Missouri House candidate, whose children urged people not to vote for him, loses election

This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. ©2018 FOX News Network, LLC. All rights reserved. All market data delayed 20 minutes.

A Republican whose son and daughter urged people not to vote for him lost an election to serve in the Missouri General Assembly.

Steve West, 64, was defeated by incumbent Democrat Rep. Jon Carpenter on Tuesday. Carpenter will represent the state’s 15th House District that covers part of northern Kansas City and Gladstone. According to the state’s election website, West lost by nearly 30 percentage points.

"I can't imagine him being in any level of government," Emily West told the newspaper. “He’s made multiple comments that are racist and homophobic and how he doesn’t like the Jews.”

Her brother, Andy West, piled on, saying his father is “a fanatic” who must be stopped.

"If he gets elected, it would legitimize him," he said. "Then he would become a state official, and he's saying that Jews shouldn't even have civil rights."

The Missouri Republican Party issued a statement after West won the GOP primary in August, saying the party didn't ask West to run and denounced his views.

West garnered attention after word spread about views he frequently expressed on his radio show and his YouTube channel.

In his Oct. 15 radio show, called "The Hard Truth with Jack Justice," West complained about the relationship between the United States and Israel.

"They have been running this assault on America," he said. "They have been giving us gay marriage, pornography, abortion, everything that's anti-Christian. This is what they do. This is how they corrupt a Christian nation, because they are an anti-Christ people."

West told the Kansas City Star that he is “absolutely not anti-Semitic.”

This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. ©2018 FOX News Network, LLC. All rights reserved. All market data delayed 20 minutes.

 

November 08, 2018

Sources: Fox News

Related news

  •  House blocks bill to end support for Saudis in Yemen

    House blocks bill to end support for Saudis in Yemen

    of a bill that would have ended U.S. military support for the Saudi-led coalition fighting Houthi rebels in Yemen. </p><p> But the Pentagon said it provides refueling for only 20 percent of coalition warplanes, and the U.S. continues to provide other support, such as intelligence, reconnaissance and arms sales. </p><p> Democrats and a handful of Republicans have been calling on all of that to end. But on Wednesday, House Republicans voted to strip a bill that would end that support of "privilege status" so that it would not come up for a vote. With just days left in session this year, this essentially means the bill dies for now -- but its Democratic author, Rep. Ro Khanna of California, vowed to bring it back up for a vote when Democrats control the House starting in January. </p><p> The British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt visited Saudi Arabia and the UAE and announced Tuesday that the coalition would allow for a group of Houthi fighters to be medically evacuated to neighboring Oman. While a seemingly small step, previous hurdles became an issue in the last round of U.N. talks in September, with the Houthis refusing to show in part out of protest for that. </p><p> The U.S. has called on the Houthis to stop missile attacks into Saudi and Emirati territory and for the coalition to then halt bombing of civilian-held areas. </p><p> A Western diplomat, who wished to remain anonymous, said that's in part because the Emiratis are beginning to signal that they want out of the conflict. Their withdrawal could put the Saudis in a more difficult spot on their own, pushing them to peace talks, too. </p><p> The Trump administration continues to focus on Iran's role in the conflict, with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo repeatedly pointing to it as the greatest threat and source of instability. But the Western diplomat added that Iran is not as entrenched in Yemen as it is elsewhere, like Syria or Lebanon, creating an opening for the international community, not a challenge. </p><p> "You can draw the Houthis in if you give them a stake in the political settlement and throw a lot of rials at them," the diplomat said, referencing the Iranian currency.</p>

