Iowa Democrat Who Lost Her House Race Wants Nancy Pelosi To Overturn The Election Result

Defeated Iowa Democratic congressional candidate Rita Hart, who lost her race by a mere six votes, making it the closest contest in decades, will challenge the results directly in the House of Representatives, forgoing state channels.

Iowa certified the contest tally this week, declaring Republican physician Mariannette Miller-Meeks the winner of the open seat in the state’s 2nd Congressional District.

Politico reported Wednesday that rather than contest the results of a narrow-thin margin through state processes, Hart will instead trigger a rarely-used House mechanism for challenging the outcome, not used since 1984. According to Politico, Hart is leveraging the Federal Contested Elections Act of 1969, sending the case to the House Administration Committee, which will conduct its own investigation, followed by a recommendation to the full chamber. Members will then vote by simple majority to declare the final winner.

The law was last applied to determine the outcome of an Indiana congressional race between Democratic incumbent Frank McCloskey and Republican challenger Richard McIntyre in 1984. At the time, Democratic Speaker Tip O’Neill, presiding over a wider majority than presented to Democrats today, denied McIntyre the seat despite state officials certifying the race. After the General Accounting Office found McCloskey the winner by four votes, the House voted to confirm O’Neill’s decision.

The stakes this year are far higher for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who, after unexpected losses, is entering the weakest point in her speakership for the upcoming 117th Congress. According to the New York Times House tracker, Republicans flipped 13 seats with a net gain of 10, chipping away at the Democratic majority and putting the GOP in a good position to reclaim the lower chamber in the 2022 midterms, in which the party of the president in power typically fairs poorly. Pelosi could wind up presiding over a mere five-vote majority once all races are declared.

Control of the Senate, meanwhile, rests on the fate of two Republican incumbents facing off Democratic challengers in the January runoff election in Georgia. Democrats need to pick up both seats in the state narrowly captured by former Vice President Joe Biden for the upper chamber to break even, which, pending legal challenges, would make Kamala Harris the tie-breaking vote as vice president.

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Morrison Government throws another Royal Commission on the fire

Will the findings of the Bushfire Royal Commission create necessary change, or is the Morrison Government just “polly waffling” until the next disaster strikes? Managing editor Michelle Pini reports.

WITH THE blackest of summers – in which bushfires extinguished the lives of 33 Australians, destroyed 3,000 houses, annihilated 19 million hectares obliterated wildlife and smoke inhalation claimed a further 450 lives – plus a Royal Commission behind us, what has changed?

Well apart from the climate, which is transmuting at an alarming rate and signalling further calamities, it seems very little has changed.

Today, in a nightmarish repeat of last year’s catastrophic events, dozens of fires rage across Australia, with Queensland’s Fraser Island – a unique ecosystem and World Heritage site – currently burning out of control.

BEDS OF COAL

Nonetheless, our Federal Government, led by a PM whose allegiance to coal borders on fixation, is still talking up “gas-led” recoveries and the “benefits” of coal, while simultaneously denying the science and ignoring renewable energy solutions.

The Morrison Government’s coal addiction defies reason

Despite our counterparts around the world embracing innovations and recognising the severity of the situation, the Coalition Government is sticking to the past with frightening fervour. And Australia’s response to climate change is now, embarrassingly, ranked the worst in the OECD. 

This time last year, IA outlined 11 proactive steps Scott Morrison could have taken to assist the bushfire emergency that had engulfed the nation at the time.

These included:

  • declaring a national state of emergency; 
  • providing sufficient resources for emergency services in a coordinated national response; 
  • accepting that his Government’s policies are exacerbating the risk, frequency and intensity of bushfire events; and
  • formulating a long term strategy – incorporating action on anthropogenic climate change – to deal with future events.

