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    By BOB CHRISTIE, Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — Republicans who control the Arizona House on Thursday advanced a series of election-related proposals that they contend are needed to tighten the state's election security, but Democrats call the effort part of an ongoing voter suppression effort by GOP lawmakers, The House approved measures making same-day voter registration a felony offense, requiring people to specifically ask to register to vote, mandating notices on mailed early ballots telling recipients to “return to sender” if the person no longer lives there and boosting limits on required disclosure of campaign contributions. Another measure makes it a felony for an election officials to send mail ballots to people who hasn't requested them — a move prompted by a failed proposal last year by Maricopa County's former recorder to mail all voters ballots during the pandemic. The measures brought fierce opposition from Democrats who said they add...
    ATLANTA (AP) — Fueled by Black turnout, Democrats scored stunning wins in Georgia in the presidential and U.S. Senate races. Now, Republicans are trying to make sure it doesn’t happen again. GOP lawmakers in the once reliably red state are rolling out an aggressive slate of voting legislation that critics argue is tailored to curtail the power of Black voters and undo years of work by Stacey Abrams and others to increase engagement among people of color, including Latino and Asian American communities. The proposals are similar to those pushed by Republicans in other battleground states: adding barriers to mail-in and early voting, major factors in helping Joe Biden win Georgia’s 16 Electoral College votes and Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff take the two Senate seats that gave Democrats control of the chamber. But one aspect of their plans, a proposal to eliminate early voting on Sundays, seems specifically targeted...
    By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE and BEN NADLER, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Fueled by Black turnout, Democrats scored stunning wins in Georgia in the presidential and U.S. Senate races. Now, Republicans are trying to make sure it doesn't happen again. GOP lawmakers in the once reliably red state are rolling out an aggressive slate of voting legislation that critics argue is tailored to curtail the power of Black voters and undo years of work by Stacey Abrams and others to increase engagement among people of color, including Latino and Asian American communities. The proposals are similar to those pushed by Republicans in other battleground states: adding barriers to mail-in and early voting, major factors in helping Joe Biden win Georgia's 16 Electoral College votes and Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff take the two Senate seats that gave Democrats control of the chamber. But one aspect of their plans, a proposal to...
    ATLANTA (AP) — Fueled by Black turnout, Democrats scored stunning wins in Georgia in the presidential and U.S. Senate races. Now, Republicans are trying to make sure it doesn’t happen again. GOP lawmakers in the once reliably red state are rolling out an aggressive slate of voting legislation that critics argue is tailored to curtail the power of Black voters and undo years of work by Stacey Abrams and others to increase engagement among people of color, including Latino and Asian American communities. The proposals are similar to those pushed by Republicans in other battleground states: adding barriers to mail-in and early voting, major factors in helping Joe Biden win Georgia’s 16 Electoral College votes and Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff take the two Senate seats that gave Democrats control of the chamber. But one aspect of their plans, a proposal to eliminate early voting on Sundays, seems specifically targeted...
    Leading Off ● Arizona, Florida, Missouri: Republicans in three states have introduced legislation that would make it harder to pass ballot initiatives, following successful efforts to pass a spate of progressive policies and pro-democracy reforms at the ballot box that GOP lawmakers have long opposed. These restrictive proposals fit into a wide pattern of Republican attempts to limit the use of ballot measures in a number of states over the last several years. In Arizona, Republicans have passed a constitutional amendment in a state House committee that would raise the threshold needed for initiatives to be approved from a simple majority to 60%. GOP state senators passed another amendment along party lines that adds a two-thirds supermajority requirement for tax increases. These proposals come in the wake of successful recent efforts by voters to use initiatives to increase the minimum wage and raise income taxes on the rich to fund...
    By BOB CHRISTIE, Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — Republicans in the Arizona Legislature advanced a pair of bills Thursday backed by anti-abortion groups — one that would make the procedure illegal if the mother sought it because of a fetal disability and a second that would send $3 million to a program designed to persuade young women not to seek an abortion. The moves come as a more-conservative GOP-controlled Legislature embraces anti-abortion legislation that may stand a better chance of being upheld in the courts because of changes in the makeup of the U.S. Supreme Court. Other GOP-controlled states are also pushing restrictions on abortion this year, including South Carolina, where a lawsuit has already been filed challenging a law the governor signed Thursday that would ban most abortions and Idaho, where lawmakers are also considering a so-called “heartbeat bill.” Those bills make abortions illegal once a fetal heartbeat can...
    A group of House Republicans wasted no time in going after Speaker Nancy Pelosi Friday for allegedly breaking the new security measures she pushed to have passed earlier this week. GOP lawmakers on the House Administration Committee sent a letter to Acting Sergeant-at-Arms Timothy Blodgett, requesting she be issued the newly implemented $5,000 fine for failing to complete a security screening before entering the House floor. HOUSE ADOPTS RULE TO FINE LAWMAKERS WHO REFUSE TO USE METAL DETECTORS "Yesterday, at approximately 9:59 am, multiple members observed the Speaker of the House entering the House Chamber without completing security screening," the Republicans wrote on Friday in a letter obtained by Fox News. "What was observed was a clear violation of House Resolution 73 and you are required by House Rules to impose this fine. Please inform us once the fine has been assessed," they continued. "We look forward to a prompt response to...
