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Message 76 of 83 (868622)
12-15-2019 1:21 PM
Reply to: Message 72 by Faith
12-14-2019 3:15 PM


Re: Republicans overturning elections they don't like
Faith writes:

I don't give a *&x&*#^@* about "appropriate" behavior in the case of Trump, it's absolutely irrelevant.


Of course it's relevant. Besides violating his oath of office, he's making your nation the laughing-stock of the world. What kind of idiots would elect such an idiot?

Faith writes:

It would matter in a President whose policies were also bad....


They are.

Faith writes:

THAT'S WHY WE LIKE HIM.


But most of you don't like him. He lost the popular voter, remember?

Faith writes:

Csonsitutional checks and balances? First of all it's Congress that is violating them...


I asked you specifically what Congress is violating. Be specific. Chapter and verse.

Faith writes:

THEY are treating the Executive Branch as if he should be their own personal toady.


They are treating the executive branch as if it is not above the law.

Faith writes:

THAT's the violation of checks and balances that needs to be checked.


But that isn't a "violation". It's their duty.

Faith writes:

MOST OF THEM SHOULD BE IMPEACHED


Are you really that ignorant of your own Constitution?

"If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you...."
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Message 77 of 83 (868625)
12-15-2019 1:35 PM
Reply to: Message 76 by ringo
12-15-2019 1:21 PM


Re: Republicans overturning elections they don't like
She really is that ignorant of pretty much anything relevant.

Bet she doesn't know what offenses Trump is accused of.


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Message 78 of 83 (872725)
03-03-2020 8:35 AM


Texas eliminating polling stations
More Republican contempt for democracy from the Guardian:

Texas closes hundreds of polling sites, making it harder for minorities to vote

Last year, Texas led the US south in an unenviable statistic: closing down the most polling stations, making it more difficult for people to vote and arguably benefiting Republicans.

A report by civil rights group The Leadership Conference Education Fund found that 750 polls had been closed statewide since 2012.

The closures could exacerbate Texas’s already chronically low voter turnout rates, to the advantage of incumbent Republicans. Ongoing research by University of Houston political scientists Jeronimo Cortina and Brandon Rottinghaus indicates that people are less likely to vote if they have to travel farther to do so, and the effect is disproportionately greater for some groups of voters, such as Latinxs.

The article points out that the closures can't be attributed to a single policy, but it is clear that the closures are lowering voter participation and that it is affecting minority groups more.


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Message 79 of 83 (872726)
03-03-2020 9:23 AM
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03-03-2020 8:35 AM


Re: Texas eliminating polling stations
There are a few things wrong with some of that. For example, the map shows that along the river the number of voters per polling site increased in some areas from an average of 1000 voters per sit to 7000 voters per site. That's believable but not because sites were closed. The area along the river has seen explosive population growth over the last several decades just as it has seen a major demographic age change. The Rio Grande Valley has long been one of the more liberal parts of Texas but also has seen an influx of winter Texans becoming permanent Texans.

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Message 80 of 83 (873868)
03-20-2020 4:57 PM


Kentucky Republicans make it harder to vote
From the Guardian:

Kentucky Republicans quietly tighten voter restrictions as US focuses on Covid-19

Many states are trying to figure out how to allow people to exercise their right (some would call ita duty) to vote while coping with coronavirus. One idea that is getting traction is to make it easier to vote by mail. But then we have this:

As states around the country enacted emergency measures to deal with the outbreak of coronavirus, Kentucky lawmakers quietly tightened and approved a new photo identification requirement that would make it harder to vote.

Governor Beshear is expected to veto the bill, but according to the article his veto can be overridden by a majority of the legislature.


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Message 81 of 83 (874230)
03-27-2020 9:04 AM


John Nichols on virus-proof elections
From the Nation:

The Coronavirus Doesn’t Have to Disrupt Our Elections

Titled: Virus-proof elections in the print edition

John Nichols makes the case for all states to switch to vote-by-mail for the November elections. Although we all hope the worst of the crisis will be past by November, there is the significant possibility (maybe even probable) that voter turnout will be low because of the pandemic.

In Washington state, where a nursing home was an early coronavirus hot spot, Governor Jay Inslee issued an emergency proclamation on February 29. The March 10 primary election arrived at a moment when businesses were urging employees to stay home and initial school closures were being announced. Yet The Seattle Times reported, "Despite a nearly unprecedented public health crisis in Western Washington that kept both septuagenarian candidates from campaigning here leading up to the primary, turnout appeared on pace to set a new state record for a presidential primary, according to Secretary of State Kim Wyman."

Washington state hold its elections by mail.


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Message 82 of 83 (874797)
04-10-2020 8:53 AM


Krugman on Wisconsin and Permanent Minority Rule
Today's column by Paul Krugman:

American Democracy May Be Dying

Paul Krugman points to the Republican fuckery in Wisconsin as a harbinger of things to come. The state's gerrymandered Republican "majority" refused to postpone the primaries or to allow a more extensive vote-by -mail procedure - supported by the partisan US Supreme Court majority - because forcing voters to go to the polls in person would clearly impact Democratic leaning areas more.

He makes the comparisons with Hungary and warns that the Republicans are using the pandemic to cement in their one-party authoritarian rule.

So that’s why what just happened in Wisconsin scares me more than either disease or depression. For it shows that one of our two major parties simply doesn’t believe in democracy. Authoritarian rule may be just around the corner.

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Message 83 of 83 (874799)
04-10-2020 9:57 AM
Reply to: Message 82 by Chiroptera
04-10-2020 8:53 AM


Re: Krugman on Wisconsin and Permanent Minority Rule
Surprise????????????????????

And if the US death toll directly attributed to covid-19 is less than a million then the Orange Menace will declare that it was a hoax all along designed to topple his Presidency and that the liberal socialist communists need to go.

And his sycophant fellow travelers will all agree and shout "Lock them up!!!!!!!!!!"

And it's possible that they will.

Edited by jar, : fix dupe text


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