Michigan appeals court rejects Trump campaign filing

    President Donald Trump at a Battle Creek rally, Dec. 18, 2019 | Andrew Roth

    Last week, a Court of Claims judge dismissed a suit from President Donald Trump’s campaign to stop counting ballots in Michigan.

    The Republican’s campaign appealed to the Court of Appeals (COA), but its initial filing by Mark “Thor” Hearne was rejected Monday with the message: “I regret to inform you that your submission is defective.” The COA said the Trump campaign failed to include necessary documentation.

    Ballot counting has been completed in Michigan, where unofficial returns show President-elect Joe Biden winning the state by about 150,000 votes — about a 3% margin of victory.

    The Trump campaign has filed a number of election lawsuits in several states, but has yet to prove voter irregularities. Trump has refused to concede even after news outlets called the race on Saturday morning.

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    Susan J. Demas is a 19-year journalism veteran and one of the state’s foremost experts on Michigan politics, appearing on MSNBC, CNN, NPR and WKAR-TV’s “Off the Record.” In addition to serving as Editor-in-Chief, she is the Advance’s chief columnist, writing on women, LGBTQs, the state budget, the economy and more. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Farough & Associates, Michigan’s premier political communications firm. For almost five years, Susan was the Editor and Publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, the most-cited political newsletter in the state. Susan’s award-winning political analysis has run in more than 80 national, international and regional media outlets, including the Guardian U.K., NBC News, the New York Times, the Detroit News and MLive. She is the only Michigan journalist to be named to the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Reporters,” the Huffington Post’s list of “Best Political Tweeters” and the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Bloggers.” Susan was the recipient of a prestigious Knight Foundation fellowship in nonprofits and politics. She served as Deputy Editor for MIRS News and helped launch the Michigan Truth Squad, the Center for Michigan’s fact-checking project. She started her journalism career reporting on the Iowa caucuses for The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. Susan has hiked over 3,000 solo miles across four continents and climbed more than 60 mountains. She also enjoys dragging her husband and two teenagers along, even if no one else wants to sleep in a tent anymore.