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    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — There’s been a surge in fraud and counterfeit PPE cases since the beginning of the pandemic. Counterfeit respirators even made it to the frontline in Minnesota. 3M is taking an active stand to prevent them from getting to our health care heroes. At the start of the pandemic, the rush was on to find respirators. RELATED: Minnesota Weather: Mercury To Move Above Zero After Brutal Tuesday Morning “We started looking for N95s right away because those were the most difficult things to source,” Department of Administration Commissioner Alice Roberts-Davis said. Her department was tasked with securing PPE for the state’s critical care supplies work group to make sure health care providers around the state had what they needed. “We were looking at everything as an opportunity, anything that seemed viable,” Roberts-Davis said. So when a company approached them with an offer for some 3M N95 masks,...
    Hunterdon County father and Lehigh Valley Hospital worker John Paul Hopkins died Feb. 7 at the age of 36. Hopkins graduated from Phillipsburg High School and completed an Associates in Applied Science degree in Radiography at Northampton Community College, his obituary says. Hopkins worked as a radiology technician at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Salisbury, PA and lived in Clinton at the time of his death, his memorial says. More than $3,100 had been raised as of Thursday morning on a GoFundMe for Hopkins’ funeral expenses. “John was loved by many in the community including his family,” the fundraiser says. “John was a very important person in my life as he was in many of his friends and families.” Hopkins is survived by his mother, Margaret E. (Vivian) Shafer Hopkins Stone and her husband, Howard Stone; his former wife Lori Rivera and their daughter, Leah of Easton; his brothers, Allen Shafer...
              Georgia Republican Party Chair David Shafer has not yet declared that he will seek a second term for that position, but Cobb County GOP Chair Jason Shepherd wants Shafer’s seat. Shafer, however, has told allies that he plans to seek a second term and will announce shortly. Whichever of the two men prevails will likely influence whether Georgia ends up a politically blue or red state. Shepherd told The Georgia Star News Tuesday that Shafer has not followed through on past assurances. “Shafer made a lot of promises to really work with the grassroots of the party and to really build the county party structures. In those two years, we haven’t seen that. David Shafer had promised to build a legal team, in his own words, to keep the Democrats from stealing the election at the ballot box. By the time we hit...
    Politico's venerable media writer Jack Shafer called out members of the press Thursday for their over-the-top coverage of President Biden's inauguration. "At a time when large portions of the country think mainstream media is a tool of the left, perhaps it’s time to tone down the Biden adulation," Shafer wrote in the piece, which was headlined "How About a Little Sobriety, Please?" Shafer began by jokingly calling for an "emergency system" in Washington D.C. to drain the city of "the torrents of praise, approval and adoration the press poured down on President Joe Biden."  "CNN glowed almost as brightly about the event as a state media would have," Shafer said of the anti-Trump network. "It accentuated all of Biden’s leading attributes—his modesty; the length of his Capitol experience, where he outlasted some of the building’s marble columns; his Catholic faith; his bounce-back from personal tragedies; his love of country; and so on. MEDIA MEMBERS DECLARE RETURN...
    (CNN Business)A version of this article first appeared in the "Reliable Sources" newsletter. You can sign up for free right here.The news media (once again) finds itself covering a moment unlike any other in history. President Trump is set to become the first president in US history to have been impeached twice — this time for inciting a deadly riot on Capitol Hill after weeks of peddling disinfo and promoting conspiracy theories aimed at undermining the results of a free and fair election.But unlike last time, Trump is starting to see some cracks in his stronghold over the GOP. Meanwhile, Trump's allies in right-wing media aren't putting up nearly as aggressive of a defense they did the last time he faced impeachment. (Last time, you'll remember, Trump's most prominent propagandists constructed an alternate reality in which Democrats did what he was accused of. This time the argument mostly amounts to...
