Great piece by @ThePlumLineGS.

One caveat: The GOP & its bill mills (ALEC) are already planning tactics to sabotage Biden’s policies at the state level, similar to the way they blocked Obamacare Medicaid expansions.

This isn’t getting much coverage.

Short thread here discussing one of these approaches.

At least two GOP state legislatures are attempting to create a parallel state court system for what they consider “constitutional” matters, and using an untested antebellum “nullification” theory to block Biden policies.

On a separate front, GOP state governments are attempting to push a “block grant” model as an alternative funding method that they claim will allow them to better manage Medicaid expansions.

It’s a trap.

Biden appears to be wise to this already, and is pushing back.
That being said, the piece is on point.

Sargent has been articulating this well since Biden took office: the best defense against GOP divisive fear mongering is simply good governance that improves peoples’ lives.

It removes reasons for “othering,” and it exposes their myths.

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Some of👇 officers went to the 3rd.

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I had to add it to control center to be able to see it.

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. @60Minutes just did a puff piece on the Oath Keepers.

This is also at least the third time their guests have downplayed the insurrection.

On two previous occasions, a federal judge has taken issue with their guests’ interviews.

This is @CBS.
Look how sweet and innocent it all is.

So what if the Oath Keepers is a militant, nationwide anti-federalist militia network?

@60Minutes wants to show you their softer side - they’re just teaching seniors how to be prepared!

@CBS is normalizing these groups.
This is irresponsible.

They’re allowing a few people to tell a nationwide audience that interrupting Congress isn’t what the Oath Keepers is about.

But it is. The entire point of the Oath Keepers is giving people a justification to violently oppose the US Govt if they want to.
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The Tennessee GOP legislature is trying to create a brand new state court - with members to be appointed by the GOP Governor - that will expressly hear "constitutional" cases.

Coupled with GOP/ALEC plans to "nullify" Biden admin policies, this is especially concerning.
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Here is an article on the TN legislature's move.

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