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True the Vote, a conservative group with a history of leveling baseless voter fraud claims, abruptly dismissed lawsuits in four battleground states that sought to block the certification of votes in Democratic-friendly areas.
It wasn’t immediately clear why the groups dismissed the suits. James Bopp, an attorney representing True the Vote, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The group voluntarily dismissed suits in Wisconsin, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Michigan on Monday, less than a week after each of them had been filed. The lawsuits relied on specious allegations of election irregularities to try and stop results from being certified in certain counties. In Wisconsin, for example, the suit sought to block certification of results in three counties, including Dane and Milwaukee, two of the most populous in Wisconsin and home to reliably Democratic votes. In Michigan, the suit sought to block certification in Wayne county, home of Detroit, as well as Ingham and Washtenaw counties, both of which voted overwhelmingly for Biden.
Sam Bagenstos, a former Justice Department official and law professor at the University of Michigan, told the Detroit Free Press, the suits appeared targeted. True the Vote, he said, “picked the big Democratic jurisdictions and said, ‘Let’s invalidate all the votes of the people there.’”
“It’s outrageous and anti-democratic and it’s based on nothing in terms of the allegations,” Richard Hasen, an election law expert at the University of California, Irvine, said the suits were “racist.”
Top elected officials are embracing legalizing marijuana and enjoying the windfalls of doing so. In Virginia, governor Ralph Northam is going to introduce legislation legalizing marijuana in his state:
Gov. Ralph Northam said Monday he plans to introduce legislation legalizing marijuana when the General Assembly convenes in January, setting the state on a path to become the first in the South to allow recreational use of the drug.
“We are going to move forward with legalizing marijuana in Virginia,” Northam said. “I support that and am committed to doing it the right way. … It’s not going to happen overnight.”
Buoyed by higher than expected marijuana revenues, Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Saturday canceled plans to lay off 350 city employees to help secure the 26 City Council votes she needs to pass her “pandemic budget.”
Revenues generated by the sale of recreational and medical marijuana have “gone through the roof”— topping $100 million statewide for the first time in October and $800 million in the first 10 months.