Conflicting reports are swirling around the historic Arizona Maricopa County election audit, which is nearing its completion. The full-hand recount of roughly 2.1 million certified ballots cast in the state’s largest county during the 2020 presidential and U.S. Senate elections is on track to finish by the end of June. Counters have reportedly recorded all the regular ballots cast, with only Braille, overseas military, and duplicated ballots left to tally.
As of Sunday, Republican lawmakers from 13 states — among them Washington, Georgia, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Nevada, Wisconsin, and Michigan — have toured Phoenix’s Veterans Memorial Coliseum, where the forensic audit is taking place, to get a sense of how they might conduct similar audits in their jurisdictions.
The battleground states of Pennsylvania and Georgia could start their own audits as early as next month, reported the Gateway Pundit.
“In Georgia, there will be a court hearing next Monday for Fulton County’s ballots. An audit of Fulton County absentee ballots could start within 2 or 3 weeks after,” Georgia elections expert Garland Favorito told the outlet. As long as there is no more delay in the courts.
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Yet on Friday, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland seemed to rebuke the ongoing effort in Arizona to ensure election integrity, commenting during a speech at the Justice Department that the Department of Justice “will apply scrutiny to post-election audits to ensure they abide by federal statutory rights and requirements to protect election records and avoid intimidation of voters.”
Garland further promised federal “guidance explaining the civil and criminal statutes that apply to post-election audits,” remarks that sparked an acerbic response from Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, who wrote a caustic letter to Garland, effectively telling him to stay out of the state’s way.
In the letter, Brnovich accused Garland of “display[ing] an alarming disdain for state sovereignty as defined under the 10th Amendment of the United States Constitution and the election provisions in Articles I and II.”
Brnovich continued, “My office is not amused by the DOJ’s posturing and will not tolerate any effort to undermine or interfere with our State Senate’s audit reassure Arizonians of the accuracy of our elections. We stand ready to defend federalism and state sovereignty against any partisan attacks or federal overreach.”
In a sharp conclusion, Brnovich stated that “Arizona will not sit back and let the Biden administration abuse its authority, refuse to uphold laws, or attempt to commandeer state’s sovereignty.”
In the months following the Nov. 3 presidential election, Fulton County, Georgia, has remained at the center of talks regarding potential voter fraud.
Voters were reminded of that controversy on Wednesday when a Fulton County election official reportedly admitted that chain of custody documents for absentee ballots placed into drop boxes had been lost.
In other words, in the aftermath of one of the most controversial elections in U.S. history — in one of the most contested counties of that election — it appears that officials have lost important documents showing how thousands of ballots got from point A to point B.
Speaking with The Georgia Star News, the election official admitted that “a few forms are missing” and that “some procedural paperwork may have been misplaced.”
Due to an Open Records Request, Fulton County was required to produce roughly 1,565 absentee ballot transfer forms for ballots deposited into drop boxes, but the county failed to produce as many as 385 of those forms, according to The Star News.
Reportedly, the total number of absentee ballots whose chain of custody documents were included among the 385 missing forms was 18,901, which is over 6,000 votes more than the 11,779 vote margin of Joe Biden’s victory in the state, according to the official count from NBC News.
On Monday, Georgia’s Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger announced that, because of the election official’s recent admission, this issue “will be investigated thoroughly.”
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— GA Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (@GaSecofState) June 14, 2021
Gov. Greg Abbott will end a second consecutive legislative session without a secretary of state.
Texas Secretary of State Ruth Ruggero Hughs, the state’s top elections official, has notified the governor she would be stepping down from her post, which she was appointed to in August 2019, according to a press release from her office. Her resignation is effective May 31 — the last day of the legislation session.
A secretary of state appointed in between regular legislative sessions is constitutionally required to leave office immediately if the Senate goes through an entire session without confirming them. The Senate Nominations Committee, chaired by Republican Dawn Buckingham, never took up Hughs’ nomination. Buckingham’s office declined to comment on why the committee did not consider the nomination.
Hughs’ departure at the end of the session will allow Abbott to pick her replacement without needing an immediate confirmation vote from the Texas Senate, which will be unable to vet the next pick until lawmakers return to the Capitol in the fall for a special session to redraw the state’s political maps.
Hughs’ predecessor, David Whitley, gave the governor similar latitude by resigning on the last day of the 2019 legislative session even though it was clear he lacked the votes to keep the job after he oversaw a botched effort to scour the voter rolls for supposed noncitizens. The review instead threatened the voting rights of tens of thousands of naturalized citizens, landed the state in federal court and prompted a congressional inquiry into voting rights violations.
Confirmation requires a two-thirds vote. Republicans hold 18 seats in the Senate, and Democrats hold 13.
The Texas secretary of state serves as the state’s chief election officer. Hughs office was responsible for providing guidance to counties as they scrambled to reimagine the voting process during a pandemic election. Since that election, Texas Republicans have been agitating to make major changes to the election process, channeling in part a national movement to focus on voter fraud although there is no evidence it occurs on a widespread scale. A Hughs deputy told lawmakers earlier this year that “Texas had an election that was smooth and secure.”
Hughs stayed out of that political fray and kept a much lower profile during her time in office compared with Whitley.
“During the course of my tenure, I have been humbled to work alongside so many others in improving the lives of all Texans through fostering and strengthening our international relationships, facilitating business growth and trade, overseeing the conduct of our elections, and promoting civic participation,” she said in a statement Friday.
(Read more — including her support of this rag — at the Texas Tribune)
Rather than focus on the ouster of Hughs , this Big-Tech-preferred news source focuses more on the purported “sins” of the previous office holder
It seems Big Tech does not want the reading public to know about the issues surrounding the drive-through voting implemented by the Democrats (only partially discussed below by Newsweek).
In contraposition to the Texas Tribune narrative, Newsweek told us about a problem with drive-through voting
Hughs approved the Democrat scheme for drive-through voting and would not throw out unverifiable ballots collected through drive-through voting
Texas Republicans are seeking to have around 117,000 ballots thrown out by a federal court in advance of the presidential election on November 3. More than 91 million people have already voted nationally.
The request has been brought in Harris County by a Republican state representative, two GOP candidates and wealthy conservative activist, according to the Texas Tribune.
They argue that the votes should be thrown out because they were cast at drive-thru voting locations and drive-thru voting violates the U.S. Constitution. District Judge Andrew Hanen is expected to make a decision by November 2.
Harris County is Texas’ most populous county, with a population of more than 4.7 million, and is largely Democratic in its voting patterns.
The 117,000 votes in question could potentially affect the outcome of the election in Texas and throw the state to former Vice President Joe Biden.
It would be the first time a Democrat had won the state since Jimmy Carter in 1976, but polls show it is a possibility.
Texas Secretary of State Ruth Hughes approved the use of drive-thru voting locations when Harris County brought the issue up in June of this year. Ten drive-thru voting places were set up in the county by Harris County Clerk Chris Hollins.
Voters drive into a large tent and election officials confirm their identity and give them privacy to cast their votes. Texas Republicans began to challenge the procedure on October 15. That was two days after early voting began.
Governor Greg Abbott must now search for the fifth secretary of state during his time as governor after current secretary, Ruth Hughs, announced her resignation this week.
Hughs’ nomination for another term as the state’s top elections officer was not taken up by the Senate Nominations Committee, effectively forcing her resignation.
“During the course of my tenure, I have been humbled to work alongside so many others in improving the lives of all Texans through fostering and strengthening our international relationships, facilitating business growth and trade, overseeing the conduct of our elections, and promoting civic participation,” Hughs said in a release announcing the departure.
“I am proud of the work that this office has accomplished, and by working collaboratively, we have helped to build a brighter future for all Texans.”
Hughs previously served in the Texas Workforce Commission and the Texas Attorney General’s Office.
“Ruth’s exceptional leadership has helped strengthen the Texas brand on the international stage and grow our businesses and trade relationships around the world. Ruth also served as a trustworthy steward of our elections,” said Abbott.
The point of contention over Hughs by many Texas Republicans centers on the 2020 election, during which multiple counties expanded their elections operations beyond the purview set forth in Texas’ election code. Foremost among those was Harris County’s Interim Elections Administrator Chris Hollins whose office attempted to mail absentee ballots to all registered voters, rather than those who qualify and request them.
In Texas, only those aged of 65 or older, those with a disability or illness preventing them from voting in-person, or those who will be outside their home county during the election can vote by absentee ballot.
Hollins and other elections clerks pointed to the “disability or illness” section and said that a lack of immunity to coronavirus triggered that provision, allowing virtually every voter to vote by mail. That contention was swatted down by the Texas Supreme Court. Hollins also unilaterally expanded drive-thru voting operations in Harris County, mail ballot drop-off locations, and seriously limited the ability of poll watchers to observe the electoral process.
Hughs has been criticized by some for not cracking down harder on Hollins and other clerks that drastically changed the way their counties conducted the election, sometimes outright illegally.
The Secretary of State’s Office serves in a guidance-heavy role without much power to issue dictates. That is by design of the legislature. Texas has a bottom-up electoral system with counties responsible for carrying out election operations within the parameters set by the legislature.
The results are in from last night’s referendum on Gov. Tom Wolf’s tyrannical COVID orders. In both cases on the ballot the votes to limit the power of future “emergency orders” passed, putting a constitutional barrier between petty Democrats who seek to weaponize “the science” instead of doing what’s legal and logical.
In the end, even rabidly left-wing Philadelphia punched above their weight in voting to curtail Wolf’s future powers. Of course, it’s still scary that over 47% of residents in Pennsylvania actually like being ruled by decree, but it is what it is. You can expect most Democrats to keep toeing the line until their lives are good and truly wrecked.
But given the partisan makeup of the state, there had to have been some sizable portion of Democrats and Independents who pushed these measures across the finish line. That’s a really good sign for Republicans going into 2022. In fact, Republicans overperformed in several races and this time it can’t be blamed on low turnout; for an off-year election, turnout was historic levels.
Republicans overperformed by 9% in PA-22 and 3% in PA-48 since 2020.
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Some voting machines in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, were rejecting ballots as residents headed to the polls on Tuesday to vote on several local races, according to a new report.
The Fayette County Bureau of Elections told KDKA, a local CBS affiliate, that several precincts were having difficulty scanning bar codes on all ballots, and several voters told the outlet that their Republican ballots were not accepted. Chris Varney, an elections judge, told the outlet the issue was initially believed to be affecting all ballots, but officials then determined the problem only affected Republican ballots.
Both Republicans and Democrats are vying for the positions of recorder of deeds, jury commissioner, magisterial district judge, City Council member, and several school board seats.
