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Call Your Senators


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  1. 1 ggail44
    August 26, 2021 at 10:30 am

    Good West Coast morning Nerdy & TOD family.

    Yes! now is the time to Call Your Senators and go on the record.

    And in other related news…

  2. 3 ggail44
    August 26, 2021 at 10:32 am

    I meant to post this

  3. August 26, 2021 at 10:38 am

    Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee was arrested last month at a demonstration rallying support for new
    federal voting legislation. Chris Hayes asks her to compare this bill to the “more aggressive HR1”.

    Congresswoman Jackson Lee (D-TX):
    “And first of all, what I would say is, the John Robert Lewis Advancement Act was worth getting arrested for. Voting rights was worth getting arrested for.
    Frankly, the bill that was voted on yesterday has enormous teeth.
    It strengthens the opportunity to fight against voter suppression. And it means that it clearly hold states accountable across the nation that may have a number of voting suppression actions. And so it doesn’t let you get away with anything.
    It has a retrogression provision under Section 2. So if SB7 in the state of Texas, the state that is the most difficult to vote in passes, we have an opportunity to file suit and to win that suit. Obviously, with those courts that would follow the law. In addition it has punitive measures to insist that the idea of various practices that are in place that will trigger a state being covered by this particular bill. S1 and H1, they are partners. The S1 are the logistics, the tactics. The voting holiday, the early voting, the opportunity to protect 24 hour voting, the mail-in ballots, the re-enfranchising felons. Yes it has the teeth, but it is equal in strength to the John Robert Lewis. They must go together.”

    Hayes: “OK so this has been passed, I believe, by the House before. It was passed just now. Were you surprised it got zero Republican votes?”

    Jackson Lee:
    “Absolutely. In fact what words can I use, shameful, sinful? My question is, is there anyone that believes in a democratic republic among my friends who happened to be Republicans? When I spoke on the floor of the House yesterday I said ‘Does anyone have the courage to be able to move forward on ensuring that every American
    has a right to vote?’ I have been here in the United States Congress and participated in the reauthorization
    that drew 98 senators, Republicans and Democrats. And over 415 House Republicans and Democrats. And signed with a gleeful face by George W. Bush. I was at the White House signing.
    And I’ve been with other reauthorizations or changes and modifications to improve voting rights,
    and it has been bipartisan. The climate today is a result of the Big Lie which I said on the floor of the House, the Insurrection on January 6. And I don’t think anyone that happens to be a Republican should get an excuse for
    not voting to empower Americans to vote.”

  4. August 26, 2021 at 12:14 pm

    Poor People’s Campaign for Mass Moral Motorcade on Manchin

    TODAY
    A National Call for Moral Revival holds a motorcade on Sen. Joe Manchin on Thursday in West Virginia.
    Nelson will join poor and low-income West Virginians online as they speak out about how Sen. Manchin suppresses voting rights and economic justice when he hides behind the coward’s filibuster.

    NOW
    The Mass Moral Motorcade on Manchin begins at noon ET Thursday in Madison, West Virginia,
    and gets to the Statehouse in Charleston, West Virginia, about 2:30 p.m. ET.
    There, speakers will address the participants as they drive around the Statehouse and listen to the program on WSVQ 92.1 FM.

    The program also will be live-streamed worldwide here:
    https://action.poorpeoplescampaign.org

  5. August 26, 2021 at 12:20 pm

    Bishop Barber to Joy Reid:
    “This is a moral crisis, Constitutional crisis for the country.
    And Joy we asked this question and she (Speaker Pelosi) heard it.
    What doth it profit America if you hold onto a regressive filibuster, if you pass a limited infrastructure plan, but you LOSE the democracy, you LOSE the infrastructure of democracy, which is voting rights. And you LOSE the infrastructure of people’s lives, like passing $15 and a Union, $15 minimum wage and a serious budget that lifts from the bottom?”

