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    By MEG KINNARD, Associated Press COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Don Fowler, a former chair of the Democratic National Committee and mainstay of South Carolina and national politics for decades, has died. He was 85. Trav Robertson, chairman of South Carolina's Democratic Party, said on Twitter that Fowler died Tuesday night, calling him “the ”Democrat's Democrat." No cause was mentioned, but Fowler's wife said on Facebook that he had been in the hospital this week. DNC Associate Chairman Jaime Harrison said Fowler had leukemia. Fowler, a native of Spartanburg, attended Wofford College, where he played basketball and baseball, and earned master’s and doctorate degrees in political science from the University of Kentucky. He led the state party from 1971 to 1980, overseeing the 1988 Democratic National Convention in Atlanta. Fowler served as national chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 1995 to 1997, running the party's day-to-day operations. Part of that...
    The electoral college on Monday voted in all 50 states and the District of Columbia to make Democrat former Vice President Joe Biden formally now the president-elect of the United States. Biden, who won 302 electoral votes to President Donald Trump’s 232 electoral votes, officially became the president-elect of the United States late Monday when California, shortly after 5:30 p.m. on the east coast, cast its 55 electoral votes for the Democrat. From as early as 10:00 a.m. eastern time on the east coast, throughout the day, electors formally voted to elect Biden president. Hawaii is the last state to vote, and will cast its four electoral votes for Biden later Monday evening. When Hawaii casts its votes, Biden is expected to finish with 306 electoral votes–the same amount that Trump won the 2016 election with. There were no faithless electors, and all the electors cast their votes in accordance...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Arizona's 11 electors voted for Democrat Joe Biden for president on Monday, confirming the president-elect's victory in the Southwestern state in the 2020 U.S. presidential election, according to a spokesperson for the secretary of state. The Arizona Republican Party had challenged the ballot count in the battleground state's most populous county, arguing that it had been conducted in a manner that violated Arizona law, but a state court judge threw out the lawsuit. (Reporting by Julia Harte; editing by Jonathan Oatis) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters. Tags: United States, ArizonaGalleriesNewsCartoons on President Donald TrumpPhotosPhotos: Daily Life, DisruptedPhotosArmenia-Azerbaijan Conflict EscalatesNewsThe Week in Cartoons: Dec. 7-11RecommendedHealthiest Communities Health NewsACOG: Pregnant Women Should Be Offered VaccineCitiesCommentary: Why Biden Must Embrace ‘Resilience’Health NewsFirst Americans Get Virus VaccineHealth NewsGermany to Receive 11M Doses of Pfizer VaccineBest CountriesOp-Ed: U.S. Should Maintain Iran PolicyCoronavirus Bulletin Stay informed daily on the latest news and advice on...
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            by State Rep. Mike Sparks (R-Smyrna)  The year 2020 will go down as being known for COVID-19, social-distancing, and the political ambush of State Rep. John DeBerry by the Tennessee Democratic Party.  DeBerry, a Memphis Democrat and respected statesman in the House of Representatives, was ousted by his own party back in May by a 41-18 vote by members of the Tennessee Democrat Executive Committee. Rather than letting voters take him off the ballot, a committee of Democrats who probably never visited his district cast him out for being conservative on social issues. But it seems when God closes one door it seems he always opens another and He had a bigger plan for DeBerry. Gov. Bill Lee announced on Nov. 30 that DeBerry would join his cabinet as a senior advisor beginning Dec. 1. His office will be at the State Capitol and he’ll...
    As coronavirus cases spike around the country and members of a possible incoming Biden administration are suggesting a second lockdown, Rep. Steven Palazzo (R-MS) advises against such measures. During an interview with Mobile, AL radio’s FM Talk 106.5 on Friday, Palazzo warned of the consequences and suggested it was a characteristic of failed Democratic Party leadership. “[I] don’t think it’s the right medicine,” he said. “I think it’s reckless. You’ve seen in New Jersey and New York where one-third of all the small businesses have shut down and they probably will not reopen. Shutting down — we’ve proven that if you exercise caution, you can still remain open. You can still probably be profitable — maybe not as profitable as you were before COVID, but you can keep the doors open and the lights on and your employees fed until we get the vaccine, until we can get back to...
    By BOB CHRISTIE, Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — When Arizona's 11 presidential electors meet Monday to formally vote for Democrat Joe Biden, they'll be the focus of intense scrutiny during what is normally an afterthought in America's elections. This year's electors are a diverse group of Democrats chosen by party officials to formalize their rare victory in the state. Representing the party are three tribal leaders, a female Latina mayor, three labor union leaders, an openly gay Latino county supervisor, a Black member of the state utility regulation commission, the president of a county NAACP chapter and the state party chair, Felecia Rotellini. The picks show Arizona's Democratic Party is far more diverse than Republicans, where older, wealthy and mainly white electors dominated in 2016, when Trump won the state. The meeting of Electoral College delegates at state capitols across the nation is embroiled in politics this year as supporters...
    Rita Hart, an Iowa Democrat, lost her bid in the open 2nd Congressional District by six votes out of more than 394,000 cast. Now, rather than continuing to appeal in court, Hart is taking her case directly to the House because it's a necessary step to get the results her campaign wants, she said in an online video. "We had two options: to either go to the state Supreme Court or to go to the U.S. House," Hart said. "And, again, it became clear that if we were going to get what we need, which is a examination of those ballots, an account of all the votes that didn't get counted in the recount, we had to have the time to do it.” The state canvass board certified the results for Iowa's 2nd Congressional District after a districtwide count in all 24 counties acknowledged Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks as the...
    Michigan state Republicans went “too far” in saying they would pull committee assignments from a state Democrat who threatened Trump supporters in a viral video, the state’s Democratic governor said Thursday. “Make them pay,” state Rep. Cynthia Johnson had said in the video about Trump supporters, among other remarks, drawing condemnation from across the aisle. But Gov. Gretchen Whitmer urged “a little bit of compassion and grace” for the lawmaker, claiming at a Thursday news conference that Johnson “has been through a lot” lately, including threats directed against her after a contentious voter-fraud hearing with Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani -- and dealing with a loved one’s case of the coronavirus. “I think that removing her from her committees is too far, truly, and I’ve reached out and asked the incoming House leadership to reconsider that,” Whitmer said, MLive.com reported. Johnson's duties include serving as vice chair of the state House Oversight Committee,...
    DEMOCRAT Michigan state rep Cynthia Johnson "threatened" pro-Trumpers in a video telling "soldiers" to "make them pay." Republican leaders in the Michigan House stripped Johnson of her committee assignments on Wednesday following the social media rampage. 4Johnson uploaded the video to FacebookCredit: Facebook Rep Cynthia Johnson, of Detroit, sits on a GOP-led committee that heard baseless allegations of widespread election fraud from President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani and others last week. Johnson reported getting multiple threats after the hearing, including one in which a Texas man told her to "rot in hell" and threatened to burn several crosses in her yard and hang a noose from her tree. On Tuesday night, she took to Facebook to warn "you Trumpers. Be careful. Walk lightly. We ain't playing with you. Enough of the shenanigans. Enough is enough. And for those of you who are soldiers, you know how to...
    Officials from both parties who have pushed back against the baseless claims of voter fraud pushed by President Donald Trump and others have faced disturbing threats in the past few weeks, from the threats to Georgia Republicans to armed protesters showing up outside the home of Michigan’s Secretary of State. And the Secretary of State isn’t the only Michigan Democrat who’s been subjected to serious threats. You may remember last week the Trump legal team’s traveling circus stopped over in Michigan for a hearing that was mostly memorable for a bonkers exchange with witness Melissa Carone. State Rep. Cynthia Johnson was very vocal in questioning some of the more outlandish claims at that hearing, and as a result she has received some incredibly disturbing and racist threats. Johnson has shared some of the threats she has received, which CNN played on air for her interview Tuesday night. One individual...
    Luke Letlow will replace his former boss and represent Louisiana’s 5 th Congressional District in the next Congress. Letlow was the chief of staff for three-term U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham, who did not run for reelection. He defeated state Rep. Lance Harris, a fellow conservative Republican who made Saturday’s runoff by finishing second in the nonpartisan open primary held in November. Though Abraham’s run for governor in 2019 was unsuccessful, he remains popular in the district and his support boosted Letlow, who raised more than twice as much campaign money as Harris. Letlow argued his experience in Abraham’s office made him well suited to be an effective congressman. Harris positioned himself as an outsider and argued Letlow should not take credit for Abraham’s work. Harris said his breadth of experience as a state lawmaker, farmer, and owner of a chain of convenience stores better prepared him for...
