1. Republicans in Florida are advancing a proposal they claim will ensure "intellectual freedom and viewpoint diversity" at colleges but will actually create a dystopian surveillance state at the state's public universities

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2. First, the Florida bill would "require public universities to survey students, faculty and staff about their beliefs and viewpoints"

But it "offers no assurances that the survey’s answers will be anonymous" and doesn't' say how the data will be used

3. Second, the Florida bill allows students to record any class without the professor's permission and use the recording " in connection with a complaint to the public institution of higher education" or "as evidence in a criminal or civil proceeding"

4. Nothing encourages FREEDOM OF SPEECH like the knowledge that everything you say is being recorded and could be used against you in a legal or disciplinary proceeding!

5. Oh, and the survey (that has no privacy protections) will be created by the Florida Board of Education, an entity comprised with political appointees that is currently chaired by a guy who doesn't believe schools should teach evolution as fact

6. Republicans are openly admitting they plan on using the survey to "make policy decisions."

Critics believe that it will be used as a tool to withhold funding from institutions that are deemed to be too liberal.

7. This bill has already passed both houses of the Florida legislature and is headed to Ron DeSantis' desk.

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8. BTW, this bill is opposed by @TheFIREorg, a group dedicated to preserving free speech on campuses


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7 Apr
1. In an angry, rambling press conference yesterday Texas Lt. Gov @DanPatrick claimed SB 7 doesn't limit early, Election Day or mail-in voting.

Then he listed all the ways SB 7 restricts early, Election Day or mail-in voting.

@DanPatrick 2. @DanPatrick freely admitted that the bill targeted Harris County, home of Houston and many Black voters.

He described Harris County as a crime-ravaged hellhole.

3. @DanPatrick ticked through all the ways SB 7 would prevent Harris from continuing to offer options that makes voting easier, like drive-thru voting

He claimed this was doing people of color a favor because most don't own cars. (Seriously.)

Read 9 tweets
6 Apr
1. Mitch McConnell took $4.3 million from corporations over the last 5 years to fund his campaigns and now he wants corporations to "stay out of politics"

2. McConnell still wants corporations to send him money

And therefore wants corporations to back his efforts to block legislation to strengthen voting rights

McConnell is demanding corporations stop speaking out against voter suppression bills

3. This is odd, to say the least, considering McConnell has fought against virtually all restrictions on corporate political spending.

He has done as much as anyone to give large corporations "as much clout as possible in our politics"

Read 7 tweets
6 Apr
1. You might think that there is no chance to stop voter suppression legislation in Texas because Republicans control everything.

But passage is not certain.

The key chamber is the Texas House.

Follow along if interested.
2. There are 150 seats in the Texas House. That means you need 76 votes to defeat bill on the floor.

There are 67 Democrats and they are all opposed to voting restrictions

So that means you need to flip NINE Republicans to defeat the bill
3. Already, we are seeing some potential Republican defections.

(1) Rep. Kyle Kacal: "I don’t know if the measures that are being talked about are necessary."

(2) Rep. Lyle Larson: "Good ideas will attract more voters than suppression will deny."
Read 5 tweets
5 Apr

@Facebook pledged to suspend political donations for the first 90 days of 2021, then donated $50,000 to @RSLC, a Republican group pushing voter suppression laws

@Facebook @RSLC 2. The primary goal of the @RSLC is to elect Republicans to state legislatures and other state-level offices across the country.

In 2021, Republican state legislators introduced 361 bills to restrict voting in 47 states.

@Facebook @RSLC 3. @Facebook routed the donation through a fundraising vehicle that the RSLC set up in Virginia, a state with lax campaign finance laws that allows unlimited direct corporate contributions.

Read 12 tweets
4 Apr
1. I think this approach to the Georgia's new law is deeply flawed.

It focuses on the hypothetical effect of the law while skipping over the motivation and the impact on individual voters.

Follow along if interested.
2. First, we don't know the effect of this law in the future. Nate admits the shortened runoff period could impact "turnout in exactly the kind of close, low-turnout race where it could easily be decisive"

Well, a close runoff election just determined control of the Senate!
3. So I don't think running these changes through an algorithm is the right approach. We need to look at the intent. And this bill is sponsored by the people who falsely claimed the election was stolen from Trump. The intent of the bill is to validate Trump's claims.
Read 8 tweets
3 Apr
REMINDER: @ATT has donated $574,500 over the last three years to the Texas officials pushing voter suppression legislation and now CEO John Stankey says that election laws are too "complicated" for the company to take a clear position

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@ATT If you work for @ATT and have thoughts or information about your company's position on Texas' legislation to restrict voting, please contact me

DMs open, jlegum@protonmail.com

I will protect your identity
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