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2020 Election

Yes on 21 – California Democratic Party Panel; Why Proposition 21 Must Be Passed



Yes on 21 – Calif Democratic Party Panel Zoom Call Sept 9 2020 screenshot via Karen Ocamb

LOS ANGELES – Election Day can’t come soon enough. While Washington squabbles over desperately needed federal relief packages, Northern Californian is literally on fire, a pall of unhealthy air hangs over unhoused people, and a new survey released Wednesday from NPR, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health reveals that at least half the households in Los Angeles face serious financial problems because of the COVID-19 crisis.

With savings drained, renters — especially hard hit people of color — are struggling to pay landlords, pay bills, put food on the table, and care for their kids – many of whom are now also struggling with thoughts of suicide, according to March For Our Lives. And while lying long knives hired by corporate landlords such as the Blackstone Group, Essex Property Trust, and Equity Residential are out to slice and dice any effort to prevent an apocalypse of homelessness, the Yes on 21 campaign is reaching out to everyone from seniors and veterans to single mothers and college students about the critical importance of voting for Proposition 21.

Proposition 21 is the November ballot measure that puts limits on unfair, sky-high rent increases. It protects people against corporate landlord greed and keeps them in their homes. It’s supported by trusted civil leaders and organizations, such as U.S. Bernie Sanders, labor and civil rights activist Dolores Huerta, California U.S. House representatives Maxine Waters, Barbara Lee and Karen Bass, the California Democratic Party, and the Los Angeles Times, among numerous others.

To better educate Democrats about the initiatives it supports, the California Democratic Party hosted “Prop Talk: Yes on 21,” a zoom event on Wednesday, September 9.

Moderated by Yes on 21 Policy Director Susie Shannon, the panel featured Kevin de Leon, former President Pro Tem of the California Senate and member-elect of the Los Angeles City Council representing District 14; LA City Councilmember David Ryu, who represents the 4th CD; and rent control experts Larry Gross, who has been the Executive Director of the grassroots, multi-ethnic tenants’ rights organization Coalition For Economic Survival since its inception in 1973; and Taisha Brown, a homeowner and landlord who made history last year when she was elected Chair of the California Democratic Party African American Caucus (CDPAAC), along with three other Black women.

Shannon started out by framing the need for Proposition 21 in the dire “extraordinary times” context of Californians facing one crisis after another on top of a global pandemic.

De Leon concurred, noting the coronavirus, wildfires, and “the eviction moratoriums that are set to expire in the immediate future. I can say that extraordinary times require extraordinary action. Never have we seen, collectively, the number of individuals living in our streets, in our alleyways, in our parks, overpasses and underpasses, in cars that we have seen in our lifetime.”

Proposition 21 “is an opportunity to empower local officials up and down the state of California, making sure that in a state like California, a state that values diversity and inclusivity, that politically, that we stand up and we do the right thing, especially for people of color.”

Kevin DeLeon via screenshot Calif Democratic Party Panel Zoom Call Sept 9 2020 via Karen Ocamb

De Leon brought the argument home. “Los Angeles is the epicenter of our homelessness [crisis] nationwide,” he said, noting that the district he is about to lead, District 14, “is, in fact, ground zero for the entire nation when it comes to homelessness.” Prop 21 is “going to make sure that we give them a roof over their head and the dignity and respect that they deserve.”

Brown said she is “all in for Proposition 21,” noting that despite having the fifth largest economy in the world, California is “number one in homelessness,” adding that “a little over 40% of those people are Black people — Black mothers, Black fathers, their children, homeless — kids just sleeping out on the sidewalk. And I think it’s a shame because we have the money and the resources within the state to ensure that we have homes for everyone.”

Ryu, who identified Proposition 21 as a “very important measure,” also opened with statistics.

In Los Angeles County alone, one in five households that are renters have lost their jobs. More and more people are spending more and more of their limited amount of funds on rent. And we have over 120,000 households in LA County that are at risk of becoming homeless,” he said. “We need to make sure that this passes because Prop 21 will fix the overreach of Costa Hawkins [the 1995 state law that severely restricts local rent control policies] and give local cities like Los Angeles greater control over our housing policies that have life or death consequences.”