    1 November 15, 2018
  •  Deputy national security adviser reassigned after Melania Trump's criticism

    Deputy national security adviser reassigned after Melania Trump's criticism

    adviser, has been reassigned one day after first lady Melania Trump called for the woman's firing. </p><p> Ricardel will depart the White House as Trump desired and reassigned to another role in the administration, according to press secretary Sarah Sanders. </p><p> "Mira Ricardel will continue to support the President as she departs the White House to transition to a new role within the Administration," Sanders said. "The President is grateful for Ms. Ricardel’s continued service to the American people and her steadfast pursuit of his national security priorities." </p><p> An extraordinary statement released by Trump's spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, on Tuesday said: “It is the position of the Office of the First Lady that she no longer deserves the honor of serving in this White House.” </p><p> Despite the White House drama, Sanders said earlier in the day Wednesday that Ricardel remained on the job. </p><p> Vice President Mike Pence became the first major member of the Trump administration to comment on Ricardel's ouster at a stop in Singapore on his Asian trip Thursday. </p><p> "I have great respect for her and her role," Pence said. "I look forward to her new role in another part of the administration." </p><p> Ricardel and Melania Trump's office most recently tangled over her solo trip to Africa. Mrs. Trump felt she had treated her staff disrespectfully, White House sources said, and Ricardel was seen as so difficult during the planning of the trip, according to sources, that the first lady’s team sought Kelly's guidance. </p><p> The National Security Council did not respond to a request for comment. </p><p> A White House official who requested anonymity noted in Ricardel's defense that she is one of the highest-ranking women in the Trump administration and that she has never met the first lady. </p><p> “Do you think there's still people there that he can't trust?” Llamas asked. </p><p> “Yes,” the first lady said. She added, “You always need to watch your back.” </p><p> When asked Tuesday if he agrees with the first lady on Ricardel, Mattis told ABC News, "I don't comment on other people's staffing issues." </p>

    1 November 15, 2018
  •  Deputy national security adviser reassigned after Melania Trump's criticism

    Deputy national security adviser reassigned after Melania Trump's criticism

    adviser, has been reassigned one day after first lady Melania Trump called for the woman's firing. </p><p> Ricardel will depart the White House as Trump desired and reassigned to another role in the administration, according to press secretary Sarah Sanders. </p><p> "Mira Ricardel will continue to support the President as she departs the White House to transition to a new role within the Administration," Sanders said. "The President is grateful for Ms. Ricardel’s continued service to the American people and her steadfast pursuit of his national security priorities." </p><p> An extraordinary statement released by Trump's spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, on Tuesday said: “It is the position of the Office of the First Lady that she no longer deserves the honor of serving in this White House.” </p><p> Despite the White House drama, Sanders said earlier in the day Wednesday that Ricardel remained on the job. </p><p> Vice President Mike Pence became the first major member of the Trump administration to comment on Ricardel's ouster at a stop in Singapore on his Asian trip Thursday. </p><p> "I have great respect for her and her role," Pence said. "I look forward to her new role in another part of the administration." </p><p> Ricardel and Melania Trump's office most recently tangled over her solo trip to Africa. Mrs. Trump felt she had treated her staff disrespectfully, White House sources said, and Ricardel was seen as so difficult during the planning of the trip, according to sources, that the first lady’s team sought Kelly's guidance. </p><p> The National Security Council did not respond to a request for comment. </p><p> A White House official who requested anonymity noted in Ricardel's defense that she is one of the highest-ranking women in the Trump administration and that she has never met the first lady. </p><p> “Do you think there's still people there that he can't trust?” Llamas asked. </p><p> “Yes,” the first lady said. She added, “You always need to watch your back.” </p><p> When asked Tuesday if he agrees with the first lady on Ricardel, Mattis told ABC News, "I don't comment on other people's staffing issues." </p>

