Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) will be meeting with the Texas Democrats who left Texas to plot strategy on passing a voting rights bill.
The Texas House has authorized arrest warrants for the Democrats who left the state to block a bill that would have tightened voter restrictions in the GOP-controlled state.
“Members, the sergeant-at-arms and the officers appointed by him are directed to send for all absentees whose attendance is not excused for the purpose of securing and maintaining their attendance — under warrant of arrest, if necessary,” House Speaker Dade Phelan (R-Beaumont), said from the floor.
Speaking to CNN, Texas House Democrat Trey Martinez Fischer said Democrats need to have “courage,” “conviction,” and “sometimes a little bit of defiance” if they want to stand up in the fight against Republican attempts to impose restrictions on the right to vote.
J.D. Vance, the author of Hillbilly Elegy and a recent Republican Senate candidate, criticized Vice President Kamala Harris after she spoke out against voter identification laws.
Harris had said that voter identification laws would hurt people in rural areas.
SCOTUS is on pace to approve every new iteration of Jim Crow Republicans can devise and it will be the undoing of America as a representative democratic republic – which is precisely what Republicans dream of at night.
The DOJ lawsuit against Georgia alleges that the state intentionally and illegally targeted black voters with their new voting laws.
The Justice Department suit is relying on what remains of the VRA to try to ensure Georgia will once again have to approve its voting changes with the federal government. Specifically, a still-standing section of the law says that states that are found guilty by a court of intentionally discriminating against minority voters can be required to clear their voting changes with the federal government for a period of time.
The Department of Justice is filing a lawsuit challenging new voting restrictions in Georgia.
Attorney General Merrick Garland announced the DOJ‘s action during a press conference this morning.
“This lawsuit is the first of many steps we are taking to ensure that all eligible voters can cast a vote, that all lawful votes are counted, and that every voter has access to accurate information,” he said.
Speaking on CNN, Representative Sharice Davids (D-Kans.) slammed Republican senators who blocked the For the People Act, a comprehensive voting and election reform bill, from reaching the floor for debate.
Cable news referred to the vote on moving forward with debate on the For The People Act symbolic and it was. It symbolized Republicans as the enemies of democracy.
Democrats are going to respond to Republicans filibustering the For The People Act by forcing them to vote on every piece of the bill.
In an open letter addressed to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), 480 state legislators ask Congress to pass the For the People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.
Priorities USA, one of the biggest Democratic Super PACs, has pledged $20 million for voting rights initiatives ahead of the 2022 election cycle. The group’s announcement is aimed at actions by Republicans to restrict voting access and will comprise a digital effort that will include “a series of extensive voter information campaigns, going beyond a more traditional approach that would consist solely of persuasion ads,” according to The New York Times. That effort will also include text message reminders to vote and request absentee ballots.
Senate Democrats are preparing for a defeat as their Republican colleagues unite to kill the For the People Act, a voting and election reform bill that Democrats have made a top priority. Republicans have called the bill a partisan exercise and Democrats have faced opposition from within their own party, most notably from Senator Joe Manchin (W. Va.), who recently put forward several compromises that received support from prominent leaders such as voting rights advocate Stacey Abrams.
During an appearance on CNN, former Representative Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) said he supports Senator Joe Manchin’s (D-W. Va.) policy demands on voter reform for the Senate to pass the For the People Act.
Speaking to CNN, former Georgia gubernatorial candidate and voting rights advocate Stacey Abrams says she supports Senator Joe Manchin’s (D-W. Va.) policy demands on voter reform for the Senate to pass the For the People Act.
Former Senate aide Brent Budowsky, who was an aide to former Sen. Lloyd Bentsen (D-Texas) and former Rep. Bill Alexander (D-Ark.), criticized Senator Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.) and the Republican Party in an op-ed for The Hill, referring to them as “enemies of democracy” who are blocking the Senate from passing crucial voting rights legislation.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) urged the Senate to approve a bill that would constitute the largest expansions of voter protections yet, dismissing the objections of Senator Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.), who vowed not to vote for the measure on partisan grounds and highlighted problems with the Democrats‘ ability to pass major legislation with a razor-thin majority.
Representative Jamaal Bowman (D-N.Y.) criticized Senator Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.) after it emerged that Manchin would vote against an election reform bill crucial to the Democratic agenda. Bowman said Manchin is “doing everything in his power to stop democracy.”
Katie Hobbs, who has served as Arizona’s Secretary of State since 2019 and defended the state‘s elections even as the GOP, led by former President Donald Trump, repeatedly assailed them with baseless conspiracy theories about election fraud, has announced a run for governor.