Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) walks through the halls of the Capitol on Wednesday, May 26, 2021. (Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc. via Getty Images)
Posted in Arizona Elections

Sinema lambasted for claiming filibuster ‘protects’ democracy as it’s used to block Voting Rights bill

“It’s completely insane that some Dems (ahem Manchin/Sinema) would rather keep the Jim Crow filibuster than stop an avalanche of Jim Crow 2.0 voter suppression laws.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Thursday, June 3, 2021  …

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A protester holds a Trump 2024 flag in front of the Pennsylvania State Capitol on February 27, 2021. (Photo: Paul Weaver/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Posted in Analysis Conspiracy theories Dirty Tricks Elections

Is the Big Lie a ‘test run’ for what comes next?

With Republicans set to block a commission to probe the January 6 attack, progressives warn “the insurrection never actually stopped.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Thursday, May 27, 2021   With Senate Republicans expected to use…

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A contractor working for the Florida-based cybersecurity firm Cyber Ninjas carries a box of ballots from the 2020 general election for auditing in Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix on May 1, 2021. (Photo: Courtney Pedroza/Getty Images)
Posted in Arizona Election Tampering Elections News

DOJ warns GOP-led Arizona election audit may violate Civil Rights law

“Past experience with similar investigative efforts around the country has raised concerns that they can be directed at minority voters.” by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Thursday, May 6, 2021   Warning of the possible “significant intimidating…

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Posted in Elections News Politics

With Democrats Poised to Seize Senate, Progressives Say Party Has Mandate to Go Big

“The era of small ideas is over” “Recurring survival checks, union jobs that pay a living wage, guaranteed healthcare, racial justice, voting rights, immigration reform, climate action, reproductive justice, education, and much more. It can’t wait!”…

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Posted in Election Tampering News Race for the White House 2020

Trump calls Ga Governor and demands Dem vote be tossed. – Audio clip

‘I just want to find 11,780 votes’ by Meteor Staff from reports Sunday, January 3, 2021, 12:31 pm  MST In a recording of Trump’s call to Georgia’s governor yesterday, President Trump urged fellow Republican Brad Raffensperger,…

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Posted in Columns Elections Voter suppression Wade Rathke

Voter suppression unmasked and undaunted

by Wade Rathke Wednesday, December 30, 2020 Pearl River.  What’s the saying, “if wishes were horses, beggars would ride….” The old Scottish nursing rhyme harkens to the days when the differences between the rich and poor might…

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Posted in Analysis Arizona Elections

State, county policies impact rejected ballot rates in Arizona for November election

The rejected ballots show that Arizona’s election system worked as intended: Voters who were eligible to vote and followed state laws had their ballots counted. by Sam Kmack, Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting Monday, December 21,…

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Posted in Analysis Election Tampering Race for the White House 2020

Trump floated Michael Flynn’s “Martial Law” suggestion during White House meeting

“A week ago 126 of my Republican colleagues violated the Constitution by supporting Trump’s attempt to steal the election. How many support Trump’s discussion of military dictatorship?” asked Rep. Bill Pascrell. by Jake Johnson, staff writer…

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Posted in Columns Elections Wade Rathke

On the Doors in Atlanta

by Wade Rathke December 15, 2020 Atlanta   The Electoral College licked the envelope and sealed the deal on Joe Biden’s victory for Donald Trump to become the next President of the United States with 306 votes…

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As more red states legalize marijuana, some officials try to nip it in the bud

“This is a bipartisan issue [and] I think we’re at a tipping point. We’ve passed it in big states and small states, liberal states and conservative states.” by Justin Franz December 9, 2020 With his state…

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Posted in Campaign finance Common Dreams Elections News

Trump reportedly raises over $150 million for non-existent ‘Election Defense Fund’

‘All About the Grift’ “Small donors who give to Trump thinking they are financing an ‘official election defense fund’ are in fact helping pay down the Trump campaign’s debt or funding his post-presidential political operation.” by…

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Posted in Analysis Community organizing Elections Politics Race for the White House 2020

