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    IOWA CITY, Iowa – After Republicans expanded their control of Iowa’s Legislature this month, Gov. Kim Reynolds said the outcome was a validation of her small-government approach to managing the coronavirus pandemic. But as Iowa hospitals rapidly filled up in the days after the election, the GOP governor reluctantly embraced a policy she had once considered government overreach and vowed never to enact: a statewide mask mandate, however limited. “If our health care system exceeds capacity, it’s not just COVID-19 we’ll be fighting. Every Iowan who needs medical care will be put at risk,” Reynolds said in a prime-time address Monday, warning that ambulances, first responders and routine preventive care would soon be unavailable without action. “If Iowans don’t buy into this, we lose.” Reynolds is joining Republican governors in Utah and North Dakota in changing course on the pandemic response since the Nov. 3 election and issuing mask mandates...
    By TAMARA LUSH, Associated Press ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Five Florida mayors on Wednesday said they were extremely concerned about the rising number of coronavirus cases in the state, and begged Gov. Ron DeSantis to change his approach to the virus in hopes of slowing the spread. Following a monthslong decline from its huge summer spike in the outbreak, Florida has seen a mid-autumn climb in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. Still, the governor has resisted a return to statewide restrictions in place earlier in the year. “What Florida is doing right now isn’t working,” said Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber, during a sharply worded news conference on Zoom. “We’re failing pretty horribly ... Positive cases are rising steeply and it’s spreading everywhere. We don’t believe it’s going to change unless we do something different.”” Over the past week, Florida averaged more than 6,500 newly reported cases per day, a...
    California governor Gavin Newsom dined indoors when he joined friends for a birthday dinner earlier this month, a witness has claimed, challenging the governor's account of the celebrations.  The witness, a woman who has not been identified, said she was eating at the French Laundry restaurant on the same night as Newsom - who was dining in a private room with 11 other people. She said a sliding glass door to the room was initially left open, but was pulled across because the governor and his party were being 'very loud'. State guidelines for restaurants in place on the day of the dinner - November 6 - y outdoor seating must be 'prioritized' but indoor dining was allowed in small groups. Newsom's spokesman previously insisted the celebrations had taken place outdoors. The witness told Fox11 Los Angeles: 'There was a very loud party going on in a room 20 feet...
    Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves (R) called for spending $3 million on a “Patriotic Education Fund” in his budget proposal released Monday. The money under the program would go toward schools that combat what Reeves called “revisionist history” that he said is “poisoning a generation.” “Capitalism, democracy, and other uniquely American values have been the victims of a targeted campaign from foreign and domestic influence—aiming to destroy the pillars of our society. The United States is the greatest country in the history of the world. No other nation has done more for its citizens or to advance freedom and prosperity across the globe. We need to combat the dramatic shift in education,” Reeves wrote in his proposal. The move is the latest by a member of the GOP to press for education that would instruct students on history in a more “patriotic” manner, an effort some Republicans say is necessary to...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Gov. JB Pritzker on Tuesday angrily lambasted critics he said have harassed his children, and spread lies that his own family has been publicly flouting coronavirus restrictions he has ordered for the state, prompting his wife and daughter to spend Thanksgiving away from the spotlight in Florida. A day after declining to say whether or not he would be celebrating Thanksgiving at home – just as he has advised all Illinois residents to avoid travel and stay home for the holiday – the governor said his family won’t be together for the holiday. Pritzker said he and his son will be celebrating at home in Chicago, while his wife and daughter will be in Florida, and will stay there indefinitely. “I was taken aback by yesterday’s question about my holiday plans, in part because my wife and I were in the process of making the very hard...
    Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds (D) on Tuesday claimed that there is "science on both sides" of the debate on whether masks are effective in preventing spread of the coronavirus, a statement that contradicts federal health officials' guidance on the subject.  The comments from Reynolds come just one day after she instituted a mask mandate in her state.  During a news conference, Reynolds was asked by a reporter to explain the scientific basis for Iowa's new mask requirements, according to The Des Moines Register. "There's science on both sides and you know that," she said, without providing details. "If you look, you can find whatever you want to support wherever you're at."  The outlet noted that her comments appeared to conflict with the recommendations of public health experts. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a new report last week which found that masks not only protect the general...
    CHICAGO (CBS) —  Most of the United States is now under Chicago’s travel order and the city’s health director is strongly recommending that people not travel right now. The order requires people to self-quarantine for 14 days when arriving from those states. Last week as COVID cases surge throughout the country, 43 states, and Puerto Rico, were on Chicago’s travel order. The head of Chicago’s Department Of Public Health, Dr. Allison Arwady, said the travel order covers so many states, the city has broken down the travel order states into colored regions from yellow, meaning avoid non-essential travel to red, which means to completely avoid that area. “Upon arrival in Chicago, you have a 14 day quarantine speeds that are in orange, which at this point is almost the whole country. Also, the advisory is to avoid travel, but you can either do a 14 day quarantine. Or you can...
    Minnesota Governor Tim Walz is addressing state residents Tuesday for a second day in a row. He is expected to highlight the seriousness of COVID-19 and call on people to take action to protect themselves and those they love from the virus.  He is scheduled to speak with public health professionals and Minnesotans impacted by the virus at 2 p.m. local time (3 p.m. Eastern). How to watch Minnesota Governor Tim Walz speak on COVID-19 What: Minnesota Governor Tim Walz urges residents to take action amid COVID-19 spike  Date: Tuesday, November 17, 2020 Time: 2 p.m. local time (3 p.m. ET) Location: St. Paul, Minnesota  Online stream: Live on CBSN Minnesota in the player above and on your mobile or streaming device  New restrictions went into effect in the state on Friday. Indoor and outdoor private social gatherings are now limited to no more...
    Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) and Donald Trump (right) 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, and David Beard. Leading Off ● OH-Gov: Ohio politicos have been speculating for over a year that Gov. Mike DeWine could face a 2022 Republican primary challenge from the right from former Rep. Jim Renacci, and the talk only intensified on Monday when Donald Trump tweeted, "Who will be running for Governor of the Great State of Ohio? Will be hotly contested!" Trump didn't mention Renacci, who failed to unseat Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown in 2018, or say why he was shunning DeWine. The governor, though, notably broke ranks with the White House on Saturday when he acknowledged reality and said that Joe Biden had won the presidential race....
    (CNN)After a surge of new infections over the summer, California's Covid-19 numbers began showing signs of progress and counties slowly transitioned toward less restrictive tiers in the state's reopening plan.Then things took a turn for the worst. Just as the state surpassed a million infections last week, the governor warned the seven-day average of cases was higher than it had been in weeks and health officials said both hospitalizations and ICU admissions were up. Last week also marked the first time since California counties began moving forward in the state's tier system that no county moved to less restrictions. And this week came more bad news, with the governor announcing he was pulling the "emergency brake" on reopening amid a surge in infections. Experts are encouraged by early Covid-19 vaccine findings but warn the US will still face challenging months ahead"California is experiencing the fastest increase in cases we have...
    SACRAMENTO —  Gov. Gavin Newsom apologized Monday for visiting a Napa Valley restaurant with people from other households, saying his behavior contradicted the spirit of the safety guidelines and precautions he has asked Californians to adhere to during the COVID-19 pandemic. “I want to apologize to you because I need to preach and practice, not just preach and not practice, and I’ve done my best to do that,” Newsom said. “We’re all human. We all fall short sometimes.” Newsom acknowledged that the faux pas may result in a loss of his moral authority on the coronavirus as California experiences a major surge in cases. The governor discussed his own behavior on the same day that he announced a reversal of his reopening plans and ordered 28 counties to return to the purple tier — 94% of Californians will be under the state’s most restrictive guidelines as of Tuesday. ...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California governor pulls ’emergency brake,’ imposes new restrictions on businesses amid spike in coronavirus cases. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    President Trump took to Twitter on Monday to take aim at Republican Gov. Mike DeWine of Ohio. The president’s indirect attack comes one day after DeWine called Joe Biden the president-elect and said that “we need to begin” the transition between the Trump administration and the incoming Biden administration. CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST ELECTION RESULTS FROM FOX NEWS "Who will be running for Governor of the Great State of Ohio? Will be hotly contested!” Trump tweeted. The president’s tweet appeared to encourage a primary challenge to DeWine when the governor’s up for reelection in 2022. Fox News reached out to the governor’s office for comment but did not receive a response at the time this article was posted. DeWine, who’s a Trump supporter and co-chaired the president’s reelection campaign in Ohio, said in an appearance on CNN on Sunday that “the president has every right to go into court, every...
