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    DETROIT -- President Donald Trump summoned Michigan's Republican legislative leaders to the White House for a meeting Friday amid a longshot GOP push to overturn the certification of Democrat Joe Biden's victory in the battleground state.Two people familiar with the matter told The Associated Press that Trump invited Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey and House Speaker Lee Chatfield. They agreed to go, according to a state official aware of the leaders' plans. The two officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were discussing private conversations.It was not immediately clear what the meeting would be about. Neither Shirkey nor Chatfield commented.*Counties are colored red or blue when the % expected vote reporting reaches a set threshold. This threshold varies by state and is based on patterns of past vote reporting and expectations about how the vote will report this year.The Legislature would be called to select electors if Trump...
    President-elect Joe Biden won the state of Michigan. Donald Trump summoned Michigan's Republican legislative leaders to the White House for a meeting Friday amid a longshot GOP push to overturn the certification of Democrat Joe Biden's victory in the battleground state. Two people familiar with the matter told The Associated Press that Trump invited Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey and House Speaker Lee Chatfield. They agreed to go, according to a state official aware of the leaders' plans. The two officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were discussing private conversations. It was not immediately clear what the meeting would be about. Neither Shirkey nor Chatfield commented.
    Three Republican members of Michigan’s House of Representatives introduced a bid to impeach Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday, accusing her of 'corrupt conduct in office' and 'exceeding her constitutional authority' for her coronavirus restrictions. The resolution was introduced by GOP Reps. Beau LaFave, Matt Maddock and Daire Rendon. However, Republican Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey and House Speaker Lee Chatfield rejected the effort. 'With the current set of facts that we’re living under right now, the current impeachment resolution will not have any proceeding on the House floor,' Chatfield said Wednesday, according to The Detroit News. He called the move a 'distraction from the real things we have to get done in our state.' 'I have not signed on to any notion of impeachment proceedings,' Shirkey said Tuesday.  Whitmer’s spokesperson Tiffany Brown said on the resolution: 'Gov. Whitmer doesn’t have any time for partisan politics or people who don’t...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — With each round of COVID-19 restrictions comes many people questioning Minnesota’s strategy to stop the spread. Gov. Tim Walz laid out his four-week plan on Wednesday evening, which includes the closing of gyms and fitness centers; stoppage of youth and adult sports; a pause on wedding and funeral receptions; and the closing dine-in service at restaurants and bars. However, takeout and delivery can continue. These restrictions take effect Saturday. “What even has become the new normal is no longer sustainable,” Walz said. With COVID-19 cases reaching record daily highs and hospitalizations, some have raised the question: Why is the virus spreading when we have a mask mandate? WCCO spoke with Dr. Beth Thielen, a pediatrician and infectious disease physician at the University of Minnesota who also researches respiratory viruses. “How you deploy the mask is really, really critical,” Thielen said. Some people might not wear the...
    By IRIS SAMUELS and AMY BETH HANSON, AP / Report for America Lawmakers gathered in the state Capitol to pick leaders of the Montana state Senate and House Wednesday, with most Republicans in attendance and unmasked despite a growing coronavirus outbreak affecting the state. Republicans head into the 2021 session with a two-thirds majority in both bodies and Montana will have a Republican governor for the first time in 16 years. Sen. Mark Blasdel of Kalispell was elected Senate President, replacing outgoing President Sen. Scott Sales, who was prevented by term limits from seeking re-election. Blasdel, who served as Senate president pro tempore in the 2019 session, was unchallenged in the nomination process. He remarked on the “incredible mandate” given to Republicans in the 2020 election, where the party's candidates won every statewide race. Republican Rep. Wylie Galt of Martinsdale was elected Speaker of the House, saying his goals remain...
    California Medical Association leaders also attended the controversial dinner party where Gov. Gavin Newsom was seen breaking his own coronavirus restrictions. California Medical Association CEO Dustin Corcoran and CMA lobbyist Janus Norman were among those present celebrating the birthday of Jason Kinney, Newsom’s political adviser, Politico reported Wednesday. "The California Medical Association represents 50,000 doctors in the nation’s most populous state and has recently tweeted messages including #StayHome and #WearAMask," KTLA reported. Photos of the event also surfaced this week and show none of the 12 partygoers wearing face masks, most notably the Democratic governor. “EXCLUSIVE: We've obtained photos of Governor Gavin Newsom at the Napa dinner party he's in hot water over. The photos call into question just how outdoors the dinner was. A witness who took photos tells us his group was so loud, the sliding doors had to be closed,” Fox 11’s Bill...
    Medical staff examine a patient suffering from coronavirus in the COVID-19 intensive care unit (ICU) at United Memorial Medical Center on November 16, 2020 in Houston, Texas.Go Nakamura | Getty Images Coronavirus cases are running rampant across the U.S., and a handful of states and cities are closing nonessential businesses, limiting public and private gatherings and imposing mask mandates to try to slow the rapid spread ahead of the winter season. The U.S. is reporting a weekly average of roughly 154,226 new coronavirus cases every day, soaring to record highs as scientists warn Americans that the next few months of the pandemic could be the worst yet. Unlike other other peaks in the spring and summer that hit the Northeast and Sunbelt states particularly hard, this one has no clear epicenter, medical experts say. Some state and city officials say the virus is everywhere; local outbreaks cannot be traced back...
    DENVER (CBS4) – As Gov. Jared Polis tightens up restrictions due to a surge in COVID-19 cases statewide, many parents are left wondering the future holds for their students. Polis addressed the issue in a press conference on Tuesday. (credit: CBS) “We’re working closely with our school districts on how we can ensure our children get more in-person education. For counties that fall under severe risk, child care facilities remain open and we encourage preschool through 5th grade students to continue learning in person or to restart,” he said. Polis is giving elementary school students the go-ahead to return to in-person instruction. “We feel, based on the data, for many kids and many families that’s the safest place they can be with the safety parameters we have at school.” (credit: CBS) However, not everyone is in favor of the return. State leaders and the Colorado Education Association are sending mixed...
    Reuters November 18, 2020 0 Comments The U.S. medical establishment on Tuesday urged President Donald Trump to share critical COVID-19 data with President-elect Joe Biden’s team to avoid needless, deadly lags in tackling a raging pandemic that is threatening to overwhelm hospitals nationwide. The extraordinary rebuke, weighing in on the White House post-election transition fray, came in an open letter from three leading healthcare organizations as state and local governments scrambled to fight the virus in the absence of a coordinated national strategy. “Real-time data and information on the supply of therapeutics, testing supplies, personal protective equipment, ventilators, hospital bed capacity and workforce availability to plan for further deployment of the nation’s assets needs to be shared to save countless lives,” said the letter, signed by heads of the American Medical Association, the American Nurses Association and the American Hospitals Association. The letter was published a day after Biden,...
    By BRENDAN FARRINGTON, Associated Press TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — After a tumultuous national election year in which a virus has gripped the world with fear, Florida's two new legislative leaders gave a message of hope for 2021 as lawmakers met in a one-day session Tuesday. It came at a time when President Donald Trump convincingly carried the state and Republicans gained seats in the Legislature. But the message Senate President Wilton Simpson and House Speaker Chris Sprowls sent was one that seeks to cross a divide. “When I say that patriotism is about love, I don’t use that word lightly. I would never use it lightly,” Sprowls said. “Real love recognizes that no one is perfect and that we are not simply the sum of our worst moments. We forgive those we love because we can separate the person from the mistakes they have made. That kind of love, when...
    The Florida Legislature will not address any of the pressing pandemic-related issues facing the state until 2021 session committee meetings begin in January, meaning Gov. Ron DeSantis will remain unilaterally in control of state affairs through the year. A one-day legislative session is required by the Florida Constitution to be staged on the 14th day following each general election for “the exclusive purpose of organization and selection of officers.” That Tuesday session is expected to last two hours. Incoming House Speaker Chris Sprowls, R-Palm Harbor, and Senate President Wilton Simpson, T-Trilby, are expected to outline aspirational goals for the next two years and lay out their agenda for the 60-day 2021 legislative session that begins March 2. Democrats have called for a special session to address the state’s unemployment system that collapsed in March when overwhelmed by applicants and to raise the state’s $275 weekly unemployment payout,...
