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9/27/2021   $6 Million Arizona audit finds more Biden votes.

9/26/2021   Straw poll: Trump influence among Michigan Republicans might be waning, by Beth LeBlanc and Craig Mauger, The Detroit News

About 60% of the attendees at the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference on Mackinac Island who participated in the survey said they would vote for a Republican even if the candidate didn't agree with Trump's assertion that the 2020 election was stolen. 

8/14/2021   How did Jeffrey Rosen manage to find himself in the unlikely position of acting Attorney General? by Doug Marlos, Quora

At some point we have to face the fact that Bill Barr was between a rock and a hard place and made a decision that will reverberate down through history.


Stephen Miller, Trump’s political advisor and Goebbels wannabe, had his coffin brought up from the WH basement and applied 10K sunblock long enough to hatch a plan.


He would establish an alternate slate of electors, all “certified” outside each Capitol building of every BG state on Dec. 14th. These electors, not duly recognized by the Sect. of state nor signed off by the governor, would all be for Trump.


How could this possibly work…? The electors for Biden were accepted and certified by law. How can an alternate slate exist…?


Miller had the answer. The Trump administration would prove fraud and the electors would be accepted. The “certification’ of this alternate slate was simply procedure to prevent a conflict of the Constitution.


With me so far…? Seems to be something missing here though, right…?


Could it be overwhelming proof of massive fraud that shows conclusively that Biden didn’t win…? How would they manage this when they had failed to produce anything but minor fraud…? The Kraken, Trumpers last hope, had sunk, leaving little but a ripple in the water and some fart bubbles.


What was the key…?


Georgia. To be exact, the Georgia legislature. Trump had solicited their help and in his call with then AG Rosen of the DoJ, he said as much.

“Ga. legislature is on our side.”


With the pieces in place, all Trump needed was the DoJ to capitulate. To reverse Barr’s pronouncement that no fraud had been found. It is my contention that was a simply a hurdle of integrity too high, even for Barr. So he retired. Suddenly. With little fanfare, many questions, and a love letter of sorts to Trump.


A month before Trump was to be removed from office.


But Barr recommended Jeff Rosen as the new AG and released this pile of sedition into his lap before sailing into the Christmas sunset. That decision may have saved America.


Because when faced with seditious conspiracy to overthrow democracy, Rosen held. One of his prosecutors though, Jeff Clark, saw things differently. He saw power and future recognition as the new AG under Trump should he retain office and drafted letters for each BG state.


Letters that urged the legislators to call a special session without the sanction of the governor. To defy their own state constitutions so they could accept these new uncertified electors. The DoJ itself would back their decisions.


All that was needed was Rosen and his assistant AG to sign off on these letters. Because these letters also claimed the election was rigged, without proof, and these special circumstances were all that was needed for BG states to defy their own law.


Jeff Clark had a price when Rosen refused to sign off on sedition. He would sign them himself if Rosen was immediately fired and he was installed as AG. Trump was willing but Rosen had another plan.


He contacted his top prosecutors, explained the situation and got 100 of them to commit to mass resignations should the plot become reality.


Trump was fucked at that point. Replacing the AG so soon would be a hard spin and raise questions about Clark’s new pronouncements of election fraud but a mass resignation by the bulk of top prosecutors would lead to investigations by the Senate and that nosy broad in Congress with the Italian name.


Too much light would expose the whole coup attempt and Trump would face another impeachment. So he backed down, Rosen kept his job, and the two top prosecutors kept their mouths shut because of the privilege of the conversation with the president.


That ended when Merrick Garland sent down his edict for the Select Committee. There would be no privileged communications to hide behind during testimony. And the DoJ itself would prosecute those who were in contempt.


Immediately, Rosen and Donoghue, his assistant, came forward and spilled the beans. They exposed the coup attempt and Trump’s explicit involvement. Rosen’s testimony before the Senate is simply the doors opening onto a flood of corruption and malfeasance by this country’s worst ever POTUS.


While Barr’s decision may have proven to be the final safety rail in preventing fascism in America under Trump, it showed the weakness of our system. A system based in the honor of serving, the acceptance of election results and the peaceful transfer of power.


But let’s be clear here, folks. We came THIS close to an authoritarian state.

6/27/2021   Inside William Barr’s Breakup With Trump, by Jonathan D Karl, The Atlantic

Barr looked into allegations that voting machines across the country were rigged to switch Trump votes to Biden votes. He received two briefings from cybersecurity experts at the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI. “We realized from the beginning it was just bullshit,” Barr told me, noting that even if the machines somehow changed the count, it would show up when they were recounted by hand. “It’s a counting machine, and they save everything that was counted. So you just reconcile the two. There had been no discrepancy reported anywhere, and I’m still not aware of any discrepancy.”

11/2/2020    How Trump Could Attempt a Coup, By Barton Gellman, The Atlantic

The battle for American democracy will not be fully joined until the counting starts. That’s when Trump will tell us that his predictions have come true—that the whole procedure is rife with fraud, that the tally is rigged against him, and that no one can be trusted except Trump himself to tell us who won and who lost. The vital questions are whether and how he will try to use his power to subvert the results.


He will use every means at his disposal to maintain a grip on power.  That qualifier, “at his disposal,” is important. It marks a distinction between wishes and commands that Trump can expect to be carried out. We know Trump’s intent. He is indifferent to any interest but his own and ruthless in its pursuit. What we need to know, in self-defense, is his capability. Trump stands atop a vast apparatus of government, ostensibly under his control but not entirely so in fact.


Justin Levitt, a Loyola Marymount University law professor and a former deputy assistant attorney general, said, “I fully believe that Trump and, unfortunately, Barr will seize every advantage they can because they have shown that they are willing to,” he said. “My firewall is that there’s very little that they can do themselves.” The equivalent of asking DOJ lawyers to seize ballots “based on completely visible pretext” is “asking the military to line up and shoot a crowd of peaceful civilians in the face.”

9/23/2020   THE ELECTION THAT COULD BREAK AMERICA, by Barton Gellman, The Atlantic

“Our Constitution does not secure the peaceful transition of power, but rather presupposes it,” the legal scholar Lawrence Douglas wrote in a recent book titled simply Will He Go? The Interregnum we are about to enter will be accompanied by what Douglas, who teaches at Amherst, calls a “perfect storm” of adverse conditions. We cannot turn away from that storm. On November 3 we sail toward its center mass. If we emerge without trauma, it will not be an unbreakable ship that has saved us.


Let us not hedge about one thing. Donald Trump may win or lose, but he will never concede. Not under any circumstance. Not during the Interregnum and not afterward. If compelled in the end to vacate his office, Trump will insist from exile, as long as he draws breath, that the contest was rigged. 

9/22/2020    We Live in a Potemkin Autocracy Now, by Derek Thompson, The Atlantic

The White House memo declaring New York City, Portland, and Seattle “anarchist jurisdictions” isn’t federalism; it’s half-baked feudalism.


An American president seizing the fallout of political protests to defund cities seems rather terrifying. Sources I spoke with, however, said the move reflects a kind of Potemkin autocracy, where the appearance of absolute power serves to mask a paper-thin threat.

8/17/2020   THE BUSH-GORE RECOUNT IS AN OMEN FOR 2020, By Ena Alvarado, David A. Graham, Cullen Murphy, and Amy Weiss-Meyer, The Atlantic

7/28/2020   Trump’s Effort to Provoke Violence Is Working, by David A. Graham, The Atlantic

The president sent federal agents into Portland with the apparent aim of inciting a confrontation.

7/21/2020   America Gets an Interior Ministry, By David A. Graham

President Trump is cobbling together something the United States has never had before—a national police force, used to quell protests.


For decades, conservative activists and leaders have warned that “jackbooted thugs” from the federal government were going to come to take away Americans’ civil rights with no due process and no recourse. Now they’re here—but they’re deployed by a staunchly right-wing president with strong conservative support.


“A standing military force with an overgrown executive will not long be safe companions to liberty,” James Madison told the Constitutional Convention. “The means of defense against foreign danger have been always the instruments of tyranny at home.”

2/22/2020   What Would Happen If Trump Refused to Leave Office?  By Barbara McQuade, The Atlantic





County Maps show how Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County voted in 2020 election

- Ryan Stanton, MLive, 11/4/2020


What is the Board of State Canvassers? What does it do? Why does it exist? By Clara Hendrickson, The Detroit Free Press


 11/12/2020  The Washtenaw County Clerk's Tally of Washtenaw County Votes, all 150 precincts

NorthfieldTownship Officials and Trustees: Voting precinct overview

Northfield Township Voting in all races, from the President down

Northfield Township precinct 1 report

Northfield Township precinct 2 report

Northfield Township precinct 3 report


Twitter Michigan: Election News and Updates


The old "I'm a Lawyer; People expect me to Lie" defense...

4/26/2021   Sidney Powell's attorney: Whitmer, Nessel misleading the public about ex-Trump counselor, by Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press

Sidney Powell made a litany of unsubstantiated, false, refuted and ultimately debunked allegations in public comments and in court filings after the 2020 general election.


But those were her opinion, Powell's Michigan attorney argues in a new record filed Friday in federal court. And just because the former Donald Trump campaign counselor indicated in one lawsuit "no reasonable person would conclude that the statements were truly statements of fact" that should not mean her Michigan lawsuit was so baseless that it warrants court sanctions, the attorney argued..

4/20/2021   ‘It’s almost like insanity’: GOP base continues to lash out over Trump’s defeat, by David Siders, Politico

In the Atlanta suburbs, once a citadel of conservatism, Republicans were blown out.In the Atlanta suburbs, once a citadel of conservatism, Republicans were blown out.


As party activists vented at their county convention, the chair of the Cobb County Young Republicans, DeAnna Harris, stewed in the parking lot of her local party office.


“Huge mistake,” she said of the hostilities directed at Kemp and the reliving of 2020. “We’ve got to get out of this mindset. It’s almost like insanity.”

4/18/2021   ‘Trumpiest Trumpster of the bunch’: GOP gets a gut check, by David Siders, Politico 

The question in Nebraska — as it is in other heavily Republican swaths of the country — isn’t if a Republican must be supportive of Trump to win an open statewide office. They almost certainly must be. It’s whether just supporting Trump is good enough — or if, in the reddest of states in the new GOP, only the Trumpiest candidate can win.


Ryan Horn, an Omaha Republican media strategist, said “The problem is you get four or five people running and they all divide up the vote, and the chest-thumper has a floor of 20 or 25 percent, maybe, saying, ‘They’re all a bunch of pussy communists,’ and then Trump endorses him.”

4/3/2021   Donors plucked to float cash strapped Trump Campaign, by Shane Goldmacher, The New York Times

Facing a cash crunch and getting badly outspent by the Democrats, the Trump campaign had begun last September to set up recurring donations by default for online donors, for every week until the election.


Contributors had to wade through a fine-print disclaimer and manually uncheck a box to opt out.


As the election neared, the Trump team made that disclaimer increasingly opaque, an investigation by The New York Times showed. It introduced a second prechecked box, known internally as a “money bomb,” that doubled a person’s contribution. Eventually its solicitations featured lines of text in bold and capital letters that overwhelmed the opt-out language.


In the final two and a half months of 2020, the Trump campaign, the Republican National Committee and their shared accounts were forced to issue more than 530,000 refunds worth $64.3 million to online donors.


Year 2020 refunds exceeded $122 million.


“Bandits!” said Victor Amelino, a 78-year-old Californian, who made a $990 online donation to Mr. Trump in early September via WinRed. It recurred seven more times — adding up to almost $8,000. “I’m retired. I can’t afford to pay all that damn money.”

4/2/2021   Trump’s Latino Support Was More Widespread Than Thought, Report Finds, by Giovanni Russonello and Patricia Mazzei, The New York Times

All told, close to 17 million Latino voters turned out in the general election, according to a separate analysis published in January by the U.C.L.A. Latino Policy & Politics Initiative. That represented an uptick of more than 30 percent from 2016 — and the highest level of Latino participation in history.


Carmen Peláez, a playwright and filmmaker in Miami who helped lead the campaign group Cubanos con Biden, said that after the election, many observers had sought to ascribe Mr. Trump’s improvement among Florida Latinos to a shift among Cuban-Americans in the southern part of the state.


“People love blaming the Cubans, but you can’t just blame the Cubans,” she said. “There is a cancer in our community, and it’s disinformation, and it’s hitting all of us.”


Ms. Peláez said Democrats had habitually taken Latino voters for granted by mistakenly assuming that they knew those voters’ political habits and attitudes. Cuban-Americans, for example, are often painted with a broad brush as conservative.


“It was assumed all Latinos would be pro-immigration or they were taken for granted because they were assumed to be a lost vote,” she said. “There’s never a lost vote if you are really willing to engage. But willing to engage means setting aside your own prejudices.”

1/18/2021   Vote Choice of Latino Voters in the 2020 Presidential Election, by Rodrigo Dominguez-Villegas, Angela Gutierrez, Michael Herndon, Michael Rios, Tye Rush, Nick Gonzalez, Kassandra Hernandez, Ana Oaxaca, Marcel Roman and Daisy Vera, UCLA Latino Policy & Politics Initiative

  • We estimate that 16.6 million Latino voters cast a ballot for the 2020 presidential election nationally. This represents a 30.9% increase, nearly double the nationwide 15.9% growth in ballots cast between the 2016 and 2020 presidential elections. This was the single largest 4-year increase in Latino vote ever.

  • Latino voters supported the Democratic candidate, Joseph R. Biden, by very wide margins across the country, and consistent with margins won by Obama in 2008 and 2012.

  • Latino voters supported Biden over Trump by a nearly 3 to 1 margin in the counties we analyzed in Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

  • Latinos chose Biden over Trump with a 2 to 1 margin or larger in the counties we analyzed in Texas, Georgia, and Washington, and in Florida outside of Miami-Dade.

  • In Arizona, the size of the Latino electorate and their overwhelming support for Joe Biden flipped the state from Republican to Democrat for the first time since 1996.

  • In Georgia and Wisconsin, where the difference between the winning and the losing candidate was roughly 12,000 and 21,000 votes, Latino voters’ strong support for Biden and growth in votes cast helped tip the state in favor of the Democratic candidate.

  • In Florida, the Latino vote is diverse and unique from the rest of the nation. Latinos in Miami-Dade supported Trump by a 2 to 1 margin, but Latinos in the rest of the state preferred Biden with a 2 to 1 margin. Overall, a majority of Latinos in Florida voted for Biden, not Trump.

3/5/2021   A Vexing Question for Democrats: What Drives Latino Men to Republicans? by Jennifer Medina, The New York Times

While Democrats won the vast majority of Hispanic voters in the 2020 presidential race, the results also showed Republicans making inroads with this demographic, the largest nonwhite voting group — and particularly among Latino men. According to exit polls, 36 percent of Latino men voted for Donald J. Trump in 2020, up from 32 percent in 2016. These voters also helped Republicans win several House seats in racially diverse districts that Democrats thought were winnable, particularly in Texas and Florida. Both parties see winning more Hispanic votes as critical in future elections.


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3/5/2021   How Democrats Missed Trump’s Appeal to Latino Voters, by Jennifer Medina, The New York Times

“He’s come after people like me,” said Taylor Valencia, 23, a first-year elementary schoolteacher who showed up before sunrise on Tuesday to vote in person in Guadalupe, a predominantly Latino town near Phoenix. “His entire presidency is an attack on my moral values and who I am.”


But for others, it was Mr. Trump who made them feel a part of America, not targeted by it.


“I have been in this country since I was 9, I have been through a lot, and I am American,” said Teresita Miglio, an accountant in her 60s who immigrated from Cuba and attends an evangelical church in Miami where Mr. Trump spoke in January. “Abortion is the litmus test, Jesus is my savior and Trump is my president.”


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11/23/2020   The Fight to Win Latino Voters for the G.O.P. by Marcela Valdes, The New York Times

For 10 years, Libre — an arm of the Koch family’s Americans for Prosperity — has been working to foster conservatism in Hispanic communities. Now, the group is going all-in on Georgia’s Senate runoffs.


This month, less than two weeks after it became clear that control of the U.S. Senate would be decided by two runoff elections in Georgia, Daniel Garza flew to Atlanta. A slender, charismatic 52-year-old with salt-and-pepper hair, Garza has spent the past 30 years wooing and mobilizing Hispanic conservatives, first for the Republican Party and now for the Libre Initiative, an organization he started with the Charles Koch Institute in 2011. He regularly opines on political happenings for Univision, Telemundo and PBS as president of Libre. I have seen him speak before hundreds of Latino entrepreneurs and mingle with scores of politicos at White House events. In Atlanta, however, he faced a tiny audience. Fewer than a dozen souls put on face masks and gathered in an office that Monday morning for Garza’s pep talk, which was followed by a little phone-banking and a few hours of door-knocking.


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11/2/2020   There’s a Reason Trump Is Fighting Hard for Arizona, by Jennifer Medina, The New York Times

Arizona voters are roughly evenly split on party registration, according to the secretary of state, with Republicans making up 34.9 percent of the electorate, Democrats 32.5 percent and unaffiliated voters — the fastest growing group — 31.8 percent. And in a state where voting by mail is already widely embraced, Democrats say their advantage could be even stronger.

10/31/2020   The ‘Wall’ Is Still Motivating Voters. But This Time Is It Against Trump? by Jennifer Medina, The New York Times

Many Latino families in Arizona have mixed immigration status — undocumented immigrant parents, for example, who raise children who have received DACA or who are U.S.-born citizens. Putting immigration on “the back burner” is not an option for them. In the southern part of the state, many families have for generations routinely gone back and forth over the border, living a kind of binational life.


And many young Latino voters formed their own political identity in the wake of anti-immigration sentiments in the early 2000s, and the issue remains resonant.


“This isn’t some abstract concept for us, some theoretical attack — this is something that impacts the way the world sees us, the way we are treated,” said Graciela Martinez, 34, who works in marketing in Phoenix. “We’ve had to fight for everything we have, and we have to keep fighting.”

10/21/2020   False Political News in Spanish Pits Latino Voters Against Black Lives Matter  by Patricia Mazzei and Jennifer Medina, The New York Times

Researchers say that the scale and extreme nature of misinformation, after ramping up in every election cycle for the past several years, have spiked this year.


“They feed into real fears, about the pandemic, about socialism and exploiting potential gaps within communities, between the Black community and the Latino community,” said Jacobo Licona, who studies misinformation for Equis Labs, a liberal-leaning Latino research group. “There’s misinformation from people not even understanding how they are spreading it, that continues to stoke real tension and anxiety right now.”


But the outright disinformation — the deliberate spreading of falsehoods — is coming almost exclusively from conservatives, researchers say, including from a crop of right-wing Spanish-language websites that are designed to look like nonpartisan news outlets. Liberal activists and experts have struggled to keep up with an accurate response, in part because of language barriers and because so much has been spread in private, closed groups.


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10/19/2020   The Macho Appeal of Donald Trump, by Jennifer Medina, The New York Times

Men are the core of President Trump’s base. In polling, gender gaps exist in nearly every demographic: among white voters, among senior citizens, among voters without a college degree, men are far more likely than women to support his re-election. And little of that support has shifted in the days since Mr. Trump announced he had tested positive for the coronavirus. Polls suggest that this presidential election could result in the largest gender gap since the passage of the 19th Amendment a century ago.


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10/11/2020   Latino, Evangelical and Politically Homeless, by Jennifer Medina, The New York Times

When Pastor Rivera looks at his congregation of 200 families he sees a microcosm of the Latino vote in the United States: how complex it is, and how each party’s attempt to solidify crucial support can fall short. There are not clear ideological lines here between liberals and conservatives. People care about immigration, but are equally concerned about religious liberty and abortion.


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9/18/2019   Most Latinos Don’t Back Trump. But Some Wear Their Support Proudly, by Jennifer Medina, The New York Times

9/14/2016   27 Million Potential Hispanic Votes. But What Will They Really Add Up To? by Marcela Valdes, The New York Times Magazine

Latinos have been hearing that they will be the difference for decades. In Spanish-language media this year, the rhetoric around the election has often gone so far as to imply that Latinos will decide the result on their own. Telemundo’s election coverage runs under the slogan “Yo Decido,” “I Decide.” The Univision news anchor Jorge Ramos told The Times last year that “the new rule in American politics is that no one can make it to the White House without the Hispanic vote.”


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3/5/2021   Study: No partisan benefit from mail voting in 2020 election, by Nicholas Riccardi, Associated Press

“We find a pretty precisely zero effect on turnout,” said Jesse Yoder, one of the study's authors and a Ph.D. student in political science at Stanford University. “Voter interest was really driving turnout more than these convenience voting forms.”  The researchers proved this with a novel approach — examining turnout rates in Texas, which, unlike many states, did not ease its mail voting restrictions during the pandemic. Voters 65 and older could vote by mail automatically, while younger ones still had to provide a legally justified excuse.


Another recent study from Emory University's Alan Abramowitz found that states that encouraged mail voting in 2020 saw a sharper increase in turnout than those that did not. But, notably, Democrats did not do any better in those higher turnout states. “Eased absentee voting rules were not the only reason for increased turnout in 2020, but they did make a difference,” Abramowitz wrote in his study, released late last month. However, he added, it did not help President Joe Biden increase his share in any of the states.

3/4/2021   Michigan audits debunk stolen election claims once and for all | Opinion by Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, Detroit Free Press

All of Michigan’s more than 250 election audits are now complete, and each and every one of them affirmed the integrity of the November election and the accuracy of the results.


More than 1,300 Republican, Democratic, and non-partisan election clerks participated in the audits, working across the aisle to review one another’s procedures, ballots and machines in coordination with the state Bureau of Elections.


Their findings eradicate any rationale for continuing to question the validity of the November election.


A hand count of more than 18,000 randomly selected ballots from jurisdictions across the state affirmed that the tabulation machines throughout Michigan had accurately determined the winner of the presidential election.


And another hand count of every ballot cast for president in Antrim County found that the Dominion machines used there were extremely accurate, with a final tally of more than 15,000 votes that was only 12 votes different from the machine count.


Further, officials found that absentee ballot counting boards had done an even better job processing and counting ballots than had been known previously.


They found that election workers in Detroit had properly counted 174,000 valid ballots. The ballots corresponded to signed envelopes that were submitted by registered voters and reviewed by the clerk’s office.


And of those 174,000 ballots, the counting boards were “out of balance” by a net total of only 17 votes.


For years political leaders have attacked the elections of large, urban jurisdictions based on their out-of-balance precincts, despite the fact that  these discrepancies are essentially clerical errors common across the state and nation. Such recordkeeping errors occur when an election worker fails to note that a voter at the polls checked in and then left with their ballot in hand, or a couple mailed their two absentee ballots in one envelope.


Like so many of the lies that have been told about the November election, these attacks are dangerous, racist, and undertaken for personal and political gain.

3/2/2021   Michigan completes most comprehensive post-election audit in state history: What it showed, by Clara Hendrickson, Detroit Free Press

Almost four months after the November presidential election, Michigan has completed its most comprehensive series of post-election audits in the state's history, confirming the results, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced Tuesday.  She said she hopes the completion of the audits can convince those who doubt the outcome of the election, and she commended the hard work of the state Bureau of Elections and more than 1,300 clerks for conducting over 250 audits across the state. 


1/25/2021   Liz Cheney mocks​ Matt Gaetz's make-up as civil war within the House GOP escalates, by Tom Boggioni, Raw Story

1/25/2021   Facing $1.3B Lawsuit, Guiliani Doubles Down On Dominion Lies, by Frances Langum, Crooks and Liars

1/23/2021   Trump Pressed Justice Department to Go Directly to Supreme Court to Overturn Election Results, by Jess Bravin and Sadie Gurman, The Wall Street Journal

WASHINGTON—In his last weeks in office, former President Donald Trump considered moving to replace the acting attorney general with another official ready to pursue unsubstantiated claims of election fraud, and he pushed the Justice Department to ask the Supreme Court to invalidate President Biden’s victory, people familiar with the matter said.


