Ga. Election Board tosses complaint against Herschel Walker’s wife, refers 12 others to state AG

The Georgia State Election Board on Tuesday unanimously voted to dismiss an illegal voting complaint against Julie Blanchard, the wife of GOP U.S. Senate candidate Herschel Walker, for voting absentee from her husband’s home in Texas. 

The Georgia Secretary of State’s Office recommended the dismissal following its investigation into the complaint, for which they found insufficient evidence to prove that Blanchard was ineligible to cast an absentee ballot from Walker’s Texas home in October 2020. 

Blanchard has a Georgia driver’s license, owns property and runs a business in the state, and pays state income taxes. 

The complaint against Walker, who has been endorsed by former President Trump, was filed days before he announced his candidacy in the race for Sen. Raphael Warnock’s office, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

On Tuesday, the State Election Board referred 12 cases to the state attorney general’s office, including six repeat voters during the June 2020 primary in Long County, out-of-state voters, a non-citizen voting, and 95 misplaced absentee ballots in DeKalb County during the November 2020 general election. The DeKalb County ballots were verified and counted during the recertification of its election results, according to the Georgia secretary of state’s office. 

Another case that the board referred to the state attorney general’s office involved a couple who voted in Fulton County despite living in Alabama since 2018 and voting there prior to voting in Georgia in 2020.

On Monday, a Georgia superior court held a hearing in a case regarding the inspection of 147,000 absentee ballots in Fulton County.

Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger criticized Fulton County’s election officials on Tuesday for their repeated failure to supply documents to state investigators examining alleged improper voting cases. 

“It is inexcusable for Fulton officials to repeatedly delay state investigations by failing to share documents months after the election,” Raffensperger said. “Other counties quickly cooperate with our investigators’ requests. Fulton required a formal subpoena and still took two weeks to supply routine documents.”

On Jan. 21, investigators requested from Fulton County absentee ballot documents, registration, and voter certificates for 12 people suspected of improper voting, according to Raffensperger’s office. Another request was made Jan. 27, followed by a third request on Feb. 3 that was answered with Fulton County promising to get the documents by the end of the day, which didn’t occur. 

The county received a subpoena from the state on March 9, and an investigator followed up ten days later when the documents had still not been received. While Fulton County promised the investigator that they would deliver the documents by the end of the day, they didn’t provide them until March 22. 

The county claimed that a staffing shortage and filing backlog were the reasons for the delay in delivering documents, the secretary of state’s office said. However, other counties have provided investigators their requested documents within hours or a few days.



Source link

Joe Biden Forgets Australian Prime Minister’s Name, Refers to Him as “That Fellow Down Under” (VIDEO)

Joe Biden on Wednesday delivered remarks about a new national security initiative and was joined ‘virtually’ by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Biden made an announcement of a joint deal with the UK and Australia on advanced defense tech sharing.

Dementia Joe forgot the Australian Prime Minister’s name and just referred to him “that fellow down under.”

“I want to thank that fellow down under. Thank you very much, pal,” said Biden after struggling to remember Scott Morrison’s name.

TRENDING: New Missouri COVID Whistleblower: HOSPITALS are LYING to the public about COVID… and I CAN PROVE IT

VIDEO:





Source link

New York Times Story On Biden’s $3.5 Trillion Budget Repeatedly Refers To Life Beginning At Conception

A New York Times story on President Joe Biden’s $3.5 trillion budget repeatedly refers to life beginning at conception.

“From Cradle to Grave, Democrats Move to Expand Social Safety Net,” the Times headline reads, accompanied by the subhead, “The $3.5 trillion social policy bill that lawmakers begin drafting this week would touch virtually every American, at every point in life, from conception to old age.”

The first paragraph of the Times story also refers to life beginning at conception, noting that the Democratic legislation would “touch virtually every American’s life, from conception to aged infirmity.” (RELATED: Biden Says He Respects Those Who Believe Life Begins At Conception, But Doesn’t Agree)

Farther down the story, veteran journalist and Times writer Jonathan Weisman once again references life beginning at conception, writing: “To grasp the intended measure’s scope, consider a life, from conception to death.”

The Times did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the Daily Caller News Foundation.

