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Posted 06 March 2019 - 12:33 PM

I wonder how many votes they messed with? Kobach should be all over this...
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Posted 08 March 2019 - 03:50 PM

I was planning on posting this under the Non-Political racism thread but when I saw the election shenanigans perpetrated by yet another Republican I figured that was the more important part of the story. I'm quoting the racist part too just for "color".

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A Republican mayor in Maine resigned on Friday after a woman he was having an affair with released a racist text message he sent her, according to several local media reports.

Shane Bouchard, the mayor of Lewiston, Maine, referred to elderly black people as “antique farm equipment,” according to the message that his girlfriend Heather Berube Everly made public. Bouchard resigned Friday morning and told a local CBS affiliate that he made mistakes and was not a “perfect person.”

“In this political climate where the media does not discriminate between facts and rumors, it is hard to be a public figure. I am not a perfect person. I have made many mistakes in my past. I have also, in the past been the victim of some very damaging rumors,” he told the local WGME.

The resignation comes just after the same woman, Berube Everly, testified at the Lewiston City Council meeting this week that she provided the mayor with internal emails from his opponent’s campaign, where she was working at the time. Those emails were later published on a website called the Maine Examiner, which was later revealed to be run by an operative for the Maine Republican Party.

After Berube Everly’s testimony, Bouchard admitted to WGME that he received the leaked emails from Democratic opponent Ben Chin’s campaign, but denied that he gave them to the Maine Republican Party. Local police are reportedly investigating the leaked emails.

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Posted 09 March 2019 - 02:04 AM

Politicians in local government. Don't you just love 'em?
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Posted 09 March 2019 - 06:55 AM

Shane Bouchard, the mayor of Lewiston, Maine, referred to elderly black people as “antique farm equipment,” according to the message that his girlfriend Heather Berube Everly made public. Bouchard resigned Friday morning and told a local CBS affiliate that he made mistakes and was not a “perfect person.”

“In this political climate where the media does not discriminate between facts and rumors, it is hard to be a public figure. I am not a perfect person. I have made many mistakes in my past. I have also, in the past been the victim of some very damaging rumors,” he told the local WGME.


Let me translate the GOP speak:


I wrote it on my personal account. Ergo, the media is to blame for my dumb racism.
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Posted 09 March 2019 - 07:28 AM

You know . . . some of these serial, pathological liars show real talent. At lying, I mean. Talent that could be applied to many other things. What wouldn't America achieve if all these guys could be put on more pressing, useful projects?
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Posted 09 March 2019 - 03:39 PM

View PostRich T Bikkies, on 09 March 2019 - 07:28 AM, said:

You know . . . some of these serial, pathological liars show real talent. At lying, I mean. Talent that could be applied to many other things. What wouldn't America achieve if all these guys could be put on more pressing, useful projects?

Making license plates in the prison workshop comes to mind...
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Posted 09 March 2019 - 05:44 PM

View Postandydp, on 09 March 2019 - 03:39 PM, said:

Making license plates in the prison workshop comes to mind...

Even that is giving way to automation. I toured the license plate manufacturing facility in the local state penitentiary 8 years ago. Most of the process is automated. Not many inmates needed to do much of anything.

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Posted 09 March 2019 - 07:58 PM

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Shane Bouchard, the mayor of Lewiston, Maine, referred to elderly black people as “antique farm equipment,” according to the message that his girlfriend Heather Berube Everly made public...

The resignation comes just after the same woman, Berube Everly, testified at the Lewiston City Council meeting this week that she provided the mayor with internal emails from his opponent’s campaign, where she was working at the time.


Just as an aside, that sounds like a pretty messed-up relationship.
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Posted 11 March 2019 - 08:48 AM

View Postgolden_valley, on 09 March 2019 - 05:44 PM, said:

Even that is giving way to automation. I toured the license plate manufacturing facility in the local state penitentiary 8 years ago. Most of the process is automated. Not many inmates needed to do much of anything.

Most? It's shocking they're needed for any part of that process.
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Posted 12 March 2019 - 01:39 PM

Texass kept trying even as their first list of supposed improper voters fell completely apart.

