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    Three Republican Georgia state senators who supported President TrumpDonald TrumpGrowing number of GOP lawmakers say they support impeachment YouTube temporarily bars uploading of new content on Trump's channel House passes measure calling on Pence to remove Trump MORE's efforts to overturn the 2020 election results were demoted Wednesday, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports. Two days into the state assembly's winter session, Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan (R) took action against state Sens. Brandon Beach of Alpharetta, Matt Brass of Newnan and Burt Jones of Jackson. The demotions mean that Duncan will no longer chair the Transportation Committee, and Jones will be replaced as lead the Insurance and Labor Committee. Brass will now oversee a banking committee — a lesser position than he previously held, according to AJC. While the demotions were somewhat expected, not all members of the assembly who support the president's efforts faced penalties, the AJC points out. The changes come as...
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — California Republicans on Wednesday seized on a bungled Democratic attempt to link the proposed recall of Gov. Gavin Newsom to the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, depicting it as a dangerous act of desperation by the Democrats and fresh evidence that the governor needs to go. The criticism came as the Republican Party of Orange County launched a new round of fundraising appeals for the recall, saying Democrats were attempting to enflame political tensions at a time of national strife. “There is nothing more democratic than an election,” the party said in a statement, defending the proposed recall that could take place later this year. A day earlier, state Democratic Party Chair Rusty Hicks and a lineup of Democratic elected officials claimed the recall effort was a “coup” to remove Newsom, led by far-right extremists including white supremacists and neo-Nazis. However, they provided no evidence...
    Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) blasted what he called the double standard of his Democrat colleagues on the House floor on Wednesday, reminding Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA) that he stood as the “first objector” to the results during the same process in 2017. “In his opening remarks, the Democrat chair of the Rules Committee said that Republicans last week voted to overturn the results of an election,” Jordan began. “Guess who the first objector was on January 6, 2017? First objector. The Democrat chair of the Rules Committee. And guess which state he objected to? Alabama. The very first state called,” Jordan said, noting Trump won the state by a massive margin. “They can object to Alabama in 2017 but tell us we can’t object to Pennsylvania in 2021,” he continued, highlighting several of the main concerns over the Keystone State’s election process:  Pennsylvania where the state’s Supreme Court just unilaterally...
              Live from Music Row Tuesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed Manager of the Election Law Reform Initiative and Senior Fellow at the Meese Center for Legal and Judicial Studies at The Heritage Foundation Hans von Spakovsky to the show. During the second hour, Spakovsky discussed his many years of experience in election oversight and the need for transparency in voting advocating the importance of in-person voting on Election Day. He also added that it was important to go forward with paper ballots that have an identifiable chain of custody and continued his warning about machine voting and the elimination of private funding. Leahy: We are joined now by Hans von Spakovsky. He is the manager of the election law...
              ATLANTA, Georgia – Two Georgia state senators who said they wanted to fight for the state’s election integrity after the November 2020 presidential election learned Tuesday they will not chair committees that they previously presided over. State Sen. Burt Jones (R-Jackson) will no longer chair the Committee on Insurance and Labor. State Sen. Brandon Beach (R-Alpharetta) no longer oversees that body’s Transportation Committee. State Sen. Matt Brass (R-Newnan), meanwhile, also questioned the integrity of the results of Georgia’s presidential election. On Tuesday Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan (R-Cumming) and other Republican members of Georgia’s State Senate leadership informed Brass that he no longer chairs the Reapportionment and Redistricting Committee. Brass, however, will go on to chair the Banking and Financial Institutions Committee. This, according to a press release that Duncan published on his website Tuesday. Beach and Brass did not return The Georgia Star...
    Georgia Republicans celebrated the start of the legislative session on Monday with several attempts to chip away at the state's absentee voting process, and Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp’s response was disappointing as ever. While Kemp said he was “reserving judgment” on specific proposals to make absentee ballots less accessible, he was all too willing to back an added photo ID requirement to vote by mail, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. “It’s a simple way to make sure that type of voting is further secured, and it’s a good first place to start,” Kemp said: “It’s completely reasonable in this day and time, and in light of what’s going on, it would give all voters peace of mind and wouldn’t be restrictive.” Translation: Rather than believe Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s repeated assurances that there was no widespread voter fraud in the state, Kemp’s priority is appeasing terrorists who would sooner overthrow their own government than accept the...
    DENVER (CBS4) — This week, the FBI issued warnings about possible armed protests in state capitals, and groups calling for the “storming” of courthouses in all 50 states if President Donald Trump is removed from office before Inauguration Day. Now, Colorado’s district attorney and the Denver Field Office of the FBI are calling for people to report anything suspicious. (credit: CBS) (credit: CBS) Windows at the federal courthouse in Denver have been boarded up. “…we are working together with state and local authorities to ensure that any demonstrations that may take place in Colorado remain peaceful,” officials stated. “Should that not be the case, we will investigate and aggressively prosecute those who violate federal law. “While First Amendment rights will be protected, our offices will ensure that our criminal laws are enforced,” officials stated. “We urge the public to remain vigilant and immediately report to law enforcement if they see...
    A PLOT to "assassinate lawmakers who won't overturn the election" has been exposed as a state of emergency is declared over more chaos. Democrats were informed about three potential demonstrations that are planned in the coming days, according to the HuffPost. 6Trump supporters stormed the Capitol last weekCredit: EPA 6The National Guard was seen in DC on MondayCredit: AP:Associated Press Capitol Police reportedly told House blues that they were closely monitoring the incidents, which could be serious threats to members of Congress. The outlet reported that the first is the "largest armed protest ever to take place on American soil." Another is in honor of Ashli Babbitt, who was shot by police while trying to climb into the Speaker's Lobby last week. The final plot would involve protesters creating a border around the Capitol, the White House and the Supreme Court. Lawmakers were told that supporters were encircling the White...
    U.S. Rep Scott Perry, of Pennsylvania’s 10th congressional district, issued a one-word response to critics calling for his resignation in the wake of the attack on Capitol Hill. “No,” he said in an official statement released from his office Monday evening. Perry’s terse rebuttal comes after the congressman joined eight other Republican members of the Pennsylvania House delegation in objecting to the electoral college results that cemented President-elect Joe Biden’s win last week. Lawmakers at the state and federal level say judicial and executive branch interference in Pennsylvania’s election law prompted a disparate application of the rules across the state, undermining the validity of the results that garnered Biden his 81,000 vote margin of victory. “When Members of our PA General Assembly have concerns, it’s my DUTY to have concerns, too,” Perry tweeted Jan. 5. “The PA Senate has asked Congress to DELAY cert of EC...
    The Democrats in the House of Representatives of the United States plan to present new articles on Monday for a Impeachment Against Republican President Donald TrumpCalling for his removal, two people familiar with the matter said Friday. The sources noted that the articles, which are formal misconduct charges, they were crafted by Democrats David Cicilline, Ted Lieu and Jamie Raskin after this week’s assault on the Capitol by Trump supporters. A copy of the measure circulating among members of Congress accuses Trump of « inciting violence against the United States government » in an attempt to reverse his loss to President-elect Joe Biden in the 2020 elections. The articles also cite Trump’s hour-long phone call with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, in which he asked the state election official to « find » enough votes to reverse that state’s election., which Biden won. « President Trump seriously jeopardized the security of the United States...
              Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger called President Trump’s remarks a “threat” during a 60 Minutes interview that aired Monday. The interview also included previous Voting System Implementation Manager Gabriel Sterling, currently the Secretary of State’s Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer. Raffensperger was referring to a secretly-recorded, leaked call in which the President questioned the merits of Georgia’s elections systems, voter fraud allegations, and election irregularities. At several points, Trump criticized Raffensperger for stating that there wasn’t any evidence of criminality within the 2020 general election. The President also likened Raffensperger’s unwillingness to assign credibility to election fraud claims with criminal activity. “Well, I think it was obviously a veiled threat, maybe a direct threat. But there was no substance to what he was saying,” stated Raffensperger. “I heard the threat. I don’t know what that meant, exactly, but it wasn’t gonna move me...
            by Rose Williams  State House Democrats recently filed a complaint against their Republican colleagues who raised concerns about changes to Minnesota’s election laws, urging them to “repent of their foolish statements.” Concerns about the complaint were brought up by Republicans during a Thursday House session. In December, a group of Republican lawmakers sent a letter to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton to ask that he include Minnesota in the list of states he was filing lawsuits against for “unconstitutional changes to 2020 election laws.” Part of the letter said, “We believe the Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon knowingly and deliberately conducted an illegal election by virtue of his manipulation of the law.” “As legislators, we were dismissed and our authority was overruled by an individual that was not interested in following the law,” the letter continued. Rep. Tim Miller, R-Prinsburg, brought the matter to the House...
    (CNN)Even after President Donald Trump's disproven allegations of voter fraud fueled last week's deadly assault on the US Capitol, Republicans across an array of swing states are still touting his baseless allegations to advance measures that would make it tougher to vote. When Congress voted last week, in the immediate aftermath of the Trump-fueled riot, to finalize the Electoral College results declaring Joe Biden the winner of November's election, bipartisan majorities in both the House and Senate joined dozens of courts around the country in concluding that there was not meaningful fraud in the election.But despite those findings, Republicans in Georgia, Pennsylvania, Texas and likely other states including Michigan and Wisconsin are moving to roll back access to mail balloting, eliminate drop boxes, toughen voter identification laws and erect other barriers to the ballot in the name of improving voter security and restoring "faith" in the outcome. "We are seeing...
    (CBS DETROIT) – Michigan election officials began a state-wide risk limiting audit of the general election Monday. Officials generated a random 20-digit number to be plugged into the auditing software. The software will then randomly select ballots from different jurisdictions to be reviewed. Clerks will have two weeks to review the ballots, then the state will announce the results of the audit. MORE FROM CBS DETROIT: 8 Michigan Businesses Cited For COVID-19 Safety Violations MORE FROM CBS DETROIT: Clarkston Man Hospitalized 9 Times With COVID Symptoms Since Being Diagnosed In March 2020 MORE FROM CBS DETROIT: Woman Found Shot Dead, Identity Unknown © 2021 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Related
    After years of targeted efforts to suppress the Black vote in Georgia, the state’s Republicans are looking to give new life to President Donald Trump’s unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud, this time by changing state law when the legislative session starts Monday. Republicans are suggesting legislation to eradicate "no excuse" absentee voting, ban mailers with unrequested absentee ballot applications, and banish drop boxes, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. This move comes after 1.3 million Georgia voters opted to cast absentee ballots in the presidential election, helping to flip a state that hasn’t backed a Democrat for president since former President Bill Clinton in 1992. GOP Georgia Sen. Burt Jones actually claimed that voting during a pandemic is safer in person than using drop boxes or voting by mail. “When you don’t have a secure chain of custody, particularly with drop boxes, there’s no reason for that to be in the process,” he told the newspaper. “You’ve got...
    By Chandelis Duster and Lauren del Valle | CNN The New York State Bar Association has opened an inquiry into removing Rudy Giuliani from its membership for his role in provoking a pro-Trump mob to storm the US Capitol and attempts to overturn the 2020 election results, the group said Monday. The NYSBA is a voluntary bar association that cannot disbar Giuliani, a former US Attorney for the Southern District of New York who is now President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, so the ousting would not prevent him from representing the President in an impeachment trial or other pending litigation against him. But the rare step by the association adds to the layer of criticism Giuliani has faced from the legal community over his defense of Trump. Giuliani has continuously spread baseless claims and conspiracy theories about the election despite no evidence of voter fraud. “If we’re wrong, we will...
    The New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) wrote in a scathing letter Monday it had launched an inquiry into removing President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, from its membership. The bar association launched the inquiry in response to Giuliani’s claims of voter fraud and allegations that he employed incendiary speech before rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol. The move does not affect Giuliani’s ability to practice law in the state but is a way to admonish the former New York City mayor, Forbes reported. “Hours before the angry mob stormed the Capitol walls, Trump’s personal attorney, Rudolph Giuliani, addressed a crowd of thousands at the White House, reiterating baseless claims of widespread election fraud in the presidential election and the Georgia U.S. Senate runoffs,” said the letter, adding, “The president did not act alone.” The NYSBA, the largest voluntary bar association in the country, cannot license or disbar attorneys. But the...
    (CNN)The New York State Bar Association has opened an inquiry into removing Rudy Giuliani from its membership for his role in provoking a pro-Trump mob to storm the US Capitol and attempts to overturn the 2020 election results, the group said Monday.The NYSBA is a voluntary bar association that cannot disbar Giuliani, a former US Attorney for the Southern District of New York who is now President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, so the ousting would not prevent him from representing the President in an impeachment trial or other pending litigation against him. But the rare step by the association adds to the layer of criticism Giuliani has faced from the legal community over his defense of Trump.Giuliani has continuously spread baseless claims and conspiracy theories about the election despite no evidence of voter fraud. "If we're wrong, we will be made fools of, but if we're right a lot of...
    Rudy Giuliani could face losing his New York State’s Bar Association membership as it announced Monday it is launching an inquiry into his comments inciting a crowd to descend on the Capitol Wednesday.  The New York State Bar Association condemned the violent mob of Donald Trump's most fervent supporters storming the Capitol building on Wednesday, but claimed that while the president is at fault for the violence, Giuliani is also to blame. 'We must address the root cause of this abhorrent incident, the blame for which lies first and foremost with President Donald Trump,' NYSBA wrote in a statement released Monday. 'But the president did not act alone,' it continued. 'Hours before the angry mob stormed the Capitol walls, Trump's personal attorney, Rudolph Giuliani, addressed a crowd of thousands at the White House, reiterating baseless claims of widespread election fraud in the presidential election and the Georgia U.S. Senate runoffs.' ...
    Rudy Giuliani speaks to at a Trump rally protesting the 2020 election results in Washington, DC., on January 6, 2021. Attendees later attacked the US Capitol. Bryan Smith/ZUMA Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.Rudy Giuliani is in danger of losing his law license. The president’s lawyer faces the prospect of disbarment from the New York Bar for his role in frivolous lawsuits seeking to overturn the results of the presidential election, as well as for his speech inciting insurrection in Washington, DC, on January 6.  Alongside President Donald Trump, Giuliani rallied thousands of Trump supporters shortly before Wednesday’s attack on the US Capitol Building. “If we’re wrong, we will be made fools of, but if we’re right a lot of them will go to jail,” Giuliani said of his baseless allegations that fraud...
    More On: capitol riot Dramatic video shows rioter hit Capitol cop with a fire extinguisher Angela Merkel calls Trump Twitter ban ‘problematic’ House Dems introduce article of impeachment against Trump Zip-tie carrying vet arrested for Capitol riots was turned in by ex-wife: Feds The president of the New York State Bar Association announced Monday it has opened a probe into whether to remove President Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani as a member over incendiary statements he made before the Capitol siege and his efforts to cast doubt on the 2020 presidential election. “This is unprecedented,” NYSBA President Scott Karson told The Post in a phone interview. “We haven’t had occasion to do this in modern times.” Giuliani told thousands of the president’s supporters at a White House rally Jan. 6 that there had been widespread election fraud, and he challenged the results of the Georgia US Senate runoffs shortly before...
    Rudy Giuliani speaks to at a Trump rally protesting the 2020 election results in Washington, DC., on January 6, 2021. Attendees later attacked the US Capitol. Bryan Smith/ZUMA Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.Rudy Giuliani is in danger of losing his law license. The president’s lawyer faces the prospect of disbarment from the New York Bar for his role in frivolous lawsuits seeking to overturn the results of the presidential election, as well as for his speech inciting insurrection in Washington, DC, on January 6.  Alongside President Donald Trump, Giuliani rallied thousands of Trump supporters shortly before Wednesday’s attack on the US Capitol Building. “If we’re wrong, we will be made fools of, but if we’re right a lot of them will go to jail,” Giuliani said of his baseless allegations that fraud...
