The Texas Secretary of State’s Office announced the state will conduct a forensic audit of the 2020 presidential election in four counties.
The audit will focus on Houston, Dallas, Tarrant, and Collin counties — the two largest Democrat and two largest Republican counties in the state.
“Under existing Texas laws, the Secretary of State has the authority to conduct a full and comprehensive forensic audit of any election and has already begun the process in Texas’ two largest Democrat counties and two largest Republican counties—Dallas, Harris, Tarrant, and Collin—for the 2020 election. We anticipate the Legislature will provide funds for this purpose,” the Office said in a statement.
Though Donald Trump won Texas last year by 5.5 percentage points, the former president wrote a letter to Gov. Greg Abbott (R) on Thursday requesting a statewide audit to “answer big questions” about the 2020 election.
“Despite my big win in Texas, I hear Texans want an election audit! You know your fellow Texans have big questions about the November 2020 Election,” Trump said in a statement.
“Let’s get to the bottom of the 2020 Presidential Election Scam!”
Texas Democrats melted down over the development.
Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo called the audit a “scam” and a “dangerous assault” on democracy.
“This does not deserve to be treated as a serious matter or serious audit,” Hidalgo said. “It is an irresponsible political trick. It is a sham. It is a cavalier and dangerous assault on voters and democracy.”
Likewise, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins accused Abbott of appeasing his “puppeteer” Trump.
“This is a weak Governor openly and shamelessly taking his orders from a disgraced former President. Governor Abbott is wasting taxpayer funds to trample on Texans’ freedom to vote, all in order to appease his puppeteer,” Jenkins told the Texas Tribune.
Former U.S. Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke called the election audit an “extreme rightward lurch” done at Trump’s bidding.
“Looks like the extreme rightward lurch in Texas has entered a new phase. Abbott and the GOP now openly allow a disgraced, twice-impeached president to write Texas policy,” O’Rourke tweeted.
Biden won Dallas County with 65% of the vote and Harris County with 56%, according to the official results.
Biden also flipped Tarrant County, winning 49.3% to Trump’s 49.1%. Trump won Collin County with over 51% of the vote.
Texas’ audit announcement came a day before the Arizona Senate released the results of its months-long audit of the 2020 election which found tens of thousands of duplicate ballots in addition to thousands of other discrepancies with ballot envelopes, signatures, voter rolls, and more.
Proud Boys continue to make mark and show growth in Miami, with latest rise coming from their assistance in getting Art Acevedo fired
Art Acevedo, whom Miami Mayor Francis Suarez dubbed the “Tom Brady” and “Michael Jordan” of police chiefs, has been defeated, after City of Miami commissioners voted unanimously to fire the top cop of the Miami Police Department (MPD) — and it came with a little help from an unlikely source: the mainstream right-wing Proud Boys.
During a grueling hours-long commission hearing on Thursday, an attorney for City Manager Art Noriega called witnesses to testify to eight reasons Noriega had outlined for why he suspended Acevedo on Monday and why commissioners should vote to dismiss the police chief who rode into town on a metaphorical mayoral parade float a mere six months ago.
From a joke that the MPD was run by the “Cuban Mafia” to a suggestion on Spanish-language radio that the city should force officers to get vaccinated, Noriega’s eight-point list of alleged transgressions also included an “ill-advised interaction” with a civilian — one that prompted Acevedo to request that Noriega issue him a formal reprimand.
Read more from the Miami New Times.
World Economic Forum unveils COVID-19 passport that uses blood test markers to determine vaccination status
The World Economic Forum’s (WEF) so-called COVIDPass will use blood test markers to determine whether a person has taken the COVID-19 vaccination or not.
The WEF COVID passport proposal is based on a blood sample – not documentation provided by a doctor – tied to a QR code to prove you have been vaccinated.
“Users will have their blood screened at an approved COVIDPass laboratory before being issued with a secure QR health visa code via their phone, which they can present at airline check-ins, borders, or event entrances,” the WEF promo video states.
The video goes on to insist that its COVIDPass doesn’t use “tracing technology” and that using blood test data is “100% reliable” in ensuring that “only non-infectious people” can travel across borders.
The WEF failed to elaborate exactly on what substance in an individual’s blood would indicate their vaccination status.
“The WEF proposal is based on a blood sample, or a blood test, to prove you have been vaccinated. The only way that is possible is if the vaccine itself carries some form of marker that permanently stays (at a cellular level) in your body which can then be detected in a blood test,” The Conservative Treehouse reported.
“If the vaccine does not leave an identifiable marker or imprint in your blood, then a blood test for vaccinated status would not be possible.”
The WEF promo also fails to mention that if one refuses to eventually get a COVID passport, their lives will effectively be cut off from society.
In August, the WEF had also entertained a biometric surveillance method that would detect an individual’s unique heartbeat signature to track and trace their movements in the name of public health.
Facing millions in fines: Florida’s vaccine passport investigation reaches a yoga studio, a West Palm Beach rock concert venue and a Miami symphony orchestra
Gov. Ron DeSantis has been warning governments, organizations and businesses that the state would impose fines for violating its ban against requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination.
But in the past week, the state not only revealed just how steep fines would be but also the wide net of its potential targets.
The Department of Health levied a $3.57 million fine on Leon County on Tuesday for its employee vaccine requirement.
Leon was just one of the 120 entities, ranging from local governments to small businesses to arts centers, that could face fines that could range from $65,000 a week for a North Florida yoga business to $100 million for a Harry Styles concert in Orlando.
But at the same time, the processismired in confusion.
Many of the organizations and businesses on the list of potential violators of the ban on so-called “vaccine passports” also allow negative COVID tests in place of proof of vaccinations, which the DeSantis administration had suggested was legal.
Read more from the South Florida Sun Sentinel.