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Pennsylvania certifies Biden as winner of presidential vote

>> NORMALLY, WE THINK OF THE CERTIFICATION AS MORE OF A FORMALITY GIVEN THEIR ARE SOME ONGOING LAWSUITS IN PENNSYLVANIA I THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN, CERTIFICATION IS CONFIRMATION THAT PENNSYLVANIA’S 20 ELECTORAL COLLEGE VOTES WILL GO TO JOE BIDEN AND KAMALA HARRIS. THERE IS STI SOME ONGOING LITIGATION THAT REMAINS, THIS CERTIFICATION IS ASSIGNED THAT PENNSYLVANIA IS GOING THE WAY THE VOTERS CHOSE. >> PENNSYLVANIA REPRESENTED THE TRUE DEMOCRATIC WILL OF ITS RESIDENTS TODAY. >> LATE LAST NIGHT, ALL 67 COUNTIES FINISHED INDIVIDUAL CERTIFICATIONS. THAT WAS PASSED ALONG TO THE SECRETARY OF STATE. AND THEN GOVERNOR TOM WOLF DID THE SAME. THEY HAVE CERTIFIED THE BULK OF THE VOTE BUT STILL NEED TO CERTIFY ADDITIONAL GROUPS OF BALLOTS BEING LITIGATED IN THE COURTS. >> OUR JOB IS TO CERTIFY THE LEGAL VOTES ARE CAST PROPERLY ARE GOING TO BE COUNTED. >> ON MONDAY AFTERNOON, THE SUPREME COURT OF PENNSYLVANIA CERTIFIED THE … Read More

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Biden certified as winner of Pennsylvania presidential vote

President-elect Joe Biden was certified Tuesday as the winner of the election in Pennsylvania, paving the way to a solid electoral college victory over President Trump.



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After three weeks of vote counting and several ill-fated legal challenges, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announced that Biden won the count by a fairly comfortable margin of about 80,000 votes.

“As required by federal law, I’ve signed the Certificate of Ascertainment for the slate of electors for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris,” Wolf wrote.

Nevada was also poised to certify a win for Biden as the state’s supreme court approved the results, clearing the way for the appointment by the governor of six electors for the Democrat.

Pennsylvania’s 20 electors, a mix of elected Democrats, party activists and other staunch Biden backers, will meet in the state Capitol on Dec.

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Michigan Certifies and Pennsylvania Tosses Trump Lawsuits

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Republican National Committee had urged a delay in Michigan but it was another losing effort as the Board of Canvassers certifies Michigan’s election results.

The board, made up of two Republicans and two Democrats, met Nov. 23 to make the vote count official after all 83 Michigan counties certified their election results, which include Joe Biden’s 2.8% statewide victory over President Donald Trump. The state certification of the more than 5.5 million ballots cast comes after Trump and his attorneys and supporters persistently called for delaying certification. Board of State Canvasser Norman Shinkle abstained from the vote.

Christopher Thomas, a former Michigan Elections Director who came out of retirement to help oversee Detroit’s election process, took questions from the board and said the canvassers don’t have the authority to conduct or order investigations or audits of the count before certification.

Thomas said the board may

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Trump appeals Pennsylvania vote case seeking to block Biden

The Trump campaign’s appeal of its devastating loss in federal court in Pennsylvania misspells the word “president” and butchers grammar.

The appeal filed Monday also did not ask an appeals court to reverse its defeat or temporarily block Pennsylvania counties’ certification of votes, which are due later in the day.

Instead, the appeal at the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit effectively asks for a do-over of its so-far-botched legal effort to invalidate enough votes in Pennsylvania to overturn a projected victory for President-elect Joe Biden, and a loss for President Donald Trump.

The campaign wants the appeals court to allow it to pursue a second amended lawsuit, which the lower court judge effectively barred them from doing with his ruling Saturday.

The appeal appears to be as much of a long shot as the case on which it is based. But it could speed up what

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Pennsylvania Republicans File Emergency Lawsuit to Block Certification of Election Results

A group of Pennsylvania Republicans filed a lawsuit over the weekend to block certification of the state’s election results in an eleventh-hour attempt to overturn Joe Biden’s victory in the key battleground state.



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The emergency petition, filed in state court, takes issue with a voting reform bill that passed Pennsylvania’s Republican-held legislature in October last year. The lawsuit claims that the law’s allowance of  no excuse mail-in voting is “unconstitutional” and seeks to block Pennsylvania counties from certifying their vote results ahead of the deadline on Monday to do so and invalidate millions of mail-in ballots cast in the 2020 election.

