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Opinion: Government isn't broken. The Republicans are.

Opinion: Government isn’t broken. The Republicans are.

For the second time in as many days, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy watched Thursday as his best effort to prevent a government shutdown collapsed in humiliating fashion, the result of entrenched opposition from extremists within his own party. As Congress tries to get a stop-gap funding measure through both chambers to keep the federal government open past September 30, McCarthy can only afford five vote defectors from among his Republican colleagues and still pass a bill.

Faced with unwavering opposition from the right-wing House Freedom Caucus, a frustrated McCarthy admitted defeat by ending the legislative week early and sending his colleagues home later on Thursday. McCarthy now plans to try again next week, with the hope of cooler heads prevailing. Good luck with that!

That McCarthy’s best effort wasn’t actually very good hardly matters. Former President Donald Trump had already made clear to his loyalists that he expected them to reject any continuing resolution to fund the government. In today’s MAGA-fied Republican Party, Trump’s directive proved more than enough to derail the legislative process.

Republicans’ latest shutdown drama will surely play into the GOP’s tired trope that “government is broken.” Ambitious Republicans like presidential contender Nikki Haley, a former South Carolina governor, have spent years bemoaning the inefficiency of the federal government. Sure, government could be better. But the government isn’t broken. The reality is that Republicans are broken. After all, this type of shutdown drama seems to occur only when Republicans get control of one of the houses of Congress.
Posted by In It to Win It | Sun Sep 24, 2023, 02:53 AM (3 replies)

A Black student was suspended for his hairstyle. Now his family is suing Texas officials

A Black student was suspended for his hairstyle. Now his family is suing Texas officials

HOUSTON (AP) — The family of a Black high school student in Texas who was suspended over his dreadlocks filed a federal civil rights lawsuit Saturday against the state’s governor and attorney general, alleging they failed to enforce a new law outlawing discrimination based on hairstyles.

Darryl George, 17, a junior at Barbers Hill High School in Mont Belvieu, has been serving an in-school suspension since Aug. 31. Officials with the Houston-area school say his dreadlocks fall below his eyebrows and ear lobes and violate the district’s dress code.

George’s mother, Darresha George, and the family’s attorney deny the teenager’s hairstyle violates the dress code, saying his hair is neatly tied in twisted dreadlocks on top of his head.

Darryl George’s supporters allege the ongoing suspension by the Barbers Hill Independent School District violates the state’s CROWN Act, which took effect Sept. 1.

The lawsuit also alleges that Gov. Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton, in their official duties, have failed to protect George’s constitutional rights against discrimination and against violations of his freedom of speech and expression. George “should be permitted to wear his hair in the manner in which he wears it ... because the so-called neutral grooming policy has no close association with learning or safety and when applied, disproportionately impacts Black males,” Allie Booker, the family’s attorney, wrote in the lawsuit.
Posted by In It to Win It | Sun Sep 24, 2023, 12:38 AM (8 replies)

Court Reform: Expand the Court Now! at #ALC52 @TheBlackCaucus

Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) hosts an all-star panel on the Supreme Court at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Annual Legislative Conference.

The panel will discuss Congressman Johnson’s The Judiciary Act, which expands the Court from nine to 13 justices, and recent SCOTUS rulings handed down by the far-right- activist Supreme Court regarding reproductive and voting rights, gun reform, climate change and more and what’s in store in the up-coming session.

The lineup:
Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04)
Moderator: Mr. Roland Martin, CEO, Black Star Network
Mr. Rashad Robinson, President, Color Of Change
Ms. Angela Vasquez-Giroux, Vice President of Communications and Research, Reproductive Freedom for All
Mr. Elie Mystal, Justice Correspondent, The Nation
The Hon. Bakari Sellers
Posted by In It to Win It | Sat Sep 23, 2023, 10:30 PM (0 replies)

Democracy Watch with BTC and Marc Elias

Posted by In It to Win It | Sat Sep 23, 2023, 09:35 PM (0 replies)

Former firearms executive Ryan Busse seeks Democratic nomination for Montana governor

Former firearms executive Busse seeks Democratic nomination for Montana governor

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Former firearms executive turned gun industry critic Ryan Busse is seeking the 2024 Democratic nomination to challenge first-term Republican Gov. Greg Gianforte in Montana.

Busse told The Associated Press about his intentions in advance of a planned public announcement Thursday. It’s his first run for public office.

If the 53-year-old from Kalispell makes it past next June’s primary, he faces an uphill battle in trying to unseat Gianforte, who is able to draw from immense personal wealth to bankroll his campaign and whose party has dominated Montana during recent election cycles. Former President Donald Trump won the state in 2020 with a 16-point advantage over Joe Biden.
Posted by In It to Win It | Sat Sep 23, 2023, 03:12 PM (1 replies)

BOLTS: I talked to 2 former Democratic justices in WEST VIRGINIA. Both were impeached by GOP in 2018


Margaret Workman is watching Wisconsin Republicans threaten Justice Janet Protasiewicz with impeachment from several states away. But she can relate to Protasiewicz like very few can.

Workman sat on West Virginia’s supreme court in 2018—one of the three Democratic justices in the court’s majority—when Republican lawmakers decided to impeach that entire court. The GOP had flipped the legislature in 2014 for the first time in decades, and it had seized the governorship in 2017; only the supreme court stood in the way of one-party rule in the state.

“All of a sudden, we had this right-wing legislature wanting to impeach everybody,” she recalls, “and they wanted in my opinion to get rid of us so they could put their own.”

