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    by Bronson Winslow   Americans are less likely to trust the fairness and accuracy of an election if results take “days or weeks” to be counted, according to a new poll. When asked if results that took “days or weeks” to tabulated were more or less trustworthy, 33.9% of respondents said that it is “much less likely,” and 20.9% said that it is “somewhat less likely,” according to the Trafalgar Group/Convention of States Action poll. Across party lines, 62.7% of Republicans, 27% of independents, and 10.4% of Democrats said that they were “much less likely” to trust results that took “days or weeks” to tabulate. “The majority of Americans are now skeptical about the outcomes of elections, which creates a fundamental problem that—if left unchecked—could undermine our entire democracy,” President of the Convention of States Mark Meckler said in a statement. Many states experienced delays in ballot tabulation following the 2022 midterm elections, as election centers struggled to count votes that were received in the mail following Election Day. Arizona, California, Maine, Alaska, Nevada and Colorado continued to count ballots over a week past the...
    A rural GOP county in Arizona could cost its own party a House seat in an already narrow majority if it does not certify its election results. Republican Juan Ciscomani is the projected winner for Arizona's 6th Congressional District. Despite being regarded as a rising star in his party, however, he could lose his seat to Democrat Kirsten Engel because the GOP-controlled supervisors of Cochise County voted on Monday to delay the certification of the results from the midterm elections despite the Nov. 28 deadline and without evidence of problems with the local counts. PENNSYLVANIA COUNTY THAT RAN OUT OF PAPER BALLOTS FAILS TO CERTIFY RESULTS OF ELECTION The county's decision risks excluding close to 47,000 Arizonans' votes and could eliminate the 38,706 votes cast for Ciscomani, per the county's report logs. Arizona Secretary of State and Gov.-elect Katie Hobbs filed a lawsuit in the Cochise County Superior Court against the county on Monday, asking the court to compel Cochise County to certify its results. Hobbs argued in the lawsuit that the county is not...
    The Arizona Secretary of State's Office is expected to sue a Republican-led county by 5 p.m. for not certifying its election in time for the deadline, according to reports. The supervisors of Cochise County, located in the southeastern area of Arizona, voted on Monday to delay the certification of the results from its 2022 midterm elections, despite the deadline for certifying the results being on Nov. 28. PENNSYLVANIA COUNTY THAT RAN OUT OF PAPER BALLOTS FAILS TO CERTIFY RESULTS OF ELECTION Ann English, the lone Democrat on the county's board of supervisors, was outvoted by the county's two Republican supervisors, Tom Crosby and Peggy Judd, according to NPR. "There is no reason for us to delay," English said. Marc Elias, a Democratic election attorney, threatened on social media to sue the county for its failure to certify the election results on time, telling his followers to "stay tuned." Cochise will be sued. Stay tuned... https://t.co/NmE5aGeYEv— Marc E. Elias (@marceelias) November 28, 2022 CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER ...
    Three in four Americans say they are hoping to avoid political conversations at the Thanksgiving dinner table this year, according to a new poll.  Research from Axios found that 77 percent of Americans do not want to talk about the controversial topic this year, while just one in four, 23 percent, look forward to political discussions.  This comes as a Quinnipiac poll found that half of all Americans said they expect political divisions to worsen over the coming year.  40 percent said they don't expect the climate to change while just seven percent believe that divisions will ease between now and next year.  Less than one-fourth of Americans said they are looking forward to discussing the results of the midterm elections at Thanksgiving  President Joe Biden recently pardoned several turkeys ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday  Former President Donald Trump during a turkey pardoning held during his term The poll results come after a tumultuous midterm election where Democrats maintained control of the Senate but Republicans took back the House.  Quinnipiac also found that 59 percent of Americans think Americans are not...
    The NHL stood by its claim that "trans women are women" after being dragged on social media for making the claim Tuesday. The league's Twitter account initially posted the claim after a user belittled the NHL's support of the Team Trans Draft Tournament in Middleton, Wisconsin. NHL GETS DRAGGED AFTER DECLARING, 'TRANS WOMEN ARE WOMEN' The tournament saw all 80 participants identify as either transgender or nonbinary and served as the first of its kind, the NHL said. "So, men playing on [a women's] team?" one user tweeted at the NHL. "Trans women are women. Trans men are men. Nonbinary identity is real," the NHL shot back. Social media erupted in the wake of the tweet, with many bashing the league as woke, but the NHL has doubled down, reiterating its support for the transgender and LGBT community in an initiative called "Hockey is or Everyone." "We support any teammate, coach or fan who brings heart, energy and passion to the rink," the NHL said in a statement. "We believe all hockey...
    Mercedes-Benz announced it will implement a subscription fee for electric vehicle drivers who want to go faster. The luxury automaker said it will charge owners of its new Mercedes-EQ electric vehicle models $1,200 a year for the ability to accelerate quickly. An unsold 2023 EQS 580 electric sports-utility vehilce sits on the showroom floor of a Mercedes Benz dealership Monday, Oct. 17, 2022, in Loveland, Colorado. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) ‘CORRECT’: MUSK AGREES WITH DINESH D’SOUZA ABOUT ‘ONE-WAY’ TWITTER CENSORSHIP The “Acceleration Increase” subscription package is listed as “coming soon” on the Mercedes-Benz website. “Unleash enhanced performance for your car,” the automaker’s included in a list of perks of the package. “Noticeable improvement in acceleration of 0.8 to 1.0 seconds (0-60 MPH).” The subscription package follows Tesla’s “Ludacris mode” acceleration boost, which was introduced in 2016 for a one-time fee of $10,000. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER In July, BMW faced backlash after announcing it would implement a subscription package for heated seats, causing the automaker to...
