Republican Governor Matt Bevin, who lost his re-election race Tuesday night despite tremendous support from President Donald Trump, has refused to concede. His Democratic challenger, Andy Beshear, has been declared the winner by news organizations.
The one-term Tea Party Republican governor who went into election day as the second-most disliked governor in the nation on Wednesday formally petitioned the Kentucky Secretary of State to “recanvass” the election results.
Bevin, who was ushered in by an anti-LGBT element after he embraced embattled county Clerk Kim Davis (photyo), spent a good portion of his time as governor waging war against the state’s teachers so viciously he even, without evidence or proof, blamed striking teachers for the rape of children. No rapes were reported during that single-day strike.
Secretary of State Allison Grimes posted Bevin’s request, in which he claims there were “multiple reports of voting irregularities.”
She has granted his request. The recanvass, which could be described as a light recount of totals only, not a recount of votes, will be performed next week on Thursday.
— Alison L. Grimes (@KySecofState) November 6, 2019
Kentucky, unlike many other states, has no formal recount mandate. Some states by law are required to perform a recount if the results are within a certin number of votes or if the number of margin of votes falls below a certain percentage.
Bevin lost to Beshear by just over 5000 votes, about a 0.4% margin.
Calling Bevin’s questionable claims “dangerous for democracy,” election law and voting rights professor Josh Douglas is calling on Bevin to produce evidence of “irregularities,” saying he is unaware there were any.
It is dangerous for democracy for Bevin and his campaign to claim "voting irregularities" without providing any evidence whatsoever. He must explain these alleged reports immediately. #KYGov https://t.co/N4OVlfYZ9x
— Josh Douglas (@JoshuaADouglas) November 6, 2019
He MUST immediately disclose what kind of "voting irregularities" he is citing.
Saying this without evidence undermines people's confidence in the legitimacy of our elections. Officials from all sides must call him out and demand that he provide evidence or stop these claims. https://t.co/WWFDjk57Vj
— Josh Douglas (@JoshuaADouglas) November 6, 2019
Meanwhile, some have expressed suspicion about the GOP’s possible efforts to somehow undermine the results.
Journalist, and voting rights and elections expert Daniel Nichanian earlier Wednesday issued what could be considered a warning:
Read coverage of Scott’s 2014 or 2018 candidacies, or read coverage of Bevin’s campaign, or read coverage of FL 2020.
We are too attached to acting as though we live in a healthy democracy to treat these elections for what they are. And these politicians know, & exploit, that.
— Taniel (@Taniel) November 6, 2019
Colorado mayor faces furious backlash after dismissing coronavirus concerns and daring someone to spit in his mouth
The mayor of the Colorado city of Longmont is under fire from residents for comments he made at last Wednesday’s Longmont City Council work session while discussing the city's coronavirus response.
According to the Times-Call, Mayor Brian Bagley, who has spoken out against lockdowns and the closing down of non-essential businesses, chose some colorful language to express his belief that low-risk people should risk exposing themselves to the virus.
Doctor on Fox News begs red states to brace for virus: ‘People are dying because we weren’t prepared’
A New York City emergency room doctor who recovered from Ebola said this week that he fears the coronavirus outbreak even more.
Craig Spencer of Columbia University Medical Center confirmed to Fox News that New York hospitals look like a war zone.
"I survived Ebola and I fear COVID, I fear coronavirus," Spencer said. "There are a lot of lessons we learned [from Ebola]... And unfortunately, a lot of those lessons have been forgotten. What I think has happened is it's left us all vulnerable to a pandemic like the coronavirus and what we're seeing on the frontlines, it's dire."
"People, unfortunately, are dying because we weren't prepared," he continued. "And I just want to share the message that we're seeing this here in New York City, I'm seeing it in my hospital, I'm seeing it in all hospitals around New York City, we're not prepared. And I want to make sure that the message gets shared with everyone across the country."
‘Detroit is burning right now’: Michigan doctor paints frightening picture of COVID-19 in her city on CNN
A Michigan doctor on Wednesday painted a frightening picture of the coronavirus pandemic's impact on her home city of Detroit.
In an interview with CNN's Jim Sciutto and Poppy Harlow, Dr. Teena Chopra said that Detroit's medical system was getting overwhelmed at the moment.
"The resources are poor," she said of her situation at the Detroit Medical Center. "36 percent of the population are below the poverty line. Lack of education, lack of access to clean water supply -- I think all of these factors are social determinants and play a big role. that's why we're becoming the next epicenter with the trends we are seeing."