    The police chief of Portsmouth, Virginia was fired on Monday moments before criminal charges were dropped against a prominent state senator and several local black leaders.  Angela Greene suggested her removal from the post was politically motivated as the senator and leaders, accused of conspiring to damage a confederate statue during a protest, were acquitted.  Democrats who had condemned the charges praised the latest twist in the case that involved state Sen. Louise Lucas, a high ranking Democrat who is Virginia's most senior black legislator. Angela Greene, police chief in Portsmouth, Virginia, was fired from her post moments before criminal charges were dropped against state Sen. Louise Lucas and 18 other plaintiffs. The police had charged them over damage to a confederate statue during protests in June Lucas and 18 other plaintiffs, including a school board member and members of the local NAACP chapter and the public defender's office, were...
    By CEDAR ATTANASIO, Associated Press / Report for America SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The annual Tribal Leadership Summit in New Mexico will focus on the pandemic and post-pandemic recovery, state and local leaders told reporters Monday. “This pandemic has separated us, in many ways, physically from each other. From our families. From our communities. From our traditions and gatherings. But despite this physical separation, we’re closer than ever,” said Indian Affairs Secretary Lynn Trujillo. The weeklong summit is a chance for tribal leaders to catch up with each other and get direct access to state executive officials ahead of the annual legislative session in January. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is also considering convening another special session in the coming weeks. The pandemic has hit tribal areas particularly hard, leading to disproportionately high infections and deaths. Even in areas that have avoided the brunt of the virus — like Acoma...
    BERLIN (Reuters) - German federal and state leaders agreed to postpone until November 25 a decision on further lockdown measures to slow a second wave of coronavirus infections, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday. Merkel said a majority of state leaders did not want to see a tightening of restrictions before next week, but, she added: "I could have imagined imposing further contact restrictions today, but there was no majority for that." (Reporting by Michael Nienaber and Sabine Siebold, editing by Thomas Escritt) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters. Tags: infectious diseases, coronavirus, Europe, Germany
    Loading the player... Republican leaders in four critical states won by President-elect Joe Biden say they won’t participate in a legally dubious scheme to flip their state’s electors to vote for President Donald Trump. Their comments effectively shut down a half-baked plot some Republicans floated as a last chance to keep Trump in the White House. State GOP lawmakers in Arizona, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin have all said they would not intervene in the selection of electors, who ultimately cast the votes that secure a candidate’s victory. Such a move would violate state law and a vote of the people, several noted. “I do not see, short of finding some type of fraud — which I haven’t heard of anything — I don’t see us in any serious way addressing a change in electors,” said Rusty Bowers, Arizona’s Republican House speaker, who says he’s been inundated with emails pleading...
    Normally, the US State Department takes care of all communications intended for the future president. But given that Donald Trump has still not recognized Joe Biden’s victory, the latter does not have access to State Department resources. According to ., which got wind of the information via officials working for the department in question, dozens of incoming messages, mostly congratulations from foreign officials, were not forwarded to the Democratic winner and are therefore blocked by the Trump administration. Joe Biden has of course received direct appeals and support, notably from German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. However, the future president does not benefit from the logistical and translation support provided by the operations center of the State Department. However, it is towards this service that many states will have gone to congratulate the winner of the American presidential election...
    A New York Times reporter had a blunt message for her followers on Wednesday. "My parents have not met my baby, I haven’t been home in a year, and I just canceled our planned tiny Thanksgiving," tweeted White House correspondent Katie Rogers. "Wear a f-----g mask." Her tweet came amid a broader debate over whether people should be forced to wear masks as the U.S. wrestled with the coronavirus.  BIDEN WANTS MASK MANDATE IN EVERY STATE TO FIGHT CORONAVIRUS -- BUT THESE GOVERNORS WON'T COMMIT The U.S. has recorded over 240,000 deaths and more than 10.3 million confirmed infections, with new cases soaring to all-time highs of well over 120,000 per day over the past week.  Cases per day are on the rise in 49 states, and deaths per day are climbing in 39. A month ago, the U.S. was seeing about 730 COVID-19 deaths per day on average; that has...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff HARRISBURG, Pa. (KDKA) — Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, Pennsylvania’s National Guardsmen have been on the frontlines. On Thursday, state leaders urged the federal government to reauthorize Title 32. It funds the National Guard and offers them certain protections so they can help with coronavirus needs in long-term care homes. Title 32 also helps ease the financial burden on states where National Guard members are working. “This is a job the National Guard never expected to have,” Lt. Col. Dr. Albert Fogle said. “We have responded over the years multiple times when the state had flooding, snow or trees down, but this has been a different and special call to our citizen soldiers to respond.” Without the funding, the state would have to put the National Guard on “state active duty,” which limits the time they are able to serve.
    Loading the player... The United States Department of State is being criticized for refusing to turn over messages of congratulations to President-elect Joe Biden.  The State Department has always turned over messages to the President-elect historically. In fact, most of these calls are supported by the logistical and translation experts at the department.  In this screenshot from the RNC’s livestream of the 2020 Republican National Convention in August, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo addresses the virtual convention in a pre-recorded video from Jerusalem, Israel. (Photo Courtesy of the Committee on Arrangements for the 2020 Republican National Committee via Getty Images) Calls from foreign allies, including leaders in Canada and Germany, have been going directly through Biden staff members, who are creating readouts of the calls to be in accordance with presidential record-keeping.  The head of the State Department, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, was asked if his department...
    AUSTIN (CBSDFW.COM) – A new report from the nonprofit Texans Care for Children shows the Texas Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) program is under-enrolling infants and toddlers with disabilities and developmental delays. State funding for the program continues to lag behind previous funding levels, according to their report. Texans Care for Children is a non-partisan, multi-issue children’s policy organization. They develop policy solutions, produce research, and engage Texas community leaders to educate policymakers, the media, and the public about what works to improve the well-being of children and families in the state. The report by Texans Care for Children also shows that the COVID-19 pandemic has created new costs and challenges for community organizations that provide ECI services, even as ECI providers have successfully transitioned to telehealth during the pandemic. The report comes weeks after federal officials found that Texas leaders are falling short of their legal obligation to offer ECI...
    Foreign leaders are sending congratulatory messages for Joe Biden to the State Department, where they are being held, sources told CNN, as President Donald Trump has not conceded the presidential election. Dozens of messages have been received, but Bidens team is eschewing official State Department channels to communicate with foreign leaders, per the report. Also, foreign leaders are working around normal State Department channels, communicating with Obama-era holdovers to get messages to the Biden transition team, per the report. "They would prefer to be using the State Department resources," a source told CNN. The State operation center offers translation and logistical support, but as the report notes, Trump did not use those resources himself during his own transition, doing most of the work from his own properties at Trump Tower in New York City and his resort in Bedminster, New Jersey. "It was helpful to have State ops place the...
    Messages from foreign leaders to President-elect Joe Biden are reportedly sitting unread at the State Department as President Trump has blocked the new administration’s transition. Under normal presidential transitions, the president-elect can tap into State Department resources to better log and translate communications between the incoming administration and world leaders, CNN reported. With Trump refusing to concede, Biden and his team have undertaken the task privately, without government support. But, “they would prefer to be using the State Department resources,” a source told CNN. Biden over the weekend already spoke with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the report said. On Wednesday, the president-elect had congratulatory calls with leaders of the Republic of Korea, Japan and Australia. Denis McDonough, who worked for former President Barack Obama and helped during his transition into power, told CNN that the calls during this period are not highly...
