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Folks are wondering why Manchin would propose such an aggressive expansion of the VRA. Here's why

And it's not good.

Expanding the Voting Rights Act to 50 states would likely make it unconstitutional and guarantee it will be struck down.

Race-conscious remedies like the Voting Rights Act must be narrowly tailored to address specific problems in specific places. They can't be blanket solutions applied everywhere. That's why Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act applied only to certain jurisdictions with a demonstrated history of voter suppression. In order to get there, Congress held hearings, conducted investigations and made specific findings to support the provision. And even then, the Court ruled that the formula was inadequate and provided insufficient basis to the remedy the law required and imposed an unfair burden on jurisdictions without proof that they were in the wrong.

Manchin's "50 state strategy" applying the VRA's provisions to every state and locality whether or not they have any history of discrimination. It would surely be found to not be narrowly tailored, as required by the Constitution, and to be overly broad and thus, unconstitutional.

I think Manchin knows that and he knows the Democrats won't agree to it for that reason. Because most people don't understand this constitutional requirement, they will blame the Democrats for not being willing to go as far as Manchin wants, something Republicans will gladly exploit.

Don't be fooled. Manchin's proposal is NOT a good one.
Posted by StarfishSaver | Fri May 14, 2021, 09:43 AM (33 replies)

Can you imagine Pelosi saying in 2017 "I'm looking forward to being Speaker in the next Congress"?

That's what Kevin McCarthy just said on the White House lawn.

What an idiot.
Posted by StarfishSaver | Wed May 12, 2021, 01:09 PM (11 replies)

Charles Blow: "Liz Cheney, We have a memory. You're no hero"

Representative Liz Cheney may lose her leadership role among House Republicans because she hasn’t been slavishly loyal to Donald Trump and the lies he fed the Republican Party.

Not only did Cheney vote to impeach Trump in January, she also insists that Republicans — who continue to happily regurgitate his lies — tell the truth. (I’m fake-clutching my fake pearls.)

This has lifted Cheney to a sort of hero status in the media and political circles. A Joan of Arc in our collective battle against the Big Lie who is willing to let herself be burned at the political stake and to become a martyr for conviction and moral clarity.

It is a good thing that Cheney is standing on principle and insisting on telling the truth. But that is quite the low bar for a heroine designation.
Yes, it is better that Liz Cheney stands up for the truth about Trump and the election than to oppose it, which puts her at odds with a political party in which truth is the enemy.

But her present position does not expunge her past positions. The sword she’s falling on is one she has spent her political career brandishing.

If Cheney is punished by her own party, I will not applaud, but I also will not sob. I sit silently in acknowledgment, as one does, when karma swings low and performs its function.
Posted by StarfishSaver | Fri May 7, 2021, 12:19 PM (13 replies)

CNN: Derek Chauvin and 3 other officers indicted by federal grand jury

Posted by StarfishSaver | Fri May 7, 2021, 10:10 AM (12 replies)

FYI: not jumping to conclusions includes not assuming cops were justified in killing people

simply because they claim they were (and often, when they haven't).

We keep seeing people demand that we not jump to the conclusion that police officers were wrong to kill people they encountered - that we're wrong to prejudge before we "know all the facts."

But almost invariably, those who insist that we shouldn't assume the killings were unjustified turn right around and tell us why the cops were justified to kill and that the person killed was a bad person who caused their own deaths (or more recently, that a baby whom the police was shot was killed because his father was "a monster". Usually, those assumptions are based on the initial reports that the police gave to the press. But often, they're just created out of whole cloth even before the police put out their narrative.

If you really believe that it's wrong to judge these matters before we have all the facts, that should include not jumping in to give the police the benefit of the doubt, assuming they were right to kill and that the person they killed was responsible for their own deaths (or in the case of that poor baby, his father bore sole responsibility and the people who shot him bore none) and expect everyone else to do the same.
Posted by StarfishSaver | Wed May 5, 2021, 11:06 AM (9 replies)

NBC: Baby boy killed during attempted arrest in Mississippi

A baby boy died from injuries he suffered when Mississippi police gunned down his murder suspect father, authorities said Tuesday.

The months-old child was traveling with his father, Eric Derell Smith, 30, who had been wanted in connection with a double-homicide investigation in Louisiana, officials said.
Biloxi police learned that Smith had crossed into Mississippi on Interstate 10, and, at mile marker 40, "the suspect drove into the grass median and became stuck" at about 3 p.m., according to De Back's statement.

"As the suspect exited the vehicle, shots were fired. Medical attention was given to the suspect but he died as a result of injuries sustained," De Back said. "The juvenile did receive injuries and was taken to a local medical facility for treatment."


Posted by StarfishSaver | Tue May 4, 2021, 08:27 PM (85 replies)

Does anyone believe Kevin McCarthy was really "caught on an hot mic"?

Posted by StarfishSaver | Tue May 4, 2021, 03:41 PM (9 replies)

In May 2005, it never occurred to anyone that the Dems would take back the House and Senate in 2006

Posted by StarfishSaver | Tue May 4, 2021, 08:14 AM (0 replies)

Are the people who attack Congressional Democrats for trying to work with Republicans

the same people who insist that Democrats need to reach out to Trump voters?

If so, I'm confused.

If it's crazy for Congressional Democrats to reach out to Congressional Republicans because it's a waste of time, why do they think we'll be any more successful convincing the people who keep voting them in to office to change? They're all swimming in the same swamp, as far as I'm concerned. I'm fine with leaving them there.

Now, if they want to crawl out of the swamp and come and dip their toes into our pool, cool. But It's up to them.
Posted by StarfishSaver | Mon May 3, 2021, 11:09 AM (24 replies)

Food for thought


My friend said “I’d rather offend my white friends than bury my black friends” and it is all I have thought about for two days
Posted by StarfishSaver | Sun May 2, 2021, 03:10 PM (6 replies)
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