After his Supreme Court plan got nowhere, Mr. Trump explored another plan—replacing Mr. Rosen as acting attorney general with Jeffrey Clark, a Trump ally in the department who had expressed a willingness to use the department’s power to help the former president continue his unsuccessful legal battles contesting the election results, these people said.


Those efforts failed due to pushback from his own appointees in the Justice Department, who refused to file what they viewed as a legally baseless lawsuit in the Supreme Court. Later, other senior department officials threatened to resign en masse should Mr. Trump fire then-acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen, according to several people familiar with the discussions.

1/17/2021   WSJ Opinion: The Post-Trump Republican Party, The Wall Street Journal

McConnell calls impeachment a 'vote of conscience' ahead of trial in the Senate

1/16/2021   Episode 1: A premeditated lie lit the fire, by Jonathan Swan and Zachary Basu, AXIOS

For weeks, Trump had been laying the groundwork to declare victory on election night — even if he lost. But the real-time results, punctuated by Fox’s shocking call, upended his plans and began his unraveling.


Trump had planned for Americans to go to bed on Nov. 3 celebrating — or resigned to — his re-election. The maps they saw on TV should be bathed in red. But at 11:20 p.m. that vision fell apart, as the nation’s leading news channel among conservatives became the first outlet to call Arizona for Joe Biden. Inside the White House, Trump's inner circle erupted in horror.


Over the next two months, Trump took the nation down with him as he descended into denial, despair and a reckless revenge streak that fueled a deadly siege on the U.S. Capitol by his backers seeking to overturn the election.

1/13/2021   Trump becomes first president to be impeached twice, as bipartisan majority charges him with inciting Capitol riot, by Jacob Pramuk, CNBC

1/11/2021   People of the lie: The Michigan Republicans who tried to overturn the election, Detroit Free Press Editorial Board

It began with an outrageous lie: Donald Trump's baseless assertion that election officials in Michigan and other battleground states had conspired to conceal his "landslide" re-election victory.


Over the next two months, 28 of Michigan's most prominent Republicans — federal and state lawmakers, appointed officials and party leaders — waged an unprecedented campaign to overturn the election results. They worked tirelessly to amplify and embroider Trump's false claims, persisting even as judges, state legislatures, election officials and law enforcement authorities debunked those allegations again and again.


As recently as last Thursday, hours after armed rioters incited by the president had been routed from the U.S. Capitol, some Michigan lawmakers were persevering in their efforts to delegitimize Joe Biden's victory. U.S. Reps. Lisa McClain (R-Bruce Twp.), Jack Bergman (R-Watersmeet) and Tim Walberg (R-Tipton) all voted to disallow presidential electors certified by Republican-majority state legislatures in Arizona and Pennsylvania.

1/11/2021   Philly Republican Al Schmidt won’t run for reelection in 2023 — but he’s not ‘capitulating to the psychological terrorists’, by Chris Brennan, The Philadelphia Inquirer

Schmidt stood with Democrats and Republicans in 2016 as they denounced Trump’s false predictions about voter fraud in Pennsylvania ahead of that year’s election. He acknowledged then that voter fraud is a rare occurrence in the city, something his office has tracked and handed off to law enforcement for successful prosecution.


“The real threat to the integrity of elections in Philadelphia isn’t voter fraud,” Schmidt said before the 2016 election. “The real threat to the integrity of elections is irresponsible accusations that undermine confidence in the electoral process.

1/7/2021   WSJ Opinion: Trump Erases His Legacy, WSJ Opinion, The Wall Street Journal

Potomac Watch: A politician has to work hard to destroy a legacy and a future in a single day. President Donald J. Trump managed it

1/4/2021   Official plane used by Trump will fly to Scotland just before Biden inauguration – report, by Julian Borger, The Guardian

Most Trump-watchers expect him to dodge any event that would involve acknowledging his election loss. They predict he will stage a spectacular diversion to detract from Biden’s first day on the job.

1/2/2021   Traitor's Dozen of Delusion Plans to Join Hawley in Rejecting Electoral College Vote, by Alayna Treene, Axios

Nearly a dozen Republican senators plan to join Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) in refusing to certify the Electoral College vote for President-elect Joe Biden on Wednesday—a move that will most likely be inconsequential but will perpetuate President Trump’s baseless claim that the election was somehow stolen from him. The senators include Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Mike Braun (R-IN), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Steve Daines (R-MT), Ron Johnson (R-WI), John Kennedy (R-LA), James Lankford (R-OK) and incoming Sens. Bill Hagerty (R-TN), Tommy Tuberville (R-AL), Roger Marshall (R-KS) and Cynthia Lummis (R-WY). CNN’s Jake Tapper said Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) was also on the list.

1/2/2021   Pence ‘Welcomes’ GOP Plan to Reject Electoral College Vote Count Next Week, by Ana Lucia Murillo, Daily Beast

1/2/2021   Trump Adviser Peter Navarro Lies That Biden’s Inauguration Can Be Postponed, by Allison Quinn, Daily Beast

After host Jeanine Pirro noted that “January 20th cannot be changed, that’s constitutional,” Navarro shot back: “Well it can be changed, actually. We can go past that date … we can go past that date if we need to.” Although Pirro did not challenge Navarro on his bogus claim, the Constitution clearly spells out that the term of the outgoing president ends on Jan. 20.


The top Trump adviser, without a hint of irony, also said, “One thing we shouldn’t be strategically gaming is the foundation of this republic.”

12/31/2020   McConnell calls Jan. 6 certification his "most consequential vote" by Jonathan Swan, Axios

12/30/2020   Georgia governor pushes back on Trump’s call for resignation, by Kate Brumback, Associated Press

“This audit disproves the only credible allegations the Trump campaign had against the strength of Georgia’s signature match processes,” Raffensperger, also a Republican, said in a news release Monday.

12/29/2020   Michigan Supreme Court won't hear lawsuit challenging absentee ballot applications, by Clara Hendrickson, Detroit Free Press

Michigan's courts have consistently found that Benson acted legally when she sent applications to every registered voter in Michigan and rejected legal challenges brought by Trump and his allies seeking to derail the election process and overturn the results.


The state Supreme Court justices denied the motion to intervene as moot in a 6-1 order with Justice David F. Viviano dissenting.

12/29/2020   The Deep Story of Trumpism, by Derek Thompson, The Atlantic

But the UC Berkeley sociologist Arlie Russell Hochschild believes that Trumpism is intimately tied—for now at least—to its namesake, because it exists beyond the logic of policy. It exists in the dreampolitik realm of feelings. “If there’s one thing I think the mainstream press still gets wrong about Trump, it’s that they are comfortable talking about economics and personality, but they don’t give a primacy to feelings,” Hochschild told me. “To understand the future of the Republican Party, we have to act like political psychiatrists.”

12/2/2017   The Lines That Divide America, by Nitin Nohria, The Atlantic

Americans are increasingly segregated by socioeconomic class—and have forgotten that all citizens deserve a shot at moving ahead.

12/29/2020   Republican David Perdue becomes 4th Georgia Senate candidate to endorse $2,000 stimulus checks, The Week

12/29/2020   Trump's $2,000 checks push costs him the WSJ editorial board, The Week

In a Tuesday editorial, The Wall Street Journal's editorial board, typically on the side of the president, delivered some harsh words for his push to increase the $600 coronavirus stimulus checks to $2,000. The measure is opposed by Republicans "for good reason," the editorial board writes...

12/28/2020   Biden accuses Trump administration of obstructing his national security team, by David Smith, The Guardian

President-elect says his advisers encountered roadblocks from the defence department and the office of management and budget 

12/28/2020   Trump mean-tweets Nessel after AG suggests sanctions for election conspiracy lawyers, by Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press

The tweet prompted replies from Nessel, including one line where she told Trump to "stop obsessing about those women from Michigan. You’re not our type."

12/28/2020   Trump has learned nothing, Opinion by Joel Mathis, The Week 

He didn't end up getting the $2,000. But he did spend several days holding millions of Americans hostage to anxiety about their ability to pay rent and keep food on the table in the coming weeks and months. The "will-he-or-won't-he" dance with the relief bill was unnecessary, cruel, and all too Trumpian.


What's more, the near-disaster means Trump is ending his Oval Office tenure much like he began it — able to hold us in thrall to his provocations and inflicting terrible damage to both truth and democracy itself, but mostly unable to master the nuts and bolts of governing. It is remarkable that he spent four years in the White House without showing any real growth in his ability to get stuff done.

12/28/2020   Schumer reportedly abandons fundraising efforts in Georgia's Senate runoffs, Kathryn Krawcyzk, NBC News, via The Week

Despite the fact that President-elect Joe Biden flipped the state for the first time in decades, Schumer is "pessimistic" about Ossoff and Warnock's chances and is no longer meeting with donors to avoid ruining relationships for years to come, the source tells NBC News.

12/28/2020   House Republicans join with Democrats to override Trump's veto of defence bill, by David Smith, The Guardian

If, as expected, the Senate follows suit later this week, it will be Congress’s first such rebuke of his presidency

12/28/2020   The House Just Voted to Override Trump’s Veto of Defense Spending Bill, by Peter Wade, Rolling Stone

After passing legislation that would increase stimulus checks to $2,000, the House overrode President Trump’s veto of the $740 billion defense funding bill. This move by the House sends the bill to the Republican-controlled Senate where a two-thirds majority is needed to officially override Trump’s veto.

12/27/2020    After Threatening Veto, Trump Finally Signs Covid-19 Relief Bill Into Law, by Peter Wade, Rolling Stone

Trump spent Christmas pouting and golfing while sitting on a $1 trillion coronavirus relief package, and as a result, 14 million people will temporarily lose their unemployment insurance. This narrowly averted a government shutdown, which would have taken effect Monday night.

12/27/2020   Republicans Hit the Sunday News Shows to Blast Trump, by Peter Wade, Rolling Stone

“If you convince people that Congress can change a legitimate election and everything was stolen, that there’s a Deep State/QAnon theory driving this, that satanist pedophiles run the government. You could see people being driven to violence,” Congressman Adam Kinzinger said.

12/26/2020   Andrew Sullivan on the War Within Conservatism and Why It Matters to All of Us, by Andrew Sullivan, The New York Times

12/26/2020   A Stinging Setback in California Is a Warning for Democrats in 2022, by Adam Nagourney

“Republicans hung around Democrats’ necks that we are all socialist or communist and we all wanted to defund the police,” said Harley Rouda, a Democrat from Orange County who was defeated by Michelle Steel, a Republican member of the Orange County board of supervisors. “In my opinion, we as a party did a less than adequate job in refuting that narrative. We won in 2018 and took the House back because of people like me — moderates — flipping radical Republican seats.”


“It was incredibly easy for us to draw contrasts,” said Jessica Millan Patterson, the leader of the California Republican Party. She said the protests “were happening all over. It looked like a war zone.”


“The No. 1 issue in our campaign is we didn’t canvass,” said Representative T.J. Cox, a Democrat who represents the San Joaquin Valley and lost to David Valadao, the Republican he unseated in 2018. “We didn’t do the door-to-door.” He said it was like playing for a football team that had been told “they can’t pass.”


“Everyone is concerned about Covid,” said Sam Oh, a Republican consultant to two of the Republican winners, Young Kim and Ms. Steel. “But we are trying to find a path to give small-business owners a way to keep making a life. This is incredibly important and Democrats are tone-deaf to this.”

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12/26/2020   Florida Lawyer Says Rep. Matt Gaetz Should be Disbarred for ‘Act of Sedition’ by Ana Lucia Murillo, The Daily Beast

12/25/2020   How real is the threat of prosecution for Donald Trump post-presidency? By Ed Pilkington, The Guardian

Legal threats range from investigations into his business dealings in New York to possible obstruction of justice charges – but all come with a political cost


For the past four years Trump has been shielded from legal jeopardy by a justice department memo that rules out criminal prosecution of a sitting president. But the second he boards that presidential helicopter and fades into the horizon, all bets are off.

12/21/2020   Trump’s Military Coup Moment Has Arrived, by Joe Duncan, Medium

Will Trump cross the proverbial Rubicon?

12/21/2020 Video] Subgrifter Robert Henderson Pleads for a Continuation of the Trump Cult Grift Action and for Trump's reanointment as el Duce of Grift.

12/20/2020   Trump Hanging Out With ‘Crackpots or Conspiracy Theorists’ Has Officials Alarmed, by Peter Wade, Rolling Stone

The president is also denying reports that he is considering declaring martial law in order to steal the election

12/19/2020   Michigan man gets prison for threatening call to congressman, Associated Press

 Martin Osborn, 60, of Bangor, Michigan referred to U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson’s sponsorship of gun control legislation and said he would attack him at his bedside. Osborn referred to Johnson, who is Black, as “boy.”

12/19/2020   In FBI probe, Texas AG faces aggressive, ethical prosecutor, by Jake Bleiberg, Associated Press

Federal investigators are digging into the attorney general’s actions and connections to Nate Paul, an Austin real estate developer who employs a woman with whom Paxton is said to have had an extramarital affair.

12/19/2020   Trump Weighed Naming Election Conspiracy Theorist as Special Counsel, by Maggie Haberman and Zolan Kanno-Youngs, The New York Times

In a meeting at the White House on Friday, President Trump weighed appointing Sidney Powell, who promoted conspiracy theories about rigged voting machines, to investigate voter fraud.


Ms. Powell’s client, retired Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, the former national security adviser whom the president recently pardoned, was also there, two of the people briefed on the meeting said. Some senior administration officials drifted in and out of the meeting.


During an appearance on the conservative Newsmax channel this week, Mr. Flynn pushed for Mr. Trump to impose martial law and deploy the military to “rerun” the election. At one point in the meeting on Friday, Mr. Trump asked about that idea.

12/19/2020   Heated Oval Office meeting included talk of special counsel, martial law as Trump advisers clash, by Kevin Liptak and Pamela Brown, CNN

President Donald Trump convened a heated meeting in the Oval Office on Friday, including lawyer Sidney Powell and her client, former national security adviser Michael Flynn, two people familiar with the matter said, describing a session that began as an impromptu gathering but devolved and eventually broke out into screaming matches at certain points as some of Trump's aides pushed back on Powell and Flynn's more outrageous suggestions about overturning the election.


Flynn had suggested earlier this week that Trump could invoke martial law as part of his efforts to overturn the election that he lost to President-elect Joe Biden -- an idea that arose again during the meeting in the Oval Office, one of the people said. It wasn't clear whether Trump endorsed the idea, but others in the room forcefully pushed back and shot it down.

12/19/2020   Trump suggested naming Sidney Powell as special counsel on election in Oval Office meeting, reports say, by Sarah Elbeshbishi, USA Today

During a White House meeting Friday, President Donald Trump floated the idea of naming conservative attorney Sidney Powell as a special counsel to investigate his election loss to President-elect Joe Biden, according to multiple media reports.


In the Oval Office meeting, which was first reported by The New York Times, Trump discussedwith his advisers the possibility of appointing Powell to investigate election fraud claims and to potentially seize voting machines that Trump claimed were rigged against him.


Most of the advisers at the White House meeting, which included Powell, opposed the ideas. According to the Times, among those objecting to the suggestion of Powell as special counsel were Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani – who joined by phone – White House counsel Pat Cipollone and chief of staff Mark Meadows.

12/19/2020   Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp draws anger and mockery after attending White House Christmas party amid Trump attacks, by William Cummings, USA TODAY

Kemp's decision to go to the party was met with surprise and mockery on social media, given that Trump has assailed the first-term governor for not doing more to help his effort to overturn President-elect Joe Biden's victory in Georgia. Since the election, Trump has called Kemp "hapless," a "fool," a "clown," a "RINO" (Republican in name only), one of the nation's worst governors, celebrated polls showing Kemp losing voters' support and declared him "finished as governor."

12/18/2020   Rep. Gosar's 'new evidence' that 700k Arizona votes were stolen from Trump is horsepucky, Opinion by Laurie Roberts, Arizona Republic

After eight lawsuits in which judges found not one shred of evidence that Arizona’s election was stolen, surprise! Far-Republicans now claim to have new proof of fraud. They don't.

12/18/2020   Joe Biden Calls Lindsey Graham a ‘Disappointment,’ Talks Working With Republicans on ‘Colbert’ by Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone

Dr. Jill Biden also joins chat to respond to controversial op-ed suggesting she drop her “Dr.” honorific

12/18/2020   Fact check: Hugo Chávez's family does not own Dominion Voting Systems, by Adrienne Dunn, USA TODAY

12/18/2020   Sen.-elect Tommy Tuberville suggests he might challenge Electoral College count; other GOP senators mum, by Joey Garrison, USA TODAY

12/17/2020   Replay: Antrim County election audit, by Amy Huschka, Detroit Free Press

“While we know the machine tabulators functioned properly in Antrim, we are conducting this audit to assure the public of what countless officials from both parties at the federal, state and local levels have already confirmed — that this was the most secure election in our nation’s history and the certified results are an accurate reflection of the will of the voters,” said Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson in a news release.

12/17/2020   Texas lawsuit was the last straw. I'm leaving the Republican Party: Former NH GOP chair, Opinion by Jennifer Horn, USA Today

The GOP has ransacked our Constitution and attempted a coup. The Republican Party of Lincoln is no more. I'm switching my registration to independent.

I became a Republican in part because those values seemed inherently aligned with the Republican Party as I understood it: a voice for equality, freedom and constitutional conservatism, with a rich history of fighting for what was right because it was right.


For the past five years, however, I have found myself fighting for what I thought were the principles of my party in the face of the ever-deteriorating character and integrity of party representatives. They have revealed their impotence and decrepitude as they have fallen, one by one, at the feet of the most corrupt, destructive and unstable president in the history of our country.


It seems there is no assault on human dignity too great, no attack on democracy too extreme, to inspire the Republican weaklings in Congress to speak up or stand up to President Donald Trump.


2/4/2020   I used to cover Republicans who are cowering to Trump. I don't recognize them now, by Jill Lawrence, USA Today


Until Trump, I found something to like or respect about most politicians I encountered, even those I strongly disagreed with. That's no longer true.

12/17/2020   15 Michigan lawmakers will act like this never happened — and that's crazy, Opinion by Nancy Kaffer, Detroit Free Press

GOP Hall of Shame:


GOP Reps. Gary Eisen of St. Claire Twp., John Reilly of Oakland Twp., Julie Alexander of Hanover, Matt Maddock of Milford, Daire Rendon of Lake City, Beth Griffin of Mattawan, Douglas Wozniak of Shelby Twp., Michele Hoitenga of Manton, Brad Paquette of Niles, Rodney Wakeman of Saginaw Twp., Greg Markkanen of Hancock and Jack O’Malley of Lake Ann signed onto a brief supporting Texas' lawsuit sought to overturn the results of the presidential election in Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Georgia, asking the U.S. Supreme Court to block electors in those states from casting votes for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.


A statement issued later said Reps. Joe Bellino (R-Monroe), Bronna Kahle (R-Adrian) and Luke Meerman (RCoopersville) also supported the suit.

12/16/2020   Republicans are ramping up hypocrisy and obstruction. We can't let them cripple Biden, Opinion by Kyle Herrig, USA Today

Complaints about transparency and partisanship are patently hypocritical from Republicans who ignored both as they pushed through Trump nominees.

12/16/2020   New Supreme Court filing includes blatantly wrong information about Michigan, by Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press

12/16/2020   Former election security chief for Trump knocks down Antrim County report, by Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press

The tabulators used in Antrim County were certified by the Election Assistance Commission, which requires that voting systems meet certain error thresholds for the computer code that runs the systems.  The former acting director of the EAC’s Voting System Testing and Certification Program, Ryan Macias, said the report showed “a grave misunderstanding” of the voting system used in Antrim County as well as “a lack of knowledge of election technology and process.” The report, as a result, “has come to a preposterous conclusion,” Macias said.

12/15/2020   Trump’s company ordered to give evidence to NY investigators, by Michael R. Sisak, Associated Press

12/15/2020   Barr shielded Trump from Congress, Mueller and the law, but couldn't save him from voters, Opinion by Paul Rosenzweig, USA Today

William P. Barr’s legacy is this: He is the Thomas Cromwell of our age.

12/15/2020   'Democracy prevailed': Joe Biden passes 270-vote threshold to win Electoral College, by Joey Garrison and Rebecca Morin, USA TODAY

Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris, the vice president-elect, received 306 electoral votes overall, topping Trump’s 232 votes. Next, the electoral votes will be counted at a special joint session of Congress on Jan. 6 before Biden and Harris are inaugurated Jan. 20.

12/15/2020   Biden selects Jennifer Granholm to be energy secretary, by Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press

12/15/2020   President-elect Joe Biden wants to put Pete Buttigieg in charge of Transportation Department, Matthew Brown, Maureen  Groppe and Bart Jansen, USA TODAY

12/14/2020   Trump's behavior is threat to America's democracy, Opinion by Madeleine Albright and Michael Chertoff, USA Today

Democracy is resilient, but it’s built on a delicate foundation of mutual trust. Without public faith in our institutions, American democracy will fail.


Democrat Madeleine Albright served as Secretary of State under President Bill Clinton. Republican Michael Chertoff served as Secretary of Homeland Security under President George W. Bush. Both are members of the bipartisan National Council on Election Integrity.

12/14/2020   Trump and Barr wrecked the Justice Department. Here are 6 ways Joe Biden can fix it, by Donald Ayer, USA Today

After four years of a president who openly aspires to autocracy, and two years of an attorney general who used his many official powers to advance that objective and undermine the core tenet of our legal system that no person is above the law, it is easy to find oneself wondering where in the world to begin.

12/14/2020   Replay: Michigan's Electoral College meets to certify vote for Joe Biden, by Amy Huschka, Detroit Free Press

Michigan election law requires them to vote for Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. An elector's refusal to do so constitutes a resignation, and the other electors would vote to fill the vacancy.

12/14/2020   Michigan's Electoral College delegates cast all 16 votes for Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, by Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press

Monday's meeting of the Electoral College in the state Senate came at a time when President Donald Trump and many of his supporters continue to allege conspiracy and fraud. Despite presenting no evidence, these allegations and subsequent vitriol led to threats against lawmakers and delegates.

12/14/2020   U.S. Rep. Paul Mitchell leaves Republican Party over 'unacceptable' election claims, by Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press

Mitchell's letter:


"If Republican leaders collectively sit back and tolerate unfounded conspiracy theories and 'stop the steal' rallies without speaking out for our electoral process, which the Department of Homeland Security said was 'the most secure in American history,' our nation will be damaged..."


"I believe that raw political considerations, not constitutional or voting integrity concerns, motivate many in party leadership to support the 'stop the steal' efforts, which is extremely disappointing to me."

12/14/2020   Michigan GOP legislative leaders seek to ease tensions ahead of Electoral College vote, by Paul Egan and Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press

House Speaker Lee Chatfield, R-Levering, said he fought hard for Trump and "nobody wanted him to win more than me. "


However, "I love our republic, too," Chatfield said. "I can't fathom risking our norms, traditions and institutions to pass a resolution retroactively changing the electors for Trump, simply because some think there may have been enough widespread fraud to give him the win.


"That's unprecedented for good reason. And that’s why there is not enough support in the House to cast a new slate of electors. I fear we'd lose our country forever. This truly would bring mutually assured destruction for every future election in regards to the Electoral College."

12/14/2020   Michigan House punishes GOP Rep. Gary Eisen for hinting at Electoral College disruption, by Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press

12/14/2020   State, company officials dispute report claiming Antrim County tabulators bungled results, by Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press

LANSING — State officials are disputing a report on Antrim County's voting equipment — signed by a consultant who confused Michigan and Minnesota voting districts in an earlier election analysis — that says the county's equipment "is intentionally and purposefully designed with inherent errors to create systemic fraud and influence election results."


Michigan Elections Director Jonathan Brater said in a weekend court filing the report "makes a series of unsupported conclusions, ascribes motives of fraud and obfuscation to processes that are easily explained as routine election procedures or error corrections, and suggests without explanation that elements of election software not used in Michigan are somehow responsible for tabulation or reporting errors that are either nonexistent or easily explained."