    The State Department won’t give President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenFeds charge Staten Island man over threat to Schumer, FBI Pence cancels vacation in Florida: report Romney shoots down serving in Biden Cabinet MORE or his transition team dozens of messages that foreign leaders have given to the department, CNN reported Wednesday.  President TrumpDonald John TrumpFeds charge Staten Island man over threat to Schumer, FBI Pence cancels vacation in Florida: report Romney shoots down serving in Biden Cabinet MORE’s administration is preventing Biden from accessing the messages that were sent after Biden was projected the president-elect over the weekend, State Department officials familiar with the messages told CNN.  The department typically organizes the communications with president-elects, but the Trump administration has refused to recognize Biden’s win and grant his team access to transition information and resources. The Biden transition team instead has conducted calls with foreign leaders without State Department help, but...
    Messages from foreign leaders to President-elect Joe Biden are reportedly sitting unread at the State Department as President Trump has blocked the new administration’s transition. Under normal presidential transitions, the president-elect can tap into State Department resources to better log and translate communications between the incoming administration and world leaders, CNN reported. With Trump refusing to concede, Biden and his team have undertaken the task privately, without government support. But, “they would prefer to be using the State Department resources,” a source told CNN. Biden over the weekend already spoke with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the report said. Denis McDonough, who worked for former President Barack Obama and helped during his transition into power, told CNN that the calls during this period are not highly sensitive. “These calls in the past have been handled on open lines. They are congratulatory calls,” McDonough said. Filed...
    CHICAGO (AP) — Efforts to identify cuts that can be made to Illinois’ budget will continue despite the postponement of the General Assembly’s veto session, Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Wednesday. Pritzker also said he will try to convince the nation’s credit rating agencies not to downgrade Illinois’ bonds to junk status. The possible action is the result of rejection by the state’s voters of a proposed graduated income tax amendment to the Illinois constitution. Pritzker has said the COVID-19 pandemic could result in state revenues falling by billions of dollars. Legislative leaders announced Tuesday the veto session scheduled to start next week was canceled because of surging COVID-19 cases around the state. “I’m already convening the leaders. There’s a great deal of work that needs to be done,” Pritzker said. “We’ve trimmed across the executive branch throughout the last two years and there’s more to be done than just trimming....
    Washington (CNN)A stack of messages from foreign leaders to President-elect Joe Biden are sitting at the State Department but the Trump administration is preventing him from accessing them, according to State Department officials familiar with the messages.Traditionally, the State Department supports all communications for the President-elect, which is why many countries began sending messages to State over the weekend. But with Biden prohibited from accessing State Department resources by the Trump administration, because President Donald Trump refuses to accept Biden's victory, dozens of incoming messages have not been received.Biden's team is contacting foreign governments on their own and he has held numerous calls with leaders, including Germany's Angela Merkel and Canada's Justin Trudeau. But they are operating without the logistical and translation support that the State Department operations center provides. Here are the world leaders who congratulated Joe Biden"They would prefer to be using the State Department resources," said a...
    President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenFeds charge Staten Island man over threat to Schumer, FBI Pence cancels vacation in Florida: report Romney shoots down serving in Biden Cabinet MORE is hitting the ground running on reassuring world leaders that his incoming administration will reengage with the world in a reversal of President TrumpDonald John TrumpFeds charge Staten Island man over threat to Schumer, FBI Pence cancels vacation in Florida: report Romney shoots down serving in Biden Cabinet MORE’s “America First” foreign policy. Despite Trump’s refusal to concede the election, Biden has spoken by phone with and received congratulations from some of America’s closest allies over the past few days, including the leaders of Canada, France, Germany, the U.K. and Ireland. “When I’m speaking to foreign leaders, I’m telling them: America is going to be back. We’re going to be back in the game,” Biden tweeted Tuesday night.   Yet global allies also recognize...
    Coronavirus cases continue to spike across the country, with the number of daily cases hitting another record high Tuesday, along with record high hospitalizations and over a million new cases being reported since the start of November alone. Dr. Richard Besser, former acting director of the CDC, told Chuck Todd that the encouraging news from Pfizer about a vaccine breakthrough should “give people a glimmer of hope,” but cautioned against “false hope” and complacency. “This is a very dangerous situation and we’re not seeing the appropriate response from our political leadership,” Besser said. “As we’ve been saying for months and months and months, respiratory viruses thrive in the winter… This is the time of year where viruses do really well. It’s also hitting us at a time where people are really tired of doing the things that have been shown to work.” He touted new CDC guidance touting mask-wearing...
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The only way to stop the coronavirus pandemic from getting even worse in Wisconsin is to “triple down,” individually and collectively, on public health measures, the state’s business leaders learned in a bleak update Wednesday. Wisconsin once again set records for new daily positive cases, deaths and hospitalizations on Tuesday. The surge, which began in September, came as the U.S. hit a record number of coronavirus hospitalizations Tuesday and surpassed 1 million new confirmed cases in just the first 10 days of November. “We really know what works, we just need to do it and we all need to do it,” said Dr. Mark Kaufman, chief medical officer for the Wisconsin Hospital Association, at a virtual meeting of Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce. “We can flatten the curve, but right now that’s the only way we will flatten the curve.” That means wearing masks, keeping a social...
    The State Department is not facilitating the phone calls between Joe Biden and foreign leaders as the GSA still refuses to acknowledge that Donald Trump lost the election. Traditionally, the State Department takes the lead in connecting the incoming president with leaders across the world. But, with President Trump refusing to concede to Biden, that is not happening.  Since the race was called in his favor Saturday, Biden has talked to at least six world leaders and has indicated he will be speaking with several more. 'I'm letting them know that America is back,' Biden told reporters on Tuesday when asked his message to the world. 'I have a number of other calls to return,' he added.  The State Department is not facilitating calls between President-elect Joe Biden and world leaders calling to congratulate him The president-elect started his call sheet on Monday with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.  On...
    (CNN)Following weeks of devastating records and rapid climbs in Covid-19 infections and hospitalizations, more state leaders have begun asking residents to stay at home in hopes of helping curb an already rampant spread of the virus. Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak is asking people to commit to a voluntary plan he calls "Stay at Home 2.0" in the next two weeks in efforts to push a "significant reversal of the current trends" in the state. "We have to go back to the basics," the governor said, encouraging businesses to return to telecommuting as much as possible and asking residents to avoid hosting groups of people over for dinners, parties and other gatherings. Wisconsin's governor announced Tuesday he's signed a new order advising people to "stay home to save lives.""It's not safe to go out, it's not safe to have others over," he said. "Please, cancel the happy hours, dinner parties, sleepovers,...
    CBS News drilled down today to find another consequence of the General Services Administration's unwillingness to "ascertain" a winner of the presidential election: the congratulatory phone calls President-elect Joe Biden is receiving from world leaders are happening without the help of the State Department, according to a transition official. A transition expert calls the lack of help with the calls "unprecedented." Still, Mr. Biden in the past two days has spoken with foreign leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Ireland and the United Kingdom. Read the story here from CBS reporters Bo Erickson, Camilla Schick, Christina Ruffini and "Face the Nation" moderator and CBS News' senior foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Brennan. TRANSITION WATCHPRESIDENT-ELECT JOE BIDENAfter delivering remarks about building on the Affordable Care Act, Joe Biden took questions from the press for the first time as president-elect. "I think it's an embarrassment quite frankly," Biden said when asked to respond about the lack of concession from...
    Wilmington, Delaware — One consequence of the General Services Administration's unwillingness to "ascertain" a winner of the presidential election is that the congratulatory phone calls President-elect Joe Biden's is receiving from world leaders are happening without the help of the State Department, according to a transition official.  The GSA is the federal government agency that provides the president-elect's transition team access to federal agencies to aid in planning policy changes with current administration officials. But the current GSA administrator, Emily Murphy, refuses to acknowledge that Mr. Biden is the next president, so that the transition process can formally begin. In the past two days, Mr. Biden has spoken with the leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Ireland and the United Kingdom, according to readouts from the transition team. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox The lack of GSA ascertainment means that the Biden-Harris transition team is being denied State...
