Republicans purvey the myth of in-person voter fraud at the polls, for which there is no evidence to substantiate their conspiracy theory.
If voter fraud is going to occur, it will occur with early voting mail-in ballots. The hand-full of voters prosecuted for “double voting” in Arizona are snowbird residents who voted in their home state and also voted in Arizona. None served time.
But what happened in North Carolina’s 9th congressional district is not about voter fraud (the media really needs to stop using this term incorrectly). This is an actual case of election fraud — the stealing of an election by the GOP — through voter suppression of minority voters’ early mail-in ballots.
[A] local operative named Leslie McCrae Dowless ran his command center for Republican Mark Harris in the 9th Congressional District primary this spring.
Dowless sat at a desk at the back of one of the strip’s vacant storefronts, where he oversaw a crew of workers who collected absentee ballots from voters and updated the Harris campaign on the numbers, according to Jeff Smith, who is the building’s owner and a former Dowless friend.
Smith provided his account about the primary campaign to state investigators, who are examining whether Dowless’s activities then and in the general election violated North Carolina’s election laws, which allow only individual voters or designated close relatives to mail a ballot.
Last month, Democrat Roy Cooper unseated Republican Gov. Pat McCrory, while Democrats also gained a majority on the state Supreme Court, breaking the Republican stranglehold on North Carolina’s state government. Now, though, Republicans have used the pretext of a lame-duck special legislative session—ostensibly convened for disaster relief—to advance a slew of measures that radically curtail the authority of the governor and even the high court itself. This nakedly partisan plot is unprecedented in modern state history. Indeed, you have to go back to the 1890s to find a parallel, when reactionaries violently introduced Jim Crowafter a multiracial coalition of progressives briefly won power.
The scope of the GOP’s war on democracy is stunning. In this special session, Republicans enacted a new law that removes the governor’s party’s control over all the state and county boards of election. That same measure also makes previously nonpartisan state Supreme Court races into partisan contests and requires state constitutional challenges to first go before the Republican-dominated state Court of Appeals. The legislature has passed another bill awaiting McCrory’s signature that would require state Senate approval for the governor’s cabinet appointees. This bill would also slash the governor’s number of executive branch appointees from 1,500 to 425 and eliminate the governor’s ability to appoint members of the state Board of Education and the University of North Carolina’s board of trustees.
Special counsel Robert Mueller’s prosecutors have told defense lawyers in recent weeks that they are “tying up loose ends” in their investigation, providing the clearest clues yet that the long-running probe into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election may be coming to its climax, potentially in the next few weeks, according to multiple sources close to the matter.
The new information about the state of Mueller’s investigation comes during a pivotal week when the special counsel’s prosecutors are planning to file memos about three of their most high profile defendants — former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn, former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and former Trump personal lawyer Michael Cohen.
A Flynn sentencing memo is due Tuesday, and memos about Manafort and Cohen are slated for Friday. All three documents are expected to yield significant new details on what cooperation the three of them provided to the Russia investigation.
There has been much speculation that Mueller might file his memo in Manafort’s case under seal in order to prevent public disclosure of the additional crimes his office believes Manafort committed when he allegedly lied to prosecutors and broke a plea deal after agreeing to cooperate.
But Peter Carr, spokesman for the special counsel, confirmed to Yahoo News on Monday that the Manafort memo “will be public,” although he added there could be some portions that are redacted or filed as a sealed addendum. The Manafort memo has been requested by the federal judge in his case so that prosecutors could, for the first time, spell out what matters they believe Manafort has lied to them about.
Click to hear the Dec. 1 Steele Report with newly-elected state Senator Victoria Steele and Blog for Arizona journalist and Precinct Committeeman Larry Bodine.
Victoria Steele, Senator-Elect from Tucson’s LD9.
Topics you’ll want to hear about:
Vile racist Rep. David Stringer of Prescott must resign now, says Victoria (see below). We’re sick of haters in government.
The Blue Wave just keeps getting bigger. Democrats picked up their 40th seat in the house (with Democrat TJ Cox in California’s 21st Congressional District). Democrats won the popular vote by 8 million votes (compared to Hillary Clinton winning by 3 million votes).
HR 1 – the top new priorities for Democrats in Congress, including
Cutting healthcare costs,
Increasing the minimum wage,
Ending dark money,
Passing the Dream Act for DACA recipients,
Preventing gun violence,
Automatic voting registration,
Passing the Equality Act protecting the LGBTQ community.
Blog for Arizona writer Larry Bodine
Corrupt Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke attacked US Congressman Raul Grijalva on Twitter. This was a really stupid move because Grijalva will be Zinke’s boss as the ranking member of the House Natural Resources Committee.
Who will get the appointment for John McCains’ Senate seat? Losing candidate Marth McShifty? Koch Brothers paymaster Kirk Adams, a swamp creature who was Gov. Ducey’s chief of staff? Maricopa County prosecuting attorney Bill Montgomery?