12/14/2020   Judge orders release of report examining Antrim County vote tabulators, by Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press

12/14/2020   READ: Rep. Paul Mitchell's letter quitting the GOP, fearing 'long-term harm to our democracy' with its support for Trump's actions, CNN

12/14/2020    Proud Boys sparked clashes during pro-Trump rally, D.C. officials say, by Tom Jackman, Paul Duggan and Ann E. Marimow, The Washington Post

“What should have been a beautiful weekend,” D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson (D) said, “was ruined by white supremacists who came to our city seeking violence.”


“These Proud Boys are avowed white nationalists and have been called to stand up against a fair and legal election,” D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) said. “This is a symptom of the hateful rhetoric, anti-science noise and people who refuse to accept the result of a fair American election.”

12/14/2020   Supreme Court won’t revive Kansas voter registration ID law, Associated Press

Roughly 30,000 people were prevented from registering to vote during the three years the law was in effect, and the state’s own expert estimated that almost all of those were U.S. citizens who were eligible to vote.


Dale Ho, director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Voting Rights Project who argued the case, said the Supreme Court’s decision not to review the case will “finally close this chapter on Kris Kobach’s sorry legacy of voter suppression.”

12/14/2020   Rep. Paul Mitchell's letter quitting the GOP, fearing 'long-term harm to our democracy' with its support for Trump's actions, CNN

Michigan Republican Rep. Paul Mitchell told CNN that his disgust and disappointment with President Donald Trump's efforts to overturn the results of the election have led him to request that the clerk of the House change his party affiliation to "independent." Read his letter to Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel and House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy here:

12/14/2020   Michigan GOP lawmaker who doubts safety around electors meeting loses committee assignments, by Craig Mauger and Melissa Nann Burke, The Detroit News

"Can you assure me that this is going to be safe day in Lansing, nobody's going to get hurt?" radio host Paul Miller asked Eisen at the end of an 11-minute interview.


"No," he responded. "I don't know because what we're doing today is uncharted. It hasn't been done."


But during the radio interview, Eisen described what would occur on Monday in Lansing as a "historic event" and said it "will be all over the news later on."


The St. Clair Township Republican made the comments during an interview on WPHM-AM Monday morning. Within hours, the GOP leadership of the Michigan House stripped him of his committee assignments, saying public officials shouldn't "open the door to violent behavior."

12/14/2020   Shirkey: 'Bad judgment' to keep Michigan Capitol closed during electors' meeting, by Craig Mauger, The Detroit News

Citing COVID-19 restrictions and safety concerns, Michigan Democrats have decided to keep the Capitol building locked Monday and rely on a livestream to allow people to watch Michigan's 16 electors cast their votes for Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.


"The Electoral College will be broadcast live on three different platforms — Michigan Senate TV (stream 1), WLNS, and on Governor Whitmer's Facebook page," the statement said. "We invite everyone to join us from the safety of their homes beginning at 2pm on Monday, December 14 to watch this historic event."

12/14/2020    Trump adviser Stephen Miller pushes for ‘alternate’ electors as Electoral College members gather to lock in Biden win, by Shawn Langlois, MarketWatch

Kilmeade: "Your legal team [has]... 50 times lost — some with Trump judges — so do you have the worst legal team who just don’t seem to be presenting a good case? Or you just too late in this case should have been brought before the election?"

12/14/2020    Trump launches last-minute attack on Social Security with rule aiming to restrict disability benefits, Common Dreams, RawStory

 Daddy Scrooge seizes his last chance to ruin someone's holiday season


The Trump administration’s proposed rule, as the Wall Street Journal reported earlier this year, “would no longer assume age seriously affects a person’s ability to adapt to simple, entry-level work.”


“It is outrageous,” Richard Fiesta, executive director of the Alliance for Retired Americans, said in a statement. “The Trump administration could pull the rug out from millions of Americans, especially older Americans, in the waning days of its administration. Since the day he took office, President Trump has claimed he would protect Social Security. He is showing his true colors again.”

12/14/2020   ‘The electors are already here’: Watch Michigan State Police refuse entry to GOP’s ‘alternate electors’, by David Edwards, RawStory

12/13/2020    Here’s why Donald Trump is failing at making his dictator dreams a reality, by Sophia A. McClennen, Salon

We often focus on the bluster and bullying of despots, but they don’t rise to power through sheer invective. They have to build their power and keep it. And that’s why Trump has little chance of actually becoming the autocrat everyone is worrying over. The only thing Trump knows how to build is his overinflated ego.


He might have engaged in some very troubling behavior that was openly fascist and unapologetically authoritarian. But a true power grab requires more than rhetoric and a culture of chaos; it requires the development of the pillars of support critical for anyone trying to seize and hold on to power. And, quite frankly, Trump sucks at building the sort of significant support required of a dictator.


It wasn’t just that Trump summarily fired anyone who displeased him in any way; it was that he did it in the most humiliating way possible. Think of all of the times he Twitter-fired members of his administration. These sorts of antics might have made for good TV, but they don’t work in leadership, even when that leadership is tyrannical.


Research on how dictators rise and keep power is vast, but most experts agree that autocrats can’t hold power if they don’t control pillars of support. And, in case it wasn’t already obvious, Trump is too self-centered and delusional to actually develop the needed pillars of support.


Worth the rest of the read

12/13/2020   Electoral College will pick the president on Monday. Here's what you should know, by Josh Peter, USA Today

“I’m very concerned about the Electoral College," said Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of the law school at the University of California-Berkeley and a constitutional scholar. "We are the only country in the world that thinks of itself as a democracy where the candidate who loses the (popular vote) can become president.


“I think the Electoral College should be abolished and the winner of the popular vote should be the president of the United States."


Chemerinsky said the Electoral College "proportionately favors smaller states over larger states."


Each state, no matter how big or small, gets the same number of electors for its two senators. California, the most populous state in the country, gets no more electors per senator than Wyoming, the least populous state. Based on population, this leaves Wyoming and other smaller states with more electors per resident than California and other big states.


The Electoral College incentivizes candidates to campaign in "swing states" – Florida, Michigan and Pennsylvania to name a few – far more than in big states such as California and Texas, where the election outcomes are more predictable.

12/13/2020   Historic D.C. Black churches attacked during pro-Trump rallies Saturday, by Alilison Klein, The Washington Post 

12/13/2020   Conservative says Pelosi should first tell Republicans to renounce Trump’s election steal before swearing in, by Sarah K Burns, RawStory

Conservative Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin thinks that there should be consequences for the 126 Republican House members who gave their name in support of the Supreme Court case from Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R).


“It very much matters what the media says and what the political class says,” Rubin explained. “It matters that when you have guests on who have signed this brief that you introduce them as individuals who sought to overturn the last election. They should be labeled as people who betrayed democracy. That’s first of all. Second, when Nancy Pelosi swears in the new House in January, she should make a big deal about this.

12/13/2020   It's not 2000 anymore: President Trump's rejection of election sets rocky landscape for President-elect Biden, by Susan Page, USA TODAY

In 2000, a closely divided high court took action, stopping a recount in Florida and effectively awarding the White House to George W. Bush. In 2020 – just one day short of the Dec. 12 anniversary of the Bush v. Gore decision – a more united court refused to take action, rejecting a lawsuit by Texas aimed at throwing out the election results in four battleground states.

12/13/2020   Legislative office buildings in Lansing closed Monday over security concerns, by Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press

Amber McCann, a spokeswoman for Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, said the Senate closed its facilities for Monday "based on recommendations from law enforcement."


"The decision was not made because of anticipated protests, but based on credible threats of violence," McCann said late Sunday. 

12/12/2020   Policing protests: Demonstrators say officers are taking sides as D.C. hosts pro-Trump rallies Saturday, by Marissa J. Lang and Peter Hermann, The Washington Post

District officials say police did their best to minimize harm in a delicate and difficult situation. But officers’ behavior at the November rally — posing for photos with supporters of President Trump, standing back as demonstrators in Make America Great Again garb vandalized Black Lives Matter signs, standing back as arguments escalated to physical conflict — has prompted many to question the role personal politics play in policing.

12/12/2020   Multiple people stabbed after thousands gather for pro-Trump demonstrations in Washington, by Emily Davies, Rechel Weiner, Clarence Williams, Marissa J. Lang and Jessica Contrera, The Washongton Post

The violence escalated after an evening of faceoffs with counterprotesters that took place near Harry’s, Black Lives Matter Plaza, Franklin Square, and other spots around downtown.


At first, officers in riot gear successfully kept the two sides apart, even as the groups splintered and roamed. In helmets and bulletproof vests, Proud Boys marched through downtown in militarylike rows, shouting “move out” and “1776!” They became increasingly angry as they wove through streets and alleys, only to find police continuously blocking their course with lines of bikes.


“Both sides of the aisle hate you now. Congratulations,” a Proud Boy shouted at the officers.


But before long, the agitators determined to find trouble were successful — and posturing quickly turned into punching, kicking and wrestling.


Again and again, officers swarmed, pulling the instigators apart, firing chemical irritants and forming lines between the sides. At Harry’s Bar, an ambulance arrived, but the extent of injuries was unknown.


Each time a fight was de-escalated, another soon began in a different part of town.


The scuffles seemed poised to continue late into the night, as the black-and-yellow-clad Proud Boys knocked back beers, whiskey and White Claws. Some stole a Black Lives Matter banner, paraded it down M Street NW, then stomped on it.

The group received recognition from Trump himself at a presidential debate in September, when he told them to “stand back and stand by.”


As the Proud Boys appeared at rallies earlier in the day Saturday, Trump cheered on all of the supporters who showed up to falsely claim that the election was stolen from him, tweeting “Wow! Thousands of people forming in Washington (D.C.) for Stop the Steal. Didn’t know about this, but I’ll be seeing them! #MAGA.”

12/12/2020  Trumpers with boundary issues and Grifters clinging to their party positions converge by a thousand or two in yet another million MAGA Fail.  

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Begging Jesus.  Imploring Jesus.  Promising Jesus. 

But there's no room for Jesus in the Trump Inn.

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"Iron sights at 1,000 yards" braggart, blowhard, and naturalized American fascist Seb Gorka

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Ten seconds of Groundhog Day

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 Once one of the most respected Military officers in America,

reduced to threatening sedition, insurrection, and spewing QAnon twaddle

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Small hands, smaller crowd, smaller yet their grasp on reality.

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"Join or Die" says the black fascist snakeflag. ISIS colors. A convergence of religious extremism.

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"Blood sacrifice"?!!"


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Do we get a My Pillow End Times discount?

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"Rudy Rudy Rudy"

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Deeply Reasoned Trumpism

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"We're Sticking with Stuck on Stupid."

12/11/2020   Courts rejected claims of fraud, misconduct in legal challenges to Michigan election, by Dave Boucher, Paul Egan and Clara Hendrickson, Detroit Free Press

  • Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. et al. v. Benson
  • Stoddard et al. v. City Election Commission et al.
  • Costantino et al v. City of Detroit et al
  • Bally et al v. Whitmer et al
  • Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. et al v. Benson et al
  • Johnson et al v. Benson et al (U.S. District Court for the Western District)
  • Bailey v. Antrim County
  • King et al v. Whitmer et al
  • Johnson et al v. Benson et al (Michigan Supreme Court)
  • Leaf et al v. Whitmer et al

12/11/2020   Supreme Court denies effort to block election results in 4 key states that sealed Trump's fate, by Richard Wolf, USA TODAY

12/11/2020  Thousands gather in D.C. for pro-Trump demonstrations as city braces for clashes, by Clarence Williams, Emily Davies, Justing Wm. Moyer and Jessice Contrera, The Washington Post

12/11/2020   After Michigan presidential electors convene, Electoral College votes head to Congress, by Clara Hendrickson, Detroit Free Press

12/11/2020   Michigan's electoral college vote: Here's what happens on Monday, by Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press

Joe Biden already won the presidential election, both in Michigan and across the country. Although President Donald Trump and many supporters may continue to spread misinformation about the election, all 83 Michigan counties and the state board of canvassers already certified results showing Biden won the state. 

12/11/2020   The Electoral College meets Monday to elect Biden but some want to rewrite the system, by Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press

12/11/2020   As election finale looms, GOP justices flirt with chaos, Opinion by Brian Dickerson, Detroit Free Press

At first blush, Wednesday's state Supreme Court order dismissing a lawsuit filed by three of Donald Trump's Michigan supporters was just the latest in the virtually unbroken string of defeats the president's legal team has sustained — by some counts, the number now exceeds 50 — in its unrelenting campaign to overturn the results of the Nov. 3 election.


But two lengthy dissenting opinions appended to the court's one-paragraph order make it clear that three of Michigan's seven justices — all Republican appointees, including one just three weeks away from mandatory retirement — were poised to throw gasoline on a dumpster fire state and federal judges across the country had all but extinguished..

12/11/2020   More than 60% of House Republicans support pro-Trump lawsuit overturning election results, by Christal Hayes, USA TODAY

Abuse of Process, sealed and delivered by over one hundred traitors to the American Democracy, inclucing our very own Congressman, Michigan 7th's Tim Walberg.


126 members, or about 64%, of the entire House Republican conference, supported Trump’s attempts to invalidate Biden's win, using baseless allegations of widespread voter fraud as their reasoning.

12/10/2020   Supreme Court challenge to election results turns into bitter war between the states, by Richard Wolf, USA TODAY

12/10/2020   Denialism 2020: Trump and his fanatical allies are electoral terrorists. It's got to stop, Opinion by Chris Truax, USA Today

Don't tolerate Trump, Giuliani, the Texas AG or anyone else who won't accept Biden win. No tent is big enough to hold people who want to burn it down.

12/10/2020   Michigan, Detroit rebuke Texas' attempting to overturn election in Supreme Court, by Clara Hendrickson, Detroit Free Press

"The challenge here is an unprecedented one, without factual foundation or a valid legal basis," said the filing from Attorney General Dana Nessel’s Office. The filing calls on the Supreme Court to dismiss the effort. “To do otherwise would make this Court the arbiter of all future national elections.”


- Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel

12/9/2020   Election results: All 50 states and DC have certified the 2020 US election outcome, By Liz Stark and Ethan Cohen, CNN

12/9/2020   Back up the Clown Car.  17 State's Attorneys General Join in the Seditious Confederacy of Crackers

Amici curiae are the States of Missouri, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, and West Virginia

12/9/2020   The big lie that won’t die: How Trump and his allies’ favorite bogus fraud claim keeps surviving, by Aaron Blake, The Washington Post

For more than a month now, Trump and his allies have been peddling a seemingly devastating anomaly in the election results: that Joe Biden underperformed Hillary Clinton’s 2016 showing in every metro area in the country except four — Atlanta, Detroit, Milwaukee and Philadelphia. The fact that those four cities just happen to be in the decisive states could sure lead one to draw some conclusions.


And it has. Over and over again, the claim has been broadcast by Trump, his aides and his media allies. Some have held it out there as merely suspicious; others, like Trump, have flatly called it evidence of fraud.


The only problem is that it’s demonstrably ridiculous. The claim has been fact-checked repeatedly — as far back as mid-November — by the conservative National Review, USA Today, this blog and the New York Daily News. Fox News political analyst Karl Rove even debunked it on air.

12/9/2020   Opinion: Don't let legislatures override the will of voters, Opinion by Robert A. Levy, The Daily Beast

Proponents of the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (NPVIC) want to circumvent the electoral college. They would do so — supposedly without a constitutional amendment — by annulling the popular vote whenever voters in states that sign the compact prefer an outcome other than the winner of the national popular vote.

12/9/2020   Trump’s effort to steal the election comes down to some utterly ridiculous statistical claims, by Philip Bump, The Washikngton Post

The lawsuit’s statistical case comes down to this question: How many zeros will it take for you to be sufficiently impressed that you’ll ignore basic logic? The author of the lawsuit appears to have settled on the number 15.


“The probability of former Vice President Biden winning the popular vote in the four Defendant States — Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin — independently given President Trump’s early lead in those States as of 3 a.m. on November 4, 2020, is less than one in a quadrillion, or 1 in 1,000,000,000,000,000,” it reads at one point. “For former Vice President Biden to win these four States collectively, the odds of that event happening decrease to less than one in a quadrillion to the fourth power.”


After citing the individual credited for this interesting math, it continues.


“The same less than one in a quadrillion statistical improbability of Mr. Biden winning the popular vote in the four Defendant States — Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin — independently exists when Mr. Biden’s performance in each of those Defendant States is compared to former Secretary of State Hilary [sic] Clinton’s performance in the 2016 general election and President Trump’s performance in the 2016 and 2020 general elections,” it reads. “Again, the statistical improbability of Mr. Biden winning the popular vote in these four States collectively is 1 in 1,000,000,000,000,000.”


Let’s start with the second claim. It holds that the odds of President-elect Joe Biden winning Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin are 1-in-1 quadrillion because ... well, because of [imagine me waving a sparkly magic wand] statistics.

12/9/2020   Senate restores power to Federal Election Commission, By Fredreka Schouten, CNN

The Senate on Wednesday confirmed three new members to the Federal Election Commission, ending months of paralysis for the election watchdog and cementing outgoing President Donald Trump's influence on an agency charged with policing federal campaign finance laws.

12/9/2020   Michigan House says almost 30 members, staffers tested positive for Covid-19, Doha Madani, NBC News

No information on the timing

12/9/2020   President Trump seeks to join Supreme Court lawsuit challenging election results in 4 key states, by Richard Wolf, USA TODAY

Attorneys for the president asked the justices to let Trump intervene in a lawsuit brought by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and endorsed by 17 other Republican state attorneys general that claims the four battleground states illegally expanded mail-in balloting that helped President-elect Joe Biden.   


Trump's legal papers sought to back up the claim by citing various election results from states and counties that he won and lost, then adding: "These things just don’t normally happen, and a large percentage of the American people know that something is deeply amiss."


But the president did not present evidence of fraud, asserting that "it is only necessary to demonstrate that the elections in the defendant states materially deviated from the 'manner' of choosing electors established by their respective state Legislatures."


And to back up his request to intervene in the long-shot lawsuit, he cited partisan polls purporting to show that Americans distrust the election results that gave Biden 306 electoral votes, the same number Trump won in 2016.

12/9/2020  Lawyers Across the Country Urge Disciplinary Investigation of Trump Campaign Legal Team, by Sean Neumann, People

About 1,500 lawyers and counting have signed a letter condemning President Donald Trump’s campaign legal team, including former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, for spreading falsehoods and “a pattern of frivolous court claims” as well as working to undermine the 2020 election.


“A license to practice law is not a license to lie to the public on behalf of a client,” reads the letter, which has so far been signed by former federal lawyers, judges and current legal professors from around the country.


“The conduct of Mr. Giuliani and his colleagues is a disgrace.”

12/9/2020  Trump Body Slammed by a 9:0 Supreme Court Rejection of his Latest Attempt to Throw Pennsylvania Voters Under the Bus, MSN

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- With a single sentence, the U.S. Supreme Court has denied a late request from Pennsylvania Republicans to overturn the state's election results.


In a body slam for President Donald Trump and his allies seeking to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election, the order read simply: "The application for injunctive relief presented to Justice Alito and by him referred to the court is denied."


Compare that single-sentence response by the court to the 50 pages filed by U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly from Erie, and other GOP lawmakers, who argued that Pennsylvania's vote-by-mail law, Act 77, should have gone through the process of a state constitutional amendment.


Act 77 was a bill that almost every Republican in the state House supported last year. It was bipartisan legislation, negotiated by Republicans and Gov. Tom Wolf. The final product even drew some criticism from Democratic lawmakers.

12/9/2020   From Trump and Republicans, concession after concession. Just not the one Joe Biden needs, Opinion by Jason Sattler, USA Today

Stop waiting for President Donald Trump to concede. He already has — to the novel coronavirus. And, with very few exceptions, so has the Republican Party.


Trump’s surrender to the worst public health disaster of the century is only possible because he enjoys the overwhelming support of a party that conceded to him years ago. Their collective dereliction of duty on COVID-19 has already done incalculable damage on every level, from the personal to the political.

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 By 7,000,000+ more votes, Donald J. Trump has been asked to leave.


12/8/2020   Federal judge rips court filing alleging voter fraud from controversial Michigan sheriff, by Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press

LANSING – The chief judge of the federal court in Grand Rapids has denied a request for an emergency order from a controversial Michigan sheriff, saying documents the sheriff filed Sunday are so legally deficient it is not even clear he has started a court action.


Barry County Sheriff Dar Leaf sought a temporary restraining order directing local clerks not to comply with a routine post-election memorandum from the Secretary of State's Office telling them to delete certain records related to the Nov. 3 vote.


"The request is denied;  For one thing, it is not clear to the court whether plaintiffs have even commenced an action … by filing a complaint with the court."

12/8/2020   These are the 16 electors who will cast Michigan's vote for president in the Electoral College, by Clara Hendrickson and Nushrat Rahman, Detroit Free Press

12/8/2020   Republican Sen. Pat Toomey calls Trump’s campaign to overturn Pennsylvania election ‘completely unacceptable’ by Jonathan Tamari, The Philadelphia Inquirer

Sen. Pat Toomey said Tuesday that it’s “completely unacceptable” for President Donald Trump to pressure state lawmakers to overturn Pennsylvania’s election result, a rare rebuke from an elected Republican as Trump continues his effort to subvert the will of the voters.


“It’s completely unacceptable and it’s not going to work and the president should give up trying to get legislatures to overturn the results of the elections in their respective states,” Toomey, Pennsylvania’s most prominent elected Republican, said in a phone interview. His comments came a day after it emerged that Trump called the Republican state House Speaker to seek help in undoing the outcome.


Toomey, one of fewer than 30 congressional Republicans to openly acknowledge Joe Biden’s victory, said he spoke with the president-elect by phone late last week, congratulated him, and discussed some of the few areas where they might be able to cooperate, such as on international trade.

12/8/2020   Congressional Republicans continue campaign of resistance to accepting Biden’s win, by Mike DeBonis, The Washington Post

Speaking on a House GOP conference call Tuesday morning, Rep. Alex X. Mooney (R-W.Va.) moved to condemn GOP colleagues who refuse to back Trump’s efforts to challenge the election and pressure him “to concede prematurely,” sparking a tense debate.


Mooney’s resolution, titled “Counting Every Legal Vote,” offers support for Trump’s post-election efforts to question the results in key states he lost as well as his “efforts to investigate and punish election fraud.” It also “condemns any member who calls upon Trump to concede prematurely before these investigations are complete.”


Several lawmakers spoke up against the resolution during Tuesday’s call, arguing that it was improper for the conference to condemn lawmakers for airing their views.

Among them was Rep. Adam Kinzinger (Ill.), who has been one of the few elected Republicans on Capitol Hill to push back on Trump’s unfounded claims of mass voter fraud.


“This is America,” Kinzinger said, according to a spokeswoman. 

12/8/2020   In yet another proud moment for "proud" Trump supporters, Trump begs yet another state for help with Sedition. by Amy Gardner, Josh Dawsey and Rachael Bade, The Washington Post

President Trump called the speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives twice during the past week to make an extraordinary request for help reversing his loss in the state, reflecting a broadening pressure campaign by the president and his allies to try to subvert the 2020 election result.


The calls, confirmed by House Speaker Bryan Cutler’s office, make Pennsylvania the third state where Trump has directly attempted to overturn a result since he lost the election to former vice president Joe Biden. He previously reached out to Republicans in Michigan, and on Saturday he pressured Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) in a call to try to replace that state’s electors.

12/8/2020   U.S. Supreme Court rejects GOP congressman’s last-minute effort to upend Pennsylvania’s election results, by Jeremy Roebuck, The Philadelphia Inquirer

The justices issued their decision, without comment, in a terse, two-line order dismissing the matter raised by Rep. Mike Kelly, the Butler County Republican who had argued that millions of votes in the state had been unconstitutionally cast by mail. Unlike in a previous Pennsylvania election dispute the justices considered this year, this time none of them publicly dissented in rebuffing the congressman’s arguments.


It also served as a stinging reality check to the confidence with which the president and his attorneys had predicted the conservative justices Trump installed would ultimately come to his rescue.

