House Maps Ruled Illegal Will Be Used In Four States

The republicans cannot win on their policies, and they are a minority in the US so they must cheat.   By using these maps, they will get 5 to 7 seats they shouldn’t have in congress.    Hugs

The New York Times reports:

Since January, judges in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and Ohio have found that Republican legislators illegally drew those states’ congressional maps along racial or partisan lines, or that a trial very likely would conclude that they did.

But a shift in election law philosophy at the Supreme Court, combined with a new aggressiveness among Republicans who drew the maps, has upended that model for the elections in November. This time, all four states are using the rejected maps, and questions about their legality for future elections will be hashed out in court later.

David Wasserman, who follows congressional redistricting for the Cook Political Report, said that using rejected maps in the four states, which make up nearly 10 percent of the seats in the House, was likely to hand Republicans five to seven House seats that they otherwise would not have won.

Read the full article.

 

David in Palm Springs • 2 hours ago

So Republicans are morally and ethically bankrupt scumbags. How shocking. 😐

lattebud David in Palm Springs • an hour ago

But they wear a cross around their neck, say “thoughts and prayers” and go to church…. So all is cool /s

weshlovrcm • 2 hours ago

Just a preview of how much the far-right fascists are willing to cheat in order to overthrow democracy.

another_steve weshlovrcm • an hour ago

It’s a crime syndicate. A bona fide crime syndicate. Anyone’s guess what they’re going to do in November. Voter intimidation at the polls, at a minimum. I hope the Democrats are planning to monitor every single voting place around the country.

TnCTampa • 2 hours ago • edited

That 01/06 commission better be getting their collective shit in order now. If the house goes back to repubs the revenge is going to be awful on them and they going to wish they had moved with a little more urgency

Todd20036 TnCTampa • 2 hours ago

Yup. This is why I won’t stand for people claiming garland is dotting is and crossing Ts

If the Congress flips red it’s all over. Tough break real Americans. Welcome to the Nazi States of Gilead

Todd20036 • 2 hours ago

Anyone who wondered how Apartheid worked for so long, I give you example USA

35% of the country will rule over the rest of us

Raising_Rlyeh • 2 hours ago • edited

It’s clear how the SCOTUS will vote next spring in the NC. They are eager and ready to make this a Republican apartheid state to cling to power. The fact that these maps are being allowed demonstrate that. It also means that there’s no way to get relief. They’d simply say it would be too chaotic to do an entire round of elections under fair maps

The_Wretched Raising_Rlyeh • an hour ago

The “too chaotic” line is named the “Purcell principle” – no last minute changes. But the same SCOTUS who trots that out also brings up an unnamed argument about fairness to the voters when it’s an illegal Democratic Party gerrymander or advantage that they are striking down. They are perfectly consistent about having an overt and political double standard.

Makoto • an hour ago

I’m just imaging how this would look for, say, a college student. They get an assignment (redistricting), then deliberately put it off until the last moment, possibly even getting an extension, then submit their work that they know doesn’t meet the rules.

They’re told that graduation is coming soon and they must submit the assignment properly, and they do it again.. and again wrong. They try whining to the department head, who also says “no, you did it wrong, submit a proper result”.

And then, they say “well, I’ll just graduate anyway, and we can figure out that pesky assignment thing later, after I’m working.”

And then they.. just get away with it.


This is insane.

DeSantis Okay With Sheriffs Who Won’t Enforce Laws

Please notice the hypocrisy.   He loves it when it is in his favor and helps his cult get their way, but if it is on something they are against he has to stomp it out hard.   He is a thug and a gang leader at this point.   He thinks he is a king of Florida.    Hugs

The Orlando Sentinel reports:

Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren isn’t the only elected official in Florida who has promised not to enforce laws he thinks are unconstitutional. Some elected sheriffs have suggested they wouldn’t enforce gun control measures, tapping into an ideology that sheriffs are the final arbiter of what is constitutional.

But that movement hasn’t sparked action from Gov. Ron DeSantis, who ordered a statewide review of state attorneys and their policy positions.

DeSantis suspended Warren on Thursday, accusing him of putting himself above the law by pledging not to prosecute women seeking an abortion from their doctor and vowing to protect transgender minors receiving gender-transition treatment.

Read the full article.