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The list of missteps in the Texas secretary of state’s review of the voter rolls for supposed noncitizens grew again Monday, when the office inadvertently added additional people to its already flawed list of voters flagged for citizenship checks.

Blaming a vendor for the mix-up, a spokesman for the secretary of state’s office confirmed new names were sent to certain counties for possible investigation because of a technical error. The mistake occurred while state election officials were analyzing new data from the Texas Department of Public Safety.

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Posted 12 March 2019 - 04:53 PM

Georgia's elections were run America's answer to the elections run by a Third World dictator. Voter suppression, a self-dealing gubernatorial candidate, and it looks like overall incompetence though I wouldn't be shocked if the melanin levels in these counts runs high.

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Georgia’s largest counties failed to prepare for heavy turnout in the state’s fiercely contested 2018 elections, resulting in wait times of up to four hours at the polls and delays in processing registration forms and mailing absentee ballots that ultimately kept some voters from casting ballots, according to a federal lawsuit.

The American Civil Liberties Union filed suit Monday in U.S. District Court in Atlanta on behalf of Georgia Shift, a group dedicated to increasing turnout among young voters. It says Fulton, DeKalb, Cobb and Gwinnett counties in metro Atlanta effectively disenfranchised voters by failing to provide enough polling sites, voting machines and staff.

“The November 2018 elections were plagued with problems that placed inexcusable and unjustifiable burdens on the right to vote,” the lawsuit said.

The ACLU’s suit targets local officials for their role in elections that also brought intense criticism for Georgia state officials including Gov. Brian Kemp. The new Republican governor oversaw the 2018 midterms as Georgia’s secretary of state while he ran one of the most closely watched U.S. gubernatorial campaigns against Democrat Stacey Abrams.

Voting rights groups, including one launched by Abrams after the election, say Kemp and others enforced policies that suppressed turnout in the state. Kemp denies any wrongdoing and said last week that Democrats “need to quit playing politics.”

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Posted 13 March 2019 - 10:30 AM

Mark Harris, the NC wannabe' Congressman with the fraudulent campaign, may be in the crosshairs. I guess not complying with subpoenas is frowned upon. Who woulda' thought?

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The board had harsh words specifically for the campaign of Republican Mark Harris.

“The Harris Committee failed to comply fully with the lawful subpoenas by this Board, and that such non-compliance contributes to cumulative doubt cast on the congressional election,” they wrote.

The board concluded on an ominous note, promising “further action” in regards to Harris and his representation.

On Tuesday, the Department of Justice jumped into the mess, issuing at least three subpoenas, including to Harris campaign operative McCrae Dowless, the indicted leader of the absentee ballot scheme, and the state Board of Elections.

So far, Dowless and four of his employees have been indicted on charges related to the alleged voter fraud.

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Posted 19 March 2019 - 11:40 AM

Floriduh Republicans are trying to subvert the choice of the voters who passed a constitutional amendment that restored voting rights to felons.

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Two activists behind a recently passed amendment to the Florida constitution are sounding the alarm about lawmakers’ attempt to weaken the policy and curtail the number of former felons who can vote.

Desmond Meade, executive director of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition and Neil Volz, political director of the same group, are drawing attention to a bill in the state legislature that would significantly narrow the scope of which felons can vote and impose stiff, possibly insurmountable, fines on those who try.

The original version of the amendment says that all former felons, excluding those with a murder or felony sex crime conviction, are restored with the right to vote after they’ve finished doing their time.

According to a HuffPost report, in the legislature’s proposed version, ex-felons indicted for first- and second-degree murder, as well as a range of sex crimes, would also be prohibited from voting. It would also add a provision that the ex-felons can’t vote until they reimburse the “cost of supervision” and other payments associated with their conviction.

Meade and Volz decry the changes in a Tampa Bay Times op-ed, saying that politicians are trying to “thwart the will of Florida voters.”

The measure passed with 65 percent support in November.

