Posted in Investigations Race for the White House 2020

Documentary by Frontline and ProPublica reveals origins of the stolen election myth

A group of people working from a plantation in South Carolina spread misinformation about the November 2020 election. These falsehoods have since become articles of faith for many Republicans.       by ProPublica “Plot to…

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Posted in Columns Politics Wade Rathke

All politics are local. All issues are national?

by Wade Rathke December 4, 2021 Little Rock    Tip O’Neil, the iconic old Boston pol, and former Speaker of the US House of Representatives, once famously expressed the dicta, “all politics are local.” Even as…

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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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Rudy Giuliani, personal lawyer of former U.S. President Donald Trump, looks down ahead of an appearance before the Michigan House Oversight Committee in Lansing, Michigan on December 2, 2020.
Posted in Dirty Tricks News Politics

Federal agents execute search warrant for Giuliani, signaling turning point in probe into Ukraine dealings

“A judge had to conclude that there was probable cause that evidence of crime(s) would be found there” in order to allow the search of Giuliani’s home. by Julia Conley, staff writer Wednesday, April 28, 2021…

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Posted in Columns Voting rights Wade Rathke

Restoring voting rights to former felons

by Wade Rathke March 17, 2021 New Orleans      In these times when a number of states are trying to curtail voting rights for their citizens, the governor of Virginia made some news by speeding…

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Posted in Analysis Voter suppression

‘They run on shrinking the vote’: Tens of millions threatened by GOP attack on voting

Democrats can eliminate the filibuster to pass legislation to stop voter suppression, said journalist Ari Berman, “or they can allow [the] GOP to undermine democracy for the next decade.”       by Kenny Stancil, staff…

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Posted in Analysis Democracy Filibuster

As Manchin yells he will ‘Never…Jesus Christ!’ vote to kill filibuster, Warren and Sanders demand end to Jim Crow rule

“Moderate Democrats in the Senate have a choice to make: They can either defend democracy and the Constitution by passing H.R. 1 or they can save the McConnell filibuster. They can’t do both.” by Jake Johnson,…

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Posted in Analysis Investigations Pro Publica Voter suppression

After a wave of violent threats against election workers, Georgia sees few arrests

For nearly a year, election administrators across the country weathered the pandemic while facing attacks and threats — leading many officials to resign or retire. In Georgia, little was done to prevent it from happening again….

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Posted in Columns Republicans Voter suppression Wade Rathke

Republican resistance, state by state

by Wade Rathke February 26, 2021 Little Rock    After four years of Twitter torture, I understand how people seem to be following every little cough and sneeze in Washington these days, crossing their fingers for…

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Posted in Columns Wade Rathke

Georgia reveals the Trump Tribute

by Wade Rathke February 24, 2021 Atlanta     Big news in Atlanta was the seeming flipflop by former Senator David Perdue on his commitment to run in two years to reclaim the seat he recently lost…

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Posted in Insurrection 2021 News

Citing anti-KKK law, NAACP and Rep. Bennie Thompson sue Trump and far-right allies over Capitol attack

“Donald Trump needs to be held accountable for deliberately inciting and colluding with white supremacists to stage a coup, in his continuing efforts to disenfranchise African-American voters.” by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Tuesday, February 16, 2021…

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Posted in Analysis

The government Donald Trump left behind

Trump ultimately fell short on many of his signature promises, but his administration’s successes in cutting taxes, rolling back regulations and reshaping the judiciary will cast a long shadow. by Chris Morran Saturday, January 30, 2021…

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Posted in Analysis Pro Publica Right Wing Militias

Capitol rioters planned for weeks in plain sight. The police weren’t ready.

Insurrectionists made no effort to hide their intentions, but law enforcement protecting Congress was caught flat-footed. by Logan Jaffe, Lydia DePillis, Isaac Arnsdorf and J. David McSwane The invasion of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday was…

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Posted in Columns Democracy Wade Rathke

The scary Trump wannabes

by Wade Rathke January 4, 2021 Pearl River, La.    When Kentucky Senator and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is the voice of reason for the Republicans, you have to know we’re facing real trouble. McConnell had…

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Posted in Democracy News Race for the White House 2020

Members of Congress demand prosecution of Trump for election tampering

‘Open-and-Shut Federal (and State) Crime’ “We must hold him fully accountable, even after he leaves office. There must be justice.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Monday, January 4, 2021 Democratic members of Congress late Sunday joined…

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Posted in Analysis Politics

I never thought Democrats could win Georgia. Could it happen twice?

The critical Senate run-off race is too close to call. But a massive voter mobilization effort may just tip the balance. by Mary Fitzgerald Sunday, January 3, 2021 My mother was 23 when she accidentally got…

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Posted in News Race for the White House 2020 Voter suppression

Trump accused of ‘criminal extortion’ after asking Georgia officials to ‘find’ 11,000 votes for him

“Knowing what Trump has said in leaked phone calls, just imagine what he’s said in calls that weren’t.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Sunday, January 3, 2021 President Donald J. Trump speaks on the phone as…

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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 Black Lives Matter News Voter suppression

Civil Rights groups denounce Georgia officials for closing Early Voting Sites ahead of Senate Runoffs

“Restoring all early voting sites isn’t a concession—it’s restoring a baseline for voting access.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Thursday, December 24, 2020 Voting rights groups on Wednesday accused officials in at least two Georgia counties…

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Posted in Analysis Politics Race for the White House 2020 Voter suppression

From ‘Alternative Facts’ to ‘Alternate Electors’: Stephen Miller pushes absurd new strategy in face of Trump loss

“They’re actively attempting a coup. It’s extremely stupid. But that is what it is and it’s beyond troubling.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Monday, December 14, 2020 As we speak, today, an alternate slate of electors…

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Posted in Arizona Elections

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 Columns Race for the White House 2020 Wade Rathke

Election results stand, but not for lack of trying

by Wade Rathke December 8, 2020 New Orleans   In this time of radical polarization in American politics, I want to make sure there is a clear footnote to the Trump shenanigans that gives some praise…

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