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RandySF's Journal
RandySF's Journal
May 17, 2024

Frank Fahrenkopf (R) can kiss my ass.

I remember when this ass clown was RNC Chair.

The co-chair of the Commission on Presidential Debates blamed two top Biden advisers for his campaign’s decision to forgo the traditional debates and have two earlier battles with former President Trump instead.

Anita Dunn, a Biden administration adviser, and Ron Klain, the former White House chief of staff, are responsible for the campaign’s decision, said Frank Fahrenkopf, who served as chair of the Republican National Committee at the time the two major parties agreed to create a bipartisan commission on debates in the late 1980s.

May 17, 2024

Whitmer's Fight Like Hell PAC releases initial Senate endorsements

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s (D) Fight Like Hell PAC rolled out its first round of Senate endorsements Friday, backing incumbents facing tough reelection bids in November.

Whitmer formally backed Democratic Sens. Tammy Baldwin (Wis.), Sherrod Brown (Ohio), Jon Tester (Mont.), Bob Casey (Pa.), and Jacky Rosen (Nev.).

The Hill was the first outlet to report on the endorsements.

“We need leaders in the U.S. Senate who are focused on lowering costs for working families, bringing good jobs to our communities, and stopping attacks on our reproductive rights,” Whitmer said in a statement. “The leaders I’m endorsing today have done exactly that. They’re champions for their constituents, working nonstop to tackle kitchen table issues and defend our everyday freedoms. I’m going to do everything I can to help send them back to the United States Senate.


May 17, 2024

South Dakota to decide on abortion rights in fall as ballot initiative advances

South Dakota voters will decide on abortion rights this fall, getting a chance at direct democracy on the contentious issue in a conservative state where a trigger law banning nearly all abortions went into effect after Roe v Wade was overturned.

The state’s top election official announced on Thursday that about 85% of the more than 55,000 signatures submitted in support of the ballot initiative are valid, exceeding the required 35,017 signatures.

Voters will vote up or down on prohibiting the state from regulating abortion before the end of the first trimester and allowing the state to regulate abortion after the second trimester, except when necessary to preserve the life or physical or emotional health of a pregnant woman.

Dakotans for Health, which sponsored the amendment, said in a statement on Thursday that the signatures’ validation “certified that the people of South Dakota, not the politicians in Pierre, will be the ones to decide whether to restore Roe v Wade as the law of South Dakota”.


May 17, 2024

Missouri Democrats score major win to clear path for abortion amendment

Missouri Democrats scored a major win on Friday after Republicans abandoned their effort to make it harder to amend the state constitution. The victory paves the way for a ballot measure that would restore abortion rights to pass with just a simple majority this fall.

The stunning climb-down came thanks to a record-breaking Democratic filibuster and bitter internal divisions among Republicans, both between warring factions in the Senate and between the upper and lower chambers of the legislature.

Republicans were open about their desire to thwart an effort to undo Missouri's near-total ban on abortion by moving the goalposts for an amendment that's likely to appear on the ballot in November.

To that end, they sought to place a measure on the Aug. 6 primary ballot—just ahead of the November vote—that would require amendments to win not only majority support among voters statewide, as is currently required, but also a majority in five of the state's eight congressional districts.


May 17, 2024

Conservative media personality appointed to seat on Georgia State Election Board

ATLANTA -- A media personality who co-founded a conservative political action committee has been appointed to a seat on the Georgia State Election Board, which is responsible for developing election rules, investigating allegations of fraud and making recommendations to state lawmakers.

Georgia House Speaker Jon Burns, a Republican, on Friday announced the appointment of Janelle King to the board, effective immediately. She replaces Ed Lindsey, a former Republican state lawmaker, who resigned his seat after having served on the board since 2022.

“Janelle will be a tremendous asset as an independent thinker and impartial arbiter who will put principle above politics and ensure transparency and accountability in our elections, and I look forward to her work on behalf of the people of Georgia,” Burns said in a news release announcing King's appointment.

King is the third new member appointed this year to the board, which has four Republican members and one Democrat. In January, Gov. Brian Kemp appointed Waffle House executive John Fervier to chair the board, and the state Senate approved the nomination of former state Sen. Rick Jeffares. Janice Johnston is the Republican Party appointee to the board, and Sara Tindall Ghazal is the Democratic Party appointee.


May 17, 2024

Big Lie 'Architect' John Eastman Pleads Not Guilty to Arizona Election Charges

Former Donald Trump attorney John Eastman, who’s been called the “architect” of Trump’s attempts to subvert the 2o20 election results, pleaded not guilty to conspiracy and fraud charges in Arizona on Friday.

