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Florida investigating third party candidate who ran for Florida state senate

Source: The Hill

Florida prosecutors are probing a third-party candidate who ran for state Senate who has the same surname as the Democratic incumbent José Javier Rodríguez.

Jose Javier Rodríguez narrowly lost his seat against his Republican opponent and Latinas for Trump co-founder Ileana Garcia, who won by a razor-thin margin of .02 percent, or just 34 votes, the Washington Post reported.

Shortly after his concession speech, the incumbent released a video expressing alarm regarding the potential influence of an unknown third-party candidate Alex Rodríguez, who received 6,300 votes or 2.96 percent of votes for the District 37 seat.

"Democracy requires transparency," Rodríguez said in the video posted to Facebook. "In order to achieve that, I believe this election requires a full investigation so that those who may have violated the law are held to account and so that such tactics are not used in future elections."

Read more: https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/526915-florida-investigating-third-party-candidate-who-ran-for-florida-state

Another Biden WH senior staff announcement


Merrick Garland Among Biden Candidates For Attorney General, Sources Say

Source: NPR

Federal appeals court Judge Merrick Garland is under consideration to serve as attorney general in the administration of President-elect Joe Biden, NPR has learned from two people closely following the process.

Garland, 68, is the widely respected former chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. He launched his career at the Justice Department decades ago.

Garland oversaw the prosecution of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh and gained significant management experience inside the sprawling department in the 1990s.

More recently, Garland was nominated to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court by President Barack Obama, to fill the seat vacated by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.

Read more: https://www.npr.org/sections/biden-transition-updates/2020/11/20/937043662/merrick-garland-among-biden-candidates-for-attorney-general-sources-say?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=npr&utm_medium=social&utm_term=nprnews

Giuliani's son, a White House staffer, tests positive for coronavirus

Source: The Hill

Andrew Giuliani, the son of the president's personal attorney and a staffer at the White House, tested positive for coronavirus, he tweeted Friday.

"I am experiencing mild symptoms, and am following all appropriate protocols, including being in quarantine and conducting contact tracing," Giuliani tweeted.

Giuliani, a special assistant to the president, is the latest White House staffer to test positive for the highly contagious virus in recent weeks. He has worked as a liaison to sports leagues and had a prominent role promoting Trump's support of bringing back college football this fall.

The White House has faced multiple outbreaks during the pandemic, which President Trump has repeatedly downplayed. Those who have tested positive over the last six weeks include the president, the first lady, the press secretary, the chiefs of staff to both the president and the vice president and senior advisers Stephen Miller and Hope Hicks.

Read more: https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/526871-giulianis-son-a-white-house-staffer-tests-positive-for-coronavirus

Politico: Trump is being encouraged to invite state lawmakers from key swing states to the WH


Meanwhile, the president is being egged on by a handful of diehard loyalists and longtime aides like Giuliani, senior aide Stephen Miller and Trump social-media guru Dan Scavino, indicating no retreat is in sight.


Trump’s outreach to state lawmakers is part of that push, according to a campaign official familiar with the situation. The official said some Trump aides and allies are encouraging Trump to invite state lawmakers from key swing states — who have a role in certifying their state results — to the White House.

There, Trump can lean on them to circumvent the official vote count and simply appoint electors who would award the state’s electoral votes to Trump. Typically, state legislatures, as a formality, simply sign off on the electors chosen by the winning party once the vote tally is complete. States must settle on their electors by Dec. 8, before the Electoral College meets to vote on Dec. 14.

On Friday, Trump will make his first foray in this venture, hosting the top-two leaders of Michigan’s Republican-controlled legislature at the White House, according to a senior administration official. Both lawmakers have previously told local media outlets they are not looking at appointing Trump-friendly electors.

Rudy: "If you take out Wayne County," Trump wins Michigan


'Orderly transfer': GOP senators inch toward acceptance of Trump defeat

Source: NBC News

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's refusal to concede electoral defeat has Republican Senate allies slowly inching toward acceptance that Joe Biden will be the next president.


“We’re going to have an orderly transfer from this administration to the next one,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told reporters on Tuesday. “What we all say about it is, frankly, irrelevant.”

Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., who narrowly won his re-election race, told NBC News that Biden is “probably” the president-elect based on the results, but added that Trump is “entitled” to mount legal challenges.


Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., a staunch Trump ally, said he has launched a one-man effort to inquire on Trump's behalf in states about ballot counting.

Read more: https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2020-election/orderly-transfer-gop-senators-inch-toward-acceptance-trump-defeat-n1248134

Trump campaign drops remaining lawsuit in Michigan

Source: Politico

The Trump campaign withdrew its last remaining federal lawsuit in Michigan Thursday, falsely claiming that local election officials had declined to certify the Detroit-area’s vote tabulation even though they voted unanimously to do so Tuesday night.

At the heart of the Trump campaign’s claim are two affidavits — filed by the GOP election officials who joined Democrats to certify the votes in Wayne County Tuesday night — claiming they only did so under significant public pressure and an assurance that Michigan’s secretary of state would conduct a thorough review of their concerns about absentee voting.

The two officials, Monica Palmer and William Hartmann, both initially voted to oppose certifying the Wayne County results, potentially upending the count of hundreds of thousands of votes in Detroit and its suburbs that were key to Joe Biden’s victory in the state. But within hours, as public pressure from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Secretary of State Joyce Benson and members of the public participating in the meeting, both Republicans reversed and backed certification.

The Trump campaign has mounted a string of legal challenges to voting procedures in states that helped propel Biden to victory, including Michigan and Pennsylvania. But courts there have nearly all quickly dispatched with the challenges as meritless, even as Trump has continued to falsely claim he won the election.

Read more: https://www.politico.com/news/2020/11/19/trump-campaign-drops-lawsuit-michigan-438220

Donald Trump called Monica Palmer after Wayne County Board of Canvassers meeting

Source: Detroit Free Press

Monica Palmer, the Republican chairwoman of the Wayne County Board of Canvassers who initially voted on Tuesday against certifying the county's election results, then reversed her vote, said Thursday she received a phone call from President Donald Trump Tuesday evening after the meeting ended.

Palmer said she did not know how long the call lasted, saying there was a lot of stress and adrenaline that night.

"He was checking to make sure I was safe after seeing/hearing about the threats and doxxing," Palmer wrote in a text message, referring to a firestorm of information released about her on social media.

Palmer earlier told the Free Press her family had "received multiple threats." "The threats have been made against myself, my daughter and my husband," she said. "Reports have been filed with Grosse Pointe Woods police and the FBI."

Read more: https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/detroit/2020/11/19/trump-monica-palmer-wayne-canvassers-certification-election/3776190001/

Biden warns of 400K deaths, calls on GSA to act

Source: Yahoo News/Reuters

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden relayed an alarming estimate Wednesday (18 November).

In a round table discussion with health care workers, Biden said as many as 200,000 more people in the U.S. could be dead by January.

"Maybe exceed 400,000 people by the time we get sworn in."

That dire warning came as President Donald Trump continues to falsely claim that he has won the election and his administration refuses to share key data on COVID-19, including how new vaccines will be distributed to the country's more than 300 million people.

Read more: https://news.yahoo.com/biden-warns-400k-deaths-calls-010517306.html?soc_src=social-sh&soc_trk=tw&tsrc=twtr
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