Secretary of state to ask judge to toss Trump lawsuit

first_img– Advertisement – Pennsylvania’s secretary of state will ask a federal judge to dismiss a new lawsuit by the Trump campaign, which seeks to bar the state from certifying the results of its election between President Donald Trump and President-elect Joe Biden.“The Secretary disputes that Plaintiffs have stated a claim,” lawyers for Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar wrote in a court filing Tuesday, which also asked the judge to move the case to Harrisburg, the state’s capital.Boockvar, a Democrat, “intends to promptly move to dismiss and request expedited consideration of that motion,” the lawyers wrote.- Advertisement – The Trump campaign’s 86-page document accused Pennsylvania of, among other things, ignoring “legislative mandates” by evaluating mail-in ballots “on an entirely parallel track to those ballots cast in person.”This “two-track” system violates the Constitution, the campaign argued.“Pennsylvania has created an illegal two-tiered voting system for the 2020 General Election, devaluing in-person votes,” the complaint alleged.“Democrat-majority counties provided political parties and candidates, including the Trump Campaign, no meaningful access or actual opportunity to review and assess mail-in ballots during the pre-canvassing meetings,” the complaint said.It also alleged that counties favoring Democrats were unfairly advantaged in the contest by reviewing ballots earlier and allowing voters more time to “cure” problems with their votes.Judge Matthew Brann scheduled a telephone status conference for 3 p.m. ET on Tuesday. A clerk for the court told CNBC that media would not be allowed to listen in on the call. – Advertisement –center_img The signal from the Keystone State official came less than a day after the Trump campaign filed its complaint in U.S. District Court in the Middle District of Pennsylvania, requesting “an emergency order prohibiting Defendants from certifying the results of the General Election.”The suit was filed three days after news outlets, including NBC News, projected that Biden would defeat Trump in Pennsylvania. That projection put Biden over the threshold of 270 electoral votes required to win the election.Trump, however, has not conceded the race. Rather, he has claimed he won, “by a lot,” and has launched a barrage of claims, without providing evidence, about voter fraud and illegality in key states. His campaign has taken legal action in multiple states; some of those lawsuits have already been tossed by judges.- Advertisement – Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar speaks at a press conference regarding election vote counting in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, U.S. November 5, 2020.Mark Kauzlarich | Reuterslast_img read more

Big East hires CBS executive vice president Mike Aresco as commissioner

first_imgThe Big East finally found its new leader.The conference announced Tuesday it has hired CBS Sports executive vice president Mike Aresco as its next commissioner.University of Cincinnati president Greg Williams, who served as chair of the commissioner search committee, said in the conference’s press release that Aresco was the best candidate to help the conference transition to its next chapter.“We had many outstanding candidates, but we are fortunate to have Mike Aresco as our new commissioner,” Williams said in the release. “His breadth of experience and depth of knowledge in intercollegiate athletics will continue to move the Big East forward on a successful path.“The Big East has enjoyed a great history. Mike Aresco will help assure the conference of a vibrant future.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFormer commissioner John Marinatto resigned in May after the Big East lost four schools to other conferences beginning last fall. Syracuse and Pittsburgh left for the Atlantic Coast Conference and West Virginia joined the Big 12. Texas Christian agreed to join the Big East, but then broke that agreement and joined the Big 12.As commissioner, Marinatto failed to secure a long-term television deal for the conference, which served as one of the primary reasons for the departures of the some of the Big East’s most high-profile members.Marinatto oversaw the addition of eight schools, with Temple joining for football this season and six more programs beginning competition in the conference in 2013.Boise State and San Diego State will join for football only, while Central Florida, Memphis, Houston and Southern Methodist will be members in all sports. Navy will join the Big East in 2015.Joe Bailey took over as interim commissioner, but he said from the start he had no interest in holding the position permanently.“The Presidents have acted very responsibly,” Bailey said in the release. “They have appointed a leader with integrity, intelligence and energy. ”In June, the Big East hired the search firm Russell Reynolds Associates to find a new commissioner. The conference wanted in a new leader who was experienced in handling television contract negotiations, and Aresco fits that description.Aresco, who has been CBS’ vice president in charge of programming since 1996, handled all college programming for the network.He led the negotiations that gave CBS and Turner Sports exclusive rights of NCAA men’s basketball tournament through 2024. Aresco also negotiated CBS’ 15-year television deal with the Southeastern Conference.Aresco previously worked for ESPN, where he oversaw long-term strategies for ESPN and ESPN2 college sports properties.The Big East and ESPN will begin a 60-day negotiating period on Sept. 1. If they fail to agree on a contract, the conference will be able to negotiate with any media company.Aresco’s background made him the most appealing candidate to bring stability to the Big East and help it thrive in the future, said Judy Genshaft, South Florida president and chair of the Big East CEO executive committee, in the release.“He has all of the characteristics that we need in a commissioner,” Genshaft said.  “His career has been filled with achievement and success in intercollegiate sports. Mike Aresco knows the Big East and he has a great vision for our future.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on August 13, 2012 at 7:26 pm Contact Chris: cjiseman@syr.edu | @chris_isemanlast_img read more