12/8/2020   Texas AG sues Michigan over election results, asks Supreme Court to disqualify electors, by Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press

Paxton claims that the odds of President-elect Joe Biden winning all four states "given President Trump's early lead in those states" in unofficial election returns were less than one in a quadrillion. But he does not provide the mathematics for how he arrived at such an extraordinary number in four states where Biden was either ahead or he and Trump were polling closely in advance of the election.


Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said the filing "is a publicity stunt, not a serious legal pleading."


"The erosion of confidence in our democratic system isn’t attributable to the good people of Michigan, Wisconsin, Georgia or Pennsylvania but rather to partisan officials, like Mr. Paxton, who place loyalty to a person over loyalty to their country," Nessel said in a news release.

12/8/2020   Texas attorney general asks Supreme Court to block Biden victory in 4 states, by Chuck Lindell, Austin American-Statesman

"Texas alleges that there are 80,000 forged signatures on absentee ballots in Georgia, but they don’t bring forward a single person who this happened to. That’s because it didn’t happen," said Georgia's deputy secretary of state, Jordan Fuchs.

12/7/2020   Get ready to change the channel and stop giving Donald Trump the attention he craves, Opinion by Kurt Bardella, USA Today

12/7/2020   Sheriff who suggested Whitmer kidnapping could be 'citizen's arrest' sues over election, by Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press

12/7/2020   Trump campaign takes election challenge to Michigan Supreme Court, by Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press

12/7/2020   Arizona Legislature shuts down after Rudy Giuliani possibly exposed lawmakers to COVID-19, by Maria Polletta, Arizona Republic

12/7/2020   Trump is reportedly planning a made-for-TV exit on Air Force One from the White House, by Tom Porter, Business Insider (thru Yahoo)

- to a rally on Inauguration Day, hoping to pull viewers from Biden

12/7/2020   ‘This Must Be Your First’ by Zeynep Tufekci, The Atlantic

Only one widely understood word captures what Donald Trump is trying to do, even though his acts do not meet its technical definition.  In political science, the term coup refers to the illegitimate overthrow of a sitting government—usually through violence or the threat of violence. The technical term for attempting to stay in power illegitimately—such as after losing an election—is self-coup or autocoup—sometimes autogolpe.


Much debate has ensued about what exactly to call whatever Trump is attempting right now, and about how worried we should be. It’s true, the whole thing seems ludicrous—the incoherent lawsuits, the late-night champagne given to official election canvassers in Trump hotels, the tweets riddled with grammatical errors and weird capitalization.


The U.S. president is trying to steal the election, and, crucially, his party either tacitly approves or is pretending not to see it. This is a particularly dangerous combination, and makes it much more than just typical Trumpian bluster or norm shattering.


Maybe in other languages—from places with more experience with this particular type of power grab—we’d be better able to discuss the subtleties of this effort, to distinguish the postelection intervention from the Election Day injustices, to separate the legal but frivolous from the outright lawless, and to understand why his party’s reaction—lack of reaction—is not just about wanting to conclude an embarrassing presidency with minimal fanfare. But in English, only one widely understood word captures what Donald Trump is trying to do, even though his acts do not meet its technical definition. Trump is attempting to stage some kind of coup, one that is embedded in a broader and ongoing power grab.


And if that’s hard to recognize, this might be your first.

12/7/2020   One possible reason Trump’s false fraud claims took root: Many of his supporters may not know Biden voters, by Philip Bump, The Washington Post

In September, Pew Research Center released polling data showing that most Americans knew few people who supported a different presidential candidate than they did. About 4 in 10 supporters of both Trump and Biden indicated that they had no friends planning on voting for the other candidate.


[The point is well documented and well illustrated in this Wshington Post article.]

12/6/2020   ‘S.N.L.’ Parodies Rudy Giuliani and Melissa Carone’s Disastrous Hearing, by Dave Itzkoff, The New York Times

Cecily Strong took center stage in a “Saturday Night Live” sketch playing a real-life figure who had already reminded viewers of one of her best-known characters.

12/6/2020 Trump's wild Inauguration Day exit, by Alayna Treene, Axios

[Editor's note: A$$holes gotta A$$]

12/6/2020   The Reagans shows the roots of America's individualism problem, by Neil J. Young, The Week

In Reagan, the cult of rugged individualism overtook the Republican Party and remade American politics. Now, 40 years later amid a global pandemic, that unbridled individualism has shown its deadly dimensions in Trump and the Republicans' lack of response to COVID-19. Their dismissal of a coordinated government response in favor of encouraging Americans to decide what they think best, including whether or not to wear masks, has spelled catastrophe. And it's evident in the millions of Americans who — in refusing to wear masks, practice social distance, and momentarily deny their self-gratification — have selfishly exploited the language of "individual responsibility" as license for their own recklessness.

12/6/2020   Black Michigan lawmaker posts voicemails saying she should be lynched, by Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press

The calls are some of many threats received by Democratic and Republican lawmakers in Michigan, as President Donald Trump and his allies continue to rely on conspiracy theories — not credible evidence — to argue widespread fraud led to a stolen election.

12/6/2020  Statement of Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson

The individuals gathered outside my home targeted me as Michigan’s Chief Election officer. But their threats were actually aimed at the 5.5million Michigan citizens who voted in this fall’s election, seeking to overturn their will. They will not succeed in doing so. My statement:

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12/6/2020   A miserable end to a miserable presidency, Opinion by Jennifer Rubin (Conservative), The Washington Post

To the very end, most Republican members of Congress adhered to their reputations as spineless enablers of a destructive, racist and utterly incompetent president. A Post survey of Republicans in Congress found that a mere 27 of 249 acknowledged Biden’s victory. The vast majority were too cowardly to give a definitive answer.


No longer animated by a positive vision or policy ideas, the GOP is now simply a cauldron of writhing resentment and paranoia — a party that survives by spinning a web of lies and terrifying its own voters.

12/6/2020   The Republican Plan for the Next Four Years Isn’t Normal, by Peter Nicholas, The Atlantic

Larry Hogan, the Republican governor of Maryland, agrees that the party needs “some serious self-examination” following Trump’s defeat. “Successful politics is about addition and multiplication—not subtraction and division,” Hogan told me. “And I’m afraid we’ve been doing an awful lot of dividing lately.” 


 “You’re telling me that a Republican Party that now traffics in fascism and white nationalism and conspiracy theories is ready to free itself of this particular yoke?” former RNC Chair Michael Steele told me. “The answer is no … Donald Trump has managed in five years to undo roughly 145 years of [GOP] history.”

12/6/2020   America’s Next Authoritarian Will Be Much More Competent, by Zeynep Tufekci, The Atlantic

Trump was ineffective and easily beaten. A future strongman won’t be.


Trump ran like a populist, but he lacked the political talent or competence to govern like an effective one. Remember the Infrastructure Week he promised? It never happened. Remember the trade wars with China he said he’d win? Some tariffs were raised here and there, but the jobs that would bring relief to America’s decimated manufacturing sector never resurged. In Wisconsin in 2018, the president announced “the eighth wonder of the world”—a Foxconn factory that was supposed to employ 13,000 in return for $4.5 billion in government subsidies. However, going into this election, the building remained empty, and the president lost Wisconsin in the Electoral College. (Foxconn hired people in the final weeks of 2019 to fulfill quotas for the subsidies, and laid off many of them right after the new year.) Most populists globally deploy wide patronage networks: state spending that boosts their own supporters. Trump’s model remained attached more to personal graft: He encouraged people to stay in his hotels and have dinner at Mar-a-Lago in exchange for access, rather than develop a broad and participatory network that would remain loyal to him for years. And when the pandemic hit, instead of rising to the occasion and playing the strongman, rallying the country through a crisis that had originated in China—an opportunity perfect for the kind of populist he aspired to be—he floundered.

12/5/2020   Just 27 congressional Republicans acknowledge Biden’s win, Washington Post survey finds, by Paul Kane and Scott Clement, The Washington Post

Those are the findings of a Washington Post survey of all 249 Republicans in the House and Senate that began the morning after Trump posted a 46-minute video Wednesday evening in which he wrongly claimed he had defeated Biden and leveled wild and unsubstantiated allegations of “corrupt forces” who stole the outcome from the sitting president.


The results demonstrate the fear that most Republicans have of the outgoing president and his grip on the party, despite his new status as just the third elected president to lose reelection in the past 80 years.

12/5/2020   Trump calls Georgia governor to pressure him for help overturning Biden’s win in the state, By Amy Gardner, Colby Itkowitz and Josh Dawsey, The Washington Post

Raffensperger, a Republican, has strongly defended the integrity of Georgia’s election, despite pressure from other GOP leaders, including the state’s senators, who demanded his resignation. His office has said there is no specific evidence the signature match process was done improperly.


Earlier last week, a top official in Raffensperger’s office called on Trump to stop spreading false claims about fraud, saying the rhetoric was leading to threats of violence against election workers.

12/5/2020   At Georgia rally, Trump spouts election falsehoods, amplifies old grievances, By Cleve R. Wootson Jr., Amy B Wang and David Weigel, The Washington Post

“We’ve never lost an election. We’re winning this election,” Trump declared soon after he took the stage outside a hangar at Valdosta Regional Airport on Saturday night.  People held “Make America Great Again” placards and draped themselves in giant “Trump 2020” flags, and there was little noticeable signage for Perdue or Loeffler.


“I’ve probably worked harder in the last three weeks than I ever have in my life,” Trump told the crowd at one point, referring to his unprecedented personal efforts to overturn Biden’s victory since November.


[Pandemic?  What pandemic?]

12/4/2020   Thank Goodness for the Independence of America’s Judiciary, by Sheldon L. Snook, The Atlantic

Former Chief Justice William Rehnquist would be proud. In the weeks since the election, the president has waged a baseless legal battle to overturn its legitimate results, and federal- and state-court judges have acted admirably, faithfully, and impartially, discharging all the duties of their office despite intense public pressure from Donald Trump and his supporters. Rehnquist once referred to the independence of the American judiciary as one of the “crown jewels” of our system of government. So far, these judges have proved him right.


Sheldon L. Snook was a special assistant in the Office of the Counselor to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 2014 to 2020 and an assistant to the chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia from 2002 to 2014.

12/4/2020   Judges turn back claims by Trump and his allies in six states as the president’s legal effort founders, By Elise Viebeck, Emma Brown and Rosalind S. Helderman, The Washington Post

Just over a month after the Nov. 3 election, the Trump campaign and other Republicans suing over Biden’s win were dealt court losses across six states where they have tried to contest the results of the presidential race — Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada and Wisconsin.


Judges ruled decisively that Trump’s side has not proved the election was fraudulent, with some offering painstaking analyses of why such claims lack merit and pointed opinions about the risks the legal claims pose to American democracy.


“It can be easy to blithely move on to the next case with a petition so obviously lacking, but this is sobering,” wrote Justice Brian Hagedorn of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, agreeing with the court’s decision not to hear a lawsuit filed by a conservative group that sought to invalidate the election in that state.


“The relief being sought by the petitioners is the most dramatic invocation of judicial power I have ever seen,” added Hagedorn, who is part of the court’s conservative wing. “Judicial acquiescence to such entreaties built on so flimsy a foundation would do indelible damage to every future election.


. . . This is a dangerous path we are being asked to tread.”

12/4/2020   Michigan Court of Appeals rejects another Trump lawsuit over Michigan election, by Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press

12/4/2020   Giuliani's Michigan Witness Mellissa Carone Harassed, Sent Sex Videos To Boyfriend's Ex, by Violet Ikonomova, Deadline Detroit

Police reports obtained by Deadline Detroit reveal obscenity and computer crime charges filed against the 33-year-old Grosse Pointe Woods mother stem from a harassment campaign she waged against a 42-year-old woman in 2018 and 2019. Earlier Friday, the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office said Carone pleaded the initial charges down to disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor.


Her boyfriend's ex-wife, Jessica, called the police about Carone multiple times between November 2018 and September 2019, initially after receiving three videos from an uknown email address showing Carone and her ex having sex. Carone's last name was then Wright.

12/4/2020   ‘We cannot allow death threats’: House Democratics demand disbarment of Trump lawyer who said ex-election chief should be killed, By MICHAEL MCAULIFF and CHRIS SOMMERFELDT, The New York Daily News

“In the United States, we cannot and will not allow death threats — especially from those acting on the president’s behalf — to silence discourse, dissent and honesty,” the Democrats wrote in a letter to the counsel’s office.


DiGenova, who’s part of the Trump campaign effort to subvert Joe Biden’s election, said in a Monday interview on the right-wing Newsmax network that Christopher Krebs, the former director of the U.S. government’s cybersecurity agency, should be killed for publicly debunking the president’s baseless claim that Biden’s victory was facilitated by widespread voter fraud.


“That guy is a Class A moron,” diGenova said of Krebs, who was handpicked to his former post by Trump. “He should be drawn and quartered. Taken out at dawn and shot.”

12/4/2020   Trump aide banned from Justice Dept. after pressuring staffers for case information, Associated Press

Heidi Stirrup, an ally of top Trump advisor Stephen Miller, was quietly installed at the Justice Department as a White House liaison a few months ago. She was told within the last two weeks to vacate the building after top Justice officials learned of her efforts to collect inside information about ongoing cases and the department’s work on election fraud, the people told the Associated Press.


Stirrup is accused of approaching staffers in the department and demanding that they give her information about investigations, including election fraud matters, the people said. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss the matter.

12/4/2020   Op-Ed: How the death of local news has made political divisions far worse, by Sarabeth Berman, Los Angeles Times

The closure of news outlets also makes governments more wasteful; with nobody looking over their shoulder, local officials tend to drive up government wages, taxes and deficits, researchers from Notre Dame and the University of Illinois at Chicago have found. Conversely, access to reliable local news is associated with higher political participation. Towns with newspapers have greater voter turnout, according to a study led by Matthew Gentzkow, a Stanford economist.

12/4/2020   A Democratic Stress Test — The 2020 Election and Its Aftermath, Bright Line Watch November 2020 surveys

12/4/2020   RNC's highest-paid vendor of the 2020 election: A mystery company formed nine months ago, By ROGER SOLLENBERGER, Salon

"Pretty impressive that an LLC that didn't exist at the beginning of this year and still doesn't have a website has received $42 million from the RNC," Brendan Fischer, director of federal reform at the Campaign Legal Center, told Salon. "The RNC likely wouldn't take a $42 million gamble on a newly-created operation with no track record; presumably, Digital Consulting Group LLC was set up by trusted political operatives."


The official added a "reminder" that as of August, "the RNC previously announced that we would not be using Parscale Strategy for digital media buys."


"I have one company and my name is on it," Parscale said.


But Parscale still holds about half of the shares of a digital marketing company called CloudCommerce, SEC filings show. He sat on the company board until last December, a month before Digital Consulting Group was born.


Four days before Parscale left CloudCommerce, however, the company bought marketing rights to a set of data on 80 million "faith-based" individuals, a term of art likely designating evangelical Christians.


A former Trump campaign official told Salon that Digital Consulting Group appears to be an in-house operation, as was Parscale Strategy. If the company had been designed to fill the role previously occupied by Parscale Strategy, the official said, "there is no way" Parscale wouldn't know about it. Furthermore, the official added, Parscale worked on the Trump campaign until September, and would certainly be aware of a marketing and media vendor that had billed the RNC for $42 million.

12/4/2020   "Why aren’t more Republicans standing up & speaking out about Trump’s reprehensible acts?...It’s time to stop parsing the motivations behind their silence & say what the real answer is, which is almost too scary to admit. They’re fine with it. All of it."  by Amanda Carpenter, The Bulwark


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12/4/2020   Meet the people who will cast Michigan's Electoral College votes, by Clara Hendrickson and Nushrat Rahman, Detroit Free Press

12/3/2020   Judge Kenny promises opinion by Dec. 8 on request for Wayne County election audit, by Clara Hendrickson, Detroit Free Press

12/3/2020   Michigan State elections director knocks down Trump claims about TCF, fraudulent vote count, by Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press

12/3/2020   Fact Check: Video From Georgia Does NOT Show Suitcases Filled With Ballots Suspiciously Pulled From Under A Table; Poll Watchers Were NOT Told To Leave, by Hallie Golden, Lead Stories/Fact Check

12/3/2020   EXCLUSIVE: Trump's newest star witness to 'voter fraud' who claimed she saw Dominion systems being rigged was on probation for COMPUTER CRIME after plea deal to drop 'obscenity' charge, by Daily Mail.co.uk

This Daily Mail article is a very, very long look at Mellissa Carone, Giuliani's "star witness" at Wednesday's Lansing train wreck of a hearing.


Awaiting details of precisely what computer crime she was on probation for committing or what her "first degree obscenity" entailed.

12/3/2020   Wisconsin Supreme Court declines to hear Trump campaign challenge to election results, by John Wagner, Felicia Sonmez and Colby Itkowitz, The Washington Post

Trump declined Thursday to say whether he retains confidence in Attorney General William P. Barr, who this week undercut the president by saying he had not seen any evidence of fraud on a scale that would alter the election results.

12/3/2020   Ivanka Trump confirms she was questioned by the D.C. attorney general’s office over Inaugural Committee spending, by Jacqueline Alemany and David A Fahrenthold, The Washington Post

In early 2017, when Trump’s Inaugural Committee booked ballrooms at the downtown hotel, that meant the president was effectively on both sides of the transaction: His committee paid his hotel, using donors’ money.


On Twitter on Thursday, D.C. Attorney General Karl A. Racine (D) replied to Ivanka Trump’s post with a message calling the Trump hotel’s bills “grossly overpriced.”


“Our investigation revealed the Committee willfully used nonprofit funds to enrich the Trump family. It’s very simple: They broke the law. That’s why we sued,” Racine wrote in another tweet.

12/2/2020   Column: Trump’s lawyers are abusing the courts. They should be sanctioned, by Harry Litman, Los Angeles Times

Trump is abusing the courts and the justice system, and his remaining lawyers are violating the civil rules and the ethical requirements for lawyers. It is past time for sanctions.


Every litigator is acutely aware of the requirements of Rule 11 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. It specifies that lawyers who sign a pleading are certifying to the court that 1) the factual contentions have evidentiary support; 2) the claims are warranted under the law; and 3) the lawsuit is not being presented for any improper purpose, such as to harass.


Rule 11 is a mechanism for imposing costs on frivolous lawsuits. Violators are subject to court-imposed sanctions such as an order directing payment of the opposing party’s attorney’s fees. States also prohibit frivolous lawsuits; sanctions at the state level may include the attorney losing his or her license to practice law.


Even if litigants escape the worst punishment for a violation, to be on the losing side of a Rule 11 motion is a black eye for attorneys. That’s one reason why lawyer after lawyer, and law firm after law firm, has peeled away from the president’s post-election litigation.


Harry Litman is a former U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, a former Deputy Assistant Attorney General and a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.

12/2/2020   Trump’s dwindling prospects to overturn the election: A guide, by Glenn Kessler, The Washington Post

Delegates to the electoral college will cast their votes on Dec. 14.. Here’s a quick guide to where things stand in each state.


So far, in virtually every court case, judges have rejected the Trump campaign’s claims, which in effect have called for nullifying the results of the popular vote and awarding electors to Trump instead. (There’s often a wide gap between what is argued in court, where there can be penalties for false claims, and what Trump says in public.) Moreover, Attorney General William P. Barr told the Associated Press on Tuesday that “to date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have effected a different outcome in the election.”

12/2/2020   Fiery Giuliani tells Michigan lawmakers election stolen, offers no credible evidence, by Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press

12/2/2020   Fact Check: Trump, Giuliani continue to peddle baseless election conspiracies about Michigan, by Clara Hendrickson, Detroit Free Press

Giuliani: Affidavits allege “massive cheating particularly on the part of the Democratic Party of Detroit to the extent of easily five, six seven-hundred thousand illegal votes calculated many different ways.”

This is false and mathematically impossible. There is no evidence of election fraud in Detroit and allegations of fraud submitted by Republican challengers present at the TCF Center were rejected by Kenny as "incorrect and not credible" in the lawsuit against local election officials. The Trump campaign voluntarily withdrew a lawsuit it filed in the U.S. District Court in Michigan's Western District that included over 100 affidavits repeating many of the claims rejected by Kenny.


Meanwhile, the scale of fraud in Detroit alleged by Giuliani wildly exceeds the number of voters. In the November election, 256,514 votes were counted in Detroit.

12/2/2020   The most petulant 46 minutes in American history , by Philip Bump, The Washington Post

Since polls closed Nov. 3, Trump’s public response to his loss has been one of exasperation, the spoiled child suddenly told that he can’t do something he wants to do. Some part of this is political, an effort to lash out at President-elect Joe Biden and to impose an emotional cost on Democrats broadly. But there’s obviously something deeper and more psychological at play, a darker shadow of refusal and frustration and fury that can’t as easily be countered with simple rationality.


For all of the reporting about how Trump understands that he lost the race and is discussing a potential run in 2024, the speech released Wednesday did not convey any calculated assessment of the situation. It was a cri de coeur that, given the season, begs comparisons to the Festivus airing of grievances from George Costanza’s father on “Seinfeld” — another older Queens man unable to gracefully accept the nature of the world around him.

12/1/2020   Barr says he hasn’t seen fraud that could affect the election outcome, by Matt Zapotosky, Devlin Barrett and Josh Dawsey, The Washington Post

His comments to the Associated Press, while caveated, make Barr the highest-ranking Trump administration official to break with the president on his allegation that the election was stolen, and they might offer political cover to other Republicans to stake out similar positions.

12/1/2020   ‘Someone’s going to get killed’: GOP election official in Georgia blames President Trump for fostering violent threats,  By Amy Gardner and Keith Newell, The Washington Post

“Mr. President, you have not condemned these actions or this language,” he said. “Senators, you have not condemned this language or these actions. . . . Stop inspiring people to commit potential acts of violence.”


He added: “That shouldn’t be too much to ask for people who ask us to give them responsibility.”

12/1/2020   Michigan Senate hearing puts new spotlight on unproven claims of election fraud, by Craig Mauger, The Detroit News

12/1/2020   Trump files lawsuit challenging Wisconsin election results, by Scott Bauer, AP

12/1/2020   Disputing Trump, Barr says no widespread election fraud, by Michael Balsamo, Associated Press

12/1/2020   Rudy Giuliani to appear before Michigan House committee Wednesday, by Craig Mauger, The Detroit News

12/1/2020   What Rudy Giuliani Is Really Up To, by Peter Stone, The Atlantic

The former mayor’s fevered efforts to overturn the election results may be about self-preservation more than anything else.

12/1/2020   GOP silence on Trump's false election claims recalls McCarthy era, Analysis by Ronald Brownstein, Fault Lines, CNN Politics

12/1/2020   Trump to Georgia’s Governor: ‘Call Off Election. It Won’t Be Needed’, By JIM GERAGHTY, National Review

11/30/2020   Trump Lawyer Says Krebs Should Be ‘Taken Out at Dawn and Shot’ for Defending Election, by MAIREAD MCARDLE, National Review

Trump campaign lawyer Joe diGenova declared Monday that the Trump administration’s former cybersecurity chief deserves to be put to death for claiming that the presidential election was the “most secure” in the country’s history.


President Trump fired Chris Krebs, his head of cybersecurity, earlier this month after Krebs disputed Trump’s claim that the 2020 election was rigged against him. Krebs found himself at odds with the president after he called the election the “most secure in United States history.”


“Anybody who thinks the election went well, like that idiot Krebs who used to be the head of cybersecurity that guy is a class A moron. He should be drawn and quartered. Taken out at dawn and shot,” diGenova, who is also a former U.S. Attorney, said during an appearance on the Howie Carr show, broadcast on Newsmax, in comments first reported by The Bulwark.


Before he was fired by Trump in a tweet, Krebs had served as the director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency at the Department of Homeland Security since November, 2018.

11/30/2020   Trump’s Disgraceful Endgame, by THE EDITORS, National Review

Almost nothing that the Trump team has alleged has withstood the slightest scrutiny. In particular, it’s hard to find much that is remotely true in the president’s Twitter feed these days. It is full of already-debunked claims and crackpot conspiracy theories about Dominion voting systems. Over the weekend, he repeated the charge that 1.8 million mail-in ballots in Pennsylvania were mailed out, yet 2.6 million were ultimately tallied. In a rather elementary error, this compares the number of mail-ballots requested in the primary to the number of ballots counted in the general. A straight apples-to-apples comparison finds that 1.8 million mail-in ballots were requested in the primary and 1.5 million returned, while 3.1 million ballots were requested in the general and 2.6 million returned.


