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Pa.'s Statehouse Descends Into Chaos

State-certified election winner Jim Brewster denied oath of office in Pa.

(Newser) - Republican senators in Pennsylvania refused to seat a Democrat on Tuesday despite his state-certified election win, resulting in chaos . Democratic State Sen. Jim Brewster of Allegheny County defeated Republican challenger Nicole Ziccarelli by just 69 votes in the Nov. 3 election, according to state-certified returns. But Ziccarelli has sued in...

Maskless Conga Line at Party Puts GOP Club on the Defense

'There's no pandemic clause in the Constitution,' the Whitestone Republican Club posted

(Newser) - Maskless holiday parties with exuberant conga lines aren't exactly de rigueur this year, but that doesn't mean there haven't been any. Per the New York Times , journalist Matt Binder posted a video online Monday that showed members of the Whitestone Republican Club—including club President Vickie Paladino,...

Trump, Texas GOP Chair React to Supreme Court Ruling on Suit

Allen West floats new 'Union' of 'law-abiding states'; Trump blasts SCOTUS for 'no wisdom, no courage'

(Newser) - The Supreme Court on Friday rejected a Texas lawsuit trying to overturn President-elect Joe Biden's election victory, and the leader of the Texas Republican Party isn't happy with the decision. After the complaint brought by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and backed by 126 GOP House members and...

Newspaper Apologizes for Endorsement

'Orlando Sentinel' rips Fla. GOP Rep. Michael Waltz for signing on to Texas election suit

(Newser) - More than 100 House Republicans have signed on to a Texas lawsuit trying to overturn President-elect Joe Biden's win, and a local paper that endorsed one of them is now offering a public mea culpa. "We apologize for endorsing US Rep. Michael Waltz, who wants to overturn the...

Georgia Republicans Worried About Trump's Message

They fear his claims of election fraud will depress GOP turnout in Senate runoffs

(Newser) - President Trump's insistence that the election was rigged appears to be having an unintended effect in Georgia: Republicans are voicing concerns that his angry supporters won't turn out to vote in next month's two runoff races for the Senate because they see it as futile. Coverage:
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Rick Scott: I've Got COVID

Florida senator says he's 'feeling good' with mild symptoms, is quarantining at home in Naples

(Newser) - Florida's Rick Scott is the latest senator to test positive for the coronavirus. The 67-year-old made the announcement Friday, noting he came into contact with someone after he returned to his home state on Nov. 13, and that person then tested positive, WESH reports. "I am feeling good...

Dems: Graham's Call to Georgia Official May Be a Crime

Brad Raffensperger says senator seemed to suggest he should toss legal ballots

(Newser) - As Georgia's hand recount continues , Brad Raffensperger, its secretary of state, has been pushing back on President Trump's claims of voting fraud, as well as saying he's been pressured by fellow Republicans to dump enough ballots to overturn the election that's been called for President-elect Biden....

A Top GOP Voice Says Trump Has No Chance

Karl Rove says recounts, challenges cannot possibly change the outcome of election

(Newser) - President Trump's legal attempts to overturn Joe Biden's election victory are all for naught, according to the man who helped usher in the previous Republican president. In a Wall Street Journal op-ed, Karl Rove writes that the president's legal challenges in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan, Arizona, and Nevada...

Trump Sons Demand Republicans Step Up

Lindsey Graham and Ted Cruz among those defending president's claims

(Newser) - On Thursday, President Trump's eldest sons complained that too few Republicans were backing their father and his claims of a stolen election. "The total lack of action from virtually all of the '2024 GOP hopefuls' is pretty amazing," tweeted Donald Trump Jr., per the Hill . "...

State's GOP Accused of Setting Up Illegal Ballot Drop Boxes

Calif.'s Republican Party is trying to claim it's legal 'ballot harvesting,' but SecState is pushing back

(Newser) - Ballot drop boxes are popping up at churches, gun shops, candidate HQs, and local GOP party offices in three California counties, which would seem on the surface to offer voters lots of options for getting their vote counted. The problem is, these ballot boxes aren't official, and California's...

