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The Real Threat to American Democracy - NYT Opinion

Posted by In It to Win It | Wed Sep 21, 2022, 11:55 AM (1 replies)

Republicans, allies have blitzed the courts with voting, election lawsuits


With the 2022 midterms little more than two months away, Republicans and their allies have blitzed the nation’s courts with election-related lawsuits, with more than half the legal actions attacking mail-in balloting.

Republican-affiliated groups filed 41 lawsuits through Sept. 16, compared to seven last year, and 13 by the same point in 2020, according to a new report by Democracy Docket, a group spearheaded by Democratic elections attorney Marc Elias.

The number of lawsuits filed by Democrats and their allies has remained relatively constant, with 35 actions filed so far this year, and 52 in 2021, the analysis showed.

But there “has been a jump in the total voting cases between years (76 so far in 2022 and 52 in 2021),” the analysis notes, adding that the “difference is explained by an increase in GOP activity in the courts (41 lawsuits so far in 2022 and seven in 2021).”

While Republicans and their allies proactively filed lawsuits in just seven instances last year, they were far from idle. Eighteen states enacted restrictive voting laws in 2021, sparking immediate litigation from civil and voting rights organizations, the Democratic Party, and the U.S. Dept. of Justice. National and state Republican organizations filed motions to intervene in nearly every case, the analysis showed.

Posted by In It to Win It | Tue Sep 20, 2022, 10:02 PM (1 replies)

Budd (R) holds 3-point lead over Beasley (D) in North Carolina Senate race: poll


North Carolina Senate hopeful Rep. Ted Budd (R) is leading Democratic contender Cheri Beasley by 3 percentage points, according to a new Emerson College Polling-CBS17-The Hill survey released Tuesday.

The poll found that 46 percent of somewhat or very likely voters in North Carolina said they would vote for Budd, compared to 43 percent who said they would vote for Beasley. A separate 9 percent said they were undecided.

Budd’s support has fallen by 4 points since an Emerson College Polling-The Hill survey in April found him leading Beasley 50 percent to 46 percent in a hypothetical matchup.

The polling falls within the margin of error, which is plus or minus 3 percentage points, effectively tying the two candidates. Spencer Kimball, executive director of Emerson College Polling, suggested that Beasley holds an advantage over female voters, while Budd holds a more competitive edge among male voters.

“Budd leads among men by 16 points while Beasley leads among women by nine points. Notably, 81% of the undecided voters are women whose most important voting issue is abortion access (28%),” Kimball noted.

But the poll found that more respondents suspected Budd would prevail in November (56 percent) compared to Beasley (44 percent) when they were asked regardless of whom they supported, suggesting that voters think the Republican enjoys an advantage in the state.
Posted by In It to Win It | Tue Sep 20, 2022, 06:18 PM (2 replies)

GOP Michigan attorney general nominee Matt DePerno says Plan B should be banned.

Posted by In It to Win It | Tue Sep 20, 2022, 03:19 PM (1 replies)

GOP Michigan attorney general nominee Matt DePerno says Plan B should be banned.

Posted by In It to Win It | Tue Sep 20, 2022, 03:19 PM (2 replies)

Democrat Wes Moore opens 22-point lead in race to replace Gov. Larry Hogan in Maryland


Democrat Wes Moore is leading Republican opponent Dan Cox by 22 points in the race to be Maryland’s next governor, according to a new poll released Monday.

About 53 percent of Marylanders would currently back Moore and 31 percent would vote for Cox, according to the survey from Goucher College, The Baltimore Banner and WYPR. Moore enjoys a similar lead among voters who list how favorably they view the candidates.

Underscoring the lead further, 69 percent of voters said they are “set on this candidate,” and only 28 percent said they could change their mind.

Mileah Kromer, the director of the Sarah T. Hughes Center for Politics at Goucher College, said Democrats are in “a strong position to sweep the statewide contests this cycle” in Maryland.

“Moore is viewed favorably by a majority of state voters, and perceptions of his mix of progressive and moderate politics aligns with how many Maryland voters view themselves,” Kromer said in a statement.

Moore is an author and former CEO of an anti-poverty nonprofit, and Cox is a representative in Maryland’s House of Delegates. The gubernatorial candidates are seeking to replace retiring Gov. Larry Hogan (R).
Posted by In It to Win It | Tue Sep 20, 2022, 01:35 AM (8 replies)

Texas federal judge holds gun ban for felony defendants unconstitutional


PECOS, Texas (AP) — A U.S. law banning those under felony indictments from buying guns is unconstitutional, a federal judge in West Texas ruled Monday.

