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Posted 30 August 2019 - 11:06 AM

That is sickening.
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Posted 30 August 2019 - 03:43 PM

View PostLFC, on 30 August 2019 - 10:57 AM, said:

The last Georgia election was full of "irregularities" (a.k.a. Republican election fraud) that, shockingly, overwhelmingly targeted black majority districts. This can now be expected to be SOP for any state under Republican control until we start prosecuting and jailing those who traitorously attempt to overthrow our democracy.

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Posted 04 September 2019 - 09:06 AM

Moscow Mitch is getting testy because he knows that the name has stuck. His whining is pathetic.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) doesn’t care for his new nickname.

During a radio interview Tuesday on “The Hugh Hewitt Show,” McConnell said it was “unbelievable” for a “Cold Warrior like me” to be mocked as a Kremlin ally for repeatedly blocking both Democratic and bipartisan bills aimed at curbing Russian election interference.

“It’s an effort to smear me,” the Kentucky Republican told Hewitt. “You know, I can laugh about things like the Grim Reaper, but calling me Moscow Mitch is over the top.”

McConnell also repeated his previous complaint that the moniker was “modern day McCarthyism.”

“This is what we’re up against with the hard left today in America,” he said.

Even House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) referred to McConnell as such in August when she was ripping him for killing legislation from the House.

“Moscow Mitch says that he is the ‘grim reaper,'” Pelosi said during a Democratic event in Illinois. “Imagine describing yourself as the ‘grim reaper,’ that he’s going to bury all this legislation.”

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Posted 04 September 2019 - 09:39 AM

A North Carolina court unanimously rejects the heavily gerrymandered Republican maps. It's the only way that the state GOP is guaranteed a majority and they damn well know it.

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Extreme partisan gerrymanders can violate North Carolina’s constitution, a state court found Tuesday, in a decision striking down the state legislative maps the GOP statehouse adopted in 2017.

The ruling is a major victory for redistricting reformers after the setback the Supreme Court dealt them in June. North Carolina has been embroiled in lawsuits over its redistricting schemes since the last census, as Republicans have held a majority in the legislature — and until recently, had a supermajority — even as Democrats were able to win statewide offices.

A united three judge-panel said that the current state House and Senate maps — which were adopted by the legislature after its previous maps were found to be illegal racial gerrymanders — violated the state constitution’s Free Elections Clause, the Equal Protection Clause, and Free Speech and Free Assembly Clauses.

“Using their control of the General Assembly, Legislative Defendants manipulated district boundaries, to the greatest extent possible, to control the outcomes of individual races so as to best ensure their continued control of the legislature,” the court said.

The court is giving the legislature until Sept. 18 to draw interim maps for the 2020 elections. While the plan should not interfere with the primary elections next spring, the court also said it was reserving the right to move those primary dates if need be.

The case included the files found on the back-up hard drives of the now-deceased GOP gerrymandering guru Thomas Hofeller, who was tasked by the Republicans with designing the 2017 maps. His estranged daughter discovered the files after his death and offered them to a voting rights group, which subpoenaed them for the case.

As the legislature passed the Hofeller-drawn districts in 2017, Republicans bragged about the partisan advantage the replacement map would give them.
The files, the court said Tuesday, provided evidence of Hofeller’s “predominant focus on maximizing Republican partisan advantage in creating the 2017 Plans.”

“The evidence establishes that Dr. Hofeller drew the 2017 Plans very precisely to create as many ‘safe’ Republican districts as possible, so that Republicans would maintain their supermajorities, or at least majorities even in a strong election year for Democrats” the court said, adding it was “persuaded that Dr. Hofeller drew the maps with an intent to preserve Republicans’ control of the House and Senate.”

The GOP legislators defending the maps in the case offered “no plausible alternative explanation of Dr. Hofeller’s intent as he drew” the districts, the court said.

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Posted 04 September 2019 - 11:32 AM

About effing time! Great news.
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Posted 04 September 2019 - 12:25 PM

Since the Supreme Court will not touch "political" gerrymandering, the future challenges will be based on interpretation of state constitutions and state statutes that apply to redistricting.

