Vox Sentences: Eternal Recount of the Sunshine State

Vox Sentences: Eternal Recount of the Sunshine State

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Races in Arizona, Florida, and Georgia proceed to have razor-thin margins as vote recounts proceed; former Philippine first woman Imelda Marcos is sentenced to many years in jail for corruption.

The recount should go on

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  • Control over the US Senate could have been determined after Tuesday’s election, however actual numbers are nonetheless to be decided; Arizona and Florida are deep right into a vote recount for his or her respective races, as is Georgia for its tight governor’s match. [Vox]
  • In Arizona, Democrat Kyrsten Sinema is forward of Martha McSally by a mere 9,600 votes for the open Senate seat. With 99 p.c of precincts reporting, Arizona legislation states that the margin have to be a 0.1 p.c distinction between the prime two candidates to qualify for a recount (it’s at the moment at 0.5 p.c). The course of is additional sophisticated by Arizona being closely depending on mail-in ballots, which can arrive as much as Election Day and take a very long time to confirm. [Politico / James Arkin]
  • In Florida, the margins are even tighter. Incumbent Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson is trailing Republican Rick Scott by 0.18 p.c. Any race that’s narrower than a 0.5 p.c lead qualifies for an automated recount, the place each vote solid might be retabulated. [NPR / Miles Parks and Emily Sullivan]
  • The Georgia governor’s race is trickier. The GOP’s Brian Kemp is main Stacey Abrams by 63,000 votes, putting him barely above the 50 p.c line that declares a victor and doesn’t ship the prime two candidates to a runoff. However, Abrams, who’s vying to change into the first black feminine governor in the US, has not conceded and insists all votes are counted. [NYT / Richard Fausset, Patricia Mazzei, and Alan Blinder]
  • Georgia has been at the forefront of controversy in the previous month over alleged voter suppression by the Republican Party. Kemp, who resigned as Georgia’s secretary of state simply yesterday, was in management of the voting course of, and lots of teams accused him of placing the voter registrations of 53,000 folks, many of them African-American, on maintain. [AP / Ben Nadler]
  • President Trump condemned the recount processes in Georgia and Florida on Friday morning, saying Kemp as a victor and saying “it’s time to maneuver on.” He additionally recommended that election supervisors fabricated Democratic votes in Florida for Nelson. [Twitter / Donald J. Trump]
  • Florida’s recount course of has additionally put a star progressive candidate again in the limelight; Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, who conceded the governor’s race to Republican Ron DeSantis, now trails him by simply 0.5 p.c of the whole votes. If Gillum wins a potential recount, a concession speech doesn’t preserve him out of the governor’s mansion. [NBC News / Ali Vitali]
  • Republicans are at the moment holding on to a skinny majority in the Senate — 51 to 46. Victories in Arizona and Florida might give them a further two seats, with the Mississippi runoff more likely to go to the GOP. [NYT]

Imelda Marcos convicted in $200 million fraud case

  • A Filipino court docket sentenced Imelda Marcos, who was as soon as the nation’s first woman, to a minimal of 42 years in jail for corruption offenses relationship again many years. [WSJ / Jake Maxwell Watts]
  • Marcos was convicted on seven counts of violating an anti-corruption legislation for illegally funneling roughly $200 million to Swiss banks to cover her surprising wealth. The exercise, which occurred in the 1970s, was throughout the time her husband, Ferdinand Marcos, held government workplace. [AP / Jim Gomez]
  • Imelda Marcos didn’t seem in court docket for her sentencing, and a warrant was issued for her arrest. The fraud case comes simply as she and her household have seen a political resurgence in the Philippines, having gained favor beneath the presidency of Rodrigo Duterte. [NYT / Jason Gutierrez]
  • But this isn’t the first time the Marcos household has been tied to criminal activity; earlier than Ferdinand Marcos was ousted in 1986, the household was accused of stealing billions of {dollars} from the Filipino inhabitants. Imelda was notorious for her lavish spending as first woman. [CNN]


  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who on Tuesday grew to become the youngest lady ever elected to Congress, mentioned she gained’t transfer to Washington till her wage kicks in as a result of she will be able to’t afford the lease. [Vice News / Rex Santus]
  • After practically 20 years of Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show catwalks, Brazilian supermodel Adriana Lima has introduced she’s retiring. [Twitter / InStyle]
  • A complete of 22 gadgets owned by the late physicist Stephen Hawking offered for greater than $2.33 million at public sale. Items included a replica of his thesis, signed by Hawking, and an early wheelchair he used. [BBC]
  • It could have been greater than 50 years since households throughout the world have been launched to paint tv, however a British broadcast license service reveals that 7,000 households in the UK are nonetheless watching tv in black and white. [Guardian]


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