U.S. District Judge David Counts, whom then-President Donald Trump appointed to the federal bench, dismissed a federal indictment against Jose Gomez Quiroz that had charged him under the federal ban.

According to Counts’ ruling, Quiroz was under a state burglary indictment when he tried to buy a .22-caliber semiautomatic handgun and challenged the ensuing federal charge.

In a 25-page opinion filed in Pecos, Texas, Counts acknowledged “this case’s real-world consequences — certainly valid public policy and safety concerns exist.” However, he said a Supreme Court ruling this summer in a challenge brought by the New York Rifle & Pistol Association “framed those concerns solely as a historical analysis.”

Hence, he ruled the ban unconstitutional as the “Second Amendment is not a 'second class right,” as noted in a 2008 Supreme Court ruling. ”No longer can courts balance away a constitutional right," Counts wrote. After the New York case, "the Government must prove that laws regulating conduct covered by the Second Amendment’s plain text align with this Nation’s historical tradition. The Government does not meet that burden."
Posted by In It to Win It | Mon Sep 19, 2022, 11:13 PM (12 replies)

Right-Wing Think Tank Family Research Council Is Now a Church in Eyes of the IRS


The Family Research Council’s multimillion-dollar headquarters sit on G Street in Washington, D.C., just steps from the U.S. Capitol and the White House, a spot ideally situated for its work as a right-wing policy think tank and political pressure group.

From its perch at the heart of the nation’s capital, the FRC has pushed for legislation banning gender-affirming surgery; filed amicus briefs supporting the overturning of Roe v. Wade; and advocated for religious exemptions to civil rights laws. Its longtime head, a former state lawmaker and ordained minister named Tony Perkins, claims credit for pushing the Republican platform rightward over the past two decades.

What is the FRC? Its website sums up the answer to this question in 63 words: “A nonprofit research and educational organization dedicated to articulating and advancing a family-centered philosophy of public life. In addition to providing policy research and analysis for the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of the federal government, FRC seeks to inform the news media, the academic community, business leaders, and the general public about family issues that affect the nation from a biblical worldview.”

In the eyes of the Internal Revenue Service, though, it is also a church, with Perkins as its religious leader.

Does the organization hold regular chapel services? According to the FRC’s letter to the IRS, the answer is yes. It wrote that it holds services at its office building averaging more than 65 people. But when a ProPublica reporter called to inquire about service times, a staffer who answered the phone responded, “We don’t have church service.” Elsewhere in the form, it says that the employees make up those who attend its services.

Posted by In It to Win It | Sun Sep 18, 2022, 06:30 PM (3 replies)

A bus contractor hired by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to transport migrants to New York signed an agreeme


A contractor hired by Texas to bus migrants signed an agreement that bans them from talking to New York officials, the Associated Press reported.

Manuel Castro, commissioner of the New York City Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs, told the AP that complicates efforts to meet and provide resources for migrants being sent from Texas.

"It's a problem because we don't know when the buses are coming, how many buses are coming, if anyone on these buses has medical conditions that they will need help with, if they need a wheelchair,"Castro told the outlet. "We at least want to know that so that we can best help people as they arrive."

Volunteer groups rely in tips for help as they wait for hours in New York's Port Authority for buses from Texas to arrive.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has been sending buses of migrants to democratic cities like Washington D.C. and New York to President Joe Biden's immigration policies.
Posted by In It to Win It | Sun Sep 18, 2022, 12:40 AM (7 replies)

DeSantis owns this huge mistake: He must suspend Sheriff Tony (Editorial)

Sun Sentinel


What is Gov. Ron DeSantis waiting for?

He removed Tampa’s twice-elected state attorney from office for making statements on abortion that he didn’t like. But he leaves Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony in charge of one of the largest law enforcement agencies in Florida, despite his history of lying about his past on official documents.

Tony should never have been appointed sheriff in the first place. But he was — in sloppy, hurried fashion by DeSantis himself, without a full background check that should have raised enough red flags to derail his appointment. This irresponsible lack of vetting has brought needless embarrassment to Broward County and to the dedicated professionals who proudly wear the BSO uniform, many of whom risk their lives to protect the public.

The sheriff should have resigned long ago, as we urged in 2020, but he refused. The voters of Broward, who reflexively vote for Democrats and who had no credible alternatives on the ballot, elected him to a four-year term two years ago. We refused to endorse Tony or either of his opponents in that election, warning voters that Tony’s problems would only get worse — and they have.

The Florida Commission on Ethics has found probable cause that Tony misused his official position by lying on a police job application, driver’s license renewal and state law enforcement certification form.
Posted by In It to Win It | Sat Sep 17, 2022, 01:53 PM (2 replies)
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