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Evan Halper

Evan Halper writes about a broad range of policy issues out of Washington D.C., with particular emphasis on how Washington regulates, agitates and very often miscalculates in its dealings with California. Before heading east, he was the Los Angeles Times bureau chief in Sacramento, where he spent a decade untangling California’s epic budget mess and political dysfunction.
In the new politics of the recount, it pays to fight to the bitter end

Recount battles are being waged with an unprecedented intensity, as political parties and activists see opportunities to gain structural ground, re-sculpt the political map and motivate the base. There can be victory even in losing. And a lot of cash.

Florida hand recount begins, and Democrats’ hopes fade fast

Workers in a Broward County warehouse began poring over thousands of ballots Friday as Florida embarks on an unprecedented statewide hand recount in an election plagued by mechanical malfunctions, missed deadlines and lawsuits.

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