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Patrick Swanson / October 31,2022

Trump lawyers who fought election results saw Thomas as key

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawyers who aided former President Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election regarded an appeal to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas as a “key” to their success, according to emails provided to congressional investigators and made public Wednesday.

The emails from December 2020 show the lawyers discussing ways to delay the certification of results in Georgia, a closely contested state won by Democrat Joe Biden. One lawyer, Kenneth Chesebro, suggested that an appeal to Thomas, as the justice who handles emergency appeals from Georgia, could “end up being the key here.”

“We want to frame things so that Thomas could be the one to issue some sort of stay or other circuit justice opinion saying Georgia is in legitimate doubt,” Chesebro wrote. “Realistically, our only chance to get a favorable judicial opinion by Jan. 6, which might hold up the Georgia count in Congress, is from Thomas.”

Another lawyer, John Eastman, responded that he was in agreement, saying that if Thomas were to act, “that may be enough to kick the Georgia Legislature into gear.”

The emails were disclosed to congressional investigators as part of a long-running lawsuit involving Eastman, a conservative lawyer and an architect of Trump’s last-ditch efforts to stay in office, and the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

Patrick Swanson / October 31,2022

Supreme Court Rules That Lindsey Graham Must Testify in Georgia Inquiry

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    WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to block a Georgia grand jury subpoena seeking testimony from Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, about his activities in the aftermath of the 2020 presidential election.

    The court’s order was one paragraph and did not note any dissents. It said that Mr. Graham had been afforded substantial protections by lower courts, which had ruled that he did not have to testify on subjects related to his official duties.

    “The lower courts assumed that the informal investigative fact finding that Senator Graham assertedly engaged in constitutes legislative activity protected by the speech or debate clause” of the Constitution, the order said, “and they held that Senator Graham may not be questioned about such activities.”

    But the Supreme Court’s order refused to block rulings by lower courts that permitted questioning on other topics, and it noted that Mr. Graham remained free to object to questions that implicated his legislative activities.

     

Patrick Swanson / October 30,2022

Live updates: US midterm election and early voting news

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Live updates: US midterm election and early voting news

 

Live updates: US midterm election and early voting news

 

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Former Vice President Mike Pence asked Georgians to vote – and pray – for Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, along with his family and “all that they’ve endured” while speaking at a rally Tuesday in Cumming, Georgia, just days before Election Day.

Pence stood alongside Kemp, whom former President Donald Trump sought to unseat earlier this year in a Republican primary, and praised the incumbent “as singularly one of the most successful conservative governors in the United States of America.”

“I want to encourage you, if you’re inclined to bow the head and bend the knee from time to time, the next six-and-a-half days would be a good time to do it,” Pence said. “I want to encourage you to pray for this good family. Pray for all that they’ve endured for you to make Georgia more prosperous and more secure.”

Patrick Swanson / October 29,2022

Biden Votes With Granddaughter, Trips Over His Hypocrisy and Compares Himself to Fetterman

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Biden Votes With Granddaughter, Trips Over His Hypocrisy and Compares Himself to Fetterman

Biden Votes With Granddaughter, Trips Over His Hypocrisy and Compares Himself to Fetterman

Joe Biden voted in Delaware in early voting on Saturday with his 18-year-old granddaughter Natalie Biden, daughter of Beau, who was voting for the first time.

Even though Biden attacked Georgia over the election law that they passed last year claiming that it was “Jim Crow on steroids,” Georgia has more opportunity to vote than Delaware. You may notice something else when the two of them vote — they both have to show ID. It even looks like they have signature verification as well.

So if an ID is racist, as Democrats have told us, why is that happening in Joe Biden’s state and why isn’t he objecting, if it’s suppression? Because of course, it’s not suppression, he knows that, he’s engaged in it for years. It’s normal in Delaware, in much of the country, and in a lot of places elsewhere in the world. It’s only the Democrats who try to make some ridiculous lie that requiring an ID is suppression. But they only attack the red states over it. It shows how completely hypocritical Joe Biden was in his criticism of Georgia.

