In contrast to the Democrats’ complete lock on power in Washington, D.C., Texas Republicans control the governorship, the state Senate and the state House. That’s why passing the Election Integrity and Bail Reform bills over the weekend was expected to be a layup.
Traumatized by the GOP’s plan to end “necessities” such as 24-hour voting and drive-up voting centers, Texas Democrats were adamantly opposed to this legislation. They are well aware that the emergency measures put in place because of the pandemic handed Biden the presidency. They were never intended to be made permanent although Democrats hoped they would.
But, of course, they portray this bill as the Republicans’ attempt to suppress the minority vote because we are all racists.
According to The Wall Street Journal, the Texas Senate debated the bill through the night on Saturday, finally passing it early Sunday morning. At that point, the state House took up debate. The House was required to vote on the measure by midnight (on Sunday) when the legislative session would end.
About an hour before the deadline, House Democrats walked off the floor, thus denying the Republican-controlled chamber a quorum and killing the bill – for the time being.
Following this stunt, state Rep. Chris Turner, chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, told reporters, “Democrats used the last tool available to us. We denied them a quorum and we killed that bill.”
The Republican House Speaker Dade Phelan clearly saw the situation differently. He said, “Texans shouldn’t have to pay the consequences of these members’ actions—or in this case, inaction—especially at a time when a majority of Texans have exhibited clear and express support for making our elections stronger and more secure.”
Needless to say, Democrats throughout the country applauded the Texas House Democrats’ effort to block the Republicans’ “assault” on voting rights.
Gov. Greg Abbott was “deeply disappointed” over this move and threatened to veto Article 10 to cut off funding for the legislature in the tweet below.
I will veto Article 10 of the budget passed by the legislature.
Article 10 funds the legislative branch.
No pay for those who abandon their responsibilities.
Abbott also plans to hold a special session of the legislature to take up the Election Integrity and Bail Reform bills which will most likely be passed.
Okay, so the Texas Democrats have learned that it’s not much fun to be in the minority. They flexed their muscles and used a loophole to temporarily halt legislation they disagreed with, a move that was met with praise from across the nation. They stood up for their convictions.
Compare this to the behavior of the Democrats’ push to end the filibuster in the U.S. Senate where they hold the majority. Although they used the filibuster to their advantage on hundreds of occasions and argued against its elimination when they were in the minority, now they claim that it’s racist and authoritarian to require 60 Senate votes instead of 51 to pass sweeping, radical, game changing laws.
For the Democrats, it’s never about standards. The rules don’t matter. Winning matters. And they will do whatever it takes to win. They’ve won – for now – and they will try to prevent the pendulum from swinging back as pendulums inevitably do.
In their desperation to hold onto power, their lack of principles are on full display. Whether they’re in the minority or the majority, the script never changes.
There are no principles left in the Democratic Party.
A press release issued by Secretary of State Bradley Raffensperger on Thursday said he had referred three counties, Coffee, Grady, and Taylor, for investigation because officials had failed to complete the absentee ballot transfer forms that were required by Georgia Rules and Regulations.
These three counties accounted for 0.37% of all the absentee ballots cast in the state in the November election. (0.37% of 4,935,487 total votes equal 18,261, so it’s not nothing.)
The statement says that all of the other 120 counties that used drop boxes completed and retained ballot transfer documents.
Due to the unprecedented number of absentee ballots cast in the state due to the pandemic, an emergency rule was added by the State Election Board to allow for drop boxes.
This rule required counties with drop boxes “to fill out ballot transfer forms that included the date, time, location, and number of ballots in the drop boxes whenever election officials collected ballots from the drop box.”
“Since day one, I have made securing Georgia’s election a top priority and I have not stopped working since then,” Secretary Raffensperger said in his statement. “Though the overwhelming majority of counties did what they were supposed to, this demonstrates that new steps need to be taken to fully secure our elections. Securing elections is work that is never truly finished.”
State officials, including Raffensperger, have come under fire since the recent passage of their voter reform package. This legislation is called the Election Integrity Act of 2021 and its purpose is to restore confidence and accountability in state elections.
