September 16, 2020

Patagonia is using its labels to do more than just tell customers how to wash their garments.

Over the weekend, an eagle-eyed customer looked at the back of a Patagonia tag, and saw that it read, "Vote the a--holes out." Patagonia spokeswoman Tessa Byers told NBC News this tag can be found in certain men's and women's organic shorts, and it's a message that isn't directed at one person, but rather any elected official who doesn't believe in climate change.

Byers said the company has long been "standing up to climate deniers," and this message is near and dear to Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard, who has been saying the phrase for years. "It refers to politicians from any party who deny or disregard the climate crisis and ignore science, not because they aren't aware of it, but because their pockets are lined with money from oil and gas interests," Byers said. Catherine Garcia

August 4, 2017

Precisely zero people voted in the special election in McIntire, Iowa, on Tuesday. Even the poll workers — who were on the job for nine hours — abstained from casting a ballot, the Mason City Globe Gazette reports. McIntire has a population of 110, with 70 registered voters who declined to weigh in on whether the term of the mayor and city council members should be changed from two years to four years.

Deputy Auditor Barbara Baldwin said "none of the three poll workers live in McIntire so they couldn't vote. We had to get them from Riceville." She added that election costs for the failed election could reach $500.

"I've been with the auditor's office for 28 years and we've had low voter turnouts in the past, but nothing like this," said Baldwin. "This is definitely a first." Jeva Lange

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