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Trump’s making Dramatic Gains in AZ, 50% Away from Biden as Count Continues



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Although most existing media outlets have named Joe Biden the winner of the 2020 presidential election, a sleeper tale is unfolding in Arizona as President Donald Trump is half a percent away from his Democratic opponent.

The Associated Press reported on Saturday that Biden was the winner of the election with an Electoral College number of 290, compared to 214 for Trump.

This count includes the 11 votes cast by Arizona Electoral College, along with the outcomes of other disputed elections in Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Nevada.

Trump’s campaign insisted that the condition of the Grand Canyon must eventually go to the president after all the ballots are counted.

Last week, Biden had a nearly 93,000-vote lead over Trump, but as of Monday morning, the former vice president’s edge shrank to just 16,985 votes or 49.5 percent over Trump’s 49 percent.

Garrett Archer of Phoenix ABC affiliate KNXV-TV tweeted on Sunday that the president had won 64 percent of the vote from Pinal and Apache counties that day.

Trump has a convenient Pinal County advantage in the overall count, while Biden has a good lead-in Apache County.

According to Archer’s Monday morning post, there are nearly 77,000 votes remaining in Arizona.

If the president had to take 64 percent of those remaining ballots, or anything similar to that, he will draw about 4,500 votes ahead of Biden.

Of course, that’s a major “if,” but it’s always conceivable.

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MSNBC National Political Reporter Steve Kornacki explained last week that there are three so-called “buckets” that make up Arizona’s ballot count.

Next came the early elections, with Biden leaping to a 10-point lead over Trump.

Then came the votes cast on Election Day, which was carried by the President by 26 percentage points, Kornacki said.

The counties were in the midst of counting a third set, composed mostly of ballots dropped at polling stations on election day or early ballots that had arrived in the days immediately preceding it, which had become a theme for Trump in the state.

If Arizona were to go to the President, it wouldn’t earn him the Electoral College he wants or refuse Biden the victory if all aspects remain the same — but it might be the beginning of a change in the race.

Biden’s count will slip from 290 down to 279, while Trump’s would go to 232, given that Alaska and North Carolina, where he leads, are eventually called upon to do so.

If each of the disputed states of Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania were to withdraw from Biden’s winning column following a recount or court battle, the former vice president will no longer have the 270 votes of the Electoral College needed to win.

In The Western Journal’s Op-Ed, former Bill Clinton campaign guru Dick Morris pointed out Trump’s road to victory from there, which caught the talk radio host Mark Levin ‘s eye.

Georgia is one of the countries expected to be going for a recount, which Morris claims would turn out in Trump’s favour, given the invalid absentee and other votes that will be found.

He also sees a recanting occurring in Wisconsin that will also reveal invalid ballots and potentially turn the state around.

Then it all comes down to Pennsylvania, where Trump continues to have his toughest legal challenges.

On Friday, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito directed all Pennsylvania counties to protect any ballots that had arrived after 8 p.m. On the night of the election.

The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania ignored Keystone State’s electoral law by enabling ballots collected before Friday to be counted, but Trump and the Republican Party of Pennsylvania appealed to the U.S. The Supreme Court got its decision reversed.

SCOTUS rejected a motion to expedite the appeal in a 4-4 decision prior to the election, with Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the liberal wing of the court; however, the judges did not comment on the merits of the case.

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With Amy Coney Barrett now in court, such a decision could go in favour of the Republicans, tossing away late-coming absentee ballots. Absentees appeared strongly to Biden.

Trump’s campaign frequently pursues other legal threats, including the rejection of Republican monitors to the Philadelphia polling centre.

Then there’s the possibly ongoing drama in Michigan, where the county switched from Biden to Trump after a technical glitch had been discovered.

The same device is used by Dominion Voting Systems in the majority of Michigan counties as well as in other swing states.

Georgia also encountered an election day “glitch” in its Dominion Voting Processes in Spalding and Morgan counties, all of which were carried by Trump.

Politico claimed that the glitch was triggered by a company downloading an upgrade to their voting machines the night before.

Top election cyber experts told The Western Journal that voting information programmes can be hacked and reprogrammed to distort voting figures.

One feature all electronic voting systems have in common is a portable drive or memory card that engages in two-way contact with the database when the results of each voting machine are submitted.

According to these researchers, the only way to check the integrity of the vote is to perform spontaneous, risk-limiting audits of voting returns, regardless of how large the margin of victory is.

Such audits shall be carried out by hand-by-hand recounting of ballots in different places across the state until a preset statistical measure of confidence is met when the reviewers are able to conclude the computer-based election outcomes that represent the actual votes cast.

Too much needs to be done until we can check who was the winner of the 2020 presidential election.

It would definitely be a powerful turn of events if the re-emergence of Trump’s loss ashes were to begin in Phoenix.