Arguments over when life begins are fundamental to the modern debate on abortion. Only last week, President Biden said that though he respects Americans who believe life begins at conception, he does not agree with them — a strong departure from his own prior statements on the matter. (RELATED: Here’s How Joe Biden Has Evolved On Abortion As He Attempts To Become President)

WATCH:

“I am a strong supporter of Roe v. Wade, number one,” Biden said. “The most pernicious thing about the Texas law, it sort of creates a vigilante system … I know this sounds ridiculous, almost un-American, what we are talking about.”

“I respect people …  who don’t support Roe v. Wade. I respect their views,” he said. “I respect those who believe life begins at the moment of conception and all, I respect that. Don’t agree, but I respect that. Not going to impose that on people.”

Content created by The Daily Caller News Foundation is available without charge to any eligible news publisher that can provide a large audience. For licensing opportunities of our original content, please contact licensing@dailycallernewsfoundation.org.



Source link

New York ethics commission refers two Cuomo-linked questions for investigation

New York’s beleaguered ethics watchdog agency has referred for investigation two misconduct cases tied to the Cuomo administration.

However, the agency held off on a decision to reconsider a multimillion-dollar book deal involving the recently resigned governor.

The nearly four-hour Joint Commission on Public Ethics meeting on Thursday was mired in chaos. The 13 current members debated each other about agenda items and what could be discussed in either open or closed session. With most of the members meeting virtually, side conversations and commissioner comments could be heard, sometimes louder than the pertinent discussions.

One commissioner muttered an expletive as members sought to change the agenda order. Then, just before the members went into a closed session, one commissioner said to another, “Sorry about your golf game.”

JCOPE was a member shy at Thursday’s session due to the recent resignation of Chair Camille Varlack. Appointed to lead the panel by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, she stepped down effective Aug. 14.

Her departure, though, was not tied to Cuomo’s resignation due to the sexual harassment allegations. Rather, as Spectrum News reported earlier this month, she agreed to serve just for six months when the then-governor tabbed her to lead it in February.

Eventually, the commissioners voted, 8-0 with five abstentions, on Commissioner Gary Lavine’s motion to refer an allegation of misconduct that stems from a January 2019 meeting to Attorney General Letitia James. A then-JCOPE commissioner said she was confronted about her vote to investigate Joe Percoco, an aide to Cuomo, for allegedly using state resources for Cuomo’s reelection campaign.

JCOPE votes that happen in closed session are not to be disclosed. Julie Garcia said the day after the vote, she heard from an aide to Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, who told her Cuomo was upset with her vote.

Commissioners chose not to investigate Percoco, who was convicted on federal bribery charges in 2018.

Garcia’s allegation led to an inspector general’s investigation, but the inspector general reported in October that it could not prove her allegations. Investigators, though, did not interview either Cuomo or Heastie.

Garcia, who resigned after the inspector general’s report, testified Wednesday before a Senate Ethics Committee considering ethics reforms that she did not know neither the speaker nor governor was questioned until “the media actually started asking questions.”

By the same margin, JCOPE commissioners also approved another Lavine motion asking James to review the inspector general’s inquiry as well. In both votes, the five abstentions were Cuomo appointees who said they had questions they wanted to ask JCOPE attorneys in closed session before they cast their vote.

The commission, which was the main subject of a lengthy state Senate hearing Wednesday, has faced questions for years about its ability to investigate top officials in state government. Both Democratic and Republican lawmakers said a new agency is needed to ensure public confidence against corruption.

“The commission is the object, justifiably, of caustic cynicism and ridicule,” Lavine said. “It is unlikely we will even be in existence at the end of six months.”

While Lavine was able to get votes for the attorney general referrals, his hopes to get a public vote on rescinding JCOPE’s approval of the deal Cuomo made last year to write a book on his management of the COVID-19 pandemic were not successful.

The commission did go into closed session to discuss that matter, and roughly two hours later, JCOPE came back into open session. However, the audio feed cut in late. The New York Post reported that the book deal will come back for discussion at the Sept. 14 meeting.

As the audio came back, Commissioner William Fisher, a Cuomo appointee, gave details about a closed session discussion regarding Executive Director Sanford Berland’s testimony at the Senate hearing Wednesday.

The commissioners asked Berland to add to his testimony by providing senators information on the work staff members perform. On Wednesday, the former judge struggled to answer senators’ questions on that topic.