    1 November 15, 2018
  •  In emergency court hearing, White House defends revoking CNN reporter's pass

    In emergency court hearing, White House defends revoking CNN reporter's pass

    ite House grounds he clearly has the authority to do that,” James Burnham argued before the judge on behalf of the president. The West Wing is a tight, small space, he argued, which is why journalists want to be there. </p><p> "We’re talking about the physical White House, I mean the one building in which the president’s authority over how people act, where they go, should be at its apex," Burnham said. </p><p> CNN and Acosta filed an emergency motion to have Acosta’s press pass immediately reinstated as the court case continues and asked for a ruling from Trump-appointed U.S. District Judge Timothy J. Kelly in federal court in Washington Wednesday afternoon. </p><p> On Wednesday, the judge pushed CNN’s lawyers on how they can prove that Acosta's press pass was revoked specifically because of the content of Acosta’s reporting rather than based on his behavior. </p><p> “Until this point, they took no action,” U.S. District Judge Timothy J. Kelly said in a question to CNN’s lawyer, Theodore J. Boutrous, Jr. “What triggered a content-based response here as opposed to all those other months?” </p><p> Kelly said he wasn’t sure how to weigh the statements CNN’s lawyers wrote in their court filings because those could’ve referred to different coverage from a number of different reporters. He asked Buttrous why, if this was specifically about Acosta’s reporting and not about his behavior on that specific day, after months of insults against CNN, the president waited until that day to bar him. </p><p> “This was a bad day for the president,” Boutrous said. “It was the day after the midterms.” </p><p> Boutrous called Trump “the most aggressive, dare I say rude person in the room, and I’m not being critical,” and said Trump “establishes the tenor and tone of these press conferences.” </p><p> “Trump wants it to be a free-for-all, that’s his prerogative,” Boutrous said. </p><p> The judge also asked whether the White House could act differently to reprimand Acosta without taking away his pass in full — something like not allowing Acosta in briefings with the president but letting him on White House grounds. </p><p> The lawyer said that suggestion would still be a violation of First Amendment rights. </p><p> The administration maintains that Acosta’s credentials were taken away because he “disrupted the fair and orderly administration of a press conference during an exchange with the president,” Department of Justice lawyers wrote earlier in a brief arguing on behalf of the president. </p><p> The DOJ attorneys also denied that the president revoked Acosta’s credentials because of reporting from Acosta and CNN that the White House didn’t like, despite the president’s open criticism of CNN as “fake news” and an “enemy of the people,” as well as calling Acosta a "disgrace." </p><p> “Mr. Acosta’s decision to engage in conduct that disrupts press events and impedes other reporters from asking questions provides a more-than-sufficient reason for revoking his hard pass,” the president’s attorneys wrote. </p><p> “Acosta continued his refusal to permit another journalist to ask a question, ignoring both the stated wishes of the President and the efforts of a staffer tasked with helping to manage an event,” they wrote. </p><p> Trump’s attorneys have also argued that the decision to revoke Acosta’s access does not violate the First Amendment, which protects the freedom of the press and prohibits the government from retaliating against individuals who speak out, because the First Amendment doesn’t “restrict the president’s ability to determine the terms on which he does, or does not, engage with particular journalists.” </p><p> The White House has made a similar argument in days past: "No journalist has a First Amendment right to enter the White House," the White House said. </p><p> Trump’s attorneys argued it would be “extraordinary” for the court to decide to “directly police access to the secure White House complex where the president lives and works, as well as to dictate who the President must invite to press events.” </p><p> Many individual journalists who attended a press conference on the matter shared personal accounts and spoke out in his defense after Acosta’s credentials were revoked. </p><p> Major news outlets also joined together to issue a statement in support of Acosta and CNN Tuesday and said they would be filing briefs in the court case. </p><p> “Whether the news of the day concerns national security, the economy, or the environment, reporters covering the White House must remain free to ask questions. It is imperative that independent journalists have access to the President and his activities, and that journalists are not barred for arbitrary reasons,” read a statement issued by The Associated Press, NBC News, FOX News, POLITICO, The New York Times, The Washington Post and more. </p><p> “Our news organizations support the fundamental constitutional right to question this President, or any President. We will be filing friend-of-the-court briefs to support CNN’s and Jim Acosta’s lawsuit based on these principles,” the statement continued. </p><p> The statement echoed one from the White House Correspondents' Association, which criticized the Trump White House decision and supported CNN. </p><p> Vice President Mike Pence, who is on a tour of Asia, was asked about Acosta and press freedom after he criticized Myanmar's lack of freedom during the trip. </p><p> "This administration has stood strong for a free and independent press and defended the freedom of the press on a world stage," Pence told reporters in Singapore. "There's no comparison whatsoever between disagreements over decorum at the White House and the imprisonment of the two reporters in Myanmar."</p>