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    NEW YORK (WABC) -- Coronavirus cases are on the rise in all 50 states, with many imposing stricter guidelines to help slow the spread.New Mexico's governor is ordering all non-essential businesses to close for two weeks, while in North Dakota the governor has changed course, issuing a statewide mask mandate.The death toll from the virus stands at more than 245,000 Americans.Many health experts are grimly urging families to downsize their holiday plans.What to know about coronavirus:Coronavirus by zip code - New York CityHow coronavirus changed the New York regionDo you have coronavirus symptoms?NYC COVID-19 positivity rate trackerHere are more of today's headlines:NJ reports highest number of daily cases since AprilNew Jersey reported 4,395 new positive cases of COVID-19 Friday, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Saturday. It's the largest number of cases reported in a single day in the state since April. Murphy also announced 26 new confirmed deaths. NEW JERSEY #COVID19...
    CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A day after announcing he'd tested positive for COVID-19, Gov. Steve Sisolak warned Saturday that Nevada's response to the coronavirus outbreak was at “a critical juncture" as the state reported a record number of new confirmed cases for the second day in a row. “Today, we recorded 2,269 new cases, including mine," Sisolak said on Twitter. “I again want to underscore the importance for Nevadans to stay home when they can to help protect themselves and our communities." The new cases announced Saturday with 15 additional deaths increased the state’s totals to 119,006 cases and 1,908 deaths. On Friday, Nevada had reported 1,857 new confirmed cases, surpassing the previous record of 1,824 cases reported Nov. 7. The number of infections is thought to be far higher because many people have not been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected with the virus without feeling...
    Madison Summers November 14, 2020 0 Comments New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) is hitting back at President Donald Trump after the president made a threat over COVID-19 vaccine distribution to his state. Following the president’s vaccine threat, Cuomo responded on CNN’s “The Situation Room” Friday calling Trump’s remarks “untrue” and that Trump “luckily” will not “be here” when the vaccine is made available. “He tries to bully people,” the New York governor later added. “He tries to bully governors, he uses government as a retaliatory tool… I’m not going to let a bully push New Yorkers around, period.” Cuomo similarly told MSNBC during an appearance, “The American people trust the drug company more than they trust the president.” Watch Cuomo’s response below: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo responds to Pres. Trumps comments, saying, "luckily he wont be here" when a vaccine arrives. https://t.co/Oy3SHbO3O8 pic.twitter.com/9K5uDcMj6o— The Situation Room...
              Ohio Governor Mike DeWine said Thursday “we need to consider the former vice president as the President-elect.” JUST NOW: "Joe Biden is the President-elect." Those words from Republican @GovMikeDeWine of Ohio. @NewDay pic.twitter.com/SUUpC43Hou — John Berman (@JohnBerman) November 12, 2020 The move to endorse Joe Biden’s media-declared victory is not a surprise. Ohio GOP leaders talked with The Ohio Star about the governor’s comments and the ongoing election controversies. Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted said, “I was co-chair of the Trump-Pence campaign and I’m proud we won Ohio by eight points.”  Husted continued “As a former Secretary of State, I understand the importance of election integrity and when the states certify the election, I know my friend Donald Trump will honor the outcome.” Former Congressman and Chairman of Ohio’s Future Foundation Jim Renacci said, “I do believe that elections aren’t certified until December....
    A Baton Rouge-based district judge on Thursday ruled unconstitutional a state law allowing one chamber of the Legislature to overturn a governor’s emergency order, setting the stage for an appeal. Judge William Morvant with the 19 th Judicial District said he wished the case could have skipped state court and gone straight to the Louisiana Supreme Court, since the justices will be the final arbiters. Shortly before the Legislature’s recent special session ended, 65 of the 68 Republicans in the state House of Representatives signed a petition to suspend the governor’s COVID-19 emergency order for seven days. They were doing so under an obscure law that has never been tested in court that allows one chamber to end a state of emergency by petition. Some House members hoped the suspension would get Gov. John Bel Edwards to negotiate with them and consider lifting or loosening some of...
    Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker is expected to speak Friday on a plan to reopen field hospitals in the state amid rising COVID-19 cases. He'll be joined by Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders and MEMA Director Samantha Phillips, CBS Boston reports. Back in the spring, five field hospitals were opened in Boston, Worcester, Lowell, Dartmouth and Hyannis to deal with a surge. All were closed by early June when cases went down.How to watch Baker's update on plan to reopen field hospitals What: Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker gives update on plan to reopen field hospitals Date: Friday, November 13, 2020 Time: 12:30 p.m. ET Location: Massachusetts Online stream: Live on CBSN Boston in the player above and on your mobile or streaming device  Baker said Tuesday details had not yet been finalized on where the new field hospitals...
    BOSTON (CBS) – Governor Charlie Baker will have an update on COVID-19 in Massachusetts Friday afternoon with a news conference at the State House. You can watch it live at 12:30 p.m. in the video above. Baker will announce plans to reopen field hospitals in Massachusetts with coronavirus cases and hospitalizations rising again around the state. He’ll be joined by Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders and MEMA Director Samantha Phillips. Back in the spring, five field hospitals were opened in Boston, Worcester, Lowell, Dartmouth and Hyannis to deal with the surge. All were closed by early June when cases went down.
    Opinions | California may have foreshadowed the end of affirmative action Passengers on First Cruise to Return to Caribbean Want Out After 5 People Get COVID Labs See Test Delay Risk; U.S. Governors on Edge: Virus Update (Bloomberg) -- Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot urged residents to stay home as much as possible, calling it “literally a matter of life or death.” New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is preparing for possibility of closing city schools again, while the state reported more than 10,000 new cases in two days. Load Error As U.S. states become the first line of defense against the pandemic, disunity between the governors of Minnesota and South Dakota offered a hint that coordinated action may be a challenge. A trade group representing diagnostic laboratories said there’s a risk of longer wait times for Covid-19 test results. While cases may be steadying or easing in some...
    By KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press NEW ORLEANS, La. (AP) — A Louisiana judge was set to hear arguments Thursday on whether a petition signed by a majority of only one of the state’s two legislative bodies can force the governor to end his coronavirus restrictions. Republican Attorney General Jeff Landry is defending the legality of the petition signed by 65 GOP state House members under a never-before-used state law provision. The law allows a majority in either the House or the Senate to sign a petition forcing the governor to end a public health emergency declaration. That would effectively end Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards' statewide mask mandate and limits he imposed on public gatherings, including bar and restaurant operations. Edwards renewed his latest round of restrictions last week after state District Judge William Morvant refused to issue a temporary restraining order blocking the restrictions pending Thursday's hearing. Attorneys for...
    (CNN)The office of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis confirmed to CNN on Wednesday that a data analyst their office recently hired is the same person who is alleged, in recent reporting from the Miami Herald, to have spread Covid-19 conspiracy theories online.Fred Piccolo, a spokesman for the governor's office, told CNN that Kyle Lamb "was hired as a data analyst 2 which is an entry-level data analyst position that has nothing to do with Covid-19," and that "he is not a Covid-19 analyst." In a report published Tuesday, the Miami Herald quoted Piccolo as saying that Lamb's role would not focus "exclusively" on Covid-19. Lamb, a former sports blogger in Ohio, tweeted his job announcement five days ago, where he mentioned Covid-19 research as a part of the role. Atlas push to slow the testing down tracks with dramatic decline in one key state "It's my pleasure to announce publicly that...
    The race to fill Vice President-elect Kamala Harris' open Senate seat is underway, but California Gov. Gavin Newsom has so far remained mum about potential contenders. “No timeline has been established. The process is just beginning to unfold,” Newsom, a Democrat, said during a Monday press conference. “We are working through the cattle call of considerations related to what’s the profile, the right choice to replace Sen. Harris.” California law allows the governor to appoint a replacement to serve out the remainder of Harris' term once she officially resigns to become vice president. Speculation has been swirling for months over whom Newsom will select to replace Harris after President-elect Joe Biden tapped her as his running mate in mid-August.  BIDEN TRANSITION TEAM NOT RULING OUT LEGAL ACTION IF TRUMP ADMIN DOESN'T COOPERATE Asked by a reporter earlier this year whether would-be candidates had approached him about the opening, Newsom joked: "You...
    BOSTON (CBS) – Fresh off her reelection win, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley is calling on Governor Charlie Baker to release more prison inmates at high risk of Covid-19. In the past month, more than 300 inmates and staff at Massachusetts prisons and jails have tested positive for the virus. Pressley said it’s a public health threat. “With the stroke of a pen, Governor Baker can release incarcerated individuals across our commonwealth who pose no risk to their communities, but are at great risk themselves of contracting and suffering from Covid-19,” Pressley said. Pressley said Massachusetts should follow the lead of New Jersey and California, where 10,000 inmates were released in the past few weeks. Baker said the state has paroled hundreds of inmates since the pandemic began and prisons are doing a great job keeping the facilities clean and testing inmates.
