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Judge Tanya Chutkan's Ruling Against Donald Trump: Full Transcript
The U.S. district judge wrote in her ruling against Trump that "Presidents are not kings, and Plaintiff is not President."Trump had sued Representative Bennie Thompson in his capacity as chair of the committee in order to prevent the committee from accessing documents in the National Archives.
Election Day was Nov. 2, but if you lived in Bucks County, Pa., and you thought you would know the winners by the end of the week, you were in for a disappointment.the county was still trying to figure out which ballots to count and who won. Not surprisingly, some people sending mail-in ballots were unable to follow simple instructions. Also not surprisingly, the election board was still debating what to count - even in the case of unsigned ballots, which are clearly illegal under Pennsylvania law (eventually, these ballots were ).
But Bucks County is not the only place where delays and debates occur. Election workers not following, machines , and voting in the are just some of the various mistakes that occur regularly. Individually, each problem is minor and not likely to result in a change, but the collective weight of mistakes and regularity of occurrence are grating, to say the least.
Officials outline a looming election funding crisis and hope Democrats will pay for critical upgrades in their high-stakes budget package
Election funding conditional on states passing specific policies "is a possibility" for Democrats' ambitious budget bill, a key senator told Insider.Senate Democrats want to pass a budget packed with liberal priorities through reconciliation, which will allow them to do so with just a simple 51-vote majority instead of the usual 60 votes required to surpass the filibuster.
Worse, tracking who is and who is not eligible to vote is far from assured. When a person dies, their county election department is one of the places that is supposed to get a copy of the death certificate - at which point they are removed from the rolls. How efficiently do you think that's working? Not very well in Michigan, where up toare still on the voter rolls.
The same problem exists for changes of address, where your "new" county election department is tasked to inform the county of your previous residence that you have moved, which takes your name off the rolls. That process is not going too well either, withregistered in more than one jurisdiction - and virtually unchanged since 2014, so the problem is not getting better.
Cleta Mitchell: How a lawyer who aided Trump's 2020 subversion efforts was named to a federal election advisory board
A conservative lawyer who helped Donald Trump try to overturn the 2020 election was named to a federal election advisory board this month, a move that illustrates how the former President still casts a long shadow over the federal government even after leaving office. © Anna Moneymaker/Pool/Sipa President Donald Trump listens as Cleta Mitchell, attorney and former member of Oklahoma's House of Representatives, speaks at a signing ceremony for a proclamation honoring the 100th Anniversary of the Ratification of the 19th Amendment in the Blue Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on August 18, 2020.
None of this proves fraud or vindicates Donald Trump's allegations of a stolen election.
If anything, the fact that Trump and his legal team could not find a single vote to overturn in the midst of all these voting roll problems makes his crew so incompetent they don't even qualify to serve as "."
But it does show that the opportunity exists - and where there is both opportunity and motive, somebody, somewhere will take advantage.
The problem is not in high-profile, well-funded races, where a combination of media and partisan scrutiny pairs with the resources for poll watchers and lawyers. No, the problem is in low-profile local races where candidates don't have the resources for lawyers and investigators.
What's the motive? Not only do local governments have their own patronage, contracts, public authorities and finance, but they make land use and permitting decisions that are worth millions. Consider a municipality in an "off-year" with low turnout, but dozens or even hundreds of non-existent voters on the rolls. With no media coverage, limited partisan interest and low funds, it would be quite tempting for an unscrupulous land developer to "nudge" the vote in one direction - and who would know? Or care to investigate?
Why the Arizona Election-Audit Circus Just Won’t End
A guide to how votes from Maricopa County were subjected to a sloppy recount, why it’s still dragging on, and what its proponents are really after.But Trump and his allies in Arizona have not been dissuaded by such independent findings, or their own failure to turn up any convincing evidence that Joe Biden only won the state through nefarious means. Since April, private parties answering to a faction of Republicans in the state Senate have been conducting an “audit” of Maricopa County’s 2020 election results.
We know that elections have been stolen or been subject to fraud:, and ; Robert Caro essentially proves Lyndon Johnson stole his and may have stolen Texas for President Kennedy in . But the scattering of proven stolen elections likely hides many more. After all, why register , if you don't intend to use them at some point?
Election fraud has three possible outcomes: 1) You steal enough votes to win, 2) You steal votes, but not enough to win, and 3) You steal votes, but you would have won anyway. In the latter two cases, the election fraud does not change who won. If a candidate wins in a landslide, there is little impetus to investigate. The same holds for a candidate who wins despite an attempt to steal the election. Why don't we hear much about election fraud? Simply because examples #2 and #3 are not investigated. Should criminals be let off the hook just because they are bad at their chosen profession?
Voter fraud and election security is proving to be a potent issue beyond just Republican voters. Lost in all the handwringing over Trump's sore-loser whining and the media hyperventilating over GOP voters' acquiescence is that independents are also listening. According to, 39 percent of independents think President Biden was not legitimately elected - even 5 percent of Democrats agree.
Washington Nationals sued by ex-employees over vaccine firing
The Washington Nationals are being sued by two former employees who were fired for refusing to comply with the team’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate. Lawrence (Larry) Pardo and Brad Holman were pitching coaches in the Nats’ organization. The two refused to get the COVID-19 vaccine for religious reasons and were fired by the Nats as a result. The team instituted a mandate on Aug. 12 that went into effect on Sept. 10, leading to the firing of both men.Now the two have filed a lawsuit against the club, TMZ Sports reports.
When it comes to being a sore loser, Trump has company among Republican and Democratic voters. Onlyof voters think the correct person won each of the last two Presidential elections, according to Rassmussen, with 52 percent of Democrats not thinking Trump legitimately won in 2016 (20 percent of independents) and 66 percent of Republicans thinking likewise about Biden (25 percent Independents). YouGov puts the number of Republicans who think Trump beat Biden at 76 percent. And plenty of Republicans remember Terry McAuliffe the results of the 2000 presidential election.
Put together, GOP demands for better election accountability, post-election audits, voter ID and general transparency will prove to be powerful issues going forward. There is surprising public agreement on a series of election integrity questions.
According to, 76 percent of voters support requiring a photo ID to vote (61 percent of Democrats, 93 percent of Republicans), 82 percent want a paper backup to electronic voting, and 78 percent support early in-person voting (63 percent of Republicans, 91 percent of Democrats).
Removing people from the voter rolls is less popular ("purging the rolls"), with just 46 percent support. But that is when the question asks about removing people who have not "recently" voted. In the past, a voter purge was for those who have not voted in 4-5 years (an automatic purge would remove dead people and duplicate voters). I think it is quite likely if the question included a 5-year time frame, it would garner significant support. Regardless, Republican support for the purge has gone up in three years from 53 percent to 68 percent, and even Democratic support has edged up from 23 percent to 27 percent.
Voting should not be a medieval gauntlet, but it should have appropriate safeguards. Deciding who should run our various governments is a critical act with far-reaching consequences. The priority should be to educate the public and ensure the integrity of the process, not to make it as easy as ordering a pizza.
Keith Naughton, Ph.D., is co-founder of Silent Majority Strategies, a public and regulatory affairs consulting firm. Naughton is a former Pennsylvania political campaign consultant. Follow him on Twitter.
GOP targets Wisconsin elections system, nonpartisan director .
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republicans are working to discredit the bipartisan system they created to run elections in the state after President Joe Biden narrowly won last year's presidential race, making the political battleground the latest front in the national push by the GOP to exert more control over elections. Wednesday will bring a flurry of election-related developments in the state, with both the Wisconsin Elections Commission and a partisan legislative panel dissecting the 2020 presidential election.