Flawed and dishonest assertions like this pollute the public discourse and mislead good people who make the mistake of believing things said by the president of the United States.

11/30/2020   Supreme Court seems skeptical of Trump's census plan, by Mark Sherman, Associated Press

11/29/2020   Team Biden has to show that foreign policy elites got the message, Opinion by E.J. Dionne Jr, The Washington Post

Talk of a “foreign policy for the middle class” may sound like campaign boilerplate, but it accurately describes one of the central obligations this band of liberal internationalists has assumed. They need to demonstrate to Americans on Main Street that the diplomats in Foggy Bottom have their interests in mind.


Janet Yellen, Biden’s pick for treasury secretary, was far ahead of the conventional wisdom in warning that “globalization and skill-biased technological change may have been working in combination to particularly depress the wage gains of those in the middle of the U.S. wage distribution.” She said this in 2006. We might have avoided the Trump experiment if more people had heeded her warning.

11/29/2020   The GOP: A party that cannot change, Opinion by James Downie, The Washington Post

It is probably unrealistic to expect the GOP tune to change. Blunt rose to national prominence during the 1990s, when a Democrat left the country in decent shape, but conservative hysteria, driven by right-wing media, led to the election of a Republican who threw all that away with reckless decisions.


Malliotakis and Mace are entering Washington four years after another Democrat left the country in decent shape, but conservative hysteria, driven by right-wing media, led to the election of a Republican who threw all that away with reckless decisions.

11/29/2020   Marco Rubio is already suiting up for the politics of destruction, Opinion by Fred Hiatt, Editorial Page Editor, The Washington Post

Let’s say you’re a Republican senator who claims to support democracy and U.S. leadership in the world.


Let’s imagine, too, that you’ve spent four years excusing and supporting a president who fawned over North Korea’s odious dictator, encouraged China’s ruling tyrant to build his concentration camps, took the word of Russia’s strongman over U.S. intelligence agencies and celebrated the Saudi despot who orchestrated the dismemberment of a dissident journalist.


And let’s posit that, on top of all that, you’ve been a profile in cowardice as your president tried to nullify a democratic election here at home.

11/29/2020   Biden hires all-female senior communications team, names Neera Tanden director of OMB, by Annie Linskey and Jeff Stein, The Washington Post

Tanden in particular has extensive experience fighting with Republican lawmakers as a top Clinton surrogate. Bernstein, as one of Biden’s top economic aides during his time as vice president, was closely involved in the Obama administration’s stimulus package. Mike Konczal, an economic expert at the left-leaning Roosevelt Institute think tank, tweeted that Biden’s choices all “understand how important executing the recovery and getting to full employment will be. . . . They’ll also have strong antibodies against cynical debt hysteria and conservative boilerplate.”

11/29/2020   Wisconsin recount confirms Biden’s win over Trump, cementing the president’s failure to change the election results, by Rosalind S. Helderman, The Washington Post

The recount of presidential ballots in Wisconsin’s two largest counties finished Sunday, reconfirming that President-elect Joe Biden defeated President Trump in the key swing state by more than 20,000 votes.


As a result of the recount, Biden’s lead over Trump in Wisconsin grew by 87 votes.


Under Wisconsin law, Trump was required to foot the bill for the partial recount — meaning his campaign paid $3 million only to see Biden’s lead expand.

 11/29/2020   Trump Now Baselessly Suggests FBI Rigged Election Against Him in First Post-Election Interview, by Justin Baragona, Daily Beast

With Team Trump suffering another series of humiliating defeats as their Pennsylvania appeal was denied by an all-Republican federal judge panel and the Pennsylvania Supreme Court rejected a Republican lawsuit to declare mail-in ballots unconstitutional, Trump called into Bartiromo’s Sunday Morning Futures to rant and rave about how the election was “stolen” from him


‘The president also ranted at length about “big massive dumps” in a predictably bonkers, at times incoherent chat with Fox’s Maria Bartiromo.


“This election was over and then they did dumps, they call them dumps, big massive dumps in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and all over,” he exclaimed. “If you take a look at you just take a look at just about every state that we're talking about every swing state that we're talking about, and they did these massive dumps of votes and all of a sudden, I went from winning by a lot to losing by a little, and in some cases, it took a period of time to do it.


“We have stories that are unbelievable, but we’re not allowed to put in our proof. They say you don’t have standing. I said I’d like to file to the lawyers. I would like to file one nice big beautiful lawsuit,” Trump continued. “They say, ‘sir, you don’t have standing.’ I say, ‘I don’t have standing you mean as president of the United States, I don’t have standing?’ What kind of a court system is this? And the judges stay away from it.”  

11/28/2020   Harris scoffs at the idea of a rematch against Trump in 2024, by Emma Kinery, Bloomberg News

11/28/2020   20 days of fantasy and failure: Inside Trump’s quest to overturn the election, by Philip Rucker, Ashley Parker, Josh Dawsey and Amy Gardner, The Washington Post

But Trump refused to see it that way. Sequestered in the White House and brooding out of public view after his election defeat, rageful and at times delirious in a torrent of private conversations, Trump was, in the telling of one close adviser, like “Mad King George, muttering, ‘I won. I won. I won.’ ”

11/28/2020   What Now for Trump’s Border Wall?  By ZACHARY EVANS National Review

The verdict on the U.S.–Mexico border wall President Trump promised to construct is decidedly mixed as the year comes to a close.


The “big, beautiful wall,” as Trump referred to it, reached 400 miles in length by the end of October, when the Department of Homeland Security held a ceremony hailing the achievement. But almost all construction was designed to replace existing barriers: Just nine miles of new fencing have been put up at previously empty sections of the border.


[Which is fortunate.] 


According to planning documents obtained by the Washington Post in 2019, the administration estimated that construction of 500 miles of new barrier would average out to roughly $36 million per mile.

11/28/2020   Profiled: Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, D. Brooks Smith, by Matthew Stiegler, federal appellate lawyer in the Third Circuit

11/28/2020   Experts Scorch Pennsylvania Senator’s ‘Nakedly, Indefensibly Anti-Democratic’ Attempt to Replace State’s Electoral College Voters, by JERRY LAMBE, Law & Crime

 Pennsylvania State Sen. Doug Mastriano, a Republican whose district surrounds Gettysburg, on Saturday announced that he and his colleagues in the GOP-led state legislature have planned to introduce a resolution to appoint a new slate of electors to cast the state’s Electoral College votes next month — in essence an attempt to undo the certified results of the 2020 election in his state.  Mastriano cited what he believes to be “mounting evidence” that the 2020 election was “compromised.”  Legal experts, who for weeks have noted that such an approach would violate the U.S. Constitution, immediately castigated Mastriano for continuing to back President Donald Trump’s baseless claim that he won Pennsylvania and somehow has a miraculous, viable path to electoral victory.


Mastriano made similar comments Friday evening during an interview with the now-indicted former White House Strategist Steve Bannon.


“We’re going to take our power back; we’re going to seat the electors,” Mastriano said, claiming without evidence that Joe Biden only won the state by more than 80,000 votes because Democrats “cheated.”


University of Texas School of Law professor Steve Vladeck, a constitutional law expert, said Mastriano’s “insane” comments were simply lies.


“Never in my life did I think that I’d see elected officials in the United States acting in such nakedly, indefensibly anti-democratic ways — and blatantly lying about why. It’s not going to matter, but this is insane — and anyone not condemning this nonsense is complicit in it,” he wrote.


“The problem with this fraud nonsense—and Republicans’ refusal to denounce it—is not that it’s going to *succeed* this time; it’s that it’s going to normalize all kinds of anti-democratic behavior that will make it more likely to work in the future, especially in a close election,” he added.

11/28/2020   Pennsylvania Supreme Court dismisses lawsuit against mail ballots with prejudice in another defeat for Trump, by Elise Viebeck, The Washington Post

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court dismissed with prejudice a Republican lawsuit seeking to invalidate more than 2.5 million votes cast by mail in the general election,


Justices on the state high court ruled unanimously late Saturday that Republican petitioners waited too long to file their suit challenging Act 77, the 2019 law that established universal mail voting in Pennsylvania. Trump allies had asked the court to invalidate all votes cast by mail in the most recent election or direct the majority-Republican legislature to choose a slate of presidential electors. The ruling with prejudice means that the plaintiffs are barred from bringing another action on the same claim.

11/27/2020   Suit asks Supreme Court to take custody of all election materials for investigation, by Beth LeBlanc, The Detroit News

11/27/2020   The Imaginary Trump, By Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review

Donald Trump represented an age of celebrity, the age of endorsement deals. His is the age of cable-news addiction in old age and sharing opinions as a branding opportunity. He represents a social-media age, which fixes a digital sewage pipe to the brains of every single person on earth and allows the mental diarrhea to gush upon an unready world. He represented the fantasy of a moneyed elite that used to slum it in Queens, but has settled into a Manhattan penthouse. 


And so one of the most common forms of commentary during the Trump age was to imagine what Trump should say, or to wish he would stop saying the actual things that Trump says. We’ve had five years of people recognizing him as a star performer but wishing they could be Trump’s screenwriter.


Right-wing Trumpers tried to imagine Trump as King Cyrus, or Constantine — a strong man who could liberate God’s people from the grip of their tormentors. Most of his biggest fans don’t really have illusions about Trump. But, they still imagined a better version of Trump. One of my favorite examples of this comes from the authoress “Peachy Keenan” over at the American Mind. A COVID-19 hawk from the start, Keenan demanded a “war time Trump” come on the stage and even wrote a speech for him to give in the spring. She envisioned a sharp, rather strict 60-day shutdown, to ramp up the infrastructure necessary to take on the virus.


The real Trump would give a sleepy-sounding speech from the Oval Office. He would eventually give long briefings from the White House, poorly reviewed, in part because he would speculate rather freely about bleach and UV light being put in the body. The fantasy Trump took Churchillian control and responsibility for the dire situation. The real Trump wished vainly that the virus would go away, promised what turned out to be vaporware testing sites and websites, and then hoped (again) vainly that the ordeal would be over shortly and we could all celebrate Easter as normal.


How was your Thanksgiving?

11/27/2020   Opinion Just issued in the 3rd Circuit Trump case. Bibas with Smith and Chagares. Trump loses resoundingly. By Matthew Stiegler, Twitter

11/27/2020   Trump suffered the most massive loss today since the election was called for Joe Biden 20 days ago. The US Court of Appeals wrote an opinion that devastated all of his claims. And it happened to be written by Judge Stefanos Bibas, who was put on the Court by a guy named Donald Trump, Explainer by Neal Katyal, (Former.Solicitor General of the United States) Courtside

11/27/2020   Trump Re-Laughed out of Court in Pennsylvania Election Case, by Kevin Breuninger, CNBC News

The blistering opinion from a panel of judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, all three of whom were nominated by Republican presidents, said that the Trump campaign’s “claims have no merit.”


“Calling an election unfair does not make it so,” the 3rd Circuit’s opinion read. “Charges require specific allegations and then proof. We have neither here.”

11/27/2020   Sidney Powell’s ‘Kraken’ Lawsuit Didn’t Get Much Better When It Was Actually Filed, by COLIN KALMBACHER, Law & Crime

11/26/2020   Pro-Trump group donor sues over failure to expose election fraud, by Robert Burnson, loomberg

11/26/2020   Trump Faces a Critical Choice About His Political Future, By VICTOR DAVIS HANSON, National Review

11/26/2020   Citing conspiracy theories, Michigan GOP electors ask court to name Trump winner, by Craig Mauger, The Detroit News

11/26/2020   Trump supporters call for boycott of Georgia Senate runoffs, by Travis Gettys, Raw Story

Right-wingers are urging Republicans to boycott Georgia’s Senate runoff to protest Trump’s loss there

11/25/2020   Jenna Ellis Shared a Fake Teddy Roosevelt Quote. Then She Defended Herself by Saying the ‘Ifea’ Is True, by COLIN KALMBACHER, Law & Crime

The senior legal adviser of President Donald Trump’s campaign shared a quote on Twitter that was falsely attributed to former president Theodore Roosevelt. The critical response was immediate and efforts were quickly made to clean up the mess, but that only made things worse.


Trump lawyer Jenna Ellis, known for pugilistic interactions with members of the press and any other perceived enemies, took to the micro-blogging website just after midnight on Wednesday and posted a meme of Roosevelt with the following caption: “To anger a conservative, lie to him. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.”


“Jenna Ellis’s fake Roosevelt quote just captures so many perfect things about the Trump legal team,” mused appellate attorney Raffi Melkonian via Twitter. “The notion that Roosevelt just happened to talk like a 21st century Trumpy culture warrior is so dumb I don’t know what to do with it.”

11/25/2020   Feinstein departure from top post sets stage for Judiciary fight, by Alexander Bolton, The Hill

Feinstein put an end to the drama Monday by announcing she would not seek to serve as the chairwoman or the ranking member of the Judiciary Committee in 2021, opening the door for a more junior member to head the committee.

11/24/2020   Biden unveils a national security team without grifters, trolls or fanatics, Opinion by Max Boot, The Washington Post

11/24/2020   Flower shop target of online harassment after Shinkle abstains from Michigan vote, by Ashley Nerbovig, Detroit Free Press

After the meeting, many users called for people to harass Shinkle's Flower Shop and Greenhouse. Some left angry Google reviews about Shinkle abstaining from the certification vote. Of the 50 reviews left for the florist over three years, 17 were left in the past 48 hours, all one star.


Their anger was misdirected, though, because the Temperance, Michigan, flower shop is owned by Shinkle's brother, Gary Shinkle. Norm Shinkle is a former state senator who practices law in Williamston, Michigan, about an hour and a half northwest of Temperance.

11/24/2020   'I'm exaggerating a bit': Giuliani's voter fraud admission, Anderson Cooper, by John Berman and SE Cupp

11/24/2020   House Democrat accuses Air Force of attempting to influence Georgia runoff races, by Ellen Mitchell, The Hill

11/24/2020   Press: Trump's biggest fear is — lock him up, by Bill Press, The Hill

11/24/2020   Trump tells allies he plans to pardon Michael Flynn: report, by John Bowden, The Hill 

11/24/2020   Minnesota certifies Biden victory, by Tal Axelrod, The Hill

11/24/2020   Republican John James concedes in Michigan Senate race, by Tal Axelrod, The Hill

11/23/2020   Biden and Trump supporters clash in Lansing, 

Biden and Trump supporters clash in Lansing during demonstrations over state canvassers meeting
The Detroit News

11/23/2020   Trump’s legacy may be an increasingly authoritarian Republican Party, Opinion by Max Boot, The Washington Post

The impetus for the GOP’s growing aversion to democracy is clear: It has lost the popular vote in seven of the past eight presidential elections. That is a streak of futility unmatched in U.S. history.

11/23/2020   Trump fears Giuliani, other lawyers in Biden vote challenge are ‘fools that are making him look bad’, by Dan Mangan, CNBC 

11/23/2020   Michigan AG warns on election fraud claims: A false claim of criminal activity is a crime, by BY JUSTINE COLEMAN, The Hill

11/23/2020   Almost no Trump voters consider Biden the legitimate 2020 election winner, by Jacob Pramuk

As the president makes unsubstantiated claims about electoral malfeasance and sows doubts about vote tallies, only 3% of Trump voters surveyed said they accept Biden’s victory as legitimate, the survey released Monday found. A staggering 73% of respondents consider Trump the legitimate winner. Another 24% said they are not sure.


The vast majority of Trump voters — 81% — said they would not give Biden a chance as president. Only 19% said they would.


The findings underscore the harm Trump’s unsubstantiated claims have done to confidence in the U.S. electoral system.


2020 11 23 GSA Letter

11/23/2020   Trump's GSA Stooge caves.  The transition to an adult Presidency has begun.. 

NEW: GSA has informed president-elect Joe Biden the administration is ready to begin the formal transition process, according to a letter from administrator Emily Murphy sent Monday afternoon and obtained by CNN, by Jeff Zelazny

11/23/2020   Michigan board votes to certify election results despite GOP calls to delay, by Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press

"This board must respect the authority entrusted to it, and follow the law as written. We must not try to exercise power we simply don't have," said Van Langevelde, a staff attorney and policy advisor for the state House Republican Caucus.

11/23/2020    Breaking: Michigan Board of State Canvassers on Monday certified statewide election results, setting Joe Biden on the path to receiving the state’s 16 electoral votes. It's a significant blow to Trump’s attempts to reverse his election loss with spurious claims of fraud.

11/23/2020   Michigan Secretary of State Benson pens oped to Michigan: The will of the people is clear — and facts will carry the day, by Jocelyn Benson, Detroit Free Press

For the last 22 months, Michigan’s Bureau of Elections has worked with local clerks and national experts to prepare for a statewide audit of November’s general election.


During my tenure as Michigan's Secretary of State, and even before I was sworn into office, I've spoken repeatedly about the importance of post-election audits. Such audits ensure Michiganders can trust the outcome of our elections as an accurate reflection of the will of the people.


For example, following the March 10 presidential primary earlier this year, my office conducted Michigan’s first statewide risk-limiting audit pilot in partnership with 80 county clerks and hundreds of municipal clerks across Michigan. By state law, an audit can't be performed until the vote is certified.


The effort demonstrated the results of our elections are accurate and provided an extra layer of security as we prepared for November’s election.


A risk-limiting audit is the most statistically reliable method of evaluating the tabulation of ballots in an election. It involves drawing a large random sample of ballots in any given jurisdiction to confirm that, when ballots are visually inspected, the outcomes closely match the results reported by tabulation machines.


The pilot audit we conducted after the certification of Michigan’s March primary included a record-breaking 277 jurisdictions in all, more than had ever participated in such an audit anywhere in the country. It quickly and successfully demonstrated that Michigan’s ballot tabulation machines functioned properly and election results were accurate.

11/23/2020   Whitmer, courts could take action if Board of State Canvassers fails to certify, by Clara Hendrickson, Detroit Free Press

Under state law, the members of the Board of State Canvassers are required to certify election results if the Michigan's 83 counties have canvassed and certified theirs. The members of the Board of State Canvassers are executive officers and Michigan's Constitution gives the governor the power to remove officers "for gross neglect of duty." 

11/23/2020   Watch live: Board of State Canvassers to vote on certifying Michigan election results, by Amy huschka, Detroit Free Press

11/23/2020   Trump’s Absurd ‘You Did It First’ Argument for Stealing the Election, by Jonathan Chait, Intelligencer

11/23/2020   Republicans as a multicultural working class party? That's Trump-level delusional thinking | Opinion by Jason Sattler, USA Today

America's real working class is increasingly the opposite of Trump's base — struggling, female and diverse. And most in those groups voted for Biden.


Donald Trump has forged a failed presidency of, by and for the richest Americans. That doesn’t make him anything special. That just makes him a Republican.

11/22/2020   Trump Campaign Distances Itself From Conspiracy-Minded Trump Lawyer, by Matt Stieb, Intelligencer

In the latest sign of the mid-coup implosion on President Trump’s legal team, the campaign disavowed attorney Sidney Powell on Sunday night — just eight days after announcing she was one of the lawyers representing his efforts to overturn the election.


“Sidney Powell is practicing law on her own,” read a statement from Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani and campaign lawyer Jenna Ellis. “She is not a member of the Trump Legal Team. She is also not a lawyer for the President in his personal capacity.”


A few questions remain unanswered regarding Powell’s dismissal. If Republican leaders are critical of her comments, why have both the national GOP and campaign attorney Jenna Ellis endorsed her claims in the past week? As for conspiratorial thinking, it’s hard to boot her out of a legal effort which has provided no evidence for its claims — or ostracize her from a party that has openly embraced her fellow Q-supporters. And prior to her allegations against Kemp and Raffensperger, Powell’s election claims weren’t any more outlandish than her fellow “strike force” members. Giuliani, Powell, and Trump have all referenced the Dominion conspiracy suggesting a software firm connected to Hugo Chávez, the Chinese Communist Party, and George Soros stole hundreds of thousands of votes from the president.

11/22/2020   Michigan Democrats urge state canvassers to certify election results, by Omar Abdel-Baqui, Detroit Free Press

11/22/2020   What is the Board of State Canvassers? What does it do? Why does it exist? By Clara Hendrickson, The Detroit Free Press

11/22/2020   Michigan House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R) telling Fox & Friends that a “constitutional crisis” could still overturn Biden’s victory there, Aaron Rupar

WATCH: Lee Chatfield’s 7-15-2018 Arrest Video After Attempting to Bring a Loaded Unregistered Firearm Through Airport Security

In the video, you can hear the TSA agent inform Lee Chatfield that Emmet County Prosecutor James Linderman has a policy of not prosecuting people caught with unregistered firearms. They also tell Chatfield that he’s not going to jail, and assume the reason why the semi-automatic pistol isn’t in the registry is probably that the paperwork got lost. One interesting thing is the serial number on the gun raised some flags. Chatfield is then unhandcuffed so he doesn’t have to walk out in front of gawkers. The TSA agent jokes that Chatfield picked the right airport to bring a loaded unregistered firearm because if this had happened at any other airport TSA agents would have done their job and hauled him straight to jail.


Who's Chatfield? by Riley Beggin, The Bridge, 7/18/2019


If you've ever wondered why god and guns are crazy-glued together in the minds of these self glorifying evangelical gun nuts and why they devote their lives to strutting around in cheap camo, chickenshit plate carriers and walmart wehrmacht weaponry, there's this hint, a quote from the above profile:


  • “The purpose of government is not to provide for people’s housing or food or anything like that. The purpose of government is to protect their rights,” Bradstreet said of the show’s philosophical underpinnings. “That’s the whole recipe in the Declaration of Independence. It talks about all our authority, all our rights come from God, and government comes from the people through their leaders for the purpose of preserving their lives and their property.”

11/22/2020   Board of State Canvassers faces potential deadlock: Is it time for reform? By Paul Egan, Dave Boucher and Clara Hendrickson, Detroit Free Press

LANSING — For what is believed would be the first time in history, Michigan's elections board could deadlock Monday on certifying the state's presidential election results.

11/22/2020   See what Michigan lawmakers said after Trump meeting, CNN

11/22/2020   Trump campaign requests Georgia recount that's unlikely to change his loss in the state, by Kevin Bohn

11/21/2020   The Danger (and Ineptitude) of Trump’s Failed Coup, by Jonathan Chait, Intelligencer

Trump has attempted to retain power much as he wielded it throughout his term: with a comic ineptitude of his means that made it difficult to absorb the seriousness of his ends. If you had predicted four years ago that Trump would finish his term by proposing to cancel the election and reinstall himself in a second term, you’d have been brushed off as a hysteric. And yet here he is attempting to do just that and recruiting Republican allies to his mad scheme. The certainty of his failure does not make the damage caused by the coup effort disappear. It simply makes it harder to see clearly. The surreality of Mussolini continually slipping on banana peels is the defining paradox of this sordid era.

11/21/2020   Rudy Giuliani cites affidavit about Michigan that erroneously includes Minnesota locations, Louis Jacobson and Noah Y. Kim, PolitiFact

11/21/2020   Pictures of Michigan's Shirkey, Chatfield displayed on Trump's DC hotel, Detroit Free Press

11/21/2020   Michigan GOP asks state board to delay certifying election results, by Nisa Khan, Detroit Free Press

11/21/2020   Republicans ask Michigan election board to delay certification for two weeks, audit Detroit votes, by Simon Lewis, Reuters

The Republican National Committee and the Michigan Republican Party wrote to Michigan’s state board of canvassers on Saturday asking it to adjourn for 14 days to allow for an audit of ballots in the state’s largest county.

11/21/2020  The Founders didn’t prepare for a president who refuses to step down, historians say, by Gillian Brockell, The Washington Post

Those looking to the nation’s Founders, or the Constitution they framed, for answers to such a crisis will come up empty-handed. There is nothing in the Constitution about what to do if a president refuses to step down when his term expires, according to three historians and a constitutional law professor.