    The New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) has launched an inquiry to look into removing former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. The NYSBA referred to Giuliani’s speech at last Wednesday’s pro-Trump rally, given hours before a group of rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol, in a press release announcing the move. “Let’s have trial by combat,” Giuliani told the crowd. “I’m willing to stake my reputation — the president is willing to stake his reputation — on the fact that we will find criminality there.” The former New York City mayor has been representing President Donald Trump in ongoing election-related lawsuits. Rudy Giuliani, personal lawyer of US President Donald Trump, looks at documents as he appears before the Michigan House Oversight Committee in Lansing, Michigan on December 2, 2020. (Photo by JEFF KOWALSKY/AFP via Getty Images) “NYSBA has received hundreds of complaints in recent months about Mr. Giuliani and his baseless...
    Former Mayor of New York City and lawyer of President Donald Trump Rudy Giuliani may find himself at risk of being disbarred following an announcement by the New York State Bar Association that an inquiry will be launched into his recent behavior. The Association has received hundreds of complaints over Giuliani’s efforts to cast doubt on the results of the 2020 presidential election before votes were even cast and then undermining Joe Biden’s victory in an effort to secure a second term for Trump, including conducting court actions in multiple states without evidence. In every instance of court proceedings, the charges brought forth were summarily dismissed. These efforts culminated in Washington D.C. on January 6, when supporters of the president took part in a violent uprising that saw them attack the U.S. Capitol. Prior to the violence, Giuliani addressed the crowd and continued to spread false claims of election fraud...
    The White House sicced a senior Justice Department official on Atlanta’s top U.S. Attorney on Jan. 3, causing his resignation, as part of a pressure campaign to change the results of the 2020 presidential election, The Wall Street Journal reported. In a late-night phone call, the DOJ official told Trump-appointed U.S. Attorney Byung J. Pak that President Trump was furious Atlanta’s feds weren’t investigating election fraud, the report said. The DOJ official told Pak that Trump wanted to fire him, prompting the top prosecutor to resign instead the next day, one day before Georgia’s U.S. Senate runoff election, the report said. Pak had cited “unforeseen circumstances” in stepping down. The pressure campaign against Pak was part of the president’s weekslong attempt to alter his election loss to president-elect Joe Biden, the Journal said. The paper also reported that as election officials in Georgia verified signatures on absentee...
    ATLANTA - While election officials in Georgia were verifying signatures on absentee ballot envelopes in one metro Atlanta county, President Donald Trump pressed a lead investigator to "find the fraud" and said it would make the investigator a national hero. The December call, described by a person familiar with it who spoke on the condition of anonymity in order to describe the sensitive nature of the discussion, is yet another link in the chain of the extraordinary pressure campaign waged by Trump on state officials as he sought to overturn the results of the November election, which he lost to Democrat Joe Biden. It is one of at least three phone calls, held over the course of a month between early December and early January, in which Trump sought help from high-level Georgia officials in subverting the election — only to be rebuffed each time. Trump lost to Biden...
    (CNN)White House officials pressured a top Georgia federal prosecutor to resign ahead of the state's high stakes Senate runoff elections because President Donald Trump was upset he wasn't pursuing Trump's baseless allegations of widespread election fraud strongly enough, according to The Wall Street Journal. The Journal, citing people familiar with the matter, reported Saturday that a senior Justice Department official called Trump-appointed US Attorney Byung J. Pak at the White House's request. The official told Pak he needed to resign because he wasn't investigating the allegations to Trump's liking, the Journal reported.The day before Georgians headed to the polls, Pak abruptly submitted his resignation, citing "unforeseen circumstances" as his reason for departure in an email to his colleagues.Trump pressured Georgia elections investigator to find the fraud in 2020 electionThe revelation marks yet another effort by Trump to attempt to pressure a Georgia government employee to overturn President-elect Joe Biden's win...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) — After crushing defeats in the November elections, Florida Democrats on Saturday selected former Miami Mayor Manny Diaz to take over as chairman of the state party. Republican President Donald Trump won comfortably in Florida on Nov.3, with a three percentage-point victory over President-elect Joe Biden. The GOP also made gains up and down the ballot, adding five state House seats, flipping a Senate seat and ousting two South Florida Democratic congresswomen. Diaz, who replaces Terrie Rizzo, said the Florida Democratic Party is at a crossroads. “While Democrats all over the nation made gains, we continue to lose ground,” Diaz, who served as mayor of Miami from 2001 to 2009, said during an online meeting Saturday afternoon of the party’s State Executive Committee. MORE FROM CBSMIAMI.COM Macy’s To Close 45 More Stores In 2021, Including Two In Florida Death Of South Florida Doctor Who Took Coronavirus Vaccine...
    Just a week ago, news broke that Donald Trump had called Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and attempted to threaten him into “finding” enough votes to “recalculate” the results of the 2020 election. That blatant attempt at election interference was enough to generate calls for Trump to be be impeached, again—days before he went out and incited his followers into conducting a violent attempt to overthrow the government. But almost from the moment the attempt to extract votes from Raffensperger hit the news, people began wondering what other calls were out there. Because of course there were other calls. Now it turns out that it’s not even necessary to move to another state to find one of those calls. The Washington Post is reporting that Trump called Georgia’s lead investigator for voter fraud a week earlier, and told him he could be a “national hero” if only he just happened to find some...
    (CNN)President Donald Trump last month urged the chief investigator for the Georgia secretary of state's office to "find the fraud" in the 2020 presidential election, telling the individual that they would be a "national hero," according to a source with knowledge of the call. The phone call, which was first reported by The Washington Post, is the latest unearthed effort by Trump to attempt to pressure Georgia government officials to overturn President-elect Joe Biden's win in the Peach State.Despite Trump's insistence, his own administration and state election officials across the country have found no evidence of widespread fraud in the election. The phone call with the investigator happened in December more than a week before Trump's January 2 call with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, according to the source. The Post reported that the "lengthy" phone call was on December 23, citing a person familiar with the call.Raffensperger confirmed...
    (CNN)Georgia Democrats Jon Ossoff and the Rev. Raphael Warnock stunned the political world this week. They will be the first Democrats elected to the Senate from Georgia in two decades. Moreover, Democrats will have a Senate majority come January 20 with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris breaking a 50-50 tie in the Senate.So what are some of the broader lessons from Tuesday's elections? Here are five of them. 1. Black voters did it for the Democrats There was commentary after the November elections that Black voters didn't deliver the state of Georgia for Democrats. That the state flipped because of well-educated White voters in the Atlanta suburbs. Read MoreMake no mistake: Black voters are why Democrats have a Senate majority. Take a look at the Ossoff race against Republican David Perdue. It was the tighter of the two contests. Remember, Ossoff trailed Perdue by nearly 2 points in November, and Perdue...
              CNN found a new darling in Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R), who bashed Republicans and President Donald J. Trump in an interview with the network Thursday. “For two long months, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger endured, standing in the firing line of Trump’s baseless attacks,” CNN’s Amara Walker said in a television interview featuring Raffensperger. After decrying Wednesday’s protests at the Capitol building in Washington, D.C., Walker then cut to Raffensperger. “People have been spun up for two months about the election results,” he said. “People have been, you know, misrepresenting the facts, spreading this disinformation – saying whatever they wanted to on social media – and there were consequences, and we saw those consequences [Wednesday].” When asked if he blamed Trump for Wednesday’s protests, Raffensperger did not directly blame the president, but did not shift the burden elsewhere. “Well,...