    Machismo appears to run in the Cuomo clan. Of course there's weightlifting CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, who in 2019 threatened to throw a guy down a flight of stairs for calling him "Fredo" — a reference to the weak brother in "The Godfather." "Punk ass bitches from the right call me Fredo," Cuomo hollered at the man, noting that to Italians "it's a f***ing insult" and "like the N-word for us." "If you want to play then we'll f***ing play," he added. Here's the clip. (Content warning: Language): CNN host Chris Cuomo has little to no chill when someone calls him “Fredo”. https://t.co/w8pYFfq1Q9 — Matt Bevan ???? (@Matt Bevan ????)1565662385.0 Naturally, folks far and wide piled on since then and repeated the "Fredo" slight — including President Donald Trump earlier this year:[email protected] should move Fredo back to the morning slot....
    A TikTok video captured President Donald Trump supporters proposing that the outgoing Trump run for governor in an unnamed state, where all his supporters can live in a virtual Trumptopia.  Hide Originally posted by a now-hidden or closed account going by @whitney_thomas-marsh, a couple pitched an idea they hoped would make it from their mouths to Trump’s ears.  Hide “We have an idea. If Trump runs for governor, we can all move to wherever he goes. And it will only just be us; we don’t have to worry about Democrats, we don’t have to worry about nobody,” the video says. Trump supporters are now proposing that Trump run for governor and then they will move wherever he goes. Oh, and he can abolish term limits and be their king emperor. Copium overdose. @coping_maga pic.twitter.com/CB2nG81sYM— ???????????? ???????????????? ???????????????????????? (@SUS_SPICE) November 9, 2020 Hide One person commented that she would be willing to give...
    BOSTON (CBS) –  Governor Charlie Baker will have an update on coronavirus in Massachusetts Monday afternoon. You can watch it live at 2:30 p.m. on CBSN Boston in the video above. Baker will be joined at the State House by Lt. Governor Karyn Polito and Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders.
    Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan on Monday rejected the Trump campaign's claims of widespread voter fraud and irregularities, telling CNN his office has not seen any evidence of it. "We have not had any sort of credible incidents raised to our level yet, and so we'll continue to make sure that the opportunity to make sure every legal ballot is counted is there, but you know at this point, we've not seen any sort of credible examples," Duncan, a Republican, said. Presumptive President-elect Joe Biden has pulled ahead of President Trump in Georgia, leading by about 10,486 votes on Monday, according to the secretary of state's office. The number is slightly up from Sunday night's 10,353 tally. Nearly 5 million votes were cast in Georgia, and the state has 16 electoral votes up for grabs. The Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee have tapped Rep. Doug Collins...
    Ohio Gov. Mike DeWineMike DeWineOhio's GOP governor wishes Trump had 'a more happy relationship with masks' The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - 24 hours to go Biden, Trump camps hopeful of victory ahead of Election Day MORE (R) on Monday congratulated President-elect Joe BidenJoe Biden Republican Philadelphia official responsible for vote counting says office getting death threats Biden will call governors, mayors about mask mandate Trump campaign voter fraud hotline flooded with prank calls MORE on his election victory as President TrumpDonald John Trump Republican Philadelphia official responsible for vote counting says office getting death threats Biden will call governors, mayors about mask mandate Trump campaign voter fraud hotline flooded with prank calls MORE pursues legal challenges instead of conceding the race. “I congratulate Vice President Biden," DeWine said in a statement, while also acknowledging Trump's court battles. Trump's lawyers "have every right to present evidence in...
    CUTCHOGUE, Long Island (WABC) -- Governor Andrew Cuomo has suspended the liquor license of a Long Island country club after the venue hosted a wedding which resulted in 34 COVID-19 infections, 159 people in quarantine and the closure of several schools.The 113-guest "superspreader" wedding at North Fork Country Club took place Oct. 17 and is in violation of the state's 50-person limit on non-essential gatherings."As we have seen in weddings and similar events across the country during this pandemic, large gatherings can easily be super-spreader events, too often with dire consequences. Hosting one of these events after all New York has been through is obnoxious and irresponsible - not to mention illegal," Cuomo said. "We are eight months into this pandemic and simply will not tolerate businesses that put New Yorkers at risk. Those who continue to ignore the rules will lose their ability to serve alcohol, and I thank...
    Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced tougher health restrictions on Friday for five counties in response to rising case rates in the state ahead of Thanksgiving festivities. "We've seen over the past few weeks that COVID-19 is spreading in Oregon and unfortunately it's spreading at an unprecedented rate,” Brown said during a Friday press conference. “We have to go on the offense to stop the spread." Brown's new orders encourage all businesses to allow employees to work from home and effectively ends long-term care facility visits for time being. Restaurant capacity is now set at 50 people for indoor dining and includes customers and staff. Outdoor dining and take-out is recommended. Indoor capacity for gyms, museums, bowling alleys, and ice rinks will be capped at 50 people and indoor household social gatherings are lied to no more than six people outside of the household. The new...
    ABC’s George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosABC, CBS, NBC preempt regular programming for second night of election coverage Chris Wallace condemns Trump claims that he won the election MSNBC, ABC cut away to fact-check Trump remarks MORE pressed South Dakota Gov. Kristi NoemKristi Lynn NoemMan arrested with knife and wooden baton at Trump campaign event This election, Americans will once again show their support for marijuana legalization Trump town hall moderator Guthrie's performance praised, slammed on Twitter MORE (R) on Sunday when she suggested that President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenMary Trump celebrates Biden-Harris victory: 'To America. Thanks, guys' Biden gives shoutout to Black Americans in victory speech: 'You always have my back, and I'll have yours' Biden vows to heal divided nation MORE was the beneficiary of "illegal activities" in the election. Noem during an appearance on ABC's "This Week" said “people have signed legal documents …stating that they saw illegal activities” and cited New...
    Former Republican presidential contenders Jeb Bush and John Kasich offered their congratulations across the political aisle on Saturday after President-elect Joe Biden’s projected victory over President Trump in the 2020 election. Bush and Kasich each ran unsuccessful bids against Trump to secure the GOP nomination during the 2016 cycle. Both Republicans exchanged heated words with Trump on the campaign trail and have criticized his actions since he took office. GOV. WHITMER CONGRATULATES BIDEN, PLEDGES TO BEAT 'COMMON ENEMY' COVID-19 “Congratulations to President-elect Biden. I have prayed for our President most of my adult life,” Bush wrote on Twitter. “I will be praying for you and your success. Now is the time to heal deep wounds. Many are counting on you to lead the way.” Kasich offered a similar sentiment, calling on former vice president Biden to unite the nation as president. “Congratulations, President-Elect @JoeBiden,” Kasich tweeted. “I know you will...
              Governor Bill Lee announced Wednesday a $5 million grant for charter schools that had exhibited academic growth. The governor’s Emergency Relief Fund (GEER) will source the funds. These grants will be referred to as “Charter School Support Grants.” Lee’s decision marked the first grant for charter schools during COVID-19. Charter schools will be awarded $2.5 million based on this year’s student enrollment. Significant academic growth as measured by the Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System (TVAAS) will determine where the remaining $2.5 million should go. Throughout the pandemic, Lee has also awarded $61 million to K-12 schools. These funds sourced $11 million for reopening efforts, and $50 million for educational technology. In August, reports and national surveys indicated that charter schools were offering better education than public schools. The numbers also reflected parents’ satisfaction with instruction in charter versus public schools. Those with children in...
    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu said Thursday he’s not considering further restrictions or safety measures in response to the rising number of coronavirus cases, but will take targeted action if necessary. The governors of several New England states have increased restrictions in recent days in response to the pandemic. Maine Gov. Jane Mills on Thursday expanded her state’s mask requirement to include any time someone is in public, not just when they can’t maintain physical distance from others. In Rhode Island, fellow Democrat and Gov. Gina Raimondo went further, requiring masks whenever people are with others that they don’t live with and issuing an advisory aimed at keeping people home late at night. New Hampshire does not have a general mask mandate other than for those attending events with more than 100 people. Sununu, a Republican, said his approach is to study the data and make...