    Here's what the Democratic Party needs to do in the next two months in Georgia to get Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff into the Senate: Whatever the existing coalition of Black organizations tells it to do. That includes the Georgia Coalition for the People’s Agenda, which opened seven offices in the state to mobilize Black voters; Stacey Abrams' Fair Fight; Black Voters Matter; the New Georgia Project; and even a campaign started in Atlanta strip clubs called "Get Your Booty to the Poll." Right now, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports, 87% of Black voters in Georgia supported Joe Biden, more than any other racial group and essential to his lead in the state. "Black people saved America from Jefferson Davis and now Donald Trump," civil rights activist Jesse Jackson told the paper. "We put in a lot of hard work and that hard work is reaping the rewards," said John Jackson, the...
    (CBS DETROIT) – Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and state leaders announced bipartisan legislation ahead of Veterans Day. The bipartisan legislation supports military personnel, veterans and their families by reducing barriers to professional licensure. Whitmer says the legislation will benefit small business owners to connect with veteran employees. “Our dedicated military service members put their lives on the line for our families, and we have a duty to ensure their support when they return home,” said Whitmer. “That means making sure they have paths to good jobs so they can sustain their families. Today’s legislation will help us do just that. Clearing the path for our military service members, veterans, and their dependents to enter a licensed profession will help us attract and retain talent in Michigan, and by making it easier for our military service members to be licensed, we can make Michigan their home to live and work, permanently.” The...
    The state is providing hundreds of millions of federal tax dollars to businesses and local governments through the Business Interruption Grant program and Illinois CURE act, but they have to follow the governor's rules to keep the money. The grants are for certain businesses with losses related to the pandemic or state restrictions to slow the spread of COVID-19. Taking the money requires recipients to comply with the governor’s executive orders. The business “must have complied with all relevant laws, regulations, and executive orders from the State and federal government, including the social distancing guidelines as promulgated by the Executive Orders of the Illinois Governor,” according to the grant application. Springfield Alderman John Fulgenzi also owns a restaurant in Springfield and cautioned those staying open against the governor’s orders. “The hospitality grants from the state, they could be withdrawn if you’re not complying with the governor’s...
    Saudi Arabian leaders have congratulated President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenMary Trump celebrates Biden-Harris victory: 'To America. Thanks, guys' Biden gives shoutout to Black Americans in victory speech: 'You always have my back, and I'll have yours' Biden vows to heal divided nation MORE for his presidential win, joining various other world leaders in offering their well wishes, according to reports from its state news agency. King Salman of Saudi Arabia and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman reportedly congratulated Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisMary Trump celebrates Biden-Harris victory: 'To America. Thanks, guys' Biden gives shoutout to Black Americans in victory speech: 'You always have my back, and I'll have yours' Biden vows to heal divided nation MORE according to the Saudi Press Agency, the state news agency of Saudi Arabia. "King Salman praised the distinguished, historic and close relations between the two friendly countries and their people which everyone looks...
    SAN ANTONIO – Election Day may be over, but there are still some questions left unanswered and ballots that need to be counted in certain states. Leaders from both state political parties joined us Sunday on Leading SA to reflect on the Texas elections and react to Joe Biden being named the president-elect. Retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel Allen West, the chair of the Texas GOP, said although Election Day is technically over, some states are still counting the votes, and may even undergo ballot recounts. “You still have some states that are counting. You still have to have a canvassing of the votes and up the ballots and then you still have to have a certification. So I think that we still have some more of that process to go on. And as the president’s statement did say, that there are going to be triggered mandatory recounts,” Allen West...
            by Kaylee Greenlee   President Donald Trump may be subject to increased censorship on his personal Twitter account if he loses the election and becomes a private citizen, according to Twitter. Twitter allows for public officials to push the community guidelines further than private citizens in the interest of information and direct engagement of users with their elected officials, according to an official statement from the website. “Twitter’s approach to world leaders, candidates, and public officials is based on the principle that people should be able to choose to see what their leaders are saying with clear context. This means that we may apply warnings and labels, and limit engagement to certain Tweets. This policy framework applies to current world leaders and candidates for office, and not private citizens when they no longer hold these positions,” a Twitter spokesperson told the Daily Caller News Foundation. We have...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Local, state and federal elected leaders from the Bay Area reacted Saturday to major news outlets projecting that Joe Biden will be the next president of the U.S. and that Oakland native Kamala Harris will be the first female vice president in the country’s history. Gov. Gavin Newsom, the former mayor of San Francisco where Harris served as the district attorney before being elected California attorney general and U.S. senator, posted a photo of the two of them. My dear friend, and now Madame Vice President-elect, congratulations. California is so, so proud today. pic.twitter.com/EtilFvOM8w — Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) November 7, 2020 “My dear friend, and now Madame Vice President-elect, congratulations,” Newsom wrote. “California is so, so proud today.” Congresswoman Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, who just won her 12th term in Congress, released a statement saying “This is a historic day. It is clear that President-elect...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- While President Donald Trump was not conceding defeat, leaders and officials from the New York City area are reacting and celebrating Joe Biden's election victory."The long, dark night in America is over and a new dawn is coming... Joe Biden won the election fair and square but now the hard work begins," Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York said at an afternoon news conference.Schumer said he called President-elect Biden shortly after hearing the news. Schumer was visiting Brooklyn at the time and held up his phone so Biden could hear the cheers and celebration.Other political leaders in the Tri-State area have expressed their thoughts on Twitter.Senator Kirsten Gillibrand: Theres much to celebrate, but more than anything, Im excited to celebrate calling my friend @KamalaHarris Madam Vice President. Shes made history as the first woman, first Black person, first South Asian elected VP. Congratulations, Kamala! Ready to...
    President Donald Trump may be subject to increased censorship on his personal Twitter account if he loses the election and becomes a private citizen, according to Twitter. Twitter allows for public officials to push the community guidelines further than private citizens in the interest of information and direct engagement of users with their elected officials, according to an official statement from the website. “Twitter’s approach to world leaders, candidates, and public officials is based on the principle that people should be able to choose to see what their leaders are saying with clear context. This means that we may apply warnings and labels, and limit engagement to certain Tweets. This policy framework applies to current world leaders and candidates for office, and not private citizens when they no longer hold these positions,” a Twitter spokesperson told the Daily Caller News Foundation. We have claimed, for Electoral Vote purposes, the Commonwealth...
    By PIPER HUDSPETH BLACKBURN, Associated Press FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell joined Republican leaders of the Kentucky legislature Friday to herald what he said was the final step in a transformation of the state's political landscape in Tuesday's election. “It is a dramatically different state than what it was,” said McConnell, who was himself a big winner in his bid for a 7th term. McConnell, still waiting to learn if he will retain his status as majority leader in Washington, deflected questions about the fairness of the election, with both the presidency and control of the Senate hanging in the balance. Republicans are clinging to a narrow majority with several races still too early to call and at least one Georgia Senate race headed to a runoff. But McConnell celebrated the successes of his fellow Kentucky Republicans, who expanded overwhelming majorities in Kentucky’s General Assembly in...
    LONDON – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen are set to speak by telephone Saturday to assess the state of post-Brexit trade talks between the U.K. and the European Union. A spokesman at Johnson's Downing Street office said Friday that the prime minister's conversation with the leader of the EU's executive arm would allow the two to “take stock” of the negotiations less than two months before a transition period designed to smooth Britain's departure from the EU ends. Though the U.K. left the EU on Jan. 31, it remains within the bloc’s tariff-free single market and customs union until the end of this year. A trade deal would ensure there are no tariffs and quotas on trade in goods between the two sides, but there would still be technical costs, partly associated with customs checks and non-tariff barriers on services. ...
    Kansas (0-6, 0-5 Big 12) at Oklahoma (4-2, 3-2), Saturday at 3:30 p.m. EST (ESPN2). Line: Oklahoma by 38. Series record: Oklahoma 77-27-6. WHAT’S AT STAKE Oklahoma is on a three-game win streak and is within a game of Big 12 leaders Iowa State and Kansas State. The Sooners have won five straight Big 12 titles and likely can’t lose again if they want to reach the conference title game. The Sooners have won 21 straight November games dating to 2014, and coach Lincoln Riley is 12-0 in November as Oklahoma’s head coach. Kansas has lost all of its games by at least 15 points this season and looks to be more competitive. KEY MATCHUP Oklahoma’s running game vs. Kansas’ run defense. Oklahoma rushed for a season-high 213 yards on just 39 carries in last Saturday’s win over Texas Tech — the third straight solid rushing performance by the Sooners....