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Posted 05 September 2019 - 12:08 PM

That court expressly cited the SCOTUS decision as a basis for their emphatic ruling.
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Posted 05 September 2019 - 12:12 PM

It should also mean that those states with voter initiatives ought to be able to bring it under their control.

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Posted 05 September 2019 - 12:16 PM

Republicans are desperate to destroy the evidence from their now deceased gerrymandering expert.

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A North Carolina court on Tuesday struck down state legislative maps drawn by Thomas B. Hofeller—a Republican gerrymandering guru who died last year—and now GOP lawyers want to destroy his digital files, which were used as evidence in the case. Republican politicos are trying to keep information from Hofeller’s computer backups private, and have filed to seal or destroy more than 75,000 files, which covered his work in every state and included data central to the legal battle over adding a citizenship question to the 2020 Census. Kathay Feng, the national redistricting director for Common Cause North Carolina, said in an interview with The New York Times that “the Hofeller files are important because they’re the only thing that will allow the American people to know the truth behind the efforts to rig redistricting and elections,” she added. “They have to be made public.”

Lawyer Dalton L. Oldham, who was a consultancy partner with Hofeller, argued that Hofeller’s information was covered by lawyer-client privilege because it contained trade secrets and confidential work for clients like the Republican National Committee. A brief submitted by Oldham stated that “disclosure of these documents would reveal a major political party’s internal, proprietary and highly confidential communications and strategy.”


And by strategy you mean voter suppression that violates the state's constitution, right?
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Posted 05 September 2019 - 12:18 PM

View Postindy, on 05 September 2019 - 12:12 PM, said:

It should also mean that those states with voter initiatives ought to be able to bring it under their control.

And pass statutes that define criteria for line drawing, at the least, and for independent citizens redistricting commissions following criteria for line drawing. This may take longer in states that are dominated by one party or another.

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Posted 05 September 2019 - 12:20 PM

View PostLFC, on 05 September 2019 - 12:16 PM, said:

Republicans are desperate to destroy the evidence from their now deceased gerrymandering expert.




And by strategy you mean voter suppression that violates the state's constitution, right?

Lawyer client privilege as in the lawyer contacted an expert for expert advice? I'm not sure it applies though in the private world businesses get lawyers to make requests of experts in an attempt to hide behind that privilege.

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Posted 05 September 2019 - 12:32 PM

The League of Women Voters just announced a 50 state campaign to educate the public and to advocate for fair line drawing in districts.

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Posted 05 September 2019 - 12:48 PM

View Postgolden_valley, on 05 September 2019 - 12:32 PM, said:

The League of Women Voters just announced a 50 state campaign to educate the public and to advocate for fair line drawing in districts.

"Uppity women. We never should have let them wear pants much less vote and get educated." --Random "Christian" Republican
" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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Posted 05 September 2019 - 12:51 PM

Lawyer-client privilege -- last I heard -- only applied if:
  • One party is actually a lawyer, and
  • is in fact retained as the other party's lawyer.
  • Oh, yeah -- can't be created ex post
On top of that, there's always the matter of the lawyer in question being a party to planning a crime or other action against public policy. I suspect that each State might have some say in whether they want to privilege a conspiracy to corrupt elections in their jurisdiction.

PS: Oh, dear -- did I use naughty words like "conspiracy" and "corrupt?" Let's get some expert advice on how accurate those might be!
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Posted 05 September 2019 - 01:34 PM

View PostLFC, on 05 September 2019 - 12:48 PM, said:

"Uppity women. We never should have let them wear pants much less vote and get educated." --Random "Christian" Republican

Yeah and the head of PayPal I think his name is Thiel has complained about the 19th Amendment as being the start of the nanny state when all those women could support bills and politicians who wanted to civilize the domestic sphere.

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Posted 05 September 2019 - 02:36 PM

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Posted 09 September 2019 - 04:58 PM

Ohio Republicans charge ahead with voter purge using error filled list. They never show any interest in getting the data right first. It's "almost" as if the incorrect data were part of the plan in the first place.

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Ohio is set to purge nearly a quarter-million people from its voter rolls Friday despite journalists and voting rights groups finding repeated mistakes on the state’s list.

Republican Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose published a list in August targeting 235,000 voters the state says are inactive, meaning voters who have not voted for the past six years that the state was unable to contact.