    ATLANTA – Even after he exits the White House, President Donald Trump's efforts to challenge the legitimacy of the election and seeking to overturn the will of voters could have staying power. Trump's tactics are already inspiring other candidates and have been embraced by a wide array of Republicans. Supporters include congressional candidates, state lawmakers, party chairs, conservative legal groups and appointees to previously little-known state vote-certification boards. The breadth of support for Trump's effort could be a troubling sign for future elections. “What this president is doing is poisoning democracy,” former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm said. “And, yes, he is setting a precedent, suggesting that it is OK to violate these norms that have made our country great.” Granholm, a Democrat, joined with former New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman, a Republican, to raise concerns about Trump’s refusal to concede and efforts to undermine the integrity of elections. “This...
    Congressman Buddy Carter (R-GA) joined SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Saturday where he discussed the highly contentious Georgia Senate runoff elections set for January 5. “Being in Washington, D.C. and seeing first hand exactly what these extremists, what these socialist Democrats are trying to do, leads one to believe that this is the most important election here in the state of Georgia that we’ve ever had.” “We are the last line of defense against socialism in our country,” Carter added, noting some of the major issues Democrats are focused on. “I can assure you, what the Democrats want to do is they want to have Medicare for All, they want to have a one-payer system for healthcare, they want to make sure that the pass the Green New Deal, they want to take away your gun rights, they want to do all of these things.” “Essentially, what they want to do is...
    President Trump isn’t the first Republican to allege voter fraud in big Democratic-controlled cities or to face charges that he is seeking to disenfranchise minority voters in those communities. On election night in 1994, Ellen Sauerbrey looked poised to become the first Republican governor of Maryland since Spiro Agnew. But a late batch of votes, mainly from Baltimore, came through to put the Democrat over the top. Sauerbrey alleged fraud and challenged some 11,000 votes. Her opponent’s winning margin was less than 6,000. In 1982, Democrat Adlai Stevenson III came within 5,000 votes of toppling Illinois Republican Gov. Jim Thompson, who had led by double digits in pre-election polls. While it was Stevenson who sought a recount because he was behind by a slim margin statewide, subsequent investigations suggested at least 100,000 illegitimate votes were cast in Chicago, where the Democrat won 3 to 1. Detroit is the focal point...
    Washington — President Trump will head to Georgia this weekend to rally for Senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, in his first appearance on the campaign trail since he lost the presidential election last month. Although President-elect Joe Biden won Georgia and the results in the state have been certified, Mr. Trump has continued to baselessly claim that the election was somehow illegitimate. The rally in Valdosta, Georgia, will be hosted by the Republican National Committee, not Mr. Trump's campaign. Loeffler and Perdue are both locked in tight races for runoff elections on January 5. Loeffler, who was appointed to her seat by Georgia Governor Brian Kemp and faced off against over 21 other candidates in a special election last month, will face Democrat Raphael Warnock in January. Perdue, who was up for reelection this year, is being challenged by Democrat Jon Ossoff. The outcome of these closely watched races...
    Georgia-based attorney Lin Wood is getting lots of attention for urging supporters of President Donald Trump to break with the president and not vote for GOP Sens. David Perdue (R-GA) and Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) in the upcoming January 5 runoff elections. Wood’s public comments run counter to President Trump’s own public statements and wishes, as the president has repeatedly urged his supporters to support Loeffler and Perdue and is heading to Valdosta, Georgia, on Saturday to rally with the GOP senators. Wood’s comments are also in line with what top national Democrats are pushing for, as Breitbart News has reported a national anti-Trump Democrat Super PAC called “Really American PAC” is running billboards carrying a message nearly identical to what Wood is saying. While Wood made his comments purportedly as a self-described supporter of Trump, while donning a red “Make America Great Again” ball cap, the real story here is...
    THE Mayor of San Francisco reportedly dined at an upscale Californian restaurant just three days before banning indoor dining in the city, as a slew of officials ignore their own Covid orders. London Breed and seven other guests attended a 60th birthday bash for socialite Gorretti Lo Lui at The French Laundry on November 7, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. 14San Francisco Mayor London Breed is in hot water over her decision to attend an indoor dinner party that appeared to go against Covid regulationsCredit: Getty Images - Getty 14Breed did not immediately respond to questions from The SunCredit: Getty Images - Getty The dinner party came one day after California Governor Gavin Newsom controversially attended a shindig at the same restaurant with 11 other maskless guests, flouting his own Covid rules. At the time, new state guidelines discouraged social gatherings of more than three households. The Sun has contacted Breed for...
    Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN) told Breitbart News in an exclusive interview this weekend that he is concerned about a potential “nightmare” scenario whereby the Democrats would take control of the United States Senate if their candidates somehow won the U.S. Senate runoff elections on Jan. 5 in Georgia. Fleischmann, who appeared on Breitbart News Saturday on SiriusXM 125 the Patriot Channel from his Chattanooga-anchored congressional district which borders Georgia to the north in Tennessee, urged Georgians to reelect Sens. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) and David Perdue (R-GA) in the upcoming runoff races on Jan. 5. Loeffler and Perdue will face Democrats Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff respectively, and if the Democrats somehow took both of these seats then the Senate would be a 50-50 tie between Democrats and Republicans. That would mean whoever the Vice President of the United States is next year would be the deciding vote on which...
    President Donald Trump lashed out at Arizona Gov Doug Ducey Monday night for 'rushing to put a Democrat in office' as a video appeared to show him ignore a call from the White House during a press conference where he certified the state's vote for Joe Biden.  Just a few seconds into the press conference, Ducey is seen pulling a cellphone from his coat pocket.  He then appears to ignore the call that was reportedly from the White House.  'HE'LL GET BACK TO YOU Back in July, Gov. Ducey said he changed his White House ringtone to "Hail to The Chief" so he wouldn't miss a call from Trump/Pence. Guess who called while Ducey was certifying Arizona's election? (7 secs in),' NBC reporter Brahm Resnik tweeted.  Trump later wrote in the caption of the video of Ducey during the press conference: 'Why is he rushing to put a Democrat in...
    Democrat candidate California State Assemblywoman Christy Smith conceded to incumbent Rep. Mike Garcia (R-CA) Monday in the race for California’s 25th Congressional District — former Rep. Katie Hill (D-CA)’s seat before she resigned. Garcia had a slim lead of just 339 votes, but Smith said it was clear that amount could not be overcome. She wrote on Facebook: This is not the end result we fought for, but I am proud of the strong, grassroots campaign we ran. Over the last few weeks, our attorneys reviewed thousands of uncounted ballots, and our campaign volunteers undertook an extraordinary effort to cure hundreds of votes throughout the district that otherwise may not have been counted. We exhausted every possible option, and did everything within our power to ensure that every voice in this election was heard. Nonetheless, we came up short. Garcia, a Navy combat pilot, issued a statement on Monday that...
    (CNN)Arizona certified its election results on Monday, awarding the state's 11 electoral votes to President-elect Joe Biden and clearing the way for Senator-elect Mark Kelly, a Democrat, to be sworn in this week.Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, a Democrat, certified the election results Monday morning, saying the elections process was the most secure in recent history, "despite unfounded claims to the contrary." The state's Gov. Doug Ducey and Attorney General Mark Brnovich, along with Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert Brutinel, witnessed the certification, as required by state law. These three officials are Republicans.Ducey, who echoed Hobbs' comments and praised the integrity of Arizona's election system, also said he would sign official documentation on Monday and have it hand-delivered to the president of the US Senate, so that Kelly "can be sworn in as swiftly as possible."Certifying election results is typically a formality, but the process had been the...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Sunday he was “ashamed” for endorsing the Republican governor of Georgia after he lost in the state to Democrat Joe Biden. Trump has seethed over losing the southern state, which hadn’t voted for a Democrat for president in nearly 30 years. In January, the state will decide whether the GOP retains control of the U.S. Senate when voters decide two run-off Senate races. Trump said on Fox News that Gov. Brian Kemp has “done absolutely nothing” to question the state’s results. Trump has made baseless accusations that illegal votes cost him the election in Georgia and beyond. His legal challenges have failed in several states. Trump backed Kemp’s campaign in 2018, boasting that his “full endorsement” helped him edge rising Democrat Stacey Abrams. In this month’s presidential contest, Biden beat Trump by about 12,670 votes. Democrats hope for two other upset victories in...
    WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump said Sunday he was “ashamed” for endorsing the Republican governor of Georgia after he lost in the state to Democrat Joe Biden. Trump has seethed over losing the southern state, which hadn’t voted for a Democrat for president in nearly 30 years. In January, the state will decide whether the GOP retains control of the U.S. Senate when voters decide two run-off Senate races. Trump said on Fox News that Gov. Brian Kemp has “done absolutely nothing” to question the state’s results. Trump has made baseless accusations that illegal votes cost him the election in Georgia and beyond. His legal challenges have failed in several states. Trump backed Kemp’s campaign in 2018, boasting that his “full endorsement” helped him edge rising Democrat Stacey Abrams. In this month’s presidential contest, Biden beat Trump by about 12,670 votes. Democrats hope for two other upset...