    South Dakota Gov. Kristi NoemKristi Lynn NoemEric Trump warns of primary challenges for Republicans who don't object to election results Trump again calls for Noem to primary Thune despite her refusal Noem rules out Thune challenge after Trump criticizes senator MORE (R) on Friday issued an executive order allowing a legal challenge to the constitutionality of a November voter-approved amendment to legalize recreational marijuana in the state.  In the order, Noem argues that the “initiative process used to place” the amendment seeking to legalize marijuana and require the legislature to pass laws ensuring access to marijuana for medical use “was not proper and violated the procedures set forth in the South Dakota Constitution.”  Noem’s order also states that Highway Patrol Superintendent Col. Rick Miller has legal standing to sue on the amendment because he is acting on behalf of the governor.  In a lawsuit filed in late November, Miller and...
    Georgia will elect Republican senators if the state’s legislature “shuts the door on future election fraud,” Rep. Jody Hice (R-GA) told Breitbart News on Friday’s edition of SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Daily with special guest host Matt Boyle. Hice said some Republican voters abstained from voting in Tuesday’s runoff U.S. Senate elections in Georgia due to distrust in election integrity. “It was a high turnout for a runoff election,” he remarked. “It was a significantly high turnout. Now there were some [Republican voters] who did not turn out, because of their lack of confidence that it was going to be a secure vote, and that has to be addressed.” Hice continued, “Georgia is a red state, probably from anywhere from three to five percent. It’s a red state. Unfortunately, we’ve had a secretary of state who has made some horrible decisions, decisions for which he has no constitutional authority to make...
    ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo will include a package of voting reform proposals aimed at streamlining the use of mail-in ballots in his 2021 State of the State address Monday. The measures aim at speeding up the election process, including accelerating the counting of votes on the local level, extending the time registered voters can request an absentee ballot and expanding early voting hours.  As he announced the proposal, Cuomo alluded to the actions of President Trump, who spent weeks falsely claiming the 2020 presidential election was rigged — including at a rally held shortly before a riot Wednesday by his supporters at the US Capitol. “At a time when the Trump administration seeks to strip Americans of their voting rights, we did see a lot of concern through the election time, and we want New York to be a champion of democratic reforms,” Cuomo told reporters during a...
    More On: andrew cuomo Elderly NYC couple pleads with Mayor de Blasio for COVID-19 shot Cuomo cracks: Here’s who will be able to get COVID vaccine after gov changes course New Rochelle hospital under investigation for illegal use of COVID vaccines NY ramps up COVID-19 testing of nursing home staff amid outbreaks ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo will include a package of voting reform proposals aimed at streamlining the use of mail-in ballots in his 2021 State of the State address Monday. The measures aim at speeding up the election process, including accelerating the counting of votes on the local level, extending the time registered voters can request an absentee ballot and expanding early voting hours.  As he announced the proposal, Cuomo alluded to the actions of President Trump, who spent weeks falsely claiming the 2020 presidential election was rigged — including at a rally held shortly before a...
    Reuters January 8, 2021 0 Comments U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Antony Blinken, President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee for top diplomat, on Friday to facilitate the transition of power, just days after President Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the Capitol in a bid to overturn his election defeat. Pompeo on Twitter said he met with Blinken “to facilitate an orderly transition, and to ensure American interests are protected abroad.” It was unclear if the meeting, which comes less than two weeks before Biden’s inauguration, was in person or virtual. “Our meeting was very productive, and we will continue to work together on behalf of America throughout the transition,” Pompeo said. Trump had exhorted thousands of his followers to march to the Capitol as Congress met on Wednesday to confirm the Nov. 3 election results. That led to chaos as his supporters breached the building, sent lawmakers into hiding,...
    Recently, while listening to news and worrying about the immense damage this country has sustained after years of horrendously poisonous division, I switched the channel and heard the Beatles song “We Can Work It Out.” Until a few months ago, I thought such a sentiment might be something people on all sides of this nation’s chasms could endorse. But not anymore. Certainly not after the seditious violence we witnessed in Washington on Wednesday. It’s not that this writer who likes to ride in the moderate lane hasn’t attempted to light up my corner to help us all just get along. Columns I’ve done on such for MinnPost include one I wrote shortly after the 2016 presidential election about missing holiday greetings from friends on other political planets and another I did before that election that included a poll of friends and acquaintances from across the U.S. regarding the idea that...
    My name is Vernon Jones, I am an outgoing State Representative in Georgia, a lifelong Democrat and newest member of the Republican Party. I am no longer a Democrat. I cannot stand for the defunding of the police, higher taxes on working families and job-killing socialist policies that will devastate Americans of all walks of life. Now, let me make one thing clear—I haven’t changed. The Democratic Party has changed. It's become a toxic combination of radical leftists and liberal elites in San Francisco and Hollywood have taken over my former Party. Many of these folks aren’t interested in traditional American ideals and doing what’s right for the honest working man and woman. A lot of politicians, both Democrats and some Republicans, are interested in going to Washington, D.C. to be a part of the permanent D.C. political class that thumbs its nose at the rest of the country. GEORGIA STATE...
            by Nyamekye Daniel  Election policy reform will be a top priority for Georgia lawmakers when the General Assembly convenes next week, House Speaker David Ralston said Thursday. Ralston said he plans to appoint a special committee on election integrity to increase confidence in the state’s voting process. “That committee will have two primary charges,” Ralston said. “First to keep our elections open and accessible to all registered voters, and second to ensure proper oversight and security of our elections.” Lawmakers have held a series of election hearings where members of President Donald Trump’s legal team, his supporters, residents and poll workers have testified about discrepancies in the Nov. 3 election. Ralston, however, said the committee would not focus on the events of the past. Instead it would focus on changes that could be made in the future. Forthcoming on the committee’s agenda are possible changes...
              Georgia House Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge) will select a committee to address election integrity, but a fellow legislator questioned his motives. During a press conference on Thursday, Ralston revealed that the General Assembly would address election law reforms as early as next week. He noted that he would appoint a special committee to undertake election integrity reforms and investigations to ensure confidence in future elections. “[The] committee will have two primary charges,” stated Ralston. “First, to keep our elections open and accessible to all registered voters. And second, to ensure proper oversight and security of our elections process.” In an interview with The Georgia Star News, State Representative Jeff Jones (R-St. Simons Island) asserted that Ralston is unfit to lead the charge on election integrity. “It’s almost laughable for Speaker Ralston to suggest that he put together an election integrity committee,” stated...
    O’FALLON, Mo. (AP) — A Republican colleague rebuked him on the Senate floor. A home-state newspaper editorial board declared he has “blood on his hands.” But for Josh Hawley, the Missouri senator who staged an Electoral College challenge that became the focus of a violent siege of the Capitol, the words of his political mentor were the most personal. “Supporting Josh Hawley … was the worst decision I’ve ever made in my life,” former Missouri Sen. John Danforth told The Associated Press on Thursday. “He has consciously appealed to the worst. He has attempted to drive us apart and he has undermined public belief in our democracy. And that’s great damage.” Aside from President Donald Trump, who roiled up supporters just before they stormed the Capitol, no politician has been more publicly blamed for Wednesday’s unprecedented assault on American democracy than Hawley. The 41-year-old first-term senator, a second-tier player...
    HARRISBURG (KDKA) — While disproven claims of voter fraud during the 2020 Presidential Election reached its boiling point at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Pennsylvania lawmakers are still steaming over the outcome of a highly contested Senate race. Voters in the 45th District are currently without leadership in the state Senate. The swearing in ceremony in Harrisburg on Tuesday exploded into chaos as Republican lawmakers refused to seat Senator Jim Brewster (D-45). Brewster won the district over Republican challenger Nicole Ziccarelli by a narrow 69 votes. She is disputing those results in federal court. The pending litigation led to the Tuesday session stand-off where majority leaders also removed Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman, (D) PA, for trying to swear him in. “The Senate Republicans accused me of not following the rules when I blocked their motion to exclude Senator Brewster from being sworn in. And it’s like, I wasn’t following the...