“We also talked about reports of the demise of JCOPE and one of our fellow commissioners stated to paraphrase Mark Twain, that reports of the demise of JCOPE are greatly exaggerated,” Fisher said. “And we certainly hope that’s the case.”

Before the commissioners adjourned, Lavine stated publicly he did not join in Fisher’s statement.



Source link

Judge refers Sidney Powell, Lin Wood, and other pro-Trump lawyers for possible suspension or disbarment over election claims

U.S. District Judge Linda Parker referred pro-Trump attorneys including Sidney Powell and Lin Wood for possible suspension or disbarment over their legal efforts to overturn the official results of the 2020 election.

“This lawsuit represents a historic and profound abuse of the judicial process,” wrote Parker in her decision Wednesday.

Powell and Wood have publicized a conspiracy theory that Democrats stole the 2020 election from former President Donald Trump through the use of electronic ballot counting machines.

“It is one thing to take on the charge of vindicating rights associated with an allegedly fraudulent election. it is another to take on the charge of deceiving a federal court and the American people into believing that rights were infringed, without regard to whether any laws or rights were in fact violated,” Parker continued.

“This is what happened here,” she added.

Detroit Attorney David Fink asked the court to sanction the attorneys based on their claims against election officials in Detroit and Michigan.

“This lawsuit is the dangerous product of an online feedback loop, with these attorneys citing legal precedent derived not from a serious analysis of case law, but from the rantings of conspiracy theorists sharing amateur analysis and legal fantasy in their social media echo chamber,” wrote Fink.

“These nine attorneys know that it is impossible to defend their actions, so they search for excuses to avoid accountability,” he added.

On Wednesday, Parker agreed and referred the attorneys for possible disbarment in a scathing decision. She also ordered the attorneys to receive 12 hours of legal education and financial penalties to be determined by the legal cost of defending the lawsuit.

Sidney Powell had previously defended her actions in court by referring to similar election fraud claims being made by elected officials.

“When they filed this case, members of two of the federal government’s three branches — including the now former President of the United States — were insisting that there was massive voter fraud,” argued Powell in a court filing. “Millions of other Americans believed those claims — and believed that their president would not intentionally mislead them.”

Powell had been given a three week window to rescind her lawsuit and avoid any sanctions but she declined to do so.

Here’s more about the allegations against Powell and Wood:


‘It is impossible to defend’ — Lawyers face potential sanctions in Michigan over election misin…

www.youtube.com





Source link

Federal judge sanctions Lin Wood, Sidney Powell for election lawsuits, refers them for possible disbarment – HotAir

If you thought there were tears after SCOTUS flushed Texas’s election lawsuit down the toilet last December, wait until this one gets appealed up and they flush it the same way.

The opinion is long but you’ll get the full flavor from the first three pages or so, beginning with the opening words, “This lawsuit represents a historic and profound abuse of the judicial process.”

Right. They used the gravitas of the legal system to launder innuendo about election fraud, making it seem superficially more credible than it was. Any schmuck can claim that the election was rigged on an Internet message board, but to claim in federal court that it was rigged?

Well, there must be something to it then.

There wasn’t. Judge Linda Parker held an extended hearing with Lin Wood, Sidney Powell, and other lawyers on the case last month scrutinizing the affidavits they submitted as “proof” that fraud had occurred. It didn’t go well:

One affidavit highlighted by the judge at the hearing was submitted as evidence of alleged fraudulent collusion between Democratic election workers and U.S. Postal Service employees. The affidavit was signed by a man who claimed he saw a young couple deliver several large plastic bags to a postal worker who he said appeared to be waiting for them. There were no markings on the bags or any indication of what was inside, but the witness said it was “odd” and that it “could be” ballots.

“I don’t think I’ve ever really seen an affidavit that has made so many leaps,” Parker said. “This is really fantastical. My question to counsel here is — how can any of you, as officers to the court, present this type of affidavit? Is there anything in here that is not speculative?”…

Parker pointed to several other examples of what she described as errors in the affidavits that could reasonably be seen as obvious red flags for a lawyer, including claims that some Michigan towns had voter turnout that was many times the amount of eligible voters, and that a hand recount in one town had found evidence of fraud even though no such recount had taken place.

