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Default Voter Issue News Update

Just hours ago, The Washington Post issued an press release on how the US Supreme Court is sidestepping voter issues and gerrymandering of certain districts in order for either political party to increase their odds at retaining political power.

Very interesting update and an political hot button issue for how votes are cast, who gets to vote, how certain minority sectors of US society are kept at bay and things of this nature.

We need voter reform in the worst way and I know that it's nearly impossible to address with the strangle hold the GOP has in current day political affairs... but it's worth an read because, I feel, until this is effectively addressed, voting issues (gerrymandering of districts, the electoral college issue, et al) will prove difficult to rectify, or redact poorly written codified laws, until these critical voting issues and others is addressed in unbiased, non-partisan ways.

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The Washington Post: Supreme Court sidesteps decision on partisan gerrymandering in rulings on Wisconsin, Maryland cases.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/polit...fe4_story.html
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Question Politico Press Release about Nancy Pelosi (D).

I just came across an interesting article about Nancy Pelosi (D) and am not sure if this is an omen of good or bad news or an omen of things yet not fully understood or known.

If anybody cares to expound on this article of interest, I'm sincerely interested in your thoughts about it (Anya, Bulldog, Andrea, Orema, others???).

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POLITICO: Democratic candidates vow to dump Pelosi.


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Vox - 2018 midterms: Michael Bloomberg is going all in for Democrats.


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BBC News: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Millennial beats veteran Democrat.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) won her first political bid in an stunning upset over 10-term congressman Joe Crowley (D-NY).


(Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez & Cynthia Nixon photo courtesy of Zimbio . Com)

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Horrendous news:

America after Anthony Kennedy

What Kennedy’s departure will mean for abortion, gay rights, and more.

Anthony Kennedy, the longest-serving member of the Supreme Court, is retiring.

Kennedy has, since at least 2005, been the swing vote on many of the Court’s most ideologically charged decisions, responsible for 5-4 rulings that legalized same-sex marriage, preserved Roe v. Wade, upheld warrantless wiretapping, blew up campaign finance restrictions, overturned DC’s handgun ban, and weakened the Voting Rights Act. That position has made him one of the most powerful people in America for well over a decade now, not even counting the 18 years he shared his position as the Court’s swing voter with Sandra Day O’Connor.

But Kennedy, who turns 82 this July, is already the 14th longest-serving justice (out of 113) in the Court’s history. President Donald Trump reportedly nominated Neil Gorsuch, a former Kennedy clerk, to the Court in part to reassure Kennedy that he could trust Trump with picking his replacement. It’s not surprising he decided it was ultimately time to go.

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Gee, it was only yesterday that I posted in CIJS that I was worried about 85-year-old Ruth Bader Ginsburg's health holding up until Trump is not re-elected in 2020 and then Kennedy retires.

Here comes another conservative.

I feel so angry all over again about the 2016 election.

100 million eligible voters did not vote and could have helped ensure Trump was not elected and here we are.
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Collins: I look for judges who 'respect precedent'

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) said on Wednesday that she believes Roe v. Wade is settled legal precedent — and she believes judges should respect precedent.

"I view Roe v. Wade as being settled law. It’s clearly precedent and I always look for judges who respect precedent," Collins told reporters on Wednesday, referencing the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide.

Her comments come after Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement announcement quickly reignited talk of a possible fight over abortion.

Kennedy had been the fifth vote for upholding Roe v. Wade, the landmark case that established the right to abortion in 1973.

Collins and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) are viewed as two potential early swing votes on Trump's forthcoming nominee. Progressives already are urging voters to push the two senators to oppose a nominee deemed too conservative on abortion.

Hours after Kennedy's retirement was reported, Murkowski issued a statement saying that Trump's next Supreme Court pick could expect "exacting scrutiny."

"It is my longstanding practice to carefully scrutinize the qualifications of judicial nominees and to cast an independent vote when judicial nominations come before the Senate," Murkowski wrote in a tweeted statement. There is no doubt that the President's nominee to succeed Justice Kennedy can expect exacting scrutiny from the Senate and that is the standard I will apply in evaluating the nominee."

Asked if she had concerns about a potential nominee due to their potential for being the swing vote on abortion-related comments, Collins demurred, but signaled she preferred someone moderate.

"That obviously would be my preference but what I'm most looking for is a Justice that will follow the law and the constitution," she added.
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So many times before, I thought, hey, she is getting 1/2 of a backbone, but then she voted with the rest of the GOP.

She would never stand up to Trump or the GOP majority.

