Resist, Elections Officers, Resist!

Have a little attempted voter suppression with your lunch.

Kobach asked the Connecticut secretary of state’s office to provide the commission with all publicly available voter roll data, including the full names of all registered voters along with their addresses, dates of birth, the last four digits of their Social Security numbers, voting history and other personal information. Kobach said in a phone call that he sent similar letters to election officials in every state and that as Kansas’ top election official he will be providing the commission with all of the information for Kansas voters.

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“If Barack Obama tried to get all of this information from state election officials it would be front page news on Fox News for months and would prompt a congressional investigation of federal takeover of state election processes,” [Rick] Hasen, an election law expert at the University of California, Irvine, said.

Put aside the fact that Kris Kobach is a firm believer that Democrats should not be allowed to vote in any elections in the United States. What’s really annoying is that despite his ridiculously poor track record Republicans think he’s their demographic savior who’ll keep all those immigrants and brown and black people from voting for people they shouldn’t. Examples:

Kobach has been sued four times by the ACLU for his efforts to prevent people from voting, and lost all four cases. After months of aggressive investigation, he has found nine cases of fraudulent voting in the state out of 1.8 million votes cast. The Kansas City Star recently called him “the Javert of voter fraud.” Recently, when Michael Wines of The New York Times surveyed all 50 chief election officials as to whether there were significant levels of voter fraud in their states, 49 of them said there was not; Kobach refused to respond.

For Kobach, voter fraud is the Great White Whale.

Multiple states have already refused to comply with Kobach’s request, and I expect more will (you can track them on this Google Docs spreadsheet). Good. They should not cooperate with him. The demons of voter fraud exist only in Trump’s and Kobach’s heads, but in Kobach’s case fraud is an excuse. He wants to validate purging as many Democratic voters as he can from every voting roll he can get his hands on.

Liar, thy name is Orrin Hatch

Note the date of this tweet:

Note that Hatch was one of the 13 white men who drafted the Senate’s version of the health bill, called the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) with no apparent sense of irony. The bill repeals a tax that currently pays into the Medicare Trust Fund, so it would be out of money two years earlier than currently anticipated (2026 rather than 2028). It does other horrible things too, but that one belies Hatch’s claim in 2009.

As Governor Howard Dean said when he retweeted Hatch: “This is why Americans hate politicians as much as they do. This is a lie.”

The game ain’t won yet

Just because Rasputin Senator McConnell pulled the BCRA bill before it could be shot down during the preliminary vote to proceed with debate doesn’t mean he and his party have given up. Remember that Ryan had to do the same thing in the House and they passed it two months after the initial failure.

If you’re in a state with Republican Senators, keep the pressure on. Call their local offices as well as their DC ones. When they take the July 4 recess home in their states, if they hold meetings or town halls, attend. Tell them that the bill hurts far too many people, and ask them if they want to be known forevermore as “one of the Senators who valued tax cuts for the wealthy few above the health of the poor and middle-class many?”

Keep working at it. Scare them.

How oblivious can you be?

So the CBO sez the “new improved” Senate health care bill will only throw 22 million Americans by 2026 if enacted as is, down from the House’s 23 million.

Huzzah?

Even more startling, 15 million of those 22 million would lose insurance in 2018.

So let me get this straight. In order to give a ginormous tax cut to the richest people in America, the Republican Party and the President of the United States are willing to deny access to health care to the poorest people in the country. And it’s a twofer, because that Party has hated Medicare and Medicaid “entitlement” programs since the day the legislation which created them was passed in 1965, and now is its best chance to destroy them. Of course, thousands of Americans will die for lack of health care, but that’s unimportant to these men.

About 28,600 more people could die every year in the US if a proposed Senate health care bill becomes law, suggests a review of medical studies released on Monday.

What sort of country is this?

McConnell and Trump

Republicans in the House and Senate have implicitly made a devil’s bargain with Trump, giving him a free hand to indulge his kleptocratic and autocratic tendencies in exchange for what they want: stalwart conservative judges for the Supreme Court, and a presidential signature on whatever bills Ryan and McConnell manage to pass. And make no mistake: He will sign any major legislation that crosses his desk.

Source: The Twin Authoritarians Who Are Endangering American Democracy | New Republic

It’s The Gong Show, right?

Just read Jim Wright’s Facebook post regarding the method the White House used to reply to a formal request from the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence for info about any tapes of former FBI Director Comey’s conversations with Trump.

The White House literally quoted a tweet, a TWEET, from Trump’s personal Twitter account as an official statement in response to Congress.

It is literally Amateur Hour in the Oval Office.

I couldn’t agree more. Although even amateurs would probably feel a little uncomfortable about this.

Read the rest.

Wanna buy a house?

No, not here. I ran into a post on Facebook from a guy who’s trying to help his parents sell their 120-acre home and barn and woodshop in Wyoming. It’s beautiful country and it’s off the grid, although it’s got Internet, Satellite TV and most of the other mod cons.

‘Course, it is in Wyoming, which means you have Republican politics and Dick and Lynne Cheney live in the same state.

There’s a three-minute video of it here.