Although turnout for off-year elections is traditionally low, George Rattay, the chairman of the Fayette County Democratic Party, said he’s hoping for turnout of 20%-25% given the local interest in the school board races.
“There’s a lot of candidates running,” Rattay said about the races for school director. “That tells me people are concerned and interested in what’s going on in the schools.”
Bill Kozlovich, chairman of the Fayette County Republican Party, shared Rattay’s hopes for high turnout, focusing his attention on the judicial races.
“We’ve got to get good judge candidates in,” he said, adding that he’d like to see more Republicans leading the county’s row offices.
Other races throughout the country, particularly those in the 2020 contest, have been subject to scrutiny over the past six months.
In addition to the audit in Maricopa County over the 2020 presidential election results in Arizona, an audit team in Windham, New Hampshire, said it suspects folds in ballots could be the source of discrepancies in 2020 election results in the state.
“Something we strongly suspect at this juncture, based on various evidence, is that in some cases, fold lines are being interpreted by the scanners as valid votes,” auditor Mark Lindeman said, according to a report by WMUR9 on Monday, after the first review of four AccuVote machines was completed over the weekend.
Texas Republicans advanced a slate of proposed new voting restrictions Thursday that would reduce options to cast ballots, limit polling hours and hand more power to partisan poll watchers.
All those efforts are rolled into a single bill that cleared the GOP-controlled state Senate — a key marker in a campaign by Republicans, including Gov. Greg Abbott, to impose new restrictive measures over elections in America’s biggest red state.
A first vote on the Senate bill was slowed by hours of questioning by Democrats that spilled overnight into early Thursday morning. The measure eventually passed 18-13 in a vote along party lines.
It comes after an elections overhaul was signed into law last week in Georgia, where opponents have already filed lawsuits and are calling for boycotts of corporations that are silent on restrictive voting measures. Critics of the Texas legislation say the efforts particularly target expanded access put into place during last year’s election in Harris County, which is home to more than 2 million voters, controlled by Democrats and a key Texas battleground that includes Houston.
One measure would eliminate drive-thru voting, which more than 127,000 people around Houston used during early voting last year. More than half of those voters were Black, Latino or Asian, said Democratic state Sen. Carol Alvarado.
“Hearing all of that, who are you really targeting when you’re trying to get rid of drive-thru voting?” she said.
Republicans rejected accusations that the bill was designed to suppress turnout.
“None of what we’ve discussed is voter suppression. And none of what we’ve discussed is Jim Crow,” Republican state Sen. Paul Bettencourt said.
A similar measure in the House chamber could advance toward a full vote as soon as Thursday.
The bill is one of two major voting packages in Texas that mirrors a nationwide campaign by Republicans after former President Donald Trump made false claims about election fraud.
Voting rights groups say the measures would disproportionately impact racial and ethnic minority voters. In Texas, which already has some of the strictest voting laws in the U.S., the proposed legislation grants more power to partisan poll watchers and eliminates the option to cast a ballot via drive-thru. The bill also includes a provision requiring a doctor’s note for people with disabilities who want to vote by mail, although Republicans signaled during the debate that language could change.
Trump won Texas but by fewer than 6 points. It was the closest victory by any GOP presidential nominee in Texas since 1996, underscoring Republicans’ loosening iron grip on the state.
The Senate bill cleared a committee last week following hours of testimony by voters. Some said the ongoing coronavirus pandemic is forcing them to choose between their health and their right to be heard by their government after weighing the risk of testifying on the bill in-person at the Texas capitol, where masks are not enforced.
Odd how Democrats have not fit other, predominately Republican, voting booths to fit 1 to 8 voters
During the 2020 vote, I remember SUV’s, mini-vans, and other large vehicles lined up at these Harris county drive-through voting locations (all but one of which were set up in Democrat areas). I cannot think of another arrangement for voting where 2 to 8 people could share a booth, look at Facebook posts, or listen to a radio.
Note: This battle is not over. This bill has only passed the Texas Senate.
SB7 works to increase election integrity and security by creating both civil offenses and criminal penalties
Texas Action supports SB 7 because it helps the government fulfill it’s lawful duties without infringing on the rights of Texans. This bill would enact additional security to Texas elections with a wide variety of measures, including mail-in ballot reform, poll watcher protections, and increased transparency measures.
One of the problems that I have had with past Texas election laws was the lack of punishment
Hours after the Texas Senate passed a sweeping election restriction bill, a Texas House panel considered another Republican effort to further tighten voting rules in the state.
The Texas House Elections Committee held a public hearing on House Bill 6 on Thursday. A hearing on the bill was initially scheduled last week but was abruptly canceled after a procedural error.
The bill would provide additional protections to poll watchers — limiting an election judge’s ability to expel them from a polling location — and prohibit government officials from sending unsolicited mail-in ballot applications to voters. People assisting disabled voters with their ballot would have to provide identification and a reason for helping the voter if the proposal is approved.
The Texas Senate passed Senate Bill 7 early Thursday morning after a seven-hour debate. The bill, if approved in the Texas House and signed into law, would ban mail-in ballot drop boxes and most drive-thru voting.
Republicans say it “ensures election integrity.” Democrats say it’s voter suppression and makes it harder for people with disabilities and ethnic minorities to vote.
The bill now heads to the Texas House, and committee hearings are expected to begin when lawmakers reconvene Thursday.
The bill would also require voters with disabilities to prove they cannot get to the polls in order to qualify for a mail-in ballot. The legislation would require authorization from top state leaders before any private funding over $1,000 could be doled out to local elections departments.
It would also keep local election officials from encouraging people to fill out vote-by-mail applications even if those people qualify for it.
“Overall, this is designed to address areas through process where bad actors can take advantage, because we want the people of Texas to be confident their elections are fair, honest and open,” State Sen. Bryan Hughes, R-Mineola, told KXAN’s Wes Rapaport. Hughes was the author of the bill.
Democrats say all Republicans did was make it harder for Texans to vote — especially those with disabilities.
“Every eligible Texan deserves to have their voice heard at the ballot box — regardless of their race, ethnicity, disability, gender, age, income, or party. SB 7 makes it harder for every Texan to vote,” a statement from the party said. “We aggressively fought this bill because we know it will disenfranchise racial and ethnic minority voters and voters with disabilities, including veterans.”
American Airlines, which is Texas-based, took a stand against the proposed legislation as well.
“To make American’s stance clear: We are strongly opposed to this bill and others like it. As a Texas-based business, we must stand up for the rights of our team members and customers who call Texas home, and honor the sacrifices made by generations of Americans to protect and expand the right to vote,” the airline company said in a statement.
SB 7 has a state price tag of nearly $35 million, according to a financial estimate by the Legislative Budget Board. It would also cost local governments various costs for training, software updates and new equipment. The local entities would be on the hook if the state does not fund the extra changes.
A bill backed by the Georgia GOP that will overhaul election protocols in the state was signed into law Thursday.
The legislation includes new restrictions on voting by mail, and increases legislative control over elections in the state.
Opponents claim the measure is a needless reaction to former President Trump’s claims that widespread voter fraud in the state lead to his defeat there in the 2020 election.
Georgia — a traditionally red state — narrowly voted for President Biden and two Democratic US Senators amid record-breaking turnout in the last election cycle.
The new law limits the window in which absentee ballots can be requested, and cuts the number of locations and times ballot drop boxes can be accessed.
The measure also gives the Republican-led senate and house more control over election administration, including the option to appoint the chair of the election board and remove and replace county election officials.
The new law will also cut the time frame for runoff elections and ban groups from handing out food and water to voters.
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp was delivering remarks after signing the bill when he was interrupted by a ten protestors, including two lawmakers, outside of his Atlanta office.
Kemp, a Republican, asked an aide “what’s the problem,” before a livestream of the ceremony went dark.
To show the connections, Biden repeats the lies on the Georgia law while weighing in on the MLB All-Star game
As if to illustrate the connections between big politics and big business, Townhall laid out how Biden lied on the new Georgia law while he weighed in on the MLB All-Star game.
Just in time for MLB’s opening day, President Joe Biden weighed in on whether this year’s All-Star game should take place in Atlanta, in light of Gov. Brian Kemp (R-GA) signing into law election reform legislation. The decision to host the 2021 All-Star game on July 13, at Truist Park, home of the Atlanta Braves, was made years prior.
In a Wednesday interview with ESPN, the president took the opportunity to pat himself on the back for his vaccine rollout, when discussing the 2021 season of baseball, which, unlike last season, is starting on time. He also told viewers that “you have a patriotic duty” to wear a mask so as to “protect the people around you.”
Throughout the nearly 12-minute interview, President Biden emphasized the idea that Americans need to wear a mask, or else. This involved hitting back on governors who have rescinded their mask mandates.
Towards the latter half of the interview, ESPN’s Sage Steele pointed out that “sports and politics cross paths sometimes,” as a way to bring up the Georgia law signed by Gov. Kemp, which she offered “is exactly what happened last week in major league baseball.”
Steele quoted MLB Players Association executive director Tony Clark, who said he would “look forward to discussing moving the All-Star game out of Atlanta, because Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed into law a bill passed by the Republican-led state legislature to overhaul how its state elections are run.” She went on to ask President Biden “What do you think about the possibility that baseball decides to move their All-Star game out of Atlanta because this political issue?”
The president said he “would strongly support them doing that” and called Georgia’s legislation “Jim Crow on steroids” and said it’s “all about keeping working folks and ordinary folks that I grew up with from being able to vote.”
In last week’s press conference, President Biden said the not-yet-signed legislation “makes Jim Crow look like Jim Eagle.”
Claims that this legislation amounts to voter suppression are widespread, numerous, and misleading, least of all coming from Stacey Abrams–who lost to Gov. Brian Kemp in the 2018 race and Elizabeth Warren, both who maintain that Abrams won the election.
Corporations are against the legislation, too, including Delta. The airline said that the legislation is “unacceptable and does not match Delta’s values.” Such comments drew ire from both Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), who, as Cortney pointed out, opined on the “woke corporate hypocrites” via multiple tweets and a press release, and from Gov. Kemp, as Reagan covered.
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) signed a sweeping voting bill into law on Thursday, making Georgia the first battleground state to enact major changes to its election laws after last year’s tumultuous election.
The GOP effort comes after a disastrous few months for Republicans in the state that included President Biden’s victory in the November general election and Democratic wins in two January Senate runoffs.
The law rewrites large sections of the state’s election laws and seeks to tighten voting procedures in ways that Democrats and voting rights advocates say will curtail voting access and disenfranchise voters across the state.
