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Posted 20 May 2019 - 07:20 PM

View PostLFC, on 20 May 2019 - 04:18 PM, said:

He's a judicial lightweight, a sexual predator, and a crook. That's a trifecta of lacking.

He is now not the only one in any of these.
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Posted 21 May 2019 - 07:51 AM

View PostJackD, on 20 May 2019 - 05:44 PM, said:

"He is not a judicial lightweight." Have you ever read his opinions?
Of course not. I couldn't tell even if I did. I am going by what my nephew said, who clerked for him for a couple of years. Apparently he was very respected by all of the clerks, and believe it or not, he was actually quite a raconteur. I respect my nephew greatly, but that does not necessarily mean he is a heavyweight.

Indeed, his record is pretty dismal according to Toobin. He is prone to writing dissenting opinions for the sake of getting them out there as "precedents".

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Authorship is not the only measure of influence, and in dissenting and concurring opinions Thomas has introduced certain conservative ideas into the bloodstream of Supreme Court opinions that have later commanded majorities. In a concurrence in Printz v. United States, in 1997, Thomas suggested that the Second Amendment confers on individuals a right to bear arms, which the Court had never before held. Eleven years later, in Justice Antonin Scalia’s opinion in Heller v. District of Columbia, that view became the law of the land. Similarly, in a separate opinion in McIntyre v. Ohio Elections Commission, in 1995, Thomas laid some of the intellectual groundwork for the Citizens United decision and the Court’s deregulation of political campaigns. These cases, however, are exceptions. For the most part, Thomas has been on a Court of his own.

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Posted 21 May 2019 - 10:38 AM

Once again it's Republicans involved in the electoral process who are the danger to election integrity, not actual voters.

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Pages and pages of a WhatsApp chat reveal that campaign workers for Alex Diaz de la Portilla, a former state senator and unsuccessful 2018 Republican candidate for Miami-Dade County Commission in District 5, at least joked about stealing or destroying absentee ballots.

According to the Miami New Times, the messages concerning tearing up or hiding ballots were about those intended for Zoraida Barreiro, a Democratic candidate. Neither she nor Diaz de la Portilla ultimately won the election.

“Stolen, hahahaa,” says one of the messages accompanying a picture of an absentee ballot. “I did not give it to the lady but what do we do if she voted for Zoraida????”

Diaz de la Portilla vehemently denied the accusations. “None of this is from my campaign or my campaign workers,” he told the New Times. “Your article is libelous.”

The Republican is already under investigation by State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle after a city commissioner used public money to buy food and other favors for one of Diaz de la Portilla’s campaign events.

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Posted 22 May 2019 - 08:48 AM

Trump rewarded a voter suppression operative who has a history of fantastical lying so bad that he caused a lawsuit with the opportunity to continue attempting voter suppression.

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Before he was named by President Trump to the U.S. Elections Assistance Commission, Donald Palmer, a former GOP-appointed secretary of the Virginia State Board of Elections, assisted in the creation of sensational voter fraud reports that prompted a defamation lawsuit, documents released in the litigation Friday revealed.

Palmer helped devise an approach to collecting certain voter registration data, which was then used to claim that there were thousands of noncitizens on Virginia’s voter rolls and that many of them had voted, according to the documents. He also helped edit a draft of the report, and he additionally flagged for his collaborators that a Virginia state election official who was resisting turning over the data had previously worked for a civil rights organization.

“Of course, this is the pool of talent of the current governor,” Palmer allegedly wrote, referring to then-Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D).

The revelations came in the deposition of J. Christian Adams, whose group, the Public Interest Legal Foundation, released the reports. The lawsuit’s plaintiffs — who include citizens who were falsely identified in the reports’ materials as noncitizens who had illegally registered to vote — have accused Adams’ of withholding discovery and are now seeking to re-open his deposition.

In his original deposition, Adams claimed that he and Palmer worked “collaboratively” ahead of the release of the first iteration of the October 2016 report, known as “Alien Invasion.” A follow-up report, “Alien Invasion II,” was released in May 2017.

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Posted 24 May 2019 - 02:57 PM

Texass continues its voter suppression efforts.