The so-called “constitutional sheriffs” movement recently held a convention in which they vowed to surveil ballot drop boxes and polling places. One of the leaders of the movement, Michigan sheriff Dar Leaf, was today implicated in the breach of county voting machines.

 

rcdcr • 13 minutes ago

republicans believe they are in charge of everything and everyone and our democracy is simply a temporary inconvenience to them.

S_E_P • 15 minutes ago

I cant decide if Hypocrisy or Hate is the 1st rule in the rethuglikkan ethos.
Or is it Cruelty?

Paula • a minute ago

If they can enforce only the laws they want and make up their own laws, they are not much more than a pack of vigilantes. That is not legitimate law enforcement and don’t need to be obeyed. Let’s see how they like that.

AyJayDee • 10 minutes ago

Ron DeSantis is a fascist, and he and the movement he represents are a clear and present danger to this country. That needs to be said again and again.

Furious Texas Paul EXPOSES Greg Abbott’s latest Biden SMEAR attempt

Republican Senators Block $35 Price Cap On Insulin

The Washington Post reports:

Republican lawmakers on Sunday successfully stripped a $35 price cap on the cost of insulin for many patients from the ambitious legislative package Democrats are moving through Congress this weekend, invoking arcane Senate rules to jettison the measure.

The insulin cap is a long-running ambition of Democrats, who want it to apply to patients on Medicare and private insurance.

Republicans left the portion that applies to Medicare patients untouched but stripped the insulin cap for other patients. Bipartisan talks on a broader insulin pricing bill faltered earlier this year.

Read the full article.

 

weshlovrcm • 19 hours ago

A “Christian Nation” and a real “pro-life” person would not have voted against the cap.

THE FASCIST CIRCUS COMES TO CPAC TEXAS

Republican politicians joined Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán for speeches laced with antisemitism and overt Christian nationalism.

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Hundreds of die-hard right-wing activists descended on the Hilton Anatole in Dallas for the Conservative Political Action Conference this week. It’s the third CPAC event this year alone, following prior events in Orlando, Florida and Budapest, Hungary. It’s also the third CPAC event in a row which featured explicitly Christian nationalist and fascistic speakers.

Before the speeches kicked off on Thursday, Christian musician Natasha Owens—who wore an American flag dress branded with the logo of a Christian mobile phone company—gave a brief concert. 

“You know, President Trump coined the term ‘America First,’” she said. When she attempted to launch into the eponymously named song, the wrong music began playing instead. Incidentally, the term America First was initially popularized by pro-Nazi groups in the United States and was also used by the Ku Klux Klan. 

Though only two of the speakers on Thursday were Texas politicians, the introductory session—”Texas: The Start of the Big Red Wave”—placed the state at the center of the American conservative movement.

“There are two big red engines to our politics and economy,” said Matt Schlapp, chairman of CPAC. “As many of you know we had CPAC Florida, and it’s right to be here in Texas.”

“IF YOU WANT TO PITCH IN AND HELP OUT, YOU CAN BUY YOUR OWN BORDER BUS.”—GREG ABBOTT

Governor Greg Abbott was the first guest brought to the stage, where he spoke in front of a more than half-empty room about the border, Elon Musk, California liberals, critical race theory, the ongoing program to bus undocumented immigrants to Washington, D.C., and why he thinks Republicans will win big with Hispanics and Latinos in Texas. 

“If you want to pitch in and help out, you can buy your own border bus,” Abbott said to the crowd. “You can help fund sending all these folks to Washington, D.C. and make them deal with the problem.”

Out of all of Abbott’s statements, this one seemed to garner the most excitement from the crowd.

A major theme among speakers at the conference—aside from the officially stated one, “Fire Pelosi: Save America”—was Christian identity and nationalism. In addition to leading the crowd in prayer, Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick took a page right out of the John Birch Society playbook by proclaiming that the Constitution was literally written by God. 

“We’re a nation founded upon not the words of our founders, but the words of God because he wrote the Constitution,” Patrick said to the crowd. “We were a Christian state and lost that for many years.”

So much for James Madison. But if Patrick is correct, one has to grapple with the difficult questions of whether God also wrote the Articles of Confederation or perhaps signed off on the deeply racist Three-Fifths Compromise, as well as how this all squares with the notion that God doesn’t make mistakes.

