According to Pennsylvania record, 250,780 registered Dems requested but didn't return absentee ballots, compared to 167,470 Republicans. Like every election conspiracy theory, this is explainable unless you're dishonest.…

John Solomon is wildly dishonest and keeps getting fired for it, which is important context here.
This story's also just sloppy. Matt Braynard is introduced, correctly, as a former Trump official. But the reference to his project gets the name wrong (Voter Integrity FUND - story says "project") and leaves out that he founded it *this month.*…
That said, story links the document, so you can see the work. Basically, the Trump-aligned project to find vote fraud called only registered Rs and asked about their absentee ballot requests, then extrapolated to argue that enough ballots were questionable that Trump should win. Image
The irony here, like with most of the challenges, is the usual "fraud" theory is that the fraudsters dump ballots when they see what they need to win. That's what these challenges are doing, in reverse: Get the Biden margin, then try to disqualify enough votes to erase it.

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19 Nov
My impression’s been that they are 100% confident that it won’t work, and that they’re better off with this as a “Trump flails around” story than a “parties clash over results, who’s right?” story
By sitting back and letting lawyers handle it they've gone 28-1 in court (and the one Trump victory, if upheld, wouldn't affect the PA count), watched Rs rip each others' faces off in Georgia, watched an attempt to throw out Detroit's vote backfire on GOP/go viral.
Are they overconfident? Election officials say they aren't - see Benson in MI who sees no impediment to certifying the vote. Maybe on Earth-2 Biden is flying to Detroit to make the Wayne County stuff more infamous. But their instinct is: Don't swing at everything.
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13 Nov
The question on the “defund the police” stuff is: Do Democrats continue quickly associating themselves with protest movements? They did so throughout the Trump years, and several times they ended up thinking protesters led them into a ditch. 1/2
They aligned themselves with protests against Trump’s zero tolerance border policies, then blanched when activists came up with “abolish ICE.” Same thing with BLM protests, which were popular — activists came up with “defund the police” and Rs launched it back at them. 2/2
*I should say “they were popular and then...” This player out very IRL in DC, where the mayor painted BLACK LIVES MATTER on 16th street and activists painted “Defund the Police” next to it.
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13 Nov
Real vote audit hours, who up
I’m in Forsyth County, which went big for Trump but where Biden ran ahead of most modern Dem nominees. Two Voter Review Panelists at each table, R and D, reading out the presidential vote on each ballot.
There are a few observers behind the caution tape, alternating between watching the count and having a conversation about restaurants in Memphis.
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11 Nov
GOP rally kicking off in Cobb County
Bonnie Perdue, the senator’s wife, says he “couldn’t make it” today — which was expected but folks here expect to see a lot more of Loeffler in person than of Perdue
Rubio jokes that Georgia is “stealing Florida’s job” by having a close election that decides the fate of America
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10 Nov
Ossoff speaking at Atlanta car rally while some hecklers yell “Jon loves China!” and get escorted out
“Y’all know that Sen. Perdue lives behind three gates on a private island?”
After some momentum/Perdue-whacking applause lines, the Ossoffgenda: “Affordable housing, affordable health care, dignified work that pays a living wage, equal justice under the law, where every family breathes clean air and drinks clean water.”
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6 Nov
A problem for Democrats is that they *do* introduce plans then people never hear about them.

Is it about pizzazz? Biden introduced his Lift Every Voice plan ages ago and ran ads on it, but Trump got famous rappers to endorse his last minute plan.
This is why the simple case for “Medicare for All” that makes sense to me is — it’s easy to explain! Even if people hate your plan they know you have one.
That said, what makes the Dem infighting about messaging so absurd is that 1) the centrists are really, really bad at coming up with sticky messages, and 2) the left, seeing how bad the centrists are, keeps kicking own goals like the Green New Deal FAQ or "defund police."
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