DML Morning Briefing Tues. Nov. 10: Ballot concerns, lockdowns and more…
By Team DML
nis Michael Lynch. Below are my opinions on the stories grabbing headlines this morning. I hope you share this briefing as doing so will make you the smartest person in the room, in my opinion.
1 – Possible ballot harvesting in Pennsylvania involving 25,000 nursing home residents
Sen. Lindsey Graham said on Monday he has learned about potential ballot harvesting in Pennsylvania nursing homes.
The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee revealed that there were up to 25,000 cases that are being looked at as Pennsylvania remains a state President Trump’s team hopes to turn its way after major media outlets called it for his Democratic opponent, Joe Biden, giving him enough electoral votes to secure the presidency.
“I’ve got more information. We’re now finding potentially that 25,000 nursing home residents in different nursing homes requested mail-in ballots at the exact same time,” the South Carolina Republican said on Fox News.
“You can’t ballot harvest in Pennsylvania,” Graham added. “What are the odds that 25,000 people in different locations of the same age group requested at the same time a ballot? Somebody is up to no good in these nursing homes.”
DML: This smells… really, really bad.
2 – Oregon elections director fired after he details problems
From Seattle Times: Oregon’s elections director was abruptly fired in a text message by the secretary of state after he pointed out serious issues with the state’s aging and vulnerable technology for running elections.
Elections Director Stephen Trout learned in a text message Thursday night — as his department and county elections officials were still counting votes from the Nov. 3 election — that he was out.
On Friday, Secretary of State Bev Clarno, a Republican appointed to the position by Democratic Gov. Kate Brown, announced to county clerks and other elections officials in Oregon’s 36 counties that “today is also Steve Trout’s last day with the Agency.”
Election officials in the state were stunned. Trout said in an email to The Associated Press that although he had already planned to seek a new job, he did not want to go this soon.
“I would never leave in the middle of an election,” Trout said. “This is the toughest part of the election behind the scenes with the canvass, manual audit, electoral college, and recounts. I would not abandon my staff or the counties before the election is over.”
Trout had reportedly raised concerns about the Oregon Centralized Voter Registration system, as Microsoft no longer supports the Windows Server 2008 system that it operates on, and there is no multi-factor identification to protect it from hackers.
DML: Does this make you feel any better? Me either.
3 – 70% of Republicans Say 2020 Election Was Neither Free, Nor Fair
A new poll suggests that 70% of Republicans believe the 2020 election was neither free, nor fair. The poll of 1,987 registered voters, conducted by Morning Consult and Politico, began before Election Day, though most interviews were done afterward.
A majority of both Democrats and Republicans appear to have believed the election would be free and fair before the votes were counted, but the result have changed their impressions radically.
Politico reported: Multiple new organizations announced Biden as the election winner on Saturday after four days of counting in several swing states. Following the news, 70 percent of Republicans now say they don’t believe the 2020 election was free and fair, a stark rise from the 35 percent of GOP voters who held similar beliefs before the election. Meanwhile, trust in the election system grew for Democrats, many who took to the streets to celebrate Biden’s victory on Saturday. Ninety percent of Democrats now say the election was free and fair, up from 52 percent before Nov. 3 who thought it would be.
4 – Business run by Jewish single mom accused by cops of COVID violation, while Biden supporters celebrate across city
A struggling Brooklyn, N.Y. pottery shop employee was confronted by authorities over the weekend when they visited the business over supposed violations of government-mandated coronavirus restriction measures while local leaders have mostly ignored large crowds gathering at the same time to celebrate Joe Biden’s win over President Trump in a contentious presidential contest.
Ilana Cagan runs Pottery and Glass Land in Midwood, where customers can paint their own glass, pottery, canvas and wood projects in a studio setting. She told Fox News she and another employee were in the shop Saturday night preparing orders to ship to customers but were not open.
As they were working, several deputies with the New York City Sheriff’s Office told her they were informed that she had been previously open for classes, which Cagan denies.
“They looked like I was selling drugs in my basement. That’s how many of them there were,” Cagan said. “I have five children. I’m a single mother,” she says. “I have zero income coming in right now. And everybody else is open and I’m not allowed to be open. I have a mortgage to pay, rent to pay for the store. I have all the regular house bills and I can’t pay any of them.”
Ultimately she was not cited. Her pottery shop is located in a “red zone,” which mandates all schools and non-essential businesses remain closed. The video of the incident has gone viral.
DML: Are we still even in America anymore?
5 – Eli Lilly to start immediately shipping coronavirus antibody drug after emergency FDA approval – in second COVID-19 breakthrough in 24 hours following Pfizer vaccine
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday (FDA) authorized emergency use of Eli Lilly and Co’s experimental COVID-19 antibody treatment, which President Donald Trump has praised and vowed to make available free of cost for all Americans.
The FDA said its emergency use authorization was based on clinical trials showing that the treatment, bamlanivimab, reduced the need for hospitalization or emergency room visits in COVID-19 patients at high risk of disease progression.
Early results suggest it may help clear the coronavirus sooner and possibly cut hospitalizations in people with mild to moderate COVID-19. The FDA approved its use for mild-to-moderate COVID-19 in adults and pediatric patients over the age of 12.
DML: Mark it down, this happened during the Trump administration. The media will ‘forget.’