    Republican Mark Robinson, who is projected to be North Carolina's first Black lieutenant governor, will bring his experience as a former factory worker and political outsider to his first elected ofice, he told Fox News. "I lost two very good-paying jobs, destroyed because of NAFTA," Robinson told Fox News on Thursday. "We know how detrimental that bad policy can be. ... We want to protect our industries here in North Carolina. We want to protect manufacturing, farming. We want to make sure North Carolinians are in charge of their destiny, not some outside entity." BLOOMBERG CLIMATE GROUP DUMPS $2.5M INTO NC LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR RACE Robinson defeated Democrat Yvonne Lewis Holley, who was supported by billionaire Mike Bloomberg's climate group, by more than 3 percentage points, according to preliminary data from the North Carolina State Board of Elections website. Republican Mark Robinson, projected winner of the North Carolina race for lieutenant governor, addresses supporters on Nov. 3. Courtesy of Robinson campaign ...
    Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf is holding a press conference Thursday to give an update on the election in the state, which CBS News still considers a toss-up.  As of Thursday morning, President Trump had 50.4% of the vote in Pennsylvania compared to Joe Biden's 48.3%, with 89% of the vote counted. How to watch Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf's election update What: Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf gives update on election Date: Thursday, November 5, 2020  Time: 12:15 p.m. ET  Location: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania  Online stream: Live in the player above and on your mobile or streaming device  Both President Trump and Joe Biden see Pennsylvania and its 20 electoral votes as essential, a fact illustrated by their frequent visits during the campaign. Mr. Trump visited Pennsylvania 13 times, while Biden made 16 trips, and both were here on the eve of the election.    Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox ...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Showing his disappointment in the graduated income tax being defeated by Illinois voters on Tuesday, the governor said as a result, cuts will be coming, and “they will be painful.” “As we in Illinois are racking up more bills than we have in revenues. It’s unsustainable,” Pritzker said, who blamed his predecessor Bruce Rauner for not passing a state budget for two years. “Had the fair tax passed, we would have been on a course toward long term stabilization of our state’s finances, balancing the budget, eliminating the backlog, making our pension payments and investing in a rainy day fund in a way that would start to unburden the working families of our state,” Pritzker said. “But the opponents of the fair tax lied about what would happen if it passed, and they left all of the working people of Illinois holding the bag.” With 97% of...
    Pennsylvania Gov. Tom WolfTom WolfPennsylvania governor appears in new ad warning election results may take 'a few days' Biden, Trump camps hopeful of victory ahead of Election Day Sunday shows - Election countdown dominates MORE (D) said that the full results of the general election in the Keystone State might not be known by Wednesday.  “There are ... millions of mail-in ballots that are being counted, and that takes longer than the way we used to do it with the stand, in-person voting,” Wolf said in a press conference on Wednesday. “So we may not know the results even today, but the most important thing is that we have accurate results.” Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf says the state might not know its full election results on Wednesday: "The most important thing is that we have accurate results, even if that takes a little bit longer than we're used to" https://t.co/fxHKy8hSEp...
    Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, tweeted early Wednesday that a “partisan attack" had been launched on Pennsylvania’s elections. Wolf's tweet came after Trump tweeted that the election is being stolen from him. Wolf cautioned that the state still has to count more than 1 million mail ballots in the state. “I promised Pennsylvanians that we would count every vote and that’s what we’re going to do,” he said. CLICK HERE TO INTERACT WITH FOX NEWS VOTER ANALYSIS CLICK HERE TO SEE FOX NEWS’ LIVE PROBABILITY DIALS “Let’s be clear: This is a partisan attack on Pennsylvania’s elections, our votes, and democracy,” Wolf tweeted. “Our counties are working tirelessly to process votes as quickly AND as accurately as possible. Pennsylvania will have a fair election and we will count every vote.” CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP As of Wednesday at 4 a.m. ET, Trump leads former Vice President...
    Missouri Gov. Mike Parson will get his first full term as governor after defeating his Democratic challenger, state Auditor Nicole Galloway. The Associated Press called the race for Parson around 10:45 p.m. EST. Parson, 65, first took the governorship in 2018 after his Republican predecessor, Eric Greitens, resigned amid a sex scandal. Parson had been Missouri's lieutenant governor. Now, as governor elected in his own right, he will retain political control after voters decided he has done well enough to elect him. One term is four years. No one person is allowed to hold the office for more than two terms, according to the state website. Parson faced a strong challenge from Galloway, who weaponized the governor's controversial statements regarding the coronavirus pandemic, which occasionally brought national attention. She also knocked his staunch support for the McCloskeys, a St. Louis couple who were caught on video pointing firearms at protesters...
    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Three members of Idaho's U.S. congressional delegation are trying to keep their seats and voters will decide whether to change what the state Constitution says about legislative districts. Here is a summary of major races on the ballot. CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT HJR4 Idaho voters will decide today whether to change the state Constitution to permanently set the number of legislative districts at 35. The amendment received widespread bipartisan support among state lawmakers when it was pitched in the House of Representatives earlier this year, dubbed House Joint Resolution 4. Idaho already has 35 legislative districts — with one senator and two representatives elected from each — but the Constitution currently allows as few as 30 or as many as 35 districts to be set during redistricting, which occurs every 10 years. U.S. SENATE Democrat and former state lawmaker Paulette Jordan is challenging longtime Idaho politician U.S. Sen....
    By GILLIAN FLACCUS, Associated Press PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown on Monday put the National Guard on standby for a 48-hour period around Election Day and used her executive authority to activate a unified command of state troopers, sheriff’s deputies and Portland police to handle any protests. Portland has seen near nightly protests for five months after the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis and many demonstrations end in vandalism, arson and violent clashes with officers. President Donald Trump’s call for a crackdown on protests in Democratic-led cities has attracted right-wing groups to the city for “law and order” rallies and pro-Trump events. “We’ve seen firsthand what happens when free expression is fueled by hate," the Democratic governor said. “We know that there are some people who might want to use peaceful election night protests to promote violence and property destruction," “I want to be very,...
    SACRAMENTO —  Let’s assume the Biden-Harris ticket wins and hands Gov. Gavin Newsom a nifty holiday gift. He’ll get to choose Kamala Harris’ successor in the U.S. Senate. Newsom could even turn it into a twin-pack bonus. If the governor selects a statewide elected official or a county supervisor, he’ll also get to name that officeholder’s replacement. I’m assuming Joe Biden wins because all the signs point that way. The Democratic candidate has led steadily in the polls. President Trump’s job approval ratings are horrible. And Democratic voters are turning out in record numbers to boot the incumbent. The economy has been crummy. It picked up recently, but there are still nearly 13 million people unemployed. That’s often fatal for a president seeking reelection. The nation is suffering a cataclysmic pandemic — more than 230,000 have died of COVID-19. Trump has been worse than no help. He has belittled prevention...
    While you bozos passed quarantine time with “Tiger King” and “The Last Dance,” John Mulaney was glued to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s daily COVID-19 briefings. “I watched a series that I absolutely loved, it was an hour-long drama he called ‘the daily press conferences of Governor Andrew Cuomo,’” Mulaney joked during the opening monologue of TV’s “SNL” on Saturday. “It told the story of an Italian American father who, after being an empty nester finds himself quarantining with his two daughters,” he said. “Hijinks ensue.” The 38-year-old comedian said he “loved” Cuomo’s press conferences, while ribbing the third-term Democrat for being “a little too excited” for the briefings, which the governor held for 111 consecutive days during the height of the pandemic in New York. “He’d get out there and he’d start his rhythm, you know, he’d be like, ‘We are New York, and we are New York tough. And...
    Washington (CNN)Ohio Republican Gov. Mike DeWine said Sunday that he follows the "very good guidance" given by White House coronavirus task members Dr. Deborah Birx and Dr. Anthony Fauci, as the voice of another task force member whose advice on the pandemic is at odds with the public health experts has gained prominence."You know, my contact at the White House has been Dr. Birx, Dr. Fauci. They have been aligned very, very closely. The message has been, 'We got to take this seriously, we got to wear a mask'," DeWine told CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union" when asked about the role Dr. Scott Atlas, a controversial member of the task force, is playing in the pandemic."They have given very good guidance and, you know, I have been following those two as well as a lot of other infectious disease experts and people who we can talk to,"...
    While you bozos passed quarantine time with “Tiger King” and “The Last Dance,” John Mulaney was glued to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s daily COVID-19 briefings. “I watched a series that I absolutely loved, it was an hour-long drama he called ‘the daily press conferences of Governor Andrew Cuomo,'” Mulaney joked during the opening monologue of TV’s “SNL” on Saturday. “It told the story of an Italian American father who, after being an empty nester finds himself quarantining with his two daughters,” he said. “Hijacks ensure.” The 38-year-old comedian said he “loved” Cuomo’s press conferences, while ribbing the third-term Democrat for being “a little too excited” for the briefings, which the governor held for 111 consecutive days during the height of the pandemic in New York. “He’d get out there and he’d start his rhythm, you know, he’d be like, ‘We are New York, and we are New York tough. And we...
