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Patrick Swanson / November 16,2022

Judge says Georgia law allows Saturday voting for Senate runoff

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    A judge on Friday said Georgia law allows counties to offer early voting on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, which is the only possibility for Saturday voting before next month’s Senate runoff election between Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock and Republican Herschel Walker.

    Warnock’s campaign, along with the Democratic Party of Georgia and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, filed a lawsuit this week arguing that early voting should be allowed that day. They were challenging guidance by Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger that said it would be illegal to hold early voting on Saturday, Nov. 26, the day after a state holiday.

    Fulton County Superior Court Judge Thomas Cox on Friday issued an order saying Georgia law “does not specifically prohibit counties from conducting advanced voting on Saturday, November 26, 2022, for a runoff election.” He also prohibited the state from interfering in efforts to hold early voting that day or preventing any votes cast that day from being counted.

     

    “We disagree with the Court’s order and look forward to a prompt appeal,” Raffensperger’s office said in an emailed statement.

Patrick Swanson / November 16,2022

Mike Huckabee hits campaign trail with Herschel Walker, addresses Trump factor in Georgia Senate runoff

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Former Republican Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee took a moment, while stumping for U.S. Senate candidate Herschel Walker in Georgia this week, to address how Donald Trump’s 2024 presidential announcement might affect the race leading up to the Dec. 6 runoff against incumbent Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock.

Speaking with reporters following a Wednesday rally with Walker in McDonough, Georgia, Huckabee expressed hope that Trump’s announcement would have a positive impact on the Georgia Senate race and said that the former president’s speech was “an extraordinary re-emergence of the Donald Trump America fell in love with in 2016.”

Trump announced his candidacy for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination in a Tuesday speech at his Mar-a-Lago home in West Palm Beach, Florida, despite pleas from a number of Republicans to wait until after the runoff between Walker and Warnock.

“I sure hope it has a wonderful effect,” Huckabee said when asked about Trump’s announcement before shifting to praising Walker as a “gifted communicator.”

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Former Republican Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee campaigns with Republican Georgia Senate nominee Herschel Walker on November 16, 2022, in McDonough, Georgia.
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“I just hope that the people of Georgia give America a wonderful gift. If the [Georgia Bulldogs] can take number one in football, I’m okay with that. But please send us Herschel Walker to the U.S. Senate,” the professed Arkansas Razorbacks fan added.

Patrick Swanson / November 16,2022

Georgia’s AG appealing ruling against portions of state’s Heartbeat law; new legislation put on hold until Georgia’s Supreme Court acts

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The office of Georgia’s pro-life Attorney General Chris Carr is appealing Judge Robert McBurney’s November 15th ruling which overturned portions of the state’s Heartbeat Bill dealing with abortion restrictions. The Georgia LIFE Act would protect unborn children from abortion once an unborn child’s heartbeat can be detected.

Judge McBurney said “those portions of the law never actually became law because they were unconstitutional at the time they were signed into law – before the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade,” according to the Georgia Life Alliance, NRLC’s state affiliate. “As such, he ruled that Georgia cannot enforce those sections of the law. Abortions will now temporarily be legal in Georgia until 22 weeks.”

“Obviously, the state’s legal team has strong grounds for appealing this illogical ruling,” state Senate Majority Leader Steve Gooch told Maya T. Prabhu of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “The Legislature acted to protect the unborn on behalf of the people of Georgia, and we are confident that the unfortunate situation created by a lone judge’s opinion will be temporary and quickly resolved within the judiciary.”

State Rep. Ed Setzler sponsored the 2019 legislation. “He called McBurney’s ruling reversing the federal court of appeals’ July decision ‘nonsense.’”

Seltzer told Prabhu, “It’s no surprise that a liberal Fulton County judge put a temporary roadblock into the implementation of the (pro-life law).” He added, “It won’t take long for the state Supreme Court to rule in favor of the (law) and put it into full effect.”

Patrick Swanson / November 13,2022

8 lessons from the 2022 midterm elections

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Patrick Swanson / November 13,2022

Top Conservative Groups, Lawmakers Call for Delay of GOP Leadership Elections

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Top Conservative Groups, Lawmakers Call for Delay of GOP Leadership Elections

A group of leading conservative research and political activist organizations have called on the House and Senate Republican Conferences to delay leadership elections, challenging the leaderships of Rep. McCarthy and Sen. Mitch McConnell.

The two-paragraph letter has called for the elections to be delayed until after Georgia’s U.S. Senate runoff election, between Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock and Republican Herschel Walker, on December 6. Former Rep. David McIntosh of Indiana, who heads the Club for Growth and was a signatory to the letter, has said that the elections must be delayed “until we know the outcome of all the elections—specifically the Georgia runoff and the remaining 23 House races,” per a statement on the group’s website.

Top Conservative Groups, Lawmakers Call for Delay of GOP Leadership ElectionsThe letter was signed by prominent conservatives including Matt Schlapp, chairman of the American Conservative Union, which organizes the Conservative Political Action Conference, and Mark Meadows, the former White House Chief of Staff in the Trump administration who chaired the House Freedom Caucus when he served in Congress, according to a page obtained by Axios reporter Jonathan Swan.

Patrick Swanson / November 11,2022

Democrats defy ‘red wave’ forecasts to keep Senate control, eye Georgia

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Democrats defy ‘red wave’ forecasts to keep Senate control, eye Georgia

Democrats defy ‘red wave’ forecasts to keep Senate control, eye Georgia

PHOENIX (Reuters) -Democrats held onto control of the U.S. Senate while limiting projected losses in the House, handing a major victory to President Joe Biden and extinguishing hopes of the “red wave” that Republicans had expected leading into the midterm elections.

