In the never-ending saga of Congressional District 2 vote counting, Freedom’s candidate Martha McSally stubbornly clings to the lead. She is now 133 votes ahead of CONTROL party incumbent Rob Barber, and that appears to be enough after the first vote count.
Pima County election officials counted 4.700 votes today, and just 200 provisional ballots remain uncounted. That makes it highly unlikely Barber could gain the needed 134 votes to pass McSally. And not all of the 200 ballots may even be from citizens residing within Congressional District 2.
So it appears McSally wins the original election. And now the recount will begin, since the election was so close.
CONTROL candidates now know how many votes they need to manipulate to steal this election. They’ve done it before — many times — and they’ll try every trick in the book. Pray that McSally has good lawyers!
McSally just released this statement:
“No doubt this has been a long process for everyone involved and we are grateful for all the support and encouragement we’ve seen. There are still ballots left to count, but we are confident that when all ballots are in, our lead will hold. We will continue to provide oversight of the process until then. ”
If McSally’s lead withstands the recount, she would give the party of Freedom a 5-4 lead over the CONTROL your life party among Congressmen in Arizona.
Freedom candidate Martha McSally still leads in the ongoing vote counting for Arizona’s second congressional district, but her lead is shrinking by the day.
The conservative now leads incumbent Ron Barber, representing the party that wants to CONTROL as much of our lives as possible, by just 179 votes. That represents a net loss of 162 votes for McSally in today’s counting.
And this is pretty much the scenario of the 2012 election between the same two candidates, when McSally led the leftist Barber on election night and then he edged ahead and emerged victorious in the days following the end of the voting season.
This district has not been in conservative hands in a long, long time — decades in fact.
Earlier today, McSally’s campaign asked a court to stop the counting of provisional ballots that were not correctly filed These are provisional ballots submitted with a missing election official signature. A judge denied the request, even though the McSally campaign said Pima County election officials are not properly following state law. Who would imagine that? Wow, shocking! Democrats almost always seem to prevail in these post-election circuses.
Douglas Officially Wins State Superintendent of Public Instruction Race; Counting Continues in McSally’s Race
In her quest to remove Common Core curriculum, Freedom party candidate for state superintendent of public instruction Diane Douglas has officially defeated CONTROL candidate David Garcia. The final margin was just under 18,000 votes.
Freedom party congressional candidate Martha McSally is still leading CONTROL party incumbent Ron Barber — by 341 votes.
The Arizona Daily Star, a left-stream newspaper in Tucson, just filed a story about controversy in this ongoing Congressional District 2 election.
The attorney representing Republican Congressional candidate Martha McSally is threatening legal action to stop Pima County Recorder F. Ann Rodriguez from processing some provisional ballots.
Rodriguez has already refused, saying her office will continue to process the ballots so they may be counted by the County Elections Department as early as Monday.
An attorney representing the McSally campaign and the Republican Party, Eric Spencer, objects to the verification of any provisional ballot that lacks a signature from an election official on the provisional ballot form.
In his letter to county officials, Spencer demanded that the recorder’s office “cease transmitting any previously-verified provisional ballots to the elections department, pending a review of the provisional ballot forms for missing election official signatures.”
Spencer cites the Arizona Secretary of State’s Election Procedures Manual, noting it states the election official must sign the provisional ballot form when a voter turns in a sealed envelope.
He said the campaign is formally challenging the validity of all provisional ballots that have a provisional ballot form with a missing election official signature. There is no indication how many ballots could be involved.
Two hours ago, the McSally campaign posted this message on her Facebook page:
We estimate another 6000 or so Pima County provisional ballots are left to verify and count in CD2 (10,000 for all of Pima County). This will be very very close!
By John Semmens – Semi-News — A Satirical Look at Recent News
New York politicians Senator Charles Schmer (D) and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) endorsed using a Presidential Executive Order to accomplish immigration reform. “Even if a GOP controlled Congress were to pass an immigration reform bill it is bound to be cluttered with unessential, un-American add-ons like enhanced border security, deportation of criminals and the like,” Schumer warned. “These types of restrictions tarnish America as a beacon of freedom.”