  6. August 26, 2021 at 12:22 pm

    Latosha Brown, Co-founder, Black Voters Matter:
    “What we’re seeing is a backlash of we’re being punished because people actually participated within this democracy.”

    Rev. Dr. William Barber, Co-Chair, Poor People’s Campaign:
    “End the filibuster. It cannot be used as a modern-day interposition nullification.”

  7. 11 ggail44
    August 26, 2021 at 12:28 pm

  8. 14 ggail44
    August 26, 2021 at 12:33 pm

  9. 15 ggail44
    August 26, 2021 at 12:35 pm

  10. 16 ggail44
    August 26, 2021 at 12:37 pm

    💖

  11. August 26, 2021 at 12:43 pm

    “a total of approximately 19,000 people were evacuated from Kabul over a period of 24 hours
    that, of course, ended early this morning. This is the result of 42 U.S. military flights which carried approximately 11,200 evacuees, and 48 coalition flights which carried 7,800 people, for a total of 90 flights out of Kabul — which, if I get my math right, that’s approximately a flight every 39 minutes.” (Press Sec. Jen Psaki yesterday)

    82,000 in the past eleven days.
    Some Afghans will relocate to the U.S.
    Press Secretary John Kirby said the Commanding General has been deluged with calls and emails from people who live nearby, asking how they can help.Congresswoman Veronica Escobar whose TX district includes Fort Bliss now housing refugees, has seen the start of resettlement operations firsthand.

    Rachel Maddow: “Tell me about what the American people should know about what’s happening at Fort Bliss, what you saw and the scale of the operations there.”

    Congresswoman Escobar:
    “I literally just got home about an hour ago. And what I saw filled my heart with tremendous hope and pride.
    I had the opportunity to thank a number of soldiers, troops whose mission it is to clear land, to do everything within their power to provide humanitarian support for who they are calling their guests. The refugees who were allies to us and partners to us in Afghanistan. They have built makeshift soccer goals so that the kids can play, and every single soldier that I spoke to today who I expressed my gratitude to told me that they were grateful. That they felt honor and pride to be able to participate in this mission.
    I also had the opportunity to speak to Afghan families. And that was incredible.
    In reflecting on it once I got home, I will tell you I was overwhelmed by emotion. Those families thanked me.
    They thanked our military leadership. I spoke to an interpreter who fled with his wife who is a journalist.
    These are people who are filled with gratitude and who are finally safe and sound. It is now our turn as Americans to ensure that we do everything that we can to help support them.”

    Maddow:
    “Obviously the journey that a lot of these folks have been through in the immediate sense has been harrowing. Not just in the big picture in terms of the decades of war in Afghanistan and difficult circumstances at home, but just the immediate journey. I mean the incredible security challenges now increasing to sort of desperate security challenges at the Kabul airport in Afghanistan. We’ve also heard very difficult reports about bad conditions on the ground in Qatar, which was the first U.S. military base that was used as the first weigh station, before it was essentially overfilled with evacuees from Kabul. And they started spreading them around to other weigh stations, to other first stops.
    We know that people have had to deal with a lot on the way here. But it sounds like from what you’re saying, as least once they get as far as a place like Fort Bliss, the conditions are good and that people are being held in circumstances that are not only sanitary and safe, but positive.”

    Escobar:
    “That’s absolutely right Rachel. And you know the mission of course has evolved.
    What is happening in Afghanistan is the Administration is doing everything possible to save lives essentially,
    to get as many people out. And what they have done in terms of the number of flights and the number of people has been nothing short of impressive.
    And then the next part of their journey once their lives have been saved, is to make sure that upon their arrival they’re provided with the health care and the safe sanitary security of a place to stay. And so they’re all getting COVID tested along the way. In fact here at Fort Bliss, of the 1200 guests that have arrived at Fort Bliss only one has tested positive for COVID. They’re getting vaccinated for COVID.
    A baby was born just last night at our local hospital, the University Medical Center.
    There are a range of guests from infants all the way to elderly Afghanis.
    And they are finally safe and sound and grateful.
    You know there was a moment there, right after I spoke to a family and the military leadership was walking me through the base and showing me the various tents and facilities where the NGOs are housed and all of those spots along the way – I saw a group of kids playing. And Rachel there is nothing more hopeful than the resiliency of those kids, and seeing them playing under the southwest sun.”