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Posted 19 March 2019 - 01:19 PM

View PostLFC, on 19 March 2019 - 11:40 AM, said:

Floriduh Republicans are trying to subvert the choice of the voters who passed a constitutional amendment that restored voting rights to felons.
Yeeaah. And one of my local yokels is behind some of it.
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Posted 19 March 2019 - 01:45 PM

I guess that the elections for Florida's Supreme Court will make a difference after all.
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Posted 19 March 2019 - 08:53 PM

View PostD. C. Sessions, on 19 March 2019 - 01:45 PM, said:

I guess that the elections for Florida's Supreme Court will make a difference after all.
In FL, although the circuit & County court judges are elected directly, the Supremes are appointed by the governor. DeSantis got to pick three new justices right off the bat, owing to mandatory age-related retirements:

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The naming of Muniz, who has never been a judge, follows DeSantis' selection of Justices Barbara Lagoa and Robert Luck over the past two weeks. They'll fill vacancies left by the mandatory retirements at age 70 of Justices Barbara Pariente, Fred Lewis and Peggy Quince, the seven-member court's last appointees by a Democratic governor.



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Florida Supreme Court Justices Pariente, Lewis, and Quince must leave the court in January after reaching the state’s mandatory retirement age. At the same time, Gov. Rick Scott must also leave office due to term limits, sparking a debate about whether Scott or his successor has the power to appoint the new justices.

In September, after Scott began the process of replacing the three justices, the Florida League of Women Voters and Common Cause filed suit (again), arguing only Scott’s successor has the power to appoint the justices. On Monday, the Florida Supreme Court issued an order finding that Scott does not have the power to appoint the three justices’ successors. The court found that “the governor who is elected in the November 2018 general election has the sole authority to fill the vacancies.”

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Posted 21 March 2019 - 09:34 AM

Behold! The power of gerrymandering!

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Democrats won more votes, regained control of the U.S. House and flipped hundreds of seats in state legislatures during the 2018 elections. It was, by most accounts, a good year for the party.

Yet it wasn’t as bad as it could have been for Republicans.

That’s because they may have benefited from a built-in advantage in some states, based on how political districts were drawn, that prevented deeper losses or helped them hold on to power, according to a mathematical analysis by The Associated Press.

The AP’s analysis indicates that Republicans won about 16 more U.S. House seats than would have been expected based on their average share of the vote in congressional districts across the country. In state House elections, Republicans’ structural advantage might have helped them hold on to as many as seven chambers that otherwise could have flipped to Democrats, according to the analysis.

The AP examined all U.S. House races and about 4,900 state House and Assembly seats up for election last year using a statistical method of calculating partisan advantage that is designed to flag cases of potential political gerrymandering. A similar analysis also showed a GOP advantage in the 2016 elections.

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Posted 26 March 2019 - 03:26 PM

Looks like Gorsuch and Kavanaugh are striving to keep from having to weigh in on gerrymandering. I expect them to be good little Federalistbots and protect (or at least avoid) the gerrymandering issue as long as it remains an overall advantage for Republicans.

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Conservative justices on the Supreme Court and Republican lawyers love redistricting reform as an argument against the court reining in extreme partisan gerrymandering.

Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh on Tuesday both brought up the push in several states to create independent redistricting commissions and other measures to limit legislators from drawing extremely unfair maps.

Paul Clement — a former U.S. solicitor general in the George W. Bush administration representing North Carolina’s GOP legislature — also pointed to the movement as a reason for the justices not to wade into the question that they have avoided so long.

The justices were hearing on Tuesday two cases: the North Carolina case, Rucho v. Common Cause, challenging a GOP-drawn map, and a Maryland case, Lamone v Benisek , challenging a map drawn by Democrats. The cases asked the justices to consider whether the court should impose limits on extreme gerrymandering. In both cases, lawmakers said the aim of the maps were to draw districts that maximized the electoral advantage of the party in charge.

The court has previously punted on partisan gerrymandering cases on narrower, procedural grounds. Tuesday’s arguments focused almost entirely on the underlying substantive issues.

Gorsuch was the first to bring up the movement towards redistricting reform — citing the constitutional amendment initiative passed in his home state of Colorado last year — to ask Clement about the challengers’ argument that “the Court must act because nobody else can as a practical matter.”