I'm not feeling very good about politics right now.

I'm going to watch Suoer Troopers and try not to think about politics.


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Collins: I look for judges who 'respect precedent'

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) said on Wednesday that she believes Roe v. Wade is settled legal precedent — and she believes judges should respect precedent.

"I view Roe v. Wade as being settled law. It’s clearly precedent and I always look for judges who respect precedent," Collins told reporters on Wednesday, referencing the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide.

Her comments come after Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement announcement quickly reignited talk of a possible fight over abortion.

Kennedy had been the fifth vote for upholding Roe v. Wade, the landmark case that established the right to abortion in 1973.

Collins and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) are viewed as two potential early swing votes on Trump's forthcoming nominee. Progressives already are urging voters to push the two senators to oppose a nominee deemed too conservative on abortion.

Hours after Kennedy's retirement was reported, Murkowski issued a statement saying that Trump's next Supreme Court pick could expect "exacting scrutiny."

"It is my longstanding practice to carefully scrutinize the qualifications of judicial nominees and to cast an independent vote when judicial nominations come before the Senate," Murkowski wrote in a tweeted statement. There is no doubt that the President's nominee to succeed Justice Kennedy can expect exacting scrutiny from the Senate and that is the standard I will apply in evaluating the nominee."

Asked if she had concerns about a potential nominee due to their potential for being the swing vote on abortion-related comments, Collins demurred, but signaled she preferred someone moderate.

"That obviously would be my preference but what I'm most looking for is a Justice that will follow the law and the constitution," she added.
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Yeah Anya. She's more likely to go against on social issues. She did on health care but voted for the horrible tax plan. She supported and voted for Gorsuch, so yeah probably not and we shouldn't be looking for Republicans to bail us out.

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Anya - Not too awfully worried about Ruth Bader Ginsberg's, have you seen
her fitness workout.

Am really concerned about what right-wing, anti LGBTQ and women's rights bigots Trump will find for those SCOTUS vacancies coming up.
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Shortly after 5 am (Pacific Coast Time), NPR issued an press release concerning potential SCJ nominees. It's not hard to connect the dots, but none of the so-called nominees are anyone I would ever approve of, as an American citizen. All of the nominees can be traced back as far as RR or GWB or GHB (...).

This is NOT good news at all.

In fact, it's an opportunity to see how this type of process is interconnected to intergenerational ways of retaining various forms of corrupt power in place and .....(dare to say), virtually unchallenged.

See title of article and link below:


NPR: President Trump's List Of Replacements For Justice Kennedy's Supreme Court Seat.


https://www.npr.org/2018/06/28/62394...t=nprml&f=1001
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Just hours ago, The Washington Post issued an press release on how the US Supreme Court is sidestepping voter issues and gerrymandering of certain districts in order for either political party to increase their odds at retaining political power.

Very interesting update and an political hot button issue for how votes are cast, who gets to vote, how certain minority sectors of US society are kept at bay and things of this nature.

We need voter reform in the worst way and I know that it's nearly impossible to address with the strangle hold the GOP has in current day political affairs... but it's worth an read because, I feel, until this is effectively addressed, voting issues (gerrymandering of districts, the electoral college issue, et al) will prove difficult to rectify, or redact poorly written codified laws, until these critical voting issues and others is addressed in unbiased, non-partisan ways.

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The Washington Post: Supreme Court sidesteps decision on partisan gerrymandering in rulings on Wisconsin, Maryland cases.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/polit...fe4_story.html
Here's another news article and update (as an reading companion to the article above).

The journalist lays out an compelling argument, which supports ideas about the top-heavy Conservative SCJ's lack of duty to make an concise decision in support of disrupting judicial law applications, which currently do not prevent gerrymandering of voting districts, which enables an certain political party to retain power (...).

Salon: Supreme Court makes it quite clear it won’t lift a finger to stop ruthless gerrymandering.


https://www.salon.com/2018/06/27/sup...ering_partner/
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Inside the White House’s Quiet Campaign to Create a Supreme Court Opening
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WASHINGTON — President Trump singled him out for praise even while attacking other members of the Supreme Court. The White House nominated people close to him to important judicial posts. And members of the Trump family forged personal connections.

Their goal was to assure Justice Anthony M. Kennedy that his judicial legacy would be in good hands should he step down at the end of the court’s term this week, as he was rumored to be considering. Allies of the White House were more blunt, warning the 81-year-old justice that time was of the essence. There was no telling, they said, what would happen if Democrats gained control of the Senate after the November elections and had the power to block the president’s choice as his successor.