Here’s a look at some of what will change under the new voting law.
It creates a voter ID requirement for absentee voting
Democrats took advantage of Georgia’s no-excuse absentee voting policy in the 2020 general election and January Senate runoffs, utilizing a method of voting that has long been favored by Republicans.
The new elections law, however, looks to tighten the rules for absentee voting by requiring voters to provide a driver’s license or state ID card number to request and submit their absentee ballots.
Previously, election workers relied on a signature-matching process to verify absentee ballots that involved comparing a voter’s signature on a ballot to the signature on file for that individual.
To be sure, signature-matching is often something of a subjective process and has led to some votes, including many legally cast ballots, going uncounted because of inconsistencies in signatures.
But the new voter ID requirement for absentee ballots has angered voter rights advocates, who say it will make it more difficult for many people, especially low-income voters and racial and ethnic minorities, to use the absentee balloting system.
It limits the use of ballot drop boxes
Georgia began allowing the use of ballot drop boxes last year in response to the coronavirus pandemic. And while the new law will allow for them to remain permanent fixtures of the state’s elections process, it also looks to curtail their use.
Under the law, ballot drop boxes will have to be located in early-voting locations and can only be accessible when those polling sites are open.
What’s more, those drop boxes won’t be available in the last four days of an election, when drop boxes become particularly useful because of potential postage delays that could cause the ballot to arrive late to elections offices.
The law mandates at least one drop box per county. But it also limits additional drop boxes to either one per 100,000 registered voters or one per voting location, depending on which is fewer.
Trump railed against the use of drop boxes last year, claiming that they were vulnerable to tampering and voter fraud despite the fact that drop boxes have been used without incident for years in many jurisdictions.
It gives state lawmakers sweeping control over elections
State lawmakers and the Georgia State Elections Board are set to gain new powers under the law, while the secretary of state will be stripped of one of its key roles.
The law allows the State Elections Board to temporarily suspend county elections directors and boards that it deems in need of review. At the same time, the secretary of state will be removed as chair of the state board and will be made an ex-officio, nonvoting member.
Those provisions have raised particular concerns among Democrats, who say that it will give far-reaching control over state and local elections procedures to partisan legislators and allow them to determine, for example, which ballots to count.
The provision stripping the secretary of state of its top role on the State Elections Board comes after the current secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger, a Republican, repeatedly rejected former President Trump’s requests to overturn his loss in the 2020 presidential election in Georgia.
It shortens the time frame for runoff elections and ends the “jungle primary” system for special elections
In a move that appears to be a thinly veiled response to the GOP’s joint losses in the two Jan. 5 Senate runoffs, the new elections law in Georgia looks to get rid of the all-party primary system — often called “jungle primaries” — for special elections, while shortening the runoff election timeline by five weeks.
Former Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) and former Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) spent most of the last year sparring with one another in a jungle primary to serve out the remainder of former Sen. Johnny Isakson’s (R-Ga.) term in office.
Loeffler eventually beat Collins in the November election, but failed to garner enough support for an outright win, pitting her against Democrat Raphael Warnock in a Jan. 5 runoff. The state’s other Senate race also advanced to a runoff, with former Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) facing off against Democrat Jon Ossoff.
By doing away with the jungle primary system, Republicans are hoping to avoid a future repeat of Loeffler and Collins’s drawn-out battle that effectively allowed Warnock to avoid the most aggressive GOP attacks for much of the race.
The bill also seeks to head off the kind of lengthy runoff campaign that followed the November general elections, cutting the runoff period down from nine weeks to just four weeks and leaving less time for early voting, which benefited Democrats ahead of the January runoffs.
It expands weekend early voting, but cuts short the deadline for request absentee ballots
Republicans have pushed back on allegations that the new law seeks to suppress the vote, pointing to a provision in the bill that expands weekend early in-person voting by requiring two early voting dates on Saturdays and giving counties the option to hold early voting on two Sundays.
The law also mandates three weeks of early in-person voting and requires early-voting sites to be open for at least eight hours and up to 12 hours.
Anyone who has recently read my posts has noticed my claim that voter fraud (among other things) would remain a trend in Joe Biden’s America. This post takes articles published during the seven days ending on 30 March 2021 to illustrate just that concept.
Voter fraud in Missoula getting national attention: at least 5% of votes fraudulently cast
There seems to be little doubt if for nothing more than obvious but anecdotal evidence, that voter fraud seems to be demonstrably worse in Democrat strongholds. Combining that with mail-in ballots this year was a recipe for disaster in Missoula, where an audit has revealed anomalies that cannot be explained by anything but intentional and criminal voter fraud.
Real Clear Investigations wrote the report that should have anyone in Missoula County sharpening pitchforks and lighting their torches, at least if they were as concerned about election security as they are renewable energy goals.
The report begins…
A mountainous, 2,600-square-mile region with a population of approximately 119,600 does not seem like your prototypical setting for machine politics. Yet a recent audit of mail-in ballots cast there found irregularities characteristic of larger urban centers — on a level that could have easily swung local elections in 2020, and statewide elections in cycles past.
It goes on, “The story at hand begins during the pandemic summer of 2020, when the then-governor, Democrat Steve Bullock, issued a directive permitting counties to conduct the general election fully by mail. In the run-up to the election, a court also struck down Montana’s law aimed at preventing ballot harvesting.”
What was the consequence of the all-mail ballot? It appears to have been tragic.
Thanks to all-around conservative super-hero, Brad Tschida, Missoula County was pressed via legal wrangling to access the county’s ballots and review them for irregularities. The results were astounding, with 6.33% of all ballots lacking envelopes (which ensure their originality and that they indeed belong to a registered voter). Please note that it is illegal to count such ballots.
Meanwhile, “county employees claimed that during the post-election audit, some of the envelopes may have been double-counted, possibly indicating an even higher number of missing envelopes.”
In addition, .7% of envelopes didn’t have their signatures checked. Dozens of ballot envelopes “bore strikingly similar, distinctive handwriting styles in the signatures, suggesting that one or several persons may have filled out and submitted multiple ballots, an act of fraud.” And once more, 28 ballots from a Missoula nursing home – out of 28 ballots – had the same handwriting and it appears all the signatures were forged by the same individual.
It’s a mess in Missoula County. But that’s just one county. How many more “irregularities” would be found in Gallatin County, for example?
But it was at this point in the audit that Missoula County officials banned the auditors from taking photographs of the forged signatures, proving the fraud, and started to obstruct justice. They also refused to provide video they claimed was taken of the vote-counting process to ensure election integrity. They gave no reason for not releasing the footage that could absolve them of wrongdoing.
However, the Montana Daily Gazette – committed to real journalism – has fished the op-ed from the Ministry of Truth trash compactor for you (it’s available on the WayBack Machine here). The headline is a tad misleading, and the op-ed was written by then-Secretary of State, Corey Stapleton, pointing out that Missoula was replete with voter fraud and, in fact, is worse than anyone imagined. The title was Stapleton’s reflection that if it’s up to Missoula County officials to designate something as voter fraud, it’s never going to happen.
Stapleton wrote of the “irregularities”…
But that’s not voter fraud, apparently. Hmm. At least that’s what Missoula County officials said. In fact, dozens of mail ballots in Missoula County did not have legal matching signatures for the May 25th special congressional election. How many of those 150 mail ballots with illegal signatures were forgeries? You will never know. How many similar cases in recent years have been prosecuted in Missoula? None.
Why would The Missoulian pull that 2017 op-ed only recently? The reasons aren’t forthcoming. Neither are the explanations by Missoula County election officials for why these ballots were counted and, in some cases, double-counted.
Montanans would be wise to stop and consider the efficacy of all mail-in voting in upcoming elections.
One week of online and print stories on election fraud (also known as “voter fraud”)
This post only contains articles published during the seven days prior to 30 March 2021.
In the case of the article above, voter fraud in the 2020 election is highlighted by way of an article published on 25 March 2021 regarding a Democrat county where mail-in voting had been legal. However, in an election rife with accusations against Democrats regarding election fraud, why would anyone pad the Democrat lead in a Democrat county by adding envelope-less ballots to the ballot count? Does this point toward a national trend to padding the lead for dementia Joe?
Woodland Park resident found guilty of voting twice in primary election
After being reappointed to the Woodland Park Downtown Development Authority Board, Jan Wilson, right, is sworn in June 2018. Wilson, under her married name Janis Cummer, was found guilty in Teller County Court Feb. 10 of voting twice in the Nov. 3, 2020 general election.
Jan Wilson of Woodland Park was found guilty in Teller County Combined Court Wednesday of voting twice in the April primary election.
In the State of Colorado vs. Janis M. Cummer, Teller County Clerk & Recorder Krystal Brown cited Wilson with the misdemeanor offense in May after discovering that she had submitted two ballots. Wilson was arraigned in July and the case went to court Feb. 10.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for eastern North Carolina has charged 24 additional people with voter fraud over 18 months. They were without American citizenship and came from 15 nations, including Yemen, Nigeria, Iraq, France, and several Central American countries.
The charges date back to 2019, with the latest arrest this month. If convicted, the defendants could face a jail sentence and fines of up to $350,000.
Two of the arrested, Gabriela Guzman-Miguel (26) and Jose Abraham Navarro (42) from Mexico, voted despite having no legal standing. Several others have been charged with registering to vote by falsely claiming American citizenship. Some of them engaged in activities like misuse of permits, visas, and other voter registration documents.
After the 2016 election, the North Carolina board of elections conducted an audit which discovered that 41 people acknowledged casting votes even though they were not American citizens. The audit pointed out that most individuals were unaware that they were ineligible to vote.
The report highlighted a woman in her 70s living in the country for over 50 years. She was registered to vote, thinking she was a U.S. citizen because she was married to one.
(Read the excuses liberals provide for foreigners voting in America at the Vision Times)
I cannot say who these foreigners voted for; however, I can tell you which party pushes to have them vote
Joe Biden, grasping the latest left-wing talking point pushed by Stacey Abrams and her media allies everywhere, has launched a misleading attack on Georgia Senate Bill 202, which Governor Brian Kemp just signed into law.
Here’s what Biden had to say:
It’s an atrocity. The idea, you want any indication, it has nothing to do with fairness, nothing to do with decency. They pass a law saying you can’t provide water for people standing in line, while they’re waiting to vote. You don’t need anything else to know that this is nothing but punitive, designed to keep people from voting. You can’t provide water for people about to vote? Give me a break.
