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Trump backers drop Biden vote challenge case in Wisconsin

first_imgWhen the suit was filed, the plaintiffs argued that there was evidence of enough illegal mail-in ballots counted in the three counties to invalidate the election results.The case was one of several filed by allies of President Donald Trump and Trump’s own campaign as part of an effort to reverse Biden’s projected win in the national race for the White House.Those efforts have largely failed to gain traction and it is not clear that Trump has any chance of overturning his loss through legal actions. But that has not stopped the president both from claiming otherwise and from falsely claiming that he won the election.- Advertisement – The Wisconsin suit was filed just last Thursday in U.S. District Court in Green Bay. The named defendants included the clerks of the three counties, Wisconsin’s elections director and Elections Commission chair, Gov. Tony Evers, and other officials.The plaintiffs had argued that votes in the counties of Milwaukee, Dane and Menominee should be tossed out because “the sudden flood” of mail-in ballots had left election workers unable to carefully review those ballots for fraudulent ones.James Bopp, a lawyer for the plaintiffs, when asked why the case was dismissed, told CNBC in an email, that because of attorney-client privilege “and because I do not telegraph  my next moves, I cannot comment.”Lawyers for defendants in the case did not immediately respond to requests for comment.The law firm Law Forward, which was founded to challenge challenge conservative election and voting-related legal efforts, said the dismissal was “an exercise in efficiency.”“This case was entirely without merit and the plaintiffs saved the court the trouble of saying so,” said Jeff Mandell, president of Law Forward, in a statement.Biden, the Democratic former vice president, narrowly defeated the Republican Trump in Wisconsin, which has 10 Electoral College votes.Biden received 1.63 million votes to 1.61 million votes for Trump, a margin of 49.5% to 48.8%.Trump has said he wants a recount of the votes in Wisconsin.Milwaukee County went heavily for Biden, giving him more than 69% percent of the ballots cast. The actual vote margin in that county was more than 180,000 ballots for Biden.Biden also far exceeded Trump in Dane County, which Biden won by 75.5% of the ballotsIn Menominee County, which had relatively few voters, Biden crushed Trump with 1,303 votes to just 278 votes for the incumbent.Even if Trump could somehow reverse the official vote results in Wisconsin, it would not be enough, on its own, to undo Biden’s projected victory in the Electoral College.With all 50 states results projected as of last Friday, Biden has 306 Electoral College votes, compared to just 232 votes for Trump. – Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img Three plaintiffs whose federal lawsuit sought to invalidate all of the ballots in three Wisconsin counties that gave President-elect Joe Biden well more than his approximately 20,000 vote margin of victory in that state told a judge Monday that they were dismissing their case.The court filing by lawyers for plaintiffs, Michael Langenhorst, Michael LeMay and Stephen Fifrick, did not say they were voluntarily dismissing their claim in the case, which was backed by the conservative election group True the Vote. The notice of dismissal filed Monday said the claim was being dropped “without prejudice against” the defendants, which means the plaintiffs reserved their right to make the claims again.- Advertisement – Democratic U.S. presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign speech at the Wisconsin Aluminum Foundry in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, U.S., September 21, 2020.Mark Makela | Reuterslast_img read more