              ATLANTA, Georgia – As of Tuesday night, Republican incumbent U.S. Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) held a small lead over Democrat opponent Jon Ossoff, while Republican U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) held a very slight lead over Democrat opponent Raphael Warnock. The outcome of the race will determine which party holds the majority in the U.S. Senate. According to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s website Tuesday as of 9:30 p.m. Eastern, Perdue had 50.48 percent of the vote or 1,492,417 votes. Ossoff had 49.5 percent of the vote or 1,463,934 votes. Loeffler, meanwhile, had 50.11 percent of the vote or 1,481,541 votes. Warnock had 49.89 percent of the vote or 1,474,962 votes. At a victory party rally at Atlanta’s Grand Hyatt hotel Tuesday night, Loeffler and Perdue had yet to address the crowd. Georgia GOP Chair David Shafer, though, told members of the...
    AUGUSTA, Georgia — Georgia Republican Party chairman David Shafer said Thursday during Vice President Mike Pence’s rally for the upcoming Senate runoff election that the state party is “trusting no one” as it prepares for Georgia’s voting process to begin. Shafer told the rally crowd of several hundred Thursday afternoon that Georgians must vote for Republican Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler regardless of accusations that voter fraud occurred in the November 3 general election. “The fight for election integrity and the fight for David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler go hand in hand,” Shafer said. Shafer was adamant that the state party is preparing accordingly to avoid questions of election integrity in the runoff election, taking place January 5, and confirmed his organization has recruited 4,000 poll watchers for the race. “I want to promise you that we are trusting no one and taking nothing for granted,” Shafer said. “We...
    Paterson Public Schools will be holding classes virtually until March. Superintendent Shafer made the recommendation to the Board of Education based on "science and data," district officials said. “As I have said before about the decision to reopen school buildings, data will be our guide and safety will be our priority,” Shafer said. “Nearly ten months after COVID-19 first emerged in New Jersey, community spread of new infections has reached an all-time high.” Almost thirty New Jersey school districts will be remote learning until after the New Year.  Of the 70 school-related outbreaks, five were in Clifton, Wayne, Little Falls, Haledon, and Pompton Lakes, Paterson officials said. The district will assess local pandemic conditions Feb. 15, 2021 to determine whether it is safe to reopen the buildings for in-person instruction.
              Georgia’s incoming U.S. Congress members sent a letter asking Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to re-verify the absentee ballot signatures. Representative Buddy Carter (R-GA-01) tweeted the letter, calling on Raffensperger to do more to secure elections. “More must be done to reassure Georgians our election was conducted fairly, accurately, & transparently,” Carter said. “Today the incoming House GOP delegation asked @GaSecofState to re-verify the signatures & publish county-by-county counts of absentee envelopes vs ballots cast #gapol[.]” More must be done to reassure Georgians our election was conducted fairly, accurately, & transparently. Today the incoming House GOP delegation asked @GaSecofState to re-verify signatures & publish county-by-county counts of absentee envelopes vs ballots cast #gapol pic.twitter.com/LnpJUttve9 — Buddy Carter (@Buddy_Carter) December 2, 2020 However, Raffensperger hasn’t indicated that he will undertake an audit to re-verify signatures. Raffensperger hasn’t issued Twitter posts since November 14,...
              Members of the State Executive Committee of the Georgia Republican Party have asked Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to order an immediate audit of the absentee ballots cast in the 2020 general election. This audit, members of the Georgia GOP said in an open letter, must verify that signatures match. Georgia Republican Party Chair David Shafer told The Georgia Star News by text Monday that Raffensperger had acknowledged receiving the state GOP’s letter, but Shafer said nothing further. Members of Raffensperger’s office did not respond to a request for comment Monday. “As you are aware, we urged you during the general election to issue a bulletin authorizing our monitors to observe the absentee ballot verification process. This bulletin was regrettably not issued and we have grave concerns as to whether or not proper verification took place,” the Georgia Republican Party told Raffensperger....