Years of grassroots organizing forged Biden’s Georgia win

Atlanta, often called the “cradle of the civil rights movement,” was the birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr. and made up much of the congressional district represented by the late John Lewis. The story behind how…

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Posted in Columns Elections Wade Rathke

Election security means standardization

by Wade Rathke November 24, 2020 New Orleans   Here’s a full disclosure first. I read everything that passes in front of me that is written by tech wizard and take-no-prisoner-analyst, Zeynep Tufekci, a professor at the…

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Posted in Columns Elections Race for the White House 2020 Wade Rathke

The Bolivian election mystery

by Wade Rathke Friday, November 20, 2020 New Orleans   In the United States now we wait and watch while President Trump stoops to historically new lows in trying to subvert the vote of the people…

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Posted in Election Tampering Politics Pro Publica Race for the White House 2020

Trump campaign officials started pressuring Georgia’s Secretary of State long before the election

The Republican secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger, rejected repeated demands to endorse Trump. As the official overseeing the voting, he believed he should remain neutral. by Jessica Huseman and Mike Spies Long before Republican senators began…

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Posted in Analysis Elections Pro Publica Race for the White House 2020 Voter suppression

The Trump Campaign can’t find a judge who will ignore facts — but it’s trying

The Trump campaign’s legal strategy has come down to this: Even as judges dismiss lawsuits as baseless, it files nearly identical ones in new courts, hoping for more favorable judges. Failure has not slowed it down….

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Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Elections Race for the White House 2020

As Trump whines and gaslights, here’s a reality check: he got his ass kicked in the general election

“The fact that he is a major loser does not sit well with this egomaniacal president. But his feelings can’t change the facts.” by Jon Queally “The numbers are the numbers. There is no legal or…

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Posted in Columns Election Tampering Race for the White House 2020 Wade Rathke

Oh, no, now O’Keefe goes postal

by Wade Rathke November 11, 2020 Atlanta   Attorney General Barr, Senator Lindsay Graham and other Republican hardline Trump apologists made quite a bit of a story told by a postal worker in Pennsylvania that he…

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Posted in Common Dreams Democracy Elections News

The Elders, founded by Nelson Mandela, warn ‘baseless accusations’ of voter fraud by Trump threaten democracy worldwide

Calling on American president to “accept the verdict” of voters, group warns of “far-reaching consequences” beyond U.S. borders. by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Thursday, November 12 A group of prominent former world leaders on Thursday expressed…

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Posted in Columns Elections Wade Rathke

People move on, politicians stuck in place

by Wade Rathke November 10, 2020 Columbus   It’s hard to call Ohio a battleground state once you look out the window and see Columbus in the rearview mirror. Trump-Pence signs dominate the roadways and car bumpers….

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Posted in Analysis Elections Politics Pro Publica Race for the White House 2020

If Trump tries to sue his way to election victory, here’s what happens

It’s easy enough for the Trump campaign to file a lawsuit claiming improprieties, but a lot harder to provide evidence of wrongdoing or a convincing legal argument. Here’s what you need to know as the election…

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Posted in 2020 US Senate Campaign Common Dreams Elections News Race for the White House 2020

With control of Senate at stake, eyes on Georgia with possibly two races headed for runoff

As races tighten for Democrats in the now crucial state, which party controls the U.S. Senate might not be known until January. by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Thursday, November 5 As vote tabulation continues in several…

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Posted in Common Dreams Elections Labor Race for the White House 2020

Unions prepare for general strike if Trump subverts election results

“Paired with people in the streets, a strike could help stop a GOP coup.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Sunday, November 1, 2020 Dozens of labor unions have resolved to consider a general strike after Nov….

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Posted in Analysis Elections Kaiser Health News Politics Race for the White House 2020

‘It’s science, stupid’: A school subject emerges as a hot-button political issue

  Victoria Knight October 30, 2020 At the top of Dr. Hiral Tipirneni’s to-do list if she wins her congressional race: work with other elected officials to encourage mask mandates and to beef up COVID-19 testing…

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