A Pennsylvania prosecutor making $60 per hour got demoted because of his DoorDash side gig – where drivers make $17 per hour

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  • A Pennsylvania prosecutor was demoted for delivering food for DoorDash during his work hours.
  • His boss called it “indefensible, thoughtless, selfish, and so stupid.”
  • The prosecutor, Gregg Shore, told KYW Radio that his reasons for working for DoorDash were personal.
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District attorneys typically serve citizens by building legal cases against people accused of crimes, but one prosecutor in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, got demoted this week for serving residents food – as a DoorDash delivery driver.

Gregg Shore, who had been second-in-command at the Bucks County district attorney’s office, got caught driving for the food delivery service during hours he was supposed to be doing his job as a prosecutor, KYW Radio reported Thursday.

In 2019, Shore earned $125,435 – roughly $60 per hour – as first assistant district attorney, according to public records.

DoorDash CEO Tony Xu told The New York Times that delivery workers earned an average of just $17 per hour in 2018 – but the company doesn’t pay for the time workers spend waiting to claim orders, and some drivers say the base pay can be as little as $3 per hour.

Shore told KYW Radio that his reasons for working for DoorDash were personal and that he drove mostly at night.

“What he did was indefensible, thoughtless, selfish, and so stupid, it’s senseless,” Bucks County district attorney Matt Weintraub said in a press conference Thursday.

“I don’t know why he did this, only he has the answer, and I’ll admit to you that I’m very angry and I’m upset… this is the reason for his demotion,” he added.

Weintraub said Shore will be demoted to deputy district attorney, adding that while it would be “easier and politically expedient” to fire Shore, it “was not necessarily the right thing to do” given Shore’s otherwise positive track record.

Jennifer Schorn, who had been chief of the office’s trials and grand jury divisions, has been promoted to first assistant to fill Shore’s role, Weintraub said.

During the pandemic, the surge in demand for food delivery has been a boon for executives, early investors, and employees of companies like DoorDash, which opened at $182 per share – 78% above its asking price – during its IPO in December despite an unprofitable business model.

But delivery workers haven’t seen the same benefit, and have long complained about low pay, tough working conditions, and even wage theft – DoorDash paid $2.5 million to settle a lawsuit that accused the food delivery company of stealing drivers’ tips.

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Republicans in Pennsylvania placed robocalls that appeared to be from ‘Johnson & Johnson’

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Robocalls from the Bucks County Republican Committee in Pennsylvania appeared on Caller ID as if they were coming from the pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson.

  • A robocall from the Bucks County Republican Committee showed up on caller ID as coming from Johnson & Johnson.
  • The party blamed the incident on a third-party vendor and an “unintended technological error.”
  • The party did not immediately respond to a request for clarification.
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By all appearances, the call was coming from Johnson & Johnson, sparking hope among those who answered that they were perhaps being selected to receive the company’s new vaccine.

Instead, they heard a recording from a Republican from the Philadelphia suburbs urging them to come out and sign a petition, as reported by local news outlet LevittownNow.com.

“This is Bucks County GOP Chair Pat Poprik calling because we need your help putting good Republican candidates on the ballot,” said the caller (a recording has been posted online).

In a statement provided to the Bucks County Courier Times, Poprik apologized, blaming an “unintended technological error” and attributing the mistake to a third-party vendor that was using a number previously associated with the pharmaceutical giant.

The Bucks County GOP did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for the name of that vendor.

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Malcolm Kenyatta, a 30-year-old Democratic state lawmaker, could be Pennsylvania’s next senator in 2022

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Pennsylvania State Representative Malcolm Kenyatta.

  • State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta has joined the 2022 Pennsylvania US Senate race.
  • Kenyatta, a 30-year-old progressive lawmaker, is a community activist from Philadelphia.
  • “My story certainly has a lot of distinct parts that are unique to me, but not that unique to most Pennsylvanians,” he said.
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When Pennsylvania state Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta was a 12-year-old growing up in North Philadelphia, he got a job washing dishes at a restaurant to help his mother pay the bills.

Kenyatta describes his upbringing as “working poor,” with a keen understanding of the economic challenges that have left many families behind, from static wages to housing affordability.

“My story certainly has a lot of distinct parts that are unique to me, but not that unique to most Pennsylvanians,” he said. 

In 2018, Kenyatta, a community activist, was elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, becoming the first openly gay Black state legislator and one of the youngest members of the legislature.

Since being elected, he has pushed for an expansion of early voting statewide and worked to reduce homelessness in his North Philadelphia-anchored district, among other issues.

Last month, Kenyatta, 30, announced that he would be running for the Senate seat being vacated by two-term GOP Sen. Pat Toomey in 2022, in what will be one of the most competitive races in the country.

He will face Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman in a Democratic primary that will likely attract other high-profile candidates in the coming months.

Kenyatta recently spoke with Insider about his campaign. Below are edited excerpts from that interview.

Q. What inspired you to run for the Senate at this really critical time in our nation’s history?

A. Every generation has a responsibility to work to preserve and expand the promise of America – and that’s been a promise that has excluded a lot of people over time, but something we’ve always worked to broaden. Look at the compounding crises that have been more exacerbated as a result of COVID-19.