The group is led by Pennsylvania Representative Mike Kelly and GOP congressional candidate Sean Parnell, who has not conceded since his defeat this month by his Democratic rival, Representative Conor

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Pennsylvania GOP sues to block certification of election as deadline looms

Republicans in Pennsylvania have embarked upon another effort to halt the certification of election results in a lawsuit that raises issues with the state’s mail-in voting process.





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The litigation was filed on Saturday in the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania and is being spearheaded by GOP Rep. Mike Kelly. The plaintiffs are asking for an emergency court order to block the certification of the results, which could happen as soon as Monday afternoon. In addition to Kelly, President Trump’s ally Sean Parnell, who lost a close House race on Nov. 3 to Democratic Rep. Conor Lamb in Pennsylvania’s 17th Congressional District, is also part of the lawsuit.

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The legal argument hinges upon a law passed by the Republican-controlled legislature in 2019 called Act 77. The act allowed voters to cast their ballots by mail up to 50 days prior to an election without

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Judge Finds the Fatal Flaw in Trump Campaign’s Pennsylvania Case

A    federal court has thrown out the Trump campaign’s lawsuit in Pennsylvania, which challenged presumptive President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the commonwealth. In so doing, district judge Matthew Brann refused the campaign’s eleventh-hour attempt to file a new complaint that would have reinstated election fraud claims the Trump campaign had abandoned a few days earlier. (I outlined the lawsuit here, and explained the Trump campaign’s last-ditch effort to amend it here.)



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Judge Brann’s 37-page opinion sets forth a variety of reasons for dismissing the case. Most of them are directed toward the complaints of two individual plaintiffs — voters who claimed that their ballots had been improperly discounted. By contrast, the court found that the Trump campaign had no standing to sue, having posited no evidence that President Trump was harmed in any

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Trump Lawyer Jenna Ellis Appears on Fox Touting ‘Promising’ Case in Pennsylvania After It’s Tossed by Judge

After the Trump campaign suffered a series of setbacks this week in its legal crusade to change the outcome of the Nov. 3 election, Trump legal adviser Jenna Ellis appeared in a pre-recorded interview on Fox News late Saturday touting a “promising” case in Pennsylvania, apparently the same case that a federal judge had dismissed hours earlier. Speaking to Jesse Watters on Watters’ World, Ellis said she believed Team Trump’s lawsuit in Pennsylvania—which sought to delay the certification of results and have millions of votes invalidated—would be allowed to proceed in court, despite a motion to dismiss filed by local authorities. “Ultimately, it will likely go to the Supreme Court, and there are several different avenues and legal vehicles to get there. One of our most promising cases is in Pennsylvania, and that’s where the mayor [Rudy Giuliani] argued against a motion to dismiss. And if that judge does

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The Trump campaign’s lawyers said they are ‘thankful’ to the judge who dismissed their election case in Pennsylvania so they can get it to the Supreme Court more quickly



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  • The Trump campaign’s lawyers said in a statement that they are “thankful” to the judge who dismissed their Pennsylvania campaign lawsuit in a scathing opinion on Saturday.
  • Judge Matthew Brann threw out the lawsuit and said it was attempting to disenfranchise 7 million people without providing any good reason to do so.
  • Rudy Giuliani and Jenna Ellis said the decision “turns out to help us in our strategy to get expeditiously to the US Supreme Court.”
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The Trump campaign said in a statement that they are “thankful” to the judge who dismissed their Pennsylvania campaign lawsuit in a scathing opinion on Saturday.

The lawsuit sought to block Pennsylvania from certifying the vote

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Lawsuit challenges expansion of mail-in voting in Pennsylvania

Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly is leading a suit filed Saturday in Pennsylvania challenging the use of mail-in ballots predominately cast by Democrats in lifting Joe Biden to victory in the presidential race in the state and seeking to block certification of the election results.The lawsuit was filed in the state Commonwealth Court, just two days before the deadline for counties to certify the results of the presidential election in Pennsylvania, and marks the latest attempt in court by Republicans, including President Donald Trump, to overturn Biden’s victory in Pennsylvania.The plaintiffs contend that the GOP-controlled Legislature never followed the proper constitutional procedures to expand exceptions to in-person voting to institute a system of universal mail-in voting and are asking the court to throw out non-absentee mail-in ballots.Attorney General Josh Shapiro said on Twitter that the elected officials and candidates who joined the suit “should be ashamed of themselves.”“They’re asking a … Read More

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