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Election Redux: Recounts, Audits, Regrets

Watch this video at your peril:

Stop Trump Movement

Tell Mich. AG: Allow Recount

Stein: Recount

Clinton: Recount

Boxer v. Electoral College

The Trump Resistance

Trump Tax Returns

Petition demands Electoral College due diligence on Trump tax returns before final presidential vote December 19.

Audit the Vote

Computer Science: Recount

Stein: Recount Drive

Recount Fundraising

Was Voting Hacked?

Neo-Nazis Salute Trump

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Trump Pennsylvania Lead Shrinks; Clinton Popular-Vote Lead Grows

Trump Penn. Lead Shrinks

Clinton Vote Passes 2.6 Million

Clinton has passed the 2.6 million mark in the national popular vote. Unfortunately, it might not matter because, as Trump says, the system is rigged (in his favor). Thanks, Electoral College, now go away and give us back our democracy. Meanwhile, recount challenges in three Midwestern states are keeping us all in suspense. Payback, Donald!

WISCONSIN RECOUNT: A federal court in Wisconsin on Friday rejected an attempt by pro-Donald Trump groups to stop a recount of the state's presidential vote, saying there was no harm in allowing it to continue. Two pro-Trump political action committees and a Wisconsin voter on Thursday filed a lawsuit and a request for a temporary restraining order seeking to stop the recount, arguing that it was an unconstitutional violation of the Constitutional rights of people who had voted for Trump. But U.S. District Judge James Peterson on Friday denied the motion to temporarily halt the recount, saying there would be no harm in allowing it to proceed while the state prepares arguments in defense. Peterson scheduled a hearing for Dec. 9 on the underlying lawsuit.

MICHIGAN RECOUNT: Michigan's elections board has deadlocked on President-elect Donald Trump's request to prevent a recount, which means it will start next week unless the courts intervene. Two Republicans voted Friday to prevent the recount, while two Democrats said it should proceed. A state spokesman says the statewide recount requested by Green Party candidate Jill Stein will begin Tuesday or Wednesday barring a court order. Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, a Republican, asked the state Supreme Court on Friday to intervene and stop the recount. That motion is pending. A Wisconsin recount is underway, though his supporters have filed a federal lawsuit trying to stop in. In Pennsylvania, Trump is asking a court to dismiss Stein's recount request.

Scroll down to page 3 for more election analysis and commentary posted November 1-8. We will keep posting current election news as it comes in at the top of Riptide. Meanwhile, beware of the Breitbart frogman:

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Library Shell Game

City Manager Response

Op-Ed by Bill Collins: On July 11, 1016, City Council voted, as directed by the city manager, to approve $400,000 for drawings of a proposed central library. What is the status of that appropriation? Has the $400,000 been transmitted to the architectural firm chosen by the city manager? If not, can we get our $400,000 back? Have the drawings been produced? May we see them? Why was competitive bidding for this work not allowed? Another firm might have done the drawings for less money. Staff had a particular company in mind. Council did not ask questions on this, but rubber-stamped staff's proposal, as usual, no questions asked. The donation of $400,000 to a particular firm creates the appearance of a "sweetheart deal" between the city manager and the private company. This is no way to conduct the public's business. Is anyone else curious how this was mishandled? Two council members seem more concerned over cosmetic changes to the city website than disclosure and follow-up on the expenditure of taxpayer monies. For anyone who truly cares about libraries, that $400,000 could have gone a long way toward renovating the Sanchez Library.


Mountain Lion Alerts: Pumas Patrol Pacifica

First Sighting

There was a second sighting on Crespi Drive, November 15, and a third on November 30. Around 8 a.m., a resident observed a mountain lion in the roadway on Manzanita Drive near the intersection of Alicante Drive. The animal did not appear injured and was not aggressive. The animal ran away soon after it was spotted. Officers responded to the area but did not locate the animal.

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