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In 2019, I was working on prison reform based on concerns constituents shared and communications I had been receiving on Twitter (still working on this). I was also continuing my work on #Redistricting reform....
Then I found the @NPR podcast #CodeSwitch and heard one that illustrated how the two issues intersect in Prison Gerrymandering. I was like, oh nah, this can't continue! So I then brought on a few folks that could help me work on it, and we did, for months....
Once we got to Session, I lobbied legislators on its importance and helped explain it and dispel myths. We had great conversations. And now, ending prison #gerrymandering is in all 5 #redistricting bills being discussed this Session....
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Tested it out with this new KY map. Based on 2016-2019 results, intrigued how it would do in 2020. The #KY04 (R+7 PVI) seems more competitive than the real #KY06 (R+9), with the movement in the Cincinnati and Lexington suburbs. 2/27…
However, I also did a bunch of Democratic gerrymanders after 2012 redistricting to compare with the real Republican ones. Thought I’d review how my designs performed in light of 2016. The contrast shows just how much of a difference partisan control makes (spoiler: a lot). 3/27
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#ALEC's States & Nation Policy Summit opens at a Westin resort in Scottsdale on Wednesday with an agenda touching on several of it's core principles including “election integrity”, #privatization of #education and support for #homeschooling, and protection for #BigPharma 1/6
Also on Wednesday, #ALEC and the Alliance Defending Freedom, an anti-#LGBT coalition devoted to re-criminalising homosexuality in the US in the name of Christianity are co-hosting a dinner. #Christofascists… 2/6
Rightwing ‘bill mill’ accused of sowing #racist and white supremacist policies… A report published on Tuesday by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and other advocacy groups charges #ALEC with propagating #WhiteSupremacy 3/6
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It's time for the #NC #Redistricting round up!🤠

In recent weeks, the NC legislature has redrawn NC’s voting district maps for:

✴️NC House (final)

✴️NC Senate (final)

✴️US House (subject to court challenge)

#NCGA #NCPol #gerrymandering #FairMaps 1/
How did we get here?

Usually, #Redistricting happens every 10 years as part of reapportionment to adjust voting districts due to population changes.

Each state draws its own district lines. In #NC, the state legislature draws the maps & Governor cannot veto. 2/
Since 2011, #NC's voting district maps have been repeatedly struck down for #Gerrymandering, which is intentionally manipulating voting maps to create an advantage for a political party or group.

#FairMaps 3/
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Really thrilled to be at @paulweiss for a conversation between @AnthonyACLU of the @ACLU and @SharonAWeiss of @acrionline.
Both @AnthonyACLU and @SharonAWeiss came to civil rights work from an experience growing up as children of immigrants. Anthony, child of Puerto Rican parents, Sharona the child of immigrants in Israel’s periphery. Succeeded to break thru through #education. Realized disparities.
Rabbi Ayelet Cohen, asks where we are vs. last time. “It’s worse.” — @AnthonyACLU.
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BEFORE READING THIS THREAD, do you think this statement is TRUE or FALSE?

Despite being a documented #epidemic for decades, @HHSGov's #CenterForDiseaseControl(@CDCgov) intentionally obstructs its collecting #statistics on what causes at least 10% of deaths NEEDLESSLY every year.

HINT: You already know of these systemic #DataScams due to #PublicCorruption & #RegulatoryCapture:

🤥#UScensus is maliciously biased

Thread coming soon about #CauseOfDeath #DataFraud

#AmericanSwamp #MedicalControlFraud

ANOTHER HINT: My inability to escape intrahospital, interhospital & health/disability insurers’ #ConspiracyAgainstRights using #MedicalControlFrauds exposes motive of the right answer.

Watch this video later to understand #PublicCorruption by example📽️
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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
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.

#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


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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.…
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?…
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 KGB
Russian Spies infiltrated the US
@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…
@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
👇… @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 ...
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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.
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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?

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?

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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
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
✴️They all matter!

Talk to your neighbors, friends, family & coworkers. Let them know who you’re voting for and why.
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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…
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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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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