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Trump is doubling down on his claims that Amazon uses the US Postal Service as a 'delivery boy ...

Business Insider - “President Donald Trump is doubling down on his claims that Amazon is abusing its relationship with the US Postal Service. ‘The Amazon Washington Post has gone crazy against me ever since they lost the Internet Tax Case in the U.S. Supreme Court two months ago,’ Trump tweeted on Monday. ‘Next up is the U.S. Post Office which they use, at a fraction of real cost, as their 'delivery boy' for a BIG percentage of their packages.’ The tweet is part of a months-long battle that Trump has waged against Amazon, focusing on the e-commerce giant's use of the USPS for deliveries.”

Rep. Espaillat Releases District Report of USPS

Espaillat.House.Gov - “Today, Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) released an in-depth report of the United States Postal Service (USPS) facilities throughout New York’s 13th congressional district following numerous complaints received from his constituents. In a letter to USPS Postmaster General Megan Brennan, Rep. Espaillat details the results of his district survey of 13 postal facilities serving Harlem, East Harlem, northern Manhattan and the north-west Bronx and outlines recommendations to help improve customer service, accountability and efficiency.”

California bill requires free postage for mail ballots

AP News - “California is requiring counties to provide free postage for vote-by-mail ballots statewide. Gov. Jerry Brown announced Wednesday that he signed the bill requiring that return ballot envelopes have prepaid postage. Currently, 10 of the state’s 58 counties plan to provide postage ballots for the November election. Counties would bear the cost but they may be able to claim reimbursement from the state. It would have cost $5.5 million had the law been in place for the 2016 general election. The measure affects elections starting next year. Democratic Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher of San Diego says the bill eliminates a barrier that disproportionately discouraged voting by young adults because they are less likely to regularly use the postal system. She says postage can cost up to $1 per ballot.’”

Residents cry foul after US Postal Service stops delivering mail

WNYT - “Mailboxes on Ferry Road in Stuyvesant sit empty. The U.S. Postal Service in Kinderhook slamming the door on service, saying the road isn't safe for their carriers to drive on…The Postal Service questions the timing of the lights, saying the time from green to red isn't enough to allow their carrier to get through safely. They also say road conditions cause her minivan to bottom out and are causing damage.”

Deconstructing Prop A
The St. Louis American - “There are so many reasons why Missouri voters should say no to Prop A that I don’t know where to start. It’s no accident that most of the Right to Work (RTW) states are in the South – the birthplace of chattel slavery, Black Codes and Jim Crow laws that guaranteed the free and almost-free labor that made the cotton industry profitable. Racial discrimination followed African Americans up North to industrialized jobs where they were often forced into the most menial, unsafe and grueling jobs. Black folks have been fighting for fairness and dignity in employment ever since.”

Behind The Campaign To Get Teachers To Leave Their Unions
NPR - “Rachael McRae, a fifth-grade teacher in central Illinois, was sitting on the couch the other day with her 4-month-old when she saw the email. "He was having a fussy day," she says, "so I was bouncing him in one arm, and started going through my emails on my phone, just to feel like I was getting something done." In her spam folder, she found an email from an organization called My Pay, My Say, urging her to drop her union membership.”