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District of Columbia | August 3, 2021

Trump political brand takes a beating, but experts say it’s still the gold standard for GOP

District of Columbia | August 3, 2021

Former President Donald Trump’s brand — the political superstar persona that fills stadiums and upstages the Republican Party — is showing signs of weakening. In Texas, Mr. Trump’s preferred candidate in a special congressional election was defeated. Analysts are studying the race to see what it means for the former president’s endorsement powers. In Washington, enough Republican senators ignored Mr. Trump’s attacks and complaints about a massive infrastructure package to advance the deal. The Republican support gave President Biden a shot at an infrastructure victory that eluded the previous administration.

What’s more, the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol opened with no Republicans present to defend Mr. Trump or offer a counter perspective to charges that he fomented the riot. The trio of setbacks for Mr. Trump took place within one week… (Excerpts from the  Washington Times)

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Alabama | August 3, 2021

Trump hitting the road again, sets Alabama rally for Aug. 21

Alabama | August 3, 2021

Former President Donald Trump will hold his next campaign-style rally in Alabama later this month. Trump will travel to Cullman, located about halfway between Birmingham and Huntsville on Interstate 65, to deliver remarks on Aug. 21, according to Save America. The rally will take place on the same day the state Republican Party holds its summer meeting, also in Cullman. The 45th president won Alabama by more than 25 percentage points in both the 2016 and 2020 elections…. (Excerpts from the  New York Post)

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Georgia | August 3, 2021

Fulton County Fails to Meet Their Own Deadline to Provide Absentee Ballot Chain of Custody Documents From November 2020 Election, Delays Response for a Third Time

Georgia | August 3, 2021

Fulton County election officials have failed to meet a second response date they set to provide The Georgia Star News with complete chain of custody documents for absentee ballots deposited into drop boxes during the November 3, 2020, general election. For a third time, Fulton County has extended its response date, this time to August 6, 2021.

Fulton County’s communication about the third extension comes more than eight months and five follow-up requests after The Star News filed an initial open records request on December 1, 2020, for the drop box transfer forms that document the critical chain of custody of absentee ballots deposited in 37 drop boxes installed throughout Fulton County for the 41 days of the November 2020 election period.

On August 2, at 11:36:42 A.M. Fulton County Legal Assistant Shana Eatmon emailed The Star News, “Please allow an extension to Friday, August 6, as we continue ot [sic] to work with Registration & elections for response.”

The August 2 email from Eatmon follows one from 9:45:54 A.M. on Wednesday, July 21, in which she extended the response date to The Star News request for a second time.  At the time, Eatmon said, “This request has been extended to Friday (July 23), as Registration and Elections continue to review this request.”

The second extension of July 21, The Star News reported, came after Fulton County failed to meet their previously set response date of July 15.

On July 12, Eatmon responded to a June 22 open records request with a system-assigned tracking number of R004378-062221, apologizing that the request was not responded to and extending the response date to July 15 for processing through Registration & Elections.

The only reason that The Star News submitted an open records request on June 22 was because Fulton County failed to respond to an open records request of June 18.

The Star News’s request of June 18 simply asked for the same documents that the taxpayer-funded Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB) News said they received from Fulton County in a story with now conflicting publication dates and times of June 16 at 2:46 p.m. and June 17 at 3:11 p.m., declaring that Fulton County is not missing ballots or hundreds of drop box custody forms… (Excerpts from the Tennessee Star)

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Georgia | August 2, 2021

57 House Republicans back Georgia against DOJ voting rights lawsuit

Georgia | August 2, 2021

Nearly five dozen House Republicans on Monday threw their weight behind a controversial Georgia election law, urging a federal judge to dismiss a legal challenge brought by the Department of Justice (DOJ).

In an amicus brief, 57 GOP lawmakers argued that Georgia’s new Republican-crafted voting restrictions comply with federal voting protections and promote the state’s interest in election integrity.

“Non-discriminatory state laws that are designed to protect election integrity do not infringe upon the right to vote,” they told an Atlanta-based federal judge. “To the contrary, ‘the right to vote is the right to participate in an electoral process that is necessarily structured to maintain the integrity of the democratic system.’ ”

The Georgia law at issue, S.B. 202, which passed in March along party lines, imposes restrictions that voting rights groups say will fall most heavily on minorities. It sets new voter ID requirements for absentee ballots, limits drop boxes and prohibits passing out food and water to those waiting in line to vote… (Excerpts from the Hill)

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Virginia | August 2, 2021

Chase leads the movement for election audit protest at the General Assembly

Virginia | August 2, 2021

State Senator Amanda Chase (R-Chesterfield) is a lead organizer with the movement to protest the General Assembly’s special session in an attempt to encourage state lawmakers to order a forensic audit of the 2020 election. Joe Biden won Virginia by 10 points last year and there has not been any evidence of voter fraud taking place in the Commonwealth.

“I’ve spoken to so many frustrated Virginians who have had enough,” Chase wrote on Facebook Sunday afternoon. “They’re getting their signs ready and tomorrow they will show up!”

A spokesperson for Chase says that the idea came to fruition after she visited the election audit process being put on by the Republicans in Arizona. After three months of auditing, Republicans in Arizona have found no evidence of voter fraud.

poll in June showed that 74% of Republicans supported state-level efforts to review the 2020 presidential election results. 51% believed the reviews will uncover information that will change the election’s outcome. The issue looks to remain prominent with Virginia Republicans as their statewide candidates are scheduled to speak at an “election Integrity Rally” this month… (Excerpt from Virginia Scope)

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New York | August 2, 2021

Corporations Silent on Why They Pulled Funding from Republicans Who Questioned an Election, but Not Democrats Who Did the Same

New York | August 2, 2021

Corporations were silent on why they chose to suspend political contributions to Republicans, but not Democrats who have objected to election results.

More than 15 major U.S. companies that announced they would suspend giving money to members of Congress following the Jan. 6 Capitol riot didn’t respond to requests for comment from the Daily Caller News Foundation about their political contribution activity following the 2016 presidential election. The corporations were quick to condemn Republicans lawmakers who voted against certifying the 2020 presidential election earlier this year, but apparently didn’t criticize or punish Democrats who have similarly objected to election results in the past.

“These corporations are doing something very new, and something that could potentially alienate an important base for them,” Craig Holman, a lobbyist at Public Citizen, told The Washington Post in January. “I’ve never heard of this happening before.”

On Jan. 6, nearly 150 Republican lawmakers — eight senators and 139 representatives — objected to the 2020 presidential election results of at least one state, The New York Times reported. Pennsylvania and Arizona received the most amount of GOP objections while four other states received one objection apiece.

Meanwhile, during the vote, throngs of former President Donald Trump’s supporters breached the Capitol building in protest of the election results. The crowd stormed the building after attending Trump’s speech at a nearby rally in which he claimed the election had been rigged and rife with fraud.

In the days following the riot and the failed Republican effort to overturn the election, around 280 corporations announced they would either conduct a review their political donation activity or no longer support those who had voted to decertify, according to a CNN database…. (Excerpts from the Virginia Star)

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