Trump urges Georgia governor to 'call off election' as GOP frets about Senate runoffs
President Donald Trump demanded Tuesday that Georgia “call off” its upcoming runoff elections over his claims of fraud, giving Republicans a new headache in their fight to keep control of the U.S. Senate.Repeating his attacks about mail-in voting, Trump angrily urged Republican Gov. Brian Kemp to “do something” about absentee votes that are expected to be cast predominantly by Democrats in the pair of make-or-break Senate contests.“You allowed your state to be scammed,” Trump warned Kemp on Twitter, presumably referring to the presidential election.“Call off election. It won’t be needed. We wi...
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 ...
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
Cuban police quell protest and detain young artists and academics on hunger strike
MIAMI — While Americans were celebrating Thanksgiving on Thursday night, in Havana Cuban police forcefully ended a hunger strike by young artists, academics, journalists and activists protesting government repression.The protesters are members of the Movimiento San Isidro, a loose collective advocating for freedom of expression on the communist island. Several of them, including artist Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara, started a hunger strike last week to protest the imprisonment of rapper Daniel Solis, who was accused of contempt and sentenced to eight months.On Thursday night, police and what app...
Trump's runoff rally forces question: How much will he help Loeffler and Perdue?
ATLANTA — President Donald Trump’s decision to visit Georgia next week was celebrated as a “Thanksgiving miracle” by the Republican U.S. Senate runoff candidates. But his trip will test how they balance his unsubstantiated claims of widespread voter fraud with their all-out efforts to drive up turnout.Even as U.S. Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue push supporters to return to the polls, Trump has continued to falsely insist that the elections are “rigged,” stoking worries from Republicans that the conflicting messages will discourage voter participation. A new federal lawsuit filed by Trum...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Trudy Rubin: New Biden foreign policy will put Americans first alongside democratic allies
Does anyone recall the old Alka-Seltzer commercial that sang: “Plop, plop, fizz, fizz, Oh what a relief it is?”That song ricocheted ’round my head as the Trump administration finally greenlit a transition period to the Biden presidency. And as President-elect Joe Biden unveiled his national security team, including longtime foreign policy aides Antony Blinken as future secretary of state and Jake Sullivan for national security adviser, along with former Secretary of State John Kerry as cabinet-level climate czar.Yes, Senate Republicans like Marco Rubio, R-Fla., finally freed to start campaigni...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
South Carolina's Jaime Harrison throwing new PAC weight behind Democrats. First stop: Georgia
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Proving he can raise money beyond his own run, South Carolina’s Jaime Harrison is launching a new political action committee that will raise funds for Democratic efforts following his Senate campaign that raised more than $130 million.The first spending phase of Harrison’s the Dirt Road PAC will start in Georgia, a state that went blue this year by voting for Democratic President-elect Joe Biden and where two U.S. Senate races could give Democrats control in both Capitol chambers.Harrison named his group the Dirt Road PAC after a story he told while on the campaign trail where...
The State (Columbia, S.C.)
Commentary: Rudy's bitter end: A former friend and staffer tracks the mayor's sad decline
I don’t care about Rudy Giuliani’s amateur-hour press conference outside Four Seasons Total Landscaping or his need for a cut man at last Thursday’s presser to stanch the flow of hair dye down his cheeks. I don’t care that he tucked in his shirt while lying on a hotel bed with a woman in the room young enough to be his granddaughter. (Okay, I do care about that.)I don’t even care all that much that he was rusty in court after not litigating a case in 30 years. And neither should you.I care that Rudy’s meritless, baseless legal arguments allege widespread, nationwide election fraud without proo...
New York Daily News
Loren Culp, refusing to concede Washington gubernatorial race, turns on top Republicans
SEATTLE — Loren Culp lost Washington’s gubernatorial race by more than 545,000 votes, but he’s not conceding — and says he’s not going away.Culp, the Republican who took 43% of the statewide vote against Gov. Jay Inslee, has taken a page from President Donald Trump’s playbook by attempting to sow doubts about the election results and lobbing unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud.In recent days, he and his campaign manager, Chris Gergen, also have turned their anger on top Washington Republicans, including Secretary of State Kim Wyman and state House Minority Leader J.T. Wilcox.The post-electio...
The Seattle Times
Michigan, national GOP seek to delay certification of election results
DETROIT — The state and national Republican parties have asked the Board of State Canvassers to delay certification of the state’s election results in a bid to investigate “anomalies and irregularities” alleged to have occurred in Michigan’s Nov. 3 election.Michigan Republican Party Chairwoman Laura Cox and Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel asked the state to conduct a “full, transparent audit” before certification, noting other states like Georgia “have taken discretionary steps” in determining their results.The Board of State Canvassers is scheduled to meet Monday to co...
The Detroit News