    GOP lawmakers are trying to kill COVID safety measures a year into the pandemic
    Miami's Republican mayor knocked Florida Gov. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisScrutiny grows over National Guard presence at Capitol Florida makes bid for Olympics if Tokyo backs out Florida scientist who accused state of manipulating coronavirus data tests positive for COVID-19, turns herself in MORE (R) on Sunday over the lack of control he says state officials have given its largest city to implement measures aimed at stopping the spread of COVID-19. In an interview with CBS's "Face the Nation," Mayor Francis SuarezFrancis SuarezSunday shows preview: New COVID-19 variants spread in US; Redditors shake Wall Street with Gamestop stock The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Goldman Sachs - Two weeks out, Trump attempts to rally the base The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by the Walton Family Foundation - Why Pelosi set a 48-hour deadline for a coronavirus relief deal MORE (R) told host Margaret Brennan that the power to implement many citywide...
    Five people were killed in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) on Tuesday night accused Democratic leaders in Congress of putting on a show by requesting National Guard protection of the U.S. Capitol. Kennedy's comments come just 20 days after a pro-Trump mob attacked and invaded the building in an act of insurrection that killed five. The FBI reportedly has over 400 cases relating to the attack open, including cases where the penalty could be up to 20 years in federal prison.
    Joe Biden took additional steps Friday to ease economic hardship inflicted by the coronavirus, but three days into his presidency, he has yet to appeal to Republicans who are balking at his sweeping plan for more pandemic relief. Biden on Friday signed orders that beef up worker rights, expand food-stamp benefits, roll back a series of measures imposed by Donald Trump. He took similar moves over his first two days in office, making a point of singlehandedly acting where he can to wipe away Trump measures. The president continued his call for national unity on Friday, saying the country needs to pull together to confront the challenge of the coronavirus. Republicans, though, say his policy moves and proposals so far haven’t reflected a bipartisan approach. Biden floated an immigration plan that had virtually no support from Republicans, who also blasted his moves on climate change saying he was killing jobs....
    A handful of Arizona Republicans are behind a push to make their state the fifth to keep state resources from assisting in any federal activity they consider contrary to the Second Amendment. State Rep. Leo Biasiucci, R-Lake Havasu City, filed the Second Amendment Firearm Freedoms Act on Jan. 14. Like other measures, it would ban the use of local resources from enforcing any federal law or executive rule that could be seen as running afoul the constitutional right to bear arms. “This state and all political subdivisions of this state are prohibited from using any personnel or financial resourced to enforce, administer, or cooperate with any act, law, treaty, order, rule or regulation of the United States government that violates Amendment II of the Constitution of the United States,” the bill reads. Alaska, Idaho, Kansas, and Wyoming have passed similar measures. The bill also declares any...
    Newly-elected Congressman Peter Meijer (R-MI) said he and some of his GOP colleagues are taking precautions out of safety concerns they feel for voting to impeach President Donald Trump. Ever since taking the oath last week, Meijer has been vocal in his view that Trump is no longer qualified to hold office after inciting the insurrectionist mob that laid siege to Congress. The congressman has also spoken of the political impact on his colleagues, who remain concerned about threats from Trump’s supporters In a Thursday interview with MSNBC’s Hallie Jackson, Meijer elaborated on his impeachment vote before being asked if he has received death threats, and whether that influenced his decision in any way. “That did not factor into my vote,” Meijer said. “I don’t believe in giving an assassin’s veto, an insurrectionist’s veto, a heckler’s veto. If we let that guide decisions, you are cowering to the mob. That’s...
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Proposed changes to the Pennsylvania Constitution to temporarily permit lawsuits over child sexual abuse that occurred many years ago and to elect state appeals court judges by zone rather than statewide will be taken up Wednesday by a state House committee. The Judiciary Committee is expected to vote on whether to allow a two-year “window” during which people could file civil lawsuits outside the statute of limitations that existed at the time they were victimized. Both measures passed both legislative chambers in the 2019-2020 session, so if the full House and the state Senate pass them this year or next they will go on the ballot for voters to consider. Also, Republicans on the State Government Committee on Wednesday pushed through constitutional amendments regarding how a budget surplus is handled, capping how much the state budget can grow from year to year and limiting the governor’s...
    Loading the player... In Georgia, Republicans have moved to tighten the procedures involving absentee ballots following the historic wins in the runoff election. Read More: GOP board member falsely claims she’s Black colleague after alleged hit-and-run Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported some GOP legislators proposed a series of rules to limit the access citizens have beyond in-person voting. Suggested measures include requiring an excuse to cast an absentee ballot, banning absentee ballot drop boxes, requiring a photo ID to be included when returning an absentee ballot, eliminating mobile voting buses during early voting, and banning governments and organizations from mailing absentee ballot applications. State Sen. Burt Jones expressed his opinion that in-person voting is more secure to the AJC. The Georgia State Capitol is seen on January 06, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. Georgia Democratic Senate candidate Rev. Raphael Warnock defeated incumbent Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) in the January 5th...
