Elections 2021 and 2022

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More voting restrictions in Texas:

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MTG is being challenged by a local Republican:

She only seems better in that she’s not a vocal authoritarian… Here is her campaign page…

https://strahanforcongress.com/

It’s pretty information free with regards to her policies, other than opposing MTG and accusing Biden and Pelosi of destroying America…

And this is a huge problem:

One of the democratic members of the board (Khadija Abdur Rahman opposed her appointment specifically because she felt it would give the state a bigger pretext for taking over the election board in Fulton, which they were going to do anyway.

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This voter suppression attempt was blocked - for now:

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Fetterman is at them again. I love this guy!

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Per this analysis on Fivethirtyeight, the Texas GOP seemed to draw the map with a priority to make most of their districts super safe for incumbents, but are unlikely to gain many additional seats. I think they see the writing on the wall with the demographic changes and want to make sure they’ve got a good chance of keeping their jobs for the next ten years.

The whole idea of letting legislators draw their own districts is such BS. Schwarzenegger was definitely not one of California’s best Governors but I did appreciate that he managed to gather enough public support for a state proposition to have our districts drawn by a nonpartisan citizens commission. Prior to that the process had been abused by both parties, often working together in this state so that all the incumbents were safe in their jobs. Back in 2004 every single incumbent legislator on both sides kept their seat, which is not a sign of a competitive system.

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It still directly impacts the electoral power of Black and Latinx voters…

Not a single one of the laws passed during the Jim Crow era that effectively disenfranchised Black voters invoked race, because they could not due to the 15th amendment. It’s not just politicians wanting to “save their jobs”. It’s Republicans seeking to disenfranchise minority voters, who make up a significant Democratic voting bloc.

Yes. And that’s part of why the GOP is blocking voter reform, because they would be out on their asses since they’ve doubled down on white supremacy.

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I wasn’t disagreeing with you. They definitely see disenfranchisement as their best best to keeping their jobs.

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But the disenfranchisement is also the goal in and of itself. They really do want to have only white men making the decisions in America and the rest of us should be quiet and do whatever we’re told. They’re all operating under the belief that the “great replacement theory” is real and will mean they become second class citizens.

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At this point, at least temporarily, I’m not against gerrymandering for Dem-led states. It’s just another tool in fighting fascism.

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I can certainly understand that sentiment, especially if you see gerrymandering reforms in blue states as “unilaterally disarming” when the other side has no such intentions, but in my own view this is something quite fundamental to democracy. If we’re ok with the idea that politicians get to pick their voters rather than the other way around, we may or may not be living in a fascist state but we can’t claim to be a real democracy either. If the system is rigged so that the incumbents always win (regardless of the party) that’s just not going to work out well for the voting public in the long term. Votes need to be earned.

And, by the way, I’m happy to report that in states like California where we have implemented redistricting reforms we’re still managing to fight against fascism.

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Understood. Ironically, it looks like the only way we’re going to get federal laws against gerrymandering and other forms of voter suppression is to stop playing nice with the cheaters and force the issue.

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Who said anything about playing nice? I don’t see the suspension or elimination of the filibuster in order to pass critical voting rights legislation to be ironic at all. This is an important issue that also happens to enjoy popular support, so allowing a minority in the Senate to block it by abusing an archaic procedural process would be the “ironic” choice, not the other way around.

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