    The Washington Examiner went to Lafayette Park outside the White House to ask people what they are thankful for this Thanksgiving. While family and friends were the clear winners, some people had a bit more pause when trying to remember what the Biden administration has done for the country this past year. WHAT THANKSGIVING FOODS TSA WILL THROW AWAY IF YOU TRY TO PUT THEM IN YOUR CARRY-ON Plus, America is a culmination of cultures. Each of us celebrates Thanksgiving differently. We asked people what food they are most excited to have on their Thanksgiving Day dinner table. More from Midterms Midterm results: Peltola beats Palin for Alaska's only House seat November 23, 2022 08:20 PM Midterm results: Lisa Murkowski wins Alaska Senate seat, defeating Trump-backed challenger November 23, 2022 08:16 PM Midterm results: Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy secures a second term under state's new voting system November 23, 2022 08:12 PM Georgia Supreme Court hands Warnock legal win on Saturday early voting November 23, 2022 01:20 PM ...
    Delaware residents have a week to submit their applications for the latest round of relief checks worth up to $300. So far, the state has issued over 782,000 direct payments of $300 for each adult Delaware resident. However, state officials say thousands more residents qualify for the rebates. WHY YOU SHOULD EXPECT MORE ECONOMIC PAIN Gov. John Carney (D) signed legislation in April that established the 2022 Delaware Relief Rebate Program, hoping to return $230 million to taxpayers at the time. Residents have until Nov. 30 at 11:59 p.m. to file for the rebate. After that, no additional applications will be accepted after the deadline, according to the state government. Eligible applicants must be residents of Delaware who were 18 and older living in the state on Dec. 31, 2021, in order to qualify for the rebate. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER Online applicants must also provide valid Delaware residential mailing addresses, Social Security numbers, and active driver’s licenses or identification cards that were issued by Dec. 31,...
    The woman who won the LOTTO MAX prize of $60 million in Ontario, Canada, was revealed as kidney donor Vera Page. Page, 83, reportedly made an effort to buy a lottery ticket during her weekly visit to the grocery store. She had played for 40 years, so when her retirement home rescheduled the routine trip, she went to the store by herself to buy the ticket that would make her a multimillionaire. Nearly 40 years ago, Page "didn't hesitate to donate her kidney that saved her sister's life," according to her son Trevor. Page is the eldest of 11 children. STATE RESPONSIBLE FOR DELAY OF $2 BILLION POWERBALL DRAWING REVEALED Her first purchase will be for new hearing aids. “I want to purchase a piece of land along the Ottawa River and build a new double-family house for myself and my son’s family. I have always wanted to experience an Alaskan cruise and am planning for that trip. The winters in eastern Ontario are cold, so I would like to spend them in a...
    by Charlotte Hazard   Two Arizona counties, Cochise and Mohave, will delay certifying their ballot canvasses for the Arizona 2022 election results for a while longer as a result of some potential irregularities. Arizona took a week to announce the projected winner of the governor’s race due to irregularities in Maricopa County where ballots took longer to be counted and some machines didn’t work for a period of time. Cochise County’s two GOP supervisors voted to delay certifying the results until Nov. 28 in a 2-1 vote, The Hill reports. Mohave County’s Board of Supervisors also voted to delay the certification of the Arizona election results Monday. Arizona’s assistant attorney general Jennifer Wright submitted a letter Nov. 19 to Tom Liddy, head of civil litigation for the county, asking for the issues affecting Maricopa County to be looked into. Wright noted in the letter that the office had “received hundreds of complaints since Election Day pertaining to the administration of the 2020 General Election in Maricopa County.” “Following widespread reports of problems at voting locations on Election Day, Chairman Gates publicly stated that...
    Tom Brenner | Reuters The midterm elections made two key federal programs seniors rely on — Social Security and Medicare — a topic of national conversation. Now, as the final vote tally comes in — with a Democratic majority in the Senate and a Republican majority in the House of Representatives — advocates for the programs are also calling the results of the ballots a win. The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare saw more than 70 of the nearly 100 candidates it had endorsed win, according to its president and CEO, Max Richtman. More from Personal Finance:Why Democrats say Social Security and Medicare are at stakeSome want updates as Supplemental Security Income turns 50Social Security benefits set to rise by over $140 per month "Overall, I think it was a good Election Day and election week," Richtman said. "It was positive for seniors and the programs that we care so much about." Some key wins, according to Richtman, included Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly in Arizona over Republican candidate Blake Masters, as well as Democratic Sen. Maggie Hassan...
    State Rep. Yadira Caraveo (D) defeated state Sen. Barbara Kirkmeyer (R) in the race for Colorado's newly formed 8th Congressional District. Caraveo won what was expected to be a close race for the seat, which has an even Cook Partisan Voting Index. The district covers much of the area between Denver and Fort Collins, including the cities of Brighton, Commerce City, and Thornton. MIDTERMS 2022 LIVE UPDATES The suburban district, which voted for Joe Biden by 4.7 percentage points in 2020, was a key "toss-up" race this cycle. It has the largest Hispanic community of any of the districts in the Centennial State, making up 38.5% of the district's population. Caraveo becomes the first Hispanic representative to represent Colorado in Congress. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER With a background as a pediatrician, Caraveo focused her campaign on healthcare, abortion rights, and climate change, among other issues. More from Midterms Midterm results: Republican Michelle Steel wins race for Southern California House seat November 15, 2022 08:11 PM McConnell-linked...