    (CNN)The Georgia recount for the presidential election, which was scheduled to end yesterday, is expected to confirm Joe Biden's win and find no widespread fraud. But that likely won't be enough to stop President Donald Trump from spreading disinformation about the results.Throughout the recount, Trump has continued to tweet out falsehoods around Georgia ballots and his campaign has followed suit. On Wednesday, the Chairman of the Georgia Republican Party David Shafer tweeted that someone monitoring the recount found a "9,626 vote error in the DeKalb County hand count," giving Biden 10,707 votes instead of the correct number of 1,081 votes." He also claimed the "error" could have given Biden's numbers a significant boost in the closely-contested state had it not been caught.The Trump campaign retweeted the post, feeding Trump's narrative that the recount is a "joke" and rife with fraud. Within hours, Twitter added a label to Shafer's tweet saying,...
              ATLANTA, Georgia – Georgia Republican Party Chair and former state senator David Shafer said Wednesday that election officials unlawfully counted thousands of ballots outside the presence of designated observers. Shafer also said thousands of ballots vanished. And no one counted them. Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R) has launched two separate investigations — and Georgia Republicans are urging him to launch a third, Shafer said. “The margin [for the election results] is narrowing with each discovery of errors, but the issue here is larger than the outcome of the presidential race,” Shafer told The Georgia Star News Wednesday. “We need a system that counts every lawful vote and rejects every unlawful vote and gives people confidence that the winners of the election are the ones who take office.” Shafer tweeted Wednesday that one monitor discovered a 9,626 vote error in the DeKalb...
    A monitor has reportedly discovered a 9,626-vote error in Georgia’s DeKalb County’s hand recount, according to Georgia Republican Party chairman David Shafer. “One of our monitors discovered a 9,626 vote error in the DeKalb County hand count. One batch was labeled 10,707 for Biden and 13 for Trump – an improbable margin even by DeKalb standards,” Shafer said. “The actual count for the batch was 1,081 for Biden and 13 for Trump.” According to Shafer, the error, if not discovered, would have essentially given Biden enough votes to “cancel out Trump’s gains from Fayette, Floyd and Walton.” “We were limited to 1 monitor for every 10 counting tables and we were kept some distance from the tables. There is no telling what we missed under these unreasonable restrictions. The miscounted batch had been be signed off by two official counters,” Shafer continued in the Wednesday update. The Georgia GOP chairman added that...
              Georgia Republican Party Chairman David Shafer is reporting Democratic activists that invite temporary voters for the general runoff election. The chairman appeared on The John Fredericks Radio Show to discuss his role in current investigations concerning election integrity. “Well, we are following up on Facebook posts [inviting individuals to establish temporary residency] and we’re reporting them to the appropriate authorities.” Unlike some Republican legislators, Shafer asserted that holding a special legislative session to modify minimum residency requirements wouldn’t be the better option for election integrity. “I don’t know that a change in law is required so much as that enforcement is required.” Shafer also shared the story behind his viral tweets reporting voting irregularities. “The tabulation center announced they were closing at 10:30 [pm] and would resume counting at 8:30 [pm]. They packed up all their machines. At midnight, we saw a news broadcast...
    David Shafer, the chairman of the Georgia Republican Party, took to Twitter Monday to claim election officials in Fulton Country tried to pulled a fast one on election night. Shafer said county election officials told “the media and our observers that they were  shutting down the tabulation center at State Farm Arena at 10:30 p.m. on election night only to continue counting ballots in secret until 1:00 a.m.” He continued, “No one disputes that Fulton County elections officials falsely announced that the counting of ballots would stop at 10:30 p.m. No one disputes that Fulton County elected officials unlawfully resumed the counting of ballots after our observers left the center.” The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported on Monday election officials in the state have not found any evidence of wrongdoing. The paper’s report said there have been cases of “minor issues” caused by human error.  Richard Barron,  the head of the Fulton County Elections, told the...