“We [historians] pride ourselves in saying, ‘Don’t worry, this has happened before,’ or, ‘Worry, this has happened before,’ ” said Jeffrey A. Engel, founding director of the Center for Presidential History at Southern Methodist University. “Right now, if all your historians can say is, ‘We are in entirely uncharted waters,’ I don’t even know how the rest of that sentence ends.”

11/21/2020   Trump privately plots his next act — including a potential 2024 run, by Philip Rucker, Ashley Parker and Josh Dawsey, The Washington Post

Trump has railed privately about the presidential debate moderated by Fox’s Chris Wallace, the fact that the network was the first major news network to call Arizona for Biden and that one of Fox’s correspondents confirmed the Atlantic’s reporting that Trump had called military service members “suckers” and “losers.”

11/21/2020    Trump campaign requests recount of hand-recounted results in Georgia, which is unlikely to change outcome, by Michelle Ye Hee Lee, The Washington Post

11/21/2020   Republican leaders ask Michigan election board to delay certification of results, in latest GOP effort to cast doubt on the vote, by Kayla Ruble, Tom Hamburger and David Fahrenthold, The Washington Post

The heads of the Republican National Committee and Michigan Republican Party issued a joint statement Saturday calling for Michigan’s state canvassing board to delay certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the state, marking the latest attempt by GOP leaders to intervene in the state’s electoral process.


In the letter — signed by RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, who is from Michigan, and state GOP Chair Laura Cox — the officials ask the canvassing board to adjourn for 14 days and allow for a “full audit and investigation” before they convene to certify the state’s election results, a procedural step that is set to take place Monday afternoon.


“Not sure who needs to hear this, but under state law (MCL 168.31a) audits can only be conducted after the State Canvassers certify the election,” Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson wrote. “This is [because] election officials do not have legal access to the documents needed to complete audits until the certification.”

11/21/2020   Michigan Lawmakers live it up with $500/bottle dom Perignon

11/21/2020   Trump’s quest to overturn election runs into quiet resistance from local and state Republicans, by Toluse Olorunnipa, Amy B Wang and Chelsea Janes, The Washington Post

A reminder of continued GOP support for Trump’s efforts was apparent Saturday in Michigan, where the state’s Republican chairwoman, Laura Cox, issued a joint statement with Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel calling on the state to delay final certification of the vote and conduct a “full audit and investigation.” This came a day after the state’s top GOP lawmakers met with Trump at the White House but declared afterward that they had “not yet been made aware of any information that would change the outcome of the election in Michigan.”

11/21/2020   Trump bid to overturn election stumbles as judge tosses Pennsylvania lawsuit, by Andy Sullivan and Tom Hals, Reuters

11/21/2020    Here's what Giuliani's former colleagues say about him now, CNN

11/21/2020   In scathing Saturday evening opinion, federal judge dismisses Trump campaign lawsuit in Pennsylvania, by Jon Swaine, The Washington Post

U.S. District Judge Matthew W. Brann granted a request from Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar to dismiss the suit, which alleged that Republicans had been illegally disadvantaged because some counties allowed voters to fix errors on their mail ballots.


Giuliani personally took charge of the case and appeared at a hearing Tuesday in Williamsport, Pa., in an attempt to justify it. Five other attorneys who represented the president withdrew from the case.


Brann wrote that Trump’s campaign had used “strained legal arguments without merit and speculative accusations” in its effort to throw out millions of votes.  He wrote that Trump’s attorneys had haphazardly stitched this allegation together “like Frankenstein’s Monster” in an attempt to avoid unfavorable legal precedent.


“In the United States of America, this cannot justify the disenfranchisement of a single voter, let alone all the voters of its sixth most populated state,” Brann wrote.

11/21/2020   GOP Group Files Pennsylvania Lawsuit to Invalidate State's Mail-in Ballots—All of Them, by Mili Godio, Newsweek

The lawsuit is a challenge to Act 77, which was signed by Governor Tom Wolf last year and passed through a GOP-controlled legislature (the Associated Press reported that only two "no" votes were from Republican members). The legislation provided Pennsylvanians the option to vote by mail up to 50 days before an election without providing an excuse, as was previously required for voters using absentee ballots. It also eliminated straight-party ticket voting and moved voter registration dates closer to Election Day.

11/21/2020   AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s flailing effort resting on mendacity, by Calvin Woodward and Ali Swenson, AP

11/21/2020   Trump objects to counting thousands of Wisconsin ballots, by Scott Bauer, Associated Press

11/21/2020   Trump tries to leverage power of office to subvert Biden win, by Zeke Miller, Colleen Long and David Eggert, AP

Trump’s roughly hourlong meeting with the Michigan legislators came days after he personally called two local canvassing board officials who had refused to certify the results in Wayne County, Michigan’s most populous county and one that overwhelmingly favored Biden. The two GOP officials eventually agreed to certify the results. But following Trump’s call, they said they had second thoughts.

11/21/2020   Who needs Russia? Loudest attacks on US vote are from Trump, by Eric Tucker and David Klepper, Associated Press

11/20/2020   Election law experts tell Michigan Board of Canvassers to certify election, by Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press

11/20/2020   Georgia confirms results in latest setback for Trump bid to overturn Biden win, by Trevor Hunnicutt and Joseph Ax, Reuters

11/20/2020   Trump’s wildest claims are going nowhere in court. Thank legal ethics, by Adam Winkler, The Washington Post

According to the American Bar Association’s Model Rules of Professional Conduct, a lawyer is prohibited from making “a false statement of fact or law to a tribunal.” This rule is as straightforward as it sounds: Lawyers are obligated to be truthful in everything they say to a court. If they aren’t, they can lose their license to practice law.


In a hearing over Trump’s claim that his campaign was being excluded from observing the ballot count in Philadelphia, the judge — a conservative George W. Bush appointee — asked Trump’s lawyer if campaign observers were in fact present. “There’s a nonzero number of people in the room,” the lawyer responded vaguely. The judge, irritated, said he was “asking you as a member of the bar of this court” — judge-speak for “Be honest with me right now or I’ll have your bar card.” Because of the duty of candor to the court, Trump’s lawyer had to concede that campaign observers were indeed in the room.

11/20/2020   Hey MAGAts: Don’t bail on Tucker! - Erik Wemple, The Washington Post

Fact-checkers and others have blasted Powell’s nonsense, which blends into a bare-knuckled attempt by Trump to use his powers to overturn the Nov. 3 elections. On Thursday night, an unexpected voice joined the chorus: “Sidney Powell has been saying similar things for days,” said Fox News host Tucker Carlson. “On Sunday night, we texted her after watching one of her segments. What Powell was describing would amount to the single greatest crime in American history. Millions of votes stolen in a day. Democracy destroyed. The end of our centuries-old system of self-government, not a small thing.”


“Tucker Carlson Tonight” didn’t summarily dismiss Powell’s allegations; it wanted the evidence. Here’s what happened next: “We invited Sidney Powell on the show. We would have given her the whole hour. We would have given her the entire week actually and listened quietly the whole time at rapt attention. That’s a big story,” said Carlson. “But she never sent us any evidence, despite a lot of requests, polite requests, not a page. When we kept pressing, she got angry and told us to stop contacting her.” 

11/20/2020   In Wisconsin, long shot recount may just be prelude to court, by Michael Tarm and Scott Bauer, AP

11/20/2020   Trump’s election lawsuits plagued by elementary errors, by Nomaan Merchant, AP

Top Republicans have stood behind him and said they will wait for those cases to be resolved before officially recognizing the winner, a standard that has no modern precedent.

11/20/2020   Criminal probe, legal fights await Trump after White House, by Michael R. Sisak, AP

11/20/2020   NY probes Trump consulting payments that reduced his taxes, by Michael R. Sisak and David B Caruso, Associated Press

11-20-2020   Scoop: Trump lawyers to avoid Michigan lawmaker meeting after COVID exposure, by Jonathn Swan, Axios

Rudy Giuliani and other key members of President Trump's outside legal team won't be attending today's meeting with two Michigan lawmakers because they've been exposed to the coronavirus, two sources familiar with the internal discussions tell Axios.

  • "It's just a shitshow, it's a joke," said a Trump campaign adviser.

11/19/2020   The GOP deserved to lose even worse. Here’s why it didn’t, Opinion by Michael Gerson, The Washington Post

“Figuring out how Trump won an additional 10 million votes,” argues my Post colleague E.J. Dionne Jr., “is one of the most important questions in politics.” His theory? “Given Trump’s intemperate and often wild ranting in the campaign’s final weeks and the growing public role in GOP politics of QAnon conspiracists, the Proud Boys and other previously marginal extremist groups, these voters may well be more radical than the party as a whole.”


The political party of George W. Bush, John McCain and Mitt Romney does seem well and truly gone. More than 73 million Americans voted for a presidential candidate excited by exclusion, attracted to authoritarianism and prone to conspiracy theories. Doesn’t that indicate a party driven by prejudice and illiberalism?


It does, in part. Every Republican who did not support Trump because of his bigotry supported him in spite of it. But this is an incomplete picture.

11/19/2020  Stacey Abrams On Finishing the Job In Georgia, by Rebecca Traister, The Cut.com

 “It can be undone just as quickly and as effectively as we did it.”

11/19/2020   Secretary of State: Post-election 'performance audit' planned in Wayne County, by Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press

11/19/2020   Wayne County Republican who asked to ‘rescind’ her vote certifying election results says Trump called her, By Tom Hamburger, Kayla Ruble and Tim Elfrink, The Washington Post

11/19/2020   The Daily 202: The corrosive consequences of GOP leaders humoring Trump as he sows doubt in democracy, By James Hohmann with Mariana Alfaro

11/19/2020   Georgia to release report on presidential race hand tally, By Kate Brumback, Associated Press

11/18/2020   Republican mayor from Michigan: ‘President Trump is deliberately lying to Americans’, by Matt Durr, MLive

11/18/2020   Why the GOP is sticking with Trump’s election deceit, Opinion by E.J. Dionne Jr., The Washington Post

11/18/2020   When Applying ‘Normal’ Scrutiny, Rudy Giuliani’s Court Appearance Was a Total Flop, by ADAM KLASFELD, Law & Crime

Before Tuesday, Rudy Giuliani last registered an appearance in the U.S. federal judiciary in 1992, and in the view of many legal observers, it showed.

11/18/2020   Wayne County's would-be election thieves humiliate themselves, expose GOP racism | Opinion by Brian Dickerson, Detroit Free Press

Donald Trump's brazen campaign to disenfranchise Black voters came to an ugly head Tuesday evening when two GOP apparatchiks refused the certify the results of Wayne County's Nov. 3 election, throwing the fate of Michigan's 16 electoral votes into uncertainty.


The plot fizzled a few hours later — but only after a spontaneous eruption of rage by voters and poll workers watching the spectacle unfold on Zoom, and not before the would-be election thieves had humiliated themselves on national TV and exposed the overt racism at the heart of their party's vote suppression effort.

11/18/2020   Trump is testing democracy. Nine out of 10 senior elected Republicans are failing, Opinion by Max Boot, The Washington Post

According to Axios, only six Republican senators (out of 53), seven Republican governors (out of 26) and 10 Republican members of the House (out of 197) have thus far acknowledged that Joe Biden won. That means fewer than 1 in 10 of the most senior elected Republicans publicly stands behind our electoral system. Even fewer have followed Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) in warning that Trump’s unfounded claim of election-rigging “damages the cause of freedom.

11/18/2020   There’s a Reason the Election Went So Smoothly, by David A. Graham, The Atlantic

Local officials are the unsung heroes of 2020.


As the late Trump fan Charlie Daniels noted, Georgians are accustomed to repulsing visitors offering Mephistophelian bargains. So when Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina called Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a fellow Republican, to talk about the state’s signature-matching law, Raffensperger didn’t flinch.


In an interview with The Washington Post, Raffensperger, who is Georgia’s top elections official, said that Graham asked whether he could discard all mail ballots in counties with higher rates of signature mismatch. Raffensperger believed Graham, a close ally of President Donald Trump, wanted him to throw out legal ballots, which Raffensperger can’t do, but which stunned him anyway.

11/18/2020   Complaint to unseat Monica Palmer from Wayne Co. Board of Canvassers to be investigated, by Miriam Marini, Detroit Free Press

The complaint, initially filed by lawyer Thomas Bruetsch in October, calls for Palmer to step down from the Board of Canvassers for her involvement with the Grosse Pointe Board of Education election. Palmer — who is the founder of Taxpayers for Grosse Pointe Schools, a nonprofit group which advertised what appeared to be support of certain school board candidates — was accused of a conflict of interest in an election she oversees.

11/18/2020   America’s bellwethers crumbled in aligning with Trump, By Claire Galofaro, Associated Press

Todd Thacker, business manager of the local International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, tried mightily to persuade his members to “vote your paycheck” and elect Democrats who support organized labor. But he watched as many instead aligned themselves based on polarizing wedge issues — “God, guns and gays,” he derides it.


Tingley, at the county history museum, isn’t sure this place or any place can be a bellwether given the state of American politics.


“It is all politics of fear and passion. It’s not about voting for who’s right for you. It’s about avoiding the candidate that scares you the most,” she said.


“If it gets back to what’s best for the country, what’s best for individuals, what’s best for communities, I think that’s when the bellwether counties all across the country can hit it again.”

11/18/2020   Graham facing ethics complaint over Georgia ballots question, by Meg Kinnard, AP

11/18/2020   Rudy Giuliani is a mess, by Robin Givhan, The Washington Post

11/18/2020   As defeats pile up, Trump tries to delay vote count in last-ditch attempt to cast doubt on Biden victory, by Amy Gardner, Robert Costa, Rosalind S. Helderman and Michelle Ye Hee Lee, The Washington Post

11/18/2020   Disarray and defeats mark post-election period as Trump struggles to govern and fails to change vote results, By Toluse Olorunnipa, The Washington Post

11/18/2020   Here’s what happened when Rudolph Giuliani made his first appearance in federal court in nearly three decades, By Jon Swaine and Aaron Schaffer, The Washington Post

11/18/2020   The recount in Georgia is going quite well for Trump. He’s still complaining. He’s still losing. By Philip Bump, The Washington Post

11/18/2020   A Simple Theory of Why Trump Did Well, by Jamelle Bouie, The New York Times

Elections are complicated, but the money the government sent to more than 150 million Americans didn’t hurt

11/18/2020   Trump falsely claims that Michigan has refused to certify its election results, by Clara Hendrickson, Detroit Free Press

11/17/2020   Pennsylvania Supreme Court rules Trump campaign observers had no right to stand within a specific distance during Philadelphia ballot processing, by Katelyn Polantz, CNN

11/17/2020   A Disturbing Number of Republicans Support Trump’s Coup Attempt, by Jonathan Chait, New York Magazine

Last week, Axios reported an alarming but vaguely sourced story that “Republicans are talking more” about pressuring Republican state legislators to override the election results in their state and appoint pro-Trump representatives to the Electoral College. The next day, the New York Times identified the specific source of this terrifying idea: Donald Trump himself, who floated it in White House discussions.


This very maneuver was the most chilling scenario floated before the election. When Barton Gellman reported that Republican legislators in Pennsylvania had discussed it, the party indignantly denied having any such designs. And indeed, it would amount to little more than a coup carried out through a legal loophole. State legislatures in several states are gerrymandered so heavily that Republicans enjoy permanent, unassailable majorities; letting those voter-proof bodies abrogate a free election would plunge the political system headlong into authoritarianism.

11/17/2020   Lindsey Graham Pressured Georgia Secretary of State to Toss Legal Ballots, by Chas Danner, New York Magazine Intelligencer

11/17/2020   Giuliani Rants About Mickey Mouse and Voter Fraud in Hearing on Trump Suit, by William Bredderman, Daily Beast

Lacking evidence of specific wrongdoing in Pennsylvania, Giuliani cited everything from a county commissioner race in Las Vegas to dubious historical claims that late Chicago Mayor Richard Daley manipulated returns in 1960 to help elect John F. Kennedy. During the course of oral arguments, Giuliani offered varying estimates of 680,000 to 770,000 to 1.2 million ballots cast in the Keystone State that he claimed were illegal.


"As far as we're concerned, your honor, those ballots could've been from Mickey Mouse,” Giuliani declared.

11/17/2020   Trump’s Pennsylvania Recount Effort in Disarray Under Giuliani: Report, By Matt Stieb, New York Magazine

It would be a little unfair to say that Rudy Giuliani has had the opposite of a Midas touch during the Trump years, as the projects that he has turned into trash were pretty much garbage in the first place.

11/17/2020   GOP members reverse course, vote to certify Wayne County election results, by Clara Hendrickson, Detroit Free Press

After initially voting against certifying the election results, Monica Palmer, the Republican chair of the committee, said she would be open to certifying the election results for other jurisdictions but not Detroit.


Palmer had an ethics complaint filed against her in October accusing her of a conflict of interest. The complaint accused Palmer of running a "dark-money PAC" to promote candidates for the Grosse Pointe Board of Education, an election she oversees, and called on her to step down from the board. The Wayne County Ethics Board will meet Wednesday to discuss the complaint against Palmer.

11/17/2020    Team Trump Hails ‘Huge Win’ in Michigan as It Turns Into Humiliating Defeat, by Justin Baragona, Daily Beast

At the end of a tense meeting that featured election officials and public commenters blasting the Republicans for attempting to disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of voters, the Republican members reversed course and the board unanimously voted to certify the results. The board also passed a resolution calling on the Michigan secretary of state to audit all the jurisdictions that showed discrepancies between absentee ballot counts and votes recorded in ballot books.


While this was happening, Hannity and McEnany were still celebrating what they thought was an election-altering game-changer.


“Flip Michigan back to TRUMP,” Trump tweeted at the exact moment Wayne County voted to certify the results.

11/17/2020   Governor Whitmer Statement on Wayne County Board of Canvassers

In refusing to approve the results of the election in Wayne County, the two Republican members of the Wayne County Board of Canvassers have placed partisan politics above their legal duty to certify the election results. The people have spoken: Joe Biden won Michigan by more than 140,000 votes. Today’s action is a blatant attempt to undermine the will of the voters. The process, however, will move forward. Under Michigan law, the Board of State of Canvassers will now finish the job and I have every expectation they will certify the results when the job is done.

11/17/2020   Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson on Wayne County Board of Canvassers' actions

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11/16/2020   Trump baselessly claims voter fraud in cities, but suburbs actually lost him the election, by Joey Garrison, USA TODAY

Donald Trump has accused Philadelphia and Detroit of stealing the election from him.


The accusations ignore a critical point.


Instead, Biden narrowly carried Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin by widening support in what's become a new Democratic stronghold: the suburbs and exurbs around cities.


In Washtenaw County, west of Detroit and home to Ann Arbor, home to the University of Michigan, Biden beat Trump by 101,000 votes, while Clinton beat Trump by 78,000 votes four years ago.


That's a net gain of 23,000 for Biden. Trump's margin over Clinton in Michigan in 2016 was less than 11,000 votes. Biden won Michigan this year by 149,000 votes.


Trump on Wednesday singled out Philadelphia city commissioner, Al Schmidt, accusing him of refusing to look at a "mountain of corruption & dishonesty" in a tweet. Schmidt had just appeared on CNN to defend the city from accusations, calling wild accusations that dead people voted, for example, made up.


"I have seen the most fantastical things on social media, making completely ridiculous allegations that have no basis in fact at all, and see them spread," Schmidt said. "I realize a lot of people are happy about this election and a lot of people are not happy about this election. One thing I cannot comprehend is how hungry people are to consume lies."

11/16/2020   Trump’s New Vote Fraud Theory Is So Much Crazier Than You Realize, by Jonathan Chait, New York Magazine

Trump’s old election conspiracy theory centered on mail balloting, which he deemed rife with fraud, unless it was being done by Republicans. His new theory is that the election was stolen because a left-wing software firm connected to Hugo Chavez and George Soros maliciously stole hundreds of thousands of votes in the middle of the night. Trump has been spreading the claim on Twitter the last several days:

11/16/2020   Lawsuit that aimed to toss out election results in 3 Michigan counties has been withdrawn, by Clara Hendrickson, Detroit Free Press

Sam Bagenstos, a U-M law professor, said the lawsuit "picked the big Democratic jurisdictions and said, ‘Let’s invalidate all the votes of the people there.’" That would amount to throwing out more than 1.2 million votes and would hand a victory in Michigan to President Donald Trump by a margin of over 323,000 votes. "It’s outrageous and anti-democratic and it’s based on nothing in terms of the allegations," Bagenstos said.

11/16/2020   Leftists and Moderates, Stop Fighting. You Need One Another, By Michelle Goldberg, The New York Times

In the Democratic civil war, both sides are partly right.

11/15/2020   House Democrats Dissect What Went Wrong And How To Rebound From Losses, by Kelsey Snell, NPR

11/14/2020   Trump Election Challenges Hamstrung by Hapless Witnesses, by Will Sommer, Daily Beast

The latest bruising response to Trump’s voter witnesses came Friday in a state court order from Michigan. The Trump campaign had asked Chief Judge Timothy M. Kenny to block the certification of Michigan’s votes, citing a number of witnesses who alleged seeing suspicious things happening with the ballot count, mostly at Detroit’s TCF Center.


But when Kenny actually saw the witness claims, he wasn’t impressed. In his Friday opinion, Kenny rejected the Trump campaign’s request, describing one witness affidavit as “rife with speculation and guess-work about sinister motives.”


“There is no evidentiary basis to attribute any evil activity by virtue of the city using a rental truck with out-of-state license plates,” Kenny wrote in response to one complaint.


Many of the witnesses cited by Trump lawyers in Maricopa County {Arizona] were only alleging after the fact that they may have seen something suspicious—even if they couldn’t exactly say what that thing was. Some, for example, complained about poll workers who pressed various buttons, but they were unable to prove that there was anything nefarious in the button-pressing.


The Maricopa Superior Court judge also removed various Trump campaign accusations, gathered via internet forum, from the record, questioning whether soliciting “evidence” on the internet could reliably bring in credible claims. Making matters worse, a Trump campaign lawyer eventually conceded that the campaign was not alleging fraud, instead pointing out “good faith errors.”

11/14/2020   As Trump Pushes Election Falsehoods, His Cybersecurity Agency Pushes Back, by Pam Fessler, Miles Parks and Barbara Sprunt, NPR

That council, along with a separate one representing state and local elections officials, put out a joint statement Thursday calling the 2020 election "the most secure in American history." It added, in boldface, that "there is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised."


According to one council member, the statement, which CISA released, was a direct response to the president's tweet Thursday morning citing a baseless claim that voting equipment provided by Dominion Voting Systems had "deleted 2.7 million Trump votes nationwide" and switched hundreds of thousands of other Trump votes to Joe Biden.

11/13/2020   Just How Badly Does Trump Want Revenge? by Peter Nicholas, The Atlantic

If firings won’t work, there’s always scorn. Trump’s emotional bond with his most loyal supporters is a weapon in its own right. His foes become their foes. When he insults people he dislikes, he triggers his supporters to do the same. Last month, the Brookings Institution released a study that examined a trio of Trump tweets that targeted Democratic officials, including Governors Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan and Ralph Northam of Virginia. Immediately after Trump issued the tweets, “levels of severe toxicity and threats increased” online, the study concluded.


An aide to Whitmer tweeted a video last month showing Trump at a rally in Michigan, in which he said the governor needed to open up the state’s economy. When the crowd chanted “Lock her up,” Trump replied, “Lock ’em all up.” The aide, Tori Saylor, wrote that “every single time the president does this at a rally, the violent rhetoric towards her immediately escalates on social media. It has to stop. It just has to.” (Last month, federal authorities thwarted what they alleged was a plot to kidnap Whitmer.)


Mary Trump, the president’s niece who wrote a critical book about him and their family called Too Much and Never Enough, got a card in the mail at her home with the word shit written on the front over and over. When she opened it up, there was a handwritten note that read: “You’re a piece of shit.”

“These people are really angry,” she told me, “and there are way too many of them.”