If you’re a working person, there were issues with housing prior to this cruel pandemic. There were issues with education. There were issues with wages. There were issues with being able to start a small business. What we need in this moment are people who understand what’s broken and can take us from where we are to where we need to go.

What legislative priorities have you been able to promote as a Democratic lawmaker in a GOP-controlled House?

Defense wins football games. It’s a big part of what we’ve had to do in not having the political math in our favor. One of the things we’ve had to do was stop some of the worst things. I’ve been on the front line of that, particularly as it related to protecting everybody’s votes.

I was able to build a big coalition against an “election integrity” committee that would have allowed that allowed the Republican majority to impound voting machines and physically compel election officials to come testify before sham hearings, while they were supposed to be counting every vote. Stopping that became a national story.

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State Rep. Kenyatta speaks to members of the media near the Pennsylvania state Capitol in Harrisburg on December 14, 2020.

If elected to the Senate, what would be your three biggest priorities in office?

The first is mental health care for the young. This pandemic has stolen a lot in terms of lives and livelihoods, but it’s also stolen the ability for our young people to engage. Their lives have been turned upside down. I introduced a bill with a Republican colleague called Phillip’s Law that will help us completely reimagine the way we provide mental health care in our schools.

The second issue is dealing with deep poverty, which is the moral and economic issue of our generation.

The final thing we have to do is create hundreds of thousands of good-paying jobs in clean energy.

You’re not taking money from corporate PACs. In the 2020 election cycle, over $2 billion was spent on the most competitive Senate races. Should there be campaign finance reform?

The problem with our system is the incredible amount of money that it takes to run. We’re going to raise money, but not with folks who have armies of lobbyists already. It has to be a movement of people who understand that working people haven’t been centered in our policy discussions. They’re going to be the ones with small-dollar donations.

We need to have a serious conversation about getting rid of Citizens United [vs. Federal Election Commission], which was one of the worst decisions to ever be handed down by the Supreme Court.

President Joe Biden favors canceling $10,000 in student loan debt per borrower, but has ruled out forgiving up to $50,000 in loans per borrower through execution action. What do you think should be done?

Canceling student loan debt is something that not only helps borrowers, but it helps our economy as we think about how to recover from the impact of the pandemic. We’ve been racking up a lot of debt because we haven’t dealt with college affordability. We haven’t looked at ways to make college free, which it ought to be in most instances. Getting rid of $50,000 and then even going beyond that is one of the ways that we can have robust stimulus in our economy.

What do you think your candidacy means for so many people who may not have seen themselves represented in government before?

I had a friend who called me the day after I announced and said she let her daughter stay up to watch my announcement. Her daughter said the next day – “Mommy, I can’t wait until I run for President, and Malcolm can advise my campaign.” There so many young people who are paying more attention than we give them credit for. They see candidates who represent the fullness of the American experience.

I know what it’s like to get an eviction notice. I know what it’s like for people who are worried about their electric and gas bills. They’re not academic exercises for me. This is my life. This is the life of the people I know and love.

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A Pennsylvania man said he would find a local Democratic Party office and ‘shoot it up’ for Donald Trump, and then he did, authorities say.

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  • Anthony Nero of Worcerster Township, Pennsylvania, is charged with cyberstalking and making threats online.
  • A Trump supporter, Nero promised he would find a Democratic Party office and “shoot it up.”
  • He’s accused of firing three shots at the local Democratic headquarters in Norristown.
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A Trump supporter in Pennsylvania threatened to shoot up a local Democratic Party office, boasted to party officials that it would be hard to catch him, and then was arrested this week after apparently following through on this threat, according to a federal criminal complaint.

On January 6, the day of the pro-Trump insurrection at the US Capitol, Anthony Francis Nero, 48, logged onto Facebook and sent a message to an unknown recipient stating that he would “go find a local Democrat Office and shoot it up. LOL,” federal authorities allege in the March 2 complaint.

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Section of the federal criminal complaint.

A day later, he pulled up the website for the Montgomery County Democratic Party and sent a message through their web form, federal authorities said. “With this stolen election and Coup d’etat, violence is the only language you bloodsuckers understand,” he wrote, according to the complaint. “TRUMP YOU!! You fucking traitors. Random acts of violence are difficult to investigate. Have fun.”

Less than two weeks later, on the day of President Joe Biden’s inauguration, three shots were fired through the window of the Democratic Party’s office in Norristown, appearing to have come from a .45 caliber handgun. Two bullets struck a desk inside.

Nero was taken into federal custody on Wednesday and taken to a detention center, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported. According to investigators, he did not cloak his location while using his Verizon cell phone, allowing investigators to trace him.

An FBI special agent, executing a search warrant last month, also claims Nero did not delete his web history, which resulted in it auto-completing the fake email address he used to threaten local Democrats: “fuckjoebiden@coupdetat.com.”

Firefox also auto-completed the address of the Norristown Democratic headquarters.

When local police served Nero search warrants, he also informed them that he had a .45 caliber handgun in the trunk of his Lexus. It was loaded, according to the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office, which in February charged Nero with terrorism, terroristic threats, carrying a firearm without a license, and reckless endangerment.