Natalie, who just turned 18, was so thrilled to be able to vote for the first time. Joe Biden put a sticker on her chest, indicating she voted, then kissed her. That interaction got a lot of comments on social media.

Patrick Swanson / October 28,2022

Kemp, Abrams square off again on Georgia debate stage: live updates

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  • Over 1.6 million Georgia voters so far
  • Abrams to be aggressive in the debate; Kemp takes low-key approach
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  • Who is Stacey Abrams?
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    Georgia gubernatorial candidates Gov. Brian Kemp and Stacey Abrams are set to go head-to-head in their second and final debate Sunday their last chance to sway undecided voters as the candidates battle to be Georgia’s governor once again.

    The candidates’ second debate takes place nearly two weeks after early voting in the state began, with over a million Georgia voters already casting their ballots. 

    Kemp and Abrams shared the stage with Libertarian Shane Hazel, who is also vying for governor, during the match-up’s first debate, which was part of the Atlanta Press Club’s Loundermilk Young debate series.

    A wide range of issues, including the economy, cost of living and abortion and voting rights, will likely to be among the topics featured in the debate as they’re among the top issues concerning voters heading into the midterm election. 

     

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    First debate takeaways:Kemp, Abrams renew their rivalry and push divergent visions in Georgia governor’s debate

Patrick Swanson / October 27,2022

Obama, campaigning in Georgia, warns of threats to democracy

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COLLEGE PARK, Ga. (AP) – Former President Barack Obama returned to the campaign trail Friday in Georgia, using his first stop on a multistate tour to frame the 2022 midterm elections as a referendum on democracy and to urge voters not to see Republicans as an answer to their financial problems.

It was a delicate balance as the former president acknowledged the pain of inflation and tried to explain why President Joe Biden and Democrats should not shoulder all the blame as they face the prospect of losing narrow majorities in the House and Senate when the votes are counted together. Nov 8 But Obama argued that Republicans bent on making it harder for people to vote and — like former President Donald Trump — willing to ignore the results also can’t be trusted to care about Americans’ wallets.

“The very foundation of our democracy is being called into question right now,” Obama told more than 5,000 voters gathered outside Atlanta. “Democrats aren’t perfect. I’ll be the first to admit that. … But right now, with a few notable exceptions, most of the GOP and a whole bunch of these candidates don’t even pretend the rules apply to them .”

Patrick Swanson / October 21,2022

Georgia election official asks Biden, Abrams how many records they need to break to get apology

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Georgia election official asks Biden, Abrams how many records they need to break to get apology

Georgia election official asks Biden, Abrams how many records they need to break to get apology

Continued record voter turnout in Georgia following the Biden administration’s lawsuit against the state alleging racist voting practices and the president’s accusation that the system is “Jim Crow 2.0” has at least one Georgia election official looking for an apology from the administration.

“How many turnout records do we have to break before Stacey Abrams and President Biden apologize to Georgia?” Gabriel Sterling, Chief Operating Officer of the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office, told Fox News Digital in a statement Friday after his office released numbers showing a continued surge in voting in the Peach State.

The state of Georgia has experienced a record early voting turnout since the first day of early voting began on Monday, Georgia’s Secretary of State Office said in a press release this week.

The press release said that just under 400,000 voters have cast their ballots so far and Wednesday’s total number marks a 63% increase from the same time during the 2018 midterm and is just slightly lower than the three-day total of early voting from the 2020 presidential election.

DAN BONGINO: BIDEN IS SHAMELESSLY BEGGING FOR POLITICAL FAVORS AHEAD OF MIDTERM ELECTIONS

 

(L) President Joe Biden (R) Stacey Abrams
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Patrick Swanson / October 21,2022

Record-Breaking Early Voting in Georgia but Still No Apology for ‘Jim Crow 2.0’ Allegations

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Record-Breaking Early Voting in Georgia but Still No Apology for ‘Jim Crow 2.0’ Allegations

Record-Breaking Early Voting in Georgia but Still No Apology for ‘Jim Crow 2.0’ Allegations

After the May 24 primary in Georgia, in which a record number of black voters turned out, the proponents of “The Big Lie” — “one of the most hysterical, delusional, and cynically dishonest narratives in recent American political history,” as NRO’s Nate Hochman observes — claimed that their overwrought charges of “voter suppression” would be realized in the November election.

