Republicans fear Trump’s deluded efforts are eclipsing critical Georgia Senate races. Suckers

first_imgOn top of that, the high-profile recount Trump forced in Georgia may not even be legal, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The rules governing a Georgia election audit call for reviewing only a random sample of ballots rather than every single one. “The audit would have concluded when all ballots were counted and the odds that the full tabulation was incorrect was less than 10%, according to State Election Board rules. But instead of pulling a smaller sample of ballots, Raffensperger plans to audit every ballot,” writes AJC.Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, who has been under fire from his GOP colleagues for Trump’s failures in the state, has justified the full hand recount by insisting “the margin is just so close right now.”- Advertisement – Now, as the fate of the Senate rests on two Georgia runoffs, some GOP donors and lawmakers are realizing that loser Trump’s selfishly futile fundraising efforts are siphoning precious resources away from the battles that actually matter in Georgia, according to Politico. Senate Republicans have also made a joint fundraising page to collect money for Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue — but it didn’t attract the widespread social media attention of Trump’s efforts.Sorry, suckers. – Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img For the record, 14,000 votes may be close, but it’s not recount close. No way. Recounts almost never change election results, particularly when the margin is anywhere over several hundred votes. The Georgia runoff is Jan. 5. Request an absentee ballot by Nov. 18. Early in-person voting starts Dec. 14. And REGISTER TO VOTE here by Dec. 7.last_img read more

Angels Notes: ‘Dialogue’ ongoing with Justin Upton

first_imgALSOThe Angels are hoping to have a new hitting coach within a week, while the rest of their big league staff has all been asked to return, Eppler said. The Angels announced last week that Dave Hansen would not return to his role of hitting coach. There were no announcements either way about the rest of the staff, but Eppler said they’ve all been invited back, even though not all the contracts have been completed. …Matt Shoemaker, who missed the end of the season after having radial nerve surgery, will be reporting to Arizona in the next few days to begin throwing off a mound. The Angels want Shoemaker to throw in Arizona for a couple weeks, progressing to extended bullpen sessions, including a break to simulate pitching multiple innings. …Nick Tropeano, who is rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, is up to 35 pitches facing hitters. He will continue building up for another week or two before being shut down for the winter. …Felix Peña, who the Angels acquired from the Chicago Cubs last week, is a reliever capable of pitching multiple innings, similar to the role Yusmeiro Petit filled this year, Eppler said. Eppler said Peña has “a power fastball and can miss bats. If he can live in the strike zone more consistently, we might have a guy who could impact the major league club.” Peña can be optioned next season. As Justin Upton ponders his future with Angels, winning is key If he exercises the opt-out, he would be a free agent. The Angels could also renegotiate Upton’s deal before the opt-out date, perhaps adding an extra year or increasing the salary, to encourage him to stay.Upton, 30, hit 35 homers with a .901 OPS this season, mostly with the Detroit Tigers. He had seven homers and an .887 OPS after the Angels acquired him on Aug. 31. Angels general manager Billy Eppler said Friday he recently had a “positive conversation” with Justin Upton and agent Larry Reynolds and “there is dialogue going on,” although he wouldn’t characterize the situation any further.Upton has an opt-out in his contract, which must be exercised by three days after the end of the World Series. If he stays, he would be under contract to the Angels for four years and $88.5 million.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more