Jill Stein nears $4.5M goal to fund key-state recounts (USA Today link): Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein finished a distant fourth in the popular vote in the Nov. 8 election, but she is moving, after the fact, to play a role in the outcome.
Stein's campaign says it has raised enough money to pay for a recount of the presidential vote in Wisconsin, one of a number of states that surprisingly helped Republican Donald Trump win the election.
According to the Wisconsin Elections Commission, a lawyer for Stein's campaign has already told the commission it will formally request a recount by Friday's deadline.
Moreover, the Stein campaign is continuing to raise money to pay for recounts in two other crucial states: Pennsylvania, where the deadline is Monday, and Michigan, where the deadline is Wednesday. Trump won all three states.
Stein can request the recounts by virtue of having been a candidate in the election, where she finished behind Trump, Democrat Hillary Clinton and Libertarian Gary Johnson in the popular vote. However, she must bear the costs which, in Wisconsin alone, could approach $1 million.
As of early Thursday evening, Stein's campaign said it had raised more than $4.4 million toward a goal of $4.5 million to fund the three recounts. The campaign, which began the fundraising Wednesday, insists the recounts are not intended to help Clinton, saying:
"Election integrity experts have independently identified Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin as states where 'statistical anomalies' raised concerns. ... These recounts are part of an election integrity movement to attempt to shine a light on just how untrustworthy the U.S. election system is."
Mod: The following is the Sierra Madre Weekly's report on a potential hate crime in Sierra Madre. While the Sierra Madre Police Department's Detective Henry Amos continues to investigate this matter, no conclusions have yet to be reached.
The tiny city of Sierra Madre has been known for years as progressive and tolerant. However now, the Czubernats feel they have been targeted and have experienced a post-election hate crime.
“We are one of the very few gay families in our town. We purchased a property two years ago in hopes of raising our young family in a safe community. Until recently, we have lived in that safe space. After the election, we led our 2- year-old twins in creating signs that signified our love and acceptance of all people. We did this in order to teach our kids about advocacy, standing up for the oppressed and how each person’s voice deserves to be heard,” Crystal Czubernat said.
“After hanging the signs on our porch, this weekend, my car was egged and a tire of our car was slashed. We are afraid and horrified.”
Czubernat immediately called the Sierra Madre Police Dept., who she said were “very kind, understanding and helpful … ”
The Czubernat’s were advised [by SMPD] while there is no immediate evidence of a hate crime – it may have been an adolescent prank. However, the couple believes they were targeted as a result of putting the signs on their porch which incited a negative reaction.
While no one was hurt in the incident, Candice and Crystal Czubernat’s family and friends want them to take the signs down. However, with mixed feelings the couple believes it’s imperative to not be beaten by hatred and therefore the signs will remain.
The police have put on extra patrols in the area since the incident and the city cleaned up the street outside their home. The couple hopes that other neighbors in Sierra Madre stand strong and not give in to what they judge as a hate crime. They ask that other couples who believe as they do also take a stand against oppression.
A newly uncovered quote from a 2006 Chicago Tribune piece revealed Donald Trump's eldest daughter, Ivanka, is definitely creeped out by her dad.
Writer Sarah Kendzior found and tweeted a screenshot of the piece on Thursday, in which Ivanka says: "If he wasn't my father, I would spray him with Mace." The piece goes on to say Ivanka's statement was in response to "her father complimenting her figure."
MyNewsLA.com apparently believes that Donald Trump is a time traveller.