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Cuomo Says He Would Have Beaten Impeachment

Political Wire

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) told New York Magazine that he would have been vindicated in an impeachment probe and that he would have made the state assembly “look like a ship of fools.”

Said Cuomo: “I feel like I did the right thing. I did the right thing for the state. I’m not gonna drag the state through the mud, through a three-month, four-month impeachment, and then win, and have made the State Legislature and the state government look like a ship of fools, when everything I’ve done all my life was for the exact opposite.”

He added: “I’m not doing that. I feel good. I’m not a martyr. It’s just, I saw the options, option A, option B.”

When you're deep in a hole, stop digging...

NYS Assembly suspends Impeachment Inquiry of Gov Cuomo...

...doesn't remove his risk of criminal prosecution.


Paul Begala: Progressives can't take "yes" for an answer....

(on "Hacks on Tap" podcast)

The way to deal with the moderate "rebellion" is to hold an immediate vote on the Senate-passed Infrastructure Bill as is (bigger than any infrastructure goal any other Democratic President has proposed), notch a win for the Democratic Party (which they'll need for the 2020 midterms, and THEN start arguing about additional spending; not risk a sure thing while demanding something better.

Just my opinion but "Mike Lindell said something stupid" doesn't need 6 seperate threads...

...especially when he'd already backtracked on it.

The population growth in Florida...


Mesa County Elections Equipment Decertified (Colorado)

Western Slope Now

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo – Secretary of State Jena Griswold announced during a zoom Thursday, her office would be decertifying Mesa County elections immediately.

The Secretary of State’s office found enough evidence during its investigation of a recent security breach in which passwords to elections systems were posted on social media.

This is a breaking news story and more details will come as they are made available.

Investigators: Mesa County Clerk Allowed Unauthorized Person To Compromise Voting Equipment

Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold said the Mesa County Clerk allowed an unauthorized person into a secure facility during an annual upgrade to the county’s election equipment software.

That security breach means Mesa County will not be able to use the equipment for its fall election, and the clerk, Tina Peters, could be in legal trouble.


Mesa County District Attorney Dan Rubinstein has assigned an investigator to look into the security breach, which could potentially lead to criminal charges.


Griswold also said her investigators found Peters ordered her staff to turn off the video surveillance that is meant to monitor the voting machines a week before the breach, and that it was only recently turned back on. She said her office is still waiting for more information and documentation and hasn’t been in contact with Peters since launching the investigation Monday.

Peters is currently attending a ‘cyber symposium’ in South Dakota hosted by Mike Lindell, the CEO of MyPillow. Lindell has become a major champion of conspiracy theories that the election was stolen from former president Donald Trump. The proof of fraud Lindell said he would reveal at the symposium did not materialize.


Peters was a featured speaker at Lindell's "Cyber-security forum"

Census results for Top 10 cities

NYC: 8.8 Million
Los Angeles: 3.9 Million
Chicago: 2.7 Million
Houston: 2.3 Million
Phoenix: 1.6 Million
Philadelphia: 1.6 Million
San Antonio: 1.4 Million
San Diego: 1.4 Million
DallasL 1.3 Million
San Jose: 1.0 Million

Census shows US is diversifying, white population shrinking

Source: Seattle Times

The Census Bureau on Thursday issued its most detailed portrait yet of how the U.S. has changed over the past decade, releasing a trove of demographic data that will be used to redraw political maps across an increasingly diverse country.

The census figures have been eagerly awaited by states, and they are sure to set off an intense partisan battle over representation at a time of deep national division and fights over voting rights. The numbers could help determine control of the U.S. House in the 2022 elections and provide an electoral edge for the next decade. The data will also shape how $1.5 trillion in federal spending is distributed each year.

The figures show continued migration to the South and Southwest and population losses in the Mississippi Delta and Appalachia. The numbers also indicate that the white population is aging and has fallen to its smallest share of the total population on record, though there are some exceptions. The share of the white population actually grew in coastal communities in the Carolinas and Virginia, as well as in counties stretching through the midsections of Georgia and Alabama. The population under age 18 is increasingly diverse.

The data comes from compiling forms filled out last year by tens of millions of Americans, with the help of census takers and government statisticians to fill in the blanks when forms were not turned in or questions were left unanswered. The numbers reflect countless decisions made over the past 10 years by individuals to have children, move to another part of the country or to come to the U.S. from elsewhere.

Read more: https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/nation/census-shows-us-is-diversifying-white-population-shrinking/

Canada PM Trudeau is planning to call snap election for Sept. 20 -- sources


Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is planning to call a snap election for Sept. 20 and intends to make the formal announcement this Sunday, four sources familiar with the matter said on Thursday.

Trudeau aides have said for months that the ruling Liberals would push for a vote before the end of 2021, two years ahead of schedule. Trudeau only has a minority government and relies on opposition parties to push through legislation.

The Liberals racked up record levels of debt as they spent heavily to protect the economy from COVID-19. Growth is set to rebound in the third quarter and Canada currently has one of the world’s best inoculation records.

To formally launch the campaign Trudeau will need to visit Governor General Mary Simon, the personal representative of head of state Queen Elizabeth, to ask that Parliament be dissolved.

What you're missing at the Mike Lindell "Cyber-Symposium"

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