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LetMyPeopleVote's Journal
LetMyPeopleVote's Journal
March 31, 2022

A chance for Kris Kobach to redeem himself-Arizona new proof of citizenship voting rule

I am a law nerd and I admit that my sense of humor is different. Back in 2018, I was following the best legal soap opera ever. Kris Kobach was one of TFG experts on his voter fraud commission. Kris was the Kansas Secretary of State and had promoted a law that required voters to show proof of citizenship to register to vote. Kobach had a side gig of trying to sell this proof of citizenship concept to other states. The ACLU sued and the Kansas Attorney General decided to let Kobach try this case. This trial was a wonderful soap opera that gave me a great deal of amusement.

Here is on thread on this case
Kobach lost and was held in contempt by the judge and ordered to take some basic civil procedure course

Now Kobach has the perfect case to redeem himself. Arizona has adopted a proof of citizenship law that is guaranteed to be challenged in court

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation Wednesday re-establishing proof of citizenship voting requirements, setting up a showdown with courts that have said a previous version of the election rule violated federal law.

The bill, passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature, puts the onus on elections workers and voters to validate citizenship before a registrant can vote in presidential elections or cast a ballot by mail.

“Election integrity means counting every lawful vote and prohibiting any attempt to illegally cast a vote,” Ducey said in a letter Wednesday detailing his support for the bill......

In recent years, other GOP-led states have seen their proof-of-citizenship laws struck down in court. A federal judge tossed a similar Kansas law in 2018.

Arizona needs to hire Kobach to defend the new Arizona law. It has been three years and hopefully kobach has taken the remedial civil procedure courses by now.

This would make a great soap opera
March 31, 2022

100,000 student loan borrowers may now be eligible for debt cancellation

This makes me smile

Almost 100,000 people are now eligible to have their student loan debt canceled, the Department of Education announced Wednesday.

The cancellations apply for people affected by changes in October 2021 to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, or PSLF, last year. According to CNN, the total amount of cancellations could reach $2.6 billion. PSLF forgives the remaining balance on federal student loan debt after an eligible public service worker has made 120 monthly payments while working for a qualified employer.

The program was created about 15 years ago but, according to CNN, a very small percentage of people who applied received forgiveness before 2021. Last year, President Joe Biden announced the program would offer expanded eligibility through Oct. 31, 2022, to allow borrowers who previously didn’t qualify to apply for the relief.

The Department of Education is currently in the process of notifying borrowers who may be eligible to apply.
March 31, 2022

US Department of Education overhauls Public Service Loan Forgiveness program

This is a good set of changes that the Biden administration can adopt without legislation


The US Department of Education announced major changes Wednesday to a federal student loan forgiveness program that the agency says could bring relief to more than 550,000 borrowers working in government and nonprofit sectors, including around 22,000 borrowers who will automatically be eligible for student loan forgiveness without needing to take additional steps.

Through the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, the government forgives remaining federal student loan debt for qualifying public-sector workers after they have made monthly payments for 10 years.

But the program has long been criticized for being difficult to navigate, with borrowers receiving little help from their loan servicers, the companies that handle billing and other services. Many borrowers have said they found out they weren't eligible for forgiveness only after making what they thought were a decade's worth of qualifying payments.

In an announcement Wednesday, the Education Department said it will "restore the promise" of the debt relief program through a series of actions that will be implemented "over the coming months," according to an agency memo.

Joe Biden does not have the power to cancel student debt except in cases of fraud or under this program set forth above
March 30, 2022

Ukraine to negotiators: Don't eat or drink at Russia talks amid poison concern

Putin is good at poisoning people. I would be careful

Ukraine warned its negotiators not to eat, drink or even touch anything as they headed into talks with Russia in Istanbul on Tuesday, following allegations that Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich and others may have been poisoned during previous talks.

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“I advise anyone going for negotiations with Russia not to eat or drink anything, preferably avoid touching surfaces,” said Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba in an interview on national television channel, Ukrayina 24.

Abramovich — who also attended the peace talks in Istanbul, although Russian officials said he was not part of the official delegation — fell ill after meetings in early March, as did members of Ukraine’s negotiating delegation. They came to suspect that they were poisoned, an associate of Abramovich said Monday.

Tuesday’s talks did not result in any peace agreement, but Ukrainian negotiators outlined some proposals and Moscow said it would “drastically reduce” military activity near Kyiv and Chernihiv.

March 30, 2022

Republicans fail to dent public support for Ketanji Brown Jackson

This makes me smile

A day later, a CNN report added, “According to an average of polls by Gallup, Fox, Monmouth University, Quinnipiac University, and the Pew Research Center, about 53% of Americans supported her confirmation, with about 26% of Americans opposed. This is good for a +27-point net popularity rating.”....

The New York Times’ David Leonhardt added late last week, “Jackson’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing has turned into a case study of how disconnected from reality large parts of the Republican ecosystem have become.”

And yet, none of these tactics had the intended effect. Jackson remains on track to be confirmed, probably next week, and polls suggest the attempted GOP slander did not undermine public support for the jurist’s nomination.

All of which suggests several Senate Republicans humiliated themselves and tarnished what’s left of their reputations with little to show for their efforts.
March 30, 2022

Does the Justice Department's request for more lawyers show something is about to happen?

Given the number of members of congress who may be compromised, it may be that the DOJ is pursuing its investigation outside the Jan. 6 committee

Former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner noted that because so many members of Congress are compromised in the investigation, the DOJ may be choosing not to coordinate with the investigatory committee. There's also a question about the DOJ's probes being made public. Were Trump and his allies to learn of any DOJ investigation, whether it exists or not, they're likely to shut down any cooperation with the Jan. 6 committee.

"The funding request and Monaco’s vow to pursue culprits 'no matter at what level' suggest that Justice Department investigators will continue to follow the chain upward from the insurrection participants and planners to those in the previous administration who set out to overturn the election, including Trump," wrote Rubin. "Still, the absence of any indication that Justice Department lawyers are questioning higher-level personnel leaves many wondering: What is the department up to, and what will it do with all the resources it is seeking?"

Many of the Jan. 6 attackers who have been indicted are taking plea agreements, but for those that aren't, it means prosecutors are going to be busy when trying the cases. At the same time, information recently about Ginni Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, revealed she was in communication with the White House pushing 2020 election conspiracies. If Thomas were to be subpoenaed, there could be another legal fight the DOJ will be forced to have simply to get a deposition.

Rubin explained that the addition of 80 new prosecutors, however, could speed up the process on a lot of charges.

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