And now, with experts signalling another year of record temperatures and extreme weather events, we need to add a most imperative suggestion for Mr Morrison: 

  • Enact the recommendations of the Bushfire Royal Commission! 
11 things Scott Morrison could have done for the bushfire emergency — but didn’t

A BURNING REPORT

Some of the key findings of the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements, on which the Federal Government needs to take responsibility, echo our earlier recommendations and include the establishment of:

  • legislation enabling the federal government to declare “a state of national emergency”;
  • a national data system to share knowledge of climate change (the existence of which is accepted as fact in the report);
  • a national register that shows the number of emergency services personnel, equipment and aerial assets that can be drawn on, or moved around if needed; and
  • a national aerial firefighting fleet ‘to be tasked according to greatest national need’.

The emphasis of these findings is on national leadership that draws together state and territory resources and coordinates emergency efforts to avoid last summer’s devastation.

While the Royal Commission advised an Australian-based aerial firefighting capability be established, Minister Littleproud has only “noted” the recommendation, indicating that he is comfortable with the current aerial firefighting arrangements.

POLLY WAFFLING

Former A.C.T. Emergency Services Commissioner and spokesperson for Emergency Leaders for Climate ActionPeter Dunn, told Ithat the findings are the result of a very thorough Royal Commission, following lots of engagement with experts, but that the Federal Government is not taking the recommendations seriously enough.

Mr Dunn said:

“There is too much “polly waffling” and no leadership. 

The Government has told emergency services, ‘Just ask and we’ll provide’.
But it is not stepping up to provide a plan and the resources needed…

…A national domestic aerial fire-fighting capability is essential.”

IA posed the question of the Royal Commission’s national aerial capability recommendation to Minister for Disaster and Emergency Management David Littleproud, who responded with the following:

‘Aerial firefighting strategies are the responsibility of state and territory governments.

The state and territory fire chiefs have the experience and expertise therefore we will seek advice from fire chiefs.

This is not a decision for politicians, it is a decision for fire commissioners.’

Peter Watt says:

“Are we now going to gloss this over and keep doing the same thing? 

We just can’t leave it all up to the chiefs to organise extra planes.

There needs to be coordination and leadership.”

Vocal critic of the Government’s response to the Bushfire Royal Commission, Shadow Minister for Disaster and Emergency Management, Murray Watt, agrees.

He told IA:

Australia faces a high risk of natural disasters in the months ahead. That’s why it’s so frustrating to see Scott Morrison yet again refusing to take proactive steps to prepare…

We know that last summer requests for help were denied because there weren’t enough aircraft available to fight the fires.

Scott Morrison must stop dawdling and start acting on the Royal Commission’s advice to lead a national aerial firefighting fleet.

Senator Watt added:

Eighteen months after the Government announced the $4 billion Emergency Response Fund, it has failed to spend a cent.

The Morrison Government is gambling with lives by not investing in evacuation centres, cyclone shelters, fire breaks and other valuable mitigation projects.

There are communities that faced bushfires last year having to crowd-fund for essential life-saving facilities because the Government won’t cough up the cash.

With regard to providing what is required for bushfire mitigation, Minister Littleproud said:

‘To date, of the $2 billion Bushfire Recovery Fund, NBRA [National Bushfire Recovery Agency] has provided $1.2 billion in bushfire recovery.

Emergency Management Australia will provide advice for the best use of the ERF [Emergency Response Fund].   

BEDS ARE BURNING

But Senator Watt says:

‘We saw what happened when Scott Morrison wasn’t prepared for last year’s bushfires. 

Australians cannot afford for him to repeat his mistakes this year.’

Has anything changed since Black Summer?

Peter Dunn is not convinced:

“We don’t know what’s changed  [since last year’s bushfire emergency] but recent conversations with David Littleproud and [Energy Minister] AngusTaylor, which focus on gas-led recoveries and more coal, indicate that nothing’s changed.”

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Georgia Secretary Of State Investigating Voter Registration Group Run By Democrat Raphael Warnock

The New Georgia Project, an organization founded by failed 2018 gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams and formerly led by Georgia Democratic Senate candidate Rev. Raphael Warnock, is under investigation for allegedly sending ballot applications to non-residents.