Democratic leaders described the outcome – sealed late Saturday with a win for the incumbent senator in Nevada – as both a vindication of their agenda and a rebuke of Republican candidates, many of whom had parroted former president Donald Trump’s false claims about widespread election fraud.

“We were on the edge of autocracy and, thank God, the American people pulled us back in this election,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said at a news conference on Sunday.

The better-than-expected performance gave Biden, who struggled with low approval ratings ahead of Tuesday’s elections amid persistently high inflation, a political lift ahead of what are expected to be intense talks on a range of geopolitical issues with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on Monday in Indonesia.

Republicans, however, remained close to seizing control of the House of Representatives as officials continued counting ballots, with returns still flowing in for several races, including many in liberal-leaning California.

Patrick Swanson / November 11,2022

Sen. Josh Hawley Calls for Republican Party to Reform: ‘Time to Bury It, Build Something New’

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Sen. Josh Hawley Calls for Republican Party to Reform: ‘Time to Bury It, Build Something New’

Sen. Josh Hawley Calls for Republican Party to Reform: ‘Time to Bury It, Build Something New’

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) is calling for the Republican Party to undergo reform after it was projected the party would not regain control of the U.S. Senate Saturday night.

“The old party is dead. Time to bury it. Build something new,” Hawley tweeted following Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto’s (D-NV) narrow victory over Republican Adam Laxalt in the Nevada Senate race.

Hawley’s call to “bury” and “build” a new Republican Party comes after several within the party were hopeful they would regain control of the Senate since they only needed to flip one seat. However, as of Saturday, the GOP is now at risk of losing one seat in the Upper Chamber depending on the results of the Georgia Senate runoff in December.

The day before the Midterm elections, Hawley indicated his support for change within the party following his statement that he would not support Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) for Senate GOP leadership.

Patrick Swanson / November 11,2022

Governors rated most conservative easily won re-election

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Governors rated most conservative easily won re-election

Governors rated most conservative easily won re-election

All the country’s top conservative governors were easily reelected in midterm elections that overall did not go as well as Republicans hoped.

Governors Kristi Noem of South Dakota, Ron DeSantis of Florida, Jared Polis of Colorado, Brad Little of Idaho, Bill Lee of Tennessee, Chris Sununu of New Hampshire, Brian Kemp of Georgia, and Greg Abbott of Texas were all ranked in the top 10 of conservative governors in a Laffer-ALEC analysis last year and coasted to reelection on Tuesday.

The Laffer-ALEC 2021 report, which was conducted by well-known conservatives such as ALEC’s Dr. Arthur B. Laffer and The Heritage Foundation’s Stephen Moore, ranked all 50 governors on their economic, fiscal, and executive policy, with conservative policy positions earning higher marks.

Ten governors earned a five-star ranking in the report, with eight facing reelection on Tuesday. That list included South Dakota’s Noem, who came in ranked number one. The Republican governor was easily reelected Tuesday, winning by 26.8 percentage points.

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Governors rated most conservative easily won re-election

Patrick Swanson / November 11,2022

Georgia election probe gets January 6 panel boost, enters new phase

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  • Closing in on the Trump White House
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    • Fulton County prosecutors are investigating interference in the 2020 election in Georgia.
    • Prosecutors have been tracking findings unveiled in the House Jan. 6 committee’s public hearings.
    • DA Fani Willis indicated a decision on charges could come as early as the end of the year.

    Across nine public hearings, the special House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol attacks offered damning accounts of Donald Trump’s efforts to subvert the 2020 election.

    From repeated attempts to pressure the Justice Department to amplify false claims of election fraud to summoning the mob that stormed the Capitol, the former president’s often-desperate attempts to cling to power are behind the most striking images to emerge from the extraordinary congressional investigation.

    Perhaps no episode cut to the core of Trump’s alleged mission like the campaign to upend the election in Georgia where Trump, himself, pressed election officials in a recorded telephone call to “find” the votes to deny Joe Biden’s victory.

    “The president had a particular obsession with Georgia,” House committee Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., declared earlier this year.

Patrick Swanson / November 10,2022

Catherine Cortez Masto projected to defeat Adam Laxalt and win reelection

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Catherine Cortez Masto projected to defeat Adam Laxalt and win reelection

Catherine Cortez Masto projected to defeat Adam Laxalt and win reelection

Following a tight race, incumbent Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto has defeated Republican challenger Adam Laxalt to win reelection, CBS News projects. The projected win means that Democrats will retain control of the Senate, regardless of the outcome of the Georgia runoff between Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock and Republican Herschel Walker in December.

As of Saturday night, Cortez Mastro was leading Laxalt by just under 5,000 votes, with 96% of the results in, a margin of 0.5 percentage points.   

Laxalt had been clinging to a small lead of under 1,000 votes going into Saturday. He had released a statement on Saturday morning which suggested he has some expectation she would surpass him.

“Here is where we are — we are up only 862 votes. Multiple days in a row, the mostly mail in ballots counted continue to break in higher DEM margins than we calculated. This has narrowed our victory window. The race will come down to 20-30K Election Day Clark drop off ballots,” Laxalt said.

“If they are GOP precincts or slightly DEM leaning then we can still win,” he continued. “If they continue to trend heavy DEM then she will overtake us.”

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