No person shall solicit votes [or] distribute or display any campaign material, nor shall any person give, offer to give, or participate in the giving of any money or gifts, including, but not limited to, food and drink, to [a voter] … This Code section shall not be construed to prohibit a poll officer…from making available self-service water from an unattended receptacle to [a voter] waiting in line to vote.
The parts in bold are what S.B. 202 added to the statute. The prohibition applies inside polling places, within 150 feet of a polling place, or “within 25 feet of any voter standing in line to vote at any polling place.”
Now, first of all, notice what is not prohibited here. Voters can still bring bottled water or other food or beverages with them to stand on line to vote, as people often do when waiting at Disney World or to buy concert tickets or in other public places where people stand on long lines. Voters can still also, if they like, order food; the bill doesn’t stop the Domino’s Pizza man or the local hot dog cart or taco truck from doing business. And if you feel impelled to donate food and drink to voters, you can still do that, too; you just have to give it to the poll workers so they can put it out for general use. The president’s claim that “You can’t provide water for people about to vote” is just false. What you cannot do under the new Georgia law is deploy people in National Rifle Association t-shirts and MAGA hats to hand out free Koch-brothers-financed, Federalist Society–branded pizza to voters.
In other words, this entire controversy is not about people dropping dead of hunger and thirst on long voting lines at all. It’s about electioneering around the polling place by people looking to advertise that they represent a cause, and who try to influence voters by giving them free stuff. Across the country today, we already have lots of laws against this sort of thing. There is nothing wrong with Georgia trying to limit it.
While state laws vary, many other states have electioneering bans that prevent people from giving gifts to voters, approaching voters on line or in the process of voting, or wearing or displaying political messages around the polling place. Minnesota law has a broad ban on approaching voters:
No one except an election official or an individual who is waiting to register or to vote or an individual who is conducting exit polling shall stand within 100 feet of the building in which a polling place is located. Minn. Stat. § 204C.06
In 2018, the Supreme Court in Minn. Voters Alliance v. Mansky found that Minnesota had a valid basis for its ban on voters wearing any sort of political badge, button, or insignia inside a polling place. Chief Justice Roberts, noting that the majority of states had some restrictions on campaign-related clothing and accessories at the polls, explained:
We see no basis for rejecting Minnesota’s determination that some forms of advocacy should be excluded from the polling place, to set it aside as an island of calm in which voters can peacefully contemplate their choices. . . . Casting a vote is a weighty civic act, akin to a jury’s return of a verdict, or a representative’s vote on a piece of legislation. It is a time for choosing, not campaigning. The State may reasonably decide that the interior of the polling place should reflect that distinction.
Seven Justices joined that opinion, which nonetheless found that the law entangled Minnesota too much into deciding what messages were political; the two dissenters would have upheld the law.
Montana’s law aims directly at campaigns handing out food, drink, or tobacco:
On election day, a candidate, a family member of a candidate, or a worker or volunteer for the candidate’s campaign may not distribute alcohol, tobacco, food, drink, or anything of value to a voter within a polling place or a building in which an election is being held or within 100 feet of an entrance to the building in which the polling place is located. § 13-35-211, MCA
New York makes “Furnishing money or entertainment to induce attendance at polls” a class A misdemeanor, and explicitly includes handing out “meat, drink, tobacco, refreshment or provision” unless it is worth less than a dollar and the person providing it is not identified:
Any person who…in respect of any election during the hours of voting…gives or provides, or causes to be given or provided, or shall pay, wholly or in part, for any meat, drink, tobacco, refreshment or provision to or for any person, other than [poll workers and other voting officials], except any such meat, drink, tobacco, refreshment or provision having a retail value of less than one dollar, which is given or provided to any person in a polling place without any identification of the person or entity supplying such provisions, is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor. N.Y. Elec. Law § 17-140
Biden’s own home state of Delaware bans giving gifts or rewards to voters in presidential primary elections:
Whoever…pays, transfers or delivers, or offers…any money, or other valuable thing as a compensation, inducement or reward for the giving or withholding or in any manner influencing the giving or withholding a vote…shall be fined not less than $100 nor more than $5,000 or imprisoned not less than 1 month nor more than 3 years, or both. 15 Del. C. § 3167
Laws of these sorts have been the product of experience. In 1998, the Supreme Court of Kentucky, in Ellis v. Meeks, threw out the results of a primary election where the winner, Meeks (who prevailed by eight votes) had handed out free food at the polling place, and made it available to voters. The court rejected the argument that this was all harmless because there was no direct evidence that he had changed any votes or had demanded any explicit quid pro quo from voters:
At ten of the fifteen voting stations in the 11th Ward, Meeks made free food available to anyone present, glad-handed voters as they entered, and spoke with voters as they signed in to vote. Based upon this evidence, we… hold that Meeks’ non-verbal conduct solicited votes and amounted to electioneering within 500 feet of a building where votes were being cast…We can conceive of no other explanation for his actions…. We find that making free food available to precinct workers and voters was an item of value offered by Meeks in exchange for their votes or moral support in violation of [Kentucky law].
Georgia’s law follows the same line of reasoning: The obvious motive of showing up to hand things directly to voters, rather than just providing them to poll workers to distribute, is to influence their votes.
Once upon a time, American elections were different; we had no secret ballot, and openly bribing voters was considered a standard part of democracy. George Washington famously handed out whiskey on voting day when he ran for the House of Burgesses, and so did most everybody else in his era. But our laws have cracked down on those tactics for a reason.
Is there a problem with voters standing on long lines to vote? Yes, there is, and it tends to fall more heavily on black voters. But unfortunately, in states such as Georgia, the problem of long lines is largely under the control of local Democratic officials rather than the Republicans who run the state, who nonetheless get all the blame from the national media.
Two city council members in Paterson have been indicted for allegedly interfering with a special election last year, Attorney General Gurbir Grewal announced Wednesday, in a case cited by then-President Donald Trump in his unsuccessful lawsuit to try and invalidate voting by mail in New Jersey.
Alex Mendez won the special election to fill a council seat on May 12, but voter fraud claims soon surfaced. The state attorney general’s office initiated a probe after U.S. Postal Service inspectors said they found hundreds of mail-in ballots located in a mailbox in Paterson, along with more found in nearby Haledon.
Ultimately, the Passaic County Board of Elections decided not to count 800 ballots cast in the race and a judge ordered a new election for last November.
Mendez, 45, and Paterson City Councilman Michael Jackson, 49, were originally charged in a criminal complaint last June. Despite the pending criminal charges, Mendez won a tight race in November.
The indictments handed up last month charge Mendez and Jackson with multiple counts including election fraud, unauthorized possession of ballots and falsifying or tampering with public records. The state attorney general’s office alleged the men collected ballots from voters and delivered them to county officials, which candidates are prohibited from doing.
The ballots also allegedly lacked required identifying information for the bearer, who under law must complete a certification in the presence of the voter for whom he or she is delivering the ballot.
A coalition of attorneys general from 21 states sued President Biden and members of his administration for rescinding the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline, seeking to undo the president’s attempt to effectively nix the 1,200 mile-long pipeline.
Led by the attorneys general of Texas and Montana, the states argued in their complaint that the president exceeded his authority when he issued his executive order January 20 revoking permits for the oil pipeline. The order targeting Keystone was one of several executive actions Mr. Biden has taken since assuming the presidency that focus on the environment and addressing climate change.
“Revocation of the Keystone XL pipeline permit is a regulation of interstate and international commerce, which can only be accomplished as any other statute can: through the process of bicameralism and presentment,” the states argued in their complaint. “The president lacks the power to enact his ‘ambitious plan’ to reshape the economy in defiance of Congress’s unwillingness to do so.”
The attorneys general argued Congress set rules for the actions the president can take regarding Keystone, and Mr. Biden and senior members of his administration flouted those rules.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton accused Mr. Biden of acting “with complete disregard for the constitutional limits on his power.”
Designed by TC Energy Corporation to move approximately 830,000 barrels of oil from Canada and Montana to the Gulf Coast of Texas, the Keystone XL pipeline is part of a larger system of lines and would run through several states. While the Obama administration denied permits for the pipeline, former President Donald Trump approved construction of the line in 2019, and work began last year.
A group of 40 Republican senators is asking the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to step in and limit President Biden’s ability to halt construction of the border wall.
Biden did so with an executive order on his first day in office, freezing nearly $1.4 billion in funds Congress set aside for the wall.
But lawmakers say the move infringes on Congress’s power of the purse, requesting a legal opinion from the GAO.
“An appropriations act is a law like any other; therefore, the president must take care to ensure that appropriations are prudently obligated in the manner they were provided by Congress,” lawmakers wrote in a letter spearheaded by Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.).
An Office of Management and Budget official responded to the letter, saying, “Like every nation, the United States has a right and a duty to secure its borders and protect its people against threats, but building a massive wall that spans the entire southern border is not a serious policy solution.”
“The billions of American taxpayer dollars that the previous administration redirected for border wall construction were never appropriated by Congress for that purpose and President Biden’s proclamation makes it quite clear that construction should only be paused to the extent permitted by law,” the official added.
The issue is a complex one.
The White House has frequently refused to answer reporters’ questions about the remaining border wall funds and how they might be used.
In February it also sent a formal notice to Congress that it would terminate the emergency designation that former President Trump used to justify diverting military funding to its construction.
But lawmakers in their letter argued that notification does not qualify as a “special message” needed to permanently withdraw funds, adding that even if Biden does so now it “will not cure the unlawful actions he has taken to date.”
Therefore, who knows how many executive orders have been issued by Joe Biden since he entered the Oval Office? One thing is certain: Joe Biden is not a president. He is a dictator (by his own words, several times). You may remember Biden telling his fellow socialist George Stephanopoulos:
That’s why — you know, the one thing that I — I have this strange notion. We are a democracy. Some of my Republican friends and some of my Democratic friends even occasionally say, “Well, if you can’t get the votes by executive order, you’re going to do something.” Things you can’t do by executive order unless you’re a dictator. We’re a democracy. We need consensus.
A Michigan judge ruled last week that Democratic Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson violated state law when she circumvented the legislature with unilateral orders on absentee voting.
Last year, as Democrats across the country implemented last-minute rule changes ahead of the November election, Benson issued a directive that local clerks count with a presumption of validity.
“Signature review ‘begins with the presumption that’ the signature on an absentee voter ballot application of envelope is valid,” Benson ordered in October. Only ballots signed with “multiple significant and obvious” inconsistencies ought to go under further review.
