March 5th, 2021 - Headlines
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa officials on Monday certified a Republican candidate as the winner by six votes of an open seat in the U.S. House, in what is shaping up to be the closest congressional election in decades. Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks finished ahead of Democrat Rita Hart in Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District after a recount saw her 47-vote lead steadily dwindle to single digits. The state Board of Canvass voted 5-0 Monday afternoon to certify Miller-Meeks as the winner over Hart by a count of 196,964 to 196,958. (But, apparently Hart does not want to respect the will of the people) The board, which includes Gov. Kim Reynolds and four other state elected officials, also certified President Donald Trump as the winner of the state’s six electoral votes. The board is made up of three Republicans and two Democrats. If it withstands expected legal challenges, Miller-Meeks’ margin of victory would amount to the closest U.S. House race since 1984 and the tightest in Iowa since 1916. “That race alone reinforces that every vote counts and can make a difference,” said Secretary of State Paul Pate, Iowa’s commissioner of elections and a canvass board member. Hart’s campaign has signaled that it will likely take legal action to challenge the outcome, and must do so within two days of the certification under Iowa law. Such a filing would trigger the formation of a contest court consisting of Iowa Chief Justice Susan Christensen and four district judges who will be appointed. The tribunal would have the discretion to set rules that are “necessary for the protection of the rights of each party and speedy trial of the case.” Hart could be required to post a bond that would cover the costs if the contest isn’t successful. The panel would be expected to move quickly and rule on which candidate is entitled to hold the office by Dec. 8. If the court ruled in favor of Miller-Meeks, Hart could file a final appeal with the Democratic-controlled U.S. House, which has the power to judge its members’ elections and has intervened in the past on rare occasions. Miller-Meeks declared victory after Saturday’s recount in Clinton County, the last in the district, cut her lead from eight votes to six. “While the race is extraordinarily close, I am proud to have won this contest and look forward to being certified as the winner,” she said. “It is the honor of a lifetime to be elected to serve the people of eastern and southern Iowa. Iowans are tenacious, optimistic and hardworking, and I will take those same attributes to Washington, D.C., on their behalf.” Miller-Meeks, a state senator from Ottumwa, is making her fourth run for Congress. She lost her three previous runs for the seat in 2008, 2010 and 2014 to Democrat Dave Loebsack, whose retirement after seven terms created the vacancy. Hart’s campaign manager Zach Meunier said after Monday’s certification that the recount was designed to count ballots that had already been tallied and that “additional legal ballots may have yet to be counted.” “Over the next few days, we will outline our next steps in this process to ensure that all Iowans’ voices are heard,” he said. If Miller-Meeks prevails, her victory would limit the size of the Democratic majority in the House, which stands at 222-206 with seven races still undecided, according to race calls by The Associated Press. If Hart appeals the results to the five-judge panel, the AP will not call the race until after the panel issues a ruling. The state’s certification came after the 24 counties in the district approved the results of their recounts, which collectively added 143 votes for Hart and 102 votes for Miller-Meeks. The most dramatic swing came in the district’s most populous, Scott County, where Hart netted 26 votes. Scott County Supervisors on Monday certified that change, while saying they were troubled that the recount board tallied 131 more absentee ballots than an earlier post-election canvass. County officials said they were baffled by the source of the discrepancy, which could be from the discovery of uncounted ballots, a machine counting error or a mistaken double count. County Attorney Mike Walton said the board had no choice but to certify the recount board’s work. “It’s not perfect,” he said. “There are questions that one side or another may want answered through a contest.”