    PRESIDENT Donald Trump has slammed the "pathetic and weak" GOP after the Defense bill veto was override and warned "say goodbye to monuments, forts and treasures." Trump took to Twitter nearly one week after vetoing a major defense bill - titled the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) -  and insisting it "fails to include critical national security measures." 3President Trump took to Twitter nearly one week after vetoing a major defense billCredit: AP:Associated Press 3Credit: Twitter 3Credit: Twitter The president tweeted on Tuesday morning: "Weak and tired Republican 'leadership' will allow the bad Defense Bill to pass. "Say goodbye to VITAL Section 230 termination, your National Monuments, Forts (names!) and Treasures (inserted by Elizabeth 'Pocahontas' Warren), 5G, and our great soldiers being removed and brought home from foreign lands who do NOTHING for us. "A disgraceful act of cowardice and total submission by weak people to Big Tech. Negotiate a...
    Pennsylvania Sheriff James Custer said Monday that he’s done with the Democratic Party because of its “unconstitutional” lockdowns and “socialist agenda.” “It’s the shift in ideals of the current Democrat Party at the national level — the socialist agenda — and this is something that I had been considering for several months. It probably started back when the pandemic started,” the Fayette County sheriff told “Fox & Friends” when asked why he was abandoning the Democrats for the Republicans. Custer also pointed to “the [lockdown] mandates coming down by the Democratic governors and of which we have one here in Pennsylvania that I feel are unconstitutional.” “As the sheriff, it is my duty as a constitutional sheriff, to protect and serve, uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States and [to oppose] these unconstitutional mandates being brought down on our citizens and being able to protect their rights...
    MOSCOW—In spite of freezing temperatures in the Russian capital on Wednesday, a crowd of Communist Party protesters grew outside Moscow city hall. Anti-coronavirus measures, one speaker shouted, are “the revival of fascism.” Though its top leaders have mostly stayed clear of the issue, the rank-and-file in Russia’s Communist Party, the direct successor of the once giant Soviet party, have become the most visible coronavirus deniers and anti-vaxx agitators in Russia. Rising leaders in Russia’s largest opposition party have taken up the issue refusing to wear masks, downplaying social distancing, dismissing quarantine plans and even insisting they will not take Russia’s own vaccine. Mass vaccinations against the coronavirus began in Russia over the weekend. Many Russians are torn about taking it. Russian scientists have published an open letter accusing the developers of the vaccine, called Sputnik V, of “gross violations.” The Communist street protest against the vaccine and quarantine measures drew...
    The Lieutenant Governor of Idaho has been filmed with a handgun and a bible in the front seat of her car as part of a video in which state lawmakers question the existence of the coronavirus. Janice McGeachin featured in the video in which those taking part pledged to ignore any restrictions imposed by the state as part of a 'declaration' against coronavirus measures. The film, which was recorded earlier this month by a libertarian group called the Idaho Freedom Foundation, sees various Idaho Republican lawmakers all taking turns to read lines from a declaration which claims to have been 'ratified by the people of Idaho October 1st, 2020.' Idaho lawmakers including Lt. Governor Janice McGeachin appeared to question the existence of the coronavirus pandemic McGeachin sits in her truck and smiles as she holds the bible and takes out a handgun before placing it on top of the book...
    The 2020 Donald Trump campaign and the Nevada GOP filed a lawsuit this week to stop the counting of mail-in ballots in Clark County, Nevada, over the alleged lack of voter integrity measures. The Trump campaign and the Nevada GOP filed a petition against Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske and Clark County registrar Joe Gloria to stop the counting of ballots in the county over alleged issues with the mail-in ballot counting process. The plaintiffs contend that Gloria is “obstructing the observation process” by not allowing people to see where ballots are handled. The lawsuit asks the court to block the ballot counting until officials can devise a new plan. The lawsuit contended that observers are too far to see computers or to monitor calls and that ballot review could compromise secrecy. “Gloria’s complete failure to timely submit an election plan as required by Nevada law and further refusal...
    (CNN)Senate Republicans on Tuesday will try to advance a stand-alone Payroll Protection Program bill to help small businesses reeling from the coronavirus pandemic before moving on Wednesday to vote on the same $500 billion stimulus bill that Democrats blocked last month.The votes, which Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced on Saturday, come as he tries to put increasing political pressure on Democrats to support the PPP measure while negotiations over a sweeping coronavirus relief package remain stalled.It is not known how many Democrats might support it, but it is unlikely that the Senate Republican majority will get the necessary support to advance the bill.McConnell had announced on Tuesday that Senate Republicans would attempt to move forward on a "targeted" coronavirus relief bill when the Senate returns to session. "Republicans do not agree that nothing is better than something for working families," he said in a statement referencing the small business...
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