    The results of Pennsylvania's presidential vote — and the state's prized 20 electoral votes — have taken center stage in the 2020 election. The reason is more than 2.5 million mail-in ballots that still need to be counted, the Morning Call reported. At the moment, President Donald Trump holds a big advantage — as of late Wednesday morning, there were 3,025,470 votes for Trump and 2,491,390 votes for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. But since Democratic voters vastly favor mail-in ballots more than Republicans, Biden's camp is hopeful the mail-in tally will put him in the lead. Indeed, the New York Times reported early Wednesday that Biden so far has won absentee ballots counted by an overwhelming margin, according to data from the secretary of state — and if the trend holds, he'll take Pennsylvania. But amid the potentially lengthy mail-in vote count process —...
    Awash in candidates vying for open seats in five key cities on the Peninsula, voters have chosen to retain some incumbents and elect new city council members as first results poured in Tuesday night. Of the ten candidates vying for four open seats on the Palo Alto city council, former mayor Pat Burt, incumbents Lydia Kou and Greg Tanaka and newcomer Greer Stone appeared to be in the lead Tuesday evening. Five familiar faces to the Palo Alto political scene were up against five newcomers, pitting slow-growth candidates against pro-housing advocates. The new city council will lead the city through difficult economic prospects, discussions about recovering from the coronavirus pandemic and demands by state officials to build more housing. In Mountain View, incumbents Margaret Abe-Koga and Lisa Matichak and former council members Sally Lieber and Pat Showalter appeared to be leading in the race to fill four open seats on...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Security and safety is top of mind for many around the country on Election Day, including in Minnesota. There is heightened awareness surrounding this election, primarily in the Twin Cities where earlier this year Minneapolis and St. Paul saw days of unrest, looting and rioting following the death of George Floyd. Those cities in particular have specific plans. WEB EXTRA: Click here to explore WCCO’s 2020 Election Guide. The state Department of Public Safety (DPS) is coordinating security plans with departments across the state. DPS Commissioner John Harrington said in his 40-plus years of service, he can’t recall a time there has ever been this type of coordination across law enforcement partners across the state for an election. “While Minneapolis and St. Paul have brought in extra people to make sure they were well prepared, we have made sure our state troopers are at the ready,” he said.”We have...
    By ADAM GELLER and DAVID PITT, Associated Press DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Even as a fall resurgence of coronavirus infections strain hospitals, officials in many of the hardest-hit states are resisting taking stronger action to slow the spread, with pleas from health experts running up against political calculation and public fatigue. Days before a presidential election that has spotlighted President Donald Trump's scattershot response to the pandemic, the virus continued surging Friday, with total confirmed cases in the U.S. surpassing 9 million. The number of new infections reported daily is on the rise in 47 states. They include Nebraska and South Dakota, where the number of new cases topped previous highs in each state. The record increases have eclipsed the spikes that set off national alarms last spring and summer. During those outbreaks, first in the Northeast and then in Sun Belt states, many governors closed schools and businesses...
    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Even as a fall resurgence of coronavirus infections strain hospitals, officials in many of the hardest-hit states are resisting taking stronger action to slow the spread, with pleas from health experts running up against political calculation and public fatigue. Days before a presidential election that has spotlighted President Donald Trump’s scattershot response to the pandemic, the virus continued surging Friday, with total confirmed cases in the U.S. surpassing 9 million. The number of new infections reported daily is on the rise in 47 states. They include Nebraska and South Dakota, where the number of new cases topped previous highs in each state. The record increases have eclipsed the spikes that set off national alarms last spring and summer. During those outbreaks, first in the Northeast and then in Sun Belt states, many governors closed schools and businesses and restricted public gatherings. But the resurgence of...
    By Adam Geller and David Pitt | Associated Press DES MOINES, Iowa — Even as a long-feared second wave of coronavirus infections strains hospitals, officials in many hard-hit states are resisting taking stronger action to stop the spread, with public fatigue and political calculations running up against pleas from health experts. Days before a presidential election that has spotlighted President Donald Trump’s scattershot response to the pandemic, new confirmed virus cases continue to spiral, passing the 9 million mark Friday and eclipsing previous caseload spikes that set off national alarms in the spring and summer. Infections were on the rise in 47 states. During earlier outbreaks, first in the Northeast and then in Sun Belt states, many governors closed schools and businesses and restricted public gatherings. But the new surge, despite being far more widespread, has brought a decidedly more limited response in many states. Most are led by...
    By BOB CHRISTIE, Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — A judge has rejected an effort by Democratic leaders of the Arizona Legislature to disqualify two of five independents chosen by a judicial panel as potential chairs of a commission that will redraw political district boundaries next year. The lawsuit filed last week by House Minority Leader Charlene Fernandez and Senate Minority Leader David Bradley alleged the state Commission on Appellate Court Appointments failed to do its duty under the state constitution to properly vet the candidates. They wanted the judge to order the nominating commission to replace the two nominees with qualified people and halt selection of the other four members of the redistricting commission. They said one nominee wasn't qualified because he is a lobbyist and the other was a Trump supporter who was not truly independent. Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Janice Crawford on Thursday denied the Democrats' request...
    BERLIN (Reuters) - A nationwide lockdown that Chancellor Angela Merkel is hoping to agree with the premiers of Germany's states on Wednesday would start on Nov. 2, German newspaper Bild reported. A draft resolution seen by Reuters earlier had said the circuit-breaker lockdown would begin on Nov. 4. (Reporting by Michelle Adair; Editing by Maria Sheahan) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters. Tags: infectious diseases, public health, coronavirus, Europe, Germany
    House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate Leader Phil Berger asked a court Monday to dismiss the constitutional challenge to the state's school-choice program. The lawsuit, filed by a group of North Carolina parents and teachers against the state and the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority, claims the Opportunity Scholarship program limits religious freedom and discriminates against students based on sexuality and religious beliefs. The Opportunity Scholarship Program provides state-funded tuition assistance of up to $4,200 a year for private education for low-income students. Berger, R-Rockingham, and Moore, R-Cleveland, argue the program's constitutionality was upheld by the North Carolina Supreme Court in 2015. Ending the program would eliminate an equal opportunity for education for thousands of children, they said. "It is becoming harder and harder for families to find schools they can enroll in to meet the needs of their children, and eliminating Opportunity Scholarships would...
    By JOHN HANNA, Associated Press TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas on Monday reported new seven-day records for new coronavirus cases and COVID-19-related hospitalizations as Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly prepared to meet with the Republican-controlled Legislature's leaders following her call for a statewide mask mandate. The state averaged 815 new confirmed and probable coronavirus cases for the seven days ending Monday, the first time the figure exceeded 800 cases since the pandemic reached Kansas in March. The record, based on state Department of Health and Environment data, was 6.2% higher than previous high of 768 cases a day for the seven days ending Friday. The state also averaged 32 new COVID-19-related hospitalizations for the seven days ending Monday. The previous high was 31 for the seven days ending Friday. Kelly planned to meet with legislative leaders Tuesday by Zoom. She said last week that she wanted a bipartisan, statewide mask mandate....
    Washington — The Office of Special Counsel has launched an investigation examining whether Secretary of State Mike Pompeo violated federal law with his speech to the Republican National Convention, which he delivered while on a government trip to Jerusalem, two House Democratic leaders confirmed Monday. House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel and Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey confirmed the probe, which centers around whether the secretary of state violated the Hatch Act. The law governs the political activity of executive branch employees. "As we get closer to both this year's election and his own inevitable return to electoral politics, Mike Pompeo has grown even more brazen in misusing the State Department and the taxpayer dollars that fund it as vehicles for the administration's, and his own, political ambitions," the two Democrats said in a statement, adding the State Department has missed congressional deadlines to turn over documents on Pompeo's...
    Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger is forming a bipartisan task force with election experts, political leaders, state and county election officials, civil rights leaders, and nonpartisan groups to improve elections in Georgia. The Georgia Bipartisan Task Force for Safe, Secure, and Accessible Elections will meet weekly between now and the end of the year to further the discussion on the election this Fall and to address the challenges in election administration. “Our teams are keeping Georgia voters the focal point of all of our elections,” said Raffensperger. “I am grateful that these leaders, from various professional and ideological backgrounds, are coming together to help meet that goal; not just for this election, or the next, but for elections in years to come. Improving the integrity of our elections and increasing voter confidence in their outcomes is vital.” Secretary Raffensperger...
    ANAHEIM (CBSLA) — California theme parks are considering legal action to reopen and get their employees back to work in response to a new wave of closures. Guidelines issued by the state would prevent reopening until likely next summer. “The guidelines from the governor is grossly inconsistent with guidelines given to other industries and lacks any scientific basis,” said Kurt Stocks, Legoland President. “We just want the administration to treat us the same as industries that are very similar in nature.” RELATED: ‘Worst Possible Outcome’: Theme Park Enthusiasts Blast California’s Reopening Guidelines In a Zoom meeting, the heads of Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, Universal Studios and Legoland aired their frustrations with business restrictions that emerged because of the pandemic. They accuse the state of being disingenuous when saying that state leaders collaborated with the parks on new guidelines. “This pandemic is a much broader health crisis,” said Ken Potrock, Disneyland...
    By SCOTT BAUER, Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A “panicked” Sen. Ron Johnson urged members of the state chamber of commerce in battleground Wisconsin on Wednesday to vote for President Donald Trump, saying he has been praying for a victory and “the other side is not in love with this country.” Johnson, a Republican in his second term, delivered a harsh assessment of what he thinks a win by Democrat Joe Biden would mean during a virtual meeting of Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce. Johnson decried “anarchists” and “rioters” who he said “are going to dictate to you what you think and how you have to act.” “This is the greatest threat to our freedom in my lifetime, which is why I am more panicked today, why I’m not being particularly uplifting," Johnson said. "I’m telling you this so that you all use your positions, your position of influence every...
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A “panicked” Sen. Ron Johnson urged members of the state chamber of commerce in battleground Wisconsin on Wednesday to vote for President Donald Trump, saying he has been praying for a victory and “the other side is not in love with this country.” Johnson, a Republican in his second term, delivered a harsh assessment of what he thinks a win by Democrat Joe Biden would mean during a virtual meeting of Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce. Johnson decried “anarchists” and “rioters” who he said “are going to dictate to you what you think and how you have to act.” “This is the greatest threat to our freedom in my lifetime, which is why I am more panicked today, why I’m not being particularly uplifting,” Johnson said. “I’m telling you this so that you all use your positions, your position of influence every minute of your time between...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — At least three Southland residents are speaking out against the Los Angeles Police Department after they claim they were injured in the streets of L.A. by police deploying hard foam projectiles. Among the events that the Angelenos say left them injured was a protest over the death of George Floyd, a celebration of the Los Angeles Lakers’ first championship title since 2010, and driving near a demonstration. All of the people involved say foam projectiles were deployed and struck them, causing injuries that could impact them for the rest of their lives. William Gonzalez suffered the loss of an eye while cheering on the Lakers. “He was facing away from where the police officers were,” said Gonzalez’s attorney John Carpenter. “He felt something graze his head and when he turned, a second projectile hit and took out his eye.” There were about a thousand people in...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP/CBS13) — California’s Democratic attorney general asked a judge Tuesday to make the state Republican Party hand over the names and contact information of every person who used one of the GOP’s unofficial ballot drop boxes to vote. Last week state officials ordered the party to remove all of the unofficial drop boxes. But officials relented after GOP leaders said the boxes were no longer labeled as “official” and were used only as tools to collect ballots under the state’s “ballot harvesting” law. Attorney General Xavier Becerra continued to investigate the boxes and issued subpoenas to state and local party leaders, ordering them to reveal the location of every box, plus the names, addresses and dates of birth for everyone who had used them. Becerra’s office said it wants to contact those voters “to provide them with information about their options for tracking whether their vote was properly delivered.” GOP...
    (CNN)The state's top leaders are ordering a review of what they say is the "clear and appalling culture of ongoing structural racism at the Virginia Military Institute," following news reports detailing allegations by Black students and alumni.Writing that the school's values of honor, sacrifice, dignity and service "do not extend to all students," the letter from state officials to VMI's governing Board of Visitors cites reports of "vicious attacks on social media," a sophomore threatening to lynch a fellow underclassman and a professor fondly reminiscing over her family's involvement in the Ku Klux Klan. It further claims the state-run military college in Lexington continues to embrace the Confederacy, as well as "an inaccurate and dangerous 'Lost Cause' version of Virginia's history." The "Lost Cause" ideology asserts the Southern war effort was heroic and that states' rights, not slavery, was the Confederacy's principal cause, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. The...
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel – Olivier Hoslet/Pool via REUTERS Angela Merkel appealed directly to the German people on Saturday to “stay at home whenever possible” after a meeting with state leaders last week failed to produce the tough coronavirus measures she had been pushing for. Speaking on her weekly podcast, the veteran Chancellor told Germans that “every day counts” as she encouraged them to strictly limit their movement and personal contacts. “I appeal to you. Please avoid any trip that is not totally really necessary, avoid celebrations that are not necessary. Please stay at home whenever possible,” she said on the same day that reported daily cases hit a new record of over 7,800. Implying that a strict lockdown could be imposed over the festive period if case numbers do not come down, Ms Merkel said that “what our Christmas will be like will be decided in the coming...
    A wedding expected to bring 10,000 celebrants to Williamsburg Monday — and which is now barred by state order — was for the kin of a noted Hasidic leader, according to a report. A grandchild of Zalman Leib Teitelbaum, a grand rabbi of the Satmar sect, was to tie the knot, WCBS reported. The report said the ceremony was slated to be held at venues on Rodney Street and on Bedford Avenue, which are the locations of a Satmar synagogue and the sect’s United Talmudical Academy. New York state issued an order barring the mass gathering, which would violate coronavirus restrictions, and it was served Friday night, officials said Saturday. The state limit on wedding receptions in New York City is 50 people. A hearing on the order can be requested with the state Health Department, Elizabeth Garvey, Gov. Cuomo’s special counsel, said Saturday. Teitelbaum leads the Satmar sect...
    A wedding expected to bring 10,000 celebrants to Williamsburg Monday — and which is now barred by state order — was for the kin of a noted Hasidic leader, according to a report. A grandchild of Zalman Leib Teitelbaum, a grand rabbi of the Satmar sect, was to tie the knot, WCBS reported. The report said the ceremony was slated to be held at venues on Rodney Street and on Bedford Avenue, which are the locations of a Satmar synagogue and the sect’s United Talmudical Academy. New York state issued an order barring the mass gathering, which would violate coronavirus restrictions, and it was served Friday night, officials said Saturday. The state limit on wedding receptions in New York City is 50 people. A hearing on the order can be requested with the state Health Department, Elizabeth Garvey, Gov. Cuomo’s special counsel, said Saturday. Teitelbaum leads the Satmar sect in...
              Tennessee legislative leaders, as well as Gov. Bill Lee, plan to stage a number of bus stops around the state for much of the rest of October to get out the vote. The statewide Road to Victory bus tour is meant to encourage citizens to vote and to elect Republican candidates, according to a press release from the Tennessee Republican Party. The eight-day tour begins on Monday, and it will include a total of 37 stops across 35 counties. Each will feature members of House and Senate leadership, as well as Republican candidates currently serving or running to serve their respective communities. U.S. Rep. David Kustoff (R-TN-08), as well as other members of the state’s congressional delegation, are expected to appear at various stops, which will end in Shelby County on Wednesday, Oct. 28. Times will be announced later. The dates of stops...