When Workman read this summer that Protasiewicz may be impeached, shortly after her victory flipped Wisconsin’s high court to the left, she was struck by the parallels with what she herself went through. “The Wisconsin situation is a complete power grab to undermine democracy,” she told Bolts. “It shocks me because it even goes further than the one that I experienced.”

She added, “It’s this whole thing that’s scary going on in this country, that if you can’t defeat people’s votes then you do it in some other way.”

Protasiewicz won Wisconsin’s supreme court election in April, giving liberals a 4-3 majority on the court, their first in 15 years. But Republicans began to float impeaching Protasiewicz before the results were even known. The party has already locked down control of the legislature, using aggressive gerrymanders to protect itself from election defeats. It has also deflated the powers of the Democratic governor, Tony Evers, undercutting his authority to appoint people to executive branch positions.

Posted by In It to Win It | Sat Sep 23, 2023, 02:48 PM (5 replies)

Ian Millhiser - A new Supreme Court case could trigger a second Great Depression


The plaintiffs’ arguments in Consumer Financial Protection Bureau v. Community Financial Services Association, which the justices will hear on October 3, are simultaneously some of the silliest and some of the most dangerous ideas ever presented to the Supreme Court of the United States.

They claim that an entire federal agency, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), is unconstitutional. And they do so based on an interpretation of the Constitution that would invalidate Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare, and countless other federal programs. As the Justice Department notes in one of its briefs, the 2022 legislation funding the federal government contains more than 400 provisions that are invalid under these plaintiffs’ reading of the Constitution.

Perhaps recognizing that the justices are unlikely to declare the majority of all federal spending unconstitutional, the Community Financial plaintiffs then spend much of their brief suggesting arbitrary limits the Court could place on these plaintiffs’ already arbitrary interpretation of the Constitution. Without citing any legal authorities, for example, the Consumer Financial plaintiffs claim that Social Security might be excepted from the new legal regime so long as Congress is careful about how it pays for the Social Security Administration’s staff.

But even with these completely fabricated limits to their completely fabricated reading of the Constitution in place, the Consumer Financial plaintiffs — who are represented by former Trump Solicitor General Noel Francisco — would still do unimaginable harm to the United States of America.

As a brief filed by the banking industry explains to the justices, if the Supreme Court agrees with Francisco’s claim that the CFPB is unconstitutional, the entire US mortgage market could seize up, as banks will have no idea what rules they need to comply with in order to issue loans. Moreover, because home building, home sales, and other industries that depend on the mortgage market make up about 17 percent of the US economy, a decision invalidating the CFPB could trigger economic devastation unheard of since the Great Depression.

Posted by In It to Win It | Sat Sep 23, 2023, 01:32 PM (16 replies)

An Oklahoma judge was arrested in Texas for firing a gun at several cars


OKLAHOMA CITY -- An Oklahoma judge was arrested in Austin, Texas, last week after authorities say he opened fire on parked vehicles while out driving, striking at least one of them, and intentionally crashed into a woman's vehicle, telling officers later that she had cut him off.

Brian Lovell, an associate district judge in Garfield County, Oklahoma, was arrested Sept. 11 on a misdemeanor count of reckless driving. A felony count of engaging in deadly conduct with a firearm was forwarded to a grand jury for consideration.

Lovell was released on $10,000 bond and ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation.

“We have zero comment,” said a woman who answered a phone call Friday to a number listed as Lovell's. The woman identified herself as Lovell's wife but declined to give her name.

Lovell didn't immediately reply to a phone message left at another number listed as his, and he declined to comment to a KFOR-TV reporter who went to his home in Waukomis, about 60 miles (97 kilometers) northwest of Oklahoma City.

Fifty Shades of Whey

An Oklahoma judge was arrested in Texas for firing a gun at several cars during a road rage incident and slamming his SUV into the back of a woman's car multiple times. Brian Noel Lovett was released from jail after posting a $10,000 bond. This is what a thug looks like.

Posted by In It to Win It | Sat Sep 23, 2023, 12:13 AM (12 replies)

Democrat Trolls Kevin McCarthy With Bill Blocking Congressional Pay During Shutdown

Democrat Trolls Kevin McCarthy With Bill Blocking Congressional Pay During Shutdown

Democratic Representative Angie Craig is taking aim at House Speaker Kevin McCarthy and the looming Republican-prompted government shutdown with an excellently named bill.

Craig introduced the “My Constituents Cannot Afford Rebellious Tantrums, Handle Your Shutdown Act,” or the “MCCARTHY Shutdown Act,” Wednesday afternoon. The bill would temporarily block the paychecks of Congress members during a government shutdown. Currently, shutdowns do not affect pay for lawmakers, but they stop pay for all other federal employees.

“It’s ridiculous that we still get paid while folks like TSA workers are asked to work without a paycheck,” Craig said in a statement announcing the bill.

The bill is unlikely to pass (or even make it to a floor vote in) the Republican-controlled House, but it makes a major point as the shutdown looms ever closer.
Posted by In It to Win It | Fri Sep 22, 2023, 07:01 PM (7 replies)

Federal judge says California's ban on high capacity magazines violates the Second Amendment.

Gabriel Malor

Fed. judge (again) rules California's ban on high capacity magazines violates the Second Amendment.

Held: [High capacity magazines] are protected arms and there was no historical tradition of banning them (or an historical analogue) in the Nation's early decades.


Posted by In It to Win It | Fri Sep 22, 2023, 05:18 PM (21 replies)
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