There were no direct efforts to pressure or lobby Justice Kennedy to announce his resignation on Wednesday, and it was hardly the first time a president had done his best to create a court opening. “In the past half-century, presidents have repeatedly been dying to take advantage of timely vacancies,” said Laura Kalman, a historian at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

But in subtle and not so subtle ways, the White House waged a quiet campaign to ensure that Mr. Trump had a second opportunity in his administration’s first 18 months to fulfill one of his most important campaign promises to his conservative followers — that he would change the complexion and direction of the Supreme Court.

When Mr. Trump took office last year, he already had a Supreme Court vacancy to fill, the one created by the 2016 death of Justice Antonin Scalia. But Mr. Trump dearly wanted a second vacancy, one that could transform the court for a generation or more. So he used the first opening to help create the second one. He picked Justice Neil M. Gorsuch, who had served as a law clerk to Justice Kennedy, to fill Justice Scalia’s seat.

And when Justice Gorsuch took the judicial oath in April 2017 at a Rose Garden ceremony, Justice Kennedy administered it — after Mr. Trump first praised the older justice as “a great man of outstanding accomplishment.”

“Throughout his nearly 30 years on the Supreme Court,” Mr. Trump said, “Justice Kennedy has been praised by all for his dedicated and dignified service.”

That was an overstatement. Justice Kennedy is reviled by many of Mr. Trump’s supporters for voting to uphold access to abortion, limit the death penalty and expand gay rights. Conservatives have called for his impeachment. James C. Dobson, the founder of Focus on the Family, once called Justice Kennedy “the most dangerous man in America.”

Mr. Trump himself said he wanted to appoint justices who would overrule Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision establishing a constitutional right to abortion. Justice Kennedy has voted to reaffirm Roe’s core holding. And Mr. Trump has not hesitated to criticize far more conservative members of the Supreme Court, notably Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.

“Justice Roberts turned out to be an absolute disaster, he turned out to be an absolute disaster because he gave us Obamacare,” Mr. Trump said in 2016, presumably referring to Chief Justice Roberts’s votes to sustain President Barack Obama’s health care law.

There is reason to think, then, that Mr. Trump’s praise of Justice Kennedy was strategic.

Then, after Justice Gorsuch’s nomination was announced, a White House official singled out two candidates for the next Supreme Court vacancy: Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and Judge Raymond M. Kethledge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, in Cincinnati.

The two judges had something in common: They had both clerked for Justice Kennedy.

In the meantime, as the White House turned to stocking the lower courts, it did not overlook Justice Kennedy’s clerks. Mr. Trump nominated three of them to federal appeals courts: Judges Stephanos Bibas and Michael Scudder, both of whom have been confirmed, and Eric Murphy, the Ohio solicitor general, whom Mr. Trump nominated to the Sixth Circuit this month.

One person who knows both men remarked on the affinity between Mr. Trump and Justice Kennedy, which is not obvious at first glance. Justice Kennedy is bookish and abstract, while Mr. Trump is earthy and direct.


But they had a connection, one Mr. Trump was quick to note in the moments after his first address to Congress in February 2017. As he made his way out of the chamber, Mr. Trump paused to chat with the justice.

“Say hello to your boy,” Mr. Trump said. “Special guy.”

Mr. Trump was apparently referring to Justice Kennedy’s son, Justin. The younger Mr. Kennedy spent more than a decade at Deutsche Bank, eventually rising to become the bank’s global head of real estate capital markets, and he worked closely with Mr. Trump when he was a real estate developer, according to two people with knowledge of his role.


During Mr. Kennedy’s tenure, Deutsche Bank became Mr. Trump’s most important lender, dispensing well over $1 billion in loans to him for the renovation and construction of skyscrapers in New York and Chicago at a time other mainstream banks were wary of doing business with him because of his troubled business history.

About a week before the presidential address, Ivanka Trump had paid a visit to the Supreme Court as a guest of Justice Kennedy. The two had met at a lunch after the inauguration, and Ms. Trump brought along her daughter, Arabella Kushner. Occupying seats reserved for special guests, they saw the justices announce several decisions and hear an oral argument.

Ms. Trump tweeted about the visit and posted a photo. “Arabella & me at the Supreme Court today,” she wrote. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to teach her about the judicial system in our country firsthand.”

If the overtures to Justice Kennedy from the White House were subtle, the warnings from its allies were blunt. Last month, Senator Charles E. Grassley of Iowa, the Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, went on Hugh Hewitt’s radio program to issue an urgent plea.