    By CUNEYT DIL, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Sunday he was “ashamed” for endorsing the Republican governor of Georgia after he lost in the state to Democrat Joe Biden. Trump has seethed over losing the southern state, which hasn’t voted for a Democrat for president in nearly 30 years. In January, the state will decide whether the GOP retains control of the U.S. Senate when voters decide two run-off Senate races. Trump said on Fox News that Gov. Brian Kemp has “done absolutely nothing” to question the state’s results. Trump has made baseless accusations that illegal votes cost him the election in Georgia and beyond. His legal challenges have failed in several states. Trump backed Kemp’s re-election bid in 2018, boasting that his “full endorsement” helped him edge rising Democrat Stacey Abrams. In this month’s presidential contest, Biden beat Trump by about 12,670 votes. Democrats hope...
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s highest court on Saturday night threw out a lower court’s order preventing the state from certifying dozens of contests on its Nov. 3 election ballot in the latest lawsuit filed by Republicans attempting to thwart President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the battleground state. The state Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, threw out the three-day-old order, saying the underlying lawsuit was filed months after the law allowed for challenges to Pennsylvania’s expansive year-old mail-in voting law. The state’s attorney general, Democrat Josh Shapiro, called the court’s decision “another win for Democracy.” ????BREAKING: We just notched another win for democracy. The PA Supreme Court has dismissed the suit that was attempting to throw out the votes of 2.5 million Pennsylvanians and halt certification. https://t.co/qyMHSNwVbA — Josh Shapiro (@JoshShapiroPA) November 28, 2020 "It is not our role to lend legitimacyto such transparent and untimely efforts to...
    HARRISBURG, Pa. – Pennsylvania's highest court on Saturday night threw out a lower court's order preventing the state from certifying dozens of contests on its Nov. 3 election ballot in the latest lawsuit filed by Republicans attempting to thwart President-elect Joe Biden's victory in the battleground state. The state Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, threw out the three-day-old order, saying the underlying lawsuit was filed months after the law allowed for challenges to Pennsylvania's expansive year-old mail-in voting law. The state's attorney general, Democrat Josh Shapiro, called the court's decision “another win for Democracy.” The week-old lawsuit, led by Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly of northwestern Pennsylvania, had challenged the state's mail-in voting law as unconstitutional. As a remedy, Kelly and the other Republican plaintiffs had sought to either throw out the 2.5 million mail-in ballots submitted under the law — most of them by Democrats — or...
    California’s top elections official, Secretary of State Alex Padilla (D), is pushing the state to pay out a $35 million contract to a major Democrat consulting firm while seeking to replace Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) in the Senate, should she become vice president, according to a report. Padilla awarded the multi-million dollar contract to Democrat public relations firm SKDKnickerbocker (SKDK) in August as part of a voter outreach program, the Washington Free Beacon reported. However, Democrat State Controller Betty Yee’s office refused to approve the contract, arguing that Padilla did not have the authority to pay it out. The money could “ease his path to being appointed to fill Harris’s seat,” the report said. California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) is planning to announce Harris’s replacement in the Senate before January 20. SKDK’s managing director, Anita Dunn, led former Vice President Joe Biden’s presidential campaign, according to the report. Biden’s campaign paid out more than...
    ALBANY — It’s not over, till it’s over. After trailing in the polls by over 28,000 votes on election night, upstate Democratic Rep. Anthony Brindisi claimed victory Wednesday in the 22nd district over his Republican challenger — celebrating a slim 13-vote lead. The freshman Democrat now leads Republican opponent Claudia Tenney by 12 or 13 votes according to the latest results tallied by the local board of election officials in the district, sources confirmed to The Post. He was down by around 28,700 votes on election night, but has captured a majority of votes through mail-in ballots submitted. “This process and the integrity of our election are critical to our republic. This judicial review has been fair, open, honest, and transparent and I remain confident that voters’ voices will be heard,” wrote Brindisi in a series of tweets. “In January I will be sworn in and continue to work...
    ALBANY — It’s not over, till it’s over. After trailing in the polls by over 28,000 votes on election night, upstate Democratic Rep. Anthony Brindisi claimed victory Wednesday in the 22nd district over his Republican challenger — celebrating a slim 13-vote lead. The freshman Democrat now leads Republican opponent Claudia Tenney by 12 or 13 votes according to the latest results tallied by the local board of election officials in the district, sources confirmed to The Post. He was down by around 28,700 votes on election night, but has captured a majority of votes through mail-in ballots submitted. “This process and the integrity of our election are critical to our republic. This judicial review has been fair, open, honest, and transparent and I remain confident that voters’ voices will be heard,” wrote Brindisi in a series of tweets. “In January I will be sworn in and continue to work with...
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota’s state canvassing board was to meet Tuesday to certify the state's election results, an ordinarily routine task that is drawing closer attention due to President Donald Trump's efforts to delay it in key states. Joe Biden defeated Trump in Minnesota by more than 230,000 votes, or about 7 percentage points. Minnesota's board is made up of Secretary of State Steve Simon; Minnesota Supreme Court Justices Margaret Chutich and Gordon Moore; and Hennepin County District Judges Regina Chu and Christian Sande. Simon is a Democrat. Chutich, Moore and Sande were all appointed by former Gov. Mark Dayton, a Democrat; Chu was appointed by former Gov. Jesse Ventura, an independent. Simon told The Associated Press he would vote to certify results. The judges — all appointed to the board by Simon — declined to say how they would vote. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material...
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania governor: Democrat Joe Biden certified as winner of presidential election in state. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Stacey Abrams, the influential Georgia Democrat, took to Twitter on Monday to report that more than 750,000 Georgians have requested their ballots for the state’s January 5 runoff election that could determine who controls the U.S. Senate. Abrams linked her tweet to Georgia’s online Absentee Ballot Request form and urged voters to, “Let’s get it done…again,” an apparent reference to Joe Biden’s victory in the Peach State. (President Trump’s legal team has challenged the results in the state and another recount is expected to begin sometime Tuesday.) Officials from Georgia said that as of Monday morning there have been 762,000 requests for these ballots, which is three times the number requested for the 2018 election. VideoThe state’s election board voted to extend the use of the 24/7 monitored drop boxes for use through the runoffs. GET THE FOX NEWS APP Sen. Kelly Loeffler, a Republican, is facing Democrat Raphael Warnock...
    General Services Administration Chief Emily Murphy told President-elect Joe Biden that he can start accessing federal resources to begin the presidential transition process early Monday evening. Murphy released a letter to Biden announcing the move - that dedicated a considerable portion to defending her own reputation and claiming she had been threatened.  It came just over an hour after Michigan certified that Biden had won the state, putting another nail in the coffin of Trump's bid to overturn the election result. But Trump tweeted defiantly that he had ordered Murphy to start the transition 'for the sake of the country' and claimed he was sure he would win 'the good fight.' Murphy wrote to Biden defending herself and said: 'I take this role seriously and, because of recent developments involving legal challenges and certifications of election results, am transmitting this letter today to make those resources and services available to...
    North Carolina state Sen. Wiley Nickel On Friday, Democratic state Sen. Wiley Nickel set up an exploratory committee with the FEC for a potential run in North Carolina’s “House District 00,” a congressional district that does not exist. Nickel, though, told North Carolina Policy Watch that he was preparing for the possibility that the upcoming round of redistricting would create a new Raleigh-area seat he could campaign for. Nickel also said that he had “no plans at all to run” against his fellow Democrats, Rep. David Price or Rep.-elect Deborah Ross, adding, “My plan is to run for re-election to the state Senate, but if there’s an open seat [for Congress] we’ll strongly consider it.” Nickel is the first politician we’ve seen to kick off a 2022 run for a Schrödinger’s Seat, a term we coined nearly a decade ago at the Swing State Project to refer to a constituency...