    1 November 15, 2018
  •  In emergency court hearing, White House defends revoking CNN reporter's pass

    In emergency court hearing, White House defends revoking CNN reporter's pass

    ite House grounds he clearly has the authority to do that,” James Burnham argued before the judge on behalf of the president. The West Wing is a tight, small space, he argued, which is why journalists want to be there. </p><p> "We’re talking about the physical White House, I mean the one building in which the president’s authority over how people act, where they go, should be at its apex," Burnham said. </p><p> CNN and Acosta filed an emergency motion to have Acosta’s press pass immediately reinstated as the court case continues and asked for a ruling from Trump-appointed U.S. District Judge Timothy J. Kelly in federal court in Washington Wednesday afternoon. </p><p> On Wednesday, the judge pushed CNN’s lawyers on how they can prove that Acosta's press pass was revoked specifically because of the content of Acosta’s reporting rather than based on his behavior. </p><p> “Until this point, they took no action,” U.S. District Judge Timothy J. Kelly said in a question to CNN’s lawyer, Theodore J. Boutrous, Jr. “What triggered a content-based response here as opposed to all those other months?” </p><p> Kelly said he wasn’t sure how to weigh the statements CNN’s lawyers wrote in their court filings because those could’ve referred to different coverage from a number of different reporters. He asked Buttrous why, if this was specifically about Acosta’s reporting and not about his behavior on that specific day, after months of insults against CNN, the president waited until that day to bar him. </p><p> “This was a bad day for the president,” Boutrous said. “It was the day after the midterms.” </p><p> Boutrous called Trump “the most aggressive, dare I say rude person in the room, and I’m not being critical,” and said Trump “establishes the tenor and tone of these press conferences.” </p><p> “Trump wants it to be a free-for-all, that’s his prerogative,” Boutrous said. </p><p> The judge also asked whether the White House could act differently to reprimand Acosta without taking away his pass in full — something like not allowing Acosta in briefings with the president but letting him on White House grounds. </p><p> The lawyer said that suggestion would still be a violation of First Amendment rights. </p><p> The administration maintains that Acosta’s credentials were taken away because he “disrupted the fair and orderly administration of a press conference during an exchange with the president,” Department of Justice lawyers wrote earlier in a brief arguing on behalf of the president. </p><p> The DOJ attorneys also denied that the president revoked Acosta’s credentials because of reporting from Acosta and CNN that the White House didn’t like, despite the president’s open criticism of CNN as “fake news” and an “enemy of the people,” as well as calling Acosta a "disgrace." </p><p> “Mr. Acosta’s decision to engage in conduct that disrupts press events and impedes other reporters from asking questions provides a more-than-sufficient reason for revoking his hard pass,” the president’s attorneys wrote. </p><p> “Acosta continued his refusal to permit another journalist to ask a question, ignoring both the stated wishes of the President and the efforts of a staffer tasked with helping to manage an event,” they wrote. </p><p> Trump’s attorneys have also argued that the decision to revoke Acosta’s access does not violate the First Amendment, which protects the freedom of the press and prohibits the government from retaliating against individuals who speak out, because the First Amendment doesn’t “restrict the president’s ability to determine the terms on which he does, or does not, engage with particular journalists.” </p><p> The White House has made a similar argument in days past: "No journalist has a First Amendment right to enter the White House," the White House said. </p><p> Trump’s attorneys argued it would be “extraordinary” for the court to decide to “directly police access to the secure White House complex where the president lives and works, as well as to dictate who the President must invite to press events.” </p><p> Many individual journalists who attended a press conference on the matter shared personal accounts and spoke out in his defense after Acosta’s credentials were revoked. </p><p> Major news outlets also joined together to issue a statement in support of Acosta and CNN Tuesday and said they would be filing briefs in the court case. </p><p> “Whether the news of the day concerns national security, the economy, or the environment, reporters covering the White House must remain free to ask questions. It is imperative that independent journalists have access to the President and his activities, and that journalists are not barred for arbitrary reasons,” read a statement issued by The Associated Press, NBC News, FOX News, POLITICO, The New York Times, The Washington Post and more. </p><p> “Our news organizations support the fundamental constitutional right to question this President, or any President. We will be filing friend-of-the-court briefs to support CNN’s and Jim Acosta’s lawsuit based on these principles,” the statement continued. </p><p> The statement echoed one from the White House Correspondents' Association, which criticized the Trump White House decision and supported CNN. </p><p> Vice President Mike Pence, who is on a tour of Asia, was asked about Acosta and press freedom after he criticized Myanmar's lack of freedom during the trip. </p><p> "This administration has stood strong for a free and independent press and defended the freedom of the press on a world stage," Pence told reporters in Singapore. "There's no comparison whatsoever between disagreements over decorum at the White House and the imprisonment of the two reporters in Myanmar."</p>