With the pandemic, “Prop 21 is needed, like needed more than ever before,” Ryu said. “We shouldn’t just vote for it, but we need to organize, educate and mobilize around Prop 21 because we have to pass Prop 21, like our homes depend on.”

Renters’ rights and housing affordability expert Larry Gross underscored the possibility of a coming apocalypse.

We keep referring to what we’re facing as a ‘housing crisis,’ but that really understates our situation. It’s really a housing catastrophe of biblical proportions. And people are suffering. Here in Los Angeles, we’re a city of renters: 62% of the people who live here are renters. And yet we’re the most unaffordable U.S. city, as far as rent burden goes, on tenants. More than half of all LA renter households live in unaffordable housing, paying upwards of 30% of their income on housing. One in three households spend at least 50% of their income on rent. LA has highest poverty rate in our nation at 26%.”

The situation is dire.

One to one out of every four households are living below the poverty level,” Gross continued. “And LA County is home to five of the 10 most overcrowded zip codes, including the number one overcrowded zip code in the US. At the same time, we’ve lost some 27,000 affordable housing units due to the Ellis Act — which is another law we have to get rid of — which allows landlords to go out of the rental business and convert [to luxury condos]. And between 2001 and 2015, while rents grew in LA at 32%, the real income adjusted for inflation dropped 3%. So, for people living here in LA, you would need about $110,000 annual income to secure an average two bedroom apartment. If you’re a minimum wage worker, you need about four or five or six minimum wage jobs to afford the rent. At the same time, we’re in need of a half a million new affordable housing.”

The COVID-19 pandemic has made everything much worse in LA.

Over 10% of adults under 65 are uninsured and where California has over 745,000 COVID cases and nearly 13,000 deaths [251,024 cases and 6,128 deaths in LA County as of Sept. 10], almost two thirds of the households in greater Los Angeles area have experienced earning declines over the past four months and, of course, that hits communities of color the hardest. So we’re facing a 17 ½ % unemployment rate here — and the hardest hit are Latino and African American communities.”

Handcuffed by existing laws, local governments have only been able to provide Band-Aid measures to address their local housing needs “when we truly need major surgery,” Gross said. “We do need to build more housing. But we need to build affordable housing, not luxury housing, because we’re never going to build our way out of our affordable housing crisis, because the money doesn’t exist to provide that affordable housing.” Nor will existing affordable housing be replaced if not preserved.

Proposition 21 is a key way to ensure the preservation of our existing affordable housing. That’s why we all need to do everything and anything to ensure that this proposition passes in November because you know the landlords are going to be out there with millions and millions of dollars to confuse and distort the issue. But we have the people, we have the renters, we have the support of the Democratic Party, and we need to ensure that Prop 21 passes.”

De Leon pointed out that undocumented immigrants are particularly hard hit since they do not receive federal unemployment dollars at a time of historic unemployment during the COVID-19 crisis. So even with the eviction moratoriums, with no ability to earn a living – how can they pay back rent?

Noting that David Roberti, his predecessor in the State Senate, fought for 12 years to prevent passage of versions of the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act in the 1990s, “a very dark difficult decade for many Californians, but especially people of color, with the passage of Prop 187, which denied undocumented immigrants access to non-emergency healthcare, public education and other public service, Prop 209, which eliminated consideration of affirmative action in public employment, contracting and education, and Prop 227, which eliminated bilingual education.

So the evictions, this tsunami neutral global pandemic, impacts everybody but disproportionately impacts people of color,” said de Leon. “And that’s why — if we’re going to advocate for criminal justice, environmental justice, climate change justice, if we’re going to advocate for human and civil rights and immigration reform — our most primal need as human beings is food and shelter.”

If LA is already finding it difficult dealing with 150,000 homeless individuals and family members today, “how are we going to handle millions of folks who will be living on the streets in the immediate future?” de Leon asked. “And these are working families, and that’s why we need Prop 21. Now.”