    San Antonio – A day after former Vice President Joe Biden was announced as the next President-elect of the United States, supporters of President Donald Trump expressed their doubts during a “Trump Train” event at the Cowboys Dancehall. Jayson Martinez, one of the participants, said he is a proud, Hispanic Republican. He said he’s been researching President Trump since he first ran for president. “I think of myself as a very smart individual,” Martinez said. “I have been studying him for at least four years, if not, more. It is amazing to me that he beat out all of these lawyers and everyone, including Hillary Clinton. Ever since then, he’s been dominating.” He said he’s concerned about how he thinks the left side of the isle would run the country. “I am a realist,” Martinez said. “The world is twisted right now. I don’t think Democrats are for the people....
    David Shafer, chairman of the Georgia GOP, said on Wednesday that Georgia’s Fulton County instructed observers to leave and “continued to count ballots in secret” despite claiming that they were “closing up” for the night. “At the @GaRepublicans State Headquarters monitoring reports from county tabulation centers. Problems with Republican and other public observers being allowed to view tabulation and canvass,” Shafer said on Wednesday. “Fulton County told our observers last night to go home because they were closing up and then continued to count ballots in secret,” he added in a follow-up tweet: Fulton County told our observers last night to go home because they were closing up and then continued to count ballots in secret. — David Shafer (@DavidShafer) November 4, 2020 The Atlanta County made headlines late Tuesday evening following reports of a burst water pipe at a ballot processing site, delaying absentee ballot counts. Georgia Secretary of...
    Georgia Republican Party Chairman David Shafer today announced the filing of a lawsuit against the Chatham County Board of Elections to enforce Georgia election laws, secure lawful absentee ballots and prevent the unlawful counting of ballots received after the election. Shafer tweeted earlier this afternoon that Republican observers in Chatham County had “watched an unidentified woman mix over 50 ballots into a stack of uncounted absentee ballots.” “An unlawfully counted vote suppresses a lawful voter as thoroughly as if that voter was physically barred from voting at the polling place,” Shafer said. New Georgia Project unsuccessfully sued to allow election officials in seventeen counties to violate state law and count ballots received after the election. The Georgia Republican Party filed an amicus brief opposing the suit. A copy of the complaint is below. Shafer said the Party planned to file...
    PATERSON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — The new normal of virtual learning has unexpectedly included obscenities and even pornography for some students in New Jersey. Nearly half of Paterson‘s schools have spotted intruders in their virtual classrooms. Paterson’s school district took months to prepare for remote-only learning, and just days into the new year, there were problems. “There was some cursing that went on, some verbal threats and some pornography,” Paterson Public Schools Superintendent Eileen Shafer said. Shafer says kids were sharing links to their Google classrooms with students who didn’t belong in those classes. COMPLETE COVERAGE: Schools: The New Normal Chris Lewis is the head of technology in the district. “As of right now, working with Google to get their moderator controls to prevent students that are not in the classroom would be the first thing that we need to do with Google,” Lewis said. Not only is the school...
    PATERSON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – The Paterson school board voted late Wednesday night to change the school district’s hybrid learning plan. It will now be completely virtual until at least October. The superintendent said thousands of students may have to start the year without a laptop, CBS2’s Hazel Sanchez reported. Yolanda Harris, a mother, was not happy when she found out her four children will start the school year learning entirely from home. “It’s gonna be hard because they need that interaction with the school,” she said. RELATED STORY: Mayor de Blasio Pledges A Nurse In Every School, But UFT President Says He’ll Fight Reopening If Stringent Safety Isn’t Met It will be especially hard for Harris’s nine and eight-year-old sons, not to mention thousands of other public school students. There are concerns they may not be getting the Chromebook the schools ordered for them until weeks after the school year...