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Douglas County School Board to vote on mask mandate in schools



Douglas County School Board to vote on mask mandate in schools

The new school board overseeing the Douglas County School District will meet Tuesday to decide whether to end the mask requirements inside schools.

The resolution that the Board of Education will consider states that the district will not mandate masks in schools unless they are required by federal, state or local laws or public health orders. The school board will also not set a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for students or district staff, according to the resolution.

“The (b)oard recommends, regardless of vaccination status, personal and parent choice with respect to whether or not children should wear face coverings while at school, while also allowing for appropriate and necessary accommodation of students with disabilities…,” reads the resolution.

The school board meeting starts at 5 p.m. and at least two hours of public comment scheduled. The board is not expected to vote on no-masks until around 8:10 p.m., according to the agenda.

The meeting comes a month after four new conservative members — all against mask mandates — were elected to the school board last month. They hold the majority on the seven-member board.

However, a federal judge blocked a mask exemption from Douglas County’s new health department in October, saying it violated the rights of students with disabilities, so it’s unclear what effect a vote in favor of ending the mandate will immediately have.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends universal masking inside school buildings for students and staff. The agency discovered that counties without face-covering requirements saw larger increases in COVID-19 cases in children after the start of school during the 2021-22 year, according to a Sept. 24 study.

Colorado saw a rise in COVID-19 cases among students after school returned in the fall, most notably among those — ages 5 to 11 years old — who were not eligible for a vaccine until November. Infections among children recently declined, but public health officials have warned that they could increase again as the holidays approach.

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DeVante Parker’s return can add another dimension to Dolphins’ offense



DeVante Parker’s return can add another dimension to Dolphins’ offense

Before Sunday’s 20-9 victory over the New York Giants, Miami Dolphins wide receiver DeVante Parker had only played in one game over the previous two months with hamstring and shoulder issues.

He was away for a key stretch during Miami’s seven-game losing streak that included losses to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jacksonville Jaguars and Atlanta Falcons, and then he missed the first four of the Dolphins’ five-game winning streak going into the bye week.

Now, after quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and the offense found somewhat of a groove without him, his reinsertion into the lineup can bring an added dimension to the Dolphins.

Playing 71 percent of offensive snaps against the Giants, Parker caught all five passes thrown his way in his return for 62 yards. He made acrobatic sideline catches for first downs on both the touchdown drive at the end of the first half and a key fourth-quarter drive in sealing the win.

“It feels good being back on the field with my teammates,” Parker said in a web conference on Monday. “I’m just glad I was able to be a part of the win. I just wanted to help us get a W, and that’s what I did.”

Having Parker and his ability to make contested, possession-type catches against cornerbacks on the outside gives Tagovailoa that option, expanding on what he’s been able to do with Jaylen Waddle, Mike Gesicki, Mack Hollins and others.

“It creates a lot of defensive issues outside,” said co-offensive coordinator George Godsey on Tuesday. “He does a great job blocking in the run game. He’s got a lot of experience to help out the guys in the meeting room. … Having his experience and productivity out there is definitely a helpful thing for the whole unit.”

Tagovailoa enjoyed being able to throw it up to Parker when in single coverage to allow him to go up and get the ball.

“DeVante adds another vertical stretch for us offensively,” Tagovailoa said after Sunday’s win, “and he makes tough catches when you need him to, so really glad to have him back.”

Tagovailoa and Parker have established chemistry on back-shoulder throws on the sideline in their season-plus together that has been interrupted multiple times by injuries to each.

“You just throw it to the guy and let him catch it because he’s done that and he’s proven that in his career,” Godsey said. “There’s a lot of evidence on tape of guys that have his ability to just get up there and catch the ball, whether it’s behind them, in front of them, a jump ball. As many times as we can get the ball in his vicinity, we like it.”

Added Parker: “Any time you see any of us receivers out there pressed against someone, you assume they’ll want to go to you. It’s a one-on-one matchup. You just want to go to that.”

His presence, while it means targets getting further split, can also free up other Dolphins pass catchers.

“When he’s going, everybody is feeding off of him, everybody is feeding off his energy and it drives everyone else to play better, as well,” said fellow receiver Isaiah Ford. “He’s a special player. He has extremely good body control, ball skills and everything like that.”

And Parker is also coming back to a renewed Tagovailoa.

“He has a lot more confidence, and you see it in his throws,” Parker said. “The one-on-one coverage, he goes to it. That’s what we like to see. Just the confidence in him. That’s good for the team.”

Baker nominated

Dolphins linebacker Jerome Baker was named the team’s nominee for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award, which recognizes a player for outstanding community service activities off the field, as well as excellence on the field.

One of the first recurring events Baker established after he was drafted by the Dolphins in 2018 was a Christmas event for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade. Born on Christmas Day himself, he hosts the event for children as a birthday gift and even made sure the event could be held virtually in 2020 due to the pandemic.