  12. August 26, 2021 at 1:10 pm

    Gail is right – call your Senators daily, even if you think they’re on board with passing the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. It will require an exemption from the filibuster because not a single damn Republican will vote to protect us. If you’re nervous about talking to a staffer, call after hours and leave a message. Those get tallied also. Look up your two Senators’ numbers or call the US Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121 and ask to be connected. Say you’re a voting constituent in xxxxx Zip code, then leave a strong message.

  13. August 26, 2021 at 2:07 pm

    Beloved José Andrés:
    “We all are Citizens of the World. What’s good for you, must be good for all. If you are lost, share a plate of food with a stranger…you will find who you are.”

  14. August 26, 2021 at 2:39 pm

  15. August 26, 2021 at 3:07 pm

  16. 24 jer44
    August 26, 2021 at 3:17 pm

    FLORIDA IS THE ONLY STATE WHERE MORE PEOPLE ARE DYING OF COVID NOW THAN EVERVBEFORE.

    WHAT WENT WRONG?

    https://news.yahoo.com/florida-is-the-only-state-where-more-people-are-dying-of-covid-now-than-ever-before-what-went-wrong-090001893.html

  17. August 26, 2021 at 3:18 pm

  18. 28 jer44
    August 26, 2021 at 3:33 pm

  19. 29 jer44
    August 26, 2021 at 3:41 pm

  20. 30 tnmtngirl1
    August 26, 2021 at 3:52 pm

    Update: I slept last night and thankfully had none of the drenching sweats. However, now I have a bad UTI that is wiping me out. A Dr. friend told me to expect this. ☹️😢. PC called in antibiotic, but didn’t get until 2:30 so can’t take a second one until tomorrow morning. #wearyourmaskevenifvaccinated

  21. 33 jer44
    August 26, 2021 at 4:00 pm

  22. 34 No Child Left Behind
    August 26, 2021 at 4:03 pm

    It is with great sadness that I share this:
    12 U.S. service members killed in terrorist attack outside Kabul airport, U.S. official says

    The explosions outside the airport in Afghanistan on Thursday also killed dozens of civilians, said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity ahead of a formal announcement from the Pentagon.

  23. 36 ggail44
    August 26, 2021 at 5:29 pm

    I’m so sorry we have casualties but I am not surprised. There are too many, (more than the Taliban) who participated in this action and we all know it.

  24. August 26, 2021 at 5:43 pm

    INCREDIBLE…..Stupidity…This is beyond my understanding

  25. August 26, 2021 at 5:49 pm

  26. August 26, 2021 at 5:57 pm

    Ballotpedia is a good resource

  27. 40 No Child Left Behind
    August 26, 2021 at 6:47 pm

    The toddlers left the East Wing and moved to the briefing room with their constant whining. Some things never change!

  28. August 26, 2021 at 7:53 pm

    • 43 Dudette
      August 27, 2021 at 10:14 am

      A hero speaks

  29. 44 jer44
    August 26, 2021 at 9:19 pm

  30. 47 jer44
    August 26, 2021 at 9:22 pm

  31. August 26, 2021 at 11:59 pm

    I know, I might be in the “shallows” right this minute, but I’ll call it temporary escape👀😂

  32. 52 Dudette
    August 27, 2021 at 9:52 am

    Good Morning Everyone! ❤️

  33. 54 Dudette
    August 27, 2021 at 9:54 am

    A message from President Obama on the attack in Afghanistan.

  34. 57 Dudette
    August 27, 2021 at 9:58 am

  35. 58 jer44
    August 27, 2021 at 10:13 am

    SOON – Florida judge expected to make ruling on Gov. DeSantis’ mask mandate
    https://abcnews.go.com/live/video/special-live-5

  36. 59 Dudette
    August 27, 2021 at 10:16 am

    Refugees are welcome in California

  37. 61 Dudette
    August 27, 2021 at 10:17 am

    The space station buzz.