Echoing Senator Schumer, Mayor de Blasio insisted that “America must never shut itself off from people seeking a better life. Republican efforts to try to sort out the so-called worthy from those likely to become public charges is fundamentally inhumane. What society on the planet is more able to afford the burdens of sustaining the indigent, distressed, and demoralized human beings of the world?”
Press Secretary Josh Earnest denied that the recently completed election answered Obama’s taunt last year that “if you don’t like my policies, go out and win an election.” “Tuesday’s election results don’t meet what we consider the minimum threshold for overturning Administration policy on any issue,” Earnest defiantly declared. “They don’t change anything. As the President has pointed out, two-thirds of registered voters didn’t vote. Their silence can be taken as strong evidence of their satisfaction with the way things are going. They had every opportunity to go out and vote against the President’s policies, but they didn’t. We’re pretty confident that this is a solid mandate to stay the course for the President’s agenda.”
“Let’s also not forget that the US Government is the most important organization on Earth,” Earnest added. “That makes President Obama, as the ruler of America, the most important person on Earth. He has a duty to act for the benefit of all mankind and cannot let a disagreeable Congress impede his fulfillment of this duty.”
In related news, Attorney General Eric Holder defended his practice of calling political opponents “idiots.” “If we act all polite it conveys a message of possible legitimacy to their point of view,” Holder said. “That’s the exact opposite of what we’re trying to achieve. In contrast, an idiot’s point of view has no legitimacy. It merits no consideration. It shouldn’t even be aired much less listened to.”
Landrieu off to Bad Start in Louisiana Runoff Election
Incumbent Senator Mary Landrieu (D-Louisiana) got off to a bad start in her desperate bid to hold onto her seat. In an attempt to characterize her Republican opponent Bill Cassidy as “unreliable” and “undependable,” Landrieu demanded to know what he had done to help the state recover from 2005’s Hurricane Katrina.
Cassidy, an MD, responded that he had been working to provide medical aid to refugees of the storm. With help from friends and neighbors he and his physicians’ group set up an emergency treatment center in an abandoned K-Mart.
Landrieu shruugged this off as “small potatoes. While my opponent was treating a handful of individual victims I was addressing the bigger problem—the incompetence of the Bush Administration. I might not have directly saved anyone’s life at that time, but I helped lay the groundwork for Democrats to take control of both Houses of Congress in the 2006 elections. Without this majority, President Obama’s Affordable Care Act would never have passed in 2010.”
Joel DiGrado, Cassidy for Senate campaign manager, thanked Landrieu “for clarifying the distinction between the two candidates. It could hardly be more clear that Bill Cassidy is a man of action and a person with a heart. He saw a need and took steps to meet it. In contrast, Landrieu touts her political hectoring of former President Bush and her role in paving the way for Obamacare. It will now be up to voters to decide which of these approaches to problem solving they’d like to see from their state’s Senator.”
City Seizes Art Studio
The Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority (PRA) has received court approval of its seizure of the art studio of James Dupree. It plans to bulldoze it and sell the land to a private grocery chain. Despite renovating a dilapidated warehouse and converting it into an attractive and bustling center for artistic expression, Dupree’s property rights are being sacrificed to the PRA’s vision of what the City needs.
“It’s a question of whether the rights of the collective community should take precedence over the rights of a single individual,” PRA Executive Director Ed Covington explained. “Far more people will eat the food sold at the proposed supermarket than will ever see the works of art produced or displayed at Mr. Dupree’s studio. Social justice commands that the benefit of the greater number takes precedence over the rights of one man.”
Covington dismissed the possibility that the supermarket could be built at another location. “I suppose that if we were to search hard enough we might find such a place, but it might not be as conveniently located,” he said. “Should we really undermine the convenience of thousands of shoppers in the name of the abstract property rights of a single individual?”
IRS Admits It Didn’t Really Look for Lois Lerner’s “Lost” Emails
IRS Commissioner John Koskinen admitted that it didn’t exercise much effort to track down emails cited in an investigation of IRS abuses involving harassment of conservative political organizations.
“Look, we were between a rock and a hard place,” Koskinen contended. “On the one hand, we have Congress and the Courts demanding we produce these documents. On the other hand, some very powerful and dangerous people were very determined that these documents never be found.”