Steele called for racist Rep. String toresignimmediately: “Diversity is what makes us strong and beautiful. How could you look at someone and say, ‘this person is less than me or less deserving’? This type of behavior should ever be tolerated by our leaders. Rep. Stringer’s behavior and his vulgar comments have brought dishonor to the to the entire Arizona Legislature. I do not want to serve with him when I start next month. He should be removed from his position as a lawmaker. I am calling for his immediate resignation. Should he refuse or hesitate to resign he should be publicly removed from office,” Steele said.
“The Historic Y Gathering of Friends is a festive gathering featuring local food, beverage and music in appreciation to the tenants of The Historic Y and those doing exemplary work in the arts, education, human rights and social and environmental … Continue reading →
Come join the Pima County Young Democrats for a holiday party! Please bring a snack or beverage to share. https://www.facebook.com/events/355691211660414/Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailWhatsAppTumblrMorePrintPocketRedditGooglePinterestLike this:Like Loading...
Thursday, December 13. Tackling Climate Change in Pima County. The Southwest is already the hottest and driest region in the United States and scientists say it will get hotter and drier in coming decades. Harsh conditions and other stressors – … Continue reading →
Hosted by Coalición de Derechos Humanos “Join us for a fundraiser breakfast to celebrate International Human Rights Day and International Migrants day Panel Speakers include: Amy Juan from The International Indian Treaty Council Isabel Garcia from La Coalición de Derechos … Continue reading →
Pima County Democratic Party will to having a meeting for all precinct committeepersons to elect officers. Saturday, December 15, 10:00 a.m.: Pima County Democratic Party Reorganization meeting, UA ENR2 (Environment & Natural Resources) building, 1064 E. Lowell St. (room N … Continue reading →
What? You are invited to an LGBTQ and ally holiday party, because every family deserves a joyful and affirming holiday! Come celebrate the holidays, our wins of 2018, and the Arizona LGBTQ community with Equality Arizona! Join us for brunch, … Continue reading →
Hosted by American Friends Service Committee – Arizona “To prepare for #ReFramingJusticeDay at the State Capitol, AFSC-AZ is offering a series of workshops in Tucson and Phoenix. This third workshop is designed to provide skills and messaging for talking to … Continue reading →
“On this day we will mourn those we’ve lost, honor their courage and celebrate our unending resilience.” https://www.facebook.com/denim.daytucson/?__tn__=kC-R&eid=ARCRtK7GPybFgNTeBCidiZjiU6aq_47eM3CNvfDwsQH9A0nho0k83UWJWOrD5NgZzd92eQmyqApK9-gK&hc_ref=ARRflJKVMAjCiY-CV-7C56IAV5lcWRB9YuqpRDxixA_sCfK4C7f_dPXhvFPIZ6syQbw&__xts__=68.ARDQ5cVPQ77e1T9PXSorT9kdDhc2e8mB5gVbkrySQfez-9g8O6TbCHKo1pZkGTgJjn4pKzqPfoPOJFx4TorcADqQ7noxo6WYljexoENTnom6wHzBqnFc7KLhespbhBJ7pHxGOY0uOqIzeLs4nxNuPcEI1SqytJ3Plt6FWViJI7isTTEeBC2F1yksZOqVaSBcBmrYTjFEI2EItj27J3iNmEp9wxEuKypGmLA6kHyuRAT59thi4W-8xKTquMP1qgOXSQWMvDQlY4_oTwiJIJBME1_O0bQE0DR0LH7fELGOsbwD3Zm7NVGvV9y_HfUUjNVtST0YTb0ROgfm48X-GckSqnn_bwShare this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailWhatsAppTumblrMorePrintPocketRedditGooglePinterestLike this:Like Loading...
DGT will host the Chair of the Pima County Democratic Party (whomever prevails on Dec. 15). Currently office is being held by Dr. Jo Holt (since Nov. 2015), but she is being challenged by LD 9 activist Alison Jones. The … Continue reading →
Hosted by Tucson Samaritans “Southern Arizona humanitarian, religious and Native American leaders will host a public sundown candlelight vigil beginning at 4 p.m. on International Migrants Day, Dec. 18 at the Tucson cemetery where the remains of hundreds of migrants … Continue reading →
Resolve your active warrants! Justice Court Customer Service Windows: 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Tucson City Court Customer Service Windows: 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Available Services: – Quash your warrant – Create a payment plan – Reinstate your driver’s … Continue reading →
Celebrate the holiday season with the LD10 Democrats at their new meeting location! https://www.facebook.com/events/1239075322915812/Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailWhatsAppTumblrMorePrintPocketRedditGooglePinterestLike this:Like Loading...
“Every year, we join the national movement to remember our neighbors, friends, and family who have passed away while facing homelessness in the past year. Join us at the Evergreen Cemetery’s county plot to share memories of those who passed, … Continue reading →
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