  38. 62 jer44
    August 27, 2021 at 10:21 am

    • August 27, 2021 at 11:20 am

      Yes and we must do whatever it takes to protect Lt. Byrd.
      Putin somehow used this incident in defense of his treatment of Nathan Navalny back in June, when he claimed the deadly domestic terrorists merely came to the Capitol with sweet “political demands”.
      —imo he set this meme rolling for trump.

  39. 64 Dudette
    August 27, 2021 at 10:24 am

  40. 65 Dudette
    August 27, 2021 at 10:42 am

    Clarkston, a suburb of Atlanta with a large refugee population, getting it done!

  41. 66 jer44
    August 27, 2021 at 11:00 am

    • August 27, 2021 at 11:33 am

      The world is a fiction that ‘he alone’ writes.
      When are we going to stop reporting on doom’s latest pronouncements and put him away, for the sake of our children and the planet?

      imo trump is still the front piece, mouth piece for something more sinister.

  42. 69 Dudette
    August 27, 2021 at 11:12 am

    😑

  43. 71 Dudette
    August 27, 2021 at 11:13 am

  44. 72 Dudette
    August 27, 2021 at 11:23 am

    652,000 deaths 🥺

  45. August 27, 2021 at 12:04 pm

    LIEUTENANT MICHAEL BYRD

    “The actions of the officer in this case potentially saved Members and staff from serious injury and possible death from a large crowd of rioters,” the Capitol Police said in a news release.
    Lieutenant Byrd: “I think I showed the utmost courage on January 6, and it’s time to do that now,”
    “She was posing a threat to the House of Representatives.”

    Lester Holt: “Former President Trump has talked about you and this incident. He says she was murdered. What does it feel like to hear that from a former president?”

    Lieutenant Michael Byrd: “Well it’s disheartening. If he was in the room or anywhere and I’m responsible for him,
    I was prepared to do the same thing for him and his family.”

    Holt: “Would you have his back today if you were so assigned?”

    Byrd: “I sure would because it’s my job.”

    • August 27, 2021 at 12:31 pm

      Pls don’t let GOPQ and their architects re-write this, the worst violence at the Capitol since the war of 1812.

      Fact: Ashli Babbit was there at Trump’s bidding.
      She was about to be the gateway to a massive break in.
      An imminent massacre of members of Congress who were just feet away.
      —Thank you Lieutenant Byrd!!!
      —How do we take care of him?

      Do the GOP deniers in Congress who were protected by Capitol Police feel OK about it happening again? And if so, why is that? Thanks to the Select Committee now diving into the circumstances that led up to this deadly domestic terrorist attack. Thanks to all the Capitol Police. Wow they’ve suffered so much.

  46. 76 ggail44
    August 27, 2021 at 12:27 pm

    Good West Coast Fri-YaY morning Nerdy & TOD family.

    Blessing and prayers go out to all affected by Haiti and Afghanistan 💖🙏🏾💔😢

  47. 78 ggail44
    August 27, 2021 at 12:30 pm

    I have no words

  48. 79 Dudette
    August 27, 2021 at 12:36 pm

    Heads up Gulf Coast residents! Ida is coming your way!

    • 80 Dudette
      August 27, 2021 at 1:15 pm

      • 81 0388jojothecat
        August 27, 2021 at 7:09 pm

        Wow, what are the chances of 100s of sick human beings in a hospital with Covid-19 and a hurricane 🌀 burrowing down on your state. You’re fighting for every breathe when you could be home to evacuate. Now you might die due to no electricity or supplies of oxygen was interrupted. If only they took the jab.