Local tenants organize, protest USC expansion

first_img“Big institutional actors end up playing a massive role in that process,” Moya said. “As they expand out, it puts massive upward pressure on home prices.” Since she moved, the building has been remodeled and cleaned. It was infested with cockroaches while she lived there. She also said that the rent for her old apartment before leaving had tripled. Lopez said she will continue speaking out to help people in the community find affordable housing options. She encouraged people to continue pushing for reform and legislation around equitable prices and just housing conditions. Through the workshop, Ramirez, 45, and Rosales, 46, were able to meet with Noah Grynberg, an attorney from the Los Angeles Center for Community Law and Action. Ramirez and Rosales said meeting with Grynberg gave them hope for their future at 28th and Maple streets and that they plan to meet again Tuesday to discuss the details of their case. He said that because LACCLA primarily operates in East Los Angeles, he hasn’t worked with people impacted by evictions and gentrification around University Park Campus. But as the Health Sciences Campus doubles down on its 25-year plan to expand by over 3 million square feet into the surrounding Boyle Heights neighborhood, he expects to see more cases like that of Ramirez and Rosales. When Olga Ramirez and Guilibaldo Rosales received a five-day eviction notice Friday from the home they’ve lived in for nearly 12 years, they had no idea USC was partly responsible for their misfortune. Moya said he views displacement around USC’s campuses as part of a broader issue pervading the United States in the last 30 years, in which the growing appeal of urban environments has raised rent prices and pushed local residents out of homes they can no longer afford. René Christian Moya, director of Housing is a Human Right — the housing advocacy division of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation — led a discussion with event organizers and local residents about the causes of displacement and gentrification. Multiple organizations spoke about the possible actions USC could take to minimize the continuing effects of gentrification. (Josh Dunst/Daily Trojan) Moya also spoke about the Anti-Tenant Harassment Ordinance, a bill that he said is still being reviewed by the Los Angeles City Council. He said landlord-tenant harassment exemplifies some of the auxiliary effects of unregulated gentrification, which USC has the ability to mitigate. Jackelin Lopez lived on Exposition Boulevard for seven years before getting evicted after the building’s new owners decided to renovate it for USC students. While she was able to find a new home in Mid-City, she said it is smaller and more expensive. “Traditionally [LACCLA hasn’t] dealt a lot with USC and with its impact on poor people in the city,” Grynberg said. “We’ve always been aware of USC and its impact on the cost of housing, but we are sort of acutely aware of it now.” Multiple organizers told the crowd USC could lessen the effects of gentrification in the surrounding communities by lobbying for tenant protection, providing more on-campus housing for students and engaging with tenants face-to-face. “Now I’ve woken up. Because of the lawyers I know that I have rights, that we’re still here and that the struggle is going to continue well after my case is over,” Castillo said in Spanish. “The seed has already been planted and now we’re watching it grow.” Moya emphasized the differences between USC and universities like UCLA and Stanford, which, unlike USC, are not located in primarily non-white, lower class neighborhoods. “Gentrification and the housing crisis are not like hurricanes,” Moya said. “These are man-made social problems that can be resolved through social policy [and] political action.” Earlier in the day, nearly 30 protesters from USC Forward, ACCE and other organizations discussed their experiences with eviction and gentrification and what solutions they expect USC to implement moving forward. Grynberg emphasized the importance of local residents using their political power to push back against the University, but said change could take months or even years. Veronica Castillo, a tenant from East L.A., was told in 2017 that she would need to leave her home by 2020 so that the  building could be turned from low-income housing into student housing. The landlord told her she could only stay if she was willing to pay $2,800 each month — an increase of about $1,300.   Grynberg said that while LACCLA works with organizations that have dealt with USC in the past — like the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment, which was present Monday — his organization was only introduced to problems like those facing Rosales and Ramirez about a month ago. “There’s no other country in the world that does university like the way that we do, where it walls off the student community from the rest of the urban area,” Moya said. “You get a lot of students around here who are extremely complacent, who don’t actually see themselves as part of the community, they see themselves as part of something alien.” It wasn’t until their neighbor, Lisa Pulgarin, brought them to an informal tenants’ rights workshop Monday that they learned about USC’s widespread role in gentrification and rising housing costs. The workshop was held by USC Forward and other local organizations that are spending the week protesting USC’s displacement of local communities as a result of the University’s expansions into East and South Los Angeles, among other issues. “We will try to prevent as much displacement as we can,” Grynberg said. “But the way to do that is getting tenants to really exercise serious political power to change the behavior of politicians, developers [and] universities.” “That person who evicted us was evicting people with families, was evicting people with disabilities, threw kids out onto the street, people who had nowhere to go,” Lopez said in Spanish. “That person didn’t even have the decency to offer relocation money and assure that we had a place to go after we were evicted.” When she went door-to-door talking to neighbors about fighting the evictions and asked for help from LACCLA lawyers, she faced pushback from the landlord, who reduced her parking spaces and accused her of various violations. Sergio Vargas, the District 9 organizer at ACCE, told stories of other local tenants who couldn’t make it to the event, but are also being pushed out of their homes due to increasing rents and poor living conditions, including mold and insect infestations. “Talking about infrastructure, how beautiful it looks around here and you go down [Martin Luther King Boulevard] and it’s just broken sidewalks … potholes everywhere, so that’s why we are here,” Vargas said. “We want USC to be a better neighbor, to be able to help out the community.”last_img read more