CES’ Gross added another historical context, noting that “under a hostile Costa-Hawkins, you cannot control single family dwellings and most rent control laws.” Since its passage in 1995, “our single family market has been totally corrupted by Wall Street due to the [2008] foreclosure crisis. All these Wall Street entities like Blackstone and Invitation Homes have gobbled up these homes — primarily in low income communities of color like South LA or East LA, and they own hundreds and thousands of single family rentals and they’re exempt.”

Prop 21, Gross said, “says, well, if you are a small owner and you have one unit that you’re renting out – you’re exempt. But if you’re a big corporate landlord who owns hundreds and thousands of units of single family dwellings, you should have those units put under rent control. And that’s why it’s so crucial to ensure that not only we protect our existing laws, but we are able to cover those people who are in need that are not currently covered by rent control.”

This is not rent forgiveness or rent relief, for which there are programs. “We are talking about a freeze in the increase in rent,” Gross said.

Prop 21, Susie Shannon said in summary, “prevents homelessness and is an anti-gentrification initiative; establishes local control for rental assistance that is not there right now; provides a 15-year exemption for new construction; provides for 5% over three years increase in rent, maximum, for a vacant unit; and it doesn’t affect small landlords. It only affects corporate landlords, for the most part, and these kind of large equity firms that have been buying up neighborhoods then raising the rent on entire neighborhoods and pushing out families.”

Shannon asked people to actively support Prop 21 through short “Yes, I’m for Prop 21” tweets and posts on Facebook and Instagram, as well as phone banking and texting “and anything that you can do to help us reach out to voters. Tell your family, friends, fellow Democrats. Please, just spread the word.”

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Karen Ocamb is an award-winning journalist and staff writer for the Yes on 21 campaign, where this article originally appeared.

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2020 Election

Senate acquits Trump 57- 43 in 2nd impeachment trial

The vote was cast after lawmakers scrapped plans to depose witnesses



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WASHINGTON – The United States Senate in a vote of 57 to 43 Saturday acquitted former President Donald Trump, who was charged in the one Article of Impeachment by the U. S. House for inciting the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on January 6th, 2021. The Constitution requires a two-thirds majority to convict or 67 votes.

The House Impeachment Managers spoke to reporters after the Senate vote to acquit the ex-president telling reporters, “We have shown Trump is a disgrace to our country.”

Trump issued a statement thanking his defense team and supporters that read in part;

“[…] My deepest thanks as well to all of the United States Senators and Members of Congress who stood proudly for the Constitution we all revere and for the sacred legal principles at the heart of our country.

This has been yet another phase of the greatest witch hunt in the history of our Country. No president has ever gone through anything like it, and it continues because our opponents cannot forget the almost 75 million people, the highest number ever for a sitting president, who voted for us just a few short months ago.

Our historic, patriotic and beautiful movement to Make America Great Again has only just begun. In the months ahead I have much to share with you, and I look forward to continuing our incredible journey together […]”

One Capitol Hill source reflecting on Trump’s statement told the Blade, “Not one word of remorse in that mess. [statement on the acquittal.] He doesn’t even acknowledge what a tragedy and travesty Jan. 6 was- he doesn’t care.”

A leading progressive coalition of more than 220 national organizations which promote and protect the civil rights of Americans, the Washington D.C. based ‘The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights’ issued a statement from its interim president and CEO Wade Henderson after the Senate acquitted Trump;

“Despite the unmistakably clear evidence, only a handful of Republican senators found the moral fortitude to put partisan politics aside and hold Donald Trump accountable for the deadly insurrection. There is no question to fair-minded Americans that Trump weaponized blatant lies and incited a white supremacist, anti-Semitic mob to try to stop the peaceful transition of power.

The white supremacy that undergirded Trump’s deadly rhetoric and fueled the insurrection is not new. The failure to convict Trump only highlights the actions we must take as a part of our country’s long overdue reckoning with white supremacy and white nationalism.”

One of the House Impeachment Managers, California Congressman Ted Lieu, (D-Santa Monica/Long Beach) tweeted after the vote;

“57 United States Senators concluded President Trump was guilty of inciting an insurrection. The highest bipartisan vote to convict in US history. That’s a damning vote.”

