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Hot Topic | November 6th, 2020

As the United States anxiously awaits for a winner to be projected in the 2020 presidential election, it’s easy to forget it used to take much, much longer to determine the next president of the United States. Before 1845, each state had the freedom to choose its own Election Day. In the early 19th century, state-chosen election days were spread out over the course of an election year. Even when Congress established “the Tuesday after the first Monday in November” as our national Election Day, results could take weeks or even months to be finalized. In 1876, it took four months to declare Rutherford B. Hayes the winner. Even into the 20th century, it was not uncommon for it to take some time for election officials to determine a winner. In 1916, Woodrow Wilson was declared the winner two weeks after Election Day.

We hope we won’t be waiting as long as our friends in the 19th and 20th centuries for a winner to be projected in Tuesday’s race. As the counting continues, we invite you to email us at YourTeam@goodfuse.com to sign up for this weekly “insider only” newsletter featuring fun-to-read round-ups of Hot Topics, breaking news and some quirky facts to make your Fridays Goodfused.

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Hot Topic | October 30th, 2020

It’s week 8 of the 2020-2021 NFL season, which means it’s that time of year when all your friends can talk about is their fantasy football team. If you’re more of a policy wonk than a gridiron guru, don’t worry because Policy News has you covered. This fall, you can enthrall your friends with updates from your Fantasy Congress league. Combining the competitive thrill of fantasy football with the politicking of the United States government, Fantasy Congress gives you and your friends the ability to create a league and draft members of Congress to your teams. Points are earned based upon what your legislators do each week. For example, earn 3 points when one of your legislators participates in a roll call vote or 0.5 points for each time a legislator is mentioned in a news article. The player in a league with the most points at the end of the season (a predefined number of weeks) wins!

Policy News is not affiliated with the creator of Fantasy Congress, but more importantly, takes no responsibility for any lost productivity you may experience at work from playing the game.

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A special note from Your Goodfuse Team:

Election Day is Tuesday, November 3: A friendly reminder that the window to return a ballot by mail has closed. Election officials are encouraging Americans who are planning to vote to either vote in person or hand-deliver their ballot to an official drop off site to ensure their vote countsFor additional information regarding voting in your jurisdiction, please visit www.vote.org or contact your local Board of Elections. Lastly, voter intimidation is a crime. If anyone is attempting to suppress your right to vote, you can report the incident to the non-partisan Election Protection Hotline at 1-866-OUR-VOTE, 1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (Spanish), 1-888-API-VOTE (Asian Languages), or 1-844-YALLA-US (Arabic). More information about protecting your right to vote can be found on the website of the Election Protection coalition.

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Welcome to the first Hot Topic from Goodfuse’s new weekly email newsletter, Policy News from Goodfuse! 

Hot Topic | October 23rd, 2020

As we enter the home stretch of the 2020 presidential race, we can expect the question of who will call 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue home for the next four years to continue making headlines. However, the fact that the White House is still standing as the home of our nation’s president is something we all take for granted. 

When Harry Truman took office in 1945, the White House was falling apart – literally. In 1946, the Truman family piano fell through the floor of what is now the Private Dining Room! The addition of a third floor, steel roof, plumbing work and electrical retrofits had taken a toll on the building. Truman wanted to save the White House, even though it was more expensive than building a new residence for the president. Preservation work required contractors to gut the entire interior leaving only the outer walls. If you thought your last home renovation was messy, check out some photos from the mid-century construction job for comparison.   

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