    1 November 15, 2018
  •  Gov's race: Dems doubt Kemp's claim of 'insurmountable lead

    Gov's race: Dems doubt Kemp's claim of 'insurmountable lead

    e legitimacy of any election count that ends with the former secretary of state being certified as the winner of a fiercely fought election against Stacey Abrams, who's seeking to become the first black woman elected governor in the U.S.</p><p> "We believe that Brian Kemp mismanaged this election to sway it in his favor," said Abrams' campaign manager Lauren Groh-Wargo, surrounded by Democratic lawmakers at the Georgia Capitol.</p><p> Democrats beyond Georgia have started to echo the notion that a Kemp victory would be illegitimate. Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown said Wednesday that if Abrams loses it's because Republicans stole the election.</p><p> "If Stacey Abrams doesn't win in Georgia, they stole it. I say that publicly, it's clear," Brown, speaking at a briefing for the National Action Network.</p><p> Kemp's campaign, which has repeatedly called on Abrams to concede, repeated that call Wednesday, saying Abrams and her supporters have used "fake vote totals," ''desperate press conferences" and "dangerous lawsuits" to try to steal the election.</p><p> "After all of the theatrics, the math remains the same," Kemp campaign spokesman Cody Hall said in an email. "Abrams lost and Brian Kemp won. This election is over."</p><p> Since he declared himself governor last week and resigned as secretary of state, Kemp's lead has narrowed as counties have tabulated more ballots. And the numbers could change again as federal courts issue new guidance on counting certain provisional and absentee ballots.</p><p> Groh-Wargo said Tuesday that the Abrams campaign believes she needs a net gain of 17,759 votes to pull Kemp below a majority threshold and force a Dec. 4 runoff. Kemp's campaign said even if every vote that Abrams campaign is arguing for is granted by the courts and counted for her, she cannot overcome his lead or force a runoff.</p><p> Meanwhile, U.S. District Judge Steve Jones on Wednesday ruled that the secretary of state must not certify the state election results without confirming that each county's vote tally includes absentee ballots on which the voter's date of birth is missing or incorrect.</p><p> The order stems from a request in a lawsuit filed Sunday by the Abrams campaign. But Jones also rejected the campaign's other requests.</p><p> He declined to extend the period during which evidence could be submitted to prove the eligibility of voters who cast provisional ballots. He also declined to order that provisional ballots cast by voters who went to a precinct in the wrong county be counted.</p><p> The lawsuit was one of several election-related complaints filed before multiple federal judges.</p><p> U.S. District Judge Leigh May ordered Gwinnett County election officials Tuesday not to reject absentee ballots just because the voter's birth year is missing or wrong. She also ordered the county to delay certification of its election results until those ballots have been counted.</p><p> Jones' ruling effectively extended May's order to the other 158 counties in Georgia.</p><p> U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg late Monday ordered state officials not to do their final certification of election results before 5 p.m. Friday.</p><p> State law sets a Nov. 20 deadline, but secretary of state's office elections director Chris Harvey testified last week that the state had planned to certify the election results Wednesday, a day after the deadline for counties to certify their results. He said that would allow preparations to begin for any runoff contests, including those already projected in the races for secretary of state and a Public Service Commission seat.</p><p> Totenberg's order left untouched the county certification deadline. Candice Broce, a spokeswoman for secretary of state's office, said Wednesday that all counties but Gwinnett have certified their totals.</p><p> Totenberg also ordered the secretary of state's office to establish and publicize a hotline or website enabling voters to check whether their provisional ballots were counted and, if not, why not. And she ordered the secretary of state's office to review or have county election authorities review the eligibility of voters who had to cast provisional ballots because of registration issues.</p><p> With state lawmakers gathered at the Georgia Capitol Tuesday for the start of a special legislative session, dozens of protesters gathered in statehouse rotunda, loudly chanting "Count every vote!" and waving signs with the same slogan. Police arrested 15 people, including state Sen. Nikema Williams, an Atlanta Democrat.</p><p> Police zip-tied Williams' hands behind her back and led her to one of two vans holding other arrested protesters.</p><p> She gave a tearful speech on the Senate floor Wednesday, saying she was booked and strip-searched at the Fulton County jail and held for five hours. She said her 3-year-old son heard news of her arrest on the radio and told a baby sitter: "That's mommy."</p><p> "I didn't do anything to obstruct anyone from doing their job or their business on the floor," Williams said. "What I did was I stood with my constituents as they wanted their voices to be heard."</p><p> The Georgia Constitution says legislators "shall be free from arrest during sessions of the General Assembly ... except for treason, felony, or breach of the peace."</p><p> Four Democratic lawmakers delivered remarks in the Senate condemning Williams' arrest. No Republican senators stood to address Williams' arrest.</p><p> GOP Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle asked the Republican chairman of the Senate Public Safety Committee to meet with authorities "to look at the facts surrounding this issue and see if we can bring some kind of resolve to the matter at hand."</p><p> Associated Press writer Russ Bynum in Atlanta and Juana Summers in Washington contributed to this report.</p><p> Follow Barrow and Brumback on Twitter at https://twitter.com/BillBarrowAP and https://twitter.com/katebrumback .</p>