During his time as CEO of the organization from 2017 until February this year, Warnock assisted in the group’s efforts to register “nearly 400,000 people from underrepresented communities to vote in Georgia.”

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger is currently examining a potential violation of state law that may have occurred when the organization sent voter registration applications to New York City.

“Voting in Georgia when you are not a resident of Georgia is a felony,” Raffensperger said at a press conference. “These third-party groups have a responsibility to not encourage illegal voting. If they do so, they will be held responsible.”

In addition to the self-described “nonpartisan” group, Raffensperger will also be investigating three other organizations accused of “improper registration activities.” These include America Votes, which reportedly mailed “absentee ballot applications to people at addresses where they have not lived since 1994,” Vote Forward which allegedly registered a dead voter from another state for Georgia elections, and Operation New Voter Registration Georgia which “is accused of recommending college students temporarily change their residency for the purpose of voting in the state.”

While Warnock claimed in 2017 that “using the word voter fraud is alarmist, and it was totally unnecessary,” the secretary of state’s office previously investigated the organization after reports of forged voter registration applications in 2014. After a referral to law enforcement in 2017, the case never resulted in any charges.

This lack of charges, Warnock said, was because the group has “excellent internal controls and that we have followed the law.”

In addition to this most recent investigation, the reverend recently came under fire after reports resurfaced of his involvement in a 2002 police investigation when he, along with another minister, allegedly prevented law enforcement officers from interviewing counselors from the church’s camp following reports of suspected child abuse.

Warnock will face off with Republican incumbent Kelly Loeffler in the Georgia Senate runoff race in January, one of the two races that could decide the fate of the GOP’s current majority in the Senate.

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Remaining Court Battles for Trump Campaign, Republicans over Election Results

The Trump campaign and Republican face several remaining court battles in states  the president needs to flip to win re-election. Some cases have been brought by the campaign itself; others involve outside groups or individuals.

A brief summary:

Arizona: Kelli Ward, who leads the Republican Party of Arizona, is challenging the election results, arguing that the state’s vote-by-mail procedures are too lax, and that observers were not able to verify the ballots being counted. She wants the state’s certification of the election results to be set aside until the signatures that accompany absentee ballots can be reviewed.

Georgia: Sidney Powell is suing to block the certification of results and toss out mail-in ballots because of alleged faults in the Dominion voting machines and the Smartmatic software. A lawsuit by the Thomas More Society also argues that the Mark Zuckerberg-funded Center for Technology and Civic Life (CTCL) funded public “safe elections” operations in predominantly Democratic countries, violating state law and also violating the Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause.

Michigan: Sidney Powell has a lawsuit similar to the Michigan suit. The Amistad Project of the Thomas More Society is suing over Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson’s decision to send absentee ballot request forms to every registered voter, allegedly with no authority and lax standards. It argues observers were not allowed proper oversight, and cites affidavits stating some ballots were counted multiple times, among other irregularities. It also cites Zuckerberg and CTCL’s efforts.

Nevada: In Law v. Whitmer, the Trump campaign has sued six electors for Joe Biden on behalf of six Republican electors, alleging that Nevada authorities “developed an implemented an election system that was highly susceptible to fraud and abuse.” The lawsuit specifically claims that with a flood of mail-in ballots, officials in Clark County (home to Las Vegas) used electronic verification methods that are allegedly unreliable. It also lists other problems, such as computer malfunctions.

Pennsylvania: There are several active cases. Two are particularly important. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court rejected a Republican challenge last week to the state’s vote-by-mail law, Act 77 of 2019, citing the doctrine of laches — i.e. because it supposedly came too late, and after Republicans had a chance to sue in the primary election. The Third Circuit Court of Appeals tossed out the Trump campaign’s effort to block certification. Both cases have been appealed to the Supreme Court.

