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Republicans demand probe into Padilla’s $35M grant to Biden-linked firm, claim ‘misuse’ of taxpayer funds

EXCLUSIVE: Republicans on the House Oversight and House Administration Committees are demanding answers from California Secretary of State Alex Padilla about a “highly questionable” $35 million contract his office awarded to a firm linked to the Biden campaign, claiming it was a “misuse of taxpayer money and a violation of the law.”

Padilla’s office, according to House Oversight Committee Ranking Member James Comer, R-Ky., Administration Committee Ranking Member Rodney Davis, R-Ill., and Rep. Jody Hice, R-Ga., allegedly used Help America Vote Act (HAVA) grant money from the coronavirus stimulus package, known as the CARES Act, to fund a voter contract with SKD Knickerbocker— a public affairs and political consulting firm the Republican lawmakers described as “Joe Biden’s main election campaign advisory firm.”

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“In light of recent media reports that California Secretary of State Alex Padilla

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Georgia Republicans Want to Pass Law Requiring Photo ID for Mail-In Ballots Following 2020 Election Results

Although there is no evidence to suggest fraudulent activity occurred in Georgia during November’s election, the state’s top Republican leaders have voiced their support for additional criteria necessary to cast ballots by mail in future races.



a man wearing a suit and tie: Despite an absence of evidence to suggest fraud or misconduct impacted Georgia's election results, the state's top Republican officials have publicly shown support for reforming absentee ballot requirements amid allegations from Donald Trump's campaign. Georgia Governor Brian Kemp speaks at a press conference announcing expanded statewide COVID testing on August 10, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia.


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Despite an absence of evidence to suggest fraud or misconduct impacted Georgia’s election results, the state’s top Republican officials have publicly shown support for reforming absentee ballot requirements amid allegations from Donald Trump’s campaign. Georgia Governor Brian Kemp speaks at a press conference announcing expanded statewide COVID testing on August 10, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, both Republicans, separately vouched for new policies that would require absentee voters to submit photo identification alongside their mail ballots in remarks delivered last month, when the state certified its election results for Joe Biden.

Raffensperger, who has pushed back fiercely against Donald Trump’s unproven

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Ex-Trump lawyer Sidney Powell tells Republicans to boycott GA runoffs

  • Former Trump campaign attorney Sidney Powell told supporters at a Wednesday rally in Alpharetta, Georgia, to boycott state elections until she deems voting systems “secure.”
  • Powell has filed a legal challenge to the election result in Georgia, baselessly alleging a vast conspiracy to subvert the election by Venezuelan communists using fixed voting machines.
  • She did not mention the state’s January 2021 Senate runoff vote in her speech, but if Republicans follow her advice in that election, GOP turnout could be depressed.
  • Georgia Republicans worry that attacks by Trump and his allies on the state’s officials and voting systems will actually endanger their chances of winning the runoffs and retaining control of the Senate.
  • At the Wednesday rally, pro-Trump attorney Lin Wood also interrupted a state representative who urged supporters to vote in January, with the lawyer telling them to stay home instead. 
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The

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Attorney Encouraged Florida Republicans to Register to Vote in Georgia for Senate Run-Offs

Florida attorney Bill Price is under investigation after he encouraged Republicans in the state to register to vote in Georgia for the crucial Senate run-off elections even though they don’t live there.



a group of people standing in the grass holding a sign: Rallygoers in Freedom Park deliver the "Count Every Vote" message in the wake of the presidential election results on November 07, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. Senate run-offs will take place in the state on January 5.


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Rallygoers in Freedom Park deliver the “Count Every Vote” message in the wake of the presidential election results on November 07, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. Senate run-offs will take place in the state on January 5.

Price made the remarks in a Facebook Live video on November 7 that was subsequently deleted. According to a report by Channel 2 investigative reporter Nicole Carr, Price made the comments just half an hour after the presidential election was called for former Vice President Joe Biden.

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It also appears that Price himself registered to vote in Georgia on November

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Pennsylvania Republicans to ask Supreme Court to review case after dismissal: candidate

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has tossed out an election lawsuit to delegitimize mail-in ballots, but Republican congressional candidate Sean Parnell said his team will on Sunday ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case, which questions the constitutionality of Pennsylvania’s Act 77.

Gov. Tom Wolf signed Act 77 into law in October 2019, administering no-excuse mail-in voting. Parnell told “Fox & Friends Weekend” on Sunday that the state Supreme Court dismissing the case was a “blatant political act.”

“What I’m trying to do is bring a sense of clarity to an election where 50% of the people in the state of Pennsylvania have no clarity,” he said. “And the fact is because they dismissed my case with prejudice, they’re saying that anybody else in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania can challenge the unconstitutionality of Act 77 but me.”

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Obama: Republicans portraying white men as ‘victims’ helped Trump win votes | Barack Obama

Barack Obama said part of the reason 73 million Americans voted to re-elect Donald Trump in the election was because of messaging from Republicans that the country, particularly white men, are under attack.

In an interview with the radio show the Breakfast Club on Wednesday to promote his new memoir A Promised Land, Obama said Trump’s administration, which he did not name directly, “objectively has failed, miserably, in handling just basic looking after the American people and keeping them safe”, and yet he still secured millions of votes.

“What’s always interesting to me is the degree to which you’ve seen created in Republican politics the sense that white males are victims,” Obama said. “They are the ones who are under attack – which obviously doesn’t jive with both history and data and economics. But that’s a sincere belief, that’s been internalized, that’s a story that’s being told and how you

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Georgia recount signature-matching impossible despite demands from Trump, Republicans, says secretary of state

The Trump campaign and high-profile Republicans are demanding that signature-matching be a major part of the recount the president filed for in Georgia, where President-elect Joe Biden beat him by less than one half of a percentage point – but the secretary of state’s office is saying that ship has sailed. 

Because of rules designed to protect voter privacy, ballots in Georgia are separated from their outer envelopes – where the signature is – after they are initially verified. This makes it impossible to reconnect the ballots to their envelopes, and therefore impossible to re-do signature matching after ballots are counted.

“Today, the Trump campaign filed a petition for recount in Georgia,” the president’s legal team said in a statement Saturday. “President Trump and his campaign continue to insist on an honest recount in Georgia, which has to include signature-matching and other vital safeguards. Without signature-matching, this recount would be

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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.



a person holding a sign: A supporter of President Trump protests the election results in Philadelphia, Penn., November 8, 2020.


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A supporter of President Trump protests the election results in Philadelphia, Penn., November 8, 2020.

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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How the ‘red mirage’ gave Republicans false sense of election success

As votes were being counted on election night, congressional candidate Jim Oberweis was ebullient.

Oberweis, a Republican from Sugar Grove, was leading Democratic U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood for her 14th District seat. And if he won, he’d be moving from the state Senate to federal office — something he’d been unsuccessfully chasing since 2002.

        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

 

Not only that, but President Donald Trump’s reelection chances were looking good. Oberweis has been a vocal Trump supporter, and Trump had endorsed Oberweis.

“This could be a great, glorious night,” Oberweis said.

But it was an illusion.

In the days that followed, Oberweis’ lead evaporated. Underwood was in front by the weekend, and The Associated Press declared her the winner a few days later.

Underwood finished ahead by 5,377 votes, unofficial results showed — about 1% of the 400,908 total votes cast in the contest.

Oberweis, who intends to pursue a recount, wasn’t the only

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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.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

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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