President Joe Biden, who is spending the weekend at Camp David, the presidential retreat in the Catoctin Mountain Park near Thurmont, Maryland, issued a statement late Saturday evening regarding the verdict;

“It was nearly two weeks ago that Jill and I paid our respects to Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick, who laid in honor in the Rotunda after losing his life protecting the Capitol from a riotous, violent mob on January 6, 2021.
Today, 57 Senators – including a record 7 Republicans – voted to find former President Trump guilty for inciting that deadly insurrection on our very democracy. The Senate vote followed the bipartisan vote to impeach him by the House of Representatives. While the final vote did not lead to a conviction, the substance of the charge is not in dispute. Even those opposed to the conviction, like Senate Minority Leader McConnell, believe Donald Trump was guilty of a “disgraceful dereliction of duty” and “practically and morally responsible for provoking” the violence unleashed on the Capitol.
Tonight, I am thinking about those who bravely stood guard that January day. I’m thinking about all those who lost their lives, all those whose lives were threatened, and all those who are still today living with terror they lived through that day. And I’m thinking of those who demonstrated the courage to protect the integrity of our democracy – Democrats and Republicans, election officials and judges, elected representatives and poll workers – before and after the election. 
This sad chapter in our history has reminded us that democracy is fragile. That it must always be defended. That we must be ever vigilant. That violence and extremism has no place in America. And that each of us has a duty and responsibility as Americans, and especially as leaders, to defend the truth and to defeat the lies.
That is how we end this uncivil war and heal the very soul of our nation. That is the task ahead. And it’s a task we must undertake together. As the United States of America.”

LGBTQ media advocacy organization GLAAD’s President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis, in a media statement wrote; “the Trump administration will forever be defined by misinformation and violence, tactics the former president weaponized against LGBTQ people and other vulnerable communities before turning them loose on our government on January 6th.”

Ellis continued noting;

“The verdict does not reflect the truth understood by a majority of Americans, that Donald Trump recklessly and maliciously directed his supporters to attack the Capitol and our democracy. The Trump administration will forever be defined by misinformation and violence, tactics the former president weaponized against LGBTQ people and other vulnerable communities before turning them loose on our government on January 6th.

Senators voting to acquit are now and for all of history recorded for their cowardice in failing to hold the former president accountable for his lawless, destructive behavior. Let this be a turning point for our country, where we demand a return to shared core values of truth, safety and integrity to protect the least among us, especially from those chosen to lead us.”

Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), offered up a withering criticism of Trump’s behavior. McConnell said Trump was “practically and morally” responsible for the Jan. 6 attack and suggested that he could face criminal charges. McConnell had been one of the 43 GOP Senators who voted to acquit.

McConnell said he would have “carefully considered” convicting Trump if he still held office, but ultimately determined that he, as a former president, was not “constitutionally eligible” for a conviction.

One of the ex-president’s supporters blamed the Democrats; “This impeachment trial did nothing to bring the domestic terrorists who committed this heinous attack to justice,” said Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas). “It merely satisfied Democrats’ desire to once again vent their hatred of Donald Trump and their contempt for the tens of millions of Americans who voted for him.”

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) angrily chastised the 43 Republican Senators over their votes in the acquittal saying in a statement:

“Senate Republicans who voted not to convict chose to abandon the Constitution, the Country and the American people with this vote.”

The Speaker also noted that “the Congress and Country can take great pride in the House Impeachment Managers, who defended our Constitution & Democracy with a moving presentation demonstrating love of country and loyalty to our oath and the facts.”

In a letter to his supporters, House Intelligence Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff, (D-Burbank) remarked;

“[…] When I served as lead manager of the first impeachment, we warned the Senators that if they failed to convict Donald Trump after he betrayed our national security, he would do so again, that he had compromised our elections and he would do so again. We warned that they would not change or constrain him. That truth mattered little to him, what’s right mattered even less, and decency not at all. 

[…] As long as I live, I will never understand how the Republican Senators who voted to acquit can reconcile themselves with the consequences of that vote, or where this will place them in history. Why run for the Senate at all, if you will be missing in action when the country really needs you? Is the job that important to leave your country defenseless to a demagogue who brought violence down on our heads? How can they fail to see that by doing so, they have enabled him to bring this same hell upon us again, and that next time it could be even worse?