In a surprise to the accused, the federal government took over the case on Wednesday. Nero is due to appear in federal court on Friday for a detention hearing.

The man became a suspect, according to the FBI, after a confidential source tipped off law enforcement that he had been threatening local Democratic officials.

Nero’s criminal defense attorney did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

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Teacher Bryce Stewart shares how he retired at 35, quitting his $50,000-a-year job to make $20,000 a month as a small-time landlord

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Bryce Stewart is a middle school teacher turned real-estate investor who was able to retire at 35 thanks to the passive income from homes he bought and rents out.

  • Bryce Stewart worked as a middle school teacher in the small city of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
  • Stewart used savings and a loan from his in-laws to start buying properties to rent out in 2009.
  • He retired from teaching at 35 due to rental income from tenants, which can total $20,000 a month.
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You could learn something from this former teacher.

Meet Bryce Stewart, a middle school teacher turned real-estate investor in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. 

In 2009, he bought one property to rent out using a small sum from his own savings – after all, he made just $50,000 a year – plus a loan from his in-laws. Once Stewart found tenants, he continued to buy properties, using less traditional loans and tactics to come up with capital for the down payments. 

Stewart now pockets up to $20,000 a month in passive income from 37 properties he owns in Bethlehem, a small city less than 90 miles from both New York and Philadelphia.

Because of his real-estate investing successes, he was able to quit his day job in 2015, at the age of 35. Stewart’s creative strategies to become a landlord 37 times over paid off and enabled his early retirement. 

In an exclusive interview with Insider, Stewart explained how he financed the growth of his real-estate portfolio from just one unit to 37 despite having very little savings. 

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In Pennsylvania – an important swing state – thousands have quit the GOP since the US Capitol riot

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A crowd cheers as ex-President Donald Trump speaks during a ‘Make America Great Again’ campaign rally at Williamsport Regional Airport, May 20, 2019 in Montoursville, Pennsylvania.

  • Almost 19,000 people have quit the Pennsylvania GOP this year, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
  • Nearly twice as many Republicans have become Democrats as compared to vice versa.
  • That is a marked shift from previous years.
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Thousands of people have quit the Republican Party in Pennsylvania since the January 6 insurrection at the US Capitol, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Monday.

Of the 30,000 Pennsylvanians who have changed their party registration, nearly two-thirds – 19,000 – have been Republicans. Most have elected to become independents, but nearly 29% of party changes been members of the GOP switching their affiliation to Democrat, a reversal from the years 2008 to 2020. By contrast, just 14.5% of registration changes have been Democrats switching over to the Republican Party.

“Many Republicans are aggrieved and embarrassed by the angry mob that stormed the US Capitol,” Kimberly S. Adams, a political science professor at East Stroudsburg University, told the Inquirer.

Pennsylvania is a crucial battleground state. Since 2008, the winner has gone on to the White House, Donald Trump flipping it in 2016 and Joe Biden flipping it back in 2020.

One effect could be shifting the Pennsylvania GOP, which largely backed Donald Trump’s false claims of election fraud, even further to the right. A leading figure in the party, state Sen. Doug Mastriano, for example, helped bus people from Pennsylvania to DC on the day of the US Capitol riot; a possible candidate for governor in 2022, he has campaigned against mask mandates and recently introduced legislation that seeks to prohibit mandatory vaccination.

Not all who have quit the party are necessarily opposed to Trump and his brand of politics, however. According to a report earlier this year, the former president is toying with the idea of launching a party of his own, which could attract support from Republicans who think the GOP – typified by US Sen. Pat Toomey, a conservative Republican who backed impeachment – did not go far enough in supporting efforts to overturn President Biden’s victory.

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Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, now running for Senate, addresses a 2013 incident where he pulled a gun on a Black jogger

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In this Sept. 21, 2018 photo, former Braddock, Pa., Mayor John Fetterman speaks at a campaign rally for Pennsylvania candidates in Philadelphia

  • Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, who is running for Senate, revisited a 2013 incident involving chasing a Black jogger.
  • Fetterman said he chased the man after hearing what he believed to be gunshots go off in his neighborhood.
  • Fetterman said he did not know the race or gender of the person he was chasing at the time.
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Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman addressed a 2013 incident in which he pulled a gun on a Black jogger in a new campaign video released Wednesday. 

Fetterman, who has become a popular figure in Democratic circles, announced last week he’s running for Senate. In an unlisted two-and-a-half-minute video uploaded to YouTube Tuesday, Fetterman discussed the incident, which occurred when he was mayor of Braddock, Pennsylvania.

In the video, Fetterman said that he was in his front yard with his then-4-year-old son when he heard what he believed were gunshots. He then saw a man wearing goggles and a face mask running in the direction of the local elementary school. 

“I didn’t know if it was a rampage. I didn’t know if it was a drive-by. I didn’t understand. No one could know what was going on at that point, other than a large number of shots were fired from what sounded like a high-powered rifle,” Fetterman told WTAE in a 2013 interview. 

Fetterman then called the police and followed the man.

