Mitch McConnell Block Bills To Ensure Election Security

Ken AshfordCongress, Election 2020, Voter Suppression & Voter SecurityLeave a Comment

Election security is national security. Right now, election security is all done at the state and local level, and many districts and states simply do not have the money or technology to stop hackers. This not only includes Russia, but China, Iran, and even domestic ne’er-do-wells. AP: Robert Mueller warned that Russian interference is still happening “as we sit here.” … Read More

DOJ Swaps Out Lawyers In The Citizenship/Census Case

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The Department of Justice switched up the team of lawyers representing the Trump administration in its push to get a citizenship question on the 2020 census, according to the Washington Post.  The DOJ announced the decision in a statement after the Post asked the department about the move. A person familiar with the matter told the Post that some career lawyers … Read More

Trump Administration Flips Again On Citizenship Question As Lawyers Scramble For A Justification

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The news Tuesday that the Trump Administration was giving up on adding a citizenship question to the census came as a surprise, it seems, to Trump, who tweeted a denial: And Trump’s assertion that the news was “fake” cam as a surprise to the judge overseeing the case, who was told differently. Justice Department lawyers told United States District Judge … Read More

Trump Administration Caves On Citizenship Question On 2020 Census

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And like that, they lose: There will not be a question asking about citizenship on the 2020 census, the Trump administration said Tuesday. The decision comes less than a week after the Supreme Court temporarily blocked the administration from adding the question, saying it did not provide an adequate explanation for the addition. “We can confirm that the decision has … Read More

SCOTUS WrapUp: Trump Denied Citizenship Question In 2020 Census; On The Other Hand, Democracy Is Screwed

Ken AshfordElection 2020, Immigration and Xenophobia, Local Interest, Polls, Supreme Court, Trump & Administration, Voter Suppression & Voter SecurityLeave a Comment

The last day of the term meant the handing down of two critical and important opinions. The first, Department of Commerce v New York, was a blow to the Trump administration. The issue involves the inclusion of a question non the census about citizenship. It was challenged on the grounds that it was arbitrary and capricious — in essence, that … Read More

NC-09 Scandal Leads To Indictments

Ken AshfordCrime, Election 2018, Local Interest, Voter Suppression & Voter SecurityLeave a Comment

From the New York Times: The North Carolina political operative who oversaw a fraud-ridden voter-turnout effort on behalf of a Republican congressional candidate was arrested on Wednesday, a prosecutor said, after a grand jury accused him of a series of felonies. The campaign contractor, L. McCrae Dowless Jr., was among five people charged in Wake County, N.C., in connection with … Read More

NC09 Follies

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It is hard to describe the craziness going on in the Ninth District of North Carolina. But I will try. We really need to start in December 2016. Following a bitter gubernatorial campaign where incumbent Republican Pat McCrory is defeated by Democrat Roy Cooper, the GOP NC General Assembly holds special sessions before the new Democratic governor comes into office. … Read More

NC-09 Update

Ken AshfordCongress, Election 2018, Local Interest, Voter Suppression & Voter SecurityLeave a Comment

So many political scandals, but this one is local (although making national headlines). And it get more bizarre as time goes on. The man at the center of the obvious election fraud is as guy named Leslie McCrae Dowless.  He recruited and paid an army of workers to go door-to-door in minority neighborhoods and collect absentee ballots.  Many of the ballots … Read More

“Shaken Us To The Core”

Ken AshfordElection 2018, Local Interest, Voter Suppression & Voter SecurityLeave a Comment

What is happening in NC-9 even has Republicans upset. Yesterday, Dallas Woodhouse, Executive Director of the North Carolina Republican Party,  and the North Carolina GOP were calling for the results to be certified. But that’s different now…. Breaking: Executive Director of NC Republicans says he’s open to new election in NC-9 Congressional race. Dallas Woodhouse told CNN’s Drew Griffin he was … Read More

Yup. There IS Such A Thing As Voter Fraud In NC

Ken AshfordElection 2018, Local Interest, Republicans, Voter Suppression & Voter SecurityLeave a Comment

TheWe may have to do a “do-over” in the North Carolina 9th Congressional District. It is alleged that – shock! – Republicans cheated in order to prevent black voters from casting their ballots. But the cheating goes far beyond the everyday voter suppression rampant in red states. It is alleged that those who wanted the Republican in the race to … Read More

What The New Dem-Controlled House Should Do Out Of The Gate

Ken AshfordCongress, Democrats, Election 2018, Immigration and Xenophobia, Infrastructure, Political Scandals, Trump & Administration, Voter Suppression & Voter SecurityLeave a Comment

Dear Dem-Controlled House and Nancy Pelosi: Don’t let Trump bait you into go whole hog on investigations of him. That’ll come in time. No talk of impeachment. And let Mueller do his thing.  In the meantime, act for the American people. The new Democratic House majority should devote its first 100 days to passing five pieces of legislation, then dare … Read More

Got One

Ken AshfordBreaking News, Election 2018, L'Affaire Russe, Voter Suppression & Voter SecurityLeave a Comment

From the Department of Justice, just now: Russian National Charged with Interfering in U.S. Political System ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A criminal complaint was unsealed here today charging a Russian national for her alleged role in a Russian conspiracy to interfere in the U.S. political system, including the 2018 midterm election. “The strategic goal of this alleged conspiracy, which continues to … Read More

Georgia Blocking Voters From, Uh, Voting

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With early voting starting Monday, a range of efforts to restrict voting in the Peach State could cause big problems at the polls.  Reports that Georgia is keeping 53,000 voter registrations on hold because of minor discrepancies have received widespread attention since Monday. But in fact, the state has recently adopted a range of controversial voting practices. The combined effect … Read More

The GOP Post-Kavanaugh Strategy

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Kavanaugh’s elevation to the Supreme Court is a triumph of the minority.  Trump was elected by a minority.  A minority of Americans wanted Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court.  And yet, there he sits.  For decades. Greg Sargeant has some great thoughts: On Tuesday, Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh will hear his first Supreme Court case, a day after President Trump swore in his … Read More