Wisconsin: A lawsuit by the Amos Center for Justice and Liberty seeks to have the state’s mail-in ballots that were placed in drop-off boxes invalidated, on the grounds that the boxes were illegal. Another lawsuit by the Wisconsin Voters Alliance also targets Zuckerberg’s donations to CTCL. It also says the state illegally relaxed voter ID by letting hundreds of thousands of voters claim they were “indefinitely confined,” tainting the results, which separate Biden and Trump by about 20,000 votes.

Current, updated databases of pending and resolved cases are maintained by Trump’s opponents, both here and here.

This story is developing.

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Beverly Hills City Council Unanimous Vote to Reject Outdoor Dining Ban Adds to List of Lockdown Foes

In the latest rejection of government shutdowns of businesses to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the Beverly Hills City Council on Tuesday voted to oppose a Los Angeles County Department of Public Health order to ban outdoor dining.

The Los Angeles NBC affiliate reported on the unanimous vote:

The resolution demanded a motion be placed on the Dec. 8 agenda of the LA County Board of Supervisors to repeal the current health order, according to a statement released by the city of Beverly Hills.

In addition, the resolution demanded that the county’s public health order be based on data related to “a particular industry, sector, or area and not be applied unilaterally to every jurisdiction in LA County.” Further, the resolution called on the city attorney to explore legal action against the county, according to the statement.

The LA County order banning all indoor and outdoor dining is set to be in place until at least Dec. 20. Pasadena, which has its own health department, has opted to keep outdoor dining open. Meanwhile, Long Beach, another city in the county with its own health department, followed LA County’s ban on outdoor dining last Wednesday and announced an increase in restrictions on all public and private gatherings on Tuesday.

KABC is Los Angeles reported the list of cities breaking away from the orders is growing.

“Now, you shut it down again. Tell me how many businesses can survive?” West Covina Mayor Tony Wu said in the KABC report:

Meanwhile, the city of Whittier is also exploring alternatives.

“The county, with this ban has come in and done a one-size-fits-all, rather than a scalpel to take care of the situation,” said Whittier Mayor Joe Vinatieri.

The city will consider measures like establishing its own health department or a regional health department with neighboring cities. Wu said West Covina would consider contracting the Pasadena Public Health Department.

The Southern California cities of Lancaster and Hawaiian Gardens are also looking into starting its own health department, the KABC report said.

“The L.A. County Department of Public Health has stressed the importance of limiting situations where people are not wearing face coverings and told Eyewitness News, ‘Cities can only establish their own health departments with state approval and demonstrated capacity to perform essential public health functions. Given the alarming surge in cases and hospitalizations across every part of the county, we would urge city managers and elected officials to support the necessary public health measures as this is our best effort to stop the search. At this point, working together is the most sensible path forward.’”

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Braun: No One Talking About Georgia Runoffs — ‘They’re Still Concerned’ About the Presidential Election

Senator Mike Braun (R-IN) said Wednesday on MSNBC that he is having a hard time getting people focused on next month’s U.S. Senate special elections in Georgia. He said people were “still concerned” about the 2020 presidential results.

Anchor Kasie Hunt asked, “Is Joe Biden the president-elect of the United States?”

Braun said, “You know, I think Mitch described the process very accurately. Kevin Cramer was on with Chuck Todd a week or so ago, and I think there is a process that we all acknowledge. Vote certifications which have occurred most recently in some of the swing states, and you’ve got December 14 when the electoral college meets.”

Hunt said, “Is that the bar for you? Should I come ask you again on December 14?”

Braun said, “The bar for me is to let the process play itself out. The reason I say that — I’ve spent so much time on these Georgia races, trying to weigh in to get support from Indiana for them and just heard in the last week to ten days, when I try to talk about that, most of the people I’m talking to are still wanting to be talking about the election itself. If there’s any chance that next year, regardless of the outcome, that we unify and get together, I think this has got to play itself out. I think President Trump and the White House is fully aware they’ve got deadlines they’ve got to meet. But the people I talk to back in Indiana, where President Trump won by nearly the same margin in 2020 as he did in 2016, they’re still concerned about the election itself. Unless it’s played out, you’re going to have half the country disgruntled. I think if you dismiss that, you’re looking at it unrealistically in terms of how we get past it and go forward in the new Congress.”