Read more: John Fetterman, Pennsylvania’s lieutenant governor and a rising star in the Democratic Party, isn’t a progressive. He says he’s just being honest.

In a statement to Insider about the incident, Fetterman said: “I made a split-second decision to intervene for the safety and protection of my community, and intercepted the person to stop them from going any further until the first responders could arrive. I stayed in my truck and never came in physical contact with the individual. I had my shotgun, but it was never pointed at the individual, and there wasn’t even a round chambered.”

When police arrived, they searched the jogger, identified as Chris Miyares, and found no weapons. 

Miyares has disputed Fetterman’s claims that he never pointed his gun at him and told reporters at the time that the gun was aimed at his chest. 

“He’s trying to make it like it’s OK. I mean, he’s trying to justify what he did. I mean, you’re the mayor of Braddock in North Braddock with a shotgun,” Miyares told WTAE in 2013.

Insider has reached out to Chris Miyares for comment.

Miyares told the outlet that the gunshots Fetterman believed he heard were actually bottle rockets set off by neighborhood kids.

No charges were filed against Miyares or Fetterman.

In Fetterman’s recently released video, he didn’t apologize for chasing Miyares, and instead said he was motivated to pursue the jogger because the man was running toward a school.

Read more: PA Lt. Gov. John Fetterman launches 2022 Senate bid in an appeal to voters who ‘feel left behind’

“This was a few weeks after the Sandy Hook child massacre. I realized I could never forgive myself if I didn’t do anything,” he said. 

Fetterman denied that he had racially profiled Miyares and told Insider he was unable to identify the race or gender of the person he was chasing at the time.

“Between the ski mask and the way this person was dressed, bundled head to toe in the dead of winter, I didn’t know what race that individual was, or even their gender,” he said.

Fetterman has aligned himself with progressive politics and supported Bernie Sanders’ presidential run. He previously ran for Senate in 2016, and at the time, released a video promoting “sensible gun control.”

In a statement to The New York Times, Fetterman said the incident had been used in bad-faith attacks by his political opponents in the past, “and it’s never gone anywhere because people here know that I did the right thing for my community.”  

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After Trump’s election loss, Republicans across the US are racing to enact new voting restrictions

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Lin Wilson waves a US flag to encourage people to vote, outside the CenturyLink Field Event Center in Seattle on November 3, 2020.

  • In the wake of Biden’s win, Republicans across the US are rolling out new voting restrictions.
  • Republican leaders contend that the proposals are about maintaining voter integrity, though fraud is a rare occurrence.
  • Here are some of the voting proposals that are being debated across the country.
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President Joe Biden has been in office for less than two weeks, but in state legislatures across the US, Republicans still reeling from former President Donald Trump’s electoral loss are devising ways to restrict the vote, from eliminating ballot drop boxes to requiring the notarization of absentee ballot applications.

In 2010, Republicans made historic gains in state legislatures, flipping 24 chambers that year, allowing them to control the redistricting process for the past decade. In additional drawing scores of safe GOP House seats, the party pushed a wave of socially-conservative legislation that centered on restricting abortion rights and minimizing the collective bargaining power of public-sector labor unions.

While Biden and Trump both won 25 states in the 2020 presidential election, Biden flipped five states that Trump carried in 2016, which included Arizona, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin, along with Nebraska’s 2nd congressional district.

These presidential swing states are now home to some of the most dramatic election-related proposals that have been floated or filed in the legislature for a vote. However, even in states where Trump won easily, including Mississippi and Texas, voting restrictions stand a good chance of passing.

According to the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University, 106 bills aimed at restricting voting access have been introduced or filed in state legislatures in 28 states, representing a nearly threefold increase from the same period last year.

The proposed laws ignore the overwhelming evidence that voter fraud is incredibly rare.

Last November, countering Trump’s debunked claims of voter irregularities, the Department of Homeland Security said in a statement that the November 2020 election “was the most secure in American history.”

Here are some of the voting proposals that are being debated across the country:

Arizona

Since 1952, Republicans have won Arizona in every presidential election except for Bill Clinton’s 1992 win and Biden’s victory last year.

Biden won the state by less than 11,000 votes out of roughly 3.3 million votes cast, performing strongly with Latino voters and even making inroads with a segment of the state’s Republican voters.

With the support of high-profile Republicans including Cindy McCain, the wife of the late GOP Sen. John McCain, and former Sen. Jeff Flake, Biden tapped into the independent-minded nature of the state, similar to the campaign strategy of Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly, who defeated appointed GOP Sen. Martha McSally last November.

Read more: Trump tested the Constitution and shredded traditions. Biden and the Democrats have big plans of their own about what to do next.

However, conservative activists vigorously challenged the election results, including Trump, who criticized GOP Gov. Doug Ducey for certifying the election results, a normally-routine process. Since the GOP controls the state legislature in Arizona, the raft of restrictive bills are being taken up in committees.

