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shayneismynameNov 8, 2020

Hillary Rodham Clinton was elected senator from New York last night, ending a 16-month spectacle of a campaign and ensuring that a Clinton will remain in Washington after her husband, the president, leaves the White House on Jan. 20.

It was the first time in the nation's history that a first lady was elected to public office. Mrs. Clinton soundly defeated Rick A. Lazio, a 42-year-old four-term congressman from Long Island, who had rushed to enter the race in May after Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani of New York stepped aside, citing health reasons. Late returns signaled that after a race that had seemed so close for so long, the first lady defeated her opponent by a double-digit margin.

Mr. Lazio called Mrs. Clinton at her hotel suite about 10:40 p.m. to concede and offer her congratulations, according to aides to both candidates. With her husband wiping tears from his eyes as he stood silently behind her on the stage, Mrs. Clinton declared victory at 11:06 p.m., not even waiting for Mr. Lazio to finish conceding as she took the stage in time for the 11 p.m. news.

"I just want to say from the bottom of my heart: Thank you, New York," the senator-elect said. "Thank you for opening your minds and your heart, for seeing the possiblity of what we could do together for our children and for our future here in this state and in our nation. I am profoundly grateful to all of you for giving me the chance to serve you."

"I promise you tonight that I will reach across party lines to bring progress for all New York families," she said. "Today we voted as Republicans and Democrats. Tomorrow we begin again as New Yorkers."
shayneismynameNov 8, 2020

Citizens of Missouri have elected a dead man to the Senate, choosing Governor Mel Carnahan - who was killed three weeks ago in a plane crash - over Republican incumbent John Ashcroft. Carnahan's widow had agreed to take her husband's place.

Citizens of Missouri have elected a dead man to the Senate, choosing Governor Mel Carnahan - who was killed three weeks ago in a plane crash - over Republican incumbent John Ashcroft. Carnahan's widow had agreed to take her husband's place.

With 84 per cent of the state's precincts reporting, Carnahan had 1,075,872 votes, or 50 percent. Ashcroft, a Republican, had 1,039,409, or 49 percent.

The plane crash that killed Carnahan, his son and an aide last month turned the nationally watched contest against Republican Senator John Ashcroft from notoriously bitter to bizarre.

The crash occurred too late to revise the ballot. No one had ever posthumously won election to the Senate, though voters on at least three occasions sent deceased candidates to the House.
shayneismynameNov 8, 2020

The extraordinary battle for the White House continued today, with a full recount coming in Florida to determine whether Texas Gov. George W. Bush or Vice President Gore becomes the next president.

Gore had called Bush early today to concede the election. But in a move surely unprecedented in U.S. history, he later called back to retract it, as returns showed Florida agonizingly close.

If Bush wins Florida and therefore the election, as his campaign predicts, it will mark the first time since 1888 that a candidate won the popular vote but not the all-important Electoral College vote. Gore was ahead in the nationwide popular tally by well over 200,000 votes this morning, a lead that no recount appears capable of overturning.

Lawyers and advisers for the two nominees raced to Florida this morning to investigate two potentially crucial situations. In one, Democrats claim that more than 3,000 Gore votes in Palm Beach County may have been mistakenly recorded as votes for third-party candidate Patrick Buchanan because of oversized ballots whose lines were skewed.

In the other, an unknown number of absentee ballots have yet to be tallied. Some state officials said a recount could be completed by late Thursday, but absentee ballots mailed from overseas have 10 days to arrive. They must have been postmarked by yesterday to be valid. About 1,000 Florida voters live in Israel and many can be expected to have supported the Democratic ticket.

As of mid-morning, the Florida tally showed Bush leading by fewer than 2,000 votes. That includes all votes cast yesterday at polling stations, all domestic absentee ballots and all foreign absentee ballots received by 7 p.m. yesterday.
shayneismynameNov 12, 2020
Sunday, November 12th, 2000


America voted on Tuesday. Why does it still not have a President-elect?

America voted on Tuesday. Why does it still not have a President-elect?

The short answer is because the Democratic candidate, Vice-President Al Gore, did not like the result and withdrew his concession of defeat. He was able to do this only because the vote was so close.

In most national elections, US elections included, there is enough of a gap between the two top candidates for one to concede defeat on the basis of partial or provisional returns. This time, opinion poll forecasts were right: the American electorate was evenly divided between two candidates with very different assets and defects. The closeness of the vote is staggering: 200,000 votes nationwide, out of more than 101 million votes cast.

The state-by-state vote produced no more clarity: at dawn on Wednesday four states had yet to be decided: Florida, Iowa, Oregon and Wisconsin. Each had to count all of the votes. Iowa and Wisconsin pronounced narrowly for Gore; Florida, even more narrowly, for Bush. Oregon has yet to report because its vote is conducted by post. Even then, the margins in Florida and New Mexico were so small that they automatically triggered a recount under those states' rules. Confirmation of the recount results must wait for overseas and postal votes, for which the cut-off date is next Friday 17 November. Usually, the few thousand postal/overseas votes in each state have no bearing on the result. Not this time.
shayneismynameNov 12, 2020

The disputed presidential election in Florida moved into the federal courts today, when Gov. George W. Bush's campaign filed suit to block the manual recount of ballots sought by Vice President Al Gore. The campaign cited the ''potential for mischief'' and said the process was inherently less fair and more subjective than counting by machine.

The announcement, by James A. Baker III, came a day after the Republicans criticized the Democrats for threatening to take the ballot issue to court, a step that the Republicans said would lead to endless wrangling in a number of states.

But Mr. Baker contended this morning that the Democrats had effectively started the legal battle because their supporters -- though not the Gore campaign itself -- had already filed state lawsuits in Florida.

