Midday open thread: Harvey Milk, Jamal Khashoggi, and open enrollment
On this day in 1978:
“It’s not my victory, it’s yours and yours and yours,” Harvey Milk said after winning a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in late 1977. “If a gay can win, it means there is hope that the system can work for all minorities if we fight. We’ve given them hope.”
A year after delivering that speech and making history as the first openly gay elected official in California — and one of the first in the country — Milk was gunned down at San Francisco City Hall on Nov. 27, 1978. He was just 48.
Oh, please, do it:
A local Advisory Neighborhood Commission is planning a vote on Wednesday for a resolution to designate the block of New Hampshire Avenue NW where the Saudi Arabian embassy sits as “Jamal Khashoggi Way,” after the journalist who U.S. intelligence concluded was assassinated at the orders of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
This will make Republicans (and cows) cranky:
Students at a private university in New Jersey can eat more chicken as long as it’s not Chick-fil-A.
Rider University removed the restaurant from a survey asking students what restaurants they would like on campus, “based on the company’s record widely perceived to be in opposition to the LGBTQ community.” The fast-food chain was included in previous surveys.
Good. Lose again.
Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin requested a recount Monday in a historic election that his Democratic opponent Jared Golden won thanks to ranked balloting, setting up a lengthy hand count of ballots.
Election officials anticipate the recount will take about a month, causing a race to ensure the process is completed before the new Congress is seated Jan. 3.
Open enrollment in the Affordable Care Act ends in most states on December 15, so it’s time to get cracking if you need insurance! Free help is available. If you have questions about signing up or want to talk through your options with a trained professional, free help is just a quick call or click away. Call 1-800-318-2596, visit localhelp.healthcare.gov or make a one-on-one appointment now.
On today’s Kagro in the Morning show: Two of Washington’s biggest games may be wrapping up. Armando joins in an expanded discussion of the first: the contest for Speaker, and what it takes to win. Then, a roundup of news on what might be the final stage of Mueller’s quiet period.