According to The Arizona Republic, Republican legislators have proposed bills that would:

  • Allow the legislature to void the results of a presidential election “at any time before the presidential inauguration”
  • Give the legislature the power to award two of the state’s 11 Electoral College votes
  • Award the state’s electoral votes by congressional district in lieu of the current winner-takes-all system
  • Curtail and/or end mail-in voting
  • Liming mail-in voting to those who cannot physically reach a voting precinct
  • Limit voting centers in each county according to the population size
  • Require mail-in ballot envelopes to be notarized or returned in-person

Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, a Democrat, was sharply critical of House Bill 2720, which was introduced by GOP state Rep. Shawnna Bolick and would allow the legislature to overturn the election results.

“It is a punch in the face to voters,” she said in an NBC News interview. “It absolutely, 100%, allows a legislature to undermine the will of voters.”

She also tweeted: “So really, we should just get rid of the presidential election altogether? In reality, that’s what this bill would do.”

Georgia

Georgia was the scene of deep political consternation for the GOP. Last November, Biden became the first Democratic presidential nominee to win the state since 1992. Trump insisted that he won the state for months, asking GOP Gov. Brian Kemp to overturn the election results and even pressuring GOP Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to “find” the 12,000 roughly votes that he would need to overcome Biden’s margin of victory.

In the end, Trump caused so much internal political turmoil in the state that Democrats, fresh off of Biden’s win, had an enthusiasm advantage for two Senate runoff elections that featured then-GOP Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue running against Democrats Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, respectively.

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Democrat Raphael Warnock addresses supporters during a rally with Jon Ossoff in Atlanta on the first day of early voting in the Georgia Senate runoff elections.

Warnock and Ossoff won their races, handing control of the Senate to the Democrats and giving the party their strongest anchor in the Deep South in years.

Georgia Republicans, stung by the losses, are now hoping to implement additional voting restrictions.

Top state officials, including Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan, are backing a more rigorous voter identification process for absentee balloting.

A GOP lawmaker has proposed a bill that would require proof of identification, twice, in order to vote absentee.

Last year, House Speaker David Ralston floated stripping Georgia voters of their ability to choose the secretary of state by putting a measure on the ballot that would allow voters to cede that responsibility to the GOP-controlled legislature.

Michigan

Michigan voted for every Democratic presidential nominee from 1992 to 2012. When Trump pulled off a narrow upset in 2016, Democrats pledged to outwork the GOP and win back the Midwestern state and its 16 electoral votes.

In 2018, the party had a banner year, electing Gretchen Whitmer as governor, Dana Nessel as attorney general, and Jocelyn Benson as secretary of state.

Last November, Biden won the state by over 150,000 votes and a nearly 3% margin (50.6%-47.8%), securing a victory in a state that Democrats were thrilled to put back in their column.

The state legislature is still in GOP hands, a lingering result of the party’s 2010 midterm election sweep, but Whitmer also serves as a check on any far-reaching proposals.

Michigan GOP Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey told The Detroit News that he would like to improve the state’s qualified voter files and party leaders, including home state Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel, said last year that the state needed “election reform.”

Pennsylvania

With its 20 electoral votes, Pennsylvania has long been a top prize for Democrats, who won the state by combining overwhelming victories in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh with growing suburban strength and blue-collar support in cities like Allentown and Scranton.

Democrats won Pennsylvania in every presidential election from 1992 to 2012, but similar to Michigan, Trump pulled off a narrow upset in 2016.

Biden, who was born in Scranton and represented neighboring Delaware in the Senate for 36 years, won the state 50%-49% over Trump last November.

Democrats, eager to build on Biden’s victory, have already zeroed in on the Senate seat being vacated by GOP Sen. Pat Toomey in 2022 and the governor’s race to succeed term-limited Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf that same year.

However, Republicans, who repeatedly sought to overturn the 2020 election results, including tossing out millions of mail-in ballots, are steadfastly committed to imposing new restrictions.

There are currently GOP proposals on the table to nix no-excuse absentee balloting and make it easier for state officials to toss ballots that have a signature mismatch if the ballot isn’t fixed within six days of being notified, according to the Brennan Center.

Wisconsin

Wisconsin is another key state in the Democrats’ Midwestern presidential electoral puzzle. After narrow wins in 2000 and 2004, the party won the state easily in 2008 and 2012 before seeing Trump narrowly win the state in 2016.

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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is pictured on October 16, 2020.

After a hard-fought race, Biden won the state over Trump by roughly 20,000 votes out of more than 3.2 million votes cast.

Read more: Trump tested the Constitution and shredded traditions. Biden and the Democrats have big plans of their own about what to do next.

The Trump campaign, incensed that votes in Democratic-leaning Milwaukee County put Biden over the top, demanded a recount in Milwaukee and Dane County, home of Madison, the state’s liberal capital city. Not only was Biden’s win reaffirmed by the recounts, but he picked up additional votes.

A GOP legislator is floating a proposal to allocate eight of the state’s 10 electoral votes by congressional district, starting with the 2024 election, and the party may also seek additional restrictions on absentee balloting.

Democratic Gov. Tony Evers has the ability to wield his veto pen, but he is also up for reelection in 2022.

Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional District

Last year, Biden carried Nebraska’s Omaha-based congressional district, the first time a Democrat had won the district since Barack Obama in 2008.

