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BREAKING: In an absolute stunner, @NCHouseGOP calls surprise vote on morning of #9/11, override @NC_Governor veto to pass budget with barely half of members present. @ABC11_WTVD @ABCPolitics @NCGOP @NCDemParty @JTHVerhovek @rickklein #ncpol #ncga
MORE: Surprise move by @NCHouseGOP & @NCHouseSpeaker brings dramatic - if not chaotic - to budget standoff with @NC_Governor & @NCDemParty who broke supermajorities in 2018 election. @ABC11_WTVD @rickklein @JTHVerhovek @ABCPolitics #ncpol #ncga
EVEN MORE: Latest @NCHouseGOP move caps remarkable week for @NCGOP, including @realDonaldTrump visit to push @jdanbishop to #NC09 win; Republicans also conceded defeat in state court on #gerrymandering & began work on new maps. @ABC11_WTVD @ABCPolitics @JTHVerhovek #ncga #ncpol
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@rickhasen's thoughts on possible #NCGOP angle:

1). They know they will lose in the Democratic-dominated state supreme court, and there is no viable path to federal court review.

#ELB #Gerrymandering #FairMaps #NCPol 1/4
2) They would rather NOT get a holding from the state Supreme Court (this was a three-judge trial court ruling), which would have greater precedential value.
3) They hope they would have a better chance to have their “nonpartisan” map accepted by the Supreme Court if they throw in the towel (that is, they are trying to avoid a worse court-drawn map).
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1/9 From CC v. Lewis: A particularly striking property of the #ncga 2017 Redistricting Plan was the firewall protecting Republican majorities and supermajorities #gerrymandering #quantifyinggerrymandering
#commoncause
2/9 In trial, we showed animated bar-graphs giving the frequency of different democratic seat counts in the State House as votes from various historical elections were shifted to have statewide Dem. vote fractions between 45% and 55%.
3/9 The story is NOT about proportional representation, rather about how results using #ncga 2017 maps (represented by arrow) systematically under-elected Democrats to a shocking degree (here using presidential
votes from 2012)
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1. In part 2 of our latest meme series, we’re taking a closer look at #gerrymandering’s effects on our communities. Let's get into it!

A thread...
2. #RacialGerrymandering is manipulating district lines in a way that dilutes the voting power of Black folk – a method of #VoterSuppression.
3. Let’s use the same ex. from Pt. 1 to look at gerrymandering tactics used to suppress Black votes. 'Cracking' is breaking a voting bloc into multiple districts to keep them from being a majority anywhere, ensuring they have little to no representation.
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The professional politicians have done an excellent job of splitting up the issues to keep the citizens fighting with each other so we don’t focus on the fact that they are the problem, not us.
The professional wrestling promoters know that good fighting evil and prompting the audience to be involved in the action will keep people engaged. Our career politicians know it, too.

Without a crisis to engage the public, the career politician is less significant.

#TermLimits
#ManufacturedCrisis are common in politics - They provide another more sinister advantage to the professional politician: misdirection and sleight of hand.

Both sides do it

They do it because there are no #TermLimits

#WeThePeople can put an end to it

#COS

#ArticleV
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#MondayMorning #MondayMotivation
With Republicans refusing to protect our vote and with elections getting closer every day, we must add actions to our routines to protect Americans' votes from gerrymandering, suppression, and interference.

#ProtectTheVote THREAD 1/9
Help put Spread the Vote put voter IDs in the hands of people who need them.
-21M eligible voters in the US do not have needed ID.
-About half of eligible voters didn't cast a ballot in the 2018 midterms.

Spread the Vote works to help these voters. 2/9
spreadthevote.org
Does your state have Automatic Voter Registration (AVR)?