At the center of the controversy is the requirement of a state identification number for applicants requesting absentee ballots. In order to verify their ballots, voters will be required to provide either their state identification number or the last four digits of their Social Security number.
The state offers a free ID Card to any resident who cannot afford one.
Democrats believe that requiring a voter to provide identification to procure an absentee ballots is onerous and amounts to voter suppression. Republicans argue that it’s necessary to make sure that only those who are eligible to vote receive a ballot and that they are who they say they are.
The attacks on this legislation began with President Joe Biden. Asked at his press conference last month about Georgia’s new voting reform measures, he replied, “What I’m worried about is how un-American this whole initiative is. It’s sick. It’s sick … deciding that you’re going to end voting at five o’clock when working people are just getting off work.”
The next day, Biden attacked Georgia’s new legislation again in a statement which said, “Among the outrageous parts of this new state law, it ends voting hours early so working people can’t cast their vote after their shift is over.”
A fact check of these obviously false remarks performed by The Washington Post earned the President “Four Pinocchios.”
That didn’t stop Democratic opposition to the new law. In fact, the CEOs of Coca-Cola, Delta, United and American Airlines and others joined the fray. And, as was widely reported last week, Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred made the decision to pull the All-Star Game out of Atlanta, Georgia, which will deprive the city of an estimated $100 million of revenue.
The battle over voter ID laws won’t be ending anytime soon. I imagine that red states will keep tightening requirements while blue states loosen them.
Who’s the wokest of them all? United Airlines believes “Our flight deck should reflect the diverse group of people on board our planes every day. That’s why we plan for 50% of the 5,000 pilots we train in the next decade to be women or people of color.”
Last week, Delta Airlines’ CEO Ed Bastien denounced Georgia over their recently passed voter reform legislation. On Saturday, America Airlines followed suit by announcing their opposition to similar legislation proposed in Texas.
United Airlines was the last of the big three to weigh in. On Monday, the airline released a statement which read:
Some have questioned the integrity of the nation’s election systems and are using it to justify stricter voting procedures, even though numerous studies have found zero credible evidence of widespread fraud in U.S. elections.
Legislation that infringes on the right to vote of fellow Americans is wrong. We believe that leaders in both parties should work to protect the rights of eligible voters by making it easier and more convenient for them to cast a ballot and have it counted.
On Tuesday, the company took it a bit further with a diversity pledge.
Today, United has one of the most diverse pilot populations of any U.S. carrier with nearly 20% of our pilot group made up of women and people of color. We are working toward raising that number even higher by partnering with diversity-led organizations and continuing to remove gender and racial barriers. And we’re going one step further with plans for 50% of United Aviate Academy students being women and people of color to ensure our students reflect the diversity of the customers and communities we serve.
United announces they are continuing to remove gender and racial barriers. Yet, that is precisely what they are doing by putting quotas in place to guide their hiring decisions.
Considering that the safety of millions of passengers is at stake, why not be colorblind when making your hiring decisions? Why not choose your pilots on the basis of competence, experience and training rather than on gender and race?
A novel concept for the wokest among us, I know. But perhaps best from a safety point of view.
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Democrats have beclowned themselves this week over the passage of voter reform measures by the Georgia State Legislature. Despite the theatrics from the left, you might be surprised to hear that a strong majority of Americans support voter ID laws. The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll found that 72 percent of respondents believe photo identification should be required in order to vote.
The poll showed that only 13 percent opposed voter ID laws and 14 percent neither supported nor opposed them.
Even among Democrats, 56 percent favored photo identification requirements, 24 percent opposed and 20 percent took no position.
As you would expect, 91 percent of Republicans supported these measures.
The poll, conducted March 26-29, surveyed 1,166 adults and has a margin of error of 3.6 percent.
