Article: State lawmakers push wave of voting changes in wake of election

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State lawmakers push wave of voting changes in wake of election

A political tug-of-war playing out in statehouses across the U.S. likely will reshape the nation’s patchwork of voter access rules, and not for the better, according to some analysts.

A wave of Republican-sponsored bills that would restrict ballot access have been introduced in statehouses nationwide in the wake of historic turnout during the 2020 election.

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Article: Editorial: DeSantis calls it election integrity. It’s voter suppression.

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To hear Gov. Ron DeSantis tell it, Florida “had the smoothest, most successful election of any state in the country.” Yet, if he has his way, Republicans in the Florida Legislature will pass new laws that will suppress the vote in order to ensure “election integrity” in future contests.

More:Editorial: The creeping authoritarianism of Gov. Ron DeSantis

In a playbook Republicans across the country are using after President Joe Biden’s decisive victory in November, DeSantis announced his support for new restrictions on voting by mail and on ballot drop boxes, needed, he claims, to clean up election nightmares that have plagued the state’s reputation since the neck-and-neck George Bush vs. Al Gore fight in 2000.

There’s a bill already filed in the Florida Senate that would change the rules on vote-by-mail requests to be made every election year instead of every two years — and retroactively cancel requests already made for 2022 races. Now that the Florida Legislature has convened, expect more changes to SB 90 as it moves through the committee process over the next two months.

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Article: Republicans and majority of Democrats vote to keep incarcerated people from participating in elections

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“America does not love all its people,” Rep. Cori Bush, a progressive Democrat from Missouri, argued on the floor of the House, saying that more than 5 million Americans are prevented from taking part in an election because they are currently incarcerated.

On Tuesday, Bush and Rep. Mondaire Jones, a New York Democrat, offered an amendment to sweeping voting rights legislation, HR 1. The legislation, as written, would already restore that right for those with felony convictions, but not for those who are now behind bars — one in six of whom are Black.

 

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Article: Apple ’21: The Dems are still the party of the working class. They should champion its diversity.

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In recent years, we have witnessed a political realignment, with ancestral Democrats in rural areas voting Republican, while traditionally Republican suburbanites vote Democrat. This realignment has led many in the media, and in both political parties, to claim that Democrats are now the party of the elite, while Republicans have become the party of the working class. Voting data, however, tells a different story: Democrats clearly remain the party of the working class, and this false narrative about elitism rests on the distortion of the term “working class” to mean “white working class,” thus excluding people of color and perpetuating stereotypes around race and work.

Since at least the presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Democrats have been the party of the working class. Although Roosevelt battled with a hostile Supreme Court for the first half of his presidency, he orchestrated the New Deal, in which the National Industry Recovery Act, Social Security, fair labor standards and other pro-labor laws were enacted. As such, union workers, especially those in rural areas, were staunch supporters of the Democratic party for their pro-union stances.

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Article: Squad amendment to restore voting rights to felons, incarcerated individuals fails in House

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The House Tuesday rejected an amendment authored by the progressive Squad to restore voting rights not only to felons but to individuals who are currently incarcerated.

The measure went down in bipartisan defeat with just 97 Democrats voting in favor of the amendment compared with 328 members who voted against – 119 Democrats and 209 Republicans.

WARREN, PRESSLEY AMONG DEMS PUSHING TO STRIP POLICE OF ‘QUALIFIED IMMUNITY’

Freshman Rep. Cori Bush, D-Mo., authored the amendment with support from fellow progressive Reps. Mondaire Jones, D-N.Y., Jamaal Bowman, D-N.Y., Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., and New Jersey’s Bonnie Watson Coleman.

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Article: Sidney Powell LIVE: “There Is More than Enough Evidence in the Public Now to More than Reverse the Election in at Least 5 States” (VIDEO)

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Sidney Powell LIVE: “There Is More than Enough Evidence in the Public Now to More than Reverse the Election in at Least 5 States” (VIDEO)

On Saturday Attorney Sidney Powell and Retired General Michael Flynn joined Erskine for his weekly podcast.

Lieutenant General Michael Flynn is a retired United States Army Lieutenant General who was the 25th United States National Security Advisor for President Trump. Flynn’s military career included a key role in shaping U.S. counterterrorism strategy and disarming insurgent networks in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars and was given numerous combat arms, conventional, and special operations senior intelligence assignments. His book, The Field of Fight, is brilliant. www.defendingtherepublic.org

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Article: Report: 400 ex-intel officers investigating 2020 election

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More than 400 former members of the nation’s intelligence communities who are part of a growing informal network believe there are irregularities in the 2020 elections and are conducting their own investigations.

Robert Caron, who began his career with the CIA, told the Epoch Times, the network includes intelligence officers, analysts and operatives in the military, law enforcement and judiciary from the FBI, CIA, military intelligence, the Defense Intelligence Agency, the National Security Agency and other agencies.

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Article: Trump’s Battle to Undermine the Vote in Pennsylvania

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Trump’s Battle to Undermine the Vote in Pennsylvania

Since November 3rd, Malcolm Kenyatta, a Democratic state representative from Philadelphia, has received a stream of threatening text messages and e-mails from voters. “You must not certify the fraudulent results of this election until all LEGAL ballots are counted,” Steven P. wrote to Kenyatta. “If you do, I will work tirelessly to make sure you are not reelected.” Kenyatta has also received death threats; the most disturbing, sent from an e-mail account registered in his own name, was laden with expletives and included the words,

“How much death? So much death!” Kenyatta, who is thirty, with a baby face, believes that the threats are a by-product of a near-constant campaign waged by Donald Trump and his Republican colleagues to undermine the results of a free and fair election. “There is a contingent of Republicans who are afraid of Trump,” he told me. “Others really believe him.”

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Article: Georgia’s Republican senators falsely claimed election fraud occurred just to stay in power

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Georgia’s Republican senators falsely claimed election fraud occurred just to stay in power

But there is no conservative argument for supporting mendacious claims of election fraud. It’s a betrayal of the principles of federalism.

We are a conservative and a centrist who — at various times in our careers — have served in significant federal government roles. From the time of Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush through today, we have seen in action how the adherence to the principles of federalism and the separation of powers has served the people of the United States as our Constitution’s framers wisely intended.

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Artilce: Biden might win, but Trump could still be President

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Biden might win, but Trump could still be President

Most observers believe that like Bush vs Gore, this year’s elections will also end up before the US Supreme Court over challenges by a losing President Trump, to the huge numbers of postal ballots.

The US was the one who gave the world the term “banana republic”, meaning an unstable country where politics can be upended on whims or narrow considerations. Now the world’s banana republics have a new candidate member. The incumbent president, Donald Trump, has just declared himself the winner well before the counting process was completed, with postal and early voting still being added.

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It’s Time to Reform How Presidential Debates Go

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It’s Time to Reform How Presidential Debates Go

Amid the clamor and uproar of presidential debate number one on Tuesday night, moderator Chris Wallace invited the president to come and take his seat as the moderator.  Though meant in jest, the exchange was an important signifier of the ongoing struggle to have better presidential debates.  The responsibility for the quality of presidential debates rest squarely with the Commission on Presidential Debates, as it has since that commission took over the process from the League of Women Voters in 1987.  While improvements have been made, the process continues to be squandered by the commission, and its admission Wednesday that immediate reforms will be implemented is an admission of ongoing problems.  Reforms are possible to make the debates a more ideal means for public consumption of political argument.

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