Detroit-area Judge Christopher M. Murray, however, ruled last week that Benson’s order violated the Michigan Administrative Procedures Act (APA). Murray argued Benson’s instructions were “rules” passed without following the proper procedures in place.
“A ‘rule’ not promulgated in accordance with the APA’s procedures is invalid,” Murray wrote. “An agency must utilize formal APA rulemaking procedures when establishing policies that ‘do not merely interpret or explain the statute or rules from which the agency derives its authority,’ but rather ‘establish the substantive standards implementing the program.’”
“I’m glad the court sees Secretary of State Benson’s attempts at lawmaking for what they are — clear violations of her authority,” said Republican state Rep. Matt Hall in a statement on the decision. “If she wants to make changes like these, she needs to work with the Legislature or properly promulgate them through the laws we have on the books — in this case the Administrative Procedures Act. The Legislature is an equal branch of government charged with crafting laws.”
Michigan’s election procedures came under scrutiny in a state where Democrats capitalized on the coronavirus pandemic to justify late rule changes to their benefit. According to WWMT, a local news outlet in western Michigan, more than 3.1 million voters in the state cast their ballots absentee out of 7.7 registered residents.
The trend will remain that all of the charges of fraud will prove to be true
Whether the revelation centers on fraud in Minnesota or Georgia (or the reasons that the Supreme Court decided to deny hearing the allegations of fraud), I am certain that the trend will continue on the revelations that there really was wide-spread fraud on the part of Biden.
The Washington Post’s deep-fake news illustrated by the retraction on the Trump-Georgia phone conversation
Greg Gutfeld slammed the mainstream media in the wake of a massive correction by The Washington Post, which read in part that, contrary to the paper’s original reporting, former President Donald Trump did not tell Georgia state elections investigator Frances Watson to “find the fraud.”
The quote, attributed to a leaked phone call between the two officials, came as Trump routinely railed against Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensberger’s handling of the election. The president’s back and forth with his fellow Republicans in Georgia provided the media with much fodder.
On “The Five,” Gutfeld said that while “deep fake” images have been a trend on the internet for some time, the mainstream media has engaged in “deep fakes” of journalism for a while as well.
“It sounds new but the media has been out of it for years; only with words, tricking the public to say something they didn’t,” he said.
“Take ‘The Washington Post’ who finally issued a brutal correction of a huge damaging lie. They contorted Donald Trump’s December phone call with the Georgia secretary of states top investigator claiming Trump ordered her to find the fraud and if she did she would be a hero.”
“That lie came from a single anonymous source and with endlessly repeated by the media.”
The host went on to further criticize the media, playing a montage of national newscasters reporting on the now-retracted quote:
“What lemmings. They’re like Smolletts who can type,” he said. “They claimed they confirmed it but ask yourself, how could all of them be wrong about the same exact thing? There is only one way: one source.”
Gutfeld credited the Washington Examiner for its take on the retraction, remarking that multiple newsrooms must’ve confirmed the scoop by speaking with the same anonymous source.
“It is like tracing cases of food poisoning to a single batch of rancid potato salad. Just as easy to track and more disgusting,” he said.
“We knew this was behind most anti trump drech — one anonymous source gave it to Paper A, then Network B calls the same source to get confirmation. Then Snopes and the fact-checkers agree.”
Gutfeld characterized the situation as an example of “investigative incest,” and predicted it was the same process that led to the dissemination of the Steele dossier.
“So how can we ever trust these clowns again? They would do everything to destroy a person — from a president they can’t stand to his obviously evil supporters. They’d push a lie to help their side win an election,” he continued.
This only continues to prove the hiding of fraud by the press
When the press reports things they feel will hurt the people they hate (rather than confirming the truth or finding the flaws in their reporting), then we have the end of democracy and the beginning of fascism.
GOP insiders warn companies woke leftism paves the way for corporate-free populist Republican party
A shift in the corporate world with big American companies embracing so-called “woke” leftist policies along with increased retirements among the old guard of the GOP is fueling a populist surge inside the Republican Party, a new memo from GOP insiders reveals.
The memo from CGCN, a government affairs firm staffed by top GOP insiders, is titled: “The Party They’ll Get, Not the Party They Want.”
In the memo, which has no named author, CGCN warns the “business community” that their previous allies in the Republican Party are moving on from protecting business interests to instead focusing on populist priorities of protecting American workers. As the GOP shifts downward away from the elites and towards the everyman, the memo notes, the Democrats in Washington continue their efforts to punish companies with tax hikes and regulatory burdens. In other words, companies may be left with nobody to defend them or their interests—all because they decided to abandon neutrality in favor of woke leftism, fighting culture wars that have driven Republicans away from them back toward the refreshed GOP base while Democrats will never reward them for being woke enough.
“For the business community, the news that President Biden is considering the first major tax increase since 1993 was probably unsurprising,” the CGCN memo opens. “And maybe not so troubling, given that it will be difficult to pass in a nearly evenly divided Congress. But when that news is juxtaposed to Sen. Roy Blunt’s (R-MO) recently announced retirement, it might be time for concern. The reason is straightforward: Blunt’s retirement, along with Senators Portman (R-OH), Burr (R-NC), Shelby (R-AL), and Toomey (R-PA) creates greater political space for the GOP’s younger, insurgent populists to flex their muscles. This suggests, among other things, trouble ahead for the tried-and-true coalition of Republicans and corporate America—and the issues they care about.”
In a letter to union members made public this week, UAW Vice President Gerald Kariem said Ford told the union it was relocating manufacturing of a next-generation vehicle from its assembly plant in Avon Lake, Ohio, to Mexico.
A copy of the letter was provided to The Wall Street Journal Wednesday. Reuters first reported on the letter on Tuesday.
The United Auto Workers, the union representing employees at the Ohio Assembly Plant in Avon Lake, slammed Ford in a scathing letter over an apparent plan to pull a nearly $1 billion investment.
During labor negotiations in 2019, Ford pledged to spend $900 million on the Ohio factory, in part to retool for a new model that it would start building in 2023.
“We expect the company to honor its contractual commitments to this membership and when it fails to do so we will take action,” Kariem wrote in the letter.
In a separate letter to employees, the Ohio plant manager, Jason Moore, said conditions have changed since the last UAW contract was negotiated and pointed to other investments the company has made at the factory, including hiring more than 100 workers to increase pickup truck production.
Any loss of production for Ford’s Ohio plant would be the latest blow to the region, once a stronghold of vehicle manufacturing. General Motors in 2019 ceased production of the Chevrolet Cruze at a factory in Lordstown, Ohio, affecting more than 1,000 jobs in the area.
(Read more at MSN)(But I really wish you wouldn’t, because it only encourages those communists.)
Just six weeks of Biden and he has screwed up our borders and send our jobs to Mexico
This has to be some type of record of a new level of screwed up.
Gun rights victimized by 8 RINO Representatives and all but one Democrat
The Epoch Times reports that one Democrat Representative and two hundred and two Republican Representatives voted against background checks.
One Democratic House lawmaker joined nearly all Republicans in voting against a bill that would expand background checks on guns in the latest gun-control bill pushed by House Democrats and the White House.
The bill, called the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2021, passed 227–203, receiving eight Republican votes. Five Republicans co-sponsored the bill along with several Democrats. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Thursday that he will attempt to get senators to vote on the measure.
Rep. Jared Golden (D-Maine) was the lone Democrat to vote with the vast majority of Republicans.
In a statement, Golden stated that “we need to strictly enforce the laws we have in place” as well as provide money and staffing to the federal background check system. “Many of my constituents have a proud tradition of responsible gun ownership,” Golden said.
The eight Republicans who voted to pass the measure are Rep. Vern Buchanan (Fla.), Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (Pa.), Rep. Andrew Garbarino (N.Y.), Rep. Carlos Gimenez (Fla.), Rep. Adam Kinzinger (Ill.), Rep. Maria Salazar (Fla.), Rep. Chris Smith (N.J.), and Rep. Fred Upton (Mich.). Upton, Smith, and Fitzpatrick co-sponsored the legislation.
The measure will “utilize the current background checks process in the United States to ensure individuals prohibited from gun possession are not able to obtain firearms,” according to the bill’s summary. Essentially, it would implement new background check requirements for firearm transfers between private parties.
Certain members of the press want very much for the Hunter Biden laptop story to be the work of the Russians, even despite assessments from the intelligence community in the United States that say otherwise.
A smattering of journalists and commentators falsely claimed this week that a recently unclassified report from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence proves the laptop story was Russian disinformation.
The report says no such thing.
“In case you’re still wondering if the Hunter Biden laptop story came from the Kremlin,” Defense One reporter Patrick Tucker said Tuesday in a since-deleted tweet, “ODNI’s new unclassified report says yes.”
In reality, the report says only that Kremlin-linked operatives “sought to use prominent US persons and media conduits to launder their narratives to US officials and audiences.” It says more specifically that the operatives “made contact with established US media figures and helped produce a documentary that aired on a US television network in late January 2020.”
The report also states that “Russian state media, trolls, and online proxies, including those directed by Russian intelligence, published disparaging content about President Biden, his family, and the Democratic Party, and heavily amplified related content circulating in US media, including stories centered on his son.”
It makes no mention whatsoever of Hunter Biden’s laptop, whose contents reportedly came into the possession of Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, after the president’s son apparently forgot he had dropped the device off for repairs at a shop in Delaware. The ODNI report never even questions the veracity of the Biden laptop story; it says only that certain reports in U.S. media were “amplified” by Kremlin-linked operatives.
Recall the story: The New York Post in October 2020 published a scoop revealing the existence of a laptop reportedly belonging to Biden. The laptop, which has since been turned over to the FBI, supposedly contains documents suggesting Hunter Biden leveraged his father’s political clout to line the family’s pockets. The New York Post’s coverage last year included the publication of email excerpts purporting to show that Biden introduced his father, then-Vice President Joe Biden, “to a top executive at a Ukrainian energy firm less than a year before the elder Biden pressured government officials in Ukraine into firing a prosecutor who was investigating the company.”
Neither the Biden campaign nor Biden himself has denied the authenticity of the laptop or its contents.
Yet, the legacy press’s immediate reaction to the story was to denounce it as Russian disinformation. Only a handful of competing news outlets, including the Washington Examiner, even bothered to investigate the authenticity of the emails.
“The same dudes who ran the play last time!” MSNBC’s excitable Chris Hayes said in a since-deleted tweet.
The mischaracterization of the ODNI report was even shared by NBC News’s resident 4chan correspondent Ben Collins, a supposed expert on disinformation and right-wing extremism.
It was not long after these big-brains claimed victory Tuesday that they started issuing mea culpas, admitting they hadn’t actually read the ODNI report closely.