The poll also finds rare bipartisan support on a measure: requiring photo identification to vote. Overall, 72% of Americans were in favor, including most Republicans and a slim majority of Democrats. pic.twitter.com/PKT52tlPJK
The AP/NORC results bolster the results of a Rasmussen telephone and internet survey conducted last month, which found that 69 percent of black voters and 75 percent of overall voters supported photo ID requirements. Only 21 percent were opposed.
Rasmussen reported that support for voter ID laws “has actually increased since 2018, when 67% said voters should be required to show photo identification such as a driver’s license before being allowed to vote.”
And the Rasmussen results were extremely close to the newly reported AP/NORC poll. According to Rasmussen, 89 percent of Republicans, 60 percent of Democrats and 77 percent of independents believe voters should be required to show photo ID.
Nevertheless, Democrats are working feverishly to find a way to pass the ironically named “For the People Act of 2021,” (H.R. 1/S. 1). If this unfortunate bill becomes law, it will nullify the voting reform measures recently passed by state legislatures. So much for federalism.
Described as the “Democrats’ only chance to stop the GOP assault on voting rights” by The Atlantic’s Ronald Brownstein, it is designed to nearly guarantee one-party rule in the U.S. for generations to come.
Brownstein writes, “If the party doesn’t pass new protections, it could lose the House, Senate, and White House within the next four years.” He sums up the hyperbole of the left in one paragraph.
It’s no exaggeration to say that future Americans could view the resolution of this struggle as a turning point in the history of U.S. democracy. The outcome could not only shape the balance of power between the parties, but determine whether that democracy grows more inclusive or exclusionary. To many civil-rights advocates and democracy scholars I’ve spoken with, this new wave of state-level bills constitutes the greatest assault on Americans’ right to vote since the Jim Crow era’s barriers to the ballot.
Not even the far-left Washington Post believes the recent measures taken by state lawmakers to bolster photo ID requirements bear any resemblance to Jim Crow voting laws. When we start sending out snarling attack dogs and go after minorities with fire hoses, Democrats can start making those comparisons. But until then, Brownstein just sounds like a liar and his editors, fools.
We can only hope that Democrats have crossed the line so unequivocally over the last few months, that maybe even some within their own party will recognize it and wake up.
After the massive amount of damage the Biden Administration has already inflicted on this country, Democrats don’t deserve to ever hold power again.
Every politician, journalist and CEO who makes the claim that it’s racist for a state to require an ID from mail-in voters must answer the following question: HOW is it racist?
Affordability is not an option because most, if not all, states provide free photo IDs for any resident who requires one. So, what is the reason?
Do they believe that blacks and other minorities aren’t smart enough to figure out how to obtain an ID?
The position that requiring an ID in order to cast an absentee ballot is too onerous or too complicated for blacks and other minority groups to navigate is itself racist.
Am I wrong? Then please explain why I’m wrong.
The second, and far more likely reason, is that an ID requirement makes it more difficult to commit voter fraud. Each eligible voter receives one vote. Ineligible voters receive zero votes.
The provision of a state issued number on a ballot limits that voter to one vote, rather than two or more votes.
Many of us recall a video recorded late on Election Night at State Farm Arena in Fulton County, Georgia. After most of the poll workers had been dismissed for the night, a small group of workers are seen pulling cases of ballots out from under a table (with a floor-length tablecloth). This video went viral in early December.
Attempts by Democrats to debunk this video failed, but unfortunately, the issue faded from the news before it was ever resolved.
Trump and Shafer allege, for example, that votes came from:
66,247 underage registrants,
2,423 people who were not on the state’s voter rolls,
4,926 voters who had registered in another state after they registered in Georgia, making them ineligible,
395 people who cast votes in another state for the same election,
15,700 voters who had filed national change of address forms without re-registering,
40,279 people who had moved counties without re-registering,
1,043 people who claimed the physical impossibility of a P.O. Box as their address,
98 people who registered after the deadline, and, among others,
10,315 people who were deceased on election day (8,718 of whom had been registered as dead before their votes were accepted).”
Biden won the state of Georgia by just under 12,000 votes. It’s not crazy to think that, had voter ID laws been in place and/or not broken, that President Trump may have prevailed.