  49. August 27, 2021 at 12:56 pm

    Remarks by President Biden
    on the Terror Attack at Hamid Karzai International Airport

    (excerpts)
    “Jill and I — our hearts ache, like I’m sure all of you do as well, for all those Afghan families who have lost loved ones, including small children, or been wounded in this vicious attack. And we’re outraged as well as heartbroken.”

    “To those who carried out this attack, as well as anyone who wishes America harm, know this:
    We will not forgive. We will not forget. We will hunt you down and make you pay. I will defend our interests and our people with every measure at my command.”

    “Over the past few weeks — I know you’re — many of you are probably tired of hearing me say it — we’ve been made aware by our intelligence community that the ISIS-K — an arch-enemy of the Taliban;
    people who were freed when both those prisons were opened — has been planning a complex set of attacks on the United States personnel and others.”

    “We will not be deterred by terrorists. We will not let them stop our mission.”

    “There has been complete unanimity from every commander on the objectives of this mission and the best way to achieve those objectives.”

    “We just have to remain steadfast. Steadfast.”

    “And we will continue, after our troops have withdrawn, to find means by which we defined any American who wishes to get out of Afghanistan.”

    Full: (https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/speeches-remarks/2021/08/26/remarks-by-president-biden-on-the-terror-attack-at-hamid-karzai-international-airport/)

  50. 83 No Child Left Behind
    August 27, 2021 at 1:01 pm

    Happy Friday TODVille!

    Love my President Biden!
    ————-

    My cashier at the grocery store yesterday was a trainee named Trevor. He was 17.

    He was polite.
    He was diligent.
    He made conversation.
    He was careful bagging my eggs.
    He asked if I wanted to apply a senior citizen discount.

    I had Trevor fired.

  51. 84 Dudette
    August 27, 2021 at 1:06 pm

    One week in Texas

  52. 85 Dudette
    August 27, 2021 at 1:11 pm

  53. 87 Dudette
    August 27, 2021 at 1:12 pm

  54. 88 Dudette
    August 27, 2021 at 1:12 pm

  55. August 27, 2021 at 1:14 pm

    Trump’s deal with the Taliban included:
    “The United States would release 5,000 Taliban prisoners…”

    After the agreement was signed:
    “The Taliban launched dozens of attacks in Afghanistan, ramping up its violence.”

    ttps://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2021/08/20/trump-peace-deal-taliban/)

  56. 92 Dudette
    August 27, 2021 at 1:14 pm

    🌸🌺💮🌻🌼

  57. 93 Dudette
    August 27, 2021 at 1:16 pm

    Go Team USA!

  58. 94 Dudette
    August 27, 2021 at 1:20 pm

    Dear God! 🙏🏾😔

  59. 95 Dudette
    August 27, 2021 at 1:25 pm

  60. August 27, 2021 at 1:28 pm

    (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3aJNxaooJM)

    Who Is ISIS-K And How Did The U.S. Know To Expect Their Attack?
    “Laith Alkhouri, counterterrorism analyst, talks with Rachel Maddow about the origins of ISIS-K, how the U.S. gathers intelligence about them, and the complex enmity between ISIS-K and the Taliban in Afghanistan.”

    • August 27, 2021 at 1:33 pm

      (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3WqW9kmoQ0)

      ISIS Attack Recognized Early As Inherent Risk Of Afghanistan Evacuation Mission
      “Rachel Maddow points out the repeated warnings and alerts from the Biden administration that terrorists ISIS-K would likely target the evacuation operation at the airport in Kabul, making completion of that operation all the more urgent.

      Rep. Jason Crow discusses the challenges of turning intelligence into practical strategy in the midst of an operation like the Afghanistan evacuation.”

  61. 98 ggail44
    August 27, 2021 at 1:31 pm

    True dat!

  62. 99 No Child Left Behind
    August 27, 2021 at 1:32 pm

    New: The Taliban have requested that the United States keep a diplomatic presence in Afghanistan beyond the Aug. 31 withdrawal of U.S. forces. Biden admin is weighing the possibility. Nothing finalized.

