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Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court scrapped a Republican lawsuit that sought to throw out millions of votes and block election certification



a close up of a remote control: Mail-in ballots for the 2020 General Election in the United States are seen before being sorted at the Chester County Voter Services office, Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in West Chester, Pa. AP Photo/Matt Slocum


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Mail-in ballots for the 2020 General Election in the United States are seen before being sorted at the Chester County Voter Services office, Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in West Chester, Pa. AP Photo/Matt Slocum

  • The Pennsylvania Supreme Court dismissed with prejudice a lawsuit from Republicans seeking to throw out millions of votes in Pennsylvania and halt the election certification.
  • The lawsuit had taken issue with the state’s mail-in voting law, which had been expanded more than a year earlier, and alleged it was unconstitutional.
  • But the justices wrote in their ruling that Republicans had waited more than a year after the mail-in voting law was passed to challenge it in court — after millions of votes were already cast.
  • One justice even noted in a concurring opinion that lawmakers “failed to allege that even a single mail-in ballot was fraudulently cast or counted.”
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A group of Pennsylvania Republicans are suing to try to invalidate millions of mail-in ballots and stop the state from certifying the election results



Donald Trump standing in front of a crowd: President Donald Trump and Congressman Mike Kelly (R-Pennsylvania) embrace at an election rally in Erie. Noah Riffe/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images


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President Donald Trump and Congressman Mike Kelly (R-Pennsylvania) embrace at an election rally in Erie. Noah Riffe/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

  • A group of Pennsylvania Republicans are seeking to toss out a GOP-backed voting reform bill that passed in October 2019.
  • Their lawsuit seeks to invalidate millions of mail-in ballots cast in the 2020 presidential election.
  • The lawsuit, filed in the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, alleges that Act 77, which allowed for no excuse mail-in voting, should be deemed “unconstitutional.”
  • Some 2.6 million voters in Pennsylvania cast mail-in ballots in the 2020 election.
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A group of Pennsylvania Republicans, led by US Representative Mike Kelly and 2020 congressional candidate Sean Parnell, are suing Gov. Tom Wolf, the GOP-controlled General Assembly, and Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar, seeking to toss out a major voting reform bill that passed

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Levee districts, many controlled by one law firm, charge millions to taxpayers. And bills keep rising | Local Business

Warren Stemme, president of the Howard Bend Levee District, said in an email that tax rates are set at public levee board meetings and reassessments are made through the courts. Landowners are given two notices of the process and have the opportunity to appeal. 

“The board of supervisors operates with the highest ethics, and the accusations of fraud and abuse are untrue and offensive,” he wrote. 

Taxpayers pick up tab

Levee districts regularly charge assessments on tax exempt lands — those owned by cities, counties, even the state highway department.

In Howard Bend, taxpayers and utility ratepayers across the region are paying into the district. The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District has a massive treatment plant on the Missouri River there. Its assessment rose to $477,370 this year from $296,714 last year — a 60% jump. 

St. Louis has a water treatment plant in the district and the city utility

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ICE helps Brazilian law enforcement seize digital piracy sites, apps alleged to have caused millions of dollars in losses to US media companies

WASHINGTON – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Washington, D.C., Field Office has executed seizure warrants for three commercial website domain names engaged in the illegal reproduction and distribution of copyrighted works in support of a Brazilian-led takedown of digital piracy sites dubbed Operation 404.

The coordinated federal law enforcement operation targeted online services that provided illegal copies of copyrighted works, including television shows and movies. In addition to the cooperative takedown of over 250 piracy sites during Operation 404, Brazilian authorities made five arrests and seized 11 vehicles and one firearm, as well as bulk cash.

“By seizing these domain names, law enforcement has disrupted the unlawful reproduction and distribution of thousands of pirated television shows and movies, while also cutting off the profits to unlawful actors willing to exploit the hard work of others for their own personal gain,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General

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SCOTUS must uphold the Affordable Care Act for the millions of Americans

With more than 9 million COVID cases in the United States, the infection continues to surge. Yet the Supreme Court hears a consolidated case on Nov. 10, California v. Texas, that could lead to the end of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This would be a disastrous outcome for those with newly pre-existing conditions due to COVID in addition to the 137 million with pre-existing conditions — including my son. 

Before the ACA, insurance companies could deny coverage, charge higher premiums, and limit people’s benefits with pre-existing conditions. The ACA had a transformative impact on health care by increasing the scope of benefits and improving access to coverage for millions of Americans. And, young people now have the option of staying on their parent’s plan until age 26. 

Preserving this landmark law is not just part of my professional work. It is also personal. Two years ago, as this

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Health care for millions is at risk in ACA challenge at Supreme Court

Nicholas Bagley, Opinion contributor
Published 5:01 a.m. ET Nov. 9, 2020

Republicans have no alternative to the ACA and a new President Biden can’t save it unless Democrats win Senate control in Georgia’s January runoffs.

The latest challenge to the Affordable Care Act comes this week under increasingly precarious circumstances: A Supreme Court on which Justice Amy Coney Barrett has succeeded the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and an election that ended with Democratic control of the Senate hinging on two long-odds January run-offs in Georgia.

If the Supreme Court strikes down the health law and Republicans continue to hold the Senate, a splintered Congress probably won’t be able to agree on a replacement. And the consequences of that would be dire. Ripping away the law would pitch almost 23 million people off their insurance, shred protections for people with preexisting conditions, and throw the health care system into chaos. 

As

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Trump Falsely Says He’s Already Won, Announces Intent to Invalidate Millions of Votes

The president addressed a mostly maskless crowd in the White House early Wednesday morning where he spewed lies and disinformation about the results of the presidential election and announced his intent to invalidate millions of legally-cast votes.

Trump falsely claimed that the Democrats and media were conspiring to defraud the American public, saying that initial election results were showing him “winning everything” and then “all of a sudden it was just called off.” That is, of course, not the case. Election results are still coming in and will likely continue to trickle in as the week goes on.

“All of a sudden everything just stopped,” Trump said. “This is a fraud on the American public. This is an embarrassment to our country. We were getting ready to win this election. Frankly, we did win this election. So the goal now is to ensure the integrity [of the election] for this

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Obamacare enrollment opening with millions more uninsured, law’s future in doubt

Obamacare open enrollment kicks off Sunday amid an economic meltdown that’s left millions uninsured in a pandemic, but the Trump administration is barely touting sign-ups under a law it’s asking the Supreme Court to throw out just 10 days later.

For the first time since Obamacare coverage began in 2014, the sign-up window is occurring in a battered economy. And the Trump administration, which years ago slashed funding for HealthCare.gov outreach, isn’t ramping up enrollment efforts as the worst public health crisis in a century intensifies across the country.

“We’re still not reaching people we should be reaching,” said Jodi Ray, who leads a federally funded program in Florida that helps people get coverage. “Ethically, it’s such a challenge for me — I know we have to reach these people, but I know I don’t have the resources.”

Insurers and enrollment experts are not predicting a rush of new HealthCare.gov

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