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RandySF's Journal
RandySF's Journal
April 25, 2024

Democratic Donations Surge

Democratic donors gave a total of $151 million to House and Senate races through the ActBlue fundraising platform in the first quarter of 2024,” Punchbowl News reports.

“The ActBlue data reveals an increase from the same point four years ago, indicating growing Democratic grassroots support as the 2024 election season heats up.”


April 25, 2024

NH: As lawmakers contemplate requiring voter ID, one organization is ready to help

Sue Nastasi lost her birth certificate years ago. “Beats me where it is,” she said.

But getting it back is not a simple matter. Nastasi was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, in a hospital that doesn’t exist any more, under a different name, she said. She was taken into New Jersey family services at 4 months old after neglect from her parents, and she emerged with a new family and a new name.

Over the decades, Nastasi has kept her passport up to date, including during and after a marriage in which she had a different surname, she told New Hampshire lawmakers Tuesday. But she has had no luck so far in obtaining a birth certificate from her home state – either being told there is no record or receiving no response.

Now, Nastasi, a supervisor of the checklist in Rollinsford, says a proposed law to require a birth certificate and driver’s license in order to register to vote in New Hampshire would directly affect her right to vote.

“Registering to vote on Election Day is known by Granite Staters and used often because town hall hours are not public friendly,” she said at a hearing Tuesday in the Senate Election and Municipal Affairs Committee. “The public wants to vote and can be forgetful to carry identification on Election Day.”


April 25, 2024

N. Macedonia's right-wing candidate wins first round presidential election

According to the state electoral commission, with 90 percent of vots counted, Siljanovska-Davkova had romped to victory with almost 40 percent.

That put her way ahead of President Stevo Pendarovski of the ruling centre-left Social Democrats (SDSM), who claimed close to 20 percent of the votes.

The two will face off in the second round run-off on May 8 but the outlook is bleak for Pendarovski.

There will also be a parliamentary poll that same day.


April 25, 2024

Tempers, retribution come with vote to repeal abortion ban

Tempers flared after the bill passed the House when Gress motioned for the measure to be immediately transmitted to the Senate and then immediately transmitted to Hobbs unamended.

House Speaker Pro Tempore Travis Grantham, R-Gilbert, said the motion was unnecessary and one he hadn’t seen in years.

“This is a ridiculous motion that sets a ridiculous precedence and drives a knife further into the wound of a body that just dealt with an awful, disgusting situation for more than three weeks,” Grantham said.

The motion failed 30-30 with Dunn voting with Republicans on the issue. Right before the House adjourned, Grantham announced Gress (R) was removed from his committee assignment from the House Appropriations Committee and House Assistant Minority Leader Oscar De Los Santos, D-Laveen, was removed from his committee assignments on House Appropriations and the House Rules Committee.

Toma said he wasn’t considering committee changes for Dunn or Wilmeth. He said Gress was removed “because I’ve decided it.”


April 25, 2024

The RNC's senior counsel for election integrity was indicted today in Arizona


Marc E. Elias
The RNC's senior counsel for election integrity was indicted today in Arizona for election conspiracy and fraud.

You can't make this up.
April 25, 2024

Louisiana lawmakers pass new state Supreme Court map with a second majority-Black district.


The Redistrict Network
#NEW: Louisiana lawmakers have passed a new LA Supreme Court map. The plan creates a second majority-black district on the state's highest court

It's the first time the districts have been redrawn in 27 years. The map now goes to Gov. Landry for signature http://tinyurl.com/mvaem2vp

April 25, 2024

In WA education chief race, upstart candidate raises twice as much as incumbent

In the race to lead Washington’s public school system, Reid Saaris (D), a teacher and founder of an education nonprofit, has raised twice as much as the incumbent, Chris Reykdal (D).

“We’re definitely excited and honored by the support,” Saaris said. “It’s a testament to the message that really resonates with everyone I talk with … We’re Washington, and we can do better.”

As of Tuesday, Saaris has reported raising $211,522 in cash to the Public Disclosure Commission, but told the Standard the latest total is $233,000, far outpacing anyone else in the race to lead the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Reykdal has reported raising $102,884 and began the cycle with $12,140 from previous races. He said he’s raised more than that but declined to say how much.


April 25, 2024

WA: Court-ordered redistricting is factor in exits of two GOP state lawmakers

Two Republican state lawmakers in Washington are forgoing re-election while a third is moving across town so he can try to keep the legislative seat he’s held since 2007.

Their decisions have one thing in common – redistricting. More precisely, a federal judge’s March decision to approve new boundaries of several legislative districts to enhance the political voice of Latino voters in the Yakima Valley.

Sen. Brad Hawkins of Wenatchee and Rep. Gina Mosbrucker of Goldendale each cited it as a contributing factor in their opting against pursuing another term in the Legislature. Sen. Curtis King of Yakima relocated to run for re-election in the 14th Legislative District.

“I felt like what was being done here to us was not correct and the only way to respond in a positive way was to move and run as an incumbent in the 14th Legislative District which I am,” King said Wednesday.


April 25, 2024

Co. Supreme Court greenlights signature collection for ballot initiative opponents believe would target LGBTQ+ students

DENVER — The Colorado Supreme Court is allowing a local group to collect signatures for a ballot initiative that opponents believe would target LGBTQ+ students.

The measure would require a public school representative to notify a student's parents if they are experiencing gender incongruence. Gender incongruence is when a person identifies as something other than the gender that was assigned at birth.

Opponents believe the measure could potentially "out" transgender students to their parents.

"Do people not have anything to do than to interfere in the lives of someone that's different from them?" Mardi Moore, executive director of Out Boulder County, said. "This is specifically an anti-LGBTQ initiative. The folks behind it have been clear."


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