Rex Huppke: Trump and his ‘rigged election’ liars are going to get someone killed
President Donald Trump and his bad-at-everything, bewilderingly bonkers bandwagon of “rigged election!” liars are going to get somebody killed, quite possibly a Republican.Don’t take my word for it. Listen to Gabriel Sterling, a respected Georgia election official who also happens to be a lifelong Republican.At a Tuesday news conference, Sterling directly and angrily addressed Trump and his baseless claims of election fraud and said: “Mr. President, it looks like you likely lost the state of Georgia. ... Stop inspiring people to commit potential acts of violence. Someone’s going to get hurt, s...
Commentary: Facebook's 'ad' ban hurts political mags
Shortly before this year’s presidential election, Facebook — chastened by public opinion and congressional hearings — announced that it would cease all political ads in order to slow the flood of misinformation and disinformation that abounded on its platform. That made sense, given the power the social media website had over public opinion.But, more ominously, the platform with more than 2.7 billion active monthly users also announced that, beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Nov. 4, the day after the election, it would ban all ads “about social issues, elections and politics in the U.S.” for an indef...
Tribune News Service
Georgia election official: Trump, US senators complicit in potential violence
ATLANTA — A top Georgia election official Tuesday said President Donald Trump and the state’s two U.S. senators are complicit in threats against election workers and urged them to speak out against the behavior of some of the president’s most irate supporters.Gabriel Sterling, Georgia’s voting system manager, cited threats against a voting systems company technician in Gwinnett County, as well as threats against himself and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. He also cited comments by a lawyer for Trump’s reelection campaign who suggested a cybersecurity official be “shot” for disputing the...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Runoff Tuesday determines who will fill final month of Rep. John Lewis' term
ATLANTA — The two men competing to fill the remainder of John Lewis’ congressional term already faced the prospect of a low-turnout runoff where the winner will serve for just one month.But it’s gotten even harder for Kwanza Hall, a former Atlanta city councilman, and Robert Franklin, president emeritus of Morehouse College, to get through to voters ahead of Tuesday’s election.The Jan. 5 U.S. Senate runoffs that will determine the balance of power in Washington have siphoned resources and attention. Social media companies are enforcing a moratorium on political ads, taking away an inexpensive ...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Congress seeks to avert a government shutdown as Trump seethes
Congress returned Monday from its Thanksgiving break hoping to avoid a government shutdown looming at the end of next week — with President Donald Trump being a potential wild card.Hopes for a new coronavirus stimulus package are slim as lawmakers focus on the more limited goal of keeping the government open into next year with a must-pass $1.4 trillion spending measure.Even that could prove tricky because of the outgoing man in the White House.Trump may seek to use the talks as a way to flex his political muscle and show he remains relevant despite losing the election to President-elect Joe B...
New York Daily News
Deepening statehouse divisions foretell big policy fights
In swing states especially, blue counties got bluer and red counties got redder in the November elections, widening ideological divides as Democrats and Republicans dug in and became less likely to compromise on pressing issues in the 2021 legislative sessions, including dealing with COVID-19 and budget deficits.The ideological divides foreshadow the rancorous redistricting process that will set political boundaries for the next decade, particularly in states where the governor is of one party and the legislature the other.This deepening partisanship could affect a range of policy initiatives ...
Editorial: Evidence of fraud in a Florida election. Where's the outrage?
The walls of the Florida Capitol in Tallahassee are lined with nuanced portraits of leaders who left a lasting legacy. Jeb Bush, the “e-governor,” is depicted with his BlackBerry alongside. And Dempsey Barron, the Panhandle rancher who dominated the Senate for two decades, is shown on his horse.Considering how secret money and shady candidates continue to corrupt our politics, the Capitol should also find wall space for Alex Rodriguez, a 55-year-old South Florida mechanic who ran for the Florida Senate in November and lost.Alex who? That’s the point. Until now, no one knew this unknown candida...
Trump on Georgia Gov. Kemp: 'I'm ashamed that I endorsed him'
ATLANTA — Mounting political strain between Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and Donald Trump reached a new phase on Sunday when the president said he was “ashamed” that he endorsed the fellow Republican in a tight race for governor in 2018.Trump’s remarks came during a Fox News interview on his false claims of rampant voter fraud in Georgia, which Joe Biden captured by less than 13,000 votes. Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger certified the vote on Nov. 20, refuting Trump’s claims, and hours later Kemp signed his approval.“The governor has done nothing,” Trump said. “He’s done absolutely nothing. I...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Pennsylvania Supreme Court tosses GOP congressman's suit seeking to throw out all ballots cast by mail
PHILADELPHIA — The final remaining legal challenge to Pennsylvania’s election results was tossed Saturday by the state’s highest court, which balked at a request from one of President Donald Trump’s top boosters in Congress to disenfranchise 2.6 million voters by throwing out every ballot cast by mail.In a unanimous decision, the justices declared that U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Pa., had waited too long to bring his lawsuit seeking to overturn the 2019 law that created no-excuse mail voting in for the first time the state and they declared the remedy he sought too extreme.Had Kelly and the suit’s...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Western states call for massive rent relief — and political wins
SAN JOSE, Calif. — The best hope for swift pandemic aid to struggling California tenants and landlords might come from Georgia.State lawmakers from California and three other Western states this week are urging their congressional delegations to step up with $100 billion for rent relief — an achievable goal, they believe, if Democrats win two seats in U.S. Senate elections in Georgia, seize control of the upper chamber, and push a significant stimulus bill through Congress.Assemblymember David Chiu, D-San Francisco, chair of the housing and community development committee, said the federal aid...
The Mercury News