    President Donald Trump doesn’t like being challenged by any media figures, even if they are conservative white males like Fox News’ Chris Wallace or The Bulwark’s Bill Kristol. But female reporters, in particular, seem to rattle Trump, as journalist Jack Shafer argues in an op-ed published in Politico this week. Shafer describes a pattern, explaining, “It starts with a reporter, usually a female reporter, asking President Donald Trump hard, tenacious questions at a news conference. Trump’s jaw seizes up, rattled and dumbfounded by the questions that he can’t or won’t answer. He abruptly ends the presser by saying, ‘Thank you very much’ and stalking out of the room.” Shafer cites some specific examples and notes that Trump abruptly ended press conferences after being asked tough questions by Paula Reid or Weijia Jiang of CBS News or Kaitlan Collins of CNN. And Shafer also notes how Trump reacted when Playboy’s Brian...
    DEERFIELD BEACH (CBSMiami) – It seems things are slowly starting to get a little bit better on Deerfield Beach. Still, surfers are taking advantage of the big waves caused by Tropical Storm Isaias, which continues to track along the east coast of Florida. On Saturday night, families hit the sands to take in the weather event. “Got all the hurricane shutters up just in case,” said Stu Barranco. They were prepared for whatever impact the storm may have in their neighborhood. One couple CBS4’s Brooke Shafer spoke with said they were ready. Before heading inside for the night, they too stopped on the sand to see the waves. “Definitely cooler than normal and we have to respect Mother Nature,” said Kristin McCabe. Others walked along the boardwalk, many of whom followed guidelines by wearing a facial covering. Nearby, restaurants kept their doors open. Diners took advantage, especially since there was...
    PATERSON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A big announcement was made Thursday for students in New Jersey who don’t have the equipment needed for virtual learning. Gov. Phil Murphy unveiled a new plan to close the digital divide. When the coronavirus pandemic shut down schools, some students had the computers and internet connection they needed for virtual learning, but many did not. “The Department of Education estimates roughly 230,000 of our students were put at a disadvantage in comparison to their peers because of a lack of technology or a reliable internet connectivity,” Murphy said. CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC Resources, Hotlines, Unemployment & Covering Bills Remote Learning Tools For Parents Teaching At Home Ask Dr. Max Your Health Questions How Make Your Own DIY Face Mask How To Safely Remove Disposable Gloves Tips For Parents To Help Kids Cope Chopper 2 Over Empty NYC Streets, Landmarks Complete Coronavirus Coverage Many schools ended...
    SAN ANTONIO – SA Youth, a nonprofit dedicated to serving San Antonio’s high-risk youth and young adults, said they received A/C units donated from Shafer Services. The San Antonio non-profit provides supplies, meals and education opportunities to high-risk youth and young adults in the city. Shafer Services, a San Antonio based air-conditioning and plumbing company, started a new philanthropic program that donates A/C units and provides plumbing services to underprivileged groups. When team members at Shafer Services heard about SA Youth staff working in 90-degree temperatures, they decided to step up and help. SA Youth team members say they plan to reinvest the money they would have spent on new units back into their programs. SA Youth Chief Operations Officer Kim Hinze said programming efforts will benefit from the shift in funds. “The things that we’re going to be able to do is more care packages more education things being...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Chisago County Sheriff’s office says a 47-year-old man was arrested after assaulting two people inside of a convenience store in Shafer Monday morning. Deputies were notified just before 10 a.m. that a “white man with a beard and a ponytail was assaulting the clerk inside of the store as well as the person who called in about the incident.” Witnesses said after the suspect left the store, he fired a handgun and had smashed a windshield with the handgun. As a patron was calling 911, the store clerk had pressed a hold-up alarm and deputies responded to the area. Upon arrival, deputies discovered that the suspect had fled the scene. Witnesses relayed the suspect’s license plate to authorities, which registered to a local man from Shafer. Deputies soon encountered the suspect near his residence on Quinlan Lane, with the suspect accelerating and ramming into an occupied...
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