    1 November 15, 2018
  • Judge rules some absentee ballots must be counted in Georgia gubernatorial election

    Judge rules some absentee ballots must be counted in Georgia gubernatorial election

    ritten, or redistributed. ©2018 FOX News Network, LLC. All rights reserved. All market data delayed 20 minutes. </p><p>Stacy Abrams' campaign insists a runoff is possible; Jonathan Serrie reports from Atlanta.</p><p>A federal judge ruled Wednesday that the results of Georgia&apos;s gubernatorial race cannot be certified until certain absentee ballots have been counted.</p><p>The ruling by U.S. District Judge Steve Jones came hours after Republican Brian Kemp claimed to have an &quot;insurmountable lead&quot; over Democrat Stacey Abrams, who is seeking to become the first black woman elected governor in the U.S.</p><p>Jones ruled that each county&apos;s certified vote tally must include absentee ballots&#xA0;on which the voter&apos;s date of birth is missing or incorrect, an order that stems from a request in a lawsuit filed by the&#xA0;Abrams campaign over the weekend.&#xA0;However, Jones declined Democratic requests to extend the period during which evidence could be submitted to prove the eligibility of voters who cast provisional ballots. He also declined to order that provisional ballots cast by voters who went to a precinct in the wrong county be counted.</p><p>Kemp currently has 50.27 percent of the vote, compared to 48.79 percent for Abrams. Abrams&apos; campaign believes she needs a net gain of&#xA0;17,759 votes to pull Kemp below the 50 percent threshold and force a Dec. 4 runoff. Kemp&apos;s campaign said even if every vote that Abrams campaign is arguing for is granted by the courts and counted for her, she cannot overcome his lead or force a runoff.</p><p>Both sides&#xA0;have accused the other of wrongdoing, with Democrats casting doubt on any vote count that ends with Kemp -- Georgia&apos;s former secretary of state -- being certified as the winner.</p><p>Federal judge orders Georgia take steps to protect provisional ballots and wait to certify election results in the unsettled race for governor; Jonathan Serrie reports from Atlanta.</p><p>&quot;We believe that Brian Kemp mismanaged this election to sway it in his favor,&quot; Abrams&apos; campaign manager Lauren Groh-Wargo said earlier Wednesday, surrounded by Democratic lawmakers at the Georgia Capitol.</p><p>For their part, Kemp&apos;s campaign repeated calls for Abrams to concede, accusing her and her supporters of using&#xA0;&quot;fake vote totals,&quot; &quot;desperate press conferences&quot; and &quot;dangerous lawsuits&quot; to try to steal the election.</p><p>&quot;After all of the theatrics, the math remains the same,&quot; Kemp campaign spokesman Cody Hall said in an email. &quot;Abrams lost and Brian Kemp won. This election is over.&quot;</p><p>The lawsuit Jones ruled on Wednesday was one of&#xA0;several election-related complaints filed before multiple federal judges.</p><p>U.S. District Judge Leigh May ordered Gwinnett County election officials Tuesday not to reject absentee ballots just because the voter&apos;s birth year is missing or wrong. She also ordered the county to delay certification of its election results until those ballots have been counted.</p><p>Judge ruled to extend deadline for race between Democratic candidate Stacy Abrams and Republican candidate Brian Kemp.</p><p>Jones&apos; ruling effectively extended May&apos;s order to the other 158 counties in Georgia.</p><p>U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg late Monday ordered state officials not to do their final certification of election results before 5 p.m. Friday.</p><p>State law sets a Nov. 20 deadline, but secretary of state&apos;s office elections director Chris Harvey testified last week that the state had planned to certify the election results Wednesday, a day after the deadline for counties to certify their results. He said that would allow preparations to begin for any runoff contests, including those already projected in the races for secretary of state and a Public Service Commission seat.</p><p>Totenberg&apos;s order left untouched the county certification deadline. Candice Broce, a spokeswoman for the secretary of state&apos;s office, said Wednesday that all counties but Gwinnett have certified their totals.</p><p>Totenberg also ordered the secretary of state&apos;s office to establish and publicize a hotline or website enabling voters to check whether their provisional ballots were counted and, if not, why not. And she ordered the secretary of state&apos;s office to review or have county election authorities review the eligibility of voters who had to cast provisional ballots because of registration issues.</p><p>This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. ©2018 FOX News Network, LLC. All rights reserved. All market data delayed 20 minutes.</p>

    1 November 15, 2018
  • Florida Dem Gillum condemns county for accepting email, fax votes -- despite previous calls to count every vote