Eastman’s arraignment was followed by the release of his mugshot, in which he stared blankly forward while wearing a navy suit and tie.

Eastman faces charges along with 17 other defendants in the Arizona case, all of whom were indicted on charges related to an alleged GOP-run scheme to put forward a slate of electors who would say Trump won the state in the 2020 presidential election despite the victory going to Joe Biden. Eastman was the first to be booked and arraigned.

The former attorney, who was disbarred in California this year, is accused of leading the fake elector plot—based on fringe legal theories—to flip Arizona in Trump’s favor, despite Biden having won the state by just over 10,000 votes.


May 17, 2024

MI: Delta County Board of Canvassers certifies recall election results

ESCANABA, Mich. (WLUC) - The Delta County Board of Canvassers certified the May 7 recall election results at a meeting Friday evening in the 47th Circuit Courtroom.

Three of the four members needed to vote ‘Yes’ to certify the election. Only one board member, Bonnie Hakkola, did not vote.

This decision comes after two members initially refused to certify the results of the county’s May 7 recall election. The two Republican canvassers, Hakkola and LeeAnne Oman, refused to certify at a meeting Tuesday. Hakkola said the results were too close.

Director of Elections Secretary for the Michigan Board of State Canvassers Jonathan Brater wrote a letter Thursday to the Delta County Board of Canvassers advising the Delta County Board of Canvassers to verify the results.

Recalled county commissioners Robert Barron (R), David Moyle (R) and Robert Petersen (R) now have 48 hours to ask for a recount.


May 17, 2024

Mexico's Vote for Autocracy

As Mexico’s June 2 presidential election draws near, more is at stake than a competition among political parties. For the past five and a half years, the country’s prototypical populist leader, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, known as AMLO, has driven a process of democratic backsliding that mirrors developments in countries across the globe. Democracies are no longer dying primarily as a result of military coups carried out by generals with tanks and rifles. Mexico’s democracy, like many others, is being destroyed by a freely elected and popular president who has manipulated democratic institutions and seeks to change not just the rules of the electoral game but also the entire political system so that his party remains in power.

López Obrador’s party, the Movement for National Regeneration (Morena), is mobilizing its supporters to vote for a refurbished autocracy disguised as a democracy. Many Mexicans have succumbed to its allure. The president’s daily press conferences routinely portray his party as concerned for the poor, combating rapacious elites, and defending national sovereignty against internal and external threats, including opposition parties and foreign influence. López Obrador himself governs through polarization. He divides the population into two camps: “the people” versus “the enemies of the people,” the dispossessed versus those who disdain them, the popular movement that seeks change versus the conservative opposition that wants to maintain a status quo that works only for the elites.

López Obrador’s government has taken steps to alleviate poverty, including large cash payments to poor families and an increase in the minimum wage. But on his watch, criminal violence has run rampant, and with many of the education and health programs that formed Mexico’s social safety net replaced by clientelism, the poor are left to fend for themselves. Meanwhile, the president has consolidated his control of state institutions, pushed forward legislation that violates the constitution, and carried out an assault on the judiciary and the agencies that oversee elections. His party rules with the overt support of the military, which the president has empowered at the expense of democracy. The armed forces now serve as the country’s police, build major public works, and control immigration and infrastructure. They have accrued unprecedented economic power and are accountable only to López Obrador himself.

During the electoral campaign, Morena has slandered opposition politicians in state-controlled media and used the state apparatus to harass political opponents. The Mexican military has deployed Pegasus spyware to monitor activists, journalists, and human rights defenders. López Obrador has also used his public platform to doxx his critics. When a federal agency dedicated to government transparency decried the doxxing as a violation of Mexican data protection statutes, the president declared in his morning press conference that he was “above the law.”


May 17, 2024

MN: Gov. Tim Walz has signs Elections Omnibus bill


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#BREAKING: Gov. Tim Walz has signed the Elections Omnibus bill ending prison gerrymandering in Minnesota among other democracy reforms. http://tinyurl.com/bdms24z8
May 17, 2024

Reproductive freedom will be on the Colorado ballot in November

Colorado voters will decide in November whether to protect abortion access in the state constitution after elections officials Friday verified signatures collected for a ballot measure backed by abortion-rights groups.

The initiative would also lift the state’s nearly 40-year-old constitutional ban on state money being used to pay for abortions.

Democrats in the state legislature passed a bill in 2022 guaranteeing abortion access in state law. But that measure could be overturned or undermined by a simple majority vote in the General Assembly, or by the passage of a statutory ballot measure, which also only requires a simple majority to pass.

Initiative 89 would go a step further by putting the nearly unfettered right to get an abortion in Colorado in the state’s constitution, which, if passed, could only be overturned by a 55% vote of the people.


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