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Taxpayers on the hook for most of cost of Michigan recount

  • 8:26 pm Wednesday, November 30th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree

As a Presidential vote recount gets underway Thursday in Wisconsin, Green Party candidate Jill Stein has successfully been able to force another vote review in the race for the White House, this time in Michigan, where state officials say that taxpayers will have to pick up most of the cost.

“Michigan taxpayers could be paying $4 million despite the $1 million the Green Party nominee must pay to have the recount,” said Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson, who publicly frowned on Stein’s recount request.

“It is unusual that a candidate who received just 1 percent of the vote is seeking a [More]

Odd series of tweets from federal ethics office about Trump business plan

  • 2:26 pm Wednesday, November 30th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree

Hours after President-Elect Donald Trump announced that he would set out a plan to step away from his family businesses while in the White House, an obscure government ethics office in Washington, D.C., sent out a series of messages to Mr. Trump on Twitter that seemed abnormal for a federal agency, as the tweets repeatedly praised the next President for his yet-to-be-announced moves.

It turned out there was no hack. All of it evidently an effort to send a social media message to the President-Elect on his family business holdings.

“OGE applauds the “total” divestiture decision,” the official Twitter account of [More]

Amid some opposition, House Democrats re-elect Pelosi as leader

  • 12:11 pm Wednesday, November 30th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree

With lingering hard feelings over their party’s failure in the November elections, Democrats in the U.S. House decided not to make a change in direction, voting to keep Rep. Nancy Pelosi as their leader, easily turning aside a challenge from Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio.

The vote was not close, as Pelosi won more than two-thirds of fellow Democrats, with a final margin of 134 to 63.

“Clearly this didn’t turn out the way we wanted to,” Ryan told reporters after the vote, as the Ohio Democrat said he still feels like the race energized fellow Democrats.

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Trump sets December 15 announcement for exit from family businesses

  • 7:43 am Wednesday, November 30th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree

President-Elect Donald Trump says he will make an announcement in mid-December on how he will shift away from direct control of his businesses interests, in order to “fully focus” on being President of the United States.

“I feel it is visually important, as President, to in no way have a conflict of interest with my various businesses,” said Mr. Trump in a series of posts on Twitter this morning.

“The Presidency is a far more important task!” Mr. Trump added. He did not say who would be running his businesses while he is in the White House.

The announcement by [More]

Pelosi faces rare challenge as House Democrats vote on leadership

  • 3:08 am Wednesday, November 30th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree

Amid some internal grumbling over their party’s election defeat in the race for President, House Democrats will vote today on Capitol Hill on their leadership for 2017, as Nancy Pelosi faces a rare challenge from within, by Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio.

Ryan and his supporters are making a familiar argument – their party lost in November, their leaders have been around for a long time, and they should be held responsible for the failure at the ballot box.

“Tim represents a new generation of leaders who are ready to make real change,” said Rep. Seth Moulton, a freshman from Massachusetts, one [More]

Sen. John McCain tells reporters – don’t ask me about Donald Trump

  • 5:09 pm Tuesday, November 29th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree

Seemingly fed up with questions about something that President-Elect Donald Trump has said or done, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) bluntly told reporters at the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday to simply stop asking him questions about the next occupant of the White House.

“I will not talk about President-Elect Trump,” McCain said, as reporters pursued him just off the Senate floor following a lunch meeting of Senate Republicans.

One reporter had started to mention the subject of North Korea and Mr. Trump, when McCain cut her short.

“I will not talk about Donald Trump,” McCain said, flashing the type of aggravation and [More]

Republicans vow to figure out details of new health care plan

  • 3:15 pm Tuesday, November 29th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree

As President-Elect Donald Trump chose a vocal critic of Obamacare for the job of health secretary, Republicans in Congress confidently told reporters that despite some difficult policy choices, they will swiftly press ahead next year with plans to get rid of President Obama’s signature health care reform plan.

“We will end up where need to be with an alternative to the ACA that works for people, makes health care affordable, available, accessible,” Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) said from an elevator after a meeting of Senate Republicans.

“What we’re trying to do, is do it in a way so we repeal Obamacare, but [More]

Trump picks critic of Obamacare as health secretary

  • 7:51 am Tuesday, November 29th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree

President-Elect Donald Trump has chosen Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) for the job of Health and Human Services Secretary, giving the position to a veteran member of Congress who has been a frequent critic of President Obama’s health reform plan.

“Chairman Price, a renowned physician, has earned a reputation for being a tireless problem solver and the go-to expert on healthcare policy,” Mr. Trump said in a written statement issued this morning.

“There is much work to be done to ensure we have a health care system that works for patients, families, and doctors,” the Georgia Republican said of his selection.

Price, who has [More]

State elections officials dispute Trump charge that millions voted illegally

  • 11:36 pm Monday, November 28th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree

After their states were singled out by President-Elect Donald Trump for allowing massive voter fraud, elections officials in three states pushed back against Mr. Trump’s charge that millions voted illegally in the November elections, with critics calling on the next President to present some evidence to back up his charge.

“The claims of voter fraud in Virginia during the November 8 election are unfounded,” said Virginia elections commissioner Edgardo Cortes, one of three states that Trump claimed had allowed illegal votes in large numbers.

In New Hampshire, there was also push back to the President-Elect, as officials noted that the Trump campaign [More]

Wisconsin election board sets $3.5 million price tag for vote recount

  • 6:02 pm Monday, November 28th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree

Hours after approving a plan to start a recount of the vote for President in Wisconsin, elections officials there set a price tag of $3.5 million for that recount – an amount that must be paid by the candidates asking for the election review, with a deadline of Tuesday at 4:30 pm Central Time.

The recount has been requested by Green Party nominee Jill Stein, as well as independent candidate Roque De La Fuente.

Under Wisconsin election law, because an automatic recount was not triggered, then Stein and/or De La Fuente will have to pay the cost of the vote count.

“For the [More]