“Great efforts have been made by the faith community to organize, educate and prepare voters for S.B. 202. But comparing a primary to the general is like comparing apples to oranges,” said Bishop Reginald Jackson.

Well, Bishop, here we are in the lead-up to the November election and we’re still waiting for all that voter suppression to happen.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

Some 729,029 people cast ballots Monday through Friday, far surpassing the 488,177 people voted during the same period in the 2018 midterm election.

Voter turnout typically peaks in presidential election years. In 2020, about 68% of Georgia’s voting-eligible population participated, according to the United States Elections Project at the University of Florida. Turnout was 54% of the eligible population in 2018.

But with the governor’s race and control of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives on the line, voter interest remains high this year.

Patrick Swanson / October 16,2022

Herschel Walker Says He ‘Never’ Opposed Exceptions In Georgia’s Abortion Law. He Did.

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Herschel Walker, the GOP candidate for a U.S. Senate seat in Georgia, walked again a few of his previous feedback calling for a complete ban on abortion, saying he “by no means” stated he was against exceptions in legal guidelines limiting the process.

Walker, a former soccer star difficult Democratic incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnock, was requested by NBC Information’ Kristen Welker about his current assist for Georgia’s so-called heartbeat legislation. The legislation successfully prohibits abortion when cardiac exercise is detected in an embryo — one thing that’s often doable round six weeks right into a being pregnant, when many individuals don’t but know they’re pregnant.

The Georgia legislation consists of exceptions that permit victims of rape or incest to have abortions in the event that they file a police report concerning the rape or incest.

Welker pressed the GOP candidate about his assist for the Georgia invoice throughout a debate on Friday, noting that he had, in actual fact, known as for a complete abortion ban earlier in his marketing campaign.

Walker claimed he had “by no means” expressed that place.

“It wasn’t a change. I stated I assist life,” he informed Welker. “Georgia is a state that respects life. I’ll be a senator that protects life. And what I stated then, I stated I’d assist life, I’ll all the time assist life, however I stated I additionally assist what the folks voice it.”

“The folks’s voice is the Georgia heartbeat invoice, which has exceptions in it,” he continued. “I by no means stated I didn’t have any exceptions. I stated I’m for all times. After which I stated, you recognize, the governor has a fantastic invoice. The heartbeat invoice is a superb invoice. It has exceptions in it.”

Patrick Swanson / October 15,2022

Herschel Walker tries to turn ‘prop’ badge controversy into campaign gold

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Herschel Walker was widely mocked and criticized for flashing an honorary deputy sheriff’s badge onstage at a Georgia Senate debate Friday after his Democratic opponent, Sen. Raphael Warnock, called him out for pretending to be a police officer.

Get ready for more.

Walker, a Republican, is now showing the badge, one of at least two he has from Georgia sheriffs, in TV interviews. He plans to tout it in a video cut for social media with Johnson County Sheriff Greg Rowland, who gave him the badge. And Walker’s campaign told NBC News that it has ordered 1,000 imitation plastic law enforcement badges that say “I’m with Herschel” as a fundraising tool.

It hopes to hand some of them out at a crime-themed event with law enforcement officers Thursday in Macon if the props arrive in time.

“Herschel Walker has been a friend to law enforcement and has a record of honoring police,” said Gail Gitcho, the Walker campaign strategist who ordered the badges Saturday.

“If Sen. Warnock wants to highlight this, then bring it on,” Gitcho added. “It just gives us a chance to talk about Herschel’s support of law enforcement and law enforcement’s support for him. It’s a great issue for us.”

But to Warnock and his campaign, Walker is only reinforcing the criticism that he hasn’t been honest about his experience and that he isn’t a “serious” candidate.

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