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    State Sen. Doug Mastriano attends a primary night election gathering in Chambersburg, Pa.Carolyn Kaster/AP Facts matter: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter. Support our nonprofit reporting. Subscribe to our print magazine.Doug Mastriano, a far-right supporter of former President Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the presidential election, has won the Republican primary for Pennsylvania Governor, moving the country a step closer to what could be a potential nightmare scenario in 2024. To ascend to the governor’s seat, Mastriano still has to win what’s expected to be a fierce general election battle against Democratic nominee Josh Shapiro, the state’s attorney general. But Mastriano’s victory over a pack of Pennsylvania Republicans dramatically raises the stakes of the November contest. The Pennsylvania governor appoints the secretary of state, the official responsible for certifying presidential election results in the state. As Greg Sargent argued in the Washington Post, Mastriano could appoint a secretary of state who, amid baseless allegations of election fraud, certifies a losing GOP candidate as the victor of Pennsylvania. This certification would then be sent to Mastriano, who could forward it...
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Democrats in Pennsylvania’s state Senate sued Friday evening in a state court to block a Republican-approved subpoena seeking voter information and to put a stop to what Republicans call a “forensic investigation” of last year’s presidential election. Democrats had said they would sue within days after the Republican-controlled Senate Intergovernmental Operations Committee voted Wednesday to issue a subpoena for detailed state election records, including the names of who voted in last year’s presidential election, their birth date, address, driver’s license number, and the last four digits of their Social Security number. READ MORE: Psychologist Facing Child Porn Counts Reaches Plea Deal The subpoena is an outgrowth of former President Donald Trump’s baseless claims that he was cheated out of victory last November, and ongoing pressure by Trump and his allies for battleground states where he lost to investigate the election. READ MORE: Westmoreland County Historical Society Says It Was Banned From Facebook For Using Word Militia The 53-page lawsuit, filed by all 21 Senate Democrats, contends that the Senate Republican bid to investigate the election illegally...
    If you’d like to dip your toes into a bit of dystopia coming out of Pennsylvania this week, let’s look into reports of a little group that’s going door to door to confront people about who they voted for. Nothing sketchy about that, right? (Wrong.) As reported by the York Post, a group that calls itself an “election integrity committee” has allegedly bopped from door to door in York County, Pennsylvania, to ask details about who residents voted for and what method they used to vote.  As we all know, Donald Trump’s entirely baseless, false claims about “voter fraud” swept the nation around the election, and it seems that sort of suspicion and rhetoric has bled into this group of quasi-vigilantes. If this whole thing sounds like intimidation to you, Chad Baker, chair of the Democratic Party of York County, shares the same concern. Baker told the outlet, “There is an intimidation factor, and that’s what their intent is.” Even more suspicious? The timing of this committee’s actions in relation to an audit request by Republican state Sen. Doug Mastriano,...
    Japanese car manufacturer Toyota has defended its decision to donate $55,000 to 37 Republicans who voted against certifying the 2020 Presidential election result.  Toyota donated more than any other corporate PAC to the politicians who voted against the result - and even gave more than twice as much as the second-biggest donor Cubic Corp. It comes after the Toyota, alongside other corporations across the US, had said they would 'assess' their political donations in response to the Capitol Hill attacks on June 6 and growing divisiveness over the election results.  But data from watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington  and acquired by Axios paints a different picture.  Toyota donated more than any other corporate PAC to the politicians who voted against the result - and even gave more than twice as much as the second-biggest donor Cubic Corp RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next First name Duke of Sussex, last name His Royal Highness: How... 'The tragedy of refusing to take Covid and vaccines... Share this article Share The data shows...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff ALLENTOWN, Pa. (KDKA) – Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey issued a statement on Saturday that presented his disagreement with some Republican senators planning to oppose the certification of the 2020 presidential election. “A fundamental, defining feature of a democratic republic is the right of the people to elect their own leaders,” Toomey’s statement said. “The effort by Senators Hawley, Cruz, and others to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election in swing states like Pennsylvania directly undermines this right.” This isn’t the first time Toomey has spoken out about efforts to overturn or obstruct the certification of the 2020 presidential election. In December, Senator Toomey called the efforts to obstruct Biden’s victory inappropriate. “It would be wildly inappropriate for Congress to attempt to reject the slate of electors from one or more states when there is not even a close to sufficient basis for doing so,” he said. Senator Toomey also said that after multiple lawsuits being thrown out and Attorney General Bill Barr saying that there was no evidence of fraud...
            by Debra Heine  A group of Republican Pennsylvania state lawmakers announced Monday that the certified results of the 2020 election for president in the Keystone State were off by more than 200,000 votes—more than twice the margin of Biden’s alleged victory. The PA Republicans are now are questioning “how the results of the presidential election could possibly have been certified by Secretary of the Commonwealth Kathy Boockvar and Governor Tom Wolf,” according to PA State Rep. Russ Diamond. Pa Lawmakers: Numbers Don’t Add Up, Certification Of Presidential Results Premature and In Error pic.twitter.com/0DvmOldx1u — Russ Diamond (@russdiamond) December 28, 2020 A comparison of official county election results to the total number of voters who voted on November 3, 2020 as recorded by the Department of State shows that 6,962,607 total ballots were reported as being cast, while DoS/SURE system records indicate that only 6,760,230 total voters actually voted. Among the 6,962,607 total ballots cast, 6,931,060 total votes were counted in the presidential race, including all three candidates on the ballot and write-in candidates. The...
