Mitch McConnell already killed filibuster to steal 2 Supreme Court seats for Trump but he wants to keep it to block John Lewis Voting Rights Act
.@Sen_JoeManchin there is no way in hell 10 GOP senators will support new Voting Rights Act while their party is engaged in greatest rollback of voting rights since end of Reconstruction. Stop giving Mitch McConnell veto power over protecting voting rights…
It's completely delusional for McConnell to say "there's no threat to the voting rights law" when 400 bills introduced this year to restrict voting access, 22 new voter suppression laws passed in 14 states & SCOTUS could further gut Voting Rights Act any day now in AZ case

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9 Jun
Thrilled & honored to win @SidneyHillman award with @NickSurgey for breaking story in @motherjones showing leaked video of dark money group Heritage Action bragging to donors about writing GOP voter suppression bills. Big thanks to everyone who read story…
In leaked video Heritage Action brags to donors about writing voter suppression laws for GOP state legislators in GA TX etc

“we actually draft them for them or we give them the model legislation so it has that grassroots, from-the-bottom-up type of vibe”…
Heritage Action told secret donors they “had a bit of fun” with Joe Manchin & held rally in WV pressuring him to oppose HR1 & keep filibuster

Connection between dark money & voter suppression exactly what For the People Act intended to stop…
Read 6 tweets
7 Jun
I cannot get over the fact that Joe Manchin says voting rights legislation must have “bipartisan” supermajority when Republicans brazenly changing the rules in the states to prevent Dems from ever winning another fair election. Total unilateral disarmament
Republicans are engaged in greatest roll back of voting rights since Reconstruction but we’re supposed to believe 10 GOP senators will support new Voting Rights Act? C’mon Joe Manchin
I don't recall Republicans asking for bipartisan support before they introduced 400 voter suppression bills & enacted 22 new voter suppression laws in 14 states so far this year
Read 5 tweets
2 Jun
Memo to @SenatorSinema: in 1890s states like Mississippi rushed to disenfranchise Black voters, House passed bill to stop it but Senate filibustered legislation protecting voting rights & we got Jim Crow. Now history will repeat itself if Dems don’t act…
"The same pattern that existed during Reconstruction—the enfranchisement of Black voters, followed by the manipulation of election laws to throw out Black votes, culminating in laws passed to legally disenfranchise Black voters—is repeating itself today"
In 1890 Mississippi rewrote constitution to disenfranchise Black voters

That year House passed bill to protect voting rights but killed by Senate filibuster

By 1907 every Southern state had changed constitution to keep Blacks from voting & Black turnout fell from 61% to 2%
Read 6 tweets
2 Jun
New cover story @motherjones: GOP enacting greatest assault on voting rights since end of Reconstruction and if Congress doesn’t pass federal legislation to stop new wave of Jim Crow 2.0 voter suppression laws Second Reconstruction will end like the first…
“The same pattern that existed during Reconstruction—the enfranchisement of Black voters, followed by the manipulation of election laws to throw out Black votes, culminating in laws passed to legally disenfranchise Black voters—is repeating itself today”
"the vicious white backlash that has followed Biden's victory—an attempt to overturn the election, an insurrection at the US Capitol, a record number of bills to restrict voting rights—has all the makings of a concerted attempt to end the second Reconstruction"
Read 7 tweets
31 May
If Texas House Democrats can walk off the floor to kill voter suppression bill, then Senate Dems can kill filibuster to pass HR1 & John Lewis Voting Rights Act
"This is a now-or-never moment in American democracy," said @JoaquinCastrotx. "If we don’t act now, then our democracy is not going to look the same either in 2022 or 2024"…
Texas Dem Rep @TMFtx: "Breaking quorum is about the equivalent of crawling on our knees begging the president and the United States Congress to give us the For the People Act and give us the John Lewis Voting Rights Act"…
Read 4 tweets
29 May
How GOP voter suppression works in Texas:

-you can vote with gun permit but not student ID

-no online voter registration

-must be deputized to register voters

-voters under 65 can’t use fear of covid to vote by mail

-750 polling places closed since SCOTUS gutted VRA
Texas is already one of hardest states to vote in. That’s why it ranked 44th in voter turnout in 2020

Now #SB7 would make it even harder to vote & easier for GOP to overturn elections
Texas Senate started debate on voter suppression bill #SB7 making it harder to vote & easier to overturn elections at 12:30 am last night and passed it at 6:08 am this morning. Democracy quite literally dying in the dark
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