    By ANDREW DeMILLO, Associated Press LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson isn't on the ballot in Tuesday's election, but it's been hard to escape him in the weeks leading up to it. He's appeared in an ad for fellow Republican Rep. French Hill, who's in an unexpectedly tight reelection fight. His policies, particularly some tax increases he signed into law, are being invoked by Republicans targeting Democrats over them without mentioning the governor's name. And he's leading the charge for a highway tax proposal that he says is needed to boost the state's economy. “Hey, it's Asa," he begins in one spot for the proposal, which would permanently extend a half-cent sales tax measure voters initially approved eight years ago. Hutchinson's involvement is testing how much pull he has in a state where he's remained generally popular even as the state's coronavirus outlook is dim. It also...
    Wisconsin Gov. Tony EversTony EversSunday shows preview: The final push to Election Day Trump insists pandemic is 'rounding the turn' in Wisconsin, where cases are rising Wisconsin reports record number of COVID-19 deaths, hospitalizations and cases MORE (D) said Sunday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpPoll: Trump leads Biden by 7 points in Iowa Biden campaign cancels event in Texas after pro-Trump cars surrounded its bus Obama shooting three pointer while campaigning for Biden goes viral MORE’s claim that doctors are purposefully increasing coronavirus case numbers to make money, calling it “a stupid thing to say.” Evers criticized the comments Trump made during a rally in Waterford Township, Mich., on Friday, telling CNN’s “State of the Union” that the allegation is not “the basic issue here.” “We are in the middle of a pandemic,” he said. “We have hotspots all across the state. People are dying at high numbers, and then...
            by J.D. Davidson  Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine did not hesitate when asked if the Ohio National Guard would be used on election day to help keep the peace. Troops will provide support, although DeWine hopes a need doesn’t arise. Speaking this week at a news conference to announce $5 billion of help for businesses across the state during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, DeWine said guard troops could be used in the same roles as during summer protests in some cities, as support for local law enforcement. “The guard will play the role that the guard should play and does play, and this is as a backup,” DeWine said. However, he said mayors or sheriffs must request the help. “I will not hesitate if a mayor or sheriff requests that help,” DeWine said. “We will have that discussion, and then we will deploy the National Guard....
    Comedian Chelsea Handler has opened about the time she was ghosted by New York governor Andrew Cuomo after they made plans to go on a date. Handler made the revelation on a talk show “The View”, when she was asked about what happened between her and the politician. “I did have a conversation with Cuomo a few months ago, and I did ask him out on a date, and he did say yes. Then, I never heard from him,” she replied. Adele Is Reportedly Dating Rapper Skepta She then requested the show’s host and her co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Sunny Hostin and Ana Navarro, to do a “follow up” with Cuomo when he stops by on the show on the next episode, reports aceshowbiz.com. “I do want you to follow up on something for me, ladies, if you don’t mind,” she quipped. Handler described Cuomo as a “big, Italian...
    Idaho lawmakers posted a viral video slamming coronavirus restrictions while committing to protect "unalienable rights." Several Idaho lawmakers, including the state’s lieutenant governor, expressed opposition to coronavirus restrictions as a result of Gov. Brad Little's emergency orders in a viral video posted by the Idaho Freedom Foundation. “We recognize that all of us by nature are free and equal and have certain unalienable rights,” Idaho Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin said in the video while holding the Bible and a gun in a van adorned with an American flag. “Among which are enjoying and defending life and liberty, acquiring, possessing, and protecting property, and pursuing happiness and securing safety,” McGeachin added while reaching for and displaying a firearm and placing it above the Bible. Republican state Reps. Tammy Nichols, Dorothy Moon, Bryan Zollinger, Christy Zito, Chad Christensen, Priscilla Giddings, Tony Wisniewski, Heather Scott, Ron Nate, and Karey...
    A Mexican governor took to social media to ask people originating from his state who live in the U.S. to vote for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden in what he called an opportunity to end “a long night of racism and hate.” The governor was previously accused by a top cartel boss for exchanging money for votes in his own election. Through a video posted on Twitter, Michoacán Governor Silvano Aureoles asked “paisanas and paisanos” in the U.S. to vote in support of Biden, claiming that President Donald Trump hates migrants. Mensaje a nuestras paisanas y paisanos con motivo de las próximas elecciones presidenciales en EUA. pic.twitter.com/VcxEebViM8 — Silvano Aureoles (@Silvano_A) October 29, 2020 “This November 3, the U.S. is having elections that are determining for you who live and work and have family on the other side,” Aureoles said. “You have an opportunity to choose a humanitarian government with...
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis was effusive and outspoken in introducing President Donald Trump during Thursday’s rally at Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium. DeSantis ripped the “mainstream media” and called on Republicans to “storm the polls” on Election Day. “If we go out and do what we need to do and deliver a big victory, you will be sending a message to the media about their fake news and everything they’ve done over the last four years,” DeSantis said. During his rousing warm-up before 15,000 mostly mask-less supporters, which was interrupted twice by heat-related medical emergencies, however, DeSantis mostly doubled down on praising Trump’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, touting Florida's full September reopening as a model of how the president’s policies will get the nation “back to normal.” While DeSantis was making a last-ditch pitch for Trump, who won Florida by 1 percent in 2016 and, according...
    Republican incumbent Gov. Mike Parson has sustained double-digit leads in polls through the summer over his Democratic challenger, state Auditor Nicole Galloway, in their Nov. 3 gubernatorial race. But what had been 12-13 percent leads in August voter surveys have been whittled back to 6-7 percent, even as low as 2 percent, leads in mid-October polls. The consensus is Galloway’s criticism of Parson’s response to COVID-19, and her detailed plans in how she would address it, are gaining traction, especially as COIVD-19 case counts, deaths and hospitalizations spike in Missouri as they are across much of the nation, especially in the Midwest. With the pandemic getting worse, Parson’s policies, in line with those espoused by the Trump administration, are increasingly being rejected by suburban voters who span Missouri’s traditional urban-rural voting divide. A relatively small shift in a relatively small number of counties could carry the...
    By Sharon Bernstein (Reuters) - Democrat Mike Cooney's recent ad in his race to become governor of Montana shows the white-haired 66-year-old rocking out on a drum set, wryly bemoaning having given up his "dream job" to become a public servant. Aides hope the ad, along with a hefty schedule of to door-to-door campaigning - in gloves and a mask amid the COVID-19 pandemic - will pull the Lt. Governor over the finish line in a Republican-leaning state that Donald Trump won by 20 points in 2016. With the election just days away, Cooney is in a dead heat with Republican Greg Gianforte to replace outgoing Democratic Governor Steve Bullock, who is running for U.S. Senate. Both are seeking the support of independent voters whose choice will sway the election, one of the country's most hotly contested gubernatorial races.. A poll by Montana State University, Billings, released Wednesday shows each...
    A FORMER bodyguard for Andrew Cuomo has been reassigned to a post near the Canadian border after the New York governor discovered he was dating his daughter, reports claim. Dane Pfeiffer, a 35-year-old New York state trooper, reportedly met Cuomo's 25-year-old daughter Cara Kennedy-Cuomo while working as one of her dad's security guard. 7Credit: Rex Features 7Credit: Getty Images - Getty The pair began dating about seven months ago after she moved into the Executive Mansion in Albany due to the coronavirus pandemic, sources told the New York Post on Thursday. Soon after, Cuomo reportedly found out about their relationship. Because of Pfeiffer's relationship with the governor's daughter, he was ordered removed from her dad's protective detail because of "the protocol of dignitary protection," according to a law enforcement source familiar with the situation. The trooper requested a "voluntary transfer" on May 24 to Troop B in northeastern New York,...
    TRENTON, N.J. (CBS/AP) — Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was unwittingly tricked into trolling the Republican candidate who is running for governor in Montana. Christie joined Cameo where he’s paid $200 to provide personalized video messages. The Republican said he donates the money to a nonprofit group that helps those with mental health and substance abuse issues in New Jersey. Christie told NJ Advance Media he received a request to encourage a man named Greg to return to New Jersey. It turned out the Greg was U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte, who once lived in New Jersey and is running against Democrat Mike Cooney for Montana governor. a special message for @gregformontana pic.twitter.com/YEWM0dEi2S — Mike Cooney (@CooneyforMT) October 29, 2020 Cooney tweeted the message and the Democratic Governors Association mentioned it in a news release saying, “Even former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie agrees — Greg Gianforte should go back to...