Rep. Jamie Raskin, (D-Md.), the lead House Impeachment Manager, warned senators that their conviction vote would define their legacies.

“This is almost certainly how you will be remembered by history,” he said. “It really might not be fair, but none of us can escape the demands of history and destiny right now.”

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2020 Election

LGBTQ groups condemn Capitol siege, back Trump removal from office

We must honor the rule of law. It is what has made our democracy a model



House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in her press conference on January 7 tells reporters that she and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called upon Vice-President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment against President Donald Trump after the rioting in the Capitol. (Screenshot via NBC News)

WASHINGTON – LGBTQ rights groups on Wednesday and Thursday were quick to condemn the siege of the U.S. Capitol.

“Today’s violence is revolting and nothing short of insurrection, a coup instigated by Donald Trump and abetted by cowardly Republicans who have put party over conscience,” tweeted Human Rights Campaign President Alphonso David. “We must honor the rule of law. It is what has made our democracy a model and one that is worth upholding.”

Today’s violence is revolting and nothing short of insurrection, a coup instigated by Donald Trump and abetted by cowardly Republicans who have put party over conscience. We must honor the rule of law. It is what has made our democracy a model and one that is worth upholding.

— Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid) January 6, 2021

PFLAG Executive Director Brian K. Bond in an email to his organization’s supporters wrote “today’s violence” was “undertaken not to build up, but to tear down. And we cannot ignore glaring differences between the treatment of Black Lives Matter protestors seeking justice and the treatment of the violent insurrectionists who today stormed the U.S. Capitol to undermine our democracy.”

“The people attacking the Capitol building are not protestors, and the disparities in how they were received are glaringly clear,” added Bond.

Equality Texas CEO Ricardo Martinez echoed Bond.

“The peaceful transition of power is the hallmark of our American democracy that both Republican and Democratic presidents have honored throughout history,” said Martinez in an email to Equality Texas supporters. “The subversive nature of today’s insurrection, which led to the breach of the U.S. Capitol, is not only un-American; it is domestic terrorism. Moreover, the lack of preparedness to ensure public safety was negligent — especially compared to the extraordinary measures taken during the peaceful Black Lives Matter protests in the summer.”

Rodrigo Heng-Lehtinen, deputy executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, in a statement to the Washington Blade said President Trump “has attacked marginalized people, including transgender Americans” since he began his campaign.

“Yesterday’s angry mob of armed white militants attacked the people of this country and the foundations of our democracy,” added Heng-Lehtinen. “Trump and those who aid and abet him have a clear pattern of inciting violence, of targeting political opponents, of attacking people of color — all while excusing the violent actions of their supporters.”

The siege began as members of Congress were certifying the Electoral College results that confirmed the election of President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris. Trump supporters marched to the Capitol after the outgoing president spoke at the “Save America Rally” on the Ellipse.

Democrats on Tuesday regained control of the U.S. Senate after Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff defeated U.S. Sens. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) and David Perdue (R-Ga.) respectively in Georgia.

Equality Florida on Wednesday acknowledged the Georgia election results before condemning the Capitol siege.

“Congratulations to Senator-elect Rev. Raphael Warnock and Senator-elect Jon Ossoff on their historic elections to the United States Senate,” said Equality Florida in a tweet. “We are thankful for our volunteers, members, staff and board for being a part of the coalition that supported Georgia Equality (an LGBTQ rights group in Georgia) in their efforts to elect pro-equality senators.”

“This historic mobilization of voters is a testament to our incredible democratic process, and contrasts the treasonous actions taken by supporters of President Trump at the U.S. Capitol today,” added Equality Florida.

Congratulations to Senator-elect @ReverendWarnock and Senator-elect Jon @Ossoff on their historic elections to the United States Senate!

— Equality Florida (@equalityfl) January 6, 2021

This historic mobilization of voters is a testament to our incredible democratic process, and contrasts the treasonous actions taken by supporters of President Trump at the U.S. Capitol today.

— Equality Florida (@equalityfl) January 6, 2021

Equality Florida CEO Nadine Smith and National LGBTQ Task Force Executive Director Rea Carey are among those who have called for Trump’s removal from office. Smith has also called for an investigation into the U.S. Capitol Police’s response to the siege.  