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House Bill 1888 would ban mobile polling stations, which help college students, the elderly and low-income residents cast ballots, from being mobile. The bill would require these temporary branch polling places to remain in just one location for the duration of the early voting period. Mobile polling stations are currently used as a way to address demand and wait times for groups that may have difficulty getting to a polling location, like rural voters, college students and residents at long-term care facilities.

State Sen. Joan Huffman, a Houston Republican who sponsored the bill, said that the mobile polling places were being abused by “targeting desirable voting populations at the exclusion of others.” She rejected concerns from Democrats about disadvantaged groups being hurt by the move, saying that those who need to make arrangements to vote “have time to do that.”

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Republicans also doubled down on the state’s failed attempted voter purge. Earlier this year, Texas Secretary of State David Whitley announced that the state had identified nearly 100,000 people he claimed were illegally registered to vote. Whitley later admitted that many of the people on the list were actually naturalized citizens and a federal judge banned the state from removing anyone from the rolls without court permission, slamming Whitley for abusing “the power of government to strike fear and anxiety and to intimidate the least powerful among us.”

Republican state Sen. Bryan Hughes introduced an amendment this week that would require the secretary of state to verify voter eligibility by confirming their citizenship status on a monthly basis.

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Posted 24 May 2019 - 06:55 PM

Can't Texas just be honest and simply list the people who are allowed to vote by name one week prior to each election?

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Posted 28 May 2019 - 02:32 PM

The Texas secretary of state is resigning over his clearly blatant attempts at voter suppression with his bogus list of "suspect" voters.

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David Whitley, the Texas secretary of state, resigned Monday just before he would have been booted anyway after failing to secure Senate confirmation to stay on the job.

According to the Austin-American Statesman, despite unanimous Republican support, all Democrats opposed the confirmation due to Whitley’s leadership of an investigation into the citizenship status of voters which resulted in multiple lawsuits and a court settlement freezing the probe.

Whitley had identified 100,000 people on the rolls that he thought were ineligible to vote, over half of whom had cast a ballot since 1996, and referred them to the Texas attorney general for possible prosecution.

It was soon revealed that many of the voters were naturalized citizens fully within their rights to cast a ballot. Whitley’s office later admitted that they knew some naturalized voters may have been on the list.

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Posted 03 June 2019 - 03:06 PM

Georgia is lookin' at a new way to suppress the darkie vote. Once a racist shithole, always a racist shithole.

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The state of Georgia has become a key battleground for black voting rights.

In 2018, Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams, the nation’s first-ever major-party African-American woman nominee for governor, narrowly lost to Secretary of State Brian Kemp after thousands of black voters saw their absentee ballots thrown out, polling places consolidated, and voting machines warehoused in their precincts. These incidents led to a sharp outcry and questions of legitimacy, because Kemp was administering the same election he was running in. Nonetheless, the election was extremely close — a margin of just 50,000 votes decided the outcome in a state of over 10 million people.
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Now, ahead of the 2020 election, The Daily Beast has published an analysis on another racially discriminatory law that could play a substantial role in the outcome: “moral turpitude” laws.

In some Southern states, Georgia included, felonies of “moral turpitude” can disqualify you from voting. The problem is that “moral turpitude” is not defined anywhere in Georgia’s constitution or laws, meaning that just about anyone with a felony conviction can be excluded if state officials want — and this applies disproportionately to people of color.

Ex-convicts regain their rights after completing their sentences, but remain ineligible while on probation or parole, which leaves some 250,000 people, or 3 percent of the entire voting-age population, disenfranchised — five times the margin with which Kemp carried the gubernatorial election in 2018. 58 percent of these disenfranchised ex-convicts are African-American.

Georgia is not the only state where moral turpitude laws have been used to deny black voters the franchise. In Alabama, moral turpitude used to be so ill-defined that black people were denied the vote for things as minor as cashing bad checks — and such voters were disenfranchised for life, even after completing their sentences. A Supreme Court decision in 1985, triggered ironically enough when the state tried to disenfranchise a white man, forced Alabama to restrict moral turpitude to felonies only.
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In 2017, the state further revised its constitution to name only a specific list of felonies that constitute moral turpitude — and even then, the state carefully chose crimes that black people are disproportionately convicted for, like burglary and robbery, while leaving out crimes like public corruption and embezzlement that are more closely associated with affluent white offenders.

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Posted 04 June 2019 - 03:01 PM

Mississippi's Jim Crow era election rules effectively prevent a black candidate from winning statewide office every time. Eric Holder is targeting these discriminatory laws.