    Florida Dem Gillum condemns county for accepting email, fax votes -- despite previous calls to count every vote

    ritten, or redistributed. ©2018 FOX News Network, LLC. All rights reserved. All market data delayed 20 minutes. </p><p>Insight from Steve Meyer, attorney for the Palm Beach County Democratic Party during Florida's 2000 election recount.</p><p>Around 150 voters were allowed to submit their selections via email or fax in Florida&#x2019;s Bay County due to the devastation caused by Hurricane Michael, drawing Democratic gubernatorial&#xA0;candidate Andrew Gillum&#x2019;s fury despite his calls to count every single vote in a recount.</p><p>Approximately 11 ballots were accepted by email and 147 were faxed in, the report said. Neither means of communication is normally allowed to be used to submit votes, according to Florida&#x2019;s laws, except in the case of military personnel and voters overseas.</p><p>Bay County is considered a Republican stronghold where both Republicans Rick Scott and Ron DeSantis received more than 70 percent of the vote in the U.S. Senate and governor races, respectively.</p><p>The revelation of such voters initially prompted condemnation from Gillum, who recently retracted his concession to Scott and is fighting a recount battle to overturn the initial result, urging election officials to count every vote.</p><p>&#x201C;These are the stories that we know,&#x201D; Gillum said. &#x201C;Imagine the ones that we don&apos;t.&#x201D;</p><p>&quot;These are the stories that we know. Imagine the ones that we don't.&quot;</p><p>Andersen defended the practice due to the hurricane and said the ballots were verified by signature.</p><p>&#x201C;If I can validate it with a signature, the ballot is there, how is that different than a ballot that comes in through the post office?&#x201D; he said, according to the newspaper.</p><p>&#x201C;When devastation happens, leaders rise to the top and make decisions,&#x201D; he added. &#x201C;I will not change my mind on this, not for these voters.&#x201D;</p><p>“When devastation happens, leaders rise to the top and make decisions. I will not change my mind on this, not for these voters.”</p><p>He also pointed out to the damage caused by the hurricane.</p><p>&#x201C;You did not go through what we went through,&#x201D; he said, noting that authorities barred people from returning to their homes in some areas.</p><p>&#x201C;If some are unhappy we did so well up here, I don&#x2019;t know what to tell them. We sure had an opportunity to not do well, I can tell you that much,&#x201D; he added.</p><p>This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. ©2018 FOX News Network, LLC. All rights reserved. All market data delayed 20 minutes.</p>

    1 November 14, 2018
  • Democrat Harder upsets GOP US Rep. Denham in agricultural California district

    Democrat Harder upsets GOP US Rep. Denham in agricultural California district

    ritten, or redistributed. ©2018 FOX News Network, LLC. All rights reserved. All market data delayed 20 minutes. </p><p>Harder, 32, a venture capitalist, had anchored his campaign to Denham&apos;s vote against the Affordable Care Act, while arguing that he would push for universal health care in Congress. He also argued that Denham and other Washington Republicans ignored poverty and health care in the agricultural 10th District in California&apos;s Central Valley.</p><p>&quot;Washington is broken because our leaders have put party over country. I pledge that I will always put this community before anything in Washington,&quot; Harder said in a statement.</p><p>As ballot-counting continued, Democrats gained ground in two undecided House races in Orange County, California, raising the possibility of a Democratic sweep of four closely contested congressional races in the one-time Republican stronghold.</p><p>In the 45th District in Orange County, Democrat Katie Porter jumped into a 261-vote lead over Republican Rep. Mimi Walters, after trailing the incumbent since Election Day.</p><p>And in the 39th District, anchored in Orange County, Democrat Gil Cisneros tightened the gap with Republican Young Kim.</p><p>Earlier, Democrats claimed the seats of Republican Reps. Dana Rohrabacher in the county&apos;s 48th District and retiring Darrell Issa in the 49th District, which cuts through the southern end of the county.</p><p>With votes continuing to be counted, Harder&apos;s edge has grown after Denham grabbed a slim lead on Election Day. After the latest update, Harder had a 4,919-vote lead out of about 185,000 votes counted, a margin too large for the congressman to overcome with remaining votes.</p><p>Denham&apos;s campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.</p><p>The 51-year-old Denham had depicted Harder as a liberal, Silicon Valley insider whose values were more closely aligned with House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi than a district known for producing cherries and almonds. An ad he posted on Twitter labeled Harder &quot;extreme.&quot;</p><p>The contest was one of a string of showcase battles in California in Republican districts that were targeted by Democrats after Hillary Clinton carried them in the 2016 presidential election.</p><p>For state Republicans, Denham&apos;s defeat marked another setback in a state where the party has been drifting toward irrelevance for years. Democrats hold every statewide office, a supermajority in both chambers of the Legislature and a 3.7-million advantage in voter registrations.</p><p>With Harder&apos;s win, Democrats will hold at least a 43-10 edge in California U.S. House seats.</p><p>Denham had proved a durable politician in a district 80 miles east of San Francisco with a Democratic registration edge. The former legislator first elected to the House in 2010 is known for his involvement in water issues vital to agriculture. In a tilt to his district&apos;s heavy Hispanic population, he pushed Congress to consider a pathway for citizenship for hundreds of thousands of immigrants who came to the U.S. as children and stayed here illegally.</p><p>The race this year attracted a torrent of campaign dollars: Harder pulled in over $6 million and Denham, $4.5 million. At least 26 outside groups spent another $10 million trying to influence the race, according to California Target Book, which analyzes campaigns.</p><p>Denham attributed the close race to money pouring in from outside the district. But he became another victim in a year when Democrats regained control of the House.</p><p>Other Republican incumbents in California to lose this year include Rep. Steve Knight in the 25th District, north of Los Angeles.</p><p>President Donald Trump was a factor in the GOP losses. He lost California by over 4 million votes in 2016, and many voters saw an opportunity to send a message to Washington when they voted for Democrats.</p><p>California is home to the so-called Trump &quot;resistance,&quot; which has stood in opposition to his policies on the environment and immigration.</p><p>Harder, a technology investor who was born and raised in the district, said voters were looking for a check against Trump policies that have &quot;made things worse for most people in this community.&quot;</p><p>This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. ©2018 FOX News Network, LLC. All rights reserved. All market data delayed 20 minutes.</p>