              Tennessee legislative leaders, as well as Gov. Bill Lee, plan to stage a number of bus stops around the state for much of the rest of October to get out the vote. The statewide Road to Victory bus tour is meant to encourage citizens to vote and to elect Republican candidates, according to a press release from the Tennessee Republican Party. Senate Majority Leader Jack Johnson (R-Williamson County) tweeted, “Looking forward to joining my friend, @YagerTweets, Get Out the Vote Bus Tour”. Looking forward to joining my friend, @YagerTweets, Get Out the Vote Bus Tourhttps://t.co/QzfpPiVhjP — Jack Johnson (@SenJohnson) October 16, 2020 The eight-day tour begins on Monday, and it will include a total of 37 stops across 35 counties. Each will feature members of House and Senate leadership, as well as Republican candidates currently serving or running to serve their respective...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Three Rockland County Jewish congregations are suing New York state and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, saying he engaged in a “streak of anti-Semitic discrimination” with a recent crackdown on religious gatherings to reduce the state’s coronavirus infection rate. The Manhattan federal court lawsuit filed late Wednesday accused the Democrat of making negative, false, and discriminatory statements about the Jewish Orthodox community as he imposed new coronavirus measures to counter the state’s rising infection rate in so-called “red zone” areas. DE BLASIO CONSIDERING SHUTTING DOWN EARLY VOTING SITES IN AREA UNDER COVID LOCKDOWN: REPORT Cuomo’s statements and actions were painful for residents in an area north of New York City where a man invaded a Hanukkah celebration in December and stabbed or slashed five people, the lawsuit said. Grafton Thomas awaits trial after pleading not guilty. The attack occurred in Monsey — near the New Jersey state line...
    Republican leaders in California have no plans to remove unauthorized ballot drop-off boxes placed by the party in at least three counties — despite a cease-and-desist order from the state’s chief elections official. Secretary of State Alex Padilla, along with Attorney General Xavier Becerra — both Democrats — set a Thursday deadline earlier this week for Republicans to remove the boxes, which have recently popped up at local candidate headquarters, political party offices, churches and other locations in Los Angeles, Orange and Fresno counties. Padilla warned state GOP officials could face both civil and criminal charges that can carry felony penalties of up to four years in prison if they did not comply. Democrats, including Gov. Gavin Newsom, have expressed concerns that voters will confuse the Republican boxes with official ballot drop boxes that are monitored by county election officials. But Harmeet Dhillon, an attorney and member of the Republican...
    Republican leaders in California have no plans to remove unauthorized ballot drop-off boxes placed by the party in at least three counties — despite a cease-and-desist order from the state’s chief elections official. Secretary of State Alex Padilla, along with Attorney General Xavier Becerra — both Democrats — set a Thursday deadline earlier this week for Republicans to remove the boxes, which have recently popped up at local candidate headquarters, political party offices, churches and other locations in Los Angeles, Orange and Fresno counties. Padilla warned state GOP officials could face both civil and criminal charges that can carry felony penalties of up to four years in prison if they did not comply. Democrats, including Gov. Gavin Newsom, have expressed concerns that voters will confuse the Republican boxes with official ballot drop boxes that are monitored by county election officials. But Harmeet Dhillon, an attorney and member of the Republican...
    By LARRY NEUMEISTER, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Three Rockland County Jewish congregations are suing New York state and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, saying he engaged in a “streak of anti-Semitic discrimination” with a recent crackdown on religious gatherings to reduce the state's coronavirus infection rate. The Manhattan federal court lawsuit filed late Wednesday accused the Democrat of making negative, false, and discriminatory statements about the Jewish Orthodox community as he imposed new coronavirus measures to counter the state's rising infection rate in so-called “red zone” areas. Cuomo's statements and actions were painful for residents in an area north of New York City where a man invaded a Hanukkah celebration in December and stabbed or slashed five people, the lawsuit said. Grafton Thomas awaits trial after pleading not guilty. The attack occurred in Monsey — near the New Jersey state line about 35 miles (56 kilometers) north of New York...
    By JONATHAN DREW, Associated Press President Donald Trump's campaign said Thursday that it will ask a federal appeals court to force North Carolina to revert to stricter absentee ballot rules. The plaintiffs, which include the state and national GOP, said in court documents that they will file an emergency appeal asking the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals to intervene after a federal judge issued a mixed ruling on the mail-in ballots. On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge William Osteen blocked a procedure by which North Carolina absentee voters could fix ballots missing a witness signature by returning an affidavit. Under that procedure, announced by the state elections board in September in response to another lawsuit, voters would not have had to start a new ballot over and have it witnessed again. However, Osteen said that he would permit smaller problems such as incomplete witness addresses to be fixed without voters completely...
    BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — A Brazilian lawmaker stepped down from his position representing President Jair Bolsonaro’s government in the senate after reports that police searching his house found cash in his underwear as part of an investigation into stolen COVID-19 funds. Federal police targeted Roraima state’s Sen. Chico Rodrigues as part of a probe by the comptroller general’s office into the alleged misappropriation of 20 million reais ($3.5 million), Brazil’s Communications Ministry said in a statement Thursday. Rodrigues resigned as deputy leader of Bolsonaro’s government in the Senate, according to the nation’s official gazette. Major local newspapers including Folha de S. Paulo and Estado de S. Paulo reported police found 100,000 reais ($17,836) in Rodrigues’ house Wednesday, with 30,000 reais ($5,346) of that in the underwear he was wearing at the time. The papers cited sources who spoke on condition of anonymity, which The Associated Press was unable to...
    A nurse gets ready to enter a room to take care of a patient infected with Covid-19 at the intensive care unit of the Lariboisiere Hospital of the AP-HP (Assistance Publique - Hopitaux de Paris) in Paris, on October 14, 2020.LUCAS BARIOULET | AFP | Getty Images European leaders are scrambling to put a cap on surging infections in the region, with governments reimposing sweeping restrictions and shutdowns in an effort to curb the spread of the virus.  The situation has got to a point now where, in the last 24 hours, France has declared a public health state of emergency, the U.K. is approaching a second national lockdown and Germany has introduced a raft of new rules in an effort to lower the infection rate. Europe now has over 7.2 million confirmed cases of the virus, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), and hospitalizations are rising at a...
    A new Minnesota Senate report blames the slow response of Gov. Tim Walz and Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey for an estimated $500 million in damage after the death of George Floyd. Floyd died while in the custody of the Minneapolis Police Department in May, sparking riots, extensive looting and other destruction both in the Twin Cities as well as nationwide. The report concluded the rioting, escalation of violence, and burning of the 3rd Police Precinct wouldn’t have happened as quickly had the leaders acted faster. Walz first mobilized the Minnesota National Guard 18 hours after Frey requested assistance, the report found. However, the Guard wasn’t fully mobilized until four days after the first building was burned. “The number one role of government is to keep its citizens safe,” state Sen. Warren Limmer, R-Maple Grove, said in a statement. “A careful examination of the events that took...
    Minnesota House and Senate leaders — minus the House minority leader — said again this week that they likely have a deal to pass a $1.37 billion bonding bill as well as small changes to state spending and taxes. But as with anything having to do with this Legislature, this bill, this year, it could all fall apart — again. The plan to put those issues in a single bill has been around since July. But because the House DFL is six votes shy of the 60 percent supermajority needed to authorize increasing state borrowing, a united House GOP minority caucus had bargaining clout and used it to block the agreement between the House DFL majority and the Senate GOP majority.  On Monday, however, House Speaker Melissa Hortman said that the House Republican caucus may no longer have that unity. She said she anticipates at least six Republicans to support...
    OAKLAND (CBS SF) – Black and Latino leaders from across California, including U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, gathered during a virtual news conference Monday to express their concerns over Proposition 22 on the state’s Nov. 3 ballot. If passed, the measure would allow ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft to continue classifying drivers as independent contractors, not employees. The speakers at Monday’s event said Prop 22 would only worsen racial and income inequality in California by enabling companies like Uber and Lyft to exploit their predominantly non-white workforce. Companies would not be required to pay drivers minimum wage, sick leave, unemployment insurance, or workers’ compensation insurance. • ALSO READ: KPIX Vote Smart: Uber, Lyft Place Pop-Up Ads In Favor Of Prop 22 In Rideshare Apps “This is just audacious, what these companies are doing,” said Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego. “The 78 percent of drivers that come from communities of...