    Rep. Michelle Steel (R) secured a second term by defeating community college trustee Jay Chen (D) in California's 45th Congressional District. Steel won a tight race for the Southern California district that voted for Joe Biden in 2020, 52% to 46%. The district covers parts of Los Angeles and Orange counties and the cities of Cerritos and Westminster. MIDTERMS 2022 LIVE UPDATES The race was defined by bitterness between the two Asian American candidates, with each accusing the other of nasty attacks. Chen allegedly mocked Steel's accent, saying, "You kind of need an interpreter to figure out exactly what she’s saying." Steel immigrated to the United States from South Korea. Steel has hammered Chen, who is the son of Taiwanese immigrants, for approving a Chinese government-sponsored language program while he was a member of the Hacienda La Puente school board. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER Steel's focus in her campaign was working to curb high inflation, combating China, and lowering taxes. More from Midterms McConnell-linked super...
    An experimental Alzheimer's drug failed to slow cognitive decline in a long-awaited trial, marking the latest disappointment in a research field that has been wrought with setbacks. Pharmaceutical giant Roche said Monday that its drug gantenerumab did not show any substantive cognitive and functional changes, including memory, problem-solving, and orientation among patients in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease. BIDEN TO EXTEND COVID-19 HEALTH EMERGENCY INTO APRIL 2023: REPORT "So many of our families have been directly affected by Alzheimer’s, so this news is very disappointing to deliver,” said Dr. Levi Garraway, Roche’s chief medical officer. "While the GRADUATE results are not what we hoped, we are proud to have delivered a high quality, clear, and comprehensive Alzheimer’s dataset to the field, and we look forward to sharing our learnings with the community as we continue to search for new treatments for this complex disease.” The Swiss drugmaker held two clinical trials, each with roughly 1,000 patients in early stages of the disease across 30 countries, testing gantenerumab's ability to slow the progression of the disease....
    Republican candidate Lori Chavez-DeRemer beat Democrat Jamie McLeod-Skinner in the election to represent Oregon's 5th District, marking the first time since 1994 that a Republican was elected. Prior to Tuesday night's victory, Chavez-DeRemer had served as the mayor of Happy Valley, Oregon, from 2010-2018, making her the city's first woman and Latina elected mayor, according to her campaign site. MIDTERM ELECTIONS 2022: HERE ARE THE ISSUES OREGON VOTERS CARE ABOUT THE MOST The election between the two candidates was hotly contested leading up to Tuesday night, with Chavez-DeRemer winning 54 out of 100 simulated races, according to FiveThirtyEight. Roughly two weeks ahead of the election, however, the University of Virginia Center for Politics changed its rating for the race from “toss-up” to “leans Republican.” The change contrasted with its prediction made in June, when the university rated the race as “leans Democratic,” according to OregonLive. Chavez-DeRemer and McLeod-Skinner had different approaches to winning the election, with Chavez-DeRemer having her campaign focus on issues such as immigration, drug smuggling at the border, and critical race theory. McLeod-Skinner,...
    Actor Jon Voight has made an impassioned plea for former President Donald Trump to be voted back into the White House in 2024 claiming he is the 'only' person who is able 'to rebuild our soil and our land.' Voight, 83, who has been a devoted supporter of the former president, released the poor quality video on Sunday which appeared to have been shot on an old cellphone as he made the preacher-like speech, speaking of 'lies' and 'deceit' in the recent midterm elections.   'My fellow Americans, we are in danger of a third world war. We as a family of one truth must hear this now. Look at this lie, this deceit that continues day after day.  'Can you not all see this lie? We must all wake up. Wake up because if we don’t see this lie, this land will die. Die in its beauty, its freedom, its opportunity,' the Midnight Cowboy actor began. 
    Doug Mastriano, the Republican candidate in Pennsylvania's gubernatorial race, conceded to his Democratic opponent Josh Shapiro Sunday. State Sen. Mastriano infamously contested the results of the 2020 election in a tweet that remains live two years later, for which he was ultimately subpoenaed by the Jan. 6 Committee. Republicans in the state attempted to nominate a less controversial choice during the GOP gubernatorial primary, who received "millions of dollars and the support of nationals PACs and organizations" over Mastriano, something the state senator noted in his concession announcement. "Difficult to accept as the results are, there is no right course but to concede, which I do, and I look to the challenges ahead," Mastriano wrote in his statement. "Josh Shapiro will be our next Governor and I ask everyone to give him the opportunity to lead and pray that he leads well." NEW YORK AND PENNSYLVANIA SHOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GOOD AND BAD CANDIDATES State Sen. Doug Mastriano, R-Franklin, a Republican candidate for Governor of Pennsylvania, speaks during a campaign event in York, Pa.,...
    Police in Phoenix, Arizona responded to a call early Saturday that lead to the discovery of a deceased newborn on the street. MOTHER ACCUSED OF MURDERING SON AND STUFFING HIM IN A SUITCASE STILL AT LARGE Officers arrived to the area of 7th Avenue and Jefferson Street to find the baby in the road, where they pronounced the newborn dead at the scene. They have not revealed the sex of the baby. The remains were taken to the medical examiner for an autopsy while an investigation takes place. The Phoenix Police Department is soliciting tips surrounding the death. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER There is a large homeless population that occupy the area where the baby was found, and it's subsequently referred to as "The Zone" according to the Unsheltered Count Map. Out of the over 5,000 unsheltered people in Maricopa County, 3,096 are located in Phoenix as of a January count. More from Midterms Midterm results: Democrat Marie Gluesenkamp Perez wins Washington house seat November...
    Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) said the 2022 midterm elections on Tuesday were a "complete disappointment" for the Republicans due to low voter turnout and admitted that the GOP should have presented a better message. Scott, who was not up for reelection, told Fox News host Sean Hannity that the "red wave" that was predicted failed to appear because of low voter turnout. Republicans were leading comfortably in the polls prior to Election Day and were expected to take both houses. RICK SCOTT'S LEADERSHIP UNDER SCRUTINY AMID TEPID GOP SENATE GAINS “Here’s what happened to us. Election Day, our voters didn’t show up. We didn’t get enough voters. It was a complete disappointment,” Scott said Friday. “I think we’ve got to reflect now. What didn’t happen? I think we didn’t have enough of a positive message. We said everything about how bad the Biden agenda was. It’s bad, the Democrats are radical, but we have to have a plan of what we stand for.” The senator added that his fellow conservative members of Congress should unite around...
    Is Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis the Republican leader of the future? That’s the question on a lot of minds after Republicans suffered a disappointing night on Tuesday (which Donald Trump helped create by virtue of recruiting and endorsing awful MAGA candidates). Going into the midterms, I assumed Republicans would perform well enough to prevent them from having to do any soul-searching or make any changes. This has been the pattern: Trump’s surprise victory in 2016 taught Republicans that they didn’t have to make any changes, the 2018 midterm losses could be dismissed as the historical norm for the party in power, and Trump’s 2020 loss couldn’t possibly be instructive, since he actually won the election. (He did not win the election, but he did try to steal it after he lost.) Tuesday night’s midterm results make it much harder for Republicans to pretend that they are on the right track. Republicans will now be forced to grapple with how to interpret the results. What they come up with will matter greatly, because the stories we tell ourselves inform our worldview....
    Midterm results: Democrat Susie Lee triumphs over April Becker in swing Nevada district
    Midterm results: Steven Horsford emerges victorious in race for Nevada's 4th Congressional District
    Election workers open mail in ballots at the Maricopa County Tabulation and Election Center in Phoenix on Nov. 11, 2022.Justin Sullivan | Getty Images It may take until December to know which political parties control both chambers of Congress after Tuesday's midterm elections. But that does not mean your personal investment strategy should also stay up in the air.related investing newsThese mutual funds are planning to hit investors with capital gains distributions. How to decide the right move for youMichelle Foxan hour agoRallies this year are following a distinct pattern — and so this one may have a little further to runJeff Cox6 hours agoThis may be the start of a traditional post-midterms rally as signs of cooling inflation emergePatti Domma day agoAs uncertainty on the outcome of some key races looms, the coming results may not prompt big market reactions, according to Dan Egan, vice president of behavioral finance and investing at Betterment. "We still effectively have kind of a balanced government, which is actually something markets usually like," Egan said. More from Personal Finance:Voters OK higher minimum wage...
    Outgoing Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) cheered the election results featuring a dismal GOP outing as a ‘clear victory for team normal’ and repudiation of former President Donald Trump. Speaking at the Anti-Defamation League’s Never Is Now Summit on Antisemitism and Hate, Cheney hailed the outcome as a sign from voters keen on safeguarding democracy that they are fed up with the "toxicity" and "vitriol" from the MAGA world. LIZ CHENEY SPURNS JD VANCE AND BACKS TIM RYAN IN OHIO'S SENATE RACE “I think that it was a clear victory for Team Normal, and we have a huge amount of work to do,” Cheney surmised during the summit, per CNN. “But I think that you saw in really important races around the country people coming together to say we believe in democracy." Republicans had entered elected night optimistic after promising polling figures and other political winds seemingly blowing in their direction said that they would surf a powerful red wave to victory. However, when results began trickling in, the GOP suffered a slew of surprise losses in...
    Rep. Kim Schrier (D-WA) will continue to represent Washington's 8th Congressional District after fending off Republican challenger Matt Larkin in Tuesday's midterm election. Schrier was first elected to the 8th District in 2018 and was the first Democrat to be elected to the district since its establishment in 1983. 'BACK ON THE FIELD': PRAYING HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL COACH REINSTATED AFTER SUPREME COURT WIN Rep. Kim Schrier (D-WA) and attorney Matt Larkin are competing against each other for who will represent Washington's 8th District. (Kori Suzuki/The Seattle Times via AP and Mark Andrew/The Campaign) Schrier had been the expected victor of the race leading up to election night, as she won 79 out of 100 simulated races against her opponent. Larkin, on the other hand, only won 21 of the simulated races, FiveThirtyEight estimated on Oct. 31. Larkin had made crime in the United States a focus of his campaign and accused his opponent, who has painted herself as a centrist trying to work with both parties, of failing to speak up against the "defund...
    Gates would not give a specific day that all the votes would be counted. “If you drop off an early ballot, it means it has to come in on Wednesday and start the process of being signature verified,” Gates told CNN. “We have experts here who go through, compare the signature on the outside of the ballot envelope with the signature that we have in our voter registration file, so that takes a while, cause we gotta get that right.” Previously, Arizona election authorities hinted that the votes might be counted by Friday. \u201cThe Chairman of Maricopa County's Board of Supervisors just said that there are around 400,000 ballots left to be counted and that they won't be done until "early next week."\u201d — Greg Price (@Greg Price) 1668108022 Maricopa County’s election department said on Wednesday, "The hand count audit has begun. Republican, Democratic, and Libertarian party chairs drew the races and ballots that hand count audit boards will review Saturday." Maricopa County, the largest county in the state, is where there were rampant issues with vote tabulating equipment...