    The Republican-dominated Pennsylvania state legislature on Friday included in its budget legislation a provision banning the display of non-approved flags at the state Capitol building, including the pro-marijuana legalization and LGBTQ- and transgender-rights flags the lieutenant governor hangs from his office balcony.  According to The Associated Press, John Fetterman (D) said he was not aware of the provision until notified by a reporter Friday, adding that he had no intention of removing the flags until lawmakers pass legislation legalizing marijuana for recreational use and make it illegal for employers and others to discriminate against someone because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. “I would be delighted to take them down if they give us that,” Fetterman told the AP. “That’s the reason I’m flying them.” The legislature has blocked legislation on both issues.  According to the AP, Fetterman flies his marijuana flag year-round, while he reserves the LGBTQ- and...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The race between two candidates in our area for the state Senate is now a tie. Incumbent Democrat Jim Brewster and Republican challenger Nicole Ziccarelli are seeing the race face legal hurdles. The court battle focuses on some mail-in ballots and whether they should be counted or not. The issue with these ballots is some are missing information on the declaration envelope. After the Allegheny County board of elections and Allegheny County court said 2,349 mail-in ballots could be counted, a commonwealth court reversed the decision. A big issue with these ballots is that they’re missing dates on the declaration envelope. Attorney Matt Haverstick represented Ziccarelli’s appeal. “We think the General Assembly thinks and meant that those requirements are not negotiable. They’re not waive-able,” he told KDKA. Currently, both candidates are tied with just under 66,000 votes. Suzanne Almeida with the non-partisan government watchdog group Common...
    Joe Biden has won Georgia and its 16 electoral votes, an extraordinary victory for Democrats who pushed to expand their electoral map through the Sun Belt.  The win by Biden pads his Electoral College margin of victory over President Donald Trump. Biden was declared the winner of the presidential election November 7 after flipping Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin to the Democrats' column.  Biden now has 306 electoral votes to Trump's 232.  Trump won Georgia by 5 percentage points in 2016 over Democrat Hillary Clinton.  In 2020, Democrats had focused heavily on the state, seeing it in play two years after Democrat Stacey Abrams narrowly lost the governor's race. Both of Georgia's Senate seats were on the ballot this year, further boosting the state's political profile as well as spending by outside groups seeking to influence voters. Those two races are headed to a January runoff.  Georgia hadn't voted for a...
    WASHINGTON – Joe Biden has won Georgia and its 16 electoral votes, an extraordinary victory for Democrats who pushed to expand their electoral map through the Sun Belt. The win by Biden pads his Electoral College margin of victory over President Donald Trump. Biden was declared the winner of the presidential election on Nov. 7 after flipping Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin to the Democrats’ column. Biden now has 306 electoral votes to Trump’s 232. Trump won Georgia by 5 percentage points in 2016 over Democrat Hillary Clinton. In 2020, Democrats had focused heavily on the state, seeing it in play two years after Democrat Stacey Abrams narrowly lost the governor’s race. Both of Georgia’s Senate seats were on the ballot this year, further boosting the state’s political profile as well as spending by outside groups seeking to influence voters. Those two races are headed to a January runoff. Georgia hadn’t...
    Ousted Virginia Police Chief Angela Greene decried her Monday dismissal from office saying, 'I am being wrongfully terminated for upholding the law.'  Greene, the chief of the Portsmouth Police Department, was given the boot on Monday moments after criminal charges were dropped against a prominent state senator and several local black leaders who had been accused of conspiring to damage a Confederate statue during a protest earlier this year. She says that her removal is politically motivated and she plans to file a lawsuit against her dismissal.  'Unfortunately, right now, I believe I am a highly qualified, educated, competent black woman in a profession that is race-neutral as the chief of police… And right now I am being wrongfully terminated because I upheld the law and my belief that no one is above the law,' she said Wednesday night on Fox News' Tucker Carlson Tonight. 'I was also punished because...
    Democrat state leaders aren't going to let the holiday season intefere with their attempt to reach in to every single part of your life during the coronavirus pandemic, Laura Ingraham, the host of “The Ingraham Angle” said on Tuesday. “Liberals who worship at the altar of [Dr. Anthony] Fauci have no problem reaching into your homes and demanding that you behave in a certain way,” she said. “Socializing with people outside of your immediate cohort or family or your bubble is verboten. And if you had Thanksgiving plans, they want to shame you into canceling them.” She pointed to new restrictions popping up in blue states across the country, including in Illinios, where Gov. J.B. Pritzker, a Democrat, suggested that Thanksgiving dinner should be served over Zoom. LAURA INGRAHAM SHARES 'HARD TRUTH' WITH BIDEN: INSULTING TRUMP SUPPORTERS WILL 'ONLY INCITE MORE VIOLENCE' “Blue state governors loved the power that came with the...
    Jenna Ellis, a senior legal adviser to the Trump 2020 campaign, told "Fox News @ Night" on Tuesday that the two Republicans on Michigan's Wayne County Board of Canvassers involved in a brief deadlock in the county's election certification process faced threats and allegations of racism before agreeing to certify the ballots. Their decision to side with their Democrat colleagues was dramatic and viewed by conservatives on social media as a capitulation after a brutal, two-hour public pressure campaign. Ellis told Shannon Bream, the host of the show, that she received reports that these two board members correctly spotted discrepancies and she said the ballot counts in 71% of the county's precincts do not match voter rolls. MICHIGAN'S WAYNE COUNTY CERTIFIES ELECTION RESULTS IN REVERSAL OF EARLIER DECISION “That’s significant,” she said. “That doesn’t matter if you’re a Democrat or a Republican. You should be concerned about it.” Kayleigh McEnany, Trump’s White House press secretary, announced earlier on Twitter that there...
    Republican Senator Lindsey Graham revealed he's spoken to officials in Arizona and Nevada about their presidential votes after Georgia's secretary of state accused him of pressure to discard legally-cast ballots. Joe Biden carried all three states but President Donald Trump is contesting the results.  Graham told reporters on Capitol Hill on Tuesday he's spoken to Republican Gov. Doug Ducey of Arizona - who still has to certify the results of the presidential election in his state - and to one of Nevada's state election officials.  'What I'm trying to find out is how do you verify mail-in ballots. So the question for me is if we're going to use more mail-in ballots, we need to have signature verification that's bipartisan,' he said. The South Carolina senator also told reporters he spoke to President Trump on Monday night but would only say the two men talked about 'national security.'  Republican...
    The police chief of Portsmouth, Virginia was fired on Monday moments before criminal charges were dropped against a prominent state senator and several local black leaders.  Angela Greene suggested her removal from the post was politically motivated as the senator and leaders, accused of conspiring to damage a confederate statue during a protest, were acquitted.  Democrats who had condemned the charges praised the latest twist in the case that involved state Sen. Louise Lucas, a high ranking Democrat who is Virginia's most senior black legislator. Angela Greene, police chief in Portsmouth, Virginia, was fired from her post moments before criminal charges were dropped against state Sen. Louise Lucas and 18 other plaintiffs. The police had charged them over damage to a confederate statue during protests in June Lucas and 18 other plaintiffs, including a school board member and members of the local NAACP chapter and the public defender's office, were...
    Republican Young Kim officially defeated incumbent Rep. Gil Cisneros (D-CA) Saturday in California’s 39th congressional district, marking the latest GOP victory in an election that has seen Democrats lose seats nationwide while retaining a small majority in the House of Representatives. The Orange County Register reported: “Whoever you voted for in this election, I hope you know that regardless of any differences we may have, I will always work on your behalf and fight for you,” Kim said in a Facebook video declaring victory Friday night. “Now that the election is over, I hope we can unite and move forward to address the issues that our nation faces.” Cisneros issued a statement saying “the voters have spoken” after latest results showed Kim with 50.6% of the vote. While there were still several thousand mail-in and provisional ballots left to tally across the three counties that touch CA-39, both candidates said the...
    By SAM METZ, AP / Report for America CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Republican challengers defeated incumbents in the Nevada Assembly, thwarting Democrats' hopes of maintaining their veto-proof majority in the Nevada Assembly. Former Las Vegas Assemblyman Richard McArthur defeated Democratic Assemblywoman Connie Munk in Nevada's 4th Assembly District. Republican Andy Matthews unseated first-term Democrat Shea Backus in 37th Assembly District. Matthews has worked at the Nevada Policy Research Institute, a state-based think-tank that advocates for conservative causes, and worked on Republican Adam Laxalt’s 2018 gubernatorial campaign. In the state Senate, Republican charter school executive Carrie Buck defeated Democrat Kristee Watson in the race to succeed term-limited Democrat Joyce Woodhouse. Woodhouse defeated Buck narrowly in 2016. The outcomes keeps Democrats below the two-thirds thresholds they would need to unilaterally pass new taxes without Republican support in both chambers. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be...
    Texas Democrats are trying to regroup after failing to make gains at nearly every level despite their belief they would turn the state blue during last week’s presidential election. “I remember sitting [in] the office, putting my hands on my temples and saying, ‘what the f— is happening?'” Progress Texas executive director Ed Espinoza recalled of watching the votes come in on election night. A Democrat strategist who worked on down-ballot races told the Hill it was “pretty clear at this point that we were wrong about what the environment would look like. And I don’t think it was just us.” “Our polling showed the same thing national polling showed, and ultimately Republican polling too, which was that Trump was going to lose 7 to 10 points off of his 2016 margins in Texas and across the country. That didn’t happen,” the strategist explained. President Trump made big gains in traditionally Democrat-held...
