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Mad_Machine76

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December 31, 2022

Whatever they're gaining in terms of unpaid taxes

Certainly can't make up for the lack of services, infrastracture, and right-wing politics and culture wars, can it? I know that even right-wing states have some blue spots but if the state has a Republican supermajority year after year with the likes of DeSantis and Abbott and divisive culture wars crowding out other essential human concerns, is it really worth it in the end?

December 30, 2022

The Supreme Court is manipulating its own calendar to lock GOP policies in place

Confirms what we've long suspected about the court becoming more........PARTISAN (despite desperate claims by Alito and others to the contrary)


"....Similarly, last July, a Trump judge named Drew Tipton effectively seized control of much of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas’s authority over Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the agency that enforces immigration law within US borders. Tipton’s opinion is exceedingly weak and cannot be squared with more than a century of Supreme Court precedents, and a majority of the justices appeared likely to reverse Tipton during oral arguments on the case in November.

But the Court has also sat on this case for months, rejecting the Justice Department’s request to immediately restore Secretary Mayorkas’s lawful authority over ICE in July. The Supreme Court may not rule on the case, known as United States v. Texas, until next June — at which point Tipton will have unlawfully usurped Mayorkas’s authority for 11 months.

The Court’s tendency to manipulate its own calendar isn’t restricted to immigration cases. One of the most high-profile examples of the Court delaying resolution of a case brought by left-leaning litigants occurred in September 2021, before the Court’s 2022 decision overruling Roe v. Wade. A 5-4 Court refused to decide a case challenging Texas’s strict anti-abortion law known as SB 8, effectively allowing Texas to ban many abortions while Roe remained good law. (In fairness, the Court did eventually rule on SB 8 the next December, but that decision established that SB 8 is immune from any meaningful constitutional challenge.)"


https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2022/12/29/23530842/supreme-court-arizona-mayorkas-title-42-mexican-border-immigration

It should be noted too that Mayorkas is one of the GOP's presumptive impeachment targets and has received the brunt of the blame for the difficulties at the border.

December 27, 2022

How ironic LOL

But religious freedom doesn't mean freedom for one religion, nor does it mean that one religion can dictate the laws for everybody else.

December 21, 2022

Sotomayor and Kagan need to think about retiring

I think that this article is overly pessimistic and that it's way too premature to suggest that Sotomayor and Kagan should resign anytime soon but thought I'd share it and see what everybody else thinks

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/23507944/supreme-court-sonia-sotomayor-elena-kagan-ruth-bader-ginsburg-retire

Here is the gist of it:

"Both justices are much younger than Ginsburg was in 2014. There are no reports that either is in ill health (although Sotomayor has diabetes, she’s managed that condition nearly her entire life). Realistically, both justices could probably look forward to a decade or more of judicial service if they desire it. But even a mighty Supreme Court justice cannot overcome the merciless math facing Democrats in a malapportioned Senate that effectively gives extra representation to Republicans in small states.

Barring extraordinary events, Democrats will control the White House and the Senate for the next two years. They are unlikely to control it for longer than that. The 2024 Senate map is so brutal for Democrats that they would likely need to win a landslide in the national popular vote just to break even. Unless they stanch the damage then, some forecasts suggest that Democrats won’t have a realistic shot at a Senate majority until 2030 or 2032. And even those forecasts may be too optimistic for Democrats."

December 13, 2022

They are going to unimaginable lengths

to turn "religious freedom" from a shield against unlawful religious persecution into a sword by which to convert the rest of the country to their belief system.

December 12, 2022

Yes

but it's going to take a bipartisan consensus and, more importantly, the willingness of Republicans to come to the table in a good faith effort to address the issue in sincere and humane ways. So far, there's been little to no evidence that they are willing to do so, which hinders any efforts to make substantial and positive systemic changes. So, until that happens............

There was almost a bipartisan deal in 2013 in the Senate but the House under Boehner wouldn't take it up.

December 7, 2022

Nobody would

Republicans should be careful what they wish for because they will freak TF out when the shoe is on the other foot. If Republicans don't want Democratic-controlled states changing the votes or subverting elections when they rightfully win, then they shouldn't want to exercise that same power in states they control too. And no matter what they do, they may not control all of the states they control now forever either.

December 6, 2022

Do Qanon folks

ever believe that people just......you know......die of natural causes, disease, etc.? Or is it always just murder by evil meglomanical forces with them?

November 30, 2022

Great blog post

Republicans seem to be the only ones whom are concerned about certain things and have been deluded into believing by the amount of coverage such things get on, say, Fox News, that the vast majority of the country feels the exact same way, when polling and electoral results consistently reveal the exact opposite view. They live in a self-imposed bubble where "the way things ought to be (according to them)" ain't the way things actually are. And they also seem to think that being cruel is the way to be, even though most people aren't

November 23, 2022

We need "Sore Loser" laws

to prevent this kind of stuff from happening, maybe some kind of law that prevent changes to agencies with elected officials within an election cycle (at least). It just seems really wrong and anti-democratic that one party can just immediately and arbitrarily kneecap/take away power from agencies with elected officials just because they lose control of them. I believe that this has become a particular trend with Republicans. They did it to our Superintendent of Instruction here in Indiana a few years when a Democrat unexpectedly won the office.

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Transgender Woman /Social Worker/Case Manager working for State of Indiana. Huge Sci-Fi/Anime Geek and music lover. Hopeless \"political junkie\" and aspiring writer.

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