The 628 page, $1.9 trillion behemoth is expected to take 10 hours to get through and Republican Sen. Ron Johnson (Wisc.) insisted Thursday that Democrats' 628 page, $1.9 trillion COVID-19 stimulus bill be read aloud in the Senate, arguing that "the American people deserve to know what's in it." In the mean time, CNN called the move, which is expected to take roughly 10 hours, "pointless obstruction." Johnson warned Wednesday that he would "make the Senate clerk" read every page of the bill, saying "we need to highlight the abuse" and calling the package "a boondoggle for Democrats." He argued, "Since more than 90% of this 'COVID relief' bill is not even related to COVID, I think we need a full reading of the bill. Yes, it could take 10 hours but the American people deserve to know what's in it." On Thursday, the Wisconsin Republican kept his word. After a 51-50 vote to proceed on opening debate the bill — with Vice President Kamala Harris breaking the tie — Johnson forced the bill to be read. He also noted that he does "feel bad for the clerks." By The Conservative Review.
Former "First Lady" and brute, Michelle Obama supports the Democrat Bill that Brings Communist Third World Voting Rules to US Elections. The Obamas’ latest effort is praising the outrageous HR1 bill just passed by Democrats in the US House. The bill is an American nightmare as we’ve reported for weeks. After stealing the 2020 election, Democrats want to make the steal permanent. Per the article above, this bill will:
force Internet-only registration,
remove SSN requirements,
provide motor vehicle registration for everyone,
create nationwide same-day registration,
allow children and felons to vote,
legalize nationwide ballot harvesting,
ban voter id,
and much more.
So it is no surprise the Obamas support it and probably had something to do with writing it.
Yesterday Michelle Obama tweeted her support for the horribly unjust bill and demanded the Senate join in passing it. H.R. 1 passed by a 220-210 vote along party lines. Senate Democrats will need to secure support from at least 10 Republicans in order to bypass the filibuster and pass the bill. By the Gateway Pundit
The U.S. Capitol Police announced on Thursday that it has requested the Department of Defense to have the National Guard’s support at the Capitol extended beyond March 12.
The formal request came from Yogananda Pittman, the Capitol Police acting chief.
“The Department takes its mission seriously and will do whatever is necessary to achieve that mission,” an announcement from the Capitol Police reads. “The USCP is extremely grateful for the Department of Defense and the National Guard support provided since January 6th. We understand the Guard has a tremendous service need back home responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.” Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Mich.), a former Pentagon official and member of the House Armed Services Committee, announced on Twitter on Thursday, “I am hearing from contacts at the National Guard that the U.S. Capitol Police have asked for a 60-day extension of the Guard’s mission in and around the Capitol, and that the Guard is soliciting states to send contributions.” “The current mission is scheduled to end on March 12, and the Michigan National Guard, along with many others, will get to return home,” she continued. “No one likes seeing the fortress-like security around the Capitol. And no one wants to again have a security problem in and around this symbolic place. “But whether an extension has been requested or the mission is indeed terminating on March 12, it’s critical that members of Congress get a briefing on what’s behind these decisions. We all have the same goal: to get back to the point where Capitol Police is capable of protecting us without the Guard’s help, and all parties feel confident we can protect the people’s business.”
The Capitol Police did not immediately respond The Epoch Times’ request for comment on Slotkin’s statement. Pittman on Wednesday told the House Legislative Branch Subcommittee in her prepared testimony (pdf) that threats to members have nearly doubled—up by 93.5 percent during the first two months of 2021, compared to 2020. By the Epoch Times.
New York officials on Thursday confirmed they omitted nursing home resident death data from a report on COVID-19 last year. The report was released by the New York State Department of Health. It claimed that a March 2020 order from state officials wasn’t to blame for thousands of nursing home residents dying from COVID-19. The report received criticism, with one lawmaker saying it contained numerous flaws. The figures withheld from the report were of deaths among residents who were transferred to hospitals. On Thursday, Beth Garvey, a senior adviser to Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo, said the withholding was done because the state Department of Health “could not confirm it had been adequately verified.” - - “This did not change the conclusion of the report, which was and is that the March 25 order was ‘not a driver of nursing home infections or fatalities,'” she added. In another statement released by Cuomo’s office, New York Department of Health spokesman Gary Holmes said that the report established the March 2020 memo “was not a driver of nursing home deaths.” By The Epoch Times.