133 mass shootings in US already this year: let's make it easier to buy guns

2 cases of voter fraud in 2020: let's make it harder to vote
Tennessee requires voter ID to cast a ballot but no background check to buy a gun
Hours after I tweeted this US had its 134th mass shooting this year, in Bryan TX

How are Texas Republicans responding to gun violence?

By making it harder to vote & requiring sports teams to play national anthem
In Texas you can vote with a concealed handgun license but not a state university ID Image

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8 Apr
There’s been ridiculous attempt by GOP to claim new Georgia law isn’t voter suppression

It restricts voting access in more than a dozen ways

It gives GOP unprecedented power to subvert election results

And it’s based directly on Trump‘s Big Lie motherjones.com/politics/2021/…
Republicans have introduced 361 bills to make it harder to vote in 47 states in 3 months & we’re supposed to believe they’re not engaged in voter suppression?
The Georgia law will make it harder for voters to cast a ballot, harder for organizations to mobilize voters & harder for election officials to run smooth elections. And if all that fails to help GOP candidates, election boards can disqualify voters & decline to certify results
Read 5 tweets
8 Apr
Joe Manchin represents a state that is 1/22 the population of California & 92% white yet he can singlehandedly block policies supported by 70-80% of Americans. This is why the US Senate is so broken
US Senate ridiculously undemocratic:

-split 50-50 but Dems represent 41 million more people

-15 states with 38 million people elect 30 GOP senators

-California with 40 million people elects 2 Dems motherjones.com/politics/2021/…
After Sandy Hook massacre in 2012 Manchin wrote bipartisan legislation requiring background checks for gun sales. It was supported by 86% of Americans & 54 senators but blocked by 46 senators representing just 38% of country. This is consequence of filibuster Manchin supports
Read 5 tweets
2 Apr
Thread - all the ways Georgia legislation makes it harder to vote:

-makes it crime to give food & water to voters in line

-severely limits mail ballot drop boxes

-allows GOP legislature to appoint majority on state election board & suspend county election officials

-allows unlimited challenges to voter eligibility

-adds strict new ID requirement for mail ballots

-gives voters less time to request mail ballots

-prevents election officials from sending out mail ballot applications

-bans mobile voting centers

-throws out most ballots cast in wrong precinct

-prohibits election funding from nonprofit groups

-makes it more difficult to extend voting hours when problems arise

Read 7 tweets
1 Apr
Stunning new data from @brennancenter: 361 bills to restrict voting rights introduced in 47 states as of March 24

That’s up from 253 restrictive bills as of Feb 19, a 43% increase in a month

55 restrictive bills in 24 states moving through legislatures

At 2 AM last night Texas Senate passed voter suppression bill banning extended early voting hours & drive-thru voting, closing polling places in minority areas & allowing partisan poll watchers to record voters who receive help filling out ballots texastribune.org/2021/04/01/tex…
"In a backlash to 2020’s historic voter turnout, and under the pretense of responding to baseless and racist allegations of voter fraud and election irregularities, state lawmakers have introduced a startling number of bills to curb the vote" motherjones.com/politics/2021/…
Read 4 tweets
31 Mar
Breaking: Virginia Governor Ralph Northam just signed state-level Voting Rights Act. First Southern state to do so after SCOTUS gutted VRA in 2013. Big contrast to GOP voter suppression in Georgia & other states
“At a time when voting rights are under attack across our country, Virginia is expanding access to the ballot box, not restricting it," says @RalphNortham, who calls Voting Rights Act of Virginia a "model for how states can strengthen democracy" governor.virginia.gov/newsroom/all-r…
"The Voting Rights Act of Virginia prohibits discrimination in elections administration, requires local election officials to get feedback or pre-approval for voting changes, and allows individuals to sue in cases of voter suppression"
Read 5 tweets
25 Mar
This is insane: Georgia Dem rep @Cannonfor58 was arrested for trying to watch Brian Kemp sign new voter suppression bill. Look at how she is treated by police. This is straight out of Jim Crow
H/t @stphnfwlr for posting this. Full video via @hannahjoyTV instagram.com/tv/CM2-GWCHTIz/
Dem state Rep Erica Thomas to Georgia capitol police: "You arrested a sitting state representative for nothing! She didn’t do anything but knock on the governor’s door. I’m so done. Protect and serve who?”
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