The win was a breakthrough for the party in the otherwise overwhelmingly Republican state.

Since 1991, Nebraska has awarded two electoral votes to the overall statewide winner, with the remaining three votes awarded to the winner of each congressional district.

In 2020, Trump secured four electoral votes to Biden’s one electoral vote.

A new GOP bill introduced in the state legislature would put into place a winner-takes-all system; if it had been in place in 2020, Trump would have won all five electoral votes.

The 2nd congressional district contains sizeable Black and Latino populations, and opponents of the bill argue that the legislation would be detrimental to minority voters.

American Civil Liberties Union Nebraska executive director Danielle Conrad said as much in an interview with ABC News.

“You see very clearly that there was a lot of excitement particularly from voters of color in the Omaha metro-area who engage in that process over the last few election cycles because they had that meaningful opportunity,” she said.

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‘I don’t know how you can live with yourself’: Joe Manchin slams Sens. Hawley and Cruz, who continued with election challenges after the Capitol riots

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GOP Sens. Josh Hawley of Missouri, left, and Ted Cruz of Texas, right, speak after Republicans objected to certifying the Electoral College votes from Arizona during a joint session of Congress on January 6, 2020.

  • In an interview with Politico, Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia gave a pointed rebuke of GOP Sens. Josh Hawley of Missouri and Ted Cruz of Texas in the aftermath of the US Capitol riots on Jan. 6.
  • “There’s no way they cannot be complicit in this,” he said. “That they think they can walk away and say, ‘I just exercised my right as a senator?’ Especially after we came back here and after they saw what happened.”
  • Sens. Hawley and Cruz, who have long been seen as likely 2024 GOP presidential candidates, have faced a flurry of calls to resign since the riots.
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In an interview with Politico, Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia gave a pointed rebuke of GOP Sens. Josh Hawley of Missouri and Ted Cruz of Texas in the aftermath of the US Capitol riots on Jan. 6.

Manchin, a moderate, said that Hawley and Cruz backing President Donald Trump’s election grievances alleging voter fraud and leading the Senate GOP electoral challenge of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory will have serious consequences.

“There’s no way they cannot be complicit in this,” he said. “That they think they can walk away and say, ‘I just exercised my right as a senator?’ Especially after we came back here and after they saw what happened.”

He added: “I don’t know how you can live with yourself right now knowing that people lost their lives.”

Manchin, while in a secure area with other lawmakers during the siege in which five people died, said that he spoke with Hawley, Cruz, and Sens. James Lankford of Oklahoma and Steve Daines of Montana to convince them to drop their electoral objections.

Lankford and Daines chose not to go through with contesting Biden’s 306-232 Electoral College win over Trump, “when they saw the danger of what happened,” according to Manchin.

Read more: Secret Service experts are speculating in group chats about how Trump might be hauled out of the White House if he won’t budge on Inauguration Day

Once the building was cleared of rioters, Hawley and Cruz still went through with their objections to the Arizona and Pennsylvania vote counts, which both failed.

Biden’s victory was certified early in the morning on January 7.

Sens. Hawley and Cruz, who have long been seen as likely 2024 GOP presidential candidates, have faced a flurry of calls to step down. Several of their Democratic colleagues in the upper chamber, including Sens. Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Ron Wyden or Oregon, Chris Coons of Delaware, and Patty Murray of Washington, have all called for both Hawley and Cruz to resign.

Republican colleagues and possible 2024 contenders including Sens. Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Ben Sasse of Nebraska declined to join in the election challenges.

Former GOP Sen. John Danforth, who represented Missouri in the Senate from 1976 to 1995 and was one of Hawley’s biggest champions in his 2018 Senate campaign, recently lamented his support as “the worst mistake I ever made in my life.”

Both Hawley and Cruz have refused to step down from their seats, but with the fallout from the riots still in the minds of every lawmaker on Capitol Hill, their effectiveness in the Senate will likely be an open question going forward.

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Trump and Republican officials have won zero out of at least 42 lawsuits they’ve filed since Election Day

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President Donald Trump.

  • President Donald Trump’s campaign and Republican officials have filed dozens of lawsuits since Election Day in an effort to contest the results of the 2020 election.
  • The campaign filed lawsuits and motions to intervene in cases in swing states Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.
  • They’ve notched zero victories, 38 cases where they’ve withdrawn or lost, and have four cases pending.
  • Scroll down for a list of lawsuits the Trump campaign and Republicans have filed and where they stand.
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Faced with the prospect of losing to a man he spent months hammering as corrupt, doddering, and mentally deficient, President Donald Trump is going on offense, spreading lies and conspiracy theories about a “rigged” election marred by “major fraud” from Democrats.

He’s alternated between demanding that some states stop counting ballots, which he doesn’t have the power to do, and saying that others should keep counting, which they were doing anyway.

To that end, the Trump campaign, Republican allies, and Trump himself have mounted at least 42 legal challenges since Election Day.

They’ve won zero.

The lawsuits argue that states and counties have violated election laws, playing into Trump’s political strategy to discredit the results of the 2020 election that President-elect Joe Biden won.

