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Luzerne County (PA) Republicans refuse to certify vote where Trump won by 14 points...


Some counties will miss Pennsylvania's election results certification deadline

Source: WITF News

At least four counties home to about 800,000 voters will not have election results certified when they’re due Monday to the Pennsylvania Department of State, though three of them expect to wrap up within the next couple days.

Ultimately, minor delays in a handful of counties fully certifying their results shouldn’t affect the overall certification process statewide — in part because Pa.’s election code doesn’t set a hard deadline for statewide certification by the Secretary of State, which is normally a formality, voting law experts say.

Of 42 counties to respond to WITF’s inquiry, at least ten with a combined 546,000 voters had already fully certified their results and sent them to the Pa. Department of State by Friday.

Another 28 counties with nearly 6.9 million of the state’s 9 million registered voters confirmed they will hit Monday’s deadline.

Read more: https://www.witf.org/2020/11/23/some-counties-will-miss-pennsylvanias-election-results-certification-deadline/

Watch live at 1: Board of State Canvassers to vote on certifying Michigan election results

Source: Detroit Free Press

All eyes will be on the State of Michigan as the Board of State Canvassers is scheduled to meet remotely at 1 p.m. Monday to certify the state's presidential election results.

But, for what is believed would be the first time in history, Michigan's elections board could deadlock on certifying the results.

Watch the live stream here. We will have video embedded when it goes live at 1.

The public can comment on the meeting in writing or speak at the meeting. Requests must be submitted by signing up on the department's website here.

Read more: https://www.freep.com/story/news/politics/elections/2020/11/23/will-michigan-certify-election-results/6388530002/

Trump campaign files narrow appeal in Pennsylvania

Source: Politico

President Donald Trump’s campaign filed a narrow appeal Sunday in its longshot bid to have Trump declared the victor in the presidential race in Pennsylvania despite lagging more than 81,000 votes behind President-elect Joe Biden.

With Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar set to certify the results of the election as soon as Monday, the Trump campaign filed an emergency motion with the Philadelphia-based 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals asking that court to compel a lower court to accept a redrafted complaint contending that election officials excluded observers as part of an effort to process thousands of flawed mail-in ballots that largely favored Biden.

The campaign did not seek an immediate order from the 3rd Circuit to block certification of Biden as the winner. Instead, the motion filed with the court Sunday evening said the campaign might seek decertification of the results “if already certified.”

While the Trump campaign was expected to mount a broad assault on the scathing ruling U.S. District Court Judge Matthew Brann issued Saturday dismissing the suit as collection of “strained arguments ... and speculative accusations,” the new filing with the appeals court said Trump’s team was seeking to appeal only what it called the “narrow issue” of whether it should have had a second chance to reframe its suit.

Read more: https://www.politico.com/news/2020/11/22/trump-campaign-files-narrow-appeal-in-pennsylvania-439500

Trump set on veto of defense bill over renaming bases honoring Confederates

Source: NBC News

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is threatening to veto legislation to fund the military as one of his final acts in office unless a widely supported, bipartisan provision to rename military bases honoring Confederate military leaders is removed, according to White House, defense and congressional sources.

Since the Nov. 3 election, Trump has privately told Republican lawmakers that he won't back down from his position during the campaign that he would veto the annual National Defense Authorization Act if it includes an amendment to rename the bases.

A senior administration official confirmed Trump's conversations with Republicans and his veto threat. "He's said that," the official said.

Trump's stance has put in doubt legislation that had been agreed to by Republicans and Democrats in the House and the Senate. It has sent members of Trump's party scrambling to find a path for the defense bill, which outlines military policy and funding, and put them on a collision course with Democrats.

Read more: https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/trump-set-veto-defense-bill-over-renaming-bases-honoring-confederates-n1248467

JPMorgan becomes first major bank to say first-quarter GDP will decline because of Covid surge

Source: CNBC

JPMorgan economists now see an economic contraction in the first quarter due to the spreading coronavirus and related restrictions being imposed by states and cities.

The new forecast is a departure from Wall Street’s widely held view that the first quarter would be positive, with an improving economy throughout 2021.

The JPMorgan economists said they expect the economy to expand briskly in the second and third quarter, based on positive vaccine developments.

“This winter will be grim, and we believe the economy will contract again in 1Q,” the economists wrote.

Read more: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/11/20/jp-morgan-says-first-quarter-gdp-will-decline-because-of-rising-covid-cases-and-restrictions.html

Biden to spotlight CDC officials shunned by Trump

Source: Politico

President-elect Joe Biden is putting scientists in charge and back on the stage to restore trust in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The plans include immediately reviving regular media briefings and giving a central role to long-sidelined career officials including Nancy Messonnier, the public health official who first warned of the “severe” impact of the Covid-19 back in February.

The goal, said Biden’s advisers, is to send a tightly coordinated message that, nearly a year into the coronavirus crisis, the federal government is prioritizing science over politics in driving its pandemic response.

As the virus rages across the country, schools are shutting down again — or remain shuttered — even though they haven't turned out to be the super-spreader sites experts feared. At the same time, many bars and restaurants remain open for business. POLITICO's Nirvi Shah explains how the situation is reigniting a heated debate over pandemic priorities. Plus, the CDC recommends travelers get tested before and after international flights.

Read more: https://www.politico.com/news/2020/11/23/biden-cdc-officials-spotlight-trump-438843

Republicans dash to defend perilous 2022 Senate map


Sen. Chuck Grassley will be 89 when the 2022 midterm campaign rolls around. Republicans are counting on him to run for an eighth term.

“I hope Chuck Grassley comes back. He’s very healthy and I hope he comes back really strong. That will be really important,” said incoming National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman Rick Scott of Florida in an interview. “I don’t think Chuck Grassley is beatable.”

Grassley, who has been asymptomatic after testing positive for coronavirus, hasn’t decided. But his lock on Iowa’s Senate seat — and the prospect that he could retire — hits directly at the challenge facing Scott and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who must defend at least 20 seats to Democrats’ 13.

Ahead of another brutal fight for Senate control and a 2022 map tilted against the GOP, Republicans are racing to persuade their incumbents to run again. Leadership is already getting some positive results, with a number of GOP senators signaling they will run for reelection in battleground states.


When a Lawyer is too nutty for the Trump campaign...


'A huge catastrophe': Democrats grapple with congressional and state election losses

NBC News

In interviews with more than two dozen operatives and elected officials, Democrats said they are worried the 2020 results will hamstring the party and the progressive agenda, setting up a bleak next decade of uphill fights in which winning workable legislative majorities will be difficult at both the state and federal level.

Of special concern was the party's lackluster showing in state legislative races, not only because the GOP will once again have the upper-hand in drawing districts, but because it revealed a fundamental problem communicating the Democratic party's brand.

"We have to demonstrate that we are the party that's on the side of working families," said state Rep. Chris Turner, the Democratic leader in the state House in Texas.

In Washington, the plan for many Democrats was to capture the Senate and pass a lightning round of reforms, from voting rights to admitting new states to the union, that would help the party overcome structural limitations and set them up for not only sweeping policy wins, but further electoral gains down the line.

"2020 was the last best chance we had to have a real workable Senate majority. That's gone," said Sean McElwee, the founder of the left-wing think tank Data for Progress. "We have two more years where we can try to work within the structure and win these elections. And then I'm kind of at a loss."

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