The suit was filed as workers in Palm Beach County began a manual recount of thousands of ballots, examining each one for signs of partly punched holes. The recount in Volusia County was postponed until Sunday morning, though officials said it was because they were still studying write-in ballots, not because of the Bush campaign's lawsuit. Officials in both counties said they would proceed with their recount unless they received a federal court order telling them not to.

The suit is to be heard by Judge Donald M. Middlebrooks, a Clinton appointee, on Monday morning.

Warren Christopher, speaking for the Gore campaign, said the recount conformed with Florida law and the laws of several states, including Texas.
shayneismynameNov 12, 2020

The World Almanac, which has published the names of every president-elect since 1868, went to press this week without being able to name this year’s winner.

“This has been a fascinating few days here,” said Ken Park, the book’s publisher. “But we believe our readers are hungry for the millions of facts in the book, including its wealth of political data, so we’re going to press to get it to readers on time.”

Editors decided that next to the year 2000 in a list of all U.S. presidents elected, the book will include the notation: “As of the time the World Almanac went to press, no candidate had a clear majority in the Electoral College.”

Usually, the new edition also includes a brief biography of the new president but this edition decided to include biographies of both George W. Bush and Al Gore.

The book, which will hit bookstores tomorrow, has never run into this problem before.

The almanac was not scheduled to be published in 1876, when the election between Rutherford P. Hayes and Samuel Tilden wasn’t decided until the following year.
shayneismynameNov 12, 2020
Friday, December 1, 2000

Opening arguments are under way in the first-ever presidential election case to reach the U.S. Supreme Court.

Democrat Al Gore's legal team will urge the U.S. Supreme Court to let that decision stand. The Gore team also will argue that the question of who won the presidential contest in Florida belongs in state courts, not the federal system, according to written filings.

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear 1 1/2 hours of arguments beginning at 10 a.m. Friday in Bush v. Palm Beach County Canvassing Board, a historic case that pulls the nation's highest court into the controversy surrounding the razor-thin Florida vote November 7.

At issue in the case is whether the Florida Supreme Court violated federal election laws and the U.S. Constitution by extending from November 14 to November 26 the deadline for certifying the statewide vote in Florida.

In a 7-0 decision, the Florida Supreme Court ordered Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris to add manually recounted vote totals from a handful of Florida counties to the statewide total and "certify the vote" 12 days after the deadline imposed by state law.

Because certification determines who wins the Florida election and its crucial 25 electoral votes, the Bush team argues that the Florida Supreme Court essentially overstepped its authority by postponing the certification.
Thursday, January 18th, 2001

Also I apologize - I intended to dive deeper into the disaster that was the 2000 Election but I sorta just let it pass me by, date-wise. So, for giving the sort of information that I wanted to convey, let me drop two things. The first being a retrospective from NYT Retro Reports (which is a great series, heavily recommend you check out other videos from the series).

And, the second is more focused on the Supreme Court case, is by one of my favorite (I am obsessed) podcasts, 5-4, a podcast about how much the Supreme Court sucks.


And- know what? I'll throw in a third, bonus thing. Check out the HBO tv movie Recount, by Jay Roach who later Made Game CHange (about McCain's fail race and what a mess Palin was) and Bombshell (about the sexual harassment scandal in Fox News in the run-up and after the 2016 election). It's got Lauren Dern,... Kevin Spacey (speaking of speaking of sexual harassment, but if you can push that out of your mind while watching, he's still a great actor), Denis Leary, ect. And it gives a really nice account of what a disaster it was election night up into the Supreme Court decision.
Sunday, January 22nd, 2001

Wednesday, January 24th, 2001


Hiding out for three weeks in a southern Colorado trailer park with a small arsenal of weapons and thousands of dollars in cash, seven fugitives from Texas casually mingled with neighbors and shopped at local stores, but always without drawing too much attention to themselves, residents of the area said today.

The men's stay at the Coachlight Motel and R.V. Park in Woodland Park, Colo., ended abruptly on Monday when the authorities apprehended four of them, and a fifth, unwilling to surrender, shot himself to death inside the motor home in which the men were living. The two others remained on the loose today, although investigators said they found a van in a motel parking lot in Colorado Springs, about 20 miles southeast of the Coachlight, that the two used to leave the trailer park on Sunday.

Investigators said they were still piecing together how the men traveled undetected from Texas, why they chose Woodland Park for their hideout and what they did during three weeks there. But it was clear to several of their neighbors that the men did as much as they could to fit in, and one of the men even attended a Bible-reading group at the park.

They often worked on the three vehicles they seemed to own -- the motor home, the van that was found today and a Jeep Cherokee in which three of the men -- Joseph C. Garcia, Michael Anthony Rodriguez and George Rivas -- were apprehended on Monday outside a convenience store about a mile away. The fourth, Randy Halprin, gave himself up later, walking out of the motor home several hours before Larry Harper, who was also inside, killed himself.


President Bush proposed a significant increase today in the federal role in public education, detailing an ambitious plan that includes requirements that states test all students in the third through eighth grades and report on their progress to the public, states and the federal government.

The proposal, making good on a campaign pledge to focus on education in his first legislative initiative, would also provide parents of children in failing public schools federal money to help pay tuition for private or religious schools.

Mr. Bush detailed his plans in a presentation in the East Room of the White House alongside his new education secretary, Roderick R. Paige, who until a few weeks ago was superintendent of the Houston schools.

Mr. Bush's aides declined to put a price tag on his proposals today, saying they differed slightly from his campaign proposals, but they would clearly cost tens of billions of dollars.

At the heart of the plan, Mr. Bush said, lies a single concept: more accountability for schools that receive federal money, but considerable flexibility in how those schools meet the stricter standards.