The list of voters was fraught with errors. The secretary of state’s office announced hundreds of changes to the list almost immediately. Two weeks later, voting rights groups discovered that 4,000 people had been erroneously added to the list, the Columbus Dispatch reported. The paper reported days later that another 1,600 people had been incorrectly added to the list because of an error by a software vendor.

The list also included thousands of people who were apparently unaware they had bee targeted for removal, even though the state is required to attempt to contact them. More than 11,800 people included on the list have updated their voter registrations so they won’t be canceled, HuffPost reported.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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Posted 12 September 2019 - 03:41 PM

A judge has blocked a Tennessee law meant to crush democracy by throwing up roadblocks and threats against voter registration drives.

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A federal judge on Thursday put on hold Tennessee’s law targeting voter registration drives.

U.S. District Judge Aleta Trauger said that the groups challenging the law were likely to win the case on the merits and that allowing it to go into effect while their lawsuit is litigated would cause irreparable harm.

She called the law “troublingly vague,” and said the state had failed to explain why the new requirements and penalties were necessary.

“Forcing the plaintiffs to wait while a case winds its way through litigation would mean taking away chances to participate in democracy that will never come back,” she said.

The law was passed earlier this year by Tennessee’s GOP legislature after election officials accused a group focused on registering black voters of overburdening them with flawed voter registration forms in the days leading up to the 2018 elections.

The law would allow for harsh fines — and even prison time — to be imposed on voter registration drives that turned in a certain number of incomplete forms.

“The result is that the Act holds an organization to an increasingly more onerous standard the more effective it is at recruiting new voters,” Trauger said.

The law also required that some registration drive workers receive government training and meet new registration requirements. It additionally mandated that a disclaimer is included in voter groups’ messaging distancing their efforts from an official government operation.

Trauger called the disclaimer requirement “unconstitutionally vague” and said that it otherwise did not meet the legal standards for government-compelled speech.

Of the registration and training mandates she said she had “little basis for concluding” that those provisions were “truly necessary or substantially related to” the government’s interest in seeing that voter registration was done properly.

“The Act creates an onerous and intrusive regulatory structure for problems that, insofar as they are not wholly speculative, can be addressed with simpler, less burdensome tools,” she said.

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Posted 16 September 2019 - 03:15 PM

They have video of a dirtbag NC state legislator trying to gerrymander his district. He's leaving the race. I'm surprised he has that much shame. More likely he realizes that this is enough to get him ripped to shreds in the upcoming election.

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North Carolina Republican state Sen. John Alexander has announced that he will not seek re-election after he was caught trying to gerrymander his own district.

Alexander made the announcement on Thursday after he was seen on video Wednesday making changes that would have made his district a safe Republican seat while representing many Democrats in the Raleigh area.


Take a look at the series of tweets that show the whole dirty deed.
" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 19 September 2019 - 04:24 PM

Kentucky Republicans are also part of the assault on America's democracy.

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More than 150,000 Kentucky voters were improperly placed on an “inactive list” in a closed-door meeting less than two months before the state’s gubernatorial election, the state’s Democratic Party said on Monday.

Democratic chairman Ben Self said in a letter to the state’s Board of Elections that the board must reactivate the registrations after the move jeopardized their right to vote in the upcoming election for governor, attorney general and other statewide offices. According to an internal Democratic poll, Republican Gov. Matt Bevin and other statewide Republican candidates are trailing in their races.

“SBE deactivated the voter registration of more than 150,000 Kentuckians behind closed doors with no public notice,” Self said in the letter, according to WFPL.

Voters on the list are still eligible to vote, according to the Associated Press, but Self wrote that “the improper maintenance of a list of ‘inactive voters’ will deny registered Kentucky voters who are entitled to vote in the upcoming election the right to do so, and will cause immediate and irreparable harm to the [Kentucky Democratic Party], candidates for office, and most importantly, the public.”

Jared Dearing, executive director of the elections board, told the AP that voters on the list have not been removed from the voter registration database. The Kentucky elections board is currently under a federal consent decree that requires it to contact voters who have not voted in the last two federal election cycles or updated their voter registration during that time.


A consent decree i.e. they've pulled this shit before.
" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer





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