“I’m just starting to read through the report,” said Hayes, “so not clear they’re claiming the Hunter Biden laptop specifically ‘came from the Kremlin’ definitively, but it’s incredible that it’s the same cast of characters.”
White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Wednesday clarified that President Biden’s proposed tax hike would apply to people who earn $200,000 per year if they are married to someone who makes the same amount.
Psaki said at her daily press briefing that the proposed $400,000 threshold for tax increases applies to “families” rather than individuals.
The clarification significantly lowers the tax-hike threshold announced by Biden in an ABC News interview that aired Wednesday.
Biden’s interview statement appeared to indicate the cutoff would be $400,000 in individual income.
Biden added, “If you make less than $400,000, you won’t see one single penny in additional federal tax.”
The president acknowledged that an effort to raise taxes is almost certain to be met with uniform opposition from Republicans in Congress.
“I may not get [Republican support], but I’ll get the Democratic votes for a tax increase. If we just took the tax rate back to what it was when [George W.] Bush was president — [when] the top rate paid 39.6 percent in federal taxes — that would raise $230 billion. Yet they’re complaining because I’m providing a tax credit for child care for the poor, from middle class?” Biden said.
Democrats hold a slim majority in the House of Representatives and also control of the evenly divided Senate, where Vice President Kamala Harris can break ties in the Democrats’ favor.
No. 2 Senate Democrat Dick Durbin of Illinois this week called for an end to the 60-vote threshold to proceed to votes on most bills, calling the procedural filibuster a “weapon of mass obstruction.”
And with tax increases, Joe digs his hole deeper and deeper and deeper
__Joe’s hole was deep when he cheated his way into office. So he dug it deeper by becoming dictator Biden and killing 10,000 jobs on his first day. He dug it deeper with lying about his son’s doings. He dug it deeper by denying the crisis he created at the border.
A lot has been going on, so things fall through the cracks, but you have to re-up anytime “Cocaine Mitch” throws down the hammer on Democrats. The Left wants this election reform bill signed into law. It has no chance in hell, but they’re pushing for it. They have been since January. It supposedly aimed at fighting corruption and bringing more transparency to government and the election process. Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) blasted the bill, saying it could legalize the type of shady election tactics that have revoked the election results of North Carolina’s eighth congressional district over fraud allegations. Last Friday, House Democrats passed this bill, known as H.R. 1. Still, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he plans to hold a vote on the Green New Deal. When asked why Mitch has a simple answer: he gets to call the shots (via The Hill):
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) maintained Wednesday that the upper chamber wouldn’t take up a House election reform bill.
McConnell reiterated his position when pressed about why he has only pledged to bring the progressive Green New Deal to the floor for a vote and not the election reform bill.
“Because I get to decide what we vote on,” McConnell quipped.
The Kentucky senator said earlier this week that House Democrats’ sweeping anticorruption bill, known as H.R. 1, would never become law.
“This sprawling 622-page doorstop is never going to become law. I certainly don’t plan to even bring it to the floor here in the Senate,” McConnell said of the legislation Monday.
The legislation aims to expand voting rights by creating automatic voter registration and making Election Day a national holiday for federal workers.
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) has criticized McConnell’s motives, arguing that his plan to force a vote on the progressive proposal is a “diversion” from having a debate on climate change.
Also, the American Civil Liberties Union is against it, so that’s all you really need to know about the Democrats’ bill. It’s trash. The organization announced its opposition last week (via AP):
The American Civil Liberties Union dealt a blow Monday to Democrats’ new election overhaul legislation, saying the bill does too much damage to the First Amendment and the storied rights group cannot support it.
ACLU officials said they support parts of the bill, such as making it easier to register to vote, but said the legislation attempts to control even the mere mention of a politician, which goes too far.
“They will have the effect of harming our public discourse by silencing necessary voices that would otherwise speak out about the public issues of the day,” the ACLU’s national political director and senior legislative counsel wrote in a 13-page letter announcing opposition.
(See Mitch’s parting shot via his tweet at Townhall)
Thank you, Mitch, for blocking this bill
By using the powers that he has, Mitch McConnell has kept the Democrats from being able to vote into law a bill that violates the First Amendment in at least four ways.
If he can do the same to the Equality Act (H.R. 5), then I might start reducing my calls to have him primaried. However, as of now, the jury still is out.
In the event that Mitch was bluffing us conservatives, here is why we must call our senators to ensure H.R. 1 does not pass
On Wednesday, House Democrats passed an 800-page bill that would mandate insecure voting processes and subject voting tallies to partisan manipulation. It’s a slap in the face to the half of Americans, including many Democrats, who believe the 2020 election was riddled with fraud and errors, largely due to the rapid expansion of mail-in balloting and other suspensions of state election laws.
“It is difficult to imagine a legislative proposal more threatening to election integrity and voter confidence,” write 20 Republican attorneys general in a Thursday letter about the ridiculously named For The People Act of 2021, or H.R. 1. Democrats have made the bill their top priority this Congress to permanently cement their current unified control of the federal government.
The bill “would (among other things) implement nationwide the worst changes in election rules that occurred during the 2020 election; go even further in eroding and eliminating basic security protocols that states have in place; and interfere with the ability of states and their citizens to determine the qualifications and eligibility of voters, ensure the accuracy of voter registration rolls, secure the fairness and integrity of elections, and participate and speak freely in the political process,” says a Heritage Foundation analysis.
H.R. 1 broadcasts Democrats’ goals for unending electoral dominance through openly rigged voting processes. It would engineer an unconstitutional federal takeover of state elections for national office. No surprise, then, that Joe Biden says he will sign this legislation if it reaches his desk.
Here are just some of the unconstitutional, absurd, nakedly partisan, and crime-assisting provisions in this bill that 220 House Democrats voted for and every House Republican voted against.
Openly Breaks the Constitution
As the attorneys general note, “Under both the Elections Clause of Article I of the Constitution and the Electors Clause of Article II, States have principal—and with presidential elections, exclusive—responsibility to safeguard the manner of holding elections.” This bill would instead unconstitutionally give Congress primacy over state elections, in numerous ways.
Yet the Constitution expressly affords the states, not Congress, the power to determine how presidential electors are selected. Mandating mail-in voting, requiring states to accept late ballots, overriding state voter ID laws, and mandating that states conduct redistricting through unelected commissions all violate states’ constitutional authority in conducting elections.
Set Up Star Chambers to Intimidate Judges
The bill would establish a “Commission to Protect Democratic Institutions” that would have the power to force judges to testify before a panel of unelected federal bureaucrats. According to the bill on page 389, the commission, or any member or subcommittee of the commission, may “hold hearings and sit and act at such times and places, take such testimony, receive such evidence, and administer such oaths as the Commission considers advisable.”
This commission, the Heritage analysis finds, “would be given the authority to compel judges to testify and justify their legal decisions, threatening their independent judgment and subjecting them to political pressure and harassment.”
Mandate Mail-in Ballots, 10-Day Delay in Results
Rather than reject the 2020 electoral chaos caused by bureaucrats suspending state election laws to further unreliable mail-in voting and suspend legal deadlines for mailed ballots, H.R. 1 would mandate this electoral chaos forever.
The bill mandates universal mail-in balloting and requires states to wait ten days after election day for any outstanding tranches of ballots to be suddenly discovered in Democrat-run strongholds — oops, I mean, allow all ballots to arrive. The Heritage report notes that “no-fault absentee ballots” “are the tool of choice for vote thieves.”
Besides a recipe for chaos and partisan election manipulation, this is unconstitutional. The attorneys general note that “The exclusivity of state power to ‘define the method’ of choosing presidential electors means that Congress may not force states to permit presidential voting by mail or curbside voting.”
Eliminate Voter ID Election Security
“Perhaps most egregious is the Act’s limitations on voter ID laws,” write the attorneys general. “Fairly considered, requiring government-issued photo identification at the polls represents nothing more than a best practice for election administration.”
After a brief overview of this history of bipartisan support for voter ID laws, the letter continues: “Voter ID laws remain popular, with thirty-five states requiring some form of documentary personal identification at the polls. Yet the Act would dismantle meaningful voter ID laws by allowing a statement, as a substitute for prior-issued, document-backed identification, to ‘attest to the individual’s identity and . . . that the individual is eligible to vote in the election.’ This does little to ensure that voters are who they say they are. Worse, it vitiates the capacity of voter ID requirements to protect against improper interference with voting rights.”
Register Millions Of Criminally Present Foreign Citizens to Vote
By forcing states to automatically and duplicatively register all people to vote through government outposts such as motor vehicles, state universities, and welfare agencies, H.R. 1 would register millions of illegal migrants to vote in the United States. According to their own reports on surveys, millions of illegally present foreign citizens vote in the United States, and overwhelmingly for Democrats. Democrats including President Barack Obama have worked to prevent states from enforcing laws against foreign citizens voting in U.S. elections.
This bill would essentially create de facto voting rights for the tens of millions of non-citizens inside the United States. Under this bill, states must automatically register every adult and are legally prohibited from inspecting or checking whether anyone who votes is legally eligible to do so.
The bill also bans courts from enforcing any legal penalties on any foreign citizens who illegally register to vote in the United States (Section 1015). This bill’s provisions would thus assist anyone inside the United States to vote in its elections, even if they are not citizens and have demonstrated contempt for our nation by breaking our laws to take advantage of our freedoms (for as long as they last).
Explode Opportunities for Election Cheating
“Adding to the threat of increased voter fraud, the Act would mandate nationwide automatic voter registration and Election Day voter registration,” write the attorneys general. “Such systems would provide too many opportunities for non-citizens and others ineligible to vote to register and cast fraudulent ballots before officials can take preventive action.”
Allowing people to register the same day they vote in 2020 contributed to suspiciously high — near or even above 100 percent — percentages of registered voters reportedly casting ballots in many precincts, often in key locations.
The bill would also “Prevent election officials from checking the eligibility and qualifications of voters and removing ineligible voters,” notes the Heritage analysis. It would require every ballot to be considered legitimate from the get-go, effectively banning provisional ballots.
Those are currently used, for example, when a voter shows up at the polls and records say he already voted or he is registered using incorrect information such as the wrong address. Under this bill, he could still vote without the error being cleared up, and with a regular, not provisional, ballot.
The bill would also eliminate any requirements that a witness sign an absentee ballot, and send absentee ballots for life to everyone who has ever used one. It would also effectively ban matching signatures on absentee ballots to government records of the voter’s signature, such as from a driver’s license record (Section 307).