    ATLANTA — President Trump's legal team on Thursday voluntarily pulled four Georgia lawsuits aimed at reversing his loss against Joe Biden in the Peach State. Among other things, the lawsuits made unsubstantiated allegations of voter fraud, software sabotage, and claimed scores of ineligible voters cast their ballots illegally in the presidential race. Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, who was named as a defendant in the lawsuits, believed the decision to drop the lawsuits was made so that Trump's team wouldn't have to submit evidence before the court that could be easily challenged during cross-examination. "Rather than presenting their evidence and witnesses to a court and to cross-examination under oath, the Trump campaign wisely decided the smartest course was to dismiss their frivolous cases," Raffensperger said. The dismissals came one day after pro-Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol, convinced that the election was rigged and that Trump had...
    A new bill set to be introduced in the House seeks to restore public confidence in the federal election process following a contentious 2020 election that has been marked by accusations of fraud by voters and several high-profile Republicans led by President Trump, Fox News has learned. The "Save Democracy Act" calls for a number of measures aimed at strengthening the security and integrity of the voting process from registration, to voting to the counting of ballots in federal elections, beginning in 2022. CLEAR MAJORITY OF REPUBLICANS (7 OUT OF 10) BELIEVE NOVEMBER ELECTION NOT ACCURATELY CERTIFIED "Congress recognizes that the legitimacy of the United States’s representative democracy rests on the integrity of our Federal elections and confidence our citizens have in them," the bill's language says. It adds that states "must seek to protect the fairness, accessibility, and integrity of the elections." Republican Study Committee chair Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind., is expected...
    This article is republished from The Conversation.  Ore Koren is a scholar of civil conflict and political violence. Before the November 2020 election, Koren, an assistant professor of political science at Indiana University, wrote a story for The Conversation about the likelihood of election-related violence in the U.S. So we went back to him on Wednesday, while what some are calling an insurrection unfolded at the U.S. Capitol, to ask him for some perspective on the event. This transcript has been edited for length and clarity. Q: You’re a scholar of political violence. What were you thinking as you watched what’s happened at the U.S. Capitol? Ore Koren: First of all, I felt pretty stunned. I think that’s a natural response to this. This is a new situation; it shows the power of misinformation and stuff that we’re not really good at dealing with. Article continues after advertisement My research...
    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday swore in Republican Drew Springer to the state Senate representing District 30 in a ceremony at the Governor's Mansion in Austin. Springer was first elected to the state House of Representatives in 2012. He ran for the Senate seat after several other seats were vacated in a political domino effect after former U.S. Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Heath, was named director of national intelligence last year. State Sen. Pat Fallon, R-Prosper, successfully ran to replace Ratcliffe in the U.S. House in the Republican-dominated district, and was sworn in Jan. 3. Springer, who was endorsed by Fallon, will succeed him in the Texas Senate after defeating salon owner Shelley Luther in a special election Dec. 19 after neither received 50 percent of the vote in their Sept. 29 election. On Sept. 29, Luther, a Denton County resident who went to jail after...
    Sen. Josh Hawley objected to President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in Pennsylvania during a joint session of Congress that continued just past midnight Thursday. The Missouri Republican resisted intense peer-pressure from fellow conservatives who urged President Trump’s allies to cease objections to swing state electors after a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol building shortly after noon Wednesday. The objection was announced by Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.), who said 80 House members and Hawley opposed certification of the state’s electors. The objection triggers up to two hours of debate in the House and Senate, which will separately discuss and vote on the electors. A similar objection to electors from Arizona was crushed 93-6 in the Senate and 303-121 in the House. Hawley told The Post prior to the break-in, which delayed proceedings, that he did not expect to overturn Biden’s victory, but wanted to force a debate on alleged...
    Attempts by House Republicans to object to the results of the election in three states failed on Wednesday night — and the chamber celebrated loudly each time. Jody Hice, a Georgia Congressman objecting to the results in his own state, stood to say he and 74 other Republicans object to the results in that state, talking up baseless claims that the election was “fraudulent.” There is no evidence of widespread fraud in the election. Top election officials in the contested states of both parties, respectively, have defended the integrity of the results and pushed back on the conspiracy theories. That hasn’t stopped the president, who continued pushing nonsense about the election to his supporters before a large group of them stormed the Capitol on Wednesday. But according to Congressional procedures. any objection to a state’s slate of electors requires at least one Senator and one Representative to sign on to...
    WASHINGTON -- Republican Rep. Scott Perry of Pennsylvania and Republican Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri have objected to the counting of Pennsylvania's electoral votes, triggering up to two hours of debate in the House and Senate.The objections come 11 hours after the congressional count to confirm Democrat Joe Biden's presidential victory began, and after lawmakers had to evacuate both chambers for several hours to escape a mob that had violently breached the Capitol.Hawley said last week that he would object to Pennsylvania's electoral votes, saying Congress should investigate voter fraud. President Donald Trump has falsely said since his defeat that there was widespread fraud in the election.Biden won Pennsylvania by just over 80,000 votes. Since the Nov. 3 election, Trump and his allies filed at least a half-dozen lawsuits challenging Biden's win on various grounds, including that many or all of the state's mail-in ballots were illegal.The lawsuits failed as...
    More On: 2020 presidential election Washington DC mayor extends public emergency for 15 days Senate and House reject challenge to Joe Biden’s Arizona victory Romney slams Trump as ‘selfish man,’ praises Republicans who dropped objections Cuomo deploys 1,000 NY National Guard to DC Sen. Josh Hawley objected to President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in Pennsylvania during a joint session of Congress that continued just past midnight Thursday. The Missouri Republican resisted intense peer-pressure from fellow conservatives who urged President Trump’s allies to cease objections to swing state electors after a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol building shortly after noon Wednesday. The objection was announced by Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.), who said 80 House members and Hawley opposed certification of the state’s electors. The objection triggers up to two hours of debate in the House and Senate, which will separately discuss and vote on the electors. A similar objection to...
    WASHINGTON -- Republican Rep. Scott Perry of Pennsylvania and Republican Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri have objected to the counting of Pennsylvania's electoral votes, triggering up to two hours of debate in the House and Senate.The objections come 11 hours after the congressional count to confirm Democrat Joe Biden's presidential victory began, and after lawmakers had to evacuate both chambers for several hours to escape a mob that had violently breached the Capitol.Hawley said last week that he would object to Pennsylvania's electoral votes, saying Congress should investigate voter fraud. President Donald Trump has falsely said since his defeat that there was widespread fraud in the election.Biden won Pennsylvania by just over 80,000 votes. Since the Nov. 3 election, Trump and his allies filed at least a half-dozen lawsuits challenging Biden's win on various grounds, including that many or all of the state's mail-in ballots were illegal.The lawsuits failed as...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate resoundingly rejects challenge to Biden’s election win in Arizona; result in state will stand. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    DENVER (CBS4)– Several hundred demonstrators spent the afternoon Wednesday on the state Capitol steps to protest the outcome of the presidential election. They honked horns, waved Donald Trump and American flags and many didn’t wear masks. (credit: CBS) They came to express their distaste at an election they insisted was stolen. One pro-Trump demonstrator told CBS4 that he was there because he did not accept the election results. “I think there was something fishy going on,” he stated explaining he did not trust the mail in ballot process. RELATED: ‘This Is Not Who We Are’: Colorado Congress Members Jason Crow And Diana Degette On Lockdown At U.S. Capitol The potential for trouble was there. The Proud Boys were on hand and so too, those dressed in military garb guarding the pro-Trump demonstrators. And there were counter protestors. (credit: CBS) One man declined to give his name saying, “We are...