“We condemn the violence in Washington, D.C., and in communities across the country that has been incited by today’s attack on the Capitol building,” said Carey in a statement. “We are better than this. To move forward we must begin by making the strongest statement possible and remove Trump from office using the power of the 25th Amendment.”

Lambda Legal CEO Kevin Jennings in his statement also cited the 25th Amendment.

“Today’s unprecedented events are a betrayal of that fundamental American commitment, and any pretense to ‘patriotism’ on the part of those who committed today’s acts of desecration of the temple of democracy that is our Capitol building are blasphemous,” he said. “Our democratic processes must be defended, and we call upon our leaders to utilize any and all processes available to them, including the 25th Amendment, to ensure an orderly transition of power in accordance with the will of the American people as expressed freely at the ballot box in November.”

“The president, but also the those who have remained silent in the face of his lies, are responsible for this attack on our democracy, and they should be held accountable for their actions,” added Heng-Lehtinen. “Their desperate attempt to hold onto power at any cost will cement their legacy of failure.”

GLAAD, 18 LGBTQ rights groups demand Trump’s removal

GLAAD late on Thursday released a statement signed by 18 LGBTQ rights organizations that calls for Trump’s removal from office.

“As LGBTQ organizations and movement leaders, we call for the immediate and unequivocal removal of Donald Trump as president of the United States via the invoking of the 25th Amendment or by impeachment if necessary,” reads the statement. “Our nation’s security and the personal security of every American is in grave danger, and we cannot afford to sustain even another day with this destructive and seditious man in the White House.”

Athlete Ally, the Equality Federation, Family Equality, GLBTQ Legal Advocates and Defenders, GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Equality, GLSEN, Lambda Legal, the National Black Justice Coalition, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, the National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund, NMAC, PFLAG, Pride in Running, Puerto Rico Para [email protected], SAGE, the National Center for Transgender Equality, the Transgender Law Center and the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund signed GLAAD’s letter.

HRC has also called for Trump’s removal from office.

“The Human Rights Campaign urgently calls for the immediate removal of President Donald Trump from office,” said David in a press release his organization released on Thursday. “President Trump bears responsibility for Wednesday’s insurrection at the United States Capitol and the attempted coup of our government in which four people died.”

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2020 Election

Electoral College Vote is certified by Congress

Congress certified the Electoral College Vote at 3:41 AM Eastern Time, January 7, 2021



WASHINGTON – Congress certified the Electoral College Vote at 3:41 AM Eastern Time, January 7, 2021. Joe Biden was officially named as the 46th duly-elected President of the United States and Kamala D. Harris has been named as the 49th Vice-President of the United States.

It was a day of extreme drama that resulted in rioters temporarily taking over the United States Capitol building after being incited by a speech given by President Donald Trump earlier on Wednesday in which he falsely claimed that there was massive election fraud.

During the Capitol siege four civilians died including a 35 year-old female military veteran, Ashli Babbitt. She had served 14 years in the Air Force, her husband told KUSI-TV in San Diego. The couple had resided in Ocean Beach, California.

Babbitt was shot by Capitol Police officers in a hallway just off the House Chambers at the entrance to the Speaker’s Lobby and died after being transported to a Washington hospital.

According to Stars & Stripes Babbitt was apparently a staunch Trump supporter, and her social media accounts were filled with posts supporting the president. She tweeted on Tuesday, “Nothing will stop us…. they can try and try and try but the storm is here and it is descending upon DC in less than 24 hours….dark to light.”

Washington’s Metropolitan Police Chief Robert Contee had told reporters in a press briefing Wednesday evening that three other persons had died during the rioting in the Capitol building but offered no further details citing ongoing investigations.

Objections by Republicans to accepting the results from Arizona, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Georgia were defeated after debate at times that was contentious and in the case of the House debate over the objection to accepting the Pennsylvania results resulted in a fist fight between a couple of House members which was rapidly broken up by other representatives.

At the end of the process, outgoing Vice President Mike Pence announced that Joe Biden defeated President Trump, officially ending the 2020 presidential race that Trump has refused to concede and after the violent day at the Capitol.

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