Therefore, the bill eliminates almost every safeguard meant to protect against fraud and give voters confidence in election results.
President Donald Trump issued a statement Friday challenging President Joe Biden for opening up the Southern border to a wave of migrants.
“Our border is now totally out of control thanks to the disastrous leadership of Joe Biden,” Trump wrote in a statement sent to reporters.
The former president sounded the alarm over the renewed surge of migrants headed for the border after the Biden administration sent a signal that unaccompanied migrants would be welcomed into the United States.
The Department of Homeland Security predicts there will be 117,000 unaccompanied child migrants crossing the border in 2021, according to an Axios report.
“A mass incursion into the country by people who should not be here is happening on an hourly basis, getting worse by the minute,” he said.
The number of migrant youth daily referred to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for release into the United States has surged nearly 600 percent since President Trump was in office, according to newly released data, and federal shelters are at an estimated 93 percent of capacity.
Trump said that many migrants being allowed into the United States and illegal immigrants who are no longer being deported under Biden had criminal records or were infected with and spreading the coronavirus.
“The spiraling tsunami at the border is overwhelming local communities, depleting budgets, crowding hospitals, and taking jobs from legal American workers,” Trump wrote.
Biden has denied there is a crisis on the border, signaling confidence that his administration can handle the challenge.
But Trump recalled that he had achieved “the most secure border in our country’s history” during his presidency and condemned Biden’s recent actions that allowed the crisis to flare up.
“Under Biden, it will soon be worse, more dangerous, and more out of control than ever before,” Trump wrote. “He has violated his oath of office to uphold our Constitution and enforce our laws.”
Trump recalled his successful Remain in Mexico Policy for migrants claiming asylum as well as the Safe Third Agreements in Central America, and he berated Biden rolling them back and restoring catch-and-release policies.
Ok, I know that Trump (a New York Republican) oddly is closer to a conservative than a regular Republican
While President Trump has more conservative credentials than most Republicans, I probably should not list him as a Republican. Nonetheless, I want to list him as a Republican having stood up against Democrats just because he continues to stand up for conservative and (what should be) Republican causes. Additionally, he and his followers have decided to stay with the Republicans and try to transform the party to one that fits its constituents. For this final point, I pray all support.
President Joe Biden issued an executive order on “access to voting” on Sunday that instructs federal government agencies to promote voter registration, help Americans apply to vote by mail, and “combat misinformation,” among other measures.
The “Executive Order on Promoting Access to Voting” reads like a Democratic Party wish-list of “reforms” that enshrines many of the practices that were adopted on a temporary basis during the pandemic-affected 2020 election. Its provisions include:
using federal agencies to promote voter registration;
using federal agencies to inform Americans about voting;
linking federal agency websites to state voter registration websites;
providing voter registration and vote-by-mail applications;
using “approved, nonpartisan third-party organizations” to register voters at federal agencies;
using identification documents issued by the agency to help people register to vote;
providing more multilingual services to potential voters;
giving public employees “time off to vote in Federal, State, local, Tribal, and territorial elections”; and
promoting voter registration for federal prisoners.
One provision states: “It is the responsibility of the Federal Government to expand access to, and education about, voter registration and election information, and to combat misinformation, in order to enable all eligible Americans to participate in our democracy.”
Legitimate (and accurate) news stories on the business dealings of Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, were suppressed by social media companies and mainstream media outlets during the 2020 election under the guise of fighting such “misinformation.”
The list of measures in the Executive Order parallels those included in Democrats’ legislation, H.R. 1, the “For the People Act,” which intends to override state measures that bolster ballot integrity. H.R. 1 recently passed the Democrat-run House.
Expand access to voter registration and information: The order directs the heads of federal agencies to submit, within 200 days, plans outlining ways their agencies can “promote voter registration and participation.” The Federal Chief Information Officer will also coordinate with the agencies to modernize websites that provide voting information, including by “ensuring that federal websites are accessible to individuals with disabilities and people with limited English proficiency.”
Assist states under the National Voter Registration Act: The order “reaffirms the intent of the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) of 1993 to have federal agencies assist with voter registration efforts.” Under the act, federal agencies can only become voter registration agencies at the request of the state.
The order directs the heads of federal agencies to “evaluate where and how” their agency “provides services that directly engage with the public” and to inform states in which it is operating that it would agree to be a voter registration agency.
Changes to Vote.gov: The order directs the General Services Administration, which helps manage federal agencies, to submit a plan within 200 days to “modernize and improve” Vote.gov, including ways to make the site more accessible. The site provides voting-related information.
“The order requires GSA to seek the input of affected stakeholders, including election administrators, civil rights and disability rights activists, Tribal Nations, and nonprofit groups that study best practices for using technology to promote civic engagement,” the White House says.
With this, there is no doubt that the Democrats want a one-party, socialist regime
They cheated to get Biden into the position. Once Biden sat in the Oval office, he began writing executive orders at a rate unseen by any other previous occupier. By his own words, Biden proved himself a dictator through his reliance on executive orders.
Now, this most recently highlighted executive order sets up the equally unconstitutional H.R. 1. Thus, this proves that Democrats want a one-party, socialist regime.
Biden executive order provides “voting access” to citizens in federal custody
President Joe Biden signed an executive order Sunday that includes a provision to “provide voting access” to U.S. citizens in federal custody.
“The order will promote voting access and allow all eligible Americans to participate in our democracy,” a release from the White House said.
The order directs all federal agencies to propose a “strategic plan” on how to improve voter registration and participation. All plans are required to be submitted within 200 days to the president.
The order will also “provide voting access and education to citizens in federal custody,” a release from the White House said.
Additionally, the executive order will modernize Vote.gov, make recommendations to improve voting access to people with disabilities and those in the military, according to Politico. It also requires federal agencies to notify states about the ways in which they can do more to increase voter registration.
“Every eligible voter should be able to vote and have that vote counted,” Biden said Sunday before signing the order, USA Today reported. “If you have the best ideas, you have nothing to hide. Let the people vote.”
As this second view on the overreaching executive order shows, Biden should not be giving special gifts to felons
While I support giving aid to our military and the disabled, there is no reason to reward bad behavior by giving special rights to felons.
Additionally, if Joe Biden wants to be considered anything but a dictator, he needs to put down his executive order pen and talk to Congress to put forward a legislative agenda. He needs to get the law closer to people who vote.
A south Texas justice of the peace was arrested along with three other individuals who face 150 charges of voter fraud altogether.
Medina County Justice of the Peace Tomas Ramirez was arrested on Feb. 11 and is charged on one count of organized election fraud, one count of “assisting voter voting ballot by mail,” and 17 counts of unlawful possession of a ballot or ballot envelope, KABB reports.
He was arrested with Leonor Rivas Garza, Eva Ann Martinez, and Mary Balderrama. All four were indicted by a Bandera Grand Jury on Feb. 9.
Garza, Martinez, and Balderrama were each charged with organized election fraud. They also face multiple charges of illegal voting, unlawful possession of a ballot or ballot envelope, election fraud, fraudulent use of an absentee ballot by mail, tampering with a government record, and purportedly acting as an agent.
According to the Texas attorney general’s office, the case against Ramirez and the others involves allegations of vote harvesting at assisted living centers in Medina County in the 2018 Medina County Primary Election. Ramirez was elected as a justice of the peace in 2018 and was suspended from his position after his arrest.
In a statement, Ramirez said he was “stunned” by the allegations and denied all charges against him:
I was stunned by the allegations because there is absolutely no truth to them. I have spent the last 27 years building my law practice and serving in this community which has created my reputation for fairness, sincerity and integrity. I entered the race for JP because I wanted to serve Medina County and make the office function better for its citizens. I feel I have done exactly that up to this point. For people who know me, these allegations are absurd. To those who don’t, it provides reason to sneer and hate.
I will vigorously defend myself to the fullest extent and I fully expect to be vindicated.
The arrests come as former President Donald Trump continues to allege that the 2020 presidential was illegitimate because of voter fraud. Though there were incidents of attempted voter fraud committed on a relatively small scale, there is no evidence of widespread election fraud occurring in the 2020 election as Trump’s legal team alleged.
House Democrats’ H.R.-1 “For the People Act 2021” is not a COVID-19 relief bill, because 91% of it is for things other than addressing the virus — mostly a bill to help Democrats stay in power — according to Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, on Newsmax TV.
“The left wants to cancel Newsmax, they want to cancel President Trump, and now they want to cancel fair elections,” Jordan told Thursday’s “Spicer & Co.” “This bill nationalizes elections, nationalizes all the problems we saw in the last election.”
“Maybe the most egregious thing is it requires taxpayers to pay for elections,” Jordan added to host Sean Spicer. “So, think about this: The same politicians who take your money and spend 91% on something that’s not related to COVID, and call it a COVID bill — those same people now are going to take your tax dollars so they can get reelected.
“Such a deal.”
Not only are the attacks on free speech and election law shocking, but Jordan said, “We’ve got to start controlling this spending.
Federalizes all voting laws (the one thing that I think makes the whole bill unconstitutional).
Allows Internet registration of voters.
Eliminates of voter identification.
Allows nationwide ‘Motor Voter’ registration.
Allows nationwide vote by mail.
Registers 16-year-olds to vote.
Allows same-day voter registration.
Provides grants ($25M) for using minors in election activities (aka influincing the vote or brainwashing).
Prohibits attempts to clean voter rolls.
Allows felons to vote.
Makes early voting mandatory in all states.
Creates the first steps for DC statehood and Puerto Rico statehood.
Gives federal workers (union members) SIX DAYS of paid vacation to work the polls.
Provides stiff penalties for anyone who harasses poll workers and government administrators. Additionally, it says that questioning election results can be prosecuted under a broad definition of what constitutes harassment.
On November 13th, less than ten days after Election Night 2020, we uncovered a pattern in the Pennsylvania results that was so surprising, it was impossible. This pattern led to Joe Biden being awarded the state after President Trump being up on Election Night by nearly a 2 to 1 ratio:
This was the beginning of a series of reports on patterns found in the 2020 results that were basically impossible. All the patterns ended in Joe Biden’s favor and none of them would be expected to occur in the natural world. They were not random.
In Pennsylvania, we determined that in nearly every county, the percentage of absentee ballot votes was directly related to the percentage of election day voter results. When President Trump won a county by 60% (80 to 20%), his absentee ballot performance would be 40% less than that with Biden winning by 60% to 40%. When President Trump won on Election night by 20% (60 to 40%), Biden’s absentee ballot performance would equal 80% to Trump’s 20%. In almost every county, President Trump’s performance in absentee ballots was 40% less than his performance on Election Day.