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Dark Wire: Greece’s Oldest Holocaust Survivor Dies at the Age of 96

Esther Cohen, Greece’s oldest Holocaust survivor, passed away Tuesday at the age of 96, according to the Greek City Times.

There are now only 20 Greek Jews that survived the Holocaust who are still alive.

Cohen was one of the very few Greek Jews who survived. She was the only survivor in her family as her parents and six siblings were killed in the genocide.

To read the full report on TheDarkWire.com, click here.

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Dark Wire: Pro-al Qaeda magazine tells readers to distribute poisoned masks, torch ‘cars of the crusaders’

The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) discovered that a recently-released issue of a pro-al Qaeda magazine, Jaysh Al-Malahem Al-Electroni,encouraged readers to exploit the COVID-19 virus and use it as a weapon against the western world.

The article, “Ways And Means Of Exploiting the Corona Pandemic Against The Powers Of Global Unbelief”, was sent out on Telegram and Twitter and was first published on November 26. The target audience: “lone wolves”

“Remember to support your religion, retaliate for your brothers in the beloved Palestine, and fulfill the promise of your imam Osama [bin Laden] that the Crusaders will never dream of security unless we have it in reality in Palestine,” an excerpt of the article reads, according to MEMRI.

One tool that the publication is urging readers to use when carrying out attacks are masks. First, “lone wolves” can use masks to carry out attacks while hiding their identities, according to the publication, which was translated by MEMRI. Second, “lone wolves” can offer “poisoned masks” to “crusaders.”

To read the full report on TheDarkWire.com, click here.

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Watch: Jon Ossoff, Raphael Warnock Victories Would Give Far-Left ‘Unchecked Power’ to Grant Amnesty, Defund the Police

ATLANTA — The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) unveiled two ads on Wednesday, charging if Georgia Senate Democrats Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff were to win their Georgia Senate runoff elections, it would grant the far-left “unchecked power” to defund America’s law enforcement, grant amnesty to illegal aliens, and take over Americans’ health care.

“If you vote for Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, who are you really putting in power,” the narrator in the NRSC ad asked rhetorically. “Nancy Pelosi, AOC, and Bernie Sanders. The far left, with complete, unchecked power, to defund the police, give amnesty to illegals, let government take over your health care, and push massive tax hikes.”

“Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock will stand with them, not Georgia,” the narrator added.

Ossoff and Warnock’s bid to unseat Sens. David Perdue (R-GA) and Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) would grant Democrats significantly more control in Congress. If both conservatives were to lose their respective Senate runoffs in January, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), the likely vice president, would become the tie-breaking vote in Congress’ upper chamber.

This would give Democrats complete control of Congress.

The other NRSC ad exposes Ossoff and Warnock’s “radically dangerous” beliefs.

The narrator in the ad said Warnock supports cashless bail, which would put the “most violent back into our neighborhoods.”

The NRSC said Ossoff praised Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (D-NY) Green New Deal, which the narrator claimed would kill Georgia jobs and “astronomically raise Georgia taxes.”

“Our country as we know it is on the line in Georgia,” NRSC spokesperson Paige Lindgren said in a statement on Wednesday. “Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff support the most radical party leaders and agenda in American history. Georgians know what’s at stake in this election, and they will reject radically dangerous Warnock and Ossoff.”

 Sean Moran is a congressional reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter @SeanMoran3

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Can the Commonwealth fund a Third Tier of Government known as Local Government?

Is there a power to fund local governments that fail to be recognised under the Constitution? Is it not our Right for Government to be open and transparent of the mechanisms used to do that which appears to be beyond the power of the Parliament? We present this and encourage any correction to establish the truth.

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