    Republican lawmakers in Pennsylvania say an "alarming discrepancy" in the presidential vote count is two times larger than the margin of President-elect Joe Biden's victory in the state. Their analysis, released on Monday by state Rep. Frank Ryan and more than a dozen colleagues, found different vote counts when comparing Election Day data from counties and the Statewide Uniform Registry of Electors, or SURE, system used by Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar. They also raised suspicions about there being tens of thousands fewer votes in the presidential race than overall ballots. Boockvar, a Democrat, cast the analysis as yet another misinformation effort designed to cast doubt on the integrity of the election. Wanda Murren, a spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Department of State, told the Washington Examiner that the "so-called analysis was based on incomplete data." President Trump seized on the GOP assessment, tweeting that the findings were more proof that the election was stolen from him even as federal and state officials say they have not seen evidence of widespread voter fraud and dozens of lawsuits challenging the results...
    By MARC LEVY, Associated Press HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The angst, anger and hostility over Pennsylvania's presidential election result will flow past New Year's Day. Republicans who control the state Legislature could use the first weeks of 2021 to fast-track a constitutional amendment that would remake the Democratic-majority state Supreme Court after Republicans and President Donald Trump accused the court of acting illegally or, baselessly, conspiring to steal the election. That prospect is propelling a constellation of liberal groups, good-government groups, labor unions and others to organize against the proposed amendment, and stoking fears of an expensive public campaign fueled by dark money for control of the battleground state's highest court. As early as May 18's primary election, Pennsylvania voters could be asked to overhaul how they elect state Supreme Court justices and appellate court judges. The amendment would end the practice of judicial candidates running for 10-year terms in statewide elections and, instead, sort those seats into districts equal in population where candidates must live. It would seem to guarantee a new set of faces that Republican lawmakers contend...
    Donald Trump's campaign team filed an appeal to the Supreme Court against the Pennsylvania Supreme Court for several decisions to change the state's mail-in voting laws before and after the 2020 presidential election. They are seeking the Supreme Court to overturn several decision by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to rule it was lawful for the state to change its election laws in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. In a statement from the president's campaign's legal team, they allege that the Pennsylvania State Supreme Court overstepped and is in violation of Article II of the Constitution. It also claims the decision to change election laws goes against the verdict in Bush v. Gore. 'The outcome of the election for the Presidency of the United States hangs in the balance,' the statement indicates. Specifically, the team is challenging these decisions by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court regarding mail ballots, which resolved multiple cases overall. Donald Trump's campaign team is asking the Supreme Court to take on an appeal looking to overturn a series of Pennsylvania Supreme Court decisions. 'The outcome of the...
    HARRISBURG (KDKA) — It’s Decision Day for the 2020 Election. After a record-setting Election Day, today, state electors will gather to fulfill their U.S. Constitutional duty. This process will seal the deal, confirming Joe Biden as the 46th President-elect of the United States and Senator Kamala Harris as Vice President-elect. Electors from the nation’s fifty states and District of Columbia will gather to cast their ballots. 20 electors will do that here in Pennsylvania. The ceremony will take place in Harrisburg at the Capitol Complex. The electors’ ballots are then sent to Congress, where they will be read into the official record by Vice President Mike Pence during a joint session on January 6. The number of electoral votes to win an election is 270. The ballots cast today will confirm that President-elect Biden surpassed that number needed. In some states, electors will be escorted by police for their protection due to possible protests in some areas. In Pennsylvania, the vote will be live-streamed and is scheduled to take place at 12:00 noon. A link to the livestream of the...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — With just one day away from the Electoral College meeting to make President-elect Joe Biden’s win official, 538 electors are set to meet at state houses across the country cast their votes. This will start the process of giving President-elect Joe Biden the victory in this election. It is projected he will beat the incumbent President Donald Trump. Here in Pennsylvania, 20 electors will cast their ballots. The number of votes per state equals the number of seats they have in Congress — two senators plus the amount of representatives. Then, those ballots will be sent to Congress, where they will be read into official record by the Vice President during a joint session on January 6. It is projected Joe Biden will receive 306 votes, including Pennsylvania’s 20 votes. President Trump is expected to receive 232 votes. The magic number to win the election is 270 votes. In some states, electors will be escorted by police for their protection with possible protests in some areas. In Pennsylvania, the vote will be live-streamed.