“WE’RE A NATION FOUNDED UPON NOT THE WORDS OF OUR FOUNDERS, BUT THE WORDS OF GOD BECAUSE HE WROTE THE CONSTITUTION.”—DAN PATRICK

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán—who recently gave a speech criticizing “race mixing” which caused a long-time advisor to resign and describe it as a “pure Nazi diatribe”—spoke severely about the ostensible Judeo-Christian roots of his nation and urged Christian nationalists across the world to unite together in a struggle against the so-called “woke globalists.” 

Orbán’s language dovetailed with the John Birch Society-tinged talking points around “globalists” and Christian government that have become so common in contemporary politics, and the crowd was so excited by what he had to say that Orbán had to pause for uproarious applause on several occasions. One young man from Oklahoma told me that Orbán was the only speaker he was excited to see, and an elderly couple said they particularly enjoyed Orbán’s speech.

“Globalists go to hell, I have come to Texas,” Orbán bellowed as he concluded his speech.

But not everyone was thrilled with the Hungarian’s presence in Dallas. In the atrium of the hotel, two groups of protesters expressed their displeasure. One group covertly hung a banner and dropped flyers condemning the conference before dashing away. Another group, which included a legendary civil rights activist who worked alongside Martin Luther King Jr., Reverend Peter Johnson, held banners specifically condemning Orbán’s presence before being escorted out by Dallas Police.

“Dr. King told me that as long as I’m alive, I ought to stand up against bigotry, antisemitism, and racism,” Johnson told the Texas Observer. “So I’m standing up.”

Johnson was joined by Mary Ann Thompson-Frenk, a socialite from Dallas, who also spoke out against Orbán. “It’s very important for people to know that Orbán stands for Holocaust denial, antisemitism, racial purity, and is against interracial marriage,” Thompson-Frenk said. “I don’t think a lot of Republican people actually agree with that, but they need to speak out and let their leaders know they don’t endorse that.”

Former Republican Congressman Alan Steelman issued a statement in response to Orbán’s presence as well. “Is this what the party of Lincoln, Eisenhower, Reagan and Bush has come to?” Steelman wrote. “Orbán’s record and spoken word during his 12 years in office are clearly those of a white supremacist, an antisemite, and anti-immigrant leader.”

A sense of subtle antisemitism pervaded a number of comments made by speakers, Orbán included. Orbán claimed that all the worst things in history were orchestrated by people who hate Christianity and juxtaposed these comments by describing George Soros—a Hungarian-Jewish investor and philanthropist who is a common boogeyman among the far right—as his “opponent.”

“Papa John” Schnatter told the crowd there are “five evil entities” that own the processed food and pharmaceuticals industries (suggesting the former make you sick so you take the latter) as well as media and academia. But he was not talking about the recently released conspiracy-theory themed Mike Myers show, The Pentaverate. He claimed this all somehow ties back to the Frankfurt School, a group of primarily Jewish left-wing intellectuals and academics founded during the Weimar Republic in the lead-up to Nazi Germany that has become the villain of the far-right “Cultural Marxism” conspiracy theory, which itself is a rehashing of the Nazi propaganda term “Cultural Bolshevism.”

RAMBO-TRUMP CUTOUTS, BEDAZZLED PURSES IN THE SHAPE OF .45 PISTOLS, AND EVEN A MOCK JAIL CELL COULD BE SEEN ON THE EXHIBITION FLOOR.

Friday and Saturday will feature other guests and speakers that have their own histories of antisemitism, including Jack Posobiec, a fascistic media figure who the Southern Poverty Law Center reports has “collaborated with white nationalists, antigovernment extremists, members of the Proud Boys, and neo-Nazis in his capacity as an operative.”

The speakers are only one part of the CPAC experience. Rambo-Trump cutouts, bedazzled purses in the shape of .45 pistols, and even a mock jail cell could be seen on the exhibition floor. Nearby, our federally indicted Attorney General Ken Paxton—who recently teamed up with other Republican attorneys general to sue the federal government for the right to take lunch money from LGBTQ+ kids—mingled with an AM radio host. Toward the end of the day, Posobiec spoke in front of the Patriot Mobile booth with Leigh Wambsganss, a woman who has played a major role in the PACs that have helped elect far right school board candidates across Texas.

