Trump says canvassers in Wayne County, Michigan, were 'harassed violently'
DETROIT — President Donald Trump continued to make inaccurate statements Wednesday about the election process in Michigan’s largest county and said the Republican canvassers who agreed to certify Wayne County’s results had been “harassed violently.”The president, who lost Michigan by 154,000 votes on Nov. 3, made the comments while calling into a hearing in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, held by GOP state lawmakers there.Trump referenced the two Republican members of the Wayne County Board of Canvassers, who initially blocked certifying the county’s results on Nov. 17 before voting to validate them...
The Detroit News
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Biden-Harris ticket surpasses 80 million votesThe 2020 Democratic president ticket made history for several reasons and now can claim the most number of votes in a presidential election.President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris have 80,033,996 votes with as many as millions more still to tally, according to a running count by the nonpartisan Cook Report.That’s a lead of more than 6 million over Trump, who now has 73,878,907 votes.The batch of votes that put Biden and Harris over the historic benchmark in the Cook Report were absentee ballots from Erie County in Buffalo, ...
Tribune News Service
Biden-Harris ticket surpasses 80 million votes
The 2020 Democratic president ticket made history for several reasons and now can claim the most number of votes in a presidential election.President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris have 80,033,996 votes with as many as millions more still to tally, according to a running count by the nonpartisan Cook Report.That’s a lead of more than 6 million over Trump, who now has 73,878,907 votes.The batch of votes that put Biden and Harris over the historic benchmark in the Cook Report were absentee ballots from Erie County in Buffalo, New York.The official count from The Associate...
New York Daily News
Pennsylvania just certified its presidential election results, officially declaring Joe Biden the winner
PHILADELPHIA — Pennsylvania’s top elections official certified the state’s presidential election results on Tuesday, officially declaring Joe Biden the winner and paving the way for him to receive the state’s 20 Electoral College votes next month.Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar made the final vote counts official, three weeks after the Nov. 3 election: Biden received 3,458,229 votes, 80,555 more than President Donald Trump’s 3,377,674 votes.Gov. Tom Wolf then signed the Certificate of Ascertainment to name the 20 Biden electors who will meet in Harrisburg on Dec. 14.“Today’s cer...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
David Dinkins, New York City's first black mayor, dies at 93
NEW YORK — David Dinkins, whose historic 1989 victory as New York City’s first and only black mayor was quickly eclipsed by rising crime and racial turmoil that doomed his re-election, died Monday at his home, police said. He was 93.His death comes a little more than a month after his wife, Joyce, passed away on Oct. 11.Dinkins, in his two decades after leaving City Hall, kept a busy schedule but a relatively low profile — teaching at Columbia University, doing charity work and making occasional appearances.His autobiography “A Mayor’s Life: Governing New York’s Gorgeous Mosaic” was published ...
New York Daily News
'It's about democracy': Law school deans weigh in on attacks on election results
As many as half of America’s law school deans are expected to sign a letter saying continued legal attacks on this month’s election amount to what one called “frivolous attacks on our democracy.”The letter comes after a parade of unsuccessful lawsuits from President Donald Trump’s legal team challenging the results of the Nov. 3 election. On Monday Michigan certified its election results, dismissing Trump’s complaints about the fairness of the vote and allowing Democrat Joe Biden to claim the state’s 16 electoral votes.“The thrust of it is that the election was conducted completely fairly and ...
The Charlotte Observer
Public transit, battered by pandemic, triumphs at ballot box
Far fewer people are riding buses and trains during the COVID-19 pandemic, but in this month’s election voters still approved more than a dozen proposals to increase spending on public transit.From California to Virginia, voters supported sales or property tax hikes and bond issues to pay for maintenance, improvements or expansion of mass transit systems that have been hit hard in the last nine months.“Transit ridership is down in most cities. At the same time, it’s still moving millions of people a day, and a lot of those people are essential workforce — nurses, grocery store workers, people ...
Sidney Powell's road from UNC to defending Trump's supposed 'landslide' reelection
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Growing up in the Triangle, Sidney Powell never missed an episode of Perry Mason. Now she’s starring in her own prime-time legal drama.On Thursday Powell stood alongside former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani as they argued for 90 minutes that President Donald Trump had won the election in “a landslide,” only to have the results marred by fraud.“(W)e are going to reclaim the United States of America for the people who vote for freedom,” said Powell, part of what Giuliani calls Trump’s “elite strike force team.”Hours later she was ripped by conservative Fox News host Tucker Carls...
The Charlotte Observer
Election disinformation fears came true for state officials
The disinformation scenario that local election officials feared months ago has come true: President Donald Trump’s false claims of voter fraud have been picked up by many state and local Republican officials across the country, and polls now show that more than two-thirds of GOP voters believe the 2020 election was neither free nor fair.Ten state attorneys general signed an amicus brief two weeks ago supporting the president’s unsuccessful bid to block an extension for mail-in ballots in Pennsylvania. And state lawmakers from South Carolina wrote a letter in support of court challenges that h...
'Willy-nilly' spending: Critics slam plan to use taxpayer money to back Black Lives Matter and charities
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Broward County commissioners again are taking the controversial step of giving away taxpayer money to charities and social movements — with this year’s list of beneficiaries including Black Lives Matter and New Florida Majority, two groups that prodded voters to the polls in the presidential election.The commissioners’ spending — sometimes derisively called “slush fund” spending — has long drawn scrutiny. But the practice still has carried on during the past five years. This year’s spending, totaling more than $144,000, comes as some commissioners themselves have questi...