I didn’t watch the hearing but reportedly “none of the attorneys were able to tell Judge Parker that they had done any work to verify the underlying affidavits.” Why would they have tried to so that? The lawsuit was a undisguised political ploy to try to discredit Biden’s victory in the popular imagination, not a serious probative exercise, just like Parker says. She couldn’t resist highlighting in her opinion how stupid and self-contradictory it was, too:

The point was never to win the “Kraken” lawsuits, as they didn’t have any evidence to do that. The point was simply to file them and trust that they’d cast suspicion on a disfavored political result. That’s an abuse of the legal process.

Powell, Wood, and the others are now on the hook for the state’s attorneys’ fees and will have their actions scrutinized for professional discipline by their respective state bars. Parker made a point of saying that disbarment should be on the table:

The real indignity is sentencing them to 12 hours of mandatory continuing legal education on pleading and election law, which is like sending a soldier on the battlefield back to basic training. It’s the judge telling them that they’ve fallen so far short of elementary competence in their profession that they need remedial instruction. In David French’s words, she sent them “back to school to relearn how to lawyer.”

I expect Powell and Wood, at least, will now start grumbling in the media about having been unfairly punished by an “Obama judge,” which seems not so smart to me. Parker’s whole point is that the “Kraken” lawyers used the legal system to execute a political smear. Accusing the judge in this case of being a biased partisan hack would be further evidence for a disciplinary board that Parker was right. On the other hand, does Sidney Powell care about being disciplined or even losing her law license? She’s a well-known right-wing “personality” now; that’s her real career. And besides, she has much bigger problems than having to pay Michigan’s attorneys’ fees. Much, much bigger.





Source link

McCarthy refers to Cheney and Kinzinger as ‘Pelosi Republicans’ 

House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy referred to GOP Reps. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) and Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), whom House Speaker Nancy Pelosi named to the Jan. 6 select committee, as “Pelosi Republicans” Monday.

Last week, Pelosi rejected two of McCarthy’s five picks for the select committee.

Just the News asked McCarthy for his response to Republicans who think he should allow three of his five nominees to the committee to participate.

“Who is that, Adam and Liz? Aren’t they kind of like Pelosi Republicans?” McCarthy said during an interview at the White House where congressional leaders attended an event marking the 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act with President Biden and Vice President Harris.

“Nobody thinks this is fair, and nobody thinks it will get to the truth, unfortunately,” said McCarthy. “I mean, six months, how can the Senate have two committees, bipartisan, go study this and have the hearing and have the report already come back and just continue to play politics over. It’s disrespectful to the nation.”

McCarthy was also asked if he is considering taking action against Cheney or Kinzinger for joining the select committee, such as stripping them of their congressional committee assignments. 

“We’ll see,” McCarthy replied.

Cheney responded to McCarthy labeling her and Kinzinger “Pelosi Republicans.”

“I think that’s pretty childish,” Cheney said. “We’ve got very serious business here.”



Source link

‘Let’s Get Something Straight’: Biden Balks When Peter Doocy Refers To Chinese President Xi As His ‘Old Friend’

President Joe Biden was quick to push back when Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy referred to Chinese President Xi Jinping as his “old friend.”

Biden took a number of questions following his Wednesday summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Doocy took the opportunity to ask him about his plan to press the Chinese government on the origins of the coronavirus pandemic. (RELATED: Biden Keeps Getting Into Spicy Exchanges With This Fox News Reporter)

“You keep saying there’s no substitute for face-to-face dialogue, and also with what you said at NATO, the biggest problems right now are Russia and China. You have spoken many times about how you have spent perhaps more time with President Xi than any other world leader,” Doocy began, asking, “So is there going to be — come a time where you might call him, old friend to old friend, and ask him to open up China to the World Health Organization investigators who are trying to get to the bottom of COVID-19?”

“Let’s get something straight. We know each other well, we’re not old friends,” Biden said, gesturing with his sunglasses in on hand. “It’s just pure business.”

WATCH:

Doocy went on to point out that the G-7 had called for further investigation, but the Chinese government had made it clear that further interference would not be welcome. “So what happens now?” he asked.

“China’s trying very hard to project itself as a very responsible and very, very forthcoming nation. They are finding it hard to talk about how they’re helping the world in terms of COVID-19, and vaccines, they’re trying very hard. Certain things you don’t have to explain to the people of the world, they see the results,” Biden, adding that the best thing he could do was to make sure that the United States and other nations were prepared in the event of another pandemic.