Look yours up. AVR allows registering while applying for or updating a driver's license while at the DMV. 33% of voter registration applications came through a DMV in the 2016 election cycle. 3/9
ncsl.org/research/elect…
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The #Gerrymandering decision from the #SupremeCourt still stings. The level of polarization in our politics and the lack of true representation in Congress (and many states) is on account of #Gerrymandering. Thread below. denverpost.com/2019/06/27/col…
In our brief, we made the case for judicial oversight of extreme partisan gerrymandering: “Deliberately drawing districts for the purpose of keeping one party in power for the long term, and without any neutral justification for the result, has no place in our political system.”
The consequences of #Gerrymandering are dire--“It discourages voter participation, increases distrust of government, and reduces the responsiveness of elected representatives.”
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[THREAD] So, you ask, what do today’s #CitizenshipQuestion and #Gerrymandering decisions mean?
In the CQ case, Roberts *did* find the Voting Rights Act justification for adding the question to be pretextual. But he also wrote that Commerce’s decision to add it was supported by evidence, and was not arbitrary and capricious under the APA.
In a ‘help me help you’ moment, it seems Roberts purposely left the door open for the Trump Admin. to allow him to let the question be added. When it is, it will be challenged, and we will undoubtedly do much of this over again.
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Across the country, partisan #gerrymandering has profoundly distorted our democracy. Let’s take a look...
In Ohio, Republicans won 56% of the vote in 2016 but won 75% of congressional seats. #endpartisangerrymandering #FairMaps
In North Carolina, Democrats won 47% of the vote in 2016 but won just 23% of congressional seats. #endpartisangerrymandering #FairMaps
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What are the chances that if partisan #gerrymandering were a Democratic technique, that had generated counter-majority Democratic political advantage, the Republicans on the Court would have rendered this decision?
washingtonpost.com/politics/court…
If it really is too difficult for judges to sort out, as the Roberts Five aver, why was every lower court judge in every case quite readily able to sort it out? This looks to be another in the long chain of false facts the Roberts Five invents to justify 5-4 partisan decisions.
Add this to the list of 73 5-4 partisan decisions (through 2018) the Roberts Five have delivered for big Republican donor interests. #CapturedCourt
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Is Billionaire Google founder Sergey Brin a Russian Spy?🕵️‍♂️
Q Asks who is #Google's Founder?
Sergey Brin-GOOG [Founder][BORN IN MOSCOW]
Track the 'FAMILY'
Think COLD WAR
Think KGB
Russian Spies infiltrated the US
👇 
paloaltodaily.files.wordpress.com/2017/06/is-goo…
@POTUS @GenFlynn #QAnon #WWG1GWA
GOOGLE'S Founder Sergey Brin's post election meltdown could come back to haunt #Google
Comparing @POTUS supporters to fascists/extremists
Google controls 91% of all search & they get to decide what everyone sees #antitrust
breitbart.com/tech/2018/09/1…
@GenFlynn #QAnon #BourdainDay
👉Eric Schmidt former CEO #Google acted as Obama's chief corporate ally
👉He received access to top policymakers
👉Hundreds of meetings at Obama WH
👉Election Night 2012, Schmidt was in Obama’s campaign headquarters
👇
googletransparencyproject.org/articles/eric-… @POTUS @GenFlynn #QAnon #WWG1WGA
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Head’s up. @SwingLeft is paying attention to #Census2020 and #Gerrymandering in terms of protecting our democracy. I like their strategy for the win. Here is their recent email, which they asked us to share liberally on social media. #Election2020 1/
The Trump administration has tried to sneak a question of citizenship status into the #2020census. Recently leaked documents from a GOP redistricting strategist revealed it was created specifically to exclude minority groups like Latinx from census participation—resulting in 2/
... inaccurate population counts that affect apportionment (how House seats are distributed) and federal funding for critical social services. If this happens, Republicans will have another baked-in electoral advantage—and communities of color will be underrepresented ...
3/
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This cannot get any better.
Grijalva "wrote" an op-ed slamming Zinke, saying he should resign.
Zinke fires back...and Grijalva is at THE BAR Zinke refers to...and leaves.
But wait, there's more...
Scroll to nearly the end of that article and you'll find this gem:

He cancelled an interview with CSPAN at 12:30p today for "health reasons"..........🥳 ::hic::
Sure, as in "here's to your health, another round!"
Zinke's response to RG's op-ed that made him "flee the bar" today around noon. #priceless
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[1/6] Gefühlt verbreitet gerade jeder zweite in meiner Timeline diese Grafik, um zu zeigen, wie kaputt das US-Wahlsystem ist. Das Wahlsystem ist zwar wirklich schräg, aber das mit dieser Grafik zu kommunizieren und sich zu empören ist grober Unfug. Kurzer Thread:
[2/6] Die Grafik suggeriert, dass die Demokraten ~10 Mio mehr Stimmen bekommen, aber am Ende viel zu wenig Senatoren – weniger als die Mehrheit. Aber das ist eine extrem verzerrte Darstellung. Denn neu gewählt wurden nicht alle 100 sondern nur 35 Sitze im Senat.
[3/6] Bei diesen 35 Sitzen führten 32 Mio Stimmen für die Republikaner (vorläufig) zu 13 Sitzen und 42 Mio Stimmen für die Demokraten und Sonstige zu 22 Sitzen. Die folgende Grafik zeigt es, die übrigens von derselben Webseite stammt. elections.huffingtonpost.com/2018/results/hq
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Can someone explain to me when the @GOP stopped ignoring fiscal responsibility?
Can someone explain to me why @GOP claimed to be the party of Moral Values but continues to support a person like @realDonaldTrump?

#values
Can you explain to me why you wouldn't want another party in power for the Senate or House when you believe in the Constitution and checks and balances?

#ChecksAndBalances
#Midterms2018
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@StormResist @exoticgamora @SpockPersists @WomanResistorNC @1WarMachine2018 @CaptainsLog2O18 @jacksnowknows @B52Malmet @porpentina2017 @CaptJaneway2017 @DanaScottLO Dear fellow introverts,
I hope you will believe me when I tell you how much better you will feel if you get engaged and help get democrats elected this November. Here’s a few ideas that have meaningful effects:
@StormResist @exoticgamora @SpockPersists @WomanResistorNC @1WarMachine2018 @CaptainsLog2O18 @jacksnowknows @B52Malmet @porpentina2017 @CaptJaneway2017 @DanaScottLO 1. Write PostcardsToVoters.org
Even if its not your state/district, when we help elect democrats across the country, it helps us all. It could be the difference between a majority in the US House or Senate. It could also flip a state legislature blue. Fight #gerrymandering
@StormResist @exoticgamora @SpockPersists @WomanResistorNC @1WarMachine2018 @CaptainsLog2O18 @jacksnowknows @B52Malmet @porpentina2017 @CaptJaneway2017 @DanaScottLO 2. Educate yourself on which seats you will vote for on Nov 6th.
US House, US Senate
State legislature
Mayor and City Council
Judges
✴️They all matter!

Talk to your neighbors, friends, family & coworkers. Let them know who you’re voting for and why.
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#WednesdayWisdom
While we are all working to importantly save this country by electing Democrats to #FlipTheHouse and #FlipTheSenate in November-