    Republican Sen. David Perdue is calling on Georgians to send him back to Washington to fight the Democratic Party's "radical leftists."  Speaking at a raucous rally Friday in Cumming, Ga., Perdue urged supporters to ensure that he and the state's other GOP senator, Kelly Loeffler, are empowered to "stand up against AOC, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer and all these radical leftists."  AOC is shorthand for Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a New York Democrat who has championed progressive causes including the Green New Deal and become a favorite target of conservatives. Pelosi is the House speaker; Schumer is the Senate minority leader. PERDUE LINKS OSSOFF TO SCHUMER AND PELOSI IN HIS FIRST GEORGIA RUNOFF AD "Stand with us and let's make darn sure that the road to socialism never runs through the state of Georgia," Perdue said, encouraging voters to turn out once more for his Jan. 5 runoff against Democrat Jon Ossoff.  “What we have to do is not persuade people,...
    With newly elected lawmakers joining incumbents in Tallahassee to be sworn into the Florida Legislature on Tuesday, pre-filed bills soon will pile up for the 60-day legislative session that begins March 2. After flipping five House seats in the Nov. 3 election, Republicans head into the 2021 legislative session with a 78-42 chamber advantage and hold a 24-16 Senate majority after GOP challenger Ileana Garcia was declared the winner Thursday against Democratic incumbent José Javier Rodríguez in their Senate District 37 race. Republican priorities, therefore, will be the focus in getting pre-filed bills before committees and onto chamber floors when the session begins, with little time for bills filed by Democrats unless they can garner GOP support. Although pre-filing for the 2021 session began Aug. 1, no proposed House bills had been posted by Thursday and nine Senate bills had been filed. All are “relief” bills seeking...
    (CNN)Joe Biden will win Georgia, CNN projected Friday, striking at the heart of what has been a Republican presidential stronghold for nearly three decades. The former vice president is the first Democratic nominee to triumph in Georgia since Bill Clinton did it in 1992.Biden's victory adds 16 electoral votes to his tally, bringing him to 306 -- matching President Donald Trump's 2016 total. With CNN's projection that Trump will win North Carolina, the final tally is 306-232.In Georgia, Trump had raced out to an early lead in the counting, but Biden surged ahead as the votes from Atlanta and its suburbs were tabulated. Map: See 2020 election resultsThe Democratic ticket's historic success has been fueled by a grassroots organizing renaissance that rallied a rapidly diversifying electorate and suburbs that are, at once, growing and becoming increasingly inhospitable to Republican candidates. Georgia Republicans have compounded the issue, with state lawmakers refusing...
    State Rep. Vernon Jones of the 91st House District in Georgia spoke with the Daily Caller’s Samantha Renck about the Georgia Senate races, the results of the 2020 presidential election and more. “The American way of life is at stake. Georgia’s way of life is at stake,” Vernon said. “I do not believe that they are going to win both Senate seats here. Georgia will maintain those seats with Republicans holding them.” (RELATED: EXCLUSIVE: Sen. Cruz Lays Out How ‘Indescribably Important’ The Next Two Months Are To The GOP) “I’m a lifelong Democrat, but I call balls and strikes,” he continued. “I always say that ‘I didn’t leave my party, my party left me.'” “Those two [Republican] candidates there now, they support law enforcement,” Jones said. “They are against antifa. They believe in fiscal responsibility. They don’t want us to be a socialist country.” Vernon also discussed his thoughts on the...
    President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden has spoken with some GOP senators, chief of staff says Trump told advisers he could announce 2024 bid shortly after certification of Biden win: report Obama 'troubled' by GOP attempts to cast doubt on election results: 'That's a dangerous path' MORE is projected to win Arizona, making him the first Democrat to win the state since 1996. The projection comes over a week after polls closed on Election Day.  Multiple news outlets called the race in Biden’s favor around 11:30 p.m. Thursday night. Fox News was the first outlet to call the state in Biden’s favor last week, which drew the ire of President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden has spoken with some GOP senators, chief of staff says Trump told advisers he could announce 2024 bid shortly after certification of Biden win: report Ivy League cancels winter sports amid US COVID-19 pandemic surge MORE and his allies. ...
    JOE BIDEN is finally the project winner in Arizona -- making him the first Democrat to turn the state blue since 1996. Multiple news outlets, including CNN, NBC, and CBS, called the southwestern US state for Biden on Thursday night. 1Credit: Reuters Both The Associated Press and Fox News had already called the race for Biden. With the win in Arizona, Biden's lead over President Donald Trump continues to grow. Most read in NewsLive BlogTRUMPEDDonald Trump has BANNED terrified staff even mentioning Biden's name, report claimsFAMILY'S AGONYDying mum denied final hug with 3 sons due to Covid rules but dog is allowedExclusiveMEG MYSTERYMeghan Markle fans claim she narrated anti-Trump ad ahead of electionJITTERY JOEWorried Biden 'advised AGAINST bin Laden raid,' Obama's memoir revealsIN TUB-BLEPelosi's fridge of posh ice cream blamed for hampering Dems in House electionTRAGIC BLAZE4 kids killed in house fire after parents 'fell asleep while smoking...
    U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks during a campaign event at a carpenters union in Phoenix, Arizona, October 8, 2020.Kevin Lamarque | Reuters President-elect Joe Biden is projected to win the state of Arizona, NBC News reported. Arizona has 11 Electoral College votes. Polling averages had indicated that Biden was a slight favorite to win the state. Trump won Arizona by slightly more than 3 percentage points in 2016. The last time Arizona voted Democratic in a presidential election was 1996, when Bill Clinton was reelected. Otherwise, known for GOP stalwarts such as late Sens. Barry Goldwater and John McCain, the state has been solidly Republican since the 1950s. This is breaking news. Check back for updates.Related Tags Race For White House Joe Biden Donald Trump White House Politics
    Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has no plans to alter the state’s succession rules should Sen. Elizabeth Warren be tapped to serve in President-elect Joe Biden’s administration, WBZ-TV reports. State law currently stipulates that once a vacancy arises, an interim senator is appointed by the governor until a special election is held. An amendment recently introduced by Massachusetts State Rep. Mindy Domb, a Democrat, would require that Baker fill a vacancy with someone belonging to the same political party as the individual who vacated the role, according to the station. In Warren’s case, that would require Baker to appoint a Democrat. The Republican governor, however, told WBZ News on Thursday he would veto that effort, calling it a “bad look.” A spokesperson for Baker’s office did not return Fox News’ request for comment. MASSACHUSETTS' REPUBLICAN GOV. REVEALS HE LEFT PRESIDENTIAL BALLOT BLANK  As President-elect Joe Biden begins to put together his administration, Warren...
    Connecticut GOP House Rep. Craig Fishbein was declared the loser in the race for his seat until a town clerk found an “error” had caused the race to be called for his Democrat opponent. Wallingford town clerk Barbara Thompson said Tuesday her office discovered that votes had not been recorded in the state’s reporting system from Yalesville Elementary School, reported CT Mirror. The school is one of nine polling places in the 90th House District that includes Wallingford and Cheshire. “I can’t answer if it was a clerical error or a computer error in the elections management system,” Thompson said. “All I know is we caught it yesterday and amended it.” As of Wednesday morning, unofficial results on the secretary of state’s elections website showed incumbent Fishbein ahead of challenger Jim Jinks, but, according to the Mirror, a recount will be conducted Thursday because of a margin of less than 0.50...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The top Democrat in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives has conceded his race in the 2020 election. After serving 30 years in Harrisburg, State Representative Frank Dermody of Oakmont conceded to Republican Carrie DelRosso. Rep. Dermody was the House Minority Leader. Dermody said in his concession that he wishes DelRosso well on her election to represent the 33rd District.
    ATLANTA (AP) — A Macon Democrat will be the new minority leader of the Georgia state House of Representatives, after the party's former leader was defeated by a Republican. Democrats meeting Tuesday at the state Capitol chose Rep. James Beverly, who was elected last week to his sixth term in the House. He defeated Rep. William Boddie of East Point in the race for party leader. Beverly had been the minority caucus chair the last two years. He will take the place of minority leader Bob Trammell, a Luthersville Democrat who lost in the general election last week to Republican David Jenkins. The GOP had committed to spend more than $1 million to target Trammell, the last white Democrat representing a predominantly rural district. Despite Trammell's loss, Democrats are likely to gain two seats overall, leaving them with 77 compared to 103 for Republicans. Democrat Rebecca Mitchell unseated Republican House...