    1 November 14, 2018
  •  The Note: Decision time for diminished GOP in House

    The Note: Decision time for diminished GOP in House

    of Republican politics that he dominates, are about to get some new marking points. </p><p> That’s part of the backdrop against which a Trumpier Republican conference chooses between Kevin McCarthy and Jim Jordan to lead its ranks in the House. Trump has stayed out of the contest publicly, but many of the outside groups that help power the Trump agenda have taken sides, even as McCarthy remains the odds-on favorite for the post. </p><p> Before Republicans surrender their majority, Trump could test his allies on Capitol Hill with a possible government shutdown over border-wall funding. </p><p> Democrats have felt better since Election Day, which is why, perhaps, they are willing to start rumbling about 2020 already, just one week after voters went to the polls. </p><p> Priorities USA, a powerful, Washington, Democrat Super PAC held a briefing with reporters Tuesday afternoon to spin and chart out their initial plans for the next, upcoming election cycle already. </p><p> West Virginia State Sen. Richard Ojeda, a Democrat, flew to the nation’s capital this week to formally announce his presidential run. And Congressman John Delaney had a big New York Times spread. </p><p> With the list of potential Democratic presidential contenders rapidly expanding, prognosticators will be leery about positing early who might catch fire. </p><p> Former independent New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, told The Associated Press he is now a Democrat for good and would be deciding before February whether he might run. </p><p> Sen. Bernie Sanders had his former campaign manager out Tuesday speaking on behalf of his wife and trying to shut down a potential controversy surrounding her previous work. </p><p> On the Republican side, far from just a side note, outgoing Ohio Gov. John Kasich circulated a schedule of events he was attending in New Hampshire this week as he meets “with old and new supporters.” </p><p> So, in case there was any question, 2020 started ... yesterday. </p><p> While Republicans in a number of outstanding House races are teetering on the edge of defeat, Rep. Bruce Poliquin, R-Maine, isn't going down without a fight. </p><p> Poliquin filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court Monday arguing that because he received the most votes in Maine's 2nd Congressional District last week, he should be declared the winner. </p><p> It seems simple enough until you remember that Maine -- following a drawn-out battle involving two statewide referenda -- utilizes ranked-choice voting in its federal races. Because Polquin didn't receive a 50 percent-plus-one majority, he did not win and the votes of the election's non-competitive independent candidates will now be transferred to their supporters' second and third choices in the race until the threshold is surpassed. </p><p> Standing to benefit is Poliquin's Democratic challenger Jared Golden, who only trails the Republican by about 2,000 votes and who it is widely assumed is the major party candidate preferred by most independent voters, hence Poliquin's lawsuit. </p><p> Challenges to the system have failed in the past and the will of Mainers clearly sides with ranked-choice, so it is unclear if Poliquin has a chance to cut the vote off at one round. For its part, the Maine secretary of state’s office -- named as the defendant in the lawsuit -- is continuing to scan and certify ballots as if the second-round tabulation will continue. </p>

    1 November 14, 2018

Comments

Earn free bitcoin