Electing Democratic state governors is extremely important, too. They can be an important line of defense at the state level. 1/6
State governors can:
✅Help #SaveTheACA
✅Help save and expand #Medicare
✅Protect #NetNeutrality
✅Protect the environment and deal with #climatechange
✅Help end #Gerrymandering and voter suppression.
✅Enact #GunSense legislation.
✅Protect abortion rights.
And more. 2/6
Here are governors' seats we need to hold or are competitive to flip. Please follow, donate, add them to your RT lists, & if you are local, get involved with their campaigns on the ground. Candidates all through primary elections.
#Arizona @dg4az
#Colorodo @jaredpolis 3/6
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So, there’s a 300 page opinion by a 3 judge panel regarding NC’s partisan gerrymandering. Guess I know what I’m doing after dinner tonight. #ncpol #ncga redistricting.lls.edu/files/NC%20cc%…
OK, so here we go…tweet storm forthcoming regarding the 300+ opinion that still holds NC partisan gerrymandering as illegal, and that this time, the plaintiff’s have met the Gill burden of having standing as being in a district that is in question:
With standing, the issue of the partisan gerrymandering by NC Republicans is in violation of the U.S. Constitution’s Article I, the 1st Amendment, and the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment:
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You could rationally, if unreasonably, exclude residents because they are non-citizens, or citizens because they are non-residents, but you can’t rationally do both… and yet they did. The 2016 referendum was illegitimate. #Gerrymandering #FinalSayForAll #PeoplesVote
How is it fair for an EU citizen like my mother, taxpaying resident in the UK for nearly 60 years, to be deprived of a vote, while NoFactsChloe can trip off a plane from Sydney and vote Leave? The 2016 referendum was illegitimate. #Gerrymandering #PeoplesVote #FinalSayForAll
People whose entire lives hung on the outcome were excluded, while people with zero stake in the matter and zero connection to this country were handed a vote. The franchise was undemocratic, the 2016 referendum was illegitimate. #Gerrymandering #FinalSayForAll #PeoplesVote
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Sarah Kendzior: I think with all Republicans you need to look at what policies they've passed & what their rhetoric is. They say someone should do something about Russian interference (them!) but nothing's getting done.
@sarahkendzior #GasLitNation
Sarah Kendzior: Russia wants the US to be pulled out of NATO. They want NATO to be weakened, they want the US to be weakened, they don't want oligarchs to be investigated for anything.
@sarahkendzior #GasLitNation
Sarah Kendzior: Why would the Russians help Dems win elections? The Russians wouldn't get what they want then. Saying the Russians are helping Dems is absolute crap.
@sarahkendzior #GasLitNation
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A Covert Religious Political Theocracy, Under Many Names, is Hidden in Plain Sight.
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The American voting system is busted. Shattered. They’re trying to take away your vote by saying you’re not a citizen, by saying you voted in another state, by giving you provisional ballots for some cockamamie reason, by purging you from the voter rolls vimeo.com/269063461
These obstacles are put in the way of mostly voters of color — that’s the real issue. We have an apartheid election system in the US. And I’m very concerned that some groups and politicians talk about #VoteSuppression but avoid the issue of race. facebook.com/notes/greg-pal…
Q: Do you think that's out of fear, obliviousness, or something more sinister?

A: The Democratic Party was the party of #JimCrow. It’s in its DNA. If everyone got to vote, the party’s elite would be out on its ass — right, Bernie?

facebook.com/notes/greg-pal…

#AskGregAQuestion
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On Monday night the Commerce Dept, with Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced that:

In Keeping with the request from the Justice Dept, that they will be adding a citizenship question to the #2020Census questionnaire.

How might this effect Voting Rights?
<Thread> 1/9
The citizenship question has not been included in a decennial Census since 1950.

Courts have long mandated that US House districts be drawn based on total population, assuring all populations would be fairly represented whether they voted or not.
amp.nymag.com/daily/intellig…
2/9
But in 2016, the Supreme Court left open the option for states to draw districts based only on eligible voter populations.

In comes the tRump Admin, advocating for the inclusion of the citizenship question on the Census form!
3/9
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1/ When? At what point is it enough? Where is the line? How long do we wait? Are those currently in positions of leadership deaf, dumb & blind? What about those that were, but no longer are? Is everyone waiting for someone else to make the determination? #Resist #TheResistance
2/ If not everything that’s occurred since and including the entire 2016 election, up and down ballot, nation wide isn’t a crisis, what is? Is the American Govt involved with the very practices our Government was put in place to prevent? #Vote #FlipItBlue #BlueWave2018 #VoteBlue
3/ Did the President not take an Oath? If the President doesn’t honor his Oath do we not have a Congress to check him? If Congress does not check him but is corrupted and derelict of duty as well, who protects America? The American people can keep them in check with their vote.
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