Issues over who was eligible to vote, and more importantly, who was not, arose in all of the swing states after the election.
Did these issues affect the final outcome of the National election? Very possibly.
For as long as the debate over voter-ID has persisted, Democrats have labeled those of us who believe every voter must show an ID as racists.
This week, the CEO of Delta Airlines offered his opinion on this issue. On Friday afternoon, American Airlines weighed in. Can we expect to hear from the CEO of United later today?
These men seem to think their opinion matters. If they feel the need to involve themselves in this debate, they too, should be asked to explain.
It’s not enough to declare that voter-ID laws are racist. The question is how are they racist?
And the answer boils down to one of two possibilities. Either they doubt the intelligence or the initiative of minority voters or because voter ID laws limit fraud. I am strongly convinced it’s the latter.
The Trump administration was often painted as doing nefarious things just out of the media’s eye despite the press being given access to many areas and events. The Biden administration is actively blocking reporters from covering the border crisis in person and stonewalling every attempt by journalists to get answers for the American people.
It took about a nanosecond for Fox News host Chris Wallace to realize that White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was not going to answer his questions either, prompting him to say, “You are being less transparent than the Trump Administration.”
Wallace opened the interview with a quote from President Joe Biden on the border crisis. Last week, Biden insisted, “Nothing has changed. … It happens every year.”
Wallace then read a comment from Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas who said, “We are on pace to encounter more individuals on the southwest border than we have in the last 20 years.”
“So, who’s wrong,” he asked. “The DHS Secretary or the President?”
When Psaki begins an answer with “Well, first factually,” one knows that what follows will be a whopper and it was.
“There was an increase of about 31 percent of people coming to the border during the final months of the Trump Administration. It’s been about a 29 percent increase since Biden took office. But our focus is on solutions,” Psaki told him. Dodging the question, she then went on to enumerate all of the steps they are taking to protect children.
Well aware that immigrants likely began planning their journeys on Nov. 4, and the 31 percent figure Psaki quoted belonged to Biden, Wallace said, “You can play with percentages, but in absolute numbers, these are record numbers. There are now 18,000 unaccompanied minors in U.S. custody. …”
“Well, Chris. Our objective is to take a different approach from the last administration,” Psaki replied. “We are not going to send children under the age of 18, kids under the age of 18 back on this treacherous journey. They are fleeing challenging economic circumstances, hurricanes, prosecution in some scenarios. It does not mean they get to stay in the United States. It means their cases are adjudicated. …”
Pivoting to the administration’s pledges of transparency, Wallace played a clip of Biden at last Thursday’s press conference. “You’ll have full access to everything once we get this thing moving.” Asked how soon that would be, Biden said, “I don’t know.”
He then showed a series of photos taken last week by members of Congress who had traveled to the border. “Jen, these kids are living in these conditions now. They’re not living in these conditions some indeterminate time from now when the President says everything will be fixed, so why not allow reporters and camera crews in, on a pool basis, safely to take pictures and show the American people what’s happening in those border patrol facilities right now.”
“Chris, we are absolutely committed to that. The President is committed to that. I’m committed to that. Secretary Mayorkas is committed to that,” she insisted. “Just last week we had a pool camera providing footage to Fox News, just last week into the shelters. We want to provide access into the Border Patrol facilities. We are mindful of the fact that we are in the middle of a pandemic. We want to keep these kids safe, keep the staff safe. We are absolutely committed to transparency and providing access to media … and we’re working to get that done as soon as we can.”
Wallace wasn’t going to let Psaki’s disingenuous statement slide. “Just to clarify Jen. You allowed a camera crew in to see the HHS facilities. What we’re talking about here are the border patrol facilities, the detention cells. … There is a law – let me just finish – that they are not allowed to be there for more than 72 hours. Many of them are there for ten days. At this point, in terms of allowing access to border patrol facilities for reporters, you are being less transparent than the Trump Administration.”
“The Trump administration was turning away kids at the border and sending them back on the treacherous journey, or they were ripping kids from the arms of their parents. We’re not doing that. We are committed to allowing cameras into the border patrol facilities, absolutely. We are committed to solutions.” Psaki said.
