2016 Election

NEW JERSEY: Defeated Anti-Gay Rep. Scott Garrett Refuses To Communicate With Winning Democrat

Talking Points Memo reports: A defeated Republican congressman has so far refused to communicate with the Democrat who beat him, raising concerns that constituent issues handled by his office will fall through the cracks when his successor is inaugurated. Congressman-elect Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ) has tried and failed to communicate with his ousted opponent, Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ), according to a …

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SNICKER: Digital Subscriptions To “Failing, Dishonest” New York Times Skyrocket Because Donald Trump

From the Hollywood Reporter: Trump headed to the White House has been good for business at the Grey Lady. The New York Times has seen paid subscriptions online skyrocket since the election on Nov. 8. “We’ve seen really remarkable growth,” reaching to over 200,000 new digital-only subscriptions during the fourth quarter, New York Times CEO Mark Thompson on Monday said …

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TODAY: Jill Stein To Hold Recount Rally At Trump Tower

From Jill Stein’s Facebook page: As Donald’s Trump’s margin in Pennsylvania drops significantly and his team desperately rushes to block recounts in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin, Dr. Jill Stein will host a rally and press conference outside Trump Tower on Monday, December 5 at 10:00 a.m. ET, vowing to fight tooth and nail to verify the accuracy, security, and fairness …

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MICHIGAN: Federal Judge Orders Recount, State GOP Chair “Outraged” That Jill Stein Is Using The Courts

The Detroit Free Press reports: A federal judge early Monday morning ordered a recount of Michigan’s presidential ballots to begin at noon on Monday, and for the state to “assemble necessary staff to work sufficient hours” to complete the recount by a Dec. 13 federal deadline. Lawyers for Green Party candidate Jill Stein urged the action in an emergency request, …

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Chris Wallace Battles Jill Stein: There’s No Chance In The World Your Challenges Will Change Results [VIDEO]

Via Mediaite: Green Party candidate Jill Stein and Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace engaged in a pretty combative exchange today while discussing Stein’s recount efforts, with Wallace trying to get Stein to admit that there have been no recounts that have switched tens of thousands of votes. “There’s not a chance in the world here, Dr. Stein, that the …

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PENNSYLVANIA: Jill Stein Withdraws Recount Effort

The New York Times reports: Pennsylvania will apparently not have a statewide recount of its votes, removing the last long-shot hope by opponents of Donald J. Trump that a review of the ballots could overturn his election as president. In a filing on Saturday, a lawyer for Jill Stein, the Green Party presidential candidate, who began the recount bids in …

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NORTH CAROLINA: Durham County Begins Recount

The Raleigh News & Observer reports: Durham County will begin recounting ballots on Saturday afternoon, moving the date from Sunday to comply with an order from state elections officials to complete the task by Monday night. The Durham County Board of Elections scheduled an emergency meeting for 11 a.m. Saturday and planned to begin the recount at 1 p.m. After …

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WISCONSIN: Trump Surrogates Sue To Stop Recount

The Wisconsin State Journal reports: Donald Trump supporters are asking a federal judge to stop Wisconsin’s presidential election recount, which got underway Thursday. Great America PAC and Stop Hillary PAC, political committees supporting Trump and opposing Democrat Hillary Clinton, moved in Wisconsin’s Western District court late Thursday for a temporary restraining order to bring the recount to an immediate halt. …

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MICHIGAN: Trump Forces Postponement Of Recount By Filing Complaint With State Bureau Of Elections

Law Newz reports: President-elect Donald Trump filed an objection with the Michigan Bureau of Elections on Thursday, regarding the vote recount initiated by Green Party candidate Jill Stein. According to a statement from Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson, recount activities will be postponed pending a decision on the objection by the Board of State Canvassers. The Board is scheduled …

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NORTH CAROLINA: NAACP Promises Massive Protests If State Lawmakers Interfere With Election Results

The Winston-Salem Chronicle reports: If state lawmakers insert themselves into deciding North Carolina’s next governor, or changing the state Supreme Court to nullify Justice-elect Mike Morgan’s victory, there will be mass demonstrations and civil disobedience, promises N.C. NAACP President Rev. Dr. William Barber II. “We believe either attempting to stack the Supreme Court or deciding the governor’s race in the …

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NORTH CAROLINA: Roy Cooper’s Lead Surpasses 10K Vote Threshold That Would Block Statewide Recount

The Associated Press reports: Roy Cooper’s unofficial lead over North Carolina Republican Gov. Pat McCrory has surpassed a key threshold that would block McCrory’s request for a statewide recount if its holds. The Democratic attorney general was ahead of McCrory by more than 10,250 votes as of Wednesday afternoon. His advantage has doubled since election night and grew Wednesday as …

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Merriam-Webster Issues Plea About “Fascism”

Somehow the right wing Washington Examiner manages not to mention Trump in their story about this tweet, which was flagged for us by JMG reader John. The good people at Merriam-Webster practically begged users to search for any word other than “fascism” so the dictionary company could avoid making it the word of 2016. In a tweet posted Tuesday afternoon, …

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Trump To Launch “Victory Tour” In States He Won

Bloomberg reports: President-elect Donald Trump will begin a “Thank You Tour” on Thursday in Cincinnati, replicating the arena events that powered his surprise campaign, three of his transition officials said. The Republican has credited his rallies as a central component of his victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton. The events at times drew tens of thousands of people and were often …

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Jill Stein On Recount: I’ve Got No Skin In The Game

The Hill reports: Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein says double-checking election results is the only way to detect voter fraud. “You cannot see voter fraud unless you actually check the votes,” she said on CNN Tuesday morning. “There’s absolutely no way to know. We should have checks and balances built into the process. “There should be an automatic audit …

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Nate Silver Debunks Conway’s “Landslide” Claim

Such a silly, yet typical lie: Nate Silver, pollster and editor-in-chief of FiveThirtyEight, fact-checked Kellyanne Conway’s claim Monday that Donald Trump won the presidency in a historic landslide. Lined up alongside the last 10 elections, Silver noted that Trump’s win was, “actually way below average for a winner’s total,” coming in with only more votes than President George W. Bush. …

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PENNSYLVANIA: Jill Stein Files Recount Demand

Metro reports: Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein filed for a recount of votes Monday in Pennsylvania, one of three battleground states where President-elect Donald Trump won in his Electoral College victory. A statement released on behalf of Stein circulated on Twitter Monday afternoon. The statement said recounts could begin in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin — another state where the candidate …

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WISCONSIN: Elections Board Rejects Hand Recount

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports: The Wisconsin Elections Commission set a timetable Monday for a recount of the presidential election but rejected Green Party candidate Jill Stein’s request to conduct it by hand. Unless Stein quickly challenges the agency’s decision in court and wins,the plan would leave it to officials in each of Wisconsin’s 72 counties to decide whether to do …

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Newt Gingrich: Trump Supporters Will Be “Enormously Disappointed” If Romney Gets Any Kind Of Job [VIDEO]

The Hill reports: Donald Trump’s supporters would be “enormously disappointed” if the president-elect nominates Mitt Romney to be secretary of State, Newt Gingrich said Sunday. Romney is reportedly at the top of the list to be the nation’s top diplomat in the new administration, but he was highly critical of Trump’s campaign, once calling him a “fraud” and a “con …

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