    Trump supporters gather outside the U.S. Capitol building following a "Stop the Steal" rally on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC. Spencer Platt/Getty Images As the historic and riotous storming of the US Capitol unfolded, extremists loyal to the president also converged on state capitols across the country refusing to accept Trump's loss and pushing conspiracies. Although many of the state-based gatherings were less physically violent than the provocations in DC, several statehouses closed or evacuated staff out of caution. In Washington state, pro-Trump extremists breached the Governor's mansion and were cleared by Washington State Patrol, while Governor Jay Inslee and his family were moved to a safe location. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Mobs of Trump backers converged outside the Capitol buildings of several states on Wednesday afternoon, with some trespassing into a governor's mansion as supporters of the president sieged the US Capitol. President...
    Conservatives should support the Electoral College result of the 2020 election, regardless of objections by President Trump, because the institution protects the rights of states, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., told "The Story" Wednesday. "Conservatives should know that the Electoral College is something we support because it supports state rights to run the elections," Paul told host Martha MacCallum. "When there is a problem, it is going to have to be fixed by the states. The fix isn’t up here [in Washington]." Paul added that those who believe the Electoral College result can be changed by the federal government after an election is an "absurdity." "It is really a mistake for people to believe that," he said. "It never happened before, it was never intended to happen, and, if it did, it would be overturning everything that we cherished about state’s rights, that these powers are something that are left to the states and the...
    SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO - Supporters of President Donald Trump massed outside statehouses from Georgia to New Mexico on Wednesday, leading some officials to evacuate while cheers rang out at several demonstrations as a pro-Trump mob stormed the U.S. Capitol. Hundreds of people gathered in state capitals nationwide to oppose President-elect Joe Biden's win, waving signs saying, "Stop the steal" and "Four more years." Most of them did not wear masks amid the coronavirus pandemic, and some carried guns in places like Oklahoma, Georgia, Arizona and Washington state. There were some scuffles in states like Ohio and California, with some instances of journalists or counterprotesters being pepper-sprayed or punched. But most demonstrations were peaceful — some of them quite small — and only a few arrests were reported. New Mexico police evacuated staff as a precaution from a Statehouse building that includes the governor's office and the secretary of state's...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- As we get closer to Inauguration Day, Eyewitness News will have a special election edition of "The Countdown" to get you caught up with all of the day's political and campaign news.You can watch it online, on the ABC7NY app or on our Connected TV apps for Fire, Roku, Apple TV and Android TV. Click here to learn more.Wednesday, Jan. 6Chaos, riots at US CapitolViolent protesters loyal to President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday and forced lawmakers into hiding, in a stunning attempt to overturn America's presidential election, undercut the nation's democracy and keep Democrat Joe Biden from replacing Trump in the White House.The National Guard and state and federal police were called in for control, and the mayor of Washington imposed a rare evening curfew. One person was shot and killed.The protesters were egged on for weeks by Trump, who since the...
    Republican West Virginia House Of Delegates member Derrick Evans reportedly breached the U.S. Capitol Wednesday along with other rioters. Evans live-streamed the breach shortly before deleting the videos from his social media, according to WV Metro News. However, others appeared to obtain clips of the video prior to its deletion. (RELATED: Police Draw Weapons As Pro-Trump Rioters Break Down Glass Door Of Capitol Building, Brawl With Officers) Derrick Evans newly elected WV House of Delegates, District 19, (R) forcefully entering the U.S Capitol. #CapitolBuilding #Congress pic.twitter.com/GzMChpcasB — Paula Jean Swearengin (@paulajean2020) January 6, 2021 After the incident, Evans released a statement on his Facebook page. Evans was reportedly a first-time member of the West Virginia House of Delegates who won in the November election. “What occurred today is unpatriotic, un-American and I condemn it in the strongest terms possible,” West Virginia Speaker of the House Roger Hanshaw said...
    Reuters January 6, 2021 0 Comments Democrats on Wednesday completed a sweep of the two U.S. Senate seats up for grabs in runoff elections in the state of Georgia, giving the party control of the chamber and boosting the prospects for President-elect Joe Biden’s ambitious legislative agenda. Raphael Warnock, a Baptist preacher from Martin Luther King Jr.’s former church, beat Republican incumbent Kelly Loeffler to become the first Black senator in the deep South state’s history while Democrat Jon Ossoff, a documentary filmaker who at 33 would become the Senate’s youngest member, beat Republican David Perdue. The results would give Democrats narrow control of both chambers of Congress, making it easier to appoint liberal-leaning judges and advance legislative priorities from coronavirus relief to climate change when Biden takes office on Jan. 20. “Georgia’s voters delivered a resounding message yesterday: they want action on the crises we face and they...
    More On: DC Protests 2021 Rioters leave trail of damage throughout US Capitol building Female shot during chaotic protests in US Capitol has died Capitol building now secure: House law enforcement Mike Pence speaks out after Capitol Hill attack Supporters of President Trump protested outside several State Capitols across the nation amid the ongoing chaos in Washington, D.C. as Congress began to certify President-elect Joe Biden’s election victory Wednesday. In Sacramento, California, several people were arrested for allegedly carrying pepper spray and fights broke out between two groups outside the state capitol, KCRA reported. “Some physical altercations between two groups of demonstrators have been reported. Officers remain in the area and are attempting to keep the groups separate,” the Sacramento Police Department tweeted. The outlet reported many groups, including the far-right group the “Proud Boys” were in attendance. In St. Paul, Minnesota, around 500 Trump...
    Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulTrump pressure campaign splits 2024 GOP contenders Electoral College fight splits GOP as opposition grows to election challenge Republican infighting on election intensifies MORE (R-Ky.) called the riot that broke out Wednesday at the Capitol as lawmakers were certifying the Electoral Vote “wrong and un-American,” and slammed the idea that Congress could overturn the Electoral College vote. Violence unfolded at the Capitol on Tuesday afternoon as a mob of Pro-Tump protesters stormed the Capitol building, forcing lawmakers to evacuate. “I wrote a speech today. I was planning to say I fear the chaos of establishing a precedent that Congress can overturn elections,” Paul said as part of a lengthy thread on Twitter.  “Boy, was I right. Chaos. Anarchy. It’s wrong and un-American.” This is the speech I'll be giving today from an undisclosed location.— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) January 6, 2021 Paul has been...
    Democrats captured control of the U.S. Senate on Wednesday when Jon Ossoff defeated GOP Sen. David Perdue in a Georgia Senate runoff, in a victory that hands a major win to President-elect Joe Biden.   Ossoff, 33, knocked off Republican Sen. David Perdue, who had said he will back President Trump's effort to overturn the election results. His celebratory moment came as the U.S. Capitol was still being occupied by a mob of Donald Trump supporters who breached the building, with U.S. Capitol Police seeking to regain order while aided by National Guard forces. Although his win was being overshadowed by history-making events unfolding in the Capitol while Trump supporters sought to disrupt the count that will make Joe Biden's win official, it is certain to reverberate throughout Biden's tenure. With Democrats at 50-50 with Republicans, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will give Democrats a majority in the chamber.    That will allow...
              As of January 1st, Gabriel Sterling is currently the Georgia Secretary of State’s Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer; but from November 2019 until December 2020 he was the Voting System Implementation Manager, an independent contractor position. That’s because last year Sterling negotiated a $200,000 contract to oversee the state’s newly-acquired voting technology, which he’d help purchase from Dominion Voting Systems. In doing so, Sterling was paid $86,000 more than for his previous government position. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution obtained Sterling’s contract information through an open records request. This year, in addition to reassuming his prior position with the Secretary of State’s office as their Chief Operating Officer, Sterling also picked up another position – Chief Financial Officer. However, Sterling has described his time as an independent contractor as a full-time employee with the Secretary of State. The Georgia Star News reached out to the Secretary of...
