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October 27

Expert in Native American Treaties needed to help #noDAPL movement

The Native Americans at Standing Rock, who are protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline being run through the Missouri River, as well as through their sacred grounds and burial grounds, are in need of an expert in Native American Treaties, to help their legal battle. [more inside]
posted by MexicanYenta at 5:57 AM - 7 answers

October 26

Who owns the home next door (Massachusetts edition)?

College kids (Tufts) moved in to the recently-purchased home next door and are acting like this is frat row. I have newborn twins, police have been called given no behavior modification after having spoken to them nicely several times. This dude cannot abide. [more inside]
posted by eggman at 9:18 PM - 18 answers

Give away free stuff at polls?

I was thinking about what would counter possible bad feelings about polling places this year, and started wondering if anyone had previously made an effort to just give away food, or even free samples and coupons from businesses, at polling places. Especially if it were part of a sincere effort to "be neighborly" (deliberately biblical word). Would this be allowed? [more inside]
posted by amtho at 6:39 AM - 63 answers

Primary donations missing from FEC lookup

In January of this year, I made a small donation to a candidate in the presidential primary, through the candidate's website, and received an email confirmation via ActBlue. This page from the FEC leads me to believe that presidential campaigns must report either monthly or quarterly. The FEC individual transaction search page says that it may take an additional 30 days after the end of the reporting period for data entry to be performed. Nonetheless, it's now been more than 10 full months since my donation. Why doesn't it show up in the FEC's search?
posted by enn at 5:56 AM - 2 answers

Who's a good tenancy lawyer in NYC that I can call right now?

My account is in litigation and my building called the marshals to change my locks without notice last night. My cats and meds are trapped inside the unit. I've been calling law firms but no one has called back. Does anyone know a good firm I could get on the phone with right now? Money is no problem.
posted by mins_mellow at 5:45 AM - 5 answers

October 25

What's Trump's ground game?

Can you direct me to short articles (for political dummies) on what Trump's ground game for getting voter turnout is? [more inside]
posted by Toddles at 10:30 PM - 4 answers

Possible to make a campaign contribution without being hounded forever?

I live in NC, and I am interested in making a non-trivial campaign contribution to the US Senate candidate here. If I do this, am I setting myself up to get put on a list of people to be hounded for contributions forever after? Is there a way to avoid this? [more inside]
posted by msbubbaclees at 10:11 AM - 11 answers

October 24

Tax relief question: Curadebt review / IRS detainment at airports

I am an EU resident and have pending IRS tax debt (~$30,000) from when I was a US Resident (until 2011). I was on a payment plan but my finances were difficult for a while and I defaulted on my payments starting in 2013. I have had no communication from the IRS in this time (they have my current contact information). I would like to settle this issue now and be rid of this debt. I would like to request the MeFi community for help regarding two questions I have. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:27 AM - 3 answers

October 23

"I Voted" Selfie Contest?

I run the social media pages for our school's page, and want to do our part to GOTV on the 8th. I was thinking about doing a prize drawing for people who post selfies with their "I Voted!" sticker. As long as the selfie is taken at least 100 ft from the polling place - is there any legal issue here? I'm in Missouri, if it matters. We all get offered stickers here, and I suspect the number of absentee voters in our area will be low, so not too worried about them feeling left out.
posted by jferg at 1:54 PM - 7 answers

October 21

Should I wait until after the election to officially change my name?

Mr Millipede and I got married in September. I am taking his last name (and moving my last name to my middle name), but I haven't gone to the social security office to do so yet because work has been very busy and I never got the chance. I now have time to go, but I thought of something: voting. [more inside]
posted by millipede at 8:06 AM - 10 answers


A lot of Hillary Clinton backlash I see from more left wing/radical friends is "FUNNY to see Clinton/Obama talk about how they stand up for children and women but then turn around and DRONE STRIKE SYRIAN FAMILIES." Has there been anything written to counter this critique from the left, or meditating on Obama/Clinton drone politics, or reconciling with drone policy on the democrat side? [more inside]
posted by windbox at 7:20 AM - 10 answers

October 19

Hillary Cilinton knew that Iraq had no WMD?

Can you give me incontrovertible proof that Hillary Clinton had access to information illustrating that Iraq's WMD program was non-existant? Long story, but I need information that Hillary disregarded the warnings of Hans Blix and Mohammad ElBaradei, and other inspectors, and chose to support war rather than extend the UN inspections regime.
posted by Triumphant Muzak at 10:02 AM - 16 answers

October 18

What are the pros and cons of county home rule?

It is on my ballot. I think the newspaper story used only the county for a source. This is for Bernalillo County, New Mexico, USA.
posted by maurreen at 2:48 PM - 3 answers

How do I get in touch with who approves block party permits in NYC?

During the warm months, every other weekend, people put on a block party type thing on my street. Most aspects of of the event are benign and fun. But: about 3-4 DJs set up along the street, which is not very long and spend the next 10 hours competing with each other. It makes my apartment uninhabitable for that time period, even with all the windows closed. My wife and I have to shout at each other to communicate, etc. I'd like to know how to contact the board/committee/official who approves these permits and make a complaint about the noise. [more inside]
posted by eustacescrubb at 12:01 PM - 1 answers

October 17

Candidate phone-bank expected me to use my own cell phone

So I volunteered for a candidate phone bank tonight and was surprised to learn upon arrival that I was expected to use my own cell phone. If you've phone-banked recently, is this now normal? I felt a bit uncomfortable when I was called back by one of the folks on my list while I was in a restaurant bathroom a few hours later. "Yeah, you called this number? [more inside]
posted by mediareport at 5:45 PM - 33 answers

Though they moved in a long, long time ago, your neighbors will know?

You have probably heard about one political party in New Mexico sending postcards warning voters that "their neighbors will know" who they voted for. However, I was under the impression that the only public voter information is whether someone voted, and not who they voted for. What else could one know about their neighbors' voting habits?
posted by Seeking Direction at 5:24 PM - 13 answers

What are the US rules for hiring a foreign company?

We are a US based company that is in discussion with an EU based IT software development company. Are there any rules/regulations required by our company to be able to hire the EU company? This would be a B2B relationship, not an employer/employee relationship. [more inside]
posted by herda05 at 10:56 AM - 4 answers

October 15

CA Prop 61: a complicated law and a whole bunch of paid analysis

I've a pretty good idea on my views on my CA ballot, but am having a hard time figuring out how to vote on Prop 61. Was curious of actually decent analysis of the potential effects.
posted by Carillon at 8:25 PM - 4 answers

Who Judges the Judges? I do! (....maybe?)

I just got my mail-in ballot, here in Maricopa County, AZ. (Woohoo, democracy!) I see there are 43 judges listed, and I get to vote whether or not to retain each one of them... But how can I learn which way to vote for each one? [more inside]
posted by meese at 6:11 PM - 10 answers

What is working at a polling place on election day actually like?

I've been reading what seems like an increasing number of articles that discuss the threat of voter intimidation and I'm like, yikes! I also work at a university that takes election day as an academic holiday. I'm considering volunteering to be a precinct election officer, and I'd like to hear from people who have done it before to see if it's something I actually want to do. [more inside]
posted by nvvd at 1:51 PM - 13 answers

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