This is all to say that the mask of this movement has slipped, if not fallen off completely. It has revealed its illiberal, anti-democratic, deeply prejudicial tendencies, even if it comes across as completely absurd. The entire scene, a veritable circus of far-right fascistic kitsch, brings to mind what legendary journalist Hunter S. Thompson wrote about Las Vegas: “The Circus-Circus is what the whole hep world would be doing Saturday night if the Nazis had won the war. This is the sixth Reich.” 

An exaggeration, certainly, but an apt one. But don’t just take it from me. Norm Ornstein, an emeritus scholar at the conservative American Enterprise Institute, described the event as the “Neo-Nazi movement in America.”

West Virginia’s Crazy Child Support/Abortion Bill

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Let’s talk about Republicans claiming victory in Kansas….

Republican Senators Block $35 Price Cap On Insulin

The Washington Post reports:

Republican lawmakers on Sunday successfully stripped a $35 price cap on the cost of insulin for many patients from the ambitious legislative package Democrats are moving through Congress this weekend, invoking arcane Senate rules to jettison the measure.

The insulin cap is a long-running ambition of Democrats, who want it to apply to patients on Medicare and private insurance.

Republicans left the portion that applies to Medicare patients untouched but stripped the insulin cap for other patients. Bipartisan talks on a broader insulin pricing bill faltered earlier this year.

Read the full article.

weshlovrcm • 2 hours ago

A “Christian Nation” and a real “pro-life” person would not have voted against the cap.

Karl Dubhe IV • 2 hours ago

Forced birth, and rationed medical care based on your ability to pay.

Reprehensible.

William Karl Dubhe IV • 2 hours ago

Coming soon, pregnant women with gestational diabetes charged with attempted murder of their unborn child for not being able to afford insulin.

Darreth • 3 hours ago • edited

There will be little reason for Dem voters to vote for Dems if the message of who did this to them is never mentioned on any campaign trail. And as we’re all painfully aware, Dems do not message or frame anything of value when they’re on the campaign trail.

Biden-hating Fox host forced to report on HUGE Biden win in HILARIOUS segment

a great and grand video that is a must watch by everyone interested in the facts. hugs

Trump At CPAC: Ronny Jackson Loved Looking At My Body Because It Was So Strong And Powerful [VIDEO]

“He the White House doctor. He was a great doctor. You know, he was an admiral, a doctor, and now he’s a congressman. I asked him, ‘Which is the best if you had your choice?’ And he sort of indicated doctor, because he loved looking at my body. It was so strong and powerful.

“But he said I’m the healthiest president that’s ever lived. I was the healthiest. I said ‘I like this guy. I don’t know who the hell he is’ at the time, I said, but I liked him.” – Donald Trump, speaking about Rep. Ronny Jackson during last night’s CPAC speech.

Jackson stood up and took a bow to an ovation.

 

K Elmquist • a few seconds ago

He’s as delusional as the Emperor was with his new clothes. For every bodies sake, LOCK HIM UP!

justme • 2 minutes ago

He loved his Jabba too!!!

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Ash • 4 minutes ago

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A quick Obama break

Anastasia Beaverhousen • 26 minutes ago

Also at CPAC

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Bob’s Your Uncle – BYU • 15 minutes ago

I’m betting either Kennedy (before being murdered, trolls), Obama or Carter were the healthiest presidents in office who ever lived. Maybe Eisenhower, who was just out of the military when elected.

Trump is obese, demented and sadly from a family that is apparently mostly long lived. I hope all the stress of losing the election in 2020 had an effect on him. Stress is a risk factor for many illnesses.

Uncle Mark eats the rainbow • 15 minutes ago

“Ronny Jackson loved looking at my body.” He likes horror movies.

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Mihangel apYrs • 16 minutes ago

I think that there are times when he is taking the piss, to see how far he can lead his followers into absolute idiocy.

AtticusP • 22 minutes ago

Ronny Jackson knows what Jabba the Hutt’s doctor felt like.

Reality.Bites AtticusP • 20 minutes ago

He also knows what Jabba the Hutt felt like (as in what it feels like to touch him)

jk105 • 26 minutes ago

I didn’t realize Ronny Jackson was blind.

rednekokie • 12 minutes ago

tRump would praise the devil himself if he could get a compliment out of him.

Guestfornow • 27 minutes ago

It still hurts to think this jackass was president.

RNegron Guestfornow • 22 minutes ago

It hurls to think of this jackass as president, with apologies to jackasses.