    By Steve Peoples, Bill Barrow and Russ Bynum | Associated Press ATLANTA — Democrats won both Georgia Senate seats — and with them, the U.S. Senate majority — as final votes were counted Wednesday, serving President Donald Trump a stunning defeat in his last days in office while dramatically improving the fate of President-elect Joe Biden’s progressive agenda. Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, Democratic challengers who represented the diversity of their party’s evolving coalition, defeated Republicans David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler two months after Biden became the first Democratic presidential candidate to carry the state since 1992. Warnock, who served as pastor for the same Atlanta church where civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. preached, becomes the first African American from Georgia elected to the Senate. And Ossoff becomes the state’s first Jewish senator and, at 33 years old, the Senate’s youngest member. Their success is a symbol of...
    ATLANTA, Georgia -- Democrat Jon Ossoff is projected to win the Georgia Senate race, meaning Democrats are projected to gain control of the United States Senate, according to an Edison analysis of the vote.This is a breaking news update. A previous version of this report is below.Democrat Raphael Warnock won one of Georgia's two Senate runoffs Wednesday, becoming the first Black senator in his state's history and putting the Senate majority within the party's reach.A pastor who spent the past 15 years leading the Atlanta church where Martin Luther King Jr. preached, Warnock defeated Republican incumbent Kelly Loeffler. It was a stinging rebuke of outgoing President Donald Trump, who made one of his final trips in office to Georgia to rally his loyal base behind the state's Republican candidates.In an emotional address early Wednesday, he vowed to work for all Georgians whether they voted for him or not, citing his...
    Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) told Breitbart News on Tuesday that Congress should not certify electors from disputed states until an audit of votes is conducted. “Eleven of us that have decided we will oppose certification,” Blackburn said in an interview on SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Daily with host Alex Marlow. ‘We’re going to oppose the certification of the electors until such time as we can get a commission to review these votes. The commission would report back to us in 10 days.” Blackburn continued, “The reason we are doing this is because there are substantial irregularities that people have spoken to. They have given their statements under oath. They know that there are certain things that occurred that are irregular in this election.” Blackburn remarked, “There are states that did not abide by the U.S. Constitution, or their state constitution, or their state statutes, and there are non-elected individuals in positions...
    ATLANTA (AP) — Democrat Raphael Warnock won one of Georgia’s two Senate runoffs Wednesday, becoming the first Black senator in his state’s history and putting the Senate majority within the party’s reach. A pastor who spent the past 15 years leading the Atlanta church where Martin Luther King Jr. preached, Warnock defeated Republican incumbent Kelly Loeffler. It was a stinging rebuke of outgoing President Donald Trump, who made one of his final trips in office to Georgia to rally his loyal base behind the state’s Republican candidates. In an emotional address early Wednesday, he vowed to work for all Georgians whether they voted for him or not, citing his personal experience with the American dream. His mother, he said, used to pick “somebody else’s cotton” as a teenager. “The other day, because this is America, the 82-year-old hands that used to pick somebody else’s cotton picked her youngest son to...
    President Donald Trump attacked elected Georgia Republicans at least 40 times on Twitter following the November elections while failing to mention Democratic Sen.-elect Raphael Warnock and Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff even once. Trump’s attacks against Georgia Republican Gov. Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger began in mid-November and continued through early January. Calling the officials “hapless,” “a disgrace” and “disasters for Georgia,” Trump issued dozens of tweets criticizing them for failing to take action on his unsubstantiated allegations of voter fraud in the November election. All the while, Warnock and Ossoff went unmentioned by name in Trump’s Twitter feed in the lead-up to the critical Georgia runoff elections on Tuesday that will determine whether Democrats regain control of the Senate. Trump tweets attacking Ossoff or Warnock by name since the election: 0 Trump tweets attacking elected Republicans in Georgia since the election: 50+ pic.twitter.com/7UwJybPwP8 — AG (@AGHamilton29) January...
    Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace said Vice President Mike Pence correctly chose the Constitution over the whims of President Trump Wednesday in announcing he could not unilaterally reject electors, a power he did not possess anyway. "Mike Pence has been an utterly loyal vice president, but when it comes to a direct choice, and that's what basically Donald Trump was asking him to make, between the Constitution and helping his president, he chose the Constitution," Wallace said. "I think it is the only choice he could have made. I think it's the right choice and the courageous choice." Trump had pressured Pence to reject electors he believed had been chosen due to fraud, but Pence said in a letter he lacked that authority. Pence is currently overseeing a joint session of Congress as some Republicans mount objections to the election results. Trump told supporters during a rally Wednesday that he won the election and called the election one of the...
    Washington (CNN)Former President Barack Obama on Wednesday said the late Rep. John Lewis is "smiling" down on Georgia after the historic election of the Rev. Raphael Warnock, who will become the state's first Black senator."My friend John Lewis is surely smiling down on his beloved Georgia this morning, as people across the state carried forward the baton that he and so many others passed down to them," Obama said in a statement. "Georgia's first Black senator will make the chamber more reflective of our country as a whole and open the door for a Congress that can forego gridlock for gridlock's sake to focus instead on the many crises facing our nation—pandemic relief for struggling families, voting rights, protecting our planet, and more."Black Georgia voters high turnout helped solidify a historic win, organizers sayThe senior pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Martin Luther King Jr.'s church, will be the...
    WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Capitol locked down Wednesday with lawmakers inside as violent clashes broke out between supporters of President Donald Trump police.Click here for the latest updates on the lockdown, and watch live coverage in the media player above.This is a breaking news update. A previous version of this report is below.Republican lawmakers mounted their first official challenge to Joe Biden's presidential election win Wednesday, objecting to state results from Arizona as they took up Donald Trump's relentless effort to overturn the election results in an extraordinary joint session of Congress.Outside, demonstrators tried to shove their way into the Capitol, scuffling with police, after a fiery rally near the White House in which Trump prodded his supporters to march to Capitol Hill.In the House chamber, Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona, flanked by Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, rose to object to the typically routine acceptance of electors.The objection now...
    Former President Barack Obama congratulated Senator-elect Raphael Warnock on Wednesday, following the reverend's projected win against incumbent Senator Kelly Loeffler in Tuesday's Senate runoff election in Georgia. The other race, between incumbent GOP Senator David Perdue and Democrat Jon Ossoff, was too close to call Wednesday morning.  "My friend John Lewis is surely smiling down on his beloved Georgia this morning, as people across the state carried forward the baton that he and so many others passed down to them," Mr. Obama said in a statement.  Rep. Lewis had attended Warnock's church, the Ebenezer Baptist Church, in Atlanta. The reverend spoke at Lewis' funeral there on July 30. In his statement, Mr. Obama also credited the state's former House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams, who helped register hundreds of thousands of new Georgia voters, mostly in communities of color.  "While we're still waiting on final results in the other runoff, it's...
    A joint session of Congress will certify the 2020 election results Wednesday, while many House and Senate Republicans are expected to object to the results of several states’ election results. The joint session of Congress will start at 1:00 P.M. Eastern. Vice President Mike Pence will preside over the joint session of Congress. Several Republicans will object to the certification process. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Josh Hawley (R-MO) have led the movement in the House, while Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) led the cause in the House. If a congressman and senator object to a state’s certification, then both chambers of Congress will deliberate for roughly two hours and rule on the state’s certification. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) will likely be the first senator to speak on the certification, where he is expected to rebuke efforts to challenge the validity of the elections. Sens. Hawley, Cruz, Marsha Blackburn...