    Firebrand conservative Rep. Lauren Boebert slogged out a slight rebound in her neck-and-neck battle with Democrat Adam Frisch, and she now touts a lead just shy of 400 votes. Boebert's anemic performance against Frisch in a Republican-friendly district reverberated throughout the Beltway, drawing widespread attention from political observers. Prior to the bounce-back, she trailed Frisch, a former Aspen city councilman, by about 64 votes on Thursday morning, rendering her in considerable danger of losing her reelection. COLORADO REPUBLICAN REP. LAUREN BOEBERT IN DANGER OF LOSING HER SEAT "Winning," Boebert crowed on Twitter after election returns began to tip in her favor. Winning!— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) November 10, 2022 As of Thursday afternoon, Boebert had a 386-vote edge, with about 2% of votes still uncounted, according to the Associated Press. Under Colorado law, a recount will take place if the final outcome is less than or equal to 0.5%. Many Democrats took glee in Boebert's lackluster showing. For example, one Democratic National Committee adviser joked that the congresswoman would join OnlyFans if she loses. OnlyFans is...
    Democrat Eric Sorensen beat Republican challenger Esther Joy King to represent Illinois’s 17th Congressional District, taking over for incumbent Rep. Cheri Bustos, who held the seat for a decade. Sorensen’s win is significant for the Democratic Party, as Republicans were eyeing the district as one of four in Illinois they hoped would turn red in their bid to take control of the House. MIDTERMS 2022 LIVE UPDATES Bustos decided to retire, leaving the spot open for Sorensen or King. This is King’s second attempt at running for office. She lost to Bustos in the 2020 election cycle by 4 percentage points. Sorensen won despite raising less than King — Sorensen raised approximately $2.1 million, while King raised $4.3 million, as of Sept. 30. The Democratic nominee, and now representative-elect, appealed to voters as a resident “born and raised” in the 17th Congressional District. He also supported fully funding law enforcement, going against some liberal calls to “defund the police.” Sorensen, a former meteorologist, ran a campaign advocating aggressive action to address climate change while...
    Pennsylvanians could be eligible for an additional $650 tax rebate from the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue. Eligible Pennsylvanians that have been approved for a rebate on property taxes or rent paid in 2021 will receive the additional one-time bonus rebate later this year. No additional steps are necessary in order to receive the rebate if residents have filed their 2021 claims, and the rebate will be worth 70% of the annual rebate amount. Those who have not have until the end of the year to apply. OZ MISSED THE MARK ON MESSAGE AND BRANDING, STRATEGISTS SAY “This is the only year that these one-time bonus rebates are available, and Pennsylvanians only have two months left to apply for this important program,” Gov. Tom Wolf (D-PA) said. “The past few years have been hard on Pennsylvanians — especially for those trying to make ends meet on a fixed income. I proposed these bonus rebates to help thousands of older Pennsylvanians and Pennsylvanians with disabilities deal with inflation and higher prices — and, most importantly, stay in their...
    The Securities and Exchange Commission and the Justice Department are investigating a cryptocurrency platform whose high-profile struggles are at the center of a crypto meltdown. Staff from the two agencies were coordinating to examine recent developments involving the crypto firm FTX, according to the Wall Street Journal. The firm is on the brink of collapse and bankruptcy after a proposed bailout from competitor Binance fell through. "I'm sorry," tweeted FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried on Thursday. "That's the biggest thing. I [messed] up and should have done better." SECOND-LARGEST DEMOCRATIC DONOR'S WEALTH EVAPORATES OVERNIGHT IN CRYPTO MELTDOWN The failed Binance deal led to a significant drop in value in the crypto market. Ethereum, the second-largest cryptocurrency by market cap, shed more than 25% of its value on Wednesday. Cardano decreased more than 13% while Ripple sank by 20%. And the value of Binance coin has dropped by more than a quarter since the troubles at FTX began. Federal pressure on FTX has been going on for months. SEC leaders may use the FTX fiasco to...
    In less than a week, the chance for millions of people to receive an existing form of relief worth up to thousands of dollars will be gone. The deadline for individual filers with little or no income to complete a simplified tax return to see if they qualify for unclaimed COVID-19 stimulus payments or child tax credits is on Nov. 15. As many as 9 million or 10 million people who have not yet received these payments, which may be worth a combined total of up to $3,200, may be eligible, according to the Government Accountability Office. SUPPLEMENTAL SECURITY INCOME PAYMENT: $841 CHECK TO BE SENT TO MILLIONS IN 21 DAYS Those who made less than $75,000 per year or joint filers who made less than $150,000 per year were eligible for the three stimulus checks of varying amounts. Those who do not file taxes because of how little income they earn have until Nov. 15 to fill out a simplified tax return form to see whether they are eligible for any of the relief payments....
    A number of staff writers at Saturday Night Live are reportedly set to boycott the show following the announcement that comedian Dave Chappelle will return to host the post-election episode. Chappelle has been unabashedly staunch in his defense of comedy, and the comedy legend has cracked jokes in the past few years that many on the Left have deemed "transphobic" and "homophobic." MOTHER IN NEW YORK ARRESTED AFTER LETTING YOUNG SON GET TATTOO: POLICE This criticism against Chappelle appears to be shared by staff writers of the long-running show. (Screenshot) "I'm trans and non-binary. I use they/them pronouns," Celeste Yim, a writer at the show, posted on Instagram following the announcement of Chappelle hosting. "Transphobia is murder and it should be condemned." It is unclear if Yim is one of the writers set to boycott the show. "They’re not going to do the show," a source close to the upset staff said, according to a report. "But none of the actors are boycotting." There was no evidence of a...
    Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich said Wednesday that he believes former President Donald Trump may be reconsidering his plans for another presidential run. Gingrich's suspicions come after the Republican Party experienced disappointing results in the 2022 midterm elections, with many Trump-endorsed Republican candidates, such as Pennsylvania Senate candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz and Michigan gubernatorial candidate Tudor Dixon, falling short of victory on Tuesday night. "I mean, just in my own emails today, [with] the number of people who want somebody other than Trump who have decided, literally overnight, that person is going to be DeSantis, he's going to find it almost impossible to avoid running," Gingrich told Just the News. "I think Trump's got to look at the results and be troubled." MONEY SPENT BY DEMOCRATS ELEVATING FAR-RIGHT CANDIDATES IN PRIMARIES PAYS OFF The former Speaker of the House gave this thoughts on former President Donald Trump on Wednesday, Nov. 9, the day after the midterm elections. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File and AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) The former speaker said he knows...
    Democratic candidate Gabriel Vasquez has won the midterm race in New Mexico's 2nd District, unseating Rep. Yvette Herrell (R-NM). MIDTERM ELECTIONS 2022: HERE ARE THE ISSUES NEW MEXICO VOTERS CARE ABOUT THE MOST A poll conducted from July 19-25 by Global Strategy Group, a Democratic firm, found that Vasquez led Herrell by only 1 point, with Vasquez at 45% and Herrell at 44%. The poll, conducted among 500 likely voters, had a 4.9% margin of error, meaning the race between the two was incredibly close. Herrell and Vasquez focused on different policies ahead of Tuesday's election, with Herrell emphasizing inflation and border security. Vasquez, on the other hand, put more of a focus on improving border policy, due to the United States not giving immigrants "a fair opportunity to get in line in a predictable system." CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER The 2022 midterm elections marked the first elections in the U.S. since Roe v. Wade's overturning by the Supreme Court in June. Vasquez campaigned on abortion rights, while Herrell described...
    Ryan Zinke, the former interior secretary during the Trump administration, bested Democratic opponent Monica Tranel to win his House race in Montana. Zinke, who previously served Montana in the House, will now represent Montana's newly created 1st District. MIDTERM MEMO: REPUBLICANS AREN'T THE ONLY ONES WITH QUESTIONABLE SENATE CANDIDATES The district covers roughly the western quarter of the state. Montana gained a second House seat for the first time in four decades due to strong population growth in the decade leading up to the 2020 census. Prior to Tuesday's election, Zinke's and Tranel's campaigns both focused on affordability, though Zinke also focused on inflation and spending, while Tranel focused on growth. To combat inflation, Zinke has suggested slowing federal spending and has advocated more action to lower energy costs, according to KTVH. “The things that are hurting are inflation — energy costs too much, fertilizer’s too much,” he said during a debate in Bozeman last month. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER Ahead of the election, Tranel highlighted her four-point...
    Former House Speaker Paul Ryan called former President Donald Trump a “drag on the ticket” and said Republicans should have “done better” in Tuesday’s midterm elections. Speaking with local station WISN 12 News in Janesville, Wisconsin, Ryan said the GOP has to do a lot of “soul searching” and suggested it’s time for the party to move on from Trump. LEARN FROM FLORIDA — STATES DON'T NEED WEEKS TO COUNT VOTES “I think Trump’s kind of a drag on our ticket,” Ryan said. “I think Donald Trump gives us problems, politically. We lost the House, the Senate, and the White House in two years when Trump was on the ballot, or in office.” “I just think we have some Trump hangover,” he said. In several critical races, Trump-endorsed candidates lost or were faring poorly. The biggest blow of the evening was in Pennsylvania, where Democrat John Fetterman defeated Trump-endorsed Dr. Mehmet Oz in the country's most expensive Senate race, costing the GOP a seat in the upper chamber. Don Bolduc failed to unseat Democratic Sen....
    President Joe Biden said he wanted to meet with congressional leaders of both parties in order to discuss areas where they can cooperate following Tuesday's midterm elections. Biden held a press conference Wednesday afternoon after Democrats staved off massive losses in the House and are on the verge of maintaining their one-vote majority in the Senate, noting that he was scheduled to speak with House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) later Wednesday evening. BIDEN SPENDS ELECTION NIGHT PHONING WINNING DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES The president told reporters he will invite Republicans and Democrats to the White House after he returns from a weeklong trip overseas on Nov. 16. Biden specifically addressed inflation putting pressure on families and stated his hope to continue the bipartisan effort to aid Ukraine in its fight against Russia. He did, however, and refused to compromise on proposals to cut funding for Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, new prescription drug pricing stipulations included in the Inflation Reduction Act, or any attempts to pass federal abortion bans. "Regardless of what the final tally of these elections show, and there's still...
    The top two races in Nevada for the U.S. Senate and the state's governorship are expected to go down to the wire as officials continue to count votes in the hotly contested races. The gubernatorial race between Gov. Steve Sisolak (D-NV) and Joe Lombardo (R-NV) and the Senate race between Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) and Adam Laxalt (R-NV) are too close to call with roughly 80% of the vote tabulated based on estimates from the Associated Press. MIDTERMS 2022 LIVE UPDATES Clark County, Nevada, officials said they will be accepting mail ballots until Saturday as long as they were postmarked by Nov. 8. Officials also confirmed Wednesday that voters in the county who had problems with their ballots will have until Nov. 14 to cure their ballots. No candidates in the Senate or gubernatorial races have claimed victory, and officials from both major parties have expressed their frustration with slow vote-tabulating. Nevada state Democratic Party Chairwoman Judith Whitmer urged patience but expressed disappointment in the speed of the ballot-counting. "It’s unfortunate but...