When a residential building collapsed in Surfside in June, Baker partnered with a minority-owned small business food truck to provide meals to first responders aiding in the recovery efforts. After an earthquake hit Haiti in August, Baker helped transport donation items to Haiti and supported a call for action for the public to deliver goods needed by the country.

When he was drafted in 2018, Baker established the Expand the Land Foundation to inspire youth and provide mentorship and programming in his hometown of Cleveland.

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Omar Kelly: Dolphins’ defense deserves praise for helping turn season around



Omar Kelly: Dolphins’ defense deserves praise for helping turn season around

There is often an opportunity that discomfort creates if it is welcomed.

It’s called growth, and that is what we’ve been witnessing from the Miami Dolphins defense the past five weeks, where that unit’s development, and tightening of the screws has helped the Dolphins (6-7) transform from an NFL laughingstock due to their seven straight losses into a franchise deserving some respect.

Tua Tagovailoa’s accuracy, anticipation and pocket presence have allowed the offense become respectable during Miami’s five-game winning streak. But it’s the defense that is doing the heavy lifting once again.

If there’s one thing the 2021 season has taught us is that expecting things to carryover from one season to the next in the NFL is shortsighted.

The slightest alteration of your roster — like a swap from safety from Bobby McCain to Jevon Holland, a change at outside linebacker from Kyle Van Noy to Jaelan Phillips, the absence of an edge setter Shaq Lawson — could drastically alter your team’s chemistry, shift the unit’s strengths and weaknesses, and impact the team’s style of play.

Defensive coordinator Josh Boyer got a crash course on this earlier this season when he tried to run the same scheme that produced one of the NFL’s stingiest defenses in 2020 with different personnel.

While the defensive play-calls might have been similar — if not the same — the execution wasn’t, and the product on the field left plenty to be desired considering the Dolphins sat at the bottom of many important NFL statistical rankings before the wins started piling up.

Then comfort set in, roles were adapted, and the screws tightened. During this five-game winning streak Miami’s defense allowed just four touchdowns, a stretch where Miami’s opponents averaged 11 points per game.

“I feel like we’re back to that level,” Pro Bowl cornerback Xavien Howard said, referring to the sack-producing, turnover-creating unit the Dolphins possessed last season. “I feel like everybody is confident, everybody is having fun.”

But the road back to respectable wasn’t easy, and featured some growing pains.

For instance, Miami’s run defense tightened once nose tackle Raekwon Davis returned from the knee injury he suffered in the season opener. In the nine games Davis has played since his return only three teams have rushed for 100 or more yards against Miami.

As a result, the Dolphins rank ninth against the run now, allowing 103.8 rushing yards per game, heading into this weekend’s bye.

Clamping down against the run set the table for everything else, but Miami had to overcome some injuries, and be patient with its young players’ development to get here.

Howard and Byron Jones, Miami’s two upper-echelon cornerbacks, the talents whose skill-set this defense is built around, were each nursing a groin injury at the same time earlier in the season. Their injuries impacted their performance, and the schemes Miami could run for nearly a month.

It also took Holland, the Dolphins’ 2021 second-round pick, half a season to become comfortable in Miami’s defense. Now the former Oregon standout is one of the team’s top playmakers, and a leader the secondary leans on.

He’s proof that sometimes teams have to wait for young players to blossom.

That seemed to be the case with not just Holland, but Phillips, whom the Dolphins selected with the 18th overall pick in the 2021 draft. The former University of Miami standout struggled to quickly learn everything that came with being a linebacker in Miami’s scheme.

The Dolphins eventually scrapped (or tabled) the outside linebacker role, and began to use Phillips exclusively as a pass rusher. Last Sunday Phillips set a Dolphins rookie record by reaching 8.5 sacks on the season, and seven of them have come in the past five games.

To simplify things for Phillips, Jerome Baker became an edge player, returning to the outside linebacker role he held in his rookie season. That opened the door for Duke Riley to get more playing time at inside linebacker.

Miami’s defense evolved into what it is today through trial and error and ultimately found a formula that works for this unit — not last year’s defense.

Last year the Dolphins defense allowed a touchdown 57.4 percent of the time teams reached the red zone, which ranked Miami seventh in that statistical category.

This year Miami is allowing 50 percent of red-zone opportunities to turn into touchdowns, which ties Miami with Buffalo for fourth in the NFL.

Only Baltimore, New England and New Orleans are better, and that’s good company to keep.

“It’s about trusting the process. Believing in what you’re doing. Believing in the scheme, and believing in the players,” Boyer said. “From the players, from the coaches, even when things haven’t been good. We all understand that we’re approaching things the right way. We’re working the right way. We haven’t always gotten the results we wanted. Just because you work hard, prepare the right way, coaching it the right way, it really comes down to execution on Sundays.”

The evolution will continue as Holland, Phillips and Baker become more comfortable in their new roles.

The hope is that the growth we’ve seen this past month will carry on throughout the final four games of the regular season, and maybe next year’s defense will start out the 2022 season with less discomfort.

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