    Washington (CNN)Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam on Wednesday praised a ruling this week that affirmed his power to remove the statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee on Richmond's Monument Avenue, saying the decision brings the city "into the 21st century.""Richmond took an important step into the 21st century when a judge ruled in favor of our effort to remove one of the largest Confederate monuments in the South," Northam said, referring to the statue in downtown Richmond. "These monuments were put up a century ago for literally all the wrong reasons. Today, I am heartened that the judge understood what so many people are coming to understand: that these monuments belong in museums, not in the public square," he added. Circuit Judge W. Reilly Marchant ruled Tuesday that Northam, a Democrat, is within his power to remove the statue, though the governor cannot immediately do so. The statue will remain...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — With a ban on indoor dining and bar service and other tougher COVID-19 restrictions in place or on the horizon for eight of 11 regions in Illinois, Gov. JB Pritzker and Illinois State Police on Wednesday warned of increased efforts to enforce the rules. Gov. JB Pritzker on Wednesday announced Region 9 (Lake and McHenry counties) would be the latest area of the state to face enhanced virus mitigations, starting Saturday; including halting indoor service at bars and restaurants; lower limits on gathering sizes; shutting down party buses; and requiring bars, restaurants, and casinos to close at 11 p.m. The governor said the average positivity rate in Region 9 has surpassed 8% for three days in a row, triggering the state’s tougher restrictions. Eight of the state’s 11 regions are either currently under enhanced mitigations, or will be by Saturday, including: Chicago, suburban Cook County, Will and...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Gov. JB Pritzker announced Wednesday that another region of Illinois — Lake and McHenry counties — will undergo tougher COVID-19 restrictions starting Saturday, including a ban on indoor dining and bar service. Meantime, the governor is sticking by his plan for the same restrictions in the city of Chicago, despite Mayor Lori Lightfoot urging him to reconsider. Pritzker said he’s willing to listen to Lightfoot about her concerns over his order for a ban on indoor dining and bar service in Chicago, amid a steady rise in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, but he insisted he will move forward with the tougher restrictions for the city on Friday. “I always am open to talking to the mayor. In this regard, as you know, we created a resurgence mitigation plan. We put it out there for everybody to see in July. We followed it when regions have … risen...
    Warning of a “COVID storm” coming, Gov. J.B. Pritzker is placing restrictions on another region in Illinois. Region 11, which is the city of Chicago, will get added restrictions just after midnight on Friday. They include the same restrictions on indoor service at bars and restaurants that were imposed on suburban Cook County earlier in the week and go into effect Wednesday. The governor said additional restrictions for Chicago were triggered by a sustained increase in its positivity rate and a sustained increase in COVID-19-related hospitalizations for more than seven of the past 10 days. “For a time late in the summer, Chicago seemed to have this more under control than other regions of Illinois, but that is no longer the case,” Pritzker said. Region 11 is the second of the state’s 11 regions to trigger additional restrictions based on sustained positivity and hospitalization rates, with...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Stricter COVID-19 restrictions are now in effect Wednesday for suburban Cook County and those new rules will soon take effect in Chicago.Restaurant and bar owners say they have already been struggling to make ends meet and they're concerned that the coming restrictions could be the knockout blow to their industry."It hurts," said Jeff Lawler, owner of Geja's Café. "My first thought was, 'here we go again.' Will this be a two week shutdown? Will this be a two month shutdown what's it going to be? No one knows.A full list of the new COVID-19 mitigation measures is included at the bottom of this article. Starting Friday, Chicago restaurants and bars will once again shut down indoor services. Outside services must close by 11 p.m. and reservations will be required for each party. Governor JB Pritzker announced the restrictions Tuesday afternoon and Mayor Lori Lightfoot has pushed back.Hours...
    (CNN)The Texas Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled in favor of Republican Gov. Greg Abbott's order to limit mail-in ballot drop box locations to one site per county, a decision that largely affects the Houston and Austin areas.The court ruled that Abbott's order "provides Texas voters more ways to vote in the November 3 election than does the Election Code" and that it doesn't "disenfranchise anyone."Opponents of Abbott's order had argued it exceeded the governor's authority and also created an unjust burden on voters in larger counties to travel far distances to drop off their ballots. Critics also argued it increased voters' risk of contracting Covid-19. The court did not agree with the plaintiffs' argument that the governor's order had exceeded his authority, nor that the order "severely" burdened voters and their right to vote."The plaintiffs complain that limiting early hand-deliveries of mail-in ballots to one office per county requires more...
    President Donald Trump enlisted 'the Beast' – the armored presidential limousine – in his reelection efforts, taking a lap around a Wisconsin motor speedway in his bid to keep the state in his column. Trump spoke before a few thousand cheering supporters at an outdoor rally at MotorSports Management Company in West Salem, Wisconsin – and made the most of the speedway where they gathered. The presidential limo took a lap around the track, to cheers from the crowd, as supportive cable networks and online broadcasters scrambled to show the surprise footage. President Donald Trump drives around the track at the La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway before speaking at a campaign rally Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, in West Salem, Wis. It was just the latest time Trump has used the perks and stature of the office to boost his effort. Earlier Tuesday and over the weekend he repeatedly staged airport rallies...
    The communications director for the Trump 2020 campaign slapped down CNN anchor Chris Cuomo on his own show for going easy on his governor brother on the coronavirus in a combative interview on Monday. Tim Murtaugh confronted Cuomo and cited an interview where he joked with his brother, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, while the coronavirus ravaged New York City. "Your own brother, the governor of New York said that every time he turned to the administration, the federal government was there with everything that he needed, and with everything that he asked for," Murtaugh said. "He did not say that, and that is not what happened," Cuomo replied. "Yes, he absolutely did, every time, yes!" interjected Murtaugh. "No," said Cuomo. "He said I went to the federal government, they helped me with things, they did not...
    California Governor Gavin Newsom is giving an update Tuesday on the state's response to COVID-19 as well as wildfires, which have kept tens of thousands of people away from their homes. The Silverado Fire, which broke out east of Irvine and Lake Forest in Southern California, has forced 91,000 people to evacuate and came dangerously close to neighborhoods early Tuesday morning as firefighters successfully battled to hold back the flames.How to watch Newsom's wildfire and COVID-19 update today  What: California Governor Gavin Newsom briefing on the state's response to COVID-19 and wildfires Date: Tuesday, October 27, 2020  Time: 12 p.m. local time (3 p.m. ET) Location: California Online stream: Live on CBSN Los Angeles in the player above and on your mobile or streaming device  The Silverado Fire had burned 11,200 acres acres with 5% containment as of early Tuesday morning, CBS Los Angeles...
    By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — At some point during Gov. Mike DeWine's Tuesday briefing on Ohio's fight against the coronavirus, the Republican chief executive will also continue his so-far unsuccessful crusade against gun violence. As he has every Tuesday for months, the governor will interrupt his remarks on pandemic stats and safety measures and plead with fellow Republican lawmakers to act on his legislation addressing gun violence in the state. He proposed the measure last year in the wake of the Dayton mass shooting that killed nine people and injured more than two dozen. “We should all be sick and tired of picking up the newspaper and seeing the things that we see literally every single day — our fellow Ohioans injured or killed through senseless violence,” DeWine said on Oct. 6, noting at least 42 people had been shot in the past week and more...
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — At some point during Gov. Mike DeWine’s Tuesday briefing on Ohio’s fight against the coronavirus, the Republican chief executive will also continue his so-far unsuccessful crusade against gun violence. As he has every Tuesday for months, the governor will interrupt his remarks on pandemic stats and safety measures and plead with fellow Republican lawmakers to act on his legislation addressing gun violence in the state. He proposed the measure last year in the wake of the Dayton mass shooting that killed nine people and injured more than two dozen. “We should all be sick and tired of picking up the newspaper and seeing the things that we see literally every single day — our fellow Ohioans injured or killed through senseless violence,” DeWine said on Oct. 6, noting at least 42 people had been shot in the past week and more than half died. He’s made...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — After Illinois continues to see high COVID-19 cases, including more than 6,000 cases on Saturday, a state record, the governor and the state’s  health director continue to plead for people to take the restrictions seriously. Or more hospitalizations and deaths will follow. “This is not over. There seems to be a COVID storm on the rise. And we have to get prepared. In the last 24 hours with loss, another 17 people in the battle with COVID-19. Those are people whose families thought that they would get to see them at the Thanksgiving table. These are our friends and our family members now gone from our lives,” Governor JB Pritzker said. The governor added “there are currently more than 2,500 Illinoisans in the hospital, fighting this virus, and unfortunately because we now have so many new people getting infected, that number will likely rise over the coming...