“To what extent have states, through their initiatives, citizen initiatives, or at the ballot box in elections through their legislatures, amended their constitutions or otherwise provided for remedies in this area?” Gorsuch asked, adding “I’m just wondering, what’s the scope of the problem here? ”

Clement took the bait, bringing up both the states that have passed ballot initiatives as well as the potential that Congress could pass reform measures reining in gerrymandering reform.

He mentioned explicitly HR1, the democracy overhaul bill recently passed by the Democratic House, that would require states to set up independent redistricting commissions.

Clement alluded to “constitutional” issues some may have about the legislation, but argued that “it certainly shows that Congress is able to take action in this particular area.”

It went unmentioned that HR1 has no chance of passing the GOP-controlled Senate.

Chief Justice John Roberts expressed skepticism. “I suppose the members of Congress are pretty happy with the way the districting has been done.”

Clement responded that the bill was passed on a party-line vote by the majority party in the House, to suggest that Congress can be trusted to institute reforms on a system that benefits it.

Clement’s argument ignores a recent AP analysis that found that House Democrats’ wave in the 2018 midterms would have been 16 seats greater had the political advantage not been baked into the map for the Republicans.

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Posted 28 March 2019 - 04:32 PM

House Dems digging into the Republican voter suppression efforts of Georgia, Kansas, and Texass.

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On the heels of a request that Georgia turn over documents related to allegations of voter suppression, the House Oversight Committee is now seeking documents from election officials in Texas and Kansas, the committee announced Thursday.

The Texas document requests — sent to Texas acting Secretary of State David Whitley and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton — have to do with a sloppily assembled list the state used to claim that tens of thousands of noncitizens were registered to vote and to instruct local officials to start the process of purging them from the voting rolls.

The Kansas requests — sent to Kansas Secretary of State Scott Schwab and Ford County Clerk Debbie Cox — examine the decision to move a polling place in a minority heavy district to a location outside of city limits, more than a mile from the nearest bus stop.

The letters were signed by Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) and Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD), who chairs the Oversight subcommittee on civil rights and civil liberties.

Both the Texas and the Kansas issues were subject to lawsuits. The civil rights groups who sued over the relocation of Dodge City, Kansas, polling place were unable to move it back in time for the 2018 elections, but have since settled the lawsuit, with the city agreeing to open new polling places for future elections.

The litigation over Texas’ shoddy voter fraud list is ongoing, but a judge has signaled he intends to severely limit how the list can be used to remove voters from the rolls. Since Whitley announced the list in a January advisory, thousands of individuals named on it have turned out to be duplicates or false positives.

The House Oversight Committee’s Georgia investigation is looking at the state’s purging practices, its efforts to close polling places, and equipment issues that resulted in long lines on Election Day.


Here's the link to the earlier request for documents from Georgia.
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Posted 29 March 2019 - 09:55 AM

Scott Walker (R-End of Kochs' Cocks) is screeching (a.k.a. lying) with the volume turned up to 11 about how the Democrats are attempting to do what he's attempting to do. The corruption of the GOP stinks to high heaven as if there needed to be another example of who the real enemies of American democracy are.

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To hear Scott Walker tell it, Republicans are up against the ropes.

Last week, the former Wisconsin governor officially became the fundraising chairman for one of the main GOP groups focused on drawing maps for Congress and state legislatures. As Walker put it, his charge at the National Republican Redistricting Trust (NRRT) is to “counter the efforts of the far Left to try and gerrymander their way into permanent control.”

“Democrats, led by Barack Obama and Eric Holder, will stop at nothing” in this quest, the NRRT’s website declares.

It appears that the GOP is gearing up for a redistricting smackdown just as their opponents across the aisle are pushing for a truce.

Democrats, led by former Attorney General Holder’s National Democratic Redistricting Committee (NDRC), are working to eradicate—or at least impose limits—on partisan gerrymandering. While both groups claim to be fighting for “fair maps,” the NDRC has come out against unfairly rigged districts in blue and red states alike and backed the creation of independent commissions to take control of the map-drawing process out of state lawmakers’ hands.

The NRRT has not.

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