“If we defy Congress and the Courts the worst case scenario is we get held in contempt,” Koskinen pointed out. “It’s embarrassing. We look like crooks to the average American. But if we defy the President, well, he has people who can make you disappear or meet with an untimely accident. Given this same choice I don’t think there’s anyone who would have done it differently.”
Congresswoman Proposes Barack Obama Sperm Bank
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Tex) says she will introduce legislation that would establish a federally funded Barack Obama sperm bank in the upcoming “lame duck” session of Congress. She says she got the idea from a similar proposal to establish a Vladimir Putin sperm bank in Russia.
“We can’t afford to fall behind in what could turn out to be a critical competition to propagate the seed of the nation’s best and brightest,” Lee argued. “Granted, it would be decades before the offspring of President Obama’s banked sperm could be expected to make a strategic difference, but if we fail to act now we will come up short at a possibly crucial time in the future.”
According to Lee, a socially beneficial byproduct of this strategically oriented measure is that “it would give women a better option than shacking up with some lowlife who beats her and steals her welfare money. The President would, of course, still be an absentee father, so the child would qualify for benefits. And if genetics plays true, the child will most likely have a better life than peers sired by criminals and deadbeats.”
In related news, Harvard University announced a new course titled “What What in the Butt: Anal Sex 101.” A spokesperson for the University explained that “the purpose of this course is to help students learn the facts about this exciting, yet often misunderstood form of pleasure. We take pride in staying ahead of the curve by offering to teach skills that less enlightened institutions shy away from out of fear of criticism.”
Elected Black Republicans Called “Traitors to Their Race”
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) neglected to include Rep. Mia Love (R-Utah) and Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) n its post-election congratulations to African-Americans who won their races.
Cornell William Brooks, President and CEO of the NAACP, characterized the election of the Black conservatives as “more of a setback than an advancement for people of color. These two have bought the right wing propaganda that individual achievement, hard work, and honesty are the way a person gets ahead in this world. Unfortunately, every individually successful Black person dilutes our case for slavery reparations.”
Brooks predicted that Love and Scott “will join their white oppressors in voting against increases in welfare benefits, against racial set-asides, against reparations, and for the kind of strict law enforcement that has disproportionately sent so many of our brothers to prison. They are traitors to their race.”
Rep. Love, who grew up in humble circumstances, cited her father’s advice “to never take a hand-out and never be a burden to society as my guiding light in social, economic, and political philosophy.” This is a view that Brooks contends “puts her diametrically at odds with the vast majority of African Americans.”
Sen. Scott, meanwhile was given an “F” by the NAACP for vowing to “free Black Americans from the trap of dependency that the Democratic Party has lured so many into. The only secure path to a successful life is through personal effort. I will be working toward removing the barriers to this effort erected by Democrats.”
A Satirical Look at Recent News
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Freedom candidate Martha McSally continues to lead incumbent Ron Barber (CONTROL) in the race for the U.S. House of Representatives in Arizona’s 2nd district. Her lead is currently 509 votes.
In the race for State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Freedom candidate Diane Douglas leads CONTROL candidate David Garcia by just under 19,000 votes.
Thursday night update …
With all precincts reporting in in Arizona’s second congressional district, conservative Martha McSally leads CONTROL-your-entire-life candidate and incumbent Ron Barber by 563 votes. At the end of the day yesterday, Pima County still had 46,000-plus votes to count, so this tight race will continue for a few more days yet.
With all the precincts reporting and additional votes to be counted, GOP Doug Ducey owns 53.63 percent of the vote for governor. CONTROL’s Comrade Fred DuVal owns 41.35 percent.
Diane Douglas (GOP) leads David Garcia (CONTROL) by just over 20,000 votes in the race for Superintendent of Public Instruction.
In the Legislative District 6 (Heber-Overgaard area) race for state senator, Sylvia Allen holds a lead of 1,790 votes over Independent Thomas O’Halleran. All the precincts are in.
In the closely contested Proposition 122, the yes vote has a lead of just under 28,000 votes. Though ballot counting continues, it should be a done deal.
As of the end of Wednesday, the secretary of state’s office reported the following on votes still needing to be counted:
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