It was also reported that there were more ballots cast in Pennsylvania than there were people who voted in the state:
Today we can report on another observation of Pennsylvania’s results. IT Internet and data expert, JJ Gee, provided us with an analysis of the Pennsylvania results and she found a number of questionable results which are consistent with our reporting from November 13th.
On Election Night, in 29 of 67 counties, the leader margins were similar to the margins in 2016 were when the counting stopped (Statewide 79% reported). 27 of those 29 counties are the only ones that showed 100% reported and two other counties were close to being 100%.
The remaining 38 counties that did not match 2016’s margins, showed votes outstanding. After the final votes were added to these counties, all 67 counties ended with a leader margin similar to 2016’s margins.
At the 79% reported point when the counting stopped, Trump was winning 60 of 67 counties. 4 counties (Bucks, Chester, Lehigh, and Monroe) were on the verge of flipping red from 2016. No counties were on the verge of flipping blue.
After the 79% reported point when the counting stopped (Biden: 2,477,804 and Trump: 3,019,296), the remaining votes added were 1,338,803, 71% for Biden: 980,425 and 29% for Trump: 358,378. (See sum of totals below).
NO, not because it was the “blue suburbs” remaining.
These final 1,338,803 votes resulted in Biden winning 13 counties and flipping 2 counties blue (Erie and Northampton).
(Read more at the Gateway Pundit to find what Bucks County and Philadelphia added)
We need to stay vigilant
With every defeat, we cannot become discouraged. With every success, we cannot get lazy. We must continue to look out for more cheating (and past cheating we happened to miss).
Georgia Secretary of State refers 35 cases of election law violations for criminal prosecution
The Georgia state Elections Board announced during a meeting Wednesday that they have referred 35 cases of election law violations to the attorney general or district attorneys for criminal prosecution.
Channel 2 Action News first reported about the cases at 6 p.m. on Wednesday. Many of incidents happened before 2020. The 23 investigators handling election matters work on an appointed, volunteer basis and don’t meet every month, so some of the cases date back to 2016.
During the meeting, state investigators reiterated that there was no evidence of widespread voter fraud, machine or election management problems in 2020.
They then laid out summaries of dozens, and in most cases, years-old-election investigations that were referred to prosecutors.
“Election fraud is not tolerated in Georgia. When there is evidence of it, the people responsible face prosecution,” said Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, chairman of the five-member board.
On Thursday, Raffesnperger talked to Channel 2′s Justin Gray about the years-old backlog of election fraud cases and the state’s effort to catch up.
Raffensperger said the election board will now spend the rest of this month trying to work through those cases from past elections, and then get to more cases dealing with the 2020 election.
“I think people need to understand that we’re not going to tolerate noncitizens voting and also people double-voting,” Raffensperger said. “The board is not going to have a lot of patience with people willfully defying the laws of Georgia.”
Raffesnperger said he hopes the work of the election board restores voter confidence, which has plummeted since former President Donald Trump made repeated, unfounded claims of voter fraud in Georgia.
Georgia Republican’s confidence that their votes would be counted as intended fell from 93% just before the general election to 71% by the January runoff.
“What we saw was, the only people that had an impact on were Republicans who were his supporters,” Raffensperger said. “Other voters either maintained or increased their confidence in the process.”
Among the cases sent for prosecution were four cases of felons voting or registering to vote, four cases of noncitizens voting or registering to vote and one case of misplaced ballots during the 2020 general election, which changed the total number of votes in that county but not the outcome.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced the arrest of Rachel Rodriguez for election fraud, illegal voting, unlawfully assisting people voting by mail, and unlawfully possessing an official ballot. Each charge constitutes a felony under the Texas Election Code.
Rodriguez was exposed in a Project Veritas video last fall while she engaged in vote harvesting leading up to the 2020 election. The Election Fraud Division of the Office of the Attorney General reviewed dozens of hours of unedited, raw footage, which led to this arrest.
Rodriguez acknowledged on video that what she was doing is illegal and that she could go to jail for it. If convicted, Rodriguez could face up to 20 years in prison.
“Many continue to claim that there’s no such thing as election fraud. We’ve always known that such a claim is false and misleading, and today we have additional hard evidence. This is a victory for election integrity and a strong signal that anyone who attempts to defraud the people of Texas, deprive them of their vote, or undermine the integrity of elections will be brought to justice,” said Attorney General Paxton. “The shocking and blatantly illegal action documented by Project Veritas demonstrates a form of election fraud my office continually investigates and prosecutes. I am fiercely committed to ensuring the voting process is secure and fair throughout the state, and my office is prepared to assist any Texas county in combating this insidious, un-American form of fraud.”
The Superior Court of Maricopa County, Arizona, found that the state’s Senate Republicans’ subpoenas of election materials and equipment are “legal and enforceable.”
“The Court finds that Subpoenas are legal and enforceable. There is no question that the Senators have the power to issue legislative subpoenas,” Judge Timothy Thomason said Friday in a readout following a Thursday hearing on the issue.
“The Subpoenas comply with the statutory requirements for legislative subpoenas. The Senate also has broad constitutional power to oversee elections,” the court’s conclusion added.
The GOP-backed county board requested Thomason to nullify the subpoena issued by the Senate. They argued that the ballots are sealed under laws the Legislature passed and the Senate does not have a right to access them, claiming it would be illegal.
“The Arizona legislature clearly has the power to investigate and examine election reform matters. Accordingly, the Senators have the power to subpoena material as part of an inquiry into election reform measures,” the judge said in his review.
The Senate’s subpoenas did not violate the separation of powers principle, and subpoenaed materials would not violate confidentiality laws, Thomason added.
“Indeed, if that were the case, it would be illegal for any County official to ‘see’ any ballot after it was prepared for voting. It is apparent that the word ‘person,’ as used in this statute, does not refer to government officials,” Thomason said.
Arizona state Senate President Karen Fann announced in December 2020 that two subpoenas were served to the county’s election board.
One subpoena calls for a scanned ballot audit in order to collect an electronic ballot image cast for all mail-in ballots counted in the county’s November 2020 general election. The second subpoena calls for a full forensic audit of ballot tabulation equipment, the software for that equipment, and the election management system used in the 2020 general election.
County board supervisors already have provided much of what the subpoenas requested, from voter data to election logs, but not the ballots or access to the machines.
The results of the county’s independent audit released Tuesday found that the votes were counted correctly, the machines worked properly, and the machines were not hacked or connected to the internet during the election.
The Senate wants another audit of ballots and a check of voter information, while the county has contended that its multiple audits have been sufficient and said the ballots must remain sealed under state law.
Between this judge and the judge who blocked the Biden border policy, the courts seem to be moving in the right direction
However, starting in the right direction is not justice. While we cannot guarantee justice for all cases (obviously with the injustice of the last, cheating election), we can work toward a general direction of justice. We need to do that.
Oklahoma House passes bill allowing legislature to declare federal laws unconstitutional
A bill introduced on Wednesday would make it more difficult to take gun rights from veterans.
The Veterans 2nd Amendment Protection Act, introduced by Rep. Liz Cheney (R., Wyo.) and Rep. Mike Bost (R., Ill.), would restrict when the Veterans Administration can take away veterans’ right to buy or own a gun. It would require a legal determination that a veteran was a threat to himself or others before stripping him of his Second Amendment rights.
The bill could impact the hundreds of thousands of veterans who have had their gun rights taken despite never committing a crime or being legally declared a threat to themselves or others. It would also further clarify what level of scrutiny is required before infringing upon a core constitutional right.
“No one, especially those who risked their lives defending our nation, should have their constitutional rights infringed,” Cheney said. “The legislation that Ranking Member Bost and I introduced today will ensure that the Second Amendment Rights of law-abiding veterans are not hindered by government red tape, and will prevent unelected bureaucrats from denying veterans of their ability to purchase or own a firearm.”
Currently, the Veterans Administration adds any veterans or beneficiaries to the federal background check system whenever they have a fiduciary appointed to manage their finances. That makes the veteran a prohibited person and effectively bans him or her from gun ownership. The arrangement leaves veterans in a unique position in which their gun rights can be taken away by government employees without a determination from a judge or magistrate.
Rep. Bost called the current situation “unacceptable” and a “shameful practice that violates what our country stands for.”
“Veterans fought to defend our constitutional rights, including the Second Amendment right to own a firearm,” he said. “No government bureaucrat should be able to strip them of that right.”
While this sounds good, it may be window dressing by the RINOs
If Liz Cheney was not willing or able to protect your guns last session, then this might be window dressing. If Liz wasn’t willing to protect your voting rights in 2020, this might be window dressing. If Liz mocked you for your choice of candidate, then this was most likely window dressing.
So, in a day or so, this will likely be exposed as nothing but window dressing.
Senate GOP takes aim at Pelosi’s “tunnel to nowhere,” Schumer’s bridge in COVID-19 package
President Biden has asked aloud what could be cut from his $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill, and Senate Republicans have an answer: Start by cutting House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s $100-million-plus “tunnel to nowhere.”
The relief package, which the House approved on a party-line vote on Saturday, includes money for phase-two drilling of a subway tunnel for the Bay Area Rapid Transit system in the Silicon Valley, near Mrs. Pelosi’s district in California. Ground hasn’t been broken yet for the project.
“An earmark to help cover the cost of Big Tech’s subway construction costs has nothing to do with combatting COVID-19,” said Steve Kelly, spokesman for Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, top Republican on the Senate Banking Committee. “It doesn’t help one person get the vaccine or boost testing capabilities.”
He said the tunnel spending “is just further proof that congressional Democrats view the reconciliation process as a means to push through their wish list — which includes forcing taxpayers to pay even more for an over-budget and delayed construction project in one of the wealthiest regions in the country.”
The Senate is taking up the overall package this week, with many proposed amendments expected. Much of the debate has focused on a provision to raise the minimum wage to $15, although that proposal is likely to be dropped after the Senate parliamentarian ruled it’s not relevant to the overall measure.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said the House package lacks the bipartisan support of five previous pandemic relief bills.
The mainstream media may be ignoring the president’s cognitive decline, but it’s still there. On Saturday, President Biden attempted to speak extemporaneously, butchering a long list of names in the process before expressing shock and bewilderment at his own forgetfulness.
“… and Representatives Shir-Shirley Jackson Lee, Al Greene, Sylvia Garcia, Lizzie Penelley, ugh, uh, excuse me, Pannill, and, ugh, what am I doing here?” Biden wondered aloud.