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Jim Crow is still a thing — if not in law than in spirit in many places.

Mississippi has the largest population of African American voters in the nation, yet no African American has won statewide office in more than 130 years. A newly filed federal lawsuit alleges that is because of election rules from the state’s 1890 constitution that were conceived during the racist backlash to the Civil War and Reconstruction, in a period when black people represented the majority of the state’s population.

White politicians in the South sought to suppress the black voting power that emerged during Reconstruction with racially discriminatory laws, albeit less overtly racist than those that existed before the Civil War. Many of the Jim Crow laws written into the new constitution Mississippi passed after Reconstruction have long since been struck down by courts, but one law still on the books effectively makes it harder for African Americans and Democrats to win elections statewide.

Mississippi might be the most racially polarized state in the nation. The state is about 58% white and 37% African-American. So even while Mississippi’s black population votes overwhelmingly Democrat, in a state where Democrats struggle to get even 15% of the white vote, it’s all but impossible for a Democrat to win statewide. That’s because Mississippi is the only state in the nation where candidates for statewide office must win a majority of the state popular vote and a majority of the House districts in the state. Mississippi’s African-American voters are heavily concentrated in 42 counties, while a majority of the state’s 122 counties are majority white and majority Republican, this Jim Crow-era method of electing officials to statewide office “dilutes African American voting strength,” according to the plaintiffs in a new lawsuit.

The federal suit was filed last week by four longtime Mississippi voters in affiliation with former Attorney General Eric Holder’s National Democratic Redistricting Committee. It seeks an injunction in this year’s elections against using what it describes as a “racist electoral scheme.”

“The challenged provisions dilute votes cast by African-Americans and minimize the influence of African-American votes in elections for statewide offices, all of which denies African-Americans an equal opportunity to participate in the political process and elect their preferred candidates,” the complaint states. According to the group of black voters, Mississippi’s system both violates the federal Voting Rights Act and perhaps even the Supreme Court’s “one person, one vote” jurisprudence, since an equal number of votes won’t be cast in each state House district. (The Supreme Court in 1963 struck down Georgia’s system of determining statewide primary contests by a county system that gave rural voters excess weight.

Mississippi’s state Constitution also gives the state legislature the power to pick a winner in the event that no candidate reaches both the popular vote and electoral vote threshold. That too is a focus of the lawsuit.

“This discriminatory electoral scheme achieved, and continues to achieve, the framers’ goals by tying the statewide-election process to the power structure of the House,” the complaint continues. “So long as white Mississippians controlled the House, they would also control the elections of statewide officials.”

Such was the case in 1999 when the Democratic-controlled House voted along party lines to elect a governor between two white candidates who failed to satisfy both rules after a four-person race split the vote. Coincidentally, that was the last time Democrats controlled the governor’s mansion in the Magnolia State.

But for the first time in more 20 years, Democrats could have a real shot at the governorship — if not for Mississippi’s racist system for electing governors.

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Posted 04 June 2019 - 04:20 PM

How did this pass muster with the VRA?
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Posted 04 June 2019 - 05:20 PM

View PostLFC, on 28 May 2019 - 02:32 PM, said:

The Texas secretary of state is resigning over his clearly blatant attempts at voter suppression with his bogus list of "suspect" voters.

Republican Gov. Abbott was behind the push for a list, and wanted it fast.

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Texas Governor Greg Abbott last year pushed to gather the data used to create a notoriously error-prone list of alleged non-citizens voters, internal government emails made public Tuesday revealed.

Abbott’s office requested that a Texas agency collect data used for the attempted voter roll purge just days after a tea party group held a press conference calling on him to do so, according to the agency’s emails.

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Posted 07 June 2019 - 10:00 AM

North Carolina keeps plugging to hold on to the title of most reprehensible state when it comes to voter rights suppression. It turns out that the same hard drives containing clear evidence that the Trump administration lied about the citizenship question on the census may contain clear evidence that NC's Republican legislature lied about their gerrymandering plans in a federal case. Can you say, "LOCK THEM UP!"?

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North Carolina’s Republican legislature made false assertions in 2017 in a federal racial gerrymandering case, according to a Thursday court filing by the challengers in a separate partisan gerrymandering case in state court.