Sumner County Preview: Caldwell’s performance last week, makes it a dangerous team moving forward

first_img3. Caldwell makes a statement… One week ago at this time, the Bluejays were sitting at 1-1, having just played two low scoring games and having undefeated West Elk up next. Caldwell then throttled the Patriots 54-20.“We really finally put it together offensively and played up to our capability,” said Sean Blosser, Caldwell’s head coach for the fourth year. “Defensively, we got too complacent on tackling in the second half, and that was disappointing … But offensively we were completing drives that we weren’t doing the first couple of weeks.” 1. The slate of Sumner County football games this week … 2. The last week before the storm…For 11-man football teams, the all-important district season – which determines what teams get into the playoffs — won’t be for another three weeks. But for the eight-man football teams, district begins next week.So this might be the last week to do some experimentation. Next week it gets all too real. 6. So what kind of team does Caldwell really have?…Well, the Ward brothers are pretty good. Darin, who missed all of last season due to injury, is the senior quarterback. He runs a multiple zone scheme power-play offense, that may be in eight-man, but is as very much as sophisticated as any newer 11-man schemes out there.His younger brother, Colten, is only a sophomore but is already dominating defenses as a running back. He rushed for 195 yards and had five touchdowns.Defensively, Caldwell is a swarming machine playing mostly out of a 3-3 formation and manning the gaps. And the defense is not dominated by one person either. Against West Elk, eight different Bluejays made more than two tackles in the game. Sam Wencel led the evening in tackling against the Patriots with 7.5 tackles. Dilyn Lee had 7, Kyler Bruey, 7, C. Ward 6.5, Ross Kuhny 4, Kaden Halling 4, D. Ward 2.5, and Ian Young 2. “We pride ourselves with great defense,” Blosser said. “It may be eight-man football but we want to keep our opponent under 14 points every week.” 7. Elsewhere… Oxford looks to rebound…The Wildcats had a promising start to the season. But that ended quickly in a non-league game with Udall where Oxford’s heated neighbor shellacked it 54-6.Oxford should rebound nicely against Flinthills, which is 1-2, which beat Elk Valley but was shellacked by Cedar Vale Dexter and Central of Burden. Caldwell at Cedar Vale/Dexter Skyline at Argonia-Attica Belle Plaine at W. Trinity 9. South Haven at Central-Burden… This will be an interesting matchup. Central-Burden was manhandled by Argonia-Attica 74-34 last week. South Haven lost to Cedar Vale-Dexter 40-6. But both teams have the ability to win. South Haven beat Sedan 44-38 in week #2.Cardinals are 1-2 going in. Week #4 Douglass at Conway Sprgs. 10. Conway Springs and Belle Plaine should have uneventful week… Last week, the No. 2 ranked Conway Springs had the potential of losing to Garden Plaine, while winless Belle Plaine was hoping for a win over Bluestem. Neither scenario materialized.Look for Conway Springs to win big over Douglass this week. Belle Plaine may already be looking toward basketball season as it travels to Wichita Trinity this weekend.Follow us on Twitter. by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Ten things you need to know about Sumner County football for this week… 5. A different year…Expectations are nothing new in Caldwell. But last year the Bluejays opened with really high expectations after making the playoffs the year before. Then everyone got hurt. Five players suffered season-ending injuries and one more was hampered for most of the season.In 2014, the expectations were not so high going in, but Caldwell is looking good so far. The Jays opened with a two-point win over Central-Burden on opening weekend in a game that was considered a good learning experience.“We didn’t know what to expect and we learned quickly that we had a lot of work to do,” Blosser said. “In the long run, it was better for us to get a scare like that. Because since then we have been getting better each week.”Then came the Udall game. Caldwell lost to what may be the eventual 2014 South-Central Border League champions. Udall must be pretty good after beating Oxford 54-6 last week. South Haven at Central-Burden Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments 4. Caldwell to battle Cedar Vale-Dexter and then huge district ahead…The Bluejays have their work cut out for them when they travel to Cedar Vale/Dexter Friday. The Spartans just put away the Cardinals 40-6 last week. But Blosser knows this is a game that won’t define Caldwell’s season.“We are more concerned about districts instead of the league to be honest with you,” Blosser said. “We know we have to be on the top of our game because once district starts next week, and it will be a killer.”Caldwell will open district hosting 3-0 Argonia-Attica, before traveling to Pretty Prairie and South Barber.“We have to be ready to play,” Blosser said. 8. Pratt Skyline at Argonia-Attica…The Titans have been impressive so far off to a 3-0 start in only its second year in existence.A&A, though, will be playing its toughest team of the season thus far at Attica. Skyline beat Pretty Prairie, which is pretty good, 52-34 last week. Oxford at Flinthillslast_img read more