    Ashlie D. Stevens November 10, 2020 9:18PM (UTC) Democrat Cal Cunningham conceded to incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis in North Carolina on Tuesday. According to the Associated Press, Tillis led Cunningham by more than 95,000 votes, or 1.76 percentage points. "I just called Sen. Tillis to congratulate him on winning reelection to a second term in the U.S. Senate and wished him and his family the best in their continued service in the months and years ahead," Cunningham told the Associated Press. "The voters have spoken and I respect their decision." : As soon as the general election campaign between Cunningham and Tillis kicked off, it captured the national spotlight. Political experts deemed it one of the "core four" races — alongside Maine, Iowa and Arizona — that would be most likely to determine control of the United States Senate. Those high stakes attracted big money spent on...
    Thom Tillis and Cal Cunningham, North CarolinaReuters; AP Democrat Cal Cunningham conceded Tuesday to Republican Sen. Thom Tillis in North Carolina's U.S. Senate race, one of the last undecided contests in the fight for control of the chamber. NBC News has not yet projected a winner in the election. Tillis leads Cunningham by fewer than 2 percentage points with some votes outstanding. In a tweeted statement, Tillis said Cunningham called him to concede Tuesday afternoon, a week after Election Day. The senator said his first priority after returning to Washington "will be defeating COVID-19 and getting the economy back on track." In his own statement, Cunningham said "the voters have spoken and I respect their decision." He said he will "be proud of the work we did together to lift up the voices of North Carolinians who felt left behind by our politics." North Carolina was seen as a potential...
    The Democrat stronghold in New England has weakened after a few lower-ticket 2020 election surprises, including an entire state’s legislature flipping to red and two House speakers being ousted by Republicans. One enormous upset came out of New Hampshire, where both chambers of its legislature and its Executive Council lost their Democrat majorities. At the federal level, former Vice President Joe Biden carried the state by seven points, Democrat Sen. Jeanne Shaheen comfortably kept her seat, and the two congressional districts also remained blue; however, the state-level elections did not follow suit. The Senate flipped from a 14–10 Democrat majority to a 14–10 Republican majority, the 400-seat House that had 157 Republicans will now have 213, and Republicans have taken control of the powerful Executive Council, 4–1. The Executive Council, unique to the Granite State, appoints government officials, controls the release of money from Treasury, and can make pardons. Recounts...
    California was a big winner when Joe Biden became the president-elect. For the last four years, President Trump has done everything he can to undermine the state’s environmental initiatives, immigration policies, COVID-19 efforts and healthcare. He probably would have started allowing fracking on Half Dome if he’d gotten another four years. So, yes, it’ll be nice to have a president who isn’t trying to punish us, and who may even have a few fond feelings for California. His vice president is from here, after all, and Gov. Gavin Newsom raised millions of dollars for Biden and campaigned for him in Nevada. But don’t think for a minute that all California’s worries will magically come to an end anytime soon. “It gets interesting when all that ails society can no longer be blamed on Trump or the feds,” said Austin Beutner, superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District,...
    Georgia’s two Republican US senators are calling on the Peach State’s top election official to resign. In a joint statement Monday, Sen. David Perdue and Sen. Kelly Loeffler blasted Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s handling of last week’s races, which neither won and both heading to January runoff elections. “The management of Georgia elections has become an embarrassment for our state,” they said. “We believe when there are failures, they need to be called out — even when it’s in your own party.” The statement suggested there had been illegal voting and a lack of “transparency and uniformity in the process.” “While blame certainly lies elsewhere as well, the buck ultimately stops with the Secretary of State,” they said. “The Secretary of State has failed to deliver honest and transparent elections. He has failed the people of Georgia, and he should step down immediately.” Raffensperger didn’t immediately return...
    Kansas Democrat Aaron Coleman, 20, who has admitted to being abusive to his ex-girlfriend in 2019 and perpetrating a "revenge porn" incident when he was in middle school, was elected to the state legislature this year despite the efforts of the Kansas Democratic Party. "Coleman shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near the Legislature – or the governor," the Kansas City Star Editorial Board wrote on Friday. The board was referencing a tweet from last week in which Coleman said he could "call out a hit" on Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly, a Democrat.  DISPUTE OVER TRUMP YARD SIGN IN KANSAS LEAVES 3 INJURED But it looks like Kansas Democrats, who are in the minority in the legislature, won't get any help from Republican state lawmakers to keep Coleman from assuming office. Democrats intend to file a complaint that Coleman is unfit for office, but without Republican votes to help them reach two-thirds of the state House,...
    A 20-year-old Kansas Democrat who admitted to circulating revenge porn in middle school has been elected to the state legislature. Aaron Coleman, who made headlines in August for winning his primary despite his checkered past, was thrown under the spotlight again last week for sending out a threatening tweet directed at Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly. In the since-deleted post reviewed by The Associated Press, Coleman said Kelly would face an “extremely bloody” primary in two years. “I’m not playing around,” Coleman wrote in the tweet. “People will realize one day when I call a hit out on you it’s real.” In an interview with AP, he acknowledged sending the tweet, but said he meant to say “political hit.” Coleman last Tuesday defeated two challengers who ran write-in campaigns, including Democratic incumbent Rep. Stan Frownfelter. State Democrats are already plotting the newly-elected state lawmaker’s removal from office. Kansas House Minority Leader...
    Atlantas Fulton County on Saturday began rescanning some votes first counted Friday. The county had discovered "an issue," according to a Facebook post from Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. A county spokesperson did not immediately respond to a text message seeking more information. Raffensperger posted: "Fulton County has discovered an issue involving reporting from their work on Friday. Officials are at State Farm Arena to rescan their work from Friday. The Secretary of State has a monitor onsite, has sent additional investigators, and dispatched the Deputy Secretary of State as well to oversee the process to make sure to thoroughly secure the vote and protect all legal votes. Observers from both political parties are there as well." A tweet from the Republican election official echoed the Facebook statement. Neither Facebook nor Twitter has not tagged, censored, blocked, or covered the post, as social media companies have been wont to do...
    Breitbart News obtained a memo detailing “election irregularities in Pennsylvania” sent by the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) to House Republicans on Saturday. The memo reads as follows: According to the Speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, several election irregularities in Pennsylvania require urgent attention and necessitate an audit of the state’s election results. 1. Partisan Democrats on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court unilaterally extended the deadline to receive late ballots and mandated that ballots without a postmark would be presumed to be timely. a. This unconstitutional decision occurred just weeks before the November 3rd election and created chaos and confusion across Pennsylvania. b. Democrats on the court unilaterally bypassed the state legislature, which is         vested authority over state elections by the U.S. Constitution. 2. Pennsylvania’s Democrat Secretary of State, Kathy Boockvar, directed county officials to accept absentee and mail ballots even if the signatures on the...
    PHOENIX (AP) — Two Republicans and one Democrat have won their races in the little-watched battle for control of Arizona’s utility regulatory commission. Current Arizona Corporation Commission member Lea Marquez Peterson and retired finance industry professional Jim O'Connor are the Republicans. The Democrat is current Tolleson mayor and former state senator Anna Tovar. Democrats fell short of gaining control of the commission. It is currently controlled 4-1 by Republicans and has had a GOP majority for many years. Democrats had hoped to help turn the state toward more renewable energy and boost scrutiny of rate increases sought by regulated electric utilities. Instead, GOP members will have a 3-2 majority starting in January, It was the first commission election since Arizona Public Service installed a new chief executive who pledged not to spend money to influence the race. The pledge followed several elections in which the state’s largest utility spent lavishly...
    Michigan’s Republican-led state legislature will hold a joint hearing Saturday to weigh GOP claims of suspicious computer vote-counting glitches in two counties. “One candidate seems to want to pour gas on every potential fear and doubt … while the other seems uninterested in some very troubling reports and witness testimony,” State Sen. Ed McBroom, chairman of the Senate Oversight Committee, tweeted Friday. “We will investigate the elections process and seek to determine whether improprieties exist,” McBroom added. On Friday, Michigan GOP Chairwoman Laura Cox pointed to a computer error in Michigan’s Antrim County that caused nearly 6,000 votes for President Trump to be tallied in Democrat Joe Biden’s column. A similar error — in a different vendor’s vote-counting software — made a Republican-to-Democrat switch in Oakland County that was large enough to temporarily flip a GOP county commissioner’s seat, the Detroit Free Press reported Friday. Both glitches were caught and...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the presidential campaign (all times local): 10:50 p.m. Joe Biden projected confidence Friday that he would win the presidential election, citing his lead in votes in key states like Pennsylvania. The Associated Press has not yet declared a winner in the race between Biden and President Donald Trump because neither candidate has reached the 270 Electoral College votes needed to carry the White House. Biden noted he has already won the most votes in history for any presidential candidate. He said a record number of Americans “chose change over more of the same.” He told the nation that the political parties may be opponents, but they are not enemies. “Let’s put the anger and the demonization behind us,” he said. __ 8:05 p.m. Democrat Joe Biden’s lead over President Donald Trump is growing in battleground Pennsylvania. By Friday evening, the Democrat held a lead...