  63. August 27, 2021 at 1:51 pm

    James LaPorta,
    AP investigative reporter and Marine Corps veteran,
    broke down as he tried to talk to Chris Hayes.

    Hayes:
    “The mission today that those U.S. service members died for was very clear. It`s to get Americans and allies out
    of the country. And they gave their lives for that mission today.”

    LaPorta: “Yes. Those — there were gates to peace. There were gates to perhaps a better life.
    I`m sorry. Excuse me.”

    Hayes: “It`s OK.”

    Laporta :
    “And those servicemen were facilitating those Afghans to a better life and deprives the life of peace. It`s a very — excuse me. I`m sorry. It`s a hard day.”

    Hayes: “It`s just — it`s a brutal day.”

  64. August 27, 2021 at 1:57 pm

  65. August 27, 2021 at 2:01 pm

  66. August 27, 2021 at 2:22 pm

    (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXbXoCO5aTQ)

    Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez: Let’s Help Veterans Keep Their Promises To Afghan Allies
    Talking to Joy Reid:
    “Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez calls on the U.S. to help our veterans keep their personal promises
    to America’s Afghan allies and accept as many refugees from Afghanistan as possible, as the 20-years-long war draws to a close.”

    • August 27, 2021 at 2:38 pm

      AOC:
      “September 11th happened when I was about 12 years old,
      and there was a boy in my class named Kevin.
      And I would not know that when I turned 18 and we all became eligible to enlist in the military,
      that Kevin was that 6th grader that sat next to me would eventually enlist as a U.S. Marine.
      And as the events that unfolded in this last two weeks happened, he reached out to me.
      And I would not know that decades later, I would be the congresswoman for New York`s 14th congressional district and that he would be a Veteran.
      And he said:
      ‘Please help get my friends out. I made them promises.
      These Afghan nationals, they interpreted for us.
      I asked them to trust me. Please help us get them out. And if we can get them here.’
      And so this should transcend politics.”

      AOC:
      “These are also Afghan people who we promised to protect.
      So the idea that we will now demonize them for helping the United States, or at least, assisting and trusting the United States is unconscionable.”

      • August 27, 2021 at 2:40 pm

        The Taliban is targeting those who committed and worked in dangerous conditions to be our friends.
        GOP cannot now demonize them in a xenophobic attempt to prevent them coming here as promised.

  67. 108 pkayden
    August 27, 2021 at 2:31 pm

  68. August 27, 2021 at 2:53 pm

    Marcus Yam

    “Doctors, judges, athletes, activists: Afghan women trapped and considered at-risk under Taliban rule”
    (https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2021-08-26/for-at-risk-afghan-women-nowhere-to-run-nowhere-to-hide)

    Marcus Yam, foreign correspondent, photojournalist for LA Times at the airport in Kabul:
    (https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2021-08-26/photos-americans-among-casualties-in-twin-suicide-attacks-outside-kabul-airport)

    Podcast: The Taliban beat me up, then let me go
    (https://www.latimes.com/podcasts/story/2021-08-26/the-times-podcast-afghanistan-pullout)

  69. August 27, 2021 at 3:10 pm

    Eric Holder, fmr United States Attorney General,
    Chairman National Democratic Redistricting Committee, to Chris Hayes:

    “This is a tough day. My heart breaks. You know the mission in Afghanistan was never one that was clearly defined. Nation building, perhaps not something we should have engaged in. But those young people, those young soldiers today who gave their lives or who were injured, had a very defined mission.
    You know they were trying to help people get to freedom, get Americans back to this country.
    And so my thoughts and prayers are with the people who survived the attack and with the relatives of
    those who died.”

  70. August 27, 2021 at 3:55 pm

    Eric Holder, fmr United States Attorney General,
    Chairman National Democratic Redistricting Committee, to Chris Hayes:

    Hayes:
    “You’ve been working on this issue of gerrymandering for a while, and now is the time. And I’m not sure people realize like what’s happening right now…Like who’s doing this? The fate of the country is going to be figured out by people are going to draw a bunch of maps. Who is drawing the maps and how are they doing it?

