Florida Republicans have realized that their election rigging bill makes it harder for Republicans to vote.
Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) offered revisionist history during an appearance on Fox News when he claimed that Democrats created Jim Crow laws. The short answer to this is that Southern Democrats defended slavery in the 19th century and proposed the racist laws that were on the books for decades well into the 20th. The monopoly that Southern Democrats held in the southern states fractured––and they would later became today’s Republican Party––as support for degsegreation and civil rights reforms took center stage.
Former President Donald Trump claimed Republicans have not made controversial voting restrictions in the state of Georgia strong enough out of fear of being called racists.
“My reaction is the Georgia bill is far too weak,” Trump told Fox News personality Sean Hannity. “It’s just where you have to have signature verification. They don’t have it. Why don’t they have signature verification? You want matching. You want matching signatures. They have many things that they didn’t put in. Look, what happened is the governor and others were afraid to be called racists.”
11 House Democratic African American Congresswomen are calling on Attorney General Merrick Garland to investigate a Republican conspiracy to rig elections.
Former President Donald Trump said new voting restrictions passed in the state of Georgia are “too weak” as Governor Brian Kemp (R) and his government continue to face harsh criticism from advocacy groups who say the restrictions will disproportionately affect poorer communities and people of color.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) tore into corporations whose CEOs have spoken out against Georgia’s new voting restrictions, urging them to stay out of politics.
“My advice to the corporate CEOs of America is to stay out of politics. Don’t pick sides in these big fights,” McConnell said.
House and Senate Democrats have introduced the Voter Empowerment Act, which is a piece of legislation written by the late Rep. John Lewis.
Gov. Brian Kemp (R-GA) responded to MLB moving its All-Star Game out of Georgia by blaming President Biden and Stacey Abrams.
The hosts of “Fox and Friends” mocked concerns about voting restrictions in the state of Georgia after the Republican Party passed legislation that significantly curbs voting rights, including stricter identification requirements and a measure that makes it a misdemeanor to offer food and water to voters waiting in line.
Early this morning, the Texas Senate approved Senate Bill 7, new voting restrictions in the state. The final version of the bill is not yet online for review but the original bill “banned overnight early voting hours and drive-thru early voting, while restricting how election officials handle mail voting,” according to NBC News.
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp defended his state’s controversial new voting legislation despite significant backlash.
“I’m glad to deal with it,” Kemp said of the backlash, the most high profile of which came from corporations like Delta Airlines and Coca-Cola. “If they want to have a debate about the merits and the facts of the bill, then we should do that.”
DOJ officials would only say that they are looking at the new Georgia voter suppression law, it is possible that they could sue the state.
Former Sen. Al Franken said that he has been talking to his former colleagues and he predicts that Democrats will pass new voting rights bills in response to Georgia voter suppression.
The state of Georgia has made headlines in recent days after GOP lawmakers passed legislation that significantly curbs voting rights, including stricter identification requirements and a measure that makes it a misdemeanor to offer food and water to voters waiting in line.
The concept of voter equality is anathema to Republicans who would not control large areas of the country without voter suppression in all its variations.
President Joe Biden praised members of the House of Representatives for passing a comprehensive election reform and voting rights bill, saying he will continue to work with Congress to “refine and advance it.”
House Democrats responded to the nationwide Republican voter suppression campaign by passing the For The People Act, which would be the largest expansion of voting rights since 1965.
Stacey Abrams is widely expected to run for Georgia Governor again after losing to incumbent Brian Kemp, a Republican, in 2018, a loss that galvanized activists in the state who said Abrams and her supporters were the targets of voter suppression.
Images around the country show people lined up to vote, sometimes for hours, in an election that has been characterized by voter suppression. According to former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, long lines are a sign Americans “care” and are not deterred.
In two separate cases, federal courts stopped Republicans from attacking voting rights in Michigan and Georgia.