    In the perfect coda to this chaotic, unprecedented election year, the battle for control of the U.S. Senate is heading into overtime, and the outcome now rides almost entirely on the voters of one state: Georgia. With nearly every vote counted in the state as of Friday, elections for Georgia’s two Senate seats will both head to runoff elections, scheduled for Jan. 5. In one race, Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) leads Democrat Jon Ossoff by less than three points, but the incumbent came under the 50 percent threshold needed to win outright under the state’s rules. In the other, the state’s special election, the top two finishers in a crowded primary—Democrat Raphael Warnock and appointed Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA)—will meet in the runoff, having cleared 32.7 percent and 26 percent of the vote on Nov. 3, respectively. Currently, each party is projected to hold 48 seats in the Senate. The...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the presidential campaign (all times local): 8:05 p.m. Democrat Joe Biden’s lead over President Donald Trump is growing in battleground Pennsylvania. By Friday evening, the Democrat held a lead of over 19,500 votes out of more than 6.5 million ballots cast. That’s an edge of about 0.29%. State law dictates that a recount must be held if the margin between the two candidates is less than 0.5%. The Associated Press has not declared a winner in the state. The Pennsylvania secretary of state’s website said Friday that there were 102,541 more mail ballots that needed to be counted, including many from Allegheny County, a Democratic area that is home to Pittsburgh, and the Democratic stronghold of Philadelphia County. Additionally, there are potentially tens of thousands of provisional ballots that remain to be tabulated, though an exact number remained unclear. Those ballots will be counted...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the presidential campaign (all times local): 8 p.m. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito has ordered county elections officials in Pennsylvania to keep separate mail-in ballots that arrived after Election Day. The state’s top elections official already had ordered those ballots be kept apart. The order came Friday night in response to a plea from the state Republican Party as Democrat Joe Biden inched ahead of President Donald Trump in Pennsylvania in the presidential race. Alito, acting on his own, said he was motivated in part by the Republicans’ assertion that they can’t be sure elections officials are complying with guidance issued by Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar, a Democrat. The justice handles emergency appeals from Pennsylvania. He ordered a response from the state by Saturday afternoon and said he has referred the matter to the full court for further action. The order is...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Republican Devlin Robinson declared victory over incumbent Democrat Pam Iovino for the 37th District’s state senate seat in a race that’s been called by the Associated Press. According to AP, Robinson defeated Iovino 52.59% to 47.41% with 100% of precincts reporting. A press release from Robinson says he declared victory after receiving a concession call from Iovino. “I want to thank my fellow veteran, Sen. Pam Iovino, for a lifetime of service to our nation and our state,” a statement from Robinson says. “She has graciously offered to assist in the transition. While our politics and paths are different, we have always shared the same destination: a better, more vibrant, and prosperous region. Please know that I intend to represent every citizen of this district and be a voice for all sides.” RELATED: Pam Iovino, Devlin Robinson Facing Off In Hotly Contested State...
    Democrat Carolyn Bourdeaux has eked out a victory in her northeast Atlanta suburbs district, House Democrats' only pickup of the 2020 cycle. Bourdeaux, a college professor who lost her first campaign for Georgia's 7th Congressional District in 2018, beat Republican Rich McCormick, a physician and former Marine helicopter pilot, 51% to 49%, or just more than 8,600 votes. Retiring GOP Rep. Rob Woodall, an ex-Capitol Hill staffer turned lawmaker, defeated Bourdeaux two years ago by about 400 votes, the smallest margin for a congressional race that year. House Democrats have retained their majority, 212 seats to 194, as of Friday afternoon. But many members of the caucus faced tougher-than-expected results, and House Republicans flipped seven districts. Bourdeaux's success builds on other Democratic wins in Georgia as the state's population diversifies and its suburbs expand. The close White House contest between President Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is...
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania voters have returned at least 17 incumbent members to Congress, with one race undecided, and have elected the first Republican auditor general in more than two decades. Democrat Josh Shapiro was also declared the winner of his race Friday for a second term as the state’s attorney general. The state’s top law enforcement official for the next four years will again be Shapiro. He defeated Republican Heather Heidelbaugh, a lawyer from Mount Lebanon and a former Allegheny County Council member. Pennsylvania, it is the honor of my life to serve as your Attorney General. Im grateful and ready to keep taking on the big fights as the people’s AG. Thank you. pic.twitter.com/lU5EEq1QJk — Josh Shapiro (@JoshShapiroPA) November 6, 2020 Shapiro, a resident of Abington, is a former state lawmaker and Montgomery County commissioner. He had been outspoken about election preparation and proper vote...
    By SCOTT SONNER and SAM METZ, AP/Report for America CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Democratic Rep. Steven Horsford was reelected in one of two southern Nevada congressional districts where Republicans mounted well-financed campaigns to flip U.S. House seats in the battleground state. The other hotly contested race was too early to call as Democratic Rep. Susie Lee tried to fend off GOP challenger Dan Rodimer, a former professional wrestler, in a district that President Donald Trump carried in 2016 despite losing the state to Hillary Clinton by 2.4 percentage points. Democrat Joe Biden has a narrow lead over Trump in Nevada but it's too early to call the race, with votes left to be counted. Two veteran incumbents, Democratic Rep. Dina Titus in Las Vegas and Republican Rep. Mark Amodei in northern Nevada, easily won reelection as expected Tuesday. Amodei defeated Democratic challenger Patricia Ackerman to claim a sixth term...
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP/KDKA) – Democrat Josh Shapiro has won a second term as Pennsylvania’s attorney general, the top-ranking law enforcement position in the state. Shapiro beat back a challenge from Republican Heather Heidelbaugh, a lawyer from Pittsburgh. Shapiro is a former state lawmaker and Montgomery County commissioner. During his first term in office, he released a grand jury report into decades of child molestation by priests in the state’s Roman Catholic parishes. Shapiro is widely viewed as a likely candidate for governor in two years. For comprehensive coverage of all things election-related in Pennsylvania, visit KDKA’s 2020 Election Guide. For live results of all election races in Pennsylvania, visit KDKA’s 2020 General Election results page. GO IN-DEPTH ON SOME KEY PA RACES: • Attorney General: Josh Shapiro (D) vs. Heather Heidelbaugh (R) • Auditor General: Nina Ahmad (D) vs. Timothy DeFoor (R) • State Treasurer: Joe Torsella (D)...
    This is America. Now what? Grocers restore purchase limits on toilet paper, other products as COVID-19 cases surge Top Democrat Pelosi calls Biden president-elect House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the top Democrat in Congress, on Friday called Joe Biden the "president-elect" of the United States after he pulled ahead in key election results. © Nicholas Kamm US Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi calls Joe Biden "president-elect" at a news conference "This morning it is clear that the Biden-Harris ticket will win the White House," Pelosi told reporters after Biden overtook President Donald Trump in the potentially decisive state of Pennsylvania. "President-Elect Biden has a strong mandate to lead," she said. It is "a happy day for our country. Joe Biden is a unifier, because he is determined to bring people together." Pennsylvania would be enough to put Biden past the magic number of 270 votes in the state-by-state Electoral...
    U.S. Democratic Senate candidate Mark Kelly and former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords speak to supporters and volunteers during a Phoenix Early Vote Event near a downtown early voting site on October 24, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona.Courtney Pedroza | Getty Images Mark Kelly will win Arizona's Senate race, NBC News projected Friday, flipping the second seat of the 2020 election for Democrats. He will defeat Republican Sen. Martha McSally. The expected victory would make Arizona the third state where a Senate seat changes hands this year after Democrats won GOP-controlled Colorado and Republicans carried Democratic-held Alabama. Both parties will have at least 47 seats entering the next Congress. Kelly, 56, is a former Navy captain and astronaut, and he is married to former Rep. Gabby Giffords, who survived a gunshot to the head in 2011. Giffords went on to become a leader of the gun violence prevention movement. McSally, 54, also...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Republican candidate Timothy DeFoor has won the race for Pennsylvania Auditor General, according to the Associated Press. With 92% of the vote in and 8,423 of 9,147 precincts reporting, DeFoor holds a 3,226,803-2,933,348 lead over Democrat Nina Ahmad. The Associated Press has called the race for DeFoor. For comprehensive coverage of all things election-related in Pennsylvania, visit KDKA’s 2020 Election Guide. For live results of all election races in Pennsylvania, visit KDKA’s 2020 General Election results page. GO IN-DEPTH ON SOME KEY PA RACES: • Attorney General: Josh Shapiro (D) vs. Heather Heidelbaugh (R) • Auditor General: Nina Ahmad (D) vs. Timothy DeFoor (R) • State Treasurer: Joe Torsella (D) vs. Stacy Garrity (R) • U.S. House 17th District: Conor Lamb (D) vs. Sean Parnell (R) • State Senate 37th District: Pam Iovino (D) vs. Devlin Robinson (R) • State Senate 39th District: Kim Ward...