    Former Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton took a victory lap Wednesday morning, proclaiming a win in both Georgia Senate races though only one race has been called, with the Rev. Raphael Warnock projected to win.  "Congratulations to the new senators from Georgia, and to everyone who organized and voted to get them there. It's a new day," the former first lady and secretary of state wrote on Twitter, along with a photo of Warnock and fellow Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff.  Fox News’ Decision Desk projected Democrat Warnock to win against Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler in the predawn hours of Wednesday morning. Leading by 0.8 percent with 98% of the votes tabulated, Warnock was ahead by 54,595 votes. The race between Republican Sen. David Perdue and Ossoff was still too close to call, but Ossoff was ahead by over 17,000 votes.  TRUMP SAYS HE WILL 'NEVER CONCEDE,' PRESSURES PENCE TO SEND ELECTION...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans object to election tally in Arizona, forcing votes in House and Senate on Biden’s victory in state. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    PHOTO VIA RICK SCOTT/FACEBOOKFlorida Sen. Rick Scott signaled he will likely vote against certifying Pennsylvania’s slate of electors. The Republican and close ally of President Donald Trump issued a lengthy statement ahead of certification of the Electoral College, which Democrat Joe Biden won with 306 electoral votes to Trump’s 232. Scott signaled sympathy to many criticisms leveled by Trump against election officials in the swing states won by the Democrat. “During today’s proceedings, I will listen to any and all objections that are raised,” he said. “I will pay careful attention to the evidence and arguments presented by both sides.” But he made clear he walks in with skepticism about at least one state requiring legitimacy of the election. “The situation in Pennsylvania is of particular concern to me, and I will likely vote to sustain the objection to their slate of electors,” Scott said. “The actions of the Governor’s Administration and the courts in Pennsylvania...
    Former Georgia state Rep. Vernon Jones announced Wednesday that he will be joining the Republican Party.  Jones, a former Democrat representing the 91st District in Lithonia, Ga., said in a post on Twitter: "Now more than ever, the Republican Party is in desperate need of leaders that know how to fight. I know how to fight."   MITCH MCCONNELL TO REBUKE GOP CHALLENGE TO CERTIFY ELECTORAL COLLEGE VOTE Jones caused a stir last year when he decided to resign from his position in the state's House of Representatives and commit to campaigning on behalf of President Trump, even speaking at the Republican Nationals Convention in August. He later flip-flopped on his decision to step down, saying he would not kowtow to Democrats, but said he was not interested in changing parties. Jones did not respond to Fox News' request for comment on what swayed him to change his mind.  5 TAKEAWAYS FROM GEORGIA...
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    Donald Trump tweeted furiously at his own vice president Mike Pence Wednesday to demand he refuse to certify Joe Biden's election victory. Trump demanded Pence ignore the constitution and instead 'return' swing states' slates of electors for Joe Biden to Republican-controlled legislatures who would then submit their own Trump electors. Pence has no such power to do so - and told Trump that over lunch on Tuesday, the  New York Times reported - but Trump doubled down on his demands as thousands of his supporters, some in camouflage, gathered close to the White House.  'States want to correct their votes, which they now know were based on irregularities and fraud, plus corrupt process never received legislative approval. All Mike Pence has to do is send them back to the States, AND WE WIN. Do it Mike, this is a time for extreme courage!' Trump tweeted. At the White House there was...
    When the vice president of the United States presides over the counting of the Electoral College votes and announces the final tally and winner of the election, it's usually little more than a formality. But this year, President Trump's refusal to accept his loss to Joe Biden — and the willingness of many Republican lawmakers to indulge him — has teed up a tense day in the Capitol.  It's Vice President Pence who's tasked with this duty on Wednesday for the pro forma joint session of Congress. Tellers will read each state's tally aloud, and at any point, members may object to that state's votes. It takes one senator and one House member to trigger consideration of an objection. The Senate and the House then debate the objection separately and vote on whether to accept the state's ballots. Here are some of the claims viewers may anticipate — and whether...
    House and Senate Republicans will present "evidence" Wednesday of Democrats unconstitutionally going around key state legislatures in the 2020 presidential election, Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, told "Fox & Friends." The House Judiciary Committee ranking member said the effort to object to certifying the results of a victory for President-elect Joe Biden over President Trump is the "only remedy left" by the Constitution. "We know that five states, some of the five key states that were critical in this election, changed their election law in an unconstitutional fashion," Jordan, who is expected to receive the Medal of Freedom from Trump next week, told co-host Brian Kilmeade. ELECTORAL COLLEGE OBJECTIONS IN CONGRESS: WHAT TO KNOW He said they plan to debate Arizona first, pointing to how an Obama-appointed judge extended the registration date 18 days despite state law in "an end-run around the Constitution." That is the template Democrats used "in state after state because they...
    Loading the player... President Donald Trump’s extraordinary effort to overturn the presidential election is going before Congress as lawmakers convene for a joint session to confirm the Electoral College vote won by Joe Biden. The typically routine proceeding Wednesday will be anything but, a political confrontation unseen since the aftermath of the Civil War as Trump mounts a desperate effort to stay in office. The president’s Republican allies in the House and Senate plan to object to the election results, heeding supporters’ plea to “fight for Trump” as he stages a rally outside the White House. It’s tearing the party apart. Read More: Trump denies Pence rebuffed his call to challenge election certification The longshot effort is all but certain to fail, defeated by bipartisan majorities in Congress prepared to accept the results. Biden, who won the Electoral College 306-232, is set to be inaugurated Jan. 20. “The most important part is that,...
    (CNN)Black Georgia voters showed up in droves for the state's pair of US Senate runoffs and voting rights groups say the high turnout plus aggressive organizing efforts helped solidify a historic win.Rev. Raphael Warnock, the senior pastor of the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, was elected on Tuesday to be the first Black senator from Georgia, CNN projected early Wednesday morning. The control of the US Senate now comes down to Republican David Perdue, who is running to keep his seat against Democrat Jon Ossoff.Warnock's win is a repudiation of Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler and her adherence to President Donald Trump, who voting rights activists say has attempted to suppress Black voters by accusing majority-Black cities such as Atlanta of fraud in the general election after he lost to Biden.Black-led voting groups spent the last six weeks knocking on millions of doors, registering voters, distributing mailers, hosting events and...
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (KDKA) — A local Democratic state senator, certified by the state as receiving the most votes, was denied his seat in the Pennsylvania Senate in a raucous swearing-in day at the state Capital in Harrisburg. Senate Republicans, who hold the majority, refused to let Pa. Sen. Jim Brewster of McKeesport take the oath of office. When Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, a Democrat, came to Brewster’s defense, the Republicans removed him as presiding officer. Pounding the gavel, Fetterman declared on Tuesday afternoon, “The Senate will now come to order.” The day began with Fetterman as president of the Senate, but when Republican senators tried to deny Democrat Brewster, certified with 69 more votes than his Republican challenger, the right to take the oath of office, Fetterman intervened. “The chair does not find that in order,” the Lt. Governor declared. So then Republicans voted to remove Fetterman from the chair....
    Democratic candidates for Senate Raphael Warnock (L) and Jon Ossoff (R) at a campaign rally with President-elect Joe Biden The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Matt Booker, and Carolyn Fiddler, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Leading Off ● GA-Sen-A, GA-Sen-B: In an historic election with consequences that will reverberate for years, Democrats Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff are poised to flip two Republican-held Senate seats in Georgia and hand control of the chamber to Democrats for the first time since 2014. With 4.4 million votes tallied as of 8:00 AM ET Wednesday, the AP and other outlets have called the special election for Warnock, who leads his Republican opponent, appointed Sen. Kelly Loeffler, 50.6-49.4. Ossoff, meanwhile leads Republican David Perdue 50.2-49.8—a margin of 16,370 votes. This race has not yet been called, but with almost all remaining ballots...
    Democrats moved a step closer to taking control of the Senate on Wednesday after winning one of two critical runoff elections in Georgia, with Rev. Raphael Warnock projected to defeat incumbent GOP Sen. Kelly Loeffler while the second contest remains neck-and-neck.  "Georgia, I am honored by the faith that you have shown in me, and I promise you this tonight: I am going to the Senate to work for all of Georgia, no matter who you cast your vote for in this election," Warnock, who will become the first Black senator from Georgia, said in brief remarks delivered virtually.  Democrats need to win both races in order to flip the Senate. The other contest between David Perdue, the Republican whose Senate term ended on Sunday, and his Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff is still too close to call as of Wednesday morning, with tens of thousands of votes needing to be counted. WARNOCK DECLARES VICTORY IN GEORGIA SENATE...