Source link

Biden Budget Refers to Mothers as ‘Birthing People’ in Nod to Woke Activists

President Joe Biden embraced the woke terminology favored by radical left-wing activists in his 2022 budget proposal, which refers to mothers as “birthing people.”

The text of Biden’s record-breaking $6 trillion budget, unveiled last month, includes a section highlighting more than $200 million in health care spending aimed at reducing the “high rate of maternal mortality and race-based disparities in outcomes among birthing people.”

The term “birthing people” was thrust upon the public consciousness last month when Rep. Cori Bush (D., Mo.) used it during a speech on the House floor. Bush has since come under fire for her past work as a faith healer for a religious group that claims to have cured thousands of people suffering from AIDS, cancer, and other ailments.

Left-wing activists defended Bush’s use of the term, which was met with widespread criticism on social media. “When we talk about birthing people, we’re being inclusive. It’s that simple,” NARAL Pro-Choice America tweeted from its official account. “We use gender neutral language when talking about pregnancy, because it’s not just cis-gender women that can get pregnant and give birth. Reproductive freedom is for *every* body.”

The same activists attacked Bush’s critics for suggesting “birthing people” was a ridiculous way to describe mothers. Snopes.com, the left-wing fact-checking website, published a strong rebuttal to a handful of joking statements about Democrats wanting to change “Mother’s Day” to “Birthing People’s Day.”

Biden’s budget is the first known instance of the term making its way into a policy document at the federal level. The budget’s language, however, is not entirely consistent. Another section touts paid-leave policies for their success in keeping “mothers in the workplace.”

Woke activists will be similarly disappointed by the budget’s use of “Latino,” as opposed to the more inclusive “Latinx,” a term that most people of Latino or Hispanic origin have never heard and do not use.





Source link

Church of Sweden refers to itself as “trans” in apologetic letter to country’s transgender community

The Church of Sweden referred to itself this week as “trans” in a letter to the country’s transgender community, continuing its radical agenda. 

As reported by Pink News, the Vasteras diocese published a letter, titled “Personal letter to you who are trans,” in which it referred to the church as being “also trans.”

“We are writing to you from a church that is also trans,” the letter, which was penned by four priests, read.

“A church is made up of people. People are different. We have religious teachers, employees, churchwardens, elected representatives, non-profits, and other parishioners who define themselves as transgender people,” it continued. “The church thus also consists of transgender people. Therefore, the church could be described as trans.”

The letter apologized to the trans community for “how the media has treated you and we mourn the part of feminism that has fought for its rights and that now wants to limit yours.”

“In recent years, we have seen how newspapers, radio and television, even those that claim to be serious [media outlets], have given space to opinions where you as a transgender person and your rights have been questioned,” it continued. “We have seen a conversational climate where you have become public property, where poorly substantiated theories may stand unchallenged and become the norm for what should apply to your life.”

The church even lamented its own role in being responsible for the perpetuation of “trans hate.”

“It is sad that groups, organizations, and individuals who are responsible for this hatred have a place in front of the microphones, on the debate pages, in the cultural programs, and on the TV couches. This contributes to the normalization of trans hate,” it added.

Feminists who exclude transgender individuals, also known as “terfs,” were denounced as “radical right-wing Christian groups and right-wing populists.”

Close to 1,000 priests, deacons and members signed the letter. 

“Whatever you encounter and whatever others say, no one can take away your gender identity and your human dignity. God loves you, just as you are,” it concluded. “We believe in a church and a God who welcomes people beyond power, national boundaries, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender and gender identity. A humanity in all the colours of the rainbow, absolutely fantastic and infinite in its diversity. We are different and that is good. And God saw that it was good.”

The church also elected in 2017 to call God by gender-neutral pronouns. The church, headquartered in the city of Uppsala, home to 5.1 million baptized members, has discussed gender-neutral language regarding what to call God dating as far back as 1986. 

Archbishop Antje Jackelén, the female leader of the church, told Sweden’s TT news agency that theology demands God not be referred to with gendered pronouns.

“Theologically, for instance, we know that God is beyond our gender determinations, God is not human,” Jackelén said.





Source link