Republicans have filed the lawsuits in local, state, and federal courts in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, and Pennsylvania – all states that Biden won. They have also filed direct appeals to the Supreme Court, all of which have also failed.

The Trump campaign initially had a single win, when a Pennsylvania judge ruled on November 12 that first-time voters were supposed to confirm their IDs with county boards of election by November 9, rather than November 12. The decision opened the door to disqualify the ballots of people who didn’t verify their IDs in time. But the state Supreme Court later overturned that decision.

That leaves Trump and other Republicans with at least 38 cases they have withdrawn or lost, and four that are still pending.

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Attorney for the President, Rudy Giuliani, speaks about election lawsuits at a news conference in the parking lot of a landscaping company on November 7, 2020 in Philadelphia.

Here’s a list of the lawsuits and where they stand

Direct appeals to the Supreme Court – 2 losses, one pending

  • Several Republican politicians, led by Rep. Mike Kelly, asked the US Supreme Court to block the certification of Pennsylvania’s election results. The court turned down the case.
  • Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton sued Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan, and Wisconsin in the US Supreme Court seeking to overturn their election results. The Supreme Court rejected the case.
  • The Trump campaign asked the US Supreme Court to overturn three decisions from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court over various technical rules regarding absentee and mail-in ballots. The court hasn’t yet decided whether to hear the case.

Pennsylvania – 13 losses

  • The Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee filed a lawsuit asking a state appeals court to reject the Pennsylvania secretary of state’s announcement that registered voters had until November 12 to provide proof of identity for mail-in ballots. Republicans believe the deadline should be November 9. This is the one case that Trump won, before the state Supreme Court overturned the lower court decision.
  • In a wide-ranging federal lawsuit, the Trump campaign sued over alleged irregularities in the way ballots were counted throughout the state. They’ve argued that 14,000 votes should be thrown out. The campaign submitted a revised version of the lawsuit days later that retracted many of its original allegations. A judge threw out the case, saying Trump’s lawyers presented the court “with strained legal arguments without merit and speculative accusations, unpaid in the operative complaint and unsupported by evidence.” An appeal of the case also failed.
  • Another federal lawsuit brought by Republicans sought to delay the deadline for ballot requests. The judge rejected it.
  • A third federal lawsuit sought to stop the Montgomery County Board of Elections from allowing voters to “cure” their ballots – a process that allows people to fix clerical errors on their ballots to make sure their votes count. Republicans abandoned the lawsuit and withdrew from the case.
  • The campaign sued in yet another federal case to stop Philadelphia County from counting votes without Republicans present. The judge dismissed the case after Trump’s lawyers said Republican election watchers were, in fact, present.
  • In another Montgomery County case, this one filed in a local court, Trump’s lawyers sought to stop the county from counting mail-in ballots. The lawsuit is still pending, but the lawyers withdrew from the case.
  • A lawsuit in Bucks County filed by Republican congressional candidate Kathy Barnette on Election Day made a technical challenge on the county’s method of organizing ballots before counting them. She withdrew the case two days later and lost the election.
  • The Trump campaign appealed that Bucks County case soon afterward, but a judge rejected it and pointed out in his ruling that fraud wasn’t an issue. 
  • In a state court, Republicans challenged an instruction from the Secretary of State’s office regarding provisional ballots. A state appellate court judge dismissed the request but ordered the secretary of state to segregate provisional ballots in case their validity becomes contested.
  • Local Republicans sought to stop Northampton County from revealing the identities of people whose ballots were canceled and lost the case.
  • A group of Pennsylvania Republicans lost at the state Supreme Court with a lawsuit trying to invalidate absentee voting after the voting period already ended, and trying to block the certification of election results.
  • Another group of Republicans filed a similar lawsuit and lost.
  • The Trump campaign filed a motion to intervene in a Supreme Court case brought by Republicans that centers on the deadline by which Pennsylvania officials are allowed to receive ballots. Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court ruled that officials could receive ballots until November 6 as long as they are postmarked by Election Day. Republicans appealed the decision to the high court, which was deadlocked at 4-4 because Justice Amy Coney Barrett did not participate, leaving the lower court’s ruling in place. The Supreme Court signaled it could hear the case again but has not yet granted the request to intervene.

Nevada – 4 losses

  • The Trump campaign filed a lawsuit requesting that ballots stop being counted in the state over concerns about signature-matching technology and election observers’ claims that they weren’t being allowed to watch ballots being processed closely enough. The Nevada Supreme Court denied the request.
  • The Trump campaign and the RNC filed a lawsuit in state court asking to stop ballot counting in Clark County – a heavily Democratic area – until GOP officials could observe the process. A district judge rejected the request on the grounds that the plaintiffs did not have evidence to back up their allegations. Republicans appealed the case to the Nevada Supreme Court, which said on November 5 that the campaign and Republican officials had reached a settlement that allowed expanded ballot observation. They later withdrew the case.
  • A group of Republicans dropped a lawsuit in Clark County challenging mail-in ballots, including those sent by members of the military.
  • The Trump campaign filed a different lawsuit in Carson City District Court alleging multiple irregularities that the campaign claimed, without providing specific evidence, would be enough to overturn the election results in Nevada and flip the state to Trump. It failed.

