Tuesday, November 17, 2020, the election results, released off & on over the last two weeks, become ‘official’ with the final canvasing of each county’s votes.
Wayne Hill and I ending up receiving 25, 806 votes – only about 880,000 short. For all those who voted for us: We appreciate your support so very, very much!! We especially want to thank a couple of organizations who helped us in the closing days; Mothers Against Mask Mandates, We the Parents, The Independent American Party of Utah, as well as all those who donated their hard earned money to our effort this year.
This past year, 2020, has been 'unique' in manners we have never even considered possible. Political campaigning without kissing babies; bumping elbows rather than shaking hands; practically no going door-to-door … although I admit to knocking doors in rural Utah a lot more than I did in the more urban areas of SL & Utah Valleys this year. And all the masks … not so much with this particular campaign, but a couple of times we did wear masks for some of the candidate meetings, I admit. But, mostly the unique effect of ‘Covid-19’/Coronavirus was a major issue (which we still contend played more to our advantage statewide - being the ONLY Candidates who were openly against the Mask/‘Emergency’ response), we had hoped to garner greater numbers to our campaign and cause but ... oh, well.
With the results of the election, it appears the residents who are “against the Mask/ ‘Emergency’ response” are not as prevalent as we had assumed. Those residents which joined our campaign and whom we worked are very committed to working against the mask mandate and ending the ‘emergency’ as soon as possible, but we joined forces a little too late to make our goal a reality.
We are still committed to filing a Civil Rights Tort Complaint (US Title 42 Section 1983) against Gov. Herbert & Cox, et al, regarding their violations of the US Constitution. It is written (containing 50 separate ‘charges’) and has been reviewed by a couple of attorneys (one of whom is former Utah Atty. Gen. John Swallow). We hope to file this later this month or early December. We have been told it takes a minimum of 60 days to have it reviewed, so it will be early 2021 before it likely gets in front of a judge. Future status reports will be made in this blog, so keep coming back … OK!
So far, we are aware of three or four other lawsuits and legal action taking different tacks toward the same goal. As we learn anything, we will also pass along these updates as well.
One recent such update from Minnesota is of interest, as was the Pennsylvania Judge’s decision of Sept. 14, 2020 (Burke v Wolf, case 2:20-cv-677). Both declared their respective Governor’s responses “unconstitutional,” just as we have been saying about Utah’s Governor Herbert for the past eight months! In Minnesota, the attorney for the Free Minnesota Small Business Coalition, Erick Kaardal, said “The governor has acted like a drunk monarch because he has not been following any of the rules. … Rather than working with the legislature, the agencies and the judges, he’s just doing his own thing. He issued 75 executive orders,” … “he’s issuing them like a tissue. It’s just ridiculous. We can’t even keep up with him. He refuses to work with anyone else, it’s a lack of leadership.” The small businesses are also joined by several state lawmakers. They are challenging Gov. Walz’s executive orders during the pandemic claiming that Walz has been out of control by taking measures they claim unlawfully restrict civil liberties and amount to improper legislative action. Remind you of anyone in the State of Utah?
More on these and the various Utah suits as they become available - keep tuned!!