11/13/2020   After Days Of Silence, China Congratulates Biden And Harris, by Mark Katkov

11/13/2020   Legal Avenues Closing As Trump Lawsuits Meet With Defeat Or Dead Ends, by Philip Ewing, NPR

"When you don't know the facts and you don't have the law and you don't have a remedy, you've really got nothing to go on in court," said University of Kentucky law professor Joshua Douglas.

11/13/2020   Former Trump Aide Challenging Vote Count Edited a Journal Praising Right-Wing Nationalism, by David Corn, Mother Jones

The publication, Braynard explained in a brief editor’s note, was named in honor of Otoya Yamaguchi. In 1960, Yamaguchi, a 17-year-old rightwing ultranationalist in Japan, brutally murdered Inejirō Asanuma, a member of parliament and the chairman of the Japan Socialist Party, at a televised election debate. Yamaguchi stabbed Asanuma with a short samurai sword. The image capturing the horrific moment became one of the most famous press photos of the 20th century. After he was arrested, Yamaguchi committed suicide and became a fallen hero of the Japanese far right.


A drawing of Yamaguchi graced the cover, as Braynard’s note described the murderer as a nationalist hero who heroically killed a communist. He pointed out that Yamaguchi shared a birthdate “with another great patriot who put bayonets through the enemies who threatened his nation, George Washington.”

11/13/2020   President's claims laughed out of Michigan Third Judicial Circuit Court

11/13/2020   President's claims laughed out of United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

11/13/2020   President's claims laughed out of Court, (admitted to be moot) in Arizona

11/13/2020   How The Navajo Nation Helped Flip Arizona For Democrats, by Kalyani Saxena, NPR

11/13/2020   FACT CHECK: What's Happening In This Election Is Not Like Florida In 2000, by Domenico Montanaro, NPR

A FairVote study of 27 recounts between 2000 and 2015 found the average vote change in them was 282 votes — nowhere near the gap Trump is trying to overcome.

11/13/2020   How A Record Number Of Republican Women Got Elected To Congress, by Danielle Kurtzleben, NPR

Fischbach is one of a record 35 Republican women who will serve in Congress next year, breaking the previous record of 30 and a sharp increase from the 13 GOP women elected to the House of Representatives in 2018.


This year's number could still grow as more races are called. The Republican Party is celebrating that as a win, just two years after Democrats had their own record-setting year electing women.


Altogether, according to the latest numbers, that means women will account for nearly 40% of Democrats on Capitol Hill, compared with less than 15% on the Republican side.


In that light, University of Virginia political science professor Jennifer Lawless explained why she thinks GOP women's success this year is important.


"​It's a big deal in that the Republicans have demonstrated that when they make some effort to recruit female candidates, they see an increase in women's representation," Lawless said. "But we haven't not known that. Since the 1980s, when women run for office, whether as Democrats or Republicans, we know that they're as likely as men to win elections."


"As, increasingly, college-educated women and men are leaving the Republican Party to becoming more rural, more non-college educated, male, [and] older, one way to appeal to that type of electorate is not anymore to be the Chamber of Commerce Republican woman, but to be the Second Amendment Republican woman," she said.

11/13/2020   Philadelphia's Suburbs Helped Deliver Crucial Pennsylvania For Biden, by Daniel Wood and Katie Meyer, NPR

One of Biden's newly captured voters is Jim Hagan, who lives in Chalfont in Bucks County. Hagan is retired now, but his old chemical industry job took him on a lot of international travel — and lately, he said, he has mourned what he sees as a loss of U.S. standing on the world stage.


Hagan voted for Trump four years ago. But this year he couldn't do it. In particular, he thought Trump created too much "vitriol" and "dropped the ball" on the pandemic.


"I was very dissatisfied with his performance," he said. "I find him to be a bit of an outrageous person, not presidential at all. ... He is an embarrassment when you talk to people overseas."

11/12/2020  The Washtenaw County Clerk's Tally of Washtenaw County Votes, all 150 precincts

11/12/2020   How Joe Biden flipped the electoral map and won the presidency with room to spare, by Joey Garrison, USA TODAY

After President Donald Trump in 2016 famously squeaked out a win by a combined 77,000 votes in the vaunted Democratic "blue wall" states of Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania, Biden won back all three — carrying them collectively by wider margins.

11/12/2020   The Last Time Trump Alleged Massive Fraud, by David A. Graham, The Atlantic

After the 2016 election, President Trump claimed that millions of votes had been illegally cast. The commission he established to investigate this came up empty-handed.


On Tuesday, The New York Times published an article in which reporters contacted top election officials in all 50 states to ask if they had any evidence of fraud. Not a single state reported back an issue (though in four cases, the paper had to rely on public statements or other officials). Only one state had no response: Texas, where Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick offered a $1 million reward for evidence of fraud. You don’t offer huge cash prizes if you already have evidence. Rewards like this also create a strong incentive to gin up false claims. Already, a Pennsylvania postal worker who alleged fraud has reportedly recanted; donors have collected nearly $140,000 for him.

11/12/2020   Trump Floats Improbable Survival Scenarios as He Ponders His Future, by Maggie Haberman, The New York Times

There is no grand strategy. President Trump is simply trying to survive from one news cycle to the next.


At a meeting on Wednesday at the White House, President Trump had something he wanted to discuss with his advisers, many of whom have told him his chances of succeeding at changing the results of the 2020 election are thin as a reed.


He then proceeded to press them on whether Republican legislatures could pick pro-Trump electors in a handful of key states and deliver him the electoral votes he needs to change the math and give him a second term, according to people briefed on the discussion.

11/12/2020   Pope Francis Congratulates Biden, Who Will Be The 2nd Catholic President, by Barbara Sprunt, NPR

11/11/2020   Trump lawsuit affidavits allege Michigan election misconduct, don't show widespread fraud, by Dave Boucher and Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press

11/10/2020   Tlaib lashes out at centrist Dems over election debacle: ‘I can’t be silent’ by By LAURA BARRÓN-LÓPEZ and HOLLY OTTERBEIN, Politico

In a scathing memo, progressives say centrists are playing into Republicans “divide-and-conquer racism.”


Rashida Tlaib isn’t apologizing for wanting to yank money away from bad police departments. She has no second thoughts about her embrace of the Black Lives Matter movement, or for wanting to aggressively fight climate change.


House Democrats lost seats instead of expanding their majority, underperforming expectations across the board. And moderates have pounced on liberals like Tlaib, the Michigan congresswoman, accusing them of handing conservatives a set of slogans and policies to scare voters.

11/10/2020   GOP lets Trump fight election for weeks despite Biden’s win, by Lisa Mascaro, Associated Press

McConnell and Republicans in Congress are so afraid of Trump they are willing to risk the nation’s tradition of an orderly transition.

11/8/2020   Michigan 2020 live election results: President, Congress and ballot proposals, by Scott Levin, MLive

11/8/2020   After Trump’s Defeat, His Supporters Held A Heavily Armed Pity Party, by Christopher Mathias

In Harrisburg, a ghoulish and cruel coalition of QAnon believers, gun-toting MAGA extremists, Proud Boys and other white supremicists — who have enjoyed four years of being emboldened and condoned by the president ― gathered for hours to participate in the shared delusion that their guy hadn’t really lost the White House.

11/7/2020   When the MAGA Bubble Burst, by McKay Coppins, The Atlantic

At Steve Bannon’s Election Night party, bravado reigned. But reality quickly caught up with the Trumpism diehards.


For many of the president’s followers, the past four years have been one long, quasi-religious exercise in suspending disbelief. To adhere to the Church of Trumpism was to reject anything that might challenge its orthodoxies. The news was fake. The polls were fake. The investigations and scandals and fact-checks were fake. It only stood to reason that if Trump lost his bid for reelection, the defeat would be fake as well.


And so, at Bannon’s Election Night party, bravado reigned. When I asked Harlan Hill, a Trump-campaign adviser, how he was feeling about the race, he responded emphatically: “Oh, he’s gonna win. One hundred percent.”

“You’re that confident?” I asked.


“And if it goes the other way …”

“I’ll eat my shoe. We’ll do it in a live-stream.”

Of course, as the race turned against Trump in the days that followed, Hill was not browsing recipes for boiled loafers. He was tweeting furiously about a massive—and entirely fabricated—conspiracy to steal the election from the president. “I’m going to Philly tomorrow with a team,” he announced on Twitter Thursday. “This is war.”


Such theatrics dominated MAGA-world this week (even as many elected Republicans distanced themselves from Trump’s election-fraud claims). Mark Levin, a conservative talk-radio host, posted an unhinged all-caps tweet urging GOP state legislatures to ignore the votes of their constituents and appoint pro-Trump electors. Newt Gingrich mused on Fox News about having poll workers arrested. The Fox Business host Lou Dobbs angrily called for the Justice Department to intervene in the vote count. And Bannon detailed a vivid fantasy that involved beheading Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious-disease expert, and placing his skull on a pike outside the White House. (After Bannon posted a video of those comments to Twitter, the network banned his account.)


Much of this posturing is performative, of course—a cynical way to keep audiences watching, and voters mad. But there’s reason to believe that, for a certain faction of the GOP, Trump’s rigged-election narrative will become an article of faith.

11/7/2020   How Trump Changed America, by Clare Malone, Art by Emily Scherer, FiveThirtyEight

I have no doubt that the effects of Trump’s presidency will ripple through American life for years, if not decades. Trump didn’t create partisanship or the idea that racism is a decent electoral strategy, but he elevated both. He revealed fundamental weaknesses in the way Americans consume politics, and he seemed to make everyone in America care about it. It is difficult to imagine that history will look favorably on Donald John Trump after he leaves office on January 20, but I feel certain that history won’t be able to stop looking.


At the root, I think, Trump revealed how very hollow we are willing to let things get. Over the course of the past five years, Americans were exposed to few political conversations of honesty or intellectual heft — and tens of millions of us were relatively unbothered by that.

11/6/2020   Trump claims to have won Michigan as supporters continue quiet protest in Detroit, by Gus Burns, MLive

11/6/2020   Biden carried Washtenaw County by over 100,000 votes, results now being certified, by Ryan Stanton, MLive

11/6/2020   Trump Won’t Accept Defeat. Ever, by Anne Applebaum, The Atlantic

While you watch Donald Trump’s presidency stagger to its ugly end, always keep in mind how it began: Trump entered the political world on the back of the “birther” conspiracy theory, a movement whose importance was massively underestimated at the time. Aside from its racist undertones, think about what a belief in birtherism really implied. If you doubted that Barack Obama was born in the United States—and about a third of Americans did, including 72 percent of registered Republicans—then that meant you also believed that Obama was an illegitimate president. That meant, in other words, you believed that everyone—the entire American political, judicial, and media establishment, including the White House and Congress, the federal courts and the FBI, all of them—was complicit in a gigantic plot to swindle the public into accepting this false commander in chief. A third of Americans had so little faith in American democracy, broadly defined, they were willing to think that Obama’s entire presidency was a fraud.


That third of Americans went on to become Trump’s base.

11/6/2020   Videos falsely claiming election fraud in Detroit spread quickly, with help, by Ashley Nerbovig, Detroit Free Press

  • 1. False claims there was something to hide inside the TCF Center
  • 2. False claims of zombie voters
  • 3. Claims about ballots mysteriously appearing at the TCF Center

11/5/2020   Another lawsuit seeks to halt voter certification in Detroit after Michigan election goes to Joe Biden, by Gus Burns, MLive

11/5/2020   Trump loses battle in Michigan court seeking to stop vote counting, by Taylor DesOrmeau, MLive

11/5/2020   Fact check: Michigan officials deny counting ballots from dead people, by Justin P. Hicks, MLive

11/5/2020   Elections winners and losers hope for growth in Whitmore Lake, by Dana Afana, MLive


11/4/2020   Higher turnout benefited Biden, but Trump still gained votes across Washtenaw County

11/4/2020   Maps show how Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County voted in 2020 election, by Ryan Stanton, MLive

11/4/2020   Ann Arbor sets record for absentee voting, election results expected by midnight, by Ryan Stanton, MLive

11/4/2020   Democrats win all 9 Washtenaw County board races, but some were close, by Ryan Stanton, MLive

11/29/2018   Washtenaw County commission turns all Democratic for first time ever, by Ryan Stanton, MLive 

It’s a milestone the county’s elected officials are celebrating, and as County Clerk Larry Kestenbaum explains, it’s been a long time coming, as the county has gradually become more and more Democratic over the last 50 years.

“Washtenaw used to be one of the most Republican counties in Michigan,” he said. “Franklin Roosevelt was elected four times by large nationwide majorities, but never carried Washtenaw.”

11/4/2020   See results for November 2020 election in Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, by Ryan Stanton, MLive 


11/4/2020   Trump says he’s going to court. He has absolutely no basis to sue, by Joshua A. Geltzer, The Washington Post

Courts won’t stop vote counting just because the president wants them to

11/4/2020   Trump has attacked democracy’s institutions, but never so blatantly as he did overnight, by Dan Balz, The Washington Post

For four years, President Trump has sought to undermine the institutions of a democratic society, but never so blatantly as in the early morning hours of Wednesday. His attempt to falsely claim victory and to subvert the election itself by calling for a halt to vote-counting represents the gravest of threats to the stability of the country.

11/4/2020   The American System Is Broken, by David Frum, The Atlantic

It should not take the largest voter turnout in U.S. history to guarantee that a president rejected by the majority of the American people actually stops being president.


Meanwhile, President Donald Trump demands an early and arbitrary end to voting—and says aloud that he expects the judges he selected to deliver a result favorable to him. Trump may still have to exit office in January. But he delivered proof of concept: corruption, authoritarianism, the abuse of state power—the political price for Trumpism proved remarkably manageable. Slightly better luck, slightly more competent management of the coronavirus, and Trump could likely look forward to four more years of quid pro quo governance. Even as is, Trump’s party seems unchastened.

11/4/2020    A Large Portion of the Electorate Chose the Sociopath, by Tom Nichols, The Atlantic

But no matter how this election concludes, America is now a different country. Nearly half of the voters have seen Trump in all of his splendor—his infantile tirades, his disastrous and lethal policies, his contempt for democracy in all its forms—and they decided that they wanted more of it. His voters can no longer hide behind excuses about the corruption of Hillary Clinton or their willingness to take a chance on an unproven political novice. They cannot feign ignorance about how Trump would rule. They know, and they have embraced him.


Sadly, the voters who said in 2016 that they chose Trump because they thought he was “just like them” turned out to be right. Now, by picking him again, those voters are showing that they are just like him: angry, spoiled, racially resentful, aggrieved, and willing to die rather than ever admit that they were wrong.

11/4/2020   The Nightmare Is Here, by David A Graham, The Atlantic

Speaking at the White House around 2:25 a.m. on Wednesday, Trump declared victory and falsely claimed that the results were pending because of misconduct.


“This is a fraud on the American people,” Trump said, baselessly. “This is an embarrassment to our country. We were getting ready to win this election. Frankly, we did win this election.”


Trump promised to go to the U.S. Supreme Court to demand an end to vote-counting, which has still not concluded. “We want all voting to stop,” he said. “We don’t want them to find any ballots at 4 o’clock in the morning and add them to the list. It’s a very sad moment.”

11/3/2020   8 issues, races and trends to watch this election in Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County, by Ryan Stanton, MLive


10/29/2020   Pa. Democrats enter the homestretch fearing the Supreme Court will throw out votes, by Jonathan Tamari, Andrew Seidman, Julia Terruso and Jonathan Lai, The Philadelphia Inquirer

10/29/2020   Jared Kushner bragged in April that Trump was taking the country 'back from the doctors' by Michael Warren, Jamie Gangel and Elizabeth Stuart, CNN

In speaking with Woodward, Kushner also expressed contempt for the Republican Party and praised his father-in-law's insurgent takeover of the GOP.


"I say he basically did a full hostile takeover of the Republican Party," he said on April 18. "And I don't think it's even as much about the issues. I think it's about the attitude."


Calling political parties a "collection of tribes," Kushner dismissed GOP activists who help craft the party's platform of policy ideas and aspirations as out of touch with regular voters.


"You know, parties as they grow tend to be more about being exclusive than inclusive," Kushner mused. "And so, you know, you look at, like, the Republican Party platform, it's a document meant to, like, piss people off basically. Because it's done by activists." 

9/28/2020   Michigan ballot proposals include changes to parks funding, police data rules, by Lauren Gibbons, MLive




NorthfieldTownship Officials and Trustees: Vote Totals:

Northfield Township treasurer

  • Lenore Zelenock (Rep)  3,549

Northfield Township clerk

  • Kathleen Manley (Rep): 2,985
  • Marissa Prizgint (Green): 1,251

Northfield Township supervisor

  • L.J. Walter (Dem): 2,012
  • Kenneth Dignan (Rep): 3,134

Northfield Township Board of Trustees (four seats)

  • Dana Forrester (Dem): 2,369
  • David Gordon (Dem): 2,037
  • Christine Miles (Dem): 2,049
  • Adam Olney (Dem): 2,130
  • Janet Chick (Rep): 2,861
  • Nate Muchow (Rep): 2,484
  • Joshua Nelson (Rep): 2,415
  • Jacqueline Otto (Rep): 2,862 


NorthfieldTownship Officials and Trustees: Voting precinct overview:


Northfield Twp Supervisor View Precinct Detail
  L.J. Walter III 475 1537 2012 39.04%
  Kenneth J. Dignan III 1479 1655 3134 60.81%
  Rejected write-ins 0 0 0 0.00%
  Unassigned write-ins 3 5 8 0.16%
Northfield Twp Clerk View Precinct Detail
  Kathleen Manley 1360 1625 2985 70.30%
  Marissa Prizgint 390 861 1251 29.46%
  Rejected write-ins 0 0 0 0.00%
  Unassigned write-ins 3 7 10 0.24%
Northfield Twp Treasurer View Precinct Detail
  Lenore M. Zelenock 1540 2009 3549 98.20%
  Rejected write-ins 0 0 0 0.00%
  Unassigned write-ins 21 44 65 1.80%
Northfield Twp Trustee View Precinct Detail
  Dana Forrester 599 1770 2369 12.32%
  David J. Gordon 468 1569 2037 10.59%
  Christine Miles 497 1552 2049 10.66%
  Adam Olney 530 1600 2130 11.08%
  Janet M. Chick 1339 1522 2861 14.88%
  Nate Muchow 1221 1263 2484 12.92%
  Joshua M. Nelson 1194 1221 2415 12.56%
  Jacqueline R. Otto 1335 1527 2862 14.88%
  Rejected write-ins 0 0 0 0.00%
  Unassigned write-ins 13 10 23 0.12%


Northfield Township Voting in all races, from the President down:

Northfield Township precinct 1 report

Northfield Township precinct 2 report

Northfield Township precinct 3 report



UnOfficial Election Results
This report created: Wednesday, Nov 04, 2020 03:29:35 AM