Georgia – 4 losses, one pending

Michigan – 5 losses

Arizona – 4 losses

  • The Trump campaign joined a lawsuit brought by two Republicans in Maricopa County claiming that a substantial number of GOP ballots were invalidated because voters used Sharpies to fill in their choices. There is no evidence that using Sharpies leads to issues with scanning ballots, and, in fact, officials have said using Sharpies is preferred. The Post also reported that the Maricopa County attorney’s office said no ballots were rejected and that if they are, voters have an opportunity to cast another one. A Republican-aligned group abandoned the legal fight after Maricopa County officials challenged the factual basis for the lawsuit, and the Trump campaign lost the fight soon afterward.
  • The Trump campaign filed a lawsuit in state court alleging that Maricopa County was improperly rejecting ballots cast by some voters. The lawsuit was dismissed after an audit found no problems with the votes.
  • Arizona’s Supreme Court unanimously rejected a case from the state GOP chair Kelli Ward, saying the facts she presented were incorrect and that she “fails to present any evidence of misconduct.”
  • Powell filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn election results as well, based on a conspiracy theory about voting machines used in the state. A judge dismissed the case.

Wisconsin – 6 losses, one pending

New Mexico – one pending

  • The Trump campaign sued the state over what it claims was the illegal use of ballot drop boxes after the state had already certified its results and sent them to the Electoral College.

Key cases and Supreme Court rulings before Election Day

Pennsylvania

In Pennsylvania, the state Supreme Court ruled that election officials could receive mail-in ballots until November 6 as long as they are postmarked by Election Day. Republicans requested an immediate stay from the US Supreme Court that would have blocked the state Supreme Court’s ruling.

But the US Supreme Court was deadlocked at 4-4, leaving the lower court’s ruling in place. Justices Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, Clarence Thomas, and Samuel Alito voted to grant Republicans’ request, while Chief Justice John Roberts, and Justices Stephen Breyer, Elena Kagan, and Sonia Sotomayor dissented.

Justice Amy Coney Barrett declined to participate in the case “because of the need for a prompt resolution of it and because she has not had time to fully review the parties’ filings,” the court said in a statement. However, Barrett has not recused herself, meaning she could cast a decisive fifth vote when the Supreme Court takes up the case again.

North Carolina

In a similar case brought by Republicans in North Carolina, the Supreme Court ruled that ballots received up to nine days after November 3 could be counted as long as they are postmarked by Election Day.

The decision came after the Trump campaign and Republicans asked in two separate cases for the high court to put back in place a June statute from the state’s Republican-controlled Legislature that would have allowed ballots to be counted only if they were received up to three days – not nine – after Election Day.

Five justices – Roberts, Kavanaugh, Breyer, Kagan, and Sotomayor – ruled against reinstating the statute. Gorsuch, Alito, and Thomas dissented, while Barrett did not participate in the North Carolina case.

Wisconsin

Republicans notched a victory in a case involving the deadline to receive ballots in Wisconsin. The US Supreme Court ruled against reviving an appeals court decision that would have allowed election officials to receive absentee ballots up to six days after Election Day.

The court’s five conservative justices – Roberts, Gorsuch, Kavanaugh, Thomas, and Alito – ruled against reviving the lower court’s ruling, while the three liberals – Breyer, Kagan, and Sotomayor – dissented.

The Wisconsin case made headlines because of Kavanaugh’s and Kagan’s dueling opinions.

Kavanaugh, a Trump-appointed justice who was confirmed to the high court in 2018, wrote in a concurring opinion that all ballots should be received by Election Day.

“Those States want to avoid the chaos and suspicions of impropriety that can ensue if thousands of absentee ballots flow in after election day and potentially flip the results of an election,” he wrote. “And those States also want to be able to definitively announce the results of the election on election night, or as soon as possible thereafter.”

Kagan fired back in a sharp dissent, taking issue with Kavanaugh’s assertion that the arrival of absentee ballots after Election Day could “flip” the results of the race.

“Justice Kavanaugh alleges that ‘suspicions of impropriety’ will result if ‘absentee ballots flow in after election day and potentially flip the results of an election,'” she wrote. “But there are no results to ‘flip’ until all valid votes are counted. And nothing could be more ‘suspicio[us]’ or ‘improp[er]’ than refusing to tally votes once the clock strikes 12 on election night. To suggest otherwise, especially in these fractious times, is to disserve the electoral process.”

Texas

A federal court in Texas and the state’s Supreme Court denied two Republican requests to throw out nearly 130,000 ballots that were cast via drive-thru polling sites in Harris County, one of Texas’ most heavily Democratic areas.

The Texas Supreme Court rejected a request from Republican candidates and activists to toss the ballots. US District Judge Andrew Hanen, appointed by President George W. Bush, reached the same conclusion and denied the second request from GOP candidates and a right-wing radio host.

Hanen ruled that the plaintiffs did not have the standing to sue and ask that ballots that were legally cast be discounted. However, he ordered the county to set aside the 127,000 ballots in case an appeals court disagreed with him and ultimately threw those votes out.

This article has been updated.

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