Georgia Flows, Jacob Blake, Kyle Rittenhouse, COVID-19: Tuesday’s News
A pair of runoff races will determine which party controls the US Senate. The Kenosha police officer who shot Jacob Blake will not be criminally charged. And have you received your coronavirus relief payment? If not, don’t call us (or the IRS).
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Who’s gonna be, Georgia?
Who will control the US Senate: Republicans or Democrats? It’s been a long time to come, but two runoffs from Georgia today are finally going to decide. Voters will determine whether incumbent Republican David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler return to Washington or whether Democratic challengers Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock take their place. A victory for one of the Republicans would keep the Senate in GOP hands. Ossoff and Warnock’s victories would result in a 50-50 split, effectively giving Democrats control of the Senate as Vice President-elect Kamala Harris would have decisive votes.
Here are the answers to your other questions about the Senate race:
- When will we know the winners? If November is any indication, it could be days before the winners are known. COVID-19 has led to a huge increase in postal ballots, which take longer to count.
- Could there be a second second round? Yes, it is possible, but it is extremely unlikely. The only way a run-off could take place is for both candidates to receive exactly the same number of votes.
- Could there be a recount? Yes, if one of the races ends with a margin of less than 0.5 percentage point for the winner, a recount may be requested.
- When will the election be certified? Georgia counties will have until January 15 to certify the results. Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger has until Jan. 22 to certify the statewide results. There could be legal fights that draw the races to the buzzer.
No charges against Kenosha cop in Jacob Blake shooting
Rusten Sheskey, the Kenosha, Wisconsin, police officer who shot Jacob Blake in August will not face criminal charges, Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Graveley said on Tuesday. The other two officers will also not be present when Blake was shot, Graveley said. His decision was based on evidence that could not be seen on video of the incident on cellphone, which showed Sheskey shooting Blake, 29, as he got into a vehicle with his children inside. Blake, who was shot in the back, was left paralyzed. Blake’s family and community leaders have urged police and prosecutors to fire and charge Officer Sheskey for the shooting that has sparked protests against police violence across the country.
What everyone is talking about
Kyle Rittenhouse pleads not guilty to seven counts related to the Kenosha murders
Months after being accused of killing two protesters and injuring a third during civil unrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Kyle Rittenhouse officially pleaded not guilty to all counts on Tuesday, opening the next phases of what is likely to be a long affair. Rittenhouse, who turned 18 on Sunday, faces homicide charges in shootings in August during protests following the police shooting against Jacob Blake. Rittenhouse is accused of killing Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, of Kenosha and Anthony Huber, 26, of Silver Lake, and of injuring Gaige Grosskreutz, 22, of West Allis. Rittenhouse has become a symbol in the national debate on race and justice, public order and guns
Los Angeles COVID-19 peak crushes hospitals
As COVID-19 overwhelms California hospitals, Los Angeles County officials are trying to ration medical supplies and hospital space. Rescuers have been asked to limit the use of supplemental oxygen and not to transport patients who cannot be resuscitated in the field. Cases are skyrocketing in Los Angeles County, which has reached more than 800,000, County Supervisory Board Chair Hilda Solis said on Monday. Hospitals have declared internal disasters, opening gyms to serve as health care units, Solis said.
Where are these COVID-19 vaccines? Sitting on the shelves of pharmacies. Vaccine doses were distributed behind the government’s initial schedule – 15 million, instead of the 20 million doses promised by the end of 2020. But about 70% of those doses are on drugstore shelves. , according to government data.
Are you warming up to the vaccine? Confidence in the COVID-19 vaccine is rising, according to a USA TODAY analysis of dozens of polls and scientific papers. Surveys show that nearly 60% of those polled say they would get the COVID-19 vaccine, compared to a minimum of 1 in 2 Americans polled in September.
Haven’t received your second relief payment yet? Breathe deeply
Has up to $ 600 in congressional cash ever appeared in your bank account – or mailbox -? If not, the Internal Revenue Service tells taxpayers not to call them or your bank. The IRS said, “IRS telephone assistants do not have additional information beyond what is available on IRS.gov.” Most people shouldn’t be in panic mode, as the second round of checks sent to Americans to help them weather the pandemic didn’t start rolling out until last week.
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