    Opposing legislative candidates in a legislative district affected by Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s COVID-19 mitigation strategy prohibiting indoor service at restaurants agree the efforts are too extreme and more collaboration is needed. Incumbent Woodstock Republican state Rep. Steven Reick said the Pritzker administration is freezing out local input in how to deal with the spread of COVID-19. “We’re not being allowed to represent our districts because every time we turn around we’re getting hit with an executive order from somebody who’s giving the executive order with data that doesn’t apply or doesn’t necessarily reflect what is happening in our communities,” Reick said. Reick’s Democratic opponent, Woodstock Mayor Brian Sager said Pritzker’s measures are extreme and he disagrees with the blanket approach. “I would like to see a stronger, collaborative effort between the governor’s office and local units of government and local health departments,” Sager said. There...
    A sudden rise in violent crime in a California county is drawing criticism from a local District Attorney who is laying the blame squarely at the feet of state governor Gavin Newsom. The coronavirus pandemic coupled with new rules over bail practices and early releases has led to more criminals being let out from prison either early or simply without spending any time in jail at all. Law enforcement officials and the District Attorney of Fresno county, in the central portion of the state, are not happy with Governor Newsom.  Fresno County District Attorney Lisa Smittcamp holds a press conference to talk about the efforts being made by local and federal law enforcement agencies to combat Fresno's surge in violent crime Fresno Police Chief Andy Hall has said that the release of such violent inmates must now come to an end The coronavirus pandemic led to social distancing...
    Republican Gov. Mike DeWine. At this point, the number of politicians being threatened by Donald Trump-supporting extremists could merit its own news channel, and its own division at the FBI. There has been the scheme to kidnap and/or murder Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer by right-wing militia groups egged on by Trump; there’s been the MAGA bomber who mailed out 16 bombs to Democratic leaders including Joe Biden and Kamala Harris; there’s been a plan to kill Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam; and there have been at least two threats to assassinate Joe Biden, one of which brought the AR-15-carrying assassin practically to Biden’s doorstep. But the latest target of the extremists is Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine. As in Republican Gov. Mike DeWine. How did a Republican governor end up on the hit list? Tyranny. Tyranny in the form of trying to make reasoned decisions about how to best address the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic. With cases in Ohio at...
    (CNN)Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear late Thursday called on the state attorney general to release "all information" related to the Breonna Taylor grand jury proceedings. The call came after a second anonymous grand juror issued a statement saying the panel was not given an opportunity to consider homicide charges in the case against police officers who served a no-knock warrant at Taylor's home the night she was killed.The unusual statements -- grand juries are intended to be secret, with some exceptions -- followed a ruling from Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge Annie O'Connell and shed further light on a case that has led to protests across the country and exemplified the ways that the "war on drugs" disproportionately hurts Black Americans."The current situation raises serious concerns, as multiple grand jurors are now claiming Attorney General Cameron has not been truthful to the public about what occurred in the grand jury process,"...
    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A task force appointed by Gov. Kevin Stitt made no specific recommendations Thursday in its report concerning the impact of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that declared a swath of eastern Oklahoma counties remains an Indian reservation. The report instead calls consistent laws and regulations in the state governing taxation, zoning and business regulations, which Stitt said will be up to Congress to provide. “There’s going to have to be some federal legislation, I think, that gives us guidance as a state. Otherwise ... it’s going to create tremendous uncertainty for the business community,” in trying to comply with regulations that may vary from the state to the those of each tribe. The report comes a day after state Attorney General Mike Hunter sent a letter to the state's congressional delegation, tribal leaders and state officials asking for congressional action to allow the state to agree...
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson on Wednesday called lawmakers back to work for a special session to give his administration the authority to dole out additional federal coronavirus aid funding. Parson said the session is necessary to allow the state to hand out federal money for school food programs, job training, homelessness prevention, domestic violence grants and child support payments. Democratic House Minority Leader Crystal Quade in a statement called the special session a “political stunt” that's scheduled to begin two days after the Nov. 3 election, when voters will decide whether to give Parson four more years in office or replace him with Democratic Auditor Nicole Galloway. “When the legislature passed the current state budget in May, it granted the governor broad authority to spend federal coronavirus relief funds precisely so he would have the flexibility to act without calling lawmakers back to Jefferson City,”...
    Several people were shot dead and dozens wounded after Nigerian security forces opened fire at protesters Tuesday — with a politician’s family home then torched after he denied any fatalities, according to reports. Gunfire could be heard across Lagos, Nigeria’s largest city of 14 million, as two weeks of peaceful protests against police brutality “degenerated into a monster that is threatening the well-being of our society,” governor Obajide Sanwo-Olu tweeted Tuesday. He called it “the toughest night of our lives” that will leave “dark notes in our history.” The protests began two weeks ago after a video circulated showing a man being beaten, apparently by police officers of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, known as SARS. Disturbing videos on social media showed flag-waving protesters singing the national anthem in darkness at a bridge toll gate — the singing then punctured by the sound of gunfire and screaming. Amnesty International said it...
    Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker is giving an update Wednesday on COVID-19 and safety precautions in the city of Salem ahead of Halloween. Salem typically attracts half a million visitors during October, but due to the coronavirus pandemic, the city is asking visitors without plans to not visit. Salem's mayor said last week: "This is not the year to come to Salem."How to watch Charlie Baker's COVID-19 update in Salem What: Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker gives update on COVID-19 and Salem safety precautions ahead of Halloween Date: Wednesday, October 21, 2020 Time: 1:30 p.m. ET  Location: Salem, Massachusetts  Online stream: Live on CBSN Boston in the player above and on your mobile or streaming device  Parades, balls, and all large city events for Halloween were canceled back in August. Still, the city has seen plenty of visitors, CBS Boston reported. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your...
    A MEMBER of the extremist Wolverine Watchmen 'terrorist' militia charged over a plot to kidnap Governor Gretchen Whitmer has been released on just $10,000 bail. Brian Higgins, 51, was one of 14 to be charged over plotting an uprising against the government and igniting a potential civil war, prosecutors said. 8Brian Higgins, 51, was charged in a kidnap plot but was released on Monday after posting $10,000 bailCredit: AP:Associated Press 8Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer was the target of the alleged plotCredit: The Mega Agency Authorities allege Higgins, of Wisconsin Dells, was part of a far-right militia group conducting surveillance for the kidnapping plot. Thirteen men – including seven associated with the extremist paramilitary group – have now been arrested on charges of conspiring to kidnap the Michigan governor. However, Higgins was released on Monday night on a cash bail of $10,000 after Judge Todd Hepler rejected the Columbia County district attorney's request...
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The state House narrowly failed Tuesday to override last week’s veto by Pennsylvania’s governor of a bill that would have let restaurants reopen at full capacity in some circumstances. The override required two-thirds approval to be sent to the Senate, but it failed on a vote of 133-69. It would have allowed taverns and restaurants to operate at half of capacity, or more if they met state and federal social distancing standards or erected appropriate barriers. Minority Leader Frank Dermody, D-Allegheny, warned the legislation would put patrons and restaurant workers at risk. Dermody said the higher capacity limits would not have required federal or state approval if barriers were erected, “and they don’t even define physical barriers in this bill.” Democratic Whip Jordan Harris noted that infections and deaths have both risen in Pennsylvania since the bill passed a month ago. “We are in a pandemic,”...
    Brian Higgins, 51, was released on $10,000 bail Monday night in Wisconsin A man charged in a plot to kidnap Democratic Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has been released from jail after posting a $10,000 cash bail. Brian Higgins, 51, was released on Monday night in Wisconsin after Judge Todd Hepler rejected the Columbia County district attorney's request for a $1 million bail and set the lower amount, WISC-TV reported. Authorities allege Higgins, of Wisconsin Dells, was part of a crew conducting surveillance for the kidnapping plot.  He was arrested on Thursday and charged on suspicion of material support in an act of terrorism, making him the 14th person charged on state or federal charges in the plot.  Higgins is one of 14 men charged in an alleged plot to kidnap Democratic Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer (above) RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Trump campaign claims Michigan Gov...
    Hope for a bipartisan deal on election reform faded Monday as both Gov. Tom Wolf and the House Republican Caucus blamed each other for abandoning the talks. “I understand they put out a press release saying that it’s dead,” Wolf told reporters Monday. “So I’m taking them at their word." Jason Gottesman, House GOP spokesperson, in a statement issued just before the governor’s news conference, said that negotiations broke down over the administration’s unwillingness to address the caucus’s security concerns. Wolf blamed the dissolution on Republicans’ refusal to move far enough beyond the three-day pre-canvasing timeline written into House Bill 2626. The majority party passed the legislation Sept. 2 with just three House Democrats in favor, but Wolf’s insistence on vetoing the bill – because of language that bans drop boxes and no provision to allow counting of postmarked ballots beyond Election Day – stalled its progress...
    Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker said Tuesday the state is developing a plan to distribute a COVID-19 vaccine. The plan lays out the initial steps for a "robust, comprehensive and equitable" vaccine distribution system once one or more vaccines become available. Officials anticipate limited supply in the early phase and plan to prioritize some health care workers, people at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19 – including people with underlying medical conditions and those older than 65 – and other essential workers, Baker said. "The plan also outlines our messaging efforts to make sure people know once there is a vaccine available, that it has been approved by the federal government and is safe and effective," he said. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox "We'll also make it a priority to reach out specifically to groups that have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, including people and communities of...
    North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper appeared to call Senate candidate Cal Cunningham's scandal "frustrating," but predicted his campaign would "get across the line" during a conversation with Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden that was caught on a hot mic on Monday. "Thanks for coming out, you didn't have to do this," Biden told Cooper, a Democrat. CUNNINGHAM HIT BY TILLIS CAMPAIGN IN VETERAN-NARRATED AD AFTER NEWS OF ARMY INVESTIGATION “No, I wanted to, I wanted to express my strong support for you, and I think we're all going to get across the line," Cooper said. "I think Cal's going to get across the line, too." "I know that's frustrating, but we'll get it across," Cooper added. Biden campaigned in Raleigh, N.C., on Monday. “Cal Cunningham’s sex scandal is dragging down Democrats statewide and it’s no wonder that Roy Cooper called Cunningham’s misconduct ‘frustrating’ and that Biden wasn’t campaigning with him,” North Carolina GOP...
    ON THIS DAY IN 1884, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “Young Mr. [Theodore] Roosevelt, who recently quitted his cattle ranch in Dakota, alighted last Saturday night in the Brooklyn Rink, where he made a speech an hour and a half long in opposition to Governor [Grover] Cleveland. Mr. Horace White, in a neatly turned letter published by the New York Times today, says that after the nomination of Mr. [James G.] Blaine on the 6th of June, he was writing a telegram from Chicago to Mr. [Edwin L.] Godkin as to ‘the proper policy to be pursued by the Evening Post,’ when young Mr. Roosevelt entered the room. The legislative reformer was asked whether the writer of the telegram had made it strong enough, and answered, ‘No; I think you have not. If I were writing, it I would say, ‘Any proper Democratic nomination will have our hearty support.’ Mr....
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Late Monday afternoon Brian Higgins, the latest of 14 men now charged in connection with an alleged domestic terror plot that targeted Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, appeared before a Wisconsin judge on Zoom as Michigan tries to extradite him.Federal prosecutors released apparent field weapons training video introduced as evidence in the federal case against six of the men accused of plotting to Gov. Whitmer, bring her to Wisconsin for a citizens trial and possibly kill her. In the evidence, the suspects are allegedly seen mapping out their armed abduction plans. Investigators said among those on the scouting mission of Gov. Whitmer's vacation home was 51-year-old Brian Higgins from the Wisconsin Dells.Higgins is the latest of eight facing state charges. According to an arrest affidavit, Higgins "while on a nighttime surveillance of the Governor's home, provided the use of his night-vision goggles for the surveillance. Additionally, he used...
    The Democratic governor of North Carolina was caught on a hot microphone moment telling presidential candidate Joe Biden that they would drag a disgraced candidate across the line to keep a seat in the Democratic column. Gov. Roy Cooper was meeting with Biden on the campaign trail when the comments were accidentally caught. Cal Cunningham's campaign to unseat Republican Sen. Thom Tillis was roiled when inappropriate texts between him and a Californian public relations strategist were published. Cunningham is married with two children. Cooper promised Biden that they would drag him across the line in the election despite the "frustrating" scandal. "Thanks for coming out, you didn't have to do this," Biden said in the video as they are both wearing masks. "No I wanted to, I wanted to express my strong support for you, and I think we're all...
    The office of Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds (R) misused millions of dollars in federal coronavirus relief funding, according state Auditor Rob Sand. In a letter on Friday, Sand pointed to two areas in particular where the governor spent money which he said did not meet the requirements to qualify: Namely, the expense had to be incurred due to the public health emergency caused by the coronavirus pandemic, it had to occur in the time between March 1 and Dec. 30 and it was not accounted for in the budget when the CARES Act was enacted on March 27. The first expenditure Sand points to is $21 million spent on the HR/accounting computer system Workday. Iowa had contracted the company in 2019, which Sand said means Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) could not be used to pay for it and the money would have to come from the regular budget. Reynolds's office reasoned that the software...
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — Gov. Larry Hogan has weighed in on more items Marylanders will see on their ballots this fall. On Monday, he expressed support for Question 2, which would allow sports betting in the state to raise money for education. “Question 2 provides a critical revenue source for public education without raising taxes on families and businesses,” he said in a statement. “This initiative builds on the very successful ‘Hogan Lockbox,’ which puts casino revenues in a lockbox dedicated to education. We are already funding our K-12 schools at record levels, and this is another way to ensure that is the case for years to come.” The governor had previously told NBC Sports he expects the measure to pass. RELATED COVERAGE: Maryland Voters To Decide On Sports Betting, Budget Powers Sports Betting On Ballot In Maryland This Fall; Hogan Expects Measure To Pass DraftKings Spends Over $200K...
    (Reuters) - A Wisconsin judge on Monday reinstated the limits on public gatherings including at bars and restaurants due to the COVID-19 surge, a statement from the Governor's office said. The judge's order puts back Governor Tony Evers' limits public gatherings including limiting the number of people who can gather at bars and restaurants to 25 percent of the facility's capacity. (Reporting by Rich McKay in Atlanta) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters. Tags: diseases, public health, United States, coronavirus, Wisconsin
    RICHMOND, Va. – A lawsuit seeking to prevent Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam from removing a 21-foot statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in Richmond is scheduled to go to trial Monday. The plaintiffs, a group of Richmond residents who live near the monument, filed suit after Northam ordered the removal of the statue in June amid the outcry and unrest caused by the death of George Floyd in police custody. They argue that the Democratic governor does not have the authority to remove the statue erected in 1890 in this former capital of the Confederacy and that doing so would violate restrictive covenants in deeds that transferred the statue, its pedestal, and the land they sit on to the state. The moon and street lights illuminate the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee on Monument Avenue Friday June. 5, 2020, in Richmond, Va. A lawsuit seeking to prevent...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- Governor Andrew Cuomo appeared on "Good Morning America" to talk about his strategy battling the coronavirus in New York state.The governor spoke with George Stephanopolous saying that the state's current infection rate is at about 1%, which is good compared to where New York was when the pandemic started in March. However, he does expect to see an increase in the fall and winter months."You put the viral increase of the fall together with this quote-un-quote COVID fatigue and that's a bad combination," Cuomo said. "The fatigue I think is due in part, yes we've been doing this a long time, but people don't know who to believe, George, and what to believe, and I think that's a major problem."Dr. Anthony Fauci said that he trusts the experts at the FDA when it comes to the eventual release of a coronavirus vaccine. Governor Cuomo said that...
    DONALD Trump’s reelection campaign has accused Gretchen Whitmer of “encouraging assassination attempts” against the president amid an escalating feud with the Michigan governor. Behind Whitmer, who appeared in an interview with Chuck Todd on Meet the Press on Sunday morning, a small sign displayed the numbers “86” above the numbers “45.” 3The Trump campaign has accused Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer of 'encouraging assassination attempts' against the presidentCredit: AP:Associated Press 3The accusation comes after Whitmer slammed Trump for leading 'lock her up' chantsCredit: AP:Associated Press 3The Trump campaign said '86 can be shorthand for killing someone'Credit: Twitter The Trump War Room account claimed in a tweet that “86 can be shorthand for killing someone,” in this case referring to Trump – the 45th president. “Whitmer is encouraging assassination attempts against President Trump just weeks after someone sent a ricin-laced package to the White House,” the campaign tweeted. In the defense of...
    A terrarium of deplorables During a mostly maskless Michigan rally, malevolent blowhard Donald Trump once again attacked Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer over the state's pandemic restrictions, despite Whitmer recently being revealed as the primary target of a domestic terrorism plot after Trump's previous tweeted demands that his followers "LIBERATE" the state. This is because Trump is a malignant grotesquery of a man. He is someone who has repeatedly appeared to take gleeful pleasure in violence directed against his enemies, and one who has been indifferent to terrorism initiated by his supporters, whether it be a mail bomber targeting a long list of his declared enemies, a police-obsessed teen looking to "defend" America from protesters Donald Trump has condemned, or an organized far-right militia taking Trump's "liberate" rhetoric and attempting to make it happen. Whitmer swiftly called out Trump's continued attacks, tweeting that it puts "lives in danger" and "needs to...