However, according to a March 17 report, two CBP officials told The Washington Examiner that “Biden Homeland Security officials have muzzled spokespersons and top officials at the Customs and Border Protection agency from speaking with the media about the situation on the border. … Officials have been placed under a sort of “gag order,” and they said they were told verbally not to communicate with media beyond statements approved from the top.”
Switching gears, Wallace said, “The president has come out strongly for the voting rights bill that has passed the House and is now being deliberated by the Senate. But look at some of the things that are in H.R. 1, the House voting rights bill. It creates public financing of congressional campaigns. It takes redistricting away from state legislatures and it opens the door to D.C. becoming a state.”
He asks Psaki, “Now, you can argue whether these are good ideas or bad ideas, but to get bipartisan agreement, to get compromise with Republicans, would the president consider supporting, taking some of those elements out and focusing just on voting rights?”
The press secretary delivers another non-answer. “Well, the president is absolutely open to the idea from Republicans, from Democrats, to make any piece of legislation better and stronger. But what he is not going to allow for is efforts to make it more difficult and harder to vote. And efforts to do that, people should question whether they have – why they would be doing that? If they have the best ideas, they should make it easier for people to vote. But you know, this is the process of a bill becoming a law – .”
“Chris, if Republicans want to come to the table have a discussion about what kind of package they can support to make voting more easy, easier and more accessible, the president is absolutely open to having that discussion.”
Wallace moved on to the filibuster. He noted that some Democrats were trying to convince Biden “to push to kill the Senate filibuster in order to pass legislation to protect voting rights.”
He played a clip of Biden from his press conference. “If there’s complete lockdown and chaos as a consequence of the filibuster, then we’ll have to go beyond what I’m talking about.”
Referencing Biden’s current characterization of the filibuster as “a relic of the Jim Crow era,” Wallace played a clip of Sen. Joe Biden when he supported the measure.
Biden said, “At its core, the filibuster is not about stopping a nominee or a bill. It’s about compromise and moderation.”
Pressing further, Wallace reminded Psaki that, “Just last year, Kamala Harris, when she was in the Senate, led the filibuster against Republican Senator Tim Scott, an African American, his plan for police reform. So, is the filibuster racist? Is it wrong?”
Psaki replied, “As the president said just last week, Chris, it’s been abused, and in the first 50 years of the filibuster being around, it was used about 50 times. It was used five times that many last year. The president doesn’t think that’s how the filibuster should be used.”
The Democrats often used the filibuster to block civil rights legislation. But no one is supposed to remind them of those days. Regarding its frequent use last year, it looks like Psaki forgot which party was in the minority.
Psaki continued with her deflection. “There’s an easy solution here, though, which the president would certainly advocate for, which is Democrats and Republicans, Republicans coming to the table with a willingness and an openness to discussing how we get things done. They want to come the table and talk about how to make voting easier, more accessible, let’s have that conversation. The president is eager to have it.”
“He’s not eager to move with destroying the filibuster,” she added. “He’s eager to get things done for the American people, but he’s also not going to stand by and prevent forward moving progress from happening. So that’s what people heard from him last week.”
Wallace rightly points out the obvious, “If you’re talking about abuse of the filibuster over the last two years, the Democrats were in the minority, so they were the ones abusing it.”
Could it be that the radical transformation of the U.S. government under the Biden Administration has become too much even for anti-Trumper Chris Wallace?
We learned nothing from this interview. From the get-go, Psaki was in defense mode. She struggled to provide cover for an administration whose real motive is to amass power for the Democratic Party and make it difficult for Republicans to ever win another presidential election.
We are witnessing the most flagrant power grab by a political party in American history. The Trump years left the Democrats emboldened. They paid no consequences for perpetrating a plot to frame then-President Donald Trump for crimes they knew were false, two bogus impeachments and so much more. Now that they control the White House and both chambers of Congress, they’re looking to consolidate that power so they can control the U.S. for generations to come.