The claim was based on files found on the hard-drives of the late GOP gerrymandering guru Thomas Hofeller, the challengers said.

The challengers, the voting rights group Common Cause, are asking for the state court to order the North Carolina legislators to stop their efforts to block Common Cause from using Hofeller’s files in their case. In Covington v. North Carolina, the state was sued in 2015 for legislative maps drawn in 2011 that were found to be an illegal racial gerrymander. The legislature is now facing a partisan gerrymandering lawsuit in state court (as well in federal court) from the voting rights group Common Cause for the map Republicans drew to replace the 2011 map.

Thursday’s filing brings to a head a dispute between Common Cause and the legislature over the group’s use of the Hofeller’s files, which were provided in the case by his estranged daughter, who found his hard drives after his death.

The legislators did not object when Common Cause subpoenaed the daughter for the files, nor did the legislators seek to impose restrictions on use of the files in subsequent steps in the discovery process, Common Cause said.

But only since news broke that some of Hofeller’s files had been shared with the challengers in the census citizenship case now awaiting a Supreme Court decision, the legislature has made several demands seeking to block Common Cause’s access to the files. Among the legislature’s requests were that Common Cause’s lawyers destroy their copies of the files and that the entirety of the files be designated “Highly Confidential/Outside Attorney’s Eyes Only,” according to Thursday’s filings.

Common Cause argued that not only did the legislature waive privilege when it did not object to the subpoena, the defendants “cannot possibly maintain any work-product privilege claim” over Hofeller’s work on certain North Carolina maps, given the alleged false statements in court.

The alleged false statements had to do with the legislature’s claims — at a key point in the the racial gerrymandering case’s litigation — that it had not yet begun work on maps to replace the invalidated 2011 maps. After a court in 2016 struck down the 2011 map, it ordered the special election for fall 2017. The Supreme Court halted that order while it considered taking up the case. When the justices did uphold the finding that the map was an illegal racial gerrymander in June 2017, they told the lower court to reconsider its order scheduling special elections and weigh how disruptive those elections would be.

According to Common Cause’s court filing Thursday, Hofeller’s files revealed that he had almost finished work on the new maps at that point in the litigation in July 2017, even as the legislature claimed in court that such work had not yet begun. Common Cause also pointed to two additional allegedly false claims the legislature made the court at that point.

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Posted 11 June 2019 - 04:31 PM

Nothin' subtle about this attack on "the wrong kind" of voters.

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The Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno filed a lawsuit on Monday against the Fresno County clerk for removing the church as a polling site in response to the “Black Lives Matter” banners hung on its property.

The church, filing with the Northern California chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, is suing the Fresno County Clerk and Registrar of Voters, Brandi Orth, for “violating the Church’s First Amendment rights.”

“These banners express a view on a matter of serious public concern and reflect the Church’s belief in the inherent dignity and worth of every person; justice, equity and compassion in human relations; and respect for the interdependent web of existence,” the suit reads. “They also communicate the Church’s belief that society does not value Black lives as much as it values white lives and the Church’s desire to change this.”

Mollie Lee, one of the ACLU attorneys working with the church’s suit, told TPM that Orth’s “unprecedented” decision was “profoundly hurtful and offensive.”

“Registrars are at the front lines of democracy, and they have a critical responsibility in ensuring that elections are conducted fairly,” Lee said. “It’s important that they fulfill that responsibility in a way that’s not influenced by implicit or explicit bias.”

The church says in the suit that it’s been displaying the banners since August 2017 and kept the signs at a distance of over 100 feet from the polling place, as California’s anti-electioneering law requires. The church served as a polling site in the November 2016 and June 2018 elections “without incident,” per the complaint.

After a voter complained that the church was boosting a “known domestic terrorist group,” Orth allegedly asked the church to take down the banners on Election day, according to the lawsuit. When it refused to do so, Orth directed election staff to move voters to a different church to vote in the November 2018 midterm elections, and has refused to consider the Unitarian Universalist Church as a potential polling site for the 2020 elections.

The church is requesting an injunction from the court to require Orth to include it as a potential polling place without the condition that the banners be removed.

Minister Reverend Tim Kutzmark, the church’s leader, told TPM during a phone interview that Orth’s decision was “another example of systemic institutionalized racism that pervades the city of Fresno and Fresno County.”

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