    Holder:
    “It depends on the state. In most states the state legislature will be drawing the lines. In some states like in Colorado, Michigan now, Arizona, California, independent commissions will be drawing the lines. And that’s why this is such an important thing. It’s such an important thing to keep the public engaged in this process, especially where you’ve got the legislature involved in this. So that there is transparency, so that there is citizen involvement, so that people have the opportunity to see the maps that are being considered AS they are being considered.”

    Hayes:
    “I think this is a really key point. If you’ve got a state with the Republican control, the one checked is a public that’s watching them. And…Ohioans have actually been encouraged to go out to these hearings, because there is essentially no check on what that the Republicans in that state can do unless they show up.” (plays video with people demanding transparency) Do you think public pressure works…effective and makes a difference
    in how these maps get made?”

    Holder:
    “Well I think it’s interesting in Ohio that they’re holding these hearings. These hearings are held during the day during work hours. So they don’t make it easy for people necessarily to get there.
    And then beyond that they have not shared any of the maps at this point.
    The first maps have to be revealed on September 1st. And nothing has been shared with the public at this point. And I do think that if you share maps. If the public has the opportunity – as those 4 citizens had the ability – to get up and talk about the principles that ought to undergird the redistricting process.
    If you share the maps with people they will have the ability to comment.
    And Republicans know that.
    And that’s why they don’t want to share the bad maps that they’re undoubtedly going to try to draw. Ohio is a kind of Republican state, but they have a Congressional delegation that is 12 Republicans, four Democrats. 75% of their Congressional delegation is Republican. That is all as a result of gerrymandering.
    And that’s the kind of thing that we have to protect against.
    And we need the people, the public to be involved.”

    • August 27, 2021 at 3:57 pm

      Hayes: “What are the other recourses here?
      One of the things that the For The People Act…was to actually put some federal guidelines,
      create statutory processes by which you would have non-partisan gerrymandering. That’s not going to happen in time it looks like. So what are the recourses here to make sure that we don’t see this essentially anti-democratic power grab?”

      Holder:
      “Well I’m not given up on the For the People Act yet. It can be passed and can be passed relatively quickly, relatively soon. Half the states will have their maps drawn by the end of the year.
      So that if you get Congress to pass that bill,
      get it to the to the President by the end of September, you can have an impact.
      And what’s important about the bill is that it bans partisan gerrymandering in drawing lines for Congressional districts. Beyond that we will have the ability to file lawsuits.
      You’re right – you said that the Supreme Court disastrously said that you can’t bring these cases in federal court. But we can bring the cases in state courts using state constitutions. And we have been successful in bringing those cases in Pennsylvania, in Virginia, as well as in North Carolina.
      And so we can bring up cases based on racial gerrymandering,
      on the basis of partisan gerrymandering in state courts. You can bring racial gerrymandering cases in federal courts. And there’s a congruence between racial gerrymandering and partisan gerrymandering. What is a racial gerrymander? They will now claim it to be nothing more than a partisan gerrymandering, given what the Supreme Court has said.”

      Hayes:
      “Yes and we should be clear. The For The People Act would essentially stop this kind of arms race…
      the For the People Act would take away that from both sides and would produce these independent commissions which have worked well in places like Colorado and Iowa.”

      Holder:
      “Yes. I’m for fairness.
      And if the maps are drawn in a fair way Democrats and progressives will do just fine.
      Now in New York we should follow the population trends. New York City a Democratic component of New York State, has increased in population. The rural areas in New York State have lost population.
      And so if you’re going to pull out a district…you’re going to decrease the number Representatives, they probably…to come from a rural area which probably means a couple of Republican seats there.”

  71. 113 Nerdy Wonka
    August 27, 2021 at 3:57 pm

    New post.

    Grieving

  72. August 27, 2021 at 3:57 pm

    Who sits in the legislative seats…at All levels of Government…matter…Local…State…Federal


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