    Former Navy SEAL Eli Crane managed to edge out three-term incumbent Rep. Tom O'Halleran (D-AZ) in the contentious race for Arizona's 2nd Congressional District, adding another House pickup for the Republican Party. O'Halleran and Crane's showdown had been widely viewed as a tight race that leaned Republican after redistricting transformed O'Halleran's old 1st Congressional District into the 2nd District and rendered its contours more advantageous to Republicans. ELI CRANE WINS ARIZONA GOP HOUSE PRIMARY TO FACE DEMOCRATIC REP. TOM O'HALLERAN Incumbent Rep. Tom O'Halleran (D-AZ) faced off against ex-Navy Republican SEAL Eli Crane hopeful for Arizona's 2nd Congressional District in one of the roughly 30 toss-up House races. AP Photos Crane gained notoriety when he pitched a company on Shark Tank in 2014 that minted bottle openers shaped like grenades and bullets. He and his wife began the company in 2012 and later sold it in 2022 before his faceoff with O'Halleran. Crane has trafficked in claims that the 2020 election was stolen from Donald Trump. The former president threw his weight behind the...
    Democrat Tina Kotek kept her party in control of Oregon after a three-way gubernatorial contest threatened to push the state into Republican hands for the first time in 40 years. A strong performance by independent candidate Betsy Johnson helped siphon off enough support from Kotek to make victory for Republican Christine Drazan a distinct possibility, worrying Democrats in the weeks before Election Day. Democrats had been hobbled by incumbent Kate Brown, the most unpopular governor in the country. Brown’s inability to control a spiral of crime and homelessness in Portland and her commitment to pandemic-era lockdowns longer than many other governors put Democrats in a vulnerable position heading toward the final stretch of the midterm elections. MIDTERMS 2022: LIVE UPDATES Kotek had worked to distance herself from Brown and liberal leaders in Portland by focusing on her plans to curb homelessness in the state. But Drazan and Johnson made Kotek’s experience a liability in the race. Kotek has been speaker of the Oregon House for nearly a decade, and her opponents argued she’d already squandered opportunities to fix the problems...
    Incumbent Democratic Rep. Matt Cartwright defeated Trump-endorsed Republican challenger Jim Bognet to represent Pennsylvania's 8th District. Cartwright's victory marks his sixth consecutive term in office, after defeating Pennsylvania's longest-serving representative in a 2012 primary. Despite the district's long Democratic voting history, Donald Trump won it over President Joe Biden, giving Cartwright the status as one of the few Democrats who won in a district the former president also won in 2020. MIDTERMS 2022: LIVE UPDATES Cartwright had already faced Bognet in 2020, defeating him by 3.6 percentage points. The Pennsylvania Democrat stressed his status as a centrist, boasting on his website that he "introduced more bills with Democratic and Republican support than any other House Democrat since he was first elected." In contrast, Bognet ran on a staunchly conservative platform. "Jim served in my Administration and helped bring manufacturing jobs back to Northeast Pennsylvania. In Congress, he will fight to Grow our Economy, Build the Wall, Defend the Second Amendment, and Support our Brave Military, Vets, and Law Enforcement," former President Donald Trump said...
    Incumbent Rep. Susan Wild (D-PA) defeated Republican challenger Lisa Scheller in a midterm rematch from their 2020 contest for Pennsylvania's 7th District. The Democrat won her third consecutive term, her second victory over the ex-Lehigh County commissioner, due in no small part to an advantage in fundraising, earning nearly $1 million more than her opponent since July. Wild was able to successfully campaign portraying herself as a centrist with a history of bipartisanship, shrugging off efforts by her opponent to tie her tenure to that of President Joe Biden. MIDTERMS: LIVE UPDATES RealClearPolitics said the race leaned Republican, although it cited polling data that gave the advantage to both candidates. Scheller went the centrist route for her campaign, with her website focusing mainly on inflation, taxes, and the economy. Hot-button conservative issues such as abortion, gun control, and immigration are noticeably absent from her "issues" page. She appeared to imply that she would not always vote with the Republican Party, criticizing her opponent for always voting with Democrats. "Our current Congresswoman, Susan Wild, votes with...
    After two failed Senate bids, John James (R-MI) secured a ticket to Washington, D.C., by defeating Carl Marlinga (D-MI) in Michigan's 10th Congressional District. James beat Marlinga in the "likely Republican" district that narrowly voted for Donald Trump over Joe Biden 49.8%-48.9% in 2020, covering the towns of Warren and Sterling Heights. MIDTERMS 2022 LIVE UPDATES The Republican made economics the key push of his campaign, following the national party's lead of looking to prevent more government spending and reduce continued inflation. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER James, who was endorsed by former President Donald Trump, will now look to make good on a promise of moving into the 10th District, something brought up multiple times during the campaign by his Democratic opponent. More from Midterms Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva trailing outsider in midterm race November 09, 2022 04:17 PM WATCH LIVE: President Joe Biden speaks after Democrats outperform midterm expectations November 09, 2022 04:15 PM Texas GOP chairman says DeSantis is...
    Republican Anthony D'Esposito won the House race for New York’s 4th Congressional District, edging out Democratic opponent Lauren Gillen and flipping the seat red for the first time in more than two decades. LIVE ELECTION UPDATES D’Esposito’s victory in the 4th District, which encompasses much of Nassau County’s southern shore, marks the latest pickup for Republicans in New York as midterm results in the Empire State show its voters increasingly trending toward the right compared to previous elections. Gillen ran as a centrist Democrat but was ultimately defeated by D’Esposito, who sought to tie his opponent to President Joe Biden and his falling approval ratings. "One of the things I ask people every day is, 'Are you better now than you were two years ago when Joe Biden took office?' And for most people, the answer is, 'We're not better,'" D'Esposito told supporters one week before Election Day. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER The race marks a key pickup for Republicans as they seek to take control of the lower...
