With fewer than 50 days remaining until the Presidential Election both parties are fighting for any advantage they can get.
And it was the Joe Biden campaign that was dealt some bad news.
Democrats suffered a major defeat that could tip one key swing state to Trump.
Americans are tiring of the coronavirus restrictions and social distancing measures.
Despite the fact that polls show voters tell pollsters they are more concerned about stopping the spread of the virus as opposed to restarting the economy the data tells a different story.
Over the summer as cases spiked in the Sun Belt retail shopping and dining out numbers showed no decline.
In Pennsylvania business owners that filed a lawsuit challenging the state’s lockdown order won a major victory.
U.S. District Judge William Stickman ruled Pennsylvania Democrat Governor Tom Wolf’s lockdown order was unconstitutional.
“The court believes that defendants undertook their actions in a well-intentioned effort to protect Pennsylvanians from the virus,” Judge Stickman wrote. “However, good intentions toward a laudable end are not alone enough to uphold governmental action against a constitutional challenge.”
More chillingly, Judge Stickman wrote that Governor Wolf and Secretary of Health Rachel Levine had no plan to actually ever lift the social distancing restrictions and claimed the state had to work towards a “new normal.”
The lawyers representing the businesses bringing the suit cheered the decision.
“It declares that the stay at home orders were unconstitutional — should never have happened, that the business shutdown orders violate two sections of the U.S. Constitution and picking winners and losers shall not happen again in Pennsylvania under these circumstances,” attorney Tom King declared.
Attorney Thomas Berth – who also worked on the case – said his clients could now file
Another lawsuit seeking monetary damages for losses their businesses suffered due to Governor Wolff’s unconstitutional lockdown.
“I think based upon this decision, many private business owners are going to evaluate whether they have a cause of action for damages because there is no dispute, there are a million-plus businesses in Pennsylvania that have been significantly damaged,” Breth stated.
Pennsylvania could very well decide the election.
Many political experts believe whichever candidate wins Pennsylvania’s Electoral College votes will win the Presidency.
As polls in the state show a tossup race any event could shift the momentum – even if ever so slightly – in one candidate’s favor and could prove decisive.
President Trump quickly recognized the political gift Judge Stickman’s ruling handed him and Trump amplified the decision in numerous tweets hammering the Governor for maintaining lockdown despite no scientific evidence it was necessary.
Pennsylvania’s economy fully reopening in the final weeks before the election will only help President Trump as he sells a message of economic revival.
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