at the debate, highlighting Abrams' historic bid to become the first black female governor in American history and the long-simmering politics of race in the Deep South. Kemp, who is white, continued to fend off charges that he's using his position as Georgia secretary of state to make it harder for minority voters to cast ballots. Abrams said Kemp's record as secretary of state "causes great concern" and pointed to the release of voter data under Kemp's watch and the state's "exact match" voter registration system, which has left tens of thousands of voter registrations "pending" due to inconsistencies. The Democrat said she takes voting rights "very seriously" and said her own father had once been arrested trying to help people get registered. "Voter suppression isn't only about blocking the vote: It's also about creating an atmosphere of fear, making people worry that their votes won't count," Abrams said.
TRUMP IS NOW PROMOTING WHITE SUPREMACIST TERMINOLOGY AT HIS RALLIES: At a rally in Houston on Monday night, he embraced the term as unabashedly as he ever has. “Really, we’re not supposed to use that word,” he told supporters in a nod to the usual political sensibilities that he relishes disrupting. “You know what I am? I’m a nationalist, O.K.? I’m a nationalist. Nationalist! Use that word! Use that word!” “You know what a globalist is, right? You know what a globalist is? A globalist is a person that wants the globe to do well, frankly, not caring about our country so much. And you know what? We can’t have that.” Mr. Trump’s opponents quickly denounced his comments, saying they were not-so-veiled appeals to racism and nativism; the word “globalist,” they said, appeals to anti-Semitism. “The President of the United States openly identifies himself as a nationalist, calls for the jailing of his political opponents, attacks the press & cozies up to dictators, while Republicans in Congress stand idly by,” Robert Reich, a former labor secretary under President Bill Clinton, wrote on Twitter.