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September 22nd, 2022 - 1:48 am § in Politics, Republicans

GOP House nominee opposed women voting

John Gibbs (photo, left; bio here), a Stanford-educated software engineer and former Trump administration official who won a primary for a Michigan House seat by defeating an incumbent who voted to impeach Trump, “has a history of making false, inflammatory, and conspiratorial remarks on his [...]

August 26th, 2022 - 10:52 pm § in Law and Courts, Racism

Does a law’s provenance matter?

I never thought I’d defend a Jim Crow law, but here goes. In a ruling on Wednesday, August 24, 2022, the federal 5th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a section of Mississippi’s state constitution that bars people convicted of certain felonies from voting (read story here). The 5th Circuit han[...]

July 18th, 2022 - 7:18 pm § in Donald Trump, Politics

Drop boxes weren’t a problem

“The expanded use of drop boxes for mailed ballots during the 2020 election did not lead to any widespread problems,” KING 5 News reported on Monday, July 18, 2022 (see story here). Washington, which has 100% mail voting, uses drop boxes, but this report is based on a nationwide survey o[...]

May 18th, 2022 - 7:10 pm § in Politics

Colorado candidate wants to eliminate popular vote

Colorado’s governor is whoever wins the most votes. The same is true of Colorado’s other state offices. Greg Lopez, mayor of Parker, Colorado, doesn’t like that. He’s running for governor, and it means Denver (pop. 715,522) can outvote Parker (58,512). So Lopez, a Republican,[...]

February 26th, 2022 - 9:18 pm § in Politics

Texas democracy? No way!

Click here for the faces and stories of people who Texas Republicans don’t want voting — the blacks, the elderly, the sick and disabled, the young. To be honest, I can’t vote for a party or politicians who do that to their fellow citizens. How about you? And if a party has to preve[...]

January 23rd, 2022 - 11:23 pm § in Democrats, Law and Courts, Politics

“The filibuster is doomed”

“The filibuster has three paths forward—and all of them end, one way or another, in its demise.” So says a former speechwriter for Obama, David Litt, in an article written for The Atlantic (read it here). Here’s what he thinks they are: (1) The Democrats eventually win a Senate [...]

January 12th, 2022 - 5:49 pm § in Biden, Politics

McConnell calls Biden’s voting rights speech a “rant”

You’d think making sure American citizens can vote wouldn’t be controversial, but this is the era of Republican opposition to democracy. “The president’s rant yesterday was incoherent, incorrect and beneath his office,” McConnell said on the Senate floor today, referrin[...]

October 30th, 2021 - 7:20 pm § in Politics, Schools & Colleges

University of Florida orders profs not to testify in voting rights case

The university’s explanation is they “were not authorized” to serve as witnesses and their testimony would “pose a conflict of interest to the executive branch of the State of Florida” and “create a conflict for the University of Florida.” Read story here. [...]

July 30th, 2021 - 1:25 pm § in Politics

Our politics have been worse, and could be again

America’s politics have always been rowdy, and sometimes violent; if it’s bad now, it’s been much worse. Here, Texas Democratic politician Beto O’Rourke describes some incidents from his state’s political past. For example: “After Reconstruction, states throughout[...]

November 6th, 2020 - 10:02 pm § in Politics, Racism

Democrats have already passed two voting reform bills in the House

Republicans are against democracy. They want to make it as hard as possible to vote. They also want to thwart majority rule. They want a “heads, we win; tails, you lose” political system. At least one GOP senator, Mike Lee of Utah, has come out openly against democracy, and has proposed [...]