Early Voting Data Is 'Just Nuts'

With 3.8M votes cast, expert predicts highest voter turnout in a century

(Newser) - Almost 4 million Americans have already cast a ballot in the November election, according to an expert tracking early voting data, who is now predicting the highest voter turnout in a century, per Reuters . With a month to go until Election Day, some 3.8 million Americans in 31 states...

In 3 Key States, a Narrowing Gap

GOP leads voter registrations in Florida, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania

(Newser) - The Biden campaign is starting door-to-door canvassing just as data shows the Trump campaign leads in securing new voter registrations in closely watched states. There are still more people registered as Democrats than Republicans in Florida, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina—all states the president won by less than five points...

Huge Lead Emerges in Mail Voting

But it's far too early for Democrats to celebrate

(Newser) - Republicans are concerned by a wide Democratic lead in mail voting, according to the Washington Post , which reports Democrats have requested the majority of mail ballots in the battleground states of Florida, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Maine, and Iowa. Democrats represent 52% of the more than 9 million voters who've...

GOP at Risk of Losing Female Senators

4 of 9 are in close races

(Newser) - As Election 2020 takes shape, Politico reports that Republicans are in danger of losing a decent portion of their female senators. The GOP currently has nine women in the Senate, but four of them are in close races: Arizona's Martha McSally, Maine's Susan Collins, Georgia's Kelly Loeffler,...

Pelosi's New House Rule: No Face Mask, No Entry

Several GOP congressmen, including one who got the virus, have been resistant to wearing them

(Newser) - Members of the US House of Representatives trying to get into a committee meeting had better have a face mask on—or they'll now be turned away by the on-duty sergeant-at-arms. That's according to a new order issued Tuesday by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a senior Democratic aide tells...

Landslide for Trump? Local GOP Officials Feel It

Politico finds plenty of confidence outside DC

(Newser) - The latest polls have suggested President Trump's chances of re-election are in trouble. In fact, one CNN survey was so bad that Trump even threatened to sic his lawyers on the network. But a story in Politico offers a counterpoint to all that. Interviews with more than 50 GOP...

At State Hearing on Racism, an Allegedly Racist Remark

Ohio Sen. Steve Huffman asked if 'colored' people were doing a good job at hand-washing

(Newser) - An Ohio state senator is accused of showcasing systemic racism in a hearing to determine whether racism should be declared a public health crisis. State GOP Sen. Steve Huffman, an emergency room doctor on the Senate Health Committee, was questioning Ohio Commission on Minority Health chief Angela Dawson on Tuesday...

'Alive by the Grace of God': Allen West Gets in Nasty Accident

The former US representative was driving back from a Texas Freedom Rally in Austin

(Newser) - Former Rep. Allen West of Florida was recovering Sunday after suffering a concussion, several fractured bones and cuts in a motorcycle crash in Texas, according to a post on his Facebook page. The post said West was driving back from a rally in Austin focused on reopening the state amid...

Lawmaker Won't Wear Mask Over Religious Beliefs

Ohio Rep. Nino Vitale says humans are created in God's image, and he won't cover up

(Newser) - An Ohio state lawmaker is refusing to wear a mask because, well, it would cover his face. In a Monday Facebook post , GOP Rep. Nino Vitale cited his religious beliefs in refusing Republican Gov. Mike DeWine's recommendation to wear a mask to limit the spread of COVID-19, per the...

Some Upset by Michigan Governor's Tough Stance

GOP blasts governor's moves

(Newser) - Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's decision to toughen one of the nation's strictest stay-home orders in response to the coronavirus is hitting opposition in her home state, where Republicans who backed her moves initially are now ratcheting up their criticism. Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey took to Facebook to...

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