Nov. 16, 2017: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes

  • Punk rock and action sports festival Vans Warped Tour announced Wednesday that its final cross-country tour will take place in 2018. In a statement, festival founder Kevin Lyman wrote, "Though the tour and the world have changed since '95, the same feeling of having the 'best summer ever' will live on through the bands, the production teams and the fans that came through at every step." Lyman told Vulture the reasons for closing the tour included lackluster ticket sales and the community being "not as unified as it used to be." The festival, which stopped several times in Boise, came under fire in 2015 when allegations were made that members of touring band Front Porch Step had preyed on underage girls and Johnny Craig, a member of touring band Slaves, had sexually harassed a merchandise attendant.

  • Four more women have come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct by Alabama senatorial candidate Roy Moore, The New York Times reports. Nine women in all have accused Moore of misconduct that ranges from repeated, unwanted romantic overtures to groping and forcible kissing. Moore has denied all allegations against him. In addition, The Times reports Leeann Tweeden, a radio newscaster, has accused Sen. Al Franken (D-Minnesota) of non-consensual groping and forcible kissing during a 2006 U.S.O. tour in the Middle East. Franken has issued an apology: "I certainly don't remember the rehearsal for the skit in the same way [as his accuser], but I send my deepest apologies to Leeann."

  • click to enlarge - Lawerence Denney -  - IDAHO SECRETARY OF STATE
    • Idaho Secretary of State
    • Lawerence Denney
    Idaho Secretary of State Lawerence Denney has issued a statement regarding reports about Gem State participation in the Interstate Crosscheck program, which cross-references voter data across state lines to identify possible duplicate or redundant voter registrations.

    "...The articles seem to either infer or directly state that the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck Program is primarily focused on Voter Fraud," Denney wrote. "That is not its primary purpose, nor how Idaho has utilized the program."

    Cynthia Sewell of The Idaho Statesman reported Nov. 9 that Denney had provided sensitive voter information to the program, including abbreviated Social Security numbers and birth dates, in February. Sewell reports Idaho participation in the program may have compromised sensitive voter data, and in Denney's response, the secretary of state wrote his office would "be reviewing these alleged vulnerabilities before making any decisions about how we would move forward in the future."

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