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — On the day West Virginia formally certified its November election results, state leaders backed an improbable lawsuit to invalidate presidential race results in four battleground states that President Donald Trump lost. Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said Wednesday he is filing in support of a Texas lawsuit before the U.S. Supreme Court to invalidate 62 Electoral College votes for President-Elect Joe Biden from Georgia, Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. If those 62 Electoral Votes are invalidated, it would be enough to swing the election to Trump. The lawsuit from the Texas attorney general, Republican Ken Paxton, repeats a litany of false, disproven and unsupported allegations about mail-in ballots and voting in the four battlegrounds. The news came after Gov. Jim Justice, who is yet to congratulate Biden as president-elect, said Trump called him to discuss the lawsuit. He said he encourages Morrisey to join Texas’ attempt. “I’m sure our attorney general will make the right move,” said Justice, a big Trump ally. Secretary of State Mac Warner on Wednesday declared the state’s election results, becoming the last in...
    President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump taps Conway, Chao to government posts in waning days of administration Pelosi, Schumer hit Trump but cite 'progress' in COVID relief talks House GOP leader trolls Democrats over reduced majority MORE on Wednesday moved to intervene in Texas' lawsuit seeking Supreme Court intervention to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election in key battleground states that would tip the scales in his favor. The president's attorney filed the motion to intervene hours after Trump indicated he planned to get involved in the case in which the Texas attorney general is alleging that the new voting processes in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin skewed the presidential election results and that electors should not be allowed to cast their votes for Biden as a result. Trump has for weeks spread false claims alleging the election was "stolen" or "rigged." But his lawsuit does not make such claims. Instead, his attorney wrote that "it is not necessary for the Plaintiff in Intervention to prove that fraud occurred, however; it is only necessary to demonstrate that the elections in the defendant States materially deviated...
    Democrat Joe Biden's win in Pennsylvania can be certified, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday. The nine-justice court unanimously rejected a Republican congressman’s request to prevent Pennsylvania from certifying its presidential election results in favor of the former vice president.  The one-line order, the latest blow to the Trump campaign, was issued with no dissents. The emergency petition was addressed to Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, who has jurisdiction over the Pennsylvania courts.  Alito referred it to the whole court, which issued the order.
    Sen. Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeyGovernment used Patriot Act to gather website visitor logs in 2019 Appeals court rules NSA's bulk phone data collection illegal Dunford withdraws from consideration to chair coronavirus oversight panel MORE (R-Pa.) said President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump personally asked Pa. GOP House Speaker for help changing election results: report Warren signals concerns about bipartisan coronavirus framework Pompeos spent over K in taxpayer funds for State Dept dinners MORE’s reported attempts to overturn the results of the presidential election in Pennsylvania were “completely unacceptable.” “It’s completely unacceptable and it’s not going to work and the president should give up trying to get legislatures to overturn the results of the elections in their respective states,” Toomey told the Philadelphia Inquirer. Toomey added that he spoke on the phone with President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenHong Kong police arrest 8 activists over anti-government protests DHS to begin accepting new DACA applications following court order Trump personally asked Pa. GOP House Speaker for help changing election results: report MORE last week, saying “we had a very pleasant conversation” regarding potential areas of...
    “Then they did dumps … big, massive dumps” — Trump to Maria Bartiromo pic.twitter.com/oX2RPPOwbi — Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) November 29, 2020 Hello, everybody: “massivedumps” trended on Twitter this morning. President Donald Trump, who lost the 2020 election, uttered the phrase as part of a bewildering interview with Fox News host Maria Bartiromo. He repeated unsubstantiated claims of wide-ranging election fraud, disowned Georgia Governor Brian Kemp (R), and baselessly suggested the FBI and Department of Justice were involved in stealing the race from him. “And what happened, if you watched the election, I was called by the biggest people, saying congratulations,” he said. “Political people. ‘Congratulations, sir, you just won the election.’ It was 10 o’clock and you looked at the numbers, and I’m sure you felt that way. This election was over. And then they did dumps. They called them dumps. Big massive dumps in Michigan, and Pennsylvania, and all over.” Indeed, Trump was ahead in Michigan and Pennsylvania just after election day, but that was because mail-in votes had yet to be counted. More voters than ever did what they could to...
    HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Pennsylvania's highest court on Saturday night threw out a lower court's order preventing the state from certifying dozens of contests on its Nov. 3 election ballot in the latest lawsuit filed by Republicans attempting to thwart President-elect Joe Biden's victory in the battleground state.The state Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, threw out the three-day-old order, saying the underlying lawsuit was filed months after the expiration of a time limit in Pennsylvania's expansive year-old mail-in voting law allowing for challenges to it.Justices also remarked on the lawsuit's staggering demand that an entire election be overturned retroactively."They have failed to allege that even a single mail-in ballot was fraudulently cast or counted," Justice David Wecht wrote in a concurring opinion.The state's attorney general, Democrat Josh Shapiro, called the court's decision "another win for Democracy."President Donald Trump and his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, meanwhile, have repeatedly and baselessly claimed that Democrats falsified mail-in ballots to steal the election from Trump. Biden beat Trump by more than 80,000 votes in Pennsylvania, a state Trump had won in 2016.EMBED More News Videos...