“My message to any one of the nine Supreme Court justices,” he said, was, “‘If you’re thinking about quitting this year, do it yesterday.’”


Mr. Grassley said speed was of the essence in light of the midterm elections in November. “If we have a Democrat Senate,” he said, “you’re never going to get the kind of people that are strict constructionists.”

Intermediaries pressed the point with Justice Kennedy privately, telling him that Donald F. McGahn II, Mr. Trump’s White House counsel, would in all probability leave after the midterms. Mr. McGahn has been a key architect of Mr. Trump’s successful efforts to appoint wave after wave of conservative judges, they said, and his absence would complicate a Supreme Court confirmation.

There is nothing particularly unusual in urging older justices to retire for partisan reasons. During the Obama administration, prominent liberals called for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to retire so that Mr. Obama could name her successor.

Justice Kennedy waited until the last day of the term to announce his retirement. The move disappointed liberals who had hoped that he would not want Mr. Trump to name his successor. But the justice, saying he wanted to spend more time with his family, betrayed no hesitation.

His departure is a triumph for Mr. Trump, who has taken particular satisfaction in his judicial appointments. Naming justices and judges is easier than forging legislative compromises, and Mr. Trump understands that his judicial appointments represent a legacy that will long outlast his presidency.

Replacing Justice Scalia with another conservative did not alter the basic ideological balance of the court. But replacing Justice Kennedy, who for decades held the decisive vote in many of the court’s closely divided cases, would give Mr. Trump the opportunity to move the court sharply to the right.

Justice Kennedy visited the White House on Wednesday to tell Mr. Trump of his retirement and to deliver a letter setting out the details. Its warm opening words — “My dear Mr. President” — acknowledged a cordial relationship between the two men, as well as the success of the White House’s strategy.
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Wow, not a good way to start the weekend, but WTH??? I just read an press release issued, two hours ago, by The Slate on how SCJ Kennedy's son, an top banking official in Germany, lent BILLIONS of $$$$$ to you-know-who, back when no banking official in their right mind would lend big money to anyone with multiple bankruptcies on record (etc).

Who in their right mind allows that type of thing to go down, especially if you're an SCJ and the lender is your son??? Conflict of interest? Conflict of ethics???

Can we spell c o n f l i c t???

Makes one do more than wonder:

It's outrageous!



I don't see any "America the Beautiful."

America is so ugly right now, it is maddening, sickening, and horribly upsetting to read this in today's news.


Slate: The Supreme Court Just Revived a Doctrine That Could Crush American Democracy (...)


https://slate.com/news-and-politics/...eme-court.html
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And now, for some good news. I'm all in support of Michael Bloomberg's imminent bid for the US presidency, in 2020.

My favorite thing about Bloomberg is his impeccable ethos and how one of the central tenets of Bloomberg Organizational Culture is....

Do The Right Thing.

I'm hoping everyone has an relaxing weekend. Please do be safe and take good care during the holiday weekend ahead, next week.

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Wow, not a good way to start the weekend, but WTH??? I just read an press release issued, two hours ago, by The Slate on how SCJ Kennedy's son, an top banking official in Germany, lent BILLIONS of $$$$$ to you-know-who, back when no banking official in their right mind would lend big money to anyone with multiple bankruptcies on record (etc).

Who in their right mind allows that type of thing to go down, especially if you're an SCJ and the lender is your son??? Conflict of interest? Conflict of ethics???

Can we spell c o n f l i c t???

Makes one do more than wonder:

It's outrageous!



I don't see any "America the Beautiful."

America is so ugly right now, it is maddening, sickening, and horribly upsetting to read this in today's news.


Slate: The Supreme Court Just Revived a Doctrine That Could Crush American Democracy (...)


https://slate.com/news-and-politics/...eme-court.html
You are so right. America is ugly now.

I don't even recognize it any more.
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I am just going to leave this hear with my deepest condolences to all that we're duped by the orange idiot......

From former Press Secretary Sean Spicer's new book:

https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2018/07/...n-speech-scam/
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An endorsement from chump for Spicer's new book:

"A friend of mine and a man who has truly seen politics and life as few others will, Sean Spicer, has written a great new book, The Briefing: Politics, the Press, and the President. It is a story told with both heart and knowledge. Really good, go get it!" — President Donald J. Trump

Guess it's perfectly fine that he lied to the LGBTQ community - he lies so often. Not that most of us were fooled. Ugh.
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Here*. I have a stupid auto-correct on my stupid phone. I have no idea why it would have thought I "heard" anything. UGH
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