    MONTEBELLO, Calif. (KABC) -- Local Montebello leaders gathered at the Armenian Genocide Martyrs Monument in the city for a call to action, in light of the most recent deadly attacks between Armenia and Azerbaijan in Nagorno Karabakh."I am proud to stand by my colleagues in the Armenian legislative caucus here in the state of California, as we call upon the state department to step in, get involved, stop the violence," said State Senator Bob Archuleta, representing the 32nd district. "Too many lives have already been lost mothers, children, daughters, across the line, civilians."According to Archuleta, a letter is making its way to senators to sign, asking the state department to get involved in the feud."It is the first letter that I'm aware of, that it's a joint venture by all the senators here in California, asking for peace. And I ask all of you to pray for peace," said State...
    Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) blamed President Donald Trump in a Thursday speech for an alleged plot by 13 people to kidnap her from her El Rapids vacation home, saying he “legitimized” domestic terrorists. “This should be a moment for national unity, where we all pull together as Americans to meet this challenge head on,” Whitmer said in an address from Lansing, speaking in reference to the coronavirus pandemic. “Instead, our head of state has spent the past seven months denying science, ignoring his own health experts, stoking distrust, fomenting anger, and giving comfort to those who spread fear and hatred and division. “Just last week, the president of the United States stood before the American people and refused to condemn white supremacists and hate groups like these two Michigan militia groups,” she added. “‘Stand back and stand by,’ he told them. Stand back and stand by. Hate groups heard the...
    (CBS4) – One day after attending the vice presidential debate in Salt Lake City, Doug Emhoff is campaigning for the Biden/Harris ticket in Colorado. Emhoff is the husband of Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris. Vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris and husband Doug Emhoff onstage after the vice presidential debate at the University of Utah on Wednesday night in Salt Lake City. (credit: ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images) Emhoff, 55, is a California lawyer who has been married to Harris since 2014. One of his children from a previous relationship, son Cole, is a graduate of Colorado College. On Thursday evening Emhoff will participate in a “car rally” in an undisclosed location along with several prominent Colorado Democrats. Participants in the Biden for Colorado Car Rally will include: Sen. Michael Bennet, Rep. Diana DeGette, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, State Rep. Leslie Herod, and U.S. Senate race hopeful John Hickenlooper....
    EDGEWATER — Small businesses that survived the summer are now facing a potentially brutal winter amid the pandemic, with little government financial help in the pipeline. Now, elected officials are seeking to give small businesses a boost by being vocal champions of shopping local. After a summer where Chicago lost dozens of small businesses, local restaurants and retailers are facing a daunting fall and winter, where outdoor service might not be feasible and when a rebound in coronavirus and the seasonal flu is predicted. Due to decimated state and local budgets — and inaction at the federal level — new financial programs to aid struggling businesses have not yet materialized. Instead, politicians are pledging to be spokespersons for their commercial corridors and shopping districts, elected officials said at the State of Edgewater discussion Thursday. “My fear is folks are not going to be able to...
    A "Store Closing" sign is displayed in the window of a store at the Elephant And Castle Shopping Centre in London, U.K., on Sept. 24, 2020. The shopping center is being closed to make way for a Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment's venture to build almost 1,000 homes, a new college campus and stores.Simon Dawson | Bloomberg | Getty Images Top business leaders say the global economy is facing its worst crisis in a hundred years, and "downside risks remain elevated" unless urgent reforms are enacted during the G-20 summit hosted by Saudi Arabia in November. "The global economy is in its worst state in a century," warned Yousef Al-Benyan, chairman of Business Twenty (B20), a group made up of high-level CEOs from around the world. "The challenging opportunity is to build back better, with real urgency required from policymakers and business leaders," he added. Business Twenty is an engagement...
    The argument against college football was simple: How can you ask college football players not to act like college kids? How can you expect them not to socialize? Not to attend parties? Go to bars? Turns out, the bigger question was, how can we get adults to act their age? Because as this precarious season that is being held together by duct tape, papier-mâché and nothing more than hope moves forward, the adults aren’t setting the proper examples. Like the expression, “Do as I say, not as I do.” Too many coaches aren’t wearing masks on the sideline for the duration of their games. Notre Dame president, Rev. John Jenkins, contracted the virus after being seen without a mask at a White House event. Georgia seemed to have more than the announced crowd of 20,524 on hand for its win over Auburn on Saturday night based on photos and...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KABC) -- Reopening guidelines for theme parks in California were supposed to be released Friday, but Gov. Gavin Newsom delayed revealing new operating rules amid criticism from industry leaders.Theme park industry leaders in California say they aren't pleased with proposed reopening guidance being considered by Newsom's administration.Erin Guerrero, executive director of the California Attractions and Parks Association, says amusement park leaders wanted changes to a draft they reviewed on Thursday and asked Newsom to continue conversations with industry leaders before finalizing the rules.Nathan Click, a spokesman for the governor's office, told the Sacramento Bee the state planned to release the guidance Friday. But following industry criticism of the proposed rules, state health officials said no announcement was coming Friday as negotiations continue.According to a spokesperson with Newsom's office, the state held off the release of the new rules planned for the end of the work week, following criticism...
    Need to stay updated on coronavirus news in Texas? Our evening roundup will help you stay on top of the day’s latest updates. Sign up here. State and business leaders are hanging their hopes on the promise of new rapid coronavirus tests that they say could allow Texans to return to aspects of their daily lives more safely during the pandemic, at least until a COVID-19 vaccine is made widely available. Gov. Greg Abbott has touted that Texas is set to receive millions of new rapid antigen coronavirus tests every month that deliver results in as little as 15 minutes. But health experts caution that the tests are not a panacea. Antigen tests — typically nasal or saliva tests that can detect proteins on the outside of the virus — are more prone to giving false negative results than other coronavirus tests that use genetic material. And because the antigen...
    Gotham has hit the skids, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and he says he knows why: “I’ve seen the city go up, and I’ve seen the city go down. It’s a question of leadership.” Hey, when the man’s right, he’s right. Of course, he might consider supplying some — leadership, that is, as opposed to bullying Mayor Bill de Blasio. And if that were to happen, it could be like April showers on a parched mountain meadow: Flowers might bloom. It would take a whole lot of rain, though. Cuomo was speaking of the five boroughs, but the Empire State’s leadership drought is close to universal. It descends from the top of the state’s congressional delegation, through the state capital itself, and, most especially, it includes all of New York’s big-city mayors. For example: New York’s ludicrous junior US senator — remember Kirsten Gillibrand? — emerged from her hyper-extended...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City As New York state continues battling clusters of COVID-19 cases in Rockland County, Brooklyn and Queens, Governor Andrew Cuomo sent a blunt message Wednesday to local governments and police departments: Either enforce mask requirements, or the state will do it for you. Cuomo made this statement during a conference call with reports moments after meeting with leaders from the Orthodox Jewish community in areas of Rockland, Orange and Kings (Brooklyn) counties that are currently seeing clusters of coronavirus cases. The governor described the first meeting as productive, and that he would follow up with them later Wednesday on an action plan to help stop the spread in their communities. “I explained the situation frankly and candidly, and we had a good exchange,” he said. “The leaders of the community understand, and...
    LAKE JACKSON, Texas — Questions continue in a Texas county where a 6-year-old died after being infected with a brain-eating amoeba. On Tuesday Governor Greg Abbott held a press conference, with the leaders of state agencies, to talk about the steps being taken to find out how the organism got into the water system “We’re here today because we want to get to the bottom of exactly what caused this problem. We want to get to the bottom of understanding the magnitude to which this problem exists in this community,” Abbott said. The Governor went on to say that state leaders will be taking steps to make sure that they’re using every tool possible to fix whatever is wrong and that their goal is to restore certainty in Lake Jackson that residents are going to be safe from any amoeba infestation. “Make sure that we know exactly where this happened,...