    Zach Nunn will move from the Iowa Senate to the U.S. House after defeating Rep. Cindy Axne (D-IA) for control of Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District. Axne, the only Democrat from Iowa in Congress, served two terms as a U.S. representative. MIDTERMS 2022 LIVE UPDATES Nunn received a significant edge during the midterm elections after the state’s redistricting brought several Republican-leaning counties into the district, dominating the blue Des Moines area. He appealed to rural Iowans, particularly those in the agriculture industry, by running a campaign to bolster the state’s economy and tackle inflation. The campaign for the 3rd District was filled with political ads from both sides. Nunn maintained strong support for his stance on abortion and inflation, two areas on which the state leans conservative. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER He criticized Axne’s “yes” vote on the Women’s Health Protection Act and the Inflation Reduction Act. She was the only Iowa representative to vote in favor of both pieces of legislation. Axne’s campaign attempted to swing voters...
    Drew Angerer/Getty Images Former President Donald Trump finally took to Truth Social to comment on a disappointing midterm election result for Republicans expecting a “red wave” of GOP victories. In what has become Trump’s signature style of spinning even bad news into a personal win for himself, writing: While in certain ways yesterday’s election was somewhat disappointing, from my personal standpoint it was a very big victory – 219 WINS and 16 Losses in the General – Who has ever done better than that? The admission that the results were somewhat disappointing is not far off from the Republican party’s perspective, as they now look very likely to take control of the House and oversight of the Executive Branch of government. It’s also unclear how he determines his won-loss record, and his history of specious claims undermines the need for serious research. From a personal and political perspective, it’s hard to imagine Tuesday being a bigger disaster for his plans to run for the White House in 2024, as many are predicting. Further, his two most significant endorsements for Senate...
    Democrats enjoyed better-than-expected midterm results on Tuesday and may have seen glimpses of the party's next round of presidential contenders in the process. While President Joe Biden insists he's running for reelection and Vice President Kamala Harris may be ready to rev up as well, there are several newer, younger challengers whose stardom brightened Tuesday night. Here are four of the most prominent. BIDEN BUOYED FOR 2024 AFTER BETTER-THAN-EXPECTED MIDTERM ELECTIONS Gretchen Whitmer Gretchen Whitmer, 51, defeated Republican challenger Tudor Dixon in the key Midwestern battleground state of Michigan, winning a second term as governor by nearly 10 points. Dixon was one of several former President Donald Trump-endorsed candidates to fall in the midterm elections, giving Whitmer something to brag about should she seek higher office. The incumbent led nearly every poll from the outset of the campaign and pulled in a massive fundraising haul. Whitmer also welcomed Biden to the Detroit Auto Show in September, showcasing that she's not afraid to embrace the incumbent despite his low approval ratings. The two were...
    U.S. President Joe Biden smiles during a rally with Democratic nominee for Maryland Governor Wes Moore, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen and other Maryland Democrats, at Bowie State University in Bowie, Maryland, U.S., November 7, 2022. Leah Millis | Reuters Initial midterm election results are rosier than expected for Democrats, who appear poised to buck historical trends and avoid major losses in Tuesday's races. President Joe Biden told reporters ahead of Election Day that he was "optimistic" for Democrats. He hedged that he's "always optimistic," in the face of projections that Republicans would take a commanding House majority and could wrest Senate control from Democrats as voters grappled with decades-high inflation. As results are reported across the country Wednesday, it appears Biden was right to be hopeful. "It's the most successful midterm for a Democratic president probably in history and certainly since the Second World War," said Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, senior associate dean for leadership studies at the Yale School of Management. "They still might lose control of both houses, but it's hardly the red wave that was being marketed in...
    Republicans significantly underperformed the prediction of a 2022 'red wave.' With results still being tallied in the 2022 election, President Joe Biden is on track to see the most successful results for a sitting first-term president's party in a midterm election. Biden is forecast to outperform his two immediate predecessors, Donald Trump and Barack Obama. The New York Times, using election returns and additional data, has forecast a 13-seat majority in the House of Representatives for the Republican Party. The Democratic Party currently holds a majority of eight seats. The Times is forecasting that Democrats are likely to retain control of the Senate after wins by John Fetterman in Pennsylvania and incumbent Maggie Hassan in New Hampshire. The Senate is currently tied at 50-50, with Vice President Kamala Harris acting as the tie-breaking vote for a Democratic majority. Prior to the 2022 election, the best performance by a first-term president's party during a midterm race was in 2002, when Republicans won eight House seats under President George W. Bush. The projected loss under Biden of 13 House seats is much...
    Incumbent Democrat Rep. Dan Kildee (D-MI) defeated his Republican challenger Paul Junge to represent Michigan's 8th District. Kildee, who represents Michigan's 5th District, has now won five consecutive elections since succeeding his long-serving uncle, Rep. Dale Kildee (D-MI), in 2013. MIDTERMS 2022: LIVE UPDATES Junge, a former TV anchor, ran on a conservative platform, stressing his time spent in the Department of Homeland Security during the Trump administration. Despite containing the solidly blue cities of Flint, Saginaw, and Bay City, the suburbs in Bay, Genesee, and Saginaw have been shifting to the right for the last several cycles, according to the Michigan Bridge. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER Junge stressed the inflation experienced under President Joe Biden in his appeals to voters, while Kildee emphasized the drug pricing reforms of the Inflation Reduction Act and painted Junge as an out-of-touch millionaire. More from Midterms WATCH: Ex-staffer Alyssa Farah slams Trump as 'loser' amid Republican losses November 09, 2022 12:42 PM Midterm update: Georgia Senate race advances to...
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