    Republicans are the party of women, Minnesota Congresswoman-elect Michelle Fischbach, who defeated 30-year incumbent Democratic Rep. Collin Peterson and flipped the state's 7th Congressional District red, told "Fox & Friends" Friday. Fischbach, Minnesota's former lieutenant governor and the state's first female Senate president, received 53.5% of the vote compared to Peterson's nearly 40% in the state's largest district that voted for President Trump in 2016 and again on Tuesday in the race for the White House. "I think the Republicans did a wonderful job of recruiting strong, conservative women, and I think it's wonderful that these women are able to take that conservative message forward and I think they do a great job with it," Fischbach told cohost Ainsley Earhardt. Video"It's always been frustrating to me that the Democrats have been able to say, 'We're the party of the women,' when it really is the Republicans who are giving women the opportunity and recruiting women...
    Michigan Supreme Court Justice-elect Elizabeth Welch The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Carolyn Fiddler, and Matt Booker, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Leading Off ● MI Supreme Court: Democrats flipped the Michigan Supreme Court by winning both seats on the ballot. Chief Justice Bridget Mary McCormack was re-elected with 32%, while fellow Democrat Elizabeth Welch secured the second spot by edging out Republican Mary Kelly 20-17. Each party nominates two candidates for what is nominally a nonpartisan general election, and Democrats will now hold a 4-3 majority. The result comes after Republicans used their 1-seat majority to thwart Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's attempts to protect Michiganders during the pandemic: Infamously, it struck down a 75-year-old law in early October because Whitmer had used it to declare a state of...
    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Leading state lawmakers are laying plans for the next legislative session in January after an election that ushered in a slate of progressive Democrats to the state Senate. A meeting of House and Senate leaders with legal counsel is scheduled Friday as the Legislature initiates the process of redrawing legislative district boundaries in 2021 and discusses the executive powers that the governor commands in response to the coronavirus. Democrats retained substantial partisan majorities in both chambers of the Legislature in Tuesday's election. At the same time, several conservative-leaning Democrats won't return to the state Senate next year after primary election losses, including the Senate president and gatekeepers for tax policy and state spending decisions. Those developments will reshuffle leadership posts and reopen negotiations on changes to state abortion statutes, spending priorities for education and whether to tax and regulate the recreational marijuana market. It still...
    By JOHN O'CONNOR, AP Political Writer SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Thursday said that Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan should step down as chairman of the state Democratic Party, agreeing with the state's senior U.S. senator that the longtime political powerbroker's implication in a federal bribery investigation hurt Democrats in Tuesday's elections. Pritzker made a more general statement on Wednesday that voters jaded by a spate of corruption involving Democrats had helped sink his administration's top priority, implementing a graduated income tax that would hit the wealthy harder and generate billions of dollars to help Illinois' sad fiscal state. But after Sen. Dick Durbin, a Democrat from Springfield, told WTTW-TV Wednesday night that he blamed Democratic electoral setbacks on Madigan's refusal to step aside after he was named by the Justice Department as a participant in a decade-long bribery scheme admitted to by utility company ComEd, Pritzker...
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Thursday said that Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan should step down as chairman of the state Democratic Party, agreeing with the state's senior U.S. senator that the longtime political powerbroker's implication in a federal bribery investigation hurt Democrats in Tuesday's elections.Pritzker made a more general statement on Wednesday that voters jaded by a spate of corruption involving Democrats had helped sink his administration's top priority, implementing a graduated income tax that would hit the wealthy harder and generate billions of dollars to help Illinois' sad fiscal state.But after Sen. Dick Durbin, a Democrat from Springfield, told WTTW-TV Wednesday night that he blamed Democratic electoral setbacks on Madigan's refusal to step aside after he was named by the Justice Department as a participant in a decade-long bribery scheme admitted to by utility company ComEd, Pritzker went further."I agree with Sen. Durbin that opponents were...
    By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A day after Republicans won back New Mexico's only conservative-leaning congressional district, a top state Democrat said its boundaries will be redrawn in redistricting that will be guided by super majorities in the Democrat-controlled Legislature. New Mexico House Speaker Brian Egolf, an architect of the state's progressive Democratic wing, made the announcement Wednesday after GOP nominee Yvette Herrell beat Democratic U.S. House Rep. Xochitl Torres Small in part because of a Republican turnout surge in the 2nd Congressional District. “So this is the last election for New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional District with a map that looks like it looks now," Egolf said. "So next time it’ll be a different district and we’ll have to see what that means for Republican chances to hold it.” State Republican Party Chairman Steve Pearce criticized the plan and suggested that Egolf should instead focus...
    REDWOOD CITY (CBS SF) — Democrat Josh Becker appeared to lead the race to replace retiring Sen. Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) for California’s 13th State Senate District, ahead of Republican Alexander Glew. Hill is retiring after 12 years in state legislature, including four years as an assemblymember and eight years as a senator. Senate District 13 includes areas in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, from South San Francisco to Sunnyvale. With 100 percent precincts reporting for both counties, unofficial election results so far show Becker comfortably leading Glew with over three-quarters of the vote. In San Mateo County, Becker received 76.7 percent of votes while Glew received 23.3 percent as of early Wednesday morning. The county’s next results update is expected at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday. In Santa Clara County, Becker received 78.3 percent of votes compared to Glew’s 21.7 percent as of Wednesday evening. Santa Clara County will...
    A New Jersey Democratic official has refused calls to resign after he made a reference to Abraham Lincoln’s assassin in a post-Election Day tweet. Chris Emrich, a member of Camden County’s Democratic Committee, made the offensive comment on Twitter in a Wednesday tweet, according to The Courier Post. A Twitter user knocked The Lincoln Project, an anti-Trump group of Republicans, as “The Stinkin’ Project.” Emrich reportedly responded with "need a John Wilkes Booth Project (in my opinion),” a reference to the actor who fatally shot Lincoln at the Ford’s Theatre in April 1865. The comment came around 8:45 a.m. on Wednesday after states across the country continued counting votes in the presidential match-up between Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenAides tried to get Trump to stop attacking McCain in hopes of clinching Arizona: report New Trump campaign lawsuit targets late-arriving Georgia mail ballots Rihanna calls on officials to 'count...
    Aaron Coleman has won a seat in the Kansas state House of Representatives. Aaron Coleman for Kansas/Facebook Aaron Coleman, a 20-year-old progressive Democrat, won Tuesday's election to represent Kansas' 37th District in the state House of Representatives. Coleman's campaign has ben plagued by scandal. In June, he admitted to spreading revenge porn and harassing girls online when he was 14, and in July, he made insensitive comments about the COVID-19 pandemic. While Coleman initially dropped out of the race after beating seven-term incumbent Stan Frownfelter in an August primary, he decided two days later to continue his campaign. However, Coleman had by then lost support of the state's Democratic Party, which scrambled to find a replacement, which included backing a write-in campaign for Frownfelter.  On Election Day, Coleman ran unopposed in the Democratic stronghold district, winning 3,496 of the votes. More than 2,000 write-in votes were cast, but...
    SACRAMENTO —  Four years ago, Alex Lee was student body president at UC Davis. On Tuesday, he overwhelmingly won a seat in the California Assembly, becoming the youngest state legislator to assume office in more than 80 years. The Generation Z Democrat from San Jose is 25 years old, lives with his mom and, up until recently, was working part time for an app-based delivery service to make ends meet during his campaign. When he is sworn into office, he will also be the first California legislator to have come out as bisexual. Those facts could have easily been an obstacle during his campaign, Lee said. Instead, he leaned into all the things that set him apart from other lawmakers. “All of this combined will make me an effective advocate,” Lee said Wednesday. “This isn’t abstract for me. I don’t have to try to understand what it’s like for...
    CHICAGO (CBS)– Illinois State Sen. Jim Oberweis, owner of Oberweis Dairy, declared victory Wednesday in his quest to unseat Rep. Lauren Underwood (D-Illinois) in the 14th Congressional District. But Underwood herself did not concede, and her campaign instead slammed Oberweis for making such a declaration. The district is located west of the immediate Chicago area and includes parts of Lake, McHenry, Kane, DeKalb, Kendall, DuPage, and Will counties from the southern boundary of Kendall County north to the Wisconsin state line. Oberweis released a video on social media declaring victory after the race had been too close to call on election night. “Today, after contacting every County Clerk across the 14th District, I am pleased to say that, with only a handful of outstanding ballots, it appears that I have won a tough fought campaign against Lauren Underwood,” Oberweis said. “This race has been an uphill battle to say the...