ELECTION 2020: Everyone has eyes on Michigan, as legislature looks into Trump UNDERCOUNT revelation
Across the nation it seems everyone is watching Michigan in the 2020 Presidential race. The focus on Michigan came after a Michigan county flipped back to its historically republican roots when a manual recount discovered that roughly 6000 votes for President Donald Trump had been given to Democratic candidate Joe Biden.
On Saturday Michigan’s Republican state joint legislature will hold a meeting to look into what some say are serious concerns with the ballot counting machines used in many counties in the state.
Officials with Antrim County posted updated results showing President Trump won the county with 9,783 votes making up 56.46% of ballots cast, as reported. Moreover, Joe Biden had only earned 7,289.
According to reports Antrim County officials have blamed the county’s election software saying totals counted did not match tabulator tapes. A local news station 6 News learned the “Dominion Voting System” is used Antrim County. It is also used in 64 other counties across the state of Michigan. This presents a huge problem and one that the Trump campaign is going to take up in the courts.
Even though Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, told the local 6 News the massively skewed results were the result of a “county user error” not a software issue, Republican state leaders aren’t buying it and want a manual recount of the other counties considering how close the two candidates are in ballot counts.
That same voting system is also used in 64 other counties across the state including, Ingham, Jackson, and Shiawassee, locally. The New York Post is reporting that “Biden holds a substantial 2.5 percent lead over Trump in Michigan, with 95 percent of the vote counted. Trump won the state by less than one percentage point in 2016.”
There can be no question that based on what was discovered in Antrim County the Trump campaign, along with the Republican leadership in Michigan have every right to demand recounts of the other counties that used the voter counting machines.
It’s the only way to ensure the sanctity of the vote and ensure that whoever won the state did so without any question of improprieties or mistakes.
“One candidate seems to want to pour gas on every potential fear and doubt … while the other seems uninterested in some very troubling reports and witness testimony,” tweeted State Sen. Ed McBroom, chairman of the Senate Oversight Committee. “We will investigate the elections process and seek to determine whether improprieties exist.”
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After hours of debate, the House voted Wednesday night to approve a bipartisan debt-ceiling deal, taking a step toward averting a default on U.S. debt. The measure passed with 314 members voting in favor and 117 members voting in opposition. 149 Republicans and 165 Democrats voted to approve the bill, while 71 Republicans and 46 Democrats voted against it.
National Review writes the measure’s passage secures “a victory for House speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), who managed to keep his caucus together despite a challenge from House Freedom Caucus members intent on securing greater spending concessions from the Biden White House.”
The bill will now head to the Senate. McCarthy said the measure is the “largest spending cut that Congress has ever voted for,” but faced opposition from members of his caucus who believe the deal “didn’t go far enough in restoring pre-Covid spending levels.”
In his speech on the House floor Wednesday before the vote, McCarthy pleaded with his colleagues to support what he had bargained for with Biden:
“They demanded a clean debt limit, which really means they spend more and you pay more in taxes. House Republicans said ‘no’,” McCarthy said.“Over the past four months, we fought hard to change how Washington works. We stopped the Democrats from writing a blank check after the largest spending binge in American history… The Fiscal Responsibility Act is the biggest spending cut in American history.”
National Review reports:
The agreement suspends the nation’s $31.4 trillion debt limit through January 1, 2025, and caps spending in the 2024 and 2025 budgets.
The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has estimated that the deal will reduce budget deficits by about $1.5 trillion between 2023 and 2033. Director of the CBO Phillip Swagel projected that there would be reductions in discretionary outlays of $1.3 trillion over the 2024–2033 period. Mandatory spending would decrease by $10 billion, revenues would decrease by $2 billion over the same period, and the interest on the public debt would decline by $188 billion.
Biden warned of the consequences of default, saying what would follow would include an economic recession, devastated retirement accounts, and millions of jobs lost.
“I made clear from the start of negotiations that the only path forward was a bipartisan budget agreement,” explained Biden on Twitter. “No one got everything they wanted. But that’s the responsibility of governing.”
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