Registered Voters: 3,031 Ballots Cast: 2,273 Voter Turnout: 74.99%



Straight Party Ticket (Vote For 1)
Democratic Party(DEM) 116 373 489 46.09%
Republican Party(REP) 274 277 551 51.93%
Libertarian Party(LIB) 2 3 5 0.47%
U.S. Taxpayers Party(UST) 0 1 1 0.09%
Working Class Party(WCP) 5 3 8 0.75%
Green Party(GRN) 1 5 6 0.57%
Natural Law Party(NAT) 0 1 1 0.09%
Undervotes 428 784 1212  
Overvotes 0 0 0  
Invalid votes 0 0 0  
Electors of President and Vice-President of the United States (Vote For 1)
Joseph R. Biden & Kamala D. Harris(DEM) 281 887 1168 51.66%
Donald J. Trump & Michael R. Pence(REP) 517 515 1032 45.64%
Jo Jorgensen & Jeremy Cohen(LIB) 12 19 31 1.37%
Don Blankenship & William Mohr(UST) 2 3 5 0.22%
Howie Hawkins & Angela Walker(GRN) 5 7 12 0.53%
Rocky De La Fuente & Darcy Richardson(NAT) 1 2 3 0.13%
Rejected write-ins 0 0 0 0.00%
Unassigned write-ins 3 7 10 0.44%
Undervotes 5 6 11  
Overvotes 0 1 1  
Invalid votes 0 0 0  
United States Senator (Vote For 1)
Gary Peters(DEM) 272 843 1115 50.04%
John James(REP) 526 538 1064 47.76%
Valerie L. Willis(UST) 8 13 21 0.94%
Marcia Squier(GRN) 3 17 20 0.90%
Doug Dern(NAT) 1 5 6 0.27%
Rejected write-ins 0 0 0 0.00%
Unassigned write-ins 0 2 2 0.09%
Undervotes 16 29 45  
Overvotes 0 0 0  
Invalid votes 0 0 0  
Representative in Congress 7th District (Vote For 1)
Gretchen D. Driskell(DEM) 291 844 1135 51.68%
Tim Walberg(REP) 501 555 1056 48.09%
Rejected write-ins 0 0 0 0.00%
Unassigned write-ins 0 5 5 0.23%
Undervotes 34 42 76  
Overvotes 0 1 1  
Invalid votes 0 0 0  
Representative in State Legislature 52nd District (Vote For 1)
Donna Lasinski(DEM) 284 859 1143 53.89%
Greg Marquis(REP) 480 492 972 45.83%
Rejected write-ins 0 0 0 0.00%
Unassigned write-ins 1 5 6 0.28%
Undervotes 61 90 151  
Overvotes 0 1 1  
Invalid votes 0 0 0  
Member of the State Board of Education (Vote For 2)
Ellen Cogen Lipton(DEM) 229 723 952 23.76%
Jason Strayhorn(DEM) 219 690 909 22.69%
Tami Carlone(REP) 423 456 879 21.94%
Michelle A. Frederick(REP) 420 480 900 22.46%
Bill Hall(LIB) 34 37 71 1.77%
Richard A. Hewer(LIB) 25 30 55 1.37%
Karen Adams(UST) 15 23 38 0.95%
Douglas Levesque(UST) 9 10 19 0.47%
Mary Anne Hering(WCP) 26 59 85 2.12%
Hali McEachern(WCP) 18 33 51 1.27%
Tom Mair(GRN) 14 31 45 1.12%
Rejected write-ins 0 0 0 0.00%
Unassigned write-ins 0 3 3 0.07%
Undervotes 220 319 539  
Overvotes 0 0 0  
Invalid votes 0 0 0  
Regent of the University of Michigan (Vote For 2)
Mark Bernstein(DEM) 243 759 1002 25.27%
Shauna Ryder Diggs(DEM) 203 718 921 23.23%
Sarah Hubbard(REP) 445 493 938 23.66%
Carl Meyers(REP) 413 461 874 22.04%
James L. Hudler(LIB) 24 16 40 1.01%
Eric Larson(LIB) 28 25 53 1.34%
Ronald E. Graeser(UST) 3 18 21 0.53%
Crystal Van Sickle(UST) 17 24 41 1.03%
Michael Mawilai(GRN) 14 32 46 1.16%
Keith Butkovich(NAT) 8 14 22 0.55%
Rejected write-ins 0 0 0 0.00%
Unassigned write-ins 2 5 7 0.18%
Undervotes 252 327 579  
Overvotes 0 1 1  
Invalid votes 0 0 0  
Trustee of Michigan State University (Vote For 2)
Brian Mosallam(DEM) 216 694 910 23.42%
Rema Ella Vassar(DEM) 209 695 904 23.26%
Pat O'Keefe(REP) 428 498 926 23.83%
Tonya Schuitmaker(REP) 419 467 886 22.80%
Will Tyler White(LIB) 34 30 64 1.65%
Janet M. Sanger(UST) 16 23 39 1.00%
John Paul Sanger(UST) 8 19 27 0.69%
Brandon Hu(GRN) 13 30 43 1.11%
Robin Lea Laurain(GRN) 18 38 56 1.44%
Bridgette Abraham-Guzman(NAT) 9 17 26 0.67%
Rejected write-ins 0 0 0 0.00%
Unassigned write-ins 1 4 5 0.13%
Undervotes 281 377 658  
Overvotes 0 1 1  
Invalid votes 0 0 0  
Governor of Wayne State University (Vote For 2)
Eva Garza Dewaelsche(DEM) 205 687 892 23.55%
Shirley Stancato(DEM) 200 701 901 23.79%
Don Gates(REP) 423 465 888 23.44%
Terri Lynn Land(REP) 423 486 909 24.00%
Jon Elgas(LIB) 28 28 56 1.48%
Christine C. Schwartz(UST) 14 31 45 1.19%
Susan Odgers(GRN) 32 58 90 2.38%
Rejected write-ins 0 0 0 0.00%
Unassigned write-ins 3 4 7 0.18%
Undervotes 324 432 756  
Overvotes 0 1 1  
Invalid votes 0 0 0  
Prosecuting Attorney (Vote For 1)
Eli Savit(DEM) 396 932 1328 97.86%
Rejected write-ins 0 0 0 0.00%
Unassigned write-ins 18 11 29 2.14%
Undervotes 412 504 916  
Overvotes 0 0 0  
Invalid votes 0 0 0  
Sheriff (Vote For 1)
Jerry L. Clayton(DEM) 391 931 1322 98.07%
Rejected write-ins 0 0 0 0.00%
Unassigned write-ins 19 7 26 1.93%
Undervotes 415 509 924  
Overvotes 1 0 1  
Invalid votes 0 0 0  
Clerk and Register of Deeds (Vote For 1)
Lawrence Kestenbaum(DEM) 254 799 1053 52.08%
Gary Greiner(REP) 468 497 965 47.73%
Rejected write-ins 0 0 0 0.00%
Unassigned write-ins 0 4 4 0.20%
Undervotes 104 147 251  
Overvotes 0 0 0  
Invalid votes 0 0 0  
Treasurer (Vote For 1)
Catherine McClary(DEM) 267 829 1096 52.59%
Paulette Metoyer(REP) 477 502 979 46.98%
Rejected write-ins 0 0 0 0.00%
Unassigned write-ins 5 4 9 0.43%
Undervotes 77 111 188  
Overvotes 0 1 1  
Invalid votes 0 0 0  
Water Resources Commissioner (Vote For 1)
Evan N. Pratt(DEM) 390 910 1300 98.19%
Rejected write-ins 0 0 0 0.00%
Unassigned write-ins 16 8 24 1.81%
Undervotes 420 529 949  
Overvotes 0 0 0  
Invalid votes 0 0 0  
County Commissioner 2nd District (Vote For 1)
Sue Shink(DEM) 240 771 1011 48.77%
Scott Inman(REP) 466 503 969 46.74%
Eric Borregard(GRN) 38 52 90 4.34%
Rejected write-ins 0 0 0 0.00%
Unassigned write-ins 0 3 3 0.14%
Undervotes 82 116 198  
Overvotes 0 2 2  
Invalid votes 0 0 0  
Supervisor (Vote For 1)
L.J. Walter III(DEM) 224 666 890 41.32%
Kenneth J. Dignan III(REP) 553 707 1260 58.50%
Rejected write-ins 0 0 0 0.00%
Unassigned write-ins 1 3 4 0.19%
Undervotes 48 70 118  
Overvotes 0 1 1  
Invalid votes 0 0 0  
Clerk (Vote For 1)
Kathleen Manley(REP) 500 651 1151 65.66%
Marissa Prizgint(GRN) 176 420 596 34.00%
Rejected write-ins 0 0 0 0.00%
Unassigned write-ins 1 5 6 0.34%
Undervotes 149 371 520  
Overvotes 0 0 0  
Invalid votes 0 0 0  
Treasurer (Vote For 1)
Lenore M. Zelenock(REP) 589 867 1456 98.05%
Rejected write-ins 0 0 0 0.00%
Unassigned write-ins 10 19 29 1.95%
Undervotes 227 561 788  
Overvotes 0 0 0  
Invalid votes 0 0 0  
Trustee (Vote For 4)
Dana Forrester(DEM) 288 828 1116 13.89%
David J. Gordon(DEM) 220 659 879 10.94%
Christine Miles(DEM) 209 672 881 10.97%
Adam Olney(DEM) 261 721 982 12.23%
Janet M. Chick(REP) 505 673 1178 14.67%
Nate Muchow(REP) 430 494 924 11.50%
Joshua M. Nelson(REP) 420 462 882 10.98%
Jacqueline R. Otto(REP) 500 676 1176 14.64%
Rejected write-ins 0 0 0 0.00%
Unassigned write-ins 5 9 14 0.17%
Undervotes 466 594 1060  
Overvotes 0 0 0  
Invalid votes 0 0 0  
Justice of Supreme Court (Vote For 2)
Susan L. Hubbard 101 172 273 9.08%
Mary Kelly 174 257 431 14.34%
Bridget Mary McCormack 275 719 994 33.07%
Kerry Lee Morgan 30 80 110 3.66%
Katherine Mary Nepton 32 60 92 3.06%
Brock Swartzle 166 217 383 12.74%
Elizabeth M. Welch 164 549 713 23.72%
Rejected write-ins 0 0 0 0.00%
Unassigned write-ins 6 4 10 0.33%
Undervotes 702 832 1534  
Overvotes 1 2 3  
Invalid votes 0 0 0  
Judge of Court of Appeals 3rd District Incumbent Position 6 Year Term (Vote For 2)
Mark Thomas Boonstra 321 684 1005 48.04%
Jane E. Markey 351 725 1076 51.43%
Rejected write-ins 0 0 0 0.00%
Unassigned write-ins 4 7 11 0.53%
Undervotes 976 1478 2454  
Overvotes 0 0 0  
Invalid votes 0 0 0  
Judge of Court of Appeals 3rd District Incumbent Position Partial Term Ending 01/01/2023 (Vote For 1)
James Robert Redford 391 763 1154 98.89%
Rejected write-ins 0 0 0 0.00%
Unassigned write-ins 6 7 13 1.11%
Undervotes 429 677 1106  
Overvotes 0 0 0  
Invalid votes 0 0 0  
Judge of Circuit Court 22nd Circuit Incumbent Position (Vote For 1)
Patrick J. Conlin Jr. 395 772 1167 98.81%
Rejected write-ins 0 0 0 0.00%
Unassigned write-ins 6 8 14 1.19%
Undervotes 425 666 1091  
Overvotes 0 1 1  
Invalid votes 0 0 0  
Judge of Circuit Court 22nd Circuit Non-Incumbent Position (Vote For 1)
Nick Roumel 211 386 597 43.99%
Tracy E. Van den Bergh 233 516 749 55.20%
Rejected write-ins 0 0 0 0.00%
Unassigned write-ins 4 7 11 0.81%
Undervotes 377 534 911  
Overvotes 1 4 5  
Invalid votes 0 0 0  
Judge of Probate Court Incumbent Position (Vote For 1)
Julia B. Owdziej 381 748 1129 98.78%
Rejected write-ins 0 0 0 0.00%
Unassigned write-ins 6 8 14 1.22%
Undervotes 439 691 1130  
Overvotes 0 0 0  
Invalid votes 0 0 0  
Judge of District Court 14A District Incumbent Position (Vote For 1)
Anna Maria Frushour 377 771 1148 98.80%
Rejected write-ins 0 0 0 0.00%
Unassigned write-ins 6 8 14 1.20%
Undervotes 443 668 1111  
Overvotes 0 0 0  
Invalid votes 0 0 0  
Board of Trustees Member Oakland Community College (Vote For 2)
Shirley J. Bryant 13 31 44 27.50%
Jason Michael Deneau 9 15 24 15.00%
Dandridge Floyd 0 14 14 8.75%
Susan Gibson 10 33 43 26.88%
John P. McCulloch 3 14 17 10.62%
E. Wadsworth Sherrod III 2 4 6 3.75%
John D. Tolbert 3 9 12 7.50%
Rejected write-ins 0 0 0 0.00%
Unassigned write-ins 0 0 0 0.00%
Undervotes 104 130 234  
Overvotes 0 0 0  
Invalid votes 0 0 0  
Library Board Member (Vote For 6)
Gerald F. Hermann 283 620 903 31.95%
Jack Secrist 272 646 918 32.48%
Roger D. Spooner 276 629 905 32.02%
Rejected write-ins 0 0 0 0.00%
Unassigned write-ins 34 66 100 3.54%
Undervotes 4091 6721 10812  
Overvotes 0 0 0  
Invalid votes 0 0 0  
Board Member South Lyon Community Schools 6 Year Term (Vote For 3)
Anthony R. Abbate 14 60 74 36.27%
Martin Leftwich 11 46 57 27.94%
Daniel Schwegler 13 56 69 33.82%
Rejected write-ins 0 0 0 0.00%
Unassigned write-ins 1 3 4 1.96%
Undervotes 177 210 387  
Overvotes 0 0 0  
Invalid votes 0 0 0  
Board Member South Lyon Community Schools Partial Term Ending 12/31/2024 (Vote For 1)
Rejected write-ins 0 0 0 0.00%
Unassigned write-ins 5 8 13 100.00%
Undervotes 67 117 184  
Overvotes 0 0 0  
Invalid votes 0 0 0  
Proposal 2020-1 (Vote For 1)
Yes 592 1183 1775 87.91%
No 108 136 244 12.09%
Undervotes 126 128 254  
Overvotes 0 0 0  
Invalid votes 0 0 0  
Proposal 2020-2 (Vote For 1)
Yes 664 1255 1919 92.17%
No 68 95 163 7.83%
Undervotes 93 97 190  
Overvotes 1 0 1  
Invalid votes 0 0 0  
Washtenaw County Proposal (Vote For 1)
Yes 428 872 1300 64.64%
No 268 443 711 35.36%
Undervotes 130 132 262  
Overvotes 0 0 0  
Invalid votes 0 0 0  
Board of Trustees Member Washtenaw Community College (Vote For 3)
Dave DeVarti 211 471 682 23.74%
Christina Fleming 259 512 771 26.84%
Ruth Hatcher 248 589 837 29.13%
Martin J. Thomas 184 387 571 19.87%
Rejected write-ins 0 0 0 0.00%
Unassigned write-ins 7 5 12 0.42%
Undervotes 1353 2002 3355  
Overvotes 0 0 0  
Invalid votes 0 0 0  
Board Member Whitmore Lake Public Schools (Vote For 2)
Lee Cole 275 620 895 47.08%
Lisa C. McCully 328 659 987 51.92%
Rejected write-ins 0 0 0 0.00%
Unassigned write-ins 6 13 19 1.00%
Undervotes 899 1352 2251  
Overvotes 0 0 0  
Invalid votes 0 0 0  





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UnOfficial Election Results
This report created: Wednesday, Nov 04, 2020 03:29:35 AM

Registered Voters: 2,157 Ballots Cast: 1,805 Voter Turnout: 83.68%


Straight Party Ticket (Vote For 1)
Democratic Party(DEM) 51 253 304 33.74%
Republican Party(REP) 297 292 589 65.37%
Libertarian Party(LIB) 2 2 4 0.44%
U.S. Taxpayers Party(UST) 0 0 0 0.00%
Working Class Party(WCP) 2 0 2 0.22%
Green Party(GRN) 2 0 2 0.22%
Natural Law Party(NAT) 0 0 0 0.00%
Undervotes 311 593 904  
Overvotes 0 0 0  
Invalid votes 0 0 0  
Electors of President and Vice-President of the United States (Vote For 1)
Joseph R. Biden & Kamala D. Harris(DEM) 135 592 727 40.43%
Donald J. Trump & Michael R. Pence(REP) 514 526 1040 57.84%
Jo Jorgensen & Jeremy Cohen(LIB) 7 9 16 0.89%
Don Blankenship & William Mohr(UST) 0 1 1 0.06%
Howie Hawkins & Angela Walker(GRN) 4 3 7 0.39%
Rocky De La Fuente & Darcy Richardson(NAT) 0 1 1 0.06%
Rejected write-ins 0 0 0 0.00%
Unassigned write-ins 3 3 6 0.33%
Undervotes 2 5 7  
Overvotes 0 0 0  
Invalid votes 0 0 0  
United States Senator (Vote For 1)
Gary Peters(DEM) 137 567 704 39.66%
John James(REP) 508 536 1044 58.82%
Valerie L. Willis(UST) 2 7 9 0.51%
Marcia Squier(GRN) 5 8 13 0.73%
Doug Dern(NAT) 2 3 5 0.28%
Rejected write-ins 0 0 0 0.00%
Unassigned write-ins 0 0 0 0.00%
Undervotes 11 19 30  
Overvotes 0 0 0  
Invalid votes 0 0 0  
Representative in Congress 7th District (Vote For 1)
Gretchen D. Driskell(DEM) 141 567 708 40.53%
Tim Walberg(REP) 502 535 1037 59.36%
Rejected write-ins 0 0 0 0.00%
Unassigned write-ins 0 2 2 0.11%
Undervotes 22 36 58  
Overvotes 0 0 0  
Invalid votes 0 0 0  
Representative in State Legislature 52nd District (Vote For 1)
Donna Lasinski(DEM) 137 575 712 42.31%
Greg Marquis(REP) 476 494 970 57.64%
Rejected write-ins 0 0 0 0.00%
Unassigned write-ins 0 1 1 0.06%
Undervotes 52 70 122  
Overvotes 0 0 0  
Invalid votes 0 0 0  
Member of the State Board of Education (Vote For 2)
Ellen Cogen Lipton(DEM) 106 509 615 18.92%
Jason Strayhorn(DEM) 108 482 590 18.15%
Tami Carlone(REP) 435 469 904 27.82%
Michelle A. Frederick(REP) 436 467 903 27.78%
Bill Hall(LIB) 26 30 56 1.72%
Richard A. Hewer(LIB) 21 20 41 1.26%
Karen Adams(UST) 6 9 15 0.46%
Douglas Levesque(UST) 9 8 17 0.52%
Mary Anne Hering(WCP) 19 27 46 1.42%
Hali McEachern(WCP) 17 18 35 1.08%
Tom Mair(GRN) 7 21 28 0.86%
Rejected write-ins 0 0 0 0.00%
Unassigned write-ins 0 0 0 0.00%
Undervotes 138 220 358  
Overvotes 1 0 1  
Invalid votes 0 0 0  
Regent of the University of Michigan (Vote For 2)
Mark Bernstein(DEM) 115 506 621 19.35%
Shauna Ryder Diggs(DEM) 102 480 582 18.14%
Sarah Hubbard(REP) 444 473 917 28.58%
Carl Meyers(REP) 437 480 917 28.58%
James L. Hudler(LIB) 10 29 39 1.22%
Eric Larson(LIB) 25 30 55 1.71%
Ronald E. Graeser(UST) 5 4 9 0.28%
Crystal Van Sickle(UST) 7 13 20 0.62%
Michael Mawilai(GRN) 14 16 30 0.93%
Keith Butkovich(NAT) 6 12 18 0.56%
Rejected write-ins 0 0 0 0.00%
Unassigned write-ins 0 1 1 0.03%
Undervotes 165 236 401  
Overvotes 0 0 0  
Invalid votes 0 0 0  
Trustee of Michigan State University (Vote For 2)
Brian Mosallam(DEM) 97 465 562 18.01%
Rema Ella Vassar(DEM) 103 474 577 18.49%
Pat O'Keefe(REP) 445 471 916 29.36%
Tonya Schuitmaker(REP) 423 472 895 28.69%
Will Tyler White(LIB) 26 24 50 1.60%
Janet M. Sanger(UST) 10 16 26 0.83%
John Paul Sanger(UST) 8 11 19 0.61%
Brandon Hu(GRN) 14 19 33 1.06%
Robin Lea Laurain(GRN) 12 20 32 1.03%
Bridgette Abraham-Guzman(NAT) 2 8 10 0.32%
Rejected write-ins 0 0 0 0.00%
Unassigned write-ins 0 0 0 0.00%
Undervotes 190 298 488  
Overvotes 0 1 1  
Invalid votes 0 0 0  
Governor of Wayne State University (Vote For 2)
Eva Garza Dewaelsche(DEM) 101 468 569 18.41%
Shirley Stancato(DEM) 102 494 596 19.29%
Don Gates(REP) 436 463 899 29.09%
Terri Lynn Land(REP) 438 481 919 29.74%
Jon Elgas(LIB) 19 22 41 1.33%
Christine C. Schwartz(UST) 10 14 24 0.78%
Susan Odgers(GRN) 18 24 42 1.36%
Rejected write-ins 0 0 0 0.00%
Unassigned write-ins 0 0 0 0.00%
Undervotes 206 314 520  
Overvotes 0 0 0  
Invalid votes 0 0 0  
Prosecuting Attorney (Vote For 1)
Eli Savit(DEM) 212 609 821 97.39%
Rejected write-ins 0 0 0 0.00%
Unassigned write-ins 16 6 22 2.61%
Undervotes 437 525 962  
Overvotes 0 0 0  
Invalid votes 0 0 0  
Sheriff (Vote For 1)
Jerry L. Clayton(DEM) 210 612 822 98.09%
Rejected write-ins 0 0 0 0.00%
Unassigned write-ins 11 5 16 1.91%
Undervotes 444 523 967  
Overvotes 0 0 0  
Invalid votes 0 0 0  
Clerk and Register of Deeds (Vote For 1)
Lawrence Kestenbaum(DEM) 124 543 667 41.30%
Gary Greiner(REP) 463 485 948 58.70%
Rejected write-ins 0 0 0 0.00%
Unassigned write-ins 0 0 0 0.00%
Undervotes 78 111 189  
Overvotes 0 1 1  
Invalid votes 0 0 0  
Treasurer (Vote For 1)
Catherine McClary(DEM) 130 557 687 41.81%
Paulette Metoyer(REP) 473 483 956 58.19%
Rejected write-ins 0 0 0 0.00%
Unassigned write-ins 0 0 0 0.00%
Undervotes 62 100 162  
Overvotes 0 0 0  
Invalid votes 0 0 0  
Water Resources Commissioner (Vote For 1)
Evan N. Pratt(DEM) 197 586 783 97.63%
Rejected write-ins 0 0 0 0.00%
Unassigned write-ins 13 6 19 2.37%
Undervotes 455 548 1003  
Overvotes 0 0 0  
Invalid votes 0 0 0  
County Commissioner 2nd District (Vote For 1)
Sue Shink(DEM) 116 543 659 39.75%
Scott Inman(REP) 467 480 947 57.12%
Eric Borregard(GRN) 25 27 52 3.14%
Rejected write-ins 0 0 0 0.00%
Unassigned write-ins 0 0 0 0.00%
Undervotes 56 90 146  
Overvotes 1 0 1  
Invalid votes 0 0 0  
Supervisor (Vote For 1)
L.J. Walter III(DEM) 105 477 582 34.77%
Kenneth J. Dignan III(REP) 508 581 1089 65.05%
Rejected write-ins 0 0 0 0.00%
Unassigned write-ins 1 2 3 0.18%
Undervotes 51 80 131  
Overvotes 0 0 0  
Invalid votes 0 0 0  
Clerk (Vote For 1)
Kathleen Manley(REP) 481 610 1091 76.94%
Marissa Prizgint(GRN) 88 237 325 22.92%
Rejected write-ins 0 0 0 0.00%
Unassigned write-ins 1 1 2 0.14%
Undervotes 95 292 387  
Overvotes 0 0 0  
Invalid votes 0 0 0  
Treasurer (Vote For 1)
Lenore M. Zelenock(REP) 496 684 1180 98.42%
Rejected write-ins 0 0 0 0.00%
Unassigned write-ins 4 15 19 1.58%
Undervotes 165 441 606  
Overvotes 0 0 0  
Invalid votes 0 0 0  
Trustee (Vote For 4)
Dana Forrester(DEM) 128 493 621 10.00%
David J. Gordon(DEM) 116 524 640 10.31%
Christine Miles(DEM) 136 483 619 9.97%
Adam Olney(DEM) 105 469 574 9.24%
Janet M. Chick(REP) 447 506 953 15.35%
Nate Muchow(REP) 448 479 927 14.93%
Joshua M. Nelson(REP) 444 481 925 14.90%
Jacqueline R. Otto(REP) 444 501 945 15.22%
Rejected write-ins 0 0 0 0.00%
Unassigned write-ins 5 0 5 0.08%
Undervotes 387 616 1003  
Overvotes 0 2 2  
Invalid votes 0 0 0  
Justice of Supreme Court (Vote For 2)
Susan L. Hubbard 54 94 148 6.09%
Mary Kelly 196 295 491 20.20%
Bridget Mary McCormack 164 548 712 29.29%
Kerry Lee Morgan 32 37 69 2.84%
Katherine Mary Nepton 18 37 55 2.26%
Brock Swartzle 219 257 476 19.58%
Elizabeth M. Welch 93 383 476 19.58%
Rejected write-ins 0 0 0 0.00%
Unassigned write-ins 4 0 4 0.16%
Undervotes 550 625 1175  
Overvotes 0 2 2  
Invalid votes 0 0 0  
Judge of Court of Appeals 3rd District Incumbent Position 6 Year Term (Vote For 2)
Mark Thomas Boonstra 203 482 685 48.51%
Jane E. Markey 207 510 717 50.78%
Rejected write-ins 0 0 0 0.00%
Unassigned write-ins 7 3 10 0.71%
Undervotes 913 1285 2198  
Overvotes 0 0 0  
Invalid votes 0 0 0  
Judge of Court of Appeals 3rd District Incumbent Position Partial Term Ending 01/01/2023 (Vote For 1)
James Robert Redford 216 522 738 99.06%
Rejected write-ins 0 0 0 0.00%
Unassigned write-ins 6 1 7 0.94%
Undervotes 443 617 1060  
Overvotes 0 0 0  
Invalid votes 0 0 0  
Judge of Circuit Court 22nd Circuit Incumbent Position (Vote For 1)
Patrick J. Conlin Jr. 221 531 752 98.95%
Rejected write-ins 0 0 0 0.00%
Unassigned write-ins 5 3 8 1.05%
Undervotes 439 606 1045  
Overvotes 0 0 0  
Invalid votes 0 0 0  
Judge of Circuit Court 22nd Circuit Non-Incumbent Position (Vote For 1)
Nick Roumel 139 294 433 44.87%
Tracy E. Van den Bergh 140 387 527 54.61%
Rejected write-ins 0 0 0 0.00%
Unassigned write-ins 4 1 5 0.52%
Undervotes 382 458 840  
Overvotes 0 0 0  
Invalid votes 0 0 0  
Judge of Probate Court Incumbent Position (Vote For 1)
Julia B. Owdziej 221 488 709 99.44%
Rejected write-ins 0 0 0 0.00%
Unassigned write-ins 3 1 4 0.56%
Undervotes 440 651 1091  
Overvotes 1 0 1  
Invalid votes 0 0 0  
Judge of District Court 14A District Incumbent Position (Vote For 1)
Anna Maria Frushour 207 520 727 98.91%
Rejected write-ins 0 0 0 0.00%
Unassigned write-ins 6 2 8 1.09%
Undervotes 452 618 1070  
Overvotes 0 0 0  
Invalid votes 0 0 0  
Board of Trustees Member Washtenaw Community College (Vote For 3)
Dave DeVarti 94 237 331 25.36%
Christina Fleming 92 236 328 25.13%
Ruth Hatcher 85 291 376 28.81%
Martin J. Thomas 70 193 263 20.15%
Rejected write-ins 0 0 0 0.00%
Unassigned write-ins 6 1 7 0.54%
Undervotes 829 1145 1974  
Overvotes 1 0 1  
Invalid votes 0 0 0  
Library Board Member (Vote For 6)
Gerald F. Hermann 219 406 625 32.65%
Jack Secrist 135 443 578 30.20%
Roger D. Spooner 133 391 524 27.38%
Rejected write-ins 0 0 0 0.00%
Unassigned write-ins 137 50 187 9.77%
Undervotes 3366 5550 8916  
Overvotes 0 0 0  
Invalid votes 0 0 0  
Board Member Public Schools of the City of Ann Arbor (Vote For 3)
Krystle R. DuPree 